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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.
Today's MacUpdate Promo offers its MacUpdate Desktop for $20.00. "MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store."
"Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8' launch post-Sept. 17" AppleInsider 5/26
"Galaxy S8 fails to beat two-year-old iPhone 6s in speed and memory management comparison test: Galaxy S8 loses out to iPhone 6s in speed and memory performance test, despite the former featuring the latest hardware." International Business Times 5/26
"IPads 'help improve young pupils' skills': Young children's maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis." BBC 5/26
"Is Google waiting for Apple to Popularize Mobile AR?" Tech.pinions 5/26
"Andy Rubin's mysterious new Android phone will do something your iPhone can't" BGR 5/26
"Apple reveals belief in reincarnation/Commentary: Are they strange at Apple? Depends on your perspective on the company's latest ad." CNET 5/26
"Home is where the HomeKit wants to be: HomeKit has improved since its introduction three years ago, but it's struggling to find a place in most homes. What can Apple do to make HomeKit a part of your home?" Macworld 5/26
"Apple's iOS Setting app needs a major UI overhaul: As iOS evolves, it gets more complicated. That means we need a better way to customize and adjust iOS settings." Macworld 5/26
"Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others write to House of Representatives asking for reform of NSA surveillance" BetaNews 6:32 AM
"User concept shows what a Fluent Design-inspired Windows Resource Monitor could look like" Neowin 6:24 AM
"Cancelled Windows Phone Rocked Quite the Funky Physical Keyboard" Gizmodo UK 2:55 PM
"Microsoft expects to start storing data in DNA within the next few years: Report" Tech 2 6:32 AM
"Citrix allows you to run Win32 apps on UWP-only Windows 10 S using virtualization" Neowin 9:12 AM
"Microsoft Vs. Cisco: You'll Never Guess Which Is The Less Risky Stock To Buy Right Now" Seeking Alpha 9:30 PM
"Intel partners with Microsoft for increased Thunderbolt 3 support on Windows" Windows report 6:31 AM
"Full Intel X299 HEDT Skylake X, Kaby Lake X and Coffee Lake S Mainstream Platform Details Unveiled – Core i9-7920X Skylake X Flagship, Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake X Flagship, Coffee Lake To Get 6 Core and 4 Core CPUs" WCCFTech 3:41 PM
"IBM, VMware to launch centre of excellence: American tech major IBM on Friday said it is launching its first centre of excellence, in association with VMware, to serve enterprises' needs on the cloud." The Economic Times 6:31 AM
"Microsoft Plans To Store Data In DNA" IndiaTimes 5/27
"Windows 10 is used on more than 50 million business PCs" OnMSFT 5/27
"Microsoft details accessibility improvements in EdgeHTML 15 with Windows 10 Creators Update" Neowin 5/27
"Cancelled Windows Phone 7 handset from Nokia appears in photos, has physical keyboard" Neowin 5/27
"HP reports record Q2 sales, claims the #1 spot in the PC market from Lenovo" Neowin 5/27
"Nvidia BattleBox To be Offered With Both Intel and Ryzen Processors" Guru3D 5/27
"Hybrid cloud is the way to go, claims IBM executive: When adopting cloud technology, the public is looking for private and public services under a single infrastructure. an IBM executive claims hybrid is the solution" The Indian Express 5/27
"Gigabyte's Skylake-X And Kaby Lake-X Aorus Gaming Motherboards Leak Ahead Of Computex" HotHardware 5/27
"Wall Street moves past latest Dow 'panic attack'" USA Today 5/26
"Wall St. drifts before long weekend, but consumer stocks up" Reuters 5/26
"U.S. Stocks Rise, Buoyed by Consumer-Discretionary Sector: Oil falls, weighing on commodity-sensitive companies, after OPEC extends output cuts by less than some investors had hoped" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5/26
"Nikkei slips below 20,000, Aussie stocks also fall on weak oil prices: Australian and Japanese stocks again lagged behind other Asian equities on Friday, with oil's sharp overnight pullback putting pressure on those equities." MarketWatch 5/26
"European stocks close lower as oil, auto shares pull back: European stocks finished lower Friday, leaving the regional benchmark with a tiny weekly loss, with oil and gas shares pushed down on disappointment stemming from OPEC's agreement to extend production cuts." MarketWatch 5/26
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