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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.

  • "Apple, Tesla want changes to California's self-driving car tests: The changes could lead to more data that the company's autonomous car project can use."  Engadget 7:16 PM
  • "Fed, jobs data and Apple earnings will keep stock-market investors busy" MarketWatch 8:15 AM
  • "Merriam-Webster Uses Apple Fans to Define 'Sheeple'"  Gizmodo 3:33 PM
  • " syncs up with Apple Music: The music app gets to expand its global reach; Apple gets a new marketing partner."  Recode 4/28
  • ", Apple Music Ink New Partnership, With More to Come" Billboard 4/28
  • "Apple Music reportedly strikes deal with popular social media app" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • " reportedly partners with Apple Music for its music snippets" TechCrunch 4/28
  • "What is at stake in the Apple-Qualcomm dispute? The costly battle between the two smartphone giants explained"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4/28
  • "Apple Continues to Improperly Interfere with Qualcomm's Agreements with Contract Manufacturers" PRNewswire 4/28
  • "Qualcomm says Apple to stop paying royalties, cuts profit forecast" Reuters 4/28
  • "A very false narrative: Apple Watch and the future of wearables/It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But they're all wrong, here's why." AppleInsider 4/28
  • "Nasty Mac malware bypasses Gatekeeper, undetectable by most antivirus apps" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "New Mac Malware Uses Apple Developer Certificate to Infect Machines" MacTrast 4/28
  • "Gatekeeper won't stop this 'major scale' Mac malware" Cult of Mac 4/28
  • "Apple updates wallpaper from static gradient to dynamic blue bubbles background" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "Speed up Your Mac Life With This Dock Safari Tip" Apple Must 7:54 AM
  • "Building a GTX 1080 Ti-powered Hackintosh: Installing macOS Sierra step-by-step [Video] 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "How to master your music metadata (Part 1): Tired of seeing 'unknown track' by 'unnamed artist' on your favorite music player? We'll show you how to automatically identify, tag, and properly rename all your mystery tracks and albums to whip your music library into shape." TechHive 4/28
  • "Using the Numbers Convert Function" MacMost 4/28
  • "How To Zoom In and Out on a Webpage in Safari and Chrome on Your Mac" MacTrast 4/28
  • "My Favorite Mac Security Tips" NoodleMac 4/28
  • "A Simple Way To Check A Mac's Free Space" Mac360 4/28
  • "Try Some 24/7 Mac News Apps" TeraTalks 4/28
  • "Here's What You'd Have if You Broke Up iTunes on the Destkop" Kirkville 4/28
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2017" Macworld 4/28
Press Releases
  • "Chrome adds support for a newer GIF-killing format" BGR 4/28
  • "AIA 2017: Vectorworks Inc. Touting Importance of Immersive Tech in Architecture" Architosh 4/28
  • "eXcelisys releases X-RentalTracker - FileMaker Pro productivity template" prMac 4/28
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Latest Apple Park drone footage shows rough edges in wake of move-in deadline" AppleInsider 4:34 PM
  • "New Apple Park Drone Video Shows Off Last Minute Construction as Opening Draws Near" MacRumors 2:14 PM
  • "Latest drone footage shows work continue on Apple Park as April draws to a close" 9to5Mac 9:54 PM
  • "Two San Diego Apple Stores robbed in less than an hour, thieves take $20k in product" 9to5Mac 9:34 AM
  • "Apple, Tesla ask California to change its proposed self-driving car testing policies" Reuters 4/28
  • "Apple Asks California DMV to Make Changes to Autonomous Vehicle Testing Policies"  MacRumors 4/28
  • "Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving car plans out of public eye" AppleInsider 4/28
  • "Check Out the Lexus That Apple's Using to Test Self-Driving Car Technology"  Bloomberg 4/28
  • "A car fitted with Apple's self-driving car tech has been spotted driving in Silicon Valley" Business Insider 4/28
  • "Apple's self-driving car seen on the road for first time" Telegraph 4/28
  • "Apple's self-driving car reportedly spotted driving in California" Mashable 4/28
  • "Apple's new retail store in Dubai is now open, and it looks gorgeous" Mashable 4/28
  • "Secretive and apparently delayed, Southeast Asia's first Apple Store to open in May: Sources" CNBC 4/28
  • "College student credits his Apple Watch for saving his life" ABC News Video 4/28
  • "Miami sextortion case asks if a suspect be forced to decrypt an iPhone: Does the Fifth Amendment mean you don't have to hand over your password?" Ars Technica 4/28
  • "AT&T Customers With Grandfathered Unlimited iPad Data Plans Will See Throttling After 22GB of Usage" MacRumors 4/28
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes Music Store opens its doors" Cult of Mac 4/28
Non-Apple News
  • "Hackers Leak New Episodes of Orange Is the New Black and Claim More Leaks to Come" Gizmodo 7:25 PM
  • "Google's head of Pixel smartphone division leaves after six months" ZDNet 7:08 PM
  • "Vizio's new TVs don't do apps the way you'd expect: You're less likely to get stuck with outdated streaming apps" The Verge 4:49 PM
  • "Gaming PC sales in North America in 2016 grow 25-30%" DigiTimes 4/28
  • "Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/28
  • "Google and Facebook named as victims in $100 million scam" Engadget 4/28
  • "Google and Facebook duped in huge 'scam'" BBC 4/28
  • "Powered by Your Toilet Paper Purchases - The TouchArcade Show #304" Touch Arcade 4/28
  • "Will Apple Compete with Alexa and the Qualcomm Royalty Battle -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-28" The Mac Observer 4/28
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 117 | Carpool Karaoke is Apple Parked, iOS 11 rumors, and iPhone 8 dummy units" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, Amazon in the bedroom, a Siri competitor to Echo" AppleInsider 4/28
  • "Apple's MEGA iPhone 8 Takes Shape: Specs, OLED Display, AR & New Designs" Know Your Mobile 8:11 AM
  • "Early 'iPhone 8' Case Has Vertical Camera Cutout, Suggests Front-Facing Touch ID" MacRumors 4/28
  • "Purported iPhone 8 clear case lacks rear Touch ID hole, reaffirms vertical dual camera and elongated power button" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "Protective case from Chinese vendor hints at rounded water drop iPhone 8 design" iDownload Blog 4/28
  • "Leaked iPhone 8 case quashes rear-facing Touch ID rumor" Cult of Mac 4/28
  • "iPhone 8 mold shows vertical dual-lens camera spotted on previous leaks" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "iPhone 8 will address 'pent up demand' from installed base, analyst believes" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "Apple's Echo-Like Smart Speaker With Siri and AirPlay Could Debut as Early as WWDC" MacRumors 4/28
  • "Apple's Siri-Based Amazon Echo Killer Said To Be In Final Design Stage" Digital Trends 4/28
  • "Apple's new Siri speaker could be revealed at WWDC" Cult of Mac 4/28
  • "Apple's Siri Speaker Might Look Like a Miniature Mac Pro" The Mac Observer 4/28
  • "iOS 10.3.5 Beta 5 Features Minor Performance Improvement Over 10.3.1 And 10.3.2 Beta 4" Redmond Pie 4/28
  • "Apple extends repair coverage to 3 years for Apple Watch (1st gen) w/ expanded/swollen batteries" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with swollen batteries" AppleInsider 4/28
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/28
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/28
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/28

  • "Which Apple Watch should you buy: aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic?" iMore 8:27 AM
  • "Our 10 Favorite Laptops, From Macbooks To Chromebooks" Wired 8:10 AM
  • "Review: OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock Gives Your MacBook Pro 13 More Ports to Work With" MacRumors 4/28
  • "Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Box Review" Bare Feats 4/28
  • "UE Wonderboom Waterproof Speaker Review" Forbes 4/28
  • "Peri Duo review: Bulky iPhone battery case with speakers doesn't quite go to 11" Macworld 4/28
  • "Tech review: Epson EcoTank can print for a year or so before you need to refill the ink" Seattle Times 4/28
  • "Epson Workforce ES-200 Portable Duplex Document Scanner" PC Magazine 4/28
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Dramatic Black & White -Interesting Output Options on iOS" eXtensions 12:30 PM
  • "'Footy Golf' Review - Kicking the Old Cabbage Around" Touch Arcade 4/28
  • "How to Check the Number of Computers You've Authorized in iTunes" iClarified 7:58 PM
  • "How To Stop iTunes Opening When An iPhone Is Connected [Windows] AddictiveTips 2:14 PM
  • "How to Take a Free Apple Product Workshop: Need a quick tutorial on your Apple gadget or program? You can learn how to use your favorite products for free at a nearby store." PC Magazine 4/28
  • "There's No Good Way to Synchronize Music to Apple Watch" AppAdvice 4/28
  • "How to use your iPhone's compass with Apple Maps" iDownload Blog 4/28
  • "How to create a shared Photo Stream on iPhone and iPad" iMore 4/28
  • "13 Essential Apple Music Tips and Tricks for iPhone in GIFs" iPhone Hacks 8:26 PM
  • "How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a native app or an iPhone app" AppleInsider 4/28
  • "Everything you need to know about tvOS 11" iMore 4/28
  • "Learn about simplified data entry in Numbers for iOS" Apple Support 4/28
  • "Apple Proves That This Is The Single Greatest Source Of Innovation: As Apple embarks on one of the most aggressive retail makeovers they are signaling a fundamental shift in how companies innovate." Inc. 10:10 AM
  • "Waiting for iPhone 8 this year? Don't hold your breath: Apple will instead continue its iPhone line with iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models this year." International Business Times 8:11 AM
  • "Certain iPhone News Contributors Need to get Their Rumors and Facts Straight" The Mac Observer 4/28
  • "Can Apple Increase Its Share in the Wearables Segment?" Market Realist 4/28
  • "Should you buy the 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro?" iMore 4/28
  • "Apple Always Knew its Car was too BIG to Hide" Apple Must 4/28
  • "Tech Haiku #1: An Ode to MagSafe" 512 Pixels 4/28
  • "Apple Could Put Siri In A Box, Amazon Style" Mac360 4/28
  • "Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it: Offended? Go hassle Merriam-Webster, not us" The Register 4/28
  • "'Sheeple' is now in the dictionary, and Apple users are the example" The Verge 4/28
  • "Why peer-to-peer Apple Pay is a great idea: Yes, Apple should absolutely expand Apple Pay to cover Venmo-like person-to-person payments. Someone's got to get this right!" Macworld 4/28
  • "Here's how Apple could easily solve its Touch ID 'problem' on the iPhone 8"  9to5Mac 4/28
  • "Apple's confusing method of device authorization and association: Why does it have to be so difficult when all you want to do is watch an iTunes video on one of your devices?"  Macworld 4/28
  • "Jimmy Iovine Wants Apple Music to Be a Movement in Pop Culture" The Mac Observer 4/28
  • "10 reasons why the selfie is so important" iMore 5:14 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users suffer randomly restarting phones" MacDailyNews 9:56 AM
  • "How to Create Custom Fonts: 7 Steps and 3 Case Studies" Toptal 8:26 AM
  • "Let's Talk About Google's Crazy Year in Hardware" Gizmodo 8:09 AM
  • "I Freaking Love This ThinkPad" Gizmodo 4/28
  • "The Increasingly Important PC Gaming Market" Tech.pinions 4/28
  • "It's time for tech companies to stop hiding behind shady privacy policies" Mashable 4/28
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 7:18 PM
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Die With Glory'" Touch Arcade 4/28
  • "Coming April 29: Gene Steinberg meets Josh Centers from TidBITS and Cella Lao Rousseau from iMore, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 4/28
  • "Glitch Games Releases Trailer for Next Adventure Game, 'All That Remains'" Touch Arcade 4/28
  • "The Most Anticipated VR/AR Event Is Nearly Here" Architosh 4/28
  • "Egyptian Radio Live 3.0 for iOS" prMac 4/28
  • "World's First Ever Prison RPG Game" prMac 4/28
  • "Uber makes it easier to delete accounts, denies it's in response to #DeleteUber campaign" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "Logitech's Universal Folio is a new affordable keyboard for your iPad" iMore 4/28
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft should stop treating Surface like it treated Windows Phone: Microsoft is developing a worrying habit of neglecting its hardware products." Ars Technica UK 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft gears up to retake the classroom: The tech giant is planning a renewed push into the classroom, aiming its Windows software and Surface tablets at kids as well as adults." CNET 8:08 AM
  • "Skype for Windows 10 updated with improvements to screen sharing" MSPoweruser 8:08 AM
  • "IBM Pay Plan Narrowly Passes With 46% of Investors Opposed" Bloomberg 8:02 AM
  • "Microsoft's Q1 proves Nadella is doing things right" VentureBeat 4/28
  • "Microsoft's Earnings: Far From Disappointing" Seeking Alpha 4/28
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlines its cloud computing strategy for Wall Street" GeekWire 4/28
  • "Windows 10 business migration to pick up steam this year" ITProPortal 4/28
  • "This Quick Trick Boosts Slow Performance on Windows 10" MakeUseOf 4/28
  • "Microsoft's Profit Up in Q3 2017 Thanks to Office and Cloud" Softpedia 4/28
  • "Why Microsoft's Surface hardware revenue fell 26% in the latest quarter" GeekWire 4/28
  • "Microsoft Surface revenue fell 26% during third quarter, but that's not so bad" Windows Central 4/28
  • "Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far" The Register 4/28
  • "Microsoft quarterly profit surges to $4.8bn" Fin24 4/28
  • "Microsoft grows quarterly profit 28% on cloud expansion" Telecompaper 4/28
  • "Microsoft's Q3 2017 finances: Cloud, Office, Windows strong, Surface slumps" Ars Technica UK 4/28
  • "Software and hardware both remain important for Microsoft" CNBC 4/28
  • "Microsoft's Profit Up in Q3 2017 Thanks to Office and Cloud" Softpedia 4/28
  • "Microsoft Flow service update increases user productivity" OnMSFT 4/28
  • "AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform: What we learned from tech earnings" ZDNet 4/28
  • "Cloud Produces Sunny Earnings at Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/28
  • "IBM Executive Shares Four Lessons Learned In The Battle To 'Have It All'" Forbes 4/28
  • "Intel expects CPU prices to fall now that AMD's Ryzen is here" PCWorld 4/28
  • "Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) Q1 2017 Quarterly Results Are Out: 66 Cents EPS On $14.8 Billion Revenue – Beats Earnings Expectation But Misses On Revenue" WCCFTech 4/28
  • "Intel boasts of record revenue, high profits" bit-tech 4/28
  • "Intel quarterly revenue misses estimates on data centre weakness" Channel News Asia 4/28
  • "Microsoft Mistakenly Bans Old Intel and AMD Processors on Windows 7" Softpedia 4/28
  • "Acer unveils 2-in-1 Switch laptop powered by 7th-Gen Intel Core i7 chip" The Inquirer 4/28
  • "Intel's next Xeon chips will come in Gold and Platinum versions" Ars Technica UK 4/28
  • "Intel Announces Record First-Quarter Revenue of $14.8 Billion" Guru3D 4/28
  • "Hurd: Oracle's New AI Applications Are A Powerful Piece Of Its Winning Cloud Strategy" Forbes 4/28
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega High-End Enthusiast Graphics Card Packaging Pictured – Supposedly Bundled With Quake Champions" WCCFTech 4/28
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Opinion: That seemingly foolish call about Apple is looking right after all" MarketWatch 8:16 AM
  • "Apple's Q2 2017: What to Expect From the iPhone Maker" AppAdvice 4/28
  • "Value of Big 5 Tech Stocks Nears $3 Trillion After Google, Amazon Results" 24/7 Wall St. 4/28
  • "Qualcomm Warns of Lower Profit as iPhone Patent Revenue Dries Up" [Paid Membership Required] 4/28
  • "Apple Cuts Off Licensing Payments to Qualcomm as Fight Escalates" Bloomberg 4/28
  • "China's ride-hailing giant Didi raises $5.5 billion, valuing it at $50 billion" CNBC 4/28
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends session lower, but Dow books best week of 2017: All three major equity indexes finished April higher" MarketWatch 4/28
  • "Dow Ends Best Week of Year With Small Losses on Worries Over Slowdown to Start 2017" TheStreet 4/28
  • "Wall Street Slightly Lower as Weak GDP Data Weighs" FOXBusiness 4/28
  • "U.S. Stocks End Month Higher, Buoyed by Earnings: The S&P 500 is within about half a percentage point of all-time highs and ends the week up 1.5%" [Paid Membership Required] 4/28
  • "Asian markets retreat as investors show caution: Major stock indexes in Asia fell slightly on Friday, mirroring Wall Street's cautious sentiment on risk taking, though strong earnings results from tech companies saw shares in the sector rise." MarketWatch 4/28
  • "European stocks drop for second day as euro rises after inflation data: European stocks posted mild losses Friday, with investors pushing up both the euro and the pound against the dollar following top-tier economic data for the eurozone and the U.K." MarketWatch 4/28

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