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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, November 5, 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.

  • "Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google/Being the biggest player isn't illegal—but cheating to stay that way sure is."  Ars Technica 8:06 AM
  • "Apple doesn't need to win the streaming war"  VentureBeat 8:19 AM
  • "How will Apple, Disney, AT&T and Netflix retain streaming subscribers?" Reuters 8:46 AM
  • "Is Apple's iPhone Subscription Model a Good Idea?" Market Realist 12:23 PM
  • "How Apple's dramatic rise in computing flipped an OS myth"  AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "Bad news developers! Apple evicts cross-platform Electron apps from the Mac App Store" The Register 8:44 AM
  • "Actively exploited bug in fully updated Firefox is sending users into a tizzy" Ars Technica 8:13 AM
  • "Firefox is taking steps to stop browser notification spam from next year" The Verge 8:06 AM
  • "Chrome OS 78 Gains Virtual Desks, Simpler Printing, Click To Call" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "macOS Catalina: How To Fix Your MacBook Battery Draining Problem" macReports 8:36 AM
  • "macOS Catalina: A month with Apple's latest desktop update/It's worth installing unless you have very specific software needs." Engadget 11:13 AM
  • "How to automatically open Finder on disk mount on macOS" AddictiveTips 3:24 PM
  • "How to run Windows 10 on your Mac using VMware's Fusion 11.5" iMore 9:28 AM
  • "How to use the redesigned Reminders app on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Using Your Own Photos Or Graphics As Desktop Backgrounds" MacMost 1:35 PM
Press Releases
  • "Lifespan: Safety monitor for flash media" Micromat 7:30 PM
  • "Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition comes to Mac" iDownload Blog 3:24 PM
  • "Jamf Announces Day-Zero Support for Apple Fall Releases Across its Product Portfolio" Jamf 3:15 PM
  • "Subscription service for Mac apps Setapp extends to teams" TechCrunch 12:25 PM
  • "SyncMate 8 is here - macOS Catalina, iOS 13 and Android 10 supported" prMac 11:12 AM
  • "360Works MirrorSync 6 Released - FileMaker Synchronization Made Easy" prMac 9:30 AM
  • "NCP engineering Releases New VPN Clients for macOS Catalina: In Version 4.0, NCP's macOS Clients Support Dual Stack IPv4/IPv6" Business Wire 8:16 AM
  • "Rondure 2.0 released - macOS native client for managing VMware vSphere" prMac 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft Outlook for Mac Redesign Bringing New Features and Performance Improvements" MacRumors 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft giving Outlook for Mac better performance with a complete revamp" AppleInsider 7:59 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple and TikTok skipped a Senate hearing on Big Tech and China, and empty seats show lawmakers aren't pleased"  Business Insider 3:19 PM
  • "Apple decision to skip congressional hearing on China draws swift rebuke"  AppleInsider 8:13 PM
  • "TikTok, Apple no-shows at hearing on China" Reuters 9:30 PM
  • "25% of US Apple Customers Own an Apple TV, Survey Suggests" MacRumors 7:59 AM
  • "Apple TV+ praised for its high bitrate streaming video quality" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant smart speakers – they're all open to remote laser attacks" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "10% of U.S. Apple customers own a HomePod, survey shows" Apple Must 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone Buyers in U.S. More Than Twice as Likely to Own a Smartwatch as Android Buyers" MacRumors 10:39 AM
  • "Apple's bet on wearables will continue to pay off in the coming years" iDownload Blog 10:33 AM
  • "Bernie Sanders has a big problem with Apple's $2.5b housing crisis fund" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's ex-wireless lead plots a solid state future for electronics" Computerworld 7:39 AM
  • "Apple-bashing Chinese CEO's mountain of debt lands him on official 'deadbeat' list" South China Morning Post 8:03 AM
  • "Apple ad agency Media Arts Lab cuts about 50 jobs as marketing plan 'evolves'" AppleInsider 5:08 PM
  • "Hala — Official Trailer | Apple TV+" YouTube 11:16 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T to pay $60M in settlement of FTC data throttling case" AppleInsider 5:07 PM
  • "AT&T Hit With $60M FTC Fine Over Shady Unlimited Data Throttling Scheme" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "FCC Democrat says T-Mobile–Sprint merger 'will end a golden age in wireless'" The Verge 3:17 PM
  • "FCC approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger despite serious concerns" TechCrunch 3:17 PM
  • "Facebook's Zuckerberg holds line on political ads, but microtargeting could change: Banning microtargeting has the support of Ellen Weintraub, chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission, which regulates how money is raised and spent in elections." NBC News 3:33 PM
  • "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey just trolled Facebook's rebranded all-caps logo" Business Insider 12:23 PM
  • "Experts: Don't reboot your computer after you've been infected with ransomware/Rebooting may lead to restarting a crashed file-encryption process, potential loss of encryption keys stored in-memory." ZDNet 10:39 AM
  • "YouTube rolls out Super Stickers, a new way for creators to make money" TechCrunch 10:39 AM
  • "Pixel 4 torture test reveals some concerning structural cracks" 9to5Google 10:31 AM
  • "Xiaomi's Apple Watch clone packs some impressive features for just $185" Cult of Mac 9:29 AM
  • "Activist Sharpton takes Facebook ad concerns to Zuckerberg's home" Reuters 8:46 AM
  • "The woman who tracks 450 'dark' Instagram accounts" BBC 8:36 AM
  • "Google's new chip design protects the cloud where it's most vulnerable: As soon as the power turns on, hackers can gain an advantage." MIT Technology Review 11:40 AM
  • "More than 1,000 Googlers signed a letter demanding the search giant cuts ties with climate-change deniers" Business Insider 8:31 AM
  • "Emoji aren't just symbols. They're an ever-evolving digital language of emotion" Digital Trends 8:28 AM
  • "This Amazing Image Made of Code Looks Different Based on Your Browser: PureCSS Lace by Diana Smith is the latest portrait made from code, rendered in-browser." Vice 8:09 AM
  • "Photoshop for iOS, Apple's Real Estate Venture – TMO Daily Observations 2019-11-05" The Mac Observer 1:34 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 137 – Our Third Annual Apple Watch Check-In" MacStories 8:09 AM
  • "Kuo: Apple Expected to Sell at Least 20 Million 'iPhone SE 2' Models in 2020" MacRumors 12:15 PM
  • "Preliminary Reports Suggest iOS 13.3 Fixes Multitasking Problems" MacRumors 3:16 PM
  • "iOS 13.3 appears to fix 'aggressive' RAM management" iDownload Blog 3:24 PM
  • "iOS 13.3 Beta Includes Screen Time Communication Limits" MacRumors 3:16 PM
  • "Apple releases first betas for iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, tvOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1" AppleInsider 12:23 PM
  • "Apple seeds first betas of iOS 13.3, iPadOS 13.3, tvOS 13.3, watchOS 6.1.1 to developers" iDownload Blog 12:23 PM
  • "Light-up Apple car seats in 'Project Titan' could tell you to buckle up" AppleInsider 9:29 AM
  • "Apple's future headphones could convert into speakers & have better sound isolation" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "Apple wins a Watch Band Patent covering a built-in Dial Mechanism that provides a controllable Fit & Health app Support" Patently Apple 8:11 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints at Apple Pencil support for iPhones (and perhaps Apple Watches)" Apple World Today 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a Series of new iPad Form Factors with Built-in Stands and more" Patently Apple 8:11 AM
  • "Apple examining radical, transformable case design for iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 10:41 AM
  • "Cannot sign in to the Apple TV app on Amazon Fire TV? Here's the fix" 9to5Mac 9:30 AM
  • "Apple Pay Not Working? Fix" macReports 8:09 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM

  • "iPhone 11 Pro review – is it worth the significant price difference? [Video] 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Running Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon with Apple Watch Series 5 and AirPods Pro" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
  • "Beats Solo3 Wireless Review" SoundGuys 3:59 PM
  • "Jaybird Tarah Pro review: $160 wireless earbuds with the best battery life" Business Insider 11:10 AM
  • "Mac laptop users will get a kick out of the Tesmo Kickstand" Apple World Today 7:40 AM
  • "Review: 'The Morning Show' -Jennifer Aniston Shines in a Show That's Growing Stronger" The Mac Observer 3:12 PM
  • "Pebbled leather iPhone case offers stylish protection with a vintage vibe [Review] Cult of Mac 3:17 PM
  • "Facebook's TV Device Excels at Video Calls But Can't Replace a Set-Top Box: The Portal TV's ability to let you video chat from the big screen feels futuristic, but it won't replace your Roku or Apple TV." Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:18 AM
iOS Apps
  • "iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 Beta 1: What's New" iPhone Hacks 9:33 PM
  • "Everything new in iOS 13.3 — Changes and performance" AppleInsider 3:55 PM
  • "Eight things I love about iOS: Cool and super useful features like these mean I can't be mad at iOS for too long." ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "How to Get iPhone 11 Pro's Night Mode on iPhone XS, iPhone X, and iPhone 8" iPhone Hacks 9:33 PM
  • "How to troubleshoot iMessage in iCloud" iMore 7:14 PM
  • "How to reset all app permissions on iOS" AddictiveTips 3:33 PM
  • "How to Test That AirPods Pro Fit Your Ears Properly" OS X Daily 3:24 PM
  • "How to add a boarding pass to your iPhone Wallet and simplify your air travel" Business Insider 3:19 PM
  • "How To Open the Apple TV+ Front Page and Individual Shows Directly in the TV App" MacStories 10:50 AM
  • "How to use running cadence on Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 10:34 AM
  • "How to delete photos, links and attachments in Messages on iOS" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Use the 'Two-Face Mullet Strategy' with your Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 3:17 PM
  • "How to check for AirPods Pro stock at Apple, Amazon, Best Buy" 9to5Mac 3:16 PM
  • "IOS 13: Top App Features You Should Consider Implementing, And Why" Forbes 8:44 AM
  • "iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 productivity secrets: If you type or edit text a lot on your iPhone or iPad, then these tips and tricks will boost your efficiency and help you get more done in less time." ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "How much of an Apple Watch ripoff is the Xiaomi Mi Watch? This much" Macworld 12:23 PM
  • "Apple Pay: A Due Diligence Red Flag, But I Remain Extremely Bullish" Seeking Alpha 11:12 AM
  • "AirPods Pro Follow Up, Apple and Housing, Surface Pro X Reviews" Tech.pinions [Paid Registration Required] 11:09 AM
  • "The AirPods Pro Could Be Repairable, But Apple Doesn't Care"  iFixit 10:40 AM
  • "There Are Too Many Gestures on iOS; Apple Needs a Gestures App To Help Users" Kirkville 8:13 AM
  • "Never enough: Apple's record revenue" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "Opinion: The worst part of Apple TV+ is the TV app" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Could the world cope if GPS stopped working?" BBC 8:13 PM
  • "Tech and Liberty" ["There is, I swear, a tech angle. Over the last several weeks debate has raged over Facebook's policy to not fact-check politician speech on its platforms, either in organic posts or paid advertisements. Twitter, meanwhile, decided to ban political ads completely."] Stratechery 10:41 AM
  • "Surface Pro X reviews: An intriguing, yet flawed, step in Microsoft's battle with Apple's iPad" GeekWire 10:34 AM
  • "Opinion: Screw the carriers, Google should roll out RCS messaging worldwide" Android Police 9:28 AM
  • "Hey Facebook, about the new logo: All caps are ugly, shouty, and anti-Gen-Z" Business Insider 8:31 AM
  • "An ex-Facebooker devastatingly piled into Mark Zuckerberg's controversial stance on allowing politicians to lie in ads" Business Insider 8:29 AM
  • "Sorry, Microsoft, but your Edge web browser will NEVER be installed on my Linux computer" BetaNews 8:15 AM
  • "Here's why Google's Fitbit purchase is worth every penny—even if we never get a Pixel Watch" PCWorld 8:04 AM
  • "Apple announced AirPods Pro, and the internet did not disappoint: Get your daily meme fix right here!" iMore 9:58 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "This Startup Plans to Beat Apple Pay Using Sound Wave Technology" iDrop News 3:54 PM
  • "Spiderweb Software's 'Queen's Wish: The Conqueror' Arriving on iPad AND iPhone(!) December 4th" Touch Arcade 3:44 PM
  • "Apple Arcade: Ranked [Updated 11.5] 148Apps 3:24 PM
  • "Apple Arcade shares a trailer for entertaining adventure game Sneaky Sasquatch" iDownload Blog 12:23 PM
  • "OWC Unleashes the All-New Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock for Extreme Workflows" PRNewswire 8:17 AM
  • "Apple partnering with tech giants for big clean energy buy" AppleInsider 10:34 AM
  • "Apple, eBay, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, and Sprint Accelerate Renewable Energy Development" Business Wire 8:16 AM
  • "Adobe Max Event Highlights New iPad, iPhone Tools" TechNewsWorld 8:09 AM
  • "'Mario Kart Tour' Heads to Paris Later Tonight for the Paris Tour Bringing In New Characters Including Vacation Peach and Pastry Chef Shy Guy" Touch Arcade 8:10 AM
  • "Sacré bleu! Mario Kart Tour will take players to Paris next" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "'Bridge Constructor Portal' Gets New 'Portal Proficiency' DLC, Adding More Levels and, Finally, Portal Placement" Headup Games 7:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch: A Microsoft-endorsed AMD experience" ZDNet 6:10 AM
  • "Surface Pro X review: Gorgeous hardware marred by buggy software/Microsoft still hasn't perfected the Windows on ARM experience." Engadget 6:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Japan's four-day working week trial lead to productivity improvements: Sales per employee rose by 40 percent" The Verge 6:46 AM
  • "Microsoft tried a 4-day workweek in Japan. Productivity jumped 40%" CNN 6:46 AM
  • "Microsoft and Nokia reunite for new alliance, 5 years after failed $7B smartphone megadeal" GeekWire 9:44 AM
  • "Microsoft is banking Cortana's success on the idea of a multi-assistant world" VentureBeat 2:13 PM
  • "Microsoft demonstrates Project Silica: a glass-based storage media" bit-tech 11:15 AM
  • "Microsoft: Teams now integrates with Stack Overflow so you can find answers faster/Ignite 2019: Microsoft Teams now lets you create developer documentation from chats between team members." ZDNet 6:20 AM
  • "Cisco, Microsoft expand networking partnership: The companies plan to develop new capabilities that will enable IT to connect branch offices to Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN directly, using Cisco SD-WAN hosted in Azure." ZDNet 9:24 PM
  • "AMD confirms Ryzen 4000 APUs will launch in 'early 2020": Send them now to CES" The Inquirer 6:13 AM
  • "AMD's Next-Gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Announcement Planned For 7th November — Threadripper 3970X 32 Core & 3960X 24 Core CPUs Launching First" WCCFTech 6:33 AM
  • "AMD's 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Zen 2 Processors Rumored For November 7 Unveil" HotHardware 4:02 PM
  • "AMD and Intel gear up for high-profile launches" Fudzilla 6:32 AM
  • "Netflix could shift from Intel Xeon to AMD Epyc CPUs in its data centres: Chip-switch and chill" The Inquirer 10:33 AM
  • "It's official: Intel is playing catch-up" Bits & Chips 6:33 AM
  • "Core i9-9900KS chips further binned to 5200 MHz - Sells for $1200" Guru3D 6:34 AM
  • "Intel Gemini Lake Refresh Family Announced with 6 new Processors" CNX Software 6:35 AM
  • "Intel's Core i5-9600KF processor is just $200, its lowest price ever/Look, we get it: ads aren't why" PC Gamer 6:45 AM
  • "IBM, Intel, JP Morgan and Microsoft join new blockchain token spec initiative: Consortium led by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance said their new blockchain-based token specification can create regulatory compliant digital currency for use in any number of scenarios" Tech Central 6:34 AM
  • "Dell's Latest Pro-Grade Monitor Has a Built-in Colorimeter and Thunderbolt 3" Gizmodo 6:29 AM
  • "Dell bets big on Ubuntu Linux laptops for developers: Dell has been offering Linux laptops for over a decade now, but never before have they offered so many high-end developer laptop models with 18 different configurations." ZDNet 6:29 AM
  • "Laid-off Hewlett-Packard employee who shut down Oregon's Medicaid computers gets home detention -" The Oregonian 6:30 AM
  • "Fed. Circ. Not Sure Court Blew Definition In HP Patent Fight" Law360 6:30 AM
  • "Best HP Black Friday 2019 deals: The best HP laptop and desktop deals for Black Friday 2019." ZDNet 12:18 PM
  • "IBM H-1B Petitions Hit Hard by Trump Administration Restrictions" Dice 6:44 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "The Dow Rises 31 Points as the Stock Market's Record-Setting Continues" MarketWatch 4:18 PM
  • "Dow, Nasdaq Hit Record Closes, S&P Slips" TheStreet 4:18 PM
  • "'Dow Jones Today Hits Another Record High; UBER Stock Drops While AMD Pops': "  4:18 PM
  • "'Dow Jones Today Hits Another Record High; UBER Stock Drops While AMD Pops': "  4:18 PM
  • "Stocks set for another record day: All three indexes set records on Monday." FOXBusiness 6:50 AM
  • "Dow Industrials Rise on Hopes for Trade Deal" [Paid Membership Required] 4:18 PM
  • "Asian markets gain after Wall Street hits record highs: Nikkei and Hang Seng up on optimism over initial U.S.-China trade deal" MarketWatch 6:51 AM

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