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Weekend 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?

  • "Why smartwatches failed: Major smartwatch makers — Apple, Samsung and others — rushed into the market before the technology was ready and didn't focus on the enterprise first."  Computerworld 8:31 AM
  • "New Apple SUVs With Expansive Autonomous Driving LIDAR Setup Spotted on the Road"  MacRumors 8:32 AM
  • "Apple's Wrong Turn: The self-driving car was a dead end. The company's future is Siri." Slate 8:38 AM
  • "Where Did Apple TV Games Go Wrong? Developers hold out hope for a bonus round, and offer Apple some advice on how to level up."  Fast Company 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Shares Surge 47% in Past Year, Pulling Away From Other Tech Giants, as Market Cap Hits $825 Billion" 24/7 Wall St. 8:33 AM
  • "Why AR powered smart glasses might be Apple's next big money maker" BGR 12:25 PM
  • "Apple's 'Smartglasses' Opportunity 'Could Be Enormous' Says Bernstein: Apple has the best shot of anyone at this point of making so-called augmented reality actually work, and work well, says Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi, something Apple CEO Tim Cook has hinted he wants to do. But the payoff for Apple may not come until it develops AR for a standalone pair of 'smartglasses,' rather than the iPhone, opines Sacconaghi."  Barron's 8/25
  • "Apple Cuts Iran Apps From Store Due to Sanctions, Founders Say" Bloomberg 8/25
  • "Apple removes popular apps in Iran due to US sanctions: Developers say latest crackdown will have 'drastic effects' on Iran's startup economy" The Verge 8/25
  • "iOS and macOS: What does the future hold?"  Macworld 8/25
  • "Apple IPhone Defect Suit Over Texting Death Gets Tossed" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 8/25
  • "Google Chrome To Roll Out Permanent Mute Button For Sites With Autoplaying Videos" HotHardware 5:02 PM
  • "Hands on: PDFpen 9.1 for macOS adds more tools for editing and exporting" AppleInsider 8:30 AM
  • "A Reminders informational macro: My motivation for exploring JavaScript for Automation—as outlined in the last post—was the simple Keyboard Maestro macro we'll talk about today." Dr. Drang 8:32 AM
  • "I Just Got into iCloud Keychain on my iPad Air With Phone Breaker" The Mac Observer 8/25
  • "5 Spotlight Power Search Secrets" Apple Must 8/25
  • "How to Deauthorize All Computers in iTunes" OS X Daily 8/25
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Copy and Paste" MacMost 8/25
  • "The life and death of the touch bar: revisiting the MacBook Pro" Chuq Von Rospatch 5:54 PM
  • "Cassandra: The Malware Bogeyman Appears -Comparing Apples and Oreos" eXtensions 8:14 AM
  • "Getting Real with 3D Materials—How Allegorithmic's Technology is Leading" Architosh 8/25
  • "Why the Mac needs iCloud Backup" Macworld 8/25
  • "Mac Malware Mania: Chicken Little works for AV. You're the only problem. Fix the problem."  Rixstep 8/25
Press Releases
  • "You'll be able to permanently mute websites in Google Chrome soon" The Verge 8/25
  • "Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac First to Bring Windows Apps to the Mac Touch Bar and Windows People Bar to the Mac" MacPrices 8/25
  • "Feral Releases 'F1 2017" for Mac to Coincide With PC Debut" MacRumors 8/25
  • "Soho Editors are proud to announce FCPX World in Broadcast, a special Final Cut Pro X event at IBC 2017" 8/25
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Judge throws out lawsuit aiming to put Apple at fault for texting and driving accidents" 9to5Mac 9:20 AM
  • "Iranians up in arms as Apple removes top apps" AFP 3:29 PM
  • "Apple takes down apps made in Iran because of U.S. sanctions" USA Today 9:15 PM
  • "ARKit developer shows first app for sculpting in AR using Apple Pencil" Mashable 5:18 PM
  • "Tim Cook wants you to stop asking if he's running for president" SiliconBeat 8/25
  • "70 percent of iPhone buyers won't even consider another brand" CNET 8/25
  • "Leading US community colleges adding App Development with Swift curriculum: Austin Among More Than 30 Community College Systems to Adopt Curriculum" Apple 8/25
  • "These Community Colleges Want to Help You Be an Apple Developer" PC Magazine 8/25
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook in Austin on Friday to Share Announcement Ahead of September Event [Updated] MacRumors 8/25
  • "Tim Cook to announce new nationwide training program at press event in Austin today [Video] [U] 9to5Mac 8/25
  • "Tim Cook Is in Austin, Might Make an Augmented Reality Announcement" The Mac Observer 8/25
  • "A flagship phone from Apple or Samsung will now cost you almost $1,000" Quartz 8/25
  • "'iPhone 8' Could Start at $999 for 64GB Capacity" MacRumors 8/25
  • "Apple's forthcoming iPhone 8 will reportedly cost $999" Business Insider 8/25
  • "Apple's Newest Products That Will Pummel Your Wallet Are About to Be Revealed" TheStreet 8/25
  • "Christmas in September? Businesses prep for iPhone launch" CNNMoney 8/25
  • "Worldwide wearable device sales to grow 17% in 2017, says Gartner" DigiTimes 8/25
  • "Today in Apple history: Unique Apple-1 computer sells for big money" Cult of Mac 8/25
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung's quest to reinvent the TV in the age of convergence" ZDNet 8:14 AM
  • "NASA's $3.5 billion plan could keep Yellowstone from ever erupting again" ExtremeTech 8/25
  • "WikiLeaks Exposes CIA ExpressLane Spying Tool That Allegedly Steals Data From The NSA And FBI" HotHardware 8/25
  • "What Amazon knows: 'The war for retail will be won in groceries'" CNNMoney 8/25
  • "Even Artificial Neural Networks Can Have Exploitable 'Backdoors'" Wired 8/25
  • "Google is looking into SMS issues Google Voice users are experiencing" 9to5Google 8/25
  • "FBI wants US businesses to stop using Kaspersky software" BetaNews 8/25
  • "Galaxy Note 8 to bring in new competition and impacts" DigiTimes 8/25
  • "Samsung Heir Is Found Guilty of Corruption in Blockbuster Trial" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/25
  • "Podcast: Samsung Note 8, Smartphones, Apple Auto Plans" Tech.pinions 3:32 PM
  • "Cult of Mac Magazine: How Galaxy Note 8 stacks up to iPhone 8 (and iPhone 7) and more!" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Jeff Butts of The Mac Observer Details His Hackintosh Adventures" MacVoices 8/25
  • "iPhone 8's Price, The SciFi World of Twistron -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-25" The Mac Observer 8/25
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: We Discuss the Samsung Galaxy Note 8" Wired 8/25
  • "The new Apple TV is coming with the iPhone 8 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 97)" CNET 8/25
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 134 | iPhone 8 event rumors, iOS 11 prototype, and Live content on 4K Apple TV" 9to5Mac 8/25
  • "The HomePod needs to run third-party iOS apps. Here's why" Macworld 8/25
  • "AppleInsider Podcast talks 'iPhone 8' release date, 4K Apple TV, and interviews the CEO of BackBlaze" AppleInsider 8/25
  • "More juicy iPhone 8 leaks and the Apple Car projects takes a strange twist, on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 8/25
  • "More than 180,000 iPhone apps won't be compatible with iOS 11" Business Insider 10:23 AM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone 8' rumored to top out at 7.5W for wireless charging" AppleInsider 1:14 PM
  • "iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Limited to 7.5 Watts?" iClarified 5:16 PM
  • "iOS 11 Beta 8 / Public Beta 7 Download And Expected Release Date Time" Redmond Pie 3:33 PM
  • "A European Patent Filing from Apple this Week describes a new Climate Control System for Vehicles" Patently Apple 12:20 PM
  • "Apple to Debut 4K Apple TV Alongside New iPhones in September" MacTrast 8/25
  • "Claimed iPhone 7s parts leak, showing logic board and reiterating reports of A11 chip" 9to5Mac 8/25
  • "Optical lens suppliers benefit from rising demand for multi-lens camera phones" ["The sources said that Apple, scheduled to debut its newest smartphone model iPhone 8 in September, has since July moved to secure massive supply of camera lens modules from Taiwan-based upstream suppliers Largan Precision and Genius Electronics Optical while ensuring timely shipments of finished models from downstream assemblers Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron. This has made the business records of all related makers in the iPhone supply chain trend upward all the way in the second half of the year."] DigiTimes 8/25
  • "Apple stockpiling 'massive' supply of camera lens modules ahead of 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 8/25
  • "Apple reportedly upgrades self-driving testbed with new LiDAR equipment, more" AppleInsider 8/25
  • "New Apple SUVs With Expansive Autonomous Driving LIDAR Setup Spotted on the Road" MacRumors 8/25
  • "Researcher publishes kernel exploit for 64-bit devices on iOS 10.3.1 and below" iDownload Blog 8/25
  • "Everything you need to know about tihmstar's iOS 9.1-9.3.4 jailbreak untether" iDownload Blog 8/25
  • "Messaging discussion talks about issues with iOS support for groups, as well as iMessage issues with non-iPhone users." MacInTouch 8/25
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "DEVONtechnologies gives 40% educational discount until September 15" DEVONtechnologies 8/25
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/25
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/25
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8/25

  • "Listening to a $6K headphone and loving every second if it" CNET 1:13 PM
  • "2017 MacBook Pro: Performance of 5 models compared" Bare Feats 8/25
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPhone 7 Plus: Powerful Phones Face Off" PC Magazine 8/25
  • "Review: Chipolo, the first Bluetooth tracker that actually fits into a slimline wallet" 9to5Mac 8/25
  • "Review: CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station" iDownload Blog 8/25
  • "Vava Moov 28 review: Inexpensive, yet impressive wireless headphones" ZDNet 8/25
  • "iStorage diskAshur2 Review: Ultra-Secure 256-Bit AES Locked Down External Storage" HotHardware 8/25
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 Compared to iPhone 8 Dummy" MacRumors 8/25
  • "One photo shows why the iPhone 8 is going to beat the Galaxy Note 8 this year" BGR 8/25
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Android Oreo vs. iOS 11: how do the features compare?" Mashable 8/25
  • "'Strike Team Hydra' Review - Trading Walking Guns for Regular Guns" Touch Arcade 8/25
  • "How to Clean AirPods and Keep Them Clean" iDrop News 5:16 PM
  • "How to Kill Active Listening on Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google" PC Magazine 8:14 AM
  • "How to manually offload and reinstall apps in iOS 11" Cult of Mac 8/25
  • "Download Viber++ IPA App On iOS 10 / 11 [No Jailbreak Required] Redmond Pie 8/25
  • "How to Set Up and Secure a Personal Hotspot on Your iPhone or iPad" MacTrast 8/25
  • "Siri Remote for Apple TV: The ultimate guide" iMore 9:20 AM
  • "Face value: 7 thoughts about iPhone 8 facial recognition and biometrics" Cult of Mac 12:25 PM
  • "Silicon Valley's Dark Secret: Mental Health Disorders" iDrop News 10:36 AM
  • "Unidirectional problems: Apple's annual doom and gloom" Macworld 8:31 AM
  • "I wonder why Apple is stockpiling a 'massive' pile of camera modules" BGR 8/25
  • "The Unspoken Importance Of Augmented Reality To Apple's Future" Seeking Alpha 8/25
  • "Here's How Many Apple Products You Could Buy with This Week's Lottery Jackpot" iDrop News 8/25
  • "It Makes No Sense For Apple to Create Original TV Content" The Mac Observer 8/25
  • "Bloomberg: 4K Apple TV will be announced in September" Six Colors 8/25
  • "Listen to Siri's voice evolve from iOS 9, 10, and 11" The Loop 8/25
  • "12 reasons to learn Apple's open source Swift language" Computerworld 8/25
  • "Will iOS and macOS continue individually? Or will they merge into 'AppleOS'?" Apple World Today 8/25
  • "Siri on iPhone and HomePod: 'Two very different animals'" Apple 3.0 8/25
  • "Group Messages on the iPhone are driving me nuts, and I'm so over it" Mashable 8/25
  • "Is Tim Cook Running For President? The Apple CEO held presidential campaign style events in the pivotal states of Iowa and Ohio on Thursday."  NTK Network 8/25
  • "An insider's take on the future of coding bootcamps" TechCrunch 1:13 PM
  • "Hands-on with the Note 8, Android Oreo, and Verizon's sad new data plans" The Verge 8/25
  • "Should tech companies be able to shut down neo-Nazis?" Recode 8/25
  • "6 ways you can improve the lack of trust on the internet" Mashable 8/25
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Turn your iPhone photos into polaroids instantly with this printer" Mashable 9:20 AM
  • "Western Digital Launches New My Book Duo Storage Systems: 360 MB/s, USB-C, 20 TB" AnandTech 8/25
  • "Apple releases fresh colors for Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones" 9to5Mac 8/25
  • "Google Assistant expands its reach on iOS" Cult of Mac 8/25
  • "'Reigns: Her Majesty', the Heir to App Store Classic 'Reigns', Set to Launch Later This Year" Touch Arcade 8/25
  • "The best USB-C monitors for MacBook and MacBook Pro" iDownload Blog 8/25
  • "Apple's Swift curriculum coming to over 30 community colleges, select high schools" AppleInsider 8/25
  • "SideChef To Power Future Smart Kitchen Appliances For Sharp's U.S. Appliance Group" PRNewswire 8/25
  • "One Drop Reports 1.3% A1C Reduction Among People With Type 2 Diabetes Using One Drop | Mobile App" PRNewswire 8/25
Computer Industry
  • "Can Networking Chips Revive Intel's Start-Up Mojo? The semiconductor pioneer has seen major business lines stagnate. But the advent of 5G wireless may spur demand for its networking chips." Barron's 8:50 AM
  • "Why Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google Are Flocking to Iowa: Iowa is quietly becoming a mini-Silicon Valley." TheStreet 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft is making a blockchain that's fit for business" TechRadar UK 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft ready to take 50mn SMBs on 'intelligent' Cloud" IANS 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft ready to take 50 million SMBs on 'intelligent' Cloud" The Economic Times 8:47 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Vega GPUs Remain Out Of Stock In Most Countries Due To Overwhelming Demand" Game Debate 8:50 AM
  • "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc Stock Could Fall Much Harder" InvestorPlace 6:24 PM
  • "HP Announces Omen X Laptop: 17.3' LCD, Core i7 + GeForce GTX with Overclocking" AnandTech 3:33 PM
  • "Here's How Silicon Valley Is Racing To Bring The World Online" BuzzFeed 10:36 AM
  • "Microsoft PowerShell Is a Hot Hacker Target, But Its Defenses Are Improving" Wired 8/25
  • "Microsoft and Halliburton form alliance to digitise oil and gas industry" Offshore Technology 8/25
  • "Microsoft starts rolling out biggest changes in two decades to its Premier customer support program" ZDNet 8/25
  • "Microsoft officially launches Archive Blob Storage" IT PRO 8/25
  • "VIA collaborates with Microsoft to accelerate IoT solutions" DigiTimes 8/25
  • "Inside the lab where Microsoft Surface comes to life" TechRadar UK 8/25
  • "Microsoft wants you to beta test Windows 10 S" BetaNews 8/25
  • "Microsoft discontinues the original Xbox One: No choice but the slim S or higher-powered X for you latecomers." Engadget 8/25
  • "Microsoft stops selling the original Xbox One: Xbox Gone" The Verge 8/25
  • "IBM partners with Walmart, Tyson Foods on food-tracing technology" Express Newsline 8/25
  • "Gartner: Blockchain for the Masses by IBM – A Missed Opportunity?" DABCC 8/25
  • "Bright Pattern Selected for IBM's Watson Build Challenge" New Kerala 8/25
  • "IBM Japan To Help Mizuho Bank Fight FinCrime" PYMNTS 8/25
  • "HP and Deloitte boost 3D printing for manufacturers" ITProPortal 8/25
  • "HP, Deloitte Team Up to Transform Manufacturing" IndustryWeek 8/25
  • "HP, Deloitte accelerate manufacturing digital transformation through 3D printing" ITWeb Africa 8/25
  • "HP: Solid Results, Lackluster Guidance/3D printing is a topic of significant interest, but many questions remain about HP's place in the market." Barron's 8/25
  • "Dell to cross into mid-range gaming segment in 2018" DigiTimes 8/25
  • "Intel Announces 8th Generation Core Processors for Notebooks" NotebookReview 8/25
  • "Intel names new sales and marketing chief" The Oregonian 8/25
  • "AMD's Vega graphics card likely to be in short supply until October" Digital Trends 8/25
  • "AMD Vega graphics cards in shortages" DigiTimes 8/25
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega Supplies And Pricing Might Not Stabilize Until October" HotHardware 8/25
  • "Why Advanced Micro Devices Could Shock the Market Soon" Zacks 8/25
  • "Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service set to be unveiled" TechTarget 8/25
  • "Oracle's cloudy cash dash could fall flat, insiders warn" The Register 8/25
  • "PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years" The Register 8/25
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Broadcom Stock's Big Run Isn't Over/Broadcom Big Run Isn't Over: The chip maker is gaining share in Apple's new iPhone and cashing in on Arista Networks' success." Barron's 8:36 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Is Stacked and Ready for a Blowout Holiday Quarter" InvestorPlace 8/25
  • "Apple Short Interest Little Changed Ahead of iPhone 8 Release" 24/7 Wall St. 8/25
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher after Yellen, Draghi speeches, posts weekly gain: Yellen, Draghi offer no clue on monetary policy" MarketWatch 8/25
  • "Stocks Higher as Fed's Yellen Says Reforms Have Made Banks Safer" TheStreet 8/25
  • "Wall Street rises modestly following Yellen speech" Reuters 8/25
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise, Notch Weekly Gains: Corporate news continues to drive swings in individual sectors" [Paid Membership Required] 8/25
  • "Nikkei nudges up as Asian markets take wait-and-see approach to Jackson Hole speeches: Analyst expects Fed's Yellen, ECB's Draghi 'to be as boring as possible'" MarketWatch 8/25
  • "European stocks fight for gains as countdown to Draghi speech begins: Provident Financial rallies 20% after plunge earlier in the week" MarketWatch 8/25

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