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Monday Highlights: After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday stock markets crater over 1000 points due to expanding coronavirus concerns, Apple hovering around $300, down over 4% today; Wedbush sees virus as temporary challenge, holds AAPL target at $400; meanwhile, Apple loses VirnetX appeal in the US Supreme Court; clamshell that is iOS slowly opening?; what you copy to your iOS clipboard is allegedly available to any app, Apple calls it no problemo; Safari will eventually reject HTTPS certificates if over 13 mo. old; switch from Windows to Mac? Here's a compilation of tips to make things smoother; Steve Jobs would be 65 today—more in our General Interest section; Warren Buffett finally trades his old flip phone for an iPhone, "says Apple...'probably the best business I know in the world'"; iPhone 12 to feature 802.11ay Wi-Fi?

  • "How to choose between iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro: Five options means choosing ain't easy"  The Verge 7:13 AM
  • "AT&T's CEO looks ahead to the end of the phone/Commentary: Can't imagine a world without iPhones and Android? Maybe you're not trying hard enough." CNET 7:06 AM
  • "Apple TV Channels Is a Big Change to Apple's Subscription Model: The tech titan is a lot more hands-on with TV Channels than with in-app subscriptions." The Motley Fool 10:05 AM
  • "Apple's lead iPhone chip designer leaves the company: Gerard Williams III led the design of all Apple processors from the A7." Engadget 4:42 PM
  • "Apple's latest Tesla hire may point to powertrain for full-scale 'Apple Car': Signaling that it's continuing work on a full-fledged electric car, or at least a platform, Apple has reportedly hired Tesla's engineering VP in charge of powertrains Michael Schwekutsch." AppleInsider 6:42 PM
  • "Apple cancels AirPower product, citing inability to meet its high standards for hardware" ["'After much effort, we've concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward,' said Dan Riccio, Apple's senior vice president of Hardware Engineering in an emailed statement today."]  TechCrunch 3/29
  • "Apple, in rare reversal, pulls plug on wireless charging mat" Reuters 3/29
  • "Apple cancels AirPower wireless charging mat, citing quality issues" AppleInsider 3/29
  • "Exclusive Data: iPhone users want the Apple Card — here's why its appeal could propel Apple Pay"  Business Insider 3/29
  • "Apple cancels AirPower wireless charger" The Verge 3/29
  • "Apple and Goldman's painful reinvention is hard to credit"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3/29
  • "With its Apple Card, Apple edges further into financial services" Computerworld 3/29
  • "Can Apple Card Get Users More Entrenched into Apple's Ecosystem?" Market Realist 3/29
  • "Exclusive Data: More than half of consumers don't plan to use Apple TV Channels"  Business Insider 3/29
  • "This week's Apple event was still all about the ecosystem: Apple's show time event might have looked different, but at the end of the day it's still all about keeping you in Apple's world."  Macworld 3/29
  • "Tim Cook and Other Top Apple Executives to Testify in Qualcomm Trial" Bloomberg 3/29
  • "San Diego judge: Apple, Foxconn et al. v. Qualcomm is primarily an antitrust dispute as Apple says, not just a contract case as Qualcomm claims"  Foss Patents 3/29
  • "Apple to close Texture on May 28, following launch of Apple News+" TechCrunch 3/29
  • "The TL;DR on Apple's macOS Mojave 10.14.4 Gmail/G-Suite Issue: It's Fixed" The Mac Observer 4:20 PM
  • "Apple has released new versions of Sierra and High Sierra Security Update 2019-002" Eclectic Light Company 7:14 AM
  • "News app for Mac: The Ultimate guide/Are you looking for a new way to get your favorite news sources delivered to your Mac? Try the News app!" iMore 1:47 PM
  • "How to convert a DOCX file to Pages on macOS" AddictiveTips 7:07 AM
  • "Adobe Premiere Pro vs. Apple Final Cut Pro X: What's the Difference? Most professional video editors use one or the other. Here's how these two top-rated programs compare, feature by feature." PC Magazine 3/29
  • "How to convert a DOCX file to Pages on macOS" AddictiveTips 3/29
  • "How to record digital audio from your iPhone to your Mac with iDAM" Cult of Mac 3/29
  • "Evaluating Popular Web Browser in terms of Security and Privacy" ReadWrite 3/29
  • "How to Leave No Trace on a Borrowed Computer" Gizmodo 3/29
  • "How to play Fortnite on Mac: Yes, you can play Fortnite on a Mac. Here's how to make it look awesome" Digital Trends 3/29
Press Releases
  • "Vectorworks, Inc. Announces GDTF 1.0 Availability—Drives Entertainment Industry Standard" Architosh 3/29
  • "Data Creator 1.7.1 for macOS, an advanced data generator that can create tables filled with pseudo-random custom content in just few clicks" Ecleti 3/29
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Cheaper iPhone, Mac repairs: Apple slightly loosens its grip on who mends your devices" ZDNet 3/29
  • "5-Year Market Forecast: App Store and Google Play Spending Will Grow 120% to Reach $156 Billion by 2023"  SensorTower 3/29
  • "App Store revenue could more than double by 2023" Cult of Mac 3/29
  • "Global True Wireless Hearables Market Reaches 12.5 Million Units in Q4 2018: Apple was the market leader with its AirPods as premium models continued to dominate the market. However, mid-tier brands started to gain market share."  Counterpoint 3/29
  • "The 50 most beautiful Apple stores outside the United States" Business Insider 3/29
  • "Hacker pleads guilty to accessing Apple accounts of famous athletes and rappers" The Verge 3/29
  • "Mac users in China can no longer use Taiwan flag emoji" Cult of Mac 3/29
Non-Apple News
  • "Sony Scales Back on Smartphones" Thurrott 4:14 PM
  • "Hacker Rigs New Zealand Shooter's Manifesto With Malware" PC Magazine 3/29
  • "T-Mobile And Sprint Blockbuster Wireless Merger Faces Potential Roadblock From States" HotHardware 3/29
  • "Apple leaves Android users with few alternatives as Texture is earmarked for May 28 shutdown: Magzter is about to get a whole lot more popular." PCWorld 3/29
  • "90 percent of tech companies are vulnerable to email spoofing" BetaNews 3/29
  • "Hundreds of compromised Wordpress and Joomla websites are serving up malware to visitors" ZDNet 3/29
  • "Seven out of ten Americans are comfortable with IoT tech in the home" ZDNet 3/29
  • "First image surfaces of Google Chrome's upcoming Tab Groups feature" ZDNet 3/29
  • "Google's DeepMind asks what it means for AI to fail" ZDNet 3/29
  • "Google Assistant integration with Chrome might be coming to Android" Android Authority 3/29
  • "Google security engineer discloses zero-day flaw in TP-Link smart home routers" ZDNet 3/29
  • "Google deletes 'conversion therapy' app savaged by the LGBTQ community" Business Insider 3/29
  • "An Apple Arcade Extravaganza – The TouchArcade Show #393" Touch Arcade 3/29
  • "Briefing -The Moshi iGlaze Hardshell Case for 13-inch MacBook Air" MacVoices 3/29
  • "9to5Mac Daily: March 29, 2019 — the AirPower episode" 9to5Mac 3/29
  • "New iPhone Rumors, Mojave Gmail Bug Fix – TMO Daily Observations 2019-03-29" The Mac Observer 3/29
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 218: Apple TV+, Card, Arcade, and News+ event" 9to5Mac 3/29
  • "The Sams Report: Apple Games the Game/On this edition of the Sams Report, Apple has a new gaming service, Edge leaks, and there's a Surface Hub event next month." Thurrott 3/29
  • "TV+, Card, Arcade, News+, we react to it all, on The CultCastCult of Mac 3/29
  • "Qualcomm & iPhone bans, the Apple Card, Apple TV on Roku and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 3/29
  • "Canceled: Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat will not be released" BetaNews 7:08 AM
  • "Apple loses engineer who oversaw iPhone, iPad processors: Gerard Williams III, who led the design of every Apple chip core from the A7 to the A12X, departed the company last month, CNET has learned."  CNET 3/29
  • "Alleged Leaked Schematic Depicts 2019 iPhone With Triple-Lens Camera in Triangular Arrangement" MacRumors 3/29
  • "Leaked iPhone 11 schematics show what may be Apple's new triple-lens camera design" BGR 3/29
  • "2019 iMac performance ranges from 5% to 66% increase over previous models" AppleInsider 3/29
  • "Apple Store Pickup Now Available for New iPad Mini and iPad Air" MacRumors 3/29
  • "AirPods 2nd Generation Teardown: New Features, Still Disposable" iFixit 3/29
  • "Need to Repair Your New AirPods? Good Luck" PC Magazine 3/29
  • "Apple Acknowledges Issues in Latest MacBook Keyboard" Zacks 3/29
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "In recognition of World Backup Day on March 31 we offering $10 off ChronoSync this weekend." Econ Technologies 3/29
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/29
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/29

  • "Apple iPad Air vs. iPad Mini (2019): Which One Should You Buy?" LAPTOP Magazine 10:26 AM
  • "Apple AirPods 2019 review: The king of truly wireless earphones is crowned with small enhancements" CNET 7:06 AM
  • "AirPods 2 Get A Repairability Score Of Zero In New Teardown [Video] Redmond Pie 8:53 AM
  • "Galaxy S10+ Vs iPhone XS Max: Samsung's 2019 Flagship With Gorilla Glass 6 Loses To Apple's 2018 Flagship In Drop Test Durability" Redmond Pie 7:09 PM
  • "iPhone XR vs. Pixel 3: Which phone is best? Spoiler: They're both awesome." CNET 7:07 AM
  • "Best Waterproof Cases for iPad Air 3 in 2019" iMore 6:50 AM
  • "Hands-On With Apple's New iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 5" MacRumors 3/29
  • "I spent a week using Apple's new iPad Air, and I'm convinced it's the best iPad for most people" Business Insider 3/29
  • "iPad Air 3 (2019) Review: The New Everyday iPad for Everyone" iMore 3/29
  • "Review: Apple's New AirPods Are Great if You Don't Have AirPods Yet" Time 3/29
  • "Apple AirPods 2 review: even more wireless" The Verge 3/29
  • "MacBook Air 2018 vs. MacBook Air 2017: Which one should you buy?" CNET 3/29
  • "Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet review: These headphones are designed to protect children's hearing" TechHive 3/29
iOS Apps
  • "The Best Emails Apps for the iPhone and iPad" Digital Trends 1:52 PM
  • "Best iPad apps for new owners: Did you just get your first iPad? Looking for the top apps to download next? Here they are!" iMore 7:13 AM
  • "What's new in iOS 12.3 beta 1 - hands-on with a redesigned TV app [Video] 9to5Mac 3/29
  • "Comparing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, & Verizon's 'unlimited wireless plans for iPhone in 2019" AppleInsider 3/29
  • "Here are the best ways to stream local TV to your Apple TV or iPhone" AppleInsider 4:23 PM
  • "AirPods 2 Teardown" iFixit 3/29
  • "How to fix AirPods that won't connect to your iPhone" 9to5Mac 3/29
  • "14 Notes App Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad" OS X Daily 3/29
  • "How to unlock an iPad you've forgotten the password to (and keep your data)" Business Insider 3/29
  • "How To Quit Apps On the iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max" MacMost 3/29
  • "How to change your message list preview in Mail on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 3/29
  • "How to share Spotify playlists on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 3/29
  • "Why Does Safari Say 'Not Secure' for Some Webpages on iPhone, iPad, or Mac?" OS X Daily 3/29
  • "10 things every new Mac owner should know: Your new Mac is easy to set up and use. Make sure you know these important basics after you get started." iMore 3:28 PM
  • "Apple Card: Here's who will benefit from it most/Spoiler: People who never use Apple Pay are not on the list." Macworld 3/29
  • "Everything you need to know about how to get and use the Apple Card" AppleInsider 3/29
  • "Apple Arcade FAQ: Games, price, compatibility, and everything else you need to know" Macworld 3/29
  • "Forget AirPods 2, Apple Accidentally Leaks Upgraded Rival" Forbes 7:20 PM
  • "Apple v Huawei: who delivered the biggest innovation punch?" Stuff: New Zealand 5:34 PM
  • "AirPower Was Likely Doomed by Electromagnetic Interference" Thurrott 4:16 PM
  • "Apple Card Doesn't Need to Be Revolutionary to Be a Hit" Tom's Guide 1:56 PM
  • "Why Apple's AirPower had to die: Apple has canceled AirPower. That's not an April Fool's joke. It's not a hoax. It's not a typo. It's not a glitch in the matrix. AirPower is well and truly dead." iMore 1:52 PM
  • "AirPower fail: The latest victim of Apple's OCD/It was only a matter of time before Apple flew too close to the sun." ZDNet 10:06 AM
  • "Apple's March 25 Apple News, Apple TV+. and Apple Card event got a bumpy reception from industry and critics: Much of the criticism of Apple's event was focused on how it actually told us very little. Yet even with a 'charm-and-dazzle' show, there was enough to get critics and analysts examining the good and the bad of what Apple is planning." AppleInsider 8:50 AM
  • "Apple is learning why shortcut security is a bad idea: With its enterprise developer certificate program, Apple chose convenience over security. You can guess what happened." Computerworld 3/29
  • "I don't care about AirPower because I'm still typing on this sh**ty MacBook keyboard"  Mashable 3/29
  • "What Finally Killed AirPower" iFixit 3/29
  • "Apple redesigns wireless AirPower charger to be the smallest, thinnest, lightest, cheapest... OK, it doesn't exist" The Register 3/29
  • "What went wrong with the Apple's AirPower charging mat?" Cult of Mac 3/29
  • "Apple Confirms Embarrassing Cancellation Of AirPower" Forbes 3/29
  • "Let's face it, AirPower looked lame as hell anyway" Mashable 3/29
  • "Apple Cancels AirPower Charging Mat: This Is No April Fool's Joke" Forbes 3/29
  • "Apple Cancels AirPower" ["Long story short, this is why it's always dangerous to pre-announce products that aren't finished."] Daring Fireball 3/29
  • "Apple Officially Cancels AirPower" MacStories 3/29
  • "The Apple Watch alerted my father to a serious heart condition in the middle of the night" BGR 3/29
  • "iMac, iMac 4k, iMac 5k, or iMac Pro - which iMac should you buy?" AppleInsider 3/29
  • "Did Warren Buffett Just Call Apple TV+ a Mistake?" Market Realist 3/29
  • "Thoughts on Apple's News+, Card, Arcade, and TV+ event — something for everyone" 9to5Mac 3/29
  • "I Now Have a Cardiologist: With Apple's release of watchOS 5.2, I see the ECG feature is now more widely available throughout Europe and other regions. That's great news." Joe Cieplinski 3/29
  • "iPhone 2019 rumors: That ugly square triple-camera might actually make its way into the next iPhone" Macworld 3/29
  • "I deleted all the apps off my phone for a week — and it was harder than I could have imagined" Business Insider 3/29
  • "How Apple Arcade Could Change How Apple Makes Money from Games" Market Realist 3/29
  • "Cloud-Streamed Gaming: More Questions Than Answers" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3/29
  • "Apple's TV Plus put on a hell of a show. It just wasn't for us/Commentary: The star-studded theatrics were mostly for the stars themselves." CNET 3/29
  • "LG gram 14 2-in-1 review: The lightest 14-inch convertible" Neowin 4:43 PM
  • "Scientists created an AI that can predict when a person will die" BGR 3/29
  • "What if Alexa had eyes and a body? It's the only way to make the assistant truly smart, says Amazon's lead Alexa scientist" GearBrain 3/29
  • "We're getting better at backing up our data — but we're also losing more" BetaNews 3/29
  • "The Samsung Galaxy S10+ Snapdragon & Exynos Review: Almost Perfect, Yet So Flawed" AnandTech 3/29
  • "The unlikely key to making facial recognition work: Human 'super-recognizers'" CNET 3/29
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Now that AirPower is dead, here are some of the best wireless charger alternatives" 9to5Mac 3/29
  • "Now that Apple's AirPower is canceled, here are the best Qi wireless charging pads" AppleInsider 3/29
  • "'Rumble Stars Soccer' from Frogmind Is Releasing Globally Soon on Both iOS and Android with Pre-Registrations Now Live" Touch Arcade 3/29
  • "Eye Candy for Architects—Chaos Group Releases New Reel" Architosh 3/29
  • "Vennetics and Reelgood Partner to Bring Apple TV+ Original Content to IPTV Providers" Business Wire 3/29
  • "Double-Digit Growth Expected in the Smart Home Market, Says IDC" Business Wire 3/29
  • "At long last, Gmail's swipe actions are coming to iOS: Swipe to trash, mark as read, snooze, and more" The Verge 3/29
  • "Gboard 2.0 brings advanced background, key, and glide theming to iOS [Gallery] 9to5Google 3/29
  • "Gmail for iOS Finally Gets Handy Customizable Swipe Actions" Digital Trends 3/29
Computer Industry
  • "Lilbits 355: Intel's next-gen low-power chips coming in 2020, better graphics in tow" Liliputing 1:47 PM
  • "AWS continues to invest in AMD's EPYC platform" TechSpot 1:52 PM
  • "Bank of America Corp DE Invests $35.42 Million in Dell Inc. (DELL)" Fairfield Current 7:00 AM
  • "Hybrid Cloud Technology Market Is Thriving Worldwide with Key Players: VMware, Inc., Amazon Web Services, Inc., Microsoft, Rackspace, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM" Market Reprots 7:01 AM
  • "IBM purged 'gray hairs' and 'old heads' as it launched 'Millennial Corps': lawsuit" San Jose Mercury News 3/29
  • "How IBM is Rethinking its Data Protection Line-Up" Gigaom 3/29
  • "Microsoft: Please tax us more (and Amazon too)" Fast Company 3/29
  • "Companies will stop storing data in Australia, Microsoft warns" Sophos 3/29
  • "Microsoft reckons the accursed Windows 10 October 2018 Update is finally fit for business" The Register 3/29
  • "Microsoft, Nintendo hacker pleads guilty" IANS 3/29
  • "Intel's New 'R0 Stepping' 9th Gen CPUs Will Crash Windows 10 Without New BIOS Update" Forbes 3/29
  • "AMD rumoured to get Ray Tracing in 2020" Fudzilla 3/29
  • "Nvidia says it 'can create the most energy-efficient GPU in the world at anytime'" PCGamesN 3/29
  • "Nvidia Shield TV code suggests new controller and remote in the works" Android Police 3/29
  • "How HP is Reinventing Workflows with Z by HP Workstations" Cheddar 3/29
  • "Why Is HP (HPQ) Down 3.7% Since Last Earnings Report?" Zacks 3/29
  • "Oracle blames Google for shutting it out of the smartphone industry" Fudzilla 3/29
  • "NRMA uses Oracle Analytics Cloud to crunch customer data" iTWire 3/29
  • "National Pharmacies puts Oracle's Autonomous to work" iTWire 3/29
  • "Chuck Robbins On Cisco Cloud: From 'Death' To Growth Driver" CRN 3/29
  • "Cisco CEO: 'People Didn't Think We Could Do' Network Subscriptions" CRN 3/29
  • "Cisco plans to tap newer geographies, penetrate further in existing markets" CRN India 3/29
  • "Cisco, Rockwell Automation, Panduit open manufacturing advanced technology centre in Mexico City" Telecompaper 3/29
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Gets Boost As App Store Revenue Seen To Double By 2023" Nasdaq 9:06 PM
  • "Here's How the Apple Card Will Boost the Company's Digital-Payments Strategy: Apple Pay is expanding to include a credit card that's uniquely Apple." The Motley Fool 7:48 PM
  • "Major Apple Supplier Foxconn Suffers Profit Drop: The performance of the Taiwanese assembler of iPhones offers a window into the U.S. tech titan's operations" [Paid Membership Required] 3/29
Industry News
  • "Dow rallies more than 200 points as S&P 500 logs its best quarterly advance since 2009: Lyft shares trim gains after soaring in IPO" MarketWatch 3/29
  • "Dow Ends Up on 'Constructive' Trade Talks; S&P 500 Logs Best Quarter Since 2009: Stocks closes up Friday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says trade talks he held with China were 'constructive.'" TheStreet 3/29
  • "US-China trade optimism boosts all major averages" FOXBusiness 3/29
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise, Notching Best Quarter In Years: After a late 2018 swoon, S&P 500 closes out the quarter with its best gains since the financial crisis" [Paid Membership Required] 3/29
  • "Shanghai Composite leads Asia stocks higher after U.S., China resume trade talks: China stocks see best quarter gain since end 2014" MarketWatch 3/29
  • "London markets up despite falling business investment: Another Brexit vote coming on day U.K. meant to leave the union" MarketWatch 3/29

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