Apple’s iCloud App-specific Password Requirement Starts Today

9:21 AM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · · iObserver

If you enabled two-step verification for your iCloud account and you're using your Apple ID to sign in to third-party apps, it's time to start using app-specific passwords. Apple set the requirement to use app-specific passwords starting on October 9, which just so happens to be today.

iOS 8: Hiding Your Current Email Drafts

8:40 AM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · · iObserver

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss the convenient new way to store and access email drafts under iOS 8. This small interface change will really make your message composing much simpler, especially if you need to refer to another email while you're writing. Come on in and get acquainted with this feature!

iOS 8: Rearranging Share Pane Icons

8:59 AM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

Rearrange iOS 8 shared app icons

iOS 8 makes it easier to share content between apps thanks to its new Extensions feature. Once you enable sharing for specific apps they'll appear in the Share Pane, but they might not list in an order that makes sense to you. There are a couple ways to change the order of shared app icons, and both are easy to do.

The iRest Lapstand for iPad: $35.99

6:02 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

The iRest Lapstand for iPad: $35.99

Check out the iRest, a lapstand for your iPad. You can recline and have your iPad supported without holding it, and it fits all iPad versions with or without Apple's Smart Cover. Check out the picture if doesn't yet make sense. iRest retails for $40, but through our deal you can get it for $35.99.

9 Alternative Ways to Carry Your iPhone 6 Plus Other Than Your Pocket

5:30 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

Alternative ways to carry iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is a bit larger than Apple customers have been accustomed to. Belt holsters grow enormous. Protective cases have micohectares of plastic. As a result, iPhone 6 Plus owners are looking novel ways to carry this beautiful phablet. John Martellaro looks at a sampling of candidate products.

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.

The Mac Observer Spin The Mac Observer Spin is how we show you what our authors think about a news story at quick glance. Read More →

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.