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Friday Highlights: Analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks Netflix pulling out of App Store transaction fees is but the first shoe to drop as others will follow suit—meaning Apple's services segment is facing headwinds; research at Zacks suggests diversification of Apple's operations in China will help iPhone struggles; Apple among companies facing complaint in Austria for failure to comply with EU's GDPR; Apple management no longer supports Nvidia in macOS?; Jonny Evans breaks down the industry-wide smartphone slowdown; Foxconn cuts 50,000 jobs in China; data broker, Acxiom, supports Tim Cook's privacy regulation call; facial recognition now being used on birds; Apple to revive iPod touch and iPad mini?

  • "Apple under pressure to dazzle as market slows"  AFP 9:34 PM
  • "Apple adds 'police button' feature to iPhones that lets you quickly switch off the fingerprint scanner" Daily Mail (UK) 6:33 AM
  • "Apple looks for exceptional engineer with a secret job posting" 9to5Mac 1:45 PM
  • "Hollywood, Apple Are Said to Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters" ["Some of the biggest proponents, including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, are pressing on in talks with Apple Inc. and Comcast Corp. on ways to push ahead with the project even without theater chains, the people said. After months of negotiations, the two sides have been unable to arrive at a mutually beneficial way to create a $30 to $50 premium movie-download product."]  Bloomberg 8/18
  • "Apple, Hollywood May Defy Theaters With Rental Plan" Bloomberg Video 8/18
  • "Apple mulls pricey early movie rentals right after theater debut/The deal sounds familiar: $50 for a rental two weeks after theatrical debut." Engadget 8/18
  • "Apple and Hollywood said to continue talks around early digital movie rentals" TechCrunch 8/18
  • "Why Apple Is Entering the Original Programming Business" Market Realist 8/18
  • "Apple Says Drivers, Not Phones, Cause Texting Crashes" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8/18
  • "Apple's Siri latest target in string of natural language patent lawsuits" AppleInsider 8/18
  • "Apple's ARKit could be huge for virtual car showrooms and online sales" TechCrunch 8/18
  • "Apple's Tim Cook on track to land $90m bonus amid iPhone 8 excitement" Telegraph 8/18
  • "NBD, just a liquid cooled, Ryzen-powered Hackintosh inside a cheesegrater Power Mac G5 case [Video] 9to5Mac 8/18
  • "Hands on: ScreenFlow 7 update turns the screen recording app into a video suite" AppleInsider 8/18
  • "Hands On: Next Generation Skype Preview for Windows 7, 8.1, and Mac Desktops" SuperSite for Windows 8/18
  • "How to Download a Webpage Archive with Safari for Mac" OS X Daily 8/18
  • "Finding Your iPad Backup Files" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/18
  • "iCloud security: How (and why) to enable two-factor authentication" Computerworld 8/18
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Finder Views" MacMost 8/18
  • "Mac Subscription Apps Are Killing My Budget" Mac 360 8/18
Press Releases
  • "Racing game F1 2017 is coming to Mac August 25!" Mac Gamer HQ 12:27 PM
  • "iFunia Released YouTube Downloader Mac with Playlist Download and Batch" prMac 8/18
  • "F1 2017 arrives Aug 25 for Mac, check out the new gameplay trailer [Video] 9to5Mac 8/18
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "There's a New Apple Support Phishing Scam Making the Rounds" AppAdvice 6:38 PM
  • "Functional Apple I computer to hit online auction block in September" AppleInsider 6:09 AM
  • "Hacker claims to have decrypted Apple's Secure Enclave, destroying key piece of iOS mobile security/iOS users beware: A hacker has just published a decryption key for the Apple Secure Enclave, which is responsible for processing Touch ID transactions."  TechRepublic 8/18
  • "Apple won't release a fix for Secure Enclave's exposed decryption key" iDownload Blog 8/18
  • "Apple's impenetrable security chip is penetrated by hacker" Cult of Mac 8/18
  • "Apple Watch shipments expected to reach 15 million in 2017" DigiTimes 8/18
  • "Apple Watch suppliers say shipments expected to reach 15m this year, 20m next" 9to5Mac 8/18
  • "Apple Watch shipments will reach new highs in 2017" Cult of Mac 8/18
  • "Apple might wind up shipping a ridiculous 15 million Apple Watches by the end of the year" Mashable 8/18
  • "Apple leases big Santa Clara buildings, launches construction" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 8/18
  • "New Apple videos explain how iOS 11 and its multi-tasking features work on the iPad" TechCrunch 8/18
  • "Apple just released 6 videos showcasing new iPad features in iOS 11" Mashable 8/18
  • "Apple posts mini video tutorials detailing drag and drop, Dock & other iOS 11 iPad features" iDownload Blog 8/18
  • "Today in Apple history: 'Misunderstood' iPhone ad wins Emmy" Cult of Mac 8/18
Non-Apple News
  • "Elgato Cam Link repurposes DSLRs and camcorders, making them high-quality webcams" Neowin 6:16 AM
  • "New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app" TechCrunch 8/18
  • "Congressmen Ask Federal Watchdog to Investigate FCC Cyberattack" Inside Sources 8/18
  • "Android O, Google's response to Apple's iOS 11, will be revealed next Monday amid solar eclipse" AppleInsider 8/18
  • "Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 may have even smaller bezels" The Verge 8/18
  • "FCC Pledges Openness -- Just Don't Ask To See Complaints" Wired 8/18
  • "Women in cybersecurity push for cultural shift" CNET 8/18
  • "Electronic Frontier Foundation speaks out in favor of free speech after neo-Nazi websites are blocked" BetaNews 8/18
  • "EFF warns blocking neo-Nazi sites may threaten free speech" Engadget 8/18
  • "Secret chips in replacement parts can completely hijack your phone's security: Booby-trapped touchscreens can log passwords, install malicious apps, and more." Ars Technica 8/18
  • "Wisconsin Assembly Approves $3 Billion Tax Package for Foxconn" [Paid Membership Required] 8/18
  • "The Dalrymple Report: iPhone photography with guest Shawn King" The Loop 8/18
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 133 | LTE Apple Watch doubts, controversial iOS 11 icons and Apple's TV ambitions" 9to5Mac 8/18
  • "Apple's Secure Enclave Encryption Key Revealed, Apple Music Content Investment -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-18" The Mac Observer 8/18
  • "Apple takes on Netflix, HBO, Amazon with $1B budget (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 96)" CNET 8/18
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks LTE Apple Watch, 'iPhone 8,' and CarPlay" AppleInsider 8/18
  • "Apple Claims iOS 11 Update Stops Hacking Tool That Can Easily Brute Force iPhone 7 Passcodes" HotHardware 4:10 PM
  • "Leaked images give us a look at Apple's A11 chip for the iPhone 8" Mashable 8/18
  • "The iPhone's most secure component was 'hacked' but there's no reason to panic" BGR 8/18
  • "Apple Inc.'s Brilliant Move: Apple's iOS sheds its 32-bit legacy this fall." The Motley Fool 8/18
  • "Case manufacturer says Apple likely to ditch Touch ID in 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 8/18
  • "Warning: New iPhone scam tries to steal your Apple login" BGR 8/18
  • "Here are the iPhones and iPads that Don't Support iOS 11 ARKit" The Mac Observer 8/18
  • "iOS 11 'cop button' also helps users w/ Medical ID protect their data if unconscious" 9to5Mac 8/18
  • "iPhone Pro and iOS 12 Concept Features HomeBar With Virtual Home Button [Images] iClarified 8/18
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/18
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/18
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/18

  • "iPad buyers guide"  iMore 9:01 AM
  • "Apple 12.9-Inch IPad Pro And Microsoft Surface Pro Comparison – The Battle Of The Tablets" Tech.Blorge 6:26 AM
  • "Review: Apple finally matches the hype with latest iPad Pro 10.5/The iOS 11 software upgrade shifts the device into a new dimension where it can now be considered a viable laptop replacement but the hefty price tag gives pause for thought" South China Morning Post 6:17 AM
  • "The 2017 iMac 5K PCie flash storage versus other recent Macs" Bare Feats 8/18
  • "Review: Mophie Powerstation & Anker PowerCore+ USB-C battery packs for MacBook & MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 8/18
  • "Netgear Arlo Go review: This security camera lets you roam free" TechHive 8/18
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Google Docs has finally made working from my iPad possible: A little thing that makes a big difference" The Verge 8/18
  • "New iOS App Using Potzval Lens Bokeh Effect: SWRLY" eXtensions 8/18
  • "Cat Quest Review: A wildly entertaining RPG that is nearly 'purr-fect'!" iMore 8/18
  • "Evergrow for iPhone proves matching-based puzzle games are actually super exciting" Macworld 8/18
  • "How to take photos of the Solar Eclipse with your smartphone" iMore 11:50 AM
  • "How to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone" AppleInsider 6:11 AM
  • "How to Type to Siri on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11" iPhone Hacks 8/18
  • "How to improve iOS 8 performance on your iPhone or iPad" Computerworld 8/18
  • "How To Use Apple AirPods With CarPlay" Redmond Pie 8/18
  • "How to get the iCloud Drive or Files app on iPhone and iPad" iMore 8/18
  • "So bad they're good: iPhone 8 survey results" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "Six features the iPhone needs to stay ahead of Android" ZDNet 6:17 AM
  • "What Apple Must Fear: Apple could feel the heat from Samsung."  TheStreet 8/18
  • "Apple's Siri Provides Clues About Whether Robots Will Put US All Out of Work" The Mac Observer 8/18
  • "On the road in sensor city – Apple Car is coming, don't hold your breath" Apple Must 8/18
  • "Here's What the iPhone 8 With Edge-to-Edge Display Looks Like in a Case" MacRumors 8/18
  • "iOS 11"s SOS Feature Allows You to Temporarily Disable Touch ID and Require Passcode" Daring Fireball 8/18
  • "Apple, Netflix And The New World (Video) Order" Seeking Alpha 8/18
  • "Everything You Need to Know about the Apple Secure Enclave Hack" The Mac Observer 8/18
  • "Apple's 'cop button' won't keep your iPhone safe from the police" The Next Web 8/18
  • "The pros and cons of a cellular Apple Watch: Do we really need an Apple Watch with LTE? We address the rumors with a pros and cons list." Macworld 8/18
  • "Architizer Asks—Which is Best Laptop for Architects: Mac or PC?" Architosh 8/18
  • "This is everything Google knows about you - and how to switch it off: Many are left wondering exactly what the global search giant knows - and how they know" Birmingham Mail 6:21 AM
  • "How to use your Google Voice or Project Fi number for outgoing Google Home calls" 9to5Google 8/18
  • "GoDaddy and Google just hate site decision is the start of a slippery slope" Mashable 8/18
  • "Even with a notch, the Essential Phone's screen is stunning" Mashable 8/18
  • "Essential phone review: Groundbreaking but flawed" VentureBeat 8/18
  • "Axios Review: Andy Rubin's phone is gorgeous, if not essential" Axios 8/18
  • "Essential Phone review: Pure Android at its best, but with some bugs" Mashable 8/18
  • "Review: Essential Phone" Wired 8/18
  • "Essential 360° Camera: Hands-On First Impressions" Wired 8/18
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "LaunchTime for iOS Update is Available on the App Store" prMac 7:36 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS iPad capabilities in new 'how-to' videos: Videos explaining complicated new multitasking system, array of gestures are explained" Business Standard 6:32 AM
  • "Untethered iOS 9.3.4, iOS 9.3.3, iOS 9.1 Jailbreak BetterHomeDepot Released" WCCFTech 6:17 AM
  • "Coming August 19: Gene Steinberg meets Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus and TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8/18
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Data Wing'" Touch Arcade 8/18
  • "Untether Released for HomeDepot Jailbreak of 32-Bit Devices [iOS 9.1-9.3.4] [Video] iClarified 8/18
  • "Slack for iOS Gains Quick Replies for Notifications" MacStories 8/18
  • "'Shadow Fight 2: Special Edition' Launches as Planned on Android, iOS Version Delayed Until Next Week" Touch Arcade 8/18
  • "32-Bit Games 'Plants Vs Zombies', 'Peggle Classic', and 'Solitaire Blitz' Are Gone From the App Store" Touch Arcade 8/18
  • "D-Pad calc - The Best Watch Calculator for Apple Watch" prMac 8/18
  • " The Schoolsky Apple-I: Take a byte of Apple Computer history with this rare vintage computer from 1976." Charity Buzz 8/18
  • "Norton Core Secure Wi-Fi Router Now Available to U.S. Consumers" MacPrices 8/18
  • "Apple silently kills off some colors for iPhone, iPad & Apple Watch accessories" AppleInsider 8/18
  • "Some official Apple accessory colors seemingly being quietly discontinued in run-up to new models" 9to5Mac 8/18
  • "Yes, there is a charging dock for your AirPods case" iDownload Blog 8/18
  • "The iOS-compatible Awair: Glow helps deal with in door air pollution" Apple World Today 8/18
Computer Industry
  • "Intel 8th-gen desktop CPU to enjoy increase in core count Intel's upcoming 8th-generation desktop CPUs will up core counts across the board." blasting news 6:23 AM
  • "Intel To Eclipse The Competition On Monday" Seeking Alpha 6:14 AM
  • "Microsoft: 'Bing is Bigger Than You Think'" Thurrott 7:52 AM
  • "Bing grabs 33% market share in the U.S according to data presented by Microsoft" Neowin 10:02 AM
  • "Microsoft: Bing's US Market Share Is Wildly Underestimated" Gizmodo 1:45 PM
  • "Microsoft promises speed boost for Edge in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update" gHacks 6:25 AM
  • "First Look: Microsoft Surface Pro" Augustman 6:25 AM
  • "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Have New Feature to Prevent WannaCry-like Attacks: Microsoft will introduce 'Controlled folder access' inside its Windows Defender Security Centre in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update." TechNews 18 6:26 AM
  • "Dell founder offers low-key response to Charlottesville violence: He's not ruffling any feathers." Engadget 3:01 PM
  • "A deeper look at Al Foah's recent Oracle HCM implementation: H.E. Mohammad Ghanem Al Mansoori takes ACN into the world of dates and breakdown Al Foah Company's implementation of Oracle HCM" ITP Technology 6:27 AM
  • "IBM Retirement Fund Boosts Position in Cigna Corporation (CI)" Week Herald 6:23 AM
  • "Thanks, Consumer Reports, but Microsoft Surface products are still awesome" Mashable 8/18
  • "Windows 10 S release date, news and features" TechRadar UK 8/18
  • "Microsoft reveals Azure Event Grid" BetaNews 8/18
  • "Windows 10 security: After Kaspersky fight, Microsoft talks up its case for Defender" ZDNet 8/18
  • "IBM Can Provide At Least An 8% Annual Return Going Forward" Seeking Alpha 8/18
  • "CNBC's Dominic Chu reports on IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's statement to the company on the disbanding of the Strategic & Policy forum." CNBC Videos 8/18
  • "HP enlists creative and scientific community to help imagine life on Mars" Creative Review 8/18
  • "Dell Tech CEO sends Charlottesville email denouncing violence" Axios 8/18
  • "NASA is using Intel's deep learning to find better landing sites on the moon" TechCrunch 8/18
  • "Unannounced 8th Generation Core 15W U-Series CPUs Appear on Intel's Public Price List" AnandTech 8/18
  • "Intel Provides Partners Preliminary 8th Gen Desktop Details: Core i7-8700K to Core i3-8100" AnandTech 8/18
  • "Intel publishes Atom C3000 processor family product brief" Hexus 8/18
  • "AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices" ExtremeTech 8/18
  • "AMD RX Vega 64: The Tom's Hardware Liquid Cooled Edition" Tom's Hardware 8/18
  • "In Spite Of Concerns, AMD Vega Is A Solid Step Into High-End Gaming Market" Seeking Alpha 8/18
  • "Swiftech Releases Komodo RX Vega Full Cover Waterblock for AMD Radeon Vega" Guru3D 8/18
  • "Oracle Considers Handing Java EE Over To Open Source Foundation" Silicon UK 8/18
  • "Database Giant Oracle Wants Better Governance for Blockchains" Coindesk 8/18
  • "Cisco Systems' Revenues Fell 4% Year-over-Year in Fiscal 4Q17" Market Realist 8/18
  • "Cisco's 'Defined'" Shoot 8/18
  • "Why does the market care so much about Cisco's security biz?" The Register 8/18
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Inc. Stock Is Bruised, But Is It Still a Buy?" InvestorPlace 8/18
  • "Exclusive: Watch the big hedge funds roll their Apple dice" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8/18
Industry News
  • "Stocks end lower; Dow, S&P 500 book 2nd weekly loss in a row and Nasdaq logs 4th: Dow hobbled by Nike drop after Foot Locker earnings" MarketWatch 8/18
  • "A midday rally fades as sporting goods stocks are penalized" Associated Press 8/18
  • "U.S. Stocks Decline in Quiet Trading: Indexes rise briefly following reports that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was leaving" [Paid Membership Required] 8/18
  • "Nikkei slumps to 3-month low as Asian markets dip: An attack in Barcelona, in which at least 13 people died, as well as political uncertainties in the U.S. and simmering geopolitical tensions had nervous investors shifting their money from global risk assets to safer havens." MarketWatch 8/18
  • "European stocks sell off after deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona: Spanish stocks slumped Friday, as part of a wider selloff across European markets a day after terrorists killed at least 13 people in the heart of Barcelona." MarketWatch 8/18

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