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Wednesday Highlights: Slate's Christina Bonnington offers some ideas for Apple "to increase interest and challenge Amazon and Google" with a refocused HomePod strategy; WSJ report shows that while music is key for Apple services growth, company needs to look elsewhere for profits; with 32-bit Mac apps consigned to oblivion in a 64-bit world, what will happen to SuperDrive? QuickTime Player 7?; CNBC looks at Setapp, aka "Netflix of apps" on the Mac and sees possible future in it for Apple; iDownload Blog has a handy tip to show you all "available keyboard shortcuts in every Mac app"; interesting study by YouMail concludes iPhone users get a lot more robocalls than Android users; Fortnite's mobile app for iOS and Android raking in a million dollars per day; French site Consomac reveals details of 11 new iPhone models to be made available in Eurasia, gives hope to iPhone SE 2 rumors; Akshat Rathi at Quartz was an Apple fanboy, but is a convert to Android today; Dieter Bohn at The Verge calls for an overhaul of iPhone notifications.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Found a Wall Street Narrative" ["After months of iPhone sales estimates being slashed by analysts, expectations have been reset. The iPhone mega upgrade cycle of 2018 that so many were calling for is not going to happen. ... Instead, Apple shares have outperformed the market and continue to trade near all-time highs. The resiliency in Apple's stock price reflects the company finally finding a narrative on Wall Street, and it's not centered on the iPhone. Apple has become a capital allocation story."]  Above Avalon 3:17 PM
  • "Apple Needs to Reconsider Its HomePod Strategy: Sales are lagging on Apple's smart speaker. Here's what it can do to increase interest and challenge Amazon and Google."  Slate 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Faces the Music: Music is key to growing Apple's services base, but big profits will have to come from elsewhere" ["Ben Schachter of Macquarie Capital estimates that Apple Music will average 40% annual growth over the next three years, making it the fastest-growing part of the company's services segment."]  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:32 AM
  • "Apple iOS App Store is trouncing Google Play in services, subscriptions" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
OS X
News
  • "Is Apple about to kill the SuperDrive on Macs?" Computerworld 7:48 AM
  • "Chrome 66 rolls out: Autoplay video silenced by default plus 62 bugs fixed" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Watch the NAB Debut of ProRes RAW with Atomos on the Faster Together Stage" fcp.co 8:23 AM
  • "How to Get Minesweeper on Your Mac" Lifehacker 8:55 AM
  • "Apple Releases Second Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 2:00 PM
  • "Apple releases second public beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5." Apple World Today 1:59 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 54 [Download] iClarified 2:01 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Understanding Compressed Files and Apple's Archive Utility" Intego 12:16 PM
  • "How to Write Image Files to SD Card with dd from Command Line of Mac or Linux" OS X Daily 1:59 PM
  • "How to view available keyboard shortcuts in every Mac app" iDownload Blog 8:21 AM
  • "Chrome Finally Mutes Autoplay Videos by Default—Here's How to Make Sure It Works" Gizmodo 9:58 AM
  • "How to Export Your Passwords and Login Data From Google Chrome" MacRumors 8:27 AM
  • "What Do Terminal Commands Actually Do?" MacMost 9:50 AM
Op/Ed
  • "This Ukrainian Mac product has a cult following — and could hint at Apple's future"  CNBC 9:49 AM
  • "What The End of 32-Bit App Support Means for macOS" Apple Gazette 8:22 AM
  • "QuickTime Player 7: Goodbye to Apple's brushed-metal dinosaur/The transition from 32- to 64-bit technology means the end to oldies-but-goodies like QuickTime Player 7." Macworld 8:17 AM
Press Releases
  • "AMD Intros new macOS versions of Radeon ProRender—Plugins for Maya and Blender" Architosh 9:30 AM
  • "Password manager RememBear exits beta with official launch" BetaNews 8:37 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Music expected to grow 40% annually for next three years, drive Services growth" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Could Have 110 Million Apple Music Subscribers in 3 Years" The Motley Fool 3:03 PM
  • "iPhone X Made 5x the Profit of 600 Android OEMs Combined" iDrop News 9:40 AM
  • "New Analysis Shows iPhone Users Get Far More Robocalls Than Android Users: Study by YouMail Reveals Robocall Disparity on Mobile Phones in March" PRNewswire 8:11 AM
  • "iPhone's 'Do Not Disturb while driving' feature helps, says insurance company" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "The iPhone Do Not Disturb While Driving feature cut down on distracted driving" Digital Trends 1:24 PM
  • "GymKit's expansion continues with rollout in the UAE, demonstrations in Dubai" 9to5Mac 10:32 AM
  • "Fortnite could make $500 million on mobile this year" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Is Earning $1M A Day On Mobile, Players Are Spending More Time With It Than Tinder" Forbes 9:56 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "The FCC's 5G spectrum auction finally has a date" BGR 8:21 PM
  • "EU antitrust chief says investigation of Google's Android, AdSense is advancing: The European Commission opened its investigation into Android in 2015, following a complaint two years earlier" Reuters 7:08 PM
  • "Pearson Embedded a 'Social-Psychological' Experiment in Students' Educational Software" Gizmodo 6:32 PM
  • "Amazon just revealed it has 100 million Prime subscribers" BGR 6:28 PM
  • "Yahoo Mail boasts performance gains using Redux architecture" ZDNet 3:49 PM
  • "Yahoo Mail is about to make RSVPing to an event a whole lot easier" Digital Trends 9:40 AM
  • "Google's New AI Head Is So Smart He Doesn't Need AI" Wired 12:22 PM
  • "Google Just Launched a Smartphone Game to Teach Adults How to Code" Time 8:56 AM
  • "Scientists uncover new battery chemical with 50 percent more storage capacity" V3 8:22 AM
  • "Facebook's Answer to EU Privacy Law Is Permission Screens: Users either need to accept data collection and targeted ads, or decide not to use Facebook anymore." PC Magazine 9:48 AM
  • "Facebook returns to facial recognition in Europe despite qualms" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:54 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Wired Guide To Internet Addiction: Everything you ever wanted to know about screen time, likes, and pull-to-refresh." Wired 3:17 PM
  • "#237: We Call Those Features/Our worries over Twitter's third-party API restrictions, favorite Mac menu bar apps, Apple's subscription news service, and how Facebook's new privacy controls change our feelings, if at all." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:23 PM
  • "AWT TV Episode 38: App reviews and a visit from a cat" Apple World Today 10:54 AM
  • "Dave and Jeff Nerd Out on Wi-Fi Routers - TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-18" The Mac Observer 8:55 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Imminent presentation for iPhone SE 2?" ["Yet our friends from the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) have struck again and seem to suggest that the release of the iPhone SE 2 would be imminent. We have indeed discovered that the Eurasian Economic Union has just authorized the sale on the Armenian, Belorussian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Russian soil of a whole slew of new smartphone heads."]  Google French-to-English: Consomac 8:14 AM
  • "Apple registers 11 new iPhone models with EEC, possibly iPhone SE 2" VentureBeat 8:31 AM
  • "Apple Registers Several New Unreleased iPhone Models in Eurasia Ahead of WWDC" MacRumors 8:15 AM
  • "Regulatory filings expose probable 'iPhone SE 2'" The Apple Post 8:25 AM
  • "Lovers of small iPhones might be rewarded with rumored next-gen SE 2: But will any iPhone X features make it into the new entry-level handset?" Ars Technica 1:23 PM
  • "Up Next: iPhone SE 2 (and friends)" Apple Must 9:30 AM
  • "Kuo: Budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone lineup could start at $550" AppleInsider 6:28 PM
  • "Apple May Offer Two 6.1-Inch iPhone Models in 2018 With Price Tag as Low as $550" MacRumors 6:45 PM
  • "Apple's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could cost almost half as much as the iPhone X" TechRadar UK 9:19 PM
  • "Here's Who Wins If Apple Inc. Ditches Intel Corp." The Motley Fool 8:08 AM
  • "Apple plans AirPod charging case with Bluetooth speaker" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Grab a MacBook Air From Best Buy For Just $650" Digital Trends 8:55 AM
  • "Best Buy Offering Up to $350 Off MacBook Air Models" MacRumors 8:27 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:47 AM

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Reviews
  • "Watch: Six months with iPhone 8 Plus" AppleInsider 7:45 PM
  • "Samsung SmartThings Hub review: One of the best in the business" ["There's even an Apple Watch app (but there's no HomeKit support, or at least no officially sanctioned support)."] TechHive 8:16 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Writing on my iPad at home" Six Colors 2:33 PM
  • "Drafts 5: The MacStories Review" MacStories 8:56 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How To Reset Your Passcode on Your iOS 11 Device" MacTrast 9:20 PM
  • "Send a Link from Your iPhone Directly to Chrome on Your Desktop" Subtraction 8:58 PM
  • "How to add extra filter packs to the iPhone's Photos app" Cult of Mac 3:16 PM
  • "How to use a strong passcode to better secure your iPhone" Computerworld 2:56 PM
  • "How to Set an Alphanumeric Passcode on your iPhone or iPad" iPhone Hacks 1:16 PM
  • "How to download apps larger than 150MB over cellular on your iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:21 AM
  • "How to learn to draw with iPad and Apple Pencil" iMore 8:21 AM
  • "How to fix autocorrect in iOS: What to do when you get inappropriate suggestions from the iOS autocorrect feature." Macworld 8:17 AM
Tips
  • "HomeKit Weekly: Personalizing icons for lamps, bulbs, and other lights" 9to5Mac 4:00 PM
  • "Stolen iPhone Guide: What You Can Do if Your iPhone is Stolen" The Mac Observer 2:00 PM
  • "GrayKey: What you need to know about this iPhone hacker and how to protect yourself" Macworld 8:16 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Letting Your iPhone Trust Random PCs Is a Bad Idea" PC Magazine 3:59 PM
  • "Apple refusing to fix YouTuber's iMac Pro claims low on facts, light on details" AppleInsider 3:06 PM
  • "Apple's 2019 Mac Pro: eight things we want to see" AppleInsider 12:30 PM
  • "One Unfortunate Thing Most New Phones Have in Common" Mashable 11:03 AM
  • "After being an Apple fanboy for years, I'm now an Android convert"  Quartz 9:58 AM
  • "Popular YouTuber Says Apple Won't Fix His iMac Pro, But Disassembly Violated Apple's Repair Policy" MacRumors 12:22 PM
  • "Yes, Christina, there is no $200 HomePod" Apple 3.0 8:56 AM
  • "Survey: Beyond Apple Pay" Apple 3.0 8:22 AM
  • "Dieter Bohn's Suggestions for Improving iOS Notifications" Pixel Envy 5:24 PM
  • "Rethinking iOS Notifications" MacStories 11:39 AM
  • "Why iPhone notifications need an overhaul"  The Verge 8:12 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (53): Product Arrivals, Repeating Themes, and History Lessons" eXtensions 7:46 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Facebook 'Forming Team' to Design Its Own Processors" The Mac Observer 6:24 PM
  • "Our democracy is broken. Why can't technology fix it? If there was any will, there'd be a way." Engadget 1:24 PM
  • "I'm starting to think not everyone at the FCC has consumers' best interests at heart" BGR 8:38 AM
  • "A map for using AI now, not decades in the future" Axios 8:55 AM
  • "Are AI fairytales the future?" BBC 8:23 AM
  • "Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley: As we slip out of touch with reality..." 500ish Words 8:22 AM
  • "Facebook Could Be Heading Down Wells Fargo's Troubled Path" Forbes 12:20 PM
  • "Facebook engages in 'privacy zuckering' to get user consent for facial recognition" VentureBeat 9:47 AM
  • "The making of Mark Zuckerberg: The world's largest social network needs fixing. Facebook's frontman has known for years."  CNET 8:04 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Drafts 5 Arrives With Siri Support, an Updated Editing Experience and More" AppAdvice 5:35 PM
  • "Infuse 5.7 Update Brings Plex Integration, Apple TV UI Refresh, More" Redmond Pie 3:24 PM
  • "'Duke Dashington Remastered' Gets 30 New Levels and iPhone X Support in Latest Update" Touch Arcade 3:16 PM
  • "Apple's AirPods are back in stock on Amazon, but probably not for long" Macworld 11:41 AM
  • "Veridium Unveils Authenticator App for Multi-Factor Biometric Authentication, Eliminating Need for Passwords or Tokens" Business Wire 11:37 AM
  • "Gmail for iOS now receives 2-Step Verification Prompts, new default over Google app" 9to5Google 10:31 AM
  • "Still Here is a gorgeous platformer about the end of humanity" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Things 3.5 Brings UI Refinements, Tagging and Automation Improvements, Clipboard Integration" MacStories 8:23 AM
  • "Dropbox App Gets Full Screen File Navigation on iPad, Drag and Drop Support, More" iClarified 8:23 AM
  • "Former Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell Joins Village Enterprise Board" PRNewswire 8:11 AM
  • "New Lithium Technology Promises 30% to 50% Longer Battery Life" PRNewswire 8:11 AM
  • "Panzura Introduces Mobile 2.0" PRNewswire 8:10 AM
  • "Charge Stream Pad+ is good for households with both Apple, Samsung smartphones" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Warms Up to Former Rival Linux" Investopedia 8:09 AM
  • "Facebook, Microsoft and others sign anti-cyberattack pledge" TechCrunch 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft's Chrome extension fights phishing attacks: It brings the Windows Defender link protection that Edge uses to Google's browser." Engadget 7:03 PM
  • "IBM is getting rocked after giving disappointing guidance" Business Insider 10:19 AM
  • "IBM's stock tumbles toward worst post-earnings performance in 5 years" MarketWatch 11:03 AM
  • "IBM first-quarter margins miss estimates, shares fall" Reuters 8:09 AM
  • "IBM Margin Slump Hits Stock as Investors Lose Patience With Big Blue Turnaround" TheStreet 8:09 AM
  • "IBM Slumps On Guidance Despite Rise In Revenue As Stock Failed At Risky Levels" Seeking Alpha 8:23 AM
  • "IBM stock under pressure after earnings beat" CNBC Videos 8:09 AM
  • "IBM's Stock Takes a Beating, Forcing Investors to Make One Tough Decision" TheStreet 8:08 AM
  • "Factors that Pressured IBM's Stock Price after Its 1Q18 Earnings" Market Realist 1:23 PM
  • "IBM: Our in-memory computing breakthrough will cut cost of training AI" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "IBM launches open-source library for securing AI systems" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Dell goes OS-agnostic in security in the wake of Meltdown and Spectre" [Video Report] ZDNet 2:05 PM
  • "Who's Dumping Intel, Micon? Norway's Top Bank" Barron's 8:08 AM
  • "Cray and AMD EPYC join forces for new supercomputer product line: AMD EPYC 7000 processors get a home inside Cray's new CS500 cluster systems." ZDNet 9:43 AM
  • "Cray snuggles up with AMD: Clustered super CS500 lets in EPYC chip" The Register 9:56 AM
  • "AMD calls out NVIDIA's partner program, G-Sync 'gamer taxes'" Engadget 8:55 AM
  • "Cisco casts an eye over IoT protocol landscape: Everything the light touches is ours" The Register 7:58 AM
  • "Cisco folds Spark into Webex as Webex Teams" ZDNet 2:05 PM
  • "Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others/Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to 'build a three-dimensional picture' on millions of people." ZDNet 9:43 AM
  • "Facebook Is Forming a Team to Design Its Own Chips" Bloomberg 3:49 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Is Apple Due For Another Product-Led Correction?" Seeking Alpha 7:55 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow dragged lower by IBM's stock, but broader market buoyed by energy sector: Energy shares rally as oil prices jump" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Declines Slightly as S&P 500, Nasdaq Post Modest Gains: Stocks finish mixed on Wednesday amid a sharp decline in IBM shares." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "US stocks modestly higher as earnings come in; oil surges" Associated Press 10:55 AM
  • "Markets Right Now: Solid earnings help lift US stock indexes" Associated Press 3:57 PM
  • "S&P 500 Rises for Third Straight Session: Stocks lifted by gains in industrial firms and a continued rise in commodity prices" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "China recovers to join the advance across Asian stock markets: Trade, economic worries initially drag on Chinese stocks" MarketWatch 8:57 AM
  • "European stocks head higher as earnings take center stage: Eurozone inflation rises less than expected in March" MarketWatch 8:57 AM

 
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