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Thursday Highlights: Buckle up Apple fans, October 30 New York City event invitations sent out! Let the speculation begin...; Jason Cross at Macworld calls Apple Watch Series 4 "a generational leap" with "plenty of room to grow"; Philip Elmer-Dewitt on perception of Apple's entry into Hollywood; EU Commision decides to withdraw action against Ireland for delays recovering back Apple taxes; critical information concerning AirPrint changes in Mojave; Chartable report on how podcast charts are being manipulated by scammers; lives empowered by Apple's accessibility tools; Apple customers in US now can download all the data Apple has collected on them; by 2020 we may see Macs with in-house chips; high-voltage battery power converters for sport cars in works at Apple?; TechHive reviews PlayStation Vue streaming service integration on Apple TV.

  • "Phil Schiller on App Store Upgrade Pricing, Amazon Echo-Like Devices, Swift, and More" ["The Senior Vice President Worldwide Marketing at Apple was in Bengaluru recently to inaugurate the company's app accelerator facility in Bengaluru where he a spoke to group of Indian app makers that included CEOs of popular apps like Zomato and Practo, as well as developer of the indie app Avaz."]  Gadgets 360 8:00 AM
  • "Phil Schiller says voice-only assistants are sometimes convenient, open minded about App Store upgrade pricing in new interview" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Apple VP Phil Schiller Implies Voice-Activated Smart Speakers Could Benefit From a Screen" MacRumors 8:09 AM
  • "The Fabulous Apple Cash Machine"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone Surprise" Fortune 1:10 PM
  • "Why Apple Shouldn't Worry About This Sales Miss: Apple has missed its sales target by a wide margin in India but this shouldn't send the alarm bells ringing." The Motley Fool 9:14 PM
  • "Spotify again accuses Apple of abusing its size & acting as a 'gatekeeper'" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "Warren Buffett on iPhone sales: Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett brushes off softer iPhone sales, saying Berkshire owns Apple stock for the long haul."  CNBC Videos 5/5
  • "Apple's latest China ad features a very different China than its previous ones: China is changing. Apple is changing. And with that, Apple's depiction of China is changing."  Quartz 5/5
  • "Coalition of technology companies call for investigation into 'troubling' Apple and Google app store practices: Dominant technology giants accused of abusing their market position in mobile app stores to squeeze out rivals" V3 5/5
  • "Apple, Qualcomm: A Messy Marriage/Qualcomm may be seeking to ban importation of the iPhone in the latest escalation of the dispute." Barron's 5/5
  • "European tech lobbies for action against Apple and Google" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5/5
  • "Google Docs phishing attack underscores OAuth security risks: One security researcher easily managed to replicate Wednesday's phishing attack." IDG News Service 5/5
  • "Snake, the Latest MacOS Malware, Makes its Way Over from Windows" Digital Trends 5/5
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 5:34 PM
  • "How to Clear All User Log Files on a Mac" OS X Daily 5:33 PM
  • "How to Show a Wi-Fi Password When Typing It on Mac" OS X Daily 5/5
  • "How to open your iTunes playlists in separate windows" iDownload Blog 5/5
  • "macOS: Finding the Hidden Advanced Display Preferences" The Mac Observer 5/5
  • "How To Download An IPA File On Your PC Or Mac" AddictiveTips 5/5
  • "How to screen record gameplay on your Mac" iMore 5/5
  • "Generating Quick Random Numbers on Your Mac" MacMost 5/5
  • "Browse Websites The Old Way (it's better)" Mac360 5/5
  • "The New Generation Email Apps" TeraTalks 5/5
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Fitbit's Pain Is Apple's Gain: New industry data show that Apple overtook Fitbit as the top wearables vendor during the first quarter." Barron's 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Maps Vehicles Begin Surveying Connecticut, Imagery Could Aid Apple's Autonomous Driving Efforts" MacRumors 9:14 PM
  • " removes Apple Pay as payment option for laundry services" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • " removes Apple Pay as payment choice for laundry orders, citing problems outside its control" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "Why does Apple want to compete with Square and Venmo? Do you send money to your friends from your phone? If not, would you do it if Apple facilitated the transaction?" Recode 5/5
  • "Apple becomes top wearables vendor as fitness bands run out of steam" Telecoms 5/5
  • "Apple Watch overtakes Fitbit to be crowned world's largest wearables vendor" Cult of Mac 5/5
  • "Apple Watch overtakes Fitbit as best-selling wearable around" TechnoBuffalo 5/5
  • "The Apple Watch outsold every other wearable last quarter" Engadget 5/5
  • "Chinese phones overtake Apple, Samsung at home: Tough going for global brands as Apple slips to fourth position on list of top 10 best-selling phones in China, with Samsung trailing two spots behind." CNET 5/5
  • "Apple's iPhone Tops Shoppers' Lists, But Samsung Is Recovering from the Note 7 Recall" TheStreet 5/5
  • "It looks like Amazon's Video app is finally coming to Apple TV this summer: Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook bury the hatchet." Recode 5/5
  • "iPhone shipments in China fell 15% in Q1 2017 as local brands bite, but Samsung hit harder" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "Apple Music in the Running for Prince Documentary, Unaired Concert Video" The Mac Observer 5/5
  • "Apple plans new store in 'red dot' Singapore" Reuters 5/5
  • "Thailand removes Apple, Google logos from royal funeral statue: The artist was forced to remove the logos from the statue of a mythical beast, which he carved in thinking they demonstrated his respect for the late monarch." CNET 5/5
  • "PC World worker stole €27k worth of Apple products from his workplace in 'stupid' attempt to make money" Irish Independent 5/5
  • "PC World worker charged with stealing $30k of Apple gear" Cult of Mac 5/5
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 1 million downloads in first week" Cult of Mac 5/5
Non-Apple News
  • "French presidential frontrunner Macron's emails leaked after alleged hack" TechCrunch 5/5
  • "Switch owners are having problems with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's most important feature" BGR 5/5
  • "FCC chairman wants to cut regulations, speed new innovation approvals" Reuters 5/5
  • "Surface Laptop, KEYone reviews, S8 Plus, and Fossil Cory Richards (MobileTechRoundup show #397)" ZDNet 9:13 PM
  • "Podcast: Apple Earnings, Microsoft Windows 10S, Surface Laptop – Tech.pinions – Perspective, Insight, Analysis" Tech.pinions 8:11 AM
  • "Friday 5: my favorite 1Password features for iOSĀ [Video] 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "Connected, Episode 140: Elaborate System of Mirrors" MacStories 5/5
  • "iPad's Downward Trend, Fitbit's Wearable Decline -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-05" The Mac Observer 5/5
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 118 | Disappearing Apple Watch apps, Siri Speaker at WWDC, and AAPL earnings" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "Will Apple's Siri smart speaker suck? Catch the discussion on The CultCastCult of Mac 5/5
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks about the history of the professional Mac, and Apple's pro software" AppleInsider 5/5
  • "iPhone 8 Said to Have Enhanced Earpiece With Further Improvements to Stereo Sound and Waterproofing" MacRumors 6:45 PM
  • "Rumors Persist About Apple Placing Touch ID on Back of 'iPhone 8'" MacRumors 5:34 PM
  • "Analyst: iPhone 8 edge-to-edge horizontally, glass back iPhone 7s, AirPods may be bundled with OLED iPhone" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Apple files for patent for 'protecting software through a fake crytographic layer'" Apple World Today 8:14 AM
  • "–A+: Apple's Phil Schiller makes argument for screens on voice assistant devices like Amazon Echo" AppleInsider 5/5
  • "Bosch Said to Win Some iPhone Orders in Blow to InvenSense" Bloomberg 5/5
  • "Apple's Latest Patent Will Blast Water Out of Your iPhone With an Audio Pulse" Digital Trends 5/5
  • "Can't rename your AirPods as 'AirPods'? Here's the fix." iDownload Blog 5/5
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/5
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/5
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/5

  • "Sonos Playbar speaker does all-in-one TV & music for Apple device owners" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Luma WiFi System Review: Is This the Mesh-Networking Kit for You?" AppAdvice 5/5
  • "Review: 808 Audio Canz GLO and Canz H2O Bluetooth Speakers" iLounge 5/5
  • "LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3 review: The ultimate storage system for professionals" CNET 5/5
  • "LaCie 6big Thunderbolt 3 review: An ideal storage system for professionals" CNET 5/5
  • "Blue Ella review: freaky design meets superior sound" The Verge 5/5
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Olli by Tinrocket Updated (v.1.1.2) with new Access to Photos Library" eXtensions 7:51 AM
  • "SCRAP Review: A fun, cute, and predictable iPhone game" iMore 5/5
  • "Find peculiar people in the placid, pleasurable Hidden Folks" Macworld 5/5
  • "Get more out of alarms in the iOS Clock app: Alarms for different days! Different times! Become the master of time with these tricks." Macworld 9:02 PM
  • "How to plug your guitar into your iPhone and rock out" Cult of Mac 11:13 AM
  • "How to sync reminders and calendars between iOS and Android" iMore 8:25 AM
  • "How to send voice messages from Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "How to clean and disinfect your iPhone" iMore 5/5
  • "How to improve Mac, iPhone & iPad battery life in 26 tips" Computerworld 5/5
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: iPhone auto-plays music in cars, varying volume levels, and audiobook sorting" Macworld 5/5
  • "How to fix photos not uploading to or downloading from iCloud Photo Library" iDownload Blog 5/5
  • "PSA: Video Converter Handbrake Was Compromised by Malware" The Mac Observer 9:14 PM
  • "A hidden iOS 10 setting that may mean you may never run out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad again" ZDNet 8:31 AM
  • "Why You Don't Need to Wait for Amazon Prime for Apple TV this Summer" Apple Must 5/5
  • "Can Android run iTunes or FaceTime? (And more top Google queries answered)" ZDNet 5/5
  • "Apple exec mocks Google Home and Amazon Echo/Commentary: In an interview, Apple's worldwide marketing chief, Phil Schiller, has nothing good to say about other companies' home AI devices." CNET 9:02 PM
  • "Can Apple Surprise Us with iPhone 8 to Mark the Tenth Anniversary?" iPhone Hacks 12:44 PM
  • "Cassandra: Apple Worries Settling Down; Thai Unease with Television Systems Including AppleTV; Ethics in Photography" eXtensions 10:43 AM
  • "Even Apple can't make the Internet of Things tolerable" The Verge 8:58 AM
  • "5 Apple Scandals You'll Never Forget" [Slideshow] iDrop News 8:53 AM
  • "Odds aren't: Apple doesn't need a monster acquisition" Macworld 8:14 AM
  • "Galaxy S8 Vs iPhone 8 Mockup Video Visualizes Certain Apps Running On The Handsets" Redmond Pie 8:13 AM
  • "Apple TV may finally get Amazon Video this summer" BGR 5/5
  • "A Fantasy Conversation: Bezos and Cook Chat About Amazon Echo" The Mac Observer 5/5
  • "What your favorite apps might look like on iPhone 8" Cult of Mac 5/5
  • "iOS 11 Feature Wishlist: Notification System Overhaul" iPhone Hacks 5/5
  • "On Self-Driving Cars, Apple Has Some Catching Up to Do" PC Magazine 5/5
  • "Apple would be crazy to buy Netflix: O'Leary" CNBC Videos 5/5
  • "Apple Should Have Bought Tesla" Mac360 5/5
  • "Could Apple buy Netflix or Tesla? Citigroup thinks so" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "Apple to Deprecate TidBITS News and Other 32-bit iOS Apps: We're approaching another of those inflection points where Apple leaves some apps — and their users — behind." TidBITS 5/5
  • "This iPhone 8 concept video might just blow your mind" BGR 5/5
  • "The Supercalifragilistic Scale of Apple's iPhone 8 Opportunity is Expialidocious" Apple Must 5/5
  • "CIRP data illustrates the 'pause' in iPhone sales described by Tim Cook" 9to5Mac 5/5
  • "Yes, Apple's iPad Is Dying" Mac360 5/5
  • "Odds on Apple takeover targets: Netflix and Disney top one investment bank's list" VentureBeat 5/5
  • "Why Apple's laptops could use a little less innovation at the moment: Apple should take a cue from Microsoft's new Surface Laptop and focus on speed, not gimmicks."  Macworld 5/5
  • "Where will the Google Pixel 2 be made? Foxconn?" MICGadget 5:33 PM
  • "Are gadgets going to get more fidgety? Commentary: Will fidget spinners inspire a rebirth of buttons and moving parts?" CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Women are the unsung women in technology – here's why" Mashable 5/5
  • "Let's be honest, here's why you suck at IoT" ReadWrite 5/5
  • "We need to talk about that Microsoft Surface Laptop: It feels so strange to say this, but Microsoft is killing it with its Surface hardware." Mashable 5/5
  • "This might be the first image of Amazon's Echo with a touchscreen" The Verge 5/5
  • "This Computer Language Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds: At 10, Scratch is a popular tool to teach kids programming. But its real glory is how it imparts lessons in sharing, logic, and hackerism."  Backchannel 5/5
  • "How To Install Linux On A Chromebook With Crouton" AddictiveTips 5/5
  • "Is a Google-made Chrome ad-blocker the answer to intrusive advertising?" BetaNews 5/5
  • "Amazon, Not Apple, Can See You Naked" NoodleMac 5/5
  • "May 6, 2017 | Sherman's Lagoon" Jim Toomey 7:51 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • " - The Popular One Tap App Hits Apple App Store" prMac 5:37 PM
  • "Metallica's Lars Ulrich to host weekly Beats 1 show on Apple Music" AppleInsider 5/5
Computer Industry
  • "Companies Look to Make a Quantum Leap With New Technology: Volkswagen is among a growing number of firms experimenting with quantum computing to push their businesses forward" [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 AM
  • "Intel is buying Car-vision Company for $15.3B" DailyTech 8:14 AM
  • "Why Intel is taking self-driving cars out for a spin" VentureBeat 5:37 PM
  • "The hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips is worse than anyone thought: Patch for severe authentication bypass bug won't be available until next week." Ars Technica 11:13 AM
  • "Microsoft HoloLens can improve surgery" BetaNews 8:13 AM
  • "Microsoft's Alex Kipman says phones are dead and we don't realize it" Mashable 11:13 AM
  • "Verizon's Cloud: IBM To Run Managed Hosting Business" Droid Report 10:53 AM
  • "IBM tips to telecoms to drive business in digital world" TelecomLead 10:53 AM
  • "Buffett: 'I was wrong' about investment in IBM" MarketWatch 5:37 PM
  • "Buffett Says Thesis Was Flawed on IBM, He Blew It Missing Google" Bloomberg 5:37 PM
  • "As Hollywood taps Into A.I., what would you build with IBM Watson? Submit your idea by May 18" Stockhouse 10:53 AM
  • "Red Hat And IBM Will Vote Against Java's Next Release" Slashdot 5:33 PM
  • "This is why a public high school agreed to open its doors right on Oracle's campus" Business Insider 10:49 AM
  • "The Internet of Things: Could it really change the way we live?" Telegraph 7:53 AM
  • "Windows 10 Reaches Milestone Of 300 Million Daily Users" Digital Trends 5/5
  • "Microsoft ropes in best buds Adobe for Microsoft Teams integration, will get revealed at Build 2017" MSPoweruser 5/5
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, price, features, specs: Microsoft might reveal Surface Pro 5 at 23 May Shanghai event" IT PRO 5/5
  • "Microsoft to hold May 23rd event regarding Surface line; is the Surface Pro 5 to be unveiled?" phoneArena 5/5
  • "Surface Phone incoming? Microsoft reveals second May event to launch 'what's next'" TrustedReviews 5/5
  • "Microsoft HoloLens becomes an AR assistant for spinal surgery: A new mixed reality platform could improve accuracy and expedite procedures." Engadget 5/5
  • "3 Small, Strong Competitors Are Why Buffett Should Dump IBM" Forbes 5/5
  • "Just Like Warren Buffett, You Should Also Put IBM's Stock in the Garbage Can and Light It on Fire" TheStreet 5/5
  • "As Buffett Dumps IBM Shares, Board Needs to Oust Ginni Rometty" 24/7 Wall St. 5/5
  • "IBM shares sink as Buffett cuts stake" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 5/5
  • "Dell EMC cuts cloud deal with Microsoft" Channel Eye 5/5
  • "Dell EMC to release Azure Stack in small, medium and Oh My!" The Register 5/5
  • "Intel admits 'metallic' rebrand for forthcoming Skylake-based Xeon CPUs" V3 5/5
  • "Intel makes metallic naming scheme official for new Skylake-based Xeon processors" The Inquirer 5/5
  • "Intel Shakes Up Xeon Chip Branding, Adding Skylake Into The Mix" Silicon UK 5/5
  • "Intel's rebranded Xeon chips sound like credit cards" PCWorld 5/5
  • "Intel announces Skylake-based Xeon Processor Scalable family" bit-tech 5/5
  • "Intel shakes up Xeon chips with Skylake 'Scalable Processor' family" Ars Technica UK 5/5
  • "New leak points to the power of AMD's Radeon RX Vega graphics cards" TechRadar UK 5/5
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Software ReLive Crimson Edition 17.5.1: Prey Release Driver" AnandTech 5/5
  • "Oracle Germany Expansion Brings IaaS Cloud Platform To Europe" Silicon UK 5/5
  • "Oracle rethinks modular Java plan after Red Hat's objections" InfoWorld 5/5
  • "If immigrants can study in US, why can't they work, asks Oracle CEO" The Economic Times 5/5
  • "AT&T Taps Oracle Cloud Services In 'Historic' Agreement" Forbes 5/5
  • "AT&T to Move its Databases and App Workloads to the Oracle Cloud" Converge! 5/5
  • "Oracle outlines German cloud datacentre expansion plans" ComputerWeekly 5/5
  • "Oracle expands cloud footprints in Germany, says hello to VMware" Financial Express 5/5
  • "Arista infringed on two original Cisco patents, ITC finds" ITworld 5/5
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Rudd: Hopes high for Apple ahead of iPhone milestone" USA Today 8:11 AM
  • "Apple analysts: Best and worst 12-month price targets" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:13 AM
  • "Buffett Adds Apple Stock in 1Q, As Earnings Dip" FOXBusiness 5/5
  • "Apple Raises $7 Billion in Bond Sale Ahead of Trump's Proposed Tax Repatriation Holiday" MacRumors 5/5
  • "Apple Is Under Attack on All Fronts" Bloomberg 5/5
  • "There Is a Growing Problem for Apple That CEO Tim Cook Doesn't Want You to Know About" RealMoney [Subscription Required for Full Article] 5/5
  • "Apple 10-Q shows $1.34 billion gains in currency hedges" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 5/5
  • "Apple: Why Hong Kong Matters" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 5/5
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq close at records after jobs data: Dow has best finish since March as benchmarks rise for the week" MarketWatch 5/5
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq Close at New Records on Crude Rebound, Positive Jobs Report" TheStreet 5/5
  • "Wall St Edges Up on Strong Jobs Data, IBM Caps Gains" Reuters 5/5
  • "S&P 500 Posts Third Straight Week of Gains: Strong corporate results, monthly jobs data lift the stocks" [Paid Membership Required] 5/5
  • "Chinese stocks drop on falling commodity prices: Commodities took center stage in Asia Friday, with a slump in Chinese metals prices and weakness in crude oil sending equity markets across the region lower." MarketWatch 5/5
  • "European stocks end week at 21-month high ahead of French election: European stocks climbed out of the red and finished at a 21-month high Friday, as buying appetite for assets perceived as risky returned ahead of the French presidential election." MarketWatch 5/5

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