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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Android security vulnerabilities and why it's a good thing to be an iOS user

Android security vulnerabilities and why it's a good thing to be an iOS user

Apple World Today has broached the subject of operating system fragmentation before. iOS is an example of a mobile operating system that doesn’t suffer from fragmentation, as the vast majority of the devices in the field run either iOS 8 (85 percent) or iOS 7 (13 percent). In the world of Android, only 12.4 percent of users are using the most recent versions known as “Lollipop”. Why the difference in operating system uptake? Android handset manufacturers are loath to change the loaded OS version since that will affect the “bloatware” apps that they install. Some recently discovered Android vulnerabilities are pointing out how that fragmentation could make it very difficult for Google to protect users from exploits that can “brick” smartphones and tablets with something as simple as an MMS message.

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Simple Counter is a great tally app for iPhone and iPad

Simple Counter is a great tally app for iPhone and iPad

This week's featured app grew out of the developer's love of board games:

"When I was playing board games with friends," Sweden's Arvid Lunnemark told me, "we usually resorted to using pen and paper to keep score. We all thought that there just had to be an app for this. We were right, but we continued to use pen and paper. Why? Because in the end, pen and paper was simpler to deal with than any of the apps [we found]. It frustrated me that pen and paper could trump an iPhone, and as a result, Simple Counter was born."

An app inspired by gaming. How could I pass on that?

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AWT News Update: July 29, 2015

AWT News Update: July 29, 2015

very slow news day in the world of Apple, but we brought it to you anyway!

  • If you own any MacBook made in 2015 and use Boot Camp, there's a FaceTime Camera Driver Update for you
  • Fantastical 2 for iPhone gets an update today!
  • Running the public beta of OS X El Capitan? The third public beta is available. Woo-hoo!
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Stayin' alive with iFixit and ERI

Stayin' alive with iFixit and ERI

Whenever a new product appears from Apple or most other major electronics manufacturers, one of the first things that iFixit does is to buy one of the devices and then tear it apart. They don’t do this for the sick thrill of it (well, maybe they do…), but for the purpose of creating detailed repair guides that any of us can use to fix our own devices. Now iFixit is teaming up with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) to provide hard-to-find parts to keep your favorite Mac or iOS device alive.

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iPad appears to be a leaky lifeboat from the sinking ship SS Tablet

iPad appears to be a leaky lifeboat from the sinking ship SS Tablet

IDC provided data today showing that although Apple's iPad continues to be the market share leader in the tablet market, its share has dropped markedly over the past year and the overall market for tablets is declining. 

This year, Apple shipped 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter (ending June 30), while the number for 2014 was 13.3 million units. That's a decline of 18 percent in one year. Apple's share of the overall tablet space dropped from 27.7 percent in 2014 to 24.5 percent this year. 

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We'll be back tomorrow...

We'll be back tomorrow...

Just in case you're wondering what is going on at Apple World Today, two things are up: first, we're having "one of those weeks", the perfect storm of writers being tied up with... life. The second thing? We're making some behind the scenes editorial changes that you'll hear about soon. As a result, you may see less content the next few days, but things will be up to speed next week. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know via the comments tool.

 

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AWT News Update: July 27, 2015

AWT News Update: July 27, 2015

Today, we go around the world with Apple World Today. News stories from all over the globe include:

  • Google+ profiles won't be linked to other Google products in the future
  • Apple Watches will soon be available at Best Buy
  • Apple is adding 500 authorized resellers in India, which explains the odd image at the top of this page
  • France and Sweden -- or at least major cities in the countries -- get visited by the Apple Maps vans starting on Saturday
  • An iPhone counterfeiting factory in Beijing has been shut down
  • eBay will be trimming the number of iOS apps it has
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The Well-Protected MacBook: Moshi's accessory line for the 12-inch Retina MacBook

The Well-Protected MacBook: Moshi's accessory line for the 12-inch Retina MacBook

Three weeks on a cruise ship with my 12-inch Retina MacBook turned my emotional attachment to the lightweight laptop from "like" to "love". So how do you protect something you value? That's an answer provided by accessory manufacturer Moshi, which has a full line of goodies designed to keep your 12-inch MacBook safe from drops, spills, scratches, and other catastrophes.  Today I'm looking at the Moshi Muse 12 (US$44.95), iGlaze 12 ($54.95), iVisor 12 ($34.95) and ClearGuard 12 ($24.95), four different products each with the same goal of protecting your 12-inch MacBook.

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Caturday: Sad kitteh means it's time for the Dog Days of Summer!

Caturday: Sad kitteh means it's time for the Dog Days of Summer!

Believe it or not, we finally ran out of the seemingly inexhaustible crop of cute pictures of cats laying atop, beside, or inside current or vintage Apple gear. Since it's warm out in the Northern Hemisphere, most cats are avoiding the computers and trying to stay cool. Sooo, it's time for you to get us those pictures of your favorite dog with Apple gear in the photo for what we used to call The Dog Days of Summer over at TUAW. 

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AWT News Update: July 24, 2015

AWT News Update: July 24, 2015

There's a lot of good news for Apple fans on this summery Friday afternoon:

  • Apple Pay begins its second year as an iPhone/Watch/iPad-based payment system
  • Apple's 10-Q holds some interesting data for those thinking about the next-generation iPhone
  • Pandora hasn't been affected at all by the launch of Apple Music
  • Intel's Skylake architecture could make upcoming Macs much faster and more efficient
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Trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" arrives

Trailer for "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" arrives

Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and Magnolia Pictures have released the first trailer for the movie "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine". The movie will be opening on September 4, and is an unflinching -- and some say unflattering -- look at the Apple co-founder. 

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Secur SP-4003: The 6-in-1 car charger that could save your life

Secur SP-4003: The 6-in-1 car charger that could save your life

When an email came through the Apple World Today offices pitching yet another car charger, my first impulse was to yawn. I mean, you can buy these things at the dollar store for the purpose of plugging in your USB-powered devices for a quick charge in the car, so what’s the big deal? Well, a closer look showed that the Secur SP-4003 Six-in-One Car Charger (US$34.99) can do quite a bit more than just charge your iPhone or iPad — it could save your life.

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