AWT News Update: November 4, 2015

This would look very nice on the wall here at Apple World Today HQ. Thank you. 

This would look very nice on the wall here at Apple World Today HQ. Thank you. 

What's new in the world of Apple? Let's see:

  • Facebook will release a new standalone news app next week
  • Why Siri doesn't work on the new Apple TV in some countries... but will be soon
  • A Warhol painting of the Apple logo will be auctioned next week
  • Apple TV App Store gets categories

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 4, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Bushel, providing inexpensive and comprehensive mobile device management that’s easy to use. Find out more about Bushel today by checking out the website link in the show notes.

In what appears to be a way to counter Apple’s News app before it gets too popular, Facebook is apparently ready to launch a new standalone news app next week called Notify that will be quite similar to Apple’s products. What makes Notify stand out is that it alerts users of news stories as they’re developing, instead of Apple’s model which relies on users visiting the app to find new content. CBS, The Washington Post, Comedy Central, Billboard and Vogue are apparently on board for the launch. Facebook has over 1 billion active daily users, while Apple’s News app has only about 40 million users. If Facebook Notify can catch on, it will be a formidable competitor.

Swiss Mac site MacPrime was wondering why the new Apple TV doesn’t have Siri in Switzerland or many other countries. At the present time, Siri only works in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, the US, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan. The site got a response from Apple and it shows Apple’s attention to detail: they want to make sure that the pronunciation of movie titles and names of actors, directors, and producers, and translations of movie titles are correctly set up for individual countries. When Siri is finally taught the proper Swiss pronunciations in its three primary languages — German, French and Italian — it will be ready to go. This delay will also occur in other markets as Siri bones up on all of the many pronunciations and languages around the globe.

I always like to point out items that are being sold at auction to our readers and listeners, since you never know when one of them is a billionaire with money to spend. We found out today that Sotheby’s will be auctioning off an original acrylic and silkscreen canvas painting by Andy Warhol called “Macintosh” that features the old Apple rainbow logo between the words Apple and Macintosh. Warhol was apparently inspired to make the painting as part of a 1985 series called “Ads” after he met Steve Jobs while the Apple co-founder was setting up a Mac for Sean Lennon — the son of John Lennon. Jobs had been trying to contact Warhol to give him a Mac, and apparently he did since the painting was made soon after. When the auction starts on November 12 at 9:30 AM Eastern Time, bids will begin at $280,000. The painting is expected to receive between $400,000 and $600,000 at auction. If anyone listening wants to buy it for me, I have a place for it in my art collection. Thank you.

You Apple TV owners probably already know this, but Apple has added a “categories” section in the tvOS App Store. Apparently there aren’t many categories yet — only Games and Entertainment showed up for some users — but it’s a start at trying to help Apple TV owners discover apps on their devices. Considering that the device has only been in the wild for a relatively short time, the addition of Categories, Top Charts, and other App Store helpers are going a long way towards making the device more usable early on.

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.