AWT News Update: August 1, 2016

It's the first day of August, and we have some fun and interesting Apple news for your listening pleasure:

  • iOS 10 beta 4 is now available for developers, and there are a lot of new emoji available
  • Looking for a job in the Bay Area that has decent pay and good benefits? Drive a shuttle bus for Apple and you'll get all sorts of union bennies.
  • A new website provides an online listing of every known Siri command
  • Join Team AWT this month and be eligible to win a Drobo 5Dt RAID array and five 2 TB drives!

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Text Version

Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 1, 2016.

iOS 10’s latest beta version has been released to developers, and emoji fans will be happy to hear that there will be more than 100 new emoji that can be used in chats and messages. Formerly gender-limited activities like haircuts and sports now show both male and female participants, and single parents of both genders are now part of the emoji list. On the politically correct side of things, Apple has replaced a gun icon with a colorful water pistol. Messages is getting the emoji changes, with the app making predictive recommendations, for instance suggesting a runner emoji if you type in the word “run” or “runner”. The app will also show emoji at about three times larger than they currently appear.

More than 30 bus drivers who are employed to shuttle Apple employees from off-site parking at a number of spots around the San Francisco Bay Area to Apple facilities unionized last year and will soon be getting a previously negotiated 25 percent pay raise in addition to other benefits. The drivers work for a company called Loop Transportation, and are represented by Teamsters Local 853. The union not only represents Apple shuttle drivers, but those for eBay, Evernote, Facebook, Google, PayPal and Yahoo. In 2015 prior to unionization, drivers were not paid for downtime between morning and evening driving stints. They now are, and will also be getting health benefits, pension contributions, vacation time, and overtime.

Have you ever wondered what all you can ask Siri to do for you? Previously, you could have purchased a book written by Erica Sadun and myself called “Talking to Siri,” but it’s been out of a print for a few years. Fortunately, there’s a new website called, where you can find out — at the present time — 447 commands and 1117 variations. If you know of some other commands that aren’t on the list, you can easily contact the folks who run the site to have them add them.

If you’re not a member of Team AWT yet, we have a reason for you to sign up today. Apple World Today is giving away a Drobo 5Dt RAID array with five 2TB drives. This is a super fast RAID box with twin Thunderbolt 2 ports, 128GB of SSD cache, and it’s expandable as drive capacities grow. The giveaway was announced in a post on AWT today and the prize is worth almost $1200. Join Team AWT for just $5 per month and you’ll be eligible not only to receive all of the extras that come along with membership, but get into this giveaway.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.