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Thursday Highlights: Barron's Tiernan Ray looks at Samsung's latest releases, takes pulse of Apple investors asking if Apple should be worried, and speaking of Samsung's Galaxy S8 phones, iPhone Hacks compares them against Apple's current iPhone 7 models; The Verge looks at Samsung's new Smartphone-desktop-computer setup, and calls the S8 "an escalation in Samsung's rivalry with Google"; AppleInsider reporting of some Sierra 10.12.4 users having stuttering/distorted audio in USB headsets; Android app revenue totals said to surpass iOS in 2017; Matthew Roberts, YouTuber and drone pilot, posts his latest flyover of Apple Park; Argentina finally getting iPhone in May, but it'll be pretty expensive; there's a re-restore bug in iOS 9.x that's "even more powerful than previously thought"; 9to5Mac reviews the new $329 iPad, and iFixit tears down the iPad 5.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Samsung's Next: Should Apple Be Worried? Yesterday, I noted some Apple bulls may not be too concerned about the latest device from Samsung Electronics, the 'Galaxy S8' and 'Galaxy S8+,' unveiled at an event in New York. Today, we're getting the post-game take from the Street. Analysts are pondering what the impact may be to Apple's forthcoming '10th anniversary' iPhone, presumably an 'iPhone X,' or maybe just 'iPhone 8,' as people are calling it, which most expected to be unveiled sometime in September."  Barron's 8:21 AM
  • "With the new iPad, Apple keeps simplifying its product lines: The iPad Air is gone. The MacBook Air is on its way out. Could the iPhone be the next device on the naming chopping block?" Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "Apple sticking with climate change fight despite Trump administration regulation loosening" AppleInsider 10:27 AM
  • "Apple plans to fight climate change despite Trump agenda" Cult of Mac 12:44 PM
  • "Apple's first R&D center to operate in second quarter" Jakarta Post 8:22 AM
  • "Former Apple CEO Sculley: iPhone Manufacturing in U.S. Not Practical/The former Apple head from 1983-1993 believes increased immigration and border control is a 'central issue' for the tech industry."  TheStreet 3:26 PM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Seeds First Public Beta of macOS 10.12.5 to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 3:29 PM
  • "Apple issues first public beta of macOS 10.12.5" AppleInsider 4:55 PM
  • "macOS 10.12.4 Recovery mode now able to install latest compatible version" AppleInsider 12:38 PM
  • "Xcode 8.3 provides more hints at 120Hz iPad Pro displays" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Some macOS 10.12.4 users complaining of stuttering or distorted audio with USB headsets" AppleInsider 12:38 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Protect Your Browsing History From Being Sold to Advertisers" Apple Gazette 3:20 PM
  • "macOS Sierra's Night Shift vs Flux: Which One Is Right for You?" iPhone Hacks 7:06 PM
  • "How to embed Keynote presentations in blogs and websites with the new iWork update for Mac and iOS" 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "4 Types of Backup Hard Drives for Mac" Intego 3:32 PM
  • "Understanding the Browser Address Bar" MacMost 8:40 AM
  • "macOS: Decorate Your Email With Apple Mail Stationery" The Mac Observer 4:58 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Could this be the future of the Mac?"  The Loop 8:48 AM
  • "macOS Sierra notes talk about the latest update's silent firmware change and related security holes, an Adobe CC problem, Night Shift issues, the update rigamarole, etc." MacInTouch 7:42 AM
  • "12+ reasons you'll want to be at WWDC 2017" Computerworld 7:22 AM
Press Releases
  • "Jumsoft launches a successor to its popular Money app for macOS" prMac 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple to Eliminate Several Business and Event-Related Retail Positions"  MacRumors 3:25 PM
  • "Total Android app revenue could surpass iOS this year" Cult of Mac 7:39 AM
  • "RIAA: Highest artist rates come from Apple Music as music industry slowly rebounds" 9to5Mac 4:55 PM
  • "U.S. Music Industry Revenue Grew 11% in 2016 Thanks to Streaming Music Services" MacRumors 3:25 PM
  • "Streaming Drives U.S. Music Sales Up 11% in 2016" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:43 PM
  • "Streaming services pushed U.S. music industry to biggest gain since 1998" AppleInsider 5:48 PM
  • "Apple bars apps from promoting their prices" Memeburn 7:46 AM
  • "iPhone Is Legit Again After Years on Argentina's Gray Market" Bloomberg 7:47 AM
  • "iPhone to Officially Debut in Argentina Next Month, Could Cost Double the Price of Models in U.S." MacRumors 8:22 AM
  • "Apple declared 'most intimate brand' in survey of 6,000 consumers" 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Rated The World's 'Most Intimate Brand' In Recent Survey" Digital Trends 3:27 PM
  • "Apple Music And Drake Notch Up The Most Streamed Album In History" Investopedia 10:26 AM
  • "Two Middle Eastern airlines are loaning laptops and iPads following electronics ban" The Verge 3:29 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple goes to war with The Beatles' record label" Cult of Mac 8:17 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "'Samsung Dex' is a $150 Galaxy S8 dock that makes your phone into a desktop [Updated] Ars Technica 5:44 PM
  • "Qualcomm allegedly kept Samsung out of the wireless chipset market: unconvincing denial" Foss Patents 3:29 PM
  • "Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up! Worried consumers may resort to buying VPN services and paying higher fees to ISPs to protect their privacy" IDG News Service 8:23 AM
  • "Trump extends Obama executive order on cyberattacks" IDG News Service 7:30 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Internet Privacy and VPNs -TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-30" The Mac Observer 1:19 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 113 | iOS 10.3's Find My AirPods, CarPlay changes, developer review replies, more" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "Would you choose to delete email if you could?" The Verge 10:26 AM
  • "Rebound 130: I Like My Face Better" Six Colors 8:48 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Analyst: iPhone 8 to be not as curved & edge-to-edge as Galaxy S8, higher ASP w/ $1000 OLED model" 9to5Mac 3:27 PM
  • "New iPad deliveries arriving, Personal Pickup at retail now an option for purchasers" AppleInsider 12:38 PM
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Reviews
  • "Review: Apple's $329 iPad is not without compromise, but a solid buy for upgraders and new users [Video] 9to5Mac 12:38 PM
  • "First impressions of Apple's 2017 9.7-inch A9-powered iPad" AppleInsider 3:27 PM
  • "iPad 5 Teardown" iFixit 8:01 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ vs Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Specs Comparison" iPhone Hacks 7:23 AM
  • "Microsoft Arc Touch Bluetooth BlueTrack Review" Digital Trends 3:27 PM
  • "Aumeo review: Headphone processor creates smartphone audio specifically tailored to your ears" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "Earin M-1 Wireless Earbuds Review: They Don't Stay Connected, or Charged" Wired 10:27 AM
  • "The Gamevice controller works great with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro if used correctly" Apple World Today 7:39 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple Notes hides flexibility and power underneath a veneer of simplicity" AppleInsider 3:27 PM
  • "AI test drive: Is Alexa on your phone as good as it is in your home? We test Alexa on the iPhone and the Mate 9 to see if the expanded availability can replicate the experience we get on Amazon's devices." Greenbot 7:36 AM
  • "A Privacy Tool For Mac, iPhone, And iPad" Mac360 12:35 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to display hourly weather forecast for your destination on Apple Maps" iDownload Blog 8:21 AM
  • "How to stop sharing iCloud analytics data with Apple" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "How to make your Apple iPad kid-friendly: Everything from cases and apps, to privacy settings that keep your child's iPad (and your credit card) safely locked down." CNET 8:02 AM
  • "How to share a group of contacts from your iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 7:47 AM
Tips
  • "Turn on Apple Watch Theater Mode to get a better night's sleep" Cult of Mac 3:32 PM
  • "Your Apple Address for iCloud Doesn't Have to Be Permanent" AppAdvice 8:02 AM
  • "7 Kindle tricks for iPhone users: Become a Kindle-for-iOS power user with these handy tips." CNET 7:47 AM
  • "PSA: Using a VPN can protect your browsing history as Congress allows ISPs to sell it" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "Beware phone scammers who warn of iCloud hack" Cult of Mac 10:27 AM
  • "PSA: Warn your less techy friends about scam phone calls regarding 'iCloud hack'" 9to5Mac 7:36 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "All The Siri-like Voice Agents Are Still Stupid" Mac360 12:34 PM
  • "The Barbarians At Apple's Gate" McSolo 12:34 PM
  • "You'll Know The Future Is Here When Siri Stops Listening And Starts Talking" PixoBebo 12:34 PM
  • "iPhone's 21st Century Sea Of Sameness" Mac360 12:34 PM
  • "Apple Pencil 2: Why Are So Many Apple Pencil Products Discounted on Amazon?" Apple Must 10:45 AM
  • "A swing and a meh: AirPods get disrespected" Macworld 10:27 AM
  • "Hey, the new iPad really is NOT 'just' an iPad Air" Apple Must 9:00 AM
  • "iOS Scareware Campaign Abuses Safari Vulnerability" SecurityWeek 8:22 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 features I'd like to see in iPhone 8" iMore 10:27 AM
  • "Is Samsung's S8 an iPhone Killer? Apple reclaimed the top spot in Q4 in the wake of the disastrous S7 recall." The Motley Fool 7:47 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy S8 raises the bar - how will Apple respond?" Telegraph 7:47 AM
  • "Top 5 Samsung Galaxy S8 Features We Would Like to See in iPhone 8" iPhone Hacks 7:22 AM
Non-Apple
  • "The Wearable Shift and the Future of IoT" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 12:44 PM
  • "The internet is killing our culture and destroying society" CNET 10:36 AM
  • "Behold, the Galaxy S8... Microsoft Edition? Windows Phone is spinning in its grave." CNET 1:21 PM
  • "Samsung's solution to its fingerprint sensor problem is just lame" Mashable 1:20 PM
  • "Why didn't Samsung upgrade the main camera on the S8?" The Verge 1:20 PM
  • "The Samsung Galaxy S8 will change the way we think about display sizes" The Verge 1:20 PM
  • "Android flagships: Which is best for the enterprise?" ZDNet 8:22 AM
  • "Samsung's biggest challenge now is Google software, not Apple hardware: The Galaxy S8 signals an escalation in Samsung's rivalry with Google" The Verge 8:22 AM
  • "Samsung's 2Piece cover for the Galaxy S8 is the opposite of beautiful" Mashable 8:02 AM
  • "Why I will not upgrade to Samsung Galaxy S8" BetaNews 8:02 AM
  • "Samsung is beating Microsoft in the battle to turn a phone into a PC" The Verge 7:40 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Best Alternatives to HomeKit" iMore 3:32 PM
  • "IFTTT launches new applets with App Store and Calendar support for iOS" 9to5Mac 12:38 PM
  • "Twitter stops counting usernames in replies toward the 140-character limit" Macworld 12:37 PM
  • "Google Calendar finally arrives as an iPad app" BetaNews 8:02 AM
  • "Google Calendar is finally available for the iPad" The Next Web 7:47 AM
  • "Full Fat releases Blocky Baseball 1.0 for iOS and Android - Play Ball" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "New App Brings Sticker and Emoji Fun to Pug Loving iOS Users Everywhere" prMac 7:40 AM
  • "Marshall launches wireless version of its highly-respected over-ear Monitor headphones" 9to5Mac 7:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Opens Its First European Lab for Internet of Things" Bloomberg 8:20 AM
  • "Microsoft has its own version of the Samsung Galaxy S8: And you can pre-order today at Microsoft retail stores." Engadget 12:28 PM
  • "Microsoft is selling its own Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition" The Verge 12:53 PM
  • "Behold, the Galaxy S8... Microsoft Edition? Windows Phone is spinning in its grave." CNET 12:35 PM
  • "Microsoft touts Microsoft-customized edition of Samsung Galaxy S8" ZDNet 12:52 PM
  • "Microsoft is Offering a Customized Samsung Galaxy S8 for Preorder" Thurrott 8:37 AM
  • "There's a Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, for some reason: But don't worry, it's probably not coming to the UK" The Inquirer 12:56 PM
  • "Microsoft Offering Its Own Version Of Galaxy S8 With Cortana — If Bixby Isn't Cutting It" Digital Trends 12:35 PM
  • "Windows zero-day affects 600,000 older servers, but likely won't be patched" ZDNet 12:52 PM
  • "IIS 6.0 vulnerability affecting over 60,000 Windows Server 2003 R2 deployments discovered" Neowin 7:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update review roundup: mostly positive, but not quite perfect" ExtremeTech 11:14 AM
  • "Microsoft: 'Seamless' Rollout of Creators Update to Take 'Several Months'" Thurrott 2:47 PM
  • "Microsoft's next major Windows 10 update will be released soon as a free download" BGR 9:00 AM
  • "PC users will be able to manually install the Windows 10 Creators Update on April 5" Neowin 4:56 PM
  • "Windows 10 SDK build 15063 is now formally available from Microsoft" Neowin 7:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 Creators Update street parties scheduled for 11 April: Actually, it's a bit of a ho-hummer if we're honest" The Inquirer 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft publishes ISOs for Windows 10 Creators Update build 15063" Neowin 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's Twitch competitor can remind you to stretch" Engadget 7:56 AM
  • "HP, yet again, reduces UK price of its Elite x3 Windows 10 Mobile flagship by 7%" Neowin 7:41 AM
  • "Hot Stock to Watch: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE)" Hugo Press 8:17 AM
  • "HP to Introduce New Desktops and AiOs for its Buyers" Techvicity 8:18 AM
  • "Reality Sets in for Dell EMC with $1.7 Billion Q4 Earnings Loss" eWeek 4:41 PM
  • "Dell Technologies Q4 highlights PC surge, debt reduction" ZDNet 8:22 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Game Optimization Begins: Ashes Of The Singularity Patched And Tested" HotHardware 12:27 PM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 pose for the camera" Hexus 8:22 AM
  • "Intel appoints new chief strategy officer" Telecompaper 8:24 AM
  • "Intel Will Change Approach To Chip Upgrades: Moore's Law lives on with speedy 7nm mobile chips coming in 2018" Tech Central 8:23 AM
  • "Intel claims its 10nm process is a 'full generation ahead' of rivals" Hexus 8:23 AM
  • "Intel claims 10-nanometer chips will be 'generation ahead' of Samsung and other rivals" PC Retail 8:23 AM
  • "Intel Uses LeBron James To Show Off Replay Technology" MediaDailyNews 9:25 AM
  • "Leaked records up 566 percent to 4 billion in 2016: IBM Security" ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "IBM X-Force Report Reveals a Record Number of Vulnerabilities in 2016" eWeek 8:26 AM
  • "IBM: 2016 was a record year for data breaches and insecurity in general/Just in case you missed that" The Inquirer 7:45 AM
  • "Samsung, IBM Make Deal to Bring Weather Channel App to Smartphones" eWeek 7:56 AM
  • "Entrepreneurs' Organisation India and IBM host forum on Cognitive Computing and Cloud Platforms" The Plunge Daily 9:25 AM
  • "Oracle's Converged Cloud Storage Aims to Knock Out Cloud Gateways" eWeek 7:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Raymond James Ups Target to $159, But Mind the NAND Cost" Barron's 1:21 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. Stocks Off Highs but Retain Gains as Financials Rebound: Stocks pare gains, though remain in the green on Thursday as the financial sector makes a slight rebound after recent weakness." TheStreet 12:29 PM
  • "Fed's Williams: Economy Shows Encouraging Signs but Housing Still Needs Work" FOXBusiness 12:30 PM
  • "US STOCKS-Wall St trims gains as investors look for fresh catalysts" Nasdaq 12:30 PM
  • "Money borrowed to buy stocks hits record" USA Today 12:31 PM
  • "Stocks Steady as Investors Shrug Off China Jitters: Markets slip in Asia but hold steady in Europe" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:07 AM
  • "'Confused' Asian markets sag, though energy stocks post gains" MarketWatch 8:07 AM
  • "European stocks edge higher to flirt with 2-year high" MarketWatch 8:07 AM

 
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