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2018 MacBook Pro i9 Throttlegate, also affects some Dell systems. Dealbreaker for you, or no big deal? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: The escalating tariff war between the US and China puts Apple Watch (original), Fitbits, Sonos, squarely in the crosshairs of a 10% tariff, resulting in US price increases; might autonomous vehicles be Apple's Next Big Thing?; report from BGR India that unless Apple installs "a pesky call app soon", iPhones may cease working on networks; attention Apple! Ben Lovejoy thinks your meager-but-free 5GB of iCloud storage has become an embarrassment and needs to change; and Dan Moren calls on Apple to break tradition and let us set our own preferred apps instead of being locked in to company choices; Tyson's Corner Apple Store, first one ever, set to undergo facelift; Samsung unleashes three more videos mocking dongles, lack of fast charging accessories included with iPhones; MacBook Pro i9 Throttlegate also affects some Dell XPS systems, but are reports overblown?

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Working on Touchless Control and Curved iPhone Screen" ["...iPhones, projects that may help the company differentiate its most-important product in an increasingly crowded market, according to people with knowledge of the matter"]  Bloomberg 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Allegedly Working On Touchless, Curved iPhone Screens" Forbes 8:41 AM
  • "What Apple is getting by poaching Google's top AI executive"  Quartz 3:03 PM
  • "Apple hires former Google executive as AI chief" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Apple's latest hire should see Siri get seriously smarter"  Digital Trends 8:25 AM
  • "Google search chief hired by Apple after Siri set-backs" BBC 7:44 AM
  • "Apple snaps up Google's AI chief to fix Siri" The Next Web 7:52 AM
  • "Apple hiring Google's AI chief is a huge test for Siri's privacy stance"  Macworld 8:41 AM
  • "Apple pays its female staff up to 26% less than men in the UK" Business Insider 8:41 AM
  • "iPhone Slowdown Lawsuits Ordered to Be Centralized in Northern California District Court" MacRumors 3:22 PM
  • "Tim Cook talks MLK's legacy & the power of young people at Alabama leadership conference"  9to5Mac 7:00 PM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Releases First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1:51 PM
  • "iTunes 12.6.4 Released as Minor Update to Version With Built-In App Store" MacRumors 9:44 AM
  • "Latest macOS Update Disables DisplayLink, Rendering Thousands of Monitors Dead" Slashdot 7:52 AM
  • "macOS 10.13.4 update breaks Duet Display, Air Display & USB DisplayLink drivers" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Do You Use a Third Party Mac Display? Don't Update macOS Yet" The Mac Observer 6:06 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to write a killer report with Pages for Mac and iPad" Cult of Mac 2:34 PM
  • "How to Run 64-Bit Only Mode Mac OS" OS X Daily 2:34 PM
  • "How to Install Ubuntu and Dual-Boot macOS" Apple Gazette 10:15 AM
  • "How to connect a PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 controller to your Mac" iMore 12:07 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra: 3 Ways to Sandbox Facebook for Optimal Privacy" The Mac Observer 1:01 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Having Mac Display issues? Try macOS 10.13.4. Except..." The Mac Observer 6:05 PM
  • "Back to the Mac 007: State of eGPU [Video]"  9to5Mac 10:07 AM
Press Releases
  • "1Password 7 Beta for Mac and Windows reveals major facelift, lots of new and improved features" BetaNews 9:28 AM
  • "Graphite is a fine 2D/3D CAD wireframe drafting package for Mac, Windows systems" Apple World Today 8:25 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Music Hits Landmark Of 40 Million Paid Subscribers"  UberGizmo 9:06 PM
  • "Doctors find iPhone 4S app better at assessing heart blood flow than traditional methods: Method simply uses the iPhone's camera to calculate heart rate"  V3 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Music hits landmark 40 million paid subscribers" AppleInsider 1:06 PM
  • "Apple Music is growing like crazy as service hits 40 million subscribers" BGR 6:49 PM
  • "Apple's former retail stores: Where are they now?" 9to5Mac 12:26 PM
  • "Apple drama starring Jennifer Aniston forced to switch showrunners" Cult of Mac 7:48 AM
  • "Tech products largely exempted from US import tariffs on 1300 Chinese products" 9to5Mac 10:07 AM
  • "New Apple Pay ads promote the faster way to splash your cash" Cult of Mac 7:48 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Cambridge Analytica denies accessing data on 87M Facebook users...claims 30M" TechCrunch 6:26 PM
  • "Trump's meeting with a major tech CEO reportedly included a discussion about a potential Amazon-Pentagon deal worth billions" Business Insider 3:10 PM
  • "The first 4K Chromebook might be in the works" The Verge 3:04 PM
  • "Thousands of Google Employees Protest Company's Involvement in Pentagon AI Drone Program" Gizmodo 2:34 PM
  • "Taboola Signs Deal With ZTE to Create Android Rival to Apple News: The content recommendation firm has reached an agreement with smartphone manufacturer ZTE Corp. to include recommended news links on users' phones" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11:44 AM
  • "Kids expected to drive VR demand as parents try to moderate health risks" VentureBeat 10:16 AM
  • "Is technology driving your pet insane? Be aware of the secret flicker and noise that home technology may transmit to your pets." CNET 8:41 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg: We didn't do enough to keep users safe" Engadget 3:28 PM
  • "Facebook Scans the Photos and Links You Send on Messenger" Bloomberg 2:39 PM
  • "Facebook admits Cambridge Analytica hijacked data on up to 87M users" TechCrunch 1:39 PM
  • "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress Next Week" Time 8:26 AM
  • "YouTube shooting could draw tech further into gun control debate" Axios 8:25 AM
  • "Shooter at YouTube headquarters was angry at demonetization of her videos" BetaNews 7:52 AM
  • "YouTube shooter posted bizarre videos, manifesto before rampage" New York Post 7:45 AM
  • "YouTube attacker was vegan activist who accused tech firm of discrimination" Reuters 7:37 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "9to5Mac Daily 057: April 4, 2018" 9to5Mac 6:27 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg vs. Tim Cook, Apple's New AI Chief, and Making HomeKit Great -ACM 456" The Mac Observer 6:08 PM
  • "New iPad review, Apple to ditch Intel, and iOS 11.4 beta: Macworld Podcast episode 599" Macworld 3:11 PM
  • "Digital Artist Kyle Lambert On The Creative Process, His Projects and His Tools" MacVoices 2:35 PM
  • "Windows versus Mac Security, Listener Comments -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-04" The Mac Observer 1:00 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Intel Inside: The CPUs Apple could stuff in the next MacBooks/No one actually knows outside of Apple, but here's what we think Apple just might do with Intel's new laptop CPUs" Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "How a custom processor could make Apple's MacBooks exciting again" Macworld 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Planning iPhones With Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens to Launch Within Three Years" MacRumors 8:32 AM
  • "Apple experimenting with touchless controls & curved screens for future iPhones" AppleInsider 8:32 AM
  • "iOS could detect when you hover you finger over the screen" TechCrunch 8:32 AM
  • "iOS 11.3 makes updating foreign apps easier than ever" Cult of Mac 11:13 AM
  • "Could Apple Offer Foldable iPhones by 2020?" Market Realist 8:28 AM
  • "iOS 11.4 Public Beta 1: Here's what's new/Now that iOS 11.3 is out, Apple is pushing iOS 11.4 to beta testers." ZDNet 9:26 AM
  • "Cumulative App Store titles declined for first time in 2017, report says" AppleInsider 7:37 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Watch: 2018 iPad vs. 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro" AppleInsider 7:45 PM
  • "Review: Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro & DT 990 Pro Over-Ear Headphones" iLounge 1:36 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Style your text in places that accept only plain formatting with Textlicious for iPhone" iDownload Blog 3:04 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Get the Most Out of Your New Sixth-Generation iPad" MacRumors 9:17 PM
  • "How to sync your local iTunes library when you're subscribed to Apple Music" 9to5Mac 7:42 PM
  • "How to Bulk Remove Third-Party Apps And Websites Using Your Facebook Account to Login" iPhone Hacks 10:43 AM
  • "How to Adjust iOS' Volume via Workflow When Streaming Audio to HomePod" MacStories 9:44 AM
  • "Drawing in iOS Pages, Numbers and Keynote" MacMost 8:53 AM
Tips
  • "101+ funny things to ask Siri" Apple Must 7:38 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple Leaving Intel on Macs by 2020—Impact on New Mac Pro" Architosh 7:37 PM
  • "Apple and its future with Artificial Intelligence: An Apple as serious about AI as it is about silicon could be a powerful force for the future of computing." iMore 6:12 PM
  • "Apple Pay reminders and media responsibility" iMore 3:47 PM
  • "On Apple, Love Letters and Educators" Oh My Pizza! 2:32 PM
  • "Apple really wants you to buy things quickly/Commentary: In a series of new iPhone X ads, Cupertino shows how you can buy things in seconds with Apple Pay. But should you?"  CNET 12:26 PM
  • "Apple Could Use a Software Reboot" RealMoney 11:13 AM
  • "Apple's Siri: the only search engine you'll need" Computerworld 10:45 AM
  • "Comment: Curved screens are a stepping stone toward a high-end foldable iPhone" 9to5Mac 9:25 AM
  • "Apple could take a page from Google when it comes to app and game discovery"  iMore 8:41 AM
  • "What's Really Going On With Apple and Intel? A Guide to the Speculation" Gizmodo 3:40 PM
  • "Why the next Mac processor transition won't be like the last two" Macworld 8:31 AM
  • "A Really Dumb Wall Street Journal Story on Apple Pay That Almost Makes a Good Point at the Very Beginning" Daring Fireball 8:30 AM
  • "Siri's new boss: What the pundits are saying" Apple 3.0 8:26 AM
  • "Apple To Ditch Intel? The Truth Is, It Already Has"  Forbes 1:20 PM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (51): Apple, Processors, Education and Privacy" eXtensions 7:17 AM
  • "Michael Tsai's rollup on comments about Apple's reported plans for an ARM-based Mac" The Loop 8:41 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Comment: I'm not rushing back to the Pixel 2 XL after using the Galaxy S9+, here's why" 9to5Google 3:02 PM
  • "Netflix Valuation: A European Perspective" Foliovision 10:45 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple shares new iPad tutorial videos featuring Apple Pencil, Split View and more" AppleInsider 6:27 PM
  • "Two New Apple Videos for Working on iPad, Sock Puppets and Cherries Not Included" The Mac Observer 6:27 PM
  • "iPhone X Impresses Former Samsung Owners, Finds Strategy Analytics: But Price May Provide Opportunity to Re-claim Converters" Business Wire 1:51 PM
  • "Amazon adds music automation to Echo products as HomePod lags behind" 9to5Mac 1:36 PM
  • "Apple Pay makes long-awaited debut in Brazil" AppleInsider 8:55 AM
  • "Using Jamf Pro to upgrade devices to iOS 11.3 breaks them; fix on the way" 9to5Mac 8:33 AM
  • "1Password replaces Teams Pro with new business plan" TechCrunch 8:32 AM
  • "The best external drives for your Mac or PC" iDownload Blog 8:27 AM
  • "Sonnet Launches Powerful New macOS® Compatible Thunderbolt™ 3 External Graphics (eGPU) Solution" Wall Street Communications 7:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft will pour $5 billion into IoT over 4 years, tripling prior spending" VentureBeat 12:48 PM
  • "Can Microsoft Become Bigger Than Amazon in the Cloud?" The Motley Fool 9:15 AM
  • "Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?" The Register 9:13 AM
  • "Windows 10 Conquers the United States Department of Defense" Softpedia 9:09 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Update KB4099950 to Fix Network Adapter Issues" Softpedia 9:09 AM
  • "Microsoft calls for dismissal of US Supreme Court privacy fight over Dublin emails" Irish Times 9:10 AM
  • "Microsoft Issues Critical Windows 10 Patch For Windows Defender" HotHardware 6:07 PM
  • "How IBM's game show winning supercomputer is solving problems before they occur" CNBC 9:01 AM
  • "HP Inc targets fraudulent consumables manufacturers" ITP Technology 8:59 AM
  • "HP DF1050TW digital picture frame packs a touch display and modern style" Windows Central 8:59 AM
  • "Dell Unveils New G Series Laptops For Gamers On A Budget" Tech Times 8:58 AM
  • "New Dell G Series Gaming Notebooks Feature Up To 6 Cores And 12 Threads" SegmentNext 8:57 AM
  • "Dell's Alienware laptops get a boost thanks to Intel's Core i9 Coffee Lake CPUs" Rock Paper ShotGun 8:56 AM
  • "NBA 2K League seals partnerships with Dell, Intel" Sport Business 8:55 AM
  • "Dell's new XPS 15 laptop has the power to entice gamers" Stuff Magazine 8:57 AM
  • "Dell powers up XPS flagship laptop" New Atlas 8:52 AM
  • "Intel says it won't patch older chips for Spectre" The Verge 12:45 PM
  • "Intel won't be patching the Spectre V2 flaw in its older chips any time soon" The Inquirer 8:52 AM
  • "Here Are The Processors That Won't Receive A Spectre Patch From Intel" HotHardware 6:07 PM
  • "Intel won't patch some of its older processors against Meltdown and Spectre" TechRadar UK 8:51 AM
  • "Intel Says It Won't Fix Meltdown and Spectre in Some Vulnerable Chips" Softpedia 8:51 AM
  • "Intel: We now won't ever patch Spectre variant 2 flaw in these chips" ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "Intel admits a load of its CPUs have Spectre v2 flaw that can't be fixed: And won't fix Meltdown nor Spectre for 10 product families covering 230-plus CPUs" The Register 1:17 PM
  • "Here Are The Processors That Won't Receive A Spectre Patch From Intel" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "Intel finishes Spectre patching, some older CPUs won't receive planned updates: RIP Core 2. You'll be missed." Computerworld New Zealand 8:43 PM
  • "Intel's debut 6-core Core i9 CPUs could push gaming laptops past 5GHz speeds" Tech Zone Z 8:50 AM
  • "Intel launches most powerful laptop chip eyeing content creation, VR, and gaming" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "Budget gamers: You can get some Intel Coffee Lake chips for as little as $42" PCWorld 8:12 AM
  • "Intel to sell Wind River unit to TPG" Telecompaper 8:50 AM
  • "Intel flogs off Wind River after it failed to deliver mobile supremacy" The Register 8:49 AM
  • "Intel spins out Wind River" Converge 8:48 AM
  • "AMD aims at IoT with Zen architecture-based processors" ITP Technology 8:41 AM
  • "Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports" The Register 8:36 AM
  • "Oracle's Catz Said to Discuss Amazon Contract Fight at Dinner With Trump" Bloomberg Video 3:02 PM
  • "Oracle signs new lead for Kuwait & Bahrain" ITP Technology 8:36 AM
  • "Oracle Strengthens Presence in Kuwait; Omar Draghmeh Appointed Country Leader" Al Bawaba 8:36 AM
  • "Critical vulnerability opens Cisco switches to remote attack" HelpNetSecurity 8:34 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Faces 10% Short-Term Pullback" Investopedia 11:44 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end 1% higher in pronounced turnaround from early trade-driven weakness: Wall Street posts remarkable turnaround; Dow jumps more than 700 points from trough to peak" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Rallies 700 Points From Low After Rough Start, Stocks Close Higher: Stocks are higher on Wednesday in spite of China saying it will slap reciprocal 25% tariffs on 106 U.S. products including soybeans, cars, planes, whiskey, and chemicals." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks fall as China tariff threat hits Boeing shares as trade war fears intensify: U.S. stocks recouped a chunk of earlier losses in another rocky trading day after China struck back with threats to levy tariffs on more than 100 American-made goods ranging from autos to airplanes, a move that threatens to escalate the trade fight between the world's two biggest economies." USA Today 12:01 PM
  • "The Dow's wild ride claws back 510 points to close higher" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks Rebound Sharply After Initial Tumble: Dow industrials gain 1% after falling as much as 510 points in the opening minutes" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "The Dow is attempting its best comeback in 6 weeks as stock market recovers from early rout: The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% on Wednesday afternoon is trying to mount its best best rebound from an intraday low in about six weeks, according to WSJ Market Data Group." MarketWatch 11:58 AM
  • "Asian markets head lower following latest U.S.-China trade tensions: Most Asia-Pacific stock markets edged lower as trade tensions rose between Washington and Beijing, but equities in mainland China were the surprising exception as investors took a sanguine view on the U.S. tariff plans." MarketWatch 7:29 AM
  • "European stocks end lower as China pulls out 'big guns' against U.S. tariffs: European stocks closed with losses Wednesday, after China hit back against U.S. tariffs on its products. Beijing issued a list of 106 U.S. goods that will be subject to levies by the world's second-largest economy." MarketWatch 11:56 AM

 
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