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Tuesday Highlights: Qualcomm lawyers were able to get Apple to admit they had no other choice for 4G modem components; due to iPhone XR sales issues, Japan Display seeks help from Taiwan and China's Silk Road Fund, report also notes Apple said to go OLED on all iPhones by 2020; and Foxconn looking at India for iPhone assembly; Adam Engst asks if Apple will fill void in speech recognition now that Nuance has left macOS; once again, Fortune crowns Apple #1 most admired company in world for 12th year straight—reports in our General Interest section; lawsuit settled between Apple, Valencell over accusation Apple stole tech for Apple Watch; Apple expands Apple Pay to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and more; "Flexgate", the name iFixit assigns to new MacBook Pro "stage light" design flaw; iPhone XS Max and original iPhone X #4 and #10, respectively, in DxOMark's selfie camera scores.

  • "Here's What Apple's Secret 'Large Project' It's Investing Heavily In Might Be: CEO Tim Cook was coy when asked for details on Apple's efforts around autonomous systems." TheStreet 7:17 AM
  • "Conjecture Regarding the Precise Details of the iPhone D22 Display Resolution"  Daring Fireball 7:07 AM
  • "New iPhone could spell huge returns for Welsh tech wizards" Telegraph 2:28 PM
  • "How Apple could become a $1 trillion company"  TechCrunch 4:23 PM
  • "Apple Plans to Release a Cellular-Capable Watch to Break iPhone Ties"  Bloomberg 8/4
  • "Apple Said to Ready Watch With Cellular Connection" [Video Report] Bloomberg 8/4
  • "Apple to launch watches that can make calls: Bloomberg" Reuters 8/4
  • "Apple Plans to Release Watch With Wireless Functionality: New watch would no longer have to be paired with an iPhone" [Paid Membership Required] 8/4
  • "Report: Next Apple Watch to gain LTE connectivity, all new form factor" ZDNet 8/4
  • "Apple Has Triggered This Major Phenomenon That Is Preventing Many Malls From Dying: Clothing, food, furniture and cosmetics stores couldn't ask for a better neighbor than Apple, which means more sales all around."  TheStreet 8/4
  • "Apple faces test of time on iPhone's decade"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8/4
  • "The iPad's popularity is on the rise, and it's all thanks to cheaper prices: Apple's tablet saw sales growth last quarter for the first time in three years, and we have the fifth-generation iPad—priced at $329—to thank." Macworld 8/4
  • "iPad is on top of the tablet world once more" Cult of Mac 8/4
  • "Is Apple at Risk of Falling from the Top 5 in China?" Market Realist 8/4
  • "Apple: trillion dollar baby" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8/4
  • "10 tips to help you get around your Mac, fast" Apple Must 9:34 AM
  • "Extracting High Resolution Still Images From Video Using Kyno" 8/4
  • "How to Use Tags in macOS and iOS 11" Apple Must 8/4
  • "How to use tables in Note in macOS High Sierra" iMore 8/4
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Desktop Backgrounds" MacMost 8/4
  • "How To Change Your User Agent To Mac Or Windows" AddictiveTips 8/4
  • "Taking Your AutoCorrect Entries With You: Q. I have years of personal AutoCorrect data entries I have made for Microsoft Word. Is it possible to transfer these settings to another computer running Word?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8/4
  • "What's Wrong with the Touch Bar"  TidBITS 8/4
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 9.7 (El Capitan Edition) has been released." Maintain 8/4
  • "SIG: Dassault Systemes' Spatial Corp Releases Updated Modeling Kernel" Architosh 8/4
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "More pictures of Apple's custom badge reader for Apple Park pop up in FCC filing" AppleInsider 7:01 PM
  • "AirPods see slight improvement in shipping time from Apple's Online Store" 9to5Mac 11:29 AM
  • "Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps: Service Workers land in WebKit, clearing way for better in-browser applications"  The Register 8/4
  • "What the Apple store has to teach us about the miserable future of the electric car" Quartz 8/4
  • "At Apple's new summer camp, high school kids can build the next big thing" The Verge 8/4
  • "Worldwide AR/VR market will grow from $11B today to $215B by 2021, predicts IDC" 9to5Mac 8/4
  • "50%+ millennials think Apple Pay/mobile is the future of payments" Apple Must 8/4
  • "Frowning Poo and 66 Other New Emojis Proposed for Potential Release in 2018's Unicode 11" MacRumors 8/4
  • "Video shows pilot sending image from iPhone to second plane at 35,000 feet with AirDrop" AppleInsider 8/4
  • "The Rock shows off Siri's HomeKit and language support in new Apple videos" iDownload Blog 8/4
  • "The Rock and Siri Speak Mandarin, Turn on the Gym Lights" The Mac Observer 8/4
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs acknowledges MobileMe failure" Cult of Mac 8/4
Non-Apple News
  • "Children consuming online time 'like junk food'" BBC 9:05 PM
  • "Bitcoin breaks $3,000 to reach new all-time high" TechCrunch 7:13 AM
  • "Mystery Bluetooth LE device from Google shows up in FCC filing" 9to5Google 8/4
  • "FBI warns on IP addresses: The FBI sent out a flash notice in late July warning of a broad persistent cyberattack campaign backed by a group with assets based in Iran targeting U.S., Middle Eastern, and European networks." Federal Computer Week 8/4
  • "Ajit Pai's anti-net neutrality plan gets the facts and law wrong, lawmakers say: FCC accused of prioritizing 'raw dollars' over small businesses and consumers."  Ars Technica 8/4
  • "New Google Pixel 2 leak shows off a phone that looks nothing like its flagship rivals" BGR 8/4
  • "Fitbit for the blind: Echolocation-based smartwatch aids sightless steps" Ars Technica 8/4
  • "All future Lenovo phones will run stock Android instead of the custom Vibe Pure UI skin" 9to5Google 8/4
  • "Google might kill URLs in mobile search and ruin things for everyone" The Next Web 8/4
  • "What it's like to play Super Mario in AR, and why it matters: Mario on a HoloLens is weird and tiring: and it's also the future" CNET 8/4
  • "'Hero' hacker who stopped global cyberattack busted by feds" New York Post 8/4
  • "Russian jailed for hijacking thousands of PCs" BBC 8/4
  • "Podcast: SIGGRAPH AMD and nVIDIA, Apple and Tesla Earnings" Tech.pinions 7:16 AM
  • "Elon ... Why. - The TouchArcade Show #318" Touch Arcade 8/4
  • "Your video, 'More iPhone 8 leaks hint at ultrasharp video recording for both cameras (AB Extra Crunchy, Ep. 94)'" CNET 8/4
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 131 | Apple leaks the iPhone 8, HomePod tidbits & Q3 earnings beat" 9to5Mac 8/4
  • "Smartphones and Teenage Depression, Wireless Mesh Networks -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-04" The Mac Observer 8/4
  • "Big, juicy iPhone 8 leaks—straight from Apple—this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8/4
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks Q3 earnings, HomePod firmware reveals on 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 8/4
  • "CNET UK podcast 526: iPhone 8 gossip and the future of rail travel" CNET 8/4
  • "Mozilla CEO says new Firefox browser delivers 'a big bang'" CNET 8/4
  • "Apple TV 4K HDR confirmed in iOS 11 code" SlashGear 4:19 PM
  • "Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision revealed by HomePod firmware" AppleInsider 7:02 PM
  • "Apple planning a cellular-capable Watch that cuts reliance on iPhone: report" MarketWatch 2:29 PM
  • "Purported 'iPhone 8' production photo shows L-shaped battery, wireless charging coil" AppleInsider 2:34 PM
  • "Apple leak allegedly reveals secret details about the iPhone 8: Good work, developer minions." Digital Spy 2:27 PM
  • "Face ID on the iPhone 8 may work even when the device is laying flat..." 9to5Mac 7:01 PM
  • "Apple has reportedly given up trying to put Touch ID in the iPhone 8 display" TechRadar UK 8:27 AM
  • "Apple nixes plans to incorporate under-glass Touch ID in 'iPhone 8,' insider says" AppleInsider 7:11 AM
  • "Apple may integrate Service Workers into WebKit, support next-gen web apps in Safari" AppleInsider 7:11 AM
  • "'iPhone 7s' dummy model depicts glass back design as rumored for Apple's new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Exclusive: Apple Is Now Working With This Key Google-Backed App Technology" Fortune 8/4
  • "Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home" ["He then dropped the bombshell: 'Starting with iOS 11, we are now introducing an alternate method to authenticate HomeKit accessories. Now accessories can be authenticated by software!' he said with a flourish, eliciting a small smattering of applause. 'This provides a great option to enable HomeKit and shipping accessories that can be upgraded to HomeKit.'"] The Register 8/4
  • "10 huge iPhone 8 details we learned from Apple's HomePod leak: It's like the iPhone 4 all over again." Macworld 8/4
  • "iPhone 8 may get killer video upgrade, makes showing off your vacation even easier: 4K resolution at 60 frames per second would make iPhone videos crystal clear and buttery smooth." CNET 8/4
  • "iPhone 8 leaks don't have all the answers, as the display remains a mystery" BGR 8/4
  • "iPhone 8's 3D facial scanner might be used to authenticate Apple Pay transactions" iDownload Blog 8/4
  • "AirPods Now Ship in 4 Weeks, Finally Down From 6 Weeks Estimate Since December" MacRumors 8/4
  • "Apple searches for the next big thing" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8/4
  • "Report: Apple's AR glasses product may rely on iPhone for main display, use 3D cameras" 9to5Mac 8/4
  • "Apple experimenting with 'several different types' of augmented reality glasses - report" AppleInsider 8/4
  • "Wistron to expand production in India for smaller iPhone assembly" ["The sources told CNA Thursday that Apple Inc. has set its sights on the growing Indian market by pushing for shipments of the smartphone model in a bid to double the iPhone's market share in the country over the next five years."] Central News Agency 8/4
  • "Apple may give the iPhone SE a speed boost early next year" 9to5Mac 8/4
  • "We Might Get iPhone SE 2 In Early 2018" Redmond Pie 8/4
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/4
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/4
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/4

  • "Apple MacBook 2017 review - Dazzling design and extra power comes at a price" Express UK 12:02 PM
  • "Best Lightning cables for your iPhone" ZDNet 8:26 AM
  • "Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappoints" AppleInsider 7:11 AM
  • "Review: Action Band for Apple Watch offers sharp design and superb comfort for $25" 9to5Mac 8/4
  • "Review: Amped Wireless ALLY Whole Home Smart Wi-Fi System" iLounge 8/4
  • "Autonomous Smart Desk 2 Review: A Premium, Programmable Sit-Stand Wonder" HotHardware 8/4
  • "Cable Matters 72W 4-Port USB Charger with USB-C Power Delivery review" Macworld 8/4
  • "The G.Skill KM570 µΧ Mechanical Keyboard Review: Sturdy & Efficient" AnandTech 8/4
  • "V-Moda Remix review: A little too much of a good thing" TechHive 8/4
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Video: See instant markup and notes with Apple Pencil in iOS 11 on iPad Pro" AppleInsider 8/4
  • "Friday 5: ScreenFlow 7 adds dark mode, custom hotkeys, Intel Quick Sync support, and more [Video] 9to5Mac 8/4
  • "'Time Crash' Review - A Solid Runner You Should Spend Your Time With" Touch Arcade 8/4
  • "How To Turn Off Alerts For Memories In Photos On iOS" AddictiveTips 4:12 PM
  • "How to Turn Off or Customize Notifications in iOS: Want to silence or adjust those iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch alerts? Here's how." PC Magazine 7:16 AM
  • "How to Get Weather Info for Locations from Maps on iPhone" OS X Daily 8/4
  • "How to use iCloud Keychain to sync passwords across Apple devices" Cult of Mac 8/4
  • "Geek 101: How to transfer music from iTunes to Android" PC Magazine 8/4
  • "How to sell your used iPhone: Find a buyer before the new one gets announced" The Verge 8/4
  • "This tweak hides your Safari history without Private Browsing mode" iDownload Blog 8/4
  • "How to Share Your Calendars From iPhone and iPad" PC Magazine 8/4
  • "If your Apple earphones always fall out, this is for you" Mashable 7:16 AM
  • "Quick and Dirty Way to Add Limited Symbols to 1Password Passwords" The Mac Observer 8/4
  • "Apple TV 5 rumor roundup: Everything you need to know!" iMore 8:58 PM
  • "Here are 67 new emoji that could come to iOS next year [Gallery] 9to5Mac 2:34 PM
  • "All the major cases where an LTE-enabled Apple Watch would be great" TechCrunch 2:27 PM
  • "Apple Music 'Making No Dent' In Spotify... But That's Not The Bigger Picture" music:)ally 7:17 AM
  • "Understanding Apple In A Dysfunctional Media Sphere" Seeking Alpha 7:05 AM
  • "Should Apple abandon original video? [Friday Night Fight] Cult of Mac 8/4
  • "Apple Watch: New Model Will Have Own LTE Chip" Time 8/4
  • "Apple wants to make it impossible for anyone to snoop on your iPhone screen" BGR 8/4
  • "This Apple leak is like nothing we've ever seen before" ["We speak, of course, of the pre-release HomePod firmware uploaded to a public server last week. According to The Guardian, this was only supposed to be disseminated internally, but, ya know, oops."]  Mashable 8/4
  • "Businessweek: Apple Plans to Release a Cellular-Capable Watch" ["It's hard to overstate just how big a deal this could be. No mention in Businessweek's report, though, of the all-new form factor that I've heard is coming for this year's new watches."] Daring Fireball 8/4
  • "Why are Apple and Microsoft against users having the right to repair their broken devices? - Video" ZDNet 8/4
  • "How Apple Frittered Away its Early Lead With Apple TV Games" The Mac Observer 8/4
  • "I broke my iPhone 7, and I'm so glad I didn't have AppleCare+" iMore 8/4
  • "Smartphone use has radical impact on mental health of teens, claims San Diego SU psych professor" 9to5Mac 8/4
  • "Apple Makes it Clear Services are a Key Part of its Business Model" The Mac Observer 8/4
  • "Where Apple Services would fit in the Fortune 100" Apple 3.0 8/4
  • "iPhone 8 Notch: Should Apple Hide It Or Embrace It?" Redmond Pie 8/4
  • "How Apple might deal with the iPhone 8's biggest design compromise" BGR 8/4
  • "This monster gaming PC shows us what it takes to barely play games at 16K" Neowin 7:13 AM
  • "The Burgeoning Commercial VR Opportunity" Tech.pinions 8/4
  • "I was a professional athlete, and even I can't make wearables useful" Mashable 8/4
  • "Hands-on: Sony's Xperia Touch turns (nearly) any surface into a touchscreen" Mashable 8/4
  • "Commentary: Can Samsung Foundry unseat TSMC?" ["Orders from Apple used to make the largest contributor to Samsung's foundry business revenues. The focus shifted away from Apple and other international vendors is another strategic move of Samsung Foundry seeking its sustainable development and growth."] DigiTimes 8/4
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis" GoComics 8/4
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming August 5: Gene Steinberg meets Adam Engst of TidBITS and Derek Kessler of, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8/4
  • "Natoora Launches Revolutionary App for Chefs" prMac 8/4
  • "Best Second Phone Number Apps for iPhone to Hide Primary Number" prMac 8/4
  • "PikPok Coming Soon Page Teases an Upcoming Thriller" Touch Arcade 8/4
  • "Multi-Touch Screen Market to Reach $16 Billion by 2023 - Analysis By Technology, Application & Geography - Research and Markets" Business Wire 8/4
  • "'Checkmate!' App for iMessage is Apple's Free App of the Week" MacTrast 8/4
  • "Get Ready For iPhone Wireless Charging with this Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad" Apple World Today 8/4
  • "'Canabalt' Gets 64-bit Update Ahead of iOS 11" Touch Arcade 8/4
Computer Industry
  • "Intel: Turning The Corner? We'll Soon Find Out" Seeking Alpha 7:03 AM
  • "Patent suggests Microsoft worked on gesture and eye-tracking accessory for the Surface Pro" MSPoweruser 7:02 PM
  • "Skype for Android Picks Up Dark Theme, More" Thurrott 7:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Band 2 owners are experiencing syncing problems" MSPoweruser 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft reveals Spotify for Xbox One app" The Verge 2:29 PM
  • "Microsoft now lets Xbox One users change their home console up to 5 times a year" MSPoweruser 4:16 PM
  • "HP Windows headset dev kit hands-on: the appeal of first-party VR" VentureBeat 1:11 PM
  • "Next Windows 10 update will let you control your computer with your eyes" Express UK 8/4
  • "Windows 10 Eye Control Will Let Users Control Their Pcs With Their Eyes" Digital Trends 8/4
  • "Windows 10 eye-tracking feature goes into open beta for Microsoft's Windows Insiders" Computing 8/4
  • "Microsoft Bundles New Eye Tracking Tech with Latest Windows 10 Preview" DeviceMAG 8/4
  • "Microsoft Eye Control Turns Gaming Tool Into a Lifeline for Disabled" eWeek 8/4
  • "What Does the Move to GAAP Reporting Mean for Microsoft?" Investopedia 8/4
  • "Microsoft is using AI to track down health problems in India" MSPoweruser 8/4
  • "Dell CIO warns IT employees: No organisation can reskill you, do it yourself or be ready to leave" The Economic Times 8/4
  • "Dell wants no scraps with its channel" Channel Eye 8/4
  • "IBM Faces Challenging Road to Meet Profitability Targets" TheStreet 8/4
  • "Sony and IBM collaborate to develop 330TB tape storage" Hexus 8/4
  • "HP revolutionises retail experience with POS system" Ani News 8/4
  • "Intel Corporation Scores Another Major Design Win at Apple Inc." The Motley Fool 8/4
  • "Leaked Intel slides show Coffee Lake processors for mainstream PC market" PC Retail 8/4
  • "Intel 18-Core i9-7980XE Release Date Pushed To October" Guru3D 8/4
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper X399 motherboards compared: Specs, prices, and features" PCWorld 8/4
  • "Nvidia Has Little to Fear From AMD's Latest High-End Graphics Chips" TheStreet 8/4
  • "AMD Vega Mining Performance Is 'Insanely Good' But Does It Matter?" SegmentNext 8/4
  • "Oh crap... the AMD Vega is 'insanely good' at cryptocurrency mining" PCGamesN 8/4
  • "Unannounced Threadripper 1920 leaked by AMD hardware partners" Hexus 8/4
  • "AMD's Largest Shareholder Sells 40 Million Shares" Investopedia 8/4
  • "Mubadala Investment sells shares in AMD" The National 8/4
  • "Abu Dhabi's Mubadala sells second stake in U.S. chipmaker AMD" Reuters 8/4
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Noticing Negatives; Apple Viewpoint: Best of Kass" TheStreet 8/4
  • "Apple's iPhone And The Fall In The US Trade Deficit Explained" Forbes 8/4
  • "It's Time to Sell Apple Stock: Analysts expect Apple shares to soar, but history suggests the most-valuable U.S. company records limited returns" [Paid Membership Required] 8/4
  • "Apple Inc. Stock Just Got Scarier Ahead of the iPhone 8 Launch" InvestorPlace 8/4
  • "Here's how Apple and related Tech Stocks could be trading by Labor Day" CNBC 8/4
Industry News
  • "Dow ends at record for 8th straight day, powered by jobs report: Payrolls not seen changing the outlook for Fed action" MarketWatch 8/4
  • "Dow on Path to 8th Straight Record Close After Solid Jobs Number" TheStreet 8/4
  • "Dow chalks up eighth record close in a row" Reuters 8/4
  • "U.S. Stocks End the Week Higher: Investors encouraged by Friday's strong jobs report" [Paid Membership Required] 8/4
  • "Dollar has best day since January after strong jobs report: The U.S. dollar spiked on Friday, rebounding off a near-15-month low on Friday after the closely watched U.S. jobs report topped expectations, which was seen as clearing a path for the Federal Reserve to tighten its balance sheet." MarketWatch 8/4
  • "European stocks hold steady, with U.S. jobs update in focus: European stocks ebbed slightly lower Friday, as losses for Swiss Re AG and British home builders hit the regional index, as investors focused on the U.S. monthly jobs report due later." MarketWatch 8/4

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