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Monday Highlights: Following media criticism in China, Apple pulls at least 25,000 illegal apps, many gambling-related, from China App Store—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; developers get hands on 8th betas of Mojave, tvOS 12 and more today; MacBook Pro Touch Bar, with Mojave installed, brings new feature you can add: Automator actions; MacRumors reports Amsterdam Apple Store iPad battery incident under investigation at Apple; lawsuit against Apple "claims website is inaccessible to visually impaired users"; interesting story at Wi-Fi Now on how a meeting in 1998 with Steve Jobs brought Wi-Fi into being; MacMost takes you on a video tour of Prague's Apple Museum; an Artificial Intelligence now in charge of keeping Google's data centers cool; copper coil said to be included in next iPhones for faster/more efficient wireless charging; at least six new models of Apple Watch registered in Eurasia.

  • "Exclusive: Japan's antitrust watchdog considers action against Apple, carriers - sources/Japanese regulators are considering taking action against Apple Inc over possible antitrust violations that may have helped it dominate the nation's smartphone sales, government sources said, a move that could hit the company's profit margins in one of its most profitable markets."  Reuters 6:55 AM
  • "This is a big sign Apple Music is acting like a record label: Apple just hired a former Epic Records executive who could help Apple Music double down on streaming exclusives. Scott Seviour, a former senior vice president at Epic Records, is joining Apple in Los Angeles to work on original content. At Epic, which he left in 2014, he worked with LA Reid, the CEO of Epic and a veteran music executive most famous for appearing on 'The X Factor.'" Business Insider 12:18 PM
  • "Another record label honcho joins Apple Music band" Cult of Mac 2:00 PM
  • "Apple Stepping Up Plans for Amazon Echo-Style Smart-Home Device"  Bloomberg 7:18 AM
  • "Apple 'Pressing Ahead' Into Prototype Testing for Echo-Like Smart Home Device Powered by Siri" MacRumors 9:07 AM
  • "Apple's Echo rival reportedly has a prototype, complete with cameras" CNET 9:34 AM
  • "Report: Apple's answer to the Amazon Echo inches closer to reality" ZDNet 1:08 PM
  • "It's not McLaren Racing, but McLaren Applied Technologies, that Apple is likely lusting after"  TechCrunch 9:34 AM
  • "Apple buys big data and machine learning firm TupleJump: Tech giants continue buying spree" V3 7:12 AM
  • "Apple Keeps Buying Companies In This Space" Fortune 6:50 AM
  • "How Apple's hardline privacy policy limits key features in Photos and Siri: Apple should be able to find a middle ground that maintains users' privacy and provides the features that people want." Macworld 7:07 AM
  • "Troubleshooting macOS Sierra: FileMaker, Logitech and Razer devices, 4k display issues" AppleInsider 1:09 PM
  • "How to resurrect a Fusion Drive from a destroyed Mac: When an iMac is physically damaged, how do you get the data from its Fusion Drive." Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Users Report Loss of HiDPI Scaling on External Displays in macOS Sierra" MacRumors 7:13 AM
  • "macOS Sierra discussions include OS X Server problems; a variety of compatibility issues; an AppleScript change (and possible workarounds); secure delete changes; a Keychain alternative; scattered, inconsistent encryption interfaces; USB 3 hub problems; an iCloud file-deletion disaster; installation experiences and more." MacInTouch 6:38 AM
  • "macOS Sierra Fixes Disk Utility's Typos" 512 Pixels 11:55 AM
  • "The great, and well-hidden, storage tool in mac OS Sierra" ZDNet 9:06 AM
  • "The best Apple Time Machine tip I have ever seen" Apple Must 6:39 AM
  • "How to use the new Optimized Storage feature on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "Roxio Toast 15 Pro offers great value" IT.Enquirer 6:39 AM
  • "Introduction to Typinator's capabilities" IT.Enquirer 6:39 AM
  • "How to Create a Bootable macOS Sierra Installer" OS X Daily 2:41 PM
  • "How to use the Scrubber Bar in the Photos app for Mac" iMore 1:08 PM
  • "How to use Places in the Photos app on Mac" iMore 9:07 AM
  • "How to view song lyrics in Apple Music on your Mac" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "My Favorite Mac Photo Editor" TeraTalks 7:41 AM
  • "How To Get Freeze Frame Photos From A Video Or Movie On Your Mac" Mac360 7:47 AM
Press Releases
  • "Duplicate Sweeper gone free on Mac App Store to celebrate macOS launch" prMac 12:04 PM
  • "Mailplane 3.6.6" TidBITS 2:40 PM
  • "CleanMyMac 3.5.1" TidBITS 12:04 PM
  • "Check Print'R for macOS Allows Anyone to Easily Create and Print Checks" MacPrices 8:56 AM
  • "Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 coming to Mac this month" Mac Gamer HQ 8:55 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The biggest radio powerhouse in the US just took aim at Apple and Spotify with a new service" Business Insider 9:17 AM
  • "iOS10 passwords can be cracked much more easily" Mac Kung Fu 7:13 AM
  • "iPhone Hackers Say Apple Weakened Backup Security With iOS 10" Forbes 7:06 AM
  • "Ireland's Noonan: Apple Tax Appeal May Take Four Years" Bloomberg Video 7:18 AM
  • "Mysterious Apple device surfaces in FCC filing: Roughly Apple TV-sized, it has Bluetooth and NFC onboard." Engadget 7:18 AM
  • "Apple FCC filing suggests new Apple TV may be coming soon" The Next Web 7:21 AM
  • "UPS Working to Expedite iPhone 7 Deliveries Following Weather and Mechanical Delays" MacRumors 2:03 PM
  • "iPhone 7 launches in 30 more countries today, Apple Watch Series 2 arrives in 20+, Hermès models now available" 9to5Mac 11:54 AM
  • "Wide iPhone 7 availability expected at Apple retail by Oct. 8, international freight logjam to blame" AppleInsider 11:55 AM
  • "Apple Watch Hermès Series 2 Models Officially Launch Today" MacRumors 9:06 AM
  • "Apple teams up with Flipkart to sell iPhone 7 in India" CNBC 7:18 AM
  • "Apple partners with Flipkart ahead of iPhone 7 launch in India" Mashable 7:23 AM
  • "Desktop and Workstation Computers In Decline—Says Latest Industry Report" Architosh 4:05 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple lays out its core company values" Cult of Mac 9:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Note 7 recall, chips, and Samsung's China conundrum" ZDNet 9:19 PM
  • "Report: Nintendo's NX has entered production" BGR 8:00 PM
  • "Google is reportedly interested in buying Twitter" Engadget 9:05 AM
  • "Yahoo hack: is this the biggest in history?" Memeburn 7:12 AM
  • "Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...: 77 per cent feel guilty about ad blocking. Do you?" The Register 6:56 AM
  • "Majority of US users opt to stay with Galaxy Note7 after recall" IDG News Service 6:55 AM
  • "Coming September 24: Gene Steinberg meets Macworld feature writer Kirk McElhearn, and Jeff Gamet of The Mac Observer, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:57 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-23: Apple, AI, and Buying Tuplejump" The Mac Observer 1:03 PM
  • "Scholle McFarland Delivers A Crash Course on macOS Sierra" MacVoices 12:44 PM
  • "Apple is summer, Google is fall: 4" The Verge 12:04 PM
  • "Seven days with iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 9:13 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 10, machine learning acquisitions, car rumors and more" AppleInsider 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Talk 13: Smile time" iMore 7:12 AM
  • "iPhone 7 owners are complaining about poor call quality" The Next Web 7:05 AM
  • "Sporadic reports of poor phone call quality on iPhone 7, may be linked to Verizon" 9to5Mac 7:05 AM
  • "iOS 10.0.2 Update Released with Bug Fixes for iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 11:55 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 10.0.2 With Fixes for Headphone, Photos, and App Extension Bugs" MacRumors 12:04 PM
  • "iOS 10.0.2 is here, go download it now" BGR 11:54 AM
  • "Chip orders for new iPhone to fall in 1Q17, sources say" DigiTimes 7:23 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 7 costs just $220 to make" Telegraph 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's Flagship iPhone Keeps Getting More Expensive To Build" Forbes 7:49 AM
  • "NVIDIA Corporation Could Win Back the Apple Inc. Mac: A job listing on the graphics specialist's website suggests that it's working with Apple on future Macs." The Motley Fool 7:51 AM
  • "Nvidia Job Postings Suggest an Nvidia Chip Return to Apple Macs" Bloomberg 9:14 PM
  • "Watch the Apple Watch Series 2 eject water from the speaker in slo-mo [Video] 9to5Mac 7:06 AM
  • "iPhone 7 apparently takes less than 24 hours to jailbreak" The Next Web 7:19 AM
  • "ScanSnap on Sierra Update: Fujitsu Warns of Data Loss In 'Specific Circumstances" The Mac Observer 8:58 PM
  • "Missing Artist Images in iTunes and the iOS 10 Music App" Kirkville 7:12 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:55 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:55 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:55 AM

  • "Camera tests: Battle of the 4.7-inch iPhones 6, 6s, and 7!" iMore 9:25 PM
  • "An Early Look at the iPhone 7 Plus' New 'Portrait' Camera Mode" Time 4:18 PM
  • "iPhone 7 Review: Ready or Not, This Is the Future" Gizmodo 1:22 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 7 camera delivers nice slice of enhancements, but iPhone 7 Plus takes the cake" AppleInsider 11:56 AM
  • "Hands on with Apple's awesome new Portrait camera mode" Mashable 12:04 PM
  • "iPhone 7 review: An iPhone trapped in the past, or a glimpse of Apple's future?" BGR 9:07 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus review: How good is the new Portrait camera mode?" Alphr 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 2: A Swimmer's Perspective" MacRumors 2:40 PM
  • "Apple Watch Diary: Transforming the user-interface in watchOS 3 was Apple's real act of courage" 9to5Mac 11:56 AM
  • "Heading into its second year, the Apple Watch finds its focus: Series 2 and watchOS 3 help realize the original model's potential." Ars Technica 7:13 AM
  • "AirPods first impressions" iMore 2:00 PM
  • "Fitbit Charge 2 review: A worthy upgrade elevates the fitness-tracking essentials" Macworld 7:07 AM
  • "Review: Earin true wireless earbuds sport simplistic design in the age of AirPods" 9to5Mac 2:41 PM
  • "Das Keyboard Prime 13 Cherry MX Review" Wired 7:06 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iTranslate 10 review: Offline and voice conversation, but only for paid subscribers" Macworld 9:06 AM
  • "Talk to a Dormant Soviet Supercomputer That's Come Back to Life in KOMRAD" AppAdvice 2:39 PM
  • "'Vulture Island' Review - Devious Point and Click Adventure Meets 2D Platformer" Touch Arcade 1:08 PM
  • "'Solitairica' Review - The Solitaire Roguelike Your Grandma Could Enjoy" Touch Arcade 11:53 AM
  • "iOS 10: How to Disable (Some) Haptic Feedback on iPhone 7" The Mac Observer 8:43 PM
  • "How To Enter Recovery Mode On Your iPhone 7 And 7 Plus" AddictiveTips 1:08 PM
  • "Apple TV Can Help You Find a New Home" About Tech 8:56 AM
  • "iOS 10 Lock Screen: Battling Apple's Frustrating Change/A hidden rest-to-unlock setting can ease the pain" [Paid Membership Required] 7:52 AM
  • "iPhone Upgrade Program: The ultimate guide" iMore 7:48 AM
  • "How to use and customize Shake to Undo on iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:12 AM
  • "You Can Adjust Your Flashlight's Brightness in iOS 10" Lifehacker 11:53 AM
  • "An essential MacBook user battery condition guide" Computerworld 10:24 AM
  • "iOS 10 hidden secrets: Cool new features you don't want to miss" ZDNet 9:34 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: More of your questions about iOS 10's Music app" Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "Save Bandwidth with iMessage Images Using Low Quality Mode" The Mac Observer 6:51 AM
  • "This May be The 4K UHD Apple TV We've Been Waiting For" The Mac Observer 2:50 PM
  • "Apple Music Mixes: Why Doesn't Everyone See the Same Thing?" Kirkville 2:01 PM
  • "Back in Black: Remembering the high-end MacBook" iMore 1:08 PM
  • "Well, I never! iOS 10's voicemail transcription has a potty mouth" PCWorld 12:09 PM
  • "Feature Request: iPhone 7 stereo speakers amplify the need for Music app landscape support" 9to5Mac 11:55 AM
  • "Think different: Apple plans AI 'for the rest of us" Apple Must 12:44 PM
  • "Apple's Tuplejump Purchase Hints at a Smarter Siri and Echo Competitor" The Mac Observer 11:43 AM
  • "Report: Apple looking to beef up smart home, Siri" Six Colors 9:13 AM
  • "Apple's home hub and the challenge of making Siri multi-personal" iMore 9:06 AM
  • "About Apple's Mission To Kill Fear" Mac360 8:56 AM
  • "Why Does Apple Need To Build A Car" Mac360 8:56 AM
  • "Apple Hates Music Lovers Who Want to Own Their Music"  The Mac Observer 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Deleting the iPhone's Audio Jack Is Good News for Marketing Companies" Motherboard 7:53 AM
  • "Why Apple Should Buy McLaren Automotive, Even Though It Probably Won't" Green Tech Media 7:52 AM
  • "Missing the iPhone 7 headphone jack? Whatever you do, DON'T do this: 'SECRET hack' leaves Apple fans fuming after offering them the chance to reclaim their iPhone 7 headphone jack." Express UK 7:52 AM
  • "The App Store is broken, long live apps" The Next Web 7:21 AM
  • "It may be time for Apple to get into the cellular network business" Apple World Today 7:14 AM
  • "Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users: An Apple user with muscular dystrophy writes" The Register 6:56 AM
  • "If Google Is Not A Technology Company (it is not), Then What Is it? An Online Stalker?" NoodleMac 8:56 AM
  • "Parody video shows new use for Samsung's Note 7 as mobile meat griller" Cult of Mac 11:55 AM
  • "Apple's latest AirBag product, revealed by Conan O'Brien" CNET 6:50 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple's iMessage App Store already has over 1,650 apps, majority are sticker packs" TechCrunch 11:56 AM
  • "Shazam's Interactive Notifications on iOS 10" MacStories 11:55 AM
  • "IMD Professor Arturo Bris Says Action Must be Taken Against Apple and Corporate Tax Havens" PRNewswire 7:31 AM
  • "UKTV Launches Red Dwarf XI : The Game on mobile" prMac 9:05 AM
  • "Ultrapop Infinite - Endless Source of Unique Color Filter Combinations" prMac 9:05 AM
  • "Ghana Radio Live (Online Radio) 1.5 for iOS - Release Info" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Kheshig for iOS/Android/PC/Mac - Unique mixture of Stratego & Dice Game" prMac 7:13 AM
  • "Image Sizer is Piczoo Now with a Complete Enhancement in Photo Edit" prMac 7:13 AM
  • "Introducing React iMessage App for iOS - Lock iMessage for a Reaction" prMac 7:13 AM
  • "QuickClip with SharpEye Full Frame Wide Angle Lens for Smart Phones / iPhones / iPads" DCkina 6:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "It's not easy being green, but Microsoft promises to use 50% renewable energy by 2018" Neowin 9:29 AM
  • "Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'" Channel Register 9:25 AM
  • "Microsoft vows to 'solve cancer' in a decade. Hubris ensues." Science Blogs 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft focussed on closing digital divide in India, says Global VP Alvaro Celis" The Economic Times 9:04 AM
  • "Users Rush to Install Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Both Phones and PC" Softpedia 9:04 AM
  • "Viptela Extends SD-WAN to Microsoft Azure" Converge 9:05 AM
  • "BT to Offer Microsoft Azure Services" Converge 9:03 AM
  • "IBM, Microsoft Tap New European Markets With Cloud Data Centers" WHIR 9:29 AM
  • "MarTech Today: IBM's Watson works for Hollywood and Chevrolet, xAd launches GeoBlocks & more" Marketing Land 8:16 AM
  • "Report of buyout interest from Cisco, IBM sends Imperva shares soaring" CNBC 8:16 AM
  • "IBM shows how fast its brain-like chip can learn" PCWorld 1:02 PM
  • "Australian Bureau of Statistics lays blame for census bungle on IBM" The Guardian 8:15 AM
  • "#Censusfail inquiry: Attackers still unknown, IBM blamed for failures" SBS 8:15 AM
  • "IBM lambasted by ABS for failing to handle Census DDoS" ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "Tech Giant IBM Helps Tamil Nadu Set-Up Emergency Command Centre" NDTV 8:14 AM
  • "Cross Channel: HP Printers Reject Unofficial Ink, SMBs Want Local Partners" TechWeekEurope 8:11 AM
  • "HP Elite x3 sales on hold in the US until October 11 due to camera issues" phoneArena 8:11 AM
  • "HP and LG see solid on-year shipment growth in monitors, says IDC" DigiTimes 8:11 AM
  • "HP Sprocket for iPhone and Android is a cute portable photo printer for millennials" BetaNews 8:11 AM
  • "Dell plans to move VR content creation to the cloud" PCWorld 8:07 AM
  • "If Linux won't install on your laptop, blame Intel not Microsoft" PCWorld 8:07 AM
  • "Fearless Forecast: It Will Still Be Intel Inside New Apple macOS Computers" Seeking Alpha 8:06 AM
  • "PCl-Express SSD Market to Grow 33.24% by 2020" The Guru of 3D 8:06 AM
  • "AMD Announces Early Results of Cash Tender Offers and Consent" MarketWatch 8:01 AM
  • "Oracle's Ellison Sees 35% Less Compensation in 2016: Co-CEOs Catz and Hurd saw compensation packages decline 23% year-over-year" [Paid Membership Required] 8:03 PM
  • "Oracle unleashes attack on Amazon in push for cloud computing crown" The Drum 8:00 AM
  • "Oracle tries playing nice with Java EE rebels" InfoWorld 8:00 AM
  • "Cisco and Salesforce team up to boost business collaboration" ITProPortal 7:55 AM
  • "Cisco and Salesforce team up on Internet of Things" Channel Eye 7:55 AM
  • "Cisco, Salesforce Partner to Offer Joint Cloud, IoT & Collaboration Solutions" The Fast Mode 7:54 AM
  • "Cisco and Salesforce Set Alliance" Convergw 7:56 AM
  • "Companies say IoT matters but don't agree how to secure it: An IDC survey shows a majority of enterprises consider IoT strategic to their future" IDG News Service 7:51 PM
  • "The 5 technologies that are going to define the next decade in cities" TechCrunch 8:36 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple shares dip 2% amid iPhone sales concerns" CNBC 2:40 PM
  • "Apple is sharply down after a research firm says iPhone 7 sales are down 25%" Tech Insider 2:41 PM
  • "Apple's Price Target Raised on iPhone 7 Prospects" Zacks 9:33 AM
  • "How Apple's New iPhone Benefits LG's Camera Module Maker" Forbes 1:58 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks end lower as oil slides, but post weekly gains: Twitter soars on takeover reports; Apple's shares retreat" MarketWatch 4:05 PM
  • "Fed Rally Slips Away as Crude Oil Slumps" TheStreet 4:04 PM
  • "Nasdaq notches another closing high, Dow up 99" USA Today 4:04 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower, Cap Week in the Green" Reuters 4:04 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall Along With Oil Prices: But equity market posts weekly gains" [Paid Membership Required] 4:04 PM
  • "Stronger yen weighs on Nikkei, as most Asian markets rise: Asian shares were mixed, some markets boosted by central banks' deciding to stick with easy-money policies, with Japanese stocks weighed down by a strong yen." MarketWatch 9:34 AM
  • "European stocks end lower, falling from 2-week high after tepid data: MarketWatch" MarketWatch 1:12 PM

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