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IFTTT Expands Automation Options with iPhone Do Apps

11:33 AM, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

IFTTT, the Web-based tool that links together Internet services, rolled out three new apps on Thursday designed to make it easier to build new workflows. Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note offer narrower options focused on specific tasks such as changing your smart thermostat temperature, or sending information to your Evernote account.

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IFTTT is a powerful service, and it's great seeing the company making some of its offerings more accessible to users who may otherwise be overwhelmed with how much it can do.

Adobe Photoshop: 25 Years of Image Editing Video

10:40 AM, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Photoshop, the defacto standard image editor, is 25 years old and Adobe is celebrating with a video highlighting works from artists around the world. The short video includes what adobe calls "their most amazing dreams," and the works in the video are pretty impressive, all set to Aerosmith's "Dream On." It's a great example of what Photoshop is capable of in the hands of experts.

A123 Systems Sues Apple for Poaching Car Battery Engineers

9:08 AM, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has been hiring engineers from vehicle battery designer A123 Systems, and the company has filed a lawsuit alleging the iPhone and iPad maker violated employee anti-compete agreements. The employees all came from A123's advanced energy storage division and were working on what the company called game changing technologies.

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It's a safe bet Apple knew the A123 employees it hired had signed non-compete agreements, so this lawsuit isn't likely catching them unprepared. It also underscores just how serious Apple is about designing its electric car.

NBC Adds Live Streaming to iPhone, iPad App

10:04 AM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

NBC is making its iPhone and iPad app more enticing for at least some TV fans by adding live streaming support, but only in certain markets. Viewers must also have a cable or satellite subscription to watch shows when they air.

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It's great seeing networks add live streaming to their apps, but requiring a cable or satellite TV package to take advantage of the feature doesn't really enhance its value for TV watchers who prefer traditional over the air viewing to expensive subscriptions.

Apple Patents Google Cardboard-style VR Glasses

11:14 AM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Assuming we take a new patent at face value, Apple is aiming to own our eyes as well as our wrists in the wearable market. The patent describes a glasses-style head mount that turns your iPhone into a virtual reality headset.

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If Apple really is working on some form of virtual reality headset, it's most likely something along the lines of Oculus Rift, and not Google Glass.

Apple Watch was Supposed to be a Health Tracker, not Fitness Tracker

9:33 AM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's original plans for its Apple Watch were apparently far more ambitious than the final product, due to ship in April. Instead of the fitness tracker with iPhone-linked communication features, Apple had planned on giving consumers a device that tracked overall health, but had to scale back its designs because many sensors failed to perform as expected.

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It's pretty clear Apple had ambitious plans for the Apple Watch. The downside to cutting so many features is that we we'll have to do without when it ships in April. That said, this creates a compelling reason to upgrade when the second generation model comes out.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Privacy at Cybersecurity Summit

11:31 AM, Feb. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at last Friday's cybersecurity summit where he made a strong push to protect user privacy instead of handing over access to our digital worlds to the government. The event was orchestrated by the White House as a way to bring together tech industry leaders, academic experts, and government leaders to find a common ground for dealing with law enforcement and national security desires for easy access to our personal data.

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Thank you, Mr. Cook, for speaking out against the government's call to chip away at our personal privacy. Once it's gone we won't ever get it back, so we need the public and corporations to work together to have any hope of keeping our digital life private.