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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
  • "The Apple Watch turned 2, but there might not be a lot to celebrate"  CNBC 7:11 AM
  • "Two Years with the Apple Watch: A Love/Hate Relationship/The Apple Watch turned 2 this week. Here's what works, what doesn't, and what still needs to change." Barron's 4:18 PM
  • "Apple's Makes Key Hardware Hires For New Initiatives" Investopedia 7:25 AM
  • "Apple has reportedly hired AR and VR expert Jeff Norris from NASA" The Verge 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's calls in the rocket scientists to explore new worlds" Computerworld 7:47 AM
  • "Apple hires NASA expert to help its AR tech achieve lift off" Cult of Mac 7:20 AM
  • "Report: Apple poached augmented reality expert from NASA to work on glasses/Apple is putting some serious minds to work on augmented reality." Macworld 4:07 PM
  • "Apple's Diabetes Monitor Needs to Be Affordable, Non-Invasive: If Apple tackles this area, its solution needs to be affordable, non-invasive, and accurate."  PC Magazine 7:26 AM
  • "How Apple, Amazon And Google Are Networking Their Way To World Domination" Forbes 7:32 AM
OS X
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Setapp: The New Way to Get Applications on a Mac" Envato Tuts+ 4:06 PM
  • "How to upgrade an old iPhoto library to Photos (or recover it)" Macworld 7:12 AM
  • "How to Change Screen Brightness on the Mac with Siri Voice Commands" OS X Daily 3:55 PM
  • "What is a VPN?" MacMost 7:49 AM
  • "Manage Passwords On Mac, iPhone, iPad" Mac 360 8:48 AM
  • "A Better Way To Browse The Web On A Mac" Mac360 7:48 AM
Op/Ed
  • "A Tor Browser Might Not Be Your Best Solution for Internet Privacy" The Mac Observer 7:06 PM
Press Releases
  • "Tweetbot for Mac updated w/ direct message image support, new @ reply rules,┬ámore" 9to5Mac 9:00 PM
  • "This app lets you completely disable Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar" VentureBeat 8:47 PM
  • "Cocktail 9.6 (El Capitan Edition) has been released" Maintain 7:58 AM
  • "Tenor for Mac App Introduces First Touch Bar Support for GIFs Amid Rebranding" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "Chelsio Announces Full Support For Apple's macOS Sierra" PRNewswire 7:25 AM
  • "Eltima releases CloudMounter v2.0 - Cloud Manager with Data Encryption" prMac 7:11 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "'Today at Apple' bringing new experiences to every Apple Store: New Programs Launch Globally in May" Apple 10:35 AM
  • "'Today at Apple' Bringing New Experiences to Every Apple Store" Business Wire 10:35 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts talks Apple store makeover, why Tim Cook hired her" [Video]  CBS News 10:04 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts talks launch of Today at Apple, why Tim Cook hired her" ["Watch Ahrendts' conversation with Norah O'Donnell today around 8:13 a.m. EST on 'CBS This Morning.'"] CBS News 6:59 AM
  • "As brick and mortar retail suffers, Apple hopes to boost its 495 stores with new classes" VentureBeat 10:32 AM
  • "'Today at Apple' Sessions About Art, Music, and Coding Expanding to Every Apple Store in May" MacRumors 10:35 AM
  • "Apple sees its redesigned retail stores as community spaces: Come spend some time in the Genius Grove." Engadget 12:24 PM
  • "Apple Launches Store Redesign and Today at Apple Program" MacStories 10:35 AM
  • "Dan Stone, CEO of CompuCom, Appointed Chairman of the Board of Powermat" ["'With the recent announcement by Apple that wireless charging will become a standard feature in the next iPhone, we are finally at the threshold of mainstream adoption,' said Mr. Dubzinski. 'Dan Stone has a proven track record of success and is uniquely qualified to help guide Powermat to the next level of service delivery. Under his guidance, CompuCom has enjoyed a reputation for delivering unparalleled IT support for enterprise clients and their end users. We look forward to benefitting from his experience and guidance.'"] PRNewswire 3:55 PM
  • "Dutch court rules that Apple cannot supply 'refurbished or remanufactured' iPads as warranty replacements" 9to5Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Dutch Court Rules Apple May Not Use 'Remanufactured' iPads for Warranty Replacements" MacRumors 10:03 AM
  • "Apple delays release of first original series 'Carpool Karaoke'"  Reuters 7:11 AM
  • "Apple delays release of its 'Carpool Karaoke' series: While no reasons were given for the delay, Apple did say the series will premiere later this year." CNET 6:59 AM
  • "Apple's Carpool Karaoke has been delayed to 'later this year'" TechCrunch 7:11 AM
  • "Apple has delayed the release of 'Carpool Karaoke' on Apple Music" Business Insider 7:23 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Pixar stops selling computers" Cult of Mac 8:53 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T misses on Q1 revenues, cites low wireless equipment sales" ZDNet 8:11 PM
  • "YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs" TechCrunch 4:43 PM
  • "Teenage cyber hacker Adam Mudd jailed for global attacks" BBC 8:50 AM
  • "Xiaomi's excellent Android phones will come to the US by 2019" The Next Web 7:23 AM
  • "Google driverless cars free to public in Phoenix" BBC 6:59 AM
  • "Google Holds Large Audience Lead Over Facebook" 24/7 Wall St. 6:51 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Connected, Episode 139: Artisanally-Raised, Hand-Crafted Yaks" MacStories 4:06 PM
  • "Upgrade #138: Bad for the Person, Great for the Wizard" Six Colors 4:03 PM
  • "Uber iPhone Tracking, Carpool Karaoke Delay -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-25" The Mac Observer 12:46 PM
  • "Steve Wozniak tells us one of his favorite stories about Steve Jobs" Business Insider 7:30 AM
  • "Founder Of The Company That Provided Apple Its Touch ID Tech Develops Connected-Life App For Seniors" Forbes 7:03 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "New iPhone 8 concept video imagines bezel-less display, in-screen Touch ID & front camera,┬ámore" 9to5Mac 9:00 PM
  • "New iPhone 8 will have 2 models. Not three." MICGadget 7:13 AM
  • "Questionable Rumor Claims Apple Will Debut Two iPhones This Year, Not Three" MacRumors 7:15 AM
  • "Sketchiest of supply-chain reports suggests two iPhone 8 models, no iPhone 7S" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "Amid hype, iPhone suppliers scramble to ready new parts" Nikkei 10:05 AM
  • "Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said to be affected by unspecified Samsung OLED problems" AppleInsider 10:05 AM
  • "Yet Another Report Pegs October, November for iPhone 8 Release" The Mac Observer 11:21 AM
  • "Apple Granted 60 Patents today covering a Hidden Connector for iDevices and iDevices encased in Ceramic" Patently Apple 7:15 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "iOS Control Center Bug Is Freezing Certain iPhones" The Mac Observer 7:07 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case" PC Magazine 11:22 AM
  • "Beyerdynamic's Byron BT are the first neckbuds I can actually recommend" The Verge 12:25 PM
  • "Sennheiser PC 373D Review - Does a Better Gaming Headset Mean It's Any Good? (Review)" Touch Arcade 12:24 PM
  • "Finsix Dart-C charger review: Tiny, powerful, and worth the expense/Finsix's Dart-C is almost as small as a phone charger but can power an entire laptop." PCWorld 7:12 AM
  • "Goal Zero Yeti 400 Portable Power Station review: Reliable power for your RV or campsite" Macworld 7:12 AM
  • "Petnet SmartFeeder review: Robot pet feeder meets smartphone app with mostly good results" ["The Petnet app has some additional smart features, such as linking with a Nest camera (currently only on iOS, with Android support expected later in Q2), and a promised SmartDelivery feature for ordering pet food from in the app."] TechHive 7:14 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Jackbox Party Pack 3 review: A modern-day 'You Don't Know Jack'/Slick graphics, great music, and a playful host pull you into this set of party games." Macworld 8:54 AM
  • "'Tempest: Pirate Action RPG' Review: Fight For Your Right To Parley" Touch Arcade 3:55 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Create a PDF From Any App on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch" Apple Must 9:38 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (2) -HomeKit in Thailand and the Elgato Eve Motion" eXtensions 7:07 PM
  • "I switched from the iPhone 7 to Google's new phone and couldn't be happier — here's why" Business Insider 4:03 PM
  • "Apple AI expert says computing should augment human failing at TED Talk" 9to5Mac 4:03 PM
  • "Apple AI guru Ted Gruber speaks of artificial intelligence's 'inevitability' at TED" AppleInsider 3:56 PM
  • "Today at Apple sessions aim to make Apple stores the modern-day town square" Macworld 3:55 PM
  • "Emergence of Robots Will, Remarkably, Force a Change in iPad Design" The Mac Observer 3:52 PM
  • "Apple Retail: These Stores Ain't For Shopping (But You Can)" Apple Must 3:51 PM
  • "Apple Could Buy IBM" PixoBebo 11:23 AM
  • "Apple delays the launch of 'Carpool Karaoke' spinoff" MacDailyNews 10:45 AM
  • "Rumor of the day: iPhone 8 and '8 Plus' the 'only models this year'" Apple World Today 9:59 AM
  • "Cassandra: Today at Apple -Experiences at the Stores; Background to Q2 2017" eXtensions 9:55 AM
  • "Why Apple cut affiliate fees from 7% to 2.5%" Apple 3.0 8:54 AM
  • "Smartphone Sales About to Collapse, Apple is to Blame" Apple Must 8:46 AM
  • "Apple, Tim Cook, And That 'Vision Thing" Mac360 8:46 AM
  • "The Death Of The Smartphone" Mac360 7:54 AM
  • "Apple And The Slow Race To The Bottom" McSolo 7:47 AM
  • "iPhone 8 may miss one key feature already in the Galaxy S8" CNET 7:32 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 Positioning Dilemmas" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:15 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Study Of AT&T Fiber Highlights Income Inequality and the Digital Divide" The Mac Observer 8:21 PM
  • "We've seen so many scary movies about robots we can no longer be objective about them: From 'The Jetsons' cartoons to the 'Terminator' movies, we all have preconceived notions about robotics." Recode 1:05 PM
  • "Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying" TechNewsWorld 7:32 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: iPhones Without Touch ID?" iMore 8:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker iDevices" AppleInsider 3:54 PM
  • "Latest iWork Updates Bring Back Previously-Removed Numbers Features" MacStories 4:03 PM
  • "Apple updates iWork for iOS & macOS, iPad keyboard improvements for Numbers included" 9to5Mac 3:52 PM
  • "City dwellers can now test how bad the air is in their neighborhood: The 'Sprimo Personal Air Monitor' can plug into your iPhone and show you what you're breathing in." Mashable 12:54 PM
  • "What's on my iPhone 7: Videographer edition" Cult of Mac 12:25 PM
  • "DEVONthink To Go 2.1.3 For iOS Adds New Declutterer And Brings Automation" MacPrices 11:23 AM
  • "This iPhone app will either put a literal smile on your face, or completely terrify you" phoneArena 10:04 AM
  • "'Family Guy - Another Freakin' Mobile Game' Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 8:06 AM
  • "Charging Stand Turns Your iPhone Into a Mini Macintosh" Mental Floss 7:52 AM
  • "Galaxy Glider 1.0 launches on iOS - Unique One-Touch Space Game" prMac 7:52 AM
  • "Sling TV Brings Its $5 Per Month Cloud DVR Functionality to the Apple TV" MacTrast 7:52 AM
  • "The best Augmented Reality apps for iPhone" iDownload Blog 7:32 AM
  • "Snowroll Lets Users Add Sound to Images to Create Interactive Photos" PRNewswire 7:25 AM
  • "Zedge Launches Premium Ringtone App on iTunes Featuring Marimba Remixes of Chart Topping Music from Drake, Ed Sheeran and Other Leading Artists" PRNewswire 7:25 AM
  • "LifeProof reveals the AQUAPHONICS Bluetooth Speakers" Coolest Gadgets 7:23 AM
  • "'Super Mario Run' gets an update, if you're still playing" Engadget 7:21 AM
  • "Google Photos app finally lets you use AirPlay to view photos on your Apple TV" 9to5Mac 7:23 AM
  • "Google Photos for iOS now streams to Apple TV over AirPlay" Cult of Mac 7:20 AM
  • "Siri can now read your WhatsApp messages out loud on iOS" The Verge 7:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Why Windows 10 rollout is happening faster than shift from XP to Windows 7" ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Windows 10 Device Usage: Creators Update Deployment is Already Strong" Thurrott 9:51 AM
  • "Windows Updates getting even more complex, a little more controllable: With the Creators Update, Microsoft is adding non-security updates into the mix." Ars Technica 2:55 PM
  • "First Windows 10 smartwatch is on its way, and it means business" PC & Tech Authority 8:55 PM
  • "Microsoft announces Azure Media Player 2.0" Neowin 8:55 PM
  • "Microsoft Again Issues Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 Fixes for Creators Update Only" Thurrott 8:14 PM
  • "Users tell Microsoft to scrap 'pain in butt' Security Update Guide, bring back old bulletins" ZDNet 9:11 AM
  • "Microsoft Integrates Dynamics 365 With LinkedIn" News 18 7:56 AM
  • "Users tell Microsoft to scrap 'pain in butt' Security Update Guide, bring back old bulletins" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Microsoft-backed Aqua Security launches in the UK: Aqua Security looks to take lion's share of emerging container security space" CRN UK 8:33 AM
  • "Win32 is malware? Webroot mistakenly labels Windows as cybersecurity threat: Antivirus provider Webroot recently pushed an updated causing it to read Windows system files as malware and label Facebook a phishing site." TechRepublic 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft Teams on Android updated, brings options to change profile picture, update channels" OnMSFT 8:34 AM
  • "IBM's Watson looked into my soul and 'drew' my portrait: It didn't take long for the supercomputer to figure out how anxious I am." Engadget 1:57 PM
  • "IBM launches Cognitive Visual Inspection system for manufacturers" ZDNet 7:15 AM
  • "IBM Partners NUS to Train Students on Blockchain in Singapore" Cryptocoins News 7:56 AM
  • "IBM applies AI to factory QA: IBM's Watson is working as a quality assurance inspector on the manufacturing line" IDG News Service 2:07 PM
  • "AMD Radeon Pro Duo: Polaris-based twin GPUs pack 32GB of GDDR5 memory/A serious graphics card for serious developers for sensible money" The Inquirer 7:15 AM
  • "AMD puts the Polaris 10 core in the new Radeon Pro Duo graphics" Hi-Tech Gazette 7:31 AM
  • "AMD puts two GPUs and 32GB of RAM on its latest Radeon Pro Duo graphics card: Card combines two Polaris GPUs for $999, launches in May." Ars Technica 10:57 AM
  • "AMD Vega Launch Confirmed For This Quarter, The Wait is Almost Over" SegmentNext 7:32 AM
  • "Intel Coffee Lake: Will It Make A Difference?" Seeking Alpha 3:41 PM
  • "This is the closest thing Intel has built to a discrete GPU: Intel Visual Compute Accelerator 2, targeted at servers, includes an Iris Pro P580 graphics processor and three Xeon processors" Computerworld New Zealand 7:13 PM
  • "Intel, AMD: The 'Tactical' Strength Not Enough to Buy the Stocks, Says Bernstein" Barron's 7:55 AM
  • "Mobileye, Intel's $15.3 billion computer vision acquisition, partners with Nissan to crowdsource maps for autonomous cars" VentureBeat 7:53 AM
  • "Intel's Q1 May Beat on PC Improvement Amidst Low Expectations, Says Susquehanna" Barron's 7:33 AM
  • "Oracle plans 'startup organization' focused on cloud computing, AI and VR: The company plans two 'Solution Engineering Centers' in the U.S." IDG News Service 7:15 AM
  • "Dell's First 'UHD Premium' PC Monitor Is The 27" UP2718Q" Asia Cruiser News 7:28 AM
  • "IBM shareholders asked to sign off on CEO's $33m pay package" Examiner 7:29 AM
  • "Cisco's Jasper unit aims to extend from IoT management to smartphones, tablets" ZDNet 7:26 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is a 'safe haven' for investors in a volatile world, analyst says" CNBC [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:04 AM
Industry News
  • "Surging Tech Stocks have pushed Nasdaq over 6000 for the first time ever" TechCrunch 12:35 PM
  • "Nasdaq Tops 6,000 in Busy Day of Milestones for Wall Street" TheStreet 4:05 PM
  • "Healthy profits push stocks higher yet; Nasdaq crosses 6,000" FOXBusiness 10:59 AM
  • "Dow Jones Industrial Average Enjoys Best 2-Day Stretch Since November" Nasdaq 4:06 PM
  • "Nasdaq closes above 6,000 for first time" USA Today 4:07 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise, Driven by Earnings: Solid earnings could help major indexes keep climbing, investors say, even as many hold concerns that stock valuations are stretched" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "Asian stocks build on gains, and this time China joins in" MarketWatch 8:12 AM
  • "European stocks snag modest gains after French-election rally" MarketWatch 8:12 AM

 
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