Apple Daily Report for March 6, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

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A British Columbia couple are demanding Apple pay $600,000 in uninsured losses after they were forced to close their farm business following a devastating house fire that they claim was sparked by a faulty iPhone. Cathy and Ian Finley believe a three-month-old iPhone 6 left plugged into a charge cord somehow heated up and started a fire in their living room in October 2016.

Apple has posted a new "Welcome Home" HomePod video to its YouTube channel. This one is directed by filmmaker Spike Jonze. 

Apple has tweaked the name of “Books” in the fourth beta release of iOS 11.3, changing the name of the iPhone and iPad e-reader app back to its former identity of iBooks after just over a month.

Apple has updated its roster of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay, adding 20 more U.S. entities.

A New Orleans police officer is accused of stealing a pair of AirPods from the Apple Store inside Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office

A two-year-old boy in Shanghai disabled his mother’s iPhone for the equivalent of 47 years after playing with it and repeatedly entering the wrong passcode, according to a Chinese media report.