Vine Byte Android iOS App
Vine co-creator Dom Hofmann launched Byte, a new Android / iOS app that lets its users share six-second looping videos. Even though it was just released, its biggest competitor comes from China’s Bytedance, the maker of the popular social app TikTok, which lets you string together 6-15 second clips into a 60-second (maximum) video. Read more for a first look at the Byte beta and additional information.

Star Wars The Force Coding Kit
Kano’s Star Wars The Force Coding Kit puts a geeky twist on programming, and you can pick it up for $29.99 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Simply open the box, remove the parts, follow the book, connect the board / button / bits, and you’ll be ready to play with the sensors to see how they work. Connect code blocks, see the JavaScript, learn about loops, logic, and variables. The more you train, the more powerful of a Jedi you’ll become. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.

Rewound App iPhone iPod
Developer Elvin Hu revealed a similar app, but Rewound managed to make it onto the App Store first. Simply put, it’s a music player for your Apple Music library that enables users to easily browse and play their music, complete with customizable on screen buttons and gestures. In other words, it’s perfect for one-handed use. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.

Kano Star Wars The Force Coding Kit
Kano’s Star Wars The Force Coding Kit includes step-by-step challenges that show you how to connect code blocks, see JavaScript, learn about loops / logic / variables, and more, all for $29.99 shipped, today only, originally $79.99. Simply move your hand to swing lightsabers, levitate X-wings, pilot starships, make Force lightning, perform Jedi Mind Tricks, and lots more tricks. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.

App iPhone iPod Classic
Design student and developer Elvin Hu is currently on working on a music app that turns the iPhone into an iPod Classic, complete with its iconic click wheel. He’s been tinkering with it since October, and shared his progress on Twitter. For those who never owned an iPod Classic, these devices have all five buttons integrated into the click wheel — a design which gives an uncluttered, minimalist interface, though the circuitry contains multiple momentary button switches. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Remove Water Algorithm Photos
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Oceanographer and engineer Derya Akkaynak from MIT in collaboration with Tali Treibitz have developed a computer algorithm to turn underwater photos into a physically accurate image with all of the vibrance, saturation and color of a regular landscape photo. Called “Sea-thru”, it automatically removes the color cast and back-scatter caused by the way light moves through a body of water. Read more for a video and additional information.

Photographer Recreate MacOS Wallpaper
Photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with videographer Jacob Phillips and landscape photographer Taylor Gray to recreate every pre-installed Apple MacOS wallpapers of California landmarks in just one week. For those who don’t use MacOS are have just started to do so, OS X versions were named after big cats until OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as that update marked when Apple officially switched to using California locations. Read more for a video and additional information.

Adobe Premiere Pro Auto Reframe AI
Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media platforms make it easy to share videos on-the-fly, but sometimes, you record in the wrong format. Thankfully, there’s Auto Reframe, an Adobe Premiere Pro tool that automatically reframes content in different aspect ratios using artificial intelligence. Adobe’s Sensei machine-learning technology analyzes, crops and pans footage for different square, vertical and widescreen versions. Read more for a video and additional information.

Microsoft Excel Artist Japan Tatsuo Horiuchi
Tatsuo Horiuchi, an 79-year-old artist from Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, prefers using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets over actual paint to create his masterpieces. Horiuchi didn’t want to spend money on art supplies so he started to use Excel to create art after seeing others using the program at work. How does it work? The Autoshape function is mainly used to form the images and then custom colored shapes are layered to weave together an intricate image. Read more for a video and additional information.

Zao Deepfake App
A new iOS app called Zao, developed by Chinese developer MoMo, was the most-downloaded China over the weekend, as it takes deepfakes to the next level by letting users superimpose their faces onto celebrities in just seconds rather than hours or even days. So far, the only issue users have had is with their privacy policy, which states that the developers could keep and reuse their images forever. Read more for a video of the software in-action.