AWT News Update: June 27, 2016

Let's hear it for #Iceland in the Euro 2016 final 16, which today beat England 2 - 1 to move onto the quarterfinals. That's not Apple news, but this is:

  • Twitter announces that stickers for tweeted photos are coming soon to the iOS app
  • A French TV talk show relies on iPhones to film the remainder of an episode when a power outage knocks out cameras
  • A regional Ford dealership in Massachusetts rips off some great art from the game "Firewatch" by Panic and Campo Santo

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 27, 2016. This week’s sponsor of Apple World Today is Contexts, the simpler and faster window switcher for Mac. Find out more about Contexts and how to get a 25% discount on the app on the sidebar of the Apple World Today website.

Twitter is making a lot of changes in order to survive the next few years, and today the company announced stickers. Yes, these will be little stickers that you place on images that you’re tweeting, like putting a sunglasses sticker on your cat. Tap on the sticker once the tweet has been posted, and you’re able to see a feed of other tweets using the same sticker. The feature will be rolling out to iOS, Android and Web users soon; there’s no word on when the feature will make it to the official Twitter Mac client.

So, what happens if you’re filming a popular talk show in France and the power goes out in the studio, taking the video cameras with it? Simple! You just pull out some Plus model iPhones and continue filming. The show “On nest pas couché” was being filmed when the power died, and after a three-hour break the crew decided to use the iPhones to continue shooting. The footage from the iPhones was then edited and broadcast, as well as uploaded to YouTube. It’s believed that this is the first time that a major TV show has been shot on iPhones without it being done intentionally. Although we’re not sure what iPhones were used, if they were using the iPhone 6s Plus the video quality would have been great as the phone shoots in 4K resolution with optical image stabilization.

Someone at the Quirk Ford dealership in Massachusetts is hopefully going to get fired. The dealership apparently wanted some really cool artwork showing a fire watchtower to sell its Ford Freedom Sales Event, so they “borrowed” the artwork from the game Firewatch by Panic and Campo Santo. The company didn’t have any permission to use the images, and Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman was quick on the draw with some great snarky tweets. He said “Come on down to the Quirk Ford Freedom Sales event where ur free from such things as “copyright” and “infringement”. Game Informer apparently called the dealership to find out why they used the artwork without credit, and they were hung up on.

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