Black Friday, FaceShift, Ring Menu, Christmas ad, Time Machine backups


Ring Menu is a dynamic circular Dock replacement menu around your mouse cursor that can be accessed from anywhere
Ring Menu is a dynamic circular Dock replacement menu around your mouse cursor that can be accessed from anywhere

Black Friday sales — Some of these won’t work as they’re US products in the US, but some of the items are software. There are more here.

Apple acquires Faceshift, which makes a facial motion capture system — It was rumoured earlier this year, and now Apple has confirmed that it’s purchased a company called Faceshift, reports TechCrunch.
Face shift makes Faceshift Studio, a markerless facial motion capture system. It analyses the face motions of an actor, and describes them as a mixture of basic expressions, plus head orientation and gaze, to create a custom 3D avatar, and to record facial animation data in real time. The animation data may be streamed live into Maya, MotionBuilder or Unity, or exported in a range of standard file formats, including BVH and FBX.

Ring Menu Dock alternative — If you want Dock functionality but, for whatever reason, dislike the Mac OS X Dock itself, The Ring Menu might be a handy alternative. Available at the Mac App Store for NZ$6.49 (US$4.99), it adds a circular menu containing apps, files and folders around the mouse cursor. It also sports a dynamic item zoom that magnifies the items under your mouse cursor.

Apple airs 2015 Christmas TV ad starring Stevie Wonder & Andra Daye — Apple has uploaded its annual Christmas TV ad to YouTube, which this year stars singers Stevie Wonder and Andra Daye.

What to do when mobile Time Machine backups linger and fill storage space — An attempt by Time Machine to keep backups up to date away from network resources can fill your drive, too.