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Google Motion Stills App for iOS Turns Your Live Photos Into Sharable Animated GIFs

11:33 AM, Jun. 8th, 2016 · by

Google released a new iOS app Wednesday called Motion Stills that makes animated GIFs from Live Photos. While GIFs are inferior to Live Photos in terms of colors and image quality, they have the huge advantage of being seen by anyone on just about any device—Live Photos are supported on a subset of Apple devices. Motion Stills is also using some image stabilization sauce to make the resulting images as good as they can be in the animated GIF format. Users can share to their preferred messaging app, and you can combine Motion Stills with a swipe. I haven't had time to play with the app yet, so I have no idea what that means, but hey, you can do it.  The image below is an animated GIF courtesy of Google.

Google Motion Stills Example

Tendigi Runs Android on an iPhone, Sort of

9:27 AM, Jun. 8th, 2016 · by

Check this out: Tendigi has figured out how to (sort of) run Android on an iPhone. I say sort of and you maybe say "Why?" but whatever your feelings about Android, it's a nifty accomplishment detailed on the company's blog (via Engadget). Here's the super short version: they built a dedicated version of Android that would run on a custom logic board that was then built into a 3D printed case. Stay with me. That custom version of Android was built to send its information to an iPhone display via the gray cable you can see in the video below. On the iPhone side, they made their own custom iOS app that would display the information from the Android install and send touch-input back to it. So really, they're streaming Android on an iPhone, not running it on an iPhone, but like I said, it's an intensely geeky accomplishment. Check out the details on that blog post.

Compilation Video of Amazing Drone Shots

8:03 PM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · by

Check out this compilation video of amazing drone shots from the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival. They're gorgeous shots, but what really interests me is how drone photography is not only democratizing the kind of shots that could once have been made only with helicopters or expensive cranes, but is also bringing entirely new shots and perspectives that were previously impossible by any means. The volcano shot particularly blew me away.

Woodline iPhone Case Features Kevlar Sandwiched by Hardwood

7:31 PM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · by

I like wood. Go ahead. I'll wait for you to work through all the jokes circulating through your mind. OK, done? When I was a kid I obsessed over wooden pens. It was about the finest thing I could imagine owning because them's were simpler times. Cut to today, and there are a few companies making wood cases for iPhone. I think they're beautiful. Pad & Quill has a case called Woodline that is a sheet of kevlar that is sandwiched by two layers of hardwood. The wood is hand-sanded to a satin finish, and the company has that craftsperson initial the case they worked on. The promo video below talks about the manufacturing process and shows several different finishes that are available. Woodline is priced at $49.95 for iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus.

How to Enable and Use Instagram’s iPhone Sharing Feature

6:56 PM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · by

Instagram now lets you post photos from other apps on your iPhone, but you'll have to enable the feature first. Follow along with our Quick Tip video where Jeff Gamet shows how to get the feature working, and how to post images to Instagram outside of the app.

Flashback 2010: Giving the iPhone 4 the Smackdown

10:22 AM, Jun. 7th, 2016 · by

Hours before then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 4 in 2010, the Telegraph explained why buying one would be a horrible idea. Those reasons included the cost because you could pay less for a Blackberry, it's anti-technology, it costs money to develop native apps, the headphones suck, battery life is poor, it's poorly designed, and doesn't support Adobe's Flash. It's a fun read because we get a glimpse into how people saw the smartphone market six years ago, and because it presented both Blackberry and Flash as relevant yet both are on their deathbed today.


This Robot Folds Your Laundry

8:11 PM, Jun. 3rd, 2016 · by

Someone get George Jetson on the horn—we found his laundry folding robot. It's called FoldiMate, and it's a dedicated robot for folding your clothes. OK, so there's a long stream of caveats, starting with the fact that it doesn't ship until sometime in 2017. It's also big, and if you watch the video, you'll note that you have to pin each article of clothing onto the machine by hand. That seems like it might take almost as much time as folding it by hand, but who cares?!? This robot will do it for you, and unless you did time at The Gap, it will probably look better than that old fashion hand-folding job you'd have done. Plus, robot. Back on the caveat side, it's expected price is $700-$850, according to, and an optional steam attachment will cost another $200-$300. But still, robot, so yay!

Larry Ellison Talks about that Time He Offered to Buy Apple for Steve Jobs

5:51 PM, May. 31st, 2016 · by

Long-term Apple observers will remember the mid-1990s and rumors that Larry Ellison was going to buy Apple. This was 1995, when "Apple was in severe distress," as Mr. Ellison put it. The rumor mill was rife with very real predictions of Apple's impending death, and it could have happened. On May 13th, Mr. Ellison gave the commencement speech for the University of Southern California, and at the 15 minute mark, he told the story about a walk with Steve Jobs where he offered to buy Apple and put Mr. Jobs in charge of it. Listen to the story for some interesting insight into both Mr. Ellison and Mr. Jobs, including the bit where the latter turned down the offer from the former and why.

Star Wars: Force Awakens Soundtrack LPs Will Feature Built-in Holograms—Really

5:45 PM, May. 27th, 2016 · by

I am so in love with this! Disney is planning to release a hologram vinyl version of the original motion picture soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Vinyl—hipsters rejoice, right? But wait, there's more because geeks get to rejoice, too, because HOLOGRAM! A hologram of the Millennium Falcon and a Tie Fighter is etched into the vinyl that appears above the LPs (it's a two-disc set) when it spins on the turntable. It's an analog process, there are no projectors here, it's just light doing what light does when a mad scientist like Tristan Duke harnesses it to his will. It turns out he did the same thing for some limited edition LPs Jack White put out for his killer album Lazaretto (the title track's video is one of my favs). So this video and delight that there are smart people who make things that amaze us.

Writing the ‘Apple Music Letter’ Was Taylor Swift’s Bravest Thing She’s Done

5:09 PM, May. 24th, 2016 · by

Have you seen Vogue's 73 Questions series? They send a production team into the home of a celebrity and ask them 73 questions in one take. It's fun, if you're into that sort of thing, but I just watched Taylor Swift's episode from April. At the very end, she's asked what the bravest thing she's ever done. She answered, "Writing the Apple Music letter," referring to an open letter she wrote to Apple criticizing the company's payment structure for artists on Apple Music. That was followed by answering it was also the most spontaneous thing she's ever done. With great risk comes great rewards, and that open letter has seemingly led to a collaborative partnership with Apple involving multiple commercials, a tour movie that opened exclusively on Apple Music, and unknown things in the future.