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MacSurfer's Archive: Sunday, November 17, 2019


  • "Apple AR/VR: Reality Bites Virtual Reality/Augmented or Virtual Reality glasses and goggles dangle tantalizing prospects. But development challenges caused Apple to reset expectations."  Monday Note 1:09 PM
  • "Apple finally admits iPad Pro won't replace your PC: Is the iPad Pro the only future for productive computing? It isn't. At last Apple acknowledges it."  ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Why US tech giants are putting billions into housing" ["In June, Google said it would invest $1bn in housing and Facebook has also pledged $1bn. Apple upped the ante this month, saying it would devote $2.5bn to the issue. 'We know the course we are on is unsustainable,' Apple boss Tim Cook said as he revealed his firm's plans."] BBC 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Watch game developers see hope and heartbreak on platform's future"  VentureBeat 8:43 AM
  • "The next 10 years of Apple will include self-driving cars, computer glasses, and — yes — a much faster iPhone"  Business Insider 11/16
  • "Every Tech Company Wants to Be a Bank—Someday, At Least: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber are all eyeing financial services as the next frontier. Getting there might take some work."  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/16
  • "Apple's MacBook Pro 16-inch is here, but where are its AR glasses? Will Apple's AR glasses see the light of day in 2022?" CNET 11/16
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 Has A Reliable Advantage Over MacOS Catalina" Forbes 6:53 PM
  • "Chrome, Edge, Safari hacked at elite Chinese hacking contest: China's top white-hat hackers have gathered in Chengdu to test zero-days against today's top software." ZDNet 11/16
  • "Google's silent Chrome experiment crashes thousands of browsers and angers IT admins: Blank white screens in Chrome left many IT admins and users confused" The Verge 11/15
  • "Google Silently Breaks Chrome Leaving IT Admins Very Angry" PC Magazine 11/15
  • "System Information incorrectly identifies some 32-bit apps" The Robservatory 11/15
  • "NordVPN Review for iOS and macOS – iPhone, iPad, and Mac" MacTrast 11/16
  • "The Ulysses Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac" MakeUseOf 11/16
  • "Fast GPUs are Great... Sometimes: In recent testing, we showed how a fast GPU can speed up on-the-fly noise reduction looping playback in DaVinci Resolve. But a faster GPU won't speed up every function." Bare Feats 11/15
  • "How to make trailers in iMovie on Mac and iOS" iDownload Blog 11/15
  • "How to set up and customize your Mac from scratch" iMore 11/15
  • "8 Ways To Handle Microsoft Word Documents On Your Mac" MacMost 11/15
  • "Cassandra -Weekend Diversion: Catalina and iOS Misbehaving" eXtensions 7:56 AM
  • "Privileges for macOS is the open source tool that all Apple IT departments need" 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "'Legacy Software' in macOS Catalina" Kirkville 11/15
Press Releases
  • "Seahaven Technology - II" Rixstep 7:55 AM
  • "NoiseBuddy: Control Noise Cancellation and Transparency Modes of AirPods Pro on a Mac" MacStories 11/16
  • "Cocoatech Releases Path Finder 9.0" prMac 11/15
  • "Abvent announces Artlantis 2020: The latest version from the pioneer in architectural rendering" Abvent 11/15
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Trump to Tour Apple's Austin Manufacturing Plant on Wednesday" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:34 PM
  • "President Trump will visit Apple's Mac Pro factory on November 20th" Engadget 5:52 PM
  • "Tim Cook and President Trump set to visit Texas on Wednesday, tour Mac Pro facilities" 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "Crime blotter: Festival thefts and drugs weighed on iPhones" AppleInsider 1:09 PM
  • "How will Apple dominate the 5G market in 2020? By sticking to its normal update cycle: With three 5G iPhones expected in 2020, Apple will leap-frog Samsung and Huawei"  GearBrain 11/15
  • "Apple could beat Samsung and Huawei to become the leader in 5G smartphones next year, even though it's late to the game" Business Insider 11/15
  • "Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook set to tour computer plant in Texas Wednesday: sources" Reuters 11/15
  • "Cook, Trump to meet at Apple's Texas plant on Wednesday: Apple CEO Tim Cook will on Wednesday host President Donald Trump at a computer facility in Texas where the company's Mac Pro is assembled." AppleInsider 11/15
  • "Apple hires pro-Trump lobbyist to win it a good deal on China tariffs" Cult of Mac 11/15
  • "Apple warns of risks from German law to open up mobile payments" Reuters 11/15
  • "Apple 'surprised' by Germany's new law to open up mobile payments: The law could force the company to open its Apple Pay platform to competitors." Engadget 11/15
  • "Apple could be forced to let Apple Pay competitors access NFC under German law" The Verge 11/15
  • "Texas Dad Says Apple Watch Changed the Life of His Son with Autism: 'We Had Tried Everything'/Sam Bennett, 21, had long struggled to control the volume of his voice" People Magazine 11/15
  • "Texas Dad Says Apple Watch Changed the Life of His Autistic Son" MacTrast 11/15
  • "Apple's Reach Reshapes Medical Research" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/15
  • "Exclusive: Apple to remove vaping apps from store"  Axios 11/15
  • "Apple removes vaping apps from app store" BBC 11/15
  • "Apple removes all 181 vape-related apps from the App Store" Cult of Mac 11/15
  • "Apple Removing Vaping-Related Apps From App Store Today Amid Public Health Concerns" MacRumors 11/15
  • "Apple Bans Vaping Apps From App Store on Growing Health Concerns" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/15
  • "A World War II Plane That Kept Crashing Helped Lead to Steve Jobs' Biggest Innovations"  Inc. 11/15
  • "Former Apple chip executives found company to take on Intel, AMD" Reuters 11/15
  • "Former Apple chip makers form Nuvia to rival Intel and AMD server CPUs" VentureBeat 11/15
  • "Three of Apple and Google's former star chip designers launch NUVIA with $53M in series A funding" TechCrunch 11/15
  • "'The Morning Show' Boss on How Real-Life Politics Will Influence Season 2" Variety 11/15
  • "Gary Oldman to Star in Drama Series 'Slow Horses' at Apple" Variety 11/15
  • "Apple TV+ snags Gary Oldman for spy drama 'Slow Horses'" Engadget 11/15
Non-Apple News
  • "Google Stadia nearly doubles launch lineup to 22 games on eve of debut: The cloud gaming service looks a little more appealing" The Verge 8:40 PM
  • "Exclusive: Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say" Reuters 5:53 PM
  • "Sen. Ron Wyden wants to protect your data from Big Tech, if Congress lets him" Digital Trends 5:50 PM
  • "Huawei's foldable Mate X smartphone goes on sale in China" Engadget 11/16
  • "U.S. to extend license for its companies to continue business with Huawei: sources" Reuters 11/16
  • "Thousands of hacked Disney+ accounts are already for sale on hacking forums" ZDNet 11/16
  • "iMore show 682: Finger Acuity Shame" iMore 1:08 PM
  • "16-inch MacBook Pro is here at last! [Cult of Mac Magazine 323] Cult of Mac 11/16
  • "Briefing -Using Pastebot with Final Cut Pro X" MacVoices 11/15
  • "Subscriber Numbers, iOS and Security Keys – TMO Daily Observations 2019-11-15" The Mac Observer 11/15
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 251: 16-inch MacBook Pro, service bundle rumors, Apple Music Replay" 9to5Mac 11/15
  • "Podcast: The 16-inch MacBook Pro is here (and so is our gift guide)!" Engadget 11/15
  • "Vergecast: Apple releases 16-inch MacBook Pro, Motorola announces a new Razr, and Disney+ launches" The Verge 11/15
  • "The MacBook Pro is PRO again! We talk the new 16-incher plus our Disney+ first impressions, on The CultCastCult of Mac 11/15
  • "MacBook Pro 16-inch & Apple Card gender bias on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 11/15
  • "A6: How Apple's custom silicon and iOS optimized each other" AppleInsider 5:53 PM
  • "13-inch vs 16-inch MacBook Pro: How specs, price, keyboards, and more compare" 9to5Mac 1:10 PM
  • "Consumer Reports Chooses Galaxy Buds Over Apple's AirPods Pro: Shopping around for wireless earphones? Don't assume the AirPods Pro beat out everything else, including cheaper alternatives. Consumer Reports suggests the Galaxy Buds hold an advantage over Apple's latest model." PC Magazine 8:43 PM
  • "16-Inch MacBook Pro Available Today at Apple Stores in United States With Pickup Reservation" MacRumors 11/15
  • "16-Inch MacBook Pro Features Adjustable Refresh Rate Below 60Hz" MacRumors 11/15
  • "16-inch MacBook Pro lets you connect up to four 4K displays or two 6K displays" iDownload Blog 11/15
  • "Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pros Will Support Up To Two 6K External Displays" UberGizmo 11/15
  • "How to Put Your iPhone Into DFU Mode [Video] iClarified 11/16
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/15
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/15
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/15

  • "Review: Mophie Juice Pack Access gives your iPhone extra life when you need it" AppleInsider 8:43 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Pro Get High Marks in Consumer Reports' Tests: An iconic product line gets noise cancellation and significant improvements in sound" Consumer Reports 11/16
  • "Apple AirPods Pro Vs AirPods: What's The Difference?" Forbes 11/16
  • "Hands-on with the world's smallest 100W GaN USB-C charger from Hyper [Video] 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) review: Escaping the butterfly effect/The 15-inch MacBook Pro is dead, long live the 16-inch MacBook Pro." CNET 11/15
  • "Hands-On With Apple's New 16-Inch MacBook Pro" MacRumors 11/15
  • "Here's what the 16-inch MacBook Pro keyboard sounds like" AppleInsider 11/15
  • "Apple Pencil: Too much information" Erica Sadun 11/15
iOS Apps
  • "Sayonara Wild Hearts is Apple Arcade's wildest ride [Review] Cult of Mac 11/16
  • "Photoshop for iPad review: The industry standard image editor gets a reboot" iMore 11/15
  • "4XCamera Maker review: Multi-cam video app thwarted by clunky editing tools/Clunky editing tools keep this app from reaching its full potential." Macworld 11/15
  • "How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max" OS X Daily 1:08 PM
  • "How to Lock Down Your Health and Fitness Data: Apps like FitBit and Apple Health collect some of the most sensitive data you have. Here's how to control what they can see, and what they can do with it." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:22 AM
  • "How to Connect Xbox One Controller to ‌Apple TV‌" OS X Daily 11/16
  • "How to enable the emoji keyboard on an iPhone: Get with the texting times and learn how to use your iPhone's emoji keyboard" Digital Trends 11/15
  • "How to use AirPods Pro Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency" iDownload Blog 11/15
  • "How to Enable AirPods Pro Noise Cancellation & Transparency Modes" OS X Daily 11/15
  • "The New MacBook Pro Keyboard is a Throwback in the Best Way"  iFixit 11/15
  • "Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro teardown shows off Magic Keyboard: The new laptop keyboard is 'dramatically better,' iFixit says." CNET 11/15
  • "How to turn off read receipts on your iPhone so that senders don't know when you've read their iMessage" Business Insider 11/15
  • "How to check your AirPods' battery percentage on an iPhone" The Next Web 11/15
  • "Here's how to give Apple your health details in the name of research" GearBrain 11/15
  • "Apple Music's Replay playlists are so good, they'll blow your mind: Use this tip on your iPhone or Mac: it'll make you look at your music library in a whole new way." CNET 8:20 AM
  • "16-inch MacBook Pro shows the advantages of a post-Jony Ive Apple [Opinion] Cult of Mac 1:10 PM
  • "Editor's Desk for 11/17/19: MacBook Pro, Research, Vaping" iDownload Blog 1:08 PM
  • "Comment: Apple should add a secure iCloud Drive folder with Face ID and Touch ID support" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Apple's Fanatical Supporters Happy To Forgive MacBook Pro Mistakes" Forbes 11/16
  • "Prompt forever: A lot of my work on the iPad isn't really on the iPad. It's command line work that's executed on a Mac or a Linux server while I use my iPad as a terminal via SSH. A feature recently added to Prompt has made that much easier." Dr. Drang 11/16
  • "Nannytechnology: Thanks for breaking my medical marijuana vape, Apple/A large number of vaporizers for use with medical marijuana are suddenly no longer supported on iOS."  ZDNet 11/15
  • "Apple Has Been Gaslighting Us for Years: The company says it created a new Magic Keyboard for the 16-inch MacBook Pro because it's 'listening,' but customers have been complaining for years"  Medium 11/15
  • "Phil Schiller has bad news for anyone hoping for a smaller version of Apple's new MacBook Pro" BGR 11/15
  • "My Automotive Kink Is Apple CarPlay: Brett Berk on why Siri is his copilot." GQ 11/15
  • "Checkra1n is the first jailbreak for iOS 13. What it means for iDevice security: There are reasons to embrace it. There are reasons to be wary of it. Here's the breakdown."  Ars Technica 11/15
  • "Goldman Sachs' misguided World Cup predictions could provide clues to the Apple Card controversy"  Quartz 11/15
  • "Bill Gates: Paranoia on China is a 'crazy approach' to innovation" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5:49 PM
  • "Pixel 4 review—Google software props up stingy hardware specs: It's the fourth generation now, yet we've got to ask—what's the point of the Pixel line?" Ars Technica 8:43 AM
  • "RCS messaging on Android? Free me from my Google messaging mess first/Commentary: Google's new Messages app is a throwback locked to a single phone and laptop." CNET 8:23 AM
  • "The American Internet Sucks. The Alternative Is ChinaIn a fragmenting world, will governments choose ruthless digital order over chaotic digital freedom?" BuzzFeed News 8:18 AM
  • "Motorola's iconic Razr flip phone was one of my favorite cellphones ever— but I wouldn't buy the new one" Business Insider 8:08 AM
  • "After weeks of pain, I can't help but hate the Samsung Galaxy Fold: It's a lousy phone, but with some small changes it could be a half-decent hybrid" Wired UK 11/16
  • "Why Did Podcasts Suddenly Take Off?" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/15
  • "The new Motorola Razr is the most desirable smartphone in years, but there are 4 key reasons why you shouldn't buy it" Business Insider 11/15
  • "Some thoughts on 1Password funding + How to do strong passwords" Om Malik 11/15
  • "Google Stadia Bundle: What's in the Box and How to Get Started" PC Magazine 11/15
  • "It's Already Game Over for Google Stadia (Premium)" Thurrott 11/15
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 17, 2019" GoComics 7:56 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 16, 2019" GoComics 11/16
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "mTiny robot review: Screen-free coding for kids" Engadget 1:08 PM
  • "Cortana app for iOS, Android going silent in UK, Canada, Australia, Microsoft says" CNET 11/16
  • "Microsoft is killing off its Cortana app for iOS and Android in January" The Verge 11/16
  • "Checkra1n v0.9.5 update brings DFU improvements and bug fixes" iDownload Blog 11/15
  • "Help friendly robots solve puzzles in Apple Arcade's new Rosie's RealityCult of Mac 11/15
  • "Apple Arcade adds Rosie's Reality, a kids puzzle game featuring robots" CNET 11/15
  • "Logitech's Circle 2 camera gets support for Apple HomeKit Secure Video: A just-released beta firmware update for the camera, which is among the first to support HomeKit Secure Video, allows users to securely store recorded video clips in iCloud." TechHive 11/15
  • "AirFly Pro can stream Bluetooth audio to and from any 3.5mm jack: Use your AirPods with treadmills, old car stereos and airplane entertainment systems." Engadget 11/15
  • "Apple's official advertising MacBook Pro 16" wallpapers" iDownload Blog 11/15
Computer Industry
  • "HP Board of Directors Unanimously Rejects Unsolicited Xerox Proposal" GlobeNewswire 1:08 PM
  • "HP board unanimously rejects Xerox's bid to acquire the company" CNBC 5:52 PM
  • "HP Rejects Xerox Takeover Bid: The cash-and-stock offer 'significantly undervalues HP and is not in the best interests of HP shareholders,' company officials wrote." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:54 PM
  • "HP Rejects Xerox Bid as Too Low and Not in 'the Best Interests of Shareholders'" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:50 PM
  • "HP board unanimously votes no on Xerox takeover" ZDNet 5:50 PM
  • "HP rejects Xerox buyout offer, at least for now: It also signaled that it's open to a sweeter deal." Engadget 7:53 PM
  • "Microsoft sends a new kind of AI processor into the cloud: Innovative chip from Graphcore could push AI applications to greater heights." Ars Technica 8:19 AM
  • "Microsoft Targets 120 FPS And Ray-Traced Gaming For Xbox Project Scarlett" HotHardware 4:28 PM
  • "Intel's Xe for HPC: Ponte Vecchio with Chiplets, EMIB, and Foveros on 7nm, Coming 2021" AnandTech 6:28 PM
  • "Intel's 2021 Exascale Vision in Aurora: Two Sapphire Rapids CPUs with Six Ponte Vecchio GPUs" AnandTech 6:28 PM
  • "Intel Xe GPUs are here with Ponte Vecchio launched at SC19" ZDNet 6:28 PM
  • "Intel debuts Ponte Vecchio, its first Xe GPU for servers: Intel chief executive Bob Swan had earlier confirmed the chip's existence during its October earnings call." PCWorld 6:27 PM
  • "Nuvia Aims to Knock Intel Out of Data Centers" EE Times 8:34 AM
  • "Chip of a new block: Here's how Intel is working on next set of innovations" Business Standard 8:34 AM
  • "Tencent will be using AMD EPYC Rome processors in new 'Star Lake' cloud server" KitGuru 8:33 AM
  • "Jensen Huang interview — Nvidia can shake off rivals that have complicated and untested AI solutions" VentureBeat 8:13 PM
  • "Dell unveils subscription model to counter Amazon, Microsoft" Bloomberg 8:33 AM
  • "Big Big Big Case: Oracle v. Google" PatentlyO 8:25 AM
  • "How Oracle Digital Assistant is smarter than Amazon Alexa" IANS 8:26 AM
  • "Cisco Commits to Championing Small Businesses in Saudi Arabia" Al Bawaba 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft is investigating facial recognition startup AnyVision" Reuters 11/16
  • "Microsoft hires ex-AG Holder to audit face-scanning firm" Associated Press 11/16
  • "Microsoft hires ex-US Attorney General Eric Holder in facial recognition inquiry: Holder will investigate a company Microsoft invested in, says NBC News, to see if it violated the tech giant's ethics around surveillance." CNET 11/16
  • "Microsoft is blocking the Windows 10 November 2019 Update on systems with certain Realtek Bluetooth drivers" BetaNews 11/16
  • "Microsoft describes its own DevOps journey/This is what DevOps looks like inside one of the world's biggest software factories. The goals: more collaboration, improved worklives." ZDNet 11/16
  • "Microsoft is killing off Cortana for some users" BetaNews 11/16
  • "Supreme Court to Hear Google's Java Appeal" Thurrott 11/16
  • "Better Buy: Microsoft vs. HP/When it comes to these two technology giants, Microsoft is a better bet than HP thanks to its cloud business and growth prospects." Motley Fool 11/16
  • "Google's fight with Oracle will be heard in the Supreme Court" Engadget 11/16
  • "Cisco CEO says it's time to regulate the tech industry and that capitalism is currently 'broken'" GeekWire 11/16
  • "Cisco Systems, Inc. First-Quarter Results: Here's What Analysts Are Forecasting For Next Year" Simply Wall St. 11/16
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Wedbush's Ives Sees Apple Shares Hitting $325 [Video] Bloomberg UK 11/15
  • "Warren Buffett increases Apple stake despite selling some stock: Berkshire Hathaway sold about 751,000 Apple shares but the ownership stake increased to 5.6%" MarketWatch 11/15
  • "Apple is now worth more than the entire US energy sector: BAML" Business Insider 11/15
  • "Apple's stock gains after analysts boost price targets" MarketWatch 11/15
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks climb to fresh records on revived hope for U.S. - China trade deal: Dow hits 28,000 for first time" MarketWatch 11/15
  • "Dow Ends Above 28,000; Stocks at Records on Trade-Deal Hopes: The three major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs Friday following bullish comments on U.S.-China trade talks from a key White House adviser." TheStreet 11/15
  • "Dow tops 28,000 as US, China trade deal comes together: Investors are pushing stocks to historic levels" FOXBusiness 11/15
  • "Dow Jones Industrial Average Tops 28000 for the First Time: Optimism over the economy from the Fed chairman lifts markets as S&P 500, Nasdaq also hit records" [Paid Membership Required] 11/15

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