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Weekend Highlights: Jury in the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung finds the South Korean company must pay $539 million to Apple in damages—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; in other legal news, court documents reveal Apple did actually know "iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models" concerning touch disease; several articles at Triangle Business Journal cover Apple's close ties with Research Triangle Park, asking if area is actually ready for larger Apple presence, seeing possible revolution in area tech community with Apple's decision; Low End Mac warns of using SATA III drives in a Mac only equipped to handle SATA II; Jon Collins catches up with the creators of Mellel word processor for Mac; Apple blocks Steam app on iOS meaning you can no longer enjoy PC games on your iDevice, Killian Bell at Cult of Mac calls ban "silly".

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Rumor: Apple working on new device family under codename 'Star' [u]"  AppleInsider 7:27 AM
  • "Apple and Valve, which run two of the world's biggest stores for buying video games, are feuding with each other—and iPhone users could end up losing out" Business Insider 7:33 AM
  • "Phil Schiller responded to my email about the Steam Link app being rejected." Reddit 7:00 PM
  • "Following rejection, Phil Schiller says Apple is working with Valve to bring Steam Link to iOS" 9to5Mac 4:35 PM
  • "Apple's Phil Schiller confirms Steam Link iOS app failed to meet App Store guidelines" AppleInsider 6:59 PM
  • "Samsung to pay $539 million for iPhone patent infringement: A California jury has decided in a long-running legal battle that South Korea's Samsung must pay $539 million to Apple for copying some iPhone features."  ZDNet 5/25
  • "Apple's $539 Million in Damages Is a 'Big Win' Over Samsung"  Bloomberg 5/25
  • "Apple awarded $539m in US patent case against Samsung" BBC 5/25
  • "Samsung must pay Apple $539 million for violating iPhone patents" Cult of Mac 5/25
  • "Apple won $539 million from Samsung in a patent lawsuit — an amount that's barely noticeable against Apple's net profits" Business Insider 5/25
  • "Apple reportedly knew the iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models: It also apparently changed the phone's structure to prevent the touch disease a year after it launched."  Engadget 5/25
  • "Court docs show Apple knew about the bendiness of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus: Engineering changes were eventually made to prevent 'Touch Disease' screen problems." Ars Technica 5/25
  • "Documents show Apple knew the iPhone 6 range would bend" Digital Trends 5/25
  • "Apple's ties to Triangle run through Raleigh, Durham" ["But despite the gap and cultural differences, the Triangle has significant ties to the California tech juggernaut. While much of the country has weighed the next moves of Amazon, a company with no significant North Carolina connections, Apple has stealthily zeroed in on Research Triangle Park as a target for a new campus. And the people in charge of making that decision are well aware of what the Triangle offers."]  Triangle Business Journal 5/25
  • "VoIP-Pal again accuses Apple of patent infringement with FaceTime, iMessage, Wi-Fi Calling in iPhone" AppleInsider 5/25
  • "Apple's Reputation Tested by Latest Revelations"  Tom's Guide 5/25
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News
  • "Recent Trademark Filings Hint at Possible Names for macOS 10.14 - Mojave, Sequoia, Ventura or Sonoma" MacRumors 5/25
  • "New to iCloud? Apple will give you the first month's storage for free" Cult of Mac 5/25
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Watch Out for SATA III Drives in SATA II Macs" Low End Mac 5/25
  • "How to save an MP3 or AAC file to your iPhone or iPad: Saving music files to your iPhone is easy, you just need a computer with iTunes." Macworld 5/25
  • "How to Add an AirDrop Shortcut to Your Mac's Dock" MacRumors 5/25
  • "Mac tip: How to automatically delete used Zip files" Apple Must 5/25
  • "How to back up your iCloud Photo Library" iMore 5/25
Op/Ed
  • "Ten Things for 10.14" Rixstep 7:09 PM
  • "5 questions for... the Mellel word processor" Gigaom 5/25
  • "macOS 10.14: Improvements that Apple's Mac operating system could use/Apple's primed to launch a new version of macOS in a couple weeks, and Dan Moren has a few improvements he'd like to see to the venerable OS." Macworld 5/25
Press Releases
  • "ClickInstall 5.0 Builds 64-Bit macOS Installer with Code Signing" prMac 10:06 AM
  • "Precize version 1 is now released, with an improved document window, extensive Help book, and more" Eclectic Light Company 7:31 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone beats Samsung in court, but Apple has to pay you $50: Your juiciest iPhone news this week." CNET 7:33 AM
  • "Apple to Expand Secure Wireless Chip Beyond Payments"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 5/25
  • "Apple to unlock iPhone's NFC chip capabilities in June, report says" AppleInsider 5/25
  • "Jony Ive Reveals Secrets of the Apple Watch, His Favorite Brands" Bloomberg 5/25
  • "Apple to Close Atlantic City Store, Cutting 52 Employees" Bloomberg 5/25
  • "Apple Just Blocked PC Gamers From Playing Steam Games On iOS" ["Clearly something broke down following Apple's original approval, and Valve appears to have been completely blindsided by it. Apple hasn't cited a more specific reason for blocking the app, and wasn't immediately available for comment."]  Forbes 5/25
  • "Valve accuses Apple of rejecting Steam Link mobile streaming app: So much for easily playing PC games on your iPhone." CNET 5/25
  • "Apple blocks Steam Link on iOS for 'business conflicts'" Engadget 5/25
  • "Apple kills Valve's Steam Link iOS app, but you can still stream PC games to Android: Hope you have a robust home network and thin walls." PCWorld 5/25
  • "Why Americans aren't using their phones to make payments in stores" ["Apple says that Apple Pay is accepted at half of the merchants in the U.S., a huge jump from 3% in 2014. But most users aren't fans of mobile payment apps and mobile wallets like Apple Pay. According to Gallup, a consumer in the U.S. has an average of 3.4 credit cards. Longtime credit card users don't necessarily see the benefits of switching to mobile and most mobile payment apps are still in the nascent stage."]  Yahoo Finance 5/25
  • "Apple Commemorates Memorial Day With 'Remembrance Table' at Apple Park" MacRumors 5/25
Non-Apple News
  • "Tinder Introduces A New Feature That May Take Stalking To A New Level" Social Barrel 9:35 PM
  • "Alan Bean, the fourth human to walk on the Moon, has died: Bean loved being an astronaut. He may have loved being an artist more" Ars Technica 2:36 PM
  • "U.S. reaches deal to keep China's ZTE in business: congressional aide" Reuters 5/25
  • "Trump administration reaches deal with ZTE" Axios 5/25
  • "Ad Blocker Ghostery Celebrates GDPR Day by Revealing Hundreds of User Email Addresses" Gizmodo 5/25
  • "Amazon moves 130 jobs out of Seattle to Phoenix" FOXBusiness 5/25
  • "Amazon drives another real estate record in Seattle" GeekWire 5/25
  • "Nintendo Trademark App Drives Speculation Around N64 Mini-Console" Benzinga 5/25
  • "Google just dethroned Amazon in the smart speaker wars" BGR 5/25
  • "Notorious Kansas swatter charged in net neutrality bomb threat: Tyler Barriss was indicted for famously interrupting the net neutrality vote." Engadget 5/25
  • "Another T-Mobile bug gave anyone access to your sensitive info" Engadget 5/25
  • "Orlando confirms it's testing Amazon's facial recognition in public: The city's police chief says they still only track the officers who volunteered for the program." Engadget 5/25
  • "Android Creator Puts Essential Up for Sale, Cancels Next Phone" Bloomberg 5/25
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: The Very Human Element of Self-Driving Cars" Wired 5/25
  • "Alexa's Eavesdropping Incident, Doppler Music Player -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-25" The Mac Observer 5/25
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses Foxconn in Wisconsin, Apple's self-driving news" AppleInsider 5/25
Hardware/Software
  • "iPhone to unlock hotel doors, act as virtual transit card after iOS 12 update" BGR 2:51 PM
  • "iOS 12 to Allow iPhones to Unlock Doors Via NFC" MacRumors 2:51 PM
  • "Apple Starts Mass Production Of 7-NM A12 Chips For New iPhones" Tech Times 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Screen Wizards Flock to L.A. to Find Future iPhone Displays"  Bloomberg 5/25
  • "Report on Government and Private Party Requests for Customer Information: July 1 - December 31, 2017" [20-page PDF] Apple 5/25
  • "Apple reveals latest government data demand figures: The company said it will soon start reporting app takedowns from its app stores." ZDNet 5/25
  • "Apple issues transparency report for 2H 2017, says it will include App Store takedown requests in 2019" AppleInsider 5/25
  • "Apple Will Start Disclosing App Takedown Requests From Governments" Gizmodo 5/25
  • "Some MacBook Pro shipping dates slip to June 6, hinting at WWDC refresh" 9to5Mac 5/25
  • "Some iPhone X owners are experiencing camera lens cracks they can't explain" BGR 5/25
  • "Apple offers $50 refund for users who replaced their old iPhone batteries in 2017" phoneArena 5/25
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 Models With LTE" MacRumors 5/25
  • "Amazon Will Now Fix Your iPhone's Screen in Your Own Home (15% Off)" iDrop News 5/25
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/25
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/25
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/25

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Reviews
  • "Review: Lifx Beam is a fun way to add HomeKit accent lighting to your walls" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "Review: $300 Razer Core X – the best eGPU for MacBook Pro [Video] 9to5Mac 5/25
  • "Huawei Honor 10 vs iPhone X – Specs Comparison" GSMinsider 5/25
  • "Huawei Honor 10 vs iPhone 8 Plus – Specs Comparison" GSMinsider 5/25
  • "Huawei Honor 10 vs iPhone 8 – Specs Comparison" GSMinsider 5/25
  • "Review: Lumos and Coros bring Bluetooth helmets to bikers with lights and music" 9to5Mac 5/25
  • "Review: Shinola Canfield headphones have exceptional looks, but audio left us wanting more" AppleInsider 5/25
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Spark 2 Review: Email Reimagined with Teams and App Integrations/Spark 2 reimagines how you should manage your email with teams and apps." iMore 9:41 AM
  • "App of the week: Procreate Pocket review/Finger painting goes pro for the iPhone generation" Stuff Magazine 7:39 AM
  • "YouTube Music Finally Gets It Right: After years of false starts, YouTube is now serious about music streaming" The Verge 5/25
  • "Review: Get Portrait Lighting on Your iPhone 7 Plus With Apollo" The Mac Observer 5/25
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to quickly translate webpages in Safari for iPhone and iPad: When it comes to translating pages in Safari on iPhone and iPad, Microsoft's Translator app has got your back." iMore 3:36 PM
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to cycle your Cellular radio" 9to5Mac 5/25
  • "How to go back on iPhone" 9to5Mac 5/25
  • "How to use the Smart Search bar in Safari on iPhone and iPad" iMore 5/25
  • "Taking Photos While Recording Video" MacMost 5/25
  • "How to create location-based reminders on iPhone" Computerworld 5/25
  • "How to delete your account at Apple's Data and Privacy portal" Apple World Today 5/25
Tips
  • "Read the U.S. government's mobile security advice for travellers" Apple Must 7:09 PM
  • "Your Apple Data Download Can Tell You How Much You Spent" The Mac Observer 5/25
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "'Project Star' is the first step toward the 'Apple OS' and ARM-based Macs" Apple World Today 3:01 PM
  • "Making The Grade: Apple's app installation process explained" 9to5Mac 8:45 AM
  • "Let's do it again: One iPhone killer dies, another is born"  Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "Nothing was working at Apple's Atlantic City Store: Not the parking, not the city, not the staff." Apple 3.0 7:32 AM
  • "Tim Cook Tweet -Wait, What's that iPhone X without a Notch in Tim's Pic?"  The Mac Observer 5/25
  • "Apple's secret Star project revealed: ARM-based, touchscreen hybrid computer with LTE" 9to5Mac 5/25
  • "watchOS 5 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Want to See Introduced in the Next Apple Watch Software Update" MacRumors 5/25
  • "Is it Time for Apple to 'Think Different' with Its Naming Conventions?"  Low End Mac 5/25
  • "Apple's Commitment to Making its Hardware and Software Accessible for All" MacPrices 5/25
  • "Apple Has Rejected iOS Version of Valve's Steam Link App" Daring Fireball 5/25
  • "Apple Had Numbers on Bending iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Units" 512 Pixels 5/25
  • "CMV: With even porn sites offering VPN, the three reasons Apple should do the same"  9to5Mac 5/25
  • "Apple should allow Steam Link into App Store despite violating third-party marketplace rules"  AppleInsider 5/25
  • "Steam Link Rejected by App Review" MacStories 5/25
  • "Silly App Store bans have gone too far with Steam Link"  Cult of Mac 5/25
  • "Comment: Apple's example shows how Europe's new privacy law will benefit people worldwide" 9to5Mac 5/25
  • "Samsung Vs Apple Patent Retrial Rules In Apple's Favour" Benjamin Mayo 5/25
Non-Apple
  • "DropMix review: Unleash your inner DJ/Mashup wildly unrelated pop songs with fun new toy." Ars Technica 11:03 AM
  • "Column: Hey Alexa, come clean about how much you're really recording us" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 5/25
  • "Amazon Key took over my door for 3 months. It wasn't as creepy as I expected: Not only did Amazon Key keep my front porch blissfully free of boxes, the in-home deliveries didn't even freak me out." CNET 5/25
  • "The OnePlus 6 shows you don't need to splash out for an iPhone or Samsung to get a good phone" Quartz 5/25
  • "People are outraged by this school shooter game for all the wrong reasons" The Next Web 5/25
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming May 26: Gene Steinberg meets tech columnist Rob Pegoraro and Ben Williams of Adblock Plus, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 9:34 PM
  • "App Roundup: FL Studio 20 for Mac, Spark 2, Evernote, Procreate Pocket 2, more!" AppleInsider 11:14 AM
  • "Gauze brings a grid-style App Switcher to iOS 10 devices" iDownload Blog 7:38 AM
  • "Here are the cars that currently support Apple CarPlay" iMore 5/25
  • "Apple CarPlay added to 2019 Subaru WRX line" AppleInsider 5/25
  • "PayPal will work inside Gmail, YouTube, and more, thanks to Google Pay: Using PayPal to use G Pay to pay for something" The Verge 5/25
  • "Mechanical keyboard gives your iPad a Mad Men makeover" Cult of Mac 5/25
  • "Beats 'Decade Collection' headphones revealed online ahead of release" AppleInsider 5/25
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Is Making a Tool to Track Down Biased AI, But That's Just Half The Problem" Science Alert 9:41 PM
  • "Surface Pro gets updated with reliability improvements" Neowin 7:29 AM
  • "Latest Surface Pro Updated to Improve Reliability" Thurrott 9:49 AM
  • "The latest Acer Nitro monitors feature AMD FreeSync" Thumbsticks 7:30 AM
  • "Samsung adds FreeSync support to select 4K TVs: Tear-free, smoother action for AMD GPU and Xbox One owners" Eurogamer 7:30 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: The whole world is now a computer" ZDNet 5/25
  • "Satya Nadella aims to make Microsoft the most ubiquitous AI platform for businesses" Campaign Live 5/25
  • "The one 'fascinating' mind-training exercise Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella practices every day" Quartz 5/25
  • "This Windows 10 April 2018 Update Bug Removing Colors Should Be a Feature" Softpedia 5/25
  • "Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Redstone 5 (Fall 2018) Build 17677" Softpedia 5/25
  • "Microsoft is developing a tool to help engineers catch bias in algorithms" VentureBeat 5/25
  • "Chevy, IBM offer NASCAR, Indy drivers head start" FOXBusiness 5/25
  • "IBM to invest in tech to predict floods, cyclones in India" PTI 5/25
  • "IBM Researchers Explain Machine Learning Models By Exploring What Isn't There" Forbes 5/25
  • "IBM banned USB drives. Is it the future of security or a knee-jerk reaction?" Digital Trends 5/25
  • "Crédit Mutuel selects IBM's Watson to manage risk and compliance issues" The Paypers 5/25
  • "HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835) review:" CNET 5/25
  • "HP Spectre 15 x360 2018 review: Made better by standard 4K, great battery life" Ars Technica 5/25
  • "Dell's Precision 3530 Mobile Workstation Ships with Linux,Three Others Soon" Digital Trends 5/25
  • "Dell Launches New Precision Mobile Workstation Line-Up Powered by Ubuntu Linux" Softpedia 5/25
  • "15in MacBook Pro vs Dell XPS 15 head-to-head review" IT PRO 5/25
  • "Intel's rumored octa-core Coffee Lake-S CPU gets even faster" TechRadar UK 5/25
  • "Intel's future silicon may not be Spectre-proof after all" bit-tech 5/25
  • "Intel India, Israel Consulate tie up to drive innovation among start-ups" Hindu Business Line 5/25
  • "Will Intel's Deep Neural Processor Be Too Late?" EE Times 5/25
  • "Budget King: Intel Pentium Gold G5400 review" Hardware.Info 5/25
  • "Leading DRAM Makers Release Modules Validated with AMD Ryzen 2000 CPUs" AnandTech 5/25
  • "Raja Koduri Left AMD Because He Did Not See A Future There Competing With Nvidia" SegmentNext 5/25
  • "Cisco Systems: Russian cyber-attack likely" Energy Global 5/25
  • "Q&A: Cisco's Theresa Bui on the company's Kinetic IoT platform" Network World 5/25
  • "Cisco admins: Hold that IOS XR update while you get new firmware" The Register 5/25
  • "When being cloud-native is a bad idea" InfoWorld 5/25
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Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 end lower as oil wallops energy sector, but tech shares buck the trend: Energy sector sees weakness on report of possible higher oil production" MarketWatch 5/25
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Decline, Energy Shares Fall as U.S. Crude Oil Slides 4%: Stocks finished mixed on Friday." TheStreet 5/25
  • "Stocks dip as oil prices and energy companies fall sharply" Associated Press 5/25
  • "Markets Right Now: Oil prices, energy companies fall sharply" Associated Press 5/25
  • "U.S. Stocks Stall as Oil Falls and Global Worries Mount: Investors are grappling with a growing array of global political risks" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5/25
  • "Asian markets cautious after Trump cancels North Korea summit: Japanese auto makers continue to fall; energy stocks weigh in Hong Kong" MarketWatch 5/25
  • "European stocks rebound into weekend after North Korea's response to canceled summit: Spanish stocks tumble after vote of no confidence in PM" MarketWatch 5/25

 
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