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  • "Super Micro says review found no malicious chips in motherboards" ["Nardello tested samples of motherboards in current production and versions that were sold to Apple Inc and Inc, which were both named in the article, the person said."]  Reuters 8:05 AM
  • "Super Micro found no evidence of iCloud spy chips after audit" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "China court bans sales of older iPhone models in Apple-Qualcomm global battle" Reuters 7:51 AM
  • "Apple faces ban on sales of older iPhones in China over a tussle with Qualcomm" The Next Web 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Accused by Egypt of Violating Competition Laws" ["The decree said Apple should 'remove any restrictions on the ability of a distributor' to sell products within Egypt, within a period of 60 days."]  Bloomberg 8:06 AM
  • "Mojave hints at new & unannounced Vega GPU chips coming to Mac soon" AppleInsider 9:22 AM
  • "Adobe Premiere Rush CC review: Consumer video editor makes fast work of creation and sharing" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "How To Create A Text (TXT) File On A Mac" macReports 8:34 AM
  • "How to Tell if Safari Private Browsing is Enabled When in Dark Mode for MacOS" OS X Daily 8:34 AM
  • "Watermarking Photos With Automator and Pixelmator" MacMost 9:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Browser Shift Has Major Implications for Software and Devices" ["By moving the massive base of Windows users (as well as Edge browser users on the Mac, Android, and iOS, because Microsoft announced their intentions to build Chromium-powered browsers for all those platforms as well), the company has single-handedly shifted the balance of web and browser-based standards towards Chromium."] Tech.pinions 8:34 AM
Press Releases
  • "DMG Master, the macOS application to create standard Disk Image Archive with just one click." Ecleti 9:31 AM
  • "Studiometry 15 has huge performance improvements, new timer and invoice features, much more." Oranged Software 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The Huawei arrest puts a 'bullseye' on Apple's back at a potentially dangerous time for iPhone sales in China"  Business Insider 8:25 AM
  • "Huawei arrest could put Apple at risk of retaliation by China" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Apple launches payments service in Germany following delay" Reuters 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Pay Launches in Germany" MacRumors 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Pay finally launches in Germany" TechCrunch 8:09 AM
  • "Apple and Google hit back against Australia's 'deeply flawed' anti-encryption law" Telegraph 8:30 AM
  • "Apple joins tech giants in speaking out against Australia's anti-encryption law" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "An Apple Watch told a 46-year-old man he had an irregular heartbeat. It was right." ABCNews 9:34 AM
  • "Smartphone Shipments Expected to Further Decline in 2018 Before Returning to Growth in 2019, According to IDC" ["iOS smartphones are forecast to drop by 2.5% in 2018 to 210.4 million. The launch of expensive and bigger screen iOS smartphones in Q3 2018 helped Apple to raise its ASP, simultaneously making it somewhat difficult to increase shipments in the current market slump. IDC is forecasting iPhone shipments to grow at a five-year CAGR of 0.1%, reaching volumes of 217.3 million in 2022. Despite the challenges, there is no ambiguity that Apple will continue to lead the global premium market segment."]  IDC 9:33 AM
  • "Samsung Kills Headphone Jack in Latest Smartphone After Years of Mocking Apple" MacRumors 8:05 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Live: Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before Congress for the first time" Business Insider 9:12 AM
  • "China could lead world in AI research in coming years, Elsevier report finds" VentureBeat 8:31 AM
  • "'I lead this company without political bias': Google's CEO will send a message straight to Trump during high-stakes Congress grilling" Business Insider 8:24 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 91 – Apps for Planning Projects Big and Small" MacStories 8:34 AM
  • "Jamf CEO: 2019 will see the 'greatest Windows-to-Mac migration in history'" Apple World Today 7:37 AM
  • "TSMC and Foxconn revenues up, contrary to dour iPhone supply chain forecasts" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Key iPhone suppliers TSMC and Foxconn report strong November revenue, countering recent supply side pessimism" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "How to improve Apple Watch heart rate readings" 9to5Mac 9:30 AM
  • "Apple patent would allow you to switch user profiles on devices with a gesture" Apple World Today 8:14 AM
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  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM

  • "Apple iPad Pro 11 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: Which top-tier tablet reigns supreme?" Digital Trends 9:12 AM
  • "Hitcase Pro iPhone 8 Plus Case + Lenses [Review] Apple Gazette 8:33 AM
  • "The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet" PCWorld 7:53 AM
  • "How to access Notes from the Lock screen on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "How to change Haptic Touch gesture duration on iPhone XR" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "How's your iPhone battery health? Use the Battery settings to find out: Apple added and improved tools to check on battery usage and its current state." Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "How to Use Siri to Automate Every Step of Your Daily Grind" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:53 AM
  • "How to take an ECG with the ECG app on an Apple Watch Series 4" Apple World Today 7:38 AM
  • "Switching from iPhone to Android: Everything you need to know" Android Central 8:05 AM
  • "This time for sure: Apple said to be behind again" Macworld 9:23 AM
  • "Apple Posters Show Evidence of Touch and Voice Control Used by Disabled in Late 1980s" Low End Mac 9:23 AM
  • "Opinion: Why Apple won't overtake Microsoft and regain the title of the most valuable U.S. company/Microsoft's business seems more sound, robust and diversified than Apple's"  MarketWatch 8:24 AM
  • "10 Lawmakers Tech Should Watch" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:34 AM
  • "Hands on: OnePlus 6T McLaren edition features 10GB of RAM and next-gen fast charging tech" BGR 8:23 AM
  • "Comic: If Apple Really Cared About Privacy..." iMore 8:36 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Giphy for iOS gets keyboard integration and sticker maker, reveals TapSlash acquisition from early 2018" VentureBeat 9:23 AM
  • "Giphy launched a keyboard extension and sticker maker for iOS 12 users" The Verge 9:22 AM
  • "'Fire Emblem Heroes' Update 3.0.0 Now Available Bringing Book III of the Main Story" Touch Arcade 8:33 AM
  • "Epic pulls its 'Infinity Blade' mobile games from the App Store" Engadget 8:26 AM
  • "'Infinity Blade' will live on inside 'Fortnite'" Engadget 8:25 AM
  • "Epic Games kills groundbreaking Infinity Blade series for iOS" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Capture lets you grab real 3D models with your iPhone X's powerful camera" TechCrunch 8:09 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft tops Forbes 'Just 100' list of most responsible companies" GeekWire 6:08 AM
  • "HoloLens 2 might ditch Intel for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850: Will be paired with custom AI coprocessor" The Inquirer 6:07 AM
  • "Microsoft snubs Intel on Hololens" Fudzilla 6:29 AM
  • "A bug in Microsoft's login system made it easy to hijack anyone's Office account" TechCrunch 9:11 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Gaining Ground Against Amazon In The Cloud" Seeking Alpha 7:21 AM
  • "Intel, Samsung Describe Embedded MRAM Technologies" EE Times 6:24 AM
  • "IBM, Nvidia pair up on AI-optimized converged storage system: IBM Spectrum AI with Nvidia DGX is designed for AI and machine learning workloads." ZDNet 6:07 AM
  • "IBM and Nvidia team up on AI-powered storage: IBM Spectrum AI with Nvidia DGX was built for artificial intelligence workloads." ITProPortal 6:28 AM
  • "BM, Hello Tractor To Develop Agriculture Digital Wallet Based On AI And Blockchain" BlockTribune 6:28 AM
  • "Red Hat to Hold Special Stockholders' Meeting on IBM Merger" GovCon Wire 6:27 AM
  • "Nearly 40 Percent of Tech Workers Believe They're Depressed: Some 38.78 percent of the 10,081 tech workers recently surveyed by the anonymous business social network Blind said they believe they believe they are depressed. Amazon had the highest rate of employee depression, followed by Microsoft and Intel." PC Magazine 6:24 AM
  • "Arm Predicts Intelligent Home Breakthrough in 2019" EE Times Asia 6:08 AM
  • "China could lead world in AI research in coming years, Elsevier report finds" VentureBeat 6:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "J.P. Morgan: China could spark Apple-Qualcomm settlement" Apple 3.0 9:31 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock-index futures point to rally as U.S., China resume trade talks" MarketWatch 7:03 AM
  • "Stocks End Day in the Green as Dow, S&P Overcome Slow Starts: Stocks finished the day higher on Monday as gains by tech stocks offset concerns over the fate of U.S.-China trade talks, and after the U.K. delayed a parliamentary vote on Brexit." TheStreet 7:03 AM
  • "World stocks climb after US, China discuss trade talks" Associated Press 7:04 AM
  • "Stocks Open Higher as U.S.-China Trade Talks Commence: Dow, S&P rise more than 1% in early trading as European stocks claw back most of Monday's losses" [Paid Membership Required] 9:12 AM
  • "China stocks make tentative gains on trade news as Japan's Nikkei falters in Asia" MarketWatch 7:04 AM
  • "European stocks end sharply lower as data add to worries about global growth: FTSE pressured as U.K. delays Brexit vote" MarketWatch 7:04 AM

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