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Tuesday Highlights: Qualcomm lawyers were able to get Apple to admit they had no other choice for 4G modem components; due to iPhone XR sales issues, Japan Display seeks help from Taiwan and China's Silk Road Fund, report also notes Apple said to go OLED on all iPhones by 2020; and Foxconn looking at India for iPhone assembly; Adam Engst asks if Apple will fill void in speech recognition now that Nuance has left macOS; once again, Fortune crowns Apple #1 most admired company in world for 12th year straight—reports in our General Interest section; lawsuit settled between Apple, Valencell over accusation Apple stole tech for Apple Watch; Apple expands Apple Pay to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and more; "Flexgate", the name iFixit assigns to new MacBook Pro "stage light" design flaw; iPhone XS Max and original iPhone X #4 and #10, respectively, in DxOMark's selfie camera scores.

  • "Apple Loses Ground to Amazon in Smart Home Deals With Builders"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:08 AM
  • "In defense of the HomePod: Amazon's smart speaker dominance won't last"  TechCrunch 1:09 PM
  • "Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked"  CNNMoney 7:27 AM
  • "How to fix iMessage and FaceTime activation issues on macOS" iMore 8:15 AM
  • "Build Custom Length Commercial Music Tracks in Final Cut Pro X with 'Soundstacks' from FCP Audio" 6:47 AM
  • "How to improve your Mac audio experience with these sound tricks" AppleInsider 3:20 PM
  • "How to use macOS Recovery: If your Mac doesn't start up or won't update the latest macOS, don't worry! macOS Recovery can help." iMore 11:39 AM
  • "Cropping Pictures in Mac Photos" MacMost 10:21 AM
  • "Set Your Mac to Use Trackpad and Mouse at the Same Time – How to" WCCFTech 8:03 AM
  • "How to get a 'Save As' command back on your Mac" Apple Must 11:30 AM
  • "How to change the admin password on a Mac" Macworld UK 8:02 AM
  • "How to manage apps that automatically open when you log into macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:01 AM
  • "Rise of the Tomb Raider on Mac: Can you run it?" Mac Gamer HQ 6:56 AM
Press Releases
  • "Handbrake Open Source Video Transcoder + Mac" iLounge 3:41 PM
  • "Meet Your Instructors for Photoshop World 2018 – Part IX" Layers Magazine 2:42 PM
  • "MacBook Pro Guidebook - Guide Book released for MacBook and High Sierra" prMac 7:26 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone sales peaked in China in 2015 — and a comeback is 'doubtful,' says UBS"  Business Insider 12:00 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone unlikely to recover damaged Chinese marketshare, analyst argues" AppleInsider 2:42 PM
  • "Apple Music's Hip-Hop Programming Head Carl Chery Exiting for Spotify (Exclusive)"  Variety 2:41 PM
  • "iPhone Cracking Methods Like GrayKey Box Can Guess a Six-Digit Password in 11 Hours on Average" MacRumors 2:43 PM
  • "Apple's Indian app accelerator is producing world class apps, but the developer community feels aloof"  KillerFeatures 8:46 AM
  • "Apple's geographically limited India app accelerator hampering iOS development growth" AppleInsider 8:47 AM
  • "10 fresh photos taken at Apple Park" Apple Must 10:22 AM
  • "Google accidentally revealed Android P takes more from the iPhone X than just the notch" BGR 6:48 AM
  • "'Father of iPod' Tony Fadell thinks Apple needs to tackle iPhone addiction, company reportedly working on it" 9to5Mac 8:46 AM
  • "Apple should do more to combat smartphone addiction, insists iPod-Father Tony Fadell" AppleInsider 12:00 PM
  • "'iPod Father' Tony Fadell Challenges Apple To Help Combat Smartphone Addiction" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Taiwanese Apple supplier opens pet hospital: Compal Electronics looks beyond iPads as pet care margins much higher" Nikkei 8:03 AM
  • "Apple, Silicon Valley ripped for encryption policies by James Comey in new book" AppleInsider 10:20 AM
  • "James Comey's new book, available for pre-order on iPhone & iPad, says Apple fails to see the darkness" 9to5Mac 10:20 AM
  • "James Comey on Apple, Google Encryption: They 'Drove Me Crazy'" Fortune 1:35 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Cupertino disputes so-called 'Apple tax'" Cult of Mac 7:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Adobe acquires Sayspring voice platform startup to bolster its virtual assistant efforts" 9to5Mac 6:08 PM
  • "Adobe acquires voice interface platform Sayspring" TechCrunch 6:07 PM
  • "Majority of divisive Facebook ads bought by 'suspicious groups': study" Reuters 3:48 PM
  • "Zuckerberg testimony undermines Facebook stance in terrorism case: U.S. court filing" Reuters 3:48 PM
  • "Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind: Legally blind since age 18, my father missed out on the first digital revolution."  The Atlantic 1:36 PM
  • "T-Mobile to pay $40 million penalty for inserting false ring tones in rural U.S. calls" Reuters 1:11 PM
  • "IT pros are not confident their organizations have the skills to take advantage of AI: Although enterprises want to implement chatbots in the workplace, privacy concerns are an issue for some." ZDNet 12:47 PM
  • "Samsung patents its first iPhone X clone" Cult of Mac 10:38 AM
  • "Facebook tracks you even if you're not a user, and you can't really do anything about it" BGR 10:20 AM
  • "New breakthrough could make batteries safer—without compromising power, charge" Mashable 10:10 AM
  • "Antitrust regulators may be looking at how Nvidia is selling graphics cards" Digital Trends 8:10 AM
  • "Sony just quietly announced an even better iPhone X and Galaxy S9 rival" BGR 7:58 AM
  • "Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI" The Register 7:58 AM
  • "Amazon warehouse workers pee into bottles because they are scared of being punished for taking a comfort break" Business Insider 7:39 AM
  • "British Lords Call For An AI Council To Keep The Robots In Check" Forbes 7:31 AM
  • "Managing Your Keychains, iPhone Caches, Automation, and More – Mac Geek Gab 705" The Mac Observer 6:27 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Gravitational Wave Astrophysicist Dr. Chiara Mingarelli" The Mac Observer 6:21 PM
  • "#189: Obsolescence Isn't What It Used to Be/Special Guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to discuss the weather, old speakers, Apple's latest TV acquisition, the long slow fade of 32-bit Mac apps, and the arrival of a new version of his favorite iOS writing app." Relay FM: Upgrade 3:20 PM
  • "HomePod Sales, Third-party Apple Watch Faces -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-16" The Mac Observer 12:28 PM
  • "Samsung to begin 'iPhone X Plus' display production in May" The Apple Post 10:10 AM
  • "Apple planned to release a gold iPhone X but it may have been scrapped" CNBC 6:47 AM
  • "iOS 12: Which iPhones and iPads will it render obsolete?" ZDNet 10:10 AM
  • "Mapping Apple's vast universe of space gray shades" 9to5Mac 11:39 AM
  • "watchOS 4.3.1 Beta Hints at Future Support for Third-Party Apple Watch Faces" MacRumors 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Watch could finally get support for third-party faces" Cult of Mac 6:57 AM
  • "The Apple Watch may support third-party watch faces in the future" Ars Technica 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 11.4 to Developers" MacRumors 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.4 Beta 2 to Developers [Download] iClarified 12:30 PM
  • "Apple issues second developer betas of iOS 11.4, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1" AppleInsider 12:30 PM
  • "iFixit speculates iOS 11.3 touchscreen issues aren't purposeful, just software bugs" 9to5Mac 8:26 PM
  • "How to See Which Apple Products Have Extended Repair or Recall Status" The Mac Observer 10:52 AM
  • "Apple Watch 2 Swollen? You Can Get a Free Fix" Tom's Guide 8:02 AM
  • "Apple will repair Apple Watch Series 2 models with swollen battery issues" Apple World Today 7:01 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:21 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:21 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:21 AM

  • "Huawei P20 Pro vs Apple iPhone X: Which is best?" Stuff Magazine 8:04 AM
  • "Fitbit Versa vs Apple Watch Series 1: Which budget smartwatch is right for you? The choice isn't as obvious as you might think." Macworld 8:24 AM
  • "Avantree TC418 Bluetooth transmitter review: Play your legacy audio gear through any Bluetooth speaker" TechHive 7:27 AM
  • "Galaxy S9 tops iPhone X in the latest Consumer Reports smartphone ratings" BGR 6:20 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "What's new in Apple's latest watchOS 4.3.1 beta" AppleInsider 6:05 PM
  • "The best iPhone camera apps: Take your photos and videos to the next level." Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "'Project Highrise' Review: 'Bout That Architect Life" Touch Arcade 1:12 PM
  • "'Vandals' Review - It's Like 'Lara Croft Go' with Graffiti" Touch Arcade 10:10 AM
  • "How to secure your iPhone and iPad Lock screen" 9to5Mac 6:18 PM
  • "How to turn off Airplane Mode and Do Not Disturb mirroring with iPhone and Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 3:20 PM
  • "How to Set an 'Out of Office' Auto-Reply Email Message on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2:42 PM
  • "How to repair or replace a broken Apple Watch" iMore 11:40 AM
  • "How to block a number on iPhone" IT PRO (UK) 8:04 AM
  • "How to cancel a subscription on iOS: It's so easy to sign up for a service, but unsubscribing can be a small nightmare for the unprepared." Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "Researcher estimates GrayKey can unlock 6-digit iPhone passcode in 11 hours, here's how to protect yourself" AppleInsider 7:31 PM
  • "Remove annoying clutter from iPad Spotlight searches" Cult of Mac 3:21 PM
  • "12+ things you can do with a locked iPhone" Computerworld 10:04 AM
  • "Reclaim Your Screen From Scammers: Internet con artists hope their crafty coding will fool you into asking for their fraudulent tech-support services, but you can often escape with a few keystrokes." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:40 AM
  • "Take a look at how far iOS has come in 11 years" BGR 9:21 PM
  • "People Said 'Hey Siri' before 'Hey Siri' Was a Thing" The Mac Observer 7:39 PM
  • "Russia's Telegram Ban Could Be First Salvo against Apple's iMessage and Other Encrypted Platforms" The Mac Observer 6:21 PM
  • "Netflix calls itself the 'anti-Apple' at its own peril"  Cult of Mac 10:22 AM
  • "How Apple could use its massive cash pile to educate the world" Cult of Mac 10:21 AM
  • "Apple vs. Samsung: State of the mobile silicon"  iMore 10:21 AM
  • "Apple Isn't Opening Apple Watch to Third-party Watch Faces" The Mac Observer 10:04 AM
  • "Why Apple Inc. Won't Release an iPhone 9 This Year" The Motley Fool 8:03 AM
  • "Wish List: 7 new features we'd like to see in a new 'Apple Watch Series 4'"  AppleInsider 7:26 AM
  • "What Comey said about Apple" Apple 3.0 6:59 AM
  • "Huawei P20 Pro review: The most powerful smartphone camera ever" Mashable 1:38 PM
  • "The United States needs a Department of Cybersecurity" TechCrunch 8:40 AM
  • "It's no crypto-utopia. Blockchain has real problems to solve." Digital Trends 7:08 AM
  • "Beyond Bitcoin: How blockchain will reshape the future" Digital Trends 7:08 AM
  • "How Javascript's Creator Will Use Blockchain To Save The Internet From Ads" Digital Trends 7:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple highlights drawings from kids in latest Apple Pencil + iPad adsĀ [Videos] 9to5Mac 9:22 PM
  • "This box turns your iPad into the ultimate guitar pedalboard" Cult of Mac 1:11 PM
  • "ShowStoppers -OWC Introduces eGPU Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Options" MacVoices 10:05 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of April 16: Dwight Silverman, Allison Sheridan, Synology, Payment Methods" The MUG Center 10:04 AM
  • "Global Fitness Trackers Market Expected to Reach $62,128 Million by 2023 - Allied Market Research" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "30 Sweet and Free iPhone 7 Wallpapers" Popsugar 8:04 AM
  • "The best apps for following the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
  • "The cheapest live TV streamer heads to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV: Philo, which nixes news and sports for a cut-rate $16 a month, is also unlocking the streaming apps for cable channels like AMC, Nickelodeon and Discovery." CNET 7:27 AM
  • "The Power Pad is a sturdy, powerful, flexible iPhone wireless charger" Apple World Today 7:01 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Solution to a Tech Threat: Linux, not Windows/The software will be embedded in chips for toys, household appliances, industrial machinery and millions of other internet-connected devices" [Paid Membership Required] 3:21 PM
  • "Microsoft's Next OS is Based on Linux, Not Windows" Thurrott 6:04 PM
  • "Microsoft's bid to secure the Internet of Things: Custom Linux, custom chips, Azure/This is Redmond's first ever Linux distribution." Ars Technica 6:18 PM
  • "Microsoft, Google, and Samsung Among the 'Most Admired Companies' in Canada" Softpedia 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft engineer charged with money laundering over Reveton ransomware" Computing 9:34 AM
  • "Microsoft introduces Azure Sphere for securing IoT devices" ZDNet 3:48 PM
  • "Microsoft engineers mitigate service management issue affecting Azure users in Australia" Neowin 9:32 AM
  • "Windows 10 build 17643 (and earlier) for PC: Everything you need to know" Windows Central 9:34 AM
  • "Microsoft Acknowledges Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4093112 Causing Pen Issues" Softpedia 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Update KB4093118" Softpedia 9:31 AM
  • "Microsoft releases another Windows 10 'Redstone 4' test build with 'reliability' fixes" ZDNet 9:10 PM
  • "New Redstone 4 RTM Build Resets the Magic Window" Thurrott 7:02 PM
  • "How IBM's new cyber tools use AI to make human security pros more effective" TechRepublic 9:25 AM
  • "What to Watch When IBM Reports Earnings Next Week" The Motley Fool 9:25 AM
  • "IBM Resilient enterprise security platform merges human, machine learning" ZDNet 8:44 AM
  • "Introducing IBM X-Force Threat Management: A Smarter Security Solution to Manage the 360-Degree Threat Life Cycle" Security Intelligence 9:24 AM
  • "IBM Resilient Launches Intelligent Orchestration: The Next Generation of Incident Response" Security Intelligence 9:23 AM
  • "This certified refurbished HP Omen PC with a GTX 1060 is just $600 after a $300 discount" PCWorld 9:20 AM
  • "HP Aims Its New Chromebooks at Apple and Microsoft" The Motley Fool 9:19 AM
  • "HP Has The Best 3-D Printing Technology - Cramer's Lightning Round (4/13/18)" Seeking Alpha 9:19 AM
  • "HP announces world's first wearable VR PC in India; here are the details" Financial Express 9:19 AM
  • "HP's Overkill Convertible Makes Your Surface Pro Look Wimpy and Weak" Gizmodo 9:18 AM
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2018) review:" CNET 9:16 AM
  • "Is Intel preparing a 40th Anniversary Core i7-8086K CPU?" Hexus 9:16 AM
  • "Best Of: Best Value Intel B360 Motherboards" TechSpot 9:16 AM
  • "8 Core AMD Ryzen 2700X Competes With 10 Core Intel 7900X" SegmentNext 9:10 AM
  • "AMD AM4 X470 Motherboards From Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte And MSI" SegmentNext 9:10 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700X and Ryzen 5 2600X OCed on LN2 to 5.88GHz" Hexus 9:09 AM
  • "eGPU tests show AMD Radeon RX 580 more than twice as fast as top-end MacBook Pro GPU" 9to5Mac 9:09 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 2 chips are topping 5.8GHz when overclocked" PCGamesN 9:09 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPU release dates, specs and price: X370 versus X470 AM4 motherboards" V3 9:08 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2600X And Ryzen 7 2700X Already Overclocked At 5.8GHz Across All Cores" SegmentNext 9:06 AM
  • "Oracle's cloud business in the time of Trump" ZDNet 3:48 PM
  • "Oracle Co-CEO Tells Trump Pentagon Cloud Plan Makes 'No Sense'" Bloomberg 9:05 AM
  • "Cisco Teams With ConnectWise On New Security Dashboard, Giving Smaller MSPs A Path Into Advanced Security Offeirngs" CRN 9:02 AM
  • "Cisco invests in Israeli SaaS AI co" Globes 9:02 AM
  • "Cisco Extends Endpoint Protection With Advanced Email Security" eWeek 9:01 AM
  • "Cisco Doubles Down on Security Innovation and Investment to Protect the Endpoint and Email" Globe News Wire 9:00 AM
  • "Cisco brings new email security services to its AMP endpoint platform" ZDNet 8:44 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "High praise for Apple's free cash flow" Apple 3.0 7:28 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow set for first close above key level in more than a month as stocks rally" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Jumps 212 Points as Wall Street Shrugs Off Syria and Turns to Earnings: Stocks rise Monday as concerns over prolonged military action in Syria fade and the focus for investors shifts to a heavy upcoming slate of U.S. corporate earnings." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Dow slips 123 points but stocks post weekly gains" FOXBusiness 3:53 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks move broadly higher on Wall Street" Associated Press 1:31 PM
  • "Tech, industrial stocks are big gainers as US indexes rally" Associated Press 1:31 PM
  • "Hong Kong, China stocks slump as worries over Hong Kong dollar persist: Asian stocks' early gains eroded Monday, led by declines in Hong Kong and mainland China over worries about the Hong Kong dollar." MarketWatch 7:31 AM
  • "European stocks close lower as geopolitical worries remain on traders' radars: European stocks ended lower on Monday, as traders weighed the limited strikes on the Syrian regime over the weekend and the potential for additional U.S. sanctions against Russia." MarketWatch 12:34 PM

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