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Now displaying: April, 2015
Apr 30, 2015

A quiet day in the world of Apple, but enough to generate a four-minute long AWT News Update!

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Watch Taptic Engines made by AAC Technologies failed reliability tests, forcing Apple to destroy early Watches and move to another supplier
  • More Flyover locations are available in Apple Maps
  • Time Warner CEO thinks Apple will be launching a streaming TV product
  • VoiceOver celebrated a decade of helping the blind and visually impaired yesterday
  • Netflix is adding more audio description tracks to TV seasons and films in its library
Apr 29, 2015

On a sunny (at least at Apple World Today HQ) day in April, there's a variety of Apple news awaiting you on this podcast:

  • iOS 8 is now running on more than 80% of all iOS devices
  • American Airlines passengers faced delays yesterday after an iPad app used by pilots on Boeing 737 aircraft caused the iPads to crash
  • Twitter announced yesterday that it was working with Apple to build tweet search into Spotlight, and that capability is up and running
  • Pixelmator for Mac gets a huge update including Force Touch trackpad support
Apr 28, 2015

A shock! It's not all Apple Watch news on the AWT News Update today. Our stories include:

  • Arm and wrist tattoos are making the Apple Watch heart rate sensor go whacky
  • Wall Street analysts love them some Apple after yesterday's record second quarter earnings, raising estimates for the company
  • Dropbox gains a new commenting feature
  • Christy Turlington Burns posted the eighth and final chapter in her Apple-hosted Watch blog

 

Apr 27, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple annouces record financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter
  • Apple has made 27 acquisitions over the past six quarters
  • The company is adding another $50 billion to its capital return program
  • A research firm estimates 376,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were delivered over the weekend
  • Three Made for iPhone hearing aids are now controllable from the Apple Watch
Apr 24, 2015

It's Apple Watch Day! Here are some of the stories we're covering on the podcast today.

  • Apple Watch is arriving for many pre-order customers, check out the site for a lot of Watch-specific content
  • Screenshots are quite easy to take on the Apple Watch, and we'll tell you how
  • New Watch app is designed to assist those coping with epilepsy
  • Accessibility try-ons are now a full-fledged Apple Watch experience thanks to our very own Alex Jurgensen
  • iMac Graphics Update 1.0 arrives for some 2013/2014 iMacs

 

Apr 23, 2015

On today's podcast:

  • Apple Watch shipping notices were sent out to a good number of early pre-order customers today
  • Apple's Watch App Store has launched with over 3,000 apps already available
  • It appears that the planned Comcast / Time Warner merger may be dropped
  • Apple confirmed that monaural (mono) audio is coming to the Apple Watch, a boon for people deaf or hard of hearing in one ear
  • The new One Drop app seeks to improve life for those with diabetes
  • Recent Apple World Today interviewee Laura Legendary has posted the first part of her series on the Watch's fashion appeal from an accessibility perspective
  • Microsoft has added Apple Watch support to PowerPoint for iOS
Apr 21, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Early orders of Apple Watch are now showing that they're preparing for shipment
  • Developers are getting an opportunity to order an Apple Watch for early delivery
  • Apple adds 31 new banks and credit unions to the growing list of over 200 financial institutions that support Apple Pay
  • New study shows Apple Pay is more popular than other mobile payment systems

 

Apr 20, 2015

On today's show:

  • Porsche announces CarPlay for upcoming vehicles
  • The NAB wants Apple to enable the FM radio built into every iPhone
  • Samsung is so hated in Japan that the company is removing its logo from the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge when they are released in the country this week
  • Accessibility seekers trying out an Apple Watch can use Siri to enable VoiceOver.

 

Apr 17, 2015

Thanks for joining us for today's episode of the AWT News Update, now featuring Accessible Apple news provided by our accessibility editor, Alex Jurgensen. In today's news:

Apr 16, 2015

A light news day in the world of Apple, but enough to bring you our daily podcast! 

  • Apple releases a supplemental update to OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite
  • Yahoo joins the growing list of developers with apps that will work with Apple Watch
  • There's an auction of a 1976 Apple-1 Computer going on right now for charity
  • A Kickstarter campaign aims at making development of text/video/photo-centric apps as easy as dragging and dropping media
Apr 15, 2015

It's Tax Day in the US, and if you're anxiously trying to complete your 1040 or file an extension today, we'll help by letting you listen to today's Apple news.

  • Reuters poll determines that at least 15 million Apple Watches could be sold in the US this year
  • Tumblr gets a big update to 4.0, and you can now create new blogs from the app
  • Want to have lunch with Tim Cook and a friend? Head over to CharityBuzz.com now
  • Chess grandmaster gets banned from a Dubai tournament after it's discovered he was cheating with the assistance of an iPod touch

 

Apr 14, 2015

There's news for everybody on the AWT News Update today:

  • Digital camera buffs will soon be able to control their Canon or Nikon DSLRs from an iPad with a new Manfrotto accessory
  • ApplePay hasn't launched yet in China, with banks and credit/debit card system operator UnionPay balking at the fee Apple wants
  • Foxconn is buying 50,000 - 60,000 used iPhones every day to resell in China
  • Not buying an Apple Watch? You can get a heck of a deal on a Motorola Moto 360 thanks to sales from Google, Best Buy and Amazon
Apr 13, 2015

A lot of Apple news today, all in about four and a half minutes:

  • Research firm determines that about 957,000 Apple Watch pre-orders were made on Friday, April 10 from the US alone
  • CalDigit announces a rugged USB-C portable drive
  • There are some unheralded features in OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite and unannounced feature removals from iOS 8.3
  • At a conference in Chicago this week, a number of healthcare-related Apple Watch apps are being announced and demonstrated
Apr 9, 2015

It's the Thursday before pre-orders begin for the Apple Watch, and here's some of the news of the day:

  • Reviews are in for the 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display, and they're overwhelmingly positive, although not everyone thinks getting a first-generation device is a good idea
  • A UK company releases a video in which a brick, keys, coins, and a power drill couldn't scratch the sapphire display that is used on the midrange and high-end Apple Watches
  • Epson releases a sub-$100 all-in-one printer that is AirPrint and Mac compatible
  • Google's Android Wear app for iOS may be out soon... if Apple will allow it on the App Store, that is

Note that there may not be an AWT News Update tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

Apr 8, 2015

On today's AWT News Update:

  • Miami residents are getting an updated Lincoln Road Apple Store and some art, thanks to a contemporary artist who is painting a mural at the site
  • The Apple Watch isn't even available yet, but Apple has announced that a software update will be delivered to address some performance issues described in the many reviews that were published by major news outlets today
  • Apple is set to launch an expansion of its Prineville, Oregon data center now that the state legislature has resolved a tax issue
  • OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite arrived today, along with the new Photos app
Apr 7, 2015

In today's news:

  • Adobe announces Document Cloud, which can best be described as "Acrobat in the cloud" for editing and signing PDF files
  • Researchers at Stanford University have made a prototype aluminum-ion battery that has significant benefits over today's lithium-ion batteries
  • HBO NoOW has gone live on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone
  • Plan on ordering an Apple Watch or 12-inch MacBook online, as Apple Store employees want to avoid lines at the stores
Apr 6, 2015

It's Apple Watch Launch Week, but we decided to start the week with a completely Watch-Free News Update. Here's what's up today:

  • Apple doesn't want felons building its new headquarters in Cupertino
  • Foxconn gives Re/Code a tour of the living quarters for those employees who build all of your favorite Apple products
  • Samsung paid 500 people in China to act as "fans" at a press event for the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge 
  • LG says Apple will release an 8K iMac this year, which of course Apple hasn't announced
Apr 3, 2015

It's Friday, April 3, with one week to go until the Apple Watch becomes available for pre-order. That means most of our stories today are about the Apple Watch:

  • Apple announces when pre-orders will begin on April 10
  • AppleCare+ pricing will depend on the model of Apple Watch you purchase
  • Apple Watch picks up a Red Dot Best of the Best award for product design
  • Samsung and HTC are eating some humble pie after SquareTrade does bend tests on their latest smartphones
Apr 2, 2015

New apps, software updates, vending machines and fast Internet are all in the news today on the AWT News Update:

  • Adobe releases a new app - Adobe Slate - for iPad
  • Microsoft Outlook for iOS received an update providing some features that should make corporate users of the app happy
  • Drexel University creates a vending machine for lending iPads to students and local residents
  • Comcast announces that it will begin rolling out 2 Gbps broadband to homes in the Atlanta area next month
Apr 1, 2015

Our top non-prank news stories for this April Fools' Day:

  • Apple and IBM release another eight apps in the MobileFirst Collection
  • Chinese iPad and iPhone owners can now trade in older models for credit on new devices
  • Vietnamese website Tinhte.vn does the first unboxing video and photos of the new 12-inch Retina display MacBook
  • Apple's asking streaming partners to cover the cost and infrastructure required

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