Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond to App Reviews

25 minutes ago · 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

2 hours, 6 minutes ago · 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

2 hours, 8 minutes ago · 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

2 hours, 26 minutes ago · 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

5 hours, 56 minutes ago · 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

6 hours, 41 minutes ago · 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.)

RadioShack Planning iPhone 5s Discount this Friday

5:51 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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RadioShack is planning a promotion on Apple's iPhone 5s for this Friday, according to online reports. The electronics retailer will drop the price of a 16GB iPhone 5s to US$99 with a two year contract in the U.S., a discount of $100 off of the normal $199 price.    Bring in an eligible iPhone 4s to trade in, and you can get it for free.

Honda’s ASIMO Personal Robot is Scary Good in its Movements

4:50 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

On April 16, Honda unveiled an updated version of ASIMO, its personal robot project. What's cool is how well Honda engineers have engineered the movement of the robot — demonstrated by walking, dancing, kicking a soccer ball, and going up and down stairs. These days, with all the fuss about Google Glass, the iWatch, Apple's TV initiatives and demands for even more innovation, it's easy to overlook this quiet, ongoing work by Honda to build a personal robot.

What's interesting about ASIMO, standing 1.2 meters tall and weighing just over 50 kilos is how it's been made to appear non-threatening with its astronaut-like look and diminutive stature. Reality and Sci Fi aren't too far apart now, and it could be that the vision in the charming movie "Robot and Frank" could be upon us sooner than expected. And notably not from any U.S. tech giant.

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HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners - $29

4:42 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners

We know that our readers love the training courses and tutorial deals our friends at StackSocial have put together, and today's a good one for the future, HTML 5 Crash Course for Beginners, and it's priced at only $29. That's a 70. percent discount from the regular price of $99, and you're getting 46 lectures and 9.5 hours of content, including:

  • 15 lectures introducing HTML for newcomers
  • 15 lectures on accessing the HTML5 canvas for drawing
  • 6 lectures on using geolocation, local storage & advanced forms
  • 4 lectures on embedding HTML5 audio & video
  • 2 lectures introducing microdata, web workers and offline web apps

If you've been saying to yourself, "I should learn HTML 5," this is your chance, so giddy up!