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Tuesday Highlights: Coronavirus global mayhem axes over $200 billion from big tech stocks, Apple saw $60 billion wiped from value; more than half of the 42 Apple Stores in China reopen for business; Apple, TikTok decline testifying at US Congress probe of "tech's ties to CHina"; Apple's services segment seen topping $50 billion by 2025; got a new Mac but miss the chime upon startup? Here's how to bring it back; Johnson & Johnson announces Heartline study "to explore if a new iPhone app and Apple Watch can help reduce the risk of stroke"; Foxconn paying workers incentives to return to work; Jif, yes, the peanut butter company, teams with Giphy to settle how to pronounce "GIF" it a hard G or soft G?; iFixit tackles question if all "earbuds as evil as AirPods".

  • "China blocks restart of Foxconn plants due to coronavirus: sources/Move further disrupts production of Apple, Amazon and Huawei devices"  Nikkei 7:47 AM
  • "Report: iPhone Production Halted Due To Coronavirus" PC Magazine 11:53 AM
  • "Apple fined €25 million for slowing down older iPhones" BetaNews 7:39 AM
  • "How Apple Killed The Swiss Watch Industry" ["For many watch enthusiasts, a Swiss watch was a powerful status symbol. But once you have tasted the apple, you're lost. [...] As soon as you start using the Apple Watch, you realize one thing is clear: the rest of your watch collection will live on in a drawer from now on."]  Forbes 2/7
  • "Apple Back to Production Monday? Coronavirus Impact on Tech Giant Is Limited" TheStreet 2/7
  • "IPhone Maker Foxconn Warns Staff to Keep Away From Shenzhen Base" ["The moratorium represents an extreme effort by Apple Inc.'s most important partner to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that's paralyzed much of China's manufacturing."]  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/7
  • "Coronavirus: Chinese Apple Stores Could Extend Closure" ["In a message signed Deirdre O'Brien and sent today to all Apple employees in China, the one who wears the two caps of human resources manager and patron of the Apple Store, suggests that these reopenings may go be done more gradually than expected."]  Google French-to-English: MacGeneration 2/7
  • "Apple Extends Store Closures in China Over Coronavirus" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/7
  • "Apple extends Chinese store closures due to coronavirus: Some are listed as remaining closed through Feb. 14." CNET 2/7
  • "iPhone repairs: Apple hands independent repair shops a tough contract/Independent repair shops that join Apple's program need to give up a lot of their independence." ZDNet 2/7
  • "France hits Apple with $27M fine for slowing down old iPhones: It follows a two-year probe by the country's consumer watchdog." CNET 2/7
  • "Apple Fined 25 Million Euros in France for Slowing Down Older iPhones With iOS Update" MacRumors 2/7
  • "France just fined Apple $27 million for intentionally slowing down iPhones — the amount of profit the company makes in under 3 hours" Business Insider 2/7
  • "France hits Apple with $27 million fine over the battery issue you probably forgot about" BGR 2/7
  • "References To AMD Processors Spotted In macOS 10.15.4 Beta" Redmond Pie 7:37 AM
  • "Wacom defends itself against data harvesting accusations" AppleInsider 1:51 PM
  • "New Google Chrome Feature Will Safeguard Web Browser Against Insecure Downloads" HotHardware 4:34 PM
  • "Apple deprecating macOS kernel extensions (KEXTs) is a great win for security" ZDNet 2/7
  • "macOS 10.15.4 beta code boasts new references to AMD processors" iDownload Blog 2/7
  • "How To Use Your Mac If Your Keyboard, Mouse or Trackpad Isn't Working" MacMost 2/7
  • "How to Add an Email Address to Mac Mail" OS X Daily 10:39 AM
  • "Folder sharing brings iCloud Drive closer to Dropbox, but there's work left to do: iCloud Drive is better, but there's still a lot of improvements that need to be made." Macworld 2/7
  • "Using Keynote to Build Graphics for Final Cut Pro X" 2/7
  • "How to use the Head Pointer tool on Catalina Mac" Apple Must 2/7
  • "12 Super Cool Things to Do on a Mac Computer" Apple Gazette 4:58 PM
  • "Bad AppleScript: Template Gun meets the Internet" Six Colors 2/7
  • "This video shows you just how bad Mac OS 9's Voiceprint spoken password system was" iMore 2/7
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's program for independent repair shops requires surprise inspections" Digital Trends 8:28 PM
  • "The 'Get a Mac' campaign was instrumental in shaping Apple's reputation with consumers: In the mid-2000s, Mac sales had dropped, so Apple decided to show people a softer, more human side of the Mac and it paid off big time." iMore 2/7
  • "Apple applies for license to install new GPS testing facility at Apple Park" AppleInsider 2/7
  • "Judge slams 'dumb' FCC in iPhone radiation suit; case moves to trial" Cult of Mac 2/7
  • "Coronavirus: iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to make masks" BBC 2/7
  • "Apple gives developers the ability to distribute custom apps to schools" Cult of Mac 2/7
  • "Apple makes its debate debut" Axios 2/7
Non-Apple News
  • "California's new privacy law is off to a rocky start" TechCrunch 6:03 PM
  • "Motorola Dismisses Razr FoldBot Hinge Test Destruction, Shares Its Own 'Real' Flip Test" HotHardware 4:34 PM
  • "Facebook and Twitter won't delete Trump's deceptively edited Pelosi video" Mashable 10:39 AM
  • "Coronavirus fears put MWC phone event in a tough spot" CNET 7:58 AM
  • "Hackers deface Facebook's official Twitter and Instagram accounts" ZDNet 2/7
  • "New Samsung Galaxy Watch details leak" MSPoweruser 2/7
  • "US appeals court says it won't reconsider reversing the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules" Business Insider 2/7
  • "YouTube Music might finally let you upload your own music library: Google Play Music might close soon afterward." Engadget 2/7
  • "Chrome OS may soon copy 'Hot Corners' from macOS" 9to5Google 2/7
  • "Coronavirus affecting tech firms as outbreak spreads: Some of the world's biggest companies have limited travel and closed stores and offices because of the new disease." CNET 2/7
  • "As coronavirus challenges mount, WHO's reputation is being hijacked for data theft scams: A potential pandemic, an 'infodemic,' and scams are all challenges being faced by the WHO." ZDNet 2/7
  • "Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement: Commercial database that maps movements of millions of cellphones is deployed by immigration and border authorities" [Paid Membership Required] 2/7
  • "Attempt to fold Motorola's Razr 100,000 times doesn't go great" TechCrunch 2/7
  • "The DOJ's antitrust probe into Google is honing in on its third-party advertising business" Business Insider 2/7
  • "Homeland Security reportedly bought phone location data to track people at the border" The Verge 2/7
  • "Report: China's Smartphone Makers Are Building a Google Play Store Competitor" PC Magazine 2/7
  • "You should check your Apple Watch trends now [Cult of Mac Magazine 335] Cult of Mac 1:51 PM
  • "Mythic Quest: Apple TV+'s gaming industry comedy could be the next Silicon Valley/The co-creators and actor F. Murray Abraham talk about the new season, and what could come in Season 2" CNET 7:27 AM
  • "Adam Engst on Smart Assistants, The Effect of Advertising, and Issue #1,500 of TidBITS" MacVoices 2/7
  • "The Dalrymple Report: AirPods Pro, Apple Maps, and Apple News+" The Loop 2/7
  • "Security Friday! – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-07" The Mac Observer 2/7
  • "The new iOS 13.4 beta just leaked ALL SORTS of stuff... Catch the juicy details, on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 2/7
  • "Apple Watch outsells all Swiss firms combined, plus a new fight over health records on the AppleInsider podcast" AppleInsider 2/7
  • "The strategy behind Apple's low-cost iPhone, coming in March"  Fast Company 11:23 AM
  • "Upcoming Low-Cost iPhone Again Rumored to Be Priced at $399" MacRumors 1:51 PM
  • "Apple now buys more semiconductors than anyone" Apple Must 7:22 AM
  • "Support for PC keyboards coming to iPad: The iPad 13.4 beta features key remapping!" iMore 7:37 AM
  • "A foldable iPhone? Apple might be making moves to follow Razr and Galaxy Z Flip" CNET 7:39 AM
  • "Many Built-to-Order iMac, iMac Pro, and MacBook Pro Models Currently Facing Extended Delivery Estimates" MacRumors 2/7
  • "New References to AMD Processors Discovered in macOS 10.15.4 Beta" MacRumors 2/7
  • "Future Apple Macs could come with AMD Navi 21 GPUs, leak suggests" Digital Trends 2/7
  • "Apple may be testing Macs with AMD processors" Engadget 2/7
  • "Apple may release a new Apple TV for the first time in more than 2 years, and a leak suggests it will be noticeably faster" Business Insider 2/7
  • "Apple iMac Pro with flexible glass housing: Apple is developing a glass iMac. This stylish all-in-one PC is bendable, has a touchscreen screen and has a removable keyboard." Google Dutch-to-English: LetsGoDigital 2/7
  • "Fix for iPhone turning off on itself and not turning back on" iDownload Blog 2/7
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/7
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/7
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/7

  • "Huawei: Senior Tories want Huawei 'ruled out' of 5G plans" BBC 7:46 AM
  • "I Used Pitaka's MagEZ Mount Qi, MagEZ iPhone Case, And MagEZ Juice For 2 Weeks And Won't Go Back" Redmond Pie 7:38 AM
  • "HomeKit Weekly: August Smart Lock Pro is exactly why smart home technology was created" 9to5Mac 2/7
  • "Epson Expression Photo XP-8600 review: Compact all-in-one printer does it all" Macworld 2/7
  • "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is a comedy surprise you can't miss/Apple TV's video game-based show takes aim at labor, Nazis, YouTubers, and more" The Verge 2/7
  • "Apple TV+'s Mythic Quest is 'Silicon Valley' but for game devs" Engadget 2/7
  • "How to take control of notifications on your phone, tablet and computer" New York Times 2/7
  • "How to stop Apple news notifications for products, offers, Music, and more" iDownload Blog 2/7
  • "How to manually update your Apple TV, or set it to update automatically in the background" Business Insider 2/7
  • "How to Switch Bluetooth Devices on iPhone & iPad from Control Center" OS X Daily 2/7
  • "How to create rooms and zones in the Home app for HomeKit" iDownload Blog 2/7
  • "How To Jailbreak iOS 13.3.1 Using Checkra1n [Guide] Redmond Pie 2/7
  • "iPhone to Android: The ultimate switching guide/Ready to make the move from iOS to Android? Here's everything you need to successfully switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel or any other Android device." Computerworld 2/7
  • "Apple's folding phone patent is a problem Samsung should have solved years ago: A folding iPhone would be silly. But it wouldn't have a crease down the center of the display." Android Central 9:29 AM
  • "Apple is right to slow down older iPhones, here's why" iMore 9:23 AM
  • "What to expect at Samsung's Unpacked event" Mashable 7:46 AM
  • "The iPhone is expected to get a bunch of new features later this year — here are the ones we want to see" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "Apple officially acquired NeXT 23 years ago, changing everything"  AppleInsider 2/7
  • "Apple takes a shot in the dark with its latest iPhone ad" phoneArena 2/7
  • "Whoa, France. Take it easy. Wow. You're out of control. Fining Apple 55 minutes of revenue for secretly slowing down iPhones? Maniaques! Prenez-vous les cartes de crédit? asks Tim Cook as he prepares to personally expense this trifling €25m" The Register 2/7
  • "Fun With Charts: A plague of Performas" Six Colors 2/7
  • "Feature Request: Level up Sidecar with portrait orientation support for iPad" 9to5Mac 2/7
  • "Is Apple At Its Core A Media Company? Watch Tonight's New Hampshire Debate" Forbes 2/7
  • "Apple Watches Outsell Entire Swiss Watch Industry, But Don't Ring The Death Bell Yet" Forbes 2/7
  • "Big Tech Has a Trillion-Dollar Problem/Plus: Steve Jobs' too-modest vision for Apple, the real problem with bitcoin, and the anointing of Rush Limbaugh." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/7
  • "Why you should hold off from buying an Apple TV until the spring: It looks like a new version of Apple's 4K television streaming box is on the way" GearBrain 2/7
  • "Apple News Encourages Frequent Blogging" Bitsplitting 2/7
  • "I just dumped one of Apple's worst, most beautiful products: It all must have seemed like a good idea at the time. But the departure of the business chief responsible for Apple News Plus suggests I was not alone in not finding a reason to keep paying." ZDNet 2/7
  • "Cassandra -Connected Evolutions in the Digital Photo World: Part 3, Film and Cameras" eXtensions 2/7
  • "Cassandra -Connected Evolutions in the Digital Photo World: Part 2, the DSLR Camera" eXtensions 2/7
  • "Cassandra -Connected Evolutions in the Digital Photo World: Part 1, the iPhone" eXtensions 2/7
  • "Don't buy these Apple products: February 2020 edition/Read before spending your money!" ZDNet 2/7
  • "Comment: So much for the techlash" New Zealand Herald [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:27 PM
  • "Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves" Slashdot 4:58 PM
  • "How to tell if your provider is throttling your internet: There are plenty of reasons for slow internet. Here's how to be sure an unethical internet provider isn't one of them." CNET 8:09 AM
  • "From Amazon to Palantir, Silicon Valley is obsessed with 'Lord of the Rings' — but critics say that the tech industry is missing the point" [BI Prime] Business Insider 7:58 AM
  • "The strange, thorny and sometimes sleazy origins of 11 tech terms you use every day" CNET 7:58 AM
  • "Smart lighting security flaw illuminates risk of IoT" Computerworld 2/7
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iPhone 11 Pro Max Jailbreak On iOS 13.3 Teased By Pwn20wnd" Redmond Pie 8:10 PM
  • "Compulocks Launches Custom-Designed Cable Lock Slot for Macbook Pro 16"'" prMac 6:16 PM
  • "The Best iPhone Apps to Track Coronavirus Outbreak" iPhone Hacks 7:22 AM
  • "It Looks Like Action Platformer 'Swords and Sandals Spartacus' is Heading to iOS and Android Soon" Touch Arcade 2/7
  • "'Tennis Stars: Ultimate Clash' is an Online Multiplayer Tennis Game that's Looking for Beta Testers" Touch Arcade 2/7
  • "Apple Arcade scores a goal with new Charrua Soccer game" CNET 2/7
  • "This week's new arrival on Apple Arcade is Charrua Soccer" iDownload Blog 2/7
  • "2021 Chrysler Pacifica features wireless CarPlay support and a 10.1-inch touchscreen" iDownload Blog 2/7
  • "Clatters 1.0 for iOS and iPadOS - Monitor Your Brand on Social Media" prMac 2/7
  • "Silicon Power Unveils Stream S07 External Hard Drives: Up to 8 TB" AnandTech 2/7
  • "A New 'Crash Bandicoot' Endless Runner from King Is Seemingly on the Way for Mobile Platforms" Touch Arcade 2/7
  • "Get your Apple Watch and Strava in sync again with this essential app" Cult of Mac 2/7
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers" ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft releases fix for black desktop bug in Windows 7" BetaNews 10:34 AM
  • "Nvidia earnings: A return to revenue growth expected after a tough year" MarketWatch 1:51 PM
  • "Should We Be Delighted With Cisco Systems, Inc.'s ROE Of 32%?" Simply Wall St. 10:43 AM
  • "How Microsoft keeps reinventing itself: At 45 years old, Microsoft seems to just be getting started. After struggling to keep its footing in a changing tech industry in the late 2000s and 2010s, the company is regaining momentum." Quartz [Subscription Required for Full Article] 2/7
  • "Who are Microsoft's 'real' competitors? Google and Amazon being the 'real' competition for Xbox reveals the tricky balancing act that Microsoft's games team now faces" GamesIndustry 2/7
  • "Windows 10 Upgrade Woes Continue: Half a Million NHS Devices Still Running Windows 7" 2/7
  • "Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers: Another major bug hits Windows 7 after the January 14 end-of-life (EOL) deadline." ZDNet 2/7
  • "Personal productivity 2020 - Slack and Microsoft Teams didn't ruin work - but they didn't fix work either" Diginomica 2/7
  • "How is IBM's Watson fighting against human trafficking? IBM is leveraging its cloud technologies to combat human exploitation across borders." The Hill 2/7
  • "Intel's Powerful New TGL CPU Leaked – Contains An iGPU As Powerful As The Sony PS4" 2/7
  • "Previously Unknown Intel CC150 8-Core CPU Pops Up Online" ExtremeTech 2/7
  • "Mysterious Intel Core i3-1000NG4 processor makes curious appearance on Time Spy benchmark" NotebookCheck 2/7
  • "Intel's Comet Lake Meets Optical Drive in ASUS X545FA Laptop" AnandTech 2/7
  • "Intel Clear Linux outperforms Windows 10 and Ubuntu... on cheap AMD hardware" TechRadar UK 2/7
  • "AMD and ASRock finally receive Intel's blessing for Ryzen Thunderbolt 3 support" PCGamesN 2/7
  • "AMD wants you to help make its future GPUs better with driver feedback" TechRadar UK 2/7
  • "Dell pushes hyperconverged with new VxRail accelerator" Tech Central 2/7
  • "Dell EMC PowerOne is Next-Gen Converged Infrastructure" Gigaom 2/7
  • "Dell revamps partner program" CRN 2/7
  • "Dell Technologies lists top server trends for 2020" DataQuest 2/7
  • "HPE Nominates Microsoft Director Veteran Charles Noski To Its Board" CRN 2/7
  • "Cisco and IoT Technology: The Building Blocks behind IoT Payments" PaymentsJournal 2/7
  • "Cisco (CSCO) to Report Q2 Earnings: What's in the Offing?" Zacks 2/7
  • "Cisco Meraki Go Network: Easy to Use, but Perhaps Too Simplistic" eWeek 2/7
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks end lower as market retreats from records: Coronavirus death toll rises to more than 630" MarketWatch 2/7
  • "Stocks Close Lower After Jobs Report and as Coronavirus Worries Linger: Stocks finish down Friday following four days of gains after a strong U.S. jobs report is overshadowed by lingering coronavirus concern." TheStreet 2/7
  • "Stocks slide as coronavirus worries overshadow blowout jobs report: The US economy added 225,000 jobs in January, smashing estimates" FOXBusiness 2/7
  • "U.S. Stocks End the Day Lower, Paring Week's Gains: Indexes close with losses of 0.5% or more, while Uber shares jump on earnings outlook" [Paid Membership Required] 2/7
  • "Asian markets stumble as coronavirus concerns linger: Stocks pull back in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul" MarketWatch 2/7

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