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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, August 21, 2018


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Monday Highlights: After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday stock markets crater over 1000 points due to expanding coronavirus concerns, Apple hovering around $300, down over 4% today; Wedbush sees virus as temporary challenge, holds AAPL target at $400; meanwhile, Apple loses VirnetX appeal in the US Supreme Court; clamshell that is iOS slowly opening?; what you copy to your iOS clipboard is allegedly available to any app, Apple calls it no problemo; Safari will eventually reject HTTPS certificates if over 13 mo. old; switch from Windows to Mac? Here's a compilation of tips to make things smoother; Steve Jobs would be 65 today—more in our General Interest section; Warren Buffett finally trades his old flip phone for an iPhone, "says Apple...'probably the best business I know in the world'"; iPhone 12 to feature 802.11ay Wi-Fi?

  • "Apple and Google's app store businesses are coming under pressure — and the companies could end up losing billions of dollars"  Business Insider 2:02 PM
  • "Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets"  TechCrunch 8:25 AM
  • "Netflix Tests Disabling In-App Subscriptions on iOS in Some Countries" MacRumors 9:34 AM
  • "Netflix Is Attempting to Bypass Apple's iOS Tax" PC Magazine 5:52 PM
  • "Bank of America boosts Apple stock outlook on app store strength"  CNBC 7:52 AM
  • "Apple May Announce A New Mac Mini And MacBook Air With Retina Display In October"  Forbes 8:11 AM
  • "Apple could release an updated MacBook Air" TechCrunch 11:19 AM
  • "Apple to release two new computers alongside release of latest update to the iPhone, report claims" The Independent 1:12 PM
  • "Apple to Release Low-Cost, Hi-Res Retina MacBook This Year: Report" Investopedia 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Alerting Customers to Upcoming Discontinuation of Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 1:14 PM
  • "macOS Mojave drops Back to My Mac iCloud feature, Apple Remote Desktop recommended" 9to5Mac 1:32 PM
  • "Chrome 69 will take the next step to killing Flash, roll out new design" Ars Technica 1:07 PM
  • "Here are three quick and easy alternatives to Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave" AppleInsider 3:12 PM
  • "Apple will drop Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave. Here are some workarounds if you rely on it: Apple has other tools you can use to remotely manage Macs." Macworld 3:29 PM
  • "Alternatives to Back to My Mac" iMore 7:02 PM
  • "Reclaim iCloud Storage Space by Deleting Old Backups" The Mac Observer 8:32 AM
  • "The easy way to use Windows on a Mac just got better" Computerworld 9:17 AM
Press Releases
  • "Make Your Footage Look Cinematic: Red Giant Short Cuts Episode 4 Now Live" Red Giant 12:56 PM
  • "CS Odessa Introduces ConceptDraw OFFICE v5 for Mac and PC" prMac 10:03 AM
  • "Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac Launches, Saves Up to 20 GB of Virtual Machine Storage Space, Starts Four Times Faster, and Is Ready for macOS Mojave" Business Wire 8:35 AM
  • "Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac Offers Speed and Storage Gains, macOS Mojave Support" MacRumors 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Japan pushing to end smartphone bundling, cut wireless fees: source/Japan is aiming to force wireless carriers to cut their monthly fees and stop bundling the cost of smartphones with wireless services, a senior telecoms ministry source said on Tuesday, in a move that is likely to hit Apple Inc."  Reuters 10:44 AM
  • "Apple plans flagship outlets in key locations to drive sales in India"  The Economic Times 7:43 AM
  • "In less than a year, the $1,000 phone has become entirely normal: The Galaxy Note 9 joins the iPhone X, the Note 8, the Oppo Find X, and others in the $1,000 phone club"  The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Buys Rights to Series Based on New York Times Climate Change Article"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:02 PM
  • "Fortnite's next stop could be Apple TV"  Cult of Mac 8:25 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Data Miners Reveal Apple TV References – MFi Controller Support Coming Soon?" Touch Arcade 1:19 PM
  • "Live-Streaming Startup Caffeine Taps Apple TV, Evernote Execs for Senior Roles" Variety 6:43 PM
  • "Apple TV exec Jen Folse departs Apple for live-streaming startup Caffeine" AppleInsider 6:44 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook donates nearly $5M in company stock to charity" AppleInsider 7:50 PM
  • "Tim Cook donated nearly $5 million worth of Apple shares to charity" Business Insider 7:50 PM
  • "Android users and men are far less likely to make in-app mobile gaming purchases than iOS users and women" Android Police 11:16 AM
  • "Shoppers perform citizen's arrest on would-be Apple Store thieves" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Apple's Steve Wozniak Plans to Get 'Involved' in Blockchain Project for First Time" Cointelegraph 8:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung Pay celebrates three years: Available on six continents, 1.3 billion transactions completed" ZDNet 8:40 PM
  • "Verizon throttled fire department's 'unlimited' plan during deadly blaze" The Next Web 9:03 PM
  • "Verizon admits error in throttling California firefighters' service" Axios 6:06 PM
  • "Verizon throttled fire department's 'unlimited' data during Calif. wildfire: Fire dep't had to pay twice as much to lift throttling during wildfire response."  Ars Technica 5:59 PM
  • "U.S. lawmakers seek to impose more sanctions on 'menace' Russia" Reuters 4:59 PM
  • "This new ransomware campaign targets business and demands a massive bitcoin ransom" ZDNet 10:46 AM
  • "Facebook and Twitter remove accounts linked to Russia and Iran campaigns" BBC 9:04 PM
  • "Facebook says it removed pages related to 'inauthentic behavior'" Reuters 7:15 PM
  • "Facebook finds influence campaigns coming from Russia and Iran" CNET 7:08 PM
  • "Facebook Identifies New Political Influence Operation Ahead of Midterm Elections" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:35 PM
  • "Facebook has TRUST ratings for users – but it won't tell you your score: The social network is predicting your trustworthiness in a bid to fight fake news"  The Sun 9:58 AM
  • "Twenty-two states ask U.S. appeals court to reinstate 'net neutrality' rules" Reuters 9:34 AM
  • "For once, a hot new Android phone isn't just copying the iPhone X" BGR 7:53 AM
  • "Google's data collection is hard to escape, study claims" CNNMoney 8:24 AM
  • "Google sued for tracking you, even when 'location history' is off" ZDNet 8:23 AM
  • "Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping" The Register 7:54 AM
  • "Lawsuit takes aim at Google for constant location history tracking" AppleInsider 7:43 AM
  • "New Mac mini Report, Government Internet Control -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-21" The Mac Observer 12:56 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 75 – I Set Up a Fake Child" MacStories 8:16 AM
  • "It's about time Apple started coming out with some new, groundbreaking hardware!" The MT Show 7:35 AM
  • "Uses This / Gary Gale, Geotechnologist" Uses This 10:49 AM
  • "Apple Removes 14 Apple Watch Bands From Website, Many Others 'Sold Out' Ahead of September Event" MacRumors 1:04 PM
  • "Taiwan firms moving to counter growing China presence in Apple supply chains" DigiTimes 7:43 AM
  • "China makers reportedly enter MacBook chassis supply chain" DigiTimes 7:42 AM
  • "Apple turning to two new case suppliers for MacBook, MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Adds Two Chinese Manufacturers to MacBook Chassis Supply Chain" MacRumors 8:15 AM
  • "Apple's 'Project Titan' car could warn you what it is about to do, well before it does it" AppleInsider 8:58 AM
  • "Apple granted patent for iPhones and iPads with 'sidewall displays" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Granted Patents for their TrueDepth Camera's Dot Projector and 3D Avatars that Evolved into Memoji" Patently Apple 6:25 PM
  • "Apple Granted Patents for Liquid Metal iPhone Parts and iDevices or MacBooks integrating Sidewall Displays" Patently Apple 9:47 AM
  • "Apple Wins 59 Patents Today Covering Fabric Device Housings, Bendable Displays via Laser Formed Slits & AirPower Design" Patently Apple 8:11 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM

  • "Blackmagic eGPU review: A beautiful MacBook Pro graphics booster with no room to grow" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "FitBit is getting in the smart watch game — so how does it hold up? The FitBit Versa has a touch screen, tons of band options, and Bluetooth capabilities. El Pulso host, Alix Aspe, wore the fitness tracker for three weeks and shares the ins and outs of the smart watch." Mashable 8:27 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on with 1Password and iOS 12"s Password AutoFill feature" 9to5Mac 1:47 PM
  • "Dark Sky Update Consolidates Weather Data in a Single Vertical View" MacStories 1:03 PM
  • "Hands-on with Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pass app for iOS, Android" iMore 11:18 AM
  • "iOS 12: How to use third-party AutoFill Passwords apps" 9to5Mac 6:54 PM
  • "Hide Your IP Address on iPhone, iPad: How to Stay Private on iOS" AddictiveTips 1:19 PM
  • "Fun With the iOS GarageBand Beat Sequencer" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "How to set up and use a password for the Notes app" iDownload Blog 8:19 AM
  • "iPhone: How to setup a SIM pin" 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "iOS: How to declutter Look Up" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "How to Add a Second Face to Face ID on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 7:37 AM
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to change screen lock time" 9to5Mac 3:30 PM
  • "Keep Your Electronic Communications Really Secure: Standard SMS text and email may not protect the privacy of your correspondence, but apps that encrypt your chats lock up your messages from those who might read them." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:47 AM
  • "Comment: Fortnite isn't coming to Apple TV, but that's just the latest tvOS gaming letdown" 9to5Mac 8:24 PM
  • "New MacBook Pro: Apple has lost its way, says Geotechnologist" Apple 3.0 10:52 AM
  • "Everything we think we know about the new Apple Watch models that could launch next month" Business Insider 11:56 AM
  • "What to expect from the Apple Watch Series 4, and when it is coming" AppleInsider 10:46 AM
  • "Five things the Mac mini needs to make it a true pro machine" Macworld 9:18 AM
  • "Comment: Apple will be making a mistake if it no longer offers a low-cost Mac mini"  9to5Mac 8:38 AM
  • "Apple could fix Tesla's crippling production problems" Cult of Mac 11:56 AM
  • "Dear Elon: Ask Apple or Google to acquire Tesla/Such a deal would make sense on many levels"  MarketWatch 9:53 AM
  • "Forget the Saudis: Apple or Google should acquire Tesla"  VentureBeat 8:43 AM
  • "Tesla could go to Apple for take-private deal, says investor – does it make sense?"  Electrek 8:33 AM
  • "MacBook Air Update: Release date, price, specs, and features" iMore 8:22 AM
  • "Trump ducked Reuters' question about iPhone tariffs" Apple 3.0 8:11 AM
  • "The popularity paradox: iPhones are too loved" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "When an IT guy appears on a reality TV show, you learn a lot about life" ZDNet 6:25 PM
  • "How Autodesk and DigitalGenius are evolving AI customer service beyond chatbots" VentureBeat 6:25 PM
  • "Google's 'Tell me something good' might just restore your faith in humanity" The Next Web 6:25 PM
  • "Say 'Aloha': A closer look at Facebook's voice ambitions" TechCrunch 2:31 PM
  • "Google's built-in malware protection for Android is literally the worst" BGR 2:09 PM
  • "Google Tracks Your Movements — Can You Stop It?" Intego 1:03 PM
  • "Comic: It's Mac-to-School Time" iMore 10:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Popular iOS journal app Day One updated w/ audio recording, new editor interface, more" 9to5Mac 6:55 PM
  • "The best wireless chargers for iPhone X and iPhone 8: Apple finally got on board the wireless charging train. Here's what to look for when picking out a charger for your iPhone 8 or iPhone X." Macworld 5:59 PM
  • "IKEA rumored expand HomeKit lineup with new smart plugs in October" AppleInsider 5:11 PM
  • "'Optica' is the Mind-Bending Spiritual Successor to 'Strata' that's Launching Next Week" Touch Arcade 3:29 PM
  • "FiftyThree Apps Paper and Paste Acquired by WeTransfer Along with Its Other Assets" MacStories 1:05 PM
  • "Logitech announces the G PRO wireless gaming mouse" iMore 12:03 PM
  • "CD Projekt Red Launches a Mobile Studio" Touch Arcade 12:03 PM
  • "Xbox Game Pass App Launches on Android and IOS" Thurrott 11:16 AM
  • "Google Assistant can now share curated, uplifting news to brighten your day" 9to5Google 11:16 AM
  • "Costco now supports Apple Pay across all of its US stores" TechCrunch 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Pay now accepted at all US Costco warehouses, coming soon to gas stations" 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "Joyoshare officially launches iPhone Data Recovery to Recover Lost Data" prMac 7:40 AM
  • "You can be Robin Hood with the fun Virtual Archer hardware/software combo and an iPhone" Apple World Today 7:37 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Russia denies Microsoft allegations it targeted U.S. think tanks: Ifax" Reuters 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft shuts down phishing sites, accuses Russia of new election meddling: Phishing sites mimicked domains of Senate and conservative US think tanks." Ars Technica 12:37 PM
  • "Russian hackers targeted U.S. conservative think-tanks, says Microsoft" Reuters 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft foils 'Fancy Bear' plot to hack US political groups ahead of midterms: Russian hacking group is created spoof websites for Senate and thinktanks" The Inquirer 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft: We've just messed up Russian plans to attack US 2018 midterm elections" ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "Microsoft found Russian phishing sites mimicking Republican groups: The International Republican Institute and Hudson Institute were among the targets." Engadget 7:27 AM
  • "Russian hackers target Republicans in new twist on election meddling, Microsoft finds" GeekWire 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft takes down Russian sites trying to steal US Senate credentials: Office 365 users to receive enhanced security benefits" TechSpot 11:55 AM
  • "How Microsoft Tackles Russia's Fancy Bear Hackers—And Why It's Never Enough" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:20 PM
  • "Microsoft begins killing off the Windows 8 app store: We remember when end of life dates were sacred" The Inquirer 7:27 AM
  • "Rumor: Intel To Release 9th Gen Core Processors on October 1st" TechFrag 12:38 PM
  • "New ARM chips for PC market challenge Intel head on" ZDNet 12:56 PM
  • "Dell EMC Takes On HPE Synergy With 'Breakthrough' Composable Infrastructure: 'Our MX platform is differentiated without a mid-plane, unlike any other offer in the industry, which is an important breakthrough in modular systems,' says Dell EMC vice president Brian Payne." CRN 8:49 AM
  • "Dell EMC launches PowerEdge MX" ZDNet 11:40 AM
  • "5 Key Products Inside Dell EMC's New PowerEdge Modular Infrastructure: Here are the five key networking, storage, computing, software and chassis products that make up Dell EMC's new PowerEdge MX modular infrastructure." CRN 8:50 AM
  • "Dell EMC PowerEdge MX teases 'kinetic' compute and storage: Dell EMC composes its MX composable infrastructure story around SAS storage sleds that slide into in a single 14th generation 7U PowerEdge chassis, with OpenManage software." Search Converged Infrastructure 8:50 AM
  • "Redis Labs Growing 60%, Plans To Disrupt Oracle In $60B Database Market" Forbes 11:55 AM
  • "Cisco Allegedly Favored Visa Holders Over U.S. Workers" [Video Report] Bloomberg 9:15 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple Stock May Fall Victim to the Winner's Curse" InvestorPlace 11:30 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end higher as S&P 500 touches all-time high: Russell 2000, Dow transports sets records" MarketWatch 5:13 PM
  • "Stocks Trim Gains At Close After S&P 500 Sets Intraday High: Stocks gave up some of their earlier gains, but closed up Tuesday after the S&P 500 set an intraday high earlier in the session." TheStreet 5:13 PM
  • "US stocks close higher for 4th day, S&P 500 sets intraday record high" FOXBusiness 5:12 PM
  • "S&P 500 Draws Closer to January Record: Strong corporate earnings and economic data have driven U.S. stocks higher over the summer" [Paid Membership Required] 5:12 PM
  • "European markets flat, but BHP falls after results: Investors looking to comments from Federal Reserve" MarketWatch 8:33 AM
  • "Japan's Nikkei drops as yen maintains dollar advantage: Indexes in China gain with lift from financials, while Australian stocks retreat" MarketWatch 8:33 AM

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