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Sep

‘Bedtime Stories for Awful Children,’ a free ebook from ‘Year Walk’ devs


The dark, freezing woods of Sweden are the perfect breeding ground for terrifying tales of naughty children who get what they deserve. This week, Simogo — the developer of beautifully macabre game Year Walk, and mysterious narrative experiences Device 6 and The Sailor’s Dream — released a free, illustrated ebook collecting a handful of five re-tooled, scary Swedish folk tales. It’s called Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children, and it’s available in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. “We think obnoxious children all over the world deserve dark nightmares,” Simogo writes.

Bedtime Stories for Awful Children includes creatures from Year Walk and illustrations by Johanna Meijer. Its release is in part a celebration of Year Walk‘s launch on Wii U back in July.

“Inspired by the stories told in the past in our cold side of the world and the grim cautionary storybook Der Struwwelpeter, we give you Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children,” Simogo writes. “In this collection of stories designed to haunt both children and their parents, we have revisited all the creatures from Year Walk and given them one story each.”

Whether you have, know or are a naughty, mischievous child, definitely give Bedtime Stories for Awful Children a read. There’s a story about a boy who can’t keep his hands to himself and a man with a horse head who watches a young girl explode after eating soup, among other creepy tales.

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Tags: device6, eBook, FolkTales, hdpostcross, horror, scary, simogo, sweden, thesailorsdream, YearWalk

4
Sep

A survey of Apple’s input innovations


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With Force Touch rumored to arrive on the new iPhones next week, let’s take a look back at some of Apple’s other notable input methods. Cupertino has always offered a unique spin on the norm, whether it’s a mouse with no buttons, multi-touch gestures or a trackpad for your desktop. The pressure-sensitive Force Touch tech that debuted earlier this year on the Apple Watch and new MacBook is just the latest in a line of input innovations from Apple, a collection that’s sure to grow in the months to come. Slideshow-317324

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4
Sep

Deals: Labor Day weekend blowout sale on smartphone lenses, cables and drones!


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Getting ready to celebrate your Labor Day weekend? Come over and spend some geeky time with us before you head off to your fun adventures. We have an awesome sale going on in the AA Deals Store, and you definitely won’t want to miss it.

So here’s the deal: you know how the AA Deals Store always has awesome discounts, right? Well, some products’s prices have been cut even further down. And if that wasn’t special enough, you can get an extra 5% off by using coupon code “eos5off”. That’s pretty much a triple deal!

And these are no lame products, either. There’s smartphone lenses, cables and drones. Yes… flying toys! Let’s jump right into the nitty gritty.

3-in-1 Smartphone Photography Lens Set

Want your smartphone photos to look great? Some devices take stunning pictures already, but good glass can make a huge difference. This set of mobile lenses support both Android and iOS. The bundle includes wide angle, macro and fisheye lenses, so you can get a good range of different styles of photos in your portfolio!

This one is only $19.99 right now (before using the 5% off coupon), so go get it!

Buy the 3-in-1 Smartphone Photography Lens Set (USA)
Buy the 3-in-1 Smartphone Photography Lens Set (International)

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2-in-1 iOS & Android Extra Long Charging Cable

Do you use both Android and iOS devices? I do, so I understand how painful dealing with multiple cables can be. Should you grab the microUSB? Should you go for the Lightning cable? Forget about making these annoying decisions. With the 2-in-1 iOS & Android cable you can use the same cable with both platforms.

The cable comes equipped with its own converter, which you can plug right into the microUSB connector before charging your iPhones, iPods or iPads. Take it off to switch back to your Android products.

And at only $17.99 and $19.99 for USA and International customers, relatively, this is quite a steal. Remember, you can also get that extra 5% off by grabbing the coupon code mentioned in the introduction of this post.

Buy 2-in-1 iOS & Android Extra Long Charging Cable (USA)
Buy 2-in-1 iOS & Android Extra Long Charging Cable (International)

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Limited-Edition ‘Code Black’ HD-Camera Drone

OK, now things are starting to really get interesting. Always wanted your drone, but thought these nifty gadgets were too expensive? Sure, it may be a small flying object, but this thing is pretty well-equipped. Its 6-axis flight control system makes it amazingly stable. And if you want to get fancy you can do flips in all directions.

The Code Black drone has both beginner and expert flight modes, so you can be sure everyone will be able to control it. We can’t forget the camera, which will ensure you know where your device is flying, even if you loose sight of it.

This thing is also a steal at only $69 ($79 for international customers). It will be hard to find a drone at this price. And if that isn’t enough, you can also get that extra 5% using the coupon code listed above.

Buy Limited-Edition ‘Code Black’ HD-Camera Drone (USA)
Buy Limited-Edition ‘Code Black’ HD-Camera Drone (International)

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Snowflake Stealth Drone

Looking for an even cheaper drone? We also have the Snowflake another tiny drone that literally fits in the palm of your hand. It’s much cheaper, but doesn’t sacrifice too much to achieve its lower price point. The Snowflake also sports 6-axis gyro tech,4 led lights for night time visibility, 4 safety protected propellers and even a high-speed mode.

Buy Snowflake Stealth Drone

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4
Sep

A quick look at the new Sony Xperia Z5 camera


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Sony just recently unveiled a trio of high-end Android-powered smartphones, the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium. Along with a great overall design, slightly toned down software experience and many other enhancements, all three of these new devices sport Sony’s new 23MP Exmor RS camera sensor.

Sony tells us that the new sensor is capable of producing the fastest auto-focus experience available on a smartphone to date, with the added benefit of focusing on a subject in just .03 seconds. The new sensor also has some improved Steady Shot features with Intelligent Active Mode for video and the ability to record video in 4K.


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That might be impressive on paper, but just how does this camera perform in real life situations? After spending a few hours with the Xperia Z5 and taking some photos, we have some early thoughts that we’d like to share with you. Note that many of these photos were snapped on the show floor in low lighting conditions, so these might not be the clearest photos in the world. With that said, many folks tend to take pictures in restaurants, bars and other dark areas, so we’re hoping this gives you a good idea as to what you can expect from the new camera sensor.

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Overall, pictures taken with the camera are actually pretty good. There looks to be plenty of detail in most of the photos, with some slight noise reduction in certain pictures. Low-light shots have a tad smudginess to them as the photo transitions from bright areas to darker areas.

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One thing many folks forget about is the dedicated hardware camera button on the side of all Xperia devices, which makes a big difference when snapping a quick photo. The camera app has gotten some improvements, too. It’s as fast as it’s ever been, from taking the photo to file creation. Also, this newer, faster auto-focus experience is no joke. Once you tap on the screen to focus, the camera wastes no time and focuses right away without too much spot metering. These new enhancements coupled with the dedicated camera button on the side actually made this feel more like a compact or quick mirrorless camera, not a smartphone camera.

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With that said, in terms of picture quality, photos could use a bit more saturation and sharpness. Overall, thought, we’re really excited to put this new camera through our full tests.

So now that you’ve seen some quick shots from the Xperia Z5, what are your thoughts? Are you impressed with the new camera tech, or do you think you’ll pass? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.

4
Sep

LG G Pad 2 10.1 hands-on and first look


LG’s tablet offerings haven’t necessarily been all that exciting as of late, at least when it comes to the high-end market. That all seems to be changing now, as the company just recently announced a newer, larger addition to its G Pad line. Could this new device be a viable option for those looking for a high-end Android tablet, or will it fall short against other big devices from the competition? To help answer those questions, we go hands-on with the newly-announced LG G Pad 2 10.1.

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Once of the first things you’ll notice with this G Pad 2 is its big 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a pixel density of about 224. Despite its large screen, though, this is actually quite the nimble device, coming in at just 7.8mm thick. It features a soft metallic finish on the back that may look great, but can still be quite slippery at times. Much like other tablets of this size, the somewhat large side bezels and the side-mounted dual speakers suggest that LG primarily imagined this tablet for landscape usage.

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Underneath this large screen sits a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU, with 2GB of RAM, only 16GB of on-board memory and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. There’s also a5MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, as well as a non-removable 7400mAh battery powering the device that should be able to keep it running for some time. Given that LG decided to go with a Full HD panel instead of a more power hungry Quad HD screen, we’re sure battery life will be just fine with the G Pad 2 10.1.

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In terms of software, many folks think LG’s G UI software overlay can be a bit crowded and bloated at times. This isn’t really a problem here, as there seems to be ample room on the big 10.1-inch display for handling everything LG’s Android skin brings to the table. You’ll find all of the familiar software features on this tablet that we’re used to seeing on LG devices – QSlide applications, Dual Window functionality (perfect for larger displays), Quick Memo Plus, various LG widgets, and much more. It’s true, LG tends to oversaturate its G UI software when it comes to sheer number of additional features, but we’re sure Qualcomm’s capable Snapdragon 800 CPU will be able to handle most things that are thrown at it.

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The G Pad 2 10.1 comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office for Android tablets, which also comes with an additional 100GB of free OneDrive cloud storage for two full years. Obviously this doesn’t make up for the fact that LG only opted to throw in 16GB of on-board storage with the tablet, but for those who don’t own a microSD card, this will help out a bit.

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LG also recently announced a fun little accessory called the LG Rolly, an ultra-portable wireless keyboard, which is perfectly suited for this device, but can be paired with other tablets as well. Typing on this particular keyboard is really easy, and all you have to do is fold it out, and place the tablet on the stands that help prop the device up. The keyboard is very impressive, with keys that offer a lot of tactile feedback, but there large gaps in between the lines of keys here that will take some getting used to. One AAA battery powers this foldable keyboard, and with it priced at around $100, it is a great option to have for use with any other tablets you may have in your possession as well.

So there you have it for this first look at the LG G Pad 2 10.1! Overall, the latest tablet from LG is another fantastic offering, and the complete package is quite impressive. We can’t wait to put this tablet through its paces when we give it the full review treatment.

4
Sep

Customizing the Moto X Pure Edition with Moto Maker


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With the Moto X Pure Edition, Motorola is taking an unconventional approach. The company’s flagship phone will not be available through any carriers and their subsidies. Consumers will instead have to the Moto X Pure Edition unlocked from Motorola, Best Buy, and Amazon. Fortunately, the Moto X Pure Edition starts at $399. But this is a Motorola product and that means Moto Maker can be used to customize the phone to match your style. Moto Maker offers options to change storage size and colors while adding personalization with engravings and greetings.

Let’s have a look at what you can do with the Moto X Pure Edition and Moto Maker.

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Head over to Motorola’s site and find the pre-order button on the Moto X Pure Edition’s page. Or you can go directly to the phone’s Moto Maker studio.

Before getting started, know that the base price of the Moto X Pure Edition is $399. Certain changes and additions to your configuration will increase the price.

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The phone shown on the left is what your phone will look like throughout the process of using Moto Maker. The panel on the right is what you are able to modify.

When it comes to storage, Motorola has sizes big and small covered. The base model comes with 16GB of internal storage, an amount that many feel should be eliminated from mobile devices altogether. Need more? You can go up to 32GB or 64GB for $50 and $100 extra, respectively. And the microSD card slot allows you to raise that space by an additional 128GB.

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The frame and front of the Moto X Pure Edition are a packaged deal. So you must choose one of the following options:

  • White & Silver
  • White & Champagne
  • Black & Dark Gray

Going for the White & Champagne option, though, requires the 32GB or 64GB model to be selected. It seems that Motorola wants people to pay for the classier option.

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Choosing the back to match the frame and front of your Moto X Pure Edition could be the most difficult part in using Moto Maker. There are seventeen choices between soft grip, wood, and leather materials. The latter two increase the price of the phone by $25, but the benefit of having a premium look and feel such as Bamboo or Black Leather could easily be worth the added cost.

Here the different backs:

  • Soft Grip: Winter White, Black, Slate, Raspberry, Cabernet, Lime, Turquoise, Dark Teal, Royal Blue, Deep Sea Blue
  • Wood: Bamboo, Walnut, Ebony, Charcoal Ash
  • Leather: Natural, Cognac, Black, Red

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Now you get to mix or match the accent with the frame of the phone. The accent will alter the piece around the camera, which the Moto G (2015) also has, and the speaker. Motorola is offering both safe and unusual colors with a metallic look: Lemon Lime, Silver, Dark Gray, Champagne, Red, Pink, Royal Blue.

Most people are simply choosing a color that matches the frame’s color.

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Engraving something on the back of the Moto X Pure Edition is what truly personalizes the phone for you. Motorola does make it clear that the lighter backs will show engravings better than others; therefore, stick with backs like the Bamboo or Natural Leather rather than the Charcoal Ash or Black soft grip. You can put almost anything you’d like on the back of the phone as long as it remains less than fifteen characters and isn’t offensive.

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The final piece of Moto Maker is another area of personalization. Motorola wants you to have a greeting that appears each and every time the phone starts.

The amount of characters allotted to this space is eighteen.

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Now you’re done! Motorola will show you what costs (if any) have been added to the base price of your Moto X Pure Edition.

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Notice two things before you complete the checkout process:

  • Moto Care: Motorola offers two years of accidental damage and extended mechanical coverage for the Moto X Pure Edition for less than $100. The benefit of Moto Care is huge considering the company will immediately ship you a like-new phone even before your damaged phone is sent to them. Each claim has a deductible of $49.
  • Pricing options: You can pay up front or spread the cost of the phone over six, twelve, eighteen, or twenty-four months using a Motorola Credit Account. Depending upon your credit history and the length of the financing, Motorola will accept monthly payments until the phone is paid off.

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Enter your billing and shipping information and Motorola will get right to work on making your Moto X Pure Edition. Motorola is working as quickly as possible to assemble phones, so you should expect a wait ranging 2-4 weeks. To me, getting a customized and personalized phone seems very much worth the wait.

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4
Sep

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Nomad Pod or Nomad Stand for Apple Watch


For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Nomad to give five MacRumors readers a chance to win either a Nomad Pod or a Nomad Stand for the Apple Watch.

The Nomad Pod is a compact Apple Watch stand and charger that includes an 1800 mAh battery for charging your Apple Watch even when away from home. The two-piece Pod includes a handy hidden cord wrap and a brushed aluminum cover held in place by magnets. It ships with a keychain-sized Nomad Micro-USB cable to keep it charged, and a rubber backing on the bottom keeps it secure on any surface.

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The palm-sized Nomad Pod works with all open-band Apple Watches and it is available in Space Gray or Silver for $59.95.

Nomad’s Stand for Apple Watch is a precision machined aluminum charging stand that has a svelte curved design. Also available in either Space Gray or Silver, the Nomad Stand is an ultra simple stand with a clever non-visible side channel for hiding the Apple Watch cable.

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It includes a non-slip rubber foot at the bottom to prevent it from moving around on a desk or a nightstand, and its design lets it work with all of Apple’s watch bands, from the Sport Band to the Link Bracelet. It retails for $69.95.

Five MacRumors readers will be able to win either a Nomad Stand or a Nomad Pod, with each winner being able to pick the product of their choice. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will not be given to any will be used solely for contact and shipping purposes.

You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveawayhttp://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.jsThe contest will run from today (September 4) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific time on September 11. The winners will be chosen randomly on September 11 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.


4
Sep

Real-Time Motion Capture Firm Faceshift May Have Been Acquired by Apple


Based on a few whispers and some research, MacRumors believes that Swiss real-time motion capture firm Faceshift may have been acquired by Apple in recent weeks. Faceshift has been working with game and animation studios, as well as smaller companies, on technology to quickly and accurately capture facial expressions using 3D sensors, including releasing Faceshift Studio software with plugins for animation software like Maya and Unity. More recently, the company has been working toward consumer-facing software such as a Skype plugin that would support real-time avatars for video chat.

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Faceshift was launched in 2011 out of the Computer Graphics and Geometry Laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and has shown off some impressive demos of its technology in a number of settings. In mid-2013, the company brought on industry veteran Doug Griffin, formerly of Industrial Light & Magic and Electronic Arts, to head up a San Francisco office.


Faceshift has clearly been acquired by another company in recent weeks, as noted in a Swiss company registry filing from August 19 showing the three original corporate directors having stepped down as of August 14 and being replaced by Baker & McKenzie mergers and acquisitions attorney Martin Frey. Frey does not appear to have any direct links with Apple, but Apple has frequently used Baker & McKenzie’s services in a number of countries around the world, including management of some of Apple’s Swiss trademarks.
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4
Sep

SpaceX Falcon Heavy set to launch in spring 2016


We’ve heard quite a bit about the SpaceX Falcon Heavy spacecraft since it was first announced. What we haven’t seen is a launch. However, it’s now planned for next spring. Earlier this week, SpaceX vice president of mission and launch operations Lee Rosen said that the company is aiming for a “late April early May timeframe” for that first launch. Rosen also explained that the crew is finishing renovations to the Falcon Heavy’s launch pad for the initial test flight. That’s the Pad 39A that’s designed to handle launches of both the Falcon Heavy and Falcon 9. The rocket was first announced back in 2011 with a launch planned for 2013 that didn’t pan out. And this summer’s Falcon 9 disaster push things back even further. After the first test launch, the Falcon Heavy is scheduled to carry a load of 37 satellites for the Air Force in September 2016. As a refresher, the spacecraft uses 4.5 million pounds of thrust to launch and is capable of carrying a payload of 53,000 kg (116,845 lbs.) into low Earth orbit.

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4
Sep

Buyer’s Guide: Discounts on iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2, MacBook Air, and More


With Labor Day fast approaching, retailers are offering great discounts on a wide range of Apple products, from the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 to the MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.

If you’ve been waiting for a sale to pick up a laptop or a tablet, now is the time to buy. Many products are at the lowest prices we’ve seen, or close to it. We’ve also rounded up some deals on accessories and we’ve highlighted a list of popular apps and games that are on sale this week.

Just a reminder: Apple’s Back to School promotion is still going on both in stores and online, with Apple offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 headphones with the purchase of an eligible Mac. Eligible Macs include the iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac Pro.

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Best Buy is discounting its entire iPad Air 2 lineup this week by up to $100, so now is a great time to purchase one of Apple’s larger iPads. The iPad Air 2 is not going to be upgraded next week, making it safe to purchase now.

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The biggest discounts are on the higher-capacity models, with the 128GB Cellular iPad Air 2 discounted by $100, dropping the price to $729.99. That price is available on the Gold, Silver, and Space Gray models.
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