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Weekend Highlights: Analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks Netflix pulling out of App Store transaction fees is but the first shoe to drop as others will follow suit—meaning Apple's services segment is facing headwinds; research at Zacks suggests diversification of Apple's operations in China will help iPhone struggles; Apple among companies facing complaint in Austria for failure to comply with EU's GDPR; Apple management no longer supports Nvidia in macOS?; Jonny Evans breaks down the industry-wide smartphone slowdown; Foxconn cuts 50,000 jobs in China; data broker, Acxiom, supports Tim Cook's privacy regulation call; facial recognition now being used on birds; Apple to revive iPod touch and iPad mini?

  • "Why an early Shazam investor thinks it could boost Apple Music subscribers by 25%"  Business Insider 7:56 AM
  • "It's time for Apple to take a new approach to product releases: Products like the HomePod and iOS 11 are shipping without key features. It could be time for Apple to move beyond annual release cycles."  Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "Apple earnings: Forget taxes and batteries, the $1,000 iPhone X remains the story/Apple expected to post record sales for the holiday quarter, despite iPhone X shortages, thanks to high price tag" MarketWatch 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's iCloud service is having technical issues" Business Insider 12:27 PM
  • "Several iCloud services down for a small number of users, including Find My iPhone, iCloud Backup, and iCloud Mail" 9to5Mac 12:27 PM
  • "Apple goes back to the future with web apps: Apple's about to introduce Service Worker support in Safari. So. what are Service Workers, and why might they matter to you or your enterprise?"  Computerworld 9:46 AM
  • "PSA: All Apps Submitted to Mac App Store Must be 64-bit Starting January 31" The Mac Observer 10:57 AM
  • "macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Public Beta 1 Is Available Now, with Messages on iCloud and More" The Mac Observer 4:35 PM
  • "High Sierra (macOS 10.13) discussion talks about update problems (and successes), other quality/security problems, APFS support in macOS 10.12, a change in Preview's PDF handling, and more." MacInTouch 11:09 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X review: A great prosumer video editor that some pros will like, too" Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "How to make a bootable macOS High Sierra install disk on USB or Thunderbolt drive" AppleInsider 11:31 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide To the Desktop Folder" MacMost 10:57 AM
  • "macOS Server and alternatives are a big topic after Apple suddenly deprecated most of the functions of its macOS Server product, and customers discuss other apps, other platforms, Synology NAS systems, device management, etc." MacInTouch 11:09 AM
Press Releases
  • "Roland announces software versions of its 808 and 909 drum machines" Engadget 6:07 PM
  • "Logic Pro X 10.4" TidBITS 10:04 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple finally gets Cupertino's permission to occupy parts of Apple Park spaceship building"  VentureBeat 8:01 AM
  • "Is The Apple Inc. iPhone X a Success in the U.S.?" The Motley Fool 8:12 AM
  • "'Siri, how healthy am I?' MedStar, Hopkins among first to test Apple's health records feature."  Baltimore Business Journal 8:12 AM
  • "Steven Soderbergh Says He's Done Directing Studio Movies and Wants to Only Shoot on iPhones — Sundance 2018" ["However, the biggest story around 'Unsane' might not be its release strategy. Taking a page from Sean Baker's 'Tangerine,' Soderbergh shot the whole movie on an iPhone. While Baker has said he used a phone instead of traditional cameras due to budgetary constraints, Soderbergh said he was so impressed with the quality of iPhone cinematography that he would likely continue to use phones to shoot his movies going forward."]  IndieWire 12:28 PM
  • "The world's biggest smartphone market is shrinking: After years of spectacular growth, smartphone sales in China are on the wane." ["That's ominous news for major international smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung — and for Chinese brands like Xiaomi that face tougher competition in their local market."] CNNMoney 7:46 AM
  • "Apple's fun new Grammy ads star Animoji karaoke performing the hits" 9to5Mac 1:14 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google experiments with local information app called Bulletin" Axios 2:44 PM
  • "These are the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+" VentureBeat 9:48 AM
  • "YouTubers say positive work ignored because of controversial stars" BBC 8:55 AM
  • "Google is building Bulletin, a hyperlocal community news service" The Next Web 8:24 AM
  • "Craig from Craigslist thinks he has a solution to 'fake news'" Business Insider 7:56 AM
  • "Dutch spies reportedly caught Russian hackers on video" Associated Press 7:46 AM
  • "iMore show 591: HomePod Cozy" iMore 12:27 PM
  • "HomePod Pre-orders and Siri's Music Controls -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-26" The Mac Observer 12:25 PM
  • "Questions about the HomePod, the DJI Mavic Air, and iOS 11.3: That's right, it's The Vergecast" The Verge 9:19 AM
  • "Audiophiles are comparing HomePod to $85,000 speakers—we'll tell you why on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:44 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast interviews Matt Hines of iZotope, talks about HomePod, DJI drones" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Apple developing 4 next-generation iPhone projects, says Digitimes Research: Apple has been developing four next-generation iPhone projects: a 5.7- to 5.8-inch LCD device; a 6.0- to 6.1-inch LCD device; a 6.0- to 6.1-inch OLED device; and a 6.4- to 6.5-inch OLED device, according to Digitimes Research senior analyst Luke Lin. But the vendor is likely to eventually launch the two LCD phones and the 6.4- to 6.5-inch OLED one."  DigiTimes 8:04 AM
  • "Apple's New 2018 iPhone Line-up May Consist of Two Phones With LCD Displays and One Larger OLED Model, Claims Analyst" MacRumors 8:05 AM
  • "'iPhone SE 2' With Wireless Charging Said to Launch in May or June" MacRumors 8:05 AM
  • "Report: New Wireless Charging iPhone SE Expected by June/Apple is expected to refresh the iPhone SE as a glass-backed smartphone with wireless charging and an entry-level price point." PC Magazine 8:20 AM
  • "The next iPhone SE with wireless charging and no 3D Touch may arrive in May or June" iDownload Blog 8:44 AM
  • "HomePod pre-orders are live: How to be the first to get Apple's new $349 speaker" Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "HomePod appears on Best Buy's website ahead of today's Apple pre-orders" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "HomePod includes a 2 meter power cable in the box, Apple will sell replacements" 9to5Mac 9:18 AM
  • "Apple fanboys tried to buy Apple's new speaker in the middle of the night — but it didn't go on sale until hours later" Business Insider 9:48 AM
  • "Apple In Store Pickup Available for HomePod Pre-orders" The Mac Observer 1:08 PM
  • "HomePod facts: 10 things you need to know if you're on the fence about pre-ordering" Macworld 2:43 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone battery 'slowdown' to be optional" BBC 8:02 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 gets its first public beta" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Everything new in iOS 11.3 Beta 1" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "What's new with ARKit in iOS 11.3" iMore 9:18 AM
  • "Apple chip maker TSMC plans 5-nanometer chips for 2020, 3-nanometer in 2022" VentureBeat 2:51 PM
  • "Should you buy insurance for your HomePod?" iMore 9:48 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM

  • "A closer look at Apple's new HomePod: It sounds fantastic, but Siri might have some catching up to do." Engadget 7:05 PM
  • "A deep dive into HomePod's adaptive audio, beamforming, and why it needs an A8 processor" AppleInsider 6:30 PM
  • "Up close with Apple HomePod, Siri's expensive new home" ["What Apple has here is an ultra-high-quality speaker and the first physical instantiation of Siri without a screen. The fact that Apple is finally entering the smart speaker race is cause for muted celebration. It's attractive, sounds amazing and is an excellent Siri ambassador."]  Medium: Lance Ulanoff 8:06 AM
  • "Up close with Apple's HomePod" TechCrunch 12:32 PM
  • "HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home Max vs. Sonos One: Speaker showdown" iMore 2:45 PM
  • "Video: iMac Pro vs 2013 Mac Pro (Part 3) - video editing" AppleInsider 12:27 PM
  • "DJI's New Osmo Gimbal Is the Rare Phone Accessory That's Actually Worth It" Gizmodo 1:11 PM
  • "Review: Promise's $249 TD-300 Thunderbolt 3 Dock Offers Lots of USB Ports and an SD Card Reader" MacRumors 1:12 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "I tried Apple's improved Health app. Here's what I found" USA Today 8:18 AM
  • "How to Downgrade iOS 11.2.5 to iOS 11.2.2 on iPhone and iPad" iPhone Hacks 6:07 PM
  • "How to use iOS 11.3's iMessages in iCloud" Cult of Mac 1:18 PM
  • "Essential Siri HomePod Apple Music commands" Apple Must 10:57 AM
  • "More evidence suggests the first iPad with Face ID is in the works" BGR 9:19 PM
  • "We visited Apple and Microsoft's flagship stores in NYC — and the winner was obvious" Business Insider 2:45 PM
  • "iPhone X doomsayers lack basic reading comprehension skills (or they're purposefully dishonest)"  AppleInsider 2:45 PM
  • "Bad Apple #1: iCloud Photo Library Re-uploading – TidBITS" Kirkville 2:45 PM
  • "Concept: How we hope battery management in iOS 11.3 will look" GSMArena 2:26 PM
  • "Apple: Sirilessly/The weak speaker launch should not be forgotten in iPhone fever"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:00 AM
  • "5 reasons you shouldn't buy Apple's HomePod right now" Business Insider 9:18 AM
  • "Leaving Windows: How the Pixelbook replaced my Surface Pro 4, no regrets" ZDNet 5:48 PM
  • "Ransomware: Is time running out for the biggest menace on the web?" ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "The Remote Control, Out of Control: Why à la Carte TV Is Too Much for a Trekkie" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:56 AM
  • "Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither" The Register 7:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Best of NAMM 2018: Thunderbolt/USB-C interfaces, iOS controllers, synths, more" 9to5Mac 5:53 PM
  • "Getaway Driver Simulator 'Pako 2' Coming to iOS Next Week" Touch Arcade 2:45 PM
  • "Apple's Clips app gets an update celebrating Chinese New Year" Cult of Mac 8:55 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is building a lightweight version of Windows 10 called Polaris" TechRadar UK 8:53 AM
  • "Report: Microsoft Working On 'Polaris', A New Version Of Windows 10 For Desktops" SegmentNext 8:52 AM
  • "Facebook, Microsoft announce new privacy tools to comply with GDPR" Help Net Security 8:54 AM
  • "Microsoft calls for 'new Digital Geneva Convention' after spate of high-profile cyberattacks" CNBC 8:51 AM
  • "UK councils can't break their Windows 7 addiction" Channel Eye 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Improves Azure Cloud Disaster Recovery Visibility" eWeek 6:00 PM
  • "IBM Will Inch Closer to Dividend Aristocrat Status This Year" The Motley Fool 8:44 AM
  • "Artificial intelligence will propel the world forward, says IBM Chairman & CEO Ginni Rometty" FOXBusiness 8:43 AM
  • "Deutsche Telekom partners with IBM on NB-IoT research" Fox News 8:42 AM
  • "IBM-Salesforce partnership combines Watson and Einstein for customer service" Campaing Live 8:42 AM
  • "IBM Watson Media takes AI to Grammys broadcast" Rapid TV News 8:41 AM
  • "Dell considering acquisitions or possible IPO: sources" Reuters 4:38 PM
  • "Reports: Computer maker Dell weighs potential IPO, other strategic options" USA Today 8:39 AM
  • "Dell Is Considering IPO in Move to Reduce Debt: Report" Fortune 8:38 AM
  • "Dell considers plan to return to the stock market to reduce its $46bn of debts" Computing 8:38 AM
  • "Dell 'Mulls' IPO For Pivotal Cloud Unit" Silicon UK 8:38 AM
  • "Dell is considering going public again" PC Retail 8:38 AM
  • "Dell Technologies reportedly considering IPO and other strategic options" Neowin 8:37 AM
  • "Dell reportedly considering acquisitions or possible IPO" Irish Times 8:37 AM
  • "Dell Considers IPO, Acquiring Remainder of VMware: Reports" TheStreet 8:36 AM
  • "Dell reportedly considers IPO, VMWare deal" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Dell considering IPO 4 years after going private" VentureBeat 7:56 AM
  • "Dell Has 49 Billion Reasons to Consider Going Public Again" Bloomberg 9:11 PM
  • "Dell ultra-thin liquid Series S series 24in S2419HM and 27 inch S2719DM" Guru3D 8:34 AM
  • "Intel does its best to tamp down impact of Spectre and Meltdown in earnings call" TechCrunch 12:16 PM
  • "Intel Says It Will Release New CPUs This Year Patched Against Meltdown & Spectre" Softpedia 8:30 AM
  • "Intel: Meltdown, Spectre silicon fixes coming 2018; 3D XPoint RAM, not so much/And the roadmap for the transition to 10nm remains as murky as ever." Ars Technica 6:59 PM
  • "Intel shares hit dotcom-era highs after bumper results" Reuters 4:37 PM
  • "Intel posts record Q4 and yearly results, says new Meldown/Spectre-protected chips will arrive in 2018" TechSpot 8:30 AM
  • "Intel will launch chips immune to Meltdown and Spectre this year" The Inquirer 8:30 AM
  • "Intel's 2018 silicon will be immune to Meltdown and Spectre" V3 8:30 AM
  • "Leak confirms CEO dumps Intel shares after Meltdown and Spectre processor flaw" ComputerWeekly 8:30 AM
  • "Intel shares hit dotcom-era highs on robust data centre demand" Reuters 8:29 AM
  • "Intel Shrugs Off Spectre Worries in Q4" Light Reading 8:29 AM
  • "No revenue Meltdown for Intel as it posts record results" CRN UK 8:29 AM
  • "Intel promises hardware fixes for Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but only for new chips" BGR 8:29 AM
  • "Intel will release Meltdown and Spectre-proof processors later this year" TechRadar UK 8:29 AM
  • "Intel reportedly warned OEMs about Meltdown and Spectre on 29 November" The Inquirer 8:28 AM
  • "Chips are up for Intel despite media Meltdown over Spectre" SiliconRepublic 8:28 AM
  • "Intel processors will get hardware fix for Spectre and Meltdown this year" Guru3D 8:28 AM
  • "Intel Promises More Secure Chips This Year" EE Times 8:27 AM
  • "Intel promises Spectre- and Meltdown-proof chips this year" Engadget 8:10 AM
  • "Linux and Intel slowly hack their way to a Spectre patch" ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "Intel will soon stop being a PC-centric company" ZDNet 9:16 PM
  • "Where AMD Stands Today in the Tech Transition" Market Realist 2:44 PM
  • "More AMD Ryzen 2 CPUs Details Incoming At GDC 2018 In March" SegmentNext 8:23 AM
  • "FIFA 18 Runs Amazingly Well On AMD Ryzen 7 2700U With Vega 10 Graphics (Acer Swift 3)" SegmentNext 8:23 AM
  • "AMD, Intel, and Nvidia silicon combines to create the ultimate virtual gaming PC" PCGamesN 8:22 AM
  • "AMD to unveil more details of the new Ryzen 2 CPUs at GDC in March" PCGamesN 8:21 AM
  • "Larry's steely grip on Oracle led to 'conflicts of interest' in NetSuite buy-out, court told" The Register 8:20 AM
  • "Oracle expands security portfolio with new capabilities and partner programme" ITP Technology 8:19 AM
  • "Cisco CEO: Repatriation was the most important part of tax reform" Yahoo! Finance 2:51 PM
  • "Cisco Says Data Security Fears Delay Sales for Businesses" CIO Today 8:18 AM
  • "Cisco HyperFlex prepares businesses for hybrid, multi-cloud world" Tech Central 8:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Will Apple Blow Minds With Its Earnings? TheStreet's Newsroom Discusses Live: The week ahead will be hot. Investors will digest earnings from big-cap tech names such as Apple and others. Meanwhile, markets at records will continue to dominate headlines. Here's what's on the radar of TheStreet's newsroom." TheStreet 4:40 PM
  • "Apple's March Q Revenue Outlook May Miss Big, Says BTIG"  Barron's 4:38 PM
  • "What to Expect When Facebook and Apple Post Earnings [Video] Bloomberg Video 4:39 PM
  • "A Look at the iPhone X's Performance during the Holidays" Market Realist 8:23 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends more than 220 points higher as tech, health-care stocks rally: Fourth-quarter GDP is weaker than expected, but strategists say it isn't likely to upend a market mostly trending higher in January" MarketWatch 4:40 PM
  • "Dow Rockets Over 200 Points to Record; S&P 500, Nasdaq Also Close at New Highs: The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished above 26,600 for the first time, while the Nasdaq surpassed 7,500." TheStreet 4:40 PM
  • "Health care, tech and trade hopes lead another stock surge" Associated Press 4:40 PM
  • "S&P 500 Sets Another Record Close: The market index had its 14th record close in January, the most in a single month since June 1955" [Paid Membership Required] 4:39 PM
  • "Hang Seng bucks largely weaker trend for Asian stocks: Bank stocks power Hang Seng, but Nikkei pulled lower" MarketWatch 8:45 AM
  • "Luxury-goods shares lead Europe higher as traders shake off rising euro: Euro climbs to $1.2446, trading around 3-year high" MarketWatch 8:45 AM

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