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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
  • "If Apple spends $100 billion on a buyback, the stock does what?" Apple 3.0 6:09 AM
  • "Apple poised to move further into media amid Wall Street 'panic': Analysts worry Apple could expose a weakness in consumer demand as the tech giant releases its first-quarter numbers"  The Guardian 6:13 AM
  • "Apple to take over two storefronts with expanded Lehigh Valley outlet" AppleInsider 12:46 PM
  • "Apple India's net profit surges by 44% and so does its India ambition"  The Economic Times 9:13 PM
  • "Apple's Big Payday Will Only Go So Far: Freed offshore cash will likely boost capital return, but stock will remain closely hinged to iPhone's prospects"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4/28
  • "Editorial: Will Apple's 1990's 'Golden Age' collapse repeat itself?"  AppleInsider 4/28
  • "Apple: No need to panic, says Mark Hibben/The media, according to one of Seeking Alpha's better contributors, has got chipmaker TSMC's guidance all wrong."  Apple 3.0 4/28
  • "Is YouTube Preparing to Challenge Spotify and Apple Music? Google is reportedly streamlining its music streaming options. The next step might be going after the two biggest players in the space." Slate 4/28
  • "DRAM manufacturers hit w/ class action suit over alleged price fixing, could lead to payout for Apple customers" 9to5Mac 4/28
OS X
News
  • "iTunes arrives in the Microsoft Store after lengthy delay" Cult of Mac 4/27
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "5 Best FTP Client Software for Mac and Windows" Envato Tuts+ 7:57 AM
  • "Photos not importing? Figure out the culprit with Image Capture" Macworld 4/27
  • "How to use symbolic links in macOS to load balance your data" iMore 4/27
  • "4 fun Mac Photos tips you'll use" Apple Must 4/27
  • "Apple's Check Coverage Page" MacMost 4/27
Op/Ed
  • "7+ Best Antivirus Software for Macs in 2018 (Free + Paid)" Envato Tuts+ 4/27
Press Releases
  • "Five Useful Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - April 2018" MacRumors 4/27
  • "Looking Ahead, Apple Has Its Cards Lined Up and Its Poker Face Is Showing"  Low End Mac 4/27
  • "World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is coming to Mac this August" Mac Gamer HQ 4/27
  • "Security app created by ex-NSA staffer warns you if an attacker opens the lid of your Mac" 9to5Mac 4/27
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Fake U.S. Marshal steals an iPhone, Thailand 'iPhone killers,' and more from the Apple crime blotter" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Podcasts platform hits 50 billion downloads, over 500k shows now available" 9to5Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple stores at Lehigh Valley, Orland Square malls relocating to larger spaces this year" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "Apple's AirPort Dies as iTunes Reaches a Milestone" Fortune 4/28
  • "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 4/27
  • "Samsung, Micron, Hynix allegedly conspired to keep DRAM prices high, class action suit filed" AppleInsider 4/27
  • "Could Apple's iPhone Shipments Increase in Fiscal 2Q18?" Market Realist 4/27
  • "Data suggests China's smartphone decline worse, Apple's iPhone pushed out of fourth place" AppleInsider 4/27
  • "Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China, Apple relegated to 'Others,' Samsung sales halved" 9to5Mac 4/27
  • "Hanwang Technology Elects Chairman, Signs Trademark Agreement With Apple" Reuters 4/27
  • "Tech Giants Apple, Google oppose Kansas adoption bill" Associated Press 4/27
  • "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 4/27
Non-Apple News
  • "Sprint and T-Mobile agree to all-stock merger deal worth $26 billion" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "T-Mobile and Sprint announce $26B merger, plan powerful nationwide 5G network" 9to5Mac 11:50 AM
  • "Huawei has been developing its own OS for smartphones, tablets, and PCs" Neowin 4/28
  • "Net Neutrality and Cambridge Analytica Scandal Fuel VPN Use" PC Magazine 4/27
  • "Google co-founder Sergey Brin warns over AI 'revolution': Annual letter says developments have brought 'new questions and responsibilities'" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4/27
  • "Studies find Google Assistant the most accurate virtual assistant, while Alexa is 'most improved'" 9to5Google 4/27
  • "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 4/27
  • "This projector smartwatch turns your arm into a terrible touchscreen" The Verge 4/27
  • "T-Mobile, Sprint finalizing merger terms: sources" Reuters 4/27
  • "T-Mobile and Sprint may announce a merger as soon as next week" BGR 4/27
  • "Facebook in damage limitation mode" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4/27
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 220, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple" Daring Fireball 4/27
  • "We talk iPhone SE leaks, Steve Jobs saving Pixar, and the brightest flashlight on earth on The CultCastCult of Mac 4/27
  • "Goodbye AirPort Base Station, Suicide Prevention Resources -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-27" The Mac Observer 4/27
  • "Apple vs. the FBI never ended, and the FBI is winning" [Podcast] Mashable 4/27
  • "iMore show 604: Wingardium LumaFusion!" iMore 4/27
  • "Jony Ive remembers Azzedine Alaïa" [Interview] Wallpaper* 4/27
  • "AppleInsider Podcast talks iPhone rumors, committing to USB-C, and EU proposals to regulate app stores" AppleInsider 4/27
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple AirPower Qi charging pad spotted at Vienna airport a fake, release date still unknown" AppleInsider 5:43 PM
  • "Shrinking demand forces Apple to slow down iPhone X production" Digital Trends 6:18 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Wants Price Cuts on Key iPhone Component: This one isn't a shocker." The Motley Fool 4/28
  • "Vectorworks Leads BIM Software in G2 Crowd Spring 2018 Grid and Index Report" Architosh 4/27
  • "Say Goodbye to Apple's AirPort Routers, For Real This Time" Gizmodo 4/27
  • "Apple officially kills its AirPort router" Mashable 4/27
  • "Intel 10nm Cannon Lake delays push potential 32GB MacBook Pro into 2019" AppleInsider 4/27
  • "Apple could release some iPhones without 3D touch to save money" The Verge 4/27
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/27
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/27
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 4/27

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: Native Union Eclipse provides USB-A and USB-C charging with stylish cable storage" AppleInsider 7:30 PM
  • "Help Me, Laptop: I Want an eGPU for My MacBook Pro" LAPTOP Magazine 6:12 AM
  • "The best replacements for Apple's defunct AirPort accessories" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "8 Mesh Wi-Fi Alternatives to Apple's Discontinued AirPort Routers" iClarified 4/28
  • "iPhone X Vs. Google Pixel 2 XL: Over Long-Haul One Big Surprise (Mini Review)" Forbes 4/28
  • "First look: Master & Dynamic Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cable with DAC, mic" AppleInsider 4/28
  • "Best Clear Cases to Show Off your iPhone 8 Plus in 2018: Looking to show off your iPhone 8 Plus? Here are some great clear cases that'll help you out!" iMore 4/28
  • "Hands-on with iTunes from the Windows Store: Centennial-ize All The Things" Neowin 4/28
  • "Breakthrough: eGPU + NVIDIA GPU + 10.13.4 + 2013 Mac Pro" Bare Feats 4/27
  • "Review: olloclip & Incase Limited Edition Filmer's Kit" iLounge 4/27
  • "Review: ElevationLab's innovative hybrid CordDock blends a unique MFi cable and slim, sturdy dock" 9to5Mac 4/27
  • "Nest Hello review: A premium doorbell for the paranoid homeowner" Engadget 4/27
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Pop Camera is a fun toy camera app for your iPhone: Choose from different multi-shot cameras and different film effects" The Verge 12:32 PM
  • "Five features that make Overcast better than Apple Podcasts" 9to5Mac 6:11 AM
  • "iOS 11"s Streamlined, Yet Extensible File Management" MacStories 4/27
  • "Transit app makes public transportation a breeze [Essential iOS Apps #6] Cult of Mac 4/27
  • "Google Tasks review: Still more to do" The Verge 4/27
  • "'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 4/27
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to speed up a slower, older iPad" Apple Must 3:43 PM
  • "How to measure heart rate variability (HRV) on your Apple Watch: Getting an HRV reading on your Apple Watch is as easy as taking a few deep breaths." iMore 9:13 AM
  • "How to AirPlay to HomePod without an active internet connection" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "How to add trusted phone numbers for Two-Factor Authentication to your Apple ID account" iDownload Blog 4/27
  • "How to Set up and Add Members to an Apple Music Family Subscription" iDrop News 4/27
  • "How to use Instant Notes to draw ideas out without unlocking the iPad or iPad Pro" AppleInsider 4/27
  • "How to make your iPhone or iPad choose the right Wi-Fi network" iMore 4/27
  • "How to use Power Saving Mode on an Apple Watch during workouts" Apple World Today 4/27
  • "Can't Save Pictures in Safari on iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7? Here's Why!" OS X Daily 4/27
Tips
  • "There's a hidden shortcut for rearranging all of your iPhone apps at once — here's how to do it" Business Insider 6:13 AM
  • "How To Extend Your Prime Membership For $99 Right Now Before $119 Price Increase Kicks In" Redmond Pie 4/28
  • "iOS: Stop Third-Party Apps From Accessing iOS Contacts" The Mac Observer 4/27
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple Is Reportedly 'Disappointed' By iPhone X Sales" UberGizmo 9:03 PM
  • "This is What the iPhone X Would Look Like with a Triple Lens Camera System" TechEBlog 3:49 PM
  • "Apple Officially Discontinues AirPort Router Line" Michael Tsai 8:41 AM
  • "iPhone's weirdest glitch yet: Ask Siri to define 'mother' twice, learn a bad word/Hint: four syllables, rhymes with 'other shucker.'" Ars Technica 6:11 AM
  • "Are Google & Apple Really 'Powered' By Renewables? Understanding Corporate 100% Renewable Energy Policies" Clean Technica 6:22 AM
  • "I Love Apple's 3D Touch, Why Don't You?" Gizmodo 4/28
  • "Apple's next iPhone may ditch 3D Touch" SlashGear 4/28
  • "Why I bought an iPhone 8 Plus after using the iPhone X for 5 months" Dan Frakes 4/28
  • "Why I Bought an iPhone 8 Plus After Using the iPhone X" SchwarzTech 4/28
  • "Making The Grade: Is Apple TV a worthy add-on in the classroom?" 9to5Mac 4/28
  • "A look at the world's most incredible collection of vintage..." CNBC 4/28
  • "The MacBook Pro we've all been waiting for might not launch this year" BGR 4/28
  • "Tim Cook vs. Steve Jobs: Who is Apple's best CEO ever?" Cult of Mac 4/27
  • "Apple Music playlists should be historical recommendations, not ephemeral mixes" 9to5Mac 4/27
  • "Buying Apple's next-gen iPhone X is probably going to be a big mistake"  BGR 4/27
  • "Apple may have wildly misjudged iPhone X demand"  Cult of Mac 4/27
  • "I want a Magic Keyboard with Touch Pad and Magic Trackpad with Apple Pencil support" Apple World Today 4/27
  • "Apple and the land of low, low prices: The state of Apple's inexpensive products, and where they might be headed."  Macworld 4/27
  • "It's Shortsighted for Apple to Discontinue AirPort Products" The Mac Observer 4/27
  • "A requiem for the original AirPort: A testament to everything Apple was and isn't anymore" Macworld 4/27
  • "Apple Discontinuing AirPort Basestation Line is No Surprise" The Mac Observer 4/27
  • "Will Apple Cut 3D Touch from the Upcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone?" iDrop News 4/27
Non-Apple
  • "It's Impossible To Prove Your Laptop Hasn't Been Hacked. I Spent Two Years Finding Out." The Intercept 8:41 AM
  • "Cramer Remix: Microsoft and Intel could rule the world again" CNBC 4/27
  • "I'm Sorry To Report Instagram Is Bad Now" BuzzFeed 4/27
  • "A Sprint–T-Mobile Merger Will Test How Well Sucking Up to Trump Works as a Business Strategy" Slate 4/27
  • "Don't Call it a Comeback: Convertibles Shine in Growth-Challenged PC Market"  Tech.pinions 4/27
  • "The EU's Toothless Plan to Rein In Online Platforms" Bloomberg 4/27
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Caption contest: What are Tim Cook and Donald Trump discussing in this Oval Office picture?" 9to5Mac 9:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Grid Music 2.2 brings new velocity cells to this innovative and flexible sequencer" createdigitalmusic 3:51 PM
  • "Apple Music is giving a free month to some who tried the three-month trial but didn't subscribe" phoneArena 4/28
  • "Event: How Perkins + Will Operationalize VR and Increase Efficiency" Architosh 4/28
  • "Apple Music Offering Additional Free Month to Previous Trial Customers That Didn't Opt to Subscribe" MacTrast 4/28
  • "KORG are about to unveil their DIY Prologue boards for synth hacking" createdigitalmusic 4/28
  • "Coming April 28: Gene Steinberg meets The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet and columnist Rob Pegoraro, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 4/28
  • "4 Hot Games to Celebrate Avengers Infinity War, Plus a Bonus" The Mac Observer 4/27
  • "Apple offering extra month of free Apple Music to old subscribers" The Apple Post 4/27
  • "Trade in your old Apple stuff at Adorama and get cash, store credit, or trade up value" MacPrices 4/27
  • "Satechi Launches New USB-C Pro Hub With Ethernet Port" MacRumors 4/27
  • "Google Inbox will get iPhone X support 'soon'" Cult of Mac 4/27
  • "Global Classroom Wearables Technology Market 2018-2022 - Increasing Adoption of Personalized and Adaptive Learning" PRNewswire 4/27
  • "Tesla Explorer released for IOS - Reveal the Internals of a Tesla Car" prMac 4/27
Computer Industry
  • "How to disable Cortana in Windows 10" PC Gamer 12:47 PM
  • "Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade/Most of you should be happy with Windows 10 Home. But certain features make the upgrade worthwhile." PCWorld 2:24 PM
  • "Microsoft, Taiwan to partner on tech for mixed reality" Taipei Times 2:25 PM
  • "IBM: still failing after all these years" ZDNet 6:21 AM
  • "AMD's next-gen Ryzen Threadripper 2950X, 2920X, 2900X teased: AMD's next-gen Ryzen Threadripper 2950X teased, should arrive as a Zen+ refresh" TweakTown 6:23 AM
  • "Ryzen Threadripper 2950X And Ryzen 5 2500X Zen+ CPUs Confirmed By AMD" HotHardware 3:58 PM
  • "Former AMD Marketing Director Chris Hook Brings His Gaming Chops To Intel To Drive Discrete Graphics" HotHardware 3:58 PM
  • "Intel Confirms Ocean Cove Next-Gen CPU Architecture Is In Development Via Job Listing" HotHardware 3:58 PM
  • "Why the Heck Is Intel Struggling to Make Smaller, Faster CPUs?" Gizmodo UK 6:24 AM
  • "Intel's Next-Generation High Performance Ocean Cove CPU Core In The Works — Job Listing Reveals Intel Was On The Hunt For Senior CPU Microarchitects" WCCFTech 6:24 AM
  • "Microsoft attempts to spin its role in counterfeiting case" TechCrunch 4/28
  • "Microsoft defends conviction of e-waste recycler over piracy: It claims Eric Lundgren knowingly set out to mislead customers." Engadget 4/28
  • "What is OneDrive? OneDrive is Microsoft's popular cloud storage service, but is it right for you?" Digital Trends 4/28
  • "Intel and 10 nm (Premium)" [Free/Paid Registration Required] Thurrott 4/28
  • "Intel: The 15-Plus Year Breakout - Part 2" Seeking Alpha 4/28
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Shares Could Repeat Their Post-Earnings Dip And Rebound" Forbes 4/28
  • "Apple is in a correction, and one market watcher sees possible bear market ahead" CNBC 4/27
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 4/27
  • "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 4/27
  • "Stocks finish mixed as Amazon leads retail rally; Exxon dips" Associated Press 4/27
  • "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] 4/27
  • "Asian stocks extend gains on easing concerns about geopolitical risks: Asian stocks extended gains Friday, as investor concerns over geopolitical risks eased." MarketWatch 4/27
  • "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 4/27

 
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