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Thursday Highlights: Bloomberg's Mark Gurman hears long-anticipated AirPower wirless charger will hit store shelves in September, delay due to "technical hurdles"; Ben Lovejoy thinks Apple's recent habit of pre-announcing products hurts company more than consumers—reports and opinions in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections today; Nir Eyal at Quartz opines the reason Apple, Google don't want us using phones more is to curb harmful behavior, instead creating "healthy habits with [our] digital devices"; Tim Cook explains to Irish Times Apple's commitment to Ireland; Final Cut Pro turns 7 today—reports in our OS X section; Apple part of car consortium to establish digital car key specs for smartphones; Apple adds another original program to show lineup; the honeymoon is over, US Supreme Court rules states may now require online retailers to collect sales tax; CNET thinks Logitech Crayon so good Apple should copy it.

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  • "Apple Readies iPhone Overhaul for Smartphone's 10th Anniversary: Apple is testing a revamped iPhone with an all-screen front, curved glass and a stainless steel frame alongside upgrades to the current models."  Bloomberg 7:01 AM
  • "Cutting the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the new iPhone would be a huge shift for Apple"  Business Insider 7:11 AM
  • "Apple May Have to Ditch Optical Fingerprint Sensor: Analyst" Investopedia 7:55 AM
  • "iPhone 8 release delayed by design, Report claims" Computerworld 8:45 AM
  • "Apple 'almost certainly' exploring making a whole car but there's a big challenge, top analyst says"  CNBC 7:18 AM
  • "Apple Settles Unwired Planet's IP Suit On Eve Of Trial" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:05 AM
  • "Apple settles Unwired Planet patent suit for undisclosed amount" AppleInsider 7:14 AM
  • "Apple Settles Unwired Planet's Patent Infringement Case Hours Before Trial" The Mac Observer 11:08 AM
  • "Apple Makes iMovie, GarageBand, and iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Free for All Users" MacRumors 1:24 PM
  • "iWork, GarageBand, and iMovie apps free for new customers on older devices" 9to5Mac 1:24 PM
  • "Apple Cuts Cost of iWork, GarageBand, and iMovie: Now Available For Free" Apple Must 2:45 PM
  • "Apple makes a bunch of apps free for everyone: iOS and Mac users can now download iMovie, GarageBand and iWork suite without having to shell out for the app or a new device." CNET 5:58 PM
  • "How to juggle multiple calendars using Macs and iOS devices: Modern life requires balancing a multitude of appointments, meetings, and events for work and home. Here are several options for managing multiple calendars using Macs, iPhones, and iPads." TechRepublic 4:19 PM
  • "Getting the best performance on your Mac between two networking methods: What to do if you're getting inconsistent Wi-Fi and Ethernet performance." Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "Get Organized: How to Store and Archive Backups Securely" Intego 11:08 AM
  • "How to set up and use iCloud Keychain on Mac" iMore 7:14 AM
  • "Videoloupe for macOS makes it as easy to add effects to videos as to photos" Apple World Today 7:19 AM
  • "How to Change the Default Email Client on Your Mac" iPhone Hacks 7:53 PM
  • "How to Clean Caches & Temporary Files from Mac OS" OS X Daily 5:28 PM
  • "How to personalize your own radio stations in Apple Music" Macworld 7:15 AM
  • "Hiding the Dock" MacMost 10:00 AM
  • "How to use the Remote app to control your iTunes library in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 7:18 AM
  • "Trash IT! is a handy utility for forcing the macOS Trash to empty" Apple World Today 1:18 PM
  • "Everything You Need To Know About Images" Mac360 8:47 AM
  • "10.12.4 (16E195)" Rixstep 8:30 PM
  • "Some password-manager apps that store data centrally get it right: You might be concerned from recent attacks that hosted secrets stored by 1Password and LastPass are at risk. The details say they're not." Macworld 7:15 AM
Press Releases
  • "XinTwo Micro Tutorial Website Relaunched with Final Cut Pro X 10.3 Content for NAB" 11:59 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Employees to Celebrate Earth Day With Green Shirts Starting April 20" MacRumors 1:23 PM
  • "Apple Music is coming to Facebook Messenger" VentureBeat 2:01 PM
  • "Apple Music will integrate with Facebook Messenger's new song sharing feature" 9to5Mac 2:01 PM
  • "How to Top the iPhone? For Foxconn, It's With TVs: Manufacturer scored big as contractor for Apple, but now seeks to build its own brands with push into Sharp TVs" [Paid Membership Required] 7:18 AM
  • "That link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian: Didn't we fix this back in 2005? Apparently not" The Register 7:04 AM
  • "Apple co-founder makes dramatic predictions about the future of technology: Steve Wozniak has made a big prediction about the company he helped create" Mirror Online UK 7:07 AM
  • "Find My iPhone crowd catches Coachella festival 'thief'" BBC 7:07 AM
  • "Steve Lacy produces all his music like any 18-year-old would: On his iPhone" iMore 2:01 PM
  • "How photographers use iPhones to get gorgeous shots of a massive water festival" Mashable 7:11 AM
  • "iMac's terrible working title was an in-joke between Jobs and Schiller" Cult of Mac 7:18 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AI Isn't Smart Enough (Yet) to Spot Graphic Videos on Facebook" Wired 9:02 PM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 to feature dual camera array ala iPhone 7 Plus" AppleInsider 6:04 PM
  • "Facebook hits 800 million monthly gamers, up 23% from 650 million a year ago" VentureBeat 2:01 PM
  • "Zuckerberg addresses 'Facebook killing'" BBC 1:25 PM
  • "Zuck says copying Snapchat was just step 1 of Facebook's AR platform" TechCrunch 1:25 PM
  • "Facebook fires directly at Snapchat with augmented reality platform, 'Camera Effects'" Mashable 1:24 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg admits Facebook has 'a lot of work to do' after murder video" Telegraph 1:24 PM
  • "Rise of the machines: Google AI experiment may lead to robots that can learn without human input" Daily Mail (UK) 12:05 PM
  • "FCC helps AT&T and Time Warner avoid lengthy merger review: Time Warner sells a TV station to avoid public interest review of AT&T deal." Ars Technica 11:59 AM
  • "Watch Live: Mark Zuckerberg Presents Facebook's F8 Keynote Speech" Time 10:30 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer thinks you don't have enough data about your government: The former Microsoft CEO debuts USAFacts to make it easier to understand how tax dollars are spent." Recode 10:10 AM
  • "Teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S8+ battery 'virtually identical' to fire-prone Note 7" AppleInsider 8:51 AM
  • "Smartphone use while driving may explain end to 40-year decline in road deaths" 9to5Mac 8:51 AM
  • "What We Want in Apple's Pro iMac -TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-18" The Mac Observer 12:55 PM
  • "Upgrade #137: iTunes on a Shelf" Six Colors 7:42 AM
  • "Apple prepares iMac upgrades for 2H17 and high-end iMac for end of 2017" DigiTimes 6:59 AM
  • "Report: New iMacs to launch in Q3 and 'server-grade' iMac with Xeon CPU, ECC RAM, new GPU at end of 2017" 9to5Mac 7:08 AM
  • "New 'Server-Grade' iMac With Next-Gen Xeon Processor Coming End of 2017" MacRumors 7:14 AM
  • "New 'pro' iMac said to have discrete GPU and Xeon E3 processor, ship at end of 2017" AppleInsider 7:14 AM
  • "Apple to Begin Production of Two New iMacs in May, Server Grade iMac Also On the Way?" iClarified 10:20 AM
  • "Apple's New iMacs to Feature Intel Xeon Processors and ECC RAM" Digital Trends 3:23 PM
  • "You might have to wait a bit longer for the next iPhone: Multiple reports suggest a new high-end iPhone with a radical redesign will be delayed" The Verge 7:28 AM
  • "Bloomberg on iPhone 8: all-screen front, curved glass, stainless steel frame & more" iDownload Blog 7:45 AM
  • "Three new iPhones are coming but the best may be delayed" CNBC 7:28 AM
  • "iPhone 8 To Feature Polished Stainless Steel Frame Sandwiched Between Glass, All-Screen Front" Redmond Pie 10:08 AM
  • "Apple Inc.'s iPhone 8 Exposed: Apple's new premium OLED iPhone is set to look substantially different (and better) than the previous three iPhone models." The Motley Fool 7:04 AM
  • "Bloomberg Backs Up iPhone 8 Big Screen Design Reports" The Mac Observer 10:00 AM
  • "KGI: Bezel-less design to be top feature of iPhone 8 as Apple faces dual-camera competition from Samsung" 9to5Mac 6:52 PM
  • "Apple Will Still Include a Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter With This Year's iPhones, Says Barclays" MacRumors 10:08 AM
  • "iPhone SE Display Parts Constrained, Apple May Do Full Device Replacements Instead of Repairs [Updated] MacRumors 1:23 PM
  • "Compal becomes second OEM for Apple Watch, says paper" DigiTimes 7:11 AM
  • "Apple diversifies to keep Apple Watch suppliers on their toes" Cult of Mac 10:09 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple is granted their First Patent for an iDevice like an iPhone that uses a Scrollable Display" Patently Apple 7:42 AM
  • "Apple investigating iOS, macOS devices with retractable displays" Apple World Today 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Granted a Patent for an Inductive Charger based on a Magnetic Dock" Patently Apple 10:07 AM
  • "Apple Granted 60 Patents Today Covering Laser Texturing Apple Products like a MacBook and more" Patently Apple 10:07 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM

  • "Four months using AirPods everywhere... almost" Six Colors 10:20 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How Fast Is iOS 10.3.2 Beta 3 Compared To iOS 10.3.1?" Redmond Pie 11:08 AM
  • "'Planescape: Torment' Review - What Can Change the Nature of an App?" Touch Arcade 11:59 AM
  • "How to email more than five photos at once in iOS 10: Apple still won't let you send more than five pictures at a time, which can make for some serious sharing hassles. Here are some workarounds." CNET 7:53 PM
  • "How to Clear Dropbox Cache on iPhone or iPad to Free Up Storage Space" iPhone Hacks 7:52 PM
  • "The only way to stop your ISP from selling your browsing history" BGR 1:23 PM
  • "PSA: Pandora Premium now launched, competing with Apple Music & Spotify" 9to5Mac 8:52 AM
  • "Apple's Achilles Heel Is Neither the Mac Nor the iPhone" The Mac Observer 8:30 PM
  • "Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon. Which Won't Make it to 2067?" The Mac Observer 4:18 PM
  • "Should you use FaceTime in portrait or landscape?" iMore 3:12 PM
  • "Apple's 10th Anniversary iPhone: Innovation And Valuation Issues" Seeking Alpha 1:24 PM
  • "Why Apple's new HQ is shaped like a spaceship" Apple 3.0 11:07 AM
  • "Comment: Could Apple really drop Touch ID in the iPhone 8?" 9to5Mac 10:09 AM
  • "One big question still surrounds Apple's iPhone 8" BGR 8:52 AM
  • "Get Ready For The Server-Grade iMac Pro" Apple Must 10:00 AM
  • "Reasons To Buy: iPhone 7 vs. Galaxy S8" Mac360 8:47 AM
  • "Where Do Crazy Apple Rumors Begin?" PixoBebo 8:44 AM
  • "Apple Car: By The Numbers" Mac360 8:44 AM
  • "Cassandra: Siri Phones Home, but Alexa Fails to see the Light" eXtensions 7:48 AM
  • "A Few Words On Apple And Multi-user Support" McSolo 7:47 AM
  • "Will Virtual Assistants Revolutionize Home Automation? Advancements in virtual-assistant technology will likely spur growth in home automation. Deciding which digital assistant works best for your smart-home use really depends on individual preference." The Motley Fool 7:08 AM
  • "Google is having more problems with its relatively new Wi-Fi routers" The Verge 7:53 PM
  • "Facebook's been copying Snapchat. But here's its plan to get ahead" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:20 PM
  • "Mossberg: Samsung Galaxy S8 squeezes more into less" The Verge 7:52 PM
  • "5 ways the Galaxy S8 is better than the iPhone 7" BGR 10:30 AM
  • "Review: Samsung Galaxy S8 makes every other phone feel like a cinder block" TechRepublic 11:59 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 review: Meet the envy of every iPhone user" BGR 10:10 AM
  • "We tore down Samsung's Galaxy S8—here's what we think about it" iFixit 7:47 AM
  • "Five Rumored 'Innovative' Shapes For the Next Mac Pro" iMore 8:51 AM
  • "The terrible truth about nuclear war" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 6:59 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Maps brings your destination history to iOS" Engadget 3:23 PM
  • "HBO Go finally adds an automated binge mode to its iOS and Android apps" The Verge 3:22 PM
  • "Pandora Premium drops invite system, launches wide with iOS & CarPlay support" AppleInsider 1:41 PM
  • "Promising 'Tempest: Pirate Action RPG' Arrives on the App Store" Touch Arcade 12:08 PM
  • "Apple Pay expands to over 20 more banks and credit unions across the US and China" 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "Old school typewriter-inspired keyboard will have you feeling classy AF" [Slideshow] Mashable 8:52 AM
  • "New Ruggedized 13-Inch MacBook Pro Case Offers Drop Protection" MacPrices 10:48 AM
  • "The Best MacBook Pro Case Now Available from Gumdrop Cases" prMac 7:41 AM
  • "Epson Bolsters Commercial Document Scanner Line with New Epson DS-780N Offering Secure Networking and Built-In Touch-Screen for Ease of Use" PRNewswire 7:00 AM
  • "ROX by Rollout to Reinvent Feature Delivery for Mobile Apps" PRNewswire 7:00 AM
  • "Logitech's new Pop programmable button integrates with Apple HomeKit" VentureBeat 7:21 AM
  • "Logitech POP Smart Button is the First Apple HomeKit Programmable Button" Business Wire 7:00 AM
Computer Industry
  • "A Small Acquisition By Microsoft Speaks Volumes About Its Brilliant Strategy" Seeking Alpha 8:11 PM
  • "Microsoft becomes the first cloud provider to offer GDPR contractual commitments publicly" Neowin 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft is buying another 10 million strands of DNA for storage research" ZDNet 7:26 AM
  • "Windows Hello: This bank wants you to log into your account with your face or fingerprint" ZDNet 8:43 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer builds an open database of government spending: USA Facts will be your new favorite website for dinner table arguments about tax." Engadget 7:00 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer is About to Drop a Massive Data Dump on How Tax Dollars are Spent" Gizmodo 7:01 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer thinks you don't have enough data about your government: The former Microsoft CEO debuts USAFacts to make it easier to understand how tax dollars are spent." Recode 7:01 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer's new project sheds light on U.S. government spending" TechCrunch 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft Stock: Coming Price Range As Seen By BIG$ Funds" Seeking Alpha 6:47 AM
  • "Intel pulls the plug on its developer forum after nearly 20 years" Neowin 7:21 AM
  • "Intel kills off its PC-focused developer event" The Verge 7:02 AM
  • "Intel rids of annual Intel Developer Forum, cancels 2017 event" ZDNet 7:21 AM
  • "Intel Retires its IDF Developer Conference" Thurrott 7:24 AM
  • "Intel Pulls Plug on Annual Developer Conference" Fortune 8:56 AM
  • "AMD's Polaris Refresh Is No Game Changer: Minor performance improvements won't be enough to catch NVIDIA in the mainstream graphics card market." The Motley Fool 6:52 PM
  • "AMD launches 500-series graphics cards: RX 580 and RX 570 available now/Tweaked versions of the 400-series promise better clock speeds, more budget options." Ars Technica 8:39 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 580 release date, price and specs: Here's what you need to know about the new AMD Radeon RX 500 series of graphics cards, including their price, specifications and release date." PC Advisor 8:57 AM
  • "AMD releases GTX 1060-busting Radeon RX 570 and RX 580: RX 560s and RX 550s also coming - but you'll have to wait a little longer for Vega" The Inquirer 11:13 AM
  • "AMD's new graphics cards crank up the speed while keeping the price affordable: Prices stay low on the faster RX500 cards" The Verge 9:08 AM
  • "AMD's mid-range Radeon 500-series video cards are here: Meet AMD's next batch of affordable GPUs." Engadget 9:04 AM
  • "Toshiba Announces that Dell EMC PowerEdge 13G Servers Now Utilize Toshiba's HK4 Series of Data Center SATA SSDs" Entertainment Weekly 8:50 AM
  • "Dell To Offer Toshiba HK4 SATA SSDs In PowerEdge Servers" AnandTech 8:50 AM
  • "Only 5% Of Large Companies Prepared To Meet It Requirements Of The New Digital Business" Irish Tech News 8:51 AM
  • "HP Laptop Running Remix OS Seen At Hong Kong Event" TechFrag 8:53 AM
  • "Spotted: HP's EliteBook runs Remix OS. Is this a sign for things to come?" Gadgets Post 8:53 AM
  • "IBM Profit Falls 13% Despite Gains From Cloud Services, Watson: Total revenue fell for the 20th consecutive quarter as efforts continue to offset waning legacy businesses with younger ones that are growing rapidly" [Paid Membership Required] 4:19 PM
  • "IBM Down 4%: Q1 Revenue Misses, EPS Beats, Affirms Year Profit View" Barron's 4:20 PM
  • "IBM Q1 mixed, cloud-as-a-service hits $8.6 billion annual run rate" ZDNet 5:28 PM
  • "IBM quarterly sales fall short of expectations" MarketWatch 4:19 PM
  • "IBM reports 20th straight quarter of YOY revenue declines..." CNBC Videos 4:19 PM
  • "Oracle buys Wercker for Docker deployment technology" V3 5:28 PM
  • "Oracle to acquire development automation startup Wercker" ZDNet 7:04 AM
  • "Oracle acquires ad measurement company Moat" TechCrunch 5:58 PM
  • "Oracle patches Solaris 10 hole exploited by NSA spyware tool – and 298 other security bugs" The Register 8:03 PM
  • "Cisco to reboot its business strategy, pay-per-use to be the new norm: Facing stiff competition from different quarter, Cisco is mulling to make pay-per-use a new norm of its go-to-market strategy for growth" Financial Express 8:56 AM
  • "Europe's Emerging IoT Scene And Six Startups To Watch" Forbes 8:57 AM
  • "Why foundries need clear, public benchmarks" EE Times Asia 6:47 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple price target headed toward $170: Credit Suisse" MarketWatch 7:28 AM
  • "RBC Raises Price Target on Apple Shortly After Outlining Potential Benefits of a Merger With Disney" MacRumors 7:14 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends lower as Goldman, Netflix earnings disappoint: Geopolitical tensions continue to burden equities" MarketWatch 4:56 PM
  • "Dow Drops 113 Points as Mixed Earnings Push Stocks Lower" TheStreet 4:56 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slide as Bank, Health-Care Shares Fall: Goldman Sachs' trading results fall short of rivals'; Johnson & Johnson slumps on soft sales" [Paid Membership Required] 4:56 PM
  • "Asian markets off to slow start after holiday weekend" MarketWatch 8:46 AM
  • "European stocks fall as miners suffer, Britain moves toward snap election" MarketWatch 8:46 AM

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