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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
  • "Supplier Responsibility: 2018 Progress Report" [59-page PDF]  Apple 7:18 AM
  • "Apple Push to Clean Up Supply Chain Gained Momentum in 2017"  Bloomberg 7:19 AM
  • "Apple sees uptick in supplier labor problems in annual audit: The number of 'core violations' of labor rules doubled at suppliers, many of which were new to Apple's supply chain." CNET 7:19 AM
  • "Apple's annual supply chain probe touts focus on individuals' well-being" ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "In an audit of supply chain partners, Apple found increased labor violations in 2017: Apple otherwise paints a picture of progress, but watchdogs don't always agree." Ars Technica 7:31 PM
  • "Apple's Strategy for Controlling Sound" ["Apple's motivation in controlling sound is based on delivering impactful and memorable user experiences."]  Above Avalon 6:39 PM
  • "Hold the iPhone! Amazon primed to be larger than Apple"  Reuters 7:50 PM
  • "Apple's case of dance fever" ["It's not that I don't like it. I think it's beautifully produced, like all Apple ads. But it does make me feel like I've been here before. Or, more accurately, that I've been here many times before. Like I'm stuck in an infinite loop of Apple dancing ads."]  Ken Segall's Observatory 9:00 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple's Swift Programming Language Is Now Top Tier"  Wired 6:34 PM
  • "Google Chrome is making passwords simpler to download" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Ghostery tool for web privacy goes open source" CNET 10:37 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "VyprVPN review: A VPN committed to online user security, privacy, and an open internet" Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "TorGuard VPN review: A VPN service designed for extreme privacy" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "TunnelBear VPN review: An option for occasional VPN users" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "SaferVPN review: Good features overshadowed by privacy concerns" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "NordVPN review: This VPN's features make it hard to beat" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "CyberGhost VPN review: A speedy VPN provider that's easy to use" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "How to Turn On Server Services in macOS" Intego 11:07 AM
  • "How to restore missing expansion triangles in the Finder" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Special Keyboard Shortcuts for Pages Styles" MacMost 8:37 AM
  • "macOS Sierra: Troubleshooting Mac Auto Unlock With Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 12:59 PM
  • "How to set up and use OneCast to play Xbox One games on your Mac" iMore 11:23 AM
Press Releases
  • "Widespread Customer Acclaim Leads Malwarebytes to Extend Endpoint Protection to Macs in the Enterprise" Malwarebytes 7:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Angela Ahrendts, The Retailer"  CNET 8:51 AM
  • "Meet the 43 women changing the world and inspiring CNET"  CNET 8:50 AM
  • "Apple VP who oversaw construction of futuristic Apple Park campus retiring" ["Dan Whisenhunt announced his retirement last week and Kristina Raspe, Apple's senior director of real estate and development, was promoted to take his place, said David Brandt, Cupertino's city manager."] San Francisco Chronicle 8:01 PM
  • "Android Continues to Have More Loyal Customers Than iOS" MacRumors 6:42 PM
  • "Android beats iOS in smartphone loyalty, study finds" TechCrunch 6:40 PM
  • "iOS nips at Android's heels in user loyalty" Cult of Mac 8:46 PM
  • "Axl Rose called Apple CEO Tim Cook 'the Donald Trump of the music industry'" Business Insider 7:55 AM
  • "Florida could be on the short list for Apple's new corporate campus" News4Jax 8:44 AM
  • "California to Introduce 'Right to Repair' Bill Requiring Smartphone Manufacturers to Offer Repair Info and Parts" MacRumors 8:01 AM
  • "'Right to Repair' bill could be coming to Apple's home state" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "California Assembly to Introduce 'Right to Repair' Bill to Require Apple and Others to Provide Repair Parts and Information" MacTrast 8:01 AM
  • "Penetration Rate of Full-Screen Smartphone Will Surge to 45% in 2018, Says TrendForce" ["Notch design is another focus for vendors this year since Apple released iPhone X with notch design and 3D facial recognition in 2017. Some panel makers are actively purchasing panel cutting equipment to meet the different needs of clients in product development."] Business Wire 8:43 AM
  • "We mostly sign up to Netflix on Macs and iPhones, but watch it on TV" 9to5Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Crooks Kidnap Man and Hold Him Ransom for iPhone and $300" iDrop News 6:50 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "False stories travel faster than the truth on Twitter, study finds" CBS News 6:42 PM
  • "10 Women Who Changed the Face of Computing" Envato Tuts+ 7:58 AM
  • "Google moves to build web standards based on AMP lessons" ZDNet 6:34 PM
  • "Google to kill support for iPhone 6s-era Nexus phones and all tablets in Android P" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "Hurricanes, Earthquakes And ... Phishing?" Forbes 7:11 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "9to5Mac Daily 043 | March 8, 2018" 9to5Mac 6:40 PM
  • "Alexa's Creepy Laugh, Dropping Siri's 'Hey' -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-08" The Mac Observer 12:52 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple Working on Cheaper HomePod (Report)" Tom's Guide 8:45 AM
  • "Apple could launch a cheaper HomePod later this year" TechRadar UK 8:45 AM
  • "Watch: Cheaper HomePod rumored to debut this year" AppleInsider 6:41 PM
  • "Could Apple already be considering a lower-priced version of the HomePod?" Digital Trends 6:41 PM
  • "Refreshed iPad Pro with Face ID could arrive a lot sooner than expected" TrustedReviews 8:44 AM
  • "Apple Invents Next-Gen Lightning Connector tip that could expand to create a Liquid-Tight Seal" Patently Apple 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Invents Ear Wingtips for AirPods and Earbuds that could hurt Suppliers like EarBuddyz" Patently Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at a bigger touchpad on a Mac laptop" Apple World Today 8:24 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:12 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:12 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:12 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Galaxy S9 Is Fastest Android Ever, But iPhone X Is Faster" Tom's Guide 8:02 PM
  • "Hands-on: Olloclip Filmer's Kit provides valuable tools for iPhone photo and video enthusiasts [Video] 9to5Mac 9:10 AM
  • "Xiaomi 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro review: A battery pack that lives up to its name" PCWorld 7:56 AM
  • "Cassandra -Belated Appearance for Philips Hue in Thailand" eXtensions 7:52 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPhone X Animoji vs. Galaxy S9 AR Emoji: Creation, tracking, sharing, and karaoke" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Best Evernote alternatives for iPhone" iMore 9:12 AM
  • "First Look: The Sims Mobile puts a fresher freemium spin on the familiar life game/EA's enduring favorite gets a new iOS game that's closer to the Mac editions." Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "'Heir of Light' Review - This Looks Expensive" Touch Arcade 6:50 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Set Your Personal Info with Siri on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 6:41 PM
  • "How to find a lost iPhone even when it's set to vibrate/silent" 9to5Mac 6:40 PM
  • "How to force restart a stuck iPhone X" CNET 6:34 PM
  • "How to perform Siri queries without using your voice with Type to Siri on macOS and iOS" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "HomeKit Automation #004: manage your setup codes with the HomePass app" iDownload Blog 11:22 AM
  • "How to control HomePod from Mac or iOS" The Loop 10:25 AM
  • "Apple Watch: How to Use Power Saving Mode During Workouts" The Mac Observer 8:40 AM
  • "How To Control Video Autoplay in the iOS App Store App" MacTrast 8:02 AM
  • "HomeKit Automation #003: Create a status light for smart locks & sensors" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
Tips
  • "iCloud or iMessage? AirDrop or email? Chart maps best ways to share iPhone photography" 9to5Mac 6:41 PM
  • "Hey Siri: 142 useful voice commands for Siri" Computerworld 8:52 AM
  • "4 Pro Tips to Maximize the Accuracy of Face ID on iPhone X" iDrop News 7:58 AM
  • "The Best 30 Cydia Tweaks for iOS 11 Electra Jailbreak" iPhone Hacks 7:14 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Google has more charisma than Apple, says new study/Commentary: A study by a UK consultancy asks Americans how they see various brands. Amazon comes out on top, but the nuances are fascinating." CNET 7:03 PM
  • "Survey calls Android buyers 'more loyal,' but more users are still switching to iOS" AppleInsider 6:34 PM
  • "Did Apple Make a Mistake By Giving too Much Importance to Sound Quality With the HomePod?" iPhone Hacks 6:28 PM
  • "How far we are from gender equality in one picture from corporate America" Apple Must 11:15 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy S9 Called 'Worthy Rival' to iPhone X as Reviews Hit" MacRumors 11:08 AM
  • "Concept: Imagining a more friendly and motivational Health app" 9to5Mac 10:25 AM
  • "Siri and our expectations" The Loop 6:41 PM
  • "Price elasticity: Contortions over an iPhone X survey" Macworld 9:10 AM
  • "Mingis on Tech: The rationale for buying an iMac Pro/When it comes to expensive Macs, you can't get much pricier than the iMac Pro, an all-in-one workstation that starts at $4,999. Just who needs that kind of horsepower? This week's guest, that's who." Computerworld 8:44 AM
  • "Comment: I instinctively support 'right to repair' but do appreciate the trade-offs" 9to5Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Kirkville - The Next Apple Watch Should Be Round" Kirkville 7:58 AM
  • "Apple is more likely to introduce an even higher end HomePod than a cheaper one" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Apple iOS 12 Rumor Roundup: What Features Might Be Added?" Forbes 7:11 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Alexa's Laugh Demonstrates Pop Culture Blindsiding" The Mac Observer 6:28 PM
  • "Reddit Banned Me. So Why Didn't Google And Facebook?" Forbes 11:08 AM
  • "Machine Learning Inspired Semiconductor Designs" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:07 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9 Is Impressive and Infuriating: Once again, Samsung sets the bar for smartphone design, and once again its software can't keep up" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:45 AM
  • "Axios Review: Galaxy S9 refines last year's model with few new tricks" Axios 8:12 AM
  • "A Samsung Galaxy S9 Review That's Mostly Pictures Of Dogs" BuzzFeed 7:58 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review: A Fantastic, Fast Android Phone With A Killer Camera" HotHardware 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Report: President Obama nearing content deal with Netflix, but Apple is also interested" 9to5Mac 8:47 PM
  • "Apple stops Nintendo, Square Enix iOS game updates after tightening loot box rules" VentureBeat 7:03 PM
  • "Fortnite Battle Royale goes mobile with cross play, progression" SlashGear 9:24 PM
  • "'Fortnite: Battle Royale' Coming to iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 7:02 PM
  • "'Fortnite Mobile' Is Coming To iOS, Will Feature PS4, PC Cross Play" Forbes 7:02 PM
  • "XVIDA Debuts Magnetic Wireless Car Charger for iPhone on Indiegogo" prMac 11:48 AM
  • "Apple Leads First-Ever Swift Playgrounds Course for Blind and Low-Vision Students in Austin" MacStories 11:06 AM
  • "HomePass for iOS is a helpful HomeKit app for storing all those important setup codes " 9to5Mac 9:58 AM
  • "Turn-based fantasy dungeon crawler, Rogue Hearts, is available now on iOS and Android" 148Apps 9:45 AM
  • "Netflix bringing vertical video previews to iPhone app in April" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "MoviePass Updates iOS App to Track You Less" PC Magazine 8:01 AM
  • "The Mini Xboy is a cut little speaker that kids will enjoy" Apple World Today 7:21 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft explains how it will sell Windows 10 'S mode' now: Upgrading from 'S mode enabled' PCs to full Windows 10 will be free." Engadget 6:53 AM
  • "Microsoft admits Windows 10 S was confusing, new 'S Mode' upgrades will be free" The Verge 6:57 AM
  • "Windows 10 in S Mode coming in the spring; upgrades to full Windows are free" Neowin 6:54 AM
  • "Windows 10's next update will be called 'Spring Creators Update': Another creators update" The Verge 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft Builds AI Into Windows 10 With Spring Update" Silicon UK 12:17 PM
  • "Microsoft is bringing more AI to Windows 10 with Window ML for developers: Coming to a Visual Studio near you" The Inquirer 6:55 AM
  • "Microsoft has totally dropped the ball on Cortana: Cortana has stagnated over the last couple of years. Sure, there are a few new features, but when was the last time Cortana was rolled out in new markets? Where is Cortana in home automation?" Windows Central 12:16 PM
  • "Windows security: Microsoft fights massive cryptocoin miner malware outbreak" ZDNet 9:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's Windows Defender prevents 'massive' coin mining attack" Neowin 9:42 AM
  • "Windows security allegedly compromised due to CFG bypass; Microsoft investigating" Neowin 6:59 AM
  • "Intel announces Movidius Myriad X VPU for Windows Machine Learning platform" Neowin 6:59 AM
  • "Benchmark leak points to AMD Ryzen 2 flagship running at 4.35GHz: AMD set to significantly raise the challenge to Intel with Zen+, according to benchmark leaks" Computing 7:03 AM
  • "Dell's Q4 posts revenue gains as PCs, servers, networking show strength" ZDNet 6:54 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Q4 Loss Widens" Nasdaq 7:01 AM
  • "How Dell's 'IT Is Not Just For Geeks' initiative is fostering women in STEM: In an interview with ETCIO.in, Sheenam Ohrie, VP- Mobility and Search Engineering, Dell IT shares how Dell IT is bringing women leaders on board with the help of industry wide initiatives such as 'Women in Search of Excellence (WISE)', 'Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN)' and more." The Economic Times 7:01 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 (2018) review: We get down to the nitty gritty with Dell's latest compact XPS machine" The Inquirer 8:48 AM
  • "HP launches new EliteBook, ZBook mobile workstations in India: Price, Specifications and more" My Smart Price 7:03 AM
  • "HP: Paro By HP Studios" The Drum 7:04 AM
  • "IBM relationship 'absolutely horrible', claims new inside source at Aecom: Unhappiness with Aecom's $2.3bn outsourcing deal with IBM goes 'all the way up to the CEO', claims new inside source" Computing 7:15 AM
  • "Cisco adds analytics to its WAN offerings" ZDNet 6:54 AM
  • "Oracle UK's profits have more than HALVED: Sales slide and tax repayments blamed" The Register 7:16 AM
  • "Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder: Microcode mitigations trigger system wobbles, penguinistas warn" The Register 7:02 AM
  • "Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft jockey for Pentagon's cloud business: Pentagon outlined its plans for the procurement to IT vendors at an industry event in Northern Virginia on Wednesday" Reuters 7:17 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Buying Snap; Amazon Buying Wayfair? Nah: You can dismiss the idea that Apple will buy Snap and that Amazon will buy Wayfair, according to Jim Cramer." TheStreet 11:51 AM
  • "Foxconn unit gets approval for IPO" Global Times 8:45 AM
  • "Apple, 3 iPhone Suppliers Are Near Buy Points With This Bullish Trait; S&P 500, Dow Jones Futures" Investor's Business Daily 6:30 PM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher as Trump signs tariffs, but spares Canada, Mexico: Trump signs proclamation to impose hefty tariffs on imported steel, aluminum" MarketWatch 6:29 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Higher After Trump Unveils Tariff Plan: Stocks moved higher on Thursday." TheStreet 6:29 PM
  • "Stocks rise as Trump signs tariffs, but trade fears ease" Associated Press 6:28 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Trump Suggests Flexibility in Tariffs: Volatility expected to remain elevated as trade plan's details trickle out" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 6:28 PM
  • "Asian stocks bounce back, though worries remain post-Cohn: Hang Seng leads rebound, Nikkei rises as yen pulls back" MarketWatch 8:47 AM
  • "European stocks trim gains after ECB removes easing bias from forward guidance: Casino shares slide after earnings" MarketWatch 8:46 AM

 
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