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January 4, 2019

IN THE NEWS: Apple iPhone sales China

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese consumers have cut back on buying Apple’s $1,000 iPhone because they are unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S.

The iPhone is Apple’s biggest product, accounting for about 60 percent of its revenue in the July-September quarter, the latest reported. Its stock fell 10 percent Thursday, the worst drop in five years, wiping out about $75 billion in market value.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last quarter of 2018 will fall well below projections, a decrease he traced mainly to China.

IN THE NEWS: US: Active grand jury probe tied to Russian social media

WASHINGTON (AP) — That’s according to a court filing Thursday from prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington.

The lawyers told a judge they want to reply under seal to an ongoing court dispute with a Russian company because their response concerns a “matter occurring before the grand jury.”

Mueller’s office last February indicted three Russian individuals and three Russian companies accused in a social media effort to sway American public opinion ahead of the election.

IN THE NEWS: Smartphone Psychiatry

UNDATED (AP) — Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it?

The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call it smartphone psychiatry or child psychology 2.0.

Studies have linked heavy smartphone use with worsening teen mental health. But as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts or watch YouTube videos, they also leave digital footprints that might offer clues to their psychological well-being.

Changes in typing speed, voice tone, word choice and how often kids stay home could signal trouble, according to preliminary studies. Depression affects about 3 million U.S. teens, and rates have climbed in the past decade. One expert says there might be as many as 1,000 smartphone “biomarkers” for depression.

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