Apple World Today News Update: June 18, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: June 18, 2018

A slow day for Apple news, so we're covering three short stories for you regarding 911 location services, Apple Pay and an upcoming change in macOS Mojave:

  • Apple partners with a 911 infrastructure company in the USA to integrate its HELO technology into existing call centers so iOS 12 911 calls will send specific and detailed location information

  • Apple Pay is making it to Poland as early as tomorrow

  • System software updates are moving from the Mac App Store to a System Preference pane in macOS Mojave, returning to the location they were before OS X Lion

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Apple World Today News Update: May 3, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 3, 2018

We missed yesterday's podcast due to a conflict, but we're back today with all sorts of great news for you:

  • Yet another person can thank the Apple Watch for saving his life, after a New York man followed his Watch's advice to seek medical attention immediately after suffering from a ruptured ulcer

  • Just a reminder: your Mom wants flowers for Mother's Day on May 13th, and you can get some nice deals by using Apple Pay to pay for them

  • The big beneficiary of all of the negative news about Apple from Wall Street analysts during the past few months was Apple, which was able to buy up a record amount of its shares at a discount price

  • Apple's iPads are bucking the trend of shrinking tablet market share

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Apple World Today News Update: April 3, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: April 3, 2018

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast has substantially more content than yesterday's "short edition". Stories today include a look at some of Intel's new Core processors that could be used in a 2018 MacBook Pro update, scheduling of the Q2 2018 earnings call, and some concern from the Wall Street Journal about a "nagging badge" for Apple Pay:

  • The Intel Core i9-8950HK could be a powerhouse for a 15-inch MacBook Pro BTO option, but it doesn't support LPDDR4 RAM...
  • It's hard to believe, but we're already in Apple's third fiscal quarter of 2018. We'll find out how they did in Q2 on May 1st.
  • The WSJ seems to be concerned about a red badge that hounds users unmercifully about Apple Pay if they don't choose to "Setup later in Wallet"
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AWT News Update: December 19, 2017

AWT News Update: December 19, 2017

A website app gets banned from the App Store for just mentioning jailbreaking, iTunes Movies has 4K HDR bundles for Christmas, and a lot of new banks are supporting Apple Pay worldwide:

  • AppleInsider's app was updated for iPhone X...and then rejected from the App Store because a headline showed the word "jailbreak"
  • Getting an Apple TV 4K for Christmas? There's a sale on 4K HDR bundles in the iTunes Movie store
  • Apple Pay expands to more banks and credit unions in the USA, as well as in China, Finland, France and Ireland
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Apple allegedly working on peer-to-peer money transfer as part of Apple Pay

Apple allegedly working on peer-to-peer money transfer as part of Apple Pay

Sending money to others for personal payments currently requires a service like Square Cash or Venmo. Apple is reportedly working on a similar peer-to-peer money transfer service as part of the Apple Pay service that would let users send money to one another quickly and with security as a primary focus.

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AWT News Update: April 20, 2017

AWT News Update: April 20, 2017

Leaked eye injuries, influential people, and paying cable bills with Apple Pay are all on today's AWT News Update:

  • A contractor leaked some documents that outline some eye injuries that might be related to testing of AR glasses or other technologies at Apple
  • Tim Cook wrote a nice statement about Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu, who made it to the 2017 TIME "Most Influential People" list
  • Time to pay your overly-expensive Comcast bill? Use Apple Pay!
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AWT News Update: March 24, 2017

AWT News Update: March 24, 2017

We're going into the weekend with a bit of news; some of it is upbeat, while some should be taken seriously:

  • Apple has added over 30 more financial institutions to its list of Apple Pay providers
  • A second update of iTunes 12.6 was released this week after a non-functional control was spied by a number of users. That control could be pointing to a future profiles functionality for Apple Music
  • ZDNet confirms that at least some of the iCloud credentials being held for ransom by the so-called "Turkish Crime Family" hacker group are valid -- it's time to change your iCloud password if you haven't lately
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AWT News Update: March 15, 2017

AWT News Update: March 15, 2017

Kind of a slow news day today...but we've got three interesting little stories for you anyway:

  • The battle between Apple and a cartel of Australian banks continues over control of the iPhone's NFC chip
  • McDonald's will be rolling out a new app to allow pre-ordering and pre-payment of food prior to arrival at a restaurant
  • First they thought the iPhone 8 would have a curved OLED screen, then a flat OLED screen. Now the rumor is that it will be curved, but not insanely so
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AWT News Update: December 15, 2016

AWT News Update: December 15, 2016

Thanks for coming back to the AWT News Update podcast after an almost month-long hiatus; we love seeing the listener numbers climbing back to their previous level! Today's news:

  • Finnair and Japan Air Lines are two new clients for the Apple-IBM Mobile First collaboration and will both be using iPhones and iPad Pros to improve aircraft maintanance
  • Guess how much it will cost to replace a single lost Apple AirPod? We tell you in the podcast...
  • Pebble owners - Fitbit says it will keep your watch going for at least another year, including those services that connect it to iOS
  • A new iPhone 7 ad made for Japan shows off a unique capability of the iPhone 7 models and Apple Watch Series 2 in that country
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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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24 more banks and credit unions now support Apple Pay in the US

Apple's plans to dominate contactless payment through Apple Pay continue, as two dozen new banks and credit unions have been added to the US list of financial institutions supporting the service. 

The new banks are:

  • BankLiberty
  • CinFed Credit Union
  • Cumberland County Federal Credit Union
  • Denmark State Bank
  • Family Security Credit Union
  • Franklin Savings Bank
  • Gates Chili Federal Credit Union
  • Great River Federal Credit Union
  • Greenfield Banking Company
  • Heritage Community Credit Union
  • Labette Bank
  • Lake Trust Credit Union
  • Michigan Educational Credit Union
  • Natco Credit Union
  • Neches Federal Credit Union
  • Old Point National Bank
  • Peach State Bank & Trust
  • Pioneer Bank (both New Mexico and New York now)
  • River City Bank
  • Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution
  • SELCO Community Credit Union
  • Shell Federal Credit Union
  • Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union
  • The Mission Bank

Apple Pay is also available in a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, Mainland China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland and the UK. A full list of the supporting banks can be found here

AWT News Update: October 6, 2016

AWT News Update: October 6, 2016

A lot of amazing stories in our podcast today, including one about the guy who designed the Apple World Today logo...who is now one of the executive producers of an Amazon Video project that just got greenlit.

  • The Orchard apparently got chopped down
  • Prisma supports video!
  • Buy your Aeroflot tickets and Russian gas with Apple Pay
  • Aaron Mahnke goes Hollywood!
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AWT News Update: June 15, 2016

AWT News Update: June 15, 2016

It's an off-the-cuff, unscripted AWT News Update today. We cover:

  • Apple's new ads touting the features of iOS 10 that will come out this fall
  • It's still difficult for people to get their hands on an iPhone SE
  • You'll soon be able to make web payments through Stripe and Shopify using Apple Pay

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