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Weekend Highlights: Late Thursday, Apple took new tack against Qualcomm seeking invalidation of four patents; fresh ruling from US Supreme Court backs Apple's iPhone privacy stance requiring warrants to access cellphone data—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Dan Moren expresses frustration over slow Mac updates, delcaring "long product cycles are ... now normal for the Mac"; Ben Lovejoy thinks he has a solution to the MacBook Pro dilemma that would keep all parties happy; ZDNet takes FileMaker 17 for a spin; Simon Royal argues life's "too short to argue over operating systems" says end result is that you're happy with your choice; Gregg Keizer delves into new privacy features in Mojave; Japan now seeing Apple mapping vehicles on the roads; man in Toronto, CA sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches; The Drum interviews Susan Bennett, Siri's original voice; interesting interview with Andy Hertzfeld; BGR claims exclusive first look at 6.1" LCD iPhone; commentary from Channel NewsAsia poses question whether "Xiaomi is twice as good as Apple".

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple's Programming and Content Challenge: One of the most important growth businesses for Apple has been their services division. It brings in about $7.5 billion a quarter now, and it could be a Fortune 100 business if it were ever spun off to be a business on its own."  Tech.pinions 9:38 AM
  • "Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers" Reuters 4:16 PM
  • "Eddy Cue: Apple Music reaches 38 million subscribers" ZDNet 9:09 PM
  • "Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture" ["Texture brings over 200 of the world's best magazines to life, providing an easy way for users to read high-quality stories and entire issues of their favorite titles. With Texture, users enjoy the magazines they know and love, while discovering new content that fits their passions and interests."]  Apple 11:13 AM
  • "Apple is buying Texture, the digital magazine distributor" Recode 11:32 AM
  • "Apple acquires digital magazine subscription service Texture" VentureBeat 11:25 AM
  • "Apple acquires digital newsstand Texture as it doubles down on content 'from trusted sources'" TechCrunch 11:29 AM
  • "Apple Enters Content Fray With Texture Purchase" Investopedia 4:15 PM
  • "Apple buys Texture, a 'Netflix for magazines' app" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:26 AM
  • "iPhone Intent to Upgrade Survey Suggests More Predictable Demand"  Loup Ventures 5:59 PM
  • "The time is now for a 'style over substance' year for Apple Watch"  iDownload Blog 7:08 AM
  • "Soft demand for iPhone X, Lunar New Year hit Taiwan February tech sales" ["'For iPhone X, after supply chain checks, the shipment could be down to some 16 million for the current quarter and continue to fall to some 7 million units for the next quarter,' ... But from the revenue perspective, the decline could be mild as the supply chain could benefit from a higher average sale price per unit for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 ranges, as well as the relatively healthy demand for older and cheaper iPhone models."] Nikkei 8:15 AM
  • "Tech investors in Apple and other stocks are now in the crosshairs of trade war" CNBC 8:11 AM
  • "Apple's getting sued over Siri" TechShout 8:16 AM
OS X
News
  • "How Apple's new filing system is thwarting law enforcement and could affect you" ["While Apple's new APFS system for organising data on solid state hard drives is wildly more efficient than its double decade old predecessor called HFS+, it also drives some third party programs wild. High on the list of casualties is crimefighter software – the forensic analysis tools that law enforcement cyber detectives rely on."]  Australian Financial Review 8:41 AM
  • "Warning as Mac malware exploits climb 270%"  Computerworld 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 to Developers" MacRumors 12:21 PM
  • "Apple releases macOS 10.13.4 beta 5 for developers" 9to5Mac 12:21 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Hands on: Agenda 2.0 for Mac is a beautiful new notes app with unique calendar features" AppleInsider 1:44 PM
  • "Configure an Encrypted TimeMachine For High Sierra" Macdrifter 4:05 PM
  • "How to use printer presets in macOS" Macworld 7:13 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Do Macs need antivirus software?" Macworld UK 8:14 AM
Press Releases
  • "LumaForge brings Faster, Together and The Workflow Suite to the South Hall at NAB" fcp.co 7:04 AM
  • "Loopback is a great tool for anyone working with audio on the Mac" Apple World Today 7:04 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Orders Animated Comedy 'Central Park' From 'Bob's Burgers' Creator"  Variety 1:29 PM
  • "The complete list of Apple TV shows and series: Latest news, actors, and release dates" Macworld 2:34 PM
  • "Apple Goes From Villain to Coveted Client With This Finnish Firm: Stora Enso becomes key vendor to Apple, suppliers list shows"  Bloomberg 7:04 AM
  • "Samsung Close Behind Apple in Reliability According to Latest Rescuecom Report" PRNewswire 8:08 AM
  • "13 years after Intel's iPhone mistake, it might take the biggest ever tech deal to resolve it" 9to5Mac 7:06 AM
  • "Apple's Eddy Cue talks Texture buy and 'trusted news sources': Eddy Cue spoke at SXSW about Apple News in a world where platforms are struggling to manage the content on their platforms." CNET 12:00 PM
  • "Live Blog: Eddy Cue at SXSW 2018" 9to5Mac 11:25 AM
  • "Apple at SXSW: Eddy Cue's 'excellent track record'" Apple 3.0 7:05 AM
  • "Newly remodeled Apple store in UK's Bluewater Mall to reopen March 24th" 9to5Mac 7:06 AM
  • "There's a currency miner in the Mac App Store, and Apple seems OK with it" Ars Technica 1:30 PM
  • "Steve Jobs' 1973 job application surfaces at online auction; current bid is $50K" phoneArena 8:16 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple market cap breezes by Walmart" Cult of Mac 7:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Broadcom's buyout of Qualcomm bogs down as DC blocks merger" The Register 7:10 PM
  • "White House blocks Broadcom's proposed purchase of Qualcomm" Axios 6:16 PM
  • "Yahoo users can sue over data breaches, judge rules: Verizon, which now owns the web giant, sought to dismiss the case." ZDNet 5:59 PM
  • "'Jurassic World' augmented reality dinosaurs are here" Mashable 12:21 PM
  • "Essential really wants to get rid of that notch" Mashable 11:33 AM
  • "Netflix should tell its users to support net neutrality, Senator Chuck Schumer says" Recode 11:32 AM
  • "FCC must defend net neutrality repeal in court against dozens of litigants: Lawsuits filed by tech firms, states, and advocates were merged into one suit." Ars Technica 11:32 AM
  • "Panasonic designed blinkers for the digital age" Engadget 9:48 AM
  • "Exclusive: Alexa is coming to the office" Axios 8:06 AM
  • "Evidence shows Google may change Android Wear name to Wear OS" Digital Trends 8:03 AM
  • "Here's how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you" The Next Web 7:09 AM
  • "USPTO taking another look at core Twitter patent: Indian inventor has priority but is facing AliceFoss Patents 7:05 AM
  • "Dropbox Looks to Raise $648 Million in Upcoming I.P.O." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:53 AM
  • "Tim Berners-Lee: social media is too powerful and the web needs regulation to avoid weaponization" BetaNews 7:04 AM
  • "Tim Berners-Lee: Net has heaps of problems" [Video Report] BBC 6:53 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "9to5Mac Daily 045 | March 12, 2018" 9to5Mac 5:10 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers" The Mac Observer 4:50 PM
  • "Jeff Carlson Updates Take Control of Lightroom CC" MacVoices 2:12 PM
  • "HomePod Ad Focus, and the Crossplatform HomePod Argument -TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-12" The Mac Observer 1:43 PM
  • "Sen. Chuck Schumer says the world would be a 'worse place' without Amazon: On Recode Decode, Schumer says he's 'sympathetic' to tech giants like Facebook and Amazon." Recode 7:05 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "iPhone X/8: Wireless charging will wear out the battery faster than cable charging/Wireless charging is a nice feature, but testing suggests that it will wear out the battery faster than charging with a cable."  ZDNet 12:00 PM
  • "Apple new entry-level MacBook to reach 4 million in unit shipments in 2018, says Digitimes Research" DigiTimes 6:52 AM
  • "New Entry-Level Mac Notebook Expected to Adopt Retina Display, Likely Launch at WWDC in June" MacRumors 6:52 AM
  • "Apple's new, entry-level MacBook might have a Retina display for the first time" Business Insider 7:02 AM
  • "AppleWatch wristband sensor claims to detect potassium in your blood — without needles: But it doesn't have FDA approval yet" The Verge 9:38 AM
  • "Apple's answer to crumb-jammed keyboards? Crush debris, then blast it out: Apple has been granted a patent for a keyboard with crushers and bellows to destroy and blast out crumbs." ZDNet 11:33 AM
  • "Another Detail About Apple Inc.'s Upcoming Lower-Cost iPhone X Revealed" The Motley Fool 8:00 AM
  • "Apple adds specs for USB-C port on Made-for-iPhone accessories, Lightning to 3.5mm audio out cable"  9to5Mac 5:17 PM
  • "Apple Adds USB-C Connectors and Lightning to 3.5mm Output Cables to MFi Specification" MacStories 8:20 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.3 to Developers" MacRumors 12:21 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "AngelShark internal storage expander for Mac Pro cylinder" Bare Feats 11:51 AM
  • "Review: Koss KPH30i On-Ear Headphones" iLounge 5:10 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands on: Apple's 'Netflix of Magazines' Texture provides a wealth of content to readers" AppleInsider 4:14 PM
  • "Here's What 'Fortnite' Mobile Looks Like Being Played On An iPhone X" Forbes 4:14 PM
  • "Fortnite Will Be Better Than PUBG on Mobile" 148Apps 8:46 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to customize Do Not Disturb While Driving settings on iPhone for convenience and safety" 9to5Mac 4:24 PM
  • "How to Delete Apps from iPhone X and 3D Touch iPhone Models" OS X Daily 4:05 PM
  • "How to download iOS 11.3 developer beta 5 to your iPhone or iPad" iMore 12:21 PM
  • "How to download tvOS 11.3 beta 5 to your Apple TV" iMore 12:21 PM
  • "How to sign up for an Epic account to play Fortnite: Battle Royale on iPhone" iMore 11:26 AM
  • "Using iOS Workflow To Send Quick Email Messages" MacMost 11:15 AM
  • "How to set up and use Voicemail on iPhone" iMore 9:40 AM
  • "How to Prevent the Butt Dial" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:39 AM
Tips
  • "Pro Tip: Convert an iMessage to an Apple Notes checklist" Cult of Mac 4:05 PM
  • "PSA: Be Sure to Write Down Your AirPods Serial Number" The Mac Observer 4:04 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "A top Apple exec explains you shouldn't bet that it'll buy Netflix or Disney" Business Insider 8:46 PM
  • "Why iPhone X Biggest Weakness Is Apple's Secret Strength"  Forbes 8:04 PM
  • "Here's what Eddy Cue just told us about Apple's media plans" Apple Must 2:11 PM
  • "Feature Request: Make the Calendar app smart enough not to duplicate events" 9to5Mac 9:39 AM
  • "That entry-level MacBook is shaping up to be a great value" TechnoBuffalo 8:12 AM
  • "Apple, update these products! (CNET Top 5): Apple has some devices that are just sitting around and gathering dust. Maybe it's time for some changes." [Video Report] CNET 7:03 AM
Non-Apple
  • "A Hippocratic Oath for Technologists" Om Malik 4:15 PM
  • "Review: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 phones make excellence routine/The new Galaxy S9 smartphones may not be exciting, but some exclusive enterprise features do make them stand out among other Android rivals." Computerworld 12:22 PM
  • "Kudos To Samsung For Not Going With The iPhone X Notch" Forbes 6:48 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Exospecies' is an Upcoming Sci-Fi Turn-Based Strategy Game that Needs Beta Testers" Touch Arcade 5:41 PM
  • "Apple engineers to lead talks on AR, VR, Micro LED & other topics at May's Display Week" AppleInsider 4:18 PM
  • "Apple to talk AR/VR, display technologies at Display Week in May" 9to5Mac 4:09 PM
  • "Apple Watch Can Detect AFib, Hyperkalemia with 90%+ Accuracy" iDrop News 1:30 PM
  • "Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Cookie Jam', 'Pinball Arcade', 'Clash of Clans', and More" Touch Arcade 11:32 AM
  • "Amazon allows iPads to make calls through Alexa app to contacts using Echo devices" AppleInsider 11:25 AM
  • "Pre-registrations for the 'Westworld' iOS game commence alongside signups to play 'Fortnite Battle Royale' on iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 11:25 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Mobile Website Down As Players Rush To Sign Up On iOS" Forbes 11:15 AM
  • "Apple Maps adds locations of bike-sharing stations in over 175 cities" AppleInsider 1:30 PM
  • "Apple Maps shows you the nearest bike-sharing stations" TechCrunch 11:13 AM
  • "PGA Tour adding ARKit golf courses to app, in time for Arnold Palmer Invitational" AppleInsider 9:40 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of March 12: Dave Hamilton, Josh Centers, Social Media, Home Automation" The MUG Center 9:10 AM
  • "Fornite lands on iOS! Sign up for early access now" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Cleveland Clinic Study Affirms Accurate Detection of Atrial Fibrillation by KardiaBand for Apple Watch" PRNewswire 8:09 AM
  • "Caliber Home Loans Launches Mobile Platform Featuring Apps For Borrowers, Loan Officers, Account Executives, Brokers, Home Builders & Real Estate Agents" PRNewswire 8:09 AM
  • "Bosch's 6-Axis IMU in the Apple iPhone X Complete Teardown Report 2018" Business Wire 8:08 AM
  • "2018 Complete Teardown Report pf STMicroelectronics' Time of Flight Proximity Sensor & Flood Illuminator in the Apple iPhone X" Business Wire 8:08 AM
  • "Complete Teardown of TSMC's Integrated Fan-Out (inFO) Packaging for the Apple A11 found in the iPhone X - 2018 Report" Business Wire 8:07 AM
  • "Philips Hue outdoor lights will be available in July, with three products on offer" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Teams is now used by 200,000 organizations, up from 125,000 in September" VentureBeat 2:26 PM
  • "Microsoft's future of Windows is clever modes for clever hardware" The Verge 7:47 AM
  • "Microsoft's mad scientists are making AR more tactile" Engadget 7:45 AM
  • "Hands-on with Windows 10 'Sets' in Redstone 5 build 17618 (Video)" Windows Central 7:44 AM
  • "Who's Ready for New Windows 10 Cumulative Updates?" Softpedia 7:35 AM
  • "'AI won't replace marketers – it'll make them more creative' says IBM expert" Mumrella 7:25 AM
  • "Watch Out, Amazon And Microsoft: IBM Has 16,000 AI Engagements, 400 Blockchain, Several Quantum" Forbes 7:24 AM
  • "IBM relationship's Aecom 'absolutely horrible'" Channel Eye 7:23 AM
  • "IBM's Blockchain Used by 400+ Companies" Crptovest 7:23 AM
  • "HP announces the Elite Slice for Meetings Rooms G2" Neowin 7:21 AM
  • "HP is turning off 'Always On' data deals but won't say why" The Register 7:21 AM
  • "Dell EMC leads global server revenue boom" IT PRO 7:20 AM
  • "We three kings of Dell EMC are; bigging up storage we traverse AFA" The Register 7:20 AM
  • "Broadcom will relocate to U.S. by April 3 to speed security review of Qualcomm bid" VentureBeat 8:31 AM
  • "Broadcom plans to redomicile to the U.S. within 3 weeks" MarketWatch 7:19 AM
  • "Intel-sponsored study finds that smart cities save time" BetaNews 2:27 PM
  • "13 years after Intel's iPhone mistake, it might take the biggest ever tech deal to resolve it" 9to5Mac 7:19 AM
  • "Intel investigating Broadcom acquisition, say sources" bit-tech 7:18 AM
  • "As Broadcom looks to allay security fears, what is Intel planning?" New Electronics 7:17 AM
  • "Intel might make offer for Broadcom in bid to thwart Qualcomm takeover" The Inquirer 7:17 AM
  • "Intel considers possible bid for Broadcom - report" Telecompaper 7:17 AM
  • "Intel is reportedly bidding for Broadcom that is planning to buy Qualcomm" Financial Express 7:17 AM
  • "Intel Reportedly Mulls Broadcom Bid" EE Times 7:16 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge Reportedly Doesn't Support Windows 7" SegmentNext 7:15 AM
  • "How PostgreSQL just might replace your Oracle database" InfoWorld 8:36 AM
  • "How PostgreSQL just might replace your Oracle database" ITworld 7:13 AM
  • "TIE Kinetix, Oracle partner up" Payperd 7:13 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple hits a new all-time high and briefly climbs above a $925 billion market cap" CNBC 4:14 PM
  • "Apple is approaching a trillion dollar valuation" Recode 4:15 PM
  • "Apple's stock has hit an all-time high, valuing the company at over $922 billion" Recode 12:04 PM
  • "Apple breaks $182: Looks who's underwater now" Apple 3.0 6:56 PM
  • "Bernstein's Sacconaghi Tries To Answer Why iPhone Growth Remains 'Stagnant'" Benzinga 11:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq trades at record as broader market retreats: 'Goldilocks' jobs numbers soothe inflation jitters" MarketWatch 3:09 PM
  • "Stocks mixed; Nasdaq touches record high" FOXBusiness 3:09 PM
  • "Tech gains but industrials slide, leaving indexes mixed" Associated Press 3:09 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Turn Lower: Concerns about trade tariffs' impact weigh on Caterpillar and Boeing" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:08 PM
  • "Asian stocks start the week off strong, building on last week's rebound: Nikkei pushes higher; New Zealand index sees record close" MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "DAX leads European stocks to higher close, powered by utilities deal: European stocks notched a sixth consecutive win Monday, closing higher along with other global markets after the U.S. jobs report highlighted the health of the world's largest economy." MarketWatch 1:53 PM

 
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