"Hey, Siri - Flush the toilet!": HomeKit support for Kohler's $8,000 intelligent toilet

"Hey, Siri - Flush the toilet!": HomeKit support for Kohler's $8,000 intelligent toilet

CES is usually full of announcements that make you shake your head, and this is one of them. Kohler has announced that the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet — which is estimated to cost a cool $8,000 — will support Apple’s HomeKit home automation toolkit and even listen to Siri commands.

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Photolemur photo editor available Thursday in Klingon, reveals Apple leadership to be aliens

Photolemur photo editor available Thursday in Klingon, reveals Apple leadership to be aliens

Our friends at Skylum Software have announced that they worked with André Müller of the Klingon Language Institute and have translated the AI-powered Photolemur photo editor into the Klingon language. This, of course, is exciting news for our Klingon crew members, who up until this time had no easy way to do photo editing.

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Kitten Stuff Done: Kickstarter campaign enlists kittens to help you get things done

Kitten Stuff Done: Kickstarter campaign enlists kittens to help you get things done

Every once in a while, we feature something that’s not exactly about Apple but has the ability to help readers become more productive or have more fun. Kitten Stuff Done is a Kickstarter campaign by my old TUAW editor-in-chief Victor Agreda Jr. that’s about to meet its funding goal and make life a lot more productive — and fun — for a lot of people.

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Decluttr Survey: 70 % of U.S. Singles Would Prefer to Date an iPhone User

Decluttr Survey: 70 % of U.S. Singles Would Prefer to Date an iPhone User

OK, this survey made me laugh. Decluttr, which is a service to sell old technology for cash, did a survey and found that the make, model and condition of your smartphone can make a big difference in how you're perceived by a date. The big results?

  • 70% of singles would prefer to date an iPhone user over an Android user

  • Nearly half of women view an old phone as an immediate turnoff

  • More than one third of men feel a cracked screen demonstrates lack of personal care and financial security

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Let’s hope that Twelve South’s “Inspire” Mac candle is the inspiration for a new Mac mini

Let’s hope that Twelve South’s “Inspire” Mac candle is the inspiration for a new Mac mini

When it comes to design of Apple accessories, I personally think the team at Charleston, SC - based Twelve South sometimes does a better job of thinking things through than Apple’s own design team. Recently, I received a Twelve South Inspire “Mac Candle No.2” for review, which is a US$29.99 scented candle that’s the followup to last year’s model with the “New Mac Smell”. Let’s take a look at this fun gift, and I’ll tell you why I think Jony Ive should look at the candle for inspiration…

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AWT News Update: October 12, 2017

AWT News Update: October 12, 2017

Tablet drivers, Beats Academy, and the Tim Cook Euro tour are all topics today on the Apple World Today News Update Podcast:

  • Interested in AR? Check out the free AR Tape Measure app from this month's sponsor, It's About Time Products
  • Wacom releases High Sierra-compatible drivers for its broad line of graphics tablets
  • Apple executives Jimmy Iovine and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young break ground on a new USC academy that will bear their names
  • Tim Cook visits Sweden, says students should learn to code, and cuts down the tallest tree in the forest...with a herring (apologies to Monty Python)
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Vintage Apples: Streaming music from Apple Watch to an 8-track player...and more!

Vintage Apples: Streaming music from Apple Watch to an 8-track player...and more!

Niles Mitchell, AKA napabar on YouTube, has a lot of fun with vintage electronics that may or may not be made by Apple. In this article, we have two examples of videos that Mitchell has created that deal with linking up present-day Apple gear with vintage tech. 

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How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

Here's a fun bit of design trivia for you. The Wall Street Journal published a big article on Apple chief designer Jony Ive's touches on the soon-to-be-opened Apple Park today, but that's not the key piece of the article in my opinion. The fascinating bit? Apple's white plastic earbuds that came with the original iPod and have since morphed into the EarPods and AirPods we know so well were influenced by none other than the sparkling white body armor of Star Wars Stormtroopers.

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