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First we get the notch, now hole-punch displays. Which do you like more? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Tuesday Highlights: Qualcomm lawyers were able to get Apple to admit they had no other choice for 4G modem components; due to iPhone XR sales issues, Japan Display seeks help from Taiwan and China's Silk Road Fund, report also notes Apple said to go OLED on all iPhones by 2020; and Foxconn looking at India for iPhone assembly; Adam Engst asks if Apple will fill void in speech recognition now that Nuance has left macOS; once again, Fortune crowns Apple #1 most admired company in world for 12th year straight—reports in our General Interest section; lawsuit settled between Apple, Valencell over accusation Apple stole tech for Apple Watch; Apple expands Apple Pay to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and more; "Flexgate", the name iFixit assigns to new MacBook Pro "stage light" design flaw; iPhone XS Max and original iPhone X #4 and #10, respectively, in DxOMark's selfie camera scores.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple: Don't Blame Tim Cook" ["In business, we often see a similar theme, that is many call for a CEO's ousting when things fall short of expectations. Recently, that has been the case for Apple CEO Tim Cook, which I think is unjustified at the moment."]  Seeking Alpha 11:40 AM
  • "Apple Concedes That Qualcomm Was the Only 4G-Ready Chip Source: Qualcomm Inc. lawyers got Apple Inc. to concede that when the mobile phone industry transitioned to 4G, the iPhone maker didn't have anywhere else to go for key components."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Supplier in Japan Looks to Taiwan for Bailout After iPhone XR Letdown: Japan Display is in advanced talks with Taiwan's TPK Holdings and Chinese state-owned Silk Road Fund" ["Apple is likely to drop LCD displays altogether in its 2020 iPhone lineup in favor of organic light-emitting diode displays that allow for more flexible handset design, people familiar with the production plans have said."]  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly planning to change a key component of every iPhone lineup by 2020, and now one of its major suppliers is scrambling" Business Insider 9:02 AM
  • "Foxconn Looks Beyond China to India for iPhone Assembly: Senior executives plan to visit India in February to discuss plans" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:49 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.3" MacRumors 12:28 PM
  • "Apple releases macOS 10.14.3 update" Macworld 5:27 PM
  • "Apple has pushed an update to Gatekeeper's data – additional to system updates" Eclectic Light Company 3:28 PM
  • "AMD Radeon Navi GPUs spied within MacOS Mojave code" Hexus 6:46 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Loopback 2 review: Elevates the interface for sophisticated sound routing in macOS" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "How to switch on Mojave's Dynamic Desktop" Cult of Mac 3:28 PM
  • "How to use Automator to create a text file from Clipboard" Apple Must 11:23 AM
  • "How to copy and paste Mac screenshots into iPhone apps" iDownload Blog 9:28 AM
  • "How To Reformat An APFS Drive As Something Else" MacMost 9:04 AM
  • "Awful MacBook Keyboard Flaw Exposed in New Video" LAPTOP Magazine 8:44 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Nuance Has Abandoned Mac Speech Recognition. Will Apple Fill the Void?" TidBITS 8:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "Use Apple Music in your browser with this pretty web interface" The Next Web 8:01 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro Gains Clipping Masks, Layer Improvements and More" MacRumors 8:00 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro update adds clipping masks, streamlined layer adjustments and filtering" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Product Manager 2.4 to manage company products on Macintosh from different standpoints" Ecleti 7:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "World's Most Admired Companies" [Apple #1] Fortune 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Named 'World's Most Admired Company' for 12th Year in a Row" MacRumors 8:12 AM
  • "The world's most admired company is Apple for 12th year" 9to5Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Apple Settles Lawsuit With Biometric Sensor Company Valencell That Accused it of Stealing Technology for Apple Watch" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "Lawsuit over Apple Watch's heart-tracking tech has been settled" Cult of Mac 7:50 AM
  • "Apple Pay coming to Target, Taco Bell and more top US retail locations" Apple 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Pay expands to Target and Taco Bell, now in 74 of top 100 U.S. merchants" VentureBeat 8:44 AM
  • "Apple Pay is coming to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway and two other U.S. chains" TechCrunch 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Pay support now rolling out to Target, Speedway, and more" iMore 8:47 AM
  • "Backflip with pike: CBA makes Apple Pay available now/Australian iPhone users with Commonwealth Bank and Bankwest accounts can now use Apple Pay." ZDNet 5:45 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook: 'People are not born with the same resources'"  Apple Must 12:17 PM
  • "Armenia PM meets with Apple CEO Tim Cook (Photo)" News AM 12:17 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook in Davos for World Economic Forum, Does Education-Related Interview" MacRumors 5:55 PM
  • "Climate Change Could Lead to Greater Reliance on iPhones, Says Apple" MacRumors 1:21 PM
  • "Apple's Security Expert Joined the ACLU to Tackle 'Authoritarian Fever'" Motherboard 11:42 AM
  • "The world's CEOs are getting increasingly nervous about the state of the global economy, a major new survey shows" Business Insider 7:44 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Mystery still surrounds hack of PHP PEAR website" ZDNet 9:01 PM
  • "LG sends video invite for G8 smartphone, hints at gesture control" ZDNet 9:01 PM
  • "Security researchers are planning a night of prank calls against tech support scammers: Researchers hope to trick call center operators into revealing details about their criminal operation, which they can later share with authorities." ZDNet 1:08 PM
  • "Google Made a Quiz to See if You Can Identify Phishing Emails" Motherboard 8:00 AM
  • "TomTom sells telematics unit for $1 billion to better compete with Google in maps and navigation" VentureBeat 7:45 AM
  • "Security researchers take down 100,000 malware sites over the last ten months" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "PC security warning: That out-of-date software is putting you at risk" ZDNet 7:43 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Return of the iPhone SE, Apple Pay Marches On – TMO Daily Observations 2019-01-22" The Mac Observer 1:07 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: January 22, 2019" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 275: You're only cheating yourself" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Flexgate: The design flaw behind MacBook Pro's 'stage light'"  iFixit 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's latest MacBook Pro issue is a flimsy $600 LCD backlight cable" VentureBeat 10:25 AM
  • "'Flexgate': 2016 and Newer MacBook Pro Users Report Display Issues Due to Fragile Flex Cables" MacRumors 10:25 AM
  • "Apple Extends iPod Touch Trademark to Include Gaming Devices" MacRumors 3:55 PM
  • "AirPower rollout to boost GPP rectifier shipments" DigiTimes 7:28 AM
  • "Apple's AirPower again rumored to launch in 2019" AppleInsider 7:50 AM
  • "AirPower to Launch 'Later in 2019' According to DigiTimes" MacRumors 7:47 AM
  • "Apple Releasing iOS 12.1.3 With Bug Fixes for HomePod, iPad Pro, CarPlay, Messages and More Today" MacRumors 11:40 AM
  • "iOS 12.1.3 Release Notes, Changelog And Other Changes You Need To Know About" Redmond Pie 12:01 PM
  • "Download iOS 12.1.3 Final IPSW Links And OTA Update For iPhone And iPad" Redmond Pie 11:40 AM
  • "Apple fixes a host of bugs for iOS, Apple Watch and HomePod" Engadget 5:27 PM
  • "Apple Releases watchOS 5.1.3 [Download] iClarified 1:36 PM
  • "Apple looks to beef up voice-to-text, text-to-voice features on the Apple Watch" Apple World Today 8:24 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM

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Reviews
  • "First-ever DxOMark Selfie scores revealed!" [Overal Scores: #1 Pixel 3; #2 Galaxy Note 9; #3 Xiaomi Xi Mix 3; #4 iPhone XS Max ... #10 iPhone X] DxOMark 10:12 AM
  • "Tested: Using the iPhone XS Smart Battery Case on the iPhone X" AppleInsider 11:41 AM
  • "Mixcder E7 wirelesss headphone review: Active noise cancelling for very tight budgets/Just don't expect these ultra low-priced wireless ANC headphones to be Bose or Sony busters." TechHive 7:47 AM
  • "Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus Review: Optimized For Speed" HotHardware 9:06 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to replace your Apple Pencil tip" 9to5Mac 7:57 PM
  • "How to access Apple News in any country" 9to5Mac 3:31 PM
  • "How to get Dark Mode on your iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:44 AM
  • "DVI Scaler for All Low End Mac and Gaming Needs" Low End Mac 8:00 AM
  • "What you can do with an internal SSD module from a vintage Mac" Macworld 7:48 AM
Tips
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple: Will What Happened In China, Stay In China?" Seeking Alpha 3:31 PM
  • "A billionaire rages at Apple and its cables" ZDNet 1:46 PM
  • "Is Apple Secretly Testing Demand for the New Low-Cost iPhone SE 2?" iDrop News 3:45 PM
  • "I'm kicking myself for not buying an iPhone SE last weekend" The Next Web 11:43 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook advocates for privacy in recent TIME Op-Ed" Canadian Reviewer 11:39 AM
  • "I Fought Apple and Won." Reddit 9:29 AM
  • "Why Apple iPhone sales are slowing: The iPhone and Android smartphone market is not going away, but its growth is slowing. Users are still happy, but investors are getting nervous. Here's why."  Computerworld 8:43 AM
  • "Opinion: Apple expansion moves show how Silicon Valley is losing its grip on tech jobs"  MarketWatch 8:14 AM
  • "The price is wrong: Making things up about the iPhone" Macworld 7:47 AM
  • "Here's an idea for Apple to explore: self-adjusting eyeglasses" Apple World Today 7:26 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Digital Storm Aventum X gaming PC review: The Digital Storm Aventum X is an unstoppable gaming PC. Trust us, we tried" Digital Trends 3:52 PM
  • "It's Not Enough to Fine Facebook. The Feds Should Fine Mark Zuckerberg." Slate 3:30 PM
  • "5G and the Next Cycle of Software Innovation" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:27 PM
  • "Quake 2 is the best argument for Nvidia's ray tracing" VentureBeat 11:41 AM
  • "XR Gaming Market Remains Challenging – Tech.pinions" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:18 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: Smart Batteries and Dumb Complaints" iMore 8:27 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coach busts out winter collection of Apple Watch bands" Cult of Mac 3:28 PM
  • "Gmail gets a strikethrough button" TechCrunch 3:28 PM
  • "Netflix for iOS picks up a handy new Instagram Stories share option" iDownload Blog 3:28 PM
  • "Share your best photos shot on iPhone" Apple 1:08 PM
  • "Apple Asks Users to Submit Their Best 'Shot on iPhone' Photos for New Challenge" MacRumors 12:28 PM
  • "Google to transition consumer Hangouts 'classic' users to Chat & Meet after G Suite upgrade later this year" 9to5Google 11:41 AM
  • "In China, you can ask HomePod to tell you a story" iDownload Blog 10:03 AM
  • "Pwn20wnd revises unc0ver v2.2.0 pre-release again with more bug fixes and improvements" iDownload Blog 9:28 AM
  • "The iPhone app that stops those horrible spam calls just got a great new feature" BGR 8:54 AM
  • "OWC Gears Up for Good Friends, Great Music and Wicked New Products at NAMM Show 2019" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "Rosetta Stone for iPhone adds AI to identify objects for live translations" VentureBeat 8:18 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Patch 7.20 Content Update Adds the Sneaky Snowman, Sniper Shootout Limited Time Mode, and More" Touch Arcade 8:01 AM
  • "Mobile Entry in 'Langrisser' Strategy RPG Franchise Is Now Available On iOS And Android" Touch Arcade 8:01 AM
  • "Google Maps lets you set departure and arrival times for car navigation" Android Police 7:28 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Seeks to Restrict Abuse of its Facial Recognition AI" Bloomberg 7:57 PM
  • "Microsoft, Intel Look to Cloud Sales as Earnings Season Begins" Bloomberg 1:22 PM
  • "Microsoft puts Acer, Dell and Lenovo Windows 10 PCs for students in the spotlight: Seven new Windows 10 PCs, priced between $189 and $320, plus a new Microsoft Classroom Pen made exclusively for the education market, are among Microsoft's big bets for BETT 2019." ZDNet 11:59 AM
  • "Microsoft: 'Expect a bumpy ride'. These are 2019's top 10 tech challenges" ZDNet 12:00 PM
  • "Microsoft wants your ideas for better gaming in Windows 10: Like not crashing, for example" The Inquirer 6:29 AM
  • "Satya Nadella's Microsoft Is Making 'Netflix Of Games', Where You Play PC & Xbox Games On Phone - Indiatimes.com" Times of India 6:48 AM
  • "IBM Beats Earnings Expectations Although Its Revenue Again Declines: Revenue drops 3.5%, but company swings to a profit for the quarter" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:26 PM
  • "IBM stock rallies after earnings, annual outlook top Wall Street view: Watson unit revenue surpasses Street expectations, but cloud sales do not as revenue declines for second consecutive quarter" MarketWatch 3:52 PM
  • "IBM beats Q4 expectations, reports full-year revenue growth: Cloud revenue for FY 2018 reached $19.2 billion, up 12 percent." ZDNet 5:21 PM
  • "IBM stock rises 5% after beating Wall Street's expectations" Business Insider 3:20 PM
  • "IBM revenue beats estimates on strength in cloud, services businesses" Reuters 3:29 PM
  • "IBM CEO Rometty: This is what could topple the whole digital economy" CNBC 1:13 PM
  • "IBM And Securitize To Improve Corporate Debt Issuance Using Blockchain Technology" Bitcoin Exchange Guide 6:47 AM
  • "HP's latest school Chromebooks are built for exploring: The next-gen x360 has an optional rear-facing camera." Engadget 6:30 AM
  • "HP announced Chromebook X360 11 G2 and Chromebook 11 G7 EE With Military Grade Toughness" Techno Codex 6:45 AM
  • "HP Updates Rugged Chromebooks with More Powerful CPUs" LAPTOP Magazine 1:13 PM
  • "Intel earnings: 'A precarious time' as CEO choice, data-center competition loom/Chip maker still without permanent CEO more than 6 months after Krzanich's departure" MarketWatch 3:29 PM
  • "Intel Just Closed Its Pay Gap Again—This Time Taking Stock Options Into Account" Fortune 6:48 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon VII will support Linux from day one: Good news for Windows-hating PC builders" The Inquirer 7:13 AM
  • "Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide" The Register 3:29 PM
  • "US government v Silicon Valley: Oracle said to owe $400m to women and minorities" The Guardian 5:26 PM
  • "Oracle allegedly withheld $400 million in wages from underrepresented employees" TechCrunch 5:26 PM
  • "Oracle accused of underpaying women, minorities by $400M" Associated Press 7:57 PM
  • "Oracle to set up its first datacenter in India" Daily Host News 6:49 AM
  • "Gartner: 37% of organizations now use AI in some form" Neowin 6:35 AM
  • "China tech spending to hit $273B amidst US trade war, slowing economy: Chinese businesses are projected to spend US$256.61 billion on tech this year and another US$272.84 billion in 2020, focusing their investments on transforming operations and improving efficiencies as they brace themselves for an uncertain geopolitical climate, says Forrester." ZDNet 6:39 AM
  • "Foundry Market Challenges in the Spotlight" EE Times Asia 7:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What To Expect From Apple Earnings" Investopedia 3:28 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks snap four-day winning streak as trade worries fester: Longest partial government shutdown enters 32nd day" MarketWatch 3:51 PM
  • "Dow Sinks as Global Growth Warnings Rattle Wall Street, Nasdaq Tumbles Over 2%: The Dow Jones Industrial Average slumps Tuesday after the blue-chip index had closed higher for four straight sessions." TheStreet 3:50 PM
  • "US stocks close down on global growth worries, weak home sales" FOXBusiness 3:50 PM
  • "Stocks Decline as Growth Concerns Resurface: Major indexes take first loss in five trading sessions as Dow industrials shed over 300 points" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:35 PM
  • "Asian markets slip on global growth worries: IMF cuts 2018 outlook a day after China announces slowest GDP growth in 30 years" MarketWatch 7:02 AM
  • "Slow annual growth for China pulls European markets down: Airlines lead gainers" MarketWatch 7:02 AM

 
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