Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 23, 2018

TGIF! We hope you're going to have a safe and fun weekend, wherever you may be. We have three stories to close out your week with a short News Update podcast:

  • Cloud storage company Dropbox files for a $500 million IPO
  • Apple and other companies testing self-driving car platforms may get to test their technology on California roads without having a "safety driver" behind the wheel
  • Director Steven Soderbergh's new psycho-thriller "Unsane" premiered at the Berlin film festival this week. The movie was shot on an iPhone and opens in theaters on March 23
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Apple World Today News Update: January 11, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 11, 2018

Today's podcast topics deal with history - the history of emoji on iPhones, the FBI's poor opinion of Apple's excellent encryption, and an IPO for a company that Steve Jobs once unsuccessfully tried to buy:

  • The designer of some of the first 500 emoji to be used on iPhones provides a ten-year retrospective on her work
  • An FBI forensic expert frustrated with Apple's encryption refers to the company as "jerks" and "evil geniuses"
  • Dropbox, the file-sharing powerhouse that Steve Jobs once referred to as a "feature, not a product", will be going public later this year
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Apple iCloud ranks fifth in J.D. Power’s Cloud Storage Satisfaction Report

Apple iCloud ranks fifth in J.D. Power’s Cloud Storage Satisfaction Report

Box ranks highest among fee-based cloud storage service providers and performs particularly well in the price of service, storage capacity, variety of features offered, speed of downloading/uploading files and security factors, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Cloud Storage Satisfaction Report released today. Apple’s iCloud fares less well.

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CloudMounter simplifies managing cloud accounts on your Mac

CloudMounter simplifies managing cloud accounts on your Mac

In these days of high-speed Internet connections and low-capacity SSD drives in laptops, cloud storage services are becoming more and more popular. Like me, you may have several different cloud accounts. This is where Eltima’s $29 CloudMounter app for Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) comes in handy.

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AWT News Update: June 22, 2016

AWT News Update: June 22, 2016

Today's Apple World Today News Update features a few stories about your favorite consumer electronics company:

  • Dropbox adds a document scanner and other new features today, upping the utility of the cloud storage service
  • Traveling to Dubai's International Airport soon? Visit the two new Apple shops!
  • Google has launched Touch ID sign-on via iPhone and iPad, using the devices and Touch ID as a second step in the company's 2-step verification setup
  • Your KFC in Mumbai or Delhi might come with a side of cables and battery packs
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Clever CloudSlice offers an entry point to having a personal, private cloud

Clever CloudSlice offers an entry point to having a personal, private cloud

Escape Velocity Apps' CloudSlice for iOS lets you use your favorite cloud services in a new way. It lets you treat all of your linked cloud services as a single storage location which helps just a tiny bit to meet the need for a personal, private cloud to store your data that you'd access from your devices anywhere. 

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Dropbox unveils "Project Infinite", storing everything without a limit on local storage

Dropbox unveils "Project Infinite", storing everything without a limit on local storage

For the many users of Dropbox, there's always been that fear that what's in the cloud could be greater than the capacity of your computer's disk drive. That's especially the case with SSD-based devices like the 12-inch Retina MacBook, which can have an SSD with a capacity of as small as 128GB. Today, Dropbox took the wraps off of Project Infinite, which makes it possible for individuals or team members to "see" terabytes of files stored in the cloud as if they were stored locally, but not have to sync all of that data locally.

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Our digital footprint could be lost to future generations

Our digital footprint could be lost to future generations

There are a lot of advantages to digital media such as photos, movies, music, books, and more. They're relatively easy to carry with you, take up much less room than their non-digital equivalents (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, paperbacks, hardbacks, etc.). However, there's a danger that our "digital footprint" could be lost to future generations.

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AWT News Update: December 7, 2015

AWT News Update: December 7, 2015

Today's Apple news...and a little bit from yesterday, too:

  • Facebook is shutting down three apps
  • Apple employees will be getting the gift of sound this Christmas
  • TSMC plans to build a $3 billion chip factory in Nanjing, China to expand its production
  • A bomb threat closes down an event at the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo, Japan
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Dropbox to shut down Mailbox and Carousel in early 2016

Dropbox to shut down Mailbox and Carousel in early 2016

With a new focus on collaboration, cloud storage provider Dropbox today announced that it will be shutting down two apps in the very near future -- photo cloud app Carousel and email app Mailbox. Mailbox will be shutting down effective February 26, 2016, while Carousel dies an untimely death on March 31, 2016.

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Apple’s iCloud has most customer satisfaction, loyalty among small business cloud storage options

Apple’s iCloud has most customer satisfaction, loyalty among small business cloud storage options

Nearly half of small businesses in the US have yet to adopt cloud storage, according to new data from Clutch, a source of business ratings and reviews. Apple’s iCloud received the highest Net Promoter Score (NPS), a standard measure of customer satisfaction and loyalty.

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iCloud monthly rates now lower: $10/month for 1TB

iCloud monthly rates now lower: $10/month for 1TB

One of the things I was most happy to hear during today's Apple event was also something that was just glossed over very quickly -- new, lower pricing for iCloud. 

It's always irritated the #($)#@(( out of me that iCloud was so expensive, when I was paying just a mere pittance for 1TB over at Dropbox ($9.99/month). As a result, I put a lot of files over on Dropbox -- but nowhere near that 1TB total -- and not so much into iCloud, where a mere 200GB was costing me $3.99/month.

 

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AWT News Update: April 28, 2015

AWT News Update: April 28, 2015

A shock! It's not all Apple Watch news on the AWT News Update today. Our stories include:

  • Arm and wrist tattoos are making the Apple Watch heart rate sensor go whacky
  • Wall Street analysts love them some Apple after yesterday's record second quarter earnings, raising estimates for the company
  • Dropbox gains a new commenting feature
  • Christy Turlington Burns posted the eighth and final chapter in her Apple-hosted Watch blog
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