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MacSurfer's Archive: Thursday, February 22, 2018


General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Recorded First Ever Decline During the Fourth Quarter of 2017: Huawei and Xiaomi Were the Only Vendors in the Top Five to Experience Growth in the Fourth Quarter" ["While Apple's market share stabilized in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016, iPhone sales fell 5 percent. 'Apple was in a different position this quarter than it was 12 months before,' said Mr. Gupta. 'It had three new smartphones — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — yet its performance in the quarter was overshadowed by two factors. First, the later availability of the iPhone X led to slow upgrades to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as users waited to try the more-expensive model. Second, component shortages and manufacturing capacity constraints preceded a long delivery cycle for the iPhone X, which returned to normal by early December 2017. We expect good demand for the iPhone X to likely bring a delayed sales boost for Apple in the first quarter of 2018,' added Mr. Gupta."]  Gartner 11:44 AM
  • "iPhone and Android Smartphone Duopoly Reaches Peak With Estimated 99.9% Market Share Last Year" MacRumors 11:49 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone outpaces overall smartphone market, Gartner finds" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "Has the smartphone frenzy hit its peak? Global sales decline for first time" Telegraph 11:49 AM
  • "Worldwide smartphone shipments slip for first time ever: Apple and Samsung hit/Chinese phone giants grow, the big 5 are left n the cold" The Register 8:15 AM
  • "Apple's Elk Grove Repair Facility Makes ~20 Accidental 911 Calls a Day" MacRumors 7:11 PM
  • "Apple opens its first store in Austria Saturday" Apple 7:03 AM
  • "Apple Opens its First Store in Austria Saturday" Business Wire 8:38 AM
  • "Sexual Harrassment: There's an App to Report That/Some companies experiment with apps designed to make reporting bad behavior at work easier" [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Smart Speaker Satisfaction High, but It's Early Days" Loup Ventures 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's latest iPhone X ad touts development of Portrait Lighting" AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "Video: Apple explains development of Portrait Lighting on iPhone" Apple Must 7:02 AM
  • "This ARKit demo is what nightmares are made off" Cult of Mac 4:03 PM
  • "How to raise the next Steve Wozniak, according to Steve Wozniak" CNBC 8:31 AM
  • "Application signed by Steve Jobs is being auctioned off: The job application, from 1973, is estimated to be worth more than $50,000." CNET 10:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "It looks like Dish is actually building its own 5G wireless network" BGR 8:13 PM
  • "Huawei's iPhone X killer might have the most minimalist design we've ever seen" BGR 6:30 PM
  • "America's internet speed map is back! And it doesn't completely suck!" The Register 2:41 PM
  • "Amazon plans to open as many as six more cashierless Amazon Go stores this year" Recode 10:46 AM
  • "Caterpillar has an updated version of its thermal phone, but it costs as much as an iPhone X: Is a thermal camera worth $1,000?" The Verge 8:40 AM
  • "Here comes Samsung's answer to the iPhone X: Apple made huge leaps forward with its newest phone. What could we see from its biggest rival and the Galaxy S9?" CNET 8:15 AM
  • "23 attorneys general refile challenge to FCC net neutrality repeal" Engadget 7:11 PM
  • "As net neutrality repeal becomes official, here is where Washington state's open internet fight stands" GeekWire 11:45 AM
  • "Net neutrality rules die on April 23rd" The Verge 8:23 AM
  • "The FCC's order gutting net neutrality is now official — but the fight is just getting started" TechCrunch 8:14 AM
  • "The world of Android is about to change in a big way" Mashable 7:19 AM
  • "RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting" The Register 7:15 AM
  • "Google worker says he was sacked for liberal views" Telegraph 7:02 AM
  • "The Spotify Platform Problem, Tim Cook Insights, and Apple TV Gaming -ACM 450" The Mac Observer 6:28 PM
  • "175: The Case of the Missing AirPods" The Rebound 2:41 PM
  • "What You Need to Know About the FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Changes -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-22" The Mac Observer 12:45 PM
  • "161: Twitter for Mac abandoned, iOS 11"s Telugu fix, iPad refresh rumors Happy Hour" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "The life and death of Twitter for Mac" [Podcast] iMore 8:34 AM