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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, March 4, 2019


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Monday Highlights: After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday stock markets crater over 1000 points due to expanding coronavirus concerns, Apple hovering around $300, down over 4% today; Wedbush sees virus as temporary challenge, holds AAPL target at $400; meanwhile, Apple loses VirnetX appeal in the US Supreme Court; clamshell that is iOS slowly opening?; what you copy to your iOS clipboard is allegedly available to any app, Apple calls it no problemo; Safari will eventually reject HTTPS certificates if over 13 mo. old; switch from Windows to Mac? Here's a compilation of tips to make things smoother; Steve Jobs would be 65 today—more in our General Interest section; Warren Buffett finally trades his old flip phone for an iPhone, "says Apple...'probably the best business I know in the world'"; iPhone 12 to feature 802.11ay Wi-Fi?

  • "Apple's 'intrusive' execs criticized by Hollywood"  Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Hollywood Producers Say 'Intrusive' Apple Executives and 'Lack of Clarity' Impeding Original Content Efforts"  MacRumors 8:01 AM
  • "Tim Cook is reportedly getting super involved in Apple's TV shows, giving feedback like 'don't be so mean'" Business Insider 8:15 AM
  • "Tim Cook being 'intrusive' to Hollywood in quest for family-friendly video fare" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Qualcomm launches patent challenge to Apple ahead of antitrust case: Qualcomm Inc on Monday kicks off a patent challenge to Apple Inc, capping off a two-year legal strategy to put pressure on the iPhone maker before a major antitrust lawsuit between the two goes to trial in April."  Reuters 7:56 AM
  • "Qualcomm Puts Value of Patents on Line in First Apple Jury Trial" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:29 AM
  • "Qualcomm v. Apple patent suit trial kicks off in San Diego ahead of next month's big one" TechCrunch 11:48 AM
  • "Apple vs. Qualcomm: Court battles explained" [Video Report] CNET 11:36 AM
  • "Apple claims Qualcomm stole idea for smartphone boot-up tech from engineer: The latest installment of Apple and Qualcomm's worldwide legal scrum kicked off in San Diego on Monday with a startling allegation claiming one of Qualcomm's patents-in-suit is based on an idea introduced to the company by an Apple engineer." AppleInsider 9:18 PM
  • "Google and Apple See the Ghost of Future Taxes: France's levy on the tech giants won't bring in much money, but it might force others to follow. The companies should push for harmonized EU rules." Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:28 AM
  • "Researcher Gives Apple Details of macOS Keychain Security Flaw Despite No Mac Bug Bounty Program" ["'Even if it looks like I'm doing this just for money, this is not my motivation at all in this case,' said Henze. 'My motivation is to get Apple to create a bug bounty program. I think that this is the best for both Apple and Researchers.'"] MacRumors 7:59 AM
  • "Researcher provides Apple with details (and fix) for Keychain flaw" Cult of Mac 8:06 AM
  • "Apple left another big macOS security hole open for 90 days, Google says" VentureBeat 11:53 AM
  • "Google Project Zero Exposes Severe macOS XNU Kernel Flaw After Apple Inaction" HotHardware 3:51 PM
  • "Programming languages: PowerShell nets more Linux, macOS, Windows developers/Microsoft's PowerShell open-sourced scripting language is striking a chord with more developers." ZDNet 8:46 AM
  • "Exclusive: Bluebeam Dropping Mac Platform—Pushing Cloud Ecosystem Instead" Architosh 9:23 AM
  • "Mojave Finder Accent and Highlight colours shouldn't create a third colour" Eclectic Light Company 8:53 AM
  • "How to change the terminal theme on macOS" AddictiveTips 8:34 PM
  • "The expert Mac user guide to windows" Apple Must 12:37 PM
  • "Use uBlock Origin on macOS: Install and Set-Up" Apple Gazette 11:52 AM
  • "How to get photos to appear in an Open dialog in macOS when they're missing: Apple's Media Browser can sometimes have hiccups that require fixes." Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "Why I chose Brave as my Chrome browser replacement: Shaking the Chrome habit is getting easier" The Verge 11:38 AM
Press Releases
  • "URL Extractor 4.6.1 to extract url and emails from the web, search engine and local files" Ecleti 8:47 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "'The risk paid off': How Apple prevailed in the U.S.-China trade war/But Apple could face future threats if the latest trade talks fail." South China Morning Post 8:31 AM
  • "Tim Cook successfully lobbied White House to help Apple avoid China trade war fallout: A report on Monday delves into Apple CEO Tim Cook's lobbying efforts, both with officials in the White House and counterparts in China, detailing a series of deft moves that has kept Apple above the fray in the U.S.-China trade war." AppleInsider 9:17 PM
  • "Report describes how Tim Cook helps Trump and other officials navigate China trade negotiations" 9to5Mac 9:17 PM
  • "Apple buys patent portfolio from former AI home camera maker | IAM" iam 9:20 PM
  • "Apple Buys Patent Portfolio From Failed Home Security Camera Company Lighthouse AI" MacRumors 9:20 PM
  • "Portland's Apple Pioneer Place closing temporarily to receive Forum and Video Wall" 9to5Mac 8:25 AM
  • "Saudi Arabian woman-tracking app still in Apple, Google stores: The controversial app remains available for download in both stores."  CNET 12:06 PM
  • "This hospital modeled itself after the Apple Store, and lets pregnant mothers use gadgets to monitor their health at home" CNBC 11:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "India beats UK and US on mobile data price" BBC 8:30 PM
  • "Democrats will try to save net neutrality with new bill, report says: Members of Congress will work together to pass the 'Save the Internet Act.'" CNET 3:54 PM
  • "A new report says Google is still secretly working on its censored China search engine but the company outright denies it" Business Insider 3:36 PM
  • "Google says it was paying men less than women in some jobs" Engadget 3:36 PM
  • "McAfee: Oops, our bad. Sharpshooter malware was the Norks' Lazarus Group the whole time" The Register 11:37 AM
  • "Facebook won't let you opt-out of its phone number 'look up' setting" TechCrunch 8:04 AM
  • "Huawei Said to Be Preparing to Sue the U.S. Government" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:52 AM
  • "Sharing Contacts, Bulk SMS, Calendar Tweaks, and Quick Tips -Mac Geek Gab Podcast 751" The Mac Observer 8:23 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with TMO Podcaster and Journalist John Braun" The Mac Observer 5:28 PM
  • "#235: Don't Be So Mean/This episode covers all the hot-button issues of the day! Is Apple micromanaging the content of its forthcoming video service? Is Face ID really superior to Touch ID? Will the arrival of iOS apps be good for the Mac?" Relay FM: Upgrade 2:42 PM
  • "Apple Comment Misfire, Hollywood Unhappy with Interference – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-04" The Mac Observer 1:38 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: March 4, 2019" 9to5Mac 11:43 AM
  • "Apple has more open software jobs than hardware jobs for the first time in years"  CNBC 8:43 AM
  • "Apple is hiring an analyst to explain Siri complaints to executives" VentureBeat 8:44 AM
  • "Latest iPhone 11 rumor details new 'waterproof' tech and next-gen haptics" BGR 9:29 AM
  • "Is Samsung talking to Apple about a foldable iPad? Samsung is said to be touting the display tech it's using in the Galaxy Fold to Apple and Google." ZDNet 8:46 AM
  • "Samsung is reportedly supplying folding displays to Apple and Google" GearBrain 8:53 AM
  • "AirPods 2 with 15-minute fast charging rumored to be released this month" BGR 8:58 AM
  • "The new USB4 spec promises a lot: Thunderbolt 3 support, 40Gbps bandwidth, and less confusion/Will USB4, include everything in Thunderbolt 3? This, and many more questions will have to wait until the specification is formally published in a few months." PCWorld 11:59 AM
  • "With USB 4, Thunderbolt 3's benefits become open to all" The Verge 8:25 AM
  • "USB4 will support Thunderbolt and double the speed of USB 3.2" Engadget 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.4 to Developers" MacRumors 1:32 PM
  • "iOS 12.2 beta 4 is available to developers" Macworld 1:31 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM

  • "JLab JBuds Air Review: A budget-friendly AirPods competitor? - 9to5Toys" 9to5Toys 2:43 PM
  • "Hands-on: Philips Hue Outdoor sensor: an ideal smart home companion [Video]" ["Works with Apple HomeKit"] 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Feit Electric Color-Changing LED Smart Bulb (Apple HomeKit-enabled) review: Sync this smart bulb with Siri for $25" CNET 11:36 AM
  • "These may be my favorite Mac notebook bags" Apple Must 10:59 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Video: Everything new in iOS 12.2 beta 4 for iPhone & iPad" AppleInsider 2:42 PM
  • "How to Jailbreak Your iPhone on iOS 12 - 12.1.2 Using Unc0ver (Windows)" iClarified 9:57 AM
  • "How to delete photo albums on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:52 AM
  • "How to see your true cellular signal strength with the iPhone Field Test app: Signal bars don't tell you as much as you think. If you really want to know the strength of your cell signal, use this hidden app." Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "Can iPhones get viruses? Here's what you need to know" Business Insider 3:37 PM
  • "Facebook Messenger finally gets a Dark Mode option for iOS and Android" iLounge 9:28 AM
  • "What Is 5G? (MacMost #1864)" MacMost 9:24 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Review: In Defense Of Apple Maps"  YMP Now 8:23 PM
  • "Survey: Consumers trust Amazon with their data by a wide margin; Apple and Google nearly tied for distant 3rd place" MacDailyNews 3:30 PM
  • "Why Apple's Video-Streaming Service Is Taking So Long to Launch"  The Motley Fool 2:43 PM
  • "Apple Wants an Analyst to Tell It Why Siri Is Terrible"  Gizmodo 1:38 PM
  • "Palm's Tiny Phone Sucks, but How About an iPhone nano?"  TidBITS 11:52 AM
  • "From new iPhones to foldable phones, these are the top smartphones we can't wait to see in 2019" Business Insider 11:05 AM
  • "Apple Has Nothing Like This" [Video] Mashable 11:04 AM
  • "iPad 7 (2019) Preview" iMore 9:56 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone SE2 no-show leaves money on the table" Apple Must 9:51 AM
  • "Apple and Hollywood reportedly wrestling for control of streaming shows" CNET 3:36 PM
  • "Apple in 2019: It's all about the software stupid"  Computerworld 9:23 AM
  • "If only Apple could enjoy the same kind of love as Huawei: A video showing little kids singing the praises of Huawei shows that Apple has a long way to go." ZDNet 8:53 AM
  • "Brilliant watchOS 6 concept gives Apple Watch the love it deserves" Cult of Mac 1:31 PM
  • "Latest watchOS 6 Concept Shows New Siri Watch Face, Grid Layout For Dock, More" Redmond Pie 8:52 AM
  • "Malware in Your Software: How Apps Can Compromise National Security" Inside Sources 8:52 AM
  • "With huge changes looming, should you avoid buying new Macs? Rumors that Apple is planning an architecture switch away from Intel chips to its own silicon have been circulating for some time now, but recent reports suggest that Apple's revamping will be widespread, and bring even tighter integration between iPhone, iPad, and the Mac."  ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "The Comment Moderator Is The Most Important Job In The World Right Now" BuzzFeed News 3:37 PM
  • "Amazon's culture is reportedly so hard on working parents that some people don't mention their kids or display family pictures" Business Insider 3:37 PM
  • "Comment: OnePlus 7 is shaping up to be the home of some of Android's worst current trends" 9to5Google 3:37 PM
  • "5G reality check from MWC: A long, expensive road ahead" VentureBeat 1:39 PM
  • "Two Realities for Voice Speakers" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:53 AM
  • "I put my phone on airplane mode for an entire week to see if I could make it — and was surprised by how hard it was to reprogram my brain" Business Insider 9:56 AM
  • "Michael Cohen and the Creation of a Deep Learning AI Lie Detector" TechNewsWorld 8:44 AM
  • "Reflecting on #MWC19 Barcelona" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:43 AM
  • "Samsung wants people to pay $2,000 for a smartphone that gets Android updates months after they're released" Business Insider 11:05 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10+ review: Another predictably great flagship" Engadget 11:52 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10 Review: The New Best Android Phone" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:23 AM
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for March 04, 2019" GoComics 8:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "GIPHY now lets you share custom GIFs and stickers from iMessage" 9to5Mac 1:32 PM
  • "Lutron ships Smart Fan Speed Control with Apple HomeKit" AppleInsider 11:37 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of March 4: Kirk McElhearn, Chuck Joiner, Changing Email Accounts, and Password Managers" The MUG Center 10:57 AM
  • "Consumers Trust Amazon Is Using Their Data Responsibly, Beating Out Apple, Google & Banks, According to New SmarterHQ Survey" SmarterHQ 3:29 PM
  • "Consumers Trust Amazon Is Using Their Data Responsibly, Beating Out Apple, Google & Banks, According to New SmarterHQ Survey: 79% of Consumers Believe Companies Know Too Much About Them, Yet 90% Are Willing to Share Behavioral Data for a Cheaper and Easier Shopping Experience" Business Wire 9:41 AM
  • "USB Promoter Group Announces USB4 Specification" Business Wire 9:41 AM
  • "Unc0ver 3.0.0 b39 Released, Here's What's New And Changed" Redmond Pie 9:41 AM
  • "Pwn20wnd says full iOS 12 support for 4K devices is coming soon" iDownload Blog 8:52 AM
  • "The Elder Scrolls Blades is running an iOS only closed beta event" 148Apps 8:44 AM
  • "Customize your Boom 3 with colors, fabrics and engraving" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Funpax launches exciting strategy RPG - Ancient Creed!" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from February 2019: Last month's releases sizzled with everything from 'Firefly'-like space adventures to spicy pigs." [Slideshow] Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "UD-CAM docking station offers portable, flexible Thunderbolt 3 connectivity" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM's quantum computing ambitions get exponential like Moore's Law: You may not understand qubits, but you can certainly tell that scoring 16 is twice as good as scoring 8." CNET 8:27 AM
  • "IBM hits quantum computing milestone, may see 'Quantum Advantage' in 2020s: IBM said its latest Q System One has double the Quantum Volume of its predecessor. If Quantum Volume doubles annually for nearly a decade quantum computing will become way more practical." ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "Flawed visitor check-in systems let anyone steal guest logs and sneak into buildings: Security researchers at IBM have found, reported and disclosed 19 vulnerabilities in five popular visitor management systems, which they say can be used to steal data on visitors — or even sneak into sensitive and off-limit areas of office buildings." TechCrunch 7:59 AM
  • "IBM Attains Highest Quantum Volume Milestone: Key Takeaways" Zacks 9:06 AM
  • "IBM files 51-mln-USD counter lawsuit against Israel Chemicals" Xinhuanet 9:08 AM
  • "IBM touts contingency plans as Brexit looms" IT PRO (UK) 9:07 AM
  • "IBM's new IoT solutions can help with asset management: IBM says its new IoT solution suite brings AI and advanced analytics to the asset intensive organizations." Mass Transit Mag 9:07 AM
  • "Blockchain: Governance not technology now the greatest challenge, IBM says/IBM will shortly begin offering its blockchain platform from a second Australian data centre" Computerworld 8:26 PM
  • "Microsoft is creating Windows Lite for dual-screen and Chromebook-like devices" The Verge 8:25 AM
  • "Microsoft Making Windows Lite to Take on Chromebooks" LAPTOP Magazine 8:53 AM
  • "Window Lite Is Microsoft's Rumored Lightweight OS To Take On Google's Chromebooks" HotHardware 3:51 PM
  • "Microsoft Azure Is Catching Up to Amazon AWS: Azure is closing the gap with Amazon's AWS, a Credit Suisse analyst said Monday, citing a report that suggests rising adoption of Microsoft's cloud computing service." TheStreet 1:38 PM
  • "Microsoft is now managing HP, Dell PCs via its Managed Desktop Service" ZDNet 12:06 PM
  • "Microsoft President Brad Smith on Melania Trump's 'Be Best' visit: 'We'll partner where we can'" GeekWire 8:34 PM
  • "Intel Wants to be the Microsoft of Hardware (Premium)" Thurrott 11:52 AM
  • "Intel and Qualcomm show off prototype hardware for building 5G into computers: But don't expect to do the upgrade yourself" The Verge 12:06 PM
  • "Intel's discrete GPU will be 'good for customers... and the competition'" PCGamesN 9:11 AM
  • "Intel Announces The FPGA PAC N3000 for 5G Networks" AnandTech 2:43 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU specs and prices outed by Singaporean retailer: Chipmaker looks to be taking the fight to rival Intel" The Inquirer 9:13 AM
  • "AMD EPYC Gains More Ground In Servers Against Intel, Survey Says" CRN 9:13 AM
  • "AMD Navi May Feature Variable Rate Shading for Improved Performance" Hardware Blitz 9:13 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Simplifies Digital Transformation at Gartner Symposium 2019" Al Bawaba 9:18 AM
  • "Dell EMC Federal's Cameron Chehreh: Edge Computing Can Support Agency Data, Device Mgmt" ExecutiveBiz 9:17 AM
  • "Dell EMC updates 2019 partner programme" IT Web 9:17 AM
  • "Supreme Court sides with Rimini Street, orders Oracle to pay litigation costs: The unanimous ruling could deter companies from pursuing copyright suits that are likely to involve expert testimony or extensive e-discovery expenses." ZDNet 1:39 PM
  • "CCIE relevancy: Is Cisco's venerable network certification on top of programmability, automation trends?" Network World 9:06 AM
  • "Cisco Maraki provides SmartFi Pro for Algar Telecom" Telecompaper 9:06 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow closes at 2-week low as investors seek details on possible U.S.-China trade deal: Concerns about stretched valuations also weigh" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Tumbles as Rally Spurred by Trade Deal Hopes Fades: Stocks recoup some losses in late trading but close lower as momentum from a report that China and the U.S. are in the final stages of completing a trade deal fades." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Software, Health Care, Retail Stocks Skid Lower; This Index Underperforms The Dow Jones" Investor's Business Daily 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks fall sharply after weak economic data" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Close Lower as Investors Pause on Trade Developments: S&P 500 drop led by declines in heath-care and financial shares" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "China stocks hit highest levels since June on reports U.S.-China trade deal draws closer: Shanghai index, Nikkei jump, Hang Seng rise" MarketWatch 8:56 AM
  • "FTSE 100 rises as U.S. and China move closer to a trade deal: Ted Baker, Daily Mail among the big movers" MarketWatch 8:55 AM

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