YiSpecter Malware Hits Non-jailbroken iPhones in China, Taiwan

5:06 PM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

YiSpecter malware targets jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices

iPhone and iPad users have yet another security threat to deal with, called YiSpecter, that targets jailbroken and non-jailbroken phones alike. Turns out it's been in the wild since November 2014, but don't get too worried because there's a good chance you haven't been infected.

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Never trust pop-ups that ask you to install software outside of the App Store. YiSpecter is a perfect example of what can happen when you do.

Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ

9:30 AM, Oct. 5th, 2015 · · iObserver

Talking with Siri may get more natural thanks to Vocal IQ

Your next iPhone may be a lot more conversational because Apple has purchased Vocal IQ, a London-based company that specializes in natural language technology. The company's tech could be used to make talking to Siri much more like interacting with Tony Stark's JARVIS, or the computer system on Star Trek's USS Enterprise.

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Apple's Vocal IQ purchase gets us another step closer to my dream device: the Knowledge Navigator.

Last Chance for Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $24.99

5:22 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

Ever lose a Lightning cable to a pet or some other other mishap? Check out our deal on the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. This beast is wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel, and it packs permanently-sealed USB and Lightning connectors. It also has one-piece housing fused directly over the cable to keep the connectors in place, and it's backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Pretty cool, right? Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99, but the deal expires in two days.

Tim Cook: The NSA Won’t Be Asking for Backdoors (Anymore)

5:18 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.

Apple Watch Coming to Target October 18

1:57 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple Watch coming to a Target store near you

Target is joining the list of Apple Watch retailers with a limited selection in its retail stores, and more options online. A few stores will start selling Apple's smartwatch this week, online sales will start October 18th, and watches should be in all of the company's stores by October 25th.

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Adding Target to the Apple Watch reseller list gives Apple 1,799 more locations where shoppers can get one on their wrist. Apple must have some serious production action going on.

iPhone 6s/6s Plus: Turning Off Individual Live Photos

9:02 AM, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

How to send stills from Live Photo pics

One of the new features of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus is the so-called Live Photos functionality; this'll take your still images and turn them into little video-like snapshots of the moments in your life. However, there's a big caveat: When you share a pic with someone through Messages, those Live Photos are sent as, well, Live Photos, which may be a problem if you just forgot the feature was turned on! We'll go over what to do in this Quick Tip.

iFixit’s Apple TV Tear Down Screwed Developers

9:35 AM, Oct. 1st, 2015 · · iObserver

iFixit screwed developers with its early Apple TV tear down

Apple rarely gives developers early access to unreleased products, and iFixit may have ruined that for everyone. iFixit is known for their detailed tear downs for new devices, and the company found itself on Apple's bad side after taking apart an early access Apple TV developer kit and posting what's inside on its website.

iOS 9: iPhone Battery Dying? Emergency? Low Power Mode to the Rescue

4:00 PM, Sep. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9 Low Power Mode

iOS 9 introduces a new feature to the iPhone called "Low Power Mode." Like Apollo 13 on the way to the Moon, it shuts down non-essential services in an effort to maintain an emergency lifeline. That is, enough juice to make and hold an emergency phone call, be located, or utilize Wi-Fi. Here's how to activate it.

Apple Releases iOS 9.0.2 With Important Security Fix

2:30 PM, Sep. 30th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS 9.0.2 released

Apple has released iOS 9.0.2 with some minor bug fixes and an important security fix related to Siri. According to the notes, "A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access photos and contacts from the lock screen."