The Story of Breaking the Sound Barrier, First Time

· · Cool Stuff Found

Until October 14, 1947, no human had piloted an aircraft faster than the speed of sound in level flight. At the time, some believed that it was a true barrier, hence the name, making it technically impossible. Others thought it might be possible, but aerodynamic forces would quickly break up the aircraft. And then, Chuck Yeager proved them wrong in the rocket propelled Bell X-1 on that glorious October day. (Jet engines were not yet powerful enough.) We learned a lot about supersonic flight in the coming years: the “area rule” concept, the advantages of a swept wing, and the all-flying tail. Here’s a very cool story of how it all happened by Popular Mechanics, a reprint from a 40th anniversary article. (Image credit: NASA)

The Story of Breaking the Sound Barrier, First Time

KlikR Universal Remote Control: $19.99

· · TMO Deals

KlickR Universal Remote Control

Our deal on KlickR is coming to an end in a few days. This device serves as a go-between between for your iPhone and any device with an infrared receiver. Put it onto or next to the receiver and you’ll be able to control it from the companion app on your iPhone or Android device. You can also use voice controls, designate rooms and multiple devices (if you have multiple KlikRs), and more. It’s the kind of device that helps bridge legacy electronics with the Internet of Things, and we have a deal on KlikR for $19.99.

Lume Cube Puts 1,000 Lumens 'Life Lite' on Kickstarter

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The folks who brought us the Lume Cube have launched a Kickstarter for Life Lite, a smaller LED light you control from your iPhone. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, and it can be mounted on some drones. Multiple Life Lites can be controlled at once, making it possible to use several of them to get the exact lighting you want. Half the size of the original Lume Cube, it puts out 1,000 lumens, or 70% as much light. It’s also less expensive, with funding options that get you a Life Lite starting at $39. This campaign exploded out of the gate, and Lume Cube has raised more than US$130,000 of a $30,000 goal with 21 days still to go. The company said it hopes to ship by March of 2017.

ROME: Total War for iPad Available Now, with New Trailer

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Fine. I know. I’ve written about this game a lot in the last couple of months, but it’s here! Yay! ROME: Total War for iPad has hit the App Store and is available now. This strategy game was originally a PC and Mac favorite, and Feral Interactive brought it to the iPad. That was no mean feat, as it included figuring out how to make mouse and keyboard controls work on a touch interface. It’s $9.99, and Feral released a new trailer for the release, below. Have fun! Oh, and if you don’t see me for a few weeks, it’s because I’m either playing this or Civilization VI on the Mac. I’m in gaming heaven at the moment.

Stick It In (or On) Your Ear

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

The Klipsch S4i is still my favorite reasonably-priced headset.

Dr. Mac doesn’t care much for Apple’s EarPods, so, he’s always testing alternatives—both earphones (in-the-ear) and headphones (on-the-ear and over-the-ear)—looking for standouts. After testing more than a dozen different brands and models this year, he’s found several that stand above the rest at prices you can afford.

Ireland to Formally Appeal EU Ruling on Apple Taxes, As Expected

· · Analysis

EU wants €13 billion for back Apple taxes

The Irish government said Tuesday that it will formally filed an appeal against the European Commission’s judgement that Apple owes billions of dollars in back taxes. The move was expected, and the filing later this week will simply be one step of many in the ongoing fight over Ireland’s treatment of multinational corporations.

Mosh/SSH for iOS Has Arrived

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Mosh (Mobile Shell) is a remote terminal shell that goes beyond SSH and can replace it. Mosh allows roaming, supports intermittent connectivity, and provides intelligent local echo and line editing of user keystrokes. It’s an open source project on GitHub, and now it’s available for iOS called Blink (iPhone and iPad). It’s fairly expensive, but designed all out for professional users—with the emphasis on speed. UNIX geeks with iPads rejoice.

Analyst Says iPhone SE Was a One-Off for Apple

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The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple isn’t planning to update iPhone SE, according to well-connected KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. If true, it’s hard to understand. There are still people who prefer the smaller iPhone; and, having a current-generation iPhone with a lower price tag helps Apple reach deeper into the market. So why nuke it?