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MacSurfer's Archive: Sunday, October 14, 2018


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Cops Told 'Don't Look' at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out: After five failed attempts with the 'wrong' face, Apple's Face ID system will fall back to asking a passcode; a tricky situation for investigators." Motherboard 10/13
  • "Police told to avoid looking at recent iPhones to avoid lockouts: Law enforcement may have a challenge on its hands." Engadget 10/13
  • "Forensics firm urges police not to look at screens of iPhones with Face ID: While U.S. police are now sometimes forcing suspects with Face ID-ready iPhones to unlock their devices, Apple's technology is simultaneously making that a risky proposition, one security firm is warning agencies." AppleInsider 10/13
  • "Tim Cook Visited Headquarters of Bytedance in Beijing" pandaily 10/13
  • "Apple has bought a Danish startup to boost its AR skillset: The ARtist formerly known as Spektral" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Stockholm's New City Council Opposes Planned Apple Store at KungsträdgĂ„rden" MacRumors 10/12
  • "That iPhone XR can't come fast enough in China for Tim Cook... | Pocketnow" Pocketnow 10/12
  • "Federal Trade Commission makes important clarifications in reply to Nokia's amicus brief supporting Qualcomm" Foss Patents 10/12
  • "Your iPhone could soon protect you from spam calls — but Android is still way ahead" GearBrain 10/12
  • "Man Wearing Apple Maps Backpack Surveying San Francisco on Foot" MacRumors 10/12
  • "Saudi journalist used Apple Watch to record own interrogation and execution, report says" AppleInsider 10/12
  • "Kanye West accidentally reveals his iPhone passcode to the world — and it's painfully easy to guess: During a meeting with President Trump, Kanye typed his passcode into the iPhone, seemingly oblivious to the camera behind him" Mirror Online UK 10/12
Non-Apple News
  • "Teenage Engineering reluctantly adds Bluetooth audio to OD-11 speaker: The company doesn't seem happy about it." Engadget 7:04 AM
  • "Around 62% of all Internet sites will run an unsupported PHP version in 10 weeks: The highly popular PHP 5.x branch will stop receiving security updates at the end of the year." ZDNet 6:59 AM
  • "OnePlus Previews Software Changes Coming in the OnePlus 6T" Thurrott 10/13
  • "Qualcomm files appeal to avoid potential $5 billion payout to 250 million American smartphone buyers (1.2 billion transactions)" Foss Patents 10/13
  • "Venmo increases fees on instant money transfers: Convenience comes with a higher cost." Engadget 10/13
  • "FCC resorts to the usual malarkey defending itself against Mozilla lawsuit" TechCrunch 10/12
  • "As bidding closes, Amazon's cloud is the favorite to win a $10 billion defense deal. Here's why everybody else is so mad about it" Business Insider 10/12
  • "'Plants vs. Zombies' creator PopCap and parent EA put down new roots in Seattle, and tease next game" GeekWire 10/12
  • "Twitter under investigation for allegedly refusing to reveal how it tracks you" CNET 10/12
  • "Humanoid 'rescue robot' learns parkour" BBC 10/12
  • "Online dating could be worth $12 billion — and it's all thanks to Tinder, analyst says" Business Insider 10/12
  • "Yale users locked out of homes after 'smart' home app crashes: Firm blamed 24-hours of borkage on an 'unforeseen' issue" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Galaxy S10 might be last Samsung smartphone to retain the headphone jack: Firm will ditch port on Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11, report claims" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Boston Dynamics shows off 'terrifying' humanoid robot that can run and leap over obstacles" Telegraph 10/12
  • "Google CEO refuses to answer 'detailed questions' on China in letter to Senate" CNET 10/12
  • "Did Google just tell us that it's getting rid of Android?" BGR 10/12
  • "Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages" BBC 10/12
  • "Facebook takes down hundreds of political spam accounts: Ballot blocks" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch/'We should be in space within weeks, not months.'" Ars Technica 10/12
  • "Plex virtualises its way on to Linux as a Canonical Snap: And there's freebies for early adopters" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Coming October 13: Gene Steinberg meets Daniel Rubino of Windows Central and Josh Centers of TidBITS, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 6:06 PM
  • "RIP Apple TV Gaming – The TouchArcade Show #372" Touch Arcade 10/12
  • "Neil Ticktin Profiles This Year's MacTech Conference" MacVoices 10/12
  • "What's New with WiFi Mesh, Apple's Possible iPad Pro Media Event -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-12" The Mac Observer 10/12
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 194: Latest OS updates, the new smart 'speakers', and troubles in China" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "Tim Cook's worldwide tour and waiting for Apple's October iPad Pro event on the AppleInsider podcast: The AppleInsider Podcast gets seriously into money as we examine App Store fraud in China and how Apple Pay won over CVS. Plus, what you should buy from Google's new hardware —and what we think Apple's going to show us." AppleInsider 10/12