Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

TGIF! We hope you're going to have a safe and fun weekend, wherever you may be. We have three stories to close out your week with a short News Update podcast:

  • Cloud storage company Dropbox files for a $500 million IPO
  • Apple and other companies testing self-driving car platforms may get to test their technology on California roads without having a "safety driver" behind the wheel
  • Director Steven Soderbergh's new psycho-thriller "Unsane" premiered at the Berlin film festival this week. The movie was shot on an iPhone and opens in theaters on March 23
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Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger: Perfect for iPhone X/8/8 Plus

Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger: Perfect for iPhone X/8/8 Plus

With the release of the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus last fall, Apple users finally got to take advantage of the Qi wireless charging standard. Mofin has a successful Kickstarter campaign underway to start production of its wireless car phone charger, which will retail for $49 starting in April. Take advantage of an early bird perk, and you can get the Mofin Qi Wireless Car Phone Charger for $24. Read along as we review a pre-production model of this wireless phone charger!

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Save 50% on DEVONthink Pro for Mac -- Limited Time Offer

Save 50% on DEVONthink Pro for Mac -- Limited Time Offer

Do you need to keep all of your many documents in sync? DEVONthink Pro for Mac lets you easily handle vast amounts of information in one easy to backup database, presenting it in ways that are optimized to the way you work. Usually a bargain at $79.95, DEVONthink Pro for Mac is available for a limited time at half-price -- $39.95. 

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Future Apple devices may have flexible ‘sidewall displays’

Future Apple devices may have flexible ‘sidewall displays’

Future Apple iPhones, iPads, and Mac laptops may have sidewall displays. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180052540) for devices with flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. These mini-screens could offer additional functionality.

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SurfacePad is great for iPhone X owners who don’t need a bulky, ultra-protective case

SurfacePad is great for iPhone X owners who don’t need a bulky, ultra-protective case

The automatic wake/sleep function works when you open or close the front flap, which is very convenient. Also convenient is the face that the SurfacePad is is Qi charging compatible so it doesn’t have to be removed for using a wireless charger, such as Apple’s upcoming AirPower.

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Apple World Today News Update: February 22, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 22, 2018

Today's news brings us word about more screenshots in the iOS App Store, an auction of items signed by Steve Jobs, and a quasi-scientific test of car navigation apps by an Adobe manager:

  • Apple now allows developers put submit up to 10 screenshots per device type for their App Store listings
  • Want a piece of history? Three items signed by Steve Jobs are going up for auction soon, including an employment application from 1973
  • Bored by your commute? Gather data for an unofficial test of car navigation apps like this Adobe senior manager did
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DroneDeploy iOS Live Map feature revolutionizes aerial mapping with real-time capability

DroneDeploy iOS Live Map feature revolutionizes aerial mapping with real-time capability

As a commercial drone pilot, I'm very familiar with DroneDeploy -- it's a platform that uses an iOS app connected to a remote controller to automate aerial mapping from drones. Last week, DroneDeploy updated its app with a new feature called Live Map, which lets drone operators create real-time maps in the field on the iOS device.

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Gartner: Apple's iPhone sales fell 5% in quarter four of 2017

Gartner: Apple's iPhone sales fell 5% in quarter four of 2017

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled nearly 408 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 5.6% decline over the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. This is the first year-on-year decline since the research group started tracking the global smartphone market in 2004. 

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