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Wednesday Highlights: Many reviews of the Apple Watch series 4 have been released today, in our Reviews/How-To section, including reviews by The New York Times, The Verge, The Independent, iMore, TechCrunch, and many more; Apple has paid its $15 billion back-tax bill to Ireland but Ireland isn't that anxious to cash the check; The Apple Watch's ECG feature apparently received FDA approval only hours before its introduction at the Apple Event; Apple Stores are now selling Spire Health Tags, small, machine-washable devices that measure a variety of health metrics; Six Colors reviews Ferrite 2, an iOS audio editor which has just been upgraded with a slew of features.

  • "Apple Assembles First iPhones in India: Production of SE model marks escalation of push to crack fast-growing market" [Paid Membership Required] 7:39 AM
  • "Apple Should Soon See Meaningful Growth Once Assembled-In-India iPhones Ready For Sale By Next Week"  Forbes 7:27 AM
  • "Apple is shoring up Siri for its next generation of intelligent devices"  TechCrunch 7:37 AM
  • "How the iPhone triumphed in business circles"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:12 AM
  • "Apple's developer academy: Inside the elite school where iPhone developers of the future are being trained"  The Independent 10:54 AM
  • "Source code of several Panic apps stolen via HandBrake malware"  AppleInsider 9:46 PM
  • "HandBrake hack affects Mac app developer Panic" iMore 7:31 PM
  • "Blizzard VP Jeff Kaplan Says Company is 'Open Minded' About Bringing Overwatch to Mac" MacRumors 12:46 PM
  • "Apple simplifies Windows 10 installs with support for Creators Update" Computerworld 2:52 PM
  • "First macOS 10.12.6 public beta rolling out on Mac App Store" 9to5Mac 12:20 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 30 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 2:02 PM
  • "About the security content of macOS Sierra 10.12.2, Security Update 2016-003 El Capitan, and Security Update 2016-007 Yosemite" Apple Support 6:25 PM
  • "How to avoid the WannaCrypt virus if you run Windows on a Mac: If you're only an occasional user of Windows on a Mac, make sure you don't get hit by current worms." Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "How to use TinkerTool System 5 to set folder permissions in macOS: There's a utility that can help you with shared folders and access." Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "A Quick Tour of iTunes" MacMost 11:14 AM
  • "How to Tell if Office for Mac Update is Valid" Intego 1:59 PM
  • "Two Easy Tips for Being More Productive on Your Mac" The Mac Observer 12:26 PM
  • "Put iPhone's Copy And Paste On A Mac" Mac360 7:35 AM
  • "The Case of the Stolen Source Code" ["Last week, for about three days, the macOS video transcoding app HandBrake was compromised. One of the two download servers for HandBrake was serving up a special malware-infested version of the app, that, when launched, would essentially give hackers remote control of your computer. ... Long story short, somebody, somewhere, now has quite a bit of source code to several of our apps."] Panic Blog 1:58 PM
Press Releases
  • "Sal Soghoian Launches CMD-D: Masters of Automation Conference" The Mac Observer 8:59 AM
  • "[The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk] Trailer released!" Headup Games 7:23 AM
  • "Axalta Unveils Color Configurator Powered by Luxion's KeyShot Renderer" Architosh 6:55 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "'Musicians Taught Me Everything. Without Them, I'm Working On The Docks.': It was 10am on Easter Sunday, 1974, and Iovine had just received a call from Roy Cicala, John Lennon's go-to engineer at Record Plant Studios in New York." ["Meanwhile, Apple Music's potential subscriber audience (currently thought to be hovering around the 30m mark, although not publicly confirmed) has arguably been held back by the free music available on Spotify and – more dangerously – on YouTube. Iovine is particularly vexed that the music industry – while in a public war with YouTube over payouts – is allowing free music to count equally alongside paid-for music in its most venerated charts."]  Music Business Worldwide 7:16 AM
  • "Apple executive Jimmy Iovine said Dr. Dre's original show on Apple Music will 'move the needle'" Business Insider 7:19 AM
  • "Apple is leaning away from a music strategy that's disliked by labels and Kanye West" Business Insider 11:55 AM
  • "iPhone Users Have Seen the Galaxy and They're Not Impressed: Samsung's latest Galaxy isn't having much sway on Apple fans. A new analyst survey finds that 92% of iPhone buyers looking for a new phone are planning to get another iPhone." Barron's 10:52 AM
  • "iPhone Scores 92% Loyalty Rate in Recent Survey Ahead of iPhone 8" MacRumors 3:58 PM
  • "Russia smartphone shipments grew 6% annually, Samsung & Apple captures a record 2/3rd of the market by value" Counterpoint 11:00 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone captures 81 percent of premium $600 smartphones in Russia" AppleInsider 11:00 AM
  • "Qualcomm Files Breach of Contract Complaint against Apple's Manufacturers for Non-Payment of Royalties" PRNewswire 9:41 AM
  • "Qualcomm sues four Apple contract manufacturers" Reuters 7:39 AM
  • "Apple, Qualcomm spat intensifies, manufacturers drawn in" Associated Press 7:39 AM
  • "Qualcomm files complaint against Apple manufacturers" CNBC Videos 7:38 AM
  • "Apple's top suppliers dragged into Qualcomm legal battle" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:10 AM
  • "Gustafson Nicolai pc Files Second Apple iPhone 6 Explosion Lawsuit Against Apple, Inc." PRNewswire 9:40 AM
  • "Retail chief Angela Ahrendts talks 'Today at Apple' and more in video interview" 9to5Mac 10:32 AM
  • "'Today at Apple' classes launch at Apple retail stores globally" iDownload Blog 10:32 AM
  • "Jeff Goldblum could have been the voice of Apple: Ian Malcolm. David Levinson. That dude who turns into a gross human/fly hybrid. Siri?"  CNET 7:13 AM
  • "Steve Jobs wanted Jeff Goldblum to be 'voice of Apple'" AppleInsider 7:22 AM
  • "Steve Jobs Wanted Jeff Goldblum as 'The Voice of Apple'" PC Magazine 11:34 AM
  • "Apple Highlights Accessibility Features in New 'Designed for' Video Series" MacRumors 7:23 AM
  • "Apple's accessibility videos shine light on how its tools change lives" Cult of Mac 9:15 AM
  • "Apple Releases New Video Series to Promote Accessibility Awareness" MacStories 11:57 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: John Sculley starts work as Apple CEO" Cult of Mac 8:10 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "With MIXhalo, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger aims to deliver studio-quality sound at live events" TechCrunch 5:47 PM
  • "Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago. We Tested It." Gizmodo 12:21 PM
  • "After WannaCry, a new bill would force the NSA to justify its hacking tools" The Verge 11:22 AM
  • "Malicious Cyber Capability Is Spreading. How Do We Stop It? It's easier than ever to launch a large-scale attack using leaked information." Slate 10:32 AM
  • "Google Partners With Particle To Enable IoT Device Location Awareness" eWeek 6:41 PM
  • "Google reveals 'Android Go' operating system optimized for low-specification smartphones" AppleInsider 5:47 PM
  • "Android Go is the super-lite version for phones with less than 1GB of RAM" Mashable 2:52 PM
  • "Google Photos can now make physical books" CNNMoney 1:03 PM
  • "Google Lens vision recognition tells you what you're looking at: The new initiative announced at Google I/O 2017 will turn your camera into a discovery tool for your life." CNET 12:55 PM
  • "Numbers from I/O 2017: 2 billion Android devices, 800 million+ Drive users, 500 million+ Photos users, etc" 9to5Google 12:42 PM
  • "Google Photos passes 500 million users" VentureBeat 12:36 PM
  • "Google Racks Up More Patents Than Most Automakers On Connected And Self-Driving Cars" Forbes 9:24 AM
  • "Laptop ban in Europe would cost airline passengers $1.1 billion" CNNMoney 7:55 AM
  • "Nokia's first iPhone 'killer' shown in leaked official video" BGR 7:55 AM
  • "Samsung sells over five million Galaxy S8 units" BetaNews 7:45 AM
  • "New Macs at WWDC, Apple vs Diabetes, Lattice Data -ACM 411" The Mac Observer 5:49 PM
  • "Podcast 559: Siri gets company" Macworld 3:59 PM
  • "Scholle McFarland Takes Control of Apple's Calendar and Reminders" MacVoices 2:49 PM
  • "Clockwise #189: Her Cuneiform is Top Notch" Six Colors 2:02 PM
  • "Siri the Cyber Security Guard -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-17" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
  • "Episode 170: 'Dental X-Rays Aren't Taking Me Down'/We briefly talk about the WannaCry ransomware attack, then discuss the current state of the MP3 format, App Store upgrades, and two-factor authentication." The Committed 7:58 AM
  • "Marc Kushner Wants to Turn The Architect-to-Manufacturer Relationship On Its Head" Architosh 6:55 AM
  • "Exclusive: The world's first look at Apple's final iPhone 8 design in real life"  BGR 11:08 AM
  • "Apple might show off 3 updated MacBooks next month" The Next Web 7:44 AM
  • "WWDC: Apple's Kaby Lake MacBook upgrades coming soon" Computerworld 8:02 AM
  • "Killer iPhone 8 Features Confirmed, Plus Big Surprise" Tom's Guide 10:52 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.3 beta hints at new 12.9-inch iPad Pro" Cult of Mac 10:31 AM
  • "Apple releases first iOS 10.3.3 public beta for iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 12:21 PM
  • "About the security content of iOS 10.2: This document describes the security content of iOS 10.2." Apple Support 6:25 PM
  • "About the security content of watchOS 3.1.3: This document describes the security content of watchOS 3.1.3." Apple Support 6:24 PM
  • "Is Your iPhone Getting Too Hot? Here's Why and How to Fix It" iDrop News 2:52 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:09 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:09 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:09 AM

  • "Hands-on: Accell's USB-C to HDMI 2.0 adapter connects the MacBook Pro to 4K displays @60Hz [Video] 9to5Mac 6:47 PM
  • "Dodocool DC30 7-in-1 USB-C Hub review: Affordable hub with passthrough power alongside three USB Type-A ports" Macworld 7:24 AM
  • "The Pictar One iPhone camera grip goes on sale today on" Cult of Mac 9:10 AM
  • "Bose's Solo 5 is the easiest way to get killer sound out of any TV" BGR 6:35 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Google Assistant on the iPhone is better than Siri, but not much: As good as Google Assistant is, iOS restrictions limit its usefulness." Engadget 9:46 PM
  • "Clean Writer 3 Plain Text Editor For iPad – The 'Book Mystique Review" MacPrices 12:19 PM
  • "How to Fill Out a PDF Form on iPhone and iPad with Markup" OS X Daily 4:00 PM
  • "How to set up and use iCloud Photo Sharing" iMore 12:21 PM
  • "Who Knew This iPad Split View Tip?" Apple Must 12:32 PM
  • "Apple Classroom — Everything you need to know" iMore 7:45 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine slams free music services, talks exclusivity deals in new interview" 9to5Mac 8:08 PM
  • "Thoughts On The Apple Mothership: Celebration of the Employee" The Mac Observer 5:48 PM
  • "Here's what watchOS 4 could learn from the original Apple Watch OS" 9to5Mac 3:58 PM
  • "Apple's Latest Videos Prove Its Technology Is Designed for Everyone" The Mac Observer 2:49 PM
  • "Hold off on your purchases: Apple might be launching new MacBook soon" Mashable 10:32 AM
  • "Why open source AI voice assistants pose little threat to Amazon Alexa and Apple's Siri" TechRepublic 10:32 AM
  • "Apple Change Happens (and how to deal with it)" TeraTalks 8:59 AM
  • "The Future Of Siri And Her Friends" Mac360 8:59 AM
  • "Why Should Apple Take on a Company With Declining Hardware Sales?" The Tech Night Owl 8:59 AM
  • "On Predicting Apple's Strategy" NoodleMac 8:10 AM
  • "How Google took over the classroom and what Apple can do about it" The Loop 8:09 AM
  • "Everybody Wants a Bite of iOS, Apple remains Mostly Self-Contained"  Tech.pinions 7:57 AM
  • "Apple's Sneaky Planned Obsolescence Plans" Mac360 7:51 AM
  • "Please Don't Kill the iPad mini — Make it Pro Instead"  Apple Must 11:13 AM
  • "Apple, please don't kill the iPad mini"  Mashable 7:23 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (5) -A Sleeping Giant: Apple and Healthcare" eXtensions 6:54 AM
  • "Google IO17: Android deployment rate continues to slip backward" AppleInsider 8:07 PM
  • "Google Just Made Email a Heckuva Lot Easier to Deal With" Wired 12:42 PM
  • "Your internet provider is full of it on net neutrality. Now with proof." Mashable 11:08 AM
  • "It's time for Google to be boring: Google I/O will never again be as wild as it once was" The Verge 7:51 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "3 New Water Wallpapers from iOS 10.3.3 Beta" OS X Daily 12:46 PM
  • "Google Assistant standalone iPhone Siri competitor app launching for iPhone" AppleInsider 12:42 PM
  • "Google launches Google Assistant on the iPhone" TechCrunch 12:36 PM
  • "Gmail for iOS adds Inbox-style 'Smart Reply' feature with quick reply suggestions" 9to5Mac 12:29 PM
  • "Google's impersonal-but-handy Smart Replies come to the Gmail app" Engadget 12:19 PM
  • "OneNote Gets a Design Refresh on iOS" Thurrott 9:16 AM
  • "Viber for iPhone gains chat pinning and adjustable notification sounds" iDownload Blog 9:10 AM
  • "Sonnet Launches SF3™ Series — CFast™ 2.0 Pro Card Reader, Industry's First to Enable Ingest Via Thunderbolt™ 3" Wall Street Communications 8:02 AM
  • "Shazam forgetting song titles generated 2M views of Alzheimer's ad, says agency [Video] 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft held back free patch that could have slowed WannaCry" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:15 AM
  • "Microsoft will make the most from WannaCry" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:28 AM
  • "IBM makes leap in quantum computing power: There's now a 16-bit quantum computer on the IBM Cloud platform for businesses to experiment with" IDG News Service 7:22 AM
  • "IBM unveils its most powerful quantum processor yet" Engadget 7:40 AM
  • "IBM Successfully Constructs a 17-Qubit Quantum Processor, its Most Powerful to Date" Digital Trends 1:03 PM
  • "IBM Watson meets SAP Leonardo for cognitive procurement" ZDNet 9:16 AM
  • "IBM Responds to Petition by Suspending Support for Blood Center" 24/7 Wall St. 11:56 AM
  • "HPE unveils world's largest single-memory computer" V3 8:03 AM
  • "IoT needs security, says Microsoft without even a small trace of irony" The Register 7:11 AM
  • "AMD is making PCs and servers exciting again: Forget about smartphones and tablets, AMD is making the PC and server markets exciting again." ZDNet 12:40 PM
  • "AMD says it's back to stay: At its analyst day, the chipmaker revealed new details of upcoming server, PC and graphics products that will make it more competitive, and said it has a plan to stay there for the long haul." ZDNet 12:40 PM
  • "AMD unveils Ryzen Threadripper: A monster CPU with 16 cores, 32 threads" Ars Technica 7:55 AM
  • "AMD ramping shipments of Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 CPUs" DigiTimes 7:27 AM
  • "AMD's 16-core, 32-thread 'Threadripper' CPU to challenge Intel's rumoured Core i9" V3 7:50 AM
  • "AMD Announces 16-Core 'Threadripper' Desktop CPUs To Do Battle With Intel X299 And Skylake X" Forbes 7:08 AM
  • "AMD Updates GPU Architecture Roadmap: After Navi Comes 'Next Gen'" AnandTech 7:57 AM
  • "AMD Unveils the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition: Vega Starts in the Pros" AnandTech 7:56 AM
  • "AMD's first Radeon Vega graphics card isn't for you, and gamers may be waiting a while" PCWorld 7:22 AM
  • "AMD Targets Esports Audience With New Radeon Rx 560 Graphics Card" Digital Trends 11:34 AM
  • "AMD makes its data center move: Will it be EPYC? AMD's master plan: Crack the data center via its EPYC server processor, simplify architecture with its GPUs and then grab machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads." ZDNet 6:46 AM
  • "Nvidia partners introduce GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards" Hexus 10:58 AM
  • "Oracle's security ops portfolio surpasses 1 million users" Financial News UK 10:57 AM
  • "Cisco forecasts weak revenue, shares fall" Reuters 3:55 PM
  • "Cisco shares fall on weak revenue outlook" ZDNet 3:55 PM
  • "Cisco Earnings: What to Watch/Tech giant seen posting sixth successive quarterly fall in revenue" [Paid Membership Required] 7:28 AM
  • "Sapphire Now: SAP Rolls Out a Slew of New Analytics Tools" PC Magazine 9:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Exclusive: The shadow bank that drives Apple/With $5.4 trillion under management, it's the world's largest asset manager." Apple 3.0 7:55 AM
  • "Apple turns to hot European market" IFR 7:39 AM
  • "Apple sets guidance on dual euro benchmark tranche bond" IFR 7:39 AM
  • "Apple preparing new euro bond sale to fund capital return program for shareholders" AppleInsider 10:35 AM
  • "Cramer Remix: Why Carl Icahn's decision to sell Apple was the right one" CNBC 7:36 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq suffers biggest daily drop since June 24, fear gauge soars on Trump worries: Wall Street's fear index spikes the most since Brexit" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "The Reckoning: S&P 500 Has Worst Day Since September on Latest Trump Scandal" TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Jones industrial average: Trump fears drop stocks by more than 373 points" USA Today 3:57 PM
  • "Trump-Comey Turmoil Socks Wall Street, Stocks See Worst Day in Eight Months" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Washington Tumult Jolts Stocks, Sends Dollar Lower: The ICE U.S. Dollar Index, a closely watched measure of the dollar's value, is set to erase its postelection gains" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly down as dollar continues to fall: Yen jumps, weighing on Nikkei; banks pull down Australian index" MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "European stocks drop as Trump worries rattle markets: Euro rises above $1.11 for first time in six months" MarketWatch 7:52 AM

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