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Apple letter offers a clue to its self-driving car plans

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Apple sent a letter to NHTSA acknowledging that it is “excited” about automation in numerous fields, “including transportation.”

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Apple letter offers a clue to its self-driving car plans originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Recharge Wrap-up: Infiniti considers EV for China, NextEV hires former Tesla, Apple engineer

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Jamie Carlson joins NextEV. Infiniti would choose China for an EV. Rent a Tesla in Australia.

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Here’s why Apple probably isn’t going to buy Lit Motors

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Get your salt shakers ready, because we’ve got another Apple car rumor today.

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Here’s why Apple probably isn’t going to buy Lit Motors originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This Girl Made A Yummy Apple Turnovers Shaped Like Jabba The Hutt


According to Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin: “May the 4th be with you! Have a peek at how I made these yummy apple turnovers shaped like Jabba the Hutt – easy and fun. These were a blast to make (and eat) and took about 45 min to create.”

h/t: boredpanda


“I used:
– 2 apples
– bit of cinnamon
– one package of Pillsbury pre-made pie crust”


Check out the full process on Bored Panda.


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Misunderstanding Materials: Incorrect Reports That Apple Has Contracted the Production of 18-Foot-Long “Continuous, Seamless White Oak” Tables

We’re used to seeing Apple push the designs of their own physical products. What’s interesting is when they also have the capability to push the boundaries of design fields outside of their realm, as they presumably did with their forthcoming Norman-Foster-designed “Spaceship” campus. Now it’s come to light that there’s another industry, or at least company, that they’ve gotten to stretch the envelope: The furniture industry’s Dutch table manufacturer Arco.

As Design Milk reports, Apple contracted the company to produce 500 tables for their upcoming campus, in a staggering 18-foot length. That part is true. Also true is that the tables are both beautiful and quite the production feat to execute. What’s not true, at least judging by the photos, is that “These extra large Pod Island Tables by Arco are constructed from continuous sheets of solid Spesshart [sic] white oak sourced from the fairytale forests of Germany” and that they are comprised of “continuous, seamless white oak.”

We could forgive the “Spesshart” typo (Spessart refers to a wooded mountain range in Germany where the oak is being sourced from), but the “continuous” and “seamless” part, which other publications are now quoting and repeating as fact, is simply inaccurate. Take a look at the tabletops, and look closely at the photos:

The grain pattern indicates those are veneers of the flat variety (as opposed to, say, the distorted grain patterns you see in the spiral cut veneers used in plywood) and you can clearly see that they have been glued up, side grain to side grain. 

Again I say, these tables and Arco’s production results are beautiful, it is the reporting that is incorrect: These are no more “seamless” than a butcher-block table is seamless. The internet being what it is, you now have publications quoting the original article and reinterpreting that to mean the tabletops are created “from a single sheet of wood,” which is obviously not true, as you can see from the visible joints below.

The original article also states that “Arco devised a new technique to peel away very precise, thin layers off of single oak slabs, layering these continuous sheets into a seamless surface.” More detail would be nice here, so that we can understand exactly what is “new” about the technique; as described, it does Arco a disservice, as the sentence may as well be describing the production of common veneers. We also don’t see any slab-width veneers here. In the photos above and below you can see the striations of alternating strips. Lastly, the choice of the word “peel” is curious as it implies the spiral-cut method used for plywood, which is inconsistent with the grain patterns depicted. The pieces in these photos all appear to have been sawn:

It is possible that by using the words “seamless” and “continuous,” the original writer is referring to the fact that we can’t see any end-grain-to-end-grain joints. That Arco is able to produce 18-foot-long veneers without any end-butting is indeed impressive. But we are always surprised when layfolk miss simple details like where clearly different surfaces are joined together. There is also a claim that the tables are being transported in “capacious 40′ x 40′ shipping containers,” which would require a rather odd-looking truck to transport them.


Design Job: Go Beyond the Limitations of Software at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, CA

CAD sculptors create high quality digital 3D surface models used in the industrial design and product development process. Responsibilities will include interpreting and defining the design intent of the industrial designer using Alias software. Candidates should have a BS or BA in Industrial Design or Transportation Design or related field.

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How to Use Your TV or Receiver Remote to Control Your Apple TV

The Apple TV remote works well enough but many people detest having multiple remote controls and prefer to control their entire media center experience from a single input. If you’re one of those people you’re in luck. Your Apple TV there can learn to accept input from your TV, receiver, cable box or other remote control.

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Ford improves Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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Ford will add Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a bunch of new apps to 2016 and later vehicles equipped with Sync 3.

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Using an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate to Render an X-Wing Fighter

We’ve saved Spencer Nugent’s most ID-licious Star Wars illustration for last. Here Nugent shows you not only how to sketch up an X-Wing Fighter, but also how to render it in color—all done on the iPad Pro, using an Apple Pencil and the sexy Procreate program.

In Part 1 we see some of Procreate’s tricks, from perspective assist to quickly fade-able layer opacity and how it handles palm rejection. On the drawing front, Nugent demonstrates using line weight to emphasize directionality/motion in a vehicle and offers some of his signature tips, all while using the custom digital brush he’s created (The “Spencil!”).

In Part 2 we get a look at some of Procreate’s brushes and the magic of digital: A variety of layer tricks, the back-and-forth dance between them and a fast, cheater-y way to pull in backgrounds. On the rendering front Nugent goes from roughing out the values to adding the all-important color and highlights, then pulls the original linework back in to add some definition.


Apple Promotes Jeff Williams To COO, Puts Phil Schiller In Charge Of App Store

shiny-apple-logo Apple announced a series of changes to its leadership team this morning, including, most notably, the promotion of Jeff Williams to COO, a role that had not been filled since Tim Cook became Apple CEO in 2011. Williams, who joined Apple in 1998, was named VP of Operations in 2004 and currently oversees the Apple Watch program. In addition, Apple says it’s expanding VP of Worldwide… Read More


Apple Unveils A New iPad Pro, iPhone 6s & Apple TV

From a historic product line of iPad’s, Apple has certainly outdone itself this September with the all new iPad Pro. With a stunning 12.9-inch display with 2,732 x 2,048 pixels, this Apple screen is the biggest yet on an iOS device. To put the screen size into perspective, that’s almost two regular iPad’s placed side by side. Releasing a line of accessories including a tablet-assist pencil called the Apple Pencil, Apple has also incorporated a gorgeous smart keyboard to the iPad Pro, made similar to keyboard seen in the new Macbook line.

An added Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro produces a whole new field for developers. Watching demonstrations by Microsoft and Adobe, we saw the power of the iPad Pro out-matching any current competitors. Remarkable touch sensitive responses from the Apple Pencil allows for easy photo-retouching, editing, drawing and prototyping. This gives the user an unmatched experience, even to a desktop. With Photoshop sketching tools, the Apple Pencil is truly remarkable, producing quality imagery, sketches, photo-retouches, and much more.

Powered by Apple atest SoC (system on a chip), the A9X, this iPad Pro will produce the power and response times you expect and more. With double the memory bandwidth and graphics performance, Apple says it’s faster than 80% of “portable PCs” sold in the past year and 90% faster in graphics alone. With many more features, similar to current iPad editions, Apple has produced the next generation of computing in a tablet. The Pro starts at $ 799 for a 32GB WiFi model, $ 949 for a 128GB WiFi model, and $ 1079 for a LTE 128GB model.

Now onto the new Apple TV. With a huge jump into application TV, Apple has produced a remarkable, immersive and smart television product. Connected with Netflix, Showtime and Hulu (more being added within the year), Apple TV allows users to universally search for content from a simple and easy to use remote that replaces your TV remote. Apple TV hosts app games, and this is the next big thing. Directly competing with Sony and Xbox, Apple has allowed developers the freedom to produce television apps available within Apple TV. This could possibly eliminate the need for consoles in the future, but who knows.

A gorgeous welcome display shows a selection of live wallpapers that really produce a welcoming screen, with moving wallpapers the viewer can see moving cars, trees and waterfalls – portraying a real-life scene right on your TV. Once activated by touch, the welcome screen merges into a app-selection menu, redesigned by Apple for ease. This screen shows you the familiar Apple TV apps with new apps; Movies, Shows, Music and App store.

It’s a whole new Apple TV platform allowing developers to produce apps for the TV. Anything from games to software specialities, Apple TV now allows users to flick seamlessly between shows and game stats, to Movies and Music. With added integration from Siri, this has been made more easy than ever to find exactly what you want.

Seen in a short Modern Family clip, Apple showed us a neat new feature asking Siri to go back and repeat an actors quote. This took us back 15 seconds and added subtitles temporarily for a clear view of the actors quote. With integrated ask and search responses via your voice, Siri can now display results for practically anything you request.
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