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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 stores have lost their luster, critics say" ["'Apple has beautiful products, but that's all you see,' said Ross Gerber, president and CEO of Gerber Kawasaki, a wealth and investment management firm based in Santa Monica, California. 'Do I really need five tables of the same watch and every different band?' Gerber pointed to Apple's growing services business — which includes iCloud, Apple Music, and Apple Pay — and questioned why more of its stores are not dedicated to immersive experiences and converting Apple's massive 900 million iPhone users into monthly subscribers."]  Washington Post 7:48 PM
  • "District court's pretrial ruling on damages and ITC scheduling order: no good news for Qualcomm in Apple dispute"  Foss Patents 7:43 AM
  • "Apple store opponents crowdfund to 'buy' Federation Square building set for demolition: Tech giant's flagship store would commercialise public square, campaigners say"  The Guardian 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Should Shift Focus From China To India"  Forbes 10:27 AM
  • "Apple: Don't Stop Believin'" ["Apple is a highly cyclical stock, and there is endless money to be made trading cyclical stocks with good fundamentals. There is also the potential to get scared and sell your shares in Apple every time the media thinks it can't deliver."]  Seeking Alpha 2/9
  • "Longer iPhone Upgrade Cycle Is Now One Of Apple's Biggest Self-Induced Problems" HotHardware 2/9
  • "Apple being sued because two-factor authentication on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time"  AppleInsider 2/9
  • "Apple Sued Over Not Letting Customers Disable Two-Factor Authentication After Two Weeks" MacRumors 2/9
  • "Apple is facing a battery of problems: Apple is paying the price for forcing people into unnecessary upgrades"  IT PRO (UK) 2/9
  • "Angela Ahrendts is leaving Apple —¬†what's going on and why?" iMore 2/9
  • "Security News This Week: A Teen Won't Tell Apple How He Hacked MacOS" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/9
  • "Hover-over tab previews in Chrome are coming, according to latest Canary builds" Android Police 2/9
  • "Google: We've open-sourced ClusterFuzz tool that found 16,000 bugs in Chrome/Google's automated bug-finding tool is now available to all software developers." ZDNet 2/8
  • "The macOS Installation Couldn't Be Completed Error Fix" macReports 2/9
  • "How to create simple, one-step taks in Automator to save you time on your Mac" AppleInsider 10:27 AM
  • "Tutorial: Tracker Standard Sunlight" Rixstep 7:24 AM
  • "How to customize the Finder Preview Pane options on Mac" iDownload Blog 2/8
  • "4 Common Mistakes Mac Users Make When Trying To Search For Files" MacMost 2/8
  • "Cassandra -Topaz JPEG to RAW AI on the Mac (2): The Proof of the Pudding" eXtensions 2/8
  • "How to Quit and Keep Windows on your Mac" Apple Must 2/8
  • "'If You Use Adobe Premiere We're Not Going to Hire You' an Insight into a Leading YouTube Content Creator's Workflow" 2/8
Press Releases
  • "Chaos Group Releases V-Ray Next for SketchUp" Architosh 2/9
  • "Google Chrome Will Soon Let You Easily Play and Pause Video and Audio With Your Multimedia Keys" Gizmodo 2/9
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Melbourne flagship site faces $40m buyback bid: Critics rally to prevent retailer from setting up shop." iTNews Australia 8:49 PM
  • "An Apple store salesman questioned my intelligence, says customer: Can it be that certain Apple store employees are a little pushy when it comes to selling Apple's services? One customer says yes. I thought I'd try to find out." ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Here's one Chinese company's crazy answer to the ugly iPhone notch" Business Insider 7:41 AM
  • "Former Genius Bar Expert Describes Apple's Aggressive Sales Policy For Older iPhone Owners" iPhone Hacks 7:37 AM
  • "Apple is offering an extended Apple Music trial during the Grammys for Shazam users" The Verge 10:26 AM
  • "Apple Music lures in Grammy watchers with extended trial for using Shazam: Continuing a recent Grammy-themed marketing campaign, Apple on Sunday offered new Apple Music subscribers an extended four-month trial for using Shazam during the night's ceremonies." AppleInsider 7:33 PM
  • "Spotify's podcasting dreams" Axios 7:40 AM
  • "Fortnite has surpassed $500 million in iOS revenue in record time" TechSpot 3:39 PM
  • "Apple Music sending new free trial offer to former users" 9to5Mac 2/9
  • "No Apple Store in Stockholm: After three years of haggling, and after purchasing prime real estate in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, Apple will be pulling out of earlier plans to build an Apple Store." Rixstep 2/9
  • "What 8 of the world's most popular tech gadgets looked like when they were first released" Business Insider 2/9
Non-Apple News
  • "AP Exclusive: Undercover spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many/When mysterious operatives lured two cybersecurity researchers to meetings at luxury hotels over the past two months, it was an apparent bid to discredit their research about an Israeli company that makes smartphone hacking technology used by some governments to spy on their citizens. The Associated Press has now learned of similar undercover efforts targeting at least four other individuals who have raised questions about the use of the Israeli firm's spyware." Seattle Post-Intelligencer 8:12 PM
  • "This Texas Bill Would Forbid Wireless Carriers From Throttling Service During Disasters" HotHardware 5:22 PM
  • "Reddit Users Rally Against Chinese Censorship After the Site Receives a $150 Million Reported Investment" Time 12:48 PM
  • "Reddit, Which Is Blocked In China, Set To Get $150 Million From Chinese Firm That Helped Build Censorship Wall" The Inquisitr 12:27 PM
  • "Google Maps AR navigation coming first to Local Guides as UI detailed in first look" 9to5Google 12:10 PM
  • "Google Maps AR navigation is rolling out to a handful of users" Engadget 12:10 PM
  • "The National Enquirer vs. Jeff Bezos: Legal experts break down what's at stake in battle between the world's wealthiest man and a supermarket tabloid" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "Fitbit's latest tracker is only available through your work or insurance: The Inspire is meant to encourage healthy living among the rank and file." Engadget 2/9
  • "Xiaomi Patent Details Stunning Phone Design With 4-Sided Edge Display" HotHardware 2/9
  • "Google experiments with dark mode for Chrome on phones" Engadget 2/9
  • "Google Pixel Is 'Fastest-Growing US Smartphone Brand' Says Report: Pixel 3 Vs. iPhone XS" Forbes 2/9
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10: News, Rumors, Release Date, Specs, and More! 2019 is going to be the year of Samsung." Android Central 2/9
  • "Activision Blizzard is reportedly planning hundreds of layoffs" VentureBeat 2/9
  • "Why Nostalgia For Video Games Is Uniquely Powerful" Kotaku 2/9
  • "Push notifications are the future of multi-factor authentication" The Next Web 2/9
  • "Podcast: Apple, 5G Vs. WiFi, Digital Privacy, Spotify" Seeking Alpha 7:41 AM
  • "The CEO of App Annie, one of Silicon Valley's most popular app data platforms, explains how it completely revamped its culture as it prepares to be IPO-ready" Business Insider [Free/Paid Subscription] 7:39 AM
  • "Gene Steinberg meets Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer and cybersecurity guru Brett Johnson, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:23 AM
  • "Why iPad and MacBook Pro drive us nuts [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 282] Cult of Mac 2/9
  • "Podcast: Apple, 5G Vs. WiFi, Digital Privacy, Spotify" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/9
  • "How you can report security problems to tech companies like Apple" Yahoo Finance 2:38 PM
  • "Glass screen protectors sometimes cause problems for 2018 iPad Pro"  Cult of Mac 2/9
  • "Two iOS 12.1.4 Bug Fixes Already 'Exploited In The Wild' As Zero-Days Says Google" Redmond Pie 2/9
  • "Go inside the factory that makes the iPhone's Gorilla Glass" CNBC 2/9
  • "Apple HomePod 2 Leak Hints It Will Analyze Your Voice And Have Face ID" Forbes 2/9
  • "Exclusive: 2019 Apple iPhones Will Woo Consumers With New Design and Features, Price to Remain Same" Droid Shout 2/8
  • "Apple Patches Group FaceTime, Shortcuts Vulnerabilities" Intego 2/8
  • "Apple has also fixed a previously unidentified Live Photos vulnerability in FaceTime" iDownload Blog 2/8
  • "New Emojis Reflecting People With Disabilities Coming Later This Year In Update For Smartphones" MacPrices 2/8
  • "iOS 12.2 adds 'Mark as Played' feature to Apple Podcasts" 9to5Mac 2/8
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Expands Availability of Refurbished 2018 MacBook Air, Mac Mini to U.S. and Canada" MacRumors 2/9
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/8
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/8
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/8

  • "Review: Tivoli Go Fonico/Even with a few glitches, these cute wirefree workout buds are still worth the price." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:38 AM
  • "Tribit MaxSound Plus review: A small Bluetooth speaker grows up but maintains its value" CNET 7:38 AM
  • "Our readers review the Apple Watch Series 4: Real-world reviews from people who have been using the thing for months." Engadget 2/9
  • "Apple iPhone Smart Battery Case review: Apple's Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS and Max: Pretty good, if you need the boost" CNET 2/9
  • "Seek and Ye Shall Find Things in the Dark with an iPhone Thermal Camera" TidBITS 2/8
  • "LG UltraWide 5K2K is a beast of a monitor with Thunderbolt 3" AppleInsider 2/8
  • "Easily share your wireless network with Wifi Porter [Review] Cult of Mac 2/8
  • "ESR Urban Premium Folio Case for iPad Pro review: A bargain folio" iMore 2/8
  • "Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones review: These durable earbuds are an athlete's friend/There's plenty to like about these reasonably priced Bluetooth earphones." Macworld 2/8
iOS Apps
  • "It's the Real World—With Google Maps Layered on Top: Augmented reality navigation apps use smartphone cameras to get a detailed sense of where you are and put signs and arrows on top of the real world" [Paid Membership Required] 12:56 PM
  • "How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad Pro (2018)" OS X Daily 10:26 AM
  • "How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You with a VPN" AddictiveTips 2/9
  • "How to use Walkie Talkie on Apple Watch" 2/8
  • "How to recover a forgotten Restrictions or Screen Time passcode" iDownload Blog 2/8
  • "How to stay as private as possible on Apple's iPad and iPhone" Computerworld 2/8
  • "Change Instagram's Interface Colors for a More Personalized Experience on Your iPhone" Gadget Hacks 2/8
  • "Apple World Today Video Tip: How to save a web page as a PDF in iOS 12" Apple World Today 2/9
  • "The Apple Watch Heart Month challenge starts today" 9to5Mac 2/8
  • "Two-Factor Authorization Apps for iOS" Intego 2/8
  • "Upgrade rate slows by 33 percent as we hold onto our iPhones ever longer" Cult of Mac 12:27 PM
  • "Should you be scared of your laptop's webcam? Pretty much every laptop – and for that matter, tablet and smartphone – has at least one camera fitted that's pointing at how all the time. But how worried should we be about eyes on us? Can the nefariously-minded switch them on to spy on us?" ZDNet 10:54 AM
  • "MediaPad M5 Lite vs. iPad: Why Huawei Almost Beats Apple" LAPTOP Magazine 7:42 AM
  • "Apple Tells App Developers to Disclose or Remove Screen Recording Code" Daring Fireball 2/9
  • "Comment: Apple is taking its in-store iPhone push too far by promoting upgrades instead of repairs" 9to5Mac 2/9
  • "Apple's iTunes U and iBooks Author are suffering from software rot"  9to5Mac 2/9
  • "What is the Radix?" Rixstep 2/9
  • "iPhone upgrade cycle reaches all-time high, alarming for Apple" Pocketnow 2/9
  • "Apple is dealing with another privacy mess" Axios 2/8
  • "What If Apple Made Hi-End Siri-Enabled Smart Headphones?" Yanko Design 2/8
  • "Rumor: Apple will stick with the same prices for its 2019 iPhone lineup" BGR 2/8
  • "iPhone replacement cycles slowing down to four years, pose threat to services, analyst says: One of Apple's greater revenue threats is the increasing likelihood that iPhone owners will hold onto old models rather than spend ever-higher amounts on upgrades, according to a new analyst memo." AppleInsider 2/8
  • "Conspiracy Theories About the Departure of Apple's Angela Ahrendts" The Mac Observer 2/8
  • "There is no difference between how Apple is handling Roger Stone's or the San Bernardino shooter's iCloud data" AppleInsider 2/8
  • "Apple's crippled bug bounty program makes us all less safe online" AppleInsider 2/8
  • "Opinion: Apple's new retail head needs to fix the biggest problem with Apple Stores"  9to5Mac 2/8
  • "Apple 'won't have a model' in China in five to ten years, Ian Bremmer predicts"  CNN 2/8
  • "Sometimes it's the small things" Dr. Drang 2/8
  • "Apple's bug bounties need to get with the program: After a couple high profile security flaws, Apple needs to take a hard look at its bug bounty program."  Macworld 2/8
  • "Good enough 5G fixed-wireless broadband could change everything: Fixed-line broadband will always be better, but it might be to 5G what Betamax was to VHS." ZDNet 6:19 PM
  • "Best Chromebook 2019 — A Surprise: Google Pixelbook Vs. Pixel Slate (Review)" Forbes 2:38 PM
  • "Review: 'Zucked' examines Facebook's unchecked power and 'catastrophic' results for us all" GeekWire 12:10 PM
  • "Prepare students for a future of artificial intelligence" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:27 AM
  • "OnePlus 6T review: Trivial changes hamper a great phone" Engadget 10:27 AM
  • "Facebook sucks for privacy, but how good are advertisers at targeting me?" The Next Web 7:42 AM
  • "Should All Government IT Systems Be Using Open Source Software?" Slashdot 7:41 AM
  • "Are Jeff Bezos' privacy invasion claims against National Enquirer hypocritical?" FOX News Video 7:38 AM
  • "We asked, you told us: Most of you don't use third-party email apps" Android Authority 2/9
  • "Interstitial ads are terrible and they need to disappear: Interstitial ads are the modern equivalent of punch-the-monkey Flash banners and I'm sick of them." Android Central 2/9
  • "Facial recognition tech sucks, but it's inevitable" The Next Web 2/9
  • "How WIRED Covered Facebook These Past 15 Years" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/9
  • "Suddenly, podcasting becomes a sound business: Spotify began a buying spree in an apparent bid to dominate podcasting. Here's what it knows that others don't." Computerworld 2/9
  • "Calling people 'users' is unethical and outdated" The Next Web 2/9
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Unc0ver v3.0.0 pre-release revised with rootfs remount support on iOS 12 & more" iDownload Blog 10:54 AM
  • "Unc0ver v3.0.0 pre-release revised with v1ntex-related bug fixes and improvements" iDownload Blog 2/9
  • "Turning Vinyl Albums Into Digital Files Has Never Been Simpler Thanks To Denon's New Turntable" Forbes 2/9
  • "The best restaurant reservation apps for iOS and Android" Digital Trends 2/9
  • "The Best Tech Gadgets to Help You Sleep (and Sleep Better), According to Sleep Experts: For when counting sheep isn't enough." Slate 2/9
Computer Industry
  • "Dell recalls faulty Hybrid Power Adapters: Dell has recalled Hybrid Power Adapters manufactured between January 2017 and March 2017 because of a shock hazard." ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Dell recalls hybrid laptop power adapters over shock risks" Engadget 7:43 AM
  • "Dell Recalls And Will Replace Faulty Hybrid Power Adapters For Laptops Over Shock Safety Risk" HotHardware 5:22 PM
  • "Dell Hybrid Power Adapters for Power Banks Recalled Over Shock Hazard" Digital Trends 8:45 PM
  • "IBM, SUNY Poly creating artificial intelligence center in Albany: ESD would provide $300 million grant; IBM will spend $2 billion over five years" Albany Times Union 5:25 PM
  • "Microsoft: Improved security features are delaying hackers from attacking Windows users" ZDNet 2:38 PM
  • "What Microsoft's Open Source PostgreSQL Acquisition Portends for SQL Server" ITPro Today 11:46 AM
  • "IBM Blockchain VP & CTO Makes Understanding Blockchain Tech Simple" Yahoo Finance Videos 12:54 PM
  • "People's hatred of Skype is helping startups erode Microsoft Office's dominance at work" Quartz 2/9
  • "Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with gaming improvements and free State of Decay" VentureBeat 2/9
  • "AMD Radeon RX 7nm Navi GPUs Reportedly Delayed Until Q4 2019" HotHardware 2/9
  • "Oracle Corporation Investigation Initiated By Former Louisiana Attorney General: Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC Investigates the Officers and Directors of Oracle Corporation" PRNewswire 2/9
  • "China is playing AI leapfrog" Axios 2/9
  • "Here's How Microsoft Plans To Modernize Healthcare" Fortune 2/8
  • "Microsoft really doesn't want you to use Internet Explorer anymore: Microsoft calls it a compatibility solution, not a browser" The Verge 2/8
  • "Microsoft Really Wants Internet Explorer to Die" PC Magazine 2/8
  • "Amazon joins Microsoft in calling for regulation of facial recognition tech" Engadget 2/8
  • "IBM Pilots Blockchain and IoT Sensor Solution To Track Sustainable Groundwater Usage In California" Forbes 2/8
  • "IBM Puts $2B In NY AI Research Center" PYMNTS 2/8
  • "IBM Bets $2B Seeking 1000X AI Hardware Performance Boost" HPC Wire 2/8
  • "IBM scores a major cloud win with multi-million dollar deal" IT PRO (UK) 2/8
  • "IBM to Help Utilities Cut Tree Trimming Budgets and Reduce Outages" T&D World 2/8
  • "What a re-leaf: IBM's AI smarts to tell 'leccy companies when their bushes need trimming/Holster the chainsaw, Big Blue kit designed to know if tree's a crowd for overhead cables" The Register 2/8
  • "McCormick will use IBM artificial intelligence to develop flavors, products" Baltimore Sun 2/8
  • "Intel teams up with Premier League giants to offer soccer fans 'immersive experiences'" CNBC 2/8
  • "Here's Why New CEO Bob Swan Is Perfect for Intel Stock" InvestorPlace 2/8
  • "Mercury shows AMD market share is hotting up" iTWire 2/8
  • "AMD, Nvidia Have Launched the Least-Appealing GPU Upgrades in History" ExtremeTech 2/8
  • "HP's Ink Subscription Has DRM That Disables Your Printer Cartridges" How-To Geek 2/8
  • "Dell recalls nearly 9,000 power adapters due to shock hazard" ABC 57 News 2/8
  • "Toss Of Hewlett-Oracle IP Suit Explained In Written Ruling" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 2/8
  • "Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins: 25% tariffs can significantly impact our business" CNBC Videos 2/8
  • "Sprint Business integrates Cisco Meraki offering into converged products portfolio" Telecompaper 2/8
  • "Factors Likely to Influence Cisco's Earnings in Q2" Zacks 2/8
  • "Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins calls for a federal privacy law, throwing a spear at internet companies who sell advertising" Business Insider 2/8
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's iPhone Unit Growth Slows but Maintains Lead" Market Realist 2/8
Industry News
  • "Stocks bounce back from lows to close mostly higher; Dow gains for 7th week: Shares of Hasbro fall as those of rival toy maker Mattel surge" MarketWatch 2/8
  • "Dow Tumbles on China Pessimism, Nasdaq Rises on Tech Rebound: The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls Friday amid pessimism over trade negotiations between the U.S. and China." TheStreet 2/8
  • "Markets Right Now: Late burst of buying leaves indexes mixed" Associated Press 2/8
  • "Dow Stages Late Rally to Keep Weekly Win Streak Alive: The blue chips surged in the final 10 minutes of the session to secure their longest winning streak since November 2017" [Paid Membership Required] 2/8
  • "Asian markets drop on renewed worries over U.S.-China trade talks: Nikkei down, Hang Seng slips after reopening from holiday" MarketWatch 2/8
  • "FTSE 100 struggles as investors watch trade and Brexit negotiations: Global markets enter second day of selling" MarketWatch 2/8

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