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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, December 25, 2017


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "People still aren't buying smartwatches — and it's only going to get worse" Business Insider 9:28 AM
  • "'Sirrah, What News': iPhone's Siri Wakes Up During Shakespeare Play in Britain: In what was one of the funniest theatre moments in 2017, the iPhone's voice recognition program Siri woke up during a Shakespeare play." Sputnik 8:40 AM
  • "Smartphone sales rebound in Taiwan in November" ["Apple's iPhone X 256GB, iPhone X 64GB, iPhone 8 Plus 64GB, iPhone 8 Plus 256GB and iPhone 8 64GB were the top-five best-selling models in the month, according to the data."] DigiTimes 8:32 AM
  • "Google Hires Apple Chip Engineer John Bruno, Likely to Build Its Own Custom SoC: Report" Gadgets 360 1:45 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Woz spends Christmas building Apple II disk drive, the Disk II" Cult of Mac 8:17 AM
  • "The iPhone X's Face ID can't approve family purchases, and no one knows why: Touch ID could be used before, but iPhone X owners must enter their passwords." Ars Technica 12/22
  • "Apple recruits Amazon Studios execs for its original content team" Cult of Mac 12/22
  • "Apple poaches three more Amazon execs for in-house video efforts" iDownload Blog 12/22
  • "Apple is developing an advanced EKG feature for the Apple Watch" V3 12/22
  • "The next Apple Watch might double as an EKG heart monitor" The Next Web 12/22
  • "Shipments of iPhone X to reach 30-35 million units in 4Q17, say sources" DigiTimes 12/22
  • "Apple's New iPhones Get a Lukewarm Reception From Buyers: U.S. sales of iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are on par with lackluster pace of most recent models, analysts say, though China prospects are bright" [Paid Membership Required] 12/22
  • "iPhone X is accelerating both iPhone upgrade and Android switching rates in China, says Morgan Stanley" 9to5Mac 12/22
  • "iPhone X demand may be weaker than Apple expected" Cult of Mac 12/22
  • "Global shipments of wearable devices to nearly double by 2021, IDC says" DigiTimes 12/22
  • "2017 in review: iPhone 10th anniversary, Samsung Note rebound, solid cheap smartphones" ZDNet 12/22
  • "Apple Updates and Expands App Store Review Guidelines to Address Pre-Orders, Loot Boxes, VPNs, and More" MacStories 12/22
  • "Snowden-Backed App 'Haven' Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System" Wired 12/22
  • "Edward Snowden created an app that turns smartphones into security systems aimed at thwarting spies" Business Insider 12/22
Non-Apple News
  • "China's New Lenders Collect Invasive Data and Offer Billions. Beijing Is Worried." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:00 PM
  • "Nintendo's eShop is down, ruining Christmas for anyone who got a Switch" BGR 2:23 PM
  • "Nintendo's eShop is down, leaving new Switch owners high and dry" VentureBeat 2:12 PM
  • "Chip Makers Aren't Stacking Bets on Cryptocurrencies: Nvidia, AMD keep crypto-mining demand out of their forecasts" [Paid Membership Required] 8:42 AM
  • "Comcast accused of enrolling customers in programs without consent" Engadget 8:30 AM
  • "Edward Snowden's Haven app turns an Android device into a laptop security guard" Digital Trends 8:22 AM
  • "Facebook's music deal could give a big boost to its video effort" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "Samsung could make $22 billion from OLED displays for the iPhone X" Digital Trends 12/23
  • "Edward Snowden's Haven App Converts Android Phones Into Personal Security Systems" HotHardware 12/23
  • "Let's Talk iOS 219: Always read past the headline" iDownload Blog 9:29 AM
  • "MPU 409 — Holiday Tech" MacSparky 12/24
  • "iMore show 586: Frowning Pizza Update/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 12/23
  • "Podcast: Magic Leap, Apple Battery, MacOS-iOS Combination" Tech.pinions 12/23
  • "#iPhoneSlow: What the analysts and experts have to say" iMore 12/23