WWDC 2021 Day Four Recap - Time For a Meditation Break

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

WWDC 2021 continued with a packed day four. Serenity Caldwell reflects on it all, including sessions on extracting document data via the Vision Framework and meditation. The Apple Design Awards finalists and winners were announced too.

Pre-Orders For Playdate Handheld Game System Open in July

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Playdate is a small handheld game system filled with original games. Earlier this week the team behind it announced that pre-orders for the device will open in July. It has a black and white screen, WI-Fi, and Bluetooth. It also has a loudspeaker and a crank which serves as an analog controller. Once set up, users get two brand new games every week for 12 weeks. Playdate costs U.S. $179 plus taxes and shipping.

WWDC21 Apple Design Awards Winners and Finalists Include CARROT Weather, Bird Alone, 1Password, and Little Orpheus

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

WWDC21 Apple Design Award

Each year at WWDC, Apple’s Design Awards celebrate the apps which have surprised, delighted, wowed, and otherwise impressed Apple’s internal panel of judges. This year there were six finalists in each of six categories (with a bit of overlap). Of those six finalists, two winners per category were crowned, one for Apps, and one for Games. Links to all of the winners and finalists are presented for you here!

Big Loud Bluetooth Speaker: $129.59

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TREBLAB HD-Max

We have a deal on the TREBLAB HD-Max, which is, in a nutshell, a big, loud, Bluetooth speaker with a four-speaker design. It features 50W speakers and 3 sound modes that can function indoors and outdoors. It also has an internal battery and passthrough charging, and boasts playtime of up to 20 hours at 30% volume. This device is $161.99 through our deal, but coupon code WELOVEDAD takes an additional 20% off for a checkout price of $129.59.

Facebook Messenger on iOS Gets New Chat Themes, QR Code Payments

· Andrew Orr · Link

Facebook messenger QR payments

Facebook announced new features coming to its Messenger app. Chat themes, a quick reply bar, as well as QR codes and payments links.

We’re all about increasing efficiency, so we’ve added a new quick reply bar to the Messenger media viewer. This makes it easier to have conversations sparked by a cool photo or video without needing to go back to your main chat thread. Just tap on the photo or video and send a response through the quick reply bar at the bottom of the screen. Swipe up to exit the full-screen media viewer and head back to your main chat thread

Which Devices Run macOS Monterey?

· Charlotte Henry · Quick Tip

macOS Monterey announcement

macOS Monterey, previewed Monday at WWDC 2021, runs on devices from 2013 and older, but not all the new features work on all older devices.

Outlook for iPhone Adds Voice Features With Cortana

· Andrew Orr · Link

An update for Outlook on iPhone adds voice commands powered by Microsoft’s Cortana assistant.

Now Outlook users with an iPhone or iPad can rely on Cortana’s voice capabilities to schedule meetings, search for emails, and read out a reply to an email. Outlook users can hold down the Google-like plus sign icon on iOS (and soon Android), and then tap the microphone icon to “Use Voice” to tell Cortana what to do in Outlook.

App Store: Outlook

Sony Releases $9,000 Drone for Professional Videographers

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Sony has announced a new drone it first unveiled at CES 2021 in January. Its called Airpeak S1, a US$9,000 aimed at professional videographers. It’s designed to work with Sony cameras that attach to a Gremsy T3 gimbal that is sold separately. It will have around 12 minutes of flight time with a camera attached, or 22 minutes without a camera.

WWDC 2021 Day Three Recap

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Day three of WWDC 2021 has been and gone, and Serenity Caldwell provided an update on what happened. There were sessions on bringing real-world objects into augmented reality, designing Shortcuts and actions for apps, and UI design. Apple engineers and designers shared how the built Apple Watch around accessibility too. Also, please enjoy the Mac startup sound at the beginning of the clip!

 

JBS USA Pays $11 Million in Ransom After Cyberattack

· Andrew Orr · Link

Pile of hundred dollar bills.

On Thursday, meat supplier JBS said it paid US$11 million after ransomware attack stopped its operations.

In consultation with internal IT professionals and third-party cybersecurity experts, the company made the decision to mitigate any unforeseen issues related to the attack and ensure no data was exfiltrated.

I wonder if the FBI will recover this ransom as well, like the Colonial Pipeline money.