Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 10, 2018

It's Hump Day™! As we reach the middle of this week, there's not a lot of news that we haven't covered elsewhere, but we still have two kinda creepy stories for you.

  • Remember the "FruitFly" malware that was infecting Macs last year? The hacker behind the attack has been indicted for not only his malware attacks and stealing data, but for child pornography as well
  • A second iPhone fire has occurred, this time in Spain. The uptick in incidents seems to be tied to the increase in iPhone battery replacements taking place due to Apple's discounted replacement plan
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AWT News Update: March 6, 2017

AWT News Update: March 6, 2017

Steve's finally back from yet another vacation, which means that for the foreseeable future you'll be getting a podcast almost every weekday. Today we get back into the swing of things with three stories:

  • Adobe releases new versions of the Lightroom apps for iOS, adding "Authentic HDR" for creating true RAW HDR images
  • Steve Jobs initially thought the idea of the Apple Store Genius Bar was "idiotic"
  • A new battery technology could greatly increase battery life, decrease charging times, and make for much safer lithium-ion batteries
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Stanford researchers create fire/explosion proof lithium-ion batteries

Stanford researchers create fire/explosion proof lithium-ion batteries

Last year's issue with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fires and explosions was due to the lithium-ion batteries inside the smartphone undergoing a thermal runaway. The result? A total recall of the phones at a huge cost to the Korean electronics manufacturer. Researchers at Stanford University believe that they have a solution: lithium-ion batteries with a built-in "fire extinguisher". 

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Aussie cyclist wants to raise awareness of the danger of damaged lithium-ion batteries

Aussie cyclist wants to raise awareness of the danger of damaged lithium-ion batteries

The lithium-ion batteries used in almost all of our portable electronics are wonderful. They pack a lot of power into a small volume and can hold a charge when not being used. But as 36-year-old Australian mountain biker Gareth Clear found out, a broken battery can rupture and cause serious burns.

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iPhone batteries: A cautionary tale

iPhone batteries: A cautionary tale

Late last week, Mrs. Sande (my wife, not my mom) pointed out to me that her iPhone 5s screen was popping out. What she meant by popping out was that the screen was being pushed out in areas by something and was literally bulging above the top of the display. Knowing her charging habits for that iPhone, I immediately knew what was happening. This image from mommytasking shows a really bad case of the bulges: 

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