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MacSurfer's Archive: Friday, February 7, 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".

  • "How Apple Killed The Swiss Watch Industry" ["For many watch enthusiasts, a Swiss watch was a powerful status symbol. But once you have tasted the apple, you're lost. [...] As soon as you start using the Apple Watch, you realize one thing is clear: the rest of your watch collection will live on in a drawer from now on."]  Forbes 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Back to Production Monday? Coronavirus Impact on Tech Giant Is Limited" TheStreet 3:47 PM
  • "IPhone Maker Foxconn Warns Staff to Keep Away From Shenzhen Base" ["The moratorium represents an extreme effort by Apple Inc.'s most important partner to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that's paralyzed much of China's manufacturing."]  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:04 AM
  • "Coronavirus: Chinese Apple Stores Could Extend Closure" ["In a message signed Deirdre O'Brien and sent today to all Apple employees in China, the one who wears the two caps of human resources manager and patron of the Apple Store, suggests that these reopenings may go be done more gradually than expected."]  Google French-to-English: MacGeneration 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Extends Store Closures in China Over Coronavirus" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:40 PM
  • "Apple extends Chinese store closures due to coronavirus: Some are listed as remaining closed through Feb. 14." CNET 5:39 PM
  • "iPhone repairs: Apple hands independent repair shops a tough contract/Independent repair shops that join Apple's program need to give up a lot of their independence." ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "France hits Apple with $27M fine for slowing down old iPhones: It follows a two-year probe by the country's consumer watchdog." CNET 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Fined 25 Million Euros in France for Slowing Down Older iPhones With iOS Update" MacRumors 8:05 AM
  • "France just fined Apple $27 million for intentionally slowing down iPhones — the amount of profit the company makes in under 3 hours" Business Insider 1:32 PM
  • "France hits Apple with $27 million fine over the battery issue you probably forgot about" BGR 9:37 PM
  • "Apple deprecating macOS kernel extensions (KEXTs) is a great win for security" ZDNet 2:19 PM
  • "macOS 10.15.4 beta code boasts new references to AMD processors" iDownload Blog 11:24 AM
  • "How To Use Your Mac If Your Keyboard, Mouse or Trackpad Isn't Working" MacMost 1:21 PM
  • "Folder sharing brings iCloud Drive closer to Dropbox, but there's work left to do: iCloud Drive is better, but there's still a lot of improvements that need to be made." Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "Using Keynote to Build Graphics for Final Cut Pro X" 8:23 AM
  • "How to use the Head Pointer tool on Catalina Mac" Apple Must 10:57 AM
  • "Bad AppleScript: Template Gun meets the Internet" Six Colors 1:33 PM
  • "This video shows you just how bad Mac OS 9's Voiceprint spoken password system was" iMore 8:24 AM
  • "It's time to ditch iPadOS and have the iPad Pro run macOS" Apple World Today 7:32 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The 'Get a Mac' campaign was instrumental in shaping Apple's reputation with consumers: In the mid-2000s, Mac sales had dropped, so Apple decided to show people a softer, more human side of the Mac and it paid off big time." iMore 9:11 AM
  • "Apple applies for license to install new GPS testing facility at Apple Park" AppleInsider 11:11 AM
  • "Judge slams 'dumb' FCC in iPhone radiation suit; case moves to trial" Cult of Mac 9:11 AM
  • "Coronavirus: iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to make masks" BBC 11:17 AM
  • "Apple gives developers the ability to distribute custom apps to schools" Cult of Mac 8:17 AM
  • "Apple makes its debate debut" Axios 8:15 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Hackers deface Facebook's official Twitter and Instagram accounts" ZDNet 8:31 PM
  • "New Samsung Galaxy Watch details leak" MSPoweruser 7:16 PM
  • "US appeals court says it won't reconsider reversing the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules" Business Insider 3:38 PM
  • "YouTube Music might finally let you upload your own music library: Google Play Music might close soon afterward." Engadget 2:21 PM
  • "Chrome OS may soon copy 'Hot Corners' from macOS" 9to5Google 2:19 PM
  • "Coronavirus affecting tech firms as outbreak spreads: Some of the world's biggest companies have limited travel and closed stores and offices because of the new disease." CNET 5:38 PM
  • "As coronavirus challenges mount, WHO's reputation is being hijacked for data theft scams: A potential pandemic, an 'infodemic,' and scams are all challenges being faced by the WHO." ZDNet 11:11 AM
  • "Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement: Commercial database that maps movements of millions of cellphones is deployed by immigration and border authorities" [Paid Membership Required] 11:11 AM
  • "Attempt to fold Motorola's Razr 100,000 times doesn't go great" TechCrunch 11:10 AM
  • "The DOJ's antitrust probe into Google is honing in on its third-party advertising business" Business Insider 11:05 AM
  • "Homeland Security reportedly bought phone location data to track people at the border" The Verge 9:11 AM
  • "Report: China's Smartphone Makers Are Building a Google Play Store Competitor" PC Magazine 7:26 AM
  • "Adam Engst on Smart Assistants, The Effect of Advertising, and Issue #1,500 of TidBITS" MacVoices 3:29 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: AirPods Pro, Apple Maps, and Apple News+" The Loop 1:33 PM
  • "Security Friday! – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-07" The Mac Observer 12:59 PM
  • "The new iOS 13.4 beta just leaked ALL SORTS of stuff... Catch the juicy details, on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Watch outsells all Swiss firms combined, plus a new fight over health records on the AppleInsider podcast" AppleInsider 8:10 AM
  • "Many Built-to-Order iMac, iMac Pro, and MacBook Pro Models Currently Facing Extended Delivery Estimates" MacRumors 11:56 AM
  • "New References to AMD Processors Discovered in macOS 10.15.4 Beta" MacRumors 2:19 PM
  • "Future Apple Macs could come with AMD Navi 21 GPUs, leak suggests" Digital Trends 8:10 AM
  • "Apple may be testing Macs with AMD processors" Engadget 2:19 PM
  • "Apple may release a new Apple TV for the first time in more than 2 years, and a leak suggests it will be noticeably faster" Business Insider 9:11 AM
  • "Apple iMac Pro with flexible glass housing: Apple is developing a glass iMac. This stylish all-in-one PC is bendable, has a touchscreen screen and has a removable keyboard." Google Dutch-to-English: LetsGoDigital 11:10 AM
  • "Fix for iPhone turning off on itself and not turning back on" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
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

  • "HomeKit Weekly: August Smart Lock Pro is exactly why smart home technology was created" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Epson Expression Photo XP-8600 review: Compact all-in-one printer does it all" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is a comedy surprise you can't miss/Apple TV's video game-based show takes aim at labor, Nazis, YouTubers, and more" The Verge 3:36 PM
  • "Apple TV+'s Mythic Quest is 'Silicon Valley' but for game devs" Engadget 11:24 AM
  • "How to take control of notifications on your phone, tablet and computer" New York Times 2:18 PM
  • "How to stop Apple news notifications for products, offers, Music, and more" iDownload Blog 1:36 PM
  • "How to manually update your Apple TV, or set it to update automatically in the background" Business Insider 11:55 AM
  • "How to Switch Bluetooth Devices on iPhone & iPad from Control Center" OS X Daily 11:18 AM
  • "How to create rooms and zones in the Home app for HomeKit" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
  • "How To Jailbreak iOS 13.3.1 Using Checkra1n [Guide] Redmond Pie 8:24 AM
  • "iPhone to Android: The ultimate switching guide/Ready to make the move from iOS to Android? Here's everything you need to successfully switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel or any other Android device." Computerworld 8:01 AM
  • "Apple officially acquired NeXT 23 years ago, changing everything"  AppleInsider 9:42 PM
  • "Apple takes a shot in the dark with its latest iPhone ad" phoneArena 9:18 PM
  • "Whoa, France. Take it easy. Wow. You're out of control. Fining Apple 55 minutes of revenue for secretly slowing down iPhones? Maniaques! Prenez-vous les cartes de crédit? asks Tim Cook as he prepares to personally expense this trifling €25m" The Register 7:47 PM
  • "Fun With Charts: A plague of Performas" Six Colors 3:46 PM
  • "Feature Request: Level up Sidecar with portrait orientation support for iPad" 9to5Mac 3:39 PM
  • "Is Apple At Its Core A Media Company? Watch Tonight's New Hampshire Debate" Forbes 3:39 PM
  • "Apple Watches Outsell Entire Swiss Watch Industry, But Don't Ring The Death Bell Yet" Forbes 11:24 AM
  • "Big Tech Has a Trillion-Dollar Problem/Plus: Steve Jobs' too-modest vision for Apple, the real problem with bitcoin, and the anointing of Rush Limbaugh." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:51 AM
  • "Why you should hold off from buying an Apple TV until the spring: It looks like a new version of Apple's 4K television streaming box is on the way" GearBrain 8:25 AM
  • "Apple News Encourages Frequent Blogging" Bitsplitting 11:19 AM
  • "I just dumped one of Apple's worst, most beautiful products: It all must have seemed like a good idea at the time. But the departure of the business chief responsible for Apple News Plus suggests I was not alone in not finding a reason to keep paying." ZDNet 8:15 AM
  • "Cassandra -Connected Evolutions in the Digital Photo World: Part 3, Film and Cameras" eXtensions 7:31 AM
  • "Cassandra -Connected Evolutions in the Digital Photo World: Part 2, the DSLR Camera" eXtensions 7:31 AM
  • "Cassandra -Connected Evolutions in the Digital Photo World: Part 1, the iPhone" eXtensions 7:31 AM
  • "Don't buy these Apple products: February 2020 edition/Read before spending your money!" ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "Smart lighting security flaw illuminates risk of IoT" Computerworld 8:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "It Looks Like Action Platformer 'Swords and Sandals Spartacus' is Heading to iOS and Android Soon" Touch Arcade 3:37 PM
  • "'Tennis Stars: Ultimate Clash' is an Online Multiplayer Tennis Game that's Looking for Beta Testers" Touch Arcade 1:32 PM
  • "Apple Arcade scores a goal with new Charrua Soccer game" CNET 1:36 PM
  • "This week's new arrival on Apple Arcade is Charrua Soccer" iDownload Blog 11:20 AM
  • "2021 Chrysler Pacifica features wireless CarPlay support and a 10.1-inch touchscreen" iDownload Blog 11:19 AM
  • "Clatters 1.0 for iOS and iPadOS - Monitor Your Brand on Social Media" prMac 11:10 AM
  • "Silicon Power Unveils Stream S07 External Hard Drives: Up to 8 TB" AnandTech 8:24 AM
  • "A New 'Crash Bandicoot' Endless Runner from King Is Seemingly on the Way for Mobile Platforms" Touch Arcade 8:22 AM
  • "Get your Apple Watch and Strava in sync again with this essential app" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "How Microsoft keeps reinventing itself: At 45 years old, Microsoft seems to just be getting started. After struggling to keep its footing in a changing tech industry in the late 2000s and 2010s, the company is regaining momentum." Quartz [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:44 AM
  • "Who are Microsoft's 'real' competitors? Google and Amazon being the 'real' competition for Xbox reveals the tricky balancing act that Microsoft's games team now faces" GamesIndustry 8:45 AM
  • "Windows 10 Upgrade Woes Continue: Half a Million NHS Devices Still Running Windows 7" 7:19 PM
  • "Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers: Another major bug hits Windows 7 after the January 14 end-of-life (EOL) deadline." ZDNet 9:31 PM
  • "Personal productivity 2020 - Slack and Microsoft Teams didn't ruin work - but they didn't fix work either" Diginomica 9:31 PM
  • "How is IBM's Watson fighting against human trafficking? IBM is leveraging its cloud technologies to combat human exploitation across borders." The Hill 8:36 AM
  • "Intel's Powerful New TGL CPU Leaked – Contains An iGPU As Powerful As The Sony PS4" 8:44 AM
  • "Previously Unknown Intel CC150 8-Core CPU Pops Up Online" ExtremeTech 8:44 AM
  • "Mysterious Intel Core i3-1000NG4 processor makes curious appearance on Time Spy benchmark" NotebookCheck 8:43 AM
  • "Intel's Comet Lake Meets Optical Drive in ASUS X545FA Laptop" AnandTech 3:35 PM
  • "Intel Clear Linux outperforms Windows 10 and Ubuntu... on cheap AMD hardware" TechRadar UK 8:42 AM
  • "AMD and ASRock finally receive Intel's blessing for Ryzen Thunderbolt 3 support" PCGamesN 8:41 AM
  • "AMD wants you to help make its future GPUs better with driver feedback" TechRadar UK 8:41 AM
  • "Dell pushes hyperconverged with new VxRail accelerator" Tech Central 8:36 AM
  • "Dell EMC PowerOne is Next-Gen Converged Infrastructure" Gigaom 2:21 PM
  • "Dell revamps partner program" CRN 8:36 AM
  • "Dell Technologies lists top server trends for 2020" DataQuest 8:36 AM
  • "HPE Nominates Microsoft Director Veteran Charles Noski To Its Board" CRN 8:47 AM
  • "Cisco and IoT Technology: The Building Blocks behind IoT Payments" PaymentsJournal 8:30 AM
  • "Cisco (CSCO) to Report Q2 Earnings: What's in the Offing?" Zacks 8:30 AM
  • "Cisco Meraki Go Network: Easy to Use, but Perhaps Too Simplistic" eWeek 8:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks end lower as market retreats from records: Coronavirus death toll rises to more than 630" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Close Lower After Jobs Report and as Coronavirus Worries Linger: Stocks finish down Friday following four days of gains after a strong U.S. jobs report is overshadowed by lingering coronavirus concern." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks slide as coronavirus worries overshadow blowout jobs report: The US economy added 225,000 jobs in January, smashing estimates" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks End the Day Lower, Paring Week's Gains: Indexes close with losses of 0.5% or more, while Uber shares jump on earnings outlook" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets stumble as coronavirus concerns linger: Stocks pull back in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul" MarketWatch 8:27 AM

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