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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
 

 

 
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Weekend 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
  • "Your Love of Your Old Smartphone Is a Problem for Apple and Samsung: Some shoppers are balking at new-phone price tags pushing $1,000 or features that don't impress"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:20 AM
  • "Why Amazon Can Crush Apple in the Smart-Home Market: Amazon continues to make headway in the smart-home market while Apple mostly watches from the sidelines."  TheStreet 1:08 PM
  • "Apple is under fire for moving iCloud data to China"  CNNMoney 7:58 AM
  • "Apple officially moves its Chinese iCloud operations and encryption keys to China" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Plans Healthcare Clinics as Employee Perk" TechNewsWorld 3:47 PM
  • "Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now" The Register 7:51 AM
OS X
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Review: An App Called Orga Lets You Search Text in Photos" The Mac Observer 2:08 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to back up your iCloud contacts and calendar data" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Redirect Email Instead Of Forwarding" MacMost 10:25 AM
  • "Pro Tip: How to use Safari's super-quick pop-up tab history shortcut" Cult of Mac 12:08 PM
  • "How to Navigate Your Mac With Full Keyboard Access" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
  • "macOS: Prevent Settings Changes by Hiding System Preferences" The Mac Observer 8:47 AM
  • "macOS: How to create an AutoResponder message in Mail" Apple Must 7:39 AM
Op/Ed
  • "10 Great Free Mac Apps to Jump-Start Productivity" Envato Tuts+ 8:25 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from February 2018" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (46) -The Decline of News; Image Editing; and TouchRetouch for the Mac" eXtensions 7:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "Logitech announces official third-party SDK for input dial Craft keyboard" 9to5Mac 3:46 PM
  • "Logitech's Craft keyboard gets new SDK, support for Adobe's Lightroom Classic CC and core macOS apps" AppleInsider 3:33 PM
  • "Sketch Adds Shared Libraries, Including the Official Apple iOS 11 Design Template, and Prototyping" MacStories 9:28 AM
  • "Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Mac 3D News: Germany's Cheetah 3D Reachers Version 7.2" Architosh 7:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Cellebrite can unlock any iPhone (for some values of 'any'): Forensics contractor's 'Advanced Unlocking Service' still has to brute-force passcodes." Ars Technica 8:42 PM
  • "Amazon, Apple Struggle to Sit Out NRA Gun-Control Debate" Bloomberg 7:41 AM
  • "Activists call for boycott of Apple and Amazon over National Rifle Association streaming app" AppleInsider 8:01 AM
  • "Growing calls for boycott of Apple purchases over NRA TV channel" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Smartphone security comparison gives Apple top billing, only two Android brands do ok" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Apple signed up another top director to make an exclusive TV show" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Phone makers are rushing to rip-off the worst part of the iPhone X design" Quartz 8:20 AM
  • "10% of young adult Americans have used Apple Pay in-store, well ahead of rival mobile wallets" 9to5Mac 9:17 AM
  • "Couple Seeks $600K from Apple After 'Faulty' iPhone Burned Down Their Business" iDrop News 3:47 PM
  • "Stepping Back from the iPhone Precipice: Dialog Semiconductor buys some time to find other source of revenue." BloombergGadfly 9:28 AM
  • "Apple targets Android users with new 'Switch to iPhone' ad campaign" Mashable 11:10 AM
  • "Woz was scammed out of Bitcoins now worth over $70,000: His bad luck proves banks are right to ban buying bitcoin with credit cards." Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak says he was scammed out of $74,000 in Bitcoin" BGR 9:26 PM
  • "Vintage computer museum on sale with 80 classic Macs" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Former Apple exec tapped to lead Computer History Museum" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "YouTube's New Moderation Team Stumbles Out the Gate" Gizmodo 9:22 PM
  • "Verizon and a company it bought just paid $614M in biggest FCC fine ever: Straight Path failed to use spectrum, resulting in $614M fine and sale to Verizon." Ars Technica 5:38 PM
  • "Video: FCC Commissioner Calls Out Net Neutrality 'Blunder'" PC Magazine 4:07 PM
  • "Piccolo is building a gesture-based smart home 'vision assistant'" TechCrunch 3:47 PM
  • "Baidu's new A.I. can mimic your voice after listening to it for just one minute" Digital Trends 2:15 PM
  • "China's Internet Censors Ban Use of the Letter 'N': Censors in China are so powerful they can detect when a single letter is used and auto-ban the content." PC Magazine 9:51 AM
  • "Children are finding it harder to hold pencils because of technology, paediatricians have warned" Business Insider 9:17 AM
  • "Leaked images supposedly show Fitbit's next 'mass appeal' smartwatch" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "New Leak Suggests Fitbit's Next Smart Watch Will Actually Be Attractive [Updated] Gizmodo 8:16 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Apple Enters Medicine, Vero Viability, Cellebrite Insecurity -ACM 451" The Mac Observer 5:51 PM
  • "#230: An Adult With a Credit Card/Apple's foray into healthcare, the one thing we think Siri needs to improve, where we stream most of our content, and our feelings on the latest social network, Vero." Relay FM: Clockwise 3:46 PM
  • "037: Spotify IPO, Apple Watch skiing and snowboarding, Sketch design update Daily" 9to5Mac 3:32 PM
  • "Apple's Expanding TV Show Lineup, John's Big Screen iPhone Love -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-28" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple is planning to release three new smartphones this year" V3 8:26 AM
  • "If you want a new iPhone battery, you may have to wait a full month" BGR 8:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 now tracks skiing and snowboarding activity" Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 Can Now Track Skiing and Snowboarding Activity" MacRumors 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Watch apps now track ski performance" TechCrunch 8:01 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple warns customers about phishing emails, details legitimate communication" AppleInsider 7:33 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:36 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:36 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:36 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: Apple HomePod — Part 2: The Smart Speaker" iLounge 3:47 PM
  • "Best Smartphone Cameras: There are good ones, but these are tops for photos and video" [iPhone X top choice, total of 6 iPhones in top 10] Consumer Reports 3:29 PM
  • "Consumer Reports says the iPhone X has the best smartphone camera, and it's not even close" BGR 5:59 PM
  • "5 ways the Galaxy S9 might be better than iPhone X: Welcome to the fight, emoji." Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "DropMix review: Make amazing remixes with your iPhone and playing cards" Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "TotalMount Pro makes it easy to attach an Apple TV to the back of a television" Apple World Today 7:53 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Tag Files on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 3:46 PM
  • "Here's How to get HomePod to Recognize Updated Apple ID Payment Information" The Mac Observer 11:03 AM
  • "How to improve battery life on your smartphone or smartwatch" Engadget 9:17 AM
  • "How to Successfully Replace a Laptop With an iPad" Envato Tuts+ 8:25 AM
  • "Is iCloud required when you upgrade to iOS 11? Apple really wants to use its services, many of which are effectively free, but you can avoid them." Macworld 8:02 AM
Tips
  • "Watch: How to backup iPhone data to iCloud" AppleInsider 6:34 PM
  • "Selling Your iPhone? Do All of This First" Mashable 11:11 AM
  • "Find out if iOS 11 jailbreak is right for you" Cult of Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Should You Get a Cheaper Phone? Be Sure to Look Into the Camera" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:17 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Nine Exciting iPhone Features That Started Out On Competing Smartphones" Forbes 6:25 PM
  • "iPad Rethought. My iPhone X is My New Second Screen" The Mac Observer 5:30 PM
  • "How HomePod leverages Apple's silicon expertise to deliver advanced audio performance"  AppleInsider 3:46 PM
  • "From AirPower to the biggest iPhone yet: all the new Apple hardware we expect this year" 9to5Mac 3:46 PM
  • "User satisfaction, refurbished device prevalence may hurt future iPhone sales" AppleInsider 1:07 PM
  • "Six things Apple should do to fix Siri" Cult of Mac 11:10 AM
  • "In China, Apple chose option A" Apple 3.0 8:53 AM
  • "Android makers seem to think 'users want' Apple's iPhone X" Apple Must 8:47 AM
  • "Marco Arment: 'WatchKit Is a Sweet Solution That Will Only Ever Give Us Baby Apps'" Daring Fireball 7:59 AM
Non-Apple
  • "We've had our first glance of the LG G7, and it looks like an iPhone X" TechRadar UK 5:59 PM
  • "Facebook's 'Cat and Mouse Game'" [Video Report] New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:07 PM
  • "You can use a VPN to battle ISP net neutrality abuse" ZDNet 3:41 PM
  • "Why Do Amazon, Etsy, and Google Still Sell Gun Accessories?" Slate 3:36 PM
  • "How the IoT and Related Tech Are Helping to Update the Energy Sector" ReadWrite 8:24 AM
  • "As blockchain heats up, so do job prospects for devs" Computerworld 7:57 AM
  • "Bad Internet In The Big City: New York was supposed to be a model for big-city high-speed internet. Here's how it became a cautionary tale for uneven connectivity." Wired 7:57 AM
  • "Is Facebook's Loss In User Engagement A Massive Gain For Google?" Forbes 7:56 AM
  • "What Is The Difference Between Bitcoin And Ripple?" Forbes 7:51 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Digital pets from the '90s set to make a comeback in 'My Tamagotchi Forever' on March 15" AppleInsider 5:22 PM
  • "Google Hangouts Chat is now open to all G Suite users" Mashable 2:16 PM
  • "This Apple Watch wristband accurately detects the most common abnormal heart rhythm" Mashable 11:10 AM
  • "Learn How to Make Your Home Smart with Take Control of Apple Home Automation" Kirkville 8:21 AM
  • "Top ARKit app Skrite adds teleportation to its AR messenger" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Google beta tests Flutter toolkit for better cross-platform apps" Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Latest update to Sketch design tool integrates official Apple iOS 11 UI templates" 9to5Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Mobile app marketing, privacy, and the Facebook SDK" intro 7:35 AM
Computer Industry
  • "US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft Looks to Lure Health-Care Companies to Its Cloud With New Tools" Bloomberg 8:28 AM
  • "A hospital group in New Orleans is working with Microsoft to help predict patient emergencies" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "Teams, Microsoft's Slack competitor, is about to become a whole lot more competitive: Two large feature deficits should be getting fixed." Ars Technica 5:22 PM
  • "Microsoft Patch day brings bug warnings, another Office CtR, and the return of KB 2952664" Computerworld 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft to power Singapore datacentre services with rooftop solar" ZDNet 9:25 PM
  • "Intel's Spectre fix for Broadwell and Haswell chips has finally landed: Chips that sparked Intel's recall of microcode for Spectre Variant 2 attack now have stable fixes." ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "Intel Introduces 'Intel AI: In Production' Program" HPC wire 12:06 PM
  • "Intel's PC concept 'hides' a 5G antenna in a plump kickstand" Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Intel's 5G laptop prototype reveals key challenge: antenna design" VentureBeat 9:17 AM
  • "Intel at MWC: How 5G will change the PC" ZDNet 3:46 PM
  • "Intel's Jeff Klaus on how DCIM tames the data center energy beast" Diginomica 12:05 PM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 2 chips could finally take the gaming crown from Intel's Core processors" PCGamesN 12:05 PM
  • "A Look at AMD's Key Revenue Growth Drivers" Market Realist 1:08 PM
  • "IBM Is Sending a Floating Robot Head to Space" Newsweek 12:04 PM
  • "IBM's cloud faces a test on Thursday: Turning something off without turning users off too" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Is Oracle Corporation the Next Microsoft?... Or the Next IBM?" InvestorPlace 12:05 PM
  • "Cisco CEO says global economy will be stronger with the US and China working together" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "Cisco CEO: Strategic partnerships work well" CNBC Videos 8:04 AM
  • "AI will create new jobs but skills must shift, say tech giants" TechCrunch 12:04 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple could hit $1 trillion by this summer: Technician" CNBC 6:00 PM
  • "Warren Buffett is now almost out of IBM and heavily into Apple" ZDNet 12:05 PM
  • "Apple Stock Price Hits All-Time High" MacTrast 8:24 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks finish lower; Dow, S&P 500 log worst monthly drop in two years: All 11 S&P 500 sectors close out February in the red" MarketWatch 3:52 PM
  • "As February Comes to Bitter End, Wall Street Looks Back on Wild Month for Stocks: Not one, but two: two! - 1,000-point drops on the Dow followed by a bold comeback? February may have been short, but it didn't lack any drama." TheStreet 3:51 PM
  • "Dow loses 381 points as stocks shed early gains" FOXBusiness 3:51 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall Again as Dow, S&P 500 Snap 10-Month Winning Streaks: Investors continue to weigh the impact of higher interest rates on the nearly nine-year bull market" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:51 PM
  • "Asian stocks decline following Wall Street's post-Powell selloff: Shanghai, Hong Kong indexes fall on weak economic data" MarketWatch 8:50 AM
  • "European stocks drive lower as Fed chief hints of more rate hikes: Bayer shares drop after results" MarketWatch 8:50 AM

 
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