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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, March 9, 2017


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Weekend Highlights: Jury in the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung finds the South Korean company must pay $539 million to Apple in damages—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; in other legal news, court documents reveal Apple did actually know "iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models" concerning touch disease; several articles at Triangle Business Journal cover Apple's close ties with Research Triangle Park, asking if area is actually ready for larger Apple presence, seeing possible revolution in area tech community with Apple's decision; Low End Mac warns of using SATA III drives in a Mac only equipped to handle SATA II; Jon Collins catches up with the creators of Mellel word processor for Mac; Apple blocks Steam app on iOS meaning you can no longer enjoy PC games on your iDevice, Killian Bell at Cult of Mac calls ban "silly".

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  • "Apple Is Fighting Laws That Make It Easier To Repair Your iPhone: A 'right to repair' proposal being considered in Nebraska is just the latest to face strong opposition from Apple and other tech companies."  BuzzFeed 8:30 PM
  • "Apple lobbies against 'right to repair' proposal in Nebraska" AppleInsider 8:30 PM
  • "Apple's Siri learns Shanghainese as voice assistants race to cover languages"  Reuters 7:02 AM
  • "Apple speech team head explains how Siri learns a new language" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "A prominent UBS analyst explains why he thinks Apple is a monopoly"  Business Insider 11:14 AM
  • "Apple an 'antifragile monopoly,' more secure than critics believe, analyst claims" AppleInsider 4:53 PM
  • "Swift is already one of the top 10 programming languages in the world" Cult of Mac 2:35 PM
  • "User interface discussion examines the sticky problem of Save behavior and Apple's changes to that fundamental feature after decades of consistency, following the iPhone's arrival." MacInTouch 7:52 AM
  • "Bumpr Is a Web Browser and Email Switcher for Mac" Subtraction 7:02 AM
  • "Bumpr: Going beyond the default browser" Six Colors 2:38 PM
  • "How the macOS Dashboard can actually help you be productive" Computerworld 10:07 AM
  • "How To Store Or Remove Your Apple ID Password For Free Purchases [macOS] AddictiveTips 12:23 PM
  • "Better Web Searching with Snapback and Tabs" MacMost 10:07 AM
  • "How to Get the Size of a Directory from Command Line" OS X Daily 1:52 PM
  • "Accessibility features in macOS and iOS that everyone should try: The Accessibility menus hold lots of little tweaks to make your Mac, iPhone, and iPad easier to use."  Macworld 7:14 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome 57 rolling out now to Mac, Windows, and Linux" 9to5Google 3:58 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple engineers working to address remaining CIA exploits, but two factors hampering efforts" 9to5Mac 7:50 AM
  • "WikiLeaks: Apple, Google, others will get CIA hacks first" CNET 1:42 PM
  • "Foxconn finds itself caught between two giants: Chairman Terry Gou 'won't choose' between US, China, but his investments lean east" Nikkei 10:21 AM
  • "U.S. iPhone factory idea thrown into doubt by remarks made by Foxconn chairman" 9to5Mac 10:20 AM
  • "Apple's top manufacturer asks the government to open up its wallet if Trump wants more US factories" Business Insider 1:51 PM
  • "MBLM Announces That Two-Thirds of Industries Studied in its Report Are More Successful in Creating and Maintaining Intimacy with Men than Women: Brand Intimacy 2017 Report Reveals Disney Ranks Number One with Women, with Apple and Amazon Coming in Second and Third" PRWeb 12:18 PM
  • "MBLM 2017 Brand Itimacy" [For Men & Women, Apple #1] MBLM 12:15 PM
  • "8 students, 7 iPhones, 0 interest in the iPhone X (Video)" Apple 3.0 6:59 AM
  • "Apple Retail Ends Genius Training in Cupertino, Moves to In-Store Web Seminars" MacRumors 10:20 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: eWorld closes its virtual doors" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "John Carmack sues ZeniMax for unpaid acquisition money" Engadget 8:54 PM
  • "Google Reassures CIA Android Exploits Have Already Been Fixed" UberGizmo 8:34 PM
  • "A World Without Wi-Fi Looks Possible as Unlimited Plans Catch On" Bloomberg 11:46 AM
  • "More People Have Netflix Than a DVR" PC Magazine 10:47 AM
  • "Complete Wrap-Up Of GDC 2017 With Best Of Show" AppAdvice 7:01 AM
  • "Rebound #127: Old Man Walkin'" Six Colors 1:46 PM
  • "Privacy and Encryption, HP's Push for Apple's Pro Customers -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-09" The Mac Observer 12:20 PM
  • "Are Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon dominating too much of tech?" The Verge 11:45 AM
  • "Episode 596: Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage" NPR 8:02 AM
  • "Clockwise #179: So Many People Are Bad" Six Colors 7:50 AM
  • "Be warned: The next version of iOS will feature a major but hidden change"  Business Insider 1:42 PM
  • "Apple Tops Laptop Mag's Tech Support Showdown for 3rd Straight Year" PRNewswire 12:14 PM
  • "Apple begins strictly enforcing rule that prohibits iOS app updates outside of App Store" AppleInsider 10:08 AM
  • "Developers can no longer edit App Store descriptions without App Review approval" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "Apple-Supplier Dialog Will Develop Chips With China's Tsinghua" Bloomberg 8:11 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple patent filing sheds light on iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode" AppleInsider 7:01 AM
  • "Apple Pencil charging concept utilizes magnetic iPad Pro Smart Connector" AppleInsider 1:51 PM
  • "Apple patent applications show an Apple Pencil with a Smart Connector and a touchscreen Mac" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Reveals new Attachment and Recharging Solutions for the Next Generation of Apple Pencil" Patently Apple 7:24 AM
  • "Apple invents a Twist to the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard by replacing it with a Secondary Display & Virtual Keyboard" Patently Apple 10:08 AM
  • "Apple Patent Confirms Hidden Antenna in the iPhone 7 Battery Case to Ensure Quality Data Reception" Patently Apple 1:51 PM
  • "HomeKit troubleshooting: Have you tried turning it off and on again?" iMore 6:25 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple is selling refurbished units of the new MacBook Pro without Touch Bar" The Next Web 7:17 AM
  • "You can now save as much as $330 on Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro" BGR 9:12 PM
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM

  • "15in MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15 head-to-head review: Can Apple take on the king of enterprise tech?" IT PRO 10:49 AM
  • "The SEcret iPhone Is More Fun for Less Money" PC Magazine 7:17 AM
  • "Half the AirPods for a Tenth the Price" TidBITS 10:09 AM
  • "The Beats X Earbuds Are AirPods For People Who Like to Move" Gizmodo 8:19 AM
  • "Alto makes a top-contending leather case for most iPhone models" iDownload Blog 7:13 AM
  • "Lofree mechanical keyboard review: The feeling of a typewriter on your Mac or iOS device" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Versatile backpack carries the load with style [Reviews] Cult of Mac 12:11 PM
  • "The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a convenient (though not fast) mobile flash drive" Apple World Today 7:14 AM
  • "How to shoot Portrait mode photos at night or in low light" iMore 11:15 AM
  • "iPad Diaries: Optimizing Apple Notes" MacStories 10:35 AM
  • "How to find missing AirPods with Find My iPhone" iMore 8:10 AM
  • "How to prevent your iPhone screen from turning off automatically" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "How to turn off iMessage notifications for unknown senders" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "How to charge your iPhone faster" 9to5Mac 6:25 PM
  • "Using your iPhone as a Game Controller for your Apple TV Tips" iLounge 4:02 PM
  • "The iPhone has a 'secret' magnifying glass mode- here's how to find it" Telegraph 10:51 AM
  • "Four Quick Tips for Mastering Messages on Your iPhone" The Mac Observer 8:03 AM
  • "Why the 'iPhone 8' may see Apple finally adopt OLED" AppleInsider 1:47 PM
  • "Apple's Brand Appeal Among Women is Awesome, But it's Still a Man's World!"  Apple Must 1:41 PM
  • "Did Apple Just Grab Smartphone Share From Android?" Seeking Alpha 12:23 PM
  • "Apple, Wikileaks, And The C.I.A." Mac 360 11:26 AM
  • "Apple's ARM Is Not Windows' ARM" Mac 360 11:26 AM
  • "Apple as an 'antifragile monopoly'" Apple 3.0 [Paid Membership Required] 11:03 AM
  • "I Worked for Steve Jobs, and This Was the Best Lesson He Taught Me" Quora 10:49 AM
  • "Cassandra: Abdication of Responsibility -The Overuse of Presentation Software in Teaching" eXtensions 7:39 AM
  • "Apple's not missing much by not having a Siri speaker" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "Apple and Generation Z" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:01 AM
  • "Breaking: Politicians still have no idea what net neutrality is or how it works" BGR 8:54 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: Videoconferencing arrives, and the reality behind 'digital transformation'/Videoconferencing can help firms save money, do more, and better integrate their plans. So can digital transformation, if it's done right." Computerworld 12:12 PM
  • "Comey's 'No Absolute Privacy in America' Statement is a Threat to Encryption" The Mac Observer 10:31 AM
  • "Conan punks Republican health plan with fake ad for Apple Healthcare" The Next Web 7:17 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Classic Reload - 'Plants vs. Zombies'" Touch Arcade 7:55 PM
  • "Gmail now supports native, business focused add-ons, more coming soon" 9to5Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Google Hangouts Evolves to Better Compete with Slack" MacStories 2:35 PM
  • "Plex Cloud exits beta, lets you instantly create a media server using Dropbox and other storage services" 9to5Mac 12:12 PM
  • "Shout for Chrome and iOS is like the lovechild of Goodreads and Pocket" The Next Web 11:28 AM
  • "Louis Vuitton made an iPhone case that costs seven iPhones" The Verge 10:52 AM
  • "Offline English to French Translator Dictionary 1.5 for iOS" prMac 6:58 PM
  • "Join the craze with Pizza Milk - A new dunkingly good iOS game" prMac 10:20 AM
  • "Google Photos picks up auto white balance editing feature in latest update" iDownload Blog 10:17 AM
  • "Raw Fury's 'Kingdom: New Lands' Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 10:17 AM
  • "Silicon Valley Icon and Co-Founder of Apple Inc., Steve Wozniak, to Share His Insights as Keynote Presenter at UBM's Advanced Design and Manufacturing Event in New York on June 13" PRNewswire 7:54 AM
  • "Just Kodding launches Socket™ for iOS, shifting the mobile music paradigm from listening to DJ'ing" PRNewswire 7:54 AM
  • "Twitter For iPhone Now Lets You Easily Grab Back Some Storage Space" Digital Trends 7:15 AM
  • "Renault supporting CarPlay in Megane, Scenic, Talisman & more from April" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is moving St Louis offices, creating another new Technology Center" OnMSFT 10:48 AM
  • "Microsoft demos Windows Server for ARM" bit-tech 6:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Brings Windows Server on ARM Chips in Huge Blow to Intel: Support for ARM processors now available on Windows Server" Softpedia 6:37 AM
  • "Nvidia and Microsoft team up to accelerate cloud-based AI" The Tech Report 10:33 AM
  • "Qualcomm, Microsoft to Give Cloud Services a Speed Boost" TechNewsWorld 1:46 PM
  • "Microsoft Silently Releases Unnamed Windows Driver Update That Fails to Install: New WPD driver shows up all of a sudden on Windows PCs" Softpedia 7:14 AM
  • "Is Microsoft Customer Service Good? 2017 Rating" LAPTOP Magazine 7:15 AM
  • "L'Oréal, Microsoft and TUI on balancing left-brain, right-brain and agility: Brands that are not able to stay on top of changes in society will die, L'Oréal's chief marketing officer, Hugh Pile, has warned." Campaign 9:39 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Studio will launch in France in July" Neowin 9:59 AM
  • "Visual Studio Preview Provides an Early Peek at New Features" Thurrott 12:16 PM
  • "Data stored on a single atom for the first time" Telegraph 9:07 AM
  • "IBM scientists write data onto a single atom in major breakthrough" Canada Journal 6:38 AM
  • "IBM researchers store data on individual atoms, could revolutionize hard drives" Neowin 6:18 AM
  • "IBM boffins develop nano hard drive from a single atom: Breakthrough demonstrates how small storage could become" The Inquirer 6:27 AM
  • "Single-atom magnets to pave the way for smaller and denser storage devices: IBM" ZDNet 6:19 AM
  • "HPE buys Nimble for $1bn" BetaNews 3:53 PM
  • "After CIA leak, Intel Security releases detection tool for EFI rootkits" IDG News Service 4:02 PM
  • "Intel: we can control the narrative of eSports" PC Retail 6:37 AM
  • "AMD set to ship x32 Naples processors in Q2" EE Times Asia 6:10 AM
  • "HP launches Centre of Excellence in India: Helmed by the company's Digital India Business Unit, the facility aims to showcase multiple solutions for sectors such as education, healthcare, BFSI, and manufacturing." CIO.iin 6:30 AM
  • "Cisco Jasper: Connected cars the fastest-growing IoT sector" ZDNet 6:19 AM
  • "What Brexit could mean for the tech sector" Telegraph 6:21 AM
  • "Wintel Is Going. But It's Not Dead Yet" Wired 6:57 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: One Of The Most Underappreciated Stocks In The World?" Barron's 10:17 AM
  • "Why Jim Cramer Still Loves Apple: It has a modest P/E, tons of overseas cash and the upcoming iPhone 8." TheStreet 7:16 AM
  • "STMicro shares slump on concerns over Apple supplies" Reuters 7:24 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks eke out gains as energy shares rebound: Investors prepare for Friday jobs report" MarketWatch 4:21 PM
  • "Wall Street Stuck in Place as Investors Wait for February Jobs Report: Wall Street churned around the flatline for much of the day with investors reluctant to commit to any one direction until the release of Friday's highly anticipated jobs report." TheStreet 4:21 PM
  • "Wall St Ends Up Slightly; Energy Shares Rebound" Reuters 4:20 PM
  • "Stocks Flat on 8th Anniversary of Crisis Low: Energy shares rebound as oil prices pare losses late in the session" [Paid Membership Required] 4:20 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly in the red, as China's inflation hits 2-year low" MarketWatch 6:53 AM
  • "Euro heads higher as traders wait for ECB policy call" MarketWatch 6:53 AM

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