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  • "FY 17 Third Quarter Results: Apple's conference call to discuss third fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET."  Apple Investor News 4:53 PM
  • "BRIEF-Apple Hospitality REIT president, CEO Justin Knight injured in plane crash"  Reuters 4:55 PM
  • "Imagination Technologies Attacks Apple's GPU Plans in Latest Earnings Report" The Mac Observer 7:07 AM
  • "Trump on collision course with Brussels again as White House backs Apple in EU court case: DONALD Trump has set the US on a collision course with Brussels yet again after the White House lodged a formal intervention on behalf of Apple ahead of an upcoming EU court case." Express UK 8:36 AM
  • "EU lawmakers back tax clampdown on Google, Apple"  MarketWatch 8:23 AM
  • "U.S. Government Is Going to Bat for Apple" TheStreet 8:35 AM
  • "Trump administration supporting Apple's appeal of EU tax case" The Hill 10:18 AM
  • "U.S. Government Comes To Apple's Defense In Tax Evasion Case"  Redmond Pie 7:12 AM
  • "U.S. Government Seeks to Intervene in Apple's EU Tax Appeal" The Mac Observer 7:09 AM
  • "Apple's India expansion plans in full throttle: Firmly sets eyes on what users buy the most" The Economic Times 8:23 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.3 Beta 6 And macOS 10.12.6 Beta 6 Released To Developers And Testers" Redmond Pie 5:07 PM
  • "macOS Sierra 10.12.6 Beta 6 Released for Developers and Public" The Mac Observer 4:17 PM
  • "macOS: Using Boolean Operators in Spotlight Searches" The Mac Observer 9:34 AM
  • "How to zoom using the Magic Trackpad in Safari" Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Play Mac Videos Better Than QuickTime" Mac360 7:30 AM
  • "How to set a different return address in macOS Sierra Mail" Apple World Today 6:50 AM
  • "On Apple And The Death Of Passwords" NoodleMac 8:28 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 10.4 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 8:39 AM
  • "Little Snitch 4.0: Enjoy a completely redesigned Network Monitor with map view for visualizing network connections based on their geographic location, a new, improved Silent Mode, an option to minimize the connection alert to defer decisions about pending connections, improved hostname based filtering accuracy using Deep Packet Inspection, and much more." Objective Development 7:54 AM
  • "AirBeamTV Now Supports Video File Playback from Mac to Smart TVs" prMac 7:29 AM
  • "Screenshot Auto-Rename for Mac - Take Full Control of Your Screenshots" prMac 7:12 AM
  • "Losslessly Convert iTunes M4V Movies to MP4 with DRmare M4V Converter" prMac 7:13 AM
  • "Graphic Inspector Now Can Search Images by Bit Depth" prMac 7:10 AM
  • "irisVR Announces Prospect 1.5 Is Available—New 360-Degree Panoramas Support" Architosh 7:09 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple 2017 Third Quarter Earnings Report Scheduled for August 1" The Mac Observer 9:02 PM
  • "Fender partners with Apple for Apple Music curated playlists featuring its guitars" AppleInsider 9:09 PM
  • "Apple News Will Soon Have More Ads, Maybe Micropayments" The Mac Observer 5:26 PM
  • "Apple's 'spaceship' rumbles" The Straits Times [Free Registration Required] 5:47 PM
  • "Houses Near Apple Park Met With Increased Tourism and Rising Real Estate Values" MacRumors 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Park campus creating property boom as both developments and prices soar – NYT" 9to5Mac 7:45 AM
  • "Apple firmly sets eyes on what Indians buy the most: A colleague has just bought an iPhone 5S (16GB) at a little over Rs 16,000 and another has made up his mind to book the Bengaluru-assembled iPhone SE (32GB) at Rs 26,000 that features several flagship iPhone specifications at a lower price." The Indian Express 8:38 AM
  • "Report: U.S. Government Files Application to Intervene in Apple's Tax Appeal in Europe" MacTrast 7:59 AM
  • "Former Employee Claims Google, Not Apple, Wanted Out of iPhone YouTube Deal" The Mac Observer 7:07 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Nvidia, Baidu expand AI partnership to include cloud GPUs and self-driving cars" GeekWire 7:30 AM
  • "Moovit wants to use its crowdsourced mapping data to transform public transportation" VentureBeat 7:28 AM
  • "China's Alibaba debuts low-cost voice assistant speaker to rival Amazon's" VentureBeat 7:28 AM
  • "The biggest technology flops in history" Telegraph 7:15 AM
  • "Airline cabin ban on laptops & tablets further eased, with two more airlines exempted" 9to5Mac 6:50 AM
  • "Xiaomi Goes Old School to Reclaim Smartphone Crown in China" Bloomberg 7:32 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Face Scanning, Building a Hackintosh, High Sierra Beta – ACM 418" The Mac Observer 2:45 PM
  • "Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch Tips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-05" The Mac Observer 2:08 PM
  • "iPhone 8 release date, specs and price: Retail packaging leak points to dual cameras, aluminium body/Shady leak claims the iPhone 8 will look a lot like the iPhone 7" The Inquirer 8:00 AM
  • "This is definitely not the iPhone 8's retail box" BGR 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Wants Face Scanning to Replace Touch ID" Investopedia 8:23 AM
  • "Report: Facial Recognition to Replace Touch ID on iPhone 8"  The Mac Observer 7:07 AM
  • "Apple to switch to facial recognition to unlock iPhone devices" ABCNews 7:46 AM
  • "Wireless Apple CarPlay goes on sale" 8:35 AM
  • "Black Apple AirPods are available now, but not from Apple: I see a white AirPod and I want to paint it black." CNET 10:18 AM
  • "Apple iOS 10.3.2 Is Causing New Problems" Forbes 9:20 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "MacBook Air Still Offers Excellent Notebook Value – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 10:36 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:38 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:39 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:39 AM

  • "The Smart Keyboard makes the 10.5-inch iPad Pro a better device [Video] 9to5Mac 12:07 PM
  • "Best Laptops for Video Editing" ["The MacBook Pro can make any video editor drool. Available in both 13-inch and 15-inch configurations, the Retina displays are superb."] ExtremeTech 8:13 AM
  • "Mini-review: Toddy Gear Customizable Smart Charge Deluxe power bank" 9to5Mac 12:10 PM
  • "New Apple TV (2015) review: So much potential, at present wasted/The latest iteration of the Apple TV has the potential to be a game changer, but the software just isn't there – yet" Alphr 7:47 AM
  • "How much of a performance boost does the eGPU dev kit provide?" iMore 7:29 AM
  • "GEAR 4's Buckingham is the perfect keyboard less iPad case" Apple World Today 6:50 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Affinity Photo gets big update headlined by resolution support for 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and portrait mode" 9to5Mac 9:28 PM
  • "10 New Features in iOS 11 Notes App" iPhone Hacks 9:02 PM
  • "Your iPad is Your Art Teacher with ShadowDraw" Apple Must 2:50 PM
  • "Inside iOS 11: Apple Music's social sharing isn't just Ping reborn" AppleInsider 12:29 PM
  • "Five iPhone apps to help you stop losing your stuff" iMore 10:23 AM
  • "Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11 can change your habits if you let it" iMore 8:22 AM
  • "Storing Local Documents When Using iCloud Drive" MacMost 6:36 PM
  • "How To Choose The Mac You Want And Need" Mac360 8:40 AM
  • "How to clear the cache on your iPhone or iPad: Deleting junk files, memory hogs and unwanted cache items is a great way to give your iPhone (or iPad) a spring-clean speed boost and get it running faster than ever." Macworld UK 7:46 AM
  • "How to Add Google Hangouts Account in macOS Messages App" WCCFTech 7:45 AM
  • "How to permanently delete your Instagram account" Telegraph 7:15 AM
  • "How To Use Your iPhone As NFC Keycard" Redmond Pie 7:12 AM
  • "How to Embed Excel Files and Link Data into PowerPoin" Envato Tuts+ 6:57 AM
  • "5 3D Touch Maps Tips You'll Use — if You Don't Already!" Apple Must 9:14 AM
  • "Apple Watch 3: 5 Reasons to Wait & 3 Reasons Not To" GottaBeMobile 9:06 PM
  • "Apple Did a Dry Run of APFS on Your Device Even Before iOS 10.3" The Mac Observer 6:02 PM
  • "A Rare Nickel Allergy Proves Apple Cares About Customer Satisfaction" The Mac Observer 5:36 PM
  • "The iPhone at Age 10 (Which is Roughly 60 in Dog Years)" The Mac Observer 4:38 PM
  • "Steer clear of iOS 11 public beta" ZDNet 3:11 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 Rumors: Barely a Mention" AppAdvice 8:16 AM
  • "Is Apple Apple's Biggest Rumor Leaker?" Mac360 8:16 AM
  • "New York Times on Apple Park" The Loop 7:59 AM
  • "Goodbye, Touch ID, Hello F.B.I." TeraTalks 8:14 AM
  • "Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine the World: How big of a deal is artificial intelligence? Microsoft researcher James McCaffrey explains AI's origins and why we can expect profound effects from it." InformationWeek 9:29 PM
  • "And It Just Doesn't Work/We're planning a big move, and while this is a stressful and uncertain time, I'm rethinking the personal technology we use day-to-day with an aim to make things better. And that means finally pulling the trigger on some changes I've been considering for a long time: Getting rid of cable TV and our phone lines, being smarter about connected speakers, implementing a mesh wireless network, and more." Thurrott 8:06 AM
  • "May we never find a perfect smartphone" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "The world's oldest websites that are still around today" Telegraph 7:15 AM
  • "Comic: The Grim Visage of a Beta Tester" iMore 8:22 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "PhoneRescue Now Downloads & Restores iCloud Backup in iOS 10.3 or Later" prMac 7:12 AM
  • "Achieve a better nights sleep for you, your baby, and your family" prMac 7:10 AM
  • "'Rome: Total War – Alexander' strategy game coming to the iPad later in the summer" 9to5Mac 6:50 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Hackers are posing as Microsoft staff in bid to obtain MPs' passwords: Parliament says 'no usernames or passwords' have been disclosed to scam callers" The Inquirer 7:04 AM
  • "Windows ransomware found to be incredibly rare" ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft chatbot turns controversial yet AGAIN: Zo AI calls the Qu'ran 'violent' and gives its opinion on Osama Bin Laden in bizarre chat" Daily Mail (UK) 9:48 AM
  • "Drilling down on Microsoft's new plan to sell to consumers" ZDNet 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft Workplace Analytics helps managers understand worker productivity" TechCrunch 4:18 PM
  • "Microsoft's upcoming Faculty Research Summit to focus on AI" OnMSFT 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft's India, US teams developing software to embed AI in tiny devices" Business Standard 4:25 PM
  • "Microsoft: Xbox One X Will Feel Like A Premium PC Experience Overall" WCCFTech 10:20 AM
  • "Xbox One X benchmarks reveal the true power of the console" Neowin 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Internal Memo Cites Changes, But No Layoffs" MediaDailyNews 5:47 PM
  • "Intel axes 140 staff as it scales back IoT operations: Cuts to be made at firm's Santa Clara and Ireland offices" The Inquirer 7:05 AM
  • "Intel loses some CPU market to AMD, cuts 140 jobs due to IoT closures" Seeking Alpha 12:29 PM
  • "Intel cuts 140 IoT jobs and cans three product lines despite making gains" PC Retail 7:50 AM
  • "Intel laying off 140 in California and Ireland: Think of it as your independence day" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Benchmarking utility shows AMD Ryzen rapidly stealing market share from Intel" ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 560D And RX 470D Ethereum Mining Edition Cards Break Cover" HotHardware 5:26 PM
  • "Dell EMC Commercial Chief: HPE's stratgey is not working, which is why we are going to win...and already are" Computer Business Review 7:48 AM
  • "Oracle Debuts Three New Open-Source Container Tools" eWeek 9:00 PM
  • "Oracle is riding the cloud to all-time highs above dotcom bubble levels" CNBC 9:36 AM
  • "Oracle Has a Business That Is Going to Double in Size and Help Send Its Stock Soaring 24%" TheStreet 9:36 AM
  • "Oracle: Here Comes the Big Cloud Wave, Says Keybanc/Oracle's resellers are telling KeyBanc analyst Monika Garg the company has real momentum to convert its vast base of customers: over 400,000: to cloud computing, which could boost Oracle's overall cloud sales by 2019 to a quarter of revenue, prompting KeyBanc to upgrade the stock to the equivalent of a Buy." Barron's 9:36 AM
  • "Oracle's stock climbs after analyst upgrade on cloud optimism" MarketWatch 9:36 AM
  • "Lenovo Moto X4 leaks, features dual rear cameras and water resistance" Neowin 7:29 AM
  • "The UK remains Europe's tech hotspot as VC deals rise despite Brexit vote" Neowin 7:11 AM
  • "Germany's power sector making serious strides in renewable energy: But the country is still struggling with heating and transportation." Ars Technica 8:13 AM
  • "Samsung Replacing Intel, Qualcomm As Top Chipmaker, Taking Lead In Other Smartphone Components As Well" International Business Times 7:50 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "There's pent up demand for the iPhone 8, say analysts. Here's what that means for Apple"  CNBC 9:37 AM
  • "U.S. wading into Apple's EU tax appeal?" Seeking Alpha 6:58 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq Shake Off Tesla Beating to Pop in Return From July 4 Break" TheStreet 5:54 PM
  • "Fed officials look to shrink portfolio, minutes show" FOXBusiness 5:52 PM
  • "Market Close Report: NASDAQ Composite index closes at 6,150.86 up 40.80 points" Nasdaq 5:53 PM
  • "S&P Rises on Rebound in Technology Shares: Semiconductors led the tech sector higher, offsetting declines in energy shares as oil fell" [Paid Membership Required] 5:54 PM
  • "China's Caixin services PMI slips to 51.6 in June" MarketWatch 7:37 AM
  • "European stocks struggle to rise, as auto makers and pharmas drag" MarketWatch 7:38 AM

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