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Thursday Highlights: Apple to begin India manufacture of iPhones in April/May according to Wall Street Journal; Apple acquires Workflow automation app, seen as being used "to offer quick access for disabled people", bringing more "advanced macros to iOS", among features—more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; NC State University dean sees a trend beginning with Apple's planned use of 3,600 acres of forests in the state; Casey Newton at The Verge resents that "iTunes built, and then broke, [his] meticulous music-listening system"; Apple says iCloud hack threat has not come to fruition, no system breaches, all systems secure—more in General Interest; J.D. Power finds Apple having "highest overall...smartphone device rankings in full-service segment" with connected homes; CNET interviews Apple's Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe; Apple applies for patent of laptop shell that uses iPhone or iPad to turn into full-fledged laptop.

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  • "Apple to Start Making iPhones in India Over Next Two Months: Contract manufacturer Wistron to manufacture iPhones at Bangalore plant" [Paid Membership Required] 7:02 AM
  • "Apple has acquired Workflow, a powerful automation tool for iPad and iPhone" TechCrunch 7:02 AM
  • "Apple acquires Workflow automation app, offers it free: The technology could be used by Apple to offer quick access for disabled people" IDG News Service 7:02 AM
  • "Apple buys the Automator-esque Workflow app, which adds advanced macros to iOS" Ars Technica 8:00 AM
  • "Apple acquisition hints at deep automation in iOS" Engadget 7:49 AM
  • "NCSU prof.: Apple's plans for eastern North Carolina could be the start of a trend" ["Apple, through a partnership with Virginia-based nonprofit The Conservation Fund, has pledged to maintain land it acquired two years ago in Brunswick County as a working forest. The goal is to source packaging materials in a sustainable way and, according to The Conservation Fund, it's already realizing results."] Triangle Business Journal 10:39 AM
  • "How to change the default search scope in Finder" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "How to Sort Pictures Automatically With Automator for Mac" Envato Tuts+ 7:53 AM
  • "How to view the HTML source code of a web page on iOS or Mac" iDownload Blog 8:19 AM
  • "How to implement Apple's two-factor authentication for security on Mac, iPhone, or iPad" AppleInsider 10:40 AM
  • "How to Check Out Your Printer's Webpage (And Why You Might Want To!)" The Mac Observer 7:49 AM
  • "How iTunes built, and then broke, my meticulous music-listening system" The Verge 7:49 AM
Press Releases
  • "SSD Speeder for macOS Now Available From B-Eng" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Digital Anarchy's Flicker Free plug-in a useful tool for Final Cut Pro X users" Apple World Today 7:35 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Responds to Hacker's Threat to Wipe Hundreds of Millions of iPhones" Fortune 7:09 AM
  • "Apple responds to hacker claims, says systems not breached" AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "Apple Responds to Hack Threats, Says There Were No iCloud or Apple ID Breaches" MacRumors 7:54 AM
  • "Apple denies iCloud hack threats, says systems remain secure" V3 8:00 AM
  • "Latest leaked CIA hack focuses on Apple's macOS, utilizes patched Thunderbolt EFI exploit" AppleInsider 10:31 AM
  • "WikiLeaks' latest Vault 7 documents profile CIA's exploits for Mac & iPhone" 9to5Mac 10:54 AM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple in China for long haul, touts job creation in new interview" AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "Tim Cook's 'iOS Everywhere' plan is coming together" Computerworld 10:04 AM
  • "Tim Cook Hails China Investment, Says Apple 'Here to Stay'" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Responds to iCloud Blackmail Threats" Apple Must 10:13 AM
  • "Prosecutors say they are extracting data from more than 100 locked phones from Inauguration Day suspects" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Smartphone Satisfaction Higher as Customer Homes Become More Connected, J.D. Power Finds: Apple Highest Overall in Smartphone Device Rankings in Full-Service Segment" PRNewswire 10:28 AM
  • "iPhone owners have more smart home devices, are more satisfied with their phones – J.D. Power" 9to5Mac 10:28 AM
  • "It wasn't the money: Wozniak on robots, design and Apple's origins/The Apple co-founder has a lot to say about technology's past and future" IDG News Service 7:01 AM
  • "Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak joins $9.5 million investment into 'robotic digitization' startup Ripcord" VentureBeat 10:28 AM
  • "Archivist seeks to preserve every Apple II program ever created" Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
  • "T-Mobile To Offer iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition And iPhone SE 32GB And 128GB On Friday, March 24" MacPrices 11:04 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Macintosh LC II is the Mac mini of its day" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC gets tough on robocalls: The FCC approved new rules that gives phone companies more ammunition to fight annoying robocalls." CNET 10:31 AM
  • "Rebound 129: Look at This GUI" Six Colors 10:29 AM
  • "Apple's Zane Lowe wants to be your digital record-store Romeo: Zane Lowe, the head of Apple's radio channel, sees Beats 1 DJs filling a music-culture void left by automated streaming libraries."  CNET 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's Asia Suppliers Expected to Ship 100 Million iPhone 8s: Merrill Lynch analysts believe the new iPhone could be sold out for more than two quarters." TheStreet 8:04 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple investigating accessory that turns iPhone, iPad into full-fledged touchscreen laptop" AppleInsider 7:09 AM
  • "Apple reimagines the iPhone as a MacBook touchpad" The Next Web 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Continues to Dream up Accessories for iDevices with some being Sheer Fantasy" Patently Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Method for Forming a 3D Glass iPhone Body that Supports a Recent Rumor" Patently Apple 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Watch may soon automatically detect when you're driving and only show important alerts" 9to5Mac 10:29 AM
  • "Is Comcast's Xfinity swapping your settings? No, but it can seem that way: What seems like overreach may actually be an iCloud quirk." Macworld 7:53 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:03 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:03 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 10:03 AM

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  • "Hands on with Apple's new spring 2017 iPhone leather and silicone cases [Video] 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Everything new in Super Mario Run 2.0" BGR 10:29 AM
  • "'Golf Zero' Review - Jump and Shoot" Touch Arcade 10:30 AM
  • "How to record live TV without a cable subscription using Plex DVR" iMore 10:28 AM
  • "Understanding USB Connections" MacMost 10:03 AM
  • "How To: Take a Photo Using 3D Touch on Your iPhone 6s/6s Plus/7/7 Plus" MacTrast 8:00 AM
  • "Opinion: A spring iPad event now seems unlikely, but that 10.5-inch iPad is probably still real" 9to5Mac 10:29 AM
  • "The Case For and Against Apple's Purchase of Workflow" MacSparky 10:28 AM
  • "Apple Is Pulling A Dell On Pricing" PixoBebo 10:03 AM
  • "Coming Soon: The Death Of The iMac" Mac360 10:03 AM
  • "How A Cheap iPad Changes Apple" Mac360 8:11 AM
  • "Apple's latest acquisition could lead to amazing things for iOS" BGR 8:00 AM
  • "The $329 iPad could be just the thing for the education market: Apple isn't selling its new low-cost iPad exclusively to schools, but it could help make up some ground lost to Chromebooks."  Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Brand Marketing: Apple vs. Amazon" McSolo 7:46 AM
  • "Apple's strategy hasn't changed—and neither have pundits' takes" Macworld 7:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The Elder Scrolls: Legends launches today for iPad!" iMore 10:29 AM
  • "Planet Flip: Solve Physics Puzzles Across Two Planets Simultaneously" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Botswana Radio Live 1.0 for iOS - Release Info" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Super Mario Run 2.0 Released for iOS With New Characters, Buildings, Courses, More" iClarified 7:59 AM
  • "Super Mario Run 2.0 Arrives" MacStories 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Market Forum is Coming to Silicon Valley this Summer" PRWeb 7:46 AM
  • "Netflix and Spotify Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings for Streaming Media, According to Temkin" [iTunes: 70%; Apple Music: 68%] PRNewswire 7:45 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Licenses Patents to Toyota In Bid For Bigger Car-Tech Role: Companies didn't disclose specific patents licensed, or any fees Toyota is paying to use technology" [Paid Membership Required] 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft will now license its connected car technology patents to Toyota" The Tech Portal 7:01 AM
  • "Toyota in licensing deal with Microsoft" My Broadband 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft to car firms: Toyota's on board, so license our tech too. We won't compete with you" ZDNet 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft's latest attempt to get into connected cars involves patents" The Verge 7:02 AM
  • "'Windows 10 has a keylogger' story is back, three years after we first broke it: Yeah. That was us. Now Reddit has pointed out it has become 'normal'" The Inquirer 7:44 AM
  • "Speculation: Microsoft might demo its upcoming Surface devices in India next week" MSPoweruser 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft releases second cumulative update for Windows 10 this week" MSPoweruser 7:02 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 Latest News & Update: Simpler, Cheaper Transformable Laptop Nearing Release" Droid Report 7:02 AM
  • "Windows 10 gets battle-hardened: US Army recruits 10,000 rugged tablets" ZDNet 9:54 AM
  • "US Army has ordered almost 10,000 Getac F110 G3 rugged tablets with Windows 10" Neowin 6:47 AM
  • "Microsoft releases multiple fixes for CRM bugs, including Win10 emergency patch KB 4016635: Cumulative updates for Windows 10 and Internet Explorer 11 aim to correct major formatting bugs introduced by last week's security patches" InfoWorld 7:03 AM
  • "New DirectX 11 vs. DirectX 12 comparison shows uneven results, limited improvements" ExtremeTech 6:52 AM
  • "Dell EMC and Intel launch cloud service provider ecosystem" ComputerWeekly 6:54 AM
  • "Intel raises dividend to $0.2725 per share" Seeking Alpha 8:35 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 CPUs Are Already Being Sold 3 Weeks Before Launch" Game Debate 6:53 AM
  • "Datapac Wins HP Inc Partner Of The Year Award: First time award has gone to an Irish company" Tech Central 6:49 AM
  • "IBM, Dublin City University partner for IoT research in water management" Entertainment Weekly 7:00 AM
  • "Red Hat partners with IBM for easier access to hybrid cloud" IT PRO 7:00 AM
  • "IBM Watson to advance eye healthcare" IT Web 7:00 AM
  • "View from the Airport: IBM Interconnect 2017" IT PRO 7:00 AM
  • "Cisco completes acquisition of AppDynamics" India Blooms 6:53 AM
  • "Oracle Unveils Asset Performance Management Tools for Utilities" Top Tech News 7:00 AM
  • "Oracle Unveils Asset Performance Management Tools for Utilities" NewsFactor 7:08 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Demand for iPhone 8 to outstrip supply for half a year" Apple 3.0 7:53 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock Futures Creep Higher Ahead of Vote on Health Care Bill: Stock futures creep higher on Thursday morning ahead of a vote on Capitol Hill on the Republicans' bill to repeal and replace Obamacare." TheStreet 7:16 AM
  • "US STOCKS-Futures higher as investors eye healthcare vote" Nasdaq 7:16 AM
  • "Global Markets Inch Up Before U.S. Health-Care Vote: Investors watch for outcome to gauge President Trump's likely legislative success" [Paid Membership Required] 7:17 AM
  • "Asian markets hold their breath ahead of critical vote in U.S." MarketWatch 7:17 AM
  • "European stocks hover at week lows as investors eye U.S. health care vote" MarketWatch 7:17 AM

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