Google Targets Apple TV, Fire TV with Android TV

11:54 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has Apple TV, Amazon has Fire TV, and soon Google will have Android TV. The Internet search giant is reportedly ready to jump into the set top box game -- despite the fact that it already sells Google Chromecast.

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Oh, great. More fragmentation in the streaming set top box market. With Apple TV and Fire TV it's easier to decide which device to get based on your current media buying habits, but what happens when Android TV hits store shelves?

TMO Forum Poll: Are You Going to WWDC 2014?

11:19 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple sent out notifications letting developers know on Monday if they can buy tickets for the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday after wrapping up the lottery entry. Did you win, and are you going? Head on over to the TMO forums and let us know in today's poll.

iOS Nap Time: Playing Music to Fall Asleep

10:53 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

If you want to listen to music on your iPhone while you fall asleep, you don't need to remember to shut it off or download third-party apps to handle that for you. Turns out the iPhone can handle that task all on its own, and it's easy to set up.

Amazon’s A9 Search Leader Joins Apple

10:08 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Benoit Dupin, formerly Amazon's vice president of A9 Search Technology, now works for Apple and may be part of the company's team working on search technology for the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Maps. If so, that's a big win for Apple and a loss for Amazon because A9 is the core of Amazon's extensive site search system.

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Amazon's site searches may not always bring back the results we expect, but that doesn't mean Mr. Dupin can't be a strong asset to Apple's own Maps search features. Here's hoping for even more improvements to Maps.

Adobe Lightroom Comes to the iPad

9:02 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Lightroom for the iPad on Monday as a companion app for Lightroom 5 on the Mac and Windows. Lightroom is Adobe's professional photography management and editing application.

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iPhoto on the iPad is nice, but it isn't the same as having a mobile version of Aperture. Right now, Adobe is doing more for professional photographers on the go than Apple. It's your move, Cupertino.

Finally! MacPaint Has Been Recreated For Your Browser

7:10 PM EDT, Apr. 7th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

At long last, someone has filled a gaping hole in our lives: MacPaint in a browser. OK, I said, "finally," but it was actually posted on Tumblr back in October, but it's still totally cool. Called, fittingly enough, CloudPaint, this is a pixel-for-pixel recreation of MacPaint, a piece of software that symbolized why the Mac was so much different from other computers in 1984. If you're up for some Mac nostalgia, or if you just want to get a taste of what it was like to create art on a computer at the beginning of it all, CloudPaint is a great walk down memory lane.

Apple’s Incoming Retail Chief to Be Named Dame of the British Empire

6:34 PM EDT, Apr. 7th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts, the outgoing CEO of fashion retailer Burberry and the incoming head of Apple's worldwide retail operations, is set to be named a Dame of the British Empire. UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that Ms. Ahrendts will be so named in a "low key" ceremony, and that she is believed to be starting her gig at Apple this month.

Everdock Go, Universal Car Dock

5:50 PM EDT, Apr. 7th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Fuz Designs has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the EverDock Go, a universal car dock to complement their existing Everdock products. What I like about the EverDock line is that they really are universal. There's no cable hardwired in, so you don't have to forsake your lovely dock if you get a different phone, just wire up a different cable and move on with your day. I really like that this is a trend, because right now my house is half 30-pin and half Lightning and it is a giant pain in the neck. Fuz Designs was founded by two former ZAGG employees, a company that knows a little about mobile accessories. The project is already fully funded with 38 days to go. For $39 at Kickstarter you can get a perk of an EverDock Go in silver or black.

Apple Orders Sample 65-inch Displays Sparking TV Set Rumors (Again)

4:49 PM EDT, Apr. 7th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has ordered “sample display panels” from a Korean display maker, according to a Korean analyst. Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Seoul-based IBK Securities, told The Korean Herald that Apple has ordered samples and was working with a local company to produce them, but from there the story gets fuzzy, to be generous.