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Agree or disagree with Michael Simon that "Apple's laptops are still stuck in the past, despite their individual performance gains". Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

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  • "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
  • "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
  • "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" 7:53 AM
  • "Automailer 2.6 to send bulk personalized emails in text and html" Tension Software 7:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "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
  • "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
Non-Apple News
  • "How Wireless Carriers Get Permission to Share Your Whereabouts: Industry outsources job of seeking approval to third-party firms" [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
  • "Deep Dives: Photos, NAS, & Backups – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 718" The Mac Observer 7:13 AM
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
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

  • "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
  • "WaterField Designs Pro Executive backpack and Transit Travel Case review: Fashionably functional" iMore 8:15 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Google Roundup: Eight New Features Plus A Major Security Upgrade For Chrome" Forbes 7/15
  • "Why Intel's Move Into Discrete Graphics Cards Is a Waste of Time" Motley Fool 7/15
  • "Facebook hires top Google engineer to head its chip development" Engadget 7/14
  • "Facebook and Snapchat bullying campaign ignored by children" Telegraph 7/14
  • "Microsoft calls for government regulation of facial recognition because of 'potential for abuse'" BetaNews 7/14
  • "Microsoft calls for government regulation to prevent abuse of facial recognition tech" The Telegraph 7/14
  • "Microsoft appeals to the U.S. government to regulate facial recognition tech" Neowin 7/14
  • "Microsoft wants facial recognition to be regulated, cites government surveillance" OnMSFT 7/14
  • "Microsoft Launches Set of Free Collaborating Tools for All" ITPro 7/14
  • "Microsoft exceeds $800 Billion market cap for the first time" MSPoweruser 7/13
  • "The $800 billion club has just got bigger; Microsoft joins Apple, Amazon & Alphabet" The Economic Times 7/13
  • "Microsoft exec: Government should regulate facial recognition tech/The cameras are watching you. Who'll watch the cameras?" CNET 7/13
  • "The Love for Windows 10 Generates the First PC Sales Growth in Six Years" Softpedia 7/13
  • "Microsoft calls for Congress to regulate use of facial-recognition tech" Digital Trends 7/13
  • "IBM Wins Contract for RAF ACCS" AIN Online 7/13
  • "IBM says data and utility are the keys to brand success in voice" Fast Company 7/13
  • "IBM strengthens mainframe cloud services with CA's help" ITworld 7/13
  • "IBM's Watson AI used to develop multi-face tracking algorithm" The Inquirer 7/13
  • "IBM is automating employee performance analysis with Watson AI" Computing 7/13
  • "Hidden costs in data breaches are expensive to manage, IBM study" The Paypers 7/13
  • "HP Recycled 135,200 Metric Tons of Electronics in 2017" ScrapMonster 7/13
  • "Episode 131: Talking circular strategy with HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise" GreenBiz 7/13
  • "Jabil makes a jump forward with HP 3D printing" medalpowder 7/13
  • "Dell launches new line of entry-level workstations" IT PRO (UK) 7/13
  • "Here are four new workstations from Dell's Precision lineup" CRN 7/13
  • "This Dell Vostro Small Desktop with 8th-gen Intel i3-8100 only costs $399" Neowin 7/13
  • "5G milestone as Ericsson and Intel achieve first end-to-end data call" SiliconRepublic 7/13
  • "Intel Xeon E-2100 Coffee Lake processor family announced" Hexus 7/13
  • "Intel to Buy eASIC to Expand Its Portfolio Beyond Processors" CDR Info 7/13
  • "Intel to Acquire eASIC to Bolster FPGA Talent and Solutions" Guru3D 7/13
  • "Intel to acquire eASIC for programmable logic" Converge! 7/13
  • "ASUS B450 Motherboards For AMD Ryzen CPUs Revealed, ROG Strix B450-F Gaming, B450-PLUS Gaming, Prime B450-PLUS And More" SegmentNext 7/13
  • "7 nm AMD Vega 20 Comes With 20 TFLOPs Of Computational Power With 70% Reduction In Die Size" SegmentNext 7/13
  • "New AMD Radeon Adrenalin 18.7.1 Driver Offers Fixes for Fortnite and Hellblade; Optimized for Earthfall" WCCFTech 7/13
  • "Oracle Corporation (ORCL) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for July 16, 2018" Nasdaq 7/13
  • "Financial Software And Financial Information Service 2018 Global Market Key Players - NCR, Tripwire, Cigital, Gomoxie, Checkpoint, Luxoft, Oracle....." Industry Today 7/13
  • "Cisco shares plunge 4% after a report says Amazon could go after Cisco's core networking business" Business Insider 7/13
  • "Cisco sinks on report Amazon wading into networking equipment" Reuters 7/13
  • "India's 'impressive development and growth' at risk if Narendra Modi is not re-elected, says ex-Cisco boss John Chambers" FirstPost 7/13
  • "PC Shipments Up After Long Slump (But it Won't Last): Enterprises are migrating over to Windows 10, which resulted in PC shipments increasing year-over-year during the second quarter. However, demand on the consumer side continues to struggle, which doesn't bode well for future growth." PC Magazine 7/13
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "U.S. stock futures flat near multimonth highs as earnings roll in, Trump-Putin summit in focus: Netflix slated to post earnings after the close" MarketWatch 8:37 AM
  • "China slowdown weighs on markets as Trump meets Putin" Associated Press 8:37 AM
  • "Global Stocks Move Lower on Oil-Price Decline: Futures point to small opening gains for the S&P 500 and Dow" [Paid Membership Required] 8:36 AM
  • "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 slip on China growth concerns, but Deutsche Bank leaps: Brexit bill up for debate again in U.K. parliament" MarketWatch 8:36 AM

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