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Wednesday Highlights: Mike Weurthele at AppleInsider finds an interesting tidbit in Apple's latest Supplier Responsibility report—a "line entry [that] may confirm Apple's car ambitions"; Ruslan Salakhutdinov, director of AI research at Apple, spoke on the subject at MIT's Technology Review conference; Samsung unveils the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, and they're getting a lot of love from hands-on reports, some see it as iPhone 7's biggest competition setting a high bar for iPhone 8—reports aplenty in our Op/Ed section; will Apple bring back "PowerBook"?; EdSurge report claims "iPads did not revolutionize campus teaching"; iDownload Blog has a go with new watchOS 3.2; TheStraightPipes at YouTube compare Android Auto and CarPlay; iDropNews claims exclusive iPhone Edition info; following along party lines, Republicans vote to kill consumer privacy, CNET has a FAQ, and The Verge lists telecom industry contributions to each member of Congress that voted in favor of bill.

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  • "2017 Supplier Responsibility Report line entry may confirm Apple's car ambitions"  AppleInsider 9:13 AM
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  • "Apple's long-time head of Apple Mail leaves to lead Readdle's Spark email app" 9to5Mac 10:59 AM
  • "Antivirus software won't save your Mac from future malware: But a variety of other protective software could prevent incursions by future malicious access attempts, especially from ransomware." Macworld 7:21 AM
  • "How To Set Your Mac to Automatically Remove Items From the Trash Every 30 Days" MacTrast 7:45 AM
  • "Using Numbers for Orbital Calculations" MacMost 9:01 AM
  • "A Few Fun Tools For Mac Mail" Mac 360 7:47 AM
  • "Your Mac Needs This Timer" TeraTalks 7:47 AM
  • "Cloud services compared, or why I'm all-in on Apple but not on iCloud" 9to5Mac 10:56 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple Configurator 2 Updated With Numerous Improvements" iClarified 9:15 AM
  • "DEVONthink 2.9.11 declutters web pages with new service & more" DEVONtechnologies 9:01 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "App Annie: Android to top iOS in app store revenue this year" TechCrunch 11:18 AM
  • "Apple Starts Rejecting Apps if Name Includes Price: All those apps stating 'free' in the title are set to slowly disappear from Apple's app stores." PC Magazine 6:54 AM
  • "Apple listens to developers, eradicates 'free' imitation at App Store" Computerworld 10:50 AM
  • "iPhone users fooled by fake ransomware" BBC 7:41 AM
  • "Apple recruiting computer vision & robotics researchers for Swiss lab - report" AppleInsider 9:15 AM
  • "Donald Trump is using an iPhone now" The Verge 7:09 AM
  • "After once calling for a boycott of Apple, President Trump is now using a 'new iPhone'" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "President Trump dumps his Android phone for an Apple iPhone" MacDailyNews 10:45 AM
  • "Apple's Chicago River flagship taking shape" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 7:10 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iPhone 4 owners get Antennagate payout" Cult of Mac 8:13 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Spotify plans 'Traffic Jams' TV show and, yes, it's an Apple Music Carpool Karaoke knockoff" 9to5Mac 10:55 AM
  • "Samsung unveils 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+" VentureBeat 10:56 AM
  • "Live from the Galaxy S8 launch event" The Verge 9:47 AM
  • "Congress just killed the online privacy rules. Now what? (FAQ): Republicans in Congress have repealed the FCC's rules protecting your online data. What's it mean for you? CNET has the answers." CNET 9:26 AM
  • "VPN uptake could surge as U.S. Congress repeals broadband privacy rules" VentureBeat 8:02 AM
  • "The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them"  The Verge 7:40 AM
  • "Congress Says ISPs Can Sell Your Browser History on Party Line Vote" The Mac Observer 6:57 AM
  • "Congress sends White House repeal of broadband privacy rules" Reuters 6:54 AM
  • "Vote to repeal U.S. broadband privacy rules sparks interest in VPNs" Reuters 6:54 AM
  • "Exclusive 'iPhone Edition' Insider Information Leaked" iDropNews 7:12 AM
  • "Sketchy report suggests iPhone 8 will be named 'iPhone Edition', Touch ID moved to rear, vertical dual cameras" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "Weak Report Claims Touch ID Sensor Moving to the Back of iPhone 8" The Mac Observer 10:49 AM
  • "tvOS 10.2 update requires AirPlay hardware verification, breaks third-party streaming apps" AppleInsider 9:47 AM
  • "Possible tvOS 10.1.1 jailbreak may be coming after all" iDownload Blog 9:47 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM

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  • "Ghostek Atomic 3.0 Review – A versatile, waterproof iPhone 7 case" Mobile Reviews Eh 10:53 AM
  • "iHome iSP6 and iSP8 SmartPlug reviews: An easy entree into the smart home/From ease of set up through broad compatibility, including with Apple's HomeKit, these smart plugs hit nearly every mark." TechHive 7:12 AM
  • "Hands-On: Logitech M720 Multi-Device Multi-Protocol Mouse/This mouse can connect with three different computers, via either Bluetooth or a 2.4GHz Unifying USB dongle." ZDNet 6:44 AM
  • "The Wonderboom Is a Great Little $100 Bluetooth Speaker With a Familiar Face" Gizmodo 7:10 AM
  • "Review: Ultimate Ear's Wonderboom packs a loud punch, in a tiny rugged body" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "BoostEngine Portable Car Jump Starter can charge my iPhone, but not my truck" Apple World Today 7:52 AM
  • "Civilization VI review: World domination on your Mac/Turn-based strategy game is the best of the Civilization series." Macworld 7:09 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "5 handy things the Photos app can do with your iPhone snapshots: These tips will help you find best features Photos has to offer—draw shapes, write captions, publish a gallery online, un-delete a trashed photo, and more." PCWorld 7:12 AM
  • "'Versus: The Elite Trials' Review - Choices Start Coming Home to Roost" Touch Arcade 10:55 AM
  • "How to find locations and get directions with Google Maps" iMore 9:16 AM
  • "How to automatically create an Apple Music playlist with songs you identified with Shazam" iDownload Blog 7:41 AM
  • "10 Things You Should Know About APFS; Apple's New File System" iPhone Hacks 9:01 AM
  • "Opinion: iPhone 8's top feature needs to be design" 9to5Mac 11:48 AM
  • "iPads Did Not Revolutionize Campus Teaching (But a Few Colleges Give Every Student One)" EdSurge 10:58 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 sets a high bar for this year's iPhone" Cult of Mac 10:58 AM
  • "5 features iPhone 8 must steal from the Galaxy S8" Cult of Mac 10:55 AM
  • "Does Apple trademark filing mean PowerBook is coming back?" Cult of Mac 9:58 AM
  • "Is Apple Bringing Back The PowerBook?"  Huh. 9:58 AM
  • "Apple's APFS Against The World" NoodleMac 9:01 AM
  • "Apple's iCloud Is Under Attack" Mac360 9:01 AM
  • "Android Don't Got What iPhone Users Get" Mac360 8:12 AM
  • "Comment: I don't believe Apple is dumb enough to move the Touch ID sensor to the back" 9to5Mac 7:20 AM
  • "Hands On With Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+: Taller Screens and Slimmer Bezels" AnandTech 10:59 AM
  • "Samsung's Bixby assistant needs to grow up. Fast (hands-on)/Analysis: This three-in-one app for the Galaxy S8 is very much in beta mode." CNET 11:18 AM
  • "Samsung rises again" Mashable 10:59 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: First look" BBC 10:57 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8: Hands on with the world's most ambitious phone" Telegraph 10:57 AM
  • "What's in Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones?" Computerworld 10:57 AM
  • "The Galaxy S8 is here, and it's the iPhone 7's biggest competition" iMore 10:56 AM
  • "First look at Samsung's Bixby assistant" VentureBeat 10:56 AM
  • "The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence" Stratechery 10:56 AM
  • "IBM report: Leaked records hit 4B, up 566% since last year/Cybercriminals compromised more than 4 billion records last year, including credit cards, passwords, health information, and business documents. Here's how to stay safe." TechRepublic 10:55 AM
  • "Hands-on Galaxy S8 video and hi-res photos hit the web in one last batch of leaks" BGR 9:22 AM
  • "Why Samsung Better Release the Apple iPhone Supercycle Killer Today: Samsung needs something big." TheStreet 9:14 AM
  • "Hands-On with the Android O Developer Preview" Thurrott 8:16 AM
  • "Mossberg: Yes, you've still got mail/The stubborn persistence of email in the age of Snapchat" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "This is the biggest Galaxy S8 leak yet" BGR 7:46 AM
  • "The Future is Unevenly Distributed – Tech Should Fix That" Tech.pinions 7:10 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 7:35 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "GigSky's data plans now available in 180+ countries with Apple SIM" iDownload Blog 9:48 AM
  • "Welle Makes Any Surface 'Smart' Using Sonar Technology -- Tracks & Recognizes Unlimited Hand Gestures & Handwriting to Control IoT Devices -- Welle Smart Device Turns any Surface into a Universal Remote Control for use with: Lights, Windows, TVs, Doors, ThermoStats, Coffee Makers, & More -- Controls PowerPoint Presentations & Connects with IFTTT -- For Android & iOS" Thomas PR 9:43 AM
  • "'Temple Run 2' Lost Jungle Update Out Now, Featuring Giant Snakes!" Touch Arcade 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Pay Rolls Out to Customers of 7 Taiwanese Banks" MacTrast 7:46 AM
  • "David Wolff introduces Garden Flowers 1.0 for iPad - New Gallery App" prMac 7:10 AM
  • "Puggy 1.0 released for iOS - Let Pug give you info from your Home Screen" prMac 7:10 AM
  • "Gboard now rolled into Google Search app for the iPhone" ZDNet 6:44 AM
Computer Industry
  • "A scramble at Cisco exposes uncomfortable truths about U.S. cyber defense" Reuters 6:45 AM
  • "Cisco Takes Bold Software Step to Counter White Box Threat – Report" Light Reading 7:25 AM
  • "Will Cisco Separately Sell Network Operating Software Lindt?" Zacks 9:57 AM
  • "Microsoft's Acquisition Of LinkedIn Changed The Job Search Industry In Ways We Don't Even Know Yet" Forbes 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft encouraging Alexa developers to work on Cortana" OnMSFT 7:16 AM
  • "Intel Holds Pep Rally for Moore's Law" Top 500 7:54 AM
  • "The future of Intel CPU design is a Frankenstein's monster of an architecture" PCGamesN 7:51 AM
  • "Intel: Our next chips will be a 'generation ahead' of Samsung" Engadget 9:13 AM
  • "Intel releases new Kaby Lake Xeons" Fudzilla 7:53 AM
  • "Intel Shows 28-core processor die-shot" Guru3D 7:53 AM
  • "Intel Optane Memory Rivals SSD's Speed At Much Lower Price" The Science Times 7:54 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Processor with 12-Cores/14 Threads Appears In Alienware Area 51-R3" MobiPicker 7:50 AM
  • "AMD expects Vega to give Nvidia a good kicking in the notebooks" Fudzilla 7:51 AM
  • "AMD Threadripper is a 16-Core 32 Thread Monster [Rumor] HardOCP 7:51 AM
  • "IBM was a pioneer in the work-from-home revolution -- now it's cracking down" Business Insider 7:55 AM
  • "IBM kills working from home, calls marketing team back to office" The News Guru 7:57 AM
  • "Ensono Emerges With IBM i Cloud Offering" ITJungle 7:57 AM
  • "IBM: Those 2 redundancy schemes? We need to 'improve margins' and right quick" The Register 9:48 AM
  • "Dell Expands XPS, inspiron and Alienware portfolio with industry firsts" Al Bawaba 7:48 AM
  • "Dell showcases XPS-13 convertible laptop" Gulf News 7:48 AM
  • "HP brings new Elite Desktops and AiOs to India" PC Magazine 7:50 AM
  • "Now, Oracle to buy Accenture? If true, this could well be the largest global deal of its kind." BW CIO World 7:48 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple At All Time Highs! Closing In On $150" Seeking Alpha 11:18 AM
  • "UBS says AAPL could reach $200/share as it hits 11th record high so far this year" 9to5Mac 9:12 AM
  • "Apple's Stock Soars Past $1,000 Pre-Split Price as Bulls Think 'Golden Opportunity' to Buy Remains" MacRumors 8:13 AM
  • "Apple at $1,000 a share: For Apple investors who lost their shirts taking Andy Zaky's advice, it's a bitter-sweet moment." Apple 3.0 9:47 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow on track for 9th decline out of the past 10 sessions: 10 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors are lower on the day" MarketWatch 9:36 AM
  • "Stocks Mixed After U.K. Invokes First Step of Groundbreaking Brexit: Stocks move mostly lower on Wednesday morning after the United Kingdom took the expected first step to formally remove itself from the European Union." TheStreet 9:36 AM
  • "Wall Street Flat; Fed Officials in Focus" Reuters 9:36 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip; Pound Recovers Early Losses: U.K. currency stays firm as country officially begins process of exiting European Union" [Paid Membership Required] 9:36 AM
  • "European stocks inch higher as traders wait for Brexit kickoff: Article 50 is set to be triggered around lunchtime" MarketWatch 7:22 AM

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