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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Loses Pair of Key Operations, Supply Chain Executives"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:37 AM
  • "Bloomberg: Apple Loses Two Veteran Operations Executives" MacRumors 8:41 AM
  • "Should consumers be wary of Apple's heartbeat monitoring app?"  Fortune 7:29 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: China getting coronavirus under control/'It feels to me that China is getting the coronavirus under control,' Cook tells FOX Business' Susan Li" FOXBusiness 1:31 PM
  • "Coronavirus causing massive AAPL hit, Microsoft earnings warning" AppleInsider 8:53 AM
  • "Why Apple's new rules for games in China could spell trouble for indies: Apple and TikTok maker ByteDance are asking for developers to show game licenses as China tightens its grip on video game publishing" Abacus 8:02 AM
  • "Apple sets deadline for games apps to comply with Chinese law as government tightens grip on gaming" CNBC 8:53 AM
OS X
News
  • "Google Earth comes to Firefox and Edge but not Safari (yet)" Mashable 7:49 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Tot: Over the holidays, my friend Craig Hockenberry started working on a small Mac app with a small name: Tot. The basic idea: Tot has seven and only seven scratchpads for collecting text." Daring Fireball 8:17 PM
  • "Font chaos in macOS Catalina and how to deal with it: If your work involves different varieties of fonts, you might be in for some trouble with macOS Catalina. Here are some techniques you can try to fix the situation." Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "Finder still thinks this Mac's got a hard disk, and won't set Preview Options" Eclectic Light Company 8:23 AM
  • "How to manage settings for external displays on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:22 AM
  • "How To Store Your Music On an External Drive" MacMost 1:31 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Will Apple Cancel WWDC '20?" iDrop News 3:50 PM
  • "Will Apple cancel WWDC 2020 due to coronavirus?" 9to5Mac 1:58 PM
  • "Facebook Cancels May F8 Developer Conference Due to Coronavirus: What Does That Mean for WWDC?" MacRumors 1:58 PM
  • "Why truly universal Catalyst apps are a great idea" iMore 11:51 AM
  • "Apple says Mac Catalyst is working. We asked developers to find out the truth"  Digital Trends 8:27 AM
Press Releases
  • "HoudahGeo 6.0: Photo geotagging for JPEG, RAW, Apple Photos & More" prMac 7:41 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple greatly reduced autonomous vehicle testing in 2019, fleet of 23 cars drove only 7,500 miles" AppleInsider 7:40 AM
  • "How Apple's self-driving car fleet fared on California roads last year" Cult of Mac 7:40 AM
  • "Epidemic game Plague Inc. disappears from Apple's App Store in China: The game has been popular since the coronavirus outbreak, but it went missing shortly after Apple announced it would remove unlicensed games in accordance with Chinese law" Abacus 8:32 AM
  • "An epidemic-themed game that shot to the top of the charts has been removed from Apple's App Store in China" CNBC 1:32 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Second Best-Selling Phone of 2019 After Less Than Four Months" Counterpoint 2:47 PM
  • "iPhone 11 is second-best selling smartphone globally in 2019" AppleInsider 2:47 PM
  • "Apple's online store will launch within months, says Tim Cook" Newsbytes 8:28 AM
  • "Apple is opening an online store in India this year, and a physical store in 2021" The Next Web 8:17 AM
  • "Apple is finally opening its first store in India next year" CNN Business 8:36 AM
  • "Tim Cook announces EdFarm and Apple to use AR for transformative educational tools" 9to5Mac 11:50 AM
  • "Tim Cook launches AR civil rights education program with EdFarm" AppleInsider 12:03 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook to discuss AR-based civil rights project on TV" Apple Must 12:03 PM
  • "iPhone Contractors Face A Sluggish First Quarter Due To Coronavirus Outbreak" Forbes 7:38 AM
  • "Former Apple Ad Guru Becomes 'Storyteller' for Tech Founders" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:17 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' widow vows Apple co-founder's fortune will be given away: Powell Jobs is also aware of her status as a Silicon Valley billionaire in an era where income inequality has come under a microscope" FOXBusiness 1:32 PM
  • "Visible: Out on Television — 'How Much Longer' Clip | Apple TV+" YouTube 11:36 AM
  • "Wondery Podcast 'WeCrashed' In Works As Limited Series At Apple" Deadline 3:40 PM
  • "Apple developing limited TV series about WeWork debacle: A limited series based on the story of embattled tech-centric real estate firm and former startup darling WeWork is in the works at Apple, according to a report on Thursday." AppleInsider 5:01 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "YouTube TV is losing Fox's regional sports networks and YES Network on February 29th: Stalled negotiations with Sinclair will put a hole in YouTube TV's sports programming" The Verge 4:12 PM
  • "After Bloomberg memes, Facebook will publicly track political sponsored content" Reuters 3:08 PM
  • "FCC to Propose Fines of AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon for Selling Location Data" Vice 3:08 PM
  • "FCC may fine carriers for failing to protect phone location data: The agency reportedly believes they broke promises to Congress." Engadget 2:51 PM
  • "FCC to reportedly fine US wireless carriers at least $200M for selling customer location data" AppleInsider 7:00 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 20 could get Apple Watch-like health metrics" Android Central 8:27 AM
  • "Supply chain set to breach shipment contracts amid outbreak" DigiTimes 8:05 AM
  • "Judges rule that YouTube isn't bound by the First Amendment" Engadget 8:17 AM
  • "YouTube isn't bound by the First Amendment and is free to censor PragerU videos, a court ruled" Business Insider 8:03 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "278: Does That Performa Spark Joy?" The Rebound 3:50 PM
  • "Kelly and Peter Cohen – TMO Daily Observations 2020-02-27" The Mac Observer 2:56 PM
  • "9to5Mac Watch Time episode 16: Apple Watch and CrossFit with Chance Miller" 9to5Mac 11:48 AM
  • "Ars Technicast special edition, part 3: Putting AI to work defending your stuff/Our limited edition podcast concludes with a discussion of weaponizing infosec AI." Ars Technica 8:22 AM
  • "iPhones and bad guys, Mac rumors, iPod touch rumors, and more: Macworld Podcast episode 687" Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "If David Lynch made an iOS game it would look like Path to MnemosyneCult of Mac 7:41 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple Planning iPad Keyboard with Trackpad"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 2:26 PM
  • "Apple to Release iPad Pro Smart Keyboard With Trackpad in 2020" MacRumors 2:46 PM
  • "Apple Reportedly Plans iPad Keyboard With Trackpad" The Mac Observer 2:51 PM
  • "iPhones with user-removable batteries might become EU law" 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "Leaked Documents Suggest Apple Could Be Forced to Build iPhones With User-Removable Batteries in Europe" MacRumors 11:49 AM
  • "iOS and Android developers: Microsoft's Blazor for building mobile apps gains traction/Microsoft is heading for a single UI framework for everything from web apps to native desktop and mobile apps." ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Powerbeats 4 Wireless Earphones Spotted on FCC, Design Revealed"  MySmartPrice 11:29 AM
  • "Apple's Rumored Powerbeats4 Receive FCC Approval" MacRumors 9:33 AM
  • "iOS 13.4 brings a new Shazam It action to the Shortcuts app for identifying nearby music" iDownload Blog 11:48 AM
  • "Apple Users Could Soon Unlock Devices Using This Awesome New Wearable Tech" Forbes 11:48 AM
  • "Apple's AR headset or smart glasses may unlock your iPhone automatically" AppleInsider 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Invents an Authentication System to make it Quick and Easy for users to Unlock Multiple Devices" Patently Apple 8:21 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Lens Position Sensing System for a Headset that can adjust lens accuracy for different Face Profiles" Patently Apple 8:23 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:52 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Samsung Galaxy buds+ V Apple AirPods Pro: Which pair of wireless earbuds are actually worth your money?" The Independent 8:36 AM
  • "Review: Anker's Nebula Mars II is a solid AirPlay projector" AppleInsider 1:58 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Unread 2 Review: The Elegant RSS Client Leaps into Modernity" MacStories 2:00 PM
  • "Tot Review: Collect and Edit Bits of Text" MacStories 8:51 AM
  • "What is Google Duo? What you need to know about Google's video and voice call app" Pocket-lint 8:27 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to stop your UWB-equipped iPhone 11 from tracking you" Cult of Mac 1:58 PM
  • "How to connect AirPods to MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "Yes, you can watch live TV on your Apple TV — here's a guide to the best apps for watching live television" Business Insider 11:48 AM
  • "How to Add Text to Photos on iPhone & iPad with Markup" OS X Daily 9:54 AM
  • "How to stop Audiobooks from automatically downloading to Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 8:22 AM
  • "How to use Siri when iPhone is face down or covered" iDownload Blog 8:22 AM
  • "How to lock down your Google Account using hardware security keys, or your iPhone or Android smartphone" ZDNet 8:10 AM
  • "HomeKit Routers: Everything you need to know" iMore 8:05 AM
  • "How and why you need HomeKit-secured smart homes" Computerworld 7:28 AM
Tips
  • "Your iPhone's Flashlight Doesn't Have to Be That Bright" Gadget Hacks 6:13 PM
  • "How to use all the productivty keyboard shortcuts in Photos for iPad" iDownload Blog 2:30 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Surprise: Apple Watch isn't that great at detecting AFib, study shows/Apple Watch may have outsold the Swiss watch industry but its heart monitoring ability is objectively flawed." Input Magazine 9:11 PM
  • "One of Apple's biggest events of 2020 is coming up – will coronavirus ruin it?" BGR 8:39 PM
  • "I Pray Apple's Rumored iPad Pro Keyboard with Trackpad Ditches the Fabric" Gizmodo 8:34 PM
  • "Budget iPhones took a huge chunk of 2019 smartphone market" Cult of Mac 7:00 PM
  • "Hybrid Tablets are gaining traction in the market and Apple may finally be adding a Trackpad to their Smart Keyboard Folio" Patently Apple 6:06 PM
  • "Don't Expect Apple TV+ to Move Beyond Original Content Any Time Soon" The Mac Observer 1:32 PM
  • "Better typing through old keyboards" Dr. Drang 9:54 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Has Great Heart Monitoring Features, But It's Not Foolproof" iDrop News 2:47 PM
  • "Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About Apple Watch AFib Detection" The Mac Observer 9:31 AM
  • "Comment: Why 'OS Recovery' is an obvious solution for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch [Video] 9to5Mac 9:06 AM
  • "Forget the redesigned iPhone 12, this is the most insane phone design I've ever seen" BGR 8:51 AM
  • "Here's Why Apple News+ Doesn't Work"  Kirkville 8:21 AM
  • "What's on your iOS 14 wishlist? iOS 13 has grown into quite a solid and robust operating system, but there's still plenty of work that Apple needs to do." ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "WatchOS 7 wishlist: 5 ways the Apple Watch could be even better" Macworld 8:03 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Your Netflix binging isn't killing the planet—yet" Quartz 8:19 PM
  • "Motorola Razr vs Galaxy Z Flip: Foldable Teardown Roundup" YouTube 2:47 PM
  • "2020 Prediction: COVID-19 will suck like 9/11" I, Cringely 2:00 PM
  • "As internet forums die off, finding community can be harder than ever" Engadget 9:34 AM
  • "This Apple Watch copycat is surprisingly good for just $19: Notifications, fitness tracking, heart-rate monitoring and more, all for an impossibly low price." CNET 8:30 AM
  • "Robots aren't taking our jobs — they're becoming our bosses" The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G review: Impressive camera specs don't justify the price" CNET 7:49 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Arcade's latest exclusive is a new Crossy Road spinoff: Crossy Road Castle is a different style of endless runner than the original" The Verge 5:08 PM
  • "PayByPhone Unveils New Features in iOS 13 5.1.0" PRNewswire 3:57 PM
  • "Lady Gaga teases her new music video entirely filmed on iPhone" 9to5Mac 3:29 PM
  • "Steinberg's new USB-C audio interface for Mac/iOS features split DJ monitoring" 9to5Toys 1:57 PM
  • "'Dead by Daylight Mobile' Launches This Spring with Pre-Registrations Now Live" Touch Arcade 11:48 AM
  • "Spotify's redesigned iOS app gives the Shuffle Play button a sleeker look" TechHive 9:54 AM
  • "Spotify app for iOS gets a major design update" MSPoweruser 7:11 PM
  • "Timex is releasing a GPS smartwatch with 25 days of battery life" The Verge 8:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Coronavirus: Microsoft warns of hit to computer sales" BBC 7:29 AM
  • "Microsoft warns Windows, Surface won't hit revenue guidance due to coronavirus: Microsoft says its supply chain is returning to normal at a 'slower pace than anticipated.'" Windows Central 6:50 AM
  • "Microsoft productivity hurt by the coronavirus" ABCNews 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft Wants to Invest in Indonesia Data Centers, Says Indonesian President" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:30 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Build 19041.84 via WSUS" MSPoweruser 6:25 AM
  • "Microsoft's Android Surface Duo: This is how you'll peek at messages and calls/With no outward-facing screen on a folded Surface Duo, Microsoft uses software to show notifications and calls." ZDNet 6:46 AM
  • "Ex-Microsoft Engineer Used Bitcoin to Help Embezzle Millions From Tech Giant" coindesk 7:29 AM
  • "Microsoft Will Not Attend GDC 2020 Due to Coronavirus Concerns" WCCFTech 1:31 PM
  • "Microsoft's new unified Office app already supports dual screen Android devices" MSPoweruser 2:50 PM
  • "Intel fixed 236 bugs in 2019 and only 5% (11 bugs) were CPU vulnerabilities: Intel says that 60% of all security bugs fixed in 2019 were discovered internally, by employees." ZDNet 10:28 AM
  • "Intel uses AI to find new customers in specific industries" VentureBeat 4:18 PM
  • "Intel says it will catch up with AMD" Fudzilla 7:31 AM
  • "JPR: AMD Clawed Market Share From NVIDIA And Intel As GPU Shipments Surged 22.6% In Q4'19" WCCFTech 7:51 AM
  • "New Lenovo ThinkPad Laptops: AMD Ryzen 4000 Pro or Intel 10th Generation CPU" WCCFTech 6:49 AM
  • "Coronavirus Reduces 1Q20 Notebook Shipments – Will AMD's Growth In Segment Suffer?" WCCFTech 6:25 AM
  • "AMD RX 5950 XT is no Nvidia killer as 'leaks' confirmed as fake" TechRadar UK 7:31 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Q4 mixed amid strong commercial PC sales, but soft server market: Dell's infrastructure unit struggled in the fourth quarter with revenue of $8.8 billion, down 11%. Storage revenue fell 3% while servers and networking revenue fell 19%" ZDNet 5:09 PM
  • "Cisco patches incoming to address Kr00k vulnerability impacting routers, firewall products: There are no workarounds for the Wi-Fi communications bug." ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "IBM and Intel Create an Open Source Project To Form Smart Contracts" Namecoin News 7:27 AM
  • "PCIe 6.0 Specifications Are On Track For 2021 Launch And Revision 0.3 Is Complete" WCCFTech 8:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple investor vote sounds 'warning' over China app takedowns: Harvard governance boffin labels move 'striking warning'." iTNews Australia 8:32 PM
  • "Has Apple CEO Tim Cook made Apple too dependent on China?" MacDailyNews 1:37 PM
  • "Apple Down 9.8% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?" Zacks 11:37 AM
Industry News
  • "How bad is the coronavirus-sparked stock-market selloff? — the Dow's weekly skid would rank within the top 15 worst in its 124-year history: S&P 500 marks the fastest correction from a record in history; the severity of the Nasdaq's weekly decline would fall within its top 10" MarketWatch 8:41 PM
  • "Dow Down Over 3,000 Points In 1 Week: Where Stocks Closed Thursday" TheStreet 8:41 PM
  • "Dow Jones Futures Down As Coronavirus Stock Market Correction Intensifies; Tesla, Apple, Beyond Meat Fall Late" Investor's Business Daily 8:41 PM
  • "Dow's point drop worst on record as stocks fall into correction" FOXBusiness 8:42 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slide Into a Correction as Virus Fears Show No Sign of Easing: Dow, S&P, Nasdaq all drop more than 4% in largest one-day point declines on record" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:42 PM
  • "Asian markets slump following further losses on Wall Street: Nikkei sinks 2%; South Korea's central bank stays pat on rates" MarketWatch 7:37 AM
  • "European stocks retreat as new virus cases outside of China climb" MarketWatch 7:37 AM

 
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