Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

8:25 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 ·

You can use Mavericks’ cool Maps program for all sorts of things—getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if there’s construction, accidents, or other impediments along your route. We’ve got the scoop on how to do so (and what the symbols mean!) in this Quick Tip.

The Mimimalist Aluminum RADIUS iPhone 5/5s Case

6:28 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the RADIUS iPhone5 Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s from REIGN23. It was originally and successfully funded through Kickstarter, and I think it's a study in minimalist design intended to protect the corners of your iPhone. It's made of T6061 Aluminum (an alloy with magnesium and silicon) and it's assembled with stainless steel screws. Better yet, it weighs just 5 grams—for those of us in the States, that's 0.20 ounces. It comes in Red & Slate/Black, Gold, Natural/Silver, or Slate/Black, and it's priced at US$69.99. I think it looks sexy as heck, and I might even review it.

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LaCie Warns Customers of Year-Long Credit Card Breach

5:25 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 ·

Oops

LaCie warned its customers on Monday of a credit card breach that lasted almost a year. The company said that unauthorized persons gained access to customer transactions that took place between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014, and that it was taking its ecommerce service offline while, "we transition to a provider that specializes in secure payment processing services."

Rapoo E2700 Keyboard Includes Touchpad

3:20 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 ·

Rapoo E2700 Keyboard

Rapoo’s E2700 Keyboard for computers contains a built-in touch pad on the right side. It's not quite a full-size keyboard being only 10-inches wide, including the touchpad. With it, right-handed users can sit back and relax while they compute, never having to take their hands off the wireless keyboard.

Microsoft Word for iPad Gets Touch Word Processing (Mostly) Right

2:30 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 ·

MS Word for iPad review

Through the decades, we've never known anything else but Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. On the iPad, it's, right away, the familiar workings of Word, with cross-platform file compatibility. But it's also developed with many of the key technologies and User Interfaces so well appreciated on the iPad.  John Martellaro thinks it's a sight to behold.

Amazon Smartphone Rumors Now Include Photos

2:20 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 ·

Amazon. Phone.

Last week we had reports of Amazon building a smartphone, this week we have more details and pictures, including notable features such as a 4.7” screen, 720p resolution, and six cameras. Yes, six.

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Amazon's smartphone sounds more legit all the time, but it's noteworthy feature of 3-D opens up a lot of questions.

Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

11:54 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 ·

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.

Report Says LG Making 9M Flexible iWatch Displays

10:13 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 ·

Apple may be planning on shipping 9 million iWatch smartwatches in 2014, assuming information from insider sources is correct. That figure comes from a report that LG is the only supplier for the flexible displays Apple plans to use, and that it has 9 million on order.

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Apple still isn't confirming that it's getting ready to release some form of wearable tech, most likely the long rumored iWatch, but details keep leaking out. What's safe to say is that something is coming. It's the final feature and initial shipping quantities that remain mysteries.

Antitrust Monitor Pleased with Apple’s Cooperation

9:07 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 ·

Michael Bromwich, the monitor Federal Judge Denise Cote placed in Apple to ensure the company doesn't engage in antitrust-related behavior, said that the iPhone and iPad maker is now far more cooperative compared to when he first started his job last year. Judge Cote appointed Mr. Bromwich as a monitor to oversee Apple's actions after she found the company guilty of conspiring with publishers to artificially raise the price of books.

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Considering how resistant Apple has been to Mr. Bromwich's presence in the company as a court appointed monitor, this new found cooperation is a significant change. That said, if the company gets Judge Cote's ruling overturned on appeal, it's a pretty safe bet there won't be any hesitation in showing him the door.