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.

Dropbox gets Deeper into Photo Management with Loom Purchase

9:25 AM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The online photo management and sharing service Loom is now another tool in Dropbox's kit. Loom announced it was bought on Thursday, signaling Dropbox's push to become your go-to place for cloud-based photo storage.

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With Loom under the care of Dropbox, we shouldn't have to worry about this online photo management service suddenly closing its doors. You know, like EverPix. It also means Dropbox really wants to be your online photo management service.

iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

8:40 AM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

There’s a neat feature of iTunes Radio that’ll let you create a custom station from what you’re currently listening to—or from any item in your library—with just a click or two. In today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna cover it, and if you’ve never tried out iTunes Radio, we’re telling you that now’s the time. It’s cool!

Apple’s First WSJ Mention: Just Three Words in 1978

7:56 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Three words in 1978: "Apple Computer, Inc." Those words are thought to be the first mention of the today's most valuable company in The Wall Street Journal. In an article about using "so called personal computers" in investing published 36 years ago today, Apple warranted a mention merely as one of the more popular brands. That's interesting in and of itself, but what's fascinating is that none of the other companies—Imsai Manufacturing Corp, the MITS division of Pertec Computing Corp., and Processor Technology Corp.—are left. The article also mentions Commodore, Western Digital Corp., IBM, Altair, Radio Shack (the TRS-80), Floppy Disks ("which look like very thin 45-rpm records"), and a few other relics from that era. (There's a PDF version of the article if you want to read the original.)