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Friday 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.

  • "5 Reasons a $1,400 iPhone Isn't Crazy: There is plenty for iPhone haters to hate about a supersize price tag, but economic fundamentals would justify it" [Paid Membership Required] 10:03 AM
  • "iPhone's Toughest Rival in China Is WeChat, a Messaging App: undermining their need for a new iPhone" [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Wall Street braced for iPhone delays as Apple leaps forward"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:58 AM
  • "Apple issues statement regarding removal of unlicensed VPN apps in China" ["Earlier this year China's MIIT announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government. ¬†We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations. These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business."]  TechCrunch 4:14 PM
  • "Apple's capitulation to China's VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home"  TechCrunch 12:12 PM
  • "Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store to comply with government" ZDNet 12:58 PM
  • "Apple axing VPN services from China App Store" Al Jazeera 9:21 AM
  • "Apple removes VPN Apps from China App Store"  ExpressVPN 7/29
  • "Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China" TechCrunch 7/29
  • "Apple Removes Apps That Allowed China Users to Get Around Filters: Popular apps giving users access to virtual private networks disappear from the mainland China version of Apple's App Store" [Paid Membership Required] 7/29
  • "Apple is removing VPN services from China App Store: providers" Reuters 7/29
  • "Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/29
  • "Companies say Apple removed their privacy apps from China" Associated Press 7/29
  • "Samsung another step closer to design patent damages retrial: Judge Koh finds no waiver" ["So the court is now dealing with the fallout of the first Apple v. Samsung matter that had made it to the top U.S. court while the Department of Justice is determining what positions to take on three issues raised in connection with the second Apple v. Samsung case."]  Foss Patents 7/29
  • "Apple is about to do something their programmers definitely don't want./Apple spent $5 billion on a beautiful new office, Apple Park. So it's amazing they're about to make an extremely costly, avoidable mistake: putting their coders in an open-plan layout."  Medium: Fog Creek Software 7/29
  • "Apple Updates XProtect to Block New Leverage Malware Variant" Intego 7/28
  • "Hands on: FileMaker Pro 16 adds design and integration features to long-time Mac database app" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "This ingeniously simple device could help kids and even adults learn to code" Yahoo! Finance 8:12 AM
  • "How to Install Tor Browser for Mac and Protect Your Online Activity" iDrop News 7/29
  • "How to sync your Lightroom exports with Photos on Mac" iMore 7/29
  • "12 Best Mac (Word Processor) Writing Apps for 2017 (Free + Paid)" Envato Tuts+ 7/29
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: The last one" Macworld 7/28
  • "How to use Universal Clipboard to copy a file on one Mac and paste it to another in macOS High Sierra" iMore 7/28
  • "10 Tips to Improve Productivity on the Mac with TextExpander" iPhone Hacks 7/28
  • "A Beginner's Guide To System Preferences" MacMost 7/28
  • "Relocating an iTunes Library" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/28
  • "On GargeBand's Potential for Podcasters" 512 Pixels 7/28
Press Releases
  • "Literature & Latte Announces Scrivener 3: a 64-bit App with Consolidated Features" The Mac Observer 7/28
  • "Geekbench 4.1.1 is now available for download, and improves the stability and performance of Geekbench. This update is recommended for all Geekbench 4 users." PrimateLabs 7/28
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple again found to be the world's top retailer in sales per square foot" 9to5Mac 7/29
  • "Apple Stores Are Earning a Staggering $5,546 per Sq Ft" iClarified 7/29
  • "iTunes hides clues that Apple is preparing to go 4K" Engadget 7/29
  • "Galaxy S8 - Why latest Apple iPhone rumour could be bad news for Samsung's flagship" Express UK 7/29
  • "When sextortion suspect refused to unlock her iPhone, the FBI stepped in" Ars Technica 7/29
Non-Apple News
  • "Niantic postpones upcoming Pokémon GO events in Europe following Chicago failure" 9to5Mac 8:36 PM
  • "Galaxy Note 8 Exclusive: Samsung's Smartphone Is Massive" Forbes 8:32 PM
  • "Putin bans VPNs to stop Russians accessing prohibited websites" Reuters 12:58 PM
  • "A disappointed Pokémon GO Fest attendee has proposed class-action lawsuit against Niantic" TechCrunch 12:55 PM
  • "Honolulu Targets Oblivious 'Smartphone Zombies' By Enacting Crosswalk Ban" HotHardware 4:12 PM
  • "Honolulu first major U.S. city to impose smartphone ban for pedestrians" Digital Trends 12:55 PM
  • "Facebook Shuts Down AI System After It Continued To Communicate In A Language Humans Can't Understand" HotHardware 4:12 PM
  • "Facebook's Sandberg calls for new policies to boost women's pay" Reuters 11:11 AM
  • "Meet The Egyptian Couple At The Forefront Of Conversational Commerce And AI" Forbes 8:37 AM
  • "The Very Best Black Hat Hacks" Wired 8:32 AM
  • "Court says politicians can't block people on social media" Engadget 8:16 AM
  • "Placing humans at center of computer optimization yields hot plasmas" Ars Technica 8:07 AM
  • "Defcon hackers find it's very easy to break voting machines: Voting is at the foundation of every democracy. Hackers find it's on shaky ground thanks to shoddy technology." CNET 7:58 AM
  • "Harrowing tales of sexual harassment from the front lines of the tech industry" Sydney Morning Herald 7/29
  • "Amazon wants their drones to tell you that your house needs work" ReadWrite 7/29
  • "Adobe Flash Is dying – here are the viral classics it brought to life" The Next Web 7/29
  • "Report: Sprint seeking merger with Charter" Axios 7/29
  • "You Might Not Miss Flash, But Videogames Will" Wired 7/29
  • "Your Own Pacemaker Can Now Testify Against You In Court" Wired 7/29
  • "Backups vs. iCloud vs. Time Machine – Mac Geek Gab 668" The Mac Observer 9:22 AM
  • "Cult of Mac Magazine: Podcasting 101, iOS beta 4 changes, Juuk's Rainbow Apple Watch band and more!" Cult of Mac 7/29
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 130 | Siri's 'movie' debut, iOS 11 updates, and the end of the iPod" 9to5Mac 7/29
  • "Podcast: AMD Earnings, Microsoft AI Silicon, Samsung, Apple Plants" Tech.pinions 7/29
  • "Apple Pressing LG to Add OLED Display Production for 2018 iPhone, Limiting Samsung's Leverage" MacRumors 8:32 PM
  • "KGI: LG Display to become Apple's second OLED panel supplier in 2018" 9to5Mac 8:32 PM
  • "Apple, Microsoft, and Google are working on their own processors to handle AI and other workloads - Video" ZDNet 9:06 PM
  • "More iPhone 8 Renders [Images] iClarified 12:12 PM
  • "HomePod Firmware Reveals Further Details on Apple's Smart Speaker" MacRumors 7/29
  • "Decryption keys released for A5 devices, allows Coolbooter support and Odysseus downgrades" Modmyi 7/29
  • "iPhone 7S: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price" CNET 7/29
  • "Alleged iPhone 8 packaging insert shows off bezel-less 'notch' screen design" 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "New leak shows iPhone 8 performance that completely crushes every Android" BGR 7/28
  • "HomePod firmware reveals new interaction details, Accessibility support, more" 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "HomePod Firmware Reveals New Details About Apple's Upcoming Smart Speaker" iClarified 7/28
  • "Apple Gets Go Ahead to Begin Testing 5G Cellular Data for its Devices" MacTrast 7/28
  • "Apple Granted License To Test 5G Wireless Tech For Future iPhone And iPad" Redmond Pie 7/28
  • "iOS 11 Promises to Fix These 10 iPhone Issues" [Slideshow] iDrop News 7/28
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/28
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/28
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/28

  • "Thinnest (and lightest) large tablets" CNET 7/29
  • "The iPod Shuffle Review (2017)" Gizmodo 7/28
  • "Siri vs. Google Assistant vs. Bixby" CNET 7/28
  • "Hands-on: Akitio's portable 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3 external storage solution turbo-charges your Mac [Video] 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "Review: H. Moser Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz is a $27,000 Apple Watch clone with zero apps" Cult of Mac 7/28
  • "Give fitness trackers a break, they helped me finish an Ironman race" Mashable 7/28
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Let Your iPhone Tell You When to Go to Bed" Wired 8:11 AM
  • "Why I switched to Chrome on my iPhone: Even though it doesn't integrate with iOS as well as Safari does, I have my reasons for preferring Google's mobile browser." CNET 7/29
  • "Watch: Drag and drop on iPad in iOS 11 beta" AppleInsider 7/29
  • "How to Stop Auto-Playing Music in Car Bluetooth from iPhone" OS X Daily 7/29
  • "How to Stop AutoPlay Videos in iOS 11"s App Store" iDrop News 7/29
  • "How To Enable iOS 10 AirPlay In Unsupported Apps" Redmond Pie 7/28
  • "How to use PayPal to make Apple content purchases - Video" ZDNet 7/28
  • "How to Watch Netflix Offline on iPhone and iPad by Downloading Shows & Movies" OS X Daily 7/28
  • "How to activate the iPhone's hidden pedometer" Cult of Mac 7/28
  • "How To Install gpSPhone Game Boy Advance Emulator On iOS 10 Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 7/28
  • "How to use the Files app in iOS 11: One of the biggest changes in Apple's new mobile OS involves how documents are handled; for the first time, iOS 11 gets a Finder-like system." Computerworld 7/28
  • "The fastest and easiest way to share GIFs to Instagram on iPhone and Android" Mashable 7/29
  • "Use your phone abroad without breaking the bank: In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon sorts out value options for accessing the internet while abroad." CNET 7/29
  • "This New Feature Coming to iOS 11 Will Make Typing So Much Easier" Popsugar 7/28
  • "Chart of the week: Why Apple killed the iPod" Apple 3.0 8:10 AM
  • "Goodbye, iPhone: My new $180 Android is good enough/Could a model that's less than one-fourth the price of an iPhone possibly deliver the same mobile experience? I decided to find out." CNET 8:01 AM
  • "Apple bows to China's Great Firewall: What critics are saying" Apple 3.0 7/29
  • "The iPod shuffle's death marks the end of an era for physical buttons" The Verge 7/29
  • "iPad Dictation Access with the Apple Smart Keyboard" Macdrifter 7/29
  • "The impossiphone: All the failings of the iPhone 8" Macworld 7/29
  • "Donald Trump Can Now Blame Apple for Atlantic's Reporting" TheStreet 7/28
  • "With iOS 11, Apple's iPad Really Could Be Your Next Computer" The Mac Observer 7/28
  • "Is it too late to convince Apple to add mouse support in iOS 11?" Apple World Today 7/28
  • "Here's Why Apple Discontinued the iPod Nano and Shuffle" Zacks 7/28
  • "The iPod was my last physical connection to music: The streaming era has taken some of the thrill out of being a music fan."  Engadget 7/28
  • "Apple's meager iPod touch boost" Six Colors 7/28
  • "Apple's iPod Nano & Shuffle Are Officially Dead, And It Was Time For Them To Go" Forbes 7/28
  • "The Coming Failure Of Apple TV" Mac 360 7/28
  • "Everything Apple Is Too Complicated" Mac 360 7/28
  • "There should be different versions of the Apple TV (Apple TV Pro, anyone?)" Apple World Today 7/28
  • "Why Apple should make a cheaper, streamlined Apple TV: As the fourth-generation Apple TV approaches the two-year mark, perhaps it's time for Apple to take another look at its set-top box."  Macworld 7/28
  • "Sega Genesis Flashback: can it pull off my 16-bit childhood in HD? - Video" CNET 8:10 AM
  • "Playing old Atari games in HD isn't as great as you think - Video" CNET 8:10 AM
  • "Ad blockers are digging their own graves" VentureBeat 7/29
  • "Opinion: Motorola has lost sight of what the Moto X originally stood for" 9to5Google 7/29
  • "How the podcast boom is finally forcing radio to become more diverse" Mashable 7/29
  • "The Inside Story Of SoundCloud's Collapse" BuzzFeed 7/28
  • "Why you need a password manager - Video" ZDNet 7/28
  • "Alienware Area-51 Ryzen Threadripper Edition Hands-On With Benchmark Annihilation" HotHardware 7/28
  • "Opinion: The Essential Phone still looks great, but it's quickly running out of time" 9to5Google 7/28
  • "Samsung Galaxy S8 Showdown: Exynos 8895 vs. Snapdragon 835, Performance & Battery Life Tested" AnandTech 7/28
  • "Sega Genesis Flashback review: Sega Genesis Flashback made me appreciate the NES Classic even more" CNET 7/28
  • "Taiwan's No. 1 Billionaire, Wisconsin's Scott Walker Now Need To Deliver On $10B Project" Forbes 7/28
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Ten jailbreak tweaks to check out this weekend: Nomoji, PremiumPlay, & more..." iDownload Blog 8:07 AM
  • "New iOS 10.2 Jailbreak Tweaks: WeatherStatusBar10, Nomoji, ConditionalWiFi2, PremiumPlay, More" Redmond Pie 7/29
  • "Would you be interested in an updated iPod classic/shuffle/nano with Apple Music support? [Poll] 9to5Mac 7/29
  • "Zombie Raider Of Ra is Now Available on Android and iOS" prMac 7/29
  • "Microsoft's 'Continue on PC' for Windows 10 now available for iOS" BetaNews 7/29
  • "Retrofit Your MacBook Air 13.3 For Touchscreen Support With AirBar" MacPrices 7/28
  • "Fitbit's Apple Watch competitor will offer third-party apps & 'app gallery' at launch - CEO" AppleInsider 7/28
  • "No more Nanos? No more Shuffles? No problem/If you're among the (admittedly select) few mourning the passing of Apple's little MP3 players, fear not: There are alternatives. Cheap alternatives. Plus: a sync/charge cable with a Lightning and Micro-USB connector on the same tip!" CNET 7/28
  • "Now you can buy concert merchandise from a vending machine using Apple Pay [Video] 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "Mileage Tracking Apps For iPhone" AppAdvice 7/28
  • "Cutanea Life Sciences Unveils 'Facing Forward™,' New Mobile Application for Acne Patients" PRNewswire 7/28
  • "Apple Pay coming to many more small online stores through Weebly integration" 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "Find out how to cook a meal just by pointing your smartphone at it" Mashable 7/28
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft And The Dynamics Of Enterprise Software" Seeking Alpha 8:17 AM
  • "This major Windows 10 update will bring joy to millions of Apple fans: Microsoft reveals major update that will allow Apple's iPhone to link and share directly with Windows 10 PCs." Express UK 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft's Latest iPhone Announcement Backfires Fast, Angers Windows Phone Fans: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore came under fire earlier this week when he denied the hate for Windows Phone, and now a new iPhone announcement posted on Twitter backfired in a matter of minutes." Softpedia 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft won't patch SMBv1 flaw that only an idiot would expose" The Register 8:30 PM
  • "The Mistakes Of Windows Phone, The Dream Of Windows 10 S" Forbes 8:37 PM
  • "You Can Still Install MS Paint After Microsoft's New Update" Lifehacker UK 8:28 AM
  • "Here's Why Intel Corporation Didn't Guide Margin Higher" The Motley Fool 12:13 PM
  • "Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K and Core i5-8600K Clock Speeds Leaked – 4.7 GHz For The Flagship on a Single Core, 4.3 GHz Across All Six Cores" WCCFTech 9:37 AM
  • "Computing shifts may rearrange pecking order for Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, Nvidia, chipmakers" ZDNet 9:07 PM
  • "Dell releases a $500 HDR monitor! But it's not actually HDR.." The Indian Talks 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft Corporation: The Transition Beyond Windows Continues" InvestorPlace 7/29
  • "Windows 10 is 2 years old today!" OnMSFT 7/29
  • "AMD shows off Radeon RX Vega with a mysterious 'Holocube'" PCWorld 7/29
  • "AMD RX Vega Graphics Card Revealed: Liquid-Cooled And Air-Cooled Models Coming In August" Forbes 7/29
  • "Google and Facebook Still Reign Over Digital Advertising" Wired 7/29
  • "Kasparov: 'Embrace' the AI revolution" BBC 7/29
  • "Steve Bannon Pushing For Tech Companies To Be Regulated As Utilities" Yahoo Tech 7/29
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple, Tesla and More Companies Reporting This Week" 24/7 Wall St. 9:36 AM
  • "BoE rate decision, Apple third-quarter earnings" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:21 AM
  • "4 Key Metrics To Watch For In Apple's June Quarter Results" Forbes 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Stock Could Finally See Impact of Apple TV With 4K Device" InvestorPlace 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Invests $2.7 Billion in LG to Keep the iPhone Party Going" InvestorPlace 7/29
  • "Apple could save the day for Tech Stocks and the market" CNBC 7/28
  • "Handicapping Apple's earnings, fiscal Q3 2017" Apple 3.0 7/28
  • "Apple to Report Q3 Earnings: Is a Beat in Store?" Zacks 7/28
  • "Is a Surprise Coming for Apple This Earnings Season?" Zacks 7/28
  • "Analysts predicting that AAPL will next week come in at the high end of its Q3 guidance" 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "Should You Buy Apple Inc. Stock? 3 Pros, 3 Cons" InvestorPlace 7/28
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq finish lower after Amazon disappointment; Dow closes at record: Defeat for 'skinny' repeal of 'Obamacare' in Senate casts doubt on Trump plans" MarketWatch 7/28
  • "A Mixed End as Amazon, Starbucks Hold Down S&P 500 and Nasdaq" TheStreet 7/28
  • "S&P 500 dented by earnings; Dow hits record high" Reuters 7/28
  • "Nasdaq Slides, Under Pressure From Amazon: The U.S. dollar edges down after data showed U.S. economic growth picked up in the second quarter but inflation remained soft" [Paid Membership Required] 7/28
  • "Asian stocks tumble on heels of U.S. tech selloff: Asia-Pacific stock markets were hit by profit-taking Friday, after a strong week in the region and a selloff in U.S. Tech Stocks overnight." MarketWatch 7/28
  • "European stocks drop to 3-month low as UBS falls, tech worries weigh: European stocks were swept lower Friday, with Swiss bank UBS Group AG among decliners in the wake of its financial update, and the selloff was pushing the market toward a weekly loss." MarketWatch 7/28

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