Alternatives to iCloud for Photo Storage in the Cloud

9 hours, 54 minutes ago · · iObserver

If you like the idea of cloud storage for photos but maybe don't like iCloud Photo Library, there are options available. Check out some of the alternatives and how they differ from what Apple has released as part of Photos.

HUSKK Quickdraw iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $24.99

3:24 PM, May. 28th, 2015 · · iObserver

HUSKK Quickdraw iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $24.99

We have a deal with Father's Day written all over it. It's for the HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case, an iPhone case with wallet pockets It will hold up to seven credit cards. It's made with Italian leather, and features a manetic closure to keep your wallety things inside. It's designed for the iPhone 6, and you can get it through our deal for $24.99.

6 Calculator Apps for Apple Watch

2:42 PM, May. 28th, 2015 · · iObserver

TMO rounds up some Apple Watch calculator apps

Watches from a few decades ago included calculators, so why not Apple Watch? Even though Apple didn't include a calculator app on its smartwatch that doesn't mean you can't add one yourself. TMO's Jeff Gamet rounded up a few and checked them out for you. Read on to see what he liked and what he didn't.

iOS Bug can Crash Your iPhone with a Text Message

6:04 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple is working to fix an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone via SMS

Thanks to a bug in the iOS Messages app it's possible to crash your iPhone with a text message. The bug requires a specific string of Unicode characters, and there are some workarounds while we wait for Apple to release a fix.

Texas BBQ and High Technology…

4:50 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · iObserver

Texas BBQ Technology Remote Thermometer

Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week --  a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out. 

HiRise Apple Watch Stand is Beautiful, Well Engineered

3:40 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

The HiRise Apple Watch stand from Twelve South elevates the Apple Watch beautifully, integrates the inductive charger, and showcases the smartwatch for charging overnight. It works with any model Apple Watch and bands and is a step above the ordinary in design.

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

2:02 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

We have a deal on an Apple Watch developer course designed to take you from "newbie to pro." Over the course of 134 lectures and 12.5 hours of content, you'll build 14 different Apple Watch apps using Swift and WatchKit. It's a self-paced course that allows for new coders, while experienced developers can skip ahead as needed. This course retails for $199, but through our deal you can get it for $25.

Hold on to Your Pants, Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to iPhone

10:25 AM, May. 26th, 2015 · · iObserver

Microsoft's Cortana coming to iPhone

Microsoft is making a big push for cross-device support in Windows 10, and part of that includes bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice control system to the iPhone. Just like Siri, Cortana lets you speak to perform tasks and retrieve information, and in some ways is considered more advanced than Apple's own system.

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I've spoken with several Windows and iPhone users who say Cortana is superior to Siri. Bringing that experience to the iPhone will force Apple to step up its voice recognition game, but it's also a shot across the company's bow. Make no mistake: Microsoft wants to eat Apple's pie.