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Weekend Highlights: Fortune's Don Reisinger on how Apple corrects course during coronavirus outbreak in order to keep iPhones on track; leaks from Target inventory system reveal placeholders for new Apple TV, iPod touch, Apple Watch bands—more in our Hardware/Software section; hints that Apple will open iOS to third party apps as default may be effort to alleviate antitrust concerns; apparently Apple's quest to ban book instead causes it to rocket to #1 in what's become known as the "Streisand effect"; 800 workers sent home at Apple supplier due to fears of coronavirus; Unreal Engine used in The Mandalorian instead of green screens; Intel's Ice Lake chips may be featured in leak of forthcoming 13" MacBook Pro; Engadget reviews new Galaxy Buds+, says they're "a worthy AirPods alternative"; Slate calls current Streaming Wars "worse than the cable wars".

  • "You don't need to be a computer scientist to work out why iPhone sales are down"  The Guardian 7:01 AM
  • "Why Apple Will Be Late to Foldable Phones (and Still Win)"  Tom's Guide 3:13 PM
  • "Apple ordered to yank press release in Qualcomm case" CRN 3:42 PM
  • "Apple vs. Qualcomm: Everything you need to know/Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany"  Digital Trends 1/19
  • "Qualcomm temporarily switched into settlement mode on Day 7 of FTC trial with unhelpful arbitration proposal"  Foss Patents 1/19
  • "Qualcomm Disagreed With Apple Over iPhone Modem Software Disclosures: report" CDR Info 1/19
  • "Apple and Qualcomm's messy divorce was over software, not chips" phoneArena 1/19
  • "Court orders Apple to withdraw misleading statement about iPhone availability" BetaNews 1/19
  • "German court stops Apple from using a deceptive statement following iPhone ban" GSMArena 1/19
  • "Tech giants accused of data protection breaches by Austrian activist" City A.M. 1/19
  • "The Best macOS Apps That Actually Make Good Use of the Touch Bar"  Gizmodo UK 11:40 AM
  • "How to erase the background in your photos" Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "How to restart Finder on Mac" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "Apple Music web player has a design so clean it looks official" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "The Lost Story" Rixstep 10:24 AM
  • "Apple's management doesn't want Nvidia support in macOS, and that's a bad sign for the Mac Pro"  AppleInsider 1/18
Press Releases
  • "Final Cut Pro X 10.4.5 Update Brings Stability, Performance Improvements" Redmond Pie 1/19
  • "Apple releases Final Cut Pro 10.4.5 update with performance and stability enhancements" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "3D News: AMD Publishes Radeon Pro with Cinema 4D Special Supplement" Architosh 1/18
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Crime blotter: A Walmart iPhone theft ring, New Hampshire delivery scammers sentenced/Police are seeking a pair of thieves nabbing Apple gear late at night from WalMarts, 1400 iPads lifted by civil servant, FedEx employees nabbed for grabbing Apple packages, and more in the latest Apple-related crime blotter." AppleInsider 5:37 PM
  • "Apple's Latest 'Shot on iPhone' Video Reflects on Life of 17-Year-Old Athlete From American Samoa" MacRumors 5:19 PM
  • "Apple gets first crack at documentaries from Ron Howard: It clearly sees documentaries as important to its streaming video plans." Engadget 12:43 PM
  • "Apple again starts selling iPhone SE, this time on clearance for $249" AppleInsider 7:00 AM
  • "Apple is once again selling its iPhone SE — for now: The phone is on sale in Apple's clearance section" The Verge 1/19
  • "Apple Begins Selling iPhone SE Again on Clearance Store, Starting at $249 Brand New" MacRumors 1/19
  • "Apple isn't alone: data confirms smartphone sector slow-down/The entire industry, not just Apple, appears to be feeling the pain."  Computerworld 1/18
  • "App Store made almost twice as much as Google Play in 2018"  Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "Hackers Successfully Activate iPhone XS eSIM On China Mobile" Redmond Pie 1/18
  • "Foxconn cuts 50,000 contract jobs in China: Nikkei" ["The scale of the cuts is not necessarily deeper than previous years, it is simply significantly earlier, the report said, citing an industry source familiar with the situation."] Reuters 1/18
  • "iPhone sales slowdown hits Foxconn: Foxconn alone has shed 50,000 contact workers earlier than expected as iPhone sales slump." ZDNet 1/18
  • "Major data broker Acxiom backs Tim Cook's call for data privacy regulations" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Data Broker Acxiom Comes Out in Support of Apple CEO Tim Cook's Call for US Data Privacy Regulation" MacRumors 1/18
  • "Every Apple TV show and series announced so far: A complete list of everything on Apple's increasingly deep bench of original programming." CNET 1/18
  • "This $350,000 Swiss watch looks like an Apple Watch, chimes to tell the time" TechCrunch 1/18
  • "Swiss watchmaker's latest jab at the Apple Watch has no hands" Engadget 1/18
Non-Apple News
  • "Chrome browser ALERT - The serious new warning Google users must not ignore: GOOGLE Chrome users are being warned as a new threat is detected which could steal important personal details." Express UK 6:53 AM
  • "The ultrasound scan you can do yourself" BBC 6:43 AM
  • "Amazon Is Rolling Out a 'Robotic Tech Vest' to Keep Workers From Getting Hit by Robots" Gizmodo 6:43 AM
  • "Alarming Wi-Fi Chipset Bug A Security Risk For Millions Of Game Consoles, Laptops, Routers And Other Devices" HotHardware 1/19
  • "EU copyright laws face uncertain fate after 11 countries reject proposal: The Copyright Directive isn't necessarily dead, but it's in trouble." Engadget 1/19
  • "F.T.C. Is Said to Be Considering Large Facebook Fines" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/18
  • "DNC says Russia tried to hack its servers again in November 2018" ZDNet 1/18
  • "FCC reopens device approval system amid government shutdown" The Verge 1/18
  • "Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks" Digital Trends 1/18
  • "Think iPhones are expensive? Samsung official says foldable Galaxy phone will cost twice as much" BGR 1/18
  • "Sen. Marco Rubio wants to ban states from protecting consumer privacy: Rubio bill would give Congress and FTC 27 months to issue actual privacy rules."  Ars Technica 1/18
  • "Alphabet's Verily scores FDA clearance for its ECG monitor" TechCrunch 1/18
  • "U.S. regulators discuss imposing fine against Facebook: Washington Post" Reuters 1/18
  • "Facebook's newest ploy to bring back teen users is a meme app called LOL" The Verge 1/18
  • "This Hitman's Smartwatch Helped Convict Him of Two Murders" Gizmodo 1/18
  • "Facebook docs reveal a predatory policy for dealing with kids' accidental purchases" The Next Web 1/18
  • "Unsealed docs will detail how Facebook made money off children" Mashable 1/18
  • "Safe to buy refurbished devices? Why this startup thinks it's better than buying new: Startup Back Market believes it's changing consumers' perceptions of refurbished products." ZDNet 1/18
  • "This scientist used facial recognition technology on birds" The Next Web 1/18
  • "Doctors Are Confident That AI Won't Replace Them" Forbes 1/18
  • "Verizon will give subscribers free access to anti-robocall tools" Engadget 1/18
  • "Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years" BBC 1/18
  • "Coming January 19: Gene Steinberg meets tech writer Andrew Orr of The Mac Observer, and former cybercriminal Brett Johnson, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 6:36 AM
  • "Is 2019 the Year of Mobile Esports? – The TouchArcade Show #385" Touch Arcade 1/18
  • "Spotting Bad Science, Information Overload – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-18" The Mac Observer 1/18
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Apple Watch, Netflix and Facebook with Dave Mark" The Loop 1/18
  • "2019 iPhone rumors, a possible new iPad mini & a call for privacy laws on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Apple Set To Support SMS Replacement RCS" Redmond Pie 7:58 PM
  • "What is dead may never die: Two products Apple may be looking to revive/Recent rumors point to a pair of long dormant Apple products that may receive updates."  Macworld 1/18
  • "2019 iPhone could bring big upgrades where it matters most" Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "Loop Disease? 5 Things to Know About iPhone 7's Newest Problem" [Slideshow] iDrop News 1/18
  • "Upcoming Changes for Organization Teams: Starting February 12, 2019, managing your organization's team in the Apple Developer Program will be simpler. Teams will be unified across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect, with one team and one set of roles. Find out how roles on your team may change and make updates if needed." Apple Developer Connection 1/18
  • "Apple to streamline team management in Apple Developer Program and App Store Connect" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to design your space — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to host your own podcast — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to take notes — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to go paperless — Apple" YouTube 1/18
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to create a presentation — Apple" YouTube 1/18
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/18
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/18
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/18

  • "The best USB-C MacBook and laptop chargers: You have a few good options from Nekteck, Anker and Insignia." Engadget 3:51 PM
  • "A few days with the Luna Display" Dr. Drang 12:52 PM
  • "Dell XPS 13 vs. MacBook Pro: Which Laptop Wins?"  LAPTOP Magazine 6:56 AM
  • "Dodocase Two Tone turns your iPad into an old-school notebook [Review] Cult of Mac 1/19
  • "Review: Anson Calder Calfskin iPhone Case" Forbes 1/19
  • "Review: The Satechi 75W Dual USB-C Travel Charger is a step towards the future/Whether you want it to or not, USB-C will take over as the port of choice for consumers, but the lack of chargers that sport more than one USB-C port stands in the way. The Satechi Dual USB-C Travel Charger packs two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports into a single package —and it may just help adoption." AppleInsider 1/19
  • "iPhone XS, iPhone XR: What you need to know about Apple's Smart Battery Case/If your iPhone's battery needs a bump, the Smart Battery Case fits the bill." CNET 1/19
  • "Jabra Elite 65t long-term review: My best buds/If you want great truly wireless earbuds that aren't AirPods, your wait is over." Android Central 1/18
  • "Rene Ritchie's Review of the New Smart Battery Cases: I got mine this morning. First impressions" Daring Fireball 1/18
  • "Apple's New Smart Battery Case: Everything You Need to Know" MacRumors 1/18
  • "WD My Passport Wireless SSD Review: Network Storage On The Go" HotHardware 1/18
  • "Hands on with the HomeKit compatible ConnectSense V2 smart outlet" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Koogeek O1US Smart Surge Protector review: A power strip for the HomeKit set" TechHive 1/18
  • "iOttie's iON Wireless Stand review: A reliable wireless charger with the looks to match its speed" PCWorld 1/18
  • "Quick Look: Using WD's Black SN750 SSD as a Thunderbolt 3 External Drive" AnandTech 1/18
iOS Apps
  • "The best text messaging apps for Android and iOS: Text up a storm with the best messaging apps for iOS and Android" Digital Trends 3:15 PM
  • "This app turns your iPhone into a personal trainer [Review] Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "How to Cancel an Over-the-Air iOS Update in Progress" MacRumors 7:01 AM
  • "How to use iOS 12's Passwords and Accounts tool to autofill passwords" Digital Trends 1/19
  • "How to restrict cellular data with Restrictions on iPhone and iPad: How do I restrict my cellular data with Restrictions on iPhone and iPad? You can use Parental Controls to make sure your kids don't use up your data!" iMore 1/19
  • "How To Shoot Tomorrow's Total Lunar Eclipse With Your iPhone" Forbes 1/19
  • "How to See Recent Files from iOS Home Screen or Dock on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 1/18
  • "How to control iRobot Roomba with Siri, no HomeKit required" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "How to extract audio from video on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 1/18
  • "Back Up Your iPhone Without iTunes on Windows-Based Machines" Apple Gazette 1/18
  • "Can you replace a fan in Apple's AirPort Extreme? It's not a trivial task, but it can be done." Macworld 1/18
  • "All the Shortcuts actions: Apple apps/Looking at the actions available in Shortcuts, starting with those for Apple's own apps" iMore 10:23 AM
  • "How to get started with a new HomePod, and get more out of it" AppleInsider 1/19
  • "7 Useful iPhone Tips You Might Not Know" MacRumors 1/18
  • "Technical Terms: GIF" MacMost 1/18
  • "A Best Buy salesman told me the best Windows laptop is a MacBook: A visit to Best Buy reveals a reason to buy a MacBook that you don't often hear: and one that Apple doesn't push."  ZDNet 8:44 PM
  • "5 ways Apple wants you to use your iPad Pro" Apple Must 10:40 AM
  • "Analyst questions whether Apple's 70/30 revenue split in the App Store could hurt Services growth" 9to5Mac 1/19
  • "Apple's Next Big Problem Isn't Related to Slowing iPhone Sales" Fortune 1/19
  • "2019 Will Be the Year of the Display and Apple Should Get Ready" The Mac Observer 1/18
  • "Apple, Now You Know The Rest Of The Story" Seeking Alpha 1/18
  • "The top seven MacBook Air features that make the 2018 model great" AppleInsider 1/18
  • "Why Apple's TV & movie streaming service is coming to Android" Apple Must 1/18
  • "Regular Galaxy S10 gets benchmarked, not as powerful as the iPhone XS" phoneArena 8:44 PM
  • "The AI market is growing, but how quickly is tough to pin down" TechCrunch 6:32 PM
  • "Google Pixel Slate Long-Term Review: A Better Laptop Than The 2018 iPad Pro" Forbes 3:41 PM
  • "Withings Pulse HR review: A longer-lasting competitor to Fitbit's Alta HR/A 20-day battery life defines this unassuming, $129 tracker." Ars Technica 12:40 PM
  • "The EU Copyright Directive is about to make the internet worse for almost everyone: What you need to know about the European 'link tax' and 'upload filter'" iMore 6:49 AM
  • "Huawei MateBook 13 unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 1/19
  • "Even with the Google/Fossil deal, Wear OS is doomed: A deal with a fashion brand isn't going to fix a dead hardware ecosystem" Ars Technica 1/19
  • "How a dangerous piece of Android malware snuck into the Google Play store" BGR 1/18
  • "What does Google get out of buying Fossil's smartwatch tech?" Engadget 1/18
  • "The 8 Signs That Machine Learning Will Automate Some or All of Your Job" Gizmodo 1/18
  • "OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition review: A phone from the fast lane" GearBrain 1/18
  • "HTC Continues Smart, Deliberate March Forward with VR" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/18
  • "LG Gram 14 2-in-1 Review: LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don't need to sacrifice battery for light weight" Digital Trends 1/18
  • "Adorable kid tries to train his Google Home, and it does not go well" Mashable 1/18
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Dolby testing a 'studio quality' audio recording app" SlashGear 10:42 AM
  • "Google Maps will now display speed limits for its Android and iOS apps" The Verge 1/19
  • "Here's a thrilling trailer for lastest Soderbergh iPhone film" Cult of Mac 1/18
  • "Magic Keyboard's slim design meets mechanical keyboard with the wireless Keychron K1 for Mac with dedicated Siri key" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "The iOS magician is back with new wallpapers that make your iPhone dock and folders vanish" BGR 1/18
  • "Google Maps speed limit feature goes live for some across the United States" Android Police 1/18
  • "ING says Apple Pay support in Spain coming soon, but customers skeptical" 9to5Mac 1/18
  • "Hitcase Splash Launches Nationwide Across All Best Buy USA Retail Stores" prMac 1/18
  • "Western Digital launches SSD storage with a heat sink for gamers" VentureBeat 1/18
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 update: Microsoft reveals more new features coming to your PC/Windows 10 has received another update from Microsoft that gives users a tantalising glimpse into more features that could debut in the software's next substantial update." Express UK 6:55 AM
  • "Contribute to Microsoft's Idea Drive and make your Windows 10 idea a reality: 'Team Xbox wants your input on how to make gaming on Windows even better!'" Eurogamer 6:55 AM
  • "Windows 7 versus Windows 10: Here comes the final showdown/With less than a year to a major Windows 7 support deadline, it's decision time for the PC." ZDNet 8:33 PM
  • "Cortana Gets New Smart Home Features" Thurrott 3:03 PM
  • "Microsoft 365 Could Replace Office 365 And With Lots Of Windows Perks" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Dell OptiPlex 7060 Micro Review — An ultracompact desktop for business — SSF" Mighty Gadget 6:52 AM
  • "What Intel Corp says this week matters much to chip investors" The Star: Malaysia 8:38 PM
  • "Intel is acting like it cares more about GPUs than CPUs, and that's a good thing: Intel's discrete GPUs are coming, should we expect a strong platform at launch?" TechSpot 6:54 AM
  • "Micron to scoop up Intel portion of IM Flash for $1.5 billion" ZDNet 8:38 PM
  • "Microsoft 365 might replace Office 365 soon, but what is it exactly?" BGR 1/19
  • "Cortana gets smarter with new 'scenes' and 'rules' for smart home setups: Users can now pair commands together with Cortana to control their homes" Windows Central 1/19
  • "Microsoft Tethers Another Major Retailer to Its Cloud: Walgreens joins Microsoft's growing list of 'anti-Amazon' cloud customers." The Motley Fool 1/19
  • "Leaked AMD Zen and Navi APU could be powering the next-generation consoles" Neowin 1/19
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Canaccord Genuity trims '19 iPhone estimates 13%: 'We continue to believe Apple can sustain double-digit Services revenue growth driven. — Analyst T. Michael Walkley" Apple 3.0 6:51 AM
  • "Yahoo Finance on Tim Cook: 'Is his time done?'" Apple 3.0 1/19
  • "AAPL Stock Recoups Losses Incurred After Tim Cook Slashed Apple's Revenue Guidance" MacRumors 1/18
  • "Apple chipmaker TSMC sees slower growth ahead" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1/18
  • "Apple's 2020 iPhone Lineup Could Boost This Supplier" The Motley Fool 1/18
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher for fourth day as optimism mounts over U.S.-China trade: Tesla's stock slumps 13% on job cuts, profit warning" MarketWatch 1/18
  • "Dow Rises for Fourth Straight Session as Trade Tensions Ease: Stocks rise Friday, sparked by a potential thaw in U.S.-China trade talks." TheStreet 1/18
  • "Stocks close sharply higher, 4th straight week of gains" FOXBusiness 1/18
  • "U.S. Stocks Advance on Hopes of Easing Trade Tensions: All 11 sectors in the S&P 500 rise, led by gains in trade-oriented sectors such as industrials and materials" [Paid Membership Required] 1/18
  • "Asian markets rise on hopes of progress for U.S.-China trade talks: Investors buoyed by report that Mnuchin may support easing tariffs" MarketWatch 1/18
  • "Europe stocks rally in fourth day of gains as U.S. considers Chinese tariff cuts: Stoxx 600 headed for nearly 2% gain for the week" MarketWatch 1/18

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