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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 potential mining play is about more than money, industry experts say" ["'Apple is a buyer of batteries, not a buyer of battery components, and it's a number of steps away from the raw materials side. So this is significant — the reason they're doing it is supply chain visibility,' Simon Moores, managing director of Benchmark Minerals, told CNBC. 'They need to know that children have not been illegally mining where their cobalt is coming from.'"] CNBC 8:30 AM
"Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones: Company working on water resistance, more Siri integration" Bloomberg 7:02 AM
"Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
"Annual Apple Pay Review: Adoption Jumps, but Still a Long Way to Go" Loup Ventures 8:29 AM
"Irish taxman sees disputed Apple bill remaining around $16 billion" Reuters 12:27 PM
"Apple Taps Carol Trussell as Head Of Production For Video Programming Unit" Deadline 12:47 PM
"Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Recorded First Ever Decline During the Fourth Quarter of 2017: Huawei and Xiaomi Were the Only Vendors in the Top Five to Experience Growth in the Fourth Quarter" ["While Apple's market share stabilized in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016, iPhone sales fell 5 percent. 'Apple was in a different position this quarter than it was 12 months before,' said Mr. Gupta. 'It had three new smartphones — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — yet its performance in the quarter was overshadowed by two factors. First, the later availability of the iPhone X led to slow upgrades to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as users waited to try the more-expensive model. Second, component shortages and manufacturing capacity constraints preceded a long delivery cycle for the iPhone X, which returned to normal by early December 2017. We expect good demand for the iPhone X to likely bring a delayed sales boost for Apple in the first quarter of 2018,' added Mr. Gupta."] Gartner 11:44 AM
"iPhone and Android Smartphone Duopoly Reaches Peak With Estimated 99.9% Market Share Last Year" MacRumors 11:49 AM
"Save $200 on an iPhone X from T-Mobile/Or you can buy one iPhone and get an iPhone 8 free. Either way, there are catches. And questions. Plus: a terabyte of portable storage for just $41." CNET 11:20 AM
"10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
"Inside Microsoft's new Dublin home: an LED waterfall, a digital lake and a DreamSpace/One Microsoft Place in Leopardstown officially opened by Taoiseach" Irish Times 7:33 AM
"Microsoft opens up new €134 million campus in Dublin: The new campus will house 2,000 employees and marks the completion of just under three years of construction." Windows Central 12:11 PM
"Microsoft partners with Hi-Rez Studios for SMITE Pro League Mixer exclusive" OnMSFT 12:53 PM
"Microsoft Surface Pro and its accessories launched in India: Price, specifications/Microsoft Surface Pro comes with an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera that supports 1080p video recording while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on the detachable that is capable of recording 1080p videos, as well." Financial Express 7:20 AM
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