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Monday Highlights: Wired goes in-depth into "Apple's high-flying bid to become a streaming giant"; Mike Elgan believes Apple's latest iPhones beat out Google's new Pixel 4 models when it comes to innovative technologies; US lawmakers blast Apple over China app censorship; Mark Gurman hears Smart Glasses from Apple "could make 2020 the Year of AR"—reports in our Apple/Macintosh and Hardware/Software sections; as Apple's China woes persist, Tim Cook takes role of chairman of advisory board at Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management; David Shayer at TidBITS explains the reasons iOS 13 and macOS Catalina are so buggy; in search of alternative office software? Macworld reviews WPS Office; CNET looks at smartphone's rise to "become the remote control of your life"; 9to5Mac reporting some owners of Apple TV hardware seeing crashes of TV app on tvOS 13; Pixel 4's low light features "no match for iPhone 11" says Michael Simon.

  • "Apple expects its budget iPhone to be the most popular 2018 model" TechRadar UK 8:40 AM
  • "Univ. of Alabama Students Can Use ID Card on Apple Watch: University of Alabama students will be able to use ID cards on the Apple Watches and iPhones this fall."  U.S. News & World Report 7:01 PM
  • "University of Alabama president touts partnership w/ Apple to bring student IDs to Wallet" 9to5Mac 11:39 AM
  • "A new feature in the next iPhone software is going to shock people — it surprised even Apple's CEO" Business Insider 8:39 AM
  • "Amazon won a major battle in Seattle, but a Big Tech 'head tax' could still happen for Apple and Google" Business Insider 11:50 AM
  • "Rise of contactless payment means cash is no longer king" ["The report also highlighted the potential growth of alternative payment systems, such as Apple Pay or services that use new Open Banking rules to skip intermediaries like Visa and transfer money directly between bank accounts."]  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:00 PM
  • "Apple's Oprah Winfrey show" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:01 PM
  • "New 'Behind the Mac' campaign shares creativity stories" The Apple Post 11:41 AM
  • "Apple files patent application for a wristband that can monitor blood pressure" City A.M. 1:05 PM
  • "Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle" SlashGear 6/16
  • "ITC suggests Apple infringed on Qualcomm battery patent as potential import ban looms" 9to5Mac 6/16
  • "Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo" Reuters 6/16
  • "Apple nabs ex-Waymo senior self-driving engineer" SlashGear 6/16
  • "Apple Snatches Ex-Waymo, NASA Engineer for Self-Driving Car Project" iDrop News 6/16
  • "Oprah joins Apple with a multi-year original programming deal" Digital Trends 6/16
  • "Everyone wants to be on streaming TV, even Oprah Winfrey" Quartz 6/16
  • "Apple supplier Foxconn now has a North American headquarters in Milwaukee" The Verge 6/16
  • "Apple's Commitment to Privacy Was On Display This Week" Fortune 6/16
  • "This Report Confirms What Tim Cook Has Been Saying All Along" The Motley Fool 6/16
  • "Apple might achieve what Windows 10 never could" IT PRO (UK) 6/16
  • "How to Convert ISO to VDI Virtual Box Image" OS X Daily 5:51 PM
  • "How to troubleshoot the macOS Mojave beta" iMore 6/16
  • "How to Make Quick English-Metric Conversions Using macOS Spotlight" The Mac Observer 6/15
  • "DirectX and Windows 10 versus Metal 2 and macOS 10.13.5" Bare Feats 6/15
  • "Airfoil for Mac Review: The perfect way to create a multi-room speaker system" iMore 6/15
  • "A guide to macOS Mojave's Quick Look improvements" Apple Must 6/15
  • "Mac Dev Blasts Apple For Neglectful Sad State Of Dated Macintosh Hardware" HotHardware 5:42 PM
  • "Why has Apple put Mac users in the Mojave desert? Is Apple trying to tell us something?"  Computerworld 6/15
Press Releases
  • "You Can't Beat the Pyramids: A sidebar on toolbars for the coming ACP interim release." Rixstep 5:41 PM
  • "Google releases Mac, Linux app for converting VR180 into standardized editing format" 9to5Google 6/15
  • "Mac MACSpoof to change MAC address to network interfaces on Mac" Tension Software 6/15
  • "Data Extractor 1.6 can extract data from files and emails and collect them in exportable database tables" Tension Software 6/15
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook travels to Amsterdam & visits with iPhone photographer Annet de Graaf" 9to5Mac 5:47 PM
  • "Toronto's Flipd helps students deal with smartphone distraction" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 7:23 PM
  • "The iPhone 3GS is going back on sale, but for a limited time and only in South Korea" Mashable 5:49 PM
  • "Don't take your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook to the World Cup" Cult of Mac 5:51 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs' daughter Lisa is born" Cult of Mac 8:35 AM
  • "The cheapskate way I installed and powered a second GPU on my old Mac Pro" iMore 6/16
  • "Meet Apple's Security Headache: The GrayKey, a Startup's iPhone-Hacking Box/Apple is punching back at Grayshift, maker of the GrayKey box, with a change to iOS mobile software that would block the iPhone-unlocking tool" [Paid Membership Required] 6/15
  • "iPhone Hackers May Already Have a Workaround for Cops to Crack Apple's Newest Security Feature" Gizmodo 6/15
  • "Huge Apple Maps outage prevents all users from searching, getting directions: Apple is aware of the problems and currently investigating." Ars Technica 6/15
  • "Apple Maps outage gave people an excuse to stop using Apple Maps" The Next Web 6/15
  • "Apple Maps Has Been Down For Hours And People Are Lost" BuzzFeed 6/15
  • "PSA: Apple Maps Has Been Down Several Hours, Directions and Search Not Working" MacRumors 6/15
  • "'Sitting is the new cancer': Apple gives all staff in its new office standing desks" Telegraph 6/15
  • "Apple nabs senior engineer from Alphabet's Way self-driving vehicle unit" Apple World Today 6/15
  • "Apple hires ex-Waymo engineer for self-driving project: Jamie Waydo will reportedly join Titan, though we don't know specifically what she'll be working on." Engadget 6/15
  • "Apple Launches New 'Behind the Mac' Ad Campaign" MacRumors 6/15
  • "Apple wins big at AICP Awards: Apple named most awarded brand and short film 'Welcome Home' earns most awarded campaign" PRNewswire 6/15
  • "Spike Jonze's brilliant HomePod ad wins major advertising award" Cult of Mac 6/15
  • "Divorce lawyers warn warring couples to unsync iPhones" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6/15
Non-Apple News
  • "Video Game Addiction Tries to Move From Basement to Doctor's Office" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:10 PM
  • "Could The US Government's Move To The Commercial Cloud Stop Leaks And Breaches?" Forbes 9:07 PM
  • "Man goes to prison for attempting to hijack web domain at gunpoint" Engadget 9:07 PM
  • "Google Translate Can't Provide Consent for a Police Search, Judge Rules" Gizmodo 6:20 PM
  • "Facebook will stop showing minors ads for gun accessories" The Verge 5:49 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy X Folding Flagship Phone Launch Could Come With Jaw-Dropping Price" HotHardware 5:42 PM
  • "Images of Samsung's cancelled 'Project V' foldable phone may have leaked" Android Authority 3:26 PM
  • "T-Mobile and Sprint to file deal application to FCC as early as Monday" 9to5Mac 6/15
  • "Verizon beats 'unlimited' into meaninglessness with third unlimited plan that still has limits" Android Police 6/15
  • "Six current and former Fitbit employees indicted for criminal theft of trade secrets" Android Police 6/15
  • "Can Russian hackers be stopped? Here's why it might take 20 years" ZDNet 6/15
  • "Rebble is exactly what you need if you don't want your Pebble watch to die" Digital Trends 6/15
  • "This new Android malware delivers banking trojan, keylogger and ransomware: Researchers uncover a form of malware that's still in development — but it has the potential to become a nasty threat." ZDNet 6/15
  • "A Gymnastics Coach Builds What The Tech Giants Couldn't." Forbes 6/15
  • "Google diversity figures show little change" BBC 6/15
  • "This tech company used AI to give a radio host his voice back after it was robbed by a rare medical disorder" Business Insider 6/15
  • "'We're going to make this go away entirely': AppNexus says it's found a way to stamp out fake web traffic for good" Business Insider 6/15
  • "The Talk Show: 'Airpower, What's That?', With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell" Daring Fireball 6/15
  • "iMore show 613: All The Things, with Werner Jainek" iMore 6/15
  • "Snapchat Courts Developers, the State of Mac Hardware -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-15" The Mac Observer 6/15
  • "How Microsoft Beat Apple (Capital Market Laboratories)" Seeking Alpha 6/15
  • "Podcast discusses the end of the lightning connector, waterproof patents, and interviews Moog iOS developer Geert Bevin" AppleInsider 6/15
  • "Apple's new iOS 12 Measure app now showing in the App Store" The Apple Post 1:03 PM
  • "Apple selling Danalock V3, first retrofit HomeKit Smart Lock in Europe" The Apple Post 11:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Teams for iOS comes with new sharing features" MSPoweruser 1:04 PM
  • "Google now offers high-priority notifications to Gmail iOS users" Financial Express 6/16
  • "Apple to Stick With Cheaper Screens as Consumers Balk at iPhone X Price Tag/Apple expects to sell more iPhones with LCD screens than pricey OLED models in its coming lineup: sources" [Paid Membership Required] 6/15
  • "Apple: Next iPhones to Have Cheaper LCD Displays" Investopedia 6/15
  • "New leak may have just revealed sizes of all three of Apple's next-gen iPhones" BGR 6/15
  • "Intel's next iPhone cellular modem could completely replace Qualcomm chips" AppleInsider 6/15
  • "6.1-inch LCD 2018 iPhone expected to be most popular model" AppleInsider 6/15
  • "Apple reportedly scaling back expectations for sales of this year's flagship iPhones" 9to5Mac 6/15
  • "Apple anticipates fans would lean toward the cheaper LCD iPhone this year" iDownload Blog 6/15
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/15
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/15
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/15

  • "Amazfit Bip Smartwatch Review: Taking The Casio Approach to Beating The Apple Watch" Forbes 6:58 PM
  • "This iPhone X Case Enables Underwater Photography At 40m/130ft Depth While Still Allowing Touchscreen Use" Redmond Pie 8:34 AM
  • "Review: Lume Cube Creative Lighting Kit exclusively at Apple stores" 9to5Mac 6/15
  • "Saddleback Thin Front Pocket Backpack review: The best rugged leather backpack for your MacBook/It's pricey, but you'll probably never need to buy another backpack again." Macworld 6/15
  • "Rymek Typewriter Bluetooth Keyboard review: $200 of nerdy goodness/This is not the best keyboard I own, but it is the keyboard I will use until it breaks." Android Central 6/15
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Five of my favorite watchOS 5 features¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 6/15
  • "Here are over 150 new features and changes in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 6/15
  • "'Deep Space' Review – Not That Deep Actually – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 6/15
  • "iPhone or iPad keeps shutting off? Here's how to fix it!" iMore 5:47 PM
  • "Touch ID not working for you? Here's how to fix it!" iMore 1:03 PM
  • "iOS 12: How To Enable Safari Icons In Tabs (Favicon) On iPhone Or iPad" Redmond Pie 8:33 AM
  • "watchOS 5: How to access the Internet from your wrist" 9to5Mac 6/16
  • "How to Block iOS Software Updates on iPhone and iPad" iPhone Hacks 6/16
  • "Gmail For iOS Gets AI-Powered Notifications: Here's How To Enable It" Tech Times 6/16
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to show Safari tab icons in iOS 12" 9to5Mac 6/15
  • "How to reset a forgotten Apple ID password [iCloud, iTunes, App Store] iMore 6/15
  • "How To Use iOS 12 Screen Time, App Limits Feature" Redmond Pie 6/15
  • "How to keep some full resolution images on your iOS device, and store others in the cloud: iCloud Photo Library isn't flexible about file storage. But the solution may lie with Dropbox." Macworld 6/15
  • "One trick to make Safari on Mac useful" Mac Kung Fu 6/16
  • "Technical Terms: Virus and Malware" MacMost 6/15
  • "What iPhone X without the 'notch' would look like" Cult of Mac 8:12 PM
  • "Commentary: Apple and Amazon don't need to buy Hollywood to build entertainment powerhouse" Seattle Times [Paid/Free Membership Required] 7:13 PM
  • "Can Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?" AppleInsider 1:03 PM
  • "Report outlines possibilities for Apple's original video, suggests subscription cheaper than Netflix" 9to5Mac 11:51 AM
  • "New iPhone and Android tools to fight phone addiction graded by experts: Apple vs Google" South China Morning Post 8:41 AM
  • "Five Ways Apple Is Making Its Devices More Secure in iOS 12" Slate 8:41 AM
  • "Apple's Reminders app needs five additional features to be a true task manager" 9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "How AirPods will change the world" Apple 3.0 8:35 AM
  • "2018 iPhones could have OLED screens like iPhone X and there's new hope for Steam Link" CNET 6/16
  • "Indulge your nostalgia with a brand new iPhone 3GS" Digital Trends 6/16
  • "Groove Music Sessions – Microsoft planned to bring integrated chat and DJ sessions to Groove Music" MSPoweruser 6/16
  • "Apple Manages to Snag Oprah Winfrey to Make Shows, Possibly for Subscription Video Service" Gizmodo 6/16
  • "I wouldn't buy a $2,000 foldable iPhone, let alone Samsung's Galaxy X" BGR 6/16
  • "Samsung Galaxy X folding phone could cost twice as much as iPhone X" Cult of Mac 6/16
  • "UX engineer explains how Apple could fix 'broken' 3D Touch on iPhone¬†[Poll] 9to5Mac 6/16
  • "Why I'm Ditching My MacBook Pro for the MateBook X Pro" LAPTOP Magazine 6/16
  • "The best iPhone accessories to get even more out of your device" Digital Trends 6/16
  • "How ARKit 2 works, and why Apple is so focused on AR" Ars Technica 6/16
  • "Upcoming iOS Access Restrictions Could Stymie Law Enforcement" TechNewsWorld 6/16
  • "Who's balking at the iPhone X price tag?" Apple 3.0 6/16
  • "How a Minor Change to the Apple Watch's Buttons Could Vastly Improve User Experience" Slate 6/16
  • "iOS 12 can prevent iPhone hacking, and Valve's playing nice with Apple" CNET 6/16
  • "Not seeing red: Missing Apple's color strategy" Macworld 6/16
  • "I'm raising my son with very limited technology — here's how I do it" Business Insider 5:51 PM
  • "Why Won't Facebook Talk About How Often Its Algorithms Are Wrong?" Forbes 6/16
  • "iMore's Best of E3 2018 Awards! Here are some of the coolest things we saw from Nintendo at E3 2018" iMore 6/15
  • "Applying The Trump Doctrine To Net Neutrality" Forbes 6/15
  • "Why USB-C headphones aren't, and likely never will be, mainstream" The Verge 6/15
  • "Why net neutrality supporters are cringing at the AT&T-Time Warner merger: Oh, maybe because they think it could destroy the internet?" CNET 6/15
  • "Samsung has booked the Gear S3 into this flash hotel, and it'll never leave" Digital Trends 6/15
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming June 16: Gene Steinberg meets The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin and author Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 6/16
  • "iPhone 3GS comes back from the dead in South Korea: Kick it like it's 2009." Engadget 6/15
  • "iWork 4.1 Update Brings Audio Recording, Improved Smart Annotation" The Mac Observer 6/15
  • "AirPlay 2 Coming To Portable Libratone Speakers This September" Redmond Pie 6/15
  • "Apple updates Apple Store Orders page with modern new design" 9to5Mac 6/15
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 with Built-in Cellular Arrives at U.S. Cellular" Business Wire 6/15
  • "HomePod Can Now Read the News in Canada, Where Sales of the Speaker Begin Monday" MacRumors 6/15
  • "Apple Updates iWork Apps on Mac and iOS" MacTrast 6/15
  • "Split View Support is Coming to Microsoft Edge for iOS" Thurrott 6/15
  • "Rapha teams with Apple for exclusive line of accessories" Cult of Mac 6/15
  • "Gmail iOS app now uses AI to offer option of notifications only for important emails" 9to5Mac 6/15
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Is Fixing Office, But Not Fast Enough: all steps in the right direction, but not far enough" [Paid Membership Required] 7:23 PM
  • "Amazon, Microsoft, Uber donate to oppose the California Consumer Privacy Act" Digital Trends 11:38 AM
  • "Facebook Will Ban Some Businesses From Advertising...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week" Forbes 8:34 AM
  • "Former Google and Instagram engineers got millions to take TV into the future: Here's what it looks like" Business Insider 8:35 AM
  • "IBM, Oracle, Microsoft and Others Are Plunging Into 'Blockchain-as-a-Service'" TheStreet 6/16
  • "Amazon and Microsoft back campaign against California privacy act" Engadget 6/16
  • "Microsoft introduces mixed reality as a service" Forbes 6/16
  • "Microsoft Attempts a Submersible Cloud" Barron's 6/16
  • "Facebook's new AI research is a real eye-opener" TechCrunch 6/16
  • "Microsoft takes aim at Amazon with push for checkout-free retail outlets" Times of Malta 6/15
  • "Amazon, Microsoft, and Uber are paying big money to kill a California privacy initiative" The Verge 6/15
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Redstone 5 (Fall 2018) Build 17692" Softpedia 6/15
  • "Microsoft and Sony's Rumored Game Console Plans Bode Well for AMD: Recent reports indicate new Xbox and PlayStation consoles will arrive in 2020. Analyst estimates for AMD don't seem to account for their impact." TheStreet 6/15
  • "Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to use Qualcomm's XR1 VR chip" Pocket-lint 6/15
  • "E3 2018: Microsoft Has No Plans To Bring Virtual Reality Or Mixed Reality To Xbox/Share. It will continue focusing on PC for VR and MR, not Xbox." IGN 6/15
  • "IBM's Privacy Chief Explores Trust and GDPR" WSJ Blogs 6/15
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet vs. Microsoft Surface Pro: 2-in-1 showdown" Windows Central 6/15
  • "Lenovo ThinkPad P52, now with up to 128GB of RAM" ZDNet 6/15
  • "HP Elite Slice review: Meet the sandwich-sized desktop replacement" IT PRO (UK) 6/15
  • "Alienware and Dell Gaming Introduce new Gaming Hardware (Desktop and Peripherals)" Guru3D 6/15
  • "Intel updates Kaby Lake G Radeon RX Vega M driver" Hexus 6/15
  • "Intel might launch an octa-core Coffee Lake processor in September" The Inquirer 6/15
  • "Intel Kaby Lake G Core i7-8705G review: Why Nvidia should be scared" PCWorld 6/15
  • "First Look at Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake CPU Die" WCCFTech 6/15
  • "Intel's Core i9 for laptops is great, but it's not a true Core i9" Digital Trends 6/15
  • "Intel Starts Producing XMM 7560 Modem Chips For Apple's iPhones" Tom's Hardware 6/15
  • "Intel CPUs Affected By Yet Another Speculative Execution Flaw" Tom's Hardware 6/15
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple to $1 trillion?" CNBC 6/15
  • "What Investors Should Know About Apple Inc's Financial Strength" Simply Wall St. 6/15
  • "Apple & tech's disproportionate share of S&P index raising eyebrows" AppleInsider 6/15
  • "AAPL now accounts for 4% of S&P500, could be a 'troubling' development" 9to5Mac 6/15
  • "Universal Display stock sinks after WSJ reports Apple will 'stick with cheaper screens'" MarketWatch 6/15
  • "St. Pete's Jabil, maker of iPhone casings, overcame challenges to come out better than expected in 3Q" Tampa Bay Business Journal 6/15
Industry News
  • "Stock market under pressure as U.S.-China trade spat intensifies: Energy stocks fall, OPEC expected to boost output" MarketWatch 6/15
  • "Dow Falls as U.S. Imposes Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods: Stocks tumble on Friday after the U.S. imposes tariffs on about $50 billion in imports from China." TheStreet 6/15
  • "Stocks pressured by potential trade war" FOXBusiness 6/15
  • "U.S. Stocks Slide as Trade Tensions Heat Up: Investors fear the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods could spiral into a trade war" [Paid Membership Required] 6/15
  • "Asian markets mixed in wake of Trump's approval of tariffs on China: Asian stocks traded mixed Friday following wide declines the previous day as U.S.-China trade swipes continued to dominate trading." MarketWatch 6/15
  • "Euro sees worst day against buck in 2 years after ECB decision: but emphasized a more-cautious-than-predicted approach to rolling back its easy-money policies." MarketWatch 6/15

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