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Weekend Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.
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"Apple Wins Second MacBook Design Patent and the 'AirPods' Rumor is Reviewed" Patently Apple 7/16
"Apple's iPhone 7 gets even closer to the desktop" Computerworld 7/15
"The iPhone 7's A10 Processor Allegedly Scores 18% Higher Than the iPhone 6s' A9 in Early Benchmarks [Chart] iClarified 7/15
"1 Way That the Apple Inc. iPhone 7 Will Be a Monster: The iDevice maker's upcoming A10 chip is looking really good." The Motley Fool 7/15
"iPhone 7 leak suggests Apple will upgrade battery capacity: It still isn't clear whether the extra battery would be used to prolong the phone's life or to power more hungry components" The Independent 7/15
"Evaluating the Apple Watch, a year later: It's been a year since my kids gave me an Apple Watch for my birthday. Aside from being another year older, I'm another year wiser, and I've concluded that while the Watch is a dazzling wristwatch, its practical applications are few. It's a toy." Tribune News Service 8:32 AM
"Review: Atlas Wristband 2 makes some improvements, but not enough" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
"Gizmo Guy: No Wire, No Worry/Looking for a small wireless speaker to play nicely with the music streaming from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop?" Philadelphia Inquirer [Free Registration Required] 8:19 AM
"ProximityLock lets you lock your iPhone with its proximity sensor" iDownload Blog 11:23 AM
"Spotify and Apple Music: The Goth vs. the Stoner/In this episode, we depart from the familiar letter-and-intervention format for a dive into the world of music streaming services. It is a topic that fascinates the Haggler, who can still barely fathom that for a mere $10 a month, he can get access to just about any musical recording on the planet." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7/16
"Microsoft Is Dead, Long Live Microsoft: The Microsoft we know does not exist anymore. Welcome to Microsoft 2.0, created by CEO Satya Nadella, a software as a service company — or maybe it would be better if we called it simply Microsoft-as-a-Service." guruFocus 8:22 AM
"Microsoft's Cloud Trip Is No Free Ride: The software giant's business shift has weighed down gross margins" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12:06 PM
"Microsoft's Mobile Nightmare Kills The Billion Device Dream" Forbes 8:20 PM
"Microsoft Forecasts Failure For Its 1-Billion-Or-Bust Goal For Windows 10" Tech Times 8:26 AM
"Windows 10 Will Miss 1 Billion Users Target, Microsoft Blames Windows Phone" Softpedia 8:26 AM
"VMware's past holds the key to the future of Microsoft's Azure Stack" The Register 7:12 PM
"Microsoft's Launches edX Curriculum for IT Professionals" Digital Trends 6:48 PM
"When Technology Stocks Pay Out: Dividends and yields rise as once-hot start-ups like Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Apple develop into established companies, often with heavy cash flows." Barron's 7/16
"Dow ends at record high as stocks gain for third week: Citigroup beats earnings expectations, Wells Fargo disappoints" MarketWatch 7/15
"Dow Reaches New Record, S&P 500 Snaps Winning Streak: It was a mixed close to a record-breaking week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average clinching a new all-time closing high and the S&P 500 snapping a five-day winning streak." TheStreet 7/15
"Stocks end mixed as terror weighs on sentiment" USA Today 7/15
"Stocks Pressured After Reaching Record Territory; Poised For Weekly Gains" Dow Jones Newswires 7/15
"Dow Extends Record Streak as U.S. Stocks Post Weekly Gains: Citigroup, Wells Fargo report quarterly earnings" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7/15
"Line IPO, Nintendo help Nikkei score best week since 2009: Japanese stocks on Friday notched their best week in six-and-a-half years, leading gains across Asia amid relief over a weakening yen and signs of economic recovery in China." MarketWatch 7/15
"European stocks slip, with travel shares down, after deadly France terror attack: European stocks slipped Friday, with travel shares lower after a deadly terrorist attack left more than 80 people dead in Nice, France." MarketWatch 7/15
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