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  • "Why the next iPhone doesn't need to be faster or thinner: The demand for more speed - and for that matter, the 'thin-and-light' craze, or silly 'animoji' nonsense - needs to come to an end. The next iPhone needs to focus on something a lot more fundamental."  ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "Apple v. Samsung retrial won't see Cook, Ive take the stand: The two companies on Monday filed their witness lists for their upcoming damages retrial. There won't be any CEOs on the stand."  CNET 5:08 PM
  • "Apple Has More Positive Impact on Society than Microsoft: A new survey reveals that Amazon has the most positive impact on society out of all technology companies, scoring substantially higher than all of its rivals."  Softpedia 7:59 AM
  • "EU launches in-depth probe into Apple's purchase of Shazam: Brussels has opened an in-depth investigation into Apple's purchase of Shazam on Monday, delaying the iPhone maker's $400m deal for the music-recognition service."  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:29 AM
  • "EU Probe Puts Apple's Shazam Deal at Risk: EU says concerned Apple could use Shazam data to hamper rivals"  Bloomberg 11:28 AM
  • "Apple's Shazam deal faces European probe" BBC 11:28 AM
  • "EU hits pause on Apple's deal to buy Shazam" CNNMoney 11:29 AM
  • "Apple Hires Samsung Executive to Lead South Korea Business" Bloomberg 8:25 PM
  • "Apple poaches Samsung exec to take on rival in S Korea" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:30 PM
  • "Apple Music Moves Jay Liepis to Nashville to Strengthen Country Presence: 'Thanks be to God!' said a label CEO hungry to see the major services prove they're serious about upping country's share of streams."  Variety 5:29 PM
  • "Apple Sued An Independent Norwegian Repair Shop In Bid To Monopolize Repair — And Lost"  Techdirt 7:59 AM
  • "Morgan Stanley Piles On Apple, Lowers iPhone Shipment Forecast" PYMNTS 7:58 AM
  • "Apple Has Notified WWDC 2018 Scholarship Winners" MacTrast 7:40 AM
  • "How to get an unsupported HP printer to work on macOS" iMore 3:23 PM
  • "Balance Color, White Balance & Match Color" FCPXtv 7:16 AM
  • "11+ Mac keyboard skills to learn today" Computerworld 6:45 AM
  • "How to Enable Markup Annotation Tools in macOS" MacRumors 7:40 AM
  • "How to take a screenshot on a Mac: Lost without Print Screen? Here are 3 ways to take a screenshot on your Mac" Digital Trends 8:00 AM
  • "14 Tips To Get the Most From Mac Reminders" MacMost 10:43 AM
  • "How to Get the Most Out of Apple's macOS Preview App" MacRumors 4:13 PM
  • "How to Open Website URLs from Anywhere on Mac with Spotlight" OS X Daily 3:08 PM
  • "macOS: Quickly Open a Link in a Safari Private Window" The Mac Observer 1:06 PM
  • "Quicken 2018's subscription isn't really a subscription" The Robservatory 9:34 AM
Press Releases
  • "Meet Your Instructors for Photoshop World 2018 – Part X" Layers Magazine 4:13 PM
  • "Prizmo 3.5 (Mac) - Many new features for the 9th anniversary of the app." Creaceed 9:26 AM
  • "Aquarius Computer releases TurnTable 3.0 – The Next iTunes, for People who Dream" Acquarius Computer 9:05 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Big Tribeca Deal: Apple Pays 7-Figures For Ed Sheeran Documentary 'Songwriter'"  Deadline 6:57 PM
  • "Legacy iPhone Sales Squeeze New Models: Oldest Models, Including 6S, 6S Plus, SE Continue to Sell Well" [2-page Word document] CIRP 11:30 AM
  • "Report: iPhone X demand slows as iPhone 8 and 8 Plus mix climbs in March quarter" 9to5Mac 11:51 AM
  • "iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus both beat iPhone X sales in March quarter, questionable data finds" AppleInsider 3:09 PM
  • "iPhone X customer sat hits 'standout' levels" iMore 12:23 PM
  • "iPhone X users love the 'notch'" Cult of Mac 3:22 PM
  • "Amazon is (apparently) doing more than Apple to improve society" Cult of Mac 9:35 AM
  • "Top Apple, Google, and Samsung smartphones hit game monetization records" ["Edinburgh and San Francisco-based DeltaDNA said that the study found the Apple iPhone X, as well as the latest smartphone models from Google and Samsung, is achieving game monetization numbers that are up to 270 percent above the industry average. Players using the newest phones are spending in greater numbers than ever before."]  VentureBeat 7:22 AM
  • "Remodeling set to begin in May at Apple's Palo Alto store, less than 6 years after opening" 9to5Mac 3:20 PM
  • "Apple to Close Last Remaining Apple Watch Pop-Up Shop Next Month" MacRumors 7:31 AM
  • "The world's last Apple Watch pop-up will be closing in a few weeks" Digital Trends 7:43 AM
  • "Streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify helping to turn around global record industry" AppleInsider 10:21 AM
  • "Apple reveals hidden UK engineering team and introduces them to children to inspire them to become engineers" The Independent 9:28 AM
  • "Apple Celebrates Turkish Children's Day With Self-Portraits Created Using iPad and Apple Pencil" MacRumors 10:21 AM
  • "Apple honors Turkish Children's Day by sharing portraits made with iPad" iMore 11:59 AM
  • "Apple Music — Horses: Patti Smith and her Band — Apple" YouTube 7:15 PM
  • "iPhone — App Store — Apple" YouTube 7:14 PM
  • "iPhone — Portraits — Apple" YouTube 7:14 PM
  • "Apple shares two new 'Life's easier on iPhone' ads" The Apple Post 2:59 PM
  • "Apple targets Android switchers with two new iPhone ads" AppleInsider 4:12 PM
  • "Florida police attempt to use dead man's finger to unlock his smartphone" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "Customer captures Apple store robbery on smartphone" TechSpot 7:55 AM
  • "Verne Troyer, star of Apple's Powerbook commercials, dies aged 49" AppleInsider 10:21 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: App Store hits 1 billion downloads" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Americans want tech companies to fix the internet, not the government" The Next Web 8:25 PM
  • "Behind the scenes at Alexa's laboratory: The Alexa Voice Service team at Amazon's Lab126 is busy getting the next generation of Alexa gadgets ready for the real world. The wide majority of them won't be made by Amazon." CNET 4:44 PM
  • "YouTube is officially a teenager today, which sounds about right" The Verge 3:21 PM
  • "Mysterious cyber worm targets medical systems, is found on X-ray machines and MRI scanners" ZDNet 11:50 AM
  • "Facebook's Ties With Kogan and Cambridge Were Even Cozier Than We Thought" Slate 11:49 AM
  • "Amazon and Netflix join Hollywood to lob sueball at 'Kodi' service SetTV" The Register 9:34 AM
  • "OpenSignal: Wi-Fi use drops as U.S. carriers embrace unlimited mobile data plans" VentureBeat 8:58 AM
  • "T-Mobile has upgraded its LTE coverage in hundreds of new sites" The Verge 8:57 AM
  • "The untold story of how the XPS 13 defied odds to become the world's best laptop" Digital Trends 7:43 AM
  • "Google's Parent Company Spends Like It's Thinking of a Future Beyond Ads" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:08 PM
  • "Ad sales surge at Google parent Alphabet, but so do costs" Reuters 7:46 PM
  • "Google tripled spending on property and computers to $7.3 billion in Q1 — and the CFO says it's not a 'one off'" Business Insider 7:45 PM
  • "Google is bleeding cash trying to take on Amazon in the smart home" The Verge 5:09 PM
  • "What do Google execs think about regulation, privacy, and the future of their ad business? Time to find out." Recode 11:29 AM
  • "Forget Facebook, Google hoards even more of your personal data" BGR 7:40 AM
  • "Hackers may have used your Gmail address for spam, but they didn't hack your account" BGR 7:40 AM
  • "Gmail spam mystery: Why have secure accounts started spamming themselves?" ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "Net neutrality is officially dead. Now what? The FCC has taken the final step in erasing the 2015 rules protecting the internet. Here's what you need to know." CNET 7:29 AM
  • "Cracked iPhone Screens, What's in iCloud Keychain, Which Mesh for Me, and More – Mac Geek Gab 706" The Mac Observer 6:48 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Brian Keating" The Mac Observer 4:22 PM
  • "#190: Redefine It Upward/Tim Cook totally has an Mac on his desk and an iPad at home, but how can Apple advance both its platforms while allowing them to retain their individuality? Also, Amazon Prime has a big number and Apple puts a chill into leakers." Relay FM: Upgrade 3:22 PM
  • "Amazon, Apple, and Home Robots -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-23" The Mac Observer 12:41 PM
  • "Facebook delays smart speaker launch to October" ["Meanwhile, Apple's HomePod is reportedly suffering from weak sales, causing the US-based vendor to dramatically cut related orders to the supply chain, down from 500,000 units a month to only 200,000, the sources noted."]  DigiTimes 7:38 AM
  • "Apple cuts HomePod orders by more than half" Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 could get wireless charging, like iPhone X: Rumor has it Apple's other iPhone will have a glass backing, like the iPhone 8 and iPhone X." CNET 3:24 PM
  • "There's still hope for the iPhone 5s to run iOS 12, its fifth potential major update" Pocketnow 7:56 AM
  • "TSMC may post record profits for 2018 on 7nm volume production: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is likely to score record profits for 2018 as the company will be gradually ramping up volume production of 7nm process in the second half of the year to fulfill lucrative orders from Apple for fabricating A12 application processors for its 2018 new iPhone models and from Quacomm for processing its new-generation smartphone chips, according to industry sources." DigiTimes 7:34 AM
  • "Apple's A12 chip production using 7nm process from TSMC expected for 2018 iPhone releases" AppleInsider 7:40 AM
  • "13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program FAQ: What it is and how to use it" Macworld 10:22 AM
  • "Some Apple laptops have an expanding battery problem — and you may be able to get it replaced for free" Business Insider 10:22 AM
  • "Apple Replacing 13-inch MacBook Pro Batteries: What to Do" LAPTOP Magazine 7:40 AM
  • "Apple launches battery replacement program for 13" MacBook Pro without Touch Bar" iDownload Blog 7:40 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:21 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:21 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:21 AM

  • "Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Versa: How to choose? We tested the new Fitbit Versa alongside the Apple Watch Series 3 to find out their strengths and weaknesses as smartwatches and fitness trackers." CNET 7:29 AM
  • "We put the last 4 iPhones through a battery beatdown" Digital Trends 10:31 AM
  • "Review: ONE Smart Keyboard Pro uses a Lightning cable and iPad integration to unlock its full potential" AppleInsider 3:09 PM
  • "Review: OneAdaptr's EVRI & Flip World ultra-portable chargers make for a great travel setup" 9to5Mac 8:32 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The best calculator apps for the iPhone and iPad: You can do better than Apple's default calculator app." Macworld 7:31 AM
  • "How to add family members to your Apple Music subscription" Digital Trends 5:09 PM
  • "How to check which apps have access to your iPhone's camera and microphone" 9to5Mac 4:13 PM
  • "How to use Workflow with Reminders" iMore 3:23 PM
  • "How to use Google Duo, the video calling app that's better than Apple's FaceTime and works on any phone" Business Insider 3:20 PM
  • "How to speed up Apple Watch software updates dramatically" iDownload Blog 11:34 AM
  • "How to Stop Apps From Disappearing on Your iPhone or iPad" MakeUseOf 8:00 AM
  • "How to change your Apple Watch band" TechRadar UK 7:56 AM
  • "How To Add An Anniversary To Calendar On iOS" AddictiveTips 3:08 PM
  • "Apple sells 5 different types of iPad and it's hard to choose — but there's one that's best for most people" Business Insider 2:59 PM
  • "iOS: Use iOS Restrictions to Lock Down Your iPhone" The Mac Observer 2:48 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone X Faithful Find One Major Flaw" Forbes 6:57 PM
  • "The only reasons to stay with the iPhone right now have nothing to do with the iPhone" Quartz 6:01 PM
  • "The fifth age of Macintosh: what happens if Apple dumps Intel?" OSNews 5:09 PM
  • "How Apple Killed Innovation"  Forbes 4:26 PM
  • "iPhone X Study Follow Up"  Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:33 AM
  • "Amazon's Vesta Project Means it's Time For Apple to Step Up its Robot Game" The Mac Observer 10:22 AM
  • "iOS 11.2.6 Userspace Security Research Platform In Development, Here's What It Could Mean For Jailbreakers" Redmond Pie 10:21 AM
  • "Chat: Google's big shot at killing Apple's iMessage" The Loop 8:32 AM
  • "Apple Will Keep Buying iPhone OLED Screens From Samsung, But Is That A Problem?" Tech Times 7:56 AM
  • "This is the 'Material Design 2' revamp of Google Account settings in Play services [Gallery] 9to5Google 8:56 PM
  • "How To Test The Waters Before Diving Into Blockchain" Forbes 8:44 PM
  • "Net neutrality is officially dead starting April 23. Here's what happens next." Mashable 4:29 PM
  • "Facebook And Google: Skip The F8 And I/O Infomercials; Fix Your Problems" BuzzFeed 3:22 PM
  • "Why failing to recycle electronics leaves gold mines untapped: E-waste is more than phones and laptops" The Verge 3:09 PM
  • "Smart TV Made Real By Amazon: Today's so-called Smart TVs are complicated and mostly irrelevant. This is about to change in ways that might have profound consequences." Monday Note 2:59 PM
  • "Why Amazon's home robots aren't a stretch: All the infrastructure, ecosystem via AWS is in place" ZDNet 11:49 AM
  • "Team Conan: The right way to use Apple's HomePod (Video)" Apple 3.0 5:33 PM
  • "Support group for writers of end-user license agreements" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 6:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Kindle for iOS update brings new magazine format and more" iMore 5:08 PM
  • "Persia and Macedon come to Civilization VI on iPad for 8.99!*" Aspyr 4:23 PM
  • "Lay your head on these plush Apple apps" Cult of Mac 3:24 PM
  • "NetBase Report Reveals United Kingdom's Most Loved Brands" [Apple #6] Business Wire 11:50 AM
  • "Twitterrific update improves direct messaging and keyboard support" Cult of Mac 11:49 AM
  • "First Apple HomeKit window air conditioner hits US market in time for summer" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "Snapseed photo editing app updated to support iPhone X" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "J. Cole breaks Apple Music's first-day streaming record in the US" The Verge 9:35 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of April 23: David Cox, iMovie, Apple Pencil, and ProRes Raw" The MUG Center 8:55 AM
  • "50+ Awesome high-res wallpapers, perfect for your Galaxy S9, Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X, Huawei P20 Pro, and others" phoneArena 7:56 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Amazon's Last Chance: If It Doesn't Catch #1 Microsoft In The Cloud In Q1, It Never Will" Forbes 9:57 AM
  • "Zero-Day Flaw in Internet Explorer Allows Hackers to Infect Windows PCs" Softpedia 9:58 AM
  • "Microsoft looks to bots to make employees more productive" ZDNet 2:56 PM
  • "Three Changes to Look for in Windows 10 April 2018 Update" Softpedia 10:00 AM
  • "Windows Defender System Guard in Windows 10 Spring Creators Update" gHacks 9:56 AM
  • "Windows 10 'April Update' Expected to Launch This Week" Softpedia 9:55 AM
  • "IBM Trials Blockchain Powered Trade Finance Platform with International Banks" BTC Manager 9:39 AM
  • "Can you pass IBM's test for entry-level roles?" Popular Science 9:39 AM
  • "No large tax bill sees IBM Australia pocket AU$40m 2017 profit" ZDNet 9:38 AM
  • "CEOs from HP Inc and Lenovo to join 2018 Canalys Channels Forums" Canlys 9:36 AM
  • "It's a Pivotal moment: Dell's cloudy soft limb hits the stock market" The Register 9:35 AM
  • "Lenovo Tab 4 8 Plus and Home Assistant Pack review: A middling tablet is a poor Alexa speaker" PCWorld 8:25 AM
  • "Could Intel Close Shop If Apple Takes Away Its Mac Business?" Market Realist 4:13 PM
  • "Intel Should Be Worried About AMD's Second-Gen Ryzen Chips" The Motley Fool 4:13 PM
  • "Samsung beats Intel in booming 2017, but only just" eeNews 9:32 AM
  • "Intel Crimson Canyon NUC spotted in benchmarks, photos" Hexus 9:31 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE and Ryzen 3 2200GE pop up with 35-W TDPs" The Tech Report 9:28 AM
  • "AMD's Combat Crate is locked and loaded with a CPU, graphics card and motherboard" TechRadar UK 9:27 AM
  • "The AMD Combat Crate Is The 'Ultimate Arsenal For Gamers' GPU, CPU And Motherboard All In One Box" SegmentNext 9:26 AM
  • "[Leak] AMD to Fight Miners With Combat Crates – GPU, CPU & Motherboard in One Box" WCCFTech 9:26 AM
  • "AMD launches low-power Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE with integrated Vega graphics" Computing 9:26 AM
  • "AMD's low-power Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE chips come with Vega graphics" The Inquirer 9:26 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2800X could square up against Intel's 8-core Coffee Lake CPU" TechRadar UK 9:27 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPU release dates, specs and price: AMD hints at Ryzen 7 2800X plan to counter 8-core Intel Coffee Lake CPUs" V3 9:25 AM
  • "AMD plans Ryzen 7 2800X CPU to take on Intel's 8-core Coffee Lake chips" The Inquirer 9:25 AM
  • "AMD promises AGESA fix for 2nd Gen Ryzen glitches" bit-tech 9:25 AM
  • "Aftermarket Cooling Solution For AMD Ryzen Will Void Its Warranty, Here Is Why It Doesn't Make Any Sense" SegmentNext 9:25 AM
  • "AMD adds energy-efficient Ryzen 3 2200GE, Ryzen 5 2400GE APUs" Hexus 9:25 AM
  • "AMD Removes Six 1st gen Ryzen Procs from Lineup" Guru3D 9:24 AM
  • "Oracle to demand business users buy licence to run Java SE 8 from next year" Computing 9:20 AM
  • "Does Oracle Corp. Have The Chance It Wants to Lead the Cloud Race?" InvestorPlace 4:26 PM
  • "Cisco wants channel to invest in own IP" Channel Eye 9:18 AM
  • "Single single-sign-on snafu threatens three Cisco products" The Register 9:18 AM
  • "Cisco Enhances Webex to Include More of What You Do Everyday to Get Great Work Done" Al Bawaba 9:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Neil Cybart sets the table for Apple's Q2 earnings next week" Apple 3.0 5:34 PM
  • "Apple Inc's Growth Prospects Look Exhausted" InvestorPlace 7:43 AM
  • "Apple's Share Price: A Message To FX Traders" Investing 7:59 AM
  • "The Mighty Apple Has Struck Out" RealMoney 3:23 PM
  • "Apple sensor supplier AMS warns of second-quarter slowdown" Reuters 2:56 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks move lower as investors wrestle with rising bond yields: 10-year Treasury yield hovers just below 3%" MarketWatch 2:52 PM
  • "Stocks Lose Steam as Yields Hover Near 3% Threshold: Stocks were lower in cautious trading as benchmark 10-year Treasury notes are near 3%." TheStreet 2:51 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks edge higher; bond yields climb" Associated Press 12:20 PM
  • "Global stocks looking for direction in flat start to week" Associated Press 8:54 AM
  • "Stocks Slip as Treasury Yields Rise: 10-year yield comes within striking distance of 3% as a rise in oil prices boosts inflation expectations" [Paid Membership Required] 2:51 PM
  • "Hong Kong stocks pull back as Apple suppliers extend losses" Nikkei 7:59 AM
  • "Asian markets get week off to a slow start: Taiwan Semiconductor shares extend losses" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "European stocks struggle as PMIs fail to provide a lift" MarketWatch 8:54 AM

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