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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
 

 

 
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Wednesday Highlights: Apple announces award of $390 million to Finisar which "will create 500 high-skill jobs at Sherman, Texas facility"—more reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Wired article notes concern from security researchers that Apple's security flaws may hide deeper issues; Financial Times thinks "data and music expertise" behind Apple's plans for Shazam?; ever notice ads with stuff you've been shopping for pop up on sites you visit? Jonny Evans says these can spoil Christmas surprises, so what to do?; iPhone X adoption surpasses iPhone 8 models, and in Google's top searches of 2017, iPhone 8 was #2, iPhone X #3; Republican lawmaker calls on "FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote" and "wait for Congress to create net neutrality law"; Thursday is drop-day for iMac Pro!; Digital Photography Review posts shoot-out between iPhone 8 Plus and Google Pixel 2; AppleInsider tip explains accurate pace, calorie measurment setup on Apple Watch; Ben Dickson at PC Magazine says Face ID just not accurate enough for him to stick with iPhone X for now.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "The iPhone X was Apple's biggest risk, and it's paying off"  Mashable 8:16 AM
  • "Qualcomm targets Apple iPhone 8, iPhone X in new patent suit" AppleInsider 9:01 PM
  • "Apple accuses Qualcomm patent infringement in countersuit: Apple Inc on Thursday filed a countersuit against Qualcomm Inc, alleging that Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile phone chips that power a wide variety of Android-based devices infringe on Apple's patents, the latest development in a long-running dispute."  Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "Apple accuses Qualcomm of acting as a 'common patent troll'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:31 AM
  • "Apple Counters Qualcomm with Patent Lawsuit of Its Own" 24/7 Wall St. 12:02 PM
  • "Apple to audit development processes after Mac bug discovered"  Reuters 3:52 PM
  • "Is Apple getting sloppy? Well, you don't see that every day is rushing to fix a major security bug."  BBC 8:22 AM
  • "Why Jony Ive Is Apple's Design Genius: His work has become the seeds of a tech revolution that is rapidly changing our lives"  Smithsonian Magazine 3:33 PM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Releases Fix to Security Flaw in Mac Operating System" Bloomberg 11:37 AM
  • "Apple apologizes, issues Mac login security patch" Computerworld 11:39 AM
  • "Apple is sorry for the critical root vulnerability: 'our customers deserve better'" iDownload Blog 11:09 AM
  • "Apple releases a macOS security update to fix huge login security flaw" TechCrunch 10:31 AM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra Security Update to Fix Root Password Vulnerability" MacRumors 10:31 AM
  • "Apple issues macOS High Sierra update to fix password-less root vulnerability" AppleInsider 10:54 AM
  • "Apple Scrambles to Fix Major Security Flaw" Investopedia 8:15 AM
  • "Major macOS High Sierra bug allows full admin access without password" Maintain 6:53 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Apple Shares Fix for File Sharing Issues Following macOS High Sierra Security Update"  MacRumors 7:33 PM
  • "Having problems with file sharing after installing the macOS High Sierra 'root' Security Update? Here's the fix! Apple recently rolled out a security update patch for macOS High Sierra to fix the 'root' security bug, but the update has borked file sharing for some. Here's the fix!" iMore 7:48 PM
  • "Security Update 2017-001 BREAKS File Sharing" MacRumors 6:13 PM
  • "About the security content of Security Update 2017-001" Apple Support 11:52 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "What to do about Apple's shameful Mac security flaw" Computerworld 6:53 AM
  • "The Root Password Hack Explained" MacMost 9:58 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro First Impressions: A Beautiful Modern Interface with Advanced Image Editing Tools" MacStories 8:21 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro: An image-first experience for photo editing on Mac" iMore 3:37 PM
  • "Find your Apple devices to be intrusive? Here's how to turn it down on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad" Macworld 7:25 AM
  • "iCloud Drive: How to Recover (or Remove) Recently Deleted Files" The Mac Observer 7:46 AM
Op/Ed
  • "As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong: While you patch your Mac, take a look at what upset the Apple cart this week" The Register 3:41 PM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from November 2017" [Slideshow] Macworld 7:24 AM
Press Releases
  • "Marco Arment Releases Forecast Public Beta, a Podcast Encoder That Embeds Chapter Markers and Other Metadata" MacStories 9:44 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro debuts with powerful image editing tools, machine learning tech" AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro now available on the Mac App Store" prMac 7:25 AM
  • "Pixelmator's AI-driven Photoshop rival is ready for your Mac: Pixelmator Pro promises advanced editing at a low price." Engadget 5:55 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Jimmy Iovine Breaks Down What's Wrong With the Music Business, Warns Against Overoptimism in Streaming: 'They're Not Making Money'"  Billboard 3:31 PM
  • "And the Device Winners of Thanksgiving 2017 Are..." ["We analyzed both Android and Apple devices to see which devices experienced the highest lift in new activations over the Thanksgiving weekend, compared to the average activations from the previous four weekends. The iPhone X emerged as the ultimate victor as it experienced a 47% growth of new device activations compared to the past four weekends. Runners-up were Google's Pixel 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8."] Localytics 11:08 AM
  • "iPhone X paydirt: 6 million reportedly sold this weekend/The 256GB iPhone X is said to be the more popular model." CNET 3:41 PM
  • "iPhone X drives Apple toward new sales records, data suggests" Apple Must 11:35 AM
  • "DSLR Owners love Their Smartphone Camera as much as You do" ["Apple's marketing line that the iPhone has become the most used camera in the world rings true in our data showing that 54% of iPhone owners take pictures daily with 77% saying that they take up to 30 pictures a week."]  Tech.pinions 8:20 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X Kicks Off Face-Recognition Mania: Entire countries are going to try and replace IDs with face scans, and it's going to be bad."  PC Magazine 8:21 AM
  • "Apple possibly leasing previously-owned Chrysler site for testing autonomous vehicles" iDownload Blog 8:21 AM
  • "Video: Steve Jobs had 'the light of god', ex-Apple retail chief" Apple Must 3:30 PM
  • "Apple removes Philippines leader Duterte execution games" BBC 7:23 AM
  • "Apple removes violent games from App Store after petition concerning lethal drugs war" 9to5Mac 7:25 AM
  • "iPhone and iPad tips offered via Apple's new YouTube channel" Digital Trends 8:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook wants to be seen as a force for good" CNNMoney 12:47 PM
  • "Comcast deleted net neutrality pledge the same day FCC announced repeal: Three-year-old 'no paid prioritization' pledge was suddenly removed." Ars Technica 12:14 PM
  • "FCC chair keeps up assault on social media" Axios 1:09 PM
  • "FCC Chairman Pai is swiping again at tech, Twitter and social media — this time for the spread of 'harassment' and 'vitriol': It comes a day after Pai essentially charged that web giants threatened speech online." Recode 1:09 PM
  • "Over half of FCC net neutrality comments may be fake, study says: Millions were linked to temporary or duplicate email addresses and fake names." Engadget 11:53 AM
  • "Supreme Court justices raise privacy concerns in major cellphone case" Reuters 11:19 AM
  • "Supreme Court considers if your privacy rights include location data" Engadget 10:54 AM
  • "Essential's Andy Rubin has taken leave after reports of an 'inappropriate' Google relationship" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "Lamborghini's $2,500 phone is as ludicrous as you'd imagine" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "Graphene Balls Reduce a One Hour Battery Recharge to 12 Minutes" PC Magazine 7:00 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Apple Root Password Bug, Ajit Pai's Net Neutrality Fight, Listener Topics – ACM 349" The Mac Observer 5:38 PM
  • "The MacJury's Discussions of Apple As A Media Company" MacVoices 3:29 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: iPhone X cameras with Shawn King" The Loop 8:27 AM
  • "10 years later: Evangelizing the original iPhone/There was a day before iPhone was introduced. And a day after. Matt Drance was there for both — and he had to evangelize it." iMore 8:21 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Chinese screen manufacturer might build Apple an OLED factory for free" BGR 8:14 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Connection errors in Mail using iPhone or iPad? Here's the fix!" iMore 11:09 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:01 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:01 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Watch: Face ID and Touch ID compared" AppleInsider 6:54 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (33) -iPhone X Arrival in Thailand (Hands-on 256GB)" eXtensions 7:02 AM
  • "Review: Logitech's CRAFT Wireless Keyboard is Pricey, but the Input Dial Is a Useful Addition" MacRumors 8:52 AM
  • "JBL Link 20 Review: JBL's Link 20 wireless speaker is a versatile new way to get smart" Digital Trends 8:14 AM
  • "DIRT Rally Metal 2 Shootout" Bare Feats 10:24 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Reigns: Her Majesty' First Impressions: You Want More 'Reigns'? You Got More 'Reigns'." Touch Arcade 12:44 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to add a fancy email signature on iPhone and Mac" Cult of Mac 1:09 PM
  • "How to get insane action shots on an iPhone X: We show you how to take brilliant action and sports photos with your new phone." CNET 7:48 AM
Tips
  • "Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies" ZDNet 3:37 PM
  • "5 Extremely Cool Uses For the Amazon Echo With Your iPhone" iMore 3:37 PM
  • "Punting iPhone Calls to Voice Mail: Q. When I get a call on my iPhone, sometimes I have a button to decline the call and sometimes I just get a 'slide to answer' option. Why is this, and how can I send a call to voice mail that I don't want to answer if I don't have a Decline button to ignore it?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:52 AM
  • "How To Use Wi-Fi Sharing in iOS 11 To Easily Share The Wi-Fi Password" Digital Trends 8:51 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Strategies for Streaming Movies and TV Shows on Apple TV" The Mac Observer 6:24 PM
  • "Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says services like Spotify & Pandora can't be profitable" AppleInsider 5:49 PM
  • "High Sierra Root Login Bug Was Mentioned on Apple's Support Forums Two Weeks Ago" Daring Fireball 5:34 PM
  • "Why Apple Acquired AR Hardware Maker Vrvana" Market Realist 3:41 PM
  • "My least favorite feature of the iPhone X: Control Center/With the iPhone X, Control Center has been demoted to a feature I hardly ever use. And that's a shame." ZDNet 1:09 PM
  • "Opinion: How iPhone naming should change in 2018 (and why it's a marketing challenge)" 9to5Mac 11:53 AM
  • "Apple and Qualcomm become best pals... lol jk the sueballs keep flying" The Register 11:13 AM
  • "The Tablet's Changing Narrative"  Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:22 AM
  • "Apple also teaches creative skills in its stores" Apple Must 8:34 AM
  • "No, Every Kid Should Not Learn to Code" Kirkville 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Analysis: iPhone X Sales Soar, Looking At Quarter Estimates" Seeking Alpha 7:07 AM
Non-Apple
  • "We're hitting rock bottom in cyber — let's do something" TechCrunch 7:34 PM
  • "Supreme Court Must Understand That Cell Phones Aren't Voluntary" Wired 7:23 AM
  • "Welcome back, sneakernet: Why net neutrality repeal will drive us to the edge/VPNs, Wi-Fi Meshes, pods, supernodes, and intelligent distributed cloud services will become the lingua franca of the new Biased Net." ZDNet 9:25 AM
  • "FCC to End Net Neutrality"  TidBITS 8:20 AM
  • "Net Neutrality Is Not the Problem"  Wired 7:23 AM
  • "The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:01 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 9:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Speck Presidio Cases for iPhone X" iLounge 3:50 PM
  • "Apple redesigns Support app for iPhone & iPad with 'Discover' tab, new look" AppleInsider 3:37 PM
  • "Global Payments and CaixaBank Bring Apple Pay to Customers" Business Wire 11:36 AM
  • "Sports section arrives on Apple's TV app ahead of iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2 release" 9to5Mac 10:54 AM
  • "Fusion Guitar is a new iPhone/iPad integrated electric guitar" Apple World Today 8:52 AM
  • "X-Files game coming to Android and iOS in February, alongside season 11 of TV show" 9to5Google 8:51 AM
  • "iHeartRadio adds podcasts to app for Apple CarPlay" AppleInsider 8:36 AM
  • "Waze update adds hands-free use, motorcycle mode & carpool lanes" 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft's photos app for iOS and Android transfers pictures to a PC" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Saving Christmas - The Augmented Reality App you look for this Holiday" prMac 7:25 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft: We're razing our Redmond campus to build a mini city/No more cars, new soccer and cricket fields, cafes, bike tracks, bridges, light rail, and more." ZDNet 7:00 AM
  • "Microsoft to Spend Billions Modernizing Redmond Campus" Investopedia 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft to Expand Campus, as Amazon Looks Elsewhere" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft announces huge expansion to 'modernize' its Redmond HQ" TechCrunch 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft to update its own office with HQ redesign: The renovation of its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, will take up to seven years to complete." CNET 7:22 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Making Space For 8,000 More Employees At Its Headquarters" Fortune 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Announces Massive Redmond Campus Expansion And Up To 8,000 New Workers" HotHardware 5:45 PM
  • "Microsoft says Windows 10 now on 600 million monthly active devices: Windows 10 is now on 600 million devices that have been 'active' in the last 28 days, up from 500 million in March 2017." ZDNet 12:44 PM
  • "As Microsoft And SAP Pair Up In The Cloud, Customers Offer Phenomenal Endorsements" Forbes 12:47 PM
  • "HP responds to 'Touchpoint Analytics Service' Spyware allegations" MSPoweruser 8:33 AM
  • "HP installing spyware driver on hardware" Fudzilla 8:33 AM
  • "Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "IBM figures out it takes longer than a week to re-wire software" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "IBM server responsible for Macy's Black Friday credit card issues, analysts say" MarketWatch 10:40 AM
  • "Intel eyes in-cabin experiences for autonomous vehicles, partners with Warner Bros.: Intel also took aim at Nvidia on efficiency and power consumption as autonomous vehicles emerge." ZDNet 11:09 AM
  • "Intel and Warner Bros. are teaming up to build in-cabin entertainment for autonomous cars" Mashable 12:06 PM
  • "AMD claims world speed record on servers" Fudzilla 8:28 AM
  • "AMD Prepping AM4 Motherboards for Raven Ridge" eTeknix 8:33 AM
  • "AMD Stock Underperforms Its Peers amid Uncertainty" Market Realist 12:44 PM
  • "Why Did AMD's Stock Price Fall after Its Fiscal 3Q17 Earnings?" Market Realist 12:44 PM
  • "What to expect from Cisco in 2018: As Cisco transitions from hardware to software, it's rolling out a whole new line of products for IoT and cloud" Network World 8:39 AM
  • "From Linux to Cloud, why Red Hat matters for every enterprise: Today, Red Hat dominates enterprise Linux. Tomorrow, it wants to rule the cloud. Don't bet against it." ZDNet 7:00 AM
  • "Reported Software Vulnerabilities on Track to Break Record in 2017" eWeek 7:30 PM
  • "Smartphone shipments will fall to phablets by 2019: IDC" ZDNet 9:00 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Will Rise 17% by June, Options Trades Indicate" Investopedia 8:15 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow finishes at record, while Nasdaq posts worst day in 3 months on tech selloff: Philly semiconductor index logs biggest decline since December" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Nasdaq on Pace for Worst Day in Three Months After Another Sudden Tech Selloff: The Nasdaq is sharply lower as a selloff in the tech sector accelerates." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Slump in Facebook, Apple raises prospects of tech rally brake" Reuters 3:57 PM
  • "Dow closes at record high, inches closer to 24,000" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Close at Another Record High: Jump in bank shares offsets declines in the tech sector" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Stocks in China, Hong Kong continue to fade: Nikkei, Kospi largely unaffected by North Korean missile test" MarketWatch 8:23 AM
  • "Banks propel European stocks to 3-week high after Powell hearing: U.K. stocks slide, pound rallies on signs of Brexit breakthrough" MarketWatch 8:23 AM

 
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