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2018 MacBook Pro i9 Throttlegate, also affects some Dell systems. Dealbreaker for you, or no big deal? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

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?

  • "'Nobody has one button': Steve Jobs opera sings Apple founder's praises – and flaws/The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which premieres at the Sante Fe Opera this weekend, dramatizes Jobs's life in a unique way. We spoke with one of its co-creators to find out how the idea was born" The Guardian 6:15 AM
  • "Steve Jobs Opera Portrays Genius Innovator, Flawed Human" NewsFactor 10:12 AM
  • "The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook and Google: From California to London, the tech giants are employing top architects to build spectacular symbols of their immense global power. But they have their critics..."  The Guardian 6:15 AM
  • "IDA chief makes plea over Apple data centre in Athenry" Connacht Tribune 9:24 AM
  • "Ireland seeks custodian for Apple cash as collection nears" Melbourne Age 6:15 AM
  • "Apple and Tesla Show Big Silicon Valley Headcount Increases Since 2016; Intel and eBay Shed Staff" IEEE Spectrum 6:13 AM
  • "Apple partners w/ Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson for new movie co-starring Siri" 9to5Mac 4:45 PM
  • "Ireland Seeks Custodian for Apple Cash as Collection Nears"  Bloomberg 7/22
  • "Irish debt agency to procure custodian for Apple state aid fund" Xinhuanet 7/22
  • "Intel slams Qualcomm in new legal filing, alleges a 'long list' of monopolistic practices" 9to5Mac 7/22
  • "Apple Battles Qualcomm to the Sound of a Steve Jobs Opera" Fortune 7/22
  • "macOS High Sierra beta: How to troubleshoot common problems" iMore 7/21
  • "What to do when a calendar isn't syncing to your Mac" Macworld 7/21
  • "About the security content of Wi-Fi Update for Boot Camp 6.1" Apple Support 7/21
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 7/21
  • "1Password review: Capable password manager is missing some key features/Emphasizes security but at the expense of automation." PCWorld 7/21
  • "Sticky Password review: Strong features behind a bare-bones interface" PCWorld 7/21
  • "Keeper review: A strong focus on security" PCWorld 7/21
  • "Dashlane review: This password manager makes you smarter about security" PCWorld 7/21
  • "LastPass review: This virtual vault makes password protection effortless" PCWorld 7/21
  • "True Key by Intel Security review: This password manager wants to eliminate passwords/True Key uses faces, fingerprints, and trusted devices to ensure your login credentials aren't compromised." PCWorld 7/21
  • "How to Draw on Photos on a Mac" OS X Daily 7/21
  • "How to customize website options for Safari on Mac in macOS High Sierra" iMore 7/21
  • "Mac unlock with Apple Watch not working? Try these simple steps" iDownload Blog 7/21
  • "How to delete specific pages from Safari history in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 7/21
  • "A Beginner's Guide To LaunchPad" MacMost 7/21
  • "More Backup And Sync For Your Mac" Mac 360 7/21
  • "Another Way To Drag And Drop On A Mac" Mac 360 7/21
  • "The future of the Finder: The desktop metaphor is practical and useful, but maybe it's time to move on to a new way to use our computers." Macworld 7/21
Press Releases
  • "Pubcoder 3 Released in Beta for Mac" prMac 7/22
  • "'Shadow Warrior: Special Edition' for macOS, 'Yankai's Triangle' for iOS temporarily free" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "proDAD Brings Legendary Mercalli SAL Video Stabilizer Application to the Mac" PRNewswire 7/21
  • "E-on Software Announces Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins" Architosh 7/21
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Latest Drone Footage Reveals Landscaping Progress in Apple Park's Inner Circle"  MacRumors 8:57 AM
  • "Latest Apple Park flyover highlights landscaping push, campus-wide construction" AppleInsider 6:21 PM
  • "The construction of Apple Park in California – video" The Guardian 9:47 PM
  • "T-Mobile is desperate to get rid of the iPhone 7" BGR 7/22
  • "Apple is the most profitable company in the Fortune 500" Apple 3.0 7/21
  • "Intel sides with Apple, accuses Qualcomm of anticompetitive conduct" ZDNet 7/21
  • "Apple Backed by Tech Giants in Ongoing Spat with Qualcomm" Zacks 7/21
  • "Four Taiwan firms file countersuit against Qualcomm" DigiTimes 7/21
  • "Intel opens fire in solo FTC filing in support of Apple and calls Qualcomm 'abusive,' anti-competitive" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "Apple Gets Another Ally in its Qualcomm Patent Royalty Fight" The Mac Observer 7/21
  • "Apple helping Indian Railways to increase train speeds over 600 km per hour" PTI 7/21
  • "Does Apple Plan to Transform Rail Transport?" Apple Must 7/21
  • "iOS 11 ARKit demo showcases real world navigation and Maps POI" 9to5Mac 7/21
  • "New Editorial Content Begins Appearing Within App Store on iOS 11 Beta" MacRumors 7/21
  • "State Farm sues Apple over house fire allegedly caused by 'defective' iPhone" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "Wisconsin Resident Sues Apple For Over $75,000, Claims Defective iPhone Caused House Fire" MacRumors 7/21
  • "Apple Stores Getting All-New 'Lead' and 'Schedule Planner' Positions" MacRumors 7/21
  • "Apple set open applications for new 'Lead' and 'Schedule Planner' retail positions, report says" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "Rachel Krevans, Pioneering Litigator and Lawyer to Apple, Dies at 60" The Recorder 7/21
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor" Cult of Mac 7/21
Non-Apple News
  • "Pokémon Go Fest Disaster Prompts Niantic To Refund Players With Pokécoins And Lugia" HotHardware 4:44 PM
  • "Qualcomm Lists The Snapdragon 845 In Its Patent Documents; An Unexpected Surprise From Company's Apple War" WCCFTech 9:33 AM
  • "Hulu Live TV Arrives On Amazon Fire TV" UberGizmo 8:59 AM
  • "Imagine that: Chinese buyer eyes troubled British chip firm ditched by Apple" City A.M. 8:29 AM
  • "Wells Fargo accidentally leaks 50,000 clients' records: The bank accidentally sent thousands of sensitive documents to a former employee." Engadget 6:04 AM
  • "Network & server issues plague first Pokémon GO Fest , Niantic to issue refunds & in-game credit" 9to5Mac 7/22
  • "The first trailer for Will Smith's $100 million Netflix movie is here" BGR 7/22
  • "First Amendment suit halts anti-'Pokémon Go' law" Engadget 7/21
  • "Verizon admits to throttling Netflix, says 'network testing' is to blame" BGR 7/21
  • "Verizon allegedly throttling Netflix & YouTube even before usage limits hit; VPN circumvents" ["Offering a two-speed Internet, where some services get faster speeds than others, is precisely what net neutrality is designed to prevent."] 9to5Mac 7/21
  • "Sprint mocks Verizon with Twice the Price pop-up shop stunt" The Verge 7/21
  • "Amazon keeps popular items stocked by buying from other retailers" Engadget 7/21
  • "Amazon's discount policy is being investigated by the FTC: The commission is responding to a letter from Consumer Watchdog." Engadget 7/21
  • "Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars: Carmakers aren't ready for the upgrade backlash they're about to face" The Verge 7/21
  • "Google's been running a secret test to detect bogus ads — and its findings should make the industry nervous" Business Insider 7/21
  • "As Cyberattacks Destabilize the World, the State Department Turns a Blind Eye" Wired 7/21
  • "Password Mayhem, iOS Photos, & Preventing Sleep – Mac Geek Gab 667" The Mac Observer 2:45 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report Podcast: With Guest Rene Ritchie" The Loop 7/22
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 129 | Clips meets Disney/Pixar, new Apple VPs, and the latest iPhone 8 rumors" 9to5Mac 7/22
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 196, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie" Daring Fireball 7/21
  • "When to Really Force Quit iPhone Apps -TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-21" The Mac Observer 7/21
  • "Is the future VR ... or AR? Google VR boss Clay Bavor explains why the two technologies aren't so different on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask." Recode 7/21
  • "Why Apple's making an iPhone Pro, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 7/21
  • "AppleInsider Podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship date, Qualcomm, and the future of the iPhone SE" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "iPhone 8 Exclusive: Apple Makes Radical Changes" Forbes 9:16 PM
  • "Apple wins a Design Patent for an Unfamiliar Apple Watch Stand" Patently Apple 7/22
  • "Apple Watch 3: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price" CNET 7/22
  • "Report claims LG will be exclusive battery supplier for next year's 'iPhone 9'" 9to5Mac 7/21
  • "LG to be exclusive supplier of L-shaped 'iPhone 9' batteries, report says" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "Apple reportedly chose LG to be the only supplier of L-shaped batteries for next year's iPhone" Business Insider 7/21
  • "The iPhone 9's L-shaped batteries could be coming from another major rival" Mashable 7/21
  • "Original Apple Watch Models Needing Repairs Can Now be Replaced With Series 1 Models" MacTrast 7/21
  • "Apple could provide Series 1 Apple Watch as replacement for original models requiring repairs" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "iOS 10.3.3 Patches High-Profile BroadPwn Flaw" TidBITS 7/21
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iPad Mini 4 (128GB) is $275 at Best Buy: Deal or no deal?" CNET 7/21
  • "T-Mobile discounting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus by up to $400 for new upgrades" 9to5Mac 7/21
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/21
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/21
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/21

  • "Reviewed: A used, year-old MacBook Pro from Apple's Refurbished Mac store that saved me $450" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "Best Battery Cases for iPhone 7" iMore 7/22
  • "Review: Elgato's $300 Thunderbolt 3 Dock Offers a Solid Set of Ports in a Slim Design" MacRumors 7/21
  • "Smart Home Diary: What will & won't make the cut in my new home?" 9to5Mac 7/21
  • "The Rayz Plus stand out in a crowded field of earphones for iOS devices" Apple World Today 7/21
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Animation Apps for iPad" AppAdvice 9:18 AM
  • "iOS 11 Will Automatically Ignore Unstable WiFi Connections" UberGizmo 6:15 AM
  • "Watch: Hands-on with the new iPad app dock in iOS 11" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "iOS 10.3.3 Battery Life Problems And Test Vs iOS 10.3.2 Comparison On Video" Redmond Pie 7/21
  • "How to use an Apple Watch if you use Android" iMore 6:40 PM
  • "How to use your iPhone to get a FASTPASS at Disneyland" iMore 10:15 AM
  • "How To: turn your iPhone into a document scanner, and when you shouldn't"  AppleInsider 6:06 AM
  • "How to Work with RAW and JPEG Files in Apple's Photos App" Kirkville 6:07 AM
  • "How to add a family member to a shared iCloud storage plan in iOS 11" iMore 7/22
  • "How to make sure all your texts show up in iMessage on the Mac" Mashable 7/22
  • "How to Customize iOS 11 Control Center" iPhone Hacks 7/21
  • "iOS 11: How to use the new Live Photos features" 9to5Mac 7/21
  • "Turn your Mac or PC into a cheap and easy Apple TV: The Reflector 2 app turns your computer into an AirPlay receiver." CNET 7/21
  • "How to remove EXIF data from your photos on Mac" iMore 7/21
  • "PSA: Here's where you can try Apple's new interactive HomeKit store displays" 9to5Mac 3:39 PM
  • "Closing Apps On Your iPhone Doesn't Save Battery" LAD Bible 8:06 AM
  • "Don't pay for Tidal with the App Store" iMore 7/22
  • "iOS 11 automatically ignores flaky Wi-Fi connections" Cult of Mac 7/21
  • "How to Use the Same Calendar Across All Your Apple Devices" Apple Must 7/21
  • "16 essential iOS typing tips for iPad and iPhone" Computerworld 7/21
  • "iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak Status: Is Jailbreaking Dead?" iPhone Hacks 6:41 PM
  • "I'm so OVER the iPhone 8, it's Time to Think About NINE!!!" Apple Must 3:34 PM
  • "Apple and other tech titans should tread carefully in China" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 10:16 AM
  • "6 rumors about Apple Watch 3: Current rumors are driving wild theories about what Apple has planned for the next generation." CNET 7/22
  • "Today in ARKit: AR is on the Menu" Apple Must 7/22
  • "iPhones are very expensive but 'a safe bet,' says Woz/Commentary: Speaking in China, the Apple co-founder claims that you get what you pay for with Apple. Is this still true?" CNET 7/21
  • "The case for (and against) the MacBook Air" Six Colors 7/21
  • "Why WebCrypto Encryption Matters: Apple's Argument for Ditching Older Methods" The Mac Observer 7/21
  • "HomePod Could Be the Next Big Driver of Apple Stock" InvestorPlace 7/21
  • "How ARKit will deliver the future of maps" Cult of Mac 7/21
  • "Wearables Still Have an Important Role to Play" Tech.pinions 7/21
  • "It's Time To Break Up Apple Again" Mac360 7/21
  • "I just went to D23 for the first time and my iPhone was my lifeline" iMore 7/21
  • "Dark Wi-Fi' Targets Mac, iPhone, iPad" NoodleMac 7/21
  • "Why we love to talk dirty to Apple's Siri" The Next Web 7/21
  • "Waiting on Apple's podcast recording app—or for better GarageBand features: It wouldn't take much for Apple to offer a stem-to-stern podcast solution, covering everything from recording to editing to publishing. So, why haven't they done it?" Macworld 7/21
  • "How Apple Could Crash And Burn" Mac360 7/21
  • "All the Sensors in Your Smartphone, and How They Work" Gizmodo 2:44 PM
  • "Are Autonomous Vehicle Tests a Public Hazard? Unlike other technologies, testing of self-driving cars on public roads could cause safety concerns and have an immediate negative impact on society." PC Magazine 7/21
  • "Qualcomm Begins To Look Like IBM" Forbes 7/21
  • "Microsoft's most baffling release yet, Surface Laptop is just a laptop" Ars Technica 7/21
  • "I hacked my body for a future that never came" The Verge 7/21
  • "How I finally broke my Facebook addiction" Mashable 7/21
  • "Asimov's Laws won't actually stop robots from harming us, so here's a better solution" The Next Web 7/21
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 10:59 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Clips now includes Disney and Pixar characters" Neowin 10:48 AM
  • "Pokémon Go Fest: It's on!" iMore 7/22
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Layton's Mystery Journey'" Touch Arcade 7/21
  • "'ROME: Total War – Alexander' Arriving on iPad Next Thursday, July 27th" Touch Arcade 7/21
  • "GM now lets developers test their in-car apps running in actual cars" TechCrunch 7/21
  • "Mozilla upgrades Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, adds QR code reader and night-reading mode" AppleInsider 7/21
  • "Apple Moves Away from White Label Event App, Creating Winner Take All Opportunity; DoubleDutch Prepared to Win" PRNewswire 7/21
  • "Puzzler 'Yankai's Triangle' is Apple's Free App Store App of the Week" MacTrast 7/21
  • "Google Play Music is now available on CarPlay" Cult of Mac 7/21
Computer Industry
  • "Yes, Microsoft is still working on a 'Halo' TV series: And Steven Spielberg remains at the helm." Engadget 6:04 AM
  • "Microsoft is Depreciating and Removing Legacy Features in the Fall Creators Update" Thurrott 11:24 AM
  • "Windows 10 and a bump in the road to Windows as a Service" ZDNet 9:02 PM
  • "Intel Accuses Qualcomm Of Trying To Kill The Competition" UberGizmo 6:13 AM
  • "Intel reportedly eliminates wearables division: Vendor says it will continue to invest in its IoT business" ITP Technology 6:13 AM
  • "HP Elite X3 coming to Verizon, reveals Bluetooth certification" WinCentral 6:11 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) Getting Positive Press Coverage, Study Shows" Chaffey Breeeze 6:11 AM
  • "Lenovo joins the fray with its own virtual assistant named CAVA" Neowin 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft releases AI risk detection and security tool for Windows and Linux developers" Neowin 7/22
  • "Microsoft's chatbot Zo says that 'Linux > Windows'" Neowin 7/22
  • "Intel Coffee Lake 6-Core, 12-Thread Processor Vital Signs Detailed In CPU-Z" HotHardware 7/22
  • "Dell's UltraSharp U3818DW Now Shipping With 38 Inches Of Curved Infinity Edge Love" HotHardware 7/22
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Investors Shouldn't Worry About iPhone 8 Delays: Apple may not be able to ramp up iPhone 8 production until close to the 2017 holiday season: but investors shouldn't fear a brief delay in the iPhone 8 release schedule." The Motley Fool 8:19 AM
  • "Apple, Shares Up 30% This Year, Still Seen As Bargain" 24/7 Wall St. 6:14 AM
  • "Is Apple iPhone Delay The Reason For Weakness In Skyworks Shares?" Benzinga 7/21
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq post weekly gains as stock market finishes session lower: GE's tepid outlook casts pall on earnings season" MarketWatch 7/21
  • "Wall Street Retreats From Records as GE Presents Downbeat Outlook" TheStreet 7/21
  • "Wall Street dips as GE, energy shares weigh" Reuters 7/21
  • "Stocks Fall as Investors Parse Latest Batch of Earnings Reports: Major U.S. indexes still end the week near record highs" [Paid Membership Required] 7/21
  • "Asian markets cool off following recent surge: Equities across the Asia-Pacific region were lower on Friday, but Australian stocks pared some of their early losses following a sharp fall in the Australian dollar." MarketWatch 7/21
  • "European stocks struggle to break grip of stronger euro: European stocks fell Friday, weighed by strength in the euro, as the flow of corporate earnings results failed to provide a lift." MarketWatch 7/21

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