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Friday 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?

  • "Defending Tim Cook: Why Apple remains in good hands/Despite recent stock woes and the rough HomePod launch, Tim Cook has represented Apple well in his time at the helm, and blaming him for not being Steve Jobs is pointless, and ignores the new realities surrounding Apple that have developed in the last five years."  AppleInsider 1:41 PM
  • "Apple looking to simplify iPhone branding for 2018 releases, analyst predicts"  AppleInsider 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Preview: Story Is Intact Despite Near-Term Risk/Apple reports on Tuesday, May 1st. Here's what we expect" Loup Ventures 11:25 AM
  • "Apple CEO will meet with President Trump to stave off China trade war"  VentureBeat 8:32 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to Meet Privately With President Trump Today" Investopedia 8:33 AM
  • "Tim Cook is trying to get Trump to back off his trade battle with China" Business Insider 9:09 AM
  • "Trump and Cook talked trade in Oval Office meeting" AppleInsider 5:21 PM
  • "Trump, top aides talk trade with Apple CEO Cook at White House: Trump is preparing to send a delegation to China to try to head off a trade war that stands to harm Apple" Reuters 6:25 PM
  • "Tim Cook, Rupert Murdoch headline Trump's 1st state dinner guest list" CNN 7:15 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Attends State Dinner at White House and Will Meet With Trump on Wednesday" MacRumors 7:22 AM
  • "Apple Updates XProtect Malware Definitions for Trojan OSX/Snake.A" Intego 2:26 PM
  • "PSA: There's a new fake Flash Player installer for Macs, and it's nastier than usual" 9to5Mac 7:18 AM
  • "How to Remove the New Mac Flash Malware 'Crossrider" The Mac Observer 3:56 PM
  • "Most Useful Siri Commands on macOS" MacRumors 3:47 PM
  • "How to record Apple TV on your Mac, wirelessly" Cult of Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Outlook for Mac: Configuring (and Disabling!) Swipes" The Mac Observer 8:37 AM
  • "How to Float Notes Over Application Windows in macOS" MacRumors 8:19 AM
  • "How to reply to or forward messages in Mail on macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
  • "You're Practically a Mac Developer: Say you write an iOS app, and now you want to write the Mac version." inessential 3:46 PM
Press Releases
  • "AutoCAD 2018 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2018 for Mac Updates Available" Autodesk 12:18 PM
  • "Clip Studio Paint Ex is solid animation software, but it's coming to an end" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "America seems to be falling for Apple Music — MBLM" Apple Must 1:21 PM
  • "Startup Offers $3 Million to Anyone Who Can Hack the iPhone: A new startup in Dubai is offering six and seven figure payouts for zero-day exploits for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac." Motherboard 2:03 PM
  • "The iPhone X Plus could copy the Galaxy Note with an 'iPen': Analysts claim that the premium 2018 iPhone will support Apple Pencil." CNET 2:03 PM
  • "iOS 11 Now Installed on 76% of iOS Devices, While Android 8 is Installed on 4.6% of Android Devices" MacRumors 11:49 AM
  • "Fewer iPhone and iPad users are upgrading to the latest version of iOS"  Business Insider 1:49 PM
  • "iPhone X early adopters aren't satisfied with Siri" Business Insider 8:59 AM
  • "Global quarterly smartphone demand down year-on-year though revenue growth remained strong" GfK Global 7:20 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X delivered a KO punch to cheap Androids: Q1 smartphone demand slumped globally but ASP grew by 21%" AppleInsider 7:21 AM
  • "No, Apple didn't deliver a 'KO punch' to Android with the iPhone X" BGR 3:51 PM
  • "Samsung ships 8 million S9/S9+ smartphones in its launch month" ["Samsung's rival Apple has just had a disappointing quarter for its iPhone X. Canalys estimates that Apple shipped fewer than 14 million iPhone Xs in Q1 2018, down from 29 million in Q4 2017. 'Apple's iPhone X performance in Q1 is a clear indication of the challenges that premium smartphones now face,' said TuanAnh Nguyen, Analyst at Canalys."]  Canalys 7:45 AM
  • "iPhone X sales in rapid decline? Apple will sell 'fewer than 14 million in Q1'" ZDNet 9:37 AM
  • "Apple Shipped 14 Million iPhone X Units in Q1 2018" iPhone Hacks 7:47 AM
  • "Canalys declares Apple's iPhone X sales 'disappointing'" Apple 3.0 8:17 AM
  • "Supreme Court SAS ruling: higher principles decide, patent review efficiency suffers collateral damage" ["Then there was Apple, which generally had a great deal of urgency in cases in which it was the only part asserting offensive claims, or was asserting more or potentially more impactful ones, while taking its time when defending itself--but nowhere near as extreme as some Android companies."] Foss Patents 8:18 AM
  • "Conviva Measures Explosive Growth in Streaming Video on the Internet: Apple TV Viewership Up 709% in Q1 2018 Compared to Q1 2017, Conviva Finds in Quarterly State of OTT Market Report, While Android Pulls Ahead of iOS in Mobile Viewing" PRNewswire 8:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code" Motherboard 8:15 AM
  • "Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot tweets praise for her new Huawei Mate 10 ... from an iPhone" 9to5Mac 7:18 AM
  • "Facebook's Privacy Scandal Appears to Have Little Effect on Its Bottom Line" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:46 PM
  • "YouTube Kids to give parents more control over output" BBC 2:26 PM
  • "North Korean-linked malware campaign increasing global scope" Axios 1:54 PM
  • "'Holy Grail' Exploit Puts Nintendo Switch Consoles at Risk" TechNewsWorld 1:34 PM
  • "Belgium defines video game loot boxes as illegal gambling" The Verge 1:33 PM
  • "Bill Gates-backed start-up EarthNow will provide real-time video of 'almost' anywhere on the planet" CNBC 9:57 AM
  • "Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code" Motherboard 8:15 AM
  • "Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan" The Register 7:16 AM
  • "Cracking The Crypto War/Ray Ozzie thinks he has an approach for accessing encrypted devices that attains the impossible: It satisfies both law enforcement and privacy purists." Wired 7:12 AM
  • "YouTube Remix could mean the end of Google Play Music" Engadget 8:32 AM
  • "Google Play Music dies in 2019, according to YouTube Remix rumour" Memeburn 8:15 AM
  • "Google gun emoji becomes water pistol" BBC 7:12 AM
  • "Say hello to the new Gmail with self-destructing messages, email snoozing and more – TechCrunch" TechCrunch 7:53 AM
  • "Google Is Giving Gmail a Makeover" PC Magazine 7:02 AM
  • "Amazon Cyberpunk King, Tim's State Dinner, GrayShift Pudding -ACM 459" The Mac Observer 5:20 PM
  • "Goodbye Google Play Music, Mac Flash Malware -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-25" The Mac Observer 1:19 PM
  • "Intel To Supply 70% of iPhone Modems This Year, 100% in 2019" Fast Company 7:41 PM
  • "New report says Apple won't be able to fully drop Qualcomm as an iPhone supplier this year" 9to5Mac 7:41 PM
  • "Intel to Supply Apple With 70% of LTE Chips Needed for 2018 iPhones" MacRumors 9:22 PM
  • "Apple partner TSMC has started production of next-gen chips that will power Apple's new iPhone" BGR 9:22 PM
  • "Apple adoption of Qi spurring wireless charging development, says Digitimes Research" DigiTimes 8:38 AM
  • "Component orders for new iPhone to not pick up till mid-3Q18, say sources" DigiTimes 8:28 AM
  • "Apple debugs debugger, plugs big holes in iOS and WebKit" The Register 7:16 AM
  • "Download iOS 11.3.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch [IPSW Links] iPhone Hacks 11:26 AM
  • "Problems with an Apple AirPort? It could be a hardware failure: We've seen many reports that failing Apple base stations create transient problems that can only be fixed by replacement."  Macworld 7:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Walmart is selling the Apple Watch Series 1 for $100 off" Macworld 1:26 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:00 AM

  • "Review: Mophie Charge Stream Pad+" iLounge 3:02 PM
  • "Libratone TRACK+ wireless headphones pair svelte design and adaptive noise canceling with premium audio" AppleInsider 7:28 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Google Tasks: Hands On With Google's New To-Do List App" Wired 3:01 PM
  • "Capture notes quickly with Drafts [50 Essential iOS Apps #5] Cult of Mac 11:25 AM
  • "Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game now available on iPhone and iPad, but it's an obnoxious free-to-play game" 9to5Mac 7:18 AM
  • "How to invoke split screen on iPad with iOS 11" 9to5Mac 7:41 PM
  • "How to set up or recover voicemail on iPhone" 9to5Mac 5:43 PM
  • "How to Check iPhone Battery Health" OS X Daily 3:02 PM
  • "How to quickly fix sideways video clips on iPhone or iPad" iMore 1:34 PM
  • "Using More Secure iPhone Passcodes" MacMost 11:26 AM
  • "How to get workflows for your iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:29 AM
  • "How to View Which Apps Have Access to Your Google Information" MacTrast 8:14 AM
  • "Apple To Simplify Branding Of 2018 iPhone Lineup, iPhone 8 Successor May Be Named 'iPhone'" Redmond Pie 9:21 PM
  • "Kanye West tweetstorms Tim Cook meeting request, says he has 'some ideas'" 9to5Mac 8:22 PM
  • "What do Trump and Apple want from each other, anyway?" Mashable 1:34 PM
  • "Apple's HomePod miscalculation will haunt the company for years"  Cult of Mac 1:34 PM
  • "Don't buy the MacBook Pros even on sale, in my opinion: I sold mine back to Apple. Yes, that bad."  The Outline 1:25 PM
  • "Apple could be making a huge change to iPhone naming this year" Business Insider 12:32 PM
  • "Is 2018 the year Apple fixes broken iPhone naming strategy?"  Cult of Mac 12:21 PM
  • "Marzipan: What you need to now about the rumored new XKit" iMore 11:36 AM
  • "Google Play Music's Switch to YouTube Remix Could Give Apple Music a Big Subscriber Boost" The Mac Observer 11:26 AM
  • "The future of Mac hardware should be more flexible: Rumors are swirling that Apple is on the edge of entering a major transition with the Mac. But what should that transition look like?" iMore 11:25 AM
  • "As an iPhone user, there are two things that make me jealous of Android"  BGR 9:37 AM
  • "Feature Request: A gesture to undo accidentally tapping the top of the screen on an iOS device" 9to5Mac 9:37 AM
  • "Going all-in on USB-C with Apple's ecosystem? That's impossible — for now"  AppleInsider 8:42 AM
  • "What I learned working for Bill Gates and Steve Jobs" The Next Web 8:36 AM
  • "Behold Tim Cook's Obvious Discomfort Attending Trump's White House State Dinner" Gizmodo 8:31 AM
  • "What to expect from Apple's iPhone SE 2" Computerworld 11:25 AM
  • "7 ways Apple could cut the iPhone '11" price for 2018/Commentary: A cheaper iPhone with Face ID would require deep feature cuts."  CNET 7:59 AM
  • "Five products Apple needs to put to rest: It's time for Apple to do a little pruning of the product tree."  Macworld 7:21 AM
  • "Comment: Assessing which tech company does most good for society is no easy feat"  9to5Mac 7:18 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (54): Wall Street Panics on its Own Terms; More on Nikon D850 and Output" eXtensions 7:03 AM
  • "HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) Review/The HP Envy x2 represents a brave new world for Windows PCs with its always-on connectivity and mobile device-based hardware platform. But it falls short in too many ways and will disappoint the typical PC user." Thurrott 5:48 PM
  • "Where do millennials go for digital media and content?" ZDNet 12:23 PM
  • "How to choose a smartwatch if you use Android" The Verge 11:35 AM
  • "Jeff Bezos v the world: why all companies fear 'death by Amazon'" The Guardian 8:40 AM
  • "Why we should worry about Facebook and Google owning our data" The Next Web 8:36 AM
  • "A top analyst explains why everyone's overreacting to Facebook's data scandal" Business Insider 8:36 AM
  • "Wi-Fi gets quicker with 802.11ax, but buying early might offer few advantages" PCWorld 7:13 AM
  • "Is the U.S. headed toward a cashless economy through blockchain?" Computerworld 7:13 AM
  • "Bad Lip Reading made a truly great video of Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook interrogation" Mashable 12:31 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Sonos Confirms AirPlay 2 Coming to Playbase, Play:5, and Sonos One" The Mac Observer 5:37 PM
  • "Improve your mobile browsing experience with 1Blocker X for iOS" iMore 3:02 PM
  • "Bandsintown for iPhone adds Apple Music streaming through MusicKit" AppleInsider 3:01 PM
  • "Pretext: Files-Rooted Simple Markdown for iOS" MacStories 1:33 PM
  • "Snapchat update introduces Snappables — a new way to play fun AR games with your friends" 9to5Mac 11:35 AM
  • "MacBook Pro Guide - eBook & Paperback for MacBook & High Sierra released" prMac 9:03 AM
  • "Google Gets Serious about To-do Lists; Introduces New Google Tasks Apps for iOS and Android" Beautiful Pixels 8:40 AM
  • "Google finally releases native Tasks apps for iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "Opera Announces New PC, Mobile Web Browsers" ["Opera Touch is available for free for Android in the Google Play Store today, and it is coming soon to iOS. The desktop Opera browser is available for free for Windows, Linux, and Mac."] Thurrott 8:16 AM
  • "'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' Out Now Worldwide on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Authenticator testing account backup and recovery on iOS" iMore 8:15 AM
  • "Visualize Paint Colors On Any Wall In Real Time With New Augmented Reality Feature From Sherwin-Williams: Instant Paint™ experience now available for free in Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap® Visualizer app" PRNewswire 7:47 AM
  • "2019 Lexus ES will be carmaker's first model to integrate CarPlay support" AppleInsider 7:21 AM
  • "6-in-1 2.8X HD Macro / 20X Microscope / Wide Angle / Fisheye / CPL / 12X Zoom Lens Set for iPhone X" DCKina 7:05 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Catches Amazon as Second Most Valuable Company" 24/7 Wall St. 6:49 AM
  • "Judge orders Trump administration to resume DACA in lawsuit brought by Microsoft and Princeton" GeekWire 8:13 AM
  • "How Microsoft helped imprison a man for 'counterfeiting' software it gives away for free" TechCrunch 8:02 PM
  • "Microsoft Revamps Mobile Broadband in Windows 10" Thurrott 1:33 PM
  • "HP to drive supply and manufacturing transformations using 3D tech" Supply Chain Digital 8:51 AM
  • "Blockchain Gets Real? IBM Advances Projects With Walmart & Others" Xconomy 8:50 AM
  • "Dell 2-in-1 has an unknown Intel and AMD 'Pro' graphics chip" Engadget 8:32 AM
  • "Dell's new 2-in-1 is the world's smallest 15-inch mobile workstation" TechRadar UK 8:52 AM
  • "Dell's Precision 5530 2-in-1 packs a Coffee Lake CPU with Vega graphics" The Inquirer 8:52 AM
  • "Dell's new business laptops offer a professional 2-in-1 spin on the XPS 15" The Verge 9:33 AM
  • "Dell introduces new commercial PC portfolio" IANS 8:52 AM
  • "How Intel's 8th-gen CPUs will affect budget gaming laptops" PCWorld 7:13 AM
  • "AMD earnings confirm it's biting into Intel's market share" VentureBeat 3:59 PM
  • "AMD profit tops estimates on higher graphics chip sales, shares jump" Reuters 3:46 PM
  • "AMD Q1 rides Ryzen, Radeon, EPYC wave, ups outlook: AMD's first quarter highlights some major traction in the chipmaker's core markets." ZDNet 3:50 PM
  • "NVIDIA and AMD Graphics Card AIBs Are Expecting A Plunge In Demand Of Up To 40% In April" WCCFTech 8:53 AM
  • "AMD And Nvidia AIBs Expect GPU Shipments To Drop By 40%" SegmentNext 8:53 AM
  • "AMD Again Offers UEFI Update Boot Kits for Ryzen 2nd Gen CPUs" ExtremeTech 8:54 AM
  • "AMD introduces Combat Crates to help gamers source their hardware" Know Techie 8:53 AM
  • "Graphics card shipment drop coming in April on crypto weakness" Seeking Alpha 8:54 AM
  • "Oracle critical update fixes 254 flaws - so get patching now" [Video Report] ZDNet 12:24 PM
  • "Oracle sets date for end of Java 8 updates: After January 2019, businesses will need a commercial license to receive updates for Oracle Java SE products" Computerworld New Zealand 5:43 PM
  • "Cisco keeps lead on Dutch network equipment market, despite falling market share - study" Telecompaper 8:55 AM
  • "Artificial intelligence will be worth $1.2 trillion to the enterprise in 2018" ZDNet 7:00 AM
  • "AI could improve global stability from around 2040, claims US thinktank RAND Corporation" V3 8:17 AM
  • "The digital economy is disrupting our old models" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:59 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple has fallen 11% from its recent high. Here are the next levels to watch" CNBC 8:40 AM
  • "iPhone Maker Misses Out As Apple Rises" [Video Report] Bloomberg 8:36 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks stage late-day rally as Boeing results help Dow end lengthy losing streak: Nasdaq lower for fifth straight session, longest streak in more than a year" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Finish Higher Amid Strong Corporate Earnings: Stocks rise after stronger-than-expected earnings from Boeing and Twitter." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Mixed finish for US stock indexes" Associated Press 3:57 PM
  • "Dow rises as Boeing results buoy stocks" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Higher as Boeing Lifts Dow Industrials: Boeing shares climb after company boosts guidance for 2018" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets chalk up losses with Tech Stocks under pressure: Chip stocks pressure Kospi, Takeda Pharma weighs Nikkei" MarketWatch 12:25 PM
  • "DAX drops 1% after lift in bond yields spooks Wall Street: Credit Suisse shares rally after earnings" MarketWatch 12:24 PM

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