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Monday Highlights: Apple buys Asaii, a firm specializing in music analytics and finding the next big artist; Jonny Evans breaks down the list of Apple acquisitions since repatriating cash to the US; Apple calls Australian encryption laws "dangerous"; analytics, app trials among issues causing developers to leave Mac App Store; Apple Gazette feature helps you make your Mac night-friendly; AppleInsider article looks at the John Sculley era at Apple; surgeons monitoring patients recovering from hip and knee replacements via Apple Watch; and Apple donating 1,000 Apple Watches for eating disorder study; Palm is back! And very small!; VoiceOver iOS vulnerability found; Macworld has a look at using game console controllers to play games on Mac.

  • "Apple Secures Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicles in California: Permit allows Apple to test self-driving cars on public roads in the largest U.S. state" [Paid Membership Required] 11:39 AM
  • "Apple has an official permit to test self-driving cars in California, DMV confirms"  Business Insider 11:39 AM
  • "Apple just received a permit to test self-driving cars in California: Oh hello, welcome to the party" The Verge 11:39 AM
  • "The iPhone of cars? Apple enters self-driving car race" Seattle Times 5:49 PM
  • "Apple's self-driving car project now has a permit in California" Recode 12:12 PM
  • "Apple receives permit in California to test self-driving cars: DMV" Reuters 5:41 PM
  • "Apple gets DMV permission to test autonomous cars in California" VentureBeat 11:45 AM
  • "Apple given licence to test self-driving cars on California roads" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:38 PM
  • "Apple considers bidding for big stake in Toshiba chip business: report/Apple Inc is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba Corp's semiconductor business, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday - the latest twist in the sale of the world's second-biggest flash memory chipmaker."  Reuters 7:11 AM
  • "Apple said to be targeting a stake in Toshiba's memory chip business: The deal faces potential opposition from the Japanese government." IDG News Service 7:06 AM
  • "Apple May Be Coming to Toshiba's Rescue" Bloomberg 7:20 AM
  • "Qualcomm's Apple Bills May Pile Up: Withheld royalty payments on Apple devices could cloud Qualcomm's outlook this year" [Paid Membership Required] 7:20 AM
  • "Apple, Inc. Keeps Losing Ground in China: Low-cost Android phones are taking over." The Motley Fool 11:24 AM
  • "How to set a full-time Mac boot password (i.e. a BIOS password)" Mac Kung Fu 12:12 PM
  • "How to fix a 'can't be moved' permissions problem on your Mac" Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "How to adjust the date and time of a picture in Photos for Mac" iDownload Blog 7:19 AM
  • "Replace Missing Fonts in Pages" MacMost 10:05 AM
  • "How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac" MacTrast 7:38 AM
  • "Frontier Diary #3: Built-in Verbs Configuration" inessential 7:19 AM
  • "A Mac App Subscription To Like" Mac360 7:57 AM
  • "How To Choose A Browser Within A Link" Mac360 7:36 AM
  • "Best ways to file your taxes on your Mac" iMore 11:25 AM
  • "Why I Won't Bother to Submit Bug Reports to Apple Any More" Kirkville 7:19 AM
  • "Wouldn't it be nice if Mac error messages actually told us what's wrong? C'mon, Apple, give your users a clue." Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "iTunes needs to go (well, the name, anyway): Apple is on a rebranding kick lately (welcome, Apple Podcasts!), and iTunes should be next in line for a new name."  Macworld 7:08 AM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Intros New Revit 2018—Strengthens Multidiscipline Design" Architosh 1:34 PM
  • "Resume Star for Mac: Top Rated Resume App Now on macOS" prMac 8:27 PM
  • "Screen Mirroring from Mac to Chromecast now available from AirBeamTV" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "YouTube Dark Mode Surfaces in Latest Desktop Chrome Browser Update" MacRumors 7:16 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Meet Susan Bennett, the woman with the soothing voice behind iPhone's Siri"  The Next Web 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's Secret Project to Monitor Blood Sugar for Diabetics" Tech.pinions 9:00 PM
  • "Apple signs deal to provide NHL coaches with iPads" The Verge 7:19 AM
  • "Apple has great taste in trees, and it's becoming a problem" BGR 10:12 AM
  • "These are the six companies that depend on Apple for half to three-quarters of their sales" 9to5Mac 7:41 AM
  • "Apple shares three special Shot on iPhone ads to celebrate Children's Day in Turkey" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "Apple Celebrates the Joys of Water Balloons in New Commercial" The Mac Observer 5:38 PM
  • "One of Kendrick Lamar's new songs was created entirely on iPhone" Cult of Mac 1:38 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512Ke further enhances the Mac" Cult of Mac 10:12 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook busts up international spam operation" Engadget 9:19 PM
  • "GOP rep. on ISP privacy rules: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'" Engadget 8:27 PM
  • "Republican lawmaker on privacy: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'" The Next Web 5:50 PM
  • "Amazon allowing Alexa software, far-field microphone technology use by other companies" AppleInsider 10:12 AM
  • "How Arizona State University's stadium is improving Wi-Fi and serving as a living lab for smart technologies: Improving technologies at a stadium involves more than just upgrading the Wi-Fi network. ASU and Dublin City University have partnered to explore new tech to improve the overall fan experience." TechRepublic 10:12 AM
  • "Vivo's Xplay6 is a weird iPhone Galaxy S7 Edge mashup" CNET 7:41 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 115 | Leaked iPhone 8 schematics, potential Touch ID changes, and more" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "The secret lives of iPhone factory workers, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 10:12 AM
  • "RIP: Internet privacy, NES Classic, and Apple and Qualcomm's friendship/This week on Vergecast" The Verge 10:12 AM
  • "Epic Final Cut Pro Radio Episode 037: Breaking News! Apple pre-announces a New Mac Pro, updates the current Mac Pro and announces an iMac Pro for 2017. If that wasn't enough, we have NAB FCP news and tips from Noah Kadner from, Michael Horton and Dan Bérubé from with a discount code and Sam Mestman from Final Cut Pro X is quite alive and doing well." FCPRadio 10:06 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8,' Touch ID, and glucose monitoring on Apple Watch" AppleInsider 7:38 AM
  • "Apple's building more of its own chips for the next iPhone" CNET 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Tests iPhone 8 Prototype with Touch ID Under Display, 4mm Bezels All Around"  iDrop News 7:12 AM
  • "New Images Show iPhone 8 with Touch ID in the Display" The Mac Observer 11:20 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for Data Collection, Automation Scheme" 24/7 Wall St. 7:16 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM

  • "Review: Logitech's G Pro keyboard is overkill of the best kind" The Next Web 8:27 PM
  • "Cassandra: Improving Video Output Quality -The Røde SmartLav+ Microphone" eXtensions 7:48 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple Clips: Live transcriptions are impressive, but where are the selfie filters? Clips is a simplified version of iMovie for stylized video editing." Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "'Sunless Sea' Review - A Brilliant Journey in a Dark, Fascinating World" Touch Arcade 5:55 PM
  • "'Yodanji: The Roguelike' Review - Legends of Yo" Touch Arcade 5:51 PM
  • "'Quantum Revenge' Review - Form like Voltron" Touch Arcade 5:51 PM
  • "Apple Watch SOS saves lives — get to know it now" iMore 5:50 PM
  • "Download xCleaner IPA On iOS 10 [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 3:04 PM
  • "How to print to PDF on iPhone, iPad, and Mac" 9to5Mac 11:25 AM
  • "How to install Kodi on the first generation Apple TV" iMore 11:24 AM
  • "How To End iCloud 'Approval Request' Overkill" Apple Must 7:36 AM
  • "Should Apple make a standalone Siri device? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 5:51 PM
  • "Here's what the Hackintosh community wants in the new modular Mac Pro" 9to5Mac 5:50 PM
  • "How to spot Apple's self-driving cars in the wild" Cult of Mac 3:04 PM
  • "Apple Gets License to Test Self Driving Cars in Calif. Media Acts Surprised" Apple Must 1:34 PM
  • "Apple Watch and the story of ceramics" iMore 11:46 AM
  • "It's time for Apple Watch to get serious about fitness" Cult of Mac 10:12 AM
  • "Apple's Search For The Holy Grail" NoodleMac 10:05 AM
  • "Apple: Hardware? Software? Or, Services?" Mac360 10:05 AM
  • "Apple's Mac Pro Rethink is Good, but will It Be Good Enough?"  Tech.pinions 7:18 AM
  • "Guesstimates About Apple's 2017 iPhone 8" Mac360 10:05 AM
  • "We really, really want this new iPhone 8 rumor to be true" Mashable 7:12 AM
  • "Student Videos: Lively Alternative for English Classes" eXtensions 6:46 AM
  • "Connected Car Data Is the New Oil" PC Magazine 8:27 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Turn Any iPhone 7 Jet Black Or Jet White With This Ultra-Slim Case" Redmond Pie 9:19 PM
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Planescape: Torment'" Touch Arcade 8:27 PM
  • "Coming April 15: Gene Steinberg meets columnist/podcaster Kirk McElhearn, and The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:26 PM
  • "3 Cool Connected Gadgets For Travellers" Apple Must 11:54 AM
  • "Goodbye shaky videos: Google Photos can now stabilize wobbly footage" Mashable 11:40 AM
  • "Fill in the Gaps with Polycolor" MacStories 11:25 AM
  • "High-Speed Space Flyer 'Hyperburner' is Apple's Free App Store App of the Week" MacTrast 7:19 AM
  • "TAP Clash Of Heavens - Fast-Paced Combat - Shoot, Destroy & Push Forward" prMac 10:12 AM
  • "Jigsaw Puzzle 500+ v2.0 now multiplayer on both iOS and Android" prMac 7:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Says U.S. Foreign Surveillance Requests Have Doubled" NBC News 9:01 PM
  • "The Windows 10 update conundrum [Q&A] BetaNews 11:53 AM
  • "Microsoft, Oracle, NetSuite: Why Some Cloud Deals Are Fake News" Fortune 12:35 PM
  • "Microsoft transparency report reveals first National Security Letter and shows doubling of FISA orders" BetaNews 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft to stop updating the original Windows 10 release after May 9" BetaNews 8:17 AM
  • "Support for the original version of Windows 10 ends May 9" PCWorld 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft blocks Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs from Windows 7, 8 updates" PCWorld 11:32 AM
  • "Microsoft has now started to block Windows 7/8.1 updates on PCs with recent processors" OnMSFT 8:50 AM
  • "Windows 10 update shock - Microsoft just blocked users running this popular software" Express UK 8:50 AM
  • "Windows 7 and 8.1 now block new CPUs from receiving updates" Ars Technica UK 8:49 AM
  • "IBM Set to Raise Dividend for 22nd Straight Year; Will It Be a Dividend Aristocrat?" Economic Calendar 8:54 AM
  • "HP Pavilion laptops get thinner, lighter, stylus support, IR camera—and same low price" Ars Technica UK 8:53 AM
  • "Ryzen CPUs explained: Everything you need to know about AMD's disruptive multicore chips" PCWorld 11:32 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 500 graphics cards presentation slides leak" Hexus 8:47 AM
  • "Fallout 4 VR Will Change The Virtual Reality Industry, Says AMD Corporate Vice President" SegmentNext 8:47 AM
  • "Spotlight on Oracle: Enterprise App PaaS, App Migration to IaaS and Marketing technology" Gartner 8:45 AM
  • "Simulmedia, Oracle Data Cloud partner on TV ad targeting" RapidTVNews 8:44 AM
  • "Sysadmin accused of crashing former employer's Oracle database with logic bomb" The Register 8:44 AM
  • "The true impact of modular Java" InfoWorld 8:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Toshiba Pares Losses on Report of Apple Investing in Chips" Bloomberg 7:20 AM
Industry News
  • "Concerns About North Korea Send Asian Stock Markets Lower: Senior Pyongyang official says U.S. is becoming 'more vicious and more aggressive' under Trump" [Paid Membership Required] 7:22 AM
  • "Asian markets pull back as concern over North Korea mounts: Asian stocks fell and the yen rose to session highs as worries about North Korea simmered, after a senior Pyongyang official said the U.S. is becoming 'more vicious and more aggressive' under President Donald Trump." MarketWatch 7:20 AM
  • "European stocks close lower after Trump's dollar comments: European stocks slid Thursday, with banks leading the charge south after President Donald Trump's comments about the dollar and interest rates." MarketWatch 7:19 AM

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