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Thursday Highlights: Apple does right thing, fixing broken butterfly keyboards within a day; just around the corner, Apple earnings, Zacks says a beat is coming; Mac malware up over 60% in only three months; XProtect recently updated to help tackle Windows exploits on Macs; Saudi sisters renew call on Apple and Google to ban app restricting women's travel—more in our General Interest section; Apple Watch lost at sea found after six months, still working; CNBC feature on Corning and how they "went from Pyrex to Gorilla Glass"; Apple recalls certain 3-prong AC wall plugs.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "The Apple Services Misunderstanding/With Apple's latest Services announcements, the skeptics sing the same old refrain: Apple cynically exploits customers by imprisoning them inside its Walled Garden. But there might be a better explanation, one that's based on a trusting relationship between Apple Services and Apple customers."  Monday Note 11:56 AM
  • "Apple Slashes the HomePod's Price. Does Anyone Care?" Motley Fool 8:17 AM
  • "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 4/6
  • "Here's proof that a big source of Apple's App Store growth tanked, probably thanks to Netflix"  Business Insider 4/6
  • "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 4/6
  • "After Chrome, Firefox will also support off-screen image lazy loading" ZDNet 4/6
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "There's a simple, quick way to turn off all website notifications in Chrome — here's how to do it" Business Insider 8:17 AM
  • "How to Stop the Annoying macOS Upgrade Banner Notifications" iPhone Hacks 10:51 AM
  • "How To Disable Wi-Fi Auto-Join in macOS" macReports 4/6
  • "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
  • "Apple May Replace iTunes With Separate Music, Podcasts Apps In macOS 10.15" Redmond Pie 8:32 AM
  • "Our Computer Disabled, Apparently by Genieo Innovation — an Israeli Company" The Wisdom Fund 4/6
  • "Use cases for G-Suite login integration on macOS" 9to5Mac 4/6
Press Releases
  • "New Adobe Creative Cloud video editing applications now dramatically boosted by eGPU" AppleInsider 8:31 AM
  • "Six Third-party Companies Announce Support for ProRes Raw" fcp.co 4/6
  • "Email Obfuscator 1.4.1: Obfuscated emails for web pages" Ecleti 4/5
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Makes Yet Another High-Profile Artificial Intelligence Hire" Motley Fool 5:18 PM
  • "This iPhone 8 model costs $750 brand new, but a YouTuber bought a damaged one on eBay for $200 and completely restored it" Business Insider 8:16 AM
  • "Remote AR will make it so we can work — or play — anywhere" VentureBeat 2:20 PM
  • "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 4/6
  • "Reddit user says Apple Watch saved his life helping detect supraventricular tachycardia" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "Macron's party names GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple) among Europe's largest rivals on global stage" Foss Patents 4/6
  • "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] 4/6
  • "Fake Apple iPhone scheme tied to Oregon college students, feds allege" USA Today 4/6
Non-Apple News
  • "UK unveils sweeping plan to penalise Facebook, Google for harmful online content" Washington Post 7:19 PM
  • "Websites to be fined over 'online harms' under new proposals" BBC 7:12 PM
  • "Britain plans social media regulation to battle harmful content" Reuters 6:29 PM
  • "Huawei's 'shoddy' work prompts talk of a Westminster ban" BBC 6:09 PM
  • "Privacy commissioner rips Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, says livestream should be cut" Stuff: New Zealand 4:47 PM
  • "Americans turn against social media by wide margins" [Video Report] NBC News 10:51 AM
  • "Gmail, Netflix and PayPal Users Targeted In DNS Hijacking Campaign" Forbes 10:51 AM
  • "The smart speaker finally gets its killer app for business" Computerworld 4/6
  • "What the internet knows about you" Axios 4/6
  • "Dropbox uncovers 264 vulnerabilities in HackerOne Singapore bug hunt" ZDNet 4/6
  • "Testing Verizon's new 5G speeds exposed three major issues with the next-gen data network" CNET 4/6
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Gene Steinberg meets Josh Centers of TidBITS and Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:01 AM
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 248, With Special Guest Peter Kafka" Daring Fireball 4/6
  • "How to cope with your MacBook keyboard [Cult of Mac Magazine No. 291] Cult of Mac 4/6
  • "Podcast: Intel Data-Centric Event, Cloud-Based Gaming" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4/6
  • "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
  • "Netflix disabled AirPlay because it isn't being told what device is getting the stream anymore" AppleInsider 8:49 AM
  • "iOS 12.2 has a handy new timesaving feature for when your iPhone or iPad breaks down: No one wants to think of the day when their iPhone or iPad starts giving them troubles, but when that day comes, a new feature in iOS 12.2 makes it much to get warranty support." ZDNet 8:06 AM
  • "An Apple Watch jailbreak for watchOS 4.0-5.1.2 is purportedly in the works" iDownload Blog 8:32 AM
  • "As Apple faces 5G iPhone roadblocks, Qualcomm exec says 'they have our number'" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "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 4/6
  • "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 4/6
  • "Netflix abruptly loses support for Apple AirPlay: After six years the feature is gone due to 'technical limitations.'" Engadget 4/6
  • "Netflix for iOS drops support for AirPlay due to 'technical limitations'" 9to5Mac 4/6
  • "Netflix suddenly drops AirPlay support from its iOS apps" BetaNews 4/6
  • "Intel scoffs at report that its 5G modems won't be ready for Apple's 2020 iPhone lineup" BGR 4/6
  • "2019 iPhones could get important battery upgrades" CNET 4/6
  • "Apple's beloved MagSafe connector could make a comeback" Cult of Mac 4/6
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
  • "Review: The third-generation 2019 iPad Air is pro enough" AppleInsider 1:05 PM
  • "Apple iPad Mini (2019) review: top tweaks to a winning formula" Wired UK 4/6
  • "iPad Mini (2019) Review: Perfectly Adequate" Gizmodo 4/6
  • "The Trouble With AirPods: Have I gotten hooked on pumping voices into my own head?" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4/6
  • "The Hidizs Sonata HD is the best USB-C audio dongle" The Verge 4/6
  • "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 4/6
  • "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 save space on your iPhone by getting rid of all the clutter" CNBC 6:41 PM
  • "How to Reset an iPad: Soft Reset, Force Restart, and Factory Reset" Digital Trends 3:55 PM
  • "How to Cancel Your Apple News Plus Trial, and Why I'm Doing It Now" Tom's Guide 11:30 AM
  • "How to Know if Someone Blocked Your Number on iPhone for Calls or Messages" OS X Daily 10:53 AM
  • "How to Recover Deleted Messages on IPhone (Without Backup)" Tapscape 4/6
  • "How to Use AirPods with Android" OS X Daily 4/6
  • "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
  • "PSA: Don't use the Tw3lve jailbreak for iOS 12, it's a blatant copy of unc0ver" iDownload Blog 1:52 PM
  • "Here are the best ways to get radio broadcasts to play on your HomePod or iPhone" AppleInsider 4/6
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "It's much too early to reject a folding iPhone [Opinion] Cult of Mac 1:56 PM
  • "Opinion: Amazon's AirPods competitor may sound better, but can't match the best AirPods feature" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "The best mini desktop PCs: From Intel's NUC to the latest Mac Mini." Wirecutter 8:49 AM
  • "A brief history of Steve Jobs' automated factory at NeXT [Cook book leftovers] Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "NYT: There ought to be a law against Apple's hard line on repairs" Apple 3.0 8:33 AM
  • "5 Reasons to Buy the iPad Mini 2019 (and 2 Reasons to Skip)" LAPTOP Magazine 8:18 AM
  • "MacBooks still have keyboard problems? I went to two Apple stores to find out: Complaints about Apple's hardware—both MacBooks and now the iPad Pro—have significantly increased over the past few months. How do Apple's sales staff deal with this?" ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "Cassandra -11" iPad Pro: Hands-on with Nikon D850" eXtensions 8:01 AM
  • "Netflix kills AirPlay support, because reasons" iMore 4/6
  • "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] 4/6
  • "Apple's Next HomePod Might Not Survive without These 8 Things" [Slideshow] iDrop News 4/6
  • "The 2 Reasons Why Apple Canceled Its AirPower Wireless Charging Mat: Analysis" Forbes 4/6
  • "Everything We Know About This Year's iPhone: Making sense of the latest leaks and rumors." Slate 4/6
  • "The biggest thing Apple needs to improve for the iPhone 11 to keep pace with Android" BGR 4/6
  • "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 4/6
  • "A brief history of Apple's misadventures in manufacturing: Part 1 [Cook book leftovers] Cult of Mac 4/6
Non-Apple
  • "It's time for workers to worry about AI" VentureBeat 4:30 PM
  • "How Niantic is preparing for AR's ubiquitous future" VentureBeat 11:33 AM
  • "When Customer Support is Your Achilles Heel (Premium)" Thurrott 10:53 AM
  • "Some YouTube stars make millions. Here's how you can make money too." Business Insider 8:35 AM
  • "Android Q Beta 2 hands on—Bubbles, notification assistants, and more: Android's Bubbles feature can actually completely replace the notification panel." Ars Technica 8:18 AM
  • "Amazon's Desktop PC Buying Guide Is A Total Facepalm Of Bad Advice" HotHardware 4/6
  • "Google and other tech giants are quietly buying up the most important part of the internet" VentureBeat 4/6
  • "The Surprising Best Feature of Google Home" Gizmodo 4/6
  • "Zuckerberg is right: Third-party standards must govern online speech" VentureBeat 4/6
  • "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
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Luann by Greg Evans for April 07, 2019" GoComics 8:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "WhatsApp Business Launches on iPhones" VOA 8:28 PM
  • "Unc0ver v3.0.0 beta 49 released to fix all known bugs with the iOS 11.0-12.1.2 jailbreak to date" iDownload Blog 8:32 AM
  • "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
  • "Army's version of Microsoft's HoloLens AR goggles likened to Call of Duty: Specially modified version of the AR goggles has a video game feel, writes a CNBC reporter who got a demo." CNET 4:56 PM
  • "HoloLens on the battlefield: How the army uses AR" TechSpot 8:32 PM
  • "Competition and Markets Authority investigates Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo's online gaming subscriptions" BetaNews 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft Could Evolve Into Shopify's Newest Competitor" Motley Fool 5:38 PM
  • "Microsoft's CEO meets with top execs every week to review AI projects" CNBC 11:33 AM
  • "With Windows 10 1809, Microsoft drops safe removal of USB drives as the default option" BetaNews 8:31 AM
  • "IBM sells its marketing and e-commerce software" CRN 1:17 PM
  • "Why Intel expects dumb IoT devices to get smarter and smarter" VentureBeat 11:47 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-9750H And GTX 1650 Mobility Slides Leaked – Showcases 28% Performance Improvement Over Last Gen" WCCFTech 1:14 PM
  • "AMD EPYC Rome 7nm Server Processors Could Feature Up To 162 PCIe Gen 4 Lanes, More Than Twice As Much As Intel's Xeon 9200 CPUs" WCCFTech 1:14 PM
  • "Public Cloud Soaring To $331B By 2022 According To Gartner" Forbes 11:30 AM
  • "How the Army plans to use Microsoft's high-tech HoloLens goggles on the battlefield" CNBC 4/6
  • "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 4/6
  • "US Army shows how it will use HoloLens in the field: That's not necessarily going to assuage critics of military tech, though." Engadget 4/6
  • "Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo online services being investigated by UK government" Eurogamer 4/6
  • "UK investigates Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony over game service practices: Regulators are concerned these online services are unfair to gamers." Engadget 4/6
  • "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 4/6
  • "Microsoft changes how Windows 10 disconnects USB storage devices" ZDNet 4/6
  • "IBM's Artificial Intelligence Strategy Is Fantastic, But AI Also Cut 30% Of Its HR Workforce" Forbes 4/6
  • "Intel may never make a CPU we can trust, but others might" Digital Trends 4/6
  • "A surprising quantum front-runner" Axios 4/6
  • "Serverless computing growth softens, at least for now" ZDNet 4/6
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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