Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android M

11 hours, 37 minutes ago · · iObserver

Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android M

Google will be adding native fingerprint authentication to the next version of Android, Android M, according to Buzzfeed. Without citing sources, the publication said the feature would allow users to login to their many Google services with a fingerprint. The company will reportedly announce the feature during next week's Google I/O developer conference.

Three Easy Ways to Get Started With Home Automation

3:55 PM, May. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

Home automation sounds really intimidating when you hear Kelly talk about hubs and horrible user experiences and compatibility concerns. Luckily there are three easy ways you can try a little bit of automation yourself without having to spend a lot of time learning new tech. Kelly has three examples of easy ways to set up cool automation in your house with a minimum of muss and fuss.

Does the Apple Watch Free Us or Enslave Us?

2:30 PM, May. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

The Apple Watch keeps us better connected, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what one thinks is a good thing to be connected to. And who gets to decide? John Martellaro ponders his newfound attachment to his Apple Watch.

Apple Could Add Mass Transit to Maps in iOS 9

11:56 AM, May. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Could Add Mass Transit to Maps in iOS 9

Apple is planning to reintroduce mass transit directions to its Maps app in iOS 9. Apple hopes to introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps, a feature that has been absent since Apple stopped working with Google to power its mapping services.

Apple Watch Bands in Apple Stores in Limited Quantities Soon

9:42 AM, May. 21st, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch Bands

Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though the process for this isn't yet known.

How I Feel About My Apple Watch After a Week

3:15 PM, May. 20th, 2015 · · iObserver

I've had my Apple Watch for a week now, and I'm ready to talk about my delivery time, how I feel about it, and how I use it.  It's been mostly great, but there are a few things I hope Apple fixes. 

Spotify to Add Video and Podcasts

11:57 AM, May. 20th, 2015 · · iObserver

Spotify

Spotify announced on Wednesday that it will soon incorporate videos and podcasts into its streaming service. The service will be offering content from Comedy Central, Vice News, The Nerdist, and more as it seeks to become an all-purpose jukebox.

Apple Watch: Swapping Calendar Views

8:30 AM, May. 20th, 2015 · · iObserver

Today we've got a nifty Quick Tip on the Apple Watch's Calendar for you! We'll discuss how to swap between the different viewing modes, how to go to the current day, and even what to do to jump back to the top of your list of events.

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [Update]

4:41 PM, May. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch Emoji

Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.