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MacSurfer's Archive: Sunday, February 16, 2020


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Music Replay has been updated to create a 2020 Replay playlist: Apple Music's Replay service generates a curated playlist based on your year of listening so far, and has just been updated to support 2020." AppleInsider 8:08 PM
  • "Apple Maps Transit directions go live in various locations in the EU: Apple Maps are showing train, bus, and tram directions for users in new European locations such as France, Spain, and Germany as a new update appears rolls out across the EU." AppleInsider 6:24 PM
  • "This week's top stories: iPhone 9 pricing and naming rumors, Swift Playgrounds for Mac, more" 9to5Mac 11:20 AM
  • "Apple Watch helps save the life of teen athlete in Oklahoma: Another life was saved with the assistance of an Apple Watch —this time a teen athlete in Oklahoma was alerted to an unusually high heart rate while in class." AppleInsider 2/15
  • "Apple Watch helps save teen's life after notification about heart rate" WBTV 2/15
  • "Coronavirus cruise treated with 2000 iPhones deployed to everyone stuck on board"  9to5Mac 2/14
  • "2000 iPhones doled out to quarantined cruise ship passengers" AppleInsider 2/14
  • "The Japanese government gave 2,000 iPhones to passengers stuck on a cruise ship where nearly 200 coronavirus cases have been confirmed" Business Insider 2/14
  • "Apple shipped 2.6 million HomePods in all-important holiday quarter" Cult of Mac 2/14
  • "Right to Repair Is Gaining Ground in 2020" iFixit 2/14
  • "Nevada Democrats to use iPads loaded with Google Forms to track caucus: The party has a two-step plan intended to avoid the reporting chaos of the Iowa caucus." CNET 2/14
  • "Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses: The encryption app is putting a $50 million infusion from WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton to good use, building out features to help it go mainstream." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/14
  • "'See': Adrian Paul Joins Jason Momoa & Dave Bautista In Season 2 Of Apple Drama Series" Deadline 2/14
  • "Jony Ive's Advice to Designers and Executives: Apple's former chief design officer sat down with Hermès Artistic Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas in a kickoff to the French luxury house's year of 'Innovation in the Making.'" Business of Fashion 2/14
  • "Little America — Inside the Episode: 'The Silence' | Apple TV+" YouTube 2/14
Non-Apple News
  • "The Galaxy Z Flip's glass screen isn't very durable: Samsung's foldable screen still behaves like fragile plastic." Engadget 6:29 PM
  • "Google takes down the alleged spying ToTok app from the Play Store" MSPoweruser 7:34 AM
  • "Unknown number of Bluetooth LE devices impacted by SweynTooth vulnerabilities" ZDNet 2/15
  • "This smart watch runs on body heat — Future Blink" [Video] Mashable 2/14
  • "Appeals court seems poised to reverse landmark Qualcomm antitrust ruling" Ars Technica 2/14
  • "Facebook cancels global marketing conference due to the coronavirus outbreak" The Verge 2/14
  • "Facebook is changing its political-advertising policies on Instagram after Mike Bloomberg's campaign paid for memes on the platform" Business Insider 2/14
  • "28 TB of Storage in a Laptop? Eurocom Has It" AnandTech 2/14
  • "Netflix: JPEG needs replacing and AV1 Image File Format is our best option" ZDNet 2/14
  • "How AI is stopping the next great flu before it starts" Engadget 2/14
  • "A startup backed by iPod designer Tony Fadell just emerged from stealth with $18.5 million to bring breakthrough batteries to market in massive quantities" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2/14
  • "Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney calls on industry to get rid of loot boxes" Digital Trends 2/14
  • "IRS backtracks on whether video game currencies are taxable: But it's still unclear if you need to report them" The Verge 2/14
  • "Google calls out Samsung for 'unnecessary' changes to Android's kernel" 9to5Google 2/14
  • "Google might finally pay news outlets for their content: The company may be working on something similar to Apple News+." Engadget 2/14
  • "Google's new AI can intelligently crop videos for any screen size" The Next Web 2/14
  • "Google's Waze Deal Is a Likely Target in FTC Antitrust Sweep" Bloomberg 2/14
  • "Google appeases Stadia subscribers with the first new game announcements since launch" The Verge 2/14
  • "Silicon Valley eyes next big thing rather than taking on Huawei" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2/14
  • "U.S. accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets, assisting Iran" Reuters 2/14
  • "China urges U.S. to stop suppressing Chinese companies after Huawei indictment" Reuters 2/14
  • "iMore Show 692: Will they? Won't they? Are we getting a new iPhone in March or not? The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 8:26 PM
  • "Apple @ Work: 'Apple Device Management' book is the resource all IT managers need to have" 9to5Mac 2/15
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Mythic Quest, Essential, and Samsung" The Loop 2/14
  • "Security Friday, Backup Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-14" The Mac Observer 2/14
  • "9to5Mac Daily: February 14, 2020 – Apple adds new AR Quick Look features, more" 9to5Mac 2/14
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 264: Swift Playgrounds on Mac, state of Catalyst, 5G iPhone rumors" 9to5Mac 2/14
  • "Engadget Podcast: Breaking down the Samsung fest and MWC mess" Engadget 2/14
  • "Malware, Microsoft gaming, and Sherlocking apps on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 2/14
  • "iPhone SE 2 will be a low cost powerhouse, and we talk details, on The CultCastCult of Mac 2/14