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Monday Highlights: Following media criticism in China, Apple pulls at least 25,000 illegal apps, many gambling-related, from China App Store—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; developers get hands on 8th betas of Mojave, tvOS 12 and more today; MacBook Pro Touch Bar, with Mojave installed, brings new feature you can add: Automator actions; MacRumors reports Amsterdam Apple Store iPad battery incident under investigation at Apple; lawsuit against Apple "claims website is inaccessible to visually impaired users"; interesting story at Wi-Fi Now on how a meeting in 1998 with Steve Jobs brought Wi-Fi into being; MacMost takes you on a video tour of Prague's Apple Museum; an Artificial Intelligence now in charge of keeping Google's data centers cool; copper coil said to be included in next iPhones for faster/more efficient wireless charging; at least six new models of Apple Watch registered in Eurasia.

  • "Apple Is Losing Its Cool Factor And That's A Problem If They Want To Break Into TV."  Forbes 6:41 PM
  • "Apple Is Secretly Trying to Create a $14 Billion Market: The iPhone could become the largest augmented reality platform in the world by 2020." ["Apple has cut itself off from the lucrative ad businesses that fuel Google and Facebook. Thus the next iPhone release cycle has a huge task in front of it."]  TheStreet 7:44 AM
  • "How Apple's New AR Software Could Shake Up the App World"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:08 AM
  • "How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human"  Wired 6:20 AM
  • "iPhone's Summer Production Glitches Create Holiday Jitters: The widely anticipated 10th-anniversary iPhone, with an expected base price near $1,000, hit a speed bump or two related to its OLED display" [Paid Membership Required] 12:43 PM
  • "Apple needs iPhone 8 to solve a giant financial headache"  Business Insider 6:06 AM
  • "Apple reportedly strikes new licensing deal with Warner Music"  Engadget 6:20 AM
  • "Apple to pay lower streaming rates to Warner Music as the two companies reach new deal" iDownload Blog 6:21 AM
  • "Foxconn Details Plan to Buy Toshiba Arm With Apple, SoftBank" Bloomberg 6:22 AM
  • "How Apple's walled garden dissuades added value"  iMore 11:20 AM
  • "iCloud Mail seemingly experiencing widespread downtime" 9to5Mac 5:33 PM
  • "How to open Microsoft Office docs in macOS Sierra (without Microsoft Office)" Apple World Today 6:22 AM
  • "Making File Uploads Easier" MacMost 9:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Retrospect 14.5" TidBITS 8:56 PM
  • "Microsoft Garage releases new My Workspace menu bar for Mac" iMore 5:16 PM
  • "Google Drive/Backup and Sync app now compatible with macOS High Sierra and APFS" 9to5Mac 11:20 AM
  • "Mountain Duck 2 released for Mac and Windows with support for secure Cryptomator interoperable vaults" Mountain Duck 8:04 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Amazon and Apple Compete for Control of James Bond: 007 is seen as one of the last untapped brands, and these two tech giants want to control and exploit it." PC Magazine 7:45 AM
  • "Amazon, Apple reportedly vying for Bond franchise rights" Axios 9:18 AM
  • "Apple is bidding billions to buy the James Bond franchise, report says" BGR 6:21 AM
  • "Apple bolsters its TV unit with more top Sony talent" Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Apple recruits more TV execs for original content efforts" Cult of Mac 6:24 AM
  • "Apple Hires More Sony TV Executives for its Own Original Shows" The Mac Observer 11:30 AM
  • "Apple crushes Samsung in China as iPhone attracts twice the loyalty in upgrades over domestic brands" AppleInsider 5:34 PM
  • "Apple has lost its position as the second-biggest smartphone maker in the world" Business Insider 7:48 AM
  • "Apple iPhone toppled: Huawei takes second spot in global sales for first time" ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "Huawei overtakes Apple as world's second-biggest smartphone maker" Telegraph 7:45 AM
  • "We don't need another hero: Huawei overtakes Apple – even without a big-hitter" The Register 6:01 AM
  • "While Apple Music is the least popular streaming music service, it's #1 for younger listeners" 9to5Mac 10:02 AM
  • "Behind the Firsts Project: How Luisa Dörr Shot 12 TIME Covers On Her iPhone" Time 5:35 PM
  • "Apple tussles with India over national anti-spam app" The Next Web 6:22 AM
  • "Trippy ARKit demo turns sound into 3D waveforms" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "New ARKit demo apps preview hair coloring, and a fun way to leave messages for kids [Videos] 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Video: The same person who built an iPhone from spare parts has now added a working headphone jack to the iPhone 7" 9to5Mac 6:24 AM
  • "Minority Report? Apple's ARKit Gains 3D Real Time Gesture Support" Apple Must 10:19 AM
  • "How Scotty Allen Managed to Add a Headphone Jack to an iPhone 7" MacStories 6:24 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs unveils Rokr E1, the first iTunes phone" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "T-Mobile has the fastest and most consistent mobile data in the US" Engadget 7:46 PM
  • "Amazon headed for $1.6 trillion market cap, analyst suggests" MarketWatch 3:02 PM
  • "Google Drive goes down and takes worldwide productivity with it" TechCrunch 10:45 AM
  • "Amazon looking to spend Apple Park-like $5 billion on 'second headquarters' in US" AppleInsider 10:02 AM
  • "Tech's sexual harassment problems persuaded Linda Crawford to come out of retirement as a CEO" CNBC 7:52 AM
  • "One Company's Quest To Build The Perfect Phone For Gamers" Wired 7:46 AM
  • "Soghoian still championing Apple automation" iTWire 5:37 PM
  • "Five Questions with John F. Braun" MacVoices 2:27 PM
  • "Apple's New Entertainment Industry Hires, Dealing with Spam Callers -TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-07" The Mac Observer 12:36 PM
  • "How To Reset Windows Password in Parallels" The MT Show 12:36 PM
  • "152: A Real Roller Coaster of Emotion" The Rebound 10:05 AM
  • "Buying a new iPhone 8 soon? Here are the essential tips you need to know" Macworld 6:09 AM
  • "iPhone 8, iPhone Edition, and other products we're expecting at Apple's September 12 event: Macworld Podcast episode 572" Macworld 6:09 AM
  • "High-end iPhone to ship after standard models" TechCrunch 6:20 PM
  • "Another report says OLED 'iPhone 8' to ship after standard 'iPhone 7s' models" AppleInsider 6:20 PM
  • "iPhone 8 could face supply shortfalls following production issues: Report" ZDNet 9:07 PM
  • "Apple, LG to Discuss New Screens Deal With Shipments in 2019" Bloomberg 6:07 AM
  • "The iPhone 8's crazy new screen is a big reason why it will cost so much" Business Insider 6:08 AM
  • "You may have to wait until October to get your hands on the iPhone 8" Cult of Mac 9:18 AM
  • "iOS explained: How each version of Apple's mobile OS evolved/With iOS 11 due to be released later this month, here's a look at how Apple's iPhone operating system has changed and grown since 2007." Computerworld 6:07 AM
  • "Apple wants to tell you about these iOS 11 improvements" Computerworld 7:38 AM
  • "New Apple Watch 3 Incoming, Fitness Revelations Suggest" Forbes 6:01 AM
  • "Apple blames software bug for developer portal gaffe: Some developers worried their accounts had been hacked after their home address was changed to a city in Russia." CNET 6:07 AM
  • "Apple says Russian addresses displayed in developer portal due to bug, not hack" 9to5Mac 6:07 AM
  • "Apple says its developer service was affected by a bug not a security breach" TechCrunch 6:10 AM
  • "An Apple patent hints at an iPhone with strobe lighting to keep runners safe" Apple World Today 8:16 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10' iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "Early Results for the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64" Bare Feats 9:19 AM
  • "Hands-on: Propel Star Wars iPhone-connected high performance battling drones" AppleInsider 2:29 PM
  • "Adam Elements CASA USB-C Hub Review" iDrop News 6:07 PM
  • "Review: Kanex GoPlay Sidekick Bluetooth Wireless Game Controller" iLounge 5:16 PM
  • "Synology RT2600ac and RT1900ac: Your Apple AirPort Extreme Replacement" The Mac Observer 10:21 AM
  • "Braven Stryde 360 Bluetooth speaker review" The Gadgeteer 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Pay FAQ: The ultimate guide on how and where to use Apple's payment platform" Macworld 6:16 PM
  • "How to Sell (or Trade-In) Your Old iPhone to Pay for iPhone 8" iPhone Hacks 7:54 AM
  • "Apple iPhone Day 2017 Cheat Sheet: What to Expect" Gizmodo 3:02 PM
  • "Will there be one more beta before final iOS 11 release?" iDownload Blog 8:07 AM
  • "9+ Useful Siri Commands You May Have Missed" Apple Must 5:59 AM
  • "Major Tech Trends Ahead of Apple's Big Event" Above Avalon 3:49 PM
  • "Apple: Benjamin Geskin's Interesting Leak" Seeking Alpha 3:49 PM
  • "Why I still wear the Apple Watch" TechCrunch 2:29 PM
  • "Here's why Apple's new iPhone will have an effect on all of us" Daily Telegraph 2:28 PM
  • "iPhone 8 Rumors: What to Expect from Apple's 10th Anniversary iPhone" iPhone Hacks 11:30 AM
  • "What else does Apple have up its sleeve?" Apple 3.0 10:32 AM
  • "Ugh, is this really what apps are going to look like on the iPhone 8?" BGR 9:19 AM
  • "Surveying the terrain: iPhone 8 results vary" Macworld 9:10 AM
  • "Follow up on iPhone 8 Interest Survey" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:08 AM
  • "Why Talk of a $1000 iPhone is Overblown"  Tech.pinions 9:07 AM
  • "A Problem with Apple News Sites" Macdrifter 7:46 AM
  • "Here's a job for Apple: revive and continue Walt Disney's vision of a utopian city" Apple World Today 7:38 AM
  • "What's in the new iPhone? Just look at iOS 10 and iOS 11 to find out" Macworld 6:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HomeKitty is a crowdsourced HomeKit shopping guide for Siri controlled accessories" 9to5Mac 3:49 PM
  • "AirPods Shipping Estimates Improve to 1 to 2 Weeks" MacRumors 2:29 PM
  • "Logitech Announces Apple® HomeKit™ Availability on Circle 2 Wired Home Security Cameras" Business Wire 12:07 PM
  • "New Version of Avira Mobile Security for iOS: Powerful Protection Against Phishing Attacks and Identity Theft" Business Wire 12:07 PM
  • "Pebble watch creator wants your iPhone to charge your AirPods" 9to5Mac 11:20 AM
  • "Elk Adds Lock Screen Currency Conversion" MacStories 10:05 AM
  • "iHome built Alexa into its latest alarm clock" The Verge 6:20 AM
  • "Goldgenie starts taking orders for the iPhone 8 plated in 24K gold" Mashable 6:19 AM
  • "Logitech Circle 2 camera firmware update brings HomeKit support" 9to5Mac 6:07 AM
  • "Watermark and Share Videos from Your Phone with UptiiQ's Latest Update" prMac 6:07 AM
  • "One week to go until iPhone 8 - How to wipe your device before selling" prMac 6:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Dell becomes GE's primary IT supplier, shows PC, hyperconverged, all-flash strength in Q2" ZDNet 7:28 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Announces Multi-Year Agreement with GE" GuruFocus 7:34 AM
  • "Dell Reports Sales of $19 Billion on Anniversary of EMC Deal" Bloomberg/Quint 7:28 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Reports Fiscal Year 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results" Broadway World 7:34 AM
  • "Dell EMC flexes some HCI muscle at VMworld 2017: Dell EMC and VMware announced two joint solutions, VxRail 4.5 and VxRack, enabling users to take advantage of HCI and quickly integrate it with existing VMware software." Network World 7:28 AM
  • "Dell: I'm Glad I Went and Met With the President'" Bloomberg/Quint 7:37 AM
  • "IBM and MIT to launch $240m Watson Artificial Intelligence Lab" ZDNet 7:14 AM
  • "IBM is installing a Watson AI lab at MIT: It's part of a 10-year, $240 million investment agreement." Engadget 7:14 AM
  • "IBM, MIT Partner on $240 Million Artificial Intelligence Research" NewsMax Finance 7:54 AM
  • "IBM puts $240m into MIT and a 10 year AI research facility: Will look at health and cyber security" The Inquirer 7:54 AM
  • "IBM and MIT pen 10-year, $240M AI research partnership" TechCrunch 7:23 AM
  • "IBM Retirement Fund Has $1.60 Million Position in Duke Energy Corporation (DUK)" The Ledger Gazette 7:55 AM
  • "ARM-Based Always-Connected Windows 10 PCs Approach the Finish Line" Thurrott 12:20 PM
  • "Microsoft and Adobe announce an expanded partnership around Adobe Sign and Microsoft Teams" TechCrunch 8:53 AM
  • "Microsoft, Adobe advance partnership with new cross-cloud productivity integrations" ZDNet 9:04 AM
  • "Microsoft may be rebranding Skype for Business to Teams" Neowin 12:18 PM
  • "Microsoft may be repositioning some (or all) of Skype for Business as Teams" ZDNet 11:13 AM
  • "Microsoft just upped its multi-million bet on quantum computing" ZDNet 10:35 AM
  • "Microsoft set to launch brand new Surface device at major event in London soon" Express UK 7:57 AM
  • "What is Intel Optane? The company's new memory technology claims to be faster and more durable than flash." Engadget 9:00 AM
  • "Intel announces 5G mobile trial platform" ZDNet 10:53 AM
  • "Intel Preps Morphing 5G Testbed" PC Magazine 12:10 PM
  • "AMD debuts mighty Ryzen Pro desktop chips to 'inject excitement back in PC'" Interaksyon 7:45 AM
  • "AMD says Ryzen was a 'worst case scenario,' Threadripper built by engineers in their spare time" TechSpot 7:46 AM
  • "AMD continues its Ryze, takes market share and revenue from Intel" TechRadar UK 7:46 AM
  • "Lenovo announces new ThinkPads with AMD Pro processors" The Verge 10:34 AM
  • "Oracle takes political stand, supports anti-online human trafficking bill" Reuters 7:53 PM
  • "Oracle Proposes Java SE Release Cycle Change" Silicon UK 7:57 AM
  • "Cisco's Milan lab signs up to GSMA Open IoT Lab Initiative" Telecompaper 7:46 AM
  • "New battery technologies are getting a charge from venture investors" TechCrunch 7:24 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow finishes lower as Disney and Goldman shares tumble: Financials fall as insurers take hit from hurricanes" MarketWatch 5:18 PM
  • "Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Equities and Disney Slide Hits Dow" TheStreet 2:41 PM
  • "Wall St ends flat as media stocks slump, healthcare gains" Reuters 5:17 PM
  • "Financial Stocks Slide, Along With Treasury Yields: Concerns around Hurricane Irma's potential impact on Florida and other Southern states deepened losses for shares of insurers" [Paid Membership Required] 5:16 PM
  • "China's forex reserves rise for 7th straight month" MarketWatch 8:07 AM
  • "Euro jumps above $1.20, as Draghi talk currency volatility at ECB news conference" MarketWatch 8:09 AM

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