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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, August 7, 2018


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Tuesday Highlights: AAPL falls after Monday's Q2 guidance warning on Coronavirus impact to Apple's bottom line; company today sees approx $45 billion wiped off market value as magnitude of virus impact "rattles Wall Street"; Alex Webb opines the data proves "Apple is [still] handcuffed to the iPhone"—reports and opinions aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, Finances, and Op/Ed sections; feature at New York Times investigates history of photographing death at home in "iPhone at deathbed"; new iPad Pro said to ship in Spring; Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple's UWB Tags coming somewhere between Q2 and Q3; ZDNet tips to speed up your aging MacBook, Jonny Evans posts 18 hidden iPhone tricks; developer Steve Streza decries evolution of iOS into an Adware platform.

  • "Why Apple Is the Future of Capitalism: With Apple Inc. now exceeding $1 trillion in market capitalization, it's tempting to understand this moment in terms of the dominance of all-too-large companies and technology in our lives."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:37 AM
  • "Explainer: Who is Tim Cook? We investigate the Apple CEO who took over from Steve Jobs"  PC & Tech Authority 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Responds to U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce: 'The Customer is Not Our Product'"  MacRumors 3:13 PM
  • "Apple responds to Congress on privacy, reaffirms 'the customer is not our product'" AppleInsider 3:13 PM
  • "Apple's response to Congressional privacy inquiry is mercifully free of horrifying revelations" TechCrunch 7:48 PM
  • "Apple could be used as a 'bargaining chip' in the trade war, Chinese state media warns: Apple has benefited from cheap labor and strong supply chain in China which has helped it boost profit and get to a $1 trillion valuation, the state-backed People's Daily said. The U.S. firm should share that money with Chinese citizens, the article urged."  CNBC 8:03 AM
  • "Strong sales of US brands including Apple give China bargaining chips in trade row" People's Daily (China) 7:48 PM
  • "VC Gene Munster: Apple is in a 'paradigm shift' that will make it worth even more than $1 trillion"  CNBC 8:03 AM
  • "The doctor's office becomes wearable: Checking your vitals one day a year is like wearing a blindfold the other 364."  CNET 7:23 AM
  • "Apple really wants your next PC to be a Mac—and the timing's right: Apple appears to be taking a small step to make it easier for enterprises to upgrade their clapped-out old legacy Windows systems in favor of new Macs." Computerworld 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Just Made It Even Easier to Ditch Windows" LAPTOP Magazine 8:54 AM
  • "macOS Mojave Windows Migration Assistant Adds Outlook Support, More" The Mac Observer 9:39 AM
  • "What Are 32-Bit and 64-Bit Apps, and Why Do They Matter?" Intego 7:51 AM
  • "Firefox experiment suggests articles based on your web history" Engadget 11:22 AM
  • "What's new in macOS Mojave beta 6" AppleInsider 10:13 AM
  • "Overflow 3 review: macOS app launcher doubles as a spacious Dock alternative" Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: My Ever Expanding Menubar" YMP Now 3:05 PM
  • "How to use Migration Assistant to switch from Windows to a Mac" Apple Must 9:40 AM
  • "Create Smart Albums for Your Lenses and Cameras in Apple Photos" Kirkville 7:51 AM
  • "12+ Command tips every Mac user needs" Apple Must 11:12 AM
  • "Manage Lots of Browser Tabs With This Chrome Extension" Lifehacker 2:16 PM
Press Releases
  • "Support for macOS Mojave's Dark Mode is available in iMazing right now" iDownload Blog 9:07 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Why Apple Pay Is the Highest-Rated Mobile P2P Payment Service: CR's test-based ratings focus on data privacy and security, and tell you how well the services work"  Consumer Reports 7:21 AM
  • "Consumer Reports finds Apple Pay Cash to be the best P2P payment platform" 9to5Mac 7:30 AM
  • "Here's how Amazon's and Apple's new smart speakers stack up with consumers"  Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Apple tells lawmakers iPhones are not listening in on consumers" Reuters 8:56 PM
  • "Tim Cook, Eddy Cue made conscious decision to drop Alex Jones podcasts but leave app alone" AppleInsider 11:22 AM
  • "Apple CEO reportedly nixed Infowars podcasts, but kept now-surging app" VentureBeat 11:21 AM
  • "Tim Cook and Eddy Cue met before pulling InfoWars podcasts, believe app not in violation" 9to5Mac 10:54 AM
  • "Apple and Google haven't banned Infowars apps, and their downloads are booming" The Verge 1:21 PM
  • "EU regulators to study need for action on common mobile phone charger" ["IPhone and Android users have long complained about using different chargers for their phones. In response to EU pressure, 14 companies including Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Nokia signed a voluntary memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2009, agreeing to harmonise chargers for new models of smartphones coming into the market in 2011."]  Reuters 7:53 AM
  • "The EU's pushing for standardized phone chargers again" Digital Trends 7:54 AM
  • "Pentagon bans use of geolocators on fitness trackers, smartphones" CNN 7:25 AM
  • "Pentagon bans geolocation services on iPhones, Apple Watch used by military personnel" AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "Adobe Is About to Make Apple's iPad More Exciting" Market Realist 10:52 AM
  • "Apple Watch warns man about strange heartbeat, doctors find hole in his heart" BGR 8:01 AM
  • "Apple to Develop Series Based on Min Jin Lee's 'Pachinko'" Variety 1:22 PM
  • "Superintendent: NC K-3 teachers getting iPads" WRAL 1:22 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook on Apple Music: 'We Worry About the Humanity Being Drained Out of Music'" MacRumors 2:14 PM
  • "Tim Cook on Apple Music: Human curation is key, not 'bits-and-bytes'" 9to5Mac 4:02 PM
  • "Apple Again Promotes Apple Pay Cash in New 'Just Text Them the Money' Ad" MacRumors 7:53 PM
  • "Musicians only got 12% of the $43 billion the music industry generated in 2017, and it mostly came from touring" ["The report anticipates (and is likely to spur calls for more) 'organic forms of vertical integration' in the industry, where existing music providers like Spotify and Apple Music could 'organically morph into music labels,' allowing artists to capture more of their music's value by releasing their work directly with the services."] Business Insider 9:22 AM
  • "Fortnite Has Picked a Favorite in the Battle Between Apple and Android" Bloomberg 8:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Twitter defends its decision to keep the Alex Jones conspiracy factory around" TechCrunch 9:01 PM
  • "EU's top court backs copyright holder in landmark ruling: Users who publish content freely available on the internet should get consent from the person behind it, Europe's top court ruled on Tuesday in a boost to the bloc's creative industries." Reuters 3:55 PM
  • "A new Palm smartphone is in the works, according to FCC documents" Mashable 2:12 PM
  • "Hardly anyone is using Alexa to shop online, Amazon insiders claim" GearBrain 9:06 AM
  • "Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about 'DDoS,' blames it on Obama administration: Former CIO 'provided inaccurate information' about comment outage, Pai says." Ars Technica 8:26 AM
  • "Facebook denies asking banks for your financial details" BetaNews 7:35 AM
  • "West Virginia to introduce mobile phone voting for midterm elections" CNNMoney 7:34 AM
  • "Don't touch that link: Machine learning and the war on phishing/We can catch phishes before they're even cast—using real-time data and open source code." Ars Technica 7:24 AM
  • "Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. Pacific" Macworld 7:53 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: August 7, 2018" 9to5Mac 3:15 PM
  • "#253: Creepy Beating Heart/Most of us use Low Power mode on iOS occasionally, but one of us doesn't. Plus, how much we would pay for a calendar app, Microsoft walking back its decision to drop old Skype, and indie games we have played." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:10 PM
  • "Facebook Wants Your Bank Account Data, TSMC's Chips Problem -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-07" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "Hidden My Game By Mom 3 continues the puzzle series's offbeat charm: An interview with the hap Inc. developer on how his games are inspired by manga" The Verge 8:53 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 251: Fourteen months in a year" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 73 – Show Me Your Mac Menu Bar Apps" MacStories 7:32 AM
  • "What to do when things go wrong" The MT Show 7:16 AM
  • "USB Restricted Mode Can Block iOS Device Charging"  TidBITS 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Signals Smart Home Mesh Networking Interest by Joining 'The Thread Group'" MacRumors 7:33 AM
  • "Hands-on Video Gives the Best Look at What 2018 iPhone X, iPhone X Plus and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will Look Like" iPhone Hacks 1:15 PM
  • "iPhone Chipmaker Blames WannaCry Variant for Plant Closures"  Bloomberg 8:28 AM
  • "Apple chipmaker is back up and running after malware attack" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Apple won 52 Patents today covering Face ID for Future Macs, a Trio of Apple Store Design Patents & more" Patently Apple 7:32 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at future iMacs, Apple displays with built-in subwoofers" Apple World Today 8:01 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:34 AM

  • "The Apple Watch is a bit of a nag—that's why it's helpful for losing weight: This is part of a series on losing 60 pounds with the help of the Apple Watch. I'm currently 10 pounds down since July 25. In this post we'll talk about the Apple Watch as a weight loss motivator." Macworld 7:29 AM
  • "Hands-On With Apple's New Leather Sleeve for the 15-Inch MacBook Pro" MacRumors 3:14 PM
  • "Hands on: Nanoleaf's HomeKit-enabled Rhythm Edition Light Panels" AppleInsider 3:16 PM
  • "Logitech MK320 wireless keyboard & mouse review: A flawed mouse holds this bundle back" PCWorld 7:53 PM
  • "Logitech's new wireless iPhone charger solves an annoying problem [Review] Cult of Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Hands on: ElevationLab NightPad charges your iPhone 8 or iPhone X in the dark" AppleInsider 2:11 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 12 Public Beta 5: Back to School Edition" Forbes 7:23 AM
  • "iOS 12 Beta 6 vs iOS 11.4.1 Speed Test" iPhone Hacks 1:14 PM
  • "HomePod: How to turn off listening history" 9to5Mac 7:46 PM
  • "How to turn on the LED notification light on your iPhone" iMore 2:13 PM
  • "How to show two Safari windows side by side using Split View on the iPad" iMore 11:22 AM
  • "How To Order Prints From Photos After Apple's Print Service Is Gone" MacMost 9:00 AM
  • "The best tablets for 2018: Our top picks" ZDNet 3:44 PM
  • "Why you should use iOS 12"s Do Not Disturb at Bedtime all day long" Cult of Mac 3:14 PM
  • "How Your Screen Knows to Spin: Meet the accelerometer, a small sensor in your device that knows which way is up and how fast you're driving." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:14 AM
  • "Tim Cook sends Mark Zuckerberg scrambling" CNNMoney 7:53 PM
  • "The Risks of Custom Silicon: Ever since Apple has gone all in developing custom silicon chips like their A-series processors as well as companion chips like connectivity modules, an image sensor, display modules, and several others they don't talk about publicly, other companies have followed suit." Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:23 AM
  • "Picking the wrong horse: It's Apple's fault" Macworld 8:26 AM
  • "Infowars passionately defends the right to censor Infowars" The Verge 3:13 PM
  • "Facebook and Apple Moved the Goal Posts to Ban Alex Jones: They did it messily and far too late—but it's still an encouraging sign." Slate 3:13 PM
  • "Infowars ban highlights obstacles to cracking down on hate speech" VentureBeat 11:21 AM
  • "Alex Jones and Infowars test the limit of free speech on the internet: The conspiracy theorist extraordinaire has become the center of a debate about free speech and the internet." CNET 8:05 AM
  • "No One Voted for Facebook and Apple to Deal With Alex Jones: Whatever they do with conspiracy theorists, placing the distribution of information in the hands of a few tech companies will remain a very big problem."  Slate 7:37 AM
  • "Apple's Mac Pro 'cheese grater' is 12 years old, and is the best Mac ever made"  AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "Inside Google's plan to stalk your social media accounts" The Next Web 8:59 PM
  • "Hey, Samusung and Google. What's with the 'accidental' leaks?" ZDNet 1:21 PM
  • "The Palm smartphone reboot is shaping up to be disappointing" The Verge 8:26 AM
  • "Comic: Trillion Dollar Baby" iMore 8:11 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Popular Newton Email App for iOS and Mac Shutting Down in September" MacRumors 2:14 PM
  • "Gmail for iOS and Android now lets you turn off conversation view" TechCrunch 1:21 PM
  • "Here are the vehicles and receivers with Apple CarPlay announced in 2018" AppleInsider 10:58 AM
  • "Hidden Gem Roundup – 'Grab Lab', 'Dr Meep', 'Sway Bods' and 'Muse Dash'" Touch Arcade 11:52 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Patch 5.20 Adds an FPS Mode Setting for iOS, Motion Controls Option, Double Barrel Shotgun, Steady Storm LTM, and More" Touch Arcade 7:32 AM
  • "Samsung is about to make 4TB SSDs and mobile storage cheaper" The Verge 7:30 AM
  • "Logitech Powered Wireless Charging Stand for iPhone 8 & X is co-designed by Apple" AppleInsider 9:14 AM
  • "Logitech Announces Apple-Designed 'POWERED' Wireless Charging Stand for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X" MacRumors 7:28 AM
  • "Logitech's first wireless charger is the one Apple should have made for the iPhone X" The Verge 7:28 AM
  • "Apple Music's rolling out new Friends mix to all subscribers" iDownload Blog 7:24 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel plans array of upgrades to stave off AMD data center competition" Reuters 3:56 PM
  • "Intel Does Not Want You To Compare It's 14nm Process To AMD's 12nm Process" SegmentNext 6:54 AM
  • "Intel has no chance in servers and they know it: Numbers straight from the horses mouth" SemiAccurate 11:37 AM
  • "Intel Shipped More Than 1 Million Memory Modules Last Quarter" The Motley Fool 4:26 PM
  • "Second-generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs to start launching on August 13th" Neowin 6:44 AM
  • "The Threadripper 2 32-core CPUs Are Record-Breaking And Also Finally Available For Pre-Order" TechTheLead 6:53 AM
  • "Second-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pre-Sales Begin Today: The second-generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processor pre-sales kick off today with initial availability on August 13" PC Magazine 6:53 AM
  • "AMD's second-generation Threadrippers available from Monday: Cinebench benchmarks show AMD's Threadripper 2990WX outperforming Intel's Core i9-7980XE by a big margin" Computing 6:54 AM
  • "ASUS releases 300-series motherboard BIOS update for Intel Core 9000 support: All BIOS updates are available to download now." PC Retail 6:54 AM
  • "AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper Performance Benchmarks Detailed — 2990WX Crushes The i9-7980XE, 2950X Blazes Past The i9-7900X For Less Than Intel's Offerings" WCCFTech 6:53 AM
  • "Microsoft adding support for Movies Anywhere, giving away free X-Men movie: The service already supports films bought from Amazon, Google, and Apple." Ars Technica 6:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Brings Surface Book 2 to India, Where's the Surface Go?" The Quint 6:56 AM
  • "Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop are now available to buy in India" Neowin 11:36 AM
  • "Dell paints a bright post-private future: Ola's UK launch, trade wars and the cloud, fitness tech in Asia" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:48 AM
  • "Dell EMC builds infrastructure for citizen services in 'Digital India'" Jagran Josh 6:48 AM
  • "Dell EMC launches new Ready Solutions to speed up AI innovation" ZDNet 11:56 AM
  • "Dell EMC's Cameron Chehreh: Agencies Should Modernize Data Centers With Converged, Hyperconverged Tech" GovCon Wire 6:47 AM
  • "IBM, Fortinet team on cyber threat data sharing" ZDNet 11:56 AM
  • "IBM Unveils 19TB SSD With Everspin MRAM Data Cache" ExtremeTech 6:55 AM
  • "Intel Corp Buys Switch Inc, Carbon Black Inc, DocuSign Inc, Sells ForeScout Technologies Inc, Aquantia Corp" GuruFocus 6:56 AM
  • "Intel 9th Generation CPUs Will Not Be Affected By Spectre Or Meltdown" SegmentNext 6:56 AM
  • "TSMC says variant of WannaCry forced factory shutdown: Virus made its way onto unpatched Windows 7 machines running critical systems" The Inquirer 6:45 AM
  • "Oracle Corp files protest over Pentagon cloud computing contract" Reuters 8:56 PM
  • "Salesforce appoints Keith Block as co-CEO" Reuters 8:59 PM
  • "2018 Semiconductor Sales Outpacing 2017 by 20%" EE Times Asia 6:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "This week's Apple trading strategies (8/6-8/10)" Apple 3.0 11:23 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as earnings news trumps trade-war fear; Tesla soars 11% on Musk's going-private tweet: Nasdaq's winning streak now longest since March" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks End Higher; Tesla Surges: Stocks ended higher Tuesday after China moved to support shares in Shanghai and on positive earnings and takeover talk." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: S&P 500 index marks its 4th straight gain" Associated Press 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise on Strong Earnings, Shaking Off Trade Gloom: S&P 500 had its second-highest close in history and was just 0.5% away from its January record" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets advance as stocks in China bounce back: Nikkei advances behind SoftBank rally" MarketWatch 8:22 AM
  • "European stocks rally, led by auto and materials shares: German industrial production declines" MarketWatch 8:23 AM

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