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MacSurfer's Archive: Monday, February 18, 2013


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Apple adds another ball to juggle, said to enter feature film business. With hardware updates lagging, OSes to finish, are there too many balls in the air, or is Apple able to juggle 'em all? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Weekend Highlights: Apple's Friday surprise is a "multi-year partnership with Opra Winfrey" to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world"; WSJ cites sources claiming Apple will stay with less expensive LCD screens for future iPhones "as consumers balk at iPhone X price tag"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Gene Munster thinks Apple is about 5 years behind Netflix and further ahead with original content than we think; Bare Feats compares Direct X on Win 10 vs Metal 2 on macOS 10.13.5; Lory Gil reviews Airfoil for Mac; Jonny Evans ponders whether or not Apple has a hidden meaning behind naming the next macOS after a desert; GrayKey, a thorn in Apple's side, finds workaround to new security measures; Apple releases four (1, 2, 3, 4) advertisements called "Behind the Mac", some find the sudden focus on Macs "strange"; Apple "most awarded brand" at AICP Awards.

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  • "Apple violating SEC laws and causing 'actual and imminent injury' to investors, claims Greenlight"  Macworld UK 8:15 AM
  • "The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win?"  TechCrunch 8:18 AM
  • "Google spent $18M lobbying D.C. in 2012. Apple spent $2M" Fortune 12:55 PM
  • "Apple, Others Face Tax Reform in UK, France, Germany" The Mac Observer 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft raises Office for Mac 2011 prices, pushes customers toward Office 365" AppleInsider 4:41 PM
  • "Microsoft quietly raises price of Office for Mac by 17 percent" CNET News 7:56 PM
  • "Prices quietly rise on Office for Mac 2011" MacNN 5:14 PM
  • "Office 2011 for Mac: same product, now $20 more" Ars Technica 8:04 PM
  • "Opera Shrinks In-House Developer Team As It Prepares Shift To WebKit" TechCrunch 8:37 AM
  • "Opera cuts staff in WebKit-related restructuring" CNET News 2:56 PM
  • "Opera buys SkyFire, the company that brought Flash to iOS" ZDNet 11:06 AM
  • "Mac troubleshooting: What to do when your computer won't turn on" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "PulpMotion Advanced 3 review: Create better slideshows with little effort" Macworld UK 8:15 AM
  • "Snapheal 2.2 review: Fix photo flaws/Fix flaws and remove messy objects from your photos" Macworld UK 8:15 AM
  • "Why every Mac owner should use Fast User Switching" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery review" ITProPortal 8:21 AM
  • "Mac Backup Guru 1.0 Backup/Sync Utility" Applelinks 8:16 AM
  • "BeamApp lets you beam music, maps and more between iPhone and Mac, and pick up where you left off" The Next Web 7:58 AM
  • "Adding Text To Images With Pixelmator" MacMost 8:08 AM
  • "AppleScripting OmniFocus > Send Completed Task Report to Evernote" TUAW 8:06 AM
  • "Automating repetitive file and folder tasks with Folder Actions Setup" Amsys 7:37 AM
  • "The Coolest, Fastest iTunes Artwork Download App For The Mac Is Also Free" McSolo 7:36 AM
  • "Collect Code? Need A Snippets Manager? How To Collect Code Like The Pros Collect Code" Mac 360 7:36 AM
  • "Hate The Colorless Finder? Use SideEffects To Bring Color Back To The Finder's Sidebar" Mac 360 7:34 AM
  • "This Is Fun To Use And It's Free: The Little Word Counting Utility That Every Mac Writer Needs" NoodleMac 7:33 AM
  • "Surface Pro Runs OS X?" UberGizmo 4:19 PM
  • "Watch this! Microsoft's Surface Pro caught running Apple's OSX Mountain Lion (Video)" WinBeta 4:19 PM
  • "When iCloud isn't enough: balancing other cloud storage options" GigaOM 2:17 PM
  • "A Few Words On Outgrowing iOS And OS X" PixoBebo 7:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "Zevrix Updates Output Factory for InDesign: Improves EPUB Workflow" prMac 7:53 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Asia chatter predicts increase in cost of Retina iPad Mini: The Retina iPad Mini may incur substantially more display assembly costs, an Asia-based report claims." CNET News 5:14 PM
  • "Apple's India Smartphone Market Share Surges - Reasons And Sustainability" Seeking Alpha 7:56 AM
  • "Android, iOS combine for 91.1% of worldwide smartphone OS market in 4Q12, says IDC" DigiTimes 7:55 AM
  • "GPS fitness watch market to grow 50% in 2013 regardless of Apple rumors, says ABI Research" DigiTimes 7:55 AM
  • "Apple's new iPad TV ads put apps at the heart of the tablet wars" Computerworld 9:58 AM
  • "Apple airs new iPad ads, 'Alive' and 'Together'" Digital Trends 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Highlights iPad's Massive App Catalog With Two New TV Ads [Video] Cult of Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Who's the guy in the new Apple ad? Meet Mathieu Lehanneur" TED Blog 11:55 AM
  • "Hundreds of thousands line up for new mail app: More than 800,000 people are waiting to access a new iPhone app that aims to transform their email experience by helping them achieve the elusive 'inbox zero' -- a fully processed and empty inbox." Reuters 2:56 PM
  • "Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge" The Register 8:00 AM
  • "Boulder Apple Store burglerized" TUAW 8:14 AM
  • "Burglar breaks $100K custom glass door with rocks at Boulder Apple Store" AppleInsider 8:18 AM
  • "The iPad's Growing Influence on the World of Fashion" MacTrast 12:55 PM
  • "NYC taxis may have to wait longer for app hails" TUAW 8:06 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung may price Galaxy Note 8.0 slightly higher than iPad mini" BGR 8:00 PM
  • "HP has been granted a Patent for WebOS" Patent Bolt 3:58 PM
  • "HTC Invents New Mobile Speaker Peripheral & ePen" Patent Bolt 3:58 PM
  • "Report: Retail Office 2013 Software Can Only Be Installed on a Single PC for Life" DailyTech 8:15 AM
  • "5 Minutes With The Founder Of Global App Curation Hit AppGratis" Forbes 2:58 PM
  • "Spectral Souls: Making the biggest mobile game ever" Red Bull UK 10:14 AM
  • "The Unofficial Cirque du Mac X Bootleg" MacVoicesTV 8:19 AM
  • "We explore the rumors of the Apple iWatch and the future of Apple TV. Plus we have fun with an article comparing the best and worst of iOS and Android." The MT Show 7:37 AM
  • "Mac Pro no longer available from European Apple Online Stores ahead of March 1 discontinuation" 9 to 5 Mac 8:00 PM
  • "Some EU countries list Mac Pro as 'currently unavailable'" Electronista 8:00 PM
  • "Leaked Photos: Apple iPhone 5S will come with A7 quad-core CPU and GPU, 2 GB of RAM" iOSDoc 11:03 AM
  • "Apple to host special event by end of April, could show off new iPads - analyst: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expects product launch event to take place in March or April" Macworld UK 8:15 AM
  • "New iOS Lock Screen Vulnerability Uncovered" Forbes 4:17 PM
  • "Commentary: Retina display for next iPad mini?" DigiTimes 7:55 AM
  • "An iPad mini With Retina Display Likely To Cost Apple $12 More Per Unit" App Advice 8:52 AM
  • "Rumor: A Retina Display For iPad Mini Would Cost $12 More" AppleBitch 9:54 AM
  • "Apple discloses iOS bug with Exchange Server; MS advises to block iPhones" MacWindows 8:08 AM
  • "Apple has 100 employees working on rumored iWatch" Network World 10:59 AM
  • "Apple seeks next-gen Apple TV manager to 'help bring Apple experience to the living room'" Macworld UK 8:16 AM
  • "Apple partner LG Display invests $650M in OLED screens" AppleInsider 8:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Swing King For iPhone and iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:52 AM
  • "Mad Chef For iPhone and iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:52 AM
  • "Space Borders: Alien Encounter For iPhone and iPad Is Free Today (Was $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:52 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:51 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:51 AM
  • "EA's iOS Titles On Sale For President's Day, Here's The Complete List" Redmond Pie 12:28 PM
  • "PadGadget Daily App Deal – 27 iPad Apps on Sale" PadGadget 8:07 AM

  • "AirPort Express Base Station: Apple WiFi device is a cheap way to set-up and expand wireless networks" Macworld UK 2:17 PM
  • "First impressions: Apple iMac 27-inch (Late 2012)" Electronista 8:07 AM
  • "Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad mini Review" IGN 5:13 PM
  • "STM Marquee iPad Mini case review" AppleTell 8:07 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "America's Presidents for iPad Unites US History and Portrait Art – iPad App Review" PadGadget 8:15 AM
  • "Review: Sound Uncovered for iPad proves there's more to sound than you thought" Macworld 9:03 AM
  • "FolioBook Is My New Preferred iPad Portfolio App" Best App Site 7:33 AM
  • "TalkSport Live lands on iOS and Android for English Premier League radio commentary outside Europe" The Next Web 9:55 AM
  • "Bookish adds an iOS e-reader app to its repertoire, giving access to your saved books on the move" The Next Web 8:52 AM
  • "App Review: World Card Mobile" GadgeTell 2:58 PM
  • "Finally, Someone Came Up With A Totally Different Way To View Weather On An iPhone Weather App" Mac 360 7:36 AM
  • "Schedule Airplane Mode For Multiple Time Periods On iPhone" AddictiveTips 8:07 AM
  • "Appidemic: Feast or Famine for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch" AppleTell 8:06 AM
  • "TouchBattleTankSP Review" 148Apps 8:46 AM
  • "The lazy geek's guide to building a home media center: Anything less than a DIY digital home entertainment project means making the most of Apple TV" InfoWorld 10:25 AM
  • "How to Upgrade the RAM in Your iMac" Mactuts+ 8:08 AM
  • "How To Enable The Ability To Copy Text From News Feed In Facebook iOS App" Redmond Pie 11:51 AM
  • "How To: Create a Foreign iTunes Account and Download New Apps And Games Early" 148Apps 12:56 PM
  • "Is a USB 2.0 External Drive Fast Enough for My iTunes Library?" The Mac Observer 7:49 PM
  • "How to Cut Your iPhone Bill in Half" MacTrast 4:44 PM
  • "Post to Twitter and Facebook with Siri" OS X Daily 4:17 PM
  • "PadGadget's iPad Tips: Keyboard Shortcuts" PadGadget 9:03 AM
  • "Tell Your iPad to Forget a Wireless Network" Macinstruct 8:51 AM
  • "Buying An iPhone 5? Sell Your Old Phone At" ReadWrite 8:18 AM
  • "Q&A: Deleting Photos From the iPad" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:01 AM
  • "A Mac User Tries Out Windows 8" Low End Mac 8:00 PM
  • "An Inside Look at Apple's Stringent Security Practices: NDAs and Lockdowns keep workers from spilling secrets." IGN 7:56 PM
  • "At Apple, Everybody's Working For (And On) The Weekend" Business Insider 2:53 PM
  • "New quick app switching & other concepts show options on the table for iOS 7 [Videos] 9 to 5 Mac 12:58 PM
  • "As Irrational Exuberance Fades, Apple Skeptics Make A Comeback" BGR 12:57 PM
  • "How switching to Android helped me deal with my addiction to connectedness/There are many things I like better about my Android phone compared to my old iPhone, but one of the big ones is something that is missing: namely, all those irritating real-time notifications" GigaOM 11:51 AM
  • "Even Apple Gets Stung by Bureaucracy" Forbes 11:05 AM
  • "The False Burdens Of Apple's iOS" iHKDesigns 8:36 AM
  • "Apple's new iPad ads: No Samsung jokes (well, maybe one)" CNET News 2:16 PM
  • "Apple Has Two New iPad Ads That Completely Ignore Samsung" Business Insider 8:16 AM
  • "Apple's new subliminal TV ads: Samsung has been teasing Apple on TV. The latest iPad ads don't rise to the bait." Fortune 8:03 AM
  • "What's Wrong With Apple's TV Ads Lately?" Forbes 8:00 AM
  • "Can Apple make a smart watch?" iSource 7:49 PM
  • "Apple iWatch Speculation Continues" AppleBitch 1:02 PM
  • "Apple iWatch vs. Google Glasses: The Next UI Battle" Tech.pinions 10:27 AM
  • "What if iWatch isn't actually an Apple smart watch, but an aptly named TV?" iDownload Blog 9:48 AM
  • "The ultimate Apple iWatch concept" Pocket-lint 7:51 AM
  • "Will Apple Envy Be The Undoing Of Microsoft, Google, Amazon And Samsung?" BohemianBoomer 7:36 AM
  • "If Apple Is Not A Hardware Company Or A Software Company, What Is It?" TeraTalks 7:34 AM
  • "The Brain is Not Computable: A leading neuroscientist says Kurzweil's Singularity isn't going to happen. Instead, humans will assimilate machines." Technology Review 11:52 AM
  • "Samsung To Reportedly Unveil Galaxy S IV On March 14th In New York" BGR 10:11 AM
  • "The Ultimate Android Tablet: Meet the Microsoft Surface Pro" Nerd Vittles 8:08 AM
  • "What really happened with that New York Times Tesla." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 7:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'What I Own' App For iPad Is A Great Way To Keep A Checklist Of Your Worldly Possessions" Redmond Pie 7:50 PM
  • "iOS YouTube Downloader with Pythonista" MacStories 2:16 PM
  • "Playing Dance Dance Revolution on Your iPhone Isn't Exactly Dancing, Now Is It?" Kotaku 11:04 AM
  • "10 Excellent Apps to Improve Your Commute" Mashable 11:04 AM
  • "Dolphin Browser For iOS Gets Big Improvements In Latest Update" Cult of Mac 10:24 AM
  • "AirFloat Turns an iOS Device Into an AirPlay Receiver" Lifehacker 9:47 AM
  • "Simplcase Is a Minimalist iPhone Case Designed for Travelers" Mashable 7:56 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of February 18: Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, Social Networking, iLife and More" The MUG Center 7:54 AM
  • "Flip the Cats on iOS Arrives on the App Store" prMac 4:17 PM
  • "Tuber 3.0 for YouTube - Experience YouTube As Never Before" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "Guess That Flag HD released for iOS - Free for a limited time only" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "Attention Coumadin Users: Life-Threatening Food That's Low in Vitamin K" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "iOS Game: Angry Spermies - Just Released on iTunes" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "Texts On Pictures 1.0 for iOS: 120+ Fonts, 60+ Emoji, 30+ Text Effects" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "Uberzahl for iOS-Your Current Money Spending Behavior: 30-Day Snapshots" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "1001 Ornaments and counting - iOS math game opens World Exhibition" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "iDetective HD 1.0 for iPad - Monitor Activity on any Mac or PC Remotely" prMac 7:53 AM
  • "Live Your Career: Career Cat available now on the Apple iTunes App Store" prMac 7:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "As Lenovo Moves Into the Market, Will Things Get Worse for Dell?" Minyanville 9:38 AM
  • "12 Months In The HP Channel" [Slideshow] CRN 10:09 AM
  • "IBM U.K. Staff Say Change to Cover Pension Deficit Unfair" Bloomberg 10:03 AM
  • "Microsoft faces €52.5m tax bill hike in France" ZDNet 11:02 AM
  • "Microsoft's one-PC limit isn't new in Office 2013" ZDNet 11:02 AM
  • "In praise of Microsoft's Surface Pro ... as a notebook PC" Houston Chronicle 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft investigating issue with pen detection affecting subset of Surface Pro owners" The Next Web 4:21 PM
  • "Bill Gates says he's 'not satisfied' with Microsoft" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:26 PM
  • "Bill Gates 'not satisfied' with Microsoft's innovations" CNET News 2:56 PM
  • "Intel Set-Top Box Camera Controversy: Much to do About Nothing" Forbes 9:38 AM
  • "How Intel Will Thrive This Fiscal Year" Seeking Alpha 12:57 PM
  • "ICANN boss Chehade in China charm offensive" The Register 10:57 AM
  • "Electronics contract manufacturing business set for 4-5% growth in 2013, says IHS" DigiTimes 10:15 AM
  • "The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win?" TechCrunch 10:51 AM
  • "EU regulators threaten privacy crackdown against Google: Web giant may face 'repressive action' before summer if it does not respond to a dozen recommendations related to how it manages user data." CNET News 4:47 PM
  • "Google will face further scrutiny from EU regulators over 2012 privacy policy changes" The Verge 4:42 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Asia Markets: China, Japan stocks fall, though others gain/Chinese stocks slipped Tuesday, with casino operators skidding in Hong Kong and property stocks falling on the mainland, while Japanese blue chips also lost ground." MarketWatch 9:09 PM
  • "Europe Markets: Carlsberg drops in weak Europe trade" MarketWatch 9:33 AM
  • "European Stocks Fall as Metals Slide; Yen Drops on G-20 Meeting" Bloomberg 10:04 AM
  • "Yen, European Stocks Drop" [Paid Membership Required] 9:37 AM

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