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Weekend Highlights: Jury in the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung finds the South Korean company must pay $539 million to Apple in damages—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; in other legal news, court documents reveal Apple did actually know "iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models" concerning touch disease; several articles at Triangle Business Journal cover Apple's close ties with Research Triangle Park, asking if area is actually ready for larger Apple presence, seeing possible revolution in area tech community with Apple's decision; Low End Mac warns of using SATA III drives in a Mac only equipped to handle SATA II; Jon Collins catches up with the creators of Mellel word processor for Mac; Apple blocks Steam app on iOS meaning you can no longer enjoy PC games on your iDevice, Killian Bell at Cult of Mac calls ban "silly".

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Musical.ly syncs up with Apple Music: The music app gets to expand its global reach; Apple gets a new marketing partner."  Recode 7:07 AM
  • "Musical.ly, Apple Music Ink New Partnership, With More to Come" Billboard 8:06 PM
  • "Apple Music reportedly strikes deal with popular social media app Musical.ly" 9to5Mac 7:07 AM
  • "Musical.ly reportedly partners with Apple Music for its music snippets" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
  • "What is at stake in the Apple-Qualcomm dispute? The costly battle between the two smartphone giants explained"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Continues to Improperly Interfere with Qualcomm's Agreements with Contract Manufacturers" PRNewswire 8:02 AM
  • "Qualcomm says Apple to stop paying royalties, cuts profit forecast" Reuters 8:07 AM
  • "A very false narrative: Apple Watch and the future of wearables/It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But they're all wrong, here's why." AppleInsider 10:43 AM
OS X
News
  • "Nasty Mac malware bypasses Gatekeeper, undetectable by most antivirus apps" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "New Mac Malware Uses Apple Developer Certificate to Infect Machines" MacTrast 7:52 AM
  • "Gatekeeper won't stop this 'major scale' Mac malware" Cult of Mac 10:45 AM
  • "What you need to know about OSX/Dok malware" iDownload Blog 11:40 AM
  • "Apple updates iCloud.com wallpaper from static gradient to dynamic blue bubbles background" 9to5Mac 7:08 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Building a GTX 1080 Ti-powered Hackintosh: Installing macOS Sierra step-by-step [Video] 9to5Mac 12:45 PM
  • "How to master your music metadata (Part 1): Tired of seeing 'unknown track' by 'unnamed artist' on your favorite music player? We'll show you how to automatically identify, tag, and properly rename all your mystery tracks and albums to whip your music library into shape." TechHive 7:10 AM
  • "Using the Numbers Convert Function" MacMost 10:24 AM
  • "How To Zoom In and Out on a Webpage in Safari and Chrome on Your Mac" MacTrast 7:52 AM
  • "My Favorite Mac Security Tips" NoodleMac 8:21 AM
  • "A Simple Way To Check A Mac's Free Space" Mac360 8:11 AM
  • "Try Some 24/7 Mac News Apps" TeraTalks 7:48 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Here's What You'd Have if You Broke Up iTunes on the Destkop" Kirkville 7:52 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2017" Macworld 7:09 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome adds support for a newer GIF-killing format" BGR 9:06 PM
  • "AIA 2017: Vectorworks Inc. Touting Importance of Immersive Tech in Architecture" Architosh 12:43 PM
  • "eXcelisys releases X-RentalTracker - FileMaker Pro productivity template" prMac 7:09 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple, Tesla ask California to change its proposed self-driving car testing policies" Reuters 2:46 PM
  • "Apple Asks California DMV to Make Changes to Autonomous Vehicle Testing Policies"  MacRumors 1:30 PM
  • "Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving car plans out of public eye" AppleInsider 2:42 PM
  • "Check Out the Lexus That Apple's Using to Test Self-Driving Car Technology"  Bloomberg 7:12 AM
  • "A car fitted with Apple's self-driving car tech has been spotted driving in Silicon Valley" Business Insider 7:11 AM
  • "Apple's self-driving car seen on the road for first time" Telegraph 7:20 AM
  • "Apple's self-driving car reportedly spotted driving in California" Mashable 10:44 AM
  • "Apple's new retail store in Dubai is now open, and it looks gorgeous" Mashable 7:09 AM
  • "Secretive and apparently delayed, Southeast Asia's first Apple Store to open in May: Sources" CNBC 7:20 AM
  • "College student credits his Apple Watch for saving his life" ABC News Video 8:28 AM
  • "Miami sextortion case asks if a suspect be forced to decrypt an iPhone: Does the Fifth Amendment mean you don't have to hand over your password?" Ars Technica 8:26 AM
  • "AT&T Customers With Grandfathered Unlimited iPad Data Plans Will See Throttling After 22GB of Usage" MacRumors 8:36 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes Music Store opens its doors" Cult of Mac 8:12 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Gaming PC sales in North America in 2016 grow 25-30%" DigiTimes 7:21 AM
  • "Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:09 AM
  • "Google and Facebook named as victims in $100 million scam" Engadget 7:21 AM
  • "Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam'" BBC 7:02 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Powered by Your Toilet Paper Purchases - The TouchArcade Show #304" Touch Arcade 8:06 PM
  • "Will Apple Compete with Alexa and the Qualcomm Royalty Battle -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-28" The Mac Observer 12:52 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 117 | Carpool Karaoke is Apple Parked, iOS 11 rumors, and iPhone 8 dummy units" 9to5Mac 11:39 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, Amazon in the bedroom, a Siri competitor to Echo" AppleInsider 7:52 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Early 'iPhone 8' Case Has Vertical Camera Cutout, Suggests Front-Facing Touch ID" MacRumors 7:08 AM
  • "Purported iPhone 8 clear case lacks rear Touch ID hole, reaffirms vertical dual camera and elongated power button" 9to5Mac 7:08 AM
  • "Protective case from Chinese vendor hints at rounded water drop iPhone 8 design" iDownload Blog 10:45 AM
  • "Leaked iPhone 8 case quashes rear-facing Touch ID rumor" Cult of Mac 10:45 AM
  • "iPhone 8 mold shows vertical dual-lens camera spotted on previous leaks" 9to5Mac 4:27 PM
  • "iPhone 8 will address 'pent up demand' from installed base, analyst believes" 9to5Mac 11:40 AM
  • "Everything we know about the iPhone 8's battery life" Business Insider 7:11 AM
  • "Apple's Echo-Like Smart Speaker With Siri and AirPlay Could Debut as Early as WWDC" MacRumors 10:44 AM
  • "Apple's Siri-Based Amazon Echo Killer Said To Be In Final Design Stage" Digital Trends 7:51 AM
  • "Apple's new Siri speaker could be revealed at WWDC" Cult of Mac 10:45 AM
  • "Apple's Siri Speaker Might Look Like a Miniature Mac Pro" The Mac Observer 2:52 PM
  • "iOS 10.3.5 Beta 5 Features Minor Performance Improvement Over 10.3.1 And 10.3.2 Beta 4" Redmond Pie 10:45 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple extends repair coverage to 3 years for Apple Watch (1st gen) w/ expanded/swollen batteries" 9to5Mac 7:35 PM
  • "Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with swollen batteries" AppleInsider 7:36 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:55 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:55 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:55 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock Gives Your MacBook Pro 13 More Ports to Work With" MacRumors 7:36 PM
  • "Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box Review" Bare Feats 11:41 AM
  • "UE Wonderboom Waterproof Speaker Review" Forbes 6:08 PM
  • "Peri Duo review: Bulky iPhone battery case with speakers doesn't quite go to 11" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Tech review: Epson EcoTank can print for a year or so before you need to refill the ink" Seattle Times 8:37 PM
  • "Epson Workforce ES-200 Portable Duplex Document Scanner" PC Magazine 5:52 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Footy Golf' Review - Kicking the Old Cabbage Around" Touch Arcade 10:45 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Take a Free Apple Product Workshop: Need a quick tutorial on your Apple gadget or program? You can learn how to use your favorite products for free at a nearby store." PC Magazine 12:46 PM
  • "There's No Good Way to Synchronize Music to Apple Watch" AppAdvice 7:52 AM
  • "How to use your iPhone's compass with Apple Maps" iDownload Blog 7:51 AM
  • "How to create a shared Photo Stream on iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:20 AM
Tips
  • "How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a native app or an iPhone app" AppleInsider 12:45 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about tvOS 11" iMore 11:39 AM
  • "20+ iPhone tips you'll use frequently" Computerworld 10:25 AM
  • "Learn about simplified data entry in Numbers for iOS" Apple Support 7:19 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Certain iPhone News Contributors Need to get Their Rumors and Facts Straight" The Mac Observer 3:48 PM
  • "Can Apple Increase Its Share in the Wearables Segment?" Market Realist 2:42 PM
  • "Should you buy the 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro?" iMore 2:42 PM
  • "Apple Always Knew its Car was too BIG to Hide" Apple Must 10:50 AM
  • "Tech Haiku #1: An Ode to MagSafe" 512 Pixels 10:45 AM
  • "Apple Could Put Siri In A Box, Amazon Style" Mac360 7:52 AM
  • "Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it: Offended? Go hassle Merriam-Webster, not us" The Register 7:10 AM
  • "'Sheeple' is now in the dictionary, and Apple users are the example" The Verge 12:44 PM
  • "Why peer-to-peer Apple Pay is a great idea: Yes, Apple should absolutely expand Apple Pay to cover Venmo-like person-to-person payments. Someone's got to get this right!" Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "Here's how Apple could easily solve its Touch ID 'problem' on the iPhone 8"  9to5Mac 6:59 AM
  • "Apple's confusing method of device authorization and association: Why does it have to be so difficult when all you want to do is watch an iTunes video on one of your devices?"  Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine Wants Apple Music to Be a Movement in Pop Culture" The Mac Observer 6:54 AM
Non-Apple
  • "I Freaking Love This ThinkPad" Gizmodo 1:30 PM
  • "The Increasingly Important PC Gaming Market" Tech.pinions 6:58 AM
  • "It's time for tech companies to stop hiding behind shady privacy policies" Mashable 6:58 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Echo Look goes to couple counselling." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 6:54 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Die With Glory'" Touch Arcade 7:35 PM
  • "Coming April 29: Gene Steinberg meets Josh Centers from TidBITS and Cella Lao Rousseau from iMore, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 6:17 PM
  • "Glitch Games Releases Trailer for Next Adventure Game, 'All That Remains'" Touch Arcade 5:52 PM
  • "The Most Anticipated VR/AR Event Is Nearly Here" Architosh 2:19 PM
  • "Egyptian Radio Live 3.0 for iOS" prMac 5:53 PM
  • "World's First Ever Prison RPG Game" prMac 12:45 PM
  • "Uber makes it easier to delete accounts, denies it's in response to #DeleteUber campaign" 9to5Mac 10:44 AM
  • "Logitech's Universal Folio is a new affordable keyboard for your iPad" iMore 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Q1 proves Nadella is doing things right" VentureBeat 12:36 PM
  • "Microsoft's Earnings: Far From Disappointing" Seeking Alpha 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlines its cloud computing strategy for Wall Street" GeekWire 2:42 PM
  • "Windows 10 business migration to pick up steam this year" ITProPortal 12:05 PM
  • "This Quick Trick Boosts Slow Performance on Windows 10" MakeUseOf 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft's Profit Up in Q3 2017 Thanks to Office and Cloud" Softpedia 8:57 AM
  • "Why Microsoft's Surface hardware revenue fell 26% in the latest quarter" GeekWire 12:03 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface revenue fell 26% during third quarter, but that's not so bad" Windows Central 12:02 PM
  • "Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far" The Register 8:57 AM
  • "Microsoft quarterly profit surges to $4.8bn" Fin24 8:49 AM
  • "Microsoft grows quarterly profit 28% on cloud expansion" Telecompaper 8:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's Q3 2017 finances: Cloud, Office, Windows strong, Surface slumps" Ars Technica UK 8:49 AM
  • "Software and hardware both remain important for Microsoft" CNBC 8:51 AM
  • "Microsoft's Profit Up in Q3 2017 Thanks to Office and Cloud" Softpedia 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft Flow service update increases user productivity" OnMSFT 8:52 AM
  • "AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform: What we learned from tech earnings" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Cloud Produces Sunny Earnings at Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:56 AM
  • "IBM Executive Shares Four Lessons Learned In The Battle To 'Have It All'" Forbes 8:41 AM
  • "Intel expects CPU prices to fall now that AMD's Ryzen is here" PCWorld 12:31 PM
  • "Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) Q1 2017 Quarterly Results Are Out: 66 Cents EPS On $14.8 Billion Revenue – Beats Earnings Expectation But Misses On Revenue" WCCFTech 8:39 AM
  • "Intel reports record first-quarter revenue" ComputerWeekly 8:39 AM
  • "Intel boasts of record revenue, high profits" bit-tech 8:38 AM
  • "Intel quarterly revenue misses estimates on data centre weakness" Channel News Asia 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft Mistakenly Bans Old Intel and AMD Processors on Windows 7" Softpedia 8:22 AM
  • "Acer unveils 2-in-1 Switch laptop powered by 7th-Gen Intel Core i7 chip" The Inquirer 8:37 AM
  • "Intel's next Xeon chips will come in Gold and Platinum versions" Ars Technica UK 8:37 AM
  • "Intel Announces Record First-Quarter Revenue of $14.8 Billion" Guru3D 8:36 AM
  • "Hurd: Oracle's New AI Applications Are A Powerful Piece Of Its Winning Cloud Strategy" Forbes 8:18 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega High-End Enthusiast Graphics Card Packaging Pictured – Supposedly Bundled With Quake Champions" WCCFTech 8:22 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Q2 2017: What to Expect From the iPhone Maker" AppAdvice 11:39 AM
  • "Value of Big 5 Tech Stocks Nears $3 Trillion After Google, Amazon Results" 24/7 Wall St. 6:54 AM
  • "Qualcomm Warns of Lower Profit as iPhone Patent Revenue Dries Up" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 6:58 AM
  • "Apple Cuts Off Licensing Payments to Qualcomm as Fight Escalates" Bloomberg 7:21 AM
  • "China's ride-hailing giant Didi raises $5.5 billion, valuing it at $50 billion" CNBC 7:20 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends session lower, but Dow books best week of 2017: All three major equity indexes finished April higher" MarketWatch 4:29 PM
  • "Dow Ends Best Week of Year With Small Losses on Worries Over Slowdown to Start 2017" TheStreet 4:29 PM
  • "Wall Street Slightly Lower as Weak GDP Data Weighs" FOXBusiness 4:28 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks End Month Higher, Buoyed by Earnings: The S&P 500 is within about half a percentage point of all-time highs and ends the week up 1.5%" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:28 PM
  • "Asian markets retreat as investors show caution: Major stock indexes in Asia fell slightly on Friday, mirroring Wall Street's cautious sentiment on risk taking, though strong earnings results from tech companies saw shares in the sector rise." MarketWatch 7:29 AM
  • "European stocks drop for second day as euro rises after inflation data: European stocks posted mild losses Friday, with investors pushing up both the euro and the pound against the dollar following top-tier economic data for the eurozone and the U.K." MarketWatch 12:49 PM

 
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