AWT News Update: November 9, 2015

Today in Apple news on the AWT News Update:

  • Facebook Messenger will soon be getting facial recognition and the ability to nag you to send your friends pictures of themselves
  • The horror...the horror. An iPhone 6s and the tire of a Ducati pocket bike meet.
  • There's a working Apple /// Plus for sale on eBay. Put in your bid to buy a piece of history!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 9, 2015. Our sponsor this week has been 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

Facebook has announced a new feature for Facebook Messenger that will excite many young users who frequently share pictures with their friends and dismay privacy advocates. The feature is called Photo Magic and uses facial recognition technology to find photos of friends in the camera roll on your iPhone. When users have opted in to Photo Magic, Messenger goes through the camera roll looking for photos of your friends, then prompts you to share them when it finds one. For photos that show several of your friends together, Messenger will ask you if you want to send the photos to everyone in the photo. When you take new photos, Messenger will remind you to share the pictures with the friends in the photos. Photo Magic is available on Android in Australia, and will come to iOS later this week. It’s expected to be released in more countries over the next few months. 

For some reason, there are a lot of people who love to watch videos showing horrible things happening to good smartphones. One of the people who makes those videos is Ukrainian YouTube star Techrax, who has tortured iPhones by running one over with a tank, boiling one in Coca-Cola, and burying one in snow. His latest opus features an iPhone 6s locked into a stand, then subjected to a burnout under the rear wheel of an Italian Ducati pocket bike. Other than getting glob of melted rubber on the screen and having some screen damage, the iPhone 6s survives. We can only hope that Techrax has a sideline job as an iPhone repairman and can replace the screen on this unit.

Finally, if you somehow have an hankering to get your hands on a working Apple /// Plus, get yourself over to eBay where there’s one currently selling for $777 with just six days left to go. The computer has a wonderful 1.8 MHz CPU and 256K of RAM, a monitor, a ProFile 5 MB hard disk drive, and a printer. Startup disks and the original instruction manuals are included. Now for those of you who are too young to remember, the Apple /// was a real dog. 14,000 of the first devices were recalled due to hardware problems, and the computer never sold well. Apple founder Steve Jobs, who of course was working on the first Macintosh when this baby came out of the factory, was quoted once as saying that Apple lost “infinite, incalculable amounts” of money on the Apple ///. You’ll only be out $800 or so if you’re the winner, and you’ll own a wonderful and working piece of history.

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