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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: How a New iPhone Lineup Could Shake Up Sales"  Barron's 11:41 AM
  • "How the iPhone X drives Apple's smartphone revenue dominance: The iPhone is a money-making machine that allows Apple to grab more revenue that all the other smartphone manufacturers put together."  ZDNet 7:07 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone Is In Much Better Shape Than How It Is Being Portrayed" Forbes 8:58 PM
  • "Apple's New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw – and It Hurts: Some distracted staff are walking into glass panes designed to foster collaboration"  Bloomberg 7:10 AM
  • "People Keep Walking Into Glass at Apple Park: Apple likes to use a lot of glass, but employees are walking into glass walls as there are apparently no markings on them." PC Magazine 7:24 AM
  • "WWDC 2018 Dates Possibly June 4-8 at San Jose Convention Center" MacRumors 1:03 PM
  • "Twitter just terminated it's abandoned Mac app" iMore 7:11 PM
  • "Twitter puts deadline on Mac application, will drop support in 30 days" 9to5Mac 7:11 PM
  • "How to screenshot on a Mac: Capture your screen on a MacBook or Apple desktop" Alphr 8:45 AM
  • "How to reduce the file size of a PDF on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:07 AM
  • "High Sierra: Do you use this great little Photos export shortcut?" Apple Must 6:59 AM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Mac Keyboard Shortcuts" MacMost 10:58 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "HP just announced it will start reselling Apple products" TechRadar UK 7:32 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Just Saved a Woman and Her Baby After a Car Crash: When one woman and her 9-month-old-baby were hit by a drunk driver, she couldn't get to her phone to call 911—but she was able to use her Apple Watch."  Shape 1:22 PM
  • "Apple Watch SOS saved a mom and her baby after a drunk driver hit their car" 9to5Mac 1:21 PM
  • "Apple's New Speaker Making an Unwelcome Mark in Some Homes" Associated Press 8:27 AM
  • "Sonos One, Like Apple HomePod, Leaves White Marks On Wooden Furniture" Tech Times 8:27 AM
  • "2 years after FBI vs. Apple, encryption debate remains" Axios 7:09 AM
  • "Apple Renews Carpool Karaoke: The Series for a Second Season" The Mac Observer 10:58 AM
  • "Sorry, Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' gets a second season" TechCrunch 11:24 AM
  • "Apple launches rich 'Close Your Rings' webpage to promote healthy living with Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve 'Woz' Wozniak set for Malta gaming event" Malta Today 7:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling" Reuters 9:01 PM
  • "Google spending $2.5 billion to expand operations across the US" Engadget 4:59 PM
  • "Google just crippled image search, and people are angry" Cult of Mac 11:56 AM
  • "Google is testing a system that makes it easier for 911 operators to locate you in emergencies" 9to5Google 11:43 AM
  • "Governor blames shooting on 'cultural problem' of video games *sighs*" The Next Web 11:43 AM
  • "030: Apple Park pains, Subaru's CarPlay, and Apple Watch impact Daily" 9to5Mac 4:53 PM
  • "Labor board says Google could fire James Damore for anti-diversity memo" The Verge 4:53 PM
  • "Google's firing of engineer James Damore did not break labor law, NLRB lawyer concludes" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:52 PM
  • "Mobile Safari Security Tips, HomePod as a HomeKit Hub -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-16" The Mac Observer 12:40 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast interviews comedian Will Abeles, reviews Apple's HomePod" AppleInsider 8:01 AM
  • "Episode #92 – How They Listen to Music: Chuck Joiner, Podcaster" The Next Track 7:18 AM
  • "Apple dictates that all new apps must fully support the iPhone X screen" Ars Technica 1:21 PM
  • "Developers must ensure apps are optimized for iPhone X" Cult of Mac 7:08 AM
  • "Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards/It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon" The Register 7:28 AM
  • "Telugu bug: Apple to fix issue that leads iPhone and other devices to crash if they receive special letter" The Independent 7:33 AM
  • "Apple says it'll fix the Telugu bug that crashes iPhones with a single character" BGR 7:11 AM
  • "A frustrating new iOS text bug is wreaking havoc on iPhones worldwide" TrustedReviews 7:33 AM
  • "iOS 11.2.5 – iOS 11 Jailbreak FAQ: All Your Questions Answered" iPhone Hacks 6:59 AM
  • "Old School-Style iOS 10.3.3 Untethered Jailbreak Might Soon Come To Meridian" Redmond Pie 2:55 PM
  • "How to Solve App Related Problems in iOS 11: Part 2" Envato Tuts+ 12:15 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "You can now get an iPhone 7 for half the price of an iPhone X, and it's a total steal" Business Insider 11:43 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM

  • "Apple HomePod Review: Superior Sound, but Limited by Siri" Intego 12:15 PM
  • "HomePod Diary: For me, it's the Apple Watch all over again – but should you buy one?" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 6 vs world's oldest working computer: Iconic machines from past seven decades do battle/The race will pit seven computers against each other, one from every decade going back to the dawn of computing." TechRepublic 7:32 AM
  • "Review: Sylvania Smart+ Soft White LED Light Bulb, Full Color LED Light Bulb + Full Color LED Flex Strip" iLounge 1:26 PM
  • "Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office" TechHive 7:07 AM
  • "ROLI Seaboard Block review: A full band in a squishy, portable package" iMore 8:01 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Dragon Lapis' Review - Not Exactly a Gem" Touch Arcade 2:37 PM
  • "Apple Shares New Video on Getting the Most From HomePod" MacRumors 7:12 PM
  • "How to Rename Files & Folders in iOS Files App" OS X Daily 3:28 PM
  • "How To Fix iPhone 6 / 6s No Service Issue" Redmond Pie 11:27 AM
  • "Set up an Apple HomePod with ease" [Video-based Tutorial] CNET 7:34 AM
  • "How to change Siri's voice on HomePod: Want to give Siri an Australian accent or swap its gender? It's easy!" Macworld 7:07 AM
  • "The BBC's tips for how to film movies with an iPhone" Apple Must 10:59 AM
  • "Did Apple Just Confirm Its Secret iPhone Design Plans for 2018?" iDrop News 1:26 PM
  • "Apple's new 'Close Your Rings' ad definitely wasn't well thought-out" BGR 1:03 PM
  • "Apple installing stickers to prevent employees walking into glass walls, like always" iMore 11:28 AM
  • "Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters"  Gizmodo 11:27 AM
  • "Why Apple's Do Not Disturb should be King of the road" Apple Must 8:54 AM
  • "6 reasons iMac Pro is ready for the enterprise" Computerworld 8:22 AM
  • "Cord cutting and fragmentation" The Loop 8:25 AM
  • "Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'" The Register 7:26 AM
  • "Common afflictions of kitchen appliances!" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 4:39 PM
  • "Apple is being mocked in a hilarious video spoof of the 'What's a computer?' ad many find infuriating" Business Insider 3:28 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "4 Accessibility Apps That Help People With Disabilities" The Mac Observer 2:06 PM
  • "CarPlay comes standard with Subaru's brand new Ascent, pre-orders now open" 9to5Mac 1:21 PM
  • "Apple puts Belkin screen protector for iPhone X back on sale after earlier recall" AppleInsider 11:24 AM
  • "iDevices debuts HomeKit-compatible Instant Switch wireless wall switch" AppleInsider 8:16 AM
  • "Windows 10: This Microsoft mobile app wirelessly transfers pics from Android, iOS" ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "This pressure-sensitive stylus makes almost any iPad mimic the iPad Pro via the headphone jack" Alphr 7:32 AM
  • "Apple Pay now accepted at 5,000+ more online stores in Denmark, Finland and Sweden" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "Introducing Math Mathews Fractions for iOS - Innovative Adventure Game" prMac 7:08 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Spectre and Meltdown are now a legal pain for Intel — the chip maker faces 35 lawsuits over the attacks" Business Insider 3:48 PM
  • "Intel currently facing 32 class-action lawsuits for Spectre and Meltdown" Engadget 1:37 PM
  • "Intel facing 32 lawsuits over Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws" The Verge 1:24 PM
  • "Intel is making gaming easier for people without graphics cards" Engadget 1:39 PM
  • "Intel Reverses Itself, Says All Skylake-X CPUs Have 2 AVX-512 Units" ExtremeTech 8:40 AM
  • "Intel 10nm Ice Lake-U Mobility Processor Spotted – Features Gen 11 Graphics With 48 EUs, Cannonlake Core i3-8121U Dual Core Also Revealed" WCCFTech 8:40 AM
  • "Intel pledges $250,000 to bug bounty hunts" ITProPortal 8:39 AM
  • "Intel's New Graphics Drivers Optimize Games For You" LAPTOP Magazine 8:39 AM
  • "Intel's new graphics drivers automatically optimize game settings" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "US intel chiefs warn their citizens off Chinese phones" Tech Wire Asia 8:38 AM
  • "Intel Launches 2.5' U2 and M2 8TB enterprise SSDs" Guru3D 8:38 AM
  • "Intel offers to pay for Spectre-like side channel vulnerabilities" HelpNetSecurity 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft, Amazon named and shamed in green datacentres report" CRN UK 9:05 AM
  • "Microsoft sues to put electronics recycler in prison for copying Windows recovery discs" TechRepublic 9:03 AM
  • "Microsoft re-launches $500m start-up program" ITProPortal 9:01 AM
  • "Microsoft is turning to the blockchain to help prove your identity online" Alphr 9:01 AM
  • "US Air Force Says It'll Quarantine Every PC Without Windows 10" Softpedia 8:57 AM
  • "If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now" The Register 8:49 AM
  • "Siemens Teams With Airbus to IBM in Cyberattack Defense Plan" Bloomberg 8:49 AM
  • "HP just announced it will start reselling Apple products" TechRadar UK 8:47 AM
  • "HP expands Device-as-a-Service to include Apple" Tech Central 8:47 AM
  • "HP sauces up Device as a Service offerings" Channel Eye 8:47 AM
  • "Penzance HP team point out flaws in Steamship AW169 plans" HeliHub 8:46 AM
  • "HP extends DaaS offerings for partners" PC Retail 8:46 AM
  • "Forza 7 updated with new features, Dell Gaming Car Pack launched" OnMSFT 8:44 AM
  • "Dell EMC plugs critical bugs in VMAX enterprise storage offerings" HelpNetSecurity 8:41 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge APU + Vega Dedicated GPU CrossFire Possible? Here Is What You Need To Know" SegmentNext 8:34 AM
  • "How to pick the right AMD Ryzen CPU for your PC" Windows Central 8:34 AM
  • "AMD Vega GPU or no, the Ryzen 3 2200G is a great budget gaming CPU on its own" PCGamesN 8:33 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2400G delidded and temperature tested" Hexus 8:33 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2400G And 2200G Are Able To Run PUBG At 60 FPS At 1080p If You Turn Down The Settings" SegmentNext 8:32 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 CrossFire review: more niche than ever before" Hardware.Info 8:32 AM
  • "Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't" PCWorld 7:52 AM
  • "Tech Data brings Oracle cloud credits to Europe" Comms Dealer 8:30 AM
  • "Oracle acquires Zenedge for cloud-based network security" Converge! 8:30 AM
  • "Cisco launches cloud-based endpoint protection for MSSPs" BetaNews 1:33 PM
  • "Cisco CEO: 'We are still only on the front end' of a new version of the network" ITworld 8:29 AM
  • "Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista" The Register 8:28 AM
  • "Rethinking cloud ROI: Come for cost savings but stay for agility" InfoWorld 7:56 AM
  • "Apple v. Samsung: Advocacy groups, patent experts concerned about legal uncertainty surrounding design patent damages" Foss Patents 1:59 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's massive bond portfolio makes it a 'screaming sell,' says market watcher" CNBC 7:28 AM
  • "Apple Is Leading a Resurgent Stock Market" TheStreet 7:07 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 book 6th straight gain as stocks post best week in years; Nasdaq lags: Stocks ended well off Friday highs as news on Mueller indictments briefly rattled Wall Street" MarketWatch 9:02 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Finish Higher for Sixth Straight Day of Gains: The Dow and S&P 500 regained momentum and closed higher on Friday after a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections." TheStreet 9:02 PM
  • "Dow posts biggest weekly rally since 2016" FOXBusiness 9:02 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Pare Gains After Mueller Probe Indictment: Despite afternoon selloff, S&P 500 still notches its best week since 2013" [Paid Membership Required] 9:01 PM
  • "Nikkei rises as Kuroda renominated to lead Bank of Japan: Stocks in Japan and New Zealand gained Friday, while a number of major markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, as investors regained confidence in equities after sharp slides last week." MarketWatch 7:18 AM
  • "European stocks post best week since 2016 as global appetite for risk ramps up: European stocks finished Friday's session in rally mode, posting their biggest weekly win in more than a year alongside on ongoing recovery in equities on Wall Street." MarketWatch 12:42 PM

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