iWork for iCloud gets Persistent Settings

9:16 AM, Jun. 25th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple added more features to the beta versions of iWork for iCloud on Tuesday, including the ability to remember your last used settings in Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The iPhone and iPad maker has been working to improve the online versions of the apps as it gets closer to offering feature parity with its Mac and iOS versions.

Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s: Pros Outweigh Cons

3:30 PM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

The Rokform Fuzion+ Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s has military good looks and ruggedness. It is one of the best cases reviewed to date with respect to ultimate protection and has many strengths. However, there are a few negatives that keep it from being great. John Martellaro explains.

Apple TV gets ABC News, PBS Kids, More

11:39 AM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple pushed out more channels to Apple TV, giving users access to ABC News, PBS Kids, Willow TV, and AOL On on Tuesday. Like other channel updates, Apple quietly pushed the new content out to users without any need to run updaters or reboot.

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Seeing more channels appear on Apple TV is great, but forcing viewers to still pay for a cable TV package really sucks. TV viewers are slowing moving towards wanting to pay for just what they want to see instead of hundreds of channels they aren't interested in.

Withings goes Upscale with Activite Fitness Tracker Watch

8:48 AM, Jun. 24th, 2014 · · iObserver

Health and fitness monitoring company Withings introduced its Activite fitness tracker on Tuesday with a traditional analog wristwatch design. The Activite uses watch hands to show the time as well as your overall daily fitness activity level.

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A fitness tracker that looks like a nice watch instead of a plastic band on your wrist. That sounds a lot like something Apple would do.

Foxconn Hunting for 100K People to Build iPhone 6

9:49 AM, Jun. 23rd, 2014 · · iObserver

Foxconn is apparently on the biggest hiring spree in the company's history as it hunts for 100,000 people to build Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. Foxconn has been building iPhone models for Apple for years and is expected to produce 70 percent of the what the company has ordered.

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If Foxconn and Pegatron really are hiring as many new employees as it sounds like, Apple has some pretty big iPhone orders in the works. Bringing on over 100,000 new workers also helps back up the idea that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models really are happening.

Amazon Is Not A Serious Apple Competitor…Yet

10:53 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · iObserver

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Yesterday Kelly agreed with analyst Brian White's confidence in Apple up until he said "Apple is unique in its ability to develop hardware, software and services that work together seamlessly.” While he's right that Apple is the only one right now, it seems that Amazon is aspiring to the same thing.

Head to Head Comparison of 14 Streaming Music Services

8:55 PM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · iObserver

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The launch of Rhapsody's unRadio got Bryan Chaffin thinking about the differences in streaming music services. He put together a feature shoot out looking at price, quality, catalog depth, and the different features 13 streaming services offer.

T-Mobile gives Subscribers Free Music Streaming for iTunes Radio, More

9:36 AM, Jun. 20th, 2014 · · iObserver

T-Mobile has made another move to set itself apart from Verizon and AT&T by announcing subscribers can stream music from several online services without worrying about hitting their wireless data cap. The company said T-Mobile Simple Choice subscribers can stream music from iTunes Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Slacker, and Spotify over LTE without incurring any data charges.

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T-Mobile is getting pretty agressive with its push to draw customers away from the big cell service providers. It's your move, Verizon and AT&T.

Analyst: Apple Unaffected By Amazon Fire Phone

5:52 PM, Jun. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

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Analyst Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald wrote a note to clients right after Amazon's announcement of its new device, saying "…we do not anticipate any impact to Apple’s iPhone franchise."

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Until we can actually see and use the device, it seems like it's just a thing to buy so I can buy more things, which isn't the feeling I get from the iPhone.

Want to Try the iPhone 5S for Free? Ask T-Mobile

10:27 AM, Jun. 19th, 2014 · · iObserver

T-Mobile is offering prospective subscribers a way to try out its cell network for free, and it teamed up with Apple to use the iPhone 5S as the smartphone of choice for the deal. The T-Mobile Test Drive program gives you an iPhone 5S for a week, along with unlimited nation-wide service, plus it gives people the opportunity to see Apple's popular smartphone in action.

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This is a good move for T-Mobile and a great way for Apple to give prospective iPhone buyers a way to try before they buy. Yet again, T-Mobile is trying something its bigger competitors aren't doing.