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Lacona for OS X

Lacona for OS X

Voice assistants are great for mobile devices, but for desktop computers the keyboard is king. That’s where Brandon Horst’s Lacona comes in. This OS X assistant recognizes a ton of commands in everyday English, from making reminders to opening multiple apps at once.

Apple iOS 10

Apple iOS 10

The upcoming release of Apple’s mobile OS gets an improved lock screen, facial, object, and scene recognition photo search, clean new UIs for Music and News, effects, handwriting, and secret messages, a Home control app, and much more. Drops this fall. Public Beta in July.

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Mac 128k Voxel Model

Mac 128k Voxel Model

Sketchfab contributor d0rkmushr00m used MagicaVoxel to make this awesome 3D voxel model of the original 128k Apple Macintosh. The exploded drawing shows the full innards and outards (is that a word?) of the classic Mac. Read how it was created here. (Thanks Brent!)

Apple QuickTake to Instagram

Apple QuickTake to Instagram

Matt’s Macintosh dusted off a 20-year-old Apple QuickTake 200 digital camera to see if they could extract its images and upload them to Instagram. It wasn’t exactly straightforward, but in the end, they managed to figure out a way to do it. Check out the grainy result here.

iPad Pro 9.7″

iPad Pro 9.7″

Apple packs the features of its top of the line tablet into a standard size iPad, with an A9X CPU, Apple Pencil support, 4-speaker audio, and the added bonus of 4K video recording, a 12mp iSight camera and a wide color gamut display that dynamically adapts to ambient light.

LWT: Encryption

LWT: Encryption

(PG-13: Language) Last Week Tonight breaks down Apple’s refusal to comply with the FBI’s request to unlock a terrorists’ iPhone, a potentially precedent-setting case that unfortunately pits consumers’ privacy against law enforcement.

Blockhead Mac Charger Adapter

Blockhead Mac Charger Adapter
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Ten One Design’s Blockhead is a plug for the charging adapters of the Apple MacBook and iPad. The plug’s prongs are perpendicular to the adapter, so that the latter will be flush to the wall when plugged in.

The $1000 Apple Store Giveaway

The $1000 Apple Store Giveaway

Drop on by The Awesomer Shop now for a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree in the Apple Store. That should be enough to grab just about any Apple mobile gadget, along with accessories. (Contest ends 3/25/16)

Fluid Browser for Mac

Fluid Browser for Mac

Fluid Browser is a web browser and file viewer for Macs. It floats on top of other application windows, making it perfect for research, viewing guides or background Netflixing. You can adjust its size and transparency, bookmark sites and open URLs from Chrome.

68º Apple Pencil Case

68º Apple Pencil Case
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As technically awesome as the iPad Pro’s Pencil accessory is, Apple’s quest for minimalism omitted anything to store the $99 stylus in. 68º’s handmade wooden pencil case provides a cozy home for the Pencil, one spare nib, and its charging adapter. (Thanks Stephanie!)

Channels for Apple TV

Channels for Apple TV

Channels is a $15 app that lets you watch live TV on the new Apple TV with the help of an HDHomeRun device and an HD antenna or a cable connection. The latest update added buffering so you can pause, rewind and fast forward live shows.

Giveaway: New Apple TV

Giveaway: New Apple TV

Head on over to The Awesomer Shop now for a chance to win a 64GB Apple TV, valued at $199. The latest generation of Apple’s set-top box supports numerous streaming services, can play games and apps, and offers a new touch-based remote with Siri support. (Ends 12/30/15)

The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple

Artist and computer builder Love Hultén has outdone himself with his latest build, a 100% scale accurate Macintosh 128k replica, handcrafted from wood. Inside, it sports a Mac Mini and a modern LCD screen, making it both useful and a thing of beauty.

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iTunes Terms & Conditions Comics

iTunes Terms & Conditions Comics
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Robert Sikoryak turned the iTunes Terms and Conditions into a two-volume comic starring Steve Jobs. Each page is drawn in the style of an influential comic artist, from Steve Ditko to Allie Brosh. His Craig Thompson facsimile is freakin’ perfect.

Satechi USB Type-C Hub

Satechi USB Type-C Hub

Satechi’s compact USB Type-C Hub has three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, an SD card slot and a microSD card slot. Its size has some trade offs though. You can’t charge the new MacBook while this is plugged in, and it doesn’t supply enough power for tablets or external drives.

2015 Apple iMac

2015 Apple iMac

Apple’s 21.5″ iMac now has a variant with a 4K display and better Intel CPUs (still no discrete GPU though). In addition, the 5K display is now standard in all 27″ iMacs. Finally, Apple’s wireless keyboard, mouse, and trackpad have built-in rechargeable batteries.

2015 Apple TV

2015 Apple TV

The new Apple TV has a remote with a built-in touchpad and can also be used as a controller for games like Disney InfinityGuitar Hero Live as well as other apps coming to the media player’s new App Store. Drops 10/15 for $149-$199.

iPhone 6S/6S Plus

iPhone 6S/6S Plus

The 4.7″ iPhone 6s and 5.5″ 6s Plus have a pressure-sensitive touchscreen that enables more input options. It also has a 12mp rear camera that can take 4K videos, the new, faster A9 processor and a stronger aluminum case. Preorders start 9/12.

iPad Pro

iPad Pro

The iPad Air 2’s big brother has a crazy-sharp 5.6 megapixel 12.9″ display, enhanced multitouch, a 1.8x faster CPU, four speakers, and an optional tactile keyboard cover ($169) and a pixel-precise, pressure- and tilt-sensitive stylus dubbed the Apple Pencil ($99).

Giveaway: iPad Air 2

Giveaway: iPad Air 2

Head over to the Technabob Shop now for a chance to win a shiny new iPad Air 2, in your choice of silver, gold or space grey. Register for one entry, then share with your friends for bonus chances. (Contest Ends 9/2/15)

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Apple iPod Touch (6th Gen)

Apple iPod Touch (6th Gen)

The entry-level iOS device now has the same A8 CPU that’s in the iPhone 6, albeit at a lower clock speed. It also has an 8MP camera with 120fps 720p slow-mo video, burst mode and more. Its maximum capacity is an impressive 128GB.

OWC USB-C Dock

OWC USB-C Dock
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This chunky USB-C Dock trades a single USB-C port for five USB 3.1 ports (four USB-A and one USB-C), an HDMI port, an SD slot, an Ethernet port, audio in and audio out. It also has an 80W power adapter to power connected USB devices.

Hub+ USB-C Hub

Hub+ USB-C Hub

A portable USB hub for the new MacBook and other PCs with USB-C connections. The Hub+ has two USB-C ports, three USB 2.0 ports, a miniDisplayPort 1.2 port, an SD card reader and a 400mAh battery for emergency charging.

AWDock for Apple Watch

AWDock for Apple Watch

A charging cradle for the Apple Watch. A micro-suction pad holds the wireless charger in place and keeps the watch scratch-free and face up for continued use. Available in aluminum or with polished steel or 18k gold plated finish.

HydraDock for Apple MacBook

HydraDock for Apple MacBook

The 2015 Apple MacBook lost most of its ports while slimming down. The HydraDock will turn that single USB-C port into an 11-port dock. Includes 3.5mm, Gigabit Ehternet, SDXC, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 4 USB 3.0 and 2 USB-C ports.

Brik Case for MacBooks

Brik Case for MacBooks

The Brik Case is a lid protector for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro that supports LEGO, Mega Bloks, PixelBlocks, KRE-O, or K’NEX Bricks. It works with MacBooks made in 2013 or later and comes with 100 1×1 bricks.

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