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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, December 14, 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 to push software update in China as Qualcomm case threatens sales ban"  Reuters 6:37 AM
  • "Apple Will Tweak Chinese iPhones to Comply With Qualcomm Ruling" Bloomberg 6:43 AM
  • "Apple Plans to Resolve China iPhone Ban With a Software Update: As far as Qualcomm is concerned, most iPhone models are now banned in China. However, Apple believes it can overcome the ban simply by releasing a software update early next week for the affected smartphones." PC Magazine 6:37 AM
  • "Apple plans iPhone software update to reverse Chinese ban" The Verge 6:40 AM
  • "Apple seeks to resolve China iPhone ban with software update" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:16 AM
  • "Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm" Bloomberg 6:43 AM
  • "Apple Will Update iPhones in China to Avoid a Ban on Sales" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:44 PM
  • "Apple seeks to offset Chinese iPhone ban in Qualcomm row: Talks underway with exempt supplier Pegatron to boost production" Nikkei 6:39 AM
  • "Judge Koh rejects Qualcomm's bid to introduce new evidence related to Intel's success with Apple, Qualcomm's new 5G agreements" Foss Patents 7:02 AM
  • "Brave browser switches to Chromium code base for faster performance" The Next Web 7:17 AM
  • "How to Disable Transparency Effects in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 7:01 AM
  • "How to create and modify a Smart Folder in macOS Mojave" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
  • "How to view full email headers in the Mail app on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Innovative Introductions, Inc. introduces Idea Phrase Creator for Mac" prMac 12:39 PM
  • "NoteList 4.1 to manage free format notes on macOS" Ecleti 10:11 AM
  • "String Replacer 1.6 the macOS tool to find and replace strings on multiple files in batch mode" Ecleti 8:19 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Class action suit alleges Apple lies to customers over size & resolution of iPhone X, XS & XS Max"  AppleInsider 4:00 PM
  • "Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says: Complaint argues false pixels, notch, and measurements don't fit with ad claims" The Register 9:13 PM
  • "Apple's New Job Push Reflects Shifting Strategy and Changing Identity: Adding staff in Culver City, Seattle and San Diego supports move into services and pricier hardware" [Paid Membership Required] 7:19 AM
  • "Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations" Associated Press 7:04 AM
  • "What Apple's new job additions tell us about its product plans: Apple announced this week that it would be expanding its presence in a number of U.S. cities, and Dan Moren's reading the tea leaves to see what that means about its business."  Macworld 6:41 AM
  • "How Apple Is Trying to Reach Its Goal of Creating 20,000 Jobs" Market Realist 12:51 PM
  • "Apple Lands New 'Peanuts' Content From DHX Media: In a highly competitive situation, Apple has made a deal with DHX Media to produce new 'Peanuts' content for the tech giant's upcoming streaming service, Variety has learned."  Variety 12:39 PM
  • "Apple is producing new content about Snoopy and other Peanuts characters" TechCrunch 7:30 PM
  • "Apple tipped in deal for original Peanuts series and specials" SlashGear 9:13 PM
  • "Apple to push software update in China as Qualcomm case threatens sales ban" Global Times 9:12 PM
  • "Apple Releasing Updates Next Week to try and Resolve Qualcomm China Dispute" The Mac Observer 5:23 PM
  • "Apple Inks Deal With DHX Media to Produce and Release All-New 'Peanuts' Content" MacRumors 12:39 PM
  • "Apple strikes deal to produce new 'Peanuts' content" Associated Press 3:48 PM
  • "Apple is dropping the 'Connect' social feature from Apple Music, 1 year after buying Shazam" Business Insider 7:17 AM
  • "One of Australia's biggest banks changes mind on Apple Pay" Cult of Mac 6:40 AM
  • "Someone Just Paid Over $6,000 for a Steve Jobs Business Card" MacRumors 1:21 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center in Minnesota" Gizmodo 9:10 PM
  • "SQLite bug impacts thousands of apps, including all Chromium-based browsers: New 'Magellan' vulnerability will haunt the app ecosystem for years to come." ZDNet 7:11 PM
  • "Exclusive: T-Mobile, Sprint consider dropping Huawei, see U.S. security clearance for deal - sources" Reuters 1:14 PM
  • "Robinhood's checking plan could face regulatory scrutiny" Reuters 11:46 AM
  • "Discord Store to offer developers 90 percent of game revenues: Move puts additional pressure on Steam's de facto 70% rev-share standard." Ars Technica 11:19 AM
  • "People really want this 'ugly' Windows 95 sweater that Microsoft is giving away, but you can't buy it" Business Insider 10:56 AM
  • "These People Are Not Real—They Were Created By AI: Machine learning algorithms are getting scary-good at creating fake images that look real." Motherboard 10:54 AM
  • "Vitaminwater Offers $100K to Quit Smartphones For a Year" PC Magazine 10:26 AM
  • "Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too" The Register 10:22 AM
  • "The Future of American Broadband Is a Comcast Monopoly: The FCC insists a new report proves that broadband competition is raging and prices have dropped. The reality is notably different." Motherboard 10:14 AM
  • "'123456' and 'Password' Remain Worst Passwords of the Year for Fifth Consecutive Year" MacRumors 8:54 AM
  • "Facebook discovers bug that may have affected up to 6.8 million users" Reuters 10:22 AM
  • "Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users' unposted photos to apps" TechCrunch 8:54 AM
  • "Facebook Portal adds games and web browser amidst mediocre Amazon reviews" TechCrunch 8:15 AM
  • "Google's Algorithm Isn't Biased, It's Just Not Human" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:16 AM
  • "Protesters Are Slowly Winning Electronics Right-to-Repair Battles in Europe" Motherboard 7:01 AM
  • "Logitech app security flaw allowed keystroke injection attacks" ZDNet 6:37 AM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Apple Music Connect with Dave Mark" The Loop 3:46 PM
  • "5G Rollout, Apple v. Qualcomm – TMO Daily Observations 2018-12-14" The Mac Observer 1:21 PM
  • "MacVoices Briefing -Five Presentation Tips" MacVoices 11:44 AM
  • "Saving your iPhone battery life, doctors at Apple, and potential iPhone bans on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo cuts first quarter iPhone sales estimates by 20%, says iPhone XR demand is low"  9to5Mac 6:43 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Says iPhone XR Demand Has Been Lower Than Expected, Slashes Shipment Estimates" MacRumors 8:07 AM
  • "Top Apple analyst predicts shrinking iPhone sales in 2019" Cult of Mac 8:53 AM
  • "Influential Apple analyst cuts iPhone shipment estimates" TechCrunch 10:21 AM
  • "Samsung tech to make the next iPhone better and cheaper" ZDNet 10:23 AM
  • "Struggling iPhone display maker looking for other ways to make money" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:43 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:43 AM

  • "Architects and the New iPadPro: Should You Buy One?" ArchDaily 7:51 AM
  • "Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay" Digital Trends 7:01 AM
  • "Review: Olloclip Super-Wide Pro and Telephoto Pro Lenses" iLounge 10:22 AM
  • "Review: Lume Cube Creative Lighting Kit for iPhone" iLounge 10:55 AM
  • "Great space gray Mac keyboard alternative to Apple's Magic Keyboard" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "Audio-Technica Solid Bass wireless in-ear headphones review: Audio issues and other frustrations abound with these disappointing earphones." Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "Jaybird X4 wireless sports earphones review: Great sound, excellent durability, and a number of smart features make the X4 a smart buy." Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "V-Moda Forza Metallo wireless earphones review: These stylish earphones make some genres of music shine. Others? Not so much." Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "Sennheiser CX 7.00BT in-ear wireless earbuds review: These earphones from one of the most respected names in audio come up lacking." Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "Aukey EP-B40 Latitude wireless earbuds review: These Bluetooth earphones show that 'inexpensive' doesn't have to mean 'cheap.'" Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "Shure SE535-V+BT1 Bluetooth earphones review: You'll be hard-pressed to find a better sounding or more adaptable pair of Bluetooth earphones." Macworld 6:44 AM
  • "Review: Kingston Bolt is an easy way to add extra storage to your iPhone or iPad" AppleInsider 6:40 AM
  • "BONX Grip: A Group Chat Earpiece for the Outdoorsman" The Mac Observer 1:20 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 12 surprisingly breathes new life into my iPhone 5S: We test the oldest iPhone able to run Apple's newest OS." CNET 7:06 AM
  • "How to view Activity summary on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 9:12 PM
  • "How To Unlock Any iPhone (Including The Latest XS, XS Max, XR) On iOS 12 Using This R-SIM And ICCID Trick" Redmond Pie 5:16 PM
  • "How to use Alexa to listen to Apple Music on your Amazon Echo device" Macworld 2:07 PM
  • "How to play Apple Music from your Amazon Alexa devices" AppleInsider 1:04 PM
  • "How to Add a Second Person or Face to Face ID on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 12:51 PM
  • "How to Save Money Just by Going Into Your Phone's Settings" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:13 AM
  • "Technical Terms: GPU" MacMost 10:11 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2: What happened to it and why? Do people want an updated entry level iPhone SE 2? A new small flagship iPhone iPhone SE X? Neither? Both?" iMore 1:28 PM
  • "What Does Apple Have in Mind with Platoon Purchase?" Market Realist 1:21 PM
  • "Why Apple Slashes Price Of HomePod, Now $100 Off At B&H Photo And Target" Forbes 12:40 PM
  • "Are Apple products expensive? That depends ..." 9to5Mac 10:21 AM
  • "Advantages And Benefits Of Using iMessage on iPhone" MacPrices 10:11 AM
  • "The Microsoft Comes Around: Just as Apple fades into low-growth, high-profits..." 500ish Words 7:02 AM
  • "The new Palm is almost the MP3 player I want" TechCrunch 11:46 AM
  • "This Could Be the Best Quantum Computer Yet" Gizmodo 11:20 AM
  • "The Google Pixel 3 has the best smartphone camera you can buy right now — here's why" Business Insider 10:22 AM
  • "How Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Went From Superwoman To Supervillain" BuzzFeed News 10:14 AM
  • "Why The Supreme Court's Internet Sales Tax Decision Will Hurt e-Commerce Startups" Forbes 7:07 AM
  • "A Year Without Net Neutrality: No Big Changes (Yet)" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:05 AM
  • "Why we can't stop debating whether Facebook sells data" The Verge 6:40 AM
  • "Google's China Conundrum: Breaking Down Project Dragonfly" PC Magazine 6:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "App Analytics from new Mojave Mac App Store now Available" The Mac Observer 5:55 PM
  • "December 2018 Launch Date Announced for Fleets of Heroes" prMac 1:05 PM
  • "Apple Music now live on Amazon Echo speakers using Alexa" 9to5Mac 12:04 PM
  • "Apple Music now streams on Echo speakers: The feature wasn't supposed to be available until December 17th." Engadget 5:16 PM
  • "Satechi unveils new gold USB-C hub lineup to match the 2018 MacBook Air" 9to5Mac 11:20 AM
  • "Satechi's USB-C Hubs Now Available in Gold to Match New MacBook Air" MacRumors 10:14 AM
  • "The W5 Stand is a great stocking stuffer for Apple Watch owners" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
  • "'Dragalia Lost' Update 1.3.0 Is Now Available Adding an Advanced Dragon Trial, A Tenfold Summon Voucher, And More" Touch Arcade 7:01 AM
  • "Apple Music web player now available through unofficial website" 9to5Mac 6:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft may pitch Windows 10 subscriptions at consumers: The move would echo the Microsoft 365 plans now aimed at enterprise users and would further the company's effort to push subscriptions." Computerworld 7:06 AM
  • "Microsoft wants AI to predict if your Windows PCs will get malware: Microsoft wants new models to predict when Windows machines need extra protection from malware." ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft researchers beat Tencent and Intel in autonomous greenhouse competition" VentureBeat 6:49 AM
  • "IBM protects your cloud container data running under Kubernetes with encryption: Protecting your live data on the cloud is a real worry. IBM suggests, 'Why not encrypt iit?" ZDNet 7:46 AM
  • "Dell tops the charts in server market in Q3" Channelnomics 8:04 AM
  • "Dell brings innovative consumer PCs for power seeking, content-loving users" The Nation, Thailand 8:05 AM
  • "Dell EMC, VMware join 5Groningen project" Telecompaper 8:05 AM
  • "Dell EMC gears up channel partners with 'India Partner Summit' in Lisbon" ChannelWorld 8:09 AM
  • "Intel and TPG Reportedly in Talks to Sell McAfee: Intel and TPG Capital may be looking to sell off McAfee, the security software firm that Intel purchased in 2010. A deal could put McAfee in a position to go public again, CNBC reported." TheStreet 3:53 PM
  • "Intel, TPG in talks to sell McAfee to Thoma Bravo for over $4.2 billion: CNBC" CNBC 3:48 PM
  • "Intel and ESL announce $100m esports investment" GamesIndustry 8:01 AM
  • "Intel, ESL extend global esports partnership" TVBEurope 8:01 AM
  • "Intel Inks New $100M Deal With ESL, Ups the Game in Esports" Zacks 10:56 AM
  • "Intel May Announce Its First Ever GPU in CES 2019" Business Times 8:00 AM
  • "New Intel Architectures and Technologies Target Expanded Market Opportunities" IT News Online 8:01 AM
  • "AMD Launches Radeon Adrenaline 2019 Drivers" ExtremeTech 8:02 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Auto Overclocking Tested" WCCFTech 8:02 AM
  • "AMD releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition" bit-tech 8:02 AM
  • "AMD partners Singapore university to launch AI lab" ZDNet 12:03 PM
  • "AMD Picasso Mobile APU Lineup Leaked With Geekbench Results" SegmentNext 8:02 AM
  • "Oracle's 'Open' Approach To Cloud-Native Software" Forbes 7:08 AM
  • "Slower IT spending could reveal Cisco's 'imperfections,' analyst says" CNBC 7:47 AM
  • "Nvidia's fabulous fakes unpack the black box of AI: Innovating in the technology of 'adversarial' neural networks, Nvidia researchers create some amazing fake headshots and also get a better glimpse of the inner workings of AI's 'black box' functions." ZDNet 9:10 PM
  • "Cyberwarfare requires a moral revolution - Video" ZDNet 6:37 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Buffett and Icahn's Take on Apple" Investopedia 10:55 AM
  • "Could Apple Cost Warren Buffett a Fortune This Time?" Market Realist 10:55 AM
  • "Apple Stock Is Heading Towards $150 And It Is Good For Investors"  Seeking Alpha 8:07 AM
  • "Apple PT Lowered to $280 at DA Davidson, Says Buy the Pullback" StreetInsider 10:21 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow tumbles nearly 500 points to enter correction territory as stocks fall on global growth fears: Johnson & Johnson falls over 10% to pace Dow decliners" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow, S&P, Nasdaq Are All in Correction Territory Following Stock Selloff: The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls sharply Friday after retail sales and industrial output in China misses expectations in November. Johnson & Johnson leads the blue-chip index lower." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Jones Falls Almost 500 Points, Marks 7-Month Closing Low As Apple Struggles To Bottom" Investor's Business Daily 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on growth fears; J&J nosedives" Associated Press 3:57 PM
  • "Dow tumbles nearly 500 points as global growth concerns hammer stocks" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Blue Chips Edge Higher in Choppy Session for U.S. Stocks: Investors weigh signs of improving U.S.-China trade relations; GE shares jump" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asia stocks take a hit from slowing economic following 2 days of gains" MarketWatch 8:10 AM
  • "Italy stocks stand out in Europe, where ECB grabs the spotlight: GAM slumps in Switzerland after scrapping dividend" MarketWatch 8:10 AM

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