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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, January 18, 2019


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Wednesday Highlights: Taiwan News reporting Apple moving iPad, Apple Watch, AirPod production to Taiwan due to coronavirus; iPhone supply issues seen going into April with mass production of alleged low-cost iPhone behind schedule; chip-maker stocks impacted over Apple warning, as well—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Apple and Amazon face lawsuit from Neodron over keyboard patent infringements; Photoshop turns 30!; iMore notes Apple reopening 10 stores in China; Dutch site Focus, on Apple pushing to have tell-all book by former Apple employee pulled citing it "reveals 'business secrets' that are 'of considerable economic value'"; iPad could learn file lessons from the Mac says Macworld's Jason Snell.

  • "A top Apple analyst believes there's another 'shoe to drop' for the stock" ["Top analyst Toni Sacconaghi tells clients that more companies are refusing to pay the fee that Apple collects for app transactions, posing a headwind to its Services segment."]  CNBC 9:33 AM
  • "Is Diversification Apple's Answer to iPhone's China Struggle?" ["This new approach to diversify the company's operations in order to eliminate risks indicates Apple's changing mindset about expanding its reach beyond the iPhone."]  Zacks 9:32 AM
  • "Apple Ordered to Pull Part of iPhone Germany Availability Statement in Qualcomm Case: Apple Inc. was ordered to stop using part of a press release that claims all iPhones would still be available in Germany through phone companies and resellers after it was banned from distributing several versions of the device in the country."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:30 PM
  • "Apple ordered to pull part of press release in Qualcomm case" Reuters 2:28 PM
  • "Leaked Emails Reveal New Reason Apple, Qualcomm Parted Ways" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:28 PM
  • "Austrian data privacy activist files complaint against Apple, Amazon, others"  Reuters 7:12 AM
  • "Apple GDPR compliance inadequate, says official complaint" 9to5Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Apple & other tech giants cited by Austrian group for failing to meet GDPR" AppleInsider 8:31 AM
  • "Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law" Telegraph 7:20 AM
  • "Apple Likely to Lower Hiring Rate at Divisions Except AI Team" Zacks 8:02 AM
  • "Apple wants to bring the Apple Watch to Medicare Advantage members" Business Insider 9:23 AM
  • "How to erase the background in your photos" Cult of Mac 4:31 PM
  • "How to restart Finder on Mac" 9to5Mac 4:31 PM
  • "Apple Music web player has a design so clean it looks official" 9to5Mac 9:34 AM
  • "Apple's management doesn't want Nvidia support in macOS, and that's a bad sign for the Mac Pro"  AppleInsider 8:00 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.4.5 update with performance and stability enhancements" 9to5Mac 9:26 AM
  • "3D News: AMD Publishes Radeon Pro with Cinema 4D Special Supplement" Architosh 8:47 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple isn't alone: data confirms smartphone sector slow-down/The entire industry, not just Apple, appears to be feeling the pain."  Computerworld 9:17 AM
  • "App Store made almost twice as much as Google Play in 2018"  Cult of Mac 9:26 AM
  • "Hackers Successfully Activate iPhone XS eSIM On China Mobile" Redmond Pie 10:14 PM
  • "Foxconn cuts 50,000 contract jobs in China: Nikkei" ["The scale of the cuts is not necessarily deeper than previous years, it is simply significantly earlier, the report said, citing an industry source familiar with the situation."] Reuters 7:12 AM
  • "iPhone sales slowdown hits Foxconn: Foxconn alone has shed 50,000 contact workers earlier than expected as iPhone sales slump." ZDNet 11:02 AM
  • "Major data broker Acxiom backs Tim Cook's call for data privacy regulations" AppleInsider 7:40 AM
  • "Data Broker Acxiom Comes Out in Support of Apple CEO Tim Cook's Call for US Data Privacy Regulation" MacRumors 7:40 AM
  • "Every Apple TV show and series announced so far: A complete list of everything on Apple's increasingly deep bench of original programming." CNET 7:19 AM
  • "This $350,000 Swiss watch looks like an Apple Watch, chimes to tell the time" TechCrunch 8:01 AM
  • "Swiss watchmaker's latest jab at the Apple Watch has no hands" Engadget 7:45 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "F.T.C. Is Said to Be Considering Large Facebook Fines" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:15 PM
  • "DNC says Russia tried to hack its servers again in November 2018" ZDNet 10:04 PM
  • "FCC reopens device approval system amid government shutdown" The Verge 5:24 PM
  • "Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks" Digital Trends 3:02 PM
  • "Think iPhones are expensive? Samsung official says foldable Galaxy phone will cost twice as much" BGR 3:00 PM
  • "Sen. Marco Rubio wants to ban states from protecting consumer privacy: Rubio bill would give Congress and FTC 27 months to issue actual privacy rules."  Ars Technica 1:42 PM
  • "Alphabet's Verily scores FDA clearance for its ECG monitor" TechCrunch 1:36 PM
  • "U.S. regulators discuss imposing fine against Facebook: Washington Post" Reuters 1:58 PM
  • "Facebook's newest ploy to bring back teen users is a meme app called LOL" The Verge 1:30 PM
  • "This Hitman's Smartwatch Helped Convict Him of Two Murders" Gizmodo 12:08 PM
  • "Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids' accidental purchases" The Next Web 1:55 PM
  • "Unsealed docs will detail how Facebook made money off children" Mashable 10:59 AM
  • "Safe to buy refurbished devices? Why this startup thinks it's better than buying new: Startup Back Market believes it's changing consumers' perceptions of refurbished products." ZDNet 7:50 AM
  • "This scientist used facial recognition technology on birds" The Next Web 7:50 AM
  • "Doctors Are Confident That AI Won't Replace Them" Forbes 7:46 AM
  • "Verizon will give subscribers free access to anti-robocall tools" Engadget 7:45 AM
  • "Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years" BBC 7:39 AM
  • "Is 2019 the Year of Mobile Esports? – The TouchArcade Show #385" Touch Arcade 10:15 PM
  • "Spotting Bad Science, Information Overload – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-18" The Mac Observer 5:10 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Apple Watch, Netflix and Facebook with Dave Mark" The Loop 1:42 PM
  • "2019 iPhone rumors, a possible new iPad mini & a call for privacy laws on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "What is dead may never die: Two products Apple may be looking to revive/Recent rumors point to a pair of long dormant Apple products that may receive updates."  Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "2019 iPhone could bring big upgrades where it matters most" Cult of Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Loop Disease? 5 Things to Know About iPhone 7's Newest Problem" [Slideshow] iDrop News 1:42 PM
  • "Upcoming Changes for Organization Teams: Starting February 12, 2019, managing your organization's team in the Apple Developer Program will be simpler. Teams will be unified across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect, with one team and one set of roles. Find out how roles on your team may change and make updates if needed." Apple Developer Connection 10:14 PM
  • "Apple to streamline team management in Apple Developer Program and App Store Connect" AppleInsider 10:14 PM
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to design your space — Apple" YouTube 4:49 PM
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to host your own podcast — Apple" YouTube 4:48 PM
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to take notes — Apple" YouTube 4:48 PM
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to go paperless — Apple" YouTube 4:48 PM
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to create a presentation — Apple" YouTube 4:48 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:30 AM

  • "Jabra Elite 65t long-term review: My best buds/If you want great truly wireless earbuds that aren't AirPods, your wait is over." Android Central 4:31 PM
  • "Rene Ritchie's Review of the New Smart Battery Cases: I got mine this morning. First impressions" Daring Fireball 9:44 PM
  • "Apple's New Smart Battery Case: Everything You Need to Know" MacRumors 2:29 PM
  • "WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review: Network Storage On The Go" HotHardware 12:01 PM
  • "Hands on with the HomeKit compatible ConnectSense V2 smart outlet" AppleInsider 1:30 PM
  • "Koogeek O1US Smart Surge Protector review: A power strip for the HomeKit set" TechHive 8:00 AM
  • "iOttie's iON Wireless Stand review: A reliable wireless charger with the looks to match its speed" PCWorld 7:38 AM
  • "Quick Look: Using WD's Black SN750 SSD as a Thunderbolt 3 External Drive" AnandTech 7:20 AM
iOS Apps
  • "This app turns your iPhone into a personal trainer [Review] Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
  • "How to See Recent Files from iOS Home Screen or Dock on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 3:00 PM
  • "How to control iRobot Roomba with Siri, no HomeKit required" 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "How to extract audio from video on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 9:32 AM
  • "Back Up Your iPhone Without iTunes on Windows-Based Machines" Apple Gazette 8:32 AM
  • "Can you replace a fan in Apple's AirPort Extreme? It's not a trivial task, but it can be done." Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "7 Useful iPhone Tips You Might Not Know" MacRumors 2:59 PM
  • "Technical Terms: GIF" MacMost 9:17 AM
  • "2019 Will Be the Year of the Display and Apple Should Get Ready" The Mac Observer 4:45 PM
  • "Apple, Now You Know The Rest Of The Story" Seeking Alpha 12:07 PM
  • "The top seven MacBook Air features that make the 2018 model great" AppleInsider 10:58 AM
  • "Why Apple's TV & movie streaming service is coming to Android" Apple Must 8:48 AM
  • "How a dangerous piece of Android malware snuck into the Google Play store" BGR 10:14 PM
  • "What does Google get out of buying Fossil's smartwatch tech?" Engadget 1:36 PM
  • "The 8 Signs That Machine Learning Will Automate Some or All of Your Job" Gizmodo 12:07 PM
  • "OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition review: A phone from the fast lane" GearBrain 10:58 AM
  • "HTC Continues Smart, Deliberate March Forward with VR" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:34 AM
  • "LG Gram 14 2-in-1 Review: LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don't need to sacrifice battery for light weight" Digital Trends 9:25 AM
  • "Adorable kid tries to train his Google Home, and it does not go well" Mashable 9:31 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Here's a thrilling trailer for lastest Soderbergh iPhone film" Cult of Mac 1:59 PM
  • "Magic Keyboard's slim design meets mechanical keyboard with the wireless Keychron K1 for Mac with dedicated Siri key" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "The iOS magician is back with new wallpapers that make your iPhone dock and folders vanish" BGR 9:31 AM
  • "Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States" Android Police 7:46 AM
  • "ING says Apple Pay support in Spain coming soon, but customers skeptical" 9to5Mac 7:46 AM
  • "Hitcase Splash Launches Nationwide Across All Best Buy USA Retail Stores" prMac 7:40 AM
  • "Western Digital launches SSD storage with a heat sink for gamers" VentureBeat 7:29 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Why Microsoft's 'Power Platform' is one of its biggest bets for 2019 and beyond: 'Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Power platform on top of what we're doing with Azure is the core of what we are doing as a company,' says CEO Satya Nadella." ZDNet 12:07 PM
  • "SUSE, Intel and SAP partner for IT transformation data centre" IT News Africa 9:20 AM
  • "Microsoft concedes that Cortana can't — and won't — compete with Alexa and Google Assistant" BetaNews 7:51 AM
  • "Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as an Alexa or Google Assistant competitor" The Verge 7:46 AM
  • "It's Official: Satya Nadella Confirms Cortana Defeat" Thurrott 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Nadella makes it official: Cortana is an app, not a standalone assistant" ZDNet 10:12 AM
  • "Microsoft gives up on Cortana as an Alexa rival, now views assistant as cross-platform skill" GeekWire 10:58 AM
  • "Microsoft is calling an audible on smart speakers" TechCrunch 10:58 AM
  • "Microsoft to end Windows 10 Mobile updates and support in December" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Satya Nadella teases Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers" The Verge 7:46 AM
  • "Intel's Tough Act to Follow: Chip-making giant faces several challenges following record-breaking year" [Paid Membership Required] 7:29 AM
  • "Intel: Why we're so much more than PCs/Intel pushes into more industries as it looks to power the smart world around us." TechRadar UK 9:19 AM
  • "How Intel's Data Centre Business Is Being Affected By India's Digital Transformation Wave" Analytics India Magazine 9:20 AM
  • "IBM Inks Deal with Vodafone, Expands Cloud Presence in Europe" Zacks 8:43 AM
  • "Vodafone Enters Cloud Agreement With IBM, Keeping 5G in Mind" [Paid Membership Required] 10:58 AM
  • "IBM opens headquarters with R&D centers in Shanghai" Xinhua 8:43 AM
  • "IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers" The Register 5:49 PM
  • "HP Expands Mobile PC, Workstation Battery Recall, Promises Fast, Free Fix" CRN 9:19 AM
  • "AMD responds to Radeon VII 'short supply' rumours" Hexus 8:47 AM
  • "You could be gaming on AMD's Navi graphics card before the end of the summer" Digital Trends 1:43 PM
  • "Oracle Cloud Chief explains why autonomous features will further blur enterprise lines" Diginomica 8:41 AM
  • "Inside Oracle's ideas factory" IT Web 8:42 AM
  • "Q&A: There's a secret sauce to Oracle Autonomous Database" IT Web 8:41 AM
  • "Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:50 PM
  • "Cisco Is Heading for Serious Growth and the Stock Could Pop" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:15 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "AAPL Stock Recoups Losses Incurred After Tim Cook Slashed Apple's Revenue Guidance" MacRumors 12:08 PM
  • "Apple chipmaker TSMC sees slower growth ahead" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:39 AM
  • "Apple's 2020 iPhone Lineup Could Boost This Supplier" The Motley Fool 10:14 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher for fourth day as optimism mounts over U.S.-China trade: Tesla's stock slumps 13% on job cuts, profit warning" MarketWatch 4:47 PM
  • "Dow Rises for Fourth Straight Session as Trade Tensions Ease: Stocks rise Friday, sparked by a potential thaw in U.S.-China trade talks." TheStreet 4:46 PM
  • "Dow Jones Rises 600 Points For The Week; Will These 4 China Stocks Beat Apple In 2019?" Investor's Business Daily 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks close sharply higher, 4th straight week of gains" FOXBusiness 4:46 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] 4:46 PM
  • "Asian markets rise on hopes of progress for U.S.-China trade talks: Investors buoyed by report that Mnuchin may support easing tariffs" MarketWatch 8:37 AM
  • "Europe stocks rally in fourth day of gains as U.S. considers Chinese tariff cuts: Stoxx 600 headed for nearly 2% gain for the week" MarketWatch 8:37 AM

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