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Weekend Highlights: Motley Fool looks at the rise of Amazon's music side and the threat it poses to Apple and Spotify; Dan Moren thinks Apple should simplify "complex iPhone lineup" this year; warning to Chrome, Firefox users over massive data leak; green light given by G7 to tax Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, others in countries where they make money, even if no physical presence; Apple has a beautiful new office in Vancouver; data can be scraped from iCloud, among many other services says Israeli security firm; alarm sounding over privacy fears from rapid adoption of doorbell cams; Google says will fix loophole in Chrome which tells sites when you're in incognito mode; TSMC eyes big growth thanks to 5G, Apple among clients; LAPTOP Mag reviews new 13" MacBook Pro; Rob Enderle likes idea of an Apple/Oracle merger.

  • "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 4:58 PM
  • "Editorial: Can Apple News+ kill 'fake news' and save journalism? Apple's News+ subscription service threatens to kill the open web's surveillance advertising clickbait model of fake news engagement to save journalism. Why would Apple want or care to do that? Here's a look."  AppleInsider 11:16 AM
  • "Apple In Trump's Trade Crosshairs As China And U.S. Agree To More Talks" Investing 8:01 AM
  • "Apple and the iPhone Near Trade Crosshairs Again: iPhone not hit in latest round of tariffs but could get sucked into fray if U.S.-China trade tensions escalate" [Paid Membership Required] 5/11
  • "Apple starts a new chapter at Carnegie Library" Apple 5/11
  • "What's wrong with Apple's new D.C. store? 'The city has converted a cultural gem entrusted to the entire city into an exclusive outlet that serves only the few.' — Citylab's Kriston Capps" Apple 3.0 5/11
  • "Tim Cook and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser greet customers at the grand opening of Apple Carnegie Library" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "Tim Cook inaugurates Apple Carnegie Library with help from DC's mayor: Apple drew special attention to the launch of its Carnegie Library store in D.C. on Saturday, bringing not just CEO Tim Cook but retail head Deirdre O'Brien, marketing chief Phil Schiller, and the city's mayor, Muriel Bowser." AppleInsider 5/11
  • "The Problem With D.C.'s New Apple Store"  CityLab 5/11
  • "Apple highlights iPhone XR battery life and iMessage encryption in latest ads [Videos] 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "Mac's new Music app won't be ported from iOS" Cult of Mac 5/10
  • "Making The Grade: Apple Mail vs G Suite Webmail" 9to5Mac 5/11
  • "How to Hide Holidays on Calendar for Mac" OS X Daily 5/10
  • "How to get more from the Finder's windows and its hidden power features" AppleInsider 5/10
  • "How to remotely monitor employees computers on Windows, Linux, and Mac" AddictiveTips 5/10
  • "How To Customize a Minimalist Mac" MacMost 5/10
Press Releases
  • "Annual Layers design conference speaker lineup announced for WWDC week" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "Dynamic Wallpaper Club lets users enjoy macOS Mojave's forgotten feature" VentureBeat 5/10
  • "Cisdem Document Reader 4.2.0 Released with Better Reading Experience" Cisdem 5/10
  • "Motif lets you print books, calendars, cards from Photos on your Mac" Apple Must 5/10
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Employees Starting to Receive Apple Cards (Photos)" MacRumors 6:21 PM
  • "New photos show 'beta' Apple Card with NFC-enabled packaging: Newly-published photos are said to show one of the first physical Apple Cards, including its special packaging for quick iPhone pairing." AppleInsider 6:21 PM
  • "Photos: Here's what the Apple Card will look like out of the box" 9to5Mac 4:59 PM
  • "New photos show 'beta' Apple Card with NFC-enabled packaging: Newly-published photos are said to show one of the first physical Apple Cards, including its special packaging for quick iPhone pairing." AppleInsider 4:59 PM
  • "Tim Cook Doesn't Believe A Four-Year College Degree Is Necessary For Developing Coding Skills" Redmond Pie 5/11
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook talks WWDC student program, coding initiatives and SAP"  TechCrunch 5/10
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I Don't Think a Four-Year Degree is Necessary to Be Proficient at Coding'" MacRumors 5/10
  • "People keep dropping their AirPods onto subway tracks"  Mashable 5/10
  • "Dating Apps Removed By Apple And Google After FTC 'Sexual Predators' Warning Are Back" Forbes 5/10
  • "A photo storage app used customers' private snaps to train facial recognition AI" The Verge 5/10
  • "Photo storage app Ever is using millions of users' photos to build a facial recognition system" BetaNews 5/10
  • "Apple Saw 19% Decline In iPhone Sales In North America In Q1 2019 As Overall Smartphone Sales Decline" Redmond Pie 5/10
  • "How (and why) Jony Ive built the mysterious rainbow Apple Stage"  Cult of Mac 5/10
  • "Apple Lisa documentary will tell the story of Apple's most important 'flop'" Cult of Mac 5/10
  • "Rare Apple-1 with original documentation goes up for auction" Cult of Mac 5/10
  • "Former Apple engineers create a smart camera system to stamp out manufacturing defects in gadgets" CNBC 5/10
  • "Privacy on iPhone — Inside Joke" YouTube 5/10
Non-Apple News
  • "Memory shipments expected to increase in 2Q19, while price declines decelerate: Prices are expected to rebound during a robust third quarter" TechSpot 7:54 AM
  • "Qualcomm awards CEO with $3.5 million bonus after multi-billion settlement with Apple" RT 5/11
  • "AT&T's Mexico unit loses class action lawsuit to consumer watchdog" Reuters 5/10
  • "U.S. says Huawei lawyer's prior work at Justice Department poses conflict" Reuters 5/10
  • "IDC: High-end VR grew 60% in 2018, users have smartwatch-level satisfaction" VentureBeat 5/10
  • "Google Wants to Use AI to Track Pollution from Every Power Plant on Earth" Gizmodo 5/10
  • "Google adds handy playable podcasts to search results" CNET 5/10
  • "People are calling for Zuckerberg's resignation. Here are just five of the reasons why." MIT Technology Review 5/10
  • "Amazon can't yet completely delete Alexa voice transcriptions" ZDNet 5/10
  • "Gene Steinberg meets tech pundits John Martellaro of The Mac Observer and Peter Cohen, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:48 AM
  • "The Episode 400 Prequel Episode – The TouchArcade Show #399" Touch Arcade 5/10
  • "An Interview with Khoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe" MacStories 5/10
  • "Mother's Day Gifts, Family Support Tips – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-10" The Mac Observer 5/10
  • "Robyn Weisman Helps You Take Control of Your Browser" MacVoices 5/10
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 224: Powerbeats Pro review and watchOS 6 rumors" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "How George Fan created the wacky Plants vs. Zombies a decade ago" [Interview] VentureBeat 5/10
  • "Musician Jimmy Destri about iTunes, Spotify, Facebook, and Steve Jobs, on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 5/10
  • "WWDC 2019, revealed! This week on The CultCastCult of Mac 5/10
  • "iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE will likely not get iOS 13" Pocketnow 7:59 AM
  • "Report: Apple's A13 Chips for Next Generation of iPhones Are Now in Production" Gizmodo UK 8:00 AM
  • "Report: Apple's A13 Chips for Next Generation of iPhones Are Now in Production" Gizmodo 5/11
  • "TSMC reportedly preparing for volume production of Apple's A13 SoC: Next iPhone's triple-camera setup likely, hoping for better aesthetics" TechSpot 5/11
  • "New iPhone to have A13 chip, new cameras and reverse charging, report says: The iPhone 11 is so close."  CNET 5/11
  • "New report predicts reversible charging and camera upgrades for the 2019 iPhones" TechRadar UK 5/11
  • "Apple's iPhone XR successor to replace Coral and Blue options with two new colors" MacDailyNews 5/11
  • "The 2019 iPhone XR could come in two new colors" TechRadar UK 5/11
  • "Apple to add green and lavender to next-gen iPhone XR color palette, report says" AppleInsider 5/11
  • "Rumor suggests iOS 13 will not support iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 5s" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "Questionable Rumor Says iOS 13 Will Drop Support for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPhone SE" MacRumors 5/10
  • "Bloomberg: 2019 iPhones Can Charge AirPods, Cameras Will Have Increased Zoom and Auto-Correction Feature" MacRumors 5/10
  • "Is Apple really about to kill the iPhone SE? A rumor claims iOS 13 will not support the iPhone SE" Computerworld 5/10
  • "2019 iPhone XR colors: Two new on the way" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "Apple releases sixth developer beta of iOS 12.3 to developers for testing" AppleInsider 5/10
  • "iOS 12.3 Beta 6 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 5/10
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/10
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 5/10

  • "Comparing Apple's iPhone XR versus Google's Pixel 3a XL" AppleInsider 11:17 AM
  • "Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS, Pixel 3: We compare every spec/How does Samsung's latest Galaxy S10 stack up against its Apple and Android rivals spec-by-spec?" CNET 8:00 AM
  • "The best USB audio interface: The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is the best all-around option." Engadget 5:15 PM
  • "Apple Beats Powerbeats Pro review: throw away your AirPods/The Powerbeats Pro are now the true wireless earbuds to... Beat" Sound Guys 5/11
  • "Powerbeats Pro review: An upgrade over AirPods in almost every way" ZDNet 5/10
  • "AirPods Suck Compared to the New Powerbeats Pro" Gizmodo 5/10
  • "Powerbeats Pro review: the best Beats/Apple's workout headphones are so much more than just a gym accessory" The Verge 5/10
  • "Powerbeats Pro review: Beats brawn meets AirPods brains in the ultimate sport earphones" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "Review: Master & Dynamic MW65 over-ear ANC headphones are pricey but lovely" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "Rock Jaw T5 Ultra Connect wireless earphones [Review] BetaNews 5/10
  • "UAG's new Apple Watch Straps are a blessing to my bony wrists" Apple World Today 5/10
  • "Review: Libratone Zipp 2 and Zipp Mini 2 are our favorite multi-purpose AirPlay 2 speakers" AppleInsider 5/10
  • "WD Blue SN500 SSD Review: NVMe Performance, Dirt Cheap" HotHardware 5/10
  • "Anker PowerCore+ 19000 PD review: Fresh design and new features make this battery pack very appealing" PCWorld 5/10
  • "2-in-1 cleaning stick gives you a weapon against on-screen germs [Review] Cult of Mac 5/10
iOS Apps
  • "Clear unwanted screenshots from your Photo Library more quickly with Screender" iDownload Blog 5/11
  • "How to Check AirPods Battery Life on iPhone and Apple Watch" iPhone Hacks 4:51 PM
  • "How to clean your Apple AirPods (2019)" TechRadar UK 5/11
  • "How to check into a free battery replacement for MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "How to hide messages and message notifications on your iPhone, so only you can read them" Business Insider 5/10
  • "How to install old versions of iOS apps on older iPads, iPhones" Apple Must 5/10
  • "How to turn on iCloud Photos when iOS says you can't: An old iTunes synchronization is probably to blame for this problem." Macworld 5/10
  • "Save $1,000 Or More On A New Mac Part 2: Apple's Big RAM Lie" Forbes 5/10
  • "Relocate lets you spoof your iPhone's location with ease" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "This tweak lets you unlock your iPhone with a piano-based passcode" iDownload Blog 5/11
  • "How to make HomeKit work for you automatically with scenes and automations" AppleInsider 5/10
  • "Buying a replacement iPhone battery? Be careful you don't get ripped off" ZDNet 5/10
  • "The worse seems over for the Apple iPhone in China" phoneArena 8:52 PM
  • "Apple Exclusive Reveals Exciting New iPhone 11 Features" Forbes 7:04 PM
  • "iOS 13 Wishlist: 25 Smaller Features We Want to See" iPhone Hacks 3:21 PM
  • "It's Amazing That Anyone Upgrades Their iPhone: The ridiculousness of restoring from backup in 2019" 500ish Words 9:48 AM
  • "I bought some Beats noise-canceling headphones. They don't cancel noise: Many are seduced by the idea that they can listen in silence. This doesn't seem to be true." ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Qualcomm shows how important Apple's business is to the chip maker" phoneArena 5/11
  • "iPhone 11 Camera: Rumor Analysis" iMore 5/11
  • "Two new discoveries in iOS Screen Time (parental controls): Age 13 and Apple ID incompatible with Screen Time" Gordon's Tech 5/11
  • "Report says that HomePod has 6% of global smart speaker market" Apple World Today 5/11
  • "Cassandra -Weekend Review: Fool me Once" eXtensions 5/11
  • "Is It Time for Apple to Make a Real Smart Home Hub?" iDrop News 5/10
  • "Why I Have Zero Interest in Cloud Gaming: Apple, Google, and Microsoft are poised to release cloud-gaming platforms to the masses, but the drawbacks outweigh the potential benefits."  PC Magazine 5/10
  • "Right to Repair Laws: Everything You Need to Know in 2019"  Gizmodo 5/10
  • "Postal Address Insanity: Why I Switched from Spotify to Apple Music" TidBITS 5/10
  • "Tim Cook Wants People To View Apple Today As A Consumer Company" MacPrices 5/10
  • "I wrote the book on user-friendly design. What I see today horrifies me" ["When Don Norman says he wrote the book on user-friendly design, he's not kidding. Don is a former Apple VP and his book The Design of Everyday Things is a seminal work."] The Loop 5/10
  • "Three features Apple should borrow from Google's I/O announcements: Apple might benefit from following the lead of one of its most prominent frenemies."  Macworld 5/10
  • "What Intel's latest roadmap updates mean for the Mac: Until Apple starts using its own processors in Macs, the future of Intel is the future of Apple's laptops."  Macworld 5/10
  • "Pixel Schmixel: How Google's phone can escape its Android prison/If Google wants to grow its devices business, the company faces some hard choices. And that may mean becoming more like Apple." ZDNet 6:21 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3a XL Preview" Thurrott 6:12 PM
  • "Confusing Facebook With the Internet is the Perfect Storm for Fake News" Monday Note 3:20 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3a XL unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 5/11
  • "Best game phones of 2019 compared: We tested the Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG, Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic Mars to see which one is truly the best phone for gaming." CNET 5/11
  • "AI is becoming esports' secret weapon" VentureBeat 5/10
  • "Is latency the cloud's Achilles heel? [Q&A] BetaNews 5/10
  • "Alexa, What Is a Conflict of Interest? Digital assistants are both friend and sales robot." Slate 5/10
  • "Why Google believes machine learning is its future: Why we heard so much about machine learning at Google I/O this year." Ars Technica 5/10
  • "If You Build It, They Will I/O" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/10
  • "5 Little Things from Google I/O That Could Be Big News for You" Gizmodo 5/10
  • "Google Tries Again With Pixel 3A" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5/10
  • "Google's new Pixel 3a was launched at an awkward time, when everyone is expecting a new flagship Pixel phone in just a few months — but here's why that's OK" Business Insider 5/10
  • "Google Assistant 2.0 isn't just a minor evolution; it's a game-changing upgrade" Digital Trends 5/10
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Procreate Pocket 3 for iPhone Brings Feature Parity With Popular iPad Drawing App" MacRumors 8:52 PM
  • "Apple Touts The iPhone XR's Battery Life In Latest Ad" UberGizmo 8:52 PM
  • "New Apple Videos Explore iPhone XR Battery Life, iMessage Privacy" Redmond Pie 11:12 AM
  • "Apple's New Privacy-Focused Ad Highlights iMessage's End-to-End Encryption" MacTrast 5/11
  • "You Can Now Listen To Google Podcasts On iOS And Desktop Too" Tech Times 5/11
  • "Accordance Mobile 3.0 Major Update! Accordance Bible Software is delighted to announce the third major release of their software for use on the iPhone and iPad." Accordance 5/10
  • "A BMW outage made Apple CarPlay unusable" Engadget 5/10
  • "UAG unveils first rugged iPad Pro case compatible with Apple's Smart Folio Keyboard" 9to5Mac 5/10
  • "OtterBox now makes smartphone cases with built-in PopSockets that you can swap out whenever you want" Business Insider 5/10
  • "Cool Holdings to Buy Simply Mac from GameStop As It Executes Expansion Plans" PRNewswire 5/10
  • "Cool Holdings plans purchase of Apple Premier Partner Simply Mac from GameStop" AppleInsider 5/10
  • "Google Photos Chief confirms Colorize may come 'soon'" 9to5Google 5/10
  • "Chimera jailbreak updated to v1.0.5 with notable bug fixes & improvements" iDownload Blog 5/10
Computer Industry
  • "Privacy: Microsoft wants to (sneakily) collect more data from users via Office" BetaNews 7:59 AM
  • "The new Mini toolbar in OneNote for Windows 10 helps you edit content faster" MSPoweruser 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft explains the actual unique differentiating features of the HoloLens 2" MSPoweruser 7:59 AM
  • "Windows 10 news recap: over 825 million active devices, WhatsApp support on Windows phones ends at the end of the year, and more" OnMSFT 7:59 AM
  • "The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is coming - here's what's new" Neowin 3:20 PM
  • "Microsoft Weekly: Build 2019, Edge on other platforms, and AR Minecraft" Neowin 11:11 AM
  • "Minecraft's New 10th-Anniversary Map Is Awesome And Hides A Few Secrets" Kotaku 1:15 PM
  • "Intel says laptops with foldable displays at least 2 years away: Intel believes a laptop with a foldable display won't arrive before 2021. The company is currently trying to understand the capability and the limitation of the [foldable] technology." The Indian Express 7:58 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 CPUs Reportedly Support Up To DDR4-5000 For Glorious Bandwidth" HotHardware 4:54 PM
  • "Microsoft has more Office 365 subscribers than Spotify Premium and Amazon Prime combined" MSPoweruser 5/11
  • "Microsoft's return to its nerdy roots is good news for developers" TechRepublic 5/11
  • "Microsoft Advances Conversation Transcription Using Virtual Microphone Arrays" CDR Info 5/11
  • "Microsoft Plays Nice" Gizmodo 5/11
  • "Repairing And Upgrading A HP 16533A Scope Card" Hackaday 5/11
  • "PS5 release date and price UPDATE: Bad news for PlayStation fans ahead of Sony reveal" Express UK 5/11
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Estimating iPhone, iPad, and Mac Installed Bases, Calculating the Mix of Apple Devices in Use, Thursday Q&A" Above Avalon 5/10
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as U.S. touts trade talks with China as 'constructive': Uber Technologies IPO in spotlight" MarketWatch 5/10
  • "Stocks End Green as Trump Says Trade Talk Will Continue: Stocks rebound on encouraging words from the White House on U.S.-China trade war." TheStreet 5/10
  • "Dow Makes Furious Comeback To Lead Stock Market Higher: The stock market today took investors for a wild ride as the key indexes rallied into the black after falling hard, with the Dow Jones industrials taking the lead." Investor's Business Daily 5/10
  • "US stocks recoup losses on officials' upbeat trade comments: U.S. stocks Friday closed up after rebounding from early session losses, which stemmed from President Trump hiking tariffs on Chinese goods and Beijing vowing retaliation, as officials from both countries made positive comments about their negotiations." FOXBusiness 5/10
  • "Stocks Bounce Back, Close Higher as Investors Weigh New Tariffs: Companies reliant on Chinese demand and global trade come under pressure despite afternoon rally" [Paid Membership Required] 5/10
  • "China stocks soar to best one-day gain since March, as U.S. tariffs kick in: Nikkei stands out with 0.3% drop" MarketWatch 5/10

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