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Tuesday Highlights: Qualcomm lawyers were able to get Apple to admit they had no other choice for 4G modem components; due to iPhone XR sales issues, Japan Display seeks help from Taiwan and China's Silk Road Fund, report also notes Apple said to go OLED on all iPhones by 2020; and Foxconn looking at India for iPhone assembly; Adam Engst asks if Apple will fill void in speech recognition now that Nuance has left macOS; once again, Fortune crowns Apple #1 most admired company in world for 12th year straight—reports in our General Interest section; lawsuit settled between Apple, Valencell over accusation Apple stole tech for Apple Watch; Apple expands Apple Pay to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and more; "Flexgate", the name iFixit assigns to new MacBook Pro "stage light" design flaw; iPhone XS Max and original iPhone X #4 and #10, respectively, in DxOMark's selfie camera scores.

Apple Q1 Results
  • "Apple Reports First Quarter Results: Revenue and EPS Hit New All-Time Records/Active Installed Base of Devices Reaches 1.3 Billion in January" ["The Company posted quarterly revenue of $88.3 billion, an increase of 13 percent from the year-ago quarter and an all-time record, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.89, up 16 percent, also an all-time record. International sales accounted for 65 percent of the quarter's revenue."]  Apple 3:32 PM
  • "iPhones Help Drive Record Apple Reveue, Sales: Tech giant says smartphone revenue rose 13%, but projects weaker-than-expected sales for current quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 3:43 PM
  • "Apple Forecast Falls Short After iPhone Sales Miss Estimates" Bloomberg 3:33 PM
  • "Apple Slips: Forecast Misses, Q1 iPhones Miss" Barron's 3:47 PM
  • "Apple's second-quarter revenue forecast misses estimates" Reuters 3:49 PM
  • "Apple sales suffer rare holiday drop amid iPhone X concerns: Apple says the iPhone X has been the top-selling iPhone since it shipped in November, but total sales missed expectations." CNET 3:48 PM
  • "Apple sold fewer iPhones than a year ago: Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones during the December quarter, Apple's fiscal Q1 2018." CNBC 3:48 PM
  • "Apple reports record revenue, but iPhone sales miss forecasts" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:12 PM
  • "Apple earnings top estimates, but outlook disappoints" Axios 3:48 PM
  • "Apple's cash pile hits $285.1 billion, a record" CNBC 3:48 PM
  • "Apple plans to reduce cash balance to 'approximately zero'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:12 PM
  • "Amazon and Apple Gush Over Holiday Sales" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:22 PM
Apple News
  • "The iPhone X is Apple's underrated masterpiece: Apple showed genuine courage in going for such a radical redesign, and users are loving it so far"  The Verge 8:17 AM
  • "Apple's Profit Machine: The App Store has quietly gotten as big as the global box office."  Slate 7:43 AM
  • "FY 18 First Quarter Results: Apple's conference call to discuss first fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET." Apple Investor Relations 7:44 AM
  • "iPhone X Puts Apple in Crosshairs of Nervous Tech Investors/For anxious tech investors, there's one name that stands above all others as the two-day blitz of earnings nears its crescendo: Apple Inc." Bloomberg 10:19 AM
  • "Apple is about to report its biggest quarter of all time — and it might not be enough: Sales could pass $90 billion on a strong iPhone X launch." Recode 9:45 AM
  • "Five key things to look out for in Apple's results: Little doubt profits will be a record but spotlight is on iPhone sales outlook" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:44 AM
  • "With Samsung deal, Qualcomm doubles down on licensing practices: Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday aimed to show shareholders that its licensing practices still have a future after having come under scrutiny from antitrust regulators around the world as well as from major customer Apple Inc." Reuters 8:58 AM
  • "New deal with Samsung makes Qualcomm a little less isolated on the antitrust front" Foss Patents 8:12 AM
  • "Apple gets support from Lawyers for Civil Justice in fight against discovery sanctions" Foss Patents 8:11 AM
  • "Printing and Sharing Portions Of a Document" MacMost 10:14 AM
  • "How to set the default wireless network in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:30 AM
  • "Feed reader robustification" Dr. Drang 8:48 PM
  • "Thunderstrike Malware: Could It Still Be a Threat to Your Mac?" Low End Mac 9:49 AM
Press Releases
  • "Pixelmator Pro updated with a number of improvements and fixes" iDownload Blog 10:50 AM
  • "[Bridge Constructor Portal] The Critically Acclaimed Puzzle Game Is Now Available in the Mac App Store" Headup Games 10:50 AM
  • "Discord Desktop Apps Gain Deep Spotify Integration, Including Real-Time 'Listen Along' Feature" MacRumors 10:18 AM
  • "RailModeller Pro 6.0 - Introducing Community Layouts" prMac 7:50 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's US iPhone Sales Top 22 Million in Q4" 24/7 Wall St. 7:32 AM
  • "India Hits Apple, Rivals With Higher Duties on Imported Phones" Bloomberg 8:16 AM
  • "Apple completes renovation of historic storefront at first Austrian retail location, opening set for February 24th" 9to5Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Mario Kart is coming to mobile. Is it time to get excited or are you ready to chuck some blue shells?" 148Apps 8:07 AM
  • "Mario Kart Tour will race onto iOS... sometime in the next year" Cult of Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Apple removes Telegram from App Store due to inappropriate content" Engadget 9:51 AM
  • "Telegram apps fall foul of iOS App Store content rules" TechCrunch 7:55 AM
  • "Telegram apps vanish from the App Store" Cult of Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Apple removes Telegram from app store" BBC 10:18 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: 'I don't believe anything Elon Musk or Tesla says'" CNBC 8:44 AM
  • "Lauren Powell Jobs' Emerson Collective in Talks to Back BuzzFeed News" Variety 2:22 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Finally, Facial Recognition for Cows Is Here" Gizmodo 9:54 AM
  • "The iPhone X notch clones are coming: Shamelessly derivative" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Sharp's new iPhone 5c copy is called the Android One S3, runs stock Android" Digital Trends 8:06 AM
  • "PayPal slammed after eBay snubs it for another payment partner" Business Insider 10:54 AM
  • "eBay drops PayPal as first choice for payments" BBC 7:42 AM
  • "Addicted to your Smartphone? This Formula is Why" Wired 7:37 AM
  • "019: Apple's holiday quarter, Mario Kart for iOS, HomeKit lighting Daily" 9to5Mac 5:41 PM
  • "Two Former Professional (W)rappers and One Amateur Discuss Apple's HomePod Strategy, and FTP -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-01" The Mac Observer 2:05 PM
  • "Here's what Apple's battery-slowing controversy means for iPhone sales" [Video Report] Business Insider 2:22 PM
  • "Apple Confirms HomePod's Supported Audio Sources in Tech Specs" MacRumors 8:41 AM
  • "Apple clarifies which audio sources are supported on HomePod speakers: Unsurprisingly, HomePod favors those who get all their music from Apple." Ars Technica 9:52 AM
  • "IT pros will be able to delay Apple updates for 90 days with iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4" AppleInsider 8:59 AM
  • "Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, and iOS 11.2.2 following release of iOS 11.2.5" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Apple looks into a 'family sleep monitoring system' that involves its Beddit purchase" Apple World Today 8:14 AM
  • "Apple manufacturer to build budget iPhone facility in India" Business Insider 2:23 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Begins Selling Refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Models in United States, Starting at $499" MacRumors 2:24 PM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM

  • "iMac Pro vs. 5K iMac: The results will surprise you" TechnoBuffalo 3:18 PM
  • "iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) review: Apple's super-sized tablet is ready for multitasking" TechRadar UK 2:23 PM
  • "Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max: Which high-end smart speaker is right for you?" AppleInsider 2:23 PM
  • "The best wireless chargers for iPhone X and iPhone 8: These are the features, specs, and design considerations to keep in mind when buying a wireless charger for your iPhone X or iPhone 8." Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Hands-on: The iMac Pro's UHS-II SD Card reader can boost video workflows [Video] 9to5Mac 3:07 PM
  • "Review: Here's a Look at the $99 Colgate Smart Toothbrush You Can Get From the Apple Store" MacRumors 3:17 PM
  • "Review: Sylvania Smart+ LED flexible light strips are made for HomeKit" 9to5Mac 3:17 PM
  • "Prynt Pocket review: You want this for Valentine's Day — seriously/What better way to bring your memories to life than with a physical photo that has a movie on it!" iMore 8:16 AM
  • "How to Record FaceTime Calls on iPhone and Mac" iPhone Hacks 5:43 PM
  • "How to Remove Stickers from Messages Conversations on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 3:16 PM
  • "How to let your friends stream their music to your HomePod" iMore 8:12 AM
  • "For the love of pod: the 12 best Apple Airpods tips and tricks/Customise, accessorise and revolutionise your little wireless friends..." Stuff Magazine 8:44 AM
  • "Apple's Record Quarter Includes Mixed Results, But iPhone X Performance Will Wow Wall Street" The Mac Observer 7:28 PM
  • "iPhone X: Get Ready for Much More Like It From Now On" The Mac Observer 6:15 PM
  • "Cassandra: Apple Reports Q1 2018 Figures -With a Look Back to 2017" eXtensions 6:15 PM
  • "Why Apple's biggest quarter ever is a letdown: The iPhone X debut wasn't enough to push iPhone sales to a new record."  Recode 4:13 PM
  • "Here's the Apple iPhone X Feature Woz Doesn't Like" Fortune 3:16 PM
  • "Wired: 'Podcast Listeners Really Are the Holy Grail Advertisers Hoped They'd Be'" Daring Fireball 3:16 PM
  • "5 Reasons Why the iPhone X is (Still) the Best Phone" Tom's Guide 2:22 PM
  • "Getting Apple to replace your iPhone's failing battery is a bigger hassle than it should be: If you live close to an Apple store, then things are easier. Oh, and don't think that having AppleCare+ coverage gets you much in this scenario."  ZDNet 9:47 AM
  • "How much is the Apple Watch?" Apple Must 8:56 AM
  • "Verizon, Apple continue to lobby against your 'right to repair'" OSNews 8:11 AM
  • "Op-ed: Apple was right to throttle iPhones, but some things still need to change/Prioritizing battery life and stability over speed was the best move for users."  Ars Technica 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft's Office on iOS improvements puts enterprises everywhere: When it comes to enterprise productivity, Microsoft has two feet in the future and just one in the past, and that's why it significantly improved Office on iOS for every user with the kind of collaborative tools enterprises need."  Computerworld 7:57 AM
  • "X marks the spot: Tracking Apple's decline" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Is it the end of the line for the 'i' at Apple? Analyzing Apple's naming scheme: Though it may feel dated, many of Apple's 'i' products carrying significant branding value that could mean the i-Name will stick around for a while."  Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "We need an Apple Pencil that works with the upcoming AirPower" Apple World Today 7:32 AM
  • "eBay Is Getting Rid of PayPal" Kirkville 7:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "YouTube TV arrives on Apple TV after months-long delay" AppleInsider 7:40 PM
  • "YouTube TV now available natively on Apple TV" 9to5Mac 7:41 PM
  • "Google Voice has been optimized for iPhone X" iDownload Blog 3:34 PM
  • "Coach releases simple and clean black and brown Apple Watch bands, new colors for some existing straps" 9to5Mac 2:21 PM
  • "App Camp Teaches Teens to Code iPhone Apps, Games" PRNewswire 2:19 PM
  • "Domino's Winning Game Day Strategy Includes 15 Digital Ordering Options" PRNewswire 2:19 PM
  • "Owl Launches First Security Camera for Your Car: Design leaders behind the iPod, iPhone, Hololens and Dropcam have created a 24/7 complete car security camera to protect against crashes, stops, and break-ins. Security systems are no longer limited to just the home." Business Wire 2:19 PM
  • "Ex-Apple, Dropcam executive launches a security camera for your car" TechCrunch 10:19 AM
  • "Slack is the latest app to ditch the Apple Watch" Engadget 8:58 AM
  • "YouTube TV available on Roku, coming to Apple TV 'very soon': YouTube's $35-per-month alternative to cable TV is now on the most popular streaming platform." CNET 9:46 AM
  • "YouTube TV's app arrives on Roku" TechCrunch 8:44 AM
  • "CoolStar says a modified Cydia is coming to the Electra iOS 11.0-11.1.2 jailbreak" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
  • " adds augmented reality art-viewing to its iOS app" TechCrunch 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge Making Its Way to the iPad Next Month" Thurrott 7:52 AM
  • "PSA: Uber update seemingly disables Apple Maps extensions, Siri integration" AppleInsider 7:50 AM
  • "Life Ninja releases personal trainer in your pocket for iOS devices" prMac 7:50 AM
  • "Learning Apps Are Going 3D: Learnia Released On App Store" prMac 7:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Surface sales remain stagnant despite launch of three new models: But firm's cloud and Xbox divisions are raking in cash" The Inquirer 7:00 AM
  • "How's Microsoft's marriage with LinkedIn working out?" Associated Press 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft takes one-off loss as cloud business steadily grows" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Rides the Cloud to Strong Quarterly Earnings and Revenue: CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft's architectural advantages are driving its gains in cloud, AI, the Internet of things and other businesses." TheStreet 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's Q2 FY 2018 earnings: What about that cash and Cortana?" ZDNet 10:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Azure Cloud Revenue Nearly Doubles in Q2 2018" eWeek 5:36 PM
  • "Windows 10 update: Microsoft's latest bug fixes include AMD reboot patches" ZDNet 9:19 AM
  • "StatCounter: Windows 10 overtakes Windows 7 in usage share" VentureBeat 7:18 AM
  • "Windows 10 finally catches up with Windows 7: Windows 10 is now more popular than Windows 7, according to Stats" Computing 7:44 AM
  • "No, Windows 10 hasn't overtaken Windows 7: least not according to Netmarketshare" The Inquirer 11:20 AM
  • "Windows 10 will now protect users from scareware" ITProPortal 7:44 AM
  • "Microsoft revenue gains blow past analysts' forecasts" Tech Central 7:47 AM
  • "A giant botnet is forcing Windows servers to mine cryptocurrency" ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "Windows Defender will soon delete dodgy registry cleaner apps: It must act within 24 hours or risk permanent damage to your system" The Inquirer 6:59 AM
  • "Intel announces new CTO, security manager" bit-tech 7:39 AM
  • "Intel Names Michael Mayberry CTO, Matthew Smith CHRO in Series of Exec Moves" Govcon Wire 7:41 AM
  • "Intel offically lists Coffee Lake refresh chips and AMD's 7nm Zen 2 Matisse shows up online" PCGamesN 7:42 AM
  • "Intel unsettled as Spectre and Meltdown fiasco chips its credibility: Chipmaker bears brunt of reputational damage from hardware vulnerabilities" Irish Times 7:39 AM
  • "How Intel creates its dazzling drone light shows: After Intel's light-show drones made a big splash at last year's Super Bowl, the chipmaker decided to create even more of them." CNET 7:39 AM
  • "Alleged AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Raven Ridge Desktop CPU With Vega GPU Benchmarks Leaked" HotHardware 6:16 PM
  • "Exclusive: Dell, VMware decide to explore options including merger - sources" Reuters 9:23 PM
  • "Dell Technologies Inc. (DVMT) Sees Large Increase in Short Interest" True Blue Tribune 7:28 AM
  • "Oracle extends Java JDK 8 updates to 2019: Oddly, JDK 8 will get public updates even after updates end for the later JDK 9 and JDK 10 Java releases" InfoWorld 7:43 AM
  • "Oracle CEO Urges Enterprises to Ditch Data Centers and Move to Cloud" eWeek 7:43 AM
  • "Cisco invests AU$1m in Adelaide smart city trials" ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "MIT launches MIT IQ, aims to spur human, artificial intelligence breakthroughs, bolster collaboration" ZDNet 7:21 AM
  • "Flash storage spec doubles speeds on future smartphones: UFS 3.0 doubles speeds to 2.9 GB/s while lowering power consumption." Engadget 8:48 AM
  • "European tech gets second wind after record-breaking 2017" Reuters 12:00 PM
  • "Tech and the Future of Transportation: From commutes in self-driving cars to autonomous taxis to self-driving trucks and delivery vehicles, the autonomous age is going to have a massive impact on the future of business." ZDNet 11:59 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Strategy Analytics: iPhone the top-selling smartphone in Q4 2017 as whole industry falls 9%" 9to5Mac 9:22 PM
  • "iPhone sales numbers dipped slightly, but revenue is up courtesy of the iPhone X" TechCrunch 8:00 PM
  • "Apple's biggest quarter ever was kind of a letdown — but investors were fine with it: The iPhone X debut wasn't enough to push iPhone sales to a new record." Recode 8:00 PM
  • "Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2018 conference call" AppleInsider 6:16 PM
  • "Apple Q1 2018 Results: $88.3 Billion Revenue, 77.3 Million iPhones, 13.2 Million iPads Sold" MacStories 4:13 PM
  • "Apple Reports Record Results for 1Q 2018: $20B Profit on $88B Revenue, 77.3M iPhones" MacRumors 3:51 PM
  • "Apple announces Q1 2018 revenue of $88.3b: 77.3m iPhones, 13.2m iPads, 5.1m Macs" 9to5Mac 3:51 PM
  • "Apple Q1 2018: 77.3M iPhones, 13.2M iPads, 5.1M Macs" iMore 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's $1T dreams are on hold as it misses on iPhone sales in the holiday quarter" TechCrunch 4:13 PM
  • "Live blog: Apple's fiscal year Q1 2018 earnings call" 9to5Mac 4:13 PM
  • "Apple Beats Earnings Estimates: Live Blog" TheStreet 3:36 PM
  • "Apple earnings to focus on iPhone X sales: Live blog" MarketWatch 3:12 PM
  • "Weak iPhone X Sales Won't Derail Apple Inc. OLED Display Adoption" The Motley Fool 2:40 PM
  • "Apple investors are holding their breath ahead of earnings" Business Insider 2:40 PM
  • "If Apple misses earnings expectations, here's how shares will react" FOXBusiness 2:23 PM
  • "What to watch in Apple's earnings" Axios 10:54 AM
  • "Millennials are loading up on Apple ahead of earnings" Business Insider 8:13 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon, Alphabet: The race to one trillion dollars" BBC 7:43 AM
  • "Apple earnings face X-rating" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:47 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow Finishes Higher as S&P 500 and Nasdaq Decline: The Dow jumps 37 points on the first trading day of February." TheStreet 5:36 PM
  • "Bitcoin drops below key $9,000 level on Coinbase" CNBC 5:37 PM
  • "January US auto sales up 1 pct., but full-year drop expected" Associated Press 5:37 PM
  • "Market Close Report: NASDAQ Composite index closes at 7,385.86 down -25.62 points" Nasdaq 5:37 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Waver After Wednesday's Rebound: A stream of earnings reports drive swings in individual stocks" [Paid Membership Required] 5:38 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly rise on brighter economic data" MarketWatch 8:04 AM
  • "European stocks break 3-day losing run after solid finance, tech earnings" MarketWatch 8:04 AM

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