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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, December 17, 2019


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Monday Highlights: After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday stock markets crater over 1000 points due to expanding coronavirus concerns, Apple hovering around $300, down over 4% today; Wedbush sees virus as temporary challenge, holds AAPL target at $400; meanwhile, Apple loses VirnetX appeal in the US Supreme Court; clamshell that is iOS slowly opening?; what you copy to your iOS clipboard is allegedly available to any app, Apple calls it no problemo; Safari will eventually reject HTTPS certificates if over 13 mo. old; switch from Windows to Mac? Here's a compilation of tips to make things smoother; Steve Jobs would be 65 today—more in our General Interest section; Warren Buffett finally trades his old flip phone for an iPhone, "says Apple...'probably the best business I know in the world'"; iPhone 12 to feature 802.11ay Wi-Fi?

  • "Mossberg: Tim Cook's Apple had a great decade but no new blockbusters/There were lots of successes, but nothing may ever match the iPhone"  The Verge 1:43 PM
  • "Apple and Google among U.S. tech giants sued over child-mined cobalt"  CBS MoneyWatch 8:17 AM
  • "Japan to tighten screws on tech giants to ensure transparency" ["The new law would oblige tech giants, including Google LLC, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc and Inc to disclose the terms of contracts with customers and to report to the government about their operations, they said."]  Reuters 7:51 AM
  • "Apple, Cisco, Daimler and BMW complain to Brussels over patents" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:56 AM
  • "Apple, Cisco, Daimler and BMW complain to Brussels over patents: Coalition of tech firms and carmakers say competition is suffering in connected devices" Irish Times 4:05 PM
  • "How Apple Is Working With the White House" Bloomberg TV [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:27 PM
  • "IBM tailors Swift relationship after 'review of open source priorities': Big Blue leaves Swift server workgroup, future of Kitura server app framework uncertain" ["In 2015 Apple announced that Swift would be open source – and with a build for Linux as well as for Apple operating systems. 'As soon as IBM learned this, we opened up conversations through partnership channels with Apple, and we began working on porting most of the major Foundation libraries in Swift to Linux,' said an IBM blog from January this year."] The Register 8:41 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.3 Update to Developers" MacRumors 1:46 PM
  • "Disable Turbo Boost to keep your MacBook cool" Cult of Mac 2:30 PM
  • "How to change the default font in Pages on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:05 AM
  • "How to rotate a PDF on your Mac computer using the Preview app" Business Insider 10:10 AM
  • "Compress PDFs On Your Mac With Preview or an Automator Quick Action" MacMost 1:41 PM
  • "The Cult's 'Catalina Fix'" Rixstep 11:39 PM
Press Releases
  • "Pixelmator Pro adds ML-powered 'Super Resolution' mode for enlarging images whilst maintaining sharpness" 9to5Mac 9:20 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Americans trust Google more than Apple to keep their data safe: A pungent new survey suggests that Apple may still have some work to do to gain trust. The survey also offers fascinating insights into whether people think the FBI should have an encryption backdoor."  ZDNet 9:20 AM
  • "Study upends theory that 'night mode' UIs are good for sleep patterns: New research suggests so-called 'night mode' user interface designs like Apple's Night Shift and Dark Mode for iOS are detrimental to getting a good night's sleep, upending marketing claims to the contrary." AppleInsider 11:51 PM
  • "With AirPods Pro sold out, resellers seek huge markups" Cult of Mac 11:38 AM
  • "Not such a bright idea: why your phone's 'night mode' may be keeping you awake/Many smartphone screens switch to warmer colours in the evening to help you sleep better – but research suggests the science behind this is all wrong"  The Guardian 3:37 PM
  • "Steve Jobs' brief for iPad: A piece of glass for emailing on the toilet" Cult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Store at Toronto's Fairview Mall to Nearly Double in Size" MacRumors 10:14 AM
  • "Tim Cook, Malala Yousafzai discuss teaching girls to code" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "Apple boots app that turns iPhone into an iPod Classic" Cult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Kills App That Made iPhones Look Like iPods Because No Fun Allowed" Gizmodo UK 4:09 PM
  • "Apple's wearables category set for strong growth over the next 4 years – IDC" 9to5Mac 8:27 AM
  • "Apple takes two slots in major UK product survey" Apple Must 7:32 AM
  • "Apple announces new documentary series 'Visible: Out on Television' from Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave, and executive producers Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz" Apple TV+ Press 4:02 PM
  • "Five-part Apple TV+ docuseries 'Visible' to explore LGBTQ ┬ámovement and television in February" 9to5Mac 4:05 PM
  • "Apple TV+ original shows, series, and movies: Documentary series about the LGBTQ movement on TV will debut on Valentine's Day" Macworld 4:09 PM
  • "Manifold Garden Trailer — Apple Arcade" YouTube 11:45 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iOS finally overtakes Windows Mobile" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung to make Baidu's new AI chips: It's the first time the two companies have partnered." ZDNet 11:50 PM
  • "Judge Says US Government Can Seize Profits from Snowden's Book: In the ruling, the judge pointed to the secrecy agreements Snowden signed, which required him to first submit the book to the CIA and the NSA for approval before publication." PC Magazine 11:49 PM
  • "Exclusive: Facebook adding part-time fact-checking contractors" Axios 2:44 PM
  • "Google employee says she was fired for sending internal pop-ups about labor rights" The Verge 8:27 AM
  • "Google's AI can identify wildlife from trap-camera footage with up to 98.6% accuracy" VentureBeat 8:20 AM
  • "The best smart home devices that aren't made by Amazon or Google: We took Amazon and Google out of the running (just this once) to see what other great smart home products are out there." CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Mac Pro Teardown, iMac Pro's Future – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-17" The Mac Observer 1:41 PM
  • "iDevices finally get key-based protection against account takeovers: With WebAuthn native to iOS and iPadOS, cross-industry MFA spec is ready to soar." Ars Technica 8:20 AM
  • "iFixit Shares 2019 Mac Pro Teardown: 'A Masterclass in Repairability'" MacRumors 8:39 AM
  • "iFixit surgeons dissect Apple's pricey Mac Pro: Industry standard sockets? Repair diagrams? Who are you and what have you done to Apple?" The Register 9:47 AM
  • "Apple's new Mac Pro is its most repairable device in years" The Verge 11:38 AM
  • "Before iPhone 11 Pro: The Bolex Reflex" [Video Report] CNET 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 to Developers" MacRumors 4:08 PM
  • "Apple seeds first iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, tvOS 13.3.1, and macOS 10.15.3 betas to developers [Updated: watchOS 6.1.2 beta seeded] iDownload Blog 4:08 PM
  • "Apple Releases Beta 1 of iOS 13.3.1, iPadOS 13.3.1, macOS Catalina 10.15.3 and tvOS 13.3.1 to Developers" WCCFTech 4:08 PM
  • "Future Apple Watch could have joystick-like Digital Crown" AppleInsider 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for Optical Imaging Sensors that could be used for Under-the-Display Biometrics in Future iPhones and Beyond" Patently Apple 8:01 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves a self-tightening Apple Watch band with health sensors" Apple World Today 8:01 AM
  • "Apple looks at ways to improve Touch ID on its various devices" Apple World Today 8:20 AM
  • "iPhone: Cellular Update Failed Error, Fix" macReports 8:04 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "16' & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM

  • "Inside — and outside — the 2019 Mac Pro in pictures" AppleInsider 2:44 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro vs Google Pixel 4 in a portrait mode camera shootout" Digital Trends 11:38 AM
  • "MacBook Pro Diary: My 16-inch MacBook Pro review begins, albeit a little late" 9to5Mac 11:38 AM
  • "Android TV vs Apple TV: The Best Platform for Your TV in 2019" Gizmodo 4:09 PM
  • "How to ask Google to delete conversations you didn't want it to hear" The Verge 6:45 PM
  • "How to reinstall deleted Apple Watch apps" 9to5Mac 4:04 PM
  • "How to Set a Profile Photo & Display Name for iMessages on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 9:21 AM
  • "How to upgrade Mac Pro RAM and save lots of money [Video] 9to5Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Mac Pro 2019 Teardown"  iFixit 7:49 AM
  • "Just got a new iPhone or iPad? Do these 6 things right away to get it set up" CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Suddenly Reveals How Touch ID Returns To The iPhone" Forbes 11:52 PM
  • "Apple's AirPods Are Great; They Are Also A Powerful Symbol Of Our Unsustainable Economy"  Forbes 11:37 AM
  • "Apple and Hackergal take Hour of Code to the next level" iMore 8:36 AM
  • "This NYC 'pop-up' is actually the set of Apple TV+ show 'Helpsters'" iMore 8:17 AM
  • "What would it take for you to leave Android for iOS?" Android Central 8:00 AM
  • "9 challenges Apple-based enterprises face in 2020" Computerworld 8:00 AM
  • "Apple really doesn't want us thinking about touchscreen MacBooks—and Sidecar proves it: Apple has long said that touchscreens are incompatible with Macs. But iPadOS's new Sidecar feature suggests Apple may be overthinking the concept."  Macworld 7:58 AM
  • "Successes and failures: AirPods and foldable phones" Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "Cassandra -Tuesday Diversion: iOS Unpredictability and More Catalina Questions" eXtensions 7:32 AM
  • "Best beginner DSLR cameras 2019: 7 cheap DSLRs perfect for new users" TechRadar UK 11:38 PM
  • "The Alexa Business, The Challenge of AI, The Early Stages of AI/ML" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:45 AM
  • "Why Fortnite is my game of the year... again: There's just always something fun to do" The Verge 8:27 AM
  • "LG G8X ThinQ review: Finally, a second screen that's actually kind of useful" PCWorld 7:50 AM
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for December 17, 2019" GoComics 9:21 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 17, 2019" GoComics 9:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Studio Ghibli films come to iTunes Store ahead of HBO Max stream exclusive in 2020" 9to5Mac 11:53 PM
  • "Chinese app makers can now enroll in Apple Developer Program through Apple Developer app: Apple on Tuesday updated its new Apple Developer app to support Developer Program enrollment for coders based in mainland China, offering the feature as an app-based renewable subscription for the first time." AppleInsider 7:04 PM
  • "Apple TV+ LGBTQ documentary series 'Visible: Out on Television' debuts on Feb. 14" AppleInsider 6:40 PM
  • "Apple announces 'Visible: Out on Television' docuseries from Wanda Sykes" iMore 11:52 PM
  • "Brydge 10.2 Keyboards for 7th generation iPad Now Available Nationwide at Verizon: Brydge's 10.2 keyboard delivers a genuine laptop experience and unlocks the productivity of Apple's newest iPad" PRNewswire 4:07 PM
  • "Apple Pay Profile 2019 - Now Accepted in Nearly Two out of Three Stores in the USA -" Business Wire 4:07 PM
  • "Infinite text adventure AI Dungeon is now available on iOS and Android" The Verge 11:38 AM
  • "Apple is offering a discounted annual subscription for its new video game service, Apple Arcade" Business Insider 11:37 AM
  • "13 great gifts for Apple users" Apple Must 11:33 AM
  • "Introducing MusicBot: The All-in-One Apple Music Assistant, Powered by Shortcuts" MacStories 10:13 AM
  • "Google is working on Tasks integration in Calendar app" Android Police 9:50 AM
  • "Microsoft To Do updated for iOS and Android, bringing Siri shortcuts and muting shared lists" Android Central 8:36 AM
  • "JBL's new solar-powered headphones promise 'virtually unlimited' battery life: Under the right conditions, of course" The Verge 8:27 AM
  • "iOS Vitamin K App Update - Now with Extremely Powerful Search Capability" prMac 7:51 AM
  • "New iPhone Security Toolkit iVerify Launches on The iOS App Store" Business Wire 7:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Power of the cloud builders: Who ate one-third of the $38bn data centre pie in Q3? AWS, Microsoft, Google 'n' pals/Old world vendors should club together, form new biz called 'Screwed by Cloud'" " The Register 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft wants devs to submit Chromium Edge add-ons ahead of launch" " The Next Web 6:58 AM
  • "Xbox Series X: Microsoft, we have 5 questions for you/Microsoft made headlines earlier last week when it unexpectedly announced the name and design of its next-generation console: the Xbox Series X. But we wanted to know more." " The Indian Express 6:59 AM
  • "Microsoft releases first Windows 10 build from its new development branch" " BetaNews 6:50 AM
  • "Microsoft To Do app updates on iPhone and iPad with Siri shortcuts support" " OnMSFT 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft Whiteboard app updates on Windows 10 with new inking improvements" " OnMSFT 7:01 AM
  • "Intel snaps up Israeli AI startup Habana Labs for $2bn: At the copa, copa-Habana" " The Inquirer 6:47 AM
  • "Habana Labs – Artificial Intelligence Firm Acquired by Intel" " WCCFTech 7:41 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3900X sets overclocking record with liquid nitrogen: Overclocking wonder from a nerd down-under" " The Inquirer 6:49 AM
  • "AMD Releases FEMFX (Multithreaded CPU Library for Deformable Physics) as Part of GPUOpen" " WCCFTech 7:32 AM
  • "AMD's FEMFX delivers jaw-dropping gaming physics courtesy of multi-core CPUs" " TechRadar UK 7:43 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3900X sets overclocking record with liquid nitrogen: Overclocking wonder from a nerd down-under" " The Inquirer 7:32 AM
  • "AMD joins Ubisoft, ConsenSys alliance to promote blockchain gaming" " Ledger Insights 7:32 AM
  • "Cisco secures injunction against counterfeit transceiver sellers" " Telecompaper 7:24 AM
  • "Cisco Unveils Plan for 'Internet for the Future' Technology" " Railway News 7:25 AM
  • "Court Backs Cisco on Counterfeit Gear — WSJ | Morningstar" " Morningstar 7:26 AM
  • "Cisco architected the internet for the future by asking the right questions" " Tech Wire Asia 7:29 AM
  • "Cisco acquires Exablaze for ultra low latency networking - Telecompaper" " Telecompaper 7:29 AM
  • "Lazarus pivots to Linux attacks through Dacls Trojan: The Trojan is able to infect both Windows and Linux machines." " ZDNet 7:43 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Made 40 Millionaires in One Day" Tech Times 8:39 AM
  • "Cowen names AAPL one of its 'favorite ideas' in 2020, ups target to $325" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq score fresh records at close: Boeing shares close flat following MAX production halt" MarketWatch 5:49 PM
  • "Stocks Mark Record Close as Wall Street Posts a Fifth Day of Gains: Stocks closed at records Tuesday as Wall Street posted gains for a fifth session. The S&P 500 hits an all-time intraday high." TheStreet 5:49 PM
  • "U.S.-China trade war: Hidden benefits of partial agreement revealed by architect Robert Lighthizer" FOXBusiness 5:50 PM
  • "Stocks Hang On to Extend Winning Streak: British pound drops on risk of no-deal Brexit" [Paid Membership Required] 5:50 PM
  • "Asian markets gain after record highs on Wall Street" MarketWatch 7:58 AM
  • "British competition watchdog opens inquiry into Google's purchase of cloud data firm" MarketWatch 7:58 AM

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