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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 shareholders just gave a huge vote of confidence to Tim Cook" Business Insider 1:14 PM
  • "Apple should focus on capturing the living room in its next product cycle: Analyst"  CNBC 8:59 AM
  • "Understanding Apple at scale: While many prefer to keep cursing the dark, the former head of Office and Windows at Microsoft has shone a huge spotlight on what it means to be Apple at its current scale."  iMore 9:06 AM
  • "Will Apple's New HomePod Soon Dominate Hi-fi Profits?"  Barron's 3:03 PM
  • "EMagin Executive Says Apple Didn't Invest in the Company" Bloomberg 8:56 AM
  • "Apple admits iOS is a mess, has a plan to make it better: Have you noticed how iOS has become buggier and less polished in recent years? Apple has noticed too, and is putting in place a plan to make things better."  ZDNet 11:27 AM
  • "Apple Could Be Revising Its Approach To iOS, macOS Updates" Tech Times 8:59 AM
  • "Foster + Partners' Melbourne Apple store to go to state parliament: Local politicians in Melbourne have demanded that the Victoria state parliament withdraw its planning permission for Foster + Partners' flagship Apple store in the Australian city after a wave of criticism" Architects Journal [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:23 PM
  • "Security Researchers Expose Skype Security Flaw Microsoft isn't Fixing" ["Microsoft-owned Skype has a big security flaw that could let an attacker gain control of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. What's worse is that Microsoft isn't planning on fixing the flaw, at least for now, because it amounts to rewriting the entire app update installer."] The Mac Observer 6:21 PM
  • "Apple iOS 12 to enable iPhone apps to be developed that can run on MacOS" Computing 8:59 AM
  • "iOS 12: Apple is about to eat the Mac" Apple Must 12:42 PM
  • "Chrome 68 to condemn all unencrypted sites by summer: Google in July will start inserting a 'not secure' label in the address bar of every website that uses HTTP connections between its servers and users." Computerworld 8:43 AM
  • "Adobe focuses on speed — but just how fast is the new Lightroom 7.2?" Digital Trends 9:40 AM
  • "Picking a Default Account in Mac Mail" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Recover a Lost File With Time Machine" MacMost 10:22 AM
  • "Does Time Machine back up every file every time?" Macworld 8:38 AM
Press Releases
  • "Lightroom CC adds distortion-fix tools, voice control in latest update" Digital Trends 9:40 AM
  • "Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration brings Lara Croft back to Mac" Cult of Mac 9:19 AM
  • "New Mac app brings real-time WYSIWYG interface to LaTeX typesetting" prMac 9:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Developing Series Based on NBA Star Kevin Durant From Imagine Television"  Variety 12:44 PM
  • "Apple is making a TV show based on NBA superstar Kevin Durant's childhood that's inspired by 'Friday Night Lights'" Business Insider 2:25 PM
  • "Kevin Durant's life and times to be chronicled in Apple-funded 'Swagger' video production" AppleInsider 1:40 PM
  • "Apple and Ron Howard Developing Series Based on NBA Superstar Kevin Durant's Early Career" The Mac Observer 6:19 PM
  • "Expansion on the agenda for YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify" MusicAlly 8:58 AM
  • "Siri lags behind rivals in accuracy on the HomePod" Business Insider 11:28 AM
  • "Google needs a full year to sell as many smartphones as Apple sells in a week" BGR 8:59 AM
  • "Apple and Android are destroying the Swiss Watch industry" TechCrunch 8:39 AM
  • "Apple Watch holiday sales volume beat entire Swiss watch industry for first time" AppleInsider 10:21 AM
  • "Bill Gates believes Apple should unlock iPhones at the government's request" Business Insider 8:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Bill Gates thinks the government should force tech companies to unlock phones" BGR 9:00 PM
  • "Hawaii Proposes Bill To Ban Video Game Loot Boxes" HotHardware 3:59 PM
  • "Millions Of Android Smartphones Are Being Turned Into Cryptocurrency Mining Zombies" HotHardware 3:59 PM
  • "Facebook and Google could lose $2B in ad revenue over 'toxic content'" The Next Web 2:41 PM
  • "Watch a Card Skimmer Get Installed in Seconds: Overlay skimmers simply stick on top of card readers and can be installed even in busy supermarket checkout lanes." PC Magazine 10:05 AM
  • "Bill Gates warns tech giants that a government crackdown may be in their future" GeekWire 11:29 AM
  • "Bill and Melinda Gates say it's unfair they are so rich" Business Insider 10:21 AM
  • "Bill Gates: It's 'scary to me' that technology can empower small groups to do great harm" CNBC 10:02 AM
  • "Gmail will let you browse websites in your email with new AMP support" The Verge 9:40 AM
  • "German Court Rules Facebook's Real Name Policy Is Illegal: A number of the social network's default settings were also called into question." PC Magazine 9:18 AM
  • "Californians trust tech, not social media" Axios 8:59 AM
  • "Amazon plans hundreds of lay-offs" BBC 8:48 AM
  • "The guys who helped build Jay-Z's streaming service Tidal are raising money to follow your every move" Business Insider 8:37 AM
  • "027: Shareholders meeting recap, Kevin Durant on Apple TV, HomePod tips Daily" 9to5Mac 9:08 PM
  • "HomePod from a Musicians Perspective -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-13" The Mac Observer 12:25 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 42 – RSS Services and Apps" MacStories 8:56 AM
  • "Former Apple developer explains why the company's software is struggling"  BGR 11:29 AM
  • "Apple Bringing Peace To iOS 12 With Performance Boost And Bug Extermination" HotHardware 3:59 PM
  • "1 Benefit from Apple's Rumored Move to Ditch Qualcomm for Intel in 2018 iPhones: Lower modem costs could allow Apple to spend elsewhere to boost the competitiveness of its next iPhones." The Motley Fool 8:58 AM
  • "Apple invention involves a docking station that recognizes gestures and 'impact' input" Apple World Today 8:39 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:14 AM
  • "iMac Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:14 AM

  • "Apple HomePod review: A great speaker that's not so smart" Engadget 8:58 AM
  • "Apple HomePod review: Not yet ready to take the stage/Apple's smart speaker sounds great but feels unfinished." Macworld 8:38 AM
  • "First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station returns legacy ports to MacBook, MacBook Pro in a portable package" AppleInsider 8:38 AM
  • "Review: I love the look of the retro Muzen speaker & radio" iDownload Blog 11:27 AM
  • "UA Sport Flex wireless headphone review: Made for active music lovers" TechHive 8:38 AM
  • "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp: How to change an animal's clothing/Give your animal friends a completely different look by sharing your outfits with them!" iMore 9:17 PM
  • "How to Use Spotify, SoundCloud and Pandora on HomePod" iPhone Hacks 5:22 PM
  • "How to Save a Webpage as PDF on iPad and iPhone the Easy Way" OS X Daily 4:00 PM
  • "How to change device icons in the Home app" iDownload Blog 12:28 PM
  • "How to jailbreak tvOS 10.2.2 with greeng0blin" iDownload Blog 9:17 AM
  • "HomeKit Automation: How to properly group accessories" iDownload Blog 8:59 AM
  • "How to use Shazam with Siri on HomePod to identify songs playing in the room" 9to5Mac 8:38 AM
  • "How to change device icons in the Home app" iDownload Blog 12:24 PM
  • "How to set up HomePod: Apple's smart speaker makes it easy to get started." Macworld 8:38 AM
  • "YouTube TV:¬†Everything you need to know! YouTube's live TV streaming service is here and we've got all of the details that you need to know" iMore 4:50 PM
  • "Enable Grayscale on Apple Devices to Save Battery and Your Eyesight" The Mac Observer 1:17 PM
  • "Stop other HomePod users from polluting your music recommendations" Cult of Mac 1:14 PM
  • "Tips, tricks, & customizations for your new HomePod" iDownload Blog 1:14 PM
  • "Apple HomePod: 6 tips and tricks to get the most out of Apple's smart speaker" CNET 12:45 PM
  • "Former Microsoft executive argues that Apple's decision to slow down iOS development has nothing to do with bugs" BGR 9:17 PM
  • "Flipboard CEO knocks Apple News for closed ecosystem, says product is 'living in the past'" AppleInsider 9:09 PM
  • "Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio tech delivers highly consistent sound" AppleInsider 6:37 PM
  • "9 reasons you should buy an Amazon Echo over an Apple HomePod" Business Insider 12:28 PM
  • "6 problems with those Consumer Reports Apple HomePod claims" Apple Must 11:56 AM
  • "5 ways the iPhone X could be better" BGR 10:29 AM
  • "Yes, you can pull the power cable out of a HomePod... but should you?" iMore 8:59 AM
  • "Unreal: Hunting the elusive iPhone X owner" Macworld 8:38 AM
  • "Messaging the use of AI against terrorist propaganda" Gigaom 8:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Facebook's 'Protect' feature on iOS essentially installs spyware on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 2:26 PM
  • "Plux wireless charger aims to beat AirPower at its own game" Apple World Today 10:04 AM
  • "'Florence' Hits the App Store Ahead of Schedule" Touch Arcade 9:21 AM
  • "Verdant Skies - Modern Life Simulation with Deep Storytelling" prMac 8:38 AM
  • "Peak Reality Releases Augmented Reality Abraham Lincoln Mobile App" prMac 8:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Releases Free Spectre, Meltdown Tool to Assess If Your Windows Machines Are Vulnerable" WCCFTech 5:16 PM
  • "Microsoft pushes Windows Defender ATP to Windows 8.1 and 7, but there's a catch: Redmond wants users on the road to Windows 10" The Inquirer 6:55 AM
  • "Windows 10 Spring Update to Encourage Adoption of Biometric Security" eWeek 12:19 PM
  • "Microsoft to leave Skype bug needing massive rewrite unfixed for now" Neowin 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft brings Scale-Up to Sydney's new startup hub" ZDNet 9:00 PM
  • "Bill Gates says big tech companies are inviting government regulation: 'There's no question of ability; it's the question of willingness.'" The Verge 4:51 PM
  • "Adobe Advances Pen and Touch Support for XD on Windows" Thurrott 4:34 PM
  • "IBM sues Microsoft's new chief diversity officer over non-compete agreement" GeekWire 6:58 AM
  • "IBM sues former HR boss hired by Microsoft: Lindsay-Rae McIntyre has been named Microsoft new chief diversity officer" Reuters 4:42 PM
  • "Intel Announces Coffee Lake Core i3-8130U CPU and Lists 10nm Cannonlake-U Chips Officially — Cannonlake Dual Core SKUs With and Without iGPU" WCCFTech 7:30 AM
  • "Intel announces Core i3-8130U for thin and light devices" Hexus 7:31 AM
  • "Intel Launches its Core i3-8130U Mobile CPU" Guru3D 7:31 AM
  • "Intel's first 8th-gen Core i3 chip for notebooks is here (and it's just a modest spec bump)" Liliputing 7:31 AM
  • "Intel Announces New Core i3-8130U Mobile CPU For Notebooks" Tom's Hardware 7:31 AM
  • "Netflix warning over Intel's latest Meltdown fix that could cause CPU latency spikes of 8,000 per cent: New Meltdown patches from Intel still have 'issues'..." Computing 7:29 AM
  • "AMD Radeon 18.2.2 driver adds Kingdom Come: Deliverance optimizations and more" Neowin 6:55 AM
  • "Gigabyte AM4 motherboards add support for AMD Ryzen desktop processors: The AM4 motherboards support the new AMD Ryzen Desktop Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics." Gizbot 7:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen with built-in Vega graphics available now" SlashGear 7:31 AM
  • "AMD's new Raven Ridge chips aren't the only new Ryzen 2000 APUs on the horizon" PCGamesN 7:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Review: Strong Performance, Exceptional Value" 7:23 AM
  • "DDR4 Scaling and AMD Ryzen 5 2400G: Do Higher Clocks Boost Performance?" ExtremeTech 12:17 PM
  • "AMD Radeon 18.2.2 driver adds Kingdom Come: Deliverance optimizations and more" Neowin 7:24 AM
  • "HP leads global notebook market, Dell 3rd and Apple 4th position: TrendForce" Austin American-Statesman [Free Registration Required] 7:21 AM
  • "Carbonite acquires Mozy from Dell for $145.8 million" ZDNet 4:51 PM
  • "Dell Technologies Inc. (DVMT) vs. HP Inc. (HPQ): Is One a Better Investment Than the Other?" Economics Money 7:21 AM
  • "ASUS puts discrete graphics inside its ultra-thin ZenBook: Small size, big performance." Engadget 6:57 AM
  • "ARM unveils two new AI chip designs to ride the machine learning wave" The Verge 12:15 PM
  • "ARM's latest processors are designed for mobile AI: ARM ML and ARM OD promise massive speed boosts for machine learning." Engadget 12:15 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Says Repatriated Cash Won't Change Its M&A Strategy" The Motley Fool 9:17 PM
  • "Highlights of Apple's 2018 Shareholders Meeting" MacRumors 2:27 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook talks health, mobile payments and taxes" CNET 1:14 PM
  • "AAPL shareholders meeting recap: Wearables business approaching Fortune 300 size, Apple Pay adoption slower than expected, more" 9to5Mac 12:45 PM
  • "Tim Cook speaks at Apple shareholders meeting" CNBC Videos 12:45 PM
  • "Apple chief Tim Cook says he is 'not a fan' of special dividends" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:44 PM
  • "Apple Stock Watchers Lose Some of That Loving Feeling" BloombergGadfly 2:25 PM
  • "Apple will continue to grow at 'healthy clip': Analyst" [Video Report] CNBC 8:59 AM
  • "Apple: The safest haven" Apple 3.0 8:48 AM
  • "Apple's 2018 shareholder meeting today, held for the first time at Apple Park" AppleInsider 9:20 AM
  • "Apple shareholders meeting: This analyst has questions" Apple 3.0 8:48 AM
  • "Apple's First Shareholder Meeting in the Steve Jobs Theater Set for this Morning" The Mac Observer 9:16 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Higher, Posting Third Consecutive Day of Gains" TheStreet 5:00 PM
  • "Trump Bump is down but not out after stock rout" USA Today 2:13 PM
  • "Amazon sends medical stocks plummeting on report of new health care effort" FOXBusiness 4:58 PM
  • "Stocks gain for third day, yields slip ahead of U.S. inflation data" Reuters 4:59 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise Ahead of Key Inflation Report: The Dow industrials fell as much as 180 points earlier in the session before erasing those losses" [Paid Membership Required] 4:59 PM
  • "Japanese stocks drop, but other Asian markets follow global rebound" MarketWatch 7:38 AM
  • "European stocks run into the red as Wall Street sets course for pullback" MarketWatch 7:39 AM

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