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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, March 7, 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 Deserves Kudos for Doing Right by Workers: The iPhone maker has made great progress in reducing supplier violations, including use of bonded and underage employees."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Apple dealt a blow, loses star witness in Qualcomm trial: Arjuna Siva, a former Apple engineer who Apple says co-invented one of the patents in question, is no longer intending to appear."  CNET 12:12 PM
  • "Exclusive: Apple has made 'strategic mistakes'" ["AMEinfo had an in-depth conversation with Prof. Mark Greeven, a leading voice on China, innovation and the global economy to make sense of a score of issues by taking a deep dive into the reality of each situation. This is the second of a three-part interview with him."]  AMEinfo 8:38 AM
  • "CloudBerry Backup for macOS: Feature-Rich but Unreliable" TidBITS 10:13 AM
  • "Use Private Browsing to Maintain Your Privacy on the Web" Intego 1:46 PM
  • "Can't set Safari's home page preference? Here's the fix" Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "How to boot up or shutdown your Mac desktop or notebook" 9to5Mac 7:03 PM
  • "macOS: Use the Arrow Keys to See Previously Sent Texts" The Mac Observer 1:41 PM
  • "How to type the Apple logo on Mac, iPhone, and iPad" 9to5Mac 6:50 PM
  • "Questions about Marzipan Apps on the Mac" inessential 6:56 PM
Press Releases
  • "Date Time Calc 2.3.1 is an application to calculate future, past dates and time difference between dates on Mac" Ecleti 8:49 AM
  • "Trancelation is leaving Early Access next week" Mythic Owl 7:52 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Wistron's Rs 5,000-crore plan for Apple gets ministry nod: 'Wistron will make the latest iPhone models,' IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said." The Economic Times 8:10 AM
  • "Indian ministry signs off on Wistron factory: flagship iPhone models to be made in India for the first time" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Flagship iPhones one step closer to being built in India" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Apple leads the way as the wearable market grows by 27.5%" TrustedReviews 8:41 AM
  • "Fitbit Wants to Crush Apple on Price" Motley Fool 8:40 AM
  • "Nintendo Asks Developer Partners to Cut Back on In-App Purchases for Fear of Tarnishing the Brand" MacRumors 10:14 AM
  • "Nintendo asking partner iPhone developers to avoid gouging gamers on in-app purchases" AppleInsider 10:47 AM
  • "Apple Watch helps to save another life, user diagnosed with tachycardia" AppleInsider 1:44 PM
  • "Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Go to U.S. Appeals Court to Overturn Royalty Increase (Exclusive)" ["The four companies all filed with the court separately. Sources say that Apple Music is alone among the major streaming services in not planning to appeal — as confirmed by songwriters' orgs rushing to heap praise on Apple while condemning the seemingly unified front of the other digital companies."]  Variety 6:46 PM
  • "Apple breaks with digital music competitors, will not appeal songwriter royalty increase" AppleInsider 6:47 PM
  • "Tim Cook brilliantly responds to Trump's 'Tim Apple' reference on Twitter" 9to5Mac 12:35 PM
  • "'Tim Apple' becomes the internet's joke du jour thanks to Trump" Cult of Mac 12:52 PM
  • "President Trump Praises His Good Friend 'Tim Apple'" Gizmodo UK 8:45 AM
  • "Ivanka kept a straight face when Trump called Apple's CEO 'Tim Apple'" Business Insider 11:26 AM
  • "Global Feminism — Annie Lennox, The Circle & Apple Music" YouTube 8:09 AM
  • "Captain Marvel star Brie Larson will suit up for the CIA in a new TV series deal with Apple" iDownload Blog 8:51 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy S resale value dropped twice as fast as iPhone X this year" AppleInsider 8:11 AM
  • "Steve Jobs gets weird in new music video about a 'technobondage dream': Musician Psycho Flower MC and Ant-Man and the Wasp actor David Dastmalchian channel Apple's co-founder in this AI nightmare." CNET 6:48 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "T-Mobile to start testing LTE Home Internet service ahead of 5G launch" 9to5Mac 3:56 PM
  • "Android may soon support digital driver's license" 9to5Google 9:39 AM
  • "Galaxy Fold, Mate X, Flexpai and more: Here are all the foldable phones that are coming" CNET 8:46 AM
  • "Code Jumper gives children who are blind the tools to code" CNET 8:41 AM
  • "Gmail's Handy Smart Compose Feature Lands on More Android Phones" Digital Trends 8:26 AM
  • "'They should all be worried': Google is bringing shoppable ads to image searches — and it should terrify Amazon, Instagram and Pinterest" Business Insider [BI Prime] 8:20 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's boast about Facebook's data storage was torn apart by human rights groups" Business Insider 10:29 AM
  • "Millennials lead the mass Facebook exodus: More than 15 million users in the US have quit the site in the last two years over privacy concerns" Daily Mail (UK) 8:48 AM
  • "Facebook has a big, terrifying dream to be the communication backbone for the Western world" Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Build a Mind-Reading Machine" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Huawei sues US government over product ban" BBC 8:07 AM
  • "Pundit Gene Munster gives his 'State of the Apple and Beyond' keynote" Apple World Today 3:58 PM
  • "Interview: Gene Munster at Addigy 2019 Partner Summit" [Video] Apple World Today 1:44 PM
  • "Facebook and Privacy, Guy Kawasaki – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-07" The Mac Observer 12:30 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 215: Smart Battery Case take two, Apple's TV drama, iOS 12.2 final touches" 9to5Mac 10:20 AM
  • "The iPhone's future with 5G; USB 4 and the Mac; how to change the Apple Watch app list; your hot takes: Macworld Podcast episode 642" Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "Are AirPods and Other Bluetooth Headphones Safe? Experts are at odds over the health impact of Bluetooth"  Medium 8:42 AM
  • "Did You Know: iDevices More Likely To Be Misplaced Than Stolen" UberGizmo 8:46 AM
  • "iTunes DRM Possibly Broken and tvOS Could Have a Vulnerability" The Mac Observer 3:11 PM
  • "Apple Watch health monitoring sensors could pop up in future MacBooks" AppleInsider 8:14 AM
  • "Part 2: Apple Invents a Thermal Regulation System for their Head Mounted Display System" Patently Apple 10:07 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Motorized Adjustable Headband System for their Future Head Mounted Display Device" Patently Apple 8:26 AM
  • "Apple's AR glasses could have perfect fit thanks to novel adjusting and cooling systems" AppleInsider 10:20 AM
  • "Video: Apple's slowing down your old iPhone – here's how to fix it" The Next Web 8:26 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM

  • "Video: iPhone XS Max versus Galaxy S10+ photo quality comparison" AppleInsider 3:11 PM
  • "iPad Pro 2018 vs. Surface Pro 6: Which tablet is the best laptop replacement/Apple's and Microsoft's top tablets have the performance of a laptop, but can they do everything you need? Here's how to find out." CNET 8:20 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Buds vs. Apple AirPods" MacRumors 6:50 PM
  • "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless earphones review: Great sound but the controls are unintuitive" Macworld 6:50 PM
  • "You will take better iPhone and Android photos with olloclip" Apple Must 7:52 AM
  • "Hands-on: Logitech's Bluetooth-capable Z606 5.1 surround speakers" AppleInsider 3:56 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Hands On with Sony's PS4 Remote Play App for iOS" MacStories 9:39 AM
  • "'Card Crusade' Review – A New Classic in Roguelike Deck Builders" Touch Arcade 7:34 PM
  • "How to transfer files from Linux to iOS wirelessly" AddictiveTips 1:44 PM
  • "How to rearrange Safari browser tabs on iPhone and iPad" Apple Must 1:41 PM
  • "Why you should protect yourself online with a 2FA app, and how: here's the safer alternative" GearBrain 9:43 AM
  • "How to Marie Kondo your smart devices and organize your apps: IoT is supposed to spark joy in your life — not clutter it" GearBrain 9:39 AM
  • "Treating the Mac App Store As a Cloud Service" MacMost 9:26 AM
  • "How to make and receive phone calls on HomePod" AppleInsider 3:56 PM
  • "Apple TV 2019: Here's everything we want from Apple's next streamer" Digital Trends 6:56 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why you don't need a college degree to be successful" Business Insider 11:26 AM
  • "A mining-free future is a tough trick for Apple to pull off" 9to5Mac 9:36 AM
  • "No, Apple Doesn't Keep a Location List to Track You" The Mac Observer 8:51 AM
  • "Prioritizing the MacBook Hierarchy of Needs"  Six Colors 8:33 AM
  • "Voice Assistants Will Impoverish Music"  Kirkville 8:33 AM
  • "Here's Why AI is the Solution to eCommerce Business's Biggest Woes" ReadWrite 1:44 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10: The new stuff is good, but not always better." Mashable 8:34 AM
  • "The best Chinese phones Americans can't buy" The Verge 8:14 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Disney Plus to include 'entire Disney motion picture library' as it looks to compete with Apple" 9to5Mac 8:51 PM
  • "Slack begins testing long-awaited Dark Mode interface on iOS" 9to5Mac 7:12 PM
  • "New Black Eye Pro Kit G4 - A One-Kit Solution for Pro Mobile Photography" prMac 3:56 PM
  • "DirecTV Now Makes It Even Easier to Enjoy Your Favorite Shows and Movies on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV" AT&T 12:21 PM
  • "DirecTV Now Gains Apple TV App Integration" MacRumors 12:21 PM
  • "Castro Launches Curated Podcast Collections and Instant Search to Improve Discovery" MacStories 10:47 AM
  • "Apple TV Guide: All of the Original Video Content [Update] The Mac Observer 8:28 AM
  • "Pwn20wnd pushes beta 43 of the unc0ver v3.0.0 pre-release with fix for sandbox escape error" iDownload Blog 8:27 AM
  • "The iPhone Is Getting Google's Crazy AI That Uses a Robot Voice to Book You a Table" Tom's Guide 8:36 AM
  • "Google's creepy human-sounding AI that can book a reservation for you is coming to iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:27 AM
  • "Steinway Spirio | r piano uses an iPad to correct and play your live piano performances [Video] 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "You can now play PlayStation 4 games on your iPhone: The PS4's 6.50 firmware update adds support for an iOS remote play app." Ars Technica 6:56 PM
  • "Sony finally brings PS4 Remote Play to iPhone and iPad" Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "Sony Releases Remote Play App to Control Your PS4 With iPhone or iPad" MacRumors 8:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft top the tech world for reputation, but who do you trust? Facebook's reputation among the US public takes a beating that shows up as a fall of 43 places in the trust ratings." ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "From 'evil empire' to model citizen? How Microsoft's good deeds work to its competitive advantage" GeekWire 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft says Windows 10 is now on more than 800 million devices: In September 2018, Microsoft officials said Windows 10 was installed on more than 700 million devices. Now that number is 800 million, company officials say." ZDNet 12:13 PM
  • "Windows 10 update is freezing games: Microsoft's fix? Uninstall it for now/Microsoft's latest update for Windows 10 users has been causing 'massive lag spikes' in some games." ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft cuts roughly 200 positions in its commercial sales business: The latest Microsoft layoffs follow a January reorganization in its Worldwide Commercial Business that was meant to further accelerate cloud growth and simplify the group's structure." ZDNet 12:16 PM
  • "Windows 10 version 1903: Act fast to delay this big upgrade/Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly." ZDNet 11:56 AM
  • "Microsoft's cheapest Surface Book 2 could get a quad-core CPU soon: Expected imminently" The Verge 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft beats Amazon to open the first cloud data center in Africa: Good news for South African gamers." Engadget 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft plotting quad-core upgrade for entry-level Surface Book 2: And it'll cost the same as middling dual-core model" The Inquirer 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft's Chromium-powered Edge previews will only support 64-bit Windows 10 at first" Neowin 7:29 AM
  • "Microsoft Poised to Release First Edge Insider Preview" Thurrott 8:50 AM
  • "AMD to release 3rd Gen Threadripper processors this year already" Guru3D 7:51 AM
  • "AMD confirms 3rd-gen Ryzen processors will arrive in mid-2019: Threadripper 3 CPUs are also expected at some point in the year" The Inquirer 8:51 AM
  • "3rd-Generation AMD Threadripper Confirmed For Late 2019" eTeknix 7:51 AM
  • "Intel: Cloud tech will expand what games can be made and how many people are playing them" PC Games Insider 7:54 AM
  • "Intel's CEO Bob Swan Plays the 'Long-Term Viability' Card in Defending the Company's involvement in Cellular —Modem Technologies and 'Optane.'" Tech Stock Observer 7:54 AM
  • "Intel Introduces 'Throughput Mode' in the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO Toolkit" CDR Info 7:52 AM
  • "Intel unveils first 58Gbps FPGA transceiver enabling 400G Ethernet deployment" New Electronics 7:52 AM
  • "IBM collaborates with Others for introducing Blockchain Pilot Program" Name Coin News 7:53 AM
  • "Technology giant IBM joins ABI: Industry body's largest associate member" Cover 7:53 AM
  • "HP expands PageWide Web Press capabilities" PrintWeek 7:50 AM
  • "'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8: 'I want to explain why it was necessary'" The Register 7:56 AM
  • "Cisco to invest $20m in new Sydney Webex Data Center: With Australia one of the biggest global users of Webex, Cisco is building a new Sydney-based data centre." ZDNet 7:29 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What Every Investor Should Know Before Investing in Apple: You may own an Apple iPhone or a Mac, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should be investing in the company." TheStreet 8:45 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower for 4th straight session as global growth concerns move to the fore: The ECB slashes growth forecast, pledges support for eurozone economy" MarketWatch 3:54 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 3:54 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Wall Street sinks again, extending losses" Associated Press 7:23 PM
  • "Stocks slump again on Wall Street, extending weekly losses" Associated Press 7:23 PM
  • "Stocks fall as ECB slashes growth forecasts" FOXBusiness 7:22 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Continue to Slide: U.S. stocks fell for a third consecutive session Wednesday, closing at their lowest level in three weeks as analysts looked ahead to Friday's jobs report and sought an update on global trade policy." [Paid Membership Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Asian markets retreat as uncertainty over U.S.-China trade deal grows: Stocks in Tokyo, Hong Kong sink, following Wall Street's lead" MarketWatch 8:01 AM
  • "Banks drive losses for Europe after ECB says it will keep rates low, cuts growth view" MarketWatch 12:16 PM

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