NYT Now Offering Unlimited Access For National News Engagement Day

4:01 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

NYT Now

NYT Now, the free app from the New York Times, will offer free unlimited access to NYT articles for a week in celebration of National News Engagement Day. Regular price for this access is US $8/monthly.

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I hope this helps get folks interested in "the news" again, but I also hope it goes both ways.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Is Close, but No Cigar

2:52 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

The Parrot AR Drone is a high-tech, ultra lightweight, remote-controlled quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors).

The Parrot AR Drone is a high-tech, ultra lightweight, remote-controlled quadricopter (helicopter with four rotors). Now an RC quadricopter is pretty cool, but one that streams HD video from its camera to your iPad, iPhone, or Android device in real time, could be very, very cool. I’ve dreamed about owning for one for years, but only found the courage last month to plunk down $299 for the latest and greatest model, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Elite Edition.

iOS 8: Using and Disabling QuickType

8:45 AM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

In this Quick Tip on QuickType, we'll discuss how Apple's new system of predictive text behaves, how to dismiss it from your screen, and how to turn it completely off if you so desire. So if those suggested words marching across your on-screen keyboards upset you, we've got the fix.

Adobe goes Mobile with New Creative Cloud Updates

7:57 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · iObserver

Adobe rolled out a collection of new and updated apps for the iPhone and iPad on Monday that make mobile devices a bigger part of your design process. Adobe's iPad app parade let you create graphics on your iPad and easily transfer them to Photoshop and Illustrator on your Mac through your Creative Cloud account.

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Adobe already owns graphic design on the desktop, and now the company wants to make sure it owns the market on our iPads and iPhones, too. Adobe gets that these are more than content consumption devices.

OtterBox Symmetry Case for iPhone 6: Slim, Great Looking, Solid Protection

4:55 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · iObserver

The OtterBox Symmetry case for the iPhone 6/6 Plus is in the middle of the spectrum of protection.  It affords more cushioning than clear, thin polycarbonate cases, but not the ultimate protection of the OtterBox Defender. The style and materials are first-class. It's availble now in gorgeous two-tone colors with spiffy patterns coming later.

How the Apple Watch Already Has Success Designed in

4:30 PM, Oct. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

Particle Debris

When a new product category arrives from Apple, like the Apple Watch, it can be hard to size up the future prospects. Some observers only have a dim idea about how customers will embrace and exploit the product, and they don't yet see how Apple works to design success into the very DNA of any new product. In time, however, it all becomes clear, and the naysayers seldom turn out to be right.

iOS 8: Setting Up Your Medical ID

8:45 AM, Oct. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the coolest new features of iOS 8—Medical ID. If you configure yours in advance, emergency personnel can access information on your health history, including any allergies or conditions you have or medications you take, all without needing to know your iPhone's passcode. Come on in and learn how it works!

iOS 8: Apple Moves Setting for Notification Center on Lock Screen

3:25 PM, Oct. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

In iOS 7, you specified whether Notifications could be displayed on the Lock Screen in the Notification Center. If you did, there was a small white bar at the top of the Lock Screen. In iOS 8, Apple has consolidated that setting, along with others, in the Setting called Touch ID & Passcode.