Apple TV Needs Universal Search

3 hours, 3 minutes ago · · iObserver

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Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.

Making the Case for the iPod Touch

4:40 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

iPod touch

While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart, R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around. 

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

2:39 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

Today we have a deal on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus for your iOS device. It will work with Android devices, too, if that's your thing. It features a retractable tip, and doesn't require Bluetooth paring or a special app. This stylus retails for $50, but through our deal you can get it for $34.95.

Adonit’s Jot Dash: The Workhorse Stylus You’ve Been Waiting For

11:30 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

We've come a long way since Steve Jobs told us we already have ten styluses on our hands thanks to the creative efforts of many companies. Over time, iPad and iPhone styluses have become more complex, gained pressure sensitivity, and trimmed down the size of their tips. Adonit's latest addition to the stylus world is the Jot Dash and instead of moving us forward by adding in new features, it takes us a step in the right direction by taking some away.

How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

9:48 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

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I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.

Vidity: A Potential UHD/4KTV Game Changer - Will Apple Play?

3:30 PM, Sep. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

Next gen Apple TV & Vidity

Customers who like to watch movies and TV shows on their own devices have suffered somewhat over the years. Changing formats have made their libraries obsolete and onerous DRM has made moving content around problematic. A new proposal and standard, backed widely, called Vidity, aims to change all that. Will Apple join in?

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle: $49

2:48 PM, Sep. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle

Check out the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle. This developer training deal includes the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course and the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Course. Separately they retail for $398, but through our deal you can get them for $49. Check out the deal listing for more details.

iPhone Jailbreakers Hit with ID Stealing Hack

11:52 AM, Sep. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

KeyRaider malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks found another reason to not jailbreak your iPhone: KeyRaider. This nasty bit of malware steals your Apple account user name and password, device GUID, push notification certificates, and more. The upside is that most iPhone and iPad owners don't have to worry about the threat even though Palo Alto Networks says KeyRaider is responsible for the single largest malware-based Apple account theft to date.

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Jailbreaking isn't the fun time it was a few years ago before Apple's App Store was around. The bad guys ruined jailbreaking for everyone, and the App Store made it pointless for most people, too. Stay away from jailbreaking unless you have a really good reason to hack your iPhone.

Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

7:38 PM, Aug. 31st, 2015 · · iObserver

Screenshot from Tidal Stream of Drake Performance

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.