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Weekend Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.

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  • "Apple still towers over other IT companies in quarterly results: Putting the latest quarterly financial results into a bar-chart shows just how much the IT business has changed since Big Blue ruled the world. Today both Google and Microsoft are bigger than IBM, while Apple is roughly four times bigger"  ZDNet 3:21 PM
  • "Apple to move iCloud storage to China, prompting fears over government access to personal data" The Independent 8:28 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to end money — and everyone working in financial technology should be paying attention"  Business Insider 8:31 AM
  • "Apple welcomes crowds of customers celebrating grand opening of first retail store in Austria" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "The French love Apple. The French hate Apple. (3 videos)" Apple 3.0 8:26 AM
  • "What to expect from Apple this spring: iOS 11, iPads, iPhone SE, AirPower, and a software update to let HomePods play in stereo seem likely as Apple's Q3 looms."  Computerworld 2/23
  • "HomePod: Apple's smart speaker has plenty of room to grow/Now that the HomePod's out, it's quickly becoming apparent that there's a lot of room for Apple to improve it."  Macworld 2/23
  • "Apple is reportedly adding hands-free Siri and water resistance to its next AirPods" The Next Web 2/23
  • "Apple: iPhone X And Other Products Will Soon Be A Lot Cheaper" Seeking Alpha 2/23
  • "Chancellor likely to confirm new taxes for digital giants: HM Treasury is considering imposing an extra tax on tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Google's Alphabet and Apple on their revenues rather than their profits because they are not so easy to shift from one jurisdiction to another." Web Financial Group (UK) 2/23
  • "Apple Denied Request to Ban Tax Protestors From Its Stores in France" MacRumors 2/23
  • "French court denies Apple injunction against tax protests" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Apple changes Safari's cookie killer to fix Facebook's Like buttons: Apple has made its anti-tracking feature in Safari friendlier to social media." ZDNet 2/23
  • "Another warning: Don't convert your Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS" Macworld 2/23
  • "How to master: Google Chrome for PC, Mac, Android and iOS/Polish up your Chrome skills by checking out these tips for making the most of Google's web browser" Stuff Magazine 2/23
  • "Here's the trick to add an AirDrop folder to your Mac's Dock: You can't add AirDrop to the MacOS Dock. Or can you?" CNET 2/23
  • "A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Trackpad" MacMost 2/23
  • "7 ways to use your Mac trackpad better" Apple Must 2/23
  • "Here's why you should learn JavaScript now" Mashable 2/23
Press Releases
  • "FxFactory Releases Rips Plugins for Final Cut Pro X" prMac 2/23
  • "Bricsys Ships All New BricsCAD V18.2—New Core Features Advance BIM and Sheet Metal Design" Architosh 2/23
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Happy Birthday to Steve Jobs and MacRumors" MacRumors 8:34 AM
  • "Tim Cook shares remembrance of Steve Jobs, who would have been 63 today" 9to5Mac 12:30 PM
  • "Tim Cook publicly commemorates the 63rd birthday of Steve Jobs with a Tweet" AppleInsider 12:27 PM
  • "Steve Jobs' 1973 job application heads to auction for $50K" SlashGear 10:25 AM
  • "The art that inspired Apple's iPhone X wallpaper is now on display for you to visit in person" 9to5Mac 12:31 PM
  • "Apple Pay Cash nears its first international expansion" Engadget 3:21 PM
  • "I cannot stand Donald Trump, says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak" Business Standard 8:30 AM
  • "I cannot stand Donald Trump: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak" The Economic Times 8:29 AM
  • "Singapore bank lets Apple customers voice their transactions" ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "An Apple repair center in California can't seem to stop calling 911" Digital Trends 2/23
  • "Apple repair centers are accidentally calling 911 dozens of times a day" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "Apple hires Hannibal producer to oversee original TV content" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "A Steve Jobs's signed job application is worth more than a year's wages" Apple Must 2/23
  • "Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction" Reuters 2/23
  • "Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch $50,000 at auction: The youngster listed skills with computers and calculators, but did not provide a contact number because he did not own a phone." Sky News 2/23
  • "Apple Pay Cash shows up in Messages app for users in Brazil, Ireland and Spain" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Steven Soderbergh's shot on iPhone thriller premieres at Berlin film festival" iDownload Blog 2/23
  • "Steve Wozniak explains why he used to agree with Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking on A.I. — but now he doesn't" CNBC 2/23
Non-Apple News
  • "MWC 2018: the biggest news from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona" The Verge 1:25 PM
  • "Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner" Reuters 2/23
  • "Netflix's movie library is shrinking rapidly as focus on TV continues" BGR 2/23
  • "Dropbox saved almost $75 million over two years by building its own tech infrastructure" GeekWire 2/23
  • "Dropbox files for an IPO" Axios 2/23
  • "Self-driving cars with 'remote' drivers could test on Calif roads in April: DMV" Reuters 2/23
  • "Ajit, get your gun: NRA awards FCC head a firearm for his 'courage'" Ars Technica 2/23
  • "The NRA Just Awarded FCC Chair Ajit Pai With a Gun for His 'Courage'" Gizmodo 2/23
  • "Gmail now has analytics, and it's awesome" The Next Web 2/23
  • "Kylie Jenner tweet wipes $1.3 billion off Snapchat's value" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "'Land Rover Explore' smartphone packs swappable backs, 4,000 mAh battery, and $800 price tag" 9to5Google 2/23
  • "Cult of Mac Magazine: 5 ways Apple will rule Mobile World Congress and more!" Cult of Mac 12:33 PM
  • "034: AirPower rumor, global Apple Pay Cash, 9to5Toys deals Daily" 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "How We Use Smart Speakers, the Future of Companion Robots -TMO Daily Observations 2018-02-23" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "iMore show 595: Competitive Gremlin" iMore 2/23
  • "Shooting iPhone RAW" [Podcast] iMore 2/23
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks HomePod, AirPlay 2, HomeKit, and new AirPods" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Apple AirPower Could Punctuate Big iPad March Event" Fortune 12:31 PM
  • "Apple's AirPower Wireless Charging Mat Could Be Available to Buy Next Month" MacRumors 2/23
  • "Apple's wireless charging pad that lets you top up your iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously is reportedly launching next month" Business Insider 2/23
  • "iOS 11.2.6 SEP And Baseband Are Compatible With iOS 11.1.2, Here's What That Means For Jailbreak Users" Redmond Pie 2/23
  • "Here's When We Expect Apple To Release iOS 11.3 Beta 4" Redmond Pie 2/23
  • "Identify legitimate emails from the App Store or iTunes Store: If you're not sure whether an email about an App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchase is legitimate, these tips may help." Apple Support 2/23
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/23
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/23
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 2/23

  • "HomePod test: Great sound, but only inside Apple's walled garden" The Star: Malaysia 2/23
  • "Apple HomePod review: This stylish iSpeaker puts sound before smarts" Digital Spy 2/23
  • "Apple HomePod: 6 things it can't do/It's true, there are some things Apple's smart speaker just can't manage yet." CNET 2/23
  • "Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station, MacBook Pro owners need not apply" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Netgear Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band Mesh Extender Review: A Simple Fix for Wi-Fi Woes" HotHardware 2/23
  • "Hands-on: Akitio's portable SK-2520 brings hardware RAID to a bus-powered enclosure [Video] 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "SurfacePad is great for iPhone X owners who don't need a bulky, ultra-protective case" Apple World Today 2/23
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  • "'Dissembler' Review - Click-Clack I Was Making a Match" Touch Arcade 2/23
  • "How to Access Control Center on iPhone X" OS X Daily 3:21 PM
  • "How To Reset Or Clear iPhone X RAM On iOS 11 [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 10:23 AM
  • "How to use Podcasts stations to play episode playlists like 'daily news shows' on HomePod" 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "How to Convert Animoji to GIF on iPhone with Workflow" OS X Daily 2/23
  • "How to fix your AirPods after iOS 11.2.6 broke them" Cult of Mac 2/23
  • "iOS: How to Use Siri Hands Free From Your iPhone Lock Screen" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "Apple iPhone X tips and tricks - How to take the ultimate photo on your smartphone" Express UK 8:29 AM
  • "1Password Can Find Your Pwned Passwords: Find Out How" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "How to AirPlay music to your HomePod from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, and Apple Music" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Is a New iPhone with Digital 'Force Touch' Side Buttons in the Works?" iDrop News 3:22 PM
  • "Apple's AirPower Could Launch in March Alongside New iPads" Fortune 8:34 AM
  • "Why I'm still not convinced about the new Apple 'flagship' store" WA Today 8:27 AM
  • "Troubling analysis: The iPhone's overstated problems" Macworld 8:25 AM
  • "iPhone accessory maker Shure claims iOS 11.3 to be released next week, includes fix for their mics" 9to5Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Getting a new iPhone battery can be a frustrating, weekslong process" Chicago Daily Herald 8:24 AM
  • "Modern Dad on HomePod: It's only for the Apple Faithful" iMore 8:21 AM
  • "3 Things to Expect From Apple Inc.'s 2019 iPhones: Even though these iPhones are nearly two years out, there are already things we can probably know about them." The Motley Fool 2/23
  • "Apple's 2018 iPhone X Will Not Be Priced Lower Than $899" UberGizmo 2/23
  • "French Tax Reform Activists Win Legal Permission to Continue Protesting at Apple Stores" The Mac Observer 2/23
  • "Predictions #8-10: Apple, IBM & Zuckerberg" I, Cringely 2/23
  • "Hey Tim Cook, you've got a Siri problem" ["I get that my $349 HomePod makes a better music speaker than my $99.99 Amazon Echo or my $129 Google Home. What I don't get is why Apple hasn't caught up to Amazon or Google in terms of answering simple, direct questions."]  Apple 3.0 2/23
  • "I canceled my Apple Watch Series 3 data plan and here's why/Dear AT&T: It's not me. It's you." ["The problem with the cellular plan on the Apple Watch isn't connectivity, battery life, or that it's missing any features. It all boils down to the monthly cost. The going rate of $10 per month, before taxes and fees, is just too much."] ZDNet 2/23
  • "Personality model casts Apple CEO Tim Cook as 'Advisor,' emphasizing values" AppleInsider 2/23
  • "Why Apple Inc.'s Next iPhone X Will Cost at Least $899" The Motley Fool 2/23
  • "5 reasons why iPad Pro won't make you ask 'What's a computer?': The iPad Pro is super close to being the laptop replacement Apple wants it to be, but these issues are holding it back."  Macworld 2/23
  • "I absolutely love this gorgeous new smartwatch from Skagen — except it's missing one major feature every smartwatch should have in 2018" Business Insider 2/23
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Here's the latest news in HomeKit accessories" Apple Must 2/23
  • "Ghostbusters looking to take on Pokémon GO w/ new AR title for iOS/Android" 9to5Mac 2/23
  • "Google Lens is Rolling Out to Android, iOS" PC Magazine 2/23
  • "Google Lens comes to iOS, Android's ARCore leaves beta" ZDNet 2/23
  • "Google Lens comes to iOS, Android's ARCore leaves beta: New devices, partnerships, and platforms are in store for Google's AR projects." ZDNet 2/23
  • "1Password Adds Pwned Password Check" PC Magazine 2/23
  • "1Password Integrates With 'Pwned Passwords' to Check if Your Passwords Have Been Leaked Online" MacRumors 2/23
Computer Industry
  • "Intel didn't warn US government about CPU security flaws until they were public" The Verge 2/23
  • "Chipmakers didn't report Spectre and Meltdown to officials until we all knew about it" PC Retail 2/23
  • "Intel explains Meltdown and Spectre strategy to US authorities" SiliconRepublic 2/23
  • "Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it" The Register 2/23
  • "Intel 'intentionally hid' Meltdown and Spectre from US cyber security officials" The Inquirer 2/23
  • "Intel failed to warn US government about Meltdown and Spectre flaws before going public" BetaNews 2/23
  • "Tech Giants Hit by Meltdown, Spectre Respond to Lawmakers" SecurityWeek 2/23
  • "Intel in Hot Water for Hiding Meltdown & Spectre Bugs from Government Officials" WCCFTech 2/23
  • "Intel Kept US Cyber Security Agencies In The Dark About Spectre And Meltdown" HotHardware 2/23
  • "Did I do that? Intel is going to make a killing fixing its own Meltdown" Digital Trends 2/23
  • "Build a budget AMD Ryzen PC for under $450" ZDNet 2/23
  • "AMD faces customer and shareholder Spectre lawsuits" Hexus 2/23
  • "A bit of intel on AMD's embedded EPYC and Ryzen processors" The Register 2/23
  • "AMD vs. Intel - Ryzen takes on Coffee Lake in the rumble in the motherboard" PCGamesN 2/23
  • "AMD Radeon 18.2.3 driver brings massive improvements for Sea of Thieves" Neowin 2/23
  • "AMD's New Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Improves 'FFXII' Performance" Tom's Hardware 2/23
  • "Running Windows 10? Here's how Microsoft plans to milk more profits out of its cash cow" ZDNet 2/23
  • "Windows 10 'Redstone 5:' What to expect in Microsoft's next big OS update" Windows Central 2/23
  • "Microsoft Will Allow Windows 10 S Users to Upgrade to Windows 10 Home for Free" Softpedia 2/23
  • "Microsoft, Xiaomi sign collaboration pact for AI, cloud computing services" ZDNet 2/23
  • "Microsoft and Xiaomi will pair up on AI-powered speakers and hardware: They signed a non-binding memorandum to team up, though new products aren't guaranteed." Engadget 2/23
  • "Microsoft and Xiaomi expand cooperation on AI, cloud support, hardware" Neowin 2/23
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update and Anniversary Update get new patches" OnMSFT 2/23
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 15063.936, 14393.2097 - here's what's new" Neowin 2/23
  • "Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4077525 Now Available for Version 1607" Softpedia 2/23
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4077528" Softpedia 2/23
  • "Aecom IBM outsourcing deal: CIO Tom Peck didn't want it, it goes much higher than him, claim new sources" Computing 2/23
  • "Five key takeaways from HP and HPE's Q1 figures" CRN UK 2/23
  • "HP Inc chief argues the case to upgrade from older, uglier PCs" ComputerWeekly 2/23
  • "HP Profits From Hardware As PC, Printer Sales Soar" Silicon UK 2/23
  • "HP Envy X2 2-in-1 Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 Convertible Now Available For Preorder" HotHardware 2/23
  • "Intel's True VR Winter Olympics efforts are just the tip of the iceberg" Recombu 2/23
  • "Platform as a Service (PaaS) Market Technology Growth by Top Global Leader-Salesforce, Google, Microsoft Corp., Amazon, IBM Cooperation, ActiveState Software, Red Hat, Oracle Corporation and Others" Industry Today 2/23
  • "Cisco appoints new President for Asia Pacific and Japan" Deccan Hearald 2/23
  • "Cloud migration: The pros and cons of a common platform" InfoWorld 2/23
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why isn't Apple worth $213 a share?" Apple 3.0 2/23
  • "Apple is the least loved big tech company among hedge funds"  CNBC 2/23
  • "What Should Apple Do With Its Cash? It's Only Costing Them $38 Billion To Bring It Home" Seeking Alpha 2/23
Industry News
  • "Dow jumps nearly 300 points as stock market rises near intraday high: 10-year yield continues to ease at 2.87%" MarketWatch 2/23
  • "Dow Finishes Nearly 350 Points Higher; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Rise: The Dow soared on Friday." TheStreet 2/23
  • "Dow surges 348 points, closes week in positive territory" FOXBusiness 2/23
  • "U.S. Stocks Rally to End Week: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 erase their losses for the week" [Paid Membership Required] 2/23
  • "Asian equities advance for further recovery: But major Asian benchmark on course for losing February" MarketWatch 2/23
  • "European stocks swing to positive for the week, tracking U.S. stocks higher: European stocks ended a bouncy session slightly higher on Friday, tracking gains for U.S. stocks as traders waded through a stream of corporate updates." MarketWatch 2/23

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