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.

Apple Turns to Pinterest for Easier App Discovery

11:22 AM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Apple's iPhone and iPad App Store is little more than a bag of hurt for app discovery, which led to sites like Applr as an alternative way to find the apps you want. Now Apple is trying a new approach at easier app discovery by teaming up with Pinterest.

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Apple needs to find ways to make app discovery more useful because right now searching the App Store is an exercise in frustration. Hopefully the Pinterest partnership will help ease that pain.

Want to Unlock Your iPhone? There’s a Law for That

9:32 AM, Feb. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

Thanks to an FCC requirement that went into effect yesterday, cell service providers must now offer a clear way for customers to unlock their smartphones. That means it'll be easier unlock your iPhone for use on other carrier networks, but there are some strings attached.