Following Unexplained Removal, iCloud Photos App Working Again

6:50 AM, Jan. 5th, 2015 · · News

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After being removed last week, the online iCloud Photos app is working again, although the app's icon has yet to return to the iCloud.com home screen. Many users report that the app, and their photos, can be viewed by directly navigating to the iCloud Photos URL while logged in to iCloud.com.

Swiss Watchmaker Montblanc Announces eStrap Smartstrap for Mechanical Watches

3:41 PM, Jan. 2nd, 2015 · · News

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Montblanc announced Thursday a wearable computing option for mechanical watch owners. Being launched initially for the Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed line of watches for 2015, the eStrap includes an OLED screen and various fitness-related sensors.

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The smartwars in the watch industry are just starting, all thanks to Apple Watch. I personally expect a lot of smartstraps to be introduced throughout 2015, from startups and established watch brands alike.

New iCloud Exploit Claims to Circumvent Failed Password Limit and 2-Factor Authentication

9:45 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2015 · · News

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Hackers are ringing in the new year with another public threat to Apple’s online iCloud service. A new tool released Thursday claims to utilize a “painfully obvious” bug in Apple’s iCloud security infrastructure that enables the circumvention of automatic account lock-outs and multi-factor authentication.

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A hack that circumvents the automatic account lock-out is certainly believable, but we'd want to see a bit more evidence before we're convinced that this tool can succesfully defeat two-factor authentication.

Happy 2015 from The Mac Observer!

6:34 PM, Jan. 1st, 2015 · · News

Happy New Year!

We'd like to wish everyone a wonderful 2015, and we look forward to the best year Apple has yet had. Click through for a short walk down Memory Lane.