Apple, Comcast In Talks To Team Up On Apple TV

10:55 AM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

Late Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported talks are happening between Apple and Comcast, likely working out how to offer cable TV content on an Apple TV.

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This sounds good for customers. Is it too good to be true?

UK to Drive Up iTunes Store Purchases through Tax Hike

9:08 AM, Mar. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

The days of £0.99 music downloads at Apple's U.K. iTunes Store may be coming to an end, and it isn't the iPhone and iPad maker that'll be driving the cost up. Britain's Government is looking to close a tax loophole that lets companies charge VAT rates from other countries -- something Apple and other companies currently do.

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Closing the VAT loophole for Apple, Google, and other companies selling online may help increase money coming into the government, but it won't make consumers happy.

How to Visualize Your Music in iTunes

10:30 AM, Mar. 22nd, 2014 · · iObserver

An office worker asleep at his laptop

The iTunes Visualizer has been around since the very first version of iTunes. Sandro Cuccia helps you explore and get the most from this scantily documented feature that enhances your enjoyment of your iTunes music. Warning: Visualizer may cause drowsiness while working on your computer.

3 Free iOS Note Apps

7:38 PM, Mar. 21st, 2014 · · iObserver

Free on iTunes

Need a better iOS note app? Vern Seward points out 3 that might fit the bill in this week's Free on iTunes: DraftPad, Squarespace Note, and SwiftKey Note.

Apple Pulls Fake Tor Browser After Media and Security Attention

7:31 PM, Mar. 20th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple pulled a fake Tor browser called "Tor Browser" from the App Store on Thursday, a move that took almost three months of notifications from the Tor project, plus a little more than a day of media and security attention. The app written and submitted by someone not affiliated with the Tor project at all, and was reported to the Tor Project itself to be laden with adware/spyware.

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Seriously? This made it through the review process and after being reported to Apple, only got yanked after it was reported by the tech press?

Analyst: Q2 iPhone Sales to Hit 42M, Blow by Wall Street Estimates

11:35 AM, Mar. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple's second quarter iPhone sales will hit the 42 million mark, coming in above the market consensus of 38 million. That high number comes from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty who said everyone has been reading the supply chain information wrong.

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42 million iPhones versus 38 million? That's some serious money for Apple's bottom line. If she's right, it'll be interesting to see how Wall Street responds: happiness for beating their estimates, or disappointment for not beating then enough.

iPad Switch Out Takes On Samsung’s New Tablets

10:21 AM, Mar. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple dropped the iPad 2 as its lower priced tablet on Tuesday and replaced it with the formerly discontinued fourth generation iPad with Retina Display. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks that was a smart move because it puts Apple in a better competitive position against Samsung and its new Galaxy TabPRO product line.

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Apple's fourth generation iPad may be old gear in technology terms, but it still offers a great feature set at a good price point. It beats Samsung's new Galaxy TabPRO price point, and for consumers who were already thinking about an iPad, that may be enough to keep them from looking at Samsung's tablets.

Microsoft to Finally Bring Office to the iPad in April

10:24 AM, Mar. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Microsoft is reportedly ready to release a version of its Office suite for the iPad this month, which seems like something of a contradiction considering former CEO Steve Ballmer routinely said Apple's tablet isn't a device for serious work. The new CEO, Satya Nadella, is expected to announce Office for the iPad ahead of the company's Build conference in early April.

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If Office for the iPad is little more than a shell for Office 365, Microsoft shouldn't even bother. There are already plenty of Office-compatible alternatives that run natively on iOS.

Apple Drops iPad 2, Brings Back iPad 4

9:27 AM, Mar. 18th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple unceremoniously put the iPad 2 out to pasture on Tuesday when it replaced the entry level model with the fourth generation iPad. Apple had offered the iPad 2 as a lower priced option to the iPad Air at US$399, and now it's offering the previously discontinued iPad 4 at the same price point.

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As of now, the only non-Lightning connector iOS device in Apple's lineup is the iPhone 4S. Bonus: Your $399 gets you a lot more iPad than it did on Monday.