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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, December 31, 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?

  • "Tim Cook Has Increased Apple's Value by More Than $1 Trillion Since Replacing Steve Jobs. No Other CEO Can Say That."  Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:14 PM
  • "Apple's Stock Soared 89% in 2019, Highlighting the Company's Resilience"  Fortune 3:58 PM
  • "A decade of Apple: The most impactful moments of the past 10 years/And none of them are the iPhone X."  Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "AirPods and Watch sales will continue to drive Apple's stock higher in 2020, Citi's Jim Suva says"  CNBC 8:02 AM
  • "AirPods Pro are so popular Apple is struggling to keep up with demand" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Apple accused of crackdown on jailbreaking"  BBC 8:03 AM
  • "How To Spell Check Your Documents On a Mac" MacMost 2:13 PM
  • "The macOS Now Playing Music Widget Could Do So Much More..." Kirkville 8:01 AM
Press Releases
  • "ProtonMail's ProtonCalendar beta is the 'first fully encrypted calendar app'" BetaNews 8:01 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple and other tech companies may face restrictions in Russia due to new protectionist legislation" 9to5Mac 12:52 PM
  • "Tech that defined the decade: A not-at-all-comprehensive look at the tech innovations of the 2010s." Engadget 11:35 AM
  • "Woman uses iPhone's Emergency SOS in attempted assault" Cult of Mac 7:41 AM
  • "October 2019 in review: AirPods Pro & lots of OS updates - but no Apple event" AppleInsider 3:46 PM
  • "September 2019: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPad, and Series 5 Apple Watch" AppleInsider 7:48 AM
  • "ToTok co-founder issues direct appeal to Apple and Google to reinstate app" Arabian Business 9:17 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine Knows Music and Tech. Here's Why He's WorriedThe record executive who made the leap to Silicon Valley looks back on the decade in the music business, and sees a major problem on the horizon." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:30 PM
  • "Jimmy Iovine reveals what's wrong with streaming music, talks Steve Jobs" AppleInsider 6:52 PM
  • "Smartwatch water resistance: The technology demystified" Digital Trends 2:14 PM
  • "Dickinson — Past Meets Present | Apple TV+" YouTube 7:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Consumer spending on mobile games grew 8% to $210 million on Christmas" VentureBeat 6:50 PM
  • "IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not to Compete With TurboTax: The changes come after ProPublica's reporting showed how TurboTax maker Intuit tricked customers into paying for tax prep they could have gotten for free." ProPublica 3:47 PM
  • "IRS stops firms like TurboTax from hiding free tax-filing products in searches/Also: The IRS is no longer banned from creating its own online filing system." CNET 8:45 PM
  • "5G Underwhelms in Its First Big Test: In South Korea, where the next-generation wireless network has been rolled out widely, download speeds have risen but many users aren't impressed" [Paid Membership Required] 2:14 PM
  • "President Trump signs anti-robocall TRACED Act into law: It could reduce (but not stop) the flood of spam calls." Engadget 2:18 PM
  • "TRACED Act signed into law, putting robocallers on notice" TechCrunch 2:13 PM
  • "AnandTech Year In Review 2019: Solid State Drives" AnandTech 8:38 AM
  • "Your train is on time thanks to big data" The Next Web 8:10 AM
  • "Samsung is taking a page out of Apple's playbook by opening stores across the US. Here's how retail spaces from the competing tech giants compare." Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Tech that died in 2019: We bid farewell to... 2019 was the end of the line for products from Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others." PCWorld 8:03 AM
  • "The Decade We Learned There's No Such Thing as Privacy Online: And a corrupt U.S. government seems incapable and unwilling to do anything about it." Vice 8:02 AM
  • "Singapore tax on overseas digital services kicks in tomorrow" ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "LG's answer to foldable phones may be a detachable display that wraps around the phone" Mashable 8:01 AM
  • "Sonos gives a lame reason for bricking older devices in 'Recycle Mode'" Engadget 7:43 AM
  • "Ghosts in the Clouds: Inside China's Major Corporate Hack/A Journal investigation finds the Cloud Hopper attack was much bigger than previously known" [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "MacVoices #19258: Rosemary Orchard Takes Control of Shortcuts" MacVoices 7:21 PM
  • "2019 In Review – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-31" The Mac Observer 12:45 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 324: What we want to see from Apple in 2020" iDownload Blog 7:48 AM
  • "iPhone 2020 a 5G Apple phone without notch: New 5G iPhone 12 models in development. In 2020, the top model even seems to have an in-display fingerprint scanner and an under-screen camera."  Google Dutch-to-English: LetsGoDigital 7:40 AM
  • "Notchless iPhone could be top-end 2020 model – report" 9to5Mac 7:49 AM
  • "Apple rumored to launch a notchless iPhone with in-display Touch ID in 2020" iDownload Blog 10:01 AM
  • "Apple Responds to Report on iOS 13"s Frequent Location Tracking Reminders, Emphasizes Privacy" MacRumors 2:14 PM
  • "Apple's privacy-first approach is why you're seeing those iOS 13 location tracking reminders" iDownload Blog 11:34 AM
  • "Ultra Wideband (UWB) explained (and why it's in the iPhone 11)" Computerworld 8:02 AM
  • "Apple wins their Seventh Patent for an iPhone with Touch Sidewall Displays" Patently Apple 7:48 AM
  • "Apple wins Patent for a Virtual Acoustics Audio System for MacBooks that will Greatly Enhance Audio for Games, Sports and TV+" Patently Apple 7:48 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints at enhanced surround sound features for HomesPods, Macs" Apple World Today 8:07 AM
  • "Apple researching HomePod-like audio for future MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 11:34 AM
  • "Future AirPods and AirPods Pro could pack orientation sensors" Apple World Today 8:18 AM
  • "How to tell if your iPad has water damage, and what to do if it does" Business Insider 11:35 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:34 AM

  • "2019 Mac Pro with M.2 PCIe-based Flash RAID Carrier Boards" Bare Feats 12:45 PM
  • "The best thing about Apple's new iPhone battery case is I don't need it: At the end of 2019, I've come to appreciate that the iPhone is finally fine with battery...but there's more if you want it." CNET 12:57 PM
  • "Best Mechanical Keyboards For The Mac In 2019" Forbes 8:03 AM
  • "PreSonus Eris E4.5 BT speakers review: The convenience of Bluetooth, the accuracy of studio monitors" TechHive 7:48 AM
  • "Best noise-canceling headphones of 2020: Looking for an active noise-canceling headphone? These are CNET's current top picks." CNET 7:53 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Google Duo is the best video calling service you're not using: Google Duo has transformed into a robust video and audio messaging service." Android Central 7:43 AM
  • "How to Watch Minnesota vs Auburn on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, Android, & More" Cord Cutters News 8:54 PM
  • "How to disable Screen Recording on your iPhone in 4 simple steps" Business Insider 2:18 PM
  • "How To Sign In To" macReports 9:44 AM
  • "How to translate an article on Safari using Shortcuts" iDownload Blog 7:47 AM
  • "How to Add an Apple Gift Card to Wallet in iOS 13" The Mac Observer 11:28 AM
  • "The top 5 Apple gadgets rumored for 2020" SlashGear 9:08 PM
  • "This might be the smartphone design to replace the notch in 2020" BGR 9:07 PM
  • "Your next iPhone — coming in 2021 — could be notchless, return to TouchID" Digital Trends 9:04 PM
  • "October 2019 in review: AirPods Pro & lots of OS updates - but no Apple event/October 2019 was full of news about China, just not much about tariffs or manufacturing. It also had the first hints of the Mac Pro, and the macOS and iOS releases were stumbling ahead." AppleInsider 6:53 PM
  • "Comment: A look back at my favorite Apple products as we end another decade" 9to5Mac 2:14 PM
  • "What to Expect From Apple in 2020: New iPhones, Refreshed iPads, Apple Watch Series 6 and More" MacRumors 12:58 PM
  • "Everything we think Apple will release in 2020" Mashable 11:34 AM
  • "iPhone(s) of the Decade: the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus" 512 Pixels 10:01 AM
  • "Forget the $52,000 Mac Pro - the sweet spot is half that: With a fully loaded price exceeding $50,000, the new Mac Pro has polarized tech pundits. But the sweet spot configuration is $25k, not $50k. Is that too much as well? Not compared to past high-end Macs." ZDNet 8:46 AM
  • "The decade in dumb: Looking back on the silliest of Apple commentary/Looking forward to better analysis in the 2020s." Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "Samsung Is Making the Best Phones" Gizmodo 2:14 PM
  • "How home assistants ruined us, an explanation: It's the rise—and revenge—of the machines." Engadget 12:52 PM
  • "The biggest tech event of the year is right around the corner, and it'll give us our first glimpse at the trends that will define 2020 — here's what to expect" Business Insider 8:46 AM
  • "No one is ready for California's new consumer privacy law: Just like the GDPR, it's not totally clear what it means to be compliant with the CCPA" The Verge 8:34 AM
  • "Google's Pixel 4A & Pixel 5 Have To Catch Up With Apple In 2020" Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "BulkPods Case Holds and Charges 48 AirPods Simultaneously" theFlighter 3:57 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Diet tracking app 'Calory' now tracks water, subtracts burned calories, more" 9to5Mac 3:46 PM
  • "Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie is coming to Netflix" Cult of Mac 9:18 AM
  • "Smoke app brings the Steam store to your Apple Watch: But, alas, you can't play Goose Game on your wrist." Engadget 9:18 AM
  • "The 10 best iPhone and iPad games of 2019: Apple Arcade is great, but these 10 iOS games show there's still a lot to love in the regular App Store." [Slideshow] Macworld 7:48 AM
Computer Industry
  • "North Korean hackers stole sensitive information - Microsoft" Reuters 6:31 AM
  • "Microsoft seizes control of 50 websites used by a North Korea-linked hacking group" Daily Mail (UK) 6:31 AM
  • "Microsoft takes legal action against North Korean hackers: A cybercrime group called Thallium stole consumers' login information via phishing, says Microsoft." CNET 1:29 PM
  • "Microsoft takes down domains of N.Korean hackers" Seeking Alpha 6:39 AM
  • "What to Expect from Microsoft in 2020: New software, new hardware, and an aggressive mobile push" Softpedia 11:21 AM
  • "6 AI features Microsoft added to Office in 2019" VentureBeat 3:24 PM
  • "Microsoft's wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2019: Windows surges, Surface somewhat underwhelms, and Microsoft's gaming future looks bright once again. Plus, the most heartwarming moment of the year in tech." PCWorld 6:41 AM
  • "Windows 7 users face last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 before Microsoft ends support" Metro UK 6:32 AM
  • "First externally discovered flaws in Microsoft Edge (Chromium) uncovered" The Daily Swig 6:33 AM
  • "Sony PS5 Rocks 9.2 TFLOP Navi GPU With 36 CUs, Xbox Series X Dialed In At 12 TFLOPs: Report" HotHardware 4:58 PM
  • "AMD based Xbox Series X could have 3584 shader processors" Guru3D 7:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X 48-Core, 96-Thread Monster CPU Tipped For 2020 Launch" HotHardware 4:57 PM
  • "Recent AMD Reports and Comments Bode Well for Future CPU Launches: Like the Zen 2 microarchitecture that powers AMD's latest desktop and server CPUs, the upcoming Zen 3 microarchitecture should deliver healthy performance gains." RealMoney 7:23 AM
  • "Going forward, partners like IBM will 'keep the lights on': IBM India General Manager" The Economic Times 6:35 AM
  • "Tech review: HP Elite Dragonfly is a near-perfect business convertible" The Straits Times 6:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "13 ways of looking at Apple's best year in a decade: New Year's Eve special." Apple 3.0 8:56 PM
  • "After its strongest year in a decade, Apple stock is historically expensive on a price-to-earnings basis" CNBC 2:14 PM
  • "Apple Inc.: One Of The Safest Investments In The Event Of A Recession" Seeking Alpha 11:35 AM
  • "Is Apple Stock Outpacing Its Computer and Technology Peers This Year?" Zacks 11:35 AM
  • "The four largest tech companies are now worth more than $4 trillion"  Quartz 8:38 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends 2019 on a high note as Wall Street closes out a banner year" MarketWatch 5:01 PM
  • "Stocks End Higher on Last Day of 2019 as Trump Says He'll Sign U.S.-China Phase 1 Deal Jan. 15 - Stock Market - Business News, Market Data, Stock Analysis" TheStreet 5:01 PM
  • "Market trends could continue into 2020: Strategist Video" FOXBusiness 7:53 AM
  • "The Bull Market Is Charging Into 2020: Stocks produced their best gains in years for investors in 2019, both in the U.S. and abroad" [Paid Membership Required] 5:00 PM
  • "European stocks down in thin trading - MarketWatch" MarketWatch 7:54 AM

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