What it’s REALLY Like to Work For Apple

2 hours, 40 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Hidden Dimensions

Working for Apple is the experience of a lifetime. Most everyone who has had that privilege looks back with affection on the experience — if one ignores the reason for leaving. But a recent article, without having spoken to any former Apple employees, looks only at the downsides from a few whiners. It was a one sided, deceptive picture.

Jeff Gamet Recaps Macworld/iWorld 2014 at Estes Park User Group

6 hours, 45 minutes ago · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer's Managing Editor, will be speaking at the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group on Wednesday, April 16, in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeff will talk about this year's Macworld/iWorld Conference, The cool things he found on the expo floor, what you missed out on if you weren't there, and more.

Apple, Samsung Sign on for CTIA’s Smartphone Kill Switch

7 hours, 36 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and Samsung are among the smartphone makers that have agreed to comply with CTIA's guidelines calling for a "kill switch" that renders devices useless if lost or stolen. The agreement will take effect in July 2015, and for Apple, it won't involve much more than it already offers through its Find My iPhone feature.

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Tools to help smartphone owners protect their personal information if the device is lost or stolen are great, but it doesn't seem like Find My iPhone has done much to reduce iPhone thefts. It may be a little myopic for companies and law enforcement agencies to think that will change come July 2015.

Judge Cote Denies Apple Request to Stop State Ebook Antitrust Cases

8 hours, 39 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's attempt to dismiss the string of ebook antitrust lawsuits filed against it by several states was shot down by Federal Judge Denise Cote on Tuesday. Several state Attorneys General filed lawsuits accusing Apple of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books, and Judge Cote -- who already found Apple guilty in the antitrust case filed by the Department of Justice -- said the states can move forward with their trial scheduled for July 14.

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It's no surprise that the states get to move forward with their antitrust lawsuit because Judge Cote doesn't think Apple has been able to back up its claims that there wasn't any injury. July should be an interesting month for Apple's legal team.

Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

9 hours, 30 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

You can use Mavericks’ cool Maps program for all sorts of things—getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if there’s construction, accidents, or other impediments along your route. We’ve got the scoop on how to do so (and what the symbols mean!) in this Quick Tip.

The Mimimalist Aluminum RADIUS iPhone 5/5s Case

6:28 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the RADIUS iPhone5 Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s from REIGN23. It was originally and successfully funded through Kickstarter, and I think it's a study in minimalist design intended to protect the corners of your iPhone. It's made of T6061 Aluminum (an alloy with magnesium and silicon) and it's assembled with stainless steel screws. Better yet, it weighs just 5 grams—for those of us in the States, that's 0.20 ounces. It comes in Red & Slate/Black, Gold, Natural/Silver, or Slate/Black, and it's priced at US$69.99. I think it looks sexy as heck, and I might even review it.

LaCie Warns Customers of Year-Long Credit Card Breach

5:25 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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LaCie warned its customers on Monday of a credit card breach that lasted almost a year. The company said that unauthorized persons gained access to customer transactions that took place between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014, and that it was taking its ecommerce service offline while, "we transition to a provider that specializes in secure payment processing services."

Rapoo E2700 Keyboard Includes Touchpad

3:20 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Nancy Gravley · Quick Look Review

Rapoo E2700 Keyboard

Rapoo’s E2700 Keyboard for computers contains a built-in touch pad on the right side. It's not quite a full-size keyboard being only 10-inches wide, including the touchpad. With it, right-handed users can sit back and relax while they compute, never having to take their hands off the wireless keyboard.

Microsoft Word for iPad Gets Touch Word Processing (Mostly) Right

2:30 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

MS Word for iPad review

Through the decades, we've never known anything else but Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. On the iPad, it's, right away, the familiar workings of Word, with cross-platform file compatibility. But it's also developed with many of the key technologies and User Interfaces so well appreciated on the iPad.  John Martellaro thinks it's a sight to behold.