Elago has a rather stylish looking AirPods case that is designed like a classic Apple monitor. It has an anti-slip coating and is made of flexible, impact-resistant silicone material. The case is compatible with Apple AirPods 1 and 2 and supports wireless charging of the Airpods Wireless Charging Case. It costs $13.99
The PhoneBuzz YouTube channel conducted a battery test to find how much juice using Dark Mode saves. It ran a variety of popular apps using Dark Mode for two hours on an iPhone XS Max running iOS 13. It compared it alongside the same model of phone, running the same apps, using Light Mode. The results were significant. Dark Mode does save battery on phones with an OLED display.
I’ve been gripped by the livestream of Jessica Meir and Christina Koch conducting the first-ever all-woman spacewalk. The historic event generated such interest that NASA made a host of details publicly available. More than it would do for another such mission. It contains information about this walk and explains what went wrong last time NASA tried to conduct an all-woman spacewalk. It also gives details of how to follow online.
Apple has a new trailer up for Dickinson, the Apple Original about poet Emily Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld. Called Immortality, the trailer focuses on Ms. Dickinson’s obsession with living, or dying, a common theme of the Victorian era.
Apple just announced a new Apple Pay promo for $5 off $35 or more with an Instacart grocery delivery order. The promo works when using Apple Pay inside the Instacart App, which we linked to below. Apple announced the promo through email, but the discount will be applied automatically in the app. It’s available now and expires end of day on October 20th.
Check out this insanely cool story about a…living thing? Yeah, I don’t how to better word that. It’s been dubbed the “blob,” based on the classic horror film, because it moves without feet, appears to be able to learn—even though it doesn’t have a brain—and it has 720 sexes. What? Seriously? Oh, and it can heal itself if cut in half in less than three minutes, and it can communicate what it has learned to other blobs when they’re brought together. So that’s cool and not at all frightening as all get out. Reuters has the story, including a video showing some time lapses of the blob doing its blobby thing, and some other information. It’s very interesting.
Apple’s Beats By Dre announced Solo Pro on Tuesday, the company’s first on-ear, noise-canceling headphones. They also include support for “Hey Siri,” Apple’s voice assistant. According to the company, Solo Pro offers an “exceptional frequency response with lower total harmonic distortion.” It also has two beam-forming microphones and and what Beats says is an “updated speech-detecting accelerometer” for voice calls. They’re $299.95, and will ship onOctober 30th in Black, Ivory, Gray, Dark Blue, Light Blue and Red. You can preorder now.
Apple updated AirPort Utility to version 1.3.6 on Tuesday, the first update to the software in a year. The patch notes specify little or nothing, but it’s a safe bet it was updated to better work with iOS 13 (which was updated to iOS 13.1.3 Tuesday, as well).
Apple has released an Apple TV app for Roku devices, bringing the company’s Apple TV+ subscription service to the Roku platform. Apple TV+ launches November 1st, but the app will also allow users to, “Buy or rent new release movies or explore the catalog of over 100,000 movies and shows—including the largest catalog of 4K HDR movies.” In other words, you can get content from the iTunes Store, or whatever Apple is calling that aspect of its business these days. You can download the Apple TV app for Roku devices from the Roku Channel Store.
Dr. Ruja was a business superstar who sold out arenas when she spoke. Leading a cryptocurrency firm called Onecoin, she promised to change her investors’ lives and make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Then, suddenly, she disappeared. Journalist and author Jamie Bartlett, an expert in the darkest parts of the internet, tried to uncover what happened for this impeccably produced podcast, The Missing Cryptoqueen. Like Serial, I was gripped from episode 1, totally invested in finding out what happened. It is one of the best non-news podcasts I’ve heard in a long time. The podcast was produced by the BBC and is available via the BBC Sounds app or Apple Podcasts.
There’s a new Kickstarter project for a PC case making waves because of its similarity to Apple’s as-yet-unshipped Mac Pro. That mostly because it looks exactly like Apple’s as-yet-unshipped Mac Pro. Honestly, I’d be surprised if Apple doesn’t attempt to squash it, and I’d be only slightly less surprised if they failed to do so. In any event, this case looks like the Mac Pro, but is designed for off-the-shelf PC components. It will come with a front that looks more like Apple’s original cheese grater Mac Pro, but there’s an optional “patent pending” “noise dampener” front and back that looks like Apple’s new cheese grater. The accompanying image would be that optional front, on the left, and the accompanying back plate, on the right. There are many more pics on the rather slick website linked below. No pricing has been announced, but it launches on Kickstarter on October 21st.
This is a bike helmet with a difference. Connect it to the Lumos apps on your iPhone and Apple Watch and you can activate turn signal indicators on the helmet. It also has integrated lights and automatic warning lights that are similar to brake lights. Oh, and it makes you a lot more visible. Apple is selling it for $249.95.
Today Apple shared a trailer for its upcoming series Truth Be Told based on a novel by Kathleen Barber called Are You Sleeping.
Every truth has a consequence. When new evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation, she comes face to face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race. Truth Be Told is created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman and stars Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones.
You can watch the trailer on YouTube here.
MacMost has a good video on YouTube where he shares 10 macOS Catalina features. They’re smaller features that don’t get the same attention or shoutout by Apple, but they’re good to know. The first one he mentions is a feature that I noticed but was annoyed about. When you hover or long-click the green fullscreen button in Safari, it now brings up a menu window to enter full screen or tile the window to the left or right. While it makes this capability more obvious it also adds an extra step, when just dragging the window by the green button was faster. In any case the video is pretty helpful and you can watch it here.
The MeeBot from Jimu Robotics is a great way to teach kids about robotics and coding. (It is recommended for those aged eight-years-old and over.) The second generation of the kit is available exclusively at Apple Stores. It comes with 390 snap-together interlocking parts and connectors and six robotic servo motors. Additionally, the required power cables, control unit, and battery are all included. No additional tools are needed. Children can create custom actions with the PRP (Pose, Record, Play) function. The robot is compatible with iOS devices. The MeeBot 2.0 costs $129.
TripIt is a great app for travelers and lets you plan your entire trip with it. It recently launched an app for macOS Catalina that uses Apple’s Project Catalyst. Starting today, you can access TripIt on your desktop with the new TripIt app for Mac. Simply download the TripIt app for Mac on the Mac App Store to see all of your travel details in one place. With TripIt app for Mac, you’ll get the itinerary-managing power of the highest-rated travel-organizing app right on your desktop, including: A menu bar that makes adding travel plans a breeze, and the availability of more screen real estate and a full keyboard for fine-tuning itineraries; Notifications on your desktop so you never miss a beat; Plane-friendly features, such as offline access to your travel plans and Dark Mode; An enriched pre-trip experience, with access to neighborhood safety scores and links to Maps to help you explore the areas you’ll be visiting. Mac App Store: TripIt – Free
Eve is a smart home company that builds products that work with Apple’s HomeKit. The company recently updated its app to version 4.0 for iOS 13. It adds dark mode, easier access to your favorite views, and other refinements.
Eve works with all HomeKit-enabled accessories. See your home at a glance. Customize your ecosystem down to the finest detail. Activate scenes in a snap. And easily create automations using timers and rules. With Eve, you’re at the forefront of connected home control – and guided – every step of the way.
App Store: Eve for HomeKit – Free
Apple has shared a trailer for The Elephant Queen.
Embark on an epic journey of love, courage and coming home. Join Athena, the majestic matriarch of an elephant herd, as she is forced to lead her family across the unforgiving African savanna in search of water. This family-friendly adventure is a cinematic love letter to a threatened species. Narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Lion King), The Elephant Queen won the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award of the Year.
A teaser for forthcoming Apple TV+ show Servant from M. Knight Shyamalan landed Thursday. The show is centered around a couple that is in mourning after being affected by a tragedy. It will be available on November 28th. The clip is seriously creepy.