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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.

  • "Analysts are speculating about Apple buying Disney: 'A tech/media juggernaut like no other'"  Business Insider 8:06 AM
  • "Far-fetched idea: Wall Street analyst dreams up Apple-Disney mega-merger"  CNBC 8:39 AM
  • "Apple: A $237B Bid for Disney Not a Bad Idea, Says RBC" Barron's 8:34 AM
  • "RBC Analyst Says Apple Acquisition of Disney Is Possible" Bloomberg Video 3:58 PM
  • "Unlikely prospect of Apple buying Disney resurfaces, RBC says would create 'unique opportunities'" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Analyst floats idea of Apple buying Disney to make 'tech/media juggernaut'" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Apple has a massive advantage over Google in China, analysts say" Business Insider 7:58 AM
  • "Software and Internet co.'s, NGOs, professors ask Supreme Court to look at 2nd Apple v. Samsung patent case" Foss Patents 12:02 PM
  • "Apple makes updates to Final Cut Pro X & iMovie for Mac" AppleInsider 4:53 PM
  • "Mac malware surges as cyber crooks turn to ransomware, claims Malwarebytes" V3 8:15 AM
  • "High CPU Usage on macOS from videosubscriptionsd Process" Kirkville 11:36 AM
  • "How to get Remove Attachments back in Mail for macOS: If you can't access this feature, here are a few things to do that could fix it." Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "Want To Record Your iPhone Or iPad Screen? Here's How To Do It On Mac And Windows" Digital Trends 8:57 AM
  • "Mac Users: Do You Use This Dock Trick?" Apple Must 4:00 PM
  • "Add Pie Chart Leader Lines in Numbers" MacMost 8:32 AM
  • "How to password-protect Pages, Numbers, Keynote docs in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 7:28 AM
  • "Tooth Fairy, Bluetooth, And Your Mac" Mac 360 7:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Final Cut Pro and iMovie for Mac updated with new improvements" 9to5Mac 3:48 PM
  • "iMovie for Mac Gets Bug Fixes in New Update" MacRumors 3:27 PM
  • "Wondershare PDFexpert 6 lets you edit PDFs like Word documents" Cult of Mac 3:19 PM
  • "Chrome Kills One Of The Most Annoying Website Revenue Producing Practices" Forbes 11:36 AM
  • "Cocktail 10.3.2 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Invites Mac Users to Preview Google Calendar Support in Outlook 2016" MacRumors 8:18 AM
  • "Indigo Domotics Announces Indigo 7, Updated Smart Home Server for macOS" prMac 9:37 AM
  • "PDFpen 9.0 Adds 100+ Enhancements; Annotations, Export Options, and More" prMac 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Says Three More Suppliers to Use Solely Renewable Power: IPhone maker expands sustainability push into its supply chain" Bloomberg 3:23 PM
  • "Apple is buying so many trees for its new campus that there aren't enough for anyone else" Quartz 3:18 PM
  • "Apple Is Buying All the Good Trees for Its New Campus, and the Tree People Are Fighting Back" Gizmodo 7:56 PM
  • "Apple Park tree quota leaves local contractors scrambling for foliage" AppleInsider 9:00 PM
  • "Apple reportedly has secret team working on Apple Watch tech for diabetes" The Next Web 8:30 AM
  • "Secret Apple team working to revolutionize diabetes treatment" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "422 million reasons Apple is building diabetes sensors" Computerworld 10:52 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Watch sensors are the 'holy grail' in health" Business Insider 10:00 AM
  • "Apple's glucose monitor better delivered via AirPods than the watch" CNBC 12:15 PM
  • "Apple Working on 'Breakthrough' Glucose Sensors for Apple Watch" MacTrast 8:31 AM
  • "Apple has a Secret Team Designing Diabetes Monitoring Sensors" The Mac Observer 9:59 AM
  • "Motorola wins Victorian Police mobile contract: Victoria's police force is going to get its hands on thousands of iPhones and iPads as part of a mobility drive to make it more efficient and save it more time." The Australian 3:22 PM
  • "Apple now China's largest Western software seller, thanks to booming App Store" AppleInsider 3:48 PM
  • "Android Market Share Rises in Urban China" ["'In the three-month period ending February 2017, iOS accounted for 13.2% of smartphone sales in urban China, a decline of 8.9 percentage points from 22.1% a year earlier. This marks iOS' lowest share since the three-month period ending July 2014,' reported Tamsin Timpson, Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. 'That said, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remained the top selling devices in the region, accounting for 8% of smartphone sales. By comparison, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus accounted for 14% of smartphone sales in the three months ending February 2016.'"] Kantar Worldpanel 9:02 AM
  • "iOS Drops to Lowest Share of China Smartphone Market in Nearly Three Years" MacRumors 9:02 AM
  • "Apple rebrands iTunes Podcasts directory as Apple Podcasts, new badge for publishers to use" 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "Apple takes another step toward killing iTunes brand" Cult of Mac 3:26 PM
  • "NHL coaches provided with iPad Pros, Macs to gain edge during Stanley Cup Playoffs" AppleInsider 9:44 AM
  • "Dubai Mall Apple Store to open on April 27, offer views of Burj Khalifa" 9to5Mac 10:01 AM
  • "Qualcomm does not want European and Korean antitrust proceedings to impact its FTC litigation" Foss Patents 8:17 AM
  • "How I Made My Own iPhone – in China!" [Video] Strange Parts 8:16 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Early iPad rumor gets Apple fans buzzing" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "T-Mobile Spends $8 Billion to Upgrade Its Wireless Network" The Mac Observer 4:59 PM
  • "A bored intern created the original Windows Solitaire" The Verge 10:13 AM
  • "The Talk Show: 'Good News, My House Burned Down', With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino" Daring Fireball 8:39 PM
  • "Leaked iPhone 8 Schematic, Apple's Diabetes Blood Sensor -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-13" The Mac Observer 12:33 PM
  • "The Committed Podcast on Connecting a Stereo to a Mac, Pro Macs, and More" Kirkville 8:17 AM
  • "Purported iPhone 8 schematics show 'bezel-less' front, rear Touch ID, same thinness as iPhone 7" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "Potential 'iPhone 8' Render Shows Vertical Camera and Rear Touch ID, But Likely One of Several Designs" MacRumors 9:38 AM
  • "Rear Touch ID a Real Possibility on the Next Apple iPhone" AppAdvice 8:36 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple patent involves an optimized sound reproduction system" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
  • "Touch ID not working while charging your iPhone? Here's the fix!" iMore 11:35 AM
  • "Growing number of 15" MacBook Pro users report 'popping' sound coming from their laptop" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "MacBook Pro owners complain about a mysterious 'popping' sound" The Next Web 8:31 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "3 Mac Laptops That Undercut Apple's Price by $200" LAPTOP Magazine 3:28 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM

  • "Review: Koogeek Wi-Fi SmartSocket for Apple HomeKit" iLounge 3:28 PM
  • "Edimax AC1200 Dual Band Wi-Fi USB Adapter review: Solve your Mac's broken Wi-Fi hardware problem" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "LectroFan Micro is a great white noise machine (but a ho-hum Bluetooth speaker)" Apple World Today 7:30 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPad Diaries: Numbers, Accounting, and Currency Conversions" MacStories 11:35 AM
  • "Elk: Currency Conversion on Your Wrist" MacStories 11:35 AM
  • "How to spoof the GPS location of photos on your iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:21 AM
  • "Download Instagram++ IPA On iOS 10 [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 3:27 PM
  • "How to Set the Music Volume Limit on an iOS Device" MacTrast 8:31 AM
  • "How to call your destination when using the Maps app on Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 8:21 AM
  • "Developers: Get Ready for iTunes Connect Down Time on April 22" The Mac Observer 12:43 PM
  • "Does 'Apple Podcasts' Signal Coming Phase Out Of The iTunes Brand? [Opinion] RazMag 3:27 PM
  • "WWDC Wishlist: How Apple TV could improve with tvOS 11 this year" 9to5Mac 3:23 PM
  • "Why Apple Should Eventually Build Family Service Robots" The Mac Observer 3:05 PM
  • "Why Apple might have to put Touch ID on the back of iPhone 8" iMore 3:27 PM
  • "No, Apple won't move the home button and Touch ID to the back of the 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 12:02 PM
  • "Pondering the possibilities of dual cameras on future iMacs" Apple World Today 11:35 AM
  • "Former Yahoo CEO on potential Apple-Disney deal" CNBC Videos 3:27 PM
  • "Apple's Cash Conundrum: Is Buying Disney the Answer?" Barron's 9:38 AM
  • "One more time: Will Apple buy Disney?" Apple 3.0 [Paid Membership Required] 9:37 AM
  • "Comment: Could Apple be left with no choice but to do the wrong thing with the iPhone 8?" 9to5Mac 8:58 AM
  • "Apple Needs to Integrate Apple Music into Hi-Fi Audio Devices" Kirkville 8:58 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Beating (and Will Keep Beating) Google in Mobile Payments" The Motley Fool 8:34 AM
  • "I'm Sorry To Say 'The Mac Is An Appliance" Mac360 8:32 AM
  • "Apple And The Power Of Noise" PixoBebo 8:18 AM
  • "Which cutting edge technologies will become mainstream? Early adopters are the beta testers for the rest of the world." Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "For exaggerated effect: Surveys don't change sales" Macworld 8:06 AM
  • "The Mac Tower Of Boredom" McSolo 7:57 AM
  • "Social Media Is Not Contributing Significantly to Political Polarization, Paper Says" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:18 PM
  • "How computing will change amid challenges to Moore's Law"  TechCrunch 3:48 PM
  • "First look at the Microsoft Surface Studio and Surface Dial" Canadian Reviewer 8:31 AM
  • "What I'm Looking For at Facebook's F8" Tech.pinions 8:15 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "PaperLike Wants To Make Your iPad Pro Feel Like Paper" UberGizmo 9:22 PM
  • "Fez coming to iOS later this year" 148Apps 9:00 PM
  • "iTunes Connect: Scheduled Maintenance Planned for April 22" RazMag 3:33 PM
  • "Apple Music Adds To Original Shows With 'House of Strombo'" RazMag 3:19 PM
  • "New Apple Music Show Coming Called House Of Strombo" The Mac Observer 7:57 PM
  • "TP-Link Launches Deco M5, First Complete and Secure Whole-Home Wi-Fi System" MacPrices 12:33 PM
  • "'Bacon Escape', the Latest Game From Illusion Labs, Has Trotted Onto the App Store" Touch Arcade 10:13 AM
  • "Best iPhone Cases and Skins for Apple Enthusiasts" iMore 10:13 AM
  • "New 'PaperLike' Kickstarter wants to make writing on iPad Pro feel like paper" 9to5Mac 10:01 AM
  • "No new features are coming to the Workflow app following the Apple deal" iDownload Blog 9:38 AM
  • "Workflow automation app has no 'further updates planned' following Apple acquisition" 9to5Mac 9:35 AM
  • "Swift University opens course for writing Android apps in Apple's language" 9to5Mac 8:58 AM
  • "Pokémon GO launches Eggstravaganza in-game event for Easter" 9to5Mac 8:57 AM
  • "4 awesome apps that turn everyday chores into a game" 148Apps 8:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "PC shipments make first slight gain in years, HP retakes top spot according to IDC" Neowin 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Will Unveil Project Scorpio at E3" Thurrott 9:54 AM
  • "Microsoft to unveil its Project Scorpio Xbox console at E3" The Verge 10:05 AM
  • "Microsoft will officially unveil Xbox Project Scorpio at E3 2017" BGR 6:31 PM
  • "Microsoft may introduce a new Surface CloudBook device that runs Windows Cloud" MSPoweruser 8:04 AM
  • "Windows XP: Still no end in sight?" ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "Windows 10 Cloud set for unveiling at Microsoft's 2 May event: Don't go expecting the Surface Book 2 or Pro 5, though" The Inquirer 8:28 AM
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update Users Complaining About Windows Defender Warning Icon: Yellow triangle not working as it's supposed to, they say" Softpedia 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft plan to force PCs with newer processors to Windows 10 backfires: A faulty detection mechanism also snagged some 6th gen AMD Carrizo PCs and locked them out of future Windows Updates" InfoWorld 8:06 AM
  • "New processors are now blocked from receiving updates on old Windows: The promised update block is now in effect." Ars Technica 2:58 PM
  • "Windows 10 Game Mode can boost performance after all" ExtremeTech 8:22 AM
  • "Synack: Hackers wanted after firm gets $21.25M funding from Microsoft, HPE/$21.25 million round of funding from Microsoft, HPE, SingTel will go to hire more security pros, expand territory" IDG News Service 8:03 AM
  • "Charity: Dell EMC announces partnership with Barnardos" The 7:11 AM
  • "HP to ship its Omen X VR backpack PC in June: HP will out with two versions of its Omen X VR backpack PC: one for gamers and the other for commercial customers" IDG News Service 4:53 PM
  • "HP's new Pavilions can supercharge gaming with optional GPUs: AMD's Radeon or Nvidia's 940MX discrete graphics can be selected on HP's Pavilion laptop or X360 2-in-1" ITworld 7:54 AM
  • "HP keeps new Pavilion laptop prices low while adding IR cameras, pen support: Elevating HP's affordable notebooks with useful hardware tools." Ars Technica 7:54 AM
  • "HP introduces its 2017 Pavilion and Pavilion x360 notebook lineup" Liliputing 7:55 AM
  • "HP's New Pavilions Bring Premium PC Features to the Masses" Thurrott 8:00 PM
  • "HP's refreshed Pavilion x360 line adds pen support and new Intel processors" The Verge 1:58 PM
  • "HP announces a new range of Pavilion laptops and convertibles [Update] Neowin 2:08 PM
  • "HP's refreshes Pavilion laptops with Windows 10 Creators Update and optional GPUs: At Coachella, for some reason" The Inquirer 12:22 PM
  • "HP introduces new Pavilion laptops at... Coachella: It plans to lure festival-goers to its tent with air-conditioning and free DIY bandanas." Engadget 7:55 AM
  • "HP's Pavilion laptops go (nearly) full metal for back to school season" TechRadar UK 7:56 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HPE) to Issue Quarterly Dividend of $0.07" Chaffey Breeze 7:53 AM
  • "HP's new Pavilions can supercharge gaming with optional GPUs: AMD's Radeon or Nvidia's 940MX discrete graphics can be selected on HP's Pavilion laptop or X360 2-in-1" IDG News Service 8:03 AM
  • "ARM and Intel part of IoT MCU benchmarking group: An energy efficiency benckmark for microcontrollers and Bluetooth radios used in IoT designs has been created by the US-based EEMBC." Electronics Weekly 7:58 AM
  • "Intel/VentureBeat content collaboration focuses on game development" VentureBeat 7:58 AM
  • "The first AMD Ryzen 5 benchmarks are out - and they're pretty good: AMD's mainstream competitor to the Intel Core i5 and low-end Core i7 parts looks like it will give Intel a run for its money" V3 7:58 AM
  • "AMD Vega Specs Update: AMD Vega is Main Reason For NVIDIA's Recently Launched Monster GPU" Droid Report 7:57 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "TSMC expects 2Q17 revenues to fall 8-9%" DigiTimes 8:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Warren Buffett cuts his stake in Wells Fargo" CNNMoney 8:18 AM
  • "Stocks Stay in Negative Territory as Big Bank Shares Lose Momentum" TheStreet 3:11 PM
  • "Geopolitical Jitters Hit Stocks After US Bomb Strike in Afghanistan" FOXBusiness 3:11 PM
  • "US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St falls as banks weigh after earnings" Nasdaq 3:14 PM
  • "JP Morgan tops profit forecasts, says consumers 'healthy'" USA Today 11:04 AM
  • "Stocks Waver as Bonds Extend Rally: Dollar bounces back, after slumping the prior day on comments from President Donald Trump" [Paid Membership Required] 3:15 PM
  • "Nikkei slumps amid dollar selloff in Asia" MarketWatch 8:20 AM
  • "European stocks pulled lower after Trump's dollar comments" MarketWatch 8:20 AM

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