iTunes 12: Changing Media Shortcuts on the Mac

8:55 AM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · · iObserver

There's a lot of customization you can do to iTunes 12's new interface, and in today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about changing which media shortcuts appear in the upper-left corner. Don't need an icon for movies or TV shows because you don't have any? No problem!

What the Apple iPhone Will be Like in 10 Years

2:00 PM, Feb. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

The iPhone in 10 years

What new technologies will literally change the face of the Apple iPhone in 10 years? How should it properly evolve? John Martellaro puts on his futurist hat and speculates where we'll be a decade from now.

IFTTT Expands Automation Options with iPhone Do Apps

11:33 AM, Feb. 19th, 2015 · · iObserver

IFTTT, the Web-based tool that links together Internet services, rolled out three new apps on Thursday designed to make it easier to build new workflows. Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note offer narrower options focused on specific tasks such as changing your smart thermostat temperature, or sending information to your Evernote account.

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IFTTT is a powerful service, and it's great seeing the company making some of its offerings more accessible to users who may otherwise be overwhelmed with how much it can do.

Dr. Mac’s 3 Must-Have Utilities For Mac OS X

3:29 PM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

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Someone recently asked Dr. Mac about his “must-have” applications for Mac OS X Yosemite, so he wrote a column about it. Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #110 is all about three utilities that save him time and keystrokes every day. 

NBC Adds Live Streaming to iPhone, iPad App

10:04 AM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · iObserver

NBC is making its iPhone and iPad app more enticing for at least some TV fans by adding live streaming support, but only in certain markets. Viewers must also have a cable or satellite subscription to watch shows when they air.

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It's great seeing networks add live streaming to their apps, but requiring a cable or satellite TV package to take advantage of the feature doesn't really enhance its value for TV watchers who prefer traditional over the air viewing to expensive subscriptions.

How to Pin iOS Apps On Pinterest

6:20 PM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

You may have heard Pinterest has teamed up with Apple to allow pinning iOS apps, with links directly to the App Store. Kelly explains how to pin apps so you can start sharing your favorites. 

Apple Watch was Supposed to be a Health Tracker, not Fitness Tracker

9:33 AM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple's original plans for its Apple Watch were apparently far more ambitious than the final product, due to ship in April. Instead of the fitness tracker with iPhone-linked communication features, Apple had planned on giving consumers a device that tracked overall health, but had to scale back its designs because many sensors failed to perform as expected.

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It's pretty clear Apple had ambitious plans for the Apple Watch. The downside to cutting so many features is that we we'll have to do without when it ships in April. That said, this creates a compelling reason to upgrade when the second generation model comes out.

iOS and Xcode Developer Training: Lifetime Subscription for $99

6:09 PM, Feb. 16th, 2015 · · iObserver

iOS & Xcode Developer Training: Lifetime Subscription for $99

Today's deal is for a lifetime subscription to more than 720 video lectures—and counting—for iOS developer and Xcode training. You'll learn Apple's Swift programming language, Objective-C, and much more. Check out the details on the deal page. The retail value for this bundle almost US$8,000, but through our deal you can get it for $99. Happy coding!

MGG 540: A Blizzard Between Two Geeks

11:49 AM, Feb. 15th, 2015 · & · iObserver

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Yet another New England snowstorm, and yet another Mac Geek Gab. John and Dave brave the snow (though most of it fell between them) to bring you answers to all your geeky questions. Wanna know why the Finder is showing up in every space? Want to know why drives don't appear in the Finder's sidebar? Fusion Drive – should you or shouldn't you? And what about Mavericks on those new Mac Pros? All of these answers and more in today's episode. You don't want to get caught missing this one!

Apple Green Lights Weed Apps for iPhone App Store

9:44 AM, Feb. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple seems to have reversed its strong anti-marijuana stance for the iPhone and iPad App Store and is now letting weed-related apps stay—with a caveat. MJ-positive apps must be geo-restricted so they appear only for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users living in states that have legalized marijuana.

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Apple's App Store policy change is good news for developers and users. Aside from any moral issues iPhone owners may have towards marijuana, seeing Apple shift from a no compromise stance to working with developers to find fair ways for reasonable titles to appear on the App Store is a positive move for everyone.