Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for iPhone

11 hours, 12 minutes ago · · iObserver

Following reports that it was purchasing Swell, the iPhone app for building custom talk radio-like stations, Apple has confirmed it is the new owner of the app and its developer Concept.io.

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Fist BookLight and now Swell. It looks like Apple is getting serious about improving content discovery through the iTunes Store.

iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

8:45 AM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · iObserver

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.

Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global Corporate Use

8:57 PM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

Ford and iPhone

Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for Apple's enterprise ambition, which recently announced a mobile alliance with IBM.

Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

11:14 AM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

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More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.

Apple Drops Samsung Patent Appeal, Ends Injunction Push

9:55 AM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is throwing in the towel on its efforts to get an injunction blocking the sale of several Samsung smartphones related to their first patent infringement trial. Apple told the court on Monday that it is dropping its cross appeal in the case and now will instead focus on winning an injunction in their second mobile device infringement trial.

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It seems that -- at least on some level -- both Apple and Samsung are getting tired of their ongoing patent infringement fight, although not tired enough to find some sort of agreement. For Samsung, giving up doesn't make sense considering its drag-it-out-in-court tactics are working just fine.

Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App, Including ‘Tune Your Taste’

10:20 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Beat Music

Beats Music, the music streaming service being acquired by Apple, released a new version of its iOS app that adds several user controls. Beats Music 2.2.0 includes a "Tune Your Taste" control that allows you change your "Just For You" recommendations. The service has also begun verifying user profile for the famous and well-to-do.

Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App

9:48 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Facebook

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download  a separate app.

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I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.

Blockchain.info Brings Bitcoin Wallet App Back to App Store

7:56 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Blockchain App

Blockchain.info has brought its Bitcoin wallet app back to the App Store after having been kicked out by Apple in February. Blockchain 2.0.1 has the ability to send and receive Bitcoins from your iPhone, an important feature for Bitcoin users.

Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy iBeacons in Stores

5:57 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.

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This could be neato, this could be horrible. Difficult to say.

Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

4:39 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

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Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.