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Would Apple cancel iPhone X due to "weak demand"?

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No way. FUD at work here.
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Tuesday Highlights: Canalys releases iPhone X stats for Q4 of 2017 finding an impressive 29 million sold, a tad lower than expectations, but good regardless; in light of this new data, Dan Dilger runs through the naysayers' claims iPhone X could be discontinued due to slow sales; big tech firms including Apple, Google, Amazon spent close to $50 million in lobbying the US government last year; from the "we don't write the headlines" files, man bites iPhone battery in Chinese electronic store, battery explodes; Apple announces HomePod available for pre-order this Friday, units arrive on February 9th; couple notes on this, you won't get multi-room audio or languages other than English until later 2018; Philip Elmer-Dewitt not thrilled HomePod shipping with with lowered expectations; longtime Mac user, Edoardo Maggio at Business Insider test drives Surface Book 2.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Media alert: Apple ships 29 million iPhone Xs in Q4 2017"  Canalys 7:07 AM
  • "Canalys: Apple's iPhone X shipped 29 million in Q4, 'slightly below industry expectations'" VentureBeat 7:07 AM
  • "How Many iPhones Did Apple Inc. Sell in Q1? The tech giant is expected to crush its quarterly record for iPhone sales." The Motley Fool 7:07 AM
  • "After speculative reports of slow sales, iPhone X is now said to be in the 'high end of the industry range'"  AppleInsider 9:28 AM
OS X
News
  • "Microsoft shoots for AutoSave parity in Mac Office 365: Office for Mac 2016 gets an auto-save feature matching what Windows users have had since last August. AutoSave is available only to Office for Mac 2016 users who also subscribe to Office 365." Computerworld 6:55 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Agenda Review: Mac-Based Note Taking with a Calendar-Focused Twist" MacStories 9:28 AM
  • "How to use Memories in the Photos app in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 6:55 AM
  • "Tips: If you're holding off on macOS High Sierra, turn off upgrade notifications for good" AppleInsider 11:18 AM
  • "Photos Selective Color Tool" MacMost 10:34 AM
Press Releases
  • "MacOS Metal games: The Definitive List" Mac Gamer HQ 8:15 AM
  • "Firefox 58 arrives with smoother rendering, faster JavaScript caching, and Progressive Web Apps on Android" VentureBeat 7:27 AM
  • "Construction Software: PlanGrid introduces new 'PlanGrid Submittals" Architosh 7:25 AM
  • "DuckDuckGo Launches Redesigned Privacy Browser Extension and Mobile App With Anti-Tracking Features" MacRumors 6:55 AM
  • "The New Mailbutler boosts Apple Mail and Gmail productivity" prMac 6:48 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google spent nearly $50 million — a record — to influence the U.S. government in 2017" Recode 6:47 AM
  • "Apple's old sapphire nightmare continues with new lawsuit" Cult of Mac 6:57 AM
  • "iPhone battery explodes after Chinese man bites it: iPhone battery explodes in Chinese man's face after he bites it to test its authenticity"  Taiwan News 8:26 AM
  • "Man causes explosion in Chinese electronics store by biting replacement iPhone battery" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Bows Apple Music For Artists to Provide Acts With Deep Analytics Dive: Exclusive" Billboard 7:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage" Computerworld 6:55 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "AppStories, Episode 39 – The Mac App Store's Problems" MacStories 10:46 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "HomePod arrives February 9, available to order this Friday: Breakthrough Wireless Speaker Brings Advanced Audio Technologies Into Any Home for an Incredible Music Listening Experience"  Apple 7:41 AM
  • "HomePod Arrives February 9, Available to Order This Friday" Business Wire 7:41 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod Speaker Will Be Available On February 9" BuzzFeed 8:15 AM
  • "HomePod Ships February 9th with Pre-Orders Friday, Stereo and Multi-Room Audio Later this Year" The Mac Observer 8:12 AM
  • "HomePod Works Abroad in English Only, Other Languages Coming in Future Software Updates" MacRumors 10:46 AM
  • "HomePod can play purchased iTunes music, podcasts and stream Beats 1 without Apple Music subscription" 9to5Mac 10:48 AM
  • "HomePod Can Be Used as Speakerphone, Will Support Commands From Multiple Users" MacRumors 11:36 AM
  • "New MacBook to boost LCM orders for GIS: Touch panel maker General Interface Solution (GIS) is expected to land more LCM (LCD module) orders from Apple, which reportedly plans to release an entry-level 13-inch MacBook in the second half of 2018, according to industry sources."  DigiTimes 6:36 AM
  • "Supply chain rumors again point to OLED and LCD iPhone models in 2018" AppleInsider 6:46 AM
  • "Apple Said to Release New Entry-Level 13-inch MacBook This Year, Likely Replacing MacBook Air" MacRumors 6:45 AM
  • "Apple supply chain spills beans on 2018 iPhone upgrades" Cult of Mac 7:08 AM
  • "iPhone XI to Replace iPhone X in 2018"  iDrop News 6:30 AM
  • "Is this the new iPhone Xi? New renderings put a picture to the next generation of iPhone X, as analysts begin to think about the next big iThing." Computerworld 6:47 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "AppleCare+ for HomePod will cost $39, covers AirPort products" 9to5Mac 10:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:25 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:25 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:25 AM

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Reviews
  • "iPhone X vs. Pixel 2 Camera in Five Images" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:48 AM
  • "Samsung SSD 860 Pro Review: Fast, Reliable SATA Solid State Storage" HotHardware 9:16 AM
  • "Azio Retro Classic review: Backlit mechanical keyboard offers vintage style" Macworld 6:49 AM
  • "PencilSnap for the Apple Pencil is a handsome, if limited, holster" Apple World Today 6:55 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to use the built-in dictation tools on iPhone and iPad" Apple Must 11:19 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Comment: Why I'm keeping the iMac Pro [Video] 9to5Mac 9:28 AM
  • "Apple lowers expectations for HomePod's I.Q." ["My take: If Siri on the HomePod were going to blow the socks off Amazon Echo or Google Home as anything more than an AI DJ, Schiller would have said so. I don't need another speaker, or another voice-controlled assistant. But I'd pay more for a smarter one."] Apple 3.0 10:48 AM
  • "Apple ends the suspense, promises HomePod ships Feb 9" Apple Must 10:34 AM
  • "Apple to ship crippled, incomplete HomePod months late" MacDailyNews 10:33 AM
  • "With no multi-room support for HomePod at launch, will you buy now or wait? [Poll] 9to5Mac 8:34 AM
  • "HomePod Starts Shipping February 9, Available to Order This Friday, Still a Bit of a Mystery" Daring Fireball 8:33 AM
  • "Chernova's Take: As Apple's Cash Moves to U.S., VCs May Not See Much Benefit/Don't be so sure of an Apple acquisition spree"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:06 AM
  • "Upcoming mistakes: Pre-dooming the HomePod" Macworld 6:49 AM
  • "I'm a long time MacBook user and tried Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 for a week — here's what I learned"  Business Insider 6:38 AM
Non-Apple
  • "The End of the Platform Wars? (Premium)" Thurrott 10:47 AM
  • "Windows 10 vs Chrome OS: Acer reveals new $350 Chromebook Spin 11 convertible" ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Demonized Smartphones Are Just Our Latest Technological Scapegoat" Wired 6:45 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: Remember the HomePod?" iMore 8:15 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "OWC Showcasing New Thunderbolt™ 3 Products at the NAMM Show 2018" PRNewswire 8:17 AM
  • "MyScript Unveils New and Improved Handwriting-based Calculator App" Business Wire 8:16 AM
  • "Arbella Launches Free Safe Driving Mobile App" Business Wire 8:16 AM
  • "Google Gboard gets new GIF creation tool on iOS" Cult of Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Marshawn Lynch Pro Football available for Pre-Order" prMac 7:27 AM
  • "GRID Autosport racing game for iOS just got even better" Cult of Mac 7:06 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Exclusive - U.S. sanctions curb Microsoft sales to hundreds of Russian firms" Reuters 1/22
  • "Microsoft gets support of privacy groups in battle against US" Telecoms 1/22
  • "Microsoft Unleashes New Cloud Growth Via Go-To-Market Program Including Customers As Partners" Forbes 1/22
  • "Apple Takes Microsoft's Side in Dispute Against US Government" Softpedia 1/22
  • "Microsoft Hit With Small Round of Layoffs" Thurrott 1/22
  • "London Police Says It'll Finally Replace Windows XP with Windows 10 This Year" Softpedia 1/22
  • "Microsoft boosts Cortana performance by 20%" Thurrott 1/22
  • "IBM shares dip despite 27% hike in cloud revenue" Comms Dealer 1/22
  • "Salesforce, IBM and Google relationship status: it's complicated" Banking Tech 1/22
  • "Cloud integration the priority as IBM and Salesforce expand partnership" The Drum 1/22
  • "Michael Dell's MSD fund takes stake in Leumi USA" Globes 1/22
  • "Linus Torvalds slams Intel's Spectre and Meltdown fixes as 'garbage'" The Inquirer 1/22
  • "Intel calls for pause to Meltdown, Spectre patch rollout: Intel has asked computer makers to stop rolling out a set of faulty patches it issued to fix security flaws in its chips and instead start testing an updated version." Computerworld New Zealand 1/22
  • "Intel asks customers to stop using faulty patches" Reuters 1/22
  • "Configuration errors in Intel workstations labelled security hole" Tech Central 1/22
  • "Spectre and Meltdown: Linux creator Linus Torvalds criticises Intel's 'garbage' patches/Linux guru complains about approach to patching the chip flaw." ZDNet 1/22
  • "Intel D415 and D435 Cameras Sport Human-like 3D Vision" DeviceMAG 1/22
  • "Gigabyte Gemini Lake Pentium Silver motherboard released" Hexus 1/22
  • "Intel Optane MEM M10 cache modules appear online" Guru3D 1/22
  • "Gemini Lake Powered Motherboards Spotted Gigabyte J/N series" Guru3D 1/22
  • "AMD vs. Intel: How does tech's oldest rivalry look in 2018?" Digital Trends 1/22
  • "Silicon wars heat up in 2018 – Intel at CES" Converge 1/22
  • "AMD vs. Intel: How does tech's oldest rivalry look in 2018?" Digital Trends 1/22
  • "AMD reveals further Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G specs" Hexus 1/22
  • "AMD Ryzen Raven Ridge APUs 2400G, 2200G Offer A Lot Of Cores And Threads For The Price, 3.9 GHz Boost, Vega Graphics" SegmentNext 1/22
  • "AMD Specs of Ryzen 2000G 'Raven Ridge' APUs Revealed" Guru3D 1/22
  • "Digital Realty Adds Oracle to Hybrid Cloud Ecosystem" Light Reading 1/22
  • "Oracle Opens First Innovation Hub in Middle East With a Focus on AI" Al Bawaba 1/22
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "3 Reasons Why Apple Stock Is Heading to $200 Per Share" InvestorPlace 7:06 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks poised for flat open; Netflix rallies after results: Netflix set to soar after better-than-expected results" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "Futures higher on strong earnings, global growth hopes" Reuters 8:18 AM
  • "Asian markets heat up after fresh records on Wall Street; BOJ stays pat: Nikkei gains as BOJ maintains inflation outlook; Samsung bounces back" MarketWatch 8:18 AM
  • "Germany's DAX jumps to record high as U.S. shutdown ends: Carrefour rallies after revealing plans for sweeping overhaul" MarketWatch 8:18 AM

 
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