AWT News Update: October 13, 2016

For a slow Apple news day, we have some fun stories for you:

  • A new feature in Facebook for iOS will have you multitasking
  • The newly renovated Regent Street Apple Store in London is reopening this Saturday, with some nice new features
  • Those Australian Apple Store employees we talked about yesterday? Turns out they didn't steal customer photos
  • A fun new GIPHY channel features GIFs from the US National Archives

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 13, 2016.

Facebook really seems to be trying its best to make iOS users love the Facebook mobile app, as the company today added a feature that is pretty handy. Now you can stream Facebook videos on your Apple TV or Google Chromecast HDMI dongle, and read your News Feed at the same time. If you see a video in your News Feed that you’d like to watch, tap on it, then tap the new TV icon in the player’s top right corner to start streaming to your big screen TV. This also works with Facebook Live video — if you have friends who are streaming a broadcast on Facebook, you can send the stream to your TV then look at the conversation taking place in the feed and react or comment on what’s going on. This is apparently a feature that is rolling out in waves; the most recent update I personally installed today — version 67.0 — does not have the multitasking built into it.

Apple’s Regent Street store in London has been closed for about a year for renovations, and it will be reopening on October 15. Apple invited the press to visit the updated retail outlet and it has some very nice features. While it’s similar to all new Apple Stores, featuring a video wall, tables with pop-up outlets, small cube-like stools to sit on while waiting, diffused lighting, and terrazzo flooring, Regent Street now has a dozen trees in the ground floor, with circular sofas surrounding them. An upstairs loft area houses the section of the store targeted for Creative Pros, and business customers can speak to Apple experts on items like specialty software. The historic building housing the store received major renovations, including structural modifications, alterations to the outside facade, and replacement of the central staircase.

Remember yesterday’s story about the Apple employees at a store in Brisbane, Australia who were allegedly grabbing sexy photos from customer iPhones? Well, an internal investigation showed that no customer data had been stolen, which should be a relief to any female customers who had brought in their iPhones for service at the store. The employees who were fired are still fired for their other misdeeds, which included taking anatomical photos of female staffers and customers, then sharing them with employees at other Apple Stores in Queensland with comments and a rating.

Last but not least, there’s a new channel over at Giphy that you’ll be interested in if you’re a history buff. It features 156 GIFs curated by the US National Archives. There’s everything — ice skating chimps, the Beatles arriving in New York for their first US visit, Richard Nixon and Elvis posing together, images from World War II, and video shorts of NASA events.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.