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Thursday Highlights: Peter Wells from the Sydney Morning Herald sat down with Tim Cook for a brief interview, of note is Cook's insistence that there is no user desire to merge iOS and macOS; Jonny Evans points to the International Monetary Fund's latest data which weighs iPhone as critical to global tech cycle; TSMC, chip partner to Apple, Nvidia, provides weak guidance citing "'softening' high-end smartphone demand", news gives Apple investors the jitters; 9to5Mac notes jump in iOS 12, macOS 10.14 testing as WWDC nears; Google removes fake ad block extensions from Chrome Store; in our OS X section you will find Macworld's macOS Anti-virus software reviews including offerings from Intego, Norton among others; new rumor from Ming-Chi Kuo that we'll see two new 6.1" iPhones this year starting at only $550; Michael Gartenberg compares Apple's new iPad and Google's Chromebook from an education perspective.

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  • "Users don't want iOS to merge with MacOS, Apple chief says" ["Cook speaks slowly and deliberately, as one would expect of the CEO of the most profitable company on the planet. It is not just the sharemarket that makes him tread carefully, he must also feel the weight of countless Mac pundits who interpret his every word for clues about the future leanings of the famously secretive company."]  Sydney Morning Herald 7:58 AM
  • "The global tech cycle depends on iPhones, IMF claims: Apple's iPhone has become a key factor for global economic growth, claims the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – but the boom times may be over, it warns."  Computerworld 7:18 AM
  • "Apple Jitters Mount on Concerns of Waning Smartphone Demand"  Bloomberg 8:56 AM
  • "Has Apple's iPhone, iPad hit a wall? Negative comments offered by its chip supplier, TSMC, suggests a slowdown in demand for Apple's key mobile products."  CNET 10:14 AM
  • "Amazon touts 100M Prime users as Apple quietly passes a quarter-billion paid subscriptions"  AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "Apple ramps up iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 testing as we get closer to WWDC unveiling" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Google cuts fake ad blockers from Chrome Store: Were you among 20 million fooled? Bogus ad-blocker extensions in the Chrome Web Store trick millions of people into installing them." ZDNet 9:50 AM
  • "How to recover an iCloud account when a factor for two-factor authentication goes missing" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Trend Micro Antivirus for Mac review: Solid malware prevention with no frills" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Avast Security Pro for Mac review: Everything a modern antivirus app needs and a little bit more" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "ProtectWorks Antivirus for Mac review: Not enough protection to warrant recommendation" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac review: Poor performance during real-world use" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Intego Mac Internet Security X9 review: No fatal flaws, but it lacks necessary modern features" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Norton Security Deluxe for Mac review: One of the best all-in-one security suites for macOS" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Sophos Home Premium for Mac review: Up-to-date features at an unbeatable price" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "McAfee Total Protection for Mac review: Thin on features and weak on security" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "How to Apply Color Tags to Items in macOS Finder Using Custom Keyboard Shortcuts" MacRumors 7:53 AM
  • "Using Content Caching" MacMost 11:23 AM
  • "How to find your saved Wi-Fi network password stored in your Mac's Keychain" AppleInsider 8:00 AM
  • "Tim Cook, on Merging Device Lines" ["I'll level with you; I often struggle with knowing how to read these sorts of Tim Cook quotes. Both the Mac and iPad have their own strengths and weaknesses, and merging them would create a different set of strengths and weaknesses, but that doesn't mean the devices have to remain as separated as they are now."] 512 Pixels 11:24 AM
Press Releases
  • "Red Giant Releases Free Update to Trapcode Suite" Red Giant 12:12 PM
  • "DropShare for macOS makes it easy to drop and drop files for uploading" Apple World Today 7:24 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Environmental Responsibility Report: 2018 Progress Report, Covering Fiscal Year 2017" [76-page PDF] Apple 3:24 PM
  • "Apple adds Earth Day donations to trade-in and recycling program" Apple 1:08 PM
  • "Apple introduces iPhone-shredding Daisy robot ahead of environmental report" VentureBeat 1:08 PM
  • "Earth Day: Apple pushes Daisy and 2018 Environment Report" Apple Must 1:02 PM
  • "Greenpeace Criticizes Apple's 'Daisy' Recycling Robot, Says Focus Should be on 'Repairable and Upgradeable Product Design'" MacRumors 3:29 PM
  • "Apple cracks down on drone flights over its spaceship campus: Those slick overhead videos of the Apple campus may be coming to an end as security gets quicker at locating the operators on the ground."  CNET 11:14 AM
  • "Amazon's custom Alexa Blueprints skills show how far ahead of Siri and Google Assistant it is" TechHive 3:24 PM
  • "Apple Execs Explain Why NRA TV Is Still Available on Its Platforms" iDrop News 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Kills Photo-Hiding 'Calculator' App Amid Police Investigation" MacTrast 7:49 AM
  • "Qualcomm will cut 1,500 jobs amidst Apple legal battle" Cult of Mac 7:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "China is holding up a $44 billion US tech deal" CNNMoney 11:15 AM
  • "LA councilman asks city attorney to 'review possible legal action' against Waze" Ars Technica 9:44 AM
  • "This app could turn your phone into a lie detector: A new machine learning algorithm wants to tap into digital interactions that reveal when you're bluffing." CNET 9:03 AM
  • "Bill Gates backs $1bn plan to cover earth in video surveillance satellites" Telegraph 7:53 AM
  • "Facebook has a new job posting calling for chip designers" TechCrunch 7:34 AM
  • "Minds Is the Anti-Facebook That Pays You For Your Time" Wired 7:29 AM
  • "The Broken iMac Pro Controversy, Amazon's Fire TV Edition -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-19" The Mac Observer 1:02 PM
  • "Apple May Offer Two 6.1-Inch iPhone Models in 2018 With Price Tag as Low as $550" MacRumors 7:50 AM
  • "Top Apple insider says this year's iPhone X successors will start at just $550" BGR 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's next iPhones might be bigger and cheaper" Mashable 8:07 AM
  • "Apple-owned FoundationDB open sources the core technology at the heart of iCloud" AppleInsider 3:29 PM
  • "Apple researching exchangeable backplates that could extend Apple Watch battery life" iDownload Blog 8:55 AM
  • "How Your iPhone's Screen Actually Works" [Video] Mashable 11:14 AM
  • "U.S. Patent Office publishes two more of Apple's Patent "  7:53 AM
  • "Apple's speech request patent filing involves efforts to enhance Siri" Apple World Today 8:00 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Use Apple Pay, Get McDonald's Fries for Free: The rather unhealthy offer is good for the two remaining Fridays in April." PC Magazine 8:55 AM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM

  • "iPad vs. Chromebook: Which is the real apple for the teacher? I spent some time with Apple's latest iPad and iWork suite. Then, to get some perspective, I thought it might be good to take a look at a Chromebook equivalent. Here's how they compare."  iMore 9:50 AM
  • "Hands-on: Ecobee4 Thermostat with Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa" AppleInsider 10:26 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Smartphone Apps for Spontaneous Travel: While travelers have long been able to set up airfare alerts, these apps go a step further in helping flexible travelers plan a last-minute trip." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7:47 AM
  • "Review: MeWe is a Private Social Network Taking on Facebook" The Mac Observer 3:16 PM
  • "Viking platformer Oddmar will take you to visual Valhalla [Review] Cult of Mac 7:47 AM
  • "How to translate webpages on iPhone or iPad" Cult of Mac 1:09 PM
  • "How to fix HomePod not playing playlists with Siri" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "How to temporarily disable Hey Siri function on your HomePod" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "What to Do if an iOS Device Is Lost or Stolen" Envato Tuts+ 7:53 AM
  • "How to replace the iPhone 6 battery" iMore 7:53 AM
  • "How to block and filter phone numbers on your iPhone with the tools in iOS" AppleInsider 3:29 PM
  • "PSA: Live Photos Include Sound, as This Person Discovered" The Mac Observer 3:18 PM
  • "Chromebooks, iPads, and the Desire for New Computing Platforms" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:26 AM
  • "Opinion: James Comey's book offers interesting background on the Apple/FBI case" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Here's why Apple chose the phrase 'Hey Siri'" iDownload Blog 9:07 AM
  • "2018 might be the first year I don't buy a flagship iPhone" BGR 8:22 AM
  • "iPhone X Diary: I've gone on an app and notifications diet, and my iPhone is now an oasis of calm" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service – Bloomberg" ["I'm a bit hesitant about this. Apple's Newsstand was a resounding failure, and integrating magazines into the Apple News app might be problematic. (Though a separate Magazines app would work.)"]  Kirkville 8:00 AM
  • "The price is right: The iPhone X is working out for Apple" Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "Why aren't there any battery cases for the iPhone X?" Quartz 7:28 AM
  • "Widescreen laptops are dumb"  The Verge 8:56 AM
  • "Amazon is always one step ahead" Axios 8:08 AM
  • "Why I won't pay for a safer Facebook" The Next Web 8:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "MicroLED Displays Report: Intellectual Property Landscape 2018 Appears to have the Most Complete IP Portfolio" PRNewswire 3:26 PM
  • "C Spire rolls out new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support on its 4G LTE network" PRNewswire 3:26 PM
  • "Snore-Stopper and Silent Wake Up Prime Features of Brand New Sleep Cycle App for Apple Watch" Business Wire 3:26 PM
  • "Sleep Cycle debuts Apple Watch app with snore prevention, silent alarm" 9to5Mac 9:42 AM
  • "OtterBox releases new case designs for Solo: A Star Wars Story" iLounge 9:42 AM
  • "eBay for iOS update allows you to list an item just by scanning its barcode" 9to5Mac 8:56 AM
  • "Microsoft Translator: Now AI works offline for Android, iOS, with Windows due soon" ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on mobile" TechCrunch 7:34 AM
  • "Latest Apple Pay promotion offers free fries from McDonalds, and other unhealthy options" 9to5Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Watch can now unlock your August Smart Lock" Engadget 8:00 AM
  • "Is this the ultimate Apple Watch accessory?" Apple Must 7:32 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel abandons Vaunt smart glasses project" ZDNet 6:19 AM
  • "Intel abandons smart glasses project as it shutters New Devices Group: Another of the company's divisions bites the dust" The Inquirer 6:29 AM
  • "Intel Has Killed Off Its Smart Glasses Project" UberGizmo 7:05 AM
  • "Intel Stops Working on Smart Glasses: The Vaunt project showed a lot of promise, but ultimately Intel couldn't turn it into a consumer product." PC Magazine 7:05 AM
  • "Intel shuts New Devices Group, cancels smartglasses" bit-tech 7:05 AM
  • "Intel Beefs Up Security Offerings At RSA 2018" Forbes 7:04 AM
  • "Intel's channel boss on the vendor's biggest-ever transformation: Jason Kimrey says Intel is moving to be less reliant on its PC business" CRN UK 7:05 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen+: Everything you need to know about AMD's 2nd Gen CPUs and more" Rock, Paper, Shotgun 8:04 AM
  • "AMD picks up a senior graphics person: It just shows you can go back home again" SemiAccurate 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft calls time on OneNote for desktop as Office 2019 looms large: The first part of Office has gone exclusively UWP" The Inquirer 6:29 AM
  • "Microsoft to stop OneNote 2016 development: Windows 10 OneNote app to get priority" Tech Central 7:10 AM
  • "Microsoft shares some of what's up its sleeve for E3 2018" Neowin 6:55 AM
  • "Another Windows 10 bug in build 17134 may again delay the April 2018 Update" Neowin 6:59 AM
  • "How Windows, Windows Store, Xbox & Surface moved their 350gig source repo into Git hosted on VSTS" Channel 9 12:18 PM
  • "Microsoft reveals new 'internet of things' platform based on custom Linux kernel" 12:19 PM
  • "Dell silently launches Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Convertible and Inspiron 15 5000 laptops with prices starting from $629" Tech 2 7:02 AM
  • "DELL Quietly Launches Inspiron 15 Notebook with Ryzen CPU" eTeknix 7:02 AM
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad E485, E585 Laptops Feature AMD Ryzen Mobile" SegmentNext 7:03 AM
  • "IBM and Salon Media harness blockchain to combat ad fraud" The Drum 7:07 AM
  • "Out Loud: IBM and Zoom Team up for Watson Workspace/We speak to Zoom and IBM about their partnership using Zoom video as a component of Watson Workspace" UC Today 7:07 AM
  • "New IBM security tools utilise human-machine intelligence: IBM Security unveiled new technology and services that utilise both human and machine intelligence to fight, defend and respond to cyberattacks." The Economic Times 7:08 AM
  • "5 Cool Things We Found in Recent Disclosures By Chip Industry Executives: Execs at Texas Instruments, AMD, Skyworks and other chip and chip equipment firms have had some interesting things to say." TheStreet 7:03 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple, Nvidia shares fall after a key Asian chip partner gives weak guidance" ["The key chip partner for Apple and Nvidia blamed 'softening' high-end smartphone demand and being more conservative on the cryptocurrency mining market for its weak guidance."]  CNBC 7:33 AM
  • "Apple shares drop on iPhone chipmaker TSMC forecasting $1B less in revenue" AppleInsider 8:55 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market set for slightly lower open as earnings remain in focus/Analyst: First-quarter results 'have so far been positive on the whole'" MarketWatch 8:10 AM
  • "Stocks Slip as Amazon Rises, Apple Slumps: Stocks on Wall Street fall Thursday as Wall Street weighs a host of earnings reports and energy prices surge." TheStreet 8:57 AM
  • "Stocks Lose Steam After Strong Start to Week: U.S. opens lowers following modest gains in Asian markets" [Paid Membership Required] 8:57 AM
  • "Asian markets jump higher as oil prices gain: Australian energy stocks on course for hefty monthly gains" MarketWatch 8:10 AM
  • "European stocks edge up as earnings reports roll in" MarketWatch 8:10 AM

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