AWT News Update: August 3, 2017

AWT News Update: August 3, 2017

Today we look at employment possibilities with Apple, Fitbit's upcoming smart watch, and one blogger's view of how Apple accidentally leaked details of the upcoming iPhone:

  • Are you a mapping expert? Check out the 70+ job listings Apple has for those who have background in geospatial information services, navigational aids and fleet management
  • Fitbit says it will have its "Apple Watch-killer" smart watch ready for the holiday shopping season
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber speculates on how Apple accidentally spilled the beans on some details of the upcoming 10th-anniversary iPhone
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AWT News Update: April 13, 2017

AWT News Update: April 13, 2017

Friday the 13th is on a Thursday this month, so it's a lucky day for Apple news:

  • Apple is powering 96% of its facilities worldwide with renewable energy, and some suppliers sign on to make it 100% as soon as possible
  • Fitbit's planned smartwatch is not only delayed until fall, but it won't even have an App Store to start out with
  • iTunes Podcasts is now...Apple Podcasts
  • Workflow won't be getting any updates, and that's not surprising
  • NHL Teams are getting iPad Pros and Macs to help out during the Stanley Cup Playoffs
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AWT News Update: April 11, 2017

AWT News Update: April 11, 2017

Tuesday brings us word of how Clips is doing in the App Store and more:

  • Clips did well in terms of downloads in its first four days, but that may not be a guarantee of success for the video editing/social sharing app
  • Apple's first Taiwan store is reportedly going in at the Taipei 101 mall
  • Google AutoDraw can make recognizable drawings out of unartistic scrawls
  • Fitbit's having problems with its planned Apple Watch competitor

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AWT News Update: January 30, 2017

AWT News Update: January 30, 2017

Monday's here, along with a handful of Apple news stories to fill you in on this last Monday of January:

  • iPhone revenues will most likely be up when announced tomorrow during Apple's Q1 2017 Earnings Call tomorrow, thanks to larger than expected sales of the iPhone 7 Plus
  • We invite our readers to listen to the Apple Earnings Call live at 2 PM PST tomorrow at this web page: http://www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/
  • A complicated hack that was being used to bring locked iPads and iPhone back to life could be behind this weekend's shutdown of the Activation Lock web page on Apple's site
  • Fitbit announces that it will cut about 6% of its workforce as smartwatches cut into its market
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AWT News Update: November 2, 2016

AWT News Update: November 2, 2016

Whoops. Due to a scheduling mixup yesterday, we missed an episode of the AWT News Update. We're back today with four stories from the world of tech and Apple:

  • Eddy Cue of Apple will be keynote speaker at the 2017 Code Media conference; anyone who would like to send me can send me an email...
  • Apple Pay in Russia is now supported by nine more financial institutions
  • Fitbit's fortunes dive as Apple Watch and other smart devices have an impact
  • A strange bug is afflicting Apple TV second- and third- generation devices
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Fitbit dominates health and fitness wearables (but look out for the Apple Watch 2)

Fitbit dominates health and fitness wearables (but look out for the Apple Watch 2)

Fitbit dominated the “basic band” sector of the wearables market in the second quarter 2016, with 3.7 million shipments, according to Canalys. Total shipments of basic bands, which are mainly health and fitness trackers, exceeded nine million units, adds the research group.

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AWT News Update: May 18, 2016

AWT News Update: May 18, 2016

In today's AWT News Update, a familiar voice may soon be on Mac, an Apple Watch rival will be trying to bring contactless payment to its product line, and former mobile phone brand giant is resurrected:

  • Siri for Mac is leaked in screenshots
  • Fitbit buys coin in hopes of adding Apple Pay-like payments to its devices
  • Microsoft sells off the Nokia feature phone division, and Foxconn and a Finnish startup hope to revive the Nokia brand.  
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IDC: Apple has 7.5% of the worldwide wearables market share

IDC: Apple has 7.5% of the worldwide wearables market share

A combination of device releases, price reductions, and company rationalizations marked the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) in the worldwide wearables market. According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total shipment volumes reached 19.7 million units in 1Q16, an increase of 67.2% from the 11.8 million units shipped in 1Q15.

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IDC: the ‘wearables intender’ is tech savvy, social, and stylish

IDC: the ‘wearables intender’ is tech savvy, social, and stylish

International Data Corp. (IDC) found that wearables intenders (consumers who plan on purchasing a wearable product in the next six months) are tech savvy, highly social, and extremely style conscious. These consumers will lead the next wave of wearables adoption in the United States, according to the research group.

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AWT News Update: January 6, 2016

AWT News Update: January 6, 2016

It's CES time so the news isn't all Apple...

  • The VR space heats up with announcements from Nikon and Speck
  • Things are going crazy in the wearables and connected health markets, with Fitbit getting slapped with a class action suite, Misfit announcing two new products, and Withings joining the fun with a new wearable and a connected thermometer
  • Tim Cook made a little over $10 million last year, and his executive team did even better
  • If you're a supporter of Apple World Today on Patreon or through PayPal, you'll be getting a new benefit starting tomorrow - a patron-only podcast
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AWT News Update: January 5, 2016

AWT News Update: January 5, 2016

CES 2016 doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, but that doesn't mean we don't have tons of news about the big technology event:

  • A CES announcement by Fitbit of its new Blaze smart fitness watch backfired, as investors sold shares and drove the price of Fitbit stock down over 18 percent today
  • Last night's Faraday Future (see picture of their concept car above) event begs the question -- is Apple really serious about getting into the car business? If they are, they'd better get moving
  • Sources say that Apple is cutting back on production of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus citing decreased demand and robust inventories
  • Apple's data center plans are moving ahead, with permits acquired for a second facility in Reno, Nevada
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AWT News Update: November 23, 2015

AWT News Update: November 23, 2015

Today's AWT News Update goes from Black Friday to drone registration:

  • Check Apple World Today frequently for Black Friday deals
  • Fitbit does some app updating for its wearable activity trackers
  • Microsoft updates Skype for iPhone and iPad
  • A task force recommends what should be done in the US for drone registration
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