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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, March 13, 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.

  • "Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple: Spotify has filed a complaint with EU antitrust regulators against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service."  Reuters 7:30 AM
  • "Spotify accuses Apple of breaching EU antitrust rules" CNBC 7:46 AM
  • "Spotify is going to war with Apple, filing an antitrust complaint over fears it is crushing competitors" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "Spotify Hits the Right Notes in Apple Complaint: Streaming giant's EU complaint comes as app store fees and platform control are getting fresh scrutiny" [Paid Membership Required] 12:41 PM
  • "Spotify Accuses Apple of Stifling Competition in EU Complaint: Complaint alleges that Apple has abused its control over which apps appear in its App Store" [Paid Membership Required] 7:45 AM
  • "Spotify files antitrust complaint against Apple over its 'app tax'" Telegraph 7:45 AM
  • "Spotify Files Complaint In Europe About Apple's 'Unfair' Fees" Forbes 7:38 AM
  • "Spotify is asking European regulators to help it fight Apple — just before Apple launches a big new subscription service" Recode 7:51 AM
  • "Spotify's Apple Music Complaint Was a Near Decade in the Making" Bloomberg 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Races to Get Studios Signed Up for New Streaming Service: IPhone maker is said to push for HBO, Showtime and Starz deals"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:32 AM
  • "Apple's streaming service could feature content from partners" TechCrunch 7:47 AM
  • "Apple could reveal credit card, HBO, and Starz deals at Show Time event" VentureBeat 8:03 AM
  • "Apple cites decision to use Intel modems in iPhone as 'real motivation' for Qualcomm patent suit: Apple and Qualcomm on Thursday presented closing arguments in a patent infringement trial in San Diego, with Apple telling jurors that the complaint is less about patents than retribution for using Intel modems in iPhone." AppleInsider 7:40 PM
  • "Mac Randomly Double Typing Keys or Double-Spacing Between Words? This Might Fix It" OS X Daily 1:41 PM
  • "How to convert images to PDFs on Mac" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "How to change your music files' metadata information using iTunes for Mac" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "How to highlight text in Pages on Mac and iOS" iDownload Blog 8:07 AM
  • "Why Are There Two Applications Folders?" MacMost 9:09 AM
  • "Why We Don't Like Swift" Rixstep 2:43 PM
Press Releases
  • "Chaos Group Announces V-Ray Next for Rhino (and Grasshopper!)" Architosh 7:39 PM
  • "Default Folder X 5.3.5" TidBITS 3:48 PM
  • "Panic announces all new web development editor coming this year as Coda 2 successor" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "The competition is free. The industry is moving fast. And we're making a brand-new, fully native, web development editor just for the Mac." Panic Software 7:10 PM
  • "It's Official: Dark Mode for Chrome has Arrived on Mac" LAPTOP Magazine 1:21 PM
  • "International Space Station 2.1.1 lets you see the space station at naked eye" Ecleti 10:22 AM
  • "Picture Instruments Announces Warping Wheels Colour Correction plugin" 8:28 AM
  • "FontAgent 9 Adds New Tagging, Activation, Monotype and Adobe Integration" prMac 7:32 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Acquires Machine Learning Startup in Boost for AI Group" ["An Apple spokesperson confirmed the acquisition of the four-year-old startup, which was founded by three former Google engineers, Anand Shukla, Srinivasan Venkatachary and Steven Baker, and had raised more than $24 million from Redpoint Ventures and Sutter Hill Ventures, according to CrunchBase. Terms of the deal could not be learned."]  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:15 PM
  • "Apple Purchases Machine Learning Startup Laserlike" MacRumors 3:19 PM
  • "Apple acquires Laserlike, an ML startup that might make Siri smarter" VentureBeat 3:20 PM
  • "The web at 30: Apple's place in history/The World Wide Web is 30 years old. Here's a look at Apple's role in its development."  Macworld 7:33 AM
  • "Apple gets foreign contractors improper visa lawsuit dismissed" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Smartphone shipments in China down 20%, a 6-year low" 9to5Mac 7:38 AM
  • "Sharp drop in Chinese smartphone sales in China portends bad news for Apple" AppleInsider 7:55 AM
  • "Apple grows iPhone share in U.S., despite overseas challenges" Apple World Today 8:59 AM
  • "Apple, Google, GoDaddy misissued TLS certificates with weak serial numbers" ZDNet 12:31 PM
  • "Man charged over bow and arrow attack in Nimbin: A man has been charged for firing an arrow at another man in northern NSW, with the victim's iPhone saving him from the violent attack." 10:02 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Walmart to introduce tablet under its ONN store brand: Bloomberg" Bloomberg 8:57 PM
  • "Facebook and Instagram outage drags on for hours as social media giant denies DDoS attack" GeekWire 6:51 PM
  • "Some Democrats Are Ready to Water Down Their Own Net Neutrality Bill: Activists say efforts to 'compromise' at this juncture would only weaken rules with broad, bipartisan public support." Motherboard 1:41 PM
  • "Google has quietly added DuckDuckGo as a search engine option for Chrome users in ~60 markets" TechCrunch 9:56 AM
  • "Google reportedly makes 'roadmap cutbacks' in laptop and tablet development: The group that brought us the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate are is being downsized." Ars Technica 9:52 AM
  • "Google reportedly canceled future tablet and laptop projects: A result of 'road-map cutbacks.'" Android Central 9:47 AM
  • "T-Mobile Reveals More Location Data Abuse Following Questions from Senator Wyden" Motherboard 12:16 PM
  • "T-Mobile is expanding its industry-first anti-scam call protection service to even more smartphones" Business Insider 8:57 AM
  • "Almost 150 million users impacted by new SimBad Android adware: SimBad adware found in 210 Android apps available on the official Google Play Store." ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "New Android adware found in 200 apps on Google Play" TechCrunch 8:07 AM
  • "Verizon's 5G service will cost $10 extra, launches in Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11th" The Verge 7:57 AM
  • "Facebook says Zero Hedge ban was a 'mistake' amid uproar over big tech censorship of conservative content" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "Obama's former adviser says Silicon Valley giants must release their iron grip on everyone's data" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "Five Tips For Attending Online Meetings" MacVoices 3:13 PM
  • "Apple's New Concerns, Ending Web Dysfunction – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-13" The Mac Observer 3:07 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 027: 'Let's spelunk my life'" 9to5Mac 11:36 AM
  • "229: Go Back to Making Dinosaur Movies" The Rebound 10:30 AM
  • "Mac Pricing and Cord Cutting, with Bob LeVitus -ACM 504" The Mac Observer 7:18 AM
  • "Apple Planning Both 10.2-Inch 'iPad 7' and All-New 10.5-Inch iPad According to Proven Leaker"  MacRumors 11:21 AM
  • "Latest iPad rumor claims new 10.2-inch and updated 10.5-inch models coming" 9to5Mac 11:36 AM
  • "Supposed iPad Mini 5 Case Supports Rumors of Few Design Changes" MacRumors 10:28 AM
  • "China's BOE challenges Samsung in OLED sector" ["It is highly likely for Apple to receive touch-integrated panels from BOE since working with multiple parts suppliers is a norm for the company."] ET News 10:05 AM
  • "BOE hoping to oust Samsung as sole supplier of iPhone display" 9to5Mac 10:05 AM
  • "Apple looks for Swift growth with deeper industry collaboration in Singapore" ZDNet 11:05 AM
  • "Apple announces expanded coding initiatives in Singapore and Indonesia" Apple 7:55 AM
  • "Apple continues to invest in Singapore, Indonesia coding talent" Apple Must 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Growing Swift Coding Education Program in Southeast Asia" The Mac Observer 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Improves Audio Messages Quality in iOS 12.2" MacRumors 11:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM

  • "Best DVD drives for Mac mini in 2019" iMore 8:52 PM
  • "The Best iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X Cases" The Wirecutter 7:18 PM
  • "An essential iPad Pro accessory? Not for everyone, but for some..." Apple Must 3:40 PM
  • "Review: V-Moda V-Man is more than a simple headphone stand" AppleInsider 3:18 PM
  • "How to use Apple Music on Amazon Fire TV" Apple Must 6:52 PM
  • "How to unblock a blocked number or contact on your iPhone" Business Insider 1:27 PM
  • "How to Save Important Voicemails for Both iPhone and Android" Lifehacker 12:17 PM
  • "How to play PS4 games on your iPhone with PS4 Remote Play" Macworld 7:33 AM
  • "Opinion: Apple is 'playing fair,' but Spotify doesn't like the rules" 9to5Mac 8:58 PM
  • "iPhone Problems Shine Sales Spotlight On Tim Cook's Broken Strategy" Forbes 8:58 PM
  • "How Apple Maps protects your privacy when navigating" iDownload Blog 3:45 PM
  • "Apple Accuses Qualcomm of Witness Tampering in Latest Clash" The Mac Observer 11:53 AM
  • "Apple Is Behind in Foldable Screen Technology — That We Know Of" MacTrast 11:41 AM
  • "Apple's TV streaming service will likely prioritize scale" Business Insider 11:00 AM
  • "Steve Jobs and the upside down Apple logo" The Loop 9:43 AM
  • "Editorial: Senator Warren's stance on big tech breakup is dangerous politics" AppleInsider 9:32 AM
  • "Garmin smartwatch range has crazy reason for max $2500 price" 9to5Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Here's why Spotify is declaring war on Apple and not Google" Business Insider 11:00 AM
  • "Spotify has bloodied Apple's nose once before. Now, it has a chance to cut its $853 billion rival down to size." Business Insider 9:18 AM
  • "Spotify Files Complaint Against Apple with the European Commission" MacStories 8:02 AM
  • "Apple reportedly 'racing' to get HBO and Showtime on its streaming service" Engadget 8:02 AM
  • "Why Apple's streaming video service should lead to 'Apple Prime' subscription bundle"  ZDNet 7:52 AM
  • "Bloomberg: Apple TV service to feature mostly content from partners at launch, Apple's original TV shows coming later" 9to5Mac 7:38 AM
  • "Spotify's Complaint Against Apple in EU Could Drive Real Change (Premium)" Thurrott 7:20 AM
  • "What to expect from Apple's 'show time' event on March 25" Cult of Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Apple's March 25 Event Will Launch New, Vexing, Spinning Plates" The Mac Observer 7:17 AM
  • "Another F for Alphabet: after abandoning Android tablets last year, Google retreats from Chrome OS Pixel notebooks/After dumping support for its last remaining Android Pixel C tablet last spring, Google is starting off 2019 with another major retreat in its hardware lineup — including the cancellation of various concepts in development." AppleInsider 8:54 PM
  • "Punkt MP-02 hands-on review: The Punkt is no dumb phone: it's much smarter than you think" Digital Trends 3:45 PM
  • "The People With Power At Google Advertising"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:57 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10e review: Smaller, but not lesser" Engadget 8:11 AM
  • "The Rise of Silicon Valley's New Mafias" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Google's Hardware Failure is Inevitable (Premium)" Thurrott 8:06 AM
  • "Quitting the five tech giants: Could you say goodbye to Google?" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Why Vivo thinks port-less phones are the future" The Verge 7:39 AM
  • "Galaxy S10 Plus ceramic vs. glass: Which phone survived our drop test?" CNET 7:31 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "How to unblock a blocked number or contact on your iPhone" Business Insider 1:27 PM
  • "Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV, expanding to UK soon" ZDNet 3:37 PM
  • "Apple Music launches on Amazon Fire TV" CNBC 1:27 PM
  • "Apple Music launches on Amazon Fire TV, coming to Echo for UK users soon" 9to5Mac 1:19 PM
  • "Google releases open source tool to make iOS more accessible" VentureBeat 1:11 PM
  • "August's promised HomeKit support for smart doorbells not coming anytime soon" AppleInsider 9:32 AM
  • "Spark Launches Email Delegation Feature for Teams" MacStories 8:12 AM
  • "Spark email client receives major update to turn emails into delegated tasks for teams" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "Google Drive users: This is your new Android, iOS makeover for faster file access" ZDNet 7:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Foxconn challenges Microsoft patent lawsuit" DigiTimes 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft just announced three new products that could help make it the guaranteed winner of an $8 billion Pentagon contract" Business Insider [BI Prime] 12:40 PM
  • "Microsoft shows off Project xCloud by playing Forza Horizon 4 on phone" CNET 7:31 AM
  • "Microsoft demonstrates xCloud game streaming a week before Google's 'future of gaming' event" The Verge 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft reminds everyone about Project xCloud with a live demo" Engadget 8:02 AM
  • "Windows 10 graphics: Intel warns, patch 19 severe driver flaws now" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "It looks like Windows 10 Home can now defer updates for 35 days: Change would give Home and Pro users the same deferral range." Ars Technica 6:52 PM
  • "Intel, Google, Microsoft and more team up for CXL consortium to supercharge data centre performance" CloudTech 8:20 AM
  • "Intel Tells TheStreet How It's Going After Nvidia in the A.I. Chip Market: The chip giant is betting heavily on a strategy that involves supporting several types of processors, as well as software that can be used by different processing architectures." TheStreet 7:50 AM
  • "Exclusive: AMD's 7nm Navi GPU Will Launch Roughly A Month After Ryzen 3000" WCCFTech 8:22 AM
  • "Dell, Vertex Lead $7.5M Funding Round For Israeli Cybersecurity Startup Cymulate" NoCamels (Israel) 8:24 AM
  • "Dell EMC Bolsters Converged Infrastructure With VMware Integration" eWeek 8:23 AM
  • "Ready Stack repacked: Dell EMC unloads DIY converged infrastructure designs" The Register 9:32 AM
  • "HP Expands Laptop Battery Recall Amidst Injury Reports" LAPTOP Magazine 10:27 AM
  • "HP is recalling even more laptops for 'fire and burn hazards' caused by faulty batteries" The Verge 12:03 PM
  • "HP is recalling more laptop batteries over fire concerns" Engadget 3:20 PM
  • "HP's New Pavilion x360 Laptops Flaunt New Colors, Slim Bezels" LAPTOP Magazine 1:40 PM
  • "IBM used Flickr photos for facial-recognition project" BBC 8:28 AM
  • "NBC's tool will tell you if IBM's used your photos to train its AI" The Next Web 7:44 AM
  • "Indians lack skill-sets to be employed: IBM Chief" PTI 8:18 AM
  • "IBM's AI platform Watson to mentor over a million Indian women for 'new collar' jobs" Business Insider India 8:19 AM
  • "IBM sees gender gap persist till 2073, as 79% of organizations feign ignorance" The Guardian 8:19 AM
  • "IBM Quietly Enters Crypto Custody Market With Tech Designed for Banks" Coindesk 8:18 AM
  • "Oracle Korea crippled by triple whammy; Firm grapples with labor conflict, tax probe, leadership vacuum" The Korea Times 8:16 AM
  • "Supreme Court Weighs In On Oracle Vs. Rimini Street" IT Jungle 8:17 AM
  • "Oracle Reports Its Results Thursday. Here's What to Watch." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:11 PM
  • "Cisco Waits For World To Catch Up To Its Strategy" Forbes 7:31 AM
  • "Cisco Champions Safer Internet with Launch of Children's Book" Al Bawaba 8:15 AM
  • "Cohesity Teams With Cisco to Simplify Sales" Channelnomics 8:15 AM
  • "Study tracks China's 'startling' challenge to America in artificial intelligence research" GeekWire 9:12 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "'Significant controversy' still surrounds Apple as investors debate whether it's safe to jump back in"  Business Insider 8:28 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 ends at 4-month high as stocks rise after strong economic data: Boeing shares snap 7-day losing streak" MarketWatch 4:01 PM
  • "Stocks End Higher, Shrugging Off Brexit and Boeing Concerns: Stocks ended higher Wednesday as Wall Street looks past uncertainty about Brexit and worries about Boeing after the United States became the latest country to ground the 737 Max 8." TheStreet 4:01 PM
  • "US stock indexes end mostly higher, extending market's gains" Associated Press 4:00 PM
  • "S&P 500 Hits Five-Month High on Economic Data: Indexes Iifted by fresh signs of stability in the manufacturing sector and muted inflation" [Paid Membership Required] 4:00 PM
  • "Asian markets lower amid weight of global uncertainties: Brexit fears loom large; Nikkei, Hang Seng pull back after Monday's gains" MarketWatch 8:14 AM
  • "European markets struggle for direction after May's Brexit deal defeat" MarketWatch 8:13 AM

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