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MacSurfer's Archive: Sunday, October 20, 2019


  • "Apple's Greed Could Dent the iPhone's Momentum in This Market: India could prove to be a big market for the tech titan, but it has to stop being greedy."  Motley Fool 8:33 AM
  • "US politicians from AOC to Ted Cruz concerned over Apple's stance on Hong Kong: Apple told actions matter far more than words in a letter signed by four US Senators and three Congresspeople." ZDNet 7:41 PM
  • "Comment: A news focused Apple Start Page would be a welcome upgrade for Safari"  9to5Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Senators, Members Of Congress Urge Apple To 'Put Values Above Market Access' Regarding App Censorship In China"  Tech Times 10/19
  • "Apple and Blizzard Slammed Over China Censorship by Top U.S. Lawmakers"  Gizmodo UK 10/19
  • "Apple @ Work: Why free updates of macOS and iOS have been crucial to Apple's enterprise growth"  9to5Mac 10/19
  • "Apple's iPhone 11 Could Help Drive a China Comeback: Wedbush is bullish on iPhone demand in China following channel checks." Motley Fool 10/19
  • "Apple Pays $6.6M To End Suit Over IPhone 4S Update Glitch" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 10/19
  • "Apple files complaint to halt relitigation of IXI Mobile patent suit" AppleInsider 10/19
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5700 works in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta 2" AppleInsider 10/18
  • "How To Reset Network Settings On Mac" macReports 12:39 PM
  • "Apple Motion with the New Metal Engine Supercharges RAM Preview" Bare Feats 10/19
  • "2 Ways To Quickly Switch Between Light And Dark Mode On Your Mac" MacMost 10/18
  • "Why macOS Catalina is not Apple's finest moment: After using macOS Catalina for one week, Erik Eckel shares the problems he experienced using the release."  TechRepublic 7:03 PM
  • "Screen Time on MacOS 10.15 Catalina Seems Useless" Daring Fireball 10/19
  • "Poll: What Do You Think of the New macOS Media Apps that Replace iTunes?" Kirkville 10/19
  • "macOS shell games: long live bash" brunerd 10/18
  • "Meet The Linux Desktop That Will Embarrass Windows 10 And macOS in 2020" Forbes 10/18
  • "Bug or Feature? Screen Time on macOS Catalina Isn't Reporting Actual App Usage" Kirkville 10/18
Press Releases
  • "Calibre 4.2 improves macOS dark mode support, continues tweaking Viewer tool" BetaNews 10/18
  • "Luna Display Challenges Apple's Sidecar With New Mac-To-Mac Mode" UberGizmo 10/18
  • "Luna Display turns your Mac into a secondary display for your other Mac" The Verge 10/18
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Computers Are Learning to Read—But They're Still Not So Smart" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:10 AM
  • "Drinking heartbreak away might actually break your heart: New research links frequent drinking to a disease the Apple Watch claims to track." Inverse 10/19
  • "Apple, Cisco Ask Justices To Toss Dispute Over 1-Line Orders" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 10/19
  • "'South Park' Nears $500 Million Deal for U.S. Streaming Rights" ["One company that probably won't be bidding is Apple Inc., the people said. The tech giant has eschewed controversial programming that could damage its brand, and it's wary of offending China, where it sells a lot of iPhones. 'South Park' was just banned in China after an episode mocked the country's censorship of Western movies and TV."] Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/19
  • "House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020: The committee has received tens of thousands of documents from Facebook Inc, Alphabet's Google, Inc and Apple Inc and is expecting more material in the coming weeks, Representative David Cicilline told reporters." Reuters 10/18
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges U.S. Senate to Pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act" MacRumors 10/18
  • "These are the top 10 brands in the world in 2019. Facebook isn't one of them." [Apple #1] Business Insider 10/18
  • "O2 drops major hint that next year's iPhones will support 5G" The Inquirer 10/18
  • "Fitbit Wants to Defeat the Apple Watch by Copying the Apple Watch" Softpedia 10/18
  • "Apple's star-studded 'The Morning Show' joins #MeToo conversation" Reuters 10/18
  • "Apple celebrates 'Dickinson,' coming to Apple TV+ November 1" Apple 10/18
  • "Apple Sets Overall Deal With Monica Beletsky" ["Under the multi-year deal, Beletsky will develop and produce television series exclusively for the streamer. This is the first overall of Beletsky's career."] Variety 10/18
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook open to currency-pegged stablecoins for Libra project" Reuters 8:55 PM
  • "Google to update Pixel 4 face unlock with eye detection 'in the coming months'" The Verge 8:37 PM
  • "Amazon sellers are shipping long-expired food" Engadget 6:42 PM
  • "Huawei admits that US sanctions are hurting" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:46 AM
  • "Google VP says guests should be informed if you have smart devices in the home" Digital Trends 10/19
  • "Lawmakers express 'deep concern' over Blizzard's Hong Kong protest response: A rare bipartisan issue that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Rubio can agree on." Ars Technica 10/19
  • "Apple AR is here. Did you notice? [Cult of Mac Magazine 319] Cult of Mac 10/19
  • "iMore show 678: Social Politeness/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 10/19
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Disney+, Samsung security, and Google" The Loop 10/18
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 247: iPhone SE 2 spec rumors, Beats Solo Pro, Apple TV+ run-up" 9to5Mac 10/18
  • "The Engadget Podcast: What do we lose if Google is everywhere?" Engadget 10/18
  • "9to5Mac Daily: October 18, 2019 – AirPods Pro pricing rumors, more" 9to5Mac 10/18
  • "Apple TV comes to Roku, and Ultra-Wideband location is on its way to us, on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 10/18
  • "iPhone SE 2 is getting BIG upgrades... We fill you in, on The CultCastCult of Mac 10/18
  • "Google to stop iPhone users from getting free original quality Photos backup" TechRadar UK 8:57 PM
  • "Google aware of free original quality HEIC photo backups for iPhones, says it's a 'bug'" Android Police 8:02 AM
  • "Google to fix 'bug' that uploads free full-quality iPhone pics to Photos: Apple's choice of photo format is too efficient, apparently." Engadget 5:08 PM
  • "Apple engineer explains the Security Code AutoFill feature" 9to5Mac 10:37 AM
  • "Apple Car: Apple Reportedly Getting Autonomous Driving Solutions From Quanta For Self-Driving Car Technology" International Business Times 10/19
  • "USB-C vs. Thunderbolt 3: Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C are hard to distinguish, but here's how the ports differ" Digital Trends 10/19
  • "iOS 13.1.3 brings a bunch of bug fixes to iPhone and iPad, but no relief for calls and battery bugs: The latest patch for iOS squashes a lot of bugs, but the call dropping and battery issues remains." ZDNet 10/18
  • "Apple rumored to launch new AirPods Pro headphones at end of October" The Verge 10/18
  • "Report: 'AirPods Pro' to Launch End of October with New Design, New Noise-Canceling Feature and $260 Price Tag" MacRumors 10/18
  • "Apple's Noise-Cancelling AirPods Pro Rumored For Late October Release" HotHardware 10/18
  • "16-Inch MacBook Pro Possibly Referenced in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Beta" MacRumors 10/18
  • "An icon depicting 16-inch MacBook Pro with thinner bezels has been found in Catalina code" iDownload Blog 10/18
  • "New icons found in macOS suggest that 16-inch MacBook Pro release drawing near" BGR 10/18
  • "Quanta Reportedly Supplying Apple With 'Autonomous Driving Solutions'" MacRumors 10/18
  • "Your Mac or iPhone Can't Connect to a Public Wi-Fi Hotspot (Captive)? Fix" macReports 10/19
  • "Apple warns users to either upgrade device or software as major malfunction looms" MSPoweruser 10/18
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10/18
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10/18

  • "Dark Mode vs. Light Mode Battery Test" ["We conducted this test using iPhone XS Max running on iOS 13, but the results should relatively similar on other phones using OLED displays with Dark Mode enabled."] YouTube: PhoneBuff 10:08 AM
  • "Jaybird Vista true wireless earbuds review: Ready to tweak" Digital Trends 8:40 AM
  • "Nimbus9 cases for the Apple iPhone 11 and 11 Pro: Drop protection with easy car mount support" ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Pixel 4 vs. iPhone 11: Google's phone is the pricier one, surprisingly/The search giant's new phone goes big on price as consumers balk at costly phones." CNET 10/19
  • "Tile Pro Review: The iPhone 11 Pro of Tile – it's super-good, but most folk should opt for the cheaper model." TrustedReviews 10/19
  • "The iPhone 11 convinced me that Apple's a photography powerhouse again" The Next Web 10/18
  • "The Apple Card has changed the way I look at spending money and helped me in my ongoing effort to stay debt-free" Business Insider 10/18
  • "Beats Solo Pro first-look: Like HomePods on my ears/Apple recently launched a new product in the Beats Solo line. I've been testing the Pros for a couple of days and have my first impressions." iMore 10/18
  • "Review: Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus are my new favorite in-ear wireless headphones" 9to5Mac 10/18
  • "Monoprice true wireless earbuds review: A cut above the budget earbud competition" Macworld 10/18
  • "Tap Strap 1 review: Towards tomorrow's world" Apple Must 10/18
  • "Tile Mate Review: The iPhone 11 of the tracking world – the Tile that most people should buy." TrustedReviews 10/18
iOS Apps
  • "Adobe Fresco vs Rebelle 3: Which tool is better for artists and why?" AppleInsider 2:15 PM
  • "Hands-on: Roku's Apple TV app helped me cut the cord — from Apple" VentureBeat 10/18
  • "Apple Arcade: 'The Pinball Wizard' Review – A Marriage of Pinball and Dungeon Crawling that Needs Just a Bit More" Touch Arcade 10/18
  • "A month on, Apple Arcade is too cheap to quit" Engadget 10/18
  • "These spooky Apple Arcade mystery games will make you feel like a real detective: Can you crack the case?" CNET 10/18
  • "Apple Arcade in review" 148Apps 10/18
  • "Here's how to create and customize your iPhone's Memoji: Your Memoji get new hairstyles, headwear, piercings and makeup with Apple's iOS 13." CNET 8:38 AM
  • "RIP: How to stop Google from stealing all your data after you die" The Next Web 8:38 AM
  • "How to download your Yahoo Groups data" BetaNews 8:10 AM
  • "iOS 13: How to Enable Low Data Mode on iPhone to Save Cellular Data Usage" iPhone Hacks 7:56 AM
  • "How to Power Off Your iPhone [Video] iClarified 10/19
  • "How to Disable Spotify Playing Videos to Music on iPhone, iPad, Android" OS X Daily 10/19
  • "How to Use Right Inbox to Supercharge Your Gmail" ReadWrite 10/19
  • "Apple Watch: 7 new features you have to try right now/Your Apple Watch is getting a whole lot better with Apple's latest WatchOS 6 update." CNET 8:38 AM
  • "The Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch can now answer calls from an iPhone" Neowin 10/18
  • "Apple Arcade and multi-users don't mix on Apple TV" iMore 10/18
  • "Apple has made it clear how you should wear your Apple Watch" AppleInsider 10/18
  • "Why I Sold My MacBook Air (And Why The MacBook Pro Makes More Sense)" Forbes 5:08 PM
  • "Pixel 4's face unlock finally catches up to the iPhone. It's about damn time/Commentary: Other Android makers had better follow suit." CNET 8:11 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook Pro Is Dead, Long Live Apple's MacBook Pro" Forbes 10/19
  • "iPhone SE2 is coming, and it could be huge (but also kinda small): Rumors about a new iPhone SE have reached fever pitch. Let's break down why this iPhone may be a big deal." CNET 10/19
  • "Cassandra -Weekend Review: iPhone in Thailand, Ordering and Payments; Ethics, Morals and Surveillance" eXtensions 10/19
  • "Editorial: Samsung hasn't copied AppleTV+ yet, but it's only a matter of time" AppleInsider 10/19
  • "Apple's China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company" TechCrunch 10/18
  • "Apple's still got a handful of songs to sing you" Apple Must 10/18
  • "Upgrade your iPhone's operating system and you won't be disappointed" [Video] CNET 10/18
  • "Oregon Judge Ordered Woman to Type in Her iPhone Passcode So Police Could Search It for Evidence Against Her" Daring Fireball 10/18
  • "Apple AR is already here. You're probably wearing it right now. [Opinion] Cult of Mac 10/18
  • "7 Apple presentation secrets enterprise workers need: Enterprise workers should try to follow Apple's lead when they try to get their point across..." Computerworld 10/18
  • "What I want from Apple's AR headset" iMore 10/18
  • "6 reasons why the iPad is still the best Apple Arcade device: The Apple TV and Mac may be better on paper, but they fall short in performance and portability." Macworld 10/18
  • "The Google Pixel 4's Flawed Face Unlock Creates An Apple Advantage" Forbes 10/18
  • "Amazon: The Grand Food Fight Strategy" Monday Note 1:09 PM
  • "Facebook isn't free speech, it's algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage" TechCrunch 9:27 AM
  • "Amazon Echo (2019) review: New Echo with Alexa is a smart middle child" CNET 8:14 AM
  • "Sega Genesis Mini review: The retro console to beat" BGR 10/19
  • "Pixel 4 hands-on: Remember what they say about pre-orders" Android Police 10/18
  • "Do We Really Need Foldable or Dual Screen Phones?" iPhone Hacks 10/18
  • "Making Sure the Next 'Killer App' Is Not a Privacy Killer" Inside Sources 10/18
  • "The costs of Facebook's free speech" Axios 10/18
  • "Why Facebook's Libra might be a good thing" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10/18
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "YouTube Music relaxes its draconian restrictions when traveling to an unsupported country" Android Police 12:39 PM
  • "Stock iOS dark mode wallpaper mods for iPhone" iDownload Blog 10:09 AM
  • "The Best Camera Gear for Your Smartphone: Assemble a photo studio you can carry in a backpack or messenger bag." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:10 AM
  • "The best alternatives to Microsoft Office: Tired of paying a monthly fee for Word? The best Microsoft Office alternatives" Digital Trends 10/19
  • "15 crossword solvers for Android, iOS, and the web that actually work!" Android Authority 10/19
  • "Case-Mate for Apple iPhone 11 Pro: Stylish protection for your expensive smartphone" [Slideshow] ZDNet 10/19
  • "iDB app 2.0 is now available in the App Store" iDownload Blog 10/19
  • "Twitch for iOS adds support for subscribing to streamers, but with an added cost" 9to5Mac 10/19
  • "Breakout: Dark Prison is a fast-paced action RPG that's available now for Android and an iOS version planned for November" 148Apps 10/18
  • "Apple Arcade just released Pac-Man Party Royale, Ballistic Baseball and more" CNET 10/18
  • "Global Smartphones Market Report 2019-2025: Shipments are Projected to Grow by 230+ Million Units" PRNewswire 10/18
  • "MacStories Shortcuts Icons Receives Free Update with 50 New Glyphs" MacStories 10/18
  • "Adobe Photoshop for iPad is Almost Ready" Thurrott 10/18
  • "Everything we know about Eir's new TV service with Apple TV" SiliconRepublic 10/18
  • "Google Maps now lets iPhone-owning drivers help their fellow road users" Digital Trends 10/18
  • "'Pokemon Masters' Will Get New Single-Player Content, Better Rewards, and More By March 2020 As Revealed In the New Roadmap" Touch Arcade 10/18
Computer Industry
  • "Computers have an unlikely origin story: the 1890 census/The inventor of punched cards, which led to the first computers and companies like IBM, was aiming to solve a gnarly problem at the time: data collection for the census." Fast Company 8:23 AM
  • "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dies at 62: Unexpected development raises pressure on software maker's transition to cloud computing." iTNews Australia 8:22 AM
  • "Oracle must decide quickly if Safra Catz really needs an exec to step up as her new co-CEO" [BI Prime] Business Insider 10:09 AM
  • "Whither Oracle? Ruminations on the Future of an Icon" Medium 7:56 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3950X easily beats Intel's mighty Core i9-10980XE in leaked benchmark" TechRadar UK 8:28 AM
  • "Most OEMs treat AMD CPUs like second-class citizens when it comes to laptops. Now is the time for change" NotebookCheck 8:31 AM
  • "Here's Gigabyte's Aorus TRX40 3rd Gen AMD Threadripper Motherboard" HotHardware 5:02 PM
  • "First gaming benchmarks surface for Intel Core i9-9900KS" DSOGaming 8:30 AM
  • "Windows 10 1809 October 15 Update Breaks Defender ATP, Says Microsoft" Tech Times 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft creates a special Xbox One X with Taco Bell" Gamereactor UK 8:32 AM
  • "How Arm wants to bring machine learning to ordinary computing devices" VentureBeat 3:09 PM
  • "Microsoft Reports Earnings on Wednesday: 8 Important Things to Watch/Azure growth, Windows sales trends and stock buybacks are among the things to keep an eye on as the software giant reports." TheStreet 10/19
  • "Sure, AMD is doing amazing right now – but don't count out Intel just yet" TechRadar UK 10/19
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 16 Core Crushes The Intel Core i9-10980XE 18 Core CPU in 3DMark Firestrike – Up To 24% Faster Than Intel's Flagship HEDT" WCCFTech 10/19
  • "AMD May Be Preparing a Ryzen 7 3750X Processor Release" eTeknix 10/19
  • "Next-gen Threadripper rumored to arrive on November 19" TechSpot 10/19
  • "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd dies" CIO 10/19
  • "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd passes away" IANS 10/19
  • "Regulation Talk Hits Silicon Valley" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10/19
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Up 50%, Eclipsing Performance of Other Dow Stocks" 24/7 Wall St. 10/19
  • "1 Big Reason Apple May Not Be a Long-Term Lock for Your Retirement Portfolio" Motley Fool 10/19
Industry News
  • "U.S. stock market falls on economic growth concerns despite good earnings: Johnson & Johnson, Boeing lead Dow's triple-digit point drop" MarketWatch 10/18
  • "Boeing, J&J whack Dow as stocks end week lower" FOXBusiness 10/18
  • "Stocks Drop on China Data: U.K. markets hover ahead of high-stakes parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal" [Paid Membership Required] 10/18
  • "Asian markets mixed after decades-worst GDP growth by China: Nikkei gains, stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China dip" MarketWatch 10/18
  • "European stocks lower after Chinese growth slows and Renault warns" MarketWatch 10/18

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