Withings Thermo Digital Thermometer gets FDA Greenlight

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Withings Thermo is a really cool digital thermometer we first saw at CES earlier this year, and now it’s available because it finally passed the FDA approval process. It senses your temperature without touching your skin, displays its readings instantly, and shows high temperature alerts. Thermo is more accurate than other digital thermometers thanks to its 16 infrared sensors that capture 4,000 measurements as it sweeps across your forehead. It syncs with your iPhone, offers advice based on readings, and can alert you when it’s time to take your temperature again. The Thermo costs US$99.95 and is available at the Apple Store and Withings website.

Withings Thermo Digital Thermometer gets FDA Greenlight

Vaja Offers 20% Off Sitewide on iPhone, iPad, MacBook Cases

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Vaja is offering a 20% sitewide discount on its leather cases for iPhones, iPads, and even a few Android devices. I don’t often mention things like sales, but I am a huge fan of Vaja cases. My first Vaja case was for the last Motorola RAZR I owned before I got the first-gen iPhone. I then got a Vaja case for that iPhone and for the iPhone 3GS I replaced it with. They’re very well made, high quality, and gorgeous, but you pay for what you get. That’s code for “they ain’t cheap,” making a 20% discount a possible buying opportunity for me. To get the discount, use coupon code “20off” at checkout. The item pictured with this article is the iPad Pro 9.7″ Detachable Libretto Leather Case, which normally starts at $199.

Vaja Offers 20% Off Sitewide on iPhone, iPad, MacBook Cases

Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Plex today announced the public availability of Plex Music on Sonos. It still officially bears the “beta” label, but it works just fine in our quick tests. Now you can access your Plex Music Library from any Sonos device, and that includes remote access. If you have Sonos at your lake house and your Plex library is on your Mac at home, good news: it’ll stream across the Internet. It also works to stream friends’ libraries, too, as long as you’re both linked together via the Plex back end (and as long as your friend has their Music sharing enabled in Plex). Additionally, because Plex is built to transcode music, you can play any file, including those that Sonos doesn’t natively support. To add Plex, launch your Sonos controller app on your Mac or iPhone (or Android), select “Add Music Service,” choose Plex, sign in and you’re all set!

Plex on Sonos – Two Great Platforms Now Work Together

Slow Motion Laughing Girl Video 'Shot on iPhone'

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted two new spots in its “Shot on iPhone” series on YouTube. The one below, is titled Shot on iPhone by Marc Z. It should have been called something like Laughing Girl, or Joie de Vie. It’s just happy. And fun. And it’s yet another great spot in this wonderful series that shows off iPhone’s abilities. Apple also released Shot on iPhone by Robert S., a video of a gondola ride off a mountain.

Voilà! Apple Pay Launches in France

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Pay officially launched in France Tuesday. The initial rollout covers MasterCard and Visa users with Banque Populaire, Carrefour Banque, Ticket Restaurant, and Caisse d’Epargne. Orange and Boon banks are coming soon. Apple announced the French Apple Pay rollout during June’s World Wide Developer Conference—ironically, our own Dave Hamilton tried to use it in France without success just last week during his European vacation. Le moment, as they (don’t actually) say, est tout.

Voilà! Apple Pay Launches in France

MacVoices Interviews Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and Macstock Speakers

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

MacStock 2016 took place over the weekend, and TMO friend Chuck Joiner has already edited a 57 minute video of interviews with many of the podcasters and writers in attendance. That includes Ken Ray, Victor Cajiao, Bryan Chaffin (meeeeeeee!), Tim Robertson, Julie Kuehl, Wally Cherwinski, Don McAllister, Adam Christianson, Barry Fulk, Mike T. Rose, and several more folks. If you pay attention, you’ll even see our own Jeff Gamet molest Mr. Joiner. As one does.

MacVoices Interviews Bryan Chaffin, Jeff Gamet, and Macstock Speakers

Pixelmator 2.3 Speeds-up iOS Photo Editing with New Selection Tools

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Pixelmator, the powerful-and-inexpensive image editor for both Mac and iOS, gets a free update on iOS to version 2.3 today that brings its Quick Selection Tool and Magnetic Selection Tool over from the Mac. The Quick Selection Tool makes very short work of doing previously-difficult selections and allowed me to do the selection in the first pane below in about ten seconds on an iPhone SE.

Three screenshots showing Pixelmator's Quick Selection Tool

Pixelmator’s new Quick Selection Tool makes selecting on iOS a breeze

Pixelnator’s new Quick Selection Tool is somehow intuitive in a way that other “magic” selectors are not. Having this available literally at ones fingertips on iOS opens up all sorts of options for work and… play. Enjoy. (A hat tip to Scott Canali for the inspiration behind today’s screenshots!).

German Legislation Would Require 'Black Box' Tech for Self-Driving Cars

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Germany is considering an interesting approach in the march towards regulating self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles. Reuters reported Europe’s largest economy is working on legislation that would require self-driving cars to include “black box” tech.  That system would record when the system was active and when the driver was in control. It would also record when the system requested the driver take over. Black box comes from the airline industry, where effectively-indestructible devices record flight data in the event of a crash. Those devices cost about $100,000 and have to survive substantially greater trauma than a car would ever endure. With that in mind, devices designed for cars would share little more than a name with their flying cousins. This is one regulatory approach that could be copied far and wide.

German Legislation Would Require ‘Black Box’ Tech for Self-Driving Cars

Within App Offers Live Simulcast of 'Mr. Robot VR Experience'

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Remember the Vrse app? We covered it when it launched with a very cool VR performance from U2 and other musicians around the world. The app has been renamed to Within (at with.in), and the company announced a live simulcast premier of the “Mr. Robot VR Experience” on July 21st. It’s been known for a while that showrunner Sam Esmail was shooting a VR scene for Mr. Robot, and this experience will build off that. There’s not a lot of info about it out there, with a brief mention in Within’s patch notes the only place I could find it. Season 2 kicked off on July 13th—I love this show and am super interested in seeing what it does with virtual reality.

Within App Offers Live Simulcast of ‘Mr. Robot VR Experience’

Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Nintendo fans will want to be on the lookout for the company’s new console this holiday season. No, not that one. Nintendo has unveiled the Mini NES Classic Edition console, a palm-sized replica of the groundbreaking entertainment device that includes 30 built-in NES games, support for two controllers, and HDMI output. Some of the built-in games include the Super Mario Bros. trilogy, The Legend of ZeldaCastlevaniaStarTropics, and Tecmo Bowl. The Mini NES includes one new “classic controller” and will hit store shelves on November 11th for $59.99. Additional controllers can be picked up for $10 each, and are compatible with Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U.

Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

An Amazing Printout of the Apollo 11 Source Code

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The computers NASA used in the Apollo missions to the moon were very slow and primitive by today’s standards.  It was necessary to write all the flight code and lunar module landing code in assembly language. Even then, code modules (flight phases) were paged in and out of memory. The software was written by IBM and worked, as we know, beautifully. What’s almost as amazing is the complete printout of the assembly code on paper which stands, in this article, about as tall as Director of Apollo Flight Computer Programming Margaret Hamilton. You can now see it all on GitHub.

An Amazing Printout of the Apollo 11 Source Code

Scrivener Coming to iOS July 20th

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

ZOMGZOMGZOMG!!! I am all a tither! Literature & Latte announced Wednesday that Scrivener is coming to iOS on July 20th! Scrivener is the best writing environment I’ve found, but heretofore it’s worked only on Mac and Windows. I’m not personally interested in writing on my iPad, but I am mega-interested in editing on my iPad. In fact, I do my serious read-throughs when editing fiction in iBooks. That’s great, but being able to get into that reading mode with Scrivener directly in hand is going to be a big deal for me. There’s no link yet, but L&L said it will be released July 20th at $19.99.

Apple's 'Planet of the Apps' Opens Casting Call for Developers

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s original TV series Planet of the Apps is on the hunt for developers willing to share their app design process on the small screen. There’s an open casting call on the show’s website and they’re looking for coders in Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York to participate. Only 100 slots are available, and you’ll need a beta of your app ready by October 21, so get coding. You can apply for the show at the Planet of the Apps website.

Apple’s ‘Planet of the Apps’ Opens Casting Call for Developers

Build Your Own Robot with JIMU MeeBot

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Want to build and program your own robot? UBTECH has you covered with their JIMU MeeBot Robot. You can create your own robot design with the included building block-style elements and motors, them program it to do your bidding. JIMU is designed to be an educational tool, but that doesn’t mean only kids can get in on the action. You won’t be able to make a robot army programmed for world domination, but you can build some fun designs and learn more about coding, too. the JIMU MeeBot kit will be available at Apple Stores starting July 12 for US$129.99, and an add-on kit with more parts and design ideas will be available for $69.99.

Build Your Own Robot with JIMU MeeBot

Thunder Drive Portable SSD with Thunderbolt, USB-C, USB

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There’s a new Kickstarter project called Thunder Drive. It’s a tiny portable SSD that works with Thunderbolt or USB (including USB-C). That makes it small, fast, portable, and daisy-chainable. According to the company, two drives can deliver up to 2,000GB at 1,100MB/s on Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C. Thunder Drive is available in capacities from 64GB to 1,000GB (just shy of a terabyte), with funding options for a 64GB device starting at $99. There’s also a super early bird special for $3 (!!) on a smaller 8GB model called Thunder Thumb. There’s lots of information on the Kickstarter listing.

Quick and Dirty Miles to Kilometers Conversions with the Fibonacci Sequence

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

This is one of the nerdiest and most intensely cool anecdotes I’ve ever seen. It turns out you can do quick and dirty conversions of miles to kilometers using the Fibonacci sequence, as noted on Reddit and tweeted by Cliff Pickover (and spotted by The Loop). Redditor almightybob1 said, “The Fibbonacci sequence goes 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 etc etc. Skip the first few terms and…” With that information below, check out the chart included by Mr. Pickover below. How awesome is that?

PDFPen 2 for iPhone, iPad gets Apple Pencil Support

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

PDFPen is on my short list of must-have apps for the iPhone and iPad, and version 2.5 is even more useful because it adds Apple Pencil support for the iPad Pro. The app is a PDF viewing and editing powerhouse, and thanks to this update it also supports viewing file attachments, playing audio annotations, and validates digitally signed documents, bringing it in line with PDFPen 8 for the Mac. PDFPen 2 costs US$19.99 on the App Store, and version 2.5 is a free update.

PDFPen 2 for iPhone, iPad gets Apple Pencil Support

New Drone Footage of Apple Campus 2.0 Captioned with Construction Details

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Matthew Roberts posted new drone footage of construction efforts on Apple Campus 2.0 to YouTube (via The Loop). It not only shows massive progress on the site, it’s also captioned with helpful details about the things you’re seeing. The footage is up close and personal, enough to wonder what new case law might be established if Apple had blasted the drone out of the air. I always enjoy these drone flyovers—it’s super awesome to be able to follow along as this soon-to-be-iconic building takes shape.

Grab The Matrix Trilogy in HD for $14.99 on the iTunes Store

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

With Independence Day coming up on Monday, we have a three-day weekend ahead of us in the United States. If movies are more your thing instead of picnics and fireworks displays, check out The Matrix Trilogy on Apple’s iTunes Store. The package includes all three movies in HD, plus extras, for US$14.99. The only question left after picking up the bundle is red pill or blue pill?

Grab The Matrix Trilogy in HD for $14.99 on the iTunes Store