How to Install and Activate Third-Party Keyboards in iOS 8

2:15 PM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Swiftkey Screen

Sure, Apple lets you choose your own keyboard in iOS 8, but it doesn't mean they made it easy to see how. TMO Contributing Editor Chuck La Tournous guides you through installing a third-party keyboard on your iOS device, and gives you a suggestion on a free keyboard to take for a spin.

Analyst: iPhone 6 Launch Weekend Sales to Fall Short, No Big Deal

11:11 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Following its record breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order launch Apple has been expected to sell around 10 million smartphones during this weekend's in-store rollout, but Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi thinks the company will fall short of that number. Instead of calling doom and gloom, Mr. Sacconaghi thinks that won't be any big deal because launch weekend sales are more about inventory availability than demand.

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Tony Sacconaghi may think it isn't any big deal if iPhone 6 launch weekend sales don't hit the 10 million unit mark, but it's a safe bet other analysts and the media will skewer Apple and say the company -- or at least the iPhone -- is doomed.

iOS 8: Taking Full Advantage of Interactive Notifications

10:04 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

One of iOS 8's most talked about features is Interactive Notifications. Now when a notification banner or alert appears, a response can be sent off without leaving the current app or unlocking the device. This works right out of the box with Messages and soon with many other apps as developers push updates for iOS 8. How to take advantage of this new feature is fairly intuitive, however it took a bit of experimentation to fully understand how they work.

Apple TV Gets Beats Channel, Family Sharing

9:22 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple released an update for the second and third generation Apple TV on Wednesday with a new Beats Music channel and support for iOS 8's Family Sharing feature. The update also replaced some icons with versions that better match the flat style introduced in iOS 7 and carried on in iOS 8.

iOS 8: See What’s Eating Your Battery

8:42 AM, Sep. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

For today's article, Melissa Holt will cover the new iOS 8 feature that'll interpret how your battery is being used to help you address any potential problems. Why, your fancy device will now even make suggestions about what you can do to improve battery life! Come on in and read all about it in this Quick Tip.

Apple Updates iTunes TOC with iOS 8 Family Sharing and App Bundle Pricing

7:57 PM, Sep. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

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Apple updated on Wednesday the Terms and Conditions users must agree to use the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, and other iTunes services. The company added new terms that cover Family Sharing, a feature in iOS 8 that makes it easier for a family to share iTunes purchases. App Bundles are another new feature. It allows developers to offer bundles of their own apps at a discount.

Mpow’s Steambot Y Delivers Bluetooth for Older Cars

2:03 PM, Sep. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

Mpow   Steambot Y Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter

For older cars without Bluetooth, Mpow’s Steambot Y Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter allows users to make hands-free calls, listen to music or GPS voice navigation via their FM radio, and, with built in USB port, charge iPads or iPhones on the go.

Apple Releases iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

1:02 PM, Sep. 17th, 2014 · · iObserver

As promised, Apple released iOS 8 as a free upgrade on Wednesday, two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. iOS 8 adds new features such as Notification widgets, Health fitness tracking, support for third-party keyboards, and more.