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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 Music on Track to Overtake Spotify in U.S. Subscribers: Apple's U.S. subscriber-account base has been growing about 5% a month, versus No. 1 Spotify's 2% clip" [Paid Membership Required] 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Music to overtake Spotify in US subscribers this summer as it hits 36M globally" 9to5Mac 11:03 AM
  • "Report: Apple Music on Track to Overtake Spotify/If Apple Music and Spotify keep adding subscribers at their current rates, Apple Music will soon bump out Spotify as the number one streaming service." PC Magazine 1:05 PM
  • "Apple Music could soon beat Spotify in the U.S., report says" Mashable 6:25 PM
  • "Apple Music poised to overtake Spotify in US, possibly this summer" AppleInsider 9:29 PM
  • "How Apps, Music and More Can Buoy Apple Beyond the iPhone: To keep increasing revenue while selling fewer phones, Apple might have to totally rethink how it charges for devices and services" [Paid Membership Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Photos from inside Apple's new $5 billion headquarters"  Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "KGI: Intel might be exclusive modem supplier for 2018 iPhone lineup, Qualcomm iced out"  AppleInsider 7:36 AM
  • "KGI: 2018 iPhones to use Intel baseband chips exclusively, ditching Qualcomm" 9to5Mac 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Sets Records With Its Best iPhone Ever"  Fortune 2/3
  • "Apple's China data center to open in 2020"  Xinhuanet 2/3
  • "Logic Pros: Hands-on w/ Apple's new Logic Pro X reverb plug-inĀ 'ChromaVerb'" 9to5Mac 7:43 PM
  • "Mac tip: What is Search Result SnapBack?" Apple Must 4:04 PM
  • "Hands On: Self publish the next great novel with Vellum 2.1.2 from your Mac" AppleInsider 9:44 AM
  • "The best Mac apps: These 30 apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers" Digital Trends 2/3
  • "Hands On: Keymand 1.1 brings touch-screen options to your Mac from a connected iPad" AppleInsider 2/3
  • "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 2/3
  • "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
  • "My feed reading system" Dr. Drang 4:52 PM
  • "Apple's Touch Bar needs to grow up" SlashGear 1:06 PM
  • "iOS Apps We Would Love to See Run on Macs" iPhone Hacks 11:05 AM
  • "macOS Server: As features are cut, what does the future hold for Apple's server software?" Macworld 2/2
Press Releases
  • "Altair Releases Inspire 2018—Simulation-Driven Design Software" Architosh 12:04 PM
  • "Create Your Masterpiece With Canvas Draw 4" prMac 2/2
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Next-gen 6.1-inch LCD iPhone again predicted to outsell OLED models" AppleInsider 7:36 AM
  • "Apple begins wide collection of Apple Watch data for Heart Study" AppleInsider 2/3
  • "Apple starts collecting heart rate data from Apple Watch users for a new heart study" phoneArena 2/3
  • "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 2/3
  • "Foxconn to plug at least $340M into AI R&D over five years" TechCrunch 2/3
  • "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
  • "Evil Address Records of Death... and Files! – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 695" The Mac Observer 12:19 PM
  • "Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple Earnings and Industry Learnings" Tech.pinions 2/3
  • "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
  • "iCloud Single Sign-On Solution Might Arrive With iOS 11.3" UberGizmo 10:49 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 11.3 may use iCloud as a single sign-on for websites: You may only need to remember your Apple ID." Engadget 7:36 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 hints at Apple's work on an iCloud-based single sign-on solution for websites" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "iOS 11.3 Beta Teardown Reveals Possible iCloud Single Sign-On Feature For Websites" Redmond Pie 2/3
  • "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
  • "Growing number of iPhone X users unable to accept calls, Apple investigating" 9to5Mac 8:04 PM
  • "Some iPhone X Users Can't Answer Calls On Their Phones" UberGizmo 6:25 PM
  • "Apple Launches iPhone 7 Repair Program for 'No Service' Issues" iClarified 2/3
  • "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
  • "You Can Buy The HomePod At 50 Percent Off... If You're An Apple Employee" Tech Times 1:06 PM
  • "Best MacBook Deals for February 2018: Where can you find the best deal on a new MacBook? Let's take a look at some of the offers currently available!" iMore 1:06 PM
  • "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

  • "Apple Watch just got way more stylish [Review] Cult of Mac 9:29 PM
  • "Arteck HB030B Bluetooth keyboard review" The Gadgeteer 9:31 AM
  • "10 iPhone X accessories you may need" Apple Must 2/3
  • "Alternative Bands for the Apple Watch from MonoWear Design" eXtensions 2/3
  • "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 2/3
  • "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 prepare yourself for the depreciation of services on macOS Server: Migrate to FOSS to continue to provide network services" iMore 7:58 PM
  • "How To Buy iPhone X On iOS 11.1.2 For Jailbreak Purposes" Redmond Pie 2/3
  • "How to stream the Super Bowl for free on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV" 9to5Mac 2/3
  • "How to Let Guests Connect to Your Wi-Fi Network Using a QR Code (Without Sharing Your Password)" iPhone Hacks 2/3
  • "How to make your iPhone less annoying" CNBC 2/3
  • "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
  • "iCloud Photo Library vs. My Photo Stream: What's the difference? iCloud Photo Library lets you access your photos across all your devices, and so does My Photo Stream, so why use one or the other?" iMore 8:35 AM
  • "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
  • "iPhone X2 Leak Reveals Apple's Biggest Gamble" Forbes 6:43 PM
  • "Why Apple lost the plot with the $1,000 iPhone X" MarketWatch 12:05 PM
  • "Next-gen 6.1-inch LCD iPhone again predicted to outsell OLED models" AppleInsider 11:04 AM
  • "Cassandra: Clarifications on RAW Output from the iPhone by a Halide App Developer" eXtensions 2/3
  • "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 2/3
  • "The best eBook readers and Kindles you can buy" Telegraph 2/3
  • "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 2/3
  • "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 2/3
  • "YouTube TV Now Available on Apple TV: Here's What You Get" Tech Times 2/3
  • "YouTube TV application arrives for Apple TV — are you one of the select few who can download it?" TrustedReviews 2/3
  • "Pokémon Go developers have purchased AR company Escher Reality" Neowin 2/3
  • "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
  • "Report: Microsoft Replacing Windows 10 S with 'S Mode'/Instead of offering a dedicated version of Windows 10 that only allows users to run apps from the Windows Store, Microsoft is going to make this an option in Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise editions." PC Magazine 12:07 PM
  • "Windows 10 S is becoming Windows 10 S Mode" TechRadar UK 7:55 AM
  • "Dell considering options like merger with VMware or IPO" Infosurhoy 7:53 AM
  • "Intel spin-out could launch AR smart glasses this year: says reports" The Indian Wire 7:54 AM
  • "HP Spectre 13 (2017) Review" Thurrott 7:59 PM
  • "After GPUs, CPUs May Become The Next Go-To Hardware For Use in Cryptomining — AMD Ryzen Threadripper CPUs Can Pay For Themselves in Under a Year" WCCFTech 7:54 AM
  • "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 2/3
  • "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 2/3
  • "Exclusive: New Windows 10 Consumer SKU Roadmap Revealed" Thurrott 2/3
  • "Windows 10 consumer SKUs to reportedly undergo changes" Neowin 2/3
  • "Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Home editions to its line-up" ZDNet 2/3
  • "The next version of Windows 10 might be called the Spring Creators Update" Neowin 2/3
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 just got $300 cheaper, but there's a catch" BGR 2/3
  • "Build yourself a high-performance AMD Ryzen 7 PC" ZDNet 2/3
  • "What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing" TechCrunch 2/3
  • "Backblaze Hard Drive Reliability Report Shows HGST Drives Lead, Seagate Still Has Issues" HotHardware 2/3
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Long-Term Benefits From Repatriation Outweigh Soft Quarterly Guidance" Seeking Alpha 1:07 PM
  • "Apple supplier Pegatron upbeat on premium phone market for 2018: iPhone assembler to increase capex, weighs production in India" Nikkei 9:41 AM
  • "Report: Apple's first China data center eyes 2020 opening" Seeking Alpha 2/3
  • "Bellwether Stock Apple At All-Time Highs. What's Next For Apple's Stock Price?" Investing Haven 2/3
  • "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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