Apple World Today News Update: May 29, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 29, 2018

We hope the Memorial Day weekend was good for you! Today we have three small stories for you to listen to on the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • iOS 11.4 is available, with some new features and three major bug fixes that are sure to make a lot of users happy

  • Is your Uber driver creeping you out? The rideshare company has added a feature to its app to let riders call 911 with a single swipe and a tap

  • We speculate on what the addition of a third lens could do for the photographic capabilities of a 2019 iPhone

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Apple World Today News Update: March 20, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: March 20, 2018

We're stirring it up topic-wise on this Tuesday, the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere, with stories about autonomous vehicles, tvOS 11.3, a mock home setting where you can test HomeKit devices, and Apple's plans for even more office space in the South Bay Area:

  • Apple has doubled its autonomous car fleet since January; we also look at the cause of Sunday's Uber autonomous car fatality
  • Apple has released the sixth -- and probably final -- beta of tvOS 11.3 to developers
  • London shoppers can try out a large HomeKit mock home setup at a new store in the Westfield London shopping center
  • Think Apple Park and Apple Campus 3 are it for the company's real estate expansion? Just wait -- the company's plans in San Jose, California are unreal
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Apple World Today News Update: February 1, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: February 1, 2018

Welcome to the shortest month of the year...that usually feels like it's two months long. Our February coverage of Apple starts with five stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Uber's latest iOS app update disabled the ability to hail a ride from within Apple Maps or using Siri
  • India builds another barrier to entry for Apple by raising custom duties on imported mobile phones from 15 to 20 percent
  • A new setting in iOS and macOS makes it possible for enterprise administrators to delay updates for up to 90 days
  • Only a little over three weeks until the first Apple retail store in Austria is set to open in Vienna
  • Slack is the latest company to do away with an Apple Watch app
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AWT TV Episode 25: October 17, 2017

AWT TV Episode 25: October 17, 2017

Wow - hard to believe that we're already up to our 25th episode of AWT TV! It's a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  

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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.

AWT News Update: June 20, 2017

AWT News Update: June 20, 2017

We have some fascinating news stories for you from the world of Apple and other tech giants today:

  • Apple security has been successful at keeping new products from being leaked
  • Uber announces the first of many changes that hopefully will help the tarnished brand
  • Are your kids already bored of summer vacation? Send 'em to Apple Camp or the Kids Hour at the local Apple Store
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Uber's user tracking almost got its app removed from the App Store

Uber's user tracking almost got its app removed from the App Store

This morning, the New York Times published an exposé of Uber, its CEO Travis Kalanick and its propensity for tracking user locations even when users aren't actively using the app. One of the more interesting bits of news served up by the Times was that Uber at one point was nearly removed from the App Store -- the distribution point that made the rideshare service such a success with iPhone users. 

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AWT News Update: August 23, 2016

AWT News Update: August 23, 2016

In today's Apple headlines:

  • An apology to listeners for a missing edit...
  • Nike appears to have inadvertently confirmed that the Apple Watch 2 will have built-in GPS
  • Instapaper is sold to Pinterest
  • Remember the story that said Apple had passed on purchasing Lyft? Well, apparently the company is not for sale, and Lyft is blaming Uber's CEO for the rumors
  • We tell you about a quick and ad-free way to check your download speeds for streaming
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Apple’s investment in Didi was a driving factor in the Uber China deal

Apple’s investment in Didi was a driving factor in the Uber China deal

On Monday, China’s Didi Chuxing, in which Apple has invested, announced a strategic agreement with Uber under which Didi Chuxing will acquire all assets of UberChina--including its brand,business operations and data--for operation within mainland China. Now Reuters reports that Apple's $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing was the driving factor in Uber's decision to agree to the deal, in return for a one-fifth stake in a bigger Didi. 

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AWT News Update: March 17, 2016

AWT News Update: March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day! In our roundup of news today there's a lot of talk of "the green" -- payments and money, that is. 

  • Not many of those chip-and-pin EMV terminals that we were hoping to use Apple Pay with are actually in use
  • The CEO of a French mobile carrier provides hope that Apple may be opening up third-party access to the iPhone's NFC chip
  • Ride many, pay one. Uber creates family profiles
  • Apple's lowering its data bill by moving some services from Amazon Web Services to the Google Cloud Platform
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