Apple actually reducing dependence on Amazon cloud services

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This isn't actually Apple's data center, but it's close.
Apple is increasingly using its own data centers, rather than outsourcing iCloud storage to rival companies.
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Although a recent report indicated that Apple is spending about $30 million a month for Amazon’s cloud services, new information indicates that’s a considerable reduction from the past.

This is a result of Apple’s growing collection of data centers around the world.

Apple health care plans are potentially more lucrative than iPhone

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The ECG feature on Apple Watch Series 4.
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Apple is poised to create an entirely new ecosystem in health care with a value that could be three times greater than the global smartphone market, according to a Morgan Stanley report.

Apple devices and a growing number of App Store apps are in the early stages of what the 14 analysts predict will be a digital disruption to the health care industry worth as much as $313 billion by 2027.

Apple takes on Netflix with its own original TV service

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CEO Tim Cook before a picture of actors, directors, and producers of Apple TV+ original shows.
CEO Tim Cook before a picture of actors, directors, and producers of Apple TV+ original shows.
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Hundreds of TV shows are available through dozens of streaming services, and Apple has just added itself to the mix with a stable of original programs. But rather than increasing the complexity, Apple is hoping to simplify everything by becoming a one-stop-shop for multiple offerings, including HBO, Showtime and more.

This service is called, logically enough, Apple TV+

Bill-paying service doxo adopts Apple Pay

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Apple Pay with doxo may not take the pain out of bill paying. The two could make it easier.
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Doxo, an online bill-paying service for more 2.5 million people announced today its users can now pay bills Apple Pay.

Most of its users pay bills with a mobile device using the company’s app. More than half, according to a written statement, use an iOS device.

Wall Street Journal reportedly signs on for Apple News subscription service

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The Wall Street Journal would be a great launch partner for the service.
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The Wall Street Journal has reportedly agreed to participate in Apple’s paid news subscription service. Apple should offer details on the new service during the “It’s show time” media event.

News of the WSJ’s participation comes shortly after reports that The New York Times and Washington Post both opted out.

iCloud problems make some Apple services shaky [Updated]

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It’s a bad day to be in Apple IT.
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Update: The problems have apparently been fixed, as all the indicators on Apple’s System Status page are now green, and there are no outstanding issues listed.


If you’re having difficulties with some feature of iCloud, don’t reboot your computer or network because it’s not just you.

Apple’s official System Status page has lit up with a rash of yellow icons indicating problems.