AWT News Update: May 5, 2016

It's a really short News Update today...

  • Women are buying more Apple Watches for themselves
  • Tim Cook's charity auction nets $515,000 for the RFK Center
  • Microsoft OneDrive users beware! You're about to start getting charged for that 15GB of space you were getting for free

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 5, 2016.

Slice, a company that does e-commerce analytics, has been looking at users of the Apple Watch since the device came out last April and its data show that early adopters of the device were overwhelmingly male — about 80%. However, as time has passed, females are now buying more and more of the devices, to the point that they make up about 40% of the buyers. By comparison, the only wearable device that consistently outsells the Apple Watch, Fitbits of various models, was predominantly more popular with women in the same time period and is getting more popular as time goes by.

You might remember a short bit on the News Update last week talking about the charity auction for a lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook as well as a personal invitation to an upcoming product launch. Well, the auction is over, and Cook raised $515,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Since Cook began working with CharityBuzz on the celebrity auction sin 2013, he has raised a total of $1,665,000, all going to the RFK Center. The winner of the auction is unknown.

Microsoft OneDrive used to look like a good deal compared to iCloud, as it offered 15GB of free storage compared to just 5GB for iCloud. Well, that changed — the service is lowering the 15GB number down to 5GB, and discontinuing its 15GB camera roll bonus. Most users will be well over their OneDrive storage limit on August 1, 2016, but of course Microsoft says you can purchase additional storage or remove your files…

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