iTunes Radio: Create a Station from a Song or Artist

3 hours, 15 minutes ago · · iObserver

There’s a neat feature of iTunes Radio that’ll let you create a custom station from what you’re currently listening to—or from any item in your library—with just a click or two. In today’s Quick Tip, we’re gonna cover it, and if you’ve never tried out iTunes Radio, we’re telling you that now’s the time. It’s cool!

RadioShack Planning iPhone 5s Discount this Friday

5:51 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

iPhone 5s

RadioShack is planning a promotion on Apple's iPhone 5s for this Friday, according to online reports. The electronics retailer will drop the price of a 16GB iPhone 5s to US$99 with a two year contract in the U.S., a discount of $100 off of the normal $199 price.    Bring in an eligible iPhone 4s to trade in, and you can get it for free.

‘iPad and iPhone Kung Fu’ Book is Loaded with iOS 7 Tips and Hints

12:50 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Keir Thomas, iPad and iPhone Kung Fu

"iPad and iPhone Kung Fu — Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks for iOS 7" is a book written for beginner to intermediate iOS 7 users. It contains over 300 tips, each one written in a clear, easy to follow style. The book will allow someone picking up an iOS device for the first time to become completely comfortable with the device. Those more experienced will be pleased to find numerous tips that will improve their comfort and efficiency.

Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition

9:55 AM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.

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Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.

Apple, Samsung Sign on for CTIA’s Smartphone Kill Switch

10:19 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple and Samsung are among the smartphone makers that have agreed to comply with CTIA's guidelines calling for a "kill switch" that renders devices useless if lost or stolen. The agreement will take effect in July 2015, and for Apple, it won't involve much more than it already offers through its Find My iPhone feature.

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Tools to help smartphone owners protect their personal information if the device is lost or stolen are great, but it doesn't seem like Find My iPhone has done much to reduce iPhone thefts. It may be a little myopic for companies and law enforcement agencies to think that will change come July 2015.

Microsoft Word for iPad Gets Touch Word Processing (Mostly) Right

2:30 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · · iObserver

MS Word for iPad review

Through the decades, we've never known anything else but Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. On the iPad, it's, right away, the familiar workings of Word, with cross-platform file compatibility. But it's also developed with many of the key technologies and User Interfaces so well appreciated on the iPad.  John Martellaro thinks it's a sight to behold.

Amazon Smartphone Rumors Now Include Photos

2:20 PM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · · iObserver

Amazon. Phone.

Last week we had reports of Amazon building a smartphone, this week we have more details and pictures, including notable features such as a 4.7” screen, 720p resolution, and six cameras. Yes, six.

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Amazon's smartphone sounds more legit all the time, but it's noteworthy feature of 3-D opens up a lot of questions.

Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

11:54 AM, Apr. 15th, 2014 · · iObserver

Pioneer is tossing its hat into Apple's CarPlay ring with five aftermarket receivers for cars that don't ship with the feature pre-installed. CarPlay is Apple's in-dash system for linking your iPhone to your car for music playback, driving directions, and more.

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Aftermarket CarPlay systems won't be cheap, but it's great to see companies stepping up so most anyone can get in on the hands-free action. It won't be cheap, but it still costs less than buying a new car.