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Is it fair to say iOS 11 is to Apple what Windows Vista was to Microsoft? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Wednesday Highlights: Variety explores how Apple's product placement in TV and movies, has gone "from relying on surprising cameos to taking credited roles"; Jimmy Iovine to "step back from daily involvement with Apple's streaming-music business", prompting questions of succession; Reuters article looks at how iPhone's impact "skews U.S. trade deficit"; Macworld's Jason Snell looks for clues from past Apple education events to predict what we'll see at the March 27 event; Apple News to receive spoils left over from Facebook, Google and the Cambridge Analytica scandal?; Apple is LinkedIn's #6 in list of 2018's top companies; DigiTimes Research next iPhone will be much less expensive than iPhone X; AppleInsider reviews iOS version of Fortnight BattleRoyale; finally, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols compares iOS 11 to Microsoft's Windows Vista fiasco.


  • "Apple Polishing: iPhone Giant Can't Keep Mum About Behind-the-Scenes TV Role" ["When it comes to placing products in shows, Apple is slowly moving from relying on surprising cameos to taking credited roles."]  Variety 10:42 AM
  • "New Report Looks Into Apple's Growing Promotional Presence Within Popular TV Shows" MacRumors 10:44 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine's Planned Exit From Apple Music Raises Leadership Questions: The music executive and Beats co-founder will step back from daily involvement with Apple's streaming-music business" [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 AM
  • "Designed in California, made in China: how the iPhone skews U.S. trade deficit"  Reuters 8:26 AM
  • "Did Apple's Slowdown of Aging iPhones Affect Investors?" Market Realist 8:48 AM
  • "Apple is an exception to nearly every rule" TechCrunch 10:16 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 52 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 12:17 PM
  • "Review: Spotless for Mac – Keep Your Files Organized" MacTrast 8:27 AM
  • "How to boot a Mac in Recovery Mode" Macworld UK 8:43 AM
  • "How to Read Crash Reports on macOS Gazette" Apple Gazette 10:18 AM
  • "How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock" MacRumors 8:02 AM
  • "How to Find Duplicate Files on Mac with DupeGuru" OS X Daily 1:39 PM
  • "How Time Machine and other backups handle email" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "macOS: How to Download Files From the Web Using Terminal" The Mac Observer 1:23 PM
  • "Using Smart Quotes" MacMost 10:48 AM
  • "Unwanted Cryptomining Debuts (Briefly) in Mac App Store" Intego 11:01 AM
Press Releases
  • "Civilization 6: Rise and Fall is coming to Mac very soon" Mac Gamer HQ 10:12 AM
  • "Excel Software Ships FileMaker, Xojo and Xcode Plugins for Software Protection and Licensing" Excel Software 7:45 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "What will Apple announce at its Chicago education event? Taking some cues from the last time Apple held an education event." Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Apple's March 27 education event in Chicago (live blog)" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "Apple and IBM want to make app making easier" [Video Report] USA Today 8:41 AM
  • "After Cambridge Analytica scandal, publishers see Apple News as a solid alternative to being burned by Facebook, Google" AppleInsider 7:57 AM
  • "LinkedIn Top Companies 2018: Where the U.S. wants to work now" [Apple #6] LinkedIn 8:42 AM
  • "Apple climbs LinkedIn's 2018 top companies to work list, sits in sixth place" AppleInsider 8:42 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Affectiva launches emotion tracking AI for drivers in autonomous vehicles" VentureBeat 8:40 AM
  • "The eSports competitive video gaming market continues to grow revenues & attract investors" Business Insider 8:39 AM
  • "Scoop: Zuckerberg finally plans to speak" Axios 8:36 AM
  • "Academic who collected 50 million Facebook profiles: 'We thought we were doing something normal'/Aleksandr Kogan passed his dataset on to Cambridge Analytica, but now says he is being scapegoated" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus Announces New Online Productivity Course" MacVoices 1:23 PM
  • "John's Crazy Apple TV 4K Dolby Vision Adventure -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-21" The Mac Observer 1:22 PM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: Which Hard Drive Is Best for Your Mac?" Intego Mac Podcast 8:02 AM
  • "Apple next-generation 5.85-inch OLED iPhone MBOM much lower than iPhone X, says Digitimes Research" DigiTimes 7:53 AM
  • "Second-Generation iPhone X Estimated to Cost Apple Up to 10% Less to Manufacture" MacRumors 7:54 AM
  • "Apple may have fixed the thing keeping people from buying the iPhone X" BGR 8:18 AM
  • "Why Apple May Use Intel Chips Exclusively in Future iPhones" Market Realist 10:18 AM
  • "The iPhone X could make realistic game avatars a lot easier to make: Who needs a motion capture studio when you have a smartphone?" The Verge 10:17 AM
  • "Apple prepares to ship iOS 11.3" Apple Must 10:07 AM
  • "Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden message content on a locked iPhone" 9to5Mac 10:16 AM
  • "Siri will read hidden lock screen notifications from third-party apps to anyone" The Verge 12:17 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM

iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review of this week's No. 1 app: Human Anatomy Atlas 2018" David Pogue 12:14 PM
  • "Review: Fortnite BattleRoyale for iOS brings the large-scale multiplayer game to iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 10:12 AM
  • "How to reboot, reset, or enter DFU mode on iPhone 8 and iPhone X" iMore 12:17 PM
  • "Affinity Photo for iPad: 25+ getting started tips [Video] 9to5Mac 10:49 AM
  • "How to roam on your iPhone: Traveling abroad? Here's how to use your iPhone anywhere." iMore 8:12 AM
  • "Deleting Facebook? You'd better delete these accounts too" The Outline 8:44 AM
  • "Don't want to #DeleteFacebook? Opt out of Platform API sharing instead — here's how" BetaNews 8:04 AM
  • "Keep Facebook From Giving Away Your Data: The Ultimate Guide" iMore 8:02 AM
  • "How to delete your Facebook account completely on your iPhone or Mac" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "How to delete your Home data or reset your accessories" Apple World Today 7:45 AM
  • "The rise and sudden fall of Apple's brand reputation" Apple 3.0 12:17 PM
  • "Hey Apple! Why do you do this nonsense? If I'm searching for a specific app in your App Store, why do you show me something totally irrelevant as the top result? Oh, wait, it's because someone paid you."  ZDNet 12:16 PM
  • "The new world order: Apple, Amazon, Google"  Apple 3.0 10:49 AM
  • "Steve Jobs on education" The Loop 10:17 AM
  • "3 Ways Apple Inc. Can Improve the iPhone X's Screen" The Motley Fool 8:26 AM
  • "iOS 11 is Apple's Vista: How can the iPhone and iPad operating system keep going so wrong?"  Computerworld 7:55 AM
  • "Next iPad and 2018 iPad Pro: All the rumors on specs, price, release date" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (49): Apple Comments; Facebook Analytica; and the Measured Pacing of Film" eXtensions 7:44 AM
  • "The New Dell XPS 13 Is Like The MacBook, But Better" CRN 8:45 AM
  • "The Unraveling of Facebook" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:26 AM
  • "Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and our personal data" BetaNews 8:04 AM
  • "Google and Facebook can't help publishers because they're built to defeat publishers" Recode 7:57 AM
  • "What have we learned about Facebook that we didn't already know?"  Gigaom 7:54 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple HomePod now works with August's Siri-enabled locks" CNET 12:17 PM
  • "Google Maps for iOS now shows restaurant waiting times" Engadget 10:43 AM
  • "Siri voice control options added for Tesla Model 3 owners" AppleInsider 10:17 AM
  • "This Android, iOS virtual tailor wants to cut out millions of online clothing returns" ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Watch Gets New Spring Collection of Bands, Available to Order Later This Month" MacRumors 8:02 AM
  • "New Apple Watch bands feature spring colors and styles" Apple 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Pay Adds 25 More U.S. Banks and Credit Unions to its Rolls, Adds Bunq in Italy and Spain" MacTrast 8:01 AM
  • "Just Mobile's ShutterGrip is a great addition to an iPhone-grapher's toolkit" Apple World Today 7:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM teams with Nvidia to use GPUs to boost AI research" V3 9:34 AM
  • "Alexa, Google Assistant Get New Challenger With IBM Watson Assistant" CE-ProEurope 9:33 AM
  • "IBM has launched Watson Assistant" Tech Xplore 9:33 AM
  • "IBM reveals Watson-powered smart assistant" ITProPortal 9:32 AM
  • "IBM designs world's smallest computer with a blockchain" Catch News 9:32 AM
  • "IBM Unveils a Computer That is Smaller Than Grain of Salt" Witty Feed 9:31 AM
  • "World's smallest 'salt grain-sized' computer for less than Rs 7 unveiled by IBM; Here's how it will work" Financial Express 9:31 AM
  • "IBM Launches Watson-Powered Data Kits for Hospitality Industry" eWeek 9:31 AM
  • "Bring your Heritage Apps to the Cloud: The IBM Cloud Private Way" Tech Wire 9:30 AM
  • "How IBM Plans to Help Users Out-Learn the Competition" eWeek 9:30 AM
  • "Download Windows Server 2019 preview ahead of the launch later this year" BetaNews 12:59 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: The top changes in Windows 10's spring update" Computerworld 9:40 AM
  • "Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: Act fast to delay this big upgrade" ZDNet 9:42 AM
  • "Microsoft launches Windows Server 2019" ITProPortal 9:41 AM
  • "Windows Server 2019 now available in preview ahead of release later this year" The Inquirer 9:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Business Applications Gets Upgraded Data Ingestion, Analytics And AI Capabilities In Spring Release" CRN 9:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2019, First Preview Now Available" Softpedia 9:39 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Redstone 4 Preview Build 17127" Softpedia 9:39 AM
  • "HP ENVY Curved All-In-One Is Immersive And Fast; Wireless Accessories Included" Forbes 9:27 AM
  • "Dell EMC Launches 'Open' Virtual Networking Platform For VeloCloud, Silver Peak, Versa In Bid To Outflank Cisco In SD-WAN Market" CRN 8:40 AM
  • "Intel's answer to AMD Ryzen 2 will be an 8-core Coffee Lake... but not for a while" PCGamesN 8:58 AM
  • "First Intel 8-Core Coffee Lake S Processor Spotted In 3DMark Database Along With Z390 Motherboard" WCCFTech 9:22 AM
  • "Octa-Core Intel Coffee Lake-S processor spotted" Hexus 9:21 AM
  • "Acer's new Predator Orion 9000 gaming PC costs whopping Rs 3,19,999" Financial Express 9:21 AM
  • "AMD admits to new batch of critical processor flaws and promises fixes" BetaNews 12:59 PM
  • "Those Nasty AMD Chip Flaws Will Be Patched In A Flash" Forbes 9:20 AM
  • "AMD Working with Microsoft to Integrate DirectX Real-time Ray-Tracing" Softpedia 8:58 AM
  • "AMD on chip flaws: 'Newly outed bugs are real but no big deal, and fixes are coming'" ZDNet 8:57 AM
  • "AMD shares on the uptick after unveiling plans to release patches to fix chip flaws uncovered by CTS Labs" Investor's Business Daily 8:58 AM
  • "Gigabyte Introduces AMD RX 580 Gaming Box – Overclocked GPU Specs For A Fast and Portable Graphics Solution" WCCFTech 8:57 AM
  • "AMD CTO responds to reveal of CPU vulnerabilities" PC Retail 8:57 AM
  • "AMD vows to fix newly-disclosed processor vulnerabilities" Engadget 8:57 AM
  • "AMD promises fixes for fresh CPU security flaws, and they won't slow your PC" TechRadar UK 8:56 AM
  • "AMD Acknowledges Newly Disclosed Flaws In Its Processors — Patches Coming Soon" The Hacker News 8:55 AM
  • "New Found AMD Security Exploits Confirmed, AMD Will Roll Out Fixes Soon" SegmentNext 8:55 AM
  • "AMD vows to fix newly-disclosed processor vulnerabilities" Engadget 8:36 AM
  • "AMD on chip flaws: 'Newly outed bugs are real but no big deal, and fixes are coming'" ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Oracle Corp. (ORCL) Sank On Weak Q3 Revenues" RTTNews 8:52 AM
  • "Oracle's lack of developer appeal is killing its cloud business" TechRepublic 8:51 AM
  • "Why Oracle is putting automation at the centre of its cloud strategy" Computerworld UK 8:51 AM
  • "Oracle unveils AI-based capabilities, user experience enhancements" ANI 8:50 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks climb as energy sector rallies a second straight session: General Mills's stock slumps after disappointing outlook" MarketWatch 1:27 PM
  • "Dow Rises as Fed Raises Interest Rates: Stocks moved higher on Wednesday after the first interest rate decision from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell." TheStreet 1:27 PM
  • "Stocks extend gains as Fed hikes rates" FOXBusiness 1:26 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tick Higher Ahead of Fed: Energy shares surge alongside oil prices" [Paid Membership Required] 1:26 PM
  • "Asian stocks retreat from gains ahead of Fed meeting: Asian equities finished mostly lower Wednesday, where early gains softened amid muted trading volumes, partly because of a Japanese public holiday." MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "European stocks slip ahead of long-anticipated U.S. rate hike: Shares of home improvement retailer Kingfisher suffer" MarketWatch 8:46 AM

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