Amazon Has A Smartphone Coming, Say People Who Have Seen It

8:20 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

Amazon Smartphone

Amazon has a smartphone in the works. We've heard this before, but now we're hearing about it from people who say they have seen it in real life and then told The Wall Street Journal about it.

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Amazon's had a busy year in the hardware market. Is a phone really the best move for them though?

Monument Valley: Brilliant, Beautiful iOS Game

12:20 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

Monument valley review

Monument Valley, a unique iOS puzzle game, is getting lots of hype (and an App Store Editors’ Choice award!). But does it deserve the attention it’s getting? Well, yes. But for more of our thoughts on this illusion-based peach of a game, come on in and read our full review.

Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband Chips this Year

10:49 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.

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Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.

Sharing Pictures with the Apple TV

8:40 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · · iObserver

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to cover how to send images from your Mac to your second- or third-generation Apple TV using Home Sharing. This is a really entertaining way to view and share your photos, and it’s simple to configure. Melissa Holt’s got the skinny on how to set it up (and all the caveats you’ll need to know!).

Apple Will End the War of the TV Set-top Boxes

2:40 PM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

The little black box war

Black boxes for delivering video content are flooding the market, and, as fast as they appear, they're updated with new designs.  Is it just a phase the industry is going through? Where is this all leading? More importantly, how can Apple differentiate itself?

iOS Nap Time: Playing Music to Fall Asleep

10:53 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

If you want to listen to music on your iPhone while you fall asleep, you don't need to remember to shut it off or download third-party apps to handle that for you. Turns out the iPhone can handle that task all on its own, and it's easy to set up.

Adobe Lightroom Comes to the iPad

9:02 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Lightroom for the iPad on Monday as a companion app for Lightroom 5 on the Mac and Windows. Lightroom is Adobe's professional photography management and editing application.

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iPhoto on the iPad is nice, but it isn't the same as having a mobile version of Aperture. Right now, Adobe is doing more for professional photographers on the go than Apple. It's your move, Cupertino.

Apple Orders Sample 65-inch Displays Sparking TV Set Rumors (Again)

4:49 PM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

The Apple Crystal Ball

Apple has ordered “sample display panels” from a Korean display maker, according to a Korean analyst. Lee Seung-woo, an analyst at Seoul-based IBK Securities, told The Korean Herald that Apple has ordered samples and was working with a local company to produce them, but from there the story gets fuzzy, to be generous.