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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's 'defining moment' is here — and it may mean moving past the iPhone"  Business Insider 1:37 PM
  • "Apple's iOS push could change healthcare data sharing, still won't kill the fax: Apple may have finally found a way to enable the large-scale sharing of electronic medical record information on mobile devices. But its tools won't replace the old tried-and-true fax for data-sharing in healthcare."  Computerworld 3:18 PM
  • "Cisco, Apple, Aon, Allianz introduce a first in cyber risk management: Combined Approach Integrates Technology, Services and Enhanced Cyber Insurance to Make Businesses More Resilient"  Apple 8:35 AM
  • "Apple, Cisco team up with insurance companies to offer cyber policy discounts" Reuters 9:30 AM
  • "Businesses with Apple and Cisco products may now pay less for cybersecurity insurance" TechCrunch 9:30 AM
  • "Apple, Cisco join forces with insurers in cyber security push" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:53 AM
  • "Apple provides superior cybersecurity protection" Computerworld 9:58 AM
  • "Apple and Cisco pool their might to shield companies from cyber risks" CNET 9:53 AM
  • "2018 iPhones might use Intel modems exclusively, pushing Qualcomm aside: Could also be an Apple negotiating ploy in ongoing dispute with Qualcomm"  The Verge 8:32 AM
  • "Apple to Use Intel Chips Exclusively for Next iPhone: KGI" Investopedia 8:28 AM
  • "Will the 2018 iPhones all have 'Intel Inside'? The 2018 crop of iPhones could feature 'Intel Inside,' but it won't be the processor." ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "2018 iPhones Expected to Use Intel Modems Exclusively: Qualcomm's legal battles with Apple mean the company's modems probably won't be used in new iPhone models this year." PC Magazine 8:45 AM
  • "iPhone shipments up 66% on quarter in October-December 2017, says Apple" DigiTimes 8:29 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Review: KeyKey Is The Key" YMP Now 7:36 PM
  • "How to get Windows 10 up and running on Mac using Boot Camp" AppleInsider 6:12 PM
  • "Loupedeck review: Puts Adobe Lightroom Classic CC's controls at your fingertips" Macworld 8:23 AM
  • "How to Hide All Other Windows Except Active App on Mac OS" OS X Daily 3:30 PM
  • "How to recover your deleted files most of the time" Apple Must 12:47 PM
  • "Hide the Dock and Menu Bar To Get More Screen Space" MacMost 9:58 AM
  • "How to change iCloud account information in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 8:11 AM
  • "The Best Mac Apps I & II" Rixstep 8:11 AM
Press Releases
  • "Khronos Group Launches OpenGL 4.6 Adopters Program" Architosh 12:00 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Music overtaking Spotify in the U.S. shows why it needs a free tier more than ever: Apple Music has 36 million subscribers compared with 70 million Spotify listeners around the globe."  Macworld 11:41 AM
  • "Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify in the US"  Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "Apple Music Names Veteran Music Journalist Alex Gale Head of Editorial" Variety 3:59 PM
  • "Apple Music Gets New Head of Editorial With Hiring of Music Journalist Alex Gale" MacRumors 3:59 PM
  • "Apple Music recruits journalist Alex Gale to lead editorial work" AppleInsider 5:03 PM
  • "Apple's cyber insurance project is a smart way to sell more iPhones and iPads" BGR 9:28 PM
  • "Strategy Analytics: After Showing Stability, Tablet Market Falls 12% in Q4 2017/Third straight quarter of iPad growth cuts into Windows 2-in-1 and Android slate segments" Business Wire 2:33 PM
  • "Detachable Tablets Return to Growth During the Holiday Season as Slate Tablet Decline Continues, According to IDC" ["Apple maintained a solid lead in the holiday quarter driving growth both through its lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad as well as its newly refreshed iPad Pro products. While the lower-price iPad has continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle, the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial and education segments. With the only expected tablet growth to come from these segments, Apple's recent launch of 'Apple at Work' shows their commitment to maintain its leader position."]  IDC 10:47 AM
  • "iPad Remains World's Most Popular Tablet as Apple Outsold Samsung and Amazon Combined Last Year" MacRumors 10:47 AM
  • "Can Amazon's Fire tablet beat Apple's iPad? Amazon has ousted Samsung as the second biggest tablet vendor, but tablet market continues to shrink." ZDNet 11:41 AM
  • "OhioHealth patients can access their medical records in latest version of Apple's Health app" Columbus Business First 11:48 AM
  • "An iPhone X now costs $1,700 in India" CNNMoney 8:21 AM
  • "Apple abruptly pulled Telegram last week when it learned app was serving child pornography" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "Telegram iOS app removed from App Store last week due to child pornography: The app was restored only after Telegram removed the content." Ars Technica 12:02 PM
  • "Apple Helps Authorities Bring Russian Spam Lord to Justice" The Mac Observer 7:47 PM
  • "Apple's Southlake, Texas store set to close on March 4th in continued renovation rollout" 9to5Mac 1:16 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: 16GB iPhone finally brings enough storage" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Best Buy will stop CD sales as digital music continues to take over: Target might not be far behind." Engadget 5:02 PM
  • "Ajit Pai takes credit for broadband deployments that began under Obama: FCC touts Obama-era projects as proof that net neutrality repeal is working." Ars Technica 3:28 PM
  • "Foxconn to invest NT$10 billion to develop AI applications" DigiTimes 2:02 PM
  • "'Truth About Tech' campaign takes on tech addiction" CBS News 9:39 AM
  • "Samsung asks U.S. court to bar Huawei from enforcing a Chinese standard-essential patent injunction" Foss Patents 8:48 AM
  • "This Android phone looks just like the iPhone X, but costs less than a quarter of the price" Business Insider 10:46 AM
  • "This Apple Watch clone has GPS and 45 days of battery life for $99" The Verge 8:33 AM
  • "Exclusive: Intel's new Vaunt smart glasses actually look good" The Verge 8:32 AM
  • "Broadcom upping Qualcomm hostile takeover bid to $121 billion" AppleInsider 8:25 AM
  • "021: iPhone 7 replacement program, why Telegram was pulled, and HomePod updates Daily" 9to5Mac 5:54 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Architosh Founder & EIC Anthony Frausto-Robledo" The Mac Observer 5:45 PM
  • "Upgrade #179: Somewhere Between One And A Gabillion" Six Colors 4:23 PM
  • "#179: Somewhere Between One and a Gabillion/Apple reaches a record high in revenue and profit, but what's up with the iPhone and Mac sales figures? This week we break down Apple's huge holiday quarter, including the calendar quirk that has cut Apple both ways." Relay FM: Upgrade 3:42 PM
  • "Apple's Hidden Feature Problem, Apple Music's Growing User Base -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-05" The Mac Observer 1:34 PM
  • "Apple is investigating an iPhone X glitch which has stopped some people from answering calls"  Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "iPhone X incoming-call display delays? Apple looks into reports of issues: Some iPhone X owners say they've been missing calls due to a delay on their display." ZDNet 8:39 AM
  • "iPhone X Users Blame Bug for Missed Calls" Gizmodo 9:30 AM
  • "iPhone X bug leaves some users unable to answer calls" BetaNews 11:27 AM
  • "Apple Will Examine Cases of an iPhone X Call Delay Bug" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "Taiwan supply chain to turn profitable on robust Apple orders in 2018" DigiTimes 8:23 AM
  • "Apple could launch a bunch of new devices next month" Cult of Mac 9:38 AM
  • "Sketchy rumor claims we'll see new Apple products as early as March" BGR 11:42 AM
  • "Damp iPhone demand to pressure RF chipmakers, Morgan Stanley says" Reuters 9:29 AM
  • "All models of iMac Pro shipping to customers, 14-core models now arriving" AppleInsider 8:25 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod Delivery Estimate Slips to February 13 in UK, Launch Day Orders Still Available From Resellers" MacRumors 8:24 AM
  • "HomePod Still Available for Feb 9 Delivery in US, But Not in UK" The Mac Observer 9:53 AM
  • "Can't Answer Incoming Calls on Your iPhone X Immediately? Here's How to Fix it" iPhone Hacks 6:14 PM
  • "Video Shows iPhone X Incoming Call Issue Affecting Many Users" iPhone Hacks 6:16 PM
  • "Apple Substituting Some 16GB iPhone 5c Models In Need of Replacement With 32GB Models" MacRumors 3:30 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:11 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:11 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:11 AM

  • "The Best Accessories for Your iPhone and iPad" The Wirecutter 4:22 PM
  • "First look: Occipital Structure sensor iPad attachment aims to simplify, add precision to room and object 3D scanning" AppleInsider 11:27 AM
  • "Best smart speakers: Which delivers the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance? With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we'll help you find just the right model for you." TechHive 8:23 AM
  • "Review: August Smart Lock Pro works with HomeKit and Z-Wave Plus, Doorbell Cam Pro lights up the night" 9to5Mac 3:41 PM
  • "Yitong Technology Ethernet to coax adapter review: Need to distribute wired internet in your home? Ethernet to coaxial may be the solution for you!" iMore 8:52 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Guitar Gravitas is the only guitar scale and chord app you'll ever need" Cult of Mac 3:18 PM
  • "SwitchArcade: 'SteamWorld Dig 2' is a Fabulous Metroidvania" Touch Arcade 12:40 PM
  • "Pro Pinball on iOS: great pinball with no quarters needed" Apple World Today 8:11 AM
  • "How to get rid of the 'Finish Setting Up Your iPhone' prompt" iDownload Blog 3:50 PM
  • "How To Make Hey, Siri More Accurate On iOS" AddictiveTips 3:29 PM
  • "How to use your HomePod with your Apple TV" iMore 9:15 AM
  • "How to share screenshots even faster on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 8:52 AM
  • "How to make your Apple Music profile private" iMore 8:52 AM
  • "How to turn any movie or GIF into a live wallpaper for your iPhone" The Next Web 8:45 AM
  • "Take a Few Steps Back From Siri When You Train It to Recognize Your Voice" Lifehacker 11:48 AM
  • "Analyst Thinks Apple Should Have Subscription Service For Software & Hardware" UberGizmo 9:29 PM
  • "Apple's cyber insurance project is a smart way to sell more iPhones and iPads" BGR 9:28 PM
  • "How Apple Resolved the Tip Issue with Tencent's WeChat" Market Realist 3:41 PM
  • "What's Next for Apple after Paying a $38 Billion Tax Bill?" Market Realist 2:22 PM
  • "Katy vs Toni: Pulling Apple in opposite directions/One still has faith, the other has lost his, for now."  Apple 3.0 12:46 PM
  • "Apple Music Was Always Going to Win" Gizmodo 12:29 PM
  • "iPhone growth becoming less predictable, analyst says, as Apple relies increasingly on services revenue" 9to5Mac 2:22 PM
  • "Apple should mix hardware & services into 'Apple Prime' subscriptions, analyst says" AppleInsider 9:15 AM
  • "iOS 11, HomePod, and trust"  The Loop 8:51 AM
  • "Apple vs. Spotify: It's complicated" Apple 3.0 8:47 AM
  • "How Apple's iPhone X can be the world's best-selling phone and a Wall Street disappointment"  VentureBeat 8:45 AM
  • "Apple's Middle Age" ["Apple, at least in human terms, is officially over the hill: the company's 40th birthday was last April. In truth, though, the first Apple died and was reborn in 1997 with the return of Steve Jobs, at a time when the company was weeks away from bankruptcy."]  Stratechery 8:43 AM
  • "Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple event?" Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "Will Apple's Critics Admit They Were Wrong About iPhone X?" The Tech Night Owl 8:10 AM
  • "Why Silicon Valley has a bro culture problem — and how to fix it" Bloomberg 8:48 AM
  • "Why I won't whitelist your site: Publishers need to take responsibility for code they run on my systems." O'Reilly 8:47 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Groove Rider GR-16 1.2.5 brings more new features than are easy to list in a title" createdigitalmusic 7:34 PM
  • "'Stickman Disc Golf Battle' Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 2:22 PM
  • "Lire RSS Client Adds Deeper iOS 11 Drag and Drop Support" MacStories 10:46 AM
  • "MrMobile's MacBook survival kit [2018] iMore 10:46 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of February 5: Ray McKenzie of The Apple Store, Adam Christianson of The MacCast, Gary Rosenzweig of MacMost, Chuck Joiner of MacVoices" The MUG Center 8:48 AM
  • "NikePlus Rewards Now Include Free Apple Music, More" AppAdvice 9:53 AM
  • "Nike ramps up membership benefits with Apple Music, ClassPass and Headspace unlocks for app users" TechCrunch 8:27 AM
  • "Groovy Camera App Brings Real-Time Filters and Effects to iPhone Photos" prMac 8:23 AM
  • "Pokki Pop - A One Touch Drawing Puzzle Game, Out on iOS on 8th Feb" prMac 8:23 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft ditches standalone Windows 10 S in favour of 'S Mode': S, Sir? I can boogie" The Inquirer 6:34 AM
  • "Microsoft ditches Windows 10 S operating system months after launch" Telegraph 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft is about to kill off its weirdest Windows 10 experiment" ZDNet 9:40 AM
  • "Windows 10 S becoming a mode, not a version, as Microsoft shakes up its pricing: The Store-only version of Windows becomes an installation option instead." Ars Technica 3:47 PM
  • "Windows 10 on ARM: S versus Pro, emulation and 64-bit app support" ZDNet 9:41 AM
  • "No, Windows 10 hasn't beaten Windows 7's market share. Not for sure, anyway: OS-detection services disagree on which Windows reigns" The Register 6:54 AM
  • "Microsoft sells lower spec, cheaper Surface" Fudzilla 6:39 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop get cheaper" TechShout 6:40 AM
  • "Windows 10 users could have pay extra to unlock all features, new rumour suggests" Express UK 6:41 AM
  • "Microsoft: A Tech Powerhouse That Will Hold In A Downturn" Seeking Alpha 6:27 AM
  • "Microsoft announces new features coming to Planner" Neowin 2:26 PM
  • "Microsoft Planner Gets New Schedule View, Filtering Abilities" Thurrott 4:22 PM
  • "Bing Speech API extends Text-to-Speech support to six new languages" Neowin 7:27 PM
  • "Intel's ominous future" The Week 6:38 AM
  • "Intel to be Exclusive Supplier of LTE Modems for Apple's New iPhones?" iClarified 6:34 AM
  • "Intel may be exclusive modem supplier for 2018 iPhones: Intel may be the exclusive supplier of modems to for the iPhones launched this year according to Ming-Chi Kuo (pictured) the Apple-watching securities analyst at KGI Securities." Electronics Weekly 6:38 AM
  • "Intel unveils smart glasses that you might want to wear: A low-powered laser beams images into your eye." Engadget 9:34 AM
  • "Intel's smart glasses actually look like what we actually wanted from Google Glass" BGR 10:59 AM
  • "Former Intel executive Renee James launches Ampere, a new Arm-based server chip company" GeekWire 7:23 AM
  • "Former Intel president launches new chip company with backing from Carlyle Group" TechCrunch 7:23 AM
  • "She Was No. 2 at Intel. Now She's Taking Aim at the Chip Maker." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:00 AM
  • "Former Intel president's new company launches ARM-based server chip: Renee James' new chip company 'Ampere' will go head-to-head with Intel" The Inquirer 11:28 AM
  • "AMD Threadripper Cryptocurrency Mining: How To Pay For A CPU In Just Months" HotHardware 10:46 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Mulls Potential Merger With VMware; Pat Gelsinger Comments" GovConWire 6:37 AM
  • "HP's new Z4 Workstation comes with up to an 18-core Core i9" Neowin 9:41 AM
  • "HP shows off a Windows Mixed Reality kit for professional VR devs: Firm also unveils Z4 desktop packing Intel's 18-core i9 CPU" The Inquirer 10:59 AM
  • "HP unveils Core X options for Z4 workstation, 'pro' MR headset" ZDNet 5:54 PM
  • "HP Launches New Windows Mixed Reality Headset As Part of Latest Commercial VR Push" Thurrott 12:42 PM
  • "HP has a new Windows Mixed Reality headset, and adds VR to Device as a Service" Neowin 9:41 AM
  • "HP is making a bigger VR push for professionals: That starts with another headset." Engadget 9:02 AM
  • "HP launches 3D Multi Jet printers that aim to deliver fully functional, color parts with systems in $50,000 range" ZDNet 9:42 AM
  • "Alexa can now print bingo cards to your HP printer, because of course: Bingo! (Is a feature that you'll never use)" The Inquirer 7:40 AM
  • "Oracle's cloud bravado masks its database despair: Oracle is a fantastic database for yesteryear's enterprise applications, but is a poor fit for modern, big data applications" Techworld 6:41 AM
  • "Apple, Cisco team to offer cybersecurity insurance discounts" Seeking Alpha 7:21 AM
  • "Toshiba's new laptops are sleek, tough and secure with Intel's 8th-gen CPUs" TechRadar UK 6:37 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Latest Quarter: The Real Numbers" Seeking Alpha 7:51 PM
  • "Tech Giants Are in No Rush to Spend Overseas Cash: Tech firms lobbied for the tax overhaul in part because it promised a one-time discounted rate of up to 15.5% on those holdings" [Paid Membership Required] 8:36 AM
  • "Why Apple, Google, Microsoft And Amazon Are More Valuable Than Exxon And Chevron" Forbes 8:14 AM
  • "Apple's stock set to trade below 200-day moving average first time since July 2016" MarketWatch 8:39 AM
  • "Apple is a 'no-brainer' even as it enters a correction: Cowen" CNBC 8:39 AM
  • "Apple's Fiscal 1Q18 Results and Analysts' Estimates" Market Realist 3:30 PM
  • "Here's How Much Apple, Inc. Will Gain From Tax Reform" The Motley Fool 8:39 AM
  • "Apple supplier IQE shares stumble after short-seller report" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:15 AM
  • "Apple Remarks to Investors in FQ1 2018 Earnings Conference Call, Categorized and Annotated"  asymco 8:48 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow Tumbles 1,175 Points, Largest Single-Day Point Loss Ever: Stocks dive on Monday following a selloff that led Wall Street to its worst weekly performance in two years on Friday." TheStreet 3:51 PM
  • "Dow plunge briefly tops 1500 points as stock rout intensifies" USA Today 3:51 PM
  • "Stocks plunge as job growth augurs inflation, rising interest rates" FOXBusiness 3:52 PM
  • "The Swiss Stock Market Continues To Sell-Off" RTT News 11:41 AM
  • "Dow Tumbles Over 1,100 Points in Biggest Point-Drop Ever: The sharp drop was part of a global selloff as indexes around the world gave up their gains for 2018" [Paid Membership Required] 3:52 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Pare Losses After Selloff Prompted by Inflation Concerns: Tech Stocks rise, with Apple rebounding after a disappointing report on iPhone sales" [Paid Membership Required] 11:42 AM
  • "European stocks wallow in sea of red as global selloff picks up steam" MarketWatch 6:51 AM

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