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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, December 12, 2018


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  • "Apple's 'Netflix for Magazines' Getting a Chilly Reception: Texture is set to evolve into Apple News subscription feature"  Bloomberg 8:06 AM
  • "Apple News Subscription Service Could Launch as Early as Spring 2019" MacRumors 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Suppliers Are Considering Moving iPhone Output if Tariffs Hit 25%"  Bloomberg 8:11 AM
  • "Apple could end up manufacturing iPhones in another country due to tariffs" TechCrunch 8:16 AM
  • "Apple planning to 'sit tight' on Chinese iPhone production unless tariffs spike" AppleInsider 9:05 AM
  • "Report: Apple could relaunch Texture magazine subscription service in spring 2019" Macworld 3:20 PM
  • "Report: iPhone Suppliers Mull Leaving China Over US Tariffs/So far, the Trump administration has avoided imposing tariffs on Chinese-assembled smartphone products. But Apple's suppliers will reportedly consider moving their iPhone factories out of China if tariffs climb to 25 percent." PC Magazine 3:42 PM
  • "Qualcomm's China Ruling Only Applies to iOS 11: Qualcomm's recent legal victory in China comes with a single and debilitating caveat that renders it effectively moot. It only applies to iPhones running iOS 11, the version of the mobile platform that Apple has already replaced. All new iPhones ship with iOS 12."  Thurrott 8:27 AM
  • "Qualcomm says Apple is still selling iPhones in China, breaching court order" CNBC 8:57 AM
  • "These five charts show why Apple's big bet on services just doesn't make any sense"  Business Insider 3:59 PM
  • "Apple's App Store privacy efforts are backfiring big time: Although Apple is trying to position itself as the consumer-privacy-friendly company, some have complained that it is doing it in far too heavy-handed a way."  Computerworld 7:38 AM
  • "Blocs 3 for Mac review: The best simple web design app gets even better" iMore 9:21 AM
  • "Google Smart Lock: The complete guide/Google Smart Lock can simplify security and save you time on Android, Chrome OS, and even Mac and Windows. Are you taking advantage of all it has to offer?" Computerworld 7:38 AM
  • "How to Use One Mac as a Time Machine Destination for Another" The Mac Observer 7:09 AM
  • "Battery Draining with MacOS Mojave? 15 Battery Life Tips to Help" OS X Daily 2:12 PM
  • "How to Open and Close Your Mac" Rixstep 7:08 AM
  • "Why Is My Mac System Storage So Big?" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "macOS Mojave notes discuss iTunes compatibility; APFS vs. HFS+ and issues with backups, booting and free space reporting; Mac Pro FileVault incompatibility; and new compatibility problems for Nvidia GPUs." MacInTouch 7:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft Brings Dark Mode to Office for Mac" Thurrott 8:47 AM
  • "CryptoEdit 2.3 a simple, powerful and secure application to create and edit 'encrypted by default' documents." Ecleti 7:19 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple now has dozens of doctors on staff, showing it's serious about health tech"  CNBC 5:41 PM
  • "Apple now has up to 50 doctors on staff for health tech work, report says: Apple may now have as many as 50 medical doctors spread through the company as it continues to build on the health technologies found in the iPhone, Apple Watch, and HealthKit." AppleInsider 5:41 PM
  • "New Apple Watch Saving Lives One Week After Getting AKG Feature"  Digital Trends 8:47 AM
  • "iPhone XS and XS Max are lagging in sales rank, big time" Thinknum 2:12 PM
  • "Year in review 2018: Apple's year of predictable updates and high prices/In both hardware and software, Apple spent most of 2018 delivering much-needed updates that play it safe." Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Atlanta could get super-sized flagship Apple Store" Cult of Mac 1:26 PM
  • "Sony Pictures Casting Executive Tamara Hunter Moves to Apple" Variety 1:04 PM
  • "Apple's Hour of Code workshops delight kids... of all ages!" iMore 2:07 PM
  • "Companies like Target and Gap are fixing one of iPhone-obsessed customers' most annoying thing about shopping in stores" Business Insider 8:47 AM
  • "Google CEO has to tell Congressman who makes the iPhone" Cult of Mac 8:10 AM
  • "After having to explain to Congress that Google doesn't make the iPhone, Google's CEO says it needs to talk with Washington more" Business Insider 2:40 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung's lightweight Notebook 9 Pen is aimed at creators: It packs an 8th-gen Core i7 chip, S Pen and 15 hours of battery life." Engadget 8:59 PM
  • "Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019: The 13- and 15-inch convertibles also sport a familiar blue-and-gold color scheme." Ars Technica 8:59 PM
  • "It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you hackers are targeting 'nuclear, defense, energy, financial' biz" ["Discovered by McAfee and dubbed 'Sharpshooter', the operation has been running since November, largely focusing on US-based or English-speaking companies and agencies around the world with an emphasis on nuclear, defense, energy, and financial businesses."] The Register 3:52 PM
  • "Alexa's latest skill helps patients manage high blood pressure" Digital Trends 2:31 PM
  • "FCC panel wants to tax Internet-using businesses and give the money to ISPs" ["A Federal Communications Commission advisory committee has proposed a new tax on Netflix, Google, Facebook, and many other businesses that require Internet access to operate."] Ars Technica 2:11 PM
  • "Canada frees CFO of China's Huawei on bail; Trump might intervene" Reuters 1:21 PM
  • "Android users can now donate to charities through the Google Play Store" TechCrunch 1:15 PM
  • "This Mom Of A Stillborn Baby Is Calling On Tech Companies To Be More Discerning With Their Ads" BuzzFeed News 1:09 PM
  • "FCC will allow carriers to block spam text messages: There are concerns the ruling will enable censorship, however." Engadget 1:50 PM
  • "FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages" Reuters 1:08 PM
  • "OMG: California regulators consider charge on text messaging" Associated Press 1:08 PM
  • "'Fortnite' Is So Popular It Could End Steam's Decade-Long Dominance" Motherboard 11:07 AM
  • "Some 'Fortnite' players aren't too happy with the new Infinity Blade weapon" Digital Trends 10:44 AM
  • "Google's CEO was grilled about a bizarre YouTube conspiracy theory claiming that Hillary Clinton drinks the blood of children" Business Insider 7:48 AM
  • "Samsung to shut mobile phone plant in China's Tianjin" Reuters 7:23 AM
  • "#272: I'm Aware I'm Beyond Help/Predicting our self-driving car future, what folks we'd hire to complete our technical work, the headphones we use regularly, and the future of the smart home." Relay FM: Clockwise 3:21 PM
  • "Worst Tech of 2018 – What The Tech Ep. 422" Thurrott 2:18 PM
  • "Cloud-hosted Military Data, Password Offenders – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-12" The Mac Observer 1:11 PM
  • "MacVoices Gift Guide #7" MacVoices 10:38 AM
  • "Apple Developing Modem as Chip Efforts Expand: For some time, Apple has been serious about building more wireless components for its own devices, putting its own Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips into the latest Apple Watches and AirPod earbuds."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:36 AM
  • "Future iPhones Could Have Apple-Designed Cellular Modems, But Possibly Not Until 2021" MacRumors 10:35 AM
  • "Apple reportedly developing custom cellular modem for iPhones in-house amid battle with Qualcomm" 9to5Mac 10:35 AM
  • "Apple Job Listing Points To In-House Cellular Modem Bypassing Qualcomm And Intel For Future iPhones" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "2019 iPhones to cost less, become lighter and thinner with Touch-integrated OLED panels from Samsung" Nashville Chatter 9:05 AM
  • "2019 iPhones may use touch-integrated OLED for thinner displays, says questionable report" AppleInsider 11:44 AM
  • "2019 iPhone could integrate touch sensing into OLED screen to become thinner and lighter" iDownload Blog 1:23 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple HomePod Siri Speaker Discounted By $100 For Holiday Deal Shoppers" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "Apple Offering Discounts on HomePod to Apple Music Subscribers" MacRumors 2:38 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM

  • "A look at the Apple Watch's ECG, from someone who needs it: Early impressions about the heart monitoring recently added to the Apple Watch." Ars Technica 3:21 PM
  • "Apple MacBook Air vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 6" Digital Trends 2:31 PM
  • "How to use your iPad Pro as a display for your Mac mini" Cult of Mac 3:21 PM
  • "Comparing the Samsung X5 Thunderbolt 3 SSD versus the G-Drive Mobile SSD & Glyph RAID Atom SSD" AppleInsider 1:25 PM
  • "Review: Nomad leather AirPod Rugged Case" TechCrunch 9:04 AM
  • "Review: iHome iAV2 Speaker System for Amazon Echo Dot" iLounge 3:40 PM
  • "Review: Funxim Wireless Pro In-Table Wireless Charger" iLounge 11:44 AM
  • "Scoshe PowerVolt review: This iPad Pro charger is better than Apple's" Cult of Mac 11:08 AM
  • "Review: Amazon Echo Input is the easiest way to stream media to speakers" TechCrunch 8:14 AM
  • "How to setup and use the Apple Watch ECG app" Apple Must 7:53 AM
  • "How to add two or more SIM cards into your existing iPhone" ZDNet 7:22 AM
  • "7 Apple Watch settings every user should learn" Apple Must 7:08 AM
  • "What to Expect From Apple's Health Monitoring in the Future" The Mac Observer 5:17 PM
  • "Washington Post Story on Apple's Product Prices" Daring Fireball 3:39 PM
  • "Comment: AirPower update likely days away, but we're beyond the good news window" 9to5Mac 1:11 PM
  • "Zacks: Apple may not survive a China trade war" Zacks 9:36 AM
  • "How Big Can Apple's AirPods Business Become?"  Forbes 9:01 AM
  • "Apple Maps Are the Worst Maps (at Least in the UK)" Kirkville 8:31 AM
  • "Comment: LG's latest laptop shows just how lovely a modern 17-inch MacBook Pro could be" 9to5Mac 8:15 AM
  • "Let's face it: The iPhone XS Max is the new iPad mini/The iPad mini is too small for Apple's vision of what an iPad should be. Let's let it go." Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Watch review: the perfect companion for Android phones/With its eye-catching design and seamless functionality, this device ticks all the boxes" Irish Times 8:59 PM
  • "Could light bring us superfast mobile broadband indoors?" BBC 6:58 PM
  • "Can We Please Drive Passwords Into Extinction Now?" Forbes 2:19 PM
  • "It's time to take back your data from Google and Facebook's server farms" The Guardian 1:05 PM
  • "Can Firefox survive in a Google world?" ZDNet 10:35 AM
  • "The rise of the recommendation site: Sites like the Strategist, Wirecutter, and BuzzFeed Reviews want to help you find the best of the best." Vox 7:56 AM
  • "Streaming Isn't Everything, and Blu-Rays Are Back to Prove It" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:39 AM
  • "Google Glass Wasn't a Failure. It Raised Crucial Concerns" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:38 AM
  • "How Verizon's $9bn media bet became virtually worthless" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "Is Tech Too Easy to Use?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:25 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HomeRun for Apple Watch HomeKit control adds support for creating custom complications" 9to5Mac 9:00 PM
  • "Apple Begins Selling LumaForge Shared Servers With Up to 200TB Storage and Prices Up to $50,000" MacRumors 12:05 PM
  • "Former Final Cut Pro X Product Manager Steve Bayes Joins Lumaforge" 10:44 AM
  • "Caviar's combined iPhone XS / Apple Watch fever dream could be yours for $21,050" The Verge 10:35 AM
  • "Algoriddim updates djay for iOS with subscription model" TechCrunch 9:36 AM
  • "Djay 3.0 Debuts as a Free, Universal App with a Subscription Option for Pro Features" MacStories 9:19 AM
  • "Juniper Research: Hearables to Revolutionise Personal Audio With Over 50% of all Wireless Headphones Incorporating Hearable Tech by 2022/Voice assistants, touch sensors and other interface technologies will become the new standard for personal audio in under 5 years." Business Wire 9:17 AM
  • "'Confirmed VPN' iOS/macOS update makes it the first open service with third-party audits, open source code, more" 9to5Mac 9:04 AM
  • "Orderly - Simple To-do lists, gets even simpler, after a big update" prMac 8:47 AM
  • "Google Photos now blocks unsupported video formats from unlimited storage" 9to5Google 8:31 AM
  • "Things 3.8 finally brings Dark Mode to iOS versions" iMore 8:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Could Microsoft's Cloud Business Be Bigger than Windows by 2021?" Market Realist 7:49 AM
  • "Is Windows 10 still telling Microsoft what you're doing even if you don't want it to? Microsoft baffles Windows 10 users by apparently collecting data about recently opened websites and apps when users have opted against sharing that information." ZDNet 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft Admits Normal Windows 10 Users Are 'Testing' Unstable Updates" Forbes 7:18 AM
  • "Is Windows 10 Stealing Your Data? Well, It's Complicated" LAPTOP Magazine 11:43 AM
  • "An Intel Breakthrough Rethinks How Chips Are Made" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:23 AM
  • "Intel's new GPUs show it's slowly getting serious about graphics" The Next Web 1:09 PM
  • "Intel shows off its next big chip plans for 'architecture era'" VentureBeat 8:24 AM
  • "Intel Foveros To Usher In Industry First 3D Stacked System On A Chip Designs" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "Intel Unveils 10nm Sunny Cove CPU Architecture With Gen11 Graphics, Major Performance Lift" HotHardware 8:28 AM
  • "Intel's Architecture Day 2018: The Future of Core, Intel GPUs, 10nm, and Hybrid x86" AnandTech 8:28 AM
  • "Intel unveils Foveros 3D chip stacking and new 10nm 'chiplets'" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory" Ars Technica 8:28 AM
  • "Intel is bringing teraflop integrated graphics to 10nm chips in 2019" Engadget 8:22 AM
  • "Intel plans 'stacked' circuits in bid to regain its chipmaking lead" Reuters 8:27 AM
  • "Intel unveils a groundbreaking way to make 3D chips: 'Foverus' will let Intel stack logic chips on top of each other." Engadget 8:22 AM
  • "Intel unveils a new architecture for 2019: Sunny Cove" Ars Technica 8:28 AM
  • "Dell plans to go public again: Investors vote in favour of VMware deal to take Dell back to the public market" Alphr 1:19 PM
  • "Dell Is Going Public Again: 5 Things You Need To Know" CRN 1:19 PM
  • "Dell XPS 13: The best Linux laptop of 2018" ZDNet 1:21 PM
  • "IBM's protest against the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud dismissed by GAO" Federal Computer Week 3:45 PM
  • "IBM Loses Challenge of Pentagon Cloud Bid Seen Favoring Amazon" Bloomberg Law 1:18 PM
  • "IBM's $34 billion Red Hat acquisition came after deal talks with Microsoft, Google and Amazon, sources say" Business Insider 11:44 AM
  • "IBM and Nvidia announce turnkey AI system: IBM and Nvidia partner again to produce a tower-sized DGX server that combines high-end IBM hardware with Nvidia GPUs and is specific for AI." Network World 1:17 PM
  • "AWS And IBM Want To Move Internet Traffic Off The Ocean Floor And Into Space" Forbes 1:17 PM
  • "IBM Embraces Knative to Drive Serverless Standardization" eWeek 1:18 PM
  • "AMD Files Trademark For Radeon Vega II Logo As It Preps 7nm GPUs" HotHardware 1:16 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2970WX Review & Rating" PC Magazine 1:16 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)FORM 10-K | Annual Report" Seeking Alpha 5:17 PM
  • "Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:22 AM
  • "Oracle is suing the U.S. government over $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud contract process" TechCrunch 2:07 PM
  • "Oracle Launches New Cloud Product to Address Developer Needs" Market Realist 7:49 AM
  • "The rise, fall, and rise of the supercomputer in the cloud era" ZDNet 7:22 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Could Apple's Services Business Hit a Wall Next Year? Just as the tech titan's been telling investors to focus on its services business, growth could decelerate quite a bit." The Motley Fool 8:59 PM
  • "Macquarie slashes Apple stock target price from $222 to $188 over weakness in Services" AppleInsider 8:35 AM
  • "Bloomberg: Our Apple narrative could be wrong" Bloomberg 8:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks rise on U.S.-China trade optimism, but end well off session highs: Huawei executive out on bail, Trump says he'll intervene if needed" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Soars on Signs of Progress in U.S.-China Trade Discussions: Stocks soared as investors cheer progress in U.S.-China trade talks and after a report says China is planning a new program that promises greater access for foreign companies." TheStreet 3:55 PM
  • "Dow closes up triple digits as US-China trade tensions ease" FOXBusiness 3:55 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rebound on Trade-Talk Progress: Warming of U.S.-China relations reassures investors" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Japan, Hong Kong lead big Asia stock rebound" MarketWatch 8:36 AM
  • "Solid gains for Europe markets as oil climbs, U.S.-China trade optimism grows: Inditex among big decliners after results disappoint" MarketWatch 8:36 AM

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