Look Out Apple Haters, Android’s Monopoly on Large Screens Will End

7:25 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · News

The iPhone Crystal Ball

For many Apple haters and even more reasonable Android fans, the rallying cry for the last couple of years has been that Android is the better platform because you can get a larger display. What will those partisans rely on for proof of Apple's lack of innovation when the company addresses this segment of the market later this year?

Microsoft Pilot Program Allows Developers to Respond to App Reviews

2:56 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · News

Windows Phone

Our long nightmare is finally over. It took years, but at long last developers can reply to reviews in iTun...wait, what?

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How is Apple the last on this train? Both Google AND Microsoft managed to add this first, which sort of seems like adding insult to iOS developer injury.

Dropbox gets Deeper into Photo Management with Loom Purchase

9:25 AM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · · News

The online photo management and sharing service Loom is now another tool in Dropbox's kit. Loom announced it was bought on Thursday, signaling Dropbox's push to become your go-to place for cloud-based photo storage.

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With Loom under the care of Dropbox, we shouldn't have to worry about this online photo management service suddenly closing its doors. You know, like EverPix. It also means Dropbox really wants to be your online photo management service.

RadioShack Planning iPhone 5s Discount this Friday

5:51 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · · News

iPhone 5s

RadioShack is planning a promotion on Apple's iPhone 5s for this Friday, according to online reports. The electronics retailer will drop the price of a 16GB iPhone 5s to US$99 with a two year contract in the U.S., a discount of $100 off of the normal $199 price.    Bring in an eligible iPhone 4s to trade in, and you can get it for free.

Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition

9:55 AM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · · News

Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.

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Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.

Jeff Gamet Recaps Macworld/iWorld 2014 at Estes Park User Group

11:10 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · · News

Jeff Gamet, The Mac Observer's Managing Editor, will be speaking at the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group on Wednesday, April 16, in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeff will talk about this year's Macworld/iWorld Conference, The cool things he found on the expo floor, what you missed out on if you weren't there, and more.

Apple, Samsung Sign on for CTIA’s Smartphone Kill Switch

10:19 AM, Apr. 16th, 2014 · · News

Apple and Samsung are among the smartphone makers that have agreed to comply with CTIA's guidelines calling for a "kill switch" that renders devices useless if lost or stolen. The agreement will take effect in July 2015, and for Apple, it won't involve much more than it already offers through its Find My iPhone feature.

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Tools to help smartphone owners protect their personal information if the device is lost or stolen are great, but it doesn't seem like Find My iPhone has done much to reduce iPhone thefts. It may be a little myopic for companies and law enforcement agencies to think that will change come July 2015.