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MacSurfer's Archive: Saturday, January 11, 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.

  • "Why Apple May Have Returned to Growth in Greater China: Several data points suggest sales trends are improving for the tech giant in this important overseas market."  Motley Fool 8:49 AM
  • "Apple pushes recycling of iPhone with 'Daisy' robot" Reuters 11:51 AM
  • "Apple pushes recycling of iPhones with 'Daisy' robot to recover minerals" Reuters 8:49 AM
  • "New report details Apple's iPhone disassembly robot and its efforts to stop mining the earth" 9to5Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Apple wants to become a 'closed-loop' manufacturer: That means it would never have to rely on mining for materials again..." iMore 9:13 AM
  • "Apple could be close to a $2 trillion company in 2020: top strategist"  Yahoo Finance 1/10
  • "Apple Extends Record Run as China iPhone Sales Surge: Apple is set to print a fresh record high Friday, taking its market value past $1.4 trillion, as data shows surging iPhone sales in China as trade tensions ease."  TheStreet 1/10
  • "How 5G Will Affect the Fortunes of Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and the Rest of Big Tech: Apple will be the most immediate beneficiary of 5G as it makes its first iPhone model with the technology this fall, but there's plenty if opportunity for Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Facebook in richer apps and services."  TheStreet 1/10
  • "Apple sued for allegedly stealing Apple Watch heart monitoring tech" Cult of Mac 1/10
  • "Apple Sued for Patent Infringement by Masimo and Affiliate: The companies allege that their confidential information was lifted for use in the Apple Watch" Motley Fool 1/10
  • "Mozilla Releases Firefox 72, Addresses 0-Day Exploit" Thurrott 1/10
  • "PSA: Update Firefox now, says Homeland Security, to block real-life attacks" 9to5Mac 1/10
  • "How to run Terminal commands from a script on macOS" AddictiveTips 1:04 PM
  • "How to use Apple ID to create passwords for your apps: Apple ID lets you create up to 25 app-specific passwords for third-party apps." Macworld 1/10
  • "macOS Catalina: How to backup photos and videos with iCloud Photos" 9to5Mac 1/10
  • "Which App To Use: Calendar vs. Reminders" MacMost 1/10
  • "'Why I Finally Switched from Chrome to Firefox - and You Should Too'" Slashdot 8:08 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Masimo claims Apple stole trade secrets, poached employees for Apple Watch" Digital Trends 9:04 PM
  • "Shot on iPhone 11 Pro — Chinese New Year — Daughter" YouTube 2:44 PM
  • "Shot on iPhone 11 Pro — Chinese New Year — Making of 'Daughter' with Director Theodore Melfi" YouTube 2:45 PM
  • "Oprah Drops Sundance Doc Starring Russell Simmons Rape Accusers – Variety" Variety 1/10
  • "Oprah backs out of sexual assault documentary bound for Apple TV+, film will not air on Apple service"  AppleInsider 1/10
  • "Oprah is yanking an upcoming #MeToo documentary from Apple TV+ over creative differences: She claims the film wasn't ready, and she's no longer producing it" The Verge 1/10
  • "Oprah cancels Apple TV+ documentary on sexual assault in the music industry, only one month after Apple announced it" 9to5Mac 1/10
  • "Oprah Winfrey Upcoming Documentary for Apple TV+ Has Been Canceled" Cord Cutters News 1/10
  • "Apple is now collecting donations to help with Australia's bushfires" AppleInsider 1/10
  • "Apple partners with Red Cross to accept donations to fight Australia bushfires" Cult of Mac 1/10
  • "Apple moving to downtown Montreal" The Logic [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1/10
  • "Apple is opening a new office in downtown Montreal: It will be based in the Deloitte Tower!" iMore 1/10
  • "Stamford Apple Store to be replaced by SoNo Collection location in February" 9to5Mac 1/10
  • "A music artist says Apple Music pays her 4 times what Spotify does per stream, and it shows how wildly royalty payments can vary between services" Business Insider 1/10
  • "Apple Watch fall detection sends paramedics to the rescue when San Francisco e-biker hit by car" 9to5Mac 1/10
  • "75% of iCloud users protected by two-factor authentication, according to Apple" The Apple Post 1/10
  • "Fraudster posing as Apple tech support steals $16,000 from Mac owner" Cult of Mac 1/10
Non-Apple News
  • "Privacy Rights Groups' Open Letter Implores Google To Cleanse Android Of Exploitative Bloatware" HotHardware 4:57 PM
  • "Google pushed to take action against Android bloatware by 50+ organizations" 9to5Google 1:06 PM
  • "This concept Android Auto app uses nearby phones to detect pedestrians" 9to5Google 1:04 PM
  • "CES 2020: In pictures/Engadget's CES experience, told exclusively through photographs." Engadget 9:14 AM
  • "Amazon takes a swipe at PayPal's $4 billion acquisition: Holiday shoppers warned that Honey, a popular browser extension, was a 'security risk.'" Ars Technica 8:44 AM
  • "Proof-of-concept code published for Citrix bug as attacks intensify" ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "CES 2020 in Photos: Living in a Material World /WIRED photographer Amy Lombard captures the glory, chaos, and optimism of the consumer tech extravaganza." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:04 AM
  • "The most important health devices to know about from CES 2020: Non-invasive blood sugar monitoring, AI and fertility were all big topics at the show." CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Does Amazon pay enough in taxes? Source says local tax bill was $297M last year" GeekWire 1/10
  • "Scientists Made a Nearly Invincible Lithium-Ion Battery: This new type of battery can be cut, bent, soaked, shot, and lit on fire—and it still powers up just fine." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/10
  • "5G Home Internet Won't Happen Until Later in 2020, Alas: A new report says Verizon may wait until the second half of the year to offer 5G to more home users, and we found that it seems to only be signing up new customers in Chicago." PC Magazine 1/10
  • "Hundreds of millions of cable modems are vulnerable to new Cable Haunt vulnerability" ZDNet 1/10
  • "Bill would ban cellphone use for those under 21: A bill has been introduced in the state Senate that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use or possess a cellphone." The Barre Montpelier Times Argus, Vermont 1/10
  • "CES 2020 recap: It's a wrap! What surprised us at CES 2020? Sony's Vision S EV, the Samsung Ballie robot and more." Engadget 1/10
  • "Amazon calls PayPal's $4 billion Honey browser add-on a 'security risk'" Engadget 1/10
  • "Only 1 in 5 Americans wear a smartwatch or fitness tracker" 9to5Google 1/10
  • "Google details its three-year fight against the Bread (Joker) malware operation" ZDNet 1/10
  • "Google Pay for Android adds support for campus IDs" 9to5Google 1/10
  • "A Glimpse of Our Connected Tech Future, Courtesy of CES 2020/Paying for gas with Amazon's Alexa or playing table tennis with a robot: Whether the latest tech trends will become fixtures in our lives is an open question." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/10
  • "Podcast: CES 2020" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:44 AM
  • "CES -Sketchboard Pro Improves The iPad for Graphic Professionals" MacVoices 1/10
  • "Mingis on Tech, Episode 29: It's show-and-tell time with the new MacBook Pro" Computerworld 1/10
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 259: Apple at CES 2019, Services era, iPhone Night mode contest" 9to5Mac 1/10
  • "Trade In Values, Cryptocurrency Attacks – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-10" The Mac Observer 1/10
  • "Vergecast: a week at CES 2020/Our final roundup of tech news from the Consumer Electronics Show" The Verge 1/10
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Volume, AppleCare, and Dio Holograms" The Loop 1/10
  • "Engadget Podcast: CES 2020 and a chat with technologist John Maeda" Engadget 1/10
  • "Apple defends privacy stance & FBI wants iPhones unlocked on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 1/10
  • "Everything We Saw, Ate, Rode, Poked, and Played With at CES: The Gadget Lab hosts look back at a show filled with fake-meat sliders, AI everything, and an ocean of electric scooters." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/10
  • "Sorry, But Apple Says Your iPhone Is Worth a Lot Less" Softpedia 8:49 AM
  • "Apple's Mac mini is the little Mac that could, 15 years later"  AppleInsider 1/10
  • "Google Reveals How To Hack An Apple iPhone Within Minutes" ["Leveraging just one vulnerability labeled CVE-2019-8641, GroƟ was also able to remotely activate an Apple iPhone's microphone and camera without any interaction from the user. In simple terms, this means an attacker could gain access to your iPhone without you clicking a malicious URL. First things first: This vulnerability was fixed by Apple, so it's not a danger to you any longer–unless of course you have avoided applying iOS updates on your phone."] Forbes 1/10
  • "Apple Slashes Estimated Trade-In Values of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch Models Overnight" MacRumors 1/10
  • "Apple just slashed the estimated trade-in values of iPhones, Macs, and more" BGR 1/10
  • "New Apple Pencil may include more gestures and even a camera: New patents show us an exciting list of new gestures that may come to a future Apple Pencil, and we may even get a camera as well" Pocketnow 1/10
  • "Apple Launches Free iPhone Battery Case Replacement Program: iPhone battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR are malfunctioning; therefore, Apple will replace affected units manufactured between January 2019 and October 2019 for free." PC Magazine 2:57 PM
  • "Apple will replace some faulty iPhone XS battery cases for free: The affected cases suffer from charging issues." Engadget 8:40 AM
  • "Apple initiates Smart Battery Case replacement program for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR" AppleInsider 1/10
  • "Apple begins replacement program for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR Smart Battery Cases" CNET 1/10
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/10
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/10
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/10

  • "Apple iPhone 11 Pro Long-Term Review" Forbes 1:04 PM
  • "Going hands on with Nomad's Base Station Pro — The first real free-placement Qi charger" AppleInsider 8:08 PM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro 16in review: A little bigger, a lot better/A sleek, powerhouse of a laptop with incredible upgrade options, but it is a little on the pricey side" IT PRO (UK) 1/10
  • "Hands on: Brydge Pro+ brings a keyboard & trackpad to your iPad Pro" AppleInsider 1/10
  • "RAVPower Portable SSD: The perfect drive for your PC, Mac, Android device, or iPad Pro" ZDNet 1/10
  • "Review: The CalDigit Tuff Nano SSD is small, fast, and ready for the elements [Video] 9to5Mac 1/10
  • "Reveiw: Satetchi Type-C Aluminium Stand And Hub for Mac Mini" The Mac Observer 1/10
  • "Apple TV+ Review: 'Little America' looks at the human side of immigration" AppleInsider 1/10
iOS Apps
  • "The Insanely Popular App That Mimics Those Flimsy Disposable Cameras From the '90s" Slate 8:06 AM
  • "'No Way Home' impressions: Finally, some mindless space shooting fun/Creativity is great, but sometimes you just want to blast some aliens." Macworld 1/10
  • "This brilliant free iPhone app might just save your life" BGR 1/10
  • "How to enhance Quick Look functionality in the Files app on iPhone & iPad" iDownload Blog 1/10
  • "How to change the touch sensitivity on your iPhone in 5 simple steps" Business Insider 1/10
  • "How to Enable Low Data Mode on iPhone Cellular to Reduce Mobile Data Use" OS X Daily 1/10
  • "How to turn off blue light on your iPhone with Night Shift, and make it easier to fall asleep at night" Business Insider 1/10
  • "How to export your iPhone contacts to an Excel spreadsheet using iCloud" Business Insider 1/10
  • "How to clear all your notifications at once on Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 1/10
  • "7 things Alexa can do that will keep you from ever picking up your phone: Give these commands to Alexa when you want something done quick." CNET 1/10
  • "How to Jailbreak iOS 13.3 Using Ra1nUSB on a Windows PC'" iPhone Hacks 1/10
  • "How to use less data on your iPhone or iPad with a flick of a switch: iOS 13 has a hidden feature to help you use less data." ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "6 iPhone hacks to make you more productive" Computerworld 1/10
  • "Apple @ Work: Mac Pro fills an important need for Apple's enterprise goals" 9to5Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Why Apple Should Feel Threatened By Fossil Smartwatch In 2020." ThyBlackMan 8:28 AM
  • "Mac@IBM: The magic number is 5,400." Rixstep 1/10
  • "What will Apple's ARM iMac look like?" Cult of Mac 1/10
  • "The One Remaining Use of the Word 'Macintosh'/A quick quiz—just answer quickly, without thinking about it: Are you a Macintosh user?"  TidBITS 1/10
  • "iPhone camera wishlist: ND filter, Macro, Smart Zoom" iMore 1/10
  • "CES 2020 shows we might finally be ready to make Alexa our copilot: We've got Android Auto and CarPlay, but why not a real Alexa Auto?" Android Central 1/10
  • "For Apple Pay to really improve our lives, Apple needs to improve loyalty card support: You're not saving any time paying with your phone if you have to pull a loyalty card out of your wallet." Macworld 1/10
  • "Apple's security and privacy is good, but could be even better: The company should double down on its privacy stand."  Macworld 1/10
  • "If AI Suddenly Gains Consciousness, Some Say It Will Happen First In AI Self-Driving Cars" Forbes 1:04 PM
  • "Sex tech dominated CES 2020. Will the fragile relationship blossom or die on the vine?" Mashable 8:43 AM
  • "Samsung's Neon AI has an ethics problem, and it's as old as sci-fi canon" CNET 8:29 AM
  • "Buckle Up for Another Facebook Election: By opting not to change Facebook's political advertising rules, Mr. Zuckerberg has ensured another election shaped by the social network." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/10
  • "Laptops were boring at CES, but there's hope for the future" The Verge 1/10
  • "CES Trends" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/10
  • "The Verge Awards At CES 2020: Welcome To The Land Of The Concept" The Verge 1/10
  • "The worst five products at the 2020 CES expo" AppleInsider 1/10
  • "Big Tech and the law must learn to work together" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1/10
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The ultimate MacBook USB-C accessory just got better: I'm a huge fan of the 20-pin USB-C magnetic adapter that allows me to charge my MacBook Pro without the risk of damaging the port. Now these adapters have just got better." ZDNet 8:42 AM
  • "Space survival game 'No Way Home' launches on Apple Arcade: Fight your way through deep space to get back home." iMore 1/10
  • "Klee: Spacetime Cleaners is a fast-paced auto-shooter that's available now for iOS and Android" 148Apps 1/10
  • "'Rainway' Game Streaming App Is Now Available on iOS for Free" Touch Arcade 1/10
  • "Challenging Puzzler 'Felix The Reaper' Is Coming to iOS after Debuting on PC and Consoles a Few Months Ago" Touch Arcade 1/10
  • "Doom and Doom II iOS apps now run at 60fps and support add-ons, official & not" 9to5Mac 1/10
Computer Industry
  • "PC Sales Look Set to Cool Off in 2020: Intel CPU shortages and the end of a business PC upgrade cycle are both likely to weigh on near-term PC demand." RealMoney [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:39 AM
  • "IBM: Setting Up Well For New Investors" Seeking Alpha 8:07 AM
  • "No, IBM is not the only relevant player in virtual agents" VentureBeat 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft Accused Of Sharing Skype, Cortana Audio With Little Vetting Of Chinese Contractors, No Security" HotHardware 4:57 PM
  • "Microsoft's surging cloud business Azure should terrify Amazon: analyst" Yahoo Finance 1:00 PM
  • "Microsoft contractors reviewed Skype, Cortana audio with 'no security measures'" Digital Trends 9:04 PM
  • "Microsoft explains how a new walkie-talkie mode in its Teams chat app is part of a strategy to help companies modernize and get ahead in the cloud wars" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft's 'No Xbox Series X Exclusives' Philosophy Is Not As Wild As It Sounds" Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "'Techlash' Hits College Campuses: Facebook, Google and other major tech firms were every student's dream workplaces. Until they weren't." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:08 AM
  • "HP Inc: The price is wrong/Although Xerox sees major synergies between the pair and the ability to cross-sell, HP Inc has turned down Xerox's latest offer to buy the company" ComputerWeekly 1/10
  • "2020s are the decade of commercial quantum computing, says IBM: IBM spent a great deal of time showing off its quantum-computing achievements at CES, but the technology is still in its very early stages." ZDNet 1/10
  • "Insight: IBM Can't Exclude Royalty Payments From New York 'Entire Net Income'" Bloomberg Tax 1/10
  • "It's Becoming Messy: Judge says IBM's request to shut down age-discrimination lawsuit should be rejected" The Register 1/10
  • "Similarities Between the French 'Institutional Harassment' Case And IBM Age Discrimination Litigation?" Forbes 1/10
  • "Microsoft eyes huge new office building near its headquarters campus" GeekWire 1/10
  • "Intel's Mobileye has a plan to dominate self-driving—and it might work: Mobileye made a self-driving car that only uses cameras—no lidar or radar." Ars Technica 1/10
  • "Intel's Core i9-10900K 10 Core Flagship Mainstream CPU Reportedly Consumes As Much Power As AMD's 32 Core Threadripper 3970X" WCCFTech 1/10
  • "Intel Comet Lake-S could be delayed due to power demands of 10-core CPU" TechRadar UK 1/10
  • "Intel debuts new tiny, modular gaming PCs" Eurogamer 1/10
  • "AMD Could Gain on Intel Even More This Year, Thanks to Apple" Motley Fool 1/10
  • "AMD Radeon GPU appears, beats GeForce RTX 2080 Ti by 17%/Read more: https. /" TweakTown 1/10
  • "AMD's high-end Navi GPU could be 30% faster than Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti, rumor hints" TechRadar UK 1/10
  • "AMD Radeon Adrenalin 20.1.1 Out Now, Optimized for Monster Hunter World Iceborne" WCCFTech 1/10
  • "Dell's G5 15 SE Ryzen Gaming Laptop Plans to use the 8-Core Ryzen 4000 CPUs!" WCCFTech 1/10
  • "CES 2020: Lenovo Unveils IdeaPad Duet Chromebook Detachable" AnandTech 1/10
  • "Linus Torvalds: Avoid Oracle's ZFS kernel code on Linux until 'litigious' Larry signs off/Torvalds doesn't want to be hounded by Oracle's legal team for merging ZFS filesystem code into the Linux kernel." ZDNet 1/10
  • "Aruba takes aim at Cisco with SD-Branch: Aruba Networks is making SD-Branch, a networking offering that supports SD-WAN, routing, and connectivity, more secure and reliable." CRN 1/10
  • "Ding-dong: Cisco delivers your Patch Tuesday warm-up with WebEx, IOS fixes for a few irritating security holes" The Register 1/10
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple has a new Street-high price target: $360" Apple 3.0 8:50 AM
  • "Apple, Apple and More Apple: I am not selling any more Apple based on my price targets. I will sell more Apple when the chart turns." RealMoney 1/10
  • "Neil Cybart: Why Apple doubled" Apple 3.0 1/10
  • "Apple: Now It's Appropriate To Talk About The Bubble" Seeking Alpha 1/10
  • "Apple's heady rise highlights perils of concentration" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1/10
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower after Dow briefly tops 29,000 milestone for first time: U.S. economy created 145,000 jobs in December for ninth straight year of job gains but wage growth slowed" MarketWatch 1/10
  • "Stocks End Down on Weaker Jobs Data After Dow Crosses 29,000 for First Time: Stocks finish lower Friday after equities set all-time intraday highs and the Dow Jones tops 29,000 even after the U.S. adds fewer jobs than expected to payrolls in December." TheStreet 1/10
  • "Stock Market Gives Back Early Gains After Weakish Jobs Data; These Chinese Growth Stocks Continue To Rise" Investor's Business Daily 1/10
  • "Stocks slip after Dow crosses 29,000 for first time ever: The Dow blows through a new milestone" FOXBusiness 1/10
  • "Dow Industrials Pull Back After Crossing 29000 for First Time: The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly jumped past the 29000 milestone for the first time Friday but hit resistance after a dramatic three-month rally." [Paid Membership Required] 1/10
  • "Asian markets inch higher as Wall Street hits new records: Nikkei, Hang Seng edge up slightly as Middle East tensions ease" Associated Press and MarketWatch 1/10
  • "European Stocks Struggle For Traction as Investors Await U.S. Jobs Data" Barron's [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1/10

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