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Weekend Highlights: The escalating tariff war between the US and China puts Apple Watch (original), Fitbits, Sonos, squarely in the crosshairs of a 10% tariff, resulting in US price increases; might autonomous vehicles be Apple's Next Big Thing?; report from BGR India that unless Apple installs "a pesky call app soon", iPhones may cease working on networks; attention Apple! Ben Lovejoy thinks your meager-but-free 5GB of iCloud storage has become an embarrassment and needs to change; and Dan Moren calls on Apple to break tradition and let us set our own preferred apps instead of being locked in to company choices; Tyson's Corner Apple Store, first one ever, set to undergo facelift; Samsung unleashes three more videos mocking dongles, lack of fast charging accessories included with iPhones; MacBook Pro i9 Throttlegate also affects some Dell XPS systems, but are reports overblown?

  • "With Galaxy Note 7, Is Samsung Getting Too Far Ahead Of Apple? Time for the iPhone faithful to panic?"  Forbes 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's most controversial decisions that made the iPhone better" [Slideshow] Telegraph 8:07 AM
  • "Apple rumored to be taking a big bite out of Seattle-area office market with potential expansion"  GeekWire 8/12
  • "Apple Is Still Mulling Over Its Plans for India Stores, Government Says: India's government in June loosened foreign-direct investment restrictions" WSJ Blogs 8/12
  • "Apple's €850m Athenry data centre finally gets green light" SiliconRepublic 8/12
  • "Apple granted planning permission for €850m Galway data centre" Belfast Telegraph 8/12
  • "Apple's €850 million Irish data centre finally gets the green light"  Business Insider 8/12
  • "Apple wins approval to begin first stage of Irish data center" AppleInsider 8/12
  • "Apple gets go-ahead for €850m Athenry data centre" Examiner 8/12
  • "Introducing a Perfect companion to Apple's Swift" Computerworld 8/12
  • "6 useful Mac tips everybody needs (but not everybody knows)" Apple Must 11:39 AM
  • "iTunes 12.5 and iOS 10 Music App to Add Lyrics to Song Playback" Kirkville 8/12
  • "Two Email Apps To Replace Mail" TeraTalks 8/12
  • "Get HDR Photos With A Click On Your Mac" Mac360 8/12
Press Releases
  • "Beta-Testing Airfoil for Mac's Chromecast Support" Rogue Amoeba 8/12
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Siri Has Quite A Few Pokemon Go Jokes To Tell" Redmond Pie 8:15 AM
  • "Apple really is printing money with Pokemon Go" Apple Must 8/12
  • "Pokémon Go: 6 million downloads, 5 million players and 1 million paying users since UK launch" YouGov UK 8/12
  • "Apps, Gwyneth Paltrow and $10m: what's up with Apple's new TV show? The reaction to Planet of the Apps, in which app developers compete for investment under the guidance of Paltrow and, has been lukewarm"  The Guardian 8/12
  • "Apple's iPads open up new worlds for Oakland youth" USA Today 8/12
  • "Sales of iOS smartphones up in US and EU, down in China in 2Q16, says Kantar" DigiTimes 8/12
  • "Apple Music Takes 3 Records To The Top Of Billboard Charts" Benzinga 8/12
  • "Apple celebrates Independence Day by highlighting apps from Indian developers" Business Today 8/12
  • "A death in the family inspired an iPhone case that monitors your blood pressure" Tech in Asia 8/12
  • "Early Apple employee Mike Markkula is selling his California ranch for $45 million" Tech Insider 8/12
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple's war with IBM commences" Cult of Mac 8/12
Non-Apple News
  • "Google's Fuchsia operating system runs on virtually anything" Engadget 7:42 PM
  • "The Russian cyberattack on the Democratic Party is getting ugly" Business Insider 6:52 PM
  • "Samsung Teases Gear S3 Smartwatch With IFA Invitation" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "Niantic Catches Pokemon Go Cheaters With Its Ban Ball" PC Magazine 9:10 PM
  • "Cheating Pokemon GO With Bots And Spoofs May Just Get You The Permaban Hammer" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "Pokémon Go is a small business's dream" VentureBeat 7:58 AM
  • "Forty U.S. Companies Sign on to EU Data Protection Agreement: Successor to Safe Harbor pact lets companies transfer data on European citizens to servers in U.S" [Paid Membership Required] 8/12
  • "Samsung press invite hints at IFA debut for Gear S3 smartwatch: No confirmation, but tons of rumors and precedent for a reveal at the German trade show." Engadget 8/12
  • "Toshiba Begins to Sample eMLC-Based ZD6300 7.68 TB SSDs to Customers" AnandTech 8/12
  • "MIT's DuoSkin turns temporary tattoos into on-skin interfaces" TechCrunch 8/12
  • "CVS Pay Aims to Rival Apple, Google" PC Magazine 8/12
  • "Hackers Can Now Steal Data by Listening to the Sound of a Computer's Hard Drive" Gizmodo 8/12
  • "Can't afford the latest smartphone? You can lease one, but it won't be cheap" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8/12
  • "Taiwan's Foxconn Completes Acquisition of Sharp: The iPhone assembler will begin restructuring efforts to turn around Japanese company" [Paid Membership Required] 8/12
  • "How Facebook's attack on ad blockers screws publishers" VentureBeat 8/12
  • "Has Facebook outsmarted Adblock Plus in cat-and-mouse ad blocking game?" ZDNet 8/12
  • "8 smartphone injuries that can seriously affect your future" Greenbot 8/12
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-12: Microsoft's Leaked Encryption Key, Explaining Internet Speed Tests" The Mac Observer 8/12
  • "Vergecast 216: Apple rumors, wireless headphones, and No Man's Sky" The Verge 8/12
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 7,' Apple Watch, potential Health device" AppleInsider 8/12
  • "Apple Watch Availability Is Growing Limited Ahead of September's Refresh" AppAdvice 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Watch supplies run low ahead of September event: Don't buy an Apple Watch yet." Engadget 6:53 PM
  • "Apple's Darth Vader-Esque Space Black iPhone 7 Plus Makes An Appearance" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "Leaked schematics reveal iPhone 7 might not have stereo speakers" Mashable 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Scores Ten Apple Pencil Design Patents in China" Patently Apple 1:33 PM
  • "Apple Granted Registered Trademarks for Apple Wallet and the iPhone with a Twist" Patently Apple 7:58 AM
  • "iPhone 7's Secondary Speaker Holes May Be Purely Cosmetic" MacRumors 8/12
  • "Apple is replacing the iPhone's headphone jack with a speaker port — but there won't be a speaker in it" Business Insider 8/12
  • "Apple's Upcoming iPhone 7 in Play for Qualcomm's Growth Prospects" Market Realist 8/12
  • "Apple Watch availability continues to deplete ahead of upcoming refresh" 9to5Mac 8/12
  • "Apple Watch Stock Reportedly Running Low Ahead Of Refresh" UberGizmo 8/12
  • "Most of the companies similar to Box and Dropbox will be gone in 2 years - Gartner" Tech Insider 8/12
  • "What to do when your Mac's Wi-Fi hardware is having problems: Here's what to check if you have a wonky wireless connection and you know your Mac is at fault." Macworld 8/12
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/12
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/12
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/12

  • "Review: Raumfeld One M – a phenomenal-sounding Wi-Fi streaming speaker [Video] 9to5Mac 9:12 PM
  • "Review: Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case for Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro" AppleInsider 1:34 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book Compared To Apple's MacBook Pro" The News Recorder 8:27 AM
  • "Razer's iPad Pro mechanical keyboard is indulgent typing heaven: Bulky, impractical, awesome" The Verge 8/12
  • "Mini-review: Enveo Chestnut Dock, an attractive charging dock for the Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 8/12
  • "The Logitech Create keyboard for iPad Pro, reviewed: packs a great keyboard and a Pencil holder, too" CNET 8/12
  • "Should You Buy Galaxy Note 7 Or Wait For iPhone 7 Plus? Quick Specs And Features Comparison" Tech Times 8/12
  • "Mr Mobile's Bose QC35 Review: So nice I bought it twice" iMore 8/12
  • "Review: Audeze Sine On-Ear Headphone" iLounge 8/12
  • "Kindle Oasis review: Amazon's newest e-reader is nearly perfect" Macworld 8/12
  • "Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is one of the best platformers around" Apple World Today 8/12
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Severed is a gruesome, yet gratifying dungeon-crawling adventure" Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "Go Radar tracks Pokémon locations in real time" iDownload Blog 8/12
  • "It's Raining Cats And Dogs On Apple TV" AppAdvice 8/12
  • "'Journey Below' Review - Started From The Top, Now We're Here" Touch Arcade 8/12
  • "How To UnJailbreak iOS 9.3.3 Using Cydia Eraser [Tutorial] Redmond Pie 6:53 PM
  • "Manually Empty Google Maps Cache on iPhone" OS X Daily 1:34 PM
  • "How to customize the Lock screen on iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:19 AM
  • "How to use Apple TV Accessibility Tools" About Tech 8/12
  • "How to use Activities for Apple Watch and iPhone" iMore 8/12
  • "How to use apps, watch movies and tv shows, play music, and look at photos on Apple TV" iMore 8/12
  • "How to turn read receipts on and off for individual conversations in Messages in iOS 10" iMore 8/12
  • "Sick of NBC's vapid Olympics coverage? Use Opera's built-in VPN and you can watch the BBC's coverage instead" TechHive 8/12
  • "How to Make YouTube Stop Watching What You Watch" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/12
  • "New Life For Old Macs, iPhones, And iPads" Mac360 8/12
  • "How Many iPhones Will Apple, Inc. Sell This Quarter?" The Motley Fool 1:34 PM
  • "Cassandra: Speculation on Enhanced use of Apple's Rumoured OLED display for MacBook Pro Computers" eXtensions 10:29 AM
  • "Apple Music and iTunes Downloads Combine into One Powerful Music Platform" The Mac Observer 8/12
  • "Should you wait for the iPhone 8?" FOXNews 8/12
  • "Gruber & I disagree about a few issues about Apple"  Om Malik 8/12
  • "The iPhone 7 may not surprise us, but it's still a killer phone" Digital Trends 8/12
  • "The iPhone 7 is going to be so much more exciting than you think" BGR 8/12
  • "The new MacBook Pro: Will it solve the Apple laptop shopper's dilemma? Commentary: With new MacBook Pro models on the horizon, where does Apple's laptop lineup current stand?" CNET 8/12
  • "How a digital-only smartphone opens the door to DRM (and how to close the door): Fast Company's Mark Sullivan asked me to explain what could happen if Apple went through with its rumored plans to ship a phone with no analog sound outputs, only digital ones: what kind of DRM badness might we expect to emerge?"  Boing Boing 8/12
  • "All The Dumb Ideas In Apple Watch" Mac360 8/12
  • "How Apple's new privacy settings in iOS 10 will impact mobile advertising" Marketing Dive 8/12
  • "How Apple And Microsoft Teamed Up To Punch Google Where It Hurts" NoodleMac 8/12
  • "Comment: Microsoft just demonstrated why Apple was right to stand up to the FBI" 9to5Mac 8/12
  • "When will We see a Touch-Enabled Mac?" Tech.pinions 8/12
  • "Apple's iPhone 7 And The Coming Re-Birth Of Virtual Reality Systems" BohemianBoomer 8/12
  • "Siri-ous mistakes: Apple's personal assistant still needs a lot of work" Macworld 8/12
  • "Why chatbots are in the caveman stage" VentureBeat 6:52 PM
  • "Facebook vs Adblock Plus: Just By Fighting, Facebook Wins" Forbes 4:22 PM
  • "What it's like to experience the internet" Computerworld 8:10 AM
  • "BlackBerry DTEK50 Review: A Secure Android Phone on the Cheap" [Paid Membership Required] 8/12
  • "Is CVS addicted to wasting money?" Apple Must 8/12
  • "What It's Like to Use the World's Thinnest Laptop" Time 8/12
  • "Too Poor to Afford the Internet" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/12
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Denmark Radio Live 1.0 for iOS - Release Info" prMac 3:51 PM
  • "Coming August 13: Gene Steinberg meets blogger/podcaster Peter Cohen and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 10:04 AM
  • "SteelSeries Siberia 840 is SteelSeries' newest wireless headset" Apple World Today 7:58 AM
  • "Former Apple Engineer Starts 7sensors, a Hardware Startup That Fully Automates Plant Growing" PRNewswire 8/12
  • "Navisphere® Carrier is Now Available on the App Store and Google Play" Business Wire 8/12
  • "This 'flesh sucking phone charger' will haunt your dreams" Express UK 8/12
  • "This Disturbing iPhone Charger Slurps, Pulsates and... Just Look At It" Gizmodo UK 8/12
  • "Rome: Total War is coming to iPad. No, seriously" T3 8/12
  • "'Rome: Total War' is Coming to iPad this Autumn" Touch Arcade 8/12
  • "Waze making it easier to avoid road closures with advance notification" 9to5Mac 8/12
  • "Qibla Direction Finder Pro for Prayer Muslim" prMac 8/12
  • "Random-Apps Allows iOS Users to Discover the Best Apps in the App Store" prMac 8/12
  • "Foundry Group and Autodesk announces $35 million in Series B funding for Formlabs" Architosh 8/12
Computer Industry
  • "IBM Needs to Come Clean About Its Cloud Business: Big Blue is up 18% this year as investors chase its 3.5% dividend yield. But it will need to prove itself in the cloud to keep the shares levitated." Barron's [Paid Membership Required] 8:12 AM
  • "HP leaks details on Intel's Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake chips" IDG News Service 8:10 AM
  • "HP has announced new Windows 10 Stream laptops" Windows Report 8:27 AM
  • "MIT and Microsoft Research made a 'smart' tattoo that remotely controls your phone" The Verge 1:34 PM
  • "Microsoft and MIT Turn Temporary Tattoos Into Touchpads" PC Magazine 6:43 PM
  • "Microsoft Supporting Windows 7, 8.1 On Skylake PCs Until 2020" InformationWeek 9:11 PM
  • "Intel's Workforce Diversity Efforts Hampered By Layoffs" InformationWeek 9:11 PM
  • "AMD Zen ES vs Intel Core i7 5960X AotS Synthetic Benchmarks Are Here" TechFrag 8:31 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 460 review" Eurogamer 8:31 AM
  • "Oracle targets B2B marketers with a new trove of audience data" IDG News Service 8:11 AM
  • "Why Cisco's Earnings Report May Matter So Much" 24/7 Wall St. 1:36 PM
  • "Is Government Secrecy Dead In The Internet And Social Media Era?" Forbes 1:36 PM
  • "Microsoft Massive Backtrack: Extends Windows 7 And 8.1 Intel Skylake Support" Forbes 8/12
  • "Microsoft Extends Windows 7 and 8.1 Support for Skylake Processors" Softpedia 8/12
  • "Microsoft does a 180 over Intel Skylake and Windows end of life dates" The Inquirer 8/12
  • "Microsoft acquires gaming startup run by 18-year-old" CNNMoney 8/12
  • "Microsoft: We're 'laser-focused' on preparing Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update roll-out" GSMArena 8/12
  • "Microsoft: Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update Is Almost Ready" Softpedia 8/12
  • "Microsoft starts testing Windows 10's next major update" The Verge 8/12
  • "Windows 10 Insider program moves beyond Anniversary Update with new PC preview" PCWorld 8/12
  • "Windows 10: Microsoft launches first Redstone 2 update to Fast Ring testers" Express UK 8/12
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build 14901 Brings New File Explorer Notifications" Softpedia 8/12
  • "First Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build (14901) Now Available for Download" Softpedia 8/12
  • "Microsoft Extends Windows 7, 8.1 Support Deadlines" TechWeekEurope 8/12
  • "Microsoft's Windows 7 support U-turn: Now new Skylake PCs get security patches until 2020" TechRepublic 8/12
  • "Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 Skylake lifespan" bit-tech 8/12
  • "Microsoft backpedals on Windows 10 kill plan" PCR Online 8/12
  • "Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Microsoft backtracks on Windows 10 downgrades" IT PRO 8/12
  • "Xbox One takes rare sales win from PlayStation 4 in July" Seeking Alpha 8/12
  • "IBM's reputation at risk in wake of census bungle" WA Today 8/12
  • "The IBM PC turns 35, can now run for president" TechCrunch 8/12
  • "IBM celebrates 30 years of innovation at Almaden Research Center" VentureBeat 8/12
  • "IBM's Watson will be used in 21 Chinese hospitals to aid cancer treatment" The Drum 8/12
  • "Samsung uses IBM's brain-inspired chip to recognize gestures" The Verge 8/12
  • "HP upgrades Stream laptops to take on Chromebooks" Tech Central 8/12
  • "HP's affordable Stream laptops get updated with faster Wi-Fi and colorful shells" TechShout 8/12
  • "HP offers Stream 14, a budget laptop for under Rs 15,000" The Asian Age 8/12
  • "HP Elite x3 ads, Workspace app pop up to 'reinvent mobility'" SlashGear 8/12
  • "HP leaks some details on Intel's Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake chips: Intel's Skylake successor Kaby Lake, described in a maintenance document for the upcoming Pavilion x360 m1 laptop, will be capable of DirectX 12 gaming" IDG News Service 8/12
  • "Intel Reinvents Itself To Stay King In A Changing World" Wired 8/12
  • "Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!" SlashGear 8/12
  • "AMD ZEN Engineering Sample AOS - Further Performance Analysis" The Guru 3D 8/12
  • "AMD Downgrades ARM Strategy For Servers" CDR Info 8/12
  • "AMD revisits x86 for server reboot, downgrading ARM" Tech Central 8/12
  • "When to Expect When Cisco Reports Q4 Earnings" TheStreet 8/12
  • "How Could Cisco's Security Segment Perform in Fiscal 4Q16?" Market Realist 8/12
  • "Oracle targets B2B marketers with a new trove of audience data: B2B marketing lists need to be tested for contact-level accuracy, one analyst warns" IDG News Service 8/12
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Shares Outperform S&P 500 in Past Month, Up 12%" 24/7 Wall St. 9:19 AM
  • "Possible Supplier for Apple's Project Titan Looks Cheap Today" The Motley Fool 7:56 AM
  • "How Many iPhones Will Apple, Inc. Sell This Quarter? Here's what to expect this quarter from Apple's most-important segment." The Motley Fool 8/12
  • "Apple's Chairman and Top Lawyer Cash in Combined $10M in Stock Bonuses" MacRumors 8/12
  • "Apple's board chair & general counsel sell over $10M in personal stock" AppleInsider 8/12
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks post modest weekly gains; Nasdaq hits record: Weak data on retail sales, wholesale prices weigh on the benchmarks" MarketWatch 8/12
  • "Stocks Close Mixed as Crude Enjoys Best Weekly Gain Since April: Stocks ended the day mixed, coming off of the worst of the session's lows, after another increase in crude prices gave oil the best weekly close since April." TheStreet 8/12
  • "Stiocks end mixed as Nasdaq sets new closing high" USA Today 8/12
  • "Oil Climbs in Volatile Trading, Propped up by Weaker Dollar: Oil prices rose about 1 percent in choppy trading on Friday, a day after its biggest gains in a month, as a weaker denominating currency, the U.S. dollar, helped support crude." Reuters 8/12
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip After Hitting Record Highs: S&P, Dow end week slightly higher" [Paid Membership Required] 8/12
  • "Asian stocks come out strong after record day for U.S. indexes: Stocks rose sharply across the board in Asia on Friday, catching an updraft from record highs in the U.S. that offset disappointing economic news from China." MarketWatch 8/12
  • "European stocks finish lower after lackluster U.S. retail data: European stocks ended a choppy session in the red on Friday after weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales cast doubt on the health of the world's largest economy." MarketWatch 8/12

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