The MiP Smartphone-Controlled Robot: $89.99

5:04 PM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · · iObserver

The MiP Smartphone-Controlled Robot: $89.99

We have a fun deal for you today on MiP, the smartphone-controlled robot. Using a free app from the App Store, you can control MiP right from your iPhone or iPad (Android users can use it, too—check the deal for compatible Android devices). MiP balances on two wheels, and it has seven modes: MiP, tracking, dance, roam, tricks, cage and stack. You can also direct him using gestures. Praise him, and he'll be your best friend. But if you push him over, he gets angry. Come on, that's cool! MiP retails for $100, but through our deal he's yours for $89.99.

Eddy Cue on DRM: It was Necessary to Swing Record Label Deals

11:32 AM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple didn't want copy protection on music, but was forced into it to swing deals with record labels. That's the official word from Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services during his testimony at a class action lawsuit over the iPod's closed ecosystem.

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It's no secret Apple didn't want to use copy protection for iTunes songs. That requirement from the record labels led to the headache this lawsuit has become. Considering there may not actually be a plaintiff in the case, however, that headache may come to a very abrupt end.

Apple’s iPod Class Action Suit May Lack Actual Plaintiff

8:46 PM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple vs. Plaintiffs

Apple has introduced a massive wrinkle in the class action lawsuit being tried over iPod and iTunes, questioning the standing of any plaintiff. The company filed court documents questioning whether any plaintiff bought or owned an iPod made between September of 2006 and March of 2009, the period covered by the class action.

When Apple Pay Requires a Signature and When it Doesn’t

4:30 PM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · iObserver

When Apple Pay might require a signature

Apple Pay shouldn't normally require an additional electronic signature. However, some users have reported that they've also been asked to provide a signature from time to time. John Martellaro reports his preliminary findings on when you may or may not have to electronically sign with Apple Pay.

iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Says Apple Deleted Rival’s Music

9:27 AM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · · iObserver

The class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations for locking the iPod to the iTunes Store is claiming the company intentionally deleted competitor's music from the media player and didn't tell users. Apple's response: it was a necessary security measure.

The iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle: $34.99

5:52 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

The iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle: $34.99

If you're active, clumsy, or both, you may need serious protection for your iPhone 6—today's deal will help you with that. It's called the iPhone 6 CS Slim Armor Bundle, and it starts with the  Slim Armor CS hard case (gunmetal color). This case for your iPhone 6 uses a cushion of air for extra shock absorption, and is designed to have a slim footprint. The bundle also has the GLAS.tR SLIM screen protector and the LCD Cleaner Set for keeping it clean. Retail on this package is $85, but you can get it through our deal for $34.99.

How to get Upgrade Pricing for Smile’s PDFpen 2 for iPhone and iPad

11:45 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

PDFpen 2 for the iPhone and iPad is out, and the new version adds support for storing documents on iCloud Drive, adds an iOS 8 interface, and is now a Universal app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. PDFpen 2 is a PDF editor you can use when you're away from your computer, and the clever people at Smile figured out how to give its customers an upgrade price option even though that isn't something Apple supports through the App Store.

LA Schools New Headache: FBI Seizes Documents in iPad Deal

10:14 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

The FBI paid an unscheduled visit to the Los Angeles Unified School District this week to sieze documents related to an iPad deal that went south. Agents left with 20 boxes filled with documents linked to the contract bidding process, Apple, and Pearson.

How to Have Santa Siri Turn On Your Christmas Lights

7:25 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Santa Siri Lights

It's good to have Christmas lights you can control with your phone. It's better to have Santa do it for you. Kelly breaks down how to set up this bit of Christmas magic and wow the family by having Santa at your beck and call.