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Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch Requires Too Much Fussing

5:15 PM, May. 18th, 2016 · · iObserver

Twelve South TimePorter review

The Twelve South TimePorter is a combination travel case for Apple Watch accessories and stand. It looks and carries like an eyeglass case.  It's nicely made, and the concept is good. Unfortunately, as John Martellaro found out, it requires too much fussing to be considered a great product.

Encrypted VOIP Calls with 1 Year Subscription to KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines: $99

4:53 PM, May. 18th, 2016 · · iObserver

KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines

We have a deal for you today on KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines, an encrypted voice-over-IP (VOIP) service that essentially gives you disposable lines from which to make calls. With the package we're offering, you’ll receive up to 3 total private USA or Canadian phone numbers with unlimited SMS, and unlimited calls (US lines only). Our deal is for a 1-year subscription at 75 percent off, or $99. Check out the deal listing for more details.

Apple Engineers make a House Call for iTunes Bug

9:48 AM, May. 18th, 2016 · · iObserver

iTunes Music Bug Victim gets Personal Visit from Apple

The guy that got the interent in a tizzy over iTunes deleting his personal music library has a follow up: Apple's engineers paid him a personal visit to troubleshoot the problem. What they discovered was the lost music wasn't user error, there's a hard to track bug in iTunes, and Amber, the phone support representative he originally spoke with didn't know what she was talking about.

Foxconn gets to Work Early on Complicated iPhone 7

11:00 AM, May. 17th, 2016 · · iObserver

Foxconn hiring early for iPhone 7 production

Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is ramping up earlier than usual for the next wave of iPhone production, and it looks like device assembly is going to be even more complicated. Workers reportedly need more training to put the smartphone's components together, so hiring started early to meet Apple's expected September launch window.

iTunes 12.4: Editing the Sidebar

9:10 AM, May. 17th, 2016 · · iObserver

Customize iTunes 12.4's sidebar

iTunes just got updated, and version 12.4 looks a bit different. For one thing, we can use the sidebar again (whoo!), and for another, we can edit that sidebar to show only what we want it to (double whoo!). We've got the how-to right here in today's Quick Tip.

Acesori 3-in-1 Smartphone Camera Lens Kit: $9.99

5:18 PM, May. 16th, 2016 · · iObserver

We have a deal for you today on a 3-in-1 lens kit for your iPhone from Acesori. It includes a Fish Eye Lens, Wide-Angle Lens, and a Macro Lens. It also comes with lanyards and covers for each lens, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a carrying pouch. They're held in place with magnetic rings that are also included—rings designed to stick to the metal around a smartphone's lens. The price on our deal is $9.99.

‘System and Security Info’s’ App Store Rejection is No Surprise

3:58 PM, May. 16th, 2016 · · iObserver

Apple isn't anti-spy detection, it's anti-developer guideline violation

System and Security Info from Stefan Esser launched on the iPhone only a few days ago and has already been booted off the App Store. The app checked which processes were running on users' iPhones, then reported back with details about which apps were running, and whether or not any could be unwanted or malware. The internet quickly jumped to the conclusion that Apple was blocking apps that could detect device-level spying, but the reality is far less insidious: System and Security info violated Apple's developer guidelines and was rejected.

iTunes Music Deleting Fix Coming, but Users Still Aren’t Happy

9:59 AM, May. 16th, 2016 · · iObserver

iTunes bug fixes won't be enough to make users happy

The internet went nuts a few days ago after a blogger said Apple Music deleted his entire music library, and that Apple's own support people told him that's exactly how it's supposed to work. That's flat-out wrong, although Apple has confirmed there's an esoteric iTunes bug where music is deleted, and a fix is coming in the next couple days. That's good news, but won't be enough to stop growing dissatisfaction with the app.

DrinkMate Breathalyzer: $31.99

3:16 PM, May. 13th, 2016 · · iObserver

DrinkMate Breathalyzer and iPhone

Check out DrinkMate, a tiny 2-inch breathalyzer that works with and is powered by your iPhone. The manufacturer claims it measures at an accuracy of +/- 0.01 percent blood alcohol content (BAC)  at a BAC of 0.02 percent. You can get this device for $31.99 through us.