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Tuesday Highlights: Former Apple CEO John Sculley sees iPhone decline as biggest problem facing company today; Apple to announce Q3 results on 7/30, estimates coming in from Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha; Apple appears before House Judiciary Committee over antitrust; Jason Cross at Macworld hopes Catalyst in Catalina will pave way for iOS ports of Messages and Maps to macOS; another life saved by Apple Watch; Arabic version of App Store in testing; Facebook under grilling in US Senate over cryptocurrency plans; new MacBook Air "significantly slower" than previous models; warning for those wanting to install public beta of iOS 13 due to bugginess including saved password exposure, app gifting bug.

  • "Apple Executive Shake-Up Readies It for Life After iPhone: Shifts reflect Apple's efforts to change from an iPhone-driven company to one where growth flows from services, potentially transformative technologies" [Paid Membership Required] 10:11 AM
  • "How Huawei Targets Apple Trade Secrets" ["In November, a Huawei engineer in charge of a competing smartwatch project tracked down a supplier that helps make Apple's heart rate sensor. The engineer arranged a meeting on the pretext of offering the supplier a lucrative manufacturing contract. But the engineer was unsuccessful when he asked for details about the Apple Watch, according to an executive at the supplier, who requested anonymity because the firm has a nondisclosure agreement with Apple."]  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:39 AM
  • "Here's why Apple is cutting iPhone prices in China"  CNBC 7:25 AM
  • "Did Apple just get serious about making smart home products? Company hires smart lock company founder Sam Jadallah" GearBrain 7:50 AM
  • "Apple bolsters smart home initiative with former CEO of failed smart lock startup" Canadian Reviewer 7:49 AM
  • "Apple hires smart lock CEO to help make its smart home dreams a reality" Cult of Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Appoints Former Microsoft Executive Sam Jadallah to Lead 'Home' Products: Report" Gadgets 360 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.4 to Developers" MacRumors 12:36 PM
  • "macOS 10.14.4 beta 3 now available, no new iOS beta yet" 9to5Mac 12:37 PM
  • "Google partially backtracks on Chrome changes that would break ad blockers: Benchmarks showed that most ad blockers don't make network requests much slower." Ars Technica 11:48 AM
  • "Chrome's incognito mode isn't really incognito at all, report suggests" Memeburn 7:36 AM
  • "How to backup iPhone to iTunes with Mac and Pac" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "How to block FaceTime callers and Messages senders on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:39 AM
  • "When Does the Mac Red Button Quit an App and When Does It Just Close a Window?" MacMost 9:11 AM
  • "What is macOS Sandboxing and Why Does It Exist?" Apple Gazette 11:01 AM
  • "Ten Years Ago, Apple Said Goodbye to Macworld but Set the Stage for the Future"  MacStories 10:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "TweetDeck for Mac update promises major crash fix" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "WindowSwitcher - Unique 3D Window Manager for macOS" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Proxy Workflow at Any Resolution, Across a Network with Final Cut Pro X? Easy with Keyflow Pro 2" 7:39 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple and Dream Corps build career opportunities for Oakland coders: As part of its Community Education Initiative, Apple will partner with Oakland-based non-profit organization Dream Corps to bring educational and workforce development opportunities to young adults with a goal of career placement in the tech sector." Apple 8:13 AM
  • "A career in tech, built with coding and determination" Apple 8:08 AM
  • "Apple's video service expected to launch at $15 per month, still needs healthy iPhone sales"  AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "Apple's TV offering may struggle due to revenue split demands"  Cult of Mac 8:49 AM
  • "Streaming TV Service Revenue Will Be a 'Drop in the Bucket' for Apple, Even If It Rivals Netflix" MacRumors 10:14 AM
  • "Apple fan rediscovers working Apple IIe in parents' attic" Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Be Careful Who You Bokeh, Jokes Apple's Latest iPhone Ad" Digital Trends 7:51 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon Resets Its Film Operation After Rough Year at Box Office" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:19 PM
  • "Another blow to Blu-ray: Samsung will no longer make Blu-ray players for the US/Streaming, format wars, and declining physical media sales likely played a part." Ars Technica 5:29 PM
  • "Researchers Find YouTube Is Heavily Influencing Evidence-Challenged Flat Earthers" HotHardware 3:59 PM
  • "Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren't prepared" The Verge 10:13 AM
  • "Google Earth accidentally reveals secret military sites" ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "New Samsung foldable rival? TCL works on phone that bends into a smartwatch" ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "Briefing -The OWC USB-C Travel Dock" MacVoices 6:54 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Encore #6 Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford" The Mac Observer 5:47 PM
  • "The Mesh Wi-Fi Industrial Complex – Mac Geek Gab 749" The Mac Observer 5:47 PM
  • "#233: Let's Start a Rumor/A 16-inch MacBook Pro? A 6K Apple external display? Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has dropped the first detailed report of Apple's 2019 hardware plans, and Myke and Jason take turns dissecting them and wildly speculating about possible features. Also we ponder what a services-themed Apple event might look like, which is a lovely discussion until someone mentions Drake." Relay FM: Upgrade 4:02 PM
  • "Apple's Post-iPhone Era, Facebook vs UK Lawmakers – TMO Daily Observations 2019-02-18" The Mac Observer 1:53 PM
  • "Apple to release new MacBook Pro and iPhone with bilateral charging, says report: A note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests 2019 could be a busy year for Apple."  CNET 8:09 AM
  • "Report Details Apple's 2019 Product Plans" Thurrott 7:36 AM
  • "Kuo Outlines Apple's 2019 Hardware Updates"  Benjamin Mayo 7:40 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple plots a big product salvo in 2019" Computerworld 8:37 AM
  • "2019 iPhone features: Here's what Apple is preparing, says noted analyst" ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "Apple may unveil a 16-inch MacBook Pro and 31-inch 6K monitor this year" Engadget 7:50 AM
  • "Apple could release a 16-inch MacBook Pro and a a 31-inch 6K display" TechCrunch 11:01 AM
  • "How Apple's Next iPhone Could Finally Solve Indoor Navigation" Inverse 9:32 AM
  • "iPhone 4G speeds: Top-selling iPhone XR has slowest LTE downloads/But iPhone XR's 4G download speeds are still far faster than the iPhone 6's and could be one reason to upgrade." ZDNet 8:16 AM
  • "$100,000 Bounty Being Offered For iOS 12 - iOS 12.1.2 Jailbreak" iPhone Hacks 11:21 AM
  • "Users report issues with the Add Person button following the group FaceTime eavesdropping fix" iDownload Blog 8:09 AM
  • "Group FaceTime Still Partly Broken After Security Update, Apple Aware" MacRumors 7:58 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:11 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:11 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:11 AM

  • "Apple MacBook Pro 15 vs. Alienware m15: Which 15-inch Powerhouse Is Best?" LAPTOP Magazine 7:39 AM
  • "Juice Pack Access case for iPhone XS: More capacity than Apple, but step back for Mophie" ZDNet 8:15 AM
  • "How to get 1080p YouTube videos in iPad Safari" Cult of Mac 4:02 PM
  • "How To Install Apps On Older Devices Running Older Versions Of iOS" macReports 12:36 PM
  • "How to Find What iOS Version is on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 11:01 AM
  • "How to control music on your Apple Watch with watchOS 5" Apple World Today 7:40 AM
  • "The 20 Best AirPods Tips and Tricks" iPhone Hacks 11:21 AM
  • "WSJ: Apple Executive Shake Up Reflects Firm's Increasing Focus on Services" MacTrast 9:26 PM
  • "Analyst: Apple's streaming video service won't 'move the needle' for a while" BGR 9:20 PM
  • "Apple Video business model looks to fail hard, analyst says" Pocketnow 9:20 PM
  • "New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple's Disappointing Innovations" Forbes 9:21 PM
  • "16-Inch MacBook Pro, 6K Apple Display, AirPower, AirPods 2 and More Predicted for 2019 [Video] MacRumors 6:36 PM
  • "MacBook Pro 16: Our wishlist (and what's most likely)" SlashGear 5:39 PM
  • "New report shows the lengths to which Huawei has gone to copy Apple" BGR 5:31 PM
  • "Apple executive team shakeups causing multiple projects to be put on hold: Changes in personnel and organization at Apple have been so dramatic in recent times that the company has had to pause multiple projects, a report indicated on Monday." AppleInsider 5:29 PM
  • "MacBook Pro concept imagines an OLED edge-to-edge display, Face ID, and more [Video] 9to5Mac 4:02 PM
  • "iPhone 11 rumors predict 'frosted glass casing' design" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "Why Apple Wants to Be a Cable TV Provider Without Really Being One" The Motley Fool 12:12 PM
  • "Apple bends its own rules by using push notifications to promote Apple Music: Is a referral a promotion?" The Verge 11:01 AM
  • "Huawei's Efforts to Steal Apple Trade Secrets Include Employee Bonus Program and Other Dubious Tactics" MacRumors 10:17 AM
  • "Apple's streaming video service expected to cost $15/month" 9to5Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's 2019 hardware roadmap calls for at least 11 new products" AppleInsider 11:20 AM
  • "16-inch MacBook Pro report keeps the 17-inch dream alive" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Apple's best analyst just gave his 2019 predictions and suddenly I'm super hopeful for the future" Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "New Apple rumor is every fan's dream come true" Mashable 7:51 AM
  • "Hands-on with the new Google Home Interpreter Mode [Video] 9to5Google 11:12 AM
  • "5G Is The Swift Kick VR And AR Gaming Needs To Come To Fruition" Digital Trends 9:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Mac, iOS: 12+ ways to get millions of free books online" Apple Must 2:15 PM
  • "Pwn20wnd shares progress update concerning the iOS 12 jailbreak with Cydia & Cydia Substrate support" iDownload Blog 10:16 AM
  • "SwampDog, LLC announces WhoDo 1.0 - a contact creation tool for iOS" prMac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Music subscribers can gift friends a month of free access" Engadget 7:50 AM
Computer Industry
  • "A complete guide to Microsoft's comeback" Quartz [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft is going all-in on 'Inner Source': Microsoft is staffing up an internal Inner Source initiative to bring open-source principles, methodologies and tools for use by development teams inside the company." ZDNet 10:48 AM
  • "Microsoft study shows poor employee habits threaten cybersecurity" SiliconRepublic 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft Store apps caught illegally mining cryptocurrencies" TechRadar UK 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft adds three known issues to last week's Patch Tuesday updates for Windows" Neowin 5:50 PM
  • "Microsoft: Reaching For Infinity And Beyond" Seeking Alpha 9:18 PM
  • "HP in Danger of Losing Key Witness Ahead of $5.1 Billion Trial" ["HP is trying to get Christopher Egan, Autonomy's former head of U.S. sales, to give evidence in the nine-month trial. Egan, who admitted to wrongdoing in exchange for a deferred prosecution agreement, last month blindsided HP by refusing to testify in London."] Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:30 AM
  • "IBM must pay £25,000 after forcing out a sick employee" The Times (UK) [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:20 AM
  • "IBM plans Asian rollout for POWER-powered cloud: AIX users score a cloudy upgrade path as Big Blue takes on AWS and pals with AI-tuned services." iTNews Australia 8:20 AM
  • "HCL and IBM collaborate to encourage global hybrid cloud uptake" IT Brief Australia 8:21 AM
  • "IBM accelerates Vivo Energy's digital transformation plan using SAP S/4HANA" Gigabit Magazine 8:21 AM
  • "HPE wants British ex-CFO to testify in UK Autonomy lawsuit before Uncle Sam sentences him: UK court told firm wants Sushovan Hussain on stand in case he's handed jail time" The Register 8:41 AM
  • "Intel Acquires Chip Design Firm Ineda Systems To Supercharge Discrete GPU Development" HotHardware 3:59 PM
  • "Intel Already Adding Linux Kernel Support For 2020 Dedicated GPU Releases" Forbes 8:32 AM
  • "Intel's 10,000-plus W. Chandler employees now have a new boss" Wrangler News 8:33 AM
  • "How Intel plans to take Liverpool and Manchester City fans inside the Premier League title race" ["Unveiled at an event in South London, Intel's partnership with City, Liverpool and Arsenal will see the company deploy its True View technology to deliver immersive viewing experiences to the fans of each club, using volumetric capture to enable them to watch soccer in a way that they never have before."] SportsPro Media 8:32 AM
  • "NVIDIA Dispels DLSS Myths, Addresses AMD Criticism And Gamer Questions" HotHardware 3:59 PM
  • "Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude" The Register 8:08 AM
  • "Supermicro making a push into high-end gaming motherboards" ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "Facebook joins Amazon and Google in AI chip race" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:33 AM
  • "Innovation key as Cisco unveils centre of excellence in Singapore" Channel Asia 8:18 AM
  • "Cisco downgraded by Morgan Stanley on slowing growth" Seneca Standard 8:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Did Warren Buffet Sell 1% of His Total Stake in Apple?" Market Realist 7:37 AM
Industry News
  • "US markets closed for President's Day, Asian markets climb" FOXBusiness 8:36 AM
  • "Global Stocks Edge Higher as U.S.-China Trade Talks Progress: U.S. markets will remain closed on Monday for Presidents Day" [Paid Membership Required] 8:36 AM
  • "Asian markets kick higher on renewed U.S.-China trade hopes: Stocks in Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai surge after Friday's announcement of more trade negotiations" MarketWatch 8:36 AM
  • "European stocks hover at 4-month highs on hopes for more trade progress; Wirecard surges: Autos under some pressure on worries over U.S. tariffs" MarketWatch 8:36 AM

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