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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, March 16, 2017


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Tuesday Highlights: The Motley Fool post charts of iPod, iPhone, and iPad eras and their contribution to Apple's rise toward becoming a trillion dollar company; Counterpoint Research data over Q1 2018 show an overall dip in YoY US smartphone sales, exception being Apple which has shown record growth of 16% YoY; Quartz shows how important Apple Watch has become in jobs like "airline attendants, bartenders, waiters, baristas, shop owners"; here's how you can run your old 32-bit macOS apps in the latest OSes; analysts believe the TV experience Google offers with YouTube TV is what "Apple promised us but failed to deliver"; Politico details President Trump's "rogue" iPhone security; creepy story straight from SciFi theater where school in China now using face recogition in-class to identify students not paying attention; Stephen Silver at AppleInsider goes inside Consumer Reports' testing regimen for Apple products; PCWorld take new Razer Core X GPU for a spin, even works with Macs; CNET opinion piece calls for Apple to open a watch face store.

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  • "Apple, Google, Facebook skip legal challenge to new travel ban"  Reuters 7:11 AM
  • "Apple Not Listed on New Legal Brief Opposing Trump's Second Travel Ban" MacRumors 7:12 AM
  • "How the AirPods show Apple's frustrating and delightful quest for simplicity: Tap-tapping your earbud and asking your phone out loud to turn the volume up doesn't seem simple—but would a complex series of gestures really help?"  Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "Gravity" ["The ethos of Apple is rigid so why is perception about the company so fickle?"]  asymco 10:16 AM
  • "Researchers Uncover macOS and Safari Exploits at Pwn2Own 2017" MacRumors 6:57 AM
  • "Two zero-day Safari vulnerabilities uncovered by white-hat hackers at security conference" 9to5Mac 6:57 AM
  • "Pwn2Own Day One Finds Safari Bug That Let Hackers Control Touch Bar" Digital Trends 10:44 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 to Developers" MacRumors 12:10 PM
  • "Chrome 57 will save on battery life by throttling background tabs" The Next Web 7:08 AM
  • "One possible solution to macOS Sierra Bluetooth issues" The Robservatory 10:20 AM
  • "How to Force Quit an Unresponsive Mac App in macOS or OS X" WCCFTech 7:18 AM
  • "How to Edit & Publish Square Video With Final Cut Pro X" 10:37 AM
  • "How to downsample images to keep a photo library manageable: A couple of workarounds for selectively reducing the resolution of your photo imports." Macworld 7:07 AM
  • "Kill all logging in macOS Sierra – and (maybe) save battery life" Mac Kung Fu 12:14 PM
  • "How to Discover the Best in Mac Apps" Envato Tuts+ 6:57 AM
  • "Understanding Document Versions" MacMost 10:17 AM
  • "The Power Of Audio Recording Anywhere" Mac360 7:56 AM
Press Releases
  • "Filmic Pro v6 released with brand new interface, focus peaking, LOG support, and much more" 9to5Mac 10:18 AM
  • "Slide Pop brings cool View-Master effects to Final Cut Pro X" Apple World Today 6:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's other new office: Bizarre building shaped like a Mac's command key revealed near the iPhone maker's new spaceship HQ" Daily Mail (UK) 4:06 PM
  • "Apple iOS Snagged 42% of US Market During Holiday Season" 24/7 Wall St. 6:39 AM
  • "Apple's revival of iPhone 6 with 32GB storage continues with sales in Belarus" AppleInsider 10:18 AM
  • "U.S. tech group urges global action against Chinese mercantilism" ["'America cannot respond with either flaccid appeasement or economic nationalism; it must assemble an international coalition that pressures China to stop rigging markets and start competing on fair terms,' said ITIF, a Washington-based think tank whose board includes representatives from top companies such as Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Google, and Intel."] Reuters 10:39 AM
  • "Apple-backed think tank calls for radical changes to Chinese economic policy" AppleInsider 10:39 AM
  • "Developers lose interest in iMessage apps" Cult of Mac 4:07 PM
  • "Report: iMessage app launch outpacing first iPhone apps, but growth slowing" 9to5Mac 12:11 PM
  • "Apple's Holding Grand Openings For Miami, Schildergasse and Nanjing Stores" Digital Trends 10:20 AM
  • "Swatch Takes on Google, Apple With Operating System for Watches" Bloomberg 7:13 AM
  • "Swatch to take on Apple Watch & Android Wear with custom OS" AppleInsider 4:06 PM
  • "iPhone 'explodes' in owner's hands - should you be worried?" Telegraph 6:55 AM
  • "iPhone photography is about to help these adorable animals get adopted" Mashable 11:33 AM
  • "One of eight remaining functional Apple I computers goes up for auction in May: The selling price is estimated to be somewhere between $190,000 and $320,000." Ars Technica 11:39 AM
  • "Tom Negrino, longtime Apple writer and community member, passed away on March 15." Six Colors 2:15 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Adobe beats Q1 estimates" ZDNet 6:43 PM
  • "Qualcomm would like you to stop calling Snapdragon processors 'processors': 'Snapdragon' now encompasses Quick Charge, Wi-Fi, and other hardware and software." Ars Technica 6:36 PM
  • "Google is reportedly working on 3 successors to its Pixel phone" The Next Web 7:08 AM
  • "Report: Samsung to unveil Galaxy S foldable smartphone in 2017, sell in 2018" Business Insider UK 6:49 AM
  • "Apple and Politics, Apple Watch Stand Out Features -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-16" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "Rebound 128: Let's Make Some Bets" Six Colors 10:20 AM
  • "5.8-Inch iPhone Affirmed to Have Mostly Flat Display With Slightly Curved Edges" MacRumors 10:44 AM
  • "Huawei to face AMOLED panel shortage for smartphones in 2017" ["Apple is expected to receive delivery of 75 million OLED panels from Samsung Display in 2017, which will account for 14% global OLED panel production for the year. Samsung Electronics will receive 56%, thanks to in-house production of the needed panels."] DigiTimes 10:54 AM
  • "How Jabil is prepping for Apple's new iPhone: The CEO of Jabil Circuit Inc. sounds confident the company can handle its share of production for the next generation of iPhones." Tampa Bay Business Journal 7:09 AM
  • "Apple granted patents for earbud design w/ biometric features & improved noise cancellation" 9to5Mac 9:14 PM
  • "New iOS 10.3 Feature: App Compatibility" Redmond Pie 10:38 AM
  • "First sign of next-gen Apple TV running tvOS 11 purportedly appears in developer logs" 9to5Mac 12:33 PM
  • "iOS concept design shows how Apple can make the iPhone lock screen cooler" The Next Web 10:38 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple inventions again point to work on health-tracking AirPods" AppleInsider 6:56 AM
  • "Apple's latest digital health solution: AirPods" Computerworld 10:15 AM
  • "Apple concept for biometric facial recognition could hint at 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Invents a Smarter iPad Pro 'Virtual' Keyboard that Creates a Temporary Touch Pad when needed & more" Patently Apple 7:23 AM
  • "Apple Watch Invention Aims to Extend Activities and Monitoring Data for Cyclists" Patently Apple 7:08 AM
  • "Patent Report: enhanced AirPods and Apple Watches, magnetic smartwatch band" Apple World Today 7:40 AM
  • "Retina MacBook Anti-Reflective Coating 'Staingate' Problem Explained: Here's What You Should Do" iPhone Hacks 6:38 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:14 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:14 AM

  • "Brother ImageCenter ADS-3600W" PC Magazine 11:13 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Things For Mac, iPhone, iPad, And Watch" Mac360 7:37 AM
  • "How to Backup Your iPhone and iPad with and without iTunes" iPhone Hacks 7:05 PM
  • "How to watch live TV on your Apple TV without cable" iMore 10:18 AM
  • "How to share excerpts, books, and PDFs from iBooks for iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:08 AM
  • "New iOS beta appears to confirm Apple's plan to kill outdated apps" Mashable 2:29 PM
  • "How To Use iPhone Low Power Mode Whenever You Like" Apple Must 11:11 AM
  • "The easiest ways to prevent the eyestrain caused by staring at screens, according to ophthalmologists" [Video Report] Business Insider 10:44 AM
  • "How the AirPods show Apple's frustrating and delightful quest for simplicity" Australian Macworld 9:29 PM
  • "The iPhone 8 is causing problems months before it's even announced" BGR 2:31 PM
  • "Obsession: For iPads" Macworld 10:38 AM
  • "Apple And The App Murders" Mac360 10:14 AM
  • "Cassandra: Thursday Review -The Internet of Vibrators and Things; Apple Stirrings" eXtensions 10:14 AM
  • "How Apple Is All About Hardware" PixoBebo 10:14 AM
  • "Android Apps Apple Doesn't Need To Make" Mac360 10:14 AM
  • "Apple Pay And A Fragmented World" McSolo 7:46 AM
  • "Should you buy a refurbished iPad? Buying a refurb can save you a bunch of money, but buying from the right place will save your sanity." CNET 7:17 AM
  • "Why Snapchat might be working on the iPhone killer: After its IPO, Snapchat's parent company shows more evidence that it could be working on a phone."  Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "Is robotics a solution to the growing needs of the elderly?" BBC 8:21 PM
  • "Ray Kurzweil predicts computers will be as smart as humans in 12 years" Fox News 7:23 PM
  • "Psychopathic CEOs Are Rife In Silicon Valley, Experts Say" Slashdot 10:40 AM
  • "WordStar: A writer's word processor" Ars Technica 7:56 AM
  • "When your child's favorite YouTube celebrity is a secret racist" The Verge 7:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google keeps improving Apple's Live Photos: Motion Stills adds some much-needed tweaks to the iPhone's moving pictures." Engadget 9:17 PM
  • "'Dream League Soccer 17" Should Entertain Fans of the Sport" Touch Arcade 4:07 PM
  • "I prefer my photos RAW: The Best RAW camera apps for shooting with the iPhone!" iMore 4:06 PM
  • "ColorWare will make the iPhone 7 Plus look like a vintage Macintosh for $1899" AppleInsider 4:06 PM
  • "Introducing iOS Messages Stickers That Are Actually Useful For Something" Apple Must 2:24 PM
  • "RIP Siri? You can use Alexa in Amazon's app now, and it's really smart" Mashable 1:08 PM
  • "Nearly Half of iPhone Users Feel Uncomfortable with Storing Personal Information on iCloud" PRNewswire 12:37 PM
  • "Amazon officially brings Alexa to the iPhone" BGR 12:30 PM
  • "Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app" AppleInsider 12:10 PM
  • "Best iPhone apps for controlling your HomeKit devices" 9to5Mac 11:13 AM
  • "HomeKit-enabled, WiFi-connected iLuv Rainbow8 bulbs now available" iMore 11:13 AM
  • "This case gives your iPhone all the Android features you wish you had" [Video] Business Insider UK 7:36 AM
  • "WePay Doubles Down on Apple Pay, Android Pay Mobile Revenue Drivers" PRNewswire 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Park Flyover and Data Added to Apple Maps" iClarified 7:08 AM
  • "Smart diabetes management service Livongo Health raises $52.5M and looks to new markets" TechCrunch 7:08 AM
  • "Visionary Artist Invents His Personal Drawing Program" prMac 6:57 AM
  • "Epic Draw: The Physics-Based Puzzler for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire" prMac 6:57 AM
  • "Offline English to Hebrew Translator Dictionary 1.5 for iOS" prMac 6:57 AM
Computer Industry
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 available on 11 April from $169: Chipmaker offers performance rather than price cuts to lure users away from Intel" The Inquirer 6:13 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 threatens Intel's grip on the mainstream PC market" ZDNet 6:16 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 580, 570 Release Date Could Be Delayed | Specs, Price, And Other Updates" MobiPicker 7:03 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs Announced From $169, How To Tune A Ryzen System And Why Temperatures Are Wrong" Forbes 7:03 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 series is here to challenge Intel's Core i5 processors" The Verge 7:10 PM
  • "AMD unveils Ryzen 5, promising availability from 11 April at prices from $169 to $249: Ryzen 5 1600X blows Intel's Core i5 7600K out of the water, claims AMD (at least in Cinebench)" Computing 7:03 AM
  • "AMD announces, details its new Ryzen 5 mainstream CPU family" ExtremeTech 6:35 AM
  • "AMD's Zen goes mainstream with Ryzen 5: 4 cores, 8 threads, from $169/AMD takes the next step in its quest to deliver more cores to more people." Ars Technica 6:35 AM
  • "AMD claims its Ryzen 5 is better value than Intel's Core i5: For the same price it offers 'tremendously more' power, it says." Engadget 6:50 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon memory business is slowing down: AMD's non-critical Radeon memory business could be on the verge of shutting down, though the company hasn't exited the business yet" IDG News Service 1:38 PM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Software ReLive Crimson Edition 17.3.2" AnandTech 7:04 AM
  • "Microsoft new Surface Book enters mass production" DigiTimes 8:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's silence over unprecedented patch delay doesn't smell right: Canceling Patch Tuesday at the last minute warrants an explanation, not platitudes." Ars Technica 6:34 PM
  • "Microsoft announces a Bug Bounty Program for Office Insiders, offering up to $15,000" Neowin 6:17 AM
  • "Intel, Microsoft launch new bug bounty programs" ZDNet 6:50 AM
  • "Intel Offers Up to $30,000 for Hardware Vulnerabilities" SecurityWeek 7:05 AM
  • "Intel launches its first bug bounty program as Microsoft reveals a new one: Only the crumbliest, flakiest software tastes like money" The Inquirer 6:21 PM
  • "Intel CEO: 'We Think Of Ourselves As Israeli Company As Much As US Company'" Israellycool 7:19 AM
  • "Intel wants to be a tech 'enabler' for the fashion industry: Its goal is to help brands and designers make cutting-edge wearables." Engadget 6:33 PM
  • "Intel And Mobileye: Desperation For Growth Or Strategic Masterstroke?" Seeking Alpha 12:19 PM
  • "Intel And Mobileye: Strategic Sense, Financial Nonsense" Seeking Alpha 6:22 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen Aiming At Mainstream PC Market: What It Means For Intel?" Tech Times 7:05 AM
  • "Dell Offers Discount For Students on Notebooks, Desktops" News 18 6:54 AM
  • "Dell launches Exam Season offer, gives students discount on computers and laptops: Customers can also avail easy financing options at zero per cent interest on select Inspiron products, launched by Dell in partnership with Bajaj Finance Ltd." 6:55 AM
  • "Macquarie Telecom to host Dell's Virtustream public cloud in Australia" CRN 6:55 AM
  • "HP launches 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab to accelerate partner product development: HP gave behind-the-scenes tours of the facility, based in Corvallis, Oregon, to members of the press and tech analysts this week." tct Mag 6:58 AM
  • "IBM in pact with MIT Pune to pilot cognitive assistant Chintu" Infotechlead 7:17 AM
  • "IBM Watson introduces powered robot 'Chintu'" Dataquest 7:18 AM
  • "IBM in Association with Maharashtra Institute of Technology Launches Robot 'Chintu': Chintu will assist senior citizens in conducting everyday tasks such as reading the newspaper / book, provide mood based entertainment services for song and dance and generate reminders on their daily medication." BW Disrupt 7:19 AM
  • "IBM's Dan Chenok: Govt Should Invest in Modern Tech to Transform Service Delivery" ExecutiveBiz 7:17 AM
  • "Maersk And IBM Are Bringing Blockchain To The Global Shipping Industry" 7:18 AM
  • "A Breakthrough in Technology Comes as IBM Build an Atomic Hard Drive" TrendinTech 7:18 AM
  • "Oracle CTO Ellison fixated on AWS, infrastructure as a service but why?" ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "Oracle Is At A Material Inflection Point" Benzinga 7:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Take Profits On Apple At $140 - The Hype Is Not Worth The Risk" Seeking Alpha 6:26 PM
  • "Apple finally closes above $140" Apple 3.0 6:57 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks shine; Indian billionaire on buying spree; Election results" CNNMoney 7:26 AM
  • "Stocks Come Off Lows, Biogen Drags on Health Care Sector: Stocks come off of lows by early afternoon Thursday as a selloff in health care challenges optimism over the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates." TheStreet 12:17 PM
  • "Trump's Budget Puts Health Stocks Under Pressure" FOXBusiness 12:17 PM
  • "US Stocks-Wall St edges down as healthcare stocks hit by budget plan" Nasdaq 12:17 PM
  • "The Fed raises interest rates for 3rd time in 15 months" USA Today 7:29 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Pulled Lower By Energy and Health-Care Sectors: Move lower follows Wednesday rally after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates" [Paid Membership Required] 12:18 PM
  • "Asian markets roar to life after Fed hikes rates" MarketWatch 7:29 AM
  • "European stocks rally after Dutch election, surge for miners" MarketWatch 7:30 AM

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