Apple reportedly talking with major publishers about inclusion in its Texture, Apple News apps/services

Apple reportedly talking with major publishers about inclusion in its Texture, Apple News apps/services

Yesterday it was reported that Apple had hired Liz Schimel, a veteran media exec who previously served as president of Conde Nast China, to serve as “head of news business.” Now re/code reports that the tech giant has been talking to some of the biggest newspapers in the U.S. about adding their stories to Texture, the magazine app/service Apple bought in March. 

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Apple releases iOS 11.3 with Battery Health tool, Business Chat, more

Apple releases iOS 11.3 with Battery Health tool, Business Chat, more

Apple has released iOS 11.3 with a Battery Health tool, a Health Records feature, ARKit 1.5, Business Chat, new Animoji, and more. You can download it by going to the Settings App, selecting General, then choosing Software Update.

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Report: publishers jump on Slack, then pitch big news stories to Apple News

Report: publishers jump on Slack, then pitch big news stories to Apple News

When news publishers have a big story these days,” their editors jump on Slack and pitch it to an unlikely partner: Apple,” according to The Information. The tech giant has built a “small but powerful news team that is making Apple a key distribution outlet for news publishers,” the article adds. 

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AWT News Update: July 5, 2017

AWT News Update: July 5, 2017

A few Apple news items to make your first day of work after the Independence Day weekend a bit nicer!

  • Users of Skype on Macs running older versions of OS X (pre - 10.9) can no longer use the business communications tool. Microsoft now requires users to be running Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) if they wish to use Skype.
  • A pair of Apple stores in the northeastern US will reopen this weekend after major refurbishments that doubled their size
  • Apple News may soon be gaining ads, with publishers able to use major advertising platforms in their content
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