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Monday Highlights: Sophos reporting Apple confirms Siri listens to you, but claims "she's NOT spying"; Bloomberg explores how sales of smartphone worldwide ground to halt; and Apple files appeal against Santa Clara County's tax demands for asset values; vulnerability in macOS, in just two lines of code, could allow your system to be compromised with single click; Tim Cook, President Trump had dinner to talk tariffs allegedly; encryption-weakening bill on docket for Aussie parliament; report claims there's no fix for a quarter of known computer vulnerabilities; DigiTimes report says Quanta producing "new inexpensive notebooks" for Apple—more in our Hardware/Software section; ZDNet's Chris Matyszczyk went to an Apple Store to see if employees are as stupid as Samsung's adverts make them out to be.

  • "Apple's profits would jump by 16% under President Trump's proposed tax reforms, Citi says"  Business Insider 9:40 AM
  • "Contact Less: In September 2016 Apple Pay came to support the world's largest public transit system. It happened through the integration with Japan's FeliCa and gave Apple Pay access to 160 million daily transactions." asymco 2:47 PM
  • "Apple Sued Over 'Error 53' iPhone Shutdowns: Australian regulator acts after tech company 'bricked' devices, then told customers it wouldn't fix problem at no cost" [Paid Membership Required] 7:14 AM
  • "Apple sued by regulator over refusal to service 'bricked' iPhones: Australia's consumer watchdog is taking Apple to court." CNNMoney 7:13 AM
  • "Apple taken to court for 'refusing to fix devices'" BBC 8:54 AM
  • "Australia slams Apple for telling customers 'you're repairing it wrong" Computerworld 8:14 AM
  • "Further briefing on Apple v. Samsung design patent damages, no transfer of Apple v. QualcommFoss Patents 7:24 AM
  • "Transcript: Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus on the state of Apple's pro Macs" TechCrunch 2:44 PM
  • "Mac malware grew 744% in 2016, says McAfee report, but most of it is adware" 9to5Mac 7:06 AM
  • "F-Secure buys Little Flocker to upgrade its Mac security play" TechCrunch 7:18 AM
  • "F-Secure snaps up Little Flocker in big F-off to Mac malware: F-Secure is expanding further into Mac protection with the acquisition of specialist security firm Little Flocker. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed." The Register 7:09 AM
  • "Nvidia's new Titan Xp top-end graphics card also offers Mac support" TechCrunch 9:58 AM
  • "Why Nvidia's upcoming Pascal drivers matter: The Hackintosh" 9to5Mac 3:45 PM
  • "TextExpander By Subscription One Year Later" ["Meanwhile, the single-user, non-subscription edition of TextExpander continues to be sold, satisfying the needs of those users who have no interest in a hosted snippet-sharing service. For some, it's simply overkill, whereas others cannot store their content in the cloud for policy or confidentiality reasons. From an undeniably rocky introduction, Smile seems to have accomplished what it set out to do: offer a subscription-based software utility at a fair price and develop the infrastructure and hosted content to make it attractive to both individuals and enterprises."] TidBITS 2:46 PM
  • "How to fix Safari when popups block usage in iOS and macOS: Apple fixed a bug that allowed scammers to hijack your Safari screen in iOS, but a macOS flaw remains." Macworld 7:18 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: A Fox Takes To Water" YMP Now 2:48 PM
  • "How to install Windows 10 Creators Update on your Mac" BetaNews 7:21 AM
  • "macOS: Putting a Recovery Partition on Your Mac (Without Reinstalling macOS)" The Mac Observer 3:41 PM
  • "How to Use Night Shift on Your Mac" MacTrast 8:52 AM
  • "Quickly toggle visibility of invisible files in Finder" The Robservatory 7:06 PM
  • "Using Live Stock Prices in Numbers" MacMost 10:12 AM
  • "Apple And 'Cradle To Grave' Security" Mac360 9:41 AM
  • "Cassandra: Broken Newspapers and Broken Disks" eXtensions 8:51 AM
Press Releases
  • "Syncro Soft Announces a New Release (Version 19.0) of the Oxygen XML Editor Suite of Products" Syncro Soft 7:47 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro How It Works 10.3 -The Graphically Enhanced Manual Gets an Update" 7:25 AM
  • "KeynotePro Announces 3 New Themes for Keynote 7" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Server Ranger 1.5 - Monitor Servers and Websites - Mac style" prMac 7:18 AM
  • "TunesKit Newly Released Free Video Cutter to Losslessly Cut Any Video" prMac 7:18 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Social media firms offer $5.3M settlement in iOS app privacy suit over contact uploads" AppleInsider 8:51 PM
  • "Microsoft Ranks Highest in Tablet Satisfaction as Features, Design Shine: Microsoft Tablets Attract Higher Incidence of Early Adopters to Technology" [Beats out Apple with a score of 855 to 849] PRNewswire 2:38 PM
  • "Microsoft edges out Apple for top spot in J.D Power tablet survey" 9to5Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Apple AirPods have officially arrived, and they're not going away" Mashable 7:19 AM
  • "Google Play Music undercuts Apple Music in India as both companies play the long game" 9to5Mac 7:04 AM
  • "Apple Bails Out Family After 11-Year Old Goes On $7,500 In-App Purchase Spending Spree" Digital Trends 7:19 AM
  • "Meet Edward Parks III, star of the Steve Jobs opera" Cult of Mac 11:21 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Future Apple CEO John Sculley is born" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Pebble Update Lets Watches Work After Servers Shut Down" The Mac Observer 11:19 AM
  • "Sprint is killing its best 50 percent off deal" The Verge 9:44 AM
  • "Sprint lowers Unlimited Freedom prices, shuts down '50% off' promotion" Mashable 8:55 AM
  • "Six in 10 people believe their lives will improve with autonomous vehicles: Privacy not a key concern around internet-connected vehicles" Computerworld 7:11 AM
  • "Google Play Music launches subscriptions in India at Rs 89 per month" The Economic Times 7:04 AM
  • "Pebble Watches Aren't Dead Yet, Whole-home VPN -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-06" The Mac Observer 1:53 PM
  • "Episode 164: 'Pros are Leaving in Droves'" The Committed 9:59 AM
  • "New iMacs With Up to Xeon E3 Processors, 64GB RAM, AMD Graphics, and Thunderbolt 3 Rumored for Late October" MacRumors 12:11 PM
  • "Apple May Be Working on 8K Display and New High-End Mac Mini" MacRumors 2:46 PM
  • "Rumors suggest Apple's pro iMac will be crazy powerful" BGR 7:06 PM
  • "Rumor: Modular Mac Pro may not ship until early 2019, new iPad Pro and Mac integration planned" 9to5Mac 9:11 PM
  • "Apple's high-end desktop is back from the dead" CNET 9:11 PM
  • "Apple signs 2-year OLED panel supply contract with Samsung Display, say reports" DigiTimes 7:13 AM
  • "Apple Signs Two-Year Deal With Samsung For 92 Million OLED iPhone Panels" MacRumors 7:13 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple and Samsung's $9B 2-year 'iPhone 8' OLED contract forces LCD factory conversion" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "Apple may delay new iPhone launch to October-November, says paper" DigiTimes 7:20 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple Patents Reveal High-Tech Fabrics for Future Apple Products Including a MacBook with a Smart Fabric Lid" Patently Apple 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Patent Focuses on Future Apple Pencil Pie-Chart Menus Supporting Business Applications" Patently Apple 11:20 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM

  • "Review: Apple's $329 iPad is for people who have never upgraded their tablet" Ars Technica 11:22 AM
  • "Best gaming keyboard: We've sifted through the latest and greatest to come up with our top recommendations." PCWorld 7:10 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7: Drop Test [Video] iClarified 9:44 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-On With Apple's New 'Clips' Video App" MacRumors 5:25 PM
  • "Apple's Clips app is iMovie for the next generation" The Verge 11:22 AM
  • "Apple Clips review: Apple Clips is a great free video app, once you learn its tricks" CNET 11:22 AM
  • "Apple Clips Review: Snapchat-like Fun...If You Can Figure It Out/Apple's Clips app, available Thursday for the iPhone and iPad, lets you shoot, edit and share mobile-friendly mini-movies" [Paid Membership Required] 11:22 AM
  • "Apple Clips is the powerful tool you need to transform your social media game" Mashable 10:20 AM
  • "Apple's new video-editing app Clips is great. I don't know why it was made" Stuff: New Zealand 10:20 AM
  • "'Meganoid' (2017) Review - The Closest Thing to 'Spelunky' on Mobile, For Better or Worse" Touch Arcade 11:22 AM
  • "How to Save YouTube Videos and Watch Them Later on iPhone and Apple TV" iPhone Hacks 7:01 PM
  • "iOS 11 Feature Wishlist: Customize Control Center" iPhone Hacks 7:01 PM
  • "How to use Amazon Music Unlimited with your Amazon Echo devices" iMore 2:49 PM
  • "How to record and edit Live Titles in the Clips app" iMore 10:37 AM
  • "How to add filters and effects in the Clips app" iMore 10:37 AM
  • "How to add and edit Title Cards in the Clips app" iMore 10:37 AM
  • "How to take and edit video and photos in the Clips app" iMore 10:37 AM
  • "How to add and edit overlays and emoji in the Clips app" iMore 10:37 AM
  • "How to have the Music app only show songs stored on your device" iDownload Blog 7:38 AM
  • "How to edit the caption of a photo on Instagram" iDownload Blog 7:22 AM
  • "Using 3D Touch to view notifications in folders Tips" iLounge 5:22 PM
  • "Easily Remind Yourself About a Phone Call on iPhone" OS X Daily 2:47 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about Apple's Clips app" iMore 2:46 PM
  • "10 more handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis [Video] 9to5Mac 7:06 AM
  • "Apple's Touch Bar Could Be a Flop: It's pretty underwhelming." The Motley Fool 7:06 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about the latest Apple rumors" iMore 5:49 PM
  • "Is this the graphics card for the future Mac Pro? Nvidia's new Titan Xp will come with Mac drivers, and the possibilities of its use puts excitement into the Mac community." Macworld 2:39 PM
  • "6 Layers To Future iPhone Protection" Mac360 9:42 AM
  • "Apple's AirPods Approaching An 'iPod Moment" Apple Must 9:42 AM
  • "Apple TV And 21st Century Television" McSolo 9:42 AM
  • "iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8" PixoBebo 9:42 AM
  • "Will the next Mac Pro ship in 2018 or 2019?" iDownload Blog 8:50 PM
  • "I have no frigging idea/I've been having some interesting conversations about Apple in the last few days. One was with Ina Fried, who is now writing at Axios, and she asked a question I struggled answering: 'Are you planning to buy a desktop?' As you can see in her daily newsletter, she summarized my ramble with my final comment on the issue, which was I have no frigging idea"  Chuq Von Rospatch 9:44 AM
  • "Apple's desperate Mac Pro damage control message hints at a confused, divided company" MacDailyNews 9:42 AM
  • "Apple's desperate Mac damage control message hints at a divided company/Opinion: Apple's attempts at reassuring customers that it hasn't forgotten about desktop Macs hint at divisions within the company as to what direction the company should be going in."  ZDNet 9:41 AM
  • "iPad as a 'Mac buddy' could benefit Apple computers and tablets" Apple World Today 5:19 PM
  • "Some notes regarding the new Mac Pro"  OSNews 2:43 PM
  • "The Cheese Grater Mac Pro"  512 Pixels 9:06 AM
  • "Do AirPod stickers ruin the hanging toothbrush head aesthetic?" The Verge 8:54 AM
  • "Who will be the Next TV Aggregators?" Tech.pinions 7:24 AM
  • "Wish list: What I'd like to see in the new Mac Pro/There's a new top-of-the-line Mac coming in 2018. When you buy one, hopefully it'll be filled with the tech to make it the fastest Mac for years to come." Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "Microsoft versus Apple: Still making a it a thing" Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "The Ubuntu mobile dream is over" Engadget 9:59 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Best Sports Games for Apple TV" iMore 2:47 PM
  • "Honda unveils 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan as latest with Apple's CarPlay standard" 9to5Mac 2:39 PM
  • "Xiaomi Tops Indian Smartphone Purchase Intention – iPhone 3rd Most Popular Aspirational Brand" MacPrices 1:53 PM
  • "Clips brings fun and simple video creation to iPhone and iPad" Apple 9:11 PM
  • "Apple's Clips app does not work on 32-bit devices" iDownload Blog 7:05 PM
  • "Apple Clips app 64-bit only, another move suggesting end of 32-bit device support" AppleInsider 2:39 PM
  • "Apple's New Social Video Creation App 'Clips' Launches on iPhone and iPad Today" MacRumors 10:19 AM
  • "Apple's new Clips social video editing app for iOS is launching today" 9to5Mac 10:19 AM
  • "Epson Presents New Ultra-Bright Home Cinema 1450 3LCD Projector for Big-Screen Entertaining" PRNewswire 7:46 AM
  • "Linksys Ships Entry Level New Tri-Band MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router" PRNewswire 7:46 AM
  • "Tearline is an iPhone App for American Spies" iClarified 7:24 AM
  • "Western Digital Unveils Its First WD® Portable SSD" Business Wire 7:46 AM
  • "Western Digital Debuts First My Passport Portable SSD" MacRumors 7:23 AM
  • "Twitter Lite keeps you tweeting over bad data connections" Cult of Mac 9:44 AM
  • "Twitter Lite is a faster, smaller Twitter built for the mobile web" IDG News Service 7:19 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft formally bans emulators on Xbox, Windows 10 download shops: Rules change comes ahead of formal Xbox Live Creators Program unveil." Ars Technica 6:07 AM
  • "Microsoft bans game emulators from the Windows Store" The Verge 6:15 AM
  • "Do Not Install Windows 10 Creators Update on Intel Clover Trail Processors: Atom CPUs not supported by the Creators Update just yet" Softpedia 6:26 AM
  • "Microsoft goes softly, softly on Windows 10 Creators Update privacy: It's not perfect, but it's getting better" The Inquirer 7:26 AM
  • "Creators Update is Now Available for Developers, Developers, Developers" Thurrott 9:48 AM
  • "Antsy Windows 10 users can grab Creators Update now: Feature upgrade available through Update Assistant and as .iso disk image" Computerworld 6:28 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 Creators Update so you can install it now" BetaNews 6:27 AM
  • "Only a small number of Windows phones will get the Windows 10 Creators Update" The Verge 6:15 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU confirmed?" PC Retail 6:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 Registers Extraordinary Performance At Potential Benchmarking" The Science Times 6:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Races Past Intel Core i7-7700K" iTech Post 6:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Unboxing, Specifications and Review" iSports Times 6:24 AM
  • "Economy boosts CIO budgets, as A.I. helps IBM, says Morgan Stanley: Security is a top priority, cloud is hurting hardware, and desktops are near the bottom of spending priorities" Computerworld 6:26 AM
  • "Oracle's Java-on-Java experiment picks up steam: In a recent presentation, Oracle detailed both progress and future plans for implementing Java on Java" Techworld 6:28 AM
  • "Nvidia delivers new and improved Titan Xp—3,840 cores, 550GB/s memory bandwidth: Full-fat GP102 Pascal in a consumer card; same cost as previous Titan X. On sale today." Ars Technica 11:39 AM
  • "Stretchables poised to make mass market impact" EE Times Asia 6:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Depreciation: Apple iPhones hold value best, LG worst" Apple 3.0 11:22 AM
  • "iPhone manufacture Foxconn reports highest-ever holiday quarter net profit" iDownload Blog 10:37 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close off intraday highs as Trump-Xi meeting gets under way: Retailers rally after big selloffs" MarketWatch 5:23 PM
  • "Stocks Give Back Bulk of Gains on Worries Over Syrian Intervention" TheStreet 5:23 PM
  • "Stocks do U-turn Wednesday after Fed cites high prices" USA Today 5:23 PM
  • "Wall Street Posts Slight Gain, Investors Anxious on Trump-Xi Meet" Reuters 5:22 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb as Energy Shares Follow Rising Oil Prices: Stocks traded in a tight range, fluctuating between small losses and gains before ending higher. Reports pointing to strength in the U.S. economy have supported shares recently, even as investors have weighed the possibility that policies like tax cuts might not be imminent." [Paid Membership Required] 5:22 PM
  • "Nikkei drops to 4-month low as Asian markets pull back" MarketWatch 6:31 AM
  • "European stocks pull back as Fed moves to reduce bond holdings" MarketWatch 6:31 AM

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