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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, February 6, 2020


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Tuesday Highlights: Coronavirus global mayhem axes over $200 billion from big tech stocks, Apple saw $60 billion wiped from value; more than half of the 42 Apple Stores in China reopen for business; Apple, TikTok decline testifying at US Congress probe of "tech's ties to CHina"; Apple's services segment seen topping $50 billion by 2025; got a new Mac but miss the chime upon startup? Here's how to bring it back; Johnson & Johnson announces Heartline study "to explore if a new iPhone app and Apple Watch can help reduce the risk of stroke"; Foxconn paying workers incentives to return to work; Jif, yes, the peanut butter company, teams with Giphy to settle how to pronounce "GIF" it a hard G or soft G?; iFixit tackles question if all "earbuds as evil as AirPods".

  • "Apple's AirPods Pros could be a $6 billion business in 2020"  Yahoo Finance 8:38 PM
  • "Apple finally created the world's first great wearable. No, it's not Apple Watch: AirPods get right what Google Glass got wrong—and then some."  Fast Company 7:49 AM
  • "Apple sold nearly 10 million more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry in 2019 – and it's a sign the wristwear market has completely changed" Business Insider 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Watch sales beat whole Swiss watch industry" ZDNet 10:47 AM
  • "Exclusive: Apple orders for 45m AirPods at risk from coronavirus/Aggressive production plan in doubt as labor and materials shortages loom"  Nikkei 1:32 PM
  • "Apple's Independent Repair Program Is Invasive to Shops and Their Customers, Contract Shows: The contract states independent repair shops must agree to audits and inspections by Apple, even if they leave the program."  Vice 7:08 AM
  • "Apple under fire for onerous independent third-party repair terms" AppleInsider 10:27 AM
  • "Apple Makes Independent Repair Shops Sign Draconian Contracts to Get Official Parts" MacRumors 2:33 PM
  • "Why Apple's Streaming Strategy Is Such a Head-Scratcher: 'There's not much there there,' analyst Bruce Leichtman says"  The Wrap [Pro Subscription] 7:53 AM
  • "Apple TV+ could have 26 million paying subs by 2025; 2.6 million currently" Cult of Mac 10:26 AM
  • "Ireland Still Refuses to Answer the $14.5 Billion Tax Question: The country's low-tax model, including its appeal against the EU's Apple fine, isn't central to the election. But Dublin can't avoid the global shift on tax." Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:56 AM
  • "Apple now allows you to make universal purchases for Mac and iOS apps" The Next Web 7:46 AM
  • "Apple will introduce universal app purchases for iOS and macOS" Ars Technica 2:33 PM
  • "A new feature in macOS Catalina 10.15.4 lets you control the cursor with head movements" iDownload Blog 10:25 AM
  • "Nvidia GeForce Now magically makes your Mac a beefy gaming PC [Review] Cult of Mac 6:16 PM
  • "GeForce Now lets you play new Windows games on your new or old Mac" AppleInsider 10:28 AM
  • "How to fix the 'cannot be autosaved' bug when saving documents in macOS apps: An oddball problem with an oddball fix and some workarounds." Macworld 7:47 AM
  • "How to mount an ejected drive without physically disconnecting it on macOS" AddictiveTips 5:41 PM
  • "Creating Maps On Your Mac To Use In Mail, Pages, Keynote or iMovie" MacMost 1:20 PM
  • "One Switch gives you a single toggle to control everything useful on your Mac" Cult of Mac 4:08 PM
  • "3 ways to create a screen saver shortcut on Mac" iDownload Blog 1:33 PM
  • "Is Apple's iCloud folder sharing a shadow IT problem?" Computerworld 10:05 AM
Press Releases
  • "Wacom tablets log every Mac app you open, to Google Analytics" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "Keymaster Too" Rixstep 10:05 AM
  • "The powerful sketching tool you probably didn't know about (but definitely should): Continuity Sketch transfers iPad and iPhone sketches directly to a Mac." Creative Bloq 7:49 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Why the N.Y.P.D. Dropped One of Its Oldest Crime-Fighting Tools: Officers' most-used item since the 1800s isn't the gun or handcuffs, but the handwritten activity log. Now an iPhone app is replacing it." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:14 AM
  • "How an Apple Watch made for one man's 'New Year'"  Cult of Mac 11:15 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 9 and Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Preorder Posters Spotted at Korea Telecom Retail Stores"  MySmartPrice 7:05 AM
  • "Epic and about 60 hospital chains come out against rules that would make it easier to share medical info" ["Technology companies like Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft have taken the opposite stance."] CNBC 7:17 AM
  • "Health Records Firm Epic and About 60 Client Hospitals Object to Data Sharing Rules Supported by Apple" MacRumors 7:18 AM
  • "Health records firm Epic worried rules supported by Apple will hurt patients" Cult of Mac 7:17 AM
  • "EU rules limiting contactless payments leave customers baffled" Telegraph 7:16 AM
  • "iPhone 11 — Night mode — Apple" YouTube 4:07 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "US Attorney General says US and allies should invest in Huawei competitors" ZDNet 8:42 PM
  • "Amazon plans to create 15,000 jobs in a suburb of Seattle, as tensions with its home city intensify" Business Insider 6:01 PM
  • "YouTube evades Putin's media chokehold" Axios 5:50 PM
  • "Intelsat, Rivals To Share $14.9 Billion in 5G Airwaves Plan (1)" Bloomberg Law 5:01 PM
  • "T-Mobile posts record $11.9B in Q4 revenue, teases new Un-carrier move as it awaits Spring ruling" GeekWire 4:19 PM
  • "We testified for Right to Repair in Washington—And It Was Easy!" YouTube: iFixit 4:09 PM
  • "FCC reaches deal with satellite industry to free up more 5G spectrum: The C-band spectrum is seen as critical to the deployment of 5G." CNET 2:33 PM
  • "FCC data fails to count 21 million people without broadband, study finds: FCC says 21M Americans lack broadband, but a study found it's actually over 42M." Ars Technica 1:56 PM
  • "TurboTax and other tax-prep companies made an extra $1 billion by charging 14 million Americans for services that should've been free" Business Insider 10:47 AM
  • "This crafty malware makes you retype your passwords so it can steal them: Metamorfo banking trojan has expanded its campaign to target online users' banking services." ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "EU launches antitrust probe into Qualcomm 5G modem chipset business: If regulators find a violation, Qualcomm could face a fine of up to ten percent of annual revenue." ZDNet 7:16 AM
  • "#18: Fixing Multitasking/Multitasking is key to using the iPad as a primary computer, but the current drag and drop-centric system is flawed. Ryan shares his idea for a new approach, then Federico details his email app discoveries." Relay FM: Adapt 4:33 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 069: 'A pro at not being a pro'" 9to5Mac 1:33 PM
  • "Determining Streaming Success – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-06" The Mac Observer 1:21 PM
  • "Is Apple Maps better? Plus, iPhone rumors, Mac gaming gets a boost, and more: Macworld Podcast episode 684" Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Apple removed 18 smelters and refiners in 2019 for flouting conflict mineral code of conduct" AppleInsider 4:54 PM
  • "WhatsApp Security Warning For iPhone Users As One-Click Attack Risk Confirmed" Forbes 7:45 AM
  • "iOS 13.4 could turn your iPhone and Apple Watch into car keys: The software's first beta contains details on a 'CarKey' API." Engadget 7:45 AM
  • "Apple iOS 13.4 to turn iPhone and Apple Watch into car keys" GearBrain 7:46 AM
  • "Apple may soon launch a new iPhone feature called 'CarKey' that lets you unlock your vehicle with your phone" Business Insider 10:20 AM
  • "Last chance to downgrade to iOS 13.3 on A12/A13 for potential jailbreak eligibility" iDownload Blog 10:25 AM
  • "New Apple TV 4K hardware appears closer to launching based on tvOS 13.4 beta code" 9to5Mac 10:28 AM
  • "Hints found for a new Apple TV set-top box; Apple TV Pro, perhaps?" Apple World Today 11:41 AM
  • "iPadOS 13.4 supports hardware modifier key remapping so Caps Lock can become Escape" iDownload Blog 11:14 AM
  • "Future Apple Watches may have Digital Crown with touch and light sensors" AppleInsider 7:15 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Possible Next-Gen Apple Watch Digital Crown that doubles as a Touch ID mechanism" Patently Apple 7:47 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involve 'creative camera' on iPhones, iPads" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves a 'creative camera' for computer generated reality images" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "MacBook Won't Turn On? Fix" macReports 4:10 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple AirPods Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:05 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:05 AM

  • "Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope Review" ["The microscope works with both its own app, which can be downloaded to both a Mac and PC computer. The microscope also works with existing the existing Photo Booth tool on Mac and Apple laptops, with Windows Camera on PCs, and on Linux machines too."] GearBrain 10:26 AM
  • "Hands-On With the Third-Generation iPhone-Compatible Moto 360 Android Watch" MacRumors 4:08 PM
  • "Review: Jelly Comb Backlit Keyboard Case for 2019 iPad" The Mac Observer 1:21 PM
  • "'Mythic Quest' defies all the odds to do something special on Apple TV+" Mashable 7:49 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Google Maps is getting a big new update on iPhone and Android — here's what's new" CNBC 10:25 AM
  • "Hands-on with iOS 13.4 beta 1 changes and features [Video] 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "How to Take Full Page Screenshots in Safari on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 10:26 AM
  • "How To Eject Water From Your Apple Watch Using the Water Lock Feature" MacRumors 7:49 AM
  • "10 hidden Google Maps tricks you'll be so angry you didn't already know" BGR 7:46 AM
  • "We play 'Spot the iPhone user' with MKBHD: YouTube celeb Marques Brownlee tests his powers of deduction in a game where he had to figure out who uses a phone made by Apple and who does not." CNET 2:09 PM
  • "Up next: Apple's spring season looks pretty good..." Apple Must 2:09 PM
  • "How Apple Killed BlackBerry" iMore 11:39 AM
  • "EU Antitrust Push, Apple Watch vs. Swiss Industry, Chinese OEMs vs. Google" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:14 AM
  • "Just how cheap should Apple's cheap iPhone SE/iPhone 9 be?" ZDNet 10:48 AM
  • "Apple over-ear 'AirPods Studio' rumor analysis" iMore 10:44 AM
  • "A Fix for iPad Multitasking"  MacStories 10:26 AM
  • "When Apple TV+ free trials run out, will people pay?" MacDailyNews 10:06 AM
  • "Will people pay for Apple TV+ after their free trial? Claims vs reality..." 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "How AI has helped improve Google Maps: Using AI and other tools, Google has transformed Maps from a tool to help you find your destination to a destination in and of itself." ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "20 years on, the iPad hasn't replaced the Mac — and won't" Apple World Today 7:08 AM
  • "Watch a robot fold the Motorola Razr until it dies [Livestream] 9to5Google 1:22 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Teamfight Tactics' Mobile Closed Beta Kicking Off in Select Countries Today" Touch Arcade 5:41 PM
  • "Probably the best iPhone battery pack on the planet..." Apple Must 11:41 AM
  • "Mophie debuts new Apple-exclusive Powerstation with Lightning input" AppleInsider 11:40 AM
  • "Apple TV App on Select LG Smart TVs Will Support Dolby Atmos Sound 'Later This Year'" MacRumors 11:15 AM
  • "Peek-a-View iPhone app aims to protect your photos from kids" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "Tumble Wrestling lays the smackdown on other iOS games" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Ex-Ferrari Designers Release Wireless Earbuds w/Solar Charging" PRNewswire 7:57 AM
  • "Checkra1n team launches PongoKit for checkm8-vulnerable iOS devices" iDownload Blog 7:47 AM
  • "'Company of Heroes' for iPad Gets an Extended Gameplay Showcase from Feral Interactive Ahead of Its Release Next Week" Touch Arcade 7:47 AM
  • "ColorWare is the way to buy incredible custom color AirPods Pro" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "Google Maps for iOS and Android is getting a makeover: There are a handful of new features and a new logo, too." Engadget 7:45 AM
  • "Happy 15th Birthday, Google Maps!" BetaNews 7:14 AM
  • "Google Maps turns 15, gets a design refresh and new features" Android Central 7:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 patch expert: Dear Mr Panay, please fix Microsoft's buggy updates/An enterprise patch specialist has called on Microsoft to do something about the quality of Windows 10 updates." ZDNet 7:06 AM
  • "Microsoft's Windows future is now tied to hardware" The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Microsoft reorg places Surface evangelist Panos Panay as boss of Windows too – report/Hardware and software under one roof: is Redmond embracing Apple's model?" The Register 7:06 AM
  • "Panos Panay discusses his new role in an email to Microsoft employees: Panos Panay believes designing hardware and software together will help Microsoft in the long term." Windows Central 8:22 AM
  • "Microsoft is looking past the Xbox before the internet is really ready for cloud gaming: And so are Google, Nvidia, and Amazon" The Verge 7:06 AM
  • "IBM's Leadership Succession Strategy: Rometty to Krishna and Whitehurst" eWeek 8:23 AM
  • "IBM Post Earnings: Mainframe Cycle Could Buy RedHat Time" Seeking Alpha 1:35 PM
  • "Intel Core i9-10900K 10-Core CPU Beats AMD 12-Core Ryzen 3900X In Benchmark Leak, But At What Cost?" HotHardware 3:58 PM
  • "Intel Officially Gives Nervana the Boot" EE Times Asia 6:54 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 4300U Zen 2 APU Debuts In First Leaked Benchmarks" HotHardware 3:58 PM
  • "AMD Preparing to Launch the Radeon Pro W5500?" eTeknix 8:42 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPU sales are on fire – but it still has a long way to go to topple Intel: New Stats show that AMD is now threatening Intel's laptop CPU empire" TechRadar UK 8:42 AM
  • "Latest figures show Ryzen CPUs selling well, but AMD still lags behind Intel: AMD closed out 2019 with yet another strong quarter." Windows Central 9:49 AM
  • "Opinion: Why AMD's best days are behind it" MarketWatch 8:43 AM
  • "Meet The Linux OS From Intel That's Beating Windows 10 And Ubuntu — On AMD Hardware" Forbes 8:43 AM
  • "Programming languages: Java developers flock to Kotlin and ditch Oracle JDK for OpenJDK/New survey reveals the most popular tools used by Java developers." ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "Critical Cisco vulnerabilities put millions of network devices at risk" TechRadar UK 8:25 AM
  • "Minimal Transitions, Flat Pricing for Memory in 2020 - EE Times Asia" EE Times Asia 6:43 AM
  • "Top cloud providers in 2020: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, hybrid, SaaS players/The cloud computing race in 2020 will have a definite multi-cloud spin. Here's a look at how the cloud leaders stack up, the hybrid market, and the SaaS players that run your company as well as their latest strategic moves." ZDNet 8:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "TSMC reiterates sales guidance for 1Q20" DigiTimes 7:45 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market clinches fresh closing records as China says it will slash tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. goods: Nasdaq scores 10th record close of 2020" MarketWatch 5:03 PM
  • "Stocks Close at Record Highs as Rally Rolls for a Fourth Day: The three major stock market indexes close at record highs after China says it will slash tariffs on $75 billion of U.S.-made imports beginning next week." TheStreet 5:02 PM
  • "Stock Market Races To New Highs As China Slashes Tariffs; Dow Up 1,117 Points This Week" Investor's Business Daily 5:02 PM
  • "Dow hits record, joining S&P 500, Nasdaq" FOXBusiness 5:02 PM
  • "U.S. Shares Gain After China Tariff Relief: Stocks close higher, including in Asia, where markets have been most hit by concerns over the coronavirus" [Paid Membership Required] 5:02 PM
  • "Asian markets surge as coronavirus fears fade: Indexes in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Seoul up around 2%" MarketWatch 8:17 AM
  • "The Rally in European Stocks Continues as China Eases U.S. Tariffs" MarketWatch 8:16 AM

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