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Weekend Highlights: Dan Moren reads the tea leaves from WWDC sees "shape of a few of Apple's plans to come"; Cult of Mac explores Apple's ability to trick "our brains into accepting high prices"; $1 trillion back in Apple's sights with trade deal according to analyst; Tim Cook met with President Trump this week discussing trade, immigration; Adobe shows prototype AI tool that can spot Photoshopped faces; CryptoKit presages iPhone as crypto wallet?; Counterpoint's examination of global true wireless hearables market finds Apple's growth level from last quarter; Apple Maps look-around smoother than Google's according to comparison; will USB-C finally come to iPhones this year?; Rene Ritchie has a go with iPad Pro running iPadOS; Dennis Sellers gets early look at Mutrics sunglasses/speaker combo; Dieter Bohns finally turns on iMessage.

  • "Power And Billions Of Dollars: Apple's Deal With Communist China, And Why They Did It"  Daily Caller 8:32 AM
  • "China's Guizhou province to oversee Apple's data project" Reuters 10:42 AM
  • "The iPod's legacy: How Apple's music player reshuffled its future/The iPod served as a bridge between Apple as a PC maker mounting a comeback to purveyor of the world's strongest ecosystem spanning hardware, software and services. Its influence can still be seen in the iPhone and what comes after it."  ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "Google is paying Apple billions per year to remain on the iPhone, Bernstein says"  CNBC 8:58 AM
  • "A look at the future of Apple's Smart Connector tech: Rumor claims Apple wants to build an ecosystem of devices around its currently iPad-only Smart Connector tech. What is Smart Connector, what can it do, and what's next for the tech?"  Computerworld 8:19 AM
  • "Apple and Aetna hold secret meetings to bring the Apple Watch to millions of Aetna customers" CNBC 2:16 PM
  • "Apple & Aetna held secret meeting: Sources [Video] CNBC Videos 2:17 PM
  • "Qualcomm outlines impact of dispute with Apple after SEC request" Reuters 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of macOS High Sierra to Developers" MacRumors 12:23 PM
  • "Apple releases macOS High Sierra beta 6 to developers" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
  • "Apple Seeds macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 6 Build (17A344b)" The Mac Observer 12:33 PM
  • "Apple beta programme: Install iOS and macOS updates before they go live/Fancy adding 'software developer at Apple' to your CV? Now you *sort of* can..." Alphr 8:13 AM
  • "Mac always booting into Safe Mode? Here are ways to troubleshoot it" Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "Review: Photolemur, the Mac app that uses AI to automatically edit your snapshots" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Straighten Crooked Pictures in Apple Photos" Kirkville 8:46 AM
  • "5 Hidden TextEdit Features" Apple Must 8:35 AM
  • "Batch Image Resize and Export With Preview" MacMost 9:52 AM
  • "All the keyboard shortcuts you can use when starting up your Mac" iMore 9:21 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Google Hires Former Star Apple Engineer for Its AI Team: Chris Lattner, a legend in the world of Apple software, has joined another rival of the iPhone maker: Alphabet Inc.'s Google, where he will work on artificial intelligence."  Bloomberg 2:59 PM
  • "Former longtime Apple engineering leader Chris Lattner is heading to Google to work on AI" Recode 5:10 PM
  • "In the Shadow of Apple and Samsung: Apple and Samsung are the Coke and Pepsi of smartphones in the U.S. Can anyone break their lock on the market?"  Bloomberg 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Watch 3 Won't Have 'Obvious Change' to Form Factor, LTE to Be Main Selling Point" MacRumors 3:47 PM
  • "KGI: Apple Watch 3 to come in LTE and non-LTE models, no obvious form factor change" 9to5Mac 3:54 PM
  • "Apple just changed the App Store icon for the first time in years" The Next Web 4:44 PM
  • "Latest iOS 11 beta contains new Maps icon featuring Apple Park, updated App Store icon" AppleInsider 5:08 PM
  • "Survey Shows Not A Lot Of People Will Pay $1000 For A New iPhone" UberGizmo 8:10 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 to take 10% of Smartphone Market?" Apple Must 8:09 AM
  • "Apple might not ship very many HomePods in 2017, report says: HomePod manufacturer Inventec Appliances will only ship a limited number of speakers this year, according to a report." CNET 12:21 PM
  • "Apple falls to third place in 2Q17 wearable band market, says Canalys" DigiTimes 8:41 AM
  • "Pressure mounts on Apple Watch Series 3 as shipments fall" Cult of Mac 8:46 AM
  • "Beijing transit opens smartphone payments to all except Apple" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Inc.'s iPhone 8 Has China-Based Smartphone Vendors Scared" The Motley Fool 8:13 AM
  • "Ikea's Smart Home Dares to Make Sense" ["They're cheap. They're easy. And most importantly, they'll soon speak HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant with equal fluency."] Wired 9:21 AM
  • "'Racist Violence': Apple CEO Tim Cook condemns the 'terror of white supremacy' at Charlottesville rally" Business Insider 2:14 PM
  • "Apple's Cook, other CEOs condemn Charlottesville white supremacists" FOXBusiness 4:40 PM
  • "A look inside Apple's new Madison store in the Hilldale Shopping Center [Gallery] 9to5Mac 3:49 PM
  • "How Art-Based Apps are Bringing People Back to Museums" TechCo 9:37 AM
  • "Look closely at this MacBook Air that was made entirely out of Lego bricks" Mashable 8:27 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Tide turns against Apple in war with Microsoft" Cult of Mac 8:46 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "University of Sydney develops rechargeable zinc-air battery solution" ZDNet 9:06 PM
  • "Google now recognizes 119 languages for voice-to-text dictation" The Verge 9:38 AM
  • "Google is testing a gorgeous new user interface for Calendar" The Next Web 9:37 AM
  • "Andy Rubin's Essential is now valued at over a billion dollars without shipping a single phone" The Verge 8:41 AM
  • "Yes, You're Racist: Twitter user names Virginia protesters" CNET 8:34 AM
  • "Those Free Stingray-Detector Apps? Yeah, Spies Could Outsmart Them" Wired 8:29 AM
  • "How emojis took over your workplace - and the man who can help you make sense of it all" Telegraph 8:12 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Colorado Charter School Academic Director Johanna Harth" The Mac Observer 3:41 PM
  • "Old Apple tech doesn't die, it just gathers dust in the closet." The MT Show 8:09 AM
  • "Unlikely low-quality videos claim to give a look at the iPhone 8 production line" 9to5Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Leaked videos may show iPhone 8 getting care and attention in the factory" Digital Trends 8:13 AM
  • "Pair of videos purport to show 'iPhone 8' rear enclosure on Foxconn production lines" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "This iPhone 8 dummy is apparently a real working prototype" TrustedReviews 8:14 AM
  • "Alleged Foxconn Insider Claims Copper-Like iPhone 8 Color is Officially Called 'Blush Gold'" MacRumors 8:12 AM
  • "Copper-like iPhone 8 finish rumored to be officially marketed as Blush Gold" iDownload Blog 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Sixth Beta of iOS 11 to Developers" MacRumors 12:23 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11 Public Beta 5, Speeding Up the Release Cycle" The Mac Observer 8:12 PM
  • "watchOS 4 beta 6 for Apple Watch now available" 9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "tvOS 11 developer beta 6 for Apple TV now available" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
  • "TSMC 12nm FinFET process ready for volume production in 4Q17, says report" ["In addition, TSMC has already started mass production of 10nm FinFET chips in the third quarter, driven by Apple's orders, the report indicated. TSMC's 10nm FinFET process has been adopted by Apple for its A10X processors for use in its 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets and A11 chips that will power the upcoming iPhones."] DigiTimes 10:13 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves 'augmented reality based on wireless ranging" Apple World Today 8:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:18 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:18 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:18 AM

  • "Apple iPhone SE review: The small phone bursting with big features" IT PRO 8:13 AM
  • "Apple AirPods review: Can Apple's wireless AirPods tempt you to ditch the cable? Find out what we think in our AirPods review." Macworld UK 8:15 AM
  • "DxO ONE camera attachment for iPhone and iPad review" The Gadgeteer 8:14 AM
  • "Elgato Eve Degree review: This pricey sensor's limited appeal is further narrowed by its HomeKit exclusivity" TechHive 8:19 AM
  • "JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker review: Better-than-expected sound in a compact, waterproof enclosure" TechHive 8:19 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "What's new in iOS 11 beta 6? Hands-on with new features and changes [Video] 9to5Mac 9:11 PM
  • "Video: hands on with all the feature changes in watchOS 4 beta 5" iDownload Blog 8:46 AM
  • "You might flip for Flipping Legend's free, frenzied fun: It's not quite legendary (yet, at least), but this endless leaper really stands out." Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "'Follow.trail' Review - Find Your Trail to Victory and Fun" Touch Arcade 11:49 AM
  • "How to Mute Words on Twitter for iPad and iPhone" OS X Daily 9:12 PM
  • "How to set a different default gateway for your iOS devices" iMore 3:04 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to Use Notes Stationary Across Devices" The Mac Observer 2:50 PM
  • "The most annoying iPhone change ever (plus an incredibly simple workaround)" Computerworld 12:22 PM
  • "5 Ways the iPhone 8 Will Change iPhones Forever" iDrop News 3:04 PM
  • "What Happens When Your iPhone Dies?" Mashable 2:18 PM
  • "Apple: iPad Smart Connector Accessories Coming Soon" The Mac Observer 2:12 PM
  • "The next Apple Watch could be the first must-have smartwatch" Mashable 12:21 PM
  • "Here's how much it would cost you to buy all the dongles Apple makes" iDownload Blog 9:38 AM
  • "I Absolutely Knew Better! I have been telling photographers for years to always have at least three copies of your images/videos. This also applies to traveling photographers. I have also said for many years that 'there are two types of computer users: those who have lost data and those who will.' With this in mind you would probably think that I'd be one of the last people to lose some of my precious images/video, but that's exactly what happened. I didn't follow my own advice and it's no one's fault but my own. I can't blame the hardware. I can't blame anyone else. It was all me. I knew better!" Terry White's Tech Blog 8:45 AM
  • "The iPhone 8 name game: What will Apple call its new phone?" CNET 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Watch is for girls (and that's a good thing)" ComputerWeekly 8:14 AM
  • "Why This Apple Inc. iPhone 8 Rumor Seems Wrong" The Motley Fool 8:13 AM
  • "Three Tiny Twitter Bugs" Rixstep 8:11 PM
  • "For women in tech's male culture, mentoring matters" CNET 8:35 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Silly Walks Guide - How to strut your stuff" 148Apps 3:49 PM
  • "Upcoming 'Abortion Simulator' Is Likely to Be the Most Controversial iOS 'Game' Yet" Touch Arcade 3:04 PM
  • "Download: Cydia Impactor For iOS 11 Released" Redmond Pie 3:04 PM
  • "KuGi Lightweight Stand And Portfolio Case With Bluetooth Keyboard Cover And Pencil Holder For 10.5-Inch iPad Pro" MacPrices 1:06 PM
  • "Canary security system gains two-way audio feature, faster streaming, & web app" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Snapchat Pokémon update lets you pose as Pikachu for a limited time" 9to5Mac 9:21 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of August 14: Adam Engst, Joe Kissell, Chuck Joiner, Ergonomics, and Messages" The MUG Center 8:55 AM
  • "Finally, some UK HomeKit switches and sockets as LightwaveRF announces new range" 9to5Mac 8:32 AM
  • "Self-Contained, Smart Fusion Guitar Launches in the USA" ["Incorporating a built-in amp, speakers and seamless iPhone integration for unprecedented access to tones, guitar effects and apps..."] PRNewswire 8:22 AM
  • "Spending on AR, VR predicted to double (or more) every year through 2021" Apple World Today 8:22 AM
  • "Securely wipe or clean iOS devices with new Data Shredder for iOS 2" prMac 8:17 AM
  • "Math: Unknown 1.0.0 - A step-by-step math learning game for iOS" prMac 8:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's ambitious plan to win over app creators is taking a big step forward" Business Insider 3:47 PM
  • "Leaked Microsoft memo reveals high Surface Book return rates" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Internal memo claims Microsoft may have turned the corner on Surface Pro 4, Surface Book customer dissatisfaction" ZDNet 12:38 PM
  • "Microsoft hits back after Surface products slammed by consumer group" CRN UK 8:37 AM
  • "A Year Later, You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free" TechSpot 8:32 AM
  • "Windows 10 download - The simple ways to get Microsoft's biggest ever update for FREE" Express UK 8:39 AM
  • "Want Windows 10 for free? You can still upgrade for nothing" TechRadar UK 8:33 AM
  • "Windows 10 Pro For Workstation Boosts Performance And Resiliency For 'Sever Grade' Systems" Silicon UK 8:34 AM
  • "Microsoft promises improved speed and lower complexity with Coco blockchain framework" Computing 8:20 AM
  • "Leaked Microsoft memo reveals high Surface Book return rates" The Verge 7:51 AM
  • "Microsoft 'blames Intel Skylake' for Surface borkage" The Inquirer 8:22 AM
  • "Intel Corporation Kills Microsoft Corporation HoloLens Chip" The Motley Fool 8:37 AM
  • "Fintech CEO says tech giants like IBM may go on M&A 'shopping spree' for start-ups in 2018" CNBC 8:26 AM
  • "Is IBM's 4.2% Dividend Yield Killing Strategic Imperatives?" Seeking Alpha 8:26 AM
  • "AI news: IBM Joins forces with HSBC to add AI into global trade" IT PRO 8:26 AM
  • "HP Envy 34' All-In-One Long-Term Review: Beauty And Style Meets Performance" Forbes 8:24 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega review: Vega 56, Vega 64, and liquid-cooled Vega 64 tested" PCWorld 8:18 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics cards reviewed" The Tech Report 8:18 AM
  • "Why AMD's new graphics cards could mean good news for PS4 Pro owners" TechRadar UK 8:16 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Review Leaks Out – Liquid and Air Cooled Models Tested, Tries To Compete Against GTX 1080 FE With Over 300W Power Consumption" WCCFTech 8:16 AM
  • "AMD Vega RX 56 With Triple-Fans Surfaces" Guru3D 8:16 AM
  • "What's new in Java EE 8" InfoWorld 8:05 AM
  • "Oracle selects Brazilian startups for acceleration programme" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Despite The Transformation, Long Investors Should Take A Look At Cisco" Seeking Alpha 8:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How to Pluck Apple Inc. Stock off the Money Tree" InvestorPlace 12:21 PM
  • "Apple suppliers boost Taiwan tech sector in July" Nikkei 8:15 AM
  • "Foxconn Tapped to Alleviate HomePod Supply Issues" iDrop News 9:12 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks gain 1% for the first time in 3 months as geopolitical fears ebb: Tesla shares rise on Baird upgrade" MarketWatch 4:40 PM
  • "S&P 500 on Track for Best Day Since April in Rebound Rally: The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.65%, or 142 points, the S&P 500 gained 1% and the Nasdaq added 1.3%. It's the S&P 500's best day since a 1.08% increase on April 24." TheStreet 4:40 PM
  • "Stocks climb back as North Korea worries ease" FOXBusiness 4:39 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise After Volatile Week: The S&P 500 posted its biggest one-day gain since April, the latest sign of resilience in a stock market that has climbed to repeated highs this year." [Paid Membership Required] 4:39 PM
  • "Dollar bounces higher as North Korea anxieties take a back seat" MarketWatch 2:19 PM
  • "European stocks snap back from 5-month low as North Korea fears abate: European stocks on Monday bounced back from last week's sharp losses after senior U.S. officials over the weekend sought to play down the risk of a nuclear conflict with North Korea." MarketWatch 11:42 AM

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