A few Apple news items to make your first day of work after the Independence Day weekend a bit nicer!
- Users of Skype on Macs running older versions of OS X (pre - 10.9) can no longer use the business communications tool. Microsoft now requires users to be running Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) if they wish to use Skype.
- A pair of Apple stores in the northeastern US will reopen this weekend after major refurbishments that doubled their size
- Apple News may soon be gaining ads, with publishers able to use major advertising platforms in their content
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We're back from a short vacation, and hope that many of our listeners had a pleasant and fun extended weekend. There's not too much news today, so this is a shorter than usual AWT News Update:
- The second round of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were sent out to developers today
- Microsoft's Skype service added a new file-sharing feature today
- The Wall Street Journal reports that the next-generation iPhone 7 will ship this fall with a minimum 32GB of storage
Today's Apple news bits include some app announcements, crazy Wall Street analysts, and a Microsoft spokesperson just being...a Microsoft spokesperson:
- Shares in Apple given a "Buy" rating today by one major investment firm
- Skype is adding free group video calling to the iPhone and iPad apps soon
- Microsoft spokesperson Dan Laycock disses the iPad Pro
- You'll now be able to watch Periscope streams -- like the one we do most days while recording the podcast -- right in your Twitter stream
- VLC is now in the Apple TV App Store
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
Skype is an extremely popular way for people around the globe to connect to each other through messaging, audio calls, and video calls. But up until now, the service has always required a standalone application on your Mac. Back in March, Microsoft opened a beta of a web-based Skype service to a small number of users; now that beta has been opened to anyone in the US and UK.Read More
Updates and a ransom note. That's what you'll find on the AWT News Update today:
- Skype gets a bug fix
- Fantastical 2 has an Apple Watch companion that's pretty cool
- Google Drive iOS app gets a clean new look and some new features
- Showtime will have a streaming subscription program available soon
- The Cleveland Indians bullpen issues a ransom note asking infielder Brandon Moss for a pile of Apple gear
It's your favorite Apple news podcast, which also streamed live over the new Twitter Periscope app today. What did viewers see? Apple World Today editor Steve Sande reading this news:
- iPhone apps supporting the Apple Watch began appearing in the App Store today, with a number of familar apps updating to provide a wrist-borne interface
- Backblaze announced an update to version 4.0 of their Mac backup app that should speed things up for a number of users... .and more!
Skype 7.5 for Mac is now available from Microsoft, and the app is adding localization for a number of new languages as well as tackling some performance issues.
The localization expansion provides speakers of Hindi, Turkish, Czech, Ukrainian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Catalan, Croatian, Slovak, Vietnamese, Thai and Malay with controls, menus and help in those languages.Read More