Lesbian Emojis for iPhone Shows Apple can do More for Diversity Acceptance

10:31 AM, Jan. 13th, 2015 · · iObserver

Representation of gay and lesbian users in Apple's emoji set on the iPhone and iPad is limited to just two same sex couples holding hands, but that's changing thanks to the Lesbian Emojis app from Kimberly Linn. The app's collection of lesbian-themed emoji adds more choices to the little icons we include in our text messages, but also underscores the surprising lack of diversity in Apple's emoji set.

HomeKit Remote Siri Control Requires Apple TV

7:37 PM, Jan. 12th, 2015 · · iObserver

One of the benefits of Apple's HomeKit platform will be the ability to remotely control your smarthome devices from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Using Siri voice commands to turn things on or off when you're away from home, however, will require an Apple TV.

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Apple TV as a smart home hub of sorts? Sounds like validation of Kelly Guimont's Apple TV smarthome hub idea to me.

SmartPlane, an RC Plane You Control with Your iPhone: $59.99

5:37 PM, Jan. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

SmartPlane, an RC Plane You Control with Your iPhone: $59.99

Finally, an RC plane you control with your iPhone. Actually, you can use an iPod touch, iPad, and some Android devices, too, but you get my point. It's called the SmartPlane, and it will fly for 30 minutes on a single charge. There's more information on SmartPlane and a video giving you a look at how it works. Through our deal, it's $59.99. Have fun!

iOS 8: Changing the Contacts in the App Switcher

8:45 AM, Jan. 9th, 2015 · · iObserver

Today, Melissa Holt is going to tell us how to change up which contacts appear when we double-click the Home button on an iPhone running iOS 8. Wanna see folks you've recently contacted? Would you prefer your favorite people to show up there? Come read this Quick Tip, and you'll be getting in touch with your friends and family even more efficiently.

iOS 8: View Siri’s Identified Songs History

2:30 PM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

Today we're going to cover how to ask Siri what music is playing, and then we'll show you where to find the history of what you've previously identified. No more will you have to try to remember that funky-cool song from three days ago, because your iPhone can tell you what it was! Melissa Holt is going to go over it all in this Quick Tip.

iPod Shuffle Stock Dwindles at Apple Retail and Online Stores

8:54 AM, Jan. 8th, 2015 · · iObserver

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Those looking to spend Christmas money on a new iPod shuffle may have to wait a few days to pick one up. Apple’s diminutive iPod is out of stock at many Apple Retail Stores, and shows a 7-10 business day shipping delay at Apple’s online store, with no word on when supply will improve.