Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App, Including ‘Tune Your Taste’

6 hours, 21 minutes ago · · iObserver

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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

6 hours, 53 minutes ago · · iObserver

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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.

Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy iBeacons in Stores

10 hours, 44 minutes ago · · iObserver

Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.

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This could be neato, this could be horrible. Difficult to say.

Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

4:39 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

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Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.

Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal

10:55 AM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

The radio news talk show listening app Swell is about to be snapped up by Apple in a US$30 million deal. Swell is known for its ability to build custom news playlists with content from sources such NPR, BBC, and ABC and play back that content through its iPhone app.

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First Apple buys BookLamp, and now it's about to close a deal with Swell. Purchases like these sure make it look like Apple wants to find a better way for consumers to discover online content and books.

iZZi Slim 4-Lenses-In-One Photo Kit: $95

5:11 PM, Jul. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

iZZi Slim 4-Lenses-In-One Photo Kit: $95

iPhoneographers, we have a deal for you today called iZZi Slim, a case with a built-in lens kit for your iPhone 5 and 5s. The iZZi Slim included 4 lenses on one attachment, allowing you to switch lenses just by turning them for fast changes. The lenses include Fisheye lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, Macro Lens and Wide-Angle Lens (you access the macro lens by unscrewing the wide angle lens). The iZZi Slim is regularly priced at $155, but through our deal you can get it for $95. This price also includes a bonus Bluetooth shutter.

Sweet Design: the CODE Donut Bluetooth Speaker

1:45 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

CODE donut speaker review

Taotronics CODE Donut Bluetooth 3.0 portable battery powered speaker should be a hit with teens and tweens because it is colorful, unique, and has satisfactory sound with good bass. It includes a microphone, and it allows the user to take phone calls when paired with an iPhone.

Apple, Visa Deal Could Make iPhone 6 Your Next Wallet

11:39 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly working on a deal with Visa to have everything in place to make the iPhone 6 your new digital wallet this fall. The agreement would let iPhone owners pay for products and services just as they would with their credit card, but from their smartphone instead.

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A standardized system for using our iPhones just like our credit cards? Yes, please.