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Thursday Highlights: Buckle up Apple fans, October 30 New York City event invitations sent out! Let the speculation begin...; Jason Cross at Macworld calls Apple Watch Series 4 "a generational leap" with "plenty of room to grow"; Philip Elmer-Dewitt on perception of Apple's entry into Hollywood; EU Commision decides to withdraw action against Ireland for delays recovering back Apple taxes; critical information concerning AirPrint changes in Mojave; Chartable report on how podcast charts are being manipulated by scammers; lives empowered by Apple's accessibility tools; Apple customers in US now can download all the data Apple has collected on them; by 2020 we may see Macs with in-house chips; high-voltage battery power converters for sport cars in works at Apple?; TechHive reviews PlayStation Vue streaming service integration on Apple TV.

  • "Should America's Tech Giants Be Broken Up? Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook may be contributing to the U.S. economy's most persistent ailments."  Bloomberg 8:25 AM
  • "iPhone manufacturers join hands with Apple in Qualcomm spat: The manufacturers stopped paying Qualcomm's royalty fees earlier this year, when Apple stopped covering the cost." CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Samsung, Google, & others formally back Apple in legal dispute with Qualcomm" 9to5Mac 9:29 PM
  • "Changes to iCloud Put Apple on Collision Course With Governments Seeking Access to Encrypted Messages" MacRumors 7:55 AM
  • "Apple sends top executives to lobby Australian government over proposed encryption laws" AppleInsider 8:04 AM
  • "Apple, the enterprise, and why mobile matters: Enterprises that are already mobile have a better chance in future" Computerworld 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Becomes A Little Less Secretive"  Seeking Alpha 7:55 AM
  • "Command line macOS update reportedly faster, allows use of Mac while updating" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Transmit 5 review: File transfer utility expands support for cloud services/With a facelift and back-end improvements, Transmit is now nearly up to date." Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "How to Install and Use the Tor Browser on Your Mac" MacTrast 8:38 AM
  • "Using Undo To Take a Step Back" MacMost 7:38 AM
  • "How to use apps in full screen or Split View in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 7:39 AM
  • "How to remove the Macintosh HD icon from the desktop on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:10 AM
  • "How to Remove Location from Photos on Mac" OS X Daily 3:53 PM
  • "Shairwaves makes it easy for Macs to share connected audio devices" Apple World Today 7:39 AM
  • "Get An iMazing iOS Backup On Your Mac" Mac360 7:39 AM
  • "The Year Of Linux On The Mac's Desktop" PixoBebo 8:24 AM
  • "My Mac's Finder Is The New Menubar" McSolo 7:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Twelve South Charleston at Sea Level Dual-Screen Wallpaper Collection + Mac" iLounge 10:56 AM
  • "Cocktail 10.4.1 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 10:26 AM
  • "Idustrial Revolution Releases XEffects 3D Video Walls Plugins for Final Cut Pro X" 8:23 AM
  • "Bear Notes 1.2.2 Update Brings Text Highlighting, Multiple Windows, and More" MacRumors 8:22 AM
  • "Announcing Videux: the Video Organizer, Player and Workflow Assistant" prMac 8:11 AM
  • "E-on Software Announces Pre-Release of Carbon Scatter and CloudFactory Ozone 2017 Plugins" Architosh 7:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Secretly Pursues Automotive Battery R&D in China, May Become Carmaker"  Yicai Global 10:52 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Working With Chinese Manufacturer of Electric Vehicle Batteries" MacRumors 10:52 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly working on electric car batteries with China's biggest battery maker" Electrek 12:19 PM
  • "Apple's electric car may exist after all" TechnoBuffalo 3:55 PM
  • "The Global 500: The Top 10" [Apple #9] Fortune 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Stock Price, Financials and News | Global 500" Fortune 8:02 AM
  • "AAPL again declared the most profitable company in the world" 9to5Mac 8:49 AM
  • "Apple ranked as most profitable US company by far on newest Fortune 500 ranking" AppleInsider 8:49 AM
  • "Apple greenlights Dash cryptocurrency in the App Store" BetaNews 10:52 AM
  • "Even Apple's founder thinks iPhone prices are 'high in the extreme'" BGR 7:56 AM
  • "Apple to build iCloud datacenter in Guizhou" DigiTimes 8:00 AM
  • "Apple greenlights Dash cryptocurrency in the App Store" BetaNews 10:30 AM
  • "Florida Man to Pay Thousands Over Insider Trading Charges Tied to Apple Takeover" Reuters 7:55 AM
  • "Former AuthenTec Employee Settles Insider Trading Case from Apple Purchase" The Mac Observer 12:15 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: World's first third-party iPhone app arrives" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "EBay shares sink after posting financial results" TechCrunch 8:04 PM
  • "Samsung sends out invitations for the Galaxy Note8 launch on August 23" Neowin 7:32 PM
  • "These before-and-after photos show tech billionaires' dramatic transformations" Business Insider 10:56 AM
  • "This little USB stick is designed to make AI plug-and-play: The Neural Compute Stick from Movidius makes it easy to add a machine vision processor to any device" The Verge 10:51 AM
  • "When the Selfie Turns Sacreligious" Wired 9:16 AM
  • "UK teens say Instagram is the worst app for cyberbullying: Facebook is a close second." Engadget 8:10 AM
  • "China unveils plan to become a world leader in AI by 2025" Reuters 7:56 AM
  • "The Wearables Giving Computer Vision to the Blind: Aira, eSight, MyEye" Wired 7:53 AM
  • "The House of Lords is going to carry out a public inquiry into artificial intelligence" Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "The airplane laptop ban is over" Axios 12:21 PM
  • "US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports" TechCrunch 7:51 AM
  • "Macstock: The Youngest Macstock Attendee, Daniel Prinssen" MacVoices 3:49 PM
  • "Our Favorite Mail, Calendar, and Reminders Alternatives -TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-20" The Mac Observer 1:10 PM
  • "146: Everybody Wants the Sandwich" The Rebound 8:36 AM
  • "I might know the truth about Touch ID on Apple's iPhone 8" BGR 8:24 AM
  • "Alleged chassis for Apple's 'iPhone 8' revives claims of rear-mounted Touch ID" AppleInsider 8:37 AM
  • "The inner workings of eight Apple iOS vulnerabilities exposed" ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "PSA: Update to iOS 10.3.3 to fix serious wifi vulnerability allowing attacker complete control" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "iOS 10.3.3 fixed 'Broadpwn' exploit letting attackers take control of your device via Wi-Fi" iDownload Blog 8:10 AM
  • "Today in ARKit: Mixed Reality for new Experiences" Apple Must 1:09 PM
  • "TSMC InFO packaging brings more competitiveness to its 7nm process technology" ["Samsung has grabbed Apple's A9 chip orders for the new 9.7-inch iPads introduced earlier in 2017, the observers claimed. TSMC, which is already the sole supplier of Apple's 10nm A11 chips for the upcoming iPhones, will still likely obtain all of the next-generation A-series chip orders for Apple's 2018 series of iPhones with its 7nm FinFET process, the observers said."] DigiTimes 10:53 AM
  • "Samsung might get aced out of big iPhone chip deal" Cult of Mac 11:07 AM
  • "TSMC's 7nm process enhancement may keep Apple from using Samsung for 'A12" chip production" AppleInsider 12:39 PM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Future AirPods might feature automated audio passthrough feature" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's Patent Reveals Micro-LED based 'Smart-Pixel' Technology for Possible Future iMacs, iPhone & TV" Patently Apple 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's 'scanning depth engine' patent involves 3D profiles and the Mac" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Acquires BellSouth Patent Regarding Home Device Automation and Smart Interaction" Patently Apple 9:05 AM
  • "Apple's Patents for Smart Connector, AirPods and GarageBand's 'Live Loops' GUI Surface at U.S. Patent Office" Patently Apple 7:47 PM
  • "Apple Patent Details Controlling Your Smart Home from a Single Device" The Mac Observer 5:21 PM
  • "Apple May Replace Some Original Apple Watch Models in Need of Repair With Series 1 Models" MacRumors 3:53 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10' iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM

  • "Review: Minirig 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker" iLounge 3:57 PM
  • "Gaming Mouse Roundup: Corsair Sabre RGB, G.Skill RIPJAWS MX780, SteelSeries Rival 500" HotHardware 12:15 PM
  • "Master & Dynamic MW60 wireless and MW50 wireless headphones review" The Gadgeteer 8:52 AM
  • "Phiaton BT 460 headphone review: Sleek, smart, and feature rich. But they sound best wired" TechHive 8:12 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Things 3 Is Great at Helping You Get the Job Done" Gadgets 360 10:50 AM
  • "CARROT Weather 4.0: Simply Delightful" MacStories 9:06 AM
  • "How to Downgrade iOS 10.3.3 to iOS 10.3.2 on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch" iPhone Hacks 8:07 PM
  • "Video: How to set up an Exchange email on your iPhone" TechRepublic 3:55 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to use the new Files app" 9to5Mac 3:53 PM
  • "How To Use iOS 11 One-Handed Maps Zoom Mode" Redmond Pie 3:52 PM
  • "Checking how much storage apps and their data are taking up on iOS devices" iDownload Blog 2:05 PM
  • "How to assign iOS 11"s Smart Invert 'dark mode' to the Home button" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "How to use the Apple TV remote in iOS 11"s Control Center" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "Great travel apps to make your trip easy and fun [Tech Travel Tips] Cult of Mac 1:24 PM
  • "Finding the Date on a Map Image: Q. Is there any way to tell the age of a photo used in Google Maps Street View?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:52 AM
  • "iPhone: Do not force quit apps by swiping them away, warn experts" The Independent 8:31 AM
  • "Here's Why You Still Need to Force Quit Some iPhone Apps" The Mac Observer 8:42 AM
  • "iOS: How to See Your Print Queue (and Cancel a Print Job!)" The Mac Observer 8:12 AM
  • "Apple predictions will be very wrong again" Bloomberg 3:55 PM
  • "Comment: The suggestion of a constrained iPhone 8 launch in September seems credible to me" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Musings on Price and Rumored Delays" Tech.pinions 9:16 AM
  • "Artificial Intelligence Loves Apple's Tim Cook" Mac360 8:32 AM
  • "New iPhone 8 Leak Is Very Bad News" Tom's Guide 8:29 AM
  • "Here's the Most Stunning iPhone 8 Video Yet" Tom's Guide 8:27 AM
  • "Insanely Gr8: The iPhone 8 paradox" Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Hoping for a small Mac mini revival" Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "iPhone Movies Are This Good" Mac360 7:57 AM
  • "Sexual harassment in tech: Women reveal their stories" CNNMoney 1:24 PM
  • "Why BitTorrent Sites Are a Malware Cesspool" Intego 1:24 PM
  • "Google vs Amazon: Who will win the cloud pricing war? With Amazon Web Service's (AWS) cloud infrastructure and customer base dwarfing its competitors, does AWS have greater leeway to reduce prices than rivals in the long run?" TechRepublic 9:01 AM
  • "It's Time for Amazon to Make a Phone Again. Seriously" Wired 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "What's coming to Apple Music and Beats 1 in July 2017" 9to5Mac 7:34 PM
  • "Classic motorcycle adventure game 'Full Throttle' hits iOS" Engadget 3:53 PM
  • "Firefox for iOS now wants you to browse in the dark" CNET 2:30 PM
  • "Google Play Music for iPhone now works with Apple CarPlay¬†" 9to5Mac 1:24 PM
  • "YouTube TV grows, now services 15 markets and serves 48 channels to iPhone" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "Autodesk Behind Bipartisan Industry Coalition to Promote Investment in US Infrastructure" Architosh 1:10 PM
  • "Apple lets you Take the Mickey (Mouse) with Clips Update" Apple Must 1:20 PM
  • "Clips app adds Disney/Pixar & Apple-designed effects, has over 1M monthly unique users" 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
  • "Latest Professor Layton game available now on iPhone and iPad ahead of console release" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "DEVONthink To Go 2.1.7 For iOS Brings Usability And Automation Enhancements" MacPrices 10:44 AM
  • "Atari invented a hat with speakers in it, aka a 'Speakerhat'" The Verge 9:16 AM
  • "Carrier billing for Apple services spreads to Denmark, Hong Kong, Sweden" AppleInsider 9:15 AM
  • "Amazon 'Spark' feature in iPhone app tempts users to buy items through Instagram-style feed" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
  • "Apple launched special edition Balmain-designed Beats that look stunning on Kylie Jenner" phoneArena 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Partners With Balmain on Special Edition Beats Studio and Powerbeats3" iClarified 8:23 AM
  • "ElcomSoft Tool Decrypts WhatsApp iCloud Backups" PRNewswire 8:14 AM
  • "Mobile Gaming Segments are the Most Lucrative in the Global Gaming Market" PRNewswire 8:14 AM
  • "Destination XL Group, Inc. Announces Launch of First Mobile App with PredictSpring" Business Wire 8:13 AM
  • "New Logo Maker Shop app lets businesses get creative with their branding" prMac 9:06 AM
  • "Battleships for iPhone and iPad: Discover the Ships - Solve the Puzzle" prMac 8:11 AM
  • "SwiftKey for iOS adds new emoji features & themes, 3D Touch improvements, more" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel has 'eliminated' its entire wearables division: Chipmaker reportedly shifts focus from fitness devices to augmented reality" The Inquirer 8:01 AM
  • "Intel culls health wearables division: Report" ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "Why Intel Said Sayonara To Smart Devices & Wearables" Seeking Alpha 11:32 AM
  • "Intel puts Movidius AI tech on a $79 USB stick: It brings image-based AI processing power right to your computer." Engadget 4:55 PM
  • "Microsoft beats Q4 estimates with strong cloud growth" ZDNet 6:29 PM
  • "Microsoft Q4 FY2017: Ahead in the cloud, success in Office, with 'immaterial' phone revenue" Neowin 7:09 PM
  • "Microsoft Shares Hit All-Time High as Booming Cloud Business Drives Earnings Beat" TheStreet 5:25 PM
  • "Microsoft Is Blowing Up and Should Be Considered a High-Growth Giant" TheStreet 5:25 PM
  • "Microsoft beats expectations as it shifts to focus on cloud" Telegraph 4:54 PM
  • "Microsoft beats Q4 estimates on cloud strength; shares up 1.2%" Seeking Alpha 4:46 PM
  • "Microsoft's 'commercial cloud' services gain steam" ZDNet 9:29 PM
  • "Microsoft Closes US Surface Factory, Moves Production to China" ExtremeTech 12:29 PM
  • "Microsoft's Wilsonville jobs are going to China, underscoring travails of domestic tech manufacturing" The Oregonian 12:30 PM
  • "Skype for Linux Beta gets group video calling" Neowin 8:02 AM
  • "No Creators Update for some older PCs, but security updates to continue until 2023" Neowin 8:02 AM
  • "Microsoft will support Windows 10 on Clover Trail after all (well, a bit): But Creators Update? Nooooo" The Inquirer 1:01 PM
  • "Intel Atom Clover Trail PCs Ineligible for Future Windows 10 Updates" eWeek 6:29 PM
  • "Windows XP, Vista buried by Blizzard: Time to upgrade that decade-old operating system, man." Ars Technica 4:55 PM
  • "Microsoft Extends OneDrive's Version History Feature to Include More File Types" eWeek 6:29 PM
  • "Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat" TechCrunch 8:17 AM
  • "Microsoft showcases a Cortana thermostat that you can't actually buy: Firm realises its time to put effort into this personal assistant nonsense" The Inquirer 11:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Is A 'Relative Value Bet' Ahead Of Earnings, Pro Says" Benzinga 8:42 AM
  • "AMD defends its EPYC processor from a barrage of insults from Intel" Neowin 8:42 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise declares $0.065 dividend" Seeking Alpha 3:54 PM
  • "Dell EMC rolls out further channel programme enhancements" ComputerWeekly 8:22 AM
  • "Blockchain: IBM and London Stock Exchange Group team up for securities data project" ZDNet 8:40 AM
  • "Arrow Joins Force With IBM for Internet of Things Support" Zacks 8:41 AM
  • "IBM intros Watson Tone Analyzer to make chatbots emotionally astute" ZDNet 6:29 PM
  • "IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Rules Struggling Tech Giant, Aided by Entrenched Board Members" TheStreet 8:41 AM
  • "Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) registers a price change of 1.24% while SL Green Realty Corp. (SLG) finishes with a flow of 1.52%" Stocksgallery 8:24 AM
  • "Oracle expands on-premise public cloud offering – sounds weird right?" Banking Tech 8:43 AM
  • "Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain: Big Red vapourises SAN tower, wants clients to do the same" The Register 4:54 PM
  • "Lenovo's PC business to return to positive growth this year: CEO" Reuters 8:35 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What Do Analysts Expect from Apple in Fiscal 3Q17?" Market Realist 1:38 PM
  • "How many iPhones did Apple sell last quarter?" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:22 AM
Industry News
  • "SAP raises annual forecast on the back of strong growth in Q2 2017" ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "Nasdaq Scores New Record for Third Day in a Row; Dow and S&P 500 Decline" TheStreet 5:23 PM
  • "Bull market trots along and stays calm. But for how long?" USA Today 5:24 PM
  • "Global shares track US higher ahead of Draghi comments" FOXBusiness 5:24 PM
  • "Major Averages Turning In Mixed Performance In Mid-Day Trading - U.S. Commentary" Nasdaq 11:34 AM
  • "Dow Retreats from a Record High: Decline in Home Depot shares puts pressure on the blue-chip index" [Paid Membership Required] 5:25 PM
  • "Asian stocks advance as BOJ stays pat" MarketWatch 8:28 AM
  • "European stocks buoyed by earnings before ECB's Draghi steps on stage" MarketWatch 8:29 AM
  • "European Markets Finished Mostly Lower After Late Sell-Off" Nasdaq 11:34 AM

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