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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, January 17, 2020
 

 

 
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Weekend Highlights: Fortune's Don Reisinger on how Apple corrects course during coronavirus outbreak in order to keep iPhones on track; leaks from Target inventory system reveal placeholders for new Apple TV, iPod touch, Apple Watch bands—more in our Hardware/Software section; hints that Apple will open iOS to third party apps as default may be effort to alleviate antitrust concerns; apparently Apple's quest to ban book instead causes it to rocket to #1 in what's become known as the "Streisand effect"; 800 workers sent home at Apple supplier due to fears of coronavirus; Unreal Engine used in The Mandalorian instead of green screens; Intel's Ice Lake chips may be featured in leak of forthcoming 13" MacBook Pro; Engadget reviews new Galaxy Buds+, says they're "a worthy AirPods alternative"; Slate calls current Streaming Wars "worse than the cable wars".

Apple/Macintosh
  • "'Break up big tech's monopoly': Smaller rivals join growing chorus ahead of Congress hearing" ["'After thoughtful consideration and months of bringing our concerns to Apple through regular ... channels, Tile has made the decision to continue raising concerns over Apple's anti-competitive practices,' Tile general counsel Kirsten Daru told Reuters in an interview. The startup will be one of four companies testifying at the latest hearing of the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee in Colorado on Friday, urging Congress to look at how these companies use their considerable clout in the online market to hurt rivals."]  Reuters 7:35 AM
  • "PopSockets Asks Congress to Rein in Big Tech: At a congressional hearing Friday, smaller companies including PopSockets, Tile, Sonos, and Basecamp criticized Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon for having power over them." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:56 PM
  • "Apple's Latest Deal Shows How AI Is Moving Right Onto Devices: The iPhone maker's purchase of startup Xnor.ai is the latest move toward a trend of computing on the 'edge,' rather than in the cloud."  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:47 AM
  • "Acquiring minds want to know: A peek inside Apple's most recent corporate acquisitions" Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "How the Xnor.ai purchase opens Apple's AI future: Think machine imaging, smart home devices and IoT industry implementations" Computerworld 8:24 AM
  • "Does the F.B.I. Need Apple to Hack Into iPhones? There are tools to crack into the phones at the center of a new dispute over encryption. But the F.BI. says it still needs Apple's aide." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:21 AM
  • "Bill Barr wants Apple to break their encryption, even if it risks every American being hacked: Law enforcement thinks tech companies should build 'backdoors' into every person's phone and communications apps, and then hope no hacker ever finds them." NBC News 1:46 PM
  • "Two iPhones or the privacy of billions: Why Apple vs. the FBI matters" euronews 6:04 PM
OS X
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to declutter your Mac using only the tools in macOS" AppleInsider 10:01 AM
  • "How To Customize App Window Toolbars On Your Mac" MacMost 1:45 PM
  • "How to use Command + Tab to switch to app windows on macOS" AddictiveTips 5:05 PM
  • "Designer Notes: Making a Colour Scheme" Rogue Amoeba 9:45 AM
Op/Ed
  • "My very bad no good Catalina day" Erica Sadun 6:16 PM
  • "The Case for a Low Power Mode for Mac Laptops — and iPads" Daring Fireball 1:50 PM
Press Releases
  • "Gameloft launches Asphalt 9 on Mac with Catalyst after delay" 9to5Mac 12:08 PM
  • "Every Mac wallpaper from 10.0 Cheetah to 10.15 Catalina – in a single image" 9to5Mac 7:41 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Goldman Sachs stresses that it decides who gets an Apple Card — after Apple's snub that it was 'created by Apple, not a bank'" Business Insider 7:23 AM
  • "Goldman Sachs rankles at Apple Card's 'created by Apple, not a bank' line" AppleInsider 7:23 AM
  • "Apple may have to ditch lightning cables if European regulators have their way" Digital Trends 8:03 AM
  • "Apple will release its first major original movie, 'The Banker,' after reviewing allegations of sexual abuse against a producer" Business Insider 9:46 AM
  • "National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry thinks iPhone photographers are great: Take great photos, no matter what you are using." iMore 6:56 PM
  • "Apple Opening New Office in Munich, Germany" MacRumors 2:08 PM
  • "He Made Apple Stores Envy Of Retail And Target Hip, But He Thinks This Startup May Be His Career Crowning Achievement Instead" Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "IPhone Manufacturer Gets Into Electric Cars Via Fiat Venture" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:19 AM
  • "Three arrested over HK$25 million worth of iPhones, Apple Watches, other tech products and bird's nest found on cargo ship bound for mainland China from Hong Kong" South China Morning Post 9:23 AM
  • "Hong Kong police arrest smugglers with $1 million of iPhones, others" Cult of Mac 9:23 AM
  • "Apple TV+ announces new docuseries 'Dear...' from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler" Apple TV+ Press 5:31 PM
  • "Apple's critically acclaimed anthology series 'Little America' now streaming exclusively on Apple TV+" Apple 5:31 PM
  • "Julia Louis-Dreyfus Signs Overall Deal With Apple TV Plus" Variety 11:32 AM
  • "Meryl Streep joins Apple to celebrate Earth Day with animated short film 'Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,' premiering April 17 exclusively on Apple TV+" Apple TV+ Press 5:31 PM
  • "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet — Builder of Worlds | Apple TV+" YouTube 10:53 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Lenovo is building another standalone VR headset: But for which VR platform?" The Verge 7:00 PM
  • "Sonos CEO Tells House Antitrust Panel Google Abused Power" Bloomberg 2:09 PM
  • "Panicking About Your Kids and Their Phones? The New Research Says Don't" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:54 PM
Non-Apple
  • "Privacy experts slam UK's 'disastrous' failure to tackle unlawful adtech" TechCrunch 9:17 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Are screens harmful? This project wants to record everything you do on your phone, to find out: Precisely mapping the doings of our digital selves is the only way to understand online behavior." ZDNet 7:31 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Three Pigs – The TouchArcade Show #431" Touch Arcade 9:13 PM
  • "Episode 179 — The Water We Swim In: Ben and James discuss whether mobile and hyper-scale clouds are the natural endpoint for this stage of technology, or if new companies will ride new paradigm shifts to replace Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple." exponent 7:20 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Neil Peart, Peacock, and AirPods" The Loop 1:50 PM
  • "Forsaking Safari, Security Friday Debut – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-17" The Mac Observer 1:45 PM
  • "iMore show 688: 2+2=Cheese Sandwich" iMore 10:07 AM
  • "How Apple's going to make MacBook Pro even MORE Pro, this week on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 9:22 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 260: Apple security and the FBI, 'Pro Mode' for Macs" 9to5Mac 9:22 AM
  • "Rumors of a touchscreen Mac, FBI wants inside everyone's iPhone on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "AirPods Pro owners complain of worse noise cancellation after firmware updates: Some people are convinced Apple's latest earbuds worked better at launch" The Verge 8:18 AM
  • "TSMC says no plans for US fab" DigiTimes 8:52 AM
  • "Make chips in the US? Not now, says TSMC, but maybe later." 9to5Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Amazon Mysteriously Pulls All New Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 Listings" MacRumors 4:51 PM
  • "iPhone 11 location services controversy quelled with new UWB setting in iOS 13.3.1 beta" AppleInsider 5:04 PM
  • "Latest iOS 13.3.1 Beta Includes Toggle for Disabling U1 Ultra Wideband Chip" MacRumors 4:51 PM
  • "iOS 13.3.1 beta 2 addresses location tracking privacy issues with a new toggle" iDownload Blog 4:44 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:31 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Long-Term, Twelve Week Review" Forbes 4:51 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Bookmark All Open Tabs in Safari on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 9:46 AM
  • "How To Delete Voicemails On Your iPhone" macReports 8:33 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "More on Tile's Complaints About Apple in Congressional Testimony" Daring Fireball 4:51 PM
  • "iPadOS 14 Wishlist: Beyond just better mouse support" iMore 4:52 PM
  • "iOS 14 Wishlist: What the iPhone needs next" iMore 4:45 PM
  • "No, the EU isn't asking Apple to kill the Lightning cable: It's all about chargers, and Apple already makes them" The Verge 4:44 PM
  • "Bose Closing 119 Retail Stores - What Will Happen to Its Products in Apple Stores?" The Mac Observer 12:34 PM
  • "Apple's latest iOS update is truly getting on my nerves: Software updates are supposed to make things better. Not always, it seems. Not this one, certainly. And it's affecting something very basic."  ZDNet 10:28 AM
  • "Tim Cook is a cautionary tale for CEOs trying to get close to Trump"  CNN 1:45 PM
  • "The FBI Used a GrayKey to Obtain Data From a Locked iPhone 11 Pro Max" Daring Fireball 6:17 PM
  • "Why AG Barr's use of Pensacola shooter case to rebuke Apple is so suspicious" Boing Boing 1:45 PM
  • "The US government is urging Apple to unlock a gunman's iPhone, but experts explain why that would create a privacy nightmare for iPhone owners" Business Insider 11:12 AM
  • "What is encryption – and why does Apple keep getting in trouble for it?" TrustedReviews 9:17 AM
  • "US Attorney General William Barr's push against encryption concerns some FBI officials" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "'No way' Apple breaking encryption for FBI wouldn't hurt public, privacy advocates say" Business Insider 8:51 AM
  • "Behold: The foldable iPhone of your dreams" BGR 7:31 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Moto 360 (2020) Review: A Wear OS favorite revived and better than ever" 9to5Google 5:58 PM
  • "We're living in a subscriptions world. Here's how to navigate it." New York Times 2:44 PM
  • "The Pixel 4a is putting Google in an unwinnable war — with itself" Android Police 11:33 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg is terrified of TikTok. Here's why." Mashable 11:12 AM
  • "The Market for Used Phones, Tablets, and PCs Continues to Expand" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:07 AM
  • "Privacy experts slam UK's 'disastrous' failure to tackle unlawful adtech" TechCrunch 9:17 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Maze Machina'" Touch Arcade 8:44 PM
  • "This Apple-inspired toy will make Mac screen time more cuddly" Cult of Mac 2:44 PM
  • "'The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross' Pre-Registrations Are Now Live on iOS and Android with Various Rewards Available" Touch Arcade 1:49 PM
  • "'Kings of the Castle' Is a Colourful Multiplayer Fairy Tale Game Out Now on Apple Arcade" Touch Arcade 12:34 PM
  • "Piano Chords and Scales 4.0 - Major Update Released For iOS" prMac 10:01 AM
  • "Robin ProLine Becomes First Doorbell to Support HomeKit Secure Video" MacRumors 8:34 AM
  • "Kings of the Castle gives Apple Arcade the royal treatment" CNET 9:21 AM
  • "Apple Arcade’s Kings of the Castle turns a trope on its head" VentureBeat 8:17 AM
  • "First Season of Critically Acclaimed Show 'Little America' Now Available to Stream on Apple TV+" MacRumors 7:39 AM
  • "Apple Pay promotion gives 50% off Dave & Buster's Power Card packages" AppleInsider 7:39 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Can Microsoft's 'moonshot' carbon goal succeed? Tech giant Microsoft has announced two bold ambitions: firstly, to become carbon negative by the year 2030 - meaning it will be removing more carbon from the air than it emits - and secondly, to have removed more carbon by 2050 than it has emitted, in total, in its entire history." BBC 1:54 PM
  • "Microsoft Commits To Go 'Carbon Negative' By 2030, Creates $1B Fund For Climate Innovation" Benzinga 7:37 AM
  • "Microsoft Launches $1 Billion Fund to Erase Five Decades of Carbons Emissions" TheStreet 7:37 AM
  • "Microsoft's ambitious 'carbon negative' climate goal sets it apart from Amazon and other tech giants" GeekWire 9:45 AM
  • "Microsoft says it will go carbon negative by 2030" [Video Report] CNN 8:59 PM
  • "Microsoft picks a side, aims to make the business 'carbon-negative' by 2030" The Register 8:04 AM
  • "Windows Vulnerability Serves as Warning to Patch Immediately" ITPro Today 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft warns about Internet Explorer zero-day, but no patch yet" ZDNet 5:22 PM
  • "IBM Lays Out Patent Successes and Strategies: IBM is placing more than 80,000 patents and patent applications under the organization's protection—a significant number by any measure." eWeek 8:41 AM
  • "IBM Stumbles Again Following Second Downgrade in a Week" TheStreet 8:41 AM
  • "Report: Intel CPU Supply Issues Will Likely Persist Through 2020" WCCFTech 8:47 AM
  • "Intel debuts immersive retail tech and AREA15 deal at NRF 2020" TechRepublic 8:47 AM
  • "AMD Does Not Believe Its Mobility Processors Require PCIe 4.0 Right Now" WCCFTech 8:45 AM
  • "AMD Zen 3: 600-series chipset will have USB 4.0 support in late 2020/Read more: https. /www.tweaktown.com/news/69997/amd-zen-3-600-series-chipset-usb-4-support-late-2020/index.html" TweakTown 8:45 AM
  • "AMD Sends In A Bunch Of Fixes For Linux 5.6 Along With Pollock Support" Phoronix 8:46 AM
  • "Icahn, HP And Xerox: The Story Remains The Same" Seeking Alpha 8:10 AM
  • "Oracle patches fraud and fake cheques enabling bugs" iTNews Australia 8:38 AM
  • "Oracle's January 2020 update patches 334 security flaws" Sophos 8:38 AM
  • "Former VMware Channel Chief Ross Brown Joins Oracle" CRN 8:38 AM
  • "Oracle adds new features to Oracle Enterprise Manager" IT Web 8:38 AM
  • "Oracle and UAE Higher Colleges of Technology to train students in AI and emerging technologies" Telecompaper 8:39 AM
  • "Cisco outlines five future partner program improvements" CRN 8:36 AM
  • "Critical Cisco Flaws Now Have PoC Exploit" Threatpost 8:36 AM
  • "Why Computational Storage May be the Next Big Thing" ITPro Today 4:51 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Stock Versus Stat: Patrick Mahomes or Apple?" TheStreet 6:04 PM
  • "Analysts raise Apple price targets but warn inflated expectations 'may make the music stop'" CNBC 9:17 AM
  • "Morgan Stanley ups AAPL price target to $368 on potential of 5G iPhone supercycle" AppleInsider 1:54 PM
  • "A Closer Look At Apple's $400 Billion Capital Return Program" Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "Folks Say Apple's Gone Parabolic. I Say That's Hyperbole: Let's look at this stock's rise compared with Qualcomm in 1999 and even Tesla now." RealMoney 7:37 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close at record highs again as rally rolls on into new year: Dow up for five of past six weeks, Nasdaq up for six straight weeks" MarketWatch 5:23 PM
  • "Stocks Finish at Record Highs as Wall Street Ends a Strong Week: Stocks finish at record highs as Wall Street closes out a strong week." TheStreet 5:23 PM
  • "Stocks wrap record week, as trade deals and economic data drive the bulls: Strong economic data and two major trade deals power equities higher" FOXBusiness 5:23 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks End Week at Record Levels: The rally coincides with the signing of a trade deal between the U.S. and China" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:22 PM
  • "Asian markets track gains on Wall Street: China growth, U.S.-China trade deal in focus" Associated Press 8:30 AM
  • "European stocks aim at fresh record on China data and Wall Street's optimism: Richemont, Casino and NMC Health shares among the most active" MarketWatch 8:29 AM

 
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