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MacSurfer's Archive: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
 

 

 
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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Tim Cook has had a stellar run at Apple — even without another mega-smash like the iPhone"  CNBC 12:56 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly gearing up to defy Trump and the DOJ in court to avoid unlocking the Florida shooter's 2 iPhones"  Business Insider 7:19 AM
  • "Trump Urges Apple to Unlock iPhone Linked to Florida Terrorist Shooting: President Trump wants Apple to 'step up to the plate' and unlock two iPhones linked to a terrorist shooting in Florida, but the tech giant says data held on encrypted devices can't be accessed." TheStreet 7:30 AM
  • "Trump slams Apple for refusing to unlock criminals' iPhones: President tweets that Apple needs to 'step up to the plate' for law enforcement" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 12:56 PM
  • "Trump Calls On Apple To Open iPhones For FBI" Forbes 7:05 AM
  • "Trump Launches Twitter Attack On Apple Over Pensacola iPhone Encryption" Benzinga 7:30 AM
  • "Steve Bannon's warning to Apple: 'I would pay attention' to Trump's tweet on unlocking iPhones"  CNBC 10:47 AM
  • "Mnuchin urges Apple, other tech companies to work with law enforcement" Reuters 10:41 AM
  • "Apple, DoJ Grapple Over Cracking Terrorist's iPhones" TechNewsWorld 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Taps Drone Specialist to Lobby Washington on Aviation" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:17 PM
  • "It's time for new hardware at the center of Apple's home strategy: It's time for Apple to build a product that makes your home smarter and more secure."  Macworld 7:23 AM
OS X
News
  • "Microsoft launches Chromium Edge for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and macOS" VentureBeat 11:08 AM
  • "Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser for Mac Officially Launches" MacRumors 11:56 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to lock the Dock on your Mac to prevent unwanted changes" iDownload Blog 7:30 AM
  • "How to install a plugin in QuickLook on macOS" AddictiveTips 2:32 PM
  • "How to use iCloud aliases to send and receive email" Macworld 7:25 AM
  • "Creating Circular Text On Your Mac With Acorn" MacMost 2:18 PM
  • "Where are Notes Stored on Mac?" OS X Daily 10:53 AM
Op/Ed
  • "The case for a Low Power Mode on Mac notebooks" iMore 10:51 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook Pro TouchBar and Safari"  Kirkville 8:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "Sensei app for Mac launches with SSD trim, battery health, storage management features, more" 9to5Mac 11:55 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's services are fast becoming a $73b/year business" Apple Must 10:47 AM
  • "FBI reportedly accessed locked iPhone 11 Pro Max with GrayKey third party tool" AppleInsider 9:22 PM
  • "Amazon's head of devices says the smart home is still 'too complicated' — and working with major rivals like Apple and Google is the way to fix it" Business Insider 12:57 PM
  • "Apple and Google Face Lawsuits, Massive Consequences" Market Realist 11:00 AM
  • "Samsung ranks No. 3 in global wireless headset shipments in 2019: data" ["Apple was the dominant force in the TWS market with a 54.4 percent market share after shipping 58.7 million AirPods, its signature TWS headset product, in 2019."] Yonhap 10:46 AM
  • "Report: Apple sold nearly 60 million AirPods in 2019, grabbing 71% of totally wireless headphone revenue" 9to5Mac 4:11 PM
  • "The State of Mobile in 2020: The Key Stats You Need to Know" App Annie 8:28 AM
  • "App stores saw record 204 billion app downloads in 2019, consumer spend of $120 billion" ["Despite the sizable growth in revenues, App Annie also pointed to new models in mobile gaming, like Apple Arcade, which is giving other types of games a chance to thrive. Unfortunately, no third-party firm is able to track Arcade revenues, which will become a glaring blind spot for App Annie in the years ahead."] TechCrunch 8:27 AM
  • "India Proposes Incentives to Woo Apple, Samsung Suppliers" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:26 AM
  • "India may offer subsidized loans to win Apple manufacturing" Cult of Mac 7:26 AM
  • "A new bill would force Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services to put 25% of French revenue into funding French cinema" ["...the bill – which targets streaming giants such as Netflix, Disney, Amazon and Apple – will be debated by the French parliament in March and will be enacted if a vote this summer goes its way"] Business Insider 7:40 AM
  • "The Unofficial Apple Archive is on a mission to save Apple history and inspire new creators" 9to5Mac 7:21 AM
  • "Apple TV+ to premiere three new originals at 2020 SXSW Film Festival" Apple TV+ Press 4:12 PM
  • "Apple lands 'Beastie Boys Story,' produced by Academy Award-winning director Spike Jonze" Apple TV+ Press 4:12 PM
  • "Spike Jonze's 'Beastie Boys Story' Documentary Lands At Apple TV+, Will Rock On Imax" Deadline 12:57 PM
  • "Apple Buys Rights to Beastie Boys Documentary Directed by Spike Jonze" MacRumors 12:57 PM
  • "Apple TV+ exclusives 'Beastie Boys Story,' 'Central Park,' 'Home,' to debut at SXSW" AppleInsider 5:00 PM
  • "M. Night Shyamalan Sued Over Apple Show 'Servant', Female Director Accuses Him of Stealing Her Work" The Blast 2:17 PM
  • "This guitar made out of 106 iPhones actually works" Cult of Mac 2:25 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Mozilla lays off 70 people as non-search revenue fails to materialize: Mozilla is heavily dependent on deals with search engines." Ars Technica 9:18 PM
  • "Bose to shutter 119 stores across Australia, North America, Europe, and Japan: The headphone maker says most of its sales come via online, anyway." ZDNet 9:17 PM
  • "Google is finally killing off Chrome apps, which nobody really used anyhow: Extensions will still be supported, though" The Verge 9:25 PM
  • "Google gives Chrome OS Apps a shutdown date" Ars Technica 7:00 PM
  • "T-Mobile/Sprint urge court for deal approval, states warn of price hikes" Reuters 4:08 PM
  • "Fitbit releases blood oxygen monitoring before Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11:04 AM
  • "Twitter's Jack Dorsey on edit button: 'We'll probably never do it'" The Verge 7:23 AM
  • "Critical bugs in WordPress plugins InfiniteWP, WP Time Capsule expose 320,000 websites to attack" ZDNet 7:14 AM
  • "Foldable phone screens could use diamond glass, says Gorilla Glass rival: Bendable glass is the missing ingredient in today's foldable phones. But what if bendable screens were made from one of the hardest materials on Earth?" CNET 7:08 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "5G Infrastructure, 5G in iPhones – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-15" The Mac Observer 2:17 PM
  • "#329: Forgetting as a Service/Our best security practices, the services we'd still like to see from tech companies, thoughts on Twitter's experimental reply system, and the last apps we fell in love with." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:02 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Exclusive: Apple acquires Xnor.ai, edge AI spin-out from Paul Allen's AI2, for price in $200M range"  GeekWire 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Company Xnor.ai" MacRumors 2:23 PM
  • "Apple acquires low-power AI startup behind Wyze on-device person detection for $200M" 9to5Mac 2:24 PM
  • "Apple snaps up artificial-intelligence startup Xnor.ai for about $200 million: reports" MarketWatch 9:21 PM
  • "Calls for Apple to Bring iPhone-Style Low Power Mode to MacBooks" MacRumors 7:21 AM
  • "ASE reportedly enters supply chain for mmWave 5G iPads, iPhones" DigiTimes 10:54 AM
  • "Google now treats iPhones as physical security keys" The Verge 7:23 AM
  • "You can now use an iPhone as a security key for Google accounts: All iPhones running iOS 10 or later can now be used as hardware security keys for Google accounts." ZDNet 6:55 AM
  • "Google now lets iPhones act as FIDO hardware keys for better security" AppleInsider 7:40 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "This Message Has Not Been Downloaded From The Server, Fix" macReports 7:34 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "What are the non-Apple GPU options for the 2019 Mac Pro? Apple currently offers 3 factory GPU options for the 2019 Mac Pro. There are third party GPUs that are less costly and run just as fast as Apple's Pro Vega II option." Bare Feats 6:43 AM
  • "Logitech Ergo 860 review: This ergonomic keyboard delivers a more comfortable typing experience" PCWorld 7:12 AM
  • "The Best Mechanical Keyboard for Your Apple Device" MacTrast 9:28 PM
  • "Logitech Ergo K860 changed how I feel about ergonomic keyboards: Slim, stylish and comfortable, the K860 sheds the stigma of using a healthier keyboard." CNET 7:08 AM
  • "Review: SecureDrive BT, the encrypted external SSD you can unlock with Face ID" 9to5Mac 11:00 AM
  • "Review: The Zendure Mix Go is a great multi-purpose battery & USB-C PD charger" AppleInsider 4:11 PM
  • "Hands on: Philip Hue's new HomeKit-enabled smart lights for 2020" AppleInsider 2:24 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to use Low Data Mode on iPhone and iPad" Cult of Mac 2:25 PM
  • "How to set a sleep timer for an audiobook in the Apple Books app" iDownload Blog 7:30 AM
Tips
  • "SwiftKey Tips and Tricks for Android and iOS" Digital Trends 7:41 AM
  • "How To Know If An iPhone Is Unlocked or Locked" macReports 7:34 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "The iPhone 12 just leaked and we can't wait for it to become a reality" Deccan Chronicle 9:27 PM
  • "Report: The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GrayKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case" 9to5Mac 7:02 PM
  • "US-China trade deal should today end threat of iPhone tariffs" 9to5Mac 11:00 AM
  • "Apple in 2020" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:53 AM
  • "Is a hacksaw the best way to remove an iMac stand?" Cult of Mac 8:53 AM
  • "Against the Cult of Apple: Hostile to customers and in thrall to China, the beloved company doesn't deserve a pass."  Slate 7:08 AM
  • "The FBI Got Data From A Locked iPhone 11 Pro Max — So Why Is It Demanding Apple Unlock Older Phones?"  Forbes 4:10 PM
  • "Why Apple's use of strong iPhone encryption is important" iDownload Blog 11:35 AM
  • "Pensacola shooting: Should Apple help DOJ unlock terrorist's iPhones?" USA Today 10:41 AM
  • "Breaking iPhone encryption won't make anyone safer" Computerworld 7:21 AM
  • "Pensacola: What President Trump tweeted about Apple" Apple 3.0 6:58 AM
  • "Cassandra -Wednesday Diversion: More Analysis for Sync Problems on iPhone 11 Pro" eXtensions 6:57 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Facebook's problems moderating deepfakes will only get worse in 2020: New tools will make deepfakes more accessible and less obviously harmful" The Verge 12:56 PM
  • "7 Android tricks that put the iPhone to shame: From custom app icons to better multitasking, Android phones can do a lot that iPhones can't." CNET 7:20 AM
  • "Which Company Is Worse: Facebook or Amazon?" Slate 7:07 AM
  • "The dark side of IoT, AI and quantum computing: Hacking, data breaches and existential threat" ZDNet 6:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple ads reveal how artists create Apple TV+ show posters on iPad Pro" AppleInsider 9:19 PM
  • "Apple releases two new videos showing how Apple TV+ posters were designed on iPad: See how artists used the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to create these stunning" iMore 9:09 PM
  • "Fortnite for iOS updated with improved joystick support and 120 FPS gameplay on iPad Pro" 9to5Mac 4:12 PM
  • "Audient Evo 'evolutionizes' iOS audio recording" Cult of Mac 4:11 PM
  • "Action RPG Pascal's Wager from TipsWorks Has Launched a Day Early on the App Store" Touch Arcade 1:02 PM
  • "Installer 5 package manager officially released for jailbroken devices" iDownload Blog 11:56 AM
  • "iA Writer 5.4 Adds New Export Options, Local Backups, and Hashtag Suggestions" MacStories 10:50 AM
  • "Sam Henri Gold Launches The Unofficial Apple Archive" MacStories 8:32 AM
  • "'Mobius Final Fantasy' Is Shutting Down on March 31st in Japan and June 30th Worldwide" Touch Arcade 7:41 AM
  • "Logitech's new split Ergo K860 keyboard expands its ergonomic accessory lineup" The Verge 7:23 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft President Brad Smith on the 'tech Cold War' as U.S. and China sign 'phase one' of trade deal" GeekWire 12:59 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Winning the JEDI cloud contract should cause a 'halo effect'" Yahoo Finance 10:47 AM
  • "Critical Windows 10 vulnerability used to Rickroll the NSA and Github: Attack demoed less than 24 hours after disclosure of bug-breaking certificate validation." Ars Technica 7:01 PM
  • "Microsoft adds $250 million to Seattle housing pledge, bringing total commitment to $750M" GeekWire 11:04 AM
  • "Microsoft shuts down Remix3D, and an era of consumer-focused Windows creativity quietly dies" PCWorld 7:11 AM
  • "Microsoft's hybrid-cloud strategy will gobble up more corporate IT budgets — while companies like Oracle, Cisco, and Dell stand to lose the most" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:26 PM
  • "Microsoft and IBM: Here's why we back Google in Oracle Java API copyright case" ZDNet 6:55 AM
  • "Spain's Banco Sabadell hires IBM for 1 billion euro IT upgrade" Reuters 6:56 AM
  • "TSB hires IBM to run tech systems" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:04 AM
  • "IBM Gears Up to Report Q4 Earnings: What's in the Cards?" Zacks 8:32 AM
  • "Intel retook semiconductor top spot from Samsung in 2019: Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined 12% in 2019, Gartner says." ZDNet 7:14 AM
  • "AMD Epyc 7742 CPUs Tapped for European Weather-Predicting Supercomputer" Tom's Hardware 2:30 PM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5950XT spotted again – is the 'Nvidia killer' coming sooner than we think?" TechRadar UK 2:30 PM
  • "AMD processors power 41 percent of gaming PCs according to a new survey" Windows Central 2:30 PM
  • "Report: AMD Expected To Reach Record High In 2020 Driven By Zen 3" WCCFTech 2:30 PM
  • "HP Might Start Making Cheaper Ink Cartridges and More Expensive Printers" ExtremeTech 2:29 PM
  • "HP might start making ink cartridges more affordable" TechSpot 2:29 PM
  • "With Printer Sales Drying Up, HP Looks to Upend the Business Model" Motley Fool 2:29 PM
  • "Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed" The Register 7:12 AM
  • "Oracle updates Enterprise Manager with a focus on hybrid deployments" ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "Oracle launches internet routing 3D visualization tool" ZDNet 8:29 AM
  • "Linux Founder Linus Torvalds Draws Ire for Criticizing Oracle ZFS" Tom's Hardware 2:28 PM
  • "Bristol University uses Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to speed up smoking cessation drug discovery" ComputerWeekly 2:28 PM
  • "Oracle talks up new SA data centres" IT Web 2:28 PM
  • "Bank of Kigali accelerates digital ambitions with Oracle Cloud" IT Web 2:27 PM
  • "Critical Cisco DCNM flaws: Patch right now as PoC exploits are released" ZDNet 6:55 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Apple's Market Cap Gets to $2 Trillion" Motley Fool 12:57 PM
  • "Canaccord ups AAPL target to $355 on strong iPhone 11 demand, 5G upgrade cycle" AppleInsider 2:25 PM
  • "With Apple at $315, Wells Fargo sticks with $245 target" Apple 3.0 11:35 AM
  • "Reminder: Apple to Announce Q1 2020 Earnings on January 28" MacRumors 10:59 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 close at record highs after Trump signs first phase of U.S.-China trade pact: Target Corp.'s shares tumble after reporting disappointing holiday sales" MarketWatch 4:07 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Close at Record Highs as U.S. and China Sign Phase One Trade Pact: The Dow and the S&P 500 finish at record highs Wednesday as the U.S.-China formally sign a phase one trade agreement." TheStreet 4:06 PM
  • "Dow Jones Hits New High On Signing Of U.S.-China Phase-One Trade Deal; This Sector Rebounds" Investor's Business Daily 4:06 PM
  • "Dow reclaims 29,000 with US-China phase one trade deal done: Stocks fluctuated amid the historic US-China trade deal" FOXBusiness 4:06 PM
  • "Dow Finishes Above 29000 as U.S., China Sign Trade Deal: Blue-chip index closes above milestone for first time after initial trade accord" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:06 PM
  • "Asian markets pull back at harsh reality beyond U.S.-China trade truce: Nikkei, Hang Seng drop; years more of trade talks likely needed before substantive changes made" MarketWatch 7:42 AM
  • "European stocks struggle amid renewed U.S.-China trade concerns: ASM International and Jerónimo Martins among stocks on the move" MarketWatch 7:42 AM

 
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