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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, August 28, 2018


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Weekend Highlights: Apple found to have broken California labor laws so says state's supreme court, company must pay store employees overtime for time waiting to have bag(s) searched; Ben Lovejoy says Apple needs to accept ruling, apologize, and pay up; photographers will be interested in this review of Loupedeck+, compatible with a number of macOS apps; Jason Snell on Malwarebytes' report of rise in Mac malware, viruses; iPads with Google Forms will be used to track Nevada Democrat caucus to avoid repeat of Iowa caucus; Signal app hopes to go mainstream providing secure secure messaging for the masses; CEO of Epic Games calls for end to loot boxes; YouTuber EverythingApplePro compares new Galaxy S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max.

  • "Apple's mobile privacy letter to Congress omits an awful lot of context: Apple's letter was designed to alleviate congressional fears about the company invading its customers' privacy. But a close reading of the letter does the opposite."  Computerworld 7:34 AM
  • "Apple suppliers struggle to grow profits in saturated smartphone market: Foxconn and peers pin hopes on next-generation technologies"  Nikkei 8:19 AM
  • "TSMC, Foxconn 4Q18 revenues to hit new highs on iPhone shipments: Shipments of new iPhone series to be unveiled in mid-September are expected to reach 70-75 million units by the end of the year, the best performance since the launch of iPhone 6 series, according to industry sources."  DigiTimes 7:46 AM
  • "Is Apple's Soaring R&D A Sign Of Good Things To Come?"  Forbes 11:59 AM
  • "New iPhone X 2018 - New details revealed ahead of launch will excite Apple fans" Express UK 8:26 AM
  • "Here's What We Know About Apple's iPhone X Successors" Time 1:27 PM
  • "Tim Cook acquires $123M worth of vested Apple stock, sells $58M" AppleInsider 9:00 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update 2 for MacBook Pro (2018)" The Mac Observer 12:42 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update for 2018 MacBook Pro Models" MacRumors 12:50 PM
  • "Apple Offering 30-Minute One-on-One Phone Lessons on Editing Images With Photos App" MacRumors 4:04 PM
  • "Prepare your institution for iOS 12 or macOS Mojave: If you're a system administrator, you should review this list and prepare for changes before updating to iOS 12 or macOS Mojave." Apple Support 3:43 PM
  • "Day One 3.0 is here for all of your journaling needs!" iMore 3:17 PM
  • "How to Install & Run macOS Mojave Beta in a Virtual Machine the Easy Way" OS X Daily 2:29 PM
  • "How to use Keynote's hidden presentation features to hold your audience's attention" AppleInsider 12:06 PM
  • "What To Actually Evaluate When Choosing Privacy Applications for Mac" The Mac Observer 11:58 AM
  • "Understanding Application Quit Options" MacMost 9:00 AM
Press Releases
  • "Panic to Publish Untitled Goose Game by House House in Early 2019 on Switch, Mac, and PC" MacStories 12:07 PM
  • "Adobe XD adds third-party plugin support, new integrations with Slack, Microsoft Teams, Jira" 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
  • "Press Release: Celtx Gem Streamlines Narrative Design for Games, VR, and Interactive Media" Celtx Gem 9:02 AM
  • "Pond5 Announces Premium Footage Collection Featuring Video Shot Exclusively on RED Digital Cinema Professional Cameras" Pond5 8:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Gartner Says Huawei Secured No. 2 Worldwide Smartphone Vendor Spot, Surpassing Apple in Second Quarter 2018" Gartner 7:50 AM
  • "Huawei elbows aside Apple to claim number-two phone maker spot" The Register 7:28 AM
  • "And then there were three: Huawei shatters the duopoly" Mobile News 8:20 AM
  • "Huawei notch comparison with iPhone X notch backfires in ad" Cult of Mac 12:07 PM
  • "Steve Jobs' widow blasts stepdaughter's memoir"  CNNMoney 9:44 AM
  • "Madonna and Metallica PR veteran joins Apple" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Big Canadian IT services firm: '75% employees want Apple" Apple Must 10:52 AM
  • "Apple is giving away 200GB of iCloud storage for free" TechShout 8:26 AM
  • "San Jose family billed $13,470 for half-hour of iPhone internet" KGO 8:22 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Report: Amazon is going to launch a free streaming TV channel for Fire TV owners" BGR 8:59 PM
  • "Bose launches the first real HomePod competitor, a $400 Alexa-powered monstrosity" BGR 8:27 PM
  • "Google's Play Store crypto-mining ban is not going well" BGR 8:25 PM
  • "Huawei again estimated to have overtaken Apple as world's No. 2 smartphone vendor" AppleInsider 9:00 PM
  • "Huawei Slides Past Apple To Take Second Place In Global Smartphone Market Share" HotHardware 4:55 PM
  • "Spyware Company That Marketed To Domestic Abusers Gets Hacked" Motherboard 1:27 PM
  • "Net neutrality fight gets ugly with robocalls spreading false claims: The robocalls reportedly target senior citizens in California." CNET 4:04 PM
  • "Ajit Pai killed net neutrality but still wants you to love the FCC" The Verge 10:52 AM
  • "Email security systems miss thousands of malicious links" BetaNews 10:22 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg figured out a powerful rule about smartphone apps before everyone else — now we're seeing how important it is to Facebook's business" Business Insider 9:31 AM
  • "Tumblr to crack down on hate speech and violence" CNET 8:54 AM
  • "T-Mobile merger with Sprint would cost 28,000 jobs: Union" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Google responds to Trump, says no political motive in search results" Reuters 12:33 PM
  • "Google and several other tech companies pushing for a new federal privacy law" Android Police 8:44 AM
  • "Trump Attacks Google With Claim It is Burying Conservative News" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:58 AM
  • "President Trump Accuses Google of Rigging Search Results Against Him, Calls It 'Very Dangerous'" ["Update, 10:20am: Google just sent Gizmodo the following statement: When users type queries into the Google Search bar, our goal is to make sure they receive the most relevant answers in a matter of seconds. Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology. Every year, we issue hundreds of improvements to our algorithms to ensure they surface high-quality content in response to users' queries. We continually work to improve Google Search and we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment."] Gizmodo 9:35 AM
  • "Trump claims Google is suppressing positive news about him and 'will be addressed'" The Verge 7:50 AM
  • "Trump pledges to address Google's 'leftwing media bias'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:34 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 254: Let's redesign the line" iDownload Blog 7:59 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 76 – Our Favorite Share Sheet Extensions" MacStories 7:43 AM
  • "Intel's newly launched 8th-generation processors could power refreshed MacBook and MacBook Air: Intel has revealed a collection of six U-series and Y-series processors in its 8th-generation lineup, with the group of notebook-oriented processors touting low operating temperatures and Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds, making them good candidates for use in a future MacBook or MacBook Air." AppleInsider 9:01 PM
  • "2018 iPhone Shipments to Apple This Fall Predicted to Be Highest Since iPhone 6 Lineup" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "Apple Plans Three New iPhone X Clones" CCM 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 will be compatible with all your current bands" phoneArena 8:59 AM
  • "Intel Announces 8th-Generation Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake Processors Suitable for MacBook and MacBook Air" MacRumors 4:04 PM
  • "Concept art offers a glimpse at a futuristic new MacBook Pro" The Next Web 7:53 AM
  • "MacBook Pro concept shows giant Touch Bar with dynamic keyboard and trackpad [Video] 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Apple researching refinements to sunroofs, seating for 'Project Titan' car" AppleInsider 8:44 AM
  • "Apple patent is for pressure sensing earbuds that adjust to your ears" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Wins 67 Patents today covering the Steve Jobs Theater, Quantum Dot Technology and 3D Sensing for TrueDepth Camera" Patently Apple 8:57 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "20% off Summer Sale: Alex4D Animation Transitions and Alex4D 360° Effects for Final Cut Pro X" Alex4D 12:05 PM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:32 AM

  • "The Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review - Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe in a Premium Enclosure" AnandTech 9:31 AM
  • "Samsung X5 Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD Review: Ridiculously Fast External Storage" HotHardware 9:02 AM
  • "Review: Eve Room 2 gives users climate monitoring and HomeKit Siri automation" AppleInsider 11:59 AM
  • "Review: Blue Yeti Nano shrinks the popular USB microphone" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "Hands-on with Survival Straps' paracord Apple Watch bands [Unboxing] Cult of Mac 9:44 AM
  • "Fatherhood Through the Lens of Steve Jobs" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:11 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'KataKoto' Review – Click-Clack Cube Confusion" Touch Arcade 3:16 PM
  • "'Barbearian' Review – A Hack and Slash Delight" Touch Arcade 3:16 PM
  • "'Zero Escape' Review – A Nifty Retro-Themed Puzzler" Touch Arcade 3:16 PM
  • "'Azur Lane' Review – Looking for a Long-Term Relation Ship?" Touch Arcade 3:16 PM
  • "'Summit Way' Review – We Can Build This Bridge Together" Touch Arcade 3:16 PM
  • "How to save PDF files on an iPhone" Apple Must 3:49 PM
  • "How to add a second face to Face ID in iOS 12" Cult of Mac 3:21 PM
  • "How to add or remove VIPs in the Mail app on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 7:59 AM
  • "Finally! iOS 12 lets you clear all notifications with a tap and hold, no 3D Touch required" iDownload Blog 10:16 AM
  • "How old can your version of iOS be before upgrading? Apple appears to have designed its backups with the future in mind." Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "How iCloud Drive Compares Against the Competition" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "What we think we know about the iPad Pro 2018: While most attention is directed at next-gen iPhones, there's lots of reasons to think about Apple's pro tablets."  Computerworld 8:14 AM
  • "Comment: Near-record iPhone sales this year seems a very safe prediction" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple might kill off sophisticated iPhone tech that took 5 years to develop – and I'm glad" BGR 8:00 AM
  • "Alternate reality: Where Apple is behind on AR" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Gassée: Wall Street still doesn't get Apple" Apple 3.0 7:43 AM
  • "Opinion: Let's stop trying to will a notchless Pixel 3 XL into existence, it's fine" 9to5Google 3:42 PM
  • "Smart Speaker Growth, Alexa Screens vs. Google Screens" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:06 PM
  • "LG turned the G7 ThinQ into a high-end Android One phone and I want one now" PCWorld 10:52 AM
  • "Comic: X Marks the Price Point" iMore 8:12 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HITCASE Launches ENDURO - Rugged Protection for the IPhone X" prMac 9:01 PM
  • "Apple Releases Firmware Update for AirPort Express With AirPlay 2 Support" MacRumors 3:17 PM
  • "Apple Adds AirPlay 2 Support to AirPort Express with Firmware Update" The Mac Observer 3:11 PM
  • "Apple Offering 30-Minute One-on-One Phone Lessons on Editing Images With Photos App" MacRumors 2:28 PM
  • "These new HomePod rivals are even pricier than Apple's smartspeaker" Cult of Mac 12:33 PM
  • "Eve Systems announces excellent HomeKit air pollution monitor" Apple Must 10:11 AM
  • "Samsung Announces NVMe-Based 'X5' Portable SSD With Read Speeds up to 2800MB/s" MacRumors 9:11 AM
  • "This ultra-wide monitor could be the perfect companion for your MacBook" TrustedReviews 8:26 AM
  • "Restaurant Apps for iOS" AppAdvice 8:26 AM
  • "The DART-C is a compact, easy-to-use charger for USB-C laptops" Apple World Today 8:16 AM
  • "Elegant RSS client Reeder 3 for iPhone, iPad & Mac goes free, is Reeder 4 on the way?" iDownload Blog 7:59 AM
  • "You can now sign into a Microsoft Account with an Apple Watch, no password required" The Verge 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Music is testing Android Auto support" The Verge 9:11 AM
  • "Apple Music for Android gaining Android Auto support, search by lyrics, Friends Mix & more" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Music Android Beta Includes Support for Android Auto" MacTrast 7:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Windows zero-day vulnerability disclosed through Twitter" ZDNet 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft is the right company to build the 'Netflix of gaming': Traditional consoles won't go anywhere without big investments in streaming. One company is well-positioned to make it happen." Fast Company 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft OneDrive will use AI to make searchable video transcripts: It'll also recommend files based on your work habits." Engadget 8:26 PM
  • "New Microsoft 365 Content Storage Features Apply AI, Machine Learning" eWeek 8:49 PM
  • "Core i7-9700K leak shows it hitting 5.5GHz on all eight cores using water cooling: Resulting in some impressive Cinebench scores" TechSpot 7:47 AM
  • "Report: Intel's 9th Gen Chip Prices Leak/The prices for Intel's 9th generation processors have started leaking online, and they are nowhere near as high as you'd expect for the chip giant's highest-performance eight core chips (assuming these are the actual prices)." PC Magazine 7:47 AM
  • "Intel launches Whiskey and Amber Lakes: Kaby Lake with better Wi-Fi, USB/Intel upgrades the integrated chipset, but the rest of the processor is the same." Ars Technica 8:50 PM
  • "Intel Rounds Out 8th-Gen With Chips for Super Cheap, Super Thin Laptops" Gizmodo 8:26 PM
  • "Ryzen boss Jim Anderson is the fourth exec to leave AMD, and for once Intel had nothing to do with it" PCGamesN 7:21 AM
  • "AMD Slashes Threadripper Prices, Get a 12-Core for $466: AMD's Ryzen Threadripper chips are designed for high-performance desktop PCs and now the first-generation processors are being offered at bargain prices." PC Magazine 8:49 PM
  • "AMD sees a shakeup in leadership as Senior VP of Computing and Graphics leaves" KitGuru 7:21 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon Pro V340 is a dual-GPU card for data centres: The graphics card could help power game streaming services" The Inquirer 7:14 AM
  • "AMD Radeon 18.8.2 driver out now, includes Strange Brigade and F1 2018 support" Neowin 7:01 AM
  • "Nvidia 399.07 WHQL drivers deliver Battlefield V beta, PES 2019 optimizations and more" Neowin 7:15 AM
  • "HPE tops Q3 estimates, CFO Stonesifer to step down" ZDNet 8:26 PM
  • "HP Inc. (HPQ)FORM 10-Q | Quarterly Report" Seeking Alpha 4:56 PM
  • "GlobalFoundries puts 7nm on indefinite hold" bit-tech 7:46 AM
  • "GlobalFoundries Radically Restructures, Kills 7nm, Spins off ASIC Design Team" ExtremeTech 7:21 AM
  • "Continuous innovation, using tech 'superpowers' for good: VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger reflects on the company's legacy of the past 20 years, and its imperative for the future" Computerworld New Zealand 7:03 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq finish at records for third straight session as consumer confidence hits 18-year high: Dow exited a lengthy stint in correction territory Monday" MarketWatch 5:15 PM
  • "Stocks Eke Out Gains as Trade Tensions Ease: Stocks rose slightly Tuesday with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq setting closing highs for a third day as trade tension fears took a breather." TheStreet 5:15 PM
  • "Stocks Rise Slightly as U.S., Mexico Near Trade Deal: The Dow industrials and Nasdaq edge 0.1% and .02% respectively" [Paid Membership Required] 5:16 PM
  • "Stocks Mixed as U.S., Mexico Near Trade Deal: The Dow industrials edge 0.1% higher while Nasdaq remains unchanged" [Paid Membership Required] 12:28 PM
  • "European stocks fight for gains amid euro strength; Italy pressured: U.K,. metal and mining stocks jump" MarketWatch 8:28 AM
  • "Asian stocks surge, then fade over U.S. trade news: Nikkei led by exporters; markets in China tread water" MarketWatch 8:28 AM

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