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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.

  • "EU to Probe Apple's Acquisition of Song-Recognition App Shazam: Several European countries asked Brussels to take over review due to potential impact on competition" [Paid Membership Required] 12:33 PM
  • "How Apple Could Make Life Easier for iPhone Users With One Small Addition: Why a bundled subscription makes perfect sense for Apple."  Slate 7:43 AM
  • "Apple: 'Super Cycle' Could Be In Trouble, But Not The Company"  Seeking Alpha 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Cuts Back on Bond Buying in Advance of Bringing Cash Home"  Bloomberg 8:17 AM
  • "Apple Aims to Revolutionize Healthcare ... for Free" The Motley Fool 8:40 AM
  • "Apple to build another data center in China" Xinhuanet 10:45 AM
  • "Apple to build a second data center in China: Xinhua" Reuters 10:45 AM
  • "Key iPhone X Suppliers Provide Robust 2H18 Outlook"  Loup Ventures 3:27 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Developers" MacRumors 3:24 PM
  • "MacOS 10.13.4 Beta 2 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 6:56 PM
  • "macOS 10.13.4 Beta 2 Now Available To Download" Redmond Pie 6:56 PM
  • "How to use People and Places in Photos for Mac" iMore 12:35 PM
  • "10 Steps For Buying a New Mac" Macdrifter 8:20 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Wahoo! Yasu for Mavericks!" YMP Now 7:18 AM
  • "How to Use diff to Compare Two Files at Mac Command Line" OS X Daily 3:26 PM
  • "Using a Shell Script to Batch Process an Image" MacMost 8:50 AM
  • "Here's how to get all those screenshots off your Mac desktop" Quartz 8:17 AM
  • "iOS: How to Create an iCloud Website For Your Photos" The Mac Observer 2:29 PM
  • "Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security: Decisions made years ago about which operating system to roll out can affect corporate security today. Of the big three in widespread use, one can credibly be called the most secure." Computerworld 8:13 AM
Press Releases
  • "TouchCopy is handy for transferring your iTunes, photo data" Apple World Today 7:20 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Inside Apple's HomePod Audio Lab"  The Loop 8:34 AM
  • "18 million Apple Watches ship in 2017, up 54% on 2016" Canalys 9:12 AM
  • "Apple Watch shipments jumped in 2017, according to analysts" TechCrunch 9:13 AM
  • "Apple seeks FDA thumbs-up for its Watch-linked Heart Study app" CNET 3:27 PM
  • "Apple is sending some developers ad spend and install details for other people's apps" TechCrunch 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Sending Ad Spend and Install Reports to the Wrong Developers" MacRumors 8:10 AM
  • "Apple continues to dominate the tablet market as sales decline once again" TechCrunch 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Music recruits new head of editorial" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
  • "iPhones are now part of cops' crime-fighting kit in New York City" Digital Trends 8:40 AM
  • "Former Facebook and Google employees fight tech 'addiction'" BBC 7:41 AM
  • "These Former Facebook, Google, and Apple Employees Want to Curb Technology Addiction" The Mac Observer 7:19 AM
  • "This simple machine recycles plastic bottles into iPhone cases" Cult of Mac 3:26 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "France's new texting-while-driving law gets you even if the engine is off" BGR 9:11 PM
  • "Samsung Elec to begin investing in new memory chip line in South Korea: Yonhap" Reuters 8:49 PM
  • "Samsung To Ditch Galaxy S Name For 'Galaxy X' In 2019 Cause Apple" Redmond Pie 6:56 PM
  • "Nougat is now most popular Android operating system: It only took 18 months." CNET 12:42 PM
  • "AccuWeather error sends false tsunami warnings along the East Coast" The Verge 10:31 AM
  • "Crackdown on cryptocurrencies to come" Axios 10:31 AM
  • "Kids are flooding the internet" Axios 8:16 AM
  • "France bans handheld smartphone use in cars, even when stationary with the engine switched off" 9to5Mac 8:09 AM
  • "YouTube Kids app still showing disturbing videos" BBC 7:41 AM
  • "022: HomePod reviews, iOS 11.3 beta 2, iPhone Battery Health Daily" 9to5Mac 6:56 PM
  • "HomePod Audio Quality and Siri -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-06" The Mac Observer 12:28 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 225: Out of sight, out of mind" iDownload Blog 8:22 AM
  • "Hidden gems in macOS High Sierra and iOS 11." The MT Show 7:18 AM
  • "Apple is exploring whether to offer rebates to customers who previously purchased full-price iPhone batteries: The company raised the possibility in a letter to Congress amid a controversy over throttling."  Recode 12:35 PM
  • "Ten Things Nobody Has Told You About The Apple HomePod" ["I've talked in depth to several senior Apple execs to get the skinny on what was behind the HomePod."]  Forbes 8:14 AM
  • "HomePod Availability is Tightening Ahead of Friday's Launch" MacRumors 8:21 AM
  • "HomePod sells out on Australia Apple Online Store, new orders ship next week" 9to5Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Here's What You Need to Know About HomePod's FullRoom Feature" The Mac Observer 3:23 PM
  • "iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X Batteries Less Impacted by Performance Management" MacRumors 3:28 PM
  • "Download: iOS 11.3 Beta 2 IPSW, OTA Released For Testing" Redmond Pie 12:35 PM
  • "This Apple patent shows a stylus that can draw on any surface and even in midair" The Verge 10:33 AM
  • "Apple granted another patent for a gesture-based UI for the Mac" Apple World Today 7:41 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:19 AM
  • "iMac Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:19 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:19 AM

  • "HomePod/I've been testing Apple's new HomePod for the last week or so, and this is the first product review I've written that could be accurately summarized in the length of a tweet, and an old-school 140-character tweet at that: HomePod does exactly what Apple says it does, doesn't do anything more than what Apple says it does, and costs $349. There." Daring Fireball 8:42 PM
  • "Apple HomePod review: Sounds better than it listens" Telegraph 8:34 AM
  • "Review: Apple HomePod" The Loop 8:34 AM
  • "HomePod: Retina for your ears" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "Apple HomePod review: The smart sounding speaker that's just not smart enough" Pocket-lint 8:33 AM
  • "HomePod Review: A Smart Speaker For iPhone Users Only/The HomePod is a Siri-powered speaker with powerful bass and killer features for iPhone users, but it has flawed 'smart' functionality that falls short of its competitors." BuzzFeed 8:31 AM
  • "Apple HomePod review: Smart speaker edges Amazon and Google with stunning sound" The Independent 8:31 AM
  • "Apple HomePod review: locked in/It sounds amazing. Is that enough?" The Verge 8:30 AM
  • "Apple HomePod Review: Super Sound, but Not Super Smart/Apple's $350 smart speaker has a sensational voice but needs to work on its brain" [Paid Membership Required] 8:27 AM
  • "Apple HomePod: More a play for Apple Music listeners than a rival to Amazon Echo" USA Today 8:23 AM
  • "Diving Deeper on HomePod" Tech.pinions [Paid Membership Required] 8:22 AM
  • "Apple HomePod: Apple's HomePod won't slay Amazon Alexa out of the gate. But if you're an iPhone user who prizes sound quality above all, you should seriously consider this speaker." CNET 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod Has Arrived. Don't Rush to Buy It." ["But after a week — during which I asked HomePod to play my favorite tunes from artists like Beck, The Talking Heads and David Bowie — the smart speaker still did not learn. Instead, like a stubborn D.J., Siri kept playing music by artists outside my music palette: Taylor Swift and Leroy Frances, to name just two."] New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "A four sentence HomePod review (with appendices)" TechCrunch 7:47 AM
  • "Logitech MX Master 2S review: The Flow software lifts this elegant mouse above the rest/Logitech Flow transforms any older notebooks or tablets into productive assistants that you can use alongside your main PC." PCWorld 8:13 AM
  • "Review: Koogeek Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Outlet HomeKit Power Strip" iLounge 5:11 PM
  • "Review: The $129 DJI Osmo Mobile 2 is the best-value iPhone gadget available right now [Video] 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Review: The Kube speaker is overpriced and underwhelming" ["The speaker sounds best through a direct 3.5mm connection, and Airplay sounds better than Bluetooth."] TechCrunch 7:49 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "First look: iPhone Battery Health settings in iOS 11.3" AppleInsider 3:23 PM
  • "'The X-Files: Deep State' Review - The Truth is Hard to Get To" Touch Arcade 10:43 AM
  • "'Dandara' Review - Gravity-Defying Goodness" Touch Arcade 8:57 AM
  • "How to secure AirPlay on HomePod" iMore 8:42 PM
  • "How to use iOS 11.3 Battery Health (Beta)" iMore 8:43 PM
  • "How to connect HomePod to Apple TV for awesome audio" Cult of Mac 3:26 PM
  • "How to check your Apple Watch's generation and serial number" iMore 9:11 AM
  • "How to troubleshoot HomePod" iMore 11:18 AM
  • "How to set up Apple's HomePod speaker" The Verge 9:02 AM
  • "How To Clear the Cache, and Delete Cookies and Browsing History in Safari for iOS 11" MacTrast 8:41 AM
  • "How to cancel Apple Music (and why you shouldn't)" Apple Must 7:19 AM
  • "How to take a screenshot on iPhone X" Apple Must 7:19 AM
  • "Why an update badge won't go away on an iOS app" Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "Save iPhone X Battery Life by Using Dark Mode in These Popular iPhone Apps" iPhone Hacks 10:27 AM
  • "I've used the iPhone for 10 years and these are my favorite tips and tricks" Business Insider 9:11 AM
  • "Apple 'Confirms' iPhones Have A Serious Problem" Forbes 6:51 PM
  • "SwitchArcade: Should You Buy 'Dandara' on Switch or iPhone?" Touch Arcade 3:29 PM
  • "Emoji Use in Apps Leading to App Store Rejections" MacStories 3:27 PM
  • "Apple Music Was Always Going to Win" Gizmodo UK 10:44 AM
  • "You don't need Apple's $350 HomePod speaker, there are cheaper options" CNBC 10:37 AM
  • "14 things we just learned about Apple's HomePod" Apple Must 10:25 AM
  • "What the internet is saying about iPhone X"  Computerworld 8:50 AM
  • "If Apple Is Serious About the Pro Market, Should It Get Back to the Two Big Trade Shows?" 8:22 AM
  • "Ben Thompson: Most commentary gets HomePod wrong" Apple 3.0 8:21 AM
  • "No, Apple Music Does not Need a Free Tier. (Sigh)" Kirkville 8:20 AM
  • "Trouble ahead: Even the small products can ruin Apple" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Will Apple ever make its own search engine? (Apple Search, anyone?)" Apple World Today 7:45 AM
  • "The reMarkable E Ink Tablet Is Way Too Good For Its Software (and Price)" Gizmodo 1:05 PM
  • "Opinion: Intel's Vaunt smart glasses are more like Project Jacquard than Google Glass" 9to5Google 8:41 AM
  • "Comic: Doing Your Work on an iPad" iMore 10:31 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Who Accepts Apple Pay – The Ultimate List of Stores, Apps, and Websites" MacTrast 9:11 PM
  • "Epson Introduces PowerLite L-Series Laser Projectors for Education and Corporate" PRNewswire 8:44 AM
  • "Gro CRM Announces Free Gro Guys iMessage Sticker Pack for Apple iPhone" prMac 8:10 AM
  • "Accessorize your AirPods" Macworld 8:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is reportedly ditching Windows 10 S already" KitGuru 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft might soon replace Windows 10 S with 'S Mode': Microsoft announced Windows 10 S OS as a lightweight, more secure and streamlined version of the full OS for better performance on devices with underpowered specifications." digit 8:39 AM
  • "Microsoft is about to kill off its weirdest Windows 10 experiment" ZDNet 11:07 AM
  • "Microsoft adds the successful PlayFab game development platform to Azure: Gaming and game development generate billions of dollars in revenue. Microsoft recently acquired PlayFab to shore up Azure's game development infrastructure." TechRepublic 8:38 AM
  • "Argus raises Microsoft target to 22% upside" Seeking Alpha 10:09 AM
  • "Intel's Vaunt smart glasses won't make you look like a glasshole: Intel inside your eye... kinda" The Inquirer 7:03 AM
  • "The Morning After: Intel attempts smartglasses/But you wouldn't recognize them." Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "The Intel Vaunt Smart Glasses Takes Simple Approach To Fix All Google Glass Issues" Tech Times 7:23 AM
  • "Less Is More For Intel Vaunt Smart Glasses" Geek 7:38 AM
  • "Ex-Chipzilla exec Arms firm to SoC it to Intel in the data centre: Ampere Computing serving against reigning champ" The Register 7:38 AM
  • "Former Intel president Renée James announces Arm-based chip start-up" bit-tech 7:23 AM
  • "Server vendors board the Xeon SP party bus: Who'll get all the hotties? Who'll mope in the corner thinking about EPYC?" The Register 7:23 AM
  • "AMD EPYC powers new Dell EMC PowerEdge servers" ZDNet 10:28 AM
  • "AMD Seeks to Ramp Up GPU Production, but Warns of Memory Shortages" TechFrag 7:20 AM
  • "Andreessen won't seek board reelection at HPE" Seeking Alpha 10:09 AM
  • "Dell 'XPS 13" laptop launched in India" Web Iindia 7:18 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 laptop launched in India, price starts at Rs 94,790" BGR India 7:18 AM
  • "Blog Exposure - VMware Responds to Dell's SEC Filing Hinting at Possible IPO. Merger with Vmware, or Other Possibilities" Digital Journal 7:18 AM
  • "IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding/It's enough to send staff on 'mental wellbeing days'. Done that? Talk about Big Blue!" The Register 7:38 AM
  • "Why Oracle's cloud bravado masks a deep database despair: Oracle is a fantastic database for yesteryear's enterprise applications, but is a poor fit for modern, big data applications" New Zealand Reseller News 7:41 AM
  • "Cisco: You need to patch our security devices again for dangerous ASA VPN bug" ZDNet 7:46 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple rebounds after lackluster quarter and sell-off" CNBC Videos 7:03 PM
  • "Apple's stock rises, even with early HomePod reviews far from raves" MarketWatch 12:33 PM
  • "Apple's Huge Amount of Stashed Cash: Bloomberg's Jason Kelly discusses Apple bonds with David Westin and Alix Steel. He speaks on 'Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas.'" Bloomberg Video 8:17 AM
  • "Apple: Returning $750 Billion To Shareholders" Seeking Alpha 7:44 AM
  • "How Has Apple Stock Performed in the Last 2 Days?" Market Realist 8:14 AM
  • "Apple supplier AMS bucks downbeat market trend with 10% jump" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:22 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks snap selling spree to close higher in volatile trading: Global selloff continues with most major stock markets finishing in the red" MarketWatch 5:12 PM
  • "Dow Finishes With Gain of 567 Points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Close Higher: The Dow bounces back." TheStreet 5:12 PM
  • "Dow turns 567 point loss into 567 point gain as stocks rally" Associated Press 5:12 PM
  • "Dow Swings Sharply, Finishes 2.3% Higher: Dow industrials change direction 29 times before finishing 567 points higher" [Paid Membership Required] 5:11 PM
  • "Nikkei tumbles nearly 5% as Asia stocks carry on with global selloff" MarketWatch 7:55 AM
  • "European stocks close at 5-month low after Wall Street carnage: Stoxx 600 falls for 7th straight session" MarketWatch 12:30 PM

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