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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's China Lesson: Think Different, But Not Too Different/Chief executive Tim Cook is building his China profile as the tech giant makes concessions to Beijing, but at what risk to Apple's global brand?" [Paid Membership Required] 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Planning Trio Of 2018 iPhones Including Supersized 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus" HotHardware 4:43 PM
  • "Apple readies biggest iPhone yet: report" CBS News 3:35 PM
  • "Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears" Reuters 8:05 AM
  • "Apple spying fears as iCloud data moved to China" Telegraph 8:06 AM
  • "Apple may no longer be using Microsoft's Azure: Apple has been using Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's S3 to store encrypted portions of some iOS files for the past few years. But Apple is now using Google Cloud for some storage needs." ZDNet 2:29 PM
  • "Apple Plans Giant High-End iPhone, Lower-Priced Model"  Bloomberg 12:57 PM
  • "Apple Said to Plan Giant High-End iPhone" [Video Report] Bloomberg 12:57 PM
  • "Buffett: Apple's consumer business extraordinary"  CNBC Videos 8:37 AM
  • "Europe seeks power to seize overseas data in challenge to tech giants" ["Technology firms like Microsoft, Apple and IBM say it would undermine consumer trust in cloud services."]  Reuters 7:38 AM
  • "Apple confirms it uses Google's cloud for iCloud" ["The latest update doesn't indicate whether Apple is using any Google cloud services other than core storage of 'objects' like photos and videos. The document also doesn't make it clear when Apple first started storing data in Google's cloud. Apple and Microsoft didn't respond to requests for comment."]  CNBC 8:50 AM
  • "Apple Now Faces More Than 60 Class Actions Over iPhone Slowdowns, Consolidation Likely Next Month" MacRumors 10:29 AM
  • "Apple Faces Canadian Class Action for Throttling Down iPhones Without Warning or Consent from Consumers" PRNewswire 10:28 AM
  • "Vulkan is coming to macOS and iOS, but no thanks to Apple: Early signs are that performance is much better than Apple's awful OpenGL stack." Ars Technica 8:06 AM
  • "Vulkan graphics will enable faster games and apps on Apple platforms" VentureBeat 8:14 AM
  • "Vulkan Coming to Apple — Alternative to Metal API Headed to Mac and iOS" Architosh 11:13 AM
  • "How to simulate the Mac's Desktop folder to get around iCloud continuous sync" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "Pro Tip: See full-screen Quick Look slideshows in macOS Finder" Cult of Mac 2:04 PM
  • "Do You Need To Repair Disk Permissions on Your Mac?" Apple Gazette 10:25 AM
Press Releases
  • "Yummy Software Releases Yummy FTP Pro 2 Upgrade" prMac 7:37 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence"  Forbes 10:29 AM
  • "Feds No Longer Need Apple Consent To Crack Nearly Any iPhone Thanks To Cellebrite iOS 11 Exploit" HotHardware 4:43 PM
  • "Samsung and Apple have a new smartphone battleground: Emojis/Major smartphone makers including Apple and Samsung are turning to emojis to show off the augmented reality (AR) capabilities of their handsets." CNBC 8:05 AM
  • "This wicked concept phone solves all of iPhone X's problems" Mashable 7:50 AM
  • "Samsung says its new animated emojis are absolutely not copying Apple" Business Insider 10:24 AM
  • "New Apple ads showcase iPhone X being used for wedding photography" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "iTunes Store Will No Longer Support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Apple TV 1 on May 25" iClarified 8:07 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak explains how bitcoins were stolen from him" Mashable 9:07 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes becomes no. 2 music retailer in U.S." Cult of Mac 7:54 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Larry Page and Sundar Pichai's roles within Alphabet, Google clarified in SEC letter" 9to5Google 5:40 PM
  • "Reddit, Tumblr Push to Preserve Net Neutrality Via #OneMoreVote" PC Magazine 5:30 PM
  • "AT&T can't avoid lawsuit over unlimited data throttling, court rules: Unlimited data throttling case is back on after FTC wins major ruling." Ars Technica 3:51 PM
  • "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: 'We need smart networks, not dump pipes'/The commission's chief talked 5G and net neutrality repeal at MWC 2018." Engadget 2:04 PM
  • "Chinese phone makers are racing to give us all-screen phones without any notches or bezels" Mashable 11:32 AM
  • "Samsung launches its Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus 'iPhone X killers' with AR emojis, super slow-mo and a dual-aperture camera" Daily Mail (UK) 8:17 AM
  • "Google brings ARCore out of beta, raising challenge to Apple's ARKit" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "'There's a culture that works against women': Changing the face of tech startups" ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "A pill promising gamers a mental boost is hard to swallow: GodMode says it can give your brain a boost, but research to back up its claim is lacking." CNET 7:59 AM
  • "This phone has a gargantuan battery that could last up to 5 friggin' days" Mashable 7:51 AM
  • "Sprint, Delta, Airbus work to bring high-speed Internet to the skies" Axios 7:43 AM
  • "The HDMI 2.1 low-down: Don't dump your legacy cables" TechHive 7:41 AM
  • "035: iPhone X Plus details, high-end Apple headphones, iTunes Store changes Daily" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "#182: March of Minor Products/This week we discuss rumors about new AirPods and this fall's iPhones, speculate about what makes a good Apple TV app, revisit the idea of ARM Macs in the context of Windows 10's ARM limitations, and save a moment to praise Alto's Odyssey." Relay FM: Upgrade 3:35 PM
  • "Apple Headphones, Samsung's AR Emoji -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-26" The Mac Observer 1:02 PM
  • "Interview: Khronos brings Vulkan applications to Macs, iPhones, iPads" Computerworld 8:36 AM
  • "Apple's next big software thing: 'Marzipan', a new, cross-iOS/macOS framework, is one of the biggest rumors in Apple software today — and here's what some of the smartest people in the community think about it." [Podcast] iMore 8:06 AM
  • "It's Easy to Blame Bluetooth and APFS – Mac Geek Gab 698" The Mac Observer 7:28 AM
  • "With HomePod, Apple's Audio Ambitions Come In Crystal Clear" NPD 5:15 PM
  • "Report: HomePod saw strong first day pre-orders as Apple's audio products flourish" 9to5Mac 5:16 PM
  • "First-Gen Apple TV Loses Access to iTunes in May: Apple classes the first Apple TV devices as obsolete and will drop support on May 25." PC Magazine 7:59 AM
  • "Top insider reveals Apple may release its own premium over-ear headphones later this year" BGR 7:54 AM
  • "Apple could be working on AirPods-like over-the-ear headphones" TechCrunch 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Designing Over-the-ear Headphones to Compete with its Own Beats Brand" The Mac Observer 9:11 AM
  • "Accessory maker promises iOS 11.3 release this week" Cult of Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Leaked images offer first glimpse at apparent iPhone X Plus display" Cult of Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Purported 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus screen leaks" The Verge 8:52 AM
  • "Chip demand for voice assistant devices rising" DigiTimes 7:54 AM
  • "iPhone — Ease — Apple: Upgrade to iPhone. The Move to iOS app makes it simple to move your music, photos, and more to iPhone. Switch today." YouTube: Apple 3:01 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM

  • "Galaxy S9+ vs. iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X: Spec showdown" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "Hands-on: Akitio's all-in-one Thunderbolt 3 dock + RAID enclosure is a jack of all trades [Video] 9to5Mac 7:06 PM
  • "Review: VOCOlinc's smart power strip is an affordable way to add HomeKit to 3 devices" 9to5Mac 7:06 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review: 'Alto's Odyssey' for iOS heads down the mountain as an excellent sequel to 'Alto's Adventure'" AppleInsider 7:45 PM
  • "Alto's Odyssey: More of the same, but better" Six Colors 11:32 AM
  • "Watch: How to stream music on HomePod using iTunes Match" AppleInsider 5:15 PM
  • "AirPlay: The ultimate guide" iMore 11:32 AM
  • "iOS: What is TV Provider and how do I use it?" Apple Must 10:32 AM
  • "How to set an out-of-office message on your iPhone" CNBC 10:29 AM
  • "How To Change Your iPad Wallpaper" MacTrast 8:05 AM
  • "Using iOS Zoom To Read Small Text On Your iPhone" MacMost 10:32 AM
  • "Animoji Vs AR Emoji: Key Differences Explained" iPhone Hacks 6:10 PM
  • "Opinion: These attempts to best the iPhone X notch only validate Apple's design" 9to5Mac 5:15 PM
  • "Putting Your Phone in Grayscale Mode to Reduce the Urge to Use It" Daring Fireball 3:51 PM
  • "Apple Forced to Host Encryption Keys for Chinese iCloud users on Chinese Servers" The Mac Observer 7:43 PM
  • "Your Apple iCloud data is now stored on Google servers—surprised?" Ars Technica 3:34 PM
  • "5 Samsung Galaxy S9 Features I Would Love to See in iPhone 9 or iPhone XI" iPhone Hacks 10:15 AM
  • "Comment: HomePod has made me optimistic about that over-ear headphone report" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Is Apple Planning on Retiring the Beats Electronics Name?" AppAdvice 8:06 AM
  • "Apple seems ready to make Apple Pay Cash international" Apple Must 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Music wish list: 17 ways to improve the app and service/If Apple Music wants to be number one, it can start by improving its iOS app."  Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "I've seen the future of the iPad mini" Apple Must 7:29 AM
  • "The PC Era of Smartphones" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 2:04 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9 Preview: The 2018 Flagships Have Arrived" Thurrott 8:56 AM
  • "The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have arrived. Here's what to expect." Mashable 8:53 AM
  • "Hands-on: The new Nokia 8110 is more than just a 'Matrix' banana phone meme" BGR 8:14 AM
  • "Sony Is Getting Serious About Smartphones Again, and It's Great" Gizmodo 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Super Soccer Champs 2018' from the Maker of 'Tennis Champs Returns' is Coming Soon" Touch Arcade 6:01 PM
  • "'Alto's Odyssey' developers tout economics and ease of development for Apple devices" AppleInsider 12:57 PM
  • "Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pac-Man', 'Zen Pinball', 'Final Fantasy Record Keeper', 'Gangstar Vegas', and More" Touch Arcade 11:32 AM
  • "Final Fantasy: Awakening is now available for iOS in the U.S." VentureBeat 11:32 AM
  • "Sony is giving Apple a run for its money with Siri-enabled Xperia Ear Duo" iMore 6:01 PM
  • "Sony guns for AirPods' all-wireless market with Siri-enabled Xperia Ear Duo" AppleInsider 11:32 AM
  • "Truphone Launches Truphone Io3 - a New Solution to Unlock the Potential of IoT on any Device" PRNewswire 10:28 AM
  • "'Asphalt 9: Legends', the Latest Console-Quality Racing Release From Gameloft, Has Soft Launched on the App Store" Touch Arcade 10:25 AM
  • "CBS Launches 'CBS Sports HQ,' A New 24/7 Direct-To-Consumer Streaming Network For Sports News, Highlights And Analysis" PRNewswire 10:28 AM
  • "CBS Sports HQ is the latest streaming sportscast channel on Apple TV" 9to5Mac 10:24 AM
  • "CBS will let you watch sports news — but not live games — with its new free streaming service" Recode 10:24 AM
  • "SAP updates its Cloud Platform SDK for iOS" ZDNet 10:16 AM
  • "Plex adds DVR scheduling to its Apple TV app" Engadget 8:15 AM
  • "Car Power Valet line can keep your iOS device juiced when you're traveling" Apple World Today 7:59 AM
  • "SV Software LLC today is proud to announce the release and immediate availability of Shopping Percent Calculator 1.0, the company's new calculator app developed exclusively for iPhone devices." prMac 7:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Legal Cloud Cover: Must a company comply with a warrant on records stored abroad?" [Paid Membership Required] 7:06 PM
  • "What's at stake in the Microsoft Supreme Court case" The Verge 12:46 PM
  • "Supreme Court to Hear Microsoft Case on Emails, Customer Data Stored Overseas" [Paid Membership Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Supreme Court to hear Microsoft case against search warrants for overseas data" MarketWatch 8:58 AM
  • "The Morning Download: Law Enforcement, Privacy at Stake as Microsoft Overseas Data Case Heads to Supreme Court" WSJ Blogs 8:57 AM
  • "Microsoft data warrant case in US Supreme court has global implications" Hindu Business Line 8:54 AM
  • "Why Microsoft Is Fighting U.S. Over Emails in Ireland" Bloomberg 8:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's Fight For Overseas Data Protection Goes To US Supreme Court" Bernama 8:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's digital privacy fight heads to the Supreme Court this week" Fast Company 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft creates a £14 million start-up hub in London" Channel Eye 8:54 AM
  • "IBM Uncovers Business Email Scam Targeting Fortune 500 Firms" PYMNTS 8:43 AM
  • "IBM builds on software-defined offering as data use expands" Computing 8:42 AM
  • "N Brown Group moves Oracle apps into IBM Cloud" IT PRO 8:42 AM
  • "IBM gives Services staff until 2019 to get agile" The Register 8:42 AM
  • "HP Inc. stock gains after J.P. Morgan analysts say 'recent growth momentum can continue'" MarketWatch 8:40 AM
  • "HP results show promise despite PC sales slump" ITProPortal 8:39 AM
  • "Predictions #8-10: Apple, IBM & Zuckerberg" BetaNews 8:14 AM
  • "Lenovo's Yoga 730 2-in-1 laptop has Alexa built in" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Lenovo's rugged Chromebooks for schools make note taking a breeze" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Intel Launches Stratix 10 TX: Leveraging EMIB with 58G Transceiver" AnandTech 8:37 AM
  • "Intel Ships Industry's First 58G PAM4-Capable FPGA Built for Multi-Terabit Network Infrastructure and NFV" Intel 8:37 AM
  • "Intel demos 5G plans for Tokyo 2020" ITProPortal 8:37 AM
  • "Analyst Angle: Positioning of chipset suppliers ahead of 802.11ax Wi-Fi standards" RCR Wireless News 8:37 AM
  • "PCR's guide to motherboards" PC Retail 8:36 AM
  • "Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems" The Register 8:36 AM
  • "The best motherboard 2018: the top Intel and AMD motherboards we've seen" TechRadar UK 8:34 AM
  • "Colorful Designing AMD AM4 400 Series Chipset Motherboards – Will Come With Native PCI Express 3.0 Support" WCCFTech 8:34 AM
  • "Nvidia vs AMD: which should be your next graphics card?" TechRadar UK 8:34 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Chips Up To 40% Off With The Anticipation Of Next Generation CPUs" SegmentNext 8:33 AM
  • "As AMD's Ryzen 2 looms large the first-gen chips are on sale with up to 40% discounts" PCGamesN 8:32 AM
  • "Oracle Eyes 5G Network Evolution at Mobile World Congress" PC Magazine 8:30 AM
  • "Oracle protects customers with industry's strongest and most comprehensive cloud guarantee" ANI News 8:30 AM
  • "Cisco, Intel, Red Hat take aim at closed 5G radio systems" The Register 8:28 AM
  • "Cisco targets mobile operators with '5G Now'" TechRadar UK 8:27 AM
  • "Cisco unveils 5G preparation service" ITProPortal 8:26 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Amazon could beat Apple to be the world's first trillion-dollar company" BGR 7:06 PM
  • "Here's Why Warren Buffett Has 'Bought More Apple Than Anything Else'" Fortune 2:04 PM
  • "Wall Street's 'dean of valuation' says Apple is a 'cash machine'" CNBC 11:32 AM
  • "Apple's mid-quarter bungee jump" Apple 3.0 6:01 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close higher on broad-market rally led by tech shares" MarketWatch 4:24 PM
  • "Dow Jumps Nearly 400 Points; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Finish Higher: Stocks finish higher on Monday as the technology sector outperforms." TheStreet 4:24 PM
  • "Stocks rise as rate hike jitters subside" FOXBusiness 4:24 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Start Week Strongly: Financial and tech shares lead the rally as the major U.S. indexes continue to recoup their February losses" [Paid Membership Required] 4:23 PM
  • "Asian stocks post broad gains, with Nikkei shrugging off yen's gain: Asia-Pacific stock rose Monday, as global equities continued to build on recent gains as markets recover from their start-of-the-month slump." MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "European stocks end higher as Wall Street extends its rally: European stocks closed in the green Monday, with investors starting the week in the mood to take on risk following Friday's rally on Wall Street, and as U.S. stocks extended their march higher." MarketWatch 11:55 AM

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