Providing further evidence the robots are coming to get us, Reuters has a video of insect-like mini-robots. These devices combine and work together to overcome obstacles. This included stairs and rough terrain. A team of academics in the Reconfigurable Robotics Lab at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne created them.
In a project called Margaret by Moonlight, Google honors Apollo 11’s programmer Margaret Hamilton by creating a portrait of her using 107,000 solar panels reflecting moonlight. In a blog post, the company writes about the project:
With the anniversary of that moon landing approaching, Google set out to shine a light on Margaret’s influence on Apollo, and on the field of software engineering itself. The tribute was created by positioning over 107,000 mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert to reflect the light of the moon, instead of the sun, like the mirrors normally do. The result is a 1.4-square-mile portrait of Margaret, bigger than New York’s Central Park.
You can watch the video on YouTube here.
Zane Lowe, who leads Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, sat down Tyler, the Creator. During the 50 minute interview, the two men discussed a wide range of topics, from Tyler’s character IGOR and his wig to his number one album and creativity more broadly. It gave a fascinating insight into a highly original artist.
Saturday marks 50 years since Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men on the moon. NASA released a restored video of the historic moonwalk. You can hear the Houston Flight Director, as well as commentary from the NASA public affairs department. Some of the images in the first three minutes after the clip were only shown in Australia and New Zealand at the time. Neil Armstrong’s famous first words happened just after that, at 3 minutes and 33 seconds. 50 years on, it all remains absolutely breathtaking.
IK Multimedia launched a new line of reference monitors for desktop recording called iLoud MTM. Reference monitors are designed for recording to offer a flat response, which is ideal for finding a mix that sounds good on lots of end-user speakers. IK Multimedia said iLoud MTM also offers a linear phase response. They’re based on the larger iLoud Micro Monitors, being aimed specifically at desktop recording. And despite that smaller size, they offer a bass response down to a surprising 40Hz. iLoud MTM is priced at US$/€349.99 each, or $/€699.99 per pair—they’re available now.
Snoopy in Space is one of the original series heading to Apple TV+. A trailer for the show was published Thursday. It recognized the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and showed our hero preparing to blast off into space. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown is left wondering why he can’t have a normal dog… The show is set for release this fall.
Mission control at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX was the central hub for mission operations in the Apollo era. NBC has a nice video news piece on how it’s been perfectly restored, now a museum, just as it was 50 years ago. Right down to the ash trays and slide rules. Image and source credit: NBC News.
Available for pre-order and set to be released on July 18, Spend Stack is a list app that can keep a to-the-penny running total. It syncs to all of your devices and you can share and collaborate on them with anyone. Just add items to your list, and how much they cost (if you want!). Spend Stack will keep it all in sync in an easy to use interface. You can add images, notes and more to list items, share lists to collaborate, and more. I’ve been playing with it for the past several days on TestFlight and I think it’s a cool app. App Store: US$4.99
David Marcus, the founder of Facebook’s Libra digital currency, is in front of the Senate Banking Committee. He is taking questions about the plans. In particular, lawmakers are expected to focus on data privacy issues. It comes as the project is facing evermore scrutiny, including from Democratic members of House. Mr. Marcus’s hearing is available to watch via CSPAN.
In just a few decades, we’ve gone from knowing of no planets beyond the solar system to thousands. Here’s how it happened.
The now retired spacecraft, Kepler, has been instrumental in the discovery of over 4,000 planets beyond our solar system. Referenced here: CNET article and NASA video.
The BBC released a new film as part of marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the moon landing. 8 Days: To the Moon And Back is based on classified cockpit audio recorded by the astronauts. It reconstructed the journey, from take-off, landing on the Moon, and the return to Earth. It is stunning, giving an intimate new perspective on the historic events. The film is available on the BBC iPlayer.
The first week of the Tour De France is coming to a close. The action is only going to intensify over the coming fortnight. The official app is a fantastic way to keep up with all the news from the thrilling race. It gives you key information about teams, riders, and stages alongside extra information and bonus content. As well as detailing who is currently in the leader’s yellow jersey, the app provides live updates of each stage and push to tell you about key developments, so you can follow the battle as it plays out. The Official Tour De France app is free, available on iOS for iPhone and iPad.
GE Appliances has a new smart air conditioning unit, and it works with Apple’s HomeKit. The GE smart AC unit connects with Wi-Fi and can be controlled with a iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch. John Desmarais, Commercial Director, Window A/C, Portables & Dehumidifiers for GE Appliances, said:
Consumers told us they like how they can create their own schedules to keep rooms comfortable without wasting energy. We’re pleased to offer the very first air conditioners with HomeKit integration, bringing simple and secure control through the Apple Home app and using Siri.
I’ve been playing around with a variety of screen capture tools recently and discovered Capto. The Mac App does everything I need, and probably more. It provides a number of options for capturing images, webpages, and video, whilst being pretty straight forward to use. I also like how easy it is to organize images you have captured within the app itself. They don’t just disappear somewhere on a hard drive. It also offers a variety of tools to edit and annotate those screen captures. All-in-all, Capto is a pretty complete package. Capto costs $29.99 and is also available within Setapp.
Early Tuesday evening, Apple’s 2019 iMacs began appearing on the company’s online Refurb Store, offering savings of approximately 15% off retail pricing. For example, an 8-core, Intel Core i9, 27″ iMac with 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and Radeon Pro 580X graphics card runs US$2,999 at retail. On the refurb store this same iMac sells for $2,549, comes with the same as-new warranty, and is eligible for AppleCare+ (just $169). Why only 8GB RAM? Because Amazon sells a Crucial 32GB kit for just $128. Availability on the refurb store is always in flux, so keep looking for what you want. Happy shopping!
Over the weekend Redditor u/Nzuk tested the performance of their 2019 MacBook Pro. Using a single Thunderbolt cable they connected four 4K displays, USB storage, and 10 gigabit ethernet. The specs of the Mac were an i9 8-core 2.3 GHz processor, 32 GB of RAM, AMD Vega 20 GPU, and a 1 TB SSD. Accessories used included an AKiTiO Node Pro, AKiTiO Node Lite, Audiolab MDAC and 8000P amp, with Bowers and Wilkins 685 S2 speakers. The Node Pro was the device powering the MacBook and the displays. It’s really interesting to see how far you can push Apple devices, and it sounds like you can push the 2019 MacBook Pro quite far.
Go64 is a free piece of software that checks your Mac for 32-bit apps, which won’t work after macOS Mojave. Although you can do this manually with System Report, Go64 goes further. It takes an inventory of the apps on your Mac and see which ones are still 32-bit. Then, it helps you visit the developer’s website or search the web for update/upgrade information. It then keeps track of upgrade costs so you can add 64-bit apps to your budget. It’s made by St. Clair Software, makers of other great Mac apps like App Tamer, Default Folder X, Jettison, and HistoryHound. Best of all, Go64 is completely free. Download: Go64
Dr. Mario World is on its way to iOS, launching July 10th. In a new video, Nintendo revealed that the game will feature ways to play online with your friends. You can connect to friends via Facebook or Line. You can then follow their progress and send game items, or take them on in Versus mode.
We all know that feeling. A great song comes on your headphones and you feeling like you’re bouncing down the road. Apple demonstrated that in its latest ad for AirPods. Released last week, ‘Bounce’, showed a man walking to work. He got a spring in his step when he plugged in his AirPods. The advert featured the song “I Learnt Some Jazz Today” by Tessellated. The advert also demonstrated the new wireless charging case. As is so often the case, it was made by TBWA\Media Arts Lab.
If you can tear yourself away from Harry Potter Wizards Unite, a new Game of Thrones game is coming to iOS soon. Users can pre-register for Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall now, and be alerted when it is available. The game was created by BeHaviour Interactive. The trailer, released Thursday, doesn’t reveal much but indicates the game is a strategy-led RPG. The graphics look to be suitably impressive and epic too. It may just fill the space left in fans lives now the TV show is off-air!