AWT News Update: July 26, 2017

AWT News Update: July 26, 2017

Hump Day! We've got a few stories for you in today's podcast:

  • A fairly reliable Japanese website says the new iPhone will be announced in September, but won't ship until late October/early November
  • iPads, MacBooks, and MacBook Airs no longer get to stay in a laptop bag due to stricter TSA rules
  • eBay's iOS app will gain eyes this fall
  • Chrome 60 for Mac is out, and provides support for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
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How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

How Apple earbuds were influenced by Star Wars Stormtroopers

Here's a fun bit of design trivia for you. The Wall Street Journal published a big article on Apple chief designer Jony Ive's touches on the soon-to-be-opened Apple Park today, but that's not the key piece of the article in my opinion. The fascinating bit? Apple's white plastic earbuds that came with the original iPod and have since morphed into the EarPods and AirPods we know so well were influenced by none other than the sparkling white body armor of Star Wars Stormtroopers.

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USB 3.0 Promoter Group touts new USB 3.2 spec

USB 3.0 Promoter Group touts new USB 3.2 spec

USB just keeps getting faster and faster, with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group -- of which Apple is a member -- announcing the upcoming release of the USB 3.2 specification yesterday. It's considered an "incremental update" to USB 3.1, but it's an important one -- it defines multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices, meaning that devices can allow for two lanes of 5 Gbps (gigabit per second) data transfer or two lanes of 10 Gbps transfer. 

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Sync passwords on every device with RoboForm Everywhere: 4-year subscription, $29.95

Sync passwords on every device with RoboForm Everywhere: 4-year subscription, $29.95

Sometimes you have to have just about every type of device made: Mac, Windows PC, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, and Android. If you're that kind of person,  you probably also have tons of online accounts and a variety of passwords. Keep those passwords in sync on every device with RoboForm Everywhere, which we have a deal on this week with a 4-year subscription for just $29.95.

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Federal judge slaps Apple with a $506 million fine in legal battle with WARF

Federal judge slaps Apple with a $506 million fine in legal battle with WARF

U.S. District Judge William Conley of Wisconsin has entered a $506 million judgment against Apple for infringing a computer processor patent owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), more than double what a jury awarded the organization in damages in October 2015, reports the Law360 website.

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Nomad Leather Case for the iPhone 7/7 Plus offers high quality at a reasonable price

Nomad Leather Case for the iPhone 7/7 Plus offers high quality at a reasonable price

The Nomad Leather Case for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is a nice compromise of high quality at a reasonable price. It costs $39.95, which is $10 cheaper than Apple’s Leather Case for an iPhone 7 Plus. Apple’s case is easier to install but, once it’s in place, the Nomad is is more protective.

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