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

3 hours, 26 minutes ago · · 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

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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.

Canaccord: Get Ready for Big iPhone 6 Sales

10:25 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

iPhone 5S sales may not be as strong as most analysts would like, but that's nothing to worry about, according to Canaccord Genuity's Michael Walkley, because the iPhone 6 is coming and everybody wants one.

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Analysts are putting a lot of faith in the next iPhone, and that makes sense considering sales jump up when new models are introduced. 

Apple: iTunes is the Fastest Growing Part of Our Business

6:20 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

iTunes billings are up 25 percent year over year and Apple says its little music, movie, and mobile app sales through the iTunes Store made up the fastest growing part of its business over the past three fiscal quarters. That includes the 75 billion App Store downloads the company previously announced earlier this month.

Universal Car Mount w/360 Degree Adjustable Fit for $14

2:37 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Universal Car Mount w/360 Degree Adjustable Fit for $14

We have a very practical deal for you today, a universal car mount for your iPhone or Android smartphone. This unit has a swivel mount that allows you to rotate your device a full 360 degrees. It has a ball joint for angling your device just so, too. Plus, it's only $14 through our deal, less than half the retail price of $29. It's made of ABS thermoplastic.

Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing Tactics

11:16 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.