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Agree or disagree with Chris Matyszczyk that because Apple sees few large competitive threats, they lack urgency? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Thursday Highlights: Reuters reporting iPhone 8 wont have tech breakthroughs, rather will sport innovations that have been on "competing phones for several years" such as wireless charging, 3-D sensors, hi-res displays; but because people are keeping smartphones longer, Apple must do something big with iPhone 8; GeekWire scoops story that Apple to expand engineering center in Seattle with "big bet on artificial intelligence"; iPad Pro could work better, argues Jason Snell, but iOS will need improvements to the UI for it to happen; more macOS ransomware details in our OS X section; Cult of Mac reviews Setapp app rental for macOS; Apple quickly responds against Trump reversing transgender bathroom guidelines, more in our General Interest section; Jonny Evans analyzes the interesting bits of iPhone popularity from Aptelligent's latest research; researchers discover blinking LED lights on our hard drives can actually leak data; looking for surge protection for your Mac, then head to our Reviews section for six products reviewed at Macworld.

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  • "Tech breakthroughs take a backseat in upcoming Apple iPhone launch: When Apple Inc launches its much-anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone this fall, it will offer an unwitting lesson in how much the smartphone industry it pioneered has matured. The new iPhone is expected to include new features such as high-resolution displays, wireless charging and 3-D sensors. Rather than representing major breakthroughs, however, most of the innovations have been available in competing phones for several years."  Reuters 8:02 AM
  • "Apple needs to do something big with iPhone 8 as people keep smartphones longer" Express UK 8:11 AM
  • "Disappointing iPhone 8 Leaks Are Key To Apple's Boring Success"  Forbes 8:14 AM
  • "Exclusive: Apple expanding its Seattle engineering center, making a big bet on artificial intelligence"  GeekWire 10:06 AM
  • "Apple's little-known Vancouver, Wash., engineering team still going strong after 25 years" GeekWire 11:19 AM
  • "'Apple has Samsung on the ropes like never before,' says Wall Street analyst" Business Insider 10:48 AM
  • "For a bigger iPad to work, iOS needs some interface improvements: Improved Split View, drag and drop between apps, and dare we say windows? How Apple could make iOS a productivity powerhouse."  Macworld 7:02 AM
  • "The latest macOS ransomware is here – and it's hiding in plain sight" TrustedReviews 8:15 AM
  • "Torrents Distribute New Mac Ransomware. Encrypted Files Cannot be Recovered" Virus Guides 8:13 AM
  • "The Mac App Store is rubbish! Rents apps instead with Setapp [Review] Cult of Mac 11:21 AM
  • "More about macOS Sierra and Library shortcut keys" The Robservatory 10:36 AM
  • "How to record a FaceTime call on your iPhone or Mac" iMore 7:10 AM
  • "macOS: How to See the Hierarchy of Your File Locations" The Mac Observer 10:03 AM
  • "How To Print A Mac's Finder Window" Mac360 7:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Formerly Autodesk LIVE—Revit LIVE 1.7 Intros This Week" Architosh 7:15 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple takes stand against Trump on transgender rights"  Axios 6:58 AM
  • "Apple criticizes Trump over reversal of transgender bathroom guidelines" CNNMoney 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Speaks Out Against Trump Order to Rescind Protections for Transgender Students" MacRumors 6:59 AM
  • "Apple criticizes Trump's reversal of transgender rights in public schools" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "Apple opposes Trump's decision to rescind bathroom protections for transgender students" BGR 7:21 AM
  • "Apple's futuristic 175-acre campus features a theater named after Steve Jobs" The Next Web 7:21 AM
  • "Tim Cook to move his office to Apple Park" iDownload Blog 10:32 AM
  • "China's biggest gamblers really love their iPhones"  Computerworld 11:17 AM
  • "First Apple store in Argentina said to open in Buenos Aires 2018" AppleInsider 12:02 PM
  • "Apple iPhone Owners Spent $40 on App Purchases in 2016" 24/7 Wall St. 10:31 AM
  • "How Apple Is Joining the Fight Against Epilepsy" 24/7 Wall St. 11:21 AM
  • "Federal court rules police can't force building-wide iPhone fingerprint unlocks" AppleInsider 10:32 AM
  • "How iBeacons could help blind people navigate roadworks" BBC 7:52 AM
  • "An app to help blind people to 'see'" BBC 7:52 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 10 billion downloads milestone" Cult of Mac 8:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon refusing to hand over data on whether Alexa overheard a murder/Amazon: Alexa and its users have a First Amendment right of protected speech." Ars Technica 12:12 PM
  • "Your next phone could shoot slow motion video at a whopping 960 fps" Mashable 11:01 AM
  • "How Eero Plans To Fend Off Wi-Fi Rivals: Lower Prices And No Distractions" Fast Company 10:11 AM
  • "Google rolls out its new tool to fight disgusting internet trolls" Mashable 10:11 AM
  • "Fitbit's $23M Pebble purchase lower than expected, under financial pressure from Apple Watch success" AppleInsider 10:11 AM
  • "Ad blocking usage 'not growing', says report" BBC 8:18 AM
  • "A hard drive's LED light can be used to covertly leak data: The flickering from an LED light for a hard disk drive can be hijacked to transmit encoded data, according to new research" IDG News Service 7:59 AM
  • "Republicans Are Trying to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Data" Wired 7:52 AM
  • "Faster mobile data likely as 5GHz LTE found to play nicely with WiFi, FCC approves LTE-U" 9to5Mac 7:03 AM
  • "T-Mobile Ranks Last Among Carriers for Mobile Performance" 24/7 Wall St. 6:20 AM
  • "Rebound 125: Literal Parlor Tricks" Six Colors 10:11 AM
  • "Apple Has at Least Five Different Groups Working on Wireless Charging Ahead of iPhone 8" MacRumors 10:10 AM
  • "Apple has at least five different groups working on wireless charging" iDownload Blog 10:10 AM
  • "Contradictory report cites 5 Apple wireless charging teams on 'iPhone 8,' no tech breakthroughs" AppleInsider 10:10 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple's acoustic imaging technology might replace Touch ID in future iPhones" AppleInsider 6:52 AM
  • "Apple introduces us to the Possible Next Generation of Touch ID for iDevices and Far Beyond" Patently Apple 7:41 AM
  • "Apple details acoustic imaging in new patent, could replace Touch ID as we know it with iPhone 8" 9to5Mac 12:33 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:59 AM

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  • "iPhone 7 review/We go long-term in our new iPhone test: is waterproofing enough of an upgrade?" TechRadar UK 8:15 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review" Digital Arts 8:15 AM
  • "Belkin 12-outlet PivotPlug review: Clever design helps avoid blocked outlets" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "RAVPower surge protector review: Too many unknowns for us to recommend" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "Tripp Lite TLP1208TELTV review: Packed outlets, but all else is right" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "APC SurgeArrest review: This surge suppressor is one of the best" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "Accell Poweramid review: Packs a lot in a small footprint" Macworld 7:01 AM
  • "AmazonBasics Surge Protector Power Strip review: Little protection" Macworld 7:01 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPad smackdown: Microsoft Office vs. Apple iWork vs. Google G Suite/Your iPad can largely function like a laptop with two of the three main office productivity suites" InfoWorld 8:00 AM
  • "iPad Diaries: Clipboard Management with Copied and Workflow" MacStories 10:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Selfie for iOS review: An abysmal app that's not worth your time" Windows Central 8:14 AM
  • "Which internet-only TV service should Apple device owners use?" AppleInsider 6:59 AM
  • "Siri Commands That Are Actually Useful" Apple Gazette 11:34 AM
  • "10 Essential Maps Tips & Tricks for iPhone in GIFs" iPhone Hacks 10:16 AM
  • "Siri Will Know You Better Than You Do" Apple Must 12:00 PM
  • "Past isn't prologue: Apple isn't today's Microsoft" Macworld 10:11 AM
  • "Comment: Apple struck exactly the right note with its naming of Apple Park, as we learn more [Poll] 9to5Mac 10:10 AM
  • "Apple Is In Chip Pain Again" Mac360 10:03 AM
  • "Do We Criticize Everything Apple Does?" PixoBebo 8:18 AM
  • "AMD Or ARM: The Future Of Mac CPUs" Mac360 8:05 AM
  • "The Power Of A Mac, An iPhone, And A Microphone" McSolo 7:56 AM
  • "Cassandra: Thursday Review -WWD, Apple Park, Airpods and BeatsX, iPhone Rumors and Foxconn Staffing" eXtensions 7:42 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch impressions: Out of the box and into our hands" Ars Technica 8:08 AM
  • "Tech reporting is more negative now than in the past" BetaNews 8:06 AM
  • "How Google is fighting the war on internet trolls" Yahoo! Finance 7:07 AM
  • "Fighting Facebook's Power with More Facebook" Tech.pinions 7:07 AM
  • "Gmail vs Outlook: What's the Best (Free) Email Service?" Envato Tuts+ 7:07 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "New 'MagicGrips' accessory aims to make Apple's Magic Mouse more ergonomic" 9to5Mac 12:12 PM
  • "Sony's new SF-G SD card is the fastest in the world" Mashable 10:36 AM
  • "Portable Dual DisplayPort Monitor Dock Enables Connection of Two USB-C /Thunderbolt 3 DisplayPort Monitors to Laptop" MacPrices 10:28 AM
  • "Harman Pioneers First-Ever Integration of Apple CarPlay Through Wireless Connectivity" Business Wire 8:08 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Get a New Paint Job With ColorWare" PC Magazine 11:22 AM
  • "ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color" TechCrunch 7:21 AM
  • "BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros works well — if you don't want Touch Bar access" Apple World Today 7:07 AM
  • "Google brings voice typing, Google Doodles, and 15 new languages to Gboard iOS keyboard app" VentureBeat 7:21 AM
  • "Google updates Gboard keyboard with latest emoji, voice typing, new languages & more" 9to5Mac 7:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "PC Market Sinks Due To Low Investment, Demonetization: IDC" CXOtoday 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft has already started creating the first Redstone 3 builds" Neowin 7:19 AM
  • "First Windows 10 Redstone 3 Builds Spotted – Public Release Expected in November" WCCFTech 10:16 AM
  • "First Windows 10 Redstone 3 Builds Now Being Compiled" UberGizmo 11:29 AM
  • "Microsoft invests in real-time maps for drones, and someday, flying cars: It's a bet on a future full of airborne robots" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales Assistant Targets Social Networks" eWeek 7:08 AM
  • "Publicly Disclosed Windows Vulnerabilities Await Patches" Threatpost 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft and Cambridge University Design AI That Can Create Its Own Programs" Silicon UK 10:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Adds Azure Search Added For UK Cloud Customers" Silicon UK 12:01 PM
  • "Veritas joins Microsoft in strategic hybrid cloud partnership" OnMSFT 12:02 PM
  • "Microsoft invests in maker of drone air traffic management software" Seattle Times 10:48 AM
  • "Dell to use recycled plastics in XPS13 devices" RTé 7:26 AM
  • "Dell makes tech first with recycled ocean plastics packaging: Dell has announced the technology industry's first shipment of ocean plastics packaging, the result of a commercial-scale pilot program." Packaging News 7:29 AM
  • "HP to open 250 outlets this year to expand its reach in India: The Omen series will available starting 15 March and it will include 5 notebooks and 1 desktop model" Gizbot 7:30 AM
  • "Intel launches new Atom chips, looks to 5G to change the world" Neowin 7:19 AM
  • "Intel, Qualcomm to roll out 5G platforms at MWC" EE Times Asia 6:58 AM
  • "Qualcomm announces new VR dev kit and headset accelerator program" TechCrunch 7:22 AM
  • "Qualcomm looks to untethered VR future with Snapdragon 835 dev kit: Snapdragon VRDK will go on sale to developers in Q2" The Inquirer 7:53 AM
  • "Qualcomm to subsidize virtual-reality costs for headset makers" MarketWatch 7:34 AM
  • "AMD's new Ryzen 7 1800X breaks world record for performance benchmark" Neowin 7:19 AM
  • "CyberPowerPC unveils new gaming PCs with AMD Ryzen" VR-Zone 7:32 AM
  • "AMD's top-of-the-range Ryzen 7 promises better performance at half the price of rival Intel chips: Ryzen 7 1800X nine per" Computing 7:32 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "A Slight Negative for This Apple Inc. Supplier Emerges" The Motley Fool 8:12 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow on fire; Nordstrom earnings; Tesla gets a jolt" CNNMoney 7:42 AM
  • "Stocks Yo-Yo as Oil Provides a Boost, Tesla Drags on Nasdaq: Wall Street is pulled in two directions on Thursday with a bounce in crude prices boosting the Dow and a selloff in Tesla dragging on the Nasdaq." TheStreet 12:05 PM
  • "Goldman Sachs warns of an end to Trump rally" FOXBusiness 12:05 PM
  • "European Markets Finished Mostly Lower After Late Drop" Nasdaq 12:06 PM
  • "Stock rally rolls on: Dow sets sights on 10th up day in a row" USA Today 12:06 PM
  • "Dow Extends Recent Streak of Gains: Stocks have climbed since Election Day, as corporate earnings have improved and data has shown growth in the U.S. economy" [Paid Membership Required] 12:07 PM
  • "Asian stocks slide lower after Fed's rate-hike uncertainty" MarketWatch 7:44 AM
  • "European stocks hunt for firm direction as earnings reports pile up" MarketWatch 7:44 AM

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