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Monday Highlights: Washington Post feature looks at Apple's privacy crusade and how company absent from government legislative efforts to regulate; Tim Bajarin sees Apple's success driven by both "industrial design and operational excellence"; Rene Ritchie explains security features of macOS Catalina; Macworld tutorial for installing Catalina in its own APFS container so you can run it alongside Mojave; iPhone SE and 6 models no longer sold in India; AppStories podcast looks at Photos changes coming with iOS 13; iWork among apps banned from German schools over privacy fears; YouTuber Linus Tech Tips builds hackintosh Mac Pro; Andrew O'Hara swaps out his ailing Mac for his iPad Pro for one week; freemium gaming a "scourge" even Apple Arcade can't save us from.

  • "Apple's $200 Billion Comeback: Services, Tariff Hope and Value/After an ugly 2018, Apple Inc. is back in vogue with investors who are looking past underwhelming iPhone sales and embracing the company's vision of a digital services future."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Not All Apple Services, or Profits, Are Created Equal: The earnings potential of the iPhone maker's new digital products may not meet expectations."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Apple downgraded by HSBC to sell rating on concern about new services: 'Too late to the game'" ["'Recent announcements on services has Apple putting money where its mouth is but returns could take some time to extract,' analyst Erwan Rambourg says."]  CNBC 7:40 AM
  • "Apple's new services won't be enough to get people to buy iPhones, HSBC warns" Business Insider 9:50 AM
  • "Apple gaining PC marketshare despite lower Mac shipments, fresh estimates suggest: Two newly-published sets of preliminary research agree that Apple gained PC marketshare in the March quarter, even as Mac shipments declined year-over-year." AppleInsider 5:25 PM
  • "Apple calls for plaintiffs' lawyers to be kicked in iPhone throttling case: Apple this week called for terminating two plaintiff lawyers in an ongoing lawsuit over iPhone throttling, saying they leaked secret documents in violation of a protective order." AppleInsider 5:51 PM
  • "Next major macOS version will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, Books app gets major redesign" ["I've been able to independently confirm that this is true. On top of that, I've been able to confirm with sources familiar with the development of the next major version of macOS – likely 10.15 – that the system will include standalone Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, but it will also include a major redesign of the Books app. We also got an exclusive look at the icons for the new Podcasts and TV apps on macOS."]  9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "Apple reportedly plans macOS Music and Podcasts apps to replace iTunes" VentureBeat 9:21 AM
  • "Apple rumored to split up iTunes in forthcoming MacOS release: We may finally get the separate music, podcast and video apps that we deserve." CNET 12:01 PM
  • "Five Mac Apps Worth Checking Out - April 2019" MacRumors 6:59 PM
  • "Using a Mac from iOS, Part 2 – Luna Display and macOS as an App" MacStories 12:04 PM
  • "Getting Started with Terminal: Install and Use wget" Apple Gazette 10:24 AM
  • "Spotlight: Don't take your Mac's powerful search engine for granted/Tips and tricks to help you find what you need on your Mac." Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "How To Export From Keynote As an Animated GIF" MacMost 9:33 AM
  • "Will the Apple TV+ service come to the Mac?" Apple Must 12:05 PM
  • "Guilherme Rambo: 'MacOS 10.15 to Include Standalone Media Apps, Splitting iTunes'" Daring Fireball 12:02 PM
  • "Chrome, Safari and Opera criticised for removing privacy setting" Sophos 9:51 AM
Press Releases
  • "Product Manager 2.4.2 to manage company products on Mac from different standpoints" Ecleti 8:48 AM
  • "Jamf Nation Roadshow aims to cure your Apple device management headaches" The Register 8:41 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple spending at least $485 million on Texture for News+, report says"  9to5Mac 12:07 PM
  • "Apple allegedly paid $485M to acquire Texture, the core of Apple News+" AppleInsider 12:31 PM
  • "Apple snags Prince Harry to work with Oprah on mental health show for TV Plus"  CNET 7:19 AM
  • "Apple Signs Up British Royalty To AppleTV+ As Prince Harry Partners With Oprah Winfrey On Mental Health Series" Deadline 7:20 AM
  • "Prince Harry and Oprah Partnering on Apple TV+ Documentary Due to Launch in 2020" MacRumors 7:37 AM
  • "Prince Harry is partnering with Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV+ series about mental health" TechCrunch 12:46 PM
  • "Final pretrial conference order in Apple, Foxconn et al. v. Qualcomm (Southern District of California)" Foss Patents 8:40 AM
  • "Foxconn Is Confusing The Hell Out Of Wisconsin: Last summer, Foxconn announced a barrage of new projects in Wisconsin — so we went looking for them" The Verge 7:59 AM
  • "Apple will celebrate Earth Day with Apple Watch Activity Challenge" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Apple will open up iPhone's NFC tech for Brexit app" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Song by hit singer Jacky Cheung removed from Apple Music" 9to5Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Shot on iPhone XS — Mitch Marner shot by Auston Matthews — Apple" YouTube 12:45 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — More Powerful, More Colorful — Apple" YouTube 7:37 AM
  • "3-Year-Old's Failed Password Attempts Lock Family iPad For Nearly 50 Years, Facepalm" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "YouTube TV raising price to $55/month for Apple-billed customers" iDownload Blog 3:39 PM
  • "IRS described itself as Qualcomm's 'silent partner' in imposing patent tax on mobile device industry" Foss Patents 5:52 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Thousands of Amazon workers are listening in on Echo audio, report says" AppleInsider 9:06 PM
  • "Amazon acquires autonomous warehouse robotics startup Canvas Technology" TechCrunch 5:38 PM
  • "Google's Next Big Money Maker Could Be the Maps on Your Phone: Service was mostly ad-free for years. That's changing now" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:17 PM
  • "A new bill would force companies to check their algorithms for bias" The Verge 3:14 PM
  • "Google Moves In To Gouge Cord Cutters With Another YouTube TV Price Increase" HotHardware 2:52 PM
  • "YouTube TV raises monthly price to $50, but adds Discovery channels: Hope you're a fan of those networks, because you're paying more either way" The Verge 1:07 PM
  • "YouTube TV Hikes Price to $50 per Month for All Customers After Inking Discovery Deal" Variety 12:48 PM
  • "Net neutrality restoring Save the Internet Act passes House, moving on to Senate" TechCrunch 11:47 AM
  • "You Can Now Change Your PSN Online ID—But There Are a Few Things You Need to Know" Gizmodo 10:06 AM
  • "Most Pixel buyers are jumping ship from Samsung, study shows: But there aren't many iPhone converts" The Verge 9:50 AM
  • "LG patents a transparent foldable phone: Sure, why not" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "T-Mobile Unveils a 300-Channel TV Service, Saying Its Attack on Big Cable Has Yet to Begin" Fortune 8:28 AM
  • "Meet the nonprofit that's already fighting for the rights of sentient robots" The Next Web 8:01 AM
  • "Huge leak shows us the OnePlus 7 Pro that we didn't see coming" BGR 7:55 AM
  • "Your hotel check-in confirmation could be putting you at risk: Security researchers found hundreds of hotel websites leaking booking details to third-parties and advertisers." CNET 7:19 AM
  • "Facebook Seeks to Stop Asking Users to Wish Dead Friends Happy Birthday" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:11 AM
  • "#289: Down to the Level of Atoms/Are we downloading new apps less frequently, what features we'd like revisited in an iTunes break-up, smart health gadgets that intrigue us, and our impressions of Apple News+." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:15 PM
  • "Apple TV+ Rollout, Oprah and Stephen King – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-10" The Mac Observer 12:51 PM
  • "How Brinker International thinks through cloud, data, Apple iPads [Cloud TV]: Brinker, the company behind the Chili's restaurant chain, is big on hybrid whether it's the approach to cloud computing, data science or the front end customer experience via a pilot with Apple iPads. We caught up with Wade Allen, chief digital officer of Brinker, to talk shop." ZDNet 12:05 PM
  • "Exclusive: J.J. Abrams on Star Wars, Apple, and building Bad Robot into a Hollywood force" Fast Company 8:40 AM
  • "AirPower aborted, Netflix, iPad reviews, and your comments and questions: On the show, we'll talk about the end of AirPower and the new iPads. Plus, our two-minute tip and your hot takes from the Macworld Twitter and Facebook feeds." Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "You can now listen to Apple Podcasts directly on the web: RIP iTunes"  The Verge 5:39 PM
  • "Apple Podcasts Preview redesigned with support for web playback, episode details, more: Apple this week pushed out a major revamp to the Apple Podcasts Preview webpage, providing users a refreshed design, the ability to play episodes directly in a web browser, granular episode details and more." AppleInsider 5:39 PM
  • "Apple's Podcasts Get Overhauled Web Interface With Web Playback" MacRumors 5:39 PM
  • "Apple Quietly Drops $99 Mac Data Migration Fee" PC Magazine 7:11 AM
  • "Apple no longer charges for transferring data to a new Mac" BetaNews 8:00 AM
  • "Netflix has killed support for an Apple feature that lets you beam content from your iPhone to Apple TV. Here's everything you need to know." Business Insider 8:28 AM
  • "Future iMacs and MacBooks might feature vibrant, mini LED displays" Digital Trends 12:50 PM
  • "tvOS 12.2.1 now available for Apple TV users" 9to5Mac 12:31 PM
  • "iFixIt Teardowns Give Look At Repairability Of Next Generation iPad Air, iPad mini, & AirPods" MacPrices 12:30 PM
  • "How to fix crappy cell phone signal strength for your iPhone or Android: Don't let poor signal issues get you down: it's probably an easy fix." CNET 8:37 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM

  • "2019 iMac review: The best of a bygone era" Six Colors 3:14 PM
  • "21.5-inch 3.0GHz 6-core Core i5 iMac (2019) review: New all-in-one stands out in multi-core performance/Apple's first 6-core 21.5-inch iMac makes a compelling case as an affordable pro-level machine." Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "I was hoping for more, but 2019 iMac is still the best all-around Mac" Apple World Today 7:36 AM
  • "AirPods 2 vs. Powerbeats Pro: All specs, compared/Apple's new Powerbeats Pro are almost $100 dollars more than the new AirPods, but they may be worth the splurge. Here's what sets each one apart." CNET 7:19 AM
  • "OtterBox Traction Series iPhone Case review: Tough but light/Protect your iPhone without obsuring it." iMore 10:05 AM
  • "Moshi's Avanti C hybrid 3.5mm/Type-C headphones are worth the steep asking price" Android Police 8:49 AM
  • "The TextBlade keyboard is superb, but you'll have to be patient" AppleInsider 2:51 PM
  • "Review: iStorage DiskAshur 2 SSD provides enhanced security with PIN-protected encryption" AppleInsider 8:36 AM
  • "Review: Eve Energy Strip is a HomeKit product that makes sense" AppleInsider 12:02 PM
  • "Best AirPods accessories: The AirPods are another Apple accessory that have spurred a cottage industry of more accessories. Here are some of our top picks." CNET 7:08 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Atom Piano Roll is an iOS MIDI-lover's dream" Cult of Mac 1:07 PM
  • "'Dungeon Warfare 2' Review – A Dungeon a Day Keeps the Hero Away" Touch Arcade 12:46 PM
  • "How to Record Calls on an iPhone" PC Magazine 3:45 PM
  • "How to Handoff Safari from iPhone to iPad and Vice Versa" OS X Daily 2:51 PM
  • "How to stop robocalls spamming your phone" TechCrunch 2:03 PM
  • "How to check your data usage on an iPhone, and manage each app's data" Business Insider 12:50 PM
  • "How to stop Siri's voice reverting to a robot on iOS" AppleInsider 12:03 PM
  • "Toddler Locked You Out of Your iPad? Here's What to Do" LAPTOP Magazine 10:24 AM
  • "How to get details about any song on Apple Music with iTunes" iDownload Blog 8:37 AM
  • "Organizing Your Unwieldy Photo Collection Is Easier Than You Think/Here is the trick: Let your smartphone do the work." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:50 AM
  • "New iPhone Leak From UK Government Reveals Improved Feature" Forbes 9:13 PM
  • "Apple's Game Changer: We all want Apple to buy Nintendo. But now it makes sense." 500ish Words 9:00 PM
  • "Apple is rumored to be replacing iTunes on the Mac with something even better" BGR 5:32 PM
  • "Inside Apple's factories [Cook book outtakes] Cult of Mac 12:02 PM
  • "Your iPhone will be your passport: If iPhones can read your passport, they can replace it" Computerworld 11:43 AM
  • "How Sony and Disney have influenced Apple"  Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:25 AM
  • "Seeing One of the Rarest Apple Devices In Action Will Make You Really Appreciate Your iPhone" Gizmodo 9:32 AM
  • "The three simple reasons why I won't switch to Android anytime soon" BGR 9:06 AM
  • "Will My Data Be the Ultimate Ecosystem Lock-in? Last week I wrote about how it has never been easier to switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy S10+ and, you can imagine, my positioned generated quite a bit of dialogue from both camps. I had readers pointing out that Samsung has been ahead of Apple in several big trends over the years. I also had readers highlight how giving up on the iPhone would mean giving up on the whole Apple ecosystem."  Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:43 AM
  • "Where's FaceTime for Android? Now that Apple is paying attention to FaceTime again, with group calls and AR camera in iOS 12, could Android and Windows support be a possibility?"  iMore 8:01 AM
  • "Steve Jobs did this simple but brilliant thing when it came to promoting employees" Ladders 8:28 AM
  • "How Steve Jobs' Successor Ultimately Delivered for Apple: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has been underestimated since he took the helm following the death of Steve Jobs in late 2011, but his leadership has led the company to new heights in market value, sales, and social good works." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:53 AM
  • "Pixel 3 Fails to Convince iPhone Users to Switch to Android: More than one-third of Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T buyers in Q42018 switched from a Samsung device. Less than one in five previously used an iPhone, Counterpoint Research says." PC Magazine 9:13 PM
  • "Why Big Tech wants to get inside your car" Marketplace 8:37 PM
  • "Opinion: If Facebook Polices Hate Speech, Should Traditional Media Do The Same?" BuzzFeed News 12:46 PM
  • "The first AI-generated textbook shows what robot writers are good at" The Verge 12:04 PM
  • "We Opened Up These Supercharged Gaming Laptops to See Their Upgradeable Guts" Gizmodo 9:32 AM
  • "As Digital Identities Evolve, Data Security Should Too" ReadWrite 9:20 AM
  • "Annoyed bird seemingly asks Alexa to turn off music" Mashable 9:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Podcasts on the web gets a fresh new interface" 9to5Mac 3:58 PM
  • "Google Docs will let you natively edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files soon" The Verge 2:15 PM
  • "Mobile Wallet & Payment Technologies, 2019: Worldwide Market Analysis & Outlook (2017-2023) by Application, Mode of Payment and Region" Business Wire 9:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Global PC market plunges at least 3% in first quarter: Decline blamed on continuing shortage of Intel chips and Windows 10 migrations." CNET 5:55 PM
  • "Commercial Segment Provides a Bright Spot in the Traditional PC Market, According to IDC" IDC 5:25 PM
  • "Amazon and Microsoft Are 2 Finalists for $10 Billion Pentagon Contract" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:19 PM
  • "Microsoft Finally Puts A Bullet In Windows XP" HotHardware 9:04 AM
  • "RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor... POSReady 2009" The Register 7:54 AM
  • "The hidden costs of managing Windows: How to overcome the 'penalty of growth' with upgrade automation" BetaNews 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft calls out U.S. government for bad mapping of broadband data access" Digital Trends 12:01 PM
  • "Assessing the Value of Microsoft Office 365's E-Discovery Capabilities" Law 9:05 AM
  • "Microsoft's April Patch Tuesday fixes two Windows zero-day vulns" The Inquirer 9:04 AM
  • "Biz Groups Join Push For Justices' Input In IBM ESOP Case" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Oracle and IBM are officially out of the race for a key $10 billion defense cloud contract as Amazon and Microsoft move ahead" Business Insider [BI Prime] 2:03 PM
  • "HP's Cascade Lake Z6 & Z8 Xeon Scalable Workstations with Up to 6 TB Optane" AnandTech 12:01 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard & Nutanix to Offer Hybrid Cloud aaS Solution" Zacks 10:05 AM
  • "Intel Patches High-Severity Flaws in Media SDK, Mini PC" Threatpost 9:01 AM
  • "Intel warns of four security vulnerabilities" bit-tech 9:00 AM
  • "Intel puts Optane memory and NAND storage together on H10 SSD" ZDNet 10:24 AM
  • "Intel Launches Optane Memory H10 Hybrid M.2 Storage For Thin And Light Laptops" HotHardware 3:48 PM
  • "Intel Releases Optane Memory H10 Specifications" AnandTech 12:02 PM
  • "Intel To Align 3rd Generation Optane DCPMM with DDR5: R&D in New Mexico" AnandTech 12:23 PM
  • "Intel, Netflix release SVT-AV1 video codec" iTWire 9:01 AM
  • "Intel losing market share" Fudzilla 9:00 AM
  • "First Optane Performance tests show benefits and limits of Intel's NVDIMMs" ZDNet 8:43 AM
  • "Intel finally issues Spoiler attack alert: Now non-Spectre exploit gets CVE but no patch" ZDNet 7:12 AM
  • "AMD Enhances Ryzen Series Mobile Processors, Boosts Efficiency" Zacks 8:44 AM
  • "Cisco, Google reenergize multicloud/hybrid cloud joint development" Network World 8:49 AM
  • "What is Cisco Webex Calling? Exploring what Cisco is doing with BroadSoft's cloud calling capabilities and assets and how Webex is changing for the better" UC Today 8:51 AM
  • "Cisco takes new CIO from Thomson Reuters" Telecompaper 8:52 AM
  • "Cisco helping Iliad Italia roll out 5G-ready IP network" Telecompaper 8:51 AM
  • "Why AI and edge computing is capturing so much attention" VentureBeat 10:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Is Almost a Trillion-Dollar Stock Again. This Analyst Says It's Time to Sell." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:06 PM
  • "This Day In Market History: Apple Hits $600B Market Cap" Benzinga 10:06 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher after Fed minutes reiterate central bank's dovish stance: Consumer prices rise at the fastest pace in 14 months" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks End Up as Wall Street Reacts to Fed's March Meeting Minutes: The Dow Jones Industrial ends up as Wall Street reacts to minutes from the Federal Reserve's meeting last month." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks up after Fed minutes reveal 'patient' approach to interest rate hikes" FOXBusiness 3:56 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Inch Higher as Investors Weigh Inflation, Fed Minutes: Latest release shows Fed officials' conviction that they wouldn't need to change interest rates this year" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Asia stocks pull back amid trade, global growth worries - MarketWatch" Associated Press 8:45 AM

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