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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple adds $18 billion in market value after its Chinese factories accelerate post-coronavirus re-openings"  Business Insider 11:20 AM
  • "FTC Expands Antitrust Investigation Into Big Tech: Agency is demanding information from Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:28 AM
  • "EU antitrust regulators plan broad enquiry into tech sector: EU antitrust regulators plan to open an enquiry into the tech industry, according to a European Commission document seen by Reuters, a sign of more regulatory troubles ahead for Google, Facebook, Amazon and other online groups." Reuters 2:01 PM
  • "FTC wants to know if Apple's smaller acquisitions could be anti-competitive" Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "The US FTC Is Auditing Hundreds Of Acquisitions By Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google And Microsoft" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "How Apple is being affected by the coronavirus so far"  AppleInsider 8:10 AM
OS X
News
  • "BlueMail is back in the App Store after it called out Apple" Engadget 8:24 AM
  • "BlueMail app at heart of 'sherlocking' controversy restored to Mac App store" iMore 8:24 AM
  • "Apple's free learn-to-code Swift Playgrounds sandbox arrives on Mac" The Verge 9:07 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "macOS vs. Windows: Which OS Really Is the Best? When it comes to performance, usability, security, and specific tasks, which of the two leading desktop operating systems reigns supreme? We break it down feature by feature." PC Magazine 4:03 PM
  • "How to use Safari's tools to protect your privacy while browsing" The Verge 3:58 PM
  • "How to manage your iCloud storage on a Mac computer and buy additional gigabytes" Business Insider 2:01 PM
Op/Ed
  • "iCloud Is Not a Substitute For a Time Machine Backup With Your Mac" MacMost 1:34 PM
  • "Apple's Mac Catalyst seems to be becoming very, very serious" Computerworld 9:32 AM
  • "Why is Apple rolling out new OS features in February? Mid-cycle feature updates benefit users and developers. Let's make it a habit." Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "Comment: Mac malware is growing, but there are three important riders" 9to5Mac 7:59 AM
Press Releases
  • "SwitchGlass app brings a customizable application switcher to macOS" 9to5Mac 9:07 PM
  • "LumaFusion 2.2 makes FCPXML Final Cut Pro X export available" 9to5Mac 7:42 PM
  • "MacDroid - A New Reliable App for File Transfer between Mac and Android" prMac 11:07 AM
  • "StatusBuddy for macOS lets you monitor the status of Apple services from your menu bar" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "2020 U.S. Top Brand Intimacy Rankings" [Apple #3] Brand Intimacy 1:35 PM
  • "U.S. consumers now more connected to Amazon than Apple, report warns" Apple Must 1:44 PM
  • "Apple Just Made A Striking New Security Move That Could Impact All Users" Forbes 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Pay accounts for 5% of global card transactions, growing to rival PayPal: It's expected to be 10% within 5 years" The Next Web 8:35 AM
  • "AirPods The Most Popular Earbuds With Samsung Struggling To Keep Up" Redmond Pie 8:43 AM
  • "He's Stared Down Activists and Apple, and Is Still in Charge: After a career spent working on 'very important backup plans,' Steve Mollenkopf has steered Qualcomm through one rough patch after another." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:39 AM
  • "Tim Cook takes to Twitter to commemorate Black History Month" iMore 8:24 AM
  • "Man killed in Tesla crash had complained about Autopilot: An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla Model X hit a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway had complained before his death that the SUV's Autopilot system would malfunction in the area where the crash happened." Yahoo News Video 8:05 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Iowa Democratic Party chair resigns after caucus app debacle: The app caused a massive delay in results." CNET 7:41 PM
  • "Samsung links with Netflix to vie with Apple's in-house entertainment: World's top smartphone maker looks beyond hardware as 5G dawns" Nikkei 6:30 PM
  • "The FTC is cracking down on influencer marketing on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok: It's calling for a public review of whether Endorsement Guides are working" The Verge 4:23 PM
  • "Essential, Andy Rubin's phone company, is shutting down" The Verge 2:00 PM
  • "Android co-creator's phone company Essential to close" BBC 1:57 PM
  • "New Poll finds Americans Overwhelmingly Support Right to Repair" iFixit 11:21 AM
  • "With In-Car AR, Drivers Get a New View of the Road Ahead: New augmented reality-equipped navigation screens are the latest in an arms race among upscale auto makers like Mercedes and Cadillac." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:49 AM
  • "Mobile World Congress 2020 Officially Cancelled Due To Deadly Coronavirus" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Mobile World Congress show canceled because of coronavirus fears" MarketWatch 1:58 PM
  • "Mobile World Congress canceled after coronavirus fears make it 'impossible' to stage giant event" GeekWire 1:57 PM
  • "Organizers poised to call off Mobile World Congress: sources" Reuters 7:39 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: At last, a phone to be seen with/Samsung says its latest folding phone is aimed at the fashion conscious. Well, it's about time." ZDNet 7:39 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "#281: Oligarch Modder Community/Stephen and Myke launch new careers as iPhone designers and Federico keeps refreshing Apple Music. Also: Swift Playgrounds on the Mac, Apple News+ and a few things we are currently enjoying." Relay FM: Connected 4:01 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 070: 'Crazy speculation town'" 9to5Mac 1:58 PM
  • "Swift Playgrounds on macOS, AirPod Domination – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-12" The Mac Observer 1:34 PM
  • "276: The Definition of Mixed Reviews" The Rebound 11:21 AM
  • "9to5Mac Watch Time episode 15: watchOS 7 concepts with Matt Birchler" 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple reportedly to shift orders for new devices to assembly lines in Taiwan" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Working on 'AirPod Pro Lite' Earphones" MacRumors 8:00 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple developing 'AirPods Pro Lite' headphone model" AppleInsider 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Developing AirPods Pro Lite Earbuds For Mass Market Appeal" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "New Mac Pro Facing Lengthy Delivery Estimates, Possibly Due to Coronavirus" MacRumors 11:06 AM
  • "DigiTimes: Apple Suppliers Gearing Up for iPhone SE 2, But iPhone 12 Production May Fall Behind Schedule" MacRumors 11:06 AM
  • "Apple stops signing iOS 13.3 following release of iOS 13.3.1" AppleInsider 5:44 PM
  • "Apple blocks downgrades to iOS 13.3 as jailbreak release looms" 9to5Mac 6:19 PM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: Pad & Quill's Luxury Book Wallet Case and Aspen Wood Case for iPhone 11 Pro Max" Apple World Today 3:55 PM
  • "LG Tone Free review: Clearly designed by and for people without ears" Android Police 8:15 AM
  • "Review: Woolnut leather sleeves for iPad and Mac offer attractive, minimalist protection" AppleInsider 11:06 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Video: Editing Podcasts with Ferrite and Apple Pencil"  Six Colors 3:54 PM
  • "How to delete a playlist on Apple Music on desktop or mobile in 3 simple steps" Business Insider 2:01 PM
  • "How to Reverse Image Search with Google on iPhone" OS X Daily 11:21 AM
  • "How to stop all those App Store subscription-renewal emails" Cult of Mac 11:06 AM
  • "How to stop receiving Apple subscription renewal emails" iDownload Blog 8:32 AM
Tips
  • "Which computer should I buy? How to find the iPad, Chromebook, Mac or Windows PC that's right for you" ZDNet 1:56 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "When will Apple release iOS 13.4 to the public?" 9to5Mac 9:08 PM
  • "Apple just revolutionized another massive industry, and no one's even talking about it" BGR 6:28 PM
  • "Comment: Apple Pay revenue is heading toward a multi-billion dollar business" 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Comment: iPad 7 is one of the best values in tech [Video] 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple working on 'AirPods Pro Lite' headphones (I doubt it)" Apple World Today 8:24 AM
  • "3 Samsung Galaxy S20 features Apple should borrow for the iPhone 12 (and three it shouldn't): Some of the grass is greener."  Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "Cassandra -Midweek Review: Hints from the Oscars and other sources about Apple product improvements" eXtensions 7:40 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Open letter to U.S. states: Don't appeal the T-Mobile and Sprint merger" VentureBeat 11:15 AM
  • "The Court Let T-Mobile Buy Sprint Because Sprint Completely Sucks: Judge Victor Marrero thinks John Legere is just the coolest" The Verge 11:11 AM
  • "What the hell is Samsung thinking with the Galaxy S20?" BGR 8:43 AM
  • "Unpacked2020: Samsung Pushed the Envelope on 5G, Foldables and Partnerships" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:32 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip beats the Motorola Razr in nearly every way: Samsung avoids many of Motorola's mistakes" The Verge 8:26 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Strava launches Healthkit, supports native Apple Workout syncing: The native Workout app on the Apple Watch is very capable, but it is also a service that is locked into the Apple ecosystem. Today's launch of Strava Healthkit means you can use the Workout app and then have all of your captured data synced automatically to the Strava network for analysis, cross-platform inspiration, and more." ZDNet 9:16 PM
  • "Apple Pay and QR codes see restaurants with Clover POS encourage customers to dine and dash" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "You can now scan your restaurant receipt and pay with Apple Pay" iMore 5:40 PM
  • "Gmail for iOS can now add attachments from Files app" 9to5Google 3:58 PM
  • "Darkroom photo editor for iPhone and iPad goes subscription, adds watermarking and new icons" 9to5Mac 2:16 PM
  • "Popular Darkroom photo editor for iPhone and iPad gets new features and a subscription model" iMore 4:23 PM
  • "Unc0ver enters internal testing with support for A12(X)-A13 running iOS 13.0-13.3" iDownload Blog 1:57 PM
  • "Microsoft's xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions" The Verge 2:00 PM
  • "Microsoft's Cloud Gaming Service, Project xCloud, Expands to iPhones in Beta Test: The free trial will be conducted through Apple's Testflight service, which caps the number of test users to 10,000. So interested gamers should sign up quickly to grab a spot." PC Magazine 9:06 PM
  • "Microsoft's game streaming service Project xCloud launches in preview on iOS" TechCrunch 1:44 PM
  • "Sonnet Announces Professional Dual-Slot Thunderbolt™ 3 Card Reader for CFexpress™ 2.0 Type B and XQD™ Media" Wall Street Communications 11:03 AM
  • "The Oxford English Dictionary just became an iPhone app" Apple Must 10:10 AM
  • "'Pokemon Home' Is Now Available on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch" Touch Arcade 8:32 AM
  • "Pixite Introduces Zinnia Creative Journal" prMac 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Arcade gives its games the Valentine's Day treatment" CNET 7:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft and Samsung partner on Xbox cloud-based game streaming" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft syncs Edge's release to Chrome's cadence: It looks like Microsoft plans to update its Chromium-based Edge browser at about the same pace Google updates its Chrome browser." Computerworld 8:25 AM
  • "Microsoft and Oracle, sitting in a cloud... in-ter-ope-ra-bi-li-ty: Friends-with-benefits deal is working out nicely for both" The Register 2:01 PM
  • "Intel warns of critical security flaw in CSME engine, issues discontinued product notices: The CSME system is subject to a severe bug leading to a host of different exploits." ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Intel 10nm Whitley Lake CPU Benchmark Leaked – Decimates 14nm With Up To 100% Performance Increase Core For Core" Tech.co 8:59 AM
  • "Intel's Comet Lake i7 hits 5.3GHz, stealing the 9900K's gaming crown" PCGamesN 8:59 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-10700K Comet Lake-S CPU Spied Flexing 5.3GHz Turbo Clock" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Alleged Intel 10nm Ice Lake-SP CPU Delivers Massive Performance Uplift In Benchmark Leak, Or Does It?" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Threadripper 3990x brings more CPU threads than Windows Pro can handle: AMD's newest HEDT monster is ready for you. Are you ready for it?" Ars Technica 1:57 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPUs predicted to own Intel even harder this year" TechRadar UK 8:59 AM
  • "Meet The Linux OS AMD Recommends For Superior Ryzen Threadripper 3990X Performance" Forbes 8:59 AM
  • "IBM bets on blockchain to leverage cloud revenue" CIO Dive 8:58 AM
  • "So long, farewell, Storwize. IBM melds storage array line under FlashSystems brand" Blocks & Files 8:58 AM
  • "HBF partners with Oracle as part of tech overhaul plan: Oracle Health Insurance software will be integrated as part of the core platform across all of HBF's health insurance products." ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "Oracle launches Cloud Infrastructure Data Science Service: The new service aims to give data scientists a collaborative platform that guides data science and machine learning projects through the full lifecycle." ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Colt Technology Services expands cloud offerings with Oracle FastConnect" Telecompaper [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:54 AM
  • "Colt And Oracle Further Expand Partnership Through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect" Data Economy 8:54 AM
  • "Oracle tells the Supreme Court: 'Google has a problem'/Oracle delivered its latest argument to the Supreme Court ahead of its showdown with Google over the internet giant's use of Java APIs to build Android." ZDNet 8:33 PM
  • "MWC on brink of cancellation with Cisco among vendors to cancel: Huge trade show in jeopardy tech firms decide against attending" CRN 8:50 AM
  • "Cisco quarterly revenue beats estimate" Reuters 4:01 PM
  • "Cisco beats Q2 expectations with growth in services" ZDNet 4:03 PM
  • "Cisco's Amy Chang Shines Her Light on Contact Center" No Jitter 8:50 AM
  • "Cisco: We warned months ago our sales would be a bit glum, we did not disappoint, and don't expect changes soon. PS: We axed Cisco Live Oz" The Register 7:42 PM
  • "Outbreak posing mixed impacts on different semiconductor segments in China" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:13 AM
  • "Legacy tech gets a break, while new tech comes under pressure" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:39 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow ends 275 points higher as stocks post another round of records: Lyft shares decline on disappointment over profitability outlook" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Stocks Close at Record Highs as Spread of Coronavirus Seen Slowing: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq close at all-time highs as the number of new coronavirus infections slows." TheStreet 4:00 PM
  • "Dow, S&P, Nasdaq notch new records as health care, tech rally: Investors celebrate a trifecta of new records" FOXBusiness 4:00 PM
  • "Dow Closes at Record as Coronavirus Worries Abate: Investors digest Fed Chairman Powell's testimony to Congress; oil prices rise" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asian markets rise despite coronavirus concerns: Stocks tick up in Tokyo, Hong Kong" Associated Press 8:45 AM
  • "European stocks head to fresh records on upbeat earnings and signs of slowing China coronavirus cases: Heineken, Kering and Akzo Nobel shares among the gainers" MarketWatch 8:44 AM

 
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