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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.

  • "Goldman Sachs in Talks With Apple to Finance iPhone Sales: Wall Street firm would lend to shoppers buying expensive Apple gadgets" [Paid Membership Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Goldman in talks with Apple to finance iPhone sales: WSJ" Reuters 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod Faces a Challenge the Company Is Totally Unfamiliar With"  Time 7:45 AM
  • "Goldman: No 'super cycle' for Apple as iPhone X demand is 'weakening'"  CNBC 8:03 AM
  • "Why the EU Is Holding Up Apple's Shazam Takeover" Fortune 8:03 AM
  • "Apple acquires music-recognition app Shazam; competition review commences: The European Commission is taking a closer look at Apple's Shazam acquisition" Digital Trends 8:50 AM
  • "MacUpdate served up Mac cryptominer to unsuspecting users in Firefox, OnyX, and Deeper downloads on Feb. 1" AppleInsider 9:40 PM
  • "How to install fonts on a Mac and make them available to all users" AppleInsider 6:36 PM
  • "How to Use Lock Screen in MacOS High Sierra" OS X Daily 2:59 PM
  • "Check Out All the Differences in Microsoft Office for Mac" Apple Gazette 10:28 AM
  • "A Few New Macros for Keyboard Maestro: Folders and Clipboards" Macdrifter 7:49 AM
  • "The Importance of Actual Values In Numbers" MacMost 9:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 11.3 (High Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 9:57 AM
  • "Rust is officially coming to Mac tomorrow" Mac Gamer HQ 7:49 AM
  • "FotoJet is a handy (and free!) web app for creating photo art" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple to accept Alipay payments at stores in China: Apple is opening up payment at its 41 mainland China stores to shoppers using Alipay – the first time the US tech goliath has accepted third-party mobile payment at any of its 500 shops globally and a tacit acknowledgement of the dearth of users of its own ApplePay in the country." Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:19 AM
  • "Apple Taps Alipay For Apple Store China Payments" PYMNTS 8:03 AM
  • "Apple teams up with Alipay to win over China: China's mobile payment industry generates over $9 trillion a year, and Alipay is the market leader." CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Apple retail stores to accept Alipay mobile payments in China" AppleInsider 7:19 AM
  • "Apple Retail Stores in China to Accept Alipay Mobile Payments" MacRumors 7:19 AM
  • "Apple Watch and other wearables can detect diabetes, study finds: Research from Cardiogram and UCSF shows heart rate sensors on ordinary wearables can detect diabetes with 85 percent accuracy." CNET 3:03 PM
  • "Cardiogram's DeepHeart Neural Net Can Detect Diabetes and Prediabetes with Apple Watch, Android Wear" The Mac Observer 3:26 PM
  • "Apple Shipped a Record 18M Smartwatches in 2017" PC Magazine 10:47 AM
  • "Bryan Fuller Exits Apple's 'Amazing Stories' Anthology (Exclusive)" ["Bryan Fuller, who was poised to helm Apple's Amazing Stories anthology, has exited the project citing creative differences. The split is said to be amicable. Fuller, who originally developed Amazing Stories for NBC before it moved to Apple with a series pickup, is said to have wanted to do a Black Mirror-type show, which sources say was not something the iPhone maker had in mind."]  The Hollywood Reporter 3:25 PM
  • "Billionaire Is Said to Be Near Deal to Sell Paris Apple Store" Bloomberg 8:42 AM
  • "New photos show construction progress at site of reported Apple store in Walnut Creek, California" 9to5Mac 1:32 PM
  • "Apple cracks down on unsanctioned use of its emoji designs in third-party apps" AppleInsider 9:54 AM
  • "New Emoji Announced for 2018" MacStories 1:57 PM
  • "Bryan Fuller has left Apple's Amazing Stories reboot: The showrunner is stepping down after conflict over Apple's family-friendly bent, with no sex or violence allowed" The Verge 6:05 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow is dead at 70" The Verge 6:04 PM
  • "Hulu offers free month of live TV to users whose Super Bowl stream cut out" The Verge 5:34 PM
  • "Nest is being rolled into Google's hardware team" TechCrunch 2:11 PM
  • "Google Photos can now automatically create themed movies on demand" TechCrunch 2:11 PM
  • "Google is reportedly working on a video game streaming service" Engadget 12:20 PM
  • "Consumer Reports finds Samsung, Roku TVs vulnerable to hacking" CNET 10:29 AM
  • "Former Execs Team Up to Fight the Tech Addiction Monster" TechNewsWorld 7:49 AM
  • "How T-Mobile's Network Performance Is Trending" Market Realist 2:59 PM
  • "T-Mobile Warns Customers of SIM Card Port-Out Scam Calls" MacTrast 7:48 AM
  • "China Internet users near 772 million at year-end 2017" DigiTimes 7:42 AM
  • "Verizon maintains top wireless network ranking: For the ninth time in a row, Verizon has come out on top in RootMetrics' semiannual test of the major wireless carriers in the US." CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Can Social Media Be Humane, Smartwatch Diabetes Detection, and Nice Apple Content -ACM 448" The Mac Observer 9:42 PM
  • "Health Tech Podcast: A 'tricorder' in your home? Pioneer Lee Hood on the future of health technology" GeekWire 1:41 PM
  • "iOS 11.3 Performance Management and HomePod FullRoom Explained -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-07" The Mac Observer 1:32 PM
  • "Is Apple still the one to beat when it comes to smart devices?" Marketplace 8:04 AM
  • "Apple hardware engineer hiring jumped 80% this fall - what are they building?"  Thinkum 1:22 PM
  • "Apple on engineer hiring spree, with steady expansion since 2016" AppleInsider 1:21 PM
  • "Phew: iPhone X and iPhone 8 won't be throttled when their batteries get old" BGR 8:30 AM
  • "iOS 11.3's New iPhone Battery Health Feature: Everything You Need to Know!" iPhone Hacks 8:40 AM
  • "Key iPhone Source Code Gets Posted Online in 'Biggest Leak in History': Source code for iBoot, one of the most critical iOS programs, was anonymously posted on GitHub." Motherboard 6:37 PM
  • "iPhone Source Code From iOS 9 Leaked on Github" MacRumors 10:45 PM
  • "Apple Adds LG Innotek As Major Face ID Partner, Sources Believe All Three Of H2 iPhones Will Carry True Depth Sensors" WCCFTech 6:38 PM
  • "The new iMac Pro is actually cheaper than the original Mac" ZDNet 8:52 AM
  • "HomePod Music Streams Don't Count Toward Apple Music and iTunes Device Limits" MacRumors 12:05 PM
  • "Apple's Dual-HomePod Stereo Sound Experience To Be Called FullRoom" Redmond Pie 12:04 PM
  • "Apple Apologizes for 'Processing Error' That Sent Search Ad Spend Details to Wrong Developers" iClarified 10:29 AM
  • "Apple Releases Second Beta of iOS 11.3 for Public Beta Testers With New Battery Health Feature" MacRumors 12:19 PM
  • "watchOS 4.3 beta 2 for Apple Watch developers now available" 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:26 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:26 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:26 AM

  • "iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: When software wins (Video)" ["Where the underdog truly excels is in Google's industry-leading software approach to photography, which completely obliterates Apple's focus on super-advanced camera hardware."] Pocketnow 8:48 AM
  • "Voice wars: Siri vs. Alexa vs. Google Assistant/Three voice assistants are fighting for space in your smart home: is there a clear winner?" CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Anker Zolo Liberty totally wireless earphone review" The Gadgeteer 1:28 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Video: hands-on with all the changes & enhancements in iOS 11.3 beta 2" iDownload Blog 11:32 AM
  • "Video: hands-on with iOS 11.3's promised new Battery Health feature" iDownload Blog 9:54 AM
  • "How to disable iOS 11.3's new battery Performance Management feature" Cult of Mac 1:41 PM
  • "How to Turn Off iPhone Throttling in iOS 11.3" Tom's Guide 8:02 AM
  • "How to use Siri to get directions on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "iOS 11.3: How to use Apple's iPhone Battery Health tool" Computerworld 7:12 AM
  • "25 Essential iPhone 8 Tips and Tricks" Tom's Guide 9:39 PM
  • "Tip: checking out how much time you spend in iPhone & iPad apps" iDownload Blog 1:40 PM
  • "iOS: How to Compare Past Changes in Your Move Goal" The Mac Observer 8:34 AM
  • "How the New, High-End iMac Pro Utilizes Those 18 Cores" The Mac Observer 4:27 PM
  • "8 reasons you should buy a Google Home Max instead of an Apple HomePod" Business Insider 12:19 PM
  • "What Is Apple's Video Strategy?" MacStories 12:04 PM
  • "The iPhone Could Potentially Crack a Murder Case" Mashable 11:03 AM
  • "This is what I want from an Apple television" Apple Must 8:34 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod speakers will be the best-sounding ones you've ever owned – Recode (Ha! – Kirk)" Kirkville 8:30 AM
  • "5 ways Apple can stop developers from abandoning Apple Watch: Come back, Twitter, eBay, and Slack!"  Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "Apple is choosing to sit out the smart speaker race with the HomePod"  Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "We're not too sure Apple gets this connected economy thing"  Telecoms 8:04 AM
  • "The Ironic Weirdness of Apple and Intel vs. Qualcomm"  E-Commerce Times 8:02 AM
  • "Apple's next partnership could make its gadgets more affordable" Cult of Mac 7:48 AM
  • "As HomePod launches, Spotify cuts off support for some speakers and receivers" The Loop 7:48 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (43) -Health of Apple, Health of Users" eXtensions 7:10 AM
  • "Why wireless charging is about to take over - Video" ZDNet 3:58 PM
  • "T-Mobile CEO says Verizon bills scarier than spider with tail/Commentary: The societal hopes his company expressed during the Super Bowl have faded. Now, John Legere is back to slamming the competition." CNET 10:49 AM
  • "How dating sites spy on you" Axios 8:30 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Superheroes, supervillains among 157 new emoji coming to iOS later this year" AppleInsider 9:38 PM
  • "YouTube for Apple TV overhauled with cross-platform design" 9to5Mac 3:12 PM
  • "Apple to Offer Presentation on ARKit at This Year's Game Developers Conference" MacRumors 3:03 PM
  • "Carbonite Raises Online Backup Prices" TidBITS 2:59 PM
  • "'Jurassic World Pinball' Heading to 'Zen Pinball' and 'Pinball FX3' to Celebrate Original Film's 25th Anniversary" Touch Arcade 1:21 PM
  • "Outlook for iOS adds new search features and filters, simplified navigation bar & other perks" iDownload Blog 10:55 AM
  • "Apple Pay adds 26 more banks and credit unions in the US" 9to5Mac 10:47 AM
  • "YouTube Studio is now optimized for iPhone X, brings inline replies, hearts & pins to comments" iDownload Blog 10:28 AM
  • "Apple® iPhone® X Users Can Now Access MassMutual's RetireSMART(SM) Mobile App For Retirement Savers Through Facial Recognition" PRNewswire 8:43 AM
  • "Make your fortune with the best stock-trading apps for iOS and Android" Digital Trends 8:32 AM
  • "16 rugged cases to protect your iPhone X: Keep your iPhone X safe from drops, scratches, dirt, and weather with one of these shock-absorbing, rugged cases." [Slideshow] Macworld 8:13 AM
  • "Uber brings back Siri and Maps integration" iDownload Blog 7:50 AM
  • "Cortana Now Available on the IPad" Thurrott 7:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel's latest chip is designed for computing at the edge" TechCrunch 8:15 AM
  • "Intel unveils Xeon D-2100 processors" ZDNet 8:53 AM
  • "IBM ends relationship with Aussie, French Open tournaments" ["It is the first time in two decades that IBM (NYSE: IBM) is not providing its services to all four of the tennis Grand Slams. It will continue to do so for Wimbledon and the U.S. Open through its sponsorship and vendor relationships with those events."] Sports Business Journal 1:36 PM
  • "IBM Simplifies Analytics Pricing: Data platform vendors are feeling the heat when it comes to simplifying the buying experience. IBM is the latest to hop the simplification bandwagon with its database, information governance, and data science offerings." ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "HP embraces Thunderbolt 3 as it brings premium features to mainstream systems" Ars Technica 7:49 AM
  • "HP Inc. Ups The Ante With New Mainstream Business Notebooks And Mobile Workstations" Forbes 7:17 AM
  • "HP's new Thunderbolt 3 USB-C dock has a modular Bang & Olufsen speaker on top" The Verge 9:55 AM
  • "Windows 10 'Redstone 4' test build adds diagnostics-delete button" ZDNet 10:43 PM
  • "Windows 10 laptops: HP just updated its best-sellers with new premium features" ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "The NFL is making Microsoft Surface a winner on and off the sidelines: The NFL and Microsoft forged a partnership to promote Surface on the sidelines. But Surface is now being pushed into communities, schools, healthcare and more." Windows Central 12:11 PM
  • "Microsoft's NFL 'Create Change' campaign comes to an end" MSPoweruser 12:12 PM
  • "Surface Pro 4 batteries and TypeCovers are dropping like flies" Computerworld 11:01 AM
  • "Windows 10's New Game Bar Experience Arrives With Latest Insider Build" Thurrott 6:05 PM
  • "Dell Boomi rides the IPaaS wave: Integration platform as a service provider reports strong growth in region" Computerworld New Zealand 6:04 PM
  • "Lenovo recalls some ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptops - Video" ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "Samsung to begin investing in second semiconductor chip line" Reuters 8:31 AM
  • "Can the PC Market Ever Grow Again?" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:28 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Valuation Update After Quarterly Results" Seeking Alpha 10:45 PM
  • "Goldman On Apple: Waiting On The Sidelines" Benzinga 1:20 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks finish lower in volatile trade as investors fret over rising yields/Analyst: Stocks are adjusting to a world with inflation, but aren't worried about a recession" MarketWatch 3:55 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Lower: Wall Street fell back on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:55 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stock indexes end lower after wobbly day" Associated Press 3:55 PM
  • "Dow Closes Lower as Markets Look to Stabilize" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asian markets end lower after initial boost from Wall Street's rebound fades: Stocks in Japan close up just 0.2%, China falls" MarketWatch 8:33 AM
  • "European stocks snap 7-day selling spree after Wall Street rebound: Merkel clinches coalition deal with the Social Democrats" MarketWatch 8:32 AM

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