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Tuesday Highlights: Apple Card and other elite cards not well received at retailers who don't like paying fees which can cut up to half of their profits on sales; Apple sues ex iPhone chip architect alleging contract breach when he set up own chip company after leaving Apple; MacStories reviews Drafts for Mac; did Apple tamper with user privacy over Crimea maps fiasco with Russia?; antitrust regulators in the European Union refining arguments to force tech giants like Apple "to do more to ensure a level playing field"; will a morphing Apple Pencil ever see light of day?; Wired, Computerworld review new 16" MacBook Pro.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple touts 'best' supplier mix in China, Japan and US: Tim Cook says company's No. 1 contribution will be health care"  Nikkei 5:19 PM
  • "Retailers Don't Like Paying the Fees for Your Apple Card: Premium plastic has become a flashpoint in negotiations between the country's largest stores and the Visa and Mastercard networks." ["A grocer can lose more than half its profit on a sale when someone pays with an Apple Card, or one of its elite competitors, rather than a normal card."]  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:22 AM
  • "US senators on encryption back doors: 'We will impose our will' on Apple and Facebook"  MIT Technology Review 1:06 PM
  • "U.S. senators threaten Facebook, Apple with encryption regulation" Reuters 1:07 PM
  • "Senators threaten to regulate encryption if tech companies won't do it themselves" CNBC 2:24 PM
  • "Apple sues former employee over new chip venture"  Axios 8:01 AM
  • "Apple accused of monitoring employee text messages in lawsuit against ex-chip exec"  CNBC 8:26 AM
  • "Apple is suing former chief architect of iPhone chips" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Apple suing former iPhone chip designer for breach of contract" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Apple is suing its former lead chip designer after he quit to set up his own chip company" Business Insider 8:11 AM
  • "Ex-Apple Executive Accused of Betrayal Says He Was Snooped On"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:24 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple has released Catalina 10.15.2 update and Security Updates for High Sierra and Mojave" Eclectic Light Company 1:24 PM
  • "Apple's macOS Catalina 10.15.2 update fixes Mail, Photos bugs" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "Final Cut Pro X 10.4.8 and macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Released. The Clicks Are Fixed!" fcp.co 5:24 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "The Finder Can't Quite Because An Operation Is Still In Progress On An iOS Device" macReports 10:01 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Drafts for Mac: It's Action Time" MacStories 9:10 AM
  • "macOS Music App Brings Back the Column Browser" Kirkville 1:04 PM
  • "macOS 10.15.2 restores iTunes Column Browser to Music" Six Colors 8:05 PM
  • "Stop Using Albums To Organize Your Photos" MacMost 1:05 PM
  • "How to delete a guest user account on a Mac computer" Business Insider 12:07 PM
  • "How to delete the Steam gaming application on your Mac, and make sure it doesn't leave any data behind" Business Insider 12:19 PM
Op/Ed
Press Releases
  • "Chrome now warns you when your password has been stolen" The Verge 12:13 PM
  • "Color Finale 2 for Final Cut Pro X Released" fcp.co 8:07 AM
  • "Edison Mail makes the jump to the desktop with a new Mac app" The Verge 7:59 AM
  • "Edison Mail, The Most Popular Independent Email App Now Available for Mac — Giving Consumers Control Over Privacy & Ads" Business Wire 7:25 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "EU antitrust regulators mull tougher line against tech giants: EU antitrust regulators are considering taking a tougher line against tech giants by forcing them to do more to ensure a level playing field, a senior European Commission official said on Tuesday, a move which could affect Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google."  Reuters 8:07 AM
  • "Report: Wearables Shipments Surged, Thanks to Hearables" ["Apple is the worldwide leader in wearables."] Thurrott 8:21 AM
  • "Apple's AirPods sales are helping it crush the wearables industry" Business Insider 12:05 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "The Pirate Bay seems to be testing a streaming option again: Is this another entry in the streaming wars?" The Verge 5:17 PM
  • "Facebook Tells US Attorney General It's Not Prepared To Get Rid Of Encryption On WhatsApp And Messenger" BuzzFeed News 9:29 AM
  • "Gmail: To save sending a bunch of emails, you can now forward them as attachments" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "Google's new Shopping portal will show you what everyone else wants to buy" Engadget 8:08 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Mac Pro is here, iPhone rumors, and more: Macworld Podcast episode 679" Macworld 3:24 PM
  • "Mac Pro and iMac Pro, Apple Card Bonuses – TMO Daily Observations 2019-12-10" The Mac Observer 1:51 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: December 10, 2019 –┬áMac Pro details, Apple Card updates" 9to5Mac 1:25 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "The Thermodynamics Behind the the Mac Pro, the Hypercar of Computers: We asked Apple how you keep a super-powerful consumer computer from melting."  Popular Mechanics 1:07 PM
  • "A maxxed-out Mac Pro costs more than a 2020 Corvette convertible—wheels and all: The new Mac Pro is finally available for ordering, and it's as expensive as we though it would be."  Macworld 11:59 AM
  • "Apple's most expensive Mac Pro costs $52,599: Plus another $5,999 for a Pro Display XDR to match" The Verge 12:13 PM
  • "Apple Says Rack-Mounted Version of New Mac Pro is Coming Soon, Pricing Starts at $6,499" MacRumors 12:15 PM
  • "Mac Pro Build to Order Options" MacRumors 12:04 PM
  • "It costs $400 to add wheels to your new Mac Pro" Cult of Mac 12:04 PM
  • "Mac Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple's workstation" Macworld 1:25 PM
  • "Here are the Macs that will work with the Pro Display XDR, plus workaround for older Macs" 9to5Mac 1:55 PM
  • "Apple's Pro Display XDR With Nano-Texture Can Only Be Cleaned With Special Apple-Provided Cloth" MacRumors 5:18 PM
  • "Apple's nano-texture Pro Display XDR requires a special cloth to clean it" The Verge 5:17 PM
  • "MacBook Pro 16-inch is here, but what about Apple's AR glasses? Will Apple's AR glasses see the light of day in 2022?" CNET 8:45 AM
  • "Apple preparing new 'Powerbeats4' headphones with 'Hey Siri' support, more" 9to5Mac 5:19 PM
  • "Highlights of the day: FPCB makers eyeing 5G iPhone orders" DigiTimes 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.3 with Communication Limits, Removable Memoji Stickers, and tvOS 13.3 with Alternate Top Shelf for TV" MacStories 12:15 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.3 With Communication Limits for Screen Time, Safari Physical Security Key Support, and More" MacRumors 12:05 PM
  • "Apple Pencil could change shape for the user's comfort" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Car passengers could use AR and VR headsets without feeling sick" AppleInsider 9:30 AM
  • "Apple Wins 2-Way Charging Patent for a Future MacBook Pro that could recharge iDevices and Cases for AirPods" Patently Apple 8:07 AM
  • "Apple patent involves determining the 'body location' of your iPhone" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Initial Reports Suggest macOS Catalina 10.15.2 May Fix 16-Inch MacBook Pro Popping Sound Bug for Some Users" MacRumors 9:08 PM
  • "How to upgrade the graphics in your Mac Pro (2019) – Apple Support" YouTube 8:06 PM
  • "How to add memory to your Mac Pro (2019) – Apple Support" YouTube 8:06 PM
  • "An iOS bug in AirDrop let anyone temporarily lock-up nearby iPhones" TechCrunch 1:07 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "First Impressions of the New Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR Used on Real-world Projects by James Tonkin at Hangman." fcp.co 5:24 PM
  • "Review: Two weeks with a 16-inch MacBook Pro" Computerworld 9:55 AM
  • "Review: Apple MacBook Pro (2019)/The new 16-inch configuration of Apple's premier laptop is a good (and expensive) apology—if you don't mind a massive machine." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Creative T100 speakers sound fantastic and are easy to set up" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Lightroom 5.1 Adds Direct SD Card Importing on iPad and iPhone, Plus New Export Options" MacStories 8:07 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to delete your Google Voice number, and what it means for your account" Business Insider 1:26 PM
  • "How To Optimize And Extend The Battery Life On iPhone" macReports 8:11 AM
  • "How to recover deleted notes on iCloud.com" iDownload Blog 8:07 AM
  • "Does Apple ID two-factor work if you leave the country? Make sure you know what devices and phone numbers you trust." Macworld 8:00 AM
Tips
  • "Powerbeats4 with 'Hey Siri' support are on the way, according to iOS 13.3" iMore 7:08 PM
  • "Update your devices to iOS 13.3 to avoid this AirDrop flaw [Video] 9to5Mac 3:24 PM
  • "Apple Card Monthly Installments: How the Interest-Free iPhone Financing Plan Works" MacRumors 9:46 AM
  • "7 landscape photo tips if all you have is an iPhone (or Pixel 4, Galaxy S10 Plus...)" CNET 8:45 AM
  • "Many App Store and iTunes customers no longer receiving email receipts for purchases" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why Your Mac Pro Status Symbol Is An Expensive Waste Of Money" Forbes 6:21 PM
  • "2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR: Big Iron for Big Bucks" TidBITS 5:24 PM
  • "Could the iPhone Lose Its Foothold in China in Q1?" Market Realist 12:15 PM
  • "Why Aren't We Talking About Banking Disruption?" ["The so-called neo-banks, fintech companies, apps, digital platforms or tech giants such as Amazon, Googleand Apple, even telecom operators, now threaten to dismantle the value chain of traditional banking piece by piece."]  Forbes 8:15 AM
  • "The unwearable lightness of being: Apple's market success" Macworld 8:00 AM
Non-Apple
  • "We need to talk about that ridiculous Congressional hearing on encryption" Mashable 6:23 PM
  • "Comment: Pixel 'Feature Drops' are great for everyone, but slow rollouts ruin the fun" 9to5Google 1:04 PM
  • "Google's voice Recorder is Pixel's best new app. Here's how to use it" CNET 8:45 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Magic Keyboard and Mouse in silver and black require buying $6000 Mac Pro" Cult of Mac 5:19 PM
  • "Scosche launches modular iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch charging system as Apple Store exclusive" 9to5Mac 3:24 PM
  • "Versatile Insta360 GO action camera lands at Apple Stores in exclusive bundle" 9to5Mac 9:30 AM
  • "Frame.io Makes its Debut on the iPad" Frame.io 9:06 AM
  • "'Old School Musical – Pocket Edition' Is Now Available for Free on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 8:21 AM
  • "Outlook for iOS now supports Do Not Disturb option" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Waze adds snow and ice alerts to keep you from skidding off-road" Mashable 8:11 AM
  • "Google Maps Incognito Mode rolled out for Apple iOS" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Card's interest-free iPhone installment plan goes live, now with 6% back on Apple holiday purchases" TechCrunch 9:32 AM
  • "Apple Card iPhone incentive may be to good to pass up" Cult of Mac 9:30 AM
  • "Apple Card Offering 6% Daily Cash Back on Apple Product Purchases Until December 31" MacRumors 8:02 AM
  • "Apple Pay Sparkasse and Commerzbank support added in Germany" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Mobile Application Market to Reach $407.3 Bn, Globally, by 2026 at 18.4% CAGR, Says Allied Market Research" PRNewswire 7:25 AM
  • "Ecobot Receives Additional Investment, Launches in App Store" PRNewswire 7:25 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 warning - new threat leaves 44 million at risk" Express UK 6:20 AM
  • "Windows 10 Mobile is receiving its death-day security updates: And someone has come back to say goodbye" The Inquirer 5:28 AM
  • "Microsoft Halts Some AMD Chip Meltdown Patches After PCs Freeze" Valliant News 6:29 AM
  • "OneDrive to get Save for Later and File Request features" BetaNews 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft December 2019 Patch Tuesday plugs Windows zero-day" ZDNet 2:08 PM
  • "Microsoft Teams for Linux now available in public preview: Microsoft officials say the new Teams client for Linux is 'the first Office app that is coming to Linux.'" ZDNet 12:08 PM
  • "Intel brings 22nm Pentium G340 back from the silicon scrapheap: All's well that's Haswell" The Inquirer 5:38 AM
  • "Intel resurrects Pentium G3420 processor" bit-tech 6:53 AM
  • "New Plundervolt attack impacts Intel CPUs: Intel desktop, server, and mobile CPUs are impacted. Intel has released firmware patches today." ZDNet 12:08 PM
  • "Intel's benchmarking antics questioned" SemiAccurate 6:29 AM
  • "Intel's Comet Lake-S CPUs may arrive in April 2020 to take on AMD – but will that be too late? A touch later than previously rumored – and potentially a bit too close to the Ryzen 4000 launch?" TechRadar UK 6:25 AM
  • "AMD and Intel May well well Be Screwed By New Chinese language Mandate Forbidding International Technology" Testify and Recap 6:29 AM
  • "Nuvia's CEO is fighting AMD, Intel... and now a lawsuit from Apple" PCGamesN 6:24 AM
  • "AMD Unveils Radeon Software Adrenaline 2020 Edition With Radeon Boost, Streamlined Interface, New Features Galore" HotHardware 8:38 AM
  • "AMD's massive Adrenalin 2020 Edition update streamlines Radeon Software: An overhauled interface is joined by new features like Radeon Boost and integer scaling for retro games." PCWorld 11:49 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5600 series appears on EEC certification database" Neowin 6:25 AM
  • "Interview: A Short History Of AMD During K6 And K7 Days" PC Perspective 6:26 AM
  • "AMD Adrenalin 2020 Driver Out Today; 12% Performance Boost, Several New Features Added" WCCFTech 6:28 AM
  • "ASX gears up to take on IBM and Microsoft in blockchain-as-a-service: The organisation has labelled itself as the underdog." ZDNet 5:42 AM
  • "Tax breaks sweeten deal between Vancouver, HP in plans for new site" The Columbian 6:19 AM
  • "IBM's latest supercomputer will be used... to build even more computers: AiMOS, the 24th most powerful supercomputer worldwide, was recently unveiled at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Its main job? To find out how to build smarter hardware to support ever-more sophisticated applications of AI." ZDNet 5:53 AM
  • "Oracle agreed to pay its former arch-rival Vishal Sikka $2,000 an hour before he joined the company's board" [BI Prime] Business Insider 6:21 PM
  • "Global Semiconductor Sales Continue to Decline" EE Times Asia 5:27 AM
  • "Amazon, Google, Microsoft: Here's Who Has the Greenest Cloud/A WIRED report card on the top three cloud providers shows how their environmental claims stack up." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:19 AM
  • "Teamgroup unveils mirror-finished RAM: T-Force Xtreem ARGB" bit-tech 9:08 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks end lower for second day ahead of Fed rate decision, U.S.-China trade deadline: Fed kicks off two-day policy meeting" MarketWatch 4:35 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower as Wall Street Focuses on Possible Tariff Delay; Fed Meeting: Stocks end lower Tuesday after a report says the U.S. and China are working toward an agreement to delay tariffs scheduled to kick in on Dec. 15." TheStreet 4:35 PM
  • "Stock Market Claws Back From Early 105-Point Dow Loss, But Still Ends In Red; Apple, Nike Continue Bullish Moves" Investor's Business Daily 4:35 PM
  • "Stocks give up gains despite USMCA trade deal confirmation: Equities erased their losses after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's press conference confirming an agreement on the trade deal" FOXBusiness 4:35 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Lower After Paring Losses on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Pact: Stocks inched lower, paring early declines after Democratic lawmakers reached an agreement with the Trump administration to support a trade deal with Mexico and Canada." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:33 PM
  • "Asia stock markets mixed as attention on looming trade deadline, expected central bank inaction: Washington is due to impose new tariff hikes on nearly $160 billion of Chinese goods on Sunday" MarketWatch 6:39 AM
  • "European stocks drop for seventh time in nine sessions" MarketWatch 6:36 AM

 
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