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Weekend Highlights: Dan Moren explores Apple's new subscription model; Bloomberg's Shira Ovide reckons Apple is in the midst of a business change given stagnating smartphone sales; Adrian Kingsley-Hughes argues the time has come for Apple "to expand into lower-priced categories" with iPhone; it appears Samsung may retain bulk of iPhone screen manufacture as LG said to struggle, but Dan Dilger calls report "sloppy"; will we finally see a Dark Mode in macOS 10.14?; Jonny Evans pores over new Apple's Environmenal Responsibility Report and discovers a slew of "product secrets we didn't know before"; have a gander at Apple's new robot, Daisy, tasked with dismantling iPhones in 18 seconds; rumor out of Japan that we may get new iPhone SE this May, sans headphone jack, but with A10 and Touch ID.

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  • "How Apple's Tim Cook followed the toughest act in tech/When Steve Jobs died in 2011, Tim Cook had a tough act to follow: one of the toughest bosses in the history of tech. Cook has hit some bumps along the way. But Apple's chief executive, now 56, has overseen a rise in Apple's share price of more than 175 percent since being named CEO in August 2011. That's better than the S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow over the same time period."  CNBC 5:46 PM
  • "Apple is abandoning its expensive image: For years, Apple customers would complain about the 'Apple Tax' — the premium over similar products from other companies that you would have to pay for Apple's design and software."  Business Insider 6:19 PM
  • "Apple Pads Its Future Business: Culling its iPad line speaks to Apple's need to boost memory and drive service revenue" [Paid Membership Required] 7:05 PM
  • "Meet the 13 Million Nerds That Apple's Counting On: The iPhone maker rekindles its relationship with software developers as it seeks to boost sales in the App Store."  Bloomberg 7:14 AM
  • "Apple's App Store Gets a Makeover: By ceding some control to the app-making community, the company aims to boost services revenues and keep people in its ecosystem"  Bloomberg 7:14 AM
  • "It's Apple vs. Trump in Taiwan, and the iPhone Maker Is Winning: The benchmark Taiex index ended at a fresh 23-month high on Tuesday" [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "Apple CEO visits China bike-sharing start-up ofo" Reuters 7:01 AM
  • "How Long Can the iPhone Sustain Apple's Rally? Apple shares are up 20% in the last three months, as investors await the next iPhone. But for the stock to work long term, one analyst says Apple needs to diversify its business." Barron's 3:19 PM
  • "Apple's New Mid-Range iPad Is a Smart Response to Its Tablet Woes: Launching a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad with decent specs makes sense at a time when both iPad sales and the broader tablet market are depressed." TheStreet 3:19 PM
  • "Wikileaks to give Apple, Microsoft and Google 90-day deadline to fix flaws found in Vault7 files" V3 7:09 AM
  • "Hackers: We Will Remotely Wipe iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom"  Motherboard 6:17 PM
  • "Hackers threaten to wipe out 200 million iCloud accounts" Mashable 6:17 PM
  • "Apple releases iTunes 12.6 with new 'rent once, watch anywhere' feature" 9to5Mac 4:34 PM
  • "Apple Releases iTunes 12.6 With Cross-Device Movie Rental Access" MacRumors 4:34 PM
  • "Microsoft's Mac to Surface Assistant Leaks, is Pulled" Thurrott 7:06 AM
  • "Running macOS Sierra on a 2009 MacBook" 512 Pixels 4:34 PM
  • "How to solve a problem of too many Photos libraries: There's isn't a solution within Apple's Photos app, so it's PowerPhotos to the rescue." Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "How to Use Stationery in Mail for Mac to Stylize & Personalize Emails" OS X Daily 3:22 PM
  • "Magnet for Mac Is the Window Management Tool I've Desperately Needed" Lifehacker 3:22 PM
  • "How To Automatically Minimize Apps That Startup at Login on macOS" MacTrast 7:56 AM
  • "How to show basic system information on your Mac login screen" iDownload Blog 8:48 AM
  • "Interact Scratchpad for Mac Takes the Pain Out of Adding Contacts" MacStories 4:52 PM
  • "April Fool's Day: Ten simple Mac pranks—part 1 of 2" The Robservatory 3:20 PM
  • "How To Be A Productive Mac User" Mac360 7:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk's AutoCAD Gets Cheetah Solver from Cloud Invent" Architosh 2:06 PM
  • "Adobe launches Experience Cloud marketing and analytics solution, integrates with Creative Cloud" AppleInsider 7:04 AM
  • "Adobe Unveils New Cloud Platform Capabilities" Adobe 7:04 AM
  • "Adobe Launches Adobe Experience Cloud" Adobe 7:04 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Someone Made A Game Boy Emulator For The Apple Watch" Digital Trends 12:39 PM
  • "10 announcements Apple made today you probably missed" Computerworld 12:25 PM
  • "Apple & AT&T able to identify alleged Twitter attacker despite use of prepaid SIM bought with cash" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "iCloud led authorities to journalist's Twitter attacker: The accused sent a journalist a strobing image which allegedly triggered an epileptic seizure." Engadget 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's Online Store Down for Scheduled 'Maintenance' Break, Possibly Ahead of Product Updates" MacRumors 7:02 AM
  • "Apple Store goes down as Apple teases 'something special' – possibly new iPad" The Next Web 7:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "A Lithuanian phisher tricked two big US tech companies into wiring him $100 million" The Verge 6:22 PM
  • "Samsung's new AI assistant will take on Siri and Alexa" CNNMoney 7:01 AM
  • "Nick Mattingly Discusses the New Capabilities of Switcher Studio 3.0" MacVoices 2:06 PM
  • "Introducing the Apple Market Forum Conference-TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-21" The Mac Observer 12:34 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 179: Not just a virtual or augmented reality" iDownload Blog 7:09 AM
Apple Press Releases
  • "Buy iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED™ Special Edition" Apple 7:44 AM
  • "Apple introduces iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition" Apple 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Introduces iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition" Business Wire 7:43 AM
  • "iPad: Flat-out fun. Starting at $329." Apple 7:45 AM
  • "New 9.7-inch iPad features stunning Retina display and incredible performance" Apple 7:41 AM
  • "New 9.7-inch iPad Features Stunning Retina Display & Incredible Performance" Business Wire 7:43 AM
  • "Swift Playgrounds" Apple 7:45 AM
  • "Swift Playgrounds now available in five additional languages" Apple 7:42 AM
  • "Swift Playgrounds Now Available in Five Additional Languages" Business Wire 7:43 AM
  • "Clips: Spread some video joy. Introducing Clips. A new iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more." Apple 7:47 AM
  • "Apple introduces Clips: the fun, new way to create expressive videos on iOS" Apple 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Introduces Clips: The Fun, New Way to Create Expressive Videos on iOS" Business Wire 7:42 AM
HW/SW News
  • "The iPhone is finally going (RED)" Mashable 7:40 AM
  • "Apple launches special edition (Product)Red iPhone 7" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Apple Introduces (RED) iPhone, New iPad, New Video App, Swift Playgrounds" Apple Must 8:30 AM
  • "Apple has a brand new 9.7-inch iPad that's cheaper than ever" BGR 7:51 AM
  • "Apple replaces iPad Air 2 with cheaper 9.7-inch iPad" The Verge 7:56 AM
  • "Minor iPhone bump turns the 7 and 7 Plus red, gives iPhone SE more storage" Ars Technica 8:47 AM
  • "The new $329 iPad is thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2" 9to5Mac 8:37 AM
  • "In possible last gasp for iPad mini, Apple increases capacity to 128GB for $399" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "Apple iPad Mini 2 gets the axe amid quiet tablet refresh: If you want a smaller iPad and don't want to pay $400 for the iPad Mini 4, get a Mini 2 while you still can." CNET 2:07 PM
  • "Chinese retailer seemingly teases release of rumored red iPhone whilst Apple Store is down" 9to5Mac 7:01 AM
  • "iPhone SE now comes in 32GB and 128GB flavors" Cult of Mac 8:47 AM
  • "Apple doubles the storage of the iPhone SE and iPad Mini 4" Engadget 8:48 AM
  • "Apple launches six new iPhone 7/Plus case colors, matching new silicone & leather Watch bands" 9to5Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Swift Playgrounds Gains Support for New Languages" MacStories 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Watch Nike Sport band now sold separately for $49, joins new spring lineup" AppleInsider 8:48 AM
  • "Apple sneaks in new Watch bands" Six Colors 8:46 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple patents shape changing device display for tactile interactions" AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a Live and Reconfigurable MacBook Surface Supporting a Virtual Keyboard and Smart Bezel" Patently Apple 7:12 AM
  • "Patent Report: shape-changing iOS screens, wireless charging pads, Air Pods with biometric sensing" Apple World Today 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Wins a Wireless Charging Patent Covering a Tessellated Inductive Power Transmission System" Patently Apple 7:12 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12:26 PM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12:26 PM

  • "Hands on with Apple's new PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7 Plus [Video] 9to5Mac 6:17 PM
  • "New iPad vs. iPad Pro 9.7-Inch: Apple Tablet Showdown" PC Magazine 4:34 PM
  • "How Apple's new iPad lines up against the tablet competition" CNET 9:55 AM
  • "QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitoring Device and Apple HealthKit -extended version (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 7:05 PM
  • "ECOXGEAR EcoBoulder Bluetooth speaker review" The Gadgeteer 8:29 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple Announces New Video Editing App Clips. Here's How It Works" Time 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's new Clips app makes social videos for other social networks" The Verge 7:38 AM
  • "How to set up an iCloud email alias" iMore 3:22 PM
  • "AFPS explained; what you need to know for iOS 10.3 and macOS" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "How to use the collaborative editing features in iWork for iOS 10" TechRepublic 12:41 PM
  • "iMovie Mirror Effect" MacMost 12:24 PM
  • "Fisheye 4 life: How to shoot social media gold with your fisheye lens!" iMore 7:09 AM
  • "Forget Emoji, here's how to access Kaomoji on your iPhone or iPad!" iMore 7:09 AM
  • "How to monitor your kids' Nintendo Switch gaming habits with your iPhone" Macworld 7:02 AM
  • "Adjusting 3D Touch Sensitivity Tips" iLounge 4:34 PM
  • "10 handy iPhone tips to make your life easier [Video] 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "iPhone SE 2017 Another Example of Apple Doing Less and Less with More and More" The Mac Observer 8:06 PM
  • "Apple's iPad lineup is a complete mess"  Mashable 7:04 PM
  • "Recap: Everything Apple Announced Today in Under 3 Minutes" MacRumors 5:46 PM
  • "Apple's iPad refresh: 4 things business users need to know" TechRepublic 4:05 PM
  • "How Apple Has Changed in the Past 10 Years: The tech icon continues to evolve in ways analysts have difficulty predicting." The Motley Fool 3:19 PM
  • "Apple Suddenly Confirms Three New iPhones" Forbes 2:08 PM
  • "Apple's new millennial-minded 'Clips' video-editing app could be a game-changer" GeekWire 12:41 PM
  • "Apple Store goes down ahead of possible first new product launch of 2017" Yahoo Tech 12:38 PM
  • "You Started With A FitBit, But You'll End With An Apple Watch and AirPods" Two Guys And A Podcast 12:35 PM
  • "Should you upgrade your iPhone SE for double the storage?" iMore 9:55 AM
  • "Apple's quiet iPad launch proves no one cares about tablets" CNET 9:55 AM
  • "Well, that was disappointing (no new iPad Pros or Macs)" Apple World Today 9:53 AM
  • "Apple vs. Microsoft 3.0: The quest for electronic medical record supremacy?"  Computerworld 8:36 AM
  • "How iPhone Makes You Stupid" Mac360 8:30 AM
  • "Apple's Siri, Meet Samsung's Bixby" PixoBebo 8:29 AM
  • "Cassandra: iPhone Product (RED); Larger iPhone SE Models; iPad; iPad mini 4; New Watch Bands, Updated Swift Playground languages; and Clips, a new iOS Video app" eXtensions 8:29 AM
  • "Coming Soon To iPhone: 100 Times Faster Wi-Fi" McSolo 7:55 AM
  • "New iPhone 8 Feature Needs To Be More Than A Gimmick" Forbes 7:38 AM
  • "Show Notes: My nightmare is called Apple iMessage Stories" The Verge 7:12 AM
  • "Unmagic 8 Ball: Predicting the future is hard" Macworld 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Injecting Its Own Ads in Windows Explorer for Windows 10" The Tech Night Owl 8:48 AM
  • "Comic: Do Red iPhones Go Faster?" iMore 3:21 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Amazon Music for iOS updated with support for CarPlay" 9to5Mac 8:54 PM
  • "Kindle iOS app adds 'Send to Kindle' feature to save articles from Safari" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "Every new product Apple just announced: iPad, red iPhone 7, Apple Watch bands, and more" [Slideshow] Macworld 2:09 PM
  • "Logitech announces a line of education-focused protective cases for the new 9.7-inch iPad" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "Apple is launching a new take on iMovie you'll actually want to use" Mashable 7:39 AM
  • "COMET TV Launches the Best Selection of Science Fiction and Genre Content on Apple TV and Roku" Business Wire 7:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Modifies Windows 10 for China's Government: Tech companies are customizing products to meet heightened security demands from Beijing" [Paid Membership Required] 7:05 PM
  • "Microsoft Updates Shipping Version of Windows 10 Again" Thurrott 6:52 AM
  • "Windows 10 Build 15063 Released, RTM is in the Air" Thurrott 6:52 AM
  • "Windows 10 build 15063 heads to phones in the Fast ring - here's what's new" Neowin 6:53 AM
  • "Adobe, Microsoft team up to share sales and marketing data" Reuters 7:00 AM
  • "Microsoft and Adobe partner to share sales and marketing data" CRN 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft to shut down Translator app for older Windows and Windows Phone devices next month" Neowin 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft launches Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series, 'inspired by military technology'" Neowin 12:07 PM
  • "AMD pledges Ryzen FMA3 erratum fix in upcoming AGESA update" bit-tech 6:41 AM
  • "Ryzen rumors: Perception vs. reality with AMD's new CPU/We cut through through the chatter, rumors and hearsay." PCWorld 6:41 AM
  • "Benchmark Performance; Killer Flagship Now Adds Cores To Slay AMD Naples" University Herald 6:42 AM
  • "Surface Pro 5: Alien Covenant teaser reveals possible AMD Ryzen-powered Surface Pro 5" IT PRO 6:42 AM
  • "AMD Drags LG, MediaTek, Vizio, Sigma To Court Over Patent Infringement" MobiPicker 6:41 AM
  • "ARM steps up chip performance to catch up with Intel, AMD: Starting next year, new ARM processors will pack in blazing performance thanks to big changes coming to its Cortex-A chip designs" CIO 6:42 AM
  • "ARM announces new DynamIQ technology, will focus on AI, machine learning, and phones" ExtremeTech 7:57 AM
  • "ARM's DynamIQ microarchitecture takes aim at AI and machine learning: Chip designer promises multi-core tech will deliver a 50x boost in AI performance" The Inquirer 6:54 AM
  • "ARM's latest CPUs are ready for an AI-powered future: 'DynamIQ' technology is the next step beyond 'big.Little' multicore CPUs." Engadget 6:55 AM
  • "ARM steps up chip performance to catch up with Intel, AMD: Starting next year, new ARM processors will pack in blazing performance thanks to big changes coming to its Cortex-A chip designs" IDG News Service 6:55 AM
  • "ARM's new chip design focuses on AI and machine learning" The Verge 6:52 AM
  • "ARM moves beyond mobile with DynamIQ" ZDNet 6:54 AM
  • "ARM enters driverless car race with latest design" Telegraph 6:52 AM
  • "ARM's next-gen chip design puts the focus on artificial intelligence" TechCrunch 6:52 AM
  • "Leak shows an Intel 32-core monster CPU to keep up with AMD" TechRadar UK 7:18 AM
  • "Downgrading Intel To Sell On Stagnant Business Fundamentals" Seeking Alpha 6:25 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: The convertible king?" Pocket-lint 6:35 AM
  • "Rometty: IBM Cloud is the platform for the next era" CNBC Videos 3:14 PM
  • "IBM CEO Rometty on Growing Cloud Business, U.S. Workforce" Bloomberg 3:14 PM
  • "IBM launches blockchain service based on Hyperledger Fabric" Neowin 6:53 AM
  • "IBM announces Hyperledger Fabric-based Blockchain-as-a-service" BetaNews 7:19 AM
  • "IBM's Harriet Green Sees 'Enormous' Advantage From Watson" Bloomberg 6:25 PM
  • "IBM, Red Hat collaborates to accelerate Cloud adoption: 'Our collaboration with IBM is aimed at helping enterprise customers more quickly and easily embrace hybrid Cloud,' added Radhesh Balakrishnan, GM of OpenStack, Red Hat." The Economic Times 7:20 AM
  • "IBM and Red Hat collaborate to accelerate cloud adoption using OpenStack" The Tech Portal 7:19 AM
  • "IBM + Red Hat = Open Source Hybrid Cloud: IBM's public cloud will run Red Hat's OpenStack and Ceph storage products" Tech Central 7:19 AM
  • "IBM, remote-work pioneer, is calling thousands of employees back to the office" Quartz 7:19 AM
  • "HP explores future of 3D printing in Corvallis: The company opened a new 3,500-square-foot R&D lab to develop products for its next generation of printing technology." Portland Business Journal 3:13 PM
  • "TSMC unveils plans for 7+, 12, 22nm nodes" EE Times Asia 6:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "'Shut Up And Let Tim Cook Make You Rich': Advice for Apple investors from the Dividend Sensei." Apple 3.0 7:51 AM
  • "Sacconaghi hikes Apple price target to $160" Apple 3.0 3:59 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow, Nasdaq log worst day since September as financial stocks crumble: S&P 500 sinks by the most in five months" MarketWatch 8:57 PM
  • "Trump Rally Wanes as Stocks Suffer Worst Losses of 2017; Financials Sell Off: Patience with the slow progress of health care and financial reforms wears thin on Tuesday, sending stocks spiralling to their worst losses of the year." TheStreet 3:11 PM
  • "Stock market falls 1.2%, ending longest streak of calm since 1995" USA Today 8:55 PM
  • "Stocks Log Worst Day Since September, Trump Trade Loses Steam" FOXBusiness 8:55 PM
  • "Stocks Post Biggest Drop of Year as Trump Trade Stalls: Dow industrials, S&P 500 decline more than 1% for the first time since October as confidence in Trump's agenda wavers" [Paid Membership Required] 3:11 PM
  • "Korean stocks hit nearly 2-year high; Nikkei lags as yen rises" MarketWatch 7:15 AM
  • "French stocks rise, standing out in subdued moves across European equities" MarketWatch 7:16 AM

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