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Wednesday Highlights: Reuters scoops Apple exploring electic car charging stations; Tim Culpan thinks Apple needs a McDonald's solution in India, comparing their $1 billion investment in China, suggesting Tim Cook should ask "would you like fries with that?" if he wants access to India, this on the heels of India's Finance Minister denying Apple's request to open retail stores there; Walt Mossberg asks if Apple can win the artificial intelligence war, and on that front, rumor has it Apple is going to compete with Google Echo and Amazon's Alexa with a Siri counterpart; plaintiffs in the "Error 53" lawsuit complaining Apple isn't "living up to reimbursement promise"; FCP.co has a 25 minute tutorial teaching import, edit, export in Final Cut Pro X; Apple rehired Jon Callas, "security expert of PGP, Blackphone and Silent Circle fame"; Foxconn said to have replaced over half of workforce with robots since launch of iPhone 6; 9to5Google has a video of Samsung's prototype rollable screen; Pocket-lint informs of iPhone 7 screen protector leak suggesting "no major design changes"; anybody else want a keyboard for the Apple Watch?

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Forget the iPhone, Apple's Next Big Money-Maker Could Be Cars: Morgan Stanley says the tech giant's future isn't what you think."  Bloomberg 2:06 PM
  • "Exclusive: Apple explores charging stations for electric vehicles/Apple Inc is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles."  Reuters 10:30 AM
  • "Report: Apple interested in charging station technology for powering rumored electric vehicle" 9to5Mac 12:21 PM
  • "Apple in Talks About Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles" MacRumors 12:21 PM
  • "Apple working on charging infrastructure for electric cars - report" AppleInsider 12:21 PM
  • "Apple is researching how to charge electric cars" The Verge 12:30 PM
  • "Apple's McDonald's Solution" ["The reasoning is straightforward. The government wants to boost the economy and limit the amount of money flowing out of the country via local shopfronts.The size of the check Apple needs to write would therefore, in theory, be equal to the amount of money India expects to keep locally. Let's do the math."]  BloombergGadfly 9:50 AM
  • "Apple's New India Love Affair Leaves China Sweating/Bottom line: China's sudden worries over Apple's new love affair with India are probably overblown, but do reflect Apple's need to find new growth engines to offset its rapidly cooling China sales."  Forbes 9:40 AM
  • "Tim Cook's iPhone admission points to Apple's larger problem"  Business Insider 1:30 PM
  • "India says Apple must sell locally-sourced goods to set up stores: source"  Reuters 1:30 PM
  • "Blow for Apple as India sticks to retail rules: report" AFP 7:29 AM
  • "Apple's Local Content Exemption To Be Denied: The Wrong Decision For India's Consumers" Forbes 6:44 AM
  • "Apple must sell locally sourced products to open retail stores in India: The company reportedly lost out on an exemption to the rule" The Verge 6:05 PM
  • "Report: Apple is saying 'me too' with a Siri-powered connected home speaker" The Next Web 7:11 AM
  • "Mossberg: Can Apple win the next tech war? As phone sales slow, can the company pivot to artificial intelligence?"  Recode 9:44 AM
  • "'Error 53' plaintiffs claim Apple not living up to reimbursement promise" Cult of Mac 7:13 AM
  • "iPhone 'Error 53' plaintiffs say Apple not giving reimbursements: Filing challenges the attempt to throw out class action suit" The Register 7:51 AM
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  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 5 With Bug Fixes and Feature Tweaks" MacRumors 1:10 PM
  • "Apple delivers Safari Technology Preview release 5" iMore 1:29 PM
  • "Apple makes big changes in Safari Technology Preview 5" Cult of Mac 2:39 PM
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  • "Tutorial: Learn FCPX in 25 minutes - Import, Edit & Export" fcp.co 9:44 AM
  • "How to master the NetInstall service" Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "How Spammers Spoof Your Email Address" MacMost 9:33 AM
  • "How to Remove a Symbolic Link (Symlink)" OS X Daily 3:02 PM
  • "Mac Tip: preventing Login Items and Finder windows from opening when you log in" iDownload Blog 9:58 AM
  • "Quick Tip: Restore missing Share menu options" Six Colors 10:27 AM
  • "ClipBuddy a useful tool for 'power' clippers on the Mac" Apple World Today 7:50 AM
  • "'Love' your favorite iTunes tracks in Apple Music at once" The Loop 2:39 PM
  • "Get Mac Folder Colors Like It's 1999" Mac 360 7:37 AM
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  • "Apple discussion continues on OS X software update, compatibility and security issues, along with notes about repairable tablets, OLED touch bars, and Huawei suing Samsung." MacInTouch 7:36 AM
  • "Why ProRes Video encoding in post is inferior to ProRes recording" IT.Enquirer 6:40 AM
Press Releases
  • "1Password Update Brings Improvements in VoiceOver, Large Type and Browser Support" iClarified 3:02 PM
  • "Hemingboard for OS X 10.11 El Capitan Offers Synonyms, Rhymes, and Puns for Any Occassion" MacTrast 9:59 AM
  • "PopChar X 7.5 supports insertion of combined emoji characters" prMac 7:01 AM
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  • "Total War: Warhammer is still coming to the Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 6:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple iPhone Sales Grew Substantially in India in 1Q16" Market Realist 12:31 PM
  • "Apple hires mobile encryption pioneer as encryption debate rages on: Jon Callas joined the company from Silent Circle earlier this year" IDG News Service 6:58 AM
  • "Apple re-hires security expert of PGP, Blackphone and Silent Circle fame" BetaNews 7:20 AM
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  • "iPhone 7 screen protector and cases spotted in the wild, new model will not be major refresh"  Pocket-lint 7:12 AM
  • "iPhone 7 screen protector confirms no major design changes" Cult of Mac 7:13 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 beta to public testers" CNET 12:20 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "User interface discussion talks about iPhone update and migration issues with apps, plus dysfunctional, butt-dialing Voice Control that you can't disable." MacInTouch 7:37 AM
  • "Facebook not loading on your iPhone? Try this" iDownload Blog 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Releases Firmware Update For 802.11n and 802.11ac AirPort Base Stations" iClarified 7:06 AM
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  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:45 AM
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Reviews
  • "Adonit Pixel review: Nothing beats Apple Pencil, but this stylus comes close" Macworld 7:15 AM
  • "Posture trainer has ways to make you sit up straight [Reviews] Cult of Mac 12:32 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Unfade: A photo scanning app from the makers of Scanbot and an Apple World Today Top Pick of 2016" Apple World Today 7:11 AM
  • "LetMeSwitch is a tweak that improves keyboard switching in iOS" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "'Lifeline: Whiteout' Review - Like Taking A February Walk In Winnipeg" Touch Arcade 12:31 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Give Guests Access to Your Wi-Fi Without Exposing Your Network" Gizmodo 9:58 AM
  • "How to create a new Apple ID on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 9:57 AM
  • "How to use Control Center on iPhone or iPad" iMore 7:12 AM
Tips
  • "Reviving a Sluggish iPhone" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:40 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Opinion: Wouldn't it be nice if the new MacBook Pro had built in 4G like this patent shows?" 9to5Mac 7:35 PM
  • "Why is Apple So Focused on Healthcare Apps?" Investopedia 2:06 PM
  • "An Apple vs Tesla showdown looks increasingly likely" BGR 12:47 PM
  • "Why Did Apple's CEO Visit India Last Week?" Market Realist 12:31 PM
  • "New MacBook Pros And Will MacBook Air Be Upgraded, Demoted, Or Discontinued? – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 12:17 PM
  • "Why Amazon's Echo is better to talk to than Siri" BGR 3:01 PM
  • "Apple's Penchant for Privacy Makes Siri 'Speaker' Hard, but That's Why We'll Want It" The Mac Observer 1:12 PM
  • "Apple's Siri SDK: Too late to duel Amazon Echo, Google Assistant?" ZDNet 9:52 AM
  • "Why the MacBook Pro needs an OLED touch pad" Cult of Mac 9:58 AM
  • "Here's why an OLED touch bar would make a stellar addition to the MacBook Pro" iDownload Blog 9:37 AM
  • "How Apple Is Winning The Security Race" Mac 360 7:37 AM
  • "Does Your Mac, iPhone, Or iPad Really Need To Be Secure And Private?" NoodleMac 7:37 AM
  • "Who Is Apple's Favorite Customer? The iPhone-maker has a broad appeal, but a certain group of customers is more likely to choose its products." The Motley Fool 7:30 AM
  • "Am I the only one wanting a keyboard on Apple Watch?" iDownload Blog 7:14 AM
  • "What developers want from iOS 10: Apple is expected to take the wraps off the next version of iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and OS X at WWDC. We spoke to some app developers to find out what's on their wish lists." Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "Apple Denied Key Exemption for Retail Stores in India" MacStories 7:06 AM
  • "The iPod Phone... Could Apple Enter The Budget Music Phone Market?" Low End Mac 7:06 AM
  • "The Real Threat to Apple: The Invisible Device" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:05 AM
Non-Apple
  • "SteelSeries Rival 700 Modular Gaming Mouse Touts OLED Display And Haptic Feedback" HotHardware 4:17 PM
  • "The Next Battle for Net Neutrality Is Getting Bloody" Gizmodo 3:14 PM
  • "Technology is changing how we live, but it needs to change how we work" Vox 1:10 PM
  • "Microsoft Can't Afford to Abandon Windows Phone" PC Magazine 12:32 PM
  • "This foldable screen could make smartphones exciting again" Mashable 10:26 AM
  • "Why Amazon is the king of innovation: Advantage, Alexa" ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "How much does a DDoS attack cost?" BetaNews 7:20 AM
  • "Should Virtual Assistants Be Humanized?" Tech.pinions 7:05 AM
  • "Why Artificial Intelligence Will Change Our World And Why It Needs To Be Purposeful" Forbes 6:44 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Watch tech-savvy kids try to figure out a typewriter" Recode 2:39 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Dropbox EMM support now available on iOS, Android" ZDNet 3:47 PM
  • "Global Payments Announces Support for Apple Pay in Singapore" Business Wire 3:03 PM
  • "Samsung Expands 750 EVO SSD Lineup with 500 GB Model, Changes Positioning" AnandTech 2:04 PM
  • "Lazertouch World's First Mini Projector Transforms Any Surface Into Finger Activated Touchscreen" Thomas PR 10:21 AM
  • "Become the master of alcoholic beverages with Distiller 3 for iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:58 AM
  • "Boom makes your music sound boomin' and/or slammin'" TechCrunch 9:48 AM
  • "Hyundai adds CarPlay support to more vehicles" iLounge 9:44 AM
  • "Essential gear for working with an iPad Pro: Who cares if it's a laptop replacement as long as you're getting your work done? These accessories can help." Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "Apple Pay launches fully in Singapore, five major banks live today" 9to5Mac 7:24 AM
  • "Kanex Launches GoPower USB-C Battery Pack for MacBook" MacRumors 7:22 AM
  • "Guess the animal 1.0 released for iOS - New Free App for Animal Lovers" prMac 7:24 AM
  • "Myanmar Keyboard for iPhone and iPad 4.0" prMac 7:01 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft won PC but lost mobile, what now?" The Verge 9:58 AM
  • "Microsoft May Cut 1,850 Jobs as Nadella Pares Phone Ambitions" Bloomberg 6:55 AM
  • "Microsoft bangs the final nail in Nokia Devices' coffin, will lay off 1,850: Company will take one last $950 million hit as a result; is a Surface phone next?" Ars Technica 6:49 AM
  • "Microsoft wasted at least $8 billion on its failed Nokia experiment" The Verge 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft completes disposal of Nokia's remains with new round of layoffs and $950M hit" BGR 6:49 AM
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Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Facebook is hedge funds' new tech darling" CNBC 12:31 PM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 closes near one-month high as energy stocks rally: Crude oil settles at highest mark since October" MarketWatch 4:18 PM
  • "Crude Oil Fuels Wall Street's Best Two-Day Gain in Two Months" TheStreet 4:18 PM
  • "Dow rallies for a second day, ends up 145" USA Today 4:18 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Higher As Oil Gain Boosts Energy Stocks" MarketWatch 4:18 PM
  • "Stocks Extend Rally, Buoyed by Oil, Financial Shares: U.S. oil prices settle at highest level since October" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:17 PM
  • "Asian stocks boosted by strong oil prices, upbeat U.S. data: China fixes yuan lower against the dollar; Sony shares leap" MarketWatch 8:57 AM
  • "European stocks boosted by Greek bailout deal, gains for oil: Energy shares gain as oil tries for $50" MarketWatch 8:56 AM

 
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