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The AWT News Update brings you Apple-related news that you may not read about on the Apple World Today website. Updated M-F (except on US holidays), we'll keep you on top of the news in five minutes or less!
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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
Feb 28, 2018

Finally, the last day of February... Today's podcast gives us stories about competition in the tech biz, as well as an upcoming IPO and a new use for the Apple Watch Series 3:

  • Google is taking on Slack with its new Hangouts Chat for G Suite
  • Move over, Google Pixel 2 - although you claim you're the best smartphone camera, Consumer Reports puts the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus atop the smartphone camera heap
  • Spotify is planning on a $1 billion IPO soon
  • Your Apple Watch Series 3 can now track your skiing or snowboarding activities
Feb 27, 2018

There are a lot of little news items today dealing with video content, 5G, and Apple's sky-high share price:

  • Hit-or-miss director M. Night Shyamalan is the latest to get a green light from Apple for an original series. Thank God he's only directing one episode...
  • There's a big sale on 4K HDR movies and more in the iTunes Store right now
  • Mobile providers T-Mobile and Sprint throw their hats into the 5G ring
  • AAPL reached a new record high of $180.48 before retreating today, buoyed by nice words from Warren Buffett
Feb 27, 2018

Better late than never is our motto for this Monday evening. Today's late Apple World Today News Update podcast was postponed a bit, but now we're here with three short news stories to keep you informed and entertained:

  • The HomePod smart speaker apparently saw higher day one pre-orders than any other premium smart speaker
  • Apple's newest iPhone video ads are targeted squarely at users of Android devices, touting the ease of use, security, environmental friendliness and outstanding support versus Android
  • Apple's share price is near record territory again, and a NYU professor thinks that the company is "the best value play" of the top four large tech firms
Feb 23, 2018

TGIF! We hope you're going to have a safe and fun weekend, wherever you may be. We have three stories to close out your week with a short News Update podcast:

  • Cloud storage company Dropbox files for a $500 million IPO
  • Apple and other companies testing self-driving car platforms may get to test their technology on California roads without having a "safety driver" behind the wheel
  • Director Steven Soderbergh's new psycho-thriller "Unsane" premiered at the Berlin film festival this week. The movie was shot on an iPhone and opens in theaters on March 23
Feb 22, 2018

Today's news brings us word about more screenshots in the iOS App Store, an auction of items signed by Steve Jobs, and a quasi-scientific test of car navigation apps by an Adobe manager:

  • Apple now allows developers put submit up to 10 screenshots per device type for their App Store listings
  • Want a piece of history? Three items signed by Steve Jobs are going up for auction soon, including an employment application from 1973
  • Bored by your commute? Gather data for an unofficial test of car navigation apps like this Adobe senior manager did
Feb 21, 2018

It's a shorter than usual AWT News Update today, with three posts that focus on companies that work with -- or compete with -- Apple rather than the fruit company itself...

  • Dish Network's Sling TV, which provides Apple TV, iPhone and iPad users with streaming TV, announced it had 2.21 million subscribers at the end of 2017
  • Facebook's new updated Facebook Messenger app now provides the ability to do group video or audio calls, something that FaceTime still can't do
  • AT&T announces that a "dozen cities" will have 5G service by year's end, but don't let that get you dreaming of "multi-gigabit" mobile connections just yet
Feb 20, 2018

It's Tuesday - be sure to watch AWT TV tonight live at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET on as Steve Sande and Marty Edwards bring you an hour of iOS and macOS tips! Here's some news for you while you wait:

  • AirPlay 2 disappears from the latest betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3
  • Samsung announces a new line of SSDs for enterprise, one of which has a 30.72 TB capacity
  • Samsung's also seen its smartphone market share drop in the company's home country of South Korea, where Apple and LG keep increasing their share
  • A Pennsylvania woman credits her Apple Watch with possibly saving her life after a drunk driver hit her car, temporarily blinding her
  • That news about Apple filing for a new trademark for the rainbow logo? It's a nothingburger. 
Feb 19, 2018

Steve's podcasting record for February took another hit last Friday with a bad bout of stomach flu; today he's back with four news stories for you:

  • WWDC hasn't been officially announced, but rumors are pointing toward June 4 - 8, 2018 in San Jose, CA 
  • Apple's new flagship retail store in Chicago has another issue -- this time, a big crack in one of the glass panels
  • A drone crashed into Apple's new headquarters building over the weekend. The building is unscathed, but the pilot may not get the drone back
  • Twitter is dropping support for the Mac, discontinuing its Mac client. We have news of a deal for a replacement client for you
Feb 15, 2018

This Thursday afternoon we have a variety of short news items for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple will require developers to support the iPhone X starting in April 2018 for all new apps submitted to the App Store
  • One character in India's Telugu language is crashing message apps in iOS 11, and a fix is on the way soon
  • Getting an Apple HomePod? You might want to get a Pad & Quill HomePod Coaster first!
  • Google Maps for iOS receives a handy update that speeds access to many features
  • Facebook is entering the smart speaker market later this year
Feb 14, 2018

Today's podcast is somewhat shorter in length, which should be useful for those of you who forgot today was Valentine's Day and are still rushing around trying to buy gifts and set up restaurant reservations...

  • The Apple Watch Series 3 finally appears in the refurb section of the online Apple Store, although GPS+Cellular watches are not available yet
  • Apple has published an ARKit/Augmented Reality mini-site that includes details on ARKit, phone technology, and apps that use ARKit
  • A Barclay's analyst thinks that Apple's 2019 iPhones may add a rear-facing 3D sensor for AR purposes
  • YouTube TV adds a number of Turner networks today, but also announces a higher monthly fee for new subscribers starting March 13
Feb 13, 2018

Today was Apple's annual shareholder meeting, held at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus. As a result, today's podcast covers just one topic -- the shareholder meeting, the agenda of the meeting, and comments made by shareholders and the Apple executives during the meeting. 

Feb 12, 2018

Steve is back to recording the podcast after a week-long hiatus due to a death in the family. Today we have three stories; one highlighting major US carrier Verizon, another the HomePod, and the final focusing on wireless mobile chip vendors Qualcomm and Broadcom:

  • Verizon announced that it will begin locking smartphones for a specified amount of time in order to reduce criminal demand for its unlocked phones
  • A scientific test of Apple's new HomePod smart speaker proves that it has excellent sound quality
  • Apple suppliers Qualcomm and Broadcom are set to restart talks on a possible takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom; any takeover would have an impact on Apple
Feb 1, 2018

Welcome to the shortest month of the year...that usually feels like it's two months long. Our February coverage of Apple starts with five stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Uber's latest iOS app update disabled the ability to hail a ride from within Apple Maps or using Siri
  • India builds another barrier to entry for Apple by raising custom duties on imported mobile phones from 15 to 20 percent
  • A new setting in iOS and macOS makes it possible for enterprise administrators to delay updates for up to 90 days
  • Only a little over three weeks until the first Apple retail store in Austria is set to open in Vienna
  • Slack is the latest company to do away with an Apple Watch app
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