State of the Website: Four Years of Apple World Today

State of the Website: Four Years of Apple World Today

It seems like it was only yesterday that three people — myself, Dave Caolo, and Kelly Hodgkins — found ourselves out of a job at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) and started Apple World Today with the hopes that we could continue the tradition of TUAW. Now it’s down to Dennis Sellers and myself running the show, but we’re still here. This is a “State of the Website” post to let you know how we’re doing after four years (we went live on February 9, 2015).

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Congratulations to the newest commercial astronauts!

Credit: FAA Office of Communications

Two pilots for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic received astronaut badges yesterday signifying that they had reached space...although just for a few minutes.

The pilots, Mark "Forger" Stuckey and Frederick "C.J." Sturckow, received their astronaut wings on February 7, 2019 at a ceremony at the US Department of Transportation Headquarters Building in Washington, DC. The wings honor the flight the two took in Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two craft VSS Unity on December 13th where they reached an altitude of 51.4 miles (82.7 km).

The US now recognizes 50 miles as the boundary of space, while the World Air Sports Organization (FAI) uses 100 km (62 miles) as the limit. However, the FAI is considering lowering the limit to 50 miles based on new research that shows more clearly where the atmosphere ends.

US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chou was on hand to award the astronaut wings to Stucky and Sturckow, and their boss -- Richard Branson -- announced that he's hoping to fly on VSS Unity on July 20th, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Stucky presented Branson with a "future astronaut" t-shirt, causing the eccentric billionaire to immediately rip off his jacket and shirt to doff the t-shirt.

ENEGUFO Wireless Charging Stand: Charge while browsing and staying connected

ENEGUFO Wireless Charging Stand: Charge while browsing and staying connected

Have an iPhone 8 or later, or another Qi-enabled smartphone? Today’s AWT deal is the perfect accessory for you, letting you charge your phone quickly while holding it vertically for easy use. The ENEGUFO Wireless Charging Stand is on sale this week for $29.99 and is perfect for all of the latest iPhones.

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Apple Daily Report: Apple removing Do Not Track feature in Safari (and more news)

Apple Daily Report: Apple removing Do Not Track feature in Safari (and more news)

Apple will remove the Do Not Track feature of Safari in the next update of iOS and macOS. According to a post by the makes of the DuckDuckGo browser, Do Not Track’s goal to help users avoid having their activity tracked hasn’t been very successful, so Apple is shifting focus to a new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature.

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Apple to developers: remove screen recording code in apps or else tell users it’s there

Apple to developers: remove screen recording code in apps or else tell users it’s there

TechCrunch has reported that major companies such as Air Canada, Hollister, and Expedia are are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps with asking for permission or you even realizing it. Apple says that ain’t gonna fly and has released the following statement to TechCrunch

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YouTube displaces Apple atop the 2019 Most Intimate Brand report

YouTube displaces Apple atop the 2019 Most Intimate Brand report

YouTube has unseated Apple as the Most Intimate Brand among millennials. YouTube ranked the most intimate brand among millennials for the first time, climbing up from third last year, according to MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2019 Study, which is the largest study of brands based on emotions. 

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Another report suggests that Apple wants to build its own iPhone modems

Another report suggests that Apple wants to build its own iPhone modems

Apple has moved its modem chip engineering effort into its in-house hardware technology group from its supply chain unit, two unnamed “people familiar with the move” told Reuters, which says this may be a sign that the tech giant wants to develop a key component of its iPhones after years of buying it from outside suppliers

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