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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 21, 2017

We're back today with another edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast. It's all Apple today, since there were no juicy tidbits to spill about Samsung:

  • Apple's expanding its data center footprint in Northern Nevada
  • Three news agencies testify in court to have the US Government force the FBI to admit who hacked the San Bernardino iPhone 5c and how much it cost taxpayers
  • iPhone 8 rumors now point to a device with a larger screen and smaller total footprint, along with lots of RAM and storage
Feb 17, 2017

A light news day for Apple...so we bring up the latest Samsung scandal!

  • Apple has four new iPad Pro ads touting how the device is much better than those virus-ridden slow PCs with no cellular modems
  • The acting head of the Samsung Group is arrested on charges of embezzlement, bribery, perjury and hiding assets overseas. Guy sounds like a politician, doesn't he?
  • A bomb scare briefly clears the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, Australia today
Feb 16, 2017

Today we have a wide spectrum of Apple and industry-related news items for your listening pleasure:

  • The chairman of the FCC wants the FM radio receivers in most smartphones enabled
  • Facebook may soon become THE place to look for and apply for jobs
  • Touch ID is passé - here comes 3D laser scanning for facial recognition
Feb 15, 2017

Today's Apple news comes from all over the map, literally and figuratively:

  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bet big on Apple in the last quarter of 2016, a bet that has already paid off
  • Members of a Madrid, Spain gang with sharp teeth made off with some iPhones before getting caught
  • Comcast announces a new app that will turn your Apple devices into more TVs on which you can watch most of Comcast's content at no extra cost
Feb 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day! While you're waiting in line at that popular restaurant for your rushed Valentine's Day meal, pop in those AirPods and listen to today's news highlights:

  • Apple shares reach an all-time high, and the company reached a new record market cap of $708.4 billion
  • A HomeKit-enabled security cam from D-Link is beginning to show up in online Apple Stores
  • The existing Nest Cam and Nest Aware services get some new features
  • Facebook announces that a Facebook video app is in the works for the fourth-generation Apple TV
Feb 13, 2017

Don't be blue because it's Monday; be happy because there's a new Apple World Today News Update podcast. 

  • Kanex announces a folding travel keyboard that's perfect for your favorite iOS device
  • Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario have their transit systems added to Apple Maps
  • Apple stock closes at a record high
  • It's a good time for Apple to consider hiring "escapees" from Waymo
Feb 10, 2017

It's another Slow News Friday™, so we're looking at Tim Cook's recent comments in a newspaper interview about the topic of augmented reality (AR). Cook has brought up AR on numerous occasions in the past year, not only during interviews but on earnings calls as well. His interview this week with The Independent shows how passionate he is about what could be "as big as the smartphone" for Apple. 

Feb 9, 2017

A rather sparse Apple news day today, but we have some stories that will make your day:

  • That great Apple Pro Apps Bundle for Education is now available in over 30 more countries
  • Five Apple execs made Billboard's Power 100 list
  • The Facebook app for iOS has some fascinating new features; Weather and Find Wi-Fi
Feb 8, 2017

Today's Apple news stories are all over the place...which made this a very fun podcast:

  • E-commerce company Square now has an iPad app for retailers that goes well beyond its small business apps of the past
  • There's speculation that new iPads may be coming out soon, and depleted stocks of the iPad Air 2 are a good sign that an iPad-specific product rollout may happen in the next month or so
  • Irony: a fire at the plant that made batteries for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook gets an honorary degree, tells students about his inspiration
Feb 7, 2017

We have four stories today for you, covering the gamut from slowing Twitter abuse to impressive smartphone camera modules. Let's get started:

  • Twitter begins making changes to slow abuse on the social network
  • It's the 20th anniversary of Apple acquiring NeXT Software, Inc., a pivotal decision for the development of Mac OS X
  • YouTube begins livestream broadcasts from iPhone and iPad apps...if you happen to have more than 10,000 followers
  • We look at a Sony smartphone camera module that not only features extremely high resolution, but can shoot video at up to 1,000 frames per second
Feb 6, 2017

Happy Monday! We're back for another week of podcast fun with three stories:

  • Accessory manufacturer Jawbone is quitting the activity tracker biz and trying to reinvent itself for the fourth time
  • One research firm thinks Apple could start building the 2017 iPhones as early as June to get a head start on inventory and issue resolution
  • Apple has told accessory manufacturers about a new Ultra Accessory Connector it would like to see on headphones and headsets
Feb 3, 2017

Slow News Friday™ returns to the world of Apple, so it's a quick podcast today. We do have some good stories for you, however:

  • BeatsX earbuds may finally make it to stores near you as soon as next week
  • The second big franchise game from Nintendo is now available in several regions
  • Tim Cook goes to Scotland next week to receive an honorary degree
Feb 2, 2017

It's Groundhog Day, and if we get stuck in this day over and over and over...as in the classic Bill Murray comedy...at least there was some good Apple News to report:

  • An official in the Indian state of Karnataka reports that Apple will be manufacturing iPhones soon in Bengaluru
  • A new update to Google's Chrome browser for iPhone has built in the capability to use 3D Touch to scan QR codes
  • Google's YouTube app also received an update that makes control of video streaming to other devices a lot more convenient
  • It appears that Taiwan will be the next country to get Apple Pay
Feb 1, 2017

After yesterday's earnings call, there's more good news for Apple:

  • AAPL closed today at $128.75 per share
  • Wall Street analysts bumped up their estimates for Apple shares in the future
  • The iconic Fifth Avenue Store will be more than double in size after the current renovation work is completed
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