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Agree or disagree that Apple's struggle to sell iPhones in India is a clear indicator company needs to offer a cheaper iPhone that compares to cheaper Android phones. Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

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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Apple/Macintosh
  • "How Apple Could Deliver the 'Next' Big Thing in Personal Computing"  Tech.pinions 12:05 PM
  • "Apple's Killer Services Business Will Be a Profit Monster Within 10 Years: Apple's services business is growing in importance for the tech giant. That's great news for Apple bulls."  TheStreet 8:24 AM
  • "Ex-Apple Engineer Pleads Not Guilty in Trade Secret Theft Case"  Bloomberg 5:10 PM
  • "Apple's China Growth Can Trump India Woes"  Barron's 3:11 PM
  • "Apple is failing spectacularly in one of the world's biggest smartphone markets" ["The company has lost important sales and distribution executives in the country and, according to Bloomberg, has failed to develop important carrier relationships. iPhones are especially expensive in India thanks to customs tariffs."]  Business Insider 7:47 AM
  • "Things are going from bad to worse for Apple in India"  Quartz 8:04 AM
  • "Apple India Sales Execs Depart as Market Poses a Challenge" Investopedia 8:04 AM
  • "Apple is struggling big-time to sell iPhones in India" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Adobe Photoshop on iPad? This 'Hotel Transylvania 3' artist is ready for the revolution: Visual development artist Lizzie Nichols has never taken the iPad seriously until now."  Macworld 7:48 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS 10.14 Mojave to Developers" MacRumors 3:23 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to Get Dynamic Desktops on Any Version of Mac OS – Without Mojave!" OS X Daily 2:56 PM
  • "How To Use Tags To Organize Your Files" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "How to Add Pictures & Backgrounds in Keynote Presentations" Envato Tuts+ 8:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Quote Pop - 32 Final Cut Pro X Quote Titles and Animations From Stupid Raisins" fcp.co 7:53 AM
  • "Automailer 2.6 to send bulk personalized emails in text and html" Tension Software 7:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Global App Revenue Reached $34 Billion in the First Half of 2018, Up 28% Year-Over-Year: App Store and Google Play users spent a combined $34.4 billion on mobile apps and games in the first half of this year, according to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence estimates. This figure represents a year-over-year increase of 27.8 percent over the first half of 2017, when consumers spent a combined $26.9 billion on both stores." Sensor Tower 4:48 PM
  • "Apple App Store revenue almost double that of Google Play" Cult of Mac 4:48 PM
  • "Lawmakers investigate how AI in Apple, Google invade privacy: The government is finally understanding the invasion of privacy concerns around companies like Facebook, Apple and Google with their services and devices like iPhone and Android. Will these companies fix the real problem or be forced by the government like the medical community must do today with HIPAA?"  Computerworld 8:24 AM
  • "Hacking campaign targets iPhone users with data-stealing, location-tracking malware: Campaign delivers fake versions of WhatsApp and Telegram to victims - and those behind it have tried to make it look like a Russian attack when it isn't."  ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "Apple celebrates World Emoji Day" Apple 12:25 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple pays $450 million to settle e-books suit" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Watch – Close Your Rings | Atilla – Apple" YouTube 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Watch – Close Your Rings | Yocelin – Apple" YouTube 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Watch – Close Your Rings | Eric – Apple" YouTube 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Leadership Page Gets Memoji Makeover for World Emoji Day" The Mac Observer 6:19 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "JerryRigEverything's Vivo Nex S clear back conversion puts the pop-up camera's mechanism on display" Android Police 3:23 PM
  • "Watch a Guy Build a Brand New, Completely Obsolete Gaming PC With 20-Year-Old Parts" Gizmodo 9:43 AM
  • "How Wireless Carriers Get Permission to Share Your Whereabouts: Industry outsources job of seeking approval to third-party firms"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:57 AM
  • "ZTE stock surges as U.S. supplier ban lifted though outlook remains uncertain" Reuters 7:54 AM
  • "Facebook told to give parents access to the private messages of their dead daughter" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "Meet the 29-year-old who founded a company that's using technology to find treatments for diseases thought to be incurable" Business Insider 7:46 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "MacBook Pro Keyboards, Laptop Reviews -TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-16" The Mac Observer 1:48 PM
  • "An AnandTech Exclusive: The Jim Keller Interview" ["...Jim Keller, whose public successes have included being the lead architect on AMD's K8 processors, designing Apple's A4/A5 mobile processors, and heading the team for AMD's Zen microarchitecture. He is also the co-author for the specifications for the x64-64 instruction set and HyperTransport interconnect."] AnandTech 11:22 AM
  • "Deep Dives: Photos, NAS, & Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 718" The Mac Observer 7:13 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Component inventories for iPhone X remain at high levels, say sources"  DigiTimes 8:01 AM
  • "Apple has a surprising amount of unsold iPhone X inventory" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Apple to supposedly release raft of iPad, Apple Watch and iPhone refreshes for Autumn" V3 7:59 AM
  • "Apple says major repairs for 2018 MacBook Pros can't happen in-store until September" AppleInsider 9:43 AM
  • "Here's how Apple is fixing faulty keyboards in its 2018 MacBook Pro model: Following widespread reports of individual keys failing to register keystrokes, or registering keystrokes twice, Apple has engineered a potential solution." TechRepublic 8:24 AM
  • "Keyboard in 2018 MacBook Pro will not be used for repair of earlier models" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Dirt and dust might not destroy your new 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard: Apple has quietly added a silicone membrane to the 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard in what seems to be an attempt to prevent random debris from damaging it." ZDNet 8:06 AM
  • "Apple won't replace faulty MacBook Pro keyboards with third-gen components: The third-gen hardware is 'exclusive' to the newer model" The Verge 2:43 PM
  • "There's good and bad news about the 2018 MacBook Pro's keyboard" BGR 8:03 AM
  • "Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants" The Register 8:19 AM
  • "Geekbench 4 shows huge improvements for 2018 MacBook Pro" iDownload Blog 8:57 AM
  • "Compound IC makers see bright 2H18 on robust Apple demand for 3D sensors" DigiTimes 7:57 AM
  • "VCSEL laser supply chain optimistic as Apple readies new Face ID iPads and iPhones for fall" 9to5Mac 7:58 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "How to fix stuck MacBook and MacBook Pro keybaord" 9to5Mac 3:11 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:49 AM

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Reviews
  • "Tech Armor claims its new screen protector improves performance, so we tested it" Digital Trends 8:05 AM
  • "Review: Upstaa's instant standing desk is a neat affordable option for MacBook users" 9to5Mac 9:24 AM
  • "Quick Review: Sensibo Sky smartens up your in-window air conditioner with web connected thermostat" 9to5Mac 12:09 PM
  • "WaterField Designs Pro Executive backpack and Transit Travel Case review: Fashionably functional" iMore 8:15 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "MacBook Pro 13" Touch Bar 2018 Teardown"  iFixit 4:47 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Get Trackpad Features on an Older iPhone With iOS12" Lifehacker 4:47 PM
  • "How to scan QR codes from the lock screen in iOS 12" Cult of Mac 3:10 PM
  • "How to (Finally) Stream Music to Your Sonos Speaker Using AirPlay 2" Lifehacker 2:49 PM
  • "How to screenshot the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro" iMore 11:23 AM
  • "How to use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro" iMore 8:35 AM
  • "How to use Apple Maps more effectively" Computerworld 7:49 AM
Tips
  • "How to make an anonymous call from your iPhone" Apple Must 9:59 AM
  • "Chrome's Glass Ceiling on an iPhone: Apple may prevent you from swapping out some of its own apps for your preferred defaults, but you can at least get your choices within easy reach." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:24 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "You probably don't need 32GB of memory for your new MacBook Pro" Apple World Today 11:16 AM
  • "Some Deception with the iTunes Store and Apple Music"  Kirkville 10:01 AM
  • "Apple iPhone plummets 450 feet, recording all the way" Apple 3.0 9:44 AM
  • "Apple is handing Samsung and Xiaomi the win in India because it doesn't get the market" Android Authority 8:15 AM
  • "USB Type-C is the iPhone charging connector that Steve Jobs would have wanted: There are too many charging and interface cable standards in place. We can fix this, but it will take effort and broad industry buy-in. And Apple would have to fall in line."  ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "Macbooks for pros: How to decide among several workable options/For high-end pro Mac users, the choices have been pretty barren. But with the introduction of the 2018 MacBook Pros, options open up. Here's how to decide." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "How Apple's New iPhone Threatens Verizon, AT&T" Investopedia 8:04 AM
  • "iOS 12 AR Quick Look Demos" MacStories 7:56 AM
  • "What this bar graph says about iPhones" Apple 3.0 7:52 AM
  • "Mid-2010 Mac Mini – The Perfect Low End 1080p Media Center" Low End Mac 7:52 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Sorry, that wild Microsoft folding phone won't launch until next year at the earliest" BGR 9:10 PM
  • "Big Tech's View of Universal Basic Income is Deeply Flawed" Monday Note 11:23 AM
  • "Can graphical passwords keep us secure online? People stink at text-based passwords. Is there a better way? What if we could simply tell a story only we know using pictures?" ZDNet 8:57 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Watch could be the smartwatch we've been waiting for: With Wear OS, Samsung Pay, and more, the Galaxy Watch could be huge." Android Central 8:15 AM
  • "How humans and technology conspired to spoil the World Cup Final: The new Video Assistant Referee was supposed to ensure correctness in vital decision-making. It didn't." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "AI 'desperately needs' a system of values: Delegates at the ESOF 2018 conference were warned that their perceptions of the digital age were coloured by private industry" V3 8:00 AM
  • "5 things to know as EU readies massive Android antritrust fine against Google" VentureBeat 7:54 AM
  • "Will AI Be Able to Predict Your Dreams?" ReadWrite 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Grab Apple's beautiful iPad Pro wallpapers for free" Cult of Mac 2:49 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge starts testing visual search with iOS beta users" iMore 12:25 PM
  • "Skype adding cross-platform video call recording this month, Mac and iOS included" 9to5Mac 11:23 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of July 16: Travel Software, 3D Printing, and Picnics" The MUG Center 8:59 AM
  • "Eve Light Switch lets you easily set up a Siri-enabled lighting system" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
  • "The best free Apple Watch apps" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "Here's how you can download all the 5K wallpaper loaded on the demo iPad Pro models" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft calls on US govt to regulate facial recognition technology" Inavate 9:25 AM
  • "Microsoft warns that facial recognition tech urgently needs to be regulated" SiliconRepublic 9:22 AM
  • "Windows 10 after three years: A greatly improved report card" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Snowflake offers Microsoft Azure cloud computing" PC Retail 9:24 AM
  • "IBM seeks $167 million from Groupon in dispute over early internet patents" Reuters 6:38 PM
  • "IBM's new Nabla containers are designed for security first" ZDNet 4:37 PM
  • "Why rock star chip architect Jim Keller finally decided to work for Intel" VentureBeat 12:44 PM
  • "Intel and Micron downgrade 3D Xpoint relationship from friends with benefits to partners" The Register 9:10 PM
  • "Ericsson, Intel and Telstra do commercial 5G over licensed 3.5 GHz" Telecoms 8:59 AM
  • "Telstra advances on 2019 5G launch with Ericsson, Intel" Mobile World Live 8:58 AM
  • "DroneRise – Intel, SFO Airport, Mystic drone, DJI's Super Sale and Mavic Enterprise Edition" Drone DJ 8:57 AM
  • "Intel buys eASIC because FPGAs aren't always the answer" The Register 8:54 AM
  • "AMD's stock rallies after Stifel analyst boosts price target" MarketWatch 8:59 AM
  • "Third-party audit reveals AMD drivers are the most stable for gamers" Guru3D 8:52 AM
  • "32-Core Ryzen Threadripper 2990X Performance Simulated With Overclocked AMD EPYC 7601" SegmentNext 8:52 AM
  • "Oracle's Blockchain Cloud Service is generally available" ZDNet 12:45 PM
  • "Oracle Blockchain Opens for Business" Fortune 8:51 AM
  • "Buy Cisco on the dip because the Amazon threat worries are 'overdone': Bank of America" CNBC 8:49 AM
  • "Report claims AWS will make switches to go after Cisco" The Register 8:50 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Fastenal Beats Apple" Forbes 8:39 PM
  • "Prime mover: Amazon narrows gap with Apple in race for trillion dollar valuation" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:23 PM
  • "Now Might Be a Great Time to Invest in Apple's VCSEL Suppliers" iDrop News 7:25 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks struggle for direction as earnings, including Netflix, roll in: Little new incentive for stocks out of Trump-Putin summit" MarketWatch 1:52 PM
  • "Dow Rises Slightly, Netflix Trades Higher Ahead of Earnings: Stocks are mixed as a meeting in Helsinki between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin concludes." TheStreet 12:01 PM
  • "Stocks fall as oil prices drag energy companies lower" Associated Press 12:00 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Little Changed, Weighed Down by Energy Shares: Investors look ahead to a busy week of corporate earnings results" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12:00 PM
  • "Asia stocks retreat on softer-than-expected Chinese data: China's second-quarter GDP grew 6.7% year-on-year" MarketWatch 8:36 AM
  • "European stocks end lower on China growth concerns, but Deutsche Bank leaps: Brexit bill up for debate again in U.K. parliament" MarketWatch 1:50 PM

 
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