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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.

  • "Qualcomm Files Answer and Counterclaims to Apple Lawsuit: Highlights Apple's efforts to devalue the fundamental Qualcomm technologies empowering the iPhone"  Qualcomm 7:10 AM
  • "Qualcomm Accuses Apple of Lying to Regulators and Making Threats"  Bloomberg 8:42 AM
  • "Qualcomm Fires Back at Apple in Legal Battle Over Smartphone Technology" [Paid Membership Required] 7:11 AM
  • "Apple Held Back Most Advanced Wireless Tech, Says Qualcomm" Barron's 7:36 AM
  • "Qualcomm hits back at Apple's lawsuit, accuses iPhone maker of false statements" Reuters 6:58 AM
  • "In response to Apple's complaint, Qualcomm claims credit for enabling Pokémon GO" Foss Patents 7:26 AM
  • "Qualcomm Countersues Apple, Accuses Company of Launching Global Attack Against Qualcomm" AnandTech 7:25 AM
  • "iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm countersues Apple" iDownload Blog 12:18 PM
  • "Apple Sues Swatch Over 'Tick Different' Marketing Campaign"  MacRumors 6:59 AM
  • "Shares in chipmaker Dialog plunge over Apple contract doubts" Boston Herald 12:17 PM
  • "The power of Apple: Chipmaker shares hammered over analyst warning" CNNMoney 12:17 PM
  • "IDC: Apple's Mac sales up in Q1 as PC industry records first growth in 5 years" 9to5Mac 5:26 PM
  • "Apple's Mac continues to buck worldwide PC shipment decline in Q1" AppleInsider 8:04 PM
  • "How to Run MacOS Sierra in a Virtual Machine for Free, the Easy Way" OS X Daily 2:57 PM
  • "A Hangout for Old Desktop Notifications" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:59 PM
  • "How to set up collaboration in Pages, Numbers and Keynote" Apple World Today 7:25 AM
  • "Keynote Low Light Notes" MacMost 8:20 AM
  • "A Few Words On Mac Zip Files" McSolo 7:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "Vectorworks, Inc., Wraps Up Global Location with Release of Vectorworks 2017 for Chinese Language" Architosh 5:36 PM
  • "Evernote update brings new buttons to MacBook Pro's Touch Bar" Cult of Mac 2:56 PM
  • "Nvidia Releases macOS Drivers for GeForce 10-Series Graphics Cards" MacRumors 4:29 PM
  • "NVIDIA posts Mac drivers for its latest graphics cards" Engadget 2:56 PM
  • "NVIDIA's Pascal Drivers for macOS Available, but Still Beta" The Mac Observer 2:54 PM
  • "B-Eng introduces Anti-Virus Lite for Mac - High Speed Virus Scanner" prMac 7:28 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Undercover In An iPhone Factory: What it's really like to work in a Chinese mega-factory, according to a student who spent 6 weeks there"  Business Insider 4:18 PM
  • "NYU Student Goes Undercover at Pegatron Factory, Offers Inside Look at iPhone Production" MacRumors 4:18 PM
  • "Apple Clips scored up to 1 million downloads in its first 4 days"  TechCrunch 4:23 PM
  • "Report: Apple's Clips app hit a million downloads, peaked at no. 28 on U.S. App Store charts" 9to5Mac 4:23 PM
  • "TrendForce Reports 1Q17 Global Smartphone Production Volume Fell 23% From Prior Quarter Due to Seasonality; Demand to Remain Weak in Second Quarter" ["The total production volume of all iPhone devices for the first quarter of 2017 fell by 36% compared with the previous quarter and declined by 41% versus the same period a year ago. These results actually showed an overall improvement in iPhone sales. Apple this first quarter released the 'PRODUCT Red' edition of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which can be regarded as a follow-up to last year's 'Jet Black' edition. The use of striking colors has been well received by consumers and helped Apple grab market share. The bold color scheme has also raised awareness about the upcoming release of the 10th anniversary iPhone devices."]  TrendForce 7:50 AM
  • "Samsung Reclaims Title of World's Largest Smartphone Maker As It Recovers From Galaxy Note7" MacRumors 9:40 AM
  • "Samsung beats Apple as eyes turn to iPhone 8" Computerworld 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Will Dominate Mobile Contactless Payments, Analysts Claim" Apple Must 7:52 AM
  • "Apple falls to fifth place on Laptop Magazine's best brands ranking for 2017" MarketWatch 7:36 AM
  • "Apple Drops to Fifth Place in Laptop Survey" Investopedia 8:42 AM
  • "81% of Teens Expect Their Next Phone to Be an iPhone [Chart] iClarified 7:25 AM
  • "Apple said to open first Taiwan retail store in Taipei 101 mall" AppleInsider 2:57 PM
  • "Report: Apple's first Taiwan retail store planned for Taipei 101 mall" 9to5Mac 3:29 PM
  • "Simply entering your phone's password is now enough to compromise it" Mashable 3:30 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple-1 starts a revolution" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Yahoo Is Sued for Failing to Keep 2007 China Dissident Promises" Bloomberg 5:50 PM
  • "Design issues force Fitbit to delay latest Apple Watch competitor until fall" AppleInsider 12:16 PM
  • "How to have the tech talk with your aging parents" CNET 7:37 AM
  • "Debunking the three major ransomware myths" BetaNews 7:36 AM
  • "Microsoft Word 0day used to push dangerous Dridex malware on millions" Ars Technica 7:26 AM
  • "The way people tilt their smartphone 'can give away passwords and pins'beat" BBC 7:07 AM
  • "Scientists invent new material for storing data: The ultra-thin multilayer film harnesses tiny magnetic whirls called skyrmions to store and process data on magnetic media." CNET 6:45 AM
  • "Apple Music Nails It, Dumping Dialog Semiconductor -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-11" The Mac Observer 2:54 PM
  • "Why the iPhone 8 is going to be very much like Samsung's new Galaxy S8" Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "Apple may ditch Dialog, analyst says, hitting chipmaker's shares" ["Apple accounted for more than 70 percent of Dialog's 2016 sales, analysts estimate. The German company says it is the world's top maker of power management chips used in smartphones with roughly 20 percent of the market."]  Reuters 6:58 AM
  • "Dialog Semiconductor Tumbles After Analyst's Apple Warning" Bloomberg 8:42 AM
  • "Apple Has 80 Engineers Working on iPhone Battery Management" TheStreet 2:57 PM
  • "Apple is developing its own power management chips, says analyst" IDG News Service 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Predicted to Build Its Own Power Management Chip for iPhones Within Two Years" MacRumors 7:53 AM
  • "'Strong evidence' Apple working on custom power chips for 2019 iPhones" AppleInsider 8:24 AM
  • "Qualcomm sues Apple for hobbling its iPhone chips to make Intel look better" The Verge 6:59 AM
  • "Qualcomm says Apple broke contract, hindered performance of its chipsets" Ars Technica 7:51 AM
  • "Qualcomm officially countersues Apple as legal battle continues" 9to5Mac 6:57 AM
  • "Qualcomm accuses Apple of disrupting royalty payments" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:45 AM
  • "Apple seeds second public betas of iOS 10.3.2 & macOS 10.12.5" AppleInsider 2:59 PM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple Granted 64 Patents Today Covering Apple Pencil for the iPhone, Music Recognition for Siri and an iPhone 6 Design" Patently Apple 7:51 AM
  • "Apple looks into an audio system with no need for a wired connection between wireless transceivers" Apple World Today 8:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM

  • "Apple's AirPods make me feel like an alien" The Verge 7:36 AM
  • "Hands-on: Powering the MacBook Pro with an eGPU using Nvidia's new Pascal drivers" 9to5Mac 4:18 PM
  • "Review: Sony MDR-1000X Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones" iLounge 3:30 PM
  • "Best USB-C Card Readers for Mac" iMore 12:20 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Can an app teach you how to be a better singer?" The Verge 7:00 AM
  • "How to ensure your internet connection and home network are primed for cord cutting" TechHive 7:27 AM
  • "How To Add More Gestures And Actions To Apple AirPods" Redmond Pie 7:25 AM
  • "Google's AutoDraw Turns Your Ugly Scrawls Into Line Art" The Mac Observer 9:08 PM
  • "Finding Flagged or Unread Messages in all Mailboxes Tips" iLounge 4:18 PM
  • "Mac Users: Do You Use This Mission Control Setting?" Apple Must 11:58 AM
  • "Successes, Failures and a Finale (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 8:07 PM
  • "Apple Should Think Differently about Suing over 'Tick Different" The Mac Observer 5:27 PM
  • "One of the iPhone 8's most anticipated features might be missing" BGR 3:27 PM
  • "WWDC Wishlist: How will Apple improve iOS 11 this year?" 9to5Mac 2:59 PM
  • "Split Decisions—Why Apple's New 'Pro' Commitments Will Find A Challenging Fit For Architects" Architosh 2:54 PM
  • "Apple Loses Out As Consumers Reject New MacBook Pro" Forbes 12:20 PM
  • "Apple Pay to rule over Samsung, Android rivals, study says" CNET 12:19 PM
  • "Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus camera test: Is a single lens better than two?" BGR 12:18 PM
  • "Why Apple Inc. Is Smart to Dump This Supplier" The Motley Fool 12:17 PM
  • "Cassandra: Chip Movements and Company Purchases; Views on Apple's Macs; and a Finale" eXtensions 11:57 AM
  • "Apple Loses Out As Consumers Reject New MacBook Pro"  Forbes 9:24 AM
  • "Margin of error: How the Surface tops the iPad" Macworld 9:12 AM
  • "Apple discussion digs into the Mac Pro dog-and-pony show, app developer issues, screen-sharing, App Store refund procedures, graphics hardware and software issues, distribution channel changes, upcoming technologies (and AI), the Mac installed base, designer exits, management changes, an Apple product timeline and more." MacInTouch 8:45 AM
  • "Apple TV vs. Google's YouTube TV" Mac360 8:30 AM
  • "Apple's Ecosystem And Fake News Checkers" PixoBebo 8:21 AM
  • "Apple's New Strategy Is Price" Mac360 8:21 AM
  • "The political risks of Apple's background sync: The governor of Alabama was undone, in part, by Apple's iCloud."  Apple 3.0 7:35 AM
  • "Apple Pay: Glass half full, half empty" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:35 AM
  • "Wish list: What I'd like to see in a new iMac" Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "As Apple Strives To Contain Manufacturing Costs, Its Suppliers Are Paying The Price" Forbes 6:45 AM
  • "This weird e-ink laptop is my dream computer" The Verge 4:18 PM
  • "Why TV Networks are Going Direct to Consumer" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:26 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple invites employees to 'Close the Rings' in Apple Watch fitness challenge" AppleInsider 9:06 PM
  • "Apple's Clips App Sees 1 Million Downloads In First 4 Days" UberGizmo 8:55 PM
  • "New Microsoft Authenticator beta for iOS adds profile pictures and more" Neowin 5:59 PM
  • "Dropbox Paper app update includes offline mode and support for more languages" 9to5Mac 2:57 PM
  • "B-Eng Announces Update For SSD Speeder For Mac App" MacPrices 12:31 PM
  • "Western Digital Brings USB-C to G-Drive, Giving Photographers New Choice" The Mac Observer 6:23 PM
  • "G-Technology Accelerates Storage for Creative, Mac and Tech Enthusiasts with the G-DRIVE USB-C" Business Wire 7:51 AM
  • "Leviton Apple HomeKit-enabled Decora Smart™ Lighting Controls Now Available" PRNewswire 7:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "End of the road: Microsoft terminates support for Windows Vista today" Neowin 6:13 AM
  • "Microsoft finally says goodbye to Windows Vista: Vista support ends today" The Verge 10:21 AM
  • "Another Windows version hits End of Life. Vista, we hardly knew you: Because you were crap" The Inquirer 6:13 AM
  • "Goodbye Windows Vista: Microsoft's unloved operating system finally reaches the end of the road" ZDNet 6:36 AM
  • "Windows Vista: Microsoft's hated but daring OS is shutting down for good" Memeburn 6:37 AM
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue: Review your privacy settings, or no update for you" The Register 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft Begins Rolling Out the Creators Update Today" Thurrott 2:34 PM
  • "Microsoft Begins Rollout of Windows 10 Creators Update" eWeek 5:21 PM
  • "Windows 10 Mobile build 14393.1066 still doesn't fix vulnerability that exposes your photos" Neowin 5:43 PM
  • "Cloudy with a chance of Surface: details emerge of Microsoft's spring launch event" Neowin 2:32 PM
  • "Microsoft Patches Critical Zero-Day Exploit in Office Suite" eWeek 6:36 PM
  • "Microsoft patches serious Word bug 'targeted by scammers'" BBC 6:11 AM
  • "Microsoft Word 0day used to push dangerous Dridex malware on millions: Blast could give a boost to Dridex, one of the Internet's worst bank-fraud threats." Ars Technica 6:11 AM
  • "UK Government Signs Deal with Microsoft to Freeze License Prices Post Brexit: The country thus avoid paying 15 million pounds more" Softpedia 6:39 AM
  • " cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike: Pan-government deal applies to 200,000 licences" The Register 7:13 AM
  • "Project Scorpio will support FreeSync and HDMI 2.1 Variable Refresh" Neowin 9:06 PM
  • "HP rises again to be the world's top PC maker as Lenovo slips: HP excelled in North America, which was decisive in helping it beat Lenovo" IDG News Service 5:29 PM
  • "HP's growth in global PC shipments stands out in Q1 2017" ZDNet 5:54 PM
  • "HP appoints Rajiv Srivastava to new regional role" 6:27 AM
  • "HP elevates Rajiv Srivastava as COO for APAC, Japan operations: Tech major HP today said it has elevated Rajiv Srivastava to the newly created regional position of chief operating officer and head of sales strategy and operations for its Asia Pacific (APAC) and Japan operations." Financial Express 6:27 AM
  • "HP Inc Rejigs Top India Management" The Pioneer 6:27 AM
  • "AMD buys into wireless VR: Is it the start of something bigger?" ExtremeTech 7:12 AM
  • "AMD's mid-range Ryzen 5 processors start rolling out: They offer more power than Intel's Core i5 chips for similar prices." Engadget 2:34 PM
  • "Ryzen 5 Arrives with the 1600X and 1500X" SemiAccurate 2:35 PM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 1500X and 1600X reviewed: Taking the fight against Intel to the midrange market" ExtremeTech 4:23 PM
  • "Ryzen game performance boosted by patches, but unlikely to ever beat Intel: Optimisation for Ryzen is happening, and it's helping, a bit." Ars Technica UK 6:34 AM
  • "Intel X299 might be available sooner than expected" Ocaholic 6:34 AM
  • "Intel Skylake-X And Kaby Lake-X To Be Launched During The Computex Event In June, Production Of Chips Scheduled For That Timeframe" Travelers Today 6:35 AM
  • "Cisco to deploy its wireless solution across 80 Shoppers Stop Store in India: Shoppers Stop has also deployed guest Wi-Fi with Cisco's expertise to help its customers discover various shopping possibilities within its stores." The Economic Times 6:30 AM
  • "Cisco plans to make India a center for global hardware export: Cisco is planning to make India a center for global export, having kicked off manufacturing of access points and routers in Pune." The Economic Times 6:30 AM
  • "CISCO helps Vietnamese firms in digital transformation" Viet Nam News 6:30 AM
  • "Cisco goes 32 gigging with Fibre Channel and NVMe: Netzilla adds NVMe over Fibre Channel support on top of 32Gbit/s FC" The Register 12:18 PM
  • "IBM to Help Chinese Pharma Sector Implement Blockchain Solution" NewsBTC 6:33 AM
  • "Arthritis Research UK and IBM announces the development of a virtual personal assistant" Security News Desk 6:33 AM
  • "Mirai botnet variant turns IoT devices into bitcoin mining slaves: IBM X-Force uncovers new strain of Linux malware" The Inquirer 10:21 AM
  • "How Oracle Keeps BlueKai Competitive In A First-Party (Not Cookie-Based) World" Ad Exchanger 6:38 AM
  • "Images reveal three Windows 10 devices from Huawei, expected to include Kaby Lake processors" Neowin 10:21 AM
  • "The PC's 5-year slump might be coming to an end: It depends on what you consider a PC." Engadget 5:21 PM
  • "Next-Gen Data Center Trends That IT Teams Shouldn't Ignore" eWeek 5:21 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "As another Apple supplier plunges, these stocks have a lot to lose if the iPhone maker changes mind" CNBC 3:29 PM
  • "Apple Aggressive On AI, The New Move May Kick AAPL Stock Further" Profit Confidential 9:40 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Trade Lower Amid Geopolitical Worries" TheStreet 12:12 PM
  • "Fed's Williams Sees Rate Hikes, Blasts Tariffs: Reports" FOXBusiness 12:12 PM
  • "BUZZ-U.S. STOCKS ON THE MOVE- AmTrust, North Atlantic Drilling, RetailMeNot, UAL, Apple and chipmakers" Nasdaq 12:13 PM
  • "Regulators find lots of 'fake news' aimed at stock investors" USA Today 12:13 PM
  • "Stocks Slip as Investors Move to Haven Assets: Government bonds and gold climb" [Paid Membership Required] 12:14 PM
  • "Commodity gains boost Asian markets, offsetting geopolitical worries" MarketWatch 6:53 AM
  • "European stocks close down fractionally, staying near 16-month high" MarketWatch 6:53 AM

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