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  • "Apple's cheap iPad is tailor-made for education: Lost amidst the red iPhone and death of iPad Air hoopla was Apple's latest attempt to turnaround its education market: A $299 iPad."  Mashable 7:09 AM
  • "How Apple's 2017 9.7" iPad better fills the gap between iPad mini and iPad Pro models" TechRepublic 7:14 AM
  • "For iPad sales, nowhere left to go but lower?" Moneywatch 6:48 AM
  • "Revenue department turns down Apple's tax incentive demand: The Department of Revenue has said no to the tax incentive demand of US-based iPhone maker Apple, which wants to set up a manufacturing unit in the country." PTI 9:29 AM
  • "Apple TV just became an enterprise hub for connected things"  Computerworld 9:45 AM
  • "Exclusive: Apple Setting Down Deep Roots in China, CEO Says" Caixin 8:09 PM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple will continue to invest in Chinese market, talks up Didi investment in new interview" 9to5Mac 8:08 PM
  • "Mac OS IM tool Adium lagging on library security vulnerability" The Register 6:56 AM
  • "iTunes 12.6 Lets You Watch Rental Movies Across All Your Devices" The Mac Observer 8:37 AM
  • "FCPX Fincher Style - Part III - Fixes, Formulas, & Finishing" 9:48 AM
  • "How to add Continuity features to older Macs" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "How To: Show the Status Bar in Finder in macOS Sierra" MacTrast 9:05 AM
  • "How to open a playlist in a new window in iTunes 12.6 on macOS" AppleInsider 12:51 PM
  • "How to Type Accents on Mac the Easy Way" OS X Daily 3:11 PM
  • "The Best Mac Cleanup Tips for Digital Spring Cleaning" Intego 7:12 AM
  • "April Fool's Day: Ten simple Mac pranks—part 2 of 2" The Robservatory 3:11 PM
  • "5 best apps for reading books on your Mac" iMore 3:53 PM
  • "This Mac Text Editor Is An Outliner" Mac 360 7:42 AM
  • "Is Setapp the future of Mac apps?" 9to5Mac 12:51 PM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Introduces New AutoCAD 2018" Architosh 3:10 PM
  • "Interact Scrachpad brings Quick, Easy Contact Creation to the Mac" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "MaBaSoft releases Application Wizard 3.6.3" MaBaSoft 7:15 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook Confirms Apple Will Make Global Fund Donations From Sales of Red iPhone 7 in China" MacRumors 11:59 AM
  • "Hackers try to extort Apple with threats of resetting iCloud accounts, wiping devices" Cult of Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Hackers attempt to extort Apple with threat to remotely wipe iPhones, iPads" AppleInsider 9:48 AM
  • "Hackers claim to have breached hundreds of millions of Apple accounts" BGR 11:32 AM
  • "Hackers Threaten to Wipe Out Millions of iCloud Accounts if Apple doesn't Pay $75K" The Mac Observer 11:56 AM
  • "Apple's previous-gen iPhone 6s outsold Samsung's new flagship models last year" 9to5Mac 12:51 PM
  • "Siri and Alexa Are Fighting to Be Your Hotel Butler" Bloomberg 8:01 AM
  • "Siri and Alexa Battling to Become Go-To Voice Assistants in Hotel Rooms" MacRumors 8:01 AM
  • "Marriott testing Siri and Alexa to decide which will control devices in its hotel rooms" 9to5Mac 8:54 AM
  • "Movie studios talk $30 rentals for films still in theaters as Apple pushes for content on iTunes" AppleInsider 12:52 PM
  • "Apple's drops AIDS charity branding for its red iPhone in China" TechCrunch 7:00 AM
  • "Apple omits (PRODUCT)RED branding for red iPhone in China, perhaps to avoid AIDS controversy" 9to5Mac 7:00 AM
  • "Samsung Pay beats Apple and Google to launch mobile payments service in India" VentureBeat 7:18 AM
  • "Do you wish your boss was more...dead? Survey finds a third of Australians want to serve under the late Steve Jobs" CIO 9:04 AM
  • "Steve Jobs is dream boss for a third of Australians" Cult of Mac 9:04 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google Broadens Ad Placement Policy Changes in Wake of Complaints" eWeek 7:41 PM
  • "Medium launches memberships for $5 per month: You don't really get anything yet" The Verge 5:34 PM
  • "Congress Is About To Give Away Your Online Privacy: Congress is poised to roll back FCC privacy protections in a way that could seriously compromise our online lives. The protections require internet service providers to secure consumer data and obtain consumers' consent before mining and selling it."  Wired 1:11 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8: everything we know so far" The Verge 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO -ACM 403" The Mac Observer 6:46 PM
  • "Apple's New iPad, Extortionists Threaten iCloud -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-22" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "Debunking the myths that iPhone users are smarter, more judgmental, and more likely to lie" Macworld 6:59 AM
  • "Speaking in Tech: Glassholes are COOL now Apple's doing it" [Podcast] The Register 6:56 AM
  • "New iPad revealed, big price cut is main feature: iPhone also now comes in charitable red and the iPhone SE doubles up on memory" The Register 6:56 AM
  • "Apple iPad – New Faster Processor and More Fun" DailyTech 7:11 AM
  • "Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad" DigiTimes 6:48 AM
  • "iPhone concept design reimagines new 'red' model with neat black front" The Next Web 7:25 AM
  • "iOS 10.3 beta hints at more fluid Apple Pencil with next-gen iPad Pro models" AppleInsider 9:05 AM
  • "iOS 10.3 betas contain code that support idea of 10.5-inch iPad with faster refresh rates" 9to5Mac 7:20 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:37 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:37 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:37 AM

  • "iPad (2017) vs. iPad Air 2" New Atlas 9:30 PM
  • "(Product) RED iPhone 7: Unboxing and hands-on!" iMore 1:51 PM
  • "The New iPad vs. 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 2" MacRumors 3:54 PM
  • "Capsule Review: Logitech MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo" AnandTech 7:13 AM
  • "Video Review: HomeKit-Compatible Koogeek SK-1 Smart Socket" Apple World Today 7:16 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Notes on Blindness VR (for iPad)" PC Magazine 3:16 PM
  • "'Card Thief' Review - It Eventually Stole My Heart" Touch Arcade 11:32 AM
  • "Here's How To Protect Yourself From The iCloud Extortionists" The Mac Observer 6:34 PM
  • "Bypass iPhone Do Not Disturb" MacMost 10:51 AM
  • "Automating the iPhone With Workflow II" Envato Tuts+ 7:12 AM
  • "Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip: 3D Touch iOS Folders for App Notification Badges" Apple World Today 12:43 PM
  • "Hidden Tips for Mastering iOS 10" PC Magazine 6:54 AM
  • "215 Apple bloggers and counting" Apple 3.0 3:54 PM
  • "iPad Refresh: What Analysts Are Missing" Seeking Alpha 2:26 PM
  • "Apple AirPods: Are iPhones The New Truck?" Apple Must 12:55 PM
  • "Sorry Apple, but the iMessage App Store sucks"  The Next Web 12:51 PM
  • "Opinion: The new low-cost iPad is further evidence of a new approach to Apple's pricing" 9to5Mac 10:18 AM
  • "Maybe Apple should consider selling Apple Watch cases and bands separately" iMore 9:28 AM
  • "New $329 iPad A Fabulous Value; 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Coming Next? – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 8:38 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook On Apple's Future: 'Honestly, I Got Nothing" Mac360 8:37 AM
  • "On Predicting Crime And Apple's Future" NoodleMac 8:37 AM
  • "Yes, Apple Needs A Makeover" Mac360 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Ignores MacBook Pro In Latest Round Of Exciting Updates" Forbes 7:20 AM
  • "Apple is Finally Competing on Price (Premium)" Thurrott 7:18 AM
  • "Bigger monitors in demand -- so .... a 31-inch iMac, perhaps?" Apple World Today 7:16 AM
  • "New iPad Pricing, EDU, and the Clips Strategy" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:14 AM
  • "In the Market for a Tablet? No-Brainer to buy an iPad" Tech.pinions 7:14 AM
  • "Apple's new red iPhone has an ugly side" The Verge 7:08 AM
  • "One more thing: Why Apple could still launch a new iPad Pro at Apple Park in April" Macworld 7:00 AM
  • "Right-to-Repair Laws Argue That You Bought That Gadget, and Dammit, You Should Be Able to Fix It" Wired 6:47 AM
  • "PC's are Going to Cost more in 2017 whether we Like it or Not" Patently Apple 6:25 PM
  • "The Mobileye acquisition is proof that AI needs guidelines" VentureBeat 2:23 PM
  • "Wikileaks finds a business model" I, Cringely 2:12 PM
  • "Comment: Notification snoozing may be my favorite new feature in Android O" 9to5Google 12:51 PM
  • "Is Android security turning a corner? A new Year In Review shows some tactics starting to pay off" The Verge 9:29 AM
  • "I tried Samsung's Android answer to the iPad Pro — here's what it's like" Business Insider 8:55 AM
  • "The hidden impact of DNS on internet users" BetaNews 7:17 AM
  • "How Facebook's new fact-checker should really work..." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 6:27 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Acquires Workflow App and Developers, Makes Workflow Free Download" The Mac Observer 9:35 PM
  • "Super Mario Run for iOS updated with new characters, additional free content,┬ámore" 9to5Mac 9:29 PM
  • "Google Photos updated with faster backup and sharing, Duo adds audio-only mode" 9to5Mac 6:34 PM
  • "Starbucks gifts coming to Apple's Messages app with Apple Pay" AppleInsider 3:11 PM
  • "Dbrand is going after Apple's new (RED) iPhone with a $10 skin" Mashable 2:12 PM
  • "Apple Watch band offerings expand for spring 2017" Apple 10:25 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 6s Topped List of Best-Selling Smartphones for 2016, IHS Markit Says" Business Wire 8:54 AM
  • "Logitech launches MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS" BetaNews 7:17 AM
  • "KaKa Camera - 500 Filters New Camera App Gets Featured on App Store" prMac 6:59 AM
  • "Archisketch Improves Apple Pencil Support & Adds Features From CAD Apps" prMac 6:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel's Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret)" Wired 6:48 AM
  • "The Israeli Economy's Got Intel Inside" Bloomberg 6:57 AM
  • "Intel becomes NCAA's VR live partner" Telecompaper 9:55 AM
  • "AMD's Success Is Not The Death Of Intel" Nasdaq 9:55 AM
  • "AMD has a fix coming for Ryzen bug that hard-locks PCs" ExtremeTech 9:56 AM
  • "Ryzen 7 Chips Are Locking Up PCs, AMD Knows Why" PC Magazine 6:53 AM
  • "ARM introduces new architecture for artificial intelligence and machine learning" BetaNews 7:17 AM
  • "Why you should not get excited over Windows Server on ARM: There is a long string of failures behind these efforts." Computerworld 9:56 AM
  • "Microsoft Web Services Hit With Another Outage" Investopedia 11:58 AM
  • "The Army just bought 10,000 rugged Windows 10 tablets" The Verge 10:18 AM
  • "Microsoft Appeal Against Xbox 360 Class Action Lawsuit Gets US Supreme Court Support" NDTV Gadgets 9:18 AM
  • "Supreme Court sympathetic to Microsoft in Xbox owners' suit" Associated Press 9:19 AM
  • "Microsoft completes modified version of Windows 10 for Chinese government" BetaNews 7:17 AM
  • "IBM-Wanda Deal Brings US Firm's Cloud Computing Services to China" Yibada 10:15 AM
  • "Titan Using IBM Cloud, Watson Technology To Up Customer Base" NDTV 10:16 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Beat AI Program Makes Music With Phony PPL" Digital Trends 7:08 AM
  • "Twitter starts using IBM's Watson technology to help identify bullies who tweet" GeekWire 10:15 AM
  • "Cisco's 'Spark' board is basically a giant iPad, but it makes sense" Mashable 7:09 AM
  • "PC vendors to hike prices in 3Q17" DigiTimes 6:48 AM
  • "PC sales decrease in Brazil" ZDNet 6:08 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Dow logs five-day losing streak as broader market edges higher: Investors take U.K. terrorist attack in stride" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "S&P 500 Rebounds With Small Gains, Weathering Deadly London Terror Attack: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both rebounded on Wednesday, while the Dow slipped slightly." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stock market falls 1.2%, ending longest streak of calm since 1995: Stocks ended at session lows and with the worst losses of the year as the shine of the Trump rally wore thin. The S&P 500 declined by more than 1% for the first time in more than 100 sessions. The financial sector was one of the worst performers on doubts over whether President Trump can pass regulatory reform." USA Today 3:57 PM
  • "Choppy Day on Wall Street; All Eyes on Trump and Health Care"  3:57 PM 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Steady After Selloff as Tech Shares Rally: Government bond yields and the dollar slide as doubts linger about the president's agenda" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Nikkei falls 2% as 'Trump trade' doubts hit Asia markets: Bank stocks slump in Australia" MarketWatch 9:01 AM
  • "Bank stocks lead selloff in Europe on 'Trump trade' worries" MarketWatch 9:01 AM

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