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Weekend Highlights: Late Thursday, Apple took new tack against Qualcomm seeking invalidation of four patents; fresh ruling from US Supreme Court backs Apple's iPhone privacy stance requiring warrants to access cellphone data—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Dan Moren expresses frustration over slow Mac updates, delcaring "long product cycles are ... now normal for the Mac"; Ben Lovejoy thinks he has a solution to the MacBook Pro dilemma that would keep all parties happy; ZDNet takes FileMaker 17 for a spin; Simon Royal argues life's "too short to argue over operating systems" says end result is that you're happy with your choice; Gregg Keizer delves into new privacy features in Mojave; Japan now seeing Apple mapping vehicles on the roads; man in Toronto, CA sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches; The Drum interviews Susan Bennett, Siri's original voice; interesting interview with Andy Hertzfeld; BGR claims exclusive first look at 6.1" LCD iPhone; commentary from Channel NewsAsia poses question whether "Xiaomi is twice as good as Apple".

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Citi analysts have published the most pessimistic forecast for the iPhone X yet"  Business Insider 7:32 AM
  • "Apple's Fourth U.S. Campus: Handicapping Where It Will Go"  Bloomberg 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's new US campus most likely to spring up in northeast, report argues" AppleInsider 9:44 AM
  • "How Apple Watches Claimed First Place in the Wearables Market" Market Realist 10:27 AM
  • "Apple releases 12th annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report"  Apple 7:53 PM
  • "Apple finds labor and environmental policy violations for suppliers" VentureBeat 9:31 PM
  • "Apple Supplier Responsibility Report reveals uptick in violations, announces new women's health program" AppleInsider 9:31 PM
  • "Apple reveals new details about how iPhones are actually made: Apple's flagship product is now made without any waste going to landfill at all, saving thousands of football pitches' worth of rubbish going into the ground"  The Independent 7:17 PM
  • "Apple axed 10 smelters and refiners from supply chain in 2017, maintains 100 percent participation in conflict mineral audit" AppleInsider 5:55 PM
OS X
News
  • "Criminals pay just $15 for Apple iCloud account IDs, report claims: One of the biggest reasons Apple users need to beware of phishing attacks is that compromised iCloud accounts are among the most valuable of those traded on the dark web."  Computerworld 7:14 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 51 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 12:37 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Broken Mac? Fix it with these simple troubleshooting tips: Got a Mac that's misbehaving and not doing what you expect it to do? Here are some simple things you should try before taking it to a Genius at your nearest Apple Store." ZDNet 8:36 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Hands on: Writing blogs on the Mac with the new MarsEdit 4" AppleInsider 12:36 PM
  • "Music's 'Recently Played' Problem" Kirkville 7:42 AM
  • "How to Install Homebrew on Mac" OS X Daily 2:21 PM
  • "How to get the iPad's keyboard shortcut cheat sheet on Mac" Cult of Mac 3:32 PM
  • "How to Set Up Out-of-Office Replies in Apple Mail and iCloud Mail" MacRumors 7:40 AM
  • "macOS: How to Empty the Mac Trash with a Keyboard Shortcut" The Mac Observer 2:12 PM
  • "Holiday Calendars and Subscribing To Other Public Calendars" MacMost 10:27 AM
  • "How to manually add apps to your iOS devices in iTunes 12.7" Macworld 7:25 AM
Op/Ed
Press Releases
  • "Markdown-friendly Deckset presentation app latest to leave Mac App Store" 9to5Mac 11:17 AM
  • "HoudahGeo 5.2: Photo geocoding solution adds Lightroom Classic support" Houdah Software 9:40 AM
  • "Don't panic about Tweetbot disappearing from the App Store, it'll be back soon" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "Here Come The Game Engines—Open Beta of Unreal Studio Announced for Pro App Market" Architosh 8:44 AM
  • "Chrome 65 rolls out: You're getting a stronger redirect blocker, 45 security fixes" ZDNet 8:36 AM
  • "Khronos Group Releases Vulkan 1.1" PRNewswire 10:19 AM
  • "Vulkan 1.1 Specification Released: Open-source Tools, SDKs, and Launch Driver Support" AnandTech 8:12 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "After nearly 10 years, Apple will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions: But those who previously purchased LPs on iTunes will still have access to them."  Ars Technica 8:55 AM
  • "The 13 original shows Apple is producing in its massive push into TV" Business Insider 11:17 AM
  • "Apple tariff impact would amount to only a 'rounding error,' says analyst" MarketWatch 11:33 AM
  • "Potential US trade war with China speculated to impact Apple, other tech companies" AppleInsider 7:24 AM
  • "Trump administration talks escalating trade war; worst-case scenario could hurt Apple" 9to5Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Survey finds 20 percent of adults already own smart speakers" iDownload Blog 3:38 PM
  • "Your Apple Watch can earn you money for medical expenses: UnitedHealthcare is integrating the Apple Watch into its digital wellness program, which lets members earn money if they meet daily walking goals." CNET 11:17 AM
  • "Apple holds first in-school coding session for visually impaired students" AppleInsider 6:31 PM
  • "How iPads Changed a Police Force's Response to Mental Illness" The Crime Report 8:16 AM
  • "No, the IRS won't ask you to pay your 'back taxes' in iTunes vouchers" Cult of Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Scammers are attempting to con victims into paying back taxes with iTunes gift cards" iDownload Blog 7:43 AM
  • "I can't stop playing Apple's clever new HomePod ad" The Verge 7:46 AM
  • "Gold-plating company turns anything from iPhones to toilet seats into unapologetic bling" [Video] Mashable 8:51 AM
  • "Police officer resigns after stealing AirPods from Apple Store" Cult of Mac 7:44 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google Added Advanced Features To All Android Phones" Social Barrel 5:31 PM
  • "Alexa, was that you? Amazon working to fix Alexa's creepy random laughter" Neowin 5:40 PM
  • "Alexa Is Randomly Laughing, But Nobody's in on the Joke" PC Magazine 3:44 PM
  • "The Vatican Hosts a Hackathon" Wired 2:18 PM
  • "Google Debuts 'Android P' With Support for iPhone X-Style Notches" MacRumors 2:05 PM
  • "A 26-year-old 'former phone addict' started a travel company to send millennials abroad without their phones" Business Insider 12:36 PM
  • "Here's how I'm harvesting credit card data from your site" The Next Web 7:47 AM
  • "Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is taking the tech backlash seriously — and it's doing something about it" Recode 7:42 AM
  • "Bill Would Let Publishers Gang Up Versus Facebook and Google" Wired 7:32 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Paper Airplanes, Creepy Movie App Tracking, Voice Assistant Wars -ACM 452" The Mac Observer 6:12 PM
  • "Is A Lower Cost Apple MacBook Possible? — What The Tech Ep. 391" Thurrott 5:50 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 042 | March 7, 2018" 9to5Mac 5:09 PM
  • "Josh Centers Takes Control of Apple TV Again" MacVoices 3:26 PM
  • "Goodbye iTunes LP, WTF Portrait Videos -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-07" The Mac Observer 1:55 PM
  • "An interview with Jon Gotow, the man behind Default Folder X for macOS" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
  • "From 'Siri Sucks' to siriOS in 5 painful steps: SiriOS is the platform of the future but how does Apple get there?" [Podcast] iMore 7:40 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple's four major products to change the low-priced card: Apple hit the high price of the past this year, the strategy of turning around, the four major products, including iPad, iPhone and HomePod this year will launch a low-cost version of the market now even with the MacBook Air laptop will also join the ranks of low-cost 100 to 200 US dollars." Google Chinese-to-English: Economic Daily 12:37 PM
  • "Report: Cheaper HomePod and MacBook Air coming this year; New iPad to sport Face ID" iDownload Blog 2:05 PM
  • "Rumor: Apple working on cheaper HomePod for launch this year" AppleInsider 5:07 PM
  • "Apple To Ship Revamped iPad Pro in June Q, Says Rosenblatt"  Barron's 6:25 PM
  • "Report: Apple to introduce a refreshed iPad Pro with Face ID later this year" BGR 6:25 PM
  • "Apple Decides to Get Rid of 'Notch' Design from Its New iPhones" ["According to industries, Apple is preparing a new display without notch design for their new iPhones. This new display will be based on OLED and it is heard that it will be applied to new iPhones that will be released in 2019."]  ETNews 7:24 AM
  • "Next iPhone X Lineup Said to Feature Smaller Notches, 2019 Models May Ditch Notch Entirely" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "Supply chain makes claim that Apple is already planning to ditch the iPhone X notch in fall 2019 releases" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Is Apple planning the death of the iPhone X's most controversial design feature?" ZDNet 11:33 AM
  • "iPad Pro With Face ID Will 'Likely' Debut at WWDC 2018 in Early June" MacRumors 11:33 AM
  • "Why Apple May Extend Its iPhone Battery Discount" Market Realist 8:17 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "8-core versus 10-core iMac Pro:The Final Conflict" Bare Feats 10:02 AM
  • "I Can't Figure Out Who This Luxurious Wireless Mouse System Is for" Gizmodo 8:47 AM
  • "Review: Como Audio Amico Wireless Speaker System" iLounge 2:04 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to use iPhone and iPad as a magnifying glass" 9to5Mac 5:08 PM
  • "How to quickly arrange apps in your Apple Watch dock by recents or favorites" iDownload Blog 11:17 AM
  • "iOS 11: How to hide sensitive info in notification previews/With iOS 11, you can hide the content of notifications without turning them off entirely." Macworld 7:25 AM
Tips
  • "How to make your iPhone speakers louder [Quick Tips] Cult of Mac 2:05 PM
  • "17 Important Habits of Savvy iPhone Owners" [Slideshow] iDrop News 7:39 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Three things Apple's cheaper MacBook Air will need to be a hit" Australian Macworld 9:14 PM
  • "California to introduce 'right to repair' bill, joins 17 other states in consumer initiative" AppleInsider 7:53 PM
  • "California latest to join Right to Repair bill, forcing manufacturers to publish repair details" 9to5Mac 6:31 PM
  • "What the hell is up with those bizarre Fox News Apple alerts?" Mashable 10:26 AM
  • "Why Apple must launch an in-car audio system"  Apple Must 10:22 AM
  • "iPhone X's notch probably won't get smaller or disappear anytime soon" Mashable 9:57 AM
  • "Why Apple Had to Hand Its iCloud Data to China" Market Realist 9:56 AM
  • "iTunes LP Demise Doesn't Mean Apple is Done Selling Music" The Mac Observer 10:44 AM
  • "Dear Apple, iTunes is complicated and its time for a dedicated Apple Music app" Tapscape 9:44 AM
  • "148 in-depth: Where did it all go wrong for mobile gaming's first family, the Angry Birds?" 148Apps 7:42 AM
  • "MacBook Air: Why won't it die? It seems to be good enough for some people." Macworld 7:25 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (47): True Router Runabout -A Fix that Made Things Worse" eXtensions 7:15 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Why Microsoft Should Fear Google's Push Into the Enterprise" Tech.pinions 9:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple updates Workflow automation app with new Mask Image action & more" 9to5Mac 6:58 PM
  • "California Confronts Tech Giants in Their Own Backyard" iFixit 6:34 PM
  • "Here Are Lucky Patcher iOS Alternatives For iPhones And iPads" Redmond Pie 10:21 AM
  • "Jurassic World Alive roaring to iOS and Android with AR dinosaurs, Pokémon GO-like gameplay" 9to5Mac 9:10 AM
  • "Sunlit 2.0 Released as a Micro.blog and WordPress Photo Blogging App" MacStories 9:10 AM
  • "Developer AurumDust Signs Publishing Deal to Bring Story-focused Tactical RPG Ash of Gods to Switch, Xbox One, and PS4" Reverb Communications 8:11 AM
  • "Sonnet's Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe flash drive is a fantastic, if pricey, external storage option" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Music for Android updated with music video improvements & bug fixes" iDownload Blog 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Music App for Android Gets Significant Stability Improvements, New Music Video Experiences" iClarified 7:39 AM
  • "Fashion Invite - Wardrobe List - Free Women's Fashion App for iPhone" prMac 7:32 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Apple, Microsoft and Google Are Sitting on Stupid Amounts of Cash" TheStreet 9:25 AM
  • "Microsoft wants to help developers bring their AI models to the desktop" TechCrunch 12:24 PM
  • "Microsoft tailors Azure Stack for US government" IT PRO 9:22 AM
  • "Windows 10 preview fleshes out privacy settings as next update looks imminent" TechRadar UK 9:23 AM
  • "Windows 10 to Get New Privacy Update to Address Spying on Users Claims" Softpedia 9:20 AM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17115 Released as RTM Is Just Around the Corner" Softpedia 9:18 AM
  • "Windows 10 USB driver bug fixed in most recent update" Inquirer.Net 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft: Switching out of Windows 10 S Mode will be free for all" ZDNet 9:30 PM
  • "The IBM Cloud with Sebastian Krause and James Carr: Hybrid Cloud and Knowledge Sharing" Compare the Cloud 9:08 AM
  • "How IBM's agile, design-first approach increases employee productivity" CIO 9:07 AM
  • "Orange Bank turns to IBM Watson for virtual advisor tech" Banking Tech 9:07 AM
  • "IBM Is Making Its Design Thinking Available to Clients, Says Its Design Chief" Fortune 9:06 AM
  • "IBM's PAIRS Geoscope helps developers wrangle geospatial data" TechCrunch 7:51 AM
  • "HP launches new range of commercial notebooks and mobile workstations in India" OnMSFT 9:03 AM
  • "Dell EMC simplifies DC modernisation" Tech Central 9:01 AM
  • "Mitsumi to introduce new Dell EMC technologies" Vanguard 9:00 AM
  • "Intel Needs New Strategies, ASAP" EE Times 8:59 AM
  • "Intel's VPU could save gamers from losing GPU power to AI in the next Windows update" The Next Web 3:38 PM
  • "ASRock to enter graphics card market as AMD partner" Hexus 8:57 AM
  • "The cryptocurrency gold mine could entice ASRock to enter the AMD graphics card market" PCGamesN 8:55 AM
  • "Alleged AMD Pinnacle Ridge Ryzen 7 And Ryzen 5 Series CPU Price And Specifications Leaked, No 2800X Yet" SegmentNext 8:55 AM
  • "Ryzen 2 benchmark leak points to AMD's fastest CPU yet" The Inquirer 8:56 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2000 'Pinnacle Ridge' CPU Official Specifications, Pricing and Performance Numbers Leak Out – Ryzen 7 2700X Leads The Pack With 4.35 GHz Boost Clock at $370 US" WCCFTech 8:55 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2000 benchmarks surface in Korea" Hexus 8:55 AM
  • "Intel vs AMD: Server rivals battling it out for edge datacentre supremacy" ComputerWeekly 8:54 AM
  • "Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft Jockey for Pentagon's Cloud Business" Bloomberg 8:49 AM
  • "JavaFX will be removed from the Java JDK: Oracle's rich media web technology will be broken out of standard Java as of JDK 11, and will proceed at its own pace" Computerworld New Zealand 5:08 PM
  • "Cisco bolsters Tetration for better cloud, workload security" Network World 8:47 AM
  • "Datacentre security techniques transferable to IoT: Cisco" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Hey Alexa, Siri and Cortana: Cisco says you're bad at business" The Register 8:47 AM
  • "Perception of cloud security challenges differs across industries" BetaNews 8:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple and Samsung's Stock Prices Have Been Stagnant" Market Realist 10:27 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow close lower on Cohn resignation; Nasdaq extends win streak: The Fed's Beige Book highlighted modest growth and moderate inflation" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Drop on Trade Concerns After Gary Cohn Resignation: Stocks declined on Wednesday after Gary Cohn, the head of Donald Trump's National Economic Council, resigned." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks wobble as Trump's top economic adviser departs" Associated Press 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Fall as Gary Cohn's Exit Adds to Trade Concerns: Investors worry that trade disruptions could lead to ripple effects for wide range of commodities and products" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Asian stocks spooked by Gary Cohn's resignation: 'I've gone from being a little bit relaxed about the trade-war thing to being quite a lot more nervous,' Saxo Bank strategist says" MarketWatch 8:49 AM
  • "European stocks end higher, erasing earlier losses sparked by Cohn's exit: Stocks across Europe finished with gains Wednesday, though shares of metal producers were hit after the resignation of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn." MarketWatch 11:48 AM

 
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