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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, December 11, 2019


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Weekend Highlights: Apple found to have broken California labor laws so says state's supreme court, company must pay store employees overtime for time waiting to have bag(s) searched; Ben Lovejoy says Apple needs to accept ruling, apologize, and pay up; photographers will be interested in this review of Loupedeck+, compatible with a number of macOS apps; Jason Snell on Malwarebytes' report of rise in Mac malware, viruses; iPads with Google Forms will be used to track Nevada Democrat caucus to avoid repeat of Iowa caucus; Signal app hopes to go mainstream providing secure secure messaging for the masses; CEO of Epic Games calls for end to loot boxes; YouTuber EverythingApplePro compares new Galaxy S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max.

  • "Apple: The Story of a Trillion-Dollar Tech Titan"  Market Realist 12:46 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says monopolies aren't bad if they aren't abused"  Business Insider 8:22 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook is striking back at critics who say innovation in the smartphone industry has peaked" Business Insider 11:26 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says monopolies aren't bad if they're 'not abused'" FOXNews 9:03 PM
  • "How Apple personalizes Siri without hoovering up your data: The tech giant is using privacy-preserving machine learning to improve its voice assistant while keeping your data on your phone."  MIT Technology Review 11:25 AM
  • "Apple—and Chip Suppliers—Are Benefiting as Wearables Sales Take Off: Wearables shipments are now growing at a sky-high rate, and a slew of companies are getting a lift from their exposure to the space." RealMoney 8:47 AM
  • "Apple is forcing the ads industry to change: Apple is reducing the quantity of data advertisers can harvest from your online life." Computerworld 10:56 AM
  • "Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto: Sens. Graham and Feinstein show united front on blaming crypto for child porn." Ars Technica 9:04 PM
  • "Apple accused of abusing DMCA in removal of online posts detailing iPhone hacks: Security researchers are crying foul after Apple applied the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to strike a tweet and potentially Reddit posts detailing iPhone hacks and device jailbreaking." AppleInsider 8:06 PM
  • "macOS Catalina 10.15.2 appears to partially fix the 16-inch MacBook Pro speaker popping bug" iDownload Blog 11:14 AM
  • "What to Do if the Touch Bar Freezes on Your MacBook Pro" Kirkville 8:48 AM
  • "How to use a Mac eGPU (external graphics processor)" iDownload Blog 1:53 PM
  • "How to Use Sidecar on Mac with iPad as a Second Display" OS X Daily 3:31 PM
  • "How to set up and use iCloud Tabs in Safari on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
  • "Your new Mac: How to set it up the best way/Getting your shiny new iMac or MacBook Air set up takes some time, but we'll walk you through what you need, and offer some advice along the way." CNET 8:25 AM
  • "How to run iOS shortcuts from your Mac" Cult of Mac 1:15 PM
  • "How to save a webpage as a PDF on Mac in 4 simple steps" Business Insider 3:04 PM
  • "Questions New Mac Users Have When Switching From Windows" MacMost 1:02 PM
Press Releases
  • "Xojo 2019 Release 3 Is Now Available; Adds Dark Mode Support For iOS 13" prMac 8:49 AM
  • "Google Chrome 79 Brings Enhanced Security and Anti-Phishing Features" MacRumors 8:43 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "AirPods 2 to drive growth at Unitech in 1H20" DigiTimes 8:26 AM
  • "iPhone 11 is the only gadget to make Google's 2019 top searches" The Next Web 8:36 AM
  • "Apple Card's 'elite card' status is hitting retailers in the wallet" Cult of Mac 10:59 AM
  • "Facebook, Google plummet in Glassdoor rankings of top companies to work for" ["Cupertino-based Apple Inc. also dropped 13 spots this year, to No. 84 overall."] Silicon Valley Business Journal 11:10 AM
  • "Apple Tim Cook seen eating Singaporean foods in Tiong Bahru Market" CNBC 8:12 AM
  • "Tim Cook visits local food market for breakfast in Singapore" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Apple, Ellen, and Michelle Obama Team Up to Donate Macs and iPads to Washington D.C. Elementary School" MacRumors 8:40 AM
  • "Apple TV+ Series 'The Morning Show' Nominated for Several SAG Awards" MacRumors 1:00 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "George Laurer, Who Developed the Bar Code, Is Dead at 94: Every purchase evokes his design of the rectangular Universal Product Code. But although it became ubiquitous, he received no royalties." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:56 PM
  • "Exclusive: Bitdefender Finds Security Hole in Wemo Smart Plug/Belkin's smart plug lets you use your smartphone to turn your devices on and off from anywhere, but Bitdefender found some holes in its security. Don't worry, Belkin has fixed the problem." PC Magazine 3:53 PM
  • "Roku Built the Dominant Streaming Box. Now It's Under Siege" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:54 PM
  • "The lawyer who led the antitrust battle against Microsoft says tech's 'next big fight' will be making sure Amazon doesn't unfairly lock customers in to its cloud" [BI Prime] Business Insider 12:59 PM
  • "Google paints its ambient computing vision for Flutter" VentureBeat 9:16 AM
  • "Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments" Bloomberg Businessweek [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:04 AM
  • "Can 5G replace everybody's home broadband? On kicking cable broadband to the curb, experts say 'The answer is absolutely! Depending.'" Ars Technica 8:48 AM
  • "YouTube bans 'malicious insults and veiled threats'" BBC 8:31 AM
  • "Why are so many AI systems named after Muppets? An inside joke that says a lot about AI development" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Clockwise #324: Vehicles Of Contamination" Six Colors 8:10 PM
  • "Kirstie Tostevin of FXhome On New Upgrades to HitFilm and Imerge" MacVoices 3:01 PM
  • "iOS Update PSAs, John's Mac Pro – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-11" The Mac Observer 1:48 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 066: 'Mac Pro: Enthusiast Edition'" 9to5Mac 12:46 PM
  • "268: The Airing of the Grievances" The Rebound 11:28 AM
  • "Kuo: Next Year's 5G iPhones With Redesigned Metal Frame Won't Have Major Price Increase"  MacRumors 1:00 PM
  • "Apple's Nano-Texture Glass Requires a Special Cleaning Cloth"  PC Magazine 7:55 AM
  • "Apple: Use only our special cloth to clean the $1,000 coating on our $5,000 Pro Display" TechCrunch 9:00 AM
  • "Apple's Pro Display XDR Nano Glass Is So Fragile, Only Its Magical Cloth Can Clean It Safely" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "From $400 wheels to a $7,000 processor, here are all the pricey extras you can add to the new Mac Pro" Business Insider 11:26 AM
  • "Buying Apple's MacPro may doom your plans to drive a Tesla: Even Porsche makes cars that are cheaper" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "iOS 13.3 brings bug fixes and a new security feature, but does it bring new bugs" ZDNet 8:27 AM
  • "If You Don't Update To Apple iOS 13.3 You Could Get Locked Out Of Your iPhone" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "'Powerbeats4' With 'Hey Siri' Support Referenced in iOS 13.3 Code" MacRumors 10:59 AM
  • "Fantastic iPhone SE 2 concept video will raise your hopes too high" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16' & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:46 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:46 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:46 AM

  • "iPhone 11 Review: 3 Months Later" iMore 11:09 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Pro Review: The 'Hearable' at Its Best/At $249, Apple's noise-canceling wireless earbuds are a strong contender in the high-end earphones market." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:26 AM
  • "Can the Apple Watch Series 5 survive a half marathon with always-on display? Just plan ahead" 9to5Mac 11:05 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Twitter will now let you post iOS Live Photos as GIFs" The Verge 6:32 PM
  • "You can now upload Live Photos from iOS to Twitter: Your photos can finally move on Twitter." iMore 6:32 PM
  • "iOS 13.3: the top 5 new iPhone and iPad features" iDownload Blog 1:02 PM
  • "Apple Arcade review: Mobile gaming gets a massive upgrade for $5 a month" CNET 8:05 AM
  • "How to turn on automatic updates on an iPhone in 2 ways" Business Insider 3:06 PM
  • "How To Hide Your Caller ID When Making Phone Calls On iPhone" macReports 3:06 PM
  • "iOS 13.3: How to Remove Memoji Stickers From the Keyboard" The Mac Observer 10:55 AM
  • "iOS 13.3: How to Set Screen Time Communication Limits" The Mac Observer 10:53 AM
  • "How to use Screen Time Communication Limits on iOS" iDownload Blog 8:38 AM
  • "How to remove episodes from your Up Next queue in the TV app" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
  • "Which iPhone model do you have? Here's where to look" Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "Apple details how to install Mac Pro parts, upgrade RAM and more" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "When the iPad experience goes sideways: As iPad displays have grown, they have mastered displaying more information and more simultaneous apps. But throw the wrong iPhone app into the mix and the iPad still takes the same hands-off approach it offered at its debut, offering no way to rotate such apps without rotating the device. It's not a pretty portrait." ZDNet 3:51 PM
  • "Phone Cameras FTW: The iPhone 11 Pro is just another step in the seemingly unending march of the camera phones." Om Malik 11:27 AM
  • "Will Apple TV+ actually win a Golden Globe? It depends on how smart the voters are" MacDailyNews 10:46 AM
  • "Apple's New Mac Pro Is Way Too Expensive, Right? Wrong. Here's Why" Forbes 3:49 PM
  • "Is Apple's $52,599 Mac Pro overpriced?"  ZDNet 8:27 AM
  • "How and why would Apple kill the iPhone's Lightning port? Sounds crazy, but it's not as far-fetched as it seems."  Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "Bluesky: Twitter Announces Effort to Build 'Decentralized Standard for Social Media'" Daring Fireball 3:04 PM
  • "7 reasons Chromebooks are ideal for enterprises" Computerworld 8:05 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Pay with Express Transit arrives at Penn Station in New York City: New York's Metro Transportation Authority continued a planned rollout of its Apple Pay Express Transit-compatible One Metro New York, or OMNY, system on Wednesday, expanding support to the busy hub at 34th St.-Penn Station." AppleInsider 8:08 PM
  • "Apple Pay Now Accepted at NYC's Penn Station, Coming to 85 More MTA Stations Later This Month" MacRumors 3:31 PM
  • "MTA Expands OMNY to Penn Station" MTA Info 8:09 PM
  • "OWC Maxes Out the New 2019 Mac Pro and Saves Users Big" PRNewswire 1:55 PM
  • "Logitech launches 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam for Apple Pro Display XDR" BetaNews 1:53 PM
  • "This gold and diamond iPhone 11 with a nativity scene isn't tacky at all: Never mind. I take that back. It's totally tacky." CNET 12:59 PM
  • "Rewound is a new app that turns your iPhone into an iPod: The nostalgia for the iPod click wheel is real" The Verge 11:05 AM
  • "Blackblaze Mobile 5.0 launches with B2 support and increased file size limits" 9to5Mac 11:05 AM
  • "'DOOM' and 'DOOM II' from Bethesda Will Be Updated Soon to Add Support for 60fps, More Aspect Ratios, New Add-Ons, and a Lot More" Touch Arcade 8:42 AM
  • "'Angry Birds' turns 10 years old today" Engadget 8:55 AM
  • "Black Desert Mobile launches worldwide on iOS and Android" VentureBeat 8:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains how he future-proofed Microsoft's cloud by using the next big thing called 'edge computing'" [BI Prime] Business Insider 11:26 AM
  • "Patch Tuesday brings a reprise of the Autopilot debacle, now quashed, and another Win7 nag" Computerworld 11:25 AM
  • "Facebook, Microsoft, and others launch Deepfake Detection Challenge" VentureBeat 11:27 AM
  • "Red-hot software project Kubernetes started at Google, but analysts say that a battle between IBM and VMware will be key to its future" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8:40 AM
  • "Intel offers detailed look into employee pay disparities: White and Asian men make up 75% of the company's executive ranks, earning the highest salaries, the chipmaker says." CNET 8:25 AM
  • "Intel hires former GlobalFoundries, IBM chip manufacturing executive" Reuters 3:02 PM
  • "Intel: Lakefield Today, Lakefield Refresh by Holiday 2020. Possible 5G on Foveros" AnandTech 1:00 PM
  • "Intel's latest RealSense lidar camera is designed for inventory logistics" TechCrunch 11:05 AM
  • "Intel's new RealSense camera brings hi-res LiDAR to a small form factor" ZDNet 3:53 PM
  • "Intel introduces Horse Ridge for quantum computers" DigiTimes 8:26 AM
  • "Intel's new RealSense camera packs a lidar sensor for enhanced depth perception" VentureBeat 11:27 AM
  • "'Plundervolt' attack against Intel Core CPUs prompts fix that can turn off CPU voltage tweaks" PCWorld 8:05 AM
  • "AMD's new Radeon software offers game streaming away from home" Engadget 1:17 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3950X CPUs Binned At Up to 4.15GHz Across All 16 Cores Reach Silicon Lottery" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "Oracle Conference Leaves San Francisco, Costing City $64 Million" Bloomberg 8:34 AM
  • "Cisco Systems Goes Big On The 'Next' Internet" Forbes 3:01 PM
  • "Cisco slips on the Tolkien ring: One chip design to rule them all, one design to find them... One chip architecture to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them... to next year's IT budgets" The Register 6:29 PM
  • "Cisco outlines silicon, software roadmap for next generation internet: The networking giant announced a multi-year plan for building and investing in 5G internet technology, including silicon, optics and software." ZDNet 8:58 PM
  • "Never mind quantum supremacy: This quantum-computing milestone could be just as important" ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "The Snapdragon 865 will make phones worse in 2020, thanks to mandatory 5G" Ars Technica 8:48 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple just got dethroned as the world's most valuable public company after Aramco's dizzying $1.7 trillion IPO" Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "Evercore hikes its Apple target price to $305" Apple 3.0 8:42 AM
  • "Is Apple Still a Growth Stock?" GuruFocus 11:15 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks snap two-day losing streak as Fed signals go-slow stance: Fed sees no interest rate cuts or hikes in 2020" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Ends Higher: Stocks Gain as Fed Signals no Rate Hikes in 2020/Stocks ended higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left benchmark interest rates unchanged and signaled no rate hikes in 2020." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Close Higher After Fed Decision, But IBD 50 Lags: Stocks closed higher Wednesday, after the latest policy statement from the Fed sent indexes to session highs, although indexes continued to make narrow price moves overall." Investor's Business Daily 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks gain after Fed keeps rates steady: The Fed's outlines its plans for 2020" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Gain After Fed Decision: Investors are braced for a busy few days as the U.S. and European central banks hold policy meetings" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "European stocks slip as investors wait for U.K. election and central bank meetings: Inditex and Credit Suisse among stocks on the move" MarketWatch 8:56 AM

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