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Woz: Apple wasn’t built to sell $17,000 watches

Steve Wozniak. Photo: HigherEdWeb/Flickr CC

Steve Wozniak seems to have mixed emotions about the upcoming Apple Watch. Photo: HigherEdWeb/Flickr CC

Steve Wozniak seems to have a complex relationship with both modern-day Apple and, particularly, the Apple Watch. In an interview at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago yesterday, Apple’s co-founder said Apple’s foray into high-end wearables marks a very different turn for the company he helped to found.

“It didn’t seem like the company we started,” he said. “That’s not the Apple that moved the world forward.”

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Dashcams reveal horrors of teens texting and driving

Don't text and drive. Photo: AAA

Don’t text and drive. Photo: AAA

We all know that teens are crazy drivers. But when you put phones in their hands, things get really bad.

AAA conducted video analysis of teenagers on the road and discovered that “distraction was a factor in nearly six out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes.”

The video footage speaks for itself, so just watch:

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First wave of Apple Watch apps lands on iTunes

Apple Watch apps are ready for your wrist. Photo: Apple

Apple Watch apps are ready for your wrist. Photo: Apple

Apple Stores won’t have the Apple Watch on display for a few weeks, but anyone eager to see what the world of wrist apps will offer can already download them to their iPhone.

The first wave of Apple Watch-supported apps started hitting iTunes today, with big names like Target, Evernote, WeChat and Expedia being some of the first out of the gate. You can’t actually use the Apple Watch functionality on the apps yet (unless Tim Cook hooked you up with an early unit), but you can get an early glimpse of how some apps will dramatically change your life.

Here are some of the first Apple Watch apps you can download and their features:

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Classified thermal-imaging and night-vision goodies land on eBay

This night vision device, missing from a $750 million military program, can be yours on eBay for just over $16,000. Photo: eBay

This night-vision device, missing from a $750 million military program, can be yours on eBay for just over $16,000. Photo: The Night Vision Warehouse/eBay

If you search long enough, you can find anything on eBay and Craigslist. That includes lost, expensive military equipment that helps soldiers find roadside bombs.

The Intercept, an investigative reporting website founded by Glenn Greenwald, obtained a Navy intelligence document detailing thermal-optic-imaging and night-vision devices that wound up on a number of websites for sale, including eBay, Craigslist, texasguntalk.com and sportsfisherman.com.

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Friendly indie dev wants to teach kids to think like a programmer

Daryl Hornsby is a friendly guy with a mission: to design puzzles that help kids think like a programmer. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Daryl Hornsby is a friendly guy with a mission. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Daryl Hornsby is an affable guy. As the lead designer of the independent educational game, Machineers, he was on hand at the Game Developers Conference in March to give us a quick tour of the team’s puzzle adventure game that aims to teach programming logic to 10 to 15-year-olds.

The founder and CEO of Lohika Games, Henrike Lode, started making this game as a thesis project in school, but didn’t want to fall for any of the cliched edutainment tropes that kids sincerely hate. Hornsby came on to the team last year, and loves making a game he believes in.

“When you say you want to target 10 to 15 year-olds, you’re told you have to make it overly colorful and bubbly, and that no kids read text,” Hornsby told us on the show floor. “We’ve been able to prove that this is not quite the case. We’ve found that kids want to be treated like adults, but it still has to be approachable.”

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10 surprising things we learned about Tim Cook today

Photo: Apple.

Fortune names Tim Cook the “world’s greatest leader.” Here’s why. Photo: Apple

Tim Cook had enormous shoes to fill when he took over as Apple CEO. After Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, doubters questioned whether the Southern engineer could keep Apple relevant. But Cook has led Apple to become the world’s most valuable company — he might be even better at running the company than Jobs ever was.

Now Fortune has named Cook the “world’s greatest leader” and published a profile full of exclusive details about Cook’s journey as Apple CEO. In the interview, Cook reveals how he developed thick skin, why he’s giving all his money to charity, and the real reasons he opened up about his sexuality.

The massive profile is well worth a read, but we’ve picked out the most interesting bits for you below.

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An actual wheel iPad gamers can get behind

The KOLOS gaming wheel is for iPad gamers who want a more realistic and comfortable experience with driving games. Photo: KOLOS

The KOLOS gaming wheel is for iPad gamers who want a more realistic and comfortable experience with driving games. Photo: KOLOS

A game like Real Racing has sophisticated graphics that, combined with the motion sensors of an iPad, give you the sensation of being behind the wheel.

The only thing missing is the actual wheel.

Ivaylo Kalburdzhiev wants iPad users to have a more comfortable drive when they play anyone of the more than 450 tilt games.

The CEO of KOLOS, slavic for colossus, has developed a gaming wheel for the iPad that launches on Kickstarter today.

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Twitter takes on Meerkat with live video app Periscope

I asked my colleague Killian Bell to come up with an image to show the battle between Twitter and Meerkat. This is what he came up with. The monster. Photo: Cult of Mac

Twitter is hunting Meerkats. Well, sort of. Photo: Cult of Mac

By now, you’ve almost certainly heard of Meerkat: the live-streaming social media phenomenon. Well, Twitter has too, because today it launched its own would-be Meerkat killer: a standalone live-streaming video app called Periscope.

Currently available only for iOS devices, the app was acquired by Twitter back in January for a reported $100 million. Unlike Meerkat, which works on the same disappearing media idea as Snapchat, Periscope allows users to save live streams and then replay them later.

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Calling Aaron Muderick a putty magnet is not a stretch

Crazy Aaron's Thinking Magnetic Putty smothers all it is attracted to. Photo: Ian Parks/YouTube

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Magnetic Putty smothers all it is attracted to. Photo: Ian Parks/YouTube

Aaron Muderick is grateful to the anonymous pioneering office worker who thought to populate his or her desk with toys.

Muderick was a software engineer when his go-to desk toy, Silly Putty, gave him a whole new career when the tech bubble burst in the late 1990s and the company that employed him went under.

The story behind the unique beginnings of “Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty” is even crazier than the chemistry that creates the luminescent and magnetic properties of his product.

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Game Boy camera pictures look primitive — and that’s refreshing

Towards the end of the life of the Game Boy player, Nintendo added a camera attachment. Photo: Solopress

Toward the end of the Game Boy’s life, Nintendo added a camera attachment. Photo: Solopress

We turned up our noses at the first digital pictures because they didn’t look as good as film. The camera added to the Nintendo Game Boy in 1998 certainly didn’t make the case for a digital future.

Game Boy camera pictures look primitive — and that’s refreshingThe bulbous attachment recorded a fuzzy, postage-stamp-size, black-and-white image. That’s black and white with no gray shades in between.

If you wanted to share your photo, you could purchase a separate printing device that plugged into the Game Boy and spit out a tiny print. The printer took a little roll of paper and looked like one of those small credit-card-processing machines that spit out a receipt.

Today, several megapixels later, the look of the Game Boy camera is refreshingly vintage.

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