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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.

  • "Your Love of Your Old Smartphone Is a Problem for Apple and Samsung: Some shoppers are balking at new-phone price tags pushing $1,000 or features that don't impress" [Paid Membership Required] 8:20 AM
  • "Why Amazon Can Crush Apple in the Smart-Home Market: Amazon continues to make headway in the smart-home market while Apple mostly watches from the sidelines."  TheStreet 1:08 PM
  • "Apple is under fire for moving iCloud data to China"  CNNMoney 7:58 AM
  • "Apple officially moves its Chinese iCloud operations and encryption keys to China" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Plans Healthcare Clinics as Employee Perk" TechNewsWorld 3:47 PM
  • "Apple 'wellness' unit launched for staff: The genius will see you now" The Register 7:51 AM
  • "Review: An App Called Orga Lets You Search Text in Photos" The Mac Observer 2:08 PM
  • "How to back up your iCloud contacts and calendar data" iMore 8:20 AM
  • "Redirect Email Instead Of Forwarding" MacMost 10:25 AM
  • "Pro Tip: How to use Safari's super-quick pop-up tab history shortcut" Cult of Mac 12:08 PM
  • "How to Navigate Your Mac With Full Keyboard Access" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
  • "macOS: Prevent Settings Changes by Hiding System Preferences" The Mac Observer 8:47 AM
  • "macOS: How to create an AutoResponder message in Mail" Apple Must 7:39 AM
  • "10 Great Free Mac Apps to Jump-Start Productivity" Envato Tuts+ 8:25 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from February 2018" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (46) -The Decline of News; Image Editing; and TouchRetouch for the Mac" eXtensions 7:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "Logitech announces official third-party SDK for input dial Craft keyboard" 9to5Mac 3:46 PM
  • "Logitech's Craft keyboard gets new SDK, support for Adobe's Lightroom Classic CC and core macOS apps" AppleInsider 3:33 PM
  • "Sketch Adds Shared Libraries, Including the Official Apple iOS 11 Design Template, and Prototyping" MacStories 9:28 AM
  • "Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Mac 3D News: Germany's Cheetah 3D Reachers Version 7.2" Architosh 7:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Cellebrite can unlock any iPhone (for some values of 'any'): Forensics contractor's 'Advanced Unlocking Service' still has to brute-force passcodes." Ars Technica 8:42 PM
  • "Amazon, Apple Struggle to Sit Out NRA Gun-Control Debate" Bloomberg 7:41 AM
  • "Activists call for boycott of Apple and Amazon over National Rifle Association streaming app" AppleInsider 8:01 AM
  • "Growing calls for boycott of Apple purchases over NRA TV channel" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Smartphone security comparison gives Apple top billing, only two Android brands do ok" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Apple signed up another top director to make an exclusive TV show" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Phone makers are rushing to rip-off the worst part of the iPhone X design" Quartz 8:20 AM
  • "10% of young adult Americans have used Apple Pay in-store, well ahead of rival mobile wallets" 9to5Mac 9:17 AM
  • "Couple Seeks $600K from Apple After 'Faulty' iPhone Burned Down Their Business" iDrop News 3:47 PM
  • "Stepping Back from the iPhone Precipice: Dialog Semiconductor buys some time to find other source of revenue." BloombergGadfly 9:28 AM
  • "Apple targets Android users with new 'Switch to iPhone' ad campaign" Mashable 11:10 AM
  • "Woz was scammed out of Bitcoins now worth over $70,000: His bad luck proves banks are right to ban buying bitcoin with credit cards." Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak says he was scammed out of $74,000 in Bitcoin" BGR 9:26 PM
  • "Vintage computer museum on sale with 80 classic Macs" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Former Apple exec tapped to lead Computer History Museum" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "YouTube's New Moderation Team Stumbles Out the Gate" Gizmodo 9:22 PM
  • "Verizon and a company it bought just paid $614M in biggest FCC fine ever: Straight Path failed to use spectrum, resulting in $614M fine and sale to Verizon." Ars Technica 5:38 PM
  • "Video: FCC Commissioner Calls Out Net Neutrality 'Blunder'" PC Magazine 4:07 PM
  • "Piccolo is building a gesture-based smart home 'vision assistant'" TechCrunch 3:47 PM
  • "Baidu's new A.I. can mimic your voice after listening to it for just one minute" Digital Trends 2:15 PM
  • "China's Internet Censors Ban Use of the Letter 'N': Censors in China are so powerful they can detect when a single letter is used and auto-ban the content." PC Magazine 9:51 AM
  • "Children are finding it harder to hold pencils because of technology, paediatricians have warned" Business Insider 9:17 AM
  • "Leaked images supposedly show Fitbit's next 'mass appeal' smartwatch" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "New Leak Suggests Fitbit's Next Smart Watch Will Actually Be Attractive [Updated] Gizmodo 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Enters Medicine, Vero Viability, Cellebrite Insecurity -ACM 451" The Mac Observer 5:51 PM
  • "#230: An Adult With a Credit Card/Apple's foray into healthcare, the one thing we think Siri needs to improve, where we stream most of our content, and our feelings on the latest social network, Vero." Relay FM: Clockwise 3:46 PM
  • "037: Spotify IPO, Apple Watch skiing and snowboarding, Sketch design update Daily" 9to5Mac 3:32 PM
  • "Apple's Expanding TV Show Lineup, John's Big Screen iPhone Love -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-28" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
  • "Apple is planning to release three new smartphones this year" V3 8:26 AM
  • "If you want a new iPhone battery, you may have to wait a full month" BGR 8:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 now tracks skiing and snowboarding activity" Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 Can Now Track Skiing and Snowboarding Activity" MacRumors 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Watch apps now track ski performance" TechCrunch 8:01 AM
  • "Apple warns customers about phishing emails, details legitimate communication" AppleInsider 7:33 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:36 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:36 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:36 AM

  • "Review: Apple HomePod — Part 2: The Smart Speaker" iLounge 3:47 PM
  • "Best Smartphone Cameras: There are good ones, but these are tops for photos and video" [iPhone X top choice, total of 6 iPhones in top 10] Consumer Reports 3:29 PM
  • "Consumer Reports says the iPhone X has the best smartphone camera, and it's not even close" BGR 5:59 PM
  • "5 ways the Galaxy S9 might be better than iPhone X: Welcome to the fight, emoji." Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "DropMix review: Make amazing remixes with your iPhone and playing cards" Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "TotalMount Pro makes it easy to attach an Apple TV to the back of a television" Apple World Today 7:53 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to Tag Files on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 3:46 PM
  • "Here's How to get HomePod to Recognize Updated Apple ID Payment Information" The Mac Observer 11:03 AM
  • "How to improve battery life on your smartphone or smartwatch" Engadget 9:17 AM
  • "How to Successfully Replace a Laptop With an iPad" Envato Tuts+ 8:25 AM
  • "Is iCloud required when you upgrade to iOS 11? Apple really wants to use its services, many of which are effectively free, but you can avoid them." Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "Watch: How to backup iPhone data to iCloud" AppleInsider 6:34 PM
  • "Selling Your iPhone? Do All of This First" Mashable 11:11 AM
  • "Find out if iOS 11 jailbreak is right for you" Cult of Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Should You Get a Cheaper Phone? Be Sure to Look Into the Camera" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:17 AM
  • "Nine Exciting iPhone Features That Started Out On Competing Smartphones" Forbes 6:25 PM
  • "iPad Rethought. My iPhone X is My New Second Screen" The Mac Observer 5:30 PM
  • "How HomePod leverages Apple's silicon expertise to deliver advanced audio performance"  AppleInsider 3:46 PM
  • "From AirPower to the biggest iPhone yet: all the new Apple hardware we expect this year" 9to5Mac 3:46 PM
  • "User satisfaction, refurbished device prevalence may hurt future iPhone sales" AppleInsider 1:07 PM
  • "Six things Apple should do to fix Siri" Cult of Mac 11:10 AM
  • "In China, Apple chose option A" Apple 3.0 8:53 AM
  • "Android makers seem to think 'users want' Apple's iPhone X" Apple Must 8:47 AM
  • "Marco Arment: 'WatchKit Is a Sweet Solution That Will Only Ever Give Us Baby Apps'" Daring Fireball 7:59 AM
  • "We've had our first glance of the LG G7, and it looks like an iPhone X" TechRadar UK 5:59 PM
  • "Facebook's 'Cat and Mouse Game'" [Video Report] New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:07 PM
  • "You can use a VPN to battle ISP net neutrality abuse" ZDNet 3:41 PM
  • "Why Do Amazon, Etsy, and Google Still Sell Gun Accessories?" Slate 3:36 PM
  • "How the IoT and Related Tech Are Helping to Update the Energy Sector" ReadWrite 8:24 AM
  • "As blockchain heats up, so do job prospects for devs" Computerworld 7:57 AM
  • "Bad Internet In The Big City: New York was supposed to be a model for big-city high-speed internet. Here's how it became a cautionary tale for uneven connectivity." Wired 7:57 AM
  • "Is Facebook's Loss In User Engagement A Massive Gain For Google?" Forbes 7:56 AM
  • "What Is The Difference Between Bitcoin And Ripple?" Forbes 7:51 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Digital pets from the '90s set to make a comeback in 'My Tamagotchi Forever' on March 15" AppleInsider 5:22 PM
  • "Google Hangouts Chat is now open to all G Suite users" Mashable 2:16 PM
  • "This Apple Watch wristband accurately detects the most common abnormal heart rhythm" Mashable 11:10 AM
  • "Learn How to Make Your Home Smart with Take Control of Apple Home Automation" Kirkville 8:21 AM
  • "Top ARKit app Skrite adds teleportation to its AR messenger" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Google beta tests Flutter toolkit for better cross-platform apps" Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Latest update to Sketch design tool integrates official Apple iOS 11 UI templates" 9to5Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Mobile app marketing, privacy, and the Facebook SDK" intro 7:35 AM
Computer Industry
  • "US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft Looks to Lure Health-Care Companies to Its Cloud With New Tools" Bloomberg 8:28 AM
  • "A hospital group in New Orleans is working with Microsoft to help predict patient emergencies" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "Teams, Microsoft's Slack competitor, is about to become a whole lot more competitive: Two large feature deficits should be getting fixed." Ars Technica 5:22 PM
  • "Microsoft Patch day brings bug warnings, another Office CtR, and the return of KB 2952664" Computerworld 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft to power Singapore datacentre services with rooftop solar" ZDNet 9:25 PM
  • "Intel's Spectre fix for Broadwell and Haswell chips has finally landed: Chips that sparked Intel's recall of microcode for Spectre Variant 2 attack now have stable fixes." ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "Intel Introduces 'Intel AI: In Production' Program" HPC wire 12:06 PM
  • "Intel's PC concept 'hides' a 5G antenna in a plump kickstand" Engadget 8:13 AM
  • "Intel's 5G laptop prototype reveals key challenge: antenna design" VentureBeat 9:17 AM
  • "Intel at MWC: How 5G will change the PC" ZDNet 3:46 PM
  • "Intel's Jeff Klaus on how DCIM tames the data center energy beast" Diginomica 12:05 PM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 2 chips could finally take the gaming crown from Intel's Core processors" PCGamesN 12:05 PM
  • "A Look at AMD's Key Revenue Growth Drivers" Market Realist 1:08 PM
  • "IBM Is Sending a Floating Robot Head to Space" Newsweek 12:04 PM
  • "IBM's cloud faces a test on Thursday: Turning something off without turning users off too" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Is Oracle Corporation the Next Microsoft?... Or the Next IBM?" InvestorPlace 12:05 PM
  • "Cisco CEO says global economy will be stronger with the US and China working together" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "Cisco CEO: Strategic partnerships work well" CNBC Videos 8:04 AM
  • "AI will create new jobs but skills must shift, say tech giants" TechCrunch 12:04 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple could hit $1 trillion by this summer: Technician" CNBC 6:00 PM
  • "Warren Buffett is now almost out of IBM and heavily into Apple" ZDNet 12:05 PM
  • "Apple Stock Price Hits All-Time High" MacTrast 8:24 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks finish lower; Dow, S&P 500 log worst monthly drop in two years: All 11 S&P 500 sectors close out February in the red" MarketWatch 3:52 PM
  • "As February Comes to Bitter End, Wall Street Looks Back on Wild Month for Stocks: Not one, but two: two! - 1,000-point drops on the Dow followed by a bold comeback? February may have been short, but it didn't lack any drama." TheStreet 3:51 PM
  • "Dow loses 381 points as stocks shed early gains" FOXBusiness 3:51 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall Again as Dow, S&P 500 Snap 10-Month Winning Streaks: Investors continue to weigh the impact of higher interest rates on the nearly nine-year bull market" [Paid Membership Required] 3:51 PM
  • "Asian stocks decline following Wall Street's post-Powell selloff: Shanghai, Hong Kong indexes fall on weak economic data" MarketWatch 8:50 AM
  • "European stocks drive lower as Fed chief hints of more rate hikes: Bayer shares drop after results" MarketWatch 8:50 AM

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