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Monday Highlights: China is again, a problem for Apple to solve, but worry that the country is cooling toward Apple coupled with Carl Icahn's pullout from AAPL citing China has caused the stock to take a hit, heading "toward longest loss streak in 18 years"—more in our Apple/Macintosh and Finances sections; Michael Gartenberg tackles the oft stated "Apple's best days behind it" sentiment; Windows guru Paul Thurrott acknowledges Microsoft no longer determining PC future, but that will come from the likes of Apple and Google; Macworld tutorials on controlling your OS X browser location sharing, and what you can do when OS X is asking for an old Apple ID; court grants warrant to FBI to force suspect to unlock iPhone with Touch ID; another drone flyover of Apple's spaceship campus; report out of China suggesting larger battery for next iPhone, larger than 6s battery; AppleInsider video speed test between the 2016 and 2015 MacBooks; Mashable reviews thin battery-based Air Case for iPhones; got a wet iPhone? Here's a bunch of tips to save it.

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  • "Apple's biggest China problem: It isn't clear why China suspended iTunes and iBooks, but I'm betting on iPhone encryption as the key issue. Investor Carl Icahn — long an Apple bull — dumped his Apple stock over China market concerns, I see a more direct threat."  ZDNet 8:29 AM
  • "Carl Icahn and China Took Apple Stock Down 3% on April 28" Market Realist 7:10 AM
  • "Why Did Carl Icahn Offload His Stake in Apple?" Market Realist 7:11 AM
  • "iPhone Warning Signs: Apple has spent years proving iPhone doubters wrong. Those who made a habit of calling for the iPhone's demise have watched the product go on to bring Apple over $600 billion of revenue and close to $250 billion of gross profit over the years. Ironically, just when it seemed like iPhone skeptics had thrown in the towel and accepted the iPhone's supremacy, warning signs are beginning to appear in the iPhone business." Above Avalon 3:10 PM
  • "Apple's Losing Streak Is Nearing Historic Levels" Bloomberg 3:06 PM
  • "'Apple's best days behind it'... again"  iMore 11:11 AM
  • "Can Google and Apple Pull the Plug on the PC Market?"  Thurrott 9:39 AM
  • "Typically clean Apple dips its toes into use of made-up metrics: earnings per share, and revenue and expense numbers, conjured up by management rather than according to generally accepted accounting principles." MarketWatch 3:06 PM
  • "Tim Cook: The most important thing for Apple long term" CNBC 7:06 PM
  • "Tim Cook: In a few years people will say, 'How could I have ever thought about not wearing this watch?'/Apple CEO plugs Apple Watch on TV" CNBC 7:06 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls doom and gloom 'huge overreaction,' turns sights to India"  AppleInsider 7:06 PM
  • "Tim Cook calls Wall Street response to Q2 earnings a 'huge overreaction' in CNBC interview" CNBC 7:20 PM
  • "Google Chrome dethrones Internet Explorer to become undisputed browser champion" PCWorld 10:12 AM
  • "Apple's Mac reaches 9.2% share on the web as Windows PC use sinks to new low" AppleInsider 2:56 PM
  • "NetMarketShare: OS X up substantially in April, while iOS dips again" Apple World Today 8:48 AM
  • "How to control when and how your Web browser shares your location: Safari, Firefox, and Chrome can give out your whereabouts, but you can prefer to not opt in." Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "What to do when OS X asks for an old Apple ID" Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "How to create blank disk images with Disk Utility" iDownload Blog 3:11 PM
  • "How to convert text into a spoken iTunes track on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:49 AM
  • "Ten tips to make Google Chrome faster and reduce how much RAM it uses" ZDNet 9:38 AM
  • "5 Chrome extensions that fill Gmail's gaps" PCWorld 7:22 AM
  • "Tip: quickly turn off your Mac's screen with this handy keyboard shortcut" iDownload Blog 8:47 AM
  • "The Add-on Utilities Every Mac User Needs" Mac360 7:51 AM
  • "This Mac App Is Part Word Processor, Part Outliner, And Always Useful" NoodleMac 7:40 AM
  • "Guess What's Wicked Cool On Mac And iPad And Comes From Microsoft?" Mac360 7:40 AM
Press Releases
  • "Marco Arment's Quitter aims to keep your Mac distraction-free" iMore 3:11 PM
  • "Calcline 4.2.1 a simply powerful math calculator for OS X in a small stripe window" Tension Software 7:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "FBI granted federal court warrant forcing suspect to unlock iPhone using Touch ID" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "FBI Shows Fingerprints and Touch ID Aren't Warrant-proof" The Mac Observer 11:07 AM
  • "Apple Will Analyze iPhone Belonging to Florida Teen Missing at Sea" MacTrast 10:03 AM
  • "Apple adds its top advertiser to its executive leadership page" Business Insider 9:41 AM
  • "Apple Campus 2 drone flyover shows progress on the Theatre, solar panels, R&D facility & more [Video] 9to5Mac 9:05 AM
  • "Apple Campus drone flyover includes images of monster rooftop solar power installation" Electrek 10:03 AM
  • "Apple Tries to Make You Cry With Its New Mother's Day Ad" Fortune 10:16 AM
  • "Apple's touching Mother's Day ad was shot on iPhone" Cult of Mac 9:40 AM
  • "iPhone takes a bullet to save Turkish soldier's life" Cult of Mac 10:41 AM
  • "Jony Ive opens Apple sponsored Met Gala event in NYC" 9to5Mac 11:10 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Fitbit Strives to Escape the Shadow of Apple" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:04 PM
  • "GoPro's Big Tech Problem: Smartphones/Stakes are high for the action-camera maker to remake itself; sales this year expected to fall by as much as 17%" [Paid Membership Required] 5:29 PM
  • "Google Search is now translating foreign words whether you like it or not" The Next Web 2:52 PM
  • "Samsung's Smart Home Gadgets Are Full of Security Holes" Gizmodo 10:03 AM
  • "'s Back With a New AI That Lives on Your Wrist—Or in Your Clothes" Wired 8:30 AM
  • "LG's new fingerprint sensor doesn't need a button" Mashable 7:11 AM
  • "Upgrade #87: Unchartable Tidbits" Six Colors 3:11 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-02: Apple's Next Big Thing, Icahn's $AAPL Selloff" The Mac Observer 2:51 PM
  • "Apple revenue finally declined. Who didn't see that coming? Hint; revenues don't increase forever." The MT Show 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft Brings Snapshot-Powered Web Searches to iPhones: Take a picture and Bing will find its likeness on the Internet, but only if you have an iPhone" [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 PM
  • "Chinese report indicates iPhone 7 to have slightly larger battery than iPhone 6s"  9to5Mac 9:40 AM
  • "iPhone 7 may come outfitted with a slightly stronger battery than iPhone 6s" iDownload Blog 10:40 AM
  • "Rumor: iPhone 7 to incorporate slightly larger battery, improve capacity" O'Grady's PowerPage 10:41 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM

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  • "Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 MacBook in speed test comparison" AppleInsider 10:41 AM
  • "Metro Case for iPhone: Industrial Strength With Style" Bare Feats 12:29 PM
  • "Air Case review: The ultra-thin battery case Apple should have made" Mashable 11:12 AM
  • "Griffin BreakSafe Breakaway Power Cable review: A MagSafe-like power plug for Apple's MacBook" ["There are very few times where I say you absolutely need to buy a particular product. This is one of those times."] Macworld 8:43 AM
  • "Phiaton PS 202 NC Noise Canceling Earphone Review" The Gadgeteer 7:01 AM
  • "Leef iACCESS microSD card reader for iOS devices: Lightweight and capable" Apple World Today 2:51 PM
  • "Book Review: iOS Application Security -The Definitive Guide for Hackers and Developers" MacTrast 3:40 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "VideoSlam review: Fast-paced, no-frills compilation videos on your iPhone" Macworld 8:30 AM
  • "LogDog for iOS lets you monitor the security of your online accounts" iDownload Blog 7:49 AM
  • "How to use pinned and favorite locations in Maps on iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:50 AM
  • "Changing your Apple ID credit card info directly from your iPhone" iDownload Blog 7:49 AM
  • "7 ways to keep your dying Android phone or iPhone alive" PCWorld 7:22 AM
  • "8 iPhone 3D Touch Tricks That Are Actually Useful" OS X Daily 3:11 PM
  • "Bob Lefsetz Calls For Apple Board To Fire Tim Cook" Daring Fireball 6:47 PM
  • "Why your iPhone-unlocking fingerprint is susceptible to FBI search warrants" Macworld 2:56 PM
  • "FBI should disclose iPhone vulnerability to Apple, Edward Snowden says" AppleInsider 10:12 AM
  • "What Happened to Google Maps?" MacStories 10:06 AM
  • "First, They Came For Your iPhone, Now They're Coming To Get Your Mac" Mac360 8:48 AM
  • "Apple And iDrone (or, just Apple Drone with droneOS)" TeraTalks 8:48 AM
  • "I'm sick and tired of the latest round of 'Apple is doomed' articles" Apple World Today 2:51 PM
  • "Apple's 'Horrible' Numbers, Ad Nauseam" Mac360 8:48 AM
  • "On Counting Apple's Businesses (and why iPhone won't matter much)" BohemianBoomer 8:48 AM
  • "Apple discussion talks about issues with Apple's closed designs (where you can't add RAM, change batteries, upgrade storage, or repair the computer); plus Apple support, security and programming issues (vs. Linux, for example); Mac Pro design; Apple's grammatical distortions, and more." MacInTouch 8:41 AM
  • "Comment: Atari co-founder's 'easy to learn, difficult to master' approach may just be the missing link in mobile gaming" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "If Current Chatter About iPhone 7 Is True, Apple Shareholders Could Be In For A Lot More Pain" Forbes 7:42 AM
  • "Hulu could beat Apple to the punch with live TV subscription service" AppleInsider 10:12 AM
  • "Cassandra: Apple Watch for Android -A Discussion" eXtensions 7:02 AM
  • "Opinion: CyanogenMod improves the Honor 5X enough to make it my daily driver [Video] 9to5Google 11:31 AM
  • "Widespread IoT adoption requires good user experience" ReadWrite 10:41 AM
  • "Google is running out of time to fix this one glaring problem" Business Insider 10:06 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Bob LeVitus Will Present at SMMUG in Colorado Springs on May 9th" The Mac Observer 5:23 PM
  • "More Coach designer Apple Watch band photos + details leak ahead of launch later this year" 9to5Mac 2:56 PM
  • "XVIDA wants to make it easier to wirelessly charge your iPhone at home and in the car" iMore 11:46 AM
  • "Apple Maps adds public transit directions for Rio de Janeiro in prep for 2016 Summer Olympics" AppleInsider 11:46 AM
  • "Apple Maps Gains Transit in Rio de Janeiro Ahead of Summer Olympics" MacRumors 10:41 AM
  • "Best Hubs for the 12-inch MacBook" iMore 10:06 AM
  • "This iPhone App Makes It Super Easy To Quickly Send Messages To Your Significant Other" Redmond Pie 9:05 AM
  • "Envoy Pro EX is a slick and handy solid state drive solution" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Khmer Keyboard 2.0 for iOS Offers Customizable Khmer Entry" prMac 7:47 AM
  • "Take Out 50 Levels Of Trash In Arcade Runner MOP: Operation Cleanup" prMac 7:47 AM
  • "Stay-U released for iOS - Cognitive Assessment to Help You Stay You" prMac 7:47 AM
Computer Industry
  • "New Data Suggests Windows 10 Adoption Is Slowing" Digital Trends 8:42 AM
  • "Windows 7 Market Share Finally Falls Below 50 Percent, But Windows 10 Growth Slows Down" Tech Times 8:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 Is Now Boasting A 14.35% Market Share" UberGizmo 8:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 is on over 14 per cent of PCs worldwide" Hexus 8:39 AM
  • "Microsoft finally loses its crown as Chrome becomes number one web browser" Windos Central 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft remodels its workplace methods with aim of retrieving mojo" The Irish Times 8:30 AM
  • "Google and Microsoft have made a pact to protect surveillance capitalism" The Guardian 8:28 AM
  • "Buffett: We've 'never sold a share of IBM' and might buy more" CNBC 8:24 AM
  • "This is how IBM Fellow Ajay Royyuru is solving one of the biggest challenges of cancer treatment"  8:23 AM
  • "IBM supercomputer helped design a dress it can never wear" Engadget 8:23 AM
  • "IBM is the latest company to adopt blockchain technology" ITProPortal 8:23 AM
  • "IBM announces blockchain services for cloud" Channel Eye 8:23 AM
  • "Michael Dell reveals new branding scheme for the Dell-EMC conglomeration" TechCrunch 3:38 PM
  • "Michael Dell reveals new name for Dell-EMC" ZDNet 4:00 PM
  • "Intel looks to the future with new cloud, IoT and 5G strategy" ITProPortal 7:58 AM
  • "Intel has finally admitted that it failed miserably in the mobile market" Business Insider 3:38 PM
  • "Are Sofia And Broxton Just The First Casualties In An Intel Atom Cull?" Digital Trends 7:58 AM
  • "Intel Drops Atom Processors: What This Means For The Surface Phone" Tech Times 7:58 AM
  • "Intel scraps development of Broxton and SoFIA Atom chips" Hexus 7:58 AM
  • "Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo" SlashGear 7:56 AM
  • "Inside Intel's Museum: 10 Must-See Exhibits/The Intel Museum, located at the chipmaker's corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., reveals fascinating facts and insights into the company and its technology, including how processors are actually made, the history of these chips, and what the future holds." InformationWeek 7:34 AM
  • "AMD publishes Polaris Architecture microsite" Hexus 7:54 AM
  • "AMD Closes Nantong Fujitsu Joint Venture, Now Is The Time To Buy" Seeking Alpha 7:54 AM
  • "Oracle is paying $532 million to snatch up another cloud service provider" IDG News Service 2:55 PM
  • "Two Oracle partners jointly launch cloud-based JD Edwards" CRN 7:50 AM
  • "Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million" TechCrunch 12:06 PM
  • "Oracle Agrees To Buy Opower For About $532 Mln - Quick Facts" Nasdaq 7:52 AM
  • "Oracle to buy Opower in a $532 million cash deal" MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "Oracle to buy utility software maker Opower" Reuters 7:47 AM
  • "Oracle buys cloud-based SaaS vendor Opower for $532 million" ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "Chipmaker Marvell appoints Richard Hill chairman" Reuters 6:28 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple in Long Losing Streak" Nasdaq 9:34 PM
  • "Will Apple Stock Rise as Bernstein Remains Bullish on iPhone Sales?" TheStreet 3:06 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak With Jim Cramer on CNBC's 'Mad Money' Tonight" MacRumors 2:59 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear in interview on CNBC's Mad Money tonight" 9to5Mac 3:11 PM
  • "Apple's stock heads toward longest loss streak in 18 years" MarketWatch 10:17 AM
  • "AAPL Stock Buyback: A Timely $58 Billion Infusion for Apple Inc./Now's as good a time as any for AAPL to buy back shares in droves" InvestorPlace 8:44 AM
  • "Apple Takes a $4 Billion Bite Out of ETFs as Smart-Beta Shines: Apple gave a nice boost to several ETFs on the way up. Now feeling the pain on the way down." Bloomberg 8:44 AM
  • "How to Trade Fundamentally Broken Apple Stock" TheStreet 10:17 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end higher; Nasdaq snaps 7-day losing streak: Apple sees longest string of daily losses in 18 years" MarketWatch 4:01 PM
  • "Stocks Spring in Confident Start to May" TheStreet 4:01 PM
  • "Stocks jump in first trading day of May" USA Today 4:01 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Regain Ground After Last Week's Tech Selloff: Consumer discretionary shares were among the biggest gainers in the S&P 500" [Paid Membership Required] 4:00 PM
  • "Japanese stocks tumble as yen surges: Japanese stocks fell sharply early Monday, leading declines in the rest of Asia, on the yen's surge to a new 1½-year high against the dollar, weak earnings results from several firms and selling after the Bank of Japan's inaction on Thursday." MarketWatch 7:26 AM
  • "European stocks end slightly lower as bank shares slump: European stocks ended mostly lower Monday as bank shares fell in some regional markets, although German stocks pulled ahead thanks to the pharmaceutical and reinsurance sectors." MarketWatch 11:32 AM

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