Howard Hughes’ former home is retro sci-fi, controlled by an iPad

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Howard Hughes House
It's straight out of a David Lynch movie.
Photo: Ben Bacal (via YouTube)

If you have an extra $11.5 million sitting around, and you’ve always wanted to live somewhere that looks like a great place to plan a heist while your robot butler serves you drinks, we may have found your new home.

The house at 535 Haynes Avenue in Beverly Hills once belonged to tycoon, filmmaker, and real-life Iron Man, Howard Hughes. And if its classic charm and amazing views weren’t enough for you, it’s also entirely automated and runs from an iPad.

You can see more of the swanky house in the video below.

Workflow pushes the limits of how powerful iOS can be

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Workflow got even more powerful last week with over 50 additional workflows and advanced sharing features. If you need a primer on the app, check out our full review of how Workflow reinvents iOS automation.MacStories has a great rundown of the new additions in version 1.1. One feature still missing: the ability to sync workflows between devices.Available on: iPhone/iPadPrice: $2.99Download: App Store

Workflow got even more powerful last week with over 50 additional workflows and advanced sharing features. If you need a primer on the app, check out our full review of how Workflow reinvents iOS automation.

MacStories has a great rundown of the new additions in version 1.1. One feature still missing: the ability to sync workflows between devices.

Available on: iPhone/iPad

Price: $2.99

Download: App Store


A new app called Workflow aims to close the divide between the power of OS X and the convenience of iOS. By offering curated and custom workflows, the app can automate just about anything you’d want to do on the iPhone or iPad — along with actions you probably haven’t thought of before, like calling an Uber car to take you to your next meeting with one tap.

It’s an ambitious undertaking for any developer, but what makes Workflow even better is that it was created by two brilliant teenagers with great aspirations for making mobile devices as powerful as they can be.

Auto OCR Any PDF On Your Mac With Hazel And Some Clever Tricks

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Maybe you scan all your receipts and bills, and toss the paper into the recycling bin. Congratulations! You’re paperless. You’re also out of luck when it comes to actually finding any of those scans when you need them. You’ll be stuck flipping through stacks of PDFs as if they were stacks of paper.

Unless you get your Mac to automatically run OCR on those scans, making their text searchable. And then maybe you could have you Mac file them for you too, just like computers were supposed to do for us all along.

Sound good? Then check out this neat tutorial from Mac Power Users’ Katie Floyd, which uses Applescript, PDFPen and Hazel to do it all for you.

Jawbone UP Can Make You Coffee When You Wake Up

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Slept in your clothes again? No problem!
Slept in your clothes again? No problem!

 

Jawbone has announced the UP24, a tweaked version of its troubled UP activity-tracking wristband. It’s mostly the same, with a cool futuristic look and $150 price tag. The difference is that it now uses “Bluetooth Smart,” which lets it communicate with your iPhone in real time to send alerts and notifications.

But what’s really interesting is that it now has a rather useful IFTTT channel.