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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".

  • "Apple to reopen some stores in Beijing on February 14: website"  Reuters 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Stores in Beijing Reopening Tomorrow With Limited Hours, Other Chinese Stores Remain Closed" MacRumors 10:16 AM
  • "Apple will reopen Beijing stores as coronavirus outbreak continues: But they'll be open fewer hours than usual. Other stores in China will remain closed." CNET 11:15 AM
  • "Apple suppliers scramble to keep vast factories virus-free: Foxconn and others given strict health guidelines for campuses housing tens of thousands of workers"  Nikkei [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:19 AM
  • "How Apple supplier Foxconn is dealing with coronavirus" Cult of Mac 7:29 AM
  • "Bankers, Apple Could Be Casualties in Irish Political Revolution" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Apple on Hook for Millions for Off-the-Clock Bag Searches" Blooomberg Law 4:49 PM
  • "Apple liable for millions in unpaid wages after court rules retail worker bag checks illegal: The California Supreme Court in a decision delivered on Thursday found Apple broke state law by not paying retail workers for the time they spent participating in mandatory bag and device searches, leaving the company liable for millions in unpaid wages." AppleInsider 6:55 PM
  • "Apple must pay store employees for bag-search time, court rules: Court dismisses argument that employees don't need to bring bags and purses to work." CNET 6:55 PM
  • "Apple brings code-teaching app Swift Playgrounds to the Mac: It's all thanks to Catalyst, Apple's iOS-to-macOS platform." Engadget 7:14 AM
  • "Apple launches a new Mac app to help you learn programming basics" The Next Web 7:26 AM
  • "Use False Colour to Get Perfect White Balances with Pro Color Monitor" 11:15 AM
  • "The Guide To Using Mac Status Menu Icons" MacMost 1:30 PM
  • "How We Fixed the Dreaded 0xdead10cc Crash" inessential 3:59 PM
  • "Malware threats on Macs outpace Windows for first time ever" The Loop 2:43 PM
  • "Swift Playgrounds for Mac: Swift Playgrounds for Mac is here — and that's important." iMore 2:02 PM
Press Releases
  • "'Lockdown' open source firewall app leaps from iOS to Mac, blocks app and website trackers for free" 9to5Mac 11:51 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "After Samsung's Z Flip, Could Apple Follow Suit With Its Own Folding Device? A group of analysts at UBS predicted last year that Apple may release its own folding device, most likely a tablet, in 2021."  TheStreet 8:10 AM
  • "Samsung and Apple's war for the best high-end smartphone is leading to ridiculous prices"  CNN Business 8:07 AM
  • "Samsung's exclusive content partnerships will help counter Apple's services push" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: New Record for Smart Speakers As Global Sales Reached 146.9 Million in 2019" ["Chinese vendors Baidu, Alibaba and Xiaomi all increased their shares, while Apple remained in sixth place with 4.7%."] Business Wire 2:43 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod Places Sixth in Global Smart Speaker Market in Q4 2019" MacRumors 2:43 PM
  • "Check the attic! These 8 old tech items could be worth a lot of money" USA Today 8:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google removes 500+ malicious Chrome extensions from the Web Store" ZDNet 10:17 AM
  • "Engineer replaces her flip phone with a DIY rotary phone. Yes, it's portable." Mashable 8:07 AM
  • "Organisers of cancelled mobile conference play down compensation chances" Reuters 7:28 AM
  • "Disinfecting robots to fight coronavirus run into travel bans" ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "The problem with mobile and app voting" [Podcast] Computerworld 4:04 PM
  • "AI vs. Machine Learning, Thoughts on Our New Macs, Oak Island -ACM 525" The Mac Observer 1:08 PM
  • "Huawei Backdoors, iPad Multitasking – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-13" The Mac Observer 12:49 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: February 13, 2020 – iPhone 12 production, Project xCloud for iOS" 9to5Mac 11:51 AM
  • "Samsung's Unpacked event, 'iPhone SE 2' rumors, iOS 13.4, and more: Macworld Podcast episode 685" Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "Apple may still unveil next generation iPhones on schedule despite possible production delays, say sources" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:54 AM
  • "III-V semiconductor makers gearing up for new iPhone production" ["The sources said iPhone SE2, an entry-level LCD model supposed to be launched in the first half of 2020, will incorporate mostly the same components as adopted for iPhone 8."] DigiTimes 7:17 AM
  • "Digitimes: Coronavirus production delays will not affect iPhone 12 September launch, high demand for 5G A14 chips" 9to5Mac 7:29 AM
  • "Apple suppliers gearing up for 'iPhone SE 2' production" AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "There's no going back: Apple stops signing iOS 13.3" Cult of Mac 7:29 AM
  • "Apple reportedly in high demand for 5nm A14 to support 5G devices" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:54 AM
  • "DigiTimes: 5G iPad Pro Models With A14 Chip to Launch in Fall 2020" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Has Stopped Signing iOS 13.3 On The Eve Of Unc0ver Jailbreak Release For A12 / 13 Devices" Redmond Pie 12:42 PM
  • "Apple Reveals more about their future Modular Wall Unit System that Automatically Configures Smart Homes" Patently Apple 7:18 AM
  • "Apple exploring HomeKit smart home update with device tracking, simple setup" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Apple's 'CarKey' API could control your HomeKit smart lock in future" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
  • "In the Future, Apple Watch users may be able to upgrade their Watch with Different Functional Modules" Patently Apple 7:56 AM
  • "Apple Watch of the future could have a modular back for upgrades & new sensors" AppleInsider 8:57 AM
  • "Apple files for patent for 'autonomous navigation system' for a vehicle" Apple World Today 8:26 AM
  • "YouTube TV to cancel subscriptions purchased through Apple in-app payments in March: Google's YouTube unit this week informed YouTube TV customers of a change in policy that will see a discontinuation of subscriptions purchased through Apple's in-app payments mechanism, forcing users to subscribe elsewhere or cancel the service." AppleInsider 8:43 PM
  • "YouTube TV ditches App Store billing, will cancel accounts that don't switch payment methods" 9to5Mac 9:07 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple's best-kept secret is its refurbished Mac store, where you can get the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro for almost $400 off" Business Insider 4:04 PM
  • "Apple Begins Selling Certified Refurbished 16-Inch MacBook Pro Models" MacRumors 12:39 PM
  • "Apple AirPods Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:10 AM

iOS Apps
  • "Comparing iOS and Android xCloud Streaming" Thurrott 1:59 PM
  • "How sneaky kids use AirPods to 'talk' in class" Cult of Mac 5:04 PM
  • "How to add attachments from the Files app in Gmail for iOS" Cult of Mac 2:43 PM
  • "How to play 'Halo' on your iPhone or iPad with Microsoft's Project xCloud" AppleInsider 12:40 PM
  • "Shortcuts Rewind: Linking Tricks Using Markdown and Rich Text" MacStories 10:42 AM
  • "How to Enable Low Data Mode on iPhone & iPad for Wi-Fi Networks" OS X Daily 10:23 AM
  • "How to save numbers on iPhone to the Contacts app" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
  • "Stop AirDrop in iOS with Screen Time: AirDrop can be abused by and abuse people. You can block it with Screen Time restrictions." Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "How to sign-up and play Xbox Project xCloud Preview tests on iOS" iMore 7:13 AM
  • "How to Downgrade iPhone from iOS 13.3.1 to iOS 13.3" iPhone Hacks 7:10 AM
  • "How to fix iPhone stuck on repeat songs in the Music app" iDownload Blog 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Pay is just the beginning, and Americans seem to want it that way" Apple Must 12:35 PM
  • "Should iOS automatically activate white or dark app icons when Dark Mode is on?" iDownload Blog 11:15 AM
  • "Hard times inside Apple's forgotten App Store: Are you one of the many iOS users that ignores the row of apps at the bottom of the message composition window?"  Computerworld 8:22 AM
  • "Comment: A few hours with Project xCloud for iOS preview shows a lot of promise" 9to5Mac 7:29 AM
  • "Why Apple's iPhone 9 Will Find More Success After MWC Cancellation" Forbes 7:12 AM
  • "Hey, Google: Maybe it's time to take a lesson from Samsung" Computerworld 11:51 AM
  • "Observations from Samsung's Unpacked 2020" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:40 PM
  • "The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the iPhone moment folding phones have been waiting for: I got to use the Galaxy Z Flip for an hour and it changed my whole perception of folding phones." ["As soon as I picked up the iPhone back in 2007, I knew that the future of the smartphone had arrived. I feel the same way the Galaxy Z Flip."]  PCWorld 8:22 AM
  • "Samsung is in dire trouble: The electronics giant has haemorrhaged money on overhyped semiconductor chips, folding phones and a 'smart' ball. And the new Galaxy S20 won't solve its problems" Wired UK 8:07 AM
  • "Motorola Razr Teardown - One of the Most Complex Phones Ever" YouTube: iFixit 8:10 AM
  • "Motorola Razr Teardown" iFixit 8:10 AM
  • "Review: Motorola Razr/Motorola's first foldable smartphone makes a good case for the return of the clamshell design, but the Razr is still stuck in the past." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:56 AM
  • "The biggest threat to MWC is tech companies realizing they don't need it: Everybody has to go it alone now, they might prefer it" The Verge 7:27 AM
  • "Sorry, Razr: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip's foldable glass screen already blows me away/Samsung's foldable Galaxy Z Flip pushes boundaries in seriously impressive ways." CNET 8:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Linksys Confirm Rollout of HomeKit Firmware Update 'Over Next Several Days'" Homekit News 9:10 PM
  • "Linksys says HomeKit support is coming to Velop routers 'in the next several days'" 9to5Mac 9:10 PM
  • "Canon Launches New Camera Cloud Platform -" PRNewswire 4:03 PM
  • "Underwater iPhone case goes deep for stellar pics" Cult of Mac 4:00 PM
  • "YouTube TV to halt Apple in-app payments, in latest spurning of Apple system" CNET 4:00 PM
  • "YouTube TV Ending Support for App Store Subscriptions in March" MacRumors 2:43 PM
  • "Google's GameSnacks brings bite-size web games to slow phones" CNET 1:07 PM
  • "Jamm Pro combines powerful synth and sampler tools in one iPad app" Engadget 12:41 PM
  • "Apple adds new AR shopping tools to Home Depot's toolbox: New iPhone and iPad integrations add buy buttons and links for Home Depot, Wayfair and others." CNET 12:39 PM
  • "Apple Updates Shazam App With Search" iClarified 12:38 PM
  • "Gmail for iOS Gaining Integration With Apple's Files App for Adding Attachments" MacRumors 8:08 AM
  • "You can now import your Apple Watch workouts into Strava for iOS" iMore 7:54 AM
  • "New Google Maps widely available on Android and iOS" 9to5Google 7:26 AM
  • "Company of Heroes WWII game now available for the iPad" 9to5Mac 7:27 AM
  • "PC RTS Classic 'Company of Heroes' Is Finally Available on iPad Worldwide" Touch Arcade 7:26 AM
Computer Industry
  • "U.S. judge temporarily halts Microsoft JEDI contract work at Amazon's request" Reuters 6:57 PM
  • "The FTC is examining Microsoft and other tech companies last 10 years of acquisitions for anti-competitive practices" MSPoweruser 5:05 PM
  • "Reports of multiple cracked Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 screens raise spectre of design defect" MSPoweruser 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft boss Nadella to visit India later this month: sources" Reuters 7:56 AM
  • "New Windows 10 preview: These new Calendar and Graphics features arrive/Microsoft is cooking up a new Calendar experience for Windows 10 users." ZDNet 7:56 AM
  • "Yet Another Windows 10 Update Breaks Things... Who's Shocked?" 10:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's latest Patch Tuesday update creates trouble for Windows 10 users" MSPoweruser 12:41 PM
  • "Windows 10 users are losing user profiles and desktop files thanks to KB4532693 update bug" BetaNews 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft touts 13% performance improvements in latest version of Microsoft Edge" MSPoweruser 8:42 PM
  • "Microsoft's GitHub: Our new 'gh' command-line interface makes you more productive/GitHub offers developers an official command-line interface for managing code changes." ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft sneaks working Surface Duo demo into failed event recording: The new demo gives us a first glimpse of Android apps on Surface Duo" The Verge 7:37 AM
  • "Samsung and Xbox Are Partnering to Create a Premium Cloud-based Game Streaming Experience" WCCF Tech 7:42 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPUs will further threaten Intel this year, analysts predict: AMD is currently at 18.3 percent market share and could hit the mid-20s according to an analyst." Windows Central 7:41 AM
  • "Here's what you need to run AMD's new 64-core/128-thread Ryzen Threadripper 3990X" ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Intel Showcases Tiny Yet Revolutionary Lakefield SOC With Foveros Technology – 3D IP Design To Optimize Performance & Efficiency" 12:23 PM
  • "LG Gram lightweight laptops with 10th gen Intel processors now available for order" MSPoweruser 9:59 AM
  • "Oracle tells Supremes: Fair use? Pah! There's nothing fair about 'Google's copying'/Should they be allowed to grab our stuff just cos it's 'popular' and it works?" The Register 7:35 AM
  • "Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform becomes available on IBM systems" BetaNews 8:40 AM
  • "Seagate opens innovation lab in Israel" Reuters 7:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower amid rise in coronavirus outbreak" MarketWatch 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Lower as Coronavirus Cases in China Surge: Stocks finish down Thursday after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq set all-time intraday highs earlier in the day." TheStreet 4:47 PM
  • "Volatilty whacks stocks amid rising coronavirus cases: Coronavirus cases surged by more than 15,000 to at least 59,804" FOXBusiness 4:48 PM
  • "Stocks Close Lower as China Sees Jump in Virus Cases: China says number of newly confirmed infections in Hubei jumped nearly 10-fold; gold prices rise" [Paid Membership Required] 4:49 PM
  • "Asian markets pressured as number of new COVID-19 cases spikes in China: Nikkei, Hang Seng retreat amid new uncertainty about outbreak" MarketWatch 8:02 AM
  • "European stocks slump as China reports spate of new virus cases: Centrica shares slump on outlook for 2020 cash flow" MarketWatch 8:02 AM

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