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Weekend Highlights: CNET compares the iPhone X to Google's Pixel 2 XL; Lots of reports of the Australian teen hacker who left a folder on Apple's server today in Apple/Macintosh and General News sections; Jonny Evans thinks we need to talk about Steve Jobs, meaning that we need to consider him as more than a two-dimensional stereotype as frequently depicted in the media; Dan Moren analyzes Apple's best media moves, and how Apple's media strategy has benefited its customers; Ars Technica explores 20 years of the iMac, in words and pictures; iDownload Blog offers tips on how to customize keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word for the Mac.

  • "Apple Reigns as DJIA's Best Performing Stock of 2017" 24/7 Wall St. 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Said to Add Beats 1 Broadcasting Booth to Iconic Fifth Avenue Store in New York City"  MacRumors 5:59 PM
  • "Apple's second Mexican retail store to be multi-level flagship, share design with NYC World Trade Center outlet" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Apple users could get some cash from app privacy lawsuit settlement: iPhone users who have used certain apps such as Twitter, Yelp and others between 2009 and 2012 could be getting a small cash back from the settlement of the app privacy lawsuit concerning the misuse of the 'Find Friends' feature on iOS." Inquirer 8:35 AM
  • "Apple steps up graphics chip plans with London hiring spree"  Telegraph 4/8
  • "Apple Struggles With The Mac -- And The Media Agrees"  Forbes 4/8
  • "iPhone 8 may get delayed due to 3D sensing tech" TechShout 4/8
  • "Why Hope Springs Eternal for Apple to Introduce an iPad Pro in 2017" eWeek 4/8
  • "Apple Malware Appears to Be Skyrocketing" Fortune 4/8
  • "iCloud extortion racket nowhere near as epic as we thought it might be" The Register 4/7
  • "Fix Repeated 'Your message could not be sent' Messages Error on Mac" OS X Daily 4/7
  • "Logic Pros Review: TE's latest pocket-sized drum machine w/ Mac integration" 9to5Mac 3:46 PM
  • "Cassandra: eXtensions Video Output 4 -Editing Images Within Photos Using 3rd party Apps" eXtensions 8:31 AM
  • "How to browse the internet safely in macOS" TechRadar UK 4/8
  • "Why f.lux is better than Night Shift on Mac (for now)" iMore 4/8
  • "Has Your Wi-fi Slowed Down? Try This Mac Tip" Apple Must 4/8
  • "How to set up your Mac with an external GPU" iMore 4/7
  • "How to Use the Opera Browser's Built-In Free VPN on Your Mac" MacTrast 4/7
  • "How Apple's Night Shift Compares to F.lux" Lifehacker 4/7
  • "Using Night Shift on Your Mac" MacMost 4/7
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Album artwork, visualizers, and clearing the Up Next queue in iTunes 12.6" Macworld 4/7
  • "The Mac's Menubar Gets Some Math Magic" Mac360 4/7
  • "The Mac's Most Elegant Timer" TeraTalks 4/7
Press Releases
  • "Tomatoes Time Management: Elegant Pomodoro Timer for Mac" MacStories 4/7
  • "NVIDIA Announces NVIDIA Titan Xp Video Card: Fully Enabled GP102 for $1200" AnandTech 4/7
  • "NVIDIA to Release Pascal Drivers for macOS" AnandTech 4/7
  • "Command-Tab Plus - Alternative App's Switcher Launches On Mac App Store" prMac 4/7
  • "TunesKit DRM Removal Tools for Mac Support iTunes 12.6 Now" prMac 4/7
  • "Slime-tastic! Slime-san available today on PC, Mac and Linux" Headup Games 4/7
  • "F1 2016's Mac Version is Now Available" Mac Gamer HQ 4/7
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple finally teaches Android music app to validate certificates: Cupertino's so keen on Android it took eight months to repair interception bug" The Register 8:57 PM
  • "Jay Z pulls albums from Spotify and Apple Music to see if you'll switch to Tidal" TechRadar UK 8:34 AM
  • "Dallas Apple Store Robbed at Knifepoint" NBC DFW 9:02 AM
  • "People Are More Satisfied With Microsoft Surface Than Apple iPad" Nasdaq 4/8
  • "Apple partnering with 'Saturday Night Live' for upcoming advertisement" 9to5Mac 4/8
  • "After Decades of Fake Ads, 'Saturday Night Live' Plans Real Spots for Verizon, Apple"  Variety 4/7
  • "Apple Teaming Up With 'Saturday Night Live' for Upcoming Ad Spot" MacRumors 4/7
  • "Saturday Night Live inks deal to create funny ads for Apple" Cult of Mac 4/7
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'The U.S. will lose its leadership in technology if this doesn't change'" Business Insider 4/7
  • "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 4/7
  • "iPhone 8 concept imagines Apple celebrating 10th anniversary with retro look [Video] 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "What if the next iPhone was also a throwback to the first iPhone?" Mashable 4/7
  • "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 4/7
  • "Tidal Owner Jay Z Has Removed All of His Albums From Apple Music" MacRumors 4/7
  • "Jay Z Ditches Apple Music and Spotify for Exclusive Streaming on Tidal" The Mac Observer 4/7
  • "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 4/7
  • "Facebook lines up to compete with Apple, Google, and Samsung with new AI digital assistant" TechRepublic 4/7
  • "Today in Apple history: Mac OS 7 gets its last ever update" Cult of Mac 4/7
Non-Apple News
  • "Google offers at least $880 million to LG display for OLED investment: Electronic Times" Reuters 8:52 PM
  • "A Spotify employee was killed in the terrorist attack in Stockholm" Business Insider 2:51 PM
  • "A More Humble Facebook Is Deploying Charm And Its Checkbook To Win Over Critics" BuzzFeed 6:01 PM
  • "Facebook and Google reveal how they plan to fight fake news" BGR 2:09 PM
  • "Hackers Infiltrate Dallas' 156-Siren Emergency Alert System With Annoying Results" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "Computer hack sets off 156 emergency sirens across Dallas" Reuters 2:14 PM
  • "Hackers blamed for activating emergency sirens in Dallas" CNET 2:05 PM
  • "Samsung Begins Galaxy S9 Development, Boosts Production Of Galaxy S8 To Meet High Demand" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "Samsung's $150 million bet to find the next big startup" VentureBeat 9:47 AM
  • "Silicon Valley has a fresh take on a new movement that could be the future of medicine" Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "Booby-trapped Word documents in the wild exploit critical Microsoft 0day" Ars Technica 4/8
  • "Computer hack sets off 156 emergency sirens across Dallas" Reuters 4/8
  • "Hacking Attack Woke Up Dallas With Emergency Sirens, Officials Say" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/8
  • "New ransomware locks your files behind an anime bullet hell shooter" The Verge 4/7
  • "Walt Mossberg is retiring in June" The Verge 4/7
  • "First Galaxy S8 TV commercial debuts with two weeks until release" BGR 4/7
  • "U.S. net neutrality advocates blast Pai effort to reverse rules" Reuters 4/7
  • "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 4/7
  • "Apple rival Samsung forecasts high profits despite Note 7 fires & political scandals" AppleInsider 4/7
  • "Samsung's profit soars: The operating profit growth is likely to have come mainly from its components business" IDG News Service 4/7
  • "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 4/7
  • "Physical Security Matters, Too – Mac Geek Gab 652" The Mac Observer 2:04 PM
  • "Podcast: Apple Mac Pro, IPad As PC, Surface J.D. Power" Tech.pinions 4/8
  • "The 404 Show 1697: Project Scorpio, Mac Pro, WTF Pepsi? (podcast)" CNET 4/7
  • "Social Media Privacy Settlement, Apple's Clips App -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-07" The Mac Observer 4/7
  • "MashTalk: Is Apple's Mac Pro apology enough to stop users from defecting to Windows?" Mashable 4/7
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 114 | Apple's Mac Pro mistake, upcoming pro iMacs, and Clips first impressions" 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "New iMacs for pro users are coming this year (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 79)" CNET 4/7
  • "Apple reveals their future Mac plans, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 4/7
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks Mac Pro, the future of PowerVR, Clips & more" AppleInsider 4/7
  • "Apple will reportedly drop 32-bit app support entirely with iOS 11 this fall" 9to5Mac 3:47 PM
  • "$5,660 Mac Pro Crushed in Photoshop Test by $1,530 PC with AMD Ryzen"  PetaPixel 4/8
  • "The iPhone 7 Has Arbitrary Software Locks That Prevent Repair"  Motherboard 4/8
  • "Apple Pumps Up Mac Pro Desktop CPU, Graphic, Memory Specifications" eWeek 4/8
  • "Latest NVIDIA Effort For Mac Could Be Its Big Win; Closing The Gap With AMD And Intel In The Fierce GPU Market" University Herald 4/8
  • "Apple's Next-Gen AirPods Case could double as a Wireless Charging Dock for Apple Watch and iPhone" Patently Apple 4/8
  • "Rumor: iPhone 8 could feature Smart Connector for 'wireless' charging, VR/AR accessories" 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "iPhone 8 Said To Feature Smart Connector For Wireless Charging And AR/VR Accessories" Redmond Pie 4/7
  • "Apple is making a curved screen for 'iPhone 8,' multiple supply chain sources say" Business Insider 4/7
  • "Apple apparently working on additional MacBook Pro models without Touch Bar" iDownload Blog 4/7
  • "Apple Decided to Double Down on Pro Hardware Following 'Constant Negativity' From Pro Users [Report] iClarified 4/7
  • "Apple's Upcoming Pro Display To Offer 8K Resolution" Redmond Pie 4/7
  • "Likely bogus schematic of Apple's 'iPhone 8' surfaces on link aggregation site" AppleInsider 4/7
  • "iPhone 8 schematics hint at larger display, no Home button" Cult of Mac 4/7
  • "iPhone 8 schematics leaked out of Foxconn, wiped from Weibo" Pocketnow 4/7
  • "The Settings App in iOS 10.3 Has an Odd Little Bug" AppAdvice 4/7
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/7
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/7
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/7

  • "MacBook Pro 15 (2016) With AMD Radeon Pro Vs. Dell XPS 15 (2017) Nvidia GTX 1050: Reviewers' Take" Forbes 2:09 PM
  • "Poetic Cases, are they any good? Poetic Affinity, Quarterback and Revolution Review – iPhone 7 Cases" Mobile Reviews Eh 4/8
  • "Apple AirPods: Review/Sub Title: Siri Machines" Wired 4/7
  • "Quick take video review: Apple's 2017 9.7-inch iPad" AppleInsider 4/7
  • "The Here One earbuds gently blasted the real future of AR into my ears" The Next Web 4/7
  • "'Everything' review: A stunning game about ... everything" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 4/7
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "I just switched to Apple Music after two years of Spotify Premium -- and so far, I'm not impressed" Business Insider 4/8
  • "Apple Clips Review: The Best and Worst of Apple" Barron's 4/7
  • "A quick look at Apple's Clips for iOS devices (and some helpful hints)" Apple World Today 4/7
  • "A bit of real-world Clips experience" The Loop 4/7
  • "Cassandra: Apple's Clips -First Looks" eXtensions 4/7
  • "Hands-on with Apple Clips: How to use the iOS video-editing app and why you'd want to" Macworld 4/7
  • "Meganoid (2017) Review: A retro-styled platformer with some glaring flaws" iMore 4/7
  • "How To Use Apple's Clips App to Make Fun Viral Videos" iPhone Hacks 9:00 AM
  • "How I made my own VPN server in 15 minutes" TechCrunch 8:04 AM
  • "Download EveryCord (iRec) IPA On iOS 10 Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 4/8
  • "How to Download YouTube Videos on iPhone and Save Them to Camera Roll" iPhone Hacks 4/8
  • "How to Cancel Apple Music: So you want to break up with Apple Music. Perhaps it's too expensive, or you don't listen enough to justify the cost. Whatever the reason, here's how to say goodbye." PC Magazine 4/8
  • "How to use Clips, a hands-on video walkthrough [Video] 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "How to make your videos more amazing with Clips" Cult of Mac 4/7
  • "How to connect incompatible accessories to HomeKit using Homebridge" iMore 4/7
  • "Getting started with Apple's Clips app [Video] 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "How I added four hours of battery life to my smartphone every day for free" USA Today 8:36 AM
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to pick the best wireless carrier" 9to5Mac 4/8
  • "Facebook Messenger not loading on your Apple Watch? Try this..." iDownload Blog 4/8
  • "Can Siri replace your need for friends? Well, maybe" MCT 6:01 PM
  • "The iPhone 8 launch will go up against a problem of Apple's own making" Business Insider 2:09 PM
  • "Do you really need a waterproof case for the iPhone 7?" Mobile Reviews Eh 8:13 AM
  • "Is the free version of Spotify still worth it? Spotify's free tier won't be great forever" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "iPhone 8 release date delayed already?" Express UK 4/8
  • "Apple Behind Some of The UK's Biggest Tech Successes" Apple Must 4/8
  • "Apple Behind Some of The UK's Biggest Tech Successes" Apple Must 4/8
  • "Apple could make the iPad a true laptop replacement if it just had these 2 simple features" Business Insider 4/8
  • "Why Hope Springs Eternal for Apple to Introduce an iPad Pro in 2017" eWeek 4/7
  • "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 4/7
  • "Damaging Your Phone, Accidentally on Purpose" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/7
  • "This iPhone 8 concept video is absolutely jaw-dropping" BGR 4/7
  • "About This Microsoft Surface Beats iPad Survey (Includes Useful Tip)" Apple Must 4/7
  • "The blessing and curse of being an Apple supplier" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4/7
  • "Why the Apple Watch 3 Isn't Likely to Wind Up on Many People's Wrists" TheStreet 4/7
  • "I dream of a VR-Ready Mac Pro" iMore 4/7
  • "The Greatest Mac That Ever Lived" Mac360 4/7
  • "Apple And The Cost Of Staying Online" NoodleMac 4/7
  • "Apple And The iPod Earbuds Effect" Mac360 4/7
  • "The sketchy story behind this iPhone 8 schematic going around ..." 9to5Mac 4/7
  • "The Night Owl Continues to Set the Stage for New Mac Speculation" The Tech Night Owl 4/7
  • "Does This New Apple Inc. iMac Rumor Make Sense? Apple might be going pro with the iMac." The Motley Fool 4/7
  • "In praise of the versatile Mac mini: Apple's cheapest Mac deserves a little love from Cupertino." Macworld 4/7
  • "Mastodon Is What Disruption Looks Like Right Before It Happens" Forbes 7:06 PM
  • "NVIDIA Titan Xp Breaks Cover In Tomb Raider And Other Benchmarks Then Gets Teardown" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "Here's why Facebook's $1 billion Instagram acquisition was such a great deal" Recode 2:51 PM
  • "Waiting for the new new thing" TechCrunch 8:06 AM
  • "Mastodon's sudden popularity should serve as Twitter's wakeup call" Engadget 4/7
  • "How emerging tech can help us avoid becoming a dystopia" TechRepublic 4/7
  • "What did Congress just do to my digital privacy? 'On the one hand, nothing has changed. On the other hand, everything has changed.'" Recode 4/7
  • "Facebook is a confusing social mess these days" Mashable 4/7
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "EduTech: Earn real-life rewards for not using your phone during class with Pocket Points" 9to5Mac 2:06 PM
  • "New Passot Arcade Game Now Available in the iOS App Store" prMac 4/8
  • "This tweak lets you share photos, screenshots, and text from anywhere" iDownload Blog 4/8
  • "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 4/7
  • "Nonprofit HITN Learning Launches New Award-winning Educational Apps For Preschools At Head Start Conference" PRNewswire 4/7
  • "Catalyst Announces Glow-in-the-Dark AirPod Cases" Digital Trends 4/7
  • "Facebook's new M assistant merges Apple's data detectors & rumored Siri Messages enhancements" AppleInsider 4/7
  • "This ebook is a valuable guide to help you cut the cable/satellite TV cord" Apple World Today 4/7
  • "Cell phone depreciation takes the smallest bite out of Apple" Apple World Today 4/7
  • "Waterfield backpacks are an expensively acquired taste" The Verge 4/7
  • "Get Your Hot Hands Ready for Ellen DeGeneres' New iOS Game" AppAdvice 4/7
  • "Copart Updates Mobile App for Enhanced Online Bidding Experience" PRNewswire 4/7
Computer Industry
  • "How Microsoft got out of its vacuum and enlisted 10 million die hard fans to make a better Windows" Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "New Surface Pro 5 Leak Points To Advanced Hardware" Forbes 2:05 PM
  • "Microsoft's Sub-$300 Mixed Reality Headsets Are Coming, and I Tried One" Tom's Guide 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft changed how the Xbox One Home button works, and I'm not sure I like it: One button press becomes three. Also, I'm old and resistant to change." CNET 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 gets the China Compulsory Certificate" MSPoweruser 2:18 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 to use Intel's Kaby Lake processors: Report" The Indian Express 2:18 PM
  • "Intel's X299 HEDT Platform with LGA 2066 Socket Codenamed 'Basin Falls' – Launch Pushed Forward to Computex 2017 in June" WCCFTech 2:18 PM
  • "AMD releases new custom power plan for Ryzen" PPP Focus 2:18 PM
  • "Forget Creators Update, Microsoft's next huge Windows 10 update is here" Express UK 4/8
  • "The Xbox Scorpio Is The Ultimate Exemplification Of Microsoft's Commitment To Backward Compatibility" Gaming Bolt 4/8
  • "Surface Pro 5 specifications confirmed: Intel Kaby Lake, Surface power connector" Top Examiner 4/8
  • "Windows 10 can set up a PC using your voice: Cortana now does some of the heavy lifting during installations." Engadget 4/8
  • "Intel Launch Optane SSD" InfoQ 4/8
  • "AMD Ryzen Gets A Huge Facelift To Boost Overall Performance, But Ryzen Lost The Battle For Xbox Project Scorpio [Video] University Herald 4/8
  • "Telenor Norway, Cisco collaboate to deliver enterprise IoT services" Voice & Data 4/8
  • "Google Says It Does Not Have Systemic Compensation Disparities Despite Dol Claims" Digital Trends 4/8
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "TSMC withdraws bid for Toshiba memory-chip unit" DigiTimes 4/7
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes fractionally lower after jobs report, Syria strike: Dow industrials, S&P 500, Nasdaq all edge lower on week" MarketWatch 4/7
  • "Syrian Crisis and Jobs Disappointment Combine for a Down Day on Wall Street" TheStreet 4/7
  • "Stocks shake off U.S. strike on Syria, jobs miss to end turbulent week a tad lower" USA Today 4/7
  • "Wall Street Dips on Weak Payrolls, Syria Concern" Reuters 4/7
  • "U.S. Stocks Steady After Airstrike; Defense Shares Rally: The U.S. strike on Syria also sends oil prices higher" [Paid Membership Required] 4/7
  • "Asian markets reverse early gains after U.S. airstrike: Haven assets such as oil, yen rise; investors eye Russia's response" MarketWatch 4/7
  • "European stocks fall as U.S. airstrikes on Syria unsettle investors: Oil shares outperform; German industrial production jumps" MarketWatch 4/7

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