Judge Rules Cops can Force You to Touch ID Unlock your iPhone

4 hours, 45 minutes ago · · iObserver

A four-digit lock code on your iPhone offers you more privacy protection than Touch ID in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci ruled fingerprints as security codes constitute evidence police can collect, just like DNA samples, and aren't subject to Fifth Amendment self incrimination protection.

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Regardless of whether or not Judge Frucci interpreted the law correctly, letting law enforcement compel people to unlock their Touch ID-encrypted iPhones seems like a pretty slippery slope to head down.

Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

5:17 PM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · · iObserver

Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.

STM dux Case for iPad mini Features Drop Protection and Clear Back

2:15 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

STM dux case for iPad mini and mini with Retina display

The STM Dux case for iPad mini and mini with Retina display is the perfect option for those who want complete protection and coverage for their mini while letting the whole world know they have a tablet from Apple. Plus, it meets the U.S. Department of Defense Standard 810F/G for drop tests.

iOS 8: Fixing Bluetooth Headset Connection Issues

11:27 AM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

iOS 8 brought us plenty of cool new features, and a few annoyances, too, like dropped Bluetooth headset connections. There's a fix for that tucked away in iOS 8's settings, but it isn't where you'd think to look.

FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

Smartphone-Assisted Halloween Masks

7:11 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Oh yeah

I have a Halloween costume that involves your iPhone (or Android device, if that's your thing) that is so awesome, you will forgive her for obliterating your carefully planned and super topical Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume. Instead, check out the smartphone enhanced masks over at Digital Dudz.

Where to Buy a New iPad if You Want an Apple SIM

4:21 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple SIM for iPad instructions to Verizon users

I got a new iPad Air 2 last week and while I’m impressed, you’ll have to wait until next week for my review. Why? Well, while doing my due diligence I found a situation that’s more important for you to hear about today than my opinion of the iPad Air 2: Where you buy your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 matters, and it matters a lot.

iTunes 12: Bringing Back the Library and Playlist Sidebar

11:15 AM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple seems hell-bent on making iTunes as painful to use as it can, and iTunes 12 really drives that point home by killing the Library and playlists sidebar. There is a way to bring the sidebar back to life and take away some of the sting that's the iTunes 12 interface.

CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

9:09 AM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.

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Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.