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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, August 15, 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's Growth Story: Apple is on a roll. The company is seeing record high iPhone ASPs, strong momentum with Services, and a wearables platform connecting with the mass market.┬áRevenue growth has accelerated for the past seven quarters. Apple's growth story has returned with a vengeance."  Above Avalon 4:00 PM
  • "Kuo: Apple to Launch Apple Car in 2023 to 2025"  MacRumors 8:13 AM
  • "Apple will launch two entirely new, huge products in coming years, says expert analyst" The Independent 8:13 AM
  • "How Apple could redesign money: Is it time for Apple to reinvent the dollar?"  Computerworld 7:42 AM
  • "Apple probed in Japan over anti-competitive behavior: FTC looks into alleged pressure to quash Yahoo's Game Plus platform" Nikkei 3:26 PM
  • "Apple Building Health-Focused Custom Processor" Investopedia 10:57 AM
  • "Apple accused of pressuring game rivals in Japan: Nikkei" Reuters 9:38 PM
  • "Adobe fixes critical code execution flaws in latest patch update" ZDNet 8:49 AM
  • "Use Photos to fit event photos into a single timeline" Six Colors 6:11 PM
  • "Hands on: Scrivener 3.03 is the best tool for writing books" AppleInsider 8:41 AM
  • "How to connect a TV or audio receiver to a HomePod: If you have a spare Mac, you can figure out a way to connect a TV or cable tuning box to a HomePod." Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Stop Cloning Your Hard Drive As a Backup" MacMost 9:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome Canary speeds up browsing with partial page loads" Engadget 3:35 PM
  • "The best free focus timers for Mac to work, break, and concentrate" iDownload Blog 2:15 PM
  • "Summer Final Cut Pro X Tutorial Roundup" 12:26 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Happy 20th Launch Anniversary, iMac" MacRumors 7:45 AM
  • "Apple's revolutionary iMac is 20 years old, and still going strong" AppleInsider 7:45 AM
  • "Check Out Steve Jobs Unveiling the First iMac 20 Years Ago" The Mac Observer 9:50 AM
  • "Apple Offers Rare Look Inside Mesa, Arizona Data Center" MacRumors 3:36 PM
  • "TrendForce Reports Global Notebook Shipments Grew by 10.2% QoQ in 2Q18; Apple Retreated to Sixth Place in Market Share Ranking" TrendForce 12:27 PM
  • "Apple Expected to Release New MacBook Air at End of Third Quarter: September or October" MacRumors 12:27 PM
  • "Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones & Michael Dorman To Star In Ron Moore's Apple Space Series" Deadline 8:36 AM
  • "Apple's upcoming sci-fi series casts Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, and Sarah Jones" iLounge 10:33 AM
  • "Turkey's president wants people to buy this homegrown phone instead of the iPhone" The Next Web 8:32 AM
  • "Don't be fooled by NYC's new 'Apple' pop-up shop" ["Simmer down. I'm here to tell you that it's none of those things. The 'Apple pop-up shop' is somehow not what it appears to be while being exactly what it says it is: as the Facebook event for the temporary store reveals, the event is a promotion from Stemilt Growers, an actual apple farm that's showcasing its latest variety of apple. So, essentially, it's a literal apple store."] The Verge 9:35 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Diablo III's Switch version leaked ahead of official unveil, coming '2018': Rival outlets suggest Forbes jumped the gun on a Thursday embargo." Ars Technica 5:55 PM
  • "Google releases a searchable database of US political ads" TechCrunch 2:15 PM
  • "Google may launch a smartwatch-focused AI fitness coach" Engadget 1:51 PM
  • "Google Assistant and Google Home won't work properly if you completely disable Google's location tracking" Business Insider 1:51 PM
  • "Children 'at risk of robot influence'" BBC 1:28 PM
  • "How Rude Humanoid Robots Can Mess With Your Head" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:28 PM
  • "T-Mobile is giving customers a free year of Pandora Plus" The Verge 12:26 PM
  • "T-Mobile is completely overhauling how its customer service works" The Verge 12:26 PM
  • "T-Mobile's next 'Un-carrier' target: Customer service" ["'We're getting rid of the old broken customer service model that has frustrated people for decades,' Sievert said. 'Instead of investing in avoiding customers, we are investing in serving customers.'"] GeekWire 10:40 AM
  • "Verizon's 5G sales pitch: Free TV" CNNMoney 10:21 AM
  • "The FCC Says Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Moot Because It Already Repealed Net Neutrality" Motherboard 9:39 AM
  • "Ex-FCC chief: Big Tech should seize the chance to shape regulation" Axios 9:13 AM
  • "If you want to record calls in Android 9 Pie, you'll need to root your phone" BetaNews 10:56 AM
  • "Android 9 Pie puts an end to third-party call recording apps" Android Police 9:12 AM
  • "China Stops Approving New Games for Sale" PC Magazine 8:50 AM
  • "DeepMind's neural networks can analyse eye scans for disease in seconds" V3 8:44 AM
  • "First Snapdragon 850 Benchmarks Disappoint" Thurrott 9:33 AM
  • "Samsung reveals 5G and 4G Exynos Modem 5100, a single chip for phones" VentureBeat 8:26 AM
  • "Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs" BBC 8:15 AM
  • "Defcon hacking challenge swings a sledgehammer at unlucky computers: Whatever you do, don't roll a 4." CNET 8:07 AM
  • "How a wily Californian beat Google and Facebook's influence operation: Alistair Mactaggart's longshot initiative turned into one of the nation's strictest data privacy policies" The Verge 7:45 AM
  • "Twitter puts Infowars' Alex Jones in the 'read-only' sin bin for 7 days" TechCrunch 7:51 AM
  • "Twitter suspends Alex Jones for a week" The Verge 7:44 AM
  • "Chuck La Tournous On Apple Watch, iPhone, and His Health" MacVoices 12:20 PM
  • "New Apple Watch Predictions, 20 Years of iMac -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-15" The Mac Observer 12:20 PM
  • "New MacBook Air coming by end of quarter, research firm claims" AppleInsider 12:59 PM
  • "iOS 12 Public Beta 6 Delayed After Apple Pulls It For Performance Issues" Forbes 8:24 AM
  • "iOS 12 Beta 8 Released to Download for Beta Testers" OS X Daily 12:58 PM
  • "How to download iOS 12 developer beta 8 to your iPhone or iPad" iMore 12:27 PM
  • "Apple's Group FaceTime Feature Will be Delayed" PC Magazine 3:55 PM
  • "New Apple Patent Suggests Siri Multi-User Support For Personalized Responses From HomePod" Forbes 8:23 AM
  • "Overheating MacBook: This is what to do" ZDNet 9:25 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:58 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:58 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:58 AM

  • "Hands-On: Ring's iPhone-ready, self-running Spotlight Cam Solar/Amazon's Ring is omnipresent in smarthome security, and the Spotlight Cam Solar is an attempt to further cement that position among picky iOS and Android users." AppleInsider 6:51 PM
  • "Huawei P20 Pro vs. iPhone X, Pixel 2 and Galaxy S9 Plus camera showdown: Are three rear cameras on a phone really better than two? Or even one? We test out these top-notch phones to find out." CNET 8:07 AM
  • "Back to the Mac 010: Dual eGPUs!" 9to5Mac 7:49 AM
  • "No, this device can't 'enhance' your intuition: And it definitely can't make you a precog..." Engadget 8:42 AM
  • "Griffin Technology's Elevator takes your Mac laptop to new heights" Apple World Today 7:46 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Save your reading list for later with Pocket [50 Essential iOS Apps #49] Cult of Mac 10:11 AM
  • "How to back up your iPhone or iPad to an external drive to save space on your Mac" AppleInsider 1:51 PM
  • "iPhone: How to enable or disable read receipts for iMessage" 9to5Mac 7:49 AM
  • "Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money" TechHive 7:45 AM
  • "Every Apple Watch user needs this tip" Apple Must 12:56 PM
  • "Twitter is killing push notifications for third party apps -- here's what you need to do" BetaNews 7:56 AM
  • "Apple is great on privacy, but what about App Store developers? Apple should be doing more. Everyone should be doing more. Always. Do the most you possibly can today? Good. Two thumbs up. No figure out how to do more tomorrow." iMore 9:33 PM
  • "Apple Is Pushing Developers Toward Subscriptions" TidBITS 12:55 PM
  • "Apple Privately Advocates for Developer Adoption of Subscriptions"  MacStories 12:36 PM
  • "When does Apple release new iPhones?" 9to5Mac 12:26 PM
  • "Why Verizon needs Apple TV 4K for its 5G home internet"  VentureBeat 10:57 AM
  • "The cheapest new 2018 iPhone will still crush Android flagships" BGR 10:33 AM
  • "Opinion: My money is still against an Apple-branded car in 2025" 9to5Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Glasses: What are they and when are they being released?"  iMore 8:29 AM
  • "iMac at 20: How the all-new all-in-one ignited the modern Apple" iMore 8:29 AM
  • "Amazon Echo vs Google Home: The smart speaker battle is heating up/Google is eroding Amazon's big lead, but Apple is still a long way back." ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (70): Apple Watch Notes and Health; iPhone Security; and a Dongle-free MacBook Pro" eXtensions 7:41 AM
  • "Your favorite Twitter clients are about to get less useful: Twitter is scheduled to modify its API on Thursday, deprecating features in a move that significantly degrades the performance and utility of third-party clients like popular iOS and macOS app Tweetbot." AppleInsider 9:33 PM
  • "Striving to be seen: Black Girl Gamers on Twitch/Just because you're the face of TwitchUnity doesn't mean you'll make Partner." Engadget 2:16 PM
  • "The existential loneliness of owning a USB-C phone" The Verge 10:21 AM
  • "Trust us, you need to pay attention to Samsung's new mobile modem" Digital Trends 8:32 AM
  • "Analysis: Facebook doesn't have an obligation to support journalism" CNNMoney 8:14 AM
  • "Inside Evernote's brain: As it refreshes its brand, the company behind the note-taking app reflects on its past, present, and future–and the true meaning of 'Remember everything.'" Fast Company 7:57 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HomeKit Weekly: Four ways to control cooling with fans and air conditioners" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Popular quiz app HQ Trivia goes big with new Apple TV app" Cult of Mac 3:23 PM
  • "Tweetbot loses streaming, activity/Stats tab, and Apple Watch app over Twitter API change" 9to5Mac 3:23 PM
  • "Throwboy pillows will help the Apple Geek dream different" Cult of Mac 10:33 AM
  • "Love your Mac enough to hug it? You'll dig this new Kickstarter from Throwboy" Macworld 10:21 AM
  • "Google One is now open to all" TechCrunch 10:00 AM
  • "Apple expands indoor maps to a bunch of Canadian shopping malls" iDownload Blog 9:39 AM
  • "Nvidia's Turing GPU architecture includes ray-tracing cores, 8K video playback support" AppleInsider 9:13 AM
  • "Solid gold 'iPhone XS' already on sale for £100,000 – before Apple has even announced the phone" The Sun 8:55 AM
  • "Fortnite 5.21 Patch Notes Detail What's New As Updated Version Rolls Out Across Various Platforms" Redmond Pie 8:55 AM
  • "Rome: Total War hitting iPhone next Thursday" iDownload Blog 9:13 AM
  • "Rome: Total War marches onto iPhone this month" Cult of Mac 8:54 AM
  • "Apple: The goose that lays the golden eggs" Apple 3.0 8:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft: Here's how to limit 'Foreshadow' attack impact/Windows Server admins using Hyper-V have some complicated choices to make about how best to mitigate Foreshadow on Intel hardware." ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "What's new in Microsoft's Visual Studio 2017: Version 15.8 brings Docker support and extended support for TypeScript, JavaScript, and C++" InfoWorld 7:32 PM
  • "You Can Now Summon Cortana With Alexa And Vice Versa" Redmond Pie 8:11 PM
  • "HPE flies low-energy Eagle into National Renewable Energy Lab's data centre" ["HPE has been named as supplier of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's new low-energy supercomputer, Eagle, which will power up in January 2019."] The Register 8:24 AM
  • "Dell EMC opening a retail store in Seattle? Turns out this storefront isn't what it seems" GeekWire 2:15 PM
  • "What the Dell? Qumulo slips into PowerEdge servers: Extends coverage from AWS and HPE to Isilon-slinger" The Register 8:24 AM
  • "Intel Arctic Sound Gaming GPU Teased As Counterpunch To NVIDIA And AMD Graphics Dominance" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "An Interview with Lisa Spelman, VP of Intel's DCG: Discussing Cooper Lake and Smeltdown" AnandTech 8:43 AM
  • "Scary New Intel Flaw Could Slow Down the Internet" LAPTOP Magazine 3:22 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen and Threadripper news: Threadripper 2990WX overclocked to 6GHZ across all 32 cores" V3 12:25 PM
  • "AMD launches new-generation Ryzen Threadripper processors for high-end desktop market" DigiTimes 7:53 AM
  • "NVIDIA Introduces Chipsets Based on Turing Architecture" Zacks 10:21 AM
  • "Cisco tops revenue estimates as newer bets pay off" Reuters 3:35 PM
  • "Cisco tops Q4 earnings targets" ZDNet 5:59 PM
  • "Cisco points to accelerating revenue growth, boosting shares" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Cisco Aims to Keep Revenue Growth Rolling: The company forecast revenue growth between 4% and 6% for its fiscal fourth quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Oracle Database on Windows: Patch this flaw now, we fixed it on Linux in July" ZDNet 8:49 AM
  • "Oracle Launches Transportation and Trade Management Cloud" Market Realist 7:50 AM
  • "Oracle open sources Graphpipe to standardize machine learning model deployment" TechCrunch 8:29 AM
  • "Oracle open sources GraphPipe, a new standard for machine learning models" ZDNet 12:33 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Buffett bought, Einhorn sold" Apple 3.0 8:43 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close lower as Turkey, trade worries continue to weigh: Dow drops by triple digits but reclaims key 25,000 mark" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Tech weakness pulls stock indexes lower" Associated Press 3:56 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall as Trade Tensions Persist: Metals sell off while Turkish lira rallies for second day" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Asian markets retreat, weighed by sinking Tech Stocks: Indexes in China, Hong Kong down 1% or more; Nikkei pulls back as yen weakens" MarketWatch 8:45 AM
  • "European stocks drop 1%, with commodity shares among largest decliners: Big losers include Antofagasta, BHP" MarketWatch 8:45 AM

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