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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, January 25, 2019


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Weekend Highlights: Fortune's Don Reisinger on how Apple corrects course during coronavirus outbreak in order to keep iPhones on track; leaks from Target inventory system reveal placeholders for new Apple TV, iPod touch, Apple Watch bands—more in our Hardware/Software section; hints that Apple will open iOS to third party apps as default may be effort to alleviate antitrust concerns; apparently Apple's quest to ban book instead causes it to rocket to #1 in what's become known as the "Streisand effect"; 800 workers sent home at Apple supplier due to fears of coronavirus; Unreal Engine used in The Mandalorian instead of green screens; Intel's Ice Lake chips may be featured in leak of forthcoming 13" MacBook Pro; Engadget reviews new Galaxy Buds+, says they're "a worthy AirPods alternative"; Slate calls current Streaming Wars "worse than the cable wars".

  • "Apple Is About to Get a Slice of One of Microsoft's Cash Cows" ["Apple takes 30% of subscription revenue for the first year, then 15% after that, and Office 365 Consumer subscriptions cost between $70 to $100 per year. For Office 365 users that subscribe through the Mac App Store, Apple will earn anywhere from $10.50 to $30 per year, depending on which tier they sign up for and how long those subscriptions last."]  The Motley Fool 1:56 PM
  • "Apple slowdown: iPhone's shipments fall in China as gap on Huawei widens/iPhone shipments declined far greater than overall smartphone shipments to China."  ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "Apple may be headed for 'serious ramifications' in China after Tencent's latest update to WeChat" CNBC 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Might Be Making a Brilliant Move" ["According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, however, Apple is 'likely' to move away from LCD technology in the iPhones it intends to release in 2020. Here's why this move makes perfect business sense."]  The Motley Fool 8:37 AM
  • "Apple dismisses over 200 staff from autonomous vehicle group: CNBC" Reuters 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's secret car project is much bigger than people think. Of course it had to cut 200 jobs."  Business Insider 8:15 AM
  • "Up, down, sideways: Apple's personnel changes point to its priorities/Recent stories about Apple personnel changes let us glean just a little bit about what's happening inside the company."  Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "Apple's Aussie profits grew but its tax bill went down: Technology giant Apple's sales in Australia grew by more than $1 billion last year lifting its profits, as our commitment to its iPhone remains unshakable, but the amount of tax the multinational paid fell. Apple's accounts lodged with the corporate regulator on Friday show it had total sales of $9.08 billion in the year to September 29, 2018 - up 13 per cent from $8.04 billion in 2017." Melbourne Age 9:38 AM
  • "Safari Autofill coming to Touch ID in macOS Mojave 10.14.4" iMore 3:37 PM
  • "Apple to simplify Safari AutoFill with Touch ID support in macOS 10.4.4: According to a new Settings menu option in Apple's macOS 10.14.4 beta release, the upcoming Mac operating system will allow users to complete Safari AutoFill operations with Touch ID on systems that support the authentication hardware." AppleInsider 7:36 PM
  • "Touch ID On MacBooks Can Soon Be Used For Safari Autofill" UberGizmo 8:33 PM
  • "Microsoft Office is now available in the Mac App Store: It's also the first time the App Store has sold a software bundle in this form." Ars Technica 7:36 PM
  • "How to fix font problems on your Mac that can make Safari and Mail unreadable" AppleInsider 11:45 AM
  • "The IT admin guide to Office 365 at the Mac App Store: Office 365 apps are now available for purchase and download from the Mac App Store. What does this new mean to IT administrators?" Computerworld 9:12 AM
  • "How to Uninstall VirtualBox on Mac" OS X Daily 2:51 PM
  • "How to disable the Guest User login screen on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:44 AM
  • "I was a PC diehard for most of my life, but I now own Apple products across the board. Here's why I made the change and stuck with it"  Business Insider 11:07 AM
  • "Why Choosing Between Windows and macOS Still Matters"  Gizmodo 9:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "3D News: Adobe Acquires 3D Software Company Allegorithmic" Architosh 10:02 AM
  • "Microsoft peddles Office apps from Apple's Mac e-store" Computerworld 3:31 PM
  • "Microsoft Office finally hits the Apple Mac App Store" SiliconRepublic 8:42 AM
  • "Simon Says Now Auto-translates Your FCPX Video's Subtitles into 50 Languages. Within Seconds" 7:47 AM
  • "Mac MACSpoof 1.2 to change MAC address to the network interfaces of your Mac" Ecleti 8:51 AM
  • "Precise Screenshot 2.2 takes screenshot on Mac also using additional external monitors" Ecleti 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Crowds gather in Japan to witness the final closure of Apple Sendai Ichibancho" 9to5Mac 8:15 AM
  • "Apple decides it will cough up for 'Shot on iPhone' photos" Cult of Mac 7:32 AM
  • "Apple announces it will pay licensing fee to 'Shot on iPhone' contest winners after complaints" Digital Photography Review 10:25 AM
  • "Apple to Compensate 'Shot on iPhone' Winners Following Complaints" Digital Trends 7:37 AM
  • "Apple is running a global photography contest to find photos for billboards and ads — and now, it will pay the winners" Business Insider 8:38 AM
  • "In the US, iPhone XR Outsold Pricier XS, XS Max Combined" PC Magazine 11:11 AM
  • "Los Angeles Metro Transit System Plans to Support Apple Pay This Fall" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "Smartphone makers seek export incentives to grow India production" Reuters 7:34 AM
  • "Apple, other smartphone makers push for export credits & tariff cuts in India" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Chinese New Year – The Bucket – Apple" YouTube 8:26 AM
  • "Chinese New Year – Jia Zhangke on Slo-mo – Apple" YouTube 8:26 AM
  • "Chinese New Year – Jia Zhangke on Depth Control – Apple" YouTube 8:26 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Vodafone, One of World's Largest Cell Carriers, Halts Buying of Huawei Gear" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:50 PM
  • "FCC accused of colluding with Big Cable to game 5G legal challenge" The Register 3:13 PM
  • "AI tunes prosthetic legs to help human wearers walk better, faster" VentureBeat 2:17 PM
  • "T-Mobile's mobile TV service is coming in a matter of weeks, but 'disruptive' plans postponed" AppleInsider 1:02 PM
  • "T-Mobile to Release Free Mobile TV Service in Upcoming Weeks: Source" Cheddar 11:15 AM
  • "Google's next I/O conference begins May 7th" Engadget 12:53 PM
  • "'Google coral' benchmark emerges w/ Snapdragon 855 and Android Q" 9to5Google 11:07 AM
  • "YouTube says it will recommend fewer videos about conspiracy theories" The Verge 10:20 AM
  • "Here are all of the folding phones so far" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Facebook Let Kids Rack Up Charges on Parents' Credit Cards and Did Nothing to Stop It" Gizmodo 3:35 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan to Save Facebook Is Reportedly Ruining Everything Else" Gizmodo 9:36 AM
  • "Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger: Facebook plans to integrate the technical infrastructure for WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger as Mark Zuckerberg, the company's chief executive, asserts control over all of the apps." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:34 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg Thinks You Don't Trust Facebook Because You Don't 'Understand' It" Gizmodo 7:42 AM
  • "Google Is Increasingly At Risk Of Losing The Smart Home To Amazon." Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "Google's DeepMind AI Just Beat Two Pros At StarCraft IIKotaku 7:42 AM
  • "Researchers say Amazon face-detection technology shows bias" Associated Press 3:26 PM
  • "Amazon's latest move shows it's serious about the smart home" GearBrain 7:30 AM
  • "New ransomware threat is not a game - Video" ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "The January 2019 Issue of Photoshop User Is Now Available!" Layers Magazine 1:46 PM
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: Amazon's Delivery Robot, Scout, Is Here" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:16 PM
  • "Microsoft Office on MAS, Privacy Face-Off – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-25" The Mac Observer 12:46 PM
  • "Death of 3D Touch, AirPods with health sensors, and a MacBook Pro flaw you need to know about, on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Jamf talks with AWT about Jamf Connect and Apple's growing influence in enterprise" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "Multiple Upcoming Apple iPad Models Pass EEC Certification, Expected to Launch Soon"  MySmartPrice 9:30 AM
  • "Apple Registers Six New iPad Models in Eurasian Database, Rumors Expect New 10-Inch iPad and iPad Mini 5" MacRumors 10:20 AM
  • "New 2019 iPads: Everything we know so far/An early 2019 announcement means leaks and rumors should start heating up." ZDNet 2:17 PM
  • "A brand new leak says Apple is about to launch new iPad models" BGR 5:48 PM
  • "Apple Registers Seven New iPad Models in Eurasian Economic Commission Database" MacTrast 5:49 PM
  • "Apple Registers A Bunch Of New iPads Over In Europe" UberGizmo 8:28 PM
  • "35 years of Macintosh, Apple earnings season, Microsoft Office on the App Store on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7:30 AM
  • "The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future: Want expansion? Tough. You're using it wrong." The Register 7:30 AM
  • "Latest iOS beta hints at 'AirPods 2' getting 'Hey Siri'¬†support" Canadian Reviewer 7:31 AM
  • "iOS 12.2 beta update suggests AirPods 2 release date might be getting close" BGR 7:37 AM
  • "AirPods 2 (2019) preview" iMore 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's next-gen AirPods may respond to hands-free Siri voice commands: More evidence that new AirPods are coming, we just don't know when." Ars Technica 9:23 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly going to release over-ear headphones this year, and they will probably be a huge hit like AirPods" Business Insider 11:06 AM
  • "Developer demos what will be possible with HomeKit-connected AirPlay 2 Smart TVs" 9to5Mac 9:23 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Now Promoting iPhone XR and iPhone XS Trade-Ups With Monthly Payment Option" MacRumors 11:24 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:22 AM

  • "Comparing the iPhone XR with the iPhone 8 Plus in the real world" AppleInsider 10:41 AM
  • "Apple Smart Battery Case review (2019): A basic, effective iPhone add-on" Engadget 12:53 PM
  • "Hands-on: The Gemini battery-powered 15-inch 4K USB-C portable monitor" 9to5Mac 9:43 AM
  • "WaterField Tech Folio Plus Review: Leave no accessory behind!" iMore 8:35 AM
  • "Neumann's pro studio headphones aren't for audiophiles, but I like them anyway" The Verge 7:31 AM
  • "How to make Shortcuts give you an iPad weather forecast" Cult of Mac 3:14 PM
  • "We want to help you get your MacBook back on its feet" iFixit 12:54 PM
  • "Unique iPhone 8 tips and tricks any new user needs" Apple Must 2:53 PM
  • "The FTC has defeated Qualcomm with respect to industry as well as expert testimony: checkmate" Foss Patents 8:35 PM
  • "As Streaming Services Proliferate, Apple Knows Only a Few Will Survive" The Mac Observer 5:15 PM
  • "10 Year Challenge: How Popular iOS Apps Have Changed" Medium: flawless 1:44 PM
  • "Reinventing the Hearing Aid" ["The flip side of this is that Apple's AirPods add some of these added features minus the health tracking, fall detection, and hearing aid. I would not be surprised if health tracking will be included in the next version of their popular earphones. While using them as hearing aids may be on the roadmap, I don't think this new version will add that feature."] Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:04 PM
  • "Apple in 2019: Will a recession ruin its run?"  Roughly Drafted 12:54 PM
  • "End times? A musical AI just released five albums on iTunes" Apple Must 12:46 PM
  • "iPad mini 5 (2019) Preview: Steve Jobs never wanted an iPad mini. He joked about having to file down your fingers just to use one. Then, Eddy Cue read an article about the advantages of a smaller Android Tab and how they could apply to iPad. Curious, he picked one up and tried to out." iMore 9:36 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: China down 11%, Apple iPhone down 22%" Apple Must 8:43 AM
  • "iPhone SE fans UNITE! Bring back the small phone lifestyle!"  iMore 8:16 AM
  • "Music on watchOS 5 is a rare misfire for Apple's designers"  AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "Why the Future of 2-in-1 Notebooks is Customized Leather/Product Analysis: Our analyst, Rob Enderle, has seen the laptop future and it is customized leather. HP's Spectre Folio is very light, the leather has padding, and when carried it feels extremely secure in your hands." eWeek 6:45 PM
  • "HP Spectre Folio review: more laptops should be wrapped in leather" The Verge 9:26 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 XL review, 3 months on: Almost perfect/Google's phone is still a winner, but little things still keep it from approaching perfection." Android Central 8:17 AM
  • "Coming to a TV near you: personalized ads" Axios 7:42 AM
  • "The Google Walkout ran on Gmail, and that makes Google nervous" The Verge 7:40 AM
  • "Review: Razer Phone 2" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:30 AM
  • "Why We Can't Stop Using Our Phones While We Watch TV" PC Magazine 7:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Introduces New iPhone XR Trade-In Deal" UberGizmo 8:27 PM
  • "Images show Apple preparing News app in iOS 12.2 for new magazine subscription service" 9to5Mac 2:51 PM
  • "Pamoja.Shop Presents The First Made-In-Africa Leather Apple Watch Strap" prMac 1:16 PM
  • "PUBG starts testing free version to better take on Fortnite" The Verge 11:07 AM
  • "Apple Music finally adds support for Android tablets" Cult of Mac 7:32 AM
  • "Headup celebrates Lunar New Year with over 50% iOS discount on Bridge Constructor Portal - worldwide!" Headup Games 7:15 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Bing is back online in China: Bing is back online after reportedly being blocked due to an accidental technical error." ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft is already hard at work on another version of Windows 10 for the end of 2019" TrustedReviews 8:42 AM
  • "IBM to Appeal Retirement Plan Stock Suit to Supreme Court" Bloomberg Law 11:50 AM
  • "IBM, Comcast, and eBay's Quandary" Motley Fool 11:49 AM
  • "How IBM's Technology Segment Performed in Q4" Market Realist 2:57 PM
  • "Intel Slides After Weak Q1 Profit Guidance Clouds Forecast for Global Chipmakers: Intel shares were indicated sharply lower Friday after the chipmaker disappointed investors with weak fourth quarter revenues and a tepid profit outlook it said was linked to slowing demand in China." TheStreet 7:40 AM
  • "Intel revenue warning sends shares sharply lower" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:14 AM
  • "Weak Intel outlook stokes fears of a chip slowdown" FOXBusiness 8:20 AM
  • "Intel reports 13% revenues growth for 2018" DigiTimes 7:40 AM
  • "AMD at Major Crossroads Ahead of Earnings" Investopedia 8:37 AM
  • "AMD Pushing the AMD+AMD Strategy with Executive Promotions" AnandTech 8:44 AM
  • "AMD rewards 3 top execs, hires another" MarketWatch 9:04 AM
  • "HP Names Yoky Matsuoka to Board of Directors: Matsuoka is a VP at Google's newly formed health care technology group." Ink World 11:48 AM
  • "How Dell is helping the Natural History Museum encourage the UK's next generation of scientists" TechRadar UK 11:47 AM
  • "Oracle says racial discrimination lawsuit is 'meritless'" TechCrunch 3:22 PM
  • "Google: Oracle Java win will kill software development, so Supreme Court must rule" ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "Every software company has a stake in Google's new Supreme Court appeal: Google's Supreme Court appeal against Oracle has huge stakes for the industry." Ars Technica 11:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Morgan Stanley: Buy Apple now before earnings next week because the bad news is already in the stock"  CNBC 11:21 AM
  • "Expectations for Apple earnings set so low stock not expected to drop, analyst argues best time to buy" 9to5Mac 1:46 PM
  • "AAPL recovers $75 billion, returning to company value last seen before iPhone revenue miss disclosure" 9to5Mac 1:47 PM
  • "It's Like That Epic Apple Warning Never Happened: Taking Stock"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:04 AM
  • "Apple: Why Morgan Stanley Finds It Attractive" Market Realist 11:07 AM
  • "Buy Apple stock ahead of earnings results, says Morgan Stanley" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks rally to close higher on earnings as deal reached to end government shutdown: Dow extends winning streak to fifth week" MarketWatch 3:52 PM
  • "Dow Closes Higher to End Week With Modest Gains: Stocks rose Friday, getting a boost from a number of strong corporate earnings reports even as investors continue to worry about a lack of progress in U.S.-China trade talks." TheStreet 3:51 PM
  • "Stocks up on strong earnings, Trump announcement to reopen government" FOXBusiness 3:51 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks End the Week With Gains: Indexes pared gains as President Trump spoke about a deal to temporarily reopen the government" [Paid Membership Required] 3:51 PM
  • "Asian markets rise, riding Tech Stocks' wave: Hang Seng, Kosp each up more than 1%" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "European stocks up despite fresh trade war fears" MarketWatch 8:18 AM

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