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Tuesday Highlights: Apple, Ireland reach agreement on back taxes, appeal with EU to be heard in Fall—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Deutsche Bank sends "brutal" analysis of Apple's HomePod, believes mistakes "will cost it a huge new market"; ex VP of Samsung now with Apple as company hopes to gain traction in Samsung's home market; early adopters of iPhone X seem to love all aspects of the phone save Siri; a couple new advertisements from Apple highlight iPad support for Apple Pencil; now you can allow Amazon to deliver packages right to your car; DigiTimes reporting Apple seeks OLED price cuts for iPhones, and Rosenblatt Securities analysis predict a $200 price drop in 2018 Fall LCD iPhones; iMore takes an Apple Watch and Suunto GPS watch for a backcountry run; Aaron Ho compares 8 Qi chargers for new iPhones.


  • "Apple makes $1B commitment toward more US manufacturing jobs" Associated Press 9:46 PM
  • "Apple to create $1B 'advanced manufacturing fund' in US"  AppleInsider 5:58 PM
  • "Tim Cook announces Apple's new $1 billion advanced manufacturing fund to promote US job creation" 9to5Mac 5:58 PM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple is investing $1 billion in US manufacturing: Potentially to win favor with Trump" The Verge 6:59 PM
  • "Why Apple's Services business is so valuable: $7 billion last quarter alone."  Recode 7:31 AM
  • "Apple posts surprise dip in iPhone sales, shares fall" Reuters 6:42 AM
  • "Apple: wobbly platform" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 AM
  • "Apple looks to face down Watch critics" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 AM
  • "The Apple Watch business is way bigger than you think" Cult of Mac 3:45 PM
  • "iPhone slow down hints Apple's transition has begun" Computerworld 9:06 AM
  • "Apple CFO says the company 'set a new revenue record' selling to businesses — but the details are vague" Business Insider 3:23 PM
  • "Kings and dragons drive Apple in China, even as iPhone sales stall" Reuters 12:26 PM
  • "Apple's China sales continue to decay as once promising market becomes a drag on earnings" VentureBeat 7:37 AM
  • "6 key takeaways from Apple's Q2 2017 earnings call: This year's extra-long iPhone rumor cycle is affecting demand, and five other things we learned from Tim Cook and Co." Macworld 6:47 AM
  • "Apple expands App Analytics developer information with new referral & source data" 9to5Mac 6:34 PM
  • "Apple Opens up App Store Referral Data to Developers" The Mac Observer 8:28 PM
  • "All your Googles are belong to us: Look out for the Google Docs phishing worm" Ars Technica 3:45 PM
  • "Google Docs Scam Spreading Fast: What You Need to Know" LAPTOP Magazine 3:37 PM
  • "Google Docs users hit with sophisticated phishing attack" The Verge 3:36 PM
  • "Warning: Be very careful when someone emails you a Google Doc link — it could be malware" Business Insider 3:23 PM
  • "Apple blocks comms-snooping malware" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X: How to track objects using animated text callouts [Video] 9to5Mac 6:21 PM
  • "Want to recover a FileVault-encrypted drive without a recovery key? You're out of luck" Macworld 7:29 AM
  • "How to download and install macOS Server" iMore 3:46 PM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: A Mac Drawn To A Magnet" YMP Now 3:15 PM
  • "How to Require a Password to Wake Your Mac from Sleep or Screen Saver" The Mac Observer 8:10 AM
  • "How to Use YouTube Parental Controls with Restricted Mode" OS X Daily 3:36 PM
  • "Using the iTunes Up Next List" MacMost 11:42 AM
  • "Damage"["No company has done as much damage to the perceived value of software, and the sustainability of being an independent developer, as Apple."] Matt Gemmell 5:43 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak With Jim Cramer on CNBC's Mad Money Tonight" MacRumors 12:04 PM
  • "Tim Cook talks AAPL earnings, the future of TV, and more in CNBC interview" CNBC 9:47 PM
  • "Apple Watch helped CEO Tim Cook lose 30 pounds" AppleInsider 8:46 PM
  • "Apple reportedly keeping app affiliate rate at 7%, dropping in-app purchase rate to 2.5%" 9to5Mac 8:45 PM
  • "Sprint CEO on iPhone sales: I don't understand why everybody gets so concerned" ["'IPhones are selling. Right now we have a great promotion on iPhones. And iPhone has a tremendously loyal base. And when the new iPhone comes out (there is) going to be another record at least from the Sprint side,'"] CNBC 10:53 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple Dips as Global Smartphone Shipments Hit 353 Million in Q1 2017" Business Wire 3:26 PM
  • "Apple likely to cap memory in next iPhones due to DRAM price hikes: Analyst firm Trendforce predicts the memory capacity in iPhone 8 models will be capped at 3GB" IDG News Service 3:24 PM
  • "Apple Pay Transactions Climb A Hefty 450%" Apple Must 9:57 AM
  • "Volkswagen makes iPhone internal standard, Capital One adopts Mac & Apple Watch" AppleInsider 10:40 AM
  • "Samsung's Bixby disses Apple's Siri in voice assistant rap battle" Memeburn 7:28 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Mac's first 100 days prove a roaring success" Cult of Mac 8:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook profit surges 76.6 percent as ad sales jump" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Facebook hiring 3,000 people to review violent Live videos: With murders, suicides and beatings broadcasted on Facebook's Live platform, Mark Zuckerberg is ramping up efforts for a safer community." CNET 10:00 AM
  • "Assembly line robots vulnerable to hacking" BetaNews 8:19 AM
  • "For Sprint, promotions can't erase a poor service reputation: Despite aggressive discounts compared with its rivals, Sprint saw a decline in a key segment for subscribers." CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Samsung joins the self-driving car race as it preps for testing in South Korea" The Next Web 7:11 AM
  • "Researchers can manipulate 3D objects using just a webcam and this little cube" The Verge 6:47 AM
  • "Dr. Mac on Procrastinating, Touch-Screen Macs, and Siri at Home -ACM 409" The Mac Observer 5:27 PM
  • "Apple's Q2 Earnings Report, Microsoft Surface Laptop -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-03" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "Autodesk Explains Project Quantum—And Why It Matters in AEC" Architosh 3:15 PM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple is 'investing aggressively' in the future of the Mac" AppleInsider 3:39 PM
  • "Inventec to produce AI-based smart home products for Apple, says paper"  DigiTimes 6:49 AM
  • "Apple's new Siri speaker reportedly just got the green light" BGR 8:01 AM
  • "Inventec allegedly tapped for Apple's rumored standalone Siri speaker product" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "AirPods manufacturer Inventec reportedly lands orders for Apple's rumored Echo rival" iDownload Blog 10:43 AM
  • "iPhone 8 may not arrive until next year" The Next Web 7:11 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Unlikely to Support Gigabit LTE Speeds Like the Samsung Galaxy S8" iPhone Hacks 11:24 AM
  • "Rumor: iOS 11 And macOS 10.13 To Feature New Automator App Based On Recently Acquired Workflow" Redmond Pie 12:08 PM
Apple Patent Applications
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM

  • "Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Is 1 camera better than 2? Find out how Samsung's one lens wonder stacks up to Apple's dual-lensed giant in our photo comparison." CNET 7:46 AM
  • "Does the Galaxy S8 take better photos than the iPhone 7 Plus?" [Slideshow] CNET 7:46 AM
  • "Audeze iSINE 10 planar magnetic in-ear headphones review" The Gadgeteer 11:23 AM
  • "Aukey WatchTower review: Low-cost connected security done mostly easy" iMore 10:43 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Obduction review: The makers of Myst get back in the game/This game's artful world-building and fun puzzles ultimately outweigh its technical glitches." Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "How to fix the Google Docs scam if you've already been hacked" BGR 6:46 PM
  • "How to unlock your iPhone before selling it" iMore 3:46 PM
  • "How To Check For iOS Malware On iPhone" Redmond Pie 3:45 PM
  • "How to Read a Message in iMessage for iPhone without the Sender Knowing You Saw it" iPhone Hacks 11:00 AM
  • "How to update the firmware on your AirPods" iMore 9:15 AM
  • "How to record your iPhone or iPad's screen" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "iOS: Assisted GPS and Why iPhone GPS Can't Be Perfect All the Time" The Mac Observer 3:59 PM
  • "What to Do if Your iPhone Gets Lost or Stolen" Apple Must 3:15 PM
  • "watchOS: Don't Automatically Install Apple Watch Apps" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "Life-altering proTip: You Can Backspace On The iPhone Calculator!!!!" The Next Web 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Will Launch $1 Billion Investment Fund for Advanced Manufacturing" The Mac Observer 9:48 PM
  • "Apple May No Longer Be Innovative But That's Okay"  Forbes 3:25 PM
  • "Gene Munster Says Don't Worry About iPhone Sales Drop" Bloomberg Video 10:53 AM
  • "Should Apple buy Disney? Tesla? The Raiders?"  CNNMoney 10:53 AM
  • "Dispelling the Apple Services Myth"  MacStories 10:41 AM
  • "Cry us a river: Tim Cook blames iPhone rumors for iPhone sales problems" Mashable 10:41 AM
  • "No iPhone user can even imagine dealing with what Android users have to tolerate" BGR 9:56 AM
  • "Feature Request: Create a quick & easy method to transfer FaceTime calls between devices" 9to5Mac 9:31 AM
  • "How Apple's New iPhone Gets Bigger And Smaller" TeraTalks 9:06 AM
  • "Meet Microsoft's New MacBook Killer" Mac360 9:06 AM
  • "Despite Good Results Given Seasonal Headwinds, The Negativity And Hand-Wringing On Apple Continues" Forbes 8:19 AM
  • "Apple And The Internet's HOV Lane" NoodleMac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple Takes A Hit On iPhone 7 Sales, iPhone 8 May Be Worth Waiting For" Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "Apple TV, Meet Cable TV, Circa 1989" Mac 360 7:55 AM
  • "Tim Cook Blames 'Pause' in iPhone 7 Purchases on iPhone 8 Rumors" iClarified 7:33 AM
  • "Here's why iPhone sales slowdown may be good for Apple" Cult of Mac 7:32 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Sales Cool Faster than Expected" Thurrott 7:32 AM
  • "WWDC wish list: What we'd like to see from watchOS 4/The Apple Watch is already the king of the smartwatch mountain, but a few software tweaks would make it even better." Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "What to expect with the iPhone 8" CNNMoney 7:16 AM
  • "Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple: Who makes your cut?" CNET 7:12 AM
  • "Windows 10 S Won't Let You Change The Default Browser Or Search Engine" Daring Fireball 5:19 PM
  • "Rise of the AI fashion police: Can bots really help you dress better?" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Services like Spotify and Etsy need block buttons to curb abuse" Mashable 7:27 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Brookfield Residential Offers Apple HomeKit Standard in New Neighborhoods" PRNewswire 3:27 PM
  • "Furthering its commitment to mobile innovation, Brother announces the addition of Apple MFi™ to its entire mobile printer lineup" Business Wire 3:27 PM
  • "Full Size Zero-Travel Touch Keyboard Concept For MacBook Pro Not So Far-Fetched – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 12:10 PM
  • "Best Waterproof Bags for iPhone" iMore 10:45 AM
  • "OWC wins NAB 2017 Best Of Show Award For Thunderbolt 3 Dock With 13 Ports -- Most Powerful Owc Connectivity Solution At The Fastest Speeds For Laptops & Other Devices For Business & Creative Professionals" Thomas PR 10:30 AM
  • "Econ Technologies Announces MacTech Pro Events National Sponsorship" Econ Technologies 9:54 AM
  • "Sprint offers free LTE signal booster to homes & businesses to double data speeds" 9to5Mac 9:15 AM
  • "Where to Buy Apple AirPods Without a Long Delay" AppAdvice 8:14 AM
  • "LG's giant 42.5" monitor is a productivity monster, squeezes four screens on one display" TechRepublic 8:14 AM
  • "Hulu with Live TV app lands on App Store" iLounge 9:57 AM
  • "'Hulu With Live TV' Appears on App Store, Includes FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, and More" MacRumors 8:01 AM
  • "Excon Fuji Securities Report Apple's Cash Reserve Stands at $256 Billion" PRNewswire 7:53 AM
  • "Quetzal POS Certifies Wide Range of Epson Receipt Printers for its Completely Redesigned iPad POS" PRNewswire 7:53 AM
  • "Lufthansa Group Creates a Better Travel Experience with IBM MobileFirst for iOS" IBM 7:52 AM
  • "OSMC brings WiFi back to life on the original Apple TV" iMore 7:38 AM
  • "Logitech's iPad Keyboard Case Will Last Four Years On A Single Battery Charge" Digital Trends 7:37 AM
  • "Popular AutoRunner 'Chameleon Run' Available for Free via the Apple Store App" MacTrast 7:31 AM
  • "Apple Pay Launches for HSBC in Australia, Adds 22 New U.S. Banks" MacTrast 7:31 AM
  • "MacAdmins Conference Announces 2017 Schedule and Pricing" prMac 8:19 AM
  • "Chat4us - Chat Stories 11: Entertaining Tales Told as Text Messages" prMac 6:47 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's master plan for Windows is getting pushed to its limits" Business Insider 3:24 PM
  • "Nadella Says Microsoft Will Make More Windows Phones But They'll Be Totally Different" HotHardware 5:19 PM
  • "Microsoft, Oracle sued: Tech duo accused of trampling DB patents" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Surface Laptop is Microsoft's Most Important Surface Release Ever (Premium)" Thurrott 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft Corporation Is Trying to Resurrect Windows-on-ARM" The Motley Fool 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft is forcing Windows 10 S users to rely on Edge and Bing by default" The Next Web 7:10 AM
  • "Nadella: 'We'll make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today.'" MSPoweruser 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft HoloLens inventor: 'The phone is already dead'" CNBC 3:24 PM
  • "Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS with a new, and very necessary, education push: Redmond now has the tools to take on the Chrome OS threat." Ars Technica 8:31 PM
  • "Microsoft, IBM May Get New Scrutiny From China" Investopedia 3:23 PM
  • "Microsoft invests in Agolo, a startup that's fighting information overload with automated summarizations" VentureBeat 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft just invested millions in a startup based on a key Google technology" Business Insider 3:24 PM
  • "IBM Between the Cloud and a Hard Place, Says Moody's" Barron's 3:23 PM
  • "IBM to snap up remnants of Verizon's cloud, managed hosting business: After bowing out of the public cloud last year, Verizon is now shedding its private cloud offerings." ZDNet 6:41 AM
  • "Verizon sells its private cloud and managed hosting businesses to IBM" TechCrunch 3:38 PM
  • "Shots fired: IBM and Red Hat vote 'no' on Project Jigsaw, may cause delays for Java 9" Jaxenter 8:07 AM
  • "IBM Urges Consumers to Destroy USB Drives it Shipped with Malware" SpamFighter 8:08 AM
  • "IBM Warns Customers After Shipping Them Infected USB Drives" Forbes 3:25 PM
  • "IBM XPrize Fund Challenges Perception and Abilities of AI for $5 Million in Prizes" Digital Trends 3:44 PM
  • "Dell Sounds Alarm On Employee Data Practices" PYMNTS 7:57 AM
  • "HP and Microsoft launch coworking hub for SMBs" Business Mirror 7:58 AM
  • "Acer and HP announce new Windows 10 S notebooks priced at $299" digit 7:57 AM
  • "HP bets big on A3 printer mkt in India" PTI 7:58 AM
  • "Samsung could beat Intel to become the world's largest chipset maker in Q2 2017: Report" BGR India 8:06 AM
  • "Intel 's bid for new chip manufacturing plant could bring hundreds of jobs" Leinster Leader 8:05 AM
  • "Intel granted planning permission for Leixlip site" RTÉ 8:05 AM
  • "Intel and BMW's autonomous cars hit the road" Engadget 3:45 PM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega Leaked 3DMark TimeSpy Score Suggests Vega Performance Will Go Head-To-Head With GTX 1070" Korea Portal 8:03 AM
  • "AMD Vega And Naples Will Release This Quarter, Confirms AMD" Korea Portal 8:03 AM
  • "Cisco's 2017 Acquisitions Hit $4.3 Billion: Cisco more recently agreed to acquire Viptela for $610 million, which will enhance the recurring revenue stream." Barron's 12:08 PM
  • "Cisco Develops Country Digitization Analytics Platform for Mexico Conectado" IT News Online 7:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Wall Street dismisses Apple's March quarter as minor speed bump, price targets raised at UBS & Cowen" AppleInsider 9:59 AM
  • "One analyst says look past Apple earnings and look ahead to the iPhone 8" Business Insider 10:43 AM
  • "How Far Could an Apple Pullback Go -- Technical Levels You Need to Know" TheStreet 9:56 AM
  • "Apple Q2 Earnings and Revenues Beat, Increase Y/Y" Zacks 9:31 AM
  • "Here's what Wall Street analysts are saying about Apple's results" Business Insider 7:41 AM
  • "Early analyst reactions suggest AAPL optimism despite missed expectations & weakish guidance" 9to5Mac 6:48 AM
  • "Weak iPhone sales hit shares of Europe's Apple suppliers" Reuters 6:40 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends little changed as Fed stands pat on interest rates: Dow ekes out gain; Apple ends with small loss" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Fed Says First-Quarter Slowdown 'Transitory;' S&P 500, Nasdaq Close Slightly Lower" TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Wall St Slips as Fed Holds on Rates; Financials Rise" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Little Changed as Fed Stands Pat: Materials shares in the S&P 500 fell, weighed down by a sharp decline in copper prices" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "With major Asian markets closed, Australian stocks retreat: Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea indexes closed for holidays" MarketWatch 7:50 AM
  • "European stocks fall from 20-month high ahead of GDP data, Fed decision: Novo Nordisk rallies after earnings beat views" MarketWatch 7:50 AM

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