A fascinating day for news about the iMac Pro, net neutrality, and a purchase that will make the Disney empire even larger than before:
- Apple announces that any Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider can add RAM to the iMac Pro
- The FCC voted today to rescind the 2009 net neutrality laws
- Disney will be purchasing most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, adding a huge amount of content to its holdings
As we head into the weekend before an Apple event next Tuesday, we have a handful of short news items to keep you entertained and up-to-date:
- Disney is pulling streaming rights for Star Wars and Marvel titles from other services, keeping them only for the upcoming Disney streaming service
- Siri Remotes are on backorder or out of stock in a number of countries -- could a newly-designed Siri Remote be on tap for Tuesday?
- Spotify won't give Apple Safari users access to its Web Player
- A group of Microsoft interns has developed a new useful Mac app for users of Office 365
Ahhh, back from a nice weekend in the Colorado Rockies, Steve has three fascinating little stories from the world of tech and Apple that you just have to hear!
- In the near future, you won't need to set up your own Plex media server to use the service, as the company is moving Plex to the cloud
- Last week, Salesforce.com was being bandied about as a possible suitor for Twitter. Today's possible hot date for Twitter? Think Mickey or Minnie Mouse...
- A group of developers got a bit silly at a company retreat and decided to test the water resistance of the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case. Find out how it did!
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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.Read More
Today's news sounds more like Apple is a media company than a consumer electronics firm:
- Amazon is rumored to be in discussions to bring a competing live TV streaming service to its world, similar to the service that will be available for the 4th-generation Apple TV
- ABC News shows video of a "kinder, gentler" Steve Jobs prior to this Friday's limited distribution kickoff of "Steve Jobs"
- The movie's director thinks Apple and other tech companies are scary
- Synology is known for making network-attached storage, but they've just announced two new watchOS apps.
Artists, Wi-Fi calling, and taxes are all on the AWT News Update today:
- A group of Disney artists give the iPad Pro a test-drive
- AT&T gets the legal waiver needed to start implementing Wi-Fi calling
- Apple has a lot of cash just sitting around overseas