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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Trump launches fresh attack on Apple over privacy" BBC 9:24 PM
  • "Trump accuses Apple of refusing to unlock iPhones used by 'killers and drug dealers' after AG Bill Barr demanded it gives access to phones of Pensacola Navy base gunman" Daily Mail (UK) 9:24 PM
  • "Trump criticizes Apple's encryption stance on Pensacola phones" Reuters 9:24 PM
  • "Trump calls on Apple to unlock alleged shooter's phone for FBI: After all the help Apple gets from the Trump White House on trade, the US President has called on Cupertino to unlock the phone, presumably as some form of quid pro quo." ZDNet 8:17 PM
  • "Trump tells Apple to 'step up to the plate' and unlock Pensacola shooter's iPhones"  AppleInsider 8:30 PM
  • "Apple responds to AG Barr over unlocking Pensacola shooter's phone: 'No.' In no uncertain terms, Apple stands by its policy that backdoor access to its devices threatens every user."  Input 7:42 AM
  • "As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone Easier to Crack: Security experts question necessity of latest battle over encryption as new tools emerge" ["'We've got the tools to extract data from an iPhone 5 and 7 now,' said Andy Garrett, a chief executive of Garrett Discovery, a forensics investigation firm. 'Everybody does.'"]  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:28 AM
  • "Apple signals fight over access to Pensacola shooter's iPhones" Axios 7:44 AM
  • "Apple denies Barr's claim it stonewalled Pensacola shooting probe aid" New York Post 1:31 PM
  • "Apple's not helping with shooter's locked iPhones, says US DoJ – not true, says Apple: Apple says it has provided gigabytes of data to the FBI but refuses to offer a backdoor." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Says It's Helping FBI Investigate Florida Terrorist Attack" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:44 AM
  • "US urges Apple to unlock air base shooter's phones" BBC 7:56 AM
  • "Apple braces for legal fight with DOJ over Pensacola shooter's iPhones: Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly building a small team of specialists to defend the company's encryption policies in a potential legal showdown with the Department of Justice, which seeks Apple's help in extracting data from two iPhones tied to a high-profile shooting." AppleInsider 9:24 PM
  • "Apple Bull Case Puts $2 Trillion Valuation Within Reach By 2021 - Wedbush" TheStreet 7:49 AM
OS X
News
  • "Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite buys BlackBag Technologies" Reuters 1:57 PM
  • "Cellebrite expands to Mac forensic tools with $33M BlackBag purchase" AppleInsider 1:58 PM
  • "Google to phase out most invasive internet tracking: Chrome browser will make third-party cookies obsolete amid calls to boost web privacy" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:19 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Second Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.3 Update to Developers" MacRumors 1:36 PM
  • "Xcode 11.3.1 Released Nearly One Month After Apple Last Seeded Betas of iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS" MacRumors 8:47 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Fix Bluetooth Problems in macOS Catalina" macReports 8:33 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to enter, use and exit full screen mode on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:07 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Gruber: How to add 'Quit Confirmation' to macOS Safari" The Loop 9:13 AM
  • "Low Power Mode for Mac laptops: making the case again" Marco Arment 7:51 AM
Press Releases
  • "Navicat Version 15 is Released" prMac 7:48 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "As Apple plots to drop iPhone ports, Europe plans law to give all phones same charger: European lawmakers consider legislation that could be irrelevant by the time it arrives." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "iPhone owners are making use of iOS 13"s location privacy features: In one survey of location data, 80 percent of users had stopped all background tracking across their devices within six weeks of installing iOS 13." ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Popular 3D Printing Youtuber alerted to tachycardia by Apple Watch: Thankfully, it turned out to be nothing serious!" iMore 10:39 AM
  • "'Little America' Co-Creator Lee Eisenberg Sets Apple Overall Deal" ["Under the terms of the deal, Eisenberg will launch a new banner, Piece of Work Entertainment, and create television and digital media projects exclusively for Apple TV Plus. He has brought on Natalie Sandy as vice president of development for the company. Sandy was a producer on the first season of 'Little America.'"] Variety 2:54 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google acquires AppSheet, a no-code app development platform: Google expects to integrate AppSheet's ability to power workplace applications into Google Cloud's focus on key verticals." ZDNet 9:19 PM
  • "Amazon Starts Sending Invites For Echo Frame Alexa Smart Glasses" HotHardware 4:10 PM
  • "Apple's former retail chief says Amazon has a 'tough' decade ahead because rivals like Walmart and Target are growing faster" Business Insider 1:30 PM
  • "7 things your Amazon Echo can do that Google Home can't: Amazon's Alexa can guard your house, let you create customized skills and many more things other voice assistants can't." CNET 8:14 AM
  • "Get Ready for More Phones With No Buttons: As we inch closer to phones with all-screen designs, physical buttons are on the chopping block." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:55 AM
  • "Google says new AI models allow for 'nearly instantaneous' weather forecasts: An increasingly important tool in a world shaped by climate change" The Verge 7:46 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Reality Converter App, Online Scam Avoidance – TMO Daily Observations 2020-01-14" The Mac Observer 1:26 PM
  • "Smart home devices are getting more affordable and simpler" The MT Show 1:26 PM
  • "iMore show 687: Diaper Cam/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 11:03 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 145 – Shortcuts Utility Apps" MacStories 7:56 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Rumor: Apple developing 'iPhone SE 2' variant with Face ID, 5.4-inch screen" AppleInsider 7:43 AM
  • "An iPhone 8 follow-up featuring Face ID and a 5.4-inch screen on the way?" iDownload Blog 8:55 AM
  • "Apple Rumored to Be Developing 5G iPad Pro With mmWave Support" MacRumors 10:11 AM
  • "Upcoming 'Pro Mode' could soon provide a boost to your MacBook" Mashable 7:59 AM
  • "Mac shipments fall in 2019 despite impressive growth for PCs" Cult of Mac 7:48 AM
  • "Apple just released iOS 13.3.1 beta 2 for iPhone" BGR 1:36 PM
  • "Download: iOS 13.3.1 Beta 2 OTA Profile, IPSW Links Released, Here Are The Details" Redmond Pie 1:36 PM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for the Apple Watch ECG Feature that Debuted with Apple Watch 4" Patently Apple 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a Possible Future MacBook Enclosure that uses a Futuristic 'Living Hinge'" Patently Apple 7:43 AM
  • "Apple files for a Patent related to Venue Routing in Context with Indoor-Outdoor Navigation Mapping" Patently Apple 11:03 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple may replace your iPhone XS, XS Max or XR Smart Battery Case for free" BetaNews 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Adds iPhone Battery Case Replacement Program" The Mac Observer 8:48 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "16' & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "What are the non-Apple GPU options for the 2019 Mac Pro?" Bare Feats 9:30 PM
  • "'Little America': TV Review/Executive producers Alan Yang and Kumail Nanjiani offer a showcase of largely unknown acting and directing talent via their immigrant anthology show for Apple TV+." The Hollywood Reporter 1:30 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Arcade Highlights: Grindstone" MacStories 10:18 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to organize and delete Apple Pay cards and passes" 9to5Mac 4:13 PM
  • "How to use voicemail transcription on your iPhone, so you can read your voicemails instead of listening to them" Business Insider 3:02 PM
  • "How To Make and Export a Slideshow On Your iPhone" MacMost 2:01 PM
  • "How to copy favorite website URLs in Safari for iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 1:57 PM
  • "This is how easy it is to add RAM to the 2019 Mac Pro" Cult of Mac 1:38 PM
  • "How to Answer Phone Calls on AirPods" OS X Daily 10:19 AM
  • "How to watch YouTube TV on your Apple TV device by accessing and activating the app" Business Insider 9:49 AM
  • "How to send your current location on Apple Watch in Messages" iDownload Blog 8:08 AM
  • "How to customize notifications for the Activity app on Apple Watch" iMore 7:50 AM
  • "iOS: What to do if iCloud Photos uploads are paused due to a low battery, but you're actually near a full charge" Macworld 7:47 AM
Tips
  • "10 Long Press Tips to Reveal Hidden Functions in Safari on iPhone and iPad" MacRumors 4:14 PM
  • "How to turn on/off your iPhone flashlight in 12 ways" Apple Must 10:02 AM
  • "5 hidden Google Maps features you don't use on your iPhone because you never knew they were there" BGR 9:40 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Trump wants Apple to unlock the Pensacola shooter's iPhones. Here's why it won't" CNN 9:24 PM
  • "Apple iOS 13: A Win For iPhone Users, A Crisis For Advertisers" Forbes 1:31 PM
  • "Comment: European charger standard law will be too late to affect Apple"  9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "What's the Point of 'Disliking' Music on Apple Music?"  Kirkville 8:10 AM
  • "What Apple TV+ needs to be a big player in 2020" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Small phone blues: Wondering if the rumors are true/2020 presents a small phone conundrum." Macworld 7:47 AM
  • "Apple's 'Pro Mode' is made for Mac professionals"  Computerworld 7:40 AM
  • "'We Reject the Characterization That Apple Has Not Provided Substantive Assistance in the Pensacola Investigation'" Daring Fireball 4:13 PM
  • "Apple refuses latest government iPhone-unlock request: By refusing to put a permanent backdoor in its iOS platform, Apple is protecting millions of users from future threats by both governments and hackers, privacy advocates said." Computerworld 3:02 PM
  • "The FBI has the tools it needs to break into the iPhone, and shouldn't ask for backdoors" AppleInsider 11:03 AM
  • "FBI vs. Apple: The politics of privacy and the assault on encryption"  iMore 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Cooks Barr & Benner: Simply wishing for it won't make it happen." Rixstep 7:39 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus already has a (brief) hands-on video, confirms specs" Android Authority 1:58 PM
  • "New Research Shows It's a Hybrid and Multi-Cloud World" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:10 AM
  • "Podcast revolution: The rise of audio storytelling" The Conversation 7:59 AM
  • "Why activists get frustrated with Facebook: When political speech gets removed, they have little recourse — and a lot to lose" The Verge 7:46 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "YouTube adds some basic subscription filters on iOS to make your backlog less intimidating: They're coming to Android 'in the future'" The Verge 8:17 PM
  • "TouchArcade Fan-Favorite 'Mikey Shorts' Arrives on the GameClub Service" Touch Arcade 4:13 PM
  • "This Adapter Lets You Use Power Tool Batteries to Power Your Camera Gear: Kessler has unveiled a strange new gadget that might end up being extremely useful. It's called the Mag Max 3A, and it's an adapter that lets you power your cameras, lighting, and audio equipment using DeWalt's extremely common and 'MAX and FlexVolt' power tool batteries." PetaPixel 4:13 PM
  • "CES post show: The best gear coming this year for Apple fans" AppleInsider 3:17 PM
  • "'Veritas', the New Adventure from 'Forever Lost' Developers Glitch Games, is Available for Pre-Order Ahead of its February 12th Launch" Touch Arcade 1:50 PM
  • "You can now use iPhones as Google security keys for 2FA" 9to5Google 1:50 PM
  • "Your iPhone now serves as a Google security key: Smart Lock for iOS could save you from carrying a fob around." Engadget 8:19 PM
  • "Doqo iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad also offers 7-port hub" Cult of Mac 1:37 PM
  • "Apple's $6,500 rack-mounted Mac Pro hits store, topping out at $53,900" VentureBeat 1:34 PM
  • "Rack Mount Mac Pro Now Available for Purchase Starting at $6,499" MacRumors 11:30 AM
  • "Apple's rack-mountable Mac Pro is now available: The internal configurations are the same, but the case design is very different." Ars Technica 5:48 PM
  • "Nomad unveils Base Station Stand charger with leather + aluminum design, AirPods support, more" 9to5Mac 10:31 AM
  • "TikTok was the most downloaded iOS app in Q4 2019, with Disney+ #1 in the US" 9to5Mac 7:46 AM
  • "OWC to Showcase Innovation, Technology and Performance Solutions at NAMM Show 2020" PRNewswire 7:37 AM
Computer Industry
  • "The PC market just had its first year of growth since 2011" The Verge 5:42 AM
  • "PC sales experienced annual growth for the first time in years: PC shipments were up for the holidays, thanks to businesses transitioning to Windows 10." Engadget 6:01 AM
  • "PC sales improve during Q4 of 2019" bit-tech 9:05 AM
  • "Windows 7 support is now officially over" bit-tech 5:42 AM
  • "Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls/Only Linux, um, Windows 10 can save you!" The Register 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft ends support for Windows 7: What you need to know" VentureBeat 11:04 AM
  • "Windows 10: Why upgrade time has finally arrived for Windows 7 users/Support for Windows 7 ends this week. For security, software updates and other reasons, it's time to stop procrastinating." CNET 7:12 AM
  • "NSA discovers a serious flaw in Windows 10" BetaNews 11:20 AM
  • "This Is Why Microsoft Windows Is Now A Looming Security Disaster In China" Forbes 6:18 AM
  • "Microsoft January 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes 49 security bugs: Today's patches also fix a major vulnerability in Windows' cryptographic library." ZDNet 9:21 PM
  • "Microsoft releases tool to scan for child 'grooming' in online chats" The Verge 4:11 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Criticizes India's Exclusionary Citizenship Law, Compares To US Experience" Benzinga 6:19 AM
  • "Amazon to block Microsoft from working on $10bn 'war cloud' contract" Telegraph 6:03 AM
  • "Amazon To Seek Order Blocking Microsoft From Work On U.S. Contract" Bloomberg 6:17 AM
  • "Amazon Seeking to Block Microsoft's Deal With U.S. Government" CDR Info 6:03 AM
  • "Microsoft to patch 'extraordinarily serious' cryptographic flaw: The fix has already been shipped to high-value organisations like the US military, according to reports" IT PRO (UK) 6:02 AM
  • "AMD vs. Intel: Which CPU is likely to be faster this year?" CTO Vision 6:21 AM
  • "These are the Project Athena laptops Intel hopes will change how you work: Using real-world experiences under realistic conditions, Intel wants your next laptop to measure up to what PC makers promise." CNET 7:12 AM
  • "Intel i9-10990XE leak shows a 22C/44T CPU, 380W TDP | KitGuru" KitGuru 6:22 AM
  • "Cheap motherboards for AMD Ryzen with PCIe 4.0 coming in Q1: The AMD Ryzen 3000 ecosystem may be about to get a little cheaper. ASMedia has reportedly won the contract to produce AMD Ryzen B550 and A520 chipsets, which are expected to head into production immediately for shipment this side of 2020." PCGamesN 6:22 AM
  • "2016's $170 GPU vs. 2019's $170 GPUs: Radeon RX 470 vs. Radeon RX 5500 XT vs. GeForce GTX 1650 Super" TechSpot 6:22 AM
  • "Cho will trace olive oil back to the orchard with IBM blockchain" VentureBeat 7:20 AM
  • "IBM, Microsoft, a medley of others sing support for Google against Oracle in Supremes Java API copyright case" The Register 8:20 PM
  • "U.S. Supreme Court tosses lower court ruling that allowed IBM retirement fund suit" Reuters 11:58 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "New AAPL high predicted for this year, two analysts predict $375-400" 9to5Mac 7:46 AM
  • "5G, AirPods and services are pushing Apple to $2t in 2021 – analyst" Apple Must 8:49 AM
  • "Apple: This Is Why Valuation Will Stay High" Seeking Alpha 8:10 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks see mixed finish after edging to all-time intraday highs: JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo report earnings" MarketWatch 5:45 PM
  • "Dow Ends Up Slightly; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Fall on Report China Tariffs to Remain Through Election" TheStreet 5:45 PM
  • "Stocks drift near record highs as big banks kick off earnings season" FOXBusiness 11:22 AM
  • "Dow Industrials Tick Higher as Banks Report Strong Results: Chinese yuan climbs after the U.S. dropped currency-manipulator designation" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:47 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed after U.S. elevates China from currency manipulator" MarketWatch 7:10 AM
  • "European stocks inch up as key U.S. results loom - MarketWatch" MarketWatch 7:10 AM

 
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