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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, October 10, 2018


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook meets government officials, visits schools on China tour" AppleInsider 9:08 PM
  • "Apple's Mac Sales Down in Q3 2018 Amid a Lack of Updates"  MacRumors 5:14 PM
  • "Mac shipments fall 11% in Q3 as customers await updates to aging lineup, IDC says" 9to5Mac 6:21 PM
  • "Apple revamps affiliate program for Apple Books, offering increased rates for authors & more" 9to5Mac 5:12 PM
  • "Apple Secretly Bought Danish Visual Effects Startup Spektral Last Year"  Fortune 8:22 AM
  • "Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities: Apple has reportedly bought a Danish startup called Spektral, which specialized in real-time separation of objects in photos and videos for a 'green screen' effect." AppleInsider 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Has Acquired Danish Startup Spektral, Focused on Real-Time 'Green Screen' Technology" MacRumors 8:23 AM
  • "Apple bought a machine learning green screen startup to focus on AR" The Verge 12:33 PM
  • "Microsoft axes Minecraft for Apple TV, no one notices: Microsoft is throwing in the towel on the Apple TV permutation of Minecraft due to low user numbers, according to a splash screen that — ironically — has been displayed in-game for weeks without mention from mainstream media." AppleInsider 7:33 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "HBO, CNN, DC Comics, and more could join a streaming video service under AT&T: Service will face stiff competition from Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Apple, more." Ars Technica 9:07 PM
  • "Adobe security update fixes a handful of critical bugs, ignores Flash Player: The light set of updates does not contain a single security patch for Flash, an unusual event for the company." ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Amazon scrapped 'sexist AI' tool" BBC 7:38 AM
  • "Dropbox text recognition makes it easier to find images and PDFs: It's limited to Professional, Business Advanced and Enterprise users, though." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Amazon expands Whole Foods Market deliveries to several more areas" Neowin 7:58 AM
  • "The Morning After: Here's Google's Pixel 3 family, Home Hub and Slate/Look surprised." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "You can catch up with the Made by Google 2018 event by watching this four minute recap" Neowin 7:59 AM
  • "Google introduces a new Chromecast, but very, very quietly: Because it's nothing to shout about" The Inquirer 8:01 AM
  • "Google Pixel bets on software, localisation to entice APAC consumers: Available from November 1 in five Asian markets, including Singapore and Taiwan, the latest smartphone release features tighter integration with the vendor's AI-powered apps such as Google Lens Assistant." ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 Australian pricing: The newly unveiled Google Pixel 3 starts at AU$1,199 from Google, while the XL model is priced from AU$1,349, with telco monthly pricing ranging between AU$84 and AU$199 on Telstra and AU$58 and AU$115 on Optus." ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch Online now includes an easier version of 'Zelda': It's an unexpectedly 'souped-up' take on an old classic." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Clockwise #262: What If It's A Tiger?" Six Colors 4:09 PM
  • "BeLight's Letters Makes Creating Text Effects Fun and Easy" MacVoices 3:28 PM
  • "China Spy Hacks Again, Subscription TV Streaming Overload -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-10" The Mac Observer 12:22 PM
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 85: Channel Surfing The App Store For Cute Cats" AppAdvice 7:27 AM