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Mike Elgan lists recent activity from Apple suggesting their "control freakery [is] out of control". Agree or disagree with him? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Monday Highlights: Demand for the Mac could be better than reported numbers suggest, thanks to very lean channel inventories, reports Ashraf Eassa; Computerworld's Mike Elgan makes a list of recent moves by Apple that suggest the company's "control freakery [is] out of control"; with Apple Music under fire not only from some frustrated users, but the Department of Justice over possible anticompetitive practices, Wired's Julia Greenberg argues that while the advantage to Apple may be unfair, it is most likely not illegal; NDTV Gadgets reporting of big Apple retail push in India via authorized mobility resellers; Macworld reviews the new 2016 PowerPoint for Mac; Jonny Evans explains the how and why of uninstalling Flash from your Macs; coming soon to a Best Buy near you: Apple Watch! a "timely deal" says CNBC, but The Motley Fool believes it isn't enough to save Best Buy; counterfeit iPhone factory in China shut down by authorities, produced some 40,000 fake iPhones valued at $19 million; rumor of iPad mini 4 coming, to be a smaller iPad Air 2, more in our Hardware/Software section; Kraig Becker hails his Apple Watch as "one of the best devices [he's] had with [him] on any trip"; Wired suggests these as the best bands for the Apple Watch; Kirk McElhearn wants more than just Beats 1 Radio, how about Beats 2, 3, and more?

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  • "Why Apple Inc.'s Mac Demand Might Be Even Better Than the Sales Numbers Suggest: While other PC vendors struggle with clearing inventory, Apple's channel inventories levels are very lean."  The Motley Fool 9:07 AM
  • "Is Apple's control freakery out of control? In the past few weeks, Apple has exerted an unprecedented level of control over its App Store and retail Apple Stores."  Computerworld 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Music's Edge May Be Unfair, But Likely Isn't Illegal"  Wired 8:45 AM
  • "Apple Eyes Big Retail Push in India With Authorised Mobility Resellers" NDTV Gadgets 8:52 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly considering teaming up with BMW to build an electric car" Business Insider 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Car Development is Advancing" Above Avalon 9:04 AM
  • "Apple, Nike agree to FuelBand suit settlement, Apple paying nothing" MacNN 8:57 AM
  • "Apple, Nike settle lawsuit over FuelBand inaccuracies" IDG News Service 1:27 PM
  • "Apple, Microsoft and Google promise to do their part against climate change" Mashable 9:16 AM
  • "Apple Music hits 10M subscribers in four weeks, report says" AppleInsider 7:21 PM
  • "Apple releases fifth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to developers" AppleInsider 7:21 PM
  • "Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to developers" 9to5Mac 7:22 PM
  • "Leak reveals Parallels Desktop 11 will support Windows 10's Cortana across OS X" AppleInsider 3:48 PM
  • "Parallels 11 to feature always-on support in OS X for Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant" 9to5Mac 5:23 PM
  • "Apple Web Server notifications: This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers." Apple Support 6:17 PM
  • "Yosemite discussion continues on dysfunctional user interface behavior (selection timing problems), Apple Mail and other email issues, options and troubleshooting tips." MacInTouch 4:18 PM
  • "Backup notes talk about Time Machine issues, reliability problems, configuration tips and alternatives, plus options for backing up multiple volumes to a single one, as well as the differences between block-level deduplication and Time Machine's hard-link hacks." MacInTouch 4:18 PM
  • "Office 2016 discussion talks about bloated application sizes, lean alternatives to Word, and performance, along with the requirement for a Microsoft account and a keyboard shortcut issue." MacInTouch 4:18 PM
  • "PowerPoint 2016 for Mac review: New interface and features make PowerPoint pleasant" Macworld 8:51 AM
  • "Dart review: Give it time to evolve, and Dart may be the future of email" Macworld 8:52 AM
  • "Mac OS: How to uninstall Flash (and why we all should)" Computerworld 8:33 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X colour grading like the pros" IT.Enquirer 8:32 AM
  • "Pointers: Text Expansion in Microsoft Word 2011 and 2016" MacNN 8:57 AM
  • "Find WiFi Network Password On Windows Or Mac OS X, Here's How" Redmond Pie 9:05 AM
  • "Why DLC might be the most interesting new feature in OS X El Capitan" 9:06 AM
  • "Apple's toxic hellstew" Fortune 3:46 PM
  • "Marco Arment on iTunes: Don't Order the Fish" Kirkville 9:02 AM
  • "How Did Macs Become Such Dirty Devices That They Need Dozens Of Cleaner Apps?" NoodleMac 8:35 AM
  • "Time Machine is one of OS X's best features" CIO 8:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "The Mac Admin & Developer Conference UK" Amsys 9:29 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Watch to be sold at Best Buy stores from August" Reuters 8:54 AM
  • "Best Buy to Become First Major Retailer to Sell Apple Watch" Bloomberg 3:38 PM
  • "Apple Watch lands at Best Buy on August 7, expanding the smartwatch's retail reach" IDG News Service 8:43 AM
  • "Apple Watch coming to a Best Buy near you" CNNMoney 8:49 AM
  • "Best Buy's timely deal with Apple" CNBC Videos 8:39 AM
  • "Apple Maps Vehicles to Begin Surveying France and Sweden in August" MacRumors 8:52 AM
  • "Apple Maps vans to begin collecting data in France, Sweden in August" AppleInsider 9:30 AM
  • "Chinese police shut down supplier of over 40,000 fake Apple iPhones" IDG News Service 8:42 AM
  • "Police shut down Chinese factory that produced $19M worth of fake iPhones" AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "Apple Camp: Free summer fun for kids!" iMore 8:59 AM
  • "Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad" AFP 4:45 PM
  • "ESPN could be offered as standalone channel on Apple TV, says Disney CEO – but don't hold your breath" 9to5Mac 9:59 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Shocking Stagefright Hack Affects 95% of All Android Devices" Tapscape 6:47 PM
  • "U.S. companies to invest $140B in support of U.N. climate change deal" Seeking Alpha 6:40 PM
  • "Latest Earnings Numbers Prove the Cloud Is Going Mainstream" PC Magazine 4:45 PM
  • "Google minuses Google Plus" CNNMoney 2:08 PM
  • "Upgrade #47: Trust Us, It's Doing Well" Six Colors 4:45 PM
  • "Kirk McElhearn Takes Control of iTunes 12 and Apple Music" MacVoices 3:32 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-27: Apple's Brilliant Marketing Message, Apple Watch in Best Buy" The Mac Observer 1:18 PM
  • "The new iOS Music App interface takes some getting used to." The MT Show 8:35 AM
  • "iPad Mini 4 Rumored to Be Smaller Version of iPad Air 2, A9-Based iPad Air 3 Still Possible for 2015" MacRumors 8:52 AM
  • "Rumor: Thinner iPad mini 4 will resemble iPad Air 2 hardware" 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple's next iPad mini will be shrunken version of iPad Air 2" iDownload Blog 10:08 AM
  • "Apple Appears to Have Ditched Plans for 4-Inch 'iPhone 6c' in 2015" MacRumors 11:29 AM
  • "Apple-owned micro-LED display technology earns high praise, seen as potential OLED replacement" AppleInsider 1:58 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 10:50 AM
  • "System Monitor -Battery Health, Free Memory, Used Space For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" App Sliced 10:50 AM
  • "Forever Lost: Episode 2 HD For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $2.99)" App Sliced 10:50 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:32 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:32 AM

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  • "The Apple Watch is at its Best While Traveling" Apple Gazette 9:08 AM
  • "Here Are the Best Bands for Your Apple Watch" Wired 8:45 AM
  • "Review: Boostcase's Bloc is a boxy, portable Apple Watch dock with a hidden 2000mAh battery" 9to5Mac 9:04 AM
  • "This Small iPhone Charger Offers Up To 128GB Of Additional Storage" Forbes 3:47 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "OmniFocus a solid task management app for just about any Apple device" Apple Daily Report 8:34 AM
  • "Hands On: Adventure Time Puzzle Quest 1.3.498317 (iOS)" MacNN 8:57 AM
  • "Living With: Fallout Shelter (iOS)" MacNN 8:57 AM
  • "See The Beats 1 Schedule Right On Your Watch. [How To] RazorianFly 3:49 PM
  • "Apple Music Basics" MacMost 11:23 AM
  • "Why Apple's New iPhone Ads Miss the Mark" Apple Gazette 4:45 PM
  • "Google Not Playing Nice With Apple Music Yet" TechCrunch 1:34 PM
  • "Is China doing all it can to stop iPhone counterfeit rings?" AppAdvice 11:29 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Won't Save Best Buy: Apple's smartwatch is coming to the struggling consumer electronics retailer, but it won't be enough." The Motley Fool 9:38 AM
  • "Here are the features analysts expect to see in Apple's iPhone 6S" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "We've Get Beats 1 Radio, but What About Beats 2, Beats 3, Etc.?" Kirkville 9:02 AM
  • "So why don't you just use Spotify?" The Loop 9:00 AM
  • "Apple's week: Apple Watch sales, $10bn profits, Apple Music market abuse" V3 8:56 AM
  • "First Click: Apple Watch is the lingerie of gadgets" The Verge 8:56 AM
  • "Saying goodbye to a beloved 2008 MacBook Pro: Christopher Phin loved his MacBook Pro so much that he kept it alive for seven years with various mods and hardware upgrades. But all good things must come to an end, eventually." Macworld 8:52 AM
  • "Are Mac Customers Treated As Second Class Citizens By Apple?" Mac 360 8:36 AM
  • "Apple's Mac vs. Microsoft's Surface: When Will Apple Finally Catch Up?" Mac 360 8:36 AM
  • "An Easy, Simple, And Safe Way To Use Apple's Troubled Music Service" TeraTalks 8:35 AM
  • "Switching: The tale of my unexpected moves to Microsoft services." The Verge 4:22 PM
  • "Your E-mail Font Is Ruining Your Life: Typeface designers ditch Helvetica and Arial (Helvetica's 'ugly bastard son'). You should, too." Bloomberg 3:38 PM
  • "Comic: How to Make the Perfect Casual Game" iMore 11:29 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Periscope for iOS adds Handoff support, ability to mute notifications,┬ámore" 9to5Mac 6:41 PM
  • "Keith Richards debuts new music video exclusively on Apple Music" AppleInsider 5:23 PM
  • "Power for Apple Watch, the iPhone battery monitor, adds charging and low power alerts" 9to5Mac 3:48 PM
  • "Here's a list of all HomeKit compatible appliances for the connected home" iDownload Blog 11:29 AM
  • "Drum Loops HD 2 released - New Drum Loops app for iOS, a Drummer for GB" prMac 8:50 AM
  • "Hex Topple Free: The Orbital Hexagon Puzzle Game for iOS" prMac 8:50 AM
  • "Daily Selfie released for iPhone - One Per Day Photo to Video App" prMac 8:50 AM
  • "Jumppy Dino 1.0 for iOS - Jump Over the Cacti With a Naughty Dino" prMac 8:50 AM
  • "IUI Enterprise - Radically Simplify the Project Management Process" prMac 8:50 AM
  • "Recapp Media Launches PreviouslyOn - The Premier Recap Platform for TV" prMac 8:50 AM
  • "Free Image Sizer 1.3 for iOS Offers Photo Editing and Resizing For Web Posting" MacPrices 8:33 AM
Computer Industry
  • "New Windows Upgrade Will Bring Scant Relief to Ailing PC Market" Bloomberg 7:55 AM
  • "10 reasons Microsoft is still a force to be reckoned with" ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "On the road to Windows 10: Rollout plans and rumors" InfoWorld 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft has pushed out two updates to Windows 10; causing crashes for some." Neowin 8:04 AM
  • "Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks" PCWorld 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10" CTV News 7:53 AM
  • "Windows 10: Finally a decent Windows first release" ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "With Windows 10, Microsoft corrects the problems it created" Engadget 5:22 PM
  • "Windows testers who haven't updated to the latest build will lose Store access" Tech Central 7:51 AM
  • "How to use Microsoft Edge, Windows 10's new browser" PCWorld 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft to open its New York City flagship store this fall" ZDNet 4:14 PM
  • "Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates" ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Don't want mandatory Windows 10 updates? Microsoft has a tool to block some" Widows Central 7:52 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 tool to hide/block updates" Hexus 7:48 AM
  • "Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost" The Register 7:47 AM
  • "Why IBM is hiring 1,000 software designers" Network World 11:04 AM
  • "New Portal For IBM Open Source Projects" I Programmer 11:04 AM
  • "3 Lessons IBM'S Watson Can Teach Us About Our Brains' Biases" Fast Company 7:26 AM
  • "YC's ROSS Intelligence Leverages IBM's Watson To Make Sense Of Legal Knowledge" TechCrunch 5:49 PM
  • "Amazon, Microsoft, IBM & Google Control Over 50% of Cloud Infrastructure Services Market - Synergy" The Fast Mode 7:24 AM
  • "IBM snaps up US database firm Compose" CRN UK 11:05 AM
  • "IBM announces cloud-based data warehouse" ITProPortal 11:05 AM
  • "IBM and Sogeti (Capgemini) Forge Alliance to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Development" Consultant News 7:24 AM
  • "HP Pavilion x2: 2-in-1 ready for Windows 10" ZDNet 7:21 AM
  • "HP leads Windows 10 push with security focus" Tech Central 7:20 AM
  • "HP: 100% of smartwatches have security flaws" CSO 7:20 AM
  • "If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360" The Register 7:20 AM
  • "HP Will Power Texas Data Centers With Renewable Energy" Clean Technica 7:18 AM
  • "Intel Is Pushing Aggressively Into The Internet Of Things" Seeking Alpha 11:00 AM
  • "Skylake could be Intel's best chip generation yet" SlashGear 7:16 AM
  • "Intel 'Skylake' spec leak: Up to 41 percent graphics boost" ZDNet 7:16 AM
  • "Intel to shutter, tear down microchip manufacturing plant in Hudson" Boston Globe [Free Registration Required] 7:16 AM
  • "IT analytics delivers security and business benefits to UCLH" ComputerWeekly 7:14 AM
  • "Intel to adopt Skylake CPUs in NUC and Compute Stick solutions" DigiTimes 7:14 AM
  • "Intel and Rackspace to create OpenStack Innovation Center" ITProPortal 7:14 AM
  • "Leaked Skylake Slides Point to Significant Graphics Performance Gains" Maximum PC 7:13 AM
  • "What Big Data Strategists Can Learn From A Con Artist" Forbes 7:11 AM
  • "Exclusive: Dave Donatelli 1st Interview as Oracle's New Hardware Leader" Forbes 8:28 AM
  • "Java devs abhor Oracle's plan to kill private APIs" InfoWorld 7:09 AM
  • "Oracle storage analytics breaking Oracle storage appliances" The Register 7:09 AM
  • "Chuck Robbins Takes Reins at Cisco: Monday, July 27, 2015 Cisco, People No comments" Converge! 10:58 AM
  • "Chuck Robbins Starts First Day as Cisco's CEO With Personnel Changes" Re/code 10:57 AM
  • "New Cisco CEO Adds 2 to Executive Team" eWeek 10:57 AM
  • "How Will the New CEO Affect Cisco Stock" Money Morning 10:57 AM
  • "New Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins heads into 'hyper-connected' mode" Computerworld 7:06 AM
  • "Cisco Drops Data-Storage Hardware Line" [Paid Membership Required] 8:27 AM
  • "Days after selling set-top box biz, Cisco kills flash storage line Invicta" First Post 7:05 AM
  • "Robbins Succeeds Chambers as Cisco Changes CEOs" Light Reading 7:05 AM
  • "Software-defined what? Look at our glorious ASICs says Cisco" The Register 7:05 AM
  • "Cisco Dumping Invicta Flash Storage Line" eWeek 7:05 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "3 Things Apple Inc.'s Tim Cook Wants You to Know: Apple's Tim Cook offers insight into the company's booming business." The Motley Fool 3:46 PM
  • "Is Apple's Selloff Justifiable or Panic?" Investopedia 11:27 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks follow China's rout with 5th straight decline" MarketWatch 4:21 PM
  • "Stocks Down in the Dumps as Chinese Market Slumps" TheStreet 4:21 PM
  • "Dow sheds 128, oil slips under $48 after China plunge" USA Today 4:21 PM
  • "Wall Street Slides, Joining China-Led Global Selloff" FOXBusiness 4:20 PM
  • "Plunge in Chinese shares helps send global markets lower" Associated Press 4:20 PM
  • "US stocks slip in midday trade; Chinese market drops: U.S. stocks were solidly lower in midday trading Monday, following a steep sell-off in China and other global markets." Associated Press 12:22 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Follow Global Markets Lower: Monday's decline marks fifth-straight day of losses for S&P and Dow" [Paid Membership Required] 4:20 PM
  • "Asia Markets: China stocks suffer sharpest daily fall since 2007/China stocks suffered their sharpest daily percentage decline since 2007, as worries mount that authorities are pulling back on measures to prop up the market." MarketWatch 8:11 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks follow China-led selloff to end lower/European stocks started the week on a shaky footing, ending Monday's session lower following a meltdown in Chinese stock markets, which comes just a day ahead of a highly anticipated Federal Reserve meeting." MarketWatch 12:22 PM

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