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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.

  • "The Mac Is Turning into Apple's Achilles' Heel" ["While developing a new Mac Pro is the right decision for Apple to make given the current situation, it has become clear that the Mac is a major vulnerability in Apple's broader product strategy. The product that helped save Apple from bankruptcy 20 years ago is now turning into a barrier that is preventing Apple from focusing on what comes next."]  Above Avalon 3:16 PM
  • "Defying Critics, Apple Continues To Gain On PC Rivals"  Forbes 7:06 AM
  • "Apple Grows Its Ecosystem, And Its Advantage: Apple slipped off its high horse in 2015 and 2016, but has hopped back aboard and is now streaking at the front of the market." Forbes 11:00 AM
  • "Apple's next iPhone is set to be a blowout in China, analyst says"  CNBC 2:45 PM
  • "Apple takes Swatch to court over 'Tick Different' ads" BBC 9:22 AM
  • "Swatch's 'Tick Different' trolling earns it a speedy lawsuit from Apple" BGR 7:14 AM
  • "Apple has a secret team working on the holy grail for treating diabetes"  CNBC 9:07 PM
  • "Report: Apple has secret team working on 'breakthrough' diabetes treatment w/ Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 9:32 PM
  • "Apple's 'secret' plan to fight diabetes" iMore 9:32 PM
  • "How To Navigate Tabs in Safari Using Just the Mac Keyboard" MacTrast 7:24 AM
  • "How to selectively migrate files from Time Machine: You can selectively migrate files, but you still have to create a new account." Macworld 6:57 AM
  • "How to check your iPhone battery percentage from Mac" 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "How Was My Password Hacked?" MacMost 8:47 AM
  • "WWDC Wishlist: How Apple Watch could improve with watchOS 4 this year" 9to5Mac 2:40 PM
  • "A Few Words On The Mac And Botnets" NoodleMac 8:46 AM
Press Releases
  • "Mail Perspectives" ["Display critical message counts in your menu bar and on Mail's Dock icon with Badges. Assign a badge of multiple shapes and colors to any perspectives pane to easily monitor its all, new, or today messages even when Mail is not the front application. Instantly bring messages to the front by clicking the badge"] SmallCubed 2:44 PM
  • "Evernote for macOS gains iOS features on MacBook Pro Touch Bar" AppleInsider 2:40 PM
  • "Microsoft expands Google Calendar and Contact sync testing with free Outlook for Mac Preview" 9to5Mac 2:40 PM
  • "Microsoft Releases Outlook for Mac Preview with Google Calendar and Contacts Support [Download] iClarified 6:51 PM
  • "Microsoft Opens Google-Compatible Outlook 2016 for Mac Preview to Everyone" Thurrott 7:06 PM
  • "Nvidia releases Mac driver with support for Titan Xp and GeForce GTX 1000 Series" PCWorld 11:05 AM
  • "Third-party Home app developer launching Mac version of Finances 2" 9to5Mac 8:56 AM
  • "Feral Interactive to Release 'Total War: Warhammer' For Mac Next Week" MacRumors 7:11 AM
  • "Popular PC game 'Total War: Warhammer' coming to Mac on April 18, Twitch preview today [Video] 9to5Mac 7:05 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "NYU student reports on life as an iPhone factory worker after 6-week undercover mission" 9to5Mac 6:58 AM
  • "NYU Grad Student Discusses His Time on the Pegatron iPhone Assembly Line" MacTrast 8:57 AM
  • "Apple's New Clips App Neared a Million Downloads In Just Four Days" Digital Trends 7:07 AM
  • "Researchers demonstrate passcode detection method that uses your phone's motion sensors" iDownload Blog 11:19 AM
  • "Global smartphone output in 1Q17 down 23.2% on quarter, says TrendForce" DigiTimes 6:57 AM
  • "Apple drops from first to fifth place in Laptop Mag's annual survey" O'Grady's PowerPage 7:28 AM
  • "Apple employees rewarded for Apple Watch challenges" Cult of Mac 7:10 AM
  • "iPad Pro artist illustrates NBA stars" Apple 11:15 AM
  • "Minecraft Apple Park (Video)" Apple 3.0 3:42 PM
  • "Man builds working iPhone 6s using spare parts bought in China" Cult of Mac 3:16 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple co-founder quits and cashes in his stake for $800" Cult of Mac 8:56 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google deprecates Octane JavaScript benchmark, because everyone is basically cheating: JavaScript engines have focused too much on the benchmark, to the detriment of the real world." Ars Technica 9:27 PM
  • "BlackBerry wins $815m in royalty dispute against Qualcomm" Neowin 9:17 PM
  • "Samsung testing a dual-screen phone prototype: Report" ZDNet 8:48 PM
  • "Canonical CEO Jane Silber resigns" ZDNet 8:21 PM
  • "U.S. ITC to investigate Sony patent infringement claims against Arris" Reuters 4:06 PM
  • " helps family of dead boy find man posing at him" Associated Press 12:04 PM
  • "Galaxy S8 can power through GameCube games at full speed" Cult of Mac 11:12 AM
  • "Ajit Pai can't convince websites that killing net neutrality is a good idea: Reps for Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix lobby to keep net neutrality rules." Ars Technica 11:11 AM
  • "80 percent of Snapchat users take snaps in restaurants" Mashable 9:38 AM
  • "Huawei CEO Doesn't Understand Why Smartwatches Exist, And He Has A Point" Digital Trends 7:07 AM
  • "Fitbit Smartwatch Facing Delays - Production Mishaps Blamed" Forbes 7:06 AM
  • "Internet giants are saying please don't gut net neutrality rules"  Mashable 7:06 AM
  • "This is how inaccessible tech was for blind people 20 years ago" Mashable 7:05 AM
  • "Huawei to promote public cloud and video content services in 2017" DigiTimes 6:57 AM
  • "Messenger will probably show lots more ads soon" The Next Web 5:58 AM
  • "The launch of Samsung's voice assistant Bixby is already a total shambles" Business Insider 7:02 AM
  • "Samsung's Siri rival won't be ready for new Galaxy phone's U.S. launch" CNNMoney 5:59 AM
  • "Samsung's Bixby voice assistant won't work with the Galaxy S8 until Spring" The Next Web 5:58 AM
  • "Making iPhones, Internet Myths, Mac Pro Wishes -ACM 406" The Mac Observer 4:03 PM
  • "Full transcript: Recode and The Verge discuss the new Samsung Galaxy S8 on Too Embarrassed to Ask" Recode 3:43 PM
  • "Apple's Swatch Lawsuit, NVIDIA's New macOS Drivers -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-12" The Mac Observer 2:38 PM
  • "Rebound 132: What Is Wrong With You Is My Next Question" Six Colors 11:15 AM
  • "Cassandra: eXtensions Video -Emergency Songkran Supplies and a Microphone Purchase: Input from Clips and iPhone 7 Plus" eXtensions 10:58 AM
  • "All Three 2017 iPhones Predicted to Have 3GB of RAM and Lightning Connectors With Faster Charging" MacRumors 6:11 PM
  • "Rumor: Integrating Touch ID into 'iPhone 8' display remains Apple's 'biggest bottleneck'" AppleInsider 8:55 AM
  • "Analyst: iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor integrated into screen facing low production yields, Apple may change design" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "Apple is Struggling to Integrate Touch ID Under the iPhone 8's Display" MacRumors 11:51 AM
  • "Apple patched iOS after researchers showed a website could use motion sensors to detect passcodes" 9to5Mac 9:22 AM
  • "Toshiba Sees Long Odds for Hon Hai's $27 Billion Chip Bid" Bloomberg 8:55 AM
  • "No, Apple Isn't Dropping iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c Support in iOS 10.3.2" The Mac Observer 10:58 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.2 leaves iPhone 5, iPhone 5c out in the cold" Cult of Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Sorry, But Your iPhone 5 Is About to Become Obsolete" Gizmodo 9:22 AM
  • "Concept imagines Apple's upcoming modular Mac Pro and external display" 9to5Mac 12:04 PM
  • "Concept imagines next-generation Mac Pro with modular design and edge-to-edge display" iDownload Blog 12:04 PM
  • "Apple patents shock absorbers for iPhone to protect it and make it float" MCT 3:42 PM
  • "Apple Files Apple Music Trademark Update to Cover Promotional Items like Caps, Lingerie, Masquerade Costumes, Wristbands & more" Patently Apple 3:18 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:47 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:47 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:47 AM

  • "LG UltraFine 5K Display Review" Cult of Mac 11:50 AM
  • "Skybuds true wireless earphones review: Nifty but pricey" The Next Web 7:10 AM
  • "Aukey Multiport USB-C Hub review: Packed with features, including VGA output" Macworld 6:57 AM
  • "Sunnycam combines glasses, video recorder into one serviceable device" Apple World Today 7:11 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Clips Review: Creative fun amidst idiosyncrasies" Six Colors 11:15 AM
  • "Apple Music on Android is every bit as good as it is on iOS" iMore 8:56 AM
  • "Outflow Review: Simple Subscription Tracking" MacStories 12:04 PM
  • "Notability: My New Favorite Mac App for Taking Notes" The Mac Observer 2:38 PM
  • "How to instantly share photos using Family Sharing for iPhone and iPad" iMore 3:17 PM
  • "How to Check iOS App Compatibility to List Older 32-Bit Apps" OS X Daily 3:16 PM
  • "How to reset an iPhone or iPad: If you're selling your iPhone or iPad, or getting it repaired, you'll want to remove all your email, photos, videos, notes, passwords and any other personal data. We explain how to back up that data and then reset your iOS device to factory settings." PC Advisor 2:45 PM
  • "Schedule WhatsApp Messages With Auto Reply On iPhone, Here's How" Redmond Pie 11:14 AM
  • "How to follow competitive Vainglory, the iPhone's growing eSports sensation: This iOS MOBA game has incredible pro teams and tense, weekly competition to watch." Macworld 9:22 AM
  • "Reading E-Books on a Bigger Screen" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:51 AM
  • "Apple could soon make selfies way more noisy" Mashable 9:06 PM
  • "As we wait for Apple to finish the real thing, watch a Minecraft tour of Apple Park now¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 7:13 PM
  • "All Three New iPhones to Get 3GB of RAM?" iClarified 6:12 PM
  • "All Three iPhones Announcing in 2017 to Feature 3GB of RAM – iPhone 8 Will Need Better Exclusives to Warrant a Purchase" WCCFTech 8:13 PM
  • "PC companies must sell to businesses or die, but what about Apple?" MarketWatch 2:45 PM
  • "Which is a Better Buy's iPhone 7 or Samsung S8?" Zacks 11:18 AM
  • "BlackBerry's royalty win against Qualcomm seems to be a good sign for Apple" 9to5Mac 8:56 AM
  • "Apple custom silicon: On G-series and the next 20 letters left" iMore 12:14 PM
  • "Apple: Whose Chips Will They Dump Next? Asks Pac Crest" Barron's 11:19 AM
  • "After Imagination and Dialog, Synaptics could be the next Apple supplier to lose out – Credit Suisse" 9to5Mac 8:57 AM
  • "Imagination, Dialog, Synaptics: Will Apple ditch ARM?" Computerworld 8:47 AM
  • "AirPods Need This Great Gesture Control Feature" Apple Must 8:47 AM
  • "Apple's Multiple Personality Behavior" Mac360 8:46 AM
  • "Apple TV And Cord Cutting" TeraTalks 8:45 AM
  • "Apple And Technology's Fragmented Future" Mac360 8:45 AM
  • "Seven Things You Should Know About Smart Devices Like Siri And Alexa" Forbes 7:06 AM
  • "Could Facebook Become the New Web of Trust? Maybe!" The Mac Observer 5:50 PM
  • "The US Is Now One of Those Countries Threatening the Free Web: We expect attacks on internet speech in Zimbabwe and Russia. Under Trump, it's hitting home." Backchannel 11:35 AM
  • "Back to Evernote: Google Assistant update kills Keep shopping list integration/Google experiments with different services and apps, then kills them in an attempt to try something else. I fell for it once again with Google Keep and am just going to stick with Evernote." ZDNet 11:22 AM
  • "Review: LG's New G6 Android Phone Is a Big Step Up From Last Year" Time 11:19 AM
  • "How does Fitbit find its way back to fitness and financial success?" iMore 11:15 AM
  • "Study: Music Streaming Services Are Killing Instrumental Intros" PC Magazine 11:14 AM
  • "Mossberg: A plan to preserve the internet" Recode 8:56 AM
  • ""How Was My Password Hacked?" MacMost 8:47 AM
  • "Microchips implanted in humans: Practical or perilous?" CBS News 6:55 AM
  • "What prevents breaches: process, technology or people? One answer is PC, and one is right." Computerworld 6:54 AM
  • "Does Google's AutoDraw AI understand modern art better than you?" CNET 6:45 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple begins selling lightweight Hover Camera Passport drone & offering in-store demos" 9to5Mac 3:17 PM
  • "Apple snapped up Hover Camera's selfie drone for an exclusive: Joining drone makers DJI, Parrot and GoPro, the foldable flying camera will be available as an exclusive bundle on and in Apple stores." CNET 2:40 PM
  • "Apple CarPlay at NY Auto Show: Acura TLX w/ dual-displays, 2018 Sonata, Jeep, Honda EVs, Lincoln & more" 9to5Mac 2:40 PM
  • "The iPhone doesn't officially support VR, but people are still downloading millions of VR apps" Business Insider 11:15 AM
  • "Apple updates TestFlight to enable testing of multiple app builds, 90-day beta periods" AppleInsider 11:08 AM
  • "Official Spotify app coming to Apple Watch with help from third-party developer" AppleInsider 11:07 AM
  • "Snowy developer collaborating with Spotify on upcoming Apple Watch app" 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "Self Expression Arts releases Hungry Black Hole 1.0 for iOS/Android" prMac 6:55 AM
  • "UC vendor Swyx announces new 'Swyx Mobile for iOS' app" PRLog 6:01 AM
  • "Impacto essential - Digital-Analog Converter in Headphone Cable" beyerdynamic 5:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 2.4 Percent in First Quarter of 2017" Gartner 7:14 AM
  • "Traditional PC Market Was Up Slightly, Recording Its First Growth In Five Years as HP Recovered the Top Position, According to IDC" IDC 7:14 AM
  • "PC Market Grows for the First Time Since Q1 2012" Investopedia 5:59 AM
  • "Are Chromebooks responsible for PC market growth?" The Verge 7:13 AM
  • "What Microsoft's acquisition of Deis means for Azure, containers and the cloud" GeekWire 11:11 AM
  • "Microsoft: Mining More Out of Minecraft/Popular videogame has grown its user base since acquisition, but sales need a boost" [Paid Membership Required] 5:59 AM
  • "Windows Vista is now officially dead. And good riddance" The Register 6:53 AM
  • "Windows as a service? Now, there's an argument for Linux: Microsoft wants to control your Windows 10 desktop. Now are you ready to try a Linux desktop?" Computerworld 11:09 AM
  • "Microsoft's next hardware event: NYC, May 2—and no, no Surface Phone" Ars Technica 11:16 AM
  • "Microsoft to host May 2 event in New York, new hardware and software expected" VentureBeat 11:16 AM
  • "Microsoft is holding a big education event in New York on May 2" TechCrunch 11:08 AM
  • "Microsoft is announcing something big on May 2" The Next Web 12:04 PM
  • "Microsoft Office vulnerabilities mean no .doc is safe" CNET 3:17 PM
  • "Microsoft's new software tool helps enterprises evaluate cloud move: Customers also get an easier way to access hybrid use discounts" IDG News Service 11:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge wins Microsoft's own browser battery test" TechRadar UK 9:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge beats out competition in battery tests yet again" Neowin 8:28 PM
  • "Xbox One, Windows 10 become more Steam-like with 'self-service refunds': Refunds are already live for many users, come with 14-day window, Steam-like caveats." Ars Technica 6:37 PM
  • "A.I. in the driver's seat with the enterprise: Artificial intelligence will be a critical driver of the U.S. economy. See what IBM's Watson is doing at GlaxoSmithKline, Staples and 1-800-Flowers" Computerworld 6:54 AM
  • "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. officially launched Ryzen 5 series in India" Benchmark Monitor 9:27 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 Processors: 3 Times More Threads Than Intel At The Same Price" iTech Post 9:32 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 5 microprocessors released, and they're benchmarking rather well" The Inquirer 9:32 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 1600X overclocked to 5.9GHz with 6C/12T enabled" Hexus 9:27 AM
  • "Ryzen 5 1600X: Building a versatile work and play PC with AMD's 6-core CPU champion" PCWorld 6:55 AM
  • "Time to drop Moore's Law to advance computing, says researcher" Tech Central 9:32 AM
  • "Cisco's Double Bet on India: Growth Market Plus Export Hub" Investopedia 5:59 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Two Reasons To Own Apple Stock, Not Trade It" Nasdaq 2:45 PM
  • "Apple and Amazon are Tanking; Here Comes the Dreaded Bear Market, Right?" TheStreet 7:06 AM
  • "Apple: Wavering confidence in the iPhone" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:13 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends slightly lower as geopolitical risks linger: VIX volatility gauge climbs to 5-month high" MarketWatch 4:04 PM
  • "Wall Street Closes Lower Amid Continued Global Worries" TheStreet 4:04 PM
  • "Wall Street Ends Lower; Trump Comments Dampen Sentiment Late" Reuters 4:04 PM
  • "Financial Stocks Drop Ahead of Bank Earnings Season: Citigroup, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo are all set to report their first-quarter earnings before the stock market opens Thursday" [Paid Membership Required] 4:04 PM
  • "Nikkei falls as geopolitical worries drive yen higher: Shanghai stocks give up Tuesday's gains" MarketWatch 7:16 AM
  • "Car makers help drive European stocks to highest in more than a year" MarketWatch 7:16 AM

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