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Weekend Highlights: Irish Examiner reveals contractors in Cork, Ireland "were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift", and Apple has "abruptly terminated" their contract; Bloomberg has an curious story of Apple working with a Soy Sauce facility in Taiwan for rooftop solar installs; offers new beta interface; survey says smartphone upgrade cycle slowing down, even going past 3 years for some; Google under fire over Chinese disinformation concerning Hong Kong unrest, company also has new employee guidelines including avoidance of political speech on the job; to VPN or not VPN on your router?

  • "How Apple Plans to Root Out Bugs, Revamp iPhone Software: The company is shaking up its development program to focus more on key features and push back others to the following year." ["Software chief Craig Federighi laid out the new strategy to his army of engineers last month, according to a person familiar with the discussion. His team will have more time to work on new features and focus on under-the-hood refinements without being tied to a list of new features annually simply so the company can tout a massive year-over-year leap, people familiar with the situation say."]  Bloomberg 7:48 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 12 strategy: Take more time to squash the bugs/New Amimoji and other features to come in the fall release, but others must wait." Ars Technica 9:55 AM
  • "After ten years, Apple is totally changing how it makes iPhone software — and users should be ecstatic" Business Insider 7:21 PM
  • "Apple could be rethinking its release cycle for iOS and macOS" TechCrunch 4:38 PM
  • "Apple joins LG and Valve investing up to $10.6M in OLED display maker eMagin" TechCrunch 7:55 AM
  • "Apple Inc.'s iPhone Average Selling Price Challenge: Can iPhone average selling price trends keep driving growth for the important product segment?" The Motley Fool 8:08 AM
  • "Apple asks court to ban tax campaigners from its French stores: Firm claims French NGO Attac's stunts 'vandalises' its shops and 'endangers' staff and customers" The Guardian 4:45 PM
  • "Apple could bring iPhone's Home app to the Mac via macOS 10.14 code-named 'Liberty'" iDownload Blog 8:41 AM
  • "How to AirPlay Audio From Your Mac to HomePod" MacRumors 4:45 PM
  • "How Apple's Startup Security Utility and Secure Boot works" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "How Mac Apps Can Spy On Your Computer" Lifehacker 4:47 PM
  • "The Threat to the Mac: the Growing Popularity of Non-Native Apps"  Daring Fireball 3:22 PM
  • "What It Took for One Adobe Premiere User to Switch to Final Cut Pro X" 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Surpassed ASUS, Recording 9.6% Market Share in 2017 Global Notebook Market, Says TrendForce"  TrendForce 8:42 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook lineup now world's fourth-largest notebook brand" AppleInsider 3:23 PM
  • "Apple to expand Apple Music student discount to 82 new regions this month" AppleInsider 7:16 PM
  • "Apple Music expands college student subscription plan: The company adds 82 markets to the plan, which allows college students to get the music service at a 50 percent discount." CNET 7:16 PM
  • "Can the crisis of food waste be solved with an iPhone app - or is Too Good To Go too good to be true?"  Ecologist 7:46 AM
  • "We now know why an Apple employee decided to leak secret iPhone code" BGR 8:06 AM
  • "Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks" The Register 7:16 PM
  • "Apple sold more watches than Rolex, Swatch, and the rest of the Swiss watch industry combined" Business Insider 4:40 PM
  • "Apple shares new ads focused on Portrait Lighting and Live Photos" 9to5Mac 3:23 PM
  • "Apple highlights Portrait selfies, bouncing Live Photos in latest iPhone tutorials" AppleInsider 7:17 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs wins posthumous Grammy" Cult of Mac 8:07 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "For advertisers, Snapchat's got the kids" Reuters 8:35 PM
  • "'Olympic Destroyer' malware targeted Pyeongchang Games: firms" Reuters 8:35 PM
  • "Trump infrastructure plan leaves out rural broadband funding: Lawmakers and broadband providers from rural areas were hoping for dollars aimed specifically at solving the digital divide. They instead got money states can use how ever they want on infrastructure." CNET 7:17 PM
  • "Amazon lays off hundreds of employees" CNNMoney 7:16 PM
  • "Amazon is laying off hundreds of employees" Axios 12:38 PM
  • "FCC report finds almost no broadband competition at 100Mbps speeds: Even at 25Mbps, 43 percent of the US had zero ISPs or just one." Ars Technica 12:38 PM
  • "Qualcomm is dying to tell you how fast the Galaxy S9 is – but don't compare it to the iPhone X" BGR 10:33 AM
  • "Inside The Two Years That Shook Facebook—And The World: How a confused, defensive social media giant steered itself into a disaster, and how Mark Zuckerberg is trying to fix it all."  Wired 10:10 AM
  • "Study Backs Up Creeping Feeling That Facebook Is Just for Old People Now" Gizmodo 9:16 AM
  • "The Next Version of Android Will Support iPhone X-Like Notches" Thurrott 8:07 AM
  • "Google Maps Teardown Reveals Battery Stats Sharing: Soon tracking someone's location in real-time using Google Maps could include knowing if their phone is about to die." PC Magazine 8:06 AM
  • "Verizon is locking its phones down to combat theft: The wireless carrier has been selling its smartphones unlocked, allowing you to swap SIM cards and use other carriers. A change in the spring will lock phones for a certain period of time." CNET 7:46 AM
  • "026: iOS 12 (and 13) rumors, Alto's Odyssey, and HomePod exploded Daily" 9to5Mac 7:17 PM
  • "Network Speeds, HomePod, Vectors, and Dead Drives – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 696" The Mac Observer 7:10 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Legislative Counsel for the EFF Ernesto Falcon" The Mac Observer 4:48 PM
  • "A Weekend with HomePod -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-12" The Mac Observer 3:18 PM
  • "A practical guide to the HomePod" The MT Show 9:23 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod Has One Hidden Advantage" ["'Specifically, after asking a question, [Siri] does not repeat the whole thing back to you as is the case with Google Assistant and Alexa, which makes for a subtly smoother process,' Munster said."] Forbes 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Will Repair HomePod Power Cables For $29, But Warns They 'Should Not Be Removed'" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod is 'built like a tank' -iFixit" Computerworld 7:53 AM
  • "HomePod teardown reveals Apple's least-repair-friendly gadget yet" Mashable 7:57 AM
  • "Apple HomePod falls short of Google Home Max, Sonos One: Consumer Reports" MarketWatch 10:33 AM
  • "Consumer Reports: Google Home Max and Sonos One Sound Better Than HomePod" MacRumors 3:23 PM
  • "Apple working on Animoji in FaceTime and tabs for iPad apps, says Bloomberg" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "iOS 12 Said to Feature Animoji in FaceTime, Deeper Siri Integration, and Do Not Disturb Improvements" MacRumors 8:49 AM
  • "iOS 12 may bring new DND options for auto-rejecting phone calls and muting notifications" iDownload Blog 9:11 AM
  • "iOS 12 may bring multiplayer support to augmented reality games built with ARKit" iDownload Blog 10:32 AM
  • "Here is The List of iOS 12 and iOS 13 Features Leaked So Far" iPhone Hacks 7:10 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM

  • "Apple HomePod - The Audiophile Perspective + Measurements!" Reddit 7:52 AM
  • "HomePod Review: Apple speaker sounds smart if you like to be locked in" Cult of Mac 4:56 PM
  • "Apple HomePod review: The best-sounding smart speaker yet" Mashable 4:48 PM
  • "A Promising Work in Progress: Initial Thoughts on HomePod" MacStories 4:48 PM
  • "See Apple's HomePod take on the competition in our ultimate smart speaker sound comparison" AppleInsider 4:39 PM
  • "HomePod Diary: The best party gadget ever, and the difference between 'really good' and 'great'" 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
  • "HomePod is a GREAT speaker for playing music, but falls short in other areas" Apple World Today 8:50 AM
  • "Review: RHA MA750 Wireless In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 4:46 PM
  • "Review: Satechi's high-end aluminum wireless charger" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "How to use AirFoil to create a stereo HomePod pair right now" 9to5Mac 9:03 PM
  • "HomePod Teardown"  iFixit 7:38 AM
  • "How 'Hey Siri' works with multiple devices" Cult of Mac 3:23 PM
  • "How To Get Always-On Display On iPhone X Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 10:32 AM
  • "Setting Up and Controlling the HomePod" MacMost 11:07 AM
  • "Got a HomePod? These videos from Apple show how to use one" Digital Trends 8:07 AM
  • "How to AirPlay to multiple HomePods on Mac and PC without having to wait for AirPlay 2 support" iMore 8:07 AM
  • "Measuring and Managing Your Cellular Data Use" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:07 AM
  • "The Best iTunes and iOS EQ Settings for the HomePod" Kirkville 8:06 AM
  • "I'm a huge Apple fan — but there are 9 big reasons why I'm not buying the HomePod" Business Insider 9:03 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Gets Defensive About iPhone X Demand" The Motley Fool 7:50 PM
  • "Apple's plan to fix buggy iOS updates is so obvious it might actually work" Mashable 7:23 PM
  • "Claim Chowder on Yours Truly Regarding a June Claim Chowder Regarding Whether the HomePod Has a 'Touchscreen'" Daring Fireball 7:17 PM
  • "Apple's Serious Image Problem With The New iPhone"  Forbes 7:16 PM
  • "Mark Gurman on Apple's OS Development Strategy" Daring Fireball 4:40 PM
  • "IDC: Apple Watch Outsold the Entire Swiss Watch Industry in Holiday Quarter" Daring Fireball 4:39 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod gets a teardown: Two key takeaways" CNET 3:23 PM
  • "When it comes to computers people actually use, Apple is winning" Apple Must 3:18 PM
  • "HomePod may sound great, but Siri still sucks" Cult of Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Comment: The three factors that may be behind the HomePod's semi-removable cable" 9to5Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Yep, the Essential Phone was a total failure" BGR 9:03 PM
  • "Verizon Has a Bad Excuse for Why It's Locking Phones Again" Gizmodo 7:23 PM
  • "How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:17 PM
  • "Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook's Vampiric VPN Service" Gizmodo 4:45 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: What's coming up at Mobile World Congress?" Computerworld 4:40 PM
  • "Comment: Snapdragon 845 benchmarks show off a powerhouse, but they don't mean anything until the Galaxy S9 arrives" 9to5Google 11:11 AM
  • "Facebook has a Big Tobacco Problem" Monday Note 8:06 AM
  • "I Would Switch to This '80s Parody of Siri for the Hilariously Awful Synthesized Voice" Gizmodo 8:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Facebook to launch subscription tool in iOS app after resolving dispute with Apple" AppleInsider 9:03 PM
  • "Facebook works it out with Apple to test news paywalls on iOS" TechCrunch 7:17 PM
  • "Apple Maps transit directions come to Tucson, Arizona" AppleInsider 4:39 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of February 12: Jeff Gamet, Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, Chris Heinonen of The WireCutter, 1 Password, HomePod" The MUG Center 11:50 AM
  • "Beautiful iPhone adventure Alto's Odyssey is finally coming out this month" The Verge 8:40 AM
  • "'Alto's Adventure' sequel 'Alto's Odyssey' launches on iOS on February 22" TechCrunch 8:40 AM
  • "'Monster Merge' by 'Down the Mountain' Developer Umbrella Now Available for App Store Preorder" Touch Arcade 4:46 PM
  • "'Atlo's Odyssey' from Snowman Is Finally Releasing on February 22nd, Pre-Order Available Now" Touch Arcade 8:05 AM
  • "Crescent Moon Games Will Release 'Reed', Android-Exclusive Platformer, on iPhone and iPad" Touch Arcade 12:38 PM
  • "My Wall - Beautiful High Quality Wallpapers for your phone" prMac 7:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft creates the UK's most powerful cloud service" Channel Eye 9:08 AM
  • "Microsoft to Release New Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Tomorrow" Softpedia 9:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Wants To Put An End To Passwords Once And For All" Tech Times 9:08 AM
  • "Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month's problems" Computerworld 9:07 AM
  • "Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Microsoft is testing a password-free version of Windows 10" IT PRO 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft just hired a chief diversity officer — and IBM is suing them over it" Business Insider 7:22 PM
  • "Unilever aims to force more digital ad transparency, plots blockchain pilot with IBM" ZDNet 11:55 AM
  • "IBM Study Shows Consumers Don't Trust Social Networks With Identity Data" Security Intelligence 8:56 AM
  • "IBM Releases Spectre, Meltdown Patches for Power Systems" SecurityWeek 8:55 AM
  • "Dell EMC wants $50 billion from partners" Channel Eye 8:33 AM
  • "Global notebook market is booming with HP leading the charge" PC Retail 8:44 AM
  • "REVIEWS: HP Spectre x360 13 Review" TechSpot 8:36 AM
  • "Maverick introduces Dell interactive touch displays in Europe" Inavate On the Net 8:34 AM
  • "What must change in wake of Spectre and Meltdown scandal" PC Retail 8:38 AM
  • "Gigabyte MB51-PS0 with 16-core Xeon D-2100 Processor Reveals itself" Guru3D 8:38 AM
  • "The high-flying tech story behind Intel's record-breaking Olympic drone show" AV Magazine 8:37 AM
  • "ASRock And Asus Confirm Upcoming AMD Ryzen 2400GE And 2200GE Raven Ridge 35W APUs For Mobile Platforms" SegmentNext 8:44 AM
  • "REVIEW: AMD's Newest Processors Are So Good You Can Skip the Graphics Card" Gizmodo 8:44 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2400G And Ryzen 3 2200G Review: The Ultimate Choice For Budget PC Gaming?" Forbes 8:43 AM
  • "Buyer Beware: Newegg Adds 30-Percent Price Hike To AMD's New Vega-Powered APU" Forbes 8:43 AM
  • "Is AMD Ryzen 2400G Worth All The Hype? Here Is What You Need To Know" SegmentNext 8:43 AM
  • "Leaked AMD Ryzen APU Benchmarks Turns Out To Be Fake" SegmentNext 8:42 AM
  • "Review: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G" Hexus 8:38 AM
  • "Oracle's Hurd says 90 percent of enterprise apps will have integrated AI by 2020 as automation picks up" ZDNet 11:56 AM
  • "The Morning Download: Oracle Bets Big on New Data Centers to Fuel Cloud Growth" WSJ Blogs 8:28 AM
  • "Oracle: We've stuffed automation in 'pretty much' all our services" The Register 8:29 AM
  • "Oracle CEO on cloud infrastructure expansion" FOXBusiness 8:29 AM
  • "Oracle pushes automation beyond database to cloud services" ComputerWeekly 8:27 AM
  • "Oracle to open 12 new datacenter regions to expand its cloud business" MarketWatch 8:27 AM
  • "Oracle Leaps Into the Costly Cloud Arms Race" [Paid Membership Required] 8:26 AM
  • "Oracle expands its autonomous technology across its cloud platform" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Oracle to expand automation capabilities across developer cloud services" TechCrunch 7:38 AM
  • "Buy 'networking juggernaut' Cisco now due to market share gains: Analyst" CNBC 8:12 AM
  • "28 of 30 Dow stocks rise premarket, led by Cisco, DowDuPont" MarketWatch 8:12 AM
  • "Nigeria: CISCO Leads Innovations to Reinvent Network for Digital Business" allAfrica 8:11 AM
  • "Cisco Provides IP Video, Networking Solutions At Olympic Winter Games 2018" Bernama 8:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks gain for second session as Dow rallies more than 400 points: Technology, energy and materials lead the gains" MarketWatch 4:28 PM
  • "Stocks Rip Higher, Dow Jumps Over 400 Points as Markets Rebound: Stocks rise Monday as equities rebound from their worst week in two years." TheStreet 4:27 PM
  • "Stocks power higher after a dreadful week; Dow jumps 410" Associated Press 4:27 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise After Two Turbulent Weeks: Dow jumps 400 points following its largest one-week percentage decline in more than two years" [Paid Membership Required] 4:26 PM
  • "Asia markets get off to smooth start after last week's rough patch: Major indexes start off 0.5% higher ahead of Lunar New Year break" MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "European stocks end with gains, bouncing back after biggest weekly drop in a year: Analysts attributed the upbeat action in part to encouraging action on Friday and Monday for U.S. equities, but noted global markets remain down in a big way so far in February." MarketWatch 11:30 AM

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