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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?

  • "Apple's Stumbling HomePod Isn't the Hot Seller It Wanted: Inventory is piling up, according to some Apple store workers/Low sales push company to cut orders with manufacturer"  Bloomberg 7:07 AM
  • "Apple Cuts HomePod Manufacturing Orders After Disappointing Sales" [Video Report] Bloomberg 8:38 AM
  • "Bloomberg: HomePod sales are slow, per suppliers and analysts/Apple's $349 speaker is facing tough competition." Engadget 7:23 AM
  • "Channel checks, sales data on HomePod likely as wrong as it was about Apple Watch in 2015"  AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "China Times Echoes Poor HomePod Sales, Says Apple Has Reduced Orders to 200,000 Per Month" MacRumors 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's Homepod lags behind Amazon's Echo: CNBC's Josh Lipton reports on Apple Homepod's market share, and what analyst Gene Munster says are its prospects for the future." CNBC Videos 3:11 PM
  • "Kuo: Apple losing AR lead to low-cost competitors, lack of software innovation to blame" AppleInsider 7:25 AM
  • "Korean venture calls Apple's Touch ID a copycat"  The Investor 7:26 AM
  • "'Touch ID' Tech Infringement: A Korean Patent Startup Files Lawsuit against Apple, Samsung Electronics" Business Korea 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Includes 13 New WebKit Features in Safari 11.1" The Mac Observer 5:57 PM
  • "Mac Owners Will Start Seeing 32-Bit App Warnings Today: Apple is preparing Mac users for the transition to a 64-bit only macOS experience." PC Magazine 7:15 AM
  • "Apple warns Mac users that 32-bit app support is ending" The Verge 7:30 AM
  • "New OceanLotus Backdoor Discovered Targeting macOS" Intego 1:33 PM
  • "Review: CloudMounter for Mac Mounts and Encrypts Cloud Services" The Mac Observer 1:36 PM
  • "What is the 'not optimized for your Mac' warning message?" Computerworld 6:58 AM
  • "How to Find & Compare File Differences Side-By-Side with BBEdit for Mac" OS X Daily 3:11 PM
  • "How to report phishing attempts and other suspicious messages to Apple" 9to5Mac 3:11 PM
  • "How to read legacy FileVault formats on your Mac: When the impossible becomes possible." Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "New Reduce File Size Options In Keynote" MacMost 10:20 AM
  • "How to Set Up Mail VIP Contacts in macOS, iOS 11, and iCloud Mail" MacRumors 7:10 AM
  • "How to sort folders in the macOS Finder to group together files by their corresponding application" AppleInsider 12:55 PM
  • "How to customize the Finder toolbar in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:03 AM
Press Releases
  • "Introduction: What's New in CLIX" Rixstep 10:36 AM
  • "If you user colored Finder tags, Hue Dada! is a useful accessory app" Apple World Today 7:04 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The Story of iPhone X's Notch and How It's Influencing Phone Designs"  MakeUseOf 4:08 PM
  • "Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show: A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey, a relatively cheap tool for bypassing the encryption on iPhones, while the FBI pushes again for encryption backdoors."  Motherboard 12:56 PM
  • "Apple Stores relying on in-store contractors to catch up on iPhone battery service backlog"  9to5Mac 12:50 PM
  • "Google And Apple Lead The Corporate Charge Toward 100% Renewable Energy" Forbes 7:45 AM
  • "VirnetX Awarded $502.6 Million Jury Verdict Against Apple" PRNewswire 8:40 AM
  • "Will Apple Pay the $943 Million It Now Owes VirnetX?" 24/7 Wall St. 10:34 AM
  • "You can't use the Taiwan flag emoji on a Chinese iPhone" Quartz 7:03 AM
  • "Apple Store Employees to Celebrate Earth Day With Green Shirts Starting This Week" MacRumors 10:42 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Survey claims that 9% of Facebook users have deleted their accounts" BGR 5:56 PM
  • "Amazon completes Ring acquisition, drops price of original video doorbell under $100" GeekWire 10:34 AM
  • "Google poised to emerge unscathed from European antitrust crackdown" Reuters 11:55 AM
  • "Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last: 'The Book', a first-draft programmer's Fuchsia how-to" The Register 7:45 AM
  • "This is the new Gmail design" The Verge 7:28 AM
  • "Amazon Alexa in Ambulances Acts as Medical Reference Backup" Digital Trends 7:16 AM
  • "Racism is not against Reddit rules, says CEO" BetaNews 7:16 AM
  • "Cambridge University hits back at Zuckerberg's shade"  TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users: He doesn't recognize the term 'shadow profiles' and says the data collection is for security purposes."  PC Magazine 7:15 AM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 219, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino" Daring Fireball 1:33 PM
  • "32-bit Mac App Support's Demise, Shows We Want Apple to License -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-12" The Mac Observer 12:21 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 168: Red iPhone 8, 2019 Mac Pro, macOS 64-bit app transition" 9to5Mac 10:24 AM
  • "Mac shipments grew in Q1 as PCs declined" Cult of Mac 1:33 PM
  • "Apple to address HomePod ring marks with a new material" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
  • "OLED production for 2018 iPhone starting in May amid Apple and Samsung pricing dispute" AppleInsider 7:45 AM
  • "Another Apple patent is for easily switching between multiple Apple Watches" Apple World Today 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM

  • "Mac Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple's workstation" Macworld 9:53 PM
  • "Our biggest gripes with Apple's 2018 iPad" AppleInsider 6:37 PM
  • "iPad review: Significant changes make for the most complete entry-level tablet" Calgary Herald 4:08 PM
  • "Review: Case-Mate Power Pad Wireless Charger" iLounge 4:06 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Firefox for iOS now has Tracking Protection enabled by default" SlashGear 9:53 PM
  • "How to set up Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac" 9to5Mac 9:50 PM
  • "How to extract text from JPEG screenshots on iPhone" Cult of Mac 3:10 PM
  • "Editing RAW Images on an iPad: Photographers who want to leave the bulky laptop at home can edit and save images in the uncompressed RAW format right on Apple's tablet." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:53 AM
  • "How to create blank icons on your iPhone, no jailbreak required" iDownload Blog 7:16 AM
  • "11 Tips for Working on the iPad" MacStories 10:34 AM
  • "CarPlay becoming pivotal purchase priority for new car buyers" AppleInsider 10:00 PM
  • "Survey finds customers increasingly reliant on CarPlay & Android Auto, big factor in future car purchases" 9to5Mac 9:50 PM
  • "Beautiful RED iPhone X mockups show what could have been" Cult of Mac 3:11 PM
  • "Lessons I Learned While my MacBook Pro was in the Shop" The Mac Observer 1:31 PM
  • "The Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One: Form Over Function" MacStories 11:55 AM
  • "A pox on all their houses: Apple lumped in with Facebook" Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "Apple is the richest company, so where are the billionaires?" The Loop 7:23 AM
  • "Comment: Six reasons for HomePod optimism despite reports of disappointing sales" 9to5Mac 10:24 AM
  • "HomePod sales collapsing, claim shaky sources" Apple Must 8:59 AM
  • "The Consumer Right to Privacy vs. Our Right to Not be Tracked" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:41 AM
  • "Dealing with Facebook (Premium)" Thurrott 10:34 AM
  • "The Facebook Hearings Prove Regulation Is Not A Sure Thing" Seeking Alpha 7:44 AM
  • "How to fix the big tech backlash? Build companies with purpose" The Next Web 7:23 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iVCS3 2.3 brings Audiobus MIDI reception amongst a big collection of updates and fixes" createdigitalmusic 7:53 PM
  • "Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Will Impact Future Vehicle Purchase Decision, Finds Strategy Analytics" Business Wire 4:07 PM
  • "iMovie for iOS updated for iPhone X, now uses Metal for graphics processing" 9to5Mac 4:06 PM
  • "iMovie for iOS update delivers iPhone X, Metal graphics support" AppleInsider 5:56 PM
  • "T-Mobile joins growing support for Apple Business Chat" Cult of Mac 3:10 PM
  • "Eventail 2.2: A Compact and Customizable Calendar Widget" MacStories 11:55 AM
  • "Firefox for iOS Now Enables Tracking Protection by Default, Gets New iPad Features" iClarified 10:34 AM
  • "Privacy: Firefox for iOS now has tracking protection by default and new options for iPad users" BetaNews 10:34 AM
  • "The MacSparky iPhone Field Guide is Available Now" MacStories 8:53 AM
  • "Akumina Delivers Native Enterprise iOS and Android Apps for Global Digital Workplace Customers" Business Wire 8:39 AM
  • "ESPN+ is the farm team to ESPN TV's major league. Is it worth your $5 per month?" CNNMoney 8:53 AM
  • "New, Re-Imagined ESPN App – with ESPN+ Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Service – Launches to Sports Fans Today" Business Wire 8:39 AM
  • "ESPN launches new streaming app, vows not to abandon TV roots" Axios 8:19 AM
  • "Project Highrise prepares to tower over the App Store" prMac 7:26 AM
  • "Mood Toolbox - A free app designed by a teacher and her son with Autism" prMac 7:26 AM
Computer Industry
  • "PC shipments slump for the 14th consecutive quarter, surprising no one: The PC isn't dead, it's just resting" The Inquirer 6:58 AM
  • "Global PC market's slump continues; HP and Lenovo lead, Dell grows fastest" Gadgets Now 7:08 AM
  • "Dell And HP Posts Sales Gains As Overall PC Shipments Flat During Q1 2018" HotHardware 5:50 PM
  • "Global PC shipments continue to fall, but Dell shows encouraging growth: The market isn't looking very healthy" TechSpot 7:09 AM
  • "Good News! The PC Market Flat-Lined in Q1 (Premium)" [Free/Paid Registration required] Thurrott 9:33 AM
  • "PCs were more and less expensive in Q1 as shipments stalled: HP and Lenovo are kings of the ever-shrinking hills, but Dell's made a move" The Register 7:53 AM
  • "'I felt so alone': What women at Microsoft face, and why many leave" Seattle Times 9:58 AM
  • "3 Ways Microsoft's Ceo Satya Nadella Uses His Passion For Cricket To Shape His Leadership" CMI 8:40 AM
  • "Windows 10 Spring Creators Update Public Rollout Reportedly Stalled Due To Major Bug" HotHardware 5:51 PM
  • "Microsoft to announce Build session schedule the week of April 23" Neowin 8:56 PM
  • "Dell comes to the rescue as IDC and Gartner show a drop in overall PC shipments" MSPoweruser 7:09 AM
  • "Dell Accidentally Recommends an 8th Gen Intel CPU When Cheating in PUBG" ExtremeTech 5:09 PM
  • "2 in 1 Laptops Market- increasing demand with Industry Professionals: Dell, Apple, Samsung, Sony" The Financial 7:09 AM
  • "AMD pushes out fix for CPUs affected by Spectre Variant 2: Microcode updates cover products dating as far back as 2011" The Inquirer 6:36 AM
  • "AMD's RX 500X graphics cards specs show they're actually just OEM rebrands" Rock, Paper, Shotgun 6:59 AM
  • "AMD's New RX 500X GPUs are OEM Rebrands, Not New Cards" ExtremeTech 10:56 AM
  • "AMD fortifies years' worth of processors with Spectre mitigating fix" KitGuru 7:29 AM
  • "Intel Core-B Processors: 8th Gen BGA with 65W TDP" AnandTech 7:30 AM
  • "Home>Laptops: The Dell Latitude 13 7390 2-in-1 Review" AnandTech 7:09 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) review: A superb small-format laptop, with one drawback" ZDNet 6:58 AM
  • "HP's new Windows 10 laptops: Pavilion x360s get faster processors, thinner bezels" ZDNet 6:59 AM
  • "IBM, Slimfast Pull Advertising On Laura Ingraham's Fox Show" Hot Air 9:11 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks rise in latest volatile session, Trump tweets Syria attack may not be imminent" MarketWatch 12:04 PM
  • "Rally Climbs on Earnings: Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap (Thursday 4/12/18)" TheStreet 5:53 PM
  • "Technology, industrials and banks lead rally as stocks rise" FOXBusiness 5:54 PM
  • "US Stocks-Wall St gains on earnings optimism, waning Syria jitters" Nasdaq 5:55 PM
  • "Stocks Bounce Back, Led by Banks: With earnings season approaching, BlackRock's results raise investor optimism for strong quarterly numbers from financial firms" [Paid Membership Required] 5:55 PM
  • "Asian markets drop amid global uncertainty" MarketWatch 7:38 AM
  • "European stocks drop as Syria tensions keep traders on edge" MarketWatch 7:38 AM

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