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Gear: SnapPower SnapPower Charger

iLounge - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 3:40pm

With just about everything charging from a USB port these days, juggling power adapters and free outlets can be a problem. While the idea of a wall outlet with built-in USB ports isn’t new, we do like SnapPower’s different approach to the problem with its SnapPower Charger. Instead of requiring that you replace your entire wall outlet — a more costly and complex process — SnapPower has designed a replacement wall outlet cover plate…
Categories: iPod News

Review: Braven BRV-1M Bluetooth Speaker

iLounge - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 3:23pm

Braven's new waterproof BRV-1M ($100) Bluetooth speaker is the company's updated version of 2013's BRV-1. While that small speaker hit the market for $180, BRV-1M has slashed that price tag in half. BRV-1M actually has more in common with a favorite speaker of ours, last year's BRV-PRO. BRV-1M boasts a similar design and size, but it's mostly made of plastic and rubber. The speaker has a 2200 mAh power bank with a 1A port to recharge devices; Braven claims BRV-1M gets 12 hours of playtime on one charge. The IPX7 waterproof speaker comes with an action mount, tie-down strap, aux cable, and a micro-USB cable for recharging. BRV-1M comes in red, black, or gray.{/exp:char_limit}
Categories: iPod News

Mac: BusyMac BusyCal 3

iLounge - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 10:42am

Although Apple has made some very nice improvements to its built-in Calendar app in macOS over the years, Apple’s core app remains focused on simplicity and easy of use, lacking the sophistication that many power users are looking for in a calendar app. Fortunately, if you’re somebody with a busy lifestyle who is looking for more from your macOS Calendar app, BusyMac has you covered with BusyCal 3 ($50). This new version of the popular calendar app brings a collection of great new features, including things that were previously the exclusive domain of Apple’s own Calendar app, such as support for travel times. BusyCal 3 continues to allow you to customize your calendar view with everything from font styles and colors to time formats, number of days or weeks shown, and more.
Categories: iPod News

News: Daily Deal: iOS Online Courses, Lifetime All Access Pass

iLounge - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 8:00am

Today in iLounge Deals, you can pick up a Lifetime All Access Pass to iOS Online Courses for only $69 — that’s 95% off the regular price. iOS Online Courses is a leading provider of top-notch instruction in iOS game and app development, with a continually growing library of tutorials that will let programmers of all levels build and hone their skills. Course selection includes iOS, tvOS, watchOS, GameKit, Swift, Objective-C, and more, and…
Categories: iPod News

Error'd: Not in Kansas Anymore

The Daily WTF - Fri, 07/08/2016 - 5:00am

Eric G. wrote, "It looks like Dinerware, a point of sale system for restaurants, has a similar problem to the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz."

 

"I noticed an 'Eject Thumb Drive' icon in my system tray and, since I didn't have a thumb drive plugged in, I was curious what it was referring to," Russ J. writes.

 

"It's one thing to see ~Firstname-YP~}, but my first name is IN the email!" wrote Jack.

 

"I spotted this at a train station in Atlanta. I guess I'll miss out on what the screensaver was," writes Christopher E.

 

"Walgreens really wants me to reply to this message but also to understand that they won't process or read it. I'm confused," Aaron D. writes.

 

"I had to double check, but I don't think that Fitbit knows how to do datetime math," writes Pascal.

 

Matthew J. writes, "I was trying to install some software and the C++ runtime libraries apparently have a problem with the far east."

 

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Categories: Comic Relief

Review: Braven BRV-Blade Bluetooth Speaker

iLounge - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 2:10pm

BRV-Blade ($200) is a new speaker from Braven. Featuring typical Braven industrial design, the thin portable Bluetooth speaker boasts IPX7 waterproof protection, and its rugged frame is shockproof, as well. The black stereo speaker features two forward-firing drivers and two passive subwoofers on each side. Braven claims BRV-Blade can run for 22 hours of playtime — a typically impressive number from the company's speakers. Speaking of battery, BRV-Blade's included 4000 mAh battery allows users to charge iOS devices at 1A speeds. BRV-Blade comes with an AC adapter (with interchangeable world plugs), an aux cable, and a tie-down strap with bottle opener.{/exp:char_limit}
Categories: iPod News

News: Apple expected to release iOS 10 public beta today

iLounge - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:54am

Following the release of the second iOS 10 Developer Beta earlier this week, Apple is expected to be releasing the first public beta of iOS 10 for non-developers through its Apple Software Beta Program. Unveiled last month at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 10 is being billed as the biggest iOS update that Apple has ever released, with major redesigns and enhancements to Music, Maps, Messages, and News, an entirely new lock screen,…
Categories: iPod News

News: Apple TV Remote app beta 2 works as second game controller, adds legacy Apple TV support

iLounge - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 9:20am

Alongside the second developer betas for iOS 10 and tvOS 10 released earlier this week, Apple has also been providing developers with betas of the new Apple TV Remote App. We took a look at the first beta of the remote app in our sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10, noting that the new app will provide all of the capabilities of the Siri Remote, with a button for issuing Siri commands and support for turning the device into a game controller in…
Categories: iPod News

News: Daily Deal: FRESHeCOLOR Bluetooth Portable Speaker

iLounge - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 8:00am

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the FRESHeCOLOR Bluetooth Portable Speaker for only $59.95 — that’s 76% off the regular price. This funky portable Bluetooth speaker not only provides you with the ability to play your tunes at the beach, campsite, or block party, but cool LED lights on the speaker react to the music as it plays, adding ambiance and making you the life of the party. The attached handle makes it easy to carry…
Categories: iPod News

Classic WTF: The Circle of Fail

The Daily WTF - Thu, 07/07/2016 - 5:30am
"Doctor, it hurts whenever I do this!" This classic ran back in 2013 -- Remy

During Ulrich’s days as an undergraduate, he landed a part-time gig at a nuclear power plant. It was an anxious time to be on board at the nuke plant- the late 1990s. The dreaded Y2K loomed over all of their aging systems. One decimal point in the wrong spot at midnight on January 1st, 2000 and… well, nothing good would come of it.

Ulrich’s job for the big conversion was more benign though. He needed to update the simple graphics on the monitoring program the nuclear technicians used to keep tabs on the reactor. The very basic macro language generated Commodore 64-quality graphics; it displayed the position of the control rods, neutron flux, water temperatures & pressure, turbine and generator stats, and how many three-eyed fish were caught in the neighboring lake. All of this was then shown on 10 massive CRT monitors mounted around the main control room.

Ulrich worked diligently to get his screens prepared, and the day came for him to roll out the changes. They didn’t have a “test control room”, so the demo needed to be run live. He invited the engineers to gather ’round the monitors to see his spectacular new designs. When the program booted and Ulrich went to pull up the control rod screen, all 10 monitors went as black as the cloak on a member of the Night’s Watch. As the engineers chuckled, Ulrich turned bright red and ran back to the server room to see what happened. It didn’t take him long to realize that whatever he screwed up caused the entire mainframe to go down.

Thus began a two-week battle to troubleshoot the mainframe issue, during which time the computer monitoring was completely unavailable. This caused the nuclear technicians to have to leave their air conditioned control room so they could use primitive analog monitoring tools from the 1970’s to check on the reactor. Every time Ulrich walked past one of them, he could sense them glaring and thinking “There’s that little pipsqueak that killed the monitors!”

The tools Ulrich had to debug the program weren’t merely useless to him. They went beyond uselessness into outright opposition. The custom macro-language had no debugger or real documentation. The mainframe was purchased from the Czech Republic and one would have to know Czech in order to read the error logs. He was able to locate a sticker on top of the server with the phone number of the vendor. He was able to reach one of their ‘experts’ named Miklos, who asked him for the serial number of the product. Ulrich provided it but the expert retorted “That is not full number! This is too short. What you need help with? Toaster? Coffee maker?”

Confused, Ulrich replied, “Ummm, a mainframe?” Had the nuclear plant bought their server from some sort of Czech Coffee, Toaster, and Mainframe Corp.? Miklos said “Oh no, Miklos can not help you. I give you number for Blazej. He does help with mainframe.” Blazej was an engineer at another nuclear power plant in the Czech Republic, who also had the same mainframe. Ulrich called there, not expecting much.

Through a series of conversations with Blazej, Ulrich was able to finally narrow down the problem to the presence of circles in the screen outputs. Apparently drawing fancy circles was far too much for the monitoring program to handle. He removed all the circles from his screens, uploaded the changes to the mainframe and finally the engineers could see the reactor statistics on the bright, beautiful monitors; without any circles. The result was ugly, boxy, and barely readable, but it worked. Ulrich breathed a sigh of relief then decided to call Czech Coffee, Toaster, and Mainframe Corp. back to notify them of the horrible bug in their program.

Ulrich once again got connected to his buddy Miklos. “Hi Miklos, this is Ulrich. I called a while back concerning our power plant monitoring program crashing the mainframe. You’ll be glad to know that Blazej and I were able to determine the problem. It all had to do with circles being drawn on the screen. I know it sounds silly, but that causes the whole mainframe to come down.”

Miklos seemed to be offended by such an accusation. “You do a circle and server come down? You want Miklos to fix this? You stupid? If you know circle cause trouble, then DO NOT USE CIRCLE!” Miklos abruptly hung up. Ulrich shrugged it off since his job was done. He eventually finished his undergrad program before Y2K and moved on from the nuclear power plant. When New Years 2000 rolled around, he made sure he was far, far away at a ski resort just in case anyone else slipped a circle into the graphics and the plant melted down as a result.

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Categories: Comic Relief

News: Apple releases fifth developer betas for iOS 9.3.3, tvOS 9.2.2

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:59pm

Apple has released the fifth developer betas for iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2, in parallel with the iOS 10 and tvOS 10 development cycle. As with prior betas, the sparse release notes and minor version numbers suggest that the betas are primarily focused on bug fixes and performance improvements. The minimal list of “Known Issues” in the release notes as compared to prior betas suggest that both versions may be nearing final release and will…
Categories: iPod News

Gear: Satechi Multi-Port USB Charging Station

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:04pm

Satechi’s new Multi-Port USB Charging Station ($30) stands out from many competing power stations by including USB type-C ports. To be exact, this power station has four “classic” USB type-A ports and two type-C ports. The compact 60W station includes a power switch and a total output of 12A, to ensure devices charge quickly. Multi-Port USB Charging Station comes in white or black.
Categories: iPod News

Mac: Cindori Command Center

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:00am

Cindori’s Command Center ($10) provides some handy shortcut options for those looking to streamline their Mac user experience. Moving the mouse to the edge of the screen with the app running activates the control panel without clicking or exiting another active app. The control display provides one-click access to many commonly used Mac features, including toggles for managing Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, disabling notifications and turning on Night Mode. A streamlined music controller integrates with iTunes (and soon with Spotify) to allow users to control their music without switching between apps.
Categories: iPod News

News: Nintendo may design its own smartphone game controller

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 9:51am

Nintendo may be designing its own controller for smartphones, Polygon reports. Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo’s general manager of entertainment planning and development, told shareholders the company is looking into both hardware and software development for its burgeoning entry into the smartphone and tablet game market. “Physical controllers for smart device applications are available in the market and it is possible that we may also develop…
Categories: iPod News

News: Pokémon GO available on iOS in some countries

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 9:18am

After rolling out a beta test in May, Pokémon GO has hit the App Store in Australia, but a company spokesman told The Wall Street Journal that U.S. and Japanese customers will have to “wait a while” for the formal launch. While the timeframe seems unclear at this point, we’d expect to see the game pop up in the U.S. App Store soon, and we’ll update this story once the game is available in the U.S. Update: Pokémon GO was released…
Categories: iPod News

News: New alleged iPhone 7 renderings show more angles, lack of headphone jack

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 9:01am

A new set of renderings, said to be of the upcoming iPhone, has recently been posted by NowhereElse. The renderings back up previous rumors that Apple is doing away with the headphone jack and adding a dual-lens camera to its larger model. The casing designs also show a larger camera hole on the smaller model—again, consistent with previous leaks—and the phone’s antenna lines moved to the edges, as has been seen before. ...
Categories: iPod News

Review: Invoxia Voice Bridge

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 8:27am

While Invoxia took a slight departure from its traditional telephony product lines with Triby — a connected kitchen speaker that also provided VoIP speakerphone functionality — the company is returning to its roots with Voice Bridge ($99), a telephony hub that basically does the opposite of the company's earlier Audiooffice product, bridging any landline so that you can make and receive calls on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. {/exp:char_limit}
Categories: iPod News

News: Daily Deal: TextExpander, one year Life Hacker Plan

iLounge - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 8:00am

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a one-year subscription to TextExpander for only $19.98 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This powerful and handy app lets you create custom shortcuts on your Mac that will automatically populate with any series of text or images you want, saving you time and effort when typing frequently used snippets. You can use it for everything from HTML formatting, email signature blocks, or canned responses…
Categories: iPod News

CodeSOD: Classic WTF: RegExp from Down Under

The Daily WTF - Wed, 07/06/2016 - 5:30am
This particularly bad example of regular expressions and client side validation was originally published in 2009. I thought Australia was supposed to be upside down, not bass ackwards. - Remy

"The company I work for sells vacation packages for Australia," writes Nathan, "and for whatever reason, they're marketed under different two different brands — redacted-travel.com.au and redacted-travel.com — depending on whether you live Down Under or somewhere else in the world."

Nathan continues, "one of the requirements for the international website (redacted-travel.com) is to disallow people from within Australia and New Zealand to make bookings. But the way this is done from the front end... well, it's a real gem."

/** *Checks to see if Australia is typed into the other country box */ function checkContactCountry(inputBox) { var validator = new RegExp( /^(A|a)(U|u)(S|s)(T|t)(R|r)(A|a)(L|l)(I|i)(A|a) |(N|n)(E|e)(W|w)(Z|z)(E|e)(A|a)(L|l)(A|a)(N|n)(D|d) |(N|n)(E|e)(W|w) (Z|z)(E|e)(A|a)(L|l)(A|a)(N|n)(D|d)$/); if(validator.test(inputBox.value)) { alert("Your Residential Address must be outside Australia. " + "Enter your residential address outside this country," + "or visit redacted-travel.com.au to make a booking if " + " you live in Australia."); inputBox.focus(); inputBox.select(); } }   hljs.initHighlightingOnLoad(); [Advertisement] Release! is a light card game about software and the people who make it. Play with 2-5 people, or up to 10 with two copies - only $9.95 shipped!
Categories: Comic Relief

News: WSJ: New iPhones to bump base model storage up to 32GB

iLounge - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 3:59pm

Starting with this fall’s new iPhone release, Apple will be bumping the base storage of the entry level model to 32GB, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Citing a person familiar with Apple’s iPhone plans, the report notes that the new starting point for the iPhone will be 32GB, although there is no discussion of what other capacities will be available, making it unclear whether Apple plans to increase the capacities…
Categories: iPod News
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