Swiss Watchmaker Montblanc Announces eStrap Smartstrap for Mechanical Watches

3:41 PM, Jan. 2nd, 2015 · · iObserver

eStrap

Montblanc announced Thursday a wearable computing option for mechanical watch owners. Being launched initially for the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed line of watches for 2015, the eStrap includes an OLED screen and various fitness-related sensors.

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The smartwars in the watch industry are just starting, all thanks to Apple Watch. I personally expect a lot of smartstraps to be introduced throughout 2015, from startups and established watch brands alike.

The August Smart Lock for Doors: Convenient and Cool

4:30 PM, Dec. 31st, 2014 · · iObserver

If you haven't heard of the August Smart Lock, here's the scoop—it's a Bluetooth device that unlocks your door when you approach with your iPhone and relocks it a set number of minutes after you come home. It also lets you issue temporary electronic keys, so you can allow the cleaning lady in for a couple of hours and receive a notification when she leaves. Come on in for the whole review of this spiffy little gadget!

How to Visually Distinguish the 3 iPad mini Models

3:25 PM, Dec. 31st, 2014 · · iObserver

Visually Distinguish iPad mini models

There are minor visual differences between the iPad mini, mini 2 and mini 3. If you don't want to fuss with looking up model numbers and serial numbers, there's an easy way to distinguish the three models just by visual inspection. John Martellaro shows how easy it is.

Apple Hit with Lawsuit over iOS 8 Storage Claims

9:50 AM, Dec. 31st, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple was slapped with a potential class action lawsuit this week alleging the company intentionally misled customers as to how much storage their iPhone has after installing iOS 8, and then tries to sell more through iCloud subscriptions. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. Federal Court in San Francisco by the law firm Cuneo Gilbert & Laduca.

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Complaints about stated versus actual storage space aren't anything new. The twist in this case is that the plaintiffs are claiming Apple used that as a bait-and-switch tool to pressure customers into paying for iCloud subscriptions. Still, the case feels an awful lot like a money grab.

Jeff Gamet’s Top iPhone and iPad Apps for 2014

4:30 PM, Dec. 30th, 2014 · · iObserver

2014 was a good year for iPhone and iPad apps, and a few stood out as must-have choices for TMO's Jeff Gamet. Curious which apps earned a special place on his iPhone and iPad? Read on to see which apps he just can't live without.

Belkin Portable Tablet Stage is a Boon for iPad Presentations

12:25 PM, Dec. 30th, 2014 · · iObserver

Belkin Portable Tablet Stage

The Belkin Portable Tablet Stage is an ideal accessory for anyone who teaches or makes frequent presentations using their iPad. It folds flat for easy carry and has a nice little feature that lets you instantly include paper images during your presentation by using the iPad's camera.

SyFy Expands Light Track Support to Philips Hue in 12 Monkeys Series

8:05 PM, Dec. 29th, 2014 · · iObserver

Philips Hue

SyFy has updated their Sync app to expand the feature that controls Philips Hue lighting and coordinates it with what's on TV, now including all episodes of a new series that starts airing in January.

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This could be cool if it's subtle. However this is from the makers of Pirahnaconda so I'm reserving judgment until we actually get a good look at both the show and this effect.

MGG 533: Schrödinger’s Boson

7:28 PM, Dec. 29th, 2014 · & · iObserver

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For this last show of the year Dave and John talk about Dave's iMac repair (it was the graphics card, but took a lot to get there, and Dave benefitted nicely!), then a tip for scanning WiFi networks on your standard (non-jailbroken) iPhone, how to create iTunes Extras, Aperture to Lightroom migration techniques and lots more. Download and enjoy today!