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MacSurfer's Archive: Sunday, August 19, 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.

  • "Dutch Apple store evacuates after likely iPad battery incident: Apple's Amsterdam store was briefly evacuated on Sunday afternoon following what appears to the overheating of an iPad battery."  AppleInsider 4:12 PM
  • "Pad battery almost exploded in Amsterdam Apple Store" SlashGear 9:08 PM
  • "Overheating iPad battery forces evacuation of Dutch Apple Store" phoneArena 9:26 PM
  • "Apple: Still cheaper than Clorox/Apple's PE ratio is up more than 7% this year. Clorox is down 14%. Apple still trails."  Apple 3.0 7:57 AM
  • "Why Apple is on fire: $217.58 edition/Two weeks ago it was Tim Cook's bullish guidance, this week the easing of trade tensions with China." Apple 3.0 8/18
  • "Problem magnification: All Apple problems are dire"  Macworld 8/18
  • "Best Photo Editing Apps for Mac in 2018: Edit your photos like the photography pro you are with these amazing apps." iMore 8/18
  • "How to download the macOS Mojave beta: Developers who have signed up for the macOS beta program can install macOS Mojave now. Here's what you'll need to do to get it running." TechRepublic 8/18
  • "How to get more speed and features out of Safari on Mac and iOS" AppleInsider 8/17
  • "How To Move Objects In Photoshop To A Specific Position" AddictiveTips 8/17
  • "Tips for making Launchpad a useful app launcher for Mac" 9to5Mac 8/17
  • "How to customize keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word for Mac" iDownload Blog 8/17
  • "20 Tips and Tricks for Managing Files on macOS" Gizmodo 8/17
  • "Message Image to Family" Dr. Drang 10:17 AM
  • "Just Code Challenge Week 9 -Quote Service with Mac and iOS client apps" Xojo Blog 8/17
Press Releases
  • "Opera 55 Web Browser Debuts with Easier Installation of Chrome Extensions, More: Introduces better control of web pages and new settings" Softpedia 8/18
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Do people actually listen to Beats 1? Zane Lowe won't say in this new interview" BGR 8/18
  • "Apple Says No Customer Info Accessed in Australian Teen's Hack" MacTrast 8/17
  • "16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files" The Hacker News 8/17
  • "Apple Hack: Australian Teenager Steals Sensitive Files From Tech Giant" The Independent 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "Apple Says Customer Data Wasn't Compromised in Teen Hacking Case" The Mac Observer 8/17
  • "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 8/17
Non-Apple News
  • "Uber's Vision of Self-Driving Cars Begins to Blur" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:00 PM
  • "Motorola Officially Unveils the P30, the Most Blatant iPhone X Clone Yet" TechnoBuffalo 5:43 PM
  • "The Kindle Voyage is no longer available from Amazon" TechCrunch 5:30 PM
  • "Bots on Amazon's task service may be souring psych studies: Mechanical Turk may need more safeguards to be used as a scientific tool." Engadget 7:58 AM
  • "Netflix purges all user reviews like it said it would: Say goodbye to the reviews section: if you even knew it existed." Engadget 8/18
  • "Hubble just took a brand new photo that will make you feel completely insignificant" BGR 8/18
  • "Amazon aims to challenge Spotify, Apple Music in streaming" SlashGear 8/18
  • "Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' arrives on mobile devices: It's not the best solution for privacy, says the EFF." Engadget 8/18
  • "Valve quietly unveils streaming platform Steam TV: It already went live by streaming Valve's 'Dota 2' esports tournament." Engadget 8/18
  • "US DOJ wants Facebook to help wiretap Messenger, report says: The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly pushing Facebook to disable or otherwise break end-to-end encryption in its Messenger text and voice messaging service as part of a criminal investigation into the MS-13 gang." AppleInsider 8/18
  • "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 8/17
  • "Google Plans To Open Flagship Retail Store In Chicago To Showcase Its Hardware Products" HotHardware 8/17
  • "MoviePass Now Limiting Subscribers to One of 6 Movies Per Day" MacTrast 8/17
  • "Motorola P30 Comes Under Fire As 'Shameless Rip' Of iPhone X: Unsurprisingly, people aren't impressed..." Huffington Post UK 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "Google alters wording of controversial policy regarding user location tracking" Neowin 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "September's MacBook, Twitter's Dead APIs -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-17" The Mac Observer 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "Apple Might Be Making Us Switch Cords Soon" The Outline 5:42 PM
  • "Apple AirPower Wireless Charging Pad Just Weeks Away, New Report Hints At Price" Forbes 8/18
  • "Apple reportedly redesigned basic MacBook after Intel chip issues" VentureBeat 8/17
  • "Apple to roll out entry-level MacBook in September" DigiTimes 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "Apple to Release $1200 Entry-Level MacBook in September [Report] iClarified 8/17
  • "Apple's new MacBook will launch in September, and it won't be as cheap as we thought"  BGR 8/17
  • "New MacBook, iPad Pro, and AirPower Coming in September" The Mac Observer 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "Apple's New iPhones Have A Great Secret Feature" Forbes 8/17

  • "Review: Sonicare DiamondClean Smart uses your iPhone and Bluetooth to perfect the electric toothbrush" AppleInsider 1:39 PM
  • "The best iPhone cases: From the iPhone X all the way down the line to the SE." Wirecutter 11:35 AM
  • "Why I Chose the iPhone X Over the Sony a7 III" TechnoBuffalo 8/18
  • "A year with Apple's 5K iMac: Still the best Mac for your money/It's been over a year since Apple refreshed its iMac lineup with updated hardware and added Thunderbolt 3. After long-term daily use of the computer in that period, now is probably a good time to reflect on the iMac, and how we feel about the machine a year after release." AppleInsider 8/18
  • "MacBook Pro 2018 review - Is the ultimate power really worth the price? APPLE has fully refreshed its MacBook Pro with more power and upgraded features but is this really the ultimate laptop? Here's's MacBook Pro 2018 review." Express UK 8/18
  • "iPhone X vs. Google Pixel 2 XL: Which flagship phone is the best? It's the battle of the giants as we weigh Apple against Google. See which one wins."  CNET 8/18
  • "YouTube's most famous camera guy did the iPhone X vs Galaxy Note 9 shootout we've been waiting for" BGR 8/18
  • "Hands on: Can the Wyrex Qi charger beat out Apple's AirPower?" AppleInsider 8/17
  • "Rain Design's mBar pro+ is a handy accessory for those new MacBook Pros" Apple World Today 8/17
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison!" phoneArena 8/17
  • "Samsung vs Apple, Huawei and OnePlus: whose phones charge the fastest?" phoneArena 8/17
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Here's How iOS 12 Performance Have Improved From Beta 1 To Beta 8 In New Speed Test — Video" WCCFTech 8:10 AM
  • "FilmPhoto: Useful iOS app with Clear Explanations of Cameras and Camera Technology" eXtensions 7:01 AM
  • "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 8/17
  • "iOS 12 beta 7/8 video: new Messages splash screen, tweaked Measure app icon" iDownload Blog 8/17
  • "iOS 12 Keeps iMessages From Linked Numbers, Addresses In One Thread" Redmond Pie 8/17
  • "How to use the Touch Bar with the Mac App Store: You can purchase apps and games from the Mac App Store with one touch thanks to the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro." iMore 5:52 PM
  • "How to magnify part of an image in Photos on iOS and Mac" Apple Must 10:18 AM
  • "How To Use Multiple Headphones With Your Mac Simultaneously" Redmond Pie 8/18
  • "How to use Voice Memos on iPhone and iPad: Quickly dictate notes, record riffs, or capture any audio, any time." iMore 8/18
  • "How to install the iOS 12 beta: Apple revealed iOS 12 at the WWDC 2018 keynote. Here's how to install it." TechRepublic 8/18
  • "Technical Terms: CAPTCHA" MacMost 8/17
  • "How to take professional quality portraits with your iPhone X" phoneArena 8/17
  • "How to See How Much iCloud Space Your Messages Are Using" MakeUseOf 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "How to Output Your Mac's Audio to Two Pairs of Headphones at the Same Time" MacRumors 8/17
  • "The One iPhone Trick Everyone Needs to Know" Tom's Guide 8:11 AM
  • "How to redeem a gift card or promo code in the Mac App Store: For when you have no idea how to use it." iMore 8/18
  • "Top 10 must-have tools for repairing PCs, smartphones, and other gadgets" ZDNet 8/18
  • "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 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "6 new Apple products that could be launched this year" NewsBytes 8/18
  • "Huawei is going to be Apple's only real iPhone competition this year" BGR 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "In Mobile Payment Security and Privacy, Apple Pay Blows Away Competition" The Mac Observer 8/17
  • "Feature Request: iBeacon-based locations in the home for smarter HomeKit control" 9to5Mac 8/17
  • "Apple's best media moves: Apple's decisions in the media and entertainment realm have benefited its customers more and more."  Macworld 8/17
  • "Comment: Latest rumor could give Apple a fantastic (and sensible) MacBook line-up" 9to5Mac 8/17
  • "Sony explains why Android updates take so long: Not that it makes the wait any easier." Engadget 9:26 PM
  • "Augmented-Reality Ads Are Headed to Your Social Media Feed: Commercials Facebook Social Media" Slate 8:11 AM
  • "Chime in: Will Microsoft's Movies Anywhere deal make you buy more movies?" Windows Central 8:11 AM
  • "Buyer's remorse: Phones, tablets and more tech purchases we regret" ZDNet 8/18
  • "Writers Have Always Loved Mobile Devices/Writing boxes, popular from the 17th century, provided the same pleasure as today's laptops and custom word processors: To make the experience of writing pleasurable, whether or not any actual writing gets done. An Object Lesson." The Atlantic 8/18
  • "Sony's Infographic fleshes out why its Android updates for phones take so long" Neowin 8/18
  • "Motorola's New P30 Smartphone Blatantly Copies iPhone X" MacRumors 8/17
  • "Android 9 Pie review: Google gets more thoughtful/It's a great update that will get even better soon." Engadget 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "AI Is The Future—But Where Are The Women?" Wired 8/17
  • "What Is The Difference Between A VPN And A Proxy" AddictiveTips 8/17
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Android and iOS should be getting a new Xbox app soon" MSPoweruser 5:43 PM
  • "App Roundup: HQ Trivia on Apple TV, RapidWeaver 8, Yousician, Aspyr discounts, more!" AppleInsider 8/18
  • "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 8/17
  • "Rome: Total War Finally Coming To iPhone, Free For Owners Of iPad Version" Redmond Pie 8/17
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft inviting applications for AI Idea Challenge Contest" MSPoweruser 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft's Remix3D has Been Flagged as an Advertisement, Blocked by Plug-ins" Thurrott 5:29 PM
  • "India PC market grows 28 per cent in Q2 2018, HP leads:¬†IDC: HP has maintained its leadership in the Indian PC market with a market share of 31.6 per cent in second quarter 2018." The Indian Express 8:00 AM
  • "What is Intel rapid storage technology? Why should you care about it? Intel Rapid storage technology is available for most modern computers with Intel CPU" Gizbot 8:03 AM
  • "Intel India trains 99,000 people in artificial intelligence" The Economic Times 8:00 AM
  • "IBM, Maersk launch blockchain-based shipping platform with 94 early adopters: After testing it earlier this year, the two companies announced scores of early adopters have agreed to pilot the distributed ledger technology, enabling them to track shipments in near-real time." Computerworld New Zealand 7:33 PM
  • "IBM just paved the way for cheap mind-controlled robotic limbs" NewsBytes 8:02 AM
  • "Dell EMC announces its newest integrated data protection appliance" Networks Asia 7:59 AM
  • "Lenovo Legion Y530 review: The intersection of work and play" Neowin 4:13 PM
  • "Microsoft takes down Shopping Cart feature in Xbox Store to make improvements" Neowin 8/18
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 5 Is Official With Build 1809, What To Look For" HotHardware 8/18
  • "Several more features for the upcoming Sticky Notes v3.0 have now been revealed" Neowin 8/18
  • "Microsoft is working with vendors to minimize false positives detected by Windows Defender" Neowin 8/18
  • "With Q#, Microsoft is throwing programmers the keys to quantum" Digital Trends 8/18
  • "Microsoft removes some Remix 3D integration from production Paint 3D app" MSPoweruser 8/18
  • "Microsoft And Cisco Are Playing Catch Up With Adobe" Forbes 8/18
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Homemade Apple Dividends Are 100 Times Bigger Than The 'Real' Dividends" Seeking Alpha 8/18
  • "Apple: What Is The Impact From The iPhone Boycott And Possible Tariffs In Turkey?" Seeking Alpha 8/17
Industry News
  • "Dow logs highest close since February on optimism over trade talks: Tesla sinks following Elon Musk's soul-baring interview" MarketWatch 8/17
  • "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 8/17
  • "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] 8/17
  • "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 8/17

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