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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, February 14, 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 Acquires U.K.-Based Digital Marketing Startup DataTiger: Apple Inc. acquired startup DataTiger in a move that could boost the company's digital marketing and make it more relevant to customers."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:04 PM
  • "Apple Buys DataTiger, a UK Digital Marketing Startup" MacRumors 4:04 PM
  • "Apple reportedly acquires digital marketing firm DataTiger: According to recent regulatory filings, Apple has acquired U.K.-based digital marketing firm DataTiger in a move that could bolster the tech giant's already prodigious marketing apparatus." AppleInsider 5:23 PM
  • "Apple to ship iPhones with only Qualcomm chips to German stores" ["Apple said it had 'no choice' but to stop using some chips from Intel Corp in iPhones headed to Germany in order to comply with a patent infringement lawsuit Qualcomm won against Apple there in December."]  Reuters 7:44 AM
  • "Apple to Sell Older iPhone Models Again in Germany Amid Patent Dispute With Qualcomm: Apple had withdrawn sales of the iPhone 7, 7+, 8, and 8+ in December" [Paid Membership Required] 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's workaround for German fake injunction—Qualcomm-based variants of iPhone 7 and iPhone 8—exacerbates Qualcomm's antitrust woes" Foss Patents 8:33 AM
  • "Apple is selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany again" TechCrunch 8:12 AM
  • "Apple to Sell Modified iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany to Skirt Sales Ban" MacRumors 8:12 AM
  • "After Its Battery Replacement Debacle, Apple Changes Strategies For Its Current iOS Problems" ["Apple's iPhone battery replacement cost the company an estimated $11 billion in lost replacement iPhone sales."]  Seeking Alpha 7:43 AM
  • "The logic behind Apple's give-us-half-your-revenue pitch to news publishers: Magazine publishers are on board with Apple's new subscription news service. Newspapers aren't." ["And some publishers are happy to do it, because they think Apple will sign up many millions of people to the new service. And they'd rather have a smaller percentage of a bigger number than a bigger chunk of a smaller number. In the words of a publishing executive who is optimistic about Apple's plans: 'It's the absolute dollars paid out that matters, not the percentage.'"]  Recode 8:10 AM
  • "Security hole in Mojave allows rogue apps to access your Safari browsing history" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Google is running an auto-update-to-HTTPS experiment in Chrome" ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Video: Nvidia support was abandoned in macOS Mojave, and here's why" AppleInsider 10:50 AM
  • "How to use your Mac safely in public places" Computerworld 1:38 PM
  • "Someone discovered a trick that lets you skip YouTube ads on Apple's MacBook Pro laptops" Business Insider 10:20 AM
  • "How to Change the Login Screen Background on macOS Mojave" macReports 9:40 AM
  • "The 7 best free Safari extensions for the Mac: You can add more useful features to Safari by installing one of these extensions." Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Google Chrome Incognito: Does It Really Deliver Private Browsing" AddictiveTips 8:34 AM
Press Releases
  • "Civilization VI: Gathering Storm is Now Available on Mac!" Aspyr 1:39 PM
  • "Opera shows off its smart new redesign that's just like all the other browsers" Ars Technica 10:56 AM
  • "Street Lighting Calc 2.2 a native macOS CAD to perform lighting calculations for roads" Brotens 9:07 AM
  • "Zoho Launches Next Generation of Office Suite; Empowering Businesses With Dynamic AI Features and First-to-Market Enhancements" Business Wire 8:35 AM
  • "[PC/Mac Release] Here Comes Your Perfect Valentine's Day Game: 'The Textorcist' - Exorcise the Hell out of People!" Headup 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple to Show First Original Series Clips at March Event but Launch Still Months Away"  Variety 2:36 PM
  • "Apple to Announce TV Service at March 25 Event, But Launch is Months Off" MacRumors 2:37 PM
  • "Apple Reportedly Invites Hollywood Stars To Unveil Its Video Streaming Service At March 25th Event" Redmond Pie 8:34 AM
  • "Apple is set to launch a 'Netflix for news' subscription service" Business Insider 10:50 AM
  • "Apple cuts ties with app over flaw exposing customer data" 9to5Mac 1:48 PM
  • "Disney overtakes Apple in survey of most 'intimate' brands: Chick-fil-A cracks the top-10 list, and domestic carmakers experience a resurgence" MarketWatch 8:14 AM
  • "Google joins Apple in probing Saudi app that lets men control where women travel, as pressure piles on the tech giants to kill the service" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "Ex-Apple lawyer in charge of stopping insider trading charged with insider trading: Exec told workers not to trade Apple shares using inside information and then did it himself, says the SEC." ZDNet 1:48 PM
  • "Lee Clow, Ad Legend Known for Apple Campaigns, Retires: TBWA\Chiat\Day's Lee Clow was behind famous work like Apple's dystopian '1984' Super Bowl spot and 'Think Different'" [Paid Membership Required] 8:14 AM
  • "TBWA\Media Arts Lab Chairman Lee Clow Retires" PRNewswire 8:36 AM
  • "How I became pen pals with the kid who stole my iPhone" The Next Web 10:10 AM
  • "People Profiles: This Apple Fan Owns A Collection Of Every iPod Generation Ever Released" MacPrices 8:00 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "US negotiating multibillion-dollar fine with Facebook - report: The FTC has been investigating revelations that Facebook inappropriately shared information belonging to 87 million of its users with the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica" Computerworld New Zealand 8:10 PM
  • "Amazon pulls out of NYC: The company will focus its efforts on a buildout in Arlington, VA and Nashville." ZDNet 1:48 PM
  • "Amazon's NYC educational investments will continue, despite cancellation of New York HQ2" TechCrunch 1:47 PM
  • "Amazon's decision to pull out of New York is being hailed as a success for activists" Business Insider 1:47 PM
  • "Ajit Pai orders phone companies to adopt new anti-robocall tech in 2019" Ars Technica 1:47 PM
  • "BlackBerry seeking German patent injunction against WhatsApp's message-forwarding feature: validity is primary--but not only--issue" Foss Patents 9:40 AM
  • "LG G8 ThinQ Utilizes Its Display As An Amplifier To Crank Boombox Speaker Audio" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "LG keeps leaking G8 features; the latest is a vibrating display speaker" Ars Technica 1:46 PM
  • "LG's G8 uses its OLED screen for audio too: Crystal Sound tech has made the jump from OLED TVs to phones." Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "These Android apps have been tracking you, even when you say stop: Potentially breaking Google's rules, advertisers are collecting info that can help them skirt an Android privacy feature." CNET 7:50 AM
  • "Samsung says expects $4 billion in Indian sales of new smartphone range" Reuters 7:44 AM
  • "Google's Planning a Cheaper Smartphone to Rival iPhone XR" MacRumors 2:43 PM
  • "Google, Amazon among those targeted in EU unfair practices digital rules" Reuters 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Infrastructure, Attention to Details, Apple Car/AR/Glasses, with John Martellaro -ACM 501" The Mac Observer 5:06 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Apple News, Amazon and stealing Dave's notes" The Loop 2:43 PM
  • "DuckDuckGo Improvements, Payment System Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-14" The Mac Observer 1:58 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 212: Apple spring event, news and video service details, hardware rumor flurry" 9to5Mac 12:17 PM
  • "Software pirates use Apple tech to put hacked apps on iPhones"  Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "Pirates reportedly use Apple certs to release hacked apps on iPhone: They've put out hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go and Minecraft, Reuters reported." CNET 7:52 AM
  • "Pirates are also abusing Apple's enterprise program to distribute hacked apps: Free versions of apps like Pokémon Go, Minecraft, and Spotify are being distributed" The Verge 8:20 AM
  • "iOS pirates are using Apple's developer certificates to share hacked apps" Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "Apple's Enterprise Program Has Been Abused By Pirates To Share Hacked iOS Apps" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Gambling, porn, and piracy on iOS: Apple's enterprise certificate woes continue/A wide range of app-makers are abusing enterprise certs to skip the App Store." Ars Technica 8:22 PM
  • "White-hat hacker demonstrates malicious Lightning cable with built-in Wi-Fi" AppleInsider 9:34 AM
  • "iPhone XS 4G speeds at least 26 percent faster than predecessors, study shows: Apple's 2018 iPhone models — particularly the XS line — offered the first significant boost to 4G data speeds in several years, according to research firm OpenSignal." AppleInsider 8:17 PM
  • "New Apple patent hints clamshell-style foldable phone may be in the works" Digital Trends 9:04 PM
  • "Apple wants self-driving vehicles to be able to recharge each other" Apple World Today 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Invents Headphones that will play Audio in sync with on-screen content even if the headphones are put on wrong" Patently Apple 9:39 AM
  • "Your Account Has Been Disabled in the Apple Store and iTunes, Fix" macReports 8:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:00 AM

  • "Battery Case Showdown: Apple's Smart Case vs. Mophie's Juice Pack Access" MacRumors 4:05 PM
  • "North Focals glasses review: a $600 smartwatch for your face" The Verge 11:20 AM
  • "How to Make Text Size Much Larger on iPad" OS X Daily 2:57 PM
  • "How to set up and use Find My iPhone with Siri and more" 9to5Mac 2:43 PM
  • "iOS: How to unsubscribe from an App Store app" Apple Must 1:51 PM
  • "How to find the estimated value of your device with Apple GiveBack" iDownload Blog 1:47 PM
  • "How to use one iOS device for multiple 2FA Apple ID accounts" iMore 1:46 PM
  • "Using and Customizing iPhone iCloud Backup" MacMost 9:07 AM
  • "7 security tips to stop apps from stealing your data" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "A Brief History of iOS' Notes App" Pixel Envy 8:52 PM
  • "The White House Announced A National Emergency Using The Notes App: 'Trump is gonna declare World War 3 in a comment on HQ Trivia.'" BuzzFeed News 8:51 PM
  • "U.S. Press Secretary tweets with Apple Notes. Dottedly." iMore 8:57 PM
  • "iPhone Users Spent 36% More On Apps Last Year Due To Subscriptions" Zero Hedge 8:42 PM
  • "Apple is having a bad year, and so many of its problems are self-inflicted: 2019 started off bad for Apple, and things feel like they've gone from bad to worse to shocking over the course of a few weeks." ZDNet 1:48 PM
  • "What do I do with my Apple Watch? I tell the time, of course!" Diginomica 11:21 AM
  • "How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese: Sales of Jesus mobe slump by double digits in Middle Kingdom" The Register 9:34 AM
  • "Apple Prime Would Be a Gigantic Hit, Huh?" Gizmodo 2:37 PM
  • "Apple's Subscription Bundle and the Secret of Subscriptions" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:17 PM
  • "What to expect from a March 25 Apple News and streaming video event — and what not to" AppleInsider 8:11 AM
  • "Now that Amazon has bought eero, it's time for Apple to revive the AirPort line" Apple World Today 7:59 AM
  • "50% of news revenues – is Apple being dumb or smart?" 9to5Mac 9:33 AM
  • "Editorial: Apple's demand for 50 percent of news and magazine revenue is either bold or very foolish"  AppleInsider 9:31 AM
  • "Apple is making the same old mistakes with its over-the-top Services demands: It's like deja vu all over again."  Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "7 ways Apple, Samsung and Google need to step up their phone cameras in 2019"  CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Bloom County 2018 by Berkeley Breathed for February 14, 2019" GoComics 10:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple's Beats releases 'NBA Collection' Studio3 Wireless headphones in six team colors: Some five months after Apple inked a deal to make Beats the official supplier of audio products for the National Basketball Association, the company on Thursday announced availability of 'NBA Collection' Studio3 Wireless models that sport colors and livery from six teams." AppleInsider 8:22 PM
  • "Gmail Launches New Features That Make It Even More Powerful" Forbes 2:37 PM
  • "UAG's folio case protects your iPad while showing it off" Cult of Mac 1:47 PM
  • "Collection of over 100 augmented reality models show how ARKit can be used for education" 9to5Mac 12:17 PM
  • "UAG launches translucent iPad case w/ military-grade protection" 9to5Mac 9:40 AM
  • "OWC Rocks: The Product Reviews are in for OWC 14-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock" PRNewswire 8:36 AM
  • "Lego Hidden Side uses 'haunted' toys to advance AR on Android and iOS" VentureBeat 8:34 AM
  • "Twitter Testing New Profile Previews on iOS" Thurrott 8:34 AM
  • "Firefox for iOS gets persistent private browsing tabs" TechCrunch 8:21 AM
  • "Google's latest Gboard update includes haptic feedback for its iOS keyboard" The Verge 8:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM Watson Health invests $50m in academic collaborations: Brigham and Women's Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center will work closely with IBM Watson Health on the practical application of AI to improve care and enhance health team workflow" The Innovation Enterprise 6:40 AM
  • "IBM announces partnerships to monitor worker safety: The collaborations will use internet of things technologies that have been integrated into wearables." CNBC 6:41 AM
  • "IBM CEO heralds 'chapter two' of digital transformation: Ginni Rometty says AI and multi-cloud have now gone beyond the experimental phase" CRN UK 6:41 AM
  • "IBM reveals top-five tech that will transform the world in the next five years: As the global population tops eight billion people, technology will be essential just to put food on the table, warns IBM's Arvind Krishna" Computing 6:41 AM
  • "IBM marries on-premises, private- and public-cloud data: IBM is introducing Cloud Integration Platform so customers can better integrate data securely no matter where it resides in on-premises, private, hybrid or public cloud." Network World 6:41 AM
  • "Microsoft patches actively exploited zero-day in IE as wel as 73 security issues" Guru3D 6:42 AM
  • "Windows 10 update: Microsoft just fixed these problems for fans/WINDOWS 10 has been updated to bring a number of important fixes for users of the Microsoft operating system and here is everything that has been improved." Express UK 6:43 AM
  • "Windows 10 Skip Ahead Opens With Surprising 20H1 Build For Insiders" HotHardware 4:59 PM
  • "Microsoft begins work on its 2020 Windows releases in new preview: An October 2019 update is still planned, but previews of that will come in spring." Ars Technica 5:21 PM
  • "Windows 10's first 2020 update has already started beta testing" TechRadar UK 8:42 PM
  • "Xbox Game Pass significantly increases sales and playtime says Microsoft: Xbox Game Pass is doing rather well." Windows Central 6:43 AM
  • "Microsoft: Relax, The Sky Isn't Falling" Seeking Alpha 7:30 AM
  • "Dell's patent reveals how dual-screen device will determine its appearance" Windows Latest 6:36 AM
  • "HP launches new premium range of laptops in India starting at Rs 1.3 lakh: The Spectre range comprises HP Spectre Folio and HP Spectre x360, with Folio being the world's first leather convertible PC." The News Minute 6:37 AM
  • "HP unveils Spectre line-up: Prices range from Rs 1,29,990 to RS 1,99,990, equipped with 8th Gen Intet Core i7 processor" Telangana Today 6:38 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs Take Flight In ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 And FX705 Laptops" HotHardware 4:59 PM
  • "Ericsson, Intel to develop next-gen infrastructure for 5G era" Trade Arabia 6:38 AM
  • "Intel adopts Contributor Covenant for all open-source projects and developers" ZDNet 6:39 AM
  • "Intel demos 112G PAM-4 Transceiver I/O" Converge! 6:39 AM
  • "Oracle's claims of secret deal is a bid to 'distract' from pay bias case, says US Department of Labor: Big Red is red, underpaid staffers are blue, and no angry counter-claims will stop that being true" The Register 6:46 AM
  • "Discriminating Against Oracle: Why hasn't Trump's Labor secretary killed an Obama-era lawsuit?" [Paid Membership Required] 6:46 AM
  • "Micro Focus begins to recover after disastrous HP Enterprise deal" Telegraph 6:28 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Warren Buffett reduces stake in Apple at end of 2018: Legendary investor Warren Buffett was in possession of 249.2 million shares of Apple stock at the end of December, just days before the company announced it would miss first quarter revenue guidance due to sluggish iPhone sales" AppleInsider 5:23 PM
  • "Apple acquires marketing startup DataTiger" Seeking Alpha 5:06 PM
  • "No Chinese iPhone rebound seen in January following Apple's harsh December quarter" AppleInsider 1:47 PM
  • "Apple: Anatomy of three inside trades (full text)" Apple 3.0 8:33 AM
  • "Apple supplier Japan Display forecasts 5th straight year of losses" Reuters 8:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks struggle for direction as weak economic data counters U.S.-China trade optimism" MarketWatch 12:02 PM
  • "Dow Tumbles on Surprise Drop in U.S. Retail Sales, Nasdaq Turns Higher: The Dow Jones Industrial Average trades lower after U.S. retail sales in December fall the most since September 2009." TheStreet 12:03 PM
  • "Stocks move higher as US, China begin talks on tariffs war" Associated Press 6:56 AM
  • "Dow Slumps on Disappointing Retail Sales: Retail sales in December declined at the fastest pace since 2009" [Paid Membership Required] 12:04 PM
  • "Asian markets pause from strong run with U.S.-China trade talks in focus: Encouraging data on Japanese economy, Chinese exports" MarketWatch 6:56 AM
  • "Trade optimism helps European stocks shrug off growth fears" MarketWatch 7:51 AM

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