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Friday Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.
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"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
"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
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