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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, January 14, 2019


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Weekend Highlights: Tile, maker of tracking devices, decries Apple's anti-competitive practices and will be among four companies testifying before a House Judiciary subcommittee against big tech monopoly; Apple's purchase of "shows how AI is moving right onto devices" says Wired, opening the future for Apple's AI, and Dan Moren analyzes this and two more of Apple's recent acquisitions; New York Times wonders why the DOJ is pressing Apple for help even though tools exist to crack iPhones—more on Apple vs. DOJ/FBI in our Op/Ed section; AppleInsider has tips for decluttering your Mac; Goldman Sachs insists they're in control of who gets an Apple Card despite Apple's "created by Apple, not a bank" claim; following controversy, Apple's The Banker will be released in theaters, a first for Apple; latest AirPods Pro firmware complaints over worse noise cancellation.

  • "Here's why Apple's China situation is at 'code red,' and why it needs to take dramatic action to plug up a key weakness in the business"  Business Insider 5:35 PM
  • "Apple Q1 Numbers: Missing Explanations/By the end of October 2018, Apple was on its way to a decent quarter. Sixty days later, $7B in revenue is missing. Tim Cook writes to his shareholders but leaves one or two key questions unanswered."  Monday Note 7:58 AM
  • "Apple's content ambitions push it beyond its hardware: Attracting an audience for its content offerings is forcing Apple to deviate from its long history of vertical integration."  ZDNet 5:24 PM
  • "2 Takeaways From Apple's Decision to Bring iTunes to Samsung TVs/Hint: Apple TV can't keep pace with its rivals, and service revenue is the company's future."  The Motley Fool 6:54 AM
  • "Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules" ["Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple's iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren't permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all logins are equal."]  Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Face ID, Touch ID unlocks can't be compelled by law enforcement, rules federal judge" AppleInsider 11:09 AM
  • "This Apple Analyst Has a Prescription for the Company's Woes" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:10 AM
  • "OnePlus is crushing Apple's iPhone dream in India"  Quartz 11:03 AM
  • "Mozilla: Firefox 69 will disable Adobe Flash plugin by default" ZDNet 6:49 AM
  • "How to Reset SMC on MacBook Air & MacBook Pro (2018 and Later)" OS X Daily 3:21 PM
  • "Creating a PDF Portfolio With Pages" MacMost 10:09 AM
  • "Checksums 101: How to make sure your downloads are the real deal" iMore 8:12 AM
  • "How to quickly pair your AirPods with your Mac" 9to5Mac 7:11 PM
  • "How to Use AirPods With Your Mac and Customize Controls" MacRumors 7:54 AM
  • "How to inspect the details of an Alias without changing them, and Precize 1.7" Eclectic Light Company 7:54 AM
  • "How to encrypt your Mac backups" iMore 7:23 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple's FoundationDB takes new Record Layer open source, confirms tech underpins CloudKit" AppleInsider 5:29 PM
  • "Apple's FoundationDB open sources CloudKit database layer" 9to5Mac 5:24 PM
  • "Google launches Android Studio 3.3 with focus on 'refinement and quality'" VentureBeat 1:02 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple wanted to use Qualcomm 4G chips in its newest iPhones: But Qualcomm wouldn't sell it modems because of the two companies' court battles, Apple Operating Chief Jeff Williams testified Monday."  CNET 12:41 PM
  • "Apple Wanted to Use Qualcomm Chips for 2018 iPhones, But Qualcomm Wouldn't Sell Them" ["There's no live feed of the trial, but reporters including CNET's Shara Tibken and Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents are attending and sharing details on what Williams has to say."]  MacRumors 12:37 PM
  • "Apple and Qualcomm offer billion-dollar sob stories at FTC antitrust trial" VentureBeat 3:40 PM
  • "Apple says Qualcomm refused to sell it chips for iPhone XS and XR" The Verge 3:17 PM
  • "Apple needs to buy a production house like A24, Lionsgate, or Sony Pictures: Analyst"  CNBC 3:14 PM
  • "Apple AirPods 2 Will Be The Most Revolutionary Ear Accessories In History"  Forbes 11:02 AM
  • "Confirmed: Toronto's Eaton Centre is Finally Getting a New Apple Store" MacRumors 1:27 PM
  • "Apple Targeting Users of Older iPhones With iPhone XR Email Campaign"  MacRumors 11:08 AM
  • "Smartwatch data collection rush raises privacy backlash fears: Smartwatches and other wearables will be a must-have for personalised healthcare, but a privacy backlash could put an end to all that." ZDNet 6:49 AM
  • "Apple Health Records survey shows mixed but positive early results" VentureBeat 8:25 AM
  • "Over 96% of Apple Health Records trial users found it easy to use" AppleInsider 7:52 AM
  • "Huawei Set to Overtake Apple and iPhone in the Smartphone Market" CCN 8:34 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone a big priority for U.S. corporate spending in 2019" AppleInsider 3:17 PM
  • "Thieves Make off with $23K Worth of Apple Tech from Chicago Area Target" iDrop News 3:37 PM
  • "Controversial BBC veteran Charlie Sloth to host new rap show on Apple's Beats 1" AppleInsider 3:16 PM
  • "Controversial hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth officially joins Beats 1 after being forced out of BBC Radio 1" 9to5Mac 8:58 PM
  • "Apple buys 50 business class seats to Shanghai every day" Cult of Mac 7:15 AM
  • "Apple buys 50 business-class seats every day on flights to Shanghai, according to a leaked 'confidential' United sign" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "Apple Spends +$410,000 PER DAY on Commercial Airfare" iDrop News 5:47 PM
  • "Playing different music on HomePod and iPhone now requires Family sub" 9to5Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Apple Music no longer allows parallel streaming without a family subscription" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
  • "PSA: The HomePod now counts towards streaming limits with Apple Music" AppleInsider 7:13 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "TSMC's $43 Billion Wipeout Will Only Get Worse, Analysts Say" Bloomberg 8:21 PM
  • "After mixed Day 5 of FTC v. Qualcomm antitrust trial, irrelevant German ruling to be handed down later" Foss Patents 8:00 PM
  • "Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Lawmakers Over Phone-Tracking Scandal, Dubiously Blames Shutdown" Gizmodo 6:29 PM
  • "Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Congress About Why Bounty Hunters Can Buy Cell Phone Location Data: The Chairman's staff said the selling of location data is not a 'threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will address during the Trump shutdown.'" Motherboard 6:08 PM
  • "Ajit Pai locks horns with Congress over location-tracking report" The Verge 5:36 PM
  • "Your phone could reveal your radiation exposure after a nuclear disaster: Testing personal electronics could help people who need lifesaving treatment get it faster" ScienceNews 3:12 PM
  • "RCS Chat is launching on Google Fi" The Verge 11:44 AM
  • "Democrats aren't buying a proposal for big tech to write its own privacy rules: 'Big tech cannot be trusted to write its own rules'" The Verge 11:11 AM
  • "'Wait, that can't be real': A 'Fortnite' streamer freaked out after he got a $75,000 donation during a stream" Business Insider 10:19 AM
  • "This Guy Made a Computer Mouse That Is Itself a Computer: It doesn't have the best UI, but it is a pretty creative take on a laptop." Motherboard 10:18 AM
  • "Tidal 'fake streams': Criminal investigation underway over potential data fraud in Norway" Music Business Worldwide 3:43 PM
  • "Jay-Z's music streaming service Tidal under criminal investigation in Norway over alleged fake streams" Telegraph 8:44 AM
  • "Oppo rumor says a phone with 10x optical zoom is coming this week" The Verge 7:53 AM
  • "Verizon is testing a game streaming service targeting Android devices" The Next Web 7:20 AM
  • "CES 2019: Everything we saw, from 8K TVs to amazing fake burgers" CNET 7:19 AM
  • "Samsung rolls out 'the future unfolds' banners in buildup to S10 launch" The Verge 7:15 AM
  • "Four out of five Americans distrust mainstream social media sites like Facebook: Americans are so disillusioned by social media, that many are turning to forums for trustworthy information." ZDNet 6:50 AM
  • "Wi-Fi PSA; Apple and Amazon's frenemy-ship – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-14" The Mac Observer 1:17 PM
  • "New iPod touch and USB-C iPhone reportedly in development"  9to5Mac 6:39 PM
  • "Apple May Be Working on 7th-Generation iPod Touch, 2019 iPhones Could Adopt USB-C" MacRumors 6:39 PM
  • "Report: Apple may abandon Lightning for USB-C (and bring back the iPod Touch)" The Next Web 8:58 PM
  • "Rumor: Apple developing seventh-generation iPod touch, mulling USB-C for next iPhone" AppleInsider 6:39 PM
  • "Apple AirPower charger might finally be here after year-long delay" GearBrain 7:54 AM
  • "Rumor suggests Apple's AirPower mat has finally gone into production" TechCrunch 10:18 AM
  • "Apple iPhone boost as AirPower may finally launch this year" Express UK 8:35 AM
  • "iPhone 11 tipped to offer the fastest data speeds of any iPhone ever" BGR 7:24 AM
  • "New concept video is probably our best look yet at Apple's iPhone 11" BGR 8:15 AM
  • "Stunning concept shows how iPhone could evolve in 2019" Cult of Mac 11:11 AM
  • "iOS 12.1.3 Public Beta 4: Dude, Where's My Beta Edition" Forbes 7:52 AM
  • "2018 iPad Pro getting push from new Apple promotional page" AppleInsider 12:34 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM

  • "Hands On: HyperDrive is the best iPad USB-C dock for the iPad Pro yet" AppleInsider 11:44 AM
  • "Review: Nimble chargers and batteries are a solid, stylish, and eco-friendly way to power up" AppleInsider 10:18 AM
  • "Nomad Shell Cordovan Apple Watch strap and Moment lens case: Elegant leather Apple accessories" ZDNet 7:56 AM
  • "HitCase's SPLASH has just about everything I look for in an iPhone case" Apple World Today 7:46 AM
  • "TaoTronics TT-BH060 Bluetooth headphones review: Affordable noise cancellation, but the sound lacks sparkle" TechHive 7:13 AM
  • "How to increase the font size in Mobile Safari" Cult of Mac 3:15 PM
  • "An iOS-only video workflow: Surprises, challenges, and hopes for the future" 9to5Mac 3:15 PM
  • "How to restrict iTunes, iBooks, and more with parental controls for iPhone and iPad" iMore 12:15 PM
  • "How to use the iPhone's Today View and manage its widgets: The Today View on the iPhone gives you quick access to information from your favorite apps. Here's how to use and manage it." Macworld 7:15 AM
  • "How Google and Chromecast Won at Our House" ["We were a committed AirPlay household for a long time, actually, but Apple neglected that standard so much—kept it proprietary and under-delivered with the Home Pod—that the Google alternative became too tempting to resist. Now we're a Google household with a Google Home in the kitchen and a series of Google Home Minis spread all over the house."] Subtraction 3:39 PM
  • "Apple doesn't need to buy Netflix to build a global movie service" Apple Must 10:09 AM
  • "3 Signs That Apple Has Lost Its Innovation Mojo"  Forbes 8:25 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod may be China's perfect music streaming system"  Apple Must 8:13 AM
  • "Why Apple should buy a major movie studio" Cult of Mac 3:15 PM
  • "Wedbush: Apple is in a quagmire, a sandbox and a sluggish car" Apple 3.0 7:52 AM
  • "'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism' Review: The New Big Brother/Tech companies have shown themselves to be increasingly cavalier with our personal data. Are we handing over too much information? Frank Rose reviews 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism' by Shoshana Zuboff." [Paid Membership Required] 7:12 PM
  • "I went to CES so you didn't have to" iFixit 5:24 PM
  • "Your iPhone could reveal your radiation exposure after a nuclear disaster" MacDailyNews 3:12 PM
  • "A CES Vet's Final Take on CES 2019" Tech.pinions 11:09 AM
  • "Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as ... Potatoes" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:19 AM
  • "I quit texting for a week and it was harder than I expected" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "AWS, MongoDB, and the Economic Realities of Open Source" Stratechery 7:57 AM
  • "Review: The Honor 10 Lite is a budget phone that feels much more expensive" The Next Web 7:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Toyota's 2020 GR Supra will support wireless CarPlay, but only as part of $4k 'Premium' package" 9to5Mac 3:21 PM
  • "YouTube just changed how you navigate videos in its mobile app" TechCrunch 3:15 PM
  • "Apple Pay may reach Slovakia & Czech Republic this spring" AppleInsider 10:25 AM
  • "Instagram optimized for iPhone XR and XS Max again, YouTube adds support for new iPad Pro displays" 9to5Mac 10:25 AM
  • "YouTube Apps Gains Support for 2018 iPad Pros, UI Bug" iClarified 10:18 AM
  • "Socket Mobile Launches DuraCase for Apple® iPhones and DuraScan D790" PRNewswire 8:06 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of January 14: Jeff Gamet, iCloud, Automator, Home Automation, and Internet of Things Security" The MUG Center 7:45 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Secures $1.76B Contract From Defense Department" Zacks 7:53 AM
  • "Microsoft wins huge $1.76 billion contract with the Pentagon - Video" ZDNet 11:36 AM
  • "US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft" The Register 7:13 AM
  • "Is Microsoft's Nadella the tech world's best CEO?" Tech Central 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella describes two new kinds of software that are going to change everything for businesses" Business Insider 7:06 PM
  • "Microsoft ends Windows 7 support one year from today" BetaNews 7:23 AM
  • "Microsoft: We've fixed Windows 7 'Not genuine' and network share issues" ZDNet 6:50 AM
  • "The president of Microsoft says top leaders at the world's biggest tech companies meet regularly to talk about the major issues facing Silicon Valley and the world" Business Insider 5:24 PM
  • "IBM Makes a Long Bet on Quantum Computing" Light Reading 10:31 AM
  • "IBM gets neural networks to conceptually think" Fudzilla 10:31 AM
  • "IBM to Reportedly Buy T-Systems' Mainframe Business Unit" Zacks 8:44 AM
  • "IBM, T-Systems to jointly offer mainframe services" Reuters 8:33 PM
  • "Exclusive: Dell Opens Up About Its Linux Efforts And Project Sputnik" Forbes 11:37 AM
  • "In CEO Search, Intel Still Hasn't Found What It's Looking For" Bloomberg 10:27 AM
  • "Intel and Facebook Team Up to Build an AI Chip" The Motley Fool 7:53 AM
  • "Alibaba, Intel to develop AI-based 3D Athlete Tracking platform" Telecompaper 10:28 AM
  • "Intel's GPU-Less Chips Aren't Cheaper: You'd think shipping a chip without a working GPU would result in a lower price, but Intel thinks otherwise. You'll pay the same price for both, and with the current chip shortage the GPU-less versions may be the only ones available." PC Magazine 6:51 AM
  • "Intel's Software Guard caught asleep at its post: Patch out now for SGX give-me-admin hole" The Register 3:53 PM
  • "Will Headless Intel Woo AMD's Lisa Su?" EE Times 10:29 AM
  • "AMD CEO admits ray tracing is 'important' but still thinks Nvidia jumped the gun" TechRadar UK 10:29 AM
  • "AMD Comments on Threadripper 2 Performance and Windows Scheduler" AnandTech 8:25 AM
  • "AMD has no plans to use chiplet design for next-gen APUs" Fudzilla 10:29 AM
  • "Justices Wrestle With Scope of Fees in Oracle Copyright Case" Bloomberg Law 3:54 PM
  • "Oracle Ups Ante in Digital Commerce with New Retail Services" Zacks 3:54 PM
  • "How Cisco thinks about improving the patient experience" HealthcareITNews 3:55 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Tim Cook made $137 million in 2018" Axios 6:18 PM
  • "Is Apple Stock Undervalued Based on Services, Non-iPhone Growth?" Zacks 5:21 PM
  • "Apple's Share Cycle And Tim Cook's Buyback Effect" Seeking Alpha 11:32 AM
  • "Analyst suggests further iPhone price cuts to come, and major acquisition for video service" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Apple supplier Dialog Semi weathers iPhone slump to hit revenue target" Reuters 7:13 AM
  • "Apple supplier Dialog says quarterly sales to be at low end of target" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:14 AM
  • "Why I Just Doubled My Apple Position Inc." Seeking Alpha 8:29 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower as China trade data spark more global economic worries: PG&E tumbles on plan to file for bankruptcy" MarketWatch 4:04 PM
  • "Stocks fall as China data raises growth concerns: U.S. stocks closed lower Monday, though off their session lows, in a second straight weaker day after a surprise drop in Chinese exports renewed worries about a global growth slowdown." FOXBusiness 4:03 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip on Signs of Slowing Economic Growth: U.S. stocks fell Monday, notching their second straight session of losses, after downbeat Chinese economic data added to signs of slowing growth around the world." [Paid Membership Required] 4:03 PM
  • "Asian markets fall as China reports slowdown in exports: Hang Seng down 1.4%; Nikkei closed for holiday" MarketWatch 8:26 AM
  • "European markets hit by disappointing China trade data: FTSE-100 braces for Brexit vote" MarketWatch 8:26 AM

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