Video: Forcing more children to figure out more ’80s technology

Video shot and edited by CNE. Click here for transcript.

It has been a few weeks since we last checked in with the cadre of kids we threw into our dungeon of ’80s tech delights. Previously, the youngsters successfully figured out Nintendos, Power Gloves, and Polaroids—but that was only the beginning.

It’s fascinating watching the kids confront tech that was commonplace when I was their age. Actually, by the time I turned ten, it was 1988 and CDs were reasonably common, but asking a 10-year old in 2018 to load up a CD player would be too easy. The thing that really made me shake my head this time around was the kids’ comments about the original Game Boy—tech that my generation would try to sneak anywhere and everywhere. Being able to whip out a Game Boy on the bus to school and nonchalantly stack some lines in Tetris

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9to5Mac Goes Hands-On with OWC Envoy Pro EX

The OWC Envoy Pro EX pushes the envelope on what you can expect in terms of performance, portability, and price from an external Thunderbolt 3 SSD. Recently, leading Mac site took the Envoy Pro EX for a test drive and came away impressed.

Check out the video above for the complete hands-on review. And for more information on how the OWC Envoy Pro EX can change your workflow, visit:

Highlights from 9to5Mac review of Envoy Pro EX
“The all-aluminum enclosure is fairly rugged … so it should be able to stand up to the perils of travel relatively well. The enclosure is basically one giant heat sink, which means it doesn’t need any sort of fan mechanism to keep it cool. In other words, there are no moving parts, which means dead silent operation.” 

“Blackmagic Disk Speed Tests consistently earned ratings that could

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Apple’s influential, iconic iMac turns 20

There are few individual computer models that have left a lasting mark on the industry, but you can definitely put the iMac on that list. Apple introduced its signature all-in-one desktop at a special event on May 6th, 1998, and it’s safe to say the system has had a lasting impact on technology at large. At the same time, the iMac has also been a symbol of the cultural zeitgeist, including for Apple itself — it shows how the company evolved from an underdog in a Windows world to a behemoth focused more on phones than PCs. The iMac has had a long journey, but it’s worth following to see just how much the industry has changed in the past 20 years.

OWC Expands Mercury Elite Pro mini Storage Solution Offerings

OWC’s Mercury Elite Pro mini is known as a high-performance, bus-powered, multi-interface storage solution, and the product line has recently been expanded to include 3.0TB and 4.0TB capacities.

Available now on and at retailers everywhere, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is a solution for Mac and PC, offering 5400 RPM HDD, with the latest chipset and USB 3.0/eSATA interfaces, delivering transfer speeds up to 600MB/s. 

This high-quality drive mechanism is built into a brushed aluminum, impact resistant enclosure with incredibly quiet operation, making it ideal for A/V, professional photographers and musicians, graphic artists, and data backup. 

The OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini comes with the 3 Year OWC Solution Limited Warranty.

Verizon adds location tracking to its parental control app

Verizon announced today that it’s revamping its parental controls, introducing more capabilities and giving the app a new look. What was known as FamilyBase will now be called Verizon Smart Family and it lets parents set content filters, manage screen time, pause internet access, check the battery status of their kids’ phones and get a summary of their children’s call and text history. Among the new tools are the ability to block certain apps and location tracking, which can provide alerts when a child enters a predetermined area, like when they come home or get to school, for example.

Via: The Verge

Source: Verizon

Sci-fi stunner Prospect values small stories in a galaxy far, far away

Enlarge / Sophie Thatcher (right) and Pedro Pascal in Prospect. Check out the trailer here. (credit: Prospect film still)

AUSTIN, Texas—Make no mistake, South by Southwest conference film darling Prospect takes place within a giant, intergalactic reality. Even lower- to middle-class adventurers like our heroes, Cee (Sophie Thatcher) and Damon (Jay Duplass), have a spacecraft and mostly functional equipment. And when this just-getting-by father and daughter duo takes an unexpected crash/detour that happens to land on a resource-rich planet littered with aurelacs (a valuable stone found inside some slimy pod that must be handled with care or “kaboom!”), Cee recognizes this as an opportunity.

“$10,000?” she retorts after dad ballparks the first gem recovered. “That’s enough to cover the loan… and the pod lease?”

Their ship has been built with Kubrick-like attention for analog detail, with cheap-ish CRT displays punctuated by handwritten notes. The planet they’re now

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Mophie pad offers fast wireless charging for Apple and Samsung phones

You frequently have to be picky when you get a fast wireless charging pad: a device that tops up your Galaxy S9 at high speed might recharge your partner’s iPhone X at a humdrum pace. Mophie thinks it can create some harmony with its new Charge Stream Pad+, however. The Qi-compatible puck delivers the maximum wireless charging speed possible for both Apple and Samsung handsets, topping out at 7.5W for the iPhone X/8 and 10W for numerous Galaxy models. Mophie’s original iPhone-oriented pad stopped at 7.5W regardless of the device you were using, so it wasn’t particularly compelling unless you lived in an Apple-centric household.

Source: Mophie

Lennon Bus Makes Stop at OWC Headquarters

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has invaded OWC campus in Woodstock, Ill! We’re bringing you the sights and sounds from the visit, including a live look at OWC employees Eric Jackson, Michael Perry and Chris Stevens writing and recording an original song in the bus’s studio.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile recording studio dedicated to providing students of all ages with free hands-on opportunities to make music and produce video projects. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, and at major industry conferences. OWC is the presenting sponsor of the bus.

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Road to NAB 2018: Easy, inexpensive screencasting with QuickTime Player

Have you ever been tempted to make your own screencasts? They’re usually video tutorials of some sort, showing how to perform a task on a Mac while a narrator provides explanations of what’s going on. There are a lot of apps that can make screencasting easy, but many of them are also quite expensive! In this article, I’ll demonstrate one simple way to record your own screencasts with an app that’s already on your Mac — QuickTime Player. We’re offering this article as part of our buildup to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, April 7-12, 2018.

Anatomy of a Screencast
Screencasts are perfect for teaching a large audience how to do something, which is why YouTube is chock-full of screencasts showing how to fix photos with various photography apps, how to use pivot tables in Excel, and a million other things. A tried-and-true format for

Screencast window, with narrator at right, subject window at left
Setting the audio source for a screen recording.
Screen recording options in QuickTime Player

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Mightier is helping calm kids down through mobile games

Learning how to regulate your emotions is a fundamental skill, but it can be tough for kids, especially those with challenging behaviors, oppositional disorder, ADHD and autism. Mightier, by Neuromotion Labs, is a gaming platform that teaches kids a valuable set of emotion management skills using just a phone, an app and a heart rate monitor.

Video: Chris Hadfield on the complexities of music in microgravity

Video shot and edited by CNE. Click here for transcript.

Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s cover of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” is thought-provoking, visually fascinating, and absolutely worth watching—but it’s far more than just a great cover of a classic song. It’s an inherently human video, because it demonstrates the fundamental truth that we are a species of storytellers—and that we remain so whether or not we’re on Earth.

Music is both one of the oldest human traditions and also one of the oldest astronaut traditions. We’ve been taking songs into orbit with us since the 1960s, first transmitted from the ground and then later via tape, CD, and electronic formats. What we sing in space is similar to what we sing on the ground—music fills in the gaps of a day, helps boredom, focuses the mind, diffuses anger, and does a million other things to soothe the homesick spaceman.

Ground control

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Apple Music just became ‘The New MTV’

Apple Music gets video

You can even watch the wonderful Stormzy slam the UK’s appalling Tory government for its failed response with Grenfell Tower.

Apple’s iOS 11.3 upgrade is most definitely on the way (I think it was delayed by the Siri message speaking bug found late last week), but Apple’s still got a few other great tricks up its sleeve, and it threw out a superb one today – introducing curated and self-made music videos inside Apple Music.

The New MTV

As I wrote last year, no one has really got music video right since MTV. Apple wants to set this right, and today it updated the Apple Music app with a new Music Videos section, which it is calling “one of the most extensive music video catalogues available.”

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Here are the biggest announcements from Apple’s education event

That Apple would choose a massive high school in the Midwest to host a press conference was peculiar enough. Then Apple went and crafted class schedules for everyone and set up a room where people could try on Romeo and Juliet costumes, across from another room where drones were zipping around and virtual frogs were being dissected. We knew today’s press event wasn’t going to be business as usual, but we had no idea just how delightfully strange Apple wanted everything to be.

Video: Ars asks folks to explain their online handles

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript.

Identity online is a funny thing—it can be both mutable and permanent. The way you present yourself to different sites changes depending on those sites’ contexts and goals. You might be one person on a gaming discussion board, a second person on your neighborhood’s Facebook page, and a third on the Ars comment section. And because online communication is still primarily a written medium, that shifting presentation of self is encapsulated in the name one chooses to show to the world.

Call them screen names, nicks, handles, or something else, the pen names we employ are our online faces. A screen name is an identity you’ve chosen—a statement about yourself, represented in a handful of characters and often with a number tagged onto the end to make it unique (if Trinity, Morpheus, and Neo from this article’s listing image

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Apple Is Targeting Spring or Summer 2019 to Launch Its Video Service According to TV Executives

According to a report in the New York Times, producers and executives who have met with Apple recently said the company is targeting sometime between March 2019 and summer 2019 to launch a video service. With about a dozen shows signed in the past several months, the Times says Apple is on track to spend significantly more than the $1 billion or so that it told TV executives last year it had budgeted to spend on programming. The report says the turning point came last summer:

The week after “Planet of the Apps” made its debut, Mr. Cue greatly improved the company’s standing in the entertainment industry by hiring the veteran television executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht away from Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind “Breaking Bad” and “The Crown.”

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How to Move Your iTunes Library to an External Drive

Space, the final frontier. It may seem like an astronomically difficult problem, trying to keep enough free space on your Mac’s startup drive, especially if you have a Mac with a small SSD.

Space is precious, and one of the largest users of your drive’s space is likely to be your various media libraries. You likely have one or more photo libraries, as well as all the music, videos, podcasts, audiobooks, and mobile apps that are managed by your iTunes app. In many cases, your iTunes library is one of the main users of drive space.

One of the best ways to increase the amount of free space on your startup drive, and better manage your media libraries, is to move them from their usual home to an external drive. This allows you to use a large but relatively inexpensive drive to house all the data.

Consider this: A

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Video: What younger generations think of their elders online

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript.

I’m a reasonably “with it” fellow when it comes to tech, but I remember the first technology story I read that made me feel absolutely baffled: it was Buzzfeed’s horrifying, incomprehensible piece on how 15-year old girls use Snapchat. Never before has a piece of tech reporting left me feeling so utterly lost and just…baffled. Like, okay, I get it—teenagers integrate tech into their lives and do whatever with it (I used to do my own incomprehensible stuff when I was a teen) and there’s nothing really to understand about it, but that Snapchat piece hit me like a speeding truck loaded with a cargo of concentrated WTF.

And that’s okay. Shaking our fists at the younger generation is just a part of the human condition—as our video today shows. We’ve got a few Millennials and

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Video: We all find something special about our generational cadre

Video shot and edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript.

If you were to ask me what I like most about turning forty this year, I’d have two answers. The first is that I’m that much closer to the senior discount at Denny’s, which is pretty nifty. The second is that I feel like I was born at the perfect time—early enough to be (mostly) in the Stranger Things generation of bike-riding neighborhood roamers who saw Ghostbusters in the theater and caught the premiere episode of M.A.S.K. on TV and had to be home before the streetlights came on.

More, I was eight when my dad brought home the thing that changed my world: an IBM PC model 5150, with 512KB of RAM and dual 5.25-inch 360KB floppy drives. A string of memorable games filled my days in between school and bedtime: Polarware adventures

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Netflix is bringing video previews to its mobile apps

A year after introducing video previews on its TV experience, Netflix is now planning to bring the feature to its mobile apps. The company announced today this will be rolling out in April, noting that it was developed to help make it easier and faster for users to find content on their smartphone. As you might expect, the execution here looks different: These mobile video previews are vertical, which makes them feel similar to Snapchat or Instagram stories. Once they launch, you’ll see a new section dubbed “Previews” when you open the Netflix app, and you’ll be able to browse them by swiping left on each one.

Apple’s Spike Jonze-directed HomePod ad makes lofty promises

Silly us. We worried that Apple’s HomePod could fall behind because Siri isn’t quite as capable as competing virtual assistants. As the just-debuted HomePod advertisement helpfully illustrates, the $349 speaker can do so much more than that. As near as we can tell, each purchase will include built-in apartment expansion, Spike Jonze visuals and dance-offs with FKA twigs set to a brand-new Apple Music-exclusive Anderson .Paak song (Til It’s Over). Or maybe it will just sound that way?

Source: Apple (YouTube)