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Weekend Highlights: Apple found to have broken California labor laws so says state's supreme court, company must pay store employees overtime for time waiting to have bag(s) searched; Ben Lovejoy says Apple needs to accept ruling, apologize, and pay up; photographers will be interested in this review of Loupedeck+, compatible with a number of macOS apps; Jason Snell on Malwarebytes' report of rise in Mac malware, viruses; iPads with Google Forms will be used to track Nevada Democrat caucus to avoid repeat of Iowa caucus; Signal app hopes to go mainstream providing secure secure messaging for the masses; CEO of Epic Games calls for end to loot boxes; YouTuber EverythingApplePro compares new Galaxy S20 Ultra vs iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Apple Q1 Results
  • "Apple Reports First Quarter Results: Services, Mac and Wearables Set New All-Time Revenue Records" ["Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 first quarter ended December 29, 2018. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $84.3 billion, a decline of 5 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $4.18, up 7.5 percent. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter's revenue. Revenue from iPhone® declined 15 percent from the prior year, while total revenue from all other products and services grew 19 percent. Services revenue reached an all-time high of $10.9 billion, up 19 percent over the prior year. Revenue from Mac® and Wearables, Home and Accessories also reached all-time highs, growing 9 percent and 33 percent, respectively, and revenue from iPad® grew 17 percent."]  Apple 3:38 PM
  • "Apple Says Profits Were Flat, Citing Slump in China" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:41 PM
  • "Apple Posts Drop in Quarterly Revenue and Profit: Revenue for iPhone declined 15% for the quarter; revenue from other products and services grew 19%" [Paid Membership Required] 3:49 PM
  • "Apple reports 62.8 percent margin in services business as it discloses the unit's profit for first time" CNBC 3:50 PM
  • "Apple sees U.S.-China tensions easing, services business growing: Inc said sales for its fiscal second quarter would most likely be lower than Wall Street expected, a signal that it continues to face weak demand for its iPhone, especially in China, the world's biggest smartphone market." Reuters 3:52 PM
  • "Apple reports $84.3 billion revenue for Q1 2019 after historic downward revision" VentureBeat 3:41 PM
  • "Apple opens new chapter as iPhone sales fall and stock sinks" Associated Press 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's China sales fell 27%, outlook disappoints" Yahoo Finance 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's once-unflappable iPhone revenue is officially in retreat with 15% shortfall" TechRadar UK 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's dramatic Q1 2019 results" Six Colors 3:57 PM
  • "Apple posts Q1 revenue decline with iPhone sales down 15 percent" TechCrunch 3:57 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone sales revenue fell 15 percent during holiday quarter: Overall revenue is down 5 percent" The Verge 3:58 PM
  • "Cook confirms iPhone upgrades are on the decline as users 'hang on' to hardware for longer periods: During Apple's quarterly financial results call, CEO Tim Cook reported that iPhone sales are down in part because of existing users who were on subsidized contracts are now finding unbundled prices too expensive." AppleInsider 5:59 PM
  • "Apple sees U.S.-China tensions easing, services business growing" Reuters 3:59 PM
  • "Notes of interest from Apple's Q4 2018 earnings report and conference call" AppleInsider 3:51 PM
Apple News
  • "Retail is broken. Apple's Angela Ahrendts has a plan" ["'Carnegie envisioned it years ago when he had the reading room. For Apple, we'll have field trips with busloads of kids; or they will be coming in learning to code every morning. It's a different type of investment.' It's a continuation of founder Steve Jobs's original vision. 'Steve told the teams when he opened retail 18 years ago, 'Your job is not to sell, your job is to enrich their lives and always through the lens of education.''"]  Vogue Business 6:46 AM
  • "Apple's Next Forecast Will Likely Show Sales Are Still Falling"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:06 AM
  • "For bruised Apple, a need to go beyond the iPhone" AFP 3:51 PM
  • "Apple Set to Delve Into Disappointing December Quarter: The iPhone maker will report quarterly results after the market closes Tuesday" [Paid Membership Required] 7:23 AM
  • "Today Could Be Apple's Most Important Earnings Announcement in Years" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:22 AM
  • "At Apple, a Spotlight on Services as iPhone Slows" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:04 AM
  • "Apple Options Show Earnings Surprises Are Unlikely After Warning" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:41 AM
  • "Apple's Cook Calls for Privacy Action as Reforms in Focus" Bloomberg 7:05 AM
  • "AirBuddy brings proper AirPods support to the Mac" iDownload Blog 9:08 AM
  • "Pro Terminal Commands: Working with chflags in macOS" Apple Gazette 7:54 AM
  • "A Shortcut To Enclose Text In Quotes Using Automator" MacMost 9:04 AM
Press Releases
  • "CAD News: Corel Corp. Releases CorelCAD 2019 for Mac and Windows" Architosh 2:06 PM
  • "Mac Shutdown 4.2, the powerful macOS application to shutdown unattended Mac also at system level" Ecleti 7:21 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Watch, using Aetna client data, wants to help you be healthy"  Reuters 7:02 AM
  • "Apple and Aetna team up on new healthcare app" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:22 AM
  • "Aetna Launching New Apple Watch Health Coach Program 'Attain' in Spring 2019" MacRumors 6:38 AM
  • "Apple & Aetna team up for health-tracking 'Attain' program" AppleInsider 6:53 AM
  • "Aetna makes an Apple Watch app—promises not to use activity data against you: Aetna, Apple team up for watch app that integrates medical data and gamifies health" Ars Technica 6:39 PM
  • "Apple could sell subscriptions through upgraded TV app" Cult of Mac 7:04 AM
  • "Apple Rumored Plotting a Game Subscription Service" TechNewsWorld 7:54 AM
  • "Apple wants app developers to be a lot clearer about subscription costs"  Digital Trends 7:23 AM
  • "Apple makes its first Sundance buy with coming-of-age film 'Hala' from Jada Pinkett Smith" TechCrunch 9:57 AM
  • "Apple Finally Puts the Hammer Down on Scummy Apps" Thurrott 7:54 AM
  • "CVS Dangles Apple Watch as Lure to Keep Eye on Customers' Health" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:40 AM
  • "U.S. Suit Against Qualcomm Over Patent Tactics Reaches Endgame: The FTC has argued that the chip maker's 'no license, no chips' policy helped it collect billions in profits while stifling competition" [Paid Membership Required] 11:03 AM
  • "Will Apple v. Qualcomm (April 15 in San Diego) be a $50 billion trial?" Foss Patents 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Urges Fed. Circ. To Ax VirnetX's $600M Patent Win" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Users Can't Link Broken Watches To A Defect, Koh Says" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 7:56 AM
  • "The World Economic Forum Tells Davos: Electronics Are 'the Fastest-Growing Waste Stream in the World'/'The material value of e-waste alone is worth $62.5 billion, three times more than the annual output of the world's silver mines and more than the GDP of most countries.'" Motherboard 3:09 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Generation of child web addicts: Youngsters are becoming so obsessed with the internet they spend more time on YouTube than with friends as parents struggle to keep control of their online usage" Daily Mail (UK) 9:35 AM
  • "Google, Facebook, Twitter must do more against fake news: EU" Reuters 8:37 AM
  • "Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy Buds Spotted in FCC Filings" Droid Shout 6:36 AM
  • "Group FaceTime Bug, USA vs Huawei – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-29" The Mac Observer 12:46 PM
  • "People Profiles: First Responder Risks Life to Rescue Complete Stranger's iPhone" MacPrices 9:34 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 276: The Health & Fitness edition" iDownload Blog 7:54 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 96 – Alternatives to Apple's App Short List" MacStories 7:54 AM
  • "Now you can use your iPhone and skip the check out lines at grocery stores." The MT Show 6:54 AM
  • "FaceTime Bug Lets iPhone Users Eavesdrop, in a Stumble for Apple"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:02 AM
  • "iPhone FaceTime Bug That Allows Spying Was Flagged to Apple Over a Week Ago" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:02 PM
  • "Apple Disables Group FaceTime as Temporary Workaround to Major Privacy Bug"  MacRumors 6:37 AM
  • "Apple disables Group FaceTime following major security flaw: Software update still due later this week" The Verge 6:39 AM
  • "Serious FaceTime flaw was reported to Apple over a week ago" Cult of Mac 7:03 AM
  • "Apple Confirms iPhone FaceTime Eavesdropping Exploit — Here's What To Do" Forbes 6:36 AM
  • "Apple has disabled group FaceTime calls after it was humiliated on Data Privacy Day by a bug that lets people listen in on you" Business Insider 6:52 AM
  • "New iPad Mini 5 Could Support Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard" MacRumors 2:09 PM
  • "Imminent iPad, iPad mini refresh appears to include Smart Keyboard support" AppleInsider 3:09 PM
  • "Chemical problems cause defective chips for Apple supplier" Cult of Mac 6:53 AM
  • "Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'" The Register 7:02 AM
  • "Apple granted a patent for a safety restraint system for automated vehicles" Apple World Today 8:09 AM
  • "Apple's 'Project Titan' researching a smart seatbelt that could control a CarPlay device" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "Hey, Siri, whisper into my ear; Apple patent involves whispered speech" Apple World Today 8:35 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:10 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:10 AM

  • "HP Tango X review: The printer that tries to look like a book" 9to5Mac 9:54 AM
  • "Total War: WARHAMMER II -How Fast Does It Run On The Mac?" Bare Feats 12:22 PM
  • "How to recycle electronics of any brand at Apple, Best Buy, and Staples" 9to5Mac 3:40 PM
  • "How To Turn Off FaceTime" UberGizmo 9:02 PM
  • "How to use the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch" Macworld 6:39 AM
  • "Beware: Shortcuts could steal your data" Cult of Mac 2:09 PM
  • "In-Depth: Why did iPhone revenue tumble 15 percent?" Pocketnow 9:02 PM
  • "What's driving Apple's huge Services business? While revenue from iPhone sales declined in Q1, Apple reported all-time revenue records from the App Store, Apple Pay, cloud services and other Services categories." ZDNet 9:03 PM
  • "Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Game Subscription Service" Benjamin Mayo 3:23 PM
  • "Apple's Samsung TV deal huge boost to streaming service reach"  Apple Must 10:02 AM
  • "Is the iPhone XR Unfairly Maligned? (Premium)" Thurrott 9:33 AM
  • "12 things Angela Ahrendts just told us about Apple Retail" Apple Must 9:06 AM
  • "My iPhone's battery wore out in less than 18 months: Shortly after taking ownership of my iPhone 8 Plus, I began to speculate that the battery might not last much more than about a year and a half. Turns out I was right."  ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 11 design and specs may have just leaked" BGR 8:15 AM
  • "Apple could have a 7th-gen iPod touch and new iPads in the works" TechSpot 8:00 AM
  • "Apple, champion of 'privacy,' utterly blows it with massively stupid FaceTime bug" MacDailyNews 8:35 AM
  • "Facepalmtime: Apple's biggest screw-ups" Sky News 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's handling of scary FaceTime bug shows that privacy is a right when it's good PR" Macworld 9:58 AM
  • "FaceTime bug is a massive software testing fail for Apple" 9to5Mac 7:47 AM
  • "Apple's Group FaceTime: A place for spies?" Computerworld 7:44 AM
  • "As FaceTime Bug Bites, 3 Reasons To Bet That Apple Won't Beat And Raise" Forbes 7:43 AM
  • "Four letter words: This year's flop" Macworld 6:38 AM
  • "Huawei MateBook 13 First Impressions" Thurrott 6:10 PM
  • "I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything" Gizmodo 11:26 AM
  • "The China Market Challenge" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:38 AM
  • "Why it's time to rethink the laws that keep our health data private" The Verge 7:55 AM
  • "All This Newfound Cynicism Is Going to Hamper Big Tech" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:03 AM
  • "Comic: Is the SE Still the Best iPhone?" iMore 8:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Pwn20wnd revises the unc0ver v2.2.0 pre-release with rewritten Cydia installation & other changes" iDownload Blog 3:48 PM
  • "Apple announces new Today at Apple sessions: Over 50 New Sessions Now Available" Apple 12:23 PM
  • "'Today at Apple' Expands With 50 New Sessions Focused on Skills, Walks, and Labs" MacRumors 12:11 PM
  • "Google cleans up Gmail app with an all-white redesign" Engadget 12:07 PM
  • "Casper enters smarthome gear with iPhone-connected Glow bedside lamp" AppleInsider 9:54 AM
  • "Memento, the Third-Party Reminders Client, Adds Watch App, Keyboard Shortcuts, and More" MacStories 9:33 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Patch 7.30 Adds Controller Support to iOS and Android, 60fps Support to Select Android Models, and More" Touch Arcade 7:57 AM
  • "Fortnite gains controller support on iPhone and iPad with latest update" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "OWC ThunderBlade Gen 2 Keeps Creative Teams on Track" PRNewswire 6:39 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel to get $1 bn state grant for $11 bn Israel chip plant expansion" Reuters/A> 6:21 AM 6:21 AM
  • "Intel to get $1 billion state grant for $11 billion Israel chip plant expansion" Reuters 6:21 AM
  • "Intel announces Israel expansion government values at $10 bn" PhysOrg 6:22 AM
  • "Intel plans $11bn Kiryat Gap fab investment: Intel is  to build a $11 billion 10nm fab in Kiryat Gat. Intel has asked the Israeli government to cover 10% of the cost." Electronics Weekly 6:22 AM
  • "Intel to Invest $10.9 Billion in New Israeli Fab" EE Times 6:22 AM
  • "Intel Working on a 3-Display Foldable Phone That Opens Into a Tablet, Patent Suggests" Gadgets 360 6:30 AM
  • "Intel Might Be Planning Its Own Surface Phone Running Windows 10: Trifold Windows device envisioned in Intel patent" Softpedia 6:21 AM
  • "Intel: Is The Market Too Pessimistic?" Seeking Alpha 12:17 PM
  • "AMD shares jump on record growth in data center revenue" Reuters 8:53 PM
  • "Alleged AMD Radeon VII 3DMark Benchmark Performance Leaked Ahead Of February 7 Launch" HotHardware 5:23 PM
  • "ASRock Posts Product Page For Phantom Gaming X AMD Radeon VII 16GB Graphics Card" HotHardware 5:24 PM
  • "Microsoft cloud services see global authentication outage: Office 365, Dynamics 365, Azure Government Cloud impacted by authentication issue." ZDNet 8:59 PM
  • "Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles/Total Inability To Support Users' Passwords" The Register 5:24 PM
  • "Microsoft joins the SciKit-learn consortium as a platinum member" Neowin 6:00 AM
  • "The next Windows 10 Insider Preview won't support ARM64" Neowin 2:19 PM
  • "Intel might be working on a three-way foldable smartphone powered by Windows" Neowin 6:01 AM
  • "IBM, The Open Group form data scientist certification: IBM also said it will create a data science apprentice program as well as the data scientist certification for employees." ZDNet 6:01 AM
  • "Cisco to integrate ACI with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure in multi-cloud play: Cisco also pitched an architecture vision it calls data center anywhere as it aims to manage more cloud and hybrid environments." ZDNet 6:01 AM
  • "Cisco extends ACI to public cloud: Cisco's SDN solution offers AWS support, Azure coming soon" Computerworld 6:02 AM
  • "My chemical romance drowns tomorrow's money, warns TSMC: Chip maker's yields rocked by bad batch/Supplier's substandard sauce will hit processor manufacturing" The Register 6:39 AM
  • "Bluetooth 5.1 brings direction tracking, which could make your phone lose-proof: It's like it's waving at you from across the room. ish" The Inquirer 7:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple says iPhones were down 15% last quarter, but everything else was up 19%: Currency fluctuations contributed to an unusually poor quarter for the iPhone." Ars Technica 9:01 PM
  • "Apple lowers some iPhone prices outside U.S. to offset strong dollar" Reuters 8:57 PM
  • "Apple Earnings Report: Q1 FY 2019" AnandTech 8:57 PM
  • "Apple Inc. (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook on Q1 2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" Seeking Alpha 8:55 PM
  • "Apple earns $84.3B in revenue as iPhone earnings declined 15 percent in 2018 holiday quarter" AppleInsider 3:59 PM
  • "Yep, iPhone revenue is down" TechCrunch 3:57 PM
  • "Apple Reports 1Q 2019 Results: Nearly $20B Profit on $84.3B Revenue, Second-Best Quarter Ever Despite Earnings Warning" MacRumors 3:48 PM
  • "Apple Reports December Quarter Revenues: iPhones Down, Everything Else Up, After Hour Market Reacts Positively" The Mac Observer 3:48 PM
  • "Live blog: Apple's Q1 2019 earnings call" 9to5Mac 3:58 PM
  • "Apple Posts Slight Earnings and Revenue Beat -- Live Blog" TheStreet 3:49 PM
  • "Apple Q1 2019 Earnings and Conference Call -- Live Blog: The iPhone maker's surprise cut earlier this month to its quarterly revenue forecast puts all eyes on the health of Apple's marquee device." [Paid Membership Required] 3:48 PM
  • "Live blog: Witness Apple's high-stakes earnings call" Cult of Mac 3:24 PM
  • "Apple 3.0 Earnings Smackdown: Final spreadsheet Q1 2019" Apple 3.0 9:08 AM
  • "Apple has taken a beating following its China warning. Here's what the pros are saying about the stock ahead of earnings." Business Insider 11:03 AM
  • "The key number to look out for when Apple drops its Q1 earnings report later today" TechCrunch 10:11 AM
  • "What to Watch for in Apple's First Quarter Results" Bloomberg TV [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:06 AM
  • "Smartphone screen maker Corning beats revenue, profit estimates" Reuters 8:12 AM
  • "Japan Display to incur 5th straight net loss: Japan Display Inc. is expected to report a group net loss for the fifth straight year in fiscal 2018, hit by sluggish sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone XR smartphones, according to informed sources." Jiji Press 8:00 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end mostly lower on big day for earnings: Federal Reserve kicks set to provide a policy update Wednesday" MarketWatch 5:28 PM
  • "Dow Closes Modestly Higher Ahead of Apple Earnings: The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted modest gains Tuesday ahead of financial results from tech bellwether Apple Inc." TheStreet 5:28 PM
  • "Stocks close mixed on earnings, trade concerns" FOXBusiness 5:29 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Pulled Down by Tech Sector: Trade tensions and slowing growth in China have fed into recently lowered expectations for U.S. corporate profits" [Paid Membership Required] 5:30 PM
  • "Asian markets fall amid worries that Huawei charges may hinder U.S.-China trade talks: Worrying Wall Street earnings also weigh on investors" MarketWatch 7:05 AM
  • "London markets jump ahead of Brexit debate and vote" MarketWatch 5:30 PM

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