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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?

  • "Apple's Earnings: Here Is The Most Important (And Impressive) Metric"  Seeking Alpha 7:57 AM
  • "Apple services segment faces margin, competitive challenges"  Reuters 8:18 AM
  • "Apple R&D spending continues to grow in lockstep with iPhone, AR projects" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "MacBook Pro users petition Apple to recall and replace defective keyboards"  VentureBeat 10:57 AM
  • "Apple and Intel jointly seeking invalidation of Qualcomm patent asserted against iOS Spotlight search"  Foss Patents 8:55 AM
  • "Through actions and words, Qualcomm recognizes deficiencies of patents asserted against iOS search" Foss Patents 2:41 PM
  • "Caution: Mac-specific Hack Tool Mettle Discovered" Intego 7:58 PM
  • "Everything you need to know to join the Apple family in Naples" Apple Must 2:03 PM
  • "macOS' Defaults Broken" Rixstep 7:39 PM
  • "Help us with the case of the mysterious 'Dust Me' hard drive label: Where did this label come from?"  Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "How to edit your Mac's Hosts file and why you would want to" iMore 2:43 PM
  • "How to batch resize your image collection using Preview in macOS" AppleInsider 12:20 PM
  • "How to View & Remove Extended Attributes from a File on Mac OS" OS X Daily 3:26 PM
  • "How to master Split View on the Mac" Cult of Mac 3:21 PM
  • "How to save storage on your Mac by using iTunes in referenced library mode" iDownload Blog 3:21 PM
  • "How To Show Keystrokes On Your Screen On macOS" AddictiveTips 8:56 AM
  • "Finder Icon View Options" MacMost 10:58 AM
Press Releases
  • "Bombich Software Updates Carbon Copy Cloner With APFS Snapshot Support" The Mac Observer 7:40 PM
  • "Apple opens applications for 400 spots at 2018 Developer Academy in Italy" AppleInsider 10:59 AM
  • "Apple invites you to apply for one of 400 free places at this year's Apple Developer Academy" 9to5Mac 10:54 AM
  • "Graphisoft Introduces ARCHICAD 22—Built for Facade Design Masters" Architosh 7:54 AM
  • "Miln today announced the launch of Beyond for Mac. Beyond is a new web server for macOS. Designed as an approachable web server offering a secure and simple experience." Miln 7:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The Apple Watch is Thriving, So What About Fitbit? Apple's wearable sales jumped 50% last quarter, but Fitbit says its new smartwatch is doing just fine."  Barron's 8:56 AM
  • "Apple's Pricey iPhone X Still Sold Better Than Any Other Phone" Barron's 8:00 PM
  • "Xiaomi takes aim at Europe" ["In the USA and the European top five markets, iPhone 8 sold in marginally higher numbers than the flagship iPhone X, indicating that as early iPhone X demand is fulfilled the price difference between the two devices is playing a notable role in consumers' choices. In urban China, iPhone X continues to be not only Apple's top performing model but the best-selling model in the market, helping Apple share to increase strongly to 22.1%."]  Kantar Worldpanel 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone strong as industry enters replacement cycle" Computerworld 7:53 AM
  • "Xiaomi smartphones will do battle with iPhone in the U.K." Cult of Mac 8:39 AM
  • "Player 3 Has Joined the Game – Chrome OS Detachable Tablets Paint a Brighter Future While Tablet Market Struggles, According to IDC" ["Apple's leading position remained unchallenged during the quarter as the company managed to ship 9.1 million iPads. Of that, 1.8 million were iPad Pro tablets, making Apple the leader in the detachable market as well. Apple's latest iPad launched towards the end of the quarter and along with the company's renewed focus on the education market should prove to be quite lucrative in the coming quarters."] IDC 10:53 AM
  • "iPad Recorded Highest Market Share in First Quarter Since 2014 According to IDC" MacRumors 9:40 AM
  • "A Slowdown in China Drags the Worldwide Smartphone Market to a Year-over-Year Decline of 2.9% in Shipments During the First Quarter of 2018, According to IDC" ["Apple's first quarter saw the iPhone maker move 52.2 million iPhones representing a modest 2.8% year-over-year increase from the 50.8 million units shipped last year."]  IDC 8:21 AM
  • "IDC figures put iPhone growth into perspective as smartphone shipments fall 2.9%" 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Smartwatch Alerts New York Man of Health Crisis, Ends Up Saving His Life" ["The 32-year-old Monzidelis was working at his family bowling alley business, Bowlerland, on April 3, when he became dizzy and went to the bathroom, where he started bleeding. He soon received an alarming notification via his smartwatch telling him to seek medical attention immediately."]  NBC New York 8:13 AM
  • "Spotify has almost twice Apple Music's number of paying subscribers" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "20 years of iMac: Behind the scenes of Apple's 'Simplicity Shootout' video" 9to5Mac 11:30 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Is Facebook secretly building an internet satellite? Signs point to yes" CNET 7:52 PM
  • "Twitter recommends users change passwords due to 'bug'" CNNMoney 3:37 PM
  • "Google Assistant on Wear OS watches is getting much more useful" The Verge 2:43 PM
  • "Your Doctor's Visits Will Change Forever With These New Technologies" ReadWrite 10:55 AM
  • "Google Says Assistant Works With Over 5,000 Smart Home Devices, HomeKit/Siri Around 200"  MacRumors 10:55 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about the net neutrality resolution coming to Congress next week: An obscure congressional rule could preserve the 2015 net neutrality order"  The Verge 8:51 AM
  • "Hello Kitty: Malware targets Drupal to mine for cryptocurrency" ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "20 great uses for an old Android device: We all love getting new gadgets, but what to do with the old ones? Here are 20 clever ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to good use." Computerworld 8:10 AM
  • "Alexa's Lead in the Voice Assistant Market -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-03" The Mac Observer 12:51 PM
  • "Apple facing complaints over its iPhone battery-replacement pledge" Digital Trends 8:40 AM
  • "Apple HomePod Update Article Appears, but No Update Yet Available" The Mac Observer 8:19 PM
  • "iOS 11.4 Will Allow Siri to Recognise AirPlay Commands" iPhone Hacks 8:09 AM
  • "Another Apple patent hints at iPhones, Macs with curved displays" Apple World Today 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Files Patents for TrueDepth Camera Enhancements and a Touch Bar Feature for Low-Vision users" Patently Apple 10:55 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:55 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:55 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:55 AM

  • "I bought the iPhone X six months ago, here's what I think about it now"  CNBC 3:21 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on: Controlling AirPlay 2 playback on Apple TV from Siri on iPhone with iOS 11.4 beta" 9to5Mac 12:53 PM
  • "How to use your iPhone to create your own passes and ditch your wallet" AppleInsider 3:24 PM
  • "How to customize iPhone camera settings for a smoother experience" 9to5Mac 3:21 PM
  • "Here's how to add or remove contacts from the Health app on your iPhone with iOS 11" Apple World Today 7:55 AM
  • "iOS: Create an iPhone SIM PIN to Further Safeguard Your Device" The Mac Observer 2:03 PM
  • "Overcome With Emoji: Q. My iPhone running iOS 11.3 has more than 2,600 emoji characters. Is there a way to edit those down besides the 'frequently used' ones?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:14 AM
  • "CNet's Story About an AR/VR Product From Apple Sounds Like an Early Proof of Concept Prototype, Not a Product" Daring Fireball 7:53 PM
  • "How Critics Got the iPhone X 'Panic' Story So Very Wrong" Tom's Guide 2:03 PM
  • "Bloomberg: 'I'm sorry I criticized you, Apple. You win.'" iDownload Blog 11:30 AM
  • "Apple's Unsurprising Earnings" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:57 AM
  • "Another life saved by Apple Watch, the new Check Engine light" The Loop 8:56 AM
  • "Should you get AppleCare+ for your MacBook or MacBook Pro?" iMore 8:56 AM
  • "LG's G7 is boring because all Android phones are boring now—and it's Apple's fault: The iPhone X changed Android phones for the worse." PCWorld 8:51 AM
  • "Quarterly churnings: Apple results bring predictable reaction" Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "The poor password habits of IT professionals" BetaNews 10:59 AM
  • "Why Regulators Should Approve the T-Mobile/Sprint Deal" Tech.pinions 10:57 AM
  • "There's no perfect minimalist phone — yet" The Verge 9:39 AM
  • "Why Fitbit could make a good Google acquisition" ZDNet 9:01 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Hogwarts Mystery costs too much, but might become cheaper" Cult of Mac 7:45 PM
  • "NPR and public radio group buy popular podcast app Pocket Casts" Engadget 7:58 PM
  • "BenQ Adds Best Value Professional Photo Editing Monitor to Its Award-Winning SW PhotoVue Line" InGear 12:54 PM
  • "Fortnite is killing it on iOS, but it could be so much better" Cult of Mac 12:53 PM
  • "Case Company LifeProof Debuts New Line of Rugged Backpacks" MacRumors 12:53 PM
  • "GymKit makes Canada debut, Life Fitness equipment at Equinox works with Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 12:53 PM
  • "Meet Ingage Stories 2.0: The iOS app that lets anyone build interactive, sharable presentations, portfolios and sales materials: no coding required" PRNewswire 12:29 PM
  • "OWC Announces New Price Point for Envoy Pro EX with Thunderbolt™ 3: The super fast, portable and bootable SSD is the first 1.0TB Thunderbolt 3 storage solution available for under $500." PRNewswire 12:28 PM
  • "Google's hacking protection tools now keep native iOS apps safe: The Advanced Protection Program is no longer limited to Google apps." Engadget 11:31 AM
  • "Archisketch 3.0 Adds Collaboration, Advanced Colour and Much More" prMac 10:52 AM
  • "Comic Boy - Officially Launched Today On iOS - Find Your Way Out Of The Pages And Escape The Comic Book! - Hand Drawn By The Artist From The Hit Game LIMBO" PlayFun 10:37 AM
  • "Google Pay makes its way to Mac and iOS" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Latest Apple Pay promo offers $15 off 1-800-Flowers orders in time for Mother's Day" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Six companies put on notice by the FTC due to illegal warranty policies" Neowin 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft touts LinkedIn, Graph API and AI foundations of its new Bing ad service" ZDNet 11:59 AM
  • "Microsoft, VMware and Dell build a joint IoT solution to accelerate IoT adoption" Wire19 7:19 AM
  • "Dell Technologies partners Microsoft on IoT solution delivery" Telecom Tiger 7:18 AM
  • "Dell Technologies and Microsoft Collaborate to Help Customers Simplify Delivery of IoT Solutions" IOT Business 7:20 AM
  • "Dell, Microsoft partner on cloud IoT platform" Telecompaper 7:20 AM
  • "Dell Technologies partners with Microsoft on IoT solution delivery: Laptop major dell has partnered with Microsoft to develop Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for vertical customers." The Indian Express 7:19 AM
  • "When Michael Dell pair programmed with one of his engineers" IT PRO (UK) 7:20 AM
  • "Dell EMC aims to have industry's best partner programme" IT Web 7:19 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Unveils Wyse 5070 Thin Client" TenLinks 7:19 AM
  • "Dell outlines a one-stop-shopping portfolio for technology-hungry businesses" Diginomica 7:19 AM
  • "Dell Wyse 5070 Thin Client Mini PC Introduced" Geeky Gadgets 7:19 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Red Hat collab on containers" Seeking Alpha 10:17 AM
  • "Microsoft and Amazon still can't commit to the Cortana/Alexa integration nuptials: Delay explained as wanting 'right, not right now'" The Inquirer 6:39 AM
  • "Intel Falcon Drones to Help Restore Great Wall of China: The Falcon 8+ drones will be tasked with capturing aerial photographs of the Jiankou section." PC Magazine 11:59 AM
  • "Intel launches ridiculously fast Octane 905P SSD: You could get one. You don't need it. Really" The Inquirer 6:38 AM
  • "HPE partners with Red Hat to bring containers to production" ZDNet 8:55 PM
  • "HP Australia ordered to compensate customers for printer tech" ZDNet 6:38 AM
  • "AMD CPU And GPU Stats Surge With Steam Hardware Survey Fix" SegmentNext 7:22 AM
  • "Qoints uses IBM's Watson AI to find your influencers" VentureBeat 10:24 AM
  • "TSMC's stacked wafer tech could double the power of Nvidia and AMD GPUs" TechSpot 7:22 AM
  • "Velocity Micro Unleashes Epyc ProMagix HD150 Workstation" PC Perspective 7:22 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Morgan Stanley: We Were Wrong, Apple to Gain 13%" Investopedia 3:43 PM
  • "iPhone X Worries Unfounded, Apple Continues To Be Attractive Fruit, Buy Rating Maintained." Seeking Alpha 10:55 AM
  • "Apple bought back a record $23.5B of AAPL shares in Q1 as Wall Street peddled 'full panic mode'" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "Why Apple May Soar If It's Valued Like Netflix" Investopedia 8:19 AM
  • "Apple faces these technical roadblocks in the comedown from earnings euphoria" CNBC 8:19 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow wipes out 400-point skid to end higher, but broader market posts a loss: Test shares drop after earnings call" MarketWatch 9:07 PM
  • "Dow Rises Slightly but S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Lower After Volatile Session: Shares of Tesla Inc., which reported earnings on Wednesday, fell by 5.5%" TheStreet 3:40 PM
  • "Apple Strong, Dow Jones Edges Up In Late Afternoon As Stocks Bounce Off Lows; These 2 Leaders Break Out" Investor's Business Daily 3:39 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks end mostly lower on Wall Street" Associated Press 3:39 PM
  • "Asia-Pacific Markets Quiet Ahead of U.S. Jobs Report" [Paid Membership Required] 9:07 PM
  • "Dow Industrials End Slightly Up After Clawing Back Earlier Losses: Blue-chip index had lost nearly 400 points earlier; S&P 500 and Nasdaq edge lower" [Paid Membership Required] 9:06 PM
  • "Xiaomi launches $10bn Hong Kong stock market listing" BBC 6:35 AM
  • "Xiaomi officially files for Hong Kong IPO to raise a reported $10 billion" TechCrunch 6:50 AM
  • "China IPO frenzy seen as tech companies weigh market debuts" FOXBusiness 11:00 AM
  • "Asian markets fall, following Wall Street's lead" MarketWatch 7:31 AM
  • "European stocks slip as eurozone inflation logs surprise fall" MarketWatch 7:32 AM

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