Apple: HealthKit Data Off Limits to Advertisers

7:39 PM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's HealthKit will be off limits for advertisers, which means app developers planning on supporting the health and fitness logging platform won't be able to make money by selling information about how far we walk or how much we weigh to other companies. The rule should help keep personal information that should stay private out of the wrong hands, and could help boost trust in HealthKit once iOS 8 ships in the coming weeks.

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Locking down our health and fitness data so it can't be sold to advertisers is a great move on Apple's part. That'll go a long way towards helping iPhone owners feel like data that's very personal in nature won't be used to target them with inappropriate or embarrassing ads.

Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

2:00 PM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

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Why do people stand in line every year for a new iPhone? Why is iPhone technology changing so fast? Conversely, why are iPad sales more or less ho-hum? Why isn't iPad technology exploding?  John Martellaro reflects on the situation.

Report Claims this is the Year of the NFC iPhone

10:42 AM, Aug. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Reports that Apple will include Near Field Communication, or NFC, in the next iPhone have routinely preceded device updates, and so far have proven to be wrong. Now there's word that this time Apple really, really, will include NFC in the iPhone 6, which is expected to be introduced on September 9.

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Just because we continue to hear that this is the year Apple will add NFC to the iPhone doesn't mean it will happen. People thought Apple would give in and add Blu-ray drives to the Mac lineup for years, and that didn't happen, either.

Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

9:30 AM, Aug. 27th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.

LA Schools Ditch iPad Contract Amid Controversy

10:30 AM, Aug. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has cancelled a year-old contract with Apple to put iPads in student's hands following news that he, along with former Deputy Superintendent Jamie Aquino, had inappropriately close ties to the company. Documents showed the two may have been talking with Apple executives a couple years in advance, and that the bidding process may have been skewed in Apple's favor.

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It doesn't matter if the school district superintendent acted inappropriately or not because his integrity has been called into question, and by extension Apple's has been, too. This isn't going to make it any easier for Apple to score future contracts in Los Angeles schools.

California Gov. Signs Smartphone Kill-Switch Requirement into Law

8:09 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

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California governor Jerry Brown signed SB-962 into law on Monday. The law requires all smartphones made on or after July 1st, 2015, to come with a kill-switch that will make the device unusable in the event it is lost or stolen. Apple and Google had both already pledged to do so—and Apple has had kill switches in place for years—but the law makes it mandatory.

ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone for $29.99

3:53 PM, Aug. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

ioShutter SLR: Control Your Camera With Your iPhone for $29.99

Check out the ioShutter SLR, a cable that connects your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and your Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Pentax, Samsung or Hasselblad SLR camera. The cable connects to your camera and your iOS device, where a dedicated app allows you to remotely control your camera without touching the camera. In addition to landscapes, cityscapes, and the like, where a still camera can be just what you need, ioShutter SLR also allows you to do time lapses. Depending on your camera, you can also control autofocus and do voice-activated shots (think selfies and group selfies). ioShutter SLR retails for $75, but you can get it for $29.99 through our deal.