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Tuesday Highlights: Apple is Fast Company's number one "most innovative compan[y]" in the world; BusinessKorea reporting Apple enjoying 30% share of Korean smartphone market; Nikkei says OLED panel output from Samsung getting slashed due to slump in iPhone X sales; Apple updates all OSes to patch "Telugu letter text bug bomb"; Coldroot is a Mac trojan that was "undetected for years"; AppleInsider goes hands-on with Parallels Toolbox 2.5; "is Apple sacrificing the well-being of its customers and employees on the altar of unfettered design?"; Spotify may be prepping to engage HomePod, Echo, and Google Home; Apple rainbow logo set for a comeback?; Chinese website thinks iPhone SE2 will debut at WWDC 2018; Vlad Savov on his "descent into madness" over choosing between iPhone and Pixel.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "How Does Apple Define Success? Any Way It Wants. Measuring performance is tricky when the company not only moves the bar, but changes it."  BloombergGadfly 3:15 PM
  • "Fast Company Announces World's 50 Most Innovative Companies: Apple Earns No. 1 Spot" Business Wire 8:30 AM
  • "Despite Battery Gate: Apple Enjoys Highest-Ever Share in Korean Smartphone Market in Q4 of 2017"  BusinessKorea 8:40 AM
  • "Apple is not as good as its bottom line: Apple's quarterly report may look golden, but there are fundamental problems behind its billions in profit."  Computerworld 1:22 PM
  • "iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles" The Register 8:45 AM
  • "Samsung to slash OLED panel output as iPhone X slumps: Production for Apple to halve after $12.6bn capital investment last year"  Nikkei 7:39 AM
  • "HP to offer Apple kit as device-as-a-service offering: Enterprise employees will soon have access to Macs, iPads and iPhones from HP." ITProPortal 8:36 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple patches iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS for message crash bug: Start your day with a raft of patches for your iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TVs, and Macs." ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "Apple rushes out fix to Telugu letter text bomb bug" BBC 7:38 AM
  • "Meet Coldroot, a nasty Mac trojan that went undetected for years: The malware can remotely steal passwords by logging everything a user types, and more." ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Developers" MacRumors 1:21 PM
  • "Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Developer Beta 3" The Mac Observer 1:11 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Hands on: Parallels Toolbox 2.5 brings an array of quick tools to the Mac" AppleInsider 8:18 AM
  • "Mac Privacy Preferences" MacMost 11:11 AM
  • "Photos: Editing Your Images with an External Program" The Mac Observer 9:23 AM
  • "How to Get Around One of the Most Annoying macOS (non) Features" The Mac Observer 4:14 PM
  • "The Latest macOS Update Does This, and It's Not a Good Idea" Kirkville 8:25 AM
  • "How to Patch Macs, iPads Against Device-Crashing Bug" LAPTOP Magazine 7:49 AM
  • "How to use Type to Siri on your Mac" Cult of Mac 3:14 PM
  • "Taking Screenshots of Ephemeral Mac Notifications" Macdrifter 11:33 AM
  • "The 'No Google' Little Snitch Profile" Macdrifter 7:51 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Here's some Twitter options for Mac users now that the official app is going away" The Verge 11:53 AM
Press Releases
  • "Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows gets cool new features: Parallels Toolbox for Mac and Windows - a suite of easy-to-use tools that turn tedious everyday computing tasks into a few clicks - gets an update." ZDNet 9:27 AM
  • "Airfoil for Mac 5.7 Rocks the HomePod" Rogue Amoeba 8:44 AM
  • "Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia confirmed for Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 7:50 AM
  • "WebSonar Libraries - A better Way to Organize, Access and Share" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Announcing SoftRAID version 5.6.5" [3-page PDF] SoftRAID 7:00 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Getting a new iPhone battery is often a frustrating, weeks-long process" ["From Silicon Valley to Washington, from Detroit to Atlanta, people are sharing stories of long waits, dropped customer service calls and hard-to-get appointments."]  Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:12 PM
  • "Apple's obsession of form over function is hitting some folks in the face (literally): Is Apple sacrificing the well-being of its customers and employees on the altar of unfettered design?"  ZDNet 9:27 AM
  • "Is Spotify Building Hardware To Rival The Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo and Google Home?" Forbes 7:32 AM
  • "Spotify job listing hints the company's 'first physical products' are coming" TechCrunch 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Bringing Back the Retro Rainbow Logo to Take All Your Money" The Blast 7:50 AM
  • "Apple Files New Trademark Application for Classic 'Rainbow' Logo" MacRumors 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Glasses concept is inspired by Steve Jobs' iconic frames" Cult of Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Yes, Google and Apple Support PWAs Too" Thurrott 8:10 AM
  • "Three autographs by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs going up for auction March 8" AppleInsider 4:22 PM
  • "Signed Steve Jobs check will go to auction for $20k and counting" Cult of Mac 10:25 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC reversal of net neutrality rules expected to be published Thursday: sources" Reuters 4:26 PM
  • "Tesla's cloud account got hacked, and was put to a very specific use" Mashable 1:54 PM
  • "Here Comes Google Pay" Thurrott 11:36 AM
  • "Modders turn Nintendo Switch into a full-fledged Linux tablet" Engadget 10:23 AM
  • "Here's a new North Korean hacking threat to worry about" CNNMoney 8:14 AM
  • "Qualcomm agrees $44bn deal for Dutch chipmaker NXP" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:13 AM
  • "Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay" TechCrunch 8:11 AM
  • "Google AI can predict your heart disease risk from eye scans: Google's deep-learning algorithm could offer a simpler way to identify factors that contribute to heart disease." ZDNet 8:09 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "031: RIP Twitter for Mac, Apple fixes Telugu bug, iOS 11.3 changes Daily" 9to5Mac 4:22 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: HomePod thoughts with Dave Mark" The Loop 1:21 PM
  • "iPhone X Perceived Failure, Siri's Device Delegation -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-20" The Mac Observer 1:12 PM
  • "Circuit Breaker Live: DIY iPod hack, smart toothbrushes, and the finest iPad accessories" The Verge 10:25 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 43 – How We Use RSS" MacStories 7:50 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "It's time to update your iPhone — Apple just fixed a big text message bug" CNBC 8:35 AM
  • "iPhoneSE2 price increases, even more expensive than the old iPhone7?" ["Recently, the industry chain exposed some information iPhoneSE, this smart phone will be released at this year's WWDC conference, that is, by convention, at the WWDC conference in June, iPhoneSE is likely to meet with you."] Google Chines-to-English: QQ 10:46 AM
  • "Sketchy Rumor: iPhone SE 2 Will Debut at WWDC With Classic Design But Larger 4.2-Inch Display" MacRumors 11:36 AM
  • "Apple may reveal new iPhone at WWDC 2018" Cult of Mac 10:46 AM
  • "ALL iPhones WILL Feature Face ID in 2018 (Not Just iPhone XI)" Know Your Mobile 8:36 AM
  • "Some Religious Holidays Mysteriously Vanish from iOS 11.2.5 Calendar App" iDrop News 4:21 PM
  • "With iOS 11.2.6 Out Now, Here's What Jailbreak Users Need To Know" Redmond Pie 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers" MacRumors 1:14 PM
  • "Apple has removed AirPlay 2 from the latest betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3" iDownload Blog 1:21 PM
  • "tvOS 11.3 beta 3 for Apple TV developers now available" 9to5Mac 1:14 PM
  • "Second 'scanning depth engine' patent involves 3D profiles and the Mac" Apple World Today 8:02 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "How To Fix iPhone Boot Loop From The Telugu Character Bug" AddictiveTips 1:21 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "iMac Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: Apple HomePod —┬áPart 1: Audio Performance" iLounge 1:21 PM
  • "Smart Speaker Showdown: HomePod vs. Google Home vs. Sonos One" MacRumors 1:57 PM
  • "Apple iPhone X: 3 months in/Brian Tong tells you whether Face ID on the iPhone X still performs well after three months of use as well as the features he loves, just likes and the one he doesn't use." CNET 8:37 AM
  • "Linksys Velop mesh router review: Towers of Wi-Fi power/With Linksys Velop, you'll enjoy top Internet speeds everywhere in your home." iMore 11:36 AM
  • "Review: App control of DSLRs with the MIOPS Mobile Remote and Mobile Dongle" Apple World Today 11:53 AM
  • "Review: WaterField Ranger iPhone X Case - The iPhone Case for Active Professionals" MacTrast 8:09 AM
  • "Review: Nomad adds a hefty 100W USB-C cable to the lineup" iDownload Blog 10:42 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Here's How Siri Decides Which Device to Respond From" The Mac Observer 11:11 AM
  • "How to transfer iPhone calls to your HomePod" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "How to adjust the EQ (audio levels) on your HomePod" iMore 8:08 AM
  • "7 easy tweaks to breathe new life into your Apple Watch: Stopped wearing your snazzy smartwatch? Here's how you can make it meaningful again." Macworld 7:39 AM
Tips
  • "Pro Tip: Drag-and-drop text between apps on iPad" Cult of Mac 1:22 PM
  • "22 Siri productivity tips for iPhone enterprise pros" Computerworld 7:01 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "The iPhone, the Pixel, and the tragic anxiety of having to choose: One man's descent into madness born out of having too many options"  The Verge 10:01 AM
  • "PSA: Apple's renewal of its trademark for the rainbow Apple logo doesn't mean anything" 9to5Mac 9:27 AM
  • "What are we expecting (and not expecting) in iOS 12?" Apple Must 8:01 AM
  • "Jean-Louis Gassée on HomePod Reviews" Kirkville 7:49 AM
  • "The Trouble With HomePod Reviews: With its HomePod speaker, Apple has once again reshuffled existing genres. As an almost singular representative of the new consumer computational audio devices, HomePod's slippery algorithms defeat quick and easy reviews."  Monday Note 7:49 AM
  • "Killing it: Apple kills supposedly killer bug" Macworld 7:39 AM
Non-Apple
  • "7 Black Computer Tech Pioneers You Should Know" PC Magazine 4:27 PM
  • "Spotify plans to join the hardware race, but what can it offer?" Ars Technica 2:13 PM
  • "Don't Let Netflix Ruin Your Life" Mashable 1:22 PM
  • "Hands-on: Google Pay with new dual-tab design is beginning to rollout on the Play Store [Gallery] 9to5Google 1:22 PM
  • "A Facebook executive learned a valuable lesson about using Twitter after he publicly contradicted the Mueller investigation" Business Insider 10:25 AM
  • "Why AI on a chip is the start of the next IT explosion" Gigaom 7:41 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: You Want to Put a Computer WHERE?" iMore 8:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Here are the latest banks & credit unions to add Apple Pay support" 9to5Mac 4:22 PM
  • "'Jurassic World Pinball' Now Available in 'Zen Pinball' and 'Pinball FX 3'" Touch Arcade 1:22 PM
  • "Homecam for Apple TV Adds Room-Based Accessory Details and Controls" MacStories 11:53 AM
  • "Homecam app for HomeKit cameras gains powerful new controls, video switching on Apple TV" 9to5Mac 10:43 AM
  • "Yahoo email not working with iPhone and iPad Mail app for many users, company investigating a fix" 9to5Mac 8:58 AM
  • "Nike+ Run Club adds Challenges to keep you motivated" Cult of Mac 8:12 AM
  • "'Sword Art Online: Integral Factor' Announced for Worldwide Release, Pre-Registrations Now Live" Touch Arcade 7:52 AM
  • "Swype keyboards for iOS & Android discontinued as company focuses on business market" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Film Editor Dylan Tichenor ACE to Headline 17th Las Vegas SuperMeet" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "Nuance ends development of the Swype keyboard apps" TechCrunch 7:44 AM
  • "Marble Edition of its DOCK may be the classiest charging station for the Apple Watch" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Phone 7.5, 8.0: Microsoft just killed push notification services" ZDNet 6:50 AM
  • "Microsoft urges Windows Phone diehards to move on as it kills notifications: Firm has also binned live tile updates and 'Find my phone'" The Inquirer 6:50 AM
  • "Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 on ARM Limitations" PC Magazine 12:23 PM
  • "Windows 10 on Arm: It will be more limited and here's how, reveals Microsoft" ZDNet 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft adds 'Cohorts' to Windows Insider programme" bit-tech 7:08 AM
  • "Intel showcases in-house built discrete GPU prototype" Neowin 6:50 AM
  • "Intel showcases 14nm discrete GPU prototype" Hexus 7:04 AM
  • "Intel releases discrete GPU prototype details" bit-tech 7:04 AM
  • "Intel shows off discreet graphics chip prototype: Nvidia and AMD are likely looking on with a casual curiosity" The Inquirer 8:38 AM
  • "AMD Shareholder Alert: The Law Offices of Vincent Wong Notifies Investors of a Class Action Involving Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and a Lead Plaintiff Deadline of March 19, 2018" AccessWire 2:35 PM
  • "AMD's Ryzen Second Generation CPU Is 17% Faster In Leaked Benchmarks" Forbes 7:03 AM
  • "Crosshatching the Charts: SMI in Focus For Dell Technologies Inc Cl V" Freeburg Standard 7:01 AM
  • "HP expands labels and packaging portfolio: HP Inc. has expanded its labels and packaging portfolio with solutions to drive the printing and converting toward more flexible, productive and profitable digital printing of any application." Packaging News 7:02 AM
  • "IBM and Unity are teaming up to bring Watson's AI to VR and AR games" The Next Web 7:06 AM
  • "IBM study slams derivatives clearing, prime brokerage systems: The study explained outdated systems used by clearing banks a" Global Custodian 7:06 AM
  • "Oracle buys startup Zenedge in cloud security push" Cloud Pro 7:08 AM
  • "Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop: Webcam shields, security integration, USB-C and micro-desktops are the moderately hot spots for the PC industry" The Register 7:01 AM
  • "Samsung unveils world's largest SSD with whopping 30TB of storage: It's the most memory ever crammed into a 2.5-inch form factor — enough to store 5,700 full HD movies" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "What The World's Top 10 Tech Firms Have In Common" Forbes 7:04 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 snap 6-day win streak; Walmart shares weigh: Walmart sees biggest one-day decline in three decades" MarketWatch 4:24 PM
  • "Dow Drops Over 250 Points to End Six-Session Winning Streak: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all finished lower on Tuesday." TheStreet 4:24 PM
  • "Late-afternoon sell-off steers US stocks toward lower close" Associated Press 4:23 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Lose Steam After Six Sessions of Gains: Walmart plummets 10% after reporting slowing growth in online sales" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:22 PM
  • "Asian stocks beat a retreat; Nikkei, Hong Kong stumble" MarketWatch 8:41 AM
  • "European stocks struggle as HSBC, BHP Billiton updates disappoint: Euro losses accelerate on report European lawmakers are ready to break with EU negotiators' position on Brexit" MarketWatch 8:41 AM

 
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