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Thursday Highlights: Peter Wells from the Sydney Morning Herald sat down with Tim Cook for a brief interview, of note is Cook's insistence that there is no user desire to merge iOS and macOS; Jonny Evans points to the International Monetary Fund's latest data which weighs iPhone as critical to global tech cycle; TSMC, chip partner to Apple, Nvidia, provides weak guidance citing "'softening' high-end smartphone demand", news gives Apple investors the jitters; 9to5Mac notes jump in iOS 12, macOS 10.14 testing as WWDC nears; Google removes fake ad block extensions from Chrome Store; in our OS X section you will find Macworld's macOS Anti-virus software reviews including offerings from Intego, Norton among others; new rumor from Ming-Chi Kuo that we'll see two new 6.1" iPhones this year starting at only $550; Michael Gartenberg compares Apple's new iPad and Google's Chromebook from an education perspective.
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"Apple's Ive Regains Management of Design Team After 2 Years" Bloomberg 3:27 PM
"Jony Ive Returns to Apple to Oversee Its Design Teams: He had stepped away to focus on the company's massive ring-shaped headquarters" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:45 PM
"Phil Schiller: 'Face ID data isn't shared with third party developers'/In this exclusive interview with Bright.nl, Apple executive Phil Schiller talks about Face ID, augmented reality and smart homes." Bright (Netherlands) 2:53 PM
"Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam" TechCrunch 2:48 PM
"Apple nears deal to buy music recognition app Shazam" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:31 PM
"Apple close to acquiring Shazam: Report/The deal could be worth as much as $400 million and be announced by Monday." ZDNet 4:50 PM
"Apple's widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store" TechCrunch 2:51 PM
"Why Apple Should Stop Selling iPhones: Bernstein says the smartphone giant would make more money by leasing hardware." U.S. News & World Report 7:17 AM
"The once and future OS for Apple" ["I know: it sounds crazy. But it's also, to my mind, inevitable. Maintaining two major connected but independent platforms has got to be a challenge for the company. And, frankly, when you get down to it, iOS devices have more commonalities with Macs than differences. And those commonalities seem like a pretty good place to start."] Macworld 7:53 AM
"macOS quality as measured by update release rate: There's a lot of chatter out there that High Sierra is potentially the worst macOS release ever, in terms of bugs and broken or missing functionality. From the recent Month 13 is out of bounds log spewage problem to the root no password required issue (whoops!) to a variety of other glitches, High Sierra has presented many users, myself included, with a near-constant stream of issues." The Robservatory 11:05 AM
"Ex-Amazon employee gets 6 months in jail for leaking quarterly results to fraternity brother" GeekWire 6:48 PM
"Apple Releases macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra, iOS 11.2 and More with Security Fixes" Intego 12:42 PM
"A Beginner's Guide to Mac Context Menus" MacMost 10:41 AM
"Easily Track Employee Leave With Virtual TimeClock 18: New Virtual TimeClock software release makes it easy to calculate and limit employee leave awards, simplifies common tasks and adds enhanced security." Redcort Software 6:05 PM
"The typing productivity solution 'PhraseExpress' is around even longer on Windows with more than 1,000,000 downloads. We added Mac and iOS versions earlier this year." Phrase Express 10:51 AM
"Woz Slams The iPhone X, Confirms Google Is Taking Advantage Of Consumers" ["'I think what I would want is Touch ID on the back. I'd want that more than anything. Face ID slows down my Apple Pay, and it fails enough times I have to keep typing the password' 'I have friends who actually turned off Face ID and turned passwords on to make their phone simple to use'. ... Despite his criticism of the iPhone X, Woz claims that Apple's treatment of its customers is different than the other tech giants: 'Of the unicorns, Apple is the one that makes its money off of good products'"] Channelnews Australia 7:35 AM
"Woz says Steve Jobs was like Donald Trump" CNET 2:56 PM
"Dow, S&P hit record highs on strength of jobs report" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
"Strong Jobs Report Lifts U.S. Stocks to Weekly Gains: The Dow and S&P 500 rose this week, but the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite posted a decline for the second straight week" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
"EU, Japan reach free-trade agreement after 4 years of talks: The European Union and Japan said Friday they have finalized a free trade agreement that will cover about 30% of the world's economy, with the deal concluding negotiations that began in 2013." MarketWatch 7:30 AM
"European banks rally, leading stocks to 1-month closing high: European stocks rose Friday, scoring their highest close in a month, after the U.K. and the European Union came to terms on a Brexit divorce deal, opening the way to a key phase of talks." MarketWatch 11:53 AM
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