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[STEAL ALERT] KLICK: Android 3.5mm Shortcut Device for 39¢


Today a deal comes from GearBest that you would be crazy to pass up. For just 39¢ + free shipping you get Klick a 3.5mm push button for your android phone. Klick allows you to set up shortcuts for your phone like flashlight and camera with a press of a button.

To get Klick head on over to and use promo code GBSMR. This code will drop the already cheap push button down to 39¢ and free shipping. Payment is made through Paypal. This discount expires July 19th so head on over and pick one up today.


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Toyko, Zion National Park Added to Apple Maps Flyover Feature [iOS Blog]

Apple has added two new locations to its Maps Flyover feature in iOS, including Tokyo, Japan and Zion National Park in Utah. The new additions to Flyover allow users to take a close 3D look at the areas, zooming in on buildings and landmarks.

First introduced with iOS 6 and based on technology acquired from the purchase of C3 Technologies, Flyover is now available in 88 different locations across the world.

zion_flyoverZion National Park in Utah
The new additions to Flyover come as Apple works to continue to improve its Maps app. Recently, users have reported significant improvements in Apple Maps data, with errors being fixed with quick turnaround and additional POI locations added in many places. Apple also made notable updates to Maps in China, Japan, and several other countries back in March.

iOS 8 is expected to bring new features to Maps, though not at release. Transit directions and other Maps improvements are in the works, but may not be available to customers until the first significant iOS 8 update, possibly iOS 8.1, in 2015. iOS 8 also includes a new “City Tours” Flyover feature hidden within the code that lets users view a city’s major points of interest via Flyover, but it is not yet unlocked.


Apple’s Professional Video Apps Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Compressor Updated [Mac Blog]

After announcing plans to cease development of its professional photo editing software, Aperture, Apple is assuring users of its other professional-oriented software that it plans to continue video development with a series of new updates.

Final Cut Pro, Motion, Compressor, and MainStage Pro are all being updated today, with Final Cut Pro receiving the largest update. The update for the professional video software includes a range of new features and improvements:

– Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can be stored at any location outside of the library
– Easily delete optimized, proxy, and rendered media from within Final Cut Pro X
– Used media indicators for Compound clips, Multicam clips, and Synced clips
– Option to show only unused media in the Browser
– Apply a standard (Rec. 709) look in real time to high dynamic range and wide color gamut video from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, and Sony cameras
– Automatically apply an ARRI embedded 3D LUT from the new AMIRA camera
– Support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ
– Improved speed and accuracy when synchronizing clips
– Audio recording improvements including countdown and automatic Audition creation from multiple takes
– Fast export of cuts-only projects containing XDCAM media
– Export entire library as a single XML file
– Selecting a library displays key metadata in the Inspector
– Adjust relative and absolute volume of a clip or range selection
– Create Keywords from Finder Tags when importing media
– Option to sort events by date or name in the Libraries list
– Import a clip by dragging directly into the Browser
– Share 4K video to Vimeo

The other apps have gained minor improvements, such as support for Apple ProRes 4444 XQ in both Motion and Compressor along with improved sequence text behavior in Motion and improved performance in Compressor.

All of the apps are available from the App Store, with Final Cut Pro priced at $299, and Motion and Compressor priced at $50. According to TechCrunch, a MainStage update is also coming later today.

Final Cut Pro [Direct Link]
Motion [Direct Link]
Compressor [Direct Link]

Update 11:46 AM: The MainStage 3.0.4 update is now live, addressing several bugs.


Adobe ‘Doubling Down’ on Lightroom in Wake of Apple’s Aperture Announcement

Following Apple’s announcement that it plans to cease further development on its professional photo editing software, Aperture, Adobe has released a statement encouraging Aperture users to check out its Creative Cloud plan or its standalone Lightroom app, a longtime Aperture competitor. The company says it is committed to helping former Aperture and iPhoto customers transition to Lightroom.


Put simply we’re doubling down on our investments in Lightroom and the new Creative Cloud Photography plan and you can expect to see a rich roadmap of rapid innovation for desktop, web and device workflows in the coming weeks, months and years. We also continue to invest actively on the iOS and OSX platforms, and are committed to helping interested iPhoto and Aperture customers migrate to our rich solution across desktop, device and web workflows.

Known as Aperture’s biggest competitor, Lightroom is another solution for professional photo editing. Adobe has a Creative Cloud subscription plan aimed specifically at photographers, offering access to both Photoshop and Lightroom for $9.99 per month. While this plan used to be temporary, Adobe recently made it a permanent addition to Creative Cloud. Adobe also offers access to its full suite of Creative Cloud apps, including Lightroom, for $49.99 per month.

Adobe has developed Lightroom mobile apps for both the iPhone and the iPad, both of which seamlessly connect to the desktop version of Lightroom, allowing users to edit and manage their library of photos on any device.

While both Aperture and Lightroom offer similar professional photo editing capabilities, Lightroom has enjoyed regular updates as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, while Aperture has been falling behind for quite some time now. Lightroom received an update earlier this month, while Aperture was last updated in November of 2013.


Buyer’s Guide: Discounts on New iMac, iPhones, iPod Touch, and More [Mac Blog]

There are some great deals on Apple-related software and accessories this week, as well as some decent discounts on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and the new iMac.

For the next day, customers can get the new low-end 21.5-inch iMac for just $830 from Best Buy with a $120 discount on the iMac itself combined with a $150 discount on all Macs for students with an .EDU email address, a total price drop of $269. Students can also get a $150 discount on all iMacs and MacBooks through July 12.

The 16GB iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s are available for $29 and $99, respectively, from Walmart. Walmart’s new prices are permanent, and offer $79 off the iPhone 5c and $100 off the iPhone 5s.

Following the introduction of new 16GB iPod touches for $199, Best Buy has discounted the original 16GB iPod touch with no rear facing camera to $170.99, $58 off its original price and $29 less than the new iPod touches. Best Buy is also offering a slight discount of $12.50 on the 32GB iPod touch, selling it for $237.49, down from $249.99.

As far as accessories go, Best Buy is offering discounts on several different iPad mini Smart Covers. Light Gray, Dark Gray, and Pink, for example, can be purchased for $16.99, a $23.00 discount from the standard $39.99 retail price. Green and Red are available for $19.99.

New users of the Hotel Tonight app, which is designed to find deals on last minute hotel bookings can get a $25 credit by entering the promo code “TONIGHT” during account sign-up.

The Incase Hard-Shell Case for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is available for $14.99 from Groupon, a discount of $35 off the regular $50 price tag.

Before making a purchase of a Mac or iOS device, make sure to consult our Buyer’s Guide to find out if it’s a good time to buy. For example, since a new iPod touch variant was recently released, it’s unlikely another update is in the works for the near future, making it a good time to buy.

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Apple puts Aperture out to pasture, moving users to new Photos app

Apple’s pro photo editing suite Aperture is coming to the end of its life. In 2005 Cupertino decided to take on the entrenched powers in that field, including Adobe, but clearly the company has decided there are better uses for its resources. Instead, with the next version of OS X, will be ushered towards a new app called Photos. Apple will even provide a tool for seamlessly moving your existing library to Photos. While it may pack some of the more advanced editing features of Aperture, the new app is actually aimed more at replacing iPhoto (which will also be getting the boot). Users that are unwilling to give up Aperture can rest assured that will provide compatibility updates for OS X Yosemite, but there will be no other changes to the software. For those that would rather move over to the Adobe family, there’s always Lightroom, which is part of the Creative Cloud suite and has proven popular. Of course, that means paying a $10 monthly subscription. It’s less than ideal, but at least Lightroom has a history of frequent updates.

Update: This story originally stated that Apple was building a tool to aid those looking to transition to Lightroom. Instead the tool is for moving users to Photos. Apple is, however, working to provide documentation for those that wish to move to Lightroom.

Filed under: Software, Apple


Source: TechCrunch


The NSA’s 2013 transparency report is more opaque

In an attempt to offer transparency to United States surveillance tactics, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report today offering numbers for National Security Agency actions in 2013. The report notes thousands of orders placed for use of surveillance tactics (FISA requests: 1,899 in total), but fails to mention who or what was being targeted, not to mention exactly how. It recounts thousands of requests to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the court that decides which surveillance tactics are considered legal by the US government — and thousands of “targets” (90,601). However, issues arise immediately. The word “target” is defined as such:

“[It] has multiple meanings. For example, ‘target’ could be an individual person, a group, or an organization composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information that the U.S. government is authorized to acquire.”

Moreover, numbers are given for business records requests; instance where business records were specifically requested by the US government. While only numbering in the hundreds (178), the word “target” is used once again, which the US defines in an extremely loose way. As such, once more, it’s unclear exactly how many US citizens were affected and how.

There’s also a stat breakdown of national security letter (NSL) requests in 2013. Historically, NSLs were used in financial matters — they’re subpoenas for electronic records, as ordered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — but their use was expanded under the PATRIOT Act of 2001. These are particularly important to surveillance, as they order record holders to turn over otherwise private information, cannot be challenged, and even require the records holder not to tell the individual(s) or entity that their records are being given to the US government.

The report is slightly more specific in respect to NSL requests: 38,832 requests were made for records and 19,212 were approved. The report says those numbers skew far higher because, “the FBI may serve multiple NSLs for an individual for multiple facilities, e.g., multiple e-mail accounts, landline telephone numbers, cellular phone numbers, etc.” In plain English: multiple NSLs might be issued for the same person or entity.

The report is in response to President Barack Obama’s June 2013 directive to the Director of National Intelligence to issue a transparency report. Obama’s directive, of course, is in response to the deluge of NSA leaks last summer led by Edward Snowden.

Filed under: Internet, Software


Source: Office of the Director of National Intelligence


The original team behind Facebook Home moved on, but the app still lives

Remember Facebook Home? The Android homescreen replacement that Facebook hoped would change the way we interacted with our phones — and the titanic social network — from now on? The one that tragically failed to catch on with the Android-using public at large and hasn’t been updated since January? Yeah, that one. Turns out, the situation at Home may be even more dire than expected. Mike Isaac at the New York Times’ Bits blog reports that the original team that worked Home has been disbanded, but don’t count Home out yet. We reached out to Facebook to see what exactly this means for Home’s future, and a spokesperson confirmed that yes, there is a team still working on and supporting the app.

So Home isn’t dead yet, but it’d be good company if it was. After all, Facebook has seen (and disposed of) its share of mobile flubs these past few years. Poke, FB’s Snapchat clone officially bit the dust earlier in 2014, and the social giant released a Camera app that never really went anywhere shortly after it bought Instagram. And could forget the HTC First? It wasn’t the first Facebook phone to hit the streets, but it did some with Facebook Home pre-installed… and it sure fell into the bargain bin in a hurry.

None of this is meant to imply that Facebook outright sucks at mobile — far from it. Its story-centric Paper app is one of the best ways to sift through the sheer amount of stuff peppering your News Feed, and the required reciprocity built into Slingshot is a nifty approach to a well-worn path. Home was something more ambitious, and stands in pretty stark contrast to the other piecemeal apps that bear Facebook’s blessing. It was a way for the company to inject your social everything right into the heart of your homescreen. Facebook seems to be dialing back on its desire to own the whole experience of using a smartphone, but it hasn’t completely given up yet.


Source: NY Times Bits


For $10,000, here’s a mechanical watch you’ll never have to set

Mechanical watches are beautiful, but there’s always the hassle of setting it to the correct time when you travel abroad. What price, then, would you pay to never make that sort of effort again? If you answered “about ten grand,” then you’re the ideal customer for VCXO’s Ox One. The Swiss company has paired up a mechanical movement with a GPS module, so all you need to do is push the — sigh — “magic button,” and it’ll wind the time according to the local satellite. The Stainless Steel version of the watch will set you back $10,000, while the black ceramic is priced at $12,000, but if you’re really looking to splash out, there’s a limited-edition version that’ll set you back nearly $45,000. Of course, if you’re that obsessed with accuracy and efficiency, perhaps you’re better off just, you know, going digital?

Filed under: Wearables


Via: TechCrunch, A Blog to Watch

Source: VCXO


Robot builders work together to create structures much bigger than themselves

Robot builds a structure

If you’ve ever read a novel from Iain M. Banks’s Culture series, then you’ll know that builder-bots play a huge role in his vision of the future: A future in which houses, cities and even entire planets can be built on the cheap by armies of drones. In a very modest way, something like this is already possible, thanks to a team of researchers from Catalonia’s Insitute of Advanced Architecture. They’ve created a prototype design for an “ecology” of mini robots, which work together to squirt out various materials that harden to create the frame and skin of a building. Wheeled Foundation Bots come first, building up the base layers, and then Grip Bots clamber up these structures to create further levels. The video after the break makes it all so sound very simple and inevitable, but it slightly glosses over an important fact: these bots can only build according to an architect’s exact instructions. And, as any builder will repeatedly tell you, architects know almost nothing about how to actually build stuff. (At least, not until robots take their jobs too.)

Filed under: Robots, Science


Via: Fast Company

Source: IACC

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