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Monday Highlights: After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday stock markets crater over 1000 points due to expanding coronavirus concerns, Apple hovering around $300, down over 4% today; Wedbush sees virus as temporary challenge, holds AAPL target at $400; meanwhile, Apple loses VirnetX appeal in the US Supreme Court; clamshell that is iOS slowly opening?; what you copy to your iOS clipboard is allegedly available to any app, Apple calls it no problemo; Safari will eventually reject HTTPS certificates if over 13 mo. old; switch from Windows to Mac? Here's a compilation of tips to make things smoother; Steve Jobs would be 65 today—more in our General Interest section; Warren Buffett finally trades his old flip phone for an iPhone, "says Apple...'probably the best business I know in the world'"; iPhone 12 to feature 802.11ay Wi-Fi?

  • "AirPower officially misses 2018 deadline, Apple silent on its status" 9to5Mac 7:41 AM
  • "Apple and Google can help power the switch to renewable energy: Big tech firms want their global operations to be clean and green. In 2019, their demands will drive the expansion of solar and wind"  Wired UK 12/31
  • "Apple Music catching up in streaming wars" ["'The longer-term role for Apple Music is about how can it start really driving concrete revenue impact on the rest of the business,' Mr. Mulligan says. Apple doesn't share country breakdowns, but according to an analysis by Mr. Mulligan's firm Midia Research, Apple Music pulled ahead of Spotify in the United States, the No. 1 recorded music market, in 2018 – with Apple at 26.3 million users and Spotify at 25.5 million."]  The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 12/31
  • "Netflix Exits App Store, Apple as a Service Theme Intact"  Loup Ventures 12/31
  • "Netflix stops paying the 'Apple tax' on its $853M in annual iOS revenue" TechCrunch 12/31
  • "Netflix quietly made a change to its iPhone app that should spook Apple" Business Insider 12/31
  • "The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years" Macworld 12/31
  • "33 of the Best Mac Tips from 2018" OS X Daily 2:04 PM
  • "How To Fix Apple Mail When It Slows Your Mac" Apple Must 2:00 PM
  • "How to convert a Numbers file to Excel on Mac and iOS" iDownload Blog 11:01 AM
  • "How to customize the Finder Sidebar on your Mac" iDownload Blog 9:11 AM
  • "Comic book database scripts" Dr. Drang 12/31
  • "How to upload photos into iCloud Photos from iPhone, iPad, Mac, and icloud․com" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "How To: 2018 Mac mini + Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 eGPU Windows gaming setup [Video] 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "How to Install VirtualBox in MacOS Mojave if Installation Fails or Shows Kernel Driver Errors" OS X Daily 12/31
  • "How to review and restore previous document versions on Mac" iDownload Blog 12/31
  • "Creating 3D Chart Animations In Keynote" MacMost 12/31
  • "If you have an older Mac, don't forget about the SD Card slot: This module may be the best way to expand storage." Macworld 12/31
  • "Things I've been wrong about, things I've been right about" ["Wrong: Safari is the new IE"] Read the Tea Leaves 7:04 PM
  • "The 10 best Mac games of 2018" [Slideshow] Macworld 12/31
Press Releases
  • "IINA for macOS launches as modern media player alternative to VLC with dark mode, PIP, more" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "Google killing desktop Chromecast setup for Mac and PC with Chrome 72" 9to5Google 12/30
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple begins 2019 in Japan with one-day shopping event offering gift cards with select purchases" 9to5Mac 11:01 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone continues its domination of the premium smartphone market" AppleInsider 12/31
  • "Florida stores: Apple Altamonte closing for renovations January 13th, Aventura and Dadeland expansions planned" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "Netflix removes iTunes billing for all new users" iDownload Blog 12/31
  • "Exploding Phone Story Proves Sometimes Women's Jeans are Better" Gizmodo 12/31
  • "Austria to implement digital tax for tech giants/Austria has vowed to tax tech giants, following France's new levy on the so-called GAFA companies: Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. The EU has been trying to implement a bloc-wide policy on the matter." AFP/Reuters 12/30
  • "Austria is the next country working to impose a tech tax on companies like Apple" 9to5Mac 12/30
  • "Austria plans its own tax for tech giants like Apple and Google: It's not waiting on the EU to make companies pay." Engadget 12/30
  • "The Biggest Tech Fails of 2018: Facebook, Amazon, and Apple had big years, but they also make our list of the biggest tech fails of 2018. Here's what they (and others) did to earn a Silicon Valley facepalm." PC Magazine 12/30
  • "The Patent used by SpeakWare to sue Apple with for Patent Infringement in July is now being challenged to invalidate it" Patently Apple 12/30
Non-Apple News
  • "The Government Shutdown Will Hit the FCC on Thursday If It Continues" Gizmodo 7:58 PM
  • "Nokia's Next Android Flagship Features Five Cameras" Thurrott 5:14 PM
  • "NVIDIA Slapped With Class Action Lawsuit Tied To Cryptocurrency Implosion" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "Consumer AT&T 5G speedtest is similar to 4G speedtest ¯\_(ツ)_/¯" Android Authority 11:00 AM
  • "AT&T's 5G network speeds feel a lot like 4G LTE right now" BGR 8:47 AM
  • "Breaking: Could Samsung kill the Apple Watch with this new wearable revolution? Samsung Smart Shoes are in the making and they could be a runner's dream" T3 7:56 AM
  • "Google is primed to go big at CES again" CNET 7:40 AM
  • "What is Ryuk, the malware believed to have hit the Los Angeles Times" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task" TechCrunch 12/31
  • "FCC to suspend operations January 3rd unless funding resumes" Engadget 12/31
  • "AT&T's first 5G speed tests are here, and they're not great" Android Police 12/31
  • "Popsugar's Twinning app was leaking everyone's uploaded photos" TechCrunch 12/31
  • "Software teaches robots to respect ownership: Researchers at Yale University have developed a robotic system that helps robots be more polite (and more importantly, more useful)." ZDNet 12/31
  • "Here's why telephones and calculators use different numeric keypads" The Next Web 12/31
  • "Net's founding father Dr Larry Roberts dies aged 81" BBC 12/31
  • "Larry Roberts, Grandfather of the Internet, Dies at 81" Gizmodo 12/31
  • "Hackers use a fake wax hand to fool vein authentication security" The Verge 12/31
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 239, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie" Daring Fireball 12/31
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Jill Tarter" The Mac Observer 12/31
  • "Insider: How CorelCAD Continues to Grow—Unique Differentiation and Global Sales Channel" Architosh 12/31
  • "Insider: Graebert On Concentric Circles of (.dwg) Users—Why Its Cloud and Enterprise Updates Matter" Architosh 12/31
  • "Insider: Marcus O'Brien of Autodesk—A Conversation About AutoCAD for Mac and Other Platforms" Architosh 12/31
  • "Insider: Bricsys 2018: CAD + Machine Learning Equals Intelligent Collaboration" Architosh 12/31
  • "Insider: A (.dwg) Renaissance—Neil Petersen of the ODA Explains Why" Architosh 12/31
  • "App Camp For Girls Gains New Co-Executive Directors" MacVoices 12/31
  • "App Death Match in The Colosseum – Mac Geek Gab 742" The Mac Observer 12/31
  • "iPhone XI to feature long-distance 3D camera according to report" The Star: Malaysia 9:20 PM
  • "PSA: There's a fake iOS 12 jailbreak in the wild, stay away from it" iDownload Blog 11:54 AM
  • "Saurik updates Cydia Substrate several times overnight with critical bug fixes" iDownload Blog 12/31
  • "Pwn20wnd revises the unc0ver v.2.1.0 pre-release several more times with fixes and improvements" iDownload Blog 12/30
  • "AT&T planning 2-in-1 'Power Drum' Apple Watch & iPhone wireless charger with integrated battery" 9to5Mac 12/30
  • "AT&T portable battery will charge both your Apple Watch and iPhone" Engadget 12/30
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "T-Mobile Offers Up To $750 Off iPhone XS Or Free iPhone XR For A Limited Time" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/31
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/31

  • "The journey continues: Apple Watch, positivity, and improving mental health" 9to5Mac 7:50 AM
  • "iPad Pro 2018 Long-Term Review: Beauty Meets Brains As Apple Gets Creative" Forbes 7:16 AM
  • "Soundcast VG5 Bluetooth speaker review: Large and in charge in the great outdoors" TechHive 7:42 AM
  • "Dell 27 USB-C Ultrathin Monitor (S2719DC) review" Digital Trends 8:10 AM
  • "Better together: Why Apple Watch owners should buy AirPods" AppleInsider 12/31
  • "Review: 802.11ac Synology RT2600ac router is the best AirPort replacement we've found yet" AppleInsider 12/31
  • "Stryd running power meter hands-on: Trying focused power training in the new year" ["I recently committed myself to using the Apple Watch Series 4 as my smartwatch and was very pleased to find a Stryd app for the Apple Watch. The Stryd app is actually one of the best running apps for the Apple Watch with the ability to have up to three screens of data consisting of four to seven metrics per screen. Metrics available include time, power, pace, distance, heart rate, cadence, ground contact time, VO, and gain."] ZDNet 12/31
  • "Motiv's Ring With Built-in 2FA Would Be Nicer If It Worked Consistently" Gizmodo 12/31
  • "Jabra Elite 45e Review: Flexible And Portable Around-The-Neck Headphones" RTINGS 12/31
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The 10 Best iPhone Widgets (And How to Put Them to Good Use)" MakeUseOf 9:00 PM
  • "How to Set Up Your iPad to Be the Best Laptop Replacement It Can Be" Gizmodo 7:51 AM
  • "How to take a screenshot on iPhone X, XS, or XR" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "Bluetooth audio codecs explained: Comparing 'lossless' vs. 'lossy' compression" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "How to make notifications persistent on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 12/31
  • "Get fit with Apple Watch and nail your new year's resolution" Cult of Mac 12/30
  • "Family music streaming: The best options from Spotify, Apple Music, Google, Amazon and Deezer" Pocket-lint 8:10 AM
  • "How to make a slick App Store wish list with Shortcuts" Cult of Mac 12/31
  • "How to keep your iPhone safe while celebrating New Year's Eve" AppleInsider 12/31
  • "What Alarm Clock Badges on iPad Dock Apps Mean, and How to Get Rid Of Alarm Clock Icons" OS X Daily 12/30
  • "Tips: How to use Apple's eSIM technology in the iPhone XR or iPhone XS with GigSky" AppleInsider 12/30
  • "2018 is over and Apple has broken its promise on the AirPower mat" Pocketnow 9:19 PM
  • "Future shlock: Apple's prospects never look good" Macworld 9:24 AM
  • "5 reasons you should get the new 2018 MacBook Air instead of the MacBook Pro" Business Insider 9:11 AM
  • "What Do You Want to See From Apple in 2019?" MacRumors 8:07 AM
  • "Mac Pro, iMac & Qualcomm: What to expect from Apple in the start of 2019" AppleInsider 2:03 PM
  • "Bent iPad Pros, an exploded iPhone XS Max, and Apple Music spreads to Alexa — Apple's December 2018 in review" AppleInsider 9:51 AM
  • "Apple breaks earnings records, disappoints analysts, and offers festive cheer — Apple's November 2018 in review" AppleInsider 7:42 AM
  • "The Real Reason For Soft Apple iPhone Demand Is Painfully Obvious"  Forbes 12/31
  • "So... Where is AirPower?" iMore 12/31
  • "Alleged iCloud spy chips, plus a new iPad Pro, Mac mini & MacBook Air -- Apple's October 2018 in review" AppleInsider 12/31
  • "Comment: It's 2019, Instagram should make an iPad app" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "2018 Year in Review: The most popular stories in 2018 as chosen by the AppleInsider audience" AppleInsider 12/31
  • "What to Expect From Apple in 2019: New iPhones, Modular Mac Pro, iPad mini 5, Updated AirPods and More" MacRumors 12/31
  • "Apple wish-list for 2019: hardware and software" 9to5Mac 12/31
  • "Apple's 'Color Flood': like Picasso said" ["This is quite an accomplishment, really. I don't remember any ad in Apple history leading so many writers to totally miss the message. That's an especially grievous failing, given the size, expense and importance of this effort."]  Ken Segall's Observatory 12/31
  • "Three new iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4 — Apple's September 2018 in review" AppleInsider 12/31
  • "5 things to do before upgrading to gigabit internet" Digital Trends 4:19 PM
  • "Forget Your iPhone XR, Ignore The Samsung Galaxy And Pixel 3 XL, This Is My Smartphone Of 2018" Forbes 12/31
  • "Here's why calendars look the way they do" The Next Web 12/31
  • "What to expect from CES 2019" TechCrunch 12/31
  • "Google hardware year in review: What worked, what didn't, and what we want in 2019" Android Police 12/31
  • "I got my parents an Amazon Echo Dot for Christmas and here's how they're getting along with Alexa" GeekWire 12/31
  • "First look: Google Duo tests group calling feature and low light mode" Android Police 12/31
  • "Comic: 2018 Year in Review" iMore 8:46 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Maps is getting support for instant messages, but it's not what you think" BGR 2:03 PM
  • "Download: Apple Shares 10 'Shot On iPhone' Wallpapers" Redmond Pie 12/31
  • "Unc0ver Jailbreak v2.1.0 Officially Released" iClarified 12/31
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 31: Mojave and a MUG's Last Meeting" The MUG Center 12/31
  • "Apple releases six celebrity-narrated audiobooks, and they're all free" Digital Trends 12/31
  • "Wallpaper Weekends: Happy New Year Wallpapers for iPhone" MacTrast 12/30
Computer Industry
  • "Roughly Half of Microsoft's Acquisitions in 2018 Were Video Game Studios: The world's most valuable company quietly gobbled up 7 game developers last year." SludgeFeed 7:48 AM
  • "What to expect from Microsoft in 2019" MSPoweruser 10:35 AM
  • "Report: Windows 10 Takes Over Windows 7" Thurrott 8:01 AM
  • "Xbox One news: Microsoft working on surprise new hardware for Xbox One X and Windows 10? XBOX ONE news this week includes reports of Microsoft's plans to offer surprise new hardware to Xbox One X and Windows 10 gamers." Express UK 2:29 PM
  • "Is 2019 the Year of Azure for Microsoft? It is for!" OnMSFT 9:28 AM
  • "Netmarketshare: Windows 10 finally overtakes Windows 7" MSPoweruser 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 3: What to Expect (And What We Want)" LAPTOP Magazine 7:48 AM
  • "Edge Review: Microsoft's browser moves forward in search of users/Microsoft Edge browser for Windows is a leap forward from the outdated but still available Internet Explorer. With more leaps to go." Download 7:48 AM
  • "AMD Threadripper 2920X 12-Core 24-Thread Processor Review" eTeknix 7:43 AM
  • "Tesla adds Walgreens' Wilson-Thompson, Oracle's Ellison to board" The Hilltop Monitor 7:49 AM
  • "Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge: The Commerce Department is considering national security restrictions on artificial intelligence. Some worry they could stunt the industry in the U.S." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:19 PM
  • "Microsoft predicts ten years ago what 2019 will be like" Mashable 12/31
  • "This was Microsoft's 2009 vision of computing in 2019" MSPoweruser 12/31
  • "Microsoft closes out 2018 as the top public company" CNBC 12/31
  • "Microsoft Surface Go finally arrives in India at Rs 38,599, available exclusively on Flipkart" The Economic Times 12/31
  • "Behind the Computer: A Look at the History of IBM" TheStreet 12/31
  • "It's Interesting How IBM's AI Debater Sways Opinions, But Who Wins — Man Or Machine?" Forbes 12/31
  • "Dell completes buy-out, lists shares on NYSE" Telecompaper 12/31
  • "Intel May Be Killing Custom Fab Business" eTeknix 12/31
  • "Pfizer and Intel are working on supply chain visibility" Business Insider 12/31
  • "Intel: The 15 Plus Year Breakout - Part 3" Seeking Alpha 12/31
  • "With NFL Playoffs On Tap, Intel Moves Closer To Offering 3-D Technology In Real-Time" Forbes 12/31
  • "AMD in 2018: impressive leaps forward with many, many stumbles" TechRadar UK 12/31
  • "AMD vs Nvidia – how AMD can combat Nvidia's RTX graphics cards" PCGamesN 12/31
  • "Microsoft may be planning to release more audio hardware" MSPoweruser 12/30
  • "Microsoft patents innovative magnetic USB-C Surface connector" TechRadar UK 12/30
  • "Microsoft Edge Once Again Surpasses Chrome & Firefox In Battery Efficiency" Fossbytes 12/30
  • "Microsoft predicts ten years ago what 2019 will be like" Mashable 12/30
  • "Intel Coffee Lake Refresh Enthusiast Core i9 CPUs With 8 And 6-Core Variants Break Cover" HotHardware 12/30
  • "Cisco Stock Rose in 2018 by Avoiding Drama" Barron's 12/30
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "The last time Apple shares did this, the stock rallied 75 percent in 12 months"  CNBC 12/31
  • "The Street Vs. Investors: Who Got The Apple Narrative Right?" Benzinga 12/31
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks log worst year since 2008: Equities enjoy lift in final session of year but S&P ends 2018 down more than 6%" MarketWatch 12/31
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks end dismal year on a bright note" Associated Press 12/31
  • "Corporate Profit Crunch Looms as Stocks Slide: Investors worry that the moneymaking outlook for companies will deteriorate further" [Paid Membership Required] 7:36 AM
  • "U.S. Indexes Close With Worst Yearly Losses Since 2008: Stocks rise on the year's final trading day, but not enough to offset bruising last few weeks of selling" [Paid Membership Required] 12/31
  • "Hong Kong stocks rise in abbreviated Asian trading day: Most markets closed for New Year's Eve" MarketWatch 12/31
  • "European stocks finish higher on last day of a dismal year for investors: French stocks lead with 1.1% gain on final day of trade" MarketWatch 7:37 AM

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