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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
 

 

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Thursday Highlights: Barron's Tiernan Ray looks at Samsung's latest releases, takes pulse of Apple investors asking if Apple should be worried, and speaking of Samsung's Galaxy S8 phones, iPhone Hacks compares them against Apple's current iPhone 7 models; The Verge looks at Samsung's new Smartphone-desktop-computer setup, and calls the S8 "an escalation in Samsung's rivalry with Google"; AppleInsider reporting of some Sierra 10.12.4 users having stuttering/distorted audio in USB headsets; Android app revenue totals said to surpass iOS in 2017; Matthew Roberts, YouTuber and drone pilot, posts his latest flyover of Apple Park; Argentina finally getting iPhone in May, but it'll be pretty expensive; there's a re-restore bug in iOS 9.x that's "even more powerful than previously thought"; 9to5Mac reviews the new $329 iPad, and iFixit tears down the iPad 5.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple found guilty of Russian price-fixing" ["The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (Fas) said that Apple's local subsidiary told 16 retailers to maintain the recommended prices of phones in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 families."]  BBC 7:26 AM
  • "Apple accused of counter-revolutionary pricing in Russia" The Register 7:25 AM
  • "The Curious State of Apple Product Pricing"  Above Avalon 1:52 PM
  • "Banking cartel calls Apple Pay alternatives 'unrealistic' in Australian market: The banks have shunned non-iPhone payment alternatives such as Android Pay as they fight for rights to Apple's NFC technology."  ZDNet 6:22 AM
  • "Apple: It's No Longer About the iPhone/Apple's services revenue is growing at an impressive clip: offerings like Apple Care, the App Store, and iCloud could add up to a $50 billion business by 2020, one analyst notes." Barron's 12:50 PM
  • "Apple plans murder for planet of the apps: Apple has spent years creating a 64-bit iOS ecosystem, news it is preparing to kill thousands of legacy 32-bit apps means the stage seems set to find out why..."  Computerworld 6:59 AM
OS X
News
  • "Chrome 57 Reduces Desktop Power Consumption By Throttling Background Tabs" MacRumors 6:57 AM
  • "Google is improving Chrome battery life by throttling background tabs" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "Microsoft quietly brings Touch Bar support to Skype for Mac" Neowin 7:34 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "iFlicks 2.4 review: A valuable tool for adding valuable metadata to digital video files" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "How to Securely Erase Data from Your Mac and External Drives" Intego 2:50 PM
  • "fman: The Extendable File Manager for Any System" Envato Tuts+ 6:57 AM
  • "How to opt out of sharing iCloud analytics on Mac" iMore 7:29 AM
  • "8 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts You Need To Know" Apple Must 8:33 AM
  • "Back up Windows Boot Camp partition the easy way with Winclone" Cult of Mac 2:25 PM
  • "Quick Tip: Adding Preview filters in macOS Sierra" Six Colors 11:05 AM
  • "Run a Screensaver as Your Desktop Background" MacMost 10:41 AM
  • "More Free Weather For Mac Users" Mac 360 7:46 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Which Is Better to Secure Email, Apple Mail or GPG Suite?" The Mac Observer 5:34 PM
  • "Mac Backups For The Rest Of Us" TeraTalks 7:46 AM
Press Releases
  • "Fluid Dynamics for Maya—Chaos Group Releases New Phoenix FD 3 Plugin" Architosh 12:19 PM
  • "Spark for Mac Adds Folder Management, Label Support, and Smart Filters" Lifehacker 8:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone market share grew in all but three countries, iPhone 7 remains top seller – Kantar" 9to5Mac 7:00 AM
  • "iOS Grew to Capture 42% of U.S. Smartphone Market Over Holidays" MacRumors 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's Airpods Are The First Mass Market 'Hearable'" Benzinga 2:01 PM
  • "Apple's new iPhone stickers ad is filled with pop culture references" Business Insider 7:13 AM
  • "Apple Maps updated with proper Apple Park details and satellite imagery┬á[Gallery] 9to5Mac 9:32 PM
  • "Apple really wants you to replace your laptop with an iPad Pro: New models likely released in 2017" Quartz 6:59 AM
  • "Apple invites customers to three global store grand openings on March 25th" 9to5Mac 4:14 PM
  • "Apple is opening new stores in Downtown Miami, Cologne and Nanjing" TechCrunch 7:01 AM
  • "Apple Opening Three New Stores Next Saturday, Including First in Downtown Miami" MacRumors 11:52 AM
  • "Apple's Brickell City Centre store in downtown Miami to open on March 25" AppleInsider 11:52 AM
  • "Apple Music threw an awkward rap party at SXSW, and we were there for the weirdness" Mashable 12:31 PM
  • "iPhone owners ask for prostitutes, Siri sends them to the wrong place" The Next Web 11:52 AM
  • "Bridgewater makes ex-Apple man co-chief" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:03 PM
  • "The Conservation Fund outlines effects of its partnership w/ Apple to protect 36k acres of forest" 9to5Mac 9:22 PM
  • "Apple's U.S. forestry programs generated more than 13,000 metric tons of wood in 2016, created jobs" AppleInsider 9:23 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes tops 50 million songs downloaded" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "GoPro eliminates almost 300 jobs in third round of cuts since 2016: The company's trying to return to profitability by thinning the workforce" The Verge 5:32 PM
  • "DeepMind adds memory to its AI system to tackle multiple Atari games: A new algorithm may hold the key to better AI" The Verge 2:38 PM
  • "Yahoo's Mayer 'grateful' to FBI, DOJ for nabbing hackers: The indictments might let the beleaguered CEO breathe a small sigh of relief." CNET 1:52 PM
  • "Robot kills worker on assembly line, raising concerns about human-robot collaboration: A federal lawsuit alleges that a robot surpassed safety regulations, entering an unauthorized area and killing a human worker." TechRepublic 12:50 PM
  • "DoJ accuses two Russian spies and two criminals of 2014 Yahoo hack" TechCrunch 12:11 PM
  • "Yahoo: U.S. indictment of 4 Russians proves hack was state-sponsored" VentureBeat 12:05 PM
  • "Unsurprisingly, Russian spies are probably behind massive Yahoo! hack" Mashable 10:34 AM
  • "Yup, the pen trumps keyboards when it comes to learning" Mashable 7:27 AM
  • "Your phone has already fixed chat fragmentation" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Exploding headphones reignite concerns about batteries on planes" CNET 7:01 AM
  • "TwitterCounter compromised; posting and changing user's twitter accounts" idobi 6:26 AM
  • "Twitter accounts hacked to push #NaziHollanda message" Engadget 6:25 AM
  • "Massive Twitter hijack spreads swastikas and pro-Erdo─čan propaganda: Affected accounts spread #NaziGermany and #NaziHolland hashtags amid heightened tensions between Turkey and Europe" The Verge 6:24 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Android Insecurity, Messaging Anachronisms, and Legacy Apple Auctions -ACM 402" The Mac Observer 4:08 PM
  • "Clockwise #180: Stargate Problem" Six Colors 1:51 PM
  • "Apple Big Security Hire, Twitter and Two-factor Authentication -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-15" The Mac Observer 12:45 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "This Is Apple's Mysterious 'iPhone Calibration Machine'"  Motherboard 7:11 AM
  • "Apple May Announce 9.7-Inch 'iPad Pro 2' as Early as Next Week" MacRumors 10:23 AM
  • "New 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2 reported to be minor upgrade over current model, feature A10X chip" 9to5Mac 11:06 AM
  • "Pegatron confirms it can build the iPhone in the US, assuming Apple picks up all the costs" AppleInsider 8:18 AM
  • "Samsung planning to win back iPhone & iPad chip orders, but faces uphill task" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Samsung could rejoin Apple's iPhone processor supply with 2018 'A12" chips" AppleInsider 10:19 AM
  • "Premium iPhone 8 will come with curved OLED screens: source/Sleek display will offer clearer pictures but little else" Nikkei 9:33 AM
  • "5.8-Inch iPhone Said to Have Curved Display, But Not as Curved as Galaxy S7 Edge" MacRumors 9:33 AM
  • "Speculation suggests Apple could debut new 9.7-inch iPad next week" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "'iPad mini Pro' is reportedly one of the four new iPad Pros launching soon" BGR 7:14 AM
  • "A look inside the first Apple HomeKit homes in San Jose [Video] 9to5Mac 9:33 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "LG's UltraFine 5K Display Shielding Fix Successfully Addresses Wi-Fi Interference Issues" MacRumors 4:13 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:01 AM

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Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Motorola's new wireless earbuds are cheaper, but they're still not worth your money" The Verge 12:50 PM
  • "Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear headphone review: Good sound, but minor problems abound" TechHive 6:57 AM
  • "The second gen Gamevice really enhances game playing on iOS devices" Apple World Today 6:58 AM
  • "The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries" The Wirecutter 8:46 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Backing up a locked iPhone or iPad with a dead screen" Ivan Expert 8:08 PM
  • "How to See All Unread Emails in iOS Mail the Easy Way" OS X Daily 2:50 PM
  • "How to fix a persistent iCloud approval request on your iPhone: What to do when Apple keeps pestering you with a request for a security approval and there doesn't seem to be a way to grant it or deny it." Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "PSA: Here's how to secure your Twitter account against hijacks like today's Nazi one" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
Tips
  • "Tips and tricks for using Apple's Powerbeats3 headphones" AppleInsider 5:39 PM
  • "Just What Was in That iOS System Update?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:54 AM
  • "How to Enable Two-factor Authentication for Your Twitter Account" The Mac Observer 9:39 AM
  • "A Simple Solution To Stop The Spies Lurking In Your Mac, iPhone, iPad" BohemianBoomer 8:14 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "What's Apple's next chapter in podcasting?" Six Colors 9:22 PM
  • "This cool iOS 11 concept would bring more power to your iPhone's Lock screen" iDownload Blog 1:53 PM
  • "Comment: Apple Watch Series 3 could solve these problems with a cellular option" 9to5Mac 1:51 PM
  • "Mac And iOS Device Quality Keeps Us Coming Back – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 1:39 PM
  • "8 Apple India Headlines: All About iPhone Affordability" Barron's 1:03 PM
  • "Opinion: HP has out-'Mac mini'd' the Mac mini with the HP Elite Slice Desktop"  Apple World Today 12:26 PM
  • "The Next Generation Of iPhone Will Support Augmented Reality - Is Retail Ready?" Forbes 8:40 AM
  • "Apple As Nanny Cam Purveyor And The Company's Role In The Nanny State" NoodleMac 8:29 AM
  • "I'm Jack And I'm An Apple Beta Tester" Mac360 8:29 AM
  • "The One True Apple Killer Is Already Here" Mac360 8:13 AM
  • "This iPhone concept presents a compelling use for a borderless screen" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "6 apps Apple really needs to make for Android: If Apple is ever planning to bring any more apps to the Play Store, I hope it's one of these." Greenbot 7:11 AM
  • "Why Apple is unlikely to ditch Touch ID for facial recognition with 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 6:58 AM
Non-Apple
  • "America may miss out on the next industrial revolution: Preparing for automation means investing in robotics" The Verge 8:18 PM
  • "User Manuals Are Mostly Gone—Which Is Both Good and Bad: Google happened, and something important was lost" Scientific American 12:10 PM
  • "Is Antitrust The Right Framework For Net Neutrality?" Forbes 7:29 AM
  • "How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Polar H10 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor offers enhanced accuracy, iPhone connectivity" AppleInsider 2:25 PM
  • "Penny takes on Mint with a bot to manage your money" VentureBeat 2:24 PM
  • "McDonald's says new mobile ordering app will be location-aware, offers new details on rollout" 9to5Mac 1:52 PM
  • "These cheap iPhone lenses rival the pricey ones" Cult of Mac 12:51 PM
  • "'Titan Brawl' Getting Clan Boss Raids Tomorrow" Touch Arcade 12:50 PM
  • "Google adds a read-it-later feature to Chrome for iOS: Just like Safari on iOS, Chrome has a read-it-later feature to bookmark interesting articles for your leisure time." Macworld 11:37 AM
  • "Fantag Taps Former Apple Exec to Help Transform the Sports Video Market" PRNewswire 7:50 AM
  • "Flow raises $13 million to optimize online global sales" VentureBeat 7:17 AM
  • "Follow - New App Keeps Drivers From Losing Each Other During Trips" prMac 7:11 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel bets on selling Mobileye data, with maps a first test" Reuters 6:23 AM
  • "Intel-Mobileye merger to boost BMW's self-driving car plans: The deal gives Intel the potential to develop an autonomous driving product that incorporates cloud computing" IDG News Service 2:25 PM
  • "Intel Buys Mobileye For $15.3 Billion: Israel ETF In Focus" Zacks 8:44 AM
  • "Deal for Mobileye Puts Intel's Spotty Record of Acquisitions on the Line: Chip maker has limited experience successfully integrating big purchases" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11:51 AM
  • "Intel Buys Israeli Driverless Car Company for $15 Billion" CBN News 8:44 AM
  • "Intel: Fitch Gives Lackluster Thumbs Up to Mobileye Deal" Barron's 11:51 AM
  • "Israel eyes tax cuts as Intel-Mobileye deal to boost coffers by US$1bil" The Star: Malaysia 8:44 AM
  • "Intel Corporation's Plan to Buy Mobileye Fires Up Auto Stocks" InvestorPlace 8:44 AM
  • "Why Intel Corporation Is Betting On Driverless Technology" Insider Monkey 1:52 PM
  • "Intel, TAG Heuer unveil Fuse Style smartwatch" Telecompaper 8:45 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 threatens Intel's grip on the mainstream PC market" ZDNet 9:18 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen System Tweaking Tips For Optimal Gaming, Overclocking And Performance" HotHardware 5:38 PM
  • "Microsoft fixes record number of flaws, some publicly known: The company's March security updates include the fixes skipped in February" IDG News Service 2:25 PM
  • "Microsoft addressed nine critical security issues with this month's Patch Tuesday" Neowin 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft's March Patch Tuesday fixes nine critical security vulnerabilities" V3 11:06 AM
  • "Microsoft's Slack-slapping 'Teams' slips into Office 365" The Register 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft delivers enterprise chat through Office 365 and Teams" ComputerWeekly 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft is finally killing off the most hated version of Windows" ThaiVisa News 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft offers insights on the future of Windows 10 updates and reboots" GeekWire 5:53 PM
  • "IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed" The Register 7:26 AM
  • "Smart Dubai selects IBM, Consensys for city-wide blockchain implementation" EconoTimes 8:42 AM
  • "IBM Watson works with Webgains to use AI for 'more intelligent' advertising" Mobile Marketing 8:42 AM
  • "Lenovo gets into server-based storage virtualisation with DataCore" The Register 7:25 AM
  • "Walter Isaacson Is Getting Into Podcasting With a Series for Dell About Technology" AdWeek 8:40 AM
  • "Oracle's Cloud Business Drives Revenue Growth: Tech firm reports a quarterly profit of $2.24 billion, rising from a year earlier" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle reports better-than-expected profit, revenue" Reuters 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle beats Q3 earnings expectations" ZDNet 4:06 PM
  • "Oracle tops Street 3Q forecasts: Oracle posts 3Q profit, results beat Street expectations" Associated Press 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle Stock Climbing on Earnings Beat: Oracle reported better than expected earnings." TheStreet 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle's Profits Rise On Continued 'Hyper-Growth' In The Cloud" Forbes 4:13 PM
  • "Oracle Earnings: What to Watch/Cloud sales and the impact of its NetSuite purchase in focus" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:20 AM
  • "Larry Ellison talks smack about AWS again, claims Oracle cloud is faster and cheaper" VentureBeat 4:12 PM
  • "Can Oracle Keep Up Its Cloud Revenue Growth In The Third Quarter?" Benzinga 1:52 PM
  • "Cisco, IBM speed digital and cloud transformation" IT-Online 8:42 AM
  • "What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA?" Wired 7:27 AM
  • "Warning over critical SAP vulnerability affecting millions of client PCs worldwide" V3 11:06 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Yet another analyst raises AAPL target price, this time based on expected Services growth" 9to5Mac 9:05 PM
  • "If Apple Is Serious About The Car, It Should Buy GM (And A Health Insurance Company Too)" Seeking Alpha 5:34 PM
  • "Why Apple May Have to Turn to M&A to Hit Its $48 Billion Services Target by 2020: The tech giant got a price target boost from RBC Capital this morning." TheStreet 2:01 PM
  • "RBC: Buy Apple, 11% upside from here" CNBC Videos 1:52 PM
  • "Apple's stock target boosted at RBC on bullish view of services business" MarketWatch 7:41 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market rallies to the close as Fed hikes interest rates: MSCI shares rise after company denies reports of potential bid from S&P Global" MarketWatch 4:07 PM
  • "Wall Street Moves Within Range of Records After Fed Makes Expected Move on Rates: Stocks closed in on records set on March 1 after a rate hike from the Federal Reserve reaffirms faith in the strength of the U.S. economy." TheStreet 4:07 PM
  • "Market focus shifts to pace of Fed rate hikes" USA Today 4:07 PM
  • "Wall Street Higher as Fed Raises Rates" Reuters 4:07 PM
  • "Stocks Gain as Fed Moves Into New Policy Phase: Fed officials indicate they expect to raise short-term interest rates two more times this year" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "European stocks advance ahead of Dutch election, Fed meeting results: German police raid Audi offices" MarketWatch 8:46 AM

 
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