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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, January 15, 2019


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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.

  • "German court throws out Qualcomm's latest patent case against Apple"  Reuters 7:30 AM
  • "Germany Dismisses Qualcomm's Latest Patent Suit Against Apple: Decision is the first win for Apple in a series of global patent disputes launched against it by the chip maker" [Paid Membership Required] 7:57 AM
  • "Qualcomm and Apple bridged the wide gap between their FRAND perspectives through complicated arrangements" Foss Patents 8:28 AM
  • "Apple's COO delivers blistering testimony on Qualcomm's 'onerous demands' over cellular patents" AppleInsider 2:43 PM
  • "Apple loses bid to undo $440 million verdict in VirnetX patent case"  Reuters 9:19 AM
  • "Appeals Court Rules Against Apple in Patent Dispute With VirnetX: Second appeal to a related $595.9 million award is pending before another court" [Paid Membership Required] 4:13 PM
  • "On Apple's $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program and Its Role in Their Earnings Miss" ["During Apple's all-hands meeting January 3, Tim Cook said Apple replaced 11 million batteries under the $29 replacement program, and they'd have only anticipated about 1-2 million battery replacements normally."]  Daring Fireball 7:27 AM
  • "Apple Replaced 11 Million iPhone Batteries in 2018, Up From 1 to 2 Million" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "Apple reportedly replaced 10 times as many batteries as expected in 2018: 11 million customers that didn't need to buy a new iPhone" The Verge 7:50 AM
  • "Apple Replaced 11 Million iPhone Batteries In 2018 Contributing To Stunning Earnings Shortfall" HotHardware 4:08 PM
  • "Apple's own battery blunder may be to blame for its earnings miss" ZDNet 8:26 AM
  • "Stuck in macOS Recovery with a language you don't speak? Here's what you can do to fix this" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "How to make new T2-secured Macs boot from external drives" AppleInsider 2:43 PM
  • "Boxy's macOS app is like Gmail, but sexier" The Next Web 7:50 AM
  • "Using Capitalization Styling In Pages" MacMost 9:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites on the web are going Material Design" TechCrunch 4:11 PM
  • "DuckDuckGo Switches to Apple Maps for Location Searches" MacStories 2:42 PM
  • "DuckDuckGo Integrates Apple Maps for Map and Address Searches" MacRumors 12:03 PM
  • "TS Calc 1.7 for Mac to solve mathematical models" Ecleti 9:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "This is how much Apple pays a typical employee — and how that compares to Google, Facebook, Netflix, Microsoft, Box and more: Apple's typical employee probably makes far less than you think: $55,426 per year." Silicon Valley Business Journal 7:56 AM
  • "The future of voice assistants like Alexa and Siri isn't just in homes — it's in cars: Voice assistants are more habit-forming in cars than on smartphones." Recode 7:59 AM
  • "US judge rules that feds can't force fingerprint or face phone unlocks" Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Police can't force you to unlock your phone by iris, face or finger: A US judge has ruled that law enforcement cannot force you to release your biometric mobile device lock." ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "Industry First: TD Ameritrade Enables Investors to Instantly Fund Brokerage Accounts Using Apple Pay" Business Wire 8:22 AM
  • "TD Ameritrade taps Apple Pay for instant fund transfers to accounts" Reuters 7:30 AM
  • "Apple to iPhone owners: Why you need to upgrade to XR/Apple emails owners of older models, urging them to upgrade to an iPhone XR." ZDNet 9:24 AM
  • "Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray Reteam on Apple and A24"s First Co-Production" Variety 4:11 PM
  • "First Apple & A24 collaboration is Sofia Coppola's 'On the Rocks': The first collaboration between Apple and film studio A24 will be 'On the Rocks,' directed by Sofia Coppola with stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones." AppleInsider 5:08 PM
  • "DJ Charlie Sloth will bring fire to the booth on Beats 1" Cult of Mac 7:31 AM
  • "Man Who Sold Kidney for an iPhone Bedridden After Organ Failure" Newsweek 10:39 AM
  • "Man who sold kidney for an iPhone suffers organ failure" Cult of Mac 10:40 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Roku Adds Then Drops Infowars After User Outrage: Roku told PCMag that the company's goal was to offer viewers a wide range of content, which customers can choose and control. But later on Tuesday, it decided to pull the program in response to user complaints." PC Magazine 8:46 PM
  • "Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned" TechCrunch 4:41 PM
  • "Netflix is Raising Prices by 13 to 18 Percent in the U.S." Thurrott 4:32 PM
  • "Google Fi Gains iMessage-Like RCS Support And Greater 4G LTE Coverage In These Areas" HotHardware 4:08 PM
  • "LG G8: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! We ThinQ should know about this phone." Android Central 9:08 AM
  • "The Snapdragon 855 Performance Preview: Setting the Stage for Flagship Android 2019" AnandTech 7:59 AM
  • "Ajit Pai refused to discuss carrier tracking scandal with lawmakers" Engadget 7:58 AM
  • "This tiny Bluetooth chip doesn't need a battery because it harvests energy from the air: Amazon and Samsung are both investors, and a full release planned for 2020" The Verge 7:50 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus Get Certified by 3C in China" MySmartPrice 7:26 AM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 240, With Special Guest Ben Thompson" Daring Fireball 12:03 PM
  • "How the PewDiePie Printer Hacks Turned Toxic: This week on CYBER, Motherboard talks about how a PewDiePie superfan and hacker was burned by YouTubers." Motherboard 9:57 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 94 – Interview: iOS Game Design with Edwin Smith of Feral Interactive" MacStories 8:00 AM
  • "The new Apple TV is actually a TV, I mean TVs." The MT Show 7:21 AM
  • "Apple exec on Intel's CEO candidate list"  Axios 10:34 AM
  • "Apple's Chipmaking Chief Johny Srouji Reportedly on Intel's List of Potential CEOs" MacRumors 10:40 AM
  • "Apple's $24 million chip executive is reportedly on Intel's short list for new CEO, but it's not clear if he'd be willing to make that jump" Business Insider 12:03 PM
  • "Another Possible Triple-Lens Camera Design in 2019 iPhone Shown Off in Renderings" MacRumors 2:43 PM
  • "iPod touch could make a comeback in 2019" Cult of Mac 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Releases Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, Qi Wireless Charging Supported" MacRumors 4:11 PM
  • "Apple's battery cases return for the iPhone XS and XR" TechCrunch 4:11 PM
  • "Apple launches $129 battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR" The Verge 4:10 PM
  • "Apple now makes smart battery cases for the iPhone XS and XR" CNET 4:10 PM
  • "Apple Launches Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR" MacStories 4:13 PM
  • "Apple's new battery cases for latest iPhone models support wireless charging" Pocket-lint 6:20 PM
  • "Apple working on force-sensing gloves for gesture controls" AppleInsider 9:47 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves a fabric-based 'smart glove" Apple World Today 8:28 AM
  • "Apple granted patent for an earbud case with charging system" Apple World Today 8:21 AM
  • "AirPower: Everything We Know" MacRumors 6:26 PM
  • "Uh Oh: Apple's MacBooks Have a New Keyboard Problem/Apple's storied troubles with its Butterfly-switch keyboards — which are haunted by reliability issues and sparked dual class-action lawsuits — appeared to be over. However, new reports of a seriously annoying space bar problem suggest otherwise"  LAPTOP Magazine 9:32 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM

  • "How the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Have Changed My Writing Workflow" Kirkville 10:40 AM
  • "We compared Apple's $159 AirPods to Xiaomi's $30 AirDots and the winner was clear" Business Insider 9:30 AM
  • "Hands-on: Echo Dot wall mounts are ideal for counters and small spaces" 9to5Mac 12:03 PM
  • "Skullcandy Riff Wireless Review: Solid 'Made for Google' Bluetooth headset under $50" 9to5Google 9:21 AM
  • "Hands-On With Nike's Self-Lacing, App-Controlled Sneaker Of The Future" The Verge 8:25 AM
  • "How to get around Activation Lock on iPhone and more- 9to5Mac" 9to5Mac 4:11 PM
  • "How to Take Live Photos in FaceTime on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2:43 PM
  • "Not Getting Your Apple Watch Competition Awards? Here's What You Should Do" iDrop News 4:13 PM
  • "How to close your move, exercise and stand rings on Apple Watch without leaving your couch" iDownload Blog 2:40 PM
  • "How to use a different spell check language on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 9:09 AM
  • "Shortcuts Focus: how to turn on your Apple TV with a custom Siri phrase" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "Why and how you should use email thread notifications on iPad and iPhone" Apple Must 8:21 AM
  • "Google Keep cheat sheet: How to get started with Google's powerful note-taking app." Computerworld [Free Registration Required] 8:09 AM
  • "Watch Scott Forstall talk working with Steve Jobs, the creation of Apple TV, and more [Video] 9to5Mac 8:51 PM
  • "Apple Leak Suddenly Reveals Radical New iPhone" Forbes 8:51 PM
  • "New renderings show another possible triple-lens iPhone design" iDownload Blog 4:13 PM
  • "2019 iPhone render puts new spin on triple lens camera" Cult of Mac 4:11 PM
  • "FTC vs. Qualcomm: My Analysis of the Case Up To This Point" Tech.pinions [Paid Membership Required] 2:43 PM
  • "Apple's battery replacement program cut into iPhone sales" New York Post 9:01 PM
  • "Now that Apple has increased iPhone life spans, what is the new normal for upgrades?" Apple Must 12:00 PM
  • "Apple's biggest challenge isn't selling iPhones" ["It doesn't matter if we buy them less often, we're all going to continue to buy smartphones; the congregation of loyal iPhone users will continue to grow; and Apple's biggest challenge isn't mobile – it's Mac."]  Computerworld 10:19 AM
  • "CES 2019 roundup: HomeKit & Airplay 2, plus the weird, the wonderful, and the app-enabled" AppleInsider 8:38 AM
  • "The Voice Assistant War: What If Nobody Wins?" Tech.pinions 8:20 AM
  • "So long, iPhone: Relegating Apple's hits to history" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "How the new VR screen could end the smartphone" TechCrunch 7:16 PM
  • "Roku explains why it allowed Infowars on its platform" TechCrunch 4:33 PM
  • "Ahem, Amazon, Google, Microsoft... Selling face-snooping tech to the Feds is bad, mmm'kay?" The Register 4:10 PM
  • "Ownership means something different to everyone" iFixit 2:42 PM
  • "Comic: What Happens on Your iPhone... stuck on your iPhone." iMore 8:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Nomad launches new Natural leather accessory line for Apple Watch and AirPods" iDownload Blog 2:40 PM
  • "PowerColor, VisionTek roll out new Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures" AppleInsider 12:03 PM
  • "Pandora Voice Mode starts rolling out to Android & iOS today" 9to5Google 9:31 AM
  • "Verizon adding full Apple Music as free perk to some Unlimited phone plans" 9to5Mac 9:09 AM
  • "Apple Business Chat continues expanding with auto dealer platform Gubagoo" AppleInsider 9:09 AM
  • "Netflix raises prices for U.S. subscribers: AP" Reuters 9:08 AM
  • "Gubagoo Offers Apple Business Chat to Help Automotive Dealerships More Easily Connect with iOS Users" Business Wire 8:21 AM
  • "Steredenn: Binary Stars Debuts on iOS" MacStories 8:00 AM
  • "Trippy Puzzle Adventure 'Radiant One' Goes Episodic, New Episode 'The Secret' Debuting Next Month" Touch Arcade 2:42 PM
  • "'Steredenn' Has Finally Been Updated to 2.0.0 Adding the Huge Binary Stars Content to the Game for Free" Touch Arcade 7:59 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Patch 7.20 Is the First Big Update for the Game in 2019 and It Adds the Scoped Revolver, One Shot LTM, and More" Touch Arcade 7:59 AM
  • "The ZenPod turns your AirPods into a fidget spinner (if that's your thing)" Apple World Today 7:26 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft scores five-year $1.76bn contract with the Pentagon: Huawei will have to settle for a rhomboid" The Inquirer 7:05 AM
  • "Microsoft continues to build government security credentials ahead of JEDI decision" TechCrunch 4:32 PM
  • "Walgreens teams with Microsoft to battle Amazon" Seattle Times 11:11 AM
  • "Microsoft signs a huge deal with Walgreens, as Amazon's growing interest in health care looms large" CNBC 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft is now helping Walgreens fend off Amazon's healthcare push: Walgreens joins Walmart, Kroger, and Gap in fighting off Amazon" The Verge 8:34 AM
  • "Xbox Maverick: Everything we know about Microsoft's disc-less Xbox One/Everything we know about Microsoft's next Xbox One console — cutting out the disc drive." Windows Central 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft looks to instill app-compatibility confidence in Windows 7 users with Desktop App Assure: Microsoft's new program for Windows 10 Enterprise and Education customers is designed to help them resolve any application compatibility issues they find in attempting to move from Windows 7 to 10." ZDNet 3:09 PM
  • "Microsoft: We've fixed Windows 7 'Not genuine' and network share issues/Microsoft strongly recommends uninstalling an anti-piracy patch on enterprise Windows 7 PCs." ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "PoC for Windows VCF zero-day published online: Microsoft said it would fix the vulnerability in Windows 19H1, in April." ZDNet 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft is preparing for foldable Windows devices: New devices from both Microsoft and PC makers" The Verge 7:44 AM
  • "Surface and third-party devices with an unfortunate kink are on the way" The Inquirer 2:31 PM
  • "Microsoft's fonts catch out another fraudster—this time in Canada: Will these people never learn?" Ars Technica 5:09 PM
  • "And so it begins: Micron calls its bank manager... we'll be havin' your bit of our JV, Intel/Chipzilla says it has 'options' to source Optane 3D XPoint, 3D NAND production elsewhere" The Register 7:40 AM
  • "Intel Possibly Readying Core i9-9990XE Processor — Rocks 14 Cores, Up To 5.0 GHz Frequency at 255W TDP" WCCFTech 7:40 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-9990XE Basin Falls CPU Rumored With 14 Cores And 5GHz Boost Clock" HotHardware 4:31 PM
  • "Micron confirms Intel IM Flash buy-out: Micron Says it  is exercising its right to purchase Intel's interest in the parties' joint venture, IM Flash Technologies." Electronics Weekly 7:40 AM
  • "In CEO Search, Intel Still Hasn't Found What It's Looking For" Bloomberg 7:43 AM
  • "Intel CSO leaves to head self-driving startup" Seeking Alpha 7:41 AM
  • "NVIDIA Launches GeForce Game Ready 417.71 WHQL Drivers Supporting AMD FreeSync Monitors" HotHardware 4:30 PM
  • "CES 2019: Dell announces the Inspiron 7000, updates Alienware devices" ZDNet 8:55 PM
  • "How Dell's OEM Group is Connecting the Edge, Data Center, Cloud/IT BUSINESS ANALYSIS: A strategic initiative that Dell calls the 'compute continuum' emphasizes OEM solutions that can be effectively deployed, managed and supported from the edge of the network to on-premises data centers to the cloud, regardless of complexity, environmental or scale challenges." eWeek 4:38 PM
  • "Dell Technologies Inc. (DELL) Performance Assessment in Focus" NASDAQ Times 7:25 AM
  • "AMD working with Microsoft on Threadripper 2 scheduler issues" Hexus 7:39 AM
  • "IBM's quantum announcement is a big step in a 1,000-mile journey: Does IBM's announcement of its new quantum computing system mean that quantum computing must be on your technology roadmap?" ZDNet 12:48 PM
  • "IBM Vets Launch Sonrai Security, Eyeing Multi-Cloud 'Complexity'" Xconomy 7:42 AM
  • "Tech investment falls as Brexit headwinds strengthen" ZDNet 7:57 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Cramer: Apple should buy Epic Systems, a private digital health records..." CNBC 6:24 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as Netflix-led tech rally offsets JPMorgan disappointment: S&P 500 and Nasdaq finish above key levels for the first time since Dec. 13" MarketWatch 8:42 PM
  • "Dow Shakes Off Weak JPMorgan Earnings, Nasdaq Surges After Netflix Price Hike: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is rising Tuesday as Wall Street digests a weaker-than-expected earnings report from JPMorgan Chase." TheStreet 12:31 PM
  • "Stock futures cautious after bank earnings" FOXBusiness 8:07 AM
  • "Tech Shares Lead U.S. Stocks Higher: Major indexes notch their first day of gains in three trading sessions" [Paid Membership Required] 8:43 PM
  • "Asian markets rise, shaking off China slowdown concerns: Nikkei gains after holiday; Hong Kong stocks jump" MarketWatch 8:08 AM
  • "FTSE 100 clings to gains as London investors await crucial Brexit vote: Marks & Spencer announces job cuts, shares pull back" MarketWatch 8:08 AM

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