Pluto Safari iOS App Lets You Experience the July Flyby

2:10 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app. 

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

4:06 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

Braided 10-Foot MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $19.99

Check out this deal on a braided, 10-foot MFi-Certfiied Lightning cable. It retails for $30, but through us you can get it for $19.99. Compare that to a three-foot and change cable from Apple for $19, and that's not braided. 

Use Your Apple Watch to Find Your iPhone

10:32 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

Use Apple Watch's Ping feature to find your iPhone

Now that I have an Apple Watch I find I pay less attention to where I set my iPhone at home, which means I'm regularly forgetting where it is. Luckily, Apple Watch has a simple Find My iPhone-like Ping feature that makes it easy to figure out where you left your phone.

Instacast Podcast App Shuts Over Financial Issues

9:13 AM, Jun. 15th, 2015 · · iObserver

All of Vemedio's app pages, including Instacast, now say

The popular podcast client app Instacast was shut down over the weekend after its parent company, Vemedio ran out of money. The company plans to keep its servers running as long as possible, but some subscribers are already having issues accessing their accounts.

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Using apps and services you pay for makes it far more likely they'll stick around instead of quietly fading away in the night. Sometimes, however, they still fail and it looks like that's what happened to Instacast.

Flipboard: We Shipped Apple’s News App Five Years Ago

6:12 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Mike McCue

Mike McCue, CEO of Flipboard, said Friday that Apple's News app "is something that we actually shipped five years ago." Apple's News app pulls in content from publishers and presents it richly formatted, and it was immediately compared to Flipboard as Apple presented it during Monday's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.

iOS 9 Gets a Taste of the Finder with iCloud Drive App

2:39 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

You can view your iCloud Drive in iOS 9

Apple has always kept file storage hidden away on the iPhone and iPad, but that's changing with iOS 9. Thanks to a hidden app you'll be able to see the folders on your iCloud Drive— much like you can in the Mac's Finder—on your iPhone and iPad.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-12: Apple’s Relentless March Forward, iOS 9’s Sex Tracking

1:31 PM, Jun. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

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Apple has a long history of leaving technology behind as it moves forward into the next new thing. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's relentless march forward and why that's a good thing for the company even if it upsets some customers. They also offer up their thoughts on the new sex-related tracking features in iOS 9's Health app.

Apple’s Lack of Nostalgia Is Its Super Power

7:46 PM, Jun. 11th, 2015 · · iObserver

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There is no company less inclined towards nostalgia than Apple. We got another example of that this week when the company pulled "iPod" from its main menu bar. In its place is "Music," a link to the company's newly announced Apple Music service. This may be Apple's most important super power.