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Tuesday Highlights: TechCrunch reporting the App Store is being plagued by "scammers ... taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick users into signing up for expensive and recurring plans"; Apple apologizes to China for account hacks, does clarify that those affected did not enable two-factor authentication—additional reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; settlement in works between Qualcomm and the FTC over antitrust; all signs point to iPhone XR being "massive smash hit"; Market Realist saying "iPhone customer loyalty is on the rise"; New Yorkers rejoice as Apple fixes bagel emoji; MySmartPrice reporting exclusive images of next iPad Pro case; CNET compares cameras of iPhone XS and Pixel 3.

  • "Apple's TV Plans Are Still Alive, But Not How You Think: Apple is a software and UI company first and a hardware company second."  PC Magazine 7:41 AM
  • "Apple's Next iPhone Will Have a Curved Screen: Rival Samsung will be the initial supplier of OLED screens for Apple's 10th anniversary iPhones" ["They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector. The models would also do away with a physical home button, they said. Those updates would give the iPhone features already available on other smartphones."] [Paid Membership Required] 6:58 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly going to change the iPhone charging cables ... again" CNBC 12:26 PM
  • "Notes from Apple's shareholder meeting"  The Loop 1:22 PM
  • "Cook pledges support to pro users, talks Trump at Apple's annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino" AppleInsider 1:22 PM
  • "Tim Cook calls AirPods a 'cultural phenomenon' at shareholders meeting, says Apple will 'do more in the pro area'" 9to5Mac 4:00 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'We know that Apple could only exist in the United States'" Business Insider 3:57 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'You Will See Us Do More in the Pro Area'" MacRumors 1:09 PM
  • "Tim Cook talks pro machines at Apple shareholders meeting" Cult of Mac 1:09 PM
  • "Tim Cook calls AirPods a 'cultural phenomenon' at shareholders meeting, says Apple will 'do more in the pro area'" 9to5Mac 1:10 PM
  • "Apple may broaden $50bn US manufacturing and supplier base" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:54 PM
  • "Apple's iPhones Were Weighed Down By Repeated Performance Issues and High Failure Rates in the Last Year: Q4 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance & Health Report Reveals iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Are Consistently Two of the Worst Performing iPhones" PRNewswire 7:51 AM
  • "Amazon outage breaks large parts of the internet: The failure even broke Amazon's ability to report the problem." Engadget 4:54 PM
  • "iCloud experiencing slow performance as AWS outage affecting multiple Internet services" 9to5Mac 1:28 PM
  • "Amazon AWS S3 outage is breaking things for a lot of websites and apps" TechCrunch 6:50 PM
  • "Researchers find 'severe' flaw in WordPress plugin with 1 million installs" Ars Technica 1:28 PM
  • "Dear Kaspersky Lab: Yours is a very bad installer/Installing Kaspersky Internet Security reveals some gaps in software security practices." Ars Technica 1:09 PM
  • "The Verge at work: how to make the most of the Mac menubar/This is why I can't make the iPad my main computer" The Verge 10:22 AM
  • "How to find frequently visited sites in Safari as icons" Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "How to view, add, edit user names, passwords in macOS Sierra's Safari" Apple World Today 7:11 AM
  • "Populating a Keynote Presentation From a Numbers Spreadsheet Using JavaScript" MacMost 10:45 AM
  • "Screenshots with SnapSCP" Dr. Drang 7:09 AM
  • "How to Password-Protect Your Mac Pages, Numbers, and Keynote Documents" The Mac Observer 8:57 AM
  • "A Mac Reminders App That Beats Reminders" Mac360 7:45 AM
Press Releases
  • "CS Odessa Announces Free Update for ConceptDraw Mac OS X UI Solution" prMac 12:05 PM
  • "EduTech: Developers behind AirParrot introduce new classroom management app 'ClassHub'" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "UBS: Apple already has 1,000 engineers working on AR in Israel and a new product may appear on this year's iPhone"  Business Insider 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Could Be Betting Big on Augmented Reality: Apple's next 'major innovation' may come in the form of augmented reality, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote." TheStreet 11:31 AM
  • "Apple may have 1,000 engineers working on augmented reality, UBS says" CNBC 12:26 PM
  • "Apple's AR ambitions may be bigger than we thought" Cult of Mac 10:22 AM
  • "Apple and Samsung take hits to their reputations: The Galaxy Note 7 debacle appears to have whacked Samsung's reputation, according to a new study. Apple's slippage has been more subtle." CNET 10:23 AM
  • "Apple's Siri has a huge language advantage" Computerworld 8:57 AM
  • "81-year-old woman makes iPhone app after only starting to use computers at 60" Mashable 7:18 AM
  • "Apple's new iPad Pro ad campaign continues with Apple Pencil push" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "Apple's new iPad Pro ad trashes printers" Cult of Mac 3:58 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Mac mini arrives with Intel inside" Cult of Mac 8:06 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Uber CEO says he will seek leadership help after video shows him yelling at driver" The Verge 9:25 PM
  • "YouTube TV to offer live TV from four major networks this spring for $35 per month" AppleInsider 4:36 PM
  • "YouTube Is Taking A Step Into the Live TV Business" The Mac Observer 4:51 PM
  • "AT&T executive talks DirecTV Now's early performance issues, goals for 2017" 9to5Mac 7:52 PM
  • "AOL will cut off third-party app access to AIM: Or to be more specific, AOL will soon halt its proprietary OSCAR protocol." Ars Technica 4:46 PM
  • "5 new brain disorders that were born out of the digital age" The Week 1:24 PM
  • "Amazon wants Alexa to answer customer service calls" Engadget 3:58 PM
  • "Amazon's web servers are down and it's causing trouble across the internet" The Verge 1:14 PM
  • "It's not just you: Massive internet outage is sweeping the East Coast" BGR 1:14 PM
  • "Netflix's CEO plans on putting buffering to bed" Engadget 7:48 AM
  • "We Watch One Billion Hours of YouTube Every Day" PC Magazine 7:41 AM
  • "Samsung heir to be indicted on corruption charges" CNNMoney 7:10 AM
  • "The Supreme Court Could Soon Decide if You Have a Right to Facebook" Wired 7:10 AM
  • "Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai: Them good ole ISPs are drinking whiskey and rye" The Register 4:02 PM
  • "FCC chairman says net neutrality was a mistake" The Verge 9:21 AM
  • "FCC Chairman pledges to roll back net neutrality regulations during European address" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
  • "Google robot leaps and spins with leg-wheels" BBC 6:56 AM
  • "MWC 2017: Google Home challenges Amazon Echo" BBC 6:56 AM
  • "Five Questions With Kelly Guimont – IoT, Note-Taking, Backups, Upgrades, and iOS Apps" MacVoices 3:51 PM
  • "Is Apple killing off the Lightning connector? (The 3:59, Ep. 186): USB-C ya later! Plus we chat about a trio of possible new BlackBerry phones and SpaceX's plans to send two tourists around the moon." CNET 1:28 PM
  • "Apple and the Future of the iPhone's Lightning Port -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-28" The Mac Observer 1:19 PM
  • "Apple's next iPhone to ditch Lightning for USB-C, report says" CNET 6:59 AM
  • "Questionable rumor claims Apple will ditch Lightning for USB-C on OLED 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 7:09 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Will Have Curved OLED Screen and USB-C Connector" MacRumors 7:08 AM
  • "Report: Next-gen iPhone could dump the Lightning port in favor of USB-C" Ars Technica 10:23 AM
  • "Supply constraints will limit OLED to just 'iPhone 8,' benefitting Apple in long run - report" AppleInsider 9:43 AM
  • "Rumor: 10.5-inch iPad Pro to feature 2,224 x 1,668 pixels resolution at 264 PPI" O'Grady's PowerPage 7:48 AM
  • "What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Apple TV Jailbreak" iClarified 7:09 AM
  • "tvOS 10.2 beta 4 rolling out for Apple TV" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple Granted a Patent for Touch ID beneath the iPhone Display" Patently Apple 7:17 AM
  • "Apple granted patent for fingerprint recognition using entire iPhone display" AppleInsider 10:41 AM
  • "Apple Wins a Patent for a Water Resistant System for iDevices that introduces Moisture Routing Patterning" Patently Apple 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Wins a Patent for a 3D Camera System for Controlling Games, Apps and Possibly Facial Recognition" Patently Apple 1:09 PM
  • "iShoes, anyone? Apple granted patent for shoe wear-out sensor" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM

  • "Apple Watch Ceramic Edition Review" iMore 12:10 PM
  • "Review: Clockwork Synergy NATO Apple Watch Band" 512 Pixels 4:00 PM
  • "A possible AirPort Extreme replacement? Hands-on with the Synology RT2600ac [Video] 9to5Mac 11:31 AM
  • "Review: Soundcast VG1 Bluetooth Speaker" iLounge 9:20 AM
  • "Sense GuardPeanut and ThermoPeanut review: Smart nuts to protect and detect" Macworld 9:42 AM
  • "Amazon Tap review" CNET 9:20 AM
  • "Askborg ChargeCube 20,800mAh and 10,400mAh external batteries [Review] BetaNews 10:23 AM
  • "Lotus WorkStation can improve your health, but may not work well with all Mac set-ups" Apple World Today 7:11 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Paint with pinballs in the enchanting Inks for iOS: Lumino City makers return with a game that lets you make art while having fun." Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "How to Search Photos on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 4:02 PM
  • "How to use Private Browsing with Safari on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 4:02 PM
  • "How To Delete Website Specific Data From Safari On iOS" AddictiveTips 12:23 PM
  • "Best way to shoot photographs at night with the iPhone" iMore 9:42 AM
  • "How to customize AirPods by changing double-tap functionality and more" 9to5Mac 7:08 AM
  • "How to connect an Apple wireless keyboard to Windows 10: While it may seem almost obscene to some, you can actually connect an Apple Magic keyboard to a Windows 10 machine. Here's how." TechRepublic 4:05 PM
  • "Quickly toggling Apple TV Closed Captioning on and off Tips" iLounge 4:02 PM
  • "How to use MyFitnessPal on your iPhone to track calories and eat better" AppleInsider 12:23 PM
  • "15 More iMessage Tips and Tricks You Need to Know" AppAdvice 7:09 AM
  • "On Today's Curious Wall Street Journal Report Claiming the Next iPhone Will Replace Lightning Port With USB-C"  Daring Fireball 7:45 PM
  • "USB-C, Lightning, and the next iPhone" Six Colors 6:51 PM
  • "Apple's corporate reputation in slow decline, market research suggests" AppleInsider 7:45 PM
  • "Speculation on What will Come from Apple's Magic Hat Next (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 6:11 PM
  • "Augmented Reality is a Natural Part of the the iPhone's Technical Evolution" The Mac Observer 4:38 PM
  • "A modest proposal to improve the iOS Settings app"  The Robservatory 4:00 PM
  • "Do iPhone 8's supposedly revolutionary VR/AR features sound too good to be true?" iDownload Blog 3:58 PM
  • "Tim Cook Insists Apple Cares about Creative Pros (Despite All Evidence to the Contrary)"  The Mac Observer 3:52 PM
  • "Check This Out – You Can Replace Your Computer With Your iPhone" The Mac Observer 1:21 PM
  • "Bill Gates just solved the very first Apple vs. Microsoft fanboy debate" BGR 12:10 PM
  • "The Power of Apple TV's Top Shelf" MacStories 11:31 AM
  • "Patent owner Infographic shows contrast between Apple, Google inventor's cultures" AppleInsider 10:54 AM
  • "This touchscreen vibrates, blasts music—and companies like Apple should pay attention" Mashable 10:23 AM
  • "10 Years of Apple Services in 2 Images" Apple Must 10:17 AM
  • "Comment: Auto-authentication of fingerprints has pros & cons, but personally I'd go for it [Poll] 9to5Mac 9:43 AM
  • "What's Wrong With A 2-in-1 Mac?" PixoBebo 8:57 AM
  • "The Post-PC Era Isn't What You Think It Is" Mac360 8:57 AM
  • "This WSJ iPhone 8 Rumor Is Absolutely Insane"  Gizmodo 8:07 AM
  • "If Apple wants the iPad to beat the PC, it needs to make much bigger strides in iOS software"  Recode 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Doesn't Make The Tablet You Want" Mac360 8:05 AM
  • "About That Widescreen Smartphone" McSolo 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Dropping iPhone Lightning Port for USB-C? I Don't Think So" The Mac Observer 11:10 AM
  • "Opinion: The time is right for a switch to USB-C in the iPhone 8 & this year's iPads [Poll] 9to5Mac 9:42 AM
  • "Apple is turning the iPhone into a Samsung Galaxy phone" Business Insider 9:21 AM
  • "You'll want to own Apple through the iPhone 8 release, Baird analyst says" CNBC 7:17 AM
  • "Skewed-o-morphism: The Apple Pencil meets its match" Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "Cassandra: Tuesday Review -Apple Updates and Meanings; Nokia, Withings and HealthKit; Samsung Reflections" eXtensions 6:50 AM
  • "I wish this was fake news for Apple" ["For professionals, I'm torn between recommending my traditional preference for Apple desktops and what Microsoft is doing in terms of flipping the PC market on its figurative head with the Surface Studio that merits serious consideration as a legitimate iMac killer."]  hittingthesweetspot 6:38 AM
  • "Hands-on with the wildest smartphone gimmick I saw at MWC" BGR 12:05 PM
  • "What the new presidential administration means for the online payments industry" Mashable 7:41 AM
  • "An Amazing (Illegal) Plan to Defeat Terrorist Drone Attacks" Wired 7:10 AM
  • "Comic: Top of the Heap Forever" iMore 8:59 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Keep adds deep Docs integration, now a G Suite core service" 9to5Google 3:59 PM
  • "YouTube TV offers big 4 networks & 39 other channels w/ unlimited DVR for $35/month" 9to5Mac 3:54 PM
  • "New SymplyPRO Sets the Benchmark for Integrated Workflow Collaboration With Enterprise-Class Performance and Redundancy" TWO2 Communications 2:00 PM
  • "FINSiX DART World's Smallest and Lightest Laptop Charger Now Supports USB-C" MacPrices 10:28 AM
  • ""I am innocent" for iOS - an original detective game with puzzle elements. Use realistic in-game phone calls, a messenger, computer hacking, photographs, and documents to investigate a series of murders." D. Glaznev 10:28 AM
  • "Apple updates system status site for reporting iCloud service issues, now emphasizes last known outage" 9to5Mac 9:43 AM
  • "Strava updates its Apple Watch app with GPS support" The Verge 9:21 AM
  • "Trend Micro 2016 Security Roundup Reveals 752 Percent Increase in Ransomware" Business Wire 7:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft, Intel, banks form Enterprise Ethereum blockchain alliance" ZDNet 11:26 AM
  • "Microsoft announces new subscription service, 'Xbox Game Pass'" Destructoid 4:55 PM
  • "Microsoft Takes on PlayStation Now with Xbox Game Pass" Thurrott 8:43 AM
  • "Xbox apes Netflix with $10 per month, 100-game unlimited 'Pass': Gamestop stock dips as Microsoft offers free legacy downloads for one monthly price." Ars Technica 11:21 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pass subscription grants access to more than 100 games" The Verge 8:45 AM
  • "Xbox Games Pass lets you play 100 titles for $10 a month: Microsoft is rolling out its own 'Netflix for games' service this spring." Engadget 8:54 AM
  • "The Xbox Game Pass is a $9.99 Spotify-like game subscription" TechCrunch 8:45 AM
  • "Google outs 'severe' Microsoft Edge vulnerability after firm misses 90-day fix deadline: Project Zero is the gift that keeps on giving" The Inquirer 10:57 AM
  • "Windows 2-in-1s Invade Mobile World Congress 2017" eWeek 8:13 AM
  • "Microsoft might owe you $100 after leaky receipt cock-up" The Inquirer 8:25 AM
  • "Bad bug found in Microsoft browsing code" BBC 7:40 AM
  • "Microsoft is Inexplicably Slowing Down App Updates on the Fast Ring" Thurrott 8:02 AM
  • "Dell Boomi bringing startup mentality to hybrid cloud market: CEO Chris McNabb wants to get word out that integration platform as a service (iPaaS) can really scale to enterprise heights" Network World 8:28 AM
  • "HP Elite x3 receives firmware update addressing performance issues and more" Neowin 8:56 PM
  • "HP announces new Windows 10 2-in-1 Pro x2 612 G2, starting at $1734" Neowin 11:56 AM
  • "HP releases new accessories for the HP Pro x2 and the Elite x3" Neowin 12:06 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard Needs Top-Line Stability, If Not Growth, Before It Becomes A Buy" Benzinga 8:29 AM
  • "Intel meets some of its key diversity goals: There's still a lot of work left before it's happy, however." Engadget 8:23 PM
  • "Intel will change its approach to PC chip upgrades: Intel believes PC users won't care about the manufacturing process, just the performance of the chips" Computerworld New Zealand 5:03 PM
  • "Intel downgraded to Underperform at Bernstein" Seeking Alpha 5:35 PM
  • "AMD Partners With Bethesda at GDC 2017" SemiAccurate 6:51 PM
  • "What To Expect From AMD's 2nd Annual 'Capsaicin & Cream' Live Event" Benzinga 8:30 AM
  • "Cisco is expanding Jasper, lands IoT deals in auto, connected health sector" The Tech Portal 8:31 AM
  • "This tool can help you discover Cisco Smart Install protocol abuse: Attackers are targeting a zero-touch configuration protocol to hijack Cisco switches" IDG News Service 11:54 AM
  • "New $10 Raspberry Pi Zero comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth: Still tinier and cheaper than the flagship, the Raspberry Pi Zero goes wireless." Ars Technica 7:40 AM
  • "The $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W is the teeniest little Wi-Fi-enabled computer you've ever seen" TechCrunch 8:48 AM
  • "Raspberry Pi Zero W is a $10 computer with WiFi and Bluetooth: The small maker board just got even better." Engadget 7:47 AM
  • "Raspberry Pi Zero W adds WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support: Foundation launches new model to celebrate its fifth anniversary" The Inquirer 7:54 AM
  • "Optus and Cisco complete NB-IoT trials" ZDNet 7:56 AM
  • "Cisco's Jasper unit lands IoT deals in auto, connected health, trials NB-IoT" ZDNet 7:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Is Apple Adding Value to Berkshire Hathaway's Portfolio?" Market Realist 1:09 PM
  • "Apple: Buy the rumor, sell the news?" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:43 AM
Industry News
  • "Policy Details: The Dow Jones Industrial Average's remarkable record-breaking streak flames out on Tuesday as Wall Street grows impatient ahead of Donald Trump's congressional address." TheStreet 4:22 PM
  • "Dow Halts Record Run, February Was Still Mighty for Markets" FOXBusiness 4:22 PM
  • "US STOCKS-Dow breaks 12-day record streak ahead of Trump speech; retail down" Nasdaq 4:22 PM
  • "Wall Street's expectations 'are very high' for Trump speech" USA Today 12:34 PM
  • "Retail Stocks Slide on Target's Disappointing Forecast: Global defense shares rallied ahead of Donld Trump's first formal address to the nation since Inauguration Day" [Paid Membership Required] 4:23 PM
  • "Asian markets tick up ahead of Trump's address to Congress" MarketWatch 8:21 AM
  • "Defense stocks rise but European market hesitates before Trump speech" MarketWatch 8:22 AM

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