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News round-up: Apple Watch returned in working order after being lost at sea (and more)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out.

We knew the Apple Watch was tough, but this is still impressive. According to KTLA 5, a body surfer in Huntingdon Beach, California, lost his Apple Watch when he was hit by a huge wave. A man found it three miles north of where it went lost at sea and returned it six months later. It still works, although the salt water left a little haze on the screen..

A report on Monday indicated that Apple is spending about $30 million a month on Amazon Web Services, saying spending had increased by about 10% over the previous year. Howeve, The Information disputes these claims and says that Apple spent about $370 million across 2018, which is down from 2017.

Deadline reports that Morgan Neville, Imagine Documentaries, and Peanuts have teamed for Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10, a documentary of sorts that seeks to answer the question: Was Snoopy a world famous, top-secret astronaut? It will launch in May will be available in May on the Apple TV app. 

TikTok is once again available on India’s app stores, ending a week-long, court-ordered ban. The concern was that young people could be exposed to nudity within the app and perhaps even be targeted for abuse.

CashKaro claims Apple will release a 5.8-inch “iPhone XI” this fall with a triangle shaped triple camera arrangement.

Apple has upgraded its XProtect security software to be able to detect Windows files which may be a threat to Mac users. According to security researcher Patrick Wardle, the update will now detect Windows Portable Executable (.PE) files and binary segments.

On the new MacVoices, Drobo sales director Brett Best discusses the highlights of the Drobo 8D, an 8-bay device that delivers up to 128TB with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a full size 2.5 SSD accelerator. Brett talks about the devices capabilities, the ability to successfully migrate from previous Drobo models (including the Drobo Pro), and why it’s important to keep the firmware up to date.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.