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Tuesday Highlights: Qualcomm lawyers were able to get Apple to admit they had no other choice for 4G modem components; due to iPhone XR sales issues, Japan Display seeks help from Taiwan and China's Silk Road Fund, report also notes Apple said to go OLED on all iPhones by 2020; and Foxconn looking at India for iPhone assembly; Adam Engst asks if Apple will fill void in speech recognition now that Nuance has left macOS; once again, Fortune crowns Apple #1 most admired company in world for 12th year straight—reports in our General Interest section; lawsuit settled between Apple, Valencell over accusation Apple stole tech for Apple Watch; Apple expands Apple Pay to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and more; "Flexgate", the name iFixit assigns to new MacBook Pro "stage light" design flaw; iPhone XS Max and original iPhone X #4 and #10, respectively, in DxOMark's selfie camera scores.

  • "Apple to Sell $5 Billion of Debt to Fund Buybacks, Dividends"  Bloomberg 3:33 PM
  • "Is Apple Falling Behind In the Artificial Intelligence Race? Apple's strategy may allow Google and Amazon to keep the lead in AI."  Barron's 11:14 AM
  • "With iPhone 8 on tap, Apple doesn't need to be a first mover in artificial intelligence"  ZDNet 6:42 AM
  • "The hype around the iPhone 8 isn't getting through to people" ["Piper Jaffray surveyed more than 400 iPhone owners, and found that there's almost no more interest in upgrading this year than there was last year, when the new model was a relatively incremental improvement."]  Business Insider 6:44 AM
  • "Once again, Apple is going to change smartphones forever - by making them more expensive: The tenth-anniversary iPhone 8 may be the most anticipated iPhone to date, but the price tag is likely to make most gasp."  ZDNet 6:42 AM
  • "Apple Might Shock Wall Street With the iPad: Apple might see a nice pickup in iPad sales soon. Here is the driver."  South China Morning Post 6:34 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Another Step Goes Boom" YMP Now 6:51 PM
  • "Why continuous backups on your Mac are a good idea" Macworld 5:49 AM
  • "How to use the People album in Photos for Mac" iMore 7:34 AM
  • "Turn Your Mac Into a Wi-Fi Network" MacMost 9:56 AM
  • "So, Apple, when are we going to see some info about Workflow for the Mac?" Apple World Today 6:32 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome 61 arrives with JavaScript modules and WebUSB support" VentureBeat 6:57 PM
  • "Chrome 61 rolling out now to Mac, Windows, and Linux w/ new developer APIs" 9to5Google 3:37 PM
  • "FileMaker and 42 Silicon Valley Announce Partnership for Software Engineer Intern Program and" PRNewswire 8:16 AM
  • "JixiPix Software Release New Watercolor Studio app for Mac and Windows" prMac 7:09 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro Will be all the Photoshop Mac users Need" Apple Must 11:20 AM
  • "Pixelmator Team introduces Pixelmator Pro" Pixelmator 6:36 AM
  • "Pixelmator unveils new Pro software with machine learning features" The Verge 6:32 AM
  • "Multiple Drawing Views—Upcoming Vectorworks 2018 Gets Them And More" Architosh 6:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook urges Congress to keep DACA alive in letter to Apple staff" TechCrunch 12:10 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Pledges Support to Employees Affected by DACA in New Letter" MacRumors 12:10 PM
  • "Laurene Powell Jobs is using Ronald Reagan in political ads to attack Trump's DACA decision" Recode 3:34 PM
  • "Apple, Microsoft Offer to Defend Dreamers from Deportation" Wired 5:54 PM
  • "Apple Watch faces Smartwatch competition from Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung at IFA" DailyTech 6:28 AM
  • "Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:37 PM
  • "The Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal signs from the Yankees" TechCrunch 4:36 PM
  • "Apple Announces New Tianyi Square Retail Location in Ningbo, China Coming September 16" MacRumors 10:09 AM
  • "Grand opening of Apple's new Tianyi Square store is happening this Saturday" iDownload Blog 10:10 AM
  • "Apple Music Festival is cancelled indefinitely" BetaNews 6:13 AM
  • "Apple shuts down Apple Music Festival after 10 years in London" Business Insider 6:13 AM
  • "Apple bids farewell to Apple Music Festival after 10 years: As Apple's focus shifts to original video content for its services business." Ars Technica 10:09 AM
  • "Apple Music Festival cancelled after 10-year run" Mashable 5:48 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: $200 iPhone discount incurs fan backlash" Cult of Mac 10:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Turns out Google Drive has a dirty little piracy secret" Mashable 6:56 PM
  • "Samsung is attacking the Apple Watch with two new fitness wearables" Mashable 12:57 PM
  • "The 'Apple of China' just released an affordable iPhone 7 clone — take a look" Business Insider 11:55 AM
  • "Amazon's Alexa is finally coming to wearable devices for the first time" Business Insider 10:10 AM
  • "E-skin connected shirt promises to turn your body into a controller" Digital Trends 7:04 AM
  • "Angry Birds maker Rovio announces plans for IPO to raise $36 million" VentureBeat 6:44 AM
  • "Vivaldi Says Google Abuses Its Monopoly Power" Thurrott 8:10 AM
  • "Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick" The Register 7:33 AM
  • "Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index The Real World" Wired 6:24 AM
  • "Google and Xiaomi just launched the best Android One iPhone ever" BGR 5:08 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Car & Driver Magazine Editor-in-Chief Eddie Alterman" The Mac Observer 4:07 PM
  • "Phil Holmes Discusses the Production of Scared and His Other Shows" MacVoices 3:33 PM
  • "Goodbye Apple Music Festival, the State of the Mac Touch Bar -TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-05" The Mac Observer 12:57 PM
  • "The 10th Anniversary iPhone is almost here and it will be incredible, we think." The MT Show 7:03 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 203: iPhone event fantasy draft 2017" iDownload Blog 6:35 AM
  • "Analysts: the iPhone 8 is 'unlikely' to cost $1,200" Business Insider 7:32 AM
  • "Purported OLED iPhone 8 SIM trays surface, once again showing new gold color" 9to5Mac 5:49 AM
  • "New iPhone 8 leak shows some of the phone's new color options" BGR 7:33 AM
  • "Barclays: Apple's HomeKit/Siri efforts will increase customer loyalty, not revenue" 9to5Mac 11:55 AM
  • "Apple reportedly books up Largan capacity at new factory: Apple reportedly has booked up the production capacity for above 12-megapixel lens modules at a new factory being built by smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision in central Taiwan." DigiTimes 5:48 AM
  • "Apple Takes Early Step Towards iPhones With 'Above 12-Megapixel' Rear Cameras" MacRumors 5:49 AM
  • "Tenth beta of tvOS 11 now available for developer testing" iDownload Blog 12:47 PM
  • "tvOS 11 developer beta 10 for Apple TV now available" 9to5Mac 12:55 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone Service Eligibility Guidelines Leak: Learn how Apple technicians decide whether your iPhone is eligible for an in-warranty service." PC Magazine 7:33 AM
  • "Apple offering free repairs on Hurricane Harvey-damaged devices, report claims" BGR 6:32 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:04 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:04 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:04 AM

  • "Video: Which iPad Pro is right for you? 10.5" vs. 12.9"" AppleInsider 3:43 PM
  • "Tested: Galaxy Note 8 Live Focus vs iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode/A deep-dive comparison into Samsung's and Apple's depth of field effects." Macworld 10:20 AM
  • "Review: Plugable's Flagship TBT3-UDV Thunderbolt 3 Dock Offers Lots of USB Ports at a Reasonable Price" MacRumors 3:53 PM
  • "Review: Phiaton BT390 On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones" iLounge 3:43 PM
  • "OtterBox Symmetry for the iPad Pro shines in its details" Apple World Today 7:05 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Noblemen: 1896' Review- A Late Bloomer" Touch Arcade 12:24 PM
  • "How to add a bookmarklet in Mobile Safari" Cult of Mac 3:43 PM
  • "How to Compress Video on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 3:37 PM
  • "iPhone 8? 4 Ways to Sell Your iPhone" Apple Must 10:30 AM
  • "A rare look at the advanced exercise labs Apple uses to fine tune the Apple Watch" BGR 9:11 PM
  • "Apple leads as Samsung looks for direction/Commentary: As Samsung's co-CEO admits his company is a ship without a captain, Apple's Tim Cook seems to be poised to take his brand higher." CNET 7:46 PM
  • "iPhone AR Selfie Revolution: Is that ARKit all over your face?" Medium: Mike Rundle 4:57 PM
  • "Tech Talk: iPhone pricing, intent-based networks, GPS spoofing and smartwatches, oh my!" Computerworld 3:41 PM
  • "Move to iconic film studio could help Apple's video push"  Business Insider 11:54 AM
  • "An exec who worked with Steve Jobs for 26 years says everyone got it wrong about him"  Business Insider 11:11 AM
  • "Apple's next iPhone could cost up to $1,200, or it won't" Mashable 11:54 AM
  • "Will iPhone 8 offer two or three storage options?" iDownload Blog 11:19 AM
  • "The next iPhone could run away from Home: As Apple joins other handset makers in stretching screens to the edges of the phone body, it may not be able to go Home again. That could press some users' buttons." ZDNet 10:10 AM
  • "Forget the iPhone 8 — the iPhone 7 is going to be an incredible deal soon" Business Insider 10:09 AM
  • "Apple's localization problem" The Loop 8:11 AM
  • "Comment: Samsung's easily-fooled face-recognition system shows sense in Apple's 'best not first' approach" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "How Apple is turning Siri into its next great platform"  ZDNet 3:43 PM
  • "Why I'm expecting big things for Siri"  Computerworld 7:58 AM
  • "People in Glass houses: Throwing stones at the Apple Watch" Macworld 6:28 AM
  • "11 Much-Hyped Tech Features That Aren't Worth the Money" PC Magazine 4:46 PM
  • "Essential Phone: iFixit's 1/10 'repairability' teardown score seems a bit generous" 9to5Google 10:09 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review: Superb But Too Familiar" Time 10:41 AM
  • "Hands-on: Galaxy S8 Active – all about battery life [Video] 9to5Google 10:10 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Review: Bigger, Badder, But I Still Want More" Gizmodo 10:09 AM
  • "The Lonely Lives of Silicon Valley Conservatives: At liberal tech companies, those who disagree on politics say they're more isolated than ever before" Bloomberg 8:00 AM
  • "Google: it is time to return to not being evil" OSNews 6:45 AM
  • "Memo to camera makers: put Android in your device or face extinction" Monday Note 6:33 AM
  • "The SD Cars Gold Rush Winner/After Personal Computers and Smartphones, both richly deserving the 'epoch-making' epithet, we now have a new tech Gold Rush: Self-driving (SD) cars. Is Alphabet/Google/Waymo in a position to be the Microsoft of this new era?" Monday Note 6:33 AM
  • "Why is Silicon Valley obsessed with biohacking?" Recode 6:28 AM
  • "Can virtual reality survive?" MCT 6:24 AM
  • "Comic: Mac mini Fans Never Give Up!" iMore 8:13 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Events app for Apple TV updated ahead of Sept. 12 keynote" AppleInsider 5:54 PM
  • "Beats Studio 3 vs. Beats Solo3: What's the Difference?" iDrop News 4:57 PM
  • "Apple Pay comes to 13 more banks across the United States" 9to5Mac 3:52 PM
  • "YouTube iOS app updated, adding live streaming from iPhone or iPad screen" AppleInsider 3:51 PM
  • "VideoPlayerXI Brings iOS 11 Video Player To iOS 10" Redmond Pie 11:56 AM
  • "'Warhammer Quest 2,' Sequel to the Popular turn-based RPG, is Launching October 19" Touch Arcade 11:54 AM
  • "Apple News Publisher: Everything you need to know!" iMore 11:20 AM
  • "Artful Balancer & Artful B Deluxe" MM 347 11:16 AM
  • "YouTube speeds up live streaming for creators with 'ultra-low latency'" Mashable 11:14 AM
  • "iSIGN Media Announces the Completion of its Security Alert Messaging Solution" PRNewswire 10:33 AM
  • "Soulver Updated with Split View Support and File Management Features" MacStories 10:26 AM
  • "Moleskine Launches Paper Planner That Syncs Appointments to Cloud Calendars" MacStories 10:10 AM
  • "HomeKitty: A Crowdsourced HomeKit Database Written in Swift" MacStories 10:09 AM
  • " Launches New iOS Mobile App with Visual Search and Apple Pay" Business Wire 10:33 AM
  • "Worldwide Shipments of AR/VR Headsets Maintain Solid Growth Trajectory in the Second Quarter, According to IDC" Business Wire 8:15 AM
  • "The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from August 2017" [Slideshow] Macworld 5:49 AM
  • "The 7 Minute Workout - Supercharged with New App" prMac 5:46 AM
  • "Letter Free Phonics for iOS Helps Youngsters Build Phonemic Awareness" prMac 5:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft adds new Insider Lab for Enterprise for testing Windows 10 Enterprise features" ZDNet 11:43 AM
  • "Huawei, Microsoft expand cloud app partnership" Seeking Alpha 7:18 AM
  • "New Microsoft scam warning: all you need to know/Microsoft is warning people to be on the lookout for a new scam involving phishing emails promising you technical support." BT 7:37 AM
  • "Microsoft broadens Surface Hub's reach with new distribution appointment: Westcon-Comstor joins Tech Data's Maverick as UK distributor for Surface Hub" CRN UK 7:37 AM
  • "LinkedIn acquisition key as Microsoft dominates SaaS market: Enterprise market to reach almost $15bn in quarterly revenues" Tech Central 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft Expands Availability of Surface Laptop, Free Windows 10 Pro Upgrade" Thurrott 11:36 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Laptop colors now available outside the US" The Verge 11:56 AM
  • "Microsoft formally announces Surface Laptop in new colors" Neowin 11:56 AM
  • "Microsoft extends free upgrade offer from Windows 10 S to Pro" Neowin 11:56 AM
  • "HP Enterprise revenue beats on higher demand for networking devices" Reuters 4:46 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares rise as earnings beat expectations" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:34 PM
  • "HPE beats Q3 expectations: Enterprise Group revenue, which makes up the bulk of HPE's sales, was up slightly thanks to growth in Storage and Networking revenues." ZDNet 4:37 PM
  • "HPE scoops up Cloud Technology Partners to boost hybrid cloud consulting" TechCrunch 9:06 AM
  • "HPE to acquire consulting firm Cloud Technology Partners" ZDNet 10:01 AM
  • "HPE announces acquisition intent for cloud consulting company" Seeking Alpha 7:33 AM
  • "HP introduces 'Made for India' Pro8 tablet with Aadhaar integration and more" Gizbot 7:29 AM
  • "HP Pro 8 Voice Calling Tablet Launched With Digital India in Mind: Price, Specifications" Gadgets 360 7:30 AM
  • "HP Pro 8 Tablet with 8-inch display, 6,000mAh battery launched, prices start Rs 19,374: The HP Pro8 tablet range supports regional languages." BGR India 7:30 AM
  • "HP's new 'made for India' tablets to deliver financial inclusion" Gadgets Now 7:30 AM
  • "Intel chips could take over two-factor authentication from your phone: First, make sure that your Windows password or PIN is secure" Tech Central 7:32 AM
  • "Intel judgment could be critical for future antitrust cases" CRN 7:33 AM
  • "Why the Intel antitrust ruling affects Qualcomm and Google" PC Retail 7:32 AM
  • "Intel's Kaby Lake NUCs Now Offer Optane Memory" ExtremeTech 7:56 AM
  • "Asus has the largest high-end Intel motherboard share" Guru3D 7:33 AM
  • "Sun set: Oracle closes down last Sun product lines" ZDNet 3:44 PM
  • "Oracle Cuts More Jobs in Its Hardware and Solaris Units" Fortune 7:39 AM
  • "Oracle lays off staff across Solaris and SPARC teams" My Broadband 7:39 AM
  • "Oracle appears to be winding down Soloris and SPARC" Fudzilla 7:40 AM
  • "Attention mini-ITX PC builders: Gigabyte has the world's smallest Nvidia GTX 1080/The tiny Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Mini ITX 8G measures just 169mm in length." Ars Technica 8:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: 4 things Toni Sacconaghi will be watching next week" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:50 PM
  • "Toshiba shares gain after Western Digital offers to exit chip bid for better JV terms" Reuters 9:09 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks pummeled by policy uncertainty, North Korea tensions: Trading volume remains tepid" MarketWatch 1:09 PM
  • "Dow Tanks, Fear Gauge Spikes as United Tech Slumps, North Korea Rattles Nerves" TheStreet 4:44 PM
  • "Fresh North Korea tensions hit Wall Street" Reuters 4:44 PM
  • "Stocks Tumble as Benchmark Treasury Yield Drops to 2017 Low: Falling bond yields pressure shares of financial companies in the S&P 500" [Paid Membership Required] 4:44 PM
  • "China Caixin services PMI rises, breaks losing run" MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "Eurozone growth slows, but poised for strong year" MarketWatch 7:53 AM

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