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Tuesday Highlights: AAPL falls after Monday's Q2 guidance warning on Coronavirus impact to Apple's bottom line; company today sees approx $45 billion wiped off market value as magnitude of virus impact "rattles Wall Street"; Alex Webb opines the data proves "Apple is [still] handcuffed to the iPhone"—reports and opinions aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, Finances, and Op/Ed sections; feature at New York Times investigates history of photographing death at home in "iPhone at deathbed"; new iPad Pro said to ship in Spring; Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple's UWB Tags coming somewhere between Q2 and Q3; ZDNet tips to speed up your aging MacBook, Jonny Evans posts 18 hidden iPhone tricks; developer Steve Streza decries evolution of iOS into an Adware platform.

  • "The maturing of the smartphone industry is cause for celebration: It's bad news for Apple shareholders, but good news for humanity"  The Economist 8:59 AM
  • "5 ways Apple needs to up its game if it wants to be a services company: From rethinking its video content strategy to turning the iPhone into a service, nothing should be off the table."  Fast Company 9:30 AM
  • "China retailers slash iPhone prices after Apple sales warning" ["The discounting, as steep as $118 for the recently launched 64GB iPhone XR, is the latest sign that Apple's weak holiday sales in China may have extended to the current quarter."]  Reuters 7:29 AM
  • "Apple resellers in China reduce some iPhone prices by up to 22%" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:43 AM
  • "Top Chinese Retailers Slash iPhone Prices as Demand Sputters" Bloomberg 8:23 AM
  • "Retailers are slashing iPhone prices across China as consumers say the phones aren't worth the cost" CNBC 6:50 PM
  • "Apple Buys 50 Business Class Seats From San Francisco to Shanghai Every Day"  MacRumors 4:35 PM
  • "Apple spends $150M a year on United flights, Shanghai is No. 1 destination: A pair of promotional banners created by United Airlines to tout its various business relationships with big-name companies reveals a sneak peek into Apple's global operations, with the tech giant reportedly spending some $150 million each year on flights for employees." AppleInsider 5:50 PM
  • "The future of Apple is playing well with others: As Apple bolsters its services offerings, the company is changing its attitudes about working with partners."  Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "Apple demanded $1 billion for chance to win iPhone: Qualcomm CEO" Reuters 9:21 PM
  • "Qualcomm CEO defends chip-licensing business in FTC trial: There's nothing wrong with the 'no license, no chips' accusation at the heart of the government's case against the mobile chipmaker, Steve Mollenkopf argues." CNET 9:21 PM
  • "How to recover older versions of a document within an app: Oh no, I messed up! I want to go back to a previous version of my document. What do I do? It's all about reversion, my friend." iMore 6:37 PM
  • "Review: Mellel 4" Rixstep 1:26 PM
  • "How to make a 2018 MacBook Air eGPU setup" 9to5Mac 8:59 AM
  • "The most important thing to do if your Mac has a Fusion Drive: Back up your data"  Macworld 7:47 AM
  • "Setting Up Your Mac Mail Signatures" MacMost 9:06 AM
  • "An enterprise take on Apple's 'Project Marzipan': We will learn more about Apple's plans to run iOS apps on Macs at WWDC 2019. Here is what we know so far"  Computerworld 7:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "How Apple had a successful CES 2019 without even being there: HomeKit, AirPlay 2 and iTunes got heaps of coverage without the iPhone maker even being in Vegas"  GearBrain 9:17 AM
  • "iPhone set to match Android security with new Yubico hardware key: Lightning port compatibility is in the works for hardware-based authentication." CNET 7:45 AM
  • "Fatal Box Truck Crash in San Jose May Have Exposed Apple Sensitive Material: The two occupants were retired cops from the LA area and were armed" Bay City News 8:12 AM
  • "Secured Transport Of Secret Apple Products Involved In Accident On Silicon Valley Highway" MacPrices 8:11 AM
  • "Truck carrying secured Apple payload crashes in San Jose, killing one" AppleInsider 8:14 AM
  • "An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a fatal truck crash" Business Insider 1:39 PM
  • "First-Generation iPod Shuffle Turns 14 Today" MacRumors 9:47 AM
  • "Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw" TechHive 7:49 AM
  • "Nevada man thanks Siri for surviving serious Jeep crash: A man who crashed his Jeep near Pahrump, Nev., credits Siri on his iPhone for saving him from paralyzing and potentially fatal injuries." AppleInsider 5:50 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Hacker 'BestBuy' sentenced to prison for operating Mirai DDoS botnet" ZDNet 4:01 PM
  • "CES 2019: Qualcomm President Amon is convinced you're going to be thrilled with 5G" ZDNet 2:24 PM
  • "AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile announce plans to stop selling your location data to outside companies amid growing pressure from federal lawmakers" Business Insider 11:25 AM
  • "Netflix could use AI to clamp down on people sharing their account with friends and family" BetaNews 8:09 AM
  • "Faster Wi-Fi is here, but it's off to a slow start" The Verge 7:53 AM
  • "Huawei sales director nicked in Poland on suspicion of 'spying'" The Register 7:44 AM
  • "US government shutdown leaves websites insecure" BBC 7:43 AM
  • "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about" PCWorld 7:43 AM
  • "Best of CES: The coolest PCs, PC components, and PC spectacles we saw" PCWorld 7:43 AM
  • "Blood pressure watches and DIY sonograms: CES 2019 was all about health/At CES, health, wellness and medical tech are big focuses once again." CNET 8:15 AM
  • "Figthting And Documenting Sexual Violence In Congo And Kenya With A Mobile App" Forbes 7:37 AM
  • "Xiaomi packs 48-megapixel camera into budget Redmi Note 7 phone" ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "Episode 158 — A Significant Shift: Ben and James discuss Apple's revenue warning and the company's shift to services." Exponent 11:43 AM
  • "Finally! Apple's bringing HomeKit to your favorite TVs and gadgets, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Plans Three New iPhones This Year, Plays Catch-Up on Cameras: Highest-end model includes triple rear camera; one will be successor to the struggling XR" 7:30 AM
  • "Apple to launch three iPhones with new camera features this year: WSJ" Reuters 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Planning Three New iPhone Models This Year, WSJ Reports" Bloomberg 8:23 AM
  • "Apple reportedly plans 3-camera iPhone XS Max and 2-camera iPhone XR sequels" VentureBeat 8:51 AM
  • "Analysts expect iPhone 11 to feature Wi-Fi 6" 9to5Mac 11:43 AM
  • "2019 iPhones Could Feature Support for Wi-Fi 6" MacRumors 1:38 PM
  • "Apple considered Samsung, MediaTek to supply 5G modems for 2019 iPhones"  Reuters 1:55 PM
  • "Possibilities of a Triple-Lens iPhone Camera: Improved 3D Sensing, Zoom, and Low-Light Photos" MacRumors 3:47 PM
  • "Chart: every product Apple has made so far" iDownload Blog 2:25 PM
  • "Apple Adding Late 2012 iMacs to Vintage and Obsolete Products Pilot Program at End of January" MacRumors 8:08 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM

  • "First look at the Klipsch T5 Zippo-inspired truly wireless earbuds" AppleInsider 1:38 PM
  • "Hands on with Brilliant's smart home controller and how HomeKit will integrate" AppleInsider 10:25 AM
  • "First look: Creating 3D headphone audio with the Super X-Fi" AppleInsider 7:51 AM
  • "Anker's PowerPort Atom is my permanent new travel companion" TechCrunch 9:17 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Adobe Lightroom CC for iOS just added the shortcut Apple promised: Importing photos just got a teensy bit less ridiculous" The Verge 9:12 PM
  • "How to automatically stop Netflix on iOS after a certain time" AddictiveTips 6:12 PM
  • "How to use Do Not Disturb on your Apple Watch: Unlike Mute, Do Not Disturb turns off both sounds and taps on your Apple Watch." iMore 5:08 PM
  • "Turn iPhone and AirPods into remote microphones- 9to5Mac" 9to5Mac 2:05 PM
  • "Apply a custom color palette to iOS' official Twitch app with Serene" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "How to choose what your iPhone backs up to iCloud" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "How to keep your iPhone from repeatedly dropping Wi-Fi network connections" AppleInsider 1:39 PM
  • "New iPhone? Change these 7 settings today" Apple Must 9:55 AM
  • "Apple's Next Big Move? It Should Buy Nintendo" Barron's 9:06 PM
  • "WSJ: 'Apple Plans Three New iPhones This Year, Plays Catch-Up On Cameras'" Daring Fireball 6:02 PM
  • "How Apple could make the notch less notchy" iDownload Blog 3:53 PM
  • "What Apple can learn from Netflix's success" BGR 1:49 PM
  • "The End of iTunes: Why 'iTunes Movies and TV Shows' may finally signal a change"  500ish Words 1:42 PM
  • "No, Apple's licensing of iTunes & AirPlay 2 isn't a 'strategy reversal' in any way" AppleInsider 1:33 PM
  • "New Priorities led to Amazon and Apple's new Partnerships, but the Peace won't Last Forever" The Mac Observer 1:28 PM
  • "A sign of life in Apple billboards" ["It's just a common-sense way to build a brand. In Steve's eyes, any ad that failed to enhance the Apple brand was a lost opportunity. For years, I've felt that Apple's outdoor advertising has been a parade of lost opportunities. It's important to celebrate design, but not at the expense of wit. Apple's design-centric billboards have virtually no buzz value, largely because they are wordless."]  Ken Segall's Observatory 11:09 AM
  • "Opinion: Should Apple follow Xiaomi, and start building more smart home devices on its own?" 9to5Mac 10:35 AM
  • "Are Apple's Interests Diverging From Customer Needs?"  Tech.pinions 8:59 AM
  • "Opinion: iOS 13 is the right time for a modern take on skeuomorphism" 9to5Mac 8:59 AM
  • "Apple should drop Intel for AMD: A transition to ARM for macOS will take years. In the meantime, AMD should supply Apple's x86 hardware." Computerworld 8:37 AM
  • "How the 'big tech' colossus is splitting: For several years it has made sense, in some quarters, to lump together the tech giants — chiefly Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, sometimes also including Netflix or Microsoft. But talking about 'big tech' is beginning to offer diminishing returns." Axios 8:17 AM
  • "It's the Ecosystem, Stupid*"  Intego 8:10 AM
  • "Apple's big plan to revive iPhone sales in 2019: More cameras" Business Insider 9:18 AM
  • "2019 iPhone leaks hint at next-gen Apple AR vision" Apple Must 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Services revenue prospects are mixed, say commentators" 9to5Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Former CEO John Sculley thinks Apple will disrupt healthcare" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Apple reportedly planning three iPhones for 2019, one with new triple camera system" The Verge 7:53 AM
  • "Three iPhones likely coming in Sept. 2019, with one a refresh of the LCD iPhone XR" AppleInsider 7:51 AM
  • "WSJ on 2019 iPhones: Triple-Lens Rear Camera on Next iPhone XS Max and Dual Rear on Next iPhone XR" MacRumors 7:50 AM
  • "LG's new 17-inch Gram laptop makes me want a 17-inch MacBook Pro" Apple World Today 7:46 AM
  • "Mingis on Tech: Bent iPads and a bad quarter – Apple, WTF? When some new iPad owners found their devices were bent, Apple acknowledged the issue and said, in essence, 'no problem.' More recently, the company said revenues would fall short of expectations. So what's going on?"  Computerworld 7:45 AM
  • "Samsung and Qualcomm talk realistic expectations for 5G in 2019: Not everyone will get 5G this year, so what should we expect?" Engadget 7:29 PM
  • "Chinese tech at CES: Politics is temporary, business is permanent/How Chinese tech businesses will cope with a trade war." Engadget 4:36 PM
  • "Trump promises H-1B visa holders 'changes are coming soon.' What that means for the tech industry" GeekWire 11:08 AM
  • "The First Bendable Phone Is an Exciting Piece of Junk" Gizmodo 11:08 AM
  • "Review: Valley of the Boom captures Silicon Valley's insanity/A mix of documentary and historical reenactment with an emphasis on great acting." Ars Technica 11:08 AM
  • "Why Does My Fiancé See Ads for Things I've Shopped For?" Lifehacker 8:21 AM
  • "Sharing your children's bad behavior on social media is making it worse" The Next Web 8:21 AM
  • "The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:13 AM
  • "The tech world's best CEO? Microsoft's Nadella, hands downOthers have gotten more glory — and have tripped recently." Computerworld 7:45 AM
  • "Who won CES 2019: Amazon or Google?" CNET 7:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Music Exclusive Special Feature Offers BTS Look at Queen Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'" MacTrast 8:53 PM
  • "CES 2019 Wrap-Up: AirPlay 2 TVs, Battery Cases for Latest iPhones, Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables, and More" MacRumors 1:39 PM
  • "Ikea's HomeKit-compatible Smart Shades come to the US on Apr. 1" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
  • "You can now install the Sileo package manager on the unc0ver jailbreak" iDownload Blog 10:20 AM
  • "LG TV owners call for AirPlay 2 support on older models" 9to5Mac 9:47 AM
  • "TCL on AirPlay-2 Enabled TVs: 'We Are Currently Committed to Roku'" MacRumors 9:47 AM
  • "Ikea launches braided MFi Lightning cable in Sweden for $9, US plans unclear" 9to5Mac 9:32 AM
  • "iSenberg? Breaking Bad game coming to iOS" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Truly-Wireless Charging Case For iPhone X Shown Off By Spigen And Ossia" Redmond Pie 8:52 AM
  • "The biggest Apple HomeKit products from CES 2019" The Verge 9:07 AM
  • "CES 2019 offered a glimpse at our glorious USB-C future: All of the headphones, monitors, docks, and dongles from this year's show" The Verge 9:07 AM
  • "CES: Mophie's new battery cases kill Lightning pain" Apple Must 8:22 AM
  • "Apps to Keep Your Kids Safe While on Their Mobile Device" Apple Gazette 8:21 AM
  • "Cybersecurity Firm SR2 Solutions Acquires Mobile App Development Team" prMac 7:44 AM
  • "VLC readies Android to Apple TV streaming as media player hits 3 billion downloads" ZDNet 7:28 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Bing search surfaces and suggests images of child sexual abuse" The Next Web 8:21 AM
  • "Microsoft spotlights efforts to help retailers modernize and compete with Amazon" GeekWire 11:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Could Help Kroger Counter Amazon's Growth" The Motley Fool 7:56 AM
  • "IBM teaches AI to debate humans by crowdsourcing arguments" The Next Web 1:42 PM
  • "CES 2019: Intel details autonomous vehicle trial in Israel" ZDNet 2:24 PM
  • "After 30 years chipping away, is Intel to create thousands of new Irish jobs?" SiliconRepublic 8:36 AM
  • "Intel close to major investment at Leixlip base: Preparatory work seen as prelude to increasing capacity at Co Kildare plant" Irish Times 8:36 AM
  • "Intel and Alibaba ignore trade war friction in AI partnership" ReTHINK Research 8:37 AM
  • "Redis and Intel partner for Optane in-memory database solutions to increase performance" TechRepublic 8:36 AM
  • "Micron Scores Big Automotive Deals With Intel and Qualcomm" The Motley Fool 8:36 AM
  • "AMD shows off 7nm next-gen chips at CES, aims at Intel and Nvidia" Reuters 1:47 PM
  • "AMD backend orders for new 7nm chips split between 3 firms" DigiTimes 9:01 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 benchmarks: the best Vega GPU/The Red Team's Vega 64 is faster, but not necessarily better." Eurogamer 9:01 AM
  • "AMD: 'No Chiplet APU Variant on Matisse, CPU TDP Range same as Ryzen-2000'" AnandTech 11:44 AM
  • "AMD Gives a Glimpse of Its 2019 Product Launches at CES 2019" Market Realist 11:07 AM
  • "HP is releasing two new Chromebooks, one powered by AMD" Cyber Shack 8:33 AM
  • "HP and HTC Vive sponsor Omniverse Esports: Virtuix's virtual reality esports project has backing from some big names, which means equally big prizes for players." GameReactor 8:34 AM
  • "Dell at CES 2019: Alienware m17 Packs Core i9, GeForce RTX into 17.3-Inch Chassis" AnandTech 11:07 AM
  • "Dell's 2019 G Series: Australian Price And Release Date" Gizmodo Australia 9:04 AM
  • "Cisco touts 5 technologies that will change networking in 2019" Network World 8:30 AM
  • "Cisco Sees Its Chance as Internet Traffic Builds" Barron's 8:30 AM
  • "HPE and Cisco lost cloud IT infrastructure market share" Telecom Lead 8:30 AM
  • "Oracle Commerce Cloud Solution Adopted by Things Remembered" Zacks 8:32 AM
  • "PC Sales Have Now Fallen for Seven Years (Premium)" Thurrott 9:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "All of the major tech companies are going their separate ways, making things more difficult for regulators" Business Insider 3:48 PM
Apple News
  • "Apple: More Discounts On iPhone Are Looming" Seeking Alpha 11:44 AM
  • "Lackluster iPhone sales seen to affect Taiwan export, economy" DigiTimes 8:09 AM
  • "Foxconn sees 2018 revenues reach new record" DigiTimes 8:09 AM
  • "Apple GC Earned $5M In 2018, Over $20M Stock On Horizon" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:50 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks snap 5-day winning streak but log strong weekly gains: CPI data show muted inflation" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Late Rally Falls Short as Dow, Stocks Trade Lower Following Five Straight Gains: The Dow falls Friday, putting in jeopardy the blue-chip index's five-day winning streak." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks close down after five-day winning streak" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Regain Ground Despite Concerns About Global Growth: Shares rebound after Powell's remarks reinforce the Fed's willingness to adjust pace of rate increases" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "All of the major tech companies are going their separate ways, making things more difficult for regulators" Business Insider 3:48 PM
  • "Fed restraint, trade hopes bolster Asian markets: Nikkei, Hang Seng rise following Wall Street's gains" MarketWatch 8:53 AM
  • "European stocks dragged south by loses for oil and auto companies: Pound strength weighs on FTSE 100" MarketWatch 8:52 AM

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