AWT News Update: January 24, 2017

AWT News Update: January 24, 2017

What happened in the world of Apple today? The company released developer beta versions of all of its operating systems, and we're starting to see what new features will appear in the next few months:

  • watchOS 3.2 gains Theater Mode and more powerful third-party Siri requests
  • iOS 10.3 will add Find My AirPods and better third-party Siri integration, weather data in Maps, an update to Mail's conversation view, and a whole new file system
  • macOS 10.12.4 appears to be getting nothing more than Night Shift, so you can rest soundly after playing games all evening
  • tvOS 10.2 gets accelerated scrolling for Siri Remote
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Skate City from Snowman and Agens captures the "essence of skateboarding"

Skate City from Snowman and Agens captures the "essence of skateboarding"

The team at game studio Snowman must be ridiculously busy, as they're following up the runaway success of Alto's Adventure with a handful of titles that are all under construction right now. The latest announcement is about a joint project with Oslo, Norway-based Agens, with a game that brings the ethereal beauty of Alto's Adventure to an urban environment and skateboarding -- Skate City. 

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Car companies drive away with two more former Apple employees

Car companies drive away with two more former Apple employees

Ford has become the latest car manufacturer to draw high-level employees away from Apple, with marketing executive Musa Tariq appointed as a vice president and chief brand officer of the major automobile producer. He’ll go to work there on Jan. 30. In this new role, Tariq is responsible for further building and differentiating the company’s Ford brand.

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SereneLife PICKIT20 Pocket Printer: Quality photos from your iPhone

SereneLife PICKIT20 Pocket Printer: Quality photos from your iPhone

While I was on my recent vacation, I had a fun little device with me that I used to produce instant gifts for new friends -- an HP Sprocket Pocket Printer. Today we're going to look at another pocket printer, this one using a different printing technology. The SereneLife PICKIT20 Pocket Printer ($119.99, affiliate link) is another mobile printer that can quickly make photo prints from your iPhone. It's also sold as the Kodak Photo Printer Mini ($99.99, affiliate link).

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Five states are considering ‘Right to Repair’ bills that would affect Apple

Five states are considering ‘Right to Repair’ bills that would affect Apple

Lawmakers in five states — Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and Kansas — have introduced legislation that would enshrine the “Right to Repair” electronics, which means manufacturers such as Apple will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops and consumers and will also have to make their diagnostic and service manuals public, reports MotherBoard.

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Samsung: no, Apple, you can’t keep that $400 million

Samsung: no, Apple, you can’t keep that $400 million

Samsung has told the Federal Circuit that Apple was flat wrong in arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court finding on design patent awards didn’t disturb its claim on a $400 million award, saying Monday that it took “chutzpah” for the iPhone maker to try to stop Samsung’s new trial, according to Law 360, a site that covers legal news.

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Apple looks into multi-purpose Apple Watch bands, an optical projection system

Apple looks into multi-purpose Apple Watch bands, an optical projection system

Future Apple Watch bands may do more than do good while keeping the smartwatch on your arm. Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,553,625) for a “modular functional band links for wearable devices.” The modular links could include multiple batteries, a small display, thermometer, a compass, a touch sensor, speakers, and more.

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GoPower Plus is a convenient iOS device charger (though there’s that adapter issue for 2016 MP Pro owners)

GoPower Plus is a convenient iOS device charger (though there’s that adapter issue for 2016 MP Pro owners)

Kanex’s GoPower Plus is a $49.95 portable power solution with a built-in micro USB with a Lightning adapter for use with both Apple and Android devices. I’ve never used it with an Android device (cause I don’t own one), but it does come in handy for use with my iPhone 7 Plus when I’m visiting my relatives for the weekend.

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