iOS Game Florence Coming to Other Platforms February 13

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

iOS game Florence by Annapurna Interactive is coming to other platforms on February 13. Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac via Steam and GOG, and the Mac App Store are the platforms to be included. The game will be US$5.99. Florence was awarded for an Apple Design Award and a BAFTA for Best Mobile Game. The game tells the story of a young woman’s journey through both the spectacular and bleak moments of her very first love. You can watch the trailer below and check out the game on the App Store for US$2.99.

VSCO X February 2020 Film: FT6

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Based on Fuji’s discontinued T64 film, FT6 gives photos cool tones perfect for dim city nights and soft, overcast days. It’s a good way to offset the orange and yellow tones commonly found with tungsten light, like from street lamps. But you don’t need that kind of light to edit with FT6. It works great for coastal fog, snowy days, or turning daytime scenes into nighttime scenes with the following recipe: FT6, Exposure (-6.0), and Contrast (+2.0).

VSCO X is a membership program for the photography app VSCO. It’s a yearly subscription that offers exclusive film emulation presets. Members also have access to the entire library of 130+ presets. The membership costs US$19.99/year.

App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

The Mac Observer has a full list of Film X presets that gets updated with each new release, as well as a list of the classic presets.

VSCO X February 2020 Film: FT6

Unboxing the 2019 10.2" iPad

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Charlotte got her hands on a new iPad.  She takes a look at what’s inside the box.

ZAGG Introduces 10.2 iPad Keyboard Case ‘Messenger Folio’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

During CES 2020 ZAGG introduced three keyboard cases for the 10.2-inch iPad, and today the Messenger Folio is available for purchase. It has laptop-style keys with optimal travel, backlighting, Apple Pencil holder, a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 2 years between charges, and a built-in stand.

The Messenger Folio combines protection and productivity in a slender case that fits neatly in your bag or backpack. Laptop-style keys, a long-lasting battery, and a tab for the Apple Pencil let you get down to work, and the protective case and magnetic lock let you get back up and on the move again.

It’s available for US$59.99 with free shipping.

ZAGG Introduces 10.2 iPad Keyboard Case ‘Messenger Folio’

RoomMe is a Smart Home Device to Person-Specific Automation

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RoomMe is a occupancy automation sensor for your home. This means when a person walks into a room, it detects your phone via Bluetooth to enable person-specific automation. A spokesperson told me it uses localized technology called Presence Sensing Technology. It stores your automation rules on your smartphone and doesn’t accept external automation triggers or manual operation. Meaning, the device commands your other devices and doesn’t accept commands from other devices. However, according to its privacy policy the app does contain Google analytics and “behavioral remarketing services” to show you ads outside of the app. But you can enable Limit Ad Tracking in iOS settings. You can pick up a single RoomMe sensor for US$69.99, or buy combo packs. It supports various smart home protocols including HomeKit.

RoomMe is a Smart Home Device to Person-Specific Automation

New Apple Arcade Ad ‘A New World to Play In’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Apple uploaded a new video ad for Apple Arcade on YouTube. Set to “Welcome to My World” by Dean Martin, it’s a fun video that highlights the universal nature of the gaming service: Play on any (Apple) device, at any time, in any place, and at your own pace. Here are the games shown in the video:

[0:05] Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, by Cornfox and Bros. [0:13] Skate City, by Snowman [0:20] Little Orpheus, by Sumo Digital [0:29] WHAT THE GOLF, by Fun Plus | Triband [0:35] LEGO Brawls, by LEGO | Red Games Co. [0:45] Shinsekai: Into the Depths, by Capcom [0:50] Ultimate Rivals™: The Rink, by Bit Fry Game Studios, Inc.

CocoonWeaver Gives You Private Voice Transcriptions

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

CocoonWeaver is a new-ish app (released five months ago) that gives you private voice transcriptions automatically sorted into categories with a voice command. To assign a category to a transcription just say at the beginning, “Cocoon, <category>” then start talking as normal. The developers also have a good privacy policy. Audio and textual data is encrypted and stored locally. The app’s design adheres to guidelines put forth by The Center for Humane Technology. Other features include: Integrated maps for geotagged notes, global search of history, an Apple Watch app, works offline, and more. App Store: Free

CocoonWeaver Gives You Private Voice Transcriptions

Reddit Client Apollo Gets 1.7 Update With New Features

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Apollo is a popular third-party client for Reddit, and it got a big update today with Apollo 1.7. The feature list is too big to share here, so I’ll share my favorites:

GIF sounds! A new phenomenon on Reddit as of late has been GIFs that have audio. Is that basically a video? Totally, but it’s great in a pinch on Imgur and Gfycat to give a little more life to a GIF of a kitty yawning.

Easier multireddit adding! You can now now add a subreddit to a multireddit directly from the subreddit.

Subreddit icon options! You now have the option to show subreddit icons by posts and by the subreddit in the subreddits list.

App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)

Reddit Client Apollo Gets 1.7 Update With New Features

Apple History: Steve Jobs Revealed the iPad 10 Years Ago

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad on January 27, 2010. Since then it has remained a steadfast product in Apple’s ecosystem, although only recently has Apple pushed the device forward with the introduction of iPadOS. Tim Cook once said: “The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.“ Here’s to the next ten years to see what the iPad becomes.

—Sent from my iPad

Sneak Peak of Upcoming Apple TV+ Beastie Boys Documentary

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Beastie Boys

There’s a Spike Jonze directed ‘live documentary’ about the Beastie Boys headed to Apple TV+ in the near future. An official sneak peek landed on the Apple TV YouTube channel over the weekend. It shows some of the hip-hop legends’ best videos and the band taking the stage for the documentary. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

New 'Shot on iPhone' Clip - 'Powder'

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s latest ‘Shot on iPhone’ video takes us to the slopes. Winter X Games snowboarders Red Gerard, Danny Davis, Kimmy Fasani, and Ben Ferguson feature in the clip. They enjoy fresh powder at the iconic Baldface Lodge in British Colombia. Joe Carlino directed the video. It was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro.

Moleskine Journey is an iOS Planner, Journal, and More

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The most recent app from Moleskine is called Moleskine Journey. It’s a multi-purpose app that serves as an iOS planner, journal, project manager, habit tracker, note-taker, photo diary, and food diary. Or whatever else you want to use it for because it seems flexible.

Designed for creatives minds, independent workers, audacious backpackers, and free spirits, Moleskine Journey is the first app that blends productivity tools with wellness tracking features to help you get stuff done and find inner balance every day. This minimal and intuitive app gathers together the many aspects of your life.

App Store: Free ((Offers In-App Purchases)

Moleskine Journey is an iOS Planner, Journal, and More

New Apple TV+ 'Servant' Featurette - 'The Food'

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The first season of freaky Apple TV+ show, The Servant, is currently available to stream.  A second series is already confirmed too. There is a new featurette about the show on YouTube. Step inside the kitchen and see how crucial food is to the story.

Enticing New 'Jobs at Apple' Page Live

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Many people dream of a job at Apple. The company is trying to make that prospect even more enticing, with an updated ‘Jobs at Apple’ page.  The company is offering “an open invitation to open minds,” the page says. It also features a stunning video, along that same theme. The page also asks potential applicants to “introduce yourself,” and says the company will “get in touch if there‘s a role that seems like a good match.”

Enticing New ‘Jobs at Apple’ Page Live

Carpool Karaoke Season 3 Trailer out on YouTube

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

A trailer for Carpool Karaoke appeared on the channel The Late Late Show with James Corden on YouTube. Season 3 will feature guests like Jay Leno, Seal, Fred Armisen, Weezer, Kesha, and more. Starting tomorrow, January 24, new episodes will be released every Friday.

Using DuckDuckGo’s Little-Known Alternative, ‘DuckDuckGo Lite’

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

As it turns out, there’s a second version of DuckDuckGo called ‘DuckDuckGo Lite.’ Not only does it deliver search results extremely fast, but it cut out all the extraneous JavaScript and ads. But you also won’t see images, so this is really meant for people on slow or metered connections. I think it’s nice to see such a stripped-down version.

Using DuckDuckGo’s Little-Known Alternative, ‘DuckDuckGo Lite’

Apple Sale: Moment Pro Camera is $3.99, Down from $5.99

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Moment Pro Camera is currently on sale for US$3.99 (regularly US$5.99). You can use the app even if you don’t have a Moment lens. Pro features for filmmakers: Color profiles, bitrates, dual-channel audio meters, real-time waveforms, and fast access to frame rates. Pro features for photographersShoot RAW, split focus/exposure, and manually control everything (exposure, ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and focus). Plus there are more features like distortion correction, slow shutter, motion blur, light trails, focus peaking, and more. 

Apple Sale: Moment Pro Camera is $3.99, Down from $5.99

Give Your AirPods Pro Nilfgaardian Armor With Native Union

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Native Union just released new cases for AirPods Pro, and one of them looks like Nilfgaardian armor from The Witcher series on Netflix. The US$19.99 Curve Case is textured silicon with a dust-repellent finish. Another one is a US$49.99 Italian leather case available in black, tan, navy, and green. These new cases officially go on sale today, January 22.

Featuring two designs carefully crafted from genuine leather and textured silicone, the new cases ensure hassle free access to AirPods Pro, charging port and controls. Both designs are compatible with wireless chargers and provide a seamless fit, adding unmistakable style to your everyday carry without compromising function.

Give Your AirPods Pro Nilfgaardian Armor With Native Union

Command the ‘Undead Horde’ as a Necromancer

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

In most games and other depictions, necromancers are usually the bad guys. But in Undead Horde you get to play as one. Come to think of it, that could still make it the bad guy. Your enemy is the paladin Benevictor, who defeated you and imprisoned you in a cage. But thanks to an unlikely hero you have escaped. Slay the living, then reanimate them as your own soldiers. Upgrade your character with an endless number of weapons, armor, and magical items, and sell and trade your loot for more gear. And the best part about Undead Horde is that it’s one of those “old-fashioned” games without in-app microtransactions. No coins, gold, gems, etc. Just one purchase and you get to play. App Store: US$5.99

Command the ‘Undead Horde’ as a Necromancer

Taking a Slofie in a Whiteout

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple introduced the Slofie – the slow-motion selfie, on the iPhone 11. The company even moved to trademark the phrase! It shared a short new video showing how the tool can be used in skiing, in a whiteout.