iOS

The 10ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

7:20 PM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · · iOS

The 10ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

With the holidays nigh, many of us will have new iOS devices in the house. If so, you may need new Lightning cables, too, and we have a deal on an Apple MFi-certified 10-foot Lightning cable. It's $18.99. It retails for $40, which is still inexpensive for a Lightning cable that long.

How to get Upgrade Pricing for Smile’s PDFpen 2 for iPhone and iPad

11:45 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · · iOS

PDFpen 2 for the iPhone and iPad is out, and the new version adds support for storing documents on iCloud Drive, adds an iOS 8 interface, and is now a Universal app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. PDFpen 2 is a PDF editor you can use when you're away from your computer, and the clever people at Smile figured out how to give its customers an upgrade price option even though that isn't something Apple supports through the App Store.

How to Have Santa Siri Turn On Your Christmas Lights

7:25 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

Santa Siri Lights

It's good to have Christmas lights you can control with your phone. It's better to have Santa do it for you. Kelly breaks down how to set up this bit of Christmas magic and wow the family by having Santa at your beck and call.

Lifetime Unlimited Data Backup For Up To 5 Mobile Devices: $10

6:33 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · · iOS

Lifetime Unlimited Data Backup For Up To 5 Mobile Devices: $10

Today's deal allows you to backup your contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and more on up to five mobile devices. The service is called iDrive, and it provides client-side 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key. Better yet, you can backup from one device and restore to another—and that's a cross-platform feature. Backup from iOS and restore to Android or Windows Phone, and vice versa. Through our deal, this is a $10.

appLOUD for iPhone Allows Fans to Tip Bands, Post Concert Videos

8:04 PM, Dec. 1st, 2014 · · iOS

Tip a Band

Have a band and want to monetize your fan base? There's an app for that called appLOUD. The free app allows fans and artists to post concert videos, and tag those videos with a band's Twitter handle and the band's genre hashtag. The app then automatically connects the video to iTunes and concert ticket sales, and it even allows fans to directly tip bands.

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If you like music, download the app. If you appreciate a good performance, pony up. If you know someone with a band, tell them about this.

iPhoneography 101: Photo Tip Q&A

10:30 AM, Nov. 29th, 2014 · · iOS

Q&A

Vern Seward answers some burning iPhoneography questions in this edition of iPhoneography 101: the difference between camera apps; should you use a tripod; and the all-important best way to take a selfie.

5 iPhone Apps to Cut Your Thanksgivings Stress

10:46 AM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · iOS

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of sharing and embracing generosity, but more often than not it seems to turn into a stress filled event. Your Thanksgiving shouldn't have to turn out that way, so The Mac Observer put together a list of five iPhone and iPad apps to help you get through the day happy and stress-free — or as stress-free as possible. It is, after all, Thanksgiving.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations in Messages

8:50 AM, Nov. 26th, 2014 · · iOS

Did you know that the newest versions of iOS and OS X will let you name your Messages conversations? This makes it easy to identify which pals are chatting with you, as the title shows up in your notifications, too. However, there are some very important caveats for this feature, which we're going to talk about in today's Quick Tip (hint: don't name the conversation with your boss!).