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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.
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"Apple's Gamble on 3 New iPhones Has Paid Off: New Survey" TheStreet 10:09 AM
"Apple gets rare nod in Trump's tech-light State of the Union" CNET 7:42 AM
"Phil Schiller talks HomePod & the tech behind it" iDownload Blog 10:03 AM
"Apple VP Jennifer Bailey Says Apple Pay Accepted at 1 out of 2 U.S. Stores" MacTrast 7:56 AM
"Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has a big problem with the iPhone X" ["Wozniak contrasted the high-tech phone with the simplicity of Apple's early products."] Business Insider 11:00 AM
"Steve Wozniak no longer believes 'anything Elon Musk or Tesla says'" V3 8:01 AM
"AT&T says revamped DirecTV Now w/ cloud DVR & more coming this spring" 9to5Mac 8:22 PM
"2018 could finally be the year Sprint's network becomes good" BGR 3:15 PM
"Why Samsung Is Hell-Bent on Making Bixby Happen: Samsung wants Bixby to be the operating system of the 5G world. Don't laugh." PC Magazine 11:10 AM
"Bournemouth bars have begun accepting a smartphone app as ID: Yoti means you can leave your passport and driving licence at home." Engadget 10:54 AM
"Cryptocurrency miners: A replacement for ransomware/Attackers are turning away from ransomware in favor of fraudulent cryptocurrency mining: and your IoT devices might be their future cash cows." ZDNet 11:09 AM
"Cisco Talos warns about malicious cryptocurrency mining attacks" VentureBeat 10:14 AM
"NVIDIA proves the cloud can replace a high-end gaming rig" Engadget 3:00 PM
"Microsoft's Azure revenue nearly doubled year-over-year in its second quarter" TechCrunch 3:40 PM
"Microsoft revenue climbs to $28.9B, besting Wall Street expectations once again" GeekWire 3:40 PM
"Microsoft reports $28.9 billion in Q2 2018 revenue: Azure up 98%, Surface up 1%, and Windows up 4%" VentureBeat 3:18 PM
"Microsoft FY18 Q2 earnings: $28.9 billion in revenue backed by cloud, Office growth/Revenues for Microsoft's second quarter were up to $28.9 billion, backed by continued cloud services growth." Windows Central 3:19 PM
"Don't believe Microsoft's latest privacy hype: The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that's not what it has in mind." Computerworld 7:47 AM
"Microsoft Earnings: What to Watch/Analysts expect higher EPS, revenue" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
"Visual Studio gets an app for sketch-based UI prototyping: The experimental Ink to Code app for Windows 10 helps build user interfaces for Windows and Android, as well as facilitate developer collaboration" Computerworld New Zealand 5:49 PM
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