A 2,000 Horsepower Car

It’s a super car, with super styling, super speed, and a super price tag. From RelaxNews:

Trion Supercars announced plans to build the Nemesis, an exceptional sports car designed to rival even the most impressive European models. If it makes it to production, the Nemesis will be powered by a twin turbo V8 engine with over 2,000hp, allowing the car to reach a top speed of over 435km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds.

That’s only 270 miles per hour. How much? If you have to ask then you can’t afford it.

The Invisibility Suit

I waited a day to link to this to avoid anything related to April Fool’s Day. Tanya Lewis from LiveScience:

The “Hollow Man Morphsuit” uses sophisticated image projection and “light-bending” technology to render its wearer invisible to the naked eye, even while the person is moving.

And less than $1,700.

Get More Storage Space On Your iPhone

David Pogue has a simple way to get a little more space from your iPhone

It was a logical mistake. You didn’t imagine you’d ever fill up 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage, so you saved some money by buying an iPhone with less. And now you can’t even take a video or a photo, because your phone says it’s full. You’re frozen out until you have the time and expertise to delete stuff.

Following Pogue’s steps gets you more storage.

Cool App Of The Day: Movies, Meet Contact Sheets

Every now and then I run into a new Mac app that does the unexpected, does it well, and seems to do what no other app does so easily and effortlessly. Enter MovieBriefs. Think movies meets contact sheets. In fact, MovieBriefs can make a contact sheet of movie clips (up to 400 equally spaced screenshots).

This clever app can print or export movie clip images and create a dynamic slide show which can be shared online. The built in Time Range Slider lets you control the portion of a clip to generate the contact sheet (the whole movie or a section of the movie).

Slideshows are easily created using the images from the contact sheet (adjustable by quality). MovieBrief’s learning curve is gentle. There’s just not much to learn. Grab a movie, adjust the slider, click to view a slide show, click to print or export.

MovieBriefs

Any image from the contact sheet of images can be shared to iPhoto or Aperture, or shared online to Facebook and Twitter (or as an email attachment).

Creating a slideshow of images from a movie is ridiculously easy. It’s a click. This is where MovieBriefs could use a few more bells and whistles– transitions between images. I’d also like to see a slider bar which makes it easier to grab a specific image from a movie, rather than equally spaced timings.

Otherwise, nicely done and unique, easy to setup and use, and affordable.

Schematic Of iPhone 6

Zach Epstein on the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 and leaked evidence:

A Japanese blog posted what it claimed to be schematics for both of Apple’s next-generation iPhones that were printed by a magazine in Japan. According to the leak, those devices included an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and a larger iPhone phablet with a 5.7-inch screen.

So, someone posted information about what they think an iPhone 6 might look like, while someone else made a 3D rendering of an expected design, to come up with more non-news about Apple’s new iPhone models.

Check.

Climate Change For Everyone

Amar Toor on the UN Climate Change Report:

Rising global temperatures are already having clear impacts on agriculture, human health, and water supplies across all continents, oceans, and ecosystems. These effects will become more severe over time… putting food supplies, infrastructure, and economies at serious risk.

If the earth has stopped heating up so will the change continue?

These effects are likely to be more acute in the future, and could lead to widespread health problems and violent conflicts over land and resources.

Ouch.

The Stock Market Is Rigged

Ed Mazza on Michael Lewis’ appearance on CBS 60-minutes:

The U.S. stock market is rigged, with elite traders buying access to a high-speed network that allows them to figure out what you’ve just ordered, order it first, then raise the price before your order is complete.

The rich get richer.

1955 Chrysler Falcon

The car that never was. George Kennedy:

In the 1950s GM had the Corvette and Ford had the T-Bird. This left Chrysler as the “odd man out” of the Big Three when it came to a sports car. That almost changed in 1955 with the unveiling of the Chrysler Falcon concept vehicle.

A photo is worth a thousand words.

Chrysler Falcon

Looks like a Ford Thunderbird gone amok.

The Falcon’s styling is “European” in the best sense of the word. It’s classic. It has fins, but they’re proportional to the rest of the vehicle. The large “egg crate” grille has aged well in terms of public perception, it’s prominent but not gaudy. So are the side exhausts. The Falcon had a manual top that stowed neatly in a compartment behind the single seat.

Cheap: Hundreds Of Photo Effects For Your Mac

Photoshop can bring a nearly unlimited number of photo effects to your Mac. The full version of Photoshop is now rental only, so you’d be paying for the privilege of unlimited effects of every kind for as long as you can afford to pay Adobe to rent Photoshop.

Or, you can grab any one of a few dozen Mac photo utility and enhancement apps– of the one-trick pony variety– and get hundreds of effects for hundreds of dollars less. One such example is the cheap Effects for Photos app for the Mac. It is exactly what it says it is– a collection of effects, filters, and enhancements for your photos. Almost 500, so they’re priced at barely a penny each.

The interface is different, too, starting with effects package which let you select what you want applied to a photo.

Effects for Photos

If you’re not expecting much in the way of bells and whistles for so little money then you won’t be disappointed.

Effects for Photos has hundreds of effects that easily implemented and adjusted and there’s almost no learning curve because there’s very little to learn.

For example, drop text onto an enhanced photo, select the font and use a slider bar to adjust the font size. Add color as needed. Even the effects use simple slider bars for tweaks and adjustments (with an option for a numeric entry).

More Effects for Photos

While Effects for Photos is slightly above my personal threshold of throwaway money to try-by-buying, the developer offers a free version of Effects for Photos which is limited to 50 different effects (and no text overlay). That’s enough to try-before-you-buy.

If all you need is an app with a huge number of photos effects at a lower than low price, this is it. No bells and whistles. No cluttered interface. No learning curve.

More Spyware For Google Glass

As cool as the idea of a computer in your glasses seems to be, it’s becoming more creepy by the day. John Zorabedian on Glass malware:

A spyware app developed by two researchers has shown that Google Glass can be used to secretly take photos of whatever a Glass wearer is looking at without their knowledge – making the Glass user the one whose privacy and security is potentially compromised

In other words, the Glass wearer is being spied on by malware in Glass.

Macs More Reliable Than Windows PCs

Adrian Kinglsey-Hughes with a survey on what we’ve heard before. Macs are considered more reliable than Windows PCs.

  • 77 percent of IT pros said that Macs are more reliable overall than Windows machines.
  • 65 percent said that Macs are easier to support.
  • 65 percent said that offering Macs would likely help attract employees (a very important factor given the competition for talent)

More reliable, easier to support, discriminating employees prefer Macs.

Your Dog? Or, Your Spouse?

Which do you love more? 7 signs you may love your dog more. Melanie Kramer:

  • Your greet your dog first when you come home
  • You shower your dog with compliments
  • You post pictures of your dog online
  • You have an adorable nickname for your dog
  • You talk your problems out with your dog
  • You compare your spouse’s love for you to your dog
  • You ignore you spouse’s allergies and let the dog sleep in bed

Ouch.

What’s The Price Of Zen Writing? A Mere 99-cents Gets You Distraction Free Minimalism

All too often the largest portion of my day has me slaving over a keyboard. Back in the day it was Microsoft Word for Mac and BBEdit. BBEdit remains, of course, but Word has become a dinosaur awaiting extinction as Mac users have moved en masse to lighter word processors. Even the terminology for writing on a Mac has changed. Today it’s ‘distraction free‘ and ‘minimalist‘, both of which are 21st century euphemisms for ‘not many features to learn.’

If minimalist, distraction free, and inexpensive writing tools are what you’re after, all you need is a dollar and Zen.

This inexpensive, ultra simple word processor for the Mac is indicative of the trend these days toward usability rather than a huge list of features no one uses. Usability? Zen lets you type and save what you type– distraction free, fullscreen, and, for the most part, feature free.

Indeed, the developer’s own website explains Zen this way.

  • Zen is $0.99, available on Mac App Store.
  • Zen helps you to focus on your writing.
  • Zen is writing only.
  • Zen is fullscreen.

What are Zen’s features? Zen’s website doesn’t say. Does it spellcheck? Does it have text formatting? What file format does Zen use to save files? Where are files saved? Why should I buy Zen?

Unfortunately, the Zen developer’s website doesn’t say, and neither does the Zen promo page on the Mac App Store. That’s wrong. It’s wrong to cough up even 99-cents to find out that Zen does not do as much as Apple’s built-in TextEdit app and can be distracting and disappointing for the very reason it exists. Minimalism to an extreme.

Alright, that said, Zen is very zen-like.

Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight in the Buddhist teachings. As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.

In other words, in true zen fashion, not much thought or effort went into Zen. If you prefer distraction free writing tools with a minimalist learning curve, there are many, many options to consider before Zen. Check Here and Here, and there’s one Here to help you see what I mean.

The Black Hole Theory

Was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 swallowed up by a black hole? CNN’s Don Lemon to former U.S. DoT inspector general, Mary Schiavo on the possibility that the flight’s disappearance came about because of a black hole, the Bermuda Triangle, or something like the TV show Lost:

Lemon:

I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous, do you think, Mary?

Chiavo:

It is. A small black hole would suck in our entire universe. So we know it’s not that. The Bermuda Triangle is often weather, and ‘Lost’ is a TV show.

That should end that, right? More Lemon:

Especially today, on a day when we deal with the supernatural, we go to church, the supernatural power of God. You deal with all of that. People are saying to me, why aren’t you talking about the possibility — and I’m just putting it out there — that something odd happened to this plane, something beyond our understanding?

God did it?

10 Worst Cars Of All Time

I love lists like this. Ted Reed:

  • 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Diesel
  • 1957 Trabant P50 (two cylinder, two-stroke)
  • Cadillac Cimarron (four cylinder)
  • 1958 Edsel Corsair
  • 2003 Saturn Ion
  • 1971 Chevrolet Vega
  • 1987 Yugo
  • 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 1974 Ford Mustang
  • 1971 Pontiac Aztek

What? No Ford Pinto?

Got A GoPro Video Camera? Edit The Videos For Free

There’s a reason why there are dozens and dozens of word processors and text editors. Some are more popular than others, but there is a large variety of writing tools available for Mac users. I sum it up as ‘different strokes for different folks.’

At the other end of the scale are video editors. Can you name three beyond Apple’s iMovie or Final Cut Pro X? That’s a much shorter list because Apple gives the very capable iMovie free with every new Mac.

So, why would GoPro, the makers of the popular video camera line, come out with their own video editing app? There is little money to be made with video editors and GoPro Studio for the Mac is free. Why bother?

GoPro is all about simple videos on the go, and maybe iMovie is just too much video editor. GoPro Studio is a basic video editor that matches GoPro videos with action oriented templates.

Drag and drop or open video clips into a GoPro Studio project.

GoPro Studio

If anything, GoPro Studio works more like the iMovie of yesteryear, but with fewer bells and whistles.

Forget about multiple video overlays, multiple audio tracks, or even transitions beyond the mundane. GoPro Studio is simple and straightforward, designed to use, not to confuse.

GoPro Video Templates

You’ll be prompted to select a video template after you’ve imported or converted your video clips. A number of templates are available in the GoPro Studio download, and more can be downloaded online.

While the editing timeline is familiar to anyone who used Apple’s iMovie for Mac before the latest generation replaced it, tools and options are nominal, though basic tools for video clip speed, audio levels, and color options are built in.

GoPro Studio Video Sample

The templates make it easy to create a quick video. Simply replace the template video clips with your own clips. Titles, music, and additional audio can be added to the video timeline. You can even go slow-mo with a clip. There’s no fullscreen mode, but GoPro Studio plays nice-nice with online video sties so you can export videos and upload to YouTube.

Obviously, GoPro Studio works best with GoPro videos, but any H.264 video with a constant frame rate (as well as standard .mov and .mp4 videos) should work well, too. GoPro Studio also has a Windows version. If you’re used to iMove or Final Cut Pro X there’s little reason to consider GoPro Studio, but if iMovie seems overly complex this might be the level of simplicity you want.

‘Haunted Empire’ Book Is Nonsense

Apple’s Tim Cook on the book Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs:

This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I’ve read about Apple about Apple. It fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company. Apple has over 85,000 employees that come to work each day to do their best work, to create the world’s best products, to put their mark in the universe and leave it better than they found it. This has been the heart of Apple from day one and will remain at the heart for decades to come. I am very confident about our future. We’ve always had many doubters in our history. They only make us stronger.

I have over a dozen books on Apple and Steve Jobs and based upon the nearly universal panning of this one, may not add it to my collection.

Hot Collector Cars Under $25,000

Nice list of hot collector cars from Rob Sass with a few you’d never expect to be on the list.

  1. 1987 Buick Regal Grand National
  2. 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
  3. 1978 Porsche 911SC
  4. 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
  5. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427
  6. 1988 BMW M3
  7. 1991 Acura NSX

How Much Money is Enough for a Comfortable Retirement?

Ronald Delegge wraps up many paragraphs and hundreds of words to answer a question asked by many, but summed up this way:

It depends.’

‘Your Greatest Weakness’ Answers

How to answer the dreaded ‘What’s your greatest weakness?‘ interview question. Jacquelyn Smith:

Good:

  • Talk about weaknesses that don’t relate to the job
  • Avoid general statements
  • talk about past development success

Bad:

  • I’m not a team player
  • I’m not trustworthy
  • I’m have difficulty accepting feedback
  • I’m not able to take initiative