MacTech Pro Dates Announced, Plus TMO Discount

3:19 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · News

MacTech Pro 2016 event dates

MacTech Pro 2016 is ramping up for its tour around the United States with events in seven cities. The one-day training events are always a hit with the professional Apple support crowd, and The Mac Observer has a special discount you can use through Friday, February 5th.

Apple Beefs Up Security Efforts, Buys Company Behind Thunderstrike 2 Exploit

10:44 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · News

Apple buys security company LegbaCore

One way to beef up security is by hiring the people who find the flaws in your products, and that's exactly what Apple did with LegbaCore—the company that detailed the Thunderstrike 2 Mac firmware exploit. The Mac and iPhone maker bought the security research company in November 2015, and founders Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg became full time Apple employees.

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It's pretty clear Apple isn't taking the "security through obscurity" approach with the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Hiring the people who know how to find—and fix—security exploits makes for safer and more hack-resistent products.

Why Bill Gates Chose “Two of Us” to Represent His Friendship with Steve Jobs

11:00 PM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · · News

Bill Gates

Bill Gates did an interview for the BBC's Desert Island Discs, a series that gets to know famous people by talking about the songs they would take with them to a desert island. All of his picks are interesting, but it's why he picked "Two of Us" by The Beatles to represent his relationship with Steve Jobs that will stand out to Apple fans.

Study Says Apple Watch the Only Fitness Tracker Protecting Your Data

5:37 PM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · · News

Your fitness tracker may be leaking personal data

Wearable fitness trackers collect a lot of personal information about our activities, but only one is keeping that data away from anyone who wants to intercept it: Apple Watch. That's the finding from a study conducted by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Report Claims 4-inch iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 Launch on March 15

11:17 AM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · · News

Apple iPhone media event may happen on March 15

Apple is reportedly planning on introducing a new 4-inch iPhone along with the iPad Air 3 on March 15th. The company also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the same media event—an event that so far hasn't been announced or confirmed.

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Apple's last big media event was in September 2016, so a March product reveal isn't out of the question—especially considering the iPad Air 2 is getting pretty long in the tooth.

Apple Lands Patent for Multi-touch Display Hover Sensing

9:25 AM, Feb. 2nd, 2016 · · News

Apple's proximity gesture sensing patent could lead to cool new interfaces

Our iPhones already support single and multi-finger tap and swipe gestures, as well as pressure sensitive presses, and soon they may recognize hover gestures, too. Apple has been granted a patent that describes a system where our finger movements can be recognized when they're near our iPhone displays, but not actually touching them.

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Mixing Apple's VR and AR efforts with its gesture proximity sensing patents sounds like an awesome mix for Tony Stark's JARVIS interface.

Apple Wants Wide-range Wireless iPhone Charging for 2017

10:43 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · News

Apple working on iPhone wireless charging

Apple is reportedly working on a wireless charging system for the iPhone, but instead of the currently available inductive systems where you set a device on a special plate, the company is looking at sending power wirelessly when our smartphones are in range of a charging point. Assuming Apple gets all the kinks worked out, we could see its wireless charging system debut on the 2017 iPhone models.

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Charging our iPhones and other battery powered peripherals by simply being near our Macs? Yes, please!

Apple Officially Ends Free iTunes Radio

9:37 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · News

iTunes Radio lives on in Apple Music, but the free ad supported version is gone.

Apple was true to its word and has shut down the ad supported free iTunes Radio service. The iPhone and iPad maker warned listeners the service would be shutting down as of January 28th and 29th, and that's exactly what happened.