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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, March 6, 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.

  • "iPhone sales are falling, and Apple's app fees might be next: As iPhone sales slip, Apple has been positioning its booming digital-services business as its new profit engine. But there could be a snag in that plan. A brewing backlash against the rich commissions Apple earns from all purchases and subscriptions made via iPhone apps could undercut the app store, which generates about a third of the company's services revenue."  Associated Press 10:09 AM
  • "It Is Prime Time for Smartwatches: Once-expensive gimmicks are no longer a fad, but there is still plenty of market to reach" ["Apple Inc. alone is estimated to have sold $9.9 billion worth of its Apple Watch in 2018, according to consensus analyst estimates from Visible Alpha"] [Paid Membership Required] 7:18 AM
  • "Low-hanging fruit: Five things Apple could (and should) fix immediately/We expect plenty of big things from Apple, but sometimes little things matter just as much."  Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Predicting Apple's Folding iPhone Strategy"  Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:27 AM
  • "The Prototype iPhones That Hackers Use to Research Apple's Most Sensitive Code: Very few people have heard of them, but 'dev-fused' iPhones sold on the grey market are one of the most important tools for the best iOS hackers in the world."  Motherboard 12:37 PM
  • "Apple releases 13th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report: Milestones Achieved in Environmental Protection, Education Initiatives Expanded" ["'In everything we do, people come first,' said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. 'We are constantly raising the bar for ourselves and our suppliers because we are committed to the people who make our products possible as well as the planet we all share. This year, we're proud to give more people an opportunity to advance their education."]  Apple 11:12 AM
  • "Behind the Hype of Apple's Plan to End Mining"  Gizmodo 10:44 AM
  • "Apple's expanding enterprise ecosystem: The growing number of MDM service providers proves the expansion of Apple in the enterprise" Computerworld 8:32 AM
  • "Trump calls Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Tim Apple' at advisory meeting: President Donald Trump's history of English-related gaffes was furthered at Wednesday's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting when he introduced Apple CEO Tim Cook as 'Tim Apple.'" AppleInsider 8:20 PM
  • "Google reveals BuggyCow macOS security flaw" Sophos 8:06 AM
  • "Pixar just posted a dream job for Mac nerds" Cult of Mac 11:42 AM
  • "Implementing Single-Key Shortcuts in NetNewsWire" inessential 7:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "Firefox to add Tor Browser anti-fingerprinting technique called letterboxing" ZDNet 11:15 AM
  • "Data Extractor 1.7.1 to extract data contained inside text documents and insert them in a database to reuse" Ecleti 9:52 AM
  • "Apple's videogame routines used to protect users from viruses and malware in new utility" AppleInsider 9:09 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Mayor Faulconer, Apple Partner to Grow Company's Presence in San Diego: Apple Cites San Diego's Quality of Life and Economy as it Plans to Add 1,200 Local Jobs, Make City a Main Engineering Hub"  The City of San Diego 3:01 PM
  • "Apple is adding 1,200 employees in Qualcomm's backyard as their legal dispute wages on" CNBC 3:02 PM
  • "Apple to add more jobs at new San Diego tech hub" KGTV San Diego 2:54 PM
  • "Apple to add 1200 new jobs in San Diego for software and hardware engineering, starting later this year" 9to5Mac 2:54 PM
  • "Apple Adding 1,200 New Jobs in San Diego at Upcoming Engineering Hub" MacRumors 3:01 PM
  • "Apple will add 1,200 jobs in Qualcomm's hometown: It's part of a larger engineering push." Engadget 6:55 PM
  • "Apple's Everyone Can Code being used in 4,000 schools, 80 community colleges in US" AppleInsider 5:41 PM
  • "Chinese online retailers slash iPhone prices for second time this year"  Reuters 7:07 AM
  • "Chinese Online Retailers Start Second Round of iPhone Discounts" MacRumors 7:10 AM
  • "Apple will struggle with 5G for years – analyst" Telecoms 8:06 AM
  • "'Grotesque': Marco Rubio leads intense criticism of Google for refusing to pull down Saudi government app that lets men track and control women" ["Apple also hosts a version of the app. The company says it is still investigating what actions to take."]  Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "Brie Larson to Star in, Produce Straight-to-Series Drama at Apple" Variety 1:51 PM
  • "Prey data shows the most likely ways to lose a device" 9to5Mac 7:16 AM
  • "That's iPhone - iPhone Features" Apple 12:00 PM
  • "Apple Shares New 'iPhone Can Do What?' Features Page" MacRumors 11:46 AM
  • "Apple ramps up iPhone marketing with feature-packed 'iPhone can do what?' campaign" 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Your best loved brands, but where is tech? Only two tech brands are included in the list of most loved brands, according to a new report." ["HTC and Alienware are the only tech brands named in the top 10 -- out of more than 500 brands analyzed. HTC ranked fourth in the online category behind Clean and Clear and Mary Kay, and Alienware ranked sixth behind Five Guys and Fisher-Price."] ZDNet 3:15 PM
  • "'I worry about the world I helped create', says Android founder" ["Rich Miner, who helped build the Android operating system, said he feared for the 'interrupt driven world I helped create' and the impact it will have on younger generations."] Telegraph 2:35 PM
  • "Creative wallpapers that use the Galaxy S10 hole-punch camera properly" Digital Trends 1:52 PM
  • "Samsung predicted to ship up to 45M Galaxy S10 units in 2019: On the back of strong pre-order demand, research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Wednesday revised shipment predicts for Samsung's new Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup, estimating the South Korean tech giant will move between 40 and 45 million units in 2019." AppleInsider 7:17 PM
  • "Samsung is reportedly working on three different foldable smartphones" Ars Technica 1:33 PM
  • "Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg says the future is private messaging" Recode 1:32 PM
  • "Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal would be reversed by Democrats' new bill" Ars Technica 11:49 AM
  • "New Net Neutrality Bill Would Strip the FCC of Its Power to Mess With the Internet" Gizmodo 11:15 AM
  • "Fitbit launches lower-cost fitness devices to combat Samsung, Apple" Reuters 8:35 AM
  • "Don't look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions/Machines can now allegedly identify anger, fear, disgust and sadness. 'Emotion detection' has grown from a research project to a $20bn industry" The Guardian 8:28 AM
  • "Let Google and Tilda Swinton show you the Big Bang in AR: The tech giant teamed up with CERN for an interactive Big Bang experience." Engadget 8:24 AM
  • "A serious shortage of cybersecurity experts could cost companies hundreds of millions of dollars" CNBC 8:21 AM
  • "Huawei's security boss says the company would sooner 'shut down' than spy for China" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "France unveils plan to tax internet giants: The French government on Wednesday unveiled plans to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook." Associated Press 7:32 AM
  • "Samsung Working on Two More Foldable Smartphones" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:30 AM
  • "Qualcomm Cites National Security Risk in Bid to Settle FTC Case: Defense and Energy Department officials lend support, saying Huawei stands to gain from a Qualcomm loss" [Paid Membership Required] 7:18 AM
  • "Why content moderators fall for conspiracy theories: A stressful job, plus repeated exposure, can change a person's views" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Meizu CEO says port-less phone was a publicity stunt" The Verge 7:16 AM
  • "#284: Fairy Facts and Unicorn Facts/Devices we've repaired ourselves, the features we'd choose for a thicker, heavier phone, our thoughts on WebAuthn and the future of passwords, and our privacy concerns for video doorbell cameras." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:35 PM
  • "Apple's Environmental Impact – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-05" The Mac Observer 12:54 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 026: 'You're not gonna touch your glasses'" 9to5Mac 12:39 PM
  • "Laurene Powell Jobs says President Trump's attacks on the press are 'right out of a dictator's playbook': Powell Jobs founded the Emerson Collective, which owns Pop-Up Magazine and has a majority stake in the Atlantic." Recode 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Will Now Repair iPhones Containing Third-Party Batteries" PC Magazine 7:07 AM
  • "Apple will reportedly allow repairs for iPhones with third-party batteries" The Next Web 7:23 AM
  • "Apple no longer refuses to fix iPhones with third-party batteries" Ars Technica 9:09 AM
  • "Reports Suggest Apple Is Making an Unprecedented Change to Its iPhone Repair Policy" The New York Observer 8:06 AM
  • "iOS 12.2 Public Beta 4 Is Now Available: What's new? • iLounge" iLounge 7:24 AM
  • "Apple Releases Fourth Developer Beta of iOS 12.2 [Update: Public Beta Available] MacRumors 9:25 PM
  • "Activity App Not Working? Fix" macReports 9:09 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:50 AM

  • "Review: The Keychron K1 Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboard — Is This the Keyboard I've Been Searching For?" MacTrast 6:28 PM
  • "Benchmark showdown: Samsung Galaxy S10+ versus iPhone XS Max" AppleInsider 6:31 PM
  • "Apple MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13: Is there a new 13-inch laptop champ?" CNET 6:59 AM
  • "AirPods vs. Galaxy Buds: The best wireless earbuds are..." CNET 7:00 AM
  • "HP Deskjet 3630 all-in-one printer review: A great printer for occasional use, but ink can be pricey" TechRadar UK 8:16 AM
  • "How to sign PDFs on your iPhone or iPad" Cult of Mac 3:17 PM
  • "How to check your Apple Watch's software compatibility" 9to5Mac 2:54 PM
  • "How to turn off the Find My iPhone feature for your iPhone" Business Insider 1:49 PM
  • "How to Access AirPlay Audio in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 12:40 PM
  • "Taking RAW Photos With Your iPhone" MacMost 9:03 AM
  • "10 useful everyday things Apple's Siri can do for you" Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Supposed 'AirPods 2' ad leak offers fleeting glimpse at next-generation device: A pair of purportedly leaked Apple commercials for an as-yet-unannounced 'AirPods 2' product surfaced on Wednesday, though the videos fail to reveal new features or capabilities like onboard Siri support." AppleInsider 9:24 PM
  • "Half of new Apple's US hires in 2018 lacked 4-year college degrees, Cook says: During Wednesday's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in Washington, D.C., Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed some 50 percent of the tech giant's U.S. hires lacked a formal four-year college degree, using the figure as a plinth for smart education reform." AppleInsider 5:18 PM
  • "Tim Cook: 'We're Capitalists' (But not Plunderers)" The Mac Observer 3:57 PM
  • "'iPad U' concept imagines Apple's take on a folding tablet" MacTrast 5:18 PM
  • "7 Changes Apple Should Make to the Clock app in iOS 13" iDrop News 1:34 PM
  • "30 highlights from Apple's 2019 Supplier Responsibility Report" Apple Must 12:54 PM
  • "The most interesting factoids from Apple's 13th annual supplier report" Cult of Mac 12:40 PM
  • "Concept: A more inviting Apple Store HomeKit demo experience" 9to5Mac 12:39 PM
  • "Giving People Want They Want — Longer Device Battery Life" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:26 AM
  • "Guy Kawasaki Learned These 3 Counter Intuitive Principles From His Time Working With Steve Jobs" Forbes 7:54 AM
  • "Could Apple Be Working on A Foldable iPhone?" iLounge 7:24 AM
  • "Apple's management of its video service isn't a plot twist, it's business as usual: Responses to recent reports about Apple's upcoming video streaming service."  Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Apple does the right thing for battery repairs" Apple Must 6:50 AM
  • "Microsoft updates Store revenue split to give developers a 95% cut, but with limitations" 9to5Mac 9:25 PM
  • "Please don't buy Nintendo's VR kit for the Switch: Not like this, Nintendo. Not like this." iMore 8:49 PM
  • "12 lessons on media democracy from Laurene Powell Jobs" Apple Must 12:01 PM
  • "Shark or Baseball? Inside the 'Black Box' of a Neural Network" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:15 AM
  • "Out of All Platforms, Child Predators Use Instagram the Most" The Mac Observer 9:00 AM
  • "Fossil Sport review: The best of a bad situation" Android Central 8:07 AM
  • "Samsung Delivers Mo' Features, Mo' Problems with the Galaxy S10 Lineup" iFixit 7:58 AM
  • "Blockchain vs. a database: What's the difference?" Computerworld 7:32 AM
  • "The Life-Threatening Consequences of Overhyping AI" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:31 AM
  • "The promise of universal augmented reality" VentureBeat 7:30 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Nike Run Club on iOS adds Custom Challenges feature for competitions and staying motivated" 9to5Mac 9:16 PM
  • "Google Duplex restaurant bookings arriving on iPhone in coming weeks" AppleInsider 3:02 PM
  • "This company sells gorgeous custom iPhones for less than Apple" Cult of Mac 1:33 PM
  • "Apple Watch Bands Begin Selling Out Ahead of Probable Spring 2019 Refresh" MacRumors 12:40 PM
  • "Introducing the MacStories Shortcuts Archive, a Collection of 150 Custom Shortcuts for Apple's Shortcuts App" MacStories 10:45 AM
  • "HyreCar Launches Mobile Application Featuring Mitek Identity Verification Technology: HyreCar Mobile App for iOS and Android Now Available to Streamline New Driver Onboarding" Business Wire 8:03 AM
  • "Socket Mobile Ships DuraCase for Apple iPhones - iPhone 6, 7, 8 and 6, 7, 8 Plus" PRNewswire 8:02 AM
  • "Old iPad and iPhone games left behind by march of iOS could come back to life" AppleInsider 7:16 AM
  • "Hunter Douglas HomeKit support lands in app update today" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "iPliable Provides Entertaining Gem-Busting Action on the iPhone" prMac 7:11 AM
  • "LG TV support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 to launch mid 2019" AppleInsider 7:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel and Irish supercomputer group aim for a first in quantum computing: Quantum computing project to be the first of its kind in Ireland and potentially the world." SiliconRepublic 8:14 AM
  • "Spectre-a-like 'Spoiler' flaw affects all Intel Core CPUs: AMD and ARM architectures unaffected by vulnerability" The Inquirer 8:12 AM
  • "Intel pleads for U.S. backup in the chip race" Axios 7:55 AM
  • "Exclusive: Intel Mobility i7-9750H Will Be Announced Around 21st April, Availability From May" WCCFTech 8:13 AM
  • "Intel officially retires all 6th-gen processors" MyBroadband 8:13 AM
  • "Intel wants robot redundancy pay for people who lose their jobs to AI" TrustedReviews 8:14 AM
  • "What makes Intel-Unisoc 5G partnership fall apart" DigiTimes 8:13 AM
  • "AMD might make a killing from new Intel chip bug" Fudzilla 8:16 AM
  • "AMD: 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper in 2019" AnandTech 11:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Has a Bold Plan to Reach More Gamers" The Motley Fool 7:23 AM
  • "Microsoft's South African data centers are now open for Azure business" GeekWire 7:23 AM
  • "Microsoft's first African data centers open in Cape Town and Johannesburg" ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft is first major cloud provider to open African data centers" Ars Technica 11:25 AM
  • "Discless Xbox 'Maverick' could arrive as soon as May: Download-only device could be with us a little sooner than expected." Ars Technica 5:10 PM
  • "IBM countersues Israel Chemicals on harmonization project" Globes (Israel) 8:20 AM
  • "IBM Releases Security Testing Tool for Enterprise Blockchain Takers" Cointelegraph 8:20 AM
  • "Dell EMC Exec: Windows 7 To Windows 10 Migration Is 'Biggest Client Refresh Opportunity' For Partners" CRN 8:18 AM
  • "Dell EMC Federal's Steve Harris: Treating Infrastructure as a Platform Could Help Agencies Simplify Cyber Efforts" ExecutiveBiz 8:19 AM
  • "What will Dell EMC's unified mid-range storage box look like? Let's not find out..." Blocks & Files 8:18 AM
  • "Supreme court orders Oracle to pay litigation money back" IT PRO (UK) 8:11 AM
  • "Inoapps Interviews Oracle Blockchain Guru For Latest Podcast" RealWire 8:11 AM
  • "Oracle to lure boffins with cloud credits, see if enterprise-grade tech can speed up research" The Register 7:42 AM
  • "NASA, Cisco, and Woodside look to network edge on the moon: Using Cisco connectivity technology, Australian LNG company Woodside is collaborating with NASA on edge compute capabilities for use hundreds of kilometres offshore, towards even the moon in future." ZDNet 6:10 PM
  • "Cisco tells Nexus switch owners to disable POAP feature for security reasons: Cisco releases new Nexus firmware that includes a new command to turn off POAP." ZDNet 9:16 PM
  • "5G, Wi-Fi 6, and nano-satellites: Cisco pushes total coverage" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "Cisco claims 'first' successful 600Gbps trial in Australia" ARN 8:09 AM
  • "The Time Has Finally Come For Cisco's SD WAN Solutions" Seeking Alpha 8:09 AM
  • "Optus and Cisco extend Meraki deal" ZDNet 7:07 AM
  • "Cisco helps Spain accelerate its digital transformation" SmartCitiesWorld 8:10 AM
  • "Cisco creates tech engineers club for women" IT Web 8:09 AM
  • "Japan's Renesas to partially halt chip production for two months on China slowdown: source" Reuters 11:28 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What's The Revenue Potential For Apple's Proposed Credit Card With Goldman?" Trefils 8:05 AM
  • "A Giant Texas Pension Cut Stakes in GE and Apple Stock, and Bought Alibaba" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:06 AM
  • "How to trade Apple and Intel on U.S.-China progress" CNBC TV 8:13 AM
  • "Dialog Semi sees core business growing post-Apple deal, shares rally" Reuters 7:04 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower for third session on lackluster economic data: U.S. trade deficit hits 10-year high in 2018" MarketWatch 3:55 PM
  • "Dow Ends Lower as Investors Eye Details From Trade Talks, Oil Prices Tumble: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the day lower as details over the trade talks between the U.S. and China are awaited and oil prices tumble." TheStreet 3:55 PM
  • "This Sector Falls Harder Than Nasdaq, Dow Jones; But This Industry Group Is Rebounding" Investor's Business Daily 3:55 PM
  • "Stocks slide on weakening global growth outlook" FOXBusiness 3:55 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Continue to Slide: Indexes decline for third straight session ahead of update on trade, Friday's jobs report" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly higher, paced by China: Stocks gain in Shanghai and Hong Kong, decline in Tokyo" MarketWatch 7:59 AM
  • "London markets flat as weaker pound fails to support FTSE; Just Eat drops 4%: British American Tobacco leads the gainers" MarketWatch 7:59 AM

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