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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, January 17, 2019


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  • "You Deserve Privacy Online. Here's How You Could Actually Get It: We all deserve control over our digital lives. That's why we must rein in the data brokers" [Tim Cook Op/Ee]  Time 6:58 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says the FTC should let people track and delete their data 'on demand'" CNBC 8:38 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook Says the Government Should Help Consumers Track Their Data" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:27 AM
  • "Tim Cook calls on Congress to pass privacy legislation" Axios 7:14 AM
  • "Tim Cook renews call to Congress for federal data privacy law reforms, suggests creation of 'data-broker clearinghouse'" AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted the invisible 'shadow economy' that profits off your information" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's Services Playbook"  Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:02 AM
  • "Apple Traps Consumers in an App Store War: Fees for purchases complicate what should be easy transactions."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:25 PM
  • "Trump's Trade War Threatens to Divide the World's Smartphone Makers: When the president gave ZTE the 'death penalty,' he offered a preview of the uncertainty facing Apple, Huawei, and every other big global technology company."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:45 PM
  • "Apple's India Move Is Risky, But Better Than Facing Trump's Trade War" Forbes 2:51 PM
  • "Apple loses appeal in FaceTime lawsuit, must pay VirnetX $440 million: Interest and other costs are mounting but Apple is still unwilling to capitulate."  ZDNet 7:14 AM
  • "Williamson tax incentives for Apple could double if project lives up to $1B billing" Austin American-Statesman [Free Registration Required] 8:09 AM
  • "What to do when the Mac App Store won't assign applications to your account" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Commander One Is Better Than Finder Will Ever Be" Apple Gazette 8:02 AM
  • "Do GPU upgrades always speed up Pro Apps?" Bare Feats 8:40 AM
  • "How to See Two Pages of a Pages Document Open Side-by-Side on iPad" OS X Daily 4:07 PM
  • "Mac File Save Power User Tips" MacMost 9:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple Update Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.5" 2:31 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Johnson & Johnson Announces Research Study with Apple Watch to Help Improve AFib Outcomes Including Stroke Prevention"  PRNewswire 8:04 AM
  • "Can Apple Watch Prevent Strokes? New Study Aims to Find Out: Johnson & Johnson is partnering with Apple to study whether the wearable's irregular rhythm notifications and ECG app can help accelerate the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation." PC Magazine 8:47 PM
  • "Apple job openings for 'health' related positions up 400% since 2017" Thinknum 12:57 PM
  • "Apple Gives Simon Kinberg, David Weil 10-Episode Sci-Fi Series Commitment" Deadline 11:28 AM
  • "Apple Inks Deal for 'Large Budget, Ambitious' Sci-Fi Series From Simon Kinberg, Known for 'X-Men' Movies" MacRumors 2:33 PM
  • "Apple has green lit a large-budget sci-fi series co-written by 'X-Men' producer Simon Kingberg" iDownload Blog 2:33 PM
  • "Bad Robot: Sizing Up the Field As Race To Land JJ Abrams' Business Enters Home Stretch" ["Apple's tech prowess could play in its favor, and it could be a landing place for Bad Robot, though observers also do not discount a potential bid from streaming giant Netflix, or even deep-pocketed Amazon, which had been on the hunt for a mega film-TV deal with A-list talent."] Deadline 12:23 PM
  • "Walmart abandons plans for video-streaming service and will focus instead on Vudu"  CNBC 2:38 PM
  • "Walmart ditches plans to compete with Apple & others in streaming video arena" AppleInsider 2:38 PM
  • "Apple, Amazon called out for 'incorrect' Taiwan, Hong Kong references" Reuters 7:13 AM
  • "$350k Swiss watch looks like an Apple Watch on standby" Cult of Mac 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod launches in China and Hong Kong: As promised, Apple on Friday kicked off sales of HomePod in China and Hong Kong, bringing the Siri-infused speaker to customers in the region nearly a year after the device launched in 2018." AppleInsider 7:08 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook employees busted leaving 5-star reviews for Portal on Amazon" The Verge 3:05 PM
  • "T-Mobile beats out Verizon as top 'quality' brand as it sees 9% YoY increase in customer satisfaction" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
  • "Google Digs Up $40 Million To Acquire Fossil Smartwatch Tech In Battle Against Apple Watch" HotHardware 3:57 PM
  • "Google Agrees $40m Deal For Fossil's Smartwatch Tech"  Forbes 12:21 PM
  • "The 'Biggest EVER' Collection of Hacked Passwords Is Not That Bad: Someone put together a massive list of 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords. But there's really no reason to panic." Motherboard 11:31 AM
  • "Swatch and Mastercard team up for on-the-wrist, on-the-go mobile payments" Digital Trends 9:54 AM
  • "China accuses US of suppressing its high-tech companies: US said to be in advanced stages of inquiry over alleged Huawei theft of trade secrets" The Guardian 7:56 AM
  • "The record-breaking government shutdown is putting the US at risk of a major cyberattack" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "LG might make a phone you can add another screen to... no joke" Android Authority 7:16 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 'Lite' leaks in extensive video: It wouldn't be a new Pixel without a massive leak" The Verge 7:15 AM
  • "Facebook finds and kills another 512 Kremlin-linked fake accounts" TechCrunch 7:14 AM
  • "Here's the First Live Image of the Upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10+" Droid Shout 7:04 AM
  • "Cricut, Rocket Book, and Setapp, with Bob LeVitus -ACM 497" The Mac Observer 7:03 PM
  • "Collection 1, Tim Cook in Time Magazine – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-17" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "Next-Generation iPhone XR Said to Feature 4x4 MIMO Antenna Design Enabling Faster Data Speeds" MacRumors 9:27 AM
  • "Taiwan touch panel makers to enjoy stable shipments in 1H19" ["Apple reportedly plans to launch two entry-level tablets in the first half of 2019, including a fifth-generation iPad mini and another entry-level iPad model, said the sources."]  DigiTimes 7:05 AM
  • "iPad mini 5 and New Entry-Level iPad Said to Launch in First Half of 2019" MacRumors 7:18 AM
  • "Digitimes: New entry-level iPad and iPad mini 5 launching in first half of 2019" 9to5Mac 7:23 AM
  • "Apple's spring collection – iPad, iPad mini, AirPower, more?" Apple Must 7:25 AM
  • "Barclays Believes There's Still a 'Good Chance' Apple Will Have to Use Qualcomm 5G Modems in 2020 iPhones" MacRumors 10:33 AM
  • "What Intel's 2019 roadmap can tell us about the future of the Mac" Macworld 7:23 AM
  • "2019 Intel CPU plans point to two key MacBook improvements" 9to5Mac 8:17 AM
  • "Future Mac laptops could sport an iPhone-docking trackpad" Apple World Today 8:02 AM
  • "Apple continues to Work on iDevices that could Power MacBook-Like Accessories to Extend Functionality" Patently Apple 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Watch could get more hands-free tilt controls in future watchOS update" AppleInsider 9:26 AM
  • "Future locked iPhones could open camera app automatically when held up to take a photo" AppleInsider 11:28 AM
  • "Would you like a holographic display and HoloDash OS with your Apple Car?" Apple World Today 8:12 AM
  • "An iPhone 7 audio problem that could cost you $180 to fix: Having audio problems with your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? It seems that you are not alone, and if its out of warranty you might have to pay as much as $180 to get the problem fixed." ZDNet 8:17 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:17 AM

  • "iPhone XS Smart Battery Case Review" iMore 8:49 PM
  • "Apple Smart Battery Case Review: iPhone XS/Max & XR design, wireless charging, still bulky [Video] 9to5Mac 4:07 PM
  • "Hands on with Apple's new Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR" AppleInsider 3:06 PM
  • "Anker Liberty Air Review: AirPod style for 50% less" 9to5Toys 2:31 PM
  • "AirPods vs. Xiaomi AirDots – 5 Things You Need to Know" [Slideshow] iDrop News 2:31 PM
  • "Video: hands-on with Caviar's $4,200 gold-plated, solar-powered iPhone X" iDownload Blog 2:51 PM
  • "Picaso Lab's leather sleeves pack your 2018 iPad Pro with confidence" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "Review: Neato's iPhone-connected Botvac D7 is a worthy Roomba alternative" AppleInsider 11:29 AM
  • "mophie's first USB-C PD chargers are excellent (and pricey)" Apple World Today 7:26 AM
  • "Hide Stories in Your Facebook Feed on iPhone or Android" Gadget Hacks 8:49 PM
  • "Thinking Different: Keys to Adopting an iPad-First Workflow"  MacStories 10:16 AM
  • "How to use this time-saving feature Apple added to the iPhone" Business Insider 8:17 AM
  • "How to forward a text message on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:09 AM
  • "How to see if your email was stolen in the massive breach that exposed 773 million accounts" BGR 7:53 AM
  • "The 'iPhone Mini' Revisited/A simple idea for Apple: Small, Medium, and Large"  500ish Words 12:25 PM
  • "Apple should totally do the unthinkable with the iPhone 11" BGR 9:57 AM
  • "Mark Gurman: Here's what Tim Cook said about an Apple hiring freeze" Apple 3.0 8:57 AM
  • "Apple Is Part of the Privacy 'Shadow Economy': The Mac maker has little choice but to indirectly contribute."  Motley Fool 1:17 PM
  • "Tim Cook on iPhone Sales: We Need to Talk About Facebook" Gizmodo 12:29 PM
  • "Tim Cook Calls for US Privacy Regulations in Time Op-Ed" MacStories 9:39 AM
  • "'We need new privacy laws' urges Apple CEO, Tim Cook" Computerworld 7:52 AM
  • "Tim Cook Urges U.S. Congress to Pass Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation in Op-Ed" MacRumors 7:22 AM
  • "Tim Cook Reiterated His Call for Data Privacy Protections" The Mac Observer 7:20 AM
  • "Failure is not an option: Tim Cook's operational skills" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Mingis on Tech: All about Google Fi/Google's foray into cellular networking, as an MVNO reselling wireless access, allows it to offer service that can undercut bigger rivals like AT&T and Verizon. Here's an explainer on what Google Fi is and does." Computerworld 12:23 PM
  • "What to expect from Samsung's February 20 Galaxy S10 launch event" GearBrain 10:16 AM
  • "I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I Loved Facebook. But I Can't Stay Silent About What's Happening." Time 7:57 AM
  • "'Why I Still Have Faith in Facebook'" Time 7:57 AM
  • "T-Mobile CEO John Legere Sure Loves Trump's Hotels Now, and Boy, What a Coincidence That Is" Gizmodo 7:51 AM
  • "In defense of smart TV snooping/The ugly truth about smart TVs and streaming hardware: 'Post-purchase monetization' is mostly a good thing." TechHive 7:23 AM
  • "Pew Study on Facebook Users Shows Majority Don't Know That Facebook Tracks Their Interests for Targeting Ads" ["The real problem is that the products are too hard to understand. The problem with users not understanding what Facebook tracks about them is not that the people are stupid, it's that Facebook purposefully obfuscates what they do to keep regular people in the dark."]  Daring Fireball 3:12 PM
  • "Don't underestimate Americans' knowledge of Facebook's business model"  The Verge 7:15 AM
  • "Pentagram's 'Range of Possibilities' for Slack" Daring Fireball 7:03 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "GoodNotes 5 improves the notes app in every way" Cult of Mac 3:06 PM
  • "NHL shifting to iPad Pro for real-time statistics and analytics during the game" AppleInsider 2:33 PM
  • "Apple's iPad Pro just became an essential NHL team mate" Apple Must 7:00 PM
  • "'Ridiculous Rugby' is Like the 'NBA Jam' of Rugby and It's Now Available on iOS" Touch Arcade 2:31 PM
  • "Dolby quietly testing upcoming mobile augmented audio production '234' app" 9to5Mac 2:30 PM
  • "PCIe 5.0 standard gets ratified, could find a home in 2019 Mac Pro" AppleInsider 12:28 PM
  • "Louis Vuitton wants you to pay them $700 for putting their logo on in-ear wireless headphones" 9to5Mac 9:40 AM
  • "Apple Pay in Australia now lets users switch between Visa and eftpos on compatible debit cards, and avoid credit card fees" 9to5Mac 7:23 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft pledges $500M to create affordable housing around Seattle" TechCrunch 6:04 AM
  • "Microsoft Pledges $500M for Affordable Housing in Seattle: The pledge is intended to help tackle the low and middle-income housing crisis in Seattle, but also to encourage policy change, new investment by the state, and to support organizations that help the homeless." PC Magazine 6:21 AM
  • "Microsoft promises $500m to fix Greater Seattle's housing affordability 'crisis': The $500 million commitment will be used for loans and grants to accelerate the construction of more affordable housing across the region." ZDNet 6:05 AM
  • "Microsoft will spend $500M to address affordable housing and homelessness in the Seattle region" GeekWire 6:05 AM
  • "Microsoft is spending half a billion dollars to make Seattle housing more affordable" Fast Company 6:12 AM
  • "Microsoft pledges $500M to build homes in Seattle: The Redmond-based software giant is planning to address homelessness and develop affordable housing for residents in the area." CNET 6:13 AM
  • "Microsoft's Brad Smith on $500M housing pledge: 'We want our success to support the region'" GeekWire 6:59 PM
  • "Microsoft is splitting Cortana from search in Windows 10: Tappety-tappety-tap; another tiny nail in AI assistant's coffin" The Inquirer 6:05 AM
  • "The Microsoft Surface Go LTE Review: Unmatched Mobility" AnandTech 7:56 AM
  • "Microsoft expands Windows 7-to-Windows 10 app compatibility pledge: Vendor's 'Desktop App Assure' program launched in October in North America; it's now been expanded worldwide" Computerworld New Zealand 6:58 PM
  • "Microsoft rolls out the January update to Office Insiders on Windows" Neowin 8:48 PM
  • "Microsoft HoloLens 2 looks set to debut at MWC next month: Redmond is returning to Barcelona" The Inquirer 11:58 AM
  • "Dell on the Future of Alienware, Building the Smallest Webcam, and More" Gadgets 360 6:10 AM
  • "Intel to discontinue Core+ bundles (CPU + Optane Memory)" Hexus 6:10 AM
  • "Intel bins 'Core+' CPU and memory bundles due to lack of demand: Optane might be on its way out" The Inquirer 6:37 AM
  • "AMD Claims It Has Enough Radeon VIIs to Meet Demand" ExtremeTech 7:01 AM
  • "AMD debunks claims its Radeon 7 GPU will be in short supply: Or maybe it's just not expecting to sell many" The Inquirer 9:37 AM
  • "AMD is edging closer to breaking NVIDIA's graphic dominance: And NVIDIA has taken notice, judging by CEO Jensen Huang's comments." Engadget 6:59 PM
  • "IBM's quantum computer is a sign of its ambitions" Verdict 6:11 AM
  • "In 5G play, Vodafone and IBM link up cloud systems for business: The venture will focus on Vodafone's British, German and Irish markets, targeting multinationals and national enterprises operating in industries such as retail, manufacturing, utilities, agriculture or transportation." Reuters 7:00 PM
  • "Oracle Expands Cloud Business with Next-Gen Data Center in Canada" eWeek 6:36 AM
  • "Oracle Java Card updated for IoT applications: Java Card is a software technology providing isolation between secure hardware and software services" Infoworld 6:12 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "FANG Stocks Are Back in Vogue as Apple Gets Left Out of Rally" Bloomberg 7:24 AM
  • "TSMC offers gloomy revenue forecast, slams chipmaker shares" Reuters 7:15 AM
  • "Apple chipmaker TSMC sees slower growth ahead" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "TSMC's Dismal Outlook Muddies Picture for iPhone Demand" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:25 AM
  • "TSMC slashes revenue guidance due to iPhone, global smartphone market slowdown" AppleInsider 7:15 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end higher after report says U.S. considering easing China tariffs: Morgan Stanley revenue falls 10.5%" MarketWatch 7:01 PM
  • "Stocks Rise on China Trade Optimism Even After U.S. Denials of Progress: The Dow Jones Industrial Average trades higher Thursday for the third straight session." TheStreet 7:02 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Advance on Hopes of Easing Trade Tensions: All 11 sectors in the S&P 500 rise, led by gains in trade-oriented sectors such as industrials and materials" [Paid Membership Required] 7:02 PM
  • "Asian shares drop over worries about U.S. probe into Huawei: Trade theft investigation could renew U.S.-China trade tensions" MarketWatch 7:03 AM
  • "European markets drop as SocGen warns on Q4 revenues" MarketWatch 7:04 AM

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