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Tuesday Highlights: Qualcomm accusing Apple of trade secret theft and giving chip secrets to Intel—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; aftermath of Apple/Salesforce deal huge for Apple in enterprise; "'background tag reading' NFC update...could be transformational for everyday iPhone owners"; Loup Ventures' music case study finds Spotify still atop global streaming market, but Apple growth hot; macOS Mojave released, but security flaw discovered—find plenty of tips, tricks, how-tos for the new macOS in our OS X section including how new stacks feature cleans up your desktop, and more; Marzipan in Mojave controversial, and The Next Web ranks features from best to worst; Ars Technica on possible legal issues that could arise with auto-911 Apple Watch calls after a fall; Foxconn reportedly taking more iPhone XR orders to avoid delays; Mashable reviews new Apple Watch; Mark Gurman reviews XS Max, while CNET compares cameras between X and XS.

  • "Apple buys Israel's facial recognition firm RealFace – reportUS giant acquires Tel Aviv-based Israeli cybertechnology startup for a couple of million dollars, Calcalist says"  Times of Israel 9:36 AM
  • "As rumors of new biometric features continue, Apple acquires Israeli facial recognition startup RealFace" 9to5Mac 9:42 AM
  • "Apple acquires facial recognition firm RealFace" SlashGear 2:43 PM
  • "Apple reportedly nabs Israeli facial recognition startup: With RealFace's technology, users are authenticated by simply showing their mugs. Perhaps Apple will use it in an upcoming iPhone." CNET 2:44 PM
  • "Apple reportedly buys an AI-based face recognition startup: The RealFace deal could hint at hands-free authentication for your iPhone." Engadget 4:16 PM
  • "Are The Major Labels In Danger Of Turning Music Streaming Into A Monopoly Owned By Apple?" Music Business Worldwide 2:44 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone drops to fifth place in Chinese smartphone market" AppleInsider 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Tells Lawmaker that Right to Repair iPhones Will Turn Nebraska Into a 'Mecca' for Hackers" Motherboard 2/18
  • "Apple Loses Fourth Place to Xiaomi in Booming China Smartphone Market"  MacRumors 2/18
  • "Latest Canalys data highlights Apple's struggle in China as shipments & market share fall" 9to5Mac 2/18
  • "The State of iBooks in Early 2017"  TidBITS 2/18
  • "Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality: Sorry, Microsoft and Magic Leap, the Silicon Valley smartphone giants have one thing you haven't got" Computerworld 2/18
  • "Apple-backed trade association pledges support for energy storage legislation" 9to5Mac 2/18
  • "New macOS malware steals passwords and iPhone backups" BetaNews 2/17
  • "Adobe Issues Critical Security Update for Flash Player on Mac" MacRumors 2/17
  • "WWDC17: June 5-9 in San Jose, CA" RazMag 2/17
  • "How to download Steam games on Mac" iMore 2:32 PM
  • "Logic Pros: Using MacBook Pro's Touch Bar w/ customizable key command shortcuts" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "Installing old versions of macOS"  Ivan Expert 10:26 AM
  • "How to use the Touch Bar with the Mac App Store" iMore 9:02 AM
  • "How to use Instagram, Snapchat on a PC or Mac" USA Today 2/18
  • "How to configure a Time Capsule as an ethernet-only storage device: You can use the hard drive in a Time Capsule as a network storage device if you decide to stop using the router capabilities." Macworld 2/17
  • "Getting a 16 Episode Gameshow to Rough Assembly in 30 Minutes With Final Cut Pro X" 2/17
  • "Zoho Notebook (for Mac) Review & Rating" PC Magazine 2/17
  • "How to Create a Bootable USB Drive for macOS Sierra" Envato Tuts+ 2/17
  • "How to Mute Sound in Embedded Videos in Messages" OS X Daily 2/17
  • "Mac: How to Change The Default Screenshot Format" Apple Must 2/17
  • "Free: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About A Photo On Your Mac" Mac 360 2/17
  • "swift/docs/OwnershipManifesto" Github 2/18
  • "Swift Changes Considered Harmful" Furbo 2/18
  • "Notes On The Mac App Store" TeraTalks 2/17
  • "When backups go bad: The problem with using network drives with Time Machine/Data backups are vital, so any problems that a user can't easily fix are not acceptable." Macworld 2/17
Press Releases
  • "Free App 'Reverb' Brings Amazon's Alexa to Mac Desktops, iPhones and iPads" MacRumors 9:35 AM
  • "Use this Chrome extension to easily identify emails with senders' icons" The Next Web 2/17
  • "Chaos Group's New V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max—7x Faster Rendering and Adaptive Lighting" Architosh 2/17
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Shifts Towards Digital and Regional Ad Campaigns" MacRumors 4:00 PM
  • "The new wave of 'unlimited' data plans: How Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T compare" 9to5Mac 6:12 PM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks at Augsburg: He spoke as part of Augsburg College's Scholarship Weekend." Minneapolis Star-Tribune 2/18
  • "Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2, profits retained by high ASP until 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 2/17
  • "New Apple ads continue positioning iPad Pro as being better than a computer"  iDownload Blog 2/17
  • "Apple Launches New 'We Hear You' iPad Pro Ad Campaign" MacStories 2/17
  • "This stunning Billboard magazine cover was shot with an iPhone 7 Plus" BGR 2/17
  • "Apple Pay: An Apple Digital Currency" Apple Must 2/17
  • "How a young Steve Jobs hustled Atari into sending him to India for a spiritual quest" Business Insider 2/17
  • "Here's the 'Stealth' Case Apple Uses to Conceal iPhone Prototypes During Transport" MacRumors 2/17
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple introduces 'world's fastest' PowerBook" Cult of Mac 2/17
Non-Apple News
  • "A Tougher Climate for Corporate Pardons Faces Samsung's Lee" Bloomberg 9:09 PM
  • "Foxconn stock hits decade-high price thanks to strong expectations for upcoming iPhone 8" 9to5Mac 9:19 PM
  • "Foxconn Rides Wave of 'iPhone 8' Expectations" Bloomberg 4:58 PM
  • "Samsung reaches important milestone on the path to commercial 5G" Neowin 1:42 PM
  • "Samsung's Exynos 9 SoC could potentially power the upcoming Galaxy S8" Neowin 2/18
  • "Google is testing VoLTE support for some Project Fi subscribers" VentureBeat 2/17
  • "Amazon Rivals Have Big Clouds to Fill: Google and Microsoft are scaling up fast, but Amazon's lead is hard to close" [Paid Membership Required] 2/17
  • "Exclusive: SoftBank willing to cede control of Sprint to entice T-Mobile - sources" Reuters 2/17
  • "Billionaire investor Mark Cuban calls Amazon 'the greatest startup in the world'" Business Insider 2/17
  • "YouTube Killing 30-Second Unskippable Ads" PC Magazine 2/17
  • "What Did You Think of the Pixel's Design? Google Wants to Know" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "A Gourmet Guide to Wifi: The future of wifi is here, and it's artisanal."  Backchannel 2/17
  • "This creepy tool reveals how Facebook tracks and studies your activity" The Next Web 2/17
  • "German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears" BBC 2/17
  • "Nintendo Switch Ships Early, Unboxing & UI Videos Appear" PC Magazine 2/17
  • "Samsung chief Lee arrested as South Korean corruption probe deepens" Reuters 2/17
  • "iPhone 8 Biometric Sensors, FCC and Smartphone Radio Chips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-17" The Mac Observer 2/17
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 107 | iPhone 8 'function area' replacing Home button, WWDC moving to San Jose, Eddy Cue talks TV" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "Canvas, Episode 29: Workflow – Magic Variables" MacStories 2/17
  • "Planet of the Apps: it's a show but it's also a theme of today's Vergecast" The Verge 2/17
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks about 'iPhone 8' function area, fake news, BeatsX and more" AppleInsider 2/17
  • "Episode 158: 'We'll Accept 30% of Anyone's Revenue'" The Committed 2/17
  • "The next iPhone could have a bigger display and more battery" TechCrunch 4:03 PM
  • "JPMorgan analyst: Wireless charging for iPhone may not arrive until 2018" Neowin 8:04 AM
  • "The iPhone 8 may feature a MacBook-like Touch Bar: The latest report suggests the lower portion of the screen will reserved for virtual buttons." CNET 2/18
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 to use new 'function area' instead of home button: Report" ZDNet 2/18
  • "Apple said to be working on wireless charging solution with Broadcom, may not launch until 2018" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone" AppleInsider 2/17
  • "Is Apple's iPhone SE about to get an upgrade?" Computerworld 2/17
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/17
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/17
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/17

  • "Best clear cases for iPhone 6 Plus" iMore 2:30 PM
  • "Razer Blade Stealth review: The MacBook Pro that Apple should have made" BGR 11:49 AM
  • "I've used AirPods for the last month -- here's what Apple should do with its next pair" Business Insider 2/18
  • "A week with BeatsX: How Apple's latest W1 earbuds compare to AirPods & Powerbeats3" 9to5Mac 2/18
  • "Apple AirPods review - Not perfection but these smart headphones sound like the future" Express UK 2/18
  • "AirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones are better for working out and exercising?" AppleInsider 2/18
  • "I've used AirPods for the last month -- here are 6 things Apple should do with its next pair" Business Insider 2/17
  • "The MacBook Pro's Battery Life Is Better, But It's Still Not The Best" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "AKiTiO Node Thunderbolt 3 eGPU + 'late 2016' MacBook Pro 13-inch" Bare Feats 2/17
  • "Hands-on with D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD, the first HomeKit video security camera" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera" AppleInsider 2/17
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "EduTech: The best iOS apps for keeping track of assignments, due dates, and more" 9to5Mac 3:57 PM
  • "The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 2/18
  • "Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone is short on plot, long on tactics" AppleInsider 2/18
  • "#iPhoneography: Best photo editing apps for iPhone!" iMore 2/18
  • "TranslucentMessages makes the iOS 10 Messages app translucent with stunning blur effects" iDownload Blog 2/18
  • "Fresh powder and frisky pups await in the charming Dog Sled Saga: Mush to victory, make the right calls, and pet some digital doggies." Macworld 2/17
  • "RPS Saga Review: Rock, Paper, Scissors gets a makeover, but ultimately it's what's underneath that matters." iMore 2/17
  • "How to keep all your private photos off iCloud" iMore 4:56 PM
  • "How to delete and recover photos from your iPhone" Digital Trends 3:59 PM
  • "How to get even more Candy and Stardust in Pokémon Go — Gen 2!" iMore 2/18
  • "How to remove someone from the blocked list on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 2/18
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to save your data manually with iPhone, iPad, and Mac" 9to5Mac 2/18
  • "How to Enhance Your Music with the New Alchemy Synth in GarageBand for iOS" iPhone Hacks 2/18
  • "How to turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a satellite phone" ZDNet 2/17
  • "How to use Evolution Items to get Steelix, Scizor, Slowking, and more in Pokémon Go Gen 2" iMore 2/17
  • "How to Buy the Right Router and Save Your Internet" Gizmodo 2/17
  • "AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: How to save and get the cheapest phone plan" CNET 2/17
  • "Use Your iPhone As An External Hard Drive" AppAdvice 2/17
  • "Use Workflow 1.7 for iPhone to quickly save notes and images" AppleInsider 6:19 PM
  • "How to . . . get more out of your iPhone: iOS 10 has some hidden tricks to help make life easier" Irish Times 8:16 AM
  • "8 ways to improve iPhone battery life: If your iPhone doesn't hold a charge like it used to, these tips should help you get a boost from your battery." CNET 2/18
  • "9 Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your Airpod Experience" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Unlimited Data Plan Comparison" The Mac Observer 2/17
  • "Showing a Smart Folder in the iOS 10 Mail Widget Tips" iLounge 2/17
  • "Getting Two-Factor Verification Codes for Your Apple ID" The Mac Observer 2/17
  • "Apple buys company that specializes in facial recognition technology" Apple World Today 9:19 PM
  • "The $5,000-Per-Square-Foot Customer Experience: How To Copy The Apple Store's Magic Formula" Forbes 2:44 PM
  • "Apple Talks Big Media Buy as iPhone Rumors Surge" Fortune 2/18
  • "Forget Planet of the Apps – Apple needs to rip off these TV shows instead"  TechRadar UK 2/18
  • "All things being unequal: It makes comparing iPhones easier" Macworld 2/18
  • "Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for future iPhone wireless charging" SlashGear 2/18
  • "Here are 6 GIFs Showcasing the Benefits of Jailbreaking iOS 10" iPhone Hacks 2/18
  • "Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator/Set aside rationale thought, it's Apple click-click story time" The Register 2/17
  • "Should Apple give iPhone 8 a mini Touch Bar? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 2/17
  • "Apple's New iPad Ads Remind Us Of The Mac Vs. PC Era" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "The 'Ridiculous' Reasons to Support Right to Repair: If you've read Lance Ulanoff's new Mashable article about Right to Repair, you know one thing for sure: Ulanoff thinks you're too stupid to fix your own phone."  iFixit 2/17
  • "Why Touch ID makes the MacBook Pro the best Mac ever" iMore 2/17
  • "This incredible iPhone 8 concept will make your jaw drop" Cult of Mac 2/17
  • "Opinion: Apple might introduce facial-recognition in future iPhones but fingerprints will remain" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "How Apple Is Too Big And Too Slow" Mac360 2/17
  • "Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8: While Apple may not rush immediately into Wi-Fi wireless charging, it could go all in when it does"  Computerworld 2/17
  • "Perhaps Apple's AirPort Extreme features will appear in future Apple TVs, 'Siri Speakers'" Apple World Today 2/17
  • "Apple was close to acquiring Ron Howard's TV and Film production company, report claims" BGR 2/17
  • "Unlocking the potential of eye tracking technology" TechCrunch 8:38 AM
  • "Prepare to Obsess Over the Future of Home Wifi: Eero, Plume, and others want you to become connoisseurs of your own data." Backchannel 2/18
  • "AT&T's new 'unlimited' plan sucks" BGR 2/17
  • "Try these fun (and completely useless) Amazon Alexa commands - Video" ZDNet 2/17
  • "Deleting your Yahoo email account? Yeah, good luck with that" ZDNet 2/17
  • "Facebook wants to own the world, not save it" Mashable 2/17
  • "What App Does A Government Snitch Use?" NoodleMac 2/17
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Finally, the accessory every Apple Watch owner has been waiting for is here" BGR 2/18
  • "Coming February 18: Gene Steinberg meets TidBITS publisher Adam Engst, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 2/17
  • "Meet your new favorite site for iPhone wallpapers" BGR 2/17
  • "An entirely new Pokemon game is coming to iOS and Android" BGR 2/17
  • "QuickerTek wireless antenna upgrades lets you beef up AirPort, Time Capsule products" Apple World Today 2/17
  • "Petal Pop Adventures bursts onto iOS and Android" prMac 2/17
  • "New iMessage Sticker App from YouTuber LugeyPS3 Features Animated Emoji" prMac 2/17
  • "Stickers for Business - Announcing Sales and Special Offers on Instagram" prMac 2/17
  • "The Best iOS Sticker Pack Application for College Students" prMac 2/17
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft ramps up its operations, is hiring 600 people in Dublin Ireland" TWCN Tech News 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft Accelerates HoloLens V3 Development, Sidesteps V2" Thurrott 2:31 PM
  • "Google and Microsoft agree to anti-piracy code in crackdown on illegal downloads" Telegraph 7:59 PM
  • "Microsoft Drags Feet On Windows Security Patch So Google Project Zero Team Goes Public With It" HotHardware 4:48 PM
  • "Intel made a drone to help an NBA player in the Slam Dunk Contest: It was part of the show at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans" Engadget 8:05 AM
  • "Drone dunk: Intel's hexicopter makes an appearance at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest" GeekWire 8:10 AM
  • "An Intel drone got the assist on a vicious dunk at the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest: Orlando's Aaron Gordon used a drone to pass him the ball, and it worked out okay." Recode 2:31 PM
  • "In Theory: How AMD's Ryzen will disrupt the gaming CPU market/More cores, more power - at highly affordable prices." Eurogamer 8:10 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Cinebench R15 Score Matches Intel Core i7 6800K At $200 Discount" HotHardware 4:49 PM
  • "Dell Inspiron Laptop Explodes, Bursts into Flames, and Explodes Again; Analysts Point to Device's Lithium Ion Battery as Culprit!" Master Herald 8:09 AM
  • "HP Omen 17 Review: Windows 10's Affordable Gaming Monster" Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "The Morning After: HP Spectre x360 15 (2017) Second Impressions" Thurrott 9:44 AM
  • "IBM, The Weather Company Develop The First Mobile Mesh Network Alerts Weather App" The Science Times 8:11 AM
  • "'Windows as a service' means big, painful changes for IT pros" ZDNet 2/18
  • "Google reveals a Windows vulnerability as Microsoft fails to patch it" Neowin 2/18
  • "Bill Gates: 'If a robot takes your job, then it should pay taxes'" 2/18
  • "Bill Gates thinks we might have to start taxing robots in the future" Neowin 2/18
  • "Microsoft patents ultimate Hover Parental Control" MSPoweruser 2/18
  • "Microsoft patents a 'real-time parental monitoring' tool" OnMSFT 2/18
  • "Xbox Insider Preview build 15038 is now available - here are the fixes and known issues" Neowin 2/18
  • "Microsoft cuts Xbox One prices to match PS4, only $250 till February 25" Neowin 2/18
  • "Dell Canvas 27 'Coming Soon' To Take Down Microsoft Surface Studio" iTech Post 2/18
  • "More AMD Ryzen benchmarks surface" VR-Zone 2/18
  • "MD Ryzen 1600X $260 New Benchmarks, Matches Intel's $430 i7 6800K" WCCFTech 2/18
  • "New material could deliver improvements to brain-computer interfaces" Neowin 2/18
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Berkshire buys huge chunk of Apple stocks, boosts airline stakes" The Gulf Today 4:00 PM
  • "Don't Get Too Excited About Apple Manufacturing In India" Seeking Alpha 2/18
  • "Apple's transformation from bear to bull" USA Today 2/17
  • "Apple Becomes Highest Smartphone Seller after 8 Quarters" Zacks 2/17
  • "How two giant funds played Apple's six-month run" Apple 3.0 2/17
  • "Is TSMC Losing Steam?" Barron's 2/17
Industry News
  • "Stock market resumes record run to cap week, with late-session push: Dow extends record-setting streak for seventh session" MarketWatch 2/17
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Close Out Strong Week With Fresh Records: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose slightly on Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend." TheStreet 2/17
  • "New highs on Wall Street as Dow inches up moments before the close" Associated Press 2/17
  • "Dow Notches Seventh Straight Record" Reuters 2/17
  • "Dow Posts Slight Gain, Extends Streak of Record Closes: Blue-chip index ends week higher, along with S&P 500 and Nasdaq" [Paid Membership Required] 2/17
  • "Asian stocks hit the brakes at end of choppy week: Global investors showed caution Thursday, as a weaker U.S. dollar and profit-taking sent major Asian stock indexes lower, despite a strong overnight lead from Wall Street." MarketWatch 2/17
  • "European stocks finish higher for the day and week: European stocks ended slightly higher Friday, as big gains for Unilever PLC and Essentra PLC helped offset drops by Dutch storage company Royal Vopak NV and German insurer Allianz SE." MarketWatch 2/17

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