This is really clever. If you’re like me and don’t have a brand spankin’ new 2017 car with Android Auto or Carplay, to use your phone for nav you’re reliant on a phone mount on the dash. Phone mounts are just so clunky. You’ve gotta hook up cables, put it in the mount, yuck.


Chris talks to a phone over bluetooth, and talks to the car over bluetooth or FM, so every car is supported.

Check it out on Kickstarter. Prices start at $190.

[via 9to5toys]

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'Cause I've Got A Golden Ticket

The Amazing Chocolatier SA

I received my sets of The Amazing Chocolatier from Massdrop today.

This is a SA profile keycap set from Signature Plastics, with row configuration of 1-1-2-3-4-3.

I actually ended up buying two sets of these, one in standard tenkeyless ANSI, another in ErgoDox layout. To be honest, after making the purchase, I wasn’t 100% sure that I was in love with the set. The renders looked great, but brown can very easily be done poorly. Fortunately I had nothing to be afraid of - this set looks just gorgeous.

I was also one of the folks who received the Massdrop raffle keycap associated with this set. It’s a lovely accent for Esc.

This is the first time that I’ve used SA profile keycaps on a standard layout board. My only previous experience was with the ortholinear ErgoDox layout. Of course, SA is still submlime in standard layout. It’s easily my favorite keycap profile.

For the moment I have a set of these keycaps on my Noppoo Spyder, but that’s just temporary. I have an upcoming build planned for these keycaps, likely in a wood case. Stay tuned!

Typed on White Alps64

App Store Developer Replies

Curtis Herbert, developer of Slopes, on dev replies in the App Store:

Apple gave us indies a great new opportunity yesterday: the ability to break the silence with customers.
This great power does come with responsibility though. Realtalk: we all feel the need to be “right” often. Especially when it comes to defending work we pour or souls into. I know I do. I want to warn you: the new reply capability is not the place for that. You need to check your “but someone on the internet is wrong!” really hard here. You will not convince people your app’s price is worth it via these replies, and in the mean time everyone checking out your app will see you arguing with customers.
To phrase it another way: these are as much replies to existing customers as they are PR statements to future ones.

Great post from Curtis, detailing how he will use this new feature to directly engage with his customers. Be sure to read it here.

As a consumer, I’ve often found frustration in trying to contact an app developer regarding any issues or feature suggestions for an app. This new functionality in the App Store will resolve a lot of that - especially with dedicated & engaged developers like Curtis.

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Night Shift in macOS Sierra 10.12.4

Night Shift is a lot like the third party software F.lux. I’ve been a big fan of F.lux for a while now. Since starting to use it (and Night Shift on iOS) I’ve noticed a significant reduction in eye strain at night.

I’m glad to see Apple bring this feature to macOS, as it’s been present on iOS for some time now. I’m sure I’ll switch over to using it.

[via MacRumors]

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Apple's VoiceOver Assistive Technology For The Blind

From David Pogue:

Joe [Danowsky] was born with cone-rod dystrophy. He can see general shapes and colors, but no detail. (Only about 10 or 15 percent of visually impaired people see no light or color at all.) He can’t read a computer screen or printed materials, recognize faces, read street signs or building numbers, or drive. And he certainly can’t see what’s on his phone.

Yet Joe spends his entire day on his iPhone. In fact, he calls it “probably the number one assistive device for people who can’t see,” right up there with “a cane and a seeing eye dog.”

The key to all of this is an iPhone feature called VoiceOver. At its heart, it’s a screen reader—software that makes the phone speak everything you touch.

I’ve known for some time that Apple has great assistive technology for the blind in iPhone. I was vaguely aware of VoiceOver, but always wondered how it was used. To see it in action is pretty incredible. Click through to the article & a video with Joe.

[via Daring Fireball & Yahoo]