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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Plus - brand versus subscription" ["Brand is actually the important part, I think - rather more than the Services narrative. These products fit into what feels like a new and emerging brand promise for Apple: the Disney (in a good way) of tech. Trusted, secure, private, no ads, no scams, no tricks you have to watch for (scammy in-app purchases in games, scammy/weird credit card charges) - it's all curated."]  Benedict Evans 7:37 AM
  • "Here's proof that a big source of Apple's App Store growth tanked, probably thanks to Netflix"  Business Insider 7:18 AM
  • "Apple Music Overtakes Spotify in Paid U.S. Subscribers: Tech giant's subscription service trails Swedish rival's globally but is growing faster"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4/5
  • "Apple Music eclipses Spotify in paid US subscribers: After a false start six months ago, Apple Music has truly surpassed Spotify in terms of paid U.S. subscribers — if with a long way to go globally." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "More people pay for Apple Music than Spotify in the US now: But the Swedish music streaming company still has more active users globally." Ars Technica 4/5
  • "Apple's Tim Cook calls sports a 'great unifier' in call to ESPN: Apple CEO Tim Cook took a break from running the world's most valuable company on Thursdayto call in to ESPN for quick chat about his alma mater Auburn University, whose basketball team is heading to the NCAA Final Four for the first time." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Qualcomm president on Apple's 5G product: They have our number"  Axios 4/5
  • "Qualcomm still wants to cooperate with Apple on a 5G iPhone: If Apple indeed having its reported trouble securing a 5G modem for 2020 iPhones from Intel or other vendors, Qualcomm is standing by, the chipmaker's president said on Friday." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Apple hires Google AI expert Ian Goodfellow to direct machine learning"  VentureBeat 4/5
  • "Apple's latest hire might help burnish its AI image: The iPhone maker's AI efforts haven't gained attention like Google and Facebook's have. That might change." CNET 4/5
OS X
News
  • "Apple's ProRes RAW format gains traction with third-party developers" Macworld 10:34 AM
  • "After Chrome, Firefox will also support off-screen image lazy loading" ZDNet 7:39 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How To Disable Wi-Fi Auto-Join in macOS" macReports 7:38 AM
  • "How To Get macOS Dock In MacBook Pro Touch Bar" Redmond Pie 4/5
  • "How To Combine Shapes in Keynote and Pages" MacMost 4/5
Op/Ed
  • "Our Computer Disabled, Apparently by Genieo Innovation — an Israeli Company" The Wisdom Fund 9:15 PM
  • "Use cases for G-Suite login integration on macOS" 9to5Mac 10:37 AM
Press Releases
  • "Six Third-party Companies Announce Support for ProRes Raw" fcp.co 10:34 AM
  • "Email Obfuscator 1.4.1: Obfuscated emails for web pages" Ecleti 4/5
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "We talked to the Apple employee who says CBP detained him and tried to search his phone and laptop: 'The most invasive search the government could possibly do'"  Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Reddit user says Apple Watch saved his life helping detect supraventricular tachycardia" 9to5Mac 10:37 AM
  • "Macron's party names GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple) among Europe's largest rivals on global stage" Foss Patents 7:39 AM
  • "Scheme to Swap Fake iPhones Adds Up to $900,000 Loss for Apple, Prosecutors Say: The iPhone 7 at an Apple store in Beijing in 2016. Two college students are accused of costing Apple nearly $900,000 in losses with a counterfeiting scheme." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:45 PM
  • "Fake Apple iPhone scheme tied to Oregon college students, feds allege" USA Today 7:40 AM
  • "Apple engineer Andreas Gal suggests he was detained at border for voicing political views: Apple employee and former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal recounted a November run-in with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in an interview published Friday, saying he might have been singled out because of his political leanings." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Apple scraps plans for first Australian 'global flagship' store: Apple has shelved plans to build its first global flagship retail store in Australia, as heritage authority officials effectively blocked development of the proposed Federation Square site by declining a demolition permit application." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Apple Music arrives on Amazon Echos and Fire TVs in Blighty: Apple Music to your ears" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "Apple Music subscription reduced in India in response to Spotify and YouTube Music launches" AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Fake iPhone Scam Cost Apple $895K: Two Chinese engineering students imported thousands of counterfeit iPhones and convinced Apple to exchange 1,493 of them for new iPhones, which they went on to sell." PC Magazine 4/5
  • "Canadian Woman Bought $6M Worth in iPhones, iPads Unnoticed for 5 Years" The Mac Observer 4/5
Non-Apple News
  • "The smart speaker finally gets its killer app for business" Computerworld 7:41 AM
  • "What the internet knows about you" Axios 7:27 AM
  • "Dropbox uncovers 264 vulnerabilities in HackerOne Singapore bug hunt" ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "Testing Verizon's new 5G speeds exposed three major issues with the next-gen data network" CNET 7:17 AM
  • "Who was first to launch 5G? Depends who you ask" Reuters 4/5
  • "Teens 'not damaged by screen time', study finds" BBC 4/5
  • "Samsung, Huawei getting close to iPhone, spending on camera hardware to get there: Android smartphones focusing on improved displays and cameras haven't beaten the iPhone but are narrowing the gap, suggests analysts from Cowen, with main rivals Huawei and Samsung said to be considerably outspending Apple on the rear camera assembly in each of their flagship mobile devices." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Amazon to challenge Apple's AirPods with first Alexa-powered wearable: Earbuds will let you order stuff via Amazon, natch" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "Samsung launches cloud gaming service to rival Apple" Telegraph 4/5
  • "Samsung expects 60 percent dip in operating profit for Q1, worst performance in 4 years: Apple 'frenemy' Samsung is expecting a bleak first quarter of 2019, with the company estimating operating income to come in down more than 60 percent on the year due to drooping memory chip prices and sluggish smartphone sales." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Samsung Q1 profit to see shock 60% decline: Samsung Electronics expects operating profits of 6.2 trillion won for the first quarter of 2019, a steep 60% drop from a year ago and the South Korean tech giant's lowest in ten quarters." ZDNet 4/5
  • "Amazon lists more than 70 jobs in Bellevue — not Seattle — for Project Kuiper satellite operation" GeekWire 4/5
  • "Amazon is planning a 3,236-satellite strong broadband network: Prime directive" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "Backdoor in popular open-source tool put 28 million users at risk: Bootstrap-Sass vuln leaves Ruby packages open to RCE attacks" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "5G: World's first commercial services promise 'great leap'" BBC 4/5
  • "Xiaomi's bundled security app left handsets open to MiTM attacks: Guard Provider would update via an unsecured HTTP connection" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "Google pulls the plug on AI council that included Heritage Foundation leader" TechCrunch 4/5
  • "Google dissolves newly formed AI ethics board: Google's external ethics board has been controversial from the start." Engadget 4/5
  • "Galaxy Note 10 tipped to feature quad-camera setup: Smaller model will sport less-flashy triple-camera array" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "Samsung's upcoming Q1 earnings are going to be ugly" TechCrunch 4/5
  • "Panasonic Introduces Midrange Lumix G95: The G95 is aimed at enthusiasts, with a Micro Four Thirds sensor, 4K video, and many other features inherited from the upmarket G9." PC Magazine 4/5
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 248, With Special Guest Peter Kafka" Daring Fireball 2:05 PM
  • "How to cope with your MacBook keyboard [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 291] Cult of Mac 10:38 AM
  • "Podcast: Intel Data-Centric Event, Cloud-Based Gaming" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:27 AM
  • "Mac Pro Mockups, State of the CPU, and John's Cable Research, with John Kheit – ACM 508" The Mac Observer 4/5
  • "Apple Music vs Spotify, AI and Special Projects – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-05" The Mac Observer 4/5
  • "Eliska Divoka On The Evolution and Capabilities of Senior Care App Oscar Senior" MacVoices 4/5
Hardware/Software
  • "As Apple faces 5G iPhone roadblocks, Qualcomm exec says 'they have our number'" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Netflix confirms it killed AirPlay support, won't let you beam shows to Apple TVs anymore: Netflix confirmed to The Verge that it pulled the wireless casting feature this past week, due to what it's calling a 'technical limitation.' But it's not the kind of technical limitation you'd think." The Verge 2:59 PM
  • "Netflix App for iOS No Longer Supports AirPlay Because of 'Technical Limitations' [Updated With Netflix Statement]" ["'We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use. With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn't a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV vs. what isn't) or certify these experiences. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met. Members can continue to access Netflix on the built-in app across Apple TV and other devices.'"] MacRumors 2:05 PM
  • "Netflix abruptly loses support for Apple AirPlay: After six years the feature is gone due to 'technical limitations.'" Engadget 7:17 AM
  • "Netflix for iOS drops support for AirPlay due to 'technical limitations'" 9to5Mac 7:28 AM
  • "Netflix suddenly drops AirPlay support from its iOS apps" BetaNews 10:33 AM
  • "Intel scoffs at report that its 5G modems won't be ready for Apple's 2020 iPhone lineup" BGR 7:33 PM
  • "2019 iPhones could get important battery upgrades" CNET 7:27 AM
  • "Apple's beloved MagSafe connector could make a comeback" Cult of Mac 12:19 PM
  • "Finally! Apple might be planning to break up iTunes" Cult of Mac 4/5
  • "Evidence of standalone Music, Podcasts apps for macOS surfaces, signals iTunes breakup" AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Netflix drops AirPlay support citing unnamed 'technical limitations'" AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Are the PowerBeats Pro noise cancelation headphones?" iMore 4/5
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/5
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 4/5

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple iPad Mini (2019) review: top tweaks to a winning formula" Wired UK 1:17 PM
  • "iPad Mini (2019) Review: Perfectly Adequate" Gizmodo 10:34 AM
  • "The Trouble With AirPods: Have I gotten hooked on pumping voices into my own head?" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:31 AM
  • "The Hidizs Sonata HD is the best USB-C audio dongle" The Verge 8:27 AM
  • "Review: The 2019 21.5-inch iMac 4K is iterative, not transformative/We've been using and testing the new 2019 iMac 4K for about two weeks now, and while the spec bump is greatly appreciated, an otherwise unchanged machine is more iterative than transformative." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10 vs Apple iPhone XS: Which is best? Samsung's big #10 takes the fight to Apple's flagship" Stuff Magazine 4/5
iOS Apps
  • "Apple News Plus Review: Start Shredding the News" Fortune 7:17 AM
  • "Stressed out? Try a coloring book, Pigment, and an Apple Pencil" Apple World Today 4/5
  • "The Best Calculator Apps on iOS" AppAdvice 4/5
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Recover Deleted Messages on IPhone (Without Backup)" Tapscape 2:59 PM
  • "How to Use AirPods with Android" OS X Daily 11:59 AM
  • "How to upgrade the 27-inch 5K iMac (2019) with a massive 128GB of RAM [Video] 9to5Mac 4/5
  • "How to block spam calls, texts, and social media messages on your iPhone: You know how to use messaging and emails, and you use them to get things done, but far too many just want to sell you things or annoy you with them. Here's how to get persistent callers and emailers out of your hair so that you can get some work done." AppleInsider 4/5
  • "How to lock the rotation and orientation on iPad" iDownload Blog 4/5
Tips
  • "Here are the best ways to get radio broadcasts to play on your HomePod or iPhone" AppleInsider 7:28 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Netflix kills AirPlay support, because reasons" iMore 8:41 PM
  • "It's Your iPhone. Why Can't You Fix It Yourself? When the tools of modern life stop working, people should be able to shop for the best price on repairs." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:05 PM
  • "Apple's Next HomePod Might Not Survive without These 8 Things" [Slideshow] iDrop News 4:15 PM
  • "The 2 Reasons Why Apple Canceled Its AirPower Wireless Charging Mat: Analysis" Forbes 3:32 PM
  • "Everything We Know About This Year's iPhone: Making sense of the latest leaks and rumors." Slate 8:15 AM
  • "The biggest thing Apple needs to improve for the iPhone 11 to keep pace with Android" BGR 8:11 AM
  • "In defense of the Apple MacBook keyboard: Well, defense may be a strong word. But it's not as bad as the internet would have you think."  CNET 7:27 AM
  • "A brief history of Apple's misadventures in manufacturing: Part 1 [Cook book leftovers] Cult of Mac 7:27 AM
  • "Apple Won't Tell You How to Get Your iPhone's Data Back—So Here's How" iFixit 4/5
  • "Three Things About Apple's New Services That Matter for Accessibility: Apple's Show Time event was all about services — services that have practical applications for accessibility." iMore 4/5
  • "Three Apple products in the danger zone: AirPower is dead. What's next?"  Macworld 4/5
  • "WSJ: Apple Music Has Overtaken Spotify in U.S. Paid Subscribers" MacRumors 4/5
  • "Cowen: Androids have more cameras, Apple has better camera software" Apple 3.0 4/5
  • ""Google dissolves newly formed AI ethics board: Google's external ethics board has been controversial from the start." Engadget 4/5
Non-Apple
  • "Amazon's Desktop PC Buying Guide Is A Total Facepalm Of Bad Advice" HotHardware 3:45 PM
  • "Google and other tech giants are quietly buying up the most important part of the internet" VentureBeat 12:34 PM
  • "The Surprising Best Feature of Google Home" Gizmodo 8:33 AM
  • "Zuckerberg is right: Third-party standards must govern online speech" VentureBeat 8:27 AM
  • "Trending hashtag proves IP policy nowadays has potential to weaken a government party for many years, if not decades" Foss Patents 4/5
  • "As an iPhone user, I'm so jealous of this new Android phone" BGR 4/5
  • "Linus Torvalds blasts social media as 'a disease': Tourettes, in some cases" The Inquirer 4/5
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Latest 'Shot on iPhone' film produced on iPhone XS highlights surfers in Cuba" AppleInsider 4/5
  • "The Elder Scrolls: Blades Gets 1 Million Downloads in First Week of Early Access on iOS" WCCFTech 4/5
Computer Industry
  • "How the Army plans to use Microsoft's high-tech HoloLens goggles on the battlefield" CNBC 10:38 AM
  • "Here's the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees were protesting: A journalist got to try the military version of the headset" The Verge 3:49 PM
  • "US Army shows how it will use HoloLens in the field: That's not necessarily going to assuage critics of military tech, though." Engadget 8:10 PM
  • "Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo online services being investigated by UK government" Eurogamer 5:25 PM
  • "UK investigates Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony over game service practices: Regulators are concerned these online services are unfair to gamers." Engadget 5:25 PM
  • "Microsoft is shutting down its HealthVault patient record service: The tech giant told users in an email that HealthVault will be gone by November 20th." Engadget 2:08 PM
  • "Microsoft changes how Windows 10 disconnects USB storage devices" ZDNet 10:38 AM
  • "IBM's Artificial Intelligence Strategy Is Fantastic, But AI Also Cut 30% Of Its HR Workforce" Forbes 2:59 PM
  • "Intel may never make a CPU we can trust, but others might" Digital Trends 7:39 AM
  • "A surprising quantum front-runner" Axios 7:41 AM
  • "Serverless computing growth softens, at least for now" ZDNet 11:59 AM
  • "Microsoft responds to female harassment claims" BBC 4/5
  • "Microsoft's next Windows 10 Update arrives in May, but only if you want it: For once, Microsoft isn't going to tell us what's good for us" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "Microsoft Just Fixed the Most Annoying Thing About Windows 10" LAPTOP Magazine 4/5
  • "Surface Pro (2017) and Surface Pro 6 get long lists of firmware updates" Neowin 4/5
  • "Microsoft Kaizala App Set to Be Integrated Within Teams, Goes Global Through Office 365" Gadgets 360 4/5
  • "Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo quizzed over subscriptions" BBC 4/5
  • "Intel appoints new CFO: This time Intel hired from rival Qualcomm/Former Qualcomm CFO and vice president" TechSpot 4/5
  • "AgileX In-Depth: Intel's Attempt to Make FPGAs More Interesting and Accessible" Tom's Hardware 4/5
  • "Intel Launches Ethernet 800 Series 100GbE Network PCIe Cards" Guru3D 4/5
  • "Intel Combines Optane Options with New Processor Class" EE Times 4/5
  • "GPD Win 2 Max will be AMD APU based" Hexus 4/5
  • "Best Motherboard 2019: AMD and Intel boards for all budgets" TrustedReviews 4/5
  • "IBM CEO, Ginni Rometty, on bringing HR evolution with AI and its predictive attrition AI" Packt 4/5
  • "IBM Watson knows when you're planning to quit your job: Wats-on the other job sites?" The Inquirer 4/5
  • "Why Oracle is happy to lose to AWS and MongoDB: Open source and cloud developers lead the charge away from Oracle's database, but they're not where Oracle makes its money" InfoWorld 4/5
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "When Envestnet and Apple pivoted: What you can learn from the way these companies have evolved their business models" Investment News 4/5
Industry News
  • "The Dow Rose 40 Points Because the Jobs Report Was Strong" MarketWatch 4/5
  • "Dow Ends in Positive Territory as Investors Respond to Strong Jobs Report: Stocks end the day in positive territory as investors respond to a strong jobs report for March." TheStreet 4/5
  • "Dow, Nasdaq soar to highest levels of 2019" FOXBusiness 4/5
  • "S&P 500 Closes Higher for Seventh Straight Session: Jobs report comes in largely as expected; Trump signals trade progress with China" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4/5
  • "Nikkei gains on renewed optimism over U.S.-China trade talks: Samsung warns of big drop in profit; markets in Hong Kong, China closed" MarketWatch 4/5

 
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