Apple World Today News Update: April 16, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 16, 2018

Welcome to another week in the weather-wacky month of April. Today we talk about a new feature that may be on the way to watchOS, how quickly a law enforcement tool called GrayKey can crack iOS passcodes, and ponder Apple's next exercise challenge:

  • watchOS 5 may come with support for third-party watch faces...or not
  • Grayshift's GrayKey box can break your four-digit passcode in about 6 minutes, 30 seconds...so if you're a criminal it might help to give your iPhone a long, complex alphanumeric passcode
  • There's an Earth Day exercise challenge coming up
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Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

TGIF! We hope you're going to have a safe and fun weekend, wherever you may be. We have three stories to close out your week with a short News Update podcast:

  • Cloud storage company Dropbox files for a $500 million IPO
  • Apple and other companies testing self-driving car platforms may get to test their technology on California roads without having a "safety driver" behind the wheel
  • Director Steven Soderbergh's new psycho-thriller "Unsane" premiered at the Berlin film festival this week. The movie was shot on an iPhone and opens in theaters on March 23
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Apple World Today News Update: February 21, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 21, 2018

It's a shorter than usual AWT News Update today, with three posts that focus on companies that work with -- or compete with -- Apple rather than the fruit company itself...

  • Dish Network's Sling TV, which provides Apple TV, iPhone and iPad users with streaming TV, announced it had 2.21 million subscribers at the end of 2017
  • Facebook's new updated Facebook Messenger app now provides the ability to do group video or audio calls, something that FaceTime still can't do
  • AT&T announces that a "dozen cities" will have 5G service by year's end, but don't let that get you dreaming of "multi-gigabit" mobile connections just yet
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Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Steve's podcasting record for February took another hit last Friday with a bad bout of stomach flu; today he's back with four news stories for you:

  • WWDC hasn't been officially announced, but rumors are pointing toward June 4 - 8, 2018 in San Jose, CA 
  • Apple's new flagship retail store in Chicago has another issue -- this time, a big crack in one of the glass panels
  • A drone crashed into Apple's new headquarters building over the weekend. The building is unscathed, but the pilot may not get the drone back
  • Twitter is dropping support for the Mac, discontinuing its Mac client. We have news of a deal for a replacement client for you
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Apple World Today News Update: February 15, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 15, 2018

This Thursday afternoon we have a variety of short news items for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple will require developers to support the iPhone X starting in April 2018 for all new apps submitted to the App Store
  • One character in India's Telugu language is crashing message apps in iOS 11, and a fix is on the way soon
  • Getting an Apple HomePod? You might want to get a Pad & Quill HomePod Coaster first!
  • Google Maps for iOS receives a handy update that speeds access to many features
  • Facebook is entering the smart speaker market later this year
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Apple World Today News Update: February 14, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 14, 2018

Today's podcast is somewhat shorter in length, which should be useful for those of you who forgot today was Valentine's Day and are still rushing around trying to buy gifts and set up restaurant reservations...

  • The Apple Watch Series 3 finally appears in the refurb section of the online Apple Store, although GPS+Cellular watches are not available yet
  • Apple has published an ARKit/Augmented Reality mini-site that includes details on ARKit, phone technology, and apps that use ARKit
  • A Barclay's analyst thinks that Apple's 2019 iPhones may add a rear-facing 3D sensor for AR purposes
  • YouTube TV adds a number of Turner networks today, but also announces a higher monthly fee for new subscribers starting March 13
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Apple World Today News Update: February 12, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 12, 2018

Steve is back to recording the podcast after a week-long hiatus due to a death in the family. Today we have three stories; one highlighting major US carrier Verizon, another the HomePod, and the final focusing on wireless mobile chip vendors Qualcomm and Broadcom:

  • Verizon announced that it will begin locking smartphones for a specified amount of time in order to reduce criminal demand for its unlocked phones
  • A scientific test of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker proves that it has excellent sound quality
  • Apple suppliers Qualcomm and Broadcom are set to restart talks on a possible takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom; any takeover would have an impact on Apple
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Apple World Today News Update: January 31, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 31, 2018

We leave the month of January with an extended edition of the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple is crippling macOS Server later this spring and asking administrators to consider switching to open source versions of the apps that make up the server package
  • 18-core iMac Pros are on the way to some lucky folks who ordered the powerful computer
  • One feature to expect in Apple operating systems later this year is the ability for developers to easily port iOS apps to Mac, with iPad apps reportedly requiring little or no changes to run on macOS
  • Apple responds to SEC and DOJ investigations with a statement describing its intentions in throttling iPhone CPUs
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Apple World Today News Update: January 23, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 23, 2018

Tuesday's been a relatively quiet day in the Apple world, but there's always something new to tell our listeners about:

  • We tell you about the main features of the new OS updates out today
  • Wacom announces a new stylus called the Bamboo Tip that's targeted at iOS devices and is half the price of the Apple Pencil
  • iPhone X sales were actually quite good in Apple's Q1 2018, countering idiotic rumors from last week that Apple might cancel the product
  • There's a "Double Feature" promotion going on in the iTunes movie store
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Apple World Today News Update: January 15, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 15, 2018

Can you believe we're already half way through January? We have some stories today to warm your heart during the cold weather:

  • The Apple App Store has a huge economic impact and will be larger than worldwide movie ticket sales later this year
  • A change in India's complex sourcing and taxation requirements today might make it easier for Apple and other multinational firms to open stores in the country
  • Holdout Toyota announced that starting with the 2019 Avalon, it will start support Apple CarPlay
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Apple World Today News Update: January 8, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 8, 2018

Happy Monday! We have stories on today's podcast about a survey showing that smart speaker users don’t use their smartphones as much, a rumor about an iPhone SE 2, and Intel being slapped with three lawsuits so far over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

  • Accenture surveyed 2,271 smart speaker owners, and the majority of them say they’re not using their smartphones as much anymore
  • An Indian tech site says that an iPhone SE 2 will be released this year, complete with a glass back for wireless charging
  • Intel is facing class action lawsuits from three states so far alleging damages due to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities
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Apple World Today News Update: January 5, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 5, 2018

The first Friday of 2018 arrives with stories about ugly smart sunglasses, a tiny and fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD, and how Apple's App Store is making a huge amount of money:

  • Vuzix will be showing its Blade Augmented Reality Sunglasses at CES, which run Alexa and are...well...butt-ugly
  • Plugable announced the new Thunderbolt 3 4b0GB NVMe SSD, which is a perfect accessory for video editors on the move
  • Sensor Tower data shows just how large app sales have become for both Apple and Google 
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Apple World Today News Update: January 4, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 4, 2018

A deal on grocery delivery from Apple and Instacart, a big win for TSMC, and it's been an interesting week for Spotify:

  • Pay for your grocery delivery via Instacart with Apple Pay, and Apple will pick up the delivery charges through January 10th
  • TSMC will reportedly build all of the A12 processors for this year's iPhones, edging out Samsung on what could be a huge order
  • Spotify has announced that it has 70 million paid subscribers, is filing for an IPO to go public, and might have to pay out $1.6 billion in a lawsuit
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Apple World Today News Update Podcast: January 3, 2018

Apple World Today News Update Podcast: January 3, 2018

Augmented Reality isn't proving to be "the next big thing," Apple adds a news podcast feature to Siri in the newest iOS 11.2.5 beta, and Mophie creates a product that can keep a USB-C MacBook running for up to 15 hours over what the internal battery can offer:

  • A recent survey from Apptopia shows that developer interest in AR appears to be nearly nonexistent, with AR apps making up only about 0.03% of all apps in the App Store
  • Soon, you'll be able to ask Siri to "Give me the news" and get a short news digest podcast in return
  • Mophie's new Powerstation AC is going to be very popular with MacBook owners, as it can give the little laptop a total of over a day of battery life
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