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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, December 12, 2019


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Monday Highlights: Tim Cook calls for overhaul of global corporate tax system, "optimistic" tax deal can be reached in the European Union as he accepts "IDA Ireland Special Recognition Award from Taoiseach"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; $2 trillion valuation for Apple soon?; trouble with Apple Arcade on your Mac, try this fix from macReports; and you can still clone your macOS Catalina drive despite Apple's changing of volume arrangements; Microsoft's Edge browser, based on Chromium, ready for download on macOS; iPhone 11 models 69% of holiday iPhone sales in 2019; Apple commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; slew of Apple TV+ show announcements from Apple in our General Interest section.

  • "Apple Avoids $150-Per-iPhone Levy After U.S., China Reach Deal"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:31 PM
  • "Apple averts $150 bump in iPhone prices following Trump trade deal with China: Apple would have likely eaten the cost, hurting profits in the process" The Verge 6:41 PM
  • "Apple Avoids iPhone Tariffs as U.S. and China Reach Trade Deal" MacRumors 6:41 PM
  • "Apple to Dodge $150-Per-IPhone Levy If Trump Delays Tariffs"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:43 AM
  • "iPhones could get $150 more expensive for Apple if Trump's tariffs go into effect Sunday" Business Insider 10:59 AM
  • "Apple Keeps Payments Tech for Itself and Europe Has Had Enough: Apple Inc.'s digital wallet is expanding in Europe just as regulators crack down on the tech giant's move into financial services."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:42 AM
  • "Can Apple keep growing without extracting anything more from the earth?"  Quartz 8:06 AM
  • "iPods Pro" ["For the AirPods to overtake the iPod highlights just what a phenomenal category Wearables has become. In combination with Home and other accessories the category is going to decidedly overtake the Mac, having already passed the iPad."]  asymco 1:14 PM
  • "'Robust' holiday season for AirPods Pro & iPhone 11 will return Apple to growth" AppleInsider 5:48 PM
  • "US Consumers to Phone Makers: We're Not Made of Money/'Overall awareness and purchase intent reported by consumers is high, but only a small segment of the market can afford these $1,000+ devices,' says research firm NPD Group."  PC Magazine 4:28 PM
  • "Apple sued over iMessage support for SMS embedded links" AppleInsider 7:57 PM
  • "You had one job, Cupertino: Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection actually gets tracking protection/Gap in browser privacy tech embarrassingly detected by Google" The Register 7:55 AM
  • "Continuity Sketch turns iPad into graphics tablet for Mac" Cult of Mac 1:21 PM
  • "A First Look at Postlab Cloud for FCPX" 8:32 AM
  • "How to perform backups more complicated than Time Machine allows" Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "How to name a group text conversation in Messages on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:30 AM
  • "Column Browser and iTunes Remote Return To macOS" MacMost 1:02 PM
Press Releases
  • "Opera launches its 'Opera GX' gaming browser for macOS" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Opera's gaming-focused GX browser comes to macOS: It claims to stop resource and bandwidth problems." Engadget 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Buys U.K. Startup to Improve iPhone Picture Taking"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:49 PM
  • "Apple Buys UK-Based Company 'Spectral Edge' to Bolster iPhone's Photographic Capabilities" MacRumors 3:49 PM
  • "Apple acquires Spectral Edge to improve iPhone photography" iDownload Blog 4:26 PM
  • "Apple's latest startup purchase hints at the next big leap in iPhone photography: Photos improved by infrared might be on the way" The Verge 6:41 PM
  • "DNC announces next four Democratic debates" ["Why it matters: This will be the first time Apple News will co-host a presidential debate."]  Axios 11:16 AM
  • "Apple News is co-hosting its first Democratic presidential debate on February 7" iDownload Blog 11:17 AM
  • "Apple will co-host a Democratic presidential debate in February, even as candidates focus on breaking up big tech companies like Apple" Business Insider 1:12 PM
  • "Apple saw China iPhone units fall in November, Credit Suisse says" MarketWatch 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's China iPhone shipments fall 35% in November: Credit Suisse" Reuters 10:08 AM
  • "Apple Analyst Sees 'Sustained Softness' in China iPhone Sales" Bloomberg 8:06 AM
  • "Apple requests DMCA removal of iPhone security tweet. Then changes its mind" Cult of Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Used the DMCA to Take Down a Tweet Containing an iPhone Encryption Key" Vice 9:26 AM
  • "iPhone encryption threatened by Senate Judiciary Commitee" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Apple renews highly anticipated 'Little America' for Season 2 ahead of Season 1 premiere" Apple TV+ Press 1:10 PM
  • "Another buzzy fitness brand will soon integrate with Apple Watch: Orangetheory Fitness will roll out support for the Apple Watch to all of its 1,300 locations during the first quarter of 2020." CNBC 8:16 AM
  • "Apple hopes its first store in Kawasaki will become a place for family learning" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "The iPhone is now the internet's preferred porn streaming device" The Next Web 8:42 AM
  • "PewDiePie says Poopdie got rejected by Apple for being disgusting" Polygon 4:19 PM
  • "PewDiePie's game 'Poopdie' was rejected from the iOS App Store" iDownload Blog 4:19 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Microsoft's Project Scarlett is now Xbox Series X, and it has a new design too" CNET 9:01 PM
  • "Microsoft reveals the Xbox Series X, its next-gen console" The Next Web 9:01 PM
  • "Tech industry's password problems come home to roost with Ring security camera hacks" GeekWire 5:25 PM
  • "John Legere reveals how close Dish and T-Mobile were to merging" CNET 7:57 PM
  • "T-Mobile CEO says if Sprint deal fails, prices may go up" Associated Press 7:57 PM
  • "Why T-Mobile Sprint Merger Odds Are Down to 55%" Market Realist 4:20 PM
  • "The mind-bending confusion of 'hammer on a bed' shows computer vision is far from solved" The Verge 8:31 AM
  • "Encryption on iOS, Apple's Fan Allergy – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-12" The Mac Observer 1:23 PM
  • "Apple Engineers Explain New Mac Pro's Innovative Cooling Features" MacRumors 8:13 AM
  • "Mac Pro fans: randomization and tire tech controls the noise" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "First Mac Pro Orders Begin Shipping Out to Customers, Delivery Expected on Monday" MacRumors 1:11 PM
  • "Apple is working on holographic imaging to lighten its AR or VR smart glasses" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Engineers Advance Near-Eye Displays for Smartglasses and HMD using Holographic Optical Elements and more" Patently Apple 8:26 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves 'optical systems for displays' for 'Apple Glasses" Apple World Today 8:40 AM
  • "Apple files for yet another patent for a gesture-based Mac user interface" Apple World Today 8:47 AM
  • "How to fix iCloud Keychain problems in Safari on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:30 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "iPad Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "10.2' iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM

  • "I've been using the iPhone 11 for 3 months, and it's my favorite iPhone I've ever owned — and also the one with the most issues" Business Insider 10:59 AM
  • "AirPods Pro vs. Amazon Echo Buds: Which one is better?" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "Connect AirPods to almost anything with AirFly Pro [Review] Cult of Mac 6:41 PM
  • "Cleer Enduro 100 headphone review: Great sound, fantastic battery life, and all the right features" TechHive 8:15 AM
  • "Review: CalDigit's USB-C Pro Dock Adds Ports to Your Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C Mac, or Even an iPad Pro" MacRumors 1:21 PM
iOS Apps
  • "9 Things You Didn't Realize Apple's Notes App Could Do: With iOS and iPadOS 13, the Notes app adds a variety of new features, including a Gallery View, checklist options, subfolders, shared folders, and more." PC Magazine 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Arcade: 'Rosie's Reality' Review – I, Rosie" Touch Arcade 4:15 PM
  • "How to disable 'Complete your timeline' alerts from Google Maps" AddictiveTips 6:34 PM
  • "Using Voice Control in iOS 13 to Operate an iPhone Hands-Free" MacRumors 5:17 PM
  • "How to print emails from your iPhone using either the default Mail app or Gmail" Business Insider 1:12 PM
  • "How to Use QuickPath Swipe Keyboard on iPhone & iPad with iOS 13" OS X Daily 10:59 AM
  • "How to turn your iPhone's location tracking on or off: You can also share your location with individual friends" The Verge 10:08 AM
  • "Which buttons should Apple bring back next?" Cult of Mac 3:50 PM
  • "Everything that has been said so far about Apple's 'iPhone SE 2'" [Video] AppleInsider 1:20 PM
  • "Evidence is mounting that people are fed up with the sky-high cost of smartphones, and it's sparking a massive change in the industry"  Business Insider 11:17 AM
  • "Apple's maxed-out Mac Pro costs $50,000, we came up with better ways to spend that money" YouTube: Engadget 9:23 AM
  • "How the entertainment industry can catch up with — and eventually outrun — Apple TV+'s 'See'"  Mashable 8:17 AM
  • "Best iPhone: How to pick the perfect iPhone for you" Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "Siri Has Made Me Deeply Uncomfortable" Gizmodo 7:56 AM
  • "The Pixel 4's best features are the ones nobody's talking about" Android Central 9:07 AM
  • "What we can learn from a decade of dead Google projects: Whistling past the Google Graveyard" The Verge 9:07 AM
  • "Twitter the Genie, Bluesky the Bottle" 500ish Words 8:32 AM
  • "Look, up in the Apple Store... it's Super Monitor!" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 7:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iDB Holiday Gift Guide: great gift ideas for gamers" iDownload Blog 6:41 PM
  • "Apple Pay Express Transit Comes to New York Penn Station" The Mac Observer 12:58 PM
  • "Google Assistant's interpreter mode is coming to iOS and Android: That could be especially helpful when combined with Maps' Translate button." Engadget 9:26 AM
  • "Logitech Releases 4K Pro Magnetic Webcam for Apple Pro Display XDR" AnandTech 9:25 AM
  • "Unbelievable - An App That Helps You With Problems We All Face In Life" prMac 8:17 AM
  • "Buy or Sell a Car via Mobile with the New eBay Motors App" PRNewswire 7:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft once again sends out the wrong Windows 10 update to users: Another fail by Microsoft" TechRadar UK 6:51 AM
  • "Windows 10 2004: New 20H1 build shows off Quick Searches feature coming to all/Microsoft is enabling the new Quick Searches feature for Windows 10 users in 11 markets outside the US." ZDNet 6:05 AM
  • "Microsoft's New Desktop Browser Gets More Features in the Dev Channel: New version of Microsoft Edge Dev now available for download" Softpedia 6:33 AM
  • "Patch issued for critical Windows bug: The two-part exploit first arose as a Google Chrome vulnerability part of Operation WizardOpium" IT PRO (UK) 6:33 AM
  • "Microsoft movie tried to Azure Ignite attendees about CPU side-channel flaws, but biz wouldn't be drawn on details: 'Sir, they're about to disclose the vulns!' 'Damn it. Accelerate the rollout!'" The Register 6:05 AM
  • "Intel significantly delays it's entire server roadmap: Something is seriously wrong" SemiAccurate 7:02 AM
  • "Intel Senior Fellow predicts bright future for Moore's Law" Hexus 7:48 AM
  • "Report: 10th Gen Core i5 Desktop Chip Uses Hyper-Threading/A benchmark reveals the forthcoming Core i5-10600 uses six physical cores, 12 threads, and runs at a base clock speed of 3.3GHz, boosting to 4.7GHz." PC Magazine 7:28 AM
  • "The AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT Appears to Beat Nvidia in Most Games" Digital Trends 1:11 PM
  • "HPE to Mike Lynch: You told either El Reg or High Court the right version of why former Autonomy execs won't testify/You know it's solid reporting when trial lawyers start quoting it" The Register 10:40 AM
  • "HP Spectre x360 13 With 10th Gen Intel Core Processors, Up to 4K OLED Display Launched in India: HP Spectre x360 13 refresh is rated to deliver 22 hours of battery life on a single charge." Gadgets 360 6:43 AM
  • "HP expands channel finance options: Vendor renews its relationship with HPE and adds DLL to the mix to provide channel finance options" ComputerWeekly 6:49 AM
  • "IBM believes its new weather forecasting system can mitigate shocks from climate change" Business Insider India 6:37 AM
  • "IBM India Calls For Balance Between Protecting Privacy, Harnessing Data And Technology: The hope is that the framework will consider aspects like global standards, interoperability of privacy regimes, government-to-government data-sharing arrangements." Business World 6:35 AM
  • "Oracle misses revenue estimates as licensing business drags" Reuters 4:14 PM
  • "Oracle Reports Sales That Miss Estimates on Flagging Licenses" Bloomberg 5:12 PM
  • "Larry Ellison sets the Catz among the pigeons: Safra officially sole Oracle CEO" The Register 7:56 PM
  • "The CEO of Cisco explains how its new plan to sell processors to companies like Facebook or Microsoft is helping it change its business model for the cloud computing era" [BI Prime] Business Insider 1:12 PM
  • "China is beating the US when it comes to quantum security: Quantum key distribution is being touted as the future of cybersecurity, and China has gone all in." MIT Technology Review 3:40 PM
  • "Two of China's largest tech firms are uniting to create a new 'domestic OS': CS2C and Tianjin Kylin announce plans to develop a new Chinese operating system." ZDNet 6:24 AM
  • "China's Kylin forks are about to join up for new 'domestic os': Might need to come up with a better name though" The Inquirer 7:43 AM
  • "Attackers now use process hollowing to hide cryptocurrency miners on your PC: The malware's dropper is a skeleton that avoids detection as a malicious file." ZDNet 12:16 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "BofA ups AAPL target to $290 amid China concerns, rising 5G expectations" AppleInsider 3:50 PM
  • "Will Apple Stock Slip after the December 15 Tariffs?" Market Realist 8:42 AM
  • "Apple Gets BofAML, Evercore Price Target Hikes" Market Realist 8:07 AM
  • "Apple supplier Japan Display to receive $830 million from asset manager Ichigo" Reuters 7:55 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close at fresh records on trade deal optimism: Trump said on Twitter Thursday morning that a 'big deal' with China is 'getting very close'" MarketWatch 4:24 PM
  • "Stocks End at Records on Report U.S. and China Reach Trade Pact in Principle: With the Federal Reserve holding steady on interest rates, investors turned their attention to the U.S.-China trade talks." TheStreet 4:23 PM
  • "Stock Market Jumps As Trump Touts Trade Deal; These Three Chip Stocks Continue Big Gains" Investor's Business Daily 4:23 PM
  • "S&P, Nasdaq close at record highs as US-China trade deal imminent" FOXBusiness 4:22 PM
  • "Stocks Close Higher as Trump Suggests a Trade Deal Is Near: U.S. negotiators offer to cut existing tariff rates by up to 50% on $360 billion of Chinese imports" [Paid Membership Required] 4:22 PM
  • "Most Asian markets higher after Fed signals it will hold the line on interest rates: China markets churn as traders look for fresh indications on tariff deadline" MarketWatch 7:40 AM
  • "European stocks rise on hopes of low U.S. interest rates as ECB decision awaits" MarketWatch 7:38 AM

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