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

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.

Nintendo Mini NES Classic Edition

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.

An Amazing Printout of the Apollo 11 Source Code

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.

Scrivener Coming to iOS July 20th

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

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.

Build Your Own Robot with JIMU MeeBot

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.

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

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

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

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.