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Wednesday Highlights: Apple facing opposition in Australia over plans to build mega-store as group seeks to have site get heritage protection; Jason Snell explains why it is a "huge win" for Apple to get Photoshop on iOS; Apple Gazette on the very real threat of ransomware on the Mac; ever wondered how Time Machine does its thing?; Facebook's troubles aren't over, report that nearly 1/4th of Apple employees plan to dump their accounts, and now advertisers accuse the social network of witholding fact video ads aren't being watched in order to keep them paying for such advertisements; Google's Pixel 3 uses pioneering camera tech; Apple announces this Friday as start of iPhone Xr pre-orders.

  • "Samsung, Apple Intensify Battle for Smartphone Users: but this year offers a rare chance for industry leaders to win (or lose) fans" [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 PM
  • "Apple's first App Accelerator starts in Bengaluru, Phil Schiller says will boost developer community: The accelerator, the first from Apple anywhere in the world, will handhold Indian developers when it comes to skills and tools"  The Indian Express 6:27 AM
  • "Apple Just Opened A Center In India To Help Indian Developers Make Better Apps" BuzzFeed 7:18 AM
  • "Apple to open first R&D center in Indonesia this year: The US tech giant seeks to comply with Indonesian regulations in order to be able to retail phones in the country." CNET 6:38 AM
  • "Apple is opening fewer stores in Europe and focusing on China instead" Business Insider 12:36 PM
  • "Apple wins Australia ruling to retain Apple Pay dominance" BBC 7:05 AM
  • "Apple defeats Australia banks over mobile payments" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:05 AM
  • "Apple closes WWDC 2017 lottery, begins notifying winning developers" 9to5Mac 8:06 PM
  • "Apple closes WWDC 2017 registrations, notifies lottery winners" AppleInsider 9:30 PM
  • "Is your iOS app piling on weight? Blame Xcode 8.3: We shed light on Apple's bloat riddle" The Register 7:07 AM
  • "On the increasing difficulty of launching some apps" The Robservatory 12:11 PM
  • "Data Backup Plan: How to Implement the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy" Intego 12:11 PM
  • "How To: Return Trashed Files to Their Original Location on Your Mac" MacTrast 9:11 AM
  • "Why Apple Gadgets Need Sleep (and what you can do about it)" TeraTalks 7:55 AM
  • "Apple's bug reporting system: An impractical black hole that's frustrating to use/Reporting a software bug to Apple really bugs me."  Macworld 6:39 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2017" [Slideshow] Macworld 6:39 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple Configurator 2.4" TidBITS 8:06 PM
  • "Total War: Warhammer for Mac Finally Coming this April" Mac Gamer HQ 10:46 AM
  • "BlipWall for MacOS launches today, bringing Facebook photos to MacOS" prMac 7:26 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Hires Former YouTube Exec to Boost Video Effort"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 6:39 AM
  • "Apple hires former YouTube, Spotify exec to further video content ambitions" AppleInsider 6:40 AM
  • "Apple Hires Former YouTube Executive to Boost Video Content Strategy" MacRumors 6:57 AM
  • "Apple hired a veteran product manager from YouTube and Spotify to boost its video platform" Business Insider 7:02 AM
  • "Apple's latest hire is a sign that it's focusing on services, not devices"  Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "DVLA Has Digital Drivers License Ambitions For Apple Pay" Silicon UK 1:30 PM
  • "Your iPhone Will Be Your Driving License in 2018" Apple Must 1:30 PM
  • "Apple Reiterates Commitment to Obama Era Climate Pledge" MacRumors 6:40 AM
  • "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon will continue to fight climate change despite Trump's order" The Verge 6:58 AM
  • "Hon Hai Posts Surprise Profit Rise After Record iPhone Sales" Bloomberg 7:37 AM
  • "Battle With Apple Takes a Toll on Chinese Phone Giant Huawei" Bloomberg 7:36 AM
  • "Apple's new Watch commercial bombards you with color" Mashable 12:11 PM
  • "Michael Phelps and Beyoncé lend a hand in colorful Apple Watch ad" Cult of Mac 12:22 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: First iPad reviews hail a game-changing tablet" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Republicans who voted against internet privacy got paid out" Mashable 1:31 PM
  • "After Internet Privacy Vote, Some ISPs Pledge Not To Sell Browsing Histories" BuzzFeed 1:31 PM
  • "Verizon's new bloatware app will monitor apps you install to target ads at you" The Verge 9:11 AM
  • "Happy World Backup Day! (What The Heck Is World Backup Day?)" PC Magazine 7:26 AM
  • "The Galaxy S8's facial scanner can, unsurprisingly, be tricked with a photo" The Verge 1:31 PM
  • "It turns out the Galaxy S8's best new security feature isn't very secure at all" BGR 10:14 AM
  • "Is it safe to buy Samsung's new Galaxy S8 phone? Like it or not, Samsung's new flagship smartphone has to save the company's brand after last year's exploding battery embarrassment." Recode 6:57 AM
  • "300th Episode Spectacular - The TouchArcade Show #300" Touch Arcade 9:30 PM
  • "Under the Hood with APFS -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-31" The Mac Observer 12:34 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks new iPads, Samsung, and Apple's end to 32-bit apps" AppleInsider 9:11 AM
  • "The weird and whacky Apple gadgets time forgot, on The CultCastCult of Mac 9:11 AM
  • "Is Apple making the best possible products? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 78)" CNET 6:38 AM
  • "All Three 2017 iPhones Said to Feature True Tone Displays" MacRumors 10:45 AM
  • "Report: Next iPhone models to include True Tone displays, custom front/back 3D sensors for facial recognition & AR" 9to5Mac 1:59 PM
  • "Barclays: iPhone 8 to sport 3D sensors on both front and back" iDownload Blog 1:58 PM
  • "The next iPhones could be much easier on your tired eyes" Mashable 8:21 PM
  • "Apple iOS 10.3: This Update Contains An Important Bug Fix" Forbes 7:07 AM
  • "Apple just fixed an iPhone flaw that led to more than 100,000 fake 911 calls" Mashable 6:57 AM
  • "Apple's latest iOS update patches 911 DDoS attack exploit" The Verge 9:10 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints at the return of the MagSafe connector" Apple World Today 7:38 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:18 AM

  • "Laptop manufacturers overstate battery life, Which? tests find: You may only achieve half the stated battery life on many laptops" ["It's not all bad news, however – our tests found that with Apple MacBooks, you could meet or even exceed the claimed battery life, according to Apple."]  Which? 10:15 AM
  • "World's thinnest iPhone case faces 21-foot drop test [Reviews] Cult of Mac 12:22 PM
  • "Review: PhotoFast's new 4-in-1 Lightning drive w/ USB-C, USB-A, & micro USB adds a microSD card slot" 9to5Mac 8:18 PM
  • "Review: Kanex MultiSync Foldable Mini Keyboard" MacTrast 8:21 PM
  • "A look at the Synology DS416j after four months of use" Apple World Today 6:58 AM
  • "Blue Microphones Ella planar magnetic headphone review: Fabulous sound" TechHive 6:39 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to access an album from the Music app" iMore 12:11 PM
  • "How to Search Messages on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 12:04 PM
  • "Create Custom Ringtones On Your iPhone" MacMost 9:51 AM
  • "5 Things to Consider when Evaluating a VPN for Privacy" The Mac Observer 5:09 PM
  • "Privacy 101: Why You Need a VPN/Congress just moved to let ISPs sell your personal data. Here's how to protect yourself." PC Magazine 7:26 AM
  • "How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and Mac: The ultimate guide" iMore 7:11 AM
  • "How to delete your Apple ID" iMore 6:58 AM
  • "Apple World Today Video Tip: A quick look at photo editing in the iOS Photos app" Apple World Today 12:11 PM
  • "A Quick Guide to Backing Up Your Critical Data" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:10 AM
  • "Should fans skip iPhone 8 and buy the Galaxy S8? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 8:17 PM
  • "The Music Industry Kind Of Likes Streaming Now, But It's Still Nervous" BuzzFeed 8:06 PM
  • "Using my iPhone for the next six months is really, really going to suck" BGR 10:55 AM
  • "The $1,000 Phone: The huge problem Apple must solve before it launches the new iPhone" Business Insider 10:45 AM
  • "Wishlist: Here are the things that we'd love to see with HomeKit" 9to5Mac 10:45 AM
  • "The Galaxy S8 is more powerful than the iPhone 7, but yours won't be" BGR 9:51 AM
  • "Privacy And Security Has A Price Tag" NoodleMac 8:51 AM
  • "Is It Time to Upgrade Your iPad? Probably NotApple's seventh-generation iPad, released to little fanfare, is a bit faster and brighter than the last—but otherwise not much different" [Paid Membership Required] 8:50 AM
  • "The iPad As The New Mac" Mac360 8:49 AM
  • "Why Apple's iPhone 8 might not be as sleek as the Galaxy S8" BGR 7:57 AM
  • "To fix the Apple TV, why not free Siri from the Siri Remote? If we could just talk to the Apple TV directly, it'd be easier to eschew the Siri Remote for a better, universal option."  Macworld 6:59 AM
  • "Samsung could have its own Apple Park with $5 billion. Instead it has the ashes of Galaxy Note 7" AppleInsider 8:06 PM
  • "When Atari Ruled the World/ExtemeTech EIC Jamie Lendino dives into the history and lore of 8-bit Atari computers in 'Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation.' Read an excerpt here." PC Magazine 1:56 PM
  • "The LG G6 Is Too Damn Simple" Gizmodo 9:10 AM
  • "Microsoft And Samsung Sittin' In A Tree" Mac360 8:50 AM
  • "Your life in AI's hands: The battle to understand deep learning/Why we need more insight into how cutting-edge AI models work before giving them greater control over our lives." TechRepublic 6:59 AM
  • "The Appeal of Consumer-Focused PC as a Service" Tech.pinions 6:58 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming April 1: Gene Steinberg meets blogger Peter Cohen and ethical hacker Dr. Timothy Summers, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:48 PM
  • "Apple's 'we're sorry we took away your ports' dongle sale ends today: You can also save big on LG's Ultrafine monitors for one more day." Engadget 10:51 AM
  • "Apple launches new Field Trips and App Store page for Autism Acceptance month" 9to5Mac 1:58 PM
  • "Apple Launches Autism Acceptance App Store Collection" 512 Pixels 10:14 AM
  • "New iPad 9.7-inch 2017 Case Available From Gumdrop Cases" prMac 9:51 AM
  • "LOC for iOS Makes Reality More Fun, Now With Augmented Reality" prMac 6:24 AM
  • "Slidecast - Record PowerPoint and Keynote Videos on your iPad or iPhone" prMac 6:23 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Department For Education Goes Mobile With Microsoft Tablets" Silicon UK 12:49 PM
  • "Celebrate World Backup Day (and protect your data) with these Windows resources" Windows Central 12:48 PM
  • "UK Buys Microsoft Surface Devices Because We All Know Why" Softpedia 8:59 AM
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update: official upgrade options on April 5th" gHacks 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft Takes the Final Step Towards the Release of Windows 10 Creators Update" Softpedia 8:56 AM
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update Arrives in the Release Preview Ring" WCCFTech 8:55 AM
  • "Harvard and IBM agree to build Mark I, March 31, 1939" EDN Network 8:48 AM
  • "Dell Wyse 3040 thin client specs and price: New entry-level thin unit is pretty small, light and powerful" International Business Times 8:46 AM
  • "Dell sees best PC quarter in six years" CRN UK 8:45 AM
  • "Micron, Intel: Rising Chip Prices Lifting All Boats" Barron's 8:42 AM
  • "Intel Optane cache drives don't play with budget Kaby Lake CPUs" Hexus 8:41 AM
  • "Intel 'unethical' and 'purposely misleading' about Optane technology, says SemiAccurate" Neowin 8:41 AM
  • "Intel's Optane Memory has a catch with budget processors" TechRadar UK 8:41 AM
  • "Ashes of the Singularity, DOTA 2 optimized for AMD Ryzen CPUs" TechSpot 8:37 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen: Gaming-Performance kann um bis zu 30 Prozent steigen" Tweakpc 8:37 AM
  • "AMD confirms FMA3-fixing AGESA update for early April" bit-tech 8:36 AM
  • "Oracle Recommends Axing Java Object Finaliser" Tech Central 8:34 AM
  • "Reboot your firewalls, or they'll stop working: Cisco" iTNews Australia 8:33 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Call of the week: Apple notches record high on price target hikes" Yahoo! Finance 10:51 AM
  • "Race To $1 Trillion: Apple Will Get There First But Buy Amazon" Forbes 7:26 AM
  • "These Stocks Will Win in Apple iPhone 8 Supercycle" Investopedia 7:37 AM
  • "Apple Walks All Over Nike, Facebook and Illumina Square Off: Challenge Update" TheStreet 8:18 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks finish quarter with solid gains, despite mediocre monthly performance: Technology stocks rally 12% over the past quarter" MarketWatch 5:10 PM
  • "Stocks Mixed Friday With an Eye on Gains for the First Quarter: Stocks are narrowly mixed on Friday as Wall Street looks to close out the first quarter with gains." TheStreet 5:10 PM
  • "Stocks start year strong despite Trump missteps" USA Today 5:10 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Book Biggest 1Q Gains in Four Years as Tech Leaps" FOXBusiness 5:09 PM
  • "S&P 500 Posts Biggest Quarterly Gain Since 2015: Technology companies have led broader indexes higher in the first quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 5:09 PM
  • "Asian markets quietly cap mostly positive first quarter: Asian stocks began the last day of the quarter Friday little changed, after what has broadly been a strong start to 2017 for equities in the region amid worries over the global effect of issues such as potential U.S. protectionism." MarketWatch 7:16 AM
  • "European stocks score strongest quarter since 2015: European stocks ended a volatile trading session mostly higher, with the Stoxx Europe 600 index logging a third quarter of gains." MarketWatch 12:24 PM

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