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Monday Highlights: Ad-free Shazam coming as Apple completes acquisition of song-identifying service; Apple partners with Salesforce to bring "together the world's number one CRM platform with iPhone and iPad, the world's best devices for business"; CNBC's Jim Cramer says "deal is so big, you should have to pay more for both stocks"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Bloomberg report highlights iPhone storage as most lucrative feature; Mojave set to drop today, plenty of install helps, tips, and more in our OS X section; of new iPhones, the XS Max is the hot seller, not so with the XS; Tim Cook's Apple aims for squeaky-clean image when it comes to original content, eschewing sex, drugs, and violence; TechCrunch says strategy will yield "really, really bad" content; Macworld finds new A12 chip in iPhones gives huge boost to upload/download speeds; reviews of Apple Watch Series 4 from VentureBeat, Cult of Mac, XS/XS Max review from VentureBeat; SquareTrade tests new iPhones out for breakability; iFixit tears down Apple Watch Series 4.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple's working on a powerful, wireless headset for both AR, VR: The headset, which would straddle the two technologies and tap into Apple's own chips, is slated for 2020. It's the biggest sign of Apple's interest in virtual reality."  CNET 1:16 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly building an insane '16K' VR headset" TechCrunch 7:59 PM
  • "iTunes Store at 15: How Apple's mighty media marketplace murdered the mixtape"  The Independent 6:53 AM
  • "For Apple's iPhone X, is it time for 'full panic mode'? Apple suppliers are hinting at a rough quarter, with indications people aren't spending big on the iPhone X."  CNET 7:33 AM
  • "Apple is just as 'disappointed' with iPhone X sales as everyone else" BGR 7:58 PM
  • "Apple Preview: iPhone Shipments Are a Tough Call" Barron's 2:10 PM
  • "Apple can climb over the peak for smartphones/It used to be said that when the US sneezes, the whole world catches a cold: for personal tech, the same applies to Apple. Fears over the ailing health of the smartphone market has sent shivers around suppliers; shares in chipmakers fell this week as a result."  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:46 AM
  • "Comment: Apple's decision to discontinue AirPort products is the wrong decision at the wrong time"  9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "Apple makes yet another short-sighted decision: Apple has discontinued a product that it should have made a cornerstone of its home automation and entertainment ecosystem."  ZDNet 8:41 AM
  • "Watch Steve Jobs passionately defend his commitment to Apple in 1997"  CNBC 7:46 AM
  • "Qualcomm's first ITC complaint against Apple down to three patents (from the original six)" Foss Patents 10:54 AM
OS X
News
  • "iTunes arrives in the Microsoft Store after lengthy delay" Cult of Mac 6:51 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Photos not importing? Figure out the culprit with Image Capture" Macworld 7:47 AM
  • "How to use symbolic links in macOS to load balance your data" iMore 11:45 AM
  • "4 fun Mac Photos tips you'll use" Apple Must 1:07 PM
  • "Apple's Check Coverage Page" MacMost 10:49 AM
Op/Ed
  • "7+ Best Antivirus Software for Macs in 2018 (Free + Paid)" Envato Tuts+ 8:42 AM
Press Releases
  • "Five Useful Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - April 2018" MacRumors 6:38 PM
  • "Farrago 1.1 Embraces the Dark Side" Rogue Amoeba 2:14 PM
  • "Looking Ahead, Apple Has Its Cards Lined Up and Its Poker Face Is Showing"  Low End Mac 2:06 PM
  • "World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is coming to Mac this August" Mac Gamer HQ 7:46 AM
  • "Security app created by ex-NSA staffer warns you if an attacker opens the lid of your Mac" 9to5Mac 6:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Hagens Berman: Class Action Reveals Widespread Overpricing Scheme Affecting Purchasers of Smartphones, Computers and Other Electronics/Attorneys alert consumers to rampant overpricing of smartphones, laptops, desktops, tablets and other devices" ["DRAM is an integral part of all modern computing electronics, and any smartphone, laptop, desktop computer or similar device is likely affected. This includes any devices made by the following major companies: Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Samsung and many others."]  Business Wire 6:37 PM
  • "Samsung, Micron, Hynix allegedly conspired to keep DRAM prices high, class action suit filed" AppleInsider 6:38 PM
  • "Could Apple's iPhone Shipments Increase in Fiscal 2Q18?" Market Realist 11:44 AM
  • "Data suggests China's smartphone decline worse, Apple's iPhone pushed out of fourth place" AppleInsider 8:39 AM
  • "Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China, Apple relegated to 'Others,' Samsung sales halved" 9to5Mac 6:59 AM
  • "Hanwang Technology Elects Chairman, Signs Trademark Agreement With Apple" Reuters 7:41 AM
  • "Tech Giants Apple, Google oppose Kansas adoption bill" Associated Press 8:06 PM
  • "The evolution of the iPad: With the release of the sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad (2018), it's a good time to take a look at the evolution of Apple's game-changing tablet." [Slideshow] Computerworld 6:46 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Net Neutrality and Cambridge Analytica Scandal Fuel VPN Use" PC Magazine 9:35 PM
  • "Google co-founder Sergey Brin warns over AI 'revolution': Annual letter says developments have brought 'new questions and responsibilities'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:12 PM
  • "Studies find Google Assistant the most accurate virtual assistant, while Alexa is 'most improved'" 9to5Google 9:11 AM
  • "Keeping your laptop on your lap isn't a major risk to your fertility: A laptop's heat affects men more than women" The Verge 9:11 AM
  • "This projector smartwatch turns your arm into a terrible touchscreen" The Verge 6:59 AM
  • "T-Mobile, Sprint finalizing merger terms: sources" Reuters 11:44 AM
  • "T-Mobile and Sprint may announce a merger as soon as next week" BGR 6:51 AM
  • "Woman caught out by non-certified phone repairer has warning" Stuff: New Zealand 6:48 AM
  • "Facebook in damage limitation mode" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:45 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 220, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple" Daring Fireball 7:59 PM
  • "We talk iPhone SE leaks, Steve Jobs saving Pixar, and the brightest flashlight on earth on The CultCastCult of Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Goodbye AirPort Base Station, Suicide Prevention Resources -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-27" The Mac Observer 1:07 PM
  • "Apple vs. the FBI never ended, and the FBI is winning" [Podcast] Mashable 11:43 AM
  • "iMore show 604: Wingardium LumaFusion!" iMore 10:54 AM
  • "Jony Ive remembers Azzedine Alaïa" [Interview] Wallpaper* 9:47 AM
  • "AppleInsider Podcast talks iPhone rumors, committing to USB-C, and EU proposals to regulate app stores" AppleInsider 8:42 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Vectorworks Leads BIM Software in G2 Crowd Spring 2018 Grid and Index Report" Architosh 6:54 PM
  • "Apple is done making AirPort routers" The Next Web 6:54 AM
  • "Say Goodbye to Apple's AirPort Routers, For Real This Time" Gizmodo 6:51 AM
  • "Apple officially kills its AirPort router" Mashable 6:58 AM
  • "Intel 10nm Cannon Lake delays push potential 32GB MacBook Pro into 2019" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Apple could release some iPhones without 3D touch to save money" The Verge 9:46 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:58 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:58 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:58 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Breakthrough: eGPU + NVIDIA GPU + 10.13.4 + 2013 Mac Pro" Bare Feats 9:48 AM
  • "Review: olloclip & Incase Limited Edition Filmer's Kit" iLounge 2:59 PM
  • "Review: ElevationLab's innovative hybrid CordDock blends a unique MFi cable and slim, sturdy dock" 9to5Mac 6:54 PM
  • "Nest Hello review: A premium doorbell for the paranoid homeowner" Engadget 10:54 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 11"s Streamlined, Yet Extensible File Management" MacStories 9:49 AM
  • "Transit app makes public transportation a breeze [Essential iOS Apps #6] Cult of Mac 11:44 AM
  • "Google Tasks review: Still more to do" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' feels like it was designed by Voldemort/You'll need all the gold in Gringott's to get through the new Harry Potter adventure." Macworld 6:57 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to add trusted phone numbers for Two-Factor Authentication to your Apple ID account" iDownload Blog 2:47 PM
  • "How to Set up and Add Members to an Apple Music Family Subscription" iDrop News 12:45 PM
  • "How to use Instant Notes to draw ideas out without unlocking the iPad or iPad Pro" AppleInsider 10:53 AM
  • "How to make your iPhone or iPad choose the right Wi-Fi network" iMore 8:39 AM
  • "How to use Power Saving Mode on an Apple Watch during workouts" Apple World Today 6:52 AM
  • "Can't Save Pictures in Safari on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7? Here's Why!" OS X Daily 6:52 AM
Tips
  • "iOS: Stop Third-Party Apps From Accessing iOS Contacts" The Mac Observer 1:58 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Tim Cook vs. Steve Jobs: Who is Apple's best CEO ever?" Cult of Mac 10:54 AM
  • "Apple Music playlists should be historical recommendations, not ephemeral mixes" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "Buying Apple's next-gen iPhone X is probably going to be a big mistake"  BGR 8:40 AM
  • "Apple may have wildly misjudged iPhone X demand"  Cult of Mac 7:46 AM
  • "I want a Magic Keyboard with Touch Pad and Magic Trackpad with Apple Pencil support" Apple World Today 7:38 AM
  • "Apple and the land of low, low prices: The state of Apple's inexpensive products, and where they might be headed."  Macworld 6:57 AM
  • "It's Shortsighted for Apple to Discontinue AirPort Products" The Mac Observer 6:31 PM
  • "A requiem for the original AirPort: A testament to everything Apple was and isn't anymore" Macworld 10:53 AM
  • "Apple Discontinuing AirPort Basestation Line is No Surprise" The Mac Observer 9:35 AM
  • "Will Apple Cut 3D Touch from the Upcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone?" iDrop News 6:52 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Cramer Remix: Microsoft and Intel could rule the world again" CNBC 8:42 PM
  • "I'm Sorry To Report Instagram Is Bad Now" BuzzFeed 8:01 PM
  • "A Sprint–T-Mobile Merger Will Test How Well Sucking Up to Trump Works as a Business Strategy" Slate 6:39 PM
  • "Don't Call it a Comeback: Convertibles Shine in Growth-Challenged PC Market"  Tech.pinions 9:49 AM
  • "The EU's Toothless Plan to Rein In Online Platforms" Bloomberg 7:59 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "4 Hot Games to Celebrate Avengers Infinity War, Plus a Bonus" The Mac Observer 6:32 PM
  • "Apple offering extra month of free Apple Music to old subscribers" The Apple Post 2:15 PM
  • "Trade in your old Apple stuff at Adorama and get cash, store credit, or trade up value" MacPrices 1:07 PM
  • "Satechi Launches New USB-C Pro Hub With Ethernet Port" MacRumors 10:54 AM
  • "Google Inbox will get iPhone X support 'soon'" Cult of Mac 9:47 AM
  • "Global Classroom Wearables Technology Market 2018-2022 - Increasing Adoption of Personalized and Adaptive Learning" PRNewswire 6:59 AM
  • "Tesla Explorer released for IOS - Reveal the Internals of a Tesla Car" prMac 6:59 AM
  • "Satechi launches Aluminum Type-C Pro Hub with Ethernet" Apple World Today 6:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Blows Past Earnings Estimates Thanks to Cloud, Office, and Gaming Growth" WCCFTech 10:35 AM
  • "AWS vs Microsoft vs Google: Weighing up the financial results of the big cloud three" ComputerWeekly 10:32 AM
  • "Microsoft opens up day after earnings beat" CNBC 10:32 AM
  • "ProBeat: Windows 10's update success dwarfs its 1 billion miss" VentureBeat 1:48 PM
  • "Windows 10's Timeline is the star of its latest update" Engadget 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft makes managing and updating Windows 10 easier for its business users" TechCrunch 8:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Tops Amazon In Q1 Cloud Revenue, $6.0 Billion To $5.44 Billion; IBM Third at $4.2 Billion" Forbes 10:19 AM
  • "Who IBM Is Laying Off and What They Have to Say About It" 24/7 Wall St. 10:20 AM
  • "IBM demonstrates how blockchain tech can track physical jewellery" IT PRO 10:19 AM
  • "IBM Files Patent For Proof-Of-Work Protocol Tailored To IoT Networks" Cointelegraph 10:18 AM
  • "IBM Rolls Out Blockchain To Authenticate Bling" Pymnys 10:17 AM
  • "IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank" The Register 10:17 AM
  • "Dell surveyed 5,763 PC gamers, and this is what they said" PCWorld 9:05 AM
  • "Dell's new patent application shows how a two-screen laptop deals with DRM" Digital Trends 10:12 AM
  • "Intel gives up early gains, stock goes flat on the day" CNBC 10:11 AM
  • "Intel Q1 2018: breaks revenue records off data centric growth" Hexus 10:08 AM
  • "Intel nears nifty 50 as data centres revved up Q1 revenues" SiliconRepublic 10:08 AM
  • "It Doesn't Look Like Spectre and Meltdown Really Hurt Intel at All" Gizmodo 10:07 AM
  • "Intel feels the Ryzen pinch, delays Cannon Lake again" bit-tech 10:08 AM
  • "Intel delays mass production of 10nm chips until 2019" Liliputing 10:11 AM
  • "'Yield issues' delays Intel's shift to 10nm - for at least the third time" Computing 10:10 AM
  • "Intel says it 'bit off too much' amid 10nm chip delays" IT PRO 10:10 AM
  • "Intel confirms hire of former AMD CPU architect Jim Keller from Tesla" V3 10:09 AM
  • "Intel hires ex-Tesla exec to lead silicon engineering" Converge 10:06 AM
  • "Intel has problems with 10nm and moves volume production towards 2019" Guru3D 10:05 AM
  • "Intel Delays 10-nm Volume Production Until 2019" EE Times 10:05 AM
  • "Intel delays its 10-nanometer 'Cannon Lake' CPUs yet again" Engadget 9:33 AM
  • "Are Intel throwing shade on AMD's 12nm node while still claiming 'process leadership'?" PCGamesN 9:54 AM
  • "Best AMD gaming motherboard 2018" PCGamesN 9:59 AM
  • "Get The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16 Core 32 Thread CPU For Just $858.71 ($999 Retail Price)" SegmentNext 9:57 AM
  • "Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Rose To A 1-Month High After Q1 Profit Beat" RTTNews 9:56 AM
  • "AMD claims it is finally making inroads to Intel dominance" ITProPortal 9:54 AM
  • "Gaming and streaming with AMD's second-gen Ryzen CPUs" The Tech Report 9:52 AM
  • "AMD's got working 7nm silicon in its labs, sampling later this year" Neowin 9:52 AM
  • "Confirmed: AMD Zen designer Jim Keller joins Intel to lead silicon engineering department" Guru3D 9:52 AM
  • "Using Third-party CPU Coolers Won't Void Warranty Now, Applies To Both AMD And Intel Processors" SegmentNext 9:51 AM
  • "Take A Look At The Profits AMD Has Made Through Mining Already" Crypto Daily 9:57 AM
  • "10% of Q1 Revenue: Cryptocurrency Mining Boosts AMD Profits Despite Volatility" CCN 9:55 AM
  • "AMD Fails to See a Problem With Mining Decline" Cryptovest 9:52 AM
  • "Cryptocurrency Mining Accounted for 10% of AMD's Overall Revenue in Q1 2018" BitCoin 9:50 AM
  • "NHS Business Services Authority targets £1.1bn in savings with Oracle analytics" Diginomica 9:45 AM
  • "India can play key role in tech development: Cisco CEO" Live Mint 9:43 AM
  • "India can play key role in tech development for other markets: Cisco CEO" The Economic Times 9:43 AM
  • "Verizon, Cisco Expand Optical Nets" EE Times 9:42 AM
  • "If your cloud apps don't have APIs, you're doing it wrong" InfoWorld 9:23 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is in a correction, and one market watcher sees possible bear market ahead" CNBC 2:09 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks post weekly losses in lackluster session as strong results fail to excite bulls: First-quarter GDP tops forecasts but slows from previous quarter" MarketWatch 7:28 PM
  • "Dow Drops Slightly, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Post Small Gains: Stocks ended mixed on Friday, with the Nasdaq up slightly after tech giants Amazon.com, Microsoft and Intel posted stellar earnings on Thursday." TheStreet 7:28 PM
  • "Stocks finish mixed as Amazon leads retail rally; Exxon dips" Associated Press 7:28 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Post Weekly Loss: Corporate results have put firms in the S&P 500 on track to post earnings growth of 23% for the latest quarter" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:28 PM
  • "Asian stocks extend gains on easing concerns about geopolitical risks: Asian stocks extended gains Friday, as investor concerns over geopolitical risks eased." MarketWatch 7:42 AM
  • "European stocks lock in weekly gains as euro weakens: German and U.K. stocks led advances in European equity trade Friday, amid weakness in the euro and the pound against the dollar. For the week, the pan-Europe benchmark posted a gain amid a raft of corporate quarterly results." MarketWatch 12:27 PM

 
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