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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?

  • "A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won't Be 'Assembled in U.S.A.': Apple's campus in Austin, Tex., where the company plans to add up to 15,000 new workers. Manufacturing will not be part of that expansion."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:42 AM
  • "Apple's Mac Pro manufacturing woes could doom U.S. iPhone assembly" VentureBeat 8:58 AM
  • "A custom screw was the bottleneck in US Mac Pro production" AppleInsider 8:30 AM
  • "Component manufacturing drives Apple's US job creation" Apple 10:29 AM
  • "Apple says spent $60 billion with U.S. suppliers in 2018" Reuters 10:49 AM
  • "Apple says it spent $60 billion on parts from US suppliers in 2018: But made in the USA isn't always easy." CNET 2:41 PM
  • "The worst may be over for Apple's iPhone slump, Ming-Chi Kuo predicts"  Business Insider 9:10 AM
  • "Tim Cook Needs to Do This to Stem Apple's Decline"  The Motley Fool 8:56 PM
  • "Apple Earnings Are Coming. The Last Round Left a Mark/The last time Apple was about to report earnings this fall, it was on top of the tech heap—if not the entire corporate world."  Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:28 AM
  • "How much will Apple's Services revenue growth slow in Q2?" Apple 3.0 7:04 AM
  • "Apple cart upset? How OnePlus toppled iPhone as top premium smartphone brand"  Financial Express 8:23 AM
  • "Apple gets obliterated by OnePlus in India as sales drop by 50 percent" ZDNet 8:36 PM
  • "Apple ANZ sees revenue surpass AU$9b in 2018: Revenue jumped by 13 percent to AU$9.1 billion for the year ended September 29."  ZDNet 8:36 PM
  • "Website Demos Safari Browser's Upcoming Support for Dark Mode CSS in macOS Mojave 10.14.4" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Releases First Public Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.4" MacRumors 12:55 PM
  • "How to install the macOS Mojave Public Beta" Macworld 3:51 PM
  • "Latest Mojave beta brings Touch ID support to Safari AutoFill" Cult of Mac 8:38 AM
  • "Luminar 3 review: A viable alternative to Adobe Lightroom/If you're a photographer seeking a powerful, traditionally-licensed photo editing and asset-management package, Skylum Software's Luminar may be what you need." Macworld 7:03 AM
  • "How to Run Pi-hole on Your Mac" iMore 11:02 AM
  • "How to set up iCloud email forwarding to another address" iDownload Blog 1:06 PM
  • "Xscan: Complete Run with Hacking Exposed/Apple's Unix is relatively secure, but not necessarily out of the box, as the notorious 'Month of Apple Bugs' demonstrated back in 2007." Rixstep 6:35 AM
Press Releases
  • "TigerLaunch: In 2002 I wrote TigerLaunch, a little app-launcher app, and released it for free." inessential 12:46 PM
  • "Mac Restart 2.2 for unattended restart of the Mac using both Soft Restart or Hard Restart (at macOS level)" Ecleti 7:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Plans Gaming Subscription Service: Sources"  Cheddar 10:29 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Considering Gaming Subscription Service" MacRumors 10:32 AM
  • "Apple game subscription service reportedly in early stages of development" AppleInsider 10:35 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly working on a games subscription service that could be like a 'Netflix for games'" Business Insider 10:39 AM
  • "Apple Eyeing A 'Netflix For Games' Subscription Service, Report Claims" Forbes 3:51 PM
  • "This massive Chinese phone company outsmarted Apple in China and India, and now it's heading to the West"  Business Insider 7:03 AM
  • "Sundance: Apple Takes Jada Pinkett Smith-Produced Drama 'Hala'" Variety 6:20 PM
  • "Apple Entrepreneur Camp kicks off as app developer earnings hit new record: Inaugural Session Provides Unprecedented Access to Apple Labs, Engineers, Business and Marketing Expertise" Apple 12:38 PM
  • "App Store developers have earned $120 billion since 2008" TechCrunch 12:55 PM
  • "Apple spent $60 billion with American suppliers in 2018" TechCrunch 12:40 PM
  • "Report: iOS loyalty set to overtake Android loyalty soon" Android Authority 2:45 PM
  • "Amazon Changes Tack on Video Offering, as Apple Joins Market"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:51 AM
  • "Apple's iPad 'helped transform' hockey, NHL commissioner tells Apple employees" AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "NHL Commisioner Explained why the Sport Needs Apple" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "Google goes after 'Phone X' with Night Sight on Pixel 3 in latest ad"  9to5Google 7:05 AM
  • "Google exec shares Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS photo instantly sparks controversy" Digital Trends 7:10 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 Night Shot compared to iPhone XS, and it's not really close" Android Authority 7:11 AM
  • "Google says Apple's iPhone XS has a laughably bad camera: In a new ad, Google touts the Pixel 3's Night Sight feature and suggests iPhone XS is a terrible shot in the dark." ZDNet 10:41 AM
  • "Google shames iPhone's low-light performance in new Pixel 3 ad" Cult of Mac 12:40 PM
  • "iPhone fan Steven Soderbergh: Shooting on film is like 'writing in pencil'/The director explains why he shot the new Netflix movie High Flying Bird with a smartphone: no matter how much it annoys Christopher Nolan." CNET 11:08 AM
  • "Facebook better at GDPR compliance than Apple or Google" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "iPad Pro — A new way to go behind the scenes — Apple" YouTube 11:25 AM
  • "Shot on iPhone XR — Experiments II: Full Circle (Behind the Scenes) — Apple" YouTube 2:42 PM
  • "Shot on iPhone XR — Experiments II: Full Circle — Apple" YouTube 2:42 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Mozilla publishes official Firefox anti-tracking policy" ZDNet 8:38 PM
  • "AT&T started laying off employees in 'legacy parts of the business' on Monday" Business Insider 6:19 PM
  • "U.S. House panels to hold joint hearing on Sprint, T-Mobile merger" Reuters 5:03 PM
  • "Screen time inhibits toddler development, study finds" TechCrunch 3:47 PM
  • "Short final trial day exposes 'intellectual bankruptcy' of Qualcomm's economic expert, lead counsel as sore loser" Foss Patents 2:45 PM
  • "Ocasio-Cortez sends letter to Google, Microsoft, Facebook over climate denial conference" Business Insider 2:41 PM
  • "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says tech giants like Facebook are the biggest threat to news organizations" Business Insider 11:33 AM
  • "Europe must act as one on Huawei, says French minister" Reuters 10:58 AM
  • "Chromebooks Are About to Steal MacBooks' Best Feature: Soon, Chromebooks may automatically connect to your Android phone hotspot." LAPTOP Magazine 8:58 AM
  • "The robot revolution will be worse for men: Demographics will determine who gets hit worst by automation. Policy will help curb the damage." Recode 8:29 AM
  • "Google Assistant could soon start recognizing your face" GearBrain 7:34 AM
  • "Samsung's new Galaxy M devices are designed to win back India" The Verge 7:14 AM
  • "Bezel-less phones are terrible for typing on, and it's only going to get worse"  Digital Trends 7:10 AM
  • "Battery Usage, CarPlay, Notifications, and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 746" The Mac Observer 6:02 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Veteran Technology Reporter John Markoff" The Mac Observer 4:00 PM
  • "#467: Fitness Apps & Tech" Relay FM 8:59 AM
  • "Apple employees met with AR waveguide technology suppliers at CES 2019"  AppleInsider 7:03 AM
  • "Apple may be gearing up to release new iPads, 7th-gen iPod Touch soon: The iOS 12.2 beta references four new iPads and one mysterious iPod." Ars Technica 1:28 PM
  • "iOS 12.2 seemingly confirms plans for a new Apple News Magazines subscription service" iDownload Blog 7:23 AM
  • "Apple Maps shows Air Quality Index in iOS 12.2 beta version" GearBrain 10:51 AM
  • "First Public Beta of iOS 12.2 Coming Today" MacRumors 11:32 AM
  • "iMac Last Updated 602 Days Ago, Longest Span Ever Between Updates" MacRumors 3:47 PM
  • "Taiwan firms gearing up for OLED market boom" ["Meanwhile, Sharp has rolled out its OLED panel line designed for handsets, the sources indicated. Sharp, under the Foxconn (Hon Hai) Group, is also seeking to enter the supply chain for the future iPhones featuring OLED displays, the sources said."] DigiTimes 7:02 AM
  • "Another iPhone supplier considering India manufacturing" Cult of Mac 7:05 AM
  • "TSMC production affected by substandard chemical" DigiTimes 8:50 PM
  • "TSMC striving to cut costs" DigiTimes 8:50 PM
  • "Apple to Fix Major FaceTime Bug That Lets People Covertly Hear Your Audio and See Your Video 'Later This Week'" MacRumors 8:22 PM
  • "Apple to fix iPhone FaceTime eavesdropping glitch" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:24 PM
  • "Serious FaceTime Bug Allows Eavesdropping of Microphone on iPhone & Mac, Here's How to Protect Yourself" OS X Daily 8:57 PM
  • "Repairs of Some Older Apple Watches May Qualify for Series 2 Replacement Due to Parts Shortage"  MacRumors 6:52 PM
  • "Major iPhone FaceTime bug lets you hear the audio of the person you are calling ... before they pick up"  9to5Mac 6:26 PM
  • "Serious FaceTime Bug Lets You Hear a Person's Audio Before They Answer" MacRumors 6:25 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:30 AM
  • "Apple's latest iPhone promo: Trade up to an iPhone XR from $19 a month/And Apple combines higher trade-in values with a new monthly payment option to sell more new iPhones." ZDNet 6:39 AM

  • "A Review of the iPhone XR: I've Made a Huge Mistake" 512 Pixels 10:51 AM
  • "Review: Apple's Smart Battery Case for iPhone XR, XS and XS Max" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Catalyst Waterproof Case for iPhone XS review: Solid protection without bulk" iMore 8:28 AM
  • "Moment Tele 58mm lens: Achieve 2x or 4x optical zoom with your iPhone, Pixel, and Samsung Galaxy phones" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Sandmarc's $100 iPhone lenses are a must for photo nerds" The Next Web 7:23 AM
  • "Review: Zipp Mini is the portable AirPlay 2 speaker I needed" AppleInsider 12:04 PM
  • "Cassandra -Medium Format and 35mm Negatives: Scanning with Canon, VueScan and the Mac" eXtensions 6:36 AM
  • "Here's how to disable Facetime on your iPhone, iPad or Mac" Mashable 8:50 PM
  • "How to use Tap to Talk with Walkie-Talkie on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 4:45 PM
  • "How to Show Website Icons (FavIcons) in Safari for iPad & iPhone" OS X Daily 1:40 PM
  • "How to run Windows 10 on an iPad Pro or on Android" Computerworld 11:24 AM
  • "You can allow others to control your Home accessories; here's how" Apple World Today 8:39 AM
  • "How to turn off animations on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "A Set Of iOS Shortcuts To Manage Text Clips" MacMost 12:00 PM
  • "Project Titan: The evolution of the Apple Car/What is Project Titan really? And why does it seem to be changing year after year?" iMore 5:40 PM
  • "Comment: For AirPods early adopters, Apple's hit wireless earbuds are showing their age" 9to5Mac 12:56 PM
  • "Who switched off the Android>iPhone switcheroo switch?" Apple Must 12:03 PM
  • "Will the iPod return in 2019?"  TechCrunch 11:32 AM
  • "A tiny screw shows why iPhones won't be 'Assembled in USA'" Six Colors 11:02 AM
  • "50 Years In Tech Part 15. Be: From Concept To Near Death/Be, the company Steve Sakoman and I founded after leaving Apple, had a great product idea, or so we thought, only to discover that a bad choice of partner would almost destroy the company." Monday Note 10:51 AM
  • "Apple's gaming subscription service has tough challenges ahead of it: Can Apple create a game subscription service that will attract game developers with a steady revenue stream?" Macworld 4:56 PM
  • "Cheddar: Apple Considering Subscription Service for Games" Daring Fireball 1:40 PM
  • "Cheddar: Apple plans gaming subscription service" Six Colors 11:32 AM
  • "Apple's Netflix for games: Your life for rent" Apple Must 10:35 AM
  • "Actually, Steve Jobs Did Want Us to Use Our iPhones Like This (Premium)" Thurrott 8:57 AM
  • "Is Apple Possibly Gauging Customer Preference For An Even Cheaper iPhone Model?" MacPrices 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft exec riles Firefox faithful by telling Mozilla to embrace Chrome/Debate: Does Mozilla have more influence as a Chrome rival or ally?" CNET 5:07 PM
  • "Security Isn't Enough. Silicon Valley Needs 'Abusability' Testing" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:51 PM
  • "Nick Cave on Why AI Will Never Write a Great Song" Motherboard 11:57 AM
  • "Beware of Buying Products From Facebook Ads" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:50 AM
  • "Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition review: two screens, one phone" The Verge 10:34 AM
  • "How Facebook Trains Content Moderators to Put Out 'PR Fires' During Elections" Motherboard 8:29 AM
  • "Are Smart Biometric Garments Going To Replace My Family Doctor?" Forbes 7:01 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Norton LifeLock Develops New App to Help Consumers Begin to Take Control of Their Online Privacy" Business Wire 2:46 PM
  • "Open World Adventure 'Nimian Legends: Vandgels' Looking for Beta Testers" Touch Arcade 8:22 PM
  • "'Scribblenauts' Developer 5th Cell's 'Anchors in the Drift' is Alive and Heading to iOS and Android, Pre-Registration Live Now" Touch Arcade 4:56 PM
  • "'Scorcher' from Radiangames Releasing on February 14th for $1.99" Touch Arcade 1:40 PM
  • "AirBuddy brings iOS-like AirPods integration to the Mac with battery widget and one-click pairing" 9to5Mac 12:40 PM
  • "Apple's Swift 5 language update will make many apps smaller on iOS 12.2" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "Apple's new developer guidelines signal that scammy subscription apps' time is up" TechCrunch 10:50 AM
  • "Need a holster that can accommodate thick iPhone cases? Here's your Answer" Apple World Today 8:39 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of January 28: Smile, Microsoft, Mojave" The MUG Center 8:36 AM
  • "Vizio now testing SmartCast 3.0 with AirPlay 2, final release coming in the spring" AppleInsider 8:29 AM
  • "Mosyle raises $16 million to streamline Apple device management" VentureBeat 7:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Bing outage in China was technical error, not censors' block: source" Reuters 6:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Bing's China outage may have been a technical error, not a block" CNET 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft's Cloud Wins Could Boost Its Earnings" The Motley Fool 10:34 AM
  • "Windows 7 wind-down: Microsoft guts the info you see in Windows Media Player" ZDNet 6:40 AM
  • "IBM Contests $300 Million Lawsuit by Israel Chemicals" CTech 7:43 AM
  • "IBM helping Indian firms, telcos get ready for 5G deployment" Gadgets Now 7:43 AM
  • "Ford and IBM among quartet in Congo cobalt blockchain project" TXF News 7:44 AM
  • "Intel plans to invest $11 billion in new Israeli chip plant: report" Reuters 3:47 PM
  • "Intel Patent Heralds Foldable Future Merging Phone and PC" Tom's Guide 8:43 AM
  • "Intel: Not Necessarily Appealing, Amidst No More Growth" Seeking Alpha 8:43 AM
  • "Intel Felt Some Chinese Pain in the Fourth Quarter" The Motley Fool 10:34 AM
  • "Intel patent envisions a phone that can fold out to become a tablet PC" Digital Trends 1:28 PM
  • "AMD, Micron and Intel shares sink after Nvidia cuts revenue and gross margin guidance" MarketWatch 8:43 AM
  • "AMD Q4 Earnings to Gain from Computing & Graphics Segment" Zacks 8:42 AM
  • "AMD releases Radeon Adrenalin 2019 19.1.2 BETA drivers" TweakTown 8:43 AM
  • "Nvidia cuts fourth-quarter revenue estimate on weak China demand; shares sink" Reuters 8:59 AM
  • "What Might Racism Cost Oracle? $400M." Forbes 2:56 PM
  • "Global IT spend to reach $3.8 trillion this year" ZDNet 6:40 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "FY 19 First Quarter Results" ["Apple's conference call to discuss final first fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET."] Apple Investor Relations 11:19 AM
  • "Apple in 2018: The Six Colors report card" Six Colors 2:55 PM
  • "Can Apple's Q1 Earnings Make Warren Buffett Happy?" Market Realist 12:38 PM
  • "What to expect from Apple's holiday quarter results on Tuesday" AppleInsider 10:35 AM
  • "There Are Several Ways to Crack the Apple Walnut: I remain long some Apple shares moving into earnings." TheStreet 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Reports Earnings Tomorrow. Here's What to Expect." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:28 AM
  • "Apple buyer beware: Why you shouldn't chase the stock into earnings" CNBC 7:27 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower as bellwether Caterpillar's results fall short: Nvidia profit warning rattles investors" MarketWatch 5:02 PM
  • "Dow Dragged Lower by Caterpillar's Weak Earnings, Nvidia Sinks Nasdaq: Stocks fall sharply on Monday after Caterpillar issues a profit warning and Nvidia slashes its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter." TheStreet 5:02 PM
  • "Stocks plunge on Caterpillar, Nvidia warnings" FOXBusiness 12:01 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall as Earnings Woes Raise Fears Over Growth: Stocks' January rally took a sudden turn lower Monday as investors confronted the latest signs that economic malaise in China is crimping corporate profits in the U.S." [Paid Membership Required] 4:59 PM
  • "Asian markets give up gains on concerns about U.S. shutdown deal: Nikkei slips; investors await U.S.-China trade talks later this week" MarketWatch 7:35 AM
  • "European markets down as coming trade talks and Fed meeting spooks investors" MarketWatch 7:34 AM

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