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Tuesday Highlights: TechCrunch reporting the App Store is being plagued by "scammers ... taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick users into signing up for expensive and recurring plans"; Apple apologizes to China for account hacks, does clarify that those affected did not enable two-factor authentication—additional reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; settlement in works between Qualcomm and the FTC over antitrust; all signs point to iPhone XR being "massive smash hit"; Market Realist saying "iPhone customer loyalty is on the rise"; New Yorkers rejoice as Apple fixes bagel emoji; MySmartPrice reporting exclusive images of next iPad Pro case; CNET compares cameras of iPhone XS and Pixel 3.

  • "Another Apple Setback: Its Doomsday Clock"  Monday Note 7:50 PM
  • "iPhone 8 - Apple CEO Tim Cook teases 'exciting things in the pipeline'" Express UK 7:55 AM
  • "iOS Crack That FBI Used Is Now Released To Public Via Hacker Dump" Tech Times 8:58 AM
  • "Tim Cook makes surprise visits to France Apple Stores, mingles with employees &¬†shoppers"  9to5Mac 6:36 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook makes surprise stops at stores in Paris, Marseilles" AppleInsider 9:31 PM
  • "Can Trump bring iPhone factories back to the U.S.? President Donald Trump has doubled down on his campaign promise to tax companies that make products overseas."  Toronto Star 2/4
  • "Indian minister says Apple will start making iPhones in Bangalore" ZDNet 2/4
  • "Lawsuit claims Apple forced users to iOS 7 by breaking FaceTime"  AppleInsider 2/3
  • "Class action lawsuit says Apple intentionally broke FaceTime to save money" BGR 2/3
  • "Lawsuit Alleges Apple Purposefully Broke FaceTime on iOS 6" Digital Trends 2/3
  • "Lawsuit claims Apple broke FaceTime to force iOS 6 users to upgrade: The plaintiff at the heart of the class-action case says iOS 7 made older iPhones hard to use." Macworld 2/3
  • "Apple is set to start making iPhones in India, minister says" CNNMoney 2/3
  • "Apple plans to start assembling iPhones in Bangalore by April: The company aims to lower the cost of its phones by making them locally" IDG News Service 2/3
  • "Apple will start building iPhones in India by April, says IT minister" The Verge 2/3
  • "A for Apple. B for Bengaluru. C for coming soon" Quartz 2/3
  • "Apple again rejects call to appear before finance committee" Examiner 2/3
  • "Logic Pros: Breathe some life into your tracks w/ Exhale vocal engine" 9to5Mac 6:48 PM
  • "Tips: Delaying the start of iTunes to avoid the missing library error on macOS" AppleInsider 2/4
  • "How to Build the Ultimate Movie and Music Server" Gizmodo 2/3
  • "Play Videos Embedded in Messages for Mac and iOS" OS X Daily 2/3
  • "How to SSH into your device from a Mac and change your root password" iDownload Blog 2/3
  • "Replacing TapCellar with Text Files" Macdrifter 2/3
  • "macOS Photos: Create Smart Albums Based On Camera Type" The Mac Observer 2/3
  • "7 Ways to Force Quit Apps on Macs" Apple Must 2/3
  • "Access the Menu Bar With the Keyboard" MacMost 2/3
  • "Room Lighting Calc simplifies the generation of morphologically defined parametric objects" Apple World Today 2/3
  • "How To Fix The Mac's Calendar" Mac360 2/3
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft is disabling older versions of Skype for Mac and Windows on March 1" VentureBeat 2/3
  • "LibreOffice 5.3 Open Source Productivity Suite Major Upgrade Released With New Online Cloud Office Suite Option" MacPrices 2/3
  • "Cocktail 9.5 (El Capitan Edition) has been released." Maintain 2/3
  • "Area51 releases Magic Cipher - True Cross Platform Encryption Product" prMac 2/3
  • "Abvent's New Atlantis 6.5—Unlimited Render Nodes and More" Architosh 2/3
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple is truly determined to disrupt banking with Apple Pay"  Computerworld 2/3
  • "Apple Inc's iPad Business Isn't as Bad as It Looks: Demand for iPads is stronger than what the quarterly results indicate on the surface, but the business still isn't out of the woods yet."  The Motley Fool 2/3
  • "Spotify's former VP of Content hired by Apple Music to sign more indie labels" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down" ["Apple sales fell 14.2 per cent and Samsung was down 20.2 per cent."] The Register 2/3
  • "Tim Cook to receive honorary degree from the University of Glasgow next week, followed by Q&A with students" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "Watch This iPhone 7 Get Sent Into Space! [Video] RazMag 2/3
  • "Teen sells beloved Apple collection to keep museum dream alive" Cult of Mac 2/3
  • "Today in Apple history: iPhone finally arrives on Verizon" Cult of Mac 2/3
Non-Apple News
  • "Trump's F.C.C. Pick Quickly Targets Net Neutrality Rules" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:32 PM
  • "The Super Bowl halftime show drones weren't flying live: Due to FAA regulations" The Verge 9:30 PM
  • "Amazon tells Super Bowl viewers to look for Prime Air drone delivery 'soon': Branded drone seen floating through window; fine print in ad tempers expectations." Ars Technica 9:30 PM
  • "Patent troll sues Netflix over offline downloads" Ars Technica 7:53 PM
  • "The makers of Vespa designed a cute robot to carry your stuff: Grocery runs never looked so futuristic" The Verge 11:24 AM
  • "Hack knocks out a fifth of the Dark Web: A self-styled vigilante attacked a less-than-scrupulous web host." Engadget 7:49 AM
  • "Jawbone confirmed to make switch from consumer wearables to clinical health products, report says" AppleInsider 2/3
  • "Thought your data was safe outside America after the Microsoft ruling? Think again" The Register 2/3
  • "AT&T and Verizon just got a free pass from the FCC to divide up the internet" The Verge 2/3
  • "Trump's FCC makes the first moves against net neutrality" BGR 2/3
  • "FCC rescinds claim that AT&T and Verizon violated net neutrality: Republican Ajit Pai halts Wheeler's net neutrality investigation of zero-rating." Ars Technica 2/3
  • "Apple display supplier Sharp turns first profits in years under Foxconn control" AppleInsider 2/3
  • "Japan's Sharp swings to profit under Foxconn's watch as costs slashed" Reuters 2/3
  • "Google testing complete redesign of 'My Apps' section of Google Play, includes sort option" 9to5Google 2/3
  • "The PS4 will soon support external drives and 3D movies in VR" Engadget 2/3
  • "You Scratch Your Head, I'll Scratch Mine – Mac Geek Gab 643" The Mac Observer 12:44 PM
  • "That Sure is One Firey Emblem - The TouchArcade Show #293" Touch Arcade 2/3
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 105 | Latest LG UltraFine 5K woes, watchOS Theater Mode, and Apple's record quarter" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "Tim Cook's Newseum Free Expression Award -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-03" The Mac Observer 2/3
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks earnings, iPhone ASP, and Tim Cook's HomeKit experience" AppleInsider 2/3
  • "Apple's Latest Patent Is Too Late To Allow Glass & Ceramic Builds For The iPhone 8" WCCFTech 2/4
  • "iPad Mini 5 Rumor Roundup: Specs, Features And Release" Tech Times 2/4
  • "Apple granted a patent for recovering data from a malfunctioning iPhone" Apple World Today 2/4
  • "Apple to Augment Intel Chips in Mac with In-House Processors"  DeviceMAG 2/4
  • "Apple Might Eventually Ditch Intel, But Intel Investors Shouldn't Panic Just Yet" TheStreet 2/3
  • "LG fixes WiFi interference problems with UltraFine USB-C 5K display, new units unaffected" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "Wi-Fi Router Issue Fix Coming For LG's UltraFine 27-inch 5K Display" MacRumors 2/3
  • "LG admits premium display fails near wi-fi" BBC 2/3
  • "New batch of LG UltraFine 5K displays will have enhanced RF shielding, may not completely fix the problem" AppleInsider 2/3
  • "LG acknowledges UltraFine 5K monitor suffers from Wi-Fi interference, offers repairs" Neowin 2/4
  • "2016 MacBook Pro notes discuss battery life problems, Apple software updates bricking the computer, display support issues, David Pogue's emotional whiplash, and a guide to help with cable confusion." MacInTouch 2/3
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/3
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/3
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/3

  • "2016 MacBook Pro With Touch Bar (15.4) Review: Three Key Killer Metrics" Forbes 2/4
  • "Gravitas iPhone dock by Henge Docks is both hefty and low key" iDownload Blog 2/3
  • "Bragi The Headphone review: This new AirPods competitor fits and works well but doesn't sound great" CNET 2/3
  • "Hands-on with Elago's $15 Macintosh-inspired W3 Apple Watch Stand [Video] 9to5Mac 2/3
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best Photo Editing Apps for iOS: You've taken a great photo with your iOS device. Now it's time to make it extra special using the best photo editing apps for iOS." AppAdvice 4:24 PM
  • "5 reasons why the new GarageBand for iOS needs your attention/A superb new synth, a pile of effects, and AU support: anyone would think this was a spendy desktop app"  Stuff Magazine 7:46 AM
  • "Grab A Friend and Play: Isn't gaming better with a friend? Of course it is. Rather than online multiplayer games, these games emphasize local multiplayer. The games on this list can be played on the same device, or on the same WiFi network, for players in the same room to go head to head, or play co-operatively." AppAdvice 2/4
  • "Runkeeper: The best Apple Watch running app sent the Garmin Fenix 3 to a drawer" ZDNet 2/4
  • "The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a provocative and heart-pumping dungeon-shooter" Macworld 2/3
  • "Fire Emblem Heroes Review: A beautiful and complex addition to the Fire Emblem Series!" iMore 2/3
  • "How to quickly track your flights in iMessage for iPhone, iPad, and Mac" iMore 10:17 AM
  • "The easy guide to switching from Windows to Mac" AppleInsider 7:49 AM
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to implement and benefit from password management software" 9to5Mac 2/4
  • "Using Apple Watch Scribble to Write Quick Messages" AppAdvice 2/3
  • "How to install software update for your AirPods" iDownload Blog 2/3
  • "How to enter No Substrate Mode on the iOS 10 jailbreak" iDownload Blog 2/3
  • "How to watch Super Bowl LI live on iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "How to add watermarks to photos on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 2/3
  • "Magic Mouse vs. Magic Trackpad: Which should you choose?" iMore 2/3
  • "Connecting an Apple LED Cinema Display to a USB-C MacBook or MacBook Pro? Here are the adapters you need: With a small investment, you can connect a Mini-DisplayPort Apple monitor over USB-C to a MacBook or MacBook Pro." Macworld 2/3
  • "iPad and Mac—the early years" Dr. Drang 9:50 PM
  • "Google Play Store vs Apple's App Store – A Comparison: Which is friendlier for users, Play Store or App Store?" Softpedia 8:34 AM
  • "Galaxy S8 Or iPhone 8: Features That May Give The Samsung Smartphone An Edge" Tech Times 7:54 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Concept with Transparent Screen Looks Ridiculous Yet Ultra Cool – Video" WCCFTech 2/4
  • "Apple Could Purge Tens of Thousands of Old iOS Apps" Fortune 2/4
  • "Imaginary bean counting: Subjective ranking Apple"  Macworld 2/4
  • "Apple needs to be an integral part of the upcoming 3D printing revolution" Apple World Today 2/4
  • "Should iOS 10.3's App Store Rating Prompts Be Notifications Instead of Alerts?" Daring Fireball 2/3
  • "What Apple Has to Gain by Making a Waterproof iPhone" Market Realist 2/3
  • "Can Apple Make You Want An iPad Again?" Time 2/3
  • "Apple is destroying Samsung where it really matters" BGR 2/3
  • "Is Apple headed for another boom period? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 2/3
  • "The Apple Watch 'WOW' moment" iMore 2/3
  • "The iPad of the future is Apple's biggest missing link/Commentary: Honestly, iPads are already pretty great. But they're not for everyone. They could be, though."  CNET 2/3
  • "Gorgeous concept video adds Touch Bar to iPhone 8" Cult of Mac 2/3
  • "Smart Home Diary: 16 HomeKit devices, and I'm already wanting more ... [Video] 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "HomeKit in iOS 10: Tim Cook's routines, helpful resources, and more" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "How Apple Has Become A Giant Chip Giant" Mac360 2/3
  • "About Apple's Endless Fake News Supply" NoodleMac 2/3
  • "Siri 2025: Cute Digital Pet? Friendly Personal Assistant? Or, Bossy Overlord?" Mac360 2/3
  • "I Want Watch To Be My iPhone" TeraTalks 2/3
  • "This Isn't an iPhone 8 Ad, But Maybe It Should Be" Tom's Guide 2/3
  • "Hey Apple, let me control my iCloud Photo Library: There has to be an easier way to manage photos on iOS devices." Macworld 2/3
  • "Perhaps the Mac is the real 'future of personal computing'" Apple World Today 2/3
  • "Why a dual-processor Fusion Mac makes a lot of sense/One Intel processor for the heavy lifting, and another ARM chip to tackle low-power tasks to save battery life: It could work." Macworld 2/3
  • "The state of residential solar power: Choosing solar in a vacuum now makes sense—but location and bureaucracy still loom IRL." Ars Technica 9:28 AM
  • "Google Docs: The new tool of choice for those resisting in Trump's America" Mashable 2/3
  • "Op-ed: Windows 10 0day exploit goes wild, and so do Microsoft marketers/Customers want objective threat guidance, not cheap shots at Microsoft rivals." Ars Technica 2/3
  • "Robots and Androids Progressing Faster Than You Can Possibly Imagine" The Mac Observer 2/3
  • "Opinion: Five features that I want with the second-generation Google Pixel" 9to5Google 2/3
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The best Apple Watch alternatives" [Slideshow] New Atlas 2/3
  • "Microsoft Outlook on iOS Welcomes Evernote and Other Add-Ins" eWeek 2/3
  • "Coming February 4: Gene Steinberg meets The Mac Observer's John Martellaro, and columnist/podcaster Kirk McElhearn, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 2/3
  • "iOS cracking tools reportedly used by FBI released to public" Engadget 2/3
  • "Apple now offers Final Cut, Logic, and other pro apps for $199 through education bundle" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "Apple Releases $200 Pro Apps Bundle for Education Customers" MacRumors 2/3
  • "Apple introduces Pro Apps Bundle for Education" The Loop 2/3
  • "$92.1 Billion Global Wearable Computing Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast 2017-2025 - Research and Markets" Business Wire 2/3
  • "Meet the LG 5K Ultrafine Display – Apple's Choice" DailyTech 2/3
  • "'PDF Reader' Rebrands To Become PDF Pro 3" RazMag 2/3
Computer Industry
  • "'Windows Cloud' looks like Microsoft's answer to Chrome OS: It's Windows 10, but with tighter restrictions on what you're allowed to run." Engadget 7:52 AM
  • "Windows Cloud: Microsoft's all-cloud OS gets teased/Microsoft is working on an all-cloud operating system called Windows Cloud" TweakTown 8:08 AM
  • "Windows 10 Game Mode Gets Benchmarked, Still Needs Work" PC Perspective 7:59 AM
  • "Some users reporting that they can't sign into their Microsoft accounts on Windows Phone 8.1" Neowin 8:56 PM
  • "Horrifying video shows teen's Dell laptop erupting into a ball of fire 4 times" The Daily Dot 4:06 PM
  • "IBM Crosses Yet Another Milestone in Cloud Computing and Cognitive Solutions" 1red Drop 8:06 AM
  • "Intel's new Lake Crest CPU has AI tech, 32GB of HBM2: Intel is set to shake the enterprise and deep learning markets with their next-gen Lake Crest architecture" TweakTown 8:08 AM
  • "EU throws antitrust hammer at Asus, Capcom, Valve and others over bad online business" The Inquirer 12:55 PM
  • "Gmail will stop working on Chrome for XP and Vista this year: Older Chrome versions will redirect to Gmail's basic HTML website by December." Engadget 2/4
  • "Microsoft explains its .NET language strategy in detail" Neowin 2/4
  • "Edge Browser Reads E-books Aloud in Latest Windows 10 Mobile Build" eWeek 2/4
  • "Microsoft Surface Phone: What's The Story So Far?" Tech Times 2/4
  • "FreeCharge's Windows 10 apps gets Windows Hello integration with major new update" MSPoweruser 2/4
  • "Microsoft is Making Some Big Changes to Windows 10 Setup with the Creators Update" Thurrott 2/4
  • "Windows 10 Cloud: Early Build Of Microsoft's Answer To Chrome OS Leaks" Tech Times 2/4
  • "Windows 10 Cloud disappoints (first look)" gHacks 2/4
  • "Hands on with Microsoft's leaked, unannounced Windows 10 Cloud" Neowin 2/4
  • "Windows 10 Cloud will be upgradeable to a full version of Windows" Neowin 2/4
  • "Microsoft tries to reinvent sports autographs, but can a digital signature replace good old-fashioned ink?" GeekWire 2/4
  • "Microsoft expanding Xbox Insiders to new people, says Mike Ybarra" OnMSFT 2/4
  • "HP's new EliteBook x360 is now available for purchase" MSPoweruser 2/4
  • "Is Intel Forfeiting Its Process Leadership?" Seeking Alpha 2/4
  • "17 AMD Ryzen CPUs Coming Out With R7 1800X 4 GHz Flagship Variant" SegmentNext 2/4
  • "AMD Ryzen Processor Lineup Leaked Sporting 17 SKUs With 8, 6 And 4 Cores Versions" HotHardware 2/4
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Donald Trump - What About Apple?" Zero Hedge 2/4
  • "Apple Raises $10 Billion in Debt Ahead of Trump's Plans for Tax Holiday" MacRumors 2/3
Industry News
  • "Dow reclaims close over 20,000; Nasdaq notches record: Trump moves to remove financial-industry regulations, which helped spark a rally in bank shares, including Goldman Sachs" MarketWatch 2/3
  • "Dow Ends Above 20,000 for First Time in a Week on Regulations Rollback: The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended Friday above the 20,000 level for the first time in a week as financials rallied on the promise of relaxed regulations." TheStreet 2/3
  • "Stocks surge as Dow closes back above 20,000, Nasdaq hits record" Associated Press 2/3
  • "Oil Pushes Higher as U.S. Treasury Announces Sanctions on Iran" Reuters 2/3
  • "Stocks Climb on Hopes for Regulatory Rollback: Big bank and brokerage shares led the gains as President Donald Trump plans to scale back Dodd-Frank" [Paid Membership Required] 2/3
  • "Asian markets close mixed as Trump jitters persist: Stock investors again struggled to find a footing Friday, capping a week where some encouraging economic data has been counterbalanced by concern of political risk surrounding the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump." MarketWatch 2/3
  • "Bank shares charge higher, lifting European markets: Stocks in Europe were pushing higher Friday, with banks rising on the prospect President Donald Trump will loosen U.S. regulations on the financial industry." MarketWatch 2/3

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