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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".

  • "How Apple Achieved A True Return To Growth"  Seeking Alpha 12:28 PM
  • "Apple's Swift programming language is headed towards 'world domination' — here's why developers at Uber and Airbnb are placing their bets on it" [BI Prime]  Business Insider 8:46 AM
  • "Foxconn Says Plant Restart Hinges on China's Guidance" Bloomberg 9:49 PM
  • "Taiwan's Foxconn gets OK to restart plant in Zhengzhou, China: source" ["A delayed resumption of operations could impact the global technology supply chain and shipments to customers including Apple Inc, a person with direct knowledge of the matter previously told Reuters."] Reuters 9:01 PM
  • "China's Shenzhen denies blocking Apple supplier Foxconn from resuming production"  Reuters 10:12 AM
  • "Foxconn moving iPhone production to combat coronavirus production loss, says Ming-Chi Kuo" AppleInsider 12:33 PM
  • "Apple TV Plus isn't catching on — Here's how Apple can change that" Tom's Guide 8:11 PM
  • "China blocks restart of Foxconn plants due to coronavirus: sources/Move further disrupts production of Apple, Amazon and Huawei devices"  Nikkei 2/8
  • "Report: iPhone Production Halted Due To Coronavirus" PC Magazine 2/8
  • "Apple fined €25 million for slowing down older iPhones" BetaNews 2/8
  • "References To AMD Processors Spotted In macOS 10.15.4 Beta" Redmond Pie 2/8
  • "Wacom defends itself against data harvesting accusations" AppleInsider 2/8
  • "New Google Chrome Feature Will Safeguard Web Browser Against Insecure Downloads" HotHardware 2/8
  • "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 2/8
  • "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
  • "My trouble with Hazel" Dr. Drang 12:32 PM
  • "Special: The Catalina Files" Rixstep 7:05 AM
  • "12 Super Cool Things to Do on a Mac Computer" Apple Gazette 2/8
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Utah company claims iPhone radiation levels are at twice the legal limit" ["Apple, in response, points to its assertion disputing similar claims against previous iPhone models that its phones are rigorously tested and meet required RF limits."] Deseret News 8:10 PM
  • "Apple's program for independent repair shops requires surprise inspections" Digital Trends 2/8
  • "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
  • "Samsung just revealed a new foldable smartphone during the Oscars — here's what we can tell about it from the short ad" Business Insider 9:01 PM
  • "Amazon pulls out of MWC 2020, citing coronavirus concerns" CNET 8:16 PM
  • "California's new privacy law is off to a rocky start" TechCrunch 2/8
  • "Motorola Disputes Razr Durability Concerns" PC Magazine 3:46 PM
  • "Motorola Dismisses Razr FoldBot Hinge Test Destruction, Shares Its Own 'Real' Flip Test" HotHardware 2/8
  • "Facebook and Twitter won't delete Trump's deceptively edited Pelosi video" Mashable 2/8
  • "Coronavirus fears put MWC phone event in a tough spot" CNET 2/8
  • "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
  • "#522: iCloud Family Sharing/Family Sharing means that up to six people can share purchases, media and other Apple services. This week, David and Stephen walk through the features, how to set it up and the possible pitfalls of this Apple service." Relay FM: Mac Power Users 9:53 PM
  • "iMore Show 691: The Future is Now" iMore 3:51 PM
  • "You should check your Apple Watch trends now [Cult of Mac Magazine 335] Cult of Mac 2/8
  • "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 2/8
  • "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
  • "Kuo Warns of Delays and Low Labor Return Rates at Apple Supplier Factories in China Due to Coronavirus" MacRumors 3:50 PM
  • "Low-Cost iPhone: Apple Choosing $399 Price Tag? Rumors indicate Apple will release a low-cost iPhone this spring, and a new report claims it'll start at just $399." PC Magazine 3:47 PM
  • "HomePod Turns Two, Lower-Priced Model Might Launch Later This Year" MacRumors 8:49 AM
  • "The strategy behind Apple's low-cost iPhone, coming in March"  Fast Company 2/8
  • "Upcoming Low-Cost iPhone Again Rumored to Be Priced at $399" MacRumors 2/8
  • "Apple now buys more semiconductors than anyone" Apple Must 2/8
  • "Support for PC keyboards coming to iPad: The iPad 13.4 beta features key remapping!" iMore 2/8
  • "A foldable iPhone? Apple might be making moves to follow Razr and Galaxy Z Flip" CNET 2/8
  • "Contacts Showing as Numbers Only on iPhone? Here's the Fix for Not Showing Contact Names!" OS X Daily 10:11 AM
  • "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

  • "Review: Bandly Genuine Wood Apple Watch Bands" Forbes 8:16 PM
  • "Review: Cleer Audio Ally Plus Earbuds offer active noise cancellation in a sophisticated package" AppleInsider 3:50 PM
  • "Uniq packs 8000mAh into tiny powerbank [Review] Cult of Mac 12:33 PM
  • "Review: HomeKit support makes the abode iota alarm system the best option for Apple users" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "I Used Pitaka's MagEZ Mount Qi, MagEZ iPhone Case, And MagEZ Juice For 2 Weeks And Won't Go Back" Redmond Pie 2/8
  • "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
  • "Everything You Need to Know About the Apple Pencil" MacRumors 3:50 PM
  • "How your Apple Watch can save/earn you over $500 a year" Apple Must 12:10 PM
  • "Why the coronavirus outbreak may hasten the demise of the smartphone as we know it" South China Morning Post 8:16 PM
  • "Woz Remembers Steve Jobs' Ambition to Change Humanity" Slashdot 10:12 AM
  • "Apple's Lack Of Innovation Is Hurting Your MacBook Pro" Forbes 8:54 AM
  • "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 2/8
  • "Apple is right to slow down older iPhones, here's why" iMore 2/8
  • "What to expect at Samsung's Unpacked event" Mashable 2/8
  • "The iPhone is expected to get a bunch of new features later this year — here are the ones we want to see" Business Insider 2/8
  • "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
  • "Golf Pool is an ideal fit on VR headsets" VentureBeat 9:18 PM
  • "Comment: So much for the techlash" New Zealand Herald [Subscription Required for Full Article] 2/8
  • "Almost Every Website You Visit Records Exactly How Your Mouse Moves" Slashdot 2/8
  • "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 2/8
  • "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 2/8
  • "The strange, thorny and sometimes sleazy origins of 11 tech terms you use every day" CNET 2/8
  • "Smart lighting security flaw illuminates risk of IoT" Computerworld 2/7
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Pwn20wnd says unc0ver could support iOS 13.0-13.3 on A12(X)-A13 devices" iDownload Blog 3:51 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro Max Jailbreak On iOS 13.3 Teased By Pwn20wnd" Redmond Pie 2/8
  • "Compulocks Launches Custom-Designed Cable Lock Slot for Macbook Pro 16"'" prMac 2/8
  • "The Best iPhone Apps to Track Coronavirus Outbreak" iPhone Hacks 2/8
  • "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 PCs Can't Shut Down Or Restart: Laptops and desktops running Windows 7 are unable to shut down or restart, but some users discovered a temporary workaround to bypass the major bug." PC Magazine 3:47 PM
  • "Windows 10 Start Menu Ads For Edge Are An Antitrust Violation Waiting To Happen" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "Microsoft, Twitter and Walmart want to help you get a job in tech — without racking up student loans" CNBC 12:28 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Duo Captured On Video In All Its Folding Dual Display Glory" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "GeForce RTX T10-8 GPU And Intel CC150 CPU: The Hardware Powering GeForce NOW" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "AMD Threadripper 3990X 64-Core Beast Breaks 5.5GHz, Smokes Benchmark Record In Overclocking Battle" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "AMD cuts 15.5% market share of the total x86 offering" Optocrypto 12:28 PM
  • "US regulators face off in 5G court tussle over Qualcomm" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:49 AM
  • "Interview: Cloud's biggest threat? The customers who use it/The cloud computing market is growing rapidly, backed by major players like Google and Amazon. However impactful, companies need to consider the cybersecurity risks involved in gravitating to the cloud. A security consultant provides an overview." Digital Journal 12:20 PM
  • "Huawei: UK 5G concerns 'a witch-hunt' says Chinese ambassador" BBC 12:33 PM
  • "More developers know JavaScript, mostly want to know Go" ARN 12:24 PM
  • "Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers" ZDNet 2/8
  • "Microsoft releases fix for black desktop bug in Windows 7" BetaNews 2/8
  • "This Windows 7 Bug Is Blocking Users From Shutting Down, But Here's The Fix" HotHardware 2/8
  • "Alleged AMD Radeon Instinct MI100 Arcturus GPU Accelerator Breaks Cover With 32GB HBM2" HotHardware 2/8
  • "Nvidia earnings: A return to revenue growth expected after a tough year" MarketWatch 2/8
  • "Should We Be Delighted With Cisco Systems, Inc.'s ROE Of 32%?" Simply Wall St. 2/8
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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