Nike Shoots Down Reports of Killing FuelBand

1 hour, 6 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Nike may have axed most of its FuelBand team, but that doesn't mean the fitness tracker is on death row, or at least that's what the company is saying. When news of the layoffs leaked, speculation arose that the company was pulling out of the hardware market and would focus instead on software for fitness trackers, including Apple's rumored iWatch.

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If Nike is worried about competition in the wearable fitness tech market now, just wait until Apple gets in on the game.

Reminder: AAPL Q2 Earnings Report this Wednesday

2 hours, 19 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's second fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, and will come with the usual watchful eyes of investors and analysts looking to see exactly how the company performed post-holiday season. Analysts will be watching Apple's iPhone and iPad sales figures closely, and The Mac Observer will offer our usual news coverage and analysis of the event.

Why Apple Didn’t Try to Copy Google Glass

5:20 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Google Glass had a nifty sci-fi feel to it when the product first came out. Along the way, however, Google failed to both think about why the product exists and fully appreciate the social aspects of the device. Calls for Apple to quickly follow Google's lead now look silly.

Menu Bars Of The Stars

4:30 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

I admit, I really enjoy seeing what people have in their menu bars. Particularly speakers at conferences, or people I know who are super productive, because they tend to be a little fussier about what gets to take up some of that precious space. Recently both Brett Terpstra and Peter Cohen have posted the contents of their menu bars. Brett doesn’t go into as much detail, but he does make sure to link in case you want to learn more. I loved reading both of these, it’s like seeing someone’s iPhone home screen and learning about a super useful app that might help smooth out a rough spot in your workflow.

Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond to App Reviews

2:56 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Product News

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Our long nightmare is finally over. It took years, but at long last developers can reply to reviews in iTun...wait, what?

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How is Apple the last on this train? Both Google AND Microsoft managed to add this first, which sort of seems like adding insult to iOS developer injury.

Tavik’s Zippered Folio Case for iPad Air is Built for Travel

1:15 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

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There are iPad Air case that are minimalist, lightweight and designed for a benign environment.  This case is not one of those. However, when it comes time to travel or move often between various offices with a complement of gear, and there's a requirement for serious protection, the Tavik Hemings Zipper Folio Case for iPad Air can do the job nicely.

Apple Maps Misses Your Coffee Shop, but Finds Loch Ness Monster

1:13 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Just because Apple's Maps may not be able to get you to your favorite coffee shop doesn't mean it's a failure. You just need to search for the right things, like the Loch Ness Monster. Satellite images that show up only for the iPhone and iPad show what Nessy fans are calling proof positive that the monster is real even though you can't actually see the beast in the water. Instead, there's a big wake from something that seems to be just below the water surface, and it isn't a boat, according to the Mail Online. Unfortunately, we can't get Siri to give us driving directions to the monster. Maybe in iOS 8.

Online Privacy: Track Which Apps Access Your Personal Information

12:55 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Thanks to heartbleed, there's a renewed interest in sorting out which apps and services can access our personal information. Considering how many apps we use every day, that can be a pretty daunting task. With a little help from MyPermissions, however, that's far more manageable, and it can help you control exactly what information online services can gather, too.