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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.

  • "KGI: Apple likely to launch 10.5 inch iPad Pro and Siri Speaker at WWDC alongside new software"  9to5Mac 6:42 AM
  • "Apple may introduce new Siri speaker and edgeless 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC" BGR 4:54 PM
  • "Apple Is Now The World's Biggest Dividend Payer: What Apple earnings run-down would be complete without checking in on the company's capital return program?"  The Motley Fool 6:48 AM
  • "Analysts say Apple's Corning investment signals future AR glasses & wireless charging tech" 9to5Mac 12:14 PM
  • "FTC again says Qualcomm is a monopoly as Samsung files amicus brief in support" 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "What? Apple And Samsung On The Same Side?" Seeking Alpha 6:47 AM
  • "Apple acquires AI company Lattice Data, a specialist in unstructured 'dark data', for $200M"  TechCrunch 3:11 PM
  • "Apple acquisition could help Siri make sense of your data: The Lattice Data buyout might give Apple's AI assistant an edge." Engadget 4:33 PM
  • "Apple acquires 'dark data' specialist Lattice Data for $200M" AppleInsider 4:33 PM
  • "Why Apple's next killer app is health: The Apple Watch will someday track your sleep, glucose levels, and more, just like it now counts steps and exercise minutes."  Macworld 5/12
  • "AI-equipped Apple Watch can detect the signs of a stroke: When paired with AI, it detects arrhythmia 97 percent of the time." Engadget 5/12
  • "This start-up has stumbled across an incredibly popular use for the Apple Watch" CNBC 5/12
  • "Apple's Total Addressable Market Is A Lot Larger Than It Looks"  Benzinga 5/12
  • "Tough talks may keep Apple Pay out of Germany until 'fall or winter'" AppleInsider 5/12
  • "Moom windowing utility terrorized off the Mac due to patent litigation" iMore 5:47 PM
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 7:41 PM
  • "Review: TextExpander is autocorrect on steroids, usable across Mac, iPad, and iPhone" 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "Macphun tools will make photos look like tintype relics" Cult of Mac 5/12
  • "Friday 5: Handy Mac utilities to check out this weekend [Video] 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "How to Fix Split Albums in iTunes" Kirkville 5/12
  • "How to use your iCloud account in macOS Sierra's Calendar app" Apple World Today 5/12
  • "15 of the Best Menu Bar Extras for macOS Sierra" Intego 5/12
  • "How to Change File Extensions of Files via Command Line in Mac OS" OS X Daily 5/12
  • "Shrink PDFs without losing quality for easy emailing, with ColorSync Utility" Cult of Mac 5/12
  • "The Mac Browser To Replace Safari" Mac 360 5/12
  • "Cassandra: The Goldilocks Setting -Exporting Images from Apple's Photos on the Mac" eXtensions 9:25 AM
  • "FileMaker 16's complex simplicity echoes Apple's enterprise IT strategy" Computerworld 5/12
  • "App Store upgrades: It's not that Apple can't do it, but they won't do it/It's hard to believe that Apple can't figure out a way for developers to offer a discount for software upgrades." Macworld 5/12
Press Releases
  • "Strata Intros VR17 Release—For Flagship Strata Design 3D CX Application" Architosh 5/12
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Watch has a Mother's Day surprise that'll make you healthier" Mashable 9:23 AM
  • "Apple Awards Corning First Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment: $200M Investment Supports Revolutionary Glass Production Methods" Apple 5/12
  • "Apple Awards Corning First Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment" Business Wire 5/12
  • "Apple Gives Corning $200 Million to Invent Better Phone Glass" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/12
  • "Apple chooses the first recipient of its $1 billion manufacturing fund" CNBC 5/12
  • "Apple invests $200 million in Corning, first award from its new manufacturing fund" VentureBeat 5/12
  • "Apple's first Advanced Manufacturing Fund investment is in iPhone glass supplier Corning" 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales" The Register 5/12
  • "Nordkapp - Finnish Sleep Sensor Takes on the World Alongside Apple-a design Partnership Made it Possible for a Small Company to go Global" PRNewswire 5/12
  • "Amazon and Apple Call a Truce Amid Video Rivalry" Investopedia 5/12
  • "Apple Pay is Closing in on PayPal" Apple Must 5/12
  • "Apple Suddenly Launches 16 New Video Guides For Better iPhone Photos" Forbes 5/12
  • "Apple wants to show you how to take better photos on your iPhone" Cult of Mac 5/12
  • "Apple showcases Table Mountain, Muizenberg in iPhone 7 tutorial videos" Memeburn 5/12
  • "Smartphones that charge in five minutes 'could arrive next year'" BBC 5/12
  • "Sleep expert leaves Apple for Dr. Oz JV and more digital health hires and departures" MobiHealthNews 5/12
  • "Sleep expert who helped create Night Shift and Bedtime departs Apple" iDownload Blog 5/12
  • "Apple adds a Mother's Day Challenge for HealthKit Activity, Apple Watch" AppleInsider 5/12
  • "Apple Activity Challenge: Mother's Day edition!" iMore 5/12
  • "Today in Apple history: Bill Gates predicts doom for Apple's biggest product" Cult of Mac 5/12
Non-Apple News
  • "With New Digital Tools, Even Nonexperts Can Wage Cyberattacks" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:39 PM
  • "Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale" BBC 9:29 AM
  • "Bloomberg: Sprint and T-Mobile are talking about a merger again/Sprint says it has no problem letting T-Mobile run their joint efforts." Engadget 6:38 AM
  • "Amazon Echo Major Privacy Flaw – It Won't Allow You To Block People" Social Barrel 6:38 AM
  • "Waymo's Case Against Uber and Anthony Levandowski Takes a Criminal Turn" Wired 5/12
  • "Extortionists Mount Global Cyber Attack With 'Ransomware'" Bloomberg Video 5/12
  • "Hackers exploit stolen U.S. spy agency tool to launch global cyberattack" Reuters 5/12
  • "Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around The World" The Intercept 5/12
  • "Samsung joins the fray, supports FTC against Qualcomm: 'directly harmed' in two capacities" Foss Patents 5/12
  • "eMusic's new owners believe they can convince users to start buying songs again" TechCrunch 5/12
  • "Don't fall for this computer virus scam! The U.S. government is cracking down on scammers that lure people: particularly elderly people: into spending hundreds of dollars on virus protection software they don't need." CNNMoney 5/12
  • "Magic Leap Could Be Looking at an $8 Billion Valuation: Despite its critics, the secretive startup is raising more cash in its quest to be the Apple of augmented reality." Backchannel 5/12
  • "NSA tools at center of ransomware attacks hitting UK hospitals: report" Mashable 5/12
  • "T-Mobile, Sprint may look to get together again: The two carriers and their respective parent companies are in early talks about joining forces." CNET 5/12
  • "Sprint, SoftBank Said in Informal Deal Talks With T-Mobile" Bloomberg 5/12
  • "It's 2017, and Samsung is still launching flip phones" Mashable 5/12
  • "Cortana Just Got Microsoft Back in the Smartphone Game" Wired 5/12
  • "Google I/O 2017: What to expect/Google's annual developer conference kicks off next week. Here's what we think is on the docket." CNET 5/12
  • "Dark Lord Eve - The TouchArcade Show #306" Touch Arcade 5/12
  • "The Dangers of Voice Assistants in Our Homes -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-12" The Mac Observer 5/12
  • "Catch our WWDC hardware expectations, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 5/12
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks road to 'iPhone 8' production, Lightning vs USB-C, and Microsoft" AppleInsider 5/12
  • "Canvas, Episode 35: Outlining" MacStories 5/12
  • "Can the new Microsoft Surface Laptop compete with Apple's MacBook Air?" Recode 5/12
  • "Apple Likely to Unveil 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Siri Smart Speaker at WWDC [Report] iClarified 12:08 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 Will Cost At Least $1,000: Here's Why It's So Expensive" Tech Times 6:49 AM
  • "Apple Inc.'s iPhone 8 Expected to Start at $999: Per one analyst, Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 will start at a higher price than previous iPhone models." The Motley Fool 6:48 AM
  • "Apple files for a patent that would help you and your devices learn new words" Apple World Today 6:41 AM
  • "Analyst claims iPhone 8 will cost $999 for 128GB model and $1,099 for 256GB" 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "Apple Watch 3 Could Double Down on Sleep Tracking" Tom's Guide 5/12
  • "Future versions of Siri may support 'unconventional interactions'" Apple World Today 5/12
  • "Cassandra: Where is my TouchBar -A Low Battery Problem" eXtensions 5/12
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/12
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/12
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/12

  • "Sonos Playbase offers quality, Apple-connected audio in an unusual package" AppleInsider 6:15 AM
  • "We took a tour of one of the first Apple HomeKit homes [Video] 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "Mac Pascal NVIDIA GPU Shootout" Bare Feats 5/12
  • "Das Keyboard 4 Professional for Mac review: A great investment for hardcore typists/Das Keyboard takes what works from previous keyboard and adds improvements." Macworld 5/12
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Best Point of Sale Apps" AppAdvice 6:15 AM
  • "FocusList Review: A Minimalist, Pomodoro To-Do App" MacStories 5/12
  • "Cardiogram -Monitoring on iPhone, Apple Watch and Beyond" eXtensions 5/12
  • "Drop everything (except your bags) – this app is all you need for grocery shopping" iDownload Blog 5/12
  • "'Miles & Kilo' Review - It's Dog-Gone Great!" Touch Arcade 5/12
  • "How To Check If An iPhone Is Stolen Or Not Before Purchase Quickly And Easily" Redmond Pie 4:31 PM
  • "3 ways to attach a photo to an email in iOS: This basic operation is a bit hidden." CNET 8:57 AM
  • "How to catch rare Pokémon in Pokémon Go — Updated" iMore 6:41 AM
  • "How to Protect Yourself as Ransomware Attack Spreads Around the Globe" Consumer Reports 5/12
  • "How To Install Rocket For Instagram On iOS 10 Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 5/12
  • "How to Customize iPhone Without Jailbreaking" iPhone Hacks 5/12
  • "13 Hidden iPhone Gestures You Should Know About (in GIFs)" iPhone Hacks 1:59 PM
  • "2 tricks to make iOS Control Center less annoying: If you get annoyed by Control Center popping up on your iPhone, here are two easy things you can do." CNET 8:05 AM
  • "Forget taking photos -- the iPhone's flash is way more useful than that" Cult of Mac 5/12
  • "Amazon's Alexa Calling Feature Works From Your iPhone, too" The Mac Observer 5/12
  • "6 Security Tips If You Really Need to Use Public Wi-Fi on Your iPhone, iPad or Mac" iPhone Hacks 5/12
  • "Buying a used iPhone? Here's an easy way to check whether it was stolen ..." 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "The iPhone's market share in India is small, but there are encouraging signs for growth" Apple World Today 9:52 AM
  • "The Debate Continues Over Apple's 'iPhone 8' Rumored Debut" Fortune 8:48 AM
  • "Yes, Apple is building a car: All signs point to Apple building cars in the same way (and for the same reason) they build iPhones" Computerworld 6:48 AM
  • "Global ransomware attack shows why Apple wouldn't hack terrorist's iPhone for the FBI"  Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 5/12
  • "Your Apple Watch Will Soon Become Your Favorite Sleep Tracker" AppAdvice 5/12
  • "Apple's $1,000 iPhone 8 may devour your wallet: Yes, that's the supposed starting price of the phone, according to Goldman Sachs." CNET 5/12
  • "Apple's $200M Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment in Corning Means No Sapphire iPhone Displays" The Mac Observer 5/12
  • "About Microsoft's Big Apple Lies" Mac360 5/12
  • "Rest In Peace, Apple Technology" TeraTalks 5/12
  • "Comment: Seven years on from Steve Jobs' 'Thoughts on Flash,' it's time for this protocol to die"  9to5Mac 5/12
  • "Op-Ed: The fact that Apple has to issue bonds is a reminder of why urgent tax reform is needed"  CNBC 5/12
  • "Apple Is Wrong About Google And Facebook" NoodleMac 5/12
  • "Apple Television Service May Never Be" Mac360 5/12
  • "The Apple Store as a symbol of white gentrification" Apple 3.0 5/12
  • "Apple Comes to Washington"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/12
  • "Sleep it off: What you can and can't learn from sleep tracking wearables/Most wearables can track sleep, but will you learn anything useful from them?" Ars Technica 6:41 AM
  • "I finally believe in Microsoft's mixed reality vision: Using HoloLens and Acer headsets in a shared environment is fascinating." Engadget 5/12
  • "Snap: Forget Google and Twitter. Maybe It's More Like Apple/Following Snap's less than stellar earnings report, one analyst says: 'Snap reminds us of Apple in its younger days.'" Barron's 5/12
  • "I, Cringely Trump's 2016 Big Data political arms race" I, Cringely 5/12
  • "Microsoft's dream of owning the living room hinges on Cortana" Engadget 5/12
  • "Why Hulu with Live TV isn't the answer to all my cord cutter needs" iMore 5/12
  • "When did laptops become such a danger on planes?" Mashable 5/12
  • "Android smartphones: Which one is right for you?" [Slideshow] Computerworld 5/12
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Togo Radio Live - Internet Stream Player 3.2 for iOS" prMac 6:41 AM
  • "Coming May 13: Gene Steinberg meets columnists Rob Griffiths and Kirk McElhearn to discuss building a Hackintosh, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 5/12
  • "Embrace the Chaos of Space in Steredenn, Now on iOS" AppAdvice 5/12
  • "'The Sims Mobile' for iOS Includes All Features in Original PC Game" iDrop News 5/12
  • "Shazam Launches Redesigned, Simplified iOS App" MacStories 5/12
  • "Nike's new iPhone 7 cases have Air Force 1 and Roshe designs" 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "Satechi's new Pro Hub expands 2016 MacBook Pro past USB-C ports" 9to5Mac 5/12
  • "Satechi Launches Type-C Pro Hub for 2016 MacBook Pro With Ports for Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, SD, and More" MacRumors 5/12
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight 'WannaCrypt' attacks: Support for the OS ended three years ago but yesterday's infection spurred the 'unusual' step." Engadget 6:38 AM
  • "Microsoft sends out a Windows XP patch to block new ransomware" TechRadar UK 9:23 AM
  • "Microsoft: Ransomware Targets Out-of-Date PCs Only" Thurrott 10:05 AM
  • "Microsoft patches Windows 8, XP, and Server 2003 to combat 'WannaCry' ransomware attack" Neowin 4:31 PM
  • "Microsoft issues 'highly unusual' Windows XP patch to prevent massive ransomware attack" The Verge 2:03 PM
  • "Microsoft Build 2017: Hands on with Kodisoft's interactive table running Windows 10 IoT Core" Neowin 10:51 AM
  • "The Latest: Microsoft Shifts Policy, Now Makes Fixes Free" Associated Press 9:05 AM
  • "How Microsoft's Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't: Deep learning makes all the difference." Engadget 10:53 AM
  • "Microsoft's Apps Problem Has Never Been More Dire" Gizmodo 4:09 PM
  • "Upcoming generation of Intel processors to allegedly include a Core i9" Neowin 6:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's Future Is About Much More Than PCs" Time 5/12
  • "Did unpatched Microsoft exploit lead to massive NHS ransomware attack?" CRN UK 5/12
  • "Microsoft calls for greater developer support" ComputerWeekly 5/12
  • "7 Biggest Things You Missed From Microsoft Build 2017" Tom's Guide 5/12
  • "The Windows Store is looking a lot like the future of Windows" The Verge 5/12
  • "Microsoft's Fall Creators Update: Windows 10's next update" IT PRO 5/12
  • "After Windows 10 S, Microsoft Is Now Trying to Make Windows 10 IoT a Big Hit Too" Softpedia 5/12
  • "Microsoft Timeline and Pick Up Where I Left Off reach beyond Windows" Ars Technica UK 5/12
  • "Star Trek Bridge Crew Adding IBM Watson's VR Speech Sandbox" PC Magazine 5/12
  • "IBM Watson Boldly Goes Into VR With New Star Trek Game" Fortune 5/12
  • "HP laptops covertly log user keystrokes, researchers warn" Ars Technica UK 5/12
  • "HP 'Keylogger' a Mistake, is Already Fixed" Thurrott 5/12
  • "NEC, Dell EMC bring network virtualization to enterprise environments" Financial Newa 5/12
  • "Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack" Bizcommunity 5/12
  • "Samsung, Intel Back U.S. Regulator's Suit Against Qualcomm: Companies say Qualcomm used its dominant position in cellphone chips to force customers to accept unfair terms" [Paid Membership Required] 5/12
  • "Intel catches a break in AVM patent troll case" The Inquirer 5/12
  • "AMD's Ryzen CPUs are getting cheaper as retailers jostle for sales" TechRadar UK 5/12
  • "AMD Ryzen price war breaks out online" V3 5/12
  • "AMD Zen Enterprise Roadmap Shows 48-core CPUs in 2018" Guru3D 5/12
  • "AMD Schedules Press Event for Computex, With Vega the Most Likely Topic" Digital Trends 5/12
  • "Cisco reveals plans to buy AI biz MindMeld" IT PRO 5/12
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Best Performing DJIA Stock of 2017: Apple, by a Mile" 24/7 Wall St. 8:58 AM
  • "Apple Inc. to distribute $3 billion in dividends as its market valuation grows $163B larger than Google" AppleInsider 5/12
  • "Apple Hits New High as Goldman, Merrill Laud its Hardware Prospects" Barron's 5/12
  • "Apple got its highest price target ever — here's what needs to happen to make it a reality" Business Insider 5/12
  • "Beware Companies Taking Too Big a Bite Out of Apple: Apple-mania is buoying several firms, but many are vulnerable to the tech giant's whims" [Paid Membership Required] 5/12
  • "Activist investor Loeb exits Apple stake, buys into Snap and HPE: Filing" CNBC 5/12
  • "Corning's stock jumps after Apple's new tech fund invests $200 million" MarketWatch 5/12
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow post first weekly loss in nearly a month: J.C. Penney, latest retailer to disappoint, tumbles after results" MarketWatch 5/12
  • "Wall Street Mixed as Rash of Weak Retail Earnings Continues" TheStreet 5/12
  • "Wall Street Falls, Department Stores Take a Drubbing" Reuters 5/12
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall as Economic Data Disappoints: Inflation, retail sales data also weigh on the dollar and Treasury yields" [Paid Membership Required] 5/12
  • "Asian markets pull back after weak earnings in U.S.: Stock markets across Asia closed broadly lower on Friday, tracking overnight weakness in Europe and the U.S. amid disappointing earnings reports." MarketWatch 5/12
  • "European stocks log small gain as Vivendi, AstraZenera rally: Europe's benchmark stock index managed to squeeze out a small gain after a choppy session on Friday, with an advance for French media company Vivendi SA and U.K. drug giant AstraZeneca PLC helping to push the benchmark higher for the week." MarketWatch 5/12

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