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MacSurfer's Archive: Sunday, December 9, 2018


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Tuesday Highlights: Lawsuit between Apple and "former chip executive-turned-rival" will be "groundbreaking"; and Reuters sources say Apple scrapped plan for end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups after FBI objection; Tim Cook believes AR will be pervasive through everything we do; Siri may become what we've hoped for with acquisition; The Register says Apple's Swift "suffered some setbacks in its quest for ubiquity since Apple released it under an open-source license"; Gartner foresees rapid growth in 5G smartphones from 2020; alleged iPhone 12 Pro leak video from YouTuber EverythingApplePro.

  • "Apple's iPhone XR isn't selling? I went to Best Buy to find out: The rumors are flying. So I tried to get some objective information."  ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Apple's CEO Shares Magazine Cover Taken By The iPhone" UberGizmo 9:15 PM
  • "Apple rings in holidays with Beer Bash featuring Idina Menzel, Toys for Tots drive: Apple employees on Friday participated in a pair of yearly traditions at the company's One Infinite Loop campus in California, donating goods to the Toys for Tots Program before enjoying a Beer Bash performance featuring Idina Menzel."  AppleInsider 12/8
  • "Survey claims that 'purchase intent' for new iPhones is at a 5-year low"  BGR 12/8
  • "Apple acquires music company Platoon to bolster original music" Mashable 12/8
  • "Apple's Latest Purchase Gives a Platform to Unsigned Musicians" Fortune 12/8
  • "Hey Tim Cook, there's a simple solution to your iPhone sales problem"  Business Insider 12/8
  • "Google Chrome Will Support Dark Mode in macOS Mojave by Early 2019" MacRumors 9:15 PM
  • "Rebuilt Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will work on Mac" Inquirer 7:49 AM
  • "WebKit Vulnerability Affects Latest Versions of Apple Safari" Bleeping Computer 12/8
  • "Hands on: Must-have Mac audio tool Loopback reworked with major visual changes"  AppleInsider 11:33 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 12/7
  • "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 12/7
  • "A quick keyboard setting for longer MacBook battery life" CNET 12/7
  • "How to Connect a Mac to Bluetooth Speaker" OS X Daily 12/7
  • "Adding a Watermark To Pages Documents" MacMost 12/7
  • "Creating Flow with OmniFocus 3" Macdrifter 9:40 AM
  • "How Microsoft killing Edge could help kill native apps: The end of EdgeHTML as a sign of the Electron-apocalypse." iMore 12/8
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from October and November 2018" Macworld 12/7
Press Releases
  • "Cisdem Video Converter Adds Supported Sites to Video Download Function" prMac 12/8
  • "DiRT 4, the award-winning rally driving game, coming to Mac" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Password Repository 4.1, rock solid native password manager for macOS and iOS" Ecleti 12/7
  • "Qoppa's Free PDF Reader, Annotator, Form Filler on Mac App Store" prMac 12/7
  • "ActivityTracker (the app), Track All-Day Activity on Android and iPhone" Bits&Coffee 12/7
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone XS & XR adoption significantly lower than last year's models, data shows" 9to5Mac 12/8
  • "The Apple Watch's new ECG app is already saving lives" BGR 12/8
  • "Apple scoops up CEO of Mango Health, a start-up that helps people keep track of their medications"  CNBC 12/7
  • "Apple Store app sends rare push notification to promote new iPhone models" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "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 12/7
  • "ECG feature in Apple Watch is already saving lives" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "Apple Watch user discovers A-fib heart issue with new ECG app, 'this probably saved you,' says doctor" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Apple-Qualcomm battle nearing an end 'one way or another,' says Qualcomm president" Yahoo Finance 12/7
  • "Australia Passes Controversial Encryption Bill Despite Opposition From Apple and Other Tech Companies" MacRumors 12/7
  • "Australia's Controversial And Draconian Encryption Law Could Mean Jail Time For Tech Employees" HotHardware 12/7
  • "T-Mobile is about to launch its own eSIM app for iPhone XS and XR" BGR 12/7
  • "Verizon switches on eSIMs for owners of iPhone XS, XS Max & XR" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "Apple removes war simulation game from App Store for using Taliban as enemies" 9to5Mac 12/7
Non-Apple News
  • "'Digital museum' brings millions of fossils out of the dark" BBC 2:21 PM
  • "Malicious sites abuse 11-year-old Firefox bug that Mozilla failed to fix: Bug dealt with in Chrome and Edge, but still a problem for Firefox users." ZDNet 12/8
  • "FCC Investigates Wireless Carriers For Allegedly Lying About Rural Coverage" HotHardware 12/8
  • "Huawei CFO faces fraud accusations from US in Canadian bail hearing: Meng Wanzhou could face up to 30 years behind bars." Engadget 12/8
  • "Facebook fears more secret documents have been leaked" Telegraph 12/8
  • "Tony Hawk Fanboys For Life – The TouchArcade Show #379" Touch Arcade 12/7
  • "Qualcomm lays off 269 employees in North Carolina and California" TechCrunch 12/7
  • "Ajit Pai Just Got His Second 'Courage' Award of the Year" Gizmodo 12/7
  • "Alexa is teaching itself to get better at understanding what you mean" BGR 12/7
  • "OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Leaks With Speed Orange Highlights And 10GB RAM" HotHardware 12/7
  • "FCC investigating whether carriers gave inaccurate information on rural coverage maps" The Verge 12/7
  • "China's Huawei pledges to address security issues raised by Britain: sources" Reuters 12/7
  • "Huawei welcome in France, sensitive investments can be blocked: French minister" Reuters 12/7
  • "Europe should be afraid of Huawei, EU tech official says" Reuters 12/7
  • "Sen. Mark Warner Says Chinese Mobile App Companies Are A National Security Risk" BuzzFeed News 12/7
  • "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 12/7
  • "The Incomparable #436: Most Important Chimpanzee" Six Colors 10:52 AM
  • "Coming December 8: Gene Steinberg meets security guru Jason Lang and industry analyst Stephen Baker, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:44 AM
  • "Should Zuckerberg Go, Tumblr Death Spiral, Wall Street and Apple -with Chuck Joiner: ACM 491" The Mac Observer 12/7
  • "MacVoices #18234: Holiday Gift Guide #6" MacVoices 12/7
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 202: Apple Music coming to Echo, iPhone XR clear case, Apple Watch ECG launch" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Qualcomm, Michael Simmons on DJay, Ron Johnson on Steve Jobs, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "#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 12/7
  • "Next year's iPhones tipped to look a lot like this year's iPhones: A design refresh planned for 2020"  TechRadar UK 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Is Apparently Working On Official iPhone XS Smart Battery Case" Redmond Pie 12/7
  • "Apple Reportedly Prepping New Smart Battery Case For iPhone XS And iPhone XR" HotHardware 12/7
  • "Linus Henze releases Safari-centric exploit targeting iOS 12.1 and earlier" iDownload Blog 12/7
  • "iPhone assembler Pegatron may move to Indonesia over tariff fears" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "TSMC to build new 8-inch fab capacity" DigiTimes 12/7
  • "5 reasons your Macbook keeps restarting and how to fix the issue" Digital Trends 7:38 PM
  • "Apple iOS 12.1.1 Release Has A Nasty Surprise" Forbes 12/8
  • "Why Did My iCloud Photos Appear... Then Disappear?" Lifehacker 12/7
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/7
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/7

  • "iPhone XR Review: The iPhone You Should Buy In 2018" Know Your Mobile 7:37 PM
  • "Decision time: Choosing between the 11-inch versus the 12.9-inch iPad Pros/Just $200 separates the 11-inch and 12-inch 2018 iPad Pros. This is a fairly narrow gap, and we've been told it's a hard call —so AppleInsider is here to help." AppleInsider 7:27 PM
  • "iPad Pro test: Is this tablet superhero ready to replace your laptop?" The Star: Malaysia 12/8
  • "Apple's New MacBook Air Vs. Dell XPS 13: Head-To-Head/The CRN Test Center compares Apple's refreshed MacBook Air with Dell's XPS 13 redesign for 2018." CRN 12/8
  • "Review: The MacBook Pro with Vega 20 ups the ante of performance and price/The i9 MacBook Pro is a feat of engineering and design that Apple has carried forward for the last three models, but choices made at the inception of the line are echoing forward to today, cutting back a very little bit on what the computer could be."  AppleInsider 12/8
  • "Shure RMCE-BT2 High-Resolution Bluetooth 5 Earphone Communication Cable review" The Gadgeteer 12/8
  • "Apple MacBook Pro 15in (2018) review: Power never looked so good" IT PRO (UK) 12/7
  • "Apple Mac Mini (2018) review: Apple's smallest desktop system gets a long-overdue upgrade" IT PRO (UK) 12/7
  • "Can the 2018 Mac mini with an eGPU compete with the 'Big Dogs' running Pro Apps?" Bare Feats 12/7
  • "Apple iPhone XR camera review: Top-ranked single-lens phone" DXOMark 12/7
  • "Luna Display Turns an iPad into a Responsive Mac Screen" TidBITS 12/7
  • "Exclusive: First look at unreleased Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, three models and 2018 release possible" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Review: iPhone XR Clear Case - is it worth the premium price? [Video] 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Review: IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O" iLounge 12/7
  • "Review: PhoneSoap 3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer" iLounge 12/7
  • "Hands-On: Belkin's USB-C to HDMI Adapter for the 2018 iPad Pro" MacStories 12/7
  • "Review: iOttie iTap 2 mounts offer seamless and functional magnetic iPhone in-car solutions" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Toast touchscreen gloves keeps you connected in bitter cold" Cult of Mac 12/7
  • "'Cold hands, warm heart': with Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves, I can have both" Apple World Today 12/7
  • "Organize Apple Power Adapter Clutter With A Fuse Side Winder" MacPrices 12/7
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Taking Notes on an iPad with LiquidText" Macdrifter 10:28 AM
  • "Video: hands-on with ECG testing on Apple Watch Series 4" iDownload Blog 12/7
  • "What's new in watchOS 5.1.2 [Video] 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Hands on with the new features in watchOS 5.1.2" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "How to eject a CD or DVD that is stuck in your Mac" Apple Must 12:57 PM
  • "How to make a purchase with Apple Pay and Apple Watch: You can spend money in stores just by using your Apple Watch thanks to Apple Pay. Let's do this." iMore 12/8
  • "How to turn off notifications on Apple Watch: Sometimes, you might want to ditch those notifications on your Apple Watch and be free. Here are the ways to do it." iMore 12/8
  • "How To Use Apple Watch Series 4 ECG Feature" Redmond Pie 12/7
  • "How to get the best ECG readings on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "How to Set Up Your Apple Watch's New ECG App" Lifehacker 12/7
  • "How iOS developers can build better apps: I've put together a few ideas for people thinking about making an iOS app." Computerworld 12/7
  • "Apple Watch 4's ECG heart monitor feature is live, here's how to use it" The Next Web 12/7
  • "The 25 Best Apple Watch Series 4 Tips and Tricks" iPhone Hacks 9:16 PM
  • "10 Handy iPhone Shortcuts to Automate Everyday Tasks" MakeUseOf 12/8
  • "The WIRED guide to the best gifts for geeks this Christmas: Stop the search. From gaming to booze, we've rounded up the best Christmas gifts for geeks and tech-heads" Wired UK 12/8
  • "Should you leave your smartphone charger plugged in all the time? Most of us do it, but how much money are we wasting by leaving our smartphone chargers: not to mention all the other chargers we have and use these days: plugged in 24/7? How much power are they wasting? Are they safe?" ZDNet 12/8
  • "What does an inconclusive ECG result mean on Apple Watch?" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "10 Handy iPhone Shortcuts to Automate Everyday Tasks" MakeUseOf 12/7
  • "How to check how many battery cycles is your Apple iPhone battery on" phoneArena 12/7
  • "50 Years In Tech. Part 12: Cupertino Culture Trouble" Monday Note 3:53 PM
  • "Squid Expert on Apple's Tortured Squid Emoji: It's Like 'Having a Butt on Your Forehead'" Gizmodo 9:33 AM
  • "Look who just discovered Apple's subscription story: Three years after Tim Cook began selling Apple as a services business, Barron's is starting to buy it." Apple 3.0 8:20 AM
  • "If the Apple Watch 5 looks like this, it's definitely worth waiting to upgrade: Unfortunately, you'll need to upgrade your straps" T3 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's New Map: Has Apple closed the gap with Google's map?" Justin O'Beirne 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's Sitting Out the 5G Party — It's the Right Move" Tom's Guide 12/8
  • "Aggressive new in-store iPhone marketing clouds Apple's retail message" 9to5Mac 12/8
  • "Analyst expects iPhone sales to drop next year, predicts no big redesign" phoneArena 12/8
  • "The great Silicon Valley divide: Apple vs. Facebook/Betwixt and between two mountains of revenue." Apple 3.0 12/8
  • "Looking back at 2018: Why I changed my mind about the Apple Watch's data plan/It turns out, I've found value in having the cellular plan activated on my Apple Watch." ZDNet 12/8
  • "The Many Joys and Trials of Living in Apple's Ecosystem" The Mac Observer 12/7
  • "So, it looks like Apple's innovating a new music business" Apple Must 12/7
  • "A 17-year-old just designed an iPhone lock screen that might be better than Apple's" BGR 12/7
  • "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 12/7
  • "Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, And Google Can Reduce The Cost Of Groceries: Here's How" Forbes 12/7
  • "Your Apple Products Are Getting More Expensive. Here's How They Get Away With It." Slashdot 12/7
  • "Washington Post: Being loyal to Apple is getting expensive." The Loop 12/7
  • "When defending against standard-essential patents, beware of standard-essential utility models" Foss Patents 12/7
  • "Does Apple's Partnership with iHeartMedia Make Sense?" Market Realist 12/7
  • "2018 technology trends that'll matter a decade from now: Here's the year in review viewed through a lens of long-term staying power. What'll matter in 2028? Let's find out." ZDNet 9:16 PM
  • "5G: What to know, why you should be excited, and how it will impact you" 9to5Mac 7:17 PM
  • "Where is the boundary between your phone and your mind? As our online existences become less distinct from 'real life', experts raise concern about the growing power of big tech" The Guardian 10:29 AM
  • "HP Chromebook x2 review: Gives Surface Pro, Pixel Slate, iPad Pro a run for their money" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Cybercrime and malware, 2019 predictions" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "5G phones are coming. Here's a (probable) list of them: The 5G revolution is nearly upon us. Here's when to expect super-fast 5G phones from top phone makers." CNET 12/8
  • "Amazon Fire TV Recast Review: Stream and record to your heart's content/Amazon makes watching and recording over-the-air easy — so long as you've got a Fire TV device." iMore 12/8
  • "Say goodbye? I say Allo: A brief look at the past, present, and future of Google messaging" 9to5Google 12/7
  • "Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster" PCWorld 12/7
  • "The Empress of Facebook: My Befuddling Dinner With Sheryl Sandberg" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/7
  • "I Received A Bogus IRS Email: Here's How To Tell And What To Do If It Happens To You" Forbes 12/7
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple now selling a new sleep tracking device"  MSPoweruser 7:53 AM
  • "Apple releases its first Beddit sleep monitoring device: Cupertino acquired the company in 2017." Engadget 12/8
  • "'Teen Titans GO! Figure' Update with Multiplayer and the Legion of Doom Now Available" Touch Arcade 12/7
  • "Unc0ver Jailbreak Resources package updated to version 0.11 to fix jailed state bug" iDownload Blog 12/7
  • "Elago's New 'W5 Stand' Turns Your Apple Watch Into an Original Nintendo Game Boy" MacRumors 12/7
  • "Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile" TechCrunch 12/7
  • "Apple updates WWDC app for 2018 iPad Pros, 3D Touch and widget included" 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Apple's sleep tracking company Beddit releases new '3.5' sleep monitor " 9to5Mac 12/7
  • "Apple Begins Selling New Beddit 3.5 Sleep Monitor" MacRumors 12/7
  • "The best toys and coding kits to give as gifts" Engadget 12/7
  • "Here are all the receivers and speakers that are getting AirPlay 2" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "Speed PRO+ 2.5 adds a huge iOS12 upgrade and support for all iOS devices" prMac 12/7
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft makeover: How Satya Nadella turned around the fortune of software giant" Financial Express 7:53 AM
  • "Xbox One news: Shock Xbox One X reveal means great news for Microsoft/SHOCK news regarding the Xbox One X gives Microsoft and Xbox gamers around the world a massive boost." Express UK 7:50 AM
  • "Yes, the New Microsoft Edge Will Support Chrome Extensions" Thurrott 6:51 PM
  • "Dell Inspiron 7572 Review: Aims to be an all-rounder" BGR India 7:46 AM
  • "Dell EMC PowerEdge R340 Launched with up to 8x SSDs" Serve The Home 7:48 AM
  • "Intel Confident In Its 10nm And 7nm EUV Process Tech For Future Core And Xeon CPUs" HotHardware 6:51 PM
  • "Intel's Arctic Sound graphics card: Everything you need to know/Intel's dedicated GPU is not far off: here's what we know" Digital Trends 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Warns We Need To Regulate AI Research To Avoid It Being Abused" Times of India 12/8
  • "Microsoft Surface Go review: It's not the sharpest tool, but the Surface Go does it all for $400" Digital Trends 12/8
  • "Microsoft Details Five New Xbox Game Pass Titles Coming This Month" Thurrott 12/8
  • "How a 'driveway moment' with Microsoft's Brad Smith led to the creation of nonprofit" GeekWire 12/8
  • "Michael Dell's Latest Deal Could Yield a Cheap New Stock" Barron's 12/8
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X, First Zen 2 Based 7nm Desktop Processors Teased" WCCFTech 12/8
  • "AMD Affiliate Teases Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 5 3600X" eTeknix 12/8
  • "AMD Navi 10 Radeon GPU Rumored To Launch In 2H 2019 To Take On GeForce RTX 2080" HotHardware 12/8
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "4 Facts About Apple's Fastest-Growing Catalyst/Hint: It's not the tech giant's services business." The Motley Fool 7:04 PM
  • "Morgan Stanley cuts Apple stock price target over weak Chinese iPhone demand" AppleInsider 12/7
  • "Morgan Stanley trims Apple price target to $236" Apple 3.0 12/7
Industry News
  • "Dow closes down 550 points as stocks post biggest weekly fall since March: Benchmarks off to worst December start since 2008" MarketWatch 12/7
  • "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 12/7
  • "Markets Right Now: US stocks dive again, extending losses" Associated Press 12/7
  • "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] 12/7
  • "Asian markets inch forward amid U.S.-China friction: Nikkei up slightly; Tech Stocks bounce back after Thursday's selloff" MarketWatch 12/7
  • "European stocks log worst session in 2 ½-years on slumping oil prices, Huawei fallout: Germany's Dax enters bear market" MarketWatch 12/7

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