App Camp 2020 »

App Camp is a program close to the heart of many of us in the Apple community, and they have a new big goal:

We want to start three more camps by 2020. Three new camps means we’ll be able to bring camps to an additional 60 kids per year nationwide!

In order to accomplish that goal, we need your help. Your contribution will help us buy the MacBook Pros, iPad Pros, Apple Pencils, and iPod touches necessary to running a camp like this. It will also support the growth and development of our volunteers and give us the ability to make the curriculum we teach even better.

Visit the Indiegogo page and help make this possible

Amazon Announces new Kindle Oasis »

I’m a big fan of my Kindle Oasis. It’s my third or fourth Kindle, and I love how small and lightweight it is.

I have two main complaints: having a battery pack and cover makes it a little too fiddly, and the thing really should be waterproof.

Amazon has answered both of these with the new Kindle Oasis.

The new e-ink reader boasts a larger, 7-inch, 300-ppi display in a waterproof housing. Now, all of the battery is in the device itself, which is now aluminum, not soft-touch plastic.

The new Oasis has another trick up its sleeve, however, as Dan Moren writes at Six Colors:

Amazon’s also added Audible support to the Oasis, though it doesn’t sport any internal speakers. Instead you can use Bluetooth to stream Audible books to connected headphones or speakers—or, at least, you’ll be able to when Amazon releases a software update after the Oasis ships. Owners of 8th-generation Kindles and the original Oasis will also get Audible support with a free over-the-air update “in the coming months.”

I’m going to sit this upgrade cycle out, but if you have an older Kindle and want to upgrade, this Oasis looks great.

Ungeniused #34: Project Pluto »

This fortnight on Ungeniused:

In 1957, the U.S. Air Force started a project to build a nuclear-powered missile that would rain down radiation and atomic bombs as it screamed overhead jut above the treetops.

This thing was terrifying.

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Liftoff #57: A Realistic View »

This fortnight on Liftoff:

LIGO is busy with gravitational waves, Elon Musk is busy talking about SpaceX’s future and Mike Pence has his eye on the moon.

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Twitterrific 5 for macOS »

The original Twitter client for the Mac is back. This version is all-new, thanks to a Kickstarter project that raised funds for its development. While the Mac app isn’t as full-featured as its iOS counterpart, all the basics are here in a clean looking, fast app.

Connected #163: U2 Red »

This week on Connected:

Stephen’s keyboard is disintegrating as Federico explains AirPlay 2, and Sonos and Google have new products out for the holiday season.

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