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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.

  • "The iPad Mystery: Apple continues to profess optimism for the iPad even as sales continue to decline. In particular, the company hopes the new, beefier iPads will lure content creators away from conventional (and also declining) PCs. But how far will Apple go to blur the line between an iPad and a Mac?"  Monday Note 7:00 AM
  • "Apple's new AI acquisition will help it make sense of data"  Cult of Mac 7:00 AM
  • "Voip-Pal.Com Announces Plans to Increase Damage Demands in Lawsuits vs Apple, Verizon and AT&T: Company preparing responses to new petitions for Inter Partes Review" Globe Newswire 7:04 AM
  • "Apple in Search for Programming Chief" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:18 PM
  • "Apple said to be in search of programming chief to lead video efforts" 9to5Mac 9:18 PM
  • "Apple adds support for Windows 10 Creators Update to Boot Camp with macOS 10.12.5 update" Neowin 9:18 PM
  • "Apple users are also vulnerable to WannaCry-type attacks, says cybersecurity expert" CNBC 7:07 AM
  • "Police warn: If you're hit by cyberattack, don't pay the ransom" CNNMoney 7:13 AM
  • "macOS 10.12.5 fixes problems with USB headphones, Windows 10 & more" AppleInsider 1:34 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.5 With Headphones Audio Fix and Enhanced Mac App Store Compatibility" MacRumors 1:35 PM
  • "Apple Squashes 30 Security Holes in macOS Sierra, Plus Standalone Updates for El Cap and Yosemite" The Mac Observer 2:22 PM
  • "Apple users advised to update their software now, as new security patches released" we live security 5:26 PM
  • "Apple releases iTunes 12.6.1 w/ 'minor app and performance improvements'" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "What to do when iCloud Storage is obviously empty but Apple says it isn't: It's a common problem with no clear resolution." Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "How to Protect Against Ransomware" TheStreet 7:07 AM
  • "How to protect your Mac from malware" Cult of Mac 10:17 AM
  • "Turbocharge Copy & Paste in Final Cut Pro X with Copy'em Paste" 7:00 AM
  • "macOS: Speedifier Lets You Control Video Speed In Safari" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "Pro Tip: 3 keyboard shortcuts for switching between Safari tabs on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:22 AM
  • "Company Contact Cards" MacMost 10:31 AM
  • "3 Cool Mission Control Secrets You Might Not Know" Apple Must 11:37 AM
  • "How to add calendars to macOS Sierra's Calendar from other services besides iCloud" Apple World Today 6:55 AM
  • "Goodbye, Command+Tab, Hello Spacebar" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "TrackX is powerful Final Cut Pro X plug-in, though it has a learning curve" Apple World Today 6:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "LumaForge at NAB 2017" 11:40 AM
  • "Audio Editing Software Sound Forge Pro Mac Gets First Update in 3 Years" MacRumors 10:39 AM
  • "Archicad 21 First CAD or BIM App with Apple Touch Bar Support" Architosh 6:18 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple wanted part of its new $5 billion campus to look like a laptop — here's how close it got" Business Insider 10:02 AM
  • "Exclusive: Upcoming Apple Watch to include game-changing health features"  BGR 3:18 PM
  • "Apple's Secretive Research Could Help Diabetes Patients: Apple is reportedly working on incorporating blood glucose sensors into its consumer electronics devices." The Motley Fool 10:40 AM
  • "Future Apple Watch Rumored to Include Glucose Monitoring and Smart Bands" MacRumors 3:18 PM
  • "Another report claims Apple working on diabetes treatment tech for Apple Watch, this time via 'smart bands'" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Apple May Put Blood Glucose Sensors in Apple Watch Smart Band" The Mac Observer 4:42 PM
  • "Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch may support glucose monitoring, 'smart' bands" AppleInsider 4:49 PM
  • "No, the MP3 Is Not Dead" ["The MP3 is far from dead; it's just become free. So no one can earn money from licensing the format."] Kirkville 7:02 AM
  • "Patent licensing on MP3 format expires, Apple-preferred AAC now a 'de facto standard'" AppleInsider 10:17 AM
  • "Developers of the MP3 Have Officially Killed It" Gizmodo UK 7:02 AM
  • "End of an era as mp3 music format popularised by the iPod is officially discontinued" 9to5Mac 7:02 AM
  • "U.S. law allows low H-1B wages; just look at Apple" ["However, the U.S. government will approve visa applications for Silicon Valley programmers at $52,229 -- and, in fact, did so for hundreds of potential visa holders at Apple alone."] Computerworld 7:08 AM
  • "Rumor: Nintendo is Planning to Bring a 'Legend of Zelda' Game to Mobile After 'Animal Crossing'" Touch Arcade 7:04 AM
  • "Report: Nintendo developing 'The Legend of Zelda' game for iPhone" 9to5Mac 7:04 AM
  • "Apple Announces New Liberty Square Store in Milan, Italy Opening Soon" MacRumors 8:00 AM
  • "'Truly international' Piazza del Liberty Apple Store in Milan, Italy opening soon" AppleInsider 8:14 AM
  • "US man thanks iPhone's Siri for saving his life in explosion" Stuff: New Zealand 7:09 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus heads to the barbershop for latest Portrait Mode ad" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Apple Releases New 'Barbers' iPhone 7 Plus Ad Promoting Portrait Mode" MacRumors 3:18 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple stores reinvent computer sales" Cult of Mac 8:15 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "The WannaCry ransomware might have a link to North Korea: An earlier version of WannaCry shared code with a hacking tool used by the Lazarus Group, according to security researchers" IDG News Service 8:31 PM
  • "YouTube TV adds AMC, BBC America and more: The streaming television service gets seven more cable channels, for a total of 46." Engadget 4:41 PM
  • "Netflix May Be Preparing to Raise Prices, but It Is a Necessary Evil" RealMoney 8:00 AM
  • "Rooted Your Android Phone? The Netflix App May Not Work Anymore" Digital Trends 7:14 AM
  • "Amazon is now worth two Walmarts: On the 20th anniversary of its IPO, Amazon's market cap stands at $459 billion. Walmart's? $228 billion." Recode 7:07 AM
  • "The 22-year-old who saved the world from a malware virus has been named" Business Insider 6:55 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann" The Mac Observer 3:15 PM
  • "The Day the Music Died, Hello Alexa Calling -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-15" The Mac Observer 1:33 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 5: App Subscriptions" MacStories 10:00 AM
  • "Do it yourself Home Security on a budget." The MT Show 6:17 AM
  • "Report: Apple Inc. Could Launch New 10.5-Inch iPad at WWDC" The Motley Fool 7:07 AM
  • "Apple Rumored to Announce New iPad Pro Size and Touchscreen Siri" Teen Vogue 6:22 PM
  • "Roundup: Everything we currently know about Apple's upcoming 'Siri Speaker'" 9to5Mac 7:37 PM
  • "As we await a new iPad, an early prototype of the first one surfaces [Gallery] 9to5Mac 8:34 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS 10.3.2, watchOS 3.2.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and macOS 10.12.5" Macworld 1:34 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:21 AM

  • "Hands-on: StarTech's USB-C to SATA adapter makes for a great MacBook Pro accessory" 9to5Mac 7:38 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Scan text with your iPhone and make the real world searchable" Cult of Mac 4:13 PM
  • "How to find your car with Siri and the Maps app" iMore 7:13 AM
  • "Watch: What you need to know about USB-C and Thunderbolt 3" AppleInsider 9:19 PM
  • "Your next fitness tracker: What to do — and NOT do — before you buy!" iMore 11:40 AM
  • "From making your iPhone charge MUCH quicker to taking a hassle-free selfie, here's what you never knew your Apple smartphone could do" The Sun 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's desperate attempt to make iPhone 7 Plus exciting/Commentary: In a new Apple ad, we're in a flagging New Orleans barbershop. Until, that is, someone has a brilliant idea." CNET 8:44 PM
  • "This funky new Windows 10 app is a big indicator of Microsoft's new plan to play nice with Apple and Android" Business Insider 4:14 PM
  • "Feature Request: Meal logging from Apple's Health app" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Could Alexa and Siri Prevent or Report Child Abuse?" The Mac Observer 2:22 PM
  • "What if Apple Becomes Tesla Before Tesla Becomes Apple? Investors might see Tesla as the next tech behemoth. The issue is that Apple and others are quickly moving in on Tesla's terrain."  Barron's 10:40 AM
  • "7 Ways Apple Watch is already in the enterprise"  Computerworld 10:28 AM
  • "Apple's standalone Siri could look a lot like Echo Show" Cult of Mac 10:18 AM
  • "Why You Won't Be Able to Buy an Apple Inc. iPhone 8 With 32GB of Storage" The Motley Fool 10:17 AM
  • "Another Dumb Idea For Apple" TeraTalks 8:31 AM
  • "Apple's Customers Need More Choices" Mac360 8:31 AM
  • "Apple's New Sensor Revolution" Mac360 8:15 AM
  • "WWDC wish list: What we'd like from the Siri Speaker/Impeccable security, more third-party integrations, and a camera that turns off easily are on the top of our list." Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "Samsung's Gamble To Be Like Apple" NoodleMac 7:52 AM
  • "Comment: The WannaCry attack should be a wake-up call for consumers, businesses and governments" 9to5Mac 7:22 AM
  • "Using tech to uproot systemic racism" TechCrunch 5:23 PM
  • "WannaCry: How Ransomware Works" Rixstep 5:11 PM
  • "I was so excited, and so disappointed, by Google Home" Business Insider 4:14 PM
  • "Is Microsoft to blame for the largest ransomware attacks in internet history? When software outruns hardware"  The Verge 10:51 AM
  • "Cassandra: The Shrinking World of News (1) -Print" eXtensions 8:16 AM
  • "Google Home and Assistant one year later: What now? Does the search giant have enough firepower to overtake Amazon? We'll find out this week at Google I/O." CNET 8:15 AM
  • "Review: BlackBerry Keyone/Upgraded, Outdated" Wired 8:01 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of May 15: Bob LeVitus, Pages, iCloud, and Internet of Things" The MUG Center 4:47 PM
  • "2018 Genesis G80 Sport arrives as latest with Apple's CarPlay standard" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Apple Maps grows public transit coverage to Adelaide, Australia" AppleInsider 11:40 AM
  • "The Week in Mac Accessories: New cases offer protection for your MacBook" [Slideshow] Macworld 10:17 AM
  • "Google Assistant reportedly coming to iOS soon, could be announced at I/O" 9to5Google 10:17 AM
  • "Google Assistant is reportedly coming to iOS" Neowin 5:24 PM
Computer Industry
  • "Is Microsoft to blame for the largest ransomware attacks in internet history?" The Verge 12:31 PM
  • "Microsoft Faulted Over Ransomware While Shifting Blame to NSA: Security patches for some popular older versions of Windows were only available if companies paid" Bloomberg 8:56 PM
  • "Upgrade already! If you're still using Windows XP, you're a menace to society: And if you're an IT pro with decision-making capacity in an organization that continues to use XP, you should be fired." ZDNet 1:37 PM
  • "Microsoft Blames Spy Agencies for Ransomware Disaster" Variety 12:36 PM
  • "Top Microsoft Lawyer Slams Government For 'Stockpiling' Vulnerabilities" Digital Trends 12:34 PM
  • "NSA-Derived Ransomware Is So Serious, Microsoft Is Patching Windows XP" ExtremeTech 12:31 PM
  • "Microsoft: WannaCry outbreak reveals why governments shouldn't hoard vulnerabilities" Graham Cluley 12:40 PM
  • "WikiLeaks Details More Windows Attack Tools Used by CIA" SecurityWeek 12:37 PM
  • "Microsoft patches Windows XP against 'WannaCrypt' malware, despite official support ending in 2104" TechSpot 12:39 PM
  • "Microsoft issues first Windows XP patch in 3 years to stymie 'WannaCrypt'" Computerworld 8:39 AM
  • "Will WannaCry malware finally get everyone to leave Windows XP?" TechRadar UK 12:33 PM
  • "Windows XP in use at 'less than five per cent' of NHS trusts, claims UK defence sec" The Inquirer 12:35 PM
  • "Microsoft should be applauded for its response to the WannaCrypt crisis" BetaNews 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft blames U.S. stockpiled vulnerability after WannaCry ransomware attack" PCWorld 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft says governments should stop 'hoarding' security vulnerabilities after WannaCry attack" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Microsoft's Fluent Design System threatens to make Windows look good: Windows could for the first time ever have a bunch of apps that actually look good." Ars Technica 7:23 PM
  • "Yorkshire Energy Park 'to bring 1,000 jobs'" BBC 9:08 AM
  • "IBM's Watson 'is a joke', says Social Capital CEO Palihapitiya" Mirror Business 9:07 AM
  • "Why snafus like HP's keylogger will happen again" InfoWorld 9:05 AM
  • "HP Updates Audio Driver to Fix Keylogger Problem" Softpedia 9:04 AM
  • "HP Removes Keylogger Functionality From Audio Drivers" SecurityWeek 9:03 AM
  • "Tata Power Solar, Dell build 45-meter long verticle solar farm in Bengaluru" Business Standard 9:02 AM
  • "Dell EMC's Azure Stack: Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions" The Register 9:00 AM
  • "Dell EMC World 2017 Underscores Company's Unique Position To Capitalize On IT Transformation" Forbes 4:12 PM
  • "Intel Skylake-X leak suggests first Core i9 CPUs are coming this year" The Inquirer 8:56 AM
  • "Intel turns up the dial to Core i9 with new processors" TechRadar UK 8:56 AM
  • "Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 2.6 Percent in 2016, Intel Mainteined First Place" CDR Info 8:56 AM
  • "Intel could be about to release a very expensive Core i9 CPU" TechCrunch 3:19 PM
  • "Intel, Samsung tighten grip on semiconductor market" Mobile Europe 8:56 AM
  • "The results are in... Intel and Samsung are bossing it" Telecoms 8:55 AM
  • "Intel said to be readying Core i9 CPUs with 6, 8, 10 and 12 cores" Hexus 8:55 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega Nova, Eclipse & Core Reportedly Launching June 5th – Priced At $599, $499 & $399 Respectively" WCCFTech 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Might Launch At Least nine High-end Ryzen 9 Processors" Guru3D 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Vega Graphics Card Featuring 16 GB HBM2 and 1600 MHz Clock Speed on 4096 Cores Leaks Out" WCCFTech 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Vega Specs Leak Confirm 1.6GHz Core Clock And 16GB HBM2 Memory" HotHardware 5:07 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 Threadripper Lineup Lead By Flagship Ryzen 9 1998X With 16-cores, 32-threads" SegmentNext 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 Threadripper Lineup Leaked – up to 16 Cores & 4.1GHz With Quad Channel DDR4 Support & 44 PCIe Lanes" WCCFTech 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega Core, Eclipse And Nova Allegedly Launch June 5th Priced From $400" HotHardware 5:06 PM
  • "Cisco Systems: 34 Going on 40" TheStreet 3:19 PM
  • "Verizon teams with Samsung and Cisco for 5G trial: Visit for additional distribution rights. For more articles like this, follow us @euromoney on Twitter." Global Telecoms Busines 8:03 AM
  • "Even With Slight Stumble, Cisco's Strong Ethernet Switching Position Fuels My Confidence" Seeking Alpha 8:03 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple expert: 'Sell as soon as you hear about any big M&A activity'" Business Insider 10:51 AM
  • "A Major Tesla Bull Sees the Company Blowing Through Cash and in a Brutal Battle With Apple" TheStreet 7:07 AM
  • "Merrill Lynch is bullish on Apple" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:32 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq close at records as oil rallies to 2-week high: Cybersecurity stocks rise on 'WannaCry' virus attack" MarketWatch 4:16 PM
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq Post Record Closes After Crude Settles at Two-Week High" TheStreet 4:15 PM
  • "Wall Street Rises with Help from Technology, Financial, Energy Stocks" Reuters 4:15 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Up on Energy, Mining Companies: Saudi Arabia and Russia push for an extension to OPEC's production-cut agreement" [Paid Membership Required] 4:15 PM
  • "Asian markets largely surge ahead despite global risks: Asian stocks opened largely higher Monday as investors continued to shake off reasons to worry." MarketWatch 7:10 AM
  • "Rising oil, metals prices help commodity stocks buck losing trend in Europe: European commodity shares popped higher Monday, as oil and metals prices rose, but the gains weren't enough to keep most European equity benchmarks from tilting lower." MarketWatch 11:42 AM

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