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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.

  • "The new Mac Pro: The audacity to say 'Yes' in a design culture of 'No'"  Marco Arment 8:49 PM
  • "Apple To Road Test of Self-Driving Car Software" CDR Info 7:43 AM
  • "California DMV Confirms Apple Is Now Permitted To Test Self-Driving Cars, Adds To List Of Companies Testing In State" Tech Times 7:44 AM
  • "Apple considers backing Hon Hai bid for Toshiba chip unit: report"  Japan Today 5:44 PM
  • "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] 4/14
  • "Apple has an official permit to test self-driving cars in California, DMV confirms"  Business Insider 4/14
  • "Apple just received a permit to test self-driving cars in California: Oh hello, welcome to the party" The Verge 4/14
  • "The iPhone of cars? Apple enters self-driving car race" Seattle Times 4/14
  • "Apple's self-driving car project now has a permit in California" Recode 4/14
  • "Apple receives permit in California to test self-driving cars: DMV" Reuters 4/14
  • "Apple gets DMV permission to test autonomous cars in California" VentureBeat 4/14
  • "Apple given licence to test self-driving cars on California roads" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4/14
  • "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 4/14
  • "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 4/14
  • "Apple May Be Coming to Toshiba's Rescue" Bloomberg 4/14
  • "Qualcomm's Apple Bills May Pile Up: Withheld royalty payments on Apple devices could cloud Qualcomm's outlook this year" [Paid Membership Required] 4/14
  • "Apple, Inc. Keeps Losing Ground in China: Low-cost Android phones are taking over." The Motley Fool 4/14
  • "How to use iCloud's Family Sharing with Photos for Mac" iMore 4:27 PM
  • "How to set a full-time Mac boot password (i.e. a BIOS password)" Mac Kung Fu 4/14
  • "How to fix a 'can't be moved' permissions problem on your Mac" Macworld 4/14
  • "How to adjust the date and time of a picture in Photos for Mac" iDownload Blog 4/14
  • "Replace Missing Fonts in Pages" MacMost 4/14
  • "How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac" MacTrast 4/14
  • "Frontier Diary #3: Built-in Verbs Configuration" inessential 4/14
  • "A Mac App Subscription To Like" Mac360 4/14
  • "How To Choose A Browser Within A Link" Mac360 4/14
  • "Best ways to file your taxes on your Mac" iMore 4/14
  • "Why I Won't Bother to Submit Bug Reports to Apple Any More" Kirkville 4/14
  • "Wouldn't it be nice if Mac error messages actually told us what's wrong? C'mon, Apple, give your users a clue." Macworld 4/14
  • "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 4/14
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Intros New Revit 2018—Strengthens Multidiscipline Design" Architosh 4/14
  • "Resume Star for Mac: Top Rated Resume App Now on macOS" prMac 4/14
  • "Screen Mirroring from Mac to Chromecast now available from AirBeamTV" prMac 4/14
  • "YouTube Dark Mode Surfaces in Latest Desktop Chrome Browser Update" MacRumors 4/14
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "This week on AI: Apple Car's California driver license, Qualcomm countersues & more" AppleInsider 7:16 AM
  • "Meet Susan Bennett, the woman with the soothing voice behind iPhone's Siri"  The Next Web 4/14
  • "Apple's Secret Project to Monitor Blood Sugar for Diabetics" Tech.pinions 4/14
  • "Apple signs deal to provide NHL coaches with iPads" The Verge 4/14
  • "Apple has great taste in trees, and it's becoming a problem" BGR 4/14
  • "These are the six companies that depend on Apple for half to three-quarters of their sales" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "Apple shares three special Shot on iPhone ads to celebrate Children's Day in Turkey" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "Apple Celebrates the Joys of Water Balloons in New Commercial" The Mac Observer 4/14
  • "One of Kendrick Lamar's new songs was created entirely on iPhone" Cult of Mac 4/14
  • "Today in Apple history: Macintosh 512Ke further enhances the Mac" Cult of Mac 4/14
Non-Apple News
  • "Nintendo Switch First Month Sales Nearly Hit 1 Million In North America" HotHardware 4:49 PM
  • "Facebook busts up international spam operation" Engadget 4/14
  • "GOP rep. on ISP privacy rules: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'" Engadget 4/14
  • "Republican lawmaker on privacy: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'" The Next Web 4/14
  • "Amazon allowing Alexa software, far-field microphone technology use by other companies" AppleInsider 4/14
  • "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 4/14
  • "Vivo's Xplay6 is a weird iPhone Galaxy S7 Edge mashup" CNET 4/14
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 115 | Leaked iPhone 8 schematics, potential Touch ID changes, and more" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "The secret lives of iPhone factory workers, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 4/14
  • "RIP: Internet privacy, NES Classic, and Apple and Qualcomm's friendship/This week on Vergecast" The Verge 4/14
  • "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 4/14
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8,' Touch ID, and glucose monitoring on Apple Watch" AppleInsider 4/14
  • "Apple's building more of its own chips for the next iPhone" CNET 4/14
  • "Apple now upgrading iPad 4th gen replacements to newer iPad Air 2 as stock dwindles" 9to5Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Apple will replace your busted iPad 4 with the iPad Air 2: If you bring this aging tablet in for repairs, you'll probably walk away with a much newer model." Engadget 5:08 PM
  • "Apple Tests iPhone 8 Prototype with Touch ID Under Display, 4mm Bezels All Around"  iDrop News 4/14
  • "New Images Show iPhone 8 with Touch ID in the Display" The Mac Observer 4/14
  • "Apple Wins Patent for Data Collection, Automation Scheme" 24/7 Wall St. 4/14
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/14
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/14
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/14

  • "Rock Jaw Resonate hybrid earphones review" The Gadgeteer 2:45 PM
  • "Hardware Review: NetGear Orbi Mesh WiFi System Covers Lots of Space, at a Cost" Kirkville 7:18 AM
  • "Review: Logitech's G Pro keyboard is overkill of the best kind" The Next Web 4/14
  • "Cassandra: Improving Video Output Quality -The Røde SmartLav+ Microphone" eXtensions 4/14
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Cassandra: eXtensions Video -Clips in Clips: Successes and Failures" eXtensions 9:46 AM
  • "Apple Clips: Live transcriptions are impressive, but where are the selfie filters? Clips is a simplified version of iMovie for stylized video editing." Macworld 4/14
  • "'Sunless Sea' Review - A Brilliant Journey in a Dark, Fascinating World" Touch Arcade 4/14
  • "'Yodanji: The Roguelike' Review - Legends of Yo" Touch Arcade 4/14
  • "'Quantum Revenge' Review - Form like Voltron" Touch Arcade 4/14
  • "How to create a folder on your iPhone or iPad: It isn't exactly obvious to new iOS users, but it's easy to do once you know how." Macworld 3:34 PM
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to track and manage cellular data" 9to5Mac 11:16 AM
  • "Apple Watch SOS saves lives — get to know it now" iMore 4/14
  • "Download xCleaner IPA On iOS 10 [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 4/14
  • "How to print to PDF on iPhone, iPad, and Mac" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "How to install Kodi on the first generation Apple TV" iMore 4/14
  • "How To End iCloud 'Approval Request' Overkill" Apple Must 4/14
  • "Apple has a new iPhone menu that makes it way easier to manage your iCloud account" Business Insider 7:43 AM
  • "Pokémon Go Spring Event Guide — Updated with new egg info!" iMore 7:23 AM
  • "12-inch MacBook rumor roundup: What's coming next" iMore 7:25 PM
  • "Dying hereafter: Pre-judging the iPhone 8"  Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "Breaking the trend: why Apple is likely to release both an 'iPhone 7s' and 'iPhone 8' this year"  AppleInsider 7:17 AM
  • "Should Apple make a standalone Siri device? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 4/14
  • "Here's what the Hackintosh community wants in the new modular Mac Pro" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "How to spot Apple's self-driving cars in the wild" Cult of Mac 4/14
  • "Apple Gets License to Test Self Driving Cars in Calif. Media Acts Surprised" Apple Must 4/14
  • "Apple Watch and the story of ceramics" iMore 4/14
  • "It's time for Apple Watch to get serious about fitness" Cult of Mac 4/14
  • "Apple's Search For The Holy Grail" NoodleMac 4/14
  • "Apple: Hardware? Software? Or, Services?" Mac360 4/14
  • "Apple's Mac Pro Rethink is Good, but will It Be Good Enough?"  Tech.pinions 4/14
  • "Guesstimates About Apple's 2017 iPhone 8" Mac360 4/14
  • "We really, really want this new iPhone 8 rumor to be true" Mashable 4/14
  • "Student Videos: Lively Alternative for English Classes" eXtensions 4/14
  • "Forgotten audio formats: The flexi disc/The cheap, lightweight 'Soundsheet' once graced magazine covers in its millions." Ars Technica 9:38 AM
  • "Connected Car Data Is the New Oil" PC Magazine 4/14
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Turn Any iPhone 7 Jet Black Or Jet White With This Ultra-Slim Case" Redmond Pie 4/14
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Planescape: Torment'" Touch Arcade 4/14
  • "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 4/14
  • "3 Cool Connected Gadgets For Travellers" Apple Must 4/14
  • "Goodbye shaky videos: Google Photos can now stabilize wobbly footage" Mashable 4/14
  • "Fill in the Gaps with Polycolor" MacStories 4/14
  • "High-Speed Space Flyer 'Hyperburner' is Apple's Free App Store App of the Week" MacTrast 4/14
  • "TAP Clash Of Heavens - Fast-Paced Combat - Shoot, Destroy & Push Forward" prMac 4/14
  • "Jigsaw Puzzle 500+ v2.0 now multiplayer on both iOS and Android" prMac 4/14
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft says it already patched 'Shadow Brokers' NSA leaks: Four exploits were addressed in a March 2017 update, suggesting the company may have been tipped off." Engadget 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft has already patched the NSA's leaked Windows hacks" The Verge 7:23 AM
  • "Mysterious Microsoft patch killed 0days released by NSA-leaking Shadow Brokers: Microsoft fixed critical vulnerabilities in uncredited update released in March." Ars Technica 2:30 PM
  • "Microsoft: Past patches address leaked NSA exploits/The patches: one of which was issued last month: address the exploits found in the Shadow Brokers leak" Computerworld New Zealand 5:09 PM
  • "Windows 10 Will Reportedly Add Native Tabbed Windows For Apps" HotHardware 4:35 PM
  • "Microsoft's cancelled Lumia 750 aka 'Guilin' gets revealed in new video" Neowin 7:24 AM
  • "Microsoft kills the official upgrade path from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile" Neowin 6:17 PM
  • "Microsoft Explains Edge Battery Life Gains in Creators Update" Thurrott 7:23 AM
  • "Kaspersky Lab extends bug bounty program, increases financial incentives" Neowin 10:41 AM
  • "HOT NEWS'Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2' DLC Pack 3: Fans Expect April 25 Release Date; Gameplay Trailer out Next WeekFollow Us/AMD Ryzen 5 vs. Intel Core i5: Ryzen 5 1600X Tagged as 'The People's CPU' – Here's Why" Telegiz 9:27 PM
  • "Microsoft Says U.S. Foreign Surveillance Requests Have Doubled" NBC News 4/14
  • "The Windows 10 update conundrum [Q&A] BetaNews 4/14
  • "Microsoft, Oracle, NetSuite: Why Some Cloud Deals Are Fake News" Fortune 4/14
  • "Microsoft transparency report reveals first National Security Letter and shows doubling of FISA orders" BetaNews 4/14
  • "Microsoft to stop updating the original Windows 10 release after May 9" BetaNews 4/14
  • "Support for the original version of Windows 10 ends May 9" PCWorld 4/14
  • "Microsoft blocks Kaby Lake and Ryzen PCs from Windows 7, 8 updates" PCWorld 4/14
  • "Microsoft has now started to block Windows 7/8.1 updates on PCs with recent processors" OnMSFT 4/14
  • "Windows 10 update shock - Microsoft just blocked users running this popular software" Express UK 4/14
  • "Windows 7 and 8.1 now block new CPUs from receiving updates" Ars Technica UK 4/14
  • "IBM Set to Raise Dividend for 22nd Straight Year; Will It Be a Dividend Aristocrat?" Economic Calendar 4/14
  • "HP Pavilion laptops get thinner, lighter, stylus support, IR camera—and same low price" Ars Technica UK 4/14
  • "Ryzen CPUs explained: Everything you need to know about AMD's disruptive multicore chips" PCWorld 4/14
  • "AMD Radeon RX 500 graphics cards presentation slides leak" Hexus 4/14
  • "Fallout 4 VR Will Change The Virtual Reality Industry, Says AMD Corporate Vice President" SegmentNext 4/14
  • "Spotlight on Oracle: Enterprise App PaaS, App Migration to IaaS and Marketing technology" Gartner 4/14
  • "Simulmedia, Oracle Data Cloud partner on TV ad targeting" RapidTVNews 4/14
  • "Sysadmin accused of crashing former employer's Oracle database with logic bomb" The Register 4/14
  • "The true impact of modular Java" InfoWorld 4/14
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Toshiba Pares Losses on Report of Apple Investing in Chips" Bloomberg 4/14
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] 4/14
  • "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 4/14
  • "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 4/14

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