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Thursday Highlights: Interesting question for Apple from Kori Hale at Forbes on whether Apple is "leaving Beats and African-American aestheticism behind?"; Wall Street Journal piece argues iPhone assembly in US "hollow victory for Trump" and may hurt Apple; Cool Hunting and Hodinkee show how Apple's new Apple Watch Series 4 screen designs are actually made; you are being assigned a trust score from Apple based on your iPhone data; Pixel 2 camera better than iPhone XS camera according to reviews; iJustine, Emkwan Reviews on YouTube unbox and review Apple Watch Series 4; GoPro's new Hero 7 offers smooth videos as if a gimbal attached, more in our Reviews section; luxury-priced iPhone XS ships without fast charger brick.

  • "Inside Apple's Courtship of News Publishers/When news publishers have a big story these days, their editors jump on Slack and pitch it to an unlikely partner: Apple. The tech company has built a small but powerful news team that is making Apple a key distribution outlet for news publishers."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:24 AM
  • "Apple in talks for first order from a Chinese chipmaker: A deal with Yangtze Memory will mark milestone in China's tech development"  Nikkei 8:31 AM
  • "Apple in talks for first order from Chinese chipmaker: Nikkei" Reuters 9:22 AM
  • "Apple CEO Sees Dividend Hikes, Calls Succession a Priority"  Bloomberg 10:00 AM
  • "Tim Cook explains why you're never going to visit the inside of Apple's new $5 billion headquarters"  Business Insider 8:53 AM
  • "Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone"  NPR 7:16 PM
  • "Google Chrome Starts Blocking In-Your-Face Ads Tomorrow" Forbes 8:04 AM
  • "From tomorrow, Google Chrome will block crud ads. Here's how it'll work" The Register 8:08 AM
  • "MarsEdit 4 review: Content-creation tool for websites lets you focus on the important things" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "Mac: What does 'System Scan is Recommended' mean?" Computerworld 11:23 AM
  • "How to Control iTunes on Your Mac from Your Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 8:28 AM
  • "Searching for Current Information" MacMost 10:37 AM
  • "Dr. Mac Weighs the Pros and Cons of Replacing Photoshop" The Mac Observer 5:14 PM
  • "What Would it Be Like to Go Back to macOS Snow Leopard?" The Mac Observer 5:38 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Study: Even Apple and Google engineers can't really afford to live near their offices" Fast Company 1:46 PM
  • "There will be no tours of Apple Park, CEO Tim Cook says" Digital Trends 8:53 AM
  • "Apple says that Apple Park campus is a 'no drone zone'" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "'Apple News as a product is living in the past,' according to Flipboard's CEO: Mike McCue thinks a walled garden is the wrong approach for publishers in 2018." Recode 10:53 AM
  • "Apple spotlights apps using ARKit's capabilities on new webpage" 9to5Mac 8:39 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (44) -Travel Outside Bangkok (Buggy at Times) -A Photographic Journey" eXtensions 7:42 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Boston leads the US in smart cities ranking" ZDNet 11:34 AM
  • "Citing risks but no evidence, US intel chiefs warn against using Huawei, ZTE phones" ZDNet 11:33 AM
  • "FCC looks to approve SpaceX's satellite internet plan" TechCrunch 12:04 PM
  • "FCC chair moves to approve SpaceX broadband service" Axios 10:54 AM
  • "Google is bringing AI-powered one-tap replies to all your messaging apps" The Next Web 8:55 AM
  • "Qualcomm announces wireless edge services and new LTE SDK for enterprise IoT customers, 5G NR roadmap demonstrated" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "YouTube TV is adding more channels, but it's also getting more expensive" The Verge 8:51 AM
  • "YouTube TV raises pricing, expands with Turner, NBA, MLB additions" TechCrunch 8:33 AM
  • "YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans" BBC 8:22 AM
  • "Can't wait for 5G? How your next phone goes supersonic in 4G" CNET 8:11 AM
  • "Sony Just Coughed Up PS4 Data To The FBI In A Kansas Terror Investigation" Forbes 8:04 AM
  • "028: HomePod stains, Berkshire Hathaway's AAPL investment, KGI on 6.1-inch iPhone sales Daily" 9to5Mac 6:35 PM
  • "Inside Apple's Shareholder Meeting, Profiling Hypocrisy, and HomePod Isn't a Wiretap -ACM 449" The Mac Observer 5:15 PM
  • "#228: Wrong Robot Name/Our essential travel tech, most romantic uses of technology, biggest technology disappointments, and thoughts about the HomePod." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:45 PM
  • "Skype's Big Security Flaw, Verizon's Locked iPhones -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-14" The Mac Observer 1:33 PM
  • "MacVoices #18065: Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba Discusses Their New Farrago Audio Utility, and Apple's HomePod" Mac Voices 1:29 PM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: The Year in Mac Security, and Tips for Backing Up Your Mac" Intego Mac Podcast 8:56 AM
  • "KGI: Apple Could Ship 100 Million Units of New 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, Replacing iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in 2018 Device Line-up" MacRumors 8:26 AM
  • "Apple expected to ship 100M 6.1" LCD iPhone units priced at $700-$800 in late 2018" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Apple in talks for first order with a Chinese chipmaker: report" ejinsight 9:16 PM
  • "Barclays Says Second-Generation iPhone X Could Have Smaller Notch" MacRumors 9:06 AM
  • "Apple confirms HomePod leaves white rings on wood surfaces" VentureBeat 10:55 AM
  • "Apple admits its new $350 speaker can leave permanent white rings on wooden surfaces and furniture" Business Insider 11:41 AM
  • "Apple's New $349 HomePod Speaker Is Ruining Some Customers' Wooden Tables" Time 1:45 PM
  • "Apple's New iMac Pro Delivers Enhanced Security with the T2 Chip" Intego 9:41 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy S9+ tops the iPhone X in new leaked benchmark" BGR 10:52 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Now Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models" MacRumors 12:22 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:42 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:42 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:42 AM

  • "iMac Pro vs. Surface Studio: Which Premium AIO Reigns Supreme? We've tested both of these sleek all-in-one desktops and here's how they stack up on design, performance, and price." PC Magazine 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod: Paying $350 for a speaker that says 'no' this much is tough/Apple's first smart speaker feels exclusively designed for its most ardent fans." Ars Technica 12:05 PM
  • "Apple HomePod Review: It Only Sounds Great" The Wirecutter 10:55 AM
  • "Apple's Biggest Claim About HomePod Is Legit, According To Our Acoustics Tests" Fast Company 8:31 AM
  • "Twelve South launches new SurfacePad leather cover for iPhone X [Video] 9to5Mac 11:32 AM
  • "Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go" TechHive 8:27 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "OmniOutliner 3 for iOS Review" MacStories 11:32 AM
  • "Hands On: OmniOutliner 3 for iPad organizes everything from text to ideas" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "How to limit HomePod access so family and friends can't send texts, create reminders, or hijack your music" AppleInsider 3:48 PM
  • "How to Completely Disable Private Browsing in iOS on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 3:48 PM
  • "How to reset your HomePod and connect it to a new Apple ID" AppleInsider 1:45 PM
  • "How to clean your HomePod" iMore 8:58 AM
  • "HomePod tips and tricks" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "HomePod Component Costs Estimated at $216" MacRumors 9:16 PM
  • "Apple says it is totally normal for HomePod to ruin your furniture" BetaNews 9:16 PM
  • "What You Need to Know About Apple's iPhone X Production Target" Market Realist 3:48 PM
  • "Why won't Apple tell us who it's buying??" Apple Must 1:46 PM
  • "New Apple AR Webpage Makes a Strong Statement About the Future" The Mac Observer 1:33 PM
  • "CNBC peppers Apple analyst with dumb questions (Video): When will Apple hit $1 trillion? What's the hot next thing? What if they buy Time Warner? CBS/Viacom? Disney?" Apple 3.0 9:27 AM
  • "Audiophile HomePod Reviewer Turns Out to Not Know Much about Measuring Audio"  Kirkville 8:57 AM
  • "Tim Cook says keeping Apple's secrets are 'the bane my existence'" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Comment: The FBI's warning against Huawei smartphones is kind of ironic ..." 9to5Mac 8:39 AM
  • "6 improvements HomePod needs to compete" Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "Artificial Intelligence VS Human Intelligence: Winning That War" Future Insights 2:51 PM
  • "I've owned an Amazon Echo for over two years now — here are my 19 favorite features" Business Insider 1:46 PM
  • "Salon has every right to hijack your laptop to mine cryptocurrency while you read it" Business Insider 8:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Xbox party chat launches on Android and iOS: Keep up with your gaming buddies when you're away from home." Engadget 5:27 PM
  • "FileBrowser for Business Gains New FTP Options, Native iXpand Drive Integration in Files App" MacStories 12:06 PM
  • "Electra RC1 iOS 11 Jailbreak With Cydia Bundled Is A Limited Release For Developers Only" Redmond Pie 11:34 AM
  • "Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit ethernet connection to MacBook Pro, iMac using Thunderbolt 3" AppleInsider 9:52 AM
  • "Kill Time on the Go With the Best Reddit Apps for Android and iOS" Digital Trends 9:27 AM
  • "CARROT Weather 4.5 Brings Achievements, Alternate Icons, and More" MacStories 8:58 AM
  • "Photos: The Ultimate iPhone & iPad Photography Guide - released today" prMac 8:26 AM
  • "Contacts on steroids: Intro 1.0 for iPhone launched today" prMac 8:26 AM
  • "Brother Mobile Solutions' PocketJet 7 is a convenient mobile printer line" Apple World Today 8:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft wants to use blockchain to secure your identity" Computerworld 10:53 AM
  • "Microsoft targets startups with $500 million in Azure-related resources: Microsoft is launching a new program aimed at attracting more startups to its Azure cloud." ZDNet 11:34 AM
  • "Microsoft promises to help startups sell their products...if they're on Azure" VentureBeat 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft's compiler-level Spectre fix shows how hard this problem will be to solve: Investigation of Microsoft's compiler changes show that much of the time, they won't fix Spectre." Ars Technica 5:38 PM
  • "Microsoft gives sysadmins Meltdown and Spectre detection in Windows Analytics" BetaNews 8:55 AM
  • "Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs" Gizmodo 9:02 PM
  • "Microsoft releases first Windows 10 'Redstone 5' test build; adds new app preview program" ZDNet 7:53 PM
  • "Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service" Computerworld 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft releases new firmware for the Surface Pro and Surface Book" Neowin 5:27 PM
  • "As Microsoft, IBM Enter Cryptocurrency Market, EXMO Cryptocurrency Exchange Launches Dividend-Paying Tokens Crowdsale" Insider Monkey 8:55 AM
  • "Big Blue levels up server sextet with POWER9 for IBM i, AIX, HANA, Linux" The Register 8:10 AM
  • "HP Announces Major Digital Packaging Expansion in US" Packaging Europe 9:44 AM
  • "Dell-EMC expands its CI platform, simplifies data center operations: With the VxBlock 1000, Dell-EMC's next-generation CI platform, customers can mix and match storage, networking and compute technology for greater data center agility." Network World 9:46 AM
  • "Dell EMC announces new servers for optimized computing & software-defined environments" The Economic Times 9:46 AM
  • "AMD signs up Dell as its latest EPYC customer" ITProPortal 9:46 AM
  • "AMD wins as Dell goes EPYC" Fudzilla 9:46 AM
  • "Intel Graphics Driver Adds Game Optimization Control For Intel Integrated And AMD Vega GPUs" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Intel expands bug bounty program to include Spectre-like side-channel attacks, dangles $250K" GeekWire 1:53 PM
  • "Intel bug bounty program expands with more rewards" ZDNet 6:46 PM
  • "Intel's latest graphics drivers can automatically optimize your games to play their best" PCWorld 9:57 AM
  • "Ampere And Turing: NVIDIA's Future GeForce Gaming And Cryptocurrency Mining GPUs?" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "AMD Rome Is The Code Name Of Upcoming Server CPUs That Will Replace EPYC, Could Feature 64 Cores /128 Threads" SegmentNext 9:57 AM
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 & Inaugural Ryzen Desktop APU WHQL Drivers" AnandTech 8:58 AM
  • "AMD Radeon 18.2.2 Beta Drivers Boost PUBG Performance" eTeknix 9:56 AM
  • "Oracle's Plan To Beat Amazon, Microsoft On Cloud" Investopedia 10:45 AM
  • "Cisco satisfies Q2 targets despite net loss from tax charge: The company paid an $11.1 billion charge related to recent US tax reform." ZDNet 3:50 PM
  • "Cisco shares rally 5% on earnings beat, outlook, shareholder returns" MarketWatch 3:48 PM
  • "Cisco posts loss on $11.1 billion tax-related charge" Reuters 3:48 PM
  • "Cisco earnings come in higher than forecasts" CNBC Videos 3:47 PM
  • "Cisco's revenue is finally growing again and investors are piling in" Business Insider 3:47 PM
  • "Cisco Earnings: What to Watch/Bright spots include moving away from hardware dependence, tax benefits, gains in cloud computing" [Paid Membership Required] 8:39 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increases Apple stake by 23.3 percent, now its largest holding" AppleInsider 5:26 PM
  • "Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway increases AAPL holdings, dumps over 90% of its IBM shares" 9to5Mac 5:27 PM
  • "Apple Is All About Buying Stock Back, Says BTIG's Piecyk" Bloomberg Video 9:52 AM
  • "Apple: analyst lays out path to zero net cash, deems 'transformational M&A' unlikely" MarketWatch 9:27 AM
  • "Miss the Bottom in Apple's Stock? Here's What You Should Do Now: There are still some 'nasties' lurking on Apple's stock chart. Here's how to trade the tech giant." TheStreet 8:49 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow clambers 250 points higher as Wall Street dispels inflation jitters: Small-cap Russell 2000 on pace for best daily rise in about a month; VIX readings fall below historic average" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Soars Over 250 Points to Post Its Fourth Straight Day of Gains: Stocks finished higher on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks climb again as investors shake off inflation worries" Associated Press 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Weigh Inflation Data: Latest consumer-price report suggests inflation is firming after a long run of softness" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian stock markets go their separate ways before Lunar New Year holiday: Samsung helps lift Kospi; Nikkei declines as yen rallies" MarketWatch 8:59 AM
  • "European stocks perk up after German growth data: U.S. inflation report on tap" MarketWatch 8:59 AM

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