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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, January 5, 2017


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Tuesday Highlights: Apple, Ireland reach agreement on back taxes, appeal with EU to be heard in Fall—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Deutsche Bank sends "brutal" analysis of Apple's HomePod, believes mistakes "will cost it a huge new market"; ex VP of Samsung now with Apple as company hopes to gain traction in Samsung's home market; early adopters of iPhone X seem to love all aspects of the phone save Siri; a couple new advertisements from Apple highlight iPad support for Apple Pencil; now you can allow Amazon to deliver packages right to your car; DigiTimes reporting Apple seeks OLED price cuts for iPhones, and Rosenblatt Securities analysis predict a $200 price drop in 2018 Fall LCD iPhones; iMore takes an Apple Watch and Suunto GPS watch for a backcountry run; Aaron Ho compares 8 Qi chargers for new iPhones.

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  • "App Store Shatters Records on New Year's Day: $240 Million in Customer Purchases Makes Jan. 1, 2017 the App Store's Busiest Day Ever/App Developers Earned $20 Billion in 2016 — Up 40% from 2015"  Apple 7:45 AM
  • "App Store Shatters Records on New Year's Day" Business Wire 7:46 AM
  • "Apple touts record 2016 App Store sales thanks to Pokémon Go and Mario Run demand: $20bn made for developers, around $8.5bn for Apple" V3 9:34 AM
  • "Apple's App Store generated $20 billion for developers in 2016" Reuters 9:08 AM
  • "Apple's App Store just had the most successful month of sales ever" The Verge 9:34 AM
  • "Apple removes New York Times from China App Store after government request: Apple has removed the New York Times app from the Chinese App Store after the government said the publication violated laws."  Telegraph 7:16 AM
  • "Apple pulls New York Times app from China app store" ["The paper said the move was aimed at preventing readers in China 'from accessing independent news coverage'."]  BBC 7:05 AM
  • "Apple yanks New York Times apps in China" CNNMoney 6:58 AM
  • "Apple removes New York Times app from China's app store at government's request" The Verge 7:23 AM
  • "Factbox: Apps removed from Apple's China app store" Reuters 9:07 AM
  • "Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament: Sinn Féin man says Cook's 'legal excuse doesn't add up'" The Register 10:42 AM
  • "Apple chief accused of being 'disrespectful' to Ireland" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:13 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook declines Ireland committee invite, branded as 'snub to Irish people'" AppleInsider 6:43 PM
  • "Mac's share falls to five-year low: Sales slowdown catches up with the Mac, which cedes share to Windows and Linux"  Computerworld 3:58 PM
  • "Using an iPad as a Touch Bar with Final Cut Pro X" 7:17 AM
  • "How to download your Flickr photo library and transfer it to Google Photos or iCloud Photo library" Macworld 7:04 AM
  • "Ignoring Built-in Trackpad Input When Using External Mouse with MacBook" OS X Daily 3:53 PM
  • "Bringing iCloud Files Down to Earth" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:06 AM
  • "Put Unix path to selected Finder item on clipboard" The Robservatory 10:48 AM
  • "macOS: Turning Off Time Machine Space Notifications" The Mac Observer 11:54 AM
  • "Removing Unwanted Email Addresses in Mac Mail" MacMost 10:27 AM
  • "Macs Need This Cool Calendar Feature" Mac360 9:00 AM
Press Releases
  • "Nvidia brings GeForce Now game streaming to any PC or Mac" Ars Technica 7:17 AM
  • "Nvidia announces GeForce Now gaming service for Mac, $25 for 20 hours of play time" AppleInsider 7:03 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Music and Spotify overtake YouTube in music streaming" Social Barrel 7:37 PM
  • "India reluctant to give special tax incentives to Apple" Reuters 9:46 AM
  • "Apple's negotiations with India continue, government officials reluctant to give more tax breaks" AppleInsider 9:46 AM
  • "Apple and Atari engineers recall their childhood holiday tech gifts: Steve Wozniak, Atari's Al Alcorn, Gartner Chief Research Officer Peter Sondergaard, and this story's writer recall life-changing technology presents they received for the holidays." TechRepublic 3:54 PM
  • "What went wrong with this week's horrendous Mega Man Mobile? This isn't a complaint about touchscreen controls in retro games. It's much worse." Ars Technica 9:43 AM
  • "Ex-soldier pleads guilty to terror crime after not revealing iPhone PIN" The Register 9:53 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Meet the 'Blue and White' Power Mac" Cult of Mac 9:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "T-Mobile One plan simplified further, all additional charges now under single fee" AppleInsider 3:49 PM
  • "T-Mobile looks to take the element of surprise out of wireless bills with flat pricing" Greenbot 3:49 PM
  • "NVIDIA's new Shield just became the best streaming box you can buy" BGR 10:48 AM
  • "Ugly gaming PCs are our own fault: Gamers are the worst fashion victims of the tech world" The Verge 10:43 AM
  • "Ford bringing Amazon Alexa and high speed Wi-Fi to new vehicles" TechRepublic 9:43 AM
  • "Twitter nabs exclusive global rights to livestream some PGA Tour golf coverage for free" VentureBeat 9:42 AM
  • "Razer's gaming laptop prototype has three huge fold-out screens" The Verge 9:33 AM
  • "Three 4K screens, in one handy laptop" Mashable 9:05 AM
  • "Turn any flat surface into a huge, interactive display" Mashable 7:23 AM
  • "Craftsman brought Bluetooth lawn mowers and tool chests to CES" CNET 6:53 AM
  • "Upgrade #122: The 2016 Upgradies" Six Colors 3:53 PM
  • "CES 2017 Wireless Charging, Sober Sensors, and More -TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-05" The Mac Observer 11:54 AM
  • "Rebound 118: I Swallowed One of My AirPods" Six Colors 10:52 AM
  • "iOS 10 Now Installed on 76% of Active iOS Devices" MacRumors 1:13 PM
  • "Two Apple patents surfacing today cover a 3D Mapping Projector & the new Apple Store Glass Door System" Patently Apple 7:17 AM
  • "Apple wins patent for a carrying case boasting an interesting twist on the company logo" Apple World Today 9:00 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:59 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:59 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:59 AM

  • "Hands-on: AirBar turns MacBook Air into a touchscreen laptop" AppleInsider 7:03 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "This iPhone app makes finding your keys an augmented reality adventure" BGR 9:19 PM
  • "Drop Flip Seasons is the Physics Puzzler That Keeps on Giving" AppAdvice 3:58 PM
  • "'Highway Runners' Review - Out Run Your Own High Score" Touch Arcade 3:53 PM
  • "How to connect the LG UltraFine 5K to Ethernet, USB, and more!" iMore 10:43 AM
  • "How to mute progress updates from your friends and hide your own data in Activity sharing" iDownload Blog 9:43 AM
  • "How to get Luigi, Yoshi, and other playable characters in Super Mario Run" iMore 9:43 AM
  • "Disabling App Notifications in CarPlay Tips" iLounge 4:02 PM
  • "6 More iOS Tips You Probably Didn't Know Before" Apple Must 1:27 PM
  • "Thinking About Touch Screen Macs" MacSparky 6:16 PM
  • "Apple's Not a Services Company Yet: Apple Inc. wants to convince investors it is more than a maker of expensive slabs of glass and circuits. But its own numbers belie its attempt to rebrand itself as more than a hardware company."  BloombergGadfly 1:13 PM
  • "Apple's 2016 Report Card" iMore 11:11 AM
  • "Making the doom spiral: Some exaggeration necessary" Macworld 9:53 AM
  • "Dear Tim Cook: Here's how Google handled Chinese censorship"  Apple 3.0 9:34 AM
  • "Apple's record breaking App Store news is about more than money: You are the App Store"  Computerworld 9:03 AM
  • "A Mac User Looks At A Chromebook" McSolo 9:00 AM
  • "BlackBerry vs. iPhone: Mission Impossible" PixoBebo 9:00 AM
  • "Amazon Is Already Winning the Next Big Arms Race in Tech" Time 6:22 PM
  • "At Home with Echo and Home" ["Alexa is clearly able to understand your commands—and act on them—better than Siri is able to, but it doesn't feel leagues better."] Subtraction 3:53 PM
  • "The Coming PC Comeback Of 2018" Mac360 9:00 AM
  • "'Works with Alexa' – Amazon's Trojan Horse" Tech.pinions 7:17 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Instagram rolling out improved image quality for iPhone 7 users & Live Photos support to iOS app" 9to5Mac 9:15 PM
  • "Alpine Introduces $900 Infotainment System With Wireless CarPlay" MacRumors 6:21 PM
  • "Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard debuts at CES" Matias 5:10 PM
  • "OtterBox uniVERSE case expands to iPad Air 2, Speck Presidio clear case line debuts" AppleInsider 4:24 PM
  • "Ecoxgear shows EcoJump iPhone-connected car jump starter, EcoBump emergency battery" AppleInsider 3:49 PM
  • "Elago W3 Stand stand makes a charging Apple Watch look like a miniature Macintosh 128K" AppleInsider 3:49 PM
  • "Free app 'Trigger' can notify you when Trump tweets about your stocks, and other helpful finance alerts" 9to5Mac 3:49 PM
  • "Dell's stunning 8K monitor laughs at your measly Retina displays" The Next Web 1:13 PM
  • "Honeywell extends Lyric Platform with Lyric Cameras & HomeKit-compatiblility for Lyric Security system" 9to5Mac 1:03 PM
  • "Google Calendar update makes it easier to track your New Year's fitness goals: Calendar now incorporates health data from fitness trackers and wearables" The Verge 11:12 AM
  • "Apple Pay gains support for MORE loyalty card/payroll deduct program accepted at over 300k vending machines" 9to5Mac 10:52 AM
  • "Sennheiser's new earbuds record 3D audio using just an iPhone" The Verge 10:48 AM
  • "Sennheiser's first neckbuds go for style with a leather band" The Verge 10:48 AM
  • "BACtrack unveils Apple Watch band with built-in blood alcohol monitor" AppleInsider 10:43 AM
  • "ViewSonic announces three new external displays at CES, including a curved 37-inch 4K model with USB-C" 9to5Mac 10:43 AM
  • "Looking for a dock for your Touch Bar MacBook Pro? Henge has three to choose from: The Tethered Docking Station, Horizontal Docking Station, and Vertical Docking Station unite in a battle against the dongles." Macworld 10:43 AM
  • "With Kodakit, Kodak wants to create the 'photography ecosystem of the future'" VentureBeat 9:43 AM
  • "Earin combats Apple's AirPods with new M-2 truly wireless earbuds" AppleInsider 9:03 AM
  • "iPad Gets A MacBook Pro Touch Bar" Mac360 9:00 AM
  • "Clarion Releases Premium Double-DIN Multimedia Source Unit with Apple CarPlay Support" PRNewswire 7:47 AM
  • "The New TomTom Sports App Gets You Going" Business Wire 7:46 AM
  • "Original Six Mega Man Games Launch for iOS and Android" The Mac Observer 7:05 AM
  • "August Home announces mortise kit for smart lock, Logitech POP switch integration" AppleInsider 7:03 AM
  • "CalDigit announces new Thunderbolt 3 USB-C dock with I/O expansion ports and full 85W power for charging new MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 7:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Drives New Car Software Push With Renault-Nissan Deal: Company shifts away from Windows in favor of flexible approach that lets automakers pick the tech they need" Bloomberg 9:07 PM
  • "Microsoft plans big reorganization of partner and services groups starting Feb. 1" GeekWire 2:32 PM
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 design refresh revealed in leaked screenshots" The Verge 9:11 AM
  • "Windows 10 Project Neon to give Microsoft's interface a fresh new look" TechRadar UK 4:35 PM
  • "Moore's law is not dead, says Intel boss" Telegraph 6:27 AM
  • "Intel confident in Moore's Law sustainability" Seeking Alpha 12:05 PM
  • "CES 2017: Intel adds five new NUC mini-PCs with Kaby Lake CPUs" ZDNet 10:10 AM
  • "Intel: 10nm Cannon Lake PCs will start shipping in 2017/Chipmaker pledges that Moore's Law is alive and well" The Inquirer 6:19 AM
  • "Intel demos Project Alloy, VR content at CES; looks to 2017 as the year of virtual reality" Neowin 6:25 AM
  • "CES 2017 Update: Intel Unveils 5G Modem To Improve Self-Driving Cars" Daily Disruption 6:41 AM
  • "Intel boss promotes the business prospects for VR" ComputerWeekly 6:50 AM
  • "CES 2017: Intel reveals credit card-sized modular computer" BBC 3:41 PM
  • "AMD Vega GPU Architecture Details Revealed" HotHardware 8:43 AM
  • "AMD AM4 Motherboards For RYZEN Processors Unveiled – Powerful X370 Designs For Enthusiasts, Desktops With RYZEN Ready" WCCF Tech 6:49 AM
  • "AMD reveals new Radeon GPU architecture, codenamed Vega" ExtremeTech 3:32 PM
  • "AMD showcases Ryzen PCs and AM4 motherboards" Hexus 6:49 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 560M 4GB Mobility Chip Leaked; Radeon RX 500 To Feature Polaris and Vega GPUs" MobiPicker 6:49 AM
  • "Nvidia brings GeForce Now to PC and Mac, but it's not the game streaming service you wanted" Neowin 6:26 AM
  • "CES 2017: Nvidia GeForce Now Cloud Service to Allow Mac Users to Play High-End PC Games" MacTrast 7:21 AM
  • "Nvidia supersizes Shield TV with Android 7.0, 4K HDR, Plex, Steam and more: Yet again the Shield range goes monster on the competition" The Inquirer 7:25 AM
  • "Dell XPS 27 7760 All-In-One PC Review: 4K IPS Touch And Wired For Sound" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "Dell's new XPS 27 is an all-in-one with ten speakers and a lot of power: Finally, a PC with decent built-in speakers." Engadget 3:35 PM
  • "Dell unveils Ultrathin QHD 27" HDR display" Ocaholic 6:39 AM
  • "Dell just released a Microsoft Surface Studio style display" ZDNet 6:53 PM
  • "Dell announces the Canvas and XPS 27, a pair of Surface Studio competitors" Neowin 6:07 PM
  • "Dell's Canvas is a 27-inch tablet for creative professionals" TechCrunch 5:56 PM
  • "Dell will ship first the 32-inch 8K display, the UltraSharp 32 Ultra HD: The first 32-inch 8K display will arrive in March for $4,999" IDG News Service 3:38 PM
  • "Physical Spaces: Next Cisco vs. Microsoft Battlefront? Despite the hype around virtual working, people still do meet in physical spaces to get stuff done." No Jitter 6:49 AM
  • "CodeFights Report Reveals Programming Language Efficiency, Popularity" eWeek 10:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Needs an Acquisition to Boost Service Revenue: More Squawk From Jim Cramer/ Apple said App developers brought in over $20 billion in 2016, a 40% increase from 2015. Cramer says Apple needs to make an acquisition to bring in more revenue." TheStreet 10:49 AM
  • "FY 17 First Quarter Results: Apple's conference call to discuss first fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET." Apple 6:59 AM
Industry News
  • "Retailers hurting; Government vs. Google; Corona on tap" CNNMoney 6:51 AM
  • "Dow Backs Further From 20,000 Level as Retail Slumps: The Dow Jones Industrial Average's shot at 20,000 grows more remote on Thursday as disappointing holiday sales sour market sentiment." TheStreet 4:27 PM
  • "Stocks Drop as Investors Unwind Postelection Trades" FOXBusiness 4:28 PM
  • "Market Close Report: Historical high reached as NASDAQ Composite Index closes at 5,487.94." Nasdaq 4:28 PM
  • "Nasdaq notches all-time closing high as stocks end mixed" USA Today 4:29 PM
  • "Stocks Drop as Investors Unwind Some Postelection Trades: Fed minutes cite uncertainty about impact of Trump on U.S. economy" [Paid Membership Required] 4:29 PM
  • "Asian stocks start mixed amid strong economic data" MarketWatch 6:57 AM
  • "European stocks wobble around 1-year high as euro climbs after Fed minutes" MarketWatch 6:57 AM

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