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Wednesday Highlights: Ming-Chi Kuo's latest Apple prognostications: Apple Cars between 2023-2025, and Augmented Reality glasses in 2020, both will vault company to $2 trillion valuation; and what else could Apple reinvent? How about the dollar?; Adobe's latest patch update tackles code execution vulnerability; a spare Mac can help you connect your TV, audio receiver to your HomePod; MacMost argues there are better solutions for backing up your Mac than cloning it; iConic iMac turns 20—more in our General Interest, and Op/Ed sections; Apple signs up actors for sci-fi series to debut on Apple TV; T-Mobile aims to upend customer service industry; Verizon to offer free TV as enticer for 5G service; Google's DeepMind able to analyze eye scans and in seconds, detect diseases; CNET compares cameras of iPhone X, Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and Huawei P20 Pro.

  • "Apple's Devices Lose Luster in American Classrooms: Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life." ["Mobile devices that run on Apple's iOS and MacOS operating systems have now reached a new low, falling to third place behind both Google-powered laptops and Microsoft Windows devices, according to a report released on Thursday by Futuresource Consulting, a research company."]  New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:56 AM
  • "Report: Apple's iOS and macOS lose market share to Chrome OS in US K-12" 9to5Mac 3:56 PM
  • "Patent-holding company's $533M verdict against Apple is dust on appeal"  Ars Technica 11:49 AM
  • "Appellate Court Rules Smartflash Patents Invalid, Saving Apple $533 Million"  The Mac Observer 6:37 AM
  • "Apple won't have to pay $533 million to an iTunes patent troll: A three-judge panel unanimously agreed to throw out a two-year-old iTunes patent ruling." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Apple has $533m verdict against iTunes software patents thrown" V3 12:00 PM
  • "Apple's U.K. Suit Against Qualcomm Adds to Global Patent War" Bloomberg 2:26 PM
  • "Apple expands ongoing legal battle against Qualcomm with new lawsuit in the U.K." 9to5Mac 8:37 PM
  • "Tim Cook's Awkward Challenge To Define The MacBook Pro"  Forbes 8:52 AM
  • "Apple board members receive restricted stock grants worth more than $253K" AppleInsider 8:53 PM
  • "Tim Cook introduces Al Gore's new movie 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power' in Silicon Valley" 9to5Mac 9:21 PM
  • "macOS malware on the rise as Apple silently patches a mysterious new threat called Proton" TechRepublic 3:40 PM
  • "Chrome for MacOS will block rogue ad injections and settings changes" IDG News Service 11:29 AM
  • "Google to expand Chrome's malware protections on Mac" iDownload Blog 12:00 PM
  • "Google Chrome For macOS Gains Enhanced Safe Browsing Malware Protection" HotHardware 4:43 PM
  • "We will be eventually retiring TextWrangler from our product line, and so we encourage anyone interested in TextWrangler to download and use BBEdit instead." Bare Bones Software 4:47 PM
  • "Bare Bones to Retire TextWrangler, Offer Free Basic Features in BBEdit" Kirkville 1:30 PM
  • "Bare Bones Software sunsetting TextWrangler, focusing fully on BBEdit text editor development" 9to5Mac 3:48 PM
  • "Bare Bones Software to retire TextWrangler in favor of BBEdit" AppleInsider 8:45 PM
  • "Internet speeds killed after installing NAS?" Mac Kung Fu 9:22 AM
  • "Survivor's guide to taxes: The best tax software for Macs" AppleInsider 11:09 AM
  • "How to use Night Shift on your Mac" iMore 9:22 AM
  • "How To List All Terminal Commands On Mac In macOS Sierra" Redmond Pie 12:00 PM
  • "How to Enter and Exit Full Screen Mode in macOS" Intego 12:00 PM
  • "Setting Screenshot File Location" MacMost 10:05 AM
  • "A Look At My Favorite Mac PIM" Mac 360 8:57 AM
  • "Magically achieve 'inbox zero' in Mail...or don't" The Robservatory 11:29 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft is adding Google Calendar support to Outlook on Mac" The Verge 7:09 AM
  • "Horcrux Email Backup works automatically and unobtrusively" Apple World Today 7:05 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Wearables Aren't Dead, They're Just Shifting Focus as the Market Grows 16.9% in the Fourth Quarter, According to IDC" ["Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 proved to be a magnificent success for the company as it was the company's best quarter ever in the wearables market. The lower entry price point and the inclusion of GPS on the Series 2 along with a completely revamped user interface have helped the company grow its presence. Apple is one of the few companies that has been able to quickly refocus its watch to gain traction in the consumer market and has also been leading the charge on introducing the smartwatch category to the commercial segment."] Business Wire 2:13 PM
  • "Apple Watch's Record-Breaking Quarter Was Opposite One of Fitbit's 'Largest Declines Ever'" MacRumors 11:09 AM
  • "The Apple Watch is Winning" Baystreet 1:16 PM
  • "IDC: Apple Watch's record Q4 makes it #3 in wearables market as leader Fitbit declines, #2 Xiaomi widens gap" 9to5Mac 11:09 AM
  • "Inventergy, listed in Apple's Lawsuit against Acacia as a Conspirator with Nokia, Sues Apple on 7 Counts of Patent Infringement" Patently Apple 12:51 PM
  • "Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts appearing at next month's Global Retailing Conference [Video] 9to5Mac 11:10 AM
  • "Corporations Show Support for Transgender Boy in Supreme Court Case" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:01 AM
  • "Apple among corporations supporting transgender student in Supreme Court case" AppleInsider 7:00 AM
  • "Apple Among 53 Companies Supporting Transgender Student in Supreme Court Case" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "An 81-year-old woman just created her own iPhone app" CNNMoney 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Shares 'Home' App Ad on Refreshed 'Home' Webpage" MacRumors 7:04 AM
  • "Apple Posts New Ad for Home App, Refreshes Webpage [Video] iClarified 7:09 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Here comes the Macintosh II" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon establishes Alexa Fund Fellowship to support universities researching voice technology" GeekWire 5:45 PM
  • "Amazon Is Working On An Alexa Home Security Camera According To This Leak" HotHardware 4:50 PM
  • "Spotify hits 50 million subscribers" CNET 3:49 PM
  • "With Apple Music at 20M Users, Spotify Hits 50M Paying Subscriber Milestone" MacRumors 3:40 PM
  • "Apple Music rival Spotify hits 50 million paid subscribers" AppleInsider 5:12 PM
  • "Public university lays off 79 IT workers after they train outsourced replacements" Ars Technica 2:18 PM
  • "Amazon blames human error for cloud-service disruption" Reuters 1:32 PM
  • "Virginia is the first state to legalize delivery robots: You better start getting used to a more crowded sidewalk." Engadget 11:59 AM
  • "Hidden backdoor discovered in Chinese IoT devices" BetaNews 8:51 AM
  • "Google Has No Plans For More Pixel Notebooks" MacRumors 7:09 AM
  • "FCC halts data security rules: The rules require providers to take 'reasonable' measures to secure consumer data" IDG News Service 7:05 AM
  • "Google's troll-hunting AI fooled by typos" BBC 7:05 AM
  • "MacVoices #17075: Road to Macstock – Tom Piper on Pages" MacVoices 3:57 PM
  • "Avoiding Microsoft Office in 2017 and Apple's View of the Mac -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-02" The Mac Observer 2:10 PM
  • "Rebound 126: Having an Episode" Six Colors 11:10 AM
  • "Apple Talk 24: Big Block of Cheese Day" iMore 9:22 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2017 model could launch this month; Apple's 'special edition' handset is an affordable alternative" International Business Times 9:20 PM
  • "All of Apple's 2017 iPhones will include fast charging via Lightning port, not USB-C" AppleInsider 9:22 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Says All 2017 iPhones Will Have Lightning Connectors With USB-C Fast Charging" MacRumors 9:22 AM
  • "Second-Generation Apple TV Officially Declared 'Obsolete'" MacTrast 7:29 AM
  • "Apple declares second-gen Apple TV 'obsolete,' halts most hardware support" AppleInsider 8:51 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch Acts as External Battery Pack for USB-C MacBook Pro, Parental Control App Available" MacRumors 11:43 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple Reveals their Coolest Invention Ever: Wirelessly Charging Future iDevices While they Levitate, Spin & More" Patently Apple 11:09 AM
  • "Apple invents futuristic digital scroll-like device with retractable, roll-up display" AppleInsider 7:00 AM
  • "Apple reveals more Ideas regarding Apple Pencil Holder Accessories for Smart Keyboard, iPad and iPhone Covers" Patently Apple 7:09 AM
  • "Apple investigating hide-able, attachable Apple Pencil storage loops" AppleInsider 11:10 AM
  • "Patent Report: retractable displays, language translators, Apple Pencil holders" Apple World Today 7:41 AM
  • "Siri Not Working on iPhone or iPad? How to Fix Siri & Troubleshoot Problems" OS X Daily 3:40 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:05 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:05 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:05 AM

  • "The Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard is the keyboard Apple should be makingĀ [Video] 9to5Mac 6:06 PM
  • "Tested: Knockoff Apple Watch bands for $20 or less/A real leather band for 12 percent of what Apple charges? A silicone sport band for under $10? I'm sold." Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "These iPhone lenses work the corners to deliver super-sharp images" Cult of Mac 12:00 PM
  • "LG G6 VS. iPhone 7 Plus: How Does Hot New Android Compare To Apple's Best?" Digital Trends 11:59 AM
  • "Razer Core Thunderbolt 3 eGPU works with 'late 2016' MacBook Pro!" Bare Feats 10:04 AM
  • "Waterfield Design Maverick Leather Laptop Messenger Bag review: A classic bag designed for the latest gear" Macworld 8:52 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPad Diaries: Apple Pencil, Notability, and the Joy of Note-Taking" MacStories 11:43 AM
  • "'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain' Review - Warlock Has Changed" Touch Arcade 11:43 AM
  • "'Little Lords of Twlight' Review – Turn Based Heroes" Touch Arcade 11:10 AM
  • "Find the perfect virtual private network for you with The Best VPN's unbiased VPN reviews" Cult of Mac 2:27 PM
  • "How to Delete and Recover Emails on Any iPhone or iPad (iOS)" Digital Trends 12:51 PM
  • "How to set up Apple's carrier billing on your iPhone or Mac (where available)" AppleInsider 12:06 PM
  • "How to Restart Your iPhone | iPhone 7, iPhone 6, Etc." Digital Trends 8:51 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch Can Be Used As USB-C Power Bank To Charge 2016 MacBook Pro" Redmond Pie 8:39 PM
  • "4 handy iOS 10 Phone app tips and tricks" TechRepublic 7:09 AM
  • "Is Augmented Reality Apple's Next Big Thing?" Bloomberg TV 3:49 PM
  • "Perspectives on Blancco's State of Mobile Device Report (iOS & Android)" The Mac Observer 3:40 PM
  • "iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro 12.9: Which should you buy?" iMore 1:31 PM
  • "Why Apple won't ditch Lightning for USB-C in the next iPhone" Computerworld 1:16 PM
  • "iPhone 8 might not ditch Lightning – but it could get fast USB-C charging" Mashable 1:01 PM
  • "Could Apple be Planning an iPhone SE Refresh in a Couple Weeks?" Digital Trends 11:59 AM
  • "10 reasons why not even the best Android phones can get iPhone users to switch" BGR 11:58 AM
  • "Bad trip: Searching for a replacement for FlightTrack" Six Colors 11:43 AM
  • "Why Apple shouldn't force two-factor authentication on iPhone users"  TechRepublic 11:10 AM
  • "Apple needs to go pro for the iPad Pro" Apple Must 10:05 AM
  • "Macs Do More Than iPads" McSolo 8:57 AM
  • "On Rethinking The Mac Pro" Mac360 8:56 AM
  • "Would You Buy A New Mac Pro That Looked Like This?" Apple Must 7:29 AM
  • "Spotify Starts Dipping Toes in the Lossless Water; is Apple Next?" Kirkville 7:09 AM
  • "The twice-broken clock: Never right about the Apple Watch" Macworld 7:04 AM
  • "Comment: As a stock Android lover, the Huawei P10's EMUI left me emotionless" 9to5Google 1:16 PM
  • "Windows 10 fix will prevent updates from wrecking your day" Engadget 11:59 AM
  • "How the Internet Threatens Democracy" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:27 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, 1700X, And 1700 Review And Benchmarks: Zen Brings The Fight Back To Intel" HotHardware 11:15 AM
  • "An Affordable Alternative To iPhone 6" PixoBebo 8:56 AM
  • "Gmail's new exciting update means nothing for you" Mashable 7:05 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis" GoComics 10:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Tiny iPhone-controlled camera lets you stream directly to Facebook Live and edit in real-time" BGR 5:12 PM
  • "ExtraSecure, the World's Most Secure iOS Email Application, Launches" PRNewswire 2:14 PM
  • "Google Allo picks up improved Assistant integration, animated emoji on Android and iOS" 9to5Google 12:01 PM
  • "The iPhone as a Sous Chef" AppAdvice 12:00 PM
  • "The Best Sticker and GIF Keyboard Apps" AppAdvice 12:00 PM
  • "Sales of Mobile PCs into the US K-12 Education Market Continue to Grow" ["2-in-1 Devices Set to be the Next Must Have Device"] Futuresource 11:57 AM
  • "Best Puzzle Games for iPhone and iPad" iMore 11:49 AM
  • "Taiwanese carrier relaunching iPhone 6 in Gold" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "MCE ships fastest 1TB PCIe-based SSD for Mac Pro (Late 2013)" Canadian Reviewer 8:52 AM
  • "Apple Time Capsule lives on with third-party antenna, 5TB hard drive update" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "Please enjoy this massive gallery of almost 1,000 free iPhone wallpapers" BGR 7:26 AM
  • "InkCase IVY is a new iPhone 7 case that does more than offer protection" Coolest Gadgets 7:09 AM
  • "Rapid Turtle Games releases Drop Files for iOS - A Casual Time Waster" prMac 7:04 AM
  • "Prisma photo editing app launches store with downloadable filters, free for now" 9to5Mac 7:00 AM
  • "Where To? 10.5: Revamped Search & Reviews" FutureTap 6:38 AM
  • "iPad iOS apps -ChemDraw, Chem3D and CDSL have been withdrawn" Macs in Chemistry 6:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft vs. Apple: A Fierce Battle for the Best Design" MakeUseOf 7:38 AM
  • "Xbox One and Project Scorpio will support mixed reality headsets next year" The Verge 6:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Readies Windows Mixed Reality Developer Kits" eWeek 4:52 PM
  • "Microsoft will ship first Windows Mixed Reality kit to devs this month: Firm also confirms AR experiences will be coming to the Xbox in 2018" The Inquirer 6:32 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise core server and storage challenges attributed in part to loss of business from Microsoft" Seeking Alpha 9:35 AM
  • "HPE refocuses tech services group on cloud, big data: The new Pointnext group will help customers adopt emerging technologies" IDG News Service 12:22 PM
  • "HP Inc. (HPQ)FORM 10-Q | Quarterly Report" Seeking Alpha 4:51 PM
  • "HPE backs software-defined storage startup Hedvig in $21.5m round" ZDNet 8:42 PM
  • "Dell EMC enhances cloud service provider partner program track, builds solutions engineering practice" Al Bawaba 6:55 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 500 series rumoured to be rebrands" Hexus 6:58 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen: Taking the fight to Intel" ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "AMD's Flagship Ryzen 7 1800X Review Leaked – AMD's Top 8 Core Compared Against Intel's Top 8 Core Processor" WCCFTech 6:58 AM
  • "Simultaneous Multi-Threading vital for Zen" Fudzilla 6:58 AM
  • "AMD's moment of Zen: Finally, an architecture that can compete/Intel's architecture is still better, but AMD has significantly narrowed the gap." Ars Technica 10:07 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Official Release Date, News, Price & Features: Revealed Ahead Of Its Launch" Auto World News 6:57 AM
  • "What You Need to Know About Ryzen, AMD's Shot at an Intel-Killing Chip" Gizmodo 11:41 AM
  • "Intel Achieves 100% Equal Pay for Women and Minorities" The HR Digest 7:20 AM
  • "Suerte De Capote: Intel's Cannonlake Leaked In A Patent" Seeking Alpha 1:45 PM
  • "IBM inexplicably granted patent for 'Out of Office' because FFS: Ever gone on holiday? You probably owe IBM money" The Inquirer 11:41 AM
  • "IBM patents 'out of office' email messages" ZDNet 6:26 AM
  • "Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) disclose denial of service bug in NetFlow Generation appliances" Benchmark Monitor 6:59 AM
  • "Cisco Embraces Docker Containers with New Partnership" eWeek 11:40 AM
  • "The Hidden Truths of Oracle Database Support" CIO Today 7:38 AM
  • "Panasonic pins SEA production expansion in Vietnam" EE Times Asia 5:57 AM
  • "Plastic synapses offer hardware alternative to neural networks: Plastic man will have plastic brain, probably does feel pain." Ars Technica 10:06 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Snapchat IPO: $24bn messaging app jumps as much as 40pc in blockbuster tech float" Telegraph 9:58 AM
  • "Snap Sets the Stage for Slew of 2017 Tech IPOs" FOXNews 12:35 PM
  • "Dow 21,000; Snap IPO; Earnings galore" CNNMoney 7:07 AM
  • "Snap Shines in Market Debut but Caterpillar Bulldozes Wall Street: The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated from records on Thursday after a surprise selloff in Caterpillar shares weighs heavily on markets." TheStreet 5:22 PM
  • "What Happened in the Stock Market Today" Nasdaq 5:23 PM
  • "E-Trade cuts trading fees in escalating price war" USA Today 5:23 PM
  • "Stocks Slide After Record-Breaking Day: Expectations for higher interest rates boost the dollar and government bond yields" [Paid Membership Required] 5:23 PM
  • "Asian stocks rise as optimism grows about U.S. interest rates, Trump" MarketWatch 7:09 AM
  • "European stocks cling onto their highest level in a year" MarketWatch 7:09 AM

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