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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.

  • "Why the iPhone Is Losing Out to Chinese Devices in Asia: Apple's market share is stagnant or declining in Asia, paving the way for other smartphone makers" [Paid Membership Required] 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's Move To Share Health Care Records Is A Game-Changer" Wired [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:08 AM
  • "Weak iPhone X demand isn't just hurting Apple — it's also causing problems for Samsung"  Business Insider 7:21 AM
  • "Former Windows president defends Apple in 44 tweets"  Apple 3.0 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Releases macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update With Telugu Crash Fix" MacRumors 4:01 PM
  • "Apple updates operating systems to fix app-crashing bug: Bug causes apps running on iOS devices and Macs to crash when a certain Indian symbol was displayed." CNET 5:20 PM
  • "Apple updates all its operating systems to address Indian Telugu crash: The update deals with some issues with iOS devices and external accessories, too." Ars Technica 6:32 PM
  • "APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss When Writing to Disk Images" MacRumors 7:20 AM
  • "Apple's APFS file system is suffering from a disk image flaw that could see users losing data: Software engineers found the data writing bug via sparse disk images" V3 7:06 AM
  • "A History of the Xserve: Apple's One Rack Wonder" MacStories 10:36 AM
  • "Apple's 2018 WWDC May be June 4-8 at McEnery Convention Center" The Mac Observer 10:17 AM
  • "macOS: Some Useful Mac Menu Bar Shortcuts You Can Do With the Option Key" The Mac Observer 1:13 PM
  • "The DEVONthink Note Clipper" Macdrifter 10:27 AM
  • "6 Mac tips that will make you way more productive" Computerworld 9:31 AM
  • "How to Add, Remove, and Rearrange Menu Bar Icons in macOS" MacRumors 7:07 AM
  • "Window Control with Keyboard Maestro and Moom" Macdrifter 7:07 AM
  • "Looking for a Mac App to Replace Twitter's Client? Here are Your Two Choices" The Mac Observer 3:19 PM
  • "Archival issues is a lively topic, talking about hard disks vs. SSDs, checksums, ZFS, Carbon Copy Cloner, backup testing and more." MacInTouch 8:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "Twitterrific Adds Multi-Account Features, Follower and Following Lists, and More" MacStories 2:59 PM
  • "VLCKit 3.0 adds support for H.265, better 4K memory management, and 3D video" 9to5Mac 2:16 PM
  • "Event: Learn the ARCHICAD to Grasshopper-Rhino Connection in March" Architosh 9:36 AM
  • "Feral Announces 'Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia' Coming to Mac" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "Install Disk Creator makes it easy to create macOS installer disks" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple seeks new trademark for multicolor logo, unlikely to show up at a store near you" AppleInsider 6:43 PM
  • "Ohio State University expands on Apple educational partnership with app for first-year students"  AppleInsider 8:32 PM
  • "Some people are exploiting the latest Apple bug to crash your iPhone via Twitter" Business Insider 7:21 AM
  • "Huge crack in glass of flagship Chicago Apple Store, present for several weeks" 9to5Mac 10:26 AM
  • "So long, Infinite Loop! Apple Park is now Apple's official address" Cult of Mac 7:49 AM
  • "Apple, fix these HomePod issues ASAP (CNET Top 5) - Video" CNET 7:35 AM
  • "Xiaomi rips off iPhone X gestures for its newest smartphone" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Mac creator Jef Raskin complains about Steve Jobs" Cult of Mac 7:49 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook's tracking of non-users ruled illegal again" TechCrunch 7:21 AM
  • "Facebook will verify the location of U.S. election ad buyers by mailing them postcards" TechCrunch 7:20 AM
  • "England turns to the church to help fix rural internet" Engadget 7:10 AM
  • "MPU 418 — Workflows With Rose Orchard" MacSparky 6:44 PM
  • "Geek Challenges, Voice Assistants, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 697" The Mac Observer 6:23 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Axios Energy & Climate Reporter Amy Harder" The Mac Observer 4:04 PM
  • "Briefing -A HomePod Stand To Prevent White Rings" MacVoices 1:14 PM
  • "Goodbye Twitter Mac App, HomePod Blind Sound Test -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-19" The Mac Observer 1:13 PM
  • "First Ring Daily: Windows ARMs the Apple Alexa" Thurrott 11:06 AM
  • "The Apple Watch has evolved over the years and it seems the HomePod will too!" The MT Show 10:02 AM
  • "How iFixit Became the World's Best iPhone Teardown Team" [Video] Vice 9:45 AM
  • "Going all-in on iPad Pro with Clayton Morris" iMore 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6 With Fix for Telugu Character Bug That Causes iOS Devices to Crash" MacRumors 3:20 PM
  • "Apple Fixes Telugu Text Bug in macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update" The Mac Observer 3:58 PM
  • "Apple issues iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates with fix for Indian character bug" AppleInsider 4:01 PM
  • "Update for iOS and Macs negates text bomb that crashed devices" TechCrunch 4:01 PM
  • "HomePod's white ring problem should be easy to solve, say industrial designers" 9to5Mac 7:19 AM
  • "How Apple could fix HomePod's white ring problem" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "The HomePod May Damage Your Wooden Furniture" TidBITS 10:56 AM
  • "Starting April 2018, all new apps must natively support iPhone X display" iDownload Blog 7:30 AM
  • "iOS 11.2.5 Jailbreak: iOS 11.2.2 Might Get A Public Jailbreak, Stay Clear Of Latest Firmwares, CoolStar Says" Redmond Pie 9:32 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:09 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:09 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:09 AM

  • "Apple HomePod: the best-sounding smart speaker yet? We reveal our first impressions of the Apple HomePod, with early insights from the lab, and whether it could steal the show with its sound quality" Which? 6:17 PM
  • "Video: Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One" AppleInsider 5:59 PM
  • "Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthy of replacing your favorite timepiece/Everything you want to know about the smartwatches you've been itching to buy." Ars Technica 7:52 AM
  • "Hands on: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides network Time Machine, iOS Files compatibility" AppleInsider 9:14 AM
  • "JBL Boombox portable Bluetooth speaker review" The Gadgeteer 9:44 AM
  • "Review: Mujjo's premium leather iPhone X case and knitted gloves" iDownload Blog 7:32 AM
  • "Zolo Liberty+ Truly Wireless Headphones review: Fantastic battery life but mediocre audio" Macworld 7:19 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Introduction to Apple WatchKit with Core Motion — Tracking Jumping Jacks" Heartbeat 7:33 AM
  • "How to Make iPhone Speaker Louder Sounding with EQ Settings" OS X Daily 2:59 PM
  • "Using QR Codes With Your iPhone" MacMost 10:35 AM
  • "How to set multiple timers with HomePod" iMore 9:23 AM
  • "iOS: How to use Notes to scan documents" Apple Must 7:09 AM
  • "10 AirPod tips for the rest of us" Apple Must 1:14 PM
  • "Tip: the fastest way to toggle AirPlay as an output on iPhone & iPad" iDownload Blog 9:14 AM
  • "WSJ report that the iPhone is floundering in Asia is way off base" BGR 9:28 PM
  • "Apple 'didn't test the HomePod enough,' design experts claim" BGR 7:07 PM
  • "Apple Says iPhone X #1 Smartphone, the Rest of the World Talks about Weak Demand" The Mac Observer 6:23 PM
  • "Life on an iPad" ["That was, as I say, a couple of weeks ago. Since then I've been doing everything I've done on this iPad – a 12in iPad Pro, with Smart Keyboard. That means email, writing articles for papers, editing chapters for my book, composing The Overspill's daily Start Up post, and so on...A few years ago, this would probably have been impossible. I wouldn't have contemplated it. Now? Getting along fine."] The Overspill 5:12 PM
  • "Apple's Upcoming Handover of Chinese iCloud Data to a State-Owned Company" Daring Fireball 4:01 PM
  • "The Reliable Simplicity of AirPods" MacStories 3:20 PM
  • "Why Apple needs to recruit some eagles at Apple Park" Apple Must 2:27 PM
  • "Concept: Creating a more immersive HomePod store experience with AR and Apple Music" 9to5Mac 2:16 PM
  • "The case for using the iPhone X without a case: It feels like a crime to put a case on the nicest smartphone Apple's ever made" The Verge 7:33 AM
  • "On Russia, Facebook Sends a Message It Wishes It Hadn't" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:04 PM
  • "We have hundreds of ways to DM, but are we really saying anything?" Mashable 10:27 AM
  • "Latest leak may have uncovered the Galaxy S9's most exciting secret" BGR 9:13 AM
  • "Prediction #7 — 2018 will see the first Alexa virus" I, Cringely 7:52 AM
  • "If Star Trek aliens were Wal-mart greeters!" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 7:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Nike+ Run Club updated with new Challenges feature for staying motivated" 9to5Mac 8:50 PM
  • "Xequence MIDI controller expands with a new drum maps feature and more" createdigitalmusic 6:13 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of February 19: HomePod, Mail Butler, Digital Security" The MUG Center 10:47 AM
  • "MyLiFi lamp brings you internet through LED light" Cult of Mac 9:23 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft And Walmart Are Doing It: What If You Have To Downsize?" Forbes 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft shelling out $500m to fund UK startups" PC Retail 9:12 AM
  • "Windows 10 on Arm: It will be more limited and here's how, reveals Microsoft" ZDNet 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft pulls list of limitations on 'Always Connected' Windows 10 PCs" Digital Trends 5:37 PM
  • "Microsoft Makes Sure Windows Phone Really Is Dead" MakeUseOf 5:42 PM
  • "Google found another critical security flaw in Microsoft Edge" Digital Trends 5:37 PM
  • "Google discloses Microsoft Edge security flaw before a patch is ready" The Verge 8:06 AM
  • "IBM outsourcing deal with Aecom 'a mess' and the CIO is 'on his way out', claims insider" Computing 9:00 AM
  • "Why Is IBM Down 7.7% Since the Last Earnings Report?" Nasdaq 9:00 AM
  • "HP Elite Slice review: A good mini PC, but not a great one" Expert Reviews 8:59 AM
  • "HP Starts Selling iPhones and Macs" Softpedia 8:57 AM
  • "HP Spectre 13 x360 review: Don't fix it if it's not broken" Neowin 8:15 PM
  • "Dell EMC expands converged infrastructure portfolio" ITP Technology 8:56 AM
  • "Meltdown-Spectre: Now the class action suits against Intel are starting to mount up" ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "The Meltdown and Spectre Effect: Intel Facing 32 Lawsuits Over CPU Flaws" Softpedia 8:54 AM
  • "Over 30 Lawsuits Filed Against Intel for CPU Flaws" SecurityWeek 8:54 AM
  • "Intel develops quantum processor on silicon" ITProPortal 8:55 AM
  • "Intel To Invest $4.5 Billion In Israel In 2018" Jerusalem Post 8:53 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Delidded: Solder vs. Thermal Paste vs. Liquid Metal" Tom's Hardware 8:50 AM
  • "AMD vs. Intel: Two CPU giants are battling it out in 2018, but who will win?" Windows Central 8:50 AM
  • "AMD is standing by to help you get that new APU up and running" Digital Trends 2:58 PM
  • "AMD Releasing Ryzen V1000 SoC To Compete with Intel Gemini Lake" WCCFTech 8:49 AM
  • "Oracle hires former Salesforce Brazil head" ZDNet 8:13 AM
  • "Oracle Buys Security Startup Zenedge To Boost Cloud Platform" Silicon UK 8:48 AM
  • "Four new partners join Oracle NetSuite provider programme" Fibre2Fashion 8:47 AM
  • "Cisco Offers Cloud-Based Endpoint Security Solutions" Bernama 8:43 AM
  • "Digital platform strategy: build one before someone else does" ZDNet 9:28 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "See what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about Apple Inc." [3-page PDF] IHS Markit 7:45 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow futures slip with traders on Presidents Day break: U.S. stock futures were trading lower on Monday, reversing Friday's mostly upbeat action, though analysts warned against reading too much into the moves, given traders are off for Presidents Day." MarketWatch 11:56 AM
  • "Stocks take a break for President's Day after a torrid run" FOXBusiness 8:54 AM
  • "European Stocks Stall in Thin Holiday Trading: Quiet day with U.S. and many Asian markets closed for public holidays" [Paid Membership Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Asian markets continue to push higher: 'It's kind of a relief rally'/Nikkei, Kospi both up more than 1% following holiday" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "European stocks end day with losses, driven lower by Daimler and Reckitt Benckiser: European stocks closed lower Monday, dragged down in part by falls for consumer products heavyweight Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC and German automobile maker Daimler AG." MarketWatch 11:54 AM

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