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Weekend Highlights: Analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks Netflix pulling out of App Store transaction fees is but the first shoe to drop as others will follow suit—meaning Apple's services segment is facing headwinds; research at Zacks suggests diversification of Apple's operations in China will help iPhone struggles; Apple among companies facing complaint in Austria for failure to comply with EU's GDPR; Apple management no longer supports Nvidia in macOS?; Jonny Evans breaks down the industry-wide smartphone slowdown; Foxconn cuts 50,000 jobs in China; data broker, Acxiom, supports Tim Cook's privacy regulation call; facial recognition now being used on birds; Apple to revive iPod touch and iPad mini?

  • "iPhone X Was Supposed to Start an OLED Boom. It's Not Working Out: A bright future lies ahead for OLED. When that starts, and how long it lasts, is less clear."  Bloomberg 12:23 PM
  • "Global Wearables Market Grows 7.7% in 4Q17 and 10.3% in 2017 as Apple Seizes the Leader Position, Says IDC"  IDC 8:36 AM
  • "Global Wearables Market Grows 7.7% in 4Q17 and 10.3% in 2017 as Apple Seizes the Leader Position, Says IDC" Business Wire 7:39 AM
  • "Apple: The Watch Gave It the Lead in Wearables for 2017" Barron's 8:37 AM
  • "Determining The Average Apple Device Lifespan"  asymco 8:56 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Going Bigger on Bigger iPhone Screens" Bloomberg 8:20 AM
  • "AirPods: How to improve Apple's wireless earbuds/How do you improve a product that's got so little to prove?" Macworld 7:51 AM
  • "Should you upgrade your Fusion Drive iMac to macOS High Sierra? Users are concerned with Apple new APFS format." Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "How to Rip a CD with iTunes & Import MP3s on Mac & Windows" OS X Daily 4:45 PM
  • "How to personalize your macOS desktop by replacing file and folder icons with other images" AppleInsider 10:59 AM
  • "How to easily change the color of individual folders in macOS [Video] 9to5Mac 4:43 PM
  • "How to track flights in the Mac's Notification Center" Cult of Mac 4:45 PM
  • "How to make archived backups of iCloud Drive files" iMore 7:53 AM
  • "How to Update macOS Using a Simple Terminal Command" MacRumors 7:50 AM
  • "The End of the Nicecast Era: Today, our internet radio tool Nicecast is being retired from active development. Nicecast is no longer available for purchase, and we do not plan any further updates. Nicecast will be supported on MacOS 10.10 through 10.13 until the end of 2018, after which it will be fully deprecated." Rogue Amoeba 12:18 PM
  • "Wreck-It Ralph and the Mac" The Loop 9:09 AM
Press Releases
  • "Stream Xbox One games to your Mac with OneCast" AppleInsider 7:36 PM
  • "Logic Pro X 10.4.1 maintenance update fixes zoom key behavior, processor usage bug, other issues" AppleInsider 1:31 PM
  • "Logic Pro X Updated With Several Important Bug Fixes" MacRumors 12:44 PM
  • "Photo Mechanic is a pro photo browser with auto ingest" Apple World Today 7:42 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Testifies Before Canadian Parliamentary Committee to Explain iPhone Battery Controversy" iPhone Hacks 6:00 PM
  • "Apple Testifies on iPhone Throttling Before Canadian Parliamentary Committee" MacRumors 6:03 PM
  • "Apple explains iPhone battery throttling to Canadian parliament, says not planned obsolescence" AppleInsider 7:36 PM
  • "Apple testifies before Canada Parliamentary Committee on iPhone slowdown controversy" 9to5Mac 9:23 PM
  • "Best Buy to shutter mobile phone stores as customers flock to wireless carriers, Apple stores" AppleInsider 7:51 AM
  • "Spotify claims twice as many paid subscribers as Apple Music in its IPO filing" iDownload Blog 9:09 AM
  • "Moby Claims He Gave Apple the Idea for the iPod and iPhone: A new interview in 'The Guardian' has the electronica icon saying that he pushed Apple to make a music player and predicted that they'd put a camera on it one day." Vice 11:00 AM
  • "Sarcastic t-shirts urge Apple to 'Think Different (again)'Cult of Mac 11:21 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Equifax discovers another 2.4 million customers hit by data breach: Newly identified victims had their names and partial driver's license information stolen" Reuters 5:56 PM
  • "YouTube Terminates Account of InfoWars Bureau Chief" Gizmodo 5:47 PM
  • "Sprint's Cool With This Whole Paid Prioritization Thing" DSL Reports 12:55 PM
  • "Dropbox Announces Forthcoming Integration with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides" MacStories 12:27 PM
  • "Dropbox will soon work with Google Docs and Gmail" Engadget 11:14 AM
  • "Dropbox to add native G Suite integration in new partnership with Google" TechCrunch 11:13 AM
  • "Judge bars student from violent games after alleged shooting threat" Ars Technica 10:24 AM
  • "Forget that fragile phone. Rugged alternatives await: This small but mighty phone niche is growing and offers a real alternative if the delicate flagships on the market aren't doing it for you." CNET 8:29 AM
  • "AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon reveal plan for new phone-number based app authentication" AppleInsider 8:16 AM
  • "Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths" BBC 7:45 AM
  • "038: Apple Watch market share, ClassKit and Classwork app, Apple Pay deals Daily" 9to5Mac 4:43 PM
  • "Daniel Jalkut Discusses MarsEdit 4, and 'Sweating The Details' of Software Development" MacVoices 4:40 PM
  • "162: AirPods 2, Apple's Beats Studio3 competitor, iPhone X Plus rumors Happy Hour" 9to5Mac 2:03 PM
  • "How to Spot Apple Phishing Scams, When to Buy a New Apple Watch -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-01" The Mac Observer 12:38 PM
  • "2.5 Geeks 3/1/18: GTX 1070 Ti Shootout, Next-Gen NVIDIA GPUs, Galaxy S9, Matebook X Pro, And More!" HotHardware 11:04 AM
  • "176: Have You Tried Defragging?" The Rebound 10:19 AM
  • "Why Shapr3D Changes the iPad Pro Story From Toy to Tool" Architosh 9:24 AM
  • "The iPhone X Camera Is The Best Among All Smartphones, Says Consumer Reports" Tech Times 8:39 AM
  • "DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S9 Beats iPhone X With 'Best Performing Smartphone Display'" MacRumors 7:51 AM
  • "Samsung vs Apple: Galaxy S9 screen beats iPhone X's, new display tests say/Samsung Galaxy S9's display is better than 4K Ultra HDTV and snatches iPhone X's crown in screen benchmark." ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Last year's iPhones are destroying Samsung's new Galaxy flagship smartphone in benchmark tests" Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "Galaxy S9 beats iPhone X with best performing smartphone display" iDownload Blog 8:16 AM
  • "Galaxy S9 OLED Display Technology Shoot-Out" DisplayMate 7:47 AM
  • "New screenshots show preferences screen for Apple's upcoming ClassKit framework" 9to5Mac 9:17 AM
  • "Apple Details Swift 4.2 Release Process" iClarified 11:14 AM
  • "Apple Stops Signing iOS 11.2.5, Downgrades and Restores No Longer Possible" iClarified 11:13 AM
  • "Religious Holidays Mysteriously Reappear in iOS Calendar Amid Controversy" iDrop News 4:45 PM
  • "Future Apple AirPods may be equipped with biometric sensors" Apple World Today 8:40 AM
  • "Apple Files for new Figurative Trademark for 'Apple Park' in the U.S." Patently Apple 9:25 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM

  • "iMac Pro review: Beauty of a beast/For the last few weeks, I've been testing the worst iMac Pro you can buy — $4999 eight-core, 1 terabyte version of Apple's iMac Pro. And here's how it went." iMore 7:53 AM
  • "How does HomePod stack up against Sonos with Alexa? We compare the two smart speakers in this episode of Versus" The Verge 8:29 AM
  • "Mujjo's leather iPhone X cases are tough to beat: Looking for a high-quality leather case to protect your iPhone X? Read this." ZDNet 1:31 PM
  • "Google Clips uses AI to snap pictures of your kids and pets — sort of" David Pogue 11:02 AM
  • "Review: Plussound Exo Bluetooth Cable" iLounge 1:47 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: THX For Your HDTV" YMP Now 6:25 PM
  • "Things Automation: Building a 'Natural Language' Parser in Workflow" MacStories 9:46 AM
  • "Here's How to Track Snowboard, Ski, and Snowshoe Activity on Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 10:08 AM
  • "How to jailbreak with Electra for iOS 11.0-11.1.2" iDownload Blog 9:18 AM
  • "How I created HomeKit smart light solutions for my fish tanks" iDownload Blog 8:39 AM
  • "How To Fix Freezing Cydia Electra iOS 11 Jailbreak Issue" Redmond Pie 8:28 AM
  • "How to update your HomePod: The HomePod should keep itself up to date, but you can force a software update if you want to." Macworld 7:51 AM
  • "Torn between the iPhone X and Galaxy S9? Here's how to choose: We break down the most important features you should consider when comparing the S9 to the iPhone X." CNET 7:46 AM
  • "ProTip: Don't Break the HomePod" Mashable 12:58 PM
  • "2 Out of 3 Apple Devices Ever Sold Are Still in Use" The Mac Observer 4:41 PM
  • "iPhone X Plus Concept Visualizes 6.5-inch Display, Dual SIM Card Tray, Gold Color [Video] iClarified 1:31 PM
  • "Here's how Apple could overhaul 'macOS 11" w/ a redesign, universal apps, and more [Gallery] 9to5Mac 1:31 PM
  • "Opinion: How you will access Apple products in future" Apple Must 12:52 PM
  • "iPhone X Plus concept imagines gorgeous gold and dual SIM next to today's flagship [Video] 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
  • "China vs. Apple and iCloud" iMore 10:19 AM
  • "Apple March 2018 Event Rumors: iPads, SEs, AirPower, and more!" iMore 9:47 AM
  • "MWC18: Where will Apple get 5G iPhone chips from?" Computerworld 9:40 AM
  • "Apple's phishing alert: Too little too late" Apple 3.0 8:50 AM
  • "Why can't Siri answer flight status questions?" The Loop 8:29 AM
  • "I got my iPhone's battery replaced, and I'm angry Apple didn't tell me to sooner: Blame me for not asking, but Apple should be more upfront about how repairs can save old iPhones" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Notches Another Victory (Premium)" Thurrott 8:56 AM
  • "Android devices should skip the iPhone X notch, not embrace it"  The Next Web 8:09 AM
  • "Delayed disgratification: The iPhone X could always have done better" Macworld 7:51 AM
  • "The Panic Room Report: Danger, Danger, People Love their iPhones" The Tech Night Owl 7:46 AM
  • "Why Are There Few Women In Tech? Watch A Recruiting Session" Wired 7:45 AM
  • "The Limits Of Explainability: Academics, economists, and AI researchers often undervalue the role of intuition in science. Here's why they're wrong." Wired 7:45 AM
  • "Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse" The Register 7:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Audioengine Made Its A5+ Speakers Wireless, with Built-in Bluetooth and DAC" The Mac Observer 6:11 PM
  • "Unleash Your Inner Hero With These 4 iOS RPG Games" The Mac Observer 1:29 PM
  • "Turn your iPad or iPod Touch into a dual-SIM mobile phone" ZDNet 12:19 PM
  • "First 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' iOS gameplay revealed [Video] 9to5Mac 10:24 AM
  • "Apple holds recruitment event in Paris store to mark International Women's Day" AppleInsider 12:19 PM
  • "Apple celebrating International Women's Day 2018 with recruiting event, special Today at Apple sessions" 9to5Mac 9:45 AM
  • "Otter app transcribes any verbal conversation into searchable text" Mashable 9:45 AM
  • "8Ball Games releases Black Holes 2.0 for iOS and Android" prMac 9:57 AM
  • "Investtech simplifies technical stock analysis for smartphones" prMac 9:28 AM
  • "Apple Pay promo lets you save $5 at the movies with Fandango" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Supreme Court Skeptical of Microsoft's Irish E-Mail Privacy Claims: Justices are considering whether a law passed prior to the Web and cloud computing allows companies to hide data stored abroad" Scientific American 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft announces new updates to protect against Spectre and Meltdown attacks" ZDNet 12:51 PM
  • "Microsoft releases Intel's Spectre and Meltdown microcode via Update Catalog" Neowin 1:02 PM
  • "Intel's latest set of Spectre microcode fixes is coming to a Windows update: Windows users will no longer be beholden to their motherboard makers." Ars Technica 1:02 PM
  • "Microsoft advances several of its hosted artificial intelligence algorithms" TechCrunch 1:02 PM
  • "Microsoft signs its first renewable energy deal in Asia with Singaporean solar firm Sunseap" TechCrunch 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft Teams closes in on Slack by adding guest accounts: You'll be able to invite collaborators even if they don't have an Azure Active Directory account." Engadget 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V: And loads up the migration cannon to aim at VMware" The Register 7:48 AM
  • "Surface Laptop Update Improves Battery Reliability" Thurrott 8:29 AM
  • "Outlook Boss Moves to Cortana" Thurrott 10:31 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Cortana VP wants trust as a differentiator for the digital assistant" OnMSFT 8:44 PM
  • "Unofficial Windows 10 Telegram client Unigram X leaves beta: After months of testing, Unigram X for Windows 10 is now out of beta." Windows Central 12:51 PM
  • "Intel Hades Canyon NUC Rocking An 8th Gen Core i7-8809G CPU and Radeon RX Vega M GPU With 1536 Cores Benchmarked in Compute and Gaming Tests" WCCFTech 7:32 AM
  • "After Split with Micron, Intel Finds a New 3D-NAND Flash Partner" eWeek 5:38 PM
  • "Intel Eyes China Partnerships As Flash Memory Pact With Micron Ends" CDR Info 7:33 AM
  • "Intel updates Spectre fixes for Haswell and Broadwell" Hexus 7:33 AM
  • "Spectre haunts Intel's SGX defense: CPU flaws can be exploited to snoop on enclaves/And no, you're not supposed to be able to do that" The Register 7:34 AM
  • "Amazon Could Threaten Intel and NVIDIA in AI Chips: Will Intel and NVIDIA get booted from AWS data centers?" The Motley Fool 7:35 AM
  • "AMD unveils 'world's first' hardware-based virtualised GPU tech, MxGPU: AMD's multi-user GPU available now for Citrix XenServer 7.4" V3 8:31 AM
  • "Report: AMD's CPU Market Share Steadily Climbing" ExtremeTech 8:31 AM
  • "AMD Increased GPU Market Share in Q4" Hard OCP 8:31 AM
  • "HP Inc. (HPQ)FORM 10-Q | Quarterly Report" Seeking Alpha 4:43 PM
  • "With Dell Merger Speculation Swirling, VMware Reports 14% Sales Growth" Bloomberg 9:16 PM
  • "VMware beats Wall Street expectations as reverse merger with Dell Technologies looms" GeekWire 7:00 PM
  • "IBM's cloud faces a test on Thursday: Turning something off without turning users off too/Last time Big Blue tried to bin TLS 1.0 and 1.1 it turned them back on two days later" The Register 7:48 AM
  • "IBM Ships Robotic Head to the International Space Station" ExtremeTech 1:02 PM
  • "Desktop PC shipments dip below 100m/year: And there's worse to come between now and 2022 for all client devices bar typoslabs" The Register 7:49 AM
  • "Desktop PC sales slumped in 2017 as the death rattle sounds once again: The end could be nigh, according to IDC" The Inquirer 9:54 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple and BMW put charge into Chinese cobalt stocks: Dash for supplies has tripled the battery material's price in two years" Nikkei 8:39 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow Dives 420 Points After Trump Says U.S. to Impose Steel Tariffs: Stocks finish lower on Thursday." TheStreet 5:35 PM
  • "Dow sheds as much as 586 points as Trump says steel and aluminum tariffs coming next week" Associated Press 5:36 PM
  • "SEC Launches Cryptocurrency Probe" Reuters 5:36 PM
  • "What Happened in the Stock Market Today" Motley Fool 5:37 PM
  • "Good Trump, Bad Trump: S&P 500, Dow Jones Rallied On Trump Tax Cuts, But Here Come Trump Tariffs" Investor's Business Daily 5:37 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tumble After Trump Announces New Import Tariffs: Dow industrials drop more than 400 points and erase their gains for the year" [Paid Membership Required] 5:37 PM
  • "Asian markets fall flat to start March" MarketWatch 7:57 AM
  • "FTSE 100 falls, sets up for 3rd day of losses as focus returns to Fed's Powell" MarketWatch 7:57 AM

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