Apple's iPhone XS Max is a Winner. For Now

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

SVO Schiller shows 2018 iPhone lineup

Those who have an iPhone X have little incentive to upgrade to an iPhone XS. But the iPhone XS Max appears to be a winner. At least until pre-orders start for the iPhone XR.

Final Cut Pro 10.4 Gets 360 VR, HDR Support, More

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Final Cut Pro on iMac with HTC VIVE VR headset

Apple released Final Cut Pro 10.4 on Thursday with 360° VR video editing support, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, HEIF and HEVC support, and more.

Want to Dive Into a 3D LEGO Star Wars World? Check Out The Last Jedi 360 Experience

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO and Star Wars are a pretty awesome combination, and one of their newest games takes that to a wonderfully fun new level with a virtual reality experience. The game is called The Last Jedi 3D Experience and it lets you build ships the Resistance and First Order use in their battle for control of the galaxy. The game plays in a web browser so you don’t need to install any special apps, and if you have Google Cardboard or View-Master VR for your iPhone it’s over-the-top cool. The Last Jedi 3D Experience is free and you can check out the game at the LEGO website.

Want to Dive Into a 3D LEGO Star Wars World? Check Out The Last Jedi 360 Experience

VR Apple Maps in iOS 11

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Apple’s going big on augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with iOS 11, and it appears those plans include the Apple Maps app. It was discovered this week that Maps locations which currently support “Flyover Tours” will now have a VR mode called just “Flyover” (minus the Tours). When accessed, the user sees the traditional Flyover view, but instead of the predefined tour video, the view responds to the user’s movement and the position of the iPhone. While currently providing a VR view, it appears that future plans call for AR too, as you’ll get a warning while using the app if there isn’t enough light for the camera. Check it out if you’re running the iOS 11 Beta.

VR Apple Maps in iOS 11

A Glimpse Into Microsoft's Future

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Future User Interface.

Microsoft is a changed company under CEO Satya Nadella. We’re not the first ones to notice. This change has manifested itself in several ways, most notably the willingness to provide solutions on whatever platform the customer wants to work with. More exciting, however, is how people interact with their computers. This week, John points us an article that reveals Microsoft’s important new thinking about the human-machine interface.

Apple's iPad Fights For the Education Market

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple using internal magnets to attach Apple Pencil 2 to iPad Pro

The education market is very price sensitive. Three players are in a pitched battle for the right-priced personal computer: Apple (iOS), Google (Chrome OS + Android), and Microsoft (Windows 10 Cloud). These OSes and their implementation on hardware, plus the right kind of marketing and staying power, could determine which company seizes the hearts and minds of schools and students.