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Monday Highlights: Following media criticism in China, Apple pulls at least 25,000 illegal apps, many gambling-related, from China App Store—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; developers get hands on 8th betas of Mojave, tvOS 12 and more today; MacBook Pro Touch Bar, with Mojave installed, brings new feature you can add: Automator actions; MacRumors reports Amsterdam Apple Store iPad battery incident under investigation at Apple; lawsuit against Apple "claims website is inaccessible to visually impaired users"; interesting story at Wi-Fi Now on how a meeting in 1998 with Steve Jobs brought Wi-Fi into being; MacMost takes you on a video tour of Prague's Apple Museum; an Artificial Intelligence now in charge of keeping Google's data centers cool; copper coil said to be included in next iPhones for faster/more efficient wireless charging; at least six new models of Apple Watch registered in Eurasia.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "President Trump touts Apple's US investments during State of the Union"  9to5Mac 9:20 PM
  • "U.S. Probes Apple Over Updates That Slow Older iPhones: The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple Inc. violated securities laws concerning its disclosures about a software update that slowed older iPhone models, according to people familiar with the matter."  Bloomberg 1:20 PM
  • "The DOJ Is Investigating Apple for Slowing Down iPhones" Fortune 2:39 PM
  • "U.S. is investigating Apple over slowed-down iPhones, sources say" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:39 PM
  • "Apple Faces Two Federal Probes Over iPhone Battery Issue: Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating potential securities violations" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:05 PM
  • "U.S. agencies investigate Apple over slowing iPhones: Bloomberg" Reuters 2:37 PM
  • "Apple probed by U.S. government over iPhone slowdown" CNNMoney 4:05 PM
  • "US investigating Apple's use of software to slow older iPhones" CNET 2:40 PM
  • "US government investigates Apple over iPhone battery slowdowns" Telegraph 2:31 PM
  • "Apple under investigation by DOJ, SEC for disclosures of its iPhone slow-down update" Ars Technica 2:59 PM
  • "Amid angst over iPhone X, Wall Street braces for weak forecast from Apple" ["Combined with concerns about the impact of an imbroglio in which Apple acknowledged slowing down phones with worn-out batteries, the weak iPhone X performance has again raised the question of whether the company can keep up its rapid revenue growth without a new hit product."]  Reuters 7:00 AM
  • "Apple is set to report a giant profit. But iPhone X demand worries investors" CNNMoney 2:31 PM
  • "Apple to Cut iPhone X Production in the Face of Weak Demand: Company will offer its first report on iPhone X sales when it reports earnings Thursday"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:18 AM
  • "iPhone X boosts Apple OS share in key markets: The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that in the three months ending December 2017 iOS made an overall share gain of 0.7 percentage points to 24.8% across the big five European markets, despite market share falling by 2.4 percentage points in the UK." Kantar Worldpanel 7:21 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X demand spurs worry, but may be misplaced ahead of Q1 results: The uncertainty around iPhone X demand is sparking a lot of consternation on Wall Street. Rest in peace super cycle." ZDNet 7:48 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X strategy stumbles but higher prices likely kept sales afloat" USA Today 2:40 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone X drives gains in key markets" Computerworld 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Expected to Report Highest Revenue in Single Quarter in Company's History" MacRumors 12:06 PM
  • "Google Bets a Billion Dollars More Brains Can Help Take On Apple" ["The deal will help Google design more of its own consumer hardware and could set it up to wade deeper into special-purpose chips — like Apple."] Bloomberg 7:19 AM
  • "Apple will finally replace the fax machine in health care" CNBC 9:15 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple to Deprecate Raft of Essential Services in macOS Server This Spring" MacRumors 7:25 AM
  • "If Lightroom is still slow for you, Adobe promises help is on the way" Digital Trends 7:30 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Fixing PDFs Whose Pages Render as Black Rectangles" TidBITS 10:06 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Use Three-Finger Drag on Your Mac to Save Time and Clicks" MakeUseOf 2:39 PM
  • "Why does a Safari cookie reappear after you delete it?" Macworld 7:12 AM
  • "Setting Window Sizes Precisely With a Script" MacMost 7:46 AM
  • "macOS: How to Quickly View Hidden Files and Folders in Finder" The Mac Observer 1:17 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Mac server discussion talks about cloning macOS Server, Apple product changes, cloud-based computing, QNAP data corruption, FreeNAS, Synology, remote access, Murus Services, Kerio changes, Webmin, open-source and more." MacInTouch 8:37 AM
  • "What if macOS Spotlight had a full screen implementation?" Apple World Today 7:09 AM
Press Releases
  • "January Update to Office for Mac Includes Reading Tools, Coauthoring Improvements, AutoSave" The Mac Observer 6:13 PM
  • "Final Cut Pro X 3D Sports Graphics Plugins released by FxFactory" prMac 8:24 AM
  • "Gro CRM, the Mac CRM Small Business Platform, Announces Version 2.0 with Powerful iOS 11 & iPhone X Features" Gro Software 6:32 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone X Was One of the Top Three Best-Selling Smartphones in December 2017 Across Five Markets" MacRumors 7:48 AM
  • "iPhone X is a best-selling smartphone" BetaNews 7:48 AM
  • "CNN blames Apple for mishap that saw users receive multiples of the same push notification" 9to5Mac 6:27 PM
  • "CNN blames Apple for bombarding users with repeated Apple News push notification" AppleInsider 7:26 PM
  • "Why Apple sells just 2.5% of India's smartphones"  CNBC 7:20 AM
  • "When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa: Speech recognition systems seduced by masked messages" The Register 7:02 AM
  • "Censorship suggested as air quality data intermittently disappearing from Apple's Weather app in China" 9to5Mac 7:30 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak says he doesn't trust Elon Musk or Tesla anymore: Apple co-founder says Tesla is overhyped, under-delivers" MarketWatch 7:20 AM
  • "Steven Soderbergh's Unsane was filmed entirely on iPhones — and it looks terrifyingly fantastic" iMore 2:31 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Biker Protestor 'Throttles' Traffic Around FCC Headquarters" Gizmodo 3:25 PM
  • "Amazon just revealed its $4 billion 'Spheres' packed with a mini tropical forest — here's what it looks like inside" Business Insider 10:04 AM
  • "Amazon is creating a health care company with the help of Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase" Recode 9:21 AM
  • "Bitcoin mania is hurting PC gamers by pushing up GPU prices" The Verge 7:24 AM
  • "More proof the revolution in self-driving vehicles is happening far away from roads" ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "Google completes its $1.1 billion HTC deal: As announced, the team behind the Pixel phone is joining Google." Engadget 7:17 AM
  • "Facebook 'no place' for young children" BBC 7:08 AM
  • "Child experts: Just say 'no' to Facebook's kids app" Associated Press 7:08 AM
  • "Turn Off Messenger Kids, Health Experts Plead to Facebook" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:08 AM
  • "Facebook Is Putting More 'Local News' in Your Feed. That's a Lot Harder Than It Sounds." Slate 7:05 AM
  • "The Zuck promises to give you more local news – and so save the world: Techno Jesus posts latest Facebook teaching" The Register 7:02 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "017: iOS 12 rumors, DOJ Apple probe, Outcast for Apple Watch Daily" 9to5Mac 5:50 PM
  • "iOS 12"s New Direction, iPhone X Sales Estimates -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-30" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 40 – How Apps Fit Into Our TV and Movie Watching" MacStories 10:04 AM
  • "New Apple products with custom chips, Facebook's new local focus - Video" CNET 9:21 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Scoop: Apple delays iOS features to focus on reliability, performance" ["Software head Craig Federighi announced the revised plan to employees at a meeting earlier this month, shortly before he and some top lieutenants headed to a company offsite."]  Axios 7:04 AM
  • "Apple Pushes Back Some Key iPhone Software Features" Bloomberg 10:59 AM
  • "Apple Has Delayed Some Planned iOS Features Until Next Year to Focus on Performance and Quality" MacRumors 8:35 AM
  • "Apple will reportedly hold key iOS features until 2019 to focus on bug fixes and speed" VentureBeat 8:34 AM
  • "Apple adding its own co-processors to three Macs in 2018, Bloomberg reports" Bloomberg 9:07 PM
  • "Kuo: Apple's culty iPhone SE is not getting any big changes" Digital Trends 2:29 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly launching 3 new Macs with custom chips this year" The Next Web 7:27 AM
  • "Apple supplier Murata says iPhone X output target cuts overstated in report" Reuters 7:19 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 will allow parents to approve family purchases using Face ID" 9to5Mac 7:47 AM
  • "Here's how HomePod will handle future software updates" 9to5Mac 2:31 PM
  • "Apple patent is for a Video headset that changes perspective as you move" Apple World Today 8:19 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "iPhone or iPad Capitalizing Random Words? Try This Workaround" OS X Daily 2:30 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Virgin Mobile to offer cheap, 'pre-loved' iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets" BetaNews 7:27 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "iMac Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Understanding HomePod/Apple's new HomePod is yang to the AirPods yin: The best and easiest way to enjoy Apple Music and AirPlay, and control HomeKit from your living room." iMore 9:21 PM
  • "iPhone X: Five things I absolutely love/Other than the big screen and slim bezels." CNET 7:08 AM
  • "Back to the Mac 001: Hands-on with my favorite iMac Pro accessories¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 6:27 PM
  • "Hands on: $249 CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Plus is a great port expander for new MacBook Pro owners" AppleInsider 2:29 PM
  • "Review: CalDigit TS3 Plus is the new king of Thunderbolt docks" iDownload Blog 12:06 PM
  • "Review: CalDigit's 'TS3 Plus' Dock Gives You 15 Ports, 85W Charging, and an SD Card Reader for $250" MacRumors 8:35 AM
  • "Review: Twelve South's PencilSnap keeps your Apple Pencil safe and secure" iDownload Blog 7:27 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "TrapAdventure 2 Is Literally The Most Difficult Game In The App Store" AppAdvice 9:06 PM
  • "Letterboxd 2.0 Brings iPad Version, Support for iOS Automation Apps" MacStories 2:30 PM
  • "Review: Outcast delivers the best Apple Watch podcast playback experience yet" 9to5Mac 3:25 PM
  • "I tried the Apple store's most popular fitness cryptocurrency app — and discovered a potential flaw" Business Insider 10:06 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to delete apps on iPhone 6s and later" Apple Must 4:03 PM
  • "How To Customize The Notch On iPhone X" AddictiveTips 2:30 PM
  • "How To Downgrade iOS 11.2.5 To iOS 11.2.2 For Potential Future Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 10:06 AM
Tips
  • "How to spot a fake Lightning cable that's not legit MFi" Cult of Mac 2:31 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "iOS 12 Features: New Report Details What Is Coming And What Is Not" Redmond Pie 7:13 PM
  • "Apple's Phil Schiller on HomePod: We Want to Create a New Kind of Music Experience in the Home That Sounds Incredible" MacRumors 6:26 PM
  • "Phil Schiller explains what's changed since the iPod Hi-Fi, HomePod's spatial awareness &¬†more" 9to5Mac 5:51 PM
  • "Opinion: iOS 12 could finally fix systemic frame rate issues and interface inconsistencies" 9to5Mac 2:40 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod Public Beta Starts February 9th, and That's OK" The Mac Observer 2:34 PM
  • "Why I'm not worried about mix of iPhone shipments: Analyst" CNBC Videos 2:30 PM
  • "Why can't iPhone owners just accept the fact that Google can save them?"  BGR 12:07 PM
  • "iOS 12 may have few new features as Apple focuses on quality and performance" Macworld 12:06 PM
  • "'iOS 12" features put on hold said to include multiplayer AR games, automatic sorting of photos" AppleInsider 12:06 PM
  • "Report: Apple pushing back features, focusing on software quality in next major iOS release"  Six Colors 12:05 PM
  • "Why it sucks when fitness apps don't share your workout data with Apple" Cult of Mac 10:19 AM
  • "iPhone X Sales Suck, or Not, and Only Apple Knows for Sure" The Mac Observer 10:08 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly slashing iPhone X orders because it isn't selling well" Business Insider 8:35 AM
  • "Kantar calls iPhone X pricing 'vindicated' as Apple sees marketshare grow across Europe, China, Australia & Japan" AppleInsider 8:35 AM
  • "The MacBook Air was revolutionary. Here's what we want from its replacement"  Digital Trends 8:24 AM
  • "Smartphone Market Challenges Raise Major Questions" Tech.pinions 7:25 AM
  • "X-tinction: The reported cancelation of the iPhone X" Macworld 7:11 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 8:36 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Death Coming brings pixel art soul-harvesting puzzles to iOS in February" VentureBeat 2:36 PM
  • "Announcing Featured Speakers Spike Lee, Susan Wojcicki, Eddy Cue, Kara Swisher, and More at SXSW 2018" SXSW 10:58 AM
  • "Nintendo to shut down its first mobile game, Miitomo, in May." iMore 8:24 AM
  • "Headshot ZD for iOS lets you blast zombies back to the grave" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Funxim: Affordable Fast Wireless Charging Pad" [Ready to ship] Indiegogo 7:47 AM
  • "OneDrive for iOS Gets Refined Designed With Big New Update" Thurrott 7:24 AM
  • "Microsoft Adds Drag and Drop Support to Office and OneDrive for iOS, Support for Files, and More" The Mac Observer 6:05 PM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft disables 'buggy' Intel patch" BBC 6:27 AM
  • "Microsoft releases emergency patch to disable Intel's bork-ridden Spectre fix: It's Crap Inception" The Inquirer 6:32 AM
  • "Microsoft update disables Spectre patch" Seeking Alpha 6:22 AM
  • "Microsoft launches Azure Event Grid out of beta" VentureBeat 10:47 AM
  • "What is Microsoft's 'Polaris' project?" ZDNet 1:00 PM
  • "Microsoft's Latest Teams Update Bridges App Experiences" eWeek 3:32 PM
  • "Microsoft Announces January Updates for Office 365" Thurrott 3:33 PM
  • "Microsoft Tests New Windows Camera Update to Enable Future Innovation" Thurrott 6:12 PM
  • "Intel warned Chinese firms about Meltdown and Spectre flaws 'before notifying US gov': Chipmaker says firm didn't have time to 'tell everyone it planned'" The Inquirer 6:32 AM
  • "Intel Chips Without Meltdown, Spectre Flaws Arriving This Year" eWeek 5:54 PM
  • "Intel Core i3-8310U Dual-Core, Quad-Thread Mobile CPU Leaks With 3.4GHz Turbo Clock" HotHardware 6:04 PM
  • "AMD beats Q4 estimates, revenue up 34 percent" ZDNet 5:54 PM
  • "Dell could be set to sell itself to VMware" ITProPortal 6:40 AM
  • "Dell Could Rein in Its Debt Through a Reverse Merger With VMware: Dell owns nearly 82% of VMware, whose stock is up more than 40% in the past 52 weeks." TheStreet 6:41 AM
  • "Could VMware acquire Dell? Rumours of Dell's future continue to swirl, with the latest claiming that VMware could buy Dell in a reverse acquisition as a way of making Dell public again" CRN UK 6:42 AM
  • "Dell could go public in VMWare reverse merger, claim sources" bit-tech 6:42 AM
  • "Dell may sell itself to VMware to go public without an IPO" IT PRO (UK) 6:42 AM
  • "Dell's Problem: Bigger Not Always Better/Tech giant has beefed up just as rival HP is enjoying benefits of slimming down" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 6:42 AM
  • "Dell-VMware Reverse Merger: Good News For Dell Shareholders" Seeking Alpha 6:42 AM
  • "HP settles faulty Pavilion laptop class-action by throwing $6.5m at it: Mo' money, less problems it would seem for the notorious HP" The Inquirer 9:10 AM
  • "Cisco: This VPN bug has a 10 out of 10 severity rating, so patch it now" ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "Cisco adds analytics services to its intent-based networking efforts" ZDNet 6:31 AM
  • "Cisco drops a mega-vulnerability alert for VPN devices: By using 'crafted XML,' attacker could take over routers, security gateways." Ars Technica 11:48 AM
  • "This is what a quantum computer sounds like" Quartz 6:51 AM
  • "Reminder — Oracle 18c is autonomous only if Oracle runs it for you" Diginomica 6:53 AM
  • "MacBooks and Ultrabooks will save the PC market, but smartphones still rule: But traditional notebooks are increasingly toast, says Gartner" The Inquirer 6:31 AM
  • "How Once-Ailing PC Brand Acer Became The Top Seller Of Chromebooks" Forbes 6:45 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Stock Still Diving on Fears of iPhone X Demand" TheStreet 7:19 AM
  • "Apple's Next Earnings Report Will Be Rated 'X'" Barron's 10:05 AM
  • "Apple's value drops $46 billion amid falling iPhone X demand" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "iPhone Supply Shock Won't Upend Europe's Star Chip Maker: Apple helped make ams AG Europe's best-performing large-cap stock last year" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 2:31 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow Tumbles 362 Points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Finish Lower: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all lost ground on Tuesday." TheStreet 3:52 PM
  • "What Wall Street will be watching in Trump's State of the Union address" USA Today 3:52 PM
  • "Stock market losses accelerate, Dow could fall below 26,000" FOXBusiness 3:53 PM
  • "Market Close Report: NASDAQ Composite index closes at 7,402.48 down -64.03 points" Nasdaq 3:53 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Have Their Worst Day Since May: Blue-chip index, off as much as 411 points Tuesday, posts consecutive down days for first time in 2018" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:54 PM
  • "Asia-Pacific markets slide after Wall Street stumbles" MarketWatch 7:06 AM
  • "European stocks track Wall Street lower, as bond selloff prompts caution" MarketWatch 7:07 AM

 
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