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Report says Apple considering letting you choose default apps in iOS. Think it true, or a cruel tease?

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Report says Apple considering letting you choose default apps in iOS. Think it true, or a cruel tease? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Hints that Apple will open iOS to third party apps as default may be effort to alleviate antitrust concerns; apparently Apple's quest to ban book instead causes it to rocket to #1 in what's become known as the "Streisand effect"; 800 workers sent home at Apple supplier due to fears of coronavirus; Unreal Engine used in The Mandalorian instead of green screens; Intel's Ice Lake chips may be featured in leak of forthcoming 13" MacBook Pro; Engadget reviews new Galaxy Buds+, says they're "a worthy AirPods alternative"; Slate calls current Streaming Wars "worse than the cable wars".

  • "Apple Tries to Get Ahead of Antitrust Criticism"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:57 AM
  • "Apple may let people pick alternative default apps on the iPhone, marking a radical change of philosophy"  Business Insider 7:22 AM
  • "Apple Mulls Letting You Switch Default iPhone Apps In iOS 14: Why It Matters" Forbes 7:50 AM
  • "The First Four Months of Apple TV+ Have Been a Nightmare: No one ever said that it'd be easy for a tech company to break into television, but surely no one expected it to be this rough"  The Ringer 1:12 PM
  • "The EU Wants All Phones to Work With Interoperable Chargers, Here's What That Means for Apple's Lightning Port"  MacRumors 3:54 PM
  • "Apple joins industry effort to eliminate passwords: Apple has joined a veritable who's who of tech vendors in the FIDO Alliance who see standardized, two-factor authentication as the way forward for device log-in." Computerworld 7:38 AM
  • "Dropbox and iCloud Drive: How each service approaches cloud storage/The two services each take a different tack to reducing storage on a local drive." Macworld 6:50 AM
  • "How to enable cookies in a Microsoft Edge browser on your PC or Mac computer" Business Insider 12:46 PM
  • "How to measure the distance between locations in Apple Maps" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "10 Ways To Make Your Email Signature More Interesting" MacMost 1:30 PM
  • "Bring back your Mac's startup chime with this simple terminal command" 9to5Mac 4:30 PM
Press Releases
  • "Earth 3D Brings Gorgeous Live Wallpapers to Your Mac" The Mac Observer 1:07 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Streisand effect drives book Apple tried to ban to no. 1 on Amazon" Cult of Mac 7:09 AM
  • "New Apple book hits #2 on German bestseller list following attempted ban" 9to5Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Apple chipmaker sends 800 workers home due to coronavirus fears" Cult of Mac 7:08 AM
  • "Apple Maps Expands 3D Street View Feature to Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C." MacRumors 9:52 AM
  • "Apple gets restraining order against man stalking Tim Cook, hearing to follow" 9to5Mac 7:03 AM
  • "Californian man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook" The Register 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Gets Restraining Order Against Indian-origin Man For Stalking Tim Cook - TechShout" TechShout 4:21 PM
  • "Challo pushes enterprise collaboration across company walls: A new enterprise collaboration system for iOS means companies can work together better—and more securely—than before." Computerworld 9:48 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Holocaust Educators Urge Amazon to Stop Selling Nazi Propaganda: The retailer said it was listening, but defended its right to sell books 'that some may find objectionable.'" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:17 PM
  • "Future Android 11 Phones could include new Backside Tapping Gestures to call up the camera, Google Assistant & more" Patently Apple 7:36 PM
  • "Fox reportedly considers buying Tubi while NBCUniversal eyes Vudu: Reports last year said Walmart was thinking of selling its on-demand video service Vudu." CNET 5:22 PM
  • "NBCUniversal in Talks to Acquire Streaming Service Vudu from Walmart" [Paid Membership Required] 4:41 PM
  • "Congress Wants To Blow Up Encryption Ensuring Your Privacy, And They May Get Away With It" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "FBI recommends passphrases over password complexity" ZDNet 2:46 PM
  • "Scientists discover powerful antibiotic using AI" BBC 10:43 AM
  • "Google cracks down on location-tracking Android apps" Ars Technica 12:04 PM
  • "Google Testing New Double-Tap Gesture on Back of Pixel Phones for Launching Camera, Assistant, and More" MacRumors 7:49 AM
  • "Can computer translators ever beat speaking a foreign tongue?" BBC 7:38 AM
  • "See how 'The Mandalorian' used Unreal Engine for its real-time digital sets: Actors interact with the projected backgrounds rather than green screens." Engadget 7:22 AM
  • "Trump report bizarrely claims net neutrality repeal raised incomes $50B a year: Trump economic report relies on 'pseudo-economics.'" Ars Technica 2:46 PM
  • "FCC forced to ask for public feedback on net neutrality repeal" Engadget 7:22 AM
  • "EU Petition: Set Your Sign for Repairable Smartphones" iFixit 7:15 AM
  • "MacVoices #20088: Briefing – The myCharge Hub Turbo" MacVoices 1:21 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Fold phones, fingernails and Amazing Stories" The Loop 1:11 PM
  • "Security Friday: Data Breaches, DNS – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-21" The Mac Observer 1:03 PM
  • "New iPads Pros, new AirPods and AirTags are incoming! We discuss, on The CultCastCult of Mac 10:43 AM
  • "277: Obligatory Cyberdog Reference" The Rebound 9:51 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 265: Apple Music updates, iPhone 9 rumors, iOS 14 default apps" 9to5Mac 9:21 AM
  • "My Last Conversation with Larry Tesler" TidBITS 8:49 AM
  • "iPad for Work, Apple's Coronavirus issues, and Apple TV+ on AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7:49 AM
  • "Leak reveals new 13-inch MacBook Pro could pack Intel Ice Lake chips" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
  • "13-Inch MacBook Pro Refresh Specifications Allegedly Leaked, Intel's 10th Gen Ice Lake Processors Expected" Gadgets 360 8:17 AM
  • "Apple dips MacBook toes in Intel's Ice Lake" Apple Must 11:08 AM
  • "13-inch MacBook Pro Refresh Could Use Intel's Ice Lake Chips" UberGizmo 8:28 PM
  • "Apple Rumored To Be Working On A 65W GaN USB-C Charger Of Its Own" Redmond Pie 7:49 AM
  • "USI may enter backend supply chain of AirPods Pro series" DigiTimes 6:52 AM
  • "'AirPods Pro Lite' allegedly very close to production" AppleInsider 7:15 AM
  • "Largest public iOS developer survey highlights Swift's progress, interest for each of Apple's platforms, more" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "iOS developer community survey shows completely free apps remain a popular revenue option" iDownload Blog 3:59 PM
  • "iOS 13.4 lets your iPhone listen for Hey Siri even when faced down or covered" iDownload Blog 11:52 AM
  • "watchOS 6.2 lets Apple Watch apps authenticate users via web-based logins like OAuth" iDownload Blog 10:42 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16" & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:58 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:58 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:58 AM

  • "2019 Mac Pro 12-Core versus various older Pro Macs" Bare Feats 2:16 PM
  • "Galaxy Buds+ review: Samsung finally has a worthy AirPods alternative" Engadget 9:20 AM
  • "Review: Master & Dynamic launches worthy AirPods Pro competitor at a steep price" Mashable 10:42 AM
  • "Review: Twelve South Curve SE is a minimalist Mac stand" AppleInsider 2:19 PM
  • "Video: two amazing ways to use your iPad with a computer or as a desktop workstation" iDownload Blog 12:29 PM
  • "How to View Apple Music Listening History on iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 9:52 AM
  • "How to set up content restrictions on your Apple TV" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "Jake O'Kane: so why can't I stop buying their products? I'm trapped in what's called the 'Apple ecosystem'. Possibly the most brilliant of all Steve Jobs's ideas, it turns customers into slaves, forced to purchase expensive and under-performing Apple products" The Irish Newsd 8:28 PM
  • "Fun With Charts: Mobile prices and performance" Six Colors 7:43 PM
  • "Apple Could Release an 'All-Glass iPhone' With a Mi MIX Alpha-Like Wrap-Around Display, Suggests New Patent" WCCFTech 6:03 PM
  • "Exciting New Rumors: iMac and MacBook Pro for 2020" The Mac Observer 3:41 PM
  • "I canceled my Apple Arcade subscription after less than a month — here's why I wouldn't recommend the service for everyone" Business Insider 12:29 PM
  • "Predicting the Unpredictable: Forecasting in the Wake of Coronavirus" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:10 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra almost makes me want to ditch my iPhone 11" BGR 10:03 AM
  • "I hate Apple for making me shake my MacBook like a chump" The Next Web 9:12 AM
  • "Welcome to the Streaming Wars: They're worse than the cable wars, and they're just getting started." ["Tech companies are now entertainment companies, too—think about YouTube Red, Amazon Originals, Facebook Watch, Apple TV+."] Slate 7:39 AM
  • "7 Ways Wearables Are Improving Sleep and Even Saving Lives" Apple Gazette 7:15 AM
  • "What we could see in iOS 14: What Apple might have in store for the next major update to its mobile OS." Macworld 6:52 AM
  • "The Trump Administration is planning a 5G Summit that will include players such as Nokia, Samsung, Microsoft and others" Patently Apple 8:17 PM
  • "I hacked SlickWraps. This is how." Medium 1:09 PM
  • "Coronavirus/gaming: distractions, transactions" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Enhanced Edition of Hit Throwback RPG 'Ara Fell' Launching on Mobile March 26th" Touch Arcade 8:21 PM
  • "Diatrus to release a Cydia fork for checkra1n & unc0ver that works with Sileo" iDownload Blog 8:14 PM
  • "Fantastic Digging Roguelike 'Doug Dug' Updated with Full Screen Support" Touch Arcade 2:19 PM
  • "YouTube Music Readies Free Upload Feature, Google Play Music Migration Service Coming" MacRumors 1:08 PM
  • "Arlo Pro 3 home security cameras now support Apple's HomeKit" The Verge 12:29 PM
  • "Make Your AirPods Case Look Like a Game Boy With This New Cover" MacRumors 10:42 AM
  • "Ontrack Launches Mobile Device Password Unlocking Service: Ground-breaking new service unlocks mobile devices for corporate and consumer customers" Business Wire 7:56 AM
  • "Microsoft Defender ATP preview arrives for Linux distros — iOS and Android versions to follow" BetaNews 7:09 AM
  • "Ex-Apple exec to lead Square competitor" Apple Must 7:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Trump's DOJ and Sun founder McNealy back Oracle in Google's Android-Java fight" ZDNet 6:56 AM
  • "Microsoft is making it harder and harder to use a local account in Windows 10" BetaNews 7:09 AM
  • "HP Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan to Slow Xerox Takeover Bid" Bloomberg Law 8:04 AM
  • "HP Issues Poison Pill in Latest Move to Fend Off Unsolicited Xerox Bid" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:42 AM
  • "This is your last chance, HP. There's no turning back. You take blue poison pill, the story ends. You take the red Xerox pill, you stay in Wonderland" The Register 2:20 PM
  • "Why HP Inc. Is Worth More Than Xerox's $24 Offer" Seeking Alpha 7:50 AM
  • "Icahn Is Said to Have Suggested That HP Buy Xerox Last Year" Bloomberg Law 8:06 AM
  • "HP Reports Earnings Monday. Expect Fireworks." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:56 AM
  • "CPU shortages trash Intel's European PC market share while AMD trills about best ever portfolio" The Register 7:51 AM
  • "Intel Comet Lake-S Desktop CPU Pricing Leaks Online, Should AMD Be Worried?" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "Intel Core i9-10900 Comet Lake-S CPU Engineering Sample Benchmarks Leak" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "Intel Compute Runtime Adds OCLOC Multi-Device Compilation" Phoronix 8:16 AM
  • "Demand for AMD 7nm EUV processors remains strong" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:40 AM
  • "AMD could see a 35% decline after massive run, trader warns" CNBC 8:17 AM
  • "TSMC teases new AMD Zen 3 chiplet packaging details 'in the coming months'" PCGamesN 8:17 AM
  • "AMD's credit upgraded to BB at S&P, but stock extends pullback from record" MarketWatch 2:19 PM
  • "Orange demos 5G network with Dell's Latitude 9510 laptop: 5G tests of Dell's first 5G-ready Latitude notebook reached speeds nearly 20 times faster than 4G" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "Dell adds new hardware to its telco-focused edge strategy" Rethink Research [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:09 AM
  • "Hundreds of Oracle workers stage walkout to protest Larry Ellison's fundraiser for Trump: Growing trend of tech workers expressing their political clout" MarketWatch 8:03 AM
  • "Oracle staff down tools after founder holds Trump fundraiser" ITProPortal 8:02 AM
  • "Oracle: Solid Financials And Concentration On Maximizing Shareholder Value" Seeking Alpha 1:20 PM
  • "Flaw in Cisco software manager could leave systems open to attack" SC Magazine UK 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft allowing partners to push automatic driver updates to Windows" The Tech Report 7:44 PM
  • "PC shipments expected to drop this year because of coronavirus outbreak" TechCrunch 7:04 AM
  • "Global notebook market poised for rebound in 2H20, says Acer chairman" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:40 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks slump, ending two week win streak, led by tech sector as coronavirus worries ratchet higher: Coca-Cola says it will be hit by coronavirus but still says it will reach its full-year guidance" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Ends Below 29,000; Stocks Close Sharply Lower on Coronavirus Worries: Wall Street ends sharply lower Friday after the number of coronavirus cases inside and outside China rises." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Hit Hard For Second Straight Session; Dow Jones Leader Closes In On Key Support Level" Investor's Business Daily 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks slide posting weekly losses: Investors head into the weekend with lighter equity exposure" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks, Bond Yields Drop on Worries About Coronavirus: Losses across sectors are broad; gold and government bonds rise" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Asian markets retreat amid worries of coronavirus' spread outside China: Nikkei, Hang Seng, Kospi pull back as South Korean cases spike" Associated Press 7:54 AM
  • "European stocks drift lower as virus spread offsets data showing better economy" MarketWatch 7:53 AM

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