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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, February 25, 2020


  • "Apple Slammed on Cell-Phone Policy in NTSB Probe of Tesla Crash: The 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. SUV, in which an Apple Inc. employee was playing a game on his company-issued phone and the car veered into a divider, highlight the 'misuses of technology,' a U.S. investigator said Tuesday."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:34 PM
  • "Tesla Autopilot, distracted driving to blame in deadly 2018 crash" ["During the hearing, board members took issue with Tesla's approach to mitigating the misuse of Autopilot, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's lax approach to regulating partial automation technology, and Apple — Huang's employer — for not having a distracted driving policy. (Huang was playing the mobile game on a company-issued iPhone.)"] The Verge 4:09 PM
  • "Coronavirus clouds Apple's timeline for new iPhones" Reuters 2:35 PM
  • "Apple Reopens More Than Half Its China Stores as Coronavirus Spread Continues: Apple has reopened 29 of its 42 stores in China, a report says." TheStreet 7:40 AM
  • "Apple Stores Begin Reopening In Coronavirus-Hit China" Benzinga 7:40 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone launch plans might be delayed due to virus: A report on Tuesday takes a theoretical look at Apple's iPhone launch plans, noting the company's most important product of 2020 might be delayed due to travel restrictions designed to combat the ongoing coronavirus outbreak." AppleInsider 9:17 PM
  • "Big Tech Stocks lost more than $200 billion in market value in a day from coronavirus fears" ["Apple, the most valuable public company in the world, saw more than $60 billion wiped off its $1.4 trillion market cap."] Business Insider 7:23 AM
  • "Pandemic fears see AAPL and other Tech Stocks fall over 4%" 9to5Mac 7:28 AM
  • "Apple, TikTok decline to testify at second congressional hearing probing tech's ties to China: Apple and TikTok each have declined a request to testify at a March congressional hearing that would have probed their relationships with China, a move that threatens to ratchet up tensions with federal lawmakers who see Beijing as a privacy and security threat."  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 7:20 AM
  • "Apple's Services To Top $50 Billion Profits By 2025 – Beating iPhone" Forbes 7:46 AM
  • "Apple drives both premium iPhone sales, global production in India" AppleInsider 10:52 AM
  • "Google patches Chrome zero-day under active attacks" ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "Firefox for Mac and Linux to get a new security sandbox system" ZDNet 10:06 AM
  • "Firefox to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default to US users" TechCrunch 7:27 AM
  • "Voice Memos on macOS Catalina Doesn't Record" Kirkville 8:12 AM
  • "How to Enable the Classic Startup Chime on Newer Macs" MacRumors 8:13 AM
  • "12 Things You May Not Know You Can Do With PDF Files In Mac Preview" MacMost 2:33 PM
  • "How to get rid of the question mark on your Finder window's toolbar: Why is there? Why? Why? It's an old file or folder that has lost its way." Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "What You See in the Finder Should Always Be Correct"  Daring Fireball 4:11 PM
Press Releases
  • "Opera's new browser can tame your tabs" TechCrunch 10:52 AM
  • "maWatermarker 2.1.0 with 20 patterns for FREE" Moon-App 7:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Johnson & Johnson Launches Heartline™, the First-of-its-Kind, Virtual Study Designed to Explore if a New iPhone App and Apple Watch Can Help Reduce the Risk of Stroke"  PRNewswire 8:21 AM
  • "Apple, J&J to study if Apple Watch can help reduce stroke risk" Reuters 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Working With Johnson & Johnson on 'Heartline Study' Aimed at Reducing Risk of Stroke" MacRumors 8:21 AM
  • "Clinical trial will see if Apple devices can reduce the risk of strokes" Engadget 12:39 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone XR and iPhone 11 were most popular 2019 smartphones – Omdia" Apple Must 7:20 PM
  • "Tesco opens its first cashless store with contactless and Apple Pay but experts say it leaves vulnerable shoppers frozen out" Daily Mail (UK) 9:16 PM
  • "Apple iPhone XR dominated smartphone market in 2019, study finds"  AppleInsider 9:17 PM
  • "Apple tries to have VirnetX VPN patent ruling overturned again, US Supremes say no... again" The Register 10:03 AM
  • "FTC sending $1.7 million in refunds to consumers who were tricked by Apple tech support scam" 9to5Mac 2:37 PM
  • "Foxconn offers incentives for workers in China: Foxconn Technology is providing a series of incentives to encourage the return and recruitment of more employees for its major assembly plants in Shenzhen and Chengzhou, China, seeking to fulfill as many shipments of iPhones as possible to Apple, according to industry sources." DigiTimes 7:22 AM
  • "Foxconn offers perks to try and woo people back to work" Cult of Mac 7:23 AM
  • "The world's biggest iPhone factory is reportedly offering $1,000 bonuses to entice workers after being shut down over coronavirus" Business Insider 7:41 AM
  • "Redesigned Apple Fairview opens February 29 in Toronto" 9to5Mac 7:27 AM
  • "Exclusive Survey Reveals Discrimination Against Visa Workers at Tech's Biggest Companies" ["Employees at Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Google, Uber, and Facebook accounted for a quarter of all feedback."] Medium: OneZero 10:03 AM
  • "Survey of workers at Apple and elsewhere highlights H-1B visa controversy" 9to5Mac 10:07 AM
  • "Disney CEO Bob Iger to step down: Longtime Disney CEO and former Apple board member Bob Iger will relinquish reins to the entertainment giant effective immediately, the company announced on Tuesday." AppleInsider 4:09 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung Electronics says UK website error exposed data of 150 customers" Reuters 9:03 PM
  • "The Smithsonian has released more than 2.8 million images you can use for free: Included are images from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo" The Verge 6:00 PM
  • "Jif and Giphy team up for limited-edition peanut butter to settle the GIF pronunciation debate" 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Google Maps has been ramping up advertising in the app, and already has brands including Dunkin' and Walgreens buying in" [BI Prime] Business Insider 7:41 AM
  • "Kelly and Ian Betteridge – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-25" The Mac Observer 12:38 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 332: So high, so fast, so quickly" iDownload Blog 7:43 AM
  • "Apple will soon let Mac Pro owners install their own chassis wheels" AppleInsider 7:21 AM
  • "Apple Publishes White Papers on Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR" The Mac Observer 9:38 AM
  • "Apple may introduce an ARM-powered Mac in 2021, claim" Computerworld 7:13 AM
  • "BOE Makes Investment in Plant and Equipment for OLED Module Lines" ETNews 7:44 AM
  • "Chinese OLED iPhone displays closer: BOE opts for Apple-only production lines" 9to5Mac 7:45 AM
  • "Apple's AR plans include accurate handling of real and virtual objects" AppleInsider 7:21 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a next-gen depth-based Touch Detection System for future iPhones & Head Mounted Device" Patently Apple 7:28 AM
  • "Apple wins a Project Titan patent for a Car Seat system designed to provide occupants with a superior ride experience" Patently Apple 8:13 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM
  • "10.2' iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM

  • "Shootout: 2019 Mac Pro 16-Core versus iMac Pro 18-Core" Bare Feats 12:38 PM
  • "Review: Mophie's new powerstation line caters to Apple-users with Lightning input and output" AppleInsider 2:37 PM
iOS Apps
  • "First Look: RTRO by Moment Vintage Video Camera App" MacStories 12:39 PM
  • "How to Take Screenshots and Record Your Screen on iPad With iOS 13" The Mac Observer 11:08 AM
  • "How to Hide Memoji Stickers from Keyboard on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 10:51 AM
  • "New to iPhone? How to send a handwritten text in Messages" iDownload Blog 7:44 AM
  • "You're using your favorite iPhone and iPad apps all wrong: There's a quick way to do things, and a slow way, and many of you are doing things the slow way." ZDNet 10:52 AM
  • "iPhone 12 delayed? Coronavirus causing 'two lost months'" Tom's Guide 9:18 PM
  • "Is Apple's New iPhone Simply Called 'iPhone'?" Forbes 9:16 PM
  • "Instagram CEO's Bullshit Excuse For Not Having An Ipad App" Daring Fireball 6:44 PM
  • "Concept shows off how Apple could enhance the multitasking experience on iPad" 9to5Mac 2:37 PM
  • "Apple Has A Different Vision For Future iPhones Patent Reveals" Forbes 11:09 AM
  • "Apple's first Macs with Arm chips could soon be on the way: Here's why it matters/A respected Apple-watcher predicts an upcoming Arm-based Mac." ZDNet 10:52 AM
  • "iOS 14 To Better Support Third-Party Apps Like Web Browsers" Benjamin Mayo 10:51 AM
  • "This circular Apple Watch concept is sure to divide opinion" iMore 10:06 AM
  • "Wish List: Album Play Mode for Music" Six Colors 10:06 AM
  • "Are All Wireless Earbuds As Evil As AirPods?"  iFixit 8:42 AM
  • "Why iPhone 12 will totally steal one of the best Galaxy S20 features" BGR 8:13 AM
  • "The Apple iPhone 12 rumors and iOS 14 leaks have started already" GearBrain 8:13 AM
  • "Will the Apple Car be a ride-sharing service?" Apple Must 7:38 AM
  • "Cassandra -Tuesday Diversion: Mismatched Photo Editing tools and Controls on Macs and iOS" eXtensions 7:38 AM
  • "The best Apple rumor right now is Gmail: It's past time for third-party default apps on the iPhone"  The Verge 7:27 AM
  • "Sometimes you have to complain: Apple's iOS ads/iOS is not adware, but Apple's push ads still aren't good." Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "Galaxy Z Flip review: It's almost time to throw away your old, boring, non-folding phone/Folding phones are the future, but don't buy this one" Android Police 8:42 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft Sudoku stealthily rolls out on iOS" MSPoweruser 6:07 PM
  • "Apple Research app adds AirPods Pro support for Hearing Study, watchOS battery improvements" 9to5Mac 4:12 PM
  • "Apple Research app taps AirPods Pro for hearing study" Cult of Mac 6:07 PM
  • "Pad & Quill Launch Pre-Orders for 2020 iPad Pro Leather Keyboard Cases With Cutout for Triple-Lens Camera" MacRumors 2:35 PM
  • "Santa Clara University Offers Contactless Student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch" Business Wire 2:34 PM
  • "'Romancing SaGa Re;Universe' Is Getting an Android Only Closed Beta Test and You Can Sign Up for It Here Ahead of Its Full Release on iOS and Android This Summer" Touch Arcade 12:39 PM
  • "Moment launches RTRO iPhone video app with vintage vibes and easy social media sharing" 9to5Mac 12:39 PM
  • "Unc0ver Jailbreak 4.1.1 For iOS 13.3 Improves Reliability, Adds A New Exploit" Redmond Pie 10:05 AM
  • "Sonnet Announces Cost-Effective USB to 5 Gigabit Ethernet (5GbE) Adapter, Supports Faster Networking Speeds Over Existing Cabling" Wall Street Communications 8:12 AM
  • "The HyperBoom is Ultimate Ears' first speaker suited for big parties" The Verge 7:28 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Verizon, Sprint, and providers around the world will support 5G Always Connected PCs: Always Connected PCs will be able to keep pace with their smartphone sibling thanks to 5G support from carriers." Windows Central 12:50 PM
  • "RIP: Windows 10 live tiles reportedly getting killed by Microsoft" LAPTOP Magazine 7:27 AM
  • "Revamped Windows 10 Start Menu could replace Live Tiles: Few would miss the feature" TechSpot 7:27 AM
  • "Windows 10 could get a new Start menu as Microsoft kills off one of its most useless features" TechRadar UK 7:28 AM
  • "A closer look at Microsoft's new Start menu and taskbar on Windows 10X: We go hands-on with the new Start and taskbar experiences on Windows 10X" Windows Central 11:27 AM
  • "Microsoft wants to give Windows 10 File Explorer some love, according to new job listing: A new job listing indicates that Microsoft wants to make a more modern File Explorer experience." Windows Central 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft improves Windows Hello accuracy with fresh Windows 10 updates: Windows Hello should be at least a little more accurate with these latest updates." Windows Central 3:32 PM
  • "7 things Microsoft didn't tell us about the new Office app: The new Office mobile app for iOS and Android is designed to help users complete 'microtasks' while on the go and combines Word, Excel and Powerpoint." Computerworld 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft uses its expertise in malware to help with fileless attack detection on Linux: Aw, how generous" The Register 7:00 AM
  • "Microsoft to open Azure regions in Spain, expands Telefonica relationship: Microsoft will be serving up Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from its coming cloud datacenters in Spain, and Telefonica will be delivering more capabilities from this new region once it opens." ZDNet 4:17 PM
  • "Microsoft's Linux-based Azure Sphere now generally available" MSPoweruser 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge will soon warn you if you visit phishing website" MSPoweruser 7:15 AM
  • "Dell rolls out new subscription model for hybrid cloud deployments: Available with the Dell EMC VxRail, customers can deploy a subscription-based configuration in just two weeks." ZDNet 7:15 AM
  • "Lenovo refreshes its ThinkPad lineup with AMD Ryzen Pro 4000: Some of these laptops will get 10th-gen Intel Core vPro chips later this year, too." Ars Technica 6:43 PM
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad to Both Have AMD Ryzen 4000 Support And Intel's 10th-gen Chip" Tech Times 7:30 AM
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad refresh offers 10th-gen Intel CPUs and AMD's Ryzen 4000 Pro: Lenovo says it's the first company to offer AMD's new processor line." Engadget 7:30 AM
  • "Lustre HPC file systems no longer disappear in a puff on Amazon Web Services – but you'll pay more: Throughput boosted and encryption in transit added to temporary counterparts" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "IBM Working on AI Suitcase to Help Visually Challenged People Travel Independently: The suitcase prototype developed by IBM will use AI to map the best route for the user." Gadgets 360 7:29 AM
  • "Cisco rolls out new cloud software and hardware for mobile networks: The new offerings are aimed at helping service providers get the most out of their 5G infrastructure investments." ZDNet 9:12 PM
  • "Not MWC: Cisco stacks new software for mobile networks" Light Reading 7:29 AM
  • "Samsung begins mass production of 16GB mobile DRAM: The South Korean tech giant continues to pack more memory into smartphones." ZDNet 7:14 AM
  • "Samsung begins 16GB LPDDR5 RAM production" bit-tech 7:44 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple warns shareholders of coronavirus risks ahead of tomorrow's annual meeting" 9to5Mac 2:36 PM
  • "Needham lowering Apple EPS on COVID-19 news" Apple 3.0 8:22 AM
  • "Coronavirus only part of the story behind the Dow's drop" Axios 7:28 AM
Industry News
  • "The Dow just logged its worst 2-day point slide in history — here are 5 reasons the stock market is tanking, and only one of them is the coronavirus: The S&P 500 has shed more than $1.7 trillion in value in the past two days" MarketWatch 6:01 PM
  • "Stocks Crumble Amid Warnings About Spread of Coronavirus: Stocks end sharply down Tuesday as Wall Street's massive selloff continues for a second straight session." TheStreet 6:01 PM
  • "Dow Jones Futures: Coronavirus Stock Market Sell-Off Continues; Disney CEO Bob Iger Exits, Salesforce, Virgin Galactic, Insulet Move On Earnings" Investor's Business Daily 6:02 PM
  • "Dow tanks nearly 900 points on CDC coronavirus-led selloff: The 10-year yield hit record low on safety play" FOXBusiness 6:02 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Close Nearly 900 Points Lower: Treasury yields hit new bottom, Nasdaq's 2020 gains vanish as markets signal growing virus concern" [Paid Membership Required] 6:02 PM
  • "Asian markets extend losses as outbreak's ripple effects spread: Nikkei sinks as traders return from holiday, but Kospi rises after Monday's selloff" MarketWatch 7:32 AM
  • "European stocks edge lower after Monday's pounding over coronavirus spread: Prudential rises after Third Point takes stake" MarketWatch 7:32 AM

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