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Thursday Highlights: Interesting question for Apple from Kori Hale at Forbes on whether Apple is "leaving Beats and African-American aestheticism behind?"; Wall Street Journal piece argues iPhone assembly in US "hollow victory for Trump" and may hurt Apple; Cool Hunting and Hodinkee show how Apple's new Apple Watch Series 4 screen designs are actually made; you are being assigned a trust score from Apple based on your iPhone data; Pixel 2 camera better than iPhone XS camera according to reviews; iJustine, Emkwan Reviews on YouTube unbox and review Apple Watch Series 4; GoPro's new Hero 7 offers smooth videos as if a gimbal attached, more in our Reviews section; luxury-priced iPhone XS ships without fast charger brick.

  • "Apple Sets Records With Its Best iPhone Ever"  Fortune 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Celebrates Chinese New Year With iPhone X Film"  The Mac Observer 12:49 PM
  • "Apple's China data center to open in 2020"  Xinhuanet 7:35 PM
  • "Tim Cook did something unusual on last night's earnings call, sending a signal about Apple's shrinking universe" ["Apple only showed revenue growth because of the high price of iPhone X. This signals danger for Apple: It is charging more, in a shrinking universe, for a product that may no longer be observably better than its cheaper rivals."]  Business Insider 2/2
  • "This is Tim: Transcript of Apple's Q1 2018 earnings call"  Six Colors 2/2
  • "Apple posts record $88 billion in sales, but iPhone concerns loom" CNNMoney 2/2
  • "Despite the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, smartphone sales just ran out of steam: Even with a good performance from Apple's newest devices, smartphone sales dropped dramatically in the last three months of 2017."  ZDNet 2/2
  • "iPhone sales figures bring Apple investors back to earth: X model sells fewer units than hoped but $999 price sees quarterly profits of $20.1bn" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2/2
  • "Apple proves it can still deliver profit growth despite slower iPhone demand" Business Insider 2/2
  • "Apple's user base grows, but analysts probe for more detail" Reuters 2/2
  • "Apple sells around 10 iPhones a second, mainly iPhone X: Apple is selling more iPhones and generating higher profits with each sale than ever before, the company has confirmed."  Computerworld 2/2
  • "What a difference a week makes: Apple's $88.3 billion quarter is even more impressive broken down week-by-week" AppleInsider 2/2
  • "4 tidbits we learned from Apple's record quarterly results: A deeper look into Apple's record quarter revenue." Macworld 2/2
  • "iPhone 'Super Cycle' Pronounced Dead"  Bloomberg 2/2
  • "Apple sells fewer phones but profits rise" BBC 2/2
  • "Apple's user base grows, but analysts probe for more detail" Reuters 2/2
  • "Apple R&D spend exceeds $3B for first time, up $410M from September" AppleInsider 2/2
  • "The best Mac apps: These 30 apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers" Digital Trends 7:35 PM
  • "Hands On: Keymand 1.1 brings touch-screen options to your Mac from a connected iPad" AppleInsider 5:42 PM
  • "How to use Memories in Photos for Mac: How do you rediscover all the amazing moments lost inside your library? With the Memories feature in Photos for Mac!" iMore 2:18 PM
  • "Video: How to permanently disable macOS High Sierra upgrade notifications" AppleInsider 2/2
  • "Friday 5: Favorite apps for iMac Pro [Video] 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "Copy Paste Not Working on Mac? Here's How to Fix a Stuck Clipboard" OS X Daily 2/2
  • "How to Set up Your Own Time Machine Server" Intego 2/2
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Getting Started With Time Machine" MacMost 2/2
  • "How to open Microsoft Office docs in macOS High Sierra (without Microsoft Office)" Apple World Today 2/2
  • "macOS Server: As features are cut, what does the future hold for Apple's server software?" Macworld 2/2
Press Releases
  • "Create Your Masterpiece With Canvas Draw 4" prMac 2/2
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple begins wide collection of Apple Watch data for Heart Study" AppleInsider 7:59 PM
  • "Apple starts collecting heart rate data from Apple Watch users for a new heart study" phoneArena 9:21 PM
  • "Apple Passes Samsung to Capture the Top Position in the Worldwide Smartphone Market While Overall Shipments Decline 6.3% in the Fourth Quarter, According to IDC" Business Wire 2/2
  • "Strategy Analytics: Global Smartphone Shipments Tumble 9 Percent to 400 Million in Q4 2017" ["Apple captured first place with 19% global marketshare, nudging Samsung into second position."] Business Wire 2/2
  • "Global Smartphone Sales Dive, but Apple Leads in Market Share" 24/7 Wall St. 2/2
  • "Global Smartphone Shipments Suffered Biggest Ever Fall Last Quarter" Investopedia 2/2
  • "Early HomePod buyers are Apple fanboys — and 92% male" Business Insider 2/2
  • "BT Bet on Apple's Most Expensive iPhone Has Yet to Pay Off" Bloomberg 2/2
  • "Smoke from mobile phone battery sends two Hong Kong Apple store employees to hospital: Emergency personnel deployed to outlet in International Finance Centre, but no evacuation was needed" South China Morning Post 2/2
  • "Two Apple retail employees hospitalized following battery rupture at Hong Kong store" AppleInsider 2/2
  • "App Review rejecting apps that use Apple emoji for user interface icons" 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "Apple loses out to HBO on bid for J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi series" Cult of Mac 2/2
  • "Apple loses bidding war for J.J. Abrams sci-fi drama 'Demimonde'" iDownload Blog 2/2
  • "DOJ: Chinese counterfeiter pocketed over $1M smuggling fake iPhones & iPads into the US" 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "A traveling frog exposes concerns within Apple's Chinese App Store"  TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Warriors coach Steve Kerr blames iPhone X for 'oops' tweet" CNET 2/2
Non-Apple News
  • "TiVo flips 'SkipMode' around for Super Bowl ad fans: GameSkip edits out everything football haters don't want to see." Engadget 8:20 PM
  • "Foxconn to plug at least $340M into AI R&D over five years" TechCrunch 2:24 PM
  • "Republicans and Democrats team up for net neutrality in Washington state" Seattle Times 2/2
  • "An Adobe Flash 0day is being actively exploited in the wild" Ars Technica 2/2
  • "Netflix Japan has overtaken Netflix US with the biggest content library" BGR 2/2
  • "Sprint eyes mobile 5G network launch for first half of 2019" ZDNet 2/2
  • "What you need to know about that big study on cell phones and cancer" ["Be smart: These rats were exposed to high levels of radiation over their entire bodies. This is not how humans are exposed to cell phone radiation. When asked in a press conference if he intends to change his cell phone use, or tell his children to do so, study author John Bucher said, unequivocally, 'no.'"]  Axios 2/2
  • "FCC gets ready to kick off $2 billion rural broadband fund" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "As Sony CEO Kaz Hirai steps down, the future of some products is in question" Ars Technica 2/2
  • "The CEO who saved Sony is stepping down" CNNMoney 2/2
  • "'Egregious' YouTubers to face consequences" BBC 2/2
  • "Google posts its first $100 billion year" CNNMoney 2/2
  • "Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple Earnings and Industry Learnings" Tech.pinions 8:11 PM
  • "Mario Kart is Coming to Mobile - The TouchArcade Show #340" Touch Arcade 2/2
  • "158: iPhone SE 2 pessimism, iBooks revamp, and iOS 12"s focus on fixes Happy Hour" 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "020: YouTube TV on Apple TV and Valentine's Day Apple Watch Activity Challenge Daily" 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "iMore show 592: Controlling the Chain" iMore 2/2
  • "Apple Q1 2018 Earnings Report -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-02" The Mac Observer 2/2
  • "The State Of Apple In 2018 – What The Tech Ep. 386" Thurrott 2/2
  • "How will Sonos compete against Apple's HomePod? CEO Patrick Spence explains Sonos' answer to Apple, Amazon and Google on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask." Recode 2/2
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iOS 12" features, pro filmmaking on an iPhone, and Apple earnings" AppleInsider 2/2
  • "iOS 11.3 hints at Apple's work on an iCloud-based single sign-on solution for websites" 9to5Mac 1:43 PM
  • "iOS 11.3 Beta Teardown Reveals Possible iCloud Single Sign-On Feature For Websites" Redmond Pie 9:22 PM
  • "Tim Cook: We didn't think about upgrade rates when rolling out the iPhone battery replacement program" BGR 2/2
  • "Apple's HomePod speaker needs an iOS device to work: It has Bluetooth 5.0 but you can't just stream audio over it." Engadget 2/2
  • "Apple finally lists all the ways you can play audio on HomePod, and Bluetooth isn't one" The Verge 2/2
  • "An Apple Supplier Reportedly Cuts Component Production" The Motley Fool 2/2
  • "First HomePod Pre-Order Customers Get Charged as Speakers Prepare for Shipment" MacRumors 2/2
  • "Apple Launches iPhone 7 Repair Program for 'No Service' Issues" iClarified 4:46 PM
  • "Apple launches iPhone 7 repair program for models showing 'no service'" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Apple says some iPhone 7s show 'No Service' when they shouldn't, will repair them for free" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Apple Launches Official Repair Program for iPhone 7 Models Affected by 'No Service' Issue" MacRumors 2/2
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Now Selling Refurbished Apple TV 4K Models at $30 Discount" MacRumors 2/2
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/2
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/2
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/2

  • "AirPlay 2 hands-on" GSMArena 9:22 PM
  • "10 iPhone X accessories you may need" Apple Must 10:58 AM
  • "Alternative Bands for the Apple Watch from MonoWear Design" eXtensions 8:44 AM
  • "Review: Mophie powerstation AC Portable Power Pack" iLounge 2/2
  • "Review: Zephyr's drone simulator is a great if pricey way to improve your flying skills" ["Which is why I decided to try Zephyr, a simulator for the Mac and Windows that claims to accurately model the actual flight characteristics of the drones it covers ..."] 9to5Mac 2/2
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Difference of Good Ink on the iPad Pro" Macdrifter 5:44 PM
  • "R-Play puts your PS4 games on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 2/2
  • "'A Hollow Doorway' Review - No Triangles, Just Trying Angles" Touch Arcade 2/2
  • "How To Buy iPhone X On iOS 11.1.2 For Jailbreak Purposes" Redmond Pie 6:03 PM
  • "How to stream the Super Bowl for free on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV" 9to5Mac 4:06 PM
  • "How to Let Guests Connect to Your Wi-Fi Network Using a QR Code (Without Sharing Your Password)" iPhone Hacks 12:47 PM
  • "How to make your iPhone less annoying" CNBC 8:25 AM
  • "How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage: Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users, far less than many need. Here's a rundown on what you can do to put your iCloud storage needs on a diet and what other options are available." Computerworld 2/2
  • "New Ways to Control Your Apple TV in iOS 11.2.5 and iTunes 12.7.3" TidBITS 2/2
  • "14 ways to cut your iPhone data consumption" Apple Must 2/2
  • "Cassandra: Clarifications on RAW Output from the iPhone by a Halide App Developer" eXtensions 9:33 AM
  • "Selling loyalty is more valuable for Apple than selling more iPhones" Mashable 2/2
  • "iPhone X cancellation claims deepen despite strong holiday sales" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "HomePod: Imagining a future family of smart speakers [Concept] 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "Apple's Holiday Quarter iPhone Hat Trick" Tech.pinions 2/2
  • "iPhone sales are much stronger than Apple's Q1 numbers would have you believe" BGR 2/2
  • "My iPhone SE 2 wish list" iMore 2/2
  • "5 Most Impressive iPhone Clones Straight out of China" [Slideshow] iDrop News 2/2
  • "Comment: Apple's Q1 results contained mixed news, but overall they were a big win" 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "Is It a Problem That HomePod Only Works With Apple Products?" Daring Fireball 2/2
  • "How Facebook stole the news business" TechCrunch 2:36 PM
  • "The best eBook readers and Kindles you can buy" Telegraph 7:47 AM
  • "Video cards are so expensive, you're better off buying an entire desktop PC" Digital Trends 2/2
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iPhone X and iPhone 8 Mod Brings Glowing Apple Logo" iPhone Hacks 10:57 AM
  • "Coming February 3: Gene Steinberg meets security expert Jarrod Suffecool and author/publisher Joe Kissell, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:44 AM
  • "YouTube TV Now Available on Apple TV: Here's What You Get" Tech Times 7:55 AM
  • "YouTube TV application arrives for Apple TV — are you one of the select few who can download it?" TrustedReviews 7:54 AM
  • "Pokémon Go developers have purchased AR company Escher Reality" Neowin 7:54 AM
  • "February Apple Watch Activity Challenge rewards users with animated iMessage stickers" 9to5Mac 2/2
  • "Intro app for learning names and faces: pre-orders open on iOS App Store" prMac 2/2
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Office 2019 will only run on Windows 10, and will begin previews next quarter: Not surprisingly, Microsoft is making Office 2019 synonymous with Windows 10." PCWorld 9:21 PM
  • "Report: Microsoft will make Windows 10 S the default mode for five new Windows 10 versions/If Windows 10 S is the default Windows and gamers will have to pay more to upgrade to Pro, consumers are going to flip their lids." PCWorld 9:21 PM
  • "Exclusive: New Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed" Thurrott 1:42 PM
  • "Windows 10 consumer SKUs to reportedly undergo changes" Neowin 4:10 PM
  • "Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Home editions to its line-up" ZDNet 4:10 PM
  • "The next version of Windows 10 might be called the Spring Creators Update" Neowin 7:34 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 just got $300 cheaper, but there's a catch" BGR 7:45 AM
  • "Build yourself a high-performance AMD Ryzen 7 PC" ZDNet 7:50 AM
  • "What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing" TechCrunch 7:48 AM
  • "Backblaze Hard Drive Reliability Report Shows HGST Drives Lead, Seagate Still Has Issues" HotHardware 4:10 PM
  • "Microsoft Azure revenue up 98% as it closes gap on AWS" IT PRO 2/2
  • "Clouds from Microsoft, Google, Alibaba all booming, but they still can't touch Amazon" TechRepublic 2/2
  • "Crypto-Mining Botnet Ensnares 500,000 Windows Machines" SecurityWeek 2/2
  • "Over 500,000 Windows Machines Infected with Monero Mining Software" Infosecurity 2/2
  • "Windows 10 surpasses 7 globally to become Microsoft's biggest OS" CRN UK 2/2
  • "Report: Windows 10 Surpassed Windows 7 In Global Desktop OS Market Share" SegmentNext 2/2
  • "No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft" The Register 2/2
  • "Microsoft cloud revenues push results to new high" ITProPortal 2/2
  • "Elekta strikes deal to build IBM Watson into cancer care software" Fierce Biotech 2/2
  • "Confirmed: Michael Dell really is thinking about going public again, maybe through a 'merger' with VMware" Business Insider 2/2
  • "Dell confirms that it's exploring IPO, VMware reverse merger" ZDNet 2/2
  • "Dell is 'evaluating' a direct IPO or reverse merger with VMware" VentureBeat 2/2
  • "Dell confirms it's considering combining with VMware and other options in SEC filing" TechCrunch 2/2
  • "Dell explores IPO or potential merger with VMware" Reuters 2/2
  • "Report: Dell Mulling Reverse Merger With VMware, Special Committee Formed" CRN 2/2
  • "Dell, VMware decide to explore options including merger: Sources" The Economic Times 2/2
  • "Intel Reports Progress on Patch-Related Performance Issues" E-Commerce Times 2/2
  • "Intel spin-out could launch AR smart glasses this year" Engadget 2/2
  • "Intel rumored to be in talks to find a partner for its AR glasses business" BGR 2/2
  • "Intel tipped to release augmented reality specs this year" The Inquirer 2/2
  • "Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory" The Register 2/2
  • "New Intel Coffee Lake 8600 - 8500 - 8300 Models Are Confirmed" Guru3D 2/2
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review: a high-end GPU waiting on a future it's trying to create" PCGamesN 2/2
  • "AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Graphics Version 18.2.1 Is Out" Softpedia 2/2
  • "Cisco - Get ready for the software-powered intelligent networks of tomorrow" ITProPortal 2/2
  • "Cisco To Reinvent Network For Digital Business" Bernama 2/2
  • "Cisco launches Kubernetes container platform" IT PRO 2/2
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Report: Apple's first China data center eyes 2020 opening" Seeking Alpha 4:04 PM
  • "Bellwether Stock Apple At All-Time Highs. What's Next For Apple's Stock Price?" Investing Haven 9:32 AM
  • "Apple shares fall 4% into correction territory"  CNNMoney 2/2
  • "Apple stock loses some sheen on disappointing iPhone sales" Reuters 2/2
  • "Wall Street wowed by iPhone X performance, but cools off on expectations of an Apple 'super cycle'" AppleInsider 2/2
  • "Strong iPhone prices, cash plans buoy Apple shares after muted outlook" Reuters 2/2
  • "Apple Shares Climb in Late Trading on iPhone X Optimism" Bloomberg 2/2
  • "Here's What Wall Street Is Saying About Apple's Earnings Report" Bloomberg 2/2
  • "Lanxon: iPhone X Price Point Makes Up For Drop in Sales Volume" [Audio Report] Bloomberg 2/2
  • "Why Toni Sacconaghi downgraded Apple (Video)" Apple 3.0 2/2
  • "How Apple Could Add $32 To Its Stock Price" Seeking Alpha 2/2
  • "'Google is at Apple's mercy' — the trouble in Alphabet's earnings" MarketWatch 2/2
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 on track for worst weekly decline in 2 years: Dow drops more than 400 points" MarketWatch 2/2
  • "Dow Gets Walloped, Falls 450 Points as Bond Yields Spike: Stocks plunge and Treasury yields spike after the U.S. adds 200,000 jobs to payrolls in January and wages increase." TheStreet 2/2
  • "Tech companies lead stocks sharply lower in morning trading" Associated Press 2/2
  • "Dow Set for Its Biggest Weekly Fall in Two Years: Blue-chip index falls sharply as disappointing earnings reports and a selloff in government bonds weigh on markets" [Paid Membership Required] 2/2
  • "Earnings worries weigh on Asian markets; China suffers worst week since 2016: Stock indexes in Japan and South Korea suffered earnings-related hits Friday, with Samsung Electronics falling more than 4% after rival Apple's latest quarterly financial results." MarketWatch 2/2
  • "DAX drops below 13,000 after Deutsche Bank logs a hefty loss: European stocks dropped for a fifth straight session on Friday, with the German market leading the charge south after Deutsche Bank posted a bigger-than-expected loss in the fourth quarter." MarketWatch 2/2

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