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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, July 4, 2019


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Weekend Highlights: Tile, maker of tracking devices, decries Apple's anti-competitive practices and will be among four companies testifying before a House Judiciary subcommittee against big tech monopoly; Apple's purchase of "shows how AI is moving right onto devices" says Wired, opening the future for Apple's AI, and Dan Moren analyzes this and two more of Apple's recent acquisitions; New York Times wonders why the DOJ is pressing Apple for help even though tools exist to crack iPhones—more on Apple vs. DOJ/FBI in our Op/Ed section; AppleInsider has tips for decluttering your Mac; Goldman Sachs insists they're in control of who gets an Apple Card despite Apple's "created by Apple, not a bank" claim; following controversy, Apple's The Banker will be released in theaters, a first for Apple; latest AirPods Pro firmware complaints over worse noise cancellation.

  • "Apple seeks consent decree over its alleged violation of competition law: The South Korean unit of US tech giant Apple has asked South Korea's antitrust regulator to adopt a consent decree that would end a legal dispute over its alleged violation of competition law."  The Investor 8:24 AM
  • "As Ive departs, Apple should refocus on durability and user interfaces"  VentureBeat 8:37 AM
  • "Ireland's Apple escrow account declined by €16m in 2018" RTÉ 11:58 AM
  • "Apple's Irish tax escrow investments lost 16M euro in 2018" AppleInsider 11:58 AM
  • "Judge Koh (not unexpectedly) denies Qualcomm's motion to stay enforcement of FTC antitrust remedies" Foss Patents 8:38 AM
  • "MacOS Catalina Public Beta 2 Download Released" OS X Daily 2:42 PM
  • "macOS Catalina beta 3 adds a beautiful new screensaver option: 'Drift'" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "A Look at Catalina's New Screen Saver: Drift" 512 Pixels 11:57 AM
  • "TeamViewer review: Great remote-access system for personal use, but priced high for most business purposes" Macworld 8:27 AM
  • "Splashtop review: affordable remote access app with core remote access options" Macworld 8:27 AM
  • "LogMeIn Pro review: The right remote access when you have many users that need to control a few computers" Macworld 8:27 AM
  • "Keyboard Maestro: How to use the built-in Editor" iMore 8:37 AM
  • "The best alternatives to Adobe InDesign for iOS and Mac" AppleInsider 2:41 PM
  • "How To Zoom In With iMovie" MacMost 10:13 AM
  • "Orthodox File Management" Rixstep 8:01 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Experiencing Issues With iCloud Services and Retail Store Systems" MacRumors 1:06 PM
  • "Almost all iCloud services down for some users" 9to5Mac 1:06 PM
  • "Global App Revenue Reached $39 Billion in the First Half of 2019, Up 15% Year-Over-Year" Sensor Tower 8:04 AM
  • "App Store rakes in 80% more than Google Play in 2019 so far" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Apple debuts pro-privacy billboards in Canada" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Gang of thieves storm city centre Apple store and make off with 36 iPhones" iTV News 10:21 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "U.S. asks federal court to throw out Huawei lawsuit" Reuters 9:27 PM
  • "YouTube Hacking Video Ban Sparks Outrage" Forbes 2:56 PM
  • "Google is making Night Sight one of the main camera modes on Pixel phones" The Verge 10:22 AM
  • "Android malware returns and this time it will record what is on your screen, too" ZDNet 8:29 AM
  • "Samsung Facing Lawsuit Over 'Misleading And Deceptive' Galaxy S10 Water Resistance Claims" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "Samsung's new wearable steals Apple Watch 4's hottest features" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: July 04, 2019 – New MacBook Pro keyboard rumors" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Kuo: Apple to include new scissor switch keyboard in 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro"  9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Kuo: Apple to Use New Scissor Switch Keyboard in Future MacBooks, Starting With 2019 MacBook Air Refresh" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Might Start Ditching Its Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Laptop Keyboards Later This Year" Gizmodo 10:26 AM
  • "Apple May Finally Ditch Problematic Butterfly Keyboard With MacBook Air Refresh" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "Apple could ditch butterfly switches in its MacBook keyboards in the future" Neowin 7:39 PM
  • "Analyst: Apple will soon ditch its butterfly keyboard design/An Apple analyst says a scissor switch replacement is on the way." Engadget 9:28 PM
  • "New cheaper iPhone would drop a flagship feature" ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "New iPhone feature digitally moves your eyes toward the camera on FaceTime calls" GearBrain 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 13 can now mimic eye contact on FaceTime calls" Memeburn 8:37 AM
  • "iPhone owners: Apple's iOS 13 fakes FaceTime eye contact using AR" ZDNet 10:20 AM
  • "Apple's Reminders app is about to get much more useful in iOS 13 — here's what to expect when the update launches this fall" Business Insider 8:17 AM
  • "This Nasty Apple iMessage Bug Could Have Bricked Your iPhone" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "Prior to Apple's new Apple TV+ and Arcade Services Launch, Apple updates an Audio Invention that's in Sync with Siri" Patently Apple 8:28 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:30 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:30 AM
  • "iPad Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:30 AM

  • "PhotoGrip Qi is a camera grip and wireless charger in one [Review] Cult of Mac 3:38 PM
  • "iPod Touch gen 7 review: Does exactly what you'd expect it to/It's like 2001 all over again" i News 7/3
  • "Apple iPad vs. iPad Air vs. iPad mini vs. iPad Pro: Which Tablet Should You Buy? Apple has four iPads to choose from, spanning some wide ranges in price and performance. Which one is right for you? Which is our favorite? We compare them all." PC Magazine 7/3
  • "iPad Pro vs Surface Pro features and specs showdown" AppleInsider 7/3
  • "iPhone connected to Sony PSP? Casio graphing calculator? Will It Work?" The Loop 7/3
  • "You can (Binge) bank on this iPhone powerband/phone stand combo" Apple World Today 7/3
iOS Apps
  • "Apple's iOS 13 beta 3 FaceTime gaze magic is triumph of tech evolution"  AppleInsider 8:17 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 13 beta 3 FaceTime gaze magic is triumph of tech evolution" Roughly Drafted 3:34 PM
  • "Hands-on: iOS 13 beta 3 changes and features [Video] 9to5Mac 7/3
  • "Testing the New FaceTime Attention Correction Feature in iOS 13" MacRumors 7/3
  • "Miximum Review: Smart Apple Music Playlists on iOS" MacStories 7/3
  • "How to create smart playlists in iOS Music (finally)" Cult of Mac 3:16 PM
  • "How to view your Apple Cash transactions on iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
  • "Whatever you do tonight, don't shoot bad fireworks photos: Impress your family and friends with your photography skills on the Fourth of July." CNET 6:56 PM
  • "Can I buy a phone that doesn't use anything from Google or Apple?" The Guardian 2:57 PM
  • "Jony Ive: According to any reasonable set of quantifiable measures, Jony Ive departs Apple as the greatest product designer that has ever lived."  Hypercritical 9:27 PM
  • "Has Tim Cook Solved Your Massive MacBook Pro Problem?" Forbes 6:03 PM
  • "The Apple designer's 'hobby' that inspired the Mac Pro vent holes" 9to5Mac 10:29 AM
  • "Worse than ugly: Why Apple's iPhone 11 may be the most boring upgrade ever"  ZDNet 10:20 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Wrong To Drop Face ID"  Forbes 10:19 AM
  • "What Does Jony Ive's Departure From Apple Tell Us About Leadership Lifecycles" Forbes 8:37 AM
  • "The Horrible Place Between the Apps: Many of us have half-quit apps like Twitter and Instagram. It's awful." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:34 AM
  • "Opinion: What Apple's restructure means for the company and for Tim Cook" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "What's really wrong with Apple's Lightning cable?" iMore 7/3
  • "The big picture on Apple's vision for computer vision in iOS 13"  Computerworld 7/3
  • "There's only one important question to ask about Apple's future: Will it compromise user experience to sell services?" The Verge 7/3
  • "Apple's latest laptops are the worst the company has ever made for 4 major reasons"  Business Insider 7/3
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "New Game of Thrones game coming to Android and iOS in 2019" phoneArena 8:09 PM
  • "Fix Your iPhone X or XS Screen Cheaper than Apple With Our New Replacement Parts" iFixit 10:25 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft once called Linux 'a cancer,' and that was a big mistake: Microsoft's hostility to Linux has softened dramatically in recent years, but the scars from the war against Linux are still visible today" ZDNet 7:51 AM
  • "Microsoft's new-look web Outlook takes on Gmail: Dark mode plus these new features/Microsoft Outlook on the web plays catch-up with Gmail with a new look and new features rolling out soon." ZDNet 7:51 AM
  • "Windows 10 can now show you notifications as they hit your Android phone" BGR 7:19 AM
  • "Windows 10 20H1 Preview Brings Eye Tracking Control And Your Phone Updates For Android" HotHardware 6:01 PM
  • "Microsoft is blocking the latest Windows 10 for older Mac devices: Back in block" The Inquirer 7:28 AM
  • "Visual Studio Code's latest update: JavaScript, Java, C# programming languages get new features" TechRepublic 7:50 AM
  • "Seriously? Cisco put Huawei X.509 certificates and keys into its own switches: How did cryptographic certificates and keys issued to Huawei end up in Cisco gear?" ZDNet 7:40 AM
  • "Intel selects ST time-of-flight sensor for PC security" ee news analog 7:49 AM
  • "Steam survey shows Intel clawing back CPU market share from AMD: But Nvidia keeps Team Red at bay with its GeForce GPUs" The Inquirer 3:08 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3900X Edges Out Core i9, Puts Intel To Shame In Benchmarks" Business Times 7:49 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X overtakes Intel's Core i7-9700K in UserBenchmark speed test" Notebook Check 2:50 PM
  • "Microsoft launches Threat and Vulnerability Management for enterprises" BetaNews 7/3
  • "Why Microsoft Stock Owners Shouldn't Worry About Linux" InvestorPlace 7/3
  • "Microsoft's new Outlook experience on the web is ready to roll out to everyone" Neowin 7/3
  • "HP, Dell and Microsoft join electronics exodus from China: Production shift to create new rivals for world's consumer tech factory" Nikkei 7/3
  • "HP, Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon look to move some hardware production out of China" The Verge 7/3
  • "HP, Dell, Microsoft, and Amazon looking to shift some production out of China: report" MarketWatch 7/3
  • "HP, Dell, other tech firms plan to shift production out of China: Nikkei" Reuters 7/3
  • "HP, Dell to Shift Up to 30% of Laptop Production From China, Report Says" Bloomberg 7/3
  • "HP, Dell plan to move 30% of notebook production outside China" Irish Times 7/3
  • "HP and Dell may sharply cut China production to dodge tariffs" Fast Company 7/3
  • "HP CMO Vikrant Batra on meshing the science of security with the art of creative" The Drum 7/3
  • "Intel's New Chip Wizard Has a Plan to Bring Back the Magic" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/3
  • "Intel and Baidu partner on Nervana Neural Network AI training processor" TechCrunch 7/3
  • "Intel Sponsors Hyperledger Transact Project In Busy Year For Blockchain" Forbes 7/3
  • "AMD introduces low-profile Radeon Pro WX 3200" Hexus 7/3
  • "AMD's unannounced Navi 14 GPUs enabled in new Linux kernel patches" PCGamesN 7/3
  • "Nvidia Super Lineup Impact On Nvidia And AMD GPU Prospects" Seeking Alpha 7/3
  • "New Work Suits: Northrop Grumman, IBM Hit With Leave Bias Claims" Bloomberg Law 7/3
  • "Govt ropes in IBM for pilot study on using AI, weather tech in agriculture" Business Standard 7/3
  • "IBM's Watson Marketing spinoff launches with agile strategy: The company will focus on delivering marketing solutions that could compete with larger marketing cloud vendors." Marketing Land 7/3
  • "S&P Cuts Oracle Rating on Stock Buyback Worries" CFO 7/3
  • "Inventor Says Cisco's Bid For $5.3M Is Based On 'Hindsight'" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 7/3
  • "Uber, Intel, Cisco, Gap join California equal-pay campaign" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 7/3
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • ": Apple, LG, Samsung, Huawei and others could be collateral damage from the latest trade battle" phoneArena 7:39 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Muted in Europe, Asia as Crude Slips: U.S. trading is closed for Independence Day celebrations" [Paid Membership Required] 7:47 AM
  • "Asian markets mixed after Wall Street's record highs: Nikkei up, Hang Seng dips as trade-war fears compete with prospect of future easy-money policies" MarketWatch 7:47 AM
  • "European markets cautious as trade war fears linger" MarketWatch 7:48 AM

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