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Thursday Highlights: New York Times broke the story of Apple joining forces with Volkswagen to build fleet of driverless vehicles for shuttling employees; Bloomberg notes Apple only testing a couple dozen vehicles while Google buys 20,000 SUVs for their efforts; Business Insider posts a few details from Apple's now-scrapped future-car ideas—more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Silicon Valley ponders more taxes on big employers like Apple due to "impact of rapid growth on housing and traffic"; iDownload Blog details how you can remove "mshelper" cryptominer malware from your Mac; on Wednesday, Jason Snell let us all know that OS X became as old as the Classic Mac OS; branded credit cards part of Apple, IKEA strategy to lure Millenials according to report; Adam Engst warns of phone scam purporting you have an iCloud breach; while an Android phone wins Tom's Guide's toughest smartphone test, iPhone X was "the toughest non-ruggedized phone".

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple pushes the reset button on the Mac Pro" ["How it got to this point with the Mac Pro is worth exploring, and in an uncharacteristically (at least on the record) open and frank manner, Schiller, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi and Vice President of Hardware Engineering John Ternus do just that."]  TechCrunch 7:10 AM
  • "Sorry about the last Mac Pro, Apple promises major redesign" ["When I asked where Apple is right now in the Mac Pro redesign process, Schiller told me, 'We're not going to get into what stage in process [we are].' While we'll have to wait until 2018 for the Mac Pro rebirth ('Want to do something great...that will take longer than this year to do,' said Schiller), iMac fans can expect a significant update this year, including some new configurations designed specifically for Pro users who already fans of the all-in-one design."]  Mashable 7:23 AM
  • "Apple Says It Is 'Completely Rethinking' The Mac Pro"  BuzzFeed 7:29 AM
  • "Apple to ditch the current Mac Pro design" Axios 1:10 PM
  • "Dropping Imagination Technologies gives us a rare look at how ruthless Apple can be"  Business Insider 7:07 AM
  • "As Apple's GPU plans go public, Imagination fears becoming a tech orphan" AppleInsider 7:09 AM
  • "Apple aims for more control, less cost as it accelerates in chip design" Reuters 8:23 PM
  • "Apple could look to buy Imagination Technologies after ditching the chip firm, share price plunge" CNBC 7:20 AM
  • "Apple Vs. Imagination Technologies: Unexpected, Uncertain And Uniquely Apple?" Seeking Alpha 4:37 PM
  • "Apple looks long-term with in-house development of GPUs" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:06 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple reveals Windows 10 is four times more popular than the Mac" The Verge 9:11 AM
  • "Apple is getting crushed by Microsoft in the PC race right now, and it may not be close for awhile" Business Insider 1:06 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to Turn Off & Close Dashboard in Mac OS" OS X Daily 4:47 PM
Op/Ed
Press Releases
  • "Dropbox rolling out all-new user interface on the web" 9to5Mac 6:40 PM
  • "F1 2016 Official Formula One Video Game Returns To The Mac April 6" MacPrices 12:59 PM
  • "EditShare Unveils New Look Lightworks Video Editor" prMac 10:23 AM
  • "F1 2016 is coming to Mac on April 6" Mac Gamer HQ 9:16 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple has lost one of its most important designers"  Business Insider 7:07 AM
  • "Apple Music Android app brought up to par with iOS in major redesign" AppleInsider 4:33 PM
  • "Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS" TechCrunch 4:35 PM
  • "Apple Music 2.0 Hits Android, Whatever Next?" Apple Must 4:25 PM
  • "New Apple 'Spaceship' Campus Could Boost Business, Increase Traffic in Cupertino"  NBC Bay Area 7:22 AM
  • "Apple unveils new Dubai Mall retail store with unique art display ahead of grand opening" 9to5Mac 1:06 PM
  • "Apple's Angela Ahrendts confirms store in Dubai Mall, highlights teaser artwork" AppleInsider 1:54 PM
  • "Apple issues refunds for recent Workflow app purchases" Cult of Mac 7:28 AM
  • "Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple: Junk food, Android and Chrome do well in Google-sponsored survey" The Register 7:14 AM
  • "Early Galaxy S8 prototype ripped off iPhone 7 Plus's dual camera" Cult of Mac 7:27 AM
  • "Man Nearly Electrocuted While Lying in Bed With iPhone: It Was God Who Saved My Life" Inside Edition 7:16 AM
  • "This tiny Lego Macintosh is the beautiful lovechild of a Raspberry Pi and e-paper display" The Verge 5:06 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple frenemy Microsoft is born" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Americans: Smart Homes Are Cool, But Too Expensive" PC Magazine 8:23 PM
  • "Amazon will stream Thursday night NFL games this year" Recode 6:40 PM
  • "Spotify Premium users will get some albums two weeks before free users" The Verge 9:43 AM
  • "Most Americans unwilling to give up privacy to thwart attacks: Reuters/Ipsos poll" Reuters 4:37 PM
  • "App Users Would Sacrifice Privacy for Security, Survey Finds" PC Magazine 9:19 AM
  • "Google's fancy new AI video tool can be completely fooled" BGR 8:54 PM
  • "Google study shows teens think Google is more lit than Supreme and Nike" The Next Web 7:21 AM
  • "Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Plots a Radical Overhaul of His Creation" Wired 7:06 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 13: Coloring Baseballs And Mammals To The Max On The App Store" AppAdvice 7:09 PM
  • "Show Notes: This is a salacious headline about Apple designed to get clicks" The Verge 4:48 PM
  • "Connected, Episode 136: Metaphysical Garbage Disposal" MacStories 1:21 PM
  • "Apple's Surprise Mac Pro Announcements -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-04" The Mac Observer 1:00 PM
  • "AWT TV Episode 2: Anniversaries, keyboards and psychedelic cats" Apple World Today 9:45 AM
  • "Why iOS 10.3 is more than just your typical dot release: Apple's latest iOS update has three new features with the promise to be game-changers." Macworld 7:09 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple Will Ship A Pro iMac Later This Year"  BuzzFeed 8:26 AM
  • "Mac Pro CPU and GPU Upgrades See Significant Price Drop" MacRumors 1:21 PM
  • "Apple brings faster Intel Xeon chips, better GPUs to the Mac Pro" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Apple is making an iMac with pros in mind: Expect more than just the usual spec bump." Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Does the Unexpected—Announces New Modular Mac Pro Design Underway" Architosh 12:59 PM
  • "Apple adjusts Mac Pro pricing, but you still shouldn't buy it" The Verge 8:20 AM
  • "Apple promises pro iMacs later this year, says Mac mini is a consumer/pro mix" 9to5Mac 9:16 AM
  • "Apple Says Mac Mini is 'Important' But Remains Tight-Lipped About Future Updates" MacRumors 8:30 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 8 unlikely to cost $1,000, UBS says" CNBC 4:33 PM
  • "New report claims the iPhone 8 will actually cost less than $1,000" 9to5Mac 4:33 PM
  • "iPhone 8 Predicted to Start at $850 to $900 for 64GB Model, $950 to $1,000 for 256GB Model" MacRumors 6:38 PM
  • "Samsung Gets A Huge OLED Screen Order From Apple" Investopedia 8:48 AM
  • "Yes, you can use old iPad Air parts to repair the 2017 iPad" Cult of Mac 1:06 PM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple Awarded a Patent for a Highly-Efficient Inductive Charging System with Advanced Plug Connector" Patently Apple 7:18 AM
  • "Apple patent application illustrates Touch Bar and Touch ID on Magic Keyboard" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "New iMacs likely to have Magic Keyboards with Touch Bars (perhaps Intel's Optane, as well)" Apple World Today 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Patent Reveals a New Security Feature Coming to Siri" Patently Apple 6:40 PM
  • "Apple was Granted 37 Patents Today Covering iDevices with Shock Absorbers, Bendable OLED Displays & more" Patently Apple 7:29 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple fixes wireless-based remote code execution flaw in iOS" IDG News Service 4:35 PM
  • "Apple Warns iCloud Users Some Disabled Services Were Accidentally Re-enabled in iOS 10.3" MacRumors 4:33 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:02 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:02 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple iPad (2017) review: the best feature is the price" The Verge 9:19 AM
  • "iPad vs. iPad Pro vs. iPad Mini 4: Which iPad is right for you?" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Sonos Playbase review: This Sonos home theater speaker is skinny but can make a noise" Cult of Mac 6:40 PM
  • "Review: Sonos Playbase delivers hi-fi audio quality for movies and TV shows with a unique form factor" 9to5Mac 4:32 PM
  • "Sonos Playbase Review: Room-Filling Sound for Music, TV, and Movies" The Mac Observer 8:01 AM
  • "Sonos Playbase review: an expensive TV speaker that's also good at music" The Verge 7:26 AM
  • "Sonos Playbase review: The only speaker your living room needs" Engadget 7:26 AM
  • "Sonos PlayBase review: Don't overthink it" iMore 7:26 AM
  • "Review: Blue Ella Headphones" iLounge 4:48 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "NeuBible is the Bible app Apple would make (if it made a Bible app)" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "New Apple ID Settings In iOS 10.3" MacMost 10:21 AM
  • "How to check which applications are still 32-bit on iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:20 AM
  • "Cassandra: eXtensions Video 3 -Basic Photo-editing on iPhones" eXtensions 8:18 AM
  • "How to back up an iPhone before repair and possible replacement" Macworld 7:12 AM
Tips
  • "Checking HomeKit accessory battery levels with Siri Tips" iLounge 4:48 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
MacPro
  • "Apple to Redesign Mac Pro, Comments That GPU Cooling Was A Roadblock" AnandTech 8:49 PM
  • "Apple: Pro users couldn't care less about a touchscreen iMac" BGR 4:48 PM
  • "The Mac's declining relevance to Apple, in one chart" Business Insider 4:44 PM
  • "Apple's comments on future Mac Pro hint at possible virtual reality support in macOS" AppleInsider 4:33 PM
  • "The Most Important Word Apple Used in its Mac Pro Announcement" The Mac Observer 4:25 PM
  • "The Mac Pro rises from the dead" Ted Landau 4:24 PM
  • "Should you buy (or upgrade to) a 2017 Mac Pro?" iMore 1:21 PM
  • "Apple Throws a Mac Pro Hail Mary, Promises Redesigned Model Coming" The Mac Observer 10:38 AM
  • "Revamped Mac Pro to Address Current Model's Shortcomings in VR and High-End Cinema Production" MacRumors 10:26 AM
  • "Mac Pro: Why did it take Apple so long to wake up?" MacDailyNews 11:49 AM
  • "Apple sorry for what happened with the Mac Pro over the last 3+ years – namely, nothing" MacDailyNews 10:25 AM
  • "Apple to unveil 'iMac Pro' later this year; rethought, modular Mac Pro and Apple pro displays in the pipeline" MacDailyNews 10:25 AM
  • "Opinion: Apple's rare change of mind is great news for Mac users, pro & non-pro alike" 9to5Mac 10:23 AM
  • "Apple admits the Mac Pro was a mess" The Verge 9:43 AM
  • "Apple admits Mac Pro failure, will redesign the computer" BetaNews 9:32 AM
  • "Will Next Year's Mac Pro Have A Touch Bar Keyboard?" Apple Must 9:30 AM
  • "A few more thoughts on today's Mac Pro news" Six Colors 9:20 AM
  • "Apple Says Its Sorry. No, Really (Premium)" Thurrott 9:20 AM
  • "Apple just did a very un-Apple thing: It admitted it needs to re-think its high-end Macs" Recode 9:17 AM
  • "Apple Reveals its Mac Pro, Display Plans and More" MacStories 8:46 AM
  • "1,208 days later: Apple is finally designing a new Mac Pro" The Next Web 8:45 AM
  • "Apple Is 'Completing Rethinking' This Long-Forgotten Product" Time 8:40 AM
  • "Apple upgrades Mac Pro, says 'sorry' to pro users" Computerworld 8:38 AM
  • "The Mac Pro isn't dead—just sleeping" Six Colors 8:19 AM
Apple Op/Ed
  • "A Busy Week for Apple and Me in Bangkok (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 7:02 PM
  • "Why Apple's new GPU efforts are a major disruptive threat to Nvidia" AppleInsider 6:44 PM
  • "What users could expect from Apple's homegrown GPUs for iPhones, iPads: iPhones could get better gaming, AI, and image recognition features" IDG News Service 5:11 PM
  • "Apple garnered a lot of good will today (now about the AirPort product line)" Apple World Today 1:00 PM
  • "iOS 11 Feature Wishlist: Siri Becomes a Real Assistant with More Integrations" iPhone Hacks 12:59 PM
  • "21st Century Apple TV Is Like 1989" Mac360 11:49 AM
  • "Apple Hears A Different Drummer" PixoBebo 11:48 AM
  • "This might just be the completely redesigned iPhone 8 of our dreams" BGR 9:37 AM
  • "Learning This 1 Thing Helped Me Understand Apple's Strategy" Time 9:20 AM
  • "Time is a flat circle: The world is always Samsung's oyster" Macworld 9:16 AM
  • "So What's Apple to Do About the Slipping Intel CPU Roadmap?" The Tech Night Owl 8:43 AM
  • "Gears Of Competition That Make Apple Run" Mac 360 8:43 AM
  • "This Is What A Former Steve Jobs Business Partner Thinks About Robots Replacing You" Apple Must 8:02 AM
  • "Opinion: Will the stellar Samsung Galaxy S8 kill Apple's stock rally?" MarketWatch 7:22 AM
  • "The iPhone makes and breaks entire companies" The Verge 7:22 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Samsung Building a Platform Without an OS" Tech.pinions 7:20 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: Good Enough is Good!" iMore 8:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Pay comes to over 20 more US & Russian financial institutions" AppleInsider 1:06 PM
  • "Apple Pay adds support for 20+ banks and credit unions in the U.S. and Russia " 9to5Mac 1:06 PM
  • "On Sous Vide, Your iPhone, and Cooking Food to Perfection" iMore 1:06 PM
  • "Belkin® Expands MIXIT↑™ DuraTek™ Cable Collection With New USB-C Cable" PRNewswire 8:47 AM
  • "Akitio Gearing up for NAB with New Thunderbolt™ 3 Devices" PRNewswire 8:47 AM
  • "Garmin Pilot™ application expands features, capabilities and global reach" Business Wire 8:47 AM
  • "Zedge Introduces a Deeper Personalization Experience to iPhone Users" Business Wire 8:47 AM
  • "Gro CRM the Mac CRM Small Business Platform Announces AppleTV app" prMac 7:10 AM
  • "12 cases that will look fabulous on your new red iPhone 7" [Slideshow] Macworld 7:09 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel divests McAfee after rough marriage, will now secure hardware: Intel will focus on putting security hooks in hardware and components" IDG News Service 5:59 AM
  • "Intel Security is McAfee again" TechCrunch 6:03 AM
  • "McAfee spin-off closes, company touts focus, independence" ZDNet 5:58 AM
  • "Intel Security spun out, reverts to McAfee brand" bit-tech 6:13 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 500 series latest news: RX 570, RX 580 specs leaked; chips expected to roll out on April 18" Christian Today 6:13 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1400 Goes Head-To-Head Against Intel Core i5-7400" iTech Post 6:13 AM
  • "Windows 10 - Microsoft Edge might not be a complete failure after all: WINDOWS 10's minimalist new web browser, Microsoft Edge, has seen a small surge in usage – after it plummeted to abysmal levels last year." Express UK 6:56 AM
  • "For Microsoft Edge to succeed, Microsoft needs to bring it to the Windows Store" MSPoweruser 12:35 PM
  • "Microsoft Releases Two More Cumulative Updates for Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063" SuperSite for Windows 6:03 AM
  • "Windows 10 Mobile should've been Microsoft's bridge to the future — not an afterthought" Windows Central 12:35 PM
  • "Microsoft files patent for a 'Dual Display Device' with an e-paper display" Neowin 6:04 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book Entry-Level Edition Available With A Limited Time Only Discount" Droid Report 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 update to bring 3D gaming and other features" Associated Press 6:53 AM
  • "Dell accelerates IoT adoption with new Dell Edge Gateway 3000 Series" The Manufacturer 6:09 AM
  • "HP Pavilion x360 Packed With i5, 8 GB RAM, Long Battery Life Qualifies As Best Choice On The Go" The Science Times 6:10 AM
  • "HP computers compatible with the Windows 10 Creators Update" Windows report 6:10 AM
  • "IBM Launches Carbon Asset Management Platform to Drive Low-Carbon Future for China" Sustainable Brands 6:47 AM
  • "Oracle and Accenture – the consultant's view" Diginomica 7:02 AM
  • "DDR5 RAM is coming next year and will be twice as fast as DDR4: JEDEC also starts work on NVDIMM-P memory standard" The Inquirer 5:59 AM
  • "How Tech Companies Stake Out Hackathons for Future Stars: The scramble to identify the best talent is taking recruiters to unusual places." Bloomberg 6:35 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Second Quarter 2017 Earnings Report Set for May 2" The Mac Observer 12:59 PM
  • "Why is Apple making investors wait? By the time Apple gets around to releasing last quarter's results, they'll be five and a half weeks old." Apple 3.0 8:20 AM
  • "Apple executives net more than $13M each in vested stock" AppleInsider 7:09 PM
Industry News
  • "Stock market edges higher as energy shares rebound: Sentiment cautious ahead of Trump-Xi summit" MarketWatch 4:35 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Post Small Gains After Unsettled Session" TheStreet 4:35 PM
  • "Wall Street Flat as Investors Await Earnings Season" Reuters 4:34 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb, Buoyed by Manufacturing, Energy Shares: Shares of financial companies in the S&P 500 fall 0.2%, lagging other sectors" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:34 PM
  • "Asian markets pull back amid growing global uncertainty" MarketWatch 6:42 AM
  • "European stocks waver as worries over Trump-Xi meeting surface" MarketWatch 6:42 AM

 
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