AWT News Update: February 15, 2017

AWT News Update: February 15, 2017

Today's Apple news comes from all over the map, literally and figuratively:

  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bet big on Apple in the last quarter of 2016, a bet that has already paid off
  • Members of a Madrid, Spain gang with sharp teeth made off with some iPhones before getting caught
  • Comcast announces a new app that will turn your Apple devices into more TVs on which you can watch most of Comcast's content at no extra cost
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Apple joins the ‘Robocall Strike Force’ to combat ‘robocalls’

Apple joins the ‘Robocall Strike Force’ to combat ‘robocalls’

The CEO of AT&T will announce today that 33 companies including the telecom giant, Apple, Alphabet, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are joining an effort with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to crackdown on “robocalls,” reports Reuters.

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We need Apple TV compatibility with the just-announced Xfinity TV Partner Program

We need Apple TV compatibility with the just-announced Xfinity TV Partner Program

Leveraging open standard technologies, such as HTML5, the Xfinity TV Partner Program is designed to provide a common framework to which smart TV, TV-connected and IP-enabled retail device manufacturers can build to make the Xfinity TV Partner app available to eligible customers in Comcast markets without the need to lease a set-top box from Comcast.

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Musings on a Comcast set-top box, Apple's streaming service, and acquiring a content provider

Musings on a Comcast set-top box, Apple's streaming service, and acquiring a content provider

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I installed a new X1 set-top box from Comcast, mainly because the big cable company kept bugging me to do so and it didn't cost me a penny. I was able to replace my old cable box and a second piece of equipment with the X1, and it gives me a voice-controlled remote that isn't as handy as the Siri Remote of the Apple TV -- but close -- and improves on the discovery of channels, movies and shows out of the thousands available on Comcast. It's also a cloud-based DVR that does away with the limited capacity of the hard drive-based boxes of the past. Setup was incredibly simple; the only thing I needed to enter was an all-numeric account number that was entered in seconds, and everything was up and running perfectly in less that five minutes. 

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AWT News Update: October 22, 2015

AWT News Update: October 22, 2015

A lot of news for what was a slow news day:

  • Chrome web browser for iOS has been updated to support Split View and other multitasking features
  • iMovie for iOS also received an update today, bringing 4K video editing to the iPad Air 2
  • Comcast is rumored to be looking at a wireless phone product, using a combo of its own Wi-Fi hotspots and Verizon's network
  • iOS 9 adoption rate numbers from Mixpanel show the new OS at well over 60% adoption
  • AAA says that even Siri can be distracting
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The quest for internet speed

The quest for internet speed

It seems that since Internet access first appeared, I’ve always been on a quest for higher access speeds. I currently have a Comcast “Blast” package that’s supposed to deliver 105 Mbps (Megabit per second) download speeds, but my actual speeds were somewhere in the vicinity of about 28 - 29 Mbps. Not good. After doing some research on my network using Wi-Fi Explorer, I found out that the culprit was my old Apple AirPort Extreme — one of the flat, rectangular 802.11n models. Since I’m an Apple snob, I decided to replace it with a new AirPort Extreme instead of going with another brand.

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AWT News Update: April 23, 2015

AWT News Update: April 23, 2015

On today's podcast:

  • Apple Watch shipping notices were sent out to a good number of early pre-order customers today
  • Apple's Watch App Store has launched with over 3,000 apps already available
  • It appears that the planned Comcast / Time Warner merger may be dropped ... and more!
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AWT News Update: April 2, 2015

AWT News Update: April 2, 2015

New apps, software updates, vending machines and fast Internet are all in the news today on the AWT News Update:

  • Adobe releases a new app - Adobe Slate - for iPad
  • Microsoft Outlook for iOS received an update providing some features that should make corporate users of the app happy... and more!
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