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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, January 7, 2020


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Weekend Highlights: Tile, maker of tracking devices, decries Apple's anti-competitive practices and will be among four companies testifying before a House Judiciary subcommittee against big tech monopoly; Apple's purchase of "shows how AI is moving right onto devices" says Wired, opening the future for Apple's AI, and Dan Moren analyzes this and two more of Apple's recent acquisitions; New York Times wonders why the DOJ is pressing Apple for help even though tools exist to crack iPhones—more on Apple vs. DOJ/FBI in our Op/Ed section; AppleInsider has tips for decluttering your Mac; Goldman Sachs insists they're in control of who gets an Apple Card despite Apple's "created by Apple, not a bank" claim; following controversy, Apple's The Banker will be released in theaters, a first for Apple; latest AirPods Pro firmware complaints over worse noise cancellation.

  • "FBI seeks Apple's help unlocking phones of suspected Pensacola naval station gunman: Phones thought to belong to the Saudi air force member accused in the deadly attack are password-protected."  NBC News 7:50 AM
  • "F.B.I. Asks Apple to Help Unlock Two iPhones: The request could reignite a fight between the Silicon Valley giant and law enforcement over access to encrypted technology." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:26 PM
  • "FBI wants Apple to unlock iPhones used by suspected Pensacola shooter" Cult of Mac 7:50 AM
  • "FBI asks Apple to help unlock iPhones of suspected Navy base shooter, report says: The iPhone maker has wrangled in the past with the FBI over unlocking devices." CNET 10:19 AM
  • "US Launches Fresh Assault On Apple's 'Warrant-Proof Encryption'" Forbes 8:24 AM
  • "Apple privacy exec lauds company initiatives, defends stance on encryption"  AppleInsider 8:49 PM
  • "Apple's rare CES appearance was another privacy pitch: The senior director for privacy spoke with the FTC, Facebook and P&G."  Engadget 8:53 PM
  • "Apple returns to CES for privacy roundtable alongside Facebook and others" 9to5Mac 8:50 PM
  • "How to cope with a FileVault recovery key disappearing while you write it down: The key can't be re-displayed once it's dismissed." Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "Track and Tackle" brunerd 7:38 AM
  • "How to remove GPS location data from photos on iPhone or Mac" Intego 1:08 PM
  • "How to run your favorite Quick Action workflows from your Mac's Touch Bar" iDownload Blog 3:15 PM
  • "How to stop Safari asking permission to download everything" Cult of Mac 2:37 PM
  • "How to use AirDrop to send files on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
  • "Learn How To Use Dictation On Your Mac" MacMost 1:03 PM
Press Releases
  • "Firefox 72 improves site notifications tool, rolls out picture-in-picture video to Mac and Linux" BetaNews 8:36 AM
  • "Firefox puts an end to annoying notification requests: It also blocks scripts that try to fingerprint you." Engadget 8:11 AM
  • "We are proud to announce you maWatermarker2: The macOS utility to enrich your photos with a subtle, nice watermark." Moon-App 7:44 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Why Samsung will probably get away with 'borrowing' Face ID icon"  Cult of Mac 10:33 AM
  • "Samsung straight up stole Apple's Face ID icon" iDownload Blog 10:33 AM
  • "Defining the decade: ten years of Apple on one page" 9to5Mac 10:19 AM
  • "At CES, Facebook argues it's just as good on privacy as Apple: A privacy panel at the giant tech conference underscores how crucial the topic has become." CNET 8:46 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone XR has O2 network problem" ["Apple said the issue will be resolved in a new software release."] BBC 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Working on Fix for iPhone XR Users Experiencing Issues on UK's O2 Network" MacRumors 7:43 AM
  • "See what your iPhone will look like in a million years: Our gadgets will outlive us. Artist Nathaniel Stern explores how."  Fast Company 8:45 AM
  • "YouTuber is giddy giving tour of iPhone battery factory" Cult of Mac 2:37 PM
  • "Patricia Arquette Joins Apple Drama Series 'Severance'" Variety 8:02 AM
  • "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet — Official Trailer | Apple TV+" YouTube 1:08 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Alibaba undercuts Amazon in Europe to woo wary brands" Reuters 9:06 PM
  • "Ivanka Trump just spoke for nearly an hour at the biggest tech show in the world, and nobody booed — here are the highlights" Business Insider 8:52 PM
  • "Streaming wars will force media companies to choose between pricey subscriptions and ads: According to a survey, 59% of Americans aren't willing to pay more than $20 a month for streaming services, while 75% say they won't pay more than $30." CNBC 8:48 PM
  • "CES 2020: Bluetooth SIG Announces LE Audio Standard: New Baseline For Next Decade" AnandTech 4:21 PM
  • "A massive telecom union just launched a new campaign to unionize game developers" The Verge 4:21 PM
  • "The best part of the OnePlus Concept One isn't the disappearing camera: It's the ND filter" The Verge 10:33 AM
  • "Facebook's deepfake ban isn't winning over critics: The new rules aren't appeasing the lawmakers who are affected by them" The Verge 3:33 PM
  • "Facebook exec says the company should stay the course for elections: The memo has reportedly sparked internal debate within Facebook." Engadget 3:15 PM
  • "A Facebook Executive Says The Platform Is Responsible For Trump's Election: 'So was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected? I think the answer is yes.'" BuzzFeed News 2:46 PM
  • "Facebook to ban 'deepfakes'" BBC 8:24 AM
  • "MSI's new gaming PC looks like a robot's head" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 144 – Getting More Out of Safari for iPadOS" MacStories 10:33 AM
  • "JBL, SanDisk, Legrand, LE Audio, and More from CES 2020 – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-07" The Mac Observer 10:27 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 325: Tips, apps, and products to get ahead in 2020" iDownload Blog 7:58 AM
  • "iPhone 9 video renders again show iPhone 8 design with frosted glass back" 9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "OnLeaks Shares 'iPhone 9' Renders: 0.5mm Thicker Than iPhone 8, Shiny Frame and Glass Back Are Assumptions" MacRumors 8:37 AM
  • "iPhone 9 coming in March, leak suggests" Apple Must 10:14 AM
  • "Next-generation Bluetooth LE Audio improves sound quality and battery life, and adds audio sharing" TechHive 2:45 PM
  • "Apple's future keyboards may employ colored backlight for user feedback" AppleInsider 7:48 AM
  • "Future Mac, iPad keyboards could offer multiple colors on backlit keys" Apple World Today 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Wins Three Patents covering the iPhone and Fitness Tracking Apple Watch focused on Monitoring the Heart" Patently Apple 7:58 AM
  • "Apple patent involves using iPhone cameras to gather health, fitness data" Apple World Today 8:00 AM
  • "My iPad Is Running Slow, How Can I Fix It?" macReports 8:36 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "iPad Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:44 AM

  • "Cover-Up MacBook Skin review: Real wood or stone for a unique style/Hand-crafted natural materials add a sophisticated aesthetic to your laptop." iMore 11:20 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Spark for iOS review: Free app delivers superior mobile email experience" Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "How to Find AirPods Serial Number (& AirPods Pro)" OS X Daily 11:03 AM
  • "7 cool widgets you can create in Shortcuts on iPhone" iDownload Blog 7:59 AM
  • "How To Increase Your Apple Card Credit Limit" macReports 1:20 PM
  • "If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case" The Register 8:47 PM
  • "iPhone apps, blockchain and the future of food" Computerworld 8:12 AM
  • "Apple TV+ Isn't Worth It" Kirkville 8:00 AM
  • "Pumping the breaks: Apple's car ambitions/It's 2020. Where's the Apple Car?" Macworld 7:51 AM
  • "Hands-on with NVIDIA's first 360Hz esports display" Engadget 9:00 PM
  • "Alienware Concept UFO shows why portable games are better than streaming (for now)/Commentary: The Switch Lite is cool, but have you ever tried a Switch Thicc?" CNET 8:46 PM
  • "Facebook's Deepfake Ban Is a Solution to a Distant Problem" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:42 PM
  • "IoT OS Wars. No Clear Winner Yet" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:15 PM
  • "7 Android trends to watch in 2020: Empty predictions are a dime a dozen — but with mobile tech in particular, long-term trends can tell us a lot about what the future may hold." Computerworld 1:20 PM
  • "Skagen Falster 3 hands-on: Bigger, smarter, and way more comfortable/The Falster 3 benefits from all of Fossil's Gen 5 advancements right out of the box." Android Central 11:10 AM
  • "AI and Girls: Not Repeating the Past" Forbes 10:19 AM
  • "Why USB4 logos will actually make sense: The USB powers that be will clear up the confusing mishmash of logos." PCWorld 8:36 AM
  • "Personal Data Is Valuable. Give Pricing Power to the People: Winning back trust in the digital economy depends on giving people much more control of the usage, ownership, and value of their personal data." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:36 AM
  • "It's 2020 and PCs are Alive and Kicking" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Concept cars and concept foldables betray a lack of confidence" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Samsung just launched an 'artificial human' called Neon, and wait, what?" Mashable 7:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Shift Keyboard introduces a new way to write messages on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 8:49 PM
  • "Zagg reportedly releasing AirPower-like 'drop anywhere' wireless charging mat this year" 9to5Mac 4:39 PM
  • "CES 2020: ZAGG unveils new lineup of protective cases for 10.2-inch iPad" iMore 3:26 PM
  • "CES 2020 Pepcom: Compostable iPhone Cases, AirPods Pro Cases, Foldable PCs, Fancy Trash Cans and More" MacRumors 3:16 PM
  • "CES 2020: The best AirPlay speakers, receivers, and accessories" AppleInsider 11:20 AM
  • "Satechi's new AirPower-like device fast-charges your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at once" iDownload Blog 11:20 AM
  • "Winter TCA 2020 Preview: Apple TV+ to Make Its Press Tour Debut" IndieWire 11:17 AM
  • "Alpine debuts giant iPad Pro-sized CarPlay receiver plus first weather-resistant 9-inch CarPlay option for Jeep Wrangler" 9to5Mac 11:16 AM
  • "Pioneer Debuts Range of NEX In-Dash Receivers With Amazon Alexa Built-In at CES 2020" Business Wire 10:36 AM
  • "Speck's new iPhone cases give your handset its own airbag" Cult of Mac 10:33 AM
  • "Alpine debuts giant iPad Pro-sized CarPlay receiver plus first weather-resistant 9-inch CarPlay option for Jeep Wrangler" 9to5Mac 10:19 AM
  • "Apparently compostable smartphone cases are a thing: Smartphone case maker Incipio just announced a new line of Organicore compostable cases for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max." Liliputing 8:43 AM
  • "CES 2020: Thunderbolt 4 will debut this year with quadruple the speed of USB 3" 9to5Mac 8:35 AM
  • "Razer made another Switch-like mobile gamepad, but this one works with Android and iOS" The Verge 8:12 AM
  • "JBL takes on AirPods with cheaper, more colorful wireless buds" Cult of Mac 7:49 AM
  • "Sleep Crusher Alarm for iOS Outsmarts You to Wake Up Refreshed" prMac 7:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Oracle alleges that Google built Android on 'stolen' technology, as their 10-year legal battle officially goes to the US Supreme Court" [BI Prime] Business Insider 3:10 PM
  • "HP awarded millions in price-fixing case: From the seven companies that made up the case, six settled outside court." ITProPortal 7:24 AM
  • "Intel's Horseshoe Bend prototype is the biggest foldable tablet yet" Engadget 3:32 PM
  • "Inside Intel's Ghost Canyon NUC, the incredibly small modular desktop PC" The Verge 11:45 AM
  • "Intel's Mobileye demos autonomous car that navigates using cameras alone" VentureBeat 6:54 AM
  • "Intel Teases Thunderbolt 4, Light On Details" AnandTech 1:21 PM
  • "AMD unveils Ryzen 4000 Series mobile processors" BetaNews 6:50 AM
  • "AMD officially unveils Ryzen Threadripper 3990X" bit-tech 6:53 AM
  • "AMD rips covers off 64-core Threadripper desktop monster, plus laptop chips, leaving Intel gesturing vaguely at 2021" The Register 3:33 PM
  • "AMD cops to using a phony render of the Xbox Series X in its CES keynote" The Next Web 1:10 PM
  • "Radeon RX 5600 XT will launch January 21st" bit-tech 7:40 AM
  • "CES 2020: New Dell Linux developer XPS 13 laptop is on its way" ZDNet 10:39 AM
  • "Dell's G5 15 SE, a Ryzen 4000 showcase, will ship this April" PCWorld 8:47 PM
  • "Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is 'the world's first foldable PC' with a hefty price tag" BetaNews 6:50 AM
  • "It's 2020: How many PCs are still running Windows 7? 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 11:36 AM
  • "What Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) gets from Wake County in exchange 500-job expansion in Morrisville" Triangle Business Journal 7:25 AM
  • "CES 2020: IBM and Daimler teamed up to make a quantum leap in battery tech" CNET 6:57 AM
  • "Rabobank collaborates on blockchain-based app for coffee drinkers with IBM" Finextra 7:21 AM
  • "Cisco Patches 12 DCNM Vulnerabilities Including 3 Critical Ones" Ciso Mag 7:24 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Should Stop Buying Back Its Stock. Here's What It Should Do Instead." Barron's [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:49 PM
  • "AAPL 2020 performance won't match 2019 – Deutsche Bank" 9to5Mac 10:19 AM
  • "Here's How Apple Could Unlock a Trillion More Dollars" Market Realist 1:10 PM
  • "Foxconn reports revenue growth in 4Q19" DigiTimes 7:52 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close lower as Middle East tensions overshadow optimistic economic data: Investors keep eye on Middle East tensions" MarketWatch 4:38 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Lower; Tesla Hits All-Time High; Oil Slips: Stocks ended lower Tuesday as investors weighed the risks of further escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran." TheStreet 4:38 PM
  • "Stocks slip as traders eye Middle East tensions: Stocks remain within striking distance of all-time highs" FOXBusiness 4:38 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Drop, Oil Prices Fall: Brent crude sinks 0.9% as Iranian officials call for attacks on U.S. targets; European and Asian stock indexes gain" [Paid Membership Required] 4:37 PM
  • "Asian markets rise amid lull in global tensions: Nikkei jumps, along with stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China" MarketWatch 7:16 AM
  • "European stocks rise for first time in three sessions: Aston Martin shares slump" MarketWatch 12:48 PM

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