T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

7 hours, 19 minutes ago · · iObserver

T-Mobile Uncarrier Model

T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.

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With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out how Sprint thinks they can buy out T-Mobile.

Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

9:06 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · · iObserver

AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.

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One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.

Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for iPhone

10:00 AM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · · 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.