Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: January 18, 2018

Sorry we missed you yesterday (Wednesday)! We're back today with a quartet of short news stories from the world of Apple:

  • A researcher/developer had his app -- used to gather data on ISP throttling of video streams -- rejected by the App Store
  • Some Facebook Messenger users are reporting a bug that crashes the app after typing just a few words in a single line
  • Use SpotHero to pre-pay parking? Apple has a deal for you if you use Apple Pay as your SpotHero payment option
  • The GOP tax bill signed into law a few weeks ago is resulting in Apple adding almost $350 billion to the US economy, and employees are also getting a stock bonus
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AWT TV Episode 29: November 28, 2017

AWT TV Episode 29: November 28, 2017

On last night's episode of AWT TV, we spent most of the night in a discussion about Apple's quality control -- or lack of it -- with software. This is particularly important in light of several recent annoying bugs with iOS 11, but critical when we look at the macOS High Sierra root user bug -- as Steve mentioned, it's akin to leaving a key in a door in a crime-ridden neighborhood!

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AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

AWT News Update: November 28, 2017

It's a buggy world after all! On today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast, we have news about some bugs that have worked their way into iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra:

  • Would you believe I.T.? An iOS bug is causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."
  • A newly-discovered flaw in macOS High Sierra gives anyone the capability of signing onto a Mac using the username "root" and no password!
  • One of the Australian banks that wanted access to the NFC chips in Apple devices for its own wallet app has now embraced Apple Pay
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AWT News Update: October 24, 2017

AWT News Update: October 24, 2017

Today you'll learn where 1 + 2 + 3 = 24, where the iPhone 8 Plus is the best-selling smartphone, and where you can get the software to turn many common or home-built PCs into Macs:

  • An unfixed iOS 11 calculator bug means that for at least now, 1 + 2 + 3 equals 24...unless you are a slow calculator user
  • Taiwanese consumers are snapping up the iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple's the top-selling smartphone manufacturer
  • Want to build a Hackintosh? You can now run macOS High Sierra on it thanks to the latest version of the popular utility UniBeast
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Apple warning some iCloud users that disabled services were reenabled by iOS 10.3

One of our longtime readers and supporters, Hal Sherman, let us know today that he had received an email from Apple regarding iCloud and the iOS 10.3 update. The email notes that a bug in 10.3 "impacted a small number of iCloud users. This may have inadvertently reenabled some iCloud services that you had previously disabled on your device."

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The note, seen above, suggests opening iCloud settings (now found at the top of Settings > iCloud) and making sure that services that had previously been disabled are still set that way. If not, iCloud users can tap the green buttons to disable the services again (see image below).

Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to Atlanta to look into music deletion issue

Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to Atlanta to look into music deletion issue

Remember James Pinkstone? He's the designer and music buff who found that 122GB of music had disappeared from his MacBook and one of the people interviewed by iMore's Serenity Caldwell in an attempt to figure out what was going on. Well, Pinkstone got a visit from two Apple senior software engineers this past Saturday who attempted to find out what caused the music to be deleted.

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Apple knows about iOS 9 web link issue, has a fix coming soon

Apple knows about iOS 9 web link issue, has a fix coming soon

During the "day of tech hell" I experienced yesterday (AWT host issues, power outage, broadband outage to start with...) I also discovered that my iPad Pro had fallen prey to to dreaded iOS 9 web link issue. This issue causes crashes or hanging of apps when a web link is tapped, and it just showed up for me yesterday, turning an already frustrating day into a completely aggravating one. Well, Apple has confirmed that there's an issue and that a fix will arrive soon.

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AWT News Update: February 11, 2016

AWT News Update: February 11, 2016

Today's Apple news is all over the map:

  • Don't try this, but there's a way to brick just about any 64-bit iOS device by just changing the date
  • According to officials, Sunnyvale, CA residents have complained about noise emanating from the alleged site of Apple's car project
  • Apple's Maps vans are now driving day and night to capture information
  • Vevo updated its Apple TV app for the 4th-generation device, now providing access to over 150,000 HD music videos
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Buggy 4th-generation Apple TVs waking up, annoying users

Buggy 4th-generation Apple TVs waking up, annoying users

Some owners of the new fourth-generation Apple TV are reporting that the devices are waking up at random times, resulting in the devices also (in some cases) turning on the HDTVs they're connected to. AppleInsider reported this morning that the issue has become the subject of a number of threads on Apple's support forums.

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