AWT News Update: June 3, 2015

Picture tweeted by Cleveland Indians. It's a ransom note to Brandon Moss!

Picture tweeted by Cleveland Indians. It's a ransom note to Brandon Moss!

Updates and a ransom note. That's what you'll find on the AWT News Update today:

  • Skype gets a bug fix
  • Fantastical 2 has an Apple Watch companion that's pretty cool
  • Google Drive iOS app gets a clean new look and some new features
  • Showtime will have a streaming subscription program available soon
  • The Cleveland Indians bullpen issues a ransom note asking infielder Brandon Moss for a pile of Apple gear

The text version of this podcast can be found below

Text Version

I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 3, 2015.

Use Skype on a regular basis? Hopefully you didn’t get hit by a recent bug in which your client — Mac, iOS, Windows or Android — would crash if someone sent you an instant message with http:// and nothing else. This is similar to an iOS Messages issue that hasn’t been fixed yet, although that bug required someone to send you a specific set of Arabic characters in a Message. The Skype team has fixed their bug, and the latest versions of all Skype clients fix the problem.

Fantastical 2 users with Apple Watches can rejoice today. The fantastic calendar app has an Apple Watch companion now, which in Glance mode shows an overview of all daily events and details of the next schedule event. A reminders option shows to-do items and allows you to check them off with a tap, and the presentation of calendars, reminders, and Glances are adjustable through the iPhone app’s Settings menu. The app — for iPhone — costs $5.

Google Drive users also have an update today, with the cloud storage app for iPhone and iPad receiving a facelift. Google is pushing out its Material Design style to all of its mobile apps, and Google Drive’s latest update shows that nice clean look. The update also provides faster syncing and image viewing, improved scrolling performance, and a swipe gesture to go back.

First it was HBO Now coming to the Apple TV, allowing cable cutters to get access to HBO content without a full cable TV subscription. Now CBS has announced that it will launch a similar service called Showtime for its HBO competitor on July 12, costing just $10.99 per month compared to HBONow's $14.99 monthly fee. If you’re interested in watching Homeland, Dexter, Weeds, and other shows made famous on Showtime, you’ll be able to sign up for a 30-day free trial in July.

Cleveland Indians infielder Brandon Moss hit his 100th career home run last night, which was caught by one of the Indians pitchers in the bullpen. After the game, the bullpen pitchers delivered a ransom note to Moss, offering Moss the ball if he got certain items for his teammates. The items? The list includes an iPhone 6, iPads for four players, Apple Watches for three more players, three MacBook Airs, and a 50 gallon drum of lube for pitcher Marc Rzepczynski… Talk about unpaid Apple product placement! The team tweeted the ransom note after the game.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another AWT News Update.