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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

  • "Alan Kay: The genius behind Steve Jobs/One of my all-time tech heroes surfaced on Quora this week to tell the story behind this 11-year-old photograph."  Apple 3.0 8:04 AM
  • "Apple tried to sue a small iPhone repair shop in Norway, the repair shop won: The supplier sent the shop replacement screens with an inked over Apple logo on them" TechSpot 8:05 AM
  • "The day the Apple Watch solved a murder: An Apple crime roundup"  AppleInsider 4:59 PM
  • "Apple Shares Fail to Outperform Market This Year"  24/7 Wall St. 4/14
  • "Leaked memo shows Apple threatens leakers with criminal action" BetaNews 4/14
  • "The iPhone changed our lives. Now Apple needs to tackle addiction: Tony Fadell helped invent the iPod and was a key member of the team that created the iPhone. Now, he says, Apple needs to tackle the issue of smartphone addiction"  Wired UK 4/14
  • "The Artistry of Landscape Designer Eric Arneson—Using Autodesk SketchBook" Architosh 4/13
  • "MacBook Can't Use Mouse & Trackpad at the Same Time? Here's the Fix" OS X Daily 4/13
  • "How to Check for 32-bit Apps on Your Mac in 4 Easy Steps" iPhone Hacks 12:04 PM
  • "How to use another computer's DVD drive across a network with macOS Remote Sharing" AppleInsider 4/14
  • "Are external GPUs for Macs viable in macOS 10.13.4? We tested to find out: Performance doesn't disappoint, but lack of strong software support does." Ars Technica 4/14
  • "The trouble with Desktop and Documents enabled for iCloud Drive: If you use Desktop and Documents, there's an issue about the files in those folders being properly backed up." Macworld 4/13
  • "How to check your Mac for 32-bit apps before Apple drops support" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "How to Find Which Apps on Your Mac Are 32-Bit" Kirkville 4/13
  • "How to convert a color PDF to black and white in Preview for Mac" iDownload Blog 4/13
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Mac Scroll Bars" MacMost 4/13
  • ".HFS+ Private Directory Data?" Rixstep 4/14
Press Releases
  • "AMD releases Mac versions of Radeon ProRender plugin for Blender & Maya" AppleInsider 4/14
  • "App Roundup: Canary for iOS, Handbrake 1.1.0 for Mac, plus Office 2016 for Mac, Moog Model D, more!" AppleInsider 4/14
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Sales data suggests Apple might be about to make the $1,000 iPhone X even more expensive"  Business Insider 4/13
  • "KGI: Apple could sell just 2 million HomePods across all of 2018, company 'mulls' low-cost model" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Says Apple Considering Lower-Priced HomePod After Potentially Lackluster Sales" MacRumors 4/13
  • "Apple is considering a low-cost HomePod, according to KGI Securities" Business Insider 4/13
  • "Forget HomePod Mini rumors. Apple just needs a HomePod price cut/Commentary: KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is "mulling" a smaller, less expensive HomePod amid a reported sales slump. But there's a quicker, easier way to boost buyer interest."  CNET 4/13
  • "U.S. iPhone users spent 23% more in apps in 2017, have an average of 45 apps installed" TechCrunch 4/13
  • "Apple plans to start making another iPhone in India" Cult of Mac 4/13
  • "Apple trialing iPhone 6s Plus production in India in bid to cut costs" AppleInsider 4/13
  • "Police across the US are buying an affordable iPhone cracker: It reportedly works even on the iPhone X and iOS 11." Engadget 4/13
  • "Apple's ongoing legal battle with Smartflash over iTunes likely over" AppleInsider 4/13
  • "Shegerian & Associates Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Due To Unfair Wage Practices Against Female Employees" PRNewswire 4/13
Non-Apple News
  • "Google AI experiment has you talking to books: The tech giant's other AI experiment is all about word association." Engadget 4/14
  • "Art Bell, Weird Radio Pioneer, Passes Away at 72" Gizmodo 4/14
  • "Low-latency JPEG XS format is optimized for live streaming and VR: It will supposedly work well over 5G and wireless networks too." Engadget 4/14
  • "Google ordered to comply with 'right to be forgotten' request after refusal" Neowin 4/14
  • "Girl gamers told to 'get back in the kitchen'" BBC 4/13
  • "Drivers using mobile phones could be fined without even knowing they've been caught" 4/13
  • "T-Mobile just quietly killed one of its best deals" BGR 4/13
  • "Google loses 'right to be forgotten' legal battle" CNNMoney 4/13
  • "Google's new book search deals in ideas, not keywords" Axios 4/13
  • " redesign includes self-destructing emails" Ars Technica 4/13
  • "Google's latest AI experiments let you talk to books and test word association skills" The Verge 4/13
  • "Google loses 'right to be forgotten' case" BBC 4/13
  • "Google code offers hints that Android Messages is coming to a desktop near you" Digital Trends 4/13
  • "EA says it's learned from Star Wars Battlefront controversy, vows to 'be better'" The Verge 4/13
  • "Google's Speech Recognition Can Now Handle Cocktail Parties: Noisy environments and multiple voices are no longer a problem for Google understanding what is being said." PC Magazine 4/13
  • "Russia to ban Telegram messenger over encryption dispute" Reuters 4/13
  • "Facebook Takes the Punches While Rest of Silicon Valley Ducks" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/13
  • "Revealed: Aleksandr Kogan collected Facebook users' direct messages/People who logged into This Is Your Digital Life shared their news feed, timeline, posts and messages"  The Guardian 4/13
  • "The Cambridge Analytica data breach also harvested people's private Facebook messages" Business Insider 4/13
  • "9to5Mac Daily 063: April 13, 2018" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "Facebook's Shadow Profiles -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-13" The Mac Observer 4/13
  • "iPad & iPhone User 131 Digital Edition" Macworld UK 4/13
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses CarPlay's future, HomePod orders, Facebook, and more" AppleInsider 4/13
  • "Unreleased gold iPhone X leaks thanks to the FCC" ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Watch code hints at future support for third-party faces" Engadget 8:00 AM
  • "Apple might finally allow third-party Apple Watch face support: Code in the latest developer's build hints at third-party faces" The Verge 6:07 PM
  • "Apple considering third-party Apple Watch face support, watchOS beta code reveals" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "watchOS 4.3.1 suggests future support for third party watch faces" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "Apple's unreleased gold iPhone X: in pictures" ZDNet 4/14
  • "A gold iPhone X surfaces in FCC documentation" MSPoweruser 4/14
  • "FCC Filing Confirms Apple Planned on Launching Gold iPhone X" MacRumors 4/13
  • "FCC appears to leak photos of gold iPhone X" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "FCC photos hint at future -- or defunct -- gold iPhone X model" AppleInsider 4/13
  • "The Mysterious Case of the Gold iPhone X Photos Published by the FCC" The Mac Observer 4/13
  • "A Major Roadblock to Apple's In-House Mac Processor" ["It'd be smarter, then, for Apple to replace Intel-based processors in its 12-inch MacBook using the same processor that it uses in its iPad Pro lineup and then continue to use Intel-based chips in the higher-performance/higher-power models (MacBook Pro, iMac, and Mac Pro)."]  The Motley Fool 4/13
  • "Apple iOS 11.3 Has 'Another' Nasty Surprise" Forbes 7:51 PM
  • "Report: Apple Once Again Extends Apple Watch Warranties, This Time for Battery Issues" Gizmodo 6:09 PM
  • "Apple offers free repairs for Apple Watch Series 2 devices with swollen batteries, power issues" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
  • "Apple begins 3-year repair program for Apple Watch Series 2 devices w/ expanded batteries" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "Apple will repair your swollen Watch Series 2 battery for free: Your 42mm model will be fixed even if it's out of warranty." Engadget 4/14
  • "Apple offers up extended repair program for defective iPad Pro Smart Keyboards" AppleInsider 4/13
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 gets rare discount: 38/42mm, GPS, Cellular from $297" 9 to 5 Toys 4/14
  • "10.5-inch iPad Pro & Apple Keyboard Get Price Cut at Best Buy" LAPTOP Magazine 4/13
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/13
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/13
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/13

  • "Best Apple TV Game Controllers in 2018: Make your Apple TV feel more like a gaming console with these great gaming controllers!" iMore 6:06 PM
  • "Review: ElevationLab CordDock is unlike any other iPhone dock" AppleInsider 6:08 PM
  • "eXtensions -Moving up to Nikon D850 (3): Explorations" eXtensions 8:50 AM
  • "Hands-on: iPhone 8 (PRODUCT)RED special edition [Video] 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "The best in-car wireless chargers, mounts, and more for iPhone" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "Grace Digital Encore+ Wi-Fi speaker and internet radio review" The Gadgeteer 4/14
  • "Wicked Audio Shred 2 earbuds review: Not just a gimmick/Wicked Audio's new Neck Lock is actually super useful." iMore 4/14
  • "eXtensions -Moving up to Nikon D850 (1): Rationale" eXtensions 4/14
  • "eXtensions -Moving up to Nikon D850 (2): Practicalities" eXtensions 4/14
  • "My 9.7 iPad (2018) review: Drawn, written, edited, and produced with an iPad" iMore 4/13
  • "The New Cheap iPad Is All the iPad You Need" Gizmodo 4/13
  • "Apple iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT)RED 1st Photo Review: 7 Things You Need To Know" Forbes 4/13
  • "Hands-on: Apple's new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8" AppleInsider 4/13
  • "Hands-On With the New (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X Leather Folio" MacRumors 4/13
  • "iPhone 8 PRODUCT(RED) video hands-on!" iMore 4/13
  • "Apple Watch review: The original iPhone smartwatch remains an expensive convenience gadget" TechRadar UK 4/13
  • "olloclip Filmer's Kit: Take your iPhone photography and videography to the next level" iMore 4/13
  • "Quick Look: Libratone Q Adapt USB-C Earphones" Thurrott 4/13
  • "Review: Aukey's stylish blue fabric adorned 10W Wireless Fast Charger & Graphite Wireless Charger" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "Rise of Tomb Raider: iMac Pro versus Mac Pro" Bare Feats 4/13
  • "This iPhone X case cured me of my PRODUCT(RED) jealousy" iMore 4/13
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on with Apple's new Schoolwork app on iPad [Gallery] 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "Just Press Record makes recording your thoughts on an Apple Watch or iPhone a breeze" Apple World Today 4/13
  • "There's a Dongle for That: When Apple takes away a popular iPhone feature, there's a whole market of people who try to help you add it back." Slate 8:05 AM
  • "How to stream Coachella 2018 on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV & Mac" 9to5Mac 4/14
  • "How to create custom vibration pattern ringtones for iPhone" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "iOS: How to Download the New Toy Box Sound Pack in GarageBand" The Mac Observer 4/13
  • "How to use Workflow with Reminders" iMore 4/13
  • "Every Single Setting in iOS Control Centre And How Each One Works"  Gizmodo UK 4/14
  • "8 iPad, iPhone typing tips for speed demons" Apple Must 4/13
  • "Beating Those Wireless Printer Woes" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/13
  • "Apple Could Sell 2 Million HomePods In 2018, Low-Cost Model A Possibility" UberGizmo 6:56 PM
  • "The HomePod's price isn't to blame for tepid demand, Apple is" TechnoBuffalo 6:46 PM
  • "iOS 12 - our hopes and expectations"  GSMArena 6:17 PM
  • "Will Apple Cut Intel Out of the iPhone? One analyst expects that it's just a matter of time." The Motley Fool 6:11 PM
  • "Feature Request: Playing TV shows & movies on Apple TV using HomePod & Siri" 9to5Mac 6:10 PM
  • "Maybe Apple's HomePod Is Just A Niche Product. And Maybe That's Okay: If the HomePod isn't selling well, the reasons are probably more complicated than the ones thus far presented." Fast Company 7:54 AM
  • "15 Best Apple Commercials of All Time"  MacTrast 4/14
  • "Making The Grade: Does repairability of Mac laptops matter?"  9to5Mac 4/14
  • "HomePod racing: Apple not keeping up with the competition" Macworld 4/14
  • "Someone Convince Me That an iPhone Wallet Case Isn't the Dumbest Idea in the World" Gizmodo 4/14
  • "Apple memo warns employees to stop leaking info. Someone leaked it." The Next Web 4/13
  • "Behind Apple's Strategy of Making Its Own Chips"  Market Realist 4/13
  • "Apple ramping up effort to stop leaks with legal action, according to leaked memo" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "Company-Wide Apple Memo on 'The Impact of Leaks' Leaks"  Daring Fireball 4/13
  • "Is Apple's HomePod failing? Two editors talk it out." Engadget 4/13
  • "Apple's Pricey HomePod AI Speaker Falters As Orders Are Cut Due To Low Demand" HotHardware 4/13
  • "Predictions of HomePod doom and gloom continue, with analyst expecting only 2.5 million sold across all of 2018" AppleInsider 4/13
  • "Apple Music Hits 48M Subscribers; Should Spotify Worry?" Zacks 4/13
  • "Has HomePod flopped like the iPhone X and Apple Watch?" Apple 3.0 4/13
  • "ARM Mac Part Deux: Less Confusion"  Monday Note 9:07 PM
  • "It's time to give Firefox a fresh chance: Because everyone using Chrome for everything is a bad idea" The Verge 10:13 AM
  • "YouTube demonetized my tuba videos (also, I make tuba videos): YouTube can't decide if I can make money off my 10-year-old Legend of Zelda video or not." Ars Technica 4/14
  • "Graphic: The rise of Chinese venture capital/No Apple angle here, just an amazing graphic courtesy of the Wall Street Journal ($)." Apple 3.0 4/14
  • "What Google Is Planning for the Pixel: It stopped selling the first generation of its flagship phone. Why that makes sense—and what to expect next." Slate 4/13
  • "Android's trust problem isn't getting better" The Verge 4/13
  • "Opinion: There shouldn't be a 'next Facebook'" The Next Web 4/13
  • "Facebook Has a Profile On You Even If You Don't Have an Account" The Mac Observer 4/13
  • "Will Facebook be regulated?" Recode 4/13
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming April 14: Gene Steinberg meets security expert Chris Weber and Apple guru Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:42 AM
  • "Anchor's new Cohost feature matches podcasters with similar interests" Engadget 4/13
  • "iMovie gets some attention with an iPhone X-ready update: And support for Apple's Metal graphics API." Engadget 4/13
  • "iCarMode 4.5 - A CarPlay Substitute for Older Cars?" MacTrast 4/13
  • "Giant update makes Death Road to Canada even greater" Cult of Mac 4/13
  • "Firefox for iOS updated with tracking protection, tab re-ordering, drag-and-drop links, more" 9to5Mac 4/13
  • "Cute Mary v/s The World Animated Sticker Pack" prMac 4/13
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft network engineer faces charges linked to Reveton ransomware: A Microsoft network engineer was charged with money laundering and conspiracy linked to Reveton ransomware." CSO 12:08 PM
  • "Why Windows 7 Is Still a Good Choice for Home Users: Windows 7 still has the biggest market share on the desktop" Softpedia 4:57 PM
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 Preview Build 17643 Released For Skip Ahead Insiders: Sets, Edge, And Data Sense Improved" Tech Times 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Store removes Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile" phoneArena 4:13 PM
  • "Microsoft announce new program to Defend Democracy in upcoming mid-term US elections" MSPoweruser 8:03 AM
  • "MSI Upgrades Budget Laptops with Intel's CFL-H: Six-Core Notebooks Start at $1,099" AnandTech 8:02 AM
  • "HP Inc.: PC Data Foreshadows Another Strong Quarter" Seeking Alpha 8:45 AM
  • "IBM adept at transformation amidst market changes: APAC CEO" ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "Oracle survey reveals consumer digital banking expectations" ZDNet 9:20 PM
  • "Acer prepping Chromebox CXI3 desktop lineup starting at $300" ZDNet 12:51 PM
  • "How much it costs to build a 4K gaming PC in South Africa" My Broadband 8:02 AM
  • "Fluent Design makes its way to the Microsoft Account portal" Neowin 4/14
  • "How To Enable The Ultimate Power Plan On Windows 10" AddictiveTips 4/14
  • "16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips" ZDNet 4/14
  • "Is your Android phone a 'toxic hellstew' of vulnerabilities? There's an app to help you find out" ZDNet 4/14
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "A $30 Billion Asset Manager Turns Cautious on Apple Suppliers" Bloomberg 4/13
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends solid week on a sour note as bank shares slump after earnings: Global tensions hover as investors watch trade tensions, Syria" MarketWatch 4/13
  • "Stocks Decline as JPMorgan Leads Big U.S. Banks Lower: Stocks finish lower even after earnings beats from JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup." TheStreet 4/13
  • "Dow slips 123 points but stocks post weekly gains" FOXBusiness 4/13
  • "Global stocks mostly up as trade, Syria uncertainties ease" Associated Press 4/13
  • "U.S. Stocks Wobble but Post Weekly Gains: Energy shares rise as oil prices rally on worries over Mideast tensions" [Paid Membership Required] 4/13
  • "Asian markets wobble after China posts surprise trade deficit: Asia-Pacific stock markets gave up some of their early gains Friday after China reported a surprise trade deficit for March." MarketWatch 4/13
  • "European stocks end higher, rise for 3rd straight week, as Syria tensions remain in focus: European stocks edged higher on Friday, with the benchmark index scoring a third straight week of gains, as investors watched for developments in the Syria situation and in the trade spat between the U.S. and China." MarketWatch 4/13

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