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Apple’s Black Friday 2018: Expected iPad, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch deals

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 18:02

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “It may shun Black Friday itself, but thanks to huge discounts from the likes of Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart, deals on Apple AAPL -1.07% products will be some of the biggest doorbusters this year,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes.

“And what Black Friday iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Watch sales can you expect?” Kelly writes. “History gives us a very good idea.””

“Black Friday sales on Apple devices follow a predictable format every year so,” Kelly writes, “having analysed recent years and spoken with industry insiders, I expect the following deals in 2018:”

• Save $200 on the Apple iPhone XR with Qualified Activation
• Apple iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR – Up to $300 Gift Card when activating a new instalment plan
• Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch Display for $674 (save $325)
• Apple MacBook 12-inch Display for $1,049 (save $250)
• Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Display for $1,049 (save $250)
• Apple iPad 9.7-inch Display for $229 (save $100)
• Apple iPad Mini 4 for $239 (save $160)
• Apple Watch Series 4 with $30 Gift Card – $399.99 (no discount)
• Apple Watch Series 4 for $379.99 (save $20)

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Now, there are some excellent deals for sure, if they do indeed come to fruition. Notably, 9.7-inch iPad units are going to move very nicely on Black Friday if that deal is actually offered!

Apple’s iOS 12.0.1 has an embarrassing problem

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:25

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “iOS 12.0.1 is here and it brings some crucial fixes,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes. “That said, following a flurry of user complaints, we know now it also contains several new bugs while doubling down on what is arguably Apple’s most embarrassing problem in recent years.”

“Picking up from where iOS 12 left off, iOS 12.0.1 is still sending iMessages to the wrong people. Often with truly uncomfortable consequences,” Kelly writes. “Moreover, it appears Apple has no plan to fix this.”

“It stems from Apple now organising all contacts by Apple ID, so if family members or friends share an ID now all these messages are shared simultaneously with everyone who has that ID,” Kelly writes. “The move has been seen as an attempt by Apple to push users into each having their own Apple ID, whereas sharers have long enjoyed sharing because it means only having to purchase apps and iTunes content once. Given Apple didn’t announce this ‘feature’ in advance, the surprise and anger of affected users is understandable.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, this is an issue (for sure!), but, further, there is something about the way Messages works – and this is long term, not just with iOS 12.x – that is confusing, especially when working fast with multiple messages. You sometimes reply to a message to the wrong person in what is technically, we suppose, “user error,” but it really something inherent in the way Messages works. We can’t even explain well why it happens. If you can, or if you’ve experienced the same thing (we know many of you have), please expound in the comments below. There’s just something fundamentally broken in Messages UI/UX.

Apple begins using Subaru vehicles to capture Apple Maps data

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:00

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Apple is reportedly deploying a new vehicle, the Subaru Impreza hatchback, to its fleet of vehicles driving the world to collect first-party Maps data,” Roger Fingas reports for AppleInsider.

“Marked white Imprezas have been seen around Los Angeles, according to Business Insider,” Fingas reports. “Although the cars are smaller, they’re also distinguished by a new, extremely tall sensor rig, presumably housing standard equipment such as cameras and LIDAR.”

‘Until now Apple has been relying on minivans. The Maps recon fleet is notably separate from the Lexus SUVs Apple has deployed for its self-driving car program.”

Read more, and see the photo, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates.

More info about where Apple will be driving their vehicles next here.

50% of all iPhones and iPad already run Apple’s iOS 12

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:31

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Apple launched iOS 12 with much fanfare earlier this month but early adoption appeared sluggish. However, in the following weeks, iOS 12 adoption has actually outpaced iOS 11 now, according to data from Mixpanel,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac.

“iOS 12 is now installed on more than 50% of active iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices,” Mayo reports. “It took iOS 11 [months] to reach this milestone; iOS 12 has achieved it in under twenty days,” Mayo reports. ” The positive reception from the community (with no showstopper iOS bugs hitting the headlines) surely must have helped accelerate adoption.”

“iOS 12 uptake will likely continue to be strong for the foreseeable future,” Mayo reports. “iOS 12.1 will include major new features like group FaceTime and more than 70 new emoji, which always help to incentivize people to upgrade.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The adoption level of the latest version of Android, 8.x Oreo, currently stands at 19.2. Android 8.0 Oreo was released on August 21, 2017.

We don’t call Google’s mess “fragmandroid” for nothin’!

Apple hit with lawsuit claiming patent infringement over TrueDepth Camera, Portrait Mode, the bokeh effect and more

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 16:01

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Apple has been sued by Yanbin Yu and Zhongxuan Zhang for infringing their patent relating to digital cameras using multiple sensors with multiple lenses,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “The lawsuit claims that Apple’s iPhone’s 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X, the iPhone Xs and the iPhone Xs Max (collectively ‘Apple Accused Products’) infringe on their IP.”

“The Plaintiff claims that Apple relied on their acquisition of Israel’s PrimeSense to deliver their 3D imaging capabilities in dual cameras yet the Plaintiff’s patent #6,611,289 was issued in 2003 predating PrimeSense becoming a business in 2005,” Purcher reports. “They continued to state that the other technology Apple obtained from LinX is useless in this case against their patent.”

Purcher reports, “Apple’s Bokeh and Portrait mode features are fruit from technology found in their ‘829 patent.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, for their sakes, Yanbin Yu and Zhongxuan Zhang do not have their hopes up.

Apple confirms acquisition of Israel’s PrimeSense, company behind Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, for $350 million – November 25, 2013
Apple buys Israeli 3D/multi-image camera company LinX Computational Imaging – April 14, 2015

Kanye West delivers impromptu ‘keynote’ at Apple store in Washington D.C.

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:28

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Following his meeting with President Donald Trump, rapper Kanye West visited an Apple Store in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, where he proceeded to climb atop a display table and deliver a ‘keynote’ to gathered customers,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“The scene was chronicled by Religion News Service reporter Jack Jenkins, who happened to be at Apple Georgetown when Kanye decided to drop in,” Campbell reports. “Shared on Twitter, Jenkins’ account starts off as a celebrity sighting, but quickly takes a turn for the surreal when West asks to give an impromptu ‘keynote’ to customers in the store.”

“Apple store staff refused to comment on why West was at the location, though photos shared to Twitter suggest he was attending a Genius Bar appointment. Whether employees permitted the rap guru to stand on the store’s tables and address its customers, or if West’s request to do so was mostly rhetorical, is unclear,” Campbell reports. “West exited the premises in as dramatic a fashion as he entered, announcing he is ‘going to Africa.'”

He just asked to give a “keynote” on top a table.

He’s doing it.

— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) October 11, 2018

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shades of Dave Chappelle.

And here we thought we were fixated on Apple.

Dude makes Elon Musk look all there.

Kanye West wants Apple to build ‘iPlane 1’ for President Trump, replacing Air Force One – October 11, 2018
Kanye West says ‘YZY’ brand unofficially works for Apple – October 2, 2018

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

Apple CEO Cook visits world’s hottest startup during Beijing trip

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:55

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “The head of the world’s only trillion-dollar company swung by the Beijing offices of the most valuable startup as Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook continued his trip to China,” Bloomberg News reports.

“Photos of Cook walking through the headquarters of Bytedance Ltd., talking to workers and shaking hands with Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming circulated Thursday and were posted on Chinese social media,” Bloomberg News reports. “Bytedance, which was founded in 2012, has shot up the rankings of the world’s startups thanks to the success of Toutiao and Tik Tok, a short-form video app.”

Bloomberg News reports, “The company is said to be in the process of raising new funding from investors including SoftBank Group Corp. at a valuation of $75 billion, eclipsing Uber Technologies Inc. as the world’s largest startup.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: You know you’re a successful developer when the CEO of Apple swings by!

Hackers are using stolen Apple IDs to swipe cash in China, Alipay and WePay warn

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 02:24

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Ant Financial’s Alipay and Tencent Holdings Ltd. warned that cyber-attackers employed stolen Apple IDs to break into customers’ accounts and made off with an unknown amount of cash, in a rare security breach for China’s top digital payments providers,” Bloomberg News reports.

“Alipay, whose parent also operates the world’s largest money market fund, said on its Weibo blog that it contacted Apple and is working to get to the bottom of the breach. It warned users that’ve linked their Apple identities to any payment services, including Tencent’s WePay, to lower transaction limits to prevent further losses,” Bloomberg News reports. “Tencent said in a separate statement it too had noticed the cyber-heist and reached out to the iPhone maker.”

“It’s unclear how the attackers may have gotten their hands on the Apple IDs, which are required for iPhone users that buy content such as music from iTunes or the app store,” Bloomberg News reports. “Many Alipay and WePay customers that’re also iPhone users link their digital wallets to their Apple IDs. Once they’ve gained access, online thieves can transfer cash to external accounts.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yikes!

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Those affected by Hurricane Michael ‘are in my prayers’

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 23:25

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted a message to the communities in the United States that were are are being affected by Hurricane Michael. On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael intensified into a high-end Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (250 km/h) and a minimum central pressure of 919 mbar (27.14 inHg), as it made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, ranking by pressure as the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall in the U.S.

Cook wrote, “I grew up on the shores of the Gulf Coast, near Pensacola and Mobile, and that region holds a special place in my heart. That’s never been more true than now. To all those communities in the path of Hurricane Michael, you are in my prayers. Please stay safe.”

Cook followed up with, “Apple is standing with our friends and neighbors in the Gulf Coast region, and will be donating to recovery and relief efforts.”

Apple is standing with our friends and neighbors in the Gulf Coast region, and will be donating to recovery and relief efforts.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 11, 2018

MacDailyNews Take: Although it’s not there yet, we’d expect Apple to add a way to donate via the American Red Cross to iTunes Store soon.

Kanye West wants Apple to build ‘iPlane 1’ for President Trump, replacing Air Force One

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 22:30

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Kanye West wants President Donald Trump to fly in a plane designed by Apple,” Paige Leskin reports for Business Insider.

“In a meeting Thursday with Donald Trump, West proposed the iPlane 1, a hydrogen-powered plane that would replace the existing Air Force One,” Leskin reports. “West showed Trump the design on his iPhone X — which appeared to have a lock code of “000000”— and suggested that Apple be the one to build the plane.”

Leskin reports, “‘If he don’t look good, we don’t look good. This is our president,’ West told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office. ‘He has to be the freshest, the flyest.'”

Kanye West thinks Trump should ditch AirForceOne for this plane to be manufactured by Apple #tictocnews

— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) October 11, 2018

Better pic of "iPlane 1"

— James Titcomb (@jamestitcomb) October 11, 2018

Kanye's hydrogen iPlane photo is a 2012 concept from an industrial designer

— James Titcomb (@jamestitcomb) October 11, 2018

Read more in the full article here.

Also of interest, Kanye West called himself a ‘motherf—er’ in the Oval Office .

Here is a video of @realDonaldTrump giving Kanye West a hug.

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 11, 2018

West’s full Oval Office meeting:

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Indubitably, we live in interesting times.

Maybe Apple could get Hair Force One to whip up some fresh, fly planeOS posthaste?

Interns: Roll out the emergency keg, please.

Kanye West says ‘YZY’ brand unofficially works for Apple – October 2, 2018

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “BD” for the heads up.]

New iPad Pro 2018 model numbers appear on MIIT certification, also one for a ‘Bluetooth device’

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 22:17

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “After the release of Apple iPhone 2018 lineup, a lot of buzz is now being created around the imminent launch of the iPad Pro 2018,” Zara Ali reports for MySmartPrice. “Until now, many model numbers have surfaced in EEC certification, but today we found three new model numbers debuting on MIIT certification. Additionally, we have also spotted a ‘Bluetooth Device’ in one of the listing that goes by the model number A2051.”

“The new model numbers that we have spotted on MIIT are – A1876, A1980, and A1993,” Ali reports. “These three model numbers have certification date of September 29, 2018, which makes them quite new in comparison to the previous leaks that carried model numbers from last year.”

Ali reports, “As we mentioned in the beginning, we have also spotted a new Bluetooth Device with model number A2051 in the listing and as of now we are not able to decode what it is exactly.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That “Bluetooth device” may be referring to Apple Pencil 2.

Ming-Chi Kuo: Demand in China for Apple’s 6.1-inch iPhone Xr stronger than iPhone 8 cycle

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 21:31

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Ming-Chi Kuo has today released a report that is good news for Apple,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac. “The first week of October is a national holiday in China. Kuo is reporting that most domestic phone manufacturers saw sales fall year-over-year during Golden Week. Kuo blamed insufficient innovation, and believes that some proportion of consumers are leaning on older iPhone models or awaiting the upcoming iPhone XR launch on October 26.”

“Kuo says that he estimates iPhone XR replacement demand in China to be higher than last year’s cycle with the iPhone 8,” Mayo reports. “Overall, shipments from major Chinese brands fell 10% according to Kuo’s report.”

“Kuo expects iPhone XR to beat sales of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus over its lifetime,” Mayo reports.

 white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED.

Apple’s A12 Bionic-powered iPhone XR comes in six new finishes: white, black, blue, yellow, coral and (PRODUCT)RED.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Millions upon millions are waiting for iPhone Xr!

iPhone XR pre-orders start Friday, October 19th with availability beginning Friday, October 26th, in more than 50 countries and territories including Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple Watch Series 4 pre-orders above expectations, 5.8-inch iPhone Xs seeing lackluster demand – September 17, 2018

Inside macOS Mojave’s new Finder features

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:55

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “The simple Finder that we take for granted has had significant and hugely useful updates for macOS Mojave,” William Gallagher writes for AppleInsider. “It’s not all as it seems, though, as some functionality goes a little further than Apple has said —while some turns out to go not quite far as it could.”

“Now [that] we’ve got macOS Mojave, we’re finding out that the new small touches in the Finder really are significant,” Gallagher writes. “Now macOS Mojave’s Finder comes with tools to often save us needing to open files in apps — and to make it faster for us to find what we’re looking for in the first place.”

“Only, if you ask Apple about this, they point you at the new Gallery view and they show how you can get these tools called Quick Actions,” Gallagher writes. “This is all true, but it misses some key details to do with when you get these options — and when you don’t.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, these seemingly small changes to the Finder in macOS Mojave is a genuine productivity boon!

Apple’s iPhone feature that lets blind people see with their fingers

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 19:55

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Today is World Sight Day, and that got me thinking,” David Pogue writes for Yahoo Finance. “A few years ago, backstage at a conference, I spotted a young blind woman using her phone. The phone was speaking everything her finger touched on the screen, allowing her to tear through her apps. My jaw hit the floor. After years of practice, she had cranked the voice’s speed so high, I couldn’t understand a word it was saying.”

“And here’s the kicker: She could do all of this with the screen turned off,” Pogue writes. “Her phone’s battery lasted forever.”

“Ever since that day, I’ve been like a kid at a magic show. I’ve wanted to know how it’s done,” Pogue writes. “I finally got my chance. Joseph Danowsky offered to spend a morning with me, showing me the ropes.”

Read more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s accessibility features are simply unmatched. They’re light years ahead of would-be rivals.

Ahead of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple seeks to ‘take disability out of the equation’ – May 14, 2018
Apple’s HomePod will support VoiceOver, other accessibility features – July 28, 2017
Apple wins kudos for accessibility and smart home tech empowering people with disabilities – May 18, 2017
Apple continues to lead in accessibility awareness and innovation – May 19, 2016
How a simple Apple feature is changing lives – July 28, 2015
How the Apple Watch is opening up new ways to communicate – May 20, 2015
You know, blind people can actually use touchscreens – January 29, 2015
iPad app brings Braille keyboard to blind users’ fingertips – January 24, 2015
Apple patent applications reveal In-App features, fingerprint scanning enrollment and accessibility inventions – July 31, 2014
OS X Mavericks: How to control your Mac with your voice – April 9, 2014
Can Apple help make hearing aids cool? – March 10, 2014
Apple files new patents relating to haptics, Thunderbolt, iSight and improved accessibility for the hearing impaired – August 23, 2012
Inside Apple’s OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: New iOS-style Accessibility – July 18, 2012
Stevie Wonder thanks Steve Jobs, praises Apple for iOS accessibility – September 15, 2011
Good news for music fans with vision loss: Apple adds accessibility features to iPod nano and iTunes – September 18, 2008

NSA security adviser says ‘nobody’s found anything’ on Chinese chips

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 19:15

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “NSA senior adviser for cybersecurity Rob Joyce tells Politico that ‘nobody’s found anything’ regarding Bloomberg Businessweek’s report of malicious Chinese chips planted in Super Micro components to spy on U.S. companies,” Brandy Betz reports for Seeking Alpha.

“Alleged victims Apple and Amazon, Super Micro, and China have all denied the reports,” Betz reports. “Telecoms rushed out to deny a follow-up report’s claim that a major U.S. telecom found chips.”

Betz reports, “Joyce says these companies would ‘suffer a world of hurt’ if regulators determined they were lying, suggesting the denials are truthful.”

Read more in the full article here.

A Trio Of Rebukes For China Chip Hack Tale — The aforementioned Joyce, [FBI Director Christopher] Wray and [DHS Secretary Kirstjen] Nielsen all cast doubt in various forms Wednesday on a bombshell Bloomberg Businessweek story about China allegedly compromising chips used in major companies,” Tim Starks reports for Politico. “While government officials have been known to obfuscate before, Joyce and Wray in particular have little reputation for it, and collectively the rebukes represent an enormous blow for a storyline Bloomberg continues to stand by even as some of its sources exit stage left — especially since, as covered above, administration officials haven’t been shy to criticize China lately.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bloomberg Businessweek is all alone on this, out on a limb.

NSA Senior Cybersecurity Advisor questions Bloomberg Businessweek’s China iCloud spy chip claim – October 10, 2018
Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple – October 10, 2018
U.S. Senators Rubio and Blumenthal demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations – October 10, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Shanghai in possible PR move after Bloomberg Businessweek’s spy chip yarn – October 9, 2018
One of Bloomberg’s sources told them Chinese spy chip story ‘didn’t make sense’ – October 9, 2018
Apple suppliers took an $18 billion stock hit after Bloomberg’s disputed China hacking report – October 5, 2018
UK cyber security agency backs Apple, Amazon China hack denials – October 5, 2018
Apple official statement: What Bloomberg Businessweek got wrong about Apple – October 5, 2018
Apple strongly disputes Bloomberg BusinessWeek report that Chinese ‘spy’ chips were found in iCloud servers – October 4, 2018

Apple News vs. Google News vs. Microsoft News

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 18:00

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Apple News is the most polished. Google News knows the most about what you’re interested in. And Microsoft News thinks it knows best,” William Gallagher writes for AppleInsider. “You could predict all of this just from how these technology companies have always behaved but now they’re hoping to control the news you read in apps too. ”

“Google News has been formed from the ashes both of what was Google News & Weather and of Google Play Newsstand. The current app combines the features of these in to one package that is fast to get started with and quick to fill you in on everything you want to know,” Gallagher writes. “The speed of starting is because Google doesn’t stop to ask what topics you’re interested in: it uses information the company has already gathered from articles you read in Chrome, or what you search for, to get you started.”

“While it will present a news story from a site such as CNN, Fox News, or wherever, it will also always give you an important extra option,” Gallagher writes. “Under each story there is an option called View Full Coverage. Tap that and you get to see how the same story is being covered elsewhere. That elsewhere does include other news sites but it will gather together opinion pieces, videos, and Twitter.”

MacDailyNews Take: That is actually a useful feature (see our previous advice on casting a wide net for “news”), but we DO NOT want Google taking notes on what we’re reading (and you know they would), so forget it.

“Microsoft News for iOS doesn’t force you to select favorite topics or subjects either. By default, it presents a roundup of news based on your country. It does also have a prominent localization button,” Gallagher writes. “The trouble is that you know which of your local news sources is worth paying attention to —and Microsoft News does not. If you could tell it, that would be one thing, but you can’t and that’s the key failing of this app.”

MacDailyNews Take: Friends don’t let friend do Microsoft, so forget it.

“Apple News is the only one of these three that has an iOS, Apple Watch and Mac app,” Gallagher writes. “Being from Apple, it knows little about you and so the first thing it does is ask you to go through picking topics you’re interested in… Of these three news apps, Apple News looks the best. You expected that but Apple has done a nice job of presenting a lot of information in a small space.”

Much more, including screenshots, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Steer clear of personal data-monger Google. Always. Microsoft sucks, so that’s an easy decision. Half-assed crap that could only be acceptable to Windows sufferers is to be avoided.

As always, do not solely trust Apple News. Do not solely trust Google News. Do not solely trust Microsoft News. Do not trust any single gatekeeper.

The best way to consume so-called “news” is to cast a wide net.

As always, readers of “news” need to consider the sources and interpret what they are being told accordingly. The more disparate sources you can find, the better. And we don’t mean different newspaper, network, website brands that are all owned by the same conglomerate. Determining the actual ownership of your “news” sources is an investment that requires a bit of time, but it is very enlightening. — MacDailyNews Take, June 17, 2015

White House probes Google after President Trump accuses it of left-wing bias – August 29, 2018
President Trump attacks ‘left-wing’ Google search results – August 28, 2018
The Boston Globe Editorial Board: Break up Google – June 16, 2018
Bernstein: Google to pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads – August 14, 2017
James Damore: Why I was fired by Google – August 12, 2017
European Union hits Google with record $2.73 billion fine for abusing internet search monopoly – June 27, 2017
Google’s Eric Schmidt wore staff badge at Hillary Clinton’s ‘victory’ party – November 16, 2016
WikiLeaks emails show extremely close relationship between Clinton campaign and Google’s Eric Schmidt – November 1, 2016
Eric Schmidt-backed startup stealthily working to put Hillary Clinton in the White House – October 9, 2015
Obama to reward Google’s Schmidt with Cabinet post? – December 5, 2012
Google outfoxes U.S. FCC – April 17, 2012
Google Street View cars grabbed locations of cellphones, computers – July 26, 2011
Consumer Watchdog calls for probe of Google’s inappropriate relationship with Obama administration – January 25, 2011
FCC cites Android ‘openness’ as reason for neutered ‘Net Neutrality’ – December 22, 2010
U.S. FCC approves so-called ‘net-neutrality’ regulations – December 21, 2010
Wired: Google, CIA Invest in ‘future’ of Web monitoring – July 29, 2010

Apple secretly acquired Danish visual effects startup Spektral last year

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:28

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Even for uber-secretive Apple, the acquisition of Danish visual effects startup Spektral was especially hush-hush,” Lucas Laursen reports for Fortune. “The tech giant bought the Copenhagen-based firm in December of last year for more than $30 million but didn’t disclose the purchase at the time, according to a Wednesday report by Danish newspaper Børsen.”

“Spektral got its start by developing software that enabled photographers to digitally pluck a person — down to the pesky stray hairs on their head — from one green screen-like background and plunk them down in front of another,” Laursen reports. “That technique is called ‘cutouts’ and the company went by the name CloudCutout at the time. It offered a way to do in the digital cloud something photographers once did by hand with film and later did by mouse in photo editing software.”

“But all those math Ph.D.s at CloudCutout got restless and trained their machine-learning software to cut out a person from moving pictures without the need for an actual Hollywood-style green screen,” Laursen reports. “Now the company advertises that it can do that in real time, creating a ‘mixed reality.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, Apple’s interest in augmented reality remains high. We’d guess that the tech would be/already is useful in the Camera app’s Portrait Mode, iMovie, Clips, etc.

2018 iPad Pro render shows edge-to-edge display, Home button-free design

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 16:56

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Renders shared to Twitter on Thursday are claimed to show Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro design, incorporating a near bezel-free display, reduced thickness, and retro-styled edges,” Roger Fingas reports for AppleInsider.

“One of the new Pros should be 5.86 millimeters thick, according to images shared by well-known leak source Ben Geskin,” Fingas reports. “That compares against 6.1 millimeters on the current 10.5-inch model, and 6.9 millimeters on the 12.9-inch tablet.”

“Another claimed design change is flat edges, akin to older Apple products like the iPhone 4,” Fingas reports. “Apple is expected to announce its new Pros sometime this month. Multiple reports have pointed to reduced bezels, but none to flattened edges.”

 Ben Geskin via Twitter via AppleInsider)

2018 iPad Pro render shows edge-to-edge display, thinner design (image: Ben Geskin via Twitter via AppleInsider)

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Interestingly, Ben Geskin has since deleted his 2018 iPad Pro tweet.

Munich Court throws out Qualcomm patent infringement lawsuit against Apple: No infringement

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 16:43

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “The Munich I Regional Court (‘Landgericht München I’ in German) just announced the first final judgment on a Qualcomm v. Apple patent infringement complaint anywhere in the world. Apple (and, by extension, Intel) fended off one of various Qualcomm patent infringement lawsuits,” Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents. “The court agreed with Apple’s claim construction.”

Mueller writes, “A three-judge panel–composed of Judge Dr. Schoen (‘Schön’ in German), who filled in for Presiding Judge Dr. Zigann at last week’s trial, and Judges Klein and Schmitz–held that Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not infringe Qualcomm’s European patent EP1199750 on a ‘post[-]passivation interconnection scheme on top of [an] IC chip.'”

“Qualcomm is represented in Germany by a team of Quinn Emanuel lawyers led by Dr. Marcus Grosch. He’s a tremendous fighter in every sense of the word and will probably appeal this decision to the Munich Higher Regional Court (“Oberlandesgericht München” in German,” Mueller writes. “However, the fact that the ruling came down just one week after trial — normally it takes several weeks, and in complex cases even months — suggests that Apple had a non-infringement argument that made this a very clear case…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Things are going poorly for the Qualcomm extortionists.

Qualcomm’s unreasonable, illogical, and irrational licensing scam, which charges a percentage of the total cost of all components in the phone, even non-Qualcomm components, must end.

And, by the looks of things, Qualcomm’s scam will end sooner than later!

20-year-old court filing comes back to haunt Qualcomm in antitrust dispute with U.S FTC – October 5, 2018
U.S. ITC judge denies Qualcomm’s request, won’t stop iPhone imports – September 29, 2018
Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing ‘vast swaths’ of chip secrets and passing them to Intel – September 25, 2018
Qualcomm dealt another blow in second ITC action against Apple – September 19, 2018
Qualcomm CEO sees chance of Apple settlement this year – September 18, 2018
Qualcomm makes a tactical error in its battle with Apple – September 7, 2018
Magistrate judge rebukes Qualcomm for iPhone patent infringement allegations it originally chose not to bring – September 6, 2018
EU regulators charge Qualcomm with additional violation in pricing case – July 19, 2018
Apple petitions U.S. Patent Office to invalidate four Qualcomm patents – June 22, 2018
Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle – June 18, 2018
Analyst: Apple, Qualcomm legal fight could settle this year – June 11, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook to be deposed in Qualcomm lawsuit – April 6, 2018
Judge Koh sets aside sanctions order against Apple in FTC v. Qualcomm antitrust case – February 8, 2018
Apple gets support from Lawyers for Civil Justice in fight against discovery sanctions – February 1, 2018
EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm $1.2 billion for paying Apple to shut out rivals’ chips – January 24, 2018
Apple sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC case for withholding documents – December 22, 2017
Apple countersues Qualcomm for patent infringement – November 29, 2017
Apple designing next-gen iPhones, iPads that would dump Qualcomm components – October 31, 2017

Apple, Dialog Semi ink $600 million licensing deal for key iPhone tech

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 15:26

(deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); “Apple Inc is buying the power-management technology at the heart of its iPhones in a $600 million deal with Dialog Semiconductor that also secures the German-listed company’s role as a supplier to the U.S. tech giant,” Stephen Nellis and Douglas Busvine report for Reuters. “The agreement to acquire patents and people from the Anglo-German chip designer is not only unusual, but also the largest of its kind by Apple, whose last sizeable acquisition was the $350 million purchase of Face ID creator PrimeSense in 2013. Dialog shares surged as much as 34 percent on Thursday, their most since 2002, as the deal bought the company time to reduce its dependence on Apple – which it expects to account for three-quarters of this year’s sales.”

“Dialog’s shares had tumbled earlier this year when it said Apple planned to use chips from another supplier,” Nellis and Busvine report. “Half of the deal’s value, or about $300 million, is cash for the Dialog engineers and offices and the other $300 million is pre-payment to Dialog for supplying chips over the next three years, the companies said.”

“Apple is buying about 16 percent of Dialog’s workforce. Apple said these employees would stay in Europe and would report to Johny Srouji, the company’s senior vice president of hardware technologies who oversees Apple’s chip design efforts,” Nellis and Busvine report. “‘Our relationship with Dialog goes all the way back to the early iPhones, and we look forward to continuing this long-standing relationship with them,’ Srouji said. Apple has added around 20,000 employees in Europe since 2000. It already has a chip design centers in Munich, Germany, where it employs 1,000 staff, and St Albans, Britain. The deal will give Apple four more from Dialog, in Livorno in Italy, Swindon in Britain, and Nabern and Neuaubing in Germany.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This is great news for Apple and even better news for Dialog Semi!

Dialog Semi sinks 17 percent after warning Apple will bifurcate iPhone power-management chip orders – June 1, 2018
Shares in chipmaker Dialog plunge over Apple contract doubts – April 11, 2017
Apple supplier Dialog partners with wireless charging company Energous – December 15, 2016

The MacObserver