AWT News Update: September 6, 2017

AWT News Update: September 6, 2017

Apple's developer portal appears to have been hacked, self-driving cars get a legislative boost, we know what you'll be doing a week from Friday, and another beta is delivered by Apple:

  • developer.apple.com has been down for a while today, and many think it's due to a hacker attack. Many accounts had profile information changed to a Russian address
  • The US House of Representatives unanimously voted in approval of a proposal to accelerate autonomous vehicle testing and research
  • September 15 at midnight Pacific Time appears to be when pre-orders for new Apple products will be available
  • iOS 11 beta 10 makes it to developer devices less than a week before the golden master may be released
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AWT News Update: July 6, 2017

AWT News Update: July 6, 2017

A battle between corporations, a minor beta release, and a really expensive cruise are all in today's Apple news.

  • Qualcomm is seeking a ban on imports of the iPhone as a battle between it and Apple intensifies
  • The fifth developer beta of tvOS 10.2.2 slipped out of Cupertino today
  • Want to go on a 24-day cruise to Antarctica with Woz? You can, but you might choke at the fares...
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AWT News Update: March 8, 2017

AWT News Update: March 8, 2017

The Apple World Today news podcast runs the gamut today from sending money with Siri to taking piano lessons with an iPad:

  • Honda announced that two new vehicles to be show next month at the New York International Auto Show will support Apple CarPlay
  • RBC customers can make money transfers with Siri after an app update
  • More betas arrived today, including those for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2...and Xcode 8.3 as well
  • A new iPad app called Skoove can interactively teach you piano, and it even listens to your progress
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AWT News Update: January 16, 2017

AWT News Update: January 16, 2017

After missing the publication of last Friday's Apple World Today News Update, we're back with three stories from the world of Apple:

  • The latest beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 adds a feature to save battery power on MacBooks with a new setting in the battery menu
  • Samsung's woes continue; this time, the person next in line to be head of the conglomerate is to be arrested on suspicion of involvement in a government corruption scandal
  • The Eastern Texas patent trolls are on a roll again, this time accusing Apple's iMessage of infringing on a 2002 patent for part of a point-of-sale system
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iOS 10.3 beta with new "Theatre" mode expected January 10

iOS 10.3 beta with new "Theatre" mode expected January 10

Note: Apple World Today is still in "holiday mode" today, but we'll have occasional updates throughout the day.

iOS 10.3 is apparently on the way, at least in a beta version that could be made available to developers as soon as January 10, 2017. At this point, the latest official version of Apple's mobile operating system is 10.2, with 10.2.1 currently in developer and public beta.

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AWT News Update: May 3, 2016

AWT News Update: May 3, 2016

Tuesday brings an ominous breeze from China, new banks for Apple Pay, CarPlay to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, and a handful of new betas.

  • Apple must share the iPhone trademark with a Chinese leather good manufacturer, of all things
  • Think things were bad for Apple in Q2? Just wait, as the Chinese smartphone market is taking a hit
  • Apple Pay is joined by Moody National Bank of Texas as well as 19 other firms, and UK gets a prepaid card option
  • Have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata? Get a CarPlay update from your dealer
  • Betas of OS X, iOS and tvOS hit the streets
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AWT News Update: April 6, 2016

AWT News Update: April 6, 2016

Today's Apple news covers transit, hiding apps, Google Chrome, beta versions of Apple operating systems, and Foxconn. Who says we don't get around? 

  • Apple Maps adds Montreal transit instructions, and Steve provides a tip for those who are still waiting for transit instructions for their city...
  • Code in a new beta seems to show that Apple may make it possible to remove or hide those built-in apps you're not fond of
  • Chrome appears to be close to supporting OS X native push notifications
  • A bunch of new developer betas have just been pushed out by Apple
  • Foxconn may have purchased Sharp just to make AMOLED displays for future iPhones
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AWT News Update: February 8, 2016

AWT News Update: February 8, 2016

Fresh off of a Super Bowl 50 victory by the Denver Broncos, it's the AWT News Update from the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Today's stories include:

  • A new tvOS beta allows users to dictate names and passwords using Siri dictation
  • Instagram app now allows multiple user accounts
  • Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in that lawsuit that awarded $625 million to a patent troll
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AWT News Update: July 14, 2015

AWT News Update: July 14, 2015

Today's Apple news in less than five minutes; that's the AWT News Update!

  • Betas of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.4 appear in the Apple Developer Center
  • Apple's being sued by an Irish firm over its alleged misuse of the "iWatch" trademark in the EU
  • The New York Post says negotiations are moving along nicely now for Apple's planned streaming TV service for cable-cutters
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Beware of beta software

Beware of beta software

The temptation of beta software is real. Please approach it with caution. 

At yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that his company would release a public beta of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 later this summer. When finished, both operating systems will feature a slew of compelling features and improvements, many of which I can't wait to try. That's "when finished". Meanwhile, these betas are incomplete, imperfect and intended for people who are willing to identify problems on Apple's behalf. 

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