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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, January 9, 2020


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Thursday Highlights: Impact of coronavirus on Apple and the tech industry difficult to predict; Motley Fool says "Apple TV+ isn't keeping up with the competition"; on the hopeful front for iOS users, rumor has it Apple pondering letting you set your own default apps in iOS—reports in our General Interest section, and we're polling our readers whether you think it true or a cruel tease; Apple may "release GaN USB-C charger with 65W Fast-Charge this year"; patent application hints at iPhone with front/back screens; Ars Technica reviews portable SSDs.

  • "Apple stock reaches all-time high after Chinese government data shows iPhone unit sales spike"  CNBC 4:20 PM
  • "Apple's story is shifting thanks to the massive success of AirPods"  CNBC 8:15 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple AirPods and Totally Wireless Bluetooth Headset Sales Soaring/Rapidly Falling Prices Drive Unprecedented Growth for Totally Wireless Bluetooth Headsets" Business Wire 4:59 PM
  • "Apple nears two-billionth iPhone sale, 13 years after launch: The iPhone turns 13 today, which means Apple Inc.'s flagship product is officially a teenager."  BNN Bloomberg 9:42 AM
  • "When Apple introduced the iPhone, it was the 'computer for the rest of us'" AppleInsider 3:08 PM
  • "Apple Witnesses Strong Momentum in App Store, Services" Zacks 9:59 AM
  • "Will Apple Maintain Its Services Growth in 2020?" Market Realist 8:20 AM
  • "IPhone Hits Double-Digit Growth in China, Official Data Show"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:37 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Popularity Earns Apple Double-Digit Growth in China" MacRumors 8:06 AM
  • "Can Rob McElhenney's 'Mythic Quest' Help Apple Build Its Programming Brand?"  Variety 7:53 AM
  • "Luminar 4 review: AI brings huge creative possibilities to affordable image editor/Affordable image editor powered by artificial intelligence." Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "Manage the built-in fans to make your Mac run cooler with smcFanControl" iDownload Blog 12:27 PM
  • "How to dual boot Mojave and Catalina on the same Mac" iDownload Blog 8:18 AM
  • "How to show the iTunes Store in the Music app on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:12 AM
  • "Mac: How to backup your iPhone in macOS Catalina" 9to5Mac 6:53 PM
  • "How to print Google Slides from your preferred browser on a computer" Business Insider 3:19 PM
Press Releases
  • "'Front and Center' brings classic Mac window management to macOS Catalina" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Sued by Masimo Over Patents for Watch Technology"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:00 PM
  • "Masimo Sues Apple for Stealing Trade Secrets for Health Monitoring Functions in Apple Watch" MacRumors 6:53 PM
  • "Apple's Cook to Receive Irish Award After Years Of Tax Disputes" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:38 AM
  • "San Bernardino 2.0: FBI Asking Apple To Crack Encryption On Phones Owned By Pensacola Naval Station Gunman" Techdirt 8:22 AM
  • "Glitch causes some Apple Pay Express Transit users in NYC to be overcharged" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Apple Watch saves Brazilian man after heart alerts lead to life-threatening tachycardia diagnosis" 9to5Mac 10:00 AM
  • "Apple Watch credited with saving the life of a man who unknowingly had a serious heart condition" BGR 6:49 PM
  • "Grand Apple Store opening this spring on Rome's historic Via del Corso" 9to5Mac 8:04 AM
  • "'Morning Show' Exec Producer on Moving From Programming to Building Production Banner" Variety 3:09 PM
  • "Apple/5G: speed freaks" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "CES: A Tour of the Most Interesting (and Strange) Tech Announcements" MacStories 11:10 AM
  • "Dubai fan has one of the most impressive Apple collections you'll find" Cult of Mac 11:16 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung apps and services now at the center of a privacy controversy" SlashGear 8:41 PM
  • "Reddit bests Facebook by rolling out a superior deepfakes policy" Mashable 6:53 PM
  • "Amazon suspiciously says browser extension Honey is a security risk, now that PayPal owns it: The timing is suspect, and Honey is pushing back" The Verge 5:20 PM
  • "Google Maps for indoor navigation is already here, you've just never heard of it" BGR 4:37 PM
  • "Teen hackers are defacing unsuspecting US websites with pro-Iran messages: 'I do not work for the government,' one hacker told The Verge" The Verge 1:04 PM
  • "States urge court to disregard DOJ backing of T-Mobile-Sprint merger: AGs suing to block the deal say the feds conducted only a 'cursory examination' of the merger." CNET 12:47 PM
  • "This cryptocurrency-stealing malware just got a significant upgrade and new tactics: The malware, linked to North Korean hackers, is after your bitcoin wallet." ZDNet 8:23 AM
  • "LG vows to make its failing mobile unit profitable by the end of 2021" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "CES 2020 day 3: Watch our final day of live CES coverage" CNET 8:06 AM
  • "Bing loses out to DuckDuckGo in Google's new Android search engine ballot" The Verge 8:04 AM
  • "This new Android phone costs less than $500 and has a bunch of features that even the $1,000 iPhone 11 Pro is missing" Business Insider 7:58 AM
  • "Apple At CES, New TV+ Shows – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-09" The Mac Observer 1:02 PM
  • "iPhone and iPad rumors, Intel's new CPUs and Thunderbolt 4, your hot takes, and more: Macworld Podcast episode 681" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Is Now Scanning Your Photos To Check For Child Abuse" Apple Gazette 8:10 AM
  • "Future iPhones may act as emergency beacons even without cell service" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple adds an Optical Sensor to its Optical Imaging System and more to its Haptic Feedback VR Gaming Gloves" Patently Apple 8:12 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints at an 'Apple Glove' for use with 'Apple Glasses' or a gesture-based Mac" Apple World Today 9:07 AM
  • "Apple Patent Reveals Possible new Features for Apple Pencil 3 such as a Rolling Gesture for Zoom Functionality" Patently Apple 8:12 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves ways to 'wake up' your Mac more quickly" Apple World Today 8:06 AM

  • "How to check AirPods battery life from your Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 3:12 PM
  • "Adding Captions To Photos Using The Apple Clips App On Your iPhone" MacMost 1:49 PM
  • "Here's How I Lost 25lbs with an Apple Watch Series 5 (and You Can Too)" iDrop News 12:37 PM
  • "Why is your iPhone's battery draining so fast? Is your iPhone's battery draining faster than expected? Here's how you can find out whether this is a hardware problem, or an app that is misbehaving, and become an iPhone battery wizard!" ZDNet 8:13 AM
  • "iOS: How to Easily Manage SMS Two-Factor Authentication Codes" The Mac Observer 9:07 AM
  • "The iPhone turns 13 today and there's been nothing like it since" Android Authority 3:34 PM
  • "A Surprising Morning Jolt: 'The Morning Show' got good?" 500ish Words 3:10 PM
  • "A decade of iPads in my life: from 'movie Kindle' to indispensable device" 9to5Mac 9:10 AM
  • "Apple's chance to grow as half a billion Windows 7 PCs hit EOL: Apple may reap good harvest as Microsoft pulls support for near half a billion Windows 7 PCs..."  Computerworld 9:07 AM
  • "Apple iOS 13: This Is How Security and Privacy Are Crucial To Apple's Future" Forbes 7:37 AM
  • "Why we've never fallen in love with virtual reality" BBC 6:51 PM
  • "Google's CES booth was more show than substance" Engadget 4:59 PM
  • "Hisense is bringing color e-ink screens to smartphones, but maybe it shouldn't" Android Police 1:04 PM
  • "Twitter Will Let Users Control Who Can Reply To Their Tweets" Benjamin Mayo 9:42 AM
  • "Google Search just got a brilliant new feature I've wanted for so long" BGR 8:20 AM
  • "How Facebook's ad in Teen Vogue came back to haunt it" The Verge 8:03 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Best of the CES Show Floor: Samsung's Ballie, HomeKit Shower Heads, Brydge Keyboards, Concept Phones, and More" MacRumors 7:31 PM
  • "'DOOM' and 'DOOM II' Updates with Level Select, 60fps, New Add-Ons, and More Available Now on All Platforms" Touch Arcade 11:49 AM
  • "CES 2020: Bosch Smart Home System Getting HomeKit Support" The Mac Observer 8:27 AM
  • "'PUBG Mobile' 0.16.5 Adds the Town Arena Domination Map and More with Royale Pass Season 11 Coming Tomorrow" Touch Arcade 8:10 AM
  • "Plex looks to replicate Apple's TV app with subscriptions, deep linking, and more" 9to5Mac 8:04 AM
  • "The most promising AirPower alternative isn't ready yet: A buggy option with no Apple Watch support" The Verge 8:04 AM
  • "TiVo says its official Apple TV app is no longer being actively developed" iDownload Blog 8:18 AM
  • "TiVo's Apple TV and Roku apps 'currently on hold'" iMore 8:18 AM
  • "TiVo might not release an Apple TV app after all" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January? Businesses have many options, but with 25% of Windows users still on 7, security is a worry" The Register 6:13 AM
  • "Shhh! It's us, Microsoft. Yes, it's 2020. We're here with a new build of Windows 10: Ghost of Windows Future takes a bow while the Ghost of Windows Past spots XP in the wild" The Register 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 Commerce app to be available February 3: Microsoft is ready to replace its Dynamics 365 Retail offering with the Dynamics 365 Commerce app, starting February 3, and will be showing off that app at NRF next week." ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft releases tool that can scan chats to detect pedophiles" Live Mint 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft to Address Online Grooming of Children for Sexual Purposes With Chat Scanner" CDR Info 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft releases chat scanner to detect child sex predators" Bloomberg 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft Teams to roll out new Walkie Talkie feature for instant workplace communication" GeekWire 1:04 PM
  • "Microsoft to add new firstline-worker features, like 'Walkie Talkie' voice calls, to Teams: Microsoft is continuing its pursuit of deskless, 'firstline workers' with several new features coming to its Teams group-chat application in the coming months." ZDNet 9:26 AM
  • "Microsoft Pushes Cloud Services to Retailers Anxious to Avoid Amazon" BNN Bloomberg 8:13 AM
  • "Microsoft President Brad Smith on Rethinking a Tech Company's Role: Microsoft's top lawyer recently co-authored a book and shared insights on tech, how Cambridge Analytica changed Washington and other topics." Worth 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft's 15 most significant hirings and departures of 2019" Business Insider 8:26 AM
  • "AMD Delivers New Mobile and Desktop Processors - EE Times Asia" EE Times Asia 6:13 AM
  • "Ryzen 4000 Mobile: We learn more from David McAfee of AMD/It's a 'watershed moment for AMD,' where new chips like the Ryzen 7 4800U will offer 8 cores vs. Ice Lake's 4 cores." PCWorld 8:27 AM
  • "Intel is sampling its discrete graphics card DG1 to independent software vendors" VentureBeat 11:39 AM
  • "Intel DG1 Xe Discrete Graphics First Look: Cards Are Shipping To ISVs" HotHardware 11:39 AM
  • "This is Intel's DG1 discrete GPU, but you can't buy one" The Verge 11:15 AM
  • "Intel Provides Sneak Peek at Its Graphics Card (for Developers)" PC Magazine 3:16 PM
  • "Intel Unveils Cryogenic Chip for Quantum Computing" EE Times Asia 6:12 AM
  • "Intel researchers propose AI that recognizes faces from thermal images" VentureBeat 7:31 PM
  • "HP intros new cloud services as part of Engage portfolio: The new services aim to reduce manual IT work for retailers and hospitality operators." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "The soap opera continues. HP again tells Xerox: Show us more money! $33bn 'significantly undervalue' the stock, your move again copier giant" The Register 8:18 AM
  • "It's Becoming Messy: Judge says IBM's request to shut down age-discrimination lawsuit should be rejected" The Register 8:23 PM
  • "Google and IBM square off in Schrodinger's catfight over quantum supremacy: Should you believe the hype? Well, yes and no" The Register 7:58 AM
  • "IBM quantum computing network adds new Fortune 100 explorers: More businesses are experimenting with quantum computing via IBM's Q Network, including Delta, Anthem, Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo." CIO 8:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple's share price should rise another 50%" Cult of Mac 3:08 PM
  • "Apple crossed $306 overnight" Apple 3.0 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Stock Makes a Strong Start to 2020, Breaches $300" Market Realist 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Is A Sell At $300, Pure And Simple, But We Will Do It 'Diagonally' After All" Seeking Alpha 7:36 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks soar to record close as investor focus shifts back to trade: China confirms plans to send top negotiator to sign phase-one trade agreement with U.S. next week" MarketWatch 4:38 PM
  • "Stocks Close at Record Highs, Dow Just Short of 29,000: The Dow, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq close at record highs Thursday. The Dow finishes just below 29,000." TheStreet 4:38 PM
  • "Dow nears 29,000 for first time, S&P 500, Nasdaq hit records as Iran tensions ease: All three of the major averages were trading in record territory" FOXBusiness 4:38 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close at Fresh Records, Aided by Trade Optimism: China's top trade negotiator will travel to Washington next week to sign initial accord" [Paid Membership Required] 4:37 PM
  • "Asian markets rebound as Mideast tensions ease: Nikkei jumps, solid gains in Hong Kong and mainland China" MarketWatch 8:23 AM
  • "European stocks rise but close just short of record: Global funds are the most overweight on European equities on record, survey funds" MarketWatch 12:25 PM

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