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Weekend Highlights: Dan Moren reads the tea leaves from WWDC sees "shape of a few of Apple's plans to come"; Cult of Mac explores Apple's ability to trick "our brains into accepting high prices"; $1 trillion back in Apple's sights with trade deal according to analyst; Tim Cook met with President Trump this week discussing trade, immigration; Adobe shows prototype AI tool that can spot Photoshopped faces; CryptoKit presages iPhone as crypto wallet?; Counterpoint's examination of global true wireless hearables market finds Apple's growth level from last quarter; Apple Maps look-around smoother than Google's according to comparison; will USB-C finally come to iPhones this year?; Rene Ritchie has a go with iPad Pro running iPadOS; Dennis Sellers gets early look at Mutrics sunglasses/speaker combo; Dieter Bohns finally turns on iMessage.

  • "The Seven-Year Itch: How Apple's Marriage to Siri Turned Sour"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:40 AM
  • "Former Apple Employees Reflect on Siri's 'Squandered Lead' Over Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant" MacRumors 11:57 AM
  • "Apple's Siri history was plagued by infighting, mistakes and developer alienation, report says" AppleInsider 1:26 PM
  • "Report: How Apple squandered Siri's lead over Amazon and Google/A new report from The Information details the mistakes and mismanagement that caused Siri to stagnate as competitors raced ahead." Macworld 3:32 PM
  • "Shoppers are complaining that Apple Stores have become a 'hell on earth' like the DMV — and it's a growing crisis for the tech giant"  Business Insider 12:17 PM
  • "The Real Importance of Apple's Acquisition of Texture" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:58 AM
  • "Google, Apple face EU law on business practices" Reuters 3:52 PM
  • "France to sue Google, Apple over developer contracts: minister"  Reuters 6:22 AM
  • "France to Take Legal Action Against U.S. Tech Giants: France will take legal action against Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Apple Inc. for 'abusive commercial practices,' Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday, accusing them of taking advantage of French developers."  Bloomberg 6:41 AM
  • "France to sue Apple and Google for abusive practices" Associated Press 6:54 AM
  • "French finance minister accuses Google and Apple of 'abusive practices'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:42 AM
  • "Why has Apple's reputation taken a nose dive? The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient shows Apple falling from 5th to 29th place since last year. Why?"  ZDNet 6:46 AM
  • "The Key To The iPhone X's Future Lies In China"  Forbes 6:58 AM
  • "Apple is a services company, too, and Eddy Cue's vision is very different from Google's: The talk covered news, music, App Store curation standards, and TV programming." Ars Technica 6:32 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Capitol Hill" [Video Report] CNBC 6:38 AM
  • "Apple takes a stance on crypto-miners in apps: The tech titan pulled Calendar 2 but relisted the updated app without the miner." Engadget 10:17 AM
  • "iMessage: How to pick a reply address in iOS and macOS" Macworld 7:13 AM
  • "Taking Items Off the Mac's Menu: Q. The top menu bar of my Mac has become cluttered with these little icons that I rarely use and are more distracting than anything. Is there a way to turn them off?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:08 AM
  • "How to Set a Custom Lock Screen Message on Your Mac in Case It's Lost" MacRumors 3:33 PM
  • "Get Instant Command Line Access from Anywhere in Mac OS with iTerm2" OS X Daily 2:41 PM
  • "macOS: Turning Off Calendar and Contacts Suggestions" The Mac Observer 8:52 AM
  • "Apple Store Self-Checkout" MacMost 7:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "Turn your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock" Wakefy 8:26 AM
  • "'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' Coming to Mac This Spring" MacRumors 8:11 AM
  • "Scrub out that unwanted audio noise with SoundSoap 5.0 for macOS" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
  • "DEVONthink To Go 2.5 with new security features and more" DEVONtechnologies 6:21 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the growth of cheap new Androids"  AppleInsider 6:27 AM
  • "Apple rules the refurb market" Apple 3.0 6:33 AM
  • "Apple Hiring Warriors VP Gail Hunter Away From Team" Sports Business Daily [Subscription Required for Full Article] 6:37 AM
  • "Apple hired new events director from Eddy Cue's favorite NBA team" Cult of Mac 6:42 AM
  • "How an Apple II gave Professor Stephen Hawking his voice" Cult of Mac 9:08 AM
  • "Tim Cook tweets in memory of physicist Stephen Hawking (and gets name wrong)" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 adoption growing rapidly as usage of Series 0 declines" 9to5Mac 6:02 PM
  • "App developer statistics show increased Apple Watch Series 3 adoption, decline in older models" AppleInsider 7:23 PM
  • "The 20th Anniversary Mac, 21 Years Later" Low End Mac 8:38 AM
  • "More Human Than Human makes the state of AI look ironically grim: It's meant to be about the field's promise for the future, but it mostly suggests that future is far away" The Verge 3:32 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Walt Disney unveils shake up to focus on streaming services" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:16 PM
  • "Disney creates streaming video unit for digital future" Reuters 1:13 PM
  • "Google Invented a Cool New System for Mapping the World" Slate 12:16 PM
  • "AT&T/Time Warner merger will raise TV bills $436 million a year, US says: AT&T scoffs at 'insubstantial 45-cent monthly increase, all of 0.4% per bill.'" Ars Technica 8:46 AM
  • "'Hearables' could diagnose disease, if we let them" Engadget 8:35 AM
  • "YouTube announces crackdown on conspiracy theories" Axios 6:48 AM
  • "YouTube turns to Wikipedia to help debunk conspiracy theories" The Next Web 6:40 AM
  • "Spinner Madness, Apple's Best Products, and WWDC Tea Leaves -ACM 453" The Mac Observer 7:57 PM
  • "Josh Centers Takes Control of Apple Home Automation" MacVoices 2:17 PM
  • "Dave Hamilton On Location at SXSW 2018 -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-14" The Mac Observer 10:39 AM
  • "Why 'The Carousel Never Stops Turning': Tight turnarounds are not new in television, but in feature film production, being able to see a first cut within hours of the end of shooting is nothing but remarkable. Robin Moran explains how Final Cut Pro X gave filmmaker Ismail Basbeth and his team the speed and thus the 'creative room' to perfect his production." 6:39 AM
  • "Where Apple's reinvention of the keyboard may go next: Would Apple consider one day replacing the Mac's physical keyboard with a touchscreen?"  Macworld 6:26 AM
  • "Apple Promotes iMac Pro as 'Most Powerful Mac Ever' With Series of Short Films" MacRumors 3:05 PM
  • "Bluetooth 5 FAQ: Everything you need to know/More devices, longer range, faster speeds. What's not to like?" Macworld 6:26 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:23 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:23 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:23 AM

  • "Watch: iPhone X takes on Samsung's Galaxy S9+ in benchmarking bonanza" AppleInsider 6:26 PM
  • "Intel SSD DC P4510 NVMe PCIe Review: Blistering 3GB/s Transfers, With Low Latency" HotHardware 12:17 PM
  • "Review: Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless On-Ear Headphones" iLounge 1:11 PM
  • "Hands on: Elgato's Eve Button with Apple HomeKit" AppleInsider 10:21 AM
  • "The best sport trackers: Step your game up with the best sport trackers for every activity" Digital Trends 6:41 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Textor is the missing TextEdit for iOS" Cult of Mac 3:05 PM
  • "Overcast Adds Smart Resume, New Auto-Deletion Option, and Support for Password-Protected Podcasts" MacStories 10:22 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (48): The Photographer's Interpretation; and Philips' Hue in Thailand at Last" eXtensions 7:49 AM
  • "Accessibility: How to get visual flash alerts for calls on iPhone" 9to5Mac 6:41 PM
  • "How to Log Into Websites With Face ID on iPhone X" PC Magazine 1:13 PM
  • "How to use Split Screen on iPad" Cult of Mac 1:11 PM
  • "How to Enable YouTube's 'Dark Mode' on iOS" Lifehacker 8:35 AM
  • "How to add, remove and rearrange apps in your Apple Watch's Dock" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 is coming: Get your iPhone and iPad ready for the upgrade" ZDNet 1:10 PM
  • "Siri development reportedly mired in drama, incompetence, denial" SlashGear 9:42 PM
  • "Google has a new iPhone problem, and it's nothing to do with the iPhone X" BGR 7:00 PM
  • "Trump May Soon Drive Up the Price of Your Next iPad or iPhone" Architosh 12:37 PM
  • "Why did Apple's reputation quotient fall from grace? I have a theory. What's good for Apple investors..."  Apple 3.0 8:12 AM
  • "Break up with Apple: The Pixel 2 is the best iPhone upgrade/Commentary: If you're a 'lifelong' iPhone user you might be tempted to skip the iPhone X and get a Pixel 2. And that's OK."  CNET 7:04 AM
  • "Smart speakers will take over? Don't make me laugh" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:41 AM
  • "Why Hasn't Samsung Ditched the Headphone Jack Yet?" Daring Fireball 3:05 PM
  • "Why I Dumped Google for Bing: Google Maps is extremely popular, but I've taken a liking to Microsoft's Bing Maps." PC Magazine 8:11 AM
  • "How Blockchain Could End The Trade In Blood Diamonds - An Incredible Use Case Everyone Should Read" Forbes 6:58 AM
  • "A Hippocratic Oath for artificial intelligence practitioners" TechCrunch 6:29 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HeartMonitor Apple Watch app lets you continuously track heart rate without workouts" 9to5Mac 9:42 PM
  • "Apple Maps activates Transit directions in select areas of Arkansas" AppleInsider 9:32 PM
  • "Apple publishes new 'Families' webpage with parental control tips &¬†tricks" 9to5Mac 8:42 PM
  • "Overcast adds a smarter way to dive back into a podcast: Smart Resume will make sure you aren't lost when you hit 'play.'" Engadget 6:04 PM
  • "EA adds a new battle mode to four-year-old 'Plants vs Zombies 2'" Engadget 3:46 PM
  • "Griffin announces new USB-C Docking Station with enough power delivery for any MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 2:41 PM
  • "OWC ships Mercury Elite Pro Quad four-bay external drive with USB-C connectivity" AppleInsider 12:51 PM
  • "New Google Maps APIs Empowering Game Developers to Create Premium AR Experiences" MacStories 12:38 PM
  • "Apple Maps adds transit information covering Orlando, FL" AppleInsider 10:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows RDP flaw: 'Install Microsoft's patch, turn on your firewall'/Attackers can use a protocol bug in Windows RDP to steal session authentication and take over a network domain." ZDNet 8:32 AM
  • "Windows attack: Poisoned BitTorrent client set off huge Dofoil outbreak, says Microsoft/Attackers used a popular BitTorrent client to spread coin-mining malware to over 400,000 PCs in a matter of hours." ZDNet 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft fixes more Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Windows: Problematic antivirus compatibility checks have been blocked on Windows 10." Engadget 9:08 AM
  • "Microsoft reaches a historic milestone, using AI to match human performance in translating news from Chinese to English" Microsoft 12:00 PM
  • "Microsoft announces breakthrough in Chinese-to-English machine translation" TechCrunch 10:17 AM
  • "Microsoft Reaches Human Parity With Chinese to English News Translation" Thurrott 1:22 PM
  • "Microsoft plans to open its first Middle East data centers in 2019" CNBC 6:32 AM
  • "Microsoft announces its first cloud regions in the Middle East" TechCrunch 11:57 AM
  • "Microsoft will bring its cloud to Switzerland and the Middle East" VentureBeat 6:30 AM
  • "Microsoft to add new Azure regions in Germany, Switzerland, UAE" ZDNet 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's stunning new Xbox Live avatars will finally launch in April" BGR 6:27 PM
  • "IBM partners with Cloudflare to launch new security and DDoS protection features" TechCrunch 7:09 AM
  • "IBM launches bare metal Kubernetes" TechCrunch 7:09 AM
  • "'Dead weight' Dell would destroy VMware's value, says big investor: Jericho Capital says deal would benefit Dell alone, suggests VMware buy Red Hat instead" The Register 6:56 AM
  • "Not Seeing a Real Disaster Brewing With Intel" TheStreet 8:35 AM
  • "Linus Torvalds slams CTS Labs over AMD vulnerability report" ZDNet 9:31 PM
  • "Power outage reportedly disrupts Samsung NAND flash production" DigiTimes 6:48 AM
  • "More Human Than Human makes the state of AI look ironically grim: It's meant to be about the field's promise for the future, but it mostly suggests that future is far away" The Verge 3:32 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple closing in on $1 trillion market cap" CNBC Videos 10:21 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow close lower for third session on rising fears of trade war" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Drops 248 Points Amid Fears of a Global Trade War: Stocks finished lower on Wednesday as investors debated the prospects of a global trade war." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Dow declines by triple digits on trade war concerns" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall on Renewed Trade Worries: Selloff follows signals that fewer products would be excluded from tariffs and talk from Europe about trade retaliation" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian stocks pull back, led by banking and tech shares: Nikkei breaks 4-session winning streak" MarketWatch 8:36 AM
  • "European stocks flip up as Draghi talks about keeping up bond buying: Adidas shares in rally mode after results" MarketWatch 8:36 AM

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