Apple World Today News Update: March 29, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: March 29, 2018

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast features stories that will be of interest to people with big forearms, those who keep their iPads plugged in all the time, and potential murderers:

  • Apple's coming out with a larger version of the Sport Loop Apple Watch Band, perfect for those with monstrous forearms
  • The iOS 11.3 update includes a new feature to help battery health on iPads that are plugged in all the time
  • Heart rate data from an Apple Watch is being used as key evidence in an Australian murder trial
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AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

It's a buggy world after all! On today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, we have news about some bugs that have worked their way into iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra:

  • Would you believe I.T.? An iOS bug is causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."
  • A newly-discovered flaw in macOS High Sierra gives anyone the capability of signing onto a Mac using the username "root" and no password!
  • One of the Australian banks that wanted access to the NFC chips in Apple devices for its own wallet app has now embraced Apple Pay
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AWT News Update: November 24, 2017

AWT News Update: November 24, 2017

Today's Black Friday edition of the AWT News Update is short and sweet, with a few fun news items for you to digest along with yesterday's turkey:

  • Apple began selling the iPhone X in 14 new markets today, bringing the total number of countries where the new phone is available up to 71
  • There's still time to take advantage of Apple's Black Friday shopping event, where you'll get gift cards up to $150 in value with your purchase of Apple gear
  • Apple opened its first re-designed retail store in Australia today, a new store replacing the 9-year-old Chadstone location in Melbourne
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AWT News Update: November 15, 2017

AWT News Update: November 15, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast, we have news of a couple of deals that you might want to take advantage of before Black Friday next week:

  • DirecTV Now will be offering a free 32GB Apple TV 4K if you prepay for 4 months of the service
  • The iPhone X is now shipping in 2 to 3 weeks...which could be good or bad news
  • Apple retail stores are selling an Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro drone combo for $1049.95, and it's a pretty good deal
  • GymKit is starting to roll out at a group of fitness centers in Australia
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AWT News Update: August 7, 2017

AWT News Update: August 7, 2017

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast - fashionably overpriced Apple Watch bands, new Intel chips that won't be used in the iMac Pro, better transit directions Down Under, and a really good deal for superannuated iPhone users:

  • Coach announces a new line of Apple Watch bands starting at $150 for the fall season
  • Intel announced a new series of desktop processors, but it's unlikely that the speedy chips are destined for the upcoming iMac Pro
  • In the Land Down Under, transit instructions in Apple Maps have now been added for Queensland and Western Australia
  • T-Mobile creates an unlimited plan for the over-55 crowd that has Steve ready to throw his walker at AT&T
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AWT News Update: November 15, 2016 (Houston, TX)

AWT News Update: November 15, 2016 (Houston, TX)

Steve's in Houston, TX for a few hours tonight, so it was time to get a short AWT News Update recorded and published for your listening pleasure. What's up?

  • We discuss another good reason to not have an Android phone; manufacturer-installed software was sending the text messages and metadata from a number of phones to a Chinese server
  • Apple Pay expands big time in Australia, and new banks in Russia and China
  • Google releases PhotoScan for grabbing those old prints and moving them to digital, and also updates Google Photos

Just a reminder: Steve is on road, in the air and on the seas for the next month, so the AWT News Update may not be published every weekday.

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AWT News Update: October 12, 2016

AWT News Update: October 12, 2016

Our thanks again to our sponsor for the past week, Pagico 8. Check out this powerful cross-platform data and task management app for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android by clicking here. In today's news:

  • Rumors of a future Magic Keyboard with e-ink displays in each key begin to float around...
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle will have a long-lasting effect on Samsung's mobile bottom line
  • Employees at an Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia are fired after taking explicit photos and stealing others from customers' iPhones, then "rating" females in the photos
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Australian retailers side with the country’s banks over Apple Pay negotiations

Australian retailers side with the country’s banks over Apple Pay negotiations

Australian retailer giant Coles, the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA), and the Australian Retailers Association (APA) have expressed their support to allow some of Australia's largest banks to collectively negotiate with third-party mobile providers such as Apple on conditions relating to competition, best practice standards, and efficiency and transparency.

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Aussie cyclist wants to raise awareness of the danger of damaged lithium-ion batteries

Aussie cyclist wants to raise awareness of the danger of damaged lithium-ion batteries

The lithium-ion batteries used in almost all of our portable electronics are wonderful. They pack a lot of power into a small volume and can hold a charge when not being used. But as 36-year-old Australian mountain biker Gareth Clear found out, a broken battery can rupture and cause serious burns.

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