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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, October 7, 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.

  • "Exclusive: iPhone Owners Not That Jazzed About Upgrading/Only 18 percent of iPhone owners want to trade in their existing devices for an iPhone 11 this year, a new survey of iPhone owners finds."  PC Magazine 7:41 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook Does Not Get The Credit He Deserves"  Forbes 8:30 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' Legacy Still Drives Apple's Current And Future Products"  Forbes 12:53 PM
  • "Apple approves Hong Kong protest location app"  BBC 8:19 AM
  • "U.S. Supreme Court snubs University of Wisconsin appeal in patent fight with Apple" Reuters 9:10 AM
  • "U.S. Supreme Court won't hear University of Wisconsin's appeal in patent fight with Apple" iDownload Blog 10:26 AM
  • "Apple Buys iKinema—Is It Prepping for an AR Tech Battle?" Market Realist 8:30 AM
  • "Apple bows to China by censoring Taiwan flag emoji" Quartz 7:37 PM
  • "macOS Catalina is available today: Features Apple Arcade on Mac, All-New Entertainment Apps and Sidecar, which Expands Mac Workspace with iPad" Apple 12:53 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Catalina With Find My, Screen Time, and No More iTunes" MacRumors 12:56 PM
  • "Apple ships macOS Catalina and here's what you get" Computerworld 12:57 PM
  • "macOS Catalina and 64-bit" The Loop 12:57 PM
  • "You need a MacBook with a butterfly keyboard to use macOS Catalina's Sidecar: It seems to require the newer chipsets in those laptops" The Verge 7:37 PM
  • "PSA: Sidecar in macOS Catalina is not compatible with some older Macs and iPads" 9to5Mac 7:44 PM
  • "Apple's macOS Catalina update is a big problem for DJs who relied on iTunes" The Verge 7:44 PM
  • "macOS Catalina Causes Issues for DJs Who Used iTunes With XML File Support" MacRumors 7:44 PM
  • "RIP iTunes: Apple releases MacOS 10.15 Catalina/The latest version of MacOS gets rid of iTunes, and it's probably for the better." ZDNet 1:15 PM
  • "Final Cut Pro X update introduces new Metal engine for increased performance: New Version Includes Optimizations for Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR" Apple 12:54 PM
  • "Apple updates Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.7, Motion to 5.4.4 and Compressor to 4.4.5" 1:00 PM
  • "MacOS 'Catalina' 10.15 comes packed with exclusive security fixes – gee, thanks, Apple" The Register 7:36 PM
  • "macOS Catalina Sidecar iPad Compatibility: Is Your Model Supported?" Redmond Pie 11:10 AM
  • "macOS Catalina is inadvertently wrecking DJ as XML file support ends with death of iTunes: Apple's recommendation to DJs is not to upgrade for now."  iMore 4:40 PM
  • "What to do if your Mac's Fusion Drive fails (or shows signs of failure): Macs with Fusion Drives are rarely serviceable, and you'll lose a lot of speed if the SSD conks out. The next step isn't obvious." Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "macOS: iTunes Crashing? Fix" macReports 9:21 AM
  • "Review: macOS Catalina 10.15 is what Apple promised the Mac could be, and is a crucial upgrade" AppleInsider 1:14 PM
  • "macOS Catalina review: iTunes is now Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts" The Verge 1:14 PM
  • "macOS 10.15 Catalina: The Ars Technica review/iPad apps come to the Mac and old 32-bit apps go away in a wide-ranging update." Ars Technica 1:10 PM
  • "macOS Catalina review: New era ahead, proceed with caution" Six Colors 1:00 PM
  • "MacOS Catalina review: Apple lets the Mac be a pro, and makes the iPad a partner" CNET 1:00 PM
  • "macOS Catalina: The MacStories Review" MacStories 12:55 PM
  • "Six features you should try after installing macOS 10.15 Catalina: Check out what's new with macOS Catalina." Macworld 12:56 PM
  • "How To Clean Install macOS 10.15 Catalina On Mac Via USB Drive [Guide] Redmond Pie 1:15 PM
  • "How to make your own bootable macOS 10.15 Catalina USB install drive: You'll just need one USB flash drive to install Catalina on a bunch of Macs." Ars Technica 1:10 PM
  • "How to Download macOS Catalina Now: What to Know Before You Jump In" LAPTOP Magazine 1:01 PM
  • "How to switch from macOS Catalina beta to macOS Catalina stable" AddictiveTips 7:45 PM
  • "How to sync your iPhone and iPad with your Mac in macOS Catalina" iMore 7:44 PM
  • "How to sign documents on your Mac with your iPhone or iPad" iMore 3:43 PM
  • "How To Keep Your Mac Up To Date" macReports 12:56 PM
  • "Voice Control In macOS Catalina: How To Enable And Use It" Redmond Pie 8:37 AM
  • "How to use Voice Controls on Mac: In macOS Catalina, you can control your Mac as you speak" iMore 3:42 PM
  • "iTunes In macOS Catalina: What Happened?" Redmond Pie 2:18 PM
  • "How to reverse a video clip in iMovie on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:36 AM
  • "Lord of the Rings Online Mac gamers: Do not update to Catalina!" Mac Gamer HQ 10:44 AM
  • "Slashdot Asks: What Did You Like/Dislike About iTunes?"  Slashdot 7:59 PM
Press Releases
  • "Post-it Brand Announces Launch of Post-it App for Mac" Business Wire 3:49 PM
  • "New Book Coming Soon: Take Control of macOS Media Apps" Kirkville 2:20 PM
  • "NetNewsWire 5 is all good to go with Catalina!" inessential 2:18 PM
  • "macOS 10.15 Catalina" ["All of the shipping versions of our apps have been tested and updated for Catalina. Please let us know if you run into any issues which we didn't catch in our own testing."] Red Sweater Software 1:01 PM
  • "With Audio Hijack 3.6, Our Software Is Now All Catalina Ready" Rogue Amoeba 1:01 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Music labels wary as Apple tries to bundle subscriptions"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:21 AM
  • "Music industry pushing back against Apple Music, Apple TV+ master bundle" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
  • "Apple Music-Apple TV Plus bundle hits a snag: Skeptics at record labels/Early talks about Apple offering both services for a single monthly price make some in the music industry nervous, according to an FT report." CNET 11:10 AM
  • "Apple Looking to Bundle Services Like Apple Music and Apple TV+ for One Flat Monthly Rate" MacRumors 11:10 AM
  • "Apple Prime? Giant bundle of entertainment services under consideration" Cult of Mac 2:21 PM
  • "Apple's AirPods have little to fear from its rivals"  Quartz 1:39 PM
  • "Top analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects big boost to iPhone sales in 2020" Cult of Mac 8:41 AM
  • "Apple Music to gain more livestreams, pre- and post-album content, Beats 1 hosts, more" 9to5Mac 4:40 PM
  • "Apple Music doubling down on artist-first strategy, adding more live music" AppleInsider 4:40 PM
  • "Apple supplier Japan Display says aiming for a bailout deal this month" Reuters 7:40 AM
  • "Federal court uncertain it can uphold $600M VirnetX ruling against Apple" AppleInsider 8:24 AM
  • "Private Medicare plan Devoted Health says it is the first to cover Apple Watch as a benefit" CNBC 7:45 PM
  • "Sources: NFL fines Ben Roethlisberger $5,000 for wearing Apple Watch on Steelers' sideline" ESPN 10:42 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Adobe Pulls All User Access in Venezuela Due to US Sanctions" PC Magazine 9:11 PM
  • "Kindle Kids Edition — Amazon launches ebook reader for younger bookworms" BetaNews 11:29 AM
  • "FBI warns about attacks that bypass multi-factor authentication (MFA)" ZDNet 10:17 AM
  • "Mobile security: These health apps aren't good for your phone or your privacy/As people turn to mobile apps to help manage health conditions, cyber criminals have realised there's money to be made." ZDNet 10:16 AM
  • "Bose Sleepbuds: Sleep-enhancing earphones discontinued after battery woes" GearBrain 8:41 AM
  • "The forgotten pioneers of computer animation" Engadget 8:29 AM
  • "AI could become 'an enemy of the human race' warns expert" [Video Report] BBC 8:19 AM
  • "#266: Two iPads in a Sandwich/macOS Catalina has arrived and Jason's got his full review, plus we dig into the new multi-screened mobile device announcements from Microsoft (and what they might mean for Apple), and put on our sweaters to talk about Deep Fusion photography." Relay FM: Upgrade 3:38 PM
  • "The Engadget Podcast: Is Microsoft making better PCs than Apple?" Engadget 1:39 PM
  • "Hodinkee Radio Episode 60: Apple's Alan Dye Tells Us How He Designs Watch Faces" Hodinkee 10:23 AM
  • " Live Show 6 - Win a Ticket to the 2019 FCPX Creative Summit" 8:40 AM
  • "Carrot Weather brings snarky forecasts to the Mac with macOS Catalina" 9to5Mac 1:39 PM
  • "Apple References Unreleased Sleep App for Apple Watch" MacRumors 7:56 AM
  • "Apple leaks unreleased Sleep app for Watch" VentureBeat 8:42 AM
  • "Apple wants to fix your iPhone 6 and 6S: Repairs to some of the older iPhones are free through a new program Apple just launched" GearBrain 8:41 AM
  • "[Update: watchOS 6.1 beta] Apple Watch Series 5 battery life struggling to last all day for some users" 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
  • "iPhone repairs could become much cheaper thanks to these laser machines" The Next Web 3:35 PM
  • "The iPhone 11 Pro's battery life is so impressive, it beat out Samsung in Consumer Reports' smartphone rankings for the first time in years" Business Insider 11:40 AM
  • "'Why does my iPhone go straight to voicemail?': How to troubleshoot your iPhone to ensure it rings when you get a call" Business Insider 1:12 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:55 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:55 AM

  • "Camera Comparison: iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+" MacRumors 7:37 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro vs 100MP Medium Format Camera" PetaPixel 12:00 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro is the most accessible iPhone yet" TechCrunch 10:17 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro Diary: Tripod-mounted iPhone night photos don't change the story" 9to5Mac 8:30 AM
  • "Compared: Nike Apple Watch versus the standard Apple Watch Series 5" AppleInsider 1:14 PM
  • "Ikea's dirt-cheap wireless charger is elusive for a reason [Review] Cult of Mac 3:43 PM
  • "Speed, style, and tough: SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD" ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "Totallee's iPhone cases are for those who want an 'ultra-minimalist' design" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
iOS Apps
  • "iPadOS Review: 50 Percent More Computer" The Verge 9:10 AM
  • "Prizmo 5 review: Mobile scanner app makes it a snap to capture documents/A comprehensive mobile scanner app for iPhone and iPad that makes it easy to effortlessly capture single or multi-page documents." Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Arcade takes a closer look at Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm" iMore 4:52 PM
  • "Apple Arcade is full of surprises/The latest: a new game from the creators of Machinarium" The Verge 10:27 AM
  • "'What does HDR mean on an iPhone?': A guide to the iPhone's HDR camera mode, and how to control it manually" Business Insider 4:39 PM
  • "How to watch videos on your Apple Watch, as long as the video is sent through the Messages app" Business Insider 3:35 PM
  • "Using Personal Automations With iOS 13 Shortcuts" MacMost 2:54 PM
  • "How to use the Apple Watch to snap remote selfies" Cult of Mac 1:14 PM
  • "How to Connect to Wi-Fi Networks Faster in iOS 13" TidBITS 1:02 PM
  • "How to use PS4 or Xbox controllers with iPhone, iPad or Apple TV" Apple Must 1:07 PM
  • "How To Connect A PS4 Controller To An iPhone Or iPad" Forbes 9:25 AM
  • "iOS 13: How to Create Small Thumbnails in Reminders" The Mac Observer 9:02 AM
  • "What is 'Optimize Battery Charging' on iOS and how to use it" iDownload Blog 1:10 PM
  • "iOS 14 concept brings on-screen multitasking to iPhone" Cult of Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Comment: Apple would sell a lot more HomePods if it followed Sonos' lead here" 9to5Mac 8:30 AM
  • "Correction: Regarding an Erroneous Allegation in 'Richard Stallman's Disgrace'" Daring Fireball 7:41 PM
  • "OnePlus 7T Review: Not very new, but still one of the best phones you can buy/OnePlus keeps all the great features of its last flagship, doesn't add much else." Ars Technica 2:20 PM
  • "Honor Band 5 review: Sleek, affordable fitness tracking [Video] 9to5Google 11:44 AM
  • "How Twitter Sees Itself" Vice 8:40 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of October 7: Kelly Guimont, Skylum Software, Apple ID, and Apple Photos" The MUG Center 4:38 PM
  • "Hulu for iOS adds support for offline viewing, but with some limitations" 9to5Mac 3:43 PM
  • "Apple shares official trailer for 'The Elephant Queen' coming to Apple TV+" iDownload Blog 1:10 PM
  • "What's New on Apple Arcade: The Bradwell Conspiracy, Pilgrims, Nightmare Farm, Redout: Space Assault" AppAdvice 1:01 PM
  • "These Caviar iPhones with gold and exotics skins are surprisingly tastefu" Cult of Mac 11:51 AM
  • "City of Cupertino launching on-demand public transport, available for all Apple employees" 9to5Mac 9:48 AM
  • "Amanita Design Just Released 'Pilgrims' Which Is a Brand New Adventure Game Available Now in Apple Arcade" Touch Arcade 8:40 AM
  • "Updated Amazon Prime Video App is Back in the App Store" The Mac Observer 8:38 AM
  • "Official Apple Watch Sleep app accidentally mentioned in Alarms app screenshot" 9to5Mac 8:30 AM
  • "Spotify Gains Siri Support on iOS 13 and CarPlay, Apple TV App Launching Later Today" MacRumors 8:25 AM
  • "How the iFiber iOS App Can Help You Lose Weight - New Version 6.0" prMac 8:21 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says stopping the firm's controversial research in China would hurt" Business Insider 8:18 AM
  • "Windows patch causes more pain: Start Menu, boot and printer problems surface" ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "Linus Torvalds isn't worried about Microsoft taking over Linux: And you shouldn't be either. Every company wants to rule Linux: none of them can or ever will." ZDNet 9:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Patent Details Vibrating VR Floor Mat For Interactive Living Room Gaming" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "AMD's Radeon RX 5500 graphics card brings Navi to the masses with 'next level 1080p gaming'" PCWorld 8:19 AM
  • "AMD's entry-level Radeon RX 5500 is headed to desktops... and laptops" Engadget 8:29 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5500 takes on the GTX 1650 for entry-level gaming" CNET 8:28 AM
  • "AMD Expects The Radeon RX 5500 To Dominate Nvidia GTX 1650 With 37 Percent Higher FPS" Forbes 8:18 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon RX 5500 is its new entry-level competitor to Nvidia's GTX 1650" The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "AMD Rumored to Launch Midrange RX 5500 GPUs Today" Market Realist 9:49 AM
  • "AMD Announces Radeon RX 5500 Series: 1080p Gaming for Desktop & Mobile, Coming This Quarter" AnandTech 8:36 AM
  • "Intel-AMD Price War Begins with Cascade Lake-X Launch" Market Realist 4:41 PM
  • "Intel Launches Cascade Lake-X And Xeon W-2200 Processors With New Details And Features Revealed" Forbes 8:19 AM
  • "Intel's workstation X-series chips are a bit faster and much cheaper" Engadget 8:29 AM
  • "Intel Xeon W-2200 Family: Cascade Lake-X with ECC and 1TB Support" AnandTech 8:35 AM
  • "Intel slashes prices of 9th-gen desktop 'F' chips without integrated graphics by up to 20 percent" PCWorld 8:19 AM
  • "Intel Announces Price Cut for 9th Generation F and KF Processors" AnandTech 8:36 AM
  • "EU antitrust chief signals further clampdown on US tech" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:02 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Is at 'Unreasonable' Levels, Analyst Says" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:27 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower as optimism over upcoming U.S.-China trade meeting wanes: High-level talks are set to begin Thursday" MarketWatch 4:10 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Down, Lose Momentum Amid Focus on U.S.-China Trade Talks: Stocks finished down Monday afternoon as the effects of upbeat comments from White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on the upcoming U.S. trade talks with China proved short-lived." TheStreet 4:10 PM
  • "Stocks sink on concerns big trade deal may be elusive" FOXBusiness 4:10 PM
  • "Stocks Tick Lower as Investors Await Trade Developments: As the week progresses, traders will be keeping eyes on headlines from Washington" [Paid Membership Required] 4:09 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed ahead of renewed U.S.-China trade talks: Nikkei loses early gains, while Australian stocks rise" MarketWatch 8:43 AM
  • "European stocks turn higher as Wall Street open approaches" MarketWatch 8:43 AM

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