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

10 hours, 20 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

10 hours, 38 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

9:25 AM, 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.

Heartbleed Update: OpenVPN isn’t Safe, Either

2:00 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

As if the fact that the heartbleed bug wasn't already causing enough trouble for OPenSSL, it's a problem for OpenVPN, too. Just as hackers can exploit a code flaw in outdated versions of OpenSSL to potentially gain the secret keys to decrypt Internet traffic, they can do the same with OpenVPN, and one VPN operator has figured out exactly how it's done.

Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition

9:55 AM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.

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Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.

New Cars for Anki Drive Hit the Track

8:48 AM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The incredibly cool iPhone-based remote control cars for Anki Drive have some new competition because the company has two new models available. The Corax and Hadion models offer new feature to ramp up the competition: Hadion comes with Turbo Boost, and Corax lets you mount multiple weapons. The new cars make an already great racing game even more awesome, and Anki has new tracks available, too. Corax and Hadion are priced at US$69 each, and the new Crossroads and Bottleneck tracks cost $99 a piece.

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

10:19 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · 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

9:16 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · 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.

Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

11:54 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Pioneer is tossing its hat into Apple's CarPlay ring with five aftermarket receivers for cars that don't ship with the feature pre-installed. CarPlay is Apple's in-dash system for linking your iPhone to your car for music playback, driving directions, and more.

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Aftermarket CarPlay systems won't be cheap, but it's great to see companies stepping up so most anyone can get in on the hands-free action. It won't be cheap, but it still costs less than buying a new car.