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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, March 19, 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 ready to unveil big bet on television: The question is whether media companies will sign up to its TV platform/Steve Jobs told his biographer in 2011 that Apple had 'finally cracked' a winning formula for television. But eight years later, his successor Tim Cook is still trying to win a place in his customers' living rooms."  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:04 AM
  • "Inside Apple's Sports Surveillance Room That Could Change the Way We Watch Live Events"  Sports Illustrated 11:38 AM
  • "Apple is pitching its new subscription service as a savior to journalism, but publishers say its logic is flawed"  Business Insider [BI Prime] 7:15 AM
  • "Apple News subscription plan said to cost $10 per month, but major publishers balking at terms" AppleInsider 11:34 AM
  • "Flexgate is real, and Apple should acknowledge it: Apple prides itself on great customer service, but it's currently dodging that responsibility"  The Verge 7:09 AM
  • "Kaspersky Lab files antitrust complaint against Apple in Russia"  Kaspersky Lab Daily 7:15 PM
  • "How to clear the cache on your Mac computer to make it run more efficiently" Business Insider 4:03 PM
  • "How to check the battery health on your MacBook" 9to5Mac 4:04 PM
  • "How to Delete a Virtual Machine from VirtualBox" OS X Daily 6:29 PM
  • "How to quickly switch text between uppercase and lowercase on Mac" iDownload Blog 11:24 AM
Press Releases
  • " just got a major upgrade" 11:37 AM
  • "Calcline 4.4.1 powerful algebra solver, with custom size and colors, in small stripe window" Ecleti 10:12 AM
  • "iWork app updates coming with improved Apple Pencil support and new iOS features" AppleInsider 10:02 AM
  • "Tutorials for Our Entire Ultimate Podcast Bundle" Rogue Amoeba 10:02 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Technology & Telecommunications Industry Ranked #3 in MBLM's Brand Intimacy 2019 Study" ["Apple was the #1 brand for both women and men/Apple was also #1 for millennials, users over 35 and users with incomes of $50,000 or more/Google was the #1 brand for users with incomes under $50,000"] MBLM 11:40 AM
  • "Consumers are emotionally connected to Apple, says MBLM" Apple Must 11:41 AM
  • "Google's new Stadia gaming service supports so many devices you might not need to buy anything"  Business Insider 4:02 PM
  • "Google's gaming service doesn't overlook Mac, iPhone, iPad" Cult of Mac 4:04 PM
  • "Investigators sought to use Michael Cohen's face and fingerprints to access his Apple devices"  CNBC 11:19 AM
  • "Wide iPhone replacement range between 125M to 180M complicating analyst predictions" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Analyst Skeptical About Impact of Streaming Service" The Mac Observer 8:27 AM
  • "Netflix won't join Apple's video streaming service, reports say" CNET 7:28 AM
  • "Netflix Confirms It Won't Be a Part of Apple's New Video Service" Digital Trends 7:28 AM
  • "The first iPhone prototype: an exclusive look at Apple's red M68"  The Verge 8:17 AM
  • "Wistron not to make high-end iPhones in India" IANS 7:27 AM
  • "Reported plans to make high-end iPhones in India in dispute" 9to5Mac 7:31 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "House committee chair calls for FTC antitrust investigation into Facebook: David Cicilline is concerned Facebook may be abusing its power." Engadget 5:43 PM
  • "Facebook agrees to advertising overhaul to settle U.S. discrimination suits" Reuters 5:38 PM
  • "Google Stadia: All the games and features announced" Business Insider 4:03 PM
  • "With Stadia, Google's Gaming Dreams Head For the Cloud" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:19 PM
  • "Google Announces Stadia, an All New Way to Play from Google, A Stadia Controller, a New First Party Studio and More for the 'Future of Gaming'" Touch Arcade 1:17 PM
  • "Google Stadia can use AI to change a game's art in real-time" Engadget 1:17 PM
  • "Google is making a new controller for its video game streaming service, and it's a little different than one for PlayStation or Xbox" Business Insider 1:16 PM
  • "Watch Google unveil Stadia, its new video game platform that streams across devices without a console" Business Insider 1:16 PM
  • "Google created its own studio for Stadia-exclusive games" The Verge 1:15 PM
  • "Google announces Stadia video game service" Reuters 12:53 PM
  • "Google's grand entry into gaming turns Chrome into your console" Mashable 12:34 PM
  • "Google Announces Stadia: A Game Streaming Service" AnandTech 12:25 PM
  • "Watch Google unveil its mysterious gaming project live right here" TechCrunch 7:12 AM
  • "Macworld's April Digital Magazine: The future of the Mac" Macworld 6:18 PM
  • "The big interview: Phil Harrison and Majd Bakar on Google Stadia/How a global megacorp aims to change gaming forever." Eurogamer 5:58 PM
  • "iMac Refresh, Apple's Next Updates – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-19" The Mac Observer 1:40 PM
  • "#237: New iMacs, iPads, and the 2019 March Event Draft" Relay FM: Upgrade 8:26 AM
  • "FCPRadio 082 FCPX, NAB, Checksumming and KYNO with Robert Krüger" FCPRadio 8:15 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 103 – Reading Apps" MacStories 7:31 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 283: Apple media event fantasy draft 2019" iDownload Blog 7:28 AM
  • "iMac gets a 2x performance boost: Apple today updated its iMac line with up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors for the first time and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance."  Apple 8:14 AM
  • "Apple updates its iMacs with faster processors and better graphics" CNBC 8:17 AM
  • "Apple finally updates the iMac with significantly more powerful CPU and GPU options: The design hasn't changed much, but six CPU cores are now standard at 27 inches." Ars Technica 8:19 AM
  • "Today is iMac day: Apple announces new models with faster processors and graphics" Six Colors 8:19 AM
  • "iMac (2019) Preview: Fresh-brewed Coffee Lake updates" iMore 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Finally Refreshes Its iMac Desktop Computers" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:25 AM
  • "The New 21.5 and 27-inch iMacs: The MacStories Overview" MacStories 8:28 AM
  • "iMac Pro now available with 256 GB RAM option ... for an extra $5200" 9to5Mac 8:27 AM
  • "The Most Powerful iMac Pro Now Costs $15,927: An iMac Pro with 256 GB of RAM pretty much just exists for bragging rights." Motherboard 12:28 PM
  • "Apple updates iMac Pro options" TechCrunch 10:14 AM
  • "The new iPad Air and iPad mini: What's new and what isn't/We now effectively have the iPad Air 3 and the iPad mini 5. How do they compare to their predecessors?" Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "iPad Mini 2019 vs. iPad Mini 4: New specs, same design" CNET 7:08 AM
  • "Apple's iPad Lineup Decoded: Pricing, Specs, Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Support" iPhone Hacks 6:51 AM
  • "Details on Intel CPUs used in Apple's 2019 iMacs [Chart] The Mac Observer 1:09 PM
  • "Apple's updated iPad Air and Mini support eSIMs" Engadget 7:28 AM
  • "Latest iOS 12.2 beta includes support for AirPower charging mat as release appears imminent" 9to5Mac 12:04 PM
  • "New iPod Touch Expected as Early as Tomorrow" MacRumors 11:18 AM
  • "No turning back as Apple stops signing iOS 12.1.3" Cult of Mac 7:10 AM
  • "MacBook Pro keyboards could get data overlays and adjustable key mechanisms" AppleInsider 8:25 AM
  • "Apple patent involves Mac keyboards that could use augmented reality" Apple World Today 9:41 AM
  • "Apple Wins a Patent Relating to the use of a Specialized VR Keyboard with a Future Headset" Patently Apple 10:02 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Lowers Price of MacBook Pro's High-End SSD Upgrade Options" MacRumors 11:42 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:51 AM

  • "Review: Adobe Creative Cloud Connected Paper Tablet" TechCrunch 12:28 PM
  • "LG 34WK95U-W monitor review: Is it better to look good? Are you in need of a no-frills top notch pro display? LG's 5K Ultra-Wide may be for you!" iMore 11:24 AM
  • "Moleskine's new smart notebook vectorizes lines in Adobe Illustrator in real time: Hands-on with Moleskine's Creative Cloud Paper Tablet" The Verge 10:10 AM
  • "Comparing Magnetic Power Adapters for USB-C MacBooks" MacMost 9:41 AM
  • "The Audeara A-01 offers solid audio and a ground-breaking, built-in hearing test" Apple World Today 8:15 AM
  • "Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless Review: Excellent sound quality for a hefty price" Mashable 7:28 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Everything new in iOS 12.2 beta 6: AirPower support & AppleCare+" AppleInsider 4:04 PM
  • "Angry Birds AR is heading to iPhone. Here's what it's like to play: The app is an iOS exclusive (for now)." CNET 10:03 AM
  • "How to email huge attachments with MailDrop" Cult of Mac 4:04 PM
  • "Mac mini, iMac, iMac Pro: How to choose the best desktop Mac for your needs and budget" AppleInsider 1:06 PM
  • "Comment: When will Apple redesign the iMac?"  9to5Mac 8:13 PM
  • "Can Apple's Streaming Service Without Netflix Draw Viewers?" Zacks 4:07 PM
  • "The iPad Air seems boring, but I want one anyway: Of all the iPads, the new Air might be the 'just right' option." Engadget 4:02 PM
  • "The new iPad Air is Pro enough for most people [Opinion] Cult of Mac 1:16 PM
  • "Apple's solution for fake news: make readers smarter" Apple Must 1:05 PM
  • "Report: Apple focusing on 'curation and quality' over quantity with original video content" 9to5Mac 12:52 PM
  • "Apple's 'Sports Ball' team could change the way you watch games" Cult of Mac 1:43 PM
  • "Eddy Cue Says Apple Isn't Interested in Exclusive Rights to Live Sports Games" MacRumors 12:28 PM
  • "12 things we learned about Apple's plans for sports TV" Apple Must 12:24 PM
  • "Apple Courting Publishers by Comparing News Service to Apple Music, but Most Say Logic is Flawed" MacRumors 11:17 AM
  • "Please, Apple, sort out your product naming nightmare [Opinion] Cult of Mac 11:17 AM
  • "The iMac and spinning-disk disappointment"  Six Colors 7:36 PM
  • "Apple's new iMacs: Better for consumer and enterprise pros" Computerworld 10:10 AM
  • "PCs and Smartphones Duke it Out for Gaming Champion" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:31 AM
  • "Why Do We Need So Many Different Messaging Apps? Slack, Signal, Hangouts, Wire, iMessage, Telegram, Facebook Messenger. Why do we need so many apps to do one thing?"  Motherboard 7:28 AM
  • "Nouveau doom: The new 2019 Apple doom" Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "Apple now sells five different iPads" The Verge 7:09 AM
  • "Stadia will make YouTube livestreamers a lot more valuable" Mashable 8:23 PM
  • "Google's weird name and logo for its new gaming service is part of a clever disappearing act" Business Insider 7:59 PM
  • "I tried Stadia, Google's big play to conquer video games. It's really promising, but there's still too much we don't know." Business Insider 7:52 PM
  • "The Google Stadia game controller feels surprisingly great: Google didn't skimp on its first-ever game controller" The Verge 7:39 PM
  • "Hands on with Google Stadia: It works, but is that enough? Playing Assassin's Creed on a Chromebook is neat but only part of the story." Ars Technica 6:16 PM
  • "How Much Would You Pay for a Holy Grail Google Stadia Subscription" Gizmodo 6:09 PM
  • "Google Stadia hands-on: streaming analysis and controller impressions" Eurogamer 5:55 PM
  • "Review: The Huawei Matebook X Pro (2019) is the best laptop I've ever used... ever" ["Above all, it's supremely comfortable. I can type on this machine for a lot longer than I can on, say, the Dell XPS 13 or the MacBook Pro without getting fatigued or sore."] The Next Web 3:53 PM
  • "Did Google kill the video game console? Stadia game streaming service revealed" GearBrain 4:02 PM
  • "Hey Google, Nobody Asked For Google Assistant In Their Games" Gizmodo 1:47 PM
  • "Google's Stadia game-streaming service lets you play games anywhere, if your Internet can handle it" PCWorld 1:47 PM
  • "Is the ceramic Galaxy S10+ worth it? With a starting price of $1250, it better be." Android Central 8:26 AM
  • "Comic: No One Expects the iPad Mini Revision" iMore 8:18 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs coming soon exclusively to iOS devices" Macworld 1:47 PM
  • "Apple simplifies business purchase process with new Wallet pass" AppleInsider 1:43 PM
  • "Apple teams with media literacy programs in the US and Europe" Apple 12:27 PM
  • "The best shooters on iOS" 148Apps 11:34 AM
  • "'Disgaea RPG' Is Now Available on the App Store and Google Play in Japan for Free" Touch Arcade 8:19 AM
  • "Google Photos is getting Express backups and various data cap options" Android Police 7:12 AM
  • "Google reportedly confirms April 2 shutdown date for Inbox by Gmail" Android Authority 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Updates Events App for Apple TV Ahead of March 25 'It's Showtime' Event" MacRumors 7:10 AM
  • "Apple TV Events app updated ahead of March 25 'It's showtime' event" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "New Argonne supercomputer, built for next-gen AI, will be most powerful in U.S." PhysOrg 7:28 AM
  • "Intel and Cray are building the world's first exascale supercomputer: That's a cray-cray amount of compute power" The Inquirer 8:09 AM
  • "Intel will build America's first exascale supercomputer: the $500 million Aurora" TechSpot 7:28 AM
  • "Intel's First Confirmed Xe GPU Product: The Aurora Exascale Supercomputer" WCCFTech 7:28 AM
  • "US Department of Energy and Intel join race to build world's first exascale supercomputer: Aurora will be the world's first exascale supercomputer - if it is built on time" Computing 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft Dominates 2018's Most Exploited Vulnerabilities" SecurityWeek 11:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Teams is now used by 500,000 organizations, promises 8 new features" VentureBeat 9:17 AM
  • "AMD has a 'significant' opportunity from Google's cloud gaming initiative" Business Insider 1:16 PM
  • "Google confirms AMD will power streaming-videogame service" MarketWatch 1:15 PM
  • "AMD Tests Reaction Highs After Intel Issues and Gaming Comments" Investopedia 1:15 PM
  • "AMD Confirms that Ryzen CPUs are Immune to SPOILER Exploit" Guru3D 7:28 AM
  • "HP built a better version of the Oculus Rift" TechCrunch 9:18 AM
  • "HP Envy Line Refreshed With Better Battery Life, Thinner Bezels: Some of the new products also use 2nd-generation AMD Ryzen processors. The new Envy line will arrive with 13-, 15-, and 17-inch models in either notebook or convertible form. In addition, HP is releasing some new laptops for small and medium businesses." PC Magazine 9:51 AM
  • "HP updates Envy laptops with Alexa and webcam privacy switch" The Verge 9:19 AM
  • "HP's newest Envy laptops are designed to run cooler, longer" CNET 1:19 PM
  • "HP rolls out Zoom partnership, new notebooks for SMBs and more: At its global partner event Reinvent, HP announced a series of new products and services for modern workforces." ZDNet 9:54 AM
  • "IBM: Patch these critical Java, OpenJ9 Java bugs in Watson, analytics products/IBM warns Watson AI customers to check product versions after releasing new updates that address critical flaws." ZDNet 7:10 AM
  • "IBM Blockchain World Wire launches in 72 countries" IBS Intelligence 7:33 AM
  • "IBM's cryptocurrancy gaining ground" Fudzilla 7:33 AM
  • "Oracle updates cloud applications as SaaS sales builds momentum: Oracle's ERP Cloud, HCM Cloud, SCM Cloud and CX Cloud are all getting more sophisticated functionality, including more machine learning-powered features." ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Oracle adds more AI features to its suite of sales tools" TechCrunch 7:14 AM
  • "Cisco introduces new cognitive collaboration features for Webex: The new features will help users get meetings started more quickly and easily learn more about the people they're meeting with." ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Qualcomm refreshes Snapdragon 845 VR design with wireless PC connection" Neowin 7:09 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks close mostly lower as trade news dominates market action: The Fed holds its second interest-rate policy meeting of the year" MarketWatch 4:51 PM
  • "Dow Ends Down on Report China Is Pushing Back During Trade Talks: Stocks ended mixed Tuesday on reports that China may be pushing back against American trade talk demands." TheStreet 4:51 PM
  • "Stocks close mixed ahead of Fed meeting" FOXBusiness 4:50 PM
  • "Stocks Close Lower as Weak Utilities Offset Strength in Consumer Shares: Investors look ahead to updates from central banks and developments in U.S.-China trade talks" [Paid Membership Required] 4:50 PM
  • "Asian markets muted, awaiting upcoming Fed meeting" MarketWatch 7:54 AM
  • "Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank lead European markets higher on merger talk" MarketWatch 7:54 AM

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