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Is Steve Streza right that advertising on iOS has become pervasive, akin to adware?

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Tuesday Highlights: AAPL falls after Monday's Q2 guidance warning on Coronavirus impact to Apple's bottom line; company today sees approx $45 billion wiped off market value as magnitude of virus impact "rattles Wall Street"; Alex Webb opines the data proves "Apple is [still] handcuffed to the iPhone"—reports and opinions aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, Finances, and Op/Ed sections; feature at New York Times investigates history of photographing death at home in "iPhone at deathbed"; new iPad Pro said to ship in Spring; Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple's UWB Tags coming somewhere between Q2 and Q3; ZDNet tips to speed up your aging MacBook, Jonny Evans posts 18 hidden iPhone tricks; developer Steve Streza decries evolution of iOS into an Adware platform.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Is Handcuffed to the iPhone. Just Like Its Customers: Tim Cook has worked hard to remove the 'hardware company' valuation discount. The coronavirus shows how far it still depends on the iPhone."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:12 AM
  • "Apple sees $45 billion in market value wiped out after warning the coronavirus will push revenue below forecasts"  Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Coronavirus restrictions hit return to work at Apple's biggest iPhone plant" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:19 AM
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  • "How to backup your Gmail account to your Mac using Mail Archiver X" ZDNet 10:38 AM
  • "10 Tips for Mastering Apple Calendar: Whether you use Apple Calendar on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, these simple tricks can make your life more efficient, productive, and organized." PC Magazine 5:48 PM
  • "How to convert an MOV file to MP4 on macOS" AddictiveTips 4:39 PM
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General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Samsung poised to benefit from China virus woes afflicting Apple, other rivals" Reuters 7:23 AM
  • "Apple's coronavirus warning that it won't sell enough iPhones is great news for Samsung" Business Insider 7:25 AM
  • "Coronavirus is causing an iPhone shortage - but will it reach the UK?" Lancashire Post 8:03 AM
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  • "Apple supply shortage to last into April: sources/Mass production of cheaper iPhones likely behind schedule"  Nikkei 1:20 PM
  • "Apple may miss mass production schedule for new, cheaper iPhone: Nikkei" Reuters 1:25 PM
  • "Apple's new iPad Pro could be delayed due to the coronavirus, report claims: Plans to introduce an iPhone SE successor in March are still on track, though." Ars Technica 4:39 PM
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  • "Galaxy S20 Ultra vs. iPhone 11 Pro Max vs. Pixel 4 XL: We compare specs, prices, and features" ZDNet 2:45 PM
  • "Nest Wifi vs. Netgear Orbi 6: Which mesh router is best?" CNET 4:17 PM
  • "Review: Insta360 GO is the AirPods-like action cam to beat" AppleInsider 3:06 PM
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  • "Low-cost iPhone rumored launch date should make Google nervous" Android Authority 11:41 AM
  • "The Paywalled Garden: iOS is Adware" ["All that money comes from the wallets of 480 million subscribers, and their goal is to grow that number to 600 million this year. But to do that, Apple has resorted to insidious tactics to get those people: ads. Lots and lots of ads, on devices that you pay for. iOS 13 has an abundance of ads from Apple marketing Apple services, from the moment you set it up and all throughout the experience."]  Steve Streza 8:09 AM
  • "Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X60 5G modem has an audience of one: Apple/The first modem system that's good enough for the iPhone."  Macworld 7:48 AM
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  • "Gmail App Gets Support for Siri Shortcuts" iClarified 6:04 PM
  • "Bumper Boat Battler 'Tubetastic: World Splashfest' Coming to Mobile with Cross-Platform Multiplayer" Touch Arcade 4:39 PM
  • "A Remaster of Spiderweb Software's Cult Classic 'Geneforge' is in the Works and Will Release on iPad" Touch Arcade 1:28 PM
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Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update blunder seems particularly bad: Another issue seems to have appeared as a result of a Windows Update." Windows Central 7:51 AM
  • "Microsoft finally acknowledges that Windows 10 has a serious problem – and explains how to fix it" TechRadar UK 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft pulls disastrous Windows 10 security patch after it deletes some people's files" Metro UK 8:24 AM
  • "Nasty Windows 10 update is deleting files: Here's what to do" LAPTOP Magazine 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft has a subdomain hijacking problem: Spammers hijack Microsoft subdomains to advertise poker casinos. Many other subdomains have been vulnerable for years." ZDNet 5:18 PM
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  • "Apple's Stock May Not Stay Down For Long Despite Its Sales Warnings" Forbes 7:45 PM
  • "Apple Analyst Says Cupertino's Semiconductor Suppliers Caught At Center Of Coronavirus Outbreak" Benzinga 7:45 PM
  • "Apple Is Gut-Check Test for Traders Who Absorbed Every Blow" Bloomberg 9:31 AM
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