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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 tops clean energy goal with new supplier commitments: Company Spends $2.5 Billion in Environmental Initiatives"  Apple 8:02 AM
  • "Apple adds Foxconn, chip suppliers to clean energy program: Inc said on Thursday it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers using only clean energy for production work, including two that assemble and make the processor chips for the iPhone." Reuters 8:22 AM
  • "Apple doubles the suppliers committed to 100% clean energy: With 44 signed up, it still has a long way to go to get its nearly 800 suppliers on board." CNET 8:22 AM
  • "Apple persuades Foxconn and TSMC to use only renewable energy when making iPhones: 74 percent of Apple's carbon footprint comes from suppliers" The Verge 8:25 AM
  • "Apple adds more suppliers to its clean energy program" Engadget 8:25 AM
  • "Apple's Antitrust Scrutiny Is Heating Up: Dutch regulators have opened an investigation into the Mac maker's App Store practices."  Motley Fool 3:57 PM
  • "Apple Faces Dutch Antitrust Probe Over Favoring Its Own Apps: Apple Inc. faces a Dutch antitrust probe into whether it favors its own apps over rivals, weeks after music streaming service Spotify Technology SA asked the European Union to investigate the phone maker." Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:35 AM
  • "Apple says treats all app developers equally as Dutch open probe" Reuters 10:53 AM
  • "EU regulators say Dutch Apple probe complements their own investigation" Reuters 10:03 AM
  • "Netherlands competition regulator investigating App Store dominance abuse claims" AppleInsider 8:22 AM
  • "Apple slapped with massive 16-patent lawsuit from wireless tech firm Seven Networks"  AppleInsider 8:08 AM
  • "Patent troll accuses Apple of infringing 16 patents for iCloud" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "New lawsuit alleges patent infringement by all Wi-Fi-enabled Apple products" AppleInsider 6:54 PM
  • "Concept video shows a macOS/iOS hybrid that will give me nightmares" 9to5Mac 9:04 AM
  • "Genius Results Can't Be Updated Right Now Error Fix" macReports 8:24 AM
  • "50+ Gaming Macs Benchmarked: Is your Mac good for gaming?" Mac Gamer HQ 11:19 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Clean My Mac X Adds Yet Another Feature" YMP Now 12:23 PM
  • "How to back up your iMessages (and why it's essential)" Cult of Mac 3:23 PM
  • "How to set system sleep delay on macOS Mojave" AddictiveTips 9:22 PM
  • "How to Enable Auto Update for MacOS System Software" OS X Daily 2:46 PM
  • "How to sort your Music library in iTunes any way you want" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "Two-factor authentication explained: How to choose the right level of security for every account/Got questions about security keys, authenticator apps, SMS, or iCloud? We've got all the answers" PCWorld 8:09 AM
  • "Mac App Switcher Tips and Tricks" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "Does the Mac Podcasts app exist as an option?" 9to5Mac 11:57 AM
  • "Apple's Tired And Bloated iTunes May Be Broken Into Individual Apps In macOS" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "With Music for macOS coming soon, legacy iTunes features will disappear or spread to iOS" 9to5Mac 12:16 PM
Press Releases
  • "To Text Converter 1.5.1 converts various file formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain TEXT using drag-and-drop" Ecleti 8:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Services launches lack depth, while iPhone sales remain shaky claims JP Morgan" AppleInsider 8:30 AM
  • "Munich I Regional Court lifts Qualcomm's deceptive-advertising injunction against Apple (indirectly related to patent injunction)" Foss Patents 8:24 AM
  • "'Time Bandits' director Terry Gilliam explains why he hasn't yet signed a contract to be involved in Apple's remake TV show" Business Insider 10:03 AM
  • "Pixel 3 buyers don't come from iPhone: Who's buying Google's latest phone? A study suggests the most likely purchasers are Samsung owners." ZDNet 1:29 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to turn on heart health notifications — Apple" YouTube 2:27 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 — How to turn on fall detection— Apple" YouTube 2:27 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Disney+: Everything you need to know about Disney's streaming service/Get ready for original Star Wars and Marvel shows, along with everything else you know and loved that's owned by the entertainment giant." iMore 9:35 PM
  • "Huawei aiming to be biggest smartphone brand by 2020: Richard Yu, Huawei's mobile business head, said the United States' ban against Huawei has acted as an advertisement for the brand as more global consumers are aware of the brand nowadays." ZDNet 8:11 PM
  • "Google and Huawei agree to pay users affected by Nexus 6P battery issues up to¬†$400: It's part of a class-action lawsuit settlement" TechSpot 4:42 PM
  • "Instagram glitch exposed users' Stories to people they don't follow" Social Barrel 4:41 PM
  • "YouTube TV adds channels and raises price—you can't opt out of either change: YouTube TV raises price from $40 to $50 for new and existing customers." Ars Technica 11:06 AM
  • "The Galaxy S10 5G only took a few days to run into its first major issue" BGR 10:53 AM
  • "T-Mobile will sell Samsung Galaxy Fold on April 26, include freebies" Android Authority 9:49 AM
  • "RCS support on Messages for dual-SIM phones spreads to North America" Android Police 8:49 AM
  • "Oprah, Prince Harry, and JJ Abrams on Apple TV+, Ming-Chi Kuo's Mac Predictions, with Charlotte Henry -ACM 509" The Mac Observer 5:31 PM
  • "Marzipan-Flavored iTunes, macOS Future Features – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-11" The Mac Observer 12:42 PM
  • "Vergecast: Foxconn confusion and black hole picture day" The Verge 10:10 AM
  • "Apple News+ Landed 200,000 Subscribers In Its First 48 Hours" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "PC sales slide 5 percent in 2019 and they're taking Apple with them" Digital Trends 9:02 AM
  • "Lower iPhone sales volumes & China troubles the new normal for Apple, says Credit Suisse" AppleInsider 9:04 AM
  • "2019 iPhone lineup could include 2 more OLED models" CNET 8:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:00 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:00 AM

  • "New Apple AirPods vs. Powerbeats Pro: A Wireless Earbuds Comparison" Digital Trends 9:32 PM
  • "AirPods 2 review: With Hey Siri support, wireless charging and an upgraded chipset, the new AirPods are amongst the smartest wireless earbuds on the market." Macworld UK 2:49 PM
iOS Apps
  • "How to use your Apple News Plus subscription to get around paywalls: If you're not in the News app, you can still follow article links from Safari" The Verge 3:57 PM
  • "How to add app complications to your Apple Watch, and customize them for optimal use" Business Insider 1:36 PM
  • "I ditched Google Play Music for my own Plex server: The good and the bad" Android Authority 1:13 PM
  • "iPhone Other storage: What is it and how do you delete it? That significant Other filling up all your iPhone storage? Here's what you can do about it." Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "The odd case of 'I D.o.n.t.' autocorrection in iOS: A mystery plagues two iOS users, but others must be affected?" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Should you use the EQ in the iPhone's Music app?" Cult of Mac 1:13 PM
  • "The best tips and tricks for getting the most out of your HomePod" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Disney+ Details: $7/Month, No Commercials, Tons of Old and New Content" Daring Fireball 9:18 PM
  • "Apple's Streaming Strategy Looks a Lot Like Amazon's: The iPhone company's role in the streaming wars is very similar to that of entrenched industry rivals." The Motley Fool 9:08 PM
  • "Apple's Absurd iPhone Repair Charges Inadvertently Exposed By Rival" Forbes 9:08 PM
  • "Apple Now Faces 3 Separate Antitrust Accusations In Europe: Spotify, Kaspersky, and The Netherlands" Forbes 4:42 PM
  • "CBC vs. Apple: What they're not telling you about data recovery" iMore 3:56 PM
  • "3 features we're expecting to see on Apple's new iPhones that Samsung's Galaxy S10 already has" Business Insider 3:23 PM
  • "Editorial: HomePod is as powerful as the iPhone 6, so let's have an App Store for it" AppleInsider 1:22 PM
  • "WALT -- Crude 1993 Apple Prototype of a Mac-Based Desktop Phone" Daring Fireball 12:55 PM
  • "Apple's Troubles: Could iPhone Subscriptions Be a Solution?"  Market Realist 12:16 PM
  • "Will Apple need to spin out its services business?" Computerworld 11:27 AM
  • "How Ops operates back at Apple HQ [Cook book outtakes] Cult of Mac 9:48 AM
  • "I Didn't Write This Column. I Spoke ItThe screenless internet could be amazing — or terrible." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:21 AM
  • "Apple's Clean Energy Push Expands to Suppliers" Thurrott 8:32 AM
  • "Apple is exceeding its own green energy targets" Apple Must 8:25 AM
  • "44 Apple suppliers pledge to use clean energy" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "How Movado Competes in the Apple Watch Era" Motley Fool 8:24 AM
  • "We should learn more about Disney+ today, ahead of Apple TV+ launch" 9to5Mac 8:08 AM
  • "Streaming retro games brings out all of the bad points of Google Stadia, and none of the good" ZDNet 2:52 PM
  • "LG G8 ThinQ review: Can LG take on the Galaxy S10 phones?" [Video] CNET 11:52 AM
  • "Acer Unveils ConceptD Laptops to Overtake MacBook Pro" LAPTOP Magazine 11:52 AM
  • "The next generation of photo booths have their sights set on you" The Verge 8:33 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for April 11, 2019" GoComics 8:03 AM
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend for April 11, 2019" GoComics 8:03 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Sharp Demonstrates 31.5-Inch 8K 120Hz HDR Monitor" AnandTech 1:19 PM
  • "'Asphalt 9's Caribbean Update Adds New Tracks, New Cars, Multiplayer Upgrades, and More" Touch Arcade 11:18 AM
  • "The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from March 2019" [Slideshow] Macworld 11:06 AM
  • "World Mobile Messaging Apps Market 2015-2024 - Increased Reliance on BYOD Props Up Demand for Messaging Apps" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Podcasts now offers web playback feature" Cult of Mac 8:08 AM
  • "School ID Now Supports Suicide Lifelines" prMac 8:02 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Amazon, Microsoft chosen to compete for Pentagon cloud computing contract: Tech giants compete for US$10b contract" Reuters 6:56 AM
  • "Microsoft and Amazon will fight for the Pentagon's $10B cloud contract: Project JEDI has attracted some of the biggest tech names in the world." Engadget 6:55 AM
  • "Oracle and IBM lose out to Amazon and Microsoft in bitter feud for $10bn Pentagon contract" Telegraph 6:59 AM
  • "Microsoft 'complicit' in China Muslim crackdown with AI partnership" Business Insider 7:06 AM
  • "Microsoft publishes SECCON framework for securing Windows 10: Microsoft publishes simple guide for securing Windows 10 PCs based on five DEFCON-like security access levels." ZDNet 8:56 PM
  • "Firefox comes to Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs: The first beta build is available today, if you're feeling brave." Engadget 8:44 AM
  • "Windows 7 problems: Microsoft blocks April updates to systems at risk of freezing/Microsoft halts Windows 7 patches for Sophos users after updates trigger boot failures, which also affect Avast users." ZDNet 10:49 AM
  • "Microsoft kills Windows XP all over again: This is the sort of thing 'flogging a dead horse' was first penned for" The Inquirer 6:59 AM
  • "Intel's processor shortage is dragging down PC sales" TechRadar UK 7:04 AM
  • "Strong corporate desktop sales limit the decline of the PC market: Shortages of Intel processors are claimed to be a big part of the decline." Ars Technica 6:56 PM
  • "PC shipments continue to tumble and Intel's CPU shortage is to blame: Chip drought is making it difficult to for OEMs to meet demand" The Inquirer 7:04 AM
  • "CPU shortages hitting PC shipments: Intel CPU shortages and Brexit issues have combined to hit the UK PC market in the first quarter" ComputerWeekly 8:13 AM
  • "Intel shortages, weak-ass consumer spending, 'peak' Win10 refresh. No, global PC market didn't grow in Q1: Down in EMEA, US, Latin America, APAC. Aw bless... Top 3 vendors profited from small fry's pain, though" The Register 7:04 AM
  • "Intel brings Optane and QLC NAND to a single M.2 memory chip: Like a Bugatti Veyron driven by The Stig" The Inquirer 10:03 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about Optane right now: Here's the difference between Optane Memory, Optane drives, Optane DC Persistent Memory and Intel's new Optane Memory SSD." PCWorld 7:04 AM
  • "Intel's Optane-cached H10 SSDs launching this quarter" bit-tech 7:04 AM
  • "AMD Processors Fill Void Left by Intel Chip Shortage: IDC is still tabulating the final numbers, but AMD appears to be gaining market share over Intel in light of the company's chip shortage, which has been going on since last year." PC Magazine 9:25 PM
  • "Is AMD Going To Produce The Playstation 5 And New Xbox Chips?" Play Crazy Game 7:03 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Continues To Bother Intel, Again Outsells Intel By 2:1" SegmentNext 7:03 AM
  • "Nvidia's Ray Tracing For GTX 10-Series Cards Will Drag Down FPS: Owners of GTX 10-series cards can begin downloading Nvidia drivers that'll enable ray tracing effects for applicable games starting today. But you'll probably need to lower the game's graphics settings to make it playable with ray tracing on." PC Magazine 12:16 PM
  • "Cisco taps into AWS for data centre, cloud applications: Cisco Cloud ACI for AWS lets customers manage and secure applications running in the data center or in Amazon Web Service cloud environments." Network World 6:56 AM
  • "Acer Announces New PCs, Chromebooks" Thurrott 2:03 PM
  • "Acer Outs Premium And Stylish ConceptD Laptops And Desktops For Creators" HotHardware 4:13 PM
  • "Acer's new ConceptD line is for creatives who want powerful yet quiet PCs: Acer also debuted new Chromebooks and updated its most popular gaming laptops." Ars Technica 4:37 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Is Still Vulnerable to a Big iPhone Sales Decline, Analyst Says" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:48 AM
  • "Why the Bears Are Wrong as Apple Nears $1 Trillion" Investopedia 8:24 AM
  • "How to Play Apple Stock's Surge" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:24 AM
  • "Huawei helps pull Taiwan's tech sector out of iPhone slump: Lens maker Largan among those expecting rebound after modest March sales gain" Nikkei 2:49 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close mostly lower as earnings season set to kick off: Jobless claims fall to a 50-year low" MarketWatch 5:17 PM
  • "Stocks End Mixed Ahead of Earnings Season Start: The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished slightly lower Thursday after starting in positive territory earlier in the session." TheStreet 5:18 PM
  • "US stocks close mostly lower ahead of earnings reporting season" FOXBusiness 5:18 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Session Little Changed: Many investors are hesitant to make big bets before they see first-quarter results" [Paid Membership Required] 5:19 PM
  • "China stocks lead declines for Asia as Fed minutes show data may tweak stance" MarketWatch 7:41 AM

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