Apple Brings iTunes Festival to U.S. at SXSW

9:01 AM, Feb. 19th, 2014 · · Conferences

Apple will be hosting its first ever iTunes Festival in the United States in March at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Apple's music events will include musical performances from March 11 through March 15 from artists such as Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and ZEDD.

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SXSW is known for its great concert lineup, so hosting the first U.S. iTunes Festival at the event is a perfect fit. It's great that Apple is finally bringing its popular concert series to the States.

Jeff Gamet Talks CES at Estes Park User Group

10:29 AM, Jan. 15th, 2014 · · Conferences

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer's Managing Editor, will be speaking at the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group on Wednesday, January 15, in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeff will talk about this year's Consumer Electronics Show, his experiences at the annual event, what trends to watch in the coming year, and which products were cool or lame.

CES 2014: TMO Editors’ Choice Awards

7:03 PM, Jan. 14th, 2014 · · Conferences

The Mac Observer is always on the lookout for great products when we're at trade shows, conferences, and expos, and at CES 2014 in Las Vegas we found a couple that really stood out for us. Read on to see which products earned TMO Editors' Choice Awards this year.

CES 2014 to Use iBeacons for Expo Promotion

1:34 PM, Jan. 3rd, 2014 · · Conferences

Just because Apple won't have a booth at CES next week doesn't mean the iPhone and iPad maker won't have a presence. This year CES will be using the company's iBeacon technology for an on-site scavenger hunt to collect digital badges and win prizes.

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CES is promoting iBeacon technology in a big way this year. That has to make all of those Android phone makers that chose to go with NFC feel pretty good.

The Bridge of Star Trek Enterprise NCC-1701-D at MacTech (Photo Gallery)

9:10 PM, Nov. 6th, 2013 · · Conferences


As a "perk" for MacTech attendees, the non-profit organization, New Starship, setup a full replica of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation. According to New Starship Founder and CEO Huston Huddleston, these props are partially from the (now defunct) Vegas experience and mostly from the touring production thereof. A dozen images and more details await... after the jump!

Kinivo’s Bluetooth Speaker Is Compact and Feature Full

2:15 PM, Jun. 26th, 2013 · · Conferences

Kinivo BtX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

The BtX350 wireless compact bluetooth stereo speaker provides rich, full-bodied sound, strong bass and wirelessly streams via Bluetooth or connects to non-wireless items, such as iPods, with a standard 3.5mm plug. The addition of easy to reach operational buttons, makes this a useful speaker.

Apple Seeds iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPhone & iPad to Developers

8:31 PM, Jun. 24th, 2013 · · Conferences

iOS 7

Apple released the second beta of iOS 7 to developers on Monday, just two weeks after the company announced the first beta at the annual World Wide Developer Conference on June 10th. In addition to support for iPhone, iOS 7 Seed 2 also supports iPad for the first time.

THE LIST: Every Developer TMO Has Interviewed at WWDC

5:15 PM, Jun. 24th, 2013 · · Conferences

TMIO's WWDC Interviews

Since 2009, The Mac Observer has been interviewing Apple developers at WWDC to take the pulse of the developer community and allow them to tell their stories to the readers.  All of these interviews have been extraordinary, and we thought it was time to provide links to every interview for reference.

From Teaching Religion to Writing Mail Act-On & MailTags - Scott Morrison at WWDC

6:11 PM, Jun. 20th, 2013 · & · Conferences

WWDC Interview with Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison was teaching high school computer science when he decided he needed a hobby. So he decided to learn Objective-C as a hobby. One thing led to another, and soon he was creating mail plug-ins for OS X 10.3 Jaguar's Mail app.Mr. Morrison quit his job with some trepidation, worried about the isolated life of a developer, and started his software business. He told his story to TMO's Dave Hamilton at WWDC.