You can play Angry Birds with your fingers or use a mouse on Facebook, but what about with an actual slingshot? mBed, a company that makes microcontrollers and accompanying software, has created a usb slingshot that can connect to a PC or Mac, which in turn can be used to play Angry Birds. Once plugged in, the slingshot is recognized as a usb mouse, and the accelerometer and rubber stretch sensor help translate these motions into mouse movements. Since the project was inspired as a demo to see how easy and inexpensive it is to build your own USB devices, you probably won’t be seeing this cool gizmo in stores anytime soon. But if you’re up to the challenge, you can check out the full instructions on how to build your own on their website. Video demo right after the break.
Apple has announced that the developer preview of the next version of OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion, is now available for download. While Lion’s release brought a number of features over from iOS (namely the App Store, Auto-Correct, Launchpad etc.), Mountain Lion takes it one step further by integrating Messages, Reminders, Twitter Integration and more.
Mountain Lion introduces Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center to the Mac, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay® Mirroring. Mountain Lion is the first OS X release built with iCloud® in mind for easy setup and integration with apps. The developer preview of Mountain Lion also introduces Gatekeeper, a revolutionary security feature that helps keep you safe from malicious software by giving you complete control over what apps are installed on your Mac.
“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced personal computer operating system.”
The preview version of Mountain Lion is only available to Mac Developer Program members ($99/year), so unless you’ve already enrolled (or are planning to), you’ll have to wait until its official release later this summer. In the mean time though, you can check out Apple’s video tour highlighting all of Mountain Lion’s major new features after the break.
With the goal of keeping it “as easy to use as your Mac”, Bento is one of the best Mac-based personal organisation and database tools available from its creator, FileMaker Inc. It boasts such features as across the board synchronization with iCal, Mail, as well as all your files and photos. Inclusion of Excel or iWork spreadsheets and a pretty stylish set of included ready-to-use templates makes it itself extremely useful on its own. Now, with the release of Bento for iPhone, all your information will be easily accessible no matter where you are.
While not the news we hope and pray for, we can still pray. Pray that things set themselves aright (aside from sliding prices). Apple have been losing selling power now for the 2nd straight quarter. Mac shipments for the month of April have slipped 1.8 percent and quarterly sales by 3, a number that proves that even Apple are susceptible to recession.