Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition

1 hour, 29 minutes ago · · iObserver

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.

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

10:19 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · · iObserver

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.

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

2:30 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · · iObserver

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 · · iObserver

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 · · iObserver

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.

Analyst: Apple wants $100 iPhone Price Increase

6:07 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly pushing carriers for a US$100 increase in the price it plans to charge for the iPhone 6. Carriers have been resistent to raising the iPhone's price, but will likely succumb and pass on the cost to their customers, according to Jeffries analyst Peter Misek.

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Driving up the iPhone's price by $100 doesn't sound like a smart idea in a market where Apple wants to draw in more smartphone customers instead of driving them to cheaper Android-based products. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek thinks that's what Apple has in store, however, and that it won't have a negative impact on sales. Color us skeptical.

Bruno iPhone 5/5s Case: Premium Leather, Excellent Belt Clip

1:30 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Blacksmith-Labs Bruno iPhone 5/5s Case

In October 2013 Blacksmith-Labs out of Canada introduced their first iPhone holsters made from premium quality leather and metal alloy belt clips. The design concept is modern minimalist and it is different from any other case design this reviewer has seen.

Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This Year from Alpine

12:38 PM, Apr. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

CarPlay

Alpine is scheduled to ship an aftermarket car system that includes Apple's CarPlay integration. Plans are to release the system this fall for US$500-700, making CarPlay an option for those who aren't in the market for a new car.

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This is fantastic news. When Apple showed CarPlay off at the Geneva Motor Show in March, one of the first questions many people had was whether or not this would be an aftermarket feature or something only available to new cars. Now we know.