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Friday 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?

  • "How Apple, Amazon and Others Are Trying to Gain on Spotify: A look at the competition for music streaming" [Paid Membership Required] 6:53 AM
  • "How Spotify for Apple Watch is more important than just music on your wrist" TechRadar UK 6:54 AM
  • "Report: Apple ramping up Siri improvement efforts as hiring hits new all-time high"  9to5Mac 10:20 AM
  • "Why Apple's new iPad is a better option for schools than a Chromebook tablet: Privacy matters."  Macworld 3/30
  • "Apple's iPad event took me back to school. What a field trip! Apple went to unusual lengths to make its point that iPads should be playing a bigger role in the classroom."  CNET 3/30
  • "Teachers weigh in on Apple's push for more iPads in school: Are iPads better than laptops? The answer depends on who you ask" The Verge 3/30
  • "Why Apple and Microsoft Are Healthier Than Facebook: Tech's old-timers have business models based on selling things customers want to buy. That's especially useful now."  Bloomberg 3/30
  • "Why Apple uses privacy as a sales pitch: Facebook keeps apologizing for privacy. Apple uses privacy as a selling point." CNNMoney 3/30
  • "Apple Revamps Privacy Controls to Comply With New European Law" [Video Report] Bloomberg 3/30
  • "Apple slapped with $12 million lawsuit for battery scandal in South Korea: 63,767 South Korean consumers have filed a class action lawsuit demanding 12.7 billion won ($US11.9 million) against Apple for batterygate." ZDNet 3/30
  • "Apple's macOS 10.13.4 is here with full external GPU support: The update also adds new privacy features and support for Business Chat." Ars Technica 6:43 AM
  • "New Apple ID Website To Let Users Download All Their Data, Permanently Delete Accounts" Redmond Pie 3/30
  • "Apple shares new developer tools that will help users delete, restrict, and export iCloud data" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "Mac Desktop Extension Software Duet Display Rendered Inoperable in macOS 10.13.4" MacRumors 3/30
  • "The latest macOS update brings support for external GPUs" Engadget 3/30
  • "Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 with eGPUs support, Business Chat in Messages, and more [changelog] iDownload Blog 3/30
  • "macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Update Brings External GPU Support, Business Chat in Messages, More" MacTrast 3/30
  • "MacOS finally gains external GPU support" TechCrunch 3/30
  • "State of eGPU: Apple introduces official eGPU support in macOS 10.13.4, internal display acceleration opt-in" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "Apple Releases Combo Updater for macOS High Sierra 10.13.4" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "Best Way to Run Windows on a Mac: Just because you're using a Mac, doesn't mean you're forced to use macOS all of the time. You can have your cake and eat it too!" iMore 3/30
  • "21 keyboard shortcuts Mac users need to know: This collection of keyboard shortcuts for macOS can users get the most from their iMacs, MacBook Pro and MacBook laptops." Computerworld 3/30
  • "How to make Time Capsule and networked drives appear for your Mac" Macworld 3/30
  • "How to save iPhone photos to an external drive using a Mac" Apple Must 3/30
  • "Here's How to Force Your Mac to Run Only in 64-bit Mode" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "How to Get Your Mac's Dock to Show Running Apps Only" MacRumors 3/30
  • "Sorting—or not—bookmarks in Safari in macOS 10.13.4" The Robservatory 3/30
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Resizing Mac Windows" MacMost 3/30
  • "Encryption passphrases are still left in logs: how Apple abuses its unified log" Eclectic Light Company 6:42 AM
Press Releases
  • "iRASPA: GPU-accelerated visualization software for materials scientists" Macs in Chemistry 3/30
  • "Substance Painter User-Interface—Updated With Help From Users" Architosh 3/30
  • "This Chrome extension silences tabs before they annoy you" The Next Web 3/30
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple teases 'late spring' launch of new Business Manager platform for enterprise users" 9to5Mac 11:10 AM
  • "Authorities in Australia used Apple Watch heart rate data to identify a murder suspect" BGR 6:43 AM
  • "Apple hiring for Siri engineers just spiked to its highest level ever"  Thinkum 3/30
  • "Apple is aggressively hiring Siri engineers after widespread criticisms" VentureBeat 3/30
  • "Judge Koh Rips Samsung Expert Before Apple Damages Trial" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3/30
  • "China busts smugglers using drones to transport smartphones: state media" ["The smugglers usually operated after midnight and only needed seconds to transport small bags holding more than 10 iPhones using the drones, the report quoted customs as saying."] Reuters 3/30
  • "China says gang used drones to smuggle smartphones worth $80 million" CNNMoney 3/30
Non-Apple News
  • "AI predicts your lifespan using activity tracking apps" Engadget 3/30
  • "Exclusive: Google employees organize to fight cyber bullying at work" Reuters 3/30
  • "Evidence is mounting that Amazon's HQ2 will land in 'the bullseye of America's internet'" Business Insider 3/30
  • "You can officially buy an Android Go phone in the US" Ars Technica 3/30
  • "Ajit Pai faces heat over proposal to take away poor people's broadband plans" Ars Technica 3/30
  • "AI-powered ambient computing is just getting started" VentureBeat 3/30
  • "Huawei says it's still committed to the U.S., in spite of, well, everything" TechCrunch 3/30
  • "Under Armour Admits Huge MyFitnessPal Data Hack" Forbes 3/30
  • "In-depth report on wireless radiation is bad news for 5G" BGR 3/30
  • "Q&A Tech designers should be licensed, says Silicon Valley designer Mike Monteiro" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "'Death from bullying cannot be the cost of doing business': US senator goes after Facebook and threatens regulation" Business Insider 3/30
  • "Facebook Employees in an Uproar Over Executive's Leaked Memo" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/30
  • "Zuckerberg Finds It's Not Easy to Tame Facebook's Growth Obsession" Wired 3/30
  • "Mark Zuckerberg disavows controversial Facebook memo" CNNMoney 3/30
  • "Leaked Facebook memo: 'so what if the social network's growth leads to terrorism and death?'" BetaNews 3/30
  • "Here are the internal Facebook posts of employees discussing today's leaked memo: 'I've always thought our 'open but punitive' stance was particularly vulnerable to suicide bombers.'" The Verge 3/30
  • "Everything that's going wrong for Facebook right now" MoneyWatch 3/30
  • "Facebook 'ugly truth' growth memo haunts firm: A Facebook executive's memo that claimed the 'ugly truth' was that anything it did to grow was justified has been made public, embarrassing the company." BBC 3/30
  • "Apple TV has replaced my cable box and I couldn't be happier" The MT Show 10:18 AM
  • "Train Jam and GDC Debrief - The TouchArcade Show #348" Touch Arcade 3/30
  • "This 1981 Interview Shows How Steve Jobs at 26 Was Way Cooler than Me (and Probably You)" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "iMore show 600: There is an 'iMore' in Team!" iMore 3/30
  • "Briefing -Five Reasons To Use Apple HomePod and Apple Music" MacVoices 3/30
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 166: Apple's EDU iPad event, Apple Watch redesign rumors, iOS 11.3 release" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "Apple Profile Downloads, Business Chat Explained -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-30" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "Let The Vergecast explain the new iPads, Microsoft's reorg, and GDPR" The Verge 3/30
  • "The new iPad excites us! It's true, and we'll tell you why on The CultCastCult of Mac 3/30
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks OS updates, interviews Yoav Degani of MyPermissions about Facebook, and discusses new iPads" AppleInsider 3/30
  • "Apple iPhone 5s doesn't receive the iOS 11.3 battery health features" phoneArena 9:26 PM
  • "Japan Display to raise $500m to supply key customer Apple: iPhone maker's shifting screen demands whipsaw LCD company"  Nikkei 3/30
  • "Apple releases iOS 11.3 with a massive focus on privacy" BetaNews 3/30
  • "iOS 11.3 lets you prevent Apple from throttling your aging iPhone" The Next Web 3/30
  • "Apple might be making a foldable iPhone — here are 6 things we've heard about the smartphone concept" Business Insider 3/30
  • "Apple Watch S4 Rumored to Sport New 'Trendy' Design, Larger Display" iDrop News 3/30
  • "iOS 11.3 Battery Health Feature Not Appearing On iPhone 5s? Here's Why" Redmond Pie 8:33 PM
  • "iOS 11.3 Security Notes Point To iOS 11.2.6 Kernel Vulnerability With Possibility Of Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 11:56 AM
  • "Bassgate: Did software update sap HomePod audio?"  Cult of Mac 3/30
  • "Should you get AppleCare+ or insurance for your iPad?" iMore 3/30
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Last year's iPad is still a good buy, if you can find one" TechnoBuffalo 10:19 AM
  • "The new iPad is now available to purchase in-store at Apple and Best Buy" The Verge 3/30
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 3/30
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 3/30
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 3/30

  • "Apple iPad (2018) unboxing & first impressions" phoneArena 6:19 PM
  • "Video: Apple's 2018 iPad vs. 2017 iPad benchmark comparison" AppleInsider 5:04 PM
  • "Which iPad should you get: iPad, iPad Pro, or iPad mini? So you want an iPad — but how do you know if you need to go Pro?" iMore 9:26 AM
  • "Review: Apple's New, Cheaper iPad Is Perfect If You Don't Need the Pro" Time 8:25 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: Greater than the sum of its parts" Neowin 9:25 AM
  • "Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018) review: Still cheap, still great" Mashable 3/30
  • "Apple Pencil lag test: New iPad vs. iPad Pro" Macworld 3/30
  • "A5+ Wireless Speakers are pricey, but are some of the best around" Apple World Today 3/30
  • "Nest Hello review: The smartest doorbell" iMore 3/30
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on with Business Chat for iMessage in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "Video: What's new in watchOS 4.3 for the Apple Watch, featuring portrait Nightstand mode, iPhone music controls and more" AppleInsider 3/30
  • "How to use Apple Pencil: The Ultimate Guide/Getting started with your Apple Pencil is incredibly easy. Here's what you need to know!" iMore 1:46 PM
  • "How to stream Apple Music on Apple Watch Series 3 without iPhone" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "iPhone X Ringer Volume Very Low? Here's the Fix" OS X Daily 3/30
  • "How to transfer data from your old iPad to your new iPad" iMore 3/30
  • "How to Use iOS 11.3's New Battery Health Feature for iPhone" iPhone Hacks 3/30
  • "How to check battery health and disable iPhone battery performance throttling in iOS 11.3" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "How an extra lens can transform your iPhone's photos" The Verge 5:46 PM
  • "Here's how battery health affects your iPhone's performance" NewsBytes 6:53 AM
  • "5 awesome new iPhone features in iOS 11.3 that no one is talking about" BGR 3/30
  • "Updating your HomePod and questions about firmware changing sound quality" The Loop 3/30
  • "Keeping Personal Appointments Private on Google Calendar" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/30
  • "Top 5 New 9.7-inch iPad Features You Should Know About" iPhone Hacks 3/30
  • "6 new uses for your old iPad: Getting a new tablet? Before you sell the old one, consider putting to use in other ways." CNET 3/30
  • "A Public Service Announcement Regarding World Backup Day (Saturday, March 31)" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "Apple Finally Talked Me Into Buying an iPad" Gizmodo 8:23 AM
  • "Did the Apple HomePod update dampen that wall-shaking bass?" TrustedReviews 8:24 AM
  • "Free design Tip: Make it look like what Apple made" Macworld 6:53 AM
  • "Apple's new 'battery health' feature is a great reminder that my iPhone will be a piece of trash some day" Mashable 3/30
  • "3 Reasons to Buy Apple Inc.'s 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Instead of the New 9.7-Inch iPad" The Motley Fool 3/30
  • "Apple doesn't understand what makes Chromebooks great"  The Next Web 3/30
  • "WWDC 2018 rumors: All the new Apple hardware and software to expect" Cult of Mac 3/30
  • "Opinion: Apple's privacy-first approach has downsides but is really paying dividends now" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "Apple's new $329 iPad and iOS 11.3 release temper my wanderlust: Apple had quite a week with the announcement of a new entry-level iPad that has Pencil support and the release of iOS 11.3. Combined with continued iPhone X usage, iOS is becoming my platform of choice."  ZDNet 3/30
  • "Siri, you're fired: Why Apple needs a new personal assistant/Does anyone really like using this laughable excuse for a voice interface? There is a better choice: and it comes from a natural partner that everyone is overlooking."  ZDNet 3/30
  • "Why Apple is leaving a pile of ad money on the table" Apple 3.0 3/30
  • "The iPad Paradox: Why it Can't Really Teach Kids to Code" The Mac Observer 3/30
  • "An (Apple) Education: The reality distortion field meets a market it can't penetrate..."  500ish Words 3/30
  • "Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads: Schools still underwhelmed by gaps in Cupertino's shiny slabs"  The Register 3/30
  • "Tim Cook is right to kick Facebook over its data privacy failings"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Fake news: Apple isn't killing iTunes music downloads"  AppleInsider 3/30
  • "It's time for Apple to show iBooks some love: Can the company compete with the behemoth that is Amazon?"  Macworld 3/30
  • "Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom: With the release of Apple's iPhone X and its Face ID feature, facial recognition technology has become more mainstream – and it's already being piloted by some government agencies and commercial airlines as a friction-free security measure." Computerworld 3/30
  • "Ethics and responsibilities of AI: Should limits be placed on tech? - Video" ZDNet 3/30
  • "Let's talk about OnePlus and iPhone X clones" BGR 3/30
  • "How Facebook Can Better Fight Fake News: Make Money Off the People Who Promote It" TechCrunch 3/30
  • "Facebook's mission changed, but its motives didn't" TechCrunch 3/30
  • "Here's what Facebook employees are saying about that 'growth at any cost' memo" Mashable 3/30
  • "Why People Should Learn About Cybersecurity In 2018" Forbes 3/30
  • "Data-gatherers should be regulated like financial advisers" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming March 31: Gene Steinberg meets columnist/podcaster Kirk McElhearn and The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/30
  • "Mushkin Launches Source SSDs: 3D TLC NAND, SATA, from $39 to $110" AnandTech 3/30
  • "Get ready for summer photos with the Ztylus Revolver M Series iPhone Lens Kit" Apple World Today 3/30
  • "Twitter app makes it easy to share a particular moment from a live video" 9to5Mac 3/30
  • "Apple Pay transit card integration goes live in Beijing and Shanghai" AppleInsider 3/30
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Myerson Departure Signals Windows Demotion In Favor Of The Cloud" HotHardware 4:55 PM
  • "Another ex-Windows Phone exec weights in on the OS's failure, blames OEMs and carriers" MSPoweruser 6:55 AM
  • "Microsoft delivers dozens of computers to Ghana school that went viral" news24 6:55 AM
  • "Microsoft announces public preview of Remote Desktop web client" MSPoweruser 6:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases New 'Meltdown' Security Patch" CDR Info 6:55 AM
  • "Windows 10 Version 1803 RTM Heads to the Slow Ring" Thurrott 1:10 PM
  • "HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) Review Check-In: Connectivity" Thurrott 1:10 PM
  • "Intel Patent Filing For Efficient Crypto-Mining Chip Could Reshape The GPU Landscape" Forbes 9:30 PM
  • "Inside the Intel lab that put a legit gaming desktop in the palm of your hand" Digital Trends 9:31 PM
  • "Hades Canyon NUC mini-PC features both Intel, AMD inside" ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "AMD RTG Project Canis Flagship Leaked: An Intel & AMD Desktop GPU Joint Venture" WCCFTech 9:30 PM
  • "Red Hat looks beyond Linux" TechCrunch 1:45 PM
  • "Microsoft is ready for a world beyond Windows: Cloud and AI are Microsoft's future bets" The Verge 3/30
  • "The Future of Windows? (Premium)" Thurrott 3/30
  • "Microsoft chief breaks up Windows engineering team" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Microsoft's Windows head to leave company amid reorganisation" Reuters 3/30
  • "Microsoft releases update that fixes problematic Meltdown patch" BetaNews 3/30
  • "Microsoft AV Software Finally Beats the Big Boys" Tom's Guide 3/30
  • "IBM sees quantum computing going mainstream within five years" CNBC 3/30
  • "IBM Layoffs 2018: What We Know About the Job Cuts" InvestorPlace 3/30
  • "Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop: Meet the GTX 1060 Max-Q" Tom's Hardware 3/30
  • "Dell XPS 15 Two-in-One Features Kaby Lake-G CPUs With Radeon RX Vega M Graphics Coming Next Month" SegmentNext 3/30
  • "Intel Patent Describes Bitcoin Mining Hardware Accelerator With Incredible Power Efficiency" HotHardware 3/30
  • "Intel Releases Patent for New Cryptocurrency Mining Accelerator" Bitcoin Magazine 3/30
  • "Intel AMD Hybrid Kaby Lake-G Processor Proves Powerful In First Real-World Evaluations" Forbes 3/30
  • "AMD Says Cryptocurrency Sales Were A Small Factor" eTeknix 3/30
  • "AMD and Unity showcase a fully open source high performance GPU-accelerated ray tracing engine" DSOGaming 3/30
  • "AMD Ryzen Mobile won't score flagship design win" Fudzilla 3/30
  • "Nvidia Is Helping Adobe Retain Is Leadership" Seeking Alpha 3/30
  • "Nvidia Next Generation GPUs Are Already Being Sampled Without Anyone Finding Out" SegmentNext 3/30
  • "Looking to nab Nvidia's GeForce chips? You need cash and patience" The Register 3/30
  • "Everything you need to know about the Oracle lawsuit against Google" Mashable 3/30
  • "Oracle v Google could Chill Software Development" Hackaday 3/30
  • "Cisco Seeks To Solve Silicon Valley Homelessness Starting With $50 Investment" Forbes 3/30
  • "China cuts tax rates for chipmakers amid trade tensions" Reuters 3/30
  • "China's tech grab: Where Trump has a point on trade" Seattle Times 3/30
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Foxconn Profit Up As iPhone Production Glitches Fade: Profit tops year-earlier and analysts' estimates while revenue rose 23%" [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Hon Hai's Profit Beats Estimates Thanks to Demand for iPhone X" Bloomberg 3/30
Industry News
  • "Asian shares track tech, consumer stocks' rally on Wall St" Associated Press 3/30
  • "Asia Stocks Rise; Many Markets Closed for Good Friday" [Paid Membership Required] 3/30
  • "Asian stocks rise as many markets close for holiday: Tech companies lead gains by Nikkei" MarketWatch 3/30
  • "European stocks rise as car makers rev higher, but still book quarterly decline: Sodexo shares sink on warning" MarketWatch 3/30

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