The Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro notebooks has its fans and its detractors, but the fact that developer Adam Bell was able to run a copy of the classic shooter “Doom” on it is nothing short of awesome.
Keep in mind that since the Touch Bar is essentially a mini Apple Watch jammed above the notebook keyboard, there’s no reason it too can’t get involved. Bell stepped up to the plate for this one, uploading the following killer video to YouTube:
This probably isn’t the best way to have your customer support complaints addressed.
On Friday, a disgruntled customer walked into the Apple Store in Dijon, France and began destroying various products with a steel ball of the kind that’s used in the classic French game Pétanque. The steel ball is hollow but still weighs about 2.5 pounds.
He is heard talking about “his consumer’s right” and citing that he’s unhappy with how Apple handled his support case. Minutes later, security turns up and tries to escort him away — but not without him trying to escape.
This started as a joke.
And then some people took it seriously, thereby damaging their new iPhone 7 handsets and violating their warranties in the process.
A recently released tutorial video claims to show a user securing his iPhone 7 with a clamp, then drilling into the iPhone 7’s case with a 3.5 millimeter drill bit to fabricate a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.
While this technically does produce a hole into which one might insert a headphone plug, it will not make a headphone jack. And it will leave a hole in your phone. And, if you’re not skilled with the drill, you can damage the internals of your iPhone.
And it certainly voids the warranty.
Before you start taking anything too seriously on this, another iPhone launch day, the killer writers over at Conan came up with this to poke fun at the new AirPods, Apple’s new wireless headphones.
The results speak for themselves.
A brief warning, some of the language isn’t entirely safe for work, so you may want to have your own wired or wireless headphones in before you fire up the video.
As always, please let us know what you think of the new AirPods in the comments.
There’s some killer stuff ahead in the Apple universe this week, including a planned media event, forthcoming details about the next-gen iPhone and other devices.
Still, it’s Labor Day, the end of a really fun long weekend and the perfect time to disconnect a bit and spend time with friends, family and really tasty food.
We’ll be back tomorrow with full coverage of everything in the Apple/Mac universe.
Until then, have an amazing Labor Day and we’ll see you guys tomorrow.
And, finally, this came out of Dragon Con in Atlanta and proves that Sesame Street, Muppets and amazing geekiness can never really die…
If you live in New Zealand, the Domino’s pizza drone may be coming your way.
Domino’s pizza has partnered with aerial drone business Flirtey, the two having been given the green light to test New Zealand pizza delivery via drones. The tests are slated to begin later this year, complete with government consideration.
Details around where the trial would be held have been kept under wraps – however Domino’s said it would use drone delivery alongside its usual delivery methods – and only where it would be faster than the use of a car or scooter.
This is pretty nifty.
Sony today announced its DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adapter, which will allow any Mac or PC to use a DualShock 4 controller as well as have full functionality with it, including the buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light pad, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack will all be functional for Mac users, assuming the game itself supports the features.
The company offered the following comment:
We’re also introducing a new device, the DualShock 4 USB Wireless Adaptor, which launches in early September for a suggested retail price of $24.99. This adaptor will let you connect a DualShock 4 to PC and Mac wirelessly, and will enable every feature of the controller you know and love: buttons, analog sticks, touch pad, light bar, motion sensors, vibration, and stereo headset jack – as long as the gaming application supports these features.
An amazing collection of Apple and Mac history is going on the auction block next month.
Tekserve, once the go-to third-party repair shop for Apple products in New York City, announced last month that it would be closing shop on August 15 after being in business since 1987. Now that Tekserve has officially closed shop, Apple fans will have the opportunity to purchase some museum-worthy vintage Apple and NeXT gear through auction.
An assortment of the auction items are valued at relatively low prices and there’s even a Tekserve store sign up for grabs.
If you love your Apple TV, football and Twitter, you’ll love this.
Twitter is apparently in discussions with Apple to launch a Twitter app for the Apple TV that would let Twitter’s users watch the NFL games on Apple’s set-top box.
Twitter has directed [Chief Financial Officer] Mr. [Anthony] Noto, a former Goldman Sachs banker with deep ties to the sports media industry, to lead the charge on live streaming and has assigned an engineering team to create its streaming video player. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, considers streaming a critical component of the company’s focus on “live” experiences, along with Periscope, its app that allows smartphone users to live-stream video.
As such, Twitter is in talks with Apple to incorporate Twitter into an app that allows for the streaming of NFL games.