iPhone 8's Price, The SciFi World of Twistron - TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-25

· Bryan Chaffin · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join guest-host Dave Hamilton to dig into whether the rumored price of Apple’s not-yet-announced iPhone 8 is too expensive. They also talk about the science fiction promise of a new material called Twistron. It’s super cool.

IK Multimedia's iRig Keys I/O: a Keyboard MIDI Controller with Built-In Audio Interface

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia has an interesting new product called iRig Keys I/O. Ostensibly it’s a MIDI controller (i.e. a keyboard with either 25 or 49 full-size keys). But it also has a built-in audio interface so you can hook it up directly to your Mac, iOS device, or PC. Plus, it has a combo input jack for line, instrument or mic input (with Phantom power). It features 24-bit audio with sampling rates of up to 96kHz. In addition to the full-size keys, it also has touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and knobs for additional MIDI goodness. And it comes with full versions of SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation, T-RackS 4 Deluxemix and mastering suite, Syntronik Pro-V vintage synthesizer, and Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE. It’s available for preorder at $199.99 for the 25-key model and $299.99 for the 49-key model. It will ship in October.

IK Multimedia’s iRig Keys I/O: a Keyboard MIDI Controller with Built-In Audio Interface

5-in-1 Clip and Snap Smartphone Camera Lenses: $17.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

5-in-1 Clip and Snap Smartphone Camera Lenses

We have a deal for you on the 5-in-1 Clip and Snap Smartphone Camera Lenses. It’s a kit with 5 camera lenses for your smartphone, and the holder clips onto your device. so it fits different smartphones, It’s $17.99 through us.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Will Become an AR Game

· Andrew Orr · News

The grand prize for the sweepstakes are tickets to attend the premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in Los Angeles this December, as well as a private tour of Lucasfilm in San Francisco.

Apple's Titan Car Struggle, iPhone 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy 8 - TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-24

· Bryan Chaffin · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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John Martellaro and Jeff Butts join guest-host Bryan Chaffin to talk about Apple’s perils an lessons in trying to make a car. They also discuss the perennial topic of whether this is the year when—finally—Apple can’t compete with whatever Samsung announced earlier in the year. (Spoiler: no, it’s not.)

Apple Music Carpool Karaoke Teases Miley Cyrus Family

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new teaser video out for Carpool Karaoke. This one promotes an episode centered around Miley Cyrus, her father Billy Ray Cyrus, and the rest of their family. In addition to the family (of singers) singing pop tunes, they also do some dancing (in and out of a vehicle) and take a family photo. As with other episodes in the series, fans of the artists will dig it, while non-fans will meh it.

Clip On Smartphone LED Selfie Light: $10.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Clip On Smartphone LED Selfie Light

Check out the Clip On Smartphone LED Selfie Light. It’s a ring of LEDs that fits in your pocket and clips on to your iPhone for taking a well-lit selfie. I’d have covered it as a Cool Stuff Found if we weren’t running a deal on it. Speaking of which, it’s $10.99 through us.

Lava Lamp Love, Eclipse Disaster Preparedness, and the Bitcoin Fork - ACM 423

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Lava Lamps are the bee’s knees. It is known. And in this episode, Bryan and Jeff discuss how they make the perfect random number generator. They also look at how eclipse watching is an excellent window into what would happen in a disaster, and discuss the Bitcoin fork that resulted in Bitcoin Cash being created.