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Google, Microsoft, Amazon bring stiff competition to Apple this year. Which of these three is the biggest threat? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Tuesday Highlights: Apple and Nokia put signatures on a "patent license and business cooperation agreement, settl[ing] all litigation"—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; the new Today at Apple feature in retail stores has potential to "make Apple's growth troubles a thing of the past" according to Michael Simon; Jonny Evans interviews City Furniture CIO, and IBM's lead for Apple Partnership Team over the retail impact of Apple, iOS, and IBM on businesses; Envato Tuts+ posts 3rd part of keeping your "Mac efficient and well maintained'; Apple reveals secret national security letter with details on government data requests for Macs, iPhones, iPads—more in our General Interest section; India finally agrees to tax concessions for Apple to expand production in country; iPhone SE is numero uno in customer satisfaction, beating out larger-screen smartphones, including its bigger siblings; Microsoft unveils 5th gen Surface Pro sporting 13.5 hr battery, LTE option, and an $800 price tag, seen as MacBook Air killer; report out of Korea says Samsung doubles OLED orders for iPhone 9.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Nokia and Apple sign patent license and business cooperation agreement, settle all litigation: Nokia and Apple announced today that they have settled all litigation related to their intellectual property dispute and agreed a multi-year patent license."  Apple 6:59 AM
  • "Nokia and Apple Sign Patent License & Business Cooperation Agreement, Settle All Litigation" Business Wire 6:53 AM
  • "Nokia and Apple Move From Courtroom Foes to Business Partners: Companies agree to a multi-year patent license deal after long-running intellectual property disputes" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 6:56 AM
  • "Apple and Nokia see deeper partnership after ending patent dispute" Reuters 12:37 PM
  • "Apple Settles Legal Dispute With Nokia" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:00 AM
  • "Apple and Nokia to 'co-operate' after settling patent row" BBC 7:00 AM
  • "Apple and Nokia bury patent hatchet" TechCrunch 6:55 AM
  • "Apple May Have Structured Its Nokia Settlement With Its Qualcomm Lawsuit In Mind" TheStreet 12:37 PM
  • "Today at Apple could make Apple's growth troubles a thing of the past: Apple has officially launched its new series of retail classes, and it could dramatically change the way we look at Apple stores." Macworld 6:42 AM
  • "Apple, iOS, and IBM are transforming retail, one shop at a time" Computerworld 9:57 AM
  • "Apple discourages Supreme Court from granting Samsung's petition; Washington panel discussion on Thursday" Foss Patents 3:48 PM
  • "Weakening US Dollar poised to boost Apple's sales performance overseas" AppleInsider 6:10 PM
OS X
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to Keep a Mac Efficient and Well Maintained—Part 3" Envato Tuts+ 10:09 AM
  • "Screens 4.0 for macOS Adds Curtain Mode, Drag-And-Drop File Transfers, Touch Bar Support, and More" MacStories 10:09 AM
  • "Restarting the Dock, Finder or Your Whole Mac With the Terminal" MacMost 7:46 AM
  • "More Drag And Drop Mac Files To Upload" Mac 360 7:41 AM
Op/Ed
  • "WWDC Predictions for 2017: What To Expect from Apple" Apple Gazette 11:51 AM
  • "The Mac Browsers From China" Mac 360 8:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "1Password Adds 'Travel Mode' Feature for Added Security While Traveling" MacStories 2:07 PM
  • "Screens 4 for macOS adds drag-and-drop file transfers, curtain mode, more" Six Colors 1:06 PM
  • "Screens 4 for macOS brings new look, file transfers and more" Cult of Mac 12:37 PM
  • "Invoices 3.1.1 , to create, manage and print commercial invoices on Mac." Tension Software 8:30 AM
  • "SurfPro VPN for Mac Protects Data While Offering Unrestricted Web Access" prMac 6:43 AM
  • "Joyoshare introduces Media Cutter 1.0 - Smart New Video Splitting Tool" prMac 6:43 AM
  • "Announcing SoftRAID version 5.6" SoftRAID 6:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple reveals it received a secret national security letter: Authorities demanded data from twice as many Macs, iPhones, iPads in the second-half of last year than the first-half, despite fewer overall requests." ZDNet 7:00 AM
  • "Apple received national security letter in 2016, US government sought data from 20K devices" AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "For the first time, Apple reports a National Security Letter" Mashable 7:39 AM
  • "The FBI let Apple reveal the existence of a secret inquiry" Business Insider 11:06 AM
  • "India offers tax concessions to Apple to expand production: official" Reuters 8:34 AM
  • "With iPhone Assembly Just Started Last Week In India, Apple Is Already Looking To Expand" Forbes 6:43 AM
  • "comScore Ranks the Top U.S. Smartphone Apps for April 2017" PRNewswire 6:54 AM
  • "iPhone Sales Flat in Q1 2017 as Chinese Phone Makers Increase Global Market Share" MacRumors 7:02 AM
  • "iPhone SE Tops Customer Satisfaction Survey Despite Shift Towards Larger Screens" MacRumors 7:01 AM
  • "Despite more powerful competition, iPhone SE tops new customer satisfaction survey" 9to5Mac 7:01 AM
  • "Apple's HR head Denise Young Smith moving to newly created Inclusion and Diversity VP role" 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "Apple's HR head Denise Young Smith is now leading its diversity efforts" The Verge 12:37 PM
  • "Apple hires first VP of diversity" CNNMoney 1:06 PM
  • "CEO who once likened Apple to Hitler steps down" Cult of Mac 7:08 AM
  • "Former Apple CEO, John Sculley, On How To Think Like Steve Jobs And Market Like Pepsi" Forbes 7:39 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs attempts a boardroom coup" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Target to Pay $18.5 Million to 47 States in Security Breach Settlement" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:11 PM
  • "Verizon confirms that a new TV streaming service is on the way" BGR 8:31 PM
  • "Google is making even more products family friendly" Mashable 12:55 PM
  • "Alphabet's self-driving car division could be worth $70 billion" The Next Web 10:08 AM
  • "Microsoft explains how the new Surface Pro will compete with Apple — and why it's not calling it a tablet anymore" Business Insider 8:34 AM
  • "Microsoft claims its new Surface Pen is the fastest in the world" The Verge 7:57 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option" The Verge 7:53 AM
  • "Microsoft just introduced a new $800 MacBook Air killer with 13.5 hours of battery life"  Business Insider 7:38 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 20: Beholding A Squad Of New App Store Releases To Journey Through" AppAdvice 7:13 PM
  • "Road to Macstock: Volunteer Brian Henson On Making Macstock Run Smoothly" MacVoices 2:29 PM
  • "IKEA Says Hello to HomeKit, Apple's Diversity Biss, Huawei Targets the MacBook -TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-23" The Mac Observer 12:47 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Here's proof Apple is working on a technology that will increase the iPhone's internet speeds" Business Insider 3:46 PM
  • "10.5-Inch iPad Pro 3D Renderings Include Three Microphones and Thinner 7mm Side Bezels" MacRumors 8:35 AM
  • "The iPhone 8's final design might've just been spotted in the wild" BGR 3:57 PM
  • "Another 'iPhone 8' Dummy Model Surfaces [Photos] iClarified 3:57 PM
  • "Samsung to double OLED shipment for iPhone 9: report"  Korea Herald 7:53 AM
  • "Samsung order report points to wider adoption of OLED screens in 2018 'iPhone 9' refresh" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "Sketchy report says 2018 'iPhone 9' to feature OLED screens in two new sizes" 9to5Mac 10:08 AM
  • "iPhone 7 and 7 Plus get a stable jailbreak on iOS 10.1.1 with extra_recipe+yaluX" iDownload Blog 10:08 AM
  • "Apple Watch versus GPS reference clock" The Loop 10:36 AM
  • "Apple Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Apple Pencil for iPhone, a Hardware Security Attachment & Much more" Patently Apple 7:08 AM
  • "Apple patent filing hints at iPhones (and Macs?) that can use the Apple Pencil" Apple World Today 8:29 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:42 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:42 AM

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Reviews
  • "Mercury Accelsior Pro Q: 2000 Megabytes at 2000 Megabytes/sec" Bare Feats 5:26 PM
  • "K'ablekey review: Versatile iPhone flash drive doubles as Lightning charge cable" Macworld 8:35 AM
  • "Review: Mytek Brooklyn Digital-to-Analog Converter" iLounge 2:06 PM
  • "Why I Skipped NAS, RAID, and Time Machine Backups On My Mac" McSolo 7:41 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "App of the week: Moment can help rein in your smartphone addiction/We're all a bit too glued to our smartphones, and it can take a real wakeup call to make you realize you need to put it down for a while. Track your iOS-device screen time with Moment." TechRepublic 3:52 PM
  • "Daylight -iOS Photography app for Understanding What Light is Available, Where and When" eXtensions 9:56 AM
  • "How a fitness app helped me get strong — and lose 20 pounds along the way" The Verge 7:14 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to remove a Windows Boot Camp installation from your Mac [Video] 9to5Mac 6:17 PM
  • "How to Use New 1Password Travel Mode to Protect Your Data" The Mac Observer 5:19 PM
  • "How to Fix iMessage 'Waiting for Activation' Error on iPhone or iPad" iDrop News 3:52 PM
  • "How to Enable Touch ID for App Store and iTunes Purchases" iDrop News 3:52 PM
  • "How to sync past events in your Calendar on your iPhone and Mac: To keep a proper record of your calendar, you need to adjust a setting in iOS." Macworld 7:14 AM
Tips
  • "Which iPhone upgrade program is the best?" 9to5Mac 5:25 PM
  • "iOS 10: Disabling Slack Indexing Might Improve Spotlight Search -Here's How to Do It" The Mac Observer 2:00 PM
  • "Apple's WWDC 2017: Predictions and tips on how to watch the developer event" TechRepublic 7:08 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple and Nokia bury the hatchet: Lawsuits get settled, but what about the companies wielding Nokia patents?" Ars Technica 7:13 PM
  • "No PC Maker Can 'Go After' Apple MacBooks with Good Design" The Mac Observer 4:00 PM
  • "Is This Apple Inc. iPhone 9 Rumor Legitimate? Next year's OLED-based iPhone models could come in two screen sizes." The Motley Fool 2:31 PM
  • "Feature Request: iPad Workouts Dashboard for Apple Watch exercises" 9to5Mac 1:29 PM
  • "The iPhone 8 could push Apple closer to a lofty milestone by the end of the decade" Business Insider 1:13 PM
  • "Here's why Apple Pay could beat contactless cards in the UK" Business Insider 10:36 AM
  • "Opinion: Is Microsoft leading Apple in PC innovation, or is it all gimmickry?"  9to5Mac 10:35 AM
  • "Solved: iPad Pro vs. MacBook vs. Pro" Mac360 8:31 AM
  • "A Few Words About The $1,000 iPhone" PixoBebo 8:30 AM
  • "Nokia and Apple say give peace a chance" Apple Must 7:02 AM
  • "Scare tactics: Apple must live in fear" Macworld 6:43 AM
  • "5 Reasons Apple's Android Attack Site is Totally Justified" Apple Must 6:37 AM
Non-Apple
  • "The FCC's case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the internet works"  TechCrunch 3:52 PM
  • "Microsoft launches new Surface Pro like Apple, with an edge/Commentary: A new video surfaces for Microsoft's latest Surfaces. It has a little funkiness to it." CNET 2:39 PM
  • "Google Home, Take 2" Thurrott 1:36 PM
  • "Hands on: Android O's most useful features (so far)/After a week with Android O's first beta release, two new features stand out above the rest when it comes to productivity-boosting potential." Computerworld 11:25 AM
  • "We Are All Kasparov: When Deep Blue beat the world chess champion 20 years ago, we learned a huge lesson. Just not the one we thought." Backchannel 10:01 AM
  • "Really, Huawei, you're calling your new devices 'MateBooks'?" Apple World Today 9:56 AM
  • "Huawei MateBook (2017) hands-on preview" iMore 7:53 AM
  • "The Future of TV: Close but not Here Yet – Tech.pinions – Perspective, Insight, Analysis" Tech.pinions 7:00 AM
  • "Tesla is to automakers what Apple was to Nokia circa 2007, says Marc Andreessen" Electrek 6:59 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: WWDC 2017 Checklist" iMore 8:34 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Kodi 17.2 Coming To Fix Malicious Subtitles Issue And More" Redmond Pie 3:57 PM
  • "Google simplifies sharing notes, calendars and photos with family" Engadget 3:46 PM
  • "'Adventure Time' Is Coming to 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition' in a Mathematical Mash-Up Pack" Touch Arcade 12:42 PM
  • "SurfPro VPN for Mac Protects Data While Offering Unrestricted Web Access" MacPrices 11:23 AM
  • "Apple Brings Carrier Billing to Austria, France" TheStreet 11:09 AM
  • "Duet Display 2.0 brings new pro features to iPad-based drawing" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "Instagram updates Explore with new location and hashtag stories" 9to5Mac 10:08 AM
  • "This gadget turns iPhones into photo printers -- with a virtual twist" CNNMoney 7:14 AM
  • "When Facetime Won't Cut It, Elfkins Will Act Out Animated Messages To Your Kids" Digital Trends 7:13 AM
  • "TomTom Sports app now syncs with Google Fit and Apple Health for quicker fitness" Digital Trends 7:13 AM
  • "With 'Dead Age', Headup Games Unleashes Hordes of the Living Dead on iOS and Android" Headup Games 7:13 AM
  • "IKEA is Making HomeKit Smart Lights Affordable for Everyone" The Mac Observer 9:56 AM
  • "HomeKit light bulbs to start from $12 as Ikea announces smart lighting compatibility" 9to5Mac 6:55 AM
  • "TripAdvisor Unveils New Native iOS App Experience To Help Travelers Compare Hotel Prices And Plan Their Perfect Trip" PRNewswire 6:54 AM
  • "TV Yapp coming soon to iOS - Talk about TV" prMac 6:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Surface Pro is official, with over 800 new enhancements" Neowin 11:01 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Surface Pro arrives with Kaby Lake CPU, 13.5-hour battery life: And, er, not much else" The Inquirer 11:01 AM
  • "The all-new Surface Laptop is also coming to China" Neowin 11:01 AM
  • "Microsoft is bringing Surface Studio to China" Neowin 11:22 AM
  • "Watch Microsoft's Surface event live from Shanghai via Tencent (update looks like it's blocked here)" OnMSFT 6:23 AM
  • "Microsoft has condemned the Surface line to dongle hell" BGR 6:12 PM
  • "Microsoft's new Surface Pen is the 'fastest digital pen on the planet'" Neowin 3:36 PM
  • "Microsoft aims to create a more versatile Windows 10" Associated Press 6:24 AM
  • "Microsoft announces Windows 10 China Government Edition" Neowin 4:57 PM
  • "Microsoft moves court as several Xbox accounts are hacked: Microsoft files complaint in federal court says a Chinese gaming website has been hacking Xbox accounts and selling the proceeds in open market since 2015." The Indian Express 6:24 AM
  • "Surface Pro 4 receives a price cut ahead of the launch of new Surface Pro device" MSPoweruser 5:58 AM
  • "Microsoft's Middle East chief: 'Cloud, big data, IoT are only part of the story'" ZDNet 5:45 AM
  • "Software engineer pleads guilty to nicking IBM source code: Jiaqiang Xu was found offering software based on the stolen code" The Inquirer 5:43 AM
  • "Intel introduces latest Windows 8, Android chip" bizhub 5:58 AM
  • "Intel launches Euclid Developers Kit for robot makers for $399" Liliputing 5:58 AM
  • "Intel May Lose Half Of Its Market Capitalization In 2 Years" Seeking Alpha 7:30 AM
  • "AMD Clarifies Vega and Server Rollouts, Talks Zen Follow-Ups" ExtremeTech 5:25 PM
  • "AMD RX Vega Cards To Support PCI-E 4.0, Releasing Within Next Couple Of Months" Droid Report 5:56 AM
  • "AMD manages high yields on Ryzen" Fudzilla 5:57 AM
  • "AMD Planning 2000 Series Ryzen Processors on 14nm+" eTeknix 5:57 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen in Gaming Laptop Confirmed by ASUS ROG, Alienware to Follow" Telegiz 5:57 AM
  • "LinkedIn, HPE launch nonprofit to support open datacenter designs" ZDNet 5:04 PM
  • "HP updates Spectre x2, ENVY x360 and ENVY laptops" Hexus 5:49 AM
  • "HP's new Spectre x2 is a more sensible alternative to the Surface Pro 4" Gear 5:50 AM
  • "HP launches new premium laptop portfolio at Cannes Film Festival" Gizmodo India 5:51 AM
  • "HP Launches New Premium Laptops at Cannes Festival" Sci-Tech Today 5:51 AM
  • "HP Spectre x2, ENVY x360, ENVY laptop series launched at Cannes Film Festival: The new premium portfolio series launched by HP at the 14th Cannes Film Festival include Spectre x2, ENVY x360 and ENVY laptops" The Indian Express 5:51 AM
  • "Creativity Unleashed As HP Debuts New Premium Pc Portfolio At Cannes Film Festival" Irish Tech News 5:50 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HPE) Receives Average Rating of 'Hold' from Analysts" Chaffey Breeze 5:48 AM
  • "HP 'Fixes' Keylogger That Shipped With Laptops" FileHippo 5:49 AM
  • "Blockchain's Chasm of Death—and Who Will Make It Out" Fortune 6:11 AM
  • "IBM: Blockchain to Save Shipping 'Billions' of Dollars" Port Technology 6:11 AM
  • "IBM to employees: Work from office or find new job" Associated Press 6:12 AM
  • "Bluewolf: Competitors Should Be Scared About IBM And Salesforce AI Partnership" Silicon UK 6:13 AM
  • "IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP deal papers over SaaS fail: Emptoris procurement product is being taken behind the shed just five years after acquisition" The Register 6:13 AM
  • "IBM Study: C-suite executives exploring blockchain aim to disrupt, not defend" The Nation, Thailand 6:13 AM
  • "Cisco - the IoT is happening now, and your business needs to take advantage" ITProPortal 5:57 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Buy Apple because the iPhone 8 'super-cycle' is ahead, Credit Suisse says" CNBC 7:57 AM
  • "Apple China Checks: China Demand Disappointing, Expect An In-Line Quarter" Benzinga 12:07 PM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow Rise as White House Unveils Big Budget Cuts" TheStreet 5:06 PM
  • "Sears gets relief on debt, pensions" FOXBusiness 5:06 PM
  • "What Happened in the Stock Market Monday" Nasdaq 6:31 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Up, Led by Bank Shares: Investors are looking ahead to the release of minutes of the Federal Reserve's May meeting on Wednesday" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:08 PM
  • "Asian stocks rise as investors fret less about U.S. political concerns" MarketWatch 6:33 AM
  • "European stocks rise as eurozone economic activity hovers at 6-year high" MarketWatch 6:33 AM

 
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