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MacSurfer's Archive: Saturday, December 21, 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 reportedly working on a satellite network for its own devices"  TechRadar UK 7:27 AM
  • "Apple 2020 preview: iPhone 12, Apple Watch 6 and a lot more/Here's what the coming year looks like for Apple"  Tom's Guide 11:28 AM
  • "Analyst: AirPods revenue could double in 2020 with shipments hitting 85M units" 9to5Mac 9:54 AM
  • "Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices: The iPhone maker is ramping up hiring, hoping for the initiative to produce results within five years."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/20
  • "Apple reportedly working on satellite technology for direct wireless iPhone data transmission" TechCrunch 12/20
  • "Apple's Secret Plan: Beaming Content Directly to Your Device/The iPhone maker has a secret team working on satellites and related wireless technology to find ways to connect its products and services directly to its devices, a report says." TheStreet 12/20
  • "Report: Apple is developing satellites so the iPhone can skip wireless carriers/The company hopes to deploy something within five years, according to Bloomberg." Ars Technica 12/20
  • "AirPods were a $6 billion business for Apple this year and will be even bigger next year, top analyst says"  CNBC 12/20
  • "AirPods could be a $15 billion business in 2020" Cult of Mac 12/20
  • "Apple's most significant moves of 2019"  Macworld 12/20
  • "Reported: Apple's Iowa data center faces delay/Apparently, Apple has requested an extension to its planning permit" Data Center Dynamics 12/20
  • "Apple open-sources HomeKit tools to speed up smart home push" The Verge 12/20
  • "Apple Open Sources Some of HomeKit" Thurrott 12/20
  • "Create a Magic Fireball Video Using the Software On Your Mac" MacMost 12/20
  • "10 macOS Catalina features you (probably) didn't know" Computerworld 12/20
  • "5+ ways to increase the working Desktop area on your Mac" Apple Must 12/20
  • "Your Call is Being Connected" Rixstep 9:22 AM
Press Releases
  • "Aperture and Lightroom photo libraries migration with Avalanche" prMac 12/20
  • "Email usernames and passwords can be extracted from locked iPhones on iOS 13.3" 9to5Mac 12/20
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "22-year-old London man who tried to extort Apple will not serve prison time: Kerem Albayrak demanded $100,000 in bitcoin after threatening to factory reset 382 million iCloud accounts." iMore 7:26 AM
  • "Apple In Talks With James Bond Franchise, Pac-12 Conference To Boost New TV Service: WSJ" Benzinga 12/20
  • "Developer Blix claims new evidence of App Store 'monopoly' in court filing: Developer Blix, maker of apps Followapp and BlueMail, on Friday filed an amended complaint against Apple claiming it has fresh evidence that the tech giant favors its own apps over similar offerings from third-parties in the App Store." AppleInsider 12/20
  • "Apple Publishes New Apple Platform Security Guide" MacRumors 12/20
  • "Apple Confirms iPhone Hacking Reward Of $1.5 Million" Forbes 12/20
  • "Apple Kicks Off Public Bug Bounty Program: Apple this week kicked off its public bug bounty program, just over four months after announcing it officially at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas." SecurityWeek 12/20
  • "Apple Officially Launches Public Bug Bounty Program Covering All Apple Software" MacRumors 12/20
  • "Apple launches $1million prize program for hackers to learn more about 'zero click attacks' | Daily Mail Online" Daily Mail (UK) 12/20
  • "Hacker who blackmailed Apple in 2017 gets no prison time" ZDNet 12/20
  • "The 10 best Mac games of 2019: Apple Arcade stole the spotlight this year, but 2019 also gave us some great games that weren't part of Apple's subscription service." Macworld 12/20
Non-Apple News
  • "NBC Peacock to Feature Ad-Supported Plans, Live TV" PC Magazine 9:09 PM
  • "FBI program helps companies fool hackers with 'decoy data': IDLE might reduce the chances of thieves making off with valuable data" Engadget 8:17 PM
  • "Flickr CEO Posts Public Plea for Help to 'Keep the Flickr Dream Alive'" PetaPixel 11:26 AM
  • "Report: NBC's Apple TV+ competitor to offer 'live' TV, exclude shows like 'The Office' from free tier" 9to5Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Motorola Slightly Delays the Razr: Motorola says it's 'adjusting' the launch date for its $1,499.99 foldable Razr smartphone, which appears to mean it's coming out a little later than initially planned." PC Magazine 12/20
  • "U.S. Justice Department and FCC fight state effort to block merger of Sprint, T-Mobile" Reuters 12/20
  • "Wawa says data breach affected thousands over 10 months" Associated Press 12/20
  • "Report: Facebook Is Developing an Operating System" PC Magazine 12/20
  • "MacVoices #19256: MacVoices Gift Guide #8" MacVoice 12/20
  • "It's the hottest gifts, tech, and stuff of 2019, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 12/20
  • "Apple takes 66% of smartphone profits, HomeKit, Mac Pro, Apple AR & more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 12/20
  • "Our Favorite Gadgets From 2019, Plus Our 2020 Predictions" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/20
  • "Locked iPhones On iOS 13.3 Uncrackable? Guess Again, Elcomsoft's Tool Gets At Data" HotHardware 4:37 PM
  • "5G iPhones reportedly to feature sensor-shift stabilization technology, say sources" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12/20
  • "2020 iPhone rumored to feature sensor-shift image stabilization camera system"  9to5Mac 12/20
  • "Apple's 5G 'iPhone 12" may use sensor-shifting technology to stabilize images" AppleInsider 12/20
  • "2013-14 MacBook Pro models are no longer eligible for anti-reflective coating repair program: No other MacBooks have been added..." iMore 7:20 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/20
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/20
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/20

  • "Apple MacBook Pro 16in Review: Design, Power & A Brilliant Keyboard. Updated With New Deals" Forbes 6:40 PM
  • "Review: Braven's Flye Sport Rush wireless earbuds have great sound — and a design flaw" AppleInsider 4:46 PM
  • "Review: Promise Pegasus R4i MPX RAID storage for Mac Pro" 9to5Mac 12/20
  • "Hands on: Apple Pro Display XDR/We finally have our hands on Apple's new Pro Display XDR, the company's first branded monitor since the cancellation of Thunderbolt Display in 2016. Follow along as we run through the pro-level display's design and features." AppleInsider 12/20
  • "Shootout: 2019 Mac Pro 12-Core versus 2010 Mac Pro 12-Core" Bare Feats 12/20
  • "1More wired in-ear headphone reviews: Do more drivers equal better performance?" TechHive 12/20
iOS Apps
  • "Jenny LeClue: Detectivú for Apple Arcade Review: The Case of the Missing Ending" iMore 10:57 AM
  • "Can't unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch? Here's how to fix it! If your Apple Watch has stopped unlocking your Mac, here are some fixes you can try!" iMore 7:21 AM
  • "How to Mirror iPhone or iPad Screen to Apple TV with AirPlay" OS X Daily 12/20
  • "Batteries not included: USB Power Delivery is the fastest way to charge iPhone and Android devices/The latest generation of iPhone and Android hardware supports the fastest charge technologies possible. But don't just use the cable and charger that come in the box" ZDNet 5:48 PM
  • "Apple AirPods: We show you how to unlock all of their magical features/Use AirPods with your iPhone, iPad or Mac to do more than just listen to music." CNET 7:28 AM
  • "'Why are my iPhone messages green?': What green-colored messages mean, and how to turn on iMessage" Business Insider 12/20
  • "Three Essential MacBook Updates To Improve Apple's MacBook Pro" Forbes 9:09 PM
  • "Here's how Apple TV has quietly become a robust digital signage solution" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Marathon is Mac's answer to Doom" Cult of Mac 9:45 AM
  • "How Atari took on Apple in the 1980s home PC wars: What Jony Ive's exit really means for Apple, according to experts" Fast Company 7:52 AM
  • "Why Apple's iPad is my personal gadget of the decade" Fast Company 7:27 AM
  • "Cassandra - Saturday Diversion: Ongoing Photo Sync Failure on iPhone 11 Pro and the Apple Store, Bangkok" eXtensions 7:09 AM
  • "Mac Pro: Here are all the external display configurations possible" 9to5Mac 12/20
  • "Comment: Sensor stabilization in iPhones would have at least two benefits" 9to5Mac 12/20
  • "Comment: Apple's satellite project is not sci-fi, but don't get too excited" 9to5Mac 12/20
  • "Apple Issues New Blow To Google With This Bold Security Move" Forbes 12/20
  • "The promise of 5G will have to keep waiting" VentureBeat 5:48 PM
  • "TV changed a lot in the 2010s, and the decade's best reflects that" Ars Technica 10:36 AM
  • "Netflix film 6 Underground is mild, forgettable fun: 6 Underground is what happens when you ask Michael Bay to make a bunch of minigames." Ars Technica 7:22 AM
  • "Sony Xperia 5 review: the smaller, taller phone/It's perfectly fine and will be completely overlooked" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "The best home security cameras of 2019: Whether you're concerned about home intruders or just need to spy on your dog, these cameras can stream a live video feed straight to your smartphone." CNET 7:20 AM
  • "Top gadgets for the security and privacy conscious (or the super paranoid!): Keep your data and personal information safe from hackers and prevent your devices from being used to spy on you with these security and privacy gadgets." ZDNet 7:16 AM
  • "Google Pixel 4 XL review, one month later: A love-hate relationship" Android Central 12/20
  • "Can Twitter Ever Be Decentralized? Jack Dorsey's plan is long on ambition and short on detail." Slate 12/20
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Introduction to Apple platform security" Apple Support 7:52 AM
  • "Notes, Photos, and Reminders Now Appear on Mobile" The Mac Observer 12/20
  • "The best games on Apple Arcade: In its first few months, the service has already built up a strong library." Engadget 12/20
  • "'Company of Heroes' for iPad Has Been Delayed from This Year with the Game Looking 'Great' So Far According to Feral Interactive" Touch Arcade 12/20
  • "Lego Builder's Journey now available exclusively on Apple Arcade" CNET 12/20
  • "Lego waxes poetic with new Apple Arcade puzzler" Cult of Mac 12/20
  • "Peach Case for Apple AirPods is a cute little stocking stuffer" Apple World Today 12/20
  • "OWC's Dock Ejector app is a useful tool for the 16-inch MacBook Pro" Apple World Today 12/20
  • "OWC's Accelsior PCIe SSD adds up to 8TB of 6000MB/s storage to Mac Pro" iMore 12/20
  • "'Hearthstone' Patch 16.0.5 Brings Various Nerfs and Also Big Changes to Battlegrounds with a New Festive Bundle Available That Includes a New Druid Hero" Touch Arcade 12/20
  • "Mario Kart Tour's anticipated multiplayer beta goes live" Cult of Mac 12/20
Computer Industry
  • "How many PCs will still be running Windows 7 in 2020? A hundred million here, a half-billion there: Calculating the installed base of PCs, including those still running Windows 7, is a tricky task, filled with uncertainty. After clearing away the noise, I think I've got a reliable estimate." ZDNet 9:08 PM
  • "How To Secure Microsoft Windows 10 In Eight Easy Steps" Forbes 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft set to kill Grammarly with new Microsoft Editor Chrome extension" MSPoweruser 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft Office extension for Chrome is apparently getting Grammarly-like functionality" OnMSFT 6:39 PM
  • "Intel Sneakily Fires Back At DG1 GPU Rumors: 'Humming' Along And Coming Soon!" WCCFTech 7:10 PM
  • "First-gen Ryzen chips might be sneakily getting an upgrade to 12nm" TechSpot 7:10 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 4900H 8-Core, 16-Thread Beast CPU Is Coming To Gaming Laptops" HotHardware 4:38 PM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT budget GPU set to be unleashed at CES, rumor has it: RX 5600 XT is allegedly part of Gigabyte's leaked 'Eagle' range of incoming GPUs" TechRadar UK 7:09 PM
  • "Microsoft dissolves links between features and Windows 10 releases" Computerworld 12/20
  • "Microsoft keeps building in N Carolina with 500 more jobs" Associated Press 12/20
  • "Microsoft could soon acquire a Polish games studio, according to industry enthusiast" KitGuru 12/20
  • "Microsoft 'ScaleUp' Nurtures 18 Startups In 12 Months" IANS 12/20
  • "IBM's efficient new battery for gadgets doesn't require mining for heavy metals" The Next Web 12/20
  • "IBM to Google: Istio, Knative, TensorFlow should be under 'open governance'" The Register 12/20
  • "IBM Cloud, Watson & AI Solutions Gain Traction in Europe" Zacks 12/20
  • "Intel Optane: The missing link to a good virtual PC or gaming solution" Computerworld 12/20
  • "Intel Hires Ex-AMD Silicon Design Exec To Lead Discrete GPU Efforts" CRN 12/20
  • "Intel Hires Ex-AMD Executive to Lead Discrete GPU SoC Design" Tom's Hardware 12/20
  • "Ex-AMD Chip Exec Heads To Intel To Help Spearhead Discrete GPU Development" HotHardware 12/20
  • "Intel Optane: The missing link to a good virtual PC or gaming solution" Computerworld 12/20
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 4700U 8-Core Renoir Zen 2 APU Leaks With 4.2GHz Boost Clock" HotHardware 12/20
  • "Fake HP, Dell Batteries on eBay End in Chinese National's Arrest" Bloomberg Law 12/20
  • "Dell appoints new UK sales lead: Claire Vyvyan will also step into a European role" CRN 12/20
  • "Cisco looks to make hay as data bill may bring in deals from government, banks: The $52 billion tech leader has been focusing on software-led revenue growth and subscription-based deals across global markets. After the RBI mandated last year that data of all payment banks should to be stored in servers locally." The Economic Times 12/20
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Best Stocks of the Year: Apple Is Number 1/The tech giant's shares experienced quite the turnaround in 2019." TheStreet 12/20
  • "Piper Jaffray ups AAPL price target to $305, sees 'perfect storm' for 'iPhone 5G'" AppleInsider 12/20
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq close at record highs, notch fourth straight week of gains: S&P 500 up for 7 out of last 8 trading days" MarketWatch 12/20
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Close at Record Highs Again as Wall Street Buoyed by Trade Optimism: © 2019 TheStreet, Inc. All rights reserved. Action Alerts PLUS is a registered trademark of TheStreet, Inc." TheStreet 12/20
  • "Stocks rally to new record ahead of holiday week" FOXBusiness 12/20
  • "Stocks Climb Again to Highs: Major U.S. indexes bolstered by signs of economic strength and easing trade tensions" [Paid Membership Required] 12/20

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