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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, February 17, 2017
 

 

 
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Wednesday Highlights: A new approach to cleaning up supply chain issues, poor working conditions, excessive overtime, is what's needed for Apple to clean up abuses, argues Tim Culpan; tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, may need to be broken up so says Greg Ip for the Wall Street Journal; Farhad Manjoo at New York Times discusses smartphone addiction, laying out argument "for Apple to build a less addictive iPhone"; Morgan Stanley bullish on Apple's China stake; beware chaiOS text bomb which can freeze/crash your iOS or Mac, Tom's Guide tests and confirms the crashes; App Annie's new stats reveal 2017 "A monumental year for the app economy"; Apple ranks 6th in Reuters' Top 100 Technology Companies; Variety reports renowned director J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi drama series being shopped to Apple, HBO; Taipei Times reporting first batch of HomePods shipping from Inventec.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "4K and HDR may not be enough for Apple TV to win the living room: Apple's set-top box is rumored to be adding features that its competitors already offer for less."  Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "Bloomberg attacks Apple TV as failing to be 'a groundbreaking, iPhone-caliber product'" ["There are a series of problems with the article, ranging from factual inaccuracies and incorrect assessments about the television industry. Overall, it well represents the populist media narrative that Apple is a bungling, arrogant, ineffectual and incompetent company that can't even manage to regularly replicate its work that made iPhone the world's most valuable technology product to ever exist, and that made it the most successful and transformative tech company in the world--without any context for what real success in the TV industry might actually look like."]  AppleInsider 7:27 AM
  • "What's next for tvOS & Apple TV? How Apple's set-top box could upgrade your living room" 9to5Mac 2:54 PM
  • "Apple's CFO explains the company's $10 billion R&D budget" Business Insider 9:34 AM
  • "Tech giant Apple to kickstart Indian dream with the iPhone SE" The Economic Times 7:25 AM
  • "Apple iPhone SE to Be First Model Assembled in India" Investopedia 8:10 AM
  • "Apple to begin iPhone SE assembly in India in coming months" CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Apple to begin iPhone SE production in India this April, report says" AppleInsider 8:00 AM
OS X
News
  • "New macOS malware steals passwords and iPhone backups" BetaNews 7:54 AM
  • "Adobe Issues Critical Security Update for Flash Player on Mac" MacRumors 8:16 AM
  • "WWDC17: June 5-9 in San Jose, CA" RazMag 7:52 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to configure a Time Capsule as an ethernet-only storage device: You can use the hard drive in a Time Capsule as a network storage device if you decide to stop using the router capabilities." Macworld 7:25 AM
  • "Getting a 16 Episode Gameshow to Rough Assembly in 30 Minutes With Final Cut Pro X" fcp.co 9:33 AM
  • "Zoho Notebook (for Mac) Review & Rating" PC Magazine 1:49 PM
  • "How to Create a Bootable USB Drive for macOS Sierra" Envato Tuts+ 7:29 AM
  • "How to Mute Sound in Embedded Videos in Messages" OS X Daily 1:44 PM
  • "Mac: How to Change The Default Screenshot Format" Apple Must 11:10 AM
  • "Free: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About A Photo On Your Mac" Mac 360 7:53 AM
Op/Ed
  • "The 5 Best Multiplayer Games for Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 10:24 AM
  • "Notes On The Mac App Store" TeraTalks 8:16 AM
  • "When backups go bad: The problem with using network drives with Time Machine/Data backups are vital, so any problems that a user can't easily fix are not acceptable." Macworld 7:25 AM
Press Releases
  • "Use this Chrome extension to easily identify emails with senders' icons" The Next Web 8:04 AM
  • "Chaos Group's New V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max—7x Faster Rendering and Adaptive Lighting" Architosh 7:28 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2, profits retained by high ASP until 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 10:24 AM
  • "New Apple ads continue positioning iPad Pro as being better than a computer"  iDownload Blog 12:09 PM
  • "Apple Launches New 'We Hear You' iPad Pro Ad Campaign" MacStories 12:10 PM
  • "This stunning Billboard magazine cover was shot with an iPhone 7 Plus" BGR 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Pay: An Apple Digital Currency" Apple Must 8:57 AM
  • "How a young Steve Jobs hustled Atari into sending him to India for a spiritual quest" Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "Here's the 'Stealth' Case Apple Uses to Conceal iPhone Prototypes During Transport" MacRumors 1:45 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple introduces 'world's fastest' PowerBook" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google is testing VoLTE support for some Project Fi subscribers" VentureBeat 8:46 PM
  • "Amazon Rivals Have Big Clouds to Fill: Google and Microsoft are scaling up fast, but Amazon's lead is hard to close" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:56 PM
  • "Exclusive: SoftBank willing to cede control of Sprint to entice T-Mobile - sources" Reuters 6:05 PM
  • "Billionaire investor Mark Cuban calls Amazon 'the greatest startup in the world'" Business Insider 2:54 PM
  • "YouTube Killing 30-Second Unskippable Ads" PC Magazine 1:43 PM
  • "What Did You Think of the Pixel's Design? Google Wants to Know" Digital Trends 12:10 PM
  • "A Gourmet Guide to Wifi: The future of wifi is here, and it's artisanal."  Backchannel 9:50 AM
  • "This creepy tool reveals how Facebook tracks and studies your activity" The Next Web 8:04 AM
  • "German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears" BBC 7:59 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch Ships Early, Unboxing & UI Videos Appear" PC Magazine 7:29 AM
  • "Samsung chief Lee arrested as South Korean corruption probe deepens" Reuters 7:26 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "iPhone 8 Biometric Sensors, FCC and Smartphone Radio Chips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-17" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 107 | iPhone 8 'function area' replacing Home button, WWDC moving to San Jose, Eddy Cue talks TV" 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Canvas, Episode 29: Workflow – Magic Variables" MacStories 10:24 AM
  • "Planet of the Apps: it's a show but it's also a theme of today's Vergecast" The Verge 10:23 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks about 'iPhone 8' function area, fake news, BeatsX and more" AppleInsider 8:47 AM
  • "Episode 158: 'We'll Accept 30% of Anyone's Revenue'" The Committed 7:55 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple said to be working on wireless charging solution with Broadcom, may not launch until 2018" 9to5Mac 6:04 PM
  • "Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone" AppleInsider 7:55 PM
  • "Is Apple's iPhone SE about to get an upgrade?" Computerworld 7:07 AM
  • "iPhone 8: Goodbye Home Button, Hello Function Area" The Mac Observer 5:39 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:07 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "I've used AirPods for the last month -- here are 6 things Apple should do with its next pair" Business Insider 9:03 PM
  • "The MacBook Pro's Battery Life Is Better, But It's Still Not The Best" Digital Trends 1:49 PM
  • "AKiTiO Node Thunderbolt 3 eGPU + 'late 2016' MacBook Pro 13-inch" Bare Feats 5:39 PM
  • "Hands-on with D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD, the first HomeKit video security camera" 9to5Mac 2:54 PM
  • "Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera" AppleInsider 1:49 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Fresh powder and frisky pups await in the charming Dog Sled Saga: Mush to victory, make the right calls, and pet some digital doggies." Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "RPS Saga Review: Rock, Paper, Scissors gets a makeover, but ultimately it's what's underneath that matters." iMore 7:42 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a satellite phone" ZDNet 9:00 PM
  • "How to use Evolution Items to get Steelix, Scizor, Slowking, and more in Pokémon Go Gen 2" iMore 8:47 AM
  • "How to Buy the Right Router and Save Your Internet" Gizmodo 8:09 AM
  • "AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: How to save and get the cheapest phone plan" CNET 7:59 AM
  • "Use Your iPhone As An External Hard Drive" AppAdvice 7:52 AM
Tips
  • "9 Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your Airpod Experience" Digital Trends 9:04 PM
  • "AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Unlimited Data Plan Comparison" The Mac Observer 6:07 PM
  • "Showing a Smart Folder in the iOS 10 Mail Widget Tips" iLounge 6:06 PM
  • "Getting Two-Factor Verification Codes for Your Apple ID" The Mac Observer 8:09 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator/Set aside rationale thought, it's Apple click-click story time" The Register 6:05 PM
  • "Should Apple give iPhone 8 a mini Touch Bar? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 6:05 PM
  • "Apple's New iPad Ads Remind Us Of The Mac Vs. PC Era" Digital Trends 6:05 PM
  • "The 'Ridiculous' Reasons to Support Right to Repair: If you've read Lance Ulanoff's new Mashable article about Right to Repair, you know one thing for sure: Ulanoff thinks you're too stupid to fix your own phone."  iFixit 6:04 PM
  • "Why Touch ID makes the MacBook Pro the best Mac ever" iMore 1:49 PM
  • "This incredible iPhone 8 concept will make your jaw drop" Cult of Mac 10:51 AM
  • "Opinion: Apple might introduce facial-recognition in future iPhones but fingerprints will remain" 9to5Mac 9:09 AM
  • "How Apple Is Too Big And Too Slow" Mac360 8:09 AM
  • "Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8: While Apple may not rush immediately into Wi-Fi wireless charging, it could go all in when it does"  Computerworld 7:59 AM
  • "Perhaps Apple's AirPort Extreme features will appear in future Apple TVs, 'Siri Speakers'" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Apple was close to acquiring Ron Howard's TV and Film production company, report claims" BGR 7:51 AM
Non-Apple
  • "AT&T's new 'unlimited' plan sucks" BGR 8:17 PM
  • "Try these fun (and completely useless) Amazon Alexa commands - Video" ZDNet 6:24 PM
  • "Deleting your Yahoo email account? Yeah, good luck with that" ZDNet 6:24 PM
  • "Facebook wants to own the world, not save it" Mashable 2:53 PM
  • "What App Does A Government Snitch Use?" NoodleMac 8:44 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming February 18: Gene Steinberg meets TidBITS publisher Adam Engst, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:48 PM
  • "Meet your new favorite site for iPhone wallpapers" BGR 1:49 PM
  • "An entirely new Pokemon game is coming to iOS and Android" BGR 10:51 AM
  • "QuickerTek wireless antenna upgrades lets you beef up AirPort, Time Capsule products" Apple World Today 7:53 AM
  • "Petal Pop Adventures bursts onto iOS and Android" prMac 8:47 AM
  • "New iMessage Sticker App from YouTuber LugeyPS3 Features Animated Emoji" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Stickers for Business - Announcing Sales and Special Offers on Instagram" prMac 7:20 AM
  • "The Best iOS Sticker Pack Application for College Students" prMac 7:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Tech giant Microsoft to create 600 new jobs in Dublin" Irish Times 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft announce 600 jobs in Dublin" Examiner 7:58 AM
  • "MGM Resorts inks historic meetings deal with Microsoft" Travel News Daily 7:58 AM
  • "Tata Motors and Microsoft's connected cars. What it means for you and can it be successful?" Financial Express 7:56 AM
  • "Azure SQL Database Threat Detection Arrives in April" eWeek 9:00 PM
  • "IBM prototype puts hospital care in the home" Alphr 7:32 AM
  • "Wearables: IBM prototype puts hospital care in the home" IT PRO 7:32 AM
  • "IBM CEO: Topic of jobs is the topic for every country I go to" Rediff 7:32 AM
  • "IBM Teams Up With Visa To Commercialise IoT Devices" Silicon 7:33 AM
  • "IBM and Visa IoT platform will let you pay for things with nearly any device" SiliconRepublic 7:32 AM
  • "Intel Makes Available Ethernet Connections CD 22.0.1 - Download Now" Softpedia 7:23 AM
  • "Gigabyte Expands Gaming Series Laptop with the All New Sabre 15" Guru3D 7:23 AM
  • "Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending, says IC Insights" DigiTimes 7:23 AM
  • "AMD bundles Ashes of the Singularity with FX processors ahead of Ryzen's launch" PCWorld 12:30 PM
  • "AMD's Vega takes on Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti as both companies hold events on the same day" TechSpot 7:21 AM
  • "Massive New AMD Ryzen Leaks: Official Launch Date, Prices And New Motherboards" Forbes 7:20 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 Core, 12 Threaded 3.7 GHz Processor Benchmarked – Single-Threaded and Multi-Threaded Performance Evaluated" WCCFTech 7:20 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Die Shot and Caches Shown at ISSCC" Guru3D 7:20 AM
  • "Gigabyte Aorus AM4 Motherboard GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Built Specially For AMD Ryzen CPUs" SegmentNext 7:19 AM
  • "Oracle preps developers for Java 9 upgrade" InfoWorld 7:17 AM
  • "Cablenet selects Oracle for network upgrade project" Telegeography 7:16 AM
  • "Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means" The Register 7:16 AM
  • "Cisco's Narrow Moat Provides Competitive Firewall" Morningstar 7:15 AM
  • "Cisco's CTO Alison Vincent on IoT in the UK channel" CRN UK 7:15 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's transformation from bear to bull" USA Today 2:54 PM
  • "Apple Becomes Highest Smartphone Seller after 8 Quarters" Zacks 8:47 AM
  • "How two giant funds played Apple's six-month run" Apple 3.0 10:23 AM
  • "Is TSMC Losing Steam?" Barron's 8:03 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market resumes record run to cap week, with late-session push: Dow extends record-setting streak for seventh session" MarketWatch 5:41 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Close Out Strong Week With Fresh Records: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose slightly on Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend." TheStreet 5:41 PM
  • "New highs on Wall Street as Dow inches up moments before the close" Associated Press 5:40 PM
  • "Dow Notches Seventh Straight Record" Reuters 5:40 PM
  • "Dow Posts Slight Gain, Extends Streak of Record Closes: Blue-chip index ends week higher, along with S&P 500 and Nasdaq" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:40 PM
  • "Asian stocks hit the brakes at end of choppy week: Global investors showed caution Thursday, as a weaker U.S. dollar and profit-taking sent major Asian stock indexes lower, despite a strong overnight lead from Wall Street." MarketWatch 6:57 AM
  • "European stocks finish higher for the day and week: European stocks ended slightly higher Friday, as big gains for Unilever PLC and Essentra PLC helped offset drops by Dutch storage company Royal Vopak NV and German insurer Allianz SE." MarketWatch 11:47 AM

 
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