Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Steve's podcasting record for February took another hit last Friday with a bad bout of stomach flu; today he's back with four news stories for you:

  • WWDC hasn't been officially announced, but rumors are pointing toward June 4 - 8, 2018 in San Jose, CA 
  • Apple's new flagship retail store in Chicago has another issue -- this time, a big crack in one of the glass panels
  • A drone crashed into Apple's new headquarters building over the weekend. The building is unscathed, but the pilot may not get the drone back
  • Twitter is dropping support for the Mac, discontinuing its Mac client. We have news of a deal for a replacement client for you
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KODAK SCANZA film scanner excels at digitizing photo negatives and slides

KODAK SCANZA film scanner excels at digitizing photo negatives and slides

For those of us who are a bit older than the average, there's a problem -- while our newer photographic memories are captured in digital format, the older photos were taken on film in the form of negatives that were usually printed or in slides. There are services that provide scanning of these images, but they're expensive, and many older methods of scanning slides were slow and of limited quality. That's all changed with the new KODAK SCANZA film scanner (US$169.99, Amazon affiliate link) from KODAK licensee C+A Global.

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Apple should’ve caught the HomePod ‘white ring’ problem, though it shouldn’t be costly to fix

Apple should’ve caught the HomePod ‘white ring’ problem, though it shouldn’t be costly to fix

The "white ring" problem that affects Apple HomePods placed on certain kinds of wood furniture relates to the interaction between silicone and wood and doesn’t appear to be Apple-specific. Still, some industrial design experts that Business Insider spoke to were surprised that the tech giant, which prides itself on attention to every detail, didn’t catch the issue in quality assurance testing.

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Take advantage of a price drop on a VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription

Take advantage of a price drop on a VPN Unlimited Lifetime Subscription

One of our favorite deals over the past year has been for VPN Unlimited -- a top virtual private network provider. What's the big deal about VPNs? Well, they encrypt your internet usage end to end, keeping all of your work from the prying eyes of hackers...or governments. Today's deal gets you a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for $39.99 - a drop of $10 from the previous price tag and a huge drop from the regular price of $499.99!

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Apple's ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature in iOS 11 reduced driver phone usage by nearly 10%

Apple's ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature in iOS 11 reduced driver phone usage by nearly 10%

EverQuote, Inc., am insurance marketplace in the U.S., has released data on the impact of Apple's Do Not Disturb (DND) While Driving feature in iOS 11 on the driving behavior of EverQuote's growing community of 500,000-plus EverDrive users. EverDrive is a free app designed to facilitate safe driving. It shows you you trip summaries, details on maneuvers, and gives you “useful feedback to become a better driver.”

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