AWT News Update: August 4, 2015

AWT News Update: August 4, 2015

Some entertaining and informative Apple news for you this afternoon:

  • You can now use an Apple Watch to unlock a door equipped with the August Smart Lock
  • Australia's Telstra announced that anyone signing up for a new Go Mobile plan will get a one-year Apple Music subscription for free
  • Even more banks and credit unions have jumped on the Apple Pay bandwagon, bringing the US total to over 400
  • Happy Birthday to Readdle!
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Huge thanks to our patrons

Huge thanks to our patrons

Well look at that. It's August 4th which means Apple World Today has existed for exactly six months! We literally would not be here without you, our Patreon backers. Nor would we produce the news items, features and videos that you enjoy reading. 

Additionally, this month we were able to add Dennis Sellers to our staff, which we're thrilled about. 

We've got more on tap for this month and I'm must finalizing the calendar for September and back-to-school. You all have our gratitude and commitment to timely, quality work. Without further ado, huge thanks goes out to:

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Ibotta cash back app pays out $30 million to users

Ibotta cash back app pays out $30 million to users

Everybody likes a deal, and Ibotta (free) is a popular iPhone app for getting cash back on just about everything you buy in a store. The Denver-based company today reported that they’ve paid out $30 million in rebates to users of the app, with $10 million of that cash making its way out to happy customers in the last four months. 

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Apple invention would let you skip online (and TV) ads that don't interest you

Apple invention would let you skip online (and TV) ads that don't interest you

Apple wants you to be able to skip online advertisements that aren't of interest to you (which, of course, isn't the same as being able to skip ads entirely). Interestingly, the patent also mentions television ads, which at least raises the possibility that Apple's rumored television streaming service could include commercials to keep down costs (though I don't think that's likely; no one wants to sit through ads on a service they're paying for).

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What to play this weekend: Splendor

What to play this weekend: Splendor

You're a renaissance merchant with an eye on the jewel trade. A shrewd business person, you buy and sell precious gems like so many Big Macs. A ruby the size of your fist? Pfft. That's nothing to you. You invest in mines, recruit artisans and develop trade routes. Your work attracts the attention of nobles and royalty, and your prestige soars.

Such is the theme of Splendor ($6.99, universal) by Days of Wonder, a great tabletop game that has made its way to the iPhone and iPad. I've played the tabletop version several times and after spending several days with the iOS version, I find it a worthy successor. It does suffer a bit, as I'll explain, but overall it's a faithful adaptation of a fun game of buying, selling and racking up points. Here's my look at Splendor for iPhone and iPad.

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AWT News Update: July 30, 2015

AWT News Update: July 30, 2015

We have an extra goodie in the AWT News Update today. Not only do you have today's news, but Apple World Today accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen provided us with a tip for Think Different Thursday:

  • Apple is leasing space in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood
  • The "Spaceship" headquarters building being constructed in Cupertino right now will have a visitor's center
  • USB Type-C is on its way to being more widely accepted
  • Think Different Thursday: Mono Audio

The written version of the news can be found below!

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DODOcase teams up with Cleveland Motley on new Urban Backpack and more

DODOcase teams up with Cleveland Motley on new Urban Backpack and more

Those who read AWT or read TUAW in the past know that we've had a long history with DODOcase, the San Francisco company that took a struggling book bindery and turned it into a iPhone/iPad case powerhouse. Their book-like cases are legendary, and they've expanded into accessory bags, Apple Watch charging stands, and more. Now, just in time for Back to School, DODOcase has teamed up with a popular San Francisco designer on the DODOcase Urban Backpack ($220.00).

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