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Friday Highlights: Foss Patents reveals a workaround found in iOS 12 pertaining to Qualcomm's patent dispute with Apple over Spotlight search; customers lining up at Apple Stores as new iPhones, Apple Watch available for sale; WSJ says "turnout will go a long way toward determining Apple's results over the next year"—reports aplenty in our General Interest section; Huawei gives out power banks to those waiting in line for new iPhones; RIP Charles Moore; Science Alert looks at China's Orwellian population monitoring system called "Social Credit System"; is AirPower actually alive? Gets a mention in new iPhone manuals!; iFixit tears down iPhone XS and XS Max, hails new battery design; on YouTube, TechSmartt performs droptest on latest iPhones, and watertests the XS Max; The Mac Observer reviews iOS 12, and MacRumors reports on their readers' first iPhone XS/Max and Apple Watch Series 4 impressions.

  • "Apple spikes to all-time highs after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway loads up on more shares"  Business Insider 10:39 AM
  • "Warren Buffett: Obsessing over iPhone X sales in the near term 'totally misses the point' on Apple's stock" ["Buffett also reveals Berkshire Hathaway bought 75 million shares of Apple during the first quarter, adding to its already huge position."]  CNBC 7:39 AM
  • "Apple's Diversity An Overlooked Strength" [Video Report]  Investing 9:54 AM
  • "Apple's Quiet Boost From Google May Slow: Licensing fees paid by Google to drive traffic were a major driver of Apple's service revenue growth" [Paid Membership Required] 7:16 AM
  • "The Apple Watch has a secret weapon that helps it dominate the market"  CNBC 8:28 AM
  • "MacBook Pro Owners Demand Recall Over Failing Keyboards"  LAPTOP Magazine 7:22 AM
  • "Apple's Eddy Cue to Be Deposed in Qualcomm Patent Battle"  Bloomberg 4:02 PM
  • "Eddy Cue to be deposed in Qualcomm vs. Apple iPhone patent battle" 9to5Mac 6:27 PM
  • "Apple Responds to Personal Data Request with 9MB File: The personal data archives from Facebook and Google were 881MB and 243MB respectively."  PC Magazine 8:40 AM
  • "Social Engineering: Beware of 'Tech Support' Scams" Intego 10:38 AM
  • "Google changed video autoplay muting in Chrome... again" BGR 7:28 AM
  • "How to keep using Time Machine without AirPort or Time Capsule"  Cult of Mac 3:12 PM
  • "How to Remove Third-Party Accounts Like Facebook From Your Mac" MacRumors 7:22 AM
  • "Batch Renaming Files in Mac Finder" MacMost 10:36 AM
  • "Is this the most ridiculous Xcode feature ever?" Erica Sadun 8:01 AM
Press Releases
  • "Loopback's Virtual Audio Devices Now Offer Full Volume Controls" Rogue Amoeba 11:27 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Strategy Analytics: Apple iPhone X Becomes World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q1 2018" Business Wire 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone X was world's best-selling smartphone model in first quarter" AppleInsider 8:01 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X Becomes World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model" 24/7 Wall St. 7:06 AM
  • "iPhone X may have sold close to 50 million handsets so far" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "The iPhone X, Apple's 'overpriced flop,' is the best-selling smartphone in the world" BGR 10:04 AM
  • "iPhone, iOS 'dominant' over Android in English-speaking countries" AppleInsider 2:53 PM
  • "Why BuzzFeed News premiered a show on Apple News before Facebook, YouTube, Twitter" Digiday 7:19 AM
  • "Apple News Inking Deals With Publishers for Exclusive Video Content" MacRumors 8:01 AM
  • "6 of the world's most expensive iOS accessories" Apple Must 7:06 AM
  • "Kendall Jenner and Apple Sued by Art Collective Over 'Pizza Boys'" Blast 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X exclusively used to shoot Spanish edition of People '50 Most Beautiful People'" AppleInsider 11:29 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "You can now easily buy movie tickets with Google Assistant" TechCrunch 3:12 PM
  • "Facebook has a backdoor to your account, and you'll never know if it's being used" BGR 1:07 PM
  • "Facebook is exploring ad-free paid version" iDownload Blog 8:02 AM
  • "Why 'Stories' Took Over Your Smartphone: The format, made popular by Snapchat and Instagram, is the native genre of glass rectangles." The Atlantic 8:01 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily 067: May 4, 2018" 9to5Mac 4:02 PM
  • "Twitter's Plain Text Password List, MacBook Pro Recall Petition -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-04" The Mac Observer 12:50 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 171: AAPL earnings, state of AirPlay 2, tvOS 12 wish list" 9to5Mac 10:04 AM
  • "AppleInsider Podcast discusses Apple's earnings call, Apple Watch saving lives, and Apple's response to surveillance" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Apple to Shut Down Recently Acquired Texture's Windows App" MacTrast 5:04 PM
  • "Next Year's iOS 13 Update to Feature iPad-Focused Upgrades Like Revamped Files App" MacRumors 2:47 PM
  • "Apple Acknowledges Microphone Issue With Some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Models on iOS 11.3 and Later"  MacRumors 11:20 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 breaks some iPhone 7 microphones" Cult of Mac 1:05 PM
  • "If Your iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Mic is Failing After Upgrading to iOS 11.3, Apple Might Replace Your Phone" MacTrast 6:28 PM
  • "There's an iPhone 7 Microphone Bug for Device on iOS 11.3 or Later" The Mac Observer 8:06 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM

  • "I Knew Buying a Newly Redesigned MacBook Pro Was Stupid And I Did It Anyway"  Gizmodo 6:31 PM
  • "JISONCase Slim Leather Case Review | The Apple Post" The Apple Post 3:12 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Overcast is the best podcast app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #9] Cult of Mac 11:26 AM
  • "I'm obsessed with this AR iPhone app that lets me drift toy cars around my coffee table" BGR 11:28 AM
  • "How to cancel an App Store subscription" iMore 12:09 PM
  • "Building for iOS and Android: Getting started with Google's Flutter/With IO around the corner, it's a good time to take a look at Google's cross-platform mobile development platform - on Android Studio and on Visual Studio Code." ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Preventing outgoing calls on an iPhone" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Our Daily Lives Are All About Privacy and Security on Great Apple Hardware" The Mac Observer 3:57 PM
  • "WSJ tries really hard to gin up negative Apple news and fails laughably" MacDailyNews 9:07 AM
  • "Apple and the Fruits of Tax Cuts" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:02 AM
  • "iPhones Rumors: What you might find (or miss) in the next iPhone" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Mingis on Tech: When it comes to Android phones, a notch too far? The all-screen design of Apple's iPhone X necessitated a 'notch' at the top of the display for various cameras and sensors. So Android phone makers naturally (notchurally?) did the same thing." Computerworld 7:14 AM
  • "iPhone vs. Android: Why the iPhone X notch is showing up on Androids" Computerworld 7:06 AM
  • "LG wants us to believe that its notch design has nothing to do with the iPhone X" BGR 5:03 PM
  • "Twitter's Holy Bug Story" Rixstep 12:00 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "IK Multimedia Announces UNO Synth Analog Synthesizer" The Mac Observer 5:30 PM
  • "Mercedes-Benz's New MBUX System Will Feature Wireless CarPlay" MacRumors 3:12 PM
  • "Apple shutting down Texture's Windows magazine app after acquisition" The Verge 1:05 PM
  • "Apple to Shut Down Texture App for Windows Following Acquisition" MacRumors 1:05 PM
  • "Bad news Windows: Apple shutting down acquired Texture magazine app next month" 9to5Mac 1:05 PM
  • "Best keyboards for the iPad Pro, according to customer reviews" Mashable 11:47 AM
  • "Apple's GymKit comes to Canada at Equinox Fitness Clubs" Canadian Reviewer 8:39 AM
  • "Google makes iPhones extremely secure" Cult of Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Goosebumps: HorrorTown promises a scarily good time on iOS" Cult of Mac 7:33 AM
  • "Razer's new mouse is built for budget gaming" Cult of Mac 7:33 AM
Computer Industry
  • "How Microsoft got its mojo back — even as Big Tech faces hostility" Seattle Times 9:44 AM
  • "After Apple, Microsoft Wins the Hearts of Millennials Too" Softpedia 9:38 AM
  • "Warren Buffett weighs in on IBM and General Electric" CNBC 9:30 AM
  • "Warren Buffett says Berkshire Hathaway has sold completely out of IBM" CNBC 9:29 AM
  • "IBM acquires data tech firm Armanta" Banking Tech 9:30 AM
  • "IBM Acquires Armanta For Watson Financial Services Portfolio" PMNTS 9:29 AM
  • "HP shows off printer capabilities with an AR app that places virtual photo frames in the home" Campaign 9:26 AM
  • "HP Enterprise Chief Architect: Computing's New Dawn Beyond the Twilight of Moore's Law" PYMNTS 9:25 AM
  • "Dell promises to keep it simple: Can a simple promise lead to a more prosperous channel?" Tech Central 9:24 AM
  • "Dell EMC freshens high-end SANs with VMAX makeover, PowerMax" ComputerWeekly 9:23 AM
  • "Public companies miss out on long-term investment opportunities - Dell EMC" CRN UK 9:23 AM
  • "Dell EMC unveils Isilon scale-out NAS in the Google cloud" ComputerWeekly 9:23 AM
  • "Intel launches Octane SSD 905P offering up to 575,000 IOPS for random read" Computing 9:20 AM
  • "Intel drones offer high-tech help to restore the Great Wall of China" Digital Trends 9:20 AM
  • "TSMC debuts Wafer-on-Wafer tech, 7nm node at volume production, 7nm+ and 5nm nodes on track" Neowin 9:19 AM
  • "Spectre 2 looms large with 8 potential security flaws" TechRadar UK 9:21 AM
  • "Spectre-NG: Security bods uncover eight new 'Spectre-class' flaws in Intel CPUs" The Inquirer 9:20 AM
  • "Are 8 new 'Spectre-class' flaws about to be exposed? Intel confirms it's readying fixes" ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "Intel reportedly gears up to patch 8 Spectre Next Generation CPU flaws" Digital Trends 9:19 AM
  • "New 'Spectre-class' flaws in Intel CPUs might be revealed soon" ZDNet 9:40 PM
  • "HPE straps AMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results" The Register 9:16 AM
  • "Steam Survey: AMD hardware shows impressive gains" Hexus 9:16 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Processors Surge In Gaming Rig Popularity According To Steam Hardware Survey" HotHardware 4:59 PM
  • "AMD are trolling Intel, launching their Z490 chipset months before Intel's Z390" PCGamesN 9:15 AM
  • "German IT distributor shares AMD and Intel 2018 CPU roadmaps" Hexus 9:15 AM
  • "AMD has readied patches against MasterKey, Fallout, and Chimera vulnerabilities" Guru3D 9:15 AM
  • "Extensive distributor leak reveals AMD and Intel Roadmaps - AMD Z490 and Intel Z390, 8-Core CFL" Guru3D 9:15 AM
  • "Oracle Cloud service provider Certus Solutions bagged by Accenture" Comms Dealer 9:13 AM
  • "Serious Oracle Access Manager Vulnerability Patched" Silicon UK 9:12 AM
  • "Tender: International Bank of Azerbaijan to buy Oracle maintenance services" trend News Agency 9:11 AM
  • "Cisco rolls out new wave of must-install WebEx patches" hotforsecurity 9:09 AM
  • "Cisco to set up innovation center in Taiwan: President Tsai" Taiwan News 9:08 AM
  • "How to secure SaaS: Understanding the cloud's security layers" InfoWorld 8:45 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Valued at $869 Billion on Record High, Warren Buffet Buys Even More Shares" The Mac Observer 8:52 PM
  • "Apple shares hit all-time high after Buffett raises stake" BBC 4:02 PM
  • "Apple rises after Warren Buffett ups his stake by 75 million shares" Business Insider 8:01 AM
  • "Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Buys 75 Million More Apple Shares" Investopedia 7:39 AM
  • "Warren Buffett just bought a ton more shares of Apple" CNNMoney 7:38 AM
  • "Berkshire Hathaway Bought 75 Million Additional Apple Shares in Q1 2018" MacRumors 7:22 AM
  • "Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought another 75M Apple shares in Q1" AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "Apple's $100bn share buyback plan" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow gains 332 points, books best day in 3 weeks as Apple's stock surges to record: Buffett bet on Apple lifts broader market, supporting tech sector" MarketWatch 3:55 PM
  • "Dow Jumps 332 Points, Stocks Rally as Apple Hits All-Time High: Stocks finish higher on Friday. A strong performance from Apple lifts the Dow." TheStreet 3:54 PM
  • "Dow posts triple-digit gains with help from Apple" FOXBusiness 3:54 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise, Lifted by Late, Broad-Based Rally: Jobs report offers investors a mixed view of the labor market; Apple shares jump" [Paid Membership Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Global markets mostly lower as investors watch trade talks" Associated Press 8:42 AM
  • "Asian stocks fall ahead of U.S. jobs report: Equities in Asia ended broadly lower Friday, with financial stocks in the region logging sizable declines as investors assessed the rising interest-rate environment." MarketWatch 7:19 AM
  • "European stocks close higher as market finds as euro slumps after U.S. jobs report: European stocks finished firmly higher on Friday, rallying in afternoon trade after a solid U.S. jobs report send the dollar soaring against the euro." MarketWatch 12:02 PM

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