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MacSurfer's Archive: Tuesday, January 21, 2020


  • "Inside the $10 million cyber lab trying to break Apple's iPhone: The Trump administration wants Apple to create a backdoor into the iPhone. District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. has spent millions trying to find other ways in."  Fast Company 2:18 PM
  • "Apple lawsuit tests if an employee can plan rival startup while on payroll"  Reuters 5:35 AM
  • "Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources"  Reuters 7:47 AM
  • "Apple reportedly scrapped plans to fully secure iCloud backups after FBI intervention: Apple can't read your device data, but it can read your backups" The Verge 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Dropped Plans for End-to-End Encrypted iCloud Backups After FBI Objected" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "Apple CEO Cook Plans to Attend Trump Breakfast in Davos" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:20 PM
  • "Apple boss Tim Cook says augmented reality will 'pervade our entire lives'" GearBrain 5:46 AM
  • "Tim Cook subtly dinged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by saying augmented reality doesn't isolate people like other technologies" Business Insider 5:46 AM
  • "How Apple's acquisition could bring the Siri boost we've been waiting for: It's not about cameras, it's about smarts."  Macworld 5:32 AM
  • "Sensei: A Beautifully-Designed Dashboard and Set of Utilities for Your Mac" MacStories 11:57 AM
  • "How to copy and paste text between your iPhone, iPad and Mac" GearBrain 9:04 AM
  • "How to view digital certificates in Safari, Firefox and Chrome" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "How to get clocks for multiple time zones on the menu bar on macOS" AddictiveTips 6:55 PM
  • "How To Select Multiple Files On A Mac" MacMost 1:02 PM
  • "Leaks Like a Sieve: Apple's macOS code leaks like a sieve. Lots of it does. Not all of it - lots of it. Leaks bad." Rixstep 4:40 PM
  • "Server-side Swift's slow support story sours some: Apple lang tailored for mobile CPUs, lacking in Linux world/Analysis The Swift programming language has suffered some setbacks in its quest for ubiquity since Apple released it under an open-source license in 2015."  The Register 5:42 AM
Press Releases
  • "Warcraft 3 Reforged on Mac: Beta now available!" Mac Gamer HQ 9:04 AM
  • "Station 3.0 - Multilevel Dock for macOS" prMac 5:34 AM
  • "'The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters' Unveils New Trailer and Full Release Details/Launching on Steam and GOG for PC, Mac and Linux on January 28" Headup Games 5:31 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Gartner Forecasts Global Device Shipments Will Grow 0.9% in 2020: 5G Mobile Phones' Market Share Will Grow Rapidly, From 12% in 2020 to 43% in 2022" Gartner 5:34 AM
  • "Gartner forecast: 2020 to see 0.9% bump in global device shipments thanks to 5G, then 2 more years of decline" TechCrunch 5:34 AM
  • "5G will fuel smartphone industry growth -- but it is only a temporary push" AppleInsider 8:57 AM
  • "Apple's strong iPhone 11 sales last quarter bodes well for the SE 2" The Next Web 9:09 AM
  • "Apple Planning to Make Original Podcasts Promoting Its TV Shows" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:46 PM
  • "Apple May Develop Original Podcasts Related to Apple TV+ Content" MacRumors 2:48 PM
  • "From The Next iPhone To Galaxy S20 To OnePlus 8 Pro, 120Hz Screens Are About To Become The Industry Standard" Forbes 5:44 AM
  • "France will not apply digital tax on Apple & others while trade discussions continue" AppleInsider 9:27 AM
  • "Why Apple CEO Tim Cook Invested in a Shower Head: An environmentally friendly shower system gets an upgrade." Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:42 AM
  • "Tim Cook-backed Nebia releases a much cheaper third-gen shower head" TechCrunch 12:22 PM
  • "Senators bend the rules by wearing Apple Watches to Trump trial: The 'smart' accessory could give senators a link to the outside world during impeachment arguments" Roll Call 2:45 PM
  • "Eight Senators snuck Apple Watches into impeachment hearings despite electronics ban: 'Come and take it,' tweets Cruz about his phone" The Verge 4:56 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Happy 20th birthday, SD card!" BetaNews 2:20 PM
  • "Animated concept: Instagram for Windows 95" iDownload Blog 8:56 AM
  • "Trump and Macron declared a ceasefire on the escalating trade war over France's anti-tech tax" Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Google favors temporary facial recognition ban as Microsoft pushes back: The EU is considering a five-year ban on the technology, but big tech is divided" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "Nobody can see all of CES. But I tried: Welcome to the world's largest flea market, where you can't actually buy anything." Ars Technica 5:46 AM
  • "Tech set to overhaul the future of crime detection and prevention" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5:45 AM
  • "#281: Your Historical Knowledge Has Been Noted/We close the book on the 2010s with a special draft of Apple keynotes and media events from the past decade, joined by special guest Stephen Hackett. And in Upstream news, it's a busy season of announcements for both Apple TV+ and Peacock." Relay FM: Upgrade 3:48 PM
  • "Apple and the FBI – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-21" The Mac Observer 1:26 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: January 21, 2020 – iCloud encryption, iPhone 12 rumors" 9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 146 – Music Discovery Apps, Websites, and MusicBot" MacStories 8:33 AM
  • "New Low-Cost iPhone to Enter Mass Production in February"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:53 PM
  • "Apple to launch new affordable iPhone model in March" AppleInsider 7:57 PM
  • "Apple Is Raising TSMC Chip Orders to Meet Strong iPhone Demand" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:53 PM
  • "New low-cost iPhone reportedly going into production in February" CNET 8:17 PM
  • "2020 iPhone may not get a major design change after all" Cult of Mac 5:35 AM
  • "Here's more evidence that Apple could be planning to bring back the smaller-sized iPhone in 2020" Business Insider 10:19 AM
  • "Apple May Release Smart Keyboard With Scissor Switches Alongside 2020 iPads" MacRumors 11:57 AM
  • "Apple Partner Pegatron to Set Up Production in Vietnam" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for an OLED Display that can operate in a 2nd mode for Touch ID Optical Sensing under the Display" Patently Apple 5:42 AM
  • "Apple hasn't abandoned Touch ID in flagship iPhones yet" AppleInsider 7:46 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at OLED screens with TouchID in future iPhones, iPads, touchscreen Macs" Apple World Today 8:09 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at solution to Mac/HomePod stereo pairing shortcoming" Apple World Today 8:33 AM
  • "iPhone Volume Keeps Changing By Itself, Fix" macReports 8:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple now sells official iPhone XS, XS Max refurbs from $699" Cult of Mac 7:45 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "Review: Samsung T7 Touch Portable SSD – faster than the T5 with fingerprint security in tow [Video] 9to5Mac 9:39 AM
  • "Review: Samsung T7 Touch SSD builds upon the T5 in every way" AppleInsider 9:09 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT Review: A Top Notch 1080p Gaming GPU" HotHardware 8:12 AM
  • "How to use Apple Watch to discover songs" 9to5Mac 6:53 PM
  • "How to play iMessage games on an iPhone with your contacts" Business Insider 3:50 PM
  • "How to preview installed fonts on your iPad" Cult of Mac 3:17 PM
  • "How to export your Apple Card monthly transactions as a CSV spreadsheet" Macworld 3:02 PM
  • "Apple Card Users Can Now Export Transactions to Use in Budgeting Apps" MacRumors 12:22 PM
  • "How to get iCloud storage on your iPhone, MacBook, or iPad" Business Insider 10:19 AM
  • "How to Scan Documents with Notes App on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 9:26 AM
  • "Apple Arcade: 'Card of Darkness' Tips and Tricks to Help You Succeed" Touch Arcade 2:21 PM
  • "Apple Doesn't Face An Existential Threat - It's Never Been Stronger Inc." Seeking Alpha 9:01 PM
  • "Why it's time for bigger iPads: A lot of users are ready for bigger iPads. I hope that Apple is, too." iMore 2:37 PM
  • "How worried should you be about Apple and end-to-end encryption?" iDownload Blog 2:21 PM
  • "What Apple surrenders to law enforcement when issued a subpoena" AppleInsider 12:22 PM
  • "Here's the Data Apple Can Give to Law Enforcement" The Mac Observer 10:32 AM
  • "Tim Cook just keeps promising new health features, probably for Apple Watch" Computerworld 10:13 AM
  • "Regarding Reuters's Report That Apple Dropped Plan for Encrypting iCloud Backups" Daring Fireball 6:55 PM
  • "Comment: Apple's decision on iCloud backups is wrong, but also understandable" 9to5Mac 9:39 AM
  • "iPhone 12 is getting a big redesign, but it's falling behind Android in a way we never expected" BGR 9:27 AM
  • "Schrödinger's 5G: Apple is both late to and already killing us with it" Macworld 7:47 AM
  • "Cassandra -Tuesday Diversion: EU and Standardized Chargers; RAW Photos from DSLR to iOS via WiFi; Apple Redirects and Browser Failures" eXtensions 7:39 AM
  • "Can AI put humans back in the loop? Scientists at Germany's Technische Universität Darmstadt have developed a procedure for a human domain expert to look at the inner workings of an AI model as it is trained to solve a simple problem, and to correct where the machine goes wrong. Can it work for more complex problems?" ZDNet 3:50 PM
  • "TikTok's Momentum" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:57 AM
  • "Watch Us Play Doom Eternal, the Most Pure Form of Doom Ever Made" Time 3:02 PM
  • "Doom Eternal: What We Think of the First 3 Hours" YouTube: IGN 10:03 AM
  • "Doom Eternal: Aggression solves every problem" VentureBeat 9:40 AM
  • "Doom Eternal hands-on: Customizable combat on the run" VentureBeat 9:26 AM
  • "The Snapdragon 460 could be a game-changer for budget phones" Android Authority 9:09 AM
  • "Maps Are Biased Against Animals: Protecting the ecosystems we share starts with acknowledging that humans aren't the only species with pathways and landmarks." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:18 AM
  • "Joe Biden Calls Game Devs 'Little Creeps' Whose 'Games Teach You To Kill People'" Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "If the government is to regulate AI, who is going to regulate the government?" Android Central 7:46 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "These are the best sleep tracking apps for Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 8:18 PM
  • "This iPhone case doubles as a stun gun: The case is compatible with the iPhone X and XS." CNET 6:05 PM
  • "EA is retiring its Tetris iOS games in April 2020" iDownload Blog 5:41 PM
  • "EA Retiring Tetris Apps for iOS in April 2020" MacRumors 5:05 PM
  • "Google Maps for iOS adds revamped travel history 'Timeline'" 9to5Google 2:48 PM
  • "7 Free Secure Alternatives to Apple Apps and Services" The Mac Observer 12:48 PM
  • "Apple Business Chat to bring 'new level of personalization' to David's Bridal customers" 9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "The Alliance Update for 'Out There: Omega Edition' Arrives This Thursday on iOS, Android, and PC" Touch Arcade 12:22 PM
  • "Sonnet Announces Dual 2.5-Inch SATA SSD PCI Express® 3.0 Card With Hardware RAID Controller, 10Gbps USB-C Port" Wall Street Communications 11:50 AM
  • "All the Cool Kids Are Using Tiny Clackety Keyboards: People love mechanical keyboards for their tactile springiness, but their size can overwhelm your desk space. Try a compact version instead." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:21 AM
  • "Sonos will stop providing software updates for its oldest products in May" The Verge 9:20 AM
  • "DUBL Drive easily turns new iPhone dual camera feature into smart dash cam" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "'Mario Kart Tour' opening multiplayer test to all players" AppleInsider 7:46 AM
  • "SongOwl gives users 100s of new ways to see their music collection" prMac 7:46 AM
  • "ZoomInfo Mobilizes B2B Intelligence With Launch of Two Mobile Apps: Available as a community and premium application, ZoomInfo for iOS and Android promises to keep customers connected to their market: whether they are on-site, in the field, or on the move" Business Wire 7:45 AM
  • "Iteris Unveils Real-Time Traffic Video Mobile App" Business Wire 7:45 AM
  • "VERB to Deliver its Industry-Leading Interactive Video and CRM App for the DirectScale Platform" PRNewswire 7:44 AM
  • "StyleBox, a Service Connecting Fashion Shoppers to Stylists, Launches in Beta" PRNewswire 7:44 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Looks like the party's over, folks: Global PC sales set to shrink as Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off, says Gartner/Smartphone shipments slightly up, personal computers to resume historical trends" The Register 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's CEO looks to a future beyond Windows, iOS, and Android: The future of the next 46 billion devices" The Verge 10:06 AM
  • "Microsoft and Google just can't agree on proposed ban on facial recognition: Microsoft's top lawyer cautions Europe not to use a meat cleaver for regulating facial recognition." ZDNet 7:19 AM
  • "Google and Microsoft spar over EU plan to ban facial recognition" VentureBeat 8:03 AM
  • "Google favors temporary facial recognition ban as Microsoft pushes back: The EU is considering a five-year ban on the technology, but big tech is divided" The Verge 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft disagrees with EU facial-recognition ban: Microsoft president believes it's better to use facial recognition tech to learn how to improve it" IT PRO (UK) 8:22 AM
  • "Microsoft discovers new sLoad 2.0 (Starslord) malware: sLoad malware gangs makes a comeback after having operations exposed last month." ZDNet 3:50 PM
  • "Proof-of-concept for exploiting Microsoft-NSA crypto bug available online" ZDNet 11:33 AM
  • "Intel's Tiger Lake NUC Models Leak: These Performance and Extreme models both use 28W Tiger Lake-U processors." PC Magazine 11:40 AM
  • "Intel Upgraded by Jefferies Amid Changes in its Management Team and the Prospects of a Restructuring That Includes the Possibility of Going 'Fabless'" WCCFTech 10:11 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-10980HK 8 Core, 5 GHz Mobility CPU Benchmarked" WCCFTech 7:08 AM
  • "AMD delivers the details on the Radeon RX 5600 XT: The company's sub-$300 1080p graphics card arrives today." CNET 7:39 AM
  • "AMD Says 'Nvidia Killer' Graphics Card Is Set For Launch This Year" Benzinga 12:21 PM
  • "AMD's 'Big Navi' graphics cards have hit North America for testing" PCGamesN 8:18 AM
  • "AMD New Hires: Dan McNamara from Intel, Joshua Friedrich and Brad McCredie from IBM" AnandTech 12:21 PM
  • "HPE warns of continuing Intel supply issues" bit-tech 10:11 AM
  • "Autonomous driving firm Zenuity taps HPE for AI, HPC infrastructure: The new partnership aligns with HPE's stepped up focus on supporting HPC, AI and analytics workloads." ZDNet 2:18 PM
  • "Why HP Can Remotely Disable Printers If You Cancel a $4.99 Monthly Subscription" Softpedia 8:18 AM
  • "HP Remotely Kills Perfectly Good Ink Cartridge With DRM: The half-used ink cartridge wouldn't print until it was re-enrolled in the 'HP Instant Ink' program for $4.99 per month." Vice 2:37 PM
  • "HP debuts new Education Edition Chromebooks designed for classroom durability" ZDNet 6:55 PM
  • "IBM Tops Q4 Estimates as Red Hat Revenue Jumps: IBM reported results that beat analysts' consensus estimates, reflecting, among other things, a 21% increase in cloud revenue." TheStreet 3:48 PM
  • "IBM forecasts full-year profit above estimates on cloud growth" Reuters 3:48 PM
  • "IBM rises as much as 5% on strong earnings report" CNBC 4:56 PM
  • "IBM is growing its sales again. Just: A new mainframe computer product cycle made up for IT outsourcing decline in Q4" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5:16 PM
  • "IBM reports surprise revenue rise on cloud growth" Reuters 3:47 PM
  • "IBM Beats Estimates, Ekes Out Revenue Growth on Cloud" Bloomberg 3:48 PM
  • "IBM beats Q4 expectations with Red Hat bolstering software sales" ZDNet 4:51 PM
  • "IBM's biology-inspired AI generates hash codes faster than classical approaches" VentureBeat 2:21 PM
  • "IBM unveils Policy Lab, advocates 'precision regulation' of AI" VentureBeat 8:03 AM
  • "IBM Sales Expected to Dip Despite Red Hat Purchase: What to Watch/Technology giant has suffered five consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue decline" [Paid Membership Required] 8:20 AM
  • "Cisco's New Silicon One Brings The Company Into The Merchant Networking Silicon Business" Forbes 5:16 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Dow's five-day win streak comes to end after report of first coronavirus case in U.SAirline, travel stocks hit by pandemic fears, Boeing woes weigh on Dow" MarketWatch 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower on First U.S. Case of Coronavirus and New Boeing Delay: Stocks end lower after the first U.S. case of the deadly coronavirus was confirmed in Washington state and Boeing said regulatory approval of its troubled 737 MAX will be delayed." TheStreet 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks Close Lower As Boeing Drags The Dow; 3 Breakouts To Ponder: The stock market closed lower Tuesday after an afternoon rebound faded as worries of a global virus spread." Investor's Business Daily 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks sink as Boeing 737 Max delayed, coronavirus reaches US: More bad new for Boeing slams broader market" FOXBusiness 4:46 PM
  • "Dow Falls 152 Points on China Virus Fears: Boeing shares decline as aerospace company says its 737 MAX jet likely will be grounded through mid-2020" [Paid Membership Required] 4:45 PM
  • "European luxury stocks blasted over virus worries as UBS hit by lowered guidance: UBS shares drop after new guidance released" MarketWatch 8:15 AM
  • "Asia markets slide as concerns over coronavirus take hold" MarketWatch 8:15 AM

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