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Weekend Highlights: Financial Times interviews Jony Ives on the new Apple Watch, responsibilities of big tech firms; analyst thinks Apple could hit $1.5 trillion; Apple riles consumer group in China over recent breach of some customers' Apple IDs; WSJ's Joanna Stern laments the walls around iMessage; Uniloc back in Apple's face with FaceTime lawsuit; Ars Technica reviews Mac browser Vivaldi; what to expect with FCPX 10.5?; iPhone XR available, selling quickly—more in our General Interest section; the plot thickens...will iPad Pro go USB-C? Apple releases USB-C Apple Watch charger; a couple employees of Loup Ventures went phone-less, using only Apple Watches.

  • "Beijing-backed fund makes a play for chip pioneer Imagination"  Telegraph 8:21 AM
  • "As Apple forsakes Imagination Tech, concern expressed over possible Chinese takeover" 9to5Mac 8:22 AM
  • "iPhone Gamers, Brace Yourselves for the App-ocalypse: Apple's coming iOS will kill off some beloved games."  Slate 8:55 AM
  • "Public-interest statements by Apple, Intel, CCIA and ACT oppose Qualcomm's ITC complaint" Foss Patents 9:03 AM
  • "Snapdragon 845 listed in Qualcomm's ITC complaint against Apple" Android Authority 9:25 AM
  • "Mysterious Mac Malware Has Infected Victims for Years" Motherboard 9:25 AM
  • "New details emerge on Fruitfly, a near-undetectable Mac backdoor" ZDNet 9:25 AM
  • "Mac 'Fruitfly' malware variant still lurking in the wild: The Mac malware, originally discovered back in January, creates a 'backdoor' that allows the controller of the malware to take over an entire computer." CNET 12:01 PM
  • "Mac malware that went undetected for years spied on everyday users: Surveillance malware dubbed Fruitfly was easy to spot but flew under the radar anyway." Ars Technica 7:02 PM
  • "Apple releases macOS High Sierra beta 4 to developers" 9to5Mac 12:05 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers" MacRumors 12:04 PM
  • "Will new HEVC and HEIF formats work in older versions of macOS and iOS?" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "A Look at New Features in Apple Photos for High Sierra" Kirkville 9:09 AM
  • "Everything new with Apple's Photos app in macOS High Sierra" Cult of Mac 12:01 PM
  • "The iTunes Visualizer" MacMost 9:26 AM
  • "What's new with Siri on Mac" iMore 10:02 AM
  • "Sierra isn't finished yet: APFS support is undone in 10.12.6" Eclectic Light 8:43 PM
Press Releases
  • "Firetask Pro Takes GTD(R) Task Management To New Levels for Mac & iOS" prMac 8:16 AM
  • "If you need to convert between graphics converter you need GraphicConverter" Apple World Today 8:12 AM
  • "Cisdem Released Mac Video Play 3.1.0 with New Features" Cisdem 8:09 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Supplier Foxconn Looks at Producing Display Panels in Wisconsin: In addition to Wisconsin, the company is looking in the Detroit area for a possible plant" [Paid Membership Required] 9:01 AM
  • "Construction Site Progress at 5th Avenue Apple Store in NYC" The Mac Observer 5:57 PM
  • "Apple takes aim at Facebook and Snap after loading Clips with Disney and Pixar characters" Business Insider 11:27 AM
  • "Think The Essence Of California Design Is Apple And Facebook? Get Ready For Designer Biohacking" Forbes 8:55 AM
  • "New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri" TechCrunch 8:23 AM
  • "Apple made a Siri 'movie' with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson" Cult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Video: Here's the Apple, Siri & 'The Rock' Ad Everybody's Talking About" Apple Must 8:23 AM
  • "State Farm and Policy Holder Join to Sue Apple, Says Defective iPhone 4s Caused House Fire" MacTrast 8:38 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Wireless Mighty Mouse comes with lasers!" Cult of Mac 9:03 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Alphabet beats Wall Street estimates; revenue up 21 percent" Reuters 4:13 PM
  • "Internet Mob Descends Upon Facebook Page of Company That Snitched on Innocent Hacker" Gizmodo 2:51 PM
  • "'Pokémon Go' Fest organizers kick off their apology tour on the right note" Mashable 12:01 PM
  • "Finally, a tablet that folds up into a phone that fits in your pocket" Mashable 9:28 AM
  • "Google's DeepMind made an AI that can imagine the future" The Next Web 8:29 AM
  • "Why emoji might be your next password" The Next Web 8:29 AM
  • "'Partner' Didi Chuxing is freezing Uber out of Southeast Asia" Engadget 8:17 AM
  • "Accused of throttling Netflix, Verizon starts site to explain how Wi-Fi works" The Next Web 8:16 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Author, Photographer and Pilot Maria Langer" The Mac Observer 2:46 PM
  • "Macstock -Guy Serle on What Makes Macstock Great" MacVoices 2:09 PM
  • "Net Neutrality Explained -TMO Daily Observations 2017-07-24" The Mac Observer 1:08 PM
  • "We are finally back after some life changing experiences that had nothing to do with Apple." The MT Show 8:08 AM
  • "Apple sets up OLED panel R&D line in Taiwan, says report" DigiTimes 8:22 AM
  • "Apple developing its own OLED technology to reduce dependence on Samsung supply, according to report" 9to5Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Apple Buys Specialist Machinery to Set Up OLED Panel R&D Line in Taiwan" MacRumors 8:35 AM
  • "Apple investing in chemical deposition gear suitable for iPhone OLED screen production" AppleInsider 8:21 AM
  • "iCloud Keychain encryption bug exposes iOS passwords, credit card numbers: A flaw in iCloud's end-to-end security put iOS users' information at risk. Here's how to stay safe." TechRepublic 9:00 AM
  • "Apple iOS 11 will finally free people's iPhones from terrible WiFi networks" The Independent 9:26 AM
  • "Apple iOS 11 will intelligently manage your Wi-Fi connections" Neowin 9:24 AM
  • "Chip demand from non-Apple camp slows" DigiTimes 8:17 AM
  • "Competitors waiting to see the iPhone 8 before they make future plans – chip suppliers" 9to5Mac 8:17 AM
  • "Rivals adopt wait-and-see approach, believe iPhone 8 will 'come with revolutionary features'" iDownload Blog 9:04 AM
  • "Download: iOS 11 Beta 4 Released For Devs, Here Are The Details" Redmond Pie 12:05 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11 to Developers" MacRumors 12:05 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11 Beta 4 to Developers [Download] iClarified 12:05 PM
  • "Fourth beta of watchOS 4 for Apple Watch seeded to developers" iDownload Blog 12:19 PM
  • "Apple Seeds watchOS 4 Beta 4 to Developers [Download] iClarified 12:19 PM
  • "tvOS 11 developer beta 4 for Apple TV now available" 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
  • "iOS 11 prevents your iPhone from automatically connecting to patchy Wi-Fi: Goodbye Xfinity hot spot pop-ups" The Verge 9:38 PM
  • "Apple Exchanging Some 2012 and Early 2013 MacBook Pros Needing Battery Service With Newer Models" MacRumors 2:51 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:12 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:12 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:12 AM

  • "Apple MacBook (2017)" ["The ever-slim Apple MacBook gets a faster processor and remains a battery life champ, but a persistent dearth of connectivity ports makes it unappealing compared with the similarly priced MacBook Pro and Windows competitors."] PC Magazine 9:26 AM
  • "The Rock made a 4-minute 'movie' with Apple about Siri — here's our review" Business Insider 10:01 AM
  • "An iPod Shuffle for Spotify is surprisingly essential" Engadget 12:18 PM
  • "Pokémon Go Fest could have been great—Instead, it was a disaster: Busted servers and strained cell connections ruined the game's Chicago birthday bash." Macworld 9:24 AM
  • "Review: Steve Jobs of Apple, Tech Visionary, Has Glitches as an Opera" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:21 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The most improved Apple app in iOS 11" The Loop 9:38 PM
  • "How to use the Medical ID feature in Apple's iOS Health app" AppleInsider 7:23 PM
  • "How to Speed Up Typing on the iPhone and Increase Productive with SwiftKey" iPhone Hacks 6:22 PM
  • "How to download your SoundCloud music all at once" Cult of Mac 3:51 PM
  • "How to fix the iPhone No Service error while roaming" Cult of Mac 2:10 PM
  • "How to incorporate cool lighting into your iPhone photography" iMore 11:19 AM
  • "How to Stop New Apps From Automatically Installing on Your Apple Watch" MacTrast 8:17 AM
  • "Learn More About Folder Notifications With 3D Touch" The Mac Observer 5:43 PM
  • "Using Your Phone to Scan Pictures of Prints" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:06 PM
  • "Apple Is Likely To Switch To In-House Screens" Seeking Alpha 3:44 PM
  • "How Apple Hurts its Enemies by Launching iPhone 8 Late"  Apple Must 10:44 AM
  • "Latest iPhone 8 renders imagine a seamless status bar around the sensor 'notch'" 9to5Mac 3:44 PM
  • "Video: A closer look at what one case maker expects Apple's 'iPhone 8' will look like" AppleInsider 2:10 PM
  • "Case maker 'highly confident' on Apple's final 'iPhone 8' design, doubling down on production" AppleInsider 9:28 AM
  • "Apple Pay Is Safer Than You Think: 5 Facts To Prove It" MakeUseOf 9:26 AM
  • "Analyst said Apple could be obsolete in 3-10 years (yeah, and I could be President)" Apple World Today 8:12 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Roomba developer iRobot looking to sell owner's room data to Apple to bolster HomeKit" AppleInsider 2:51 PM
  • "70 Year Old Artist Creates Art Tools for the iPad Pro & Apple Pencil" MacPrices 11:53 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of July 23: Favorite Apps, Technology Futures, and Editing John Wick" The MUG Center 9:12 AM
  • "Apple Pay Takes to the Skies With Ryanair" Apple Must 8:50 AM
  • "Functional, Flexible and Fun 2018 Honda Ridgeline Arriving at Dealerships Just in Time for Summer Tailgating Season" ["Available advanced technologies include an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, HD Radio®, SiriusXM® 2.0, up to four USB ports and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™."] PRNewswire 9:28 AM
  • "comScore Ranks the Top U.S. Smartphone Apps for June 2017" PRNewswire 8:41 AM
  • "Introducing PHOOZY, the World's First Thermal Capsules™ to Summer Proof Smartphones" PRNewswire 8:40 AM
  • "J.C. Penney has started accepting Apple Pay nationwide" Dallas Morning News [Paid Membership Required] 9:24 AM
  • "JCPenney Credit Card and JCPenney Rewards Loyalty Program Among First to Seamlessly Integrate with Apple Pay" GlobeNewswire 8:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 only slightly more popular than Windows XP among firms" TechRepublic 9:03 AM
  • "Dear Microsoft, please don't kill Paint" The Next Web 9:00 AM
  • "Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years" The Guardian 9:00 AM
  • "Windows 10 to dump Paint and Outlook Express in the recycle bin" TechRadar UK 9:00 AM
  • "Microsoft Uses AI Bug Hunter To Detect Security Risks | Silicon UK" Silicon UK 8:59 AM
  • "IBM X-Force Red Launches IoT and Connected Car Security Services" eWeek 8:38 AM
  • "IBM launches new security testing services for IoT, automotive" ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "Quad-core Intel processors will be coming to Ultrabooks soon" Neowin 9:14 PM
  • "The Intel Kaby Lake-X i7 7740X and i5 7640X Review: The New Single-Threaded Champion, OC to 5GHz" AnandTech 8:29 AM
  • "Intel principal engineer François Piednoël quits after 20 years" bit-tech 8:28 AM
  • "Intel and Apple gang-up on Qualcomm, with Intel accusing Qualcom of abusing its position" Computing 8:28 AM
  • "Intel adds to Qualcomm legal woes" Telecoms 8:28 AM
  • "Intel sides with Apple, accuses Qualcomm of abusing chip monopoly" The Inquirer 8:27 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-7960X Vs AMD Threadripper 1950X Geekbench 4.0 Score Comparison" SegmentNext 8:25 AM
  • "AMD CTO Talks About The Transition towards 7nm" Guru3D 8:24 AM
  • "AMD: 7nm shift 'the toughest process move in generations'" The Inquirer 8:24 AM
  • "Shift to 7nm 'the toughest lift in generations', says AMD CTO Mark Papermaster" V3 8:24 AM
  • "AMD's CTO on 7nm, Chip Stacks" EE Times 8:23 AM
  • "Buy Oracle Financial Services Software, target Rs 3,818: Sarvendra Srivastava" The Economic Times 8:22 AM
  • "Oracle Expands On-Premises Cloud Service with New SaaS and PaaS Applications" The Fast Mode 8:21 AM
  • "No Longer The Only Woman In The Room: Lessons From Cisco's Michele Guel" Forbes 8:20 AM
  • "TIM contracts Cisco for network upgrade" Telegeography 8:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why You Should Sell Your Apple Shares Before The Next iPhone Release" Seeking Alpha 6:48 PM
  • "Here's Your Bearish Apple iPhone 8 Note Just Days Before Earnings" TheStreet 9:25 AM
Industry News
  • "Nasdaq closes at record as tech stocks shake off broader weakness: IMF cuts U.S. growth view" MarketWatch 4:15 PM
  • "Nasdaq Seals New Record, While GE Drags on Dow Again" TheStreet 4:15 PM
  • "Nasdaq, tech shine as earnings pick up; Dow, S&P lag" Reuters 4:14 PM
  • "Dow Falls as Investors Await Another Round of Earnings Reports: The blue-chip index logs its third straight session of declines" [Paid Membership Required] 4:14 PM
  • "Japan, Aussie stocks knocked by weak dollar, commodity prices: Asian shares began the trading week modestly lower, with stocks in Japan and Australia badly underperforming Monday as additional declines in the U.S. dollar continued to weigh on investor sentiment." MarketWatch 7:10 AM
  • "European stocks stumble, ending at 2-week low: European stocks closed lower Monday, with shares of German auto makers and Dutch firm Gemalto NV among those pushing the market to its weakest finish in two weeks." MarketWatch 11:50 AM

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