Amazon Hacks $200 from Fire Phone - Free Under Contract

5:37 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · iPhone

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon has dropped the price of the Fire Phone—the company's foray into smartphones—to free, just six weeks after its release. It's also one day before an Apple media event where the company is expected to unveil the next iPhone. 

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The question becomes whether or not Amazon is making any money at that price, and the answer is probably no. Of course, not making a profit is Amazon's primary business model, so we'll have to see where this goes.

Star Walk 2 for iOS Suffers a Myriad of User Interface Flaws

4:20 PM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · iPhone

Star Walk 2 review

Star Walk 2 is the next generation of the venerable sky charting program by Vito Technology that was launched in 2008. This iOS app has been well received throughout the years, but the new release suffers from too many user interface and usability errors, and its does not fare well compared to the competition at the same price.

8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

11:24 AM, Sep. 8th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple's big media event is set to start tomorrow, September 9, at 10 AM pacific time. What can you expect to see when CEO Tim Cook and company takes the stage? Read on to see some of The Mac Observer's predictions.

How To Clean Lint from iPhone and iPad Ports

5:20 PM, Sep. 6th, 2014 · · iPhone

If you have trouble charging your devices or your headphones don't work quite right, it might be an issue with junk accumulating in the 30-pin/Lightning port or the headphone jack. Kelly has some tips on how to de-gunk those ports.

Apple Store App gets Synchronized Shopping, More

9:43 AM, Sep. 5th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple rolled out an update to its Apple Store app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this week that added the ability to start shopping on one device, and continue on another. The version 3.0 update also revamped the app interface for the iPhone and iPod touch so it more closely matches the iPad version.

Want Real World Maps for LTE Coverage? There’s an App for That

11:19 AM, Sep. 4th, 2014 · · iPhone

AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint all offer coverage maps showing just how great their high speed smartphone data connections are, but those aren't always a completely realistic representation of what sort of signal strength you can really expect. If you want to see what kind of signal strength people are really getting in most any area, there's an app for that -- and a website, too.

Line Forms at NYC Apple Store One Week Before Media Event

2:39 PM, Sep. 3rd, 2014 · · iPhone

iPhone 6 Lines

Apple hasn't even had its media event, and yet people are already lining up at the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store in New York City. Dan Benton (@dcbandor) posted photos to Twitter of four people who were bundled up in portable chairs on the sidewalk a week ahead of Apple's September 9th media event.

Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

11:22 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · · iPhone

With Apple's September 9 media event only days away, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says two iPhone models are coming with NFC support and a digital payment system may be announced, but he puts the odds on an iWatch announcement at 50 percent. He also expects first weekend iPhone 6 sales will be strong, but won't beat last year's 9 million unit iPhone launch.

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If first weekend iPhone 6 sales don't top iPhone 5S sales, get ready for the "Apple is doomed" reports. And if there isn't an iWatch announcement, the "If Steve Jobs were alive" articles won't be far behind.

Apple Lands Digital Wallet Deal with Amex, Visa, MasterCard

8:50 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple's plans to turn our iPhones into digital wallets took a big leap forward now that the company has reportedly struck deals with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. Along with the major credit card companies, Apple has deals in place with major retailers and banks, according to insider sources familiar with the company's plans.

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Assuming Apple does include NFC technology in the iPhone 6, it could be a move to support digital wallet systems outside the United States. Or, Apple could continue to ignore NFC and pursue its own digital payment system that combines WiFi, iBeacons, and apps.

New Photos Show iPhone 6 in Grey, Gold, Silver

11:05 AM, Aug. 29th, 2014 · · iPhone

New photos of Apple's unannounced iPhone 6 have surfaced only days before the company is expected to unveil the new device at a special media event, and along with the space gray and gold models we're already familiar with, they also show a silver version. If the photos are accurate, we'll still have three color choices for the next iPhone model, just as we do for the iPhone 5s.

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It's hard to tell from photos if the bands through the metal back on the iPhone 6 will look weird in real life. September 9 can't come soon enough.