ACM 266: The Rumored iPhone 6 Event and Apple as China’s Political Pawn

11:15 PM, Aug. 6th, 2014 · & · iObserver

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With reports of an iPhone 6 media event on September 9 circulating, Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's timing and what that may mean for other fall product announcements. They also offer up their take on China's decision to ban Apple products from the government's approved purchase list, and Russia's demand for Apple's source code.

The Ultimate iPad Bundle - Case, Protector, Keyboard, and Stylus: $39

2:19 PM, Aug. 5th, 2014 · · iObserver

The Ultimate iPad Bundle - Case, , Protector, Keyboard, and Stylus: $39

We have a deal for those who tend to ride their iPad 2/3/4 hard and put it away wet. It's called the Ultimate iPad Bundle from our friends at Stack Social, and it includes a case, a keyboard, a screen protector, and a stylus, all for $39 (regular price is $69). The case is made from aluminum, and it offers two viewing angle—the keyboard is built right into the case. The keyboard is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that offers up to 55 hours of uninterrupted use. As noted above, it's compatible with iPad 2, 3, and 4.

Sprint lets iPhone in on Framily Wall Action

11:11 AM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · · iObserver

Sprint's Framily Wall opened up to iPhone users on Monday, bringing the private chat network Apple's smartphone for the first time. Framily Wall is a feature open to Sprint's Framily Plan subscribers for sharing messages, photos, video, and audio only between participants.

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If you want to share photos and videos, plus participate in chats with a small group of people, outside of services like Facebook, Framily Wall may be a good option. Assuming you, or someone you want to share with, is a Sprint subscriber, of course.

US May Ban In-flight Calls, But not Over Safety Concerns

10:08 AM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · · iObserver

The FCC doesn't see any problem with travelers making cell phone calls on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation still plans to push for a ban on in-flight calls. Instead of citing safety concerns, the DOT wants to prohibit cell phone calls because they would be too disruptive to other passengers.

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You can read ebooks, listen to music and watch movies, play Angry Birds, and even text and email on your flights, but make a call? Looks like the DOT doesn't want to have anything to do with that.

Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into Law

6:48 PM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · · iObserver

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Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.