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Tuesday Highlights: Netflix looks to bypass iTunes billing for subscribers, currently testing in 33 countries, avoiding Apple's commissions; new Mac mini, MacBook Air said to launch in October, with pro-user focus, something Ben Lovejoy thinks is a mistake arguing for Apple to keep a low-cost Mac mini; Apple could see hit in Japan as country seeks to cut wireless fees, end bundling of smartphones; to boost sales, Apple expanding retail presence in India looking to open "flagship outlets in key locations"; Apple TV next landing spot for mega-hit game Fortnite?; citizen's arrest on thieves in California Apple Store; 22 US states seek court ruling to reinstate Net Neutrality; Macworld reviews external GPU Blackmagic; as Tesla toils, calls for Apple to sweep in and acquire rise.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple confirms U.S. government inquiries over iPhone battery issue" Axios 7:53 AM
  • "Apple responds to report that the US government is investigating the iPhone slowdown" Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "U.S. agencies probe Apple over slowing iPhones: Bloomberg" Reuters 8:24 AM
  • "Apple slowdown after software update probed by US authorities" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:09 AM
  • "The iPhone X doesn't matter"  Quartz 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Sells a Record 22 Million iPhones in USA During 4Q17" Counterpoint 7:50 AM
  • "Wall Street analyst downgrades Apple, says there's one big problem with the iPhone X"  Business Insider 8:29 AM
  • "HomePod's biggest problem isn't Siri, it's that it's too much like the original iPod: Loyalty is in HomePod's DNA, but will it be enough?"  Macworld 7:46 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple still aims to allow iPad apps to run on Macs this year"  Axios 7:58 AM
  • "macOS 10.14 said to sport faster waking and unlocking" iDownload Blog 10:09 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to run Windows 10 on your Mac using VMware's Fusion 10" iMore 7:49 AM
  • "How to Use a Windows PC Keyboard on Mac by Remapping Command & Option Keys" OS X Daily 2:59 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Questioning the Snow Leopard Moment" MacStories 3:35 PM
  • "The Mac, The Myth, The Legend: How Snow Leopard became synonymous with reliability"  9to5Mac 12:49 PM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from January 2018: Fight off the winter blues with a few fresh games." Macworld 7:51 AM
Press Releases
  • "Subnautica is now available on Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 2:04 PM
  • "BricsCAD V18—2/3D CAD and BIM Software for Mac OS X" Architosh 12:19 PM
  • "Vivaldi Web Browser Gains Vertical Reading Mode, Markdown Support for Notes, and More" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "Hyperbolic Software releases Tidy Up 5, fully-featured duplicates finder" prMac 7:31 AM
  • "Pocket Informant now available on Mac App Store as Informant 1.0" prMac 7:31 AM
  • "Turner is a handy macOS tool for creating and analyzing contracts" Apple World Today 7:29 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Gamble on 3 New iPhones Has Paid Off: New Survey" TheStreet 10:09 AM
  • "Apple gets rare nod in Trump's tech-light State of the Union" CNET 7:42 AM
  • "Phil Schiller talks HomePod & the tech behind it" iDownload Blog 10:03 AM
  • "Apple VP Jennifer Bailey Says Apple Pay Accepted at 1 out of 2 U.S. Stores" MacTrast 7:56 AM
  • "Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has a big problem with the iPhone X" ["Wozniak contrasted the high-tech phone with the simplicity of Apple's early products."]  Business Insider 11:00 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak no longer believes 'anything Elon Musk or Tesla says'" V3 8:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T says revamped DirecTV Now w/ cloud DVR & more coming this spring" 9to5Mac 8:22 PM
  • "2018 could finally be the year Sprint's network becomes good" BGR 3:15 PM
  • "Why Samsung Is Hell-Bent on Making Bixby Happen: Samsung wants Bixby to be the operating system of the 5G world. Don't laugh." PC Magazine 11:10 AM
  • "Bournemouth bars have begun accepting a smartphone app as ID: Yoti means you can leave your passport and driving licence at home." Engadget 10:54 AM
  • "Cryptocurrency miners: A replacement for ransomware/Attackers are turning away from ransomware in favor of fraudulent cryptocurrency mining: and your IoT devices might be their future cash cows." ZDNet 11:09 AM
  • "Cisco Talos warns about malicious cryptocurrency mining attacks" VentureBeat 10:14 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "018: Square Cash supporting Bitcoin, HomePod versus iPod Hi-Fi, and Snow Leopard's legacy Daily" 9to5Mac 6:11 PM
  • "DOJ/SEC Investigate Throttlegate, Facebook Google Doom, New Macs in 2018 -ACM 447" The Mac Observer 5:57 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod Tech Specs -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-31" The Mac Observer 1:19 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "iOS 11.3 Beta to Get Throttling Kill Switch in February as Apple Trials 'Reserve a Battery' System in Canada" MacRumors 10:09 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 brings back button fade animations in the Calculator app" iDownload Blog 7:54 AM
  • "Apple properly fixes the 1+2+3 Calculator bug in iOS 11.3, brings back the animation" 9to5Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Begins Shipping 18-Core iMac Pro to Customers" MacRumors 11:00 AM
  • "Apple supplier Wistron nears land deal in India: sources" Reuters 7:52 AM
  • "Wistron close to India land deal for expanded iPhone SE fabrication, start of iPhone 6s manufacture" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Could Make The iPhone 6s In India If Supplier Wistron Closes New Deal" Tech Times 9:27 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple Stops Signing Older Versions of iOS 11" MacRumors 6:58 PM
  • "Apple stops signing older versions of iOS following release of iOS 11.2.5" 9to5Mac 6:58 PM
  • "Apple extends AppleCare+ for Mac to New Zealand and Australia" 9to5Mac 3:19 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 camera shootout: We compare Apple and Samsung's flagships both have dual-rear cameras. We put them to the test around San Francisco." CNET 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 photos" CNET 7:42 AM
  • "What if the iMac Pro had THREE Vega GPUs?" Bare Feats 10:47 AM
  • "Tech Spec Showdown: Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home" The Mac Observer 12:01 PM
  • "Review: Mophie's new Powerstation delivers juice using USB-C PD standard, adds AC outlet" iDownload Blog 12:15 PM
  • "Review: Satechi's new Clamp Hub Pro makes it easier to access iMac's ports" iDownload Blog 10:54 AM
  • "Review: can the Invoke smart speaker with Cortana rival the HomePod?" iDownload Blog 7:56 AM
  • "Colgate E1 toothbrush review: Smart, but not essential" Cult of Mac 12:04 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to transfer your photos from iPhone to Mac or an external drive" AppleInsider 6:47 PM
  • "iOS: How to Create an iPhone Night Mode for Astronomers" The Mac Observer 1:28 PM
  • "Ask Siri To Play the News" MacMost 10:01 AM
  • "How To Take A Pic Of The Super Blue Moon With Your iPhone X" Forbes 7:22 AM
Tips
  • "Your iPhone Slowed Down. Here's What to Do When the Solution Is Just as Slow." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:04 PM
  • "8 productivity apps your iPad will love you for" Apple Must 11:03 AM
  • "How to Find Your iPhone Using Siri" iPhone Hacks 10:45 AM
  • "iPad Diaries: 'Type to Siri' as a Smart Command Line" MacStories 10:14 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why the lack of an iPhone X 'super cycle' might actually be a good thing" BGR 6:48 PM
  • "Apple: We Would Never!" Gizmodo 5:49 PM
  • "Phil Schiller on HomePod" The Loop 10:10 AM
  • "$1,000 iPhone X was called crazy – now people are worried iPhone prices won't keep rising" BGR 10:09 AM
  • "Why This Rumored 6.1-inch Apple Inc. iPhone Spec Is False: This Fool debunks a seemingly-credible rumor." The Motley Fool 8:07 AM
  • "Is iPhone X demand really weaker than anticipated?" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (42) -Dishonest Reporting on Apple as the Q1 2018 Reports are Due; Investing in Silicon; and More" eXtensions 7:16 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Robots could be a self-fulfilling nightmare" Axios 3:15 PM
  • "Are AR and VR the new Visicalc of our age?" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:54 AM
  • "2018 Prediction #5 — The H-1B visa problem will NOT go away" I, Cringely 8:24 AM
  • "Samsung is flying high. Here's what could bring it down to earth" CNNMoney 7:48 AM
  • "If Amazon And Buffett Lift Veil On Health Prices, Insurers Are In Trouble" Forbes 7:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Nintendo officially announces new Mario Kart game coming to iOS" 9to5Mac 8:21 PM
  • "Slack Nixes its Standalone Apple Watch App" MacRumors 6:48 PM
  • "Apple Music gets access to exclusive mixes from Steve Aoki, Sigala and DJ Suss One" AppleInsider 6:17 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge Making Its Way to the iPad Next Month" Thurrott 5:48 PM
  • "Apple updates Support app for iOS, adds new capabilities to Transporter developer tool" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Apple adds amazing Flex and Flow sound pack to GarageBand for iOS" Cult of Mac 3:11 PM
  • "Logitech adds snapshot alerts to HomeKit-enabled Circle 2 cams with free firmware update" 9to5Mac 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Selling New 'UNDEFEATED' Beats Pill+ and BeatsX Earphones" MacRumors 2:04 PM
  • "Ex-Apple designers unveil Caffeine social broadcasting platform for games" VentureBeat 10:14 AM
  • "Team-based shooter Hero Hunters blasts its way into the App Store" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "'Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia' Is Now Available on iOS and Android Devices" Touch Arcade 7:49 AM
  • "Groovy app for iOS that allows to shoot photos like professional photographer - is now available in English too, after being top rated app in Korea and Taiwan" Iridium Studios 7:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Dell considering sale to VMWare in what would be 'biggest deal in tech history': Move would allow firm to become public again without formal listing" V3 8:01 AM
  • "Dell weighs virtual options with VMWare to shuffle debts" Tech Wire Asia 11:13 AM
  • "Dell releases a range of updates for its Wyse suite of thin client solutions" Neowin 11:14 AM
  • "Samsung topples Intel to become the world's largest chipmaker" TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "Samsung confirms production of cryptocurrency mining chips" ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "Samsung confirms it is making ASIC chips for cryptocurrency mining" TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "Samsung reportedly enters volume production for Bitcoin mining ASIC" DigiTimes 8:11 AM
  • "Intel names new technology chief amid Meltdown-Spectre fallout" ZDNet 3:37 PM
  • "AMD Surpasses Q4 Earnings on Products Rollout, Guides Well" Zacks 8:10 AM
  • "AMD Shares Slide Then Recover On Earnings Beat, Zen 2 CPUs Spectre-Proof, Radeon Production Ramps For Mining Demand" HotHardware 5:58 PM
  • "AMD vs Spectre: Our new Zen 2 chips will be protected, says CEO" ZDNet 7:11 AM
  • "AMD plans to release Spectre-proof processors — but you probably can't get them until 2019" Business Insider 12:49 PM
  • "AMD wants to make it easier for you to buy its GPUs" Digital Trends 12:48 PM
  • "Retail Boxed AMD Raven Ridge Ryzen CPUs With Integrated Vega GPUs Leak" HotHardware 5:58 PM
  • "NVIDIA proves the cloud can replace a high-end gaming rig" Engadget 3:00 PM
  • "Microsoft's Azure revenue nearly doubled year-over-year in its second quarter" TechCrunch 3:40 PM
  • "Microsoft revenue climbs to $28.9B, besting Wall Street expectations once again" GeekWire 3:40 PM
  • "Microsoft reports $28.9 billion in Q2 2018 revenue: Azure up 98%, Surface up 1%, and Windows up 4%" VentureBeat 3:18 PM
  • "Microsoft FY18 Q2 earnings: $28.9 billion in revenue backed by cloud, Office growth/Revenues for Microsoft's second quarter were up to $28.9 billion, backed by continued cloud services growth." Windows Central 3:19 PM
  • "Microsoft's Q2 strong, but commercial cloud sequential revenue, bookings growth slows" ZDNet 3:37 PM
  • "Microsoft reports loss on tax charge" Reuters 3:20 PM
  • "Don't believe Microsoft's latest privacy hype: The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that's not what it has in mind." Computerworld 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft Earnings: What to Watch/Analysts expect higher EPS, revenue" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Visual Studio gets an app for sketch-based UI prototyping: The experimental Ink to Code app for Windows 10 helps build user interfaces for Windows and Android, as well as facilitate developer collaboration" Computerworld New Zealand 5:49 PM
  • "Why IBM's fiscal 4Q17 Earnings Made Headlines" Market Realist 2:55 PM
  • "More security flaws found in Oracle MICROS retail systems: 230,000 outlets worldwide at risk from point-of-sale system vulnerability" V3 10:59 AM
  • "Oracle point-of-sale system vulnerabilities get Big Red cross" The Register 7:28 AM
  • "Cisco jumps into containers: Kubernetes continues to show its dominance of cloud container management: as Cisco adopts it for its new container orchestration platform." ZDNet 1:56 PM
  • "Cisco gives intent-based networking a third leg to stand on" The Register 7:28 AM
  • "Cisco warns users about serious vulnerability in WebVPN software" Digital Trends 2:55 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Will iPhone X Sales Lift Apple's Earnings Report?" Zacks 3:37 PM
  • "Apple: Reasons For Optimism Going Into Earnings" Seeking Alpha 3:40 PM
  • "Apple could be the best of the bunch in this tech earnings avalanche" CNBC 8:11 AM
  • "So just how well did the iPhone X sell anyway? We'll finally a get hint in Apple's quarterly earnings results on Thursday." CNET 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's in the Penalty Box, but Should Still Be in Your Starting Lineup" RealMoney 8:13 AM
  • "BofA: Don't Write Off Apple's Hardware Business Just Yet" Benzinga 3:00 PM
  • "Analyst lowers June—yes, June—iPhone estimate" Apple 3.0 3:06 PM
  • "Apple Out-Swims A Systemic Risk Tidal Wave" Seeking Alpha 7:22 AM
  • "Sell-Off in Apple Could Make Alphabet Most Valuable Company" 24/7 Wall St. 7:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end higher, closing out best month since March 2016: Boeing's stock contributes about 115 points to the Dow industrials" MarketWatch 4:03 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher After Up-and-Down Day of Trading: Stocks rebounded on Wednesday." TheStreet 4:03 PM
  • "Dow ends January with a rally, extends winning streak" FOXBusiness 4:02 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Surrender Gains After Fed Decision: Still, the Dow records its largest one-month percentage gain in more than 18 months" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:02 PM
  • "Asian markets finish mixed in response to Trump's State of the Union speech: Stocks reverse early declines after mostly conciliatory speech" MarketWatch 8:28 AM
  • "European stocks inch higher, but gains kept in check by 43% Capita plunge: Stoxx 600 on track for 1.9% January gain" MarketWatch 8:27 AM

 
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