Personally, I prefer Apple’s iWork products (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), but for those who feel otherwise, Office 365 is available for the first time on the Mac App Store, making it easy to download Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and other Microsoft apps.Read More
Whoa. I didn’t see this coming. Microsoft is recommending that Windows 10 Mobile device users migrate to iOS or Android OS as the company is shuttering support for its mobile operating system by year’s end.Read More
On today's News Update podcast, we give you three stories that deal with Apple competitors Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. Please note that the podcast will be on spring break until March 14.
- Facebook is testing a new feature that could make it easier to post your status to your News Feed: something called Voice Clips. It lets users record short audio clips that friends and family can then listen to.
- Amazon's Alexa digital assistant went mute for a while today after a data center issue caused a regional outage of Amazon Web Services
- Apple's wonderful accessibility features for the vision impaired and blind received a boost today from Microsoft with the Redmond, Washington company's new Soundscape app for iPhone
Apple's well on its way to becoming the world's first trillion-dollar company. That and more Apple news coming your way:
- AAPL closes at $157.14, giving the company a market cap of $819.3 billion.
- "Firmware mining" has brought some clarity to features expected in the upcoming iPhone 8
- Was Microsoft working on a Bluetooth keyboard for iPad?
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.Read More
Talking eyes for the blind, iPhone 8 hysteria, a new Google app for Mac, and texting art; that's what you'll find on the Apple World Today podcast today:
- Microsoft puts the Seeing AI app in the App Store, offering visually impaired iPhone users a way to have the world around them described accurately
- Yet another pair of Wall Street analysts thinks the iPhone 8 will be late. Our question? Who cares?
- Have a lot of photos or other files to back up? Google's Backup and Sync app for Mac has been updated
- You're invited to look at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's collection through a new text message service
Many thanks to our sponsor this week, EverWeb!Read More
Microsoft Windows will make nice with iOS, the father of the iPod speaks, and the Sims are coming to an iPhone or iPad near you:
- A fall release of Microsoft Windows 10 will add features that provide a lot of support for iOS devices
- Tony Fadell, iPod designer and former Nest CEO, talked last night at a San Jose forum on the history and impact of the iPhone
- EA announces The Sims Mobile, a new game in the franchise that will run on iOS
List-makers tend to get things done, and one of the best ways to handle to-do lists in this day of consumer electronics is to use an app. A lot of people use Wunderlist on their iPhones to perform this task. Microsoft purchased the app in 2015, and finally we're seeing the fruits of that purchase in Microsoft To-Do, which is now available for free on the App Store. When To-Do is out of its preview (basically a public beta), Wunderlist will be replaced by the new app.Read More
A slow Friday for Apple News, but we have a few tasty nuggets to send your way:
- The 2nd-generation Apple Watch that might be announced soon might use a new display technology
- Microsoft is laying off 2,850 more employees as part of its move away from the smartphone business
- Hyundai announces CarPlay support for two more vehicles
- A look back at a Steve Jobs quirk
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.
First quarter seasonality combined with an overall disinterested customer base led to an annual decline of 14.7% in worldwide tablet shipments during the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16). However, the research group says the iPad Pro has given Apple an “impressive lead” over Microsoft’s Surface in the detachable tablet market (IDC considers the iPad Pro a detachable due to the Smart Keyboard and similar peripherals).Read More