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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, May 8, 2017


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Monday Highlights: Fears of dwindling iPhone demand prompts two AAPL downgrades, and KGI analyst predicts iPhone X discontinuation by summer due to weak demand, poor sales as opposed to price drop when new models intro'd in Fall—more in our General Interest section; CIRP releases another bit of data today noting 1 out of 5 smartphones bought in the US last quarter was the iPhone X; Apple teams with Malala Fund in order to support girls' education; Hearst ranch in California powers Apple Park with their solar power array; ominous warning sounded on Facebook; some screen time is actually beneficial to children according to Wall Street Journal; might wireless and fast charging put a dent in battery life?; Business Insider's Avery Hartmans recounts her hellish experiences at an Apple Store, which she feels reveal "larger problems with Apple's retail presence".

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  • "Warren Buffett: I used Berkshire's insights into the furniture business to figure out Apple's worth"  CNBC 6:46 AM
  • "Why Buffett Thinks Apple Can Charge Whatever It Wants: The Berkshire Hathaway CEO says that when iPhone users need to upgrade their phones, they'll continue to buy iPhones, even though other companies make cheaper devices." Barron's 12:52 PM
  • "Buffett: Apple Worth Buying Because 'People Want the Product' No Matter the Price" TheStreet 7:30 AM
  • "Apple's Case for Tax Reform: The Treasury now gets little from the company's $256 billion cash hoard." [Paid Membership Required] 6:59 PM
  • "Apple just got its most bullish forecast yet: Worth $1 trillion in a year" CNBC 8:12 AM
  • "Mac Pro: Failure and Future/Apple execs have finally acknowledged their inexplicable failure to update the high-end Mac Pro. While there were plenty of apologies, there were too few details about how they plan to correct course."  Monday Note 12:57 PM
  • "What's Reasonable to Qualcomm Isn't to Apple: Their licensing and patent dispute ultimately affects the price of iPhones."  Bloomberg 7:22 AM
  • "You can't avoid the relentless emails warning of hacking attempts/A modern problem: if you've secured accounts well, you could be bombarded with break-in notifications." Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "HandBrake for Mac server compromise means downloaders have 50-50 chance of Proton RAT malware infection" BetaNews 7:22 AM
  • "PSA: If you downloaded Handbrake last week, your Mac may be seriously compromised" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "The Future of VR/AR—The Growing Demand for Creators of Places" Architosh 8:12 AM
  • "ArtRage 5 review: Painting app upgrade fueled by an enhanced blend of interface, brushes, and artistic tools" Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "Stop iTunes from opening when you connect your iPhone" CNET 6:59 PM
  • "Can you use older versions of Apple's Pages on macOS Sierra? Don't like the current version of Apple's word processing app? You're not alone." Macworld 7:21 AM
  • "Find Large Files On Your Mac" MacMost 10:38 AM
  • "How To Delete Apps From Your Mac" Mac360 7:35 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cyberduck 6 Cryptomator – Foolproof client-side encryption for cloud storage" Cyberduck 9:07 AM
  • "Ockham 2.0: Identify the Critical Factors and Interactions in Your Model" prMac 7:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple offers first peek at plans to convert D.C.'s Carnegie Library into new store"  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:18 AM
  • "Apple reveals plans for D.C.'s Carnegie Library store: restoration, subtle branding, new skylight" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Apple plans half city-block purchase for new facility in Reno" 9to5Mac 11:50 AM
  • "Apple is top wearables vendor in 1Q17, says Strategy Analytics" DigiTimes 6:53 AM
  • "Alexa rules the smart assistant market — but competition is coming up quickly" Mashable 11:49 AM
  • "Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft Battle for K-12 Market, and Loyalties of Educators: Dominant Players Revamp School Options for Digital Devices, Operating Systems, and Most Recently, Procurement" EdWeek 8:44 AM
  • "Report: Google is beating Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft in the battle for the classroom  " Apple World Today 8:49 AM
  • "After government refuses to declassify sum paid for FBI's San Bernardino iPhone hack, senator inadvertently reveals it" 9to5Mac 6:53 AM
  • "The FBI paid $900,000 to break into the San Bernardino iPhone" Mashable 10:50 AM
  • "Apple expands Maps van data gathering efforts to New York, Connecticut and Arizona" O'Grady's PowerPage 7:36 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: 1997's 'MacBook Air' weighed 4.4 pounds" Cult of Mac 8:13 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google's mysterious new Fuchsia OS gets a user interface" CNET 9:40 PM
  • "Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS looks like an Android re-do" Engadget 9:40 PM
  • "Net neutrality protestors leave messages on doors in FCC chairman's neighborhood" The Verge 10:50 AM
  • "FCC chairman's net neutrality fix: 'Clinton-era light touch'" CNET 8:45 AM
  • "Electrick lets you spray touch controls onto any object or surface: An algorithm can read finger presses on a conductive surface" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Amazon sweeps U.S. market for voice-controlled speakers: study" Reuters 7:22 AM
  • "Monday Make-Up! - The TouchArcade Show #305" Touch Arcade 7:51 PM
  • "PCWorld's May Digital Edition: Creators Update Review—FAQ" PCWorld 6:56 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Writer and Editor Jennifer Ouellette" The Mac Observer 3:46 PM
  • "Will Net Neutrality be undone? (The 3:59, Ep. 223): CNET talks with the chairman of the FCC and also gets a sneak peek into the creator of Android's newest project." CNET 2:53 PM
  • "Siri Assistant Displays, Handbrake Malware -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-08" The Mac Observer 1:51 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 4: App Discovery and the iTunes Affiliate Program with AfterPad's Kevin MacLeod" MacStories 10:49 AM
  • "Apple confirms reduced App Store affiliate commission rates apply to in-app purchases" AppleInsider 7:09 AM
  • "New iPhone mass production on schedule, says report" DigiTimes 7:18 AM
  • "'iPhone 8' Production on Schedule for September Launch, October Sales" MacRumors 7:08 AM
  • "iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s reportedly set to go on sale in October, mass production 'on schedule'" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "Apple Hints New Siri Device Will Add an Unexpected Feature" iDrop News 6:57 PM
  • "Two headlining iOS 11 features may have just leaked" BGR 11:50 AM
  • "New Apple Watch Activity Challenge discovered ahead of Mother's Day" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "Apple Offering Free Smart Keyboard Repairs Under New 3-Year Policy" MacRumors 8:19 AM
  • "Apple extends service for buggy Smart Keyboards" Cult of Mac 1:21 PM
  • "Apple Offers Free 3-Year Repair for iPad Smart Keyboard" The Mac Observer 1:30 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM

  • "The new iPad review: This is the best couch computer ever" Business Insider 6:57 PM
  • "Review: Apple iPad (2017)" Wired 8:14 AM
  • "Surface Laptop vs. MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13 vs. HP Spectre x360 13t: A specs comparison" PCWorld 6:53 AM
  • "Fender's Tone app replaces all your guitar's stomp boxes and pedals: Connect the Tone app to one of three Mustang GT digital guitar amps, and you'll have 1,000-plus effects at your fingertips." Macworld 10:49 AM
  • "How to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit on your Apple devices" iDownload Blog 6:59 PM
  • "How to give your iPhone 7 a glowing Apple logo for less than $35" Business Insider 6:58 PM
  • "How to Mark Addresses Outside Domains in Mail for iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 12:57 PM
  • "How to quickly calculate a tip on your iPhone" iMore 8:14 AM
  • "How to gift iTunes credit on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 7:21 AM
  • "Activate iOS Mail's hidden folders" Cult of Mac 6:57 PM
  • "There's a Bug in File Sharing Between Windows and iOS 10.3 -Here's a Workaround" The Mac Observer 6:41 PM
  • "iOS: If You 3D Touch Call from Phone App, Fun Stuff Happens" The Mac Observer 1:36 PM
  • "When Apple Maps Marks Your Spot: Q. I thought Apple Maps on my iPhone was supposed to automatically show me where I parked my car, but I don't think it's working. Am I not doing something I should? Location Services was on." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 12:57 PM
  • "15 Apple Watch tricks you'll want to use" Apple Must 8:41 AM
  • "British man claims iPhone 7 exploded when he answered it/Commentary: A darts player says his hand was speared with glass after his Apple device blew up, according to a report." CNET 6:56 PM
  • "iPhone 2017 Design Concept. Updates." MICGadget 2:53 PM
  • "Here's how Apple can take iOS to 11 (not sorry!)" iMore 11:49 AM
  • "Apple Wants to Make Razor Blades" Apple Must 11:27 AM
  • "Siri Speaker Wishlist: hi-fi audio, multi-user control, HomeKit features, more" 9to5Mac 12:26 PM
  • "Opinion: HomeKit is great fun for techies but not yet ready for the mass market" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "Warren Buffett deflects concerns about iPhone price, sales & AAPL share ownership" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "How Apple And Microsoft Know The Future" Mac360 8:37 AM
  • "Security Benefits Of The App Store" NoodleMac 8:21 AM
  • "Apple exec Phil Schiller on Amazon Echo, Google Home: 'If you don't have something nice to say, say nothing at all'" Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "My Favorite iPhone Toys" TeraTalks 7:54 AM
  • "Hey Apple, we need to talk about AirPods (again)!" ["Excuse me, why are there no AirPods on the shelves?"]  iDownload Blog 7:30 AM
  • "Is This Crazy Apple Inc. iPhone 8 Rumor Likely to Be True?" The Motley Fool 7:22 AM
  • "You Can Now Record Your Own Navigation Instructions in Waze, If For Some Reason You Want To Do That" Lifehacker 2:54 PM
  • "Here's why you cable company wants to be your wireless carrier" The Verge 1:53 PM
  • "The Massive Unintended Consequences of Self-Driving Cars" TechNewsWorld 1:06 PM
  • "Ryzen 5 review: AMD muscles in on Intel's i5 sweet spot/Gaming performance still an anomaly, but the Ryzen 5 1600X and 1500X are great chips." Ars Technica 8:45 AM
  • "Is this the upcoming flagship smartphone from HTC?" Mashable 7:29 AM
  • "How Digital Assistants might Save Our Lives" Tech.pinions 7:21 AM
  • "Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it" The Register 6:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iShows Adds 'Watch Now' Feature to Stream Episodes in Other Video Apps" MacStories 6:56 PM
  • "Create audio transcripts fast with Trint" Six Colors 6:56 PM
  • "T-Mobile kills off its 'free data for life' iPad plan for new customers" 9to5Mac 2:53 PM
  • "Workflow Update Restores Google Chrome and Pocket Actions, Extends Apple Music Integration" MacStories 12:57 PM
  • "Workflow for iOS Regains Chrome and Pocket Actions, Support for Up Next" MacRumors 12:51 PM
  • "WaterField Debuts Travel-ready Bolt Crossbody Tablet and Laptop Bag" MacPrices 10:38 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of May 8: Dave Hamilton, Kelly Guimont, Ben Kerosky of Apple, and Gary Rozenzweig of Mac Most" The MUG Center 10:38 AM
  • "Global Alternative Online Payment Methods Report 2017 With Full Market Data for 2016 - Research and Markets" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "Parks Associates: Market for Smart Speakers With Voice Assistants Estimated to Grow Roughly 60% From 2016 to 2017" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "CIMCON Lighting Announces Launch of 'Blue Light' Emergency Mobile App" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "Clean Writer - the oldest iPad text editing app, now at version 3" prMac 7:10 AM
  • "Securely Delete iPhone and iPad with Data Shredder for iOS" prMac 7:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 S has the potential to create lifelong Microsoft customers: While the market for Windows 10 S is education, it may also create a base of lifelong subscribers to the Microsoft ecosystem." TechRepublic 6:57 PM
  • "Microsoft Is Basically Killing Apple's iPad" Softpedia 8:45 AM
  • "300 Million people now use Windows 10 Daily" Guru3D 8:44 AM
  • "Software Pirates, Beware: New Microsoft Tool Goes After Repeated Offenders" Softpedia 8:43 AM
  • "Xilinx Looks Ready to Hop on Microsoft's Cloud: Penetrating Microsoft would give Xilinx the pole position at the two most dominant cloud providers." Barron's 6:57 PM
  • "MetaViewer Document Management Integrates with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations" KM World 8:42 AM
  • "IBM: Remote working is awesome -- as long as we're talking about other companies" BetaNews 12:36 PM
  • "Buffett says IBM's Watson will have greatest value when it replaces human labor" CNBC 8:28 AM
  • "HP to scale up its 3D printer business for use in mass manufacturing" Computerworld 8:24 AM
  • "Dell takes Intel's cue on PCs, puts enterprise on top of the agenda: The company says it will launch a new PC-as-a-service by the end of the year" IDG News Service 3:38 PM
  • "What to expect from Dell EMC World 2017" IT PRO 8:22 AM
  • "Rebooted Dell sees Scotland as key global tech player" The Scotsman 8:22 AM
  • "Michael Dell sets dial to digital transformation at Dell EMC World" CRN UK 8:21 AM
  • "Embedded Computers are equipped with Intel® Celeron® processor N3350." ThomasNet News 8:14 AM
  • "Exploitable Details of Intel's 'Apocalyptic' AMT Firmware Vulnerability Disclosed" SecurityWeek 8:14 AM
  • "Security flaw leaves Intel-run PCs at risk even if they are switched off" PC Retail 8:13 AM
  • "Intel Chip Vulnerability Worse than Thought, Lets Hackers Hijack Fleets of PCs" Softpedia 8:13 AM
  • "Intel vPro Processors Suffer Serious Security Flaw, Fixes Arriving This Week" Digital Trends 8:10 AM
  • "Only 16,000 AMD Vega GPUs Will Be Available In The First Few Weeks Of Launch" SegmentNext 8:06 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen memory troubles to be eased with new motherboard beta BIOS updates" PCGameN 8:04 AM
  • "AMD to show off Vega and Navi GPU tech on 16 May" The Inquirer 8:04 AM
  • "Ryzen 5 review: AMD pinches Intel's i5 sweet spot" Ars Technica UK 8:04 AM
  • "NVIDIA's Graphics Processing Story: Gaming and Beyond" Market Realist 1:20 PM
  • "Oracle Wants to Kill Net Neutrality" DSL Reports 8:01 AM
  • "Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat" The Register 8:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple execs Angela Ahrendts and Bruce Sewell each sell over $10M in company stock" AppleInsider 7:51 PM
  • "Apple market cap tops $800 billion for the first time" ["Apple shares briefly surpassed a price of $153.44 a share, and with Apple's 5.214 billion shares outstanding, according to its latest quarterly report, that makes its total market capitalization just over $800 billion."]  CNBC 1:05 PM
  • "Apple Hits New All-Time High $153.25: Sentiment Is Turning, Says Drexel" Barron's 12:51 PM
  • "Apple Notches a Market Cap Record" WSJ Blogs 8:12 AM
  • "Apple just broke its own record as the most valuable publicly traded company of all time" Business Insider 10:49 AM
  • "Apple Just Got Its Highest Price Target Ever" TheStreet 10:50 AM
  • "Apple Nears $800 Billion Valuation On Path to Becoming World's First Trillion Dollar Company" MacRumors 10:48 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq eke out record closes as 'fear index' drops to lowest in decades: VIX falls to lowest level in 24 years" MarketWatch 6:41 PM
  • "Stocks Tread Water as Volatility Reaches Lowest Level in 24 Years" TheStreet 6:40 PM
  • "Wall Street Flat; Fear Barometer Falls to 1993 Low" Reuters 6:40 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Hover Around Flat: Slump in materials offsets energy and technology gains" [Paid Membership Required] 6:40 PM
  • "Nikkei, other Asian markets climb after Macron's victory: Stock markets started the trading week strong in Asia, after the pro-European Union candidate Emmanuel Macron won the race to be the next president of France." MarketWatch 7:27 AM
  • "European stocks pull back from 21-month high after Macron wins French election: Stocks across Europe slipped Monday, with shares in Paris retreating from a nine-year high after market favorite Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday." MarketWatch 11:28 AM

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