Thursday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

The First Apple Store App For iPad Nails Tablet Shopping With Clever Gesture And Image Focused Interface: Today, Apple is launching its very first Apple Store app for iPad, bringing a gorgeous shopping experience to its tablet in a long-overdue move. The new app arrives just in time for the holidays and utilizes the display and capabilities of the iPad to present a best-in-class shopping experience. – by Matthew Panzarino – http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/20/apples-retail-master-class/

Coin, Kicking Credit Cards To The Curb, Answers A Few Questions: YC-backed Coin, the electronic credit card that stores multiple cards on one Bluetooth device, made a big splash last week blowing past its $50,000 pre-order in less than 40 minutes. Turns out, people not only want to buy more Coins but they want to know more about Coin, too. – by Jordan Crook – http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/20/coin-kicking-credit-cards-to-the-curb-answers-a-few-questions/

Audio Giant Harman Makes Name For Itself With New York Store: The grand-opening party on Madison Avenue last week featured a red carpet, an exclusive guest list and performances from DJ Cassidy and singer Miguel in a pre-celebration of the public opening Nov. 21. – by Beth Snyder Bulik – Tags: harman, ralph santana – http://adage.com/article/news/audio-giant-harman-makes-york-store/245290/

A Monochrome Lego Set To Teach Tomorrow’s Architects: The first thing you’ll notice about the Lego Architecture Studio is that it’s white. There are no colors, no shades, no pigments, no hues here. It is as white as a piece of paper, a glass of milk, a blind albino lizard skittering in a lightless cave a mile below the ground. White, white, white. – http://www.fastcodesign.com/1673217/a-monochrome-lego-set-to-teach-tomorrows-architects

Ribbon Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Payments For Consumers, No App Or Account Required: Payments startup Ribbon, which launched last year with a focus on making it easier to accept payments online across websites, blogs and social media services like Facebook and Twitter, is expanding in a new direction. – by Sarah Perez – http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/20/ribbon-is-building-a-peer-to-peer-payments-for-consumers-no-app-or-account-required/

Google’s latest Chrome Experiment shows off an eagle’s eye view of Middle-earth: Google has long used its Chrome Experiments as a way to show off the power of browser-based apps, and the latest one should appeal to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s set of Middle-earth films. – by Nathan Ingraham – http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/20/5126932/chrome-experiement-shows-an-eagles-eye-view-of-middle-earth

LG Smart TV Caught Collecting Data On Files Stored On Connected USB Drives: The growing presence of “smart” devices, each one requiring a connection to the outside world, is a bit alarming (Samsung TV zero day exploit, anyone?). – by Tim Cushing – http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131119/06503625288/lg-smart-tv-caught-collecting-data-files-stored-connected-usb-drives.shtml

EBay plans big expansion of ‘connected glass’ shopping: SAN FRANCISCO — EBay is planning a big expansion of its “connected glass” shopping technology as the company tries to make more money in the physical retail world, not just from online transactions. – by Alistair Barr, USA TODAY – http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/20/ebay-connected-glass-shopping/3519535/

This Real Life Version Of X-Ray Glasses Can See Through Your Skin: Google Glass has received endless press coverage for its futuristic form factor and novel, consumer-friendly applications. The wearable computer, for example, allows users to see email and maps right from its heads-up display. – http://www.fastcompany.com/3021953/this-real-life-version-of-x-ray-glasses-can-see-through-your-skin

Why You’ll Get Google Glass: Lots of people say: “I would never wear Google Glass. They look ridiculous.” But the appearance — love it or hate it — is going to be considered by buyers along with what you can do with it. And the public hasn’t really thought about what’s coming for Google Glass functionality. – by Mike Elgan – Tags: Google Glass, google+, social media – http://www.datamation.com/applications/why-youll-get-google-glass-1.html

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