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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, December 19, 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?

  • "Apple Continues to Lead Global Handset Industry Profit Share" ["Apple dominates the global handset market by capturing 66% of industry profits and 32% of the overall handset revenue. The loyal premium user base in the major markets like the USA, EU and Japan is one of the reasons that Apple can still operate at a profit level that its competitors can only wish for."]  Counterpoint 8:06 AM
  • "Apple earned 66% of the entire smartphone market's profits in 2019" AppleInsider 8:32 AM
  • "Apple Held Preliminary Talks With Pac-12 Conference, MGM: Tech giant is considering ways to broaden the appeal of its Apple TV app and TV+ service that launched with nine original programs" [Paid Membership Required] 1:45 PM
  • "Apple, Amazon & Alphabet Alliance to Boost Smart Home Space" Zacks 10:38 AM
  • "It's Hard to Ban Facial Recognition Tech in the iPhone Era: San Francisco quietly amends its municipal surveillance law to allow for Apple's Face ID, though the ban on facial recognition still applies."  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:53 AM
  • "San Francisco is changing its facial recognition ban after it accidentally made the iPhones it gave to city employees illegal" Business Insider 6:33 PM
  • "Disney Plus battled Apple TV Plus in 2019's first streaming war, and won big: Apple had no match for Baby Yoda."  CNET 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Security Bounty: As part of Apple's commitment to security, we reward researchers who share critical issues with us through the Apple Security Bounty. You can now earn up to $1,500,000 and report issues on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and iCloud. In addition, Apple offers public recognition for those who submit valid reports and will match donations of the bounty payment to qualifying charities." Apple Developer Connection 8:36 PM
  • "2019 Apple Platform Security guide shows what it is doing to 'push the boundaries' of security and privacy" 9to5Mac 11:54 AM
  • "Apple details how customer data is protected in new Platform Security guide" iDownload Blog 1:54 PM
  • "Pixelmator Pro's ML Super Resolution Feature Offers Quality Upscaling" ["I tried this out on a few photos, and it's quite impressive. Let me show an example of how this works."] Kirkville 8:29 AM
  • "How to back up and restore desktop icon layout on macOS" AddictiveTips 5:08 PM
  • "Add music on Mac: Add your own files to Apple Music app" Cult of Mac 1:49 PM
  • "How to prevent false spelling errors on your Mac" Apple Must 7:58 AM
  • "Google Drive vs. Microsoft OneDrive" PCWorld 7:52 AM
  • "How to customize Safari settings on your Mac" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Mac Keyboard Commands For Writers" MacMost 2:16 PM
Press Releases
  • "Announcing ChronoSync 4.9.7 For macOS" prMac 10:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Security Surprise As Google Deemed More Trustworthy In 2019"  Forbes 7:53 AM
  • "Physically Disabled Employee Sues Apple Inc. for Constructive Dismissal"  Monkhouse Law 8:08 AM
  • "Did the iPhone 7 break legal radiation levels? FCC disputes recent test" 9to5Mac 2:53 PM
  • "FCC Says iPhone Didn't Exceed Radiofrequency Radiation Safety Levels" MacRumors 3:17 PM
  • "Josh Blacker of Apple TV Plus show See talks Jason Momoa and fighting blind: The actor drew inspiration for his role from his brother-in-law, who is legally blind and a mountain climber." CNET 7:50 PM
  • "Apple Strikes Exclusive First-Look Deal With 'Catastrophe' & 'Divorce' Creator Sharon Horgan" Deadline 1:49 PM
  • "Woman uses 'Find My iPhone' feature to recover stolen car" BGR 6:58 PM
  • "Last of Australia's big four banks will offer Apple Pay" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Facebook owns the four most downloaded apps of the decade" BBC 7:52 AM
  • "Little America — Official Trailer | Apple TV+" YouTube 11:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Cox owes $1 billion to record labels for harboring music pirates, jury decides: Cox says it will appeal" The Verge 7:53 PM
  • "Cox Communications hit with $1B music piracy verdict: Damage award comes after major record labels accused the internet giant of turning a blind eye to piracy on its networks." CNET 7:45 PM
  • "How a Top Antitrust Official Helped T-Mobile and Sprint Merge: Text messages indicate that Makan Delrahim, the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, worked behind the scenes to help the companies pull off a deal." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:33 PM
  • "Federal study: Facial recognition systems most benefit middle-aged white males" The Next Web 5:04 PM
  • "Malware at Wawa stores has been stealing credit card info since March" Engadget 6:34 PM
  • "Wawa says POS malware incident impacts 'potentially all locations': Wawa said the malware infection lasted between March and December 2019." ZDNet 6:34 PM
  • "Wawa announces data breach that may have impacted customers at all of its locations for 9 months" Business Insider 5:03 PM
  • "Robocall-crushing TRACED act passes Senate and heads to Oval Office" TechCrunch 4:27 PM
  • "In Memoriam: Technology That Died in 2019/Death comes for us all, even once-great Silicon Valley giants. Here are the apps, startups, devices, and sites that drifted off into the great beyond in 2019." PC Magazine 4:18 PM
  • "Ring Issues Password Resets After User Logins Found Online" PC Magazine 8:45 PM
  • "Amazon's Ring has been blaming reused passwords, but now thousands of logins have leaked" The Verge 7:55 PM
  • "Multiple Ring data breaches reported, thousands of customers impacted" Android Central 3:58 PM
  • "Facebook is building an operating system so it can ditch Android" TechCrunch 11:52 AM
  • "Google goes offline after fibre cables cut" BBC 10:48 AM
  • "EU data transfer tools are legal, says EU court adviser in Facebook privacy case" Reuters 7:52 AM
  • "Is this Samsung's next Galaxy Fold?" The Verge 8:06 AM
  • "Alleged Leaked Images of Samsung's Clamshell-Style Galaxy Fold Appear Online" MacRumors 7:51 AM
  • "Macworld's January Digital Magazine: Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro, reviewed" Macworld 6:34 PM
  • "The Cult of Mac, 2nd Edition finally hits stores, so let's party tonight [Book signing] Cult of Mac 2:52 PM
  • "LG spent 6 months building an ASMR mode for the LG G8X ThinQ because it could" 9to5Google 1:54 PM
  • "Location Data, Listener Mail – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-19" The Mac Observer 1:40 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 256: HomeKit and 'Connected Home', Apple Podcasts on Echo, TV+ in 2020" 9to5Mac 11:54 AM
  • "The year in Apple: 2019 in review/Macworld Podcast episode 680" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Apple open-sources HomeKit Accessory Development Kit to spur adoption, grow new standard" AppleInsider 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Now Offering $2,600 8TB SSD Upgrade Option for Mac Pro" MacRumors 2:51 PM
  • "Apple Pencil could better simulate drawing on paper with haptic feedback" AppleInsider 7:59 AM
  • "Future Apple Pencils may sport haptic feedback for texture simulation" Apple World Today 8:35 AM
  • "Apple glasses could have hidden cameras and removable earphones" AppleInsider 8:29 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM

  • "Top 2019 Mac Pro features: plenty of room for growth [Video] 9to5Mac 1:49 PM
  • "Apple Pro Display XDR: Why $5,000 is an insanely good deal and could change our future screens/This is not a successor to the Apple Cinema Display, it's a competitor to $30,000 monitors from Sony and Flanders Scientific."  CNET 8:58 AM
  • "Review: Aqara HomeKit Starter Set is an easy way to begin your smart home" AppleInsider 2:52 PM
  • "ShutterGrip2 is a great accessory for iPhone-ographers" Apple World Today 7:39 AM
  • "Woolnut Leather Folio for MacBook review: Luxurious protection" iMore 11:17 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Apple's New Map, Expansion #7: Final Parts of the 50 States" Justin O'Beirne 11:15 AM
  • "How to use the Apple Pencil screenshot shortcut on iPad" 9to5Mac 6:33 PM
  • "'What is Announce Calls on iPhone?': How to enable Siri to announce who's calling you on your iPhone" Business Insider 1:55 PM
  • "How to add an attachment in the Reminders app on an iPhone running iOS 13" Business Insider 12:04 PM
  • "How to Automatically Close Safari Tabs on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 10:40 AM
  • "How to enable and use Siri on any iPad model to ask questions, give commands, and more" Business Insider 9:14 AM
  • "How to set Screen Time Communication Limits for kids in iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "When to Order by to Make Sure You Get Your Apple Holiday Gifts" The Mac Observer 7:39 AM
  • "Here's Why Steve Jobs' Apple Keynotes Were So Exciting" iDrop News 6:35 PM
  • "Google app won't show search results for 'What is iMessage?' Nice one, Google." Android Authority 10:40 AM
  • "Six truths about your phone's battery life: Fast charging, overheating and overcharging/We asked experts what fast chargers do to our phone's battery over time and how to extend its life. Here's what we learned." CNET 8:58 AM
  • "xMac, 14-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Air, iMac XDR: Where are these missing Macs?" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Can a New Alliance Help VPN Companies Prove Themselves Trustworthy?" PC Magazine 11:59 AM
  • "Project Connected Home, Broadcom Shopping RF, Facebook's Hardware Plans" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:17 AM
  • "NYT Investigation Reveals How Easily Smartphone Location Data Can Be Used to Identify and Track Individuals" MacRumors 11:17 AM
  • "Opinion | Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:15 AM
  • "Seriously, Stop Trying to Teach Toddlers How to Code: There are other, more important lessons to impart to your preschooler."  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:30 AM
  • "90Hz smartphone display test: Can users really feel the difference?" Android Authority 8:29 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Panic's quirky Playdate handheld will be available for developers soon: The gaming handheld with a crank won't be available to everyone until 2020." Engadget 7:25 PM
  • "OWC launches Accelsior PCIe SSD for Mac Pro, up to 8TB with speeds up to 6000MB/s" 9to5Mac 3:58 PM
  • "Check out these great iPhone 11 Pro photos of the Northern Lights in Sweden" iMore 8:32 AM
  • "LG's latest UltraFine 4K monitor has a unique swiveling hinge" The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "Ghostery launches Ghostery Midnight desktop app with a VPN" The Verge 8:17 AM
  • "Twitter's iPad app is getting a much-needed redesign" The Verge 8:06 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is killing off Windows 7, but Microsoft Security Essentials lives on" TechRadar UK 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Slips Ads Into Windows 10 and This Time They Can't Be Disabled" WebProNews 7:18 AM
  • "Next Windows 10 Version 1909 Cumulative Update Likely to Fix File Explorer Bug" Softpedia 7:23 AM
  • "Cascadia Rail: a Microsoft-backed plan for Pacific Northwest trains" Fast Company 7:16 AM
  • "Government of Canada chooses Microsoft Azure" The Record 7:18 AM
  • "Is Microsoft Office 365 worth it? Should you buy into Microsoft's monthly subscription for Office or is there a better way?" PCWorld Australia 7:18 AM
  • "The Xbox Series X Appears To Be An Absolute Unit" Forbes 7:23 AM
  • "Study: Bing search results suck in entirely new and profound ways" Mashable 7:23 AM
  • "AMD Releases Adrenalin 19.12.3 Drivers: Stability Updates and Fixes Inside" Tom's Hardware 7:20 AM
  • "AMD betting on extra-fast wi-fi to open up virtual reality" Stock Daily Dash 7:22 AM
  • "Lenovo Yoga C940-15 display is brighter than every HP Spectre laptop thus far" NotebookCheck 7:14 AM
  • "Demystifying the black box: IBM on how to get started with AI" IDG Connect 7:12 AM
  • "Here's what you need to make IBM's Data Science Elite Team: All roles on the team need a dose of Python and client facing people need soft skills. Here's a look at how IBM structures its data science SWAT team." ZDNet 11:36 AM
  • "Oracle Cloud, Microsoft Azure expand interoperability to Canada" ZDNet 8:23 AM
  • "Cisco Silicon One could be global IoT foundation, or vendor nightmare - Rethink" Rethink Research 7:13 AM
  • "CES 2020 preview: PCs, laptops, tablets and gaming/Laptops and tablet move into new, experimental forms, while gaming PCs amp up the power." CNET 7:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Chance For Blow Out Earnings But Trading Above Fair Value" Seeking Alpha 7:53 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq set record intraday highs as investors brush off Trump impeachment: China says in touch with U.S. on signing trade deal" MarketWatch 12:03 PM
  • "Dow Rises to a Record High as Investors Look Past Trump Impeachment: Stocks rise and the three major indexes set intraday record highs as Wall Street looks past the impeachment of the president by the House of Representatives." TheStreet 10:47 AM
  • "Dow Jones Scores All-Time High Despite Trump Impeachment; InMode Moves Bullishly Again" Investor's Business Daily 12:02 PM
  • "Stocks hit record highs after House impeaches Trump" FOXBusiness 11:39 AM
  • "S&P 500 on Track to Notch New Record: Consumer-staple and technology stocks lead major indexes higher; Conagra jumps 18%" [Paid Membership Required] 12:02 PM
  • "Asian stocks slip as Bank of Japan keeps rates unchanged: Nikkei edges down, along with Hang Seng" MarketWatch 8:14 AM
  • "European stocks edge higher as investors shrug off Trump impeachment" MarketWatch 8:15 AM

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