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Weekend Highlights: Show Time tomorrow! Will new subscription service(s?) for news and TV content become the "next big thing"?; if not careful, Apple may end up with an antitrust hangover as competitors believe Apple "already out of control"; any way you slice it, the company's "reinvention as a services company starts for real Monday"; Apple's showtime event set for Monday, and with (assumedly), all hardware announcements out of the way, the stage is set for the rumored new video and news subscription service; CNET worries Apple's "deep pockets don't guarantee success" for Hollywood endeavors; and Bloomberg sees "built-in conflicts" with the news services asking if Apple can "fairly sell its own apps and those made by rivals"—reports aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; DigiTimes suggests new iPads demand outlook is weak, another report suggests AirPower to launch late March; Michael Simon argues bent iPad pros could develop internal issues with logic boards, and more.

  • "Read Tim Cook's Memo to Employees About iPhone Sales Slowdown"  Bloomberg 8:22 AM
  • "Even Apple Couldn't Defeat Peak Smartphone: Like in the PC market before it, we have reached a peak where smartphone sales begin to decelerate, making the act of releasing a refreshed device with enough features to stimulate sales incredibly difficult."  Motherboard 3:40 PM
  • "Apple's Miss: Bridging the Gap Between Perception and Reality"  Loup Ventures 8:50 AM
  • "Apple sales should pick up when U.S.-China strike trade deal: Trump adviser" Reuters 10:24 AM
  • "Apple's China warning 'deflects deeper problems' for firm"  BBC 8:25 AM
  • "Years in the Making, Peak iPhone Is Finally Here" The Motley Fool 2:04 PM
  • "Apple's concerns over China's economy a scapegoat for innovation issues within the company?"  Fox Business Videos 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Blamed China for Falling Revenue, but That's Just a Convenient Excuse"  Barron's 8:24 AM
  • "Tim Cook blames China for Apple weakness" CNBC Videos 8:12 AM
  • "What Tim Cook left out about China in Apple's revenue guidance"  Yahoo Finance 8:01 AM
  • "Why is Apple struggling in China?" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:14 AM
  • "Goldman Sachs called Apple's bombshell holiday quarter miss way back in November"  Business Insider 10:03 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung feel the sting of plateauing smartphones: The two biggest phone makers are having to adapt to stalling sales and unstinting competition from China"  The Verge 8:44 AM
  • "Investor Rights Law Firm Investigates Apple's Earnings Cut for 'Potential Securities Fraud'"  MacRumors 8:53 AM
  • "Apple set to pull some iPhones from its German stores after Qualcomm enforces ban"  Reuters 11:03 AM
  • "Qualcomm posts court ordered bonds to stop iPhone sales in Germany" Reuters 8:45 AM
  • "Qualcomm posts security bonds over $1.5 billion to enforce German iPhone 7/8 sales ban: separating facts from fake news" Foss Patents 12:03 PM
  • "Are your AirPods buggy with macOS? Try this app to improve the experience" 9to5Mac 9:25 PM
  • "How to create and use Smart Folders on Mac" iDownload Blog 2:01 PM
  • "Nine Uses for Safari Private Windows" MacMost 8:03 AM
  • "Google yanks option to restore Chrome's older UI; users decry 'ugly' new look" Computerworld 3:40 PM
Press Releases
  • "New ReiKey app can detect macOS keyloggers" ZDNet 11:30 AM
  • "Counter 1.2 for macOS the utility to count things when your fingers are not enough" Ecleti 8:04 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "App Store caps record-breaking 2018 with blockbuster holiday week: Customers Spent $1.22B During the 2018 Holiday and Kicked off 2019 With a New Single-Day Record on New Year's Day"  Apple 11:14 AM
  • "Apple's App Store pulled in $1.22B over the holidays plus a record $322M on New Year's" TechCrunch 12:16 PM
  • "Hiring for Amazon's Alexa team massively outpaces that of Apple's Siri"  Thinknum 11:52 AM
  • "Apple: Jobs and Wozniak Started a Revolution 42 Years Ago Today"  The Motley Fool 8:25 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Huawei arrest doesn't make him fear retaliation" 9to5Mac 8:35 AM
  • "Netflix is the top grossing iOS app of all time — but now it's ending sign-ups through iTunes and the App Store"  Business Insider 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Watch is now a bigger business for Apple than iPod ever was" Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "Longtime Apple Cloud Engineering Exec Joins Stealth Startup" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:40 PM
  • "Apple iCloud Infrastructure Engineering Executive Leaves Apple to Join Startup Led by Imran Chaudhri" MacRumors 3:41 PM
  • "Apple cloud services executive Patrick Gates departs for at stealth startup Humane" AppleInsider 4:03 PM
  • "Security researcher who claimed discovery of Face ID bypass cancels Black Hat presentation: A China-based security researcher has withdrawn a presentation on what was advertised as a workable Face ID hack from the prestigious Black Hat Asia conference after his employer, Ant Financial, called the talk 'misleading.'" AppleInsider 7:01 PM
  • "Lawsuit alleges Apple MagSafe adapter ignited woman's oxygen mask" CNET 9:00 AM
  • "Apple blew my mind – literally, says woman: MagSafe plug sparked face-torching blaze, lawsuit claims" The Register 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Watch & iPhone used in escape from flipped, sinking car" AppleInsider 8:37 AM
  • "Apple enforces another confusing ban on popular puzzle games" Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "Alphabet overtakes Apple as world's third-biggest company" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:59 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "It's not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that 'winter is coming'" BGR 8:35 PM
  • "Qualcomm reiterates refusal to extend standard-essential patent licenses to rival chipset makers" Foss Patents 3:41 PM
  • "Galaxy S10 leak reveals a hole-punch display and thinner bezels" The Verge 9:57 AM
  • "Mozilla Has Big Plans for Thunderbird in 2019" Thurrott 8:50 AM
  • "Food tracking comes to Google Assistant with Lifesum" Engadget 8:46 AM
  • "FCC's Ajit Pai says Congress was right not to restore net neutrality: 'The FCC's light-touch approach is working,' Pai says, after a congressional effort to restore Obama-era rules falls short." CNET 1:52 PM
  • "Apple Guidance, Mojave Upgrades – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-03" The Mac Observer 1:49 PM
  • "Podcast: Apple has more than just a China problem" Axios 11:14 AM
  • "Apple Warning Rattles Wall Street (Wall Street Breakfast Podcast)" Seeking Alpha 8:14 AM
  • "New Apple Pencil Sandpapered to Look and Feel Like a Real Pencil" MacRumors 8:34 AM
  • "iOS 12"s rapid rise: Now 78% of Apple's newer mobile devices run it" ZDNet 8:50 AM
  • "iPhone XS-Like Smart Battery Case Icon Spotted in Action on iOS 12.1.2" MacRumors 11:06 AM
  • "Will 2019 be the year of Apple AR?" Apple Must 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's unreleased iOS 13 software was just spotted for the first time, and we can't wait" BGR 8:44 AM
  • "Apple researching wearable glove input device, to simplify interactions with AR & VR" AppleInsider 9:11 AM
  • "Patent filing hints at an 'Apple Glove' (think Tom Cruise in 'Minority Report')" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "Future Apple Watches may identify users based on their skin textures" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "Future Apple Watch Might Be Able To Identify Users By Skin Textures" UberGizmo 9:25 PM
  • "AirPods Sound Volume Issues, Fix" macReports 8:53 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:04 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:04 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:04 AM

  • "Yes, the 2018 MacBook Air's FaceTime HD Camera is Awful" MacRumors 1:59 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "I switched to Google Photos after using iCloud for 5 years and I'm never going back" Business Insider 8:50 AM
  • "How to turn off iPhone with a broken power button" 9to5Mac 4:03 PM
  • "Here's how to get started with your new Apple Watch" AppleInsider 1:58 PM
  • "How to make a Raspberry Pi AirPlay Receiver" 9to5Toys 1:57 PM
  • "How to extend the battery life on your Apple Watch" AppleInsider 11:51 AM
  • "How to Keep Commercials from Activating Your Smart Speaker" Lifehacker 10:40 AM
  • "How iOS's Wi-Fi Assist works and how it can affect your cellular bill" Macworld 8:35 AM
  • "Apple Priced Itself Out of Shrinking Chinese Smartphone Market" Bloomberg 9:25 PM
  • "On Netflix Pulling Out of iTunes Billing for New Users" Daring Fireball 8:35 PM
  • "Apple might use smart fabrics to make future electronic devices" BGR 8:34 PM
  • "The Ride Is Over: Apple Faces the End of the iPhone Boom" Tom's Guide 6:49 PM
  • "'King Troll' Ebro Darden on the Future of Apple Music and Terrestrial Radio" Complex 6:51 PM
  • "Developer dreams up a stunning macOS-style menu bar for iOS" BGR 4:03 PM
  • "'Falling from Grace': Could Apple Really Become the Next Nokia?" iDrop News 3:35 PM
  • "Apple Needs to Expand Its Product Grid to Include an Edition Category" The Mac Observer 3:34 PM
  • "Why I fell out of love with Apple's iPhone" Telegraph 2:49 PM
  • "7 reasons people are keeping old iPhones much longer" Cult of Mac 1:58 PM
  • "Apple Throws China Under The Bus, And Opens A Pandora's Box" Forbes 1:57 PM
  • "Wow! We spent over $322m at Apple's App Store on New Year's Day" Apple Must 1:49 PM
  • "Two things Tim Cook just did that make Apple look guilty today" MacDailyNews 12:45 PM
  • "Apple's China Troubles Are In Large Part Temporary" Seeking Alpha 11:51 AM
  • "Apple's Precarious and Pivotal 2019: Yesterday's updated guidance wasn't just about China..." 500ish Words 11:51 AM
  • "Apple loses the plot with iPhone XR: In a New Year, Apple reveals that iPhone sales are softening. With a new ad, it also reveals it doesn't know how to market the iPhone XR."  ZDNet 11:30 AM
  • "A closer look: Apple's troubles in China grow as WeChat undermines iPhone's appeal" 9to5Mac 10:04 AM
  • "If Tim Cook's all-hands meeting doesn't fix Apple's pricing, it's pointless"  VentureBeat 10:03 AM
  • "Apple: Beginning of the end, or a new beginning? Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end."  ZDNet 9:54 AM
  • "Apple's guidance correction in China would be great news from Samsung" Roughly Drafted 9:54 AM
  • "Here's Tim Cook's plan to get more people to upgrade their iPhones and turn Apple revenue around" CNBC 9:50 AM
  • "Apple blaming China over cut in outlook but is it hurt by too many iPhone options?" Fox Business Videos 9:06 AM
  • "Apple's mind-blowing warning means CEO Tim Cook now has a major credibility problem"  Yahoo Finance 9:01 AM
  • "The Apple 'Disaster': 7% Earnings Growth And $20 Billion In An Irish Bank" Seeking Alpha 9:00 AM
  • "Apple Lowers Revenue Guidance Due To iPhone Sales Weakness" Benjamin Mayo 8:53 AM
  • "iPhone pricing at crunch point revives hope of an iPhone SE 2" 9to5Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Apple just issued a warning on iPhone sales, but Google Trends saw problems years ago"  Business Insider 8:51 AM
  • "How long can Apple wait for the next big thing? Apple has always been about more than the iPhone, but stepping beyond it is a massive challenge."  ZDNet 8:50 AM
  • "Bad news for Apple will be good news for Apple buyers" ZDNet 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's Guidance Falls Apart: Now What?" Seeking Alpha 8:44 AM
  • "Apple's China problems extend beyond Trump's trade war and iPhone upgrades" VentureBeat 8:44 AM
  • "2019 iOS, iPhone, and iPad wishlist" Macworld 8:36 AM
  • "Dullsville: Nobody likes iPhones" Macworld 8:35 AM
  • "Apple's earnings warning indicates trouble in China, but everyone should calm down" AppleInsider 8:35 AM
  • "Tim Cook Says iPhone Activations Set New Christmas Day Records in United States and Canada" MacRumors 8:31 AM
  • "Steve Jobs and Apple's Last Previous Earnings Warning" ["We've got some short term bad news but don't worry, we have this.' And... out. Short and sweet. Rip off the bad news Band-Aid, express quiet confidence that Apple is in great shape, and that's it. Message over. Even if Jobs were still around I don't think Apple could get away with a message so short with today's news. But Cook's letter was just too long."]  Daring Fireball 8:25 AM
  • "Derby's Take: China's Bite Out of Apple Is Worth the Fed's Attention" [Paid Membership Required] 8:25 AM
  • "Apple's big miss: It's time to stop messing around"  Computerworld 8:04 AM
  • "Using computers to analyze digitized archives can reveal hidden patterns: From the French Revolution to the history of the novel, Big Data makes its mark" Ars Technica 8:25 PM
  • "Tech trends 2019: 'The end of truth as we know it?'" BBC 7:01 PM
  • "I can blog, stream video, and surf the web from anywhere with this compact $215 laptop" Business Insider 3:39 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Charter Spectrum's App for Apple TV Launches" MacRumors 2:05 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge beta for iOS gets picture-in-picture and more in latest update" iMore 12:16 PM
  • "OWC Acquires Akitio: Two of the leading pioneers in PC and Mac storage and performance accessories join forces to overdeliver to prosumers and creative professionals who demand only the best" PRNewswire 8:31 AM
  • "Satechi's new Monitor Stand Hub conveniently moves ports back to the front of an iMac" Apple World Today 8:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "New AMD 2019 processors leaked: AMD's series of 7nm processors, named Matisse, are arriving in 2019 and Russian price tracking website E-Katalog has listed their specifications." Tech Advisor 8:09 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3800X flagship processor spotted online with 16 cores, 32 threads: AMD might soon announce its Ryzen 3000 series of processors and the the AMD Ryzen 9 3800X, Ryzen 7 3700X and 3700, Ryzen 5 3600X and 3600 processors have been spotted online." digit 8:09 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX perf boosted 2X by CorePrio tool" Hexus 8:10 AM
  • "Why Windows Is Gimping AMD Threadripper 2990WX Performance And A Possible Fix" HotHardware 3:47 PM
  • "Intel-powered camera uses AI to protect endangered African wildlife: Resolve's TrailGuard can spot poachers in time to thwart them." Engadget 8:10 AM
  • "Intel admits chip security has a long way to go: A year ago, the world came to realise how a side-loading attack could compromise a microprocessor. Intel has been working hard to make fixes easier" ComputerWeekly 8:10 AM
  • "ISSCC: Intel adds embedded ReRAM to 22nm portfolio" ee News analog 8:11 AM
  • "Asus reveals power-packed mini PC boasting Intel's 9th-gen Core i9 processor" TechRadar UK 8:12 AM
  • "ASUS's Cylindrical Mini PC ProArt PA90 Impresses With Core i9 And Quadro Graphics" HotHardware 3:47 PM
  • "IBM's new A.I. warns diabetes patients of dangerous blood sugar levels" Digital Trends 8:12 AM
  • "IBM and Medtronics' IQCast AI helps diabetics forecast blood sugar dips" VentureBeat 8:12 AM
  • "Medtronic, IBM add AI driven low glucose warning system to Sugar.IQ app: The effort is likely to be part of a barrage of health, wellness, and AI announcements coming out of CES 2019." ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "Windows 10's New Build Pushes Password-less Accounts, Mutes Cortana on OOBE" Thurrott 8:27 PM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18309 to the Fast ring with password improvements" Neowin 5:30 PM
  • "Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 18309" Neowin 5:30 PM
  • "Microsoft's latest patent redesigns the Xbox controller, hinting at next-gen technology" KitGuru 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Patent Shows Xbox One Controllers Could Gain Resistive Triggers" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "Microsoft Korea 'Digital Transformation Summit' Press Conference" acrofan 8:15 AM
  • "Google Chrome Getting a Native Dark Mode in Windows 10" Thurrott 8:04 AM
  • "Dell files a patent for a laptop that can have two detachable displays" Neowin 4:40 PM
  • "Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop Review with GTX 1060 & i5-8300H" Mighty Gadget 8:01 AM
  • "Lenovo's intelligent transformation catapults PC market share: Ken Wong/Tech as a service model, Project Velocity for channels are adding to the PC momentum, says Ken Wong, President, PCSD, APAC and SVP, Lenovo Group" Computerworld New Zealand 7:14 AM
  • "DRAM Market to See Lower CapEx in 2019" EE Times Asia 7:15 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's fall shows why stock market dogs eventually have their day: Unloved stocks are often better long-term investments" MarketWatch 9:09 PM
  • "Apple losses trigger a plunge in US markets" TechCrunch 6:52 PM
  • "Apple plunge deepens Warren Buffett's book value woes" Reuters 1:57 PM
  • "Apple just lost a Facebook: Market value decline since peak exceeds value of nearly any US company" CNBC 10:03 AM
  • "Apple lost $57 billion in market value after updated revenue projections" Mashable 9:57 AM
  • "Apple stock plummets 8% on news of grim Q1 2019 outlook: CEO Tim Cook's letter to investors attempts to explain problems and quell fears." Ars Technica 9:54 AM
  • "AAPL Opens at $144, Sliding Nearly 10% After Major Revenue Cut and Down 35% Since Early November" MacRumors 8:38 AM
  • "Apple earnings warning sees stock fall 9% in pre-market trading" 9to5Mac 8:35 AM
  • "Apple set to open 8% lower after slashing Q1 guidance" CNBC 8:13 AM
  • "Warren Buffett may be getting ready to pounce on more Apple shares" Business Insider 10:24 AM
  • "One analyst actually upgraded Apple in the face of stock plunge as peers throw in towel" CNBC 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Is a Symptom of a Bigger Problem: Don't be surprised if we see similar issues with other U.S. companies that do significant business in China." RealMoney 8:13 AM
  • "'Apple's darkest day in the iPhone era': Here's what Wall Street is saying about Apple's bombshell profit warning" Business Insider 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's Guidance Cut Could Suggest a Big Mess" Market Realist 8:12 AM
  • "Apple sales warning hits European suppliers" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:13 AM
  • "Qualcomm Puts Aside $1.5B in Funds Required to Enforce iPhone Sales Ban in Germany" MacRumors 9:54 AM
  • "Analysts pile on Apple following revenue guidance miss" AppleInsider 11:05 AM
  • "Apple just sounded the alarm on a slowdown in China. Staying away from these 20 stocks could help you avoid the pain, Goldman Sachs says" Business Insider 11:05 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow closes down more than 600 points as Apple has its worst day since 2013: S&P 500 and Dow record weakest start to a year since 2000" MarketWatch 4:44 PM
  • "Dow Drops More Than 600 Points on Apple Warning, China Fears: All three major indices dropped more than 2% Thursday." TheStreet 4:44 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks slide after Apple sees China slump" Associated Press 11:33 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Sharply Lower After Weak Economic Data, Apple Warning: Dow industrials fall 2.8% while S&P declines 2.5%; Apple shares drop 10%" [Paid Membership Required] 4:45 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly down as Apple's warning weighs on tech stocks: Apple suppliers hit hard after tech giant cuts sales forecast" MarketWatch 8:21 AM
  • "European markets shocked by Apple downgrade" MarketWatch 8:21 AM

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