Apple Adds Podcasts App to Apple TV

2:55 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple adds Podcasts app to 4th get Apple TV

Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV on Monday and it includes a Podcasts app. Podcast support has been a glaring omission from the latest Apple TV model ever since it shipped last September.

iOS: Solving Network Connectivity Problems

9:10 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · · iObserver

Troubleshoot iPhone and iPad network connections

Today's tip is about what to do if your iPhone or iPad just won't join a Wi-Fi network that you know is working perfectly. Sometimes those pesky devices just need a virtual slap on the wrist, and Melissa Holt's going to give us the scoop on how to do just that.

California Bill Would Ban Encrypted Smartphones

6:20 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iObserver

Promo shot of Assembly Member Cooper, in the middle

It turns out that New York isn't the only state with uninformed state legislators with misguided thoughts on technology. California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced Assembly Bill 1681 this week, a bill that would ban the sale of all encrypted smartphones without backdoors available to the manufacturer.

Last Chance for the ‘ExoMount Touch’ Universal Car Mount at $19.99

4:50 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iObserver

'ExoMount Touch' Universal Car Mount

Our deal for the 'ExoMount Touch' Universal Car Mount is winding down, and this is your last chance to get it for $19.99, a third off retail. According to the manufacturer, it mounts to any flat, smooth, textured, curved, or rounded surface, and the adjustable grip will hold most smartphones. Check out the deal listing for more info.

Everything You Need to Know About OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone, Part II

3:30 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iObserver

OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone

A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays.  Here is Part II of John's interview with Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology.  The discussion continues with manufacturing issues, suppliers, response times, costs and the ultimate winner down the road.

Apple Took 2.5 Years to Fix a Security Flaw, but this Time it’s OK

1:45 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple knew about one of the security issues iOS 9.2.1 fixes 2.5 years ago

When Apple released iOS 9.2.1 earlier this week it fixed several bugs and security flaws, one of which the company knew about for two and a half years. That makes it look like Apple dropped the ball, but in this case it was more about needing some serious time to properly address the security flaw.

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We shouldn't cut Apple any slack when security issues aren't addressed in a timely manner, but we also need to remember that sometimes it takes longer than expected to really address the underlying issue.

Apple Launches iOS App Development Center in Italy

3:33 AM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple in Italy

Apple announced Thursday the creation of what the company said was the first iOS App Development Center in Italy. In a press release that emphasized Apple's impact on Italy's economy and the number of jobs the company has directly and indirectly fostered in Europe, Apple said the Center would help give students "practical skills and training on developing iOS apps."

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Thursday's press release was a big banner reminding the EU that Apple contributes greatly to the European economy. 

Everything You Need to Know About OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone, Part I

4:20 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iObserver

OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone

A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays.  John Martellaro interviewed Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology to find out more about these two technologies and possible use in Apple's future iPhone.

Everything Old is New Again (or You Do Know Jack, Don’t You?)

4:10 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iObserver

The Jackbox Party Pack

Dr. Mac's son came home raving about a cool new party game called You Don’t Know Jack. The good doctor regretfully informed him that You Don’t Know Jack (YDKJ hereafter) first became available as an interactive CD-ROM the year before he was born and has been available continuously on various platforms ever since. It turned out it actually was a new game called The Jackbox Party Pack; it costs $24.99 in the Mac App Store. Read the column to see why Dr. Mac really, really liked it.