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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's next US data center will be built in Iowa: Facility Outside Des Moines Will Run on 100 Percent Renewable Energy"  Apple 2:51 PM
  • "Apple's Next US Data Center Will Be Built in Iowa" Business Wire 2:51 PM
  • "Apple to Bring Two Data Centers to Iowa, Invest $1.4 Billion: Iowa will grant Apple $208 million in state and local tax benefits and in return the company will construct two new data storage centers near Des Moines." TheStreet 4:15 PM
  • "Why Iowa is giving Apple $208 million for a project that will create 50 full-time jobs" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 6:39 PM
  • "Apple will build new data center in Iowa, get $200M in tax breaks" Ars Technica 3:45 PM
  • "Apple's Project Morgan Revealed" ["The codename, the lack of details, and no-comments to the press should be familiar, as Apple often doesn't talk about its projects until they're well under way. Apple would join Google, Facebook, and Microsoft that have datacenters in Iowa."] Seeking Alpha 7:35 AM
  • "Apple to build Iowa data center, get $207.8 million in incentives" Reuters 11:47 AM
  • "Apple gets $208M in tax breaks to build Iowa data center" Associated Press 11:03 AM
  • "Apple's autonomous car tech is 'where Google was three years ago' says someone who has seen it"  Business Insider 7:51 AM
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide Wearable Device Sales to Grow 17 Percent in 2017" ["Apple will continue to have the greatest market share of any smartwatch provider. However, as more providers enter the market, Apple's market share will decrease from approximately a third in 2016 to a quarter in 2021. The announcement of a new Apple Watch expected in September may enable direct cellular connectivity for interacting with Siri, texting and transferring sensor data when the phone or Wi-Fi is not present."]  Gartner 8:37 AM
  • "Apple To Dominate Smartwatches Through 2021, Says Gartner: Apple will hold onto dominant share of the smartwatch market, as that category of wearable tech maintains its position as the second-biggest single category, behind bluetooth headsets." Barron's 8:36 AM
  • "Mac Malware Reaches New Highs, Report Finds" Tom's Guide 7:54 AM
  • "Safari Technology Preview 38 for Mac Release has Beacon API Enabled by Default" MacTrast 8:04 AM
  • "These Are the Apple Pro App Versions Compatible with macOS High Sierra" The Mac Observer 10:52 AM
  • "Windows users just grew yet another reason to get a Mac" [Parallels Desktop 13 review] Computerworld 10:52 AM
  • "Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac review: Touch Bar control for virtualised Windows apps, and more" ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "How To Customize The Touch Bar On A MacBook Pro" AddictiveTips 8:45 AM
  • "How to Find All Screen Shots on Mac with a Search Trick" OS X Daily 3:45 PM
Press Releases
  • "‎Bartels Media GmbH releases new version 4.0 of the software "ShareMouse", that allows users to control multiple Windows and Mac computers with one mouse and keyboard." [3-page PDF] Bartels Media 11:32 AM
  • "DEVONthink 2.9.15 brings new PDF sidebar and High Sierra compatibility" DEVONtechnologies 8:01 AM
  • "Jumsoft releases Flat Icons Lab for Mac - New Productivity Assistant App" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Malwarebytes Introduces Malwarebytes for Mac to Protect Against Rising Levels of Mac Malware" PRNewswire 7:30 AM
  • "Release: CLIX for macOS" Rixstep 7:27 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Is Planning a 4K Upgrade for Its TV Box"  Bloomberg 3:37 PM
  • "Apple's Television Market Share Crushed by Competition" 24/7 Wall St. 10:58 AM
  • "Apple TV Losing Market Share to Roku, Amazon Fire TV" MacTrast 8:03 AM
  • "Apple actually opens up about something — the R&D behind Siri's voices" The Register 7:52 AM
  • "Apple has revealed how it makes its AI assistant Siri's voice sound how it does" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "Apple fixes Siri's robotic voice with deep learning - hear the difference" The Next Web 7:52 AM
  • "Loyalty of iPhone owners likely to overcome iPhone 8 price resistance — survey" 9to5Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Barclays analyst thinks big winner of iPhone 8 will be... Samsung?" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Apple, Citing U.S. Sanctions, Removes Popular Apps in Iran" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:28 PM
  • "Apple removes Iranian apps from App Store, cites U.S. sanctions" AppleInsider 7:28 PM
  • "AccuWeather deflects blame after selling users' data, even if they opt out: Why are you still using AccuWeather?"  The Verge 11:19 AM
  • "AccuWeather app shared users' location data" BBC 8:01 AM
  • "Qualcomm's credibility squeezed between conflicting goals: litigation and investor relations" Foss Patents 3:45 PM
  • "You can use your own iPhone to get Virgin's $1-a-year plan: The plan will cost $50 a month after a year." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Tim Cook Hits the Road to Visit Testing Equipment Manufacturer CTS in Cincinnati" MacRumors 11:00 AM
  • "Beautifully crafted Beats commercial, lead-up to this weekend's fight" The Loop 11:00 AM
  • "The Complete, Colorful History of the iPhone" [Slideshow] Mashable 3:41 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:13 PM
  • "After Charlottesville, Even Dating Apps Are Cracking Down on Hate" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:13 PM
  • "7 tips for buying your child's first phone" CNET 10:58 AM
  • "Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn't prepared for its effect on my kids." Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:38 AM
  • "TWB Podcast: Galaxy vs. iPhone vs. Pixel, Icelandic Drones and Elon's Spacesuit" Digital Trends 6:46 PM
  • "Apple's Titan Car Struggle, iPhone 8 vs. Samsung Galaxy 8 -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-24" The Mac Observer 2:52 PM
  • "Leak shows alleged logic boards for Apple's 'iPhone 7s'" AppleInsider 9:34 AM
  • "iPhone 8 release: Apple to hold launch event on September 12, reports say" Telegraph 8:02 AM
  • "Huge Apple iPhone 8 Feature Hinted By Software Code" Forbes 7:35 AM
  • "iPhone 8 with 512GB storage rumored to be top-end model" SlashGear 8:44 AM
  • "Apple reportedly looking to price its next iPhone at $999" TechCrunch 6:39 PM
  • "Safari in iOS 11 converts Google's AMP links back to the original URLs" 9to5Mac 7:39 AM
  • "iOS 11 Safari Will Remove Google AMP Data When Sharing" The Mac Observer 2:52 PM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Two more Apple Patent Filings point to Apple Pencil Eventually working with a Future iPhone" Patently Apple 8:02 AM
  • "Two new Apple patents hints at Apple Pencil compatibility with the iPhone" Apple World Today 8:02 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "#18: A Bit of Déjà Vu/Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Note 8. Is the pent-up demand from Note fans enough to move things past last year's disaster? Meanwhile, Apple is reported to be dialing back its self-driving car project, and Jason and Stephen are still thinking about the eclipse they witnessed earlier this week." Relay FM: Download 7:49 PM
  • "10' iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 9:16 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 9:16 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 9:16 AM

  • "Watch: 2017 12.9" iPad Pro vs. 12" MacBook" AppleInsider 6:39 PM
  • "Review: DockCase combines a sleeve and a USB-C hub in an attempt to be the ultimate MacBook Pro accessory" iDownload Blog 8:01 AM
  • "Reolink Argus review: An adaptable and affordable home security camera" TechHive 7:39 AM
  • "How to convert screenshots from PNG to JPEG on iOS" Cult of Mac 3:44 PM
  • "How to access iPhone content when someone passes away" iMore 12:22 PM
  • "Learn to Avoid Phishing Attempts" MacMost 10:52 AM
  • "iOS: How to Prevent Your Child from Disabling Find My Friends" The Mac Observer 7:28 AM
  • "How Well Do Health Trackers Really Work for Managing Chronic Conditions? Advances in technology only help if patients will use them, and the evidence shows that oftentimes, they won't." The Atlantic 7:58 PM
  • "3 Weirdest Apple Conspiracy Theories Debunked" [Slideshow] iDrop News 7:28 PM
  • "Comment: Despite early failures, Apple could still disrupt Hollywood with its content plans" 9to5Mac 6:57 PM
  • "4 Ways Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Will Beat iPhone 8" [Slideshow] iDrop News 12:22 PM
  • "Why Apple's Next iPhone Could Be an Expensive Problem"  Fortune 12:22 PM
  • "Apple's carOS focus shows there's no future in car ownership" Apple Must 12:05 PM
  • "Why the Apple Inc. iPhone 8 Launch Will Be Rougher Than You Think" InvestorPlace 10:58 AM
  • "On a Thousand-Dollar iPhone and If It Will Be Worth it" The Mac Observer 6:30 PM
  • "The iPhone 8 Will Be Expensive and Won't Slow Down Samsung" The Mac Observer 6:30 PM
  • "Apple is not building a car, duh" Mashable 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone: Why pay less?" Apple 3.0 7:56 AM
  • "The Galaxy Note 8 is the productivity phone I wish the iPhone 8 would be: I hate to admit it, but I want a stylus." Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "Losing assumptions: The iPhone 8's pre-failure" Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "The Big Software Company Hardware Push" Tech.pinions 9:34 AM
  • "It's Time to Outlaw Texting While in Motion: That text message can wait, but not everyone got the memo. Here's what we should do." PC Magazine 8:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The Shelf is like a Desktop for iOS 11" Cult of Mac 6:49 PM
  • "Ridiculous Fishing Updated for iOS 11" MacStories 3:45 PM
  • "The new iOS game Radiation City hits the App Store today!" iMore 11:46 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak, Dr. Michio Kaku, and More to Speak at 'AI Deep Dive' Built by Money20/20 and Feedzai" Business Wire 9:34 AM
  • "jS Running v4.0 Fitness Tracker with Comprehensive Safety Functions" prMac 9:33 AM
  • "OtterBox Unveils Symmetry Series Cases for iPad Pro 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch (2nd Gen.)" MacPrices 9:16 AM
  • "Disney uses 'Pokemon Go'-like AR in iPhone app to promote upcoming 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'" AppleInsider 8:44 AM
  • "Download Kodi 17.4 IPA Final For iOS 10 / iOS 11 iPhone And iPad [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 8:02 AM
  • "Dockem's iProp provides a beanbag for your iPad (and a pillow for your noggin)" Apple World Today 7:36 AM
  • "Mobile Players Leverage Smart Home Integration to Underpin their Long-Term Strategy" PRNewswire 7:29 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 Insiders: Microsoft won't tell you about known bugs anymore" ZDNet 7:16 AM
  • "Windows Insiders get new emojis for Windows phone on the Slow Ring" MSPoweruser 9:48 AM
  • "Windows 10 'forced downloads': We won't do them again, pledges Microsoft" ZDNet 7:23 AM
  • "Windows 10 Device Usage: Creators Update Deployment Still Lag" Thurrott 10:42 AM
  • "Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Mobile build 15240 to the Slow ring, forgets to tell anyone" Neowin 12:07 PM
  • "Microsoft loses German case over force-feeding Windows upgrades: But will Microsoft extend the ruling to its twice-yearly operating system updates?" Computing 7:24 AM
  • "Xbox One X demand outpacing expectations, with Microsoft manufacturing as many as possible" Neowin 7:05 AM
  • "Microsoft patents an augmented reality wand" The Verge 7:08 AM
  • "Microsoft's Project Brainwave Tackles Real-Time AI Workloads With FPGAs: The low-latency, high-throughput system uses field-programmable gate array chips from Intel to process AI workloads in real time." eWeek 9:10 AM
  • "Intel FPGAs Powers Microsoft's Real-Time Artificial Intelligence Cloud Platform" Seeking Alpha 10:29 AM
  • "Intel's 8th-gen Core CPUs could boost laptop performance by 40 percent" Gear of Biz 7:13 AM
  • "Intel Spills Details on Knights Mill Processor" Top 500 7:22 AM
  • "What will Intel's rumoured six-core mainstream CPUs mean for the CPU market?" bit-tech 7:14 AM
  • "Opinion: Nvidia and AMD are deluged with orders for PC graphics cards" MarketWatch 7:13 AM
  • "HP: PCs On The Rebound, But Potential Barbs Waiting In The Wings" Seeking Alpha 7:02 AM
  • "HP's CEO Dion Weisler on Fiscal Q3 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" Seeking Alpha 7:02 AM
  • "IBM blockchain food safety programme attracts global firms" 7:21 AM
  • "Toshiba dynaEdge Mobile Mini PC with Skylake CPU means business" Liliputing 9:26 AM
  • "Hitachi unveils new Unified Compute Platform product for hybrid cloud" ZDNet 12:06 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes slightly lower in volatile session: Jobless claims rise less than expected in latest week" MarketWatch 4:15 PM
  • "Jittery Market Ends Lower as Wall Street Waits for Yellen's Jackson Hole Speech" TheStreet 4:14 PM
  • "Wall Street edges lower with Jackson Hole meeting in focus" Reuters 4:14 PM
  • "Stocks Muted Ahead of Jackson Hole Symposium: The S&P 500 drifted lower Thursday, as earnings results sent shares of some retail chains higher while food companies fell." [Paid Membership Required] 4:14 PM
  • "Hong Kong leads slight Asian market gains: Investors remain wary ahead of Jackson Hole meeting" MarketWatch 12:23 PM
  • "European stocks post cautious gains as Jackson Hole day arrives" MarketWatch 7:31 AM

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