Bigger iPhones Coming

Doug Gross on CNN:

The phones will have display screens that are 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches across, when measured diagonally — a major leap from the 4-inch displays on the iPhone 5S and 5C.

Duh. Way to stay on top of the news, CNN.

11 Most Contaminated Foods

Lots of my favorites from this list by Alexandra Gekas:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year one out of six Americans gets sick from foodborne illness, and of those people, 128,000 are hospitalized.

The riskiest foods?

the Center for Science in the Public Interest compiled a list of foods regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that are most likely to infect people with foodborne diseases, such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.

Spoiler Alert!

  • Leafy Greens
  • Eggs
  • Tuna
  • Oysters
  • Potatoes
  • Cheese
  • Ice Cream
  • Tomatoes
  • Sprouts
  • Berries
  • Meat and Poultry

Potatoes?

This Car Slows Down For Speed Cameras

Tom Warren on details about Hyundai’s expensive Genesis feature:

The Hyundai Genesis combines GPS and braking technology to slow the car down if drivers are speeding when they approach a speed camera… The speed camera detection system will also alert drivers 800 meters in advance and sound a signal if the car is speeding ahead of a camera. Fixed-speed cameras and average-speed cameras are detected by the car, but the system will obviously not work with mobile cameras or highway patrol cars.

Genesis is Hyundai’s luxury brand.

Free: A Mac Photo App That Creates Mosaics

Among the many and varied filters a Mac user can apply to a photo is one called mosaic; an ancient artistic effect which assembled small pieces of glass or other materials into an image. Digital photographers often can create an attractive mosaic with a few clicks. Here’s one you’ll like. The apps is called Mosamic. It’s free, simple, fast, and you get some control over the tiles and colors.

The step-by-step mosaic wizard makes it simple to take any photograph and turn it into a colorful mosaic. Choose the photo, select the mosaic type, select the number of tiles to use, and then pleas the Create Mosaic Image button.

Mosamic Mosaics

Tools include an option to melt the original photo with the mosaic, place tiles in random order (good for avoiding repition), correct the color at the tile level, and use your own photos as mosaic tiles.

There is also a slider bar to control the number of mosaic tiles within a mosaic photo. Though other controls are nominal in number the results can be stunning.

Mosamic Tiles

Take a look at this photo from Mosamic. It’s made up of many different images, all color toned to match the original image.

Mosamic Example

Not bad for free, huh?

Mosamic can use photos on your Mac or download photos from other online photo services. Every Mac user is looking for photo enhancement apps with customizable options. Mosamic does exactly that and it’s free.

$10 Of Quarters For $15

Washboard is American ingenuity (and stupidity) at its best. To get a roll of quarters, worth $10, all you need is $15 and a mailing address.

We understand there’s a good chance you haven’t done laundry in a while and may even be wearing dirty underwear right now. We won’t tell your mom, but we will get your first shipment of quarters to you in two days flat. Want to know the best part about that? The shipping’s on us. You’ll be on your way to good hygiene in no time.

It’s safe. And legal. And funny.

Mentos Suit, Tank Of Diet Coke

Personally, I don’t think aliens from another galaxy would have a difficult time defeating the humans of earth. Here’s another example, this one from HuffPost:

For those of you who grew up believing the myth that consuming a Mentos candy with Diet Coke will make your stomach explode, the video below could be too much to handle.

Man In Mentos Suit In Tank Of Diet Coke

That’s what happens when a man wearing a Mentos suit gets dropped into a tank filled with Diet Coke. Children, do not try this at home.

The 20 Most Expensive Movies Ever

Just in case you want to know, or you’ve got a big bet with someone, Kirsten Acuna did the research and came up with the 20 most expensive movies of all time.

A big Hollywood blockbuster often requires a lot of cash. While it doesn’t always take a big production budget to make a break-out hit, the most successful movies are often the costliest.

Here’s the Top 10:

  • The Hobbit – $257-million
  • Avatar – $261-million
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – $263-million
  • Waterworld – $271-million
  • Harry Potter – Half-Blood Prince – $275-million
  • Tangled – $281-million
  • Spider-Man 3 – $293-million
  • Titanic – $294-million
  • Cleopatra – $339-million
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Worlds End – $341-million

Obviously, Cleopatra’s costs was adjusted for inflation.

6 Vehicles You Don’t Want

Sam Becker’s list of vehicles that will only let you down (from Consumer Reports):

Many things in life simply don’t live up to the hype. The new Godzilla movie, Mountain Dew Code Red, and Hulu Plus are all worthy examples of things that we’ve all heard so much about but come away a tad disappointed with the finished product. Of course, disappointment doesn’t only run rampant through food and entertainment choices — it is also quite common when it comes to big purchases like real estate, appliances, and automobiles.

Spoiler Alert!

  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Volkswagen Beetle
  • Scion tC
  • Nissan Versa
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • Honda Crosstour

Leaf: What’s Old Is Not Dead, But Made New Again

Way back in the day, in fact the early days of the public internet as we know it, but the latter days of the last century, a new technology was born. It was called RSS (often called Rich Site Summary, or Really Simple Syndication), and it became the de facto standard for website subscription feeds; the easiest way possible to skim headlines and summaries of dozens to hundreds of websites.

That means RSS is old, but it works well enough that Mac users have plenty of RSS reader choices. Here’s another one.

This one is called Leaf, an RSS news reader which supports RSS, RDF, and ATOM, but also drops in alerts and banners into OS X’s Notification Center. In what is becoming a cumbersome way to view news and information online, Leaf uses your RSS subscriptions from Feedly (which also has an RSS reader), but lets you save articles from websites to Pocket, Readability, or Instapaper.

Leaf follows the tried and true RSS app layout with your subscriptions organized in the left sidebar. Click on a subscription and the most recent headlines appear in the middle. Click on a specific headline and view the entire article in the right main sidebar.

Leaf RSS Reader

Leaf is friendly, familiar and works well but it doesn’t blaze any new ground. RSS is what it is. Headlines, summary, link to the original. Leaf has a few attractive themes, both trackpad gesture and keyboard shortcuts, and it’s a worthy addition for a Mac user who doesn’t need RSS sync for iPhone or iPad.

If you want to keep your RSS subscriptions in sync between all your iDevices, I recommend Feedly, which has apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad and it’s free. Personally, I use Reeder on each of my iDevices.

iPhone 6 ‘max’ Compared To Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Chris Smith found a video supposedly comparing Apple’s not-yet-released iPhone 6 with 5.5-inch display compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 (also huge):

The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is actually bigger than the Galaxy Note 3 when it comes to height, even though the former would have a smaller display than the Samsung 2013 flagship phone, which has a 5.7-inch screen.

Phablet, indeed.

Green, Natural, Not Good For You

That’s the headline from Polly Mosendz on yet another new Coca-Cola product Coke Life, the green cola:

Stevia, the sugar substitute used to make Coke Life, is being pushed as the “natural” ingredient. Still, a natural sugar water is still sugar water. And in this particular case, it is quite sugary water — to the tune of four teaspoons of sugar per can. That is 25 percent of the daily recommended sugar intake for children.

Sweet, but only 89 calories. I’m a Pepsi guy, myself.

10 Cars Americans Don’t Want To Buy

Everyone has their favorite car brands, and most of us have brands we’d never ever buy again. Here’s 10 of the latter from Alexander E. M. Hess:

Many of the brands that take the longest to sell are unpopular with customers… Both Mitsubishi and Scion have car models that take the most days to turn. Both were also two of the nation’s lowest rated car brands.

Spoiler Alert!

  • Scion tC
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Lincoln MKS
  • Chevy Tahoe
  • Chrysler 200
  • Jaguar XK
  • GMC Yukon
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Volvo S60

The Free-Form Display

New from Sharp:

Conventional displays usually integrate certain circuitry within their bezels, forcing manufacturers to generally opt for rectangular designs. With Sharp’s new tech, that circuitry is spread throughout the display, allowing for not only very thin bezels, but also a potentially infinite number of shapes.

Wearable device display?

Molar: What Every Mac-toting Student Needs

When a student uses a Mac in school they’re only one third of the way to a good education. They’ll need the proper apps to spur learning. And they’ll need the discipline to take advantage of all the power a Mac and apps can bring to an education.

Here’s an example. It’s an inexpensive but useful learning app named Molar.

The name puzzled me because I couldn’t find a reference to how the app has anything to do with teeth. Maybe it has something to do with chewing on useful educational material. Regardless, Molar is a great tool for students. Think Periodic Table, Triangle Solver, and Chemical Equation Balancer. All rolled into a single, affordable Mac app.

Molar - Periodic Table

The Periodic Table is obvious and useful for reference. My favorite is the Chemical Equation Balancer. Use it to calculate the molar mass of a molecule. Therein lies the reference to the app’s name, Molar.

In chemistry, the molar mass M is a physical property. It is defined as the mass of a given substance (chemical element or chemical compound) divided by its amount of substance.[1] The base SI unit for molar mass is kg/mol. However, for historical reasons, molar masses are almost always expressed in g/mol.

As an example, the molar mass of water is approximately: M(H2O) ≈ 18 g⋅mol−1

Problem solved.

Chemical equations can be balanced and formatted and copied into nearly any Mac note-taking app.

Triangle Solver is the tool for math, especially linear equations, quadratic equations and trigonometric triangle solver. This is the kind of Mac app which smacks of the need to have corresponding iPhone and iPad versions.

Using the Molar app is simple enough, too. Simply click on the appropriate icon in the lefthand Sidebar to bring up the tool you need. Molar is an app for students developed by a student. Nicely done. Affordable.

Molding Apple In His Image

Apple Inc. and co-founder Steve Jobs have been intertwined since the company was launched in the mid-1970s. That was then and this is now and Steve Jobs is gone, replaced by his First Officer, CEO Tim Cook. The NYT’s view of Cook’s attempt to make Apple is own his a worthy read; especially if you like fiction.

Lower-level employees praise Mr. Cook’s approachability and intellect. But some say he is less hands-on in developing products than his predecessor. They point to the development of the so-called iWatch — the “smartwatch” that Apple observers are eagerly awaiting as the next world-beating gadget. Mr. Cook is less involved in the minutiae of product engineering for the watch, and has instead delegated those duties to members of his executive cabinet, including Mr. Ive, according to people involved in the project, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to press.

Duh.

So, Apple refused to let the NYT’s hatchet men interview Tim, so they carved up Cook in effigy instead. Is there any news organization today that simply sticks to facts? Or, is the NYT’s now in the fiction business because it pays better?

FWIW Department: Apple’s executives sure looked confident during the WWDC 2014 Keynote presentation.

1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda: $3.78-million

Justin Hyde on the Mecum auction:

Sure enough, the Hemi Cuda brought a final hammer price of $3.78 million, making it the most valuable Chrysler product ever sold and one of the top muscle cars depending on what’s in the mix. The Cuda’s payday is only outstripped by a couple of Corvettes and Shelby Cobras; no other Mustang or Camaro comes close to its multi-million dollar value.

Is there any value in buying a hot car today, and parking it in a garage for 40 years? Other than not being around for the payday?

Ferrari F12: $4.2-million

Viknesh Vijayenthiran:

Some of the rumors surrounding the car is that it features a KERS-style hybrid system and a $4.2 million price tag. While the price may seem exorbitant, especially considering it’s about triple the asking price of Ferrari’s LaFerrari flagship, it is in line with what previous Special Project cars have cost.

Or, about 200 Honda Accords.

Free: The Mac Screensaver Clock From Yesteryear

It’s likely that almost all of us have had an alarm clock with the flip-down style numbers, circa Groundhog Day. There’s nothing particularly magical about the flip-style numbers, other than the momentary mental throwback to a more peaceful time (insert rebuttal to dubious conclusion here). If you need a clock that’s different for your Mac’s screensaver, here it is.

It’s called Fliqlo and it’s free. Here’s what it looks like on your Mac’s screen.

Fliqlo the Screensaver Clock

There’s not much to Fliqlo so you won’t be challenged with a laundry list of arcane settings. It’s a screensaver. Install Fliqlo. Select it in the Desktop & Screen Saver settings in System Preferences, and you’re almost good to go.

Setup Fliqlo and your Mac so the screensaver starts at a specific number of minutes after your Mac is last used. Click to view the Options (not much). Click to Test the screensaver. Click to put screensaver into a Hot Corner.

Screensaver Settings

Your Mac’s screensaver will then display the old-style flip-down alarm clock of yesteryear; the one next to Bill Murray’s bed in the movie Groundhog Day (sans the Sonny and Cher music, though that would be a nice touch).

But, not bad for free.

UPDATE: Some readers report a few spam site alerts from the developer’s site. You can also download Fliqlo direct from MacUpdate.

Charlie White Engaged to Tanith Belbin

From US Weekly.

Cheers for Charlie! Charlie White is engaged to his girlfriend Tanith Belbin.

Questions:

  • Who’s Charlie White?
  • Who’s Tanith Belbin?
  • Other than Charlie, Tanith, friends and family, who cares?
  • What kind of a name is Tanith?

Back To The Future Predictions That Came True

The 80s were great for blending comedy, drama, and science fiction. How many of the predictions in Back to the Future II came true? Rebecca Clough:

If you grew up in the 1980s there’s a good chance Michael J Fox was your hero. As Marty McFly, he made skateboarding to the sounds of Huey Lewis and the News look like the coolest thing in the world, and certain lines from the Back To The Future franchise have become part of the very fabric of our society. (Think, McFly, think!) Scarily, Marty’s 30 year leap into the future is now almost upon us.

Spoiler Alert!

  • Hoverboards: Nope.
  • Hands-Free Games: Almost.
  • Flying Cars: Not really.
  • Mr. Fusion: Nope.
  • Fashion: Depends.
  • Weather Control: CIA, maybe.
  • Automatic Service: Coming.
  • Inflation: No $50 Pepsi. Yet.