Apple World Today News Update: February 12, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 12, 2018

Steve is back to recording the podcast after a week-long hiatus due to a death in the family. Today we have three stories; one highlighting major US carrier Verizon, another the HomePod, and the final focusing on wireless mobile chip vendors Qualcomm and Broadcom:

  • Verizon announced that it will begin locking smartphones for a specified amount of time in order to reduce criminal demand for its unlocked phones
  • A scientific test of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker proves that it has excellent sound quality
  • Apple suppliers Qualcomm and Broadcom are set to restart talks on a possible takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom; any takeover would have an impact on Apple
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Alto's Odyssey arrives on February 22nd for iOS, tvOS. Watch the trailer today!

Alto's Odyssey arrives on February 22nd for iOS, tvOS. Watch the trailer today!

One of the best games to come out over the past few years was Alto's Adventure, a beautiful and ethereal side-scroller in which you guide Alto -- a young snowboarder -- through an increasingly difficult set of jumps over obstacles, catching llamas along the way... It sounds odd, but it is honestly one of the most playable games I've ever downloaded. Developer Ryan Cash let us know today that the long-awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure -- Alto's Odyssey -- will be available on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018. 

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Deal: Be the boss of your password with this lifetime subscription to Password Boss Premium

Deal: Be the boss of your password with this lifetime subscription to Password Boss Premium

How many online user name/password combinations do you have? A hundred? Five hundred? Most people have problems remembering all of those user names and passwords, then end up doing the thing security experts hate -- using the same password for everything. Be secure and use a different strong password for every online account using Password Boss Premium, on sale this week with a lifetime subscription for $19.99.

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iFixIt: the HomePod is very hard to open, but is so tough it’s ‘bulletproof’

iFixIt: the HomePod is very hard to open, but is so tough it’s ‘bulletproof’

The gang at iFixIt, which tears apart tech gadgets and look at their innards so you don’t have to, have offered a teardown of Apple’s HomePod. They find that the wireless speaker is “the world device ever to open,” but is bulletproof, meant to withstand intense vibration and minimize buzzing components.

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Apple patent is for input devices with configurable input areas

Apple patent is for input devices with configurable input areas

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180039376) for an “input device having a dimensionally configurable input area.” It involves touch interfaces such as those on iOS devices, illuminated keyboards, and perhaps input devices we haven’t seen yet from the tech giant (as shown by the graphic).

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