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Weekend Highlights: Apple Arcade has a challenger on iOS: GameClub which plans to resurrect now dead but classic iPhone games; Apple to build new flagship store in San Jose; and plans second store in Taiwan; Rob Enderle thinks Microsoft's new Edge browser for Mac is major development; with no product to offer, Apple still voted #3 smartglasses player in market survey; Facebook removes more than a million fake accounts every hour; Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders given uncertain future of device; full-screen Touch ID rumored in 2020 iPhones; iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, closer look at new keyboard, AppleInsider doesn't think changes will help issues much; here's a hands-on with new 13" 2019 MacBook Pro; App Store ads frustrate finding apps you want.

  • "VW looks at Apple for electric-car design guidance"  Reuters 3:17 PM
  • "Berkshire Hathaway doubles down on Apple stock and dumps IBM: Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increased its Apple holdings by 23.3 percent to 165.3 million shares, according to SEC filings."  CNBC 8:10 AM
  • "How Apple's Deal with Goldman Sachs Could Be a Win-Win" Market Realist 7:55 AM
  • "Apple Is Now Warren Buffett's Largest Investment" Forbes 10:05 AM
  • "Maybe Apple Rushed the HomePod to Market Too Fast"  Slate 8:20 AM
  • "8 ways Apple can make HomePod an even better music player: Hey Siri, we're talking about you."  Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "HP Is Bringing Apple's iPhones, iPads And MacBooks To Its Device-As-A-Service Offering"  CRN 8:57 AM
  • "HP announces Device as a Service for Apple" Neowin 8:57 AM
  • "Apple Moves Toward What Could Be Its Greatest Victory" Seeking Alpha 8:21 AM
  • "Apple board members receive $262K in restricted stock" AppleInsider 7:51 PM
  • "Apple's macOS Server strategy shifts again: The company is planning to deprecate a number of services that could hit SMB customers, though larger enterprise users are less likely to be affected." Computerworld 1:01 PM
  • "Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac review" Macworld UK 9:55 AM
  • "macOS: What is Purgeable Storage on Your Hard Drive?" The Mac Observer 3:16 PM
  • "Can an iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature connect to a Wi-Fi network?" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "iMovie Match Color" MacMost 9:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Parallels Toolbox update includes Presentation Mode, video editing tools, and more" 9to5Mac 4:44 PM
  • "SimScale Integrates Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange for more Powerful 3D CAD Handling" Architosh 8:39 AM
  • "DEVONthink To Go 2.4.3 improves synchronization and more" DEVONtechnologies 7:44 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple iPhone Takes Huge 51 Percent Share of Global Smartphone Revenues in Q4 2017"  Strategy Analytics 11:41 AM
  • "Apple takes more than half of all smartphone revenues in Q4 2017" 9to5Mac 12:24 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone X eats over half the smartphone industry pie" Apple Must 12:22 PM
  • "The iPhone took in 51% of global smartphone revenue over Christmas" BGR 7:31 PM
  • "People are walking into glass at the new Apple headquarters" MarketWatch 9:21 PM
  • "Major new iOS bug can crash iPhones and disable access to apps and iMessages: Here we go again"  The Verge 7:53 AM
  • "Your iPhone will crash if someone sends you this character, and there's no way to fix it" BGR 8:03 AM
  • "A new bug in Apple's operating systems can crash any Apple device with just one simple character" Business Insider 8:46 AM
  • "Receiving an Indian character crashes Messages and other apps in iOS 11" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Apple says iPhone crash bug will be fixed before iOS 11.3" The Verge 3:23 PM
  • "Apple won't wait for iOS 11.3 to fix Indian character bug, plans to roll out interim iPhone patch soon" AppleInsider 3:20 PM
  • "For the first time since its inception, Apple Watch overtook Fitbit in annual sales" iDownload Blog 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Watch's Big Quarter and a Series of Firsts" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:25 AM
  • "This Super Stealth Start-Up Is Cloning iPhones For An Apple Hacker's Paradise" Forbes 8:34 AM
  • "Move over HomePod? Facebook has two smart speakers on the way" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Thousands of FedEx customer records exposed by unsecured server" Reuters 1:02 PM
  • "Ajit Pai Is Reportedly Being Investigated by the FCC's Inspector General" Gizmodo 11:40 AM
  • "FCC watchdog investigates Ajit Pai over help given to right-wing TV news giant: IG examines whether Pai 'improperly coordinated with Sinclair' on rule changes." Ars Technica 11:40 AM
  • "Peter Thiel might be getting out of Silicon Valley" Engadget 10:58 AM
  • "T-Mobile sending alert to warn customers of industry level hijacking scam" ModMy 8:18 AM
  • "Quantum computers 'one step closer'" BBC 8:10 AM
  • "Amazon is bigger than Microsoft for the first time" Business Insider 7:54 AM
  • "029: iOS 11 Telugu bug, Sonos has HomePod's problem, and Carpool Karaoke 2 Daily" 9to5Mac 5:48 PM
  • "iOS 11 Telugu Text Bug, the Mac's Good Old Days of Snow Leopard -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-15" The Mac Observer 12:25 PM
  • "Inside Cupertino's Upcoming Breakthrough Product: Apple Glass"  iDrop News 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod Speaker Costs $216 to Build, TechInsights Says" Bloomberg 7:58 AM
  • "Apple probably makes less profit on the HomePod than Google and Amazon do on their speakers" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Beware 'Protect' In Facebook's iOS App" TidBITS 7:52 AM
  • "Guess What? Sonos One Speakers Also Damage Wood" Tom's Guide 12:26 PM
  • "Apple HomePod damages wooden furniture with white stains 'in 20 minutes'" Telegraph 8:10 AM
  • "Got Wood? Then Apple's HomePod Might Cause You Bother" Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "Apple's new HomePod doesn't respect wood: Apple's new smart speakers leaving white ring stains on wooden surfaces, users report" ITP Technology 9:21 PM
  • "Apple will require all new apps to natively support iPhone X display from April" 9to5Mac 3:19 PM
  • "Apple Will Require Native iPhone X Support on New Apps Starting in April" The Mac Observer 5:46 PM
  • "Make Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant talk in an infinite loop" CNET 1:01 PM
  • "Apple patent is for a transparent screen that could be used for AR purposes" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
  • "How to fix the Indian character bug on iPhone and iPad" iMore 11:40 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM

  • "The Nosiest Assistant/I bought a HomePod, and have been using it lightly for about a week now. On the face of it, I'm the ideal customer: an Apple fan who's invested in other Apple devices, subscribes to Apple Music, is more-or-less at peace with Siri, and is primarily in the market for a better sounding home audio speaker. Hello, HomePod! I couldn't resist." Bitsplitting 1:02 PM
  • "Prizefight: Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max/It's Apple's HomePod vs. the Google Home Max. Who's got the sound and smarts to reign supreme! It's a Prizefight punch-out for smart speaker supremacy." CNET 8:32 PM
  • "Apple Watch review: The original iPhone-tailored smartwatch remains an expensive convenience gadget" TechRadar UK 9:55 AM
  • "Fitbit Ionic" CNET 8:01 AM
  • "Review: QacQoc USB to USB Hub with Ethernet" Low End Mac 10:05 AM
  • "SnapPower USB Charger 2 review: Double the USB ports and (sort of) twice the power" TechHive 7:59 AM
  • "iOttie Easy Smart Tap 2 is a great mount (if you've got the right model of iPad)" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
  • "How to use a USB drive with Files on iOS" Cult of Mac 3:24 PM
  • "How to Temporarily Disable Touch ID and Face ID with Siri on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 3:23 PM
  • "How to AirPlay to two HomePods on iPhone & Mac (without AirPlay 2)" AppleInsider 3:19 PM
  • "How to change Siri's voice" Macworld 1:59 PM
  • "How to control HomePod from Mac or iOS" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "How to troubleshoot Hey Siri triggering HomePod instead of Apple Watch" iMore 7:59 AM
  • "Philips Hue — Everything you need to know! Here you'll find a regularly updated stream of Philips Hue product and app news!" iMore 4:43 PM
  • "iOS: 8 Ways to Enhance Your Privacy & Security in Safari" The Mac Observer 3:37 PM
  • "Need Your HomePod to Recalibrate its Sound for Your Room? Give it a Shake" The Mac Observer 9:50 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Op-Ed: HomePod Brings Me Accessibility" YMP Now 3:56 PM
  • "Daniel Jalkut on the HomePod" Six Colors 3:22 PM
  • "Is the Apple HomePod marking its territory with its own 'spaceship' symbol?" Digital Trends 3:19 PM
  • "You're Using Your iPhone Wrong" Mashable 1:59 PM
  • "8 Apple fails in just 46-days" Apple Must 1:52 PM
  • "Wish List: Multiple audio outputs on iOS" Six Colors 11:48 AM
  • "Analyst: Why Apple doesn't need Disney" Apple 3.0 11:40 AM
  • "Why Prime Video and YouTube apps for Apple TV are so bad" The Loop 8:34 AM
  • "Here's Why I Don't Buy This 2019 Apple iPhone Rumor" The Motley Fool 8:21 AM
  • "Apple on HomePod furniture rings: You're placing it wrong" MacDailyNews 12:21 PM
  • "Half right: Fighting iPads with Fire" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Evan Spiegel defends Snapchat redesign, says complaints only 'validate' the changes" 9to5Mac 7:34 PM
  • "The Mark of the HomePod: The Internet's funniest jabs at Apple's furniture-staining speaker" phoneArena 8:58 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple to prep second season of 'Carpool Karaoke'" AppleInsider 4:44 PM
  • "Shazam iPhone app updated, may herald future services integrated into Apple Music" AppleInsider 3:57 PM
  • "Shazam Updated with Synchronized Lyrics and a New Design" MacStories 3:23 PM
  • "Pad & Quill introduces leather coaster to prevent HomePod from damaging wooden surfaces" 9to5Mac 1:59 PM
  • "'sodes Embodies Beauty and Minimalism in a Podcast Player" MacStories 1:02 PM
  • "Google Maps on iOS gets new quick-access menus for real-time commuting info" The Verge 1:02 PM
  • "Wireless chargers are out; wireless chargers with extra hubs are in" The Verge 12:02 PM
  • "EverQuote Reports Apple's 'Do Not Disturb' While Driving Feature Reduced Driver Phone Use by Nearly 10%" PRNewswire 8:55 AM
  • "'Silent Streets' sequel beefs up the AR sleuthing on iOS" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "Capcom Discounts 'Monster Hunter Freedom Unite' by 74% for a Limited Time" Touch Arcade 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft's new photos app for iOS and Android lets you quickly transfer pictures to a PC" The Verge 8:01 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs" Gizmodo UK 7:07 AM
  • "Windows 10 is adding an Ultimate Performance mode for pros: It's built for no-compromise work." Engadget 6:32 AM
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 'Ultimate Performance' mode takes aim at high-end PCs: Now there's fast, and there's even faster" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "Windows 10 is getting an 'Ultimate Performance' mode for power users: Only available in Windows 10 Pro for Workstations" The Verge 6:49 AM
  • "Windows 10 testers can now try beta apps without updating the entire OS" The Verge 6:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Pours Money Into Fast-Growing Brazil as Demand Booms" Bloomberg 7:42 AM
  • "This Person Wants Microsoft to Pay Him in Billions or Just Put Windows 7 Back on His Machine!" WCCFTech 7:36 PM
  • "Microsoft patents Surface Pen with touch-sensitive retention clip" MSPoweruser 7:36 PM
  • "PayPal, Microsoft partner to build-up digital workplaces" Gadgets Now 7:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Issues Updates for Surface Pro, Book, and the Surface Dock Updater" Thurrott 12:18 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro Receives $200 Price Cut To Celebrate Its 5th Birthday" HotHardware 4:27 PM
  • "Microsoft and IBM in legal fight over diversity chief" Axios 7:43 AM
  • "Intel claims quantum computing 'breakthrough' silicon-based spin qubit chip: Could finally take quantum computing out of the research lab" The Inquirer 6:47 AM
  • "Intel claims breakthrough in quantum computing with spin qubits invention: Inventing a spin qubit fabrication flow using isotopically pure wafers" V3 7:07 AM
  • "Intel boosts bug bounty program in wake of Meltdown and Spectre flaws: $250,000 is up for grabs for researchers that can spot Spectre-like bugs" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "With Intel's updated bug bounty program, you could earn big bucks for finding the next Meltdown" BetaNews 7:08 AM
  • "Intel Offers $250,000 for Side-Channel Exploits" SecurityWeek 7:07 AM
  • "Intel boosts bug bounty efforts" bit-tech 7:07 AM
  • "Intel roadmap includes hexa-core laptop processors" Hexus 7:08 AM
  • "Second Gen Ryzen not playing nice with some AM4 motherboards" Fudzilla 7:06 AM
  • "Nvidia could be planning 'Turing' crypto-mining chips to ease the strain on gamers: Bitcoin has been leaving gamers with no new chips" The Inquirer 7:19 AM
  • "Ruckus Networks to deploy wireless solutions under Dell EMC's brand name: The agreement is effective immediately and encompasses a range of sales, marketing, and customer support programs in international markets, including APAC," The Economic Times 7:00 AM
  • "Dell EMC's IoT revenue in APAC surpasses $1bn: The milestone in Dell EMC's internet of things revenue underscores the APAC region's rapid uptake of sensors and other IoT devices in industries and smart city projects" ComputerWeekly 7:01 AM
  • "HP's DaaS program now includes Apple devices" ZDNet 10:57 AM
  • "HP announces Device as a Service for Apple" Neowin 11:24 AM
  • "IBM, skill development ministry launch 'New Collar' curriculum at ITIs" sify finance 7:39 AM
  • "IBM Wants You to Know the Ways Blockchain Can Go Wrong" coindesk 7:40 AM
  • "IBM Retirement Fund Has $4.90 Million Stake in Intel Co. (NASDAQ:INTC)" Dispatch Tribunal 7:40 AM
  • "Oracle Lobbied Labor Amid Employment Case: The Influence Game" Bloomberg 7:44 AM
  • "Oracle buys DDoS software maker Zenedge" ZDNet 1:36 PM
  • "Cisco to Repatriate $67 Billion Under New Tax Law" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:04 AM
  • "Cisco Shocks With Its Sales Results and Wall Street Loves It: Cisco's fastest-growing product ever, an increase in capital returns and prospects for growth drove shares higher after Wednesday's close." TheStreet 7:50 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is surging after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway ups its stake" Business Insider 10:16 AM
  • "Apple Stock Buyback Could Lift EPS 30%: UBS"  Investopedia 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's 'Other' Sales to Hit $22B in 2019: Analyst" Investopedia 9:00 AM
  • "One Indicator on Apple Has Me Confused" RealMoney 1:59 PM
  • "Cramer: Apple is on schedule to grow rather than decline" [Video] CNBC 9:55 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow Jumps Over 300 Points, Posting Its Fifth Straight Day of Gains: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all finish higher on Thursday." TheStreet 4:53 PM
  • "Gun stocks are rallying (as they usually do after a mass shooting)" USA Today 4:53 PM
  • "What Happened in the Stock Market Today" Motley Fool 4:54 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Extend Rebound in Broad Rally: Dow, S&P log biggest five-session percentage gain since December 2011" [Paid Membership Required] 4:55 PM
  • "Asian stocks leap before Lunar New Year holiday gets underway" MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "European stocks charge higher as Airbus, commodity shares advance" MarketWatch 7:53 AM

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