Apple Says Masque Attack Security Flaw is a Non-issue

9:57 AM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple has responded to the news of the Masque Attack threat targeting iPhone and iPad users by saying it isn't an issue at all, and that it hasn't found any reports of people falling victim to the security flaw.

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Masque Attack doesn't look like a serious threat to iPhone and iPad users, and so far it seems that no one has been hit by the threat. Still, it's important that Apple continually evaluate its security measures and always work to make them better.

Monument Valley’s Forgotten Shores: Quick Fun (and Controversy)

8:45 AM, Nov. 14th, 2014 · · iObserver

Monument Valley, which may just be one of the finest iOS games ever released, has been updated with eight new levels. Hooray! In this article, Melissa Holt will tell you what she thinks of the new content (hint: we can hear her squealing happily all the way over here), and she'll also discuss the App Store fallout over the developers deciding to charge for the additional levels.

BURG 12 Smartwatch Makes Standalone Phone Calls, Also Pairs with iPhone

9:56 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · iObserver

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A company called BURG has launched what it calls the "Dick Tracy-like" BURG 12 smartwatch. This device can function as a standalone phone, but the company has also designed it to be paired with both iPhones and Android devices. It's being launched at Walmart for US$199.

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My short take is that this device looks surprisingly good. I'm curious about its actual functionality, but I'm definitely intrigued the BURG 12 makes standalone calls, isn't an Android device, but pairs with both iPhone and Android.

FTC Talks to Apple about HealthKit, Seems Serious about Privacy

7:20 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · iObserver

HeakthKit

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been in talks with Apple about privacy when it comes to HealthKit, the company's system level health data platform in iOS. According to Reuters, the FTC was seeking assurances that Apple would not sell that data to third parties or allow developers to do so. There are little or no regulations on how health data in apps can be used, something the FTC appears to be concerned about.

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The takeaway is this: Some of the health apps you're getting on even Apple's App Store are selling your personal health information. Apple's HealthKit is designed to protect your privacy and give you control over who you share your data with. Buy devices and apps that work with HealthKit.

Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34.99

5:00 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · iObserver

Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34.99

Our friends at Stack Social have put together another deal with the Limefuel folks. This time it's the Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack. As the name suggests, this is a portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices, but it has two USB ports for dual charging. It also has 20,000mAh, enough to charge your iPad two to four times. The LP200X retails for $85, but with our deal you can get it for $34.99. (Pro tip: think Christmas/holiday gift).

Bernstein Raises AAPL Target to $120 on Apple Watch Potential

10:33 AM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's entry in the smartwatch market won't come until spring 2015, but Bernstein analysts are already raising their target price for the company's stock from US$110 to $120 based on the Apple Watch's potential. The investment firm sees higher App Store margins thanks to Apple Watch apps, and that's going to help drive revenue even higher.

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Interest in Apple Watch is clearly high, and it seems everyone wants to use Apple Pay. Once Apple Watch ship, Apple Pay opens up to even more iPhone owners, and that should translate into even more revenue for the company.

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

7:04 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · iObserver

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

Today's deal is for iPhoneographers. It's a six-piece lens kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 (or Galaxy S5 if that's your thing). It includes an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, and 60x Magnifying Microscope. It also has a hard case for two of the lenses, a wallet for the rest, a tripod, and a cleaning cloth. That's a lot of glass, and it's $69 (regular price $199). There are example photos on the deal page, as well as a video. Check it out.

Masque Attack: Why Your iPhone is Probably Safe

10:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

Masque Attack sounds like an ominous threat to the iPhone and iPad because it lets attackers replace legit apps with their own malicious versions. Getting those on your iOS device, however, involves some trickery and interaction on your part. The security flaw is serious, but it isn't likely to hit you.

How I Saved my iPad mini with Cracked Display From the Trash

4:45 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · iObserver

John Martellaro and his wife share an original iPad mini. Recently, it fell off a small stand and did a 20 cm. face plant onto the kitchen table. Even though there was a thick table cloth, the display cracked, and cracked ugly.  John Martellaro explains what his options were and how he saved the mini from an untimely demise.

Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

10:59 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · iObserver

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

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Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.