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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, November 22, 2018


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Korean smartphone retailers protest Apple's policy: A group of Korean smartphone retailers on Nov. 21 protested against US tech giant Apple's practice of forcing them to purchase in-store tester iPhones. 'Normally, most manufacturers provide all smartphones needed for display, which are collected later,' the Korea Mobile Distributors Association said in its statement."  The Investor 8:02 AM
  • "Apple makes retailers cough up for iPhone display models" Cult of Mac 8:46 AM
  • "Report: Apple considered making a low-cost streaming TV dongle" The Next Web 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Could Release A Chromecast-Like Low Cost Apple TV Dongle" Redmond Pie 8:27 AM
  • "How Dropbox's red team discovered an Apple zero-day exploit chain by accident: The zero-day vulnerabilities were accidentally uncovered while researchers were looking for ways to break into Dropbox." ZDNet 8:27 AM
  • "ALDI letter provides further clue that Apple Pay is close to launching in Belgium" 9to5Mac 11:27 AM
  • "'Tim Cook for President' and other tawdry campaigns from Qualcomm's PR bulldog" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Kids in the U.K. get field trips to... the Apple Store?" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Siri is currently showing a very NSFW image when asked 'Who is Donald Trump?'" 9to5Mac 4:43 PM
  • "Apple TV grows in popularity and passes more affordable Google & Roku options, data shows" 9to5Mac 11/21
  • "iPads for pilots take the pain out of prepwork: Singapore Airline's tech initiative gives its pilots the information they need before and after flights."  CNET 11/21
  • "Apple working to give Veterans iPhone access to their medical records" Cult of Mac 11/21
  • "Apple may create software allowing veterans to transfer health records to iPhones" iDownload Blog 11/21
  • "The iPod click wheel was the pinnacle of purposed hardware design/Button of the Month: iPod click wheel"  The Verge 11/21
  • "Apple CarPlay is Business Insider's 2018 Infotainment System of the Year" Business Insider 11/21
  • "Smart watches, fitness trackers and the NHS: Are wearables just what the doctor ordered? While more and more of us are wearing fitness trackers, the real benefits of wearables may come from another quarter." ZDNet 11/21
  • "Apple's Gorgeously Detailed Holiday Ad Has a Moral That All Creatives Should Take to Heart: 'Share Your Gifts' is a lush animation with a lesson" AdWeek 11/21
  • "Apple 2018 Holiday Ad Revealed: Cute Animated Movie That Touches The Heart" Forbes 11/21
  • "Holiday — How I Create Music on iMac and iPhone ft. Billie Eilish — Apple" YouTube 11/21
  • "Holiday — How I Create Stories By Editing on iMac — Apple" YouTube 11/21
  • "Holiday — How I Create Stories with Color on MacBook Pro — Apple" YouTube 11/21
  • "How an iPhone and a hairy hamster create magic movie sound: Listen closely to the sound designer of The Favourite revealing how what you hear creates the world of the story." CNET 11/21
Non-Apple News
  • "Both Samsung and Huawei are considering similar names for their foldable phones" BGR 6:54 PM
  • "Amazon's two new headquarters will only be half-full of tech workers: And the decision may mean more for Long Island City locals" Engadget 5:29 PM
  • "Google will demand verification from European political ad buyers: The tech giant is bringing the verification procedure it launched in the US to Europe." Engadget 4:50 PM
  • "The International Space Station is full of floppy disks: In space, no one can hear your floppy disk drive" The Verge 11:27 AM
  • "YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild" Motherboard 8:14 AM
  • "Loot box spending 'creates problem gamblers'" BBC 7:53 AM
  • "Instagram tests simpler, bolder profiles: The tweaks parallel Twitter changes from just days earlier" Engadget 11/21
  • "FCC's proposed robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say: Carriers can already block illegal robotexts, but Pai wants further deregulation." Ars Technica 11/21
  • "USPS patches API flaw that exposed data on 60 million users" Engadget 11/21
  • "A Chinese startup may have cracked solid-state batteries: But details are, predictably, sparse." Engadget 11/21
  • "Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020"  Bloomberg 11/21
  • "Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 Benchmark Leak Shows Beastly Performance For 2019 Flagship Phones" HotHardware 11/21
  • "Snapdragon 8150, Helio P80 far ahead of the pack in AI benchmark" Android Authority 11/21
  • "A majority of Americans don't think social networks are good for the world: What a new survey from Axios tells us about Facebook and its peers" The Verge 11/21
  • "'They treat us like disposable parts': An Amazon warehouse worker is waging war on working conditions in a new anonymous newspaper column"  Business Insider 11/21
  • "Amazon discloses names and addresses—but doesn't disclose details: If you're an Amazon customer you may have received a rather strange email this morning. It states that the company has, '...inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.'" BetaNews 11/21
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10: Six cameras, and bigger than the Note 9" ZDNet 11/21
  • "214: Go to the Apple Store Today" The Rebound 11:27 AM
  • "Macworld's December Digital Magazine: iPhone XS and XS Max reviewed" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #3" MacVoices 11/21
  • "#268: Wi-Pie/iOS's discoverability problem, when we buy gear for ourselves, holiday tech support tasks, and using an iPad as an external display for a Mac." Relay FM: Clockwise 11/21
  • "Health Records, Offline Siri Update – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-21" The Mac Observer 11/21
  • "#44: Letting Thunderbolt Down/More on smart garage doors, then the differences between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3." Relay FM: Query 11/21