This is just brilliant.
If like me, you've got a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you may get yourself in a situation where the ports just aren't enough.
With the MacBook Pro, the ports you have access to are:
- 4 x USB C / Thunderbolt
- 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
This is all perfect, until you need to plug in an external display, or have an old USB A drive you want to use. For sure, there are adapters everywhere, and you can literally find any combination of dongles.
The problem arises when you have adapters that break over time, or when using multiple adapters, they tend to get lost.
Well, a while ago I backed something on Kickstarter called HyperDrive. It's an adapter that is more of an extension, as it just slots on to the side of the Mac, and turns 2 USB C ports into a lot more.
I was going to make a video for this when I first received it, but that just never happened. But ever since Apple released Clips for iOS, I've been making small videos.
So I've created one for this. I won't share here what the actual details of the HyperDrive is here, because I don't want to spoil the video!
You can't get a HyperDrive from Kickstarter anymore, but they are now running an IndieGoGO campaign where you can find them.
It's truly a game changer for me.
Of course as I'm currently writing this, it is only v0.0.1 build 1, so there's going to be some bugs, and maybe a few missing features. But this is one hell of a first build.
Here are the features from the GitHub page:
- Based on mpv, a powerful media player
- Designed for modern macOS (10.10+)
- User-friendly interface
- All the features you need for videos, audios and subtitles
- Supported basic playlist and chapters
- MPV config files and script system are available for advanced users
- Written in Swift, followed up on new technologies like Touch Bar
- Still in active development
The best bit in my opinion, is the video, audio, and subtitle controls you get. It's such a simple aesthetic, but it certainly packs in some power!
Here are some screenshots:
So I made another video!
It shows a few of the many Touch Bar apps that have been released, but these ones are clearly the best 😉.
STAR LORD IS BACK!
There's a bit of talk over the new MacBook Pro's keyboard, and the noise it makes. So I decided to make this little video, to show the noise of the new keyboard, against my old MacBook Pro, and also an Apple Wireless Keyboard.
P.S. I love the new keyboard noise.
- MacBook Pro - Late 2011
- Wireless Keyboard - 2007
- MacBook Pro - Late 2016
Coming from the Úll conference, a few developers worked on a small video, that will definitely make you laugh.
How do iPhone App developers feel about their reviews? For Úll 2016, We asked some of our friends to share their reviews
National Geographic have just released a documentary called "Before the Flood", in which Leonardo DiCaprio explores the world in regards to the effect of climate change, and what we can do to prevent even more harm to our planet.
Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, captures a three-year personal journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
It's an incredible film, and while I was aware of most of climate change, it still opened my eyes up to a lot more harm we are doing. There's also some people that are actively trying to turn it around, but they alone won't be able to fix the planet, everyone needs to make themselves aware. Then the process of fixing things, won't be as difficult.
You can watch the video on YouTube, or below if the embed works on your device. And after that, you can watch more videos on the National Geographic YouTube channel, and everything else they do on their website.
Also, Leo's speech at the end! Wow.
There's another trailer for the upcoming Planet Earth II series! It's amazing.
Check it it on Youtube, and make sure you set it to 1080p!
Some more exciting news, it will feature an original score by the Hans Zimmer!