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Weekend Highlights: Irish Examiner reveals contractors in Cork, Ireland "were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift", and Apple has "abruptly terminated" their contract; Bloomberg has an curious story of Apple working with a Soy Sauce facility in Taiwan for rooftop solar installs; offers new beta interface; survey says smartphone upgrade cycle slowing down, even going past 3 years for some; Google under fire over Chinese disinformation concerning Hong Kong unrest, company also has new employee guidelines including avoidance of political speech on the job; to VPN or not VPN on your router?

  • "Full audio: Our extended, uncut interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook"  Recode 5:59 PM
  • "Apple is facing its toughest fight since the 1980s: But while the iPhone is singularly important, both to Apple and to the category of devices it's inspired over the last decade, technology companies are now jockeying to usher in the next wave of personal computing. The consensus is artificial intelligence is going to be the key differentiator..."  Quartz 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Hires Former Amazon Devices CTO for Software Role" Bloomberg 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's AI 'Coup,' Explained" Benzinga 6:58 PM
  • "Popular Apps Are Leaving the Apple Watch: Is that a bad sign?"  Slate 7:50 AM
  • "Saudi Crown Prince talks joint projects with Apple's Tim Cook in Silicon Valley"  Al Arabiya 8:39 AM
  • "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets with Tim Cook at Apple Park to discuss app development, education opportunities, more" 9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "AI defector gives Apple access to Google's secrets: John Giannandrea's move makes artificial intelligence new ground for tech competition/Unlike top football players, the biggest stars among Silicon Valley's computer engineers hardly ever defect to rival teams. So when they do, it is usually a sign that the tech world's tectonic plates are shifting."  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4/6
  • "Adrenaline Shots for Apple AI" ["Google's AI head (John Giannandrea) brings credibility to Apple AI, critical in recruiting, and is likely work on AI-powered interfaces and Apple's self-driving car program. IBM partnership allows iOS developers access to IBM Watson's enterprise machine learning, and use it to make smarter AI apps."]  Loup Ventures 4/6
  • "Apple poaches ex-Amazon, HP executive for growing software team"  AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Apple brings former Amazon and Google executive to its software team" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "Apple says repeal of EPA carbon plan would threaten investments" ["'Repealing the Clean Power Plan will subject consumers like Apple and our large manufacturing partners to increased investment uncertainty,' the California-based company said in a filing to the agency."]  Reuters 4/6
  • "Watch: Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why 'privacy is a human right'/'We care about the user experience. And we're not going to traffic in your personal life,' said Cook." Recode 4/6
  • "Full transcript: Apple CEO Tim Cook with Recode's Kara Swisher and MSNBC's Chris Hayes/Education, iPhones, privacy and Facebook were all big topics of discussion." Recode 4/6
  • "Tim Cook outlines Apple's view on privacy, encryption in MSNBC interview/'Revolution: Apple Changing the World' is all about where he sees its place in the tech world." Engadget 4/6
  • "The six biggest takeaways from Tim Cook's MSNBC interview" BGR 4/6
  • "Tim Cook will attend deposition as part of Apple's ongoing battle with Qualcomm" Cult of Mac 4/6
  • "As Apple's legal battle with Qualcomm rages on, Tim Cook set to be deposed in June" BGR 4/6
  • "Latest macOS update cripples enterprise docks, blanks external screens: Users spread the blame around as DisplayLink technology goes dark after Apple's update to its PC OS." Computerworld 8:08 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro 10.4.1: ProRes RAW and captions" Alex4D 4/6
  • "Mac Mouse Double-Clicking Instead of Single Clicking? Here's the Fix" OS X Daily 4/6
  • "How to Disable All Vibration on iPhone Completely" OS X Daily 3:18 PM
  • "Adobe Premiere Pro vs. Apple Final Cut Pro X: What's the Difference? Most professional video editors use one or the other. Here's how these two top-rated programs compare, feature by feature." PC Magazine 4/6
  • "How to use Safari's tab management and bookmark stashing to avoid losing web pages" Macworld 4/6
  • "This Tool Can Help Identify Leakers Who Copy and Paste Secret Info" Motherboard 4/6
  • "Numbers Text Import Options" MacMost 4/6
  • "Top 10 New March Mac games of 2018" Mac Gamer HQ 8:01 AM
  • "Why Apple's Final Cut ProRes RAW upgrade matters to you" Apple Must 4/6
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple lights up Shinjuku: Apple Shinjuku opened this morning in Tokyo, welcoming thousands of customers to experience Apple's latest retail design for the first time in Japan." Apple 8:02 AM
  • "After fending off lawsuit, French activist group Attac holds protests & 'die-in' at Apple Stores" 9to5Mac 11:47 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls #MeToo, DACA and Parkland student activists 'heroes'" CNBC 7:59 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: System 7 gets its final update with Mac OS 7.6.1" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Gallery: Line of nearly 500 customers estimated at grand opening of Apple's Shinjuku retail store" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "Some tech giants can take the moral high ground: Apple and Microsoft keep controls on data privacy and would be a good model to follow" Gulf News 4/6
  • "Tim Cook blasts 'creepy' web tracking" Axios 4/6
  • "Apple's Siri, HomePod and the voice assistant showdown: The battle of the smart assistants is intensifying, and while people seem to want to get more from using Siri, people want to turn Cortana off, and Google Assistant isn't far behind. How can Apple exploit its advantages to push HomePod higher?" Computerworld 4/6
  • "Emergency services now able to tell where iPhone users may be calling from" Stuff: New Zealand 4/6
  • "See how ARKit will make grocery shopping easier" Cult of Mac 4/6
  • "Thonburi Steam: Nikon DSLR and iPhone RAW" ["I took three cameras with me on a planed visit to the station and shed areas: the iPhone X, using the RAW app, ProCamera; a Nikon D7000 that also takes RAW images (NEF); and a Hasselblad film camera. I will have to wait for the three rolls of film I took to be developed, but I spent some time editing the digital images."] eXtensions 4/6
Non-Apple News
  • "Homeland Security To Compile A Database Of Journalists, Bloggers And Influencers" HuffPost 7:14 PM
  • "Homeland Security database would track bloggers, social media" Engadget 5:15 PM
  • "U.S. senator warns of possibility of breaking up Facebook over privacy concerns" Digital Trends 4:50 PM
  • "Global cyberattack targets 200,000 network switches" Engadget 3:54 PM
  • "YouTube's new ad rules will drive creators to Twitch" The Next Web 7:50 AM
  • "Best Buy may also have had customer data exposed: The same breach that affected Sears and Delta customers could have also hit Best Buy." Engadget 4/6
  • "Blind software engineer taps into his 'superpowers' to write and fix code at Amazon" GeekWire 4/6
  • "How IoT can Change Cities Run More Efficiently" ReadWrite 4/6
  • "This over-the-top gaming PC is an engineering marvel: The Maingear F131 runs cool and looks cool" The Verge 4/6
  • "Facebook Comes Up With a New Data Access Plan" TechNewsWorld 4/6
  • "Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica two-and-a-half years ago but we didn't check" Business Insider 4/6
  • "Facebook secretly deleted some of Mark Zuckerberg's private messages over fears the company could be hacked" Business Insider 4/6
  • "Facebook Admits Mark Zuckerberg and Top Execs Have Deleted Their Sent Messages Remotely" Gizmodo 4/6
  • "Your ISP can peep on your browsing, so Cloudflare is pulling down the shade" Digital Trends 4/6
  • "MIT's AlterEgo headset can read words you say in your head" CNET 4/6
  • "Podcast: Facebook, Intel CPUs, YouTube" Tech.pinions 7:50 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 059: April 6, 2018" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "SwitchArcade Roundup: 'Wolfenstein II' Footage, 'ClusterPuck 99', and More" Touch Arcade 4/6
  • "Geared Up Podcast: The great privacy debate — and how companies like Apple could benefit" GeekWire 4/6
  • "Apple's Latest Mac Pro News -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-06" The Mac Observer 4/6
  • "iMore show 601: Lory's List" iMore 4/6
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 2020 Mac Pro, ARM on Mac, Apple's poaching of Google's John Giannandrea, and more" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "iOS 11.4 beta: AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud and more/Apple released its iOS 11.4 public beta, giving us a preview at what's to come." CNET 8:00 AM
  • "3 new features in iOS 11.4: AirPlay 2 support and Messages on iCloud are the big additions to iOS 11.4, currently available in public beta." [Video] CNET 8:00 AM
  • "iOS 11.2.6 Jailbreak Possibility: New Discoveries Give Hope After Apple Stopped Signing The Firmware" Redmond Pie 3:53 PM
  • "AirPlay 2 Support Coming To AirPort Express After All?" Redmond Pie 8:21 PM
  • "Apple Is Reportedly Planning Some Game-Changing Features for Future iPhones: From foldable displays to MicroLED screens to touchless gestures, Apple's rumored iPhone hardware projects pack a punch." TheStreet 4/6
  • "Apple plans to release a radically redesigned Mac Pro in 2019" Digital Trends 4/6
  • "Apple's redesigned Mac Pro will arrive in 2019" TechSpot 4/6
  • "Here's what Apple's rumoured 'curved iPhones' might look like" TrustedReviews 4/6
  • "Apple Facing Lawsuit Over Heart Rate Sensor in Apple Watch" MacRumors 4/6
  • "Lawsuit claims Apple cribbed Apple Watch heart rate monitor technology from startup Omni MedSci" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "New Apple headphones concept imagines HomePod-inspired design [Video] 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "The Six Oldest Products Apple Still Sells Today" MacRumors 4/6
  • "iOS 11.2.6 Downgrade To iOS 11.1.2 With FutureRestore: Here's What You Need To Know" Redmond Pie 4/6
  • "iPhone battery life bad after installing iOS 11.3? Here's what you can do: Installing a new iOS update can hit your battery life hard. Here's how you can make things better. (Updated for iOS 11.3)" ZDNet 11:42 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/6
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/6
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/6

  • "I switched to the iPhone X after 13 years on Android — and I have no regrets" Business Insider 7:51 AM
  • "2018 iPad review: Content creation with compromises/This consumption device wants to be a creative one, too, but is a Pencil enough?"  Ars Technica 4/6
  • "iPad 2018 review: Practicality over luxury" Six Colors 4/6
  • "Apple HomePod review: We deliver our verdict after a month with the Siri-powered speaker" The Inquirer 4/6
  • "Compared: 2018 iPad versus the Acer Chromebook 11 in the school" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Apple Watch 3 LTE vs Apple Watch 3 GPS" Macworld UK 4/6
  • "Video: iPhone X vs S9 Plus - Which should you buy?" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Review: Marshall Mid ANC Bluetooth Headphones" iLounge 4/6
  • "The C64 Mini review: Nostalgia's not enough" Engadget 4/6
  • "Review: Ugreen's affordable USB-C 8 in 1 Adapter is a great way to expand your MacBook's I/O" 9to5Mac 4/6
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Watch: Does YouTube's new dark theme save iPhone X battery life?" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
  • "Tired Of Safari? Try These Mobile Browsers Instead" Wired 4/6
  • "Use iPhone X Face ID To Sign In Any App With iCloud Keychain Autofill Or Natively, Here's How" Redmond Pie 8:54 PM
  • "7 popular iPhone apps with hidden dark modes, and how to turn them on" Business Insider 11:48 AM
  • "How to clean your dirty AirPods and charging case" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "How to restore an Apple TV 4 from tvOS 10 to tvOS 11 with futurerestore" iDownload Blog 4/6
  • "How to train Face ID to recognize weird facial expressions" iMore 4/6
  • "Stop griping about Siri and get Apple's iPhone assistant to work better" USA Today 4/6
  • "Learning to code with Swift Playgrounds as an adult: Apple's Everyone Can Code initiative is laudable but has a big gap to fill." Macworld 4/6
  • "Safari Tip: cycle through your open tabs with a gesture" iDownload Blog 4/6
  • "When should you replace the tip of your Apple Pencil?" iMore 4/6
  • "Spring Clean: Tips to Free Up iPhone Storage Space" Apple Gazette 4/6
  • "iPhone X Product (RED) May be Announced at WWDC in June, Here's a First Look" TechEBlog 9:33 PM
  • "Tim Cook: Guns, not porn in Apple's corner store" Apple 3.0 3:18 PM
  • "What Siri can learn from Google Assistant" Engadget 11:48 AM
  • "Making The Grade: Where the iPad still excels over Chromebooks regardless of price" 9to5Mac 8:43 AM
  • "Stages: The Apple pundit journey of discovery" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "iOS 12 concept fixes issues in iOS 11 and adds a ton of new features" BGR 4/6
  • "Mark Zuckerberg is Wrong. Apple's Privacy Stance is Genuine" The Mac Observer 4/6
  • "How Apple Could Benefit from India's Used Goods Import Policy" Market Realist 4/6
  • "A friendly takedown of the most ridiculous anti-Apple article we've seen in a long time" BGR 4/6
  • "Is Apple Planning to Bring Back the iBook as a Low End New Hybrid Mac with iOS?" Low End Mac 4/6
  • "Comment: Having tried an iPhone-based medical consultation, I'm sold" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "The 2019 Mac Pro will be what Apple wants it to be, and it won't, and shouldn't, make every 'Pro' happy" AppleInsider 4/6
  • "Comment: Apple's latest announcements about the modular Mac Pro really ramp up expectations" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "The new Mac Pro: What can we expect from Apple in 2019?" Macworld 4/6
  • "App Store actually shrank in size last year — and that's a good thing" Cult of Mac 4/6
  • "Alexa's creepy laugh is just the beginning of bigger problems in our IoT future" The Next Web 11:47 AM
  • "Is Amazon Holding Back Inflation?" Forbes 11:47 AM
  • "I miss Windows Phone: Microsoft's mobile OS had great features" The Verge 8:21 AM
  • "The (Near) Future of PCs" Wired 4/6
  • "President Trump Keeps Attacking Amazon. See How His Tweets Have Hurt Other Companies" Time 4/6
  • "If Adults Won't Grow Up, Nobody Will" ["The signal fact of Mr. Zuckerberg is that he is supremely gifted in one area—monetizing technical expertise by marrying it to a canny sense of human weakness. Beyond that, what a shallow and banal figure. He too appears to have difficulties coming to terms with who he is."] [Paid Membership Required] 4/6
  • "On Facebook, Zuckerberg gets privacy and you get nothing" ZDNet 4/6
  • "Why Mark Zuckerberg's 15-Year Apology Tour Hasn't Fixed Facebook" Wired 4/6
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Wanle Case's Game Boy-style iPhone case has one redeeming feature" The Verge 3:19 PM
  • "Twitter Delays Transition to New API That Threatens Third-Party Clients" MacStories 11:47 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook on MSNBC Tonight at 5:00 PT/8:00 ET"  MacRumors 4/6
  • "Canary email client for iOS adds Apple Watch app, first third-party mail client to support LTE without iPhone" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "The Best One-Handed iOS Games" Mashable 4/6
  • "Apple Pay launches in Brazil with Itaú" ZDNet 4/6
  • "Bewitching Starman: Tale of Light iOS puzzle game goes free" Cult of Mac 4/6
  • "Apple Offers 'Starman: Tale of Light' as a Free Download" iClarified 4/6
  • "Discover happiness through these childhood classic games built into an iPhone case" Pocketnow 4/6
  • "Case-Mate launches iPhone-compatible Power Pad wireless charger" Apple World Today 4/6
  • "myAlarm Clock App - Customize Your Wake Up & Alarm Clock Experience" prMac 4/6
  • "Snapchat's iPhone X-exclusive Lenses look more realistic than usual" Engadget 4/6
  • "Snapchat Finally Enables iPhone X-Exclusive Filters" Thurrott 4/6
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft to funnel $5bn into IoT research over the next four years" SiliconRepublic 4/6
  • "Microsoft investigates causes of Europe-wide Office 365 outage" Computing 4/6
  • "Microsoft confirms Azure Active Directory issues around the world" MSPoweruser 4/6
  • "Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*" The Register 4/6
  • "Windows 10's Mail app may display an Office 365 ad for some users" Digital Trends 4/6
  • "Microsoft ScaleUp launches its latest cohort in India to help startups grow their business" OnMSFT 4/6
  • "New Range of Microsoft Office 2016 Tests" ONREC 4/6
  • "Microsoft Announces Ransomware Protection for Personal Cloud Accounts" Softpedia 4/6
  • "Windows 10 Spring Creators Update Reaches Final Step Ahead of Public Launch" Softpedia 4/6
  • "Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM" The Register 4/6
  • "IBM lab designs molecule to kill drug-resistant superbugs" Medical Express 4/6
  • "IBM Partners With Nonprofit To Build Global Blockchain Network" Pymnts 4/6
  • "IBM Joins Sovrin Initiative to Build a Global Blockchain Identity Network" Finance Magnates 4/6
  • "HP unveils ZBook Studio x360, 'world's most powerful' laptop for professionals" TechRepublic 4/6
  • "HP's new monster ZBooks: Latest Intel Xeons, up to 32GB RAM, 4TB SSD" ZDNet 4/6
  • "HP's 'most powerful' ZBook convertible packs 8th-gen Intel Xeon CPUs" The Inquirer 4/6
  • "Businesses not ready for digital transformation, Dell says" The National 4/6
  • "Intel won't fix Spectre flaws in older chips" Sophos 4/6
  • "Intel's Kaby Lake-G mystery: Why Radeon Vega M may be more Polaris than Vega" PCWorld 4/6
  • "Intel Remote Keyboard app nixed after discovery of critical remote control vulnerability" BetaNews 4/6
  • "NUC, NUC! Who's there? Intel, warning you to kill a buggy keyboard app/No joke: another security SNAFU for Chipzilla, this time for a popular remote admin app" The Register 4/6
  • "Here are all the new Asus gaming laptops running with 8th-gen Intel CPUs" TechRadar UK 4/6
  • "Asus ZenBook Flip S review: A premium 2-in-1 laptop that has its moments" The Indian Express 4/6
  • "Asus ROG intros Zephyrus M laptop and Huracan desktop" Hexus 4/6
  • "ASUS To Create AREZ Branding For AMD Radeon Cards" WCCFTech 4/6
  • "AMD Ryzen 2000 Series AIO Liquid Coolers Teased By AMD CEO Lisa Su" SegmentNext 4/6
  • "AMD Possibly Teasing Ryzen 2000 Series AIO Liquid Cooling Bundle – Launch Closing in For AMD's Next-Gen Mainstream Platform" WCCFTech 4/6
  • "'Extreme, unnecessary, overheated': US judge slams Oracle salvo in HPE Solaris squabble/Big, red and very, very angry" The Register 4/6
  • "Cisco's warning: Watch out for government hackers targeting your network" ZDNet 4/6
  • "Beware these 2 barriers to successful cloud migration" InfoWorld 4/6
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "A big week for Apple data out of China and Taiwan" Apple 3.0 11:47 AM
  • "Apple Could Hit $1 Trillion Valuation With Curved iPhone"  Barron's 4/6
  • "Analyst claims a curved iPhone would make Apple the world's first trillion dollar company" BGR 4/6
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends sharply lower on renewed trade war fears: U.S. economy adds 103,000 jobs in March" MarketWatch 4/6
  • "Dow Secures 3-Day Winning Streak For First Time Since Late February: Stocks rise Thursday as worries about a full-blown trade war between the U.S. and China ease with the focus now turning to negotiations." TheStreet 4/6
  • "Stocks dive as US proposes more China tariffs; Dow falls 620" Associated Press 4/6
  • "Markets Right Now: Renewed trade tensions send stocks lower" Associated Press 4/6
  • "Stocks Drop on Growing Trade Concerns: Weaker-than-expected March jobs report unable to reverse losses" [Paid Membership Required] 4/6
  • "Hong Kong bucks wobbly Asian markets after Trump's latest broadside against China: Asian stock markets regained some ground after opening lower Friday, as optimism faded that the U.S. and China would work to resolve their trade spat following President Donald Trump's latest salvo." MarketWatch 4/6
  • "European markets tip lower as trade worries resurface to rattle investors: European stocks fell across the board on Friday, on the heels of the best one-day gain in nearly two years, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened China with additional tariffs." MarketWatch 4/6

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