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Monday Highlights: Following media criticism in China, Apple pulls at least 25,000 illegal apps, many gambling-related, from China App Store—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; developers get hands on 8th betas of Mojave, tvOS 12 and more today; MacBook Pro Touch Bar, with Mojave installed, brings new feature you can add: Automator actions; MacRumors reports Amsterdam Apple Store iPad battery incident under investigation at Apple; lawsuit against Apple "claims website is inaccessible to visually impaired users"; interesting story at Wi-Fi Now on how a meeting in 1998 with Steve Jobs brought Wi-Fi into being; MacMost takes you on a video tour of Prague's Apple Museum; an Artificial Intelligence now in charge of keeping Google's data centers cool; copper coil said to be included in next iPhones for faster/more efficient wireless charging; at least six new models of Apple Watch registered in Eurasia.

  • "Microsoft tops Apple in tablet satisfaction (including design)"  CNET 7:20 AM
  • "Microsoft's Tablet Beats Apple's in Customer Satisfaction Survey" Investopedia 7:34 AM
  • "Apple needs to beat HP Z workstation designs: I can almost feel the glee at HP as Apple execs admit that the iconic Mac Pro is impractical for pro users. That's because the excellent HP Z series has been on the modular/upgradeable path for years. Can Apple do better?"  ZDNet 7:30 AM
  • "Can Apple Double Its Service Business By 2020?"  Seeking Alpha 7:28 AM
  • "iCloud extortion racket nowhere near as epic as we thought it might be" The Register 12:48 PM
  • "Fix Repeated 'Your message could not be sent' Messages Error on Mac" OS X Daily 1:40 PM
  • "How to set up your Mac with an external GPU" iMore 8:27 AM
  • "Rolling your own VPN server" Six Colors 12:33 PM
  • "How to Use the Opera Browser's Built-In Free VPN on Your Mac" MacTrast 8:27 AM
  • "How Apple's Night Shift Compares to F.lux" Lifehacker 2:56 PM
  • "Using Night Shift on Your Mac" MacMost 10:00 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Album artwork, visualizers, and clearing the Up Next queue in iTunes 12.6" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "The Mac's Menubar Gets Some Math Magic" Mac360 10:31 AM
  • "The Mac's Most Elegant Timer" TeraTalks 10:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Tomatoes Time Management: Elegant Pomodoro Timer for Mac" MacStories 12:33 PM
  • "NVIDIA Announces NVIDIA Titan Xp Video Card: Fully Enabled GP102 for $1200" AnandTech 7:38 AM
  • "NVIDIA to Release Pascal Drivers for macOS" AnandTech 7:37 AM
  • "Command-Tab Plus - Alternative App's Switcher Launches On Mac App Store" prMac 9:22 AM
  • "TunesKit DRM Removal Tools for Mac Support iTunes 12.6 Now" prMac 7:19 AM
  • "Slime-tastic! Slime-san available today on PC, Mac and Linux" Headup Games 7:08 AM
  • "F1 2016's Mac Version is Now Available" Mac Gamer HQ 7:08 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "After Decades of Fake Ads, 'Saturday Night Live' Plans Real Spots for Verizon, Apple"  Variety 2:52 PM
  • "Apple Teaming Up With 'Saturday Night Live' for Upcoming Ad Spot" MacRumors 1:28 PM
  • "Saturday Night Live inks deal to create funny ads for Apple" Cult of Mac 2:52 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'The U.S. will lose its leadership in technology if this doesn't change'" Business Insider 8:47 AM
  • "This iPhone 8 concept won't forget the iPhone's roots: iPhone fans get a new set of renders to get excited about, even if they aren't real." CNET 7:20 AM
  • "iPhone 8 concept imagines Apple celebrating 10th anniversary with retro look [Video] 9to5Mac 7:19 AM
  • "What if the next iPhone was also a throwback to the first iPhone?" Mashable 7:23 AM
  • "Blackbaud CTO Mary Beth Westmoreland Named One of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology" ["She was named alongside women executives from other leading software companies including Angela Ahrendts of Apple, Safra Catz of Oracle, Ana Corrales of Google, Peggy Johnson of Microsoft, Virginia Rometty of IBM and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook."] PRNewswire 3:24 PM
  • "Tidal Owner Jay Z Has Removed All of His Albums From Apple Music" MacRumors 3:24 PM
  • "Jay Z Ditches Apple Music and Spotify for Exclusive Streaming on Tidal" The Mac Observer 8:21 PM
  • "Jay Z's albums are disappearing from Apple Music and Spotify: But they're still available on Google Play Music, SoundCloud Go and Tidal." Engadget 8:22 PM
  • "Facebook lines up to compete with Apple, Google, and Samsung with new AI digital assistant" TechRepublic 11:02 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Mac OS 7 gets its last ever update" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "New ransomware locks your files behind an anime bullet hell shooter" The Verge 3:12 PM
  • "Walt Mossberg is retiring in June" The Verge 8:46 AM
  • "First Galaxy S8 TV commercial debuts with two weeks until release" BGR 7:44 AM
  • "U.S. net neutrality advocates blast Pai effort to reverse rules" Reuters 5:02 PM
  • "FCC said to have a plan for rollback of net neutrality rules: The plan would involve reversal of a 2015 reclassification of broadband providers" IDG News Service 7:13 AM
  • "Apple rival Samsung forecasts high profits despite Note 7 fires & political scandals" AppleInsider 12:48 PM
  • "Samsung's profit soars: The operating profit growth is likely to have come mainly from its components business" IDG News Service 7:13 AM
  • "Google sued for $10 beeelion after refusal to advertise 'divine cure for cancer'" ["Abid, who goes by the first name 'Shaq' on LinkedIn, claims to have developed 'a divine cure for cancer' consisting of 'only honey herb and spice.' Google, he insists, will not allow him to advertise the product through AdWords."] The Register 7:11 AM
  • "The 404 Show 1697: Project Scorpio, Mac Pro, WTF Pepsi? (podcast)" CNET 2:52 PM
  • "Social Media Privacy Settlement, Apple's Clips App -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-07" The Mac Observer 12:31 PM
  • "MashTalk: Is Apple's Mac Pro apology enough to stop users from defecting to Windows?" Mashable 11:02 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 114 | Apple's Mac Pro mistake, upcoming pro iMacs, and Clips first impressions" 9to5Mac 10:46 AM
  • "New iMacs for pro users are coming this year (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 79)" CNET 10:45 AM
  • "Apple reveals their future Mac plans, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:27 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks Mac Pro, the future of PowerVR, Clips & more" AppleInsider 7:38 AM
  • "Rumor: iPhone 8 could feature Smart Connector for 'wireless' charging, VR/AR accessories" 9to5Mac 1:29 PM
  • "iPhone 8 Said To Feature Smart Connector For Wireless Charging And AR/VR Accessories" Redmond Pie 6:45 PM
  • "Apple is making a curved screen for 'iPhone 8,' multiple supply chain sources say" Business Insider 7:44 AM
  • "Apple apparently working on additional MacBook Pro models without Touch Bar" iDownload Blog 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Decided to Double Down on Pro Hardware Following 'Constant Negativity' From Pro Users [Report] iClarified 7:38 AM
  • "Apple's Upcoming Pro Display To Offer 8K Resolution" Redmond Pie 7:38 AM
  • "Likely bogus schematic of Apple's 'iPhone 8' surfaces on link aggregation site" AppleInsider 8:27 AM
  • "iPhone 8 schematics hint at larger display, no Home button" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
  • "iPhone 8 schematics leaked out of Foxconn, wiped from Weibo" Pocketnow 9:56 PM
  • "The Settings App in iOS 10.3 Has an Odd Little Bug" AppAdvice 10:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:07 AM

  • "Apple AirPods: Review/Sub Title: Siri Machines" Wired 9:53 PM
  • "Quick take video review: Apple's 2017 9.7-inch iPad" AppleInsider 7:17 AM
  • "The Here One earbuds gently blasted the real future of AR into my ears" The Next Web 7:27 AM
  • "'Everything' review: A stunning game about ... everything" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 9:20 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple Clips Review: The Best and Worst of Apple" Barron's 1:28 PM
  • "A quick look at Apple's Clips for iOS devices (and some helpful hints)" Apple World Today 1:23 PM
  • "A bit of real-world Clips experience" The Loop 9:22 AM
  • "Cassandra: Apple's Clips -First Looks" eXtensions 8:24 AM
  • "Hands-on with Apple Clips: How to use the iOS video-editing app and why you'd want to" Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "Meganoid (2017) Review: A retro-styled platformer with some glaring flaws" iMore 12:33 PM
  • "How to use Clips, a hands-on video walkthrough [Video] 9to5Mac 9:54 PM
  • "How To Record Your Browser On Your iPhone" AddictiveTips 2:56 PM
  • "How to make your videos more amazing with Clips" Cult of Mac 1:30 PM
  • "How to connect incompatible accessories to HomeKit using Homebridge" iMore 12:48 PM
  • "Getting started with Apple's Clips app [Video] 9to5Mac 10:45 AM
  • "Why Hope Springs Eternal for Apple to Introduce an iPad Pro in 2017" eWeek 9:55 PM
  • "Tim Cook: Without more women, US will lose tech lead/Commentary: In an interview, Apple's CEO insists that innovation will die without more women entering STEM fields." CNET 5:04 PM
  • "Damaging Your Phone, Accidentally on Purpose" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:02 PM
  • "This iPhone 8 concept video is absolutely jaw-dropping" BGR 2:55 PM
  • "About This Microsoft Surface Beats iPad Survey (Includes Useful Tip)" Apple Must 2:53 PM
  • "The blessing and curse of being an Apple supplier" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:30 PM
  • "Why the Apple Watch 3 Isn't Likely to Wind Up on Many People's Wrists" TheStreet 1:28 PM
  • "I dream of a VR-Ready Mac Pro" iMore 11:08 AM
  • "The Greatest Mac That Ever Lived" Mac360 10:31 AM
  • "Apple And The Cost Of Staying Online" NoodleMac 10:31 AM
  • "Apple And The iPod Earbuds Effect" Mac360 10:31 AM
  • "The sketchy story behind this iPhone 8 schematic going around ..." 9to5Mac 9:22 AM
  • "The Night Owl Continues to Set the Stage for New Mac Speculation" The Tech Night Owl 8:44 AM
  • "Does This New Apple Inc. iMac Rumor Make Sense? Apple might be going pro with the iMac." The Motley Fool 7:44 AM
  • "In praise of the versatile Mac mini: Apple's cheapest Mac deserves a little love from Cupertino." Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Mastodon's sudden popularity should serve as Twitter's wakeup call" Engadget 9:22 AM
  • "How emerging tech can help us avoid becoming a dystopia" TechRepublic 7:45 AM
  • "What did Congress just do to my digital privacy? 'On the one hand, nothing has changed. On the other hand, everything has changed.'" Recode 7:35 AM
  • "Facebook is a confusing social mess these days" Mashable 7:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming April 8: Gene Steinberg meets John Martellaro of The Mac Observer and columnist Rob Pegoraro, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 9:47 PM
  • "Nonprofit HITN Learning Launches New Award-winning Educational Apps For Preschools At Head Start Conference" PRNewswire 3:25 PM
  • "Catalyst Announces Glow-in-the-Dark AirPod Cases" Digital Trends 10:46 AM
  • "Facebook's new M assistant merges Apple's data detectors & rumored Siri Messages enhancements" AppleInsider 10:45 AM
  • "This ebook is a valuable guide to help you cut the cable/satellite TV cord" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "Cell phone depreciation takes the smallest bite out of Apple" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
  • "Waterfield backpacks are an expensively acquired taste" The Verge 7:39 AM
  • "Get Your Hot Hands Ready for Ellen DeGeneres' New iOS Game" AppAdvice 7:38 AM
  • "Copart Updates Mobile App for Enhanced Online Bidding Experience" PRNewswire 7:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM Watson offers tech support that never sleeps" Engadget 7:26 AM
  • "How IBM wants to use Watson to speed up IT help desk support" TechRepublic 11:02 AM
  • "Microsoft hikes Windows 10 savings claims by 28%: Enterprise savings and benefits climb to $515 per-employee compared to sticking with Windows 7, company says" Computerworld 3:12 PM
  • "First details emerge about Microsoft's Surface Pro 5" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "We're Finally Learning Something About Surface Pro 5" LAPTOP Magazine 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft bans emulators from the Windows Store" Computing 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft releases first Windows 10 'Redstone 3' PC test build" ZDNet 2:56 PM
  • "Skype Translator Now Works With Japanese for Video and Voice Calls" eWeek 9:54 PM
  • "Microsoft rejects AMD's Ryzen in favour of 'evolved' AMD Jaguar CPU for Project Scorpio" Computing 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft eschews AMD Ryzen and sticks with supercharged Jaguar for Project Scorpio Xbox" V3 10:46 AM
  • "AMD releases tweaked Windows 10 Ryzen power plan settings" bit-tech 7:47 AM
  • "AMD releases custom 'Balanced' power plan for Ryzen users" Hexus 7:47 AM
  • "AMD issues its third Ryzen Community Update" TweakTown 7:47 AM
  • "We May Finally Get an AMD-Powered Chromebook" PC Magazine 7:31 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Detail: Said to be Way Better than Intel's Core i7-7700K" Droid Report 7:55 AM
  • "Intel CEO's pay rises to $19.1 million over security costs" Bloomberg News 7:55 AM
  • "Intel collaborating with Preferred Networks in Japan on deep learning" DigiTimes 7:55 AM
  • "Intel demonstrates Sawtooth Lake open source blockchain project for seafood traceability" EconoTimes 7:55 AM
  • "'We're running with scissors': Why some experts worry about VR dangers" Polygon 12:48 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "TSMC withdraws bid for Toshiba memory-chip unit" DigiTimes 7:17 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes fractionally lower after jobs report, Syria strike: Dow industrials, S&P 500, Nasdaq all edge lower on week" MarketWatch 5:03 PM
  • "Syrian Crisis and Jobs Disappointment Combine for a Down Day on Wall Street" TheStreet 5:03 PM
  • "Stocks shake off U.S. strike on Syria, jobs miss to end turbulent week a tad lower" USA Today 5:03 PM
  • "Wall Street Dips on Weak Payrolls, Syria Concern" Reuters 5:03 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Steady After Airstrike; Defense Shares Rally: The U.S. strike on Syria also sends oil prices higher" [Paid Membership Required] 5:02 PM
  • "Asian markets reverse early gains after U.S. airstrike: Haven assets such as oil, yen rise; investors eye Russia's response" MarketWatch 7:32 AM
  • "European stocks fall as U.S. airstrikes on Syria unsettle investors: Oil shares outperform; German industrial production jumps" MarketWatch 7:32 AM

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