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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, August 17, 2018


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Friday Highlights: Tile, maker of tracking devices, decries Apple's anti-competitive practices and will be among four companies testifying before a House Judiciary subcommittee against big tech monopoly; Apple's purchase of "shows how AI is moving right onto devices" says Wired, opening the future for Apple's AI, and Dan Moren analyzes this and two more of Apple's recent acquisitions; New York Times wonders why the DOJ is pressing Apple for help even though tools exist to crack iPhones—more on Apple vs. DOJ/FBI in our Op/Ed section; AppleInsider has tips for decluttering your Mac; Goldman Sachs insists they're in control of who gets an Apple Card despite Apple's "created by Apple, not a bank" claim; following controversy, Apple's The Banker will be released in theaters, a first for Apple; latest AirPods Pro firmware complaints over worse noise cancellation.

  • "20 years of the iMac at Ars Technica, in reviews and pictures: It popularized an alternative—but still polarizing—vision of desktop computing." Ars Technica 7:17 AM
  • "Group FaceTime is only the latest of many Apple technologies to be delayed"  AppleInsider 12:11 PM
  • "Apple says no customer information involved in hack by Australian teen: Apple on Friday commented on recent revelations that an Australian teen gained unauthorized access to its corporate computer network, saying the hack did not compromise customer data despite reports claiming the boy accessed customer accounts."  AppleInsider 7:00 AM
  • "Apple reassures customers after teen is busted for hacking its secure network: A fan allegedly downloaded 90GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts." CNET 7:43 AM
  • "Apple files stored by teen in 'hacky hack hack' folder" BBC 7:00 AM
  • "'Hacky hack hack': Teen arrested for breaking into Apple's network" ZDNet 7:01 AM
  • "Apple says Australian teen hacked corporate network but did not take customer data" VentureBeat 7:08 AM
  • "Apple reassures customers after hack attack by Australian teenager: Teen allegedly kept sensitive documents in a desktop folder called 'hacky hack hack'" Irish Times 7:17 AM
  • "How to get more speed and features out of Safari on Mac and iOS" AppleInsider 6:40 PM
  • "How To Move Objects In Photoshop To A Specific Position" AddictiveTips 6:40 PM
  • "Tips for making Launchpad a useful app launcher for Mac" 9to5Mac 8:58 AM
  • "How to customize keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word for Mac" iDownload Blog 7:56 AM
  • "20 Tips and Tricks for Managing Files on macOS" Gizmodo 7:08 AM
  • "Just Code Challenge Week 9 -Quote Service with Mac and iOS client apps" Xojo Blog 9:04 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Says No Customer Info Accessed in Australian Teen's Hack" MacTrast 7:20 AM
  • "16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files" The Hacker News 7:21 AM
  • "Apple Hack: Australian Teenager Steals Sensitive Files From Tech Giant" The Independent 7:42 AM
  • "Apple fanboy hacks company network - saves purloined files in folder called 'hacky hack hack': 'Notorious' Australian child hacker thought he had executed 'flawless' hack" V3 7:43 AM
  • "Teenager appears in court accused of Apple 'hacky hack hack': Internal Apple documents found on child's MacBook in folder named 'hacky hack hack'" Computing 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Says Customer Data Wasn't Compromised in Teen Hacking Case" The Mac Observer 9:42 AM
  • "Beats 1 Zane Lowe talks about the changing role of the music influencer: A new interview looks at Beats 1 tastemaker Zane Lowe, and his unique role in today's rapidly changing music ecosystem." AppleInsider 12:06 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series: Netflix confirms 'test'; video ads appear with a 'but first, check out...' prompt." Ars Technica 8:20 PM
  • "Google Plans To Open Flagship Retail Store In Chicago To Showcase Its Hardware Products" HotHardware 4:53 PM
  • "MoviePass Now Limiting Subscribers to One of 6 Movies Per Day" MacTrast 10:25 AM
  • "Motorola P30 Comes Under Fire As 'Shameless Rip' Of iPhone X: Unsurprisingly, people aren't impressed..." Huffington Post UK 7:21 AM
  • "BBC 4.1 joins the AI revolution with two nights of AI-generated programmes: See clips unseen for decades through the eyes of a neural network" The Inquirer 7:01 AM
  • "Google alters wording of controversial policy regarding user location tracking" Neowin 8:08 PM
  • "Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled: Google updated help center documentation Thursday to clarify its location data collection policies, changes made in light of recent revelations that the firm's apps and website continue to harvest user information even when a global 'Location History' setting is disabled." AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "September's MacBook, Twitter's Dead APIs -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-17" The Mac Observer 1:05 PM
  • "Podcast discusses Apple's money, where it comes from, where it goes and more: This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk through the latest news about Project Titan rumors, ARM Macbook rumors, and the strange case of the teenager who took 90GB of data from Apple." AppleInsider 7:50 AM
  • "Apple reportedly redesigned basic MacBook after Intel chip issues" VentureBeat 8:59 AM
  • "Apple to roll out entry-level MacBook in September" DigiTimes 7:43 AM
  • "New $1,200 MacBook, refreshed iPad Pro models could be announced during Apple's September event: Apple will launch a refreshed entry-level MacBook next month, according to a report, with an updated model claimed will be revealed during the company's September event alongside new iPhones and other product announcements." AppleInsider 7:18 AM
  • "Apple to Release $1200 Entry-Level MacBook in September [Report] iClarified 11:23 AM
  • "Apple's new MacBook will launch in September, and it won't be as cheap as we thought"  BGR 7:08 AM
  • "New MacBook, iPad Pro, and AirPower Coming in September" The Mac Observer 10:04 AM
  • "iPhone 11: Report backs up claims of Apple Pencil support for OLED models/But Apple's 6.1in LCD iPhone won't be compatible with the stylus" The Inquirer 7:01 AM
  • "Apple's New iPhones Have A Great Secret Feature" Forbes 7:53 AM

  • "Hands on: Can the Wyrex Qi charger beat out Apple's AirPower?" AppleInsider 12:10 PM
  • "Rain Design's mBar pro+ is a handy accessory for those new MacBook Pros" Apple World Today 8:24 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison!" phoneArena 7:17 AM
  • "Samsung vs Apple, Huawei and OnePlus: whose phones charge the fastest?" phoneArena 7:43 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Brainstorm ideas with these three mind mapping apps on iOS and macOS: Write down every idea, and every unfinished notion you have into these Mac and iOS mind mapping tools —and use them to make plans. AppleInsider jots down a few thoughts." AppleInsider 9:43 AM
  • "iOS 12 beta 7/8 video: new Messages splash screen, tweaked Measure app icon" iDownload Blog 7:42 AM
  • "iOS 12 Keeps iMessages From Linked Numbers, Addresses In One Thread" Redmond Pie 7:01 AM
  • "Technical Terms: CAPTCHA" MacMost 9:04 AM
  • "How to take professional quality portraits with your iPhone X" phoneArena 7:42 AM
  • "How to See How Much iCloud Space Your Messages Are Using" MakeUseOf 7:42 AM
  • "How to copy a discontinued iOS app to another iOS device: The circumstances have to be just right for any of this to work." Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "How to Output Your Mac's Audio to Two Pairs of Headphones at the Same Time" MacRumors 7:09 AM
  • "How to use Do Not Disturb on your Apple Watch: Unlike Mute, Do Not Disturb turns off both sounds and taps on your Apple Watch." iMore 8:06 PM
  • "Smart home systems: DIY vs. hiring a professional/A certain degree of pride comes with building out your own smart home system, but there's no shame in hiring a pro." TechHive 7:17 AM
  • "Huawei is going to be Apple's only real iPhone competition this year" BGR 9:16 PM
  • "RIP Time Travel - A seldom-used Apple Watch feature set to disappear with watchOS 5: One of Apple Watch's under-used features — Time Travel — will be going away when watchOS 5 lands this fall. This is AppleInsider's in memoriam of another Apple Watch experimental feature." AppleInsider 5:11 PM
  • "In Mobile Payment Security and Privacy, Apple Pay Blows Away Competition" The Mac Observer 4:43 PM
  • "Feature Request: iBeacon-based locations in the home for smarter HomeKit control" 9to5Mac 8:59 AM
  • "Apple's best media moves: Apple's decisions in the media and entertainment realm have benefited its customers more and more."  Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "Comment: Latest rumor could give Apple a fantastic (and sensible) MacBook line-up" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "Motorola's New P30 Smartphone Blatantly Copies iPhone X" MacRumors 9:16 PM
  • "Android 9 Pie review: Google gets more thoughtful/It's a great update that will get even better soon." Engadget 11:24 AM
  • "How Fertility Apps Exclude Fathers: Making a baby 'the old-fashioned way' is a two-person job, but many apps aimed at heterosexual couples assign all the work of getting pregnant to women." The Atlantic 10:26 AM
  • "AI Is The Future—But Where Are The Women?" Wired 7:56 AM
  • "What Is The Difference Between A VPN And A Proxy" AddictiveTips 7:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Sony deal brings 23 more Prince albums to Apple Music: An avalanche of Prince albums is hitting Apple Music this week, thanks to a June agreement between Sony's Legacy Recordings and the estate of the late pop and funk musician." AppleInsider 10:28 AM
  • "Rome: Total War Finally Coming To iPhone, Free For Owners Of iPad Version" Redmond Pie 7:01 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Can Microsoft's (MSFT) Impressive Rally Continue or Has Nadella Triggered the End of It?" Wall Street Pit 9:13 AM
  • "The year Windows died at home and nobody cared" ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "A new Microsoft Mixed Reality capture studio just opened in Hollywood" OnMSFT 9:14 AM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 5 is officially version 1809" Neowin 1:49 PM
  • "Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name: New builds are light on features, focused on fixes." Ars Technica 6:41 PM
  • "Fortinet inks cyber threat information sharing deal with IBM" Inquirer.Net 8:53 AM
  • "How to upgrade the RAM in your Dell XPS 15 (9570)" Windows Central 8:52 AM
  • "Arm promises Intel Core i5 performance at lower power" Hexus 8:50 AM
  • "Could the Intel Foreshadow Bug Break 4K Hardware DRM? [Updated] ExtremeTech 8:48 AM
  • "Intel 9th Gen Core 9000 Series Coffee Lake Specs Confirmed, 8 Cores With 5GHz Boost" HotHardware 4:44 PM
  • "Intel unveils new NUC mini PCs" Computing 8:48 AM
  • "Intel NUC latest news: Intel releases two new NUCs and five NUC kits" V3 8:47 AM
  • "The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 is a super skinny gaming laptop" Stuff Magazine 8:47 AM
  • "Intel Starts Teasing Its Graphics Card" PC Magazine 8:46 AM
  • "ARM declares war on Intel in the battle for laptop processors" TechRadar UK 8:46 AM
  • "Is your PC safe? Foreshadow is the security flaw Intel should have predicted" Digital Trends 8:44 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-9900K soldered heatspreader 'confirmed'" Hexus 8:44 AM
  • "Intel updates NUC mini PCs with 8th-gen Core processors" The Inquirer 8:44 AM
  • "Hashtag Trending – More Intel processors risk cyber attacks; Walmart website drives sales; Amazon coming to a big screen near you" ITBusiness Canada 8:43 AM
  • "Intel plans a big future for deep learning on every platform" SiliconRepublic 8:42 AM
  • "ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces 17.3' Strix SCAR II (GL704)" Guru3D 8:42 AM
  • "Intel acquires Vertex.AI for deep learning" Converge! 8:42 AM
  • "Oracle Open-Sources GraphPipe to Support ML Development" Linux Insider 8:35 AM
  • "GeForce RTX 2080 And RTX 2080 Ti Extravaganza: More Cards From MSI, Palit And Gigabyte Leak" HotHardware 4:53 PM
  • "For cloud deployments, 'it works' is not good enough" InfoWorld 8:15 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: What Is The Impact From The iPhone Boycott And Possible Tariffs In Turkey?" Seeking Alpha 12:07 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow logs highest close since February on optimism over trade talks: Tesla sinks following Elon Musk's soul-baring interview" MarketWatch 5:02 PM
  • "Dow Trades Higher, Nasdaq Regains Footing as Chipmakers Fall: Stocks closed higher across the board Friday, following a jump of nearly 400 points for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the previous session." TheStreet 5:02 PM
  • "Blue Chips Rise as Fears Over Turkish Lira Crisis Ease: Dow industrials move higher a day after their biggest jump in four months" [Paid Membership Required] 5:03 PM
  • "U.K. stocks end slightly higher, but post biggest weekly drop since March: The U.K.'s main stock index ended the session slightly higher on Friday, but the benchmark posted its biggest weekly percentage drop in months as investors found few reasons to be confident into the weekend with a number of major political uncertainties up in the air." MarketWatch 11:40 AM

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