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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, May 18, 2017
 

 

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Wednesday Highlights: China Apple's biggest problem according to Business Insider's Jim Edwards, as iPhone sales appear to have fallen 20%; in light of increasing competition from Windows-based laptops, is it within the realm of possibility Apple will kill the MacBook line in favor of something more competitive?; Apple announces "app development curriculum for high school and community college students"; why does 5G from Apple matter to iOS enterprise users?; Brian May, guitarist for Queen, talks to Business Insider and gives his insight into what he wants from new iPhone; Inc. mag on "how Steve Jobs's motorcycle inspired Apple's beautiful designs"; FCC hardly changed any wording on Net Neutrality proposal despite 2.6 million comments from public; YouTuber iVenyaWay posts hands-on video of an iPhone 8 dummy unit; DigiTimes reports on MicroLED and investment from Foxconn, Sharp; TechRepublic on extending AirPort Extreme network with an AirPort Express; Dennis Sellers talks eye fatigue and how to ease it when on computers all day; Gmail or Inbox?

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Park: The last great product by Steve Jobs/Apple's new Cupertino campus is a reflection of the company's co-founder."  Macworld 6:35 AM
  • "Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm: Behind the scenes, Apple is trying to kill legislation that would make it easier for normal people to fix iPhones."  Motherboard 7:50 AM
  • "A Tip for Apple in China: Your Hunger for Revenue May Cost You/Apple has told several Chinese social-networking apps to disable their 'tip' functions"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 6:47 AM
  • "Apple controversially taking 30% cut of donations sent via Chinese social network apps to content creators" 9to5Mac 10:01 AM
  • "The opening shots have been fired in a battle between Apple and China's most valuable company" Business Insider 1:34 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook test-drove a device that tracks his blood sugar, hinting at Apple's interest in the space" CNBC 3:05 PM
  • "Report: Tim Cook testing wearable blood sugar tracker on Apple's campus, connected to Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 3:05 PM
OS X
News
  • "App maker's code stolen in malware attack: The Mac and iOS software developer Panic has had the source code for several of its apps stolen. Panic founder Steven Frank admitted in a blog post that it happened after he downloaded an infected copy of the video encoding tool Handbrake." BBC 7:48 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Did a mysterious Lost & Found folder just appear on your Mac? It could mean trouble: If you can't empty that folder, beware!" Macworld 7:19 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Making a Mac App: Comparing Xojo and Visual Studio for Mac" Xojo Blog 7:37 AM
  • "How to quickly see everything in an application on macOS" iMore 7:20 AM
  • "How to export one calendar and import it into another in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 6:38 AM
  • "How to Access Terminal via Recovery Mode for Mac" OS X Daily 5:16 PM
  • "Previewing Images In the Finder" MacMost 9:50 AM
  • "How To Block What Stalks Your Mac" Mac 360 8:15 AM
  • "Mac App Window Managers Need 'Sticky" McSolo 7:46 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Apple & Accessibility & FCPX – Forgotten Again" Hamm on Wry 1:30 PM
  • "On Apple And Automation" PixoBebo 8:23 AM
Press Releases
  • "Airfoil for macOS Regains Full Apple TV Compatibility" MacStories 1:28 PM
  • "SimTread Crowd Flow Simulation Software—Now At Version 2.5" Architosh 1:20 PM
  • "Cultured Code Announces 'Things 3' Task Manager for Mac, iOS, and Apple Watch" MacRumors 6:59 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "A top Microsoft exec on working with Apple, competing with Google's Chromebooks, and the future of Windows" Business Insider 7:34 PM
  • "Apple's new campus has just about everything, except day care: The futuristic 'Spaceship,' aka Apple Park, features trees and a massive gym but no help for young parents." CNET 3:49 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone scores 92% loyalty rate ahead of 'iPhone 8' launch, study finds" AppleInsider 6:35 AM
  • "Almost all iPhone users will buy another iPhone, says survey" CNET 4:03 PM
  • "92% of iPhone Users Refuse to Switch to Android This Year" iDrop News 3:07 PM
  • "Surprise: Google Reveals Apple's iOS Market Share Is 65% to 230% Bigger Than We Thought"  Forbes 5:10 PM
  • "Android Tightens Grip on its Dominant Position Over Apple in Smartphone Performance Battle" PRNewswire 6:48 AM
  • "Apple begins assembling iPhone SE in southern India plant" Reuters 6:49 AM
  • "Qualcomm ups ante in fight with Apple, sues four Taiwanese suppliers" Reuters 6:49 AM
  • "Qualcomm files breach of contract complaint against Apple manufacturers for non-payment of royalties" DigiTimes 6:48 AM
  • "Apple calls Accessibility a Human Right, Everyone Deserves a Chance" Apple Must 10:10 AM
  • "Apple getting kudos for smart home tech empowering people with disabilities" FOXBusiness 1:29 PM
  • "Number of Siri-style AI assistants will overtake humans by 2021" Cult of Mac 9:59 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple shows off its amazing Fifth Avenue store" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Security experts find clues to ransomware worm's lingering risks" Reuters 9:05 PM
  • "Thousands exposed in hack of font sharing site DaFont" CNET 5:28 PM
  • "FCC votes 2-1 to advance repeal of Obama-era internet rules" Reuters 9:05 PM
  • "FCC Ignores The Will Of The Public, Votes To Begin Dismantling Net Neutrality" Techdirt 5:45 PM
  • "FCC Votes To Obliterate Net Neutrality And Let ISPs Pillage The Open Internet"  HotHardware 3:59 PM
  • "Trump's FCC poised to roll back Obama-era net neutrality regulations" GeekWire 1:26 PM
  • "A Texas man is suing his date for texting in a cinema while watching a film" BBC 6:48 AM
  • "EU fines Facebook over 'misleading' WhatsApp data claim" BBC 6:47 AM
  • "Facebook fined $122 million by EU for 'misleading information' about WhatsApp acquisition" The Verge 6:38 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Is it too late for Apple's Siri to catch up with Google and Amazon? (AB Extra Crunchy, Ep. 85)" CNET 8:00 PM
  • "Chat Tipping in China, Thoughts on Apple Park -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-18" The Mac Observer 2:00 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 120 | WWDC MacBooks and iPads, iOS 10.3.3 wallpaper hints and watchOS 4 wishlist" 9to5Mac 1:31 PM
  • "Rebound 137: We're Doubling Down on Glass" Six Colors 1:23 PM
  • "Tim Cook Interviewed For Global Accessibility Awareness Day" MacStories 6:58 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Here's What the Final iPhone 8 Design Looks Like" Tom's Guide 7:51 AM
  • "This could be the iPhone 8's final design" TechShout 7:51 AM
  • "Apple reveals all-new Apple Watch Design with a Display covering the Face and Band & Also Points to a TV" Patently Apple 9:58 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:40 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:40 AM

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Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Things 3: Beauty and Delight in a Task Manager" MacStories 10:02 AM
  • "Siri Vs Google Assistant on the iPhone: Which AI Assistant Wins?" iPhone Hacks 1:20 PM
  • "'No Stick Shooter' Review - An Unbelievably Frantic Spin on 'Missile Command'" Touch Arcade 3:49 PM
  • "'Old Man's Journey' Review - Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls" Touch Arcade 10:01 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to activate Photos' hidden 3D Flyover view" Cult of Mac 4:10 PM
  • "How to manage iCloud Photo Sharing" iMore 10:01 AM
Tips
  • "How Bluetooth mic on AirPods is useful for iPhone videos" Cult of Mac 10:48 AM
  • "Siri Has A Sense Of Humor: The Funniest Questions You Can Ask Apple's Digital Helper" Digital Trends 9:58 AM
  • "5 reasons to ditch iOS Photos for Google Photos: Google rolled out new features to Google Photos at its annual I/O developers conference. Is it time for iPhone owners to switch photo apps?" CNET 7:20 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple Should Think Differently about Social Media Tipping" The Mac Observer 5:56 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 will basically bring back the headphone jack" ["No, it won't be a 3.5mm headphone jack and you'll still need an adapter if you want to connect 3.5mm headphones to your iPhone. As we saw in the iPhone 8 mockup photos we exclusively published on Wednesday, the Lightning port is still the only port on the bottom of the phone. But the new iPhone's Lightning port will always be free and clear, waiting for users to connect their headphones even while the phone is charging. How is that going to work? Simple: Apple's next-generation iPhone will finally support wireless charging."] BGR 10:34 AM
  • "Why Google Assistant and Search are two different iPhone apps" The Verge 10:25 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine Says Free Streaming Music is Bad Business" The Mac Observer 10:11 AM
  • "It's Time To Break Up Apple" Mac360 9:04 AM
  • "Why would you use Android in an Apple ecosystem?" iMore 8:19 AM
  • "Intel Is Apple's New PowerPC Consortium" Mac360 7:50 AM
  • "Google Assistant for iPhone: An enterprise perspective" Computerworld 7:26 AM
  • "Poll: Will You Use Google Assistant on Your iPhone?" Apple Must 7:17 AM
  • "As Siri Gets Smarter, How Will We Learn to Trust It?" The Mac Observer 5:21 PM
  • "Is the rumored Siri speaker on cannibalization course with Apple TV?"  iDownload Blog 9:58 AM
  • "Apple Siri Speaker: What Is It, How Might It Look And What Does It Do?" Forbes 6:48 AM
  • "That special sauce: Future Apple products are always bad news" Macworld 6:35 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Net neutrality is a pivotal moment in a broader movement for a healthy internet" Mashable 8:18 AM
  • "Why Did a Chinese Peroxide Company Pay $1 Billion for a Talking Cat?" Bloomberg 7:39 AM
  • "Hear Me Out: Let's Elect an AI as President" Wired 7:21 AM
  • "How AI is used to infer human emotion: Rana el Kaliouby discusses the techniques, possibilities, and challenges around emotion AI today." O'Reilly 6:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Duolingo releases a Japanese language course for iOS" Engadget 8:49 PM
  • "Microsoft makes OneNote more consistent across platforms, easier to access" Digital Trends 7:35 PM
  • "Zipbuds' 26 Bluetooth earbuds target sporting enthusiasts" Coolest Gadgets 7:35 PM
  • "Telegram Messenger updated w/ video support, bot payments, & new Instant View platform" 9to5Mac 6:02 PM
  • "Kanex announces GoPower Watch Stand with built-in magnetic Apple Watch charger, USB port" AppleInsider 3:05 PM
  • "Vevo's Apple TV app takes cues from Spotify" Engadget 1:30 PM
  • "Kanex's New Charging Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone Now Available" PRNewswire 1:23 PM
  • "Pioneer launching 5 new aftermarket CarPlay receivers including 7-inch single-DIN model" 9to5Mac 10:01 AM
  • "[Anybody Out There: Dead City] Extraordinary Real-Time Text Adventure Now Available for iOS and Android" Headup Games 7:47 AM
  • "Google Maps joins Apple Maps in 3D coverage of Apple Park, but very out of date images" 9to5Mac 7:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Extends Cloud-Computing Arms Race to Africa: Software giant to open data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft beats Google and Amazon to announce first African data centers, kicking off in 2018" VentureBeat 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft Cloud to set up shop in Africa with two new data centers coming in 2018" GeekWire 7:48 AM
  • "Microsoft to open Africa data centers to seek edge in cloud computing" Bloomberg 8:50 PM
  • "Microsoft is working on a new file sharing interface for OneDrive, coming this summer" Neowin 12:33 PM
  • "Windows 10 preview: Now Android owners can handle calls from their PC" ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft may be working on a new 'Control Center' for Windows 10" OnMSFT 7:47 AM
  • "IBM was a pioneer in the work-from-home revolution — now it's cracking down" Business Insider 3:49 PM
  • "Dell introduces Alienware 15, 17, and Inspiron laptop range for gamers: Dell has partnered with HTC to set up VR experience zones across 40 cities to let users experience Alienware notebooks and teh Inspiron laptop range" The Indian Express 7:37 AM
  • "Intel's Flash Gambit Evolving Into 3-Pronged Strategy" EE Times 7:38 AM
  • "Intel Refutes Rumor of Licensing AMD Graphics Technology: Intel refuted a rumor spread by a technology Web site saying it is licensing graphics chip technology from AMD. The rumor had pushed up AMD shares by 12% on Tuesday, only to see the stock come crashing down by that amount on Wednesday after AMD management did not offer any mention of such a deal." Barron's 7:38 AM
  • "Intel Shows 1.59x Performance Improvement in Upcoming Intel Xeon Scalable Family" Guru3D 7:37 AM
  • "Intel Skylake-X (Core i9) and AMD Ryzen 9 Multi-Core CPUs Are Coming Out Soon, Clash Of High-End Gaming CPUs [Video] University Herald 7:39 AM
  • "Intel, Honeywell collaborate on logistics, shipping IoT" ZDNet 12:44 PM
  • "Report: Intel denies story of license deal with AMD" Seeking Alpha 9:59 AM
  • "Intel Finally Lays Bare The AMD Fake News Machine" Seeking Alpha 7:38 AM
  • "AMD Strives for More Share Upside: The chip giant has double-digit revenue growth pegged for a long-term model." Barron's 7:39 AM
  • "AMD says it's back to stay" ZDNet 7:37 AM
  • "AMD is bringing its new Ryzen processors to laptops later this year: Plus the 'Threadripper', for high-end PCs" The Verge 10:35 AM
  • "Cisco Hands In Solid Results, Weak Outlook In Q3 Report" Benzinga 1:41 PM
  • "Cisco's Network Security, Wireless Products Drive Results" Forbes 1:40 PM
  • "Cisco's Slow Transformation to Software Could Spur Acquisitions" TheStreet 1:41 PM
  • "Cisco's servers are stuck in limbo, look likely to stay there: Sales suffering – should it quit the market?" The Register 7:40 AM
  • "Cisco Systems Announces 1,100 More Layoffs" FOXBusiness 7:31 AM
  • "ARM targets your brain with new implantable chips: Mind-controlled prosthetics could be here sooner than we expected." Engadget 7:35 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple Is One of the 5 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy Now" Fortune 7:42 AM
  • "If Apple, Facebook, Netflix Keep Diving, a Trump Correction Could Be a Thing" RealMoney 6:47 AM
  • "On paper, Apple shareholders lost $27 billion Wednesday" Apple 3.0 6:39 AM
  • "Apple supplier AAC Technologies halted in Hong Kong" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:47 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as tech, economic data power rebound: Political drama out of Washington may continue to dog investor sentiment" MarketWatch 6:06 PM
  • "Wall Street Makes a Comeback as Walmart Distracts From Trump Troubles" TheStreet 6:06 PM
  • "Dow rebound: Stock market revives after Trump fears prompt worst selloff of year" USA Today 6:06 PM
  • "Wall Street Rebounds After Steepest Selloff in Months" Reuters 6:06 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks, Dollar Rebound After Steep Selloff: Shares of financial and technology companies, among the worst hit in Wednesday's selloff, climb higher" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 6:05 PM
  • "Wall Street selloff sends Asian markets sprawling" MarketWatch 7:33 AM
  • "European stocks suffer for 2nd day on doubts about Trump agenda" MarketWatch 7:33 AM

 
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