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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.

  • "How a Low-Level Apple Employee Leaked Some of the iPhone's Most Sensitive Code: This is how a small group of friends lost control of the leaked iBoot source code."  Motherboard 3:27 PM
  • "The HomePod is the point of no return for Apple fans: This speaker is openly hostile to any hardware or service not made by Apple"  The Verge 8:41 AM
  • "HomePod in the age of Artificial Intelligence: One of the hottest trends of 2018 is going to be AI. It's baked into all the virtual assistants offered by Apple (Siri), Google (Google Assistant née OK Google), Microsoft (Cortana), Samsung (Bixby née Viv) and Amazon (Alexa)."  iMore 11:31 AM
  • "Apple Unfazed By iPhone Source Code Leak, But Solution Providers See Exploit Risk" CRN 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone security doesn't depend on source code secrecy, Apple says while issuing takedown notice" BGR 8:45 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Status Menus" MacMost 11:18 AM
  • "Copy Media out of Final Cut Pro X with Reference X" 8:54 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tampa man says Apple AirPod earphone blew up" WFLA Tampa 8:44 AM
  • "Apple investigates AirPods explosion" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Apple adds live news channels to TV app for iOS and Apple TV" TechCrunch 8:19 AM
  • "Apple rolls out live news in TV app for iOS and Apple TV" The Verge 8:42 AM
  • "Apple Has Four New HomePod Commercials: Equalizer, Distortion, Bass, and Beat" The Mac Observer 3:47 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Millions Of Samsung And Roku Smart TVs Found To Be Vulnerable To Remote Hacks" Redmond Pie 5:38 PM
  • "Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You're a White Guy" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:56 PM
  • "This crafty tactic may let states get around the FCC on net neutrality" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 3:02 PM
  • "Internet Association pressures Senate to reverse FCC's net neutrality repeal" Digital Trends 3:02 PM
  • "Huawei's iPhone X clone has three rear cameras and a smaller notch" BGR 9:50 AM
  • "Why Amazon needs Shipping with Amazon and control of the last inch of delivery: Now UPS and FedEx have to answer the dreaded Amazon question as the e-commerce giant aims to launch a shipping service for third party sellers." ZDNet 9:17 AM
  • "We still don't know if cell phones cause cancer or not: American scientists released two new major studies investigating whether or not there's connection between cancer risk and cell phone use and the much-awaited answer is...*drumroll, please*...we still don't really know anything for certain."  Quartz 8:47 AM
  • "The Talk Show: 'Only Wireless. Less Smart Than An Echo. Lame.', With Special Guest Paul Kafasis" Daring Fireball 5:52 PM
  • "025: HomePod launch day edition Daily" 9to5Mac 5:51 PM
  • "The iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus probably won't feel the effects of Apple's throttling (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 118)" CNET 3:27 PM
  • "593: Take the HomePod Challenge" iMore 1:52 PM
  • "HomePod Setup Experience and Some Tips -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-09" The Mac Observer 1:17 PM
  • "Let's Talk Jailbreak 169: The state of iOS 11 and iOS 10 jailbreaking" iDownload Blog 11:33 AM
  • "The HomePod, Intel's Vaunt smart glasses, and the Falcon Heavy launch" The Verge 11:29 AM
  • "Exponent Podcast: The Products They Built Along the Way/On Exponent, the weekly podcast I host with James Allworth, we discuss Apple's Middle Age." Stratechery 8:55 AM
  • "What you should know about HomePod, before you buy, on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast interviews Michal Jurewicz of Mytek, talks about HomePod and a 6.1 inch iPhone" AppleInsider 8:16 AM
  • "iPhone firmware leak suggests Apple considered A9X for Apple TV" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Apple to Charge $279 to Repair or Replace a Damaged HomePod Without AppleCare+" MacRumors 8:42 AM
  • "HomePods are shipping with a 'beta' build of iOS" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "HomePod is Now Widely Available at Apple Stores" MacRumors 12:24 PM
  • "Analyst predicts new Apple Pencil, 'low-end' $200 HomePod this fall" AppleInsider 8:54 AM
  • "Apple AirPods 2: Will Apple's new wireless buds be in your ears in 2018?" Alphr 8:56 AM
  • "Apple smart glasses optics detailed in patent application" SlashGear 3:06 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "T-Mobile has free lines and discounted Apple Watch Series 3 as top Valentine's Day deals" Pocketnow 8:57 AM
  • "DirecTV Now Sweetens Deal: Prepay Three Months of Service for $105 and Get a Free 32GB Apple TV 4K" MacRumors 8:16 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM

  • "Apple HomePod review: Good speaker, bad conversationalist" CNNMoney 3:27 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod: What you need to know before buying one" VentureBeat 3:27 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod has arrived — but don't rush to buy it" New York Times 3:06 PM
  • "First look: Apple's HomePod is loud, heavy and powerful" AppleInsider 11:40 AM
  • "HomePod Review: When it Sounds Good, It's Great; But It Doesn't Always Sound Good" Kirkville 11:33 AM
  • "HomePod Diary: Hands-on, and this thing is a Sonos Play 5 killer" 9to5Mac 11:26 AM
  • "Apple HomePod Review: Great Sound, But Siri Needs Work" Tom's Guide 8:58 AM
  • "First Look: Unboxing the Apple HomePod/Plus, we answer questions from the viewing audience." Macworld 8:07 PM
  • "Unboxing Apple's new HomePod" CNET 8:44 PM
  • "Video: unboxing and first look at Apple's HomePod" iDownload Blog 11:33 AM
  • "HomePod Hands-On: Unboxing and Overview" MacRumors 5:40 PM
  • "Smart Home Devices Perfect for Apple's HomePod" AppAdvice 5:40 PM
  • "How Much Boost Does a 13-inch MacBook Pro Get From An eGPU?" Bare Feats 11:18 AM
  • "ZMI PowerPack 20000 review: A speedy charger for your USB-C MacBook or MacBook Pro" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "Review: Sylvania's affordable Smart+ HomeKit white bulb & LED light strip" iDownload Blog 8:54 AM
  • "Review: VOCOlinc's HomeKit LED light strips offer the best value, no bridge needed" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "How to trigger Siri on your iPhone instead of HomePod" AppleInsider 8:09 PM
  • "How to rename your HomePod (and the room it's in): One of my favorite things to do when getting a new Apple gadget is to rename it. My HomePod is now the Death Star and it's in the Outer Rim." iMore 5:43 PM
  • "How to Disable Breathe Reminders on Apple Watch" OS X Daily 3:07 PM
  • "How to Transfer AppleCare+ to a New Owner" iMore 11:33 AM
  • "How to Prevent Anyone From Listening to Your Messages on HomePod" iPhone Hacks 11:18 AM
  • "How to Use Your HomePod as a Speakerphone" MacRumors 8:58 AM
  • "How To Protect Your Privacy in Safari for iOS 11" MacTrast 8:50 AM
  • "Yes, you can play Spotify on HomePod" Apple Must 8:17 AM
  • "How to sign up for Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac: If you're getting a HomePod and want to join the Apple Music club, here's how to sign up." iMore 9:10 PM
  • "How to check battery health and disable iPhone performance throttling in iOS" Digital Trends 9:10 PM
  • "HomePod FAQ: Everything You Need to Know" iPhone Hacks 11:18 AM
  • "Here's Where to Place HomePod in Your Room for the Best Sound Quality" The Mac Observer 11:18 AM
  • "Here's the best way to play podcasts from your Apple Watch" CNET 8:48 AM
  • "6 things to do to prepare for the Apple HomePod" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "80 things Apple says you can ask Siri on HomePod" Apple Must 7:49 AM
  • "How Tim Cook and Apple Became Part of the Discussion on the Russian Investigation" The Mac Observer 8:05 PM
  • "Sermon on Security" Rixstep 3:58 PM
  • "Apple thinks you should really chill about that iBoot leak" Mashable 3:28 PM
  • "Before HomePod: History of the short-lived iPod Hi-Fi" 9to5Mac 2:20 PM
  • "I'm not buying Apple's HomePod for two main reasons"  Business Insider 8:58 AM
  • "It's time to dump those old iPhones and iPads: The leak of Apple's iBoot source code onto GitHub is likely to turn older devices into a toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities." ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "Here's What New HomePod Owners Love (or Hate) About It" iPhone Hacks 7:53 AM
  • "How can Apple's HomePod stake space in the enterprise?"  Computerworld 7:49 AM
  • "Why your next must-have gadget will probably self-destruct" big think 5:55 PM
  • "Net Neutrality: Why it's Vital for Digital Transformation" InformationWeek 3:45 PM
  • "Smart Home is a Home that's always spying on you" Om Malik 3:06 PM
  • "The Fight For Net Neutrality Accelerates, Invokes New Tactics" The Mac Observer 3:02 PM
  • "The rise of Logan Paul, the 22-year-old millionaire who has 20 million followers — and keeps royally upsetting YouTube" Business Insider 1:52 PM
  • "Op-ed: YouTube cuts off Logan Paul's ads, but neither has learned their lesson" Ars Technica 1:50 PM
  • "New tech 'addictions' are mostly just old moral panic" Engadget 12:07 PM
  • "Sonos cleverly mocks Apple on HomePod launch day/Commentary: The speaker maker takes to Twitter to offer Apple a playlist. A very funny playlist. A very funny playlist you can't easily play on a HomePod." CNET 8:11 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HomePods Are Shipping To Users With A Beta Version Of iOS 11" WCCFTech 8:10 PM
  • "How Can Apple Watch Users Control Whirlpool Devices?" Market Realist 1:52 PM
  • "'Vainglory' 5v5 Release Date Announced for February 13th" Touch Arcade 12:07 PM
  • "Someone Created a MagSafe Connector For the Rest of the Plugs In Your Home" Gizmodo 11:26 AM
  • "If you're not sold on Siri, you can now get Microsoft's Cortana on your iPad" Digital Trends 11:25 AM
  • "Microsoft tests use of iPhone authenticator app as password replacement in Windows 10 S mode preview" AppleInsider 9:50 AM
  • "Sonos used a popular meme to troll Apple on HomePod launch day" Business Insider 11:26 AM
  • "Sonos welcomes 'Fruit Machine' Apple's HomePod with a clever playlist and a snarky hidden message" 9to5Mac 9:41 AM
  • "Get some media player nostalgia with this web version of Winamp" Mashable 8:52 AM
  • "Mario Kart Tour for iOS Will Be 'Free-to-Start' Says Nintendo Partner" MacTrast 8:50 AM
  • "Yahoo Mail for iOS adds 'Medals' feature for the latest Winter Olympics news" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "PictureMate PM-400 makes it easy to print great-looking photos (and it's now cheaper)" Apple World Today 7:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "No more Windows 10 passwords? Microsoft says Hello to palm-vein biometrics" ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "Fujitsu brings palm-scanning biometric security to Windows 10 laptops" TechRepublic 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft ditches passwords in latest build of Windows 10 S" The Inquirer 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Says Users Love Surface More than the Apple MacBook" Softpedia 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases KB4074595 to Fix Zero-Day Flash Player Flaw" Softpedia 8:43 AM
  • "Latest Windows 10 Insider build makes it easier to control your GPUs" Digital Trends 8:42 AM
  • "Windows 10 Pro palm vein recognition coming courtesy of Fujitsu" SlashGear 8:41 AM
  • "Microsoft and Fujitsu team up to offer new palm vein authentication system" Neowin 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Announces Palm Vein Authentication for Windows 10" Softpedia 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Adds Report Sharing, Favorites to Power BI" eWeek 9:00 PM
  • "HP Omen 15 (2017) review: A good laptop that made some bad decisions" PCWorld 8:10 AM
  • "Flog our big fat servers – Dell's plea to partners" ChannelEye 8:33 AM
  • "Can we trust Intel Inside to mean secure computing?" ComputerWeekly 8:33 AM
  • "Intel put on an Olympic light show with 1,218 drones" Engadget 12:37 PM
  • "Intel's Winter Olympics light show featured a record-breaking 1,218 drones" The Verge 12:26 PM
  • "Intel starts rolling out new Spectre firmware fixes, Skylake goes first" Digital Trends 8:31 AM
  • "Best motherboard 2018: The best AMD and Intel motherboards from £100" Expert Reviews 8:30 AM
  • "Watch us unbox AMD's Raven Ridge APUs before we benchmark them to bits" PCGamesN 8:29 AM
  • "ASUS BIOS List for AMD Ryzen 2000 - Make your Motherboard compatible with Raven Ridge APUs" Guru3D 8:29 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Processors Enjoys Added Support On ASUS Desktops" VRZone 8:28 AM
  • "AMD Moves Into new California HQ Offices" Guru3D 8:28 AM
  • "Cisco: Severe bug in our security appliances is now under attack" ZDNet 8:26 AM
  • "Cisco to support NBC's Olympics production" RapidTVNews 8:26 AM
  • "That mega-vulnerability Cisco dropped is now under exploit: Bug with maximum severity rating is generating plenty of interest among hackers." Ars Technica 8:10 PM
  • "ThinkPad X1 Carbon Fire Hazard Recall Proves That Lenovo Has A Few Screws Loose" HotHardware 5:43 PM
  • "ASRock Releases Ryzen 2000 Series Zen+ BIOS Updates For Its AM4 Motherboards" HotHardware 5:39 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Implied March Quarter EPS May Surprise You" Forbes 8:07 PM
  • "Apple suppliers see higher January sales despite iPhone sales worries" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:57 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks turn positive but still poised for steep weekly drops: Energy, financials pace weekly losses" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Finishes With Gain of 330 Points, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Close Higher: Stocks went on a rollercoaster ride on Friday." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "US stocks swing back to gains, Dow up 330 on turbulent day" Associated Press 3:57 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rebound as Wild Week Ends: Gains put a positive end to one of the market's worst weeks in years" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets skid after Wall Street sinks into correction territory: Asian stocks capped their worst week in years, with more heavy selling coming after a late slump pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 into correction territory." MarketWatch 7:32 AM
  • "European stocks head for worst week in 2 years as global selloff continues: European stocks trimmed sharp losses in choppy Friday trade, after Wall Street surged at the open, partly rebounding after a plunge on Thursday that yanked both the S&P 500 index and Dow into correction territory." MarketWatch 11:39 AM

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