The Sims FreePlay Adds AR Features to iOS

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The Sims FreePlay has an awesome update out today that adds AR features. It’s part of the Brilliant Backyards update, which includes seasonal content for decoration as well as a couple of live events.

  • Brilliant Backyards Live Event – Starting now through October 25, players can show off their green thumb and customize lush gardens with new plants, planter boxes, birdhouses, water features, and even unlock the ultimate prize – a Brilliant Backyard House.

  • Fashion Designer Stockings Hobby Event – From October 24 through November 3, players can step up their Sims’ style with a variety of colorful and patterned stocking styles.

  • Day Spa Live Event – From November 4 through November 18, Sims are treated to some R&R at the spa.

  • Halloween Ghost Flustered Seasonal Quest – From October 23 through October 31, fans can unlock quirky colored body paints and sleepwear, and enjoy spookier activities where Sims summon and scare away cheeky ghosts.

You can see the AR features shown off in the YouTube video down below.

 

iOS: How to Hide iOS Folder Names

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Lifehacker has a simple but cool tip to check out. If you’ve ever wanted to hide iOS folder names, you can do it with this little trick.

Adobe Launches Premiere Rush CC Video Editor for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you want a consumer-friendly video editor on your Mac, iPhone and iPad, but iMovie isn’t your thing, Adobe has a new app for you to check out: Premiere Rush CC. The app launched at Adobe MAX on Monday. It includes the video editing tools you need to record and edit, adjust or add audio, and share your movies on social networks. It uses Adobe Creative Cloud to sync files so you can switch devices while editing, too. I’ve been using the beta and it’s pretty impressive. You can try Premiere Rush CC for free. It’s priced at US$9.99 a month for individuals, $19.99 a month for teams, and $29.99 a month for enterprise.

Adobe Launches Premiere Rush CC Video Editor for Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Check Out the Apple Watch Faces Steve Troughton-Smith Designed

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Steve Troughton-Smith does more than post Apple product leaks. He’s also a professional coder, and his latest pet project shows why it would be cool to get third-party faces for Apple Watch. He’s come up with some pretty interesting watch faces, plus he posted the example code on Github so you can experiment with your own—assuming you’re a developer. I get Apple not wanting horribly garish watch faces, but maybe they could partner with some developers or make a watch face screening process. I know I’m ready for some options outside of Apple’s limited pool.

Check Out the Apple Watch Faces Steve Troughton-Smith Designed

Apple Buys Asaii, Adds its Team to Apple Music

· Jeff Gamet · Link

Asaii purchased by Apple

Apple purchased the music and artist discovery service Asaii—a deal that was confirmed by the company’s investment backer The House. Asaii makes tools for finding and managing artists, along with a tool for music services to make recommendations to listeners. The House founder Cameron Baradar told Music Ally,

As the first investors in Asaii, we are incredibly excited by their recent acquisition by Apple where they will have the opportunity to dramatically scale their impact and continue building out their vision for the future of the music industry.

Asaii’s founders are now part of the Apple Music team. Their tools can predict the next music hits weeks in advance. Couple that with the music discovery tools and Apple Music’s listening recommendations could get a lot better very soon.

Adobe Photoshop CC Coming to the iPad in 2019

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adobe Photoshop CC on Apple iPad Pro

Adobe Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad in 2019. It’s really Photoshop, and not just a subset of photo editing features.

APFS Corruption, Wi-Fi Numbering, and Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 731

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Home Internet NEON sign with text

APFS has been available on our Macs for a year now, and we’re beginning to see the issues with corruption that can’t be yet be solved by Apple or third party utilities. Wi-Fi is changing names… and getting faster! And folks, Backups are still important! All this and more in this week’s Mac Geek Gab. Press play and enjoy!

Introducing Salto, Another Terrifying Robot

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Robot technology often invokes sophisticated mechanisms, in order to perform a task, that mimic those of living creatures. When done right, the visual effect can be startling, even creepy. Mark Serrels writes: “Meet “Salto-1P” a robot being designed by the Biomimetic Millisystems lab at Berkeley, University of California. The work is being supported by an Army Research Office Grant, which makes me wonder if one of these things is gonna kill me one day.” Better check under your bed again, Mark.

AI, Chatting With Lightbulbs and iPad Miracles

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Philips Hue Signe light strip floor lamp

Modern technology, like AI, can look dorky and error prone in its early stages. We make fun of it. Then it matures before our eyes. Chatted with a lightbulb lately?

Apple Music Trailer for Carpool Karaoke with Jamie Foxx and Corinne Foxx

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new trailer out for Carpool Karaoke promoting an upcoming episode with Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne Foxx. The trailer feature’s Foreigner’s ripoff of Deep Purple’s “My Woman from Tokyo” “Hot Blooded.” The  theme of this episode is father-daughter clashes over what gets played on the car’s radio, which will surely resonate with lots of folks. Jamie Foxx is a great singer, too. Here’s the trailer.

Meross Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip: $23.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Meross Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip

We have a deal on the Meross Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip. This device not only has three standard plugs and two USB ports, it has Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to control each plug individually through the Meross app. You can turn connected devices on and off, set schedules, and activate timer routines, protecting your devices and trimming down your power usage. It’s $23.99 through our deal.

macOS Mojave Made Me Hate Dark Mode

· Jeff Gamet · Link

macOS Mojave Mojave Dark Mode disappoints

I’ve been a fan of Dark Mode ever since Adobe added it to Photoshop CS6 back in 2012. That’s why I was so excited to see system-wide Dark Mode support in macOS Mojave, and yet Apple managed to make me dislike the feature so much I gave up on it. For now, I’ll be sticking with the pre-Mojave light colored windows and menus instead. I planned on using Dark Mode to cut the brightness out of Finder windows, but now I’m going back to what I did before: When I’m writing and my screen feels too bright I switch to Grayscale mode. Andrew Orr did a great job of explaining how to turn it on and off for your Mac as well as iPhone and iPad. Check out his tip.

How Do Companies Make Money off our Data?

· Andrew Orr · Link

Big Data is a huge money making business, and a big example of this is AOL. No longer an ISP, AOL is now a data broker.

The collected data has value because of how it’s used in online advertising, specifically targeted advertising: when a company sends an ad your way based on information about you, such as your location, age, and race. Targeted ads, the thinking goes, are not only more likely to result in a sale (or at least a click), they’re also supposed to be more relevant to consumers.

While some people might want better ads that are more relevant to them, the article makes a good point: “I have targeted ads that are more attuned to my desires and my wants… But if you have someone who has an alcohol abuse problem getting a liquor store ad…” 

And I’m cynical enough to believe that the average advertiser wouldn’t care about that in the slightest.

Cops Taught How to Avoid Face ID Lock Out

· Andrew Orr · News

While suspects can be forced to unlock their iPhones, cops have been instructed not to look directly at iPhones to avoid Face ID lock out.

Smart Speakers Take Advantage of Wikipedia

· Andrew Orr · Link

Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo take advantage of Wikipedia, and Wikipedia deservers way more of our money.

But it’s not just the fact that this donation is, in the scheme of things, paltry. It’s that this “endowment” is dwarfed by what Amazon and its ilk get out of Wikipedia—figuratively and literally. Wikipedia provides the intelligence behind many of Alexa’s most useful skills, its answers to everything from “What is Wikipedia?” to “What is Slate?” (meta). Tech companies that profit from Wikipedia’s extensive database owe Wikimedia a much greater debt.

Amazon recently donated US$1 million to Wikimedia, but that’s a drop in the bucket when you think just how many people and services use Wikipedia. Especially since it’s a non-profit organization that gets most of its money through donations.

Cryptocurrency Malware Found in Adobe Flash

· Andrew Orr · News

Cryptocurrency malware has been found in Adobe Flash updates by researchers from Palo Alto Networks. It’s a Monero mining bot.

Privacy Search Engine DuckDuckGo Hits 30M Daily Searches

· Andrew Orr · Link

Privacy search engine DuckDuckGo announced it has reached 30 million daily searches. This is good news, because unlike other search engines DuckDuckGo doesn’t track you.

We’ve been growing by approximately 50% a year pretty consistently so at a macro level it isn’t too surprising, just the numbers are getting bigger! That said it has been even increased on top of that this year, especially in the past two months.

I’ve been using DuckDuckGo exclusively for a couple years now, and its gotten much better in that time. I don’t miss Google at all.