5 Must Have iPhone Apps for San Diego Comic Con

10:36 AM, Jul. 10th, 2015 · · News

San Diego Comic Con on the iPhone 6

Staying on top of everything at San Diego Comic Con can be overwhelming, so The Mac Observer put together our list of must-have iPhone and iPad apps to get you through the week. Read on to see which apps will make your Comic Con experience easier and more fun.

Office 2016 for Mac Released for Office 365 Subscribers

8:42 PM, Jul. 9th, 2015 · · News

Excel 2016 for Mac Screenshot

Microsoft launched Office 2016 for Mac on Thursday, making it available to Office 365 subscribers. Office 2016 for Mac includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote—Microsoft said it will be available as a standalone purchase in September.

How to Download iOS 9 and El Capitan Public Betas

6:14 PM, Jul. 9th, 2015 · · News

iOS 9 Beta Software on iPad and iPhone

Apple launched a public beta program for iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan Thursday. Announced during June's World Wide Developer Conference, the public beta allows we, the people, to test drive iOS 9 and El Capitan so that Apple can see how they are working in real world circumstances.

New Bill Could Turn Facebook, Twitter into Terrorist Watchdogs

2:15 PM, Jul. 9th, 2015 · · News

Social networks may have to report what we say to the government

Watch what you say online because the U.S. Federal government wants Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to report on what you say. The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a bill that would require social networking services to report whenever you post something deemed to be terrorist activity.

Apple Seeds 3rd Developer Release for iOS 9, El Capitan, watch OS 2

3:22 PM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · · News

4 x 4 Grid in Folders on iPad for iOS 9 Beta 3

Apple on Wednesday seeded the third developer releases of iOS 9 (build 13A4293f), OS X 10.12 El Capitan (build 15A216g), and watch OS 2 (build 13S5293e). The new releases include a new two-factor authentication system for iOS 9 and El Capitan, the News app and Apple Music in iOS 9. Release notes for this watch OS 2 version have not been published.

Smartflash’s $532.9M Patent Win Against Apple Tossed Out

11:54 AM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · · News

Smartflash's patent damages win against Apple tossed out​

Smartflash's hopes of scoring a big financial win in its patent infringement fight with Apple just got a little bleaker. U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap tossed out the US$532.9 million Smartflash had been awarded and ordered a new damages trial because the jury in the case may have been given improper instructions.

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Does Your Device Support Apple Music DRM?

11:02 AM, Jul. 8th, 2015 · · News

Not every Apple device supports Apple Music. Does yours?

You signed up for Apple Music and want to download some songs so you can listen when you don't have an Internet connection. Yes, you can download tracks from Apple Music, but not every device can play them thanks to their built in copy protection. Since some devices don't get to come to the Apple Music party, The Mac Observer put together a list so you'll know before loading up on songs whether or not you have a device that can play them.

Falling Sales Suggest Apple Watch Isn’t Resonating with Consumers

9:43 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · · News

Slice Intelligence Apple Watch Chart

Apple Watch sales are on the decline, according to a report from Slice Intelligence via Marketwatch. Based on customer receipts sampled by Slice Intelligence, Apple Watch sales have fallen from 200,000 units per day in the opening week of sales to less than 10,000 per day in late June. Whether a seasonal slowing, a failing of marketing, or worse, a failure of product design and development, that decline suggests strongly that Apple Watch isn't the right device yet.

Standalone Showtime Apps Hit Apple TV and App Store

7:05 PM, Jul. 7th, 2015 · · News

Showtime on Apple TV

Showtime launched its standalone service Tuesday on both Apple TV and the App Store. Apps titled simply Showtime allow users to watch Showtime programming through a monthly subscription independent of cable or satellite TV providers.