This Vintage Typewriter Is Actually a Keyboard For Your Tablet

For some of us who type all day for a living, the world is too quiet. We pine for the whir of the Xerox machine, the rattle of rotary telephones, the clackety-clack of the typewriter. A slightly romantic vision, maybe, but no longer completely impossible, thanks to this keyboard modeled to look exactly like a vintage typewriter.

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Misfit tackled activity tracking with its Shine offering that looks more like a fashion accessory than a sensor. Now, the data gathering outfit is looking to wrangle sleep cycles with the Beddit sleep monitor. Claiming to be the “world’s thinnest…

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The App Store is a hard business and getting harder. Unlike almost any other aspect of Apple’s business, “premium” isn’t stressed. Prices have raced to the bottom, discovery is a perpetual challenge, and casino games are thriving, not beautiful, magnificent, audacious new software ideas. What affect is that having on indie software developers? Screens VNC developer Luc Vandal writes:

I believe that we will see a consolidation of the market at some point. This reminds me of the early 1990s, where any kid with a few thousands of dollars could start his own snowboard company. Eventually, the market got saturated and many of those companies disappeared, got acquired or merged together in order to gather forces, improve their products and be more competitive. This is the normal process for any mature market.

Another trend we should see in the future is more collaboration and joint ventures amongst indie developers. By doing so, you get to work as a team, share the work load, bear the risks together and create better apps. I feel this approach would be very interesting because it would bring the best of both worlds: the freedom and perks of the indie life with the pleasure and experience of working with a team on projects you could not achieve on our own.

Of the two, this is the most interesting solution to me.

That’s an incredibly optimistic, forward thinking take by Vandal, and one I also very much hope gets embraced.

Vandal wrote his piece after hearing the news that Kevin Hoctor was going to Apple to work on Mail and Notes (congrats again, Kevin!). Hoctor, the indie developer behind MoneyWell, is only the most recent of many indie developers doing exactly the same thing.

On one hand it’s great all these super-talented developers are going to work on the OS, frameworks, and first-party apps we all depend on every day. On the other, it’s sad that talent isn’t able to better earn a living dreaming up the next great app on their own.

Again, in a perfect world, Apple, Google, and other platform vendors would compete on who had the best apps, the most high-quality and valuable apps, and the make sure the economy promoted ambition and fair pricing. Hopefully we’ll get there, and going to big software houses will be a career choice, not an economic one.

Source: Luc Vandal, Kevin Hoctor

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Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It’s impossible to keep up with them all, but it’s not impossible to pick out the very best. Here they are! Today we’ve got games, utilities, image editors and more!

New and updated iOS apps

  • Editorial 1.1.1: Sophisticated text editing on your iOS device with Markdown support too. No longer downloads or opens Python scripts from Dropbox, new setting to specify new file extensions that can be downloaded from Dropbox automatically, and more. $6.99 – Download now

  • Bejeweled Blitz 1.5.2: Match three game. Support for upcoming Rare Gem release and some additional “polish to the make game run smoother.” Free – Download now

  • Command & Conquer Red Alert for iPad 1.8.20: The popular real time strategy game, remade for touch screens! Sports graphical performance improvements and overall functionality enhancement. Price drop from $4.99. $0.99 – Download now

  • BillGuard 4.1.4: View your spending, protect your cards from fraud and view your accounts. Adds performance enhancements. Free – Download now

  • Cut the Rope 2 1.1: Help Om Nom get candy by cutting the rope. Adds a new location: The fruit market. $2.99 – Download now

  • FaceTune 2.5: A portrait and selfie editor with loads of Photoshop-like features. New features include resizing, rotate and flip, filters and frames. $2.99 – Download now

New and updated Mac apps

  • Reeder 2 2.0.4: Newsreading application. Sports new White and Black themes with configurable shortcuts to switch between themes. $9.99 – Download now

More apps and updates?

If you try any of the apps or updates, let me know how they work for you. If you got any new or updated apps today that you loved, but don’t see here, let us know about them!

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The World's Most Sensitive Thermometer Is Made From Light

A team of researchers has made the world’s most sensitive thermometer at room temperature, which is three times more precise than any to go before it—and it’s made of light.

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We only think about our skin when something is wrong—it’s dry, winkled, or broken out—but our skin is more than a map of our imperfections. It’s a record of our lives.

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Two-year-old kid flips out when he watches fireworks for the first time

This two-year-old kid was taken to a wrestling show and, for the first time in his life, experienced fireworks. His expression of awe is genuine and yet not very different from the one I have every time I see them. Fireworks are awesome, no question about it.

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