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Friday 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?

  • "How iPhone 8 could change the wireless charging landscape: The next iPhone is widely rumored to have wireless charging. But exactly what that means—and which version Apple may use—is an open question."  CNET 7:27 AM
  • "Apple Will Soar to $1 Trillion Market Cap, RBC Says: There's even more upside for Apple with its highly anticipated September phone launch."  TheStreet 7:43 AM
  • "A Chinese Pebble in Apple's Shoe: If Apple Inc. is lucky, a 10-page complaint posted on social media by a Chinese law firm might be a minor annoyance resulting in little more than some bad press.Lessons from partner-cum-foe Qualcomm Inc., however, should serve as a warning that Apple's app store business model may be in danger."  BloombergGadfly 7:42 AM
  • "Safari Technology Preview 37: French Apple Pay Expansion, 33 Bug Fixes" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "When fonts won't display properly in Safari and Mail, here's what to do" Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "Android file transfer: How to move data between your phone and computer/Moving files from your Android device to a Windows PC or Mac (and vice versa) doesn't have to be difficult: or dependent on any cloud services." Computerworld 7:27 AM
  • "12 improvements in High Sierra's Photos app for Mac" Computerworld 9:45 AM
  • "How to Identify the Mac Apps Apple Plans to Kill" Apple Must 11:14 AM
  • "Minimizing Personal Hotspot data usage with TripMode for macOS" Apple World Today 2:58 PM
  • "7 Ways To Get Easy Access To Important Folders" MacMost 9:45 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 10.4.2 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 9:42 AM
  • "Sonnet Announces Mac®- and Windows®-Compatible Thunderbolt™ 3 to Dual DisplayPort™ Adapter" Wall Street Communications 8:26 AM
  • "Firefox 55 Browser Gains Screenshot Utility, WebVR, and New Performance Features" MacRumors 7:52 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Samsung back to #1 in the US, but share is down" ["Apple and Samsung continue to dominate smartphone sales, each with five models on the top 10 best-selling list. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus occupy the top two spots, with the Samsung Galaxy S7 in third place, just ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8 in the number four spot."]  Kantar Worldpanel 7:18 AM
  • "U.S. iPhone market share up on last year, but Samsung takes #1 slot, says Kantar" 9to5Mac 7:19 AM
  • "iPhone suppliers see sales rising as new iPhone production gains momentum" DigiTimes 7:13 AM
  • "All three new iPhones now in volume production, says supply-chain report" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
  • "Case Study in How to Blow It as an iPhone Supplier: Japan Display squandered its chance to be Japan's champion in supplying smartphone screens to the likes of Apple" [Paid Membership Required] 7:43 AM
  • "Apple supplier reports huge orders of 3D sensing component ahead of iPhone 8" 9to5Mac 1:17 PM
  • "Apple: Munster sees 'massive' 3D sensor buy — updated" Apple 3.0 1:18 PM
  • "Some Apple Park Employees Said to Be Dissatisfied With Open Office Design" MacRumors 9:11 AM
  • "Apple Park construction workers are posting on-site photos and videos to Snapchat" 9to5Mac 7:36 AM
  • "Latest ARKit demo shows off 3D finger painting through augmented reality" 9to5Mac 12:06 PM
  • "Apple's R&D spend up 15%, now at similar level to iPhone development period" 9to5Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Heart and Asthma Monitors? There's an App for That" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Even Apple can't compare with Compagnie des Indes" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:42 AM
  • "Carpool Karaoke: The Series Now Available on Apple Music" MacStories 12:06 PM
  • "Carpool Karaoke debuts on Apple Music for some reason" TechCrunch 1:16 PM
  • "Apple Music Teases Carpool Karaoke Episodes with Metallica and Alicia Keys" The Mac Observer 3:00 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple becomes world's most valuable company" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook unveils 'Watch' platform with live video and exclusive shows" AppleInsider 9:51 PM
  • "Creator of Android Swears His New Phone Actually Exists" Gizmodo 6:01 PM
  • "More than 60 women consider suing Google, claiming sexism and a pay gap: Scandal over discrimination at the company deepens as dozens of current and former staff say they earned less than men despite equal qualifications" The Guardian 9:44 AM
  • "How Baidu Will Win China's AI race—and, Maybe, the World's" Wired 9:10 AM
  • "The internet is finally getting a high-speed internet lane for emergency situations" The Next Web 8:02 AM
  • "Audiobooks for dogs is now a thing, but will you buy one?" Digital Trends 8:01 AM
  • "Amazon's latest wacky idea: mobile drone stations on trains, boats, and vans" ReadWrite 7:50 AM
  • "These smart cities in Italy put Silicon Valley to shame: The city of the future could help you find parking, detect potholes and keep you healthier. Sicily's showing the world it can be done on a shoestring budget." CNET 7:44 AM
  • "Fired Google employee says his gender memo was a reaction to diversity training" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:23 PM
  • "Google engineer fired over anti-diversity memo files labor complaint: Legal experts say the case may have legs" The Verge 7:36 AM
  • "China market: Smartphone shipments down slightly in 1H17" DigiTimes 7:30 AM
  • "Study: Most major websites have dreadful basic password security" The Next Web 8:01 AM
  • "Hate silly password rules? So does the guy who created them" ZDNet 7:07 AM
  • "Ransomware turns even nastier: Destruction, not profit, becomes the real aim" ZDNet 7:07 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note 8: The big questions ahead of launch" ZDNet 7:07 AM
  • "The Silofication of Movies and TV, LOL Fitbit, and Fooling Self-Driving Cars -ACM 423" The Mac Observer 5:40 PM
  • "Carpool Karaoke, Apple's Fall Product Lineup -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-09" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "iPhone 8 charging with no strings attached (The 3:59, Ep. 264)" CNET 12:42 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 17 – Our iPad Home Screens" MacStories 10:27 AM
  • "iOS 11 public beta: The pre-release features Apple needs to fix before the final release" Macworld 7:15 AM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone 8' facial recognition tech might support Apple Pay, third-party apps, 'multi' biometrics" AppleInsider 8:49 PM
  • "iPhone 8 dummy unit shows larger display in compact casing, copper finish"  9to5Mac 2:16 PM
  • "Glass back design corroborated by latest iPhone 7s, 7s Plus and iPhone 8 dummy units"  9to5Mac 7:12 AM
  • "'iPhone 8' & 'iPhone 7s' mockups with glass backs appear as speculation about product names grows" AppleInsider 8:51 AM
  • "Leaked iPhone 8 cases appear to give away the phone's final design" BGR 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone 8' May Mute Notification Sounds When the User is Looking at the Screen" MacRumors 7:15 AM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone 8' may silence notification sounds when users are paying attention" AppleInsider 9:09 AM
  • "iOS 11"s Camera app could finally let you pause and resume video recording" iDownload Blog 10:35 AM
  • "iPhone 8 will ship alongside iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, rumor claims" Mashable 8:51 AM
  • "Unfortunately the iMac Pro Won't Support Intel's Latest 18-Core i9 CPU" iDrop News 1:17 PM
  • "iOS 11 Beta 5: 5 Features and Changes" iPhone Hacks 7:45 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at iMacs and Thunderbolt displays with surround sound" Apple World Today 7:45 AM
  • "Apple ceases code signing for iOS 10.3.2 after iOS 10.3.3 release" AppleInsider 9:01 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Grab an Apple Watch Nike+ Starting at $259, a Substantial 30 Percent Discount" AppAdvice 5:51 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:45 AM

  • "The 2017 iMac 5K vs 2010 Mac Pro running a Metal game" Bare Feats 11:39 AM
  • "What the Apple Pencil Does Well" Macdrifter 12:07 PM
  • "First look: Kanex GoPlay Sidekick pocketable MFi gaming controller recharges via Apple's Lightning cable" AppleInsider 11:18 AM
  • "Picaso Lab handcrafts incredible leather MacBook Pro sleeves" iDownload Blog 7:37 AM
  • "The BookBook Vol 2 is a great 'sequel' to the leather case" Apple World Today 7:37 AM
  • "HomeKit News: Everything you need to know!" iMore 5:56 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review: Circle Pay, the cheapest way to send money between countries" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "How To Install iEnchantify Cydia Alternative On iOS 10 Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 2:58 PM
  • "How to Install iOS 11 Public Beta on iPad" OS X Daily 2:25 PM
  • "Apple Airport Base Station: The Ultimate Guide" iMore 12:42 PM
  • "How to disable background refreshing for iOS apps when on cellular" iDownload Blog 9:22 AM
  • "How to Add a Signature in Gmail Using A Desktop or Mobile App" Digital Trends 1:24 PM
  • "Hidden iPhone setting gives your speakers an extra volume boost" Mirror Online UK 12:06 PM
  • "Converting Pictures Into Words You Can Process: Q. With my iPhone I copied numerous documents, many of which are in typewritten Hebrew, and now I have JPG files. I want to convert these into text files and translate them. How do I accomplish this? Or is there another way to do this?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:18 AM
  • "Apple could finally kill the iPhone 'S' name this year" BGR 7:55 PM
  • "Carpool Karaoke Brings Light Hearted Fun to Apple Music, but Not Much Else" The Mac Observer 5:41 PM
  • "It's Going to Be a Fun But Expensive Autumn/Holidays for Apple Products" The Mac Observer 3:00 PM
  • "Is iOS 11 Beta Worth Downloading / Safe To Use On Primary Device Now?" Redmond Pie 12:42 PM
  • "Value-Priced $329 Model Stimulates Return To iPad Sales Growth – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 11:52 AM
  • "The iPod Effect Hits Apple Watch" Mac 360 11:14 AM
  • "Were The Apple iPhone 8 Delay Stories Reality Distortion?" Apple Must 8:26 AM
  • "Apple v. Qualcomm: Still plenty of time to settle" Apple 3.0 7:52 AM
  • "eXtensions-The Wednesday File (17): Home Automation Coming into Focus with Philips Hue" eXtensions 7:45 AM
  • "No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea: Adding fail to fail" The Register 7:44 AM
  • "Answering Your Questions About the Controversial Google Memo" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:27 PM
  • "Why Facebook had to kill its Groups app" Mashable 2:57 PM
  • "How to Operate an Android Phone Without Google" AddictiveTips 2:25 PM
  • "Could This Squishy Robot Be the Future of Robotics?" Gizmodo 9:22 AM
  • "How Palantir, Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company, Pushed Its Way Into Policing" Wired 9:10 AM
  • "Deep learning revolutionizes conversational AI" O'Reilly 8:27 AM
  • "As net neutrality dies, one man wants to make Verizon pay for its sins: Alex Nguyen filed the only formal net neutrality complaint, and he's still waiting for an answer" The Verge 7:50 AM
  • "Speaking in Tech: Do I need some weird thing listening to me in my house all the time? Alexa, Qualcomm, Google Voice and more" The Register 7:44 AM
  • "Amazon thrives by thumbing its nose at Wall Street" MarketWatch 7:42 AM
  • "Google memo outcry is about something bigger" Axios 1:17 PM
  • "YouTube CEO on gender discrimination: It still hurts" CNNMoney 7:53 AM
  • "Google's diversity efforts fall flat" Axios 8:01 AM
  • "Here's why the tech industry doesn't need more female software engineers: I am a woman who has been immersed in the tech sector for almost two decades. I have gone from a software engineer to running my own software development company. I am also a working mother of three kids. However, I have to agree with much of the sentiment in a memo from a Google executive which hit the headlines this week, and incited outrage in the US and around the world."  Stuff: New Zealand 7:28 AM
  • "When it comes to cybersecurity, companies need force fields, not walls" Recode 7:14 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The 'Hearthstone' Tavern Brawl 'ShiftCon' Is Live But Buggy" Touch Arcade 1:17 PM
  • "Chamberlain Home Bridge now available, adds HomeKit to MyQ garage door openers" 9to5Mac 12:42 PM
  • "Eighth Generation 'Coffee Lake' Intel Core Processor Family To Debut Aug. 21" MacPrices 11:39 AM
  • "Tencent's Arena of Valor enters the European mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena" 148Apps 7:51 AM
  • "Dashlane's 2017 Password Power Rankings Reveal How Consumer and Enterprise Websites Handle User Security" [Apple scores 4 out of 5] PRNewswire 7:17 AM
  • "Overtake King released for iOS/Android: Pixel Art Isometric Driving Game" prMac 7:14 AM
  • "ShoppingMate 1.0 - Free iOS App Brings Shoppers Together On One Platform" prMac 7:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 users happy to share their data with us claims Microsoft" TechRepublic 7:11 AM
  • "70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft" The Register 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft fixes 25 critical issues in August Patch Tuesday" Help Net Security 9:14 AM
  • "Intel: 8th-gen Coffee Lake CPUs to launch on 21 August/PCs and laptops should be available in the fourth quarter" V3 7:50 AM
  • "Intel's 8th Gen Coffee Lake Chips Arrive August 21" PC Magazine 7:09 AM
  • "Intel has joined the self-driving car race" CNBC 2:16 PM
  • "Intel plans a test fleet of 100 self-driving cars" Engadget 2:16 PM
  • "Intel announces fleet of 100 autonomous test vehicles after closing the Mobileye acquisition" Electrek 2:25 PM
  • "Intel Kick-Starts Mobileye Integration with Plans to Build Fleet of 100 L4 Autonomous Test Cars" WebWire 9:20 AM
  • "What Does Intel's Acquisition Of Mobileye Tell Us About Its Driverless Car Strategy?" Forbes 9:20 AM
  • "Why Mobileye really is worth $15 billion to Intel" VentureBeat 12:06 PM
  • "Intel Coffee Lake Family Boasts Core i3-8350K And Core i7-8700K With 4GHz And 3.7GHz Base Clocks" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "Intel Core i9-7920X 12-Core Skylake-X Processor Makes Geekbench Cameo Appearance" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "IBM Research achieves record performance with new deep learning software - Video" ZDNet 3:58 PM
  • "Oracle is quietly becoming the most intriguing company in advertising" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "Major Oracle E-business suite upgrade coming in 2019. Or maybe 2020" The Register 7:44 AM
  • "Oracle and AT&T Communications CEOs break down cloud deal" CNBC Videos 12:05 PM
  • "SAP cleans up more than a dozen troubling CRM security blunders" The Register 2:15 PM
  • "Salesforce fires red team staffers who gave Defcon talk" ZDNet 3:58 PM
  • "NTT: Cyber-attacks on manufacturers should be a 'red flag' for CISOs" V3 7:50 AM
  • "Acer Launches Chromebook 11 C771 With 11.6-inch Display And Rugged Design" HotHardware 5:47 PM
  • "Acer's new Chromebook looks like the perfect cheap laptop" BGR 6:25 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple appeal: Some traders are trying to make extra money off the tech giant" CNBC 1:17 PM
  • "Apple's Services Business Is Growing Like The 'FANG' Stocks, Should It Be Valued Like One?" Forbes 12:41 PM
  • "Barclays: iPhones may be upgraded faster than expected" Apple 3.0 11:18 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Stock Hits All-Time Highs But Looks Exhausted" InvestorPlace 7:49 AM
  • "Japan Display considers new capital to adapt to Apple's OLED shift" Reuters 7:43 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes lower on North Korea tensions; Disney, Goldman kneecap Dow: Strong earnings seen as providing calm over past three weeks" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "North Korea Threat Pulls Wall Street Lower" TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "S&P closes barely lower despite N. Korea tensions" Reuters 3:59 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slide Amid North Korea Worries: Investors move into havens such as gold and currencies like the Japanese yen" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Most tech investors think the industry's companies are about to grow even more valuable" Recode 2:15 PM
  • "Asian markets retreat as saber-rattling over North Korea intensifies: Nikkei drops 1.4% as yen rises; Samsung drags down Kospi" MarketWatch 8:52 AM
  • "European stocks slide as U.S.-North Korea strife sends haven assets higher: Novo Nordisk raises outlook" MarketWatch 8:52 AM

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