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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, March 5, 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?

  • "Should Apple Investors Believe Tim Cook's Promise of Innovation?"  The Motley Fool 7:37 AM
  • "Apple's Video Plans Put Disney Chief's Board Seat at Risk"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:34 PM
  • "Apple Acquires Lighthouse AI's Patent Portfolio in Possible Home Security Push" Fortune 8:04 AM
  • "Apple quietly bought Lighthouse's AI home security camera patents" Engadget 7:47 AM
  • "Apple Is a Year Away From a 5G iPhone and Could Struggle to Find Parts For It"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:07 AM
  • "The Qualcomm v. Apple patent jury (selected yesterday in San Diego) won't get these simple, brutally honest instructions" Foss Patents 7:44 AM
  • "Apple says a former engineer co-invented tech in Qualcomm patent dispute: Qualcomm says the engineer contributed 'nothing at all.'" CNET 7:01 PM
  • "Google researchers revealed a rare Mac security flaw and called it 'BuggyCow'" Business Insider 7:34 AM
  • "Bad news: Google drops macOS zero-day after Apple misses bug deadline. Good news: It's fiddly to exploit" The Register 7:44 AM
  • "Apple MacOS hit with yet another critical system security issue" Digital Trends 9:39 AM
  • "Mac App Store: An Error Occurred During Purchase, Fix" macReports 10:25 AM
  • "A Clever Tool Uses Apple's Videogame Logic Engine to Protect Macs" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:53 PM
  • "How to make your YouTube videos 2:1 cinematic with Final Cut Pro X" iMore 1:43 PM
  • "How to fix Notes not syncing to iCloud on macOS" AddictiveTips 6:56 PM
  • "Level up Mac security, and say game over to malware? System alerts plus Apple game engine equals infosec toolkit" The Register 8:31 PM
Press Releases
  • "String Replacer 1.6.1 the macOS tool to find and replace strings on multiple files in batch mode" Ecleti 9:34 AM
  • "Creative photo and productivity tools for macOS" Moon App 9:33 AM
  • "Readdle's Spark email apps have picked up much-needed rich text editing features" iDownload Blog 8:09 AM
  • "TextExpander for Mac 6.5 Adds New Snippet Editor with Visual Macros" prMac 7:28 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "IDC Reports Strong Growth in the Worldwide Wearables Market, Led by Holiday Shipments of Smartwatches, Wrist Bands, and Ear-Worn Devices" ["Apple maintained the number 1 position with 16.2 million devices shipped in 4Q18, 10.4 million of which were Apple Watches. The Series 4 has been off to a very strong start and IDC anticipates this to continue as more healthcare organizations and consumers adopt the latest device. The remainder of Apple's shipments were comprised of AirPods and Beats headphones in the ear-worn category."] Business Wire 8:02 AM
  • "IDC: Apple led wearables market in 2018, with 46.2M of the total 172.2M devices shipped" TechCrunch 12:33 PM
  • "IDC: Apple continues to lead wearable space, 10.4 million Apple Watches sold in Q4 2018" 9to5Mac 1:12 PM
  • "Apple Opposes Logo Trademarked by Norwegian Political Party" MacRumors 6:05 PM
  • "Apple has swatted away distracted driving lawsuits without much trouble so far: Are distracted driving lawsuits having a modest effect on the smartphone maker?" FairWarning 8:06 AM
  • "Demolition for Federation Square Apple Store opposed by Melbourne City Council following 1100 unfavorable submissions" 9to5Mac 9:33 AM
  • "This French company strips and repaints iPhones to sell them for less than Apple: Remade says its used iPhones are better than refurbished" Macworld 6:02 PM
  • "Why iPhones are the future of pet care: A look at the rapidly growing pet tech industry" Computerworld 11:19 AM
  • "Apple Registers Domain Name" MacRumors 7:49 AM
  • "Spotify Takes on Apple Music in India, Get 1 Million Users in a Week" The Mac Observer 7:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Galaxy S10 teardown reveals Samsung shameful USB-C port soldering" Android Authority 8:52 PM
  • "Facebook says people, not regulators, should decide what is seen: The social media giant has fired shots at the ACCC for misunderstanding almost all of the conclusions it has drawn, concerned that the regulator's new tough love approach is almost exclusively focusing on protecting certain publishers, rather than consumers." ZDNet 6:56 PM
  • "Some major Android apps are still sending data directly to Facebook: Even when you're not logged in or don't have a Facebook account" The Verge 6:54 PM
  • "FBI head Christopher Wray: We can't let criminals hide behind encryption/Speaking at the RSA Conference, Wray acknowledges the topic is 'provocative.'" CNET 6:01 PM
  • "'Rape Day' computer game where players sexually assault and murder women amidst scenes of necrophilia and incest sparks outrage" Daily Mail (UK) 2:09 PM
  • "The Conference Where Diversity in Tech Is Celebrated" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:27 PM
  • "T-Mobile spent $195,000 at Trump Hotel in D.C. since merger announcement" Reuters 1:38 PM
  • "T-Mobile has spent $195,000 at Trump hotel while lobbying for Sprint merger" Ars Technica 12:43 PM
  • "W3C approves WebAuthn, a new authentication standard for password-free logins" iDownload Blog 12:43 PM
  • "Gamers suggest ways to combat addiction" BBC 12:31 PM
  • "Phishing alert: One in 61 emails in your inbox now contains a malicious link/Be careful when you click. That email might not be as innocent as it looks." ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Google denies secretly continuing to work on censored Chinese search engine" Telegraph 7:54 AM
  • "5G will rule on high-end phones by year's end, ready or not" CNET 7:34 AM
  • "Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says: The National Security Agency has shut down a controversial program that collects domestic phone and text records, a senior Republican congressional aide said." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Road to Macstock – Wally Cherwinski On The Macstock Film Fest" MacVoices 1:40 PM
  • "Cord Cutting Arguments, Apple's Policy Stance – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-05" The Mac Observer 1:40 PM
  • "Architosh Publishes INSIDER Xpresso #01 — newsletter looks at AI and Machine Learning in Architecture" Architosh 8:26 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 281: Stashed away behind secret doors" iDownload Blog 7:46 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 101 – iOS 13 Wish List Part 1: Files and the iPad Home Screen" MacStories 7:45 AM
  • "Cable companies are being forced to make better deals to keep and get new customers." The MT Show 7:25 AM
  • "Apple's 2018 MacBook Pros Attempt to Solve Flexgate, Without Admitting It Exists"  iFixit 7:27 AM
  • "Apple May Have Quietly Addressed 'Flexgate' in 2018 MacBook Pros" MacRumors 7:26 AM
  • "Has Apple quietly solved MacBook Pro's 'flexgate' flaw that cost users $600 to fix?" ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Apple fixes 2018 MacBook Pro backlights, but leaves old buyers hanging" VentureBeat 9:39 AM
  • "Apple Says iPhones With Third-Party Batteries Now Eligible for Repairs" MacRumors 12:32 PM
  • "Apple Supplier Corning Working on Glass Display Solution for Foldable Phones" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "Apple supplier Corning working on foldable glass for future phones" AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "Gorilla Glass-maker plans to produce glass suitable for folding iPhones: Glass would be more durable than the plastic polymers used in early foldables." Ars Technica 7:37 PM
  • "AirPods 2 might come in black variant with 15 minutes wireless fast charging" iLounge 6:58 PM
  • "USB4 = USB 3.x + Thunderbolt 3" Thurrott 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's autonomous car may use fiber optic heads-up display" AppleInsider 8:09 AM
  • "Patent is for a fabric carrying case with a funky Apple logo" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Won 57 Patents Today covering multiple Apple Watch inventions, a Design Patent for iPhone 8 and more" Patently Apple 7:45 AM
  • "Resetting Your Mac's NVRAM and SMC (MacMost #1865)" MacMost 9:07 AM

  • "I upgraded from an iPhone SE to an iPhone XR, and months later I'm happy I didn't go with the pricier XS" Michael Tsai 12:44 PM
  • "Creative Super X-Fi Amp review — Holographic audio" VentureBeat 6:53 PM
  • "Review: Satechi's aluminum iMac stand affords handy, front-facing I/O [Video] 9to5Mac 2:54 PM
  • "Review: LaCie's New 'Mobile SSD' Features Fast Transfer Speeds and an Attractive Design" MacRumors 1:31 PM
  • "How to delete old Apple Watch backups" 9to5Mac 6:54 PM
  • "How to record any audio on your iPhone" Cult of Mac 6:01 PM
  • "How to make music playback a little louder on your iPhone" Apple Must 6:00 PM
  • "Your iPhone keeps a detailed list of every location you frequent — here's how to delete your history and shut the feature off for good" Business Insider 2:34 PM
  • "How to check your iPad's software compatibility" 9to5Mac 2:28 PM
  • "How to Add Filters to iPhone Pictures the Easy Way" MakeUseOf 8:07 AM
  • "Do You Need to Put Your MacBook in Airplane Mode?" MakeUseOf 8:07 AM
  • "How to stop Apple's Shortcuts app from crashing, and how to fix what caused it" AppleInsider 2:35 PM
  • "How to fix Shortcuts app crashes on iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:47 AM
  • "14 Keyboard Shortcuts for Files App on iPad" OS X Daily 1:34 PM
  • "Tips: Step up your workouts by sharing Apple Watch activity data with friends" AppleInsider 12:33 PM
  • "The New York Post on Apple's Hollywood Efforts" Daring Fireball 7:25 PM
  • "Forget iOS 13, we want the new Apple Watch to look this gorgeous" BGR 6:07 PM
  • "This might be the tech innovation Apple needs to make a foldable iPhone" BGR 1:28 PM
  • "Apple may have trouble finding 5G modems for 2020 iPhones if it doesn't make its own" AppleInsider 12:33 PM
  • "Why Apple's 5G modem options could be a big problem" Cult of Mac 12:33 PM
  • "Feature Request: Sort out Apple Music's lyrics database, starting with singer-songwriter tracks" 9to5Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Yep, Apple is the Problem with Apple's Video Service"  Thurrott 8:20 AM
  • "iMac 2019 Wishlist: Updated design, touch support, budget friendly" iLounge 7:46 AM
  • "The Siri Shortcut" ["It is disappointing that Apple is leaning so heavily on shortcuts as a mainstream way for customers to get more from Siri. It flies in the face of how you want a voice assistant to work and behaves differently from every other type of Siri interaction."]  Benjamin Mayo 7:45 AM
  • "Tech Standards Still Making Slow but Steady Progress with USB4 and WebAuthn" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:44 AM
  • "Not getting the Band back together: The wearables market" Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "When will Apple's 'forever war' regarding privacy end?" Apple World Today 7:25 AM
  • "Being first shouldn't matter, but for some tech companies it's a badge of honor" VentureBeat 6:53 PM
  • "The Galaxy S10 is fantastic" [Video] CNET 7:22 PM
  • "Review: The Samsung Galaxy S10+ Is Perfectly Fine, But the Future Is Just Around the Corner" Time 6:58 PM
  • "Galaxy S10 Plus: 4 reasons I'm smitten with Samsung's latest phone/Samsung's latest smartphone could very well end up being one of the best Android phones I've ever used." ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "A Glass-Steagall for tech is not the answer to antitrust worries" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:44 AM
  • "Comic: Is There a Folding iPhone in the Pipeline?" iMore 8:44 AM
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for March 05, 2019" GoComics 8:18 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "LG AirPlay 2 update to begin rolling out 'mid-year'" 9to5Mac 8:37 PM
  • "Roguelike Card Game 'Pirates Outlaws' Now Available on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 7:52 PM
  • "FT acquires majority stake in The Next Web" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:35 PM
  • "GameClub will bring forgotten iOS games back from the dead" Cult of Mac 1:32 PM
  • "Apple debuts Swift Playgrounds 3.0 beta, based on upcoming Swift 5" VentureBeat 1:43 PM
  • "Swift Playgrounds 3.0 beta is now available" iDownload Blog 1:31 PM
  • "Apple quietly updates the quality of the British Siri voice" 9to5Mac 1:13 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge for iOS now translates websites in an instant" Cult of Mac 12:32 PM
  • "WebAuthn becomes official hardware login standard for browsers like Apple's Safari" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "Ryan Petrich updates RocketBootstrap, Activator, and Flipswitch with iOS 12 compatibility" iDownload Blog 8:44 AM
  • "Unc0ver v3.0.0 beta 41 released with support for the new machswap exploit" iDownload Blog 8:04 AM
  • "Could 'Rolando 3' Be Coming Soon? HandCircus Is Teasing a Follow-Up to the Early App Store Classic" Touch Arcade 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "This is our first look at Microsoft's completely redesigned Edge browser for Windows" BGR 7:30 AM
  • "Microsoft's New Chromium-based Edge Browser Revealed in Leaked Screenshots" Thurrott 7:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge running on Chromium has more than a hint of Chrome about it: But don't panic, there's still the Bing integration we all secretly crave" The Inquirer 9:36 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Watching Over HP, Dell Pcs" The B Gazette 7:35 AM
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems: how to fix them" TechRadar UK 12:05 PM
  • "Microsoft Is Quietly Poised to Profit From Self-Driving Cars: The way for investors to get ahead of this trend is connected car platforms and Microsoft is the leader here, bar none." TheStreet 8:02 AM
  • "All Intel chips open to new Spoiler non-Spectre attack: Don't expect a quick fix/Researchers say Intel won't be able to use a software mitigation to fully address the problem Spoiler exploits." ZDNet 7:30 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-9750H and GeForce GTX 1650 say hi in 3DMark database" Guru3D 7:39 AM
  • "Intel makes Thunderbolt 3 protocol royalty-free: The USB Promoter Group announced the pending release of the USB4 specification, based on the Thunderbolt protocol." MoneyControl 7:59 AM
  • "Intel open-sources CVAT, a toolkit for data labeling" VentureBeat 1:42 PM
  • "Intel signs research partnership with Maynooth University" SiliconRepublic 7:38 AM
  • "Leaked: AMD Ryzen 3rd-generation specs and prices/The leak includes information on a new flagship AMD Ryzen processor featuring more cores and more power at a very competitive price." ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "Dell seemingly leaks GTX 1660 Ti GPU for laptops (not the RTX 2050): Gaming laptop listing initially mentioned the RTX 2050, but that has been changed" TechRadar UK 7:35 AM
  • "Nvidia RTX 2050 Leaked Within Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop Specs Sheet" SegmentNext 7:36 AM
  • "Dell gaming laptop listing removes 'RTX 2050' GPU text" Hexus 7:36 AM
  • "Dell launches Alienware m15 and m17 gaming notebooks to the channel" hypertext 7:35 AM
  • "HP Envy x360 (2018) Review" digit 7:37 AM
  • "IBM X-Force Red launches blockchain security service: The new service has been established in response to the enterprise's blockchain experiments." ZDNet 7:30 AM
  • "IBM launches enterprise blockchain security testing service" Ledger Insights 7:58 AM
  • "How IBM Watson OpenScale Could Drive AI Adoption in Human Resources" HR Technologist 7:56 AM
  • "Oracle claims Defence Health core insurance system: Ousts 20-year Australian incumbent HAMBS." iTNews Australia 7:58 AM
  • "Optus Business announces Cloud Calling with Cisco: Cisco's BroadCloud and Webex will form the basis for the latest cloud-based offering from Optus Business." ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "Forty percent of 'AI startups' in Europe don't actually use AI, claims report: Companies want to take advantage of the AI hype" The Verge 8:28 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple to Transfer Listing of Debt Securities to Nasdaq" Business Wire 8:01 AM
  • "Apple: Value Depends On The Durability Of Brand In A Rapidly-Changing World" Seeking Alpha 10:08 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close slightly lower as investors seek catalysts beyond U.S.-China trade talks: Chinese government announces slower growth target for 2019" MarketWatch 6:06 PM
  • "Dow Closes Down as Wall Street Monitors Trade Developments: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended lower Tuesday, extending modest declines for the week." TheStreet 6:06 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks end up-down-down day mostly lower" Associated Press 6:06 PM
  • "Stocks slightly down on retail earnings, strong economic data" FOXBusiness 6:05 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Edge Lower as Investors Await Trade Signals: U.S. stocks ended the day slightly lower Tuesday, after major indexes suffered their worst drop in nearly a month Monday on lingering concerns about global growth and the health of the domestic economy." [Paid Membership Required] 6:05 PM
  • "China aims for 2019 GDP growth of 6% to 6.5%" MarketWatch 8:15 AM
  • "European markets climb as China sets new growth targets" MarketWatch 8:15 AM

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