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Weekend Highlights: Irish Examiner reveals contractors in Cork, Ireland "were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift", and Apple has "abruptly terminated" their contract; Bloomberg has an curious story of Apple working with a Soy Sauce facility in Taiwan for rooftop solar installs; offers new beta interface; survey says smartphone upgrade cycle slowing down, even going past 3 years for some; Google under fire over Chinese disinformation concerning Hong Kong unrest, company also has new employee guidelines including avoidance of political speech on the job; to VPN or not VPN on your router?

  • "Apple's digital health plan puts the iPhone and Apple Watch at the heart of your wellbeing: Apple has been gradually building out its health strategy; here's what it looks like right now."  ZDNet 8:15 AM
  • "Apple is in talks with private Medicare plans about bringing its watch to at-risk seniors"  CNBC 9:47 AM
  • "Apple reportedly looking to subsidize Watch with Medicare plans" TechCrunch 2:03 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says he is inspired by the story of how an Apple Watch identified a user's clogged heart arteries" Business Insider 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Plans Some Hiring Reductions After Selling Fewer iPhones"  Bloomberg 4:19 PM
  • "Apple to reportedly reduce new hires amidst slumping iPhone sales: Apple plans to reduce the number of new hires for certain divisions after the company missed revenue guidance for the December quarter on weak iPhone sales, according to report Wednesday." AppleInsider 5:02 PM
  • "Bleak smartphone industry could lead to double-digit iPhone decline in 2019"  AppleInsider 2:24 PM
  • "Apple's Guidance on Its Services Revenue Left Analysts With More Questions: The iPhone maker's services business got a boost from new accounting rules, but some analysts and investors didn't catch the change" [Paid Membership Required] 1:58 PM
  • "How the iPad might influence the future of the Mac interface: It's hard not to believe that there are some big iOS inspired changes on the horizon."  Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "How to Read Hexadecimal Source Code on macOS" Apple Gazette 11:30 AM
  • "How to Use the macOS Help Menu" MacRumors 8:39 AM
  • "What you get when you export Calendar and Reminders in macOS, and how to use those files" Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "Removing Annoying Alerts By Setting Notification Alert Styles" MacMost 9:17 AM
  • "Brave browser previews ad-replacement feature in latest Dev build" Computerworld 8:11 AM
Press Releases
  • "Build FxPlug Plugins for Final Cut Pro X with Vuo" 2:55 PM
  • "MarsEdit 4.2.5: Fix List Indentation, Improve Authentication Reliability" Red Sweater Software 8:39 AM
  • "TweetDeck gets a gorgeous new dark mode on macOS" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Google Docs, Slides new look revealed: Check out G Suite Material Design overhaul" ZDNet 7:33 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "App Annie: China drove 40% of mobile app spending and nearly half of all downloads in 2018/China may be slowing iPhone sales worldwide, but Chinese people are driving Apple's App Store business. In fact, China accounted for nearly 50 percent of all app downloads in 2018, pushing the global downloads count to reach a record 194 billion, according to research firm App Annie."  VentureBeat 8:29 AM
  • "App Annie: Games made up 74 percent of consumer app store spending in 2018" VentureBeat 8:29 AM
  • "App economy expected to be $120 billion in 2019 as small screen leads digital transformation efforts" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "The Millions Silicon Valley Spends on Security for Execs" ["Apple's most recent proxy statement, filed earlier this month, shows the company spent $310,000 on personal security for CEO Tim Cook. But that's a fraction of other tech giants' expenditures."]  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:00 AM
  • "The FTC has rested its likely-winning case with a final hand grenade destroying a Qualcomm mantra" Foss Patents 2:06 PM
  • "Qualcomm kicks off defense in FTC trial by showing its mobile chip prowess" CNET 8:20 AM
  • "Qualcomm antitrust case: 'the iPhone wouldn't exist without us'" 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "Qualcomm points to innovation costs as shield to FTC's antitrust claims" AppleInsider 8:31 AM
  • "Huawei looks up to Apple in terms of privacy: Founder Ren Zhengfei/History will judge whether Huawei adhered to its claims to not harm the interests of customers, its founder has said." ZDNet 8:15 AM
  • "Smartwatches: Switzerland's friend or foe?"  BBC 7:58 AM
  • "Why screen time studies can't measure the effect of smartphones on our well being: What a new paper in Nature misses about the world smartphones created" The Verge 8:15 AM
  • "Jason Katims Sets Apple Overall Deal" Variety 1:54 PM
  • "Sofia Coppola to direct Bill Murray in Apple's first film" BBC 7:58 AM
  • "Apple's first collaboration with A24 is Sofia Coppola's 'On the Rocks' starring Bill Murray" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by new legislation" The Register 3:06 PM
  • "US government pursues criminal charges against Huawei" Telegraph 8:18 PM
  • "U.S. investigating Huawei for alleged trade secret theft: WSJ" Reuters 3:06 PM
  • "Google Play starts manually whitelisting SMS and phone apps: To protect user privacy, Google starts policing apps using SMS and phone permissions." Ars Technica 2:25 PM
  • "Sen. Marco Rubio announces Congress' first big push to regulate tech this year" The Verge 10:07 AM
  • "Domino's Pizza app must be accessible to blind people: Domino's Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US." BBC 9:36 AM
  • "Return of the Razr—With a Foldable Screen and $1,500 Price: Motorola seeks to revive flip phone that was dethroned by the iPhone a decade ago" [Paid Membership Required] 9:47 AM
  • "Motorola Razr revival with foldable display could cost more than an iPhone XS Max" AppleInsider 9:35 AM
  • "Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds" TechCrunch 9:47 AM
  • "Pew: 74% of users don't know Facebook records their ad preferences" VentureBeat 9:26 AM
  • "Sprint To Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation" Motherboard 8:38 AM
  • "Roku removes Alex Jones' Infowars channel after backlash from users and families of those killed in Sandy Hook shooting" Business Insider 9:35 AM
  • "Roku deleted the InfoWars app following a flood of user complaints" CNBC 8:35 AM
  • "Data breaches, cyberattacks are top global risks alongside natural disasters and climate change" ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "Facial recognition struggles to interpret the emotions of black faces" The Conversation 8:10 AM
  • "5 of the worst security missteps by major tech companies in 2018" The Next Web 8:09 AM
  • "As the Government Shutdown Drags on, Security Risks Intensify" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:00 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Unlocked Variant Appears on Geekbench With Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB RAM" MySmartPrice 7:42 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 208: New iPod touch rumors, competing iPhone 11 renders, leaked Smart Battery Cases debut" 9to5Mac 9:32 PM
  • "#277: Say Hello to Your Little Friend/Apple products we'd like to see revived, our favorite underdog technology, future tech we're still waiting for, and our thoughts on AirPower and Apple's new battery cases." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:05 PM
  • "IBM PC Unboxing, Interpreting Watch Data – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-16" The Mac Observer 2:03 PM
  • "AirPower Referenced in iPhone XS Smart Battery Case Description in Malaysia"  MacRumors 8:11 AM
  • "'AirPower Wireless Charging Mat' was briefly mentioned in the iPhone XS Battery Case website description" 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "The new iPhone XS battery case works with the iPhone X, but don't expect perfection: It charges and pairs, but you may hate the misaligned cutouts and error messages." Macworld 2:55 PM
  • "Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Appears to Be Compatible With iPhone X" MacRumors 1:54 PM
  • "Correction: iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Cases Have Larger Capacity Than Previous Versions" MacRumors 2:24 PM
  • "iPhone XS and XS Max Smart Battery Case contains 1369 mAH battery, significantly smaller than the capacity of previous cases" 9to5Mac 10:06 AM
  • "Apple launches battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR at $129" The Next Web 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Extends iPhone Battery Life up to 39 Hours With a Case" PC Magazine 7:33 AM
  • "Apple releases expensive battery cases for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, with wireless Qi charging" BetaNews 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's Smart Battery Case Boosts Latest iPhones, Has 1 Brilliant Extra Feature" Forbes 11:17 AM
  • "iPhone X beats out Galaxy S10+ CPU in alleged benchmark testing" AppleInsider 8:16 AM
  • "Apple 'replaced ten times more batteries in 2018 than predicted', hitting iPhone sales" The Telegraph 8:36 AM
  • "Screen Flickering on Retina MacBook Air 2018? Here's a Workaround Fix" OS X Daily 8:39 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:00 AM

  • "After a year, the iMac Pro benefits from better performance, proving its value" AppleInsider 11:24 AM
  • "How the Nike Sport Apple Watch band changed my mind and won me over: That hole-filled fluoroelastomer band was unimpressive to me ... until I wore it." iMore 8:31 AM
  • "Mophie Powerstation USB-C 3XL battery review: My new favorite power bank" Android Central 1:58 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "GoodNotes 5: The MacStories Review" MacStories 10:06 AM
  • "How to look up a forgotten Apple ID email" 9to5Mac 4:19 PM
  • "How to password-protect any app on your iPhone or iPad" Cult of Mac 4:19 PM
  • "How to use the Irregular Rhythm Notifications on Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "How to upload and edit DSLR photos on your iPad" iMore 8:31 AM
  • "iOS Shortcut for Importing Photos into Lightroom" Shawn Blanc 8:12 PM
  • "The Apple TV can do so much more than stream Netflix: Impress your friends with these tricks" CNBC 1:58 PM
  • "Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS also works with the iPhone X" phoneArena 9:32 PM
  • "iOS 13 and beyond: The future of iPhone and iPad" iMore 2:55 PM
  • "Rumor claims 2019 iPhone will get 10MP TrueDepth camera, stick to Lightning" AppleInsider 4:19 PM
  • "iPhone 11 rumors: 10MP selfie camera, rear camera details, USB-C may not replace Lightning, more" 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "How Modern Technology is Putting Our Youth on Edge" The Mac Observer 11:40 AM
  • "'This Is Not a Product': The Apple Developer Transition Kit"  MacStories 11:31 AM
  • "Why Apple Could Have a 5G iPhone in the 2019 Lineup – Tech.pinions" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:22 AM
  • "Smart Home: It's Connected Folks, not Magic!" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:39 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone miss revealed by search traffic analysis" Apple Must 8:25 AM
  • "Smart Home Diary: Let's talk automation and scenes ..." 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "7 things Apple's ex-iOS chief, Scott Forstall told us about product design" Apple Must 9:27 AM
  • "Video: former iOS chief Scott Forstall reveals tidbits about macOS & Apple TV development" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
  • "Scott Forstall reveals the surprising origins of Apple TV" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "It's Time Apple Switches to USB-C for iPhones" iPhone Hacks 7:40 AM
  • "Antitrust in the House: Breaking up monopoly tech platforms might be the only thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on." Slate 8:42 PM
  • "Netflix vs. Hulu: Streaming Service Showdown/If you can only afford one, which video-streaming service is worth your cash, Netflix or Hulu?" PC Magazine 8:24 PM
  • "How Secrecy Fuels Facebook Paranoia" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:14 PM
  • "China Rising (Premium)" Thurrott 9:47 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Smart Home Market Worth $151.4 Billion by 2024 - Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™" PRNewswire 11:45 AM
  • "Sprint adds Apple Business Chat to support its iPhone & iPad customers" AppleInsider 11:24 AM
  • "Sprint lets you chat with customer service reps through iMessage: The provider has added support for Apple's Business Chat." Engadget 9:29 PM
  • "Speed trap warnings begin rolling out to some Google Maps users" Android Central 11:23 AM
  • "Apple's Jennifer Bailey to Keynote at TRANSACT" PRNewswire 10:07 AM
  • "Westworld mobile game is shutting down following lawsuit settlement" The Verge 8:46 AM
  • "Sony is replacing its awful camera photo transfer app" Engadget 8:31 AM
  • "Fortnite bugs put accounts at risk of takeover" TechCrunch 8:22 AM
  • "New Fortnite vulnerabilities put users' privacy at risk" BetaNews 8:18 AM
  • "Apple expands its reach with free Apple Music on Verizon Wireless" TechCrunch 8:23 AM
  • "Verizon now includes free Apple Music subscription with its Beyond and Above Unlimited plans" Android Police 8:11 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Walgreens is forging alliances with tech giants like Microsoft as it prepares for war with Amazon" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft appoints new Brazil head: Former Schneider Electric leader Tania Cosentino takes the helm, while Paula Bellizia is promoted to Latin America leadership role." ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft is separating Cortana from search in Windows 10" The Verge 2:05 PM
  • "Microsoft's latest Windows 10 19H1 test build separates search and Cortana" ZDNet 2:24 PM
  • "Next Windows 10 version will let you search without Cortana's involvement: Cortana is seeing a productivity focus; search is being unified with Office 365." Ars Technica 8:18 PM
  • "Microsoft's M12 venture fund expands to India, invests in health care data startup Innovaccer" VentureBeat 2:02 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO says Project xCloud is the 'Netflix for games'" Digital Trends 9:36 PM
  • "Ford and IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project" Reuters 8:25 AM
  • "IBM, Ford, LG Chem lead blockchain coalition for ethically sourced minerals" VentureBeat 8:28 AM
  • "IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February" The Register 7:58 AM
  • "A Big Risk to Intel's Modem Efforts" Motley Fool 8:24 AM
  • "Intel's Graphics-Free Chips Are Also Savings-Free: Same Price, Fewer Features" AnandTech 8:38 AM
  • "What To Expect From AMD's Earnings" Investopedia 2:03 PM
  • "Will AMD's Lisa Su Step Up as Intel's Next CEO?" Market Realist 2:03 PM
  • "AMD: CES 2019 Marks Another Great But Difficult Year Ahead" Seeking Alpha 8:37 AM
  • "Dell: Wall Street enthusiasm cools" Reuters 8:47 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Enters Oversold Territory" Zacks 8:48 AM
  • "VMware COO: Dell, VMware's economic interests are 'perfectly aligned'" [Video Report] CNBC 10:11 AM
  • "Oracle Loses Bid to Thwart US Labor Regulator's Discrimination Case" The Recorder 10:13 AM
  • "Oracle's channel is moving towards 'fewer and better' cloud partners - EMEA boss" CRN 10:12 AM
  • "Handling Disaster Recovery When Using Oracle Managed Files" DatabaseJournal 10:13 AM
  • "Oracle Patches 284 Vulnerabilities in January Critical Patch Update" eWeek 5:11 PM
  • "Cisco Is Heading for Serious Growth and the Stock Could Pop" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Ex-Apple retail chief: The stock is the best buy you can make 'for the next decade'" CNBC 1:57 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as strong bank earnings underpin blue-chip gains: Beige Book shows waning optimism in some districts" MarketWatch 4:20 PM
  • "Stocks Pare Gains but Close in the Green for Second Straight Session: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is rising Wednesday, getting a lift from earnings from two of the country's biggest banks." TheStreet 4:20 PM
  • "Stocks rise on bank earnings: U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday following better-than-expected profit reports from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America." FOXBusiness 4:19 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Edge Higher for Second Straight Session: The British pound and U.K. stocks gave a muted reaction to the defeat of the government's Brexit bill" [Paid Membership Required] 4:19 PM
  • "Japan falls in mostly softer Asia, with cars, banks struggling" MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "London markets falter as investors react to historic Brexit defeat" MarketWatch 8:44 AM

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