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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, May 4, 2017


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The future of the iPhone 8 may rest in Qualcomm's hands: This is war. Qualcomm, which has been in a heated battle with technology partner Apple over patent royalty payments, may be pursuing the nuclear option, according to a Bloomberg report, possibly asking the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to block iPhone imports." Mashable 5:55 PM
  • "Qualcomm May Try Stopping New iPhones From Coming Into The US" Forbes 7:53 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple Becomes World's No.1 Wearables Vendor in Q1 2017" Business Wire 6:04 PM
  • "Apple Named World's Largest Wearables Vendor With an Estimated 3.5M Apple Watch Shipments in Q1 2017" MacRumors 6:04 PM
  • "Apple overtakes Fitbit to become world's top wearables vendor thanks to Apple Watch growth" 9to5Mac 6:48 PM
  • "Why Capital One bought hundreds of Apple Watches and gave them to employees" Business Insider 8:43 PM
  • "Strong Security Proves Essential for Enterprise Smartwatch Adoption: ABI Research Forecasts Smartwatches to Hit 2 Million Enterprise Shipments in 2017" ["Companies such as Apple, IBM, Kony, Samsung, and SAP frequently provide such solutions to interested organizations. Samsung recently worked with communications platform Total Communicator Solutions to provide an EMM solution for smartwatches in the San Diego Airport with the intent to improve employee communication."] PRNewswire 10:08 AM
  • "Worldwide Tablet Shipments Decline 8.5% in the First Quarter as the Slow Migration from Slates to Detachables Continues, According to IDC" ["Apple experienced its 13th consecutive quarter of year-over-year shipment decline despite being the market leader in 1Q17. Apple's results show that it is not immune to the changing dynamics of industry and consumer demand, part of which is due to the ongoing success of its other product lines. 2016 was Apple's first full year of iPad Pro shipments, which included the launch of the smaller screen lower-cost 9.7 inch version. This product line quickly elevated Apple to the top of the growing detachable tablet market segment, and IDC believes Apple is in a good spot to remain competitive at the top of this segment despite using a 'mobile OS' while many of its competitors are entering the space with Windows-based devices."] Business Wire 10:07 AM
  • "IDC: Tablet shipments decline for tenth straight quarter, Apple drops 13%" VentureBeat 10:36 AM
  • "Apple sells 80% of iPhone-class, $600+ smartphones in China" AppleInsider 5:55 PM
  • "Huawei, Oppo, Vivo Together Contribute to More Than Half of the Chinese Smartphone Market in Q1 2017" Counterpoint 5:55 PM
  • "Barricades down at Apple Orchard Road store, opening seems imminent" The Straits Times [Free Registration Required] 7:36 AM
  • "Location of first Apple Store in Singapore finally officially confirmed with love note [Gallery] 9to5Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Apple about to open first store in South East Asia" CNET 7:35 AM
  • "Tim Cook drops 30 pounds using the Apple Watch, but still won't tell us how many have sold" Mashable 11:14 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple embraces over-the-air iOS updates" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "YouTube reportedly plans to produce 40 new original shows" CNET 9:01 PM
  • "The U.S. Justice Department appears to be probing Uber's use of software to avoid regulators: The practice, known as 'greyballing,' is the subject of the investigation, which may be criminal in nature." Recode 7:35 PM
  • "Florida Judge Orders Reality TV Star To Unlock Phone In 'Sextortion' Case" Digital Trends 12:30 PM
  • "FBI unable to access half of mobile devices, says director Comey, supporting new legislation" 9to5Mac 10:39 AM
  • "OnePlus 5 specs spilled in new leak" BGR 8:27 AM
  • "Imagination to Double-Down on GPU Business, MIPS and Ensigma to Be Sold" AnandTech 8:06 AM
  • "Android malware spreads like wildfire: 350 new malicious apps every hour" The Next Web 8:05 AM
  • "Gmail app for Android now blocks phishing attacks" Mashable 7:42 AM
  • "How Apple subdivisions compare against Fortune 500 companies" AppleInsider 9:05 PM
  • "Apple's Developer Job Stats, iPhone 8 Function Bar -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-04" The Mac Observer 12:32 PM
  • "Rebound 135: Two More Annoyances" Six Colors 10:14 AM
  • "How the iPhone could save mobile AR from Facebook and Snapchat: Will Apple make augmented reality more useful than simply a digital Halloween costume shop?" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Podcast 557: Pondering the Siri Speaker rumors and watchOS 4" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Michael Cioni: Do I Have Stockholm Syndrome with Apple? In the first of our publications of the video presentations from the LumaForge Faster Together Stage, Michael Cioni talks about his and our relationships with Apple's products. A great 40 minutes of truth and observations. Grab a coffee, this is well worth watching and will get a lot of views." 7:03 AM