‘Oscar’ Adapter Connects Retina iPad Display Panel to Macs via Thunderbolt [Mac Blog]

Oscar, a new Kickstarter project currently seeking funding, is an Arduino-compatible adapter that’s able to connect a high-resolution screen to a computer. The adapter comes attached to the same 9.7-inch display used in Apple’s Retina iPads, and uses DisplayPort or Thunderbolt to connect to a computer.

When connected to a Mac, the Oscar adapter allows the high-resolution 2048 x 1536 panel to be used as a second screen.

OSCAR is an adapter that allows you to connect a super high resolution 9.7″ screen, often found in tablets, to your computer. It comes pre-connected to the LCD panel ready to be attached and is compatible will all operating systems using a Thunderbolt or DisplayPort connection. The board is Arduino compatible which makes modifying the behaviour easy and all the software and hardware is open source.

The complete Oscar kit includes an LCD screen that comes with an acrylic case and a stand, allowing it to be used for a range of second-screen purposes. The adapter included with the display powers the LED backlight and controls the power supply. Because it’s Arduino compatible, the adapter can be used to control variables like backlight brightness through USB.

The full Oscar kit, with display, laser cut acrylic case, power supply, stand, and DisplayPort/USB cables can be obtained through a £150 pledge, equivalent to approximately $250. The screen alone can be purchased for £110, or $183, and the panels are expected to begin shipping in July of 2014.

Update 1:09 PM PST: As MacRumors forum user rootyb has pointed out, a similar product from Adafruit is already available for purchase for $250.




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Pebble Hints Big Things Are Coming To Its Smartwatch Tomorrow

Something big is coming from Pebble, makers of everyone’s favorite e-ink smartwatch. We’re just not entirely sure what it is yet. But we have an idea, and it has to do with Pebble apps developers. The guys over at Pebble…Read more ›

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Open Road Films Launches New ‘JOBS’ Featurette, Live YouTube Event Coming Friday

An official website promoting the upcoming Steve Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher launched earlier this week, featuring a number of short video clips and reviews. Open Road Films has also released a new featurette today, which offers commentary on the filming of “JOBS” along with new clips from the movie.

As part of a social media blitz, Ashton Kutcher has explained why he took the role, shared his thoughts on Jobs, and outlined the work that he put into becoming Steve Jobs multiple times, sharing information in an answer on Quora, a lengthy interview with The Verge, and at a special screening of the movie in San Francisco.

Both Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, who plays Steve Wozniak in the movie, will participate in a live YouTube event on Friday, beginning at 11am PST, to share more information on the upcoming film.

JOBS is set to hit theaters next month, on August 16.


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Apple Seeds Build 12D74 of OS X Beta 10.8.3 to Developers [Mac Blog]

Apple today seeded build 12D74 of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, marking the twelfth beta iteration of the newest version of Mountain Lion. 10.8.3 was first seeded to developers in November of 2012.

Build 12D74 comes two weeks after build 12D68 and features no listed changes. Registered developers can download the update on Apple’s Developer Page.


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Apple Releases ‘I’ll Be Home’ iPad Mini Holiday Television Ad

Apple has released a new television ad showcasing the iPad and the iPad mini with a young girl singing Bing Crosby’s „I’ll Be Home for Christmas“ to her grandfather over FaceTime.

I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me. I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams.

Last year, Apple released a holiday ad featuring Santa talking to the then-new Siri to get directions and weather.


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