iOS in the Car now CarPlay, Coming to Volvo, Ferrari this Year

9:14 AM, Mar. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple rebranded its iOS in the Car program as CarPlay on Monday and announced that several car makers will include the feature in their new models later this year. Volvo, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai have all committed to ship CarPlay-compatible cars before the end of 2014.

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Using our smartphones as in-dash navigation and communication systems makes sense because that's how so many people already use them. Plus, every time you upgrade your smartphone you essentially get a computer upgrade for your car. Tying that directly to the iPhone is a slick move on Apple's part to lock people into its smartphone lineup, too.

iOS 7: Hiding Stocks and Customizing Today View in Notification Center

8:20 AM, Mar. 3rd, 2014 · · iObserver

The "Today" view in iOS 7's Notification Center can be pretty useful. It tells you the current date, weather conditions, upcoming appointments, and even how your stocks are doing. But what if you don't want one or more of these things in your "Today" list? Fortunately there's a way to customize it and it's pretty easy.

3 Free iOS Apps That Will Smarten You Up

6:24 PM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Free on iTunes

Got a question? Vern Seward points out 3 free iOS apps that will help you find the answer in this week's Free on iTunes. Duck Duck Go, Merlin Bird ID, and Learnist.

Apple Pushes Apple TV with $25 Gift Cards

1:13 PM, Feb. 28th, 2014 · · iObserver

Apple launched a new US$25 gift card promotion on Friday to help goose sales of the Apple TV. To get the card, shoppers need to buy a new Apple TV from Apple's online or retail stores, and the deal is good through March 5.

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Apple TV hasn't been updated in quite a while and now there's a $25 gift card incentive to buy. That could be a hint that a new model is coming soon.

House Passes Cellphone Unlocking Bill Packed with Disappointment

10:06 AM, Feb. 27th, 2014 · · iObserver

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill earlier this week to legalize cellphone unlocking. That should be great news because the Librarian of Congress refused to do so in 2012, but the reality is the House's bill is mostly a big bucket of meh.

ZooGue’s iPad Air Case Prodigy Is Splendid

12:26 PM, Feb. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Zoogue iPad Air Case Prodigy

The new Prodigy case for iPad Air from ZooGue offers good protection, a pebbled surface for good grip, a choice of six landscape viewing angles, and a magnetic sleep/wake and secure magnetic closure. This folio case is sturdy but not especially light compared to others TMO has tested.

Sprint MVNO Ting Adds iPhone 5 Support

9:28 AM, Feb. 26th, 2014 · · iObserver

Ting, the Sprint MVNO owned by Tucows, is expanding its smartphone support to include Apple's iPhone 5. The carrier already supported the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but until now had been held back from newer models.

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It's great seeing iPhone 5 support on Ting, but it sure would be nice if Sprint gave the MVNO approval for iPhone models faster than it does.

Disney Partners with Apple for Disney Movies Anywhere, Offers Free Copy of ‘The Incredibles’

4:16 PM, Feb. 25th, 2014 · & · iObserver

Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney announced a proprietary digital movie access platform on Tuesday called Disney Movies anywhere, and the company partnered with Apple and iTunes to make it happen. With Disney Movies Anywhere, customers can access their Disney movies on any iOS device, or through a browser on Mac and PC. As an incentive to attach your iTunes account to your Disney account, the company is offering a free copy of the awesome Pixar movie The Incredibles.