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Wednesday Highlights: Apple announces new campus to be called Apple Park, theater will named for Steve Jobs, site open for employees in April—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Jared Newman thinks there's still hope for Apple TV to be "a complete cord-cutting solution" in which Apple offers channel bundle solutions; Tim Bajarin ponders whether or not Apple has "delivered Steve Jobs' vision of disrupting TV"; Macworld tutorial on ripping your DVDs with Handbrake; Joanna Stern at WSJ explains reasons our digital assistants are "overwhelmingly female instead of male"; secret no more, Apple's Siri lab across the pond in Cambridge; almost 80% of active iOS devices said to be running iOS 10; Samsung refutes reports, not actually launching refurb'd Galaxy Note 7 devices; ZDNet's Jason Perlow says "iOS's integration with 3rd-party cloud services stinks".

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  • "Apple Park opens to employees in April: Theater to Be Named for Steve Jobs" ["Envisioned by Steve Jobs as a center for creativity and collaboration, Apple Park is transforming miles of asphalt sprawl into a haven of green space in the heart of the Santa Clara Valley. The campus' ring-shaped, 2.8 million-square-foot main building is clad entirely in the world's largest panels of curved glass."]  Apple 7:19 AM
  • "Apple Park Opens to Employees in April" Business Wire 7:40 AM
  • "Apple Campus 2 Officially Named 'Apple Park', Set For Grand Opening in April" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "Apple's new campus 'Apple Park' will open in April" TechCrunch 7:34 AM
  • "Apple has kept Steve Jobs promises with its new HQ" Computerworld 8:28 AM
  • "It's not too late for Apple TV: The Apple TV has struggled, but another stab at the streaming bundle could make it a complete cord-cutting solution."  TechHive 6:39 AM
  • "Has Apple delivered Steve Job's Vision of Disrupting TV?" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 6:52 AM
  • "New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild: The program's creator asks for payments but doesn't have the encryption key to unlock victims' files" IDG News Service 1:34 PM
  • "Swift-based ransomware targets macOS pirates with false decryption promise" AppleInsider 1:48 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 24 With User Timing and Link Preload" MacRumors 1:38 PM
  • "How to rip DVDs with Handbrake: Handbrake 1.0 recently became official, but there's an additional software installation you need to perform in macOS Sierra." Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Updating my invoicing email automation" Dr. Drang 6:53 AM
  • "How to Open the User's Library Folder on macOS Sierra 10.12.2 or Later" Kirkville 1:38 PM
  • "How To Change the Default Download Directory in Chrome and Safari for Mac" MacTrast 9:47 AM
  • "How to quickly add multiple songs to a playlist in iTunes" iMore 9:33 AM
  • "Use Your Mac To Speed Dial Phone Calls" Mac360 7:36 AM
  • "It's Time For Apple To Start Over With A New Operating System For Everything" NoodleMac 8:14 AM
  • "What if you could customize 'your' Apple store interfaces to suit your preferences?" Apple World Today 6:55 AM
Press Releases
  • "Transfer Large Files Fast With Pay-As-You-Go Service MASV Rush" 8:20 AM
  • "Combine Logging Data From Multiple FCPX Systems with MergeX" 6:53 AM
  • "Moneyspire Announces New Lower Pricing For Its Personal Finance Software" prMac 6:42 AM
  • "Jumsoft steps in a new area with Social Media Lab - Templates for Pages" prMac 6:39 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Alexa, Siri, Cortana: The Problem With All-Female Digital Assistants/Men and women may prefer female voices for their digital assistants, but it's about time we had more male options" [Paid Membership Required] 6:56 AM
  • "Apple's 'secret' Cambridge Siri lab is no longer quite so secret" Cambridge News UK 7:26 AM
  • "Apple finally admits it has an office in Cambridge, England, reportedly home to Siri researchers" 9to5Mac 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's Presence in Cambridge Office Confirmed, Reportedly Centering on Siri Research" MacRumors 9:32 AM
  • "Doctors Reveal Seizure Insights Gained From ResearchKit App" MacRumors 1:37 PM
  • "Apple Watch & ResearchKit epilepsy study concludes, gleans insight on seizure triggers" AppleInsider 1:48 PM
  • "Apple Pay Will Be Available Everywhere, Anywhere, by 2020" Apple Must 10:34 AM
  • "Building Apple Park: 5 Years in 6 Pictures" Apple Must 1:24 PM
  • "New iPhone shipments to reach 100 million in 2017, says TrendForce" DigiTimes 7:11 AM
  • "iOS 10 Now Installed on Nearly 80% of Active iOS Devices" MacRumors 9:32 AM
  • "The average US iPhone user spent $40 on apps last year, downloaded 33 apps" 9to5Mac 6:39 AM
  • "iPhone owners in US spent $40 each on apps in 2016" CNET 7:01 AM
  • "Apple's new UK AirPod ads point to a big shift in its advertising strategy" Business Insider 6:58 AM
  • "Apple bought the website '' and shut down the social network using it" Business Insider 7:15 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Remember the 'Flower Power' and 'Blue Dalmatian' iMacs?" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Customer service on Twitter is about to get more human" The Next Web 1:38 PM
  • "No, Samsung isn't launching a refurbished Galaxy Note7" Mashable 7:21 AM
  • "HTTPS now protects half of all web traffic" BetaNews 7:11 AM
  • "Podcast 547: WWDC heads south to San Jose" Macworld 1:48 PM
  • "Clockwise #177: Burn It Down and Start Over" Six Colors 1:35 PM
  • "What Apple TV Could've Been -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-22" The Mac Observer 1:24 PM
  • "What's the status on LG's UltraFine 5K monitor?" [Video Report] AppleInsider 6:39 AM
  • "Apple, Foxconn & TSMC consider swooping in on Toshiba's flash memory business" AppleInsider 8:40 AM
  • "Your LG UltraFine 5K need repair? You'll go several days with no external monitor" Apple World Today 1:23 PM
  • "Click, click, clack: Apple's MacBook Pro 2016 keyboard sounds all wrong to owners" ZDNet 7:24 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM

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  • "Hands-on with Nomad's Midnight Blue Horween Leather Folio Wallet for iPhone 7 Plus" 9to5Mac 1:29 PM
  • "Keyboard Cases for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro" TidBITS 1:34 PM
  • "Sonos Play:5 vs. Bose SoundTouch 30: Which should you get?" iMore 1:29 PM
  • "A Wall Charger and Backup Battery in One – Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000 Review" Terry White's Tech Blog 1:34 PM
  • "LuMee Duo review: Let there be light, and with this iPhone case, there was light/LuMee Duo makes any photo or video look better, but the tradeoff is a bulky case that's hard to remove." Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "Hands-on with Omnicharge Pro, one smart battery for all your devices: It's got a built-in Qi pad, fast charging ports, and even comes with a MagSafe cable to charge your MacBook. If it ships to stores, you're gonna love it." Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "SpiShutter might work — if it stayed attached to your Mac laptop" Apple World Today 6:55 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review: New elements give a familiar formula replay value/If you've played Lego games before, you'll get the hang of this one quickly." Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "Moment Review: Get the Right Shot" MacStories 1:38 PM
  • "How to save and back up your Health data on Apple Watch" iMore 1:45 PM
  • "Prometheus Guide Part 2: How to use futurerestore to restore to unsigned firmwares" iDownload Blog 1:45 PM
  • "Prometheus Guide Part 1: How to set a nonce with nonceEnabler" iDownload Blog 1:45 PM
  • "How to Decide Which Headphones to Buy (Hint: Not Apple's AirPods)" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:50 AM
  • "Getting More In Touch With the Home Button on Older iOS Devices" AppAdvice 7:49 AM
  • "Cull the Cruft from iOS by Clearing History" AppAdvice 7:22 AM
  • "Fail safe vs. fail secure: Backing up in the age of encryption" iMore 1:46 PM
  • "Why Apple Should Buy Netflix...Again!"  Om Malik 1:35 PM
  • "Samsung and Microsoft are working together to copy a signature Apple feature" BGR 10:57 AM
  • "Why the heck did Apple just buy" Mashable 10:53 AM
  • "What's An iPhone Worth To You?" Mac 360 9:47 AM
  • "The Apple Glasses Comeback" TeraTalks 8:17 AM
  • "Behold! Apple's 2017 Supercycle!" Mac360 7:57 AM
  • "There Is No Right to Repair: Do you have the right to fix products you purchased and own? Yes and no." PC Magazine 7:34 AM
  • "The Cloud? Apple's iOS can't handle the Cloud: iOS's integration with 3rd-party cloud services stinks. What does Apple need to do to make iOS a best-in-class cloud citizen? Or is Android too far ahead?"  ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "A Connected House ain't No Smart Home" Tech.pinions 6:52 AM
  • "Using an iPhone in the Google Universe" Low End Mac 6:50 AM
  • "IT security breaches: Why users shouldn't take all the blame anymore" ZDNet 10:16 AM
  • "Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough" Recode 8:20 AM
  • "Don't trust Facebook's shifting line on controversy" TechCrunch 6:43 AM
  • "The Nine Stages of Forgetting your Phone!" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 6:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "17 months later, Gmail gains a single 3D Touch shortcut" iDownload Blog 1:34 PM
  • "Instagram update introduces new carousel album posts for up to 10 photos and videos" 9to5Mac 10:52 AM
  • "Strava Launches Apple Watch App With GPS Support For Series 2 Owners" MacRumors 9:47 AM
  • "Apple Pay expands to over 40 more banks and credit unions around the US" 9to5Mac 9:32 AM
  • "Turf Logistics Releases Both Apple iOS and Android Apps" PRNewswire 7:27 AM
  • "Pad & Quill Introduces a Leather Grip for the Apple Pencil" MacStories 6:53 AM
  • "Poker Puzzle Game is the Tetris-Style Poker Challenge for iOS Devices" prMac 6:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "AMD will launch its Intel-busting Ryzen PC chips next week" VentureBeat 10:57 AM
  • "AMD Demos Ryzen 7 Benchmarks Beating Intel, Reveals Chip Details, Clock Speeds, And Pricing" HotHardware 8:15 AM
  • "AMD unveils Ryzen 7, promising faster chips at half the price: Top-of-the-range Ryzen 7 1800X will be nine per cent faster for half the price of Intel's Core i7 6900K" V3 10:53 AM
  • "AMD Unveils Cheap, Powerful Flagship Ryzen CPUs" PC Magazine 8:20 AM
  • "AMD's new Ryzen processor is a huge leap forward and a true competitor to Intel" The Verge 10:52 AM
  • "AMD Launches Ryzen PC Chips With A Price And Performance That Will Anger Intel" Forbes 8:20 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen benchmark preview: Ryzen 7 outperforms Intel's best" PCWorld 8:21 AM
  • "AMD Unveils Cheap, Powerful Flagship Ryzen CPUs" PC Magazine 10:16 AM
  • "CPU competition at last: AMD Ryzen brings 8 cores from just $329" Ars Technica 8:20 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen First Take: All The Cores, Plenty Of Performance" Digital Trends 8:50 AM
  • "Microsoft forced to issue emergency Flash fix after delaying Windows patches" The Verge 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft pushes out critical Flash Player patches with one week delay: A critical Windows update released Tuesday fixes vulnerabilities in Flash Player" IDG News Service 7:49 AM
  • "Windows-based Mirai 'muck-spreader' the work of a 'skilled' attacker" V3 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft confirms second major Windows 10 update coming in 2017" Ars Technica 7:53 AM
  • "Microsoft confirms second big Windows 10 update due later this year" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "Satya Nadella announces the 'first coming together of Microsoft and LinkedIn' project" Mashable 7:21 AM
  • "IBM and University of Maryland test their quantum computers head-to-head" V3 6:57 AM
  • "IBM, Northern Trust partner on financial security blockchain tech" ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "IBM's Watson will use medical images to diagnose heart disease" Mashable 10:11 AM
  • "Lenovo to build and run SAP's cloud in China" The Register 7:14 AM
  • "HP Earnings: What to Watch/HP is plunging deeper into the commercial printing market where it expects growth in the coming years" [Paid Membership Required] 6:31 AM
  • "HP returns to the 80s for its best commercial yet" The Next Web 7:09 AM
  • "Google and Intel had the most active corporate VC firms last year: GV's biggest investments in 2016 were Oscar, Stripe and Grail." Recode 7:22 AM
  • "Intel pushing new 5G chip" DigiTimes 7:10 AM
  • "Cisco edits DNA for even softer switches" The Register 7:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple hits yet another all-time stock price high" Cult of Mac 6:53 AM
  • "As Apple's stock keeps setting records, analysts predict it will rise even higher" VentureBeat 7:53 AM
  • "Where Apple Ranks In Warren Buffett's Portfolio" Forbes 7:42 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow heads for longest record streak in 30 years as Fed minutes loom: Toll Brothers, Garmin among stocks to watch" MarketWatch 1:42 PM
  • "S&P 500 Trades Lower as Fed Signals Move on Rates 'Fairly Soon': The S&P 500 holds lower on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled comfort in moving to higher interest rate levels 'fairly soon.'" TheStreet 1:42 PM
  • "S&P, Nasdaq Dip Ahead of Fed Minutes; Dow Hits Record High" Reuters 1:41 PM
  • "Lower Oil Prices Weigh on U.S. Stocks: Fed minutes show officials expect to raise rates 'fairly soon'" [Paid Membership Required] 1:41 PM
  • "Asian stocks edge up ahead of Fed minutes: Nikkei dips as yen gains" MarketWatch 7:36 AM
  • "European stocks at yearly highs as euro pulls back, German sentiment rises" MarketWatch 7:35 AM

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