Apple TV gets USA Now, CBS Sports Channels

2:34 PM, May. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

USA Now and CBS Sports channels appeared on Apple TV on Tuesday, adding two new sources for entertainment to the set top streaming box. USA Now requires a cable subscription login, but CBS Sports lets you view all of its content without any restrictions.

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More Apple TV channels is nice, but until we can get all of the content we want without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription package most people won't be able to truly cut the entertainment cord.

Developers get Apple Watch Band, New Interface Guidelines

10:04 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple's new guidelines for developers make it clear third-party Apple Watch bands have an official thumbs up. Thanks to updates for Apple's Human Interface Guidelines website, developers have new resources to aid in their watch app designs, too.

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Adding Apple Watch to the "Made for" program means we'll be seeing Apple certified third-party accessories for our watches soon, including officially approved bands. We should start seeing a wave of improved apps shortly, too, thanks to updated developer guidelines.

Apple Watch: Mark Your Location

8:50 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Are you directionally challenged? The Apple Watch can help! There's a hidden feature within the Maps program that'll let you mark your current position, meaning you can save the location of a trailhead or your parked car (for example) to make getting back easy. That's what we've got for you in today's Quick Tip!

Ring Video Doorbell: $199

5:35 PM, May. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

Ring Video Doorbell: $199

The Ring video doorbell is a nifty device that allows you to see who's ringing your doorbell. They press the button, and it streams a video straight to your iPhone. In addition to the security conscious, it's a handy device for people with homes that make it hard to hear your physical doorbell. In addition to the one-way video, the device allows two way communication from your iPhone to the doorbell. Through our deal, you can get the Ring for $199, a 13 percent discount.

How to Calibrate Apple Watch for More Accurate Step Tracking

1:27 PM, May. 4th, 2015 · · iObserver

If your Apple Watch is going to be part of your fitness tracking routine, getting accurate step counts and distance measurements for walking and running is probably pretty important. Calibrating Apple Watch to better track your steps is easy as long as you're willing to get out and walk or run for at least 20 minutes. Read on to learn how.

Amazon PrimeNow Offers One Hour Delivery, Here’s How it Works

5:00 PM, May. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Amazon PrimeNow

Amazon has instituted a new service called PrimeNow that is available in some parts of the country. Austin, Texas being one of them. PrimeNow allows you to order products for delivery within the hour or in selected time slots. It was a bit rough setting it up, but the results were surprisingly good.

Apple Watch, Sport Ship Dates Pushed to July

1:21 PM, May. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

Shipping times for new Apple Watch orders are now reaching out to July for the 42mm Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport. Apple has been working to get pre-orders from April 10 out to customers, but so far hasn't been able to catch up enough to see quicker ship dates for new orders.

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Looks like Apple hasn't gotten those Apple Watch parts supply issues under control yet.

Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Watch Support

7:00 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

If taking your iPhone out of your pocket to make an Apple Store purchase is just too much work, Apple has you covered with a new Apple Store app update. The update added support for Apple Watch so you can check up on your orders and more from your wrist.

Apple Invites Developers to App Analytics Beta

6:48 PM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple and Developers

Apple began inviting developers participate in a beta program for App Analytics, an other unannounced service that gives developers more information about how and how often their customers are engaging with their apps. The invitation was posted to Twitter by developer Ryan Hoover, and is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Taptic Engine Issues Behind Apple Watch Shipment Delays

11:51 AM, Apr. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

The delays in shipping Apple Watch pre-orders looks to be tied one supplier's defective Taptic Engine parts. AAC Technologies Holdings reportedly delivered large numbers of the vibrating motors that are failing, leaving Nidec as the only part supplier able to get reliable parts to Apple.

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A single part supplier can unintentionally cause all kinds of headaches for a product launch, and that's what happened with AAC's Taptic Engine parts. The upside is that Apple caught the issue before shipping defective Apple Watches to customers.