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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
 

 

 
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Friday Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple confirms U.S. government inquiries over iPhone battery issue" Axios 7:53 AM
  • "Apple responds to report that the US government is investigating the iPhone slowdown" Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "U.S. agencies probe Apple over slowing iPhones: Bloomberg" Reuters 8:24 AM
  • "Apple slowdown after software update probed by US authorities" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:09 AM
  • "The iPhone X doesn't matter"  Quartz 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Sells a Record 22 Million iPhones in USA During 4Q17" Counterpoint 7:50 AM
  • "Wall Street analyst downgrades Apple, says there's one big problem with the iPhone X"  Business Insider 8:29 AM
  • "HomePod's biggest problem isn't Siri, it's that it's too much like the original iPod: Loyalty is in HomePod's DNA, but will it be enough?"  Macworld 7:46 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple still aims to allow iPad apps to run on Macs this year"  Axios 7:58 AM
  • "macOS 10.14 said to sport faster waking and unlocking" iDownload Blog 10:09 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to run Windows 10 on your Mac using VMware's Fusion 10" iMore 7:49 AM
  • "How to Use a Windows PC Keyboard on Mac by Remapping Command & Option Keys" OS X Daily 2:59 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Questioning the Snow Leopard Moment" MacStories 3:35 PM
  • "The Mac, The Myth, The Legend: How Snow Leopard became synonymous with reliability"  9to5Mac 12:49 PM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from January 2018: Fight off the winter blues with a few fresh games." Macworld 7:51 AM
Press Releases
  • "Subnautica is now available on Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 2:04 PM
  • "BricsCAD V18—2/3D CAD and BIM Software for Mac OS X" Architosh 12:19 PM
  • "Vivaldi Web Browser Gains Vertical Reading Mode, Markdown Support for Notes, and More" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "Hyperbolic Software releases Tidy Up 5, fully-featured duplicates finder" prMac 7:31 AM
  • "Pocket Informant now available on Mac App Store as Informant 1.0" prMac 7:31 AM
  • "Turner is a handy macOS tool for creating and analyzing contracts" Apple World Today 7:29 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Gamble on 3 New iPhones Has Paid Off: New Survey" TheStreet 10:09 AM
  • "Apple gets rare nod in Trump's tech-light State of the Union" CNET 7:42 AM
  • "Phil Schiller talks HomePod & the tech behind it" iDownload Blog 10:03 AM
  • "Apple VP Jennifer Bailey Says Apple Pay Accepted at 1 out of 2 U.S. Stores" MacTrast 7:56 AM
  • "Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has a big problem with the iPhone X" ["Wozniak contrasted the high-tech phone with the simplicity of Apple's early products."]  Business Insider 11:00 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak no longer believes 'anything Elon Musk or Tesla says'" V3 8:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T says revamped DirecTV Now w/ cloud DVR & more coming this spring" 9to5Mac 8:22 PM
  • "2018 could finally be the year Sprint's network becomes good" BGR 3:15 PM
  • "Why Samsung Is Hell-Bent on Making Bixby Happen: Samsung wants Bixby to be the operating system of the 5G world. Don't laugh." PC Magazine 11:10 AM
  • "Bournemouth bars have begun accepting a smartphone app as ID: Yoti means you can leave your passport and driving licence at home." Engadget 10:54 AM
  • "Cryptocurrency miners: A replacement for ransomware/Attackers are turning away from ransomware in favor of fraudulent cryptocurrency mining: and your IoT devices might be their future cash cows." ZDNet 11:09 AM
  • "Cisco Talos warns about malicious cryptocurrency mining attacks" VentureBeat 10:14 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "018: Square Cash supporting Bitcoin, HomePod versus iPod Hi-Fi, and Snow Leopard's legacy Daily" 9to5Mac 6:11 PM
  • "DOJ/SEC Investigate Throttlegate, Facebook Google Doom, New Macs in 2018 -ACM 447" The Mac Observer 5:57 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod Tech Specs -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-31" The Mac Observer 1:19 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "iOS 11.3 Beta to Get Throttling Kill Switch in February as Apple Trials 'Reserve a Battery' System in Canada" MacRumors 10:09 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 brings back button fade animations in the Calculator app" iDownload Blog 7:54 AM
  • "Apple properly fixes the 1+2+3 Calculator bug in iOS 11.3, brings back the animation" 9to5Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Begins Shipping 18-Core iMac Pro to Customers" MacRumors 11:00 AM
  • "Apple supplier Wistron nears land deal in India: sources" Reuters 7:52 AM
  • "Wistron close to India land deal for expanded iPhone SE fabrication, start of iPhone 6s manufacture" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Could Make The iPhone 6s In India If Supplier Wistron Closes New Deal" Tech Times 9:27 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple Stops Signing Older Versions of iOS 11" MacRumors 6:58 PM
  • "Apple stops signing older versions of iOS following release of iOS 11.2.5" 9to5Mac 6:58 PM
  • "Apple extends AppleCare+ for Mac to New Zealand and Australia" 9to5Mac 3:19 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 camera shootout: We compare Apple and Samsung's flagships both have dual-rear cameras. We put them to the test around San Francisco." CNET 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 photos" CNET 7:42 AM
  • "What if the iMac Pro had THREE Vega GPUs?" Bare Feats 10:47 AM
  • "Tech Spec Showdown: Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home" The Mac Observer 12:01 PM
  • "Review: Mophie's new Powerstation delivers juice using USB-C PD standard, adds AC outlet" iDownload Blog 12:15 PM
  • "Review: Satechi's new Clamp Hub Pro makes it easier to access iMac's ports" iDownload Blog 10:54 AM
  • "Review: can the Invoke smart speaker with Cortana rival the HomePod?" iDownload Blog 7:56 AM
  • "Colgate E1 toothbrush review: Smart, but not essential" Cult of Mac 12:04 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to transfer your photos from iPhone to Mac or an external drive" AppleInsider 6:47 PM
  • "iOS: How to Create an iPhone Night Mode for Astronomers" The Mac Observer 1:28 PM
  • "Ask Siri To Play the News" MacMost 10:01 AM
  • "How To Take A Pic Of The Super Blue Moon With Your iPhone X" Forbes 7:22 AM
Tips
  • "Your iPhone Slowed Down. Here's What to Do When the Solution Is Just as Slow." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:04 PM
  • "8 productivity apps your iPad will love you for" Apple Must 11:03 AM
  • "How to Find Your iPhone Using Siri" iPhone Hacks 10:45 AM
  • "iPad Diaries: 'Type to Siri' as a Smart Command Line" MacStories 10:14 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why the lack of an iPhone X 'super cycle' might actually be a good thing" BGR 6:48 PM
  • "Apple: We Would Never!" Gizmodo 5:49 PM
  • "Phil Schiller on HomePod" The Loop 10:10 AM
  • "$1,000 iPhone X was called crazy – now people are worried iPhone prices won't keep rising" BGR 10:09 AM
  • "Why This Rumored 6.1-inch Apple Inc. iPhone Spec Is False: This Fool debunks a seemingly-credible rumor." The Motley Fool 8:07 AM
  • "Is iPhone X demand really weaker than anticipated?" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (42) -Dishonest Reporting on Apple as the Q1 2018 Reports are Due; Investing in Silicon; and More" eXtensions 7:16 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Robots could be a self-fulfilling nightmare" Axios 3:15 PM
  • "Are AR and VR the new Visicalc of our age?" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:54 AM
  • "2018 Prediction #5 — The H-1B visa problem will NOT go away" I, Cringely 8:24 AM
  • "Samsung is flying high. Here's what could bring it down to earth" CNNMoney 7:48 AM
  • "If Amazon And Buffett Lift Veil On Health Prices, Insurers Are In Trouble" Forbes 7:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Nintendo officially announces new Mario Kart game coming to iOS" 9to5Mac 8:21 PM
  • "Slack Nixes its Standalone Apple Watch App" MacRumors 6:48 PM
  • "Apple Music gets access to exclusive mixes from Steve Aoki, Sigala and DJ Suss One" AppleInsider 6:17 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge Making Its Way to the iPad Next Month" Thurrott 5:48 PM
  • "Apple updates Support app for iOS, adds new capabilities to Transporter developer tool" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Apple adds amazing Flex and Flow sound pack to GarageBand for iOS" Cult of Mac 3:11 PM
  • "Logitech adds snapshot alerts to HomeKit-enabled Circle 2 cams with free firmware update" 9to5Mac 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Selling New 'UNDEFEATED' Beats Pill+ and BeatsX Earphones" MacRumors 2:04 PM
  • "Ex-Apple designers unveil Caffeine social broadcasting platform for games" VentureBeat 10:14 AM
  • "Team-based shooter Hero Hunters blasts its way into the App Store" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "'Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia' Is Now Available on iOS and Android Devices" Touch Arcade 7:49 AM
  • "Groovy app for iOS that allows to shoot photos like professional photographer - is now available in English too, after being top rated app in Korea and Taiwan" Iridium Studios 7:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Dell considering sale to VMWare in what would be 'biggest deal in tech history': Move would allow firm to become public again without formal listing" V3 8:01 AM
  • "Dell weighs virtual options with VMWare to shuffle debts" Tech Wire Asia 11:13 AM
  • "Dell releases a range of updates for its Wyse suite of thin client solutions" Neowin 11:14 AM
  • "Samsung topples Intel to become the world's largest chipmaker" TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "Samsung confirms production of cryptocurrency mining chips" ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "Samsung confirms it is making ASIC chips for cryptocurrency mining" TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "Samsung reportedly enters volume production for Bitcoin mining ASIC" DigiTimes 8:11 AM
  • "Intel names new technology chief amid Meltdown-Spectre fallout" ZDNet 3:37 PM
  • "AMD Surpasses Q4 Earnings on Products Rollout, Guides Well" Zacks 8:10 AM
  • "AMD Shares Slide Then Recover On Earnings Beat, Zen 2 CPUs Spectre-Proof, Radeon Production Ramps For Mining Demand" HotHardware 5:58 PM
  • "AMD vs Spectre: Our new Zen 2 chips will be protected, says CEO" ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "AMD plans to release Spectre-proof processors — but you probably can't get them until 2019" Business Insider 12:49 PM
  • "AMD wants to make it easier for you to buy its GPUs" Digital Trends 12:48 PM
  • "Retail Boxed AMD Raven Ridge Ryzen CPUs With Integrated Vega GPUs Leak" HotHardware 5:58 PM
  • "NVIDIA proves the cloud can replace a high-end gaming rig" Engadget 3:00 PM
  • "Microsoft's Azure revenue nearly doubled year-over-year in its second quarter" TechCrunch 3:40 PM
  • "Microsoft revenue climbs to $28.9B, besting Wall Street expectations once again" GeekWire 3:40 PM
  • "Microsoft reports $28.9 billion in Q2 2018 revenue: Azure up 98%, Surface up 1%, and Windows up 4%" VentureBeat 3:18 PM
  • "Microsoft FY18 Q2 earnings: $28.9 billion in revenue backed by cloud, Office growth/Revenues for Microsoft's second quarter were up to $28.9 billion, backed by continued cloud services growth." Windows Central 3:19 PM
  • "Microsoft's Q2 strong, but commercial cloud sequential revenue, bookings growth slows" ZDNet 3:37 PM
  • "Microsoft reports loss on tax charge" Reuters 3:20 PM
  • "Don't believe Microsoft's latest privacy hype: The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that's not what it has in mind." Computerworld 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft Earnings: What to Watch/Analysts expect higher EPS, revenue" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Visual Studio gets an app for sketch-based UI prototyping: The experimental Ink to Code app for Windows 10 helps build user interfaces for Windows and Android, as well as facilitate developer collaboration" Computerworld New Zealand 5:49 PM
  • "Why IBM's fiscal 4Q17 Earnings Made Headlines" Market Realist 2:55 PM
  • "More security flaws found in Oracle MICROS retail systems: 230,000 outlets worldwide at risk from point-of-sale system vulnerability" V3 10:59 AM
  • "Oracle point-of-sale system vulnerabilities get Big Red cross" The Register 7:28 AM
  • "Cisco jumps into containers: Kubernetes continues to show its dominance of cloud container management: as Cisco adopts it for its new container orchestration platform." ZDNet 1:56 PM
  • "Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on" The Register 7:28 AM
  • "Cisco warns users about serious vulnerability in WebVPN software" Digital Trends 2:55 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Will iPhone X Sales Lift Apple's Earnings Report?" Zacks 3:37 PM
  • "Apple: Reasons For Optimism Going Into Earnings" Seeking Alpha 3:40 PM
  • "Apple could be the best of the bunch in this tech earnings avalanche" CNBC 8:11 AM
  • "So just how well did the iPhone X sell anyway? We'll finally a get hint in Apple's quarterly earnings results on Thursday." CNET 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's in the Penalty Box, but Should Still Be in Your Starting Lineup" RealMoney 8:13 AM
  • "BofA: Don't Write Off Apple's Hardware Business Just Yet" Benzinga 3:00 PM
  • "Analyst lowers June—yes, June—iPhone estimate" Apple 3.0 3:06 PM
  • "Apple Out-Swims A Systemic Risk Tidal Wave" Seeking Alpha 7:22 AM
  • "Sell-Off in Apple Could Make Alphabet Most Valuable Company" 24/7 Wall St. 7:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end higher, closing out best month since March 2016: Boeing's stock contributes about 115 points to the Dow industrials" MarketWatch 4:03 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher After Up-and-Down Day of Trading: Stocks rebounded on Wednesday." TheStreet 4:03 PM
  • "Dow ends January with a rally, extends winning streak" FOXBusiness 4:02 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Surrender Gains After Fed Decision: Still, the Dow records its largest one-month percentage gain in more than 18 months" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:02 PM
  • "Asian markets finish mixed in response to Trump's State of the Union speech: Stocks reverse early declines after mostly conciliatory speech" MarketWatch 8:28 AM
  • "European stocks inch higher, but gains kept in check by 43% Capita plunge: Stoxx 600 on track for 1.9% January gain" MarketWatch 8:27 AM

 
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