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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
 

 

 
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Friday 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/Macintosh
  • "Inside Apple's Courtship of News Publishers/When news publishers have a big story these days, their editors jump on Slack and pitch it to an unlikely partner: Apple. The tech company has built a small but powerful news team that is making Apple a key distribution outlet for news publishers."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:24 AM
  • "Apple in talks for first order from a Chinese chipmaker: A deal with Yangtze Memory will mark milestone in China's tech development"  Nikkei 8:31 AM
  • "Apple in talks for first order from Chinese chipmaker: Nikkei" Reuters 9:22 AM
  • "Apple CEO Sees Dividend Hikes, Calls Succession a Priority"  Bloomberg 10:00 AM
  • "Tim Cook explains why you're never going to visit the inside of Apple's new $5 billion headquarters"  Business Insider 8:53 AM
  • "Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone"  NPR 7:16 PM
OS X
News
  • "Google Chrome Starts Blocking In-Your-Face Ads Tomorrow" Forbes 8:04 AM
  • "From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work" The Register 8:08 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "MarsEdit 4 review: Content-creation tool for websites lets you focus on the important things" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "Mac: What does 'System Scan is Recommended' mean?" Computerworld 11:23 AM
  • "How to Control iTunes on Your Mac from Your Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 8:28 AM
  • "Searching for Current Information" MacMost 10:37 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Dr. Mac Weighs the Pros and Cons of Replacing Photoshop" The Mac Observer 5:14 PM
  • "What Would it Be Like to Go Back to macOS Snow Leopard?" The Mac Observer 5:38 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Study: Even Apple and Google engineers can't really afford to live near their offices" Fast Company 1:46 PM
  • "There will be no tours of Apple Park, CEO Tim Cook says" Digital Trends 8:53 AM
  • "Apple says that Apple Park campus is a 'no drone zone'" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "'Apple News as a product is living in the past,' according to Flipboard's CEO: Mike McCue thinks a walled garden is the wrong approach for publishers in 2018." Recode 10:53 AM
  • "Apple spotlights apps using ARKit's capabilities on new webpage" 9to5Mac 8:39 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (44) -Travel Outside Bangkok (Buggy at Times) -A Photographic Journey" eXtensions 7:42 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Boston leads the US in smart cities ranking" ZDNet 11:34 AM
  • "Citing risks but no evidence, US intel chiefs warn against using Huawei, ZTE phones" ZDNet 11:33 AM
  • "FCC looks to approve SpaceX's satellite internet plan" TechCrunch 12:04 PM
  • "FCC chair moves to approve SpaceX broadband service" Axios 10:54 AM
  • "Google is bringing AI-powered one-tap replies to all your messaging apps" The Next Web 8:55 AM
  • "Qualcomm announces wireless edge services and new LTE SDK for enterprise IoT customers, 5G NR roadmap demonstrated" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "YouTube TV is adding more channels, but it's also getting more expensive" The Verge 8:51 AM
  • "YouTube TV raises pricing, expands with Turner, NBA, MLB additions" TechCrunch 8:33 AM
  • "YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans" BBC 8:22 AM
  • "Can't wait for 5G? How your next phone goes supersonic in 4G" CNET 8:11 AM
  • "Sony Just Coughed Up PS4 Data To The FBI In A Kansas Terror Investigation" Forbes 8:04 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "028: HomePod stains, Berkshire Hathaway's AAPL investment, KGI on 6.1-inch iPhone sales Daily" 9to5Mac 6:35 PM
  • "Inside Apple's Shareholder Meeting, Profiling Hypocrisy, and HomePod Isn't a Wiretap -ACM 449" The Mac Observer 5:15 PM
  • "#228: Wrong Robot Name/Our essential travel tech, most romantic uses of technology, biggest technology disappointments, and thoughts about the HomePod." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:45 PM
  • "Skype's Big Security Flaw, Verizon's Locked iPhones -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-14" The Mac Observer 1:33 PM
  • "MacVoices #18065: Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba Discusses Their New Farrago Audio Utility, and Apple's HomePod" Mac Voices 1:29 PM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: The Year in Mac Security, and Tips for Backing Up Your Mac" Intego Mac Podcast 8:56 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "KGI: Apple Could Ship 100 Million Units of New 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, Replacing iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in 2018 Device Line-up" MacRumors 8:26 AM
  • "Apple expected to ship 100M 6.1" LCD iPhone units priced at $700-$800 in late 2018" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Apple in talks for first order with a Chinese chipmaker: report" ejinsight 9:16 PM
  • "Barclays Says Second-Generation iPhone X Could Have Smaller Notch" MacRumors 9:06 AM
  • "Apple confirms HomePod leaves white rings on wood surfaces" VentureBeat 10:55 AM
  • "Apple admits its new $350 speaker can leave permanent white rings on wooden surfaces and furniture" Business Insider 11:41 AM
  • "Apple's New $349 HomePod Speaker Is Ruining Some Customers' Wooden Tables" Time 1:45 PM
  • "Apple's New iMac Pro Delivers Enhanced Security with the T2 Chip" Intego 9:41 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy S9+ tops the iPhone X in new leaked benchmark" BGR 10:52 AM
AppleCare/Helps
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Now Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models" MacRumors 12:22 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:42 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:42 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:42 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "iMac Pro vs. Surface Studio: Which Premium AIO Reigns Supreme? We've tested both of these sleek all-in-one desktops and here's how they stack up on design, performance, and price." PC Magazine 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says 'no' this much is tough/Apple's first smart speaker feels exclusively designed for its most ardent fans." Ars Technica 12:05 PM
  • "Apple HomePod Review: It Only Sounds Great" The Wirecutter 10:55 AM
  • "Apple's Biggest Claim About HomePod Is Legit, According To Our Acoustics Tests" Fast Company 8:31 AM
  • "Twelve South launches new SurfacePad leather cover for iPhone X [Video] 9to5Mac 11:32 AM
  • "Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go" TechHive 8:27 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "OmniOutliner 3 for iOS Review" MacStories 11:32 AM
  • "Hands On: OmniOutliner 3 for iPad organizes everything from text to ideas" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music" AppleInsider 3:48 PM
  • "How to Completely Disable Private Browsing in iOS on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 3:48 PM
  • "How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID" AppleInsider 1:45 PM
  • "How to clean your HomePod" iMore 8:58 AM
Tips
  • "HomePod tips and tricks" Macworld 8:29 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "HomePod Component Costs Estimated at $216" MacRumors 9:16 PM
  • "Apple says it is totally normal for HomePod to ruin your furniture" BetaNews 9:16 PM
  • "What You Need to Know About Apple's iPhone X Production Target" Market Realist 3:48 PM
  • "Why won't Apple tell us who it's buying??" Apple Must 1:46 PM
  • "New Apple AR Webpage Makes a Strong Statement About the Future" The Mac Observer 1:33 PM
  • "CNBC peppers Apple analyst with dumb questions (Video): When will Apple hit $1 trillion? What's the hot next thing? What if they buy Time Warner? CBS/Viacom? Disney?" Apple 3.0 9:27 AM
  • "Audiophile HomePod Reviewer Turns Out to Not Know Much about Measuring Audio"  Kirkville 8:57 AM
  • "Tim Cook says keeping Apple's secrets are 'the bane my existence'" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Comment: The FBI's warning against Huawei smartphones is kind of ironic ..." 9to5Mac 8:39 AM
  • "6 improvements HomePod needs to compete" Macworld 8:29 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Artificial Intelligence VS Human Intelligence: Winning That War" Future Insights 2:51 PM
  • "I've owned an Amazon Echo for over two years now — here are my 19 favorite features" Business Insider 1:46 PM
  • "Salon has every right to hijack your laptop to mine cryptocurrency while you read it" Business Insider 8:44 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Xbox party chat launches on Android and iOS: Keep up with your gaming buddies when you're away from home." Engadget 5:27 PM
  • "FileBrowser for Business Gains New FTP Options, Native iXpand Drive Integration in Files App" MacStories 12:06 PM
  • "Electra RC1 iOS 11 Jailbreak With Cydia Bundled Is A Limited Release For Developers Only" Redmond Pie 11:34 AM
  • "Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iMac using Thunderbolt 3" AppleInsider 9:52 AM
  • "Kill Time on the Go With the Best Reddit Apps for Android and iOS" Digital Trends 9:27 AM
  • "CARROT Weather 4.5 Brings Achievements, Alternate Icons, and More" MacStories 8:58 AM
  • "Photos: The Ultimate iPhone & iPad Photography Guide - released today" prMac 8:26 AM
  • "Contacts on steroids: Intro 1.0 for iPhone launched today" prMac 8:26 AM
  • "Brother Mobile Solutions' PocketJet 7 is a convenient mobile printer line" Apple World Today 8:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft wants to use blockchain to secure your identity" Computerworld 10:53 AM
  • "Microsoft targets startups with $500 million in Azure-related resources: Microsoft is launching a new program aimed at attracting more startups to its Azure cloud." ZDNet 11:34 AM
  • "Microsoft promises to help startups sell their products...if they're on Azure" VentureBeat 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft's compiler-level Spectre fix shows how hard this problem will be to solve: Investigation of Microsoft's compiler changes show that much of the time, they won't fix Spectre." Ars Technica 5:38 PM
  • "Microsoft gives sysadmins Meltdown and Spectre detection in Windows Analytics" BetaNews 8:55 AM
  • "Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs" Gizmodo 9:02 PM
  • "Microsoft releases first Windows 10 'Redstone 5' test build; adds new app preview program" ZDNet 7:53 PM
  • "Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service" Computerworld 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft releases new firmware for the Surface Pro and Surface Book" Neowin 5:27 PM
  • "As Microsoft, IBM Enter Cryptocurrency Market, EXMO Cryptocurrency Exchange Launches Dividend-Paying Tokens Crowdsale" Insider Monkey 8:55 AM
  • "Big Blue levels up server sextet with POWER9 for IBM i, AIX, HANA, Linux" The Register 8:10 AM
  • "HP Announces Major Digital Packaging Expansion in US" Packaging Europe 9:44 AM
  • "Dell-EMC expands its CI platform, simplifies data center operations: With the VxBlock 1000, Dell-EMC's next-generation CI platform, customers can mix and match storage, networking and compute technology for greater data center agility." Network World 9:46 AM
  • "Dell EMC announces new servers for optimized computing & software-defined environments" The Economic Times 9:46 AM
  • "AMD signs up Dell as its latest EPYC customer" ITProPortal 9:46 AM
  • "AMD wins as Dell goes EPYC" Fudzilla 9:46 AM
  • "Intel Graphics Driver Adds Game Optimization Control For Intel Integrated And AMD Vega GPUs" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Intel expands bug bounty program to include Spectre-like side-channel attacks, dangles $250K" GeekWire 1:53 PM
  • "Intel bug bounty program expands with more rewards" ZDNet 6:46 PM
  • "Intel's latest graphics drivers can automatically optimize your games to play their best" PCWorld 9:57 AM
  • "Ampere And Turing: NVIDIA's Future GeForce Gaming And Cryptocurrency Mining GPUs?" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "AMD Rome Is The Code Name Of Upcoming Server CPUs That Will Replace EPYC, Could Feature 64 Cores /128 Threads" SegmentNext 9:57 AM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 & Inaugural Ryzen Desktop APU WHQL Drivers" AnandTech 8:58 AM
  • "AMD Radeon 18.2.2 Beta Drivers Boost PUBG Performance" eTeknix 9:56 AM
  • "Oracle's Plan To Beat Amazon, Microsoft On Cloud" Investopedia 10:45 AM
  • "Cisco satisfies Q2 targets despite net loss from tax charge: The company paid an $11.1 billion charge related to recent US tax reform." ZDNet 3:50 PM
  • "Cisco shares rally 5% on earnings beat, outlook, shareholder returns" MarketWatch 3:48 PM
  • "Cisco posts loss on $11.1 billion tax-related charge" Reuters 3:48 PM
  • "Cisco earnings come in higher than forecasts" CNBC Videos 3:47 PM
  • "Cisco's revenue is finally growing again and investors are piling in" Business Insider 3:47 PM
  • "Cisco Earnings: What to Watch/Bright spots include moving away from hardware dependence, tax benefits, gains in cloud computing" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:39 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding" AppleInsider 5:26 PM
  • "Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway increases AAPL holdings, dumps over 90% of its IBM shares" 9to5Mac 5:27 PM
  • "Apple Is All About Buying Stock Back, Says BTIG's Piecyk" Bloomberg Video 9:52 AM
  • "Apple: analyst lays out path to zero net cash, deems 'transformational M&A' unlikely" MarketWatch 9:27 AM
  • "Miss the Bottom in Apple's Stock? Here's What You Should Do Now: There are still some 'nasties' lurking on Apple's stock chart. Here's how to trade the tech giant." TheStreet 8:49 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow clambers 250 points higher as Wall Street dispels inflation jitters: Small-cap Russell 2000 on pace for best daily rise in about a month; VIX readings fall below historic average" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Soars Over 250 Points to Post Its Fourth Straight Day of Gains: Stocks finished higher on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks climb again as investors shake off inflation worries" Associated Press 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Weigh Inflation Data: Latest consumer-price report suggests inflation is firming after a long run of softness" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian stock markets go their separate ways before Lunar New Year holiday: Samsung helps lift Kospi; Nikkei declines as yen rallies" MarketWatch 8:59 AM
  • "European stocks perk up after German growth data: U.S. inflation report on tap" MarketWatch 8:59 AM

 
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