AWT News Update: August 3, 2016

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Rumors, Apple Pay, and Pokémon GO mind control -- those are today's topics on the AWT News Update:

  • The iPhone 7 or whatever it's going to be called is rumored to have 3GB of RAM
  • Apple adds more US and Canadian financial institutions to the ranks of Apple Pay providers
  • An NFL player has quit playing Pokémon GO over fears that it's controlling the minds of millions...
  • Learn how you can join Team AWT and be eligible for our giveaway this month of a Drobo 5Dt

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 3, 2016.

We haven’t had any really good rumors this week about the iPhone 7 or 6SE or whatever it’s going to be called, so let’s remedy that right now. The good old “unspecified supply chain sources” are telling DigiTimes that the iPhone 7 will have 3 GB of RAM instead of the 2 GB in current models. This move, if correct, will boost the entire memory industry as production cuts this year have resulted in a rather limited supply of DRAM chips and higher prices. DigiTimes notes that chip manufacturers Macronix International and Powertech Technology have increased earnings estimates citing increased demand from unspecified smartphone makers.

Yesterday, Apple announced that two Canadian institutions had added support for Apple Pay. Those were Scotiabank subsidiary Tangerine and the President’s Choice Financial MasterCard. Today Apple announced the addition of 23 smaller banks and credit unions in the United States to the large list of Apple Pay providers. At this time, Apple Pay has about 12 million active users per month, and the number is growing steadily.

While much of the early hoopla about Pokémon GO has died off, there are still a lot of people playing the game. But you can’t count Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford in the ranks of dedicated players. The Detroit Free Press reports that he’s stopped playing the augmented reality game because he’s convinced that the game is controlling minds. To quote Warford, “I was walking down Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona, pretty much on Arizona State’s campus. I was walking down and literally everyone that was on their cell phone walking down the same street was playing Pokémon GO. I was looking at their screens and it was about 30, 40 people. It was a bunch of people playing it, and I was like, ‘I don’t like this’. I deleted it it because I was like, ‘This is some mind-control stuff’ I don’t like it. CNET writer Chris Matyszczyk said that he contacted Pokémon GO’s creator Niantic Labs to ask if there were any mind control parameters in the game, and the company didn’t immediately respond… We’ll leave it up to listeners to decide whether or not they feel like their minds are being controlled by the game, but it could explain a lot about this year’s presidential election cycle…

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