Apple World Today News Update: February 21, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 21, 2018

It's a shorter than usual AWT News Update today, with three posts that focus on companies that work with -- or compete with -- Apple rather than the fruit company itself...

  • Dish Network's Sling TV, which provides Apple TV, iPhone and iPad users with streaming TV, announced it had 2.21 million subscribers at the end of 2017
  • Facebook's new updated Facebook Messenger app now provides the ability to do group video or audio calls, something that FaceTime still can't do
  • AT&T announces that a "dozen cities" will have 5G service by year's end, but don't let that get you dreaming of "multi-gigabit" mobile connections just yet
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Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Sorry we missed you yesterday (Wednesday)! We're back today with a quartet of short news stories from the world of Apple:

  • A researcher/developer had his app -- used to gather data on ISP throttling of video streams -- rejected by the App Store
  • Some Facebook Messenger users are reporting a bug that crashes the app after typing just a few words in a single line
  • Use SpotHero to pre-pay parking? Apple has a deal for you if you use Apple Pay as your SpotHero payment option
  • The GOP tax bill signed into law a few weeks ago is resulting in Apple adding almost $350 billion to the US economy, and employees are also getting a stock bonus
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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: October 5, 2017

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A thunderstorm cut recording of this podcast short today, but we still have a few good stories from the world of Apple:

  • Try WordSwipe, a fun and challenging word game you play with friends via Messages. Free to try, $0.99 to buy. 
  • A security research discovers that Uber was given permission -- by Apple -- to use a special API in its app that could have been used maliciously
  • A CNN reporter tweets a photo of an iPhone 7 Plus that allegedly stopped a bullet during the Sunday night Las Vegas shooting tragedy
  • Facebook is rolling out an Apple Music chat extension for Facebook Messenger

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for October 5th, 2017. Our sponsor this month is It’s About Time Products, and this week we’re focusing on their two new products for iMessage: Color Text Bubbles and WordSwipe. WordSwipe is free to try and just $0.99 for the full version. It’a fun word game that you play by getting the best score you can in two minutes making words from a random grid of 16 characters, then send your results to a friend to challenge them to do better Check out the sponsorship post on Apple World Today for more information.

A security researcher has discovered that Uber was given use by Apple of a special API that allowed users’ iPhone user screen information to be recorded, as part of a plan to make Uber’s Apple Watch app work better. Apple rarely provides this type of access, and security researcher Will Strafach notes that no other apps on the App Store except those from Apple use the same functionality. Fortunately, the permission from Apple has been revoked, and the capability will be removed from the app. It doesn’t appear that the permission was used maliciously, but if it had been known about earlier, it could have been used to do things like steal passwords. 

A tweet by CNN reporter Jason K. Morrell shows a photo of an iPhone that apparently stopped a bullet during the Sunday night Las Vegas shooting tragedy. An unnamed woman left the scene in a taxi and found that her iPhone 7 Plus had a bullet hole in it. A taxi driver took a photo of the phone, which shows the iPhone and a protective case both with holes from a bullet. Unverified claims say that the woman was holding the iPhone in her hand when it was hit — if so, it could be that the device saved her life by deflecting a bullet. In 2015, an iPhone saved a man from a shotgun blast at close range when the pellets destroyed the phone in his pocket, but left his body unscathed. 

Facebook is rolling out a nice feature for Apple Music users. An Apple Music chat extension for the Facebook Messenger app is now available for many people. If you’re in a Messenger message, just tap the + symbol to the left of the text box, look for the Apple Music extension, and tap on it. This will let others know what tunes you’re currently listening to on Apple Music. 

That’s all for today; I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.

iMessage may be the most-used messaging platform for U.S. teens

iMessage may be the most-used messaging platform for U.S. teens

Apple’s iMessage is apparently the the most-used messaging platform for U.S. teens, according to a comparative analysis by Fam CEO Giuseppe Stuto — as noted by Business Insider. Fam makes a video chat app that allows groups to chat with one another via iMessage with just a few taps.

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AWT News Update: March 27, 2017

AWT News Update: March 27, 2017

Monday brought us a bumper crop of updates for operating systems and apps:

  • Remember to join us for AWT TV tonight at 6:30 PM PT/9:30 PM ET
  • iOS has been updated to version 10.3, changing all iOS devices to the new AFPS file system. Hear about the other OS changes for Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV.
  • Apple developers have until Friday morning to sign up for the WWDC ticket lottery
  • Facebook Messenger for iOS adds a live location sharing feature
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AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

We hope you listen to the Apple World Today News Update every day, but if you don't, you should listen in today just to hear AWT's Steve Sande absolutely fumble over a 7-syllable name...twice. 

  • Facebook is testing ads in Messenger
  • Apple files a second lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China
  • Things are looking up for an Apple manufacturing facility or two in India
  • Here's an Apple news story that should have never been published in the first place (and we never did publish it...)
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AWT News Update: November 9, 2016

AWT News Update: November 9, 2016

In the world of Apple it was a surprisingly slow news day, but we dug around the Interwebz and found a couple of stories for you:

  • Facebook is set to start allowing companies to send you advertising via Facebook Messenger, although it will be tightly controlled
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and President-elect Donald Trump agree on one topic - repatriation of corporate profits held overseas at a reduced tax rate
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AWT News Update: July 13, 2016

AWT News Update: July 13, 2016

The drought of Apple news continues, but we have some app-related stories today that should get you excited:

  • ABC adds features to its streaming video service that should be attractive to potential cable cutters
  • Facebook Messenger gets 3D Touch support
  • Adobe Lightroom for iOS finally adds RAW file support
  • Camera+ for iPad has been updated to version 2, adding "The Lab", a new photo editing suite 
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AWT News Update: July 8, 2016

AWT News Update: July 8, 2016

For this Friday afternoon, we have news of some great free content from Apple, secret messaging from Facebook, and Pokémon accidents:

  • Apple released a set of guidebooks for educators yesterday, all aimed at showing those teachers how they can best use the iPad and Apple apps in the classroom
  • Facebook has started limited testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger
  • WWDC 2016 videos are now available for your viewing pleasure, even if you're not a developer
  • Don't try to walk and catch Pokémon in the new Pokemon Go app at the same time
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AWT News Update: March 28, 2016

AWT News Update: March 28, 2016

It's technological disaster day at Apple World Today headquarters, but we still managed to get a podcast out. Today's stories:

  • There's a problem some people (including me) are having with iOS 9.3 and web links
  • Our web hosting provider had issues part of the day today, so we apologize for any slow loading pages you may have encountered
  • Facebook Messenger may become a way to buy products and services, and Apple Pay may be part of that solution
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AWT News Update: January 11, 2016

AWT News Update: January 11, 2016

A short Apple news update for you today:

  • tvOS 9.2 beta includes some welcome new features
  • Want to know what 2016/2017 car models have CarPlay? Apple released a full list
  • Facebook might be looking at a Facebook Messenger for Mac app
  • Apple responds to rumors that they're working on an Android-to-iPhone migration app
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AWT News Update: December 16, 2015

AWT News Update: December 16, 2015

In your Apple news today:

  • Apple is invited to bid for digital broadcasting rights to NFL's Thursday Night Football
  • There's a dedicated Star Wars radio station on Apple Music
  • Missed the "Steve Jobs" movie? It'll be out on digital February 2, 2016 and on Blu-ray and DVD February 16.
  • Do you like Facebook Messenger? You can now use it to order an Uber ride!
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