‘The Interview’ Movie on YouTube for Rent, Google Play to Buy at 1:00 PM EST [Update]

12:47 PM, Dec. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

The Interview

Google announced Wednesday that The Interview will be available to rent on YouTube starting at 1:00 PM EST. It will also be available for purchase through Google Play. In a blog post announcing the deal, Google even pointed out that it will be available to Xbox Video customers and at seetheinterview.com (that URL redirects to kernel.com as of this writing).

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

8:45 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · · iObserver

Rockstar Patent Sale Indicates Further De-escalation of Mobile Patent War

Rockstar Consortium, Inc. announced a major patent sale to licensing firm RPX on Tuesday. The company, which is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, will part with more than 4,000 patents, the bulk of its remaining patent portfolio. The move signals a further de-escalation of the patent wars in the mobile space, because RPX will license the patents to some 30 different groups of companies across the industry.

Dr. Mac’s Tips for Maximizing and Adding Storage on iPhone and iPad

6:35 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · · iObserver

iXpand Flash Drive is barely larger than its USB and Lightning connectors

Many of Dr. Mac's readers and friends had problems updating to iOS 8 over WiFi, reporting that their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch complained that the update couldn’t be installed because it requires at least 5.7GB of storage. If your iDevice only has 8 or 16GB of storage, chances are you saw a similar message. Here is Dr. Mac's advice to those whose iDevices are full or nearly full...

PowerCube Outlet Expander - 4 Outlets and Dual-USB Port: $17.95

6:21 PM, Dec. 23rd, 2014 · · iObserver

PowerCube Outlet Expander - 4 Outlets and Dual-USB Port: $17.95

I have an extremely cool device for today's deal. It's called the PowerCube, a very clever way to maximize your power outlets. As the name suggests, it's a cube, which has six sides. One of those sides has a male plug for your wall. Four of the sides each have a female plugs, while the outside sixth face has two USB ports for dual charging. It's a very efficient way of turning one plug into four, with two USB ports to spare—all with a very small footprint. You can get the PowerCube for just $17.95 through our deal, so snap it up!

Rumor Claims 12-inch MacBook Air Production Coming in Early 2015

9:03 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

The long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will finally start production in early 2015—or so claims the latest rumor. That news comes from Digitimes, which has a dubious record with its laptop predictions, but will no doubt have many hopeful shoppers holding their breath waiting for a summer launch.

Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments

5:10 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

ITG report on Apple Pay

"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.

The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the Competition

3:55 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

Particle Debris

Calling the Apple Watch just a cooler, better smartwatch isn't
the right way to look at this revolutionary device. Apple would hardly settle for that. Instead, the Apple Watch will so change people's lives that no other device on the wrist will do, and that will bring incredible success. John Martellaro makes his case.

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

2:29 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.