Alien: Covenant (Trailer)

Why do the plots of Alien movies have to all be the same? Travel to new planet, find Alien eggs, bring aboard ship, crew gets infected, Alien busts out of chest, shower scene, naked woman, Alien kills crew, one person lives. I’ll still go see it because it takes place in space and I have a thing for space movies.

Link (PG-13: Gore, Language) We just opened our first Christmas present, and it’s got a xenomorph growing inside of it. Get ready for a return to the darkness, jump scares, and psychological tension galore as Ridley Scott returns once again to the Alien universe.

Source: Alien: Covenant (Trailer)

Tesla’s Autopilot will now stick to the speed limit

Why wouldn’t the auto-pilot follow the speed limit from the start? What is the use case where the car would need to automatically pilot the driver at speeds faster or slower than the speed limit?

Autopilot-enabled Teslas are about to become slightly more conservative drivers. The company’s latest software update will match the top speed to the posted speed limit when the vehicle’s Autosteer function is engaged, TechCrunch reports today.

Source: Tesla’s Autopilot will now stick to the speed limit

Comment: There’s something really odd about Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro battery test results

This is a little odd. Why would the battery be so affected by Apple’s own Safari and then totally unaffected by Chrome?

‘Consumer Reports said yesterday that the 2016 MacBook Pro was the first ever Apple laptop that the organization couldn’t recommend, due to battery-life issues. That in itself didn’t strike me as too odd. Different users have definitely been reporting very variable results in times of battery life, and some of them have been well below half the ten hours that Apple claims.

Source: Comment: There’s something really odd about Consumer Reports’ MacBook Pro battery test results

NASA’s Martian tech is helping hospitals eliminate bedsores

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, kill more people annually than nearly any form of cancer, with 500,000 cases per year in the United Kingdom alone. One problem doctors and nurses face in the fight against bedsores is early detection — tradit…

Source: NASA’s Martian tech is helping hospitals eliminate bedsores

Apple’s AirPods are amazing. Best wireless audio experience

I’ve only had Apple’s new AirPods for a few days now but I can confidently say that they are amazing. The sound quality, build quality, simplicity, multi-device support, all of these features combine for a truly awesome wireless audio experience.

What I really love about Apple products is the user experience. To use the AirPods, simply take them out of the case and put them in your ears. They are powered on and ready to go. There is no power button, once they are both in your ears you hear a little tone letting you know that they are ready to go. It couldn’t be easier.

The author modeling a pair of AirPods

They look like white sticks coming out of my ears and while they look funny, they wear very comfortably. I don’t even notice that they are in my ears.  I’ve worn them for several hours at a time and they feel great, sound great and work flawlessly with my iPhone, iPad and MacBook Pro.

Other’s have reviewed them quite extensively so I won’t say much more about them other than they are a big upgrade from the EarPods and a nice upgrade from pretty much any other wireless audio device.

Just to be clear, these aren’t high end audiophile earphones. They won’t sound nearly as good as a high end pair of earphones, but for general purpose on the go listening, they do just fine.

Peek at the drawings used to design the original ‘Zelda’

To quote one of my favorite video game characters: Greatness, from small beginnings. To celebrate The Legend of Zelda ‘s 30th anniversary, Nintendo has released a handful of drawings that were used to design the first game in the franchise.

Source: Peek at the drawings used to design the original ‘Zelda’

David Pogue’s AirPods Review: ‘You’re Worrying About the Wrong Thing’

I haven’t received my AirPods yet but I do have them on order. I think this could be the most important product of 2016. The reviewers seem to think so too.

David Pogue: They stay in snugly when you’re dancing, bopping, shivering. They stay in under conditions when the wired EarPods would have fallen out. In other words, here’s what most people miss: The weight and tug of the earbud cord add to the falling-out problem, rather than solving it.

Source: David Pogue’s AirPods Review: ‘You’re Worrying About the Wrong Thing’