Unclutter’s App PowerPack Bundles Apps for the Holidays

Unclutter is a file, notes, and clipboard manager for macOS. To celebrate the new year the company is offering an app PowerPack bundle. You can buy all 11 apps for US$64 (normal value US$311) or buy individual apps for 50% off. It’s a great deal so be sure to check out the list.

Thoroughly hand-picked, it’s not just a collection of apps but rather a bunch of refined solutions to your everyday needs. Whether you work, create or just enjoy yourself, this mighty toolset will broaden the horizons of your Mac experience.

Book Review: Before Orwell’s 1984 There Was ‘We’

What I was most interested to learn about We is that it’s considered the grandfather of dystopian fiction. It was written by Yevgeny Zamyatin around 1920-1921. This was way before the more well-known dystopian novels like Brave New World and 1984. You read books like 1984 and Animal Farm in high school, but I didn’t learn about We until I stumbled upon it on my own. It’s set in the future. In this society, there are no individuals, just numbers. The One State is a mass surveillance society in which everyone lives in glass apartments so they can be monitored. Our protagonist, number D-503, is an engineer writing a journal that he wants to be sent into space with the newly-built spaceship Integral. One day he meets a woman, I-330, and most of the story is his interactions with her. Apple Books: US$6.99

LEGO Builder’s Journey Launches on Apple Arcade

LEGO has released a new game exclusively for Apple Arcade called LEGO Builder’s Journey. It’s a puzzle game in a LEGO world with high-quality renderings of LEGO elements. I’m impressed with the screenshots and accompanying video. This is like HD LEGOs.

Throughout the narrative, there will be ups and downs, challenges and celebrations. Take the time to experiment, and most importantly, to play as figuring out who we are and what we become is the Builder’s Journey.

Apple Arcade is available for US$4.99/month or US$49.99/year.

What the Sky Will Look Like When We Collide With Andromeda Galaxy

Our Milky Way galaxy and the Andromeda galaxy are gravitationally bound and will collide in about 4 billion years. Because stars are so far apart in a galaxy, many light years, the term “collision” really means interleave and gravitationally interact. Still, it will light up our sky. NASA has done a simulation to show us what it will look like. That is, if anyone is around to watch!

Logitech Offers 4K Magnetic Webcam for Pro Display XDR

Logitech created a 4K magnetic webcam specifically for Apple’s Pro Display XDR you can use with the 2019 Mac Pro. Apple didn’t include a webcam in the display, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It will be used in environments like music studios where people cover up the webcams anyway. But Logitech’s solution is elegant, with an anodized aluminum finish that won’t look out of place with on Apple device. The magnet is strong enough to stay on even if you put the XDR display in portrait mode, and the screen image will automatically rotate along with it. You can buy it for US$199.

Get this Mandalorian T-Shirt Before Disney Shuts it Down

Have you caught a case of Star Wars fever yet? There’s a new movie out, and people who hopped on the Disney+ train early have been enjoying The Mandalorian. Interestingly, Disney hasn’t had a lot of merch around the show yet, leaving others to fill that gap. Like Etsy shop SmokeScreenPrinting, which has a new Beskar Friends! shirt, printed in silver ink. I cannot confirm if any actual Beskar was harmed in the production of these shirts, but I can confirm that the shop takes more forms of currency than Imperial Credits.

Apple Shares ‘Little America’ Trailer Coming to TV+

Premiering on January 17, 2020, Little America is an anthology series to share the true stories of immigrants. Apple shared a trailer for the series on its YouTube channel.

“Little America,” is written and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg (“The Office,” Good Boys), who serves as showrunner, and executive produced by Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, “Silicon Valley”), Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick), Alan Yang (“Master of None,” “Parks and Recreation”), Sian Heder (Tallulah, “Orange Is the New Black”), Joshuah Bearman (Argo), Joshua Davis (Spare Parts) and Arthur Spector (The Shack). Heder also serves as co-showrunner alongside Eisenberg.

Notability 9.2 Changes the Highlighter and Supports the Files App

Notability 9.2 didn’t bring a lot of changes, but the changes it did bring are important. Here are three things that were changed: Highlighter color now appears more vivid and behind text, making the text pop; Added ability to identify and troubleshoot unsearchable notes that have not been indexed properly; Can now import documents from the Files app.

Notability is among the best note-taking apps for the iPad, especially if you like handwriting your notes with an Apple Pencil. This update should be a welcome one for users.