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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?

  • "How Apple Plans to Change the Way You Use the Next iPhone: Premium device is said to come with new gesture controls to replace home button, taller screen with rounded corners."  Bloomberg 7:27 AM
  • "Why Apple's Partnership With Accenture Is a Big Deal: Partners such as Accenture and IBM give Apple the resources and expertise it needs to win big enterprise deals."  TheStreet 8:30 AM
  • "Apple's iOS dominates enterprise mobility, data shows" Computerworld 8:49 AM
  • "Bain brings in Apple for last-minute $18 billion bid for Toshiba chip unit: sources" Reuters 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Is in Talks With Bain for Toshiba Chips Business" Bloomberg 8:44 AM
  • "Apple joins Bain bid for Toshiba memory chip unit" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:40 PM
  • "Iowa's handout to Apple illustrates the folly of corporate welfare deals" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:38 AM
  • "Here's The Email Apple CEO Tim Cook Just Sent About Hurricane Harvey: 'Because Texas is home to more than 8,700 of our coworkers, the storm's impact is felt by all of us,' Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an email to employees." BuzzFeed 8:07 PM
  • "Tim Cook Says Apple Has Raised Over $3 Million for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts" MacRumors 8:07 PM
  • "What you need to know about transitioning to APFS in macOS High Sierra" iDownload Blog 11:09 AM
  • "Shooting & Editing a Daily Vlog During the World's Toughest Adventure Race - Part 1" 8:53 AM
  • "How to delete iOS apps in iTunes for Mac to free up storage" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "Using Palettes to Improve Keyboard Shortcuts in Keyboard Maestro" Envato Tuts+ 4:03 PM
  • "Creating Brochures In Pages" MacMost 9:21 AM
  • "macOS and OS X version code-names" iMore 11:31 AM
Press Releases
  • "Direct Mail Brings Powerful Email Marketing Management to the Mac" prMac 7:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Group of 17 Apple Auto Engineers Join Startup Zoox: A group of automotive engineers has left Apple Inc. for self-driving car startup Zoox Inc. after the world's most valuable technology company backed off plans to build its own vehicle, according to people familiar with the situation."  Bloomberg 2:04 PM
  • "When Microsoft saved Apple: Eliminating competition isn't the only way to win"  CNBC 8:32 AM
  • "Apple's Sept. 12 iPhone Event Is Probably in Cupertino: Hotel availability shows that people are preparing for a big launch event in Cupertino, not in San Francisco." PC Magazine 11:35 AM
  • "Developers share more ARKit details – like the fact that it can't (yet) detect walls" 9to5Mac 7:28 AM
  • "Apple App Store's Chinese Customers Get New Way to Pay for Purchases: Tencent's WeChat Pay is the latest major Chinese mobile-payment service to get the U.S. tech giant's approval for the online store" [Paid Membership Required] 8:45 AM
  • "The next battlefront in Google vs Apple"  Axios 8:45 AM
  • "Apple Unleashes AR Backed by 'The Walking Dead,' Ikea, 'A Very Hungry Caterpillar'" Rolling Stone 8:38 AM
  • "Apple and Google show off rival augmented-reality tech" BBC 10:20 AM
  • "Apple and Hollywood Clash Over Pricing of 4K Content" Zacks 8:45 AM
  • "My Attention Disorder Was Brought On by my iPhone" Wired 8:17 AM
  • "NYPD: Whoops, Turns Out Our New Windows Phones Are Now Worthless" Gizmodo 8:11 AM
  • "Apple just won an Emmy award... for Siri?" Cult of Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Why Some Restaurants Are Cutting Ties With Mobile Ordering Apps: Third-party services like UberEATS and GrubHub bring in more orders, but don't necessarily raise profit margins" Eater 9:59 AM
  • "New Carpool Karaoke Trailers from Apple Music Turn to Sports" The Mac Observer 1:55 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: App Store hits quarter-million apps for sale" Cult of Mac 8:49 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Palm's brand to reportedly make a comeback through TCL, new devices planned for 2018" Neowin 8:18 PM
  • "Almost half a million pacemakers need a firmware update to avoid getting hacked: You may need to take grandma for an update" The Verge 7:32 PM
  • "Samsung reveals iPhone-compatible Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, poised to compete with 2017 Apple Watch" AppleInsider 5:21 PM
  • "AT&T accuses net neutrality supporters of 'stuffing the ballot box': AT&T ignores finding that 98.5% of unique comments favor net neutrality rules." Ars Technica 5:21 PM
  • "How AI Is Helping Wage War on Counterfeit Goods" PC Magazine 3:58 PM
  • "Samsung outs new smartwatches and earbuds with Bixby integration" iDownload Blog 2:54 PM
  • "Amazon makes elastic GPUs generally available: Using elastic GPUs can dramatically reduce the price of running certain graphical workloads." ZDNet 2:30 PM
  • "In colossal screw up, Essential shared customers' driver's licenses over email: There's a difference between scrappy and sloppy" The Verge 11:42 AM
  • "Humans, cover your mouths: Lip reading bots in the wild" ZDNet 11:34 AM
  • "How YouTube perfected the feed" The Verge 10:20 AM
  • "Happy 35th birthday email, you've changed our lives" BetaNews 9:04 AM
  • "Acer's Switch 7 could overpower the Surface Pro and MacBook Pro: An 8th-gen quad-core CPU and Nvidia Pascal graphics give it some real oomph." PCWorld 8:16 AM
  • "Tim Cook's Political Junket and Amazon's Master Plan for Alexa -ACM 426" The Mac Observer 5:30 PM
  • "Joe Kissell Takes Control of Upgrading to High Sierra" MacVoices 1:56 PM
  • "#204: I'm Having an Existential Crisis Over Here/What we'd like to see on a new Apple TV (if not 4K/HDR), whether or not we've cut the cord, our thoughts on Alexa and Cortana becoming besties, and what it takes for Apple to feature your photo on Instagram." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:48 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 20 – Ulysses' Switch to Subscriptions and Apple's to 64-Bit Apps" MacStories 1:47 PM
  • "Getting Ready for the 4K Apple TV -TMO Daily Observations 2017-08-30" The Mac Observer 1:36 PM
  • "Connected, Episode 157: Your Legacy Chooses You" MacStories 9:06 AM
  • "iOS 11 Dock and Gesture Controls to Replace 'iPhone 8' Home Button Entirely" MacRumors 8:36 AM
  • "The iPhone 8's dock might work more like the new iPad's" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Apple to remove home button in upcoming high-end iPhone, report says" TechCrunch 8:46 AM
  • "New video & renders showcase iPhone 8's new dock, multitasking interface & more" 9to5Mac 10:33 AM
  • "Hint that upcoming Apple TV may offer HDR as well as 4K resolution – and that could be big" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "iOS 11"s most underrated security feature? A password manager" ZDNet 11:35 AM
  • "Apple Releases Developer Guidelines for ARKit Apps" MacStories 11:31 AM
  • "Apple Informs Some Customers About Delayed Repairs Due to Hurricane Harvey" MacRumors 9:59 AM
  • "What To Do If Your iOS 11 Public Beta 7 Installation Is Stuck" Forbes 8:17 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:20 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:20 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:20 AM

  • "TerraMaster F2-420 NAS review: Storage device hampered by clunky management software" Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "Moment Lens Version 2 review: This full lens suite brings DSLR photography to the iPhone 7" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "First look: Eradicate the adapters and dongles with Plugable's lower-cost Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station" AppleInsider 9:59 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to stop your iCloud and Apple ID getting hacked" Cult of Mac 2:30 PM
  • "Have Siri Show Your Calendar & Appointments on iPhone, iPad, or Mac" OS X Daily 1:48 PM
  • "How to open Apple Maps locations and directions in Google Maps" iMore 1:48 PM
  • "Fix iOS 11 Cannot Connect To App Store Error On iPhone Or iPad, Here's How" Redmond Pie 10:28 AM
  • "How to Set Up Multi-room Music Streaming for the Echo and Echo Dot" The Mac Observer 10:10 AM
  • "How to stop the Apple TV remote keyboard from popping up on your iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "Tap into iOS 11"s one-handed keyboard for easier typing" Cult of Mac 3:08 PM
  • "Are Your iPhone and iPad Apps 64-Bit Ready For iOS 11? – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 1:36 PM
  • "Apple to Unveil New iPhone Models at Sept. 12 Media Event: Reports" eWeek 9:21 PM
  • "Watch: Everything Apple is expected to announce at its Sept. 12 event" AppleInsider 7:49 PM
  • "Apple Co-Founder says Tesla is the Next Big Thing" Among Tech 7:26 PM
  • "Apple Will Have a Tough Time Dictating 4K/UHD Movie Prices" The Mac Observer 4:04 PM
  • "Whoa, Siri in iOS 11 Sounds Amazing and Human-Like" The Mac Observer 2:27 PM
  • "Why Apple and Facebook Should Spend More on Video"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1:48 PM
  • "iPhone SE 2: What to Expect from Apple's Next Entry Level iPhone" iPhone Hacks 11:36 AM
  • "No, the iPhone home button is not dead (yet)" AppleInsider 1:48 PM
  • "Renders and Video Showcase New iPhone 8 Dock, Multitasking, and More" iPhone Hacks 11:37 AM
  • "Mockups show what iOS 11 running on the iPhone 8 will probably look like" BGR 11:32 AM
  • "Is Apple Really Doomed in China? No" Apple Must 11:29 AM
  • "Keys to Driving Adoption of AR Glasses" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:27 AM
  • "Apple's next iPhone won't have a home button — and that means big changes" Business Insider 9:59 AM
  • "Welp, it looks like the iPhone 8 interface is going to be ugly" BGR 9:10 AM
  • "Stop Trying to Make Smartwatches Happen: As long as smartphones are around, forget the rise of the smartwatch."  PC Magazine 8:48 AM
  • "Why Voice Assistants Will Give You A Headache" Wired 8:17 AM
  • "How does Apple chief Tim Cook's package look now? Like $89m: Just toss it on the massive money pile" The Register 8:17 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (20) -Presentations, Speeches and Teleprompters: An iOS app from Plum Amazing" eXtensions 7:19 AM
  • "Essential Phone PH-1 Review: A stunning phone that feels incomplete" The Next Web 3:08 PM
  • "Why it may be time for Amazon to seriously consider spinning off Amazon Web Services" GeekWire 3:08 PM
  • "The Late and Not-so-great Windows Phone Loses Another Major Client" The Tech Night Owl 9:04 AM
  • "The Digital Divide might be turning into a Scary Social Divide" Tech.pinions 8:53 AM
  • "Why Human-Like Reasoning Is The Key To Trusted AI" Forbes 8:18 AM
  • "Net neutered: When ISPs like Comcast crash the cloud" ZDNet 8:11 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Western Digital unveils updated My Cloud Home NAS drives, available now" 9to5Mac 5:20 PM
  • "'Angry Birds Match' Is Out, and It's Exactly What You'd Expect" Touch Arcade 2:46 PM
  • "Kids Can Explore the World of Podcasts With This New App" Lifehacker 2:03 PM
  • "Dropbox Paper update brings new tool integrations, API, and more" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "ETA Update Automatically Calculates Calendar Event Travel Times" MacStories 10:38 AM
  • "Zepp's tennis sensor now includes a highlight camera" Engadget 8:39 AM
  • "Logitech announces wireless gaming mouse, keyboard, and giant pad to put them on" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "newPCgadets introduces The Laptop Lift 90 for the MacBook" prMac 1:48 PM
  • "B-Eng introduces Compare Anything 1.0 - Compares Any Files On A Mac" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Pay now accepted by Citi Bike bicycle sharing service" AppleInsider 7:37 AM
  • "Matias releases worthy successor to Apple's recently discontinued wired keyboard" Mattias 7:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "'Cortana, Open Alexa,' Amazon Says. And Microsoft Agrees. In an unusual partnership, Amazon and Microsoft are working together to extend the abilities of their voice-controlled digital assistants." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7:25 AM
  • "Microsoft and Amazon agree to enable Cortana, Alexa communication" ZDNet 7:23 AM
  • "Amazon and Microsoft agree their voice assistants will talk (to each other)" TechCrunch 7:47 AM
  • "Did Alexa and Cortana just become best friends? The Amazon and Microsoft voice assistants will now work together." CNET 8:18 AM
  • "Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are going to work together" Recode 8:47 AM
  • "The Microsoft-Amazon deal leaves Cortana speakers with one advantage: Skype" PCWorld 2:46 PM
  • "Microsoft and Amazon assistants set to talk to each other" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:40 PM
  • "Microsoft patch alert: Outstanding problems with recent updates/Get the latest up-to-date information about problematic Windows and Office patches, and what you need to do (or avoid!) to keep everything running smoothly." Computerworld 2:46 PM
  • "Is It Time for Microsoft Corporation to Exit Devices?" InvestorPlace 8:32 AM
  • "Dell unveils Inspiron laptop primed for Windows mixed reality" ZDNet 7:23 AM
  • "Dell Updates Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Notebook: GeForce GTX 1060 and Thunderbolt 3" AnandTech 7:27 AM
  • "Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop gets serious with GTX 1060 and Nvidia Max-Q" PCWorld 8:16 AM
  • "Dell unveils 34-inch Alienware monitor, Inspiron gaming laptop and desktop" VentureBeat 8:42 AM
  • "Dell announces new gaming PCs and a monitor at IFA" Neowin 5:19 PM
  • "What Intel's Kaby Lake Refresh Series Has in Store for Consumers" Market Realist 8:32 AM
  • "Intel announces Xeon W processors for AI and VR applications" BetaNews 8:48 AM
  • "IBM will derive highlights for U.S. Open tennis matches using Watson AI" VentureBeat 8:41 AM
  • "IBM's Watson is creating US Open tennis highlight videos" Engadget 8:40 AM
  • "HPE boss Meg Whitman re-entered the race to become Uber's CEO at the eleventh hour — but lost out anyway" Business Insider 8:37 AM
  • "Oracle to Hire 5K Executives for Cloud Operations in 2017" Zacks 2:53 PM
  • "Tech sector struggles to prepare for new EU data protection laws" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Warren Buffett tells CNBC he has not sold a share of Apple" CNBC 11:35 AM
  • "Higher Apple iPhone Production Could Boost Suppliers In 2018" Barron's 9:11 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends higher after better-than-expected data, tax-reform talk: BioTech Stocks rally, lift Nasdaq Composite" MarketWatch 4:01 PM
  • "Stocks Struggle for Direction as Tech Names Rise, Energy Falls" TheStreet 10:22 AM
  • "Upbeat U.S. growth revision drives Wall Street higher" Reuters 3:59 PM
  • "Nasdaq Notches Third Straight Session of Gains as Tech Stocks Rally: Haven assets give up earlier gains; dollar climbs" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asian markets rebound, shrugging off North Korea tensions: Nikkei aided by exporters and a declining yen" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "European stocks rebound from 6-month low as traders shrug off North Korea fears: German inflation on tap" MarketWatch 8:54 AM

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