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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.

  • "The iPhone Is an Ideal Machine for Exerting Intellectual Property Control: Apple's control over the iPhone means that consumers will continue to have more of an ongoing relationship with Apple than nearly any other company."  Motherboard 6:47 PM
  • "The 5 Industries Most Impacted by Apple's iPhone: Before the iPhone was released, there was a lot of hype, but it turned out to be a powerful technology that impacted the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world."  PC Magazine 7:13 AM
  • "Source: A 'Sense Of Panic' At Apple As The Next Flagship iPhone's Software Problems Persist/Apple is still finishing up key features in the 'iPhone 8,' which could ship with some of its signature functionality not yet activated."  Fast Company 8:07 PM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone 8': Adding Too Many Features Backfiring, Says Susquehanna" Barron's 1:05 PM
  • "The 'supercycle' that's supposed to power iPhone 8 sales could just be a 'cycle': The explosion in iPhone-replacement demand many Wall Street analysts are predicting for the iPhone 8 won't happen, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank. They believe that Wall Street's expectations for Apple are far too high and they struggle to see where the predicted iPhone 8 sales will come from."  Business Insider 6:56 AM
  • "The Projected iPhone 8 Boom Looks 'Highly Unlikely': An analyst is skeptical that the company can sell even more phones than it did in its best year ever." Barron's 1:06 PM
  • "Apple Has 'Just Weeks' to Solve iPhone 8 Touch ID Dilemma" MacRumors 7:30 AM
  • "Unlikely report claims Touch ID still not finalized for iPhone 8, may launch without Apple Pay" 9to5Mac 9:22 AM
  • "It sounds like Apple is racing against the clock to fix the iPhone 8 fingerprint sensor" Business Insider 10:54 AM
  • "Why Apple Has Lost Its Once Huge Lead in Renting and Selling Movies" TheStreet 6:56 AM
  • "Apple to Build Massive Retail Stores in India" TheStreet 9:03 AM
  • "Why Security Experts Are Pissed That '1Password' Is Pushing Users to the Cloud: 1Password is moving away from its one-time license, local storage option, and security researchers are not happy about it." Motherboard 2:35 PM
  • "Why your Mac isn't working as fast as it says it is—and how you can fix it" Macworld 7:28 AM
  • "How to stop autoplay videos in Safari for macOS High Sierra: In macOS High Sierra, you can easily disable autoplay video and surf the web in relative peace. Here's how it's done." Macworld 6:55 AM
  • "What's new with Safari in macOS High Sierra" iMore 1:06 PM
  • "How to Use Function Keys in Windows on a New MacBook" Lifehacker 6:47 PM
  • "Stop Apple's Mail App From Opening Browser Email Links in One Quick Step" Lifehacker 9:42 AM
  • "macOS: Putting the Old Software Update Icon in Your Dock" The Mac Observer 8:06 AM
  • "Using the Keynote Canvas Workspace" MacMost 5:19 PM
  • "Discovering How Much Time You Saved Using TextExpander" The Mac Observer 5:19 PM
  • "How to Update Adobe Flash in Chrome Browser" OS X Daily 3:36 PM
  • "How to partition a physical disk using Disk Utility in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 7:00 AM
  • "A Free Tool Not From The Mac App Store" Mac 360 8:47 AM
  • "17 Non-Apple Mac Tools Every User Needs to Have" MacTrast 8:08 PM
Press Releases
  • "Global release of Twinmotion 2018 set for July 31 at SIGGRAPH" Abvent 9:24 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Siri still the most popular intelligent assistant, but usage down significantly, claims report" 9to5Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew" TechCrunch 10:03 AM
  • "Siri has commanding lead in users over Google Voice, Samsung S Voice in the US" AppleInsider 10:35 AM
  • "One of Apple's most senior European comms people has left to join Snap" Business Insider 9:26 AM
  • "Apple's Siri Has Lost Millions of Users Over the Last Year" Fortune 6:47 PM
  • "Louis Vuitton Goes Upmarket in Smartwatch Fight With Apple" Bloomberg 6:56 AM
  • "Louis Vuitton Launches Fresh Attack on Apple's Smartwatch" TheStreet 6:56 AM
  • "iPhone Owners Showing More Interest in Upcoming HomePod Speaker Than in Amazon's Echo" MacTrast 9:41 AM
  • "Qualcomm's corporate structure and overseas patents: key issues in answer to FTC complaint" Foss Patents 7:10 AM
  • "Apple has right to inspect iPhone man claims burned his arm, court says" Canadian Press 7:29 AM
  • "iMac-using train passenger clearly hasn't heard of MacBooks" Cult of Mac 9:41 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iPhone 3G brings a big speed boost" Cult of Mac 7:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "These Companies Are 'Falling Short' on User Privacy: AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, and Verizon were the four lowest performing companies in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's latest 'Who Has Your Back' report." PC Magazine 9:06 PM
  • "Exclusive: This is the 2017 Google Pixel 'XL,' with low-bezel AMOLED display and squeezable frame" Android Police 6:45 PM
  • "The 2017 Google Pixel XL to be made by LG, feature larger display: Report" ZDNet 5:39 PM
  • "Trump sued by blocked Twitter users" CNNMoney 8:29 PM
  • "Twitter users blocked by Trump sue, claim @realDonaldTrump is public forum" Ars Technica 1:06 PM
  • "AT&T is joining tomorrow's net neutrality protest, but it hates the FCC's net neutrality rules" The Verge 1:05 PM
  • "Spotify just struck a crucial deal with Sony Music: The company is looking to go public this year" The Verge 10:35 AM
  • "Toshiba in talks with Western Digital, Foxconn over chip unit sale: sources" Reuters 9:46 AM
  • "Toshiba Back at the Negotiating Table as Sell Off Deal Crumbles" The Mac Observer 2:24 PM
  • "This new laptop from Asus is almost as thin as Apple's MacBook Pro, and it's cheaper and far more powerful" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "Did Amazon's Alexa Really Call The Cops During A Domestic Dispute?" BuzzFeed 3:37 PM
  • "Did an Echo Call 911 During a Domestic Assault? Amazon Says No." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:07 PM
  • "Amazon's new strategy for India: Prime Day deals and food" CNNMoney 9:25 AM
  • "Thousands of children sexting, police say" BBC 7:31 AM
  • "Gangnam Style is no longer the most-played video on YouTube" BBC 7:31 AM
  • "The Who's Who of Net Neutrality's 'Day of Action'" Wired 7:05 AM
  • "It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly" Wired 7:05 AM
  • "VR/AR headset sales to reach 100 million by 2021, says IDC" ReadWrite 7:00 AM
  • "Revisit the '90s with a collection of AOL CDs: Nothing says nostalgia like a compact disc with a free dial-up internet trial." Engadget 6:55 AM
  • "Apple's Third Co-Founder Has Never Used an iPhone and Has No Regrets" Motherboard 5:40 PM
  • "145: Prime Day is Like a Box of Chocolates" The Rebound 2:32 PM
  • "EFF Tech Company Score Card, Smart Home Appliance Surveillance -TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-11" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 195: A delightful experience" iDownload Blog 7:01 AM
  • "Future iPhones could have mirror finishes or be polished with diamonds" CNBC 3:36 PM
  • "Supposed 'iPhone 8' back panel without Touch ID resurfaces in new leak" AppleInsider 6:55 AM
  • "A new leaked component from China backs rumours that the iPhone 8 will not have a fingerprint reader" Business Insider 7:09 AM
  • "New iPhone 8 image casts more doubt over Touch ID's future" Cult of Mac 7:09 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 8 Could Hit $1,500 Due to OLED Cost" Investopedia 9:25 AM
  • "iOS 11 beta 3 adds hints of livestreaming options" The Next Web 10:54 AM
  • "Made With ARKit Previews the 'Coolest Stuff' Made with Apple's New Tool" AppAdvice 10:54 AM
  • "A new Apple patent involves 'place cards' to simplify usage of iOS and watchOS apps" Apple World Today 7:40 AM
  • "Apple Granted 57 Patents Today Covering an Advanced Transparent Fiber Composite, an iMac Design and More" Patently Apple 7:05 AM
  • "Apple Offering Free Repairs of First-Generation Apple Watches With Detached Back Covers" MacRumors 9:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:49 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:49 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:49 AM

  • "MacBook 12-inch vs. MacBook Pro: The $1,300 question" CNET 7:02 AM
  • "Hands-on: Khomo's 10.5-inch iPad Pro rear case – a perfect Smart Keyboard companion [Video] 9to5Mac 3:53 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Watch: All the new features and fixes introduced with iOS 11 beta 3" AppleInsider 6:48 PM
  • "What's new in iOS 11 beta 3? Hands-on with 20+ features and changes [Video] 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "Everything new in Control Center in iOS 11 beta 3" Cult of Mac 1:04 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to scan documents with the Notes app" 9to5Mac 5:41 PM
  • "How to add new Faces to Photos in iOS 11" Cult of Mac 2:32 PM
  • "How to use a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch with an iPhone—and why you might want to: Samsung's circular smartwatch looks slick, but the iOS link limits some features." Macworld 9:06 AM
  • "How to view your Apple Watch apps in List View in watchOS 4" iMore 7:25 AM
  • "How to install iOS 11 beta 3 right now without a developer account or a computer" BGR 6:56 AM
  • "Gmail: Make the most of it with these secret tricks - Video" ZDNet 5:38 PM
  • "50+ essential iOS 10 tips you'll use every day" Computerworld 6:49 AM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone 8' might ship with wireless charging, front-facing 3D camera disabled due to software issues" AppleInsider 9:03 PM
  • "Persistent Software Problems With iPhone 8 Wireless Charging and 3D Sensor Causing 'Panic' at Apple" MacRumors 9:03 PM
  • "4 Ways AR Will Change How You Use Your iPhone" iDrop News 2:31 PM
  • "Why a $1,200+ Apple Inc. iPhone Sounds Great: Apple should sell higher-end products to customers willing to pay more for the latest smartphone innovations." The Motley Fool 1:06 PM
  • "Why Apple Watch should be worried about its latest rival" Cult of Mac 1:06 PM
  • "Why Apple might switch to Face ID instead of Touch ID for iPhone 8" iMore 1:04 PM
  • "Apple's Prepaid iPhone Deals Mean Everyone Can Afford Them" Apple Must 10:00 AM
  • "Apple is beating Android where it hurts the most" BGR 9:26 AM
  • "Supply Chain Games" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:25 AM
  • "Let's Just Skip iPhone 8" PixoBebo 8:35 AM
  • "A Few Words On iPhone Wireless Charging" Mac360 8:35 AM
  • "Apple's ARKit will make 3D printing mainstream"  Computerworld 8:03 AM
  • "The iPod Effect Hits Apple Watch" Mac360 8:00 AM
  • "On iPhones And Wasted Power" McSolo 7:51 AM
  • "This Apple Inc. Supplier Is Being Ridiculous: This jilted Apple supplier needs to move on."  The Motley Fool 7:50 AM
  • "12 Apple iPhone 8 Features That Would Support Its Insane Rumored Price Point" Forbes 7:47 AM
  • "Why TV exclusives won't do for Apple what they did for Amazon"  Apple 3.0 7:14 AM
  • "Facial recognition in the new iPhone would make huge waves: Will Apple embrace facial recognition and iris scans? The mobile industry is preparing for authentication upheaval."  Computerworld 7:11 AM
  • "If he wasn't so tidy, it might even have survived: It's the early days of Apple networking, and one of this IT consultant pilot fish's clients is a local high school with Macs — and a problem." Computerworld 7:11 AM
  • "Why I still unlock my phone with an old school password" Mashable 7:01 AM
  • "Blast from the past: BlackBerry still not doing well" Macworld 6:55 AM
  • "Facebook's Messenger ads are bad and must be destroyed" TechCrunch 3:34 PM
  • "Two-Factor Authentication Is A Mess: It was supposed to be a one-stop security fix. What happened?" The Verge 11:10 AM
  • "Windows Phone dies today: An end of an era" The Verge 9:41 AM
  • "Comment: Samsung's first commercial for the Galaxy S8's DeX Dock makes me want a laptop with the same capabilities" 9to5Google 9:41 AM
  • "The 2 biggest problems with serverless computing: Serverless is a great way to amp up developer productivity, but security and lock-in loom large." TechRepublic 7:05 AM
  • "Comic: Tim Cook's iPhone Pricing Masterclass" iMore 9:41 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Volvo brings Apple's CarPlay to new VNL semi trucks" AppleInsider 1:07 PM
  • "Volvo brings Apple's CarPlay to its semi trucks with new VNL series" 9to5Mac 1:07 PM
  • "IOGEAR Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station Turns Laptops Into High-Performance, High-Speed Desktop Workstations" MacPrices 12:38 PM
  • "USB-C Magnetic Cable For Mac & More" Vinpok 11:08 AM
  • "Sick of White AirPods? It'll Cost you $99 to Get Them Painted Black" Apple Must 10:32 AM
  • "'Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two' Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 9:42 AM
  • "Parks Associates: Majority of U.S. Broadband Households Watch Internet Video on TV" PRNewswire 7:50 AM
  • "Waze gets personal on iOS with custom voice prompts: The navigation app is letting iOS users record their own voice directions." CNET 7:01 AM
  • "CockatooMoji released for iOS - Emojis for Parrot Lovers" prMac 6:55 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Did an Echo Call 911 During a Domestic Assault? Amazon Says No." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:07 PM
  • "Microsoft planning to connect 2 million Americans using white spaces: Reports" ZDNet 6:38 AM
  • "Microsoft outlines plan to help bring broadband internet to 2M rural Americans within 5 years" GeekWire 6:32 AM
  • "Microsoft will try to bring better broadband to two million rural Americans in the next five years: The company's so-called Rural Airband Initiative is an attempt to partner with local providers to boost wireless internet." Recode 6:37 AM
  • "Microsoft puts up $10B to bring broadband internet to millions of rural Americans: Microsoft recently detailed its Rural Airband Initiative, which collaborates with local providers to help two million Americans in remote areas get access to wireless internet over the next five years." TechRepublic 1:07 PM
  • "Microsoft wants to close the rural broadband gap by 2022" Engadget 2:31 PM
  • "Microsoft, Apple Protecting Users Against the Government, But Could Do Better: EFF publishes report on how companies handle data requests" Softpedia 6:55 AM
  • "Private vs public debate is over - Microsoft CEO: Satya Nadella claims hybrid infrastructure is the ultimate winner from private versus public debate as Microsoft releases details of Azure on-prem products" CRN UK 6:51 AM
  • "Bangor University joins global trial by Microsoft: The new project will help teachers become 'digital citizens'" Daily Post 6:54 AM
  • "Ubuntu lands in the Windows 10 Store for Insiders: Just don't poo in the sandbox" The Inquirer 6:31 AM
  • "Intel Fires Back At Rivals With New Line of Server Chips: Chip giant rolls out Xeon Scalable Family, an updated line of 58 processors priced from roughly $200 to $10,000 each" [Paid Membership Required] 1:07 PM
  • "Intel launches its new precious metal Xeon platform: There's a new approach to market segmentation with the new Skylake-SP core." Ars Technica 1:05 PM
  • "Rumours suggest Intel is quietly killing off its Pentium G4560 CPU" Hexus 6:53 AM
  • "Intel Corporation's 'Purley' Server Platform May Be Missing Two Features: Two features that were originally planned for Intel's soon-to-be-launched data center platform don't appear to have made it into the final product." The Motley Fool 6:54 AM
  • "AMD Vega Frontier Edition Failed to Match NVIDIA GTX1080Ti, Delivers Underwhelming Results with Only 23% Performance" Korea Portal 6:52 AM
  • "Oracle, Amazon, Google, and Salesforce finally agree on something: Heavies team up to form patent-reform lobbying supergroup" The Register 6:55 AM
  • "Cisco updates UCS servers, software for data-intensive workloads" ZDNet 12:15 PM
  • "US tech firms team up to fight patent trolls" IT PRO 6:52 AM
  • "Samsung aims to surpass TSMC in 7nm foundry by next year" ZDNet 6:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "For 'energy' and 'oil' substitute 'Apple'" Apple 3.0 7:14 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq extends win streak as stocks digest latest political drama: Extended controversies could further cloud the prospect of legislation seen as market-friendly" MarketWatch 5:17 PM
  • "Dow, Nasdaq End Higher as Wall Street Recovers From Trump Jr. Bombshell" TheStreet 5:17 PM
  • "Wall Street ends flat as politics drive stocks" Reuters 5:17 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Rebound After Midday Dip: Shares of energy companies rose with oil prices, giving some support to major stock indexes" [Paid Membership Required] 5:17 PM
  • "Asian markets end higher, driven by tech-stock gains" MarketWatch 7:13 AM
  • "European stocks stuck in tight ranges as traders wait for Yellen" MarketWatch 7:13 AM

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