Apple Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in New UK Video

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has shared a new video on its UK YouTube channel that celebrates inclusion and diversity. Featuring the song “Kangaru” by Jóhann Jóhannsson, it uses 68 different employees to highlight how the company aims to embrace different faiths, disabilities, races, ages, ideologies, and personalities.

Twelve South Introduces Forté MagSafe Charger for iPhone 12

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Snap your MagSafe Charger into Forté and you instantly have a clever way to dock your iPhone 12 while it wirelessly charges at a speedy 15 Watts. It magnetically holds your phone vertically or horizontally for hands-free use. As a bonus, the platform tilts up to 70-degrees to create the perfect viewing angle or charging pedestal for your AirPods. When it’s time to travel, your MagSafe charger easily pops out to go. You can preorder it today for US$39.99 and it starts shipping on May 5.

Twelve South Introduces Forté MagSafe Charger for iPhone 12

'Mosquito Coast' on Apple TV+ is a Theroux Family Affair

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Mosquito Coast lands on Apple TV+ on Friday (April 30). In a new video, the show’s star, Justin Theroux, and his uncle Paul Theroux, who authored the book on which the series is based, discuss how the project is something of a family affair.

'Physical' Coming to Apple TV+ on June 18

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Physical will arrive on Apple TV+ on June 18. The date was announced and a new trailer released on Tuesday. The show tells the story of Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne), a quietly tormented housewife in San Diego in the 1980s. Things change in her battle with extreme personal demons and a vicious inner voice when she discovers aerobics. Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel, Della Saba, Lou Taylor Pucci, Paul Sparks, and Ashley Liao in the series, for which Annie Weisman served as showrunner.

Craig Federighi Explains Ad Tracking Transparency in iOS 14.5

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple Senior Vice President, Software Engineering Craig Federighi sat down with The Wall Street Journal‘s Joanna Stern to discuss the release of iOS 14.5 and in particular App Tracking Transparency. Turns out he can explain it in just over eight seconds. They also discussed Apple’s interest in mixed reality even the possibility Mr. Federighi will one day replace Tim Cook as CEO.

(Updated: Corrected to App Tracking Transparency.)

Create AR Spaces With LiDAR in ‘Clips’ Update 3.1

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Shown during Apple’s Spring 2021 event, Clips update 3.1 adds a feature called AR Spaces. Using the LiDAR sensor on your iPhone 12 Pro | iPad Pro, you can scan a room and see a live preview of effects that bring dynamic lighting, falling objects, and immersive scenes to life. You will see effects appear on walls, floors, surfaces, furniture, and objects. Using AR segmentation and occlusion, Clips recognizes people in the video and projects the AR Spaces effects in front of and behind them, making it feel as if the effects are all around the space and subjects. AR Spaces can also be combined with all of the animated stickers, text labels, and emoji overlays — and can be recorded in all aspect ratios in Clips, including 9:16 vertical, 16:9 horizontal, and square.

Create AR Spaces With LiDAR in ‘Clips’ Update 3.1

New Apple Advert Explains App Tracking Transparency in iOS 14.5

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a new video that explains the App Tracking Transparency feature introduced Monday as part of iOS 14.5. It’s a really powerful clip, one of the best I can remember the company producing recently. It outlines its principles and reasons very clear, making a complicated subject pretty accessible. The visuals also remind me somewhat of those used in the Apple TV+ series Calls.

Trying on Apple TV+: Nikki Character Recap

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

A new Trying character recap from the perspective of Nikki has been released. It follows one from the perspective of Jason. This also revealed the launch of season two on Apple TV+ had been pushed back a week to May 21.

Microsoft and Azul are Working on Java for M1 Macs

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Microsoft and Azul Systems are working on M1 support for Java through OpenJDK. Azul’s website notes “Zulu OpenJDK runs on Linux, Windows, Solaris, and macOS on X86, Arm, SPARC, PowerPC, and MIPS.” Meanwhile, Microsoft has released an early access build of its macOS + AArch64 (M1) based on OpenJDK. The company is working with Azul on JEP 391 to upstream relevant patches to the OpenJDK project. Obviously, this is great news for those that need Java apps on their Mac because they won’t need to be run through Apple’s Rosetta 2 translator.

Microsoft and Azul are Working on Java for M1 Macs

Behind the Scenes of 'Mythic Quest' Season Two

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A new video goes behind the scenes of Mythic Quest season two. According to creator and star Rob McElhenney the Apple TV+ comedy is “the greatest show in the history of television.” So much for expectations management! Season two premieres on May 7.

New Civilization VI Update Means Scouts Can Pet Their Dogs

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Civilization VI received an update on Thursday but it brings an important new feature: Your scouts can now pet their dogs. Other updates include three new military units, four new maps, a new unit action, and various bug fixes and improvements. New units: Trebuchet – Medieval Era Catapult upgrade. Siege promotion class. Upgrades into Bombard. Cannot move and attack on the same turn unless they’ve earned the Expert Crew Promotion. Man-At-Arms: Medieval Era Swordsman upgrade. Melee promotion class. Upgrades into Musketman. Line Infantry: Industrial Era Musketman upgrade. Melee promotion class. Upgrades into Infantry. New maps: Mediterranean Large Map: A large map of the greater Mediterranean region with resources, terrain, and features reflecting their historic locations. Earth Huge Map: A larger sized representation of Earth with resources, terrain, and features reflecting their historic locations. TSL Earth Huge: Civilizations start at the location of their historical capital on the huge Earth map. TSL Mediterranean: Civilizations start the location of their historic capital on the large Mediterranean map.

New Civilization VI Update Means Scouts Can Pet Their Dogs

The RainViewer Weather App is Now a Full iPad App With Widgets

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Last year I wrote about the RainViewer app for iPhone, and the team says that the iPad app is a full app now, not just a stretched out iPhone app. It supports all of the new features of iOS 14 including widgets. The weather radar map shows you where the storm is at the moment. You can track the whole path of the storm: how it moved for the past 48 hours and the forecast of where it will be moving the next 90 minutes. RainViewer is the only app that creates a future radar animation for 1000+ weather radars in original resolution using the latest forecasting techniques. The precipitation chart shows the intensity and amount of precipitation over the next hour in your area. Available for more than 90 countries, the precipitation chart visually displays when the rain starts and ends.

The RainViewer Weather App is Now a Full iPad App With Widgets

This App Can Load Your Business Card into Apple Wallet

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

An app I discovered a while back called Social Card lets you put your business card into Apple Wallet. By that I mean the app helps you create a personalized card where you can add information like email, phone numbers, websites, and links to social media like LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and others. You can share you card with Airdrop, iMessage, email, or a QR code. You can create a card for free with limited options, and various in-app purchases gives you customization options to add a background, change the color, add a logo or your portrait, and more.

This App Can Load Your Business Card into Apple Wallet

How the New iPad Pro Really Got an M1 Chip

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event featured lots of announcements, and lots of videos. The one showing the new iPad Pro got fitted out with a new M1 chip was probably my favourite… wait for the end!

Rewatch Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

There was an awful lot packed into Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event on Tuesday. If you missed any of the announcements, you can rewatch the whole event on YouTube or via Apple’s website.

Reflecting on Apple's 'Spring Loaded' Event on Daily Tech News Show

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The Mac Observer’s Charlotte Henry joined Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Nica Montford, and Terrance Gaines to reflect on all the announcements from Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event on Tuesday. They also discussed other topics like Facebook’s approach to handling data breaches and Microsoft building a new app store.