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Weekend Highlights: Apple refuses negotiation with Wikileaks regarding CIA hack data calling it all old information—more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; hackers claiming iCloud breach denied, but some valid iCloud credentials leaked to web sites; 9to5Mac on how to protect your iCloud account; iTunes Guy at Macworld looks at new features found in iTunes 12.6; US Senate overturns Internet privacy rules, and apparently inks law to prevent future changes by the FCC; IHS says iPhone 6s top selling smartphone for 2016; Red iPhone 7 models, new iPads available for purchase beginning today; will Apple's purchase of Workflow finally bring automation features to iOS?; Consumer Reports lists pros/cons of buying iPhones directly from Apple.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Continues to Be DJIA's Best Performing Stock of 2017" 24/7 Wall St. 8:22 AM
  • "Government working on options for duty sops sought by Apple" The Economic Times 8:29 AM
  • "Govt working on Apple demand on tax and duty concessions" The Asian Age 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Music execs say Beats 1 is 'the biggest radio station in the world'" 9to5Mac 1:47 PM
  • "iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Sales Ban Removed In China" UberGizmo 1:54 PM
  • "Apple Bites Back With iPhone Court Win in China" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:32 AM
  • "Chinese court rules in favour of Apple in local design patent disputes"  Reuters 3/25
  • "Beijing court overturns ruling that said iPhone 6 copied design of Chinese phone" 9to5Mac 3/25
  • "Exclusive: How Drake and Apple Music broke streaming records with More Life"  The Verge 3/25
  • "Apple says recent Wikileaks CIA docs detail old, fixed iPhone and Mac exploits"  TechCrunch 3/24
  • "Apple Does Not Negotiate With Wikileaks... For CIA Hack Info: Apple issued a strong statement on Friday after Wikileaks released a handful of documents about Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) malware for iPhones and Macs, saying it was all old material that the Cupertino giant had addressed. But it also issued the toughest statement yet from a tech firm on Wikileaks' demands about how they address the vulnerabilities it claims to have exposed, saying it hadn't negotiated with Julian Assange's organization."  Forbes 3/24
  • "Apple says CIA's arsenal of iPhone and Mac exploits is outdated" BGR 3/24
  • "Small Sample of iCloud Credentials Provided By Hackers Are Valid, But Questions Remain"  MacRumors 3/24
  • "Report verifies some iCloud credentials held by hacker group as valid" AppleInsider 3/24
  • "iPad Optics: The iPad has an installed base of over 300 million. This is a far larger audience than that of the Mac (which has somewhere between 100 million and 150 million). And whereas the iPad acquired this audience in about 7 years, the Mac took 33 years."  asymco 3/24
OS X
News
  • "Apple reissues iTunes 12.6, removes mysterious 'Show on Profile Page' option" AppleInsider 3/24
  • "Apple: Macs and iPhones are safe from newly revealed CIA exploits/The iPhone vulnerability was patched in 2009, and the Mac holes were fixed in 2013, Apple said" IDG News Service 3/24
  • "Apple says it has already fixed CIA's Mac and iPhone hacks revealed by WikiLeaks" BetaNews 3/24
  • "Microsoft Word macro malware automatically adapts attack techniques for macOS, Windows" AppleInsider 3/24
  • "New Word macro malware infects macOS and Windows" Cult of Mac 3/24
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 3/25
  • "How to create a macOS virtual machine easily — and for free" Mac Kung Fu 3/25
  • "Anatomy of a Makeover" Rixstep 3/25
  • "How to protect your iCloud account, as some hacked credentials confirmed valid" 9to5Mac 3/24
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: A look at new features in iTunes 12.6" Macworld 3/24
  • "10+ Safari Keyboard Shortcuts You'll Use" Apple Must 3/24
  • "Customizing the Services Menu Helps You Optimize macOS" The Mac Observer 3/24
  • "How to delete multiple contacts at once on Mac" iDownload Blog 3/24
  • "Maximizing Windows On a Mac" MacMost 3/24
Op/Ed
  • "Let's Talk About Licensing macOS Again" Mac360 3/24
  • "Apple Tweaks iTunes 12.6 Update; Is This Why?" Kirkville 3/24
  • "Perhaps Apple sees a macOS Workflow tool an AppleScript/Automator replacement" Apple World Today 3/24
Press Releases
  • "GraphicConverter 10.4" TidBITS 3/25
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "'Snapchat' most-searched app on App Store followed by Instagram: Forbes" Business Standard 8:31 AM
  • "Apple opens new stores in Nanjing, Cologne and Miami" Apple 3/25
  • "Apple opens three new retail stores around the globe [Gallery + Video] 9to5Mac 3/25
  • "Steve Wozniak Accepts Award from Startup World Cup, Says 'This One's for Apple" The Mac Observer 3/24
  • "Red IPhones & An Appearance By Tim Cook: How Apple Is Going On The Charm Offensive In China"  Forbes 3/24
  • "Why Apple's red iPhones are not 'Red' in China" BBC 3/24
  • "Apple will soon make three iPhone models in India" Mashable 3/24
  • "Your iPhone's dirtier than a toilet — and so are these other everyday items" USA Today 3/24
  • "Touch ID and Siri enabled 4-year-old boy to call emergency services to save mum's life [Audio] 9to5Mac 3/24
  • "4-year-old uses Siri to save his mom's life" The Next Web 3/24
  • "Police warn you not to fall for 'Siri 108' prank" Cult of Mac 3/24
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T continues to expand its fiber internet service: Now in 51 states in the US" The Verge 3/24
  • "Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st: The final five states have been added to the list" The Verge 3/24
  • "US Senate votes to overturn Internet privacy rules & block any future ones" 9to5Mac 3/24
  • "Judge rules in favor of 'Drone Slayer,' dismisses lawsuit filed by pilot" Ars Technica 3/24
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Are You Secure with Your Security? – Mac Geek Gab 650" The Mac Observer 11:42 AM
  • "Our new Apple hardware reactions, this week on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 3/25
  • "Apple's new iPad is the best value 9.7-inch tablet (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 77)" CNET 3/24
  • "App Store Quality Issues, Change Your iCloud Password -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-24" The Mac Observer 3/24
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks (Product)Red iPhone 7, iPads, and Apple acquisitions" AppleInsider 3/24
  • "The Next Track, Episode #45 – Ask Andy, Hi-Fi Equipment and Speaker Placement" Kirkville 3/24
Hardware/Software
  • "Download Kodi 17.1 IPA On iOS 10 And Install Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 3/25
  • "Apple patent filing is for iOS, watchOS devices that are self-healing to be more waterproof" Apple World Today 3/25
  • "Apple iPhone 6s tops list of best-selling smartphones for 2016, says IHS" DigiTimes 3/24
  • "New 9.7-Inch iPad and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Now Available to Order" MacRumors 3/24
  • "Apple now lets you order the brand new iPad and red iPhone" The Next Web 3/24
  • "Apple begins sales of (Product)Red iPhone 7, $329 iPad, 32 & 128GB iPhone SE" AppleInsider 3/24
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/24
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/24
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 3/24

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Reviews
  • "Tech review: Tri-folding portable keyboard is just your type of accessory" Seattle Times 3/24
  • "We got our hands on the new red limited-edition iPhone 7 Plus" TechCrunch 3/24
  • "Speck's Presidio Show reveals your iPhone's finish through the back of the case" iDownload Blog 3/24
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best New iPhone Games to Play Now" Tom's Guide 3/24
How-To/Tutorial
  • "EduTech: How to easily find and apply for scholarships using iOS" 9to5Mac 11:55 AM
  • "How to easily create a macOS virtual machine – for free" MacDailyNews 11:50 AM
  • "How to Protect Your iCloud Account, Juuust in Case Those Hackers Aren't Joking" Wired 8:31 AM
  • "You can make a phone call from a locked iPhone without a passcode or Touch ID." iMore 8:25 AM
  • "Here's how to wipe your old iPad/iPhone/iPod touch ready for resale" ZDNet 3/25
  • "How to use the app that Apple just bought and made free for everyone" Business Insider 3/25
  • "How to Remove an iPhone Favorite" OS X Daily 3/25
  • "Here's how to wipe your old iPad/iPhone/iPod touch ready for resale: I've been asked several times over the past few days about how to wipe an iPad ready for resale (presumably because Apple has a new iPad out). Instead of repeating myself over and over, I thought that a post was in order." ZDNet 3/25
  • "How to unlock your iPhone to use with a different carrier" CNET 3/25
  • "How to Avoid Toll Roads & Toll Bridges with Maps on iPhone" OS X Daily 3/24
  • "How to use Gboard dictation to improve iOS dictation" Cult of Mac 3/24
  • "How to Free up Storage on an iPhone or iPad" Kirkville 3/24
Tips
  • "Become Tech Savvy: Sizing up a slow iPhone or iPad and what to do next" 9to5Mac 3/25
  • "If You Haven't Changed Your iCloud Password in the Past Two Years do it Now" The Mac Observer 3/24
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why Apple Is Letting Oppo and Vivo Win in China" The Motley Fool 1:47 PM
  • "iPhone 8 release date still anticipated for September" Network World 11:55 AM
  • "What if Apple already told us what it's going to call the iPhone 8?" BGR 11:55 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Letting Oppo and Vivo Win in China" The Motley Fool 11:51 AM
  • "Apple totally dissed WikiLeaks this week — here's why" Business Insider 11:51 AM
  • "How Drake and Apple Music Broke Streaming Records with More Life" MacStories 11:49 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 8 - If it REALLY looks like this the Galaxy S8 could be in BIG trouble" Express UK 11:48 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Get Ready For The Next Phablet Fight" ValueWalk 11:48 AM
  • "Your Apple Account May Have Been Hacked...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week" Forbes 8:31 AM
  • "Tory Amber Rudd attacked WhatsApp's encryption and people are all mad about it" Mirror Online UK 8:30 AM
  • "The CIA may have hacked iPhones and Macs before they even got to customers" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 8:30 AM
  • "Cassandra: Weekend Review -Apple's Event; Wall Street mixed emotions; Computer Logic; F1, MotoGP and Internet Access" eXtensions 8:26 AM
  • "What Happened To The 10.5-Inch iPad Pro? This Analyst Has An Answer" Forbes 8:24 AM
  • "Ten Things To Love, Or Not, About The New Apple iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED: Hands-On" Forbes 3/25
  • "Why the Business Behind Apple's Latest iPad Is Like Netflix's DVD Rentals" Fortune 3/25
  • "User Profiles Could Be Apple Music's Missing Key [OPINION] RazMag 3/25
  • "Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation" CNBC 3/25
  • "How Apple can silence the haters, crush Google and Microsoft, and build a thousand-year empire" Business Insider 3/25
  • "tvOS 10.2 beta hints at upcoming Apple TV Remote for iPad, other new features" 9to5Mac 3/25
  • "This $19 iPhone dock is basically the same as Apple's $49 dock"  3/25
  • "Leaked iPhone 8 Release Date Will Make You Mad" Tom's Guide 3/24
  • "What's next for Apple Music and Beats 1: Original content, revamped apps, more Beats, live events & much more" 9to5Mac 3/24
  • "Opinion: A budget-focused 12.9-inch iPad would be a compelling entertainment device" 9to5Mac 3/24
  • "Something New And Good For Apple TV" Mac360 3/24
  • "Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google: Who Really Owns Your Home?" TeraTalks 3/24
  • "Apple Is The Protector Of What Exactly?" NoodleMac 3/24
  • "Apple is downplaying the iCloud blackmail story — even though Apple users should take it seriously" Business Insider UK 3/24
  • "Apple's acquisition of Workflow could bring automation to iOS: Here's hoping Apple's doesn't plan to shut down the most powerful automation tool for the iPhone and iPad."  Macworld 3/24
  • "The Pros and Cons of Buying an iPhone Directly From Apple" Consumer Reports 3/24
  • "Forget turning an iOS device into a laptop; I want my Apple Pod" Apple World Today 3/24
Non-Apple
  • "How to control what data your Android apps transmit" ZDNet 3/24
  • "Oh man this leaked Samsung Galaxy S8 video is a game-changer. A goddamn game-changer." Mashable 3/24
  • "Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products Are. Why Don't the Rest of Us?" Wired 3/24
  • "Review: The $229 Moto G5 Plus stands as the king of budget Android (for now)" Ars Technica 3/24
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming March 25: Gene Steinberg meets columnist/podcaster Kirk McElhearn and The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/24
  • "SSD Speeder RAM Disk SSD Life Extender App For macOS Now Available From B-Eng" MacPrices 3/24
  • "Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana: One Bluetooth Headset From Hong Kong Could Rule Them All" Forbes 3/24
  • "Dell's 32-inch 8K UP3218K Display Now For Sale: Check Your Wallet" AnandTech 3/24
  • "Elgato's Stream Deck gives gamers and YouTubers a TV studio style controller for $150" 9to5Mac 3/24
  • "Benin Radio Live 1.0 for iOS - Release Info" prMac 3/24
  • "Swipe CRM Brings a Photo-centric CRM Sales App for Apple iPad" prMac 3/24
  • "Exif Viewer by Fluntro Photography App is Featured by Apple on App Store" prMac 3/24
  • "The Elder Scrolls: Legends now available on iPads worldwide" 148Apps 3/24
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft vows to strengthen the security of Edge's sandbox" Neowin 3/25
  • "Complaint against Microsoft Windows 10 in US, for destroying data and damaging computers" Financial Express 3/25
  • "Did a bad authentication certificate take down Microsoft services this week?" OnMSFT 3/24
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update will see a far more secure Edge browser" TechRadar UK 3/24
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update WON'T be available to everyone" Express UK 3/24
  • "Windows 10 Insiders are rocking what appears to be the Creators Update" The Inquirer 3/24
  • "No, Microsoft isn't spying on everything you type in Windows 10" BGR 3/24
  • "Microsoft is partnering with Toyota in bid to rule connected cars" Neowin 3/24
  • "IBM is ordering its work-from-home employees to stop working from home" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 3/24
  • "IBM Develops a Cure for Banks With a Case of Digital-Market Blues" TheStreet 3/24
  • "IBM Unleashes Watson To Secure Swiss Financial Sector With Next-Gen SOC" Silicon UK 3/24
  • "SIX and IBM to build Watson-powered cyber-security hub" Finextra 3/24
  • "IBM Ventures looking at many innovative models to benefit from startups" IndiaTimes 3/24
  • "HP works with Nestlé and Ultimate Packaging on personalised KitKats" Packaging News 3/24
  • "Dell launches 'world's first' 31.5-inch 8K display, buy it now for a cool $5K" 9to5Mac 3/24
  • "Actor Jeffrey Wright Takes the Stage to Uncover the Real 'Magic' of Dell Technologies" Advertising Age 3/24
  • "Dell UltraSharp 32in 8K UP3218K Monitor Available for 4999 USD" Guru3D 3/24
  • "Dell's UP3218K UltraSharp 32-inch 8K monitor (worth $5,000) goes on sale - GSMArena blog" GSMArena 3/24
  • "Intel launches AI unit, targets industry standards" Mobile Europe 3/24
  • "Intel Merges Ai Operations Into New Unit" Tech Central 3/24
  • "AMD a More Responsive, Trusted Company, Jefferies Finds" Barron's 3/24
  • "AMD Ryzen 5: Erste CPUs werden bereits angeboten" TweakPC 3/24
  • "Flume to handle digital marketing campaigns for Cisco Africa" BizCommunity 3/24
  • "Razer Pays zVault Digital Currency For Playing PC Games Like Overwatch And DOTA 2" HotHardware 3/24
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple is 'more like Harry Potter than Pixar', says Needham & Co." Computerworld 3/24
  • "Apple's dividend bump: How big will it be?" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3/24
Industry News
  • "Stock market logs worst weekly loss in months as House scraps health bill: Financials see biggest weekly decline since January 2016" MarketWatch 3/24
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Slide After Health Care Bill Pulled in Major Defeat to President Trump: Stocks fluctuate in the final minutes of trading Friday before ending mixed after House leaders pulls an unpopular health care bill before a crucial vote." TheStreet 3/24
  • "Stocks Recover Some Losses After Health-Care Vote Scrapped" FOXBusiness 3/24
  • "Stocks Pare Declines as GOP Pulls Health-Care Bill: The health bill was seen as a key test of the new administration's ability to implement its wider policy agenda" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3/24
  • "Asia-Pacific markets pick up speed despite delay on U.S. health-care bill: Investors in Asia-Pacific equities regained some risk appetite Friday, despite a delay in Donald Trump's attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as regional markets maintained cautious optimism ahead of a planned final vote." MarketWatch 3/24
  • "European stocks end week lower, as traders mull implications of U.S. health-care vote: European stocks closed lower on Friday, with a key health-care-bill vote in the U.S. keeping investors on edge going into the weekend." MarketWatch 3/24

 
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