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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, September 19, 2019


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Thursday Highlights: Impact of coronavirus on Apple and the tech industry difficult to predict; Motley Fool says "Apple TV+ isn't keeping up with the competition"; on the hopeful front for iOS users, rumor has it Apple pondering letting you set your own default apps in iOS—reports in our General Interest section, and we're polling our readers whether you think it true or a cruel tease; Apple may "release GaN USB-C charger with 65W Fast-Charge this year"; patent application hints at iPhone with front/back screens; Ars Technica reviews portable SSDs.

  • "Apple Fires Up Apple Arcade, the Tech Giant's Subscription Gaming Service: Apple officially launches its Arcade online gaming service that will allow subscribers to play more than 100 games curated by the tech giant for $4.99 a month."  TheStreet 7:40 AM
  • "How Apple Arcade Will Reshape Mobile Gaming: The gaming app ecosystem is built on in-app purchases and ads. What happens when you take them away?"  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:13 PM
  • "Apple Can't Win Its $14 Billion European Tax Battle: Even if the tech giant wins its court appeals, it will have to pay the money—and more—to Washington" [Paid Membership Required] 7:47 AM
  • "Apple's Brand in China Takes a Hit From Backlash Against Trump"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's reputation is tanking with patriotic Chinese consumers thanks to Trump's trade war" Business Insider 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Fifth Avenue: The cube is back/The New York City Landmark Returns Redesigned and Reimagined" Apple 9:44 AM
  • "Inside Apple's reimagined Fifth Ave. store" TechCrunch 1:57 PM
  • "Inside Apple Fifth Avenue: An all-new space with a familiar face" 9to5Mac 1:57 PM
  • "Apple's Fifth Avenue Facelift Addresses Critique That It's Hard to Shop There" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:57 PM
  • "Why the Apple Fifth Avenue cube is more than just an interior design revamp" Mashable 7:28 PM
  • "Safari 13 Released for Mac" OS X Daily 7:12 PM
  • "How to change the keyboard language on a Mac computer, and switch between different languages with just a click" Business Insider 11:29 AM
  • "How to record a screencast with voice over on macOS" AddictiveTips 7:52 PM
Press Releases
  • "Downloaded to Seahaven Island" Rixstep 7:11 PM
  • "New piQtility 6.5.0 coupon" MoonApp 2:04 PM
  • "Kilograph Turns Unrealized Michael Graves Designs into VR Watercolor Experiences" Architosh 12:32 PM
  • "Microsoft's new font for devs is very aesthetically pleasing (and free)" The Next Web 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Customers Waiting in Line at Apple Retail Stores Around the World for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max" MacRumors 4:33 PM
  • "What can Google do to compete with the Apple Watch? Not much" The Verge 7:29 AM
  • "Bob Iger: Disney might have merged with Apple if Steve Jobs were alive" Engadget 7:37 AM
  • "Bob Iger Imagines an Alt-History Where Disney and Apple Merge: In his new memoir, the Mouse House CEO claims that if Steve Jobs were still alive they would've discussed combining their companies." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:46 PM
  • "Can Apple Expand the iPhone Market in India?" Market Realist 10:20 AM
  • "Amazon's Plan to Leapfrog Apple, Spotify in Music Streaming Race" Investopedia 7:39 AM
  • "Oprah Winfrey's Apple TV+ show 'could save lives,' says Britain's Prince Harry" 9to5Mac 7:29 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Employee dies at Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters in apparent suicide" Business Insider 5:24 PM
  • "YouTube ads now more annoying and obtrusive than ever on TVs (Updated)" Android Authority 11:36 AM
  • "The Internet of Things Is Still a Privacy Dumpster Fire, Study Finds" Vice 9:44 AM
  • "Google is testing Incognito Mode for Maps: Sure, it could be used for shady reasons, but it could also help keep someone safe." Engadget 8:29 AM
  • "Huawei takes on Apple's new iPhone 11 with Mate 30 range" Reuters 8:02 AM
  • "Huawei announces flagship Mate 30 Pro under cloud of Google uncertainty" The Verge 7:41 AM
  • "MacVoices #19219: Bryan Chaffin on Apple PR, Apple Scrutiny, Apple Rights and Wrongs" MacVoices 4:05 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 243: iPhone 11 and Apple Watch review roundups, Arcade launch, iOS 13 release" 9to5Mac 11:29 AM
  • "Fine Wine: An Interview With Codeweavers About Valve, Windows And The Future Of Gaming On Linux" ["You may know Codeweavers best for its CrossOver products; the company's core focus is making it easier for Windows developers to port their software to Mac and Linux and for end-users to run them."] Forbes 7:48 AM
  • "An Exclusive Look Inside Apple's A13 Bionic Chip: Here's how the chip in each new iPhone works, and what it tells us about the future of mobile technology."  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Everything we know so far about Apple's A13 Bionic chip" Apple Must 12:46 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro may have extra 2GB of RAM devoted to the camera" AppleInsider 7:12 AM
  • "Here are the biggest differences between the $1,000 iPhone 11 Pro and last year's iPhone XS" Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "iOS 13 is now available to download" TechCrunch 12:13 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 13 With System-Wide Dark Mode, Privacy Updates, Revamped Photos App, Find My App, New Maps Features and More" MacRumors 12:13 PM
  • "Apple releases iOS 13 and watchOS 6" VentureBeat 12:13 PM
  • "Apple launches iOS 13, watchOS 6, and Apple Arcade" Ars Technica 12:13 PM
  • "iOS 13 Arrives, But Not Without Some Bugs" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:12 PM
  • "What's New in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13" Intego 9:13 AM
  • "iOS 13.1 is coming September 24, not September 30 as previously expected" iMore 1:58 PM
  • "Apple Releases watchOS 6 Featuring Exercise Trends, Cycle Tracking, New Watch Faces, More" The Mac Observer 2:08 PM
  • "iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac and HomePod software updates still to come later this year" 9to5Mac 12:24 PM
  • "Apple Arcade Subscription Gaming Service Goes Live Alongside iOS 13, One Month Free Trial Available" MacRumors 12:24 PM
  • "Top watchOS 6 features for Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 12:13 PM
  • "iOS 13 Is Here But the Department of Defense Is Telling People Not to Upgrade Yet. Should You? In an email, the DOD is 'strongly encouraging' its employees and contractors to wait for iOS 13.1" Inc. 8:27 AM
  • "Apple Advances one of their Video Headset inventions that finally addresses the Prescription Lenses issue" Patently Apple 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Reveals a Mixed Reality Headset that uses a Direct Retinal Projector System with Holographic Lenses" Patently Apple 7:46 AM
  • "Holographic elements could give Apple AR headset an immersive experience" AppleInsider 7:48 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints that 'Apple Glasses' will need an iPhone to operate" Apple World Today 8:08 AM
  • "Apple looks into a method for simultaneously streaming different versions of a movie or TV show" Apple World Today 7:59 AM
  • "iOS 13 installation: How to troubleshoot common problems" iMore 1:58 PM
  • "Is Your AppleCare+ Expiring? You Can Now Renew It" TidBITS 1:55 PM
  • "iOS 13: Bluetooth Not Working on Your iPhone? Here's How to Fix the Issues" iPhone Hacks 12:44 PM
  • "What Hard Drives Do Macs Have Inside?" Apple Gazette 10:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "T-Mobile is the Only Wireless Provider to Offer 3% Daily Cash on Apple Card: Plus, get 50% off any new iPhone with eligible trade-in" Business Wire 8:59 AM
  • "T-Mobile will give Apple Card owners higher in-store cashback: Its exclusive Apple Card deal will get you three percent instead of two." Engadget 8:07 AM
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:56 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:56 AM
  • "iPad Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:56 AM

  • "iPhone 11 Pro Camera Review: China" Austin Mann 7:09 AM
  • "Hands on with iPhone 11 Night Mode: iPhone users have been waiting anxiously for better photos in dark settings. iOS 13"s Night Mode seems to have been worth the wait." Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Even a two-year-old Apple Watch is hard to beat" Macworld 7:29 AM
  • "Apple Watch Studio: Hands-on with the in-store personalization experience" 9to5Mac 4:33 PM
  • "RCA MM36100 – Amazing 'Under the Radar' Consumer CRT Display" Low End Mac 7:45 AM
iOS Apps
  • "iOS 13 review: dark mode, a new Photos app, and bugs" The Verge 12:13 PM
  • "iOS 13 review: The iPhone goes dark/And the iPad breaks free." Mashable 7:18 AM
  • "iOS 13: Hands-on with the top new features and changes for iPhone [Video] 9to5Mac 12:24 PM
  • "13 Features of iOS 13: Video editing" Six Colors 10:21 AM
  • "iOS 13: 3 new photography features to make your photos more Insta-worthy" CNET 7:37 AM
  • "iOS 13 vs. Android 10: Which is more secure? Apple maintains its iron grip on security, but Google is gaining ground." CNET 7:10 AM
  • "watchOS 6: Hands-on with the top new features and changes [Video] 9to5Mac 4:33 PM
  • "Get your game on: Apple Arcade opens for business [Review] Cult of Mac 4:33 PM
  • "That 'I'm Already Paying for It' Feeling: Apple Arcade nails something beyond the obvious" 500ish Words 7:45 AM
  • "A First Look At Apple Arcade" MacMost 10:21 AM
  • "How to remove a beta profile from your iPhone and iPad" iMore 6:17 PM
  • "iOS 13 Photos App Video Editing Features: Here's How To Use Them" Redmond Pie 6:16 PM
  • "How to Install iOS 13 in Two Easy Ways" iPhone Hacks 12:25 PM
  • "How to rearrange and delete your apps in iOS 13" The Verge 12:12 PM
  • "Here's how to avoid iOS 13 — if you want to" The Verge 12:12 PM
  • "How To Fix iOS 13 Estimating Time Remaining Stuck Issue" Redmond Pie 8:50 AM
  • "How to use the new iPadOS multitasking features" iDownload Blog 7:45 AM
  • "How to delete apps in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13" AppleInsider 8:40 AM
  • "How to delete apps on iOS 13 for iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 7:29 AM
  • "iOS 13: The first 6 things to do after you upgrade/There are lots of great new things to try. Start with these!" Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "iOS 13"s Swipe Keyboard is the other new feature people are loving" iMore 7:28 PM
  • "These iOS 13 apps work with Dark Mode, Sign in with Apple, Voice Control, and more" 9to5Mac 6:19 PM
  • "Just Upgraded to iOS 13? Start with These 8 Tips" MacRumors 1:54 PM
  • "Apple's big new iPhone update is rolling out on Thursday — here's when iOS 13 will be available and how to install it" Business Insider 10:21 AM
  • "10 new Apple Watch features most owners get for free" Computerworld 9:38 AM
  • "iOS 13 Bugs Discovered or Reported So Far" iPhone Hacks 12:45 PM
  • "iOS 13: 100+ Awesome New Features for iPhone — The Definitive Guide" iPhone Hacks 12:45 PM
  • "iOS 13 resource hub: FAQs, tips, guides, and more" Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Is it unethical to upgrade your iPhone?"  The Week 8:01 PM
  • "Apple's Meaningful Improvements and the Industry Trend" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:13 PM
  • "The day Steve Jobs told Bob Iger he was dying" Apple 3.0 7:45 AM
  • "Comment: I think there was a second Pixel Watch, and it got canned too" 9to5Google 4:11 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Twitter Rolls Out 'Hide Replies' Feature for All US Users" PC Magazine 8:56 PM
  • "[Apple Arcade] Ghost-Hunting Twin-Stick Shooter 'Dead End Job' Hits Apple Arcade" Headup Games 12:07 PM
  • "ABBYY Unveils Updated Mobile Apps for iOS 13" prMac 9:45 AM
  • "Carrot Weather gains support for iOS 13 Dark Mode, iPad multiwindow, independent Apple Watch app, more" 9to5Mac 9:45 AM
  • "Strava workout tracker gains 'Perceived Exertion' and 'Fitness' features for iOS and Android" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Gallery: All of the new Apple Watch faces" CNET 7:38 AM
  • "Edison Mail launches dark mode in preparation for iOS 13" 9to5Mac 7:29 AM
  • "The Apple TV+ streaming service may be arriving in the nick of time" Apple World Today 7:14 AM
  • "PDFpen 5.0 on iOS 13 Features Dark Mode and Paper Styles" prMac 7:11 AM
  • "Call of Duty: Mobile will blast its way onto iOS on October 1" Cult of Mac 7:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Huawei: Microsoft president seeks end to US tech ban" BBC 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft announces increase in quarterly dividend, authorizes $40 billion in share buybacks" Neowin 6:47 AM
  • "Microsoft plans to rearchitect Azure Stack by making it container-based: Microsoft's 'Project Saturn' is an effort to rearchitect its Azure Stack hybrid computing platform and, possibly one day, to allow key Azure services and APIs to run anywhere." ZDNet 12:20 PM
  • "India's Eros Now ties up with Microsoft's Azure platform" Reuters 12:20 PM
  • "Surface support shrivels as battery, driver, update problems persist: A wide range of problems, from hardware to drivers to software, continue to dog Microsoft Surface owners. Is Microsoft doing enough to help?" Computerworld 7:17 AM
  • "Windows 10 Security Warning As Microsoft Confirms Update Breaks Windows Defender" Forbes 7:12 AM
  • "Microsoft resolves bug that caused Windows Defender antivirus scans to fail after a few seconds: Windows Defender 'Quick' and 'Full' scans failed, leading to numerous complaints" Computing 7:17 AM
  • "Microsoft: Cyberattacks now the top risk, say businesses/Business leaders have grown more nervous about cyberattacks over the past two years." ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "Microsoft: We're bringing high-speed broadband to 9 million in US notspots/Microsoft contributes its 'TV white space' tech to the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) II broadband program" ZDNet 7:28 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 32-core CPU is more bad news for Intel: You want more performance? AMD will give you more performance. A lot more." ZDNet 6:47 AM
  • "AMD announces the 64-core Epyc 7H12 processor" Hexus 7:09 AM
  • "AMD's Threadripper 3000 Chips Could Demolish Intel's Best" MegaGames 7:09 AM
  • "Intel falls hopelessly short of the latest 32 core AMD Threadripper 3000 processor to hit Geekbench" Notebook Check 7:09 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-10980XE Cascade Lake-X 18-Core Monster CPU Benchmarks Leak" HotHardware 4:06 PM
  • "Intel Core i9-10900X processor spotted in Geekbench" Hexus 7:10 AM
  • "Intel HEDT Cascade Lake-X Procs Have 10-core or more cores - Core i9 10900X Geekbenched" Guru3D 7:11 AM
  • "IBM stuffs a 53-qubit quantum computer into the cloud: Qubit off more than you could chew" The Inquirer 12:24 PM
  • "Oracle's 'Pragmatic' Approach To AI In Business Transactions" Forbes 7:13 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "China Phone Maker Prices IPO at Sky-High Multiple, Way Above Apple" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:13 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks lose steam to end near unchanged after S&P 500 nears record territory: Shares of Microsoft buoyed the blue-chip index" MarketWatch 4:18 PM
  • "Dow Ends Up After Fed Lowers Interest Rates; Oil Prices Slide: Stocks ended mixed Wednesday after the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve's policy-making body, said it would lower the overnight lending rate to a target range of 1.75% to 2%." TheStreet 4:18 PM
  • "Stocks finish mixed as trade-related headlines provide jolt" FOXBusiness 4:18 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Give Up Gains, Poised for Modest Weekly Loss: Major indexes still remain within striking distance of their records" [Paid Membership Required] 4:18 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed as Fed cuts rates, BOJ stays unchanged: Nikkei up, Hang Seng down as all eyes on central banks" MarketWatch 7:27 AM
  • "Swiss National Bank leaves base rate unchanged while cutting growth and inflation view" MarketWatch 7:28 AM

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