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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.

  • "China Reportedly To Summon Apple Over Live Stream Apps: Beijing's Internet regulators plans to summon Apple over the issues to urge the American firm to tighten up checks on software applications available in the Apple Store, the official Xinhua News Agency reported."  RTTNews 9:13 AM
  • "Beijing cyber regulators to summon Apple over live streaming: Xinhua" Reuters 10:12 AM
  • "Apple Faces Inquiry in China Over App Store Content" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:05 PM
  • "The Life of an Apple Supplier Is Getting Even Tougher"  Bloomberg 6:36 AM
  • "Imagination likely to see Apple royalties slashed, then end: UBS" ["UBS analysts predicted that Imagination would become loss-making by fiscal 2019 without any Apple royalty contributions and that the British chip designer will have to consider potential cost-cutting moves to redress the balance."] Reuters 6:30 AM
  • "World's top Apple insider says Galaxy S8 is great news for the iPhone 8"  BGR 8:48 AM
  • "Apple settles patent case at last minute: Apple has settled a patent dispute with a litigant that had already beaten Huawei and Samsung in court." BBC 10:13 AM
  • "Apple suppliers withhold royalty payments to Qualcomm amid legal spat" AppleInsider 5:02 PM
  • "Free to iPhone, iPad, Mac users: Apple is now giving away its iWork and iLife apps/Even if you own older Apple hardware, you can now get Apple's iWork Office rival and iLife apps for free." ZDNet 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Just Made iMovie and a Bunch of Other Apps Free For Everyone" Digital Trends 7:23 AM
  • "Possible 5K iMac Graphics Card Overheating Issue" Kirkville 10:12 AM
  • "How to find all the media not in an album in Apple Photos: Use a Smart Album to find those photos that have avoided sorting." Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "How to create professional looking movies with Google Photos: If your business needs to add video for marketing, and you don't have the creative skills necessary, Jack Wallen shows you how to make use of Google Photos for easy movie creation." TechRepublic 2:33 PM
  • "PhotoSweeper is a fine companion to the Mac's Photos app" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
  • "An iTunes-Free Way to Back Up Your iPod" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:29 PM
  • "macOS: How to Roll Back the Firmware on Your AirPort" The Mac Observer 8:07 AM
  • "Embed Keynote Presentations Into Blog Posts" MacMost 9:05 AM
  • "A Free Mac App To Write 'Distraction Free'" Mac 360 8:16 AM
  • "Rethinking Email On Mac, iPhone, And iPad" Mac 360 7:33 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (1) -New Users and Experts, Updating, FileVault and Secure Passwords" eXtensions 6:33 AM
Press Releases
  • "Adobe Amps Up Creative Cloud Video Professional Apps, Including Touch Bar Support" The Mac Observer 8:40 PM
  • "Adobe updates Creative Cloud video tools for pros ahead of NAB 2017" 9to5Mac 12:04 PM
  • "Mach Software Design introduces Alien News for macOS - iOS-like News App" prMac 8:22 AM
  • "System 7.0.1/early Macintosh emulator now available for download" O'Grady's PowerPage 7:24 AM
  • "StarCraft is now free for PC and Mac" The Next Web 8:04 AM
  • "Classic 90s military SF strategy game StarCraft is now free to play on Mac [Video] 9to5Mac 6:43 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Tim Cook: 'Freedoms require protection" Computerworld 6:33 AM
  • "Tim Cook accepts Free Expression award, says companies should have values" Cult of Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook mocked Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway about 'alternative facts'" Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "iOS Seizes 56% of Mobile Gaming Market, Claims SEGA, Sensor Tower" Apple Must 10:00 AM
  • "Withings appears to have nixed its promised HomeKit video cam over Nokia/Apple lawsuit" 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "Harris Poll: Millennials Increasingly Dictating Health Of America's Top Brands: Southwest Airlines, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Bose, Fidelity, Marriott Hotels,, Nordstrom, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Moe's Southwest Grill, Apple iPhone and More Named as Brands of the Year in Annual Harris Poll Study" PRNewswire 9:04 AM
  • "How Steve Wozniak Got Over His Fear of AI Taking Over the World" Wired 9:07 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Newton boss departs as device struggles" Cult of Mac 8:28 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "EFF: Google Chromebook is still spying on grade school students" AppleInsider 7:41 PM
  • "Ajit Pai, F.C.C. Chairman, Moves to Roll Back Telecom Rules" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:04 PM
  • "Facebook says it's working to let you 'hear with your skin'" The Verge 2:28 PM
  • "Grab your koopa shells, Super Nintendo is reportedly making a comeback" Mashable 10:11 AM
  • "Does Your Neck Hurt? Smartphone-Related Posture Injuries Are On The Rise" Digital Trends 9:27 AM
  • "Facebook beats Apple to the punch with AR announcement: Facebook's Camera Effects Platform is more than an ante in the Snapchat competition. SLAM promises to bring 3D AR to every smartphone." Network World 9:19 AM
  • "Alphabet's Verily just kicked off a study of 10,000 healthy people to help predict when people will get sick" Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "A study shows that our brains represent sarcasm in emoji the same way as in words" Mashable 8:14 AM
  • "Americans Spend 5 Hours a Day on Their Mobile Devices" 24/7 Wall St. 6:35 AM
  • "Sony Upgrades PS4 Slim With 1TB Hard Drive" PC Magazine 6:31 AM
  • "Touch Screen Macs, iPhone's Name, and Star Wars -ACM 407" The Mac Observer 5:28 PM
  • "Clockwise #185: Add Things to Things" Relay FM 2:38 PM
  • "Facebook, Apple, and Augmented Reality -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-19" The Mac Observer 2:07 PM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 187, With Special Guest MG Siegler" Daring Fireball 12:04 PM
  • "Why Apple can make or break entire companies that depend on the iPhone: Suppliers and app developers who rely on the iPhone to survive are at the mercy of Apple." Macworld 6:46 AM
  • "Another 'iPhone 8' Design Schematic Shows Vertical Dual Camera and Touch ID on Back of Aluminum Casing" MacRumors 8:24 AM
  • "New iPhone 8 schematic shows rear Touch ID design, vertical dual cameras, more" 9to5Mac 8:48 AM
  • "'Leaked' iPhone 8 drawings reveal surprising design" Cult of Mac 9:11 AM
  • "The latest iPhone 8 leak suggests Apple might make a big change to the fingerprint sensor" Business Insider 9:18 AM
  • "Apple's Augmented Reality Plans May Include iPhone 8 Smart Connector for Special Glasses" The Mac Observer 6:31 PM
  • "Quarterly chip demand for iPhone to surpass 50 million units in 2H17" DigiTimes 7:39 AM
  • "'iPhone 7s,' 'iPhone 8' chip orders suggest more than 100 million iPhones on tap by end of year" AppleInsider 8:22 AM
  • "Apple said to be building 100M new iPhones as Samsung strives for 60M Galaxy S8s" BGR 2:30 PM
  • "LG UltraFine 5K Display Named 'Best Photo Monitor' in 2017 TIPA Awards" MacRumors 9:26 AM
  • "Apple Music & iCloud users receive unexpected subscription discontinuation alerts" AppleInsider 8:34 AM
  • "50 GB and 200 GB plans vanish from iCloud settings for some users, likely server bug" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:11 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:11 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:11 AM

  • "Securifi Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi System review: An okay router bolted to a strong smart home hub/There are better mesh Wi-Fi routers out there, but none with a strong smart home hub built in." TechHive 7:10 AM
  • "Shure KSE1500 review: taking electrostatic headphones mobile" The Verge 8:21 AM
  • "Vi AI Personal Trainer review: Heart rate-tracking Bluetooth earbuds with serious potential/These $250 Bluetooth earphones pack in a heart rate sensor, voice-coaching, and gorgeous Harman/Kardon sound in one lightweight package. But they're hindered by an ultra-narrow focus on one type of exercise." Macworld 7:23 AM
  • "Quality meets affordability with Logitech G413 Mechanical Backlit Gaming Keyboard [Review] BetaNews 8:04 AM
  • "Oneadaptr Twist+ World Charging Station now compatible with 2016 MacBook Pro chargers" 9to5Mac 8:55 AM
  • "Strapple Crocodilus review: Faux crocodile Apple Watch band gives you taste of exotic" Cult of Mac 12:04 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Microsoft To-Do (née Wunderlist): A great way to tackle your tasks" Apple World Today 2:30 PM
  • "Photolemur fixes your snaps on autopilot" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Solve puzzles and help a cute little dog save the day in Mimpi Dreams for iOS" Macworld 9:14 AM
  • "How to Add a New Email Account to iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2:28 PM
  • "How to Delete or Add a New Watch Face on Apple Watch" WCCFTech 9:13 AM
  • "How AirPods work with Handoff on iPhone, iPad, and Mac" iMore 8:32 AM
  • "The Complete Guide to iPhone 8 in 14 Pictures" Apple Must 8:09 AM
  • "Set Up Your Own VPN Server in the Cloud for Free or Cheap" The Mac Observer 5:44 PM
  • "How USB charging works, or how to avoid blowing up your smartphone" ExtremeTech 5:03 PM
  • "Best ways to complete Apple's Earth Day Apple Watch challenge" iMore 12:05 PM
  • "Spring Cleaning For iPhones" TeraTalks 8:07 AM
  • "Why Apple should cater to 'serious' gamers - and why it probably won't"  AppleInsider 7:58 PM
  • "Why Apple Will Be Using Xeon CPUs in This Fall's 'Pro' iMac" The Mac Observer 5:09 PM
  • "Will Apple Make An iOS Touchscreen Notebook? – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 2:06 PM
  • "Apple Watch may be the most useful VR accessory yet" VRHeads 12:14 PM
  • "Facebook's Augmented Reality Plans Just Opened the Door for Apple" The Mac Observer 11:57 AM
  • "Why the iPhone 7 is still better than the Samsung Galaxy S8" Business Insider 10:11 AM
  • "I spent all weekend taking pictures with the new Galaxy S8 and now I never want to go back to my iPhone"  Business Insider 9:19 AM
  • "Tablets: iPad inches ahead/The most attractive thing about the new Apple iPad isn't the colour selection of silver, gold or grey, but the price." WA Today 9:19 AM
  • "Apple's Cunning Trick To Make You Buy The New iPhone 7S" Forbes 8:48 AM
  • "The Search For The Power iMac Pro" Mac360 8:31 AM
  • "Why Apple Aides Online Stalkers" NoodleMac 8:23 AM
  • "I won't trade in my iPhone for a Samsung Galaxy S8 — here's why" [Video]  Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "1981 Nightline interview with Steve Jobs" The Loop 8:20 AM
  • "A Few Words On Apple's Quality Control" Mac360 8:05 AM
  • "You'll know Apple blew it when it makes a fingerprint dongle" The Verge 6:43 AM
  • "Facebook and the Cost of Monopoly" Stratechery 12:14 PM
  • "Report: SNES Classic coming later this year" Six Colors 12:05 PM
  • "Galaxy Note 8's dual-lens camera will be 'much better' than iPhone's" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Studio review: Creativity is a sublime, pricey experience/We hope it'll inspire cheaper Studio clones from the likes of HP and Dell." PCWorld 7:24 AM
  • "Even in a Wi-Fi mesh networking battle royal, location remains king: When Wi-Fi companies have suggestions, why not let them participate directly?" Ars Technica 6:43 AM
  • "Farewell, IDF: Is This the Demise of the Big Trade Show?" PC Magazine 6:43 AM
  • "Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It's the Network, of Course" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:31 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Maps Update for Europe Includes Focus on Electric Vehicles" Bloomberg 2:28 PM
  • "Microsoft releases Wunderlist replacement preview app called To-Do" 9to5Mac 12:04 PM
  • "Apple promoting Earth Day with new Apple Watch Activity Challenge" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "Y'arrr! Tempest: Pirate Action RPG boards the App Store" Cult of Mac 10:12 AM
  • "Epson Introduces Powerful, High-Speed WorkForce Pro All-in-One Printers with Compact Space-Saving Design" PRNewswire 9:03 AM
  • "AOW Expands its LTE Data Plans for iPad Users with Apple SIM to 88 Countries, Plus Announces New Reduced Pricing" PRNewswire 9:03 AM
  • "Jam City Teams with Peanuts, One of the World's Most Beloved Brands, to Create the All New Bubble Shooter Game Snoopy Pop" PRNewswire 9:02 AM
  • "LaCie Announces 2big Dock With Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity" MacRumors 7:24 AM
  • "Google Maps For iOS Gets Timeline Feature To Help You Recall Everywhere You've Been" Digital Trends 7:23 AM
  • "Cassandra: iWork Available for Free and Apple Support Help for Thai Customer Refund" eXtensions 7:11 AM
  • "Best wireless router: Few elements of your home's infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We'll help you find just the right router to anchor your home network." TechHive 7:10 AM
  • "Razer's latest headphones are perfect for the iPhone 7" iMore 7:10 AM
  • "Dwarf Fortress Remote 1.50 brings easy connection setup with QR codes" prMac 6:47 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM's Turnaround Story Hits a Dead End" Investopedia 2:30 PM
  • "IBM Shares are Plunging After Reporting 20th Straight Revenue Decline" TheStreet 7:36 AM
  • "IBM shares dropped like a rock today" TechCrunch 9:30 PM
  • "Concerned IBM will take 2-3 years to stabilize top line" CNBC Videos 12:03 PM
  • "IBM price target sliced to $180 at RBC" MarketWatch 8:20 AM
  • "As Watson Falters, IBM Needs to Replace CEO Rometty" 24/7 Wall St. 6:35 AM
  • "IBM revenue has fallen for 20 quarters — but it used to run its business very differently" Business Insider 10:13 AM
  • "Don't Let the IBM Herd Drag You Over a Cliff" TheStreet 2:31 PM
  • "IBM storage revenues grew? Hahaha, good one. Oh, you're serious: Reverses 22 quarters of hardware decline" The Register 8:34 AM
  • "IBM posts earnings beat but sales fall short" CNBC Videos 6:36 AM
  • "IBM's stock tumble would take over 50 points off the Dow" MarketWatch 7:36 AM
  • "Microsoft plans Windows 10 battery boost by throttling background apps: Promise of 11 per cent battery boost - but some applications may have to be re-written or be borked" V3 7:24 AM
  • "Microsoft's SQL Server is getting an artificial intelligence mind-meld" GeekWire 10:11 AM
  • "Dell's new high-end all-in-one PC offers Ubuntu Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux" ZDNet 2:37 PM
  • "Intel to build second Spreadtrum chip" DigiTimes 7:40 AM
  • "AMD Launches Entry-Level Radeon RX 540 Mobile Chip" Digital Trends 2:28 PM
  • "AMD RX 480 GPU can be upgraded into an RX 580 with a BIOS flash" Neowin 5:25 PM
  • "Oracle to Acquire Digital Measurement Startup Moat: Moat had raised more than $67 million from venture investors" [Paid Membership Required] 6:36 AM
  • "Oracle to acquire ad measurement firm Moat: Oracle has announced that it is acquiring Moat to strengthen its presence in the media and marketing sectors." ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Oracle to Buy Ad Verification Software Maker Moat" Zacks 12:04 PM
  • "Oracle Teams With Charter Communications For Ad Targeting Initiative" TheStreet 12:04 PM
  • "Oracle fixes Struts and Shadow Brokers exploits in huge patch release: The quarterly Oracle patch update fixes almost 300 vulnerabilities" IDG News Service 8:15 AM
  • "Oracle drops massive 299 vulnerability patch, fixes Shadow Broker exploit" ZDNet 6:30 AM
  • "Oracle releases record-breaking 299-patch security update" V3 8:05 AM
  • "Tech giants' European acquisitions show no sign of slowing" Forbes 6:47 AM
  • "Chipmaker Qualcomm's revenue falls 9.6 percent" Reuters 4:04 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "3 Tips for Investing in Apple Inc. Supplier Stocks: This Fool offers up three things that investors should consider when evaluating an Apple supplier stock for purchase." The Motley Fool 9:04 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow industrials finish more than 100 points lower as energy, IBM drag: Big Blue accounts for large share blue-chip average decline" MarketWatch 4:08 PM
  • "S&P 500, Dow End at Session Lows After IBM Disappointment, Crude Slump" TheStreet 4:08 PM
  • "Scary headlines, calm markets: Stocks shrug off a world of worry" USA Today 4:07 PM
  • "IBM Sends S&P 500, Dow Lower; Nasdaq Advances" Reuters 4:07 PM
  • "Stocks Slide With Oil Prices: IBM weighs down the Dow as investors parse another round of corporate earnings reports" [Paid Membership Required] 4:07 PM
  • "IBM's stock plunge knocks Dow into the red: Stock's price drop was shaving about 60 points off the Dow's price" MarketWatch 9:00 AM
  • "China stocks hit two-month low, lead broad declines in Asian markets: Yuan's exchange rate will be kept at 'reasonable and equilibrium level,' says Chinese Premier Li Keqiang" MarketWatch 8:35 AM
  • "European stocks in recovery mode as attention swings to earnings reports: U.K. parliament expected to back snap election; Heinken profit rises" MarketWatch 8:35 AM

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