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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, December 7, 2018


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  • "Two important ways Apple is preparing for life after the iPhone: Apple's forward-looking nature makes it well prepared for any future."  Macworld 7:44 AM
  • "Apple supplier Broadcom suggests older iPhones are in demand: The comments suggest Apple has seen strong sales of older iPhone models. Other suppliers have indicated weaker demand for the latest iPhone lineup."  Bloomberg 8:30 AM
  • "Apple buys British music business Platoon" Telegraph 8:24 AM
  • "Apple acquires startup co-founded by iTunes Festival boss" Cult of Mac 8:08 AM
  • "Apple acquired Platoon, a platform for musicians to create and distribute work" TechCrunch 9:31 AM
  • "Commentators weigh in on whether Apple can 'defy gravity' in a declining smartphone market" 9to5Mac 8:08 AM
  • "What to do when the Mac App Store says 'Update Unavailable with This Apple ID': You may see this even when you haven't changed your Apple ID when downloading or purchasing apps on your Mac." Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "How to set up your 2018 Mac mini as the ultimate macOS gaming hub: You can really get into computer gaming with the help of a Mac mini!" iMore 8:06 AM
  • "A quick keyboard setting for longer MacBook battery life" CNET 1:39 PM
  • "How to Connect a Mac to Bluetooth Speaker" OS X Daily 1:10 PM
  • "Adding a Watermark To Pages Documents" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from October and November 2018" Macworld 7:44 AM
Press Releases
  • "DiRT 4, the award-winning rally driving game, coming to Mac" 9to5Mac 10:41 AM
  • "Password Repository 4.1, rock solid native password manager for macOS and iOS" Ecleti 7:58 AM
  • "Qoppa's Free PDF Reader, Annotator, Form Filler on Mac App Store" prMac 7:46 AM
  • "ActivityTracker (the app), Track All-Day Activity on Android and iPhone" Bits&Coffee 7:26 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple scoops up CEO of Mango Health, a start-up that helps people keep track of their medications"  CNBC 2:44 PM
  • "Apple Store app sends rare push notification to promote new iPhone models" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Apple sends out notification pushing iPhone users to upgrade" ["This was sent out to people on Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program, so it's not really breaking Apple's own App Store rules stating that apps should not send unsolicited spam to customers. However, it's also not the kind of soft sell we'd usually expect from Apple."] Cult of Mac 7:46 AM
  • "ECG feature in Apple Watch is already saving lives" AppleInsider 2:38 PM
  • "Apple Watch user discovers A-fib heart issue with new ECG app, 'this probably saved you,' says doctor" 9to5Mac 3:50 PM
  • "Apple-Qualcomm battle nearing an end 'one way or another,' says Qualcomm president" Yahoo Finance 8:51 AM
  • "Australia Passes Controversial Encryption Bill Despite Opposition From Apple and Other Tech Companies" MacRumors 8:09 AM
  • "Australia's Controversial And Draconian Encryption Law Could Mean Jail Time For Tech Employees" HotHardware 3:47 PM
  • "T-Mobile is about to launch its own eSIM app for iPhone XS and XR" BGR 8:54 AM
  • "Verizon switches on eSIMs for owners of iPhone XS, XS Max & XR" AppleInsider 3:21 PM
  • "Apple removes war simulation game from App Store for using Taliban as enemies" 9to5Mac 10:41 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Tony Hawk Fanboys For Life – The TouchArcade Show #379" Touch Arcade 8:58 PM
  • "Qualcomm lays off 269 employees in North Carolina and California" TechCrunch 5:36 PM
  • "Ajit Pai Just Got His Second 'Courage' Award of the Year" Gizmodo 5:33 PM
  • "Alexa is teaching itself to get better at understanding what you mean" BGR 5:08 PM
  • "OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Leaks With Speed Orange Highlights And 10GB RAM" HotHardware 3:46 PM
  • "FCC investigating whether carriers gave inaccurate information on rural coverage maps" The Verge 2:38 PM
  • "China's Huawei pledges to address security issues raised by Britain: sources" Reuters 9:33 AM
  • "Huawei welcome in France, sensitive investments can be blocked: French minister" Reuters 9:33 AM
  • "Europe should be afraid of Huawei, EU tech official says" Reuters 9:33 AM
  • "Sen. Mark Warner Says Chinese Mobile App Companies Are A National Security Risk" BuzzFeed News 9:32 AM
  • "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things/AI and machine learning can turn 'Smart' cities' mountain of data into lifesaving insights." Ars Technica 7:57 AM
  • "Should Zuckerberg Go, Tumblr Death Spiral, Wall Street and Apple -with Chuck Joiner: ACM 491" The Mac Observer 4:40 PM
  • "MacVoices #18234: Holiday Gift Guide #6" MacVoices 1:17 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 202: Apple Music coming to Echo, iPhone XR clear case, Apple Watch ECG launch" 9to5Mac 9:34 AM
  • "Qualcomm, Michael Simmons on DJay, Ron Johnson on Steve Jobs, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:08 AM
  • "#82: No! This Is Terrible! Qualcomm rolls out 5G cellular networking at a Hawaiian resort; Tumblr bans sexual imagery and nudity; Apple fails emoji biology; and streaming services consider inserting ads into paused video." Relay FM: Download 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Is Apparently Working On Official iPhone XS Smart Battery Case" Redmond Pie 10:47 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Prepping New Smart Battery Case For iPhone XS And iPhone XR" HotHardware 3:47 PM
  • "Linus Henze releases Safari-centric exploit targeting iOS 12.1 and earlier" iDownload Blog 11:08 AM
  • "iPhone assembler Pegatron may move to Indonesia over tariff fears" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "TSMC to build new 8-inch fab capacity" DigiTimes 7:53 AM
  • "Why Did My iCloud Photos Appear... Then Disappear?" Lifehacker 9:34 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:41 AM

  • "Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2018) review: Power never looked so good" IT PRO (UK) 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Mac Mini (2018) review: Apple's smallest desktop system gets a long-overdue upgrade" IT PRO (UK) 8:30 AM
  • "Can the 2018 Mac mini with an eGPU compete with the 'Big Dogs' running Pro Apps?" Bare Feats 11:32 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR camera review: Top-ranked single-lens phone" DXOMark 7:41 AM
  • "Luna Display Turns an iPad into a Responsive Mac Screen" TidBITS 5:43 PM
  • "Exclusive: First look at unreleased Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, three models and 2018 release possible" 9to5Mac 1:39 PM
  • "Review: iPhone XR Clear Case - is it worth the premium price? [Video] 9to5Mac 7:34 PM
  • "Review: IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O" iLounge 1:39 PM
  • "Review: PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer" iLounge 3:58 PM
  • "Hands-On: Belkin's USB-C to HDMI Adapter for the 2018 iPad Pro" MacStories 12:04 PM
  • "Review: iOttie iTap 2 mounts offer seamless and functional magnetic iPhone in-car solutions" 9to5Mac 5:33 PM
  • "Toast touchscreen gloves keeps you connected in bitter cold" Cult of Mac 9:31 AM
  • "'Cold hands, warm heart': with Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves, I can have both" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "Organize Apple Power Adapter Clutter With A Fuse Side Winder" MacPrices 7:25 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Video: hands-on with ECG testing on Apple Watch Series 4" iDownload Blog 3:12 PM
  • "What's new in watchOS 5.1.2 [Video] 9to5Mac 11:21 AM
  • "Hands on with the new features in watchOS 5.1.2" AppleInsider 11:15 AM
  • "How To Use Apple Watch Series 4 ECG Feature" Redmond Pie 5:32 PM
  • "How to get the best ECG readings on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 2:38 PM
  • "How to Set Up Your Apple Watch's New ECG App" Lifehacker 12:42 PM
  • "How iOS developers can build better apps: I've put together a few ideas for people thinking about making an iOS app." Computerworld 11:07 AM
  • "How to unblock a caller on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Watch 4's ECG heart monitor feature is live, here's how to use it" The Next Web 7:53 AM
  • "What does an inconclusive ECG result mean on Apple Watch?" 9to5Mac 11:10 AM
  • "10 Handy iPhone Shortcuts to Automate Everyday Tasks" MakeUseOf 8:29 AM
  • "How to check how many battery cycles is your Apple iPhone battery on" phoneArena 8:29 AM
  • "The Many Joys and Trials of Living in Apple's Ecosystem" The Mac Observer 2:35 PM
  • "So, it looks like Apple's innovating a new music business" Apple Must 12:34 PM
  • "A 17-year-old just designed an iPhone lock screen that might be better than Apple's" BGR 9:41 AM
  • "Microsoft is right; the iPad is a kid's toy: In its latest ad, Microsoft doesn't pull its punches when it comes to criticizing the iPad, slamming it for not being a 'real computer.' And Microsoft is right."  ZDNet 9:41 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, And Google Can Reduce The Cost Of Groceries: Here's How" Forbes 9:34 AM
  • "Your Apple Products Are Getting More Expensive. Here's How They Get Away With It." Slashdot 9:34 AM
  • "Washington Post: Being loyal to Apple is getting expensive." The Loop 8:55 AM
  • "When defending against standard-essential patents, beware of standard-essential utility models" Foss Patents 8:08 AM
  • "Does Apple's Partnership with iHeartMedia Make Sense?" Market Realist 7:53 AM
  • "Say goodbye? I say Allo: A brief look at the past, present, and future of Google messaging" 9to5Google 2:49 PM
  • "Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster" PCWorld 8:07 AM
  • "The Empress of Facebook: My Befuddling Dinner With Sheryl Sandberg" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:07 AM
  • "I Received A Bogus IRS Email: Here's How To Tell And What To Do If It Happens To You" Forbes 8:07 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Teen Titans GO! Figure' Update with Multiplayer and the Legion of Doom Now Available" Touch Arcade 4:43 PM
  • "Unc0ver Jailbreak Resources package updated to version 0.11 to fix jailed state bug" iDownload Blog 3:58 PM
  • "Elago's New 'W5 Stand' Turns Your Apple Watch Into an Original Nintendo Game Boy" MacRumors 2:35 PM
  • "Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile" TechCrunch 1:10 PM
  • "Apple updates WWDC app for 2018 iPad Pros, 3D Touch and widget included" 9to5Mac 1:10 PM
  • "Apple's sleep tracking company Beddit releases new '3.5' sleep monitorĀ " 9to5Mac 11:09 AM
  • "Apple Begins Selling New Beddit 3.5 Sleep Monitor" MacRumors 10:40 AM
  • "The best toys and coding kits to give as gifts" Engadget 9:34 AM
  • "Here are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2" AppleInsider 8:29 AM
  • "Speed PRO+ 2.5 adds a huge iOS12 upgrade and support for all iOS devices" prMac 7:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft: Unregulated Facial Recognition Risks 1984-Like Future" PC Magazine 4:50 PM
  • "Microsoft sounds an alarm over facial recognition technology" The Verge 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft is worried facial recognition tech will erode civil liberties" Fast Company 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft: Here's why we need AI facial-recognition laws right now" ZDNet 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft says it is time for government regulation of facial recognition" BetaNews 12:18 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls for building Artificial Intelligence responsibly" PTI 8:28 AM
  • "The Technology 202: Microsoft's Brad Smith says other tech companies need to get behind a facial recognition law, too" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft Calls Government Regulation For Facial Recognition" CDR Info 8:31 AM
  • "Google, Microsoft Demand AI, Facial Recognition Rules" PYMNTS 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'" The Register 8:22 AM
  • "Microsoft Re-Releases Update KB4023057 Preparing PCs for Windows 10 Version 1809: Windows 10 version 1809 likely pushed to more devices" Softpedia 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft Pulls Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4467682 Due to BSODs: The update caused fatal crashes on the Surface Book 2" Softpedia 8:25 AM
  • "Windows 10 Version 1809 Bug Fixed, Upgrade Blocked Until Patch Is Installed: Morphisec and Cisco release patches for their software" Softpedia 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft fixes lots of issues with Windows 10 October 2018 Update KB4469342" Guru3D 8:24 AM
  • "You may be happy about Microsoft's adoption of Chromium, but Mozilla thinks it is bad for competition" BetaNews 12:19 PM
  • "Edge goes Chromium, and open source wins the browser wars" ZDNet 12:17 PM
  • "Mozilla: Why Microsoft Edge's switch to Google's Chromium is bad news" ZDNet 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft is embracing Chromium, bringing Edge to Windows 7, Windows 8, and macOS" VentureBeat 8:44 AM
  • "How Microsoft Plays Down the Failure of Microsoft Edge: 'We're just making the web better,' it says" Softpedia 8:33 AM
  • "Three Questions Microsoft Needs to Answer About Its New Windows 10 Browser: Microsoft is developing its very own Chromium browser" Softpedia 8:29 AM
  • "Mozilla is deeply concerned about Microsoft killing EdgeHTML" The Next Web 8:31 AM
  • "Mozilla Not Happy That Microsoft Is Building a Google Chrome Browser: Because what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger" Softpedia 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge is real, and it's coming to the Mac" Mashable 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft to ditch Edge for Chromium-based replacement" bit-tech 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft confirms Edge to adopt open source Chromium code" Hexus 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft to Launch Microsoft Edge Browser on Windows 7: As the company makes the switch to the Chromium engine" Softpedia 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft Confirms It's Building Its Own Google Chrome Browser: Microsoft Edge will switch to the Chromium engine" Softpedia 8:23 AM
  • "IBM selling Lotus Notes/Domino business to HCL for $1.8B" TechCrunch 8:59 PM
  • "IBM's Paul Farrell: 'Creating a culture of innovation is about being open'" SiliconRepublic 8:13 AM
  • "HCL Tech's $1.8-bn deal with IBM throws more questions than answers" MoneyControl 8:12 AM
  • "BUZZ-India's HCL Technologies hits 5-mth low; co to acquire IBM software products" Reuters 8:12 AM
  • "HCL Technologies to acquire select IBM software products for $1.8 billion in an all-cash deal" First Post 8:11 AM
  • "IBM sells software assets for $ 1.8 billion" Borsen 8:11 AM
  • "Corporate India needs to accelerate on risk management: Experts" MoneyControl 8:02 AM
  • "The path to cloud security goes through integration" InfoWorld 8:50 AM
  • "How to become a transformative enterprise in the cloud" InfoWorld 8:50 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Morgan Stanley cuts Apple stock price target over weak Chinese iPhone demand" AppleInsider 9:34 AM
  • "Morgan Stanley trims Apple price target to $236" Apple 3.0 10:42 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow closes down 550 points as stocks post biggest weekly fall since March: Benchmarks off to worst December start since 2008" MarketWatch 4:56 PM
  • "Dow Falls For Third Day, Loses 4.4% in Week on Jobs Report, Trade Fears: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the other major indices traded sharply lower Friday following a U.S. jobs report that was weaker than expected." TheStreet 4:55 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: US stocks dive again, extending losses" Associated Press 4:55 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks End Week With A Slide: Indexes fall more than 4% for the week as Dow industrials lose about 559 points on the day" [Paid Membership Required] 4:54 PM
  • "Asian markets inch forward amid U.S.-China friction: Nikkei up slightly; Tech Stocks bounce back after Thursday's selloff" MarketWatch 8:31 AM
  • "European stocks log worst session in 2 Ā½-years on slumping oil prices, Huawei fallout: Germany's Dax enters bear market" MarketWatch 8:31 AM

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