Apple TV Beefs Up Siri Support

1:36 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · iObserver

tvOS 2.2 improves Siri support

Apple showed off an update for tvOS for the fourth generation Apple TV during its "Let us loop you in" media event on Monday that ramps up Siri's capabilities. The update also adds folders for apps, dictation, and Live Photos support.

mybumper iPhone Battery Case: $59

5:18 PM, Mar. 18th, 2016 · · iObserver

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Check out mybumper, a clever approach a battery case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s. It has two parts: the first is a bumper that fits around your iPhone to protect the edges and corners. The second is the battery case with a 2,000mAh rechargeable battery. It snaps over the back of your iPhone for when you need it, but you can also leave detached when you don't for when you don't need it. We have a 40 percent discount on mybumper for $59.

Apple TV 4 gets New Apple Events App

9:50 AM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple TV gets an Apple Events app

Apple quietly added a new Apple Events app to its App Store for the fourth generation Apple TV on Thursday. The release comes only a few days ahead of the company's March 21st "Let us loop you in" media event.

iOS Mail: Emailing Groups of People

9:10 AM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · iObserver

How to use Groups in Mail on your iPhone

Today's Quick Tip is about emailing groups of people on your iPhone or iPad without having to type in each person's address every time. First off, how do you do it? Secondly, how do you add new groups? And what can you maybe, possibly expect to be frustrated by when you start using this feature? We'll reveal all in this article.

iOS 9: Turn Off Those Pesky “Frequently Visited” Sites

9:05 AM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · iObserver

How to disable Mobile Safari's frequently visited sites option

Have you ever wondered about those weird sites listed as "frequently visited" within Safari on your iOS device? How do you delete them? And even better, how do you prevent the crazy places you've been from showing up there? Helping you keep your friends' respect is the subject of this Quick Tip.

Study says Don’t Count on Siri, Google Now, or Cortana in a Crisis

1:18 PM, Mar. 15th, 2016 · · iObserver

Study shows your smartphone may not help in a crisis

A new study shows smartphones fall short in crisis situations where we're likely to need them the most—including Apple's iPhone. The just released study by JAMA International Medicine looked at how Siri, Cortana, Samsung S Voice, and Google Now voice recognition systems respond to statements about rape, suicide, abuse, depression, and more.

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Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and Voice S can't pass the Turing test, yet many people owners expect nothing less when they talk to their smartphone. Until smartphone makers find a way to overcome that, the responses we get to crisis statements will be mixed at best.

Richard Clarke Slams FBI’s Pursuit of Weaker Encryption on Apple’s iPhone

10:13 PM, Mar. 14th, 2016 · · iObserver

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Richard Clarke, former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States, strongly condemned the FBI's efforts to force Apple to weaken iPhone encryption. In an interview with NPR, Mr. Clarke said that the FBI was wrong on encryption and was more interested in setting a precedent in its efforts against Apple than it was in actually accessing a work iPhone used by a dead terrorist.

Class Action Denied in AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit

9:05 AM, Mar. 14th, 2016 · · iObserver

AT&T dodges class action status in iPhone data throttling lawsuit

AT&T won't face a class action lawsuit over throttling speeds for customers with unlimited smartphone data plans. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen handed down that ruling after determining the plaintiffs must all deal with AT&T individually because their contracts prohibit class action cases.

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Denying class action status effectively killed the hopes of many iPhone owners who wanted to see AT&T pay for what they felt was a deceptive business practice. In the end, it was the clause in their AT&T service plan contracts requiring individual arbitration that did them in—and this is exactly why companies include those terms in their service agreements.

FBI Court Filing Plays Fast and Loose with Apple Facts

2:08 PM, Mar. 11th, 2016 · · iObserver

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The FBI on Thursday filed a response to Apple's response to a court order mandating that Apple create a version of iOS—dubbed FBiOS or GovtOS in the media—shorn of several key security features. In that response, the FBI attempts to deconstruct Apple's arguments against the order, but in one area in particular, the government's attorneys play fast and loose with the facts in an apples-to-oranges comparison.

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar for 40% Discount

4:40 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · iObserver

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar and iPad App

We have a deal today on Jamstick, a device that lets you play guitar through an iPad app without having a full-sized guitar. At 16.4 inches long and weight of 1 pound, 9 ounces, it's easy to carry. Its built-in battery can go up to 8 hours between charges, and you don't have to tune it (it's not a real guitar, after all). It also comes with a teaching app and two other apps on the App Store. You can get it for 40 percent off retail at $149.99 through our deal.