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Now displaying: March, 2018
Mar 30, 2018

It's the last day of March, the day before a holiday weekend, and the first weekend of Major League Baseball for 2018. We'll end the week with three stories:

  • Drones were used to help 26 smugglers move almost $80 million worth of refurbished iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen
  • MyFitnessPal reported a huge data breach affecting 150 million users; if you've ever used MyFitnessPal, change your password immediately
  • macOS 10.13.4 brings external GPU support to the Mac platform for the first time, and we tell you which eGPU chassis are approved for use
Mar 29, 2018

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast features stories that will be of interest to people with big forearms, those who keep their iPads plugged in all the time, and potential murderers:

  • Apple's coming out with a larger version of the Sport Loop Apple Watch Band, perfect for those with monstrous forearms
  • The iOS 11.3 update includes a new feature to help battery health on iPads that are plugged in all the time
  • Heart rate data from an Apple Watch is being used as key evidence in an Australian murder trial
Mar 28, 2018

Just a few stories for you this afternoon on the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • A Department of Justice investigation shows that the FBI misled Congress when it said that it had used all possible means to access the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers and wanted to force Apple to "open a back door"
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed by MSNBC's Chris Hayes and Recode's Kara Swisher with topics ranging from education, creativity and technology to the Facebook controversy and freedom of speech
Mar 27, 2018

Today's Apple educational event is over, but the impact on school administrator spending habits remains to be seen. Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast discusses:

  • The news announced at the event in one very concise statement
  • A rumor of a slightly larger Apple Watch screen coming this fall
  • App Store and iTunes Store outages have been occurring today, most likely due to the mass downloading of iWork updates
  • We correct a statement that many websites are making about iBooks Author and Pages for ebook development
Mar 26, 2018

Monday! Hopefully the day we all dread hasn't been too bad for you. We have some interesting news bits for you today:

  • Apple is now accepting trade-ins of older Apple Watches
  • Watch out, Apple! Google Chromebooks are already eating your lunch in the education market, and now Google and Acer have teamed up for the low-cost Acer Chromebook Tab 10 tablet. Can Apple beat it with a lower-cost iPad expected to be announced tomorrow?
  • Use an iPad with a PC? The Microsoft Edge browser now runs on iPad, so you can send web pages from your iPad or iPhone directly to your Windows PC
  • Apple's "original content" for streaming TV won't arrive until next March, and they're working on upbeat, optimistic content
  • Amazon's Kindle app for iPad now supports Split View and a new continuous scrolling mode
Mar 23, 2018

Happy Friday! Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast has stories about happy developers, livestreams that aren't happening next week, possible product announcements in the education space, and using the fingers of dead people to unlock iPhones:

  • 5,000 Apple developers are probably dancing in the streets today after finding out that they're going to WWDC 2018. Another 500,000 developers are feeling suicidal after finding out they didn't win the WWDC lottery
  • Apple isn't going to livestream next week's education event from Chicago, fortunate as we won't have to see Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel politicizing the event
  • A new, low-cost iPad with Apple Pencil support may be revealed at the Chicago event
  • Forbes reveals that law enforcement agencies now regularly use the fingers of the recently deceased in an attempt to unlock iPhones with Touch ID
Mar 22, 2018

Today's Apple World Today News Update podcast has news on where Apple's future revenue growth will come from, a unique proof-of-concept app that wants to make it easier to assemble IKEA furniture, and a rumor about trial production of this year's iPhones:

  • Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty sees Apple's future revenue growth coming not from iPhones, but from services and wearables
  • A developer has created a proof-of-concept AR app that could make it easier to understand those sometimes nebulous IKEA furniture assembly instructions
  • Rumors! Trial product of this year's three iPhones could start as early as June
Mar 21, 2018

A short podcast today, but with a few fun stories about the top grossing app in the US App Store, zombies and the iPhone X, and a unique campaign by a Chinese smartphone manufacturer to get potential iPhone X buyers to wait...

  • The top grossing app in the US App Store is...YouTube. Find out how a free app can make so much money
  • A game developer is using the iPhone X TrueDepth camera to capture facial animations for an upcoming "The Walking Dead" title
  • Huawei's new P20 smartphone arrives in less than a week, and the company is trying to dissuade people from buying the iPhone X until they can try the new phone
Mar 20, 2018

We're stirring it up topic-wise on this Tuesday, the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere, with stories about autonomous vehicles, tvOS 11.3, a mock home setting where you can test HomeKit devices, and Apple's plans for even more office space in the South Bay Area:

  • Apple has doubled its autonomous car fleet since January; we also look at the cause of Sunday's Uber autonomous car fatality
  • Apple has released the sixth -- and probably final -- beta of tvOS 11.3 to developers
  • London shoppers can try out a large HomeKit mock home setup at a new store in the Westfield London shopping center
  • Think Apple Park and Apple Campus 3 are it for the company's real estate expansion? Just wait -- the company's plans in San Jose, California are unreal
Mar 19, 2018

A pair of short -- but fascinating -- stories to start off the week:

  • We look at some possibilities on what may be announced at Apple's educational event in Chicago next Tuesday
  • Apple Campus 3 (AC3) is about to open, another big Apple building about four miles north of both 1 Infinite Loop and Apple Park
Mar 16, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day (one day early)! Today's Apple World Today News Update Podcast includes a pot of gold with leprechauns dancing around it, as well as some important and informative news bits:

  • Apple World Today has launched the new Team AWT Community Forum, an online discussion group for Team AWT members
  • Are you a developer in Paris? If so, look in your email inbox for an invitation to an Apple event next Friday
  • That Steve Jobs job application from 1973? It sold at auction for $174,000
  • Apple's R&D expenditures this year are going to be HUGE
Mar 15, 2018

Steve's finally back from his Spring Training trip, and has several timely news items for today's podcast:

  • Are you a Team AWT member? Keep an eye on your email inbox for something new...
  • Apple's App Store has been blocked in Iran today, although nobody is owning up to who's doing the blocking
  • Media giant iHeartMedia has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, struggling with streaming competitors like Apple and Spotify, ad revenues flowing to Facebook and Google, and a lack of radio listeners
  • Google's changing its wearables brand from Android Wear to Wear OS in hopes of being more competitive with the Apple Watch line
Mar 2, 2018

On today's News Update podcast, we give you three stories that deal with Apple competitors Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. Please note that the podcast will be on spring break until March 14.

  • Facebook is testing a new feature that could make it easier to post your status to your News Feed: something called Voice Clips. It lets users record short audio clips that friends and family can then listen to.
  • Amazon's Alexa digital assistant went mute for a while today after a data center issue caused a regional outage of Amazon Web Services
  • Apple's wonderful accessibility features for the vision impaired and blind received a boost today from Microsoft with the Redmond, Washington company's new Soundscape app for iPhone
Mar 1, 2018

Welcome to March! As the daffodils begin to peek out, we have a few stories from the world of Apple for you:

  • The Apple Watch Series 3 propelled Apple into the leader spot of the wearables market in the 4th calendar quarter of 2017
  • Going to the movies this weekend? Use Apple Pay with Fandango and you can get $5 off of two or more tickets
  • Asymco analyst Horace Dediu calculates that two out of three Apple devices ever sold are still in use
  • The big four US mobile carriers have joined forces to create a new secure authentication method that will eventually replace those SMS texts of two-factor authentication codes
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