AWT News Update: September 26, 2016

Ahhh, back from a nice weekend in the Colorado Rockies, Steve has three fascinating little stories from the world of tech and Apple that you just have to hear!

  • In the near future, you won't need to set up your own Plex media server to use the service, as the company is moving Plex to the cloud
  • Last week, was being bandied about as a possible suitor for Twitter. Today's possible hot date for Twitter? Think Mickey or Minnie Mouse...
  • A group of developers got a bit silly at a company retreat and decided to test the water resistance of the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Find out how it did!

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 26, 2016.

Media server Plex today announced that it’s moving to the cloud with Plex Cloud. No longer will people need to set up their own Plex server; now the Plex Cloud will be your server. It will be a premium offering and is currently available as an invite-only beta program, but it’s basically quite simple. You just store your stuff — music, videos, photos — in the cloud, with Amazon Drive doing the hard work. You have unlimited storage, and will be able to store and stream media for a few dollars a month. Plex says that most Plex Media Server features are already working on Plex Cloud, but that Camera Upload, Mobile Sync, Cloud Sync, Media Optimizer, DLNA and DVR will be added as possible in the future.

In case you haven’t noticed, Twitter has been looking for a buyer lately. The company really needs one, since up to this point I’m not sure they’ve actually ever turned a profit. Last week, it was that was in the news as a possible suitor. Today, Bloomberg reports that the Walt Disney Company is working with a financial adviser on making a bid for Twitter. Nick Bilton noted on Twitter that “From (high-up) people I’ve spoken to internally at Twitter, I’ve always heard Disney is the dream suitor.” If you think it’s odd that a company that runs theme parks is possibly making a bid for Twitter, remember that a media conglomerate, owning ESPN and ABC. Twitter is a media company and publishing service, and not really a social network. The two would fit together quite well.

From the “don’t try this at home department” comes this story of water resistance testing. As you know, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are Apple’s first phones that are specifically advertised as being water resistant, and of course bloggers have been dunking them, holding them underwater for long periods of time, basically testing the limited of how water resistant the phones are. Now comes words that a group of folks from development company Squirrels — the people who bring you Reflector and AirParrot Remote — were on a company retreat and decided to test the water resistance of Apple’s iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Apple tells people to NOT expose the Smart Battery Case to liquids, and to unplug it if it has been exposed to rain, liquid, excessive moisture, and the like. So the Squirrels team got silly and put the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case two feet deep into a swimming pool for 30 minutes, one foot deep into Florida Gulf Coast saltwater for an hour, and one foot down into a hot tub for 30 minutes. The result? The Smart Battery Case still worked. Squirrels found out that the Smart Battery case is epoxy sealed, which does a good job of keeping liquids out. The takeaway from this unofficial test? If you accidentally dunk your Smart Battery Case, let it dry out before you plug it in, but it should be just fine.

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