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Monday Highlights: TheStreet predicting Apple's services "will be a profit monster within 10 years"; but some less than stellar news for Apple out of India as company "failing spectacularly" in smartphone market there, losing out to "cheaper devices from Asian manufacturers such as Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo"; with news of full Adobe Photoshop for iPad, one artist believes the time is ripe for a revolution making iPad Pro essential part of workflow; Facebook, Apple, Google's respective AIs facing government scrutiny for invasion of privacy; Apple releases three (1, 2, 3) motivational videos encouraging Apple Watch users to close their rings; Wall Street Journal investigation into how mobile carriers access and share our whereabouts; DigiTimes reports high levels of iPhone X components in supplier inventories; 2018 MacBook Pro keyboards have silicone membrane which may, or at least help, prevent issues where random debris damages mechanisms.

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  • "Ten years after its launch, the iPhone is both a miracle and a menace"  The Guardian 8:00 AM
  • "The iPhone just turned 10 years old — but Apple's greatest challenge is in the next decade" Business Insider 10:19 AM
  • "How Apple Is Moving in the Driverless Car Race" The Motley Fool 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's first Taiwan retail store opening draws overnight crowds" AppleInsider 8:08 AM
  • "Apple continues Asia expansion with its first retail store in Taiwan" TechCrunch 1:50 PM
  • "Apple manufacturer Foxconn may bring jobs to Wisconsin" ["At the moment - Apple's main manufacturing partner 'Foxconn' is considering a new facility in either Wisconsin or Michigan."] We Are Green Bay 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Taipei 101 opens in Taiwan"  Apple 7/1
  • "Apple opens its first store in Taiwan: Apple opened its first store in Taiwan on Saturday with more than a thousand shoppers flocking to the site located in the island's landmark skyscraper and tallest building, Taipei 101." Financial Express 7/1
  • "Apple's iPhone turns 10; bumpy start remembered" The Japan News 7/1
  • "Apple cuts prices of iPhone, iPad, & Mac in India as part of tax reform rollout" 9to5Mac 7/1
  • "Apple Inc. Changes iPhone and iPad Chip Strategy: iPad gets new chip manufacturing technologies first, while iPhone follows." The Motley Fool 7/1
  • "Understanding the Real Innovation behind the iPhone: A decade ago Apple didn't just create a phone with some extra features, it introduced a full-fledged handheld computer that could also make calls and browse the internet"  Scientific American 6/30
  • "iPhone 1: Look Who's Talking/Apple saw its first iPhone being used predominantly as a phone. How times have changed." WSJ Blogs 6/30
  • "After 10 years, where does the iPhone go next?"  Macworld 6/30
  • "The Least Important Part of the iPhone..." Medium 6/30
  • "Apple's TV strategy is still an embarrassing joke"  BGR 6/30
  • "Enable Pixelmator Extensions in Photos for Mac to Gain Retouch & Distort Tools" OS X Daily 5:21 PM
  • "How to Install the macOS High Sierra Beta on Your Mac (If You Must)" MacTrast 6/30
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Movie metadata, authentication requests, and more" Macworld 6/30
  • "A Beginner's Guide to the Mac Menu Bar" MacMost 6/30
  • "The First Step To Troubleshoot A Mac" Mac360 6/30
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from June 2017" Macworld 6/30
Press Releases
  • "Starcraft: Remastered lands on macOS August 14 with updated graphics, 4K support" AppleInsider 6/30
  • "First Human Eye-Resolution VR Solution—Unveiled From Stealth Startup Varjo" Architosh 6/30
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple: A Jony Ive Q&A I'd never seen before (21 min. video)" Apple 3.0 7:38 PM
  • "Apple has built an office for grown-ups" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:15 PM
  • "Car makers cut prices, iPhone too cheaper; ghee gets costlier" IndiaTimes 7/1
  • "Michel Gondry debuts film shot entirely on Apple's iPhone 7" Mashable 7/1
  • "Apple celebrates America's national parks this July" Apple 6/30
  • "Apple supporting National Parks next month w/ Apple Pay donations & new Watch Activity challenge" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "Apple Supports U.S. National Parks with Apple Pay Promo" Apple Must 6/30
  • "Apple to Recognize National Parks with Donations, Activity Badge" MacStories 6/30
  • "Future of the iPhone: 10 years in, what's next for world-changing device?" Cult of Mac 6/30
  • "The inside story of the iPhone's 'Slide to Unlock' gesture" Cult of Mac 6/30
  • "Insulin delivery, workout routes, and more added to Apple HealthKit" MobileHealthNews 6/30
  • "Apple praises 'unbelievable' response to ARKit" Cult of Mac 6/30
  • "Apple AR Is Already Blowing Up" Forbes 6/30
  • "Jay Z calls out Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine on '4:44' Tidal exclusive" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "Sorry Mac: Windows-loving Trump voters swayed election"  Axios 6/30
  • "Sleep trackers are latest fitness tech to disappoint" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6/30
  • "John Sculley on Steve Jobs: 'People Never Think How Close We Were" Apple Must 6/30
  • "Google is the reason why YouTube isn't a default app on the iPhone anymore" Business Insider 6/30
  • "Today in Apple history: iPad surpasses 100,000 exclusive apps" Cult of Mac 6/30
Non-Apple News
  • "Twitter says Trump's tweet doesn't violate its rules" CNNMoney 5:15 PM
  • "Facebook drone could one day provide global internet access" Associated Press 4:58 PM
  • "EU considers tough new competition powers" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:30 AM
  • "The Internet of Things is making it harder to study space" Axios 10:28 AM
  • "You don't need to buy a new smartwatch — just get the Smart Buckle" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "Awesome tech you can't buy yet: Graphene headphones, a smarter ball for Fido" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "Twitter to serve up live-stream tennis goodies for Wimbledon fans" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "Verizon May Target Disney For Takeover" 24/7 Wall St. 8:04 AM
  • "Researchers create temperature sensor that runs on almost no power" Engadget 7/1
  • "Why coders are battling to be the... worst" BBC 7/1
  • "Snowden Leak Reveals NSA Traffic Shaping Tech That Diverts US Internet Routing For Spying" HotHardware 7/1
  • "Canadian High Court Says Google Must Globally Block Search Links" eWeek 6/30
  • "High-tech dashboards signal big changes for auto parts suppliers" Reuters 6/30
  • "Sprint is getting sued for sabotaging RadioShack's comeback" The Verge 6/30
  • "Lawsuit claims Sprint caused RadioShack's latest bankruptcy: RadioShack's creditors say Sprint destroyed 6,000 jobs and breached contract." Engadget 6/30
  • "Blizzard is remaking 'StarCraft' with better graphics — and it comes out this August" Business Insider 6/30
  • "Microsoft's canceled Surface Mini tablet emerges in leaked images" The Verge 6/30
  • "Women in tech share advice for solving Silicon Valley's sexism" Axios 6/30
  • "The best PC games of 2017 (so far)" PCWorld 6/30
  • "Get Ready for macOS High Sierra Public Beta -TMO Daily Observations 2017-06-30" The Mac Observer 6/30
  • "Road to Macstock – Kirschen Seah on the Ease of Approach to Automator" MacVoices 6/30
  • "CNET UK podcast 524: Supersonic excitement and the iPhone's 10th birthday" CNET 6/30
  • "The iPhone turns 10 and Petya is on the loose: The Vergecast explains" The Verge 6/30
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks iPhone at 10, in-display fingerprint readers, reviews, more" AppleInsider 6/30
  • "KGI: No clear release for Qualcomm's in-screen fingerprint technology" 9to5Mac 12:46 PM
  • "iOS 11 iCloud Activation Lock Bypass Demoed On Video, But You Shouldn't Worry About It" Redmond Pie 7/1
  • "Latest renders imagine the iPhone 8 in white, showing glass body + reduced bezels [Gallery] 9to5Mac 7/1
  • "Alleged iPhone 8 prototype leaks, but it's probably not the final design" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "Possible iPhone 8 prototype sports huge display" Cult of Mac 6/30
  • "Here's What Apple's iPhone 8 Looks Like, Maybe" TheStreet 6/30
  • "10 nm Process Rollout Marching Right Along" Tech Insights 6/30
  • "TechInsights Confirms Apple's A10X SoC Is TSMC 10nm FF; 96.4mm2 Die Size" AnandTech 6/30
  • "1 Winner From the New Apple Inc. iPad Pro Tablets: And the manufacturer of the A10X chip is... TSMC." The Motley Fool 6/30
  • "The iPad Pro's A10X Gets Naked, Reveals 10nm TSMC Design" The Mac Observer 6/30
  • "Samsung Display to Construct World's Biggest OLED Plant" ["In order to supply panels to Apple and Samsung Electronics, it is understood that Samsung Display has secured production capacity of 135,000 panels per month over two years span."] Electronic Times 6/30
  • "Removal of 3D Touch app switching gesture in iOS 11 confirmed as intentional change" 9to5Mac 6/30
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6/30
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6/30
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6/30

  • "MacBook Pro 15-inch – Apple's Biggest and Most-Powerful Laptop gets even Faster for mid-2017" DailyTech 8:16 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017) review: The king of high-end laptops gets faster, but that's about it" CNET 8:04 AM
  • "Google Pixel Vs. Apple iPhone 7: Can The Google Phone Take Down Its Enemy?" Digital Trends 7/1
  • "Best camera accessories for iPhone and Android" Digital Trends 7/1
  • "10.5-inch iPad Pro review: Apple's 2-in-1 is starting to grow up" Neowin 7/1
  • "I thought this Anker 26,800mAh portable battery was too big — I was wrong" iMore 7/1
  • "Showdown: Apple's 2015 iMac vs. 2017 iMac" AppleInsider 6/30
  • "The New iPad Pro Before It Goes To 11: Some thoughts on the 10.5" iPad Pro" 500ish Words 6/30
  • "10.5-inch iPad Pro vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Is the Biggest the Best?" LAPTOP Magazine 6/30
  • "Review: Focal Spark Wireless In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 6/30
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "6 Ways Apple Improves Maps in iOS 11" Apple Must 4:44 PM
  • "A late Discovery: Cartoonatic 2 -Disappointing in Some Ways" eXtensions 10:14 AM
  • "App of the week: ClippyCam review/When selfies aren't enough, slap videos of your gurning mug over every snap you take" Stuff Magazine 8:08 AM
  • "iOS 11 hands-on: Improved multitasking, drag-and-drop support on the iPad Pro" ZDNet 6/30
  • "Apple Music: Two years later, the service is finding its voice" iMore 6/30
  • "Here's How iOS 11"s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Works" MacRumors 6/30
  • "Hands-on with Apple Music's new social discovery feature in iOS 11" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "Another Update Ready for iOS 11: ToonCamera -Original Goodness Preserved for Photo and Video Output" eXtensions 6/30
  • "Star Walk HD — Night Sky Map a great AR star gazing guide for the iPad" Apple World Today 6/30
  • "How to Enable One-Handed Keyboard on iPhone in iOS 11" iDrop News 12:23 PM
  • "Make Your iPhone Easier to Read with 'Display Accommodations'" iDrop News 10:27 AM
  • "How to Sync Outlook Calendar with an iPhone" Digital Trends 8:56 AM
  • "Turn an old monitor into a wall display with a Raspberry Pi: Have an old monitor and Raspberry Pi lying around? Put them both to great use with this DIY wall-mounted display." CNET 8:13 AM
  • "iOS 11 Roundup: How To Install, Uninstall, And What To Watch Out For" Forbes 7/1
  • "Friday 5: Ferrite Recording Studio – one of the best ways to record audio on iOS [Video] 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "How to Find Where iMessage Stickers Came From in iOS" OS X Daily 6/30
  • "New In iOS 11: Translate Using Siri" Redmond Pie 6/30
  • "How to use Slide Over and Split View on the iPad in iOS 11" iMore 6/30
  • "13 easy ways to fix your iPhone or Mac with common household items" Business Insider 6/30
  • "7 iOS 11 Tweaks You May Have Missed" Apple Must 6/30
  • "Timely payments can keep you from being unable to access all your iCloud digital data" Apple World Today 6/30
  • "iPhone 8 Design 'Confirmed' In New Leaks" Forbes 7:55 PM
  • "The future of the iPhone camera: 5x zoom, AI-powered, amazing in low light" Mashable 10:19 AM
  • "Here Are 3 Chromebooks That Are Great 10.5-inch iPad Pro Alternatives" The Inquisitr 8:35 AM
  • "Why I'm not buying the most powerful MacBook Pro anymore"  Business Insider 8:01 AM
  • "Apple patent filing shows the company wants you to be well rested" Apple World Today 7/1
  • "Too good: Time to stop making iPads" Macworld 7/1
  • "Is the iPad a Real Computer? Do its Users Deserve it?" The Mac Observer 6/30
  • "Is Apple Pencil a harbinger of the designapocalypse? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 6/30
  • "Here's every mistake Apple has made in the past five years - Video" ZDNet 6/30
  • "iPhone: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" Investopedia 6/30
  • "Why the iPhone 8 will be even more powerful than you might think" BGR 6/30
  • "The iPad has an identity crisis"  ZDNet 6/30
  • "Future iPhones won't have a charging port -- here's why" Mashable 6/30
  • "Can Your iPhone Replace Your Wallet?"  TidBITS 6/30
  • "Apple's AR Glasses to be Retailed for $1300 by 2020?" Zacks 6/30
  • "Customers vs. Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google" Mac360 6/30
  • "Crazy Wrong About The iPhone" TeraTalks 6/30
  • "No, iPhone Is Not As Great As Electricity" Mac360 6/30
  • "On Loving Apple's Walled Garden, Closed And Curated Ecosystem (vs. competition)" NoodleMac 6/30
  • "Living with the original iPhone in 2017 is frustrating yet amazing – video report" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "This is the iPhone 8 Apple will never make" BGR 6/30
  • "Dr. Applelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone" AppleInsider 6/30
  • "Apple's first iPhone was also the first to realize the potential of the smartphone" AppleInsider 6/30
  • "What are the impacts of facial recognition tech on society?" ReadWrite 4:59 PM
  • "How to unlock any Windows 10 PC using a Samsung phone [Updated] BetaNews 7/1
  • "How to navigate the predatory jungle of Silicon Valley as a female founder" VentureBeat 6/30
  • "Inside Google's cancelled experiment to fix the crappy web" VentureBeat 6/30
  • "Sprint-Cable Deal Would Be Mixed Picture for Industry, Consumers" Tech.pinions 6/30
  • "Surface Laptop review: Microsoft's MacBook Air killer nails what students need/Great looks, battery life, light weight. And for the future, there's Windows 10 Pro." PCWorld 6/30
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Finally, a way to turn your smartphone into a universal remote" Mashable 8:13 AM
  • "Your Apple Pay purchases can help preserve national parks: But only if you make them from July 1st until the 15th." Engadget 7/1
  • "Apple TVs and iPhone Check-In Coming to Red Lion Hotels" MacRumors 6/30
  • "Coming July 1: Gene Steinberg meets commentator/podcaster Peter Cohen and The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7/1
  • "6 team collaboration tools for Apple iOS users: These six iOS apps will help you get more done faster, (hopefully)" Computerworld 6/30
  • "Facebook's free Find Wi-Fi feature on iOS is going global" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "Alpine delivers first in-dash wireless CarPlay receiver you can install yourself" AppleInsider 6/30
  • "Alpine's latest receiver brings wireless CarPlay to all" Engadget 6/30
  • "The Lion's Song comes to iOS later this summer" 148Apps 6/30
  • "Now Apple TV has access to all the cartoons on Boomerang: Go on a nostalgia trip with all those classic Looney Tunes cartoons." Engadget 6/30
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft to reorganize, revamp its sales force: Microsoft is expected to notify employees of an internal reorganization that could result in some layoffs early this week, and possibly as soon as Monday June 3." ZDNet 9:04 PM
  • "Microsoft is laying off 'thousands' of staff in a major global sales reorganization" TechCrunch 6:16 PM
  • "Microsoft reportedly set to lay off thousands as part of massive sales reorganization" GeekWire 6:16 PM
  • "Microsoft may lay off again as it focuses on cloud-computing products: The layoffs announced in July 2016, which targeted 2,850 cuts included 900 employees of sales group" IANS 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft, Trump administration clash over email searches"i" Associated Press 8:03 AM
  • "Windows 10 reaches all-time high with gamers as Windows 7 continues to decline" MSPoweruser 8:33 AM
  • "Windows 10 user base on Steam climbs to all-time high of 51.23%" Neowin 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft's Smart Decision To Cancel Some Surprising Surface Hardware" Forbes 4:58 PM
  • "Is IBM Watson A 'Joke'?" Forbes 10:18 AM
  • "Computer system reboot to cost ECC millions" ["IBM has been selected to install and implement the new system."] Buffalo News 10:53 AM
  • "HP Answers The Question: Moore's Law Is Ending. Now What?" Slashdot 8:56 AM
  • "AMD Makes Largest CPU Market Share Gain in History Thanks to Ryzen Launch" Game Debate 8:35 AM
  • "Intel AMT bug bit Siemens industrial PCs: Patches issued for 38 products, plus bonus Web portal bug-fix" The Register 8:08 PM
  • "A look inside the daily life of Oracle's billionaire founder Larry Ellison, who owns almost an entire island and will do whatever it takes to win" Business Insider 1:15 PM
  • "Windows 7 loses market share in latest reports" Neowin 7/1
  • "Browser market share reports emphasize that Microsoft Edge just isn't good enough for users" Neowin 7/1
  • "Microsoft now reminds users to install latest Windows 10 version and review privacy settings" Neowin 7/1
  • "Microsoft Pushes New Privacy Interface to Older Windows 10 Versions" Thurrott 7/1
  • "Microsoft now insisting Windows 10 users make data privacy choices" MSPoweruser 7/1
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 AutoPilot To Delight IT Admins With Zero-Touch PC Deployment" HotHardware 7/1
  • "Microsoft expands FastTrack to include Azure, available in preview starting August 1st" Neowin 7/1
  • "How to switch from Windows 10 S to Pro, and back again: It's easy to go from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro. Switching back is harder, but still possible." CNET 7/1
  • "Windows 10's share has grown by just 5 percent in a year" BetaNews 7/1
  • "Microsoft and Sony so far failed to broaden the gaming market according to former executive" Neowin 7/1
  • "Speed up your old PC" ZDNet 7/1
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple (the stock) ends the June quarter where it began: My take: There's nothing wrong with Apple the company"  Apple 3.0 8:16 AM
  • "Why Apple is a top pick for Drexel Hamilton's Brian White..." CNBC Videos 6/30
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 notch best first-half performance since 2013: Stocks end mostly higher, booking tech-fueled weekly loss" MarketWatch 6/30
  • "Nike Surges, and the Dow Responds" TheStreet 6/30
  • "Wall St ends bumpy week, strong 1st half with modest gain" Reuters 6/30
  • "U.S. Stocks Push Higher; Tech Shares Edge Up: Dow industrials, S&P 500 set to post solid gains in first half of 2017; Nasdaq set for double-digit gain" [Paid Membership Required] 6/30
  • "Bond selloff spreads to Asia, with Japanese yields at multimonth high: More central banks may be following the Federal Reserve's hawkish lead, sending bond yields skyrocketing" MarketWatch 6/30
  • "European stocks inch higher after sharpest selloff in 9 months: European stocks edged higher Friday, with technology and consumer-related shares on the mend after a hefty selloff, but the region's benchmark was still on track to finish June in the red." MarketWatch 6/30

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