AWT News Update: March 28, 2016

Yep, today has kinda been like this... 

Yep, today has kinda been like this... 

It's technological disaster day at Apple World Today headquarters, but we still managed to get a podcast out. Today's stories:

  • There's a problem some people (including me) are having with iOS 9.3 and web links 
  • Our web hosting provider had issues part of the day today, so we apologize for any slow loading pages you may have encountered
  • Facebook Messenger may become a way to buy products and services, and Apple Pay may be part of that solution

Text edition is below! 

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for March 28, 2016. If this podcast sounds a bit different, it's because it's being recorded on an iPad Pro -- the power is out at my office, meaning that all of my usual podcast gear is down. Update: The power came back up, then my Internet service went down. I give up.

One thing I noticed while trying to get some other work done for Apple World Today while the power is out is that there appears to be a problem with web links in iOS 9.3. You may have seen this -- you'll tap a web link and get absolutely nothing, or if you're really lucky, apps hang or crash. Some sites are saying that the problem is associated with specific third-party apps -- nope, it appears to be an operating-system related problem. Apple is apparently aware of the problem but does not yet have a fix. Expect an iOS 9.3.1 update soon.

To top off the technological disaster that today has been, we were experiencing issues with our web host Squarespace earlier today. If you attempted to visit Apple World Today at one point, it took several minutes to load the page completely. No, we were not trying to bring you back to the days of dial-up 2400 baud modems; it was a host issue and it has been resolved.

And one final story for our Monday. Facebook announced a while back that it was planning on turning its Facebook Messenger app into a way to offer in-store purchased through its mobile app. Now it's apparent that the social network might join with Apple to make payments for products and services through Facebook Messenger even easier, by using Apple Pay. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was quoted in January as saying that his company will "partner with everyone who does payments. We look at the stuff that Apple is doing with Apple Pay, for example, as a really neat innovation in the space that takes a lot of friction out of transactions as well." Facebook could decide to create its own payment system without working with Apple, turning it into a competitor. Let's hope that they all just decide to work together on this.

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