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Weekend Highlights: Next iPhones seen as possible growth driver; late Thursday Apple announced $300 million initiative for clean energy in China; Mark Gurman reporting on Adobe's plan to release full Photoshop on iPad in new strategy, something Jonny Evans sees as death of "iPad is not productive" narrative; Gizmodo primer for making Mac and Android phones play nice together; IDC report notes growth in PC market, but Apple remains "nearly flat [in] year-on-year growth"; Cheddar article looks at Valley of Genius author's "secrets about Steve Jobs' life and death"; Apple releases four (1, 2, 3, 4) Apple Pay videos on YouTube; Craig Hunter reviews new MacBook Pro; AppleInsider not thrilled with lack of real keyboard reliability improvement, and David Gewirtz thinks Apple intro'd laptops in "in a tone-deaf, we-don't-really-care-about-pro-users-needs kind of way"—plenty more in our Op/Ed section.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Results to Show iPhone Growth Problem and Cook's Plan to Fix It"  Bloomberg 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's Big Payday Will Only Go So Far: You can buy a whole country with $269 billion. But it might not be enough cash to buy Apple Inc. out of its current jam." Wall Street Journal 8:12 AM
  • "Apple India's net profit surges by 44% and so does its India ambition: Apple India's total income (including other income) grew by 17% to touch Rs 11,704.5 crore in FY17, up from Rs 9,997.6 crore in the previous fiscal." ["Analysts believe Apple will maintain its pace of profit growth in India in 2017-18 due to highly profitable models in its portfolio despite Chinese brands increasing their share to a record 57% of the total Indian smartphone market ..."]  The Economic Times 7:40 AM
  • "Apple grew 44% in India, generating half the revenues but 10x the profits of Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo in FY 2017" AppleInsider 7:42 AM
  • "Apple may have lost half its market share in China"  Business Insider 7:55 AM
  • "Apple loses top slot of India's premium smartphone market to Samsung" NewsRise 8:45 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Delays Major macOS Server Upgrade" Kirkville 7:49 AM
  • "Josh Beal: Reconsidering Final Cut Pro X in Hollywood" fcp.co 7:53 AM
  • "Swift Playgrounds updated with support for 'What's Next' suggestions, speed improvements" 9to5Mac 2:16 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to use an unsupported NAS or a spare Mac on your network as storage for Time Machine backups" AppleInsider 2:16 PM
  • "Using Index and Match Functions To Look Up Values in Numbers" MacMost 10:15 AM
  • "TableEdit is a decent alternative to Numbers (though I prefer the latter)" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
  • "macOS Tip: Use Hot Corners to speed up access to Notification Center, Desktop and more" 9to5Mac 2:16 PM
  • "macOS: Use Finder Keyboard Shortcuts to Navigate Through Folders" The Mac Observer 2:11 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Scuttlebutt Regarding Apple's Cross-Platform UI Project"  Daring Fireball 8:15 PM
  • "New report suggests Apple's cross-platform app feature not launching until 2019" 9to5Mac 9:19 PM
  • "Marzipan: What you need to now about the rumored new XKit/Apple is reportedly working on a new, cross-platform iOS and macOS development framework... but we likely won't see it until WWDC 2019." iMore 9:19 PM
  • "10 of the Most Useful Free Mac Apps for Travellers" Envato Tuts+ 7:50 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2018: Rise of the Tomb Raider and BattleTech lead this month's most compelling game debuts." [Slideshow] Macworld 7:44 AM
Press Releases
  • "Final Cut Pro Updated With Several Bug Fixes" MacRumors 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X 10.4.2 — Update Fixes Timeline Selection and XML Support Bugs" MacTrast 7:37 PM
  • "Bear Notes 1.5 Gains Archive Feature, Custom Tag Icons, New Export Options, and More" MacRumors 7:53 AM
  • "The new version 7 of Clean Text for Mac implements Machine Learning" prMac 7:42 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Prolific Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo departs KGI Securities, likely to focus on companies other than Apple" 9to5Mac 8:04 AM
  • "World's most famous Apple analyst may no longer be reporting on Apple" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo May Lessen Focus on Apple Following Reported Departure From KGI Securities" MacRumors 8:05 AM
  • "Revered Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has departed KGI Securities" iDownload Blog 9:06 AM
  • "One of the most reliable Apple analysts has reportedly left for a new job — and it's bad news for Apple fans" Business Insider 12:17 PM
  • "Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Leaves KGI, Could Change Focus From Apple-Only" MacTrast 6:17 PM
  • "This Swiss CEO Is Sounding the Alarm on Apple: Frederique Constant's Peter Stas details why the Swiss watch industry is heading for trouble—and can't ignore smartwatches any longer." Hodinkee 8:13 AM
  • "Music Modernization Act will alter how old recordings are reimbursed by Apple Music and Spotify" AppleInsider 9:08 AM
  • "Siri's definition of 'mother' is beyond spicy" Memeburn 7:51 AM
  • "'Apple News Exclusive' promoting John McCain's upcoming memoir with iBooks excerpt" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Look at the largest collection of Apple prototypes anywhere" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Steve Jobs autograph is a bargain at only $20,000" Cult of Mac 12:18 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: First iPad 3G tablets land in customers' hands" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "TSMC's 7nm Chips Hit Volume Production And Could Power Sony's PlayStation 5" HotHardware 5:42 PM
  • "The promised Cortana-Alexa integration is getting closer" ZDNet 4:11 PM
  • "Camera maker DxO Labs files for bankruptcy: It says customers won't be affected though." Engadget 1:04 PM
  • "DxO Confirms Bankruptcy, Says Nik Collection Update Still on Track" PetaPixel 1:04 PM
  • "Fitbit will use Google Cloud to make its data available to doctors" TechCrunch 8:20 AM
  • "Why this year's insane graphics-card price surge might be over: You can finally buy a high-end graphics card at Best Buy again." Ars Technica 7:52 AM
  • "Foxconn's Wisconsin Plant Requires 7M Gallons of Water a Day: Lake Michigan will supply the huge amount of water necessary for manufacturing LCD panels." PC Magazine 7:51 AM
  • "Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold online" BBC 7:35 AM
  • "Behind T-Mobile-Sprint Merger, a Race to Keep Up With China in 5G" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:41 AM
  • "T-Mobile agrees $26bn mega-merger with Sprint" BBC 7:34 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Upgrade #191: Alien Spacecraft Sitting On An End Table" Six Colors 7:37 PM
  • "Is It Time to Replace Your AirPort Router? – Mac Geek Gab 707" The Mac Observer 6:28 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Encore #4 Interview with Science Communicator Dr. Kiki Sanford" The Mac Observer 2:50 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: AirPort and Siri with Dave Mark" The Loop 2:16 PM
  • "T-Mobile, Sprint, and 5G Networks -TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-30" The Mac Observer 1:02 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "2016 MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards failing twice as frequently as older models"  AppleInsider 12:17 PM
  • "Apple to defer new MacBook Air production to 2H18" ["The planned new MacBook Air will have a slim design, and come with Retina high-resolution screen and Intel's latest notebook processor."]  DigiTimes 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Said to Delay Production of New MacBook Air to Second Half of 2018, Making WWDC June Launch Seem Unlikely" MacRumors 7:41 AM
  • "Barclays Predicts 2018 iPhones Won't Come Bundled With Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter" MacRumors 11:25 AM
  • "2018 iPhones may kill 3.5mm adapter two years after headphone jack, iPhone X estimates drop" 9to5Mac 12:17 PM
  • "Apple working on cordless headset for VR and AR with 8K displays: More details emerge about the headset Apple is reported to be making." ZDNet 8:41 AM
  • "Apple is preparing a product for Virtual and Artificial Reality" Business Review 8:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:53 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple iPad (2018) Full Review: Good Performance, Great Price, Almost A Pro" Forbes 7:09 PM
  • "Review: Ecobee4 Thermostat a strong choice for Apple HomeKit & Amazon Alexa users" AppleInsider 11:25 AM
  • "Periodic Audio Be in-ear-headphone review: These beryllium-based headphones sound oh so sweet/These headphones are worth every penny their asking price." TechHive 7:43 AM
  • "Retro Review: 1999 PowerBook G3, Lombard" MacPrices 11:06 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Meet Explorest, the photo-scouting app curated by real photographers" Digital Trends 7:19 PM
  • "Bear 1.5: New Tag Icons, Note Archiving, an Additional Export Option, and More" MacStories 8:01 AM
  • "Tinyclouds is a beautiful, mesmerizing weather app for iOS" iDownload Blog 7:51 AM
  • "Improve your internet experience with Purify (50 Essential iOS Apps #7)" Cult of Mac 11:27 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to disable Auto-Brightness on iPhone or iPad in iOS 11" 9to5Mac 7:18 PM
  • "How to record iPhone calls" 9to5Mac 4:14 PM
  • "How to Play Music on the Apple Watch" Intego 2:17 PM
  • "Podcasts Playing Too Fast on iPhone? Here's the Fix" OS X Daily 2:16 PM
  • "How and why to use Favorites in the iOS Files app" Apple Must 12:20 PM
  • "Mother's Day gift: Create a photo book in Apple Photos for Mac/Mother's Day is May 13. Get your order in now to make sure it arrives on time." Macworld 7:43 AM
  • "How to see everything Apple knows about you" Computerworld 7:29 AM
Tips
  • "Pro Tip: Stop iOS automatically adding suggested apps to the Dock" Cult of Mac 2:17 PM
  • "Simple AirPods Mod Help Improve Fit and Bass Response" iPhone Hacks 12:41 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "The MacBook Pro's keyboard design is far too unreliable" BGR 6:55 PM
  • "Rumors suggest Apple could acquire 'all or parts of' media company Condé Nast"  9to5Mac 6:42 PM
  • "How the iPhone X Would Stack Up Against the iPhone X Plus and iPhone SE 2" TechEBlog 6:41 PM
  • "Apple's Obsession with Thinness" ["...tolerating the lack of progress of the Apple hardware: the mediocre keyboards, the loss of useful ports, and the elimination of the iconic MagSafe connector. I had accepted Apple's message that I needed to give up these features for small and light. What struck me most about these notebooks at Costco were that they still had most of the varied ports and their keyboards were so much better."]  Tech.pinions 11:26 AM
  • "Is iPhone X really a flop? We'll know for sure tomorrow" Cult of Mac 12:26 PM
  • "Why Apple iPhone X growth wave is so weak"  Computerworld 11:25 AM
  • "Comment: The iPad precedent may predict the future of Apple's MacBook line-up" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
  • "Rumor: new MacBook Air pushed to second half of 2018 (but I don't think so)" Apple World Today 10:16 AM
  • "Apple Will Probably Report Bad iPhone X News Tuesday. Here's How Tim Cook May Try to Fix the Problem" Fortune 8:45 AM
  • "The best replacements for Apple's defunct AirPort accessories" ["I hate that Apple has left this market. And no matter how recommended a router may be, I just won't trust that my interests will come first with that company."] The Loop 8:02 AM
  • "It Has Been 229 Days Since the AirPower Charging Mat Was Announced – Pixel Envy" ["It says a lot about Apple that they're not able to ship a product as simple as this."] Kirkville 7:48 AM
  • "The case for Apple's iMessage on Android: For Apple, porting iMessage to Android would be more than a nice gesture to consumers. It would also benefit the company's brand and business."  Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "iOS 12 Wishlist: Siri Feature Parity and Extensions Overhaul" iPhone Hacks 7:29 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Why Snoozing Emails Is a Terrible Idea and What You Should Do Instead" Gizmodo 9:11 AM
  • "No Internet: The unbearable anxiety of losing your connection/David Gewirtz had things under control: No landline. No cable TV. No regrets...until the Internet failed. Is always-on connectivity making us all a little crazy?" ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "5 reasons why the T-Mobile-Sprint merger might be great (and 5 reasons why it might not be)" PCWorld 11:25 AM
  • "How AT&T's antitrust battle looms over the Sprint/T-Mobile deal" Axios 7:53 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft updates Office 365 w/ new AI features in Word, Draft Sync in Outlook for iOS, more" 9to5Mac 6:56 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of April 30: System Preferences, Siri, Markdown, and Moving (or Not) To Microsoft Office 365" The MUG Center 2:11 PM
  • "Apple Maps Vehicles Have Now Collected Street View Data in Over 40 States and 10 Countries" MacRumors 1:04 PM
  • "Halide's iOS camera app now lets you strip the location data from your photos" TechCrunch 11:24 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Cloud and Surface help Microsoft beat earnings estimates" ITProPortal 9:22 AM
  • "Microsoft: Jailed e-waste recycler is actually a counterfeiter who 'misled people'" ZDNet 8:39 AM
  • "Windows 10 April 2018 Update Is Out Today, Here's What To Expect" HotHardware 5:41 PM
  • "Older companies realising enormous power of data: IBM Asia-Pacific head" IndiaTimes 9:11 AM
  • "IBM, Jewellery Consortium's TrustChain To Use Blockchain In Jewelry Supply Chain" RTTNews 9:11 AM
  • "IBM Helps Jewelers to Avoid Blood Diamonds with Blockchain" BTC Manager 9:10 AM
  • "ANZ and IBM Build Blockchain Solution for Insurance" Coindesk 9:09 AM
  • "ANZ, IBM Develop a Blockchain Insurance Solution in New Zealand" CCN 9:09 AM
  • "Lasertryk invests in two HP Indigo 12000 digital presses for same-day delivery" Packaging Today 9:06 AM
  • "Dell Targets Enterprises With Array of New Desktops, Notebooks" eWeek 9:06 AM
  • "Former Walmart And Dell Tech Leader Joins Novant Health As CIO" Forbes 9:05 AM
  • "Can Blockchain Fix the Opioid Epidemic? Intel Wants to Find Out" Bloomberg 9:03 AM
  • "Intel Optane 905P Spotted, has new controller and more form factors" Guru3D 9:03 AM
  • "AMD leak further Ryzen 2 CPUs, APUs, and Threadripper chips - on the way for 2018" PCGamesN 9:00 AM
  • "AMD to start Sampling 7nm Instinct GPUs This Year" CDR Info 9:00 AM
  • "How Intel 10nm Process Delay Could be Beneficial for AMD" SegmentNext 9:00 AM
  • "AMD Vega 20 benchmark results spotted" Hexus 9:00 AM
  • "AMD 7nm Radeon Vega 20 GPU 32GB HBM2 Benchmarks Leak" HotHardware 5:42 PM
  • "AMD is gearing up for 7-nanometer CPUs and graphics cards" Engadget 8:49 AM
  • "AMD Vega 20 3DMark11 benchmark surfaces" Guru3D 8:59 AM
  • "7nm AMD Vega 20 GPU With 32 GB HBM2 Memory Spotted" SegmentNext 8:59 AM
  • "Former AMD Senior Director 'Chris Hook' Joins Intel To Drive 'Marketing Strategy' For Intel's Discrete GPUs" SegmentNext 8:59 AM
  • "AMD's Chris Hook Confirmed Moving To Intel" Guru3D 8:59 AM
  • "Accenture boosts Oracle Cloud capabilities with acquisition of Certus Solutions" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Bank of Jordan puts core banking tech in Oracle cloud" Banking Tech 8:56 AM
  • "Oracle Extends All-In Commitment To AI And Machine Learning To NetSuite SaaS Apps" Forbes 8:56 AM
  • "Faulty Patch for Oracle WebLogic Flaw Opens Updated Servers to Hackers Again" The Hacker News 8:56 AM
  • "Hackers Target Poorly Patched Oracle WebLogic Flaw" SecurityWeek 8:55 AM
  • "Hackers target Oracle WebLogic Servers following botched patch" Computing 8:55 AM
  • "Hackers Scan the Web for Vulnerable WebLogic Servers After Oracle Botches Patch" Bleeping Computer 8:54 AM
  • "Umm, Oracle – about that patch? It might not be very sticky ..." The Register 8:54 AM
  • "Cisco to Advocate That It's Time to Put Security Above Everything At GISEC 2018" Al Bawaba 8:51 AM
  • "New MRAM Breakthrough Could Revolutionize CPU Designs" ExtremeTech 5:49 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple earnings — What you need to know in markets on Tuesday" Yahoo Finance 6:54 PM
  • "Apple faces Wall Street 'panic' over iPhone" CNNMoney 2:16 PM
  • "Apple's Jump Turns One Technical Analyst Bullish Before Earnings" Bloomberg 2:16 PM
  • "Apple Q2 earnings expected to fall 'in line,' analysts cautious about June quarter" AppleInsider 11:25 AM
  • "Apple Traders Bet on 8% Drop as Earnings Approach" Investopedia 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Reports Under Key Levels With Negative Chart" Investopedia 8:13 AM
  • "Another analyst jumps on the bad Apple bandwagon" Apple 3.0 7:53 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks poised to end a strong April on a down note as shares fall broadly: Sprint's stock falls after news of T-Mobile deal, as investors bet the deal will see regulatory headwinds" MarketWatch 2:37 PM
  • "Dow Declines as M&A Fails to Push Wall Street Higher: Stocks are lower as Wall Street processes a mega-merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US and as Walmart says it will sell its supermarket business in the U.K." TheStreet 2:36 PM
  • "Stocks slip on weakness in healthcare, materials" FOXBusiness 2:36 PM
  • "US stock indexes turn lower after morning burst fades away" Associated Press 2:35 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Gain Amid Strong Earnings: Dow Jones Industrial Average is on track for its first monthly boost since January" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 2:35 PM
  • "Financial stocks lead Asian market gains: Asia-Pacific stocks started the week higher, led by financial stocks in Hong Kong and Singapore as markets in China and Japan are closed for holidays." MarketWatch 11:55 AM
  • "European stocks end higher as news of corporate mergers lift sentiment: European stocks finished firmly in the green Monday, underpinned by a rally in J Sainsbury PLC shares after enthusiasm around merger news offset losses among resource companies. Most major European bourses also logged solid monthly gains." MarketWatch 11:54 AM

 
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