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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, December 4, 2017
 

 

 
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Weekend Highlights: Mark Hibben considers iMac Pro "a stopgap for pro users" who need something more such as the new Nvidia Titan V for machine-learning, AI development; HuffPo UK highlights steep entry price of iMac Pro, with some models being more expensive than a new car; but reviewers are impressed with new models despite them being non-upgradable; writing for The Week, Navneet Alang questions Apple's focus given their slip-ups which makes answering "what product should I buy? ... much more complicated"; India raising import tax on cellphones, seen as move aimed at hurting Apple; woman in China receives refund for iPhone X after Face ID allowed her collegue to unlock it; Apple is working on new Mac Pro update; WSJ editorial board writes anti-Net Neutrality OpEd, while many states enter fight to reinstate the rules.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Cook Kisses the Ring: Apple needs the second-largest economy too much."  Bloomberg 8:36 AM
  • "Apple, Google at China internet fest shows lure of market" Associated Press 8:03 AM
  • "The CEOs of Apple and Google spoke at a conference that critics say makes them 'complicit actors in the Chinese censorship regime'"  Business Insider 10:44 AM
  • "Kids coding languages are the future, says Apple boss Tim Cook from China"  The Independent 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Agrees to Deal With Ireland Over $15 Billion Unpaid Tax Issue: EU said tax deal with Ireland had allowed Apple to pay almost zero tax on European profits between 2003 and 2014"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:47 AM
  • "Ireland expects Apple back tax in escrow account in first quarter, 2018: minister" Reuters 8:35 AM
  • "Apple agrees to pay over $15 billion to Ireland in back taxes" Ars Technica 6:48 PM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Mac security issue may reoccur: A software fix Apple released to close a serious Mac security bug may not have fixed the problem on some machines. The bug meant anyone with physical access to a Mac running High Sierra could get admin access to the machine." BBC 8:47 AM
  • "MacOS High Sierra 'Root' Bug Can Reactivate: Apple assumed everyone would upgrade, patch, and reboot in the right order, but that's not the case." PC Magazine 10:45 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Update Can Break the Root Password Security Patch, Here's How to Fix it" The Mac Observer 8:32 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to install MacOS High Sierra on an older Mac" Macworld UK 8:36 AM
  • "macOS: How to Export Apple Notes as Plain Text Files" The Mac Observer 2:45 PM
  • "Alternative Mac Browsers Chrome and Firefox" MacMost 9:46 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Text Replacements Now Sync Reliably Between Macs and iOS Devices Via CloudKit" Daring Fireball 6:58 PM
  • "'I Am Root': A Retrospective on a Severe Mac Vulnerability" Intego 12:30 PM
Press Releases
  • "AudioBridge for Mac lets you easily AirPlay to Sonos from any app" 9to5Mac 11:12 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Strong early iPhone X adoption positions Apple for market leadership, says IHS Markit" DigiTimes 8:16 AM
  • "iPhone X will set all-time record and drive a full year of growth, predicts IHS Markit" 9to5Mac 8:16 AM
  • "iPhone X expected to break sales records over the course of the next year" BGR 9:33 AM
  • "Dear Tim Cook: Instead of repairing my MacBook, Apple gave me back a Thanksgiving Turkey/A dear friend called to tell me that his holiday: and his $3,000 laptop: was ruined by incompetent bench technicians and customer reps playing the blame game at his local Apple retail store."  ZDNet 8:32 AM
  • "Apple starts sales of SIM-free iPhone X models in U.S. as in-store stock improves" AppleInsider 8:04 PM
  • "Palm Pre vs iPhone X: Qualcomm wants iPhones banned for misusing Palm OS interface patents" phoneArena 8:48 AM
  • "Qualcomm wants to take down the iPhone X due to patent infringement" V3 8:18 AM
  • "Bigger Apple Crabtree store to open in Raleigh on Dec. 9" AppleInsider 4:47 PM
  • "Apple releases four new Apple Watch Series 3 ads" The Loop 8:51 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Secret project ports Mac OS to PCs" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "10,000-strong Google army to tackle extremists" Daily Telegraph 8:58 PM
  • "YouTube Hiring More Humans to Train Computers to Police the Site" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:50 PM
  • "Google to Flag Apps That Snoop Without Permission" PC Magazine 4:42 PM
  • "NY AG and senators call for delay of net neutrality vote over fake comments" ZDNet 6:48 PM
  • "NY attorney general asks for net neutrality vote to be put off" Reuters 4:42 PM
  • "Page Not Found: A Brief History of the 404 Error" Wired 8:56 AM
  • "Dubai's grand plan to become a global technology hub" BBC 8:56 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Ecovacs Head of Marketing Christopher Caen" The Mac Observer 5:43 PM
  • "Tonya Engst Takes Control of Mac Basics" MacVoices 4:38 PM
  • "Apple's Update and Security Stumbles, Amazon Prime on Apple TV -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-04" The Mac Observer 1:11 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple Manufacturer Quanta Reaches Deal to Build AR Displays: Quanta Computer Inc., one of Apple's main manufacturing partners, has struck a licensing agreement with augmented-reality component maker Lumus Ltd. to make lenses for smart glasses."  Bloomberg 12:39 PM
  • "Dialog shares tumble on warning Apple could build its own chips" Reuters 8:17 AM
  • "KGI: AirPods Shipments Will Double Next Year Given Strong Demand" MacRumors 8:07 AM
  • "Apple AirPods will explode in popularity next year, KGI says" CNBC 4:44 PM
  • "Apple Pay Cash Now Available for iOS 11.2 Users" MacRumors 11:12 AM
  • "iOS 11.2 fixes date bug that crashes iDevices, begins Apple Pay Cash rollout" Ars Technica 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Pay Cash Missing from iOS 11.2 but Coming this Week" The Mac Observer 10:11 AM
  • "Apple Releases tvOS 11.2 [Download] iClarified 12:30 PM
  • "Download: tvOS 11.2 And watchOS 4.2 Final Version Released" Redmond Pie 12:30 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple Pay Cash Is Not Working for Many iOS 11.2 Users" iDrop News 5:49 PM
  • "Apple Classifies 2011 Mac Mini as Obsolete" MacRumors 10:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:56 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "One month with the Apple iPhone X: More powerful than a Plus in a killer form factor/I usually get bored with an iPhone after a few weeks and move along to more exciting Android smartphones, but there is something about the iPhone X that excites me every time I use it and it's not going anywhere for some time." ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Here's how future iPhones could use camera depth data to create impressive Portrait Mode videos" 9to5Mac 10:44 AM
  • "iPhone X Versus Galaxy Note 8: Which Is Best?" Mashable 10:45 AM
  • "MacBook Pro 13in (2017) review: A Kaby Lake-powered killer/Apple gives its enterprise laptop a speed boost" IT PRO 8:47 AM
  • "Montar car mount can help prevent iPhone distractions when you're behind the wheel" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Smart Home Diary: Up-and-running again with an all-new smarthome [Video] 9to5Mac 10:44 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Sign Up For Apple and Stanford's Apple Watch Heart Rhythm Study" iPhone Hacks 8:42 PM
  • "How to force-quit misbehaving Apple Watch apps in watchOS 4" iDownload Blog 9:33 AM
  • "How To Set Your iPhone to Automatically Answer a Call With iOS 11 News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 8:28 AM
Tips
  • "Apple fixes iPhone calculator bug that said 1+2+3 equaled 24" Business Insider 4:44 PM
  • "How to create a personalized radio station in Apple Music with Siri: Don't know what you want to listen to, ask Siri for some help!" iMore 9:33 AM
  • "It's time to update your iPhone" CNBC 8:34 AM
  • "What to do if you forgot the passcode of your iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Gift This Not That: iPhone 8 Plus Vs. iPhone X" Forbes 8:59 PM
  • "Something is rotten at Apple: Last week was a long, bad week for Apple engineers. And for users of its products." ZDNet 8:44 PM
  • "Between iMessage, WhatsApp, and Messenger, SMS texting is becoming a relic of the past" Business Insider 6:58 PM
  • "iPhone X Love Has Doomed Tim Cook's Apple To A Boring And Predictable Future"  Forbes 6:47 PM
  • "iOS 12 wishlist imagines what top requested features might look like [Gallery] 9to5Mac 4:47 PM
  • "Apple's recent software problems are bad, but shouldn't lead to knee-jerk personnel decisions" AppleInsider 4:47 PM
  • "Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 6S: Worth the upgrade?" Business Insider 4:39 PM
  • "Steve Jobs and Apple learned a huge lesson from the failure of the original Macintosh" Business Insider 4:39 PM
  • "Apple's attitude to Dialog suggests UK tech debate is one-sided" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:13 AM
  • "Sometimes it's hard to be Apple's Siri: It's hard to be Apple's virtual assistant because lots of people complain about what you do, even when you're actually quite good at lots of things, recent data shows." Computerworld 9:46 AM
  • "Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely" SlashGear 8:48 AM
  • "iPhone X Face ID Raises Privacy Concerns" Tom's Guide 8:35 AM
  • "Should you force close your apps?" The Verge 8:32 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Machine Learning and the Camera Sensor" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:23 AM
  • "Opinion: Net neutrality is a myth, and the FCC changes aren't what you think"  ZDNet 10:45 AM
  • "Doom VFR review: Ripping and tearing and stumbling over the small details" PCWorld 8:58 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Download New iPhone X Wallpapers From iOS 11.2" iPhone Hacks 8:42 PM
  • "Gmail for iOS is now optimized for the iPhone X's display" 9to5Mac 8:04 PM
  • "Gboard Adds Automatic Theme Switching" MacStories 6:58 PM
  • "Apple TV 4K no longer forces you to watch everything in HDR" CNET 6:48 PM
  • "Apple adds gift card compensation to Apple Watch recycling program" 9to5Mac 6:55 PM
  • "Apple Introduces New Apple Watch Recycling Program Offering Gift Cards Up To $175" MacRumors 5:49 PM
  • "Apple Pay Holdout Target Launches New In-App Mobile Payments System" MacRumors 4:47 PM
  • "The force is strong with Hex's new iPhone case collection" Stuff Magazine 8:36 AM
  • "Looking for more Cydia repositories? We've got you covered" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "Capcom Just Released Monster Hunter Stories on iOS and Android in Japan" Touch Arcade 8:16 AM
  • "Clean Text for iOS Gets Files Support" Macdrifter 8:16 AM
  • "The Ars Technica 2017 gadget gift guide: Office gift ideas" Ars Technica 8:10 AM
  • "Smoky Cat Software Ltd. releases Heart Graph v5.0" prMac 8:07 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 4: Joe Kissell, Experimac, Minecraft, Holiday Parties" The MUG Center 7:56 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 Accelerates Growth to Become World's Top Desktop Operating System" Softpedia 9:08 AM
  • "Windows 7 is being ditched at a faster rate than previously thought" TechRadar UK 9:04 AM
  • "NetMarketShare: Windows 7 has been losing share faster than we thought" BetaNews 8:23 AM
  • "Steam: Windows 7 now nearly three times more popular than Windows 10" BetaNews 8:10 AM
  • "The missing link in Microsoft's A.I. strategy" Computerworld 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft, NFL extend Surface sideline deal to another season" ZDNet 8:04 PM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Updates KB4054022, KB4055237, and KB4052342" Softpedia 9:05 AM
  • "IBM's CIO Helps Enable The Cognitive Enterprise" Forbes 8:59 AM
  • "IBM India rakes in $5 billion in revenues in FY17, outperforms Infosys, TCS" CNBC: MoneyControl 8:59 AM
  • "U.S. Leads World in Quantum Computing Patent Filings with IBM Leading the Charge" IPWatchDog 8:58 AM
  • "IBM touches new high, becomes number 1 tech firm, here is how" Financial Express 8:58 AM
  • "HP's wearable VR system is an unnecessary luxury" Engadget 8:56 AM
  • "Dell starts flogging biz laptops with Intel Management Engine disabled" The Inquirer 8:51 AM
  • "Extortion: Dell is charging $20 to let you disable Intel's flawed Management Engine" MSPoweruser 8:50 AM
  • "Intel Sees Opportunity At Every Layer Of The Robot Car Economy" Forbes 8:49 AM
  • "Updated Intel roadmap leaked: Gemini Lake this month, Cascade Lake-X in late 2018" Liliputing 8:49 AM
  • "Intel roadmap shows when to expect Coffee Lake-S (300 Series)" Hexus 8:49 AM
  • "The ASRock X299E-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: An 18-core No-Compromise Mini-ITX" AnandTech 8:49 AM
  • "Amazon, Intel unveil DeepLens camera for AI development" bit-tech 8:48 AM
  • "Best CPU 2017: The best Intel and AMD processors from £99" Expert Reviews 8:45 AM
  • "Nvidia's Titan GPUs get optimized software for machine learning" VentureBeat 12:59 PM
  • "AMD's Vega 11: 'it's not a discrete graphics product, it's baked into the CPU'" PCGamesN 8:44 AM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.4" AnandTech 8:43 AM
  • "Ryzen 2 supported on AM4 confirms AMD product manager" Hexus 8:43 AM
  • "AMD confirms Raven Ridge Vega 11 and halts production Vega Reference Cards" Guru3D 8:43 AM
  • "Oracle is getting a $43 million charter high school on its Silicon Valley campus" Business Insider 4:44 PM
  • "Etisalat launches Cisco-powered cloud wi-fi" TradeArabia 8:32 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "iPhone supplier Dialog slumps as it reveals Apple could bring power chip technology in-house" Telegraph 8:49 AM
  • "Apple may not need this supplier. Its stock crashes 23%" CNNMoney 11:17 AM
  • "Shares of Apple supplier crater after admitting tech giant may soon design own chips" CNBC 8:48 AM
  • "Why Apple Fans Might Want to Consider Samsung Stock" The Motley Fool 4:44 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow finishes at record; S&P 500, Nasdaq flounder as Tech Stocks swoon: So-called 'FAANG' stocks take a beating" MarketWatch 4:29 PM
  • "Dow Jumps to New Record as Tax Reform Buoys Wall Street: The Dow rose by nearly 60 points on Monday, but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq declined." TheStreet 4:29 PM
  • "Dow hits record as investors bet on tax cuts" Reuters 4:29 PM
  • "Dow Sets Another Record but Finishes Well Off Its Highs: Selloff in tech shares weighs on S&P 500, Nasdaq; meanwhile, haven assets decline as U.S. dollar advances" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:29 PM
  • "Hong Kong stocks turn a corner, marking first gain in a week: Asia-Pacific stock markets struggled to gather momentum Monday after pockets of selling last week, notably in tech." MarketWatch 6:53 AM
  • "DAX ends sharply higher as U.S. tax progress revs up European stocks: European stocks closed with strong gains Monday, with German blue-chips surging by the most in a month, after lawmakers in Washington moved closer to getting a major package of U.S. tax cuts and reforms signed into law." MarketWatch 12:27 PM

 
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