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Tuesday Highlights: Apple continues to be chip in trade and tariff wars with troubled Turkey threatening boycott of iPhones; Jonny Evans imagines ways "Apple's AI imaging vision may save lives"; new law proposal in Australia could fine tech firms up to $7.3 million for non compliance in handing over encrypted private data; researcher says warnings in macOS "trivial for malware to suppress and bypass"; Macworld calls PhotoBulk 2 a "Swiss Army Knife...for batch image processing" on the Mac; apparently Apple's aggressive arguments against Apple Park property taxes see company "claiming...cluster of properties around Apple Park is worth just $200"; Sainsbury supermarket experimenting with "scan, pay and go technology" in London; most analysts agree HomePod is at 6% marketshare, but disagree over how many have been sold; TrendForce study predicts budget version among new iPhones coming this Fall, starting at $699—more in our Hardware/Software section; Creqtive Bloq reviews 13" 2018 MacBook Pro with Blackmagic eGPU.

  • "Apple v Samsung $1B patent lawsuit in the hands of a jury" Cult of Mac 1:24 PM
  • "Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law" SlashGear 11:28 AM
  • "Apple removes apps with CallKit framework from the app store in China" Digital Trends 5:28 PM
  • "Teen phone tracking app exposed thousands of Apple accounts" Engadget 7:33 PM
  • "Small group of iOS devs form 'Developers Union' to request App Store changes" Ars Technica 8:36 AM
  • "Apple vs Samsung comes to a close, jury set to make decision on Monday" 9to5Mac 5/19
  • "Apple started paying $15 billion European tax fine" TechCrunch 5/19
  • "Apple: Lawsuit Alleges Keyboard Glitch as Self-Driving Car Tests Expand" Fortune 5/19
  • "Apple Sued Over Alleged Keyboard Problem While Ramping Up Self-Driving Car Tests" Fortune 5/19
  • "Apple cracking down on CallKit apps in China App Store due to government regulation" 9to5Mac 5/19
  • "Apple Begins Removing CallKit Apps From Chinese App Store, Citing New Cybersecurity Laws" Gizmodo 5/19
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.4 Public Beta 6 In Preparation For Launch Next Week" Forbes 5/19
  • "PSA: Here's how to check for – and remove – the Mac malware mshelper" 9to5Mac 5/18
  • "How to find and remove the 'mshelper' malware on your Mac: If you're Mac is slower than usual, experiencing battery drain, and constantly running its fans, you might be affected by a new piece of malware." iMore 5/18
  • "How to use a network gateway to share files: With AirPort base stations out of production, there is a way to create a network file server with a non-Apple router." Macworld 5/18
  • "Mac tip: A foolproof way to eliminate unwanted email" Apple Must 5/18
  • "How to Convert Several Images into a Single PDF Using Preview" MacRumors 5/18
  • "Add Web Links To the Desktop, Dock and Menu Bar" MacMost 5/18
  • "Screwing Your Vocal Minority: Twitter's old habits die hard" 500ish Words 5/19
Press Releases
  • "Point In Space Announces FileMaker 17 Cloud Hosting Availability" Point In Space 5/18
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Samsung ad pokes fun at throttled iPhone to get customers to move on to Galaxy" USA Today 11:29 AM
  • "Plaintext Apple ID passwords included in teen phone monitoring app's data breach" 9to5Mac 3:31 PM
  • "Apple UK site brings back Barclays and PayPal Credit options" Pocketnow 5:25 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: AppleLink Personal Edition is the precursor to AOL" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
  • "This 27-year-old ex-Facebook engineer invented a super popular way to protect Mac PCs from hackers without Apple's help" Business Insider 8:31 AM
  • "Apple III introduced, May 19, 1980" EDN Network 5/19
  • "Developers Union urges Apple to allow free app trials, make it easier to earn a living" AppleInsider 5/18
  • "App Store Developers Form a 'Union' Ahead of WWDC Calling for Free App Trials, Better Rates" MacRumors 5/18
  • "The Developers Union Forms to Give Indie Developers a Voice to Apple" The Mac Observer 5/18
  • "The Developers Union wants Apple to fix the App Store" Neowin 5/18
  • "Apple iPhone X best-selling smartphone, Xiaomi enters top 3 models"  IANS 5/18
  • "Apple restarts Barclays, PayPal Credit financing options in the UK" AppleInsider 5/18
  • "Report: Google Home making gains on Alexa, Apple HomePod in 4th place - Search Engine Land"  Search Engine Land 5/18
  • "Early Apple HomePod Numbers Don't Look Very Impressive" Tom's Guide 5/18
  • "Samsung mocks Apple again: This time it's poking fun at iPhone's throttling troubles" ZDNet 5/18
  • "LocationSmart Bug Provided Easy Access to Real-Time Location Data of Millions of Phones" MacRumors 5/18
  • "Apple's Steve Wozniak Dumps Facebook And Thinks Ethereum Could Be The New Apple" Forbes 5/18
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak laments the current deceit of big tech" 5/18
  • "Want to live in a giant iPod? You can if you move to Dubai" Cult of Mac 5/18
  • "iPod design, iPad name borrowed for high-tech Dubai apartment building" AppleInsider 5/18
Non-Apple News
  • "Design thinking, lean and agile are finally converging" ZDNet 8:59 PM
  • "Britain to tackle 'Wild West' internet with new laws" Reuters 6:33 PM
  • "The left turns up the heat to break up Facebook" Axios 5:28 PM
  • "AT&T's Dash-like smart button doesn't need WiFi" Engadget 5/19
  • "'The Dark Overlord' Hackers Shrug Off Reported Arrest: 'The authorities have done nothing to affect our operations. None of our members have been lost to an arrest,' a member of the group told PCMag." PC Magazine 5/18
  • "House Democrats are collecting signatures to force a vote on net neutrality" The Verge 5/18
  • "Trump reportedly lobbied postmaster general to double USPS package delivery rates on Amazon and others" GeekWire 5/18
  • "Trump reportedly wants to punish Amazon by trying to double Postal Service rates" The Verge 5/18
  • "Trump reportedly tried to personally demand the Postal Service to double how much it charges Amazon" Business Insider 5/18
  • "How Google, Facebook will adapt to Europe's new privacy law" Associated Press 5/18
  • "Sonos cuts 96 employees in a bid to boost profitability ahead of IPO" iDownload Blog 5/18
  • "Net neutrality rescue effort is 'exercise in futility,' says Senator John Thune: The Republican is OK with policies to prevent ISPs from throttling internet speeds, but calls Democrats' current efforts political grandstanding." CNET 5/18
  • "iMore show 607: Google Play Jump Newsstand" iMore 5/18
  • "Twitter Killing Client App APIs, Explained -TMO Daily Observations 2018-05-18" The Mac Observer 5/18
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 173: Twitter ruffles feathers, iPhone SE and fast charging rumors, iOS 12 wish list" 9to5Mac 5/18
  • "Don't buy a new MacBook Pro until you hear our newest CultCastCult of Mac 5/18
  • "AppleInsider Podcast talks with artist Author&Punisher, plus Eventide and Teenage Engineering at Moogfest 2018" AppleInsider 5/18
  • "Vergecast: the Selfish Ledger, YouTube Premium, and gadget updates" The Verge 5/18
  • "Apple Releases iOS 11.4 Public Beta 6 In Preparation For Launch Next Week" Forbes 5/19
  • "Apple suppliers brace for profit slide as gadget sales slow: Taiwan's contract manufacturers hope AI era will bring orders boost" Nikkei 5/18
  • "Apple's Discontinued AirPort Base Stations Are Beginning to Disappear From Store Shelves" MacTrast 5/18
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/18
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/18
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 5/18

  • "Review: Logi Circle 2 is the best HomeKit camera, but Apple's support is lacking" AppleInsider 3:30 PM
  • "Video: the iPhone X reviewed, six months later" AppleInsider 5/18
  • "Case Review: Spigen's Ultra Hybrid for the iPhone X" iMore 5/18
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on: Nano brings the full Reddit experience to Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 5/19
  • "How to play PC games on iPhone or iPad with the Steam Link app: Apple Arcade episode 9" Macworld 5/18
  • "Disney Heroes Battle Mode Review: One Incredible Mobile RPG" iMore 5/18
  • "'Minesweeper Genius' Review – A Classic Game with a Modern Twist" Touch Arcade 5/18
  • "'Aero Smash' Review - Fly Your Way Across Voxel Battlegrounds for the High Score" Touch Arcade 5/18
  • "How to Create Voice Commands for an Echo or Google Home Device" Digital Trends 5:30 PM
  • "How to record the screen on your Mac" CNBC 11:29 AM
  • "How to view, download, delete, and share your photos on" iMore 8:32 AM
  • "How to fix 'Messages in iCloud is currently disabled' error" The Apple Post 5/19
  • "How to remove Activation Lock and turn off Find My iPhone on iPhone or iPad" iMore 5/19
  • "Apple Watch: How to set photo as watch face" 9to5Mac 5/18
  • "How to block websites in Safari on iPhone and iPad" iMore 5/18
  • "How to See Where Apple Tracks You on Your iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 5/18
  • "How to add the 2018 World Cup schedule to your calendar" iDownload Blog 5/18
  • "How to set up and use text replacements on your iPhone keyboard" iDownload Blog 5/18
  • "Here's How to Block a Number on Any Smartphone" Digital Trends 5/18
  • "7 Gmail tips every emailer should know" CNET 5/19
  • "Apps Disappearing from iPhone or iPad? Try This Fix!" OS X Daily 5/19
  • "iCloud: The ultimate guide" iMore 5/19
  • "Which iCloud storage plan should you get?" iMore 1:24 PM
  • "Latest iPhone X news is good for Apple but bad for its Android rivals" Express UK 11:29 AM
  • "Understanding the demand for illegally imported iPhones in Bangladesh" Dhaka Tribune 8:58 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 release - When will Apple actually reveal its new budget phone?" Express UK 8:37 AM
  • "Apple mulling a cheaper, Beats-branded HomePod priced at $199" Neowin 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's rumored cheaper HomePod tipped to have Beats branding" TechRadar UK 8:36 AM
  • "Apple to fix one of the things wrong with the HomePod with rumoured new model" MSPoweruser 8:36 AM
  • "7 iPhone Features I'd Like to See in iOS 12" Tom's Guide 8:36 AM
  • "Five reasons to prefer Apple Maps over Google Maps" 9to5Mac 8:31 AM
  • "2018 MacBook Pro: These Big Upgrades Are Likely" Forbes 8:29 AM
  • "YouTube's Lyor Cohen says to forget about YouTube's rocky past with the music industry because the real threat is Spotify and Apple" Business Insider 5/19
  • "Samsung owes Apple $1B -- or maybe just $28M. OK, jury, what'll it be?" CNET 5/19
  • "Upcoming Google Pixel 3 Might be the Latest iPhone X Copycat" iDrop News 5/19
  • "Apple fans are raging that the new MacBook Pro has an unreliable keyboard — so I wrote this article with one to show you how bad it can be" Business Insider 5/19
  • "Analyst: Apple' AR glasses could still be years away" MSPoweruser 5/19
  • "Cheaper Microsoft Surface Tablet To Challenge Apple's $329 iPad: Report" Tech Times 5/19
  • "Fitbit Versa review Watch rival is good but watch out for its faults" Express UK 5/19
  • "11 reasons you should buy an Apple Watch instead of Fitbit's new $200 smartwatch" Business Insider 5/19
  • "Making The Grade: Is Swift Playgrounds a useful tool in K-12?" 9to5Mac 5/19
  • "Apple Glasses are still years away from becoming real" BGR 5/18
  • "Did Google Fake Its Duplex AI Demo?" ExtremeTech 5/18
  • "Samsung Compares Galaxy S9 To Very Slow iPhone 6 In New Ad" Daring Fireball 5/18
  • "How Worried Should Apple and Spotify Be About Google's New YouTube Premium? A service that pairs ad-free YouTube with originals and a music service that's fully integrated with YouTube should be well-received, but its pricing gives Apple and Spotify a bit of a breathing room." TheStreet 5/18
  • "Why Are My Parents' iPhones All Synchronized Up?" Lifehacker 5/18
  • "Change My View: It's time for iOS devices to make the switch from Lightning to USB-C"  9to5Mac 5/18
  • "Hey, Apple: Fix Your Crappy Keyboards or I'm Switching to Windows" LAPTOP Magazine 5/18
  • "Dissecting ZTE: What it is and what it wants to be" ZDNet 8:33 PM
  • "Amazon is making it harder and harder to quit Prime" Business Insider 3:31 PM
  • "Hands-on with the RED Hydrogen One, a wildly ambitious smartphone" The Verge 5/19
  • "Ask Slashdot: Could Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics Ensure Safe AI?" Slashdot 5/19
  • "Adonit Droid Review: Your Surprisingly Precise Stylus" Forbes 5/19
  • "Google Assistant 101: Get to know Google's voice-activated helper" CNET 5/19
  • "Does Google's Duplex violate two-party consent laws?" TechCrunch 5/18
  • "The Highest-Paid CEO in the Country Reportedly Decided to Fuck Up Snapchat All By Himself" Gizmodo 5/18
  • "OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 3T vs. OnePlus 3: Should You Upgrade?" Digital Trends 5/18
  • "Frankenstein's iPhone: Control, don't be controlled/Who's really to blame for 'smartphone addiction', and who's responsible for curbing it?" iMore 5/18
  • "The Restaurant Where Google Claims to Have Booked an Actual Meal Via Duplex" Daring Fireball 5/18
  • "Net Neutrality Is Just a Gateway to the Real Issue: Internet Freedom" Wired 5/18
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming May 19: Gene Steinberg meets Derek Kessler of Mobile Nations, and Rene Ritchie of iMore, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 5/19
  • "Apple Reintroduces Financing Options in the United Kingdom" MacRumors 5/18
  • "Commemorate the Royal Wedding with this $4,000 gold iPhone X" AppleInsider 5/18
  • "'Identity V' Is an Asymmetrical Multiplayer Horror Game Releasing Globally Soon on Both iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 5/18
  • "Arcade Junkies, Get Set for 'Halo: Fireteam Raven' at Dave & Buster's" Digital Trends 5/18
  • "Epic Games Details Future Updates for 'Fortnite' for iOS and Looks at Summer for an Android Release" Touch Arcade 5/18
  • "Fortnite iOS update upgrades game with customizable HUD, details upcoming features" 9to5Mac 5/18
  • "Fortnite is coming to Android this summer" The Verge 5/18
  • "Apple Watch Bands in Spring Collection Begin to Dwindle in Availability" MacRumors 5/18
  • "The new version 3 of Clean Text for iOS supports URL Schemes automation" prMac 5/18
Computer Industry
  • "The backlash that never happened: New data shows people actually increased their Facebook usage after the Cambridge Analytica scandal" Business Insider 8:29 AM
  • "Inside Intel's Fast-Growing and Profitable Internet of Things Group" The Motley Fool 8:32 AM
  • "Look Out Amazon, Here Comes Google" Forbes 8:29 AM
  • "New Microsoft Surface Leak Reveals Radical Ambition" Forbes 6:29 PM
  • "Microsoft makes inroads with U.S. spy agencies as tech giants face off over cloud contract" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 2:30 PM
  • "YouTube is making big changes to attract bigger advertisers, but some YouTube stars tell us they're getting caught in the crossfire" Business Insider 8:32 AM
  • "Nvidia researchers create AI, deep-learning system to enable robots to learn from human demonstration: The paper detailing the method is being outlined at a conference in Brisbane, Australia." ZDNet 8:30 PM
  • "The AI Doctor Will See You Now: Artificial intelligence comes to the doctor's office, helping identify disease, monitor heart activity, stave off seizures" [Paid Membership Required] 7:29 PM
  • "How Microsoft is modernizing the classroom with technology" TechRadar UK 5/19
  • "Google, Alibaba Spar Over Timeline For 'Quantum Supremacy'" Wired 5/19
  • "Google Pay support added for more than 170 banks in the US this week" phoneArena 5/19
  • "FCC investigates site that let most US mobile phones' location be exposed" Ars Technica 5/19
  • "Did IBM just come up with a way to solve traffic congestion?" Fast Company 5/18
  • "IBM gets green light for AI-managed traffic lights" TechRadar UK 5/18
  • "IBM's Paul Murphy: 'Digital transformation is not a solo journey'" SiliconRepublic 5/18
  • "Cost-savings theme pervades IBM storage news" Network World 5/18
  • "What's New in Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4103720" Softpedia 5/18
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4103722" Softpedia 5/18
  • "How Microsoft is getting under the skin of surgery with HoloLens" Alphr 5/18
  • "BAE Systems and Dell EMC develop a scalable and secure cloud solution" Janes 5/18
  • "How Dell is embedding diversity and inclusion into the heart of the business" Ethical Corp. 5/18
  • "Indecisive Dell unsure on IPO and VMware merger plans" CRN UK 5/18
  • "Ex-Intel security expert: This new Spectre attack can even reveal firmware secrets" ZDNet 5/18
  • "Self-driving tech coming to 8m cars after Mobileye deal" SiliconRepublic 5/18
  • "Intel's Mobileye inks deal to supply millions of autonomous vehicles" ZDNet 5/18
  • "Intel Cannon Lake: 10nm chips finally make their way into the wild" TrustedReviews 5/18
  • "Kaby Lake-G gaming laptop and mini-PC revealed by Emdoor" Hexus 5/18
  • "Intel's first 10nm Cannon Lake processor debuts after years of delays" The Inquirer 5/18
  • "Intel's first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo" The Register 5/18
  • "ASUS ZenBook Pro 15 packs Intel i9 power and 4K display: Intel's latest portable chip still fits into a slim case." Engadget 5/18
  • "Morning Movers: AMD Higher on Upbeat Street View, Cooler on Campbell Soup" Barron's 5/18
  • "AMD, Nvidia shares jump after Cowen sees soaring gains on new growth markets" CNBC 5/18
  • "Computex 2018: What You Can Expect From Nvidia And AMD At The Event" SegmentNext 5/18
  • "Dell Latitude 5290 2-in-1 Tablet Is an Effective Laptop Replacement" eWeek 5/18
  • "Oracle NetSuite thought leadership: How retailers can deliver the perfect order" TRB 5/18
  • "Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh" The Register 5/18
  • "ScienceAlert Deal: Get 100+ Hours of Cisco Certification Training" Science Alert 5/18
  • "Cloud-based AI: The game-changer not to fret about" InfoWorld 5/18
  • "Germany calls on chip and hardware makers to tackle processor flaws" Reuters 5/18
  • "FCC investigating reports website flaw exposed mobile phone locations" Reuters 5/18
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks inch down, post weekly losses with trade talks, yields in the spotlight: Russell 2000 ends at a record for a third straight session" MarketWatch 5/18
  • "Dow Rises Slightly but S&P 500 and Nasdaq Decline as Trade Worries Continue: The Dow was the lone major index finishing in the green on Friday." TheStreet 5/18
  • "Markets Right Now: Mixed finish for US stocks on Wall Street" Associated Press 5/18
  • "U.S. Stocks Edge Lower for Week on Trade Worries: Major indexes struggled as investors grappled with a range of geopolitical risks" [Paid Membership Required] 5/18
  • "China stocks buck a mostly muted day for Asia: Despite overnight declines in U.S. stocks on trade worries, major Asian markets finished mostly higher Friday, though gains in Hong Kong's Hang Seng, Japan's Nikkei, South Korea's Kospi and Australia's S&P 200 were capped at less than 0.5%." MarketWatch 5/18
  • "Italian stocks lead Europe lower as politics spook traders: European stocks on Friday retreated from an almost-four month high as uncertainty about Italian politics contributed to a downdraft in a market already jittery over trade tensions between global superpowers China and the U.S." MarketWatch 5/18

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