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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?

  • "Tim Cook comes to China again, visiting Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei" ["Answering to Apple's 33 percent down sales in China in the most recent quarter, Cook said, 'There are, sort of, speed bumps now with the economy. In a year-ago quarter, we were up 112 percent. So I think you have to back up and put it in perspective. If you look at it over a two-year basis, we were up over 50 percent in the quarter.'"]  China Daily 10:39 AM
  • "Tim Cook is back in China, this time for wedding dresses and fitness classes" Quartz 10:40 AM
  • "Apple to increase investment in increasingly tough China: Apple Inc will boost its investment in China, one of its most important but increasingly difficult markets, and build its first Asia-Pacific research and development center in the country, Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday."  Reuters 8:21 AM
  • "Apple earns a dollar per customer per day"  Apple Must 7:50 AM
  • "Apple and Revenue per User" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 8:04 AM
  • "Stepping out of Steve Jobs' shadow, Tim Cook champions the promise of Apple"  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:51 AM
  • "Q&A Tim Cook says running Apple is 'a lonely job,' but 'CEOs don't need any sympathy'" Washington Post [Paid Membership Required] 1:39 PM
  • "The biggest 'gift' Steve Jobs gave Apple CEO Tim Cook before he died"  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:50 AM
  • "Get Out of Gun Control, Apple"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:59 AM
  • "Apple wins appeal in Time Machine tech patent infringement suit"  AppleInsider 2:43 PM
  • "Apple Is Going to Make a Documentary With Drake's Record Label" Bloomberg 9:22 PM
  • "Indicators point to an Update to Final Cut Pro in October." Video Edit Oz 7:41 AM
  • "Cassandra: Network Problem in OS X -Locations and Proxies" eXtensions 10:01 AM
  • "How to Enable SSH on a Mac from the Command Line" OS X Daily 12:34 PM
  • "We built a pool! Publishing animating Motion textures to Final Cut Pro X" 7:52 AM
  • "How to show the Keyboard Viewer" Macworld 7:52 AM
  • "How To Remove Noise From Mac Photos" Mac360 7:55 AM
  • "Made Better On A Mac: Drag And Drop" Mac360 7:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Red Giant Trapcode Suite 13.1 Now Available, Free Update to 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Suite" Red Giant 9:02 AM
  • "[Video & Info] New title - 'The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk' coming in 2017 for consoles, PC, Mac and Mobile" Headup Games 8:30 AM
  • "Nuance Announces Major New Releases of Dragon for Windows and Mac OS X, Powered by Nuance Deep Learning Technology" Business Wire 7:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple is hiring a team of lyrics curators for Apple Music" Cult of Mac 3:09 PM
  • "Media alert: Smart phone shipments to grow 5% in 2016 despite Apple posting first annual decline" Canalys 7:55 AM
  • "Smartphone shipments to grow 5% in 2016 when Apple posts first annual decline, says Canalys" DigiTimes 7:54 AM
  • "Apple still leads as Australian smartphone sales tumble 18 percent: IDC" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Apple introduces carrier billing in Switzerland and Taiwan, its first market in Asia" TechCrunch 8:19 AM
  • "Apple expands carrier billing availability with rollout in Taiwan and Switzerland [u] AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "Apple adds new server suppliers to reduce costs" DigiTimes 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft bashes Apple's iPad Pro computer claims in new Surface ad" The Verge 9:59 AM
  • "Microsoft goes after Apple again with new ad that takes aim at iPad Pro" GeekWire 10:25 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 4 ad implies iPad Pro is not a 'computer'" BetaNews 12:34 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Ashton Kutcher's JOBS lands with a thud" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Intel foundries to manufacture ARM-based smartphone chips" AppleInsider 9:29 PM
  • "Ex-Apple CEO's quirky Android phone comes to the UK for £99: Co-founded by John Sculley, Obi Worldphone focuses on design and affordability." Engadget 8:42 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-16: Apple's China R&D Center, Microsoft's iPad Pro Dig" The Mac Observer 1:23 PM
  • "Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus' New Books and Productivity Tips" MacVoices 12:24 PM
  • "This week we experience what it's like to work with an Apple Genius to get your iPhone fixed." The MT Show 9:54 AM
  • "iPhone 7 release date for carriers might be as late as September 23 after rumored September 7 event" 9to5Mac 11:29 AM
  • "First Machines Using Kaby Lake Processors Coming This Fall, but MacBook Pro Not Likely Among Them" MacRumors 12:34 PM
  • "TSMC to make chips for iPad coming out in 2017, says report" DigiTimes 7:54 AM
  • "New iPads, Like iPhone 7, To Get Incremental Upgrades, With 'Revolutionary' Changes Saved For Later" Forbes 10:40 AM
  • "Leaked iPhone 7 Logic Boards Suggest Intel Modem, Other Component Tweaks" MacRumors 1:57 PM
  • "iPhone 7 rumours: Battery woes could be over as leak claims Apple will introduce faster charging" Telegraph 8:45 AM
  • "iMac 2016 Specs and Release Date Rumors, Expected to Feature Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Zen Processor" MobiPicker 5:28 PM
  • "We might see an 'iMac Pro' with an AMD Zen processor and True Tone display" Apple World Today 5:29 PM
  • "Intel's Project Alloy takes a step into 'merged reality'" Six Colors 4:01 PM
  • "Apple's 'Behind the Scenes of iOS Security' from Black Hat USA 2016 released [Video] 9to5Mac 4:01 PM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple granted a Patent for their Original iPad and Multi-Mode Human Interface Engine" Patently Apple 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Wins a Patent for a 3D User Interface using Depth Sensors" Patently Apple 8:10 AM
  • "Apple awarded pair of 3D user interface patents related to computer vision" AppleInsider 1:34 PM
  • "Another Apple patent hints at a gesture-based user interface for the Mac" Apple World Today 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Granted Three Patents Relating to 3D Maps" Patently Apple 9:59 AM
  • "Apple's Late CEO Steve Jobs Posthumously Credited as Inventor of a Remote Control App for a Yacht" Patently Apple 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Granted 55 Patents Today Covering HDR Technology, the 'Genius Bar' Backdrop & More" Patently Apple 11:30 AM
  • "Can't update your Apple Watch to the watchOS 3 beta? Here's the fix!" iMore 10:43 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:54 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:54 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:54 AM

  • "13 things the Galaxy Note 7 can do that the iPhone can't do" Tech Insider 1:44 PM
  • "Feature for feature, the Samsung Galaxy Note7 beats the iPhone 6S Plus" Mashable 10:23 AM
  • "7 stylish Apple Watch bands your wardrobe needs" Cult of Mac 12:34 PM
  • "Review: Defined Corp Dome Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone" iLounge 3:10 PM
  • "Crucial MX300 525GB SSD performs well, is reliable" IT.Enquirer 7:41 AM
  • "VAVA Voom 20 is a good speaker for the poolside, beach, or picnic table" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
  • "Polk Omni S6 wireless speaker review: Play-Fi hardware is still hobbled by Play-Fi software" TechHive 8:02 AM
  • "Review: Devil Horns Earbuds" MacTrast 11:30 AM
  • "Hands-on: Uplift adjustable-height standing desk features real wood desktop options [Video] 9to5Mac 11:30 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Google's Duo Isn't a FaceTime Killer" Gizmodo 11:29 AM
  • "Google Duo Review: A Bet on Simplicity/In a sea of messaging apps, Duo stands out for what it doesn't do" [Paid Membership Required] 8:39 AM
  • "Why Google created Duo, its excellent FaceTime clone" Mashable 8:32 AM
  • "Google takes on FaceTime with ultra-pared-down video chat app, Duo [Video] 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "How to use Workouts with Activities for iPhone" iMore 10:24 AM
  • "How to let calls from certain people through Do Not Disturb" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "Control Center: Ultimate guide" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "How to add photos and videos to your Messages in iOS 10" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "Floppy Disk Compatibility and Incompatibility in the Mac World" Low End Mac 9:20 PM
  • "It's time to stop installing iOS 10 betas the wrong way" BGR 8:20 AM
  • "Intel Could Vie for Apple's Chip Business with New ARM Licence" The Mac Observer 9:23 PM
  • "Xiaomi phone sales drop: CNBC's Jon Fortt reports on the drop in Xiaomi phone sales, China's changing smartphone landscape and Apple's China opportunity." CNBC Videos 4:09 PM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Op-Eds: Will It Stay or Will It Go?" YMP Now 3:59 PM
  • "Analysis: Kerris' Critique and Failed Newton Make Valuable Apple AR Lessons/Stop deciphering what Apple may do in the VR or AR markets—former Apple exec Richard Kerris' logical break-down of the VR-AR space just gave us a huge clue as to why the company is taking so long." Architosh 2:52 PM
  • "The problem with Google's new Duo video chat app" Computerworld 12:42 PM
  • "Now Google's shipped Duo is Apple about to bring FaceTime to Android?" Apple Must 11:26 AM
  • "Samsung Note 7: Can power of the bundle thwart Apple's iPhone 7?" ZDNet 9:58 AM
  • "Tim Cook Announces R&D Center to Be Built in China 'By the End of the Year'" MacRumors 8:52 AM
  • "Why you should buy AppleCare+ for your Apple Watch" CIO 8:52 AM
  • "It's going to be a bad year for the iPhone — here's why" [Video Report] Business Insider 8:44 AM
  • "Apple's Secret: 'Planned Obsolescence" Mac360 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Critics Do This Every Year" PixoBebo 8:28 AM
  • "An insider talks Apple Watch development: engineering versus design; innovation; secrecy" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "What losing the headphone jack would mean for accessibility" iMore 12:29 PM
  • "The good, bad and ugly of Apple's iPhone 7 headphone plans" Computerworld 9:55 AM
  • "Please wait until the iPhone 7 is unveiled before judging it" Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "Why Apple's new gun emoji in iOS 10 isn't so problematic" Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "Revealed: What Other Smartphones Have That Apple's iPhone Does Not" Mac360 8:05 AM
  • "On iPhone Fashion And Design" McSolo 7:49 AM
  • "The 2016 Nexus: Everything We Think We Know About Google's Next Phones" Gizmodo 2:43 PM
  • "I Dropped Samsung's New Phone In A Lake And It's Totally Fine" BuzzFeed 11:30 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review: It's All About the Stylus" [Paid Membership Required] 8:39 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note7 destroys the iPhone 6S Plus everywhere it counts" Mashable 8:32 AM
  • "The Samsung Galaxy Note7 (S820) Review" AnandTech 8:13 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review" BGR 8:12 AM
  • "The last throes of the financial printing typesetter" Computerworld 7:46 AM
  • "Comic: Perfectly Happy with my iPhone SE" iMore 8:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "This Smartphone Sensor Lets You Peer Right Through Walls" Gizmodo 1:32 PM
  • "Tekserve Macintosh Collection will be sold at auction next week as NY repair shop closes" 9to5Mac 1:24 PM
  • "Logitech G Gaming Mouse Designed With And For Professional eSports Players" MacPrices 1:22 PM
  • "Grovemade debuts gorgeous Speaker System made of natural hardwoods" Apple World Today 12:29 PM
  • "X-Doria ships Defense Lux iPhone case: Good looks and military-grade protection" Apple World Today 10:57 AM
  • "U.S. EPA Recognizes vXchnge in Top 30 Tech & Telecom Green Power Users List" ["...power users who made the list, including Apple, Google, Iron Mountain, Samsung, Microsoft and Sony"] PRNewswire 12:44 PM
  • "Hunter Fan Company Wi-Fi® Enabled, Apple HomeKit-Enabled Smart Ceiling Fan Now Available for Purchase" PRNewswire 10:42 AM
  • " releases USB-C Dual Monitor Docking Station with Power Delivery" BetaNews 8:38 AM
  • "Lost phone? No problem, Alexa will find it thanks to new skill from TrackR" GeekWire 8:05 AM
  • "Waterford Institute Releases Waterford Early Learning Math and Science, Waterford SmartStart Curriculum on iPad" Business Wire 7:55 AM
  • "McLane Rolls Out Robust Suite of Store-Level Management Applications For Mobile Devices" Business Wire 7:54 AM
  • "Google is starting from scratch on messaging to take on Apple and Facebook" Recode 8:09 AM
  • "Google Duo for iOS and Android launches to take on FaceTime" V3 7:52 AM
  • "ScalePlay for iPad Released" prMac 10:42 AM
  • "KeyShade Password Manager Released for Mac and iOS" prMac 8:34 AM
  • "Gumdrop Cases Sending 4,500 iPad Air Cases to Arlington Public Schools" prMac 8:34 AM
  • "Morocco Radio Live 2.0 for iOS - Release Info" prMac 7:52 AM
  • "I'd love to see Ultra-D on an iMac and Thunderbolt Display replacement" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Cisco Systems to lay off about 14,000 employees: CRN" Reuters 9:21 PM
  • "Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) Investment Down in Latest Report from Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc" Finance Daily 6:42 AM
  • "Intel's new computer can serve as the brains of robots: Intel also wants to make drone development easy with the Project Arrow development kit" IDG News Service 6:04 PM
  • "Intel's Kaby Lake chips will include integrated 4K graphics processors: You'll be able to run 4K games and movies smoothly on PCs loaded with Kaby Lake chips, Intel claims" IDG News Service 6:05 PM
  • "Brian Krzanich IDF 2016 keynote: Live stream, start time and how to watch/The Intel Developer Forum kicks off today at 9 a.m. PT with a keynote from CEO Brian Krzanich. Here's how to follow along, and what to expect." CNET 6:45 AM
  • "Intel shows off all-in-one Project Alloy virtual reality headset" TechCrunch 4:44 PM
  • "Intel gets into VR" Fudzilla 6:46 AM
  • "Intel leaving PCs behind to highlight VR, IoT at Developer Forum: Chip-maker lays out vision for the future at developer conference" 6:43 AM
  • "Intel's Euclid is a RealSense PC the size of a candy bar: It'll now be even easier to add sensors to robots." Engadget 7:17 PM
  • "Intel's Candy Bar-Sized Euclid RealSense PC And Joule Devkit Empower Our Robot Overlords" HotHardware 5:24 PM
  • "Intel's Joule is its most powerful dev kit yet: And it'll let you build RealSense experiences." Engadget 6:58 PM
  • "Intel to license ARM Holdings technology for use in chip-manufacturing business" Seeking Alpha 5:26 PM
  • "Intel Demos Kaby Lake Running Overwatch And Unreal Engine VR Editing On Broadwell-E At IDF" HotHardware 5:44 PM
  • "Intel will provide early access to fast Optane SSDs via the cloud: Developers can soon test out Optane SSDs, which could be used as a DRAM replacement" IDG News Service 6:05 PM
  • "Microsoft stops Windows 7 and 8.1 users picking and choosing updates" BetaNews 6:47 AM
  • "Windows 7 and 8.1 move to Windows 10-style updates" TechRadar UK 6:49 AM
  • "Microsoft is going to roll up all your Windows 7 and 8.1 updates Windows 10-style: Yes. That thing you don't like about Windows 10" The Inquirer 6:48 AM
  • "Windows Holographic coming to all Windows 10 PCs next year: 2017 will be an exciting year for mixed reality." Engadget 2:39 PM
  • "Microsoft fleshes out its Windows 10 mixed-reality roadmap" ZDNet 12:23 PM
  • "Microsoft Launches 'Minecraft' VR For Oculus Rift With 2 Important Updates To Prevent Nausea" Tech Times 6:47 AM
  • "Minecraft meets Oculus Rift VR on Windows 10" The Inquirer 10:03 AM
  • "Microsoft's .Net Framework will get its own Patch Tuesday" InfoWorld 6:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Kinect may help in treating multiple sclerosis patients: Study" IndiaTimes 6:48 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 release date, specs and price rumours: Second-generation Surface to include hinge redesign" V3 6:43 AM
  • "Israeli Army to Use Microsoft HoloLens for AR Wars" Gizmodo UK 6:47 AM
  • "HP Inc. Q2 Results: Decrease In Sales, But I See Some Ground For Optimism" Seeking Alpha 6:37 AM
  • "Here's progress, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise way" GreenBiz 6:41 AM
  • "HP leaks details about Kaby and Apollo Lake" Fudzilla 6:41 AM
  • "HP's speedy new office all-in-one printer reviewed" Business IT 6:41 AM
  • "Dell hired 120 graduates from 20 colleges in last year" Limerick Leader 6:40 AM
  • "AMD further teases upcoming Vega GPU architecture" Ocaholic 6:42 AM
  • "IBM encroaches on AWS' turf with seven-year Workday cloud contract: Workday to shift test and development to the IBM cloud - and a whole lot of other stuff over time" Computing 6:45 AM
  • "IBM: Technology for both enterprises and the startup world" Sys-Con Media 6:45 AM
  • "IBM and Workday Announce Seven-Year Cloud Services Dea" Cloudwards 6:44 AM
  • "IBM Research Drives Innovation on Food Issues, Plastics" eWeek 6:57 PM
  • "Full Polaris 10 GPU Inside AMD RX 480; Nothing More To Polaris Than That" TechFrag 6:42 AM
  • "Inside Oracle's Acquisition Machine" Fortune 6:58 AM
  • "Oracle scores whole of NZ government deal: Deal makes Oracle the second-largest global ICT supplier to the government" IDG News Service 6:27 AM
  • "USB-IF fights consumer confusion with new power brick certification program" Ars Technica 10:04 AM
  • "Nvidia stuffs desktop GTX 1080, 1070, 1060 into laptops, drops the 'M'" Ars Technica 12:09 PM
  • "5 things to know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opposition to the deal relates to jobs and trade deficits, but also to copyright and digital rights" IDG News Service 12:24 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "China's Smartphone Market: Huawei Hits Brakes, Apple Tumbles In Q2" Seeking Alpha 5:25 PM
  • "Yes, The Apple Cash Hoard Really Is That Big" Seeking Alpha 12:34 PM
  • "Here's Why Apple, Home Depot and Three Other Stocks Are Trending Today" Insider Monkey 11:33 AM
  • "Warren Buffett increases stake in Apple" CNNMoney 7:59 AM
  • "You'd be worth $27M if you'd invested in AAPL stock instead of having a kid ..." 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Lower Despite Four-Day Rally for Crude: Stocks hold lower on Tuesday even as another jump in crude oil extends its rally into a fourth session." TheStreet 5:31 PM
  • "TJX's Comp Sales Beat Expectations" FOXBusiness 12:12 PM
  • "Close Update: Stocks Pressured by Hawkish Fed-Speak" Nasdaq 5:31 PM
  • "Home Depot earnings meet expectations as retailer raises guidance" USA Today 12:14 PM
  • "Market rally elevating more investors" USA Today 7:23 AM
  • "Stocks Fall on Hints of Rate Rise in 2016: Decline comes a day after three major U.S. indexes close at record highs for second time in a week" [Paid Membership Required] 5:32 PM
  • "Nikkei falls, driven down by stronger yen, slide in oil" MarketWatch 7:16 AM
  • "European stocks pull back, but miners show strength" MarketWatch 7:17 AM

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