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Ampel Twin-Lens Camera Is Like Instagram IRL

Bonzart’s Ampel is a cool-looking – and cheap – digital camera styled on the TLR (twin-lens-reflex) cameras of old. But the retro case design isn’t just a gimmick: the Ampel actually packs some great featurres into the old-fashioned shape, including a dedicated tilt-shift lens.

TLRs used two lenses, one for taking and one for viewing. The bottom lens sat in front of the film, and the top lens used a mirror to  [Read More…]

DIY iCable Tidy Promotes Home Harmony

There are several truths about cables:

Despite having a rats nest of cables in the back of your closet, you can never find the one you actually want. All cables – ALL OF THEM – are self-tangling. And “tangle-free†cables are the worst. Try as you might, you have never managed to come up with a good way to organize cables and have them look good.

This is one reason I like  [Read More…]

You know what I’m thinking? I’m thinking that it’s been three whole days since I posted about a wooden iPhone case. And since the last one before that was maybe at the beginning of last week. I’m thinking that it’s about time for another one. So here it is: The Colors Handcarved Wood iPhone 5 Case

This week’s (or today’s) wooden case is a beautifully sculpted number that is either a rough-hewn  [Read More…]

This Is What iOS 7 Will Look Like On The iPad

Remember when the iPad first appeared and everyone said “it’s just a big iPhone”? They were right. From the lock screen to the multitasking tray to the awful awful clock app the iPad really was running a blown-up version of the iPhone OS.

Now, though, it looks like Apple has finally designed iOS to sit properly on the iPad’s bigger screen. These screenshots, taken from X-Code’s device emulator, show what the iPad looks  [Read More…]


In May 2012 several U.S. carriers started rolling out a nationwide wireless emergency alerts (WEA) system for wireless subscribers. The free service is intended to share information about natural disasters and other location-centric news, like AMBER alerts.

Over the weekend AT&T announced that it is bringing WEA to its iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S owners across the country. The service will be enabled via a carrier firmware update that has started rolling out to  [Read More…]

Sony Opens the SmartWatch. It’s About Time!


How cool would it be if some big consumer electronics company that is really great at hardware design sold a smartwatch you could buy for under $ 100 that was open to any developer’s firmware?

That would be amazing, because as an open platform genius software developers could compete with each other to create the ultimate smartwatch experience, and they wouldn’t need to fuss with designing and manufacturing a physical  [Read More…]

CoM - DSP-Quattro-4

Are you looking to up your audio editing game? Then this Cult of Mac Deals offer is definitely going to sound good to you!

DSP-Quattro is the do-it-all audio editing program for Mac. Simple yet powerful, this program is great for novices and professional musicians alike. This most recent version – DSP-Quattro Version 4 – is the best yet. It can handle everything from standard audio editing and recording to  [Read More…]

Evolution of the iPhone & iOS Home Screen

The visual change between iOS 7 and iOS 6 is obviously significant, and this graphic does a great job of showing just how the iOS home screen has evolved over time with the iPhone. Covering versions 1.0 through 7.0 and a time period of 2007 to 2013, it gives an interesting look into how things have changed in the past and how they are changing now:

Evolution of iOS iPhone Home Screens

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Set Network Connection Priority in Mac OS X

For those of us who use several different types of network connections to get online, you may want to take a moment to set the networking service priority in OS X. This insures that a Mac isn’t connecting through the wrong networking interface when multiple network services are available.

For example, if you have a Mac that is connected to an ethernet network, but also finds available wi-fi networks, you can set one of those to be the preferred connection  [Read More…]

Why iOS 7 Is A Masterpiece of Design


My first impression on seeing iOS 7 on my iPhone was: What is this, a My Little Pony theme?

But after scrutinizing, analyzing, deconstructing and living with the new version, I’m ready to declare iOS 7 an unambiguous masterpiece, a stroke of genius, really.

That may sound like a weird thing to say about a fruity, copycat platform that crashes constantly. But it’s true, and I’ll tell you why.

iOS 7  [Read More…]