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Thursday Highlights: Though Google is making major strides in Augmented Reality, Leif Johnson offers 5 ways Apple could take over and win this space, starting with hardware; Gene Munster doesn't see Apple products being tagged with tariffs, but the Associated Press sees possible trip ups for Apple if Chinese manufacturing is hit; Loup Ventures fills in the blanks of the Apple/Qualcomm now-ended battle; Jamf survey finds Mac preferred over PCs by 71% of college students, "if they could afford it"; what does Marzipan in macOS have in store for Accessibility?; Today at Apple getting too big for Apple Stores; interesting admission from Huawei chief, he buys iPhones for his family; MySmartPrice finds a bunch of new iPhone model listings in the Eurasian Economic Commission database; in June, Pegatron will begin MacBook and iPad assembly in Indonesia; CNET compares iPhone XR vs Galaxy S10E.

  • "5 ways Apple can be the leader in augmented reality: Google has been making some masterful AR-based services lately, but Apple's hardware may triumph in the end."  Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "China Tariffs on Apple Products Unlikely, Loup's Munster Says"  Bloomberg TV [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:42 AM
  • "China has more weapons in US tariff war - but do they work? China's sway could extend much further into the U.S. technology sector, particularly to Apple and other companies that rely on Chinese manufacturing"  Associated Press 8:53 AM
  • "A growing number of Chinese consumers are switching from Apple's iPhone, paper says" CNBC 10:39 AM
  • "Apple needs its new services to succeed because the existing ones will slow considerably: Bernstein" MarketWatch 11:23 AM
  • "Apple to be more upfront about the impact of iPhone updates: iPhone maker promises to warn users if an update will affect smartphone performance." ZDNet 8:06 AM
  • "Apple needs to make it easier to update older iPhones: A UK watchdog has forced Apple to be more open with customers about the impact updates will have on iPhone performance. But this highlights a problem with the way Apple – and other device manufacturers – are now pushing updates to users." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "71% of College Students Prefer Macs Over PCs According to Jamf Survey" MacRumors 8:08 AM
  • "Jamf data claims most students would use a Mac - if they could afford it" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for MacBook Pro (2018, 2019)" TidBITS 11:39 AM
  • " review: Serviceable speeds and simple to use/ is easy to use and has the right privacy promises, but we didn't find the speeds were as good as experienced on Windows." Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "Pro Terminal Commands: Use fd on macOS to Find Files" Apple Gazette 10:43 AM
  • "How to Use macOS Keychain Access to Beef up iCloud Keychain" The Mac Observer 8:25 AM
  • "How to block an email address in Mac Mail with a delete rule" iDownload Blog 8:05 AM
  • "Which Browser Is Better On Mac: Safari Or Chrome?" MacMost 10:31 AM
  • "Windows95 v2.1 works for some" Rixstep 7:50 AM
  • "What to expect at the 2019 WWDC from iOS 13 and watchOS 6" AppleInsider 1:28 PM
  • "WWDC 2019 Keynote Announced: Here's What To Expect" Forbes 12:57 PM
  • "What Marzipan Might Mean for Accessibility" iMore 8:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "Today we at Boinx Software proudly announce the upcoming major release of mimoLive 5." Boinx Software 11:02 AM
  • "What's New in Oxygen XML Editor 21.1" Syncro Soft 9:24 AM
  • "Total War: Three Kingdoms for Mac out today, with early purchase reward" 9to5Mac 9:07 AM
  • "What's in the latest Firefox update? Mozilla gives the gas, lays on new privacy options: Firefox 67 for Windows, macOS and Linux patches 21 security flaws, boasts a speed boost and includes new settings to better protect user privacy." Computerworld 8:35 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "After two years, Today at Apple is outgrowing Apple Stores" 9to5Mac 10:44 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Nailed How to Handle Your Critics in 6 Brilliant, Pointed Words: Tim Cook had a zinger of wisdom hidden deep within a rousing commencement speech." Inc. 8:25 AM
  • "Revived bill proposes safeguards against warrantless data searches at US borders: U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have reintroduced a bill that would block the government from searching iPhones, MacBooks, and other devices at the border without a warrant." AppleInsider 11:32 AM
  • "Huawei boss admits he buys iPhones for his family" The Independent 8:45 AM
  • "All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack" Forbes 8:34 AM
  • "Chinese Man Guilty of Defrauding Apple Out of 1,500 iPhones" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:58 AM
  • "A warranty fraudster tricked Apple into replacing 1,500 fake iPhones: He has pleaded guilty in federal court." Engadget 8:24 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' doodles reveal preoccupation with IBM" Cult of Mac 3:02 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Comcast does so much lobbying that it says disclosing it all is too hard" Ars Technica 3:07 PM
  • "5G could mean less time to flee a deadly hurricane, heads of NASA and NOAA warn: They're suggesting people could die because we won't have enough evacuation time" The Verge 3:02 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg Says the Supreme Court of Facebook Is Coming Soon/The independent content council will make binding, final decisions about what's allowed on Facebook: 'Even if I disagree with its decisions, we won't be able to overturn them,' Zuckerberg said." Vice 2:01 PM
  • "Facebook says AI now identifies 96.8% of prohibited content" VentureBeat 12:57 PM
  • "Facebook Banned Over 2 Million Fake Accounts in Q1 2019" The Mac Observer 12:54 PM
  • "Amazon Is Working on a Device That Can Read Human Emotions" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:07 AM
  • "T-Mobile rebrands One plans to Magenta, offers new discounts to lure switchers" CNET 8:27 AM
  • "Bill to ban the sale of loot boxes to children presses forward with bipartisan support: Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal are on board" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "Google Assistant can now tell you when your next NYC subway train will arrive: Coming ahead of Google Pay support on May 31st" The Verge 8:00 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 112 – Behind the Scenes of Federico's iPad Story" MacStories 2:01 PM
  • "Managing iCloud Passwords, Photo Editing – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-23" The Mac Observer 12:54 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 226: 8-core MacBook Pros, butterfly keyboard changes, new LG UltraFine display" 9to5Mac 9:06 AM
  • "New MacBook Pros, WWDC19 and the Mac, Apple Watch workouts tip, and your hot takes: Macworld Podcast episode 652" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "New Apple iPhone (2019) Models Appear in EEC Listing"  MySmartPrice 7:52 AM
  • "Upcoming 2019 iPhones Confirmed by Regulatory Eurasian Filing (EEC)" Nashville Chatter 7:52 AM
  • "Pegatron reportedly to start assembling MacBooks, iPads in Indonesia in June" DigiTimes 8:04 AM
  • "Samsung Rumored to Supply OLED Displays for 16-Inch MacBook Pro and Future iPad Pros" MacRumors 11:24 AM
  • "Eight-core 2019 15-inch MacBook Pro crushes mid-2018 model in benchmarks" AppleInsider 12:57 PM
  • "New 8-Core MacBook Pro Offers Solid Performance Improvements According to Benchmark" MacRumors 1:28 PM
  • "Apple iOS 13: New features, release date and rumor roundup/At WWDC 2019 in June, Apple is set to unveil the next big updates for the iPhone and iPad." CNET 10:39 AM
  • "Speech enhancements to clean up iPhone audio could kick in after unclear call complaints" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "An Apple Smartglasses Invention Focuses on Projecting Information to a User's Eye using a Holographic Element" Patently Apple 9:26 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves an information system that uses a 'holographic element" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves a home media server (an 'iServe,' perhaps?)" Apple World Today 7:51 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:27 AM
  • "iPad Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:27 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:27 AM

  • "iPhone XR vs. Galaxy S10E: Which phone is best/Apple and Samsung's cheapest flagship options both cost the same. But which one is truly better?" CNET 8:28 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Review: never lose track of your subscriptions again with Bobby for iPhone" iDownload Blog 12:58 PM
  • "I just played the first 'Mario Kart' game for smartphones, and it's a lot of fun — but there's one major aspect of the game that frustrated me" Business Insider 11:33 AM
  • "How to add your own music to your iPhone without iTunes" Cult of Mac 3:07 PM
  • "How to Import Photos from Camera / SD Card to iPhone" OS X Daily 3:06 PM
  • "How to hide photos or videos on an iPhone using 3 different apps" Business Insider 10:44 AM
  • "Use this iPhone hack to lower screen brightness and make your phone extra dark: Make your iPhone screen more comfortable to read at night with this little tip." CNET 8:27 AM
  • "The AirPods Meme: How Apple is making you fall in love with your tech" Roughly Drafted 1:27 PM
  • "Why Apple Would Have the Inside Track on Buying Tesla: Gene Munster tells TheStreet why Apple is the most likely tech giant to purchase the suddenly much cheaper electric vehicle maker." TheStreet 10:44 AM
  • "What if Apple really had bought Tesla?" GearBrain 10:44 AM
  • "iPod touch 2019: Release date rumors, spec speculation, and analysis" iMore 8:38 AM
  • "Amazon, Apple, Netflix And The War For Content" Forbes 8:35 AM
  • "Wait, why the hell is the 'race to 5G' even a race? No one seems to have a good answer to this question" The Verge 2:01 PM
  • "Judge Koh Rules Against Qualcomm, Huawei Loses Arm License" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:57 PM
  • "OnePlus 7 Pro Follow-Up" Thurrott 10:43 AM
  • "On Windows95 v2.1" Rixstep 9:25 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3a review: an Android for iPhone users" Wired UK 8:49 AM
  • "Cassandra -Trying to Grasp the Ethics of Image Manipulation in the Digital Age" eXtensions 8:34 AM
  • "Huawei's Android and Windows alternatives are destined for failure" The Verge 8:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google Duo's group video calls roll out to everyone: You can chat with up to seven of your friends at the same time." ["On Android (and soon on iOS), you can add text, emojis and doodles to your messages."] Engadget 3:07 PM
  • "Plex update brings improved iOS controls and Apple TV audio features, more" 9to5Mac 1:18 PM
  • "Pwn20wnd releases unc0ver version 3.1.0, cites lengthy changelog" iDownload Blog 11:47 AM
  • "QNAP ships Mac-compatible USB-C to 5-gig Ethernet adapter" AppleInsider 10:44 AM
  • "Download: Steam Chat App For iOS And Android Released" Redmond Pie 9:26 AM
  • "SimDif 2 is an app to create full websites, all from a phone without any technical knowledge." Simple Different 8:47 AM
  • "Nexon's Godzilla Defense Force rampages onto iOS and Android" VentureBeat 8:35 AM
  • "'Formula Classic' is an Homage to Classic 32-Bit Racers of the '90s from the Maker of 'Ala Mobile GP'" Touch Arcade 12:58 PM
  • "'Heroine Anthem Zero' from Winking Skywalker Entertainment Is Now Available on iOS after an Accidental Release a Few Months Ago" Touch Arcade 8:17 AM
  • "Mac developer Panic entering the handheld gaming market with the $149 Playdate console" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
  • "Playdate is a handheld gaming device created by iOS and Mac devs" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Listen to the Mueller Report- There's an App for That" prMac 7:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Why a Windows flaw patched nine days ago is still spooking the Internet: Researchers warn dangerous BlueKeep vulnerability is almost sure to be exploited." " Ars Technica 6:46 AM
  • "Huawei's Android And Windows Alternatives Are Destined For Failure: Competing with Google and Microsoft's dominant operating systems is a fruitless effort" " The Verge 8:22 AM
  • "AMD Makes Available Radeon Adrenalin Edition 19.5.2 Optional - Get It Now" " Softpedia 6:42 AM
  • "Acer continues AMD love-in with upgraded Nitro 5 and Swift 3 laptops: Team Red fuels low-end gaming and ultraportable contenders" " The Inquirer 6:42 AM
  • "Acer's Nitro 5 and Swift 3 laptops pack the latest AMD Ryzen processors: You don't have to go with Intel to get decent gaming performance." " Engadget 6:28 AM
  • "Intel Rolls Out New Wireless Bluetooth Driver for Its Adapters - Version 21.10.1: The update improves Bluetooth LE mouse compatibility" " Softpedia 6:43 AM
  • "Intel Has Released PROSet/Wireless 21.10.1 Version - Download Now" " Softpedia 6:43 AM
  • "Best Intel processors 2019: the best CPUs from Team Blue" " TechRadar UK 6:44 AM
  • "Sluggish PC Demand, Trade War Concerns Would Have Hurt HP's Fiscal Q2 Results" " Forbes 6:42 AM
  • "Did HP Enterprise Lose Ground To Cloud Competitors In Fiscal Q2?" " Forbes 6:42 AM
  • "Dell Memorial Day sale demolishes prices on XPS laptops, 4K TVs, and monitors" " Digital Trends 6:40 AM
  • "Dell drops big savings on Alienware monitors, headsets, and gaming keyboards" " Digital Trends 6:41 AM
  • "IBM Watson beats humans in Suncorp claims assessments: Suncorp ran Watson silently alongside its consultants for six months, with the AI returning the most accurate insurance claims assessments." " ZDNet 6:29 AM
  • "Chip designer ARM halts work with Huawei after U.S. ban: Huawei uses ARM's architecture in its smartphones" " Reuters 6:28 AM
  • "While big orange spectre haunts certain Chinese firms, fiscal '19 treated Lenovo rather well: Pre-tax profits up 459% but 'geopolitical uncertainties' aren't lost on the PC maker" " The Register 8:08 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Purchase intent for Apple's iPhones in China reaches 'lowest level ever,' says UBS" MarketWatch 11:33 AM
  • "Cramer Remix: Owning Apple may get rocky, so hold on tight" CNBC 8:03 AM
  • "Hold tight! Apple investors may be in for a rough ride" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
Industry News
  • "The Dow Loses 345 Points Because China and the U.S. Just Can't Seem to Get Along" " MarketWatch 11:30 AM
  • "Dow Tumbles as U.S.-China Trade War Intensifies: Stocks slide Thursday as investors react to the trade war between the United States and China." " TheStreet 11:30 AM
  • "World shares sink as US-China spat takes center stage" " Associated Press 6:54 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks, Bond Yields Fall Amid Trade Tensions: Yield on 10-year Treasury note hit a 52-week low; Dow industrials drop about 400 points." " [Paid Membership Required] 11:31 AM
  • "Asian markets pull back on fears of prolonged trade standoff: Nikkei, Hang Seng fall; SoftBank tumbles after ARM unit breaks ties to Huawei" " MarketWatch 6:56 AM

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