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Wednesday Highlights: Ming-Chi Kuo's latest Apple prognostications: Apple Cars between 2023-2025, and Augmented Reality glasses in 2020, both will vault company to $2 trillion valuation; and what else could Apple reinvent? How about the dollar?; Adobe's latest patch update tackles code execution vulnerability; a spare Mac can help you connect your TV, audio receiver to your HomePod; MacMost argues there are better solutions for backing up your Mac than cloning it; iConic iMac turns 20—more in our General Interest, and Op/Ed sections; Apple signs up actors for sci-fi series to debut on Apple TV; T-Mobile aims to upend customer service industry; Verizon to offer free TV as enticer for 5G service; Google's DeepMind able to analyze eye scans and in seconds, detect diseases; CNET compares cameras of iPhone X, Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and Huawei P20 Pro.

  • "Apple Is Working on a Dedicated Chip to Power AI on Devices" ["The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence — such as facial recognition and speech recognition, said the person, who requested anonymity discussing a product that hasn't been made public. Apple declined to comment."]  Bloomberg 3:38 PM
  • "Apple Is Following Google Into Making A Custom AI Chip" Forbes 9:00 PM
  • "Report: Apple Developing a Chip Dedicated to AI" PC Magazine 9:04 PM
  • "Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal: Apple is trying to kill off an attempt by Smartflash to reverse a patent panel's ruling and thereby force Cupertino to hand it $533m in a Federal Circuit dispute."  The Register 7:02 AM
  • "Qualcomm pursuing Apple manufacturers over royalty row" DigiTimes 6:46 AM
  • "Apple's MacBooks: Still the most reliable/It's popular to decry the 'Apple tax' - the mythical premium Apple customers pay for Macs. But few look at the other side of the coins: what you get for your money. In Apple's case: the best reliability and tech support."  ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "Macs are most reliable and have best tech support, Consumer Reports survey says" CNBC 11:57 AM
  • "Why Apple's App Store is good business for your enterprise" Computerworld 7:25 AM
  • "Study: Fitness Trackers Suck at Measuring Calories Burned/Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine studied seven popular fitness trackers and discovered none of them could accurately measure energy expenditure."  PC Magazine 10:45 AM
  • "How to fix a Mac that won't turn on" Macworld UK 7:02 AM
  • "Fill your Mac's menu bar with USEFUL info!" Mac Kung Fu 6:57 AM
  • "Massively speed-up your Mac's public VPN" Mac Kung Fu 10:36 AM
  • "4 Useful Things You Can Do With the Touch Bar" Envato Tuts+ 6:57 AM
  • "How to learn Swift 3: Need to learn Apple's Swift development language? Help is at hand with these handy online resources, including free & paid courses." Macworld UK 7:02 AM
  • "Convert Managed Final Cut Pro X Libraries to External Media Libraries With A Free FCPX Migration Utility App" 6:52 AM
  • "Can Windows be used with Apple's two-factor authentication?" Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "Three Ways To Type Accent Marks on Your Mac" MacMost 10:21 AM
  • "How to automatically select the best email account in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 6:50 AM
  • "How To Make Your Mac More Secure" NoodleMac 8:23 AM
  • "Alternative Password Managers" TeraTalks 8:26 AM
  • "macOS 10.13 Wishlist: Features MacRumors Readers Hope to See in the Next Version of macOS" MacRumors 3:59 PM
  • "Thinking About Shared iCloud Photo Libraries" 512 Pixels 11:09 AM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Updates AutoCAD for Mac—Touch Bar Support" Architosh 8:04 AM
  • "Feral Updates 'Sid Meier's Railroads!' for macOS Compatibility" MacRumors 6:56 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X Updated to 10.3.4" 6:52 AM
  • "Apple updates Final Cut Pro & iMovie for Mac w/ bug fixes & performance improvements" 9to5Mac 6:42 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8' launch post-Sept. 17" AppleInsider 8:30 AM
  • "Galaxy S8 fails to beat two-year-old iPhone 6s in speed and memory management comparison test: Galaxy S8 loses out to iPhone 6s in speed and memory performance test, despite the former featuring the latest hardware."  International Business Times 7:03 AM
  • "IPads 'help improve young pupils' skills': Young children's maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis." BBC 6:38 AM
  • "Apple may aid investigation into deadly 2016 EgyptAir crash" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "France investigates whether Apple iPhone, iPad caused EgyptAir crash" Business Insider 3:39 PM
  • "Apple prepares to open its first Singapore store on Orchard Road: US tech group's much-anticipated new outlet also its first in Southeast Asia" Nikkei 7:02 AM
  • "Patent troll Uniloc sues Apple over AirPlay, autodialing, battery technology" AppleInsider 8:57 PM
  • "Creator of SecurID sues Apple, Visa over digital payment patents: A company that couldn't strike a deal with Visa now seeks patent royalties." Ars Technica 10:42 AM
  • "The Full Universal Secure Registry Lawsuit against Apple and Visa over the Apple Pay System is now Revealed" Patently Apple 10:36 AM
  • "Apple co-founder taking a wait-and-see approach to iPhone 8 speculation" BNN 9:05 PM
  • "Sir Jony Ive lauds importance of tech immigration" IT PRO 7:04 AM
  • "Manchester attack: Mobile phone 'saved woman's life'" BBC 6:41 AM
  • "Apple designer Marc Newson sells $12K hourglass as Swiss watchmaker does analog Apple Watch clone" AppleInsider 10:42 AM
  • "Watch artist create this week's New Yorker cover on an iPad Pro" 9to5Mac 10:42 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple worth more than Microsoft for first time" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Bluetooth 5 is here, but few accessories will support it before 2018" The Verge 3:39 PM
  • "Google AlphaGo AI took on 5 champion Go players at once and still won" TechRepublic 2:46 PM
  • "Tidal loses third CEO in two years: Jay Z's music service has lost another CEO, Jefferey Toig." CNET 1:23 PM
  • "A researcher just proved that vape pens are a digital security threat" Mashable 11:09 AM
  • "Russian 'Fancy Bear' Hackers Tainted Their Huge Leaks With Fake Data" Forbes 10:25 AM
  • "Net neutrality: 'Dead people' signing FCC consultation" BBC 10:24 AM
  • "The impossible dream: perfecting smartphone battery life" TechRadar UK 7:02 AM
  • "Even More Rants - The TouchArcade Show #308" Touch Arcade 8:56 PM
  • "Apple Watch Tops Heart Rate Monitor Study, Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-26" The Mac Observer 12:40 PM
  • "Canvas, Episode 36: Wishes for iOS 11" MacStories 10:45 AM
  • "Editors' commentary of this week at The Verge" The Verge 10:38 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro Radio Episode 40" FCPRadio 10:22 AM
  • "We talk iPhone's 8 big price hike and our favorite HomeKit smart lights on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8' rumors, iPad Pro 2, Thunderbolt 3, and HomeKit newcomers" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.2 Update Reportedly Causing Severe Battery Drain for Some iPhone Users"  Gadget 360 11:09 AM
  • "New iPhone to come without home button, says paper"  DigiTimes 6:39 AM
  • "TSMC Sources Claim 'iPhone 8' Will Have Touch ID Integrated into Display" MacRumors 6:40 AM
  • "Report: iPhone 8 to feature Touch ID directly on the OLED screen with optical fingerprint sensor" 9to5Mac 6:40 AM
  • "TSMC source alleges 'iPhone 8' Touch ID embedded in display, wider screen ratio" AppleInsider 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Case Shows Size Comparison Between iPhone 7 and 7 Plus" iDrop News 8:58 PM
  • "Siri Bug Allows Cellular Data to be Disabled From Lock Screen Without a Passcode" MacRumors 8:56 PM
  • "How to fix a wet or water-damaged iPhone (or iPad)" Macworld UK 7:02 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM

  • "Apple AirPods vs BeatsX: Two smart sets of earphones battle it out" Expert Reviews 7:05 AM
  • "New three-monitor (4K + 5K + 4K) setup for my 2014 Mac Pro" Betalogue 9:01 PM
  • "Rat Rod Your iMac with an eGPU? Or Sell It And Build A Hackintosh?" Bare Feats 1:26 PM
  • "The 5 Best PC Motherboards for Creating a Hackintosh" The Mac Observer 3:00 PM
  • "How to use 3D Touch in Maps to see the weather anywhere" Cult of Mac 9:01 PM
  • "How to drag-and-drop content between Readdle's iPad apps" Cult of Mac 4:03 PM
  • "How to Update AirPods Firmware" OS X Daily 2:46 PM
  • "How to make your jailbroken iPhone feel more like a Windows phone — and why you'd want to" iMore 10:43 AM
  • "How to Speed up iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with These 6 Tips" iPhone Hacks 8:40 PM
  • "Tips for working out with Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11:09 AM
  • "8 Useful Apple Maps For iOS Tips" Apple Must 10:47 AM
  • "Apple developing dedicated AI chip for future devices" iDownload Blog 8:59 PM
  • "New 'Apple Neural Engine' chip could help with facial and speech recognition on iPhones" Mashable 8:58 PM
  • "Two years in, what has Apple ResearchKit accomplished?" Stat 8:57 PM
  • "Is it time for Apple to say goodbye to Jony Ive? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 8:56 PM
  • "Apple Could Own Device-Centric AI with Custom Chip" The Mac Observer 8:40 PM
  • "The Touchbar MacBook Pro is a Disposable Embarrassment" The Mac Observer 3:24 PM
  • "Apple's Huge Mac Advantage Confirmed by Consumer Reports" Apple Must 11:19 AM
  • "Apple is proud to share its work on accessibility, and so should everyone else" iMore 11:09 AM
  • "Ask a Fool: Why Doesn't Apple Do Something With Its $256.8 Billion in Cash?" The Motley Fool 10:39 AM
  • "Apple's vacation blackout days for retail staff telegraph iPhone 8 release date" MacDailyNews 10:21 AM
  • "The Day Everything Lives In iCloud" Mac360 8:32 AM
  • "Is Google waiting for Apple to Popularize Mobile AR?" Tech.pinions 6:56 AM
  • "Andy Rubin's mysterious new Android phone will do something your iPhone can't" BGR 6:54 AM
  • "Apple reveals belief in reincarnation/Commentary: Are they strange at Apple? Depends on your perspective on the company's latest ad." CNET 6:53 AM
  • "Home is where the HomeKit wants to be: HomeKit has improved since its introduction three years ago, but it's struggling to find a place in most homes. What can Apple do to make HomeKit a part of your home?" Macworld 6:40 AM
  • "Apple's iOS Setting app needs a major UI overhaul: As iOS evolves, it gets more complicated. That means we need a better way to customize and adjust iOS settings."  Macworld 6:36 AM
  • "No, The Computer Is Not Disappearing" Mac360 8:03 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg Should Really Listen to His Own Harvard Commencement Speech" Wired 6:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft brings its new game streaming platform to iOS" Cult of Mac 11:58 AM
  • "Adam Curry's Podcaster Pro Aims to be All-in-One Podcasting Solution" The Mac Observer 10:22 AM
  • "Apple Events App for Apple TV Receives Update Ahead of June 5 WWDC Keynote Live Stream" MacTrast 8:03 AM
  • "Excellent note-taking app Bear receives sketching feature in latest update" phoneArena 7:02 AM
  • "Shopify Launches Ecommerce Channel for Gaming Companies, Integrates with Apple" Investopedia 7:01 AM
  • "New Mobile App Will Help Kids Find Free Summer Meals" PRNewswire 6:58 AM
  • "Build Collaborative Playlists in Apple Music with AM Collaborate" prMac 6:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "On this day 22 years ago, Bill Gates wrote his legendary 'Internet Tidal Wave' memo" Fast Company 12:49 PM
  • "Build 2017: Microsoft wants to avoid 1984" BetaNews 7:52 AM
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update: Microsoft's latest update fixes a load of bugs" ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet Gets Its May 2017 Firmware Update - Download Now" Softpedia 9:10 AM
  • "Microsoft and IBM among leading businesses headlining Newcastle Innovation Festival" B Daily 8:59 AM
  • "Check out the evolution of mobile apps from IBM Simon to Snapchat" phoneArena 9:02 AM
  • "Signal of change / IBM delivers blockchain carbon management" The Futures Centre 9:01 AM
  • "HP Elite x3 with Windows 10 Mobile looking good with all-silver back" Windows Central 12:48 PM
  • "HP hits its stride: How PCs and printing have stabilized, rebounded" ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "New Dell UP2718Q Monitor offers 4K and HDR10" Guru3D 8:55 AM
  • "More Intel Gemini Lake chip details leaked (Apollo Lake successor)" Liliputing 8:54 AM
  • "First Intel X299 Skylake-X Motherboards Pictured" Forbes 3:45 PM
  • "Lenovo's Legion Gets Bigger with Y920: 17-inch G-SYNC, Core i7-K, GTX 1070, TB3" AnandTech 8:54 AM
  • "Intel's Lynn Comp on Building a Network Community" Light Reading 8:54 AM
  • "Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock to clean up desks next month" SlashGear 8:54 AM
  • "Thunderbolt 3 goes royalty-free as Intel bids to persuade more OEMs to adopt its connectivity standard" V3 8:53 AM
  • "Intel Dominates the Enterprise SSD Market" CDR Info 8:53 AM
  • "Intel Movidius Myriad 2 VPU enables DJI Spark Drone" DigiTimes 8:53 AM
  • "AMD's new AM4 motherboard software cures Ryzen's memory headaches" PCWorld Australia 8:18 AM
  • "AMD's AGESA v1.0.0.6 for overclocked RAM discussed" Hexus 8:17 AM
  • "AMD Announces Ryzen AGESA Update: Enables Memory Clocks Up To DDR4-4000" AnandTech 8:17 AM
  • "AMD's AGESA adds Ryzen RAM tweaks, PCIe virtualisation" bit-tech 8:17 AM
  • "Review: AMD Ryzen 5 1400 and Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm)" Hexus 8:17 AM
  • "Aragon - Pharos - Promethean - AMD Registers new Names and trademarks" Guru3D 8:17 AM
  • "AMD Talks AGESA v1.0.0.6 and DRAM" Guru3D 8:16 AM
  • "Oracle rapid analyser boasts speed and accuracy in determining fat content" Process Engineering 8:13 AM
  • "Cisco to roll out new IoT Operations Platform; announces alliance with Microsoft" TelecomTV 8:11 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Notoriously bearish Apple analyst predicts doom because of 'iPhone 8' production delays" AppleInsider 10:32 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq book narrow records ahead of Memorial Day weekend: Latest reading of first-quarter GDP raised" MarketWatch 4:04 PM
  • "Wall Street moves past latest Dow 'panic attack'" USA Today 12:16 PM
  • "Wall St. drifts before long weekend, but consumer stocks up" Reuters 4:04 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise, Buoyed by Consumer-Discretionary Sector: Oil falls, weighing on commodity-sensitive companies, after OPEC extends output cuts by less than some investors had hoped" [Paid Membership Required] 4:04 PM
  • "Nikkei slips below 20,000, Aussie stocks also fall on weak oil prices: Australian and Japanese stocks again lagged behind other Asian equities on Friday, with oil's sharp overnight pullback putting pressure on those equities." MarketWatch 7:00 AM
  • "European stocks close lower as oil, auto shares pull back: European stocks finished lower Friday, leaving the regional benchmark with a tiny weekly loss, with oil and gas shares pushed down on disappointment stemming from OPEC's agreement to extend production cuts." MarketWatch 12:52 PM

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