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A better iPad lap stand

tech
iPad lap stand design

Yes, there are already 1,001 tablet stands out there, ranging from $5 cardboard easels to aluminum docks that cost nearly $200. But very few existing models work well on the lap. Either they’re fixed at limited, inconvenient viewing angles (e.g. Apple’s Smart Cover), or they’re too narrow to span the gap between your thighs (a la my beloved Satetchi R1). Here are the key features of my proposed alternative: This stand offers a place to rest your keyboard—but […]

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mid-Production Tragedy, and Virtual Actors

movies / tech

Hollywood was rocked on Sunday by the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of its finest actors. Hoffman had not yet finished his work on the final Hunger Games sequel, in which he plays mentor to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. The actor had one week of shooting left on the marquee project. It feels crass to ask how filmmakers will handle Hoffman’s absence. But one supporting actor’s death can’t derail a project whose budget surpasses a […]