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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Surprise! Cheaper Apple products are hits: Apple's changing focus on services and accessories may mean more low-end buying options"  Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Coronavirus shakes centre of world's tech supply chain: Epidemic leaves Chinese factories closed and workers stranded, posing challenge for likes of Apple"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:30 AM
  • "Coronavirus is suppressing Chinese commerce at a moment when Apple looked to be gaining momentum in the market"  Business Insider 8:28 AM
  • "iPhone production threatened by China virus"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:23 AM
  • "Foxconn sees full China production resuming late-February: source" Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "Foxconn to Isolate Workers for Up to Two Weeks at iPhone Base"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:11 AM
  • "iPhone maker and key Apple supplier Foxconn to quarantine its workers for up to 2 weeks amid coronavirus fears" Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "Apple reportedly paid $200 million for an AI startup – but its old investors are staying quiet over rumoured military drone contracts" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8:22 AM
OS X
News
  • "A Call for Unity Against the Biggest Tech Company"  Blix 12:22 PM
  • "After Suing Apple, BlueMail Calls on Other Developers 'Kicked Out' of App Store to Join the Fight" MacRumors 12:22 PM
  • "Developer suing Apple for stealing idea calls on others to join the fight: Blix is suing Apple for allegedly copying its anonymous email sign-in feature" The Verge 12:27 PM
  • "Apple adds ability for developers to sell Mac and iOS apps as a single purchase"  9to5Mac 12:44 PM
  • "Apple enables universal purchases for Mac and iOS apps: A single purchase for iOS, macOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS" The Verge 1:41 PM
  • "macOS Will Soon Support Universal Apps, Enabling a Single Purchase for Mac, iPhone, and iPad Apps" MacStories 1:43 PM
  • "Apple is testing two features to make our Mac, iOS, and watchOS apps closer than ever: Soon we won't have to buy everything twice." Macworld 3:36 PM
  • "Apple reportedly patches Catalina bug that showed unencrypted snippets of encrypted emails" The Verge 2:58 PM
  • "Apple pushed fix for Mail app encryption bug with latest macOS Catalina release" 9to5Mac 2:59 PM
  • "Apple Fixed macOS Mail Vulnerability That Exposed Text of Encrypted Emails in macOS Catalina 10.15.3" MacRumors 3:35 PM
  • "Programming language popularity: Apple's Objective-C tumbles down the rankings/Six years after Apple introduced Swift as a replacement for Objective-C, the legacy language takes a big hit." ZDNet 7:21 AM
  • "Swift is again replacing Objective-C, Report claims" Computerworld 12:22 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.4 Update to Developers" MacRumors 12:42 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 100 With Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" MacRumors 3:31 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "iMessage Not Working on Mac? How to Fix & Troubleshoot Messages in MacOS" OS X Daily 8:46 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "One Switch: My New Must-Have Mac Utility" TidBITS 12:46 PM
  • "Safari alternatives: Five Mac web browsers worth trying/Safari's a great browser, but it's not the only option for your Mac and may not be the best browser for your needs." Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "Audio Noise Reduction in Final Cut Pro X with Klevgrand's Brusfri" fcp.co 8:48 AM
  • "Happy birthday to...who? How to purge your calendar of acquaintances' natal days" Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "How to add and use locations for Calendar events" iDownload Blog 7:12 AM
  • "How to use Mac menus from the keyboard" Cult of Mac 1:40 PM
  • "10 Mac Shortcuts I Use Every Day" MacMost 1:37 PM
  • "PSA: Update WhatsApp on Mac as old versions allow attackers access to files" 9to5Mac 8:31 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Wacom drawing tablets track the name of every application that you open" Robert Heaton 6:01 PM
  • "Apple's universal purchases will change how you buy and use apps" Cult of Mac 5:10 PM
  • "Must-have macOS security, productivity, and performance utilities" ZDNet 7:21 AM
Press Releases
  • "Nvidia's cloud gaming service that lets Mac users play PC games launched today" iDownload Blog 9:44 AM
  • "Diagrams is a new Mac app that lets you easily create structured flowcharts" 9to5Mac 8:32 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Health records firm Epic, some 60 client hospitals urge against data sharing rules supported by Apple: A report on Wednesday revealed the contents of health records giant Epic Systems' letter opposing proposed government policy that would allow patients easy access to their medical data, an initiative supported by Apple and other tech industry players." AppleInsider 9:04 PM
  • "Epic and about 60 hospital chains come out against rules that would make it easier to share medical info" CNBC 9:04 PM
  • "FBI Says It Still Can't Access Data on Florida Shooter's iPhone: The FBI has reconstructed an iPhone belonging to the shooter behind the December Naval Air Station attack in Pensacola, Florida, but still can't access the encrypted data on the device, Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:49 PM
  • "iPad project gives medics access to patient data with their thumbprints: London Ambulance Service is pioneering the use of iPads in the NHS – and it's a project that's helping to change perceptions on data security and boost operational efficiency." ZDNet 7:21 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch Outsells the Entire Swiss Watch Industry in 2019"  Business Wire 3:37 PM
  • "Apple Watch Outsold Swiss Watch Industry in 2019 – analyst" Apple Must 3:29 PM
  • "Apple Watch outsells entire Swiss watch industry by big margin" Cult of Mac 4:32 PM
  • "Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry in 2019, Strategy Analytics says" 9to5Mac 6:56 PM
  • "Apple Watch Shipments Hit New High, Beat Entire Swiss Watch Industry" WCCF Tech 8:01 PM
  • "The iPhone was the fastest growing premium smartphone in India in 2019" AppleInsider 12:28 PM
  • "Spotify reports better-than-expected rise in premium subscribers" ["Spotify has a big lead over its two closest rivals - Apple Music had more than 60 million subscribers as of June and Amazon had over 55 million subscribers globally."] Reuters 7:53 AM
  • "Podcasts help Spotify eclipse Apple Music subscribers with 124M paid users" AppleInsider 9:29 AM
  • "Spotify: Users up 31% to 271 million in Q4 2019, podcasts convert free-to-paid subscribers" VentureBeat 7:53 AM
  • "NYPD ditching paper patrol logs for iPhone app: On February 17, the New York Police Department will retire the tradition of handwritten memo books in favor of documenting a patrol on a custom iPhone app." AppleInsider 6:02 PM
  • "Steve Jobs' personality changed after Apple's success, Wozniak says: The Apple co-founders viewed money very differently, Wozniak says in a podcast interview." CNET 7:20 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak's salary from Apple is $50/week after savings and taxes" 9to5Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak is still technically an Apple employee — and he says his paycheck is $50 per week after savings and taxes" Business Insider 12:32 PM
  • "O'Shea Jackson Jr. Takes Over Lead Role in Apple Basketball Drama 'Swagger' (Exclusive)" Variety 12:23 PM
  • "Apple TV+ basketball series forced to sub out lead actor" Cult of Mac 12:23 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Motherboard just published the terrible app that caused chaos at the Iowa caucuses: The news organization wants it looked at by more tech and security researchers" The Verge 5:10 PM
  • "Google Fiber kills TV service, focuses on broadband and YouTube TV" Ars Technica 3:36 PM
  • "A Right to Repair Law Is Closer Than Ever"  Vice 3:32 PM
  • "FCC accuses carriers of being 'gateways' for foreign robocallers" Ars Technica 12:37 PM
  • "Press renders leak of an unannounced gold Moto Razr [Gallery] 9to5Google 7:57 AM
  • "Philips Hue smart bulb allows hackers to attack your network" AppleInsider 7:22 AM
  • "Coronavirus threatens to throw world's biggest phone show into chaos" The Verge 7:22 AM
  • "Coronavirus: LG pulls out of Mobile World Congress" BBC 7:15 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Omni Show: Roadmap 2020 Special Episode with Ken Case" The Omni Group 6:24 PM
  • "#332: One Hip Lies/The best and worst of Apple in the year gone by, Google's divisive Super Bowl ad, how we'd fix Apple News+, and what the iPad is still missing." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:58 PM
  • "Steve Wozniak: The Wonderful Wizard of Woz" [Full interview transcript] Guy Kawasaki 12:41 PM
  • "Steve Wozniak: Pirate, Co-founder of Apple, and Hardware Wizard/Guy Kawasaki's Remarkable People"  Apple Podcasts Preview 7:21 AM
  • "S Woz on S Jobs, Streaming Signature Shows – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-05" The Mac Observer 1:44 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "New 'CarKey' feature in iOS 13.4 beta brings built-in support for unlocking, driving, and sharing NFC car keys" 9to5Mac 1:40 PM
  • "Apple's 'CarKey' might let you unlock your car with your iPhone: It could work with your Apple Watch, too" The Verge 7:14 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 to Developers" MacRumors 12:22 PM
  • "iOS 13.4 features a new Mail toolbar, fixing the bad design introduced with iOS 13" 9to5Mac 1:41 PM
  • "Apple Bringing In-App Purchases to Apple Watch in watchOS 6.2" MacRumors 1:40 PM
  • "watchOS 6.2 Will Add In-App Purchases for Apple Watch Apps" WCCF Tech 8:57 PM
  • "Everything New in iOS and iPadOS 13.4: iCloud Folder Sharing, Updated Mail Toolbar, New Memoji Stickers, and More" MacRumors 2:59 PM
  • "What's new in iOS 13.4 beta 1? iCloud Drive folder sharing, new Memoji, more" 9to5Mac 1:43 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "iPhone Hotspot With Wi-Fi Not Working? Fix" macReports 7:16 AM
  • "What to do if your music won't download in Apple Music on an iPhone or iPad" Business Insider 12:35 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:17 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "AmpliFi Alien review: This $700 Wi-Fi 6 router 'Teleports' your web traffic" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Review: Nomad's new Moment Rugged Case mix durable leather with photography" AppleInsider 9:29 AM
  • "Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch review: Faster, and now with fingerprint security" PCWorld 8:03 AM
  • "GlassFusion Hybrid Glass Camera Lens Protection system protects the cameras (and more) on 2019 iPhones" Apple World Today 7:55 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Apple Watch: How to see your workout history and trends" 9to5Mac 4:33 PM
  • "How to quickly get your saved passwords with Siri" iDownload Blog 12:37 PM
  • "How to View VPN Connect Time on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 9:44 AM
  • "How to Take Control of Your Notifications: Apps and websites regularly push alerts to your devices, but there are ways to minimize disruption and still stay in the loop." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:42 AM
  • "How to share directions from Maps on Mac to iPhone, AirDrop, Messages and more" iDownload Blog 7:57 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Analyst who couldn't find 'missing' iPhones claims Apple TV+ is 'failing to resonate'" MacDailyNews 9:09 AM
  • "Apple Not Making A Studio Computer For You? Consider A Powerful Windows Computer For Under £3,000 Instead" Pro Tools Expert 8:18 AM
  • "One very bad Apple: Why is Apple's commitment to privacy going down the drain?"  Normcore Tech 8:03 AM
  • "Apple, Just Bundle News+ Already: No one is buying it. And even if they were, it wouldn't matter..."  500ish Words 7:59 AM
Non-Apple
  • "7 Metrics of Success For a New TV Streaming Service" The Mac Observer 6:25 PM
  • "The Mini-Short Video Revolution-Fad or Growth Opportunity?" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:58 PM
  • "Dear Silicon Valley bigheads, tech doesn't make everything better: You're still laughing at the Democratic Iowa caucus app, aren't you? I'm staring at a report that suggests Amazon's Alexa isn't all that either." ZDNet 9:44 AM
  • "The Danger of Knowledge as a Service" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:31 AM
  • "Entering The Roaring '20s Of Technology" Forbes 7:11 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Twitter releases bug fix for missing polls on iOS, tweaks redesigned iPad app" 9to5Mac 8:00 PM
  • "MSI Reveals Optix MAG322CR: A 31.5-Inch Curved Monitor with a 180 Hz Refresh Rate" AnandTech 3:31 PM
  • "Apple News app accepting voter questions for Democratic debate in New Hampshire" 9to5Mac 12:28 PM
  • "Nomad unveils new iPhone 11 leather cases with full support for Moment lenses" 9to5Mac 12:27 PM
  • "OWC Confirms Memory for New Mac Pro Rack" PRNewswire 12:21 PM
  • "Hidden Survivor from Joy Brick is a hide-and-seek survival game for Android and iOS" 148Apps 8:27 AM
  • "Apple App Store Preview Confirms Existence of Samsung's Rumored Galaxy Buds+ With Official iPhone Support" MacRumors 8:21 AM
  • "Pwn20wnd reveals plan to update unc0ver for iOS 13.0-13.3 with Brandon Azad's exploit" iDownload Blog 8:31 AM
  • "Checkra1n updated to v0.9.8 w/ support for Linux, iOS 13.3.1, new CLI, and more" iDownload Blog 7:57 AM
  • "Apple iCloud is now easier to access on Android" Android Police 7:22 AM
  • "StaffPad, a stunning Windows music writing app, is now available on iPad"  The Verge 7:54 AM
  • "Now you can scribble on your iPad and turn it into music with StaffPad" iMore 7:12 AM
Computer Industry
  • "US Taps On Microsoft, Dell, Others To Create Huawei 5G Alternative For US" Benzinga 9:03 AM
  • "Microsoft combines Windows and Surface, potentially making it tougher on PC makers" PCWorld 12:42 PM
  • "Microsoft is merging its Windows and hardware teams" Engadget 12:46 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface chief now leads Windows and hardware: Panos Panay takes over Windows client as Joe Belfiore moves to Office" The Verge 12:37 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Head Panos Panay To Pull Double Duty As Windows Chief" HotHardware 3:58 PM
  • "Microsoft now sees Amazon and Google as its main gaming threats: Statement suggests expanding cloud focus for Microsoft's coming gaming efforts." Ars Technica 6:02 PM
  • "Microsoft says it detects 77,000 active web shells on a daily basis: Microsoft detects and tracks a daily average of around 77,000 active web shells, spread across 46,000 infected servers." ZDNet 8:22 AM
  • "Microsoft's Xbox boss says Amazon and Google are 'the main competitors going forward'" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Most IBM Employees Happy About CEO Change, Blind Survey Says: Ginni Rometty exits, Arvind Krishna enters, and many IBM employees cheer" IEEE Spectrum 8:59 AM
  • "IBM: building a digital ecosystem to support the mine of the future" Mining Global 9:00 AM
  • "Intel bets on smart buildings in Israel to attract tech talent" Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "An Update On Intel And Habana Labs" Forbes 8:24 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-10900K leak shows CPU has the upper hand vs AMD Ryzen 9 3900X" TechRadar UK 9:04 AM
  • "Why AMD Stock Has Further to Run: Despite a post-earnings drop, AMD stock will likely see more gains ahead." Motley Fool 9:04 AM
  • "AMD gained share against Intel in x86 processor market in Q4" VentureBeat 4:32 PM
  • "AMD's Ryzen CPU strategy has now officially killed its 'cheap alternative' image" PCGamesN 9:04 AM
  • "Shocking Linux Gaming And Multitasking Performance With The AMD Ryzen 3400G" Forbes 9:04 AM
  • "Nvidia Opens Next Chapter Of Cloud Gaming" Seeking Alpha 8:32 AM
  • "How HP is funneling plastic from Haiti into laptops and printer supplies" The Hill 9:05 AM
  • "Oracle Cloud update: Literally doubling down/Oracle Cloud's 2020 strategy will heavily focus on addressing customers' data sovereignty high-availability requirements by nearly doubling cloud center regions and redundancy; while its autonomous database grows into more of a multi-functional umbrella offering." ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Cisco Flaws Put Millions of Workplace Devices at Risk: Five vulnerabilities in Cisco Discovery Protocol make it possible for a hacker to take over desk phones, routers, and more." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:42 PM
  • "Cisco Stock Is Still Lagging the Market. It's Too Early to Bottom-Fish, Analyst Says." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:56 AM
  • "Cisco Accelerates Applications in a Hybrid Multicloud World" Al Bawaba 8:57 AM
  • "Coronavirus outbreak impacts: Notebook ODMs to see low utilization rates in China" DigiTimes 8:22 AM
  • "Qualcomm Earnings Guidance Reflects Coronavirus Concerns Amidst Beat" Tech.co 4:33 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Foxconn Cuts Revenue Outlook Following Coronavirus Outbreak" MacRumors 7:53 AM
  • "iPhone Maker Hon Hai Cuts 2020 Outlook After Virus Outbreak" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:52 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq close at records amid upbeat data, easing coronavirus fears: Payrolls, service-sector data both stronger in January than December" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq Close at Record Highs as Market Rally Extends to a Third Day: The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq close at record highs for a third consecutive session." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq hit records as coronavirus researchers make breakthrough: Coronavirus fears are fading, sending investors back into stocks" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Rally to Records as Investors' Coronavirus Concerns Ease: Nasdaq hits its second straight record, while S&P 500 rises 1.1% to finish at a record as well" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asian markets rise on optimism that China's economy will ride out effects of outbreak: Stocks jump in Shanghai after PBoC injects billions more into markets" Associated Press 8:53 AM
  • "European stocks climb amid hopes for a breakthrough in fighting coronavirus: Imperial Brands and Infineon amid shares on the move" MarketWatch 8:53 AM

 
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