AWT News Update: February 13, 2017

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  • Kanex announces a folding travel keyboard that's perfect for your favorite iOS device
  • Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario have their transit systems added to Apple Maps
  • Apple stock closes at a record high
  • It's a good time for Apple to consider hiring "escapees" from Waymo

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for February 13, 2017.

Back in the good old days of Palm devices, you could get some cool foldable keyboards that let you use those antique devices with a real keyboard. Fast forward to 2017, and we now have a new foldable keyboard. Kanex has introduced the MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard for $49.95, compatible with all of your favorite iOS devices. Since it uses Bluetooth for connectivity it’s probably also Mac-compatible, and that MultiSync capability lets you wirelessly connect to and switch between up to four different devices. For those who are using iPad Pros and don’t have keyboard cases, the MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard looks like a nice low-cost solution.

Another metropolitan area has had its transit system added to Apple Maps. Detroit, Michigan and the neighboring Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario are now ready to roll. The city’s bus lines, Amtrak trains, and People Mover networks are all covered for Detroit, while Windsor routes are for buses only. The transit instructions include all of the surrounding suburbs for both Detroit and Windsor, and handle the cross-border travel as well — a rarity in Apple Maps public transit directions.

Earlier today we noted that Apple’s share price had reached an all-time high. It ended the day at 133.29, a bit down from the earlier high of $133.82 but above the previous high (adjusted for stock splits) of $132.54. If you’re interested in checking out the daily movement of shares of Apple, be sure to look at our new stock chart in the right sidebar of the Apple World Today website.

We still don’t know what Apple’s plans are for self-driving cars or even if they’re considering that market, but if they are, it’s a perfect time for them to do some hiring. Google’s self-driving car division is now a company called Waymo, and the company is apparently losing employees. Why? Well, the company had a payment scheme that rewarded the employees with so much cash that a lot of Waymo veterans left for other projects or to create their own self-driving car startups. Apparently the money was just one factor; the employees were also worried about Waymo’s progress and a new project lead. Some of the ex-Waymo people have started other companies like Otto, which is a self-driving truck firm owned by Uber, and Argo AI, a company that recently received $1 billion in funding from Ford. Like I said, it’s a perfect time for Apple to pick up some top names in the self-driving car world.

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