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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, January 16, 2019


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "App Annie: China drove 40% of mobile app spending and nearly half of all downloads in 2018/China may be slowing iPhone sales worldwide, but Chinese people are driving Apple's App Store business. In fact, China accounted for nearly 50 percent of all app downloads in 2018, pushing the global downloads count to reach a record 194 billion, according to research firm App Annie."  VentureBeat 8:29 AM
  • "App Annie: Games made up 74 percent of consumer app store spending in 2018" VentureBeat 8:29 AM
  • "App economy expected to be $120 billion in 2019 as small screen leads digital transformation efforts" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "The Millions Silicon Valley Spends on Security for Execs" ["Apple's most recent proxy statement, filed earlier this month, shows the company spent $310,000 on personal security for CEO Tim Cook. But that's a fraction of other tech giants' expenditures."]  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:00 AM
  • "The FTC has rested its likely-winning case with a final hand grenade destroying a Qualcomm mantra" Foss Patents 2:06 PM
  • "Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip prowess" CNET 8:20 AM
  • "Qualcomm antitrust case: 'the iPhone wouldn't exist without us'" 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC's antitrust claims" AppleInsider 8:31 AM
  • "Huawei looks up to Apple in terms of privacy: Founder Ren Zhengfei/History will judge whether Huawei adhered to its claims to not harm the interests of customers, its founder has said." ZDNet 8:15 AM
  • "Smartwatches: Switzerland's friend or foe?"  BBC 7:58 AM
  • "Why screen time studies can't measure the effect of smartphones on our well being: What a new paper in Nature misses about the world smartphones created" The Verge 8:15 AM
  • "Jason Katims Sets Apple Overall Deal" Variety 1:54 PM
  • "Sofia Coppola to direct Bill Murray in Apple's first film" BBC 7:58 AM
  • "Apple's first collaboration with A24 is Sofia Coppola's 'On the Rocks' starring Bill Murray" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by new legislation" The Register 3:06 PM
  • "US government pursues criminal charges against Huawei" Telegraph 8:18 PM
  • "U.S. investigating Huawei for alleged trade secret theft: WSJ" Reuters 3:06 PM
  • "Google Play starts manually whitelisting SMS and phone apps: To protect user privacy, Google starts policing apps using SMS and phone permissions." Ars Technica 2:25 PM
  • "Sen. Marco Rubio announces Congress' first big push to regulate tech this year" The Verge 10:07 AM
  • "Domino's Pizza app must be accessible to blind people: Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US." BBC 9:36 AM
  • "Return of the Razr—With a Foldable Screen and $1,500 Price: Motorola seeks to revive flip phone that was dethroned by the iPhone a decade ago" [Paid Membership Required] 9:47 AM
  • "Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could cost more than an iPhone XS Max" AppleInsider 9:35 AM
  • "Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds" TechCrunch 9:47 AM
  • "Pew: 74% of users don't know Facebook records their ad preferences" VentureBeat 9:26 AM
  • "Sprint To Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation" Motherboard 8:38 AM
  • "Roku removes Alex Jones' Infowars channel after backlash from users and families of those killed in Sandy Hook shooting" Business Insider 9:35 AM
  • "Roku deleted the InfoWars app following a flood of user complaints" CNBC 8:35 AM
  • "Data breaches, cyberattacks are top global risks alongside natural disasters and climate change" ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "Facial recognition struggles to interpret the emotions of black faces" The Conversation 8:10 AM
  • "5 of the worst security missteps by major tech companies in 2018" The Next Web 8:09 AM
  • "As the Government Shutdown Drags on, Security Risks Intensify" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:00 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Unlocked Variant Appears on Geekbench With Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB RAM" MySmartPrice 7:42 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 208: New iPod touch rumors, competing iPhone 11 renders, leaked Smart Battery Cases debut" 9to5Mac 9:32 PM
  • "#277: Say Hello to Your Little Friend/Apple products we'd like to see revived, our favorite underdog technology, future tech we're still waiting for, and our thoughts on AirPower and Apple's new battery cases." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:05 PM
  • "IBM PC Unboxing, Interpreting Watch Data – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-16" The Mac Observer 2:03 PM