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Now displaying: 2016
Jul 8, 2016

For this Friday afternoon, we have news of some great free content from Apple, secret messaging from Facebook, and Pokemon accidents:

  • Apple released a set of guidebooks for educators yesterday, all aimed at showing those teachers how they can best use the iPad and Apple apps in the classroom
  • Facebook has started limited testing of end-to-end encryption in Messenger
  • WWDC 2016 videos are now available for your viewing pleasure, even if you're not a developer
  • Don't try to walk and catch Pokemon in the new Pokemon Go app at the same time
Jul 7, 2016

Just a pair of stories today for your Apple news fix:

  • Another smartphone manufacturer attempting to duplicate Apple's success with the "Shot with iPhone" ad campaign gets caught using a $4,500 camera/lens combo to shoot their "smartphone" photo
  • Fed up with long lines at Customs and Border Protection when you come back from overseas? A new app promises to streamline the process and get you on your way quickly
Jul 6, 2016

Neither rain, nor floods, nor lightning, nor balky cloud storage partners at Libsyn can keep this podcaster from making his appointed rounds. Today we have a nice little 4-minute blast of Apple and industry news for you:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook joins other corporate elites at the Sun Valley retreat
  • Safari Technology Preview 8 adds internal code to support Apple Pay for Websites
  • Verizon raises rates, adds some features
Jul 5, 2016

We're back from a short vacation, and hope that many of our listeners had a pleasant and fun extended weekend. There's not too much news today, so this is a shorter than usual AWT News Update:

  • The second round of betas for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 were sent out to developers today
  • Microsoft's Skype service added a new file-sharing feature today
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the next-generation iPhone 7 will ship this fall with a minimum 32GB of storage
Jun 29, 2016

One of the longer AWT News Updates in recent history. Today we cover:

  • A new sports video camera with build-in LTE connectivity
  • The 2017 Porsche Panamera will make a nice iPhone accessory...
  • New betas of OS X 10.11.6, iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 are out
  • Cirrus Logic announces a MFi Lightning development kit
Jun 27, 2016

Let's hear it for #Iceland in the Euro 2016 final 16, which today beat England 2 - 1 to move onto the quarterfinals. That's not Apple news, but this is:

  • Twitter announces that stickers for tweeted photos are coming soon to the iOS app
  • A French TV talk show relies on iPhones to film the remainder of an episode when a power outage knocks out cameras
  • A regional Ford dealership in Massachusetts rips off some great art from the game "Firewatch" by Panic and Campo Santo
Jun 24, 2016

Lots of fun Apple-related stories for a lazy, post-Brexit summer afternoon. 

  • Don't worry about the Thunderbolt Display being discontinued; its successor with a built-in GPU may be coming this fall
  • The 2017 Honda Accord will be here on Monday, and you can get Apple CarPlay in your vehicle if you order the Accord with a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen
  • Twitter will soon let you read tweets from specific locations on the iPhone and iPad apps

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Jun 23, 2016

Just a couple of fun little Apple news bits for the day:

  • LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers owe part of their dramatic comeback and ultimate championship to late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs
  • Apple Music gets one step closer to release in South Korea
  • Apple is polling customers on streaming video and Apple TV topics
Jun 22, 2016

Today's Apple World Today News Update features a few stories about your favorite consumer electronics company:

  • Dropbox adds a document scanner and other new features today, upping the utility of the cloud storage service
  • Traveling to Dubai's International Airport soon? Visit the two new Apple shops!
  • Google has launched Touch ID sign-on via iPhone and iPad, using the devices and Touch ID as a second step in the company's 2-step verification setup
  • Your KFC in Mumbai or Delhi might come with a side of cables and battery packs
Jun 21, 2016

Today's the first full day of summer after the summer solstice at 3:34 PM Pacific Daylight Time yesterday afternoon, and we have some hot news to go along with the hot weather:

  • OWC announces that they're putting 10TB Enterprise class drives into their RAID solutions
  • Drobo launches the Drobo 5D Turbo Edition, AKA Drobo 5Dt
  • People who bought Kindle books between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 are getting refunds from Amazon today, funded by Apple
  • Twitter and Vine go to a 140-second video length limit
  • That drastically different iPhone 7 you through you were going to get this year? Aint' gonna happen, says the Wall Street Journal.
Jun 20, 2016

We start off the week with a couple of good rumors and a nice free ice-cold drink:

  • One new rumor still shows the 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual SIM cards for the iPhone 7
  • MyCokeRewards comes to Apple Wallet and Apple Pay
  • It looks as if the 13-inch non-Retina MacBook Pro is on the verge of bing removed from stores. 
  • Sweden's Spotify reported that it now has twice the number of paying customers that Apple Pay does
Jun 17, 2016

As is typical with Fridays after big Apple events, today was a very slow news day. But we have a few stories for you to listen to in less than three minutes:

  • The "Apps for Earth" campaign that Apple and the World Wildlife Fund ran back in April made a tidy sum for the conservation group
  • Have the urge for luxury leather Apple Watch bands? Coach has released its bands to its online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets
  • Politico is trying a unique way to send out breaking news and poll results on the impending "Brexit" vote - using Apple's Wallet app
Jun 16, 2016

In today's AWT News Update:

  • Wall Street analysts have high hopes for the 2017 iPhone 8
  • D-Link announces a HomeKit-compatible Wi-Fi camera to be delivered later this year
  • Sir Jony Ive has received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge
  • Apple World Today can now be read through Apple's News app

 

Jun 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
Jun 14, 2016

After yesterday's marathon podcast dealing with the Apple WWDC 2016 keynote address announcements, we're back to a somewhat more normal podcast. What do we have for you?

  • There's an alternative to using an Apple TV for a Home hub
  • Safari 10 doesn't like plugins and wants you to stop using them
  • Netflix got Picture-in-Picture support
  • We have a list of all of the stock Apple apps you'll be able to remove from iOS 10
Jun 13, 2016

In this special 33-minute version of the AWT News Update, Apple World Today publisher Steve Sande covers most of the announcements made during today's keynote address. For news of the features and changes to iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, plus a preview of many of the apps that are being updated as a result, listen in!

You can also subscribe to this podcast for a daily 3 - 5 minute news update focusing on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/awt-news-update/id970735397?mt=2

 

Jun 10, 2016

It's the Friday before a big Apple announcement, which means that our stories for today are all over the map:

  • Be sure to visit Apple World Today or our presence on Twitter or Facebook on Monday for more information about the Apple announcements
  • The 4th-generation Apple TV now supports four more networks in Universal Search
  • Bluetooth 5 is going to be officially announced next week
  • Faux Apple employees are behind two thefts of iPhones in New York
Jun 9, 2016

A lot of fun, interesting, and historical Apple news today:

  • Take fun retro photos with BitCam, a 20th anniversary gift app from Iconfactory.
  • Facebook's iOS app now supports upload and viewing of 360° spherical photos
  • Two more metro areas -- and one national rail service -- gain transit direction support on Apple Maps
  • Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs met with the head of a team building a lightweight and inexpensive car way back in 2010
Jun 8, 2016

This is kind of a slow news week for Apple, in anticipation of the big news that we'll hear next week. But here are a few stories to keep you occupied!

  • The US Department of Transportation is looking at releasing new guidelines for the adoption of self-driving cars in order to speed up delivery of such technology
  • TapTapTap's amazing Camera+ app just got upgraded to version 8, and it features technology that's not even available on high-end DSLRs
  • If you haven't paid attention to Slack lately, you might not notice that it now supports voice calling
Jun 7, 2016

Steve's back from a road trip, and he has some fascinating news bits for Apple fans today:

  • Apple Pay is coming to Switzerland on June 13
  • Apple updated the WWDC event page with info on the livestream of the event
  • Developers are sure to be scouring OS X 10.12 beta next week for signs of new hardware that may be in the works, including a MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel
  • Google released yet another iOS app, this one for converting iPhone SE, 6s/6s Plus Live Photos into GIFs

 

May 25, 2016

REMINDER: AWT News Update will be on vacation between 5/26 and 6/6/16, returning on June 7.

A few stories for today:

  • Apple's hopes in India are dashed by some government bureaucrats who decided that the company would not be given an exemption to a local-sourcing rule
  • Foxconn managed to reduce workforce by 60,000 people at one plant in Kunshan, China. How? It gave their jobs to robots
  • A fantastic piece by Brian Roemmele over on Medium points out that a new and improved Siri may be just about ready to debut
May 24, 2016

Just a reminder that the AWT News Update will be on hiatus between May 26 and June 6, returning June 7. Today's news includes stories about a Siri SDK, a beta release, the Apple Watch hurting sales of Swiss Watches, an addition to the search capabilities of the 4th-generation Apple TV, and more!

  • A Siri SDK is expected to be announced at WWDC in June
  • The beta of iOS 9.3.3 has been made available to public beta testers today
  • Swiss watchmakers record a second straight month of double-digit declines in sales
  • More fun with the Apple TV, now with search power for NBC shows
  • Apple closes at $97.90 
May 23, 2016

New ways to control your home lighting, the never-ending Facebook livestream, and more iPhone 7 rumors:

  • Philips ships its HomeKit-compatible White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits
  • Facebook Live Video adds a new API that provides endless livestreaming
  • New rumors based on what appear to be molds for the new iPhones show that the dual-camera arrangement will only happen with the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Apple share prices rebound on good financial news
May 20, 2016

A slow Apple news day means it's time for a few rumors:

  • The dual-lens camera system targeted for the iPhone 7 Plus is having production issues due to earthquake damage at a Sony facility
  • BMW may finally bring CarPlay support to the X5M and X6M series this year, along with the popular 3 series
  • Apple shares rebounded after last week's pummeling
May 19, 2016

In today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • The new San Francisco flagship Apple Store opened to the press today, and it's quite impressive
  • Guess what presidential candidate who called for a boycott of Apple in February owns stock in the company?
  • Apple may be able to successfully appeal a Chinese company's appropriation of the iPhone trademark in the country
  • Here's a switch - the makers of the new Angry Birds movie are asking you to turn your phone on during the end credits
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