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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, February 10, 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 sees $27 billion of market value wiped out amid the delayed reopening of its main Chinese iPhone plants"  Business Insider 8:47 AM
  • "Apple stock falls after analyst calls Foxconn delay a 'concerning development': Wedbush argued that delayed Foxconn factory reopenings would 'disrupt the supply chain further for Apple'" MarketWatch 10:12 AM
  • "Apple iPhone maker Foxconn approved to resume Shenzhen plant production: source"  Reuters 10:18 AM
  • "Apple supplier Foxconn restarts key China plant with 10% workforce: source" ["The two factories together make up the bulk of Foxconn's assembly lines for Apple's iPhones, and the delays are likely to impact global shipments."]  Reuters 7:10 AM
  • "Foxconn Delays Return of Workers to Main China IPhone Plants" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:17 AM
  • "China's first-quarter smartphone sales may halve due to coronavirus: analysts" ["Apple Inc said last week it is extending its retail store closures in China and has yet to finalise opening dates, as Foxconn, which assembles iPhones, struggles to fully resume factories."] Reuters 7:22 AM
  • "Outbreak impact on Foxconn production for Apple remains uncertain" DigiTimes 7:23 AM
  • "Apple's Smartwatch Business Soars, Competitors Fall Behind" Market Realist 7:57 AM
  • "How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails: Multiple confidential documents obtained by Motherboard show the sort of companies that want to buy data derived from scraping the contents of your email inbox." Vice 10:21 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Update to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 3:01 PM
  • "Google Chrome will block insecure downloads in coming months" The Verge 5:31 PM
  • "Microsoft is pissing off Firefox users by trying to convince them to switch browsers" BGR 5:31 PM
  • "Parasite Wins Best Picture at the 2020 Oscars - It Was Cut on Final Cut Pro 7" 7:46 AM
  • "SnipTag review: Mac photo auto-crop, metadata utility barely makes the cut/Image metadata editor with an automatic image cropper." Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "Getting started with 2FA: Secure your accounts now or regret it later! Unique passwords are essential, but they're not enough. You should secure all important accounts with two-factor authentication." Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "An Introduction To Using Mac Automator" MacMost 2:30 PM
  • "How to remove the GPS location from photos on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
  • "Paste Text Without Formatting in macOS [Tutorial] 8:12 AM
  • "Watch a Macintosh read a 5.25-inch floppy via a rare DaynaFile device from the 1980s" iMore 7:45 AM
Press Releases
  • "Hangouts Meet now supports Safari 13 and later on macOS" 9to5Google 12:28 PM
  • "Spike Email for Mac adds new dark mode with HTML newsletter conversion" 9to5Mac 11:43 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Loses Latest Legal Fight With VirnetX Over VPN Patents"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:30 PM
  • "U.S. appeals court denies Apple bid for rehearing in VirnetX patent case"  Reuters 2:30 PM
  • "Apple's epic patent troll fight drags on as appeals court strikes down latest request: The fight with VirnetX continues" The Verge 3:36 PM
  • "Researcher sees global smartphone output at five-year low due to virus" ["TrendForce said it cut its forecasts for the global smartphone output, expecting Huawei, Apple Inc. and other companies to bear brunt of the market slowdown."] Reuters 7:09 AM
  • "Apple to start publishing more detailed financial reports in Ireland following scrutiny" 9to5Mac 7:19 PM
  • "Apple hit with $27 million fine for slowing down old iPhones" Digital Trends 8:36 AM
  • "In Cuba, Apple's presence is at the margins" AppleInsider 2:37 PM
  • "Apple employees donated more to Bernie Sanders than any other presidential candidate — and he's leading in donations from Google and Amazon employees too" Business Insider 11:41 AM
  • "YouTube in Talks to Follow Amazon and Apple Into Video Subscriptions Market" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:31 PM
  • "YouTube mulling Apple TV Channels competitor, report says" AppleInsider 7:31 PM
  • "Taika Waititi slams Apple's MacBook keyboards after winning first Oscar: 'They are impossible to write on — they've gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs.'"  The Verge 7:27 AM
  • "Oscar winner Taika Waititi says Writers Guild union needs to get Apple to fix the MacBook keyboards" 9to5Mac 7:30 AM
  • "Taika Waititi Trashes Apple's Janky MacBook Keyboards In Hilarious Oscar Win Interview" HotHardware 3:51 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "White House Earmarks New Money for A.I. and Quantum Computing" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:09 PM
  • "U.S. district judge expected to rule in favor of merger of Sprint and T-Mobile: sources" Reuters 7:30 PM
  • "Judge expected to rule in favor of T-Mobile-Sprint merger, paving way for historic merger" GeekWire 7:19 PM
  • "With no brand license, Blackberry Mobile fades to black" ZDNet 3:01 PM
  • "RCS: What's next for mobile messaging/RCS could accelerate convergence of notifications and conversations." ZDNet 2:37 PM
  • "Sen. Josh Hawley proposes FTC overhaul to take on Google and Facebook: 'The FTC has stood by as major corporations have consolidated their power'" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "15.1 billion records exposed in 2019 as data breaches hit a new high" BetaNews 8:25 AM
  • "Sony and Amazon pull out of Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus risk" The Verge 7:29 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Global Foldable Smartphone Shipments to Hit 100 Million by 2025" Business Wire 7:16 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Revealed in Hands On Video" PC Magazine 7:05 AM
  • "TMO UK Associate Editor Charlotte Henry (#4) -TMO Background Mode Interview" The Mac Observer 5:27 PM
  • "#284: We're In the Ear Business/Why did Apple surprise developers with beta releases with intriguing new features this month? What does it mean for the future of Mac app development?" Relay FM: Upgrade 2:36 PM
  • "TV+ Trials, Taika vs Apple Keyboards – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-10" The Mac Observer 2:32 PM
  • "MacVoices #20084: David Ginsburg on His CES Freshman Year and Mac/iOS App Combination Purchasing" MacVoices 2:29 PM
  • "Start with The Preposterous, Bow to The Absurd – Mac Geek Gab 801" The Mac Observer 7:12 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 could cost $399 just like the first-gen iPhone SE" Cult of Mac 7:29 AM
  • "Budget-Friendly iPhone SE 2 Offering Pricing Revealed, Should You Get One?" Business Times China 8:12 AM
  • "Case Makers Readying 'iPhone SE 2' Cases Ahead of Low-Cost iPhone Launch" MacRumors 6:30 PM
  • "Software codes reveal Apple's plan to ditch Intel in future Mac devices" Hindustan Times 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Public Betas of iOS and iPadOS 13.4 With New Mail Toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing and More" MacRumors 12:28 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM

  • "Apple Pro Display XDR: Grading on a curve/Our first impressions as the review process begins for Apple's 32-inch 6K display." CNET 7:14 AM
  • "Apple Pro Display XDR Review (vs Sony Reference Monitor)" YouTube: HDTVTest 10:17 AM
  • "Review: Satechi 108W Pro USB-C PD multi charger packs a ton of power" AppleInsider 12:30 PM
  • "Jabra Elite Active 75t hands-on review: The AirPods Pro alternative you're looking for" Tom's Guide 8:10 PM
  • "JLab Go Air review: These $29 wireless earbuds are surprisingly decent" Engadget 12:30 PM
  • "Mous Limitless 3.0: An iPhone case with a nifty hidden feature/It's rare that an iPhone case stands out from the competition, The Mous Limitless does just that." ["The case I've been using certainly feels like it offers the iPhone a great deal of protection, but without being too bulky in the hand or pocket."] ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "Mythic Quest brings the first real belly laughs to Apple TV+ [Review] Cult of Mac 8:06 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Designing a more friendly Fortnite with food, puns, and no in-app purchases: Butter Royale takes the genre in a different direction on Apple Arcade" The Verge 10:14 AM
  • "'The Last Remnant Remastered' Review – A Saga by Any Other Name" Touch Arcade 7:18 PM
  • "How to see all your Apple Watch apps, including alphabetically" 9to5Mac 4:12 PM
  • "How to turn on your Apple TV without a remote and control it with your iPhone or iPad" Business Insider 3:35 PM
  • "How to customize Apple Watch iMessage smart replies" Cult of Mac 2:37 PM
  • "How to charge your Apple TV remote, or change its battery if you have an older model" Business Insider 2:36 PM
  • "How to Toggle Dark Mode from Control Center on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 10:43 AM
  • "How to download YouTube videos with an iOS shortcut" Cult of Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Now you can use Google shortcuts on Siri to search and send emails" Memeburn 7:56 AM
  • "Keep having to redownload apps on iPhone or iPad? Disable 'Offload Unused Apps'" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "Apple's Possible Rationale For A Low-Cost iPhone"  Forbes 12:31 PM
  • "Cramer bets on his birthday that Apple's next decade could be as successful as its past 10 years"  CNBC 12:28 PM
  • "How Apple Should Respond to Taika Waititi's Complaint About the Mac's Keyboards: A dose of reality could do Apple some good" Inc. 8:10 PM
  • "A Physical Therapist Explains How to Fix Taika Waititi's Apple Keyboard Woes" Time 2:38 PM
  • "Taika Waititi is right: Apple's keyboards are garbage" Mashable 2:34 PM
  • "Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Taika Waititi, Asked What Writers Should Be Asking for in the Next Round of Talks With Producers: 'Apple Needs to Fix Those Keyboards. They Are Impossible to Write on. They've Gotten Worse. It Makes Me Want to Go Back to PCs.'" Daring Fireball 11:42 AM
  • "Counterpoint: I LOVED Apple TV+ Mythic Quest" The Loop 10:21 AM
  • "There's a Worm in the Apple: And it's called the coronavirus, which is throwing uncertainty into how to trade: or not: this name." RealMoney 11:42 AM
  • "Apple Has a Coronavirus Problem. Here's Why." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:13 AM
  • "Why Apple's supply chain is prepared for China's coronavirus" AppleInsider 10:12 AM
  • "Comment: Multitasking on iPad should borrow from Mac, not reinvent the wheel" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "How about a 'super bundle' of Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+ (and iBooks+)" Apple World Today 7:18 AM
  • "Android phones stink again" BGR 12:30 PM
  • "Do you control your data – or does your data control you?" The Register 10:19 AM
  • "A love letter to my beloved NAS Drive, the WD PR2100" The Next Web 10:17 AM
  • "Linux-based Windows 12 Lite is '3x faster than Windows 10' and 'immune from ransomware'" BetaNews 10:17 AM
  • "I fixed the infamous Iowa Caucus app in 30 minutes" The Next Web 8:48 AM
  • "Google's Meena is impressive, but AI chatbots are still 'cheap imitations' of humans" The Next Web 8:07 AM
  • "Motorola Razr review: It's the most personal phone I've used, but I have concerns" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Moondogs Labs filter mount lets you master light with your iPhone camera" Cult of Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Abode adds HomeKit support to a second home security system" The Verge 10:18 AM
  • "Microsoft Office for iPhone 'Redesigned From Scratch'" iClarified 11:43 AM
  • "Microsoft revamps Office for iOS, adds new features" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
  • "Wearable Technology Market Size is Expected to Reach USD $57,653 Millions by the end of 2022, With a CAGR of 16.2 | Valuates Reports" PRNewswire 7:17 AM
  • "Modo Joins Penn State to Launch 'Penn State Go' Universal App Built on the Modo No-Code Platform" Business Wire 7:16 AM
  • "UBS is overhauling its iPhone app for wealth management clients — and it shows how the biggest wealth players are playing catch-up with Netflix-like personalization" [BI Prime] Business Insider 7:16 AM
  • "Leaks suggest new Crash Bandicoot coming to Android, iOS" 9to5Google 7:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Latest Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting" BetaNews 7:46 AM
  • "Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down" The Register 7:58 AM
  • "Xerox's Higher Bid Might Be Enough to Bring HP to the Table"  Bloomberg 2:37 PM
  • "Xerox raises takeover offer for HP: Xerox Holdings Corp raised its offer to buy HP Inc to $24 per share from $22 per share on Monday, following several rejections of its previous buyout offer by the PC maker." Reuters 8:03 AM
  • "Xerox sweetens offer for HP" Reuters 11:42 AM
  • "Xerox Just Raised Its Bid for HP and the Stock is Climbing" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:21 AM
  • "Xerox Increases Offer Price for HP to $24 a Share" Bloomberg Law [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:17 AM
  • "Xerox raises takeover offer for HP" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:17 AM
  • "Xerox Raises Takeover Bid For HP To $24 Per Share" Forbes 8:17 AM
  • "Xerox Offer For HP Not Enough Analysts Say" Forbes 5:32 PM
  • "HPE's orders to expert accountant in Autonomy trial revealed" The Register 7:57 AM
  • "Slack just scored its biggest customer deal ever, as IBM moves all 350,000 of its employees to the chat app" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "IBM picks Slack over Microsoft Teams for its 350,000 employees" The Verge 5:31 PM
  • "IBM Reportedly Using Slack; Slack Shares Shoot Up" Investing 3:01 PM
  • "IBM Adopts Slack for All 350,000 of Its Employees" Thurrott 2:36 PM
  • "Slack responds to IBM partnership report; says not updating forecast" Reuters 4:32 PM
  • "Anticipating IBM's coming virtual desktop pivot" Computerworld 2:36 PM
  • "Exclusive: Internal Intel docs reveal 500-watt Xe graphics, 'tile' architecture" Digital Trends 8:23 AM
  • "Made in Israel: Intel enables French soccer fans to watch games in 360°" Jerusalem Post 8:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS APU overtakes both the Ryzen 7 4800H and Intel's Core i7-9700K CPU in latest Time Spy benchmark leak" NotebookCheck 8:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS 8-Core, 16-Thread Mobile CPU Leaked Benchmarks Spell Trouble For Intel" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "AMD Announces Brawny Radeon Pro W5500, W5500M Navi Workstation GPUs For Professional Creators" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "AMD Stock Could Be Less Than 3 Hours Away From Closing at an All-Time High" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:37 PM
  • "AMD's Arcturus GPU is Big Vega, y'know, for science" PCGamesN 8:23 AM
  • "Arm Announces Cortex-M55 Core And Ethos-U55 microNPU" AnandTech 11:43 AM
  • "Cisco: A Brief Look At Why I'm Long From A Dividend Perspective" Seeking Alpha 8:14 AM
  • "PC and server suppliers see sales hit by coronavirus outbreak" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:23 AM
  • "Volume and complexity of DDoS attacks still increasing" BetaNews 7:46 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Will Apple Be a Buy-the-Dip Stock on Coronavirus Fears?" [Video Report] TheStreet 12:33 PM
  • "Apple Traders and Investors Must Decide What Time Frame They're Focused On: Some short-term traders may be sellers of Apple based on its charts, but it is hard to make the technical case for a meaningful correction or pullback." RealMoney 8:37 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq climbs to record as investors look past coronavirus hit on supply chains: Earnings season moves into final stretch" MarketWatch 11:35 AM
  • "Stocks Make Move Higher Amid Rise in Coronavirus Death Toll: Stocks turn higher even though a rise in the number of new cases of the coronavirus rattles investors." TheStreet 11:35 AM
  • "Dow Jones Reverses Higher As Boeing, Microsoft Rally, Coronavirus Pace Slows: Key indexes held solid gains midday after reversing from an early drop. Boeing, Microsoft and Visa gave the Dow Jones Industrial Average a boost." Investor's Business Daily 11:35 AM
  • "Stocks shrug off spreading coronavirus" FOXBusiness 11:35 AM
  • "Stocks Gain as Viral Outbreak Claims More Lives, U.S. Economy Signals Strength: Concerns about potential economic implications of coronavirus outbreak have fueled market volatility" [Paid Membership Required] 11:34 AM
  • "Asian markets slip amid warnings that China virus remains a threat: Investors' optimism may have been premature; stocks in Hong Kong, mainland China fall" Associated Press 8:10 AM
  • "Irish banks slump after election as European stocks slip" MarketWatch 8:09 AM

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