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Friday Highlights: Jonny Evans sees a very bright future in Apple's AI development, reaching beyond automotive use; on Thursday, Apple acquired German augmented reality company, Metaio, maker of some "cool [AR] software"—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Lesa Snider explains how Photos can be set up for family sharing; The Mac Observer tip for turning off push notifications in Safari; Keyboard Maestro tutorial from Tuts+; Consumer Reports calls Apple's tech support "by far the most effective of any computer brand's"; Madison Ave in New York City getting another Apple Store; Cult of Mac hearing Tidal music service losing over half of their founding music partners; multi-platform Google Photos app hits the App Store, includes new sorting algorithms, unlimited storage, something Dan Moren believes needs a big response from Apple; BetaNews posts infographic from Watches2u which chronicles the evolution of smartwatches; IBM now allowing employees to opt for Macs instead of Windows PCs, more down in our Hardware/Software section where you'll also find Apple's temporary solution for that nasty little Messages bug.

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  • "Why Apple is developing artificial intelligence" ["Once you accept that Apple is developing in-car intelligence then it would be foolish to imagine it will not seek to apply this intelligence in other fields, such as self-healing machines, robotics and artificial intelligence, augmented services and automation."]  Computerworld 8:30 AM
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  • "Adware makers turn their sights on OS X"  BetaNews 10:44 AM
  • "How to set up family sharing in Photos" Macworld 8:52 AM
  • "Use AppleScript To Create a Custom Evernote PDF Menu Action" The Mac Observer 8:29 AM
  • "Switch to Mac: How to right click on your mouse or trackpad" iMore 8:57 AM
  • "Keyboard Maestro IV - Control Flow" Tuts+ 9:03 AM
  • "How To Customize Multi-Touch– Trackpad Or Mouse– On Your Mac" Mac 360 8:28 AM
  • "How To Customize The Look Of OS X Yosemite On Your Mac" TeraTalks 8:26 AM
  • "How To Get Notified When The Battery On A Bluetooth Connected Device Runs Low" BohemianBoomer 8:26 AM
  • "Free: A Mac Countdown Timer, Chronometer, And Alarm Clock (in one app)" NoodleMac 8:28 AM
Press Releases
  • "TextExpander 5.0 released for OS X, includes new features, iOS companion apps" O'Grady's PowerPage 10:45 AM
  • "Skype for Mac Hotfix Released to fix Audio Selection Issues" The Mac Observer 10:25 AM
  • "Letter Templates Offers a Collection of Sample Letters in One Mac App" prMac 8:41 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Where to go for computer tech support: When you need a little help with your computer, should you go to the manufacturer or a retail store?" ["If you want an army of geeks you can count on to tame an unruly computer, you'd better buy a Macintosh: Apple tech support is by far the most effective of any computer brand's."]  Consumer Reports 9:21 AM
  • "Apple tops Consumer Reports satisfaction survey for computer technical support" AppleInsider 9:21 AM
  • "Consumer Reports survey ranks Apple top for tech support among PC makers" 9to5Mac 10:04 AM
  • "Apple's newest New York City retail store opens June 13 on Madison Avenue" iMore 9:43 AM
  • "More than half of Tidal's founders may have to pull their own music" Cult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Attention Tim Cook: Your instant Mac museum is just $300,000 away" Cult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Google is working on a mobile payments service that makes Apple Pay look feeble" Business Insider 8:55 AM
  • "Google Photos Offers Free Unlimited Photo Storage For iOS, Android And Web" Forbes 8:37 AM
  • "Google Photos' algorithm makes the manual sorting of images a quaint pastime" Macworld 8:52 AM
  • "Elite Chinese university allegedly ripped off Apple's Touch ID logo for anniversary celebration" AppleInsider 9:00 AM
  • "The evolution of the smartwatch -- from IBM WatchPad to Apple Watch" BetaNews 8:55 AM
  • "How your smartphone can actually be good for your mental health" Mashable 8:47 AM
  • "Man Gets $120 Ticket for Using Apple Watch While Driving: A Quebec man was slapped with a $120 fine and four points on his license for using his Apple Watch while driving." PC Magazine 9:36 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak explains the biggest difference between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates" Business Insider 10:45 AM
  • "Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak To Get Wax Statue At Madame Tussauds" Redmond Pie 9:02 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC's Internet-for-the-poor plan sets up fight with Republicans" Ars Technica 10:45 AM
  • "Jony Ive chooses his successors, this week on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 9:22 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive's promotion, Apple Watch bugs & Pixelmator for iPhone" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "Apple is getting an unexpected huge new customer: As its newfound partnership with Apple ramps up, IBM has announced that it'll be offering its employees Mac computers, 9to5Mac reports."  Fortune 8:52 AM
  • "IBM staff can now choose Mac laptops as Apple partnership deepens" V3 8:56 AM
  • "IBM staff can now ditch their Windows PC in favour of a MacBook" The Inquirer 8:39 AM
  • "Apple May Go Big with the iPad Pro for Enterprises" Market Realist 10:46 AM
  • "Watch out! Twitter, Snapchat fall victim to quirky iOS bug: With a simple string of offending characters, a prankster can crash your iOS device via Snapchat or Twitter." CNET 10:04 AM
  • "Apple issues temporary workaround for iPhone crashing Messages bug" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Apple publishes recovery instructions for bug that crashes iOS devices" The Guardian 8:46 AM
  • "IPhone hacked? Here's how to get back into Messages" CNNMoney 8:39 AM
  • "Apple Acknowledges Disastrous iPhone Messages Bug, Suggests This Temporary Fix" Forbes 8:38 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 10:02 AM
  • "ValslistRadio For iPhone Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" App Sliced 10:02 AM
  • "Hexiz (Puzzle/Strategy Game) For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" App Sliced 10:02 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:30 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:30 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:30 AM

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  • "Review: Lessphy Ultraslim Aluminum Snapcase for iPhone 6" Run Around Tech 9:02 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on with the Google Photos app for iOS" TechnologyTell 9:02 AM
  • "Pixelmator On The iPhone: It's Like 'Honey, I Shrunk My Photoshop" Mac 360 8:29 AM
  • "Hands On: HTML Studio 3.5 (iOS)" MacNN 9:02 AM
  • "Appidemic: Alphadia Genesis 2 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch" TechnologyTell 9:02 AM
  • "How to send someone your heartbeat with Apple Watch" iMore 8:58 AM
  • "How to remove glances from your Apple Watch" iMore 8:57 AM
  • "How to make Apple Watch battery last longer" [Slideshow] Macworld 8:52 AM
  • "Apple Watch: How to turn off sounds" CIO 8:47 AM
  • "Essential apps and gear for taking your iPhone camping" Macworld 8:49 AM
  • "Apple Watch is Making Luxury Watchmakers Uncomfortable - Above Avalon Premium Weekly Recap" Above Avalon 9:21 AM
  • "How Does the Apple Watch Calculate Calories for Workouts?" Kirkville 9:03 AM
  • "Why Jony Ive's promotion means more design, not less" Cult of Mac 9:02 AM
  • "Is Apple's Same-Day Delivery The End For Apple Stores? Not Quite" Benzinga 8:53 AM
  • "Apple needs to fire a big shot in the photo wars"  Macworld 8:49 AM
  • "How Apple Is Becoming More Like Google (only different)" Mac 360 8:29 AM
  • "Move Over iPhone; Apple's New Watch Will Steal Your Profit Crown" Mac 360 8:29 AM
  • "Why I Am Disappointed by Google I/O 2015 Keynote" Forbes 10:04 AM
  • "Hands-on: Google's Cardboard Expeditions almost made me barf" Greenbot 8:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Hunger Quest - Puzzle RPG' for Smartphones from NHN PlayArt Available at App Stores in U.S. and Hong Kong" PRNewswire 10:10 AM
  • "Glide Live Video Messaging App Gets New Video Capture Features on iOS" Business Wire 10:10 AM
  • "Griffin Technology makes Premium Charge/Sync Cables with Lightning connector available" Coolest Gadgets 9:23 AM
  • "First Click: Put your trust (and photos) in Google" The Verge 9:20 AM
  • "Spark is a new iOS email app for power users, with some clever ideas" The Next Web 8:57 AM
  • "Hindi Dictionary 12.0 Released with Apple Watch Support" prMac 8:41 AM
  • "Juxta - The Powerful Location Sharing App Is Now Live" prMac 8:41 AM
  • "Roulette GeGa 1.0 released for iOS and Android - How to Win at Roulette" prMac 8:41 AM
  • "Creaceed releases Carbo 1.0, bringing handwriting in the digital age" prMac 8:41 AM
  • "Spanish Dictionary 12.0 Released with Apple Watch Support" prMac 8:41 AM
  • "MathX 2.0 is now available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV" prMac 8:41 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 on track to launch in July" The Verge 8:45 AM
  • "Windows 10 to stabilise PC market -IDC" CRN UK 8:43 AM
  • "Download the New Eye-Candy Windows 10 Build 10125 Icons" Softpedia 8:40 AM
  • "The time on Microsoft Azure will be: Different by a second, everywhere" The Register 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft entices cloud-wary with Azure DB and storage upgrades" Tech Central 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft announces project to improve firms' DevOps practices" Pan Armenian 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrades to suppress PC sales" The Register 8:02 AM
  • "It'll Be Hard to Convince Windows 7 Users to Buy Windows 10 PCs, IDC Says" Softpedia 8:03 AM
  • "Black and White Windows 10 Icons Spotted in New Windows 10 Build" Softpedia 8:03 AM
  • "Windows 10 Build 10130 Might Be Released Next Week" Softpedia 8:01 AM
  • "Windows Surface 3 v Apple iPad Air 2: which one should I buy?" WA Today 8:00 AM
  • "How IBM Watson Is Helping To Fight Cyber Crime" Forbes 9:37 AM
  • "50,000 IBM staff will have Apple Machines at their workstations" ITProPortal 9:37 AM
  • "IBM staff can now ditch their Windows PC in favour of a MacBook" The Inquirer 9:36 AM
  • "IBM staff can now choose Mac laptops as Apple partnership deepens" V3 9:36 AM
  • "IBM unveils 20 industry-specific predictive analytics tools" First Post 9:35 AM
  • "The evolution of the smartwatch --from IBM WatchPad to Apple Watch" BetaNews 9:35 AM
  • "Cloud growth boosts server sales as Lenovo looks to cash in on IBM x86 server acquisition" Computer World UK 9:36 AM
  • "REVIEW /Yoga 3 (11'), the Lenovo Hybrid Gets a Revamp" Digital Versus 9:26 AM
  • "Lenovo's Windows 10 devices will get unique Cortana features" Engadget 8:40 AM
  • "HP, Dell Lead Growing Worldwide Server Market" eWeek 9:29 AM
  • "Dell Reports on first year as private firm" CRN UK 9:29 AM
  • "Dell PowerEdge R430 review" IT PRO 9:29 AM
  • "Altera Shares Climb on Report That an Intel Deal Is Near" Bloomberg 9:27 AM
  • "Intel said to be nearing $15bn deal to buy Altera" The Irish Times 9:24 AM
  • "Altera Shares Climb on Report That an Intel Deal Is Near" Bloomberg 9:21 AM
  • "Is Intel about to make its biggest-ever acquisition?" Fortune 9:21 AM
  • "Intel close to $15B Altera tie-up: Report" CNBC 9:20 AM
  • "Intel nears $15 billion deal to buy Altera: NY Post" Reuters 9:20 AM
  • "Intel nears $15 bln deal to buy Altera -NY Post" Reuters 9:20 AM
  • "AMD releases Catalyst 15.5 beta driver for Windows" Hexus 8:43 AM
  • "AMD unveils new APU designed for Windows 10" PCR Online 8:41 AM
  • "AMD brings Windows 10 support to online gaming with Kaveri A-Series update" The Inquirer 8:11 AM
  • "Exposing the vulnerabilities in Oracle PeopleSoft applications" Help Net Security 9:09 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple stock is great. So are many of its suppliers' stocks" CNNMoney 8:55 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks open lower as economy shrank in Q1: Stocks fell at the open Friday as the Dow was on track to post its biggest weekly loss in six weeks." USA Today 9:41 AM
  • "Stocks: 5 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:47 AM
  • "Stock Futures Slip as First-Quarter GDP Is Revised Downward: Stock futures were setting up for another day of slight losses on the final trading day of May as first-quarter GDP was revised downward." TheStreet 9:22 AM
  • "Stock Market Futures Lower; First-Quarter GDP Down 0.7%: Nasdaq futures were down 0.3% while the S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average indicated a 0.2% drop in the stock market today." Investor's Business Daily 9:40 AM
  • "Stocks open slightly lower after US Reports that the economy contracted in the first quarter: NEW YORK – U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower after the government Reported that the domestic economy contracted in the first three months of the year." Associated Press 9:39 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Open Lower: U.S. stocks fell Friday after a revised reading on first-quarter gross domestic product showed the U.S. economy contracted." [Paid Membership Required] 9:39 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Shanghai stocks recover after plunge/A sudden plunge in Chinese stocks Thursday led to selloffs in some of the best performing mainland shares of the past year, capping a month in which Shanghai's predominantly blue chip market trailed Shenzhen." MarketWatch 7:44 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks drop as Greek drama stays in the spotlight/European stocks fell Friday, with investors wrapping up the week and the month still unclear as to whether Greece will be able to reach a debt deal before a key payment deadline." MarketWatch 7:43 AM

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