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Weekend Highlights: Late Thursday, Apple took new tack against Qualcomm seeking invalidation of four patents; fresh ruling from US Supreme Court backs Apple's iPhone privacy stance requiring warrants to access cellphone data—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Dan Moren expresses frustration over slow Mac updates, delcaring "long product cycles are ... now normal for the Mac"; Ben Lovejoy thinks he has a solution to the MacBook Pro dilemma that would keep all parties happy; ZDNet takes FileMaker 17 for a spin; Simon Royal argues life's "too short to argue over operating systems" says end result is that you're happy with your choice; Gregg Keizer delves into new privacy features in Mojave; Japan now seeing Apple mapping vehicles on the roads; man in Toronto, CA sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches; The Drum interviews Susan Bennett, Siri's original voice; interesting interview with Andy Hertzfeld; BGR claims exclusive first look at 6.1" LCD iPhone; commentary from Channel NewsAsia poses question whether "Xiaomi is twice as good as Apple".

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Tells Lawmaker that Right to Repair iPhones Will Turn Nebraska Into a 'Mecca' for Hackers" Motherboard 7:00 AM
  • "Apple Loses Fourth Place to Xiaomi in Booming China Smartphone Market"  MacRumors 7:01 AM
  • "Latest Canalys data highlights Apple's struggle in China as shipments & market share fall" 9to5Mac 12:58 PM
  • "The State of iBooks in Early 2017"  TidBITS 7:02 AM
  • "Why Google and Apple will rule mixed reality: Sorry, Microsoft and Magic Leap, the Silicon Valley smartphone giants have one thing you haven't got" Computerworld 7:10 AM
  • "Apple-backed trade association pledges support for energy storage legislation" 9to5Mac 10:39 AM
  • "4K and HDR may not be enough for Apple TV to win the living room: Apple's set-top box is rumored to be adding features that its competitors already offer for less."  Macworld 2/17
  • "Bloomberg attacks Apple TV as failing to be 'a groundbreaking, iPhone-caliber product'" ["There are a series of problems with the article, ranging from factual inaccuracies and incorrect assessments about the television industry. Overall, it well represents the populist media narrative that Apple is a bungling, arrogant, ineffectual and incompetent company that can't even manage to regularly replicate its work that made iPhone the world's most valuable technology product to ever exist, and that made it the most successful and transformative tech company in the world--without any context for what real success in the TV industry might actually look like."]  AppleInsider 2/17
  • "What's next for tvOS & Apple TV? How Apple's set-top box could upgrade your living room" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "Apple's CFO explains the company's $10 billion R&D budget" Business Insider 2/17
  • "Tech giant Apple to kickstart Indian dream with the iPhone SE" The Economic Times 2/17
  • "Apple iPhone SE to Be First Model Assembled in India" Investopedia 2/17
  • "Apple to begin iPhone SE assembly in India in coming months" CNET 2/17
  • "Apple to begin iPhone SE production in India this April, report says" AppleInsider 2/17
OS X
News
  • "New macOS malware steals passwords and iPhone backups" BetaNews 2/17
  • "Adobe Issues Critical Security Update for Flash Player on Mac" MacRumors 2/17
  • "WWDC17: June 5-9 in San Jose, CA" RazMag 2/17
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to use Instagram, Snapchat on a PC or Mac" USA Today 6:47 PM
  • "How to configure a Time Capsule as an ethernet-only storage device: You can use the hard drive in a Time Capsule as a network storage device if you decide to stop using the router capabilities." Macworld 2/17
  • "Getting a 16 Episode Gameshow to Rough Assembly in 30 Minutes With Final Cut Pro X" fcp.co 2/17
  • "Zoho Notebook (for Mac) Review & Rating" PC Magazine 2/17
  • "How to Create a Bootable USB Drive for macOS Sierra" Envato Tuts+ 2/17
  • "How to Mute Sound in Embedded Videos in Messages" OS X Daily 2/17
  • "Mac: How to Change The Default Screenshot Format" Apple Must 2/17
  • "Free: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About A Photo On Your Mac" Mac 360 2/17
Op/Ed
  • "swift/docs/OwnershipManifesto" Github 6:53 PM
  • "Swift Changes Considered Harmful" Furbo 7:02 AM
  • "Notes On The Mac App Store" TeraTalks 2/17
  • "When backups go bad: The problem with using network drives with Time Machine/Data backups are vital, so any problems that a user can't easily fix are not acceptable." Macworld 2/17
Press Releases
  • "Use this Chrome extension to easily identify emails with senders' icons" The Next Web 2/17
  • "Chaos Group's New V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max—7x Faster Rendering and Adaptive Lighting" Architosh 2/17
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks at Augsburg: He spoke as part of Augsburg College's Scholarship Weekend." Minneapolis Star-Tribune 6:28 PM
  • "Supply chain expects 49.5M iPhone sales in Q2, profits retained by high ASP until 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 2/17
  • "New Apple ads continue positioning iPad Pro as being better than a computer"  iDownload Blog 2/17
  • "Apple Launches New 'We Hear You' iPad Pro Ad Campaign" MacStories 2/17
  • "This stunning Billboard magazine cover was shot with an iPhone 7 Plus" BGR 2/17
  • "Apple Pay: An Apple Digital Currency" Apple Must 2/17
  • "How a young Steve Jobs hustled Atari into sending him to India for a spiritual quest" Business Insider 2/17
  • "Here's the 'Stealth' Case Apple Uses to Conceal iPhone Prototypes During Transport" MacRumors 2/17
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple introduces 'world's fastest' PowerBook" Cult of Mac 2/17
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung's Exynos 9 SoC could potentially power the upcoming Galaxy S8" Neowin 6:57 AM
  • "Google is testing VoLTE support for some Project Fi subscribers" VentureBeat 2/17
  • "Amazon Rivals Have Big Clouds to Fill: Google and Microsoft are scaling up fast, but Amazon's lead is hard to close" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 2/17
  • "Exclusive: SoftBank willing to cede control of Sprint to entice T-Mobile - sources" Reuters 2/17
  • "Billionaire investor Mark Cuban calls Amazon 'the greatest startup in the world'" Business Insider 2/17
  • "YouTube Killing 30-Second Unskippable Ads" PC Magazine 2/17
  • "What Did You Think of the Pixel's Design? Google Wants to Know" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "A Gourmet Guide to Wifi: The future of wifi is here, and it's artisanal."  Backchannel 2/17
  • "This creepy tool reveals how Facebook tracks and studies your activity" The Next Web 2/17
  • "German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears" BBC 2/17
  • "Nintendo Switch Ships Early, Unboxing & UI Videos Appear" PC Magazine 2/17
  • "Samsung chief Lee arrested as South Korean corruption probe deepens" Reuters 2/17
Publications/Podcasts
  • "iPhone 8 Biometric Sensors, FCC and Smartphone Radio Chips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-17" The Mac Observer 2/17
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 107 | iPhone 8 'function area' replacing Home button, WWDC moving to San Jose, Eddy Cue talks TV" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "Canvas, Episode 29: Workflow – Magic Variables" MacStories 2/17
  • "Planet of the Apps: it's a show but it's also a theme of today's Vergecast" The Verge 2/17
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks about 'iPhone 8' function area, fake news, BeatsX and more" AppleInsider 2/17
  • "Episode 158: 'We'll Accept 30% of Anyone's Revenue'" The Committed 2/17
Hardware/Software
  • "The iPhone 8 may feature a MacBook-like Touch Bar: The latest report suggests the lower portion of the screen will reserved for virtual buttons." CNET 12:05 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 to use new 'function area' instead of home button: Report" ZDNet 8:51 PM
  • "Apple said to be working on wireless charging solution with Broadcom, may not launch until 2018" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "Apple partnering with Broadcom on custom wireless charging chip for future iPhone" AppleInsider 2/17
  • "Is Apple's iPhone SE about to get an upgrade?" Computerworld 2/17
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/17
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/17
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/17

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "I've used AirPods for the last month -- here's what Apple should do with its next pair" Business Insider 6:36 PM
  • "A week with BeatsX: How Apple's latest W1 earbuds compare to AirPods & Powerbeats3" 9to5Mac 5:54 PM
  • "Apple AirPods review - Not perfection but these smart headphones sound like the future" Express UK 8:35 AM
  • "AirPods vs. Powerbeats3: Which Apple W1 headphones are better for working out and exercising?" AppleInsider 6:58 AM
  • "I've used AirPods for the last month -- here are 6 things Apple should do with its next pair" Business Insider 2/17
  • "The MacBook Pro's Battery Life Is Better, But It's Still Not The Best" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "AKiTiO Node Thunderbolt 3 eGPU + 'late 2016' MacBook Pro 13-inch" Bare Feats 2/17
  • "Hands-on with D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD, the first HomeKit video security camera" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera" AppleInsider 2/17
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The best Warhammer 40,000 games for the iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 9:21 PM
  • "Review: Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iPhone is short on plot, long on tactics" AppleInsider 6:18 PM
  • "#iPhoneography: Best photo editing apps for iPhone!" iMore 3:02 PM
  • "TranslucentMessages makes the iOS 10 Messages app translucent with stunning blur effects" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "Fresh powder and frisky pups await in the charming Dog Sled Saga: Mush to victory, make the right calls, and pet some digital doggies." Macworld 2/17
  • "RPS Saga Review: Rock, Paper, Scissors gets a makeover, but ultimately it's what's underneath that matters." iMore 2/17
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to get even more Candy and Stardust in Pokémon Go — Gen 2!" iMore 1:09 PM
  • "How to remove someone from the blocked list on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 10:32 AM
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to save your data manually with iPhone, iPad, and Mac" 9to5Mac 9:21 AM
  • "How to Enhance Your Music with the New Alchemy Synth in GarageBand for iOS" iPhone Hacks 7:07 AM
  • "How to turn your iPhone or Android smartphone into a satellite phone" ZDNet 2/17
  • "How to use Evolution Items to get Steelix, Scizor, Slowking, and more in Pokémon Go Gen 2" iMore 2/17
  • "How to Buy the Right Router and Save Your Internet" Gizmodo 2/17
  • "AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: How to save and get the cheapest phone plan" CNET 2/17
  • "Use Your iPhone As An External Hard Drive" AppAdvice 2/17
Tips
  • "8 ways to improve iPhone battery life: If your iPhone doesn't hold a charge like it used to, these tips should help you get a boost from your battery." CNET 8:20 AM
  • "9 Tips and Tricks to Optimize Your Airpod Experience" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Unlimited Data Plan Comparison" The Mac Observer 2/17
  • "Showing a Smart Folder in the iOS 10 Mail Widget Tips" iLounge 2/17
  • "Getting Two-Factor Verification Codes for Your Apple ID" The Mac Observer 2/17
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple Talks Big Media Buy as iPhone Rumors Surge" Fortune 11:28 AM
  • "Forget Planet of the Apps – Apple needs to rip off these TV shows instead"  TechRadar UK 10:35 AM
  • "All things being unequal: It makes comparing iPhones easier" Macworld 9:06 AM
  • "Apple rumored to partner with Broadcom for future iPhone wireless charging" SlashGear 8:34 AM
  • "Here are 6 GIFs Showcasing the Benefits of Jailbreaking iOS 10" iPhone Hacks 7:07 AM
  • "Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator/Set aside rationale thought, it's Apple click-click story time" The Register 2/17
  • "Should Apple give iPhone 8 a mini Touch Bar? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 2/17
  • "Apple's New iPad Ads Remind Us Of The Mac Vs. PC Era" Digital Trends 2/17
  • "The 'Ridiculous' Reasons to Support Right to Repair: If you've read Lance Ulanoff's new Mashable article about Right to Repair, you know one thing for sure: Ulanoff thinks you're too stupid to fix your own phone."  iFixit 2/17
  • "Why Touch ID makes the MacBook Pro the best Mac ever" iMore 2/17
  • "This incredible iPhone 8 concept will make your jaw drop" Cult of Mac 2/17
  • "Opinion: Apple might introduce facial-recognition in future iPhones but fingerprints will remain" 9to5Mac 2/17
  • "How Apple Is Too Big And Too Slow" Mac360 2/17
  • "Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8: While Apple may not rush immediately into Wi-Fi wireless charging, it could go all in when it does"  Computerworld 2/17
  • "Perhaps Apple's AirPort Extreme features will appear in future Apple TVs, 'Siri Speakers'" Apple World Today 2/17
  • "Apple was close to acquiring Ron Howard's TV and Film production company, report claims" BGR 2/17
Non-Apple
  • "Prepare to Obsess Over the Future of Home Wifi: Eero, Plume, and others want you to become connoisseurs of your own data." Backchannel 7:03 AM
  • "AT&T's new 'unlimited' plan sucks" BGR 2/17
  • "Try these fun (and completely useless) Amazon Alexa commands - Video" ZDNet 2/17
  • "Deleting your Yahoo email account? Yeah, good luck with that" ZDNet 2/17
  • "Facebook wants to own the world, not save it" Mashable 2/17
  • "What App Does A Government Snitch Use?" NoodleMac 2/17
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Finally, the accessory every Apple Watch owner has been waiting for is here" BGR 5:38 PM
  • "Coming February 18: Gene Steinberg meets TidBITS publisher Adam Engst, and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 2/17
  • "Meet your new favorite site for iPhone wallpapers" BGR 2/17
  • "An entirely new Pokemon game is coming to iOS and Android" BGR 2/17
  • "QuickerTek wireless antenna upgrades lets you beef up AirPort, Time Capsule products" Apple World Today 2/17
  • "Petal Pop Adventures bursts onto iOS and Android" prMac 2/17
  • "New iMessage Sticker App from YouTuber LugeyPS3 Features Animated Emoji" prMac 2/17
  • "Stickers for Business - Announcing Sales and Special Offers on Instagram" prMac 2/17
  • "The Best iOS Sticker Pack Application for College Students" prMac 2/17
Computer Industry
  • "'Windows as a service' means big, painful changes for IT pros" ZDNet 1:06 PM
  • "Google reveals a Windows vulnerability as Microsoft fails to patch it" Neowin 6:57 AM
  • "Bill Gates: 'If a robot takes your job, then it should pay taxes'" JOE.ie 11:55 AM
  • "Bill Gates thinks we might have to start taxing robots in the future" Neowin 7:58 PM
  • "Microsoft patents ultimate Hover Parental Control" MSPoweruser 12:57 PM
  • "Microsoft patents a 'real-time parental monitoring' tool" OnMSFT 12:58 PM
  • "Xbox Insider Preview build 15038 is now available - here are the fixes and known issues" Neowin 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft cuts Xbox One prices to match PS4, only $250 till February 25" Neowin 9:05 AM
  • "Dell Canvas 27 'Coming Soon' To Take Down Microsoft Surface Studio" iTech Post 7:09 AM
  • "More AMD Ryzen benchmarks surface" VR-Zone 7:10 AM
  • "MD Ryzen 1600X $260 New Benchmarks, Matches Intel's $430 i7 6800K" WCCFTech 9:28 PM
  • "New material could deliver improvements to brain-computer interfaces" Neowin 6:57 AM
  • "Tech giant Microsoft to create 600 new jobs in Dublin" Irish Times 2/17
  • "Microsoft announce 600 jobs in Dublin" Examiner 2/17
  • "Tata Motors and Microsoft's connected cars. What it means for you and can it be successful?" Financial Express 2/17
  • "Azure SQL Database Threat Detection Arrives in April" eWeek 2/17
  • "IBM prototype puts hospital care in the home" Alphr 2/17
  • "Wearables: IBM prototype puts hospital care in the home" IT PRO 2/17
  • "IBM CEO: Topic of jobs is the topic for every country I go to" Rediff 2/17
  • "IBM Teams Up With Visa To Commercialise IoT Devices" Silicon 2/17
  • "IBM and Visa IoT platform will let you pay for things with nearly any device" SiliconRepublic 2/17
  • "Intel Makes Available Ethernet Connections CD 22.0.1 - Download Now" Softpedia 2/17
  • "Gigabyte Expands Gaming Series Laptop with the All New Sabre 15" Guru3D 2/17
  • "Intel continues to drive semiconductor industry R&D spending, says IC Insights" DigiTimes 2/17
  • "AMD bundles Ashes of the Singularity with FX processors ahead of Ryzen's launch" PCWorld 2/17
  • "AMD's Vega takes on Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti as both companies hold events on the same day" TechSpot 2/17
  • "Massive New AMD Ryzen Leaks: Official Launch Date, Prices And New Motherboards" Forbes 2/17
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600X 6 Core, 12 Threaded 3.7 GHz Processor Benchmarked – Single-Threaded and Multi-Threaded Performance Evaluated" WCCFTech 2/17
  • "AMD Ryzen Die Shot and Caches Shown at ISSCC" Guru3D 2/17
  • "Gigabyte Aorus AM4 Motherboard GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Built Specially For AMD Ryzen CPUs" SegmentNext 2/17
  • "Oracle preps developers for Java 9 upgrade" InfoWorld 2/17
  • "Cablenet selects Oracle for network upgrade project" Telegeography 2/17
  • "Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means" The Register 2/17
  • "Cisco's Narrow Moat Provides Competitive Firewall" Morningstar 2/17
  • "Cisco's CTO Alison Vincent on IoT in the UK channel" CRN UK 2/17
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Don't Get Too Excited About Apple Manufacturing In India" Seeking Alpha 5:39 PM
  • "Apple's transformation from bear to bull" USA Today 2/17
  • "Apple Becomes Highest Smartphone Seller after 8 Quarters" Zacks 2/17
  • "How two giant funds played Apple's six-month run" Apple 3.0 2/17
  • "Is TSMC Losing Steam?" Barron's 2/17
Industry News
  • "Stock market resumes record run to cap week, with late-session push: Dow extends record-setting streak for seventh session" MarketWatch 2/17
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Close Out Strong Week With Fresh Records: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose slightly on Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend." TheStreet 2/17
  • "New highs on Wall Street as Dow inches up moments before the close" Associated Press 2/17
  • "Dow Notches Seventh Straight Record" Reuters 2/17
  • "Dow Posts Slight Gain, Extends Streak of Record Closes: Blue-chip index ends week higher, along with S&P 500 and Nasdaq" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 2/17
  • "Asian stocks hit the brakes at end of choppy week: Global investors showed caution Thursday, as a weaker U.S. dollar and profit-taking sent major Asian stock indexes lower, despite a strong overnight lead from Wall Street." MarketWatch 2/17
  • "European stocks finish higher for the day and week: European stocks ended slightly higher Friday, as big gains for Unilever PLC and Essentra PLC helped offset drops by Dutch storage company Royal Vopak NV and German insurer Allianz SE." MarketWatch 2/17

 
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