Lifetime Unlimited Data Backup For Up To 5 Mobile Devices: $10

6:33 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Lifetime Unlimited Data Backup For Up To 5 Mobile Devices: $10

Today's deal allows you to backup your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and more on up to five mobile devices. The service is called iDrive, and it provides client-side 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key. Better yet, you can backup from one device and restore to another—and that's a cross-platform feature. Backup from iOS and restore to Android or Windows Phone, and vice versa. Through our deal, this is a $10.

Canaccord Raises AAPL Target on Demand for High-capacity iPhones

10:54 AM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · iObserver

Demand for Apple's recently released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus still high, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley is raising his target price for the company's stock from US$120 up to $135. That demand is targeted mostly at the higher capacity 64GB and 128GB models, which he says offer higher profit margins.

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Consumers were clearly ready for bigger screen and higher capacity iPhones, and that demand doesn't seem to be letting up. It's looking like Apple will be able to sell iPhones as fast is it can make them through the holiday buying season.

appLOUD for iPhone Allows Fans to Tip Bands, Post Concert Videos

8:04 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

Tip a Band

Have a band and want to monetize your fan base? There's an app for that called appLOUD. The free app allows fans and artists to post concert videos, and tag those videos with a band's Twitter handle and the band's genre hashtag. The app then automatically connects the video to iTunes and concert ticket sales, and it even allows fans to directly tip bands.

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If you like music, download the app. If you appreciate a good performance, pony up. If you know someone with a band, tell them about this.

Apple Finally Faces Trial in Class Action Suit Over iTunes/iPod

5:45 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

Class Action Lottery

iPod. Remember when that was a thing? There's a group of lawyers somewhere who do, because Apple is finally facing a long-threatened class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations concerning iPod and iTunes. The trial starts on Tuesday, according to Reuters, and plaintiffs are seeking US$350 million in damages.

Unexpected: Why Shopping With Apple Pay Feels so Good

4:10 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

The Psychology of ApplePay

There's something interesting going on with the psychology of shopping with Apple Pay. It's not just that it's more secure than swiping a credit card, and it's not just that it's techy cool. John Martellaro explores the phenomenon.

Apple’s Latest iPhone Headache: Crescentgate

11:47 AM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have already been through the media ringer for being too easy to bend, and now there's a new issue to latch onto called Crescentgate. The name stems from the crescent shape that appears when the the front-facing camera shifts in its housing, exposing its edge. Complaints about the issue have been cropping up around the Internet, and we've seen it on one of our iPhones at The Mac Observer, too.

iPhoneography 101: Photo Tip Q&A

10:30 AM, Nov. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

Q&A

Vern Seward answers some burning iPhoneography questions in this edition of iPhoneography 101: the difference between camera apps; should you use a tripod; and the all-important best way to take a selfie.

Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant with Foxconn

9:36 PM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Sapphire Boule

Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China to produce sapphire for iPhone displays.

iOS 8: Control Which Apps Can Access Your Private Data

3:10 PM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

By design, some iOS apps need to access your personal data.
A special camera app may want to access your camera roll. Skype may want to access all your contacts. John Martellaro shows you how to control which apps can access things like photos, contacts, calendars and health data.