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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, January 8, 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.

  • "Apple rings in new era of Services following landmark year: Apple has marked the close of a historic 2019 for its Services offerings, a year that introduced Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Card, and celebrated the continued success of the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud and more experiences only Apple can create and deliver." ["As a measure of the excitement going into 2020, App Store customers spent a record $1.42 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, a 16 percent increase over last year, and $386 million on New Year's Day 2020 alone, a 20 percent increase over last year and a new single-day record."]  Apple 7:47 AM
  • "Apple's news service reaches 100 million users, App Store sales expand" Reuters 7:50 AM
  • "Apple touts strong App Store revenue finish to 2019 ahead of Q1 results, strong services, iPhone 11 demand" ZDNet 7:51 AM
  • "Apple says its App Store hit records in 2019" CNET 8:04 AM
  • "Apple's app sales hit record $2b in final days of 2019" Bloomberg 9:41 PM
  • "Apple stock soars to record high after company announces US$1.42 billion in holiday App Store sales: The record-high close follows an 86 per cent gain through 2019" Business Insider 9:42 PM
  • "Apple could be headed for another battle with the FBI after the agency requested help unlocking 2 iPhones belonging to the suspected Florida shooter" Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 98 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" MacRumors 4:00 PM
  • "How to set up Family Sharing on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac: Share purchases and subscriptions with up to five other family members." Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "iTunes Match can be a problem for switching Apple ID countries: The annual subscription service can only have its renewal revoked, not prematurely expired." Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "How to toggle Dark Mode with the Touch Bar on your Mac" iDownload Blog 12:31 PM
  • "How to hide files and folders on Mac with Terminal" iDownload Blog 8:38 AM
  • "Creating a Form In Mac Numbers Using a Script" MacMost 1:01 PM
  • "A #WWDC19 Takeaway" Rixstep 12:50 PM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome to start blocking annoying notification requests" Ars Technica 12:50 PM
  • "Chrome 80 will help tame those annoying notification requests" Android Central 12:50 PM
  • "Twitter for Mac now has (very basic) Touch Bar support on MacBook Pro and Sidecar" 9to5Mac 9:30 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Some Subway Riders Are Being Double-Charged Thanks To Greedy OMNY Scanners"  Gothamist 6:40 PM
  • "Apple Pay glitch saddles NYC straphangers with accidental charges" New York Post 6:40 PM
  • "Apple Pay Express Transit users hit with unintended charges at New York City turnstiles: A small number of subway riders in New York City this week complained of a bug in Metro Transit Authority (MTA) tap-and-go turnstiles that inadvertently activates the Apple Pay Express Transit feature on user iPhones, resulting in double billing." AppleInsider 6:17 PM
  • "Some New York MTA Apple Pay Users Are Being Hit With Accidental Charges" UberGizmo 6:36 PM
  • "Apple Is Now Scanning Uploaded iCloud Photos To Check For Child Abuse" UberGizmo 6:35 PM
  • "Apple's Privacy Officer Jane Horvath Uses CES Appearance to Defend Company Stance on Encryption and Software Backdoors" MacRumors 8:20 AM
  • "Apple made a rare appearance at tech's biggest conference and defended encryption on the iPhone" Business Insider 8:19 AM
  • "Apple's wants privacy laws to protect its users" Computerworld 9:22 AM
  • "'Mythic Quest' creator Rob McElhenney lauds Apple contributions to creative process" AppleInsider 9:34 PM
  • "CES sure has changed a lot since Apple was last there in 1992" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "An Alleged Spy App Puts Apple in a Bind: Apple and Google both banned ToTok after reports that it was a UAE government surveillance tool. After Google reinstated it, Apple has a hard choice to make."  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:04 AM
  • "Major TikTok Security Flaws Found: The vulnerabilities, which the app says it has fixed, could have let attackers manipulate content and extract personal data." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:51 AM
  • "TikTok Bugs Could Have Allowed Account Takeovers: As the social media app continues to gain popularity, security researchers are taking a closer look under the hood." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:03 AM
  • "TikTok Confirms 'Severe' SMS Security Threat: Critical New Update Released" Forbes 7:58 AM
  • "TikTok Overhauls Community Guidelines to Ban 'Underage Delinquent Behavior'" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:03 AM
  • "Share your best iPhone Night mode photos: Apple is starting the new year by celebrating more captivating ways to shoot on iPhone with an all-new Night mode photo challenge. Users are invited to share their impressive Night mode images captured with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max." Apple 8:23 AM
  • "GLAAD Media Awards Nominations: Netflix Leads Pack That Includes HBO, Disney+ And Apple TV+ – Full List" Deadline 10:30 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Rockwell Automation acquires Avnet to grow cybersecurity portfolio" ZDNet 9:32 PM
  • "Ring of fired: Amazon axes four workers who secretly snooped on netizens' surveillance camera footage" The Register 9:21 PM
  • "Sonos CEO will testify at a House antitrust hearing next week" Engadget 3:57 PM
  • "U.S. lawmakers say Facebook steps to tackle 'deepfake' videos not adequate" Reuters 3:55 PM
  • "France and the US have two weeks to reach a compromise over a controversial tax on Google, Facebook, and other digital companies." Business Insider 3:55 PM
  • "Quibi versus the world: Can Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman change everything about video on your phone?" The Verge 12:34 PM
  • "An uncritical Teen Vogue story about Facebook caused bewilderment about whether it's sponsored content before the entire article vanished" Business Insider 12:28 PM
  • "U.S. to outline strong support for self-driving cars at CES" Reuters 12:25 PM
  • "CES Picks, Happy Birthday Aqua – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-08" The Mac Observer 1:42 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: January 08, 2020 – App Store record, new 'Shot on iPhone' contest" 9to5Mac 12:31 PM
  • "Michael Phelps interview — How Olympic athletes can take advantage of tech" VentureBeat 9:44 AM
  • "Apple's Steve Wozniak Reveals His Love-Hate With Tesla, Facebook And The Joys Of Counterfeiting" [Interview] Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "TiVo's unreleased Roku and Apple TV apps are 'in limbo': The ability to send video from TiVo DVRs to streaming players is on the backburner as TiVo's priorities shift." TechHive 6:35 PM
  • "TiVo app for Apple TV 'in limbo' due to technical issues, strategy shift" AppleInsider 6:35 PM
  • "TiVo's Planned Apple TV App 'In Limbo'" MacRumors 6:36 PM
  • "AirPods will 'just work' with a 10-year-old iPhone" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM

  • "2019 Mac Pro 12-Core transcoding RED to ProRes using multiple GPUs" Bare Feats 8:24 AM
  • "Hands-on: Brydge's Pro+ keyboard with trackpad for iPad Pro and standalone iPadOS Trackpad" 9to5Mac 8:29 AM
  • "HomePod vs. Sonos One Stereo Pair Comparison" Kirkville 9:56 AM
  • "Best Portable Monitors for Mac in 2020" iMore 6:51 PM
iOS Apps
  • "LaunchCuts Review: A Better Way to Organize Your Shortcuts with Folders, Advanced Search, and Custom Views" MacStories 9:30 AM
  • "How to make AirPods Pro fit any ears" Cult of Mac 3:54 PM
  • "Checkra1n For Windows Alternative: How To Use Ra1nUSB For iOS 13.3 Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 12:38 PM
  • "How to Access iCloud Photos from Windows PC" OS X Daily 10:31 AM
  • "Check out these hidden AirPods Pro settings on your iPhone" Cult of Mac 1:46 PM
  • "How and where to find your iPhone serial number and IMEI" iDownload Blog 8:38 AM
  • "Apple's services division delivered record-breaking revenue in 2019" BGR 7:44 PM
  • "FBI vs. iPhone Encryption, Round Two: Pensacola Shooter" Daring Fireball 1:46 PM
  • "App Store Year-Over-Year Growth in the Christmas to New Year's Eve Holiday Week" Daring Fireball 3:55 PM
  • "Forget About The iPhone 11: Why Services Are Apple's Smartest Trick" Forbes 1:01 PM
  • "Apple Vaguely Claims a Services Bonanza" Thurrott 10:55 AM
  • "Even the world's top Samsung insider can't believe how blatantly Samsung just copied Apple" BGR 8:42 AM
  • "Comment: Latest FBI iPhone case is actually rather good timing for Apple" 9to5Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Why the iPad needs to embrace mice and trackpads: Using an external pointing device can help make the iPad a better device."  Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "Cassandra -Wednesday Diversion: iOS 13 Photo-sync problems on iPhone 11 Pro -now for the Engineers" eXtensions 7:54 AM
  • "Hands on with the foldable Motorola razr" [Video] Mashable 1:01 PM
  • "Ajit Pai Still Thinks Killing Net Neutrality Was a Brilliant Idea: The FCC boss insisted at CES that ignoring the public and killing net neutrality fixed America's broadband problems. It didn't." Vice 10:30 AM
  • "Dear Google, as a Play Music user, decide what you want YouTube Music to be" Memeburn 8:45 AM
  • "Smart tech is coming for your last safe space: the bathroom" The Verge 8:42 AM
  • "Ivanka Trump disrupted the conversation about women in tech: While saying nothing about them." Engadget 8:39 AM
  • "Instant translation earbuds aim to bring one of the best 'Hitchhiker's Guide' inventions to life" [Video] Mashable 8:33 AM
  • "I have seen the AI dystopia and it looks like Neon" Mashable 8:33 AM
  • "Neon CEO explains the tech behind his overhyped 'artificial humans'" The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "The PlayStation 5 Should Already Have A Major Advantage Over Xbox Series X" Forbes 8:23 AM
  • "What is gallium nitride and what does it mean for your tech?" Android Authority 8:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "CES 2020: JBL debuts soundbar with detachable speakers and Airplay 2 support" iMore 5:44 PM
  • "Using Apple Pay Express Transit on The London Underground" The Mac Observer 5:47 PM
  • "WD's prototype portable SSD drive puts 8TB in your pocket: Somehow WD crammed 8TB of NAND into a tiny portable USB drive." PCWorld 12:30 PM
  • "Linedock for MacBook Pro brings 10 ports with an extra charge and user-upgradable SSD in a sleek package" 9to5Mac 10:10 AM
  • "August Introduces New Wi-Fi Smart Lock" ["Customers can also remotely check the status of their door at any time with August's exclusive DoorSense™ technology, as well as integrate it with leading hosting platforms, security systems and smart home platforms (including Airbnb,, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit)."] Business Wire 9:53 AM
  • "Samsung's T7 Touch portable SSD blends blazing-fast speeds with fingerprint security" PCWorld 9:30 AM
  • "Razer and Gamevice Announced the Razer Kishi Controller for iOS and Android Set to Offer a Modern Console Controller Experience" Touch Arcade 8:45 AM
  • "Every new HomeKit-supported device announced at CES 2020" iMore 8:38 AM
  • "Linksys routers will soon monitor your breathing as well as movement" The Verge 8:29 AM
  • "Apple TV App Coming to Select Sony and Vizio Smart TVs Later This Year" MacRumors 8:20 AM
  • "CES 2020: Best of hard drives and SSDs" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "Eve launches first HomeKit Secure Video CCTV system" Apple Must 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Can Go 'Well Beyond' a $1 Trillion Market Value, Analyst Says" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:28 PM
  • "Microsoft boosts programming language Python's popular VS Code extension" ZDNet 7:46 AM
  • "Intel and Google are Partnering on High-End Chromebooks" Thurrott 8:45 AM
  • "Intel's Mobileye Wins Deals in China and South Korea" Zacks 8:32 AM
  • "Intel's New Thunderbolt 4 Standard Isn't Faster Than Thunderbolt 3" Redmond Pie 9:33 AM
  • "Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-H 5GHz Laptop CPU Shipping Window Confirmed" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "AMD CEO interview — Expect a lot more from us in 2020" VentureBeat 1:46 PM
  • "AMD CEO Lisa Su Confirms Zen 3 For 2020, 'Big Navi', Ryzen Navi APUs And More At CES" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "AMD's third shoe finally drops at CES 2020—7nm Zen 2 mobile CPUs: Intel focused on AI acceleration—but AMD went unapologetically hard on gaming." Ars Technica 8:42 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Mobile 4000 CPUs Ready to Take On Intel" Market Realist 12:31 PM
  • "AMD announces new CPUs and GPUs at CES 2020" DigiTimes 8:24 AM
  • "'Buyer's remorse' drove HP's legal crusade to go after Lynch, High Court told" The Register 8:04 AM
  • "CES 2020: HP's Envy All-in-One 32 w/ Core i7, GeForce RTX 2080, HDR600, 2.1 Audio" AnandTech 12:31 PM
  • "HP dismisses Xerox's $24 million financing commitment" ZDNet 7:45 PM
  • "Dell's Latitude 9510 shakes up corporate laptops with 5G, machine learning and thin bezels" PCWorld 9:31 AM
  • "Cisco and Palo Alto Networks Cut to Neutral at Bank of America: Cisco Systems and Palo Alto Networks are lower after Bank of America analysts downgrade shares of the tech companies to neutral from buy." TheStreet 8:32 AM
  • "New-gen PC processors to stimulate demand starting 3Q20" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:23 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple shares shrug off war threat as analysts scramble to raise their targets" AppleInsider 10:10 AM
  • "Here's Why Momentum Investors Will Love Apple" Zacks 12:33 PM
  • "Apple: Overvalued, But Optimism Warranted" Seeking Alpha 10:10 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P, Nasdaq close at new records after Trump minimizes Iran strikes; Dow gains capped by Boeing: Stocks recover, oil and gold slump in volatile trading on Mid-East tensions" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Nasdaq Closes At Record Highs as Trump Says Iran Appears to Back Off: The Nasdaq closes at a record high Wednesday after Donald Trump says Iran 'appeared to be standing down' after Iranian missiles struck two American military bases in Iraq." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Stock Market Roars Back After Trump Iran Speech But Fade Late; FANG Stocks Show Some Bite" Investor's Business Daily 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks Rise on Hopes for Easing Mideast Tensions: Initially sharp moves in stocks, bonds and commodities moderate" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets pull back after Iranian missile attack: Nikkei drops sharply as traders await next move in Middle East" MarketWatch and Associated Press 8:47 AM
  • "European stocks under pressure after Iran missile strikes rattle investors" MarketWatch 8:47 AM

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