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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.

  • "The iPhone is only just starting to grow up: Flat sales of smartphones mask a third industrial revolution yet to reach its peak" ["Apple is not too worried. Any company that devotes so much of a two-hour presentation to playing with MeMoji cartoon avatars, demonstrating an app that mimics a two-way radio and showing an augmented reality Lego set cannot feel in existential danger. 'You're going to love those aerial screensavers!' Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, exclaimed to app developers."]  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:30 AM
  • "Apple No Longer Tells Users What Is Best For Them"  Tech.pinions 7:59 AM
  • "Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:54 AM
  • "Apple's App Developer Base Hits 20M, Competition Intensifies"  Zacks 7:21 AM
  • "How Apple plans to simplify porting iOS apps to macOS" The Next Web 7:27 AM
  • "Inside Apple's move to ramp up security & privacy in iOS 12 & macOS Mojave" AppleInsider 7:42 AM
  • "Apple is overhauling Siri — and the voice assistant may finally catch up with Amazon's Alexa"  Business Insider 10:29 AM
  • "Study: Apple News's human editors prefer a few major newsrooms" ["...humans, like algorithms, are prone to habit, and Apple News may have fallen into a pattern that Facebook and others have been trying to avoid: editorial bias."]  Columbia Journalism Review 8:36 AM
  • "This third-year WWDC scholarship winner built an ML model to recognize beer yesterday" AppleInsider 9:32 PM
  • "Craig Federighi Doesn't See a Touchscreen Mac in the Future" The Mac Observer 7:13 AM
  • "macOS Mojave Removes Integration With Third-Party Internet Accounts Like Twitter and Facebook" MacRumors 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Removes Integration for Some Third-Party Internet Accounts from macOS Mojave" MacTrast 7:44 AM
  • "Apple strips Facebook & Twitter integration from macOS Mojave" AppleInsider 10:29 AM
  • "Safari gets its favicons back in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave" Cult of Mac 10:32 AM
  • "macOS Mojave: New Interface Options, Under the Hood Refinements" Intego 3:01 PM
  • "Developer dives into porting iOS apps to Mac, finds resizing issues, simulates Mac-like sidebars, more" 9to5Mac 11:36 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 58 With New Version for macOS Mojave" MacRumors 12:58 PM
  • "Apple's macOS Mojave shares name with fictitious Microsoft Windows release" AppleInsider 1:32 PM
  • "How continuity camera works in macOS Mojave and iOS 12: Continuity Camera lets you quickly add photos or documents to projects on your Mac using the camera on your iPhone or iPad. Here's how it works." iMore 5:07 PM
  • "Hands-On With macOS 10.14 Mojave: Dark Mode, Revamped Mac App Store, Desktop Stacks and More" MacRumors 4:21 PM
  • "Hands on with Dark Mode in MacOS Mojave" AppleInsider 11:36 AM
  • "How to switch on Safari favicons in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave" Cult of Mac 1:32 PM
  • "First look at the News app in macOS Mojave" iDownload Blog 7:59 AM
  • "How Finder works in macOS Mojave: The Finder has some interesting upgrades in macOS Mojave. Here's how they work." iMore 3:00 PM
  • "Styling Text With Dictation Commands" MacMost 10:24 AM
  • "Quickly Change Between Light and Dark Mode in macOS With a Custom AppleScript App" The Mac Observer 11:05 AM
  • "WWDC 2018 Aftermath: The year of FINALLY! Finally! That's what I found myself almost yelling out — over and over again during WWDC 2018." iMore 7:43 PM
  • "macOS Mojave changes spell doom for indie Mac games"  Cult of Mac 11:35 AM
  • "What will the Mac be like in 2020? Apple announced that developers will soon have tools to port iOS apps to the Mac. Jason Snell takes a deeper look at this announcement and what it means for the future of the Mac."  Macworld 8:15 AM
Press Releases
  • "Large File Transfer Service MASV Introduces Multi-user, Password Protected, and Custom Branding Features" 7:59 AM
  • "macOS Mojave Wallpapers for Download in HD" MacTrast 7:44 AM
  • "Calcline 4.3 the Mac math calculator in a small stripe" Tension Software 6:57 AM
  • "iClock – First Mojave, Mac OS 10.14 Compatible, Productivity Enhancing, App Released" Plum Amazing 6:49 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles Team for Apple Series From 'I Am Sam' Writer" Variety 12:55 PM
  • "Apple, J.J. Abrams team for music dramedy series Little Voice: Songwriter Sara Bareilles will serenade Apple viewers with original music." CNET 3:01 PM
  • "Tech giants to be targeted by anti-terror laws to help police access encrypted data" ["Telecommunications companies such as Telstra and Optus are not the only target, with multinational tech giants including Facebook, Apple and Google to also come under the new laws."]  Australian Broadcasting Corporation 8:15 AM
  • "Australia will force tech companies to help cops view encrypted data: The country's cyber security chief insists it won't involve a back door to bypass encryption." CNET 8:15 AM
  • "Instagram wants to battle Apple and Netflix with original content" Cult of Mac 8:56 AM
  • "iPhone Outperforms the Smartphone Market in Major Geographies" Market Realist 8:34 AM
  • "RIP, DxO One: The iPhone add-on camera won't survive DxO's bankruptcy"  Digital Trends 8:33 AM
  • "Foxconn imagines life beyond Apple but faces major risks as it diversifies" Reuters 7:05 AM
  • "Smart toilets might keep Apple manufacturer flush" Cult of Mac 10:32 AM
  • "Original Apple-1 computer and accessories go up for rare auction" VentureBeat 8:35 AM
  • "Working Apple I hits charity auction with $70,000 opening bid" AppleInsider 10:29 AM
  • "Hey Apple fanbois: Got $600,000 burning a hole in your pocket?" The Register 1:33 PM
  • "Apple Shifts Developers from iTunes Connect to App Store Connect" The Mac Observer 6:11 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Alphabet faces pressure over diversity at shareholder meeting" Telegraph 7:17 PM
  • "Google employee confronts execs over diversity: Many of us feel 'unsafe'" CNNMoney 3:01 PM
  • "Google will force you to switch to the new Gmail whether you want it or not — here's when you'll get it" Business Insider 2:59 PM
  • "Android P Beta 2 brings updated system images and 157 new emojis" TechCrunch 1:33 PM
  • "Five years on, Snowden inspired tech giants to change, even if governments wouldn't: Where lawmakers failed to reform, the tech industry stepped up." ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "LG's Q Stylus phone is a budget Galaxy Note rival: You also get camera and audio quality rivaling the flagship G series." Engadget 8:17 AM
  • "Leaked BlackBerry Key2 specs hint at serious battery endurance" The Next Web 7:27 AM
  • "Girls are at higher risk of becoming phone addicts, report says: Specifically, girls who drink are nearly twice as likely to develop an addiction to their phones, according to South Korean researchers." CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Exclusive: China's ZTE signed preliminary agreement to lift U.S. ban: sources" Reuters 7:05 AM
  • "Facebook confirms data sharing with Chinese companies" Reuters 7:05 AM
  • "Do helium-filled hard drives have a lower failure rate?" ZDNet 7:02 AM
  • "Apple WWDC 2018 Recap: Macworld Podcast Ep. 608/Apple had its big Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last Monday. What did you think about the announcements to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS?" 6:50 PM
  • "Apple WWDC 2018 Round Up — What The Tech Ep. 402" Thurrott 6:22 PM
  • "WWDC 2018 macOS Mojave Privacy, the Perils of Beta OS Versions -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-06" The Mac Observer 12:54 PM
  • "WWDC/AltConf -MacPaw CEO Oleksandr Kosovan on 10 Years, Setapp, and Gemini Photos" MacVoices 10:26 AM
  • "Apple Executive Greg Joswiak Dismisses Planned Obsolescence as 'Craziest Thinking in the World'" MacRumors 11:52 AM
  • "Apple's new ResearchKit API monitors Parkinson's disease symptoms on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11:53 AM
  • "Your $10,000+ Apple Watch Edition will soon be useless"  Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "watchOS 5 beta 1 apparently bricking some Apple Watches" Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Pulls First watchOS 5 Beta After Installation Issues" The Mac Observer 6:53 AM
  • "iOS 12 adds new graphs to show you how your battery level changed throughout the day" 9to5Mac 7:15 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 12 prevents accidental screenshots on iPhone X" AppleInsider 6:56 AM
  • "13 hidden features of iOS 12 worth getting excited about" Macworld 6:56 AM
  • "Apple AirPods to Support Live Listen Hearing Aid Feature" PC Magazine 4:17 PM
  • "The AirPods are getting a cool new feature Apple didn't announce on stage" BGR 4:49 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:29 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:29 AM

  • "The Best MacBooks: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and no Touch Bar is still the best all-around Mac laptop right now." The Wirecutter 4:50 PM
  • "Audioengine A5+ Wireless speaker review" The Gadgeteer 10:24 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on with the new Home app & HomeKit Siri control on macOS 10.14" 9to5Mac 5:57 PM
  • "We tried out Apple's Memoji on iOS 12. It's already pretty great/Sorry, Samsung: Apple may have already nailed it." CNET 7:23 AM
  • "Hands on: Screen Time in iOS 12 helps build healthy device habits" AppleInsider 6:55 AM
  • "Waze is the best navigation app [Cult of Mac's 50 Essential iOS apps #22] Cult of Mac 11:36 AM
  • "iOS 12: How to enable Do Not Disturb at Bedtime" 9to5Mac 9:31 PM
  • "Mobile AR wars: The Apple strikes back" VentureBeat 6:37 PM
  • "At WWDC18, Apple shared Beats and Nike Run Club shared the love of running" AppleInsider 6:32 PM
  • "Siri Shortcuts will be HomePod's secret weapon" Apple Must 5:26 PM
  • "Apple needs you to turn off your iPhone (but not too much)" CNET 3:01 PM
  • "Apple Said It's Going to Help Us With Our Phone Addiction. This Study Indicates That's Probably a Good Thing" Fortune 3:00 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: What we like, what was 'meh' about WWDC" Computerworld 1:34 PM
  • "WWDC 2018: The big productivity features from Apple's developer event - Video" ZDNet 10:49 AM
  • "Seriously, where the heck is Apple's AirPower charger?"  Mashable 10:31 AM
  • "I love the best new iPhone feature in iOS 12, but Android is still better" BGR 8:47 AM
  • "What was missing from WWDC 2018? Originality: Cupertino, start your copiers."  Macworld 7:58 AM
  • "John Perry Barlow's new memoir recalls the time he roasted Steve Jobs" Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (60): A look at WWDC and Beyond" eXtensions 7:13 AM
  • "WWDC 2018 discussion continues, with notes about Apple product interdependence, tongue-detecting animoji vs. UI quality, 32-bit software deprecation, macOS Mojave graphics hardware and software compatibility, Apple software quality, a 'State of the Platforms' session, unwanted Apple app deletion tricks, Safari plug-in deprecation, ever-changing App Store rules, APFS chuckles, macOS-iOS app merging/porting, Macalope perspective, AppleScript (and Automator), compatibility hacks, small details, Sherlocking, and more." MacInTouch 7:04 AM
  • "Testing the CTRL-Labs wristband that lets you control computers with your mind" The Verge 12:58 PM
  • "Too Many Intelligent Edges (Premium)" Thurrott 7:59 AM
  • "Of course Facebook shared data with Chinese smartphone makers, but it probably means nothing" BGR 7:41 AM
  • "An infrared body scanner told me some hard truths" Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "The game-changing potential of smartphones that can smell" Computerworld 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's New Addiction-Proof iPhone: Apple is taking tech addiction so seriously, they're introducing a completely featureless iPhone." Team Coco 7:43 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Shawn Mendes surpasses 1B streams on Apple Music, latest album now biggest pop release of 2018" 9to5Mac 5:50 PM
  • "WWDC Run with NRC lead by Nike's Coach Bennet, runners awarded Powerbeats3" 9to5Mac 4:21 PM
  • "Long-Awaited 3D Platformer 'Suzy Cube' Release Date Announced – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 3:00 PM
  • "Introducing App Store Connect: For app developers and their teams, iTunes Connect is now called App Store Connect."  Apple Developer Connection 1:32 PM
  • "Apple to host Panic! At the Disco at WWDC18 Bash" AppleInsider 12:58 PM
  • "Apple Maps now available to embed into websites with MapKit JS" 9to5Mac 12:58 PM
  • "Sonos introduces 'Beam' sound bar with AirPlay 2, Siri and Alexa control" 9to5Mac 11:52 AM
  • "AirPlay 2 will launch on 'newer' Sonos speakers in July: No word on Google Assistant timing yet" The Verge 11:34 AM
  • "Sonos is adding AirPlay 2 support to its speakers in July" Engadget 11:33 AM
  • "Apple Summit, Los Angeles: Technorati and I are proud to announce the first investor summit dedicated to the long-term investors in Apple." asymco 11:33 AM
  • "$1250 iPhone 8 Plus case claims to detect weapons and explosives from 40 feet" 9to5Mac 10:29 AM
  • "VAVA Voom 20 is a powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
  • "Cellular Apple Watch Series 3 available in Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and UAE next week" AppleInsider 6:56 AM
  • "Packing Pro 13.0 Summer Update Adds Great Editing Options to Travel App" prMac 6:56 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Puts a Data Center on the Sea Floor: Microsoft realizes you can use the sea as a giant heatsink and save a small fortune in cooling costs." PC Magazine 7:05 AM
  • "Microsoft drops data center into the sea: 'It will keep working for five years'/Microsoft's undersea data-center project to bring cloud servers closer to people has entered new phase." ZDNet 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft's underwater data centre" [Video Report] BBC 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft sinks a data center off the Scottish coast" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Photos show how Microsoft took a big step forward in its crazy plan to power the internet from the sea" Business Insider 7:28 AM
  • "GitHub Is Microsoft's $7.5 Billion Undo Button: Steve Ballmer spent years hating on open source software. Satya Nadella recognized that the service has become indispensable to programmers." Bloomberg 7:21 AM
  • "Microsoft starts outlining its Visual Studio 2019 plans" ZDNet 4:49 PM
  • "Microsoft Announces Visual Studio 2019" Thurrott 4:50 PM
  • "Microsoft adds decade-long Windows support and other services for IoT device makers" GeekWire 7:58 AM
  • "Why this former Microsoft distinguished engineer decided to build weed-zapping laser-armed robots" GeekWire 6:04 PM
  • "Intel teases dual-screen concept PCs as rumors of ARM versions heat up" The Verge 7:17 AM
  • "Intel's Prototypes Show Your Dual-Screen Laptop Future" LAPTOP Magazine 8:15 AM
  • "Intel's new tech paves way for 28-hour laptop battery life" Mashable 7:31 AM
  • "Intel is giving away 8,000 retro-inspired Core i7-8086 chips" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Intel and AMD announced new processors with an insane amount of cores — but they'll likely cost thousands of dollars" Business Insider 3:07 PM
  • "AMD Demos Beastly 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper, 7nm Vega With 32GB HBM2" HotHardware 7:20 AM
  • "AMD's new 32-core second-gen Ryzen chips set to debut in Q3 2018" CNET 7:24 AM
  • "AMD Demos 7nm Vega GPU: Betting Big on Machine Learning for Radeon Instinct; Shipping This Year" AnandTech 7:39 AM
  • "AMD just unveiled the world's most exciting GPU, but you're not going to be playing 'Fortnite' on it" BGR 6:25 PM
  • "AMD Announces Incredible 32-Core 2nd Gen Threadripper Processor: Looks Set To Beat Intel" Forbes 7:21 AM
  • "AMD unveils Threadripper 2: Up to 32 cores, 64 threads, for an enthusiast chip" Ars Technica 3:00 PM
  • "AMD Zen 2 Update: 7nm EPYC in Labs Now, Launching in 2019" AnandTech 7:39 AM
  • "AMD unveils product plans at Computex 2018" DigiTimes 7:58 AM
  • "AMD's new graphics engineer, David Wang, pledges yearly GPU releases" PCWorld 8:48 AM
  • "Nvidia CEO: next GeForce GPU announcement won't be for 'a long time'" The Verge 7:18 AM
  • "HP launches $600 convertible ProBook laptop for businesses" VentureBeat 7:31 AM
  • "HP Announces ProBook x360 440 G1 Notebook: Slim and Secure Convertible" AnandTech 7:38 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5676 packs AMD CPUs and graphics cards" Digital Trends 10:31 AM
  • "The future of computing is at the edge" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:22 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Is Poised for $200 and Beyond" RealMoney 8:34 AM
Industry News
  • "Bank rally gives Dow its best day in nearly 2 months; Nasdaq closes at another record: Tesla jumps nearly 10% after Musk comments" MarketWatch 4:23 PM
  • "Dow Surges 346 Points; Nasdaq Jumps to New Record for Third Straight Day: Stocks rise on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq hitting another new high." TheStreet 4:23 PM
  • "US stocks on track for fourth gain in a row as banks jump" Associated Press 4:22 PM
  • "Dow surges 346 points as trade worries ease" FOXBusiness 4:22 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Investors Weigh Latest Trade Signals: The Dow industrials rally to their highest close in nearly three months; Nasdaq sets another record" [Paid Membership Required] 4:22 PM
  • "Nikkei makes up early losses to lead Asian stock markets mostly higher: Export-makers get lift in Japan; mining companies gain in Australia" MarketWatch 8:38 AM
  • "European stocks wobble as ECB officials signal QE's end is up for discussion: Italian stocks reverse gains" MarketWatch 8:37 AM

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