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First there was Gatekeeper, now Mac apps will need to be notarized before users can install. Is macOS heading for total lock down like iOS? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Wednesday Highlights: Goldman Sachs forecasts iPhone sales disappointment this year resulting in stock decline; Tim Cook issues call for more regulation of the technology sector, but when asked about a PAC, says they shouldn't exist; app notarization coming to macOS whereby developers would need to submit apps for review before users can install; Jason Snell likes what he sees with the iOS-ification of the Mac; LAPTOP Mag rates Apple's customer service thus far in 2019, finding they "continued to top most of the competition"; Twitter's Jack Dorsey sat with President Trump yesterday; Ming-Chi Kuo predicts two new AirPod models coming late 2019, early 2020; CNET's 6-month review of iPhone XS, XR; iFixit tears down Galaxy Fold, finds big design flaw.

  • "Apple 'plotted' to hurt Qualcomm years before it sued the company: The iPhone maker detailed some of its plans in documents shown during Qualcomm's opening arguments in court."  CNET 1:18 PM
  • "Apple's $400 Billion Buyback Program: One of the more certain items found with Apple's upcoming 2Q19 earnings is that the board will approve increases to the company's share buyback authorization and the quarterly cash dividend."  Above Avalon 1:47 PM
  • "Apple's doing something it hasn't done in more than a decade"  CNBC 8:49 AM
  • "Goldman Sachs: Apple's iPhone sales this year will disappoint, causing stock decline" CNBC 8:50 AM
  • "Your iCloud is actually AmazonCloud"  Quartz 8:50 AM
  • "Apple spends $30m a month on AWS" IT PRO (UK) 9:02 AM
  • "Apple boss wants more state intervention in tech business: Tim Cook, CEO of the world's largest tech company Apple, has once more called for greater regulation of the sector." Telecoms 9:01 AM
  • "Class Action Lawsuit Over Broken iPhone 4, 4s, and 5 Power Buttons Finally Proceeding to Trial" MacRumors 10:23 AM
  • "Power button class action suit for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 will be heard on Oct. 25" AppleInsider 1:21 PM
  • "Apple edges closer to cursory code review for all Mac apps: In a message to developers, the company said it will soon require all macOS apps to pass at least a cursory review before they can be downloaded and run by users."  Computerworld 8:32 AM
  • "Screen Time for Mac concept imagines menu bar, more" 9to5Mac 2:57 PM
  • "MindNode 6 mind mapping app adds new Focus mode to Mac and iOS" AppleInsider 1:57 PM
  • "Juice Consolidates the Mac's Bluetooth Functionality into a Single, Handy Utility" MacStories 10:17 AM
  • "How to organize your Apple Notes with folders on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:57 AM
  • "How to Turn Off Apple News Notifications on Mac" OS X Daily 2:31 PM
  • "How to Schedule Email in Gmail on macOS" Apple Gazette 10:23 AM
  • "How to hide an email address with Bcc in Mail on iOS and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:57 AM
  • "Where To Get Games For Your Mac" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "With Notarization, Apple Moves to Greatly Reduce Malware on Macs" The Mac Observer 6:22 PM
  • "There's more to notarization than that" ["Notarization doesn't prevent such hijacking, but makes it significantly more difficult. As I will argue below, Apple's Notary Service can easily check that the developer certificate matches other details including the app's signature and location of the build system."]  Eclectic Light Company 9:09 AM
  • "The Mac is becoming more like iOS—and I think I like it"  Macworld 8:41 AM
Press Releases
  • "Server Ranger 2.5 Out Now" prMac 8:30 AM
  • "QuarkXPress 2019 ships in early summer" Apple Must 8:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Number of Apple's Autonomous Cars Decreases For The First Time" macReports 1:21 PM
  • "5 names to know at Apple: the people leading its move into health care" Stat News [Subscription Required] 9:01 AM
  • "Apple retains leads in laptop technical support, but gap is narrowing" AppleInsider 11:00 AM
  • "Apple Gets Top Marks on 'Tech Support Showdown' List" MacRumors 2:05 PM
  • "Dior's Kim Jones and Apple's Jony Ive predict what our future will look like" Document Journal 10:24 AM
  • "Jony Ive and Dior designer Kim Jones discuss the environmental cost of design, challenges of working for the future, more" 9to5Mac 8:58 AM
  • "Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
  • "New Phones Reflect Earlier Trends, ASP Declines" [2-page PDF] CIRP 8:44 AM
  • "US smartphone sales dominated by iPhone XR" 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
  • "How Apple Watch went from rumor to shipping product on April 24, 2015" AppleInsider 8:46 AM
  • "Your dead iPhone can live on as beautiful artwork" Mashable 8:40 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines" AppleInsider 6:22 PM
  • "Facebook could be fined up to $5 billion by the FTC due to privacy violations" BGR 6:21 PM
  • "AT&T Plots New Ways To Gouge Customers With 5G Phone Plan Upcharges" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "Security flaw lets attackers recover private keys from Qualcomm chips" ZDNet 3:22 PM
  • "Hacker Can Monitor Cars And Kill Their Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps: 'I can absolutely make a big traffic problem all over the world,' the hacker said." Motherboard 2:31 PM
  • "Samsung Preps $116 Billion Splurge on Chips to Take On Intel" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:20 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg has a podcast no one asked for" CNET 1:19 PM
  • "The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:18 PM
  • "WHO recommends one-hour maximum screen time per day for under-5s" Reuters 9:26 AM
  • "LG Electronics to suspend mobile phones production in South Korea this year: Yonhap" Reuters 9:21 AM
  • "Report: LG will suspend mobile phone production in South Korea" Android Authority 9:21 AM
  • "In meeting with Twitter chief, Trump complains about lost followers" Ars Technica 2:33 PM
  • "President Trump sits down with Twitter boss for crunch talks: Why am I losing followers?" The Register 8:32 AM
  • "Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly explained to Trump that his follower count might fall as the company deletes spam accounts and bots" Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "Verizon is following its rivals' lead with its first free content offer: Verizon announced a partnership with Google to provide its customers with access to Google's video streaming TV service, YouTube TV." Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 033: 'Face ID by proxy'" 9to5Mac 1:21 PM
  • "Butterfly Keyboard Woes, SSD Upgrades – TMO Daily Observations 2019-04-24" The Mac Observer 1:15 PM
  • "NAB -Imagine Products Offers New Capabilities And Rental Software" MacVoices 2:22 PM
  • "NAB -Other World Computing's Larry O'Connor Shares Product Announcements and Tips" MacVoices 8:15 AM
  • "NAB -Soundstripe Offers Video Producers Affordable Music For Their Projects" MacVoices 8:07 AM
  • "Kuo: Two New AirPods Models Likely in Late 2019 to Early 2020, Including One With 'All-New Design'" MacRumors 8:37 AM
  • "AirPods 3 said to be launched by year-end 2019" DigiTimes 8:37 AM
  • "Digitimes: AirPods 3 launching at the end of 2019 with noise cancellation features" 9to5Mac 8:43 AM
  • "Apple's AirPods 3 with noise cancellation coming this fall?" Apple Must 8:54 AM
  • "MacBook keyboard problems: Now Apple aims for one-day fix for keyboard repairs" ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "iOS 13 Could Finally Turn iPads Into Real Laptop Replacements" LAPTOP Magazine 9:09 AM
  • "PSA: Apple will now fix your MacBook's faulty keyboard within a day" The Next Web 8:51 AM
  • "Huawei closes technology gap with Apple on chip design" Nikkei 9:02 AM
  • "Just 3% of U.S. iPhone buyers take out AppleCare protection" Apple Must 10:07 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:14 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:14 AM

  • "iPhone XS and XR review: Six months in, here's how they're holding up/Revisiting Apple's 2018 iPhones in a 2019 world." CNET 8:50 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10+ camera test vs iPhone XS, Pixel 3, and Nokia 9" PCWorld 8:41 AM
  • "iPad mini (2019) hands on review: The only small tablet you should consider" TechRadar UK 9:01 AM
  • "Logitech Slim Folio Pro keyboard case for 12.9-inch iPad Pro review: An iPad keyboard fit for a MacBook" Macworld 8:41 AM
  • "Hex Shield Wallet iPhone Case review: RFID blocker" iMore 2:33 PM
  • "TaoTronics TT-BH046 noise-cancelling headphone review: Effective noise cancellation, but poor sound quality" TechHive 8:41 AM
iOS Apps
  • "MindNode 6 Review: Refined Mind Mapping" MacStories 9:08 AM
  • "Lens is a modern Instagram app for Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 2:57 PM
  • "'Revue Starlight Re LIVE' Review – Can These Girls Cut Down The Competition?" Touch Arcade 2:04 PM
  • "How to clear your browsing history on an iPad in three different ways" Business Insider 2:27 PM
  • "How to cancel subscriptions like Apple News+ on iPhone or iPad" Macworld 2:07 PM
  • "How to use Maps with Siri" iMore 2:04 PM
  • "How To Add or Remove Microphone Button on iPhone or iPad Keyboard" macReports 9:08 AM
  • "Permanently delete iPhone zombie apps once and for all: Your iPhone app data lingers around more than you know." CNET 8:51 AM
  • "How to cancel Apple News+ from your iPhone- 9to5Mac" 9to5Mac 1:20 PM
  • "PSA: Make Sure to Cancel Apple News+ If You Signed Up for a Free Trial After Apple's March 25 Event and Don't Want to be Charged" MacRumors 1:20 PM
  • "Twitter makes it easier to report election tweets that deliberately mislead people" Engadget 8:54 AM
  • "How to protect yourself against fake calls from Apple support" AppleInsider 8:46 AM
  • "Why adding mouse support to iPad is a touch of genius [Opinion] Cult of Mac 1:18 PM
  • "Apple Pay in the US: why is support rolling out so slowly?" 9to5Mac 10:23 AM
  • "Comment: Apple's in-store MacBook keyboard replacement program is a smart PR move" 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
  • "Cassandra -Midweek Review: Answered Prayers with iOS 13 and Photo-workflow Rumors; Innovation at What Cost; and Other Asides" eXtensions 8:07 AM
  • "Revisiting the Google Pixel 3 XL" Thurrott 11:02 AM
  • "Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer: By raising levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol, our phone time may also be threatening our long-term health." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:22 AM
  • "Hands-on: OPPO's Reno pizza-slice selfie camera is slow, but delicious" The Next Web 9:22 AM
  • "Hands On with the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom: 6.6-inch OLED with No Notch and Popup Selfie Camera" AnandTech 9:21 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Fold: A Pragmatic Take" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:08 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Fold reportedly failed due to 7mm screen bezel gap" VentureBeat 8:53 AM
  • "Galaxy Fold: What went wrong? At this stage, it looks like the answer to the question 'what went wrong with the Galaxy Fold?' is that Samsung dropped the ball in spectacular fashion and was left scrabbling for a response when things went bad." ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "iFixit's Galaxy Fold teardown reveals its biggest design flaw" The Verge 8:46 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown" iFixit 8:35 AM
  • "Sliding Backward on Tech? There Are Benefits" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:32 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Class Action Update for DPLO, WTW, EB and AAPL: Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Reminds Investors of Class Actions on Behalf of Shareholders" GlobeNewswire 10:23 AM
  • "'Rumble Stars Soccer' from Frogmind Has Finally Launched Globally On the App Store and Google Play for Free" Touch Arcade 10:16 AM
  • "Google Fit arrives on iOS: Focused activity on two smart goals" ZDNet 11:02 AM
  • "Google Fit is now a standalone iOS app with Apple Watch support" VentureBeat 10:17 AM
  • "Apple quietly launches Apple TV YouTube channel - and all the videos are ad-free" Mirror Online UK 9:01 AM
  • "North America OTT TV & Video Forecasts to 2024 TV+s Growth will be More Modest at 8 Million by 2024 -" Business Wire 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Pay Officially Launches in Austria" MacRumors 8:37 AM
  • "New App Brings All-in-One Fitness Trainer to iPhone and Apple Watch" prMac 8:31 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is winning the techlash: The tech industry is feeling the pain of an unprecedented backlash over its business practices and broad impact on society, but original tech giant Microsoft has managed to stay mostly above the fray." Axios 8:54 AM
  • "Earnings Release FY19 Q3: Microsoft Cloud Strength Drives Third Quarter Results" Microsoft 3:21 PM
  • "Microsoft's commercial cloud revenue hits $38.4 billion run rate in Q3" ZDNet 3:35 PM
  • "Surface, Windows, and Xbox help drive Microsoft to strong Q3 earnings" The Verge 3:22 PM
  • "Microsoft bests Wall Street expectations, posting $30.6B in revenue, powered by cloud division" GeekWire 3:22 PM
  • "Microsoft profit, revenue beat estimates on cloud growth" Reuters 3:43 PM
  • "Windows 10 May 2019 Update thwarted by obscure tech known as 'external storage'" The Register 8:33 AM
  • "Intel's new 9th-gen laptop processors give birth to 'Musclebooks'" The Next Web 8:51 AM
  • "Intel launches latest-generation CPUs for mobile" DigiTimes 8:50 AM
  • "Get ready for 5GHz laptops as Intel unveils new 9th-gen Core H-series CPUs" ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "Samsung Preps $116 Billion Splurge on Chips to Take On Intel" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:20 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 3400G and Ryzen 3 3200G APU Specifications Detailed – 12nm Zen+ Based 3200G Delidded and Destroyed By Leaker, Features Soldered IHS" WCCFTech 1:28 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Zen+ APUs May Include Overclocker-Friendly Soldered IHS" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "AMD's 50th anniversary may be honored with special Ryzen and Radeon VII parts" TechRadar UK 1:28 PM
  • "All the shiny AMD 50th anniversary GPUs, CPUs, and motherboards announced so far" PCGamesN 1:28 PM
  • "Topspin and Terabytes: IBM Ups Its Cloud Game at the Masters" InformationWeek 1:27 PM
  • "Japan's Fukui Bank migrates to IBM Cloud to enable operational transformation" Gigabit 1:26 PM
  • "IBM, FIT to Train Future Designers on AI" WWD [Subscription Required] 1:26 PM
  • "HP loses court battle with third-party print supplies firm: Vendor claimed Dutch manufacturer had infringed patent by selling cartridges compatible with its printers, but lost in court for a third time" Channelweb UK 1:23 PM
  • "HP Expands Efforts to Reduce Oceanā€bound Plastics" Waste360 1:24 PM
  • "Dell Technologies World 2019 Preview: 5 Big Things To Expect" CRN 1:25 PM
  • "Dell Confirms 2 Surprising Upgrades For New XPS 15 Laptops" Forbes 1:25 PM
  • "Dell-Backed VDOO Raises $32M To Boost IoT Device Security Platform" CRN 1:25 PM
  • "Dell, HPE, Huawei look for server deals as 5G investment grows" Telecomlead 1:25 PM
  • "Oracle Fights HPE's $18M Atty Fee Bid In Copyright Row" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 1:23 PM
  • "IT sales star wins $660k lawsuit against Oracle in Qatar – but can't collect, because the Oracle he sued suddenly vanished" The Register 1:22 PM
  • "Cisco: DNSpionage attack adds new tools, morphs tactics/Cisco's Talos security group says DNSpionage tools have been upgraded to be more stealthy" Network World 1:22 PM
  • "Software group SAP takes hit from restructuring but raises outlook" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:18 AM
  • "SAP/cloud services: mist opportunity" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:18 AM
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Apple News
  • "Goldman Sachs raises AAPL target to $182 citing stabilizing Chinese demand" AppleInsider 8:46 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower as earnings paint mixed picture of corporate sector: Boeing falls short of targets, suspends share buybacks" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "US stocks close down after record-setting gains" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tick Lower a Day After Hitting Records: S&P 500 had registered first record close of 2019 Tuesday" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asian markets slip amid concerns over China stimulus pace: Aussie stocks rally after benign inflation data" MarketWatch 9:03 AM

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