Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major Medical Centers

11:43 AM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.

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Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.

Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

9:11 AM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.

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Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?

Lost Your Fitbit? Use Your iPhone to Track it Down

5:39 PM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

You can use Find My iPhone to track down your misplaced iPhone, but what about Bluetooth devices that don't offer a similar feature, like your Fitbit? You can track that down, too, with the help of your iPhone and a little luck. Read on to learn how.

No, Facebook’s Messenger App Isn’t Stealing All Your Data

11:25 AM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · · iObserver

Facebook has been pushing users into its Messenger app instead of sending private messages from within the Facebook app, and the permissions Messenger wants sound pretty ominous. The terms of use make it look as if Facebook can use the Messenger app to copy your address book, send email and text messages to your contacts without your knowledge, and even use your smartphone's camera and mic to spy on you.

Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard/Case for iPad mini: Polycarbonate and Steel

2:15 PM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

Zagg Rugged Folio for iPad mini case

The Rugged Folio Bluetooth iPad mini keyboard and case from Zagg is made of polycarbonate, silicone and steel. It includes a backlit keyboard, complete protection when closed, and a removable portion that lets you keep the iPad mini protected when you don’t need the keyboard. The battery lasts for up to two years on one charge.

Foursquare is Tracking Your Every Move. Here’s How to Turn that Off

10:48 AM, Aug. 8th, 2014 · · iObserver

When Foursquare decided to split its business and restaurant discovery and social checkin app for the iPhone into two apps a couple months ago, that upset a lot of users, too. When the updated Foursquare app came out this week with the ability to always track your location even if the app isn't running, that really upset a lot of users. If you don't want Foursquare or Swarm knowing where you are all the time, you can turn the feature off -- assuming you know where to look.

PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s: $59.99

4:30 PM, Aug. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

PhoneSuit Elite Battery Case for iPhone 5/5s: $59.99

Check out the PhoneSuit, a full case and backup battery for iPhone 5 and 5s. It's thin, with a thickness of just 15mm, but that still leaves room for a 2100mAh battery. According to the manufacturer, that gives you enough power for a 125 percent additional charge on your iPhone. The case offers edge-to-edge protection, and the charger puts out a full 1 Amp that will charge your iPhone in less than two hours. Plus, it allows pass-through charging and iTunes syncing. The PhoneSuit retails for $90, but through our deal you can get it for $59.99.

iPhone 6 Will Have Sapphire Glass Thanks to GTAT’s Hoard

11:48 AM, Aug. 7th, 2014 · · iObserver

Rumors jump back and forth between Apple using synthetic sapphire glass for the next iPhone display, and sticking with Corning's Gorilla Glass because there isn't enough sapphire to meet production needs. If the iPhone 6 doesn't ship with a sapphire glass display, it won't be because of a materials shortage; it'll be because Apple chose to stick with the same glass it's been using on previous iPhone models. Apple teamed with GT Advanced Technology to produce the synthetic sapphire it needs -- and not only has the company been ramping up production in a serious way, it also has a hoard of sapphire it already made stashed away.