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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 moves iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China" TechCrunch 8:17 AM
  • "Apple to store iCloud keys in China, sparking privacy fears" BetaNews 8:15 AM
  • "Apple will store China's iCloud keys on local servers" Engadget 8:15 AM
  • "Apple Moves Chinese iCloud Encryption Keys to China, Worrying Privacy Advocates" Gizmodo 7:20 PM
  • "Apple-backed Israel Machine Vision Conference to feature talk on iPhone X's TrueDepth camera" AppleInsider 7:20 PM
  • "Apple sponsoring 'Machine Vision Conference' in Israel, will lead discussion on the iPhone X's True Depth system" 9to5Mac 10:52 AM
  • "Apple still towers over other IT companies in quarterly results: Putting the latest quarterly financial results into a bar-chart shows just how much the IT business has changed since Big Blue ruled the world. Today both Google and Microsoft are bigger than IBM, while Apple is roughly four times bigger"  ZDNet 2/24
  • "Apple to move iCloud storage to China, prompting fears over government access to personal data" The Independent 2/24
  • "Apple iCloud security change in China raises privacy questions" CNET 2/24
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to end money — and everyone working in financial technology should be paying attention"  Business Insider 2/24
  • "Apple welcomes crowds of customers celebrating grand opening of first retail store in Austria" 9to5Mac 2/24
  • "The French love Apple. The French hate Apple. (3 videos)" Apple 3.0 2/24
  • "What to expect from Apple this spring: iOS 11, iPads, iPhone SE, AirPower, and a software update to let HomePods play in stereo seem likely as Apple's Q3 looms."  Computerworld 2/23
  • "HomePod: Apple's smart speaker has plenty of room to grow/Now that the HomePod's out, it's quickly becoming apparent that there's a lot of room for Apple to improve it."  Macworld 2/23
  • "Apple is reportedly adding hands-free Siri and water resistance to its next AirPods" The Next Web 2/23
  • "Apple: iPhone X And Other Products Will Soon Be A Lot Cheaper" Seeking Alpha 2/23
  • "Chancellor likely to confirm new taxes for digital giants: HM Treasury is considering imposing an extra tax on tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Google's Alphabet and Apple on their revenues rather than their profits because they are not so easy to shift from one jurisdiction to another." Web Financial Group (UK) 2/23
  • "Apple Denied Request to Ban Tax Protestors From Its Stores in France" MacRumors 2/23
  • "French court denies Apple injunction against tax protests" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Apple changes Safari's cookie killer to fix Facebook's Like buttons: Apple has made its anti-tracking feature in Safari friendlier to social media." ZDNet 2/23
  • "How to use Apple's new Privacy feature for iOS and Mac" Apple Must 10:36 AM
  • "Another warning: Don't convert your Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS" Macworld 2/23
  • "How to master: Google Chrome for PC, Mac, Android and iOS/Polish up your Chrome skills by checking out these tips for making the most of Google's web browser" Stuff Magazine 2/23
  • "Here's the trick to add an AirDrop folder to your Mac's Dock: You can't add AirDrop to the MacOS Dock. Or can you?" CNET 2/23
  • "A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Trackpad" MacMost 2/23
  • "7 ways to use your Mac trackpad better" Apple Must 2/23
  • "Here's why you should learn JavaScript now" Mashable 2/23
Press Releases
  • "FxFactory Releases Rips Plugins for Final Cut Pro X" prMac 2/23
  • "Bricsys Ships All New BricsCAD V18.2—New Core Features Advance BIM and Sheet Metal Design" Architosh 2/23
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple releases emotional ad to celebrate marriage equality" Mashable 7:20 PM
  • "Apple's Two Steves Are In The News This Weekend" Barron's 3:00 PM
  • "Google Employee Sells iMac, Can See its Location Three Years Later" PC Magazine 1:23 PM
  • "Apple Posts New 'First Dance' Ad for the iPhone X [Video] iClarified 10:51 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Why Apple ships some products before their time" Apple 3.0 8:17 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple clears the 'bozo explosion'" Cult of Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Apple repair center accidentally called 911 about 1,600 times" CBS News 2/24
  • "Happy Birthday to Steve Jobs and MacRumors" MacRumors 2/24
  • "Tim Cook shares remembrance of Steve Jobs, who would have been 63 today" 9to5Mac 2/24
  • "Tim Cook publicly commemorates the 63rd birthday of Steve Jobs with a Tweet" AppleInsider 2/24
  • "Steve Jobs' 1973 job application heads to auction for $50K" SlashGear 2/24
  • "The art that inspired Apple's iPhone X wallpaper is now on display for you to visit in person" 9to5Mac 2/24
  • "Apple Pay Cash nears its first international expansion" Engadget 2/24
  • "I cannot stand Donald Trump, says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak" Business Standard 2/24
  • "Singapore bank lets Apple customers voice their transactions" ZDNet 2/24
  • "An Apple repair center in California can't seem to stop calling 911" Digital Trends 2/23
  • "Apple repair centers are accidentally calling 911 dozens of times a day" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "Apple hires Hannibal producer to oversee original TV content" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "A Steve Jobs's signed job application is worth more than a year's wages" Apple Must 2/23
  • "Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction" Reuters 2/23
  • "Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction: The youngster listed skills with computers and calculators, but did not provide a contact number because he did not own a phone." Sky News 2/23
  • "Apple Pay Cash shows up in Messages app for users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Steven Soderbergh's shot on iPhone thriller premieres at Berlin film festival" iDownload Blog 2/23
  • "Steve Wozniak explains why he used to agree with Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking on A.I. — but now he doesn't" CNBC 2/23
Non-Apple News
  • "MWC 2018: the biggest news from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona" The Verge 2/24
  • "Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner" Reuters 2/23
  • "Netflix's movie library is shrinking rapidly as focus on TV continues" BGR 2/23
  • "Dropbox saved almost $75 million over two years by building its own tech infrastructure" GeekWire 2/23
  • "Dropbox files for an IPO" Axios 2/23
  • "Self-driving cars with 'remote' drivers could test on Calif roads in April: DMV" Reuters 2/23
  • "Ajit, get your gun: NRA awards FCC head a firearm for his 'courage'" Ars Technica 2/23
  • "The NRA Just Awarded FCC Chair Ajit Pai With a Gun for His 'Courage'" Gizmodo 2/23
  • "Gmail now has analytics, and it's awesome" The Next Web 2/23
  • "Kylie Jenner tweet wipes $1.3 billion off Snapchat's value" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "'Land Rover Explore' smartphone packs swappable backs, 4,000 mAh battery, and $800 price tag" 9to5Google 2/23
  • "Cult of Mac Magazine: 5 ways Apple will rule Mobile World Congress and more!" Cult of Mac 2/24
  • "034: AirPower rumor, global Apple Pay Cash, 9to5Toys deals Daily" 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "How We Use Smart Speakers, the Future of Companion Robots -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-23" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "iMore show 595: Competitive Gremlin" iMore 2/23
  • "Shooting iPhone RAW" [Podcast] iMore 2/23
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Apple is working on high-end headphones that may launch as soon as this year" Business Insider 10:50 AM
  • "Like AirPods but cans: Apple reportedly working on over-the-ear headphone" iMore 10:49 AM
  • "Apple AirPower Could Punctuate Big iPad March Event" Fortune 2/24
  • "Apple's AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Could Be Available to Buy Next Month" MacRumors 2/23
  • "Apple's wireless charging pad that lets you top up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously is reportedly launching next month" Business Insider 2/23
  • "iOS 11.2.6 SEP And Baseband Are Compatible With iOS 11.1.2, Here's What That Means For Jailbreak Users" Redmond Pie 2/23
  • "Here's When We Expect Apple To Release iOS 11.3 Beta 4" Redmond Pie 2/23
  • "Identify legitimate emails from the App Store or iTunes Store: If you're not sure whether an email about an App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchase is legitimate, these tips may help." Apple Support 2/23
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/23
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/23
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/23

  • "HomePod test: Great sound, but only inside Apple's walled garden" The Star: Malaysia 2/23
  • "Apple HomePod review: This stylish iSpeaker puts sound before smarts" Digital Spy 2/23
  • "Apple HomePod: 6 things it can't do/It's true, there are some things Apple's smart speaker just can't manage yet." CNET 2/23
  • "Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station, MacBook Pro owners need not apply" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Netgear Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band Mesh Extender Review: A Simple Fix for Wi-Fi Woes" HotHardware 2/23
  • "Hands-on: Akitio's portable SK-2520 brings hardware RAID to a bus-powered enclosure [Video] 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "SurfacePad is great for iPhone X owners who don't need a bulky, ultra-protective case" Apple World Today 2/23
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "What is FaceTime? Learn all about Apple's video-calling app" Digital Trends 4:44 PM
  • "'Dissembler' Review - Click-Clack I Was Making a Match" Touch Arcade 2/23
  • "Why your iPhone may suddenly switch off in cold weather - and how to prevent it" Mirror Online UK 8:50 PM
  • "How to Remove Your Number from Truecaller" iPhone Hacks 6:44 PM
  • "How to Access Control Center on iPhone X" OS X Daily 2/24
  • "How To Reset Or Clear iPhone X RAM On iOS 11 [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 2/24
  • "How to use Podcasts stations to play episode playlists like 'daily news shows' on HomePod" 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "How to Convert Animoji to GIF on iPhone with Workflow" OS X Daily 2/23
  • "How to fix your AirPods after iOS 11.2.6 broke them" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "iOS: How to Use Siri Hands Free From Your iPhone Lock Screen" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "If you're using iCloud for photos, you're doing it wrong. Here's a better way" Digital Trends 4:45 PM
  • "Apple iPhone X tips and tricks - How to take the ultimate photo on your smartphone" Express UK 2/24
  • "1Password Can Find Your Pwned Passwords: Find Out How" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "How to AirPlay music to your HomePod from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Apple Music" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "5 reasons why iPad Pro won't make you ask 'What's a computer?'" Australian Macworld 8:53 PM
  • "Apple may launch over-ear headphones without Beats branding" Engadget 8:51 PM
  • "'iPhone X Plus' Leak Reveals Apple's Massive Smartphone" Forbes 8:51 PM
  • "Why would Apple launch its own brand of over-ear headphones since it owns Beats?" Apple World Today 8:48 PM
  • "Samsung Mocks iPhone X Notch and Lack of Fingerprint Sensor at Galaxy S9 Launch Event" iPhone Hacks 6:44 PM
  • "Samsung mocks the iPhone X notch & Face ID during Galaxy S9 unveil" 9to5Mac 4:45 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly working on its own high-quality headphones" The Verge 4:45 PM
  • "Apple AirPods may soon get over-ear headphone sibling with better sound quality" Digital Trends 4:45 PM
  • "How does the Galaxy S9 compare to the iPhone X?" CNET 3:00 PM
  • "Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus vs. iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL" CNET 3:00 PM
  • "Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat may finally ship in March" Digital Trends 2:59 PM
  • "Huawei boasts its next smartphone will be 'much better' than iPhone X and aims to leapfrog Apple in a year" CNBC 1:23 PM
  • "Samsung, Testing Lee's Management, Responds to IPhone X With S9" Bloomberg 1:23 PM
  • "Possibly leaked photos show what looks like the glass front for an iPhone X Plus" Mashable 1:22 PM
  • "Samsung launches the Galaxy S9 smartphone to take on Apple's iPhone X" CNBC 1:22 PM
  • "Huawei P20 Will Be 'Much Better Than iPhone X,' According To Product Chief" Forbes 10:52 AM
  • "Why Apple's influence is both a boon and detriment to the smartphone market at large" iMore 10:50 AM
  • "Huawei Upgrades Its MacBook Pro Clone With a Hidden Camera That Looks up Your Nose" Thurrott 8:23 AM
  • "This is what a Mac laptop should look like in 2018" Quartz 8:22 AM
  • "Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X" The Register 8:22 AM
  • "iTunes Store Won't Work on Original Apple TV and Windows XP/Vista PCs as of May 25" MacRumors 2/24
  • "The Big Barcelona Camera Comparison: iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL vs Note 8" phoneArena 2/24
  • "The 15 best keyboards for the iPhone, from Thumbly to Gif" Digital Trends 2/24
  • "iOS 11.3 Final Version Release Date Set For Next Week, Says iPhone Accessory Maker" Redmond Pie 2/24
  • "Apple's iPhone X Success Hides Bad News" Forbes 2/24
  • "Should You Set Up Your iPhone As New Or Restore From Backup?" Redmond Pie 2/24
  • "Is a New iPhone with Digital 'Force Touch' Side Buttons in the Works?" iDrop News 2/24
  • "Apple's AirPower Could Launch in March Alongside New iPads" Fortune 2/24
  • "Why I'm still not convinced about the new Apple 'flagship' store" WA Today 2/24
  • "Troubling analysis: The iPhone's overstated problems" Macworld 2/24
  • "iPhone accessory maker Shure claims iOS 11.3 to be released next week, includes fix for their mics" 9to5Mac 2/24
  • "Modern Dad on HomePod: It's only for the Apple Faithful" iMore 2/24
  • "3 Things to Expect From Apple Inc.'s 2019 iPhones: Even though these iPhones are nearly two years out, there are already things we can probably know about them." The Motley Fool 2/23
  • "Apple's 2018 iPhone X Will Not Be Priced Lower Than $899" UberGizmo 2/23
  • "French Tax Reform Activists Win Legal Permission to Continue Protesting at Apple Stores" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "Predictions #8-10: Apple, IBM & Zuckerberg" I, Cringely 2/23
  • "Hey Tim Cook, you've got a Siri problem" ["I get that my $349 HomePod makes a better music speaker than my $99.99 Amazon Echo or my $129 Google Home. What I don't get is why Apple hasn't caught up to Amazon or Google in terms of answering simple, direct questions."]  Apple 3.0 2/23
  • "I canceled my Apple Watch Series 3 data plan and here's why/Dear AT&T: It's not me. It's you." ["The problem with the cellular plan on the Apple Watch isn't connectivity, battery life, or that it's missing any features. It all boils down to the monthly cost. The going rate of $10 per month, before taxes and fees, is just too much."] ZDNet 2/23
  • "Personality model casts Apple CEO Tim Cook as 'Advisor,' emphasizing values" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Why Apple Inc.'s Next iPhone X Will Cost at Least $899" The Motley Fool 2/23
  • "5 reasons why iPad Pro won't make you ask 'What's a computer?': The iPad Pro is super close to being the laptop replacement Apple wants it to be, but these issues are holding it back."  Macworld 2/23
  • "I absolutely love this gorgeous new smartwatch from Skagen — except it's missing one major feature every smartwatch should have in 2018" Business Insider 2/23
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming February 24: Gene Steinberg meets cybersecurity 'ninja' Dr. Eric Cole and commentator Peter Cohen, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 2/24
  • "Here's the latest news in HomeKit accessories" Apple Must 2/23
  • "Ghostbusters looking to take on Pokémon GO w/ new AR title for iOS/Android" 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "Google Lens is Rolling Out to Android, iOS" PC Magazine 2/23
  • "Google Lens comes to iOS, Android's ARCore leaves beta" ZDNet 2/23
  • "Google Lens comes to iOS, Android's ARCore leaves beta: New devices, partnerships, and platforms are in store for Google's AR projects." ZDNet 2/23
  • "1Password Adds Pwned Password Check" PC Magazine 2/23
  • "1Password Integrates With 'Pwned Passwords' to Check if Your Passwords Have Been Leaked Online" MacRumors 2/23
Computer Industry
  • "Intel makes huge 5G promises for the 2020 Olympics" Engadget 8:17 AM
  • "Major firms learning to adapt in fight against start-ups: IBM" Reuters 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft to ask Supreme Court to protect data stored overseas" Seattle Times 8:53 PM
  • "Supreme Court to hear high-stakes Microsoft case testing email privacy" CNNMoney 10:51 AM
  • "Microsoft data warrant case in top US court has global implications" AFP 8:54 PM
  • "Microsoft partners with Packerland Broadband to bring broadband internet access to people living in rural regions" MSPoweruser 4:46 PM
  • "Microsoft partners with Michigan company to bring internet access to 82,000 rural residents" VentureBeat 2:59 PM
  • "TIM and Cisco Join Forces To Increase The IT Security Of Italian Companies" GlobeNewswire 8:20 AM
  • "Cisco and TIM: Together to Accelerate Italy's Digitization" GlobeNewswire 8:21 AM
  • "Cisco says most network gear needed for 5G is ready now and can cut costs" Reuters 8:17 AM
  • "Cisco Launches New '5G Now' Portfolio for Service Providers Taking Action Today" GlobeNewswire 8:18 AM
  • "Airtel and Cisco Team to Improve Mobile User Experience" GlobeNewswire 8:19 AM
  • "Cisco Spearheads Multi-Vendor Open vRAN Ecosystem Initiative For Mobile Networks" GlobeNewswire 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft discovers palette of old Lumias, offers them for sale" MSPoweruser 2/24
  • "The Microsoft Store is selling unlocked Lumia 950, 950 XL, 550 and 650 once again" Neowin 2/24
  • "The Microsoft Store is selling Lumia smartphones once again" GSMArena 2/24
  • "Old Lumia handsets are on sale now in the Microsoft Store" phoneArena 2/24
  • "Microsoft and Xiaomi team up to produce smart speakers, laptops, and more" Digital Trends 2/24
  • "Microsoft collaborates with Tamil Nadu Government in India to enhance digital literacy across all levels" MSPoweruser 2/24
  • "Tamil Nadu Govt, Microsoft tie-up to accelerate cloud technology adoption" ANI News 2/24
  • "Microsoft, Xiaomi sign MoU to make AI-powered speakers, smartphones" Business Standard 2/24
  • "Google Assistant Is So Smart, It Will Soon Detect Multiple Languages Seamlessly" Tech Times 2/24
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why isn't Apple worth $213 a share?" Apple 3.0 2/23
  • "Apple is the least loved big tech company among hedge funds"  CNBC 2/23
  • "What Should Apple Do With Its Cash? It's Only Costing Them $38 Billion To Bring It Home" Seeking Alpha 2/23
Industry News
  • "Dow jumps nearly 300 points as stock market rises near intraday high: 10-year yield continues to ease at 2.87%" MarketWatch 2/23
  • "Dow Finishes Nearly 350 Points Higher; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Rise: The Dow soared on Friday." TheStreet 2/23
  • "Dow surges 348 points, closes week in positive territory" FOXBusiness 2/23
  • "U.S. Stocks Rally to End Week: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 erase their losses for the week" [Paid Membership Required] 2/23
  • "Asian equities advance for further recovery: But major Asian benchmark on course for losing February" MarketWatch 2/23
  • "European stocks swing to positive for the week, tracking U.S. stocks higher: European stocks ended a bouncy session slightly higher on Friday, tracking gains for U.S. stocks as traders waded through a stream of corporate updates." MarketWatch 2/23

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