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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, November 4, 2019


  • "Apple commits $2.5 billion to combat housing crisis in California" ["Apple's commitment to the state of California includes: $1 billion affordable housing investment fund/$1 billion first-time homebuyer mortgage assistance fund/$300 million Apple-owned land will be available for affordable housing"]  Apple 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Commits $2.5 Billion to Ease California Housing Crunch: The plan includes $1 billion for an affordable housing investment fund and another $1 billion to help first-time buyers find mortgages." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:32 AM
  • "Apple to Spend $2.5B on California Housing Crisis: Apple is working with the state, the governor, and community-based organizations in a bid to tackle the housing and homelessness problems in California." PC Magazine 7:32 AM
  • "Apple pledges $2.5 billion to address the state's affordable housing problem" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:35 AM
  • "Apple pledges $2.5 billion to fight California housing crisis" Reuters 7:32 AM
  • "Apple will spend $2.5 billion to alleviate California housing crisis" Axios 7:48 AM
  • "How Apple's new $2.5B housing initiative stacks up vs. Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech giants"  GeekWire 1:06 PM
  • "Apple wants affordable housing in California—but laws stand in the way: California can't end its housing crisis without an overhaul of zoning rules."  Ars Technica 4:36 PM
  • "Sanders accuses Apple of 'throwing pennies at a housing crisis' it 'helped create'"  The Hill 5:35 PM
  • "Apple pushes developers to update Push Notification Service API before November 2020" 9to5Mac 3:41 PM
  • "Safari 'This Connection Is Not Private' Warning" macReports 7:57 AM
  • "Fix Certain Photos Not Loading in iCloud Drive by Converting Them" The Mac Observer 8:37 AM
  • "How to reverse a track in GarageBand on Mac and iOS" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
  • "Why You Should Wait a Bit Longer to Install macOS Catalina" The Mac Observer 3:41 PM
  • "macOS Catalina discussion includes compatibility information, FireWire startup abandonment, audio production issues, a disk space disaster, scanner compatibility, virtualization, etc." MacInTouch 2:42 PM
Press Releases
  • "MacPaw launches Setapp for Teams software subscription service public beta" AppleInsider 1:02 PM
  • "Outlook for Mac gets a new design and big performance improvements" The Verge 12:54 PM
  • "Edge with Chromium for macOS lands Jan 15 with preview available now" AppleInsider 10:17 AM
  • "Critically-acclaimed game 'The Textorcist' Avalable Now on the Mac App Store" Headup Games 8:55 AM
  • "Adobe XD does collaborative editing now, just like Figma" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Adobe Lightroom updates with more export options and GPU acceleration" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Adobe updates graphics apps Illustrator, InDesign, and Animate" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "Package Central for Adobe InDesign Now Supports macOS Catalina" prMac 7:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Hundreds Of Apps And Products From Blacklisted Chinese Tech Companies Are Being Distributed By Apple, Amazon, And Google: Three Chinese companies helped build a security state in China's Xinjiang region to repress millions of Uighur Muslims. Amazon, eBay, Apple, and Google are still selling their products and distributing their apps."  BuzzFeed News 2:22 PM
  • "Apple spent more than $20 million advertising Apple TV+ last month" Cult of Mac 7:39 AM
  • "Apple rejecting Electron apps from Mac App Store due to private API usage" 9to5Mac 7:40 AM
  • "Some users unable to redeem free year of Apple TV+, others get it despite not buying an Apple device recently" 9to5Mac 7:41 AM
  • "Apple TV+ Offers Highest Quality 4K Streaming, Averaging Up to 29Mbps" MacRumors 4:01 PM
  • "CIRP: One in five Apple customers owns an Apple Watch" Apple 3.0 10:18 AM
  • "Apple TV is far more popular than you realize" Cult of Mac 7:23 PM
  • "Stephen King takes to Twitter to praise The Morning ShowCult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Stephen King loves Apple's 'The Morning Show' despite the scathing reviews from critics" Business Insider 10:13 AM
  • "The Banker — Official Trailer | Apple TV+" YouTube 10:13 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "LG enters US patent dispute against Hisense: The patents in question affect the majority of TVs sold by Hisense in the United States, LG alleges." ZDNet 8:57 PM
  • "Edward Snowden says Facebook, Amazon and Google engage in 'abuse'" CNET 5:47 PM
  • "Hackers Can Use Lasers to 'Speak' to Your Amazon Echo or Google Home" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:54 PM
  • "Google News can display stories in two languages in your feed" Engadget 1:06 PM
  • "Google Served Mealworm-Infested Pizza in Its Cafeteria/One of the internet giant's hackers called it: 'Pizza La Bughuntero.'" Vice 10:51 AM
  • "Facebook lands another huge office lease in Bellevue as part of Seattle-area expansion" GeekWire 8:24 PM
  • "Facebook hopes a new logo will distract you from its problems" Engadget 11:03 AM
  • "This new logo will surely solve all of Facebook's problems" The Verge 10:52 AM
  • "Your hacked Facebook account may be bankrolling scam ad campaigns" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Exclusive: U.S. opens national security investigation into TikTok - sources" Reuters 7:32 AM
  • "#270: The Toughest Compare/Apple TV+ has finally arrived, and we discuss Apple's first round of new shows--as well as an unimpressive performance from the TV app itself. We've also got reviews of the new AirPods Pro, and Apple's latest financial results reveal that for the iPhone, sometimes down is up." Relay FM: Upgrade 4:11 PM
  • "TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont (#8) -TMO Background Mode Interview" The Mac Observer 7:10 PM
  • "Five Questions with Andrew Orr of The Mac Observer" MacVoices 3:48 PM
  • "TV+ First Look Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2019-11-04" The Mac Observer 12:51 PM
  • "Hey Presto! I Outsmarted Myself! – Mac Geek Gab 787" The Mac Observer 7:33 AM
  • "Apple may unveil AR headsets in 2H20 developed with US partner" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:37 AM
  • "DigiTimes: Apple Partnering With Valve to Develop AR Headset" MacRumors 7:37 AM
  • "Apple said to partner with Valve to make AR headset" AppleInsider 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Moving Forward With Production of iPhone SE 2 With Release For Spring 2020" MacPrices 7:43 AM
  • "AirPods Pro Bug Is Causing Animation Glitches (But an Update Might Fix It)" iDrop News 6:53 PM
  • "What is MacBook 'thermal throttling' and what can I do about it?" 9to5Mac 3:53 PM
  • "iOS 13 notes talk about excessive battery drain, major memory management problems, forced updates, modem firmware changes, miserable experiences and interfaces, failures in Fortune 500 companies, iCloud sync failures, migration from old to new iPhones, radical reset/rebuild results." MacInTouch 2:43 PM
  • "Notification Badge On The Phone App Won't Go Away?¬†Fix" macReports 2:27 PM
  • "iOS for HomePod 13.2.1 Resolves Bricking" TidBITS 1:02 PM
  • "Location Services Not Working (iOS, iPadOS), Fix" macReports 7:57 AM
  • "What you can do if your wireless devices stops connecting to Personal Hotspot in iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1" Macworld 7:37 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM

  • "AirPods Pro vs Powerbeats Pro" MacRumors 3:53 PM
  • "Apple AirPods Pro review: The first Apple headphones to offer active noise cancellation" CNET 2:22 PM
  • "Once you've used the AirPods Pro, it's hard to go back to the non-Pro version" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro versus Pixel 4 - comparing the best smartphone cameras" AppleInsider 3:52 PM
  • "2010 Mac Pro tower with AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU running under macOS 10.15.1 Catalina" Bare Feats 2:44 PM
  • "Review: Nest Wifi is the simplest mesh system you'll install/We tested the updated Wi-Fi system in a small apartment with plaster and concrete walls, with winding hallways" GearBrain 7:57 AM
  • "Nest Wifi review: Simple, speedy mesh internet, and a great foundation for Google smart homes" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Google Nest Wifi review: the smarter mesh router" The Verge 7:39 AM
  • "'Dickinson' season one for Apple TV+ review: Weird, whimsical, wild, and wonderful." iMore 5:27 PM
  • "See is not quite the goofy fun that I had expected [Review] Cult of Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Apple TV+ versus Disney+ compared — the streaming wars escalate" AppleInsider 7:38 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Hands-on with Aero, Adobe's new AR creation app" 9to5Mac 9:14 AM
  • "Photoshop for iPad shows that Adobe totally still has it" Cult of Mac 7:39 AM
  • "Apple Arcade: 'Yaga The Roleplaying Folktale' Review – A Satisfyingly Dark Action RPG" Touch Arcade 5:01 PM
  • "BlizzCon 2019: 'Hearthstone Battlegrounds' Hands-On: My New Favorite Way of Playing the Game" Touch Arcade 3:53 PM
  • "How to Connect to SMB Shares from iPhone & iPad with Files App" OS X Daily 2:27 PM
  • "How to clean your dirty AirPods Pro and charging case" 9to5Mac 1:02 PM
  • "How to find restrictions on an iPhone to customize settings like explicit language and allowed apps" Business Insider 12:59 PM
  • "How to remove video and keep audio in iMovie" iDownload Blog 7:52 AM
  • "How to Delete Siri History and Opt Out of Audio Recordings" iPhone Hacks 7:34 AM
  • "13 iPhone Keyboard Tips" MacMost 1:03 PM
  • "Wish List: Find My for CarPlay" Six Colors 2:27 PM
  • "Questionable analysis claims US iPhone user base growth has stalled" AppleInsider 1:02 PM
  • "The Biggest Losers In The Streaming Wars Could Be You And Me" Forbes 12:54 PM
  • "The Vanishing Computer"  Forbes 11:09 AM
  • "Apple Watch Forced Fitbit to Sell Itself"  Above Avalon 2:26 PM
  • "Why Apple Need Not Worry about Google's Fitbit Takeover" Market Realist 10:17 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro Max crushes Pixel 4 XL in this speed test — anyone surprised?" Android Police 9:23 AM
  • "Facebook's rebrand and the chilling calculation behind it: Mark Zuckerberg's company suddenly announces a new logo for the overall concern. Many are laughing, but the true purpose of the move could be typically cynical. Here's a number to think about." ZDNet 4:24 PM
  • "One month with the Samsung Galaxy Fold: Productivity unfolded" ZDNet 11:09 AM
  • "Can Fitbit survive Google?" iMore 8:12 PM
  • "4 Fitbit features that are likely going away after the Google deal (and 4 that will get way better)" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "Apple TV+, bet you can't eat just one." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 7:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "adidas Originals Launches New iPhone 11 Case Collections" The Mac Observer 1:03 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of November 4: MacCamp, Catalina, iCloud" The MUG Center 10:31 AM
  • "Dropbox launches its file-transfer service for all users" VentureBeat 9:17 AM
  • "New Streaming TV Data Shows Significant Increase In Viewership And Quality As New Services Prepare To Launch" ["Roku also improved its quality over the past year and now delivers the lowest rate of video start failures at 0.18%, down 52% from Q3 2018, and nearly three times as much improvement as Amazon Fire TV which dropped 17% to 0.37%. Xbox again has the least buffering at a mere 0.15%, while Apple TV is the most improved with buffering down 40%. Once again Apple TV has the fastest video start time at 2.6 seconds and highest picture quality at 6.8 Mbps on average."] PRNewswire 8:57 AM
  • "'Fate/Grand Order' Is Getting a Special Campaign This Week to Celebrate 8 Million Downloads for the English Release on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft Previews New Office Mobile App, Unifying Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and More in a Single App" MacStories 11:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Introduces Unified Office App for iOS and Android" MacRumors 9:03 AM
  • "Microsoft is bringing Cortana to Outlook for iOS and Android with a new male voice" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "The best workout headphones: Yes, we recommend more than just the new AirPods." Engadget 7:48 AM
  • "Adobe's Photoshop Camera is an AI-powered photo editor for your phone" TechCrunch 8:29 AM
  • "Adobe is launching a free AI-powered Photoshop Camera app" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Adobe MAX 2019: Empowering Creativity for All/Creative Cloud Innovation Announcements Include Availability of Photoshop on iPad, Fresco on Windows, and Adobe Aero for Immersive Media, Along with Previews of Adobe Illustrator on iPad and Photoshop Camera" Adobe 8:08 AM
  • "Adobe Photoshop comes to iPad (Illustrator in 2020)" Computerworld 10:47 AM
  • "Adobe's Photoshop for the iPad is finally here, with more features to come" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Adobe Photoshop arrives on the iPad" TechCrunch 7:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Satya Nadella on Microsoft's renewal: It's an ongoing journey, not a destination" Quartz 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud: The company will allow its cloud customers to tap quantum computers made by Honeywell and two startups." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft announces Azure Quantum, a cloud quantum computing service" VentureBeat 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft rolls out new cloud tool for analyzing business data" Reuters 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft announces security, identity, management, and compliance updates across Azure and Office" VentureBeat 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft wants anyone to be a developer, whether they code or not" Quartz 8:22 AM
  • "Microsoft's Bing and browser pivot to business" Axios 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft is adding automation to its Power Platform tool that helps apps connect to one another" Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "The head of AI for Microsoft's cloud says that its new tools will 'make this stuff really simple' for even the biggest customers" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8:19 AM
  • "Microsoft's Edge browser gets a new Chromium logo" ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "Microsoft and Amazon are at the center of an ACLU lawsuit on facial recognition" Quartz 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft women greeted by skeptical court in unequal-pay case" Bloomberg 3:53 PM
  • "Microsoft wants anyone to be a developer, whether they code or not" Quartz 5:56 PM
  • "Intel's CFO Talks About the AMD Threat, Chip Profits, and the Future of AI" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Intel Launches Xeon-E 2200 Series for Servers: 8 Cores, up to 5.0 GHz" AnandTech 9:17 AM
  • "IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan and Microsoft join others on new blockchain token spec" Computerworld 8:30 AM
  • "Adobe teams with IBM iX on design system as a service offering" ZDNet 8:22 AM
  • "Dell bets big on Ubuntu Linux laptops for developers" ZDNet 11:08 AM
  • "Dell's Latitude 7220 Rugged Extreme Tablet Gets Quad-Core CPUs & 1000-Nits Display" AnandTech 1:06 PM
  • "Dell unveils UP2720Q UltraSharp 27 4K Thunderbolt 3 PremierColor monitor" BetaNews 8:23 AM
  • "Dell built a color calibrator into its new monitor" Engadget 8:15 AM
  • "HP, Adobe collab on digital 3D project" Seeking Alpha 3:42 PM
  • "Oracle Revives Charges That Pentagon Bid Was Tainted by Amazon Conflicts" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:41 PM
  • "Cisco, Microsoft Surprise on Interoperability Effort" No Jitter 2:45 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple shares hit new all-time intraday and closing highs" MacDailyNews 4:11 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow soars to first record close since July, joining other major stock indexes at all-time highs: McDonald's shares slide after firing of CEO Steve Easterbrook" MarketWatch 4:13 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Close at Record Highs on Signs of Trade-Talk Progress: All three major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs Monday, bolstered by a stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report and signs of progress in U.S.-China trade talks." TheStreet 4:12 PM
  • "Stocks spike to record highs as trade optimism, earnings provide spark" FOXBusiness 4:12 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Finish at Records: All three major U.S. stock indexes end at new highs" [Paid Membership Required] 4:12 PM

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