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Thursday Highlights: Industry experts say Apple's move to buy cobalt directly from miners has a huge non-money motivation, being able "'...to know that children have not been illegally mining where their cobalt is coming from'"; Mark Gurman's sources reveal Apple working on new AirPods with better water resistance, and a new wirelss chip with better Siri integration—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Loup Ventures' "Annual Apple Pay Review" finds impressive year over year growth with 127 million active Apple Pay users, among the data; Jonny Evans imagines "Apple's wearable vision" with features like a virtual iMac; Austria's first Apple Store opens Saturday; Apple takes you on a tour of how portrait lighting works; Steve Jobs' 1973 job application seen fetching upwards of $50,000 at auction; Macworld shows what Siri can and cannot do on every Apple device.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple's potential mining play is about more than money, industry experts say" ["'Apple is a buyer of batteries, not a buyer of battery components, and it's a number of steps away from the raw materials side. So this is significant — the reason they're doing it is supply chain visibility,' Simon Moores, managing director of Benchmark Minerals, told CNBC. 'They need to know that children have not been illegally mining where their cobalt is coming from.'"]  CNBC 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones: Company working on water resistance, more Siri integration"  Bloomberg 7:02 AM
  • "Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
  • "Annual Apple Pay Review: Adoption Jumps, but Still a Long Way to Go" Loup Ventures 8:29 AM
  • "Irish taxman sees disputed Apple bill remaining around $16 billion" Reuters 12:27 PM
  • "Apple Taps Carol Trussell as Head Of Production For Video Programming Unit" Deadline 12:47 PM
OS X
News
  • "Safari Technology Preview 50 for Mac Release Delivers Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacTrast 8:32 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Fixing Broken File Search On Your Mac" MacMost 10:40 AM
  • "Best messaging apps for Mac: If you're looking for a better way to connect all of your chat apps on Mac, like GTalk, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter, you've come to the right place." iMore 10:31 AM
  • "How to Merge and Remove Duplicate Contacts in macOS and iCloud" MacRumors 8:32 AM
  • "Why you can't use the Image Capture Mac app to delete photos on your iOS devices" Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "Pro Tip: Use iOS Spotlight as a keyboard app launcher" Cult of Mac 3:40 PM
  • "How to make your Mac start-up faster" Apple Must 10:12 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Life is Strange on Mac: Can you run it?" Mac Gamer HQ 7:12 PM
Press Releases
  • "Tear Video and Stills with XEffects Rips Plugins for Final Cut Pro X" fcp.co 10:45 AM
  • "TweetDeck limiting usage of multiple accounts to comply with Twitter's anti-spam rules" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Recorded First Ever Decline During the Fourth Quarter of 2017: Huawei and Xiaomi Were the Only Vendors in the Top Five to Experience Growth in the Fourth Quarter" ["While Apple's market share stabilized in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016, iPhone sales fell 5 percent. 'Apple was in a different position this quarter than it was 12 months before,' said Mr. Gupta. 'It had three new smartphones — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — yet its performance in the quarter was overshadowed by two factors. First, the later availability of the iPhone X led to slow upgrades to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as users waited to try the more-expensive model. Second, component shortages and manufacturing capacity constraints preceded a long delivery cycle for the iPhone X, which returned to normal by early December 2017. We expect good demand for the iPhone X to likely bring a delayed sales boost for Apple in the first quarter of 2018,' added Mr. Gupta."]  Gartner 11:44 AM
  • "iPhone and Android Smartphone Duopoly Reaches Peak With Estimated 99.9% Market Share Last Year" MacRumors 11:49 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone outpaces overall smartphone market, Gartner finds" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "Has the smartphone frenzy hit its peak? Global sales decline for first time" Telegraph 11:49 AM
  • "Worldwide smartphone shipments slip for first time ever: Apple and Samsung hit/Chinese phone giants grow, the big 5 are left n the cold" The Register 8:15 AM
  • "Apple's Elk Grove Repair Facility Makes ~20 Accidental 911 Calls a Day" MacRumors 7:11 PM
  • "Apple opens its first store in Austria Saturday" Apple 7:03 AM
  • "Apple Opens its First Store in Austria Saturday" Business Wire 8:38 AM
  • "Sexual Harrassment: There's an App to Report That/Some companies experiment with apps designed to make reporting bad behavior at work easier" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Smart Speaker Satisfaction High, but It's Early Days" Loup Ventures 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's latest iPhone X ad touts development of Portrait Lighting" AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "Video: Apple explains development of Portrait Lighting on iPhone" Apple Must 7:02 AM
  • "This ARKit demo is what nightmares are made off" Cult of Mac 4:03 PM
  • "How to raise the next Steve Wozniak, according to Steve Wozniak" CNBC 8:31 AM
  • "Application signed by Steve Jobs is being auctioned off: The job application, from 1973, is estimated to be worth more than $50,000." CNET 10:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "It looks like Dish is actually building its own 5G wireless network" BGR 8:13 PM
  • "Huawei's iPhone X killer might have the most minimalist design we've ever seen" BGR 6:30 PM
  • "America's internet speed map is back! And it doesn't completely suck!" The Register 2:41 PM
  • "Amazon plans to open as many as six more cashierless Amazon Go stores this year" Recode 10:46 AM
  • "Caterpillar has an updated version of its thermal phone, but it costs as much as an iPhone X: Is a thermal camera worth $1,000?" The Verge 8:40 AM
  • "Here comes Samsung's answer to the iPhone X: Apple made huge leaps forward with its newest phone. What could we see from its biggest rival and the Galaxy S9?" CNET 8:15 AM
  • "23 attorneys general refile challenge to FCC net neutrality repeal" Engadget 7:11 PM
  • "As net neutrality repeal becomes official, here is where Washington state's open internet fight stands" GeekWire 11:45 AM
  • "Net neutrality rules die on April 23rd" The Verge 8:23 AM
  • "The FCC's order gutting net neutrality is now official — but the fight is just getting started" TechCrunch 8:14 AM
  • "The world of Android is about to change in a big way" Mashable 7:19 AM
  • "RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting" The Register 7:15 AM
  • "Google worker says he was sacked for liberal views" Telegraph 7:02 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Spotify Platform Problem, Tim Cook Insights, and Apple TV Gaming -ACM 450" The Mac Observer 6:28 PM
  • "175: The Case of the Missing AirPods" The Rebound 2:41 PM
  • "What You Need to Know About the FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Changes -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-22" The Mac Observer 12:45 PM
  • "161: Twitter for Mac abandoned, iOS 11"s Telugu fix, iPad refresh rumors Happy Hour" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "The life and death of Twitter for Mac" [Podcast] iMore 8:34 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple's AirPower mat inches closer to release, again said to arrive in March" AppleInsider 8:26 PM
  • "Informal testing finds Apple Maps arrival times are 'intentionally conservative' to provide a good user experience" AppleInsider 2:58 PM
  • "Apple looks to patent yoga calorie counting" Axios 7:12 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Save $200 on an iPhone X from T-Mobile/Or you can buy one iPhone and get an iPhone 8 free. Either way, there are catches. And questions. Plus: a terabyte of portable storage for just $41." CNET 11:20 AM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM

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Reviews
  • "Google Home Max is the best smart speaker for the money. Period." The Next Web 2:14 PM
  • "Video: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max" AppleInsider 11:26 AM
  • "Leather iPhone X SurfacePad Case Impresses, Includes New Features" AppAdvice 12:12 PM
  • "Review: ZAGG Slim Book Keyboard Case for 10.5-inch iPad Pro" MacTrast 8:32 AM
  • "Oliv. Magnetic Mounts review: Refined design" iMore 8:32 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Siri vs Siri: What Apple's AI can and can't do on every Apple device"  Macworld 7:03 AM
  • "Anchor 3.0 Exhibits a New Level of Maturity for the Podcasting Service" MacStories 2:14 PM
  • "'Alto's Odyssey' Review: Once More Down the Mountain" Touch Arcade 8:32 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How To Use Apple HomePod With Your Mac" Redmond Pie 8:19 PM
  • "How to Customize Control Center on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 3:40 PM
  • "Want Old Snapchat Version Update Reversal On iOS, Android? Here's How To Do It" Redmond Pie 11:20 AM
  • "How to Decline a Call When the iPhone is Locked" iPhone Hacks 8:17 AM
  • "How to use Messages, Reminders, and Notes on the HomePod" Apple World Today 8:08 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why Apple chose Face ID over Touch ID on the iPhone X" BGR 3:41 PM
  • "Feature Request: How HomeKit could improve with CarPlay" 9to5Mac 12:25 PM
  • "Why Apple's Tim Cook Is No Fan of the Quarterly Earnings Report" Fortune 10:47 AM
  • "How a vacation and a digital detox app helped cure my iPhone addiction" Mashable 10:25 AM
  • "Hey Shawn, is Apple still 'wasting billions' on buybacks?" Apple 3.0 8:45 AM
  • "Why Apple Won't Release a Midcycle Gold iPhone X" The Motley Fool 8:31 AM
  • "Nothing on but repeats: Recycling iPhone X doom" Macworld 7:03 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Who Can Check Big Tech? Can the companies who build our smartphones and run our social networks be regulated? Or will they have to regulate themselves?" Slate 8:26 PM
  • "Family Robot Companions Are Evolving Fast, Will Soon Be Common" The Mac Observer 6:28 PM
  • "Thinking About the Samsung Galaxy S9 (Premium)" Thurrott 2:14 PM
  • "Nokia Just Entered the Digital Health Business, but It May Already Be Giving Up" Slate 11:20 AM
  • "Is artificial intelligence a threat to civilisation?"  Telegraph 10:43 AM
  • "Cat S61 hands-on review: Brawnier. Brainier. Cat's S61 measures heat, distance, and even air quality" Digital Trends 8:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Latest Apple Pay & Instacart tie-up offers free delivery through Feb. 28" AppleInsider 4:03 PM
  • "iOS Developers can add up to 10 App Screenshots Now" The Mac Observer 2:07 PM
  • "Apps for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired" AppAdvice 12:27 PM
  • "The Best Dungeon RPGs for iPhone and iPad - A TouchArcade Ranking" Touch Arcade 11:20 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge update brings 3D Touch support" Cult of Mac 10:43 AM
  • "Introducing Subnet, from Relay FM" 512 Pixels 10:33 AM
  • "Twitterrific for iOS gains support for drag and drop, Georgia font, new image picker & more" iDownload Blog 10:30 AM
  • "Affinity Photo for iPad Gets Big Update, Offers Three Content Packs Free for a Limited Time" iClarified 10:26 AM
  • "Anchor's new app offers everything you need to podcast" TechCrunch 8:14 AM
  • "This iHealth device lets you keep track of your blood pressure with Ease" Apple World Today 8:08 AM
  • "Prizmo Go 2.0 hits the App Store - Instant Text OCR for iPhone and iPad" prMac 8:23 AM
  • "Prizmo Go: Instant Text Capture (iPhone, iPad)" Creaceed 8:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Inside Microsoft's new Dublin home: an LED waterfall, a digital lake and a DreamSpace/One Microsoft Place in Leopardstown officially opened by Taoiseach" Irish Times 7:33 AM
  • "Microsoft opens up new €134 million campus in Dublin: The new campus will house 2,000 employees and marks the completion of just under three years of construction." Windows Central 12:11 PM
  • "Microsoft partners with Hi-Rez Studios for SMITE Pro League Mixer exclusive" OnMSFT 12:53 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro and its accessories launched in India: Price,┬áspecifications/Microsoft Surface Pro comes with an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera that supports 1080p video recording while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on the detachable that is capable of recording 1080p videos, as well." Financial Express 7:20 AM
  • "Intel will bring 5G to laptops in 2019: 5G will be a key part of the company's 'Always Connected' PC plans." Engadget 8:35 AM
  • "Intel sets sights on Qualcomm, promises 5G-powered laptops in 2019: Firm claims devices will allow 'untethered VR from anywhere in the world'" The Inquirer 11:06 AM
  • "Intel Announces 5G-Connected Windows 10 PCs Coming Next Year" Thurrott 11:07 AM
  • "Intel partners with Microsoft, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to make 5G laptops" The Verge 9:23 AM
  • "Intel talks 5G connected PCs at MWC: Read between the lines for the real story" SemiAccurate 8:37 AM
  • "Intel lays out its 5G plans ahead of Mobile World Congress" TechCrunch 8:37 AM
  • "Intel to display XMM 8000 series 5G modems at MWC 2018" Neowin 11:42 AM
  • "Intel claims it may finally have fixed Spectre flaw" ITProPortal 7:21 AM
  • "Intel Rolls Out Spectre Fixes For Skylake, Kaby Lake, And Coffee Lake Chips" Tech Times 7:20 AM
  • "First Intel, now AMD also faces multiple class-action suits over Spectre attacks" ZDNet 6:44 AM
  • "AMD faces more Spectre class-action over 'misleading' processor performance claims: Plaintiffs claim AMD deceived customers over processor performance" The Inquirer 8:18 AM
  • "Epyc Secrets: How AMD Epyc CPUs Could Outmaneuver, Outscale Intel" ExtremeTech 10:07 AM
  • "AMD expands Epyc, Ryzen lines with new embedded processors: Chips take aim at networking, storage and industrial solutions" The Inquirer 6:39 AM
  • "AMD expands Epyc and Ryzen lines" Fudzilla 7:20 AM
  • "Packet rolls out AMD EPYC CPUs for global bare metal cloud" ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "AMD Embedded Processors EPYC 3000 And Ryzen V1000 Launch" Geeky Gadgets 7:20 AM
  • "AMD announces Epyc, Ryzen embedded families" bit-tech 7:20 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise's CEO Antonio Neri on Q1 2018 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" Seeking Alpha 7:27 PM
  • "HP lifts forecast after strong earnings" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:02 PM
  • "HP's first Snapdragon Windows 10 device now available for pre-order" MSPoweruser 12:11 PM
  • "Dell Unveils Four New 'Product Agnostic' Certifications Around Cloud, Services And Security" CRN 7:18 AM
  • "Global Gaming Laptop Market 2018- Dell, Razer, HP, MSI, Acer" E Ontario Now 7:19 AM
  • "Oracle Data Cloud Announces Advanced Data Training and Marketing Program" Martech Advisor 7:31 AM
  • "Cisco Jabber for Windows Input Validation Flaw in Processing Embedded Media Lets Remote Users Conduct Cross-Site Scripting Attacks" Security Tracker 7:33 AM
  • "IBM expands storage systems to enable modern digital business strategies" SiliconANGLE 7:25 AM
  • "Samsung, Qualcomm to make 5G chips with 7-nanometer process" ZDNet 6:45 AM
  • "Researchers Develop a File System for DNA-Based Storage" ExtremeTech 8:35 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Leads Resurgent 'FANG' Stocks on AirPods Upgrade" Zacks 12:44 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow logs a gain, but stock market ends off highs; Nasdaq marks longest skid in a year: Financials, and health-care sectors weighed on the market" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Jumps Over 160 Points as S&P 500 Also Rises; Nasdaq Slumps: Stocks finished mixed on Thursday." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks rise as rate hike jitters subside" FOXBusiness 3:56 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Jump as Rate Concerns Ease: The Dow and S&P 500 snap a two-session streak of declines; Nasdaq edges lower" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asian stocks largely slide following Wall Street's retreat: Nikkei, Hang Seng indexes drop more than 1%" MarketWatch 8:35 AM
  • "DAX slides 1% after Fed rate-hike worries slap Wall Street lower: Germany business climate index falls" MarketWatch 8:35 AM

 
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