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Now displaying: May, 2015
May 28, 2015

Today in the world of Apple...

  • Apple may announce a reward system for frequent Apple Pay purchases
  • Augmented Reality company Metaio was acquired by Apple... and the world is just finding out about it
  • Two more Apple Stores are set to open in New York, one in a few weeks, one later this year
  • Guess what company will be the world's biggest Mac-supporting company soon? IBM
May 27, 2015

Whole lotta Apple news goin' on today:

  • The Apple Store App partners with Postmates to provide same-day delivery in a number of US cities
  • Jawbone is suing Fitbit for "systematically plundering" confidential info
  • GM CEO Mary Barra announces that 14 different 2016 Chevrolet car models will come with Apple's CarPlay built in
  • OWC announces a huge 8TB hard disk upgrade for iMac
  • Apple may be considering "Proactive", a more Google Now-like service using Siri and built-in/third-party apps to create a super-Spotlight search
  • Canada's CRTC wins an award for its "Text with 9-1-1" service
May 26, 2015

We hope you had a nice Memorial Day (US) or Bank Holiday (UK) weekend. Here are some top stories for this Tuesday:

  • Facebook adds restaurant reviews written by professional food critics to mobile Facebook Pages for thousands of restaurants
  • The Apple facility in Mesa, AZ caught on fire today... but all damage seems to be to the roof
  • Marriott has an Apple Watch app for check-ins and more
  • iOS 9 may include transit service routes and navigation in the Maps app
  • A new Mac game offers auto racing for blind and low-vision users
May 22, 2015

After missing a day yesterday, the AWT News Update is back with some fun and informative news about the world of Apple... and its competitors:

  • Anker announces a number of adapters and cables for the new USB-C standard
  • Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones aren't selling well
  • Researchers at Cambridge University find big problems with security on Android phones
  • Apple Watch sales cool a bit after a hot launch

 

 

May 20, 2015

It's hump day, and there's some interesting Apple news to bring you on today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple is rumored to be moving to a new system font -- San Francisco -- for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11
  • An Apple-backed group presses the US Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act and halt NSA phone surveillance
  • Pebble may be having financial issues and slow growth...
  • The Apple Watch will be used as a support tool for breast cancer patients
  • An Indiegogo campaign seeks to give those who use speech synthesizers a unique vocal identity
May 19, 2015

Today the news is all over the map... literally and figuratively:

  • Apple Pay picks up more than 30 new participating card issuers from across the USA
  • Watch OS 1.0.1 is rolled out, bringing fixes and performance improvements to Apple Watch
  • Wall Street analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray issues a note about the demise of his beloved Apple-branded television
  • Dutch company TomTom renews its licensing agreement with Apple for mapping data
  • Mesa, Arizona will see more Apple employees than originally anticipated
May 18, 2015

Monday blues got ya down? We've got all sorts of good Apple news to cheer you up and bring a smile back to your face:

  • Carl Icahn issues a missive on Apple and the stock rises
  • Sprint will deliver a new smartphone to your home and set it up for you with a new service
  • There's a SoundCloud Apple Watch companion app. Contain your excitement...
  • TwelveSouth is shipping its charging stand, the $49.99 HiRise for Apple Watch
  • Audible adds CarPlay support to its app, and Mercedes-Benz will have a Watch companion app available by this fall
May 15, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's Apple news runs the gamut (or should we say "Gamet"?) from grocery stores to vintage products, and everywhere in between:

  • Trader Joe's is adding Apple Pay support soon
  • Sprint adds another seven countries to its free data roaming plan, bringing the total to 22
  • Apple is set to make a bunch of old product obsolete on June 9
  • Oculus says they're putting development of the Mac and Linux versions of the Rift Virtual Reality Headset on hold for a while
May 14, 2015

Today's Apple World Today News Update includes accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen's Think Different Thursday report, providing instruction on how to use Apple's VoiceOver technology to provide an audible caller ID for your iPhone. Our other news includes:

  • Word on how IT professionals can get a $200 discount from Apple World Today on registration for the MacIT Conference
  • An Apple Store in Monterey, CA was evacuated after a package made some people ill
  • Fortune's report that HomeKit was going to be delayed has been refuted by Apple
  • UBS thinks Apple could seel more than 51 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 30, 2015

 

May 13, 2015

The world of Apple today -- poaching, electric cars, and churches!

  • Tesla grabs an Apple recruiting director to be its new VP of Global Recruiting
  • Apple and car battery manufacturer A123 Systems near a settlement on their employee poaching lawsuit
  • The FTC makes comments in support of Tesla's direct-to-customer sales model, which Apple could use to sell a future electric vehicle
  • The Archdiocese of San Francisco partners with Evergive to make tithing as easy as using an app
May 12, 2015

Like the Apple logo of the past, today's Apple news update is a rainbow of contrasts!

  • Apple tops the Greenpeace Clean Energy Index with a perfect score
  • Google News & Weather now has an Apple Watch companion app
  • Smugglers trying to bring Apple products into Argentina illegally had those goods confiscated recently
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in Beijing
  • OtoSense iOS app listens for doorbells, phones and timers for those who are deaf or hard of hearing
May 11, 2015

The Apple Watch continues to lead the news this week:

  • Apple displays Apple Watch banner ads on the top of the YouTube home page
  • Two big solar farms and an initiative with the World Wildlife Fund are announced by Apple for China
  • A blogger performs water torture tests with the Watch... and it survives
  • Ten years after VoiceOver appears for Mac, Microsoft Office finally supports the accessibility tool
May 8, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we have a short blast of Apple news for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple begins sending out notifications to the winners of 350 WWDC scholarships
  • Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed has been shipped to developers
  • Patently Apple: more Watches will be sold in the first 60 days than iPhones sold in the first year 
  • A "smart cane" for the blind is developed by students from Birmingham City University
May 7, 2015

This week's AWT News Updates are in part sponsored by Rage Software, makers of the great EverWeb website development tool for Mac. Get a 20% off special offer by clicking here. Today's news:

  • The TestFlight beta-testing platform has been down since Wednesday, causing problems for developers who use the system
  • Flickr for iOS has been updated, making the service easier to use and adding some new automated features
  • A Las Vegas hotel will soon start accepting Apple Pay
  • And a look at closed captions for Apple TV

 

 

May 6, 2015

Today's Apple News:

  • The iPhone 6 Plus is dominating the US market for phablets, while iPhones make up the majority of phones sold by three carriers
  • Lunch with Tim Cook sells for $200,000 in a charity auction
  • American Federation of the Blind will honor Apple with the Helen Keller Achievement Award
  • TactusTherapy.com's guide on using iPad apps to help with Acquired Communication Disorders is now in its third installment. 

 

May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo - today's Apple news covers the gamut from Watch-controlled cars to executive compensation, with a little Apple Pay and accessibility thrown in for good measure:

  • Owners of VW automobiles with Car-Net will soon be able to use their Apple Watches to do a great many things with their cars
  • More banks and credit unions have been added to the list of institutions supporting Apple Pay. Have a Simple account? You can now add your debit card to Apple Pay.
  • Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was the top-paid US female executive last year
  • Apple's revised streaming service based on Beats Music will most likely be unveiled at WWDC on June 8, despite reported issues with licensing
  • Blogger Molly Watt, who has Usher Syndrome and limited sight and hearing, recently reported on the features she uses to navigate the Apple Watch. Her review can be found here.

 

May 4, 2015

May the Fourth Be With You! There's some futuristic Jedi mind control of your home devices coming soon. For that and other news of Apple, check out today's podcast.

  • YouTube disappeared from second-generation Apple TVs last night
  • Facebook may become your go-to source for content from news providers in the near future
  • General Electric announces a HomeKit-compatible color-changing LED light bulb
  • Belkin updates its WeMo app to give the LED light bulbs it sells full IFTTT compatibility
May 1, 2015

A new month and a quiet Apple news day!

  • Apple confirms that tattoos interfere with heart rate sensing with the Apple Watch
  • Want a piece of Steve Jobs history? Three of his business cards are up for auction
  • Would you believe that Apple support docs recommend holding your Watch under running water?
  • Proloquo4Text gets a Watch companion

 

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