AWT News Update: June 2, 2017

AWT News Update: June 2, 2017

Happy Friday! As we go into the last weekend before WWDC, we have some fascinating, funny, and even disturbing news to pass along:

  • Apple is wrapping up testing of a program in which freelancers will be hired to help correct or verify places in Apple Maps for $0.54 per location
  • Apple Park senior arborist David Muffly had a remarkable amount of similarity in background to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs...which is why he was hired
  • What happened to all those recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s? It appears Samsung may flood the South Korean market with refurbed Note 7s in September in a feeble attempt to counteract the iPhone 8
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AWT News Update: February 9, 2017

AWT News Update: February 9, 2017

Today's Apple news stories are all over the place...which made this a very fun podcast:

  • E-commerce company Square now has an iPad app for retailers that goes well beyond its small business apps of the past
  • There's speculation that new iPads may be coming out soon, and depleted stocks of the iPad Air 2 are a good sign that an iPad-specific product rollout may happen in the next month or so
  • Irony: a fire at the plant that made batteries for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook gets an honorary degree, tells students about his inspiration
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AWT News Update: January 17, 2017

AWT News Update: January 17, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update, we talk about obsolete networks, smash and grabs, store renovations, and the idiots who keep using the recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones:

  • AT&T's 2G network shut down on January 1; nobody seemed to notice, but you can't use your original iPhone anymore...
  • The Apple Store Palo Alto (CA) is currently undergoing renovations due to an early December smash-and-grab burglary
  • The "glass cube" 5th Avenue Apple Store in NYC will be closed starting on January 20th for renovations
  • Verizon is planning to take drastic measures to stop people who are still using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones
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IDC: half of Note 7 owners polled will switch to an iPhone

IDC: half of Note 7 owners polled will switch to an iPhone

Results from a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) survey, U.S. Smartphone Owners' Reaction to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall show that Samsung faces some short-term challenges but “nothing that will darken its long-term prospects.” The good news for Apple: half of the 24 Note 7 owners polled said they have or will choose an Apple iPhone to replace their recalled phone.

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Sad that you don't have a Galaxy Note 7? Get the Explo-Sung skin for your iPhone!

Sad that you don't have a Galaxy Note 7? Get the Explo-Sung skin for your iPhone!

While Samsung stands to lose billions of dollars because of the Galaxy Note 7's tendency to spontaneously combust, one company stands to make some money off of the Korean manufacturer's woes. UniqFind makes all sorts of skins and cases for Mac notebooks and iOS devices, selling them on Amazon. Their latest -- the Explo-Sung iPhone Skin -- is designed to make your iPhone look just like an exploded Galaxy Note 7.

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AWT News Update: October 18, 2016

AWT News Update: October 18, 2016

More on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, a sunny outlook for iPhone sales, and an NFL head coach who's punting the Microsoft Surface tablet:

  • Samsung is setting up stations at airports so travelers can exchange their Note 7s -- banned on flights in many countries -- before getting on flights
  • UBS Research analyst sees a sunny future for iPhone sales based on early orders for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick goes on an epic rant and says he'll go back to binders after having nothing but problems with the Microsoft Surface tablets provided by the NFL
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AWT News Update: October 12, 2016

AWT News Update: October 12, 2016

Our thanks again to our sponsor for the past week, Pagico 8. Check out this powerful cross-platform data and task management app for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android by clicking here. In today's news:

  • Rumors of a future Magic Keyboard with e-ink displays in each key begin to float around...
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle will have a long-lasting effect on Samsung's mobile bottom line
  • Employees at an Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia are fired after taking explicit photos and stealing others from customers' iPhones, then "rating" females in the photos
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YouTube find: iPhone 7 laps the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in head-to-head speed test

YouTube find: iPhone 7 laps the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in head-to-head speed test

OK, we've got another video for you. We know that the iPhone 7 can survive a deep dunking in the cold Columbia River better than the Samsung Galaxy S7; in this video, the iPhone 7 goes head-to-head with a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in a speed test. David Rahimi of PhoneBuff has done similar tests with older iPhones, showing how the iPhone 6s nudged out the Note 7 in terms of real-life speed opening apps and performing similar tasks. 

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AWT News Update: September 9, 2016

AWT News Update: September 9, 2016

We're heading into the weekend with iPhone 7s and Apple Watches (Series 2) pre-ordered, so what else is happening? Give us 4 minutes and we'll give you some news:

  • Regardless of what brainless pundits are saying about the "lack of an audio port", the iPhone 7 appears to be an instant success
  • First the FAA recommends not taking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airplanes. Today, the US CPSC issued an even stronger warning to the public at large -- "turn them off"
  • Tim Cook allegedly emails a concerned Mac fan to reassure him that upgrades are coming
  • Would you believe that an iPhone 7 Plus is actually faster than a 12-inch MacBook? It's true!
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AWT News Update: August 31, 2016

AWT News Update: August 31, 2016

The last day of August brings just a few stories for the AWT News Update:

  • CBS announces a new "commercial-free" tier for All Access, although viewers will be treated to some ads anyway...
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is temporarily being withheld from specific markets due to exploding battery pack issues. We talk abut those issues and another problem with the flagship phone.
  • Tapbots delivers a public beta of its new Pastebot for Mac
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AWT News Update: August 22, 2016

AWT News Update: August 22, 2016

A quiet Monday, but we still have some great stories for you:

  • The developer and public betas for macOS Sierra have been updated today
  • Want Apple CarPlay in your car, but don't want to buy a new car to do so? Sony announced a new aftermarket receiver that will work great in your favorite car
  • The almost-one-year-old iPhone 6s trounces the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in a head-to-head speed test
  • Join Team AWT and keep the website -- and this podcast -- going!
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