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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, August 9, 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.

  • "Apple Pay Increasingly Central to iPhone" ["Apple has several advantages to brand the iPhone as the premium digital wallet given its ability to integrate payments into both mobile and desktop operating systems, use its brand to win accepting retailers and supporting banks, and reassure users that transactions are secure and private. Separately, Apple Pay is the only digital wallet with all five payment pillars: mobile, desktop, in-app, peer to peer, and point of sale."]  Loup Ventures 2:47 PM
  • "Apple's mettle in India tested in squabble over anti-spam app"  Reuters 8:00 AM
  • "iPhone to be 'derecognized' from Indian networks if Apple rejects anti-spam app?" iDownload Blog 9:38 AM
  • "Apple's Struggles in India" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:02 PM
  • "Apple's New Sub-$650 iPhone X Could Launch Its Biggest Supercycle"  Seeking Alpha 9:38 AM
  • "Apple Says It's Monitoring The Infowars App In The App Store"  BuzzFeed News 8:06 AM
  • "Apple says it is monitoring Infowars app for content violations" Reuters 8:00 AM
  • "Hands on: Cappuccino news reader for macOS and iOS is gorgeous but no power tool" AppleInsider 2:52 PM
  • "macOS Hidden Treasures: Secrets of the System Preferences Window" TidBITS 8:05 AM
  • "How to play music using your Mac's keyboard with GarageBand's Musical Typing" AppleInsider 9:39 AM
  • "How to disable My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing without erasing your photos" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "TiPbITS: How to Load Desktop Web Sites and Pages Without Content Blockers in iOS" TidBITS 7:21 PM
  • "How to Enable System Integrity Protection in Mac OS" OS X Daily 3:03 PM
  • "Mac and iOS: How to unlock productivity using tags" Computerworld 8:12 AM
  • "How To Use Location Services On Your Mac Without Wi-Fi" MacMost 9:13 AM
  • "Mac: How to change your language and region" 9to5Mac 6:30 PM
  • "How to customize the appearance of Skype on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "Type Innovations Coming to InDesign CC and Illustrator CC" Adobe 8:22 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Google Hacker Asks Tim Cook to Donate $2.45 Million In Unpaid iPhone Bug Bounties: A Google security researcher says that he's found 30 vulnerabilities in iOS that have made Apple's software more secure—and he wants the company to pay up."  Motherboard 8:22 AM
  • "Google Bug Hunter Urges Apple to Change its iOS Security Culture"  Threatpost 8:47 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts discusses intuitive leadership, challenges of building timeless brands, more in Global Leadership Summit interview" 9to5Mac 2:51 PM
  • "Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...: Decision to join Google-y Internet-of-Things-ish Thread Group intrigues" The Register 4:54 PM
  • "Apple Orders Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney Comedy Straight to Series" Variety 6:02 PM
  • "Numerous Apps Caught up in Apple's New App Store Review Policy to Ban Gambling-Related Apps" MacRumors 8:08 AM
  • "Apple removes 'wrong apps' in gambling purge" BBC 10:38 AM
  • "Apple rejects almost 40% of app submissions every week: In response to Republicans, the tech giant also said its Siri voice assistant does not collect data" Washington Post 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Music comes free for six months to Verizon Unlimited customers" CNET 8:35 AM
  • "Apple and Verizon begin an 'exclusive partnership' with music deal" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Siri is now trained to recognize your local, weirdly named small businesses" TechCrunch 8:22 AM
  • "Apple engineers boost Siri's recognition of local points of interest" VentureBeat 9:39 AM
  • "Apple celebrates young developers at Chicago store event" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Video purportedly shows iPhone exploding in car" New York Post 6:44 PM
  • "Exploding iPhone video captures moment erupting Apple gadget forces woman to flee from her car on busy motorway" The Sun 6:44 PM
  • "Unicode 12 emoji shortlist includes 55 gender & skin tone combos for couples holding hands" AppleInsider 4:54 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "You can't always trust those mobile payment gadgets as far as you can throw them – bugs found by infosec duo" The Register 8:43 PM
  • "Amazon's Alexa will be built directly into cars for your driving needs" Mashable 7:48 PM
  • "Google's new celebrity video app is basically AMA for search" Mashable 7:20 PM
  • "Facebook Bans Sharing of 3D-Printed Gun Files" PC Magazine 3:59 PM
  • "A New Pacemaker Hack Puts Malware Directly on the Device" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:48 PM
  • "Galaxy Note 9 Benchmarked: iPhone X Is Still Faster" Tom's Guide 6:30 PM
  • "Samsung's new Galaxy Watch runs Tizen, lasts 'several days' on one charge: Starting at $329, Samsung's answer to the Apple Watch is here." Ars Technica 3:04 PM
  • "Samsung's first Bixby smart speaker is the Galaxy Home" Android Central 11:33 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 9 specs vs. iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL and LG V35 ThinQ" CNET 11:33 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Watch price, specs, and release date" Business Insider 11:33 AM
  • "Samsung's Wireless Charging Duo takes aim at Apple AirPower" TechCrunch 10:39 AM
  • "Samsung's 'exclusive' on Fortnite for Android lasts a mere 3 days" Mashable 3:04 PM
  • "Galaxy Note9 is official: Bigger battery, powered S Pen, and Fortnite for $1,000" Android Police 10:38 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is shaping up to be the anti-Note 7" The Verge 8:06 AM
  • "How to watch Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 9" TechCrunch 8:05 AM
  • "Why more people don't use simple two-factor authentication: It's an easy way to keep your accounts safe. The hard part is getting people to enable it." CNET 8:01 AM
  • "Should I infect this PC, wonders malware. Let me ask my neural net..." The Register 7:55 AM
  • "Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming Baaaa-ack" The Register 7:55 AM
  • "Apple and Privacy Protection, Anki Vector Robot -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-09" The Mac Observer 2:36 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 185: MacBook Pro experience, Friends Mix, 'Creative Selection' excerpt" 9to5Mac 9:40 AM
  • "iOS 12 reportedly brings a big improvement to the iPhone camera" phoneArena 8:36 AM
  • "Apple wants iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "Apple invents a new Approach to Touch ID by using Multiple Cameras under the Display to capture 3D Fingerprint Data" Patently Apple 8:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "A bunch of Apple Watch Series 3 models are on sale again, this time in refurbished condition" phoneArena 8:49 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM

  • "Comparing the Core i9 and graphical performance of the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Dell's XPS 15" AppleInsider 10:39 AM
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to change language and region" 9to5Mac 6:54 PM
  • "How to use Reader View in Safari on iPhone and iPad" iMore 11:33 AM
  • "How To Broadcast / Share Your iOS Screen With TeamViewer For Tech Support And More" Redmond Pie 8:22 AM
  • "How to remove the Spigen Style Ring from your iPhone" iMore 8:05 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 9 features I'd love to see on iPhone X Plus" iMore 8:43 PM
  • "Apple Defends Its Decision to Allow Infowars in the App Store" Daring Fireball 8:07 PM
  • "Embarrassing New Problems For Your MacBook Pro" Forbes 6:30 PM
  • "Designers Are Defining Usability Too Narrowly" Subtraction 4:48 PM
  • "The myth of Apple's impossibly difficult (yet super easy) hardware business" Roughly Drafted 11:33 AM
  • "Why Adobe Is Building a New Photoshop App for the iPad" Market Realist 10:06 AM
  • "Your Apple Watch will be your passport" Apple Must 9:16 AM
  • "More evidence all three new iPhones will ditch the feature everyone loves" BGR 8:45 AM
  • "Moving the goal posts: Amazon is always ahead" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "Comment: Facebook has, ironically, raised the privacy stakes for Apple" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "iPhone X Plus, Xs, X2, iPhone 9? Exactly What Will Apple Name Its 2018 iPhones?" Forbes 7:55 AM
  • "Hackers found a way to alter sent WhatsApp messages, but don't freak out just yet" BGR 8:06 PM
  • "Apple User's Guide to the Microsoft Surface Family" The Mac Observer 8:05 PM
  • "Hands-On With Samsung's New Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Watch" MacRumors 6:03 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A cheat sheet/Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 9, targets business productivity users with more than a terabyte of memory, DeX functionality, and a revamped S Pen." TechRepublic 11:34 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 9 announced with 6.4-inch screen and a huge battery" The Verge 11:32 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 9 hands-on preview: Samsung delays a redesign in favor of subtle tweaks" BGR 10:39 AM
  • "Google is surprisingly bad at building messaging apps, but there's 4 reasons why its plans to replace texting might work" Business Insider 8:08 AM
  • "The Internet of Things Needs Food Safety-Style Ratings for Privacy and Security" Motherboard 8:05 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Marantz begins rolling out AirPlay 2 support to compatible audio accessories" 9to5Mac 8:43 PM
  • "Apple now offers instant credit toward new devices when trading in online" The Verge 6:30 PM
  • "Apple pushes GiveBack program with trade-ins now worth instant credit toward new iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac" 9to5Mac 2:52 PM
  • "Twitter for iPhone and iPad dropping iOS 9 support in next update" 9to5Mac 2:50 PM
  • "Does this CarPlay navigation app show the future of Apple Maps?" Apple Must 2:36 PM
  • "Anchor launches Listener Support feature to help podcasters get paid" TechCrunch 9:13 AM
  • "Anchor now lets podcasters receive Patreon-style pledges from listeners" The Verge 9:13 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Augmented Reality is Taking Off, but Dedicated AR Headsets Remain Grounded" Business Wire 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's Health Records expands to nearly 80 medical providers" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "Google Feed tests an option to request more or less articles like the one you're viewing" Android Police 8:35 AM
  • "Out Now: 'Escape from Chernobyl', 'Sneak Ops', 'Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn', 'Radiant One', 'the Sequence [2]', 'Castle Burn', 'Doge and the Lost Kitten', 'King and Assassins', 'Meow Wars: Card Battle', 'Vista Golf Rivals' and More" Touch Arcade 8:05 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IT admins warn Microsoft to slow Windows 10 upgrade pace: More than three-quarters of the admins surveyed want Microsoft to release feature upgrades just once a year — or even once every other year. One admin decried an upgrade pace that 'never ends.'" Computerworld 12:19 PM
  • "Here's Why Microsoft Threatened To Ban Gab Over Violently Anti-Semitic Speech" BuzzFeed News 6:34 PM
  • "Microsoft Demands Fringe Social Network Pull Anti-Semitic Posts" PC Magazine 8:58 PM
  • "Microsoft could suspend cloud hosting for Gab" Axios 6:35 PM
  • "Microsoft threatens to kick off Azure over anti-semitic posts" Business Insider 6:35 PM
  • "Microsoft uses fish cams to monitor undersea Project Natick data center" Digital Trends 12:19 PM
  • "Dell Still Has Some Explaining to Do on Its Deal Math: The proxy released this week was meant to win more support for its buyout of the DVMT tracking stock. It didn't." Bloomberg 8:36 AM
  • "Dell Technologies (DVMT) Given News Impact Score of 0.18" X News Press 8:37 AM
  • "Intel made bank flogging Xeon chips for AI in 2017: Firm estimates it grabbed $1bn from AI-related chip sales last year" The Inquirer 9:59 AM
  • "Intel Says It Made the 'World's Densest' SSD By Cramming 32-Terabytes Into the Shape of a Ruler" Gizmodo 11:49 AM
  • "Intel: This 'ruler' SSD is world's densest, so you can cram 1PB in single 1U rack" ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Intel Sets the Stage for the Persistent Memory Revolution and FPGA Acceleration" CDR Info 8:39 AM
  • "Intel Promotes Optane And QLC Solutions, World's Densest 'Ruler' SSD" CDR Info 8:39 AM
  • "Intel 15 Watt Whiskey Lake CPU Specs Disclosed Early: i7-8565U, i5-8265U, & i3-8145U" AnandTech 3:02 PM
  • "Intel's Next CPUs: Everything We Know About Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake" LAPTOP Magazine 3:02 PM
  • "Intel Reinventing Xeon for AI — but Is It Too Late?" Light Reading 8:39 AM
  • "AMD Launches The 'Raise The Game' Bundle For Radeon RX Vega, RX 580, and RX 570" AnandTech 8:38 AM
  • "IBM, Maersk launch TradeLens blockchain shipping platform" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "Maersk-IBM blockchain trade platform gets 94 companies, organisations on board" TechCircle 8:56 AM
  • "IBM teams with Maersk on new blockchain shipping solution" TechCrunch 8:06 AM
  • "IBM's proof-of-concept 'DeepLocker' malware uses AI to infect PCs: Neural network hides its intent until it finds the right victim" The Inquirer 7:57 AM
  • "Zotac Launches Honeycomb-Inspired Core i7 Fanless Mini PC: A micro desktop PC with no moving parts and therefore runs silent, and yet it houses an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor with four cores and Hyperthreading. A silent 4K-capable PC for under your TV or mounted on the back of a monitor." PC Magazine 8:55 AM
  • "Qualcomm releases the Snapdragon 670 SoC: Architecturally a bigger step than the numbers suggest" SemiAccurate 11:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple After $1 Trillion: How Far Can It Go?" Seeking Alpha 2:48 PM
  • "Apple Became World's Most Valuable Company Seven Years Ago Today, Two Weeks Before Steve Jobs Resigned as CEO" MacRumors 10:39 AM
  • "Apple's share of $600+ smartphones holding just below 80%" Apple 3.0 8:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq logs best streak since October as broader market closes lower/Strategist: Stocks poised for strong performance following gains from April to July" MarketWatch 4:02 PM
  • "Stocks Slide In Closing Minutes to End Near Day's Lows: Stocks fall in final minutes of trading on Thursday to end day mostly lower as ongoing trade disputes between Washington and Beijing weigh on bulls." TheStreet 4:01 PM
  • "US indexes inch higher as tech winning streak continues" Associated Press 4:01 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Little Changed Amid Positive Corporate Earnings: The S&P 500 edged lower Thursday, as the latest round of corporate-earnings reports offered some support to a stock market reckoning with yet another trade volley." [Paid Membership Required] 4:00 PM
  • "Asian stocks closed mostly higher even as drop in oil prices weighed on energy stocks: Chinese markets make gains; Nikkei slips" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "European stocks weaker across the board; Adidas shares climb on results" MarketWatch 8:55 AM

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