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May 14, 2015

Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Star Trek Captain's Chair

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May 12, 2015

I need one!

We’re 100% sure Pet Dog is the latest, greatest must-have item you just can’t live without!

Posted by Animal Foundation on Thursday, May 7, 2015

via Rick!

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May 09, 2015

Joy Lofthouse, former Spitfire pilot, returns to the skies

Posted by Snaggy at 09:25 AM

May 06, 2015

Apple Watch: Problems with Digital Touch probably due to iMessage settings

We've noticed some Apple Watch users are having issues with Digital Touch. Digital Touch refers to the sketches, tappings, and heartbeat patterns that Apple Watch users can send to each other. Many users are finding the communication is only one-way, that one partner may create and send a Digital Touch, but the other never receives it, or any indication that one was sent.

Sad Digital Touch

The problem is compounded by the fact that regular text messaging works fine, so it *seems* like everything is A-OK. The little finger on the communication screen also shows up, indicating that all is well for a Digital Touch transmission, but alas, any sketch or tap or heartbeat one sends is not getting through.

The frustration is exacerbated because the little drawings and taps people are trying to send to their loved ones are all unique and personal. If the receiver never gets them, or any indication one was sent, it's heartbreak all around. They are not stored anywhere either, so all those tiny masterpieces of light and touch are gone forever.

Users in the Apple Discussion Forums have narrowed it down to iMessage settings. Fixes usually involve unchecking iMessage options, deleting old messages, then initiating a new Digital Touch.

User dabilo posted his solution here.
"The issue was indeed with iMessage. I set up my iMessage to only use my custom email address as apple ID since I really don't like my @icloud / @me one. Here is what we did:

1.Go into iMessage settings
2.Make sure the @icloud and @me addresses are enabled. They don't have to be the primary ones you send messages with, but they have to be enabled.
3.Put these addresses in the contact on the other phone
4. Delete message history on the watch. You don't need to touch the stuff that's on your phone.
5. Send an initial message from the watch and use the @icloud address as target
6.Send the DT

We set the @icloud / @me addresses as primary as a test and once the initial DT arrived switched it back to what it was before. My theory is that it is because I disabled these in my iMessage settings."

Changes like this worked for us, but then I found later the same day that DT's weren't getting through again. I had to go back and fiddle some more. Arrrg!. Good luck folks, let's hope Apple addresses this soon! May all your sketches and taps go through!

Posted by Snaggy at 07:28 AM

May 03, 2015

Plate Tectonics in two minutes!

via the wonderful Minute Earth

Posted by Snaggy at 09:47 AM

April 27, 2015

Apple Watch heartbreak... defective units with blinking logo

Well, after weeks of geeky anticipation and downright going insane waiting for his Apple Watch to arrive, a good friend of ours has only heartbreak and disappointment. The 42mm stainless steel watch that was just delivered to him is part of a small number of Apple Watches that are arriving DOA. That's right, Dead On Arrival… they won't boot up, start, blink, bloop, bing, click, tick, or even tock... nothing, no matter what button is pushed or reset tried. Bummer!

The only thing the watch does is display a blinking half-illuminated logo while charging. It blinks in a pattern, on for 5 seconds, off, on for five seconds, off, then on for 2.5 seconds, then dark for almost 15 seconds, then repeats. We have dubbed this sad time The Apple Watch Blinking Logo of Doom. Seriously though, it brings tears to our geeky eyes.

Here's a video of the problem, taken while the Watch is charging...

We've found two other reports of this exact problem on the MacRumors Forums. Just like with those ones, our friend had to call Apple Tech Support, who after some troubleshooting, declared it a hardware issue. They are now arranging to ship out a new one to him. He keeps his band (Milanese loop), and just returns the watch unit itself.

Good on Apple for working on fixing this asap, (they say a replacement will arrive in 4 business days or so) but still... a real bummer for those unlucky few!

Posted by Snaggy at 03:12 PM

April 22, 2015

While you're waiting for the new Star Wars...

Posted by Snaggy at 04:30 PM

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