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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.

  • "Apple Is Firing on All Cylinders: In what is historically a seasonally light quarter, Apple produced surprisingly strong sales that drove its stock to record levels"  The Motley Fool 7:49 AM
  • "Apple sets course for China policy minefield"  The Hindu 11:43 AM
  • "Apple's China problem highlights conundrum for tech sector" PhysOrg 7:49 AM
  • "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 8/5
  • "Conjecture Regarding the Precise Details of the iPhone D22 Display Resolution"  Daring Fireball 8/5
  • "New iPhone could spell huge returns for Welsh tech wizards" Telegraph 8/5
  • "How Apple could become a $1 trillion company"  TechCrunch 8/5
  • "How to set up iMessage on your Mac" iMore 5:23 PM
  • "10 tips to help you get around your Mac, fast" Apple Must 8/5
  • "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
  • "Video allegedly shows Apple AirDrop transmitting an in-flight photo from one cockpit to another" phoneArena 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's single sign-on feature gains nearly 440 new providers, expands to Guam and US Virgin Islands" AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "More pictures of Apple's custom badge reader for Apple Park pop up in FCC filing" AppleInsider 8/5
  • "AirPods see slight improvement in shipping time from Apple's Online Store" 9to5Mac 8/5
  • "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
  • "You can confuse self-driving cars by altering street signs: It doesn't take much to send autonomous cars crashing into each other." Engadget 6:56 PM
  • "Children consuming online time 'like junk food'" BBC 8/5
  • "Bitcoin breaks $3,000 to reach new all-time high" TechCrunch 8/5
  • "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
  • "Watch: 'iPhone 8' cameras might record 4K video at 60fps, feature 'SmartCam' AI" AppleInsider 8:35 PM
  • "'Nancy Reagan Was Right', With Special Guest Glenn Fleishman" Daring Fireball 6:56 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra Thoughts and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 669" The Mac Observer 11:54 AM
  • "Podcast: SIGGRAPH AMD and nVIDIA, Apple and Tesla Earnings" Tech.pinions 8/5
  • "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's 'iPhone 8' may do facial recognition while laying on tables & desks" AppleInsider 2:20 PM
  • "Latest reports reveal more details about iPhone 8's new 3D facial recognition technology" Neowin 12:44 PM
  • "4K Apple TV With HDR10 And Dolby Vision Confirmed In HomePod Firmware Leak" HotHardware 6:10 PM
  • "Code hints the next Apple TV will support 4K and HDR: It probably supports more HDR modes than your TV." Engadget 4:59 PM
  • "HomePod code: Dual 4K Cameras for New iPhone and 4K AppleTV with HDR10 Support" CDR Info 7:53 AM
  • "Apple TV 4K HDR confirmed in iOS 11 code" SlashGear 8/5
  • "Apple TV with 4K UHD, 10-bit HDR and Dolby Vision revealed by HomePod firmware" AppleInsider 8/5
  • "Apple planning a cellular-capable Watch that cuts reliance on iPhone: report" MarketWatch 8/5
  • "Purported 'iPhone 8' production photo shows L-shaped battery, wireless charging coil" AppleInsider 8/5
  • "Apple leak allegedly reveals secret details about the iPhone 8: Good work, developer minions." Digital Spy 8/5
  • "Face ID on the iPhone 8 may work even when the device is laying flat..." 9to5Mac 8/5
  • "Apple has reportedly given up trying to put Touch ID in the iPhone 8 display" TechRadar UK 8/5
  • "Apple nixes plans to incorporate under-glass Touch ID in 'iPhone 8,' insider says" AppleInsider 8/5
  • "Apple may integrate Service Workers into WebKit, support next-gen web apps in Safari" AppleInsider 8/5
  • "'iPhone 7s' dummy model depicts glass back design as rumored for Apple's new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones" 9to5Mac 8/5
  • "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
  • "iPod Nano 5th generation not charging?" iMore 9:41 PM
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

  • "Can Apple iPad Pro 10.5 inch replace laptop? The iPad has for long been lording over the tablet segment. But now, even as tablet sales across the world have plateaued, Apple wants the iPad to start replacing laptops of creative users." Financial Express 6:08 PM
  • "I Went from Using My iPad Pro Back to My Mac.. and Hated It"   [1_Reviews] 11:41 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 7 - Why now is a very good and bad time to buy this flagship smartphone: APPLE'S iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are two of the best devices on the market and, if you are thinking of upgrading, here's why now is a good and bad time to take out a new contract." Express UK 7:38 AM
  • "Apple MacBook 2017 review - Dazzling design and extra power comes at a price" Express UK 8/5
  • "Best Lightning cables for your iPhone" ZDNet 8/5
  • "Review: Kwikset Premis HomeKit lock chews through batteries, disappoints" AppleInsider 8/5
  • "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
  • "Our Favorite iMessage Apps for iOS 10" AppAdvice 11:20 AM
  • "Best Real Estate Apps to Help Find a Place to Live" AppAdvice 11:20 AM
  • "Hands on: LiquidText 3.0.11 changes how you annotate documents on the iPad" AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "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 instantly share files with AirDrop for iPhone or iPad" iMore 6:06 PM
  • "How To Turn Off Alerts For Memories In Photos On iOS" AddictiveTips 8/5
  • "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 8/5
  • "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 8/5
  • "Quick and Dirty Way to Add Limited Symbols to 1Password Passwords" The Mac Observer 8/4
  • "Cassandra: While you were Away -A Couple of weeks without a Technology Fix" eXtensions 11:07 AM
  • "Apple Watch, iPad and Mac sales up, confounding doomsayers" iTWire 11:03 AM
  • "Apple TV 5 rumor roundup: Everything you need to know!" iMore 8/5
  • "Here are 67 new emoji that could come to iOS next year [Gallery] 9to5Mac 8/5
  • "All the major cases where an LTE-enabled Apple Watch would be great" TechCrunch 8/5
  • "Apple Music 'Making No Dent' In Spotify... But That's Not The Bigger Picture" music:)ally 8/5
  • "Understanding Apple In A Dysfunctional Media Sphere" Seeking Alpha 8/5
  • "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
  • "Future smartphones will have awesome, worrisome abilities: opinion" The Star: Malaysia 7:50 PM
  • "This monster gaming PC shows us what it takes to barely play games at 16K" Neowin 8/5
  • "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
  • "Yes, Spotify is Coming to Xbox One" Thurrott 7:36 AM
  • "Microsoft: Cross-platform play is here to stay" Neowin 7:36 AM
  • "Microsoft releases a new update for Remix 3D bringing new capabilities" Neowin 7:37 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 review: Is the upgrade from the Surface Pro 4 worth it?" Techaeris 11:07 AM
  • "ASUS Reportedly Building Radeon RX Vega 64 X2 Dual GPU Beast" HotHardware 6:44 PM
  • "Intel: Turning The Corner? We'll Soon Find Out" Seeking Alpha 8/5
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors And X399 Motherboard Pre-Orders Are Live!" HotHardware 8/5
  • "Patent suggests Microsoft worked on gesture and eye-tracking accessory for the Surface Pro" MSPoweruser 8/5
  • "Skype for Android Picks Up Dark Theme, More" Thurrott 8/5
  • "Microsoft Band 2 owners are experiencing syncing problems" MSPoweruser 8/5
  • "Microsoft reveals Spotify for Xbox One app" The Verge 8/5
  • "Microsoft now lets Xbox One users change their home console up to 5 times a year" MSPoweruser 8/5
  • "HP Windows headset dev kit hands-on: the appeal of first-party VR" VentureBeat 8/5
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "For Proof That Apple Is Still the King, Just Check Out Its Gross Profit Margin: The third quarter's $45 billion in revenue might impress some people, but the amount that flowed down to the bottom line was what had Fools' attention." The Motley Fool 6:08 PM
  • "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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