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MacSurfer's Archive: Saturday, January 19, 2019


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Tuesday Highlights: AAPL falls after Monday's Q2 guidance warning on Coronavirus impact to Apple's bottom line; company today sees approx $45 billion wiped off market value as magnitude of virus impact "rattles Wall Street"; Alex Webb opines the data proves "Apple is [still] handcuffed to the iPhone"—reports and opinions aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, Finances, and Op/Ed sections; feature at New York Times investigates history of photographing death at home in "iPhone at deathbed"; new iPad Pro said to ship in Spring; Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple's UWB Tags coming somewhere between Q2 and Q3; ZDNet tips to speed up your aging MacBook, Jonny Evans posts 18 hidden iPhone tricks; developer Steve Streza decries evolution of iOS into an Adware platform.

  • "Apple vs. Qualcomm: Everything you need to know/Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany"  Digital Trends 1:44 PM
  • "Qualcomm temporarily switched into settlement mode on Day 7 of FTC trial with unhelpful arbitration proposal"  Foss Patents 1:16 PM
  • "Qualcomm Disagreed With Apple Over iPhone Modem Software Disclosures: report" CDR Info 7:38 AM
  • "Apple and Qualcomm's messy divorce was over software, not chips" phoneArena 8:50 PM
  • "Court orders Apple to withdraw misleading statement about iPhone availability" BetaNews 7:38 AM
  • "German court stops Apple from using a deceptive statement following iPhone ban" GSMArena 7:38 AM
  • "Tech giants accused of data protection breaches by Austrian activist" City A.M. 7:37 AM
  • "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 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "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] 1/18
  • "Apple ordered to pull part of press release in Qualcomm case" Reuters 1/18
  • "Leaked Emails Reveal New Reason Apple, Qualcomm Parted Ways" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/18
  • "Austrian data privacy activist files complaint against Apple, Amazon, others"  Reuters 1/18
  • "Apple GDPR compliance inadequate, says official complaint" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "Apple & other tech giants cited by Austrian group for failing to meet GDPR" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law" Telegraph 1/18
  • "Apple Likely to Lower Hiring Rate at Divisions Except AI Team" Zacks 1/18
  • "Apple wants to bring the Apple Watch to Medicare Advantage members" Business Insider 1/18
  • "How to erase the background in your photos" Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "How to restart Finder on Mac" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "Apple Music web player has a design so clean it looks official" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "Apple's management doesn't want Nvidia support in macOS, and that's a bad sign for the Mac Pro"  AppleInsider 1/18
Press Releases
  • "Final Cut Pro X 10.4.5 Update Brings Stability, Performance Improvements" Redmond Pie 10:40 AM
  • "Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.4.5 update with performance and stability enhancements" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "3D News: AMD Publishes Radeon Pro with Cinema 4D Special Supplement" Architosh 1/18
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple is once again selling its iPhone SE — for now: The phone is on sale in Apple's clearance section" The Verge 3:57 PM
  • "Apple Begins Selling iPhone SE Again on Clearance Store, Starting at $249 Brand New" MacRumors 3:58 PM
  • "Apple isn't alone: data confirms smartphone sector slow-down/The entire industry, not just Apple, appears to be feeling the pain."  Computerworld 1/18
  • "App Store made almost twice as much as Google Play in 2018"  Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "Hackers Successfully Activate iPhone XS eSIM On China Mobile" Redmond Pie 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "iPhone sales slowdown hits Foxconn: Foxconn alone has shed 50,000 contact workers earlier than expected as iPhone sales slump." ZDNet 1/18
  • "Major data broker Acxiom backs Tim Cook's call for data privacy regulations" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Data Broker Acxiom Comes Out in Support of Apple CEO Tim Cook's Call for US Data Privacy Regulation" MacRumors 1/18
  • "Every Apple TV show and series announced so far: A complete list of everything on Apple's increasingly deep bench of original programming." CNET 1/18
  • "This $350,000 Swiss watch looks like an Apple Watch, chimes to tell the time" TechCrunch 1/18
  • "Swiss watchmaker's latest jab at the Apple Watch has no hands" Engadget 1/18
Non-Apple News
  • "Alarming Wi-Fi Chipset Bug A Security Risk For Millions Of Game Consoles, Laptops, Routers And Other Devices" HotHardware 4:16 PM
  • "EU copyright laws face uncertain fate after 11 countries reject proposal: The Copyright Directive isn't necessarily dead, but it's in trouble." Engadget 3:35 PM
  • "F.T.C. Is Said to Be Considering Large Facebook Fines" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/18
  • "DNC says Russia tried to hack its servers again in November 2018" ZDNet 1/18
  • "FCC reopens device approval system amid government shutdown" The Verge 1/18
  • "Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks" Digital Trends 1/18
  • "Think iPhones are expensive? Samsung official says foldable Galaxy phone will cost twice as much" BGR 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "Alphabet's Verily scores FDA clearance for its ECG monitor" TechCrunch 1/18
  • "U.S. regulators discuss imposing fine against Facebook: Washington Post" Reuters 1/18
  • "Facebook's newest ploy to bring back teen users is a meme app called LOL" The Verge 1/18
  • "This Hitman's Smartwatch Helped Convict Him of Two Murders" Gizmodo 1/18
  • "Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids' accidental purchases" The Next Web 1/18
  • "Unsealed docs will detail how Facebook made money off children" Mashable 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "This scientist used facial recognition technology on birds" The Next Web 1/18
  • "Doctors Are Confident That AI Won't Replace Them" Forbes 1/18
  • "Verizon will give subscribers free access to anti-robocall tools" Engadget 1/18
  • "Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years" BBC 1/18
  • "Is 2019 the Year of Mobile Esports? – The TouchArcade Show #385" Touch Arcade 1/18
  • "Spotting Bad Science, Information Overload – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-18" The Mac Observer 1/18
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Apple Watch, Netflix and Facebook with Dave Mark" The Loop 1/18
  • "2019 iPhone rumors, a possible new iPad mini & a call for privacy laws on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "2019 iPhone could bring big upgrades where it matters most" Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "Loop Disease? 5 Things to Know About iPhone 7's Newest Problem" [Slideshow] iDrop News 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "Apple to streamline team management in Apple Developer Program and App Store Connect" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to design your space — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to host your own podcast — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to take notes — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to go paperless — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to create a presentation — Apple" YouTube 1/18
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/18
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/18
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/18

  • "Dodocase Two Tone turns your iPad into an old-school notebook [Review] Cult of Mac 5:35 PM
  • "Review: Anson Calder Calfskin iPhone Case" Forbes 5:27 PM
  • "Review: The Satechi 75W Dual USB-C Travel Charger is a step towards the future/Whether you want it to or not, USB-C will take over as the port of choice for consumers, but the lack of chargers that sport more than one USB-C port stands in the way. The Satechi Dual USB-C Travel Charger packs two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports into a single package —and it may just help adoption." AppleInsider 1:45 PM
  • "iPhone XS, iPhone XR: What you need to know about Apple's Smart Battery Case/If your iPhone's battery needs a bump, the Smart Battery Case fits the bill." CNET 7:37 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 1/18
  • "Rene Ritchie's Review of the New Smart Battery Cases: I got mine this morning. First impressions" Daring Fireball 1/18
  • "Apple's New Smart Battery Case: Everything You Need to Know" MacRumors 1/18
  • "WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review: Network Storage On The Go" HotHardware 1/18
  • "Hands on with the HomeKit compatible ConnectSense V2 smart outlet" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Koogeek O1US Smart Surge Protector review: A power strip for the HomeKit set" TechHive 1/18
  • "iOttie's iON Wireless Stand review: A reliable wireless charger with the looks to match its speed" PCWorld 1/18
  • "Quick Look: Using WD's Black SN750 SSD as a Thunderbolt 3 External Drive" AnandTech 1/18
iOS Apps
  • "This app turns your iPhone into a personal trainer [Review] Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "How to use iOS 12's Passwords and Accounts tool to autofill passwords" Digital Trends 3:58 PM
  • "How to restrict cellular data with Restrictions on iPhone and iPad: How do I restrict my cellular data with Restrictions on iPhone and iPad? You can use Parental Controls to make sure your kids don't use up your data!" iMore 11:16 AM
  • "How To Shoot Tomorrow's Total Lunar Eclipse With Your iPhone" Forbes 7:37 AM
  • "How to See Recent Files from iOS Home Screen or Dock on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 1/18
  • "How to control iRobot Roomba with Siri, no HomeKit required" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "How to extract audio from video on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 1/18
  • "Back Up Your iPhone Without iTunes on Windows-Based Machines" Apple Gazette 1/18
  • "Can you replace a fan in Apple's AirPort Extreme? It's not a trivial task, but it can be done." Macworld 1/18
  • "How to get started with a new HomePod, and get more out of it" AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "7 Useful iPhone Tips You Might Not Know" MacRumors 1/18
  • "Technical Terms: GIF" MacMost 1/18
  • "Analyst questions whether Apple's 70/30 revenue split in the App Store could hurt Services growth" 9to5Mac 6:37 PM
  • "Apple's Next Big Problem Isn't Related to Slowing iPhone Sales" Fortune 1:45 PM
  • "2019 Will Be the Year of the Display and Apple Should Get Ready" The Mac Observer 1/18
  • "Apple, Now You Know The Rest Of The Story" Seeking Alpha 1/18
  • "The top seven MacBook Air features that make the 2018 model great" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Why Apple's TV & movie streaming service is coming to Android" Apple Must 1/18
  • "Huawei MateBook 13 unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 10:00 AM
  • "Even with the Google/Fossil deal, Wear OS is doomed: A deal with a fashion brand isn't going to fix a dead hardware ecosystem" Ars Technica 8:45 AM
  • "How a dangerous piece of Android malware snuck into the Google Play store" BGR 1/18
  • "What does Google get out of buying Fossil's smartwatch tech?" Engadget 1/18
  • "The 8 Signs That Machine Learning Will Automate Some or All of Your Job" Gizmodo 1/18
  • "OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition review: A phone from the fast lane" GearBrain 1/18
  • "HTC Continues Smart, Deliberate March Forward with VR" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "Adorable kid tries to train his Google Home, and it does not go well" Mashable 1/18
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Maps will now display speed limits for its Android and iOS apps" The Verge 1:21 PM
  • "Here's a thrilling trailer for lastest Soderbergh iPhone film" Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "Magic Keyboard's slim design meets mechanical keyboard with the wireless Keychron K1 for Mac with dedicated Siri key" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "The iOS magician is back with new wallpapers that make your iPhone dock and folders vanish" BGR 1/18
  • "Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States" Android Police 1/18
  • "ING says Apple Pay support in Spain coming soon, but customers skeptical" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "Hitcase Splash Launches Nationwide Across All Best Buy USA Retail Stores" prMac 1/18
  • "Western Digital launches SSD storage with a heat sink for gamers" VentureBeat 1/18
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft 365 might replace Office 365 soon, but what is it exactly?" BGR 7:23 AM
  • "Cortana gets smarter with new 'scenes' and 'rules' for smart home setups: Users can now pair commands together with Cortana to control their homes" Windows Central 1:34 PM
  • "Microsoft Tethers Another Major Retailer to Its Cloud: Walgreens joins Microsoft's growing list of 'anti-Amazon' cloud customers." The Motley Fool 6:39 PM
  • "Leaked AMD Zen and Navi APU could be powering the next-generation consoles" Neowin 7:23 AM
  • "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 1/18
  • "SUSE, Intel and SAP partner for IT transformation data centre" IT News Africa 1/18
  • "Microsoft concedes that Cortana can't — and won't — compete with Alexa and Google Assistant" BetaNews 1/18
  • "Microsoft no longer sees Cortana as an Alexa or Google Assistant competitor" The Verge 1/18
  • "It's Official: Satya Nadella Confirms Cortana Defeat" Thurrott 1/18
  • "Microsoft CEO Nadella makes it official: Cortana is an app, not a standalone assistant" ZDNet 1/18
  • "Microsoft gives up on Cortana as an Alexa rival, now views assistant as cross-platform skill" GeekWire 1/18
  • "Microsoft is calling an audible on smart speakers" TechCrunch 1/18
  • "Microsoft to end Windows 10 Mobile updates and support in December" The Verge 1/18
  • "Satya Nadella teases Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers" The Verge 1/18
  • "Intel's Tough Act to Follow: Chip-making giant faces several challenges following record-breaking year" [Paid Membership Required] 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "How Intel's Data Centre Business Is Being Affected By India's Digital Transformation Wave" Analytics India Magazine 1/18
  • "IBM Inks Deal with Vodafone, Expands Cloud Presence in Europe" Zacks 1/18
  • "Vodafone Enters Cloud Agreement With IBM, Keeping 5G in Mind" [Paid Membership Required] 1/18
  • "IBM opens headquarters with R&D centers in Shanghai" Xinhua 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "HP Expands Mobile PC, Workstation Battery Recall, Promises Fast, Free Fix" CRN 1/18
  • "AMD responds to Radeon VII 'short supply' rumours" Hexus 1/18
  • "You could be gaming on AMD's Navi graphics card before the end of the summer" Digital Trends 1/18
  • "Oracle Cloud Chief explains why autonomous features will further blur enterprise lines" Diginomica 1/18
  • "Inside Oracle's ideas factory" IT Web 1/18
  • "Q&A: There's a secret sauce to Oracle Autonomous Database" IT Web 1/18
  • "Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/18
  • "Cisco Is Heading for Serious Growth and the Stock Could Pop" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/18
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Yahoo Finance on Tim Cook: 'Is his time done?'" Apple 3.0 7:34 AM
  • "AAPL Stock Recoups Losses Incurred After Tim Cook Slashed Apple's Revenue Guidance" MacRumors 1/18
  • "Apple chipmaker TSMC sees slower growth ahead" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1/18
  • "Apple's 2020 iPhone Lineup Could Boost This Supplier" The Motley Fool 1/18
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 1/18
  • "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 1/18
  • "Stocks close sharply higher, 4th straight week of gains" FOXBusiness 1/18
  • "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] 1/18
  • "Asian markets rise on hopes of progress for U.S.-China trade talks: Investors buoyed by report that Mnuchin may support easing tariffs" MarketWatch 1/18
  • "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 1/18

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