Apple World Today News Update: April 16, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 16, 2018

Welcome to another week in the weather-wacky month of April. Today we talk about a new feature that may be on the way to watchOS, how quickly a law enforcement tool called GrayKey can crack iOS passcodes, and ponder Apple's next exercise challenge:

  • watchOS 5 may come with support for third-party watch faces...or not
  • Grayshift's GrayKey box can break your four-digit passcode in about 6 minutes, 30 seconds...so if you're a criminal it might help to give your iPhone a long, complex alphanumeric passcode
  • There's an Earth Day exercise challenge coming up
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Apple World Today News Update: April 13, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 13, 2018

On today's Friday the 13th edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast, we use our crystal ball to look at a possible feature for macOS 10.14, report on the FBI being questioned by lawmakers about why they hassled Apple, and have photos of an unreleased gold iPhone X:

  • In a little less than two months, macOS 10.14 will be unveiled. We speculate on whether the popular Workflow app for iOS will be released in a version for macOS
  • A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to know why the FBI took Apple to court regarding the unlocking of an iPhone used by a killer in the 2015 San Bernardino shootings...when it didn't need to
  • The FCC (of all places) releases photos of a gold iPhone X, something that was never released
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Apple World Today News Update: March 28, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: March 28, 2018

Just a few stories for you this afternoon on the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • A Department of Justice investigation shows that the FBI misled Congress when it said that it had used all possible means to access the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers and wanted to force Apple to "open a back door"
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Recode's Kara Swisher with topics ranging from education, creativity and technology to the Facebook controversy and freedom of speech
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Apple World Today News Update: March 23, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: March 23, 2018

Happy Friday! Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast has stories about happy developers, livestreams that aren't happening next week, possible product announcements in the education space, and using the fingers of dead people to unlock iPhones:

  • 5,000 Apple developers are probably dancing in the streets today after finding out that they're going to WWDC 2018. Another 500,000 developers are feeling suicidal after finding out they didn't win the WWDC lottery
  • Apple isn't going to livestream next week's education event from Chicago, fortunate as we won't have to watch Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel politicizing the event
  • A new, low-cost iPad with Apple Pencil support may be revealed at the Chicago event
  • Forbes reveals that law enforcement agencies now regularly use the fingers of the recently deceased in an attempt to unlock iPhones with Touch ID
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Apple World Today News Update: January 16, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 16, 2018

A smaller sensor notch in 2019, poor working conditions in a supplier's factory (or not), and the folks from Cupertino are pretty darned helpful to law enforcement:

  • A rumor has it that 2019 iOS devices may use a much more compact sensor for Face ID
  • Apple's own investigation seems to contradict a Bloomberg/China Labor Watch report that found bad working conditions at an Apple supplier's factory
  • The head of the California Division of the FBI loves Apple, as the company provides training to FBI and local law enforcement officials
  • Apple's Health app is being used as evidence in a German murder trial (hint: your heart rate climbs when you're trying to dispose of a body)
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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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AWT News Update: October 23, 2017

AWT News Update: October 23, 2017

Happy Monday! We're back with new from the world of Apple. Here's what we have for the Apple World Today News Update podcast today:

  • Are you an iPhone Upgrade Program member who wants to order an iPhone X this Friday? You can get pre-approved for the phone now using the Apple Store app, leaving just the final push of the button early Friday morning
  • FBI Director Christopher Wray isn't happy that the FBI hasn't been able to get encrypted information from 6,900 mobile devices over the past 11 months
  • Facebook Messenger adds another new feature; the ability to manage your TD Ameritrade stock portfolio from the app
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AWT News Update: February 21, 2017

AWT News Update: February 21, 2017

We're back today with another edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast. It's all Apple today, since there were no juicy tidbits to spill about Samsung:

  • Apple's expanding its data center footprint in Northern Nevada
  • Three news agencies testify in court to have the US Government force the FBI to admit who hacked the San Bernardino iPhone 5c and how much it cost taxpayers
  • iPhone 8 rumors now point to a device with a larger screen and smaller total footprint, along with lots of RAM and storage
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More Americans would side with Apple than the FBI in the privacy battle

More Americans would side with Apple than the FBI in the privacy battle

According to a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai (www.feedzai.com), a data science company, 18% of Americans would rather have a broken bone than gettheir identity and payment information stolen. In the aftermath of the Apple controversy with the FBI, apparently more U.S. citizens would side with Apple when it comes to their data and whom it’s shared with, and when.

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AWT News Update: April 21, 2016

AWT News Update: April 21, 2016

Today's indirect Apple news is brought to you by the FBI, Griffin Technology, and Walmart... You'll know what we mean by indirect when you listen to the stories we have for you today.

  • That worthless FBI iPhone hack cost a lot of money...
  • Griffin's coming out with a new accessory on Monday that owners of the 12-inch MacBook will appreciate
  • Walmart updates its app to make contactless payments, but doesn't have all the necessary pieces in place to make it work
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