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Now displaying: May, 2017
May 31, 2017

As we say goodbye to May and look forward to the month of June, we have some great stories to share with you:

  • Two accessory manufacturers announced Thunderbolt 3 enclosures that should be out soon
  • Like platformers? Chameleon Run is available for free download, but you'll need to have the Apple Store app installed to get it
  • Microsoft announced that Microsoft Planner for iOS is now available to select subscription plans
  • New public betas for macOS and iOS are out now

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May 30, 2017

Welcome back from that 3-day weekend! Hopefully you had good weather, a lot of fun, and some time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. We have some stories from all across the spectrum of Apple and consumer electronics:

  • A North Korean iPad? Say it isn't so! It's obviously not made by Apple...
  • Apple Park now shows up in the Apple Maps app, complete with 3D depictions of the buildings at the new campus
  • Happy Birthday, Google Street View. We talk about the idea behind Street View and how those 360° photos will become even more prominent soon

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May 26, 2017

As we go into the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy these stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Apple's developing a dedicated AI processor called the "Apple Neural Engine"
  • Apple News gets an editor in chief, but can it get away from its liberal bias?
  • An investigation into EgyptAir Flight 804's 2016 crash suggests that an iPhone 6s and iPhone mini 4 may have been plugged in incorrectly and caused a cockpit fire
  • Tim Cook tweets out the latest New Yorker cover... drawn on an iPad

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for Medium.com. 

 

May 25, 2017

A rather busy Thursday, with a number of timely Apple news stories for you:

  • London Gatwick Airport installed about 2,000 Bluetooth beacons that will soon be providing precise indoor location information and AR directions around the airport
  • Apple has made several small changes to its website recently, updating Events, adding a full Newsroom for PR, and publishing full profiles on the Leadership page
  • Belkin revealed more of its plans to make WeMo home automation devices compatible with Apple HomeKit
  • Readdle adds drag-and-drop to iOS with their Documents 6 app released today

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for Medium.com. 

May 24, 2017

AirPods, Twitter, and Thunderbolt are all in the news today. Listen to the Apple World Today News Update podcast and hear all about them:

  • Apple's AirPods received a firmware update today, although it may not be apparent that it's actually been installed
  • Twitter's Apple TV app got an update with support for live 360 video and a new Periscope Global Map
  • Intel plans to push the Thunderbolt protocol by making the specification available to manufacturers nonexclusive and royalty-free

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for Medium.com. 

May 23, 2017

A quiet news day in the world of Apple, but some interesting stories nonetheless:

  • AgileBits announces a "travel mode" for its flagship 1Password app that keeps snooping customs and border protection officers from seeing your passwords
  • Apple has applied for a permit to test 5G cellular radio systems for use in future iPhones

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for Medium.com. 

May 22, 2017

Hopefully Monday isn't grinding you down too badly! We have some news that may cheer you up:

  • Ford Motor Co. changes CEOs, with autonomous car chief Jim Hackett taking over and a mandate to "seek alliances with Silicon Valley companies"
  • The YouTube TV app no longer requires a Chromecast for streaming. Today's update brings AirPlay to the app so those shows can use your Apple TV
  • Mobile Safari may see a major scrolling speed boost in the near future

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May 19, 2017

Thank Groot It's Friday! We come to the end of the week with stories about strangely persistent notes, iPhone owners who want another iPhone, and a "crapintosh". 

  • ElcomSoft finds that Apple is retaining those deleted notes a bit longer than 30 days...
  • Morgan Stanley finds that the iPhone retention rate is at 92 percent, up from last year's 86 percent, and analyst Katy Huberty sees no reason why the iPhone 8 shouldn't ship on schedule
  • Have $70 and a bit of time? Build a "crapintosh" that actually runs better than a brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
May 18, 2017

Tipping is not a city in China, a ban is averted...for now, and YouTube wants everybody to stream 24/7:

  • Social networks are under the Apple gun in China for the practice of app tipping, which is cutting Apple out of revenues
  • A proposed ban on laptops and tablets in plane cabins to/from Europe has been averted, at least for now
  • YouTube opens the floodgates on live streaming from mobile devices
May 17, 2017

The Google I/O Conference is underway, and surprisingly Apple device owners are showing interest in this year's event thanks to some unique apps that run on iOS. That and other news from today is all here on the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Google Assistant makes it to iOS
  • Jimmy Iovine pretty much puts the nail in the coffin of "free Apple Music" in a recent interview
  • Apple Pay expands to Italy and grows in the US and China
  • Apple is now producing the iPhone SE in India, with sales likely to start this month
  • The US Senate staff has approved a third-party encrypted messaging/calling app for use
May 16, 2017

Today's educational and entertaining Apple-related news:

  • The winning bidder of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights auction for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Apple Park will pay $688,999 for the privilege
  • Smartphone buyers are avoiding the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in droves
  • Apple has officially launched the new "Today at Apple" sessions that will be held at Apple retail outlets around the world
  • Belkin has apparently reversed a decision announced last year, and now says it will support HomeKit in its line of WeMo home automation products
May 15, 2017

A new week, and a fresh new batch of stories for our listeners:

  • Updates to all of Apple's operating systems showed up today, with macOS squashing a bug that caused stuttering sound through USB headphones
  • A rumor says that Apple may have "smart bands" coming out as accessories for the Apple Watch that could do real-time monitoring of blood glucose, add battery life, and include cameras
  • Artists with iPad Pros and Apple Pencils were in attendance at The Players Tournament this weekend, capturing the PGA Tour event in a high-tech way
May 12, 2017

As the week winds down, we have a short Friday podcast for you:

  • The going is tough in Germany, where negotiations with the country's banks to allow Apple Pay are "in a tough state"
  • The yellow and magenta networks may merge, making...red? (Hmmm, Verizon has a lock on red, doesn't it?)
  • One Wall Street analyst thinks the iPhone 8 will come in 128 and 256GB versions at price tags of $999 and $1,099 respectively

 

May 11, 2017

Microsoft Windows will make nice with iOS, the father of the iPod speaks, and the Sims are coming to an iPhone or iPad near you:

  • A fall release of Microsoft Windows 10 will add features that provide a lot of support for iOS devices
  • Tony Fadell, iPod designer and former Nest CEO, talked last night at a San Jose forum on the history and impact of the iPhone
  • EA announces The Sims Mobile, a new game in the franchise that will run on iOS
May 10, 2017

Kind of a slow news day in Apple land today -- with the exception of the rumor mills -- but we have a few stories for today's podcast:

  • A European homebuilder is added to the list of homebuilders offering turnkey HomeKit support for new home buyers
  • Google's iOS app and mobile search results can now give users ideas of events to go to in order to stay properly entertained
  • Readdle's PDF Expert 6 for iOS is released, with a lot of new and time-saving features
May 9, 2017

On today's episode of the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • We ponder Apple's late entry into the "smart speaker" product category after today's reveal of the Amazon Echo Show, and quote Phil Schiller's comments about how worthless these devices are without a display...
  • Two Apple execs made a nice nest egg with some significant stock sales in the past week
  • Apple clarified its changes to the App Store affiliate program; it turns out that those reductions in commission rates are only for in-app purchases

 

May 8, 2017

It's Monday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. At least you have another episode of the AWT News Update to listen to!

  • AAPL closes at $153.00 per share, with a record market cap of $811 billion
  • Microsoft announces a Cortana-based "smart speaker" to compete with Amazon and Google products, as well as Apple's rumored device
  • Apple will present plans tonight in Washington D.C. regarding its planned renovation of the historic Carnegie Library into a retail outlet 
  • The cost to break into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c? $900,000
May 5, 2017

TGIF! We have a few stories for you on today's podcast, including a very good close of the week for shares of AAPL, some mergers and acquisitions that could be appropriate for Apple, and some malware that's affecting a few Mac users:

  • Apple closes at $148.96 per share, and is trading above $149 in after-hours trading
  • A Citigroup analyst has seven ideas for interesting strategic mergers and acquisitions for Apple
  • The "Snake" malware that has bugged Windows users for some time is now causing some issues for Mac users, although Apple has shut down the certificate for the installer
  • Apple has raised $7 billion in a bond sale 
May 4, 2017

Not much Apple news today after the blast of hot, fresh tidbits on Tuesday. But we have the following for you:

  • Some analysis about the smartphone market in China provided by Counterpoint Research shows that Apple is killin' it in the high-end phone segment
  • Another tvOS beta showed up today. When will the final 10.2.1 version arrive?
  • Niantic will host community events to let Pokémon Go and Ingress players connect with real people 
May 3, 2017

A nice, calm day after the storm of an Apple earnings report. Here's today's news:

  • Apple closed slightly down from yesterday's near-record close
  • Quick! Run to the TV. Tim Cook is on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer
  • Rumor has it that Inventec is building the alleged Apple Siri speaker that may be announced as soon as next month
  • Beware the Google Docs phishing attack!
  • Enterprise sales are booming for Apple
May 2, 2017

Today Apple announced its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2017 ending April 1, 2017. Rather than parrot back all of those results to you, we're inviting you to do two things:

  • Visit the Apple World Today site for more posts and information on topics from the earnings call
  • Watch the one-hour Facebook Live show we did today discussing the earnings and questions asked by analysts
May 1, 2017

Mayday! Mayday! We've got some fascinating news bits for you today, the first day of May.

  • Apple TV gains three new apps as well as three other apps that support universal search
  • Siri saves three more lives, this time thanks to a waterproof iPhone 7 on a capsized boat
  • AAPL shares close today at $146.58
  • Longtime Apple writer Joe Kissell purchases the Take Control Books publishing company from Adam and Tonya Engst of TidBITS
  • Some Apple Watch apps from big players are disappearing from the small screen
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