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Now displaying: November, 2016
Nov 16, 2016

Steve's in Houston, TX for a few hours tonight, so it was time to get a short AWT News Update recorded and published for your listening pleasure. What's up?

  • We discuss another good reason to not have an Android phone; manufacturer-installed software was sending the text messages and metadata from a number of phones to a Chinese server
  • Apple Pay expands big time in Australia, and new banks in Russia and China
  • Google releases PhotoScan for grabbing those old prints and moving them to digital, and also updates Google Photos

Just a reminder: Steve is on road, in the air and on the seas for the next month, so the AWT News Update may not be published every weekday.

Nov 14, 2016

A couple of news items for today, as well as an explanation of why the AWT News Update will be published irregularly during the next month:

  • A Chinese state-run newspaper warns that if a trade war with the US is begun, it will take measures against the iPhone
  • Samsung purchases speaker and car infotainment system manufacturer Harman, picking up some plum brands in a quest to compete with CarPlay
  • AWT editor/publisher Steve Sande will be traveling and may not be able to publish the AWT News Update every weekday
Nov 11, 2016

On this Veteran's Day, 2016, we pause to remember all of those who have made sacrifices to serve the United States in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard. Our stories for today:

  • Many thanks again to 4K Video Downloader for Mac, the sponsor of Apple World Today for the past week. 
  • Craft sales platform Etsy now supports web-based Apple Pay transactions
  • Rumors from the Apple supply chain point to new iPad Pros in March of 2017
  • Production of the delayed AirPods may finally happen in December
  • Tim Cook tweets out his thanks to veterans who work at Apple HQ.
Nov 10, 2016

There's always good news in the world of Apple, and today we have three stories that should make you more productive...or at least make it easy for you to send money to a friend with PayPal:

  • OWC announces that they're carrying the NewerTech NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter, a great replacement for the standard Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro charger
  • A professional video editor has given the new 15-inch MacBook Pro his seal of approval, saying it's fast enough to easily handle 5K ProRes footage in Final Cut Pro X
  • PayPal keeps improving its iOS app; you can now send or receive money with just a Siri command
Nov 9, 2016

In the world of Apple it was a surprisingly slow news day, but we dug around the Interwebz and found a couple of stories for you:

  • Facebook is set to start allowing companies to send you advertising via Facebook Messenger, although it will be tightly controlled
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook and President-elect Donald Trump agree on one topic - repatriation of corporate profits held overseas at a reduced tax rate
Nov 8, 2016

Have you voted? Well, it's probably too late for some of you to get to the polls if you haven't made it there yet, but for those on the West Coast and in Alaska and Hawaii, there's still time. While you're standing in line to make your choice for the lesser of two evils, listen to the AWT News Update and get some news about everyone's favorite tech company -- Apple.

  • Apple has begun selling refurbished iPhones at a nice 15% discount and with a full one-year warranty
  • A new Apple Support app has been released in The Netherlands, and may soon be available around the world
  • Apple's new MacBook Pro is a speedster, and it turns out that part of the company's engineering of the new models portends even higher speeds in the future
Nov 7, 2016

This week's sponsor of Apple World Today and the AWT News Update is 4K Video Downloader for Mac. Find out more about this great app and get a 50% discount off regular price for a limited time by clicking this link. What's in the news today?

  • Apple News is finally taking off for publishers, but there are still problems with monetization
  • iOS 10.2 Beta 2 appears, bringing with it the TV app, an SOS feature, and more
  • Apple's charging the credit cards of people who made early orders for the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Gmail for iOS gets a much-needed update and a feature -- undo send -- that should be used by politicians
Nov 4, 2016

It's Slow News Friday™ other than the great stories coming out of the Windy City about the Cubs World Series victory parade. So what do we have for you today? A couple of stories about our favorite website and a look at some new smartphones coming from China soon:

  • Apple World Today made a bunch of changes over the past 24 hours, some that won't be visible (but should help speed up the site) and one that we'd like you to use
  • Have you joined Team AWT yet? Get premium content for just $60 and help support your favorite Apple site. And now, pay with Apple Pay!
  • You may not be familiar with the names Huawei and Xiaomi, but these two Chinese smartphone manufacturers are taking aim at the USA market
Nov 3, 2016

It's a pretty light news day in the Apple world today, but we've got a few stories to provide you with the news you need:

  • A maker of Thunderbolt 3 accessories finds out that its products aren't compatible with the new MacBook Pro
  • August updates its Smart Lock to be totally compatible with HomeKit and Apple's Home app
  • LifeProof, a part of OtterBox, announces that its flagship Fre case is available for pre-order for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Nov 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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