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Friday Highlights: Analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks Netflix pulling out of App Store transaction fees is but the first shoe to drop as others will follow suit—meaning Apple's services segment is facing headwinds; research at Zacks suggests diversification of Apple's operations in China will help iPhone struggles; Apple among companies facing complaint in Austria for failure to comply with EU's GDPR; Apple management no longer supports Nvidia in macOS?; Jonny Evans breaks down the industry-wide smartphone slowdown; Foxconn cuts 50,000 jobs in China; data broker, Acxiom, supports Tim Cook's privacy regulation call; facial recognition now being used on birds; Apple to revive iPod touch and iPad mini?

  • "How Apple's Tim Cook Became Tech's Top Diplomat: Apple's chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, may be the leader of the world's most valuable public company, but lately he has had to act a lot like the tech industry's top diplomat."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:43 PM
  • "Trump told Apple CEO iPhones will be spared from China tariffs: NYT" Reuters 8:07 PM
  • "Despite Trump's pledge, Apple's still worried about Chinese tariffs" iDownload Blog 5:07 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 12 securely and automatically shares emergency location with 911: iPhone users in the United States who call 911 will be able to automatically and securely share their location data with first responders beginning later this year with iOS 12, providing faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times."  Apple 7:29 AM
  • "How Apple's iPhone, iOS 12, and RapidSOS could save your life in an emergency" AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 12 will save thousands of American lives: New iOS technology will enable emergency services to quickly locate and send help to people in need of it." Computerworld 7:22 AM
  • "This Apple Update Could Prove To Be A True Lifesaver" NPR 5:08 PM
  • "iPhones will share your exact location with 911" CNNMoney 8:19 AM
  • "iPhones on iOS 12 Will Automatically Share Precise Location Data During 911 Calls in United States" MacRumors 7:33 AM
  • "U.S. top court mulls Apple's App Store commissions in antitrust case: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up Apple Inc's bid to escape a lawsuit accusing it of breaking federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and causing consumers to pay more than they should."  Reuters 8:54 AM
  • "Supreme Court to Consider Apple Appeal in Lawsuit Over iPhone App Prices: Justices to hear case, centering on allegations that consumers pay artificially high prices for phone's apps, during its next term" [Paid Membership Required] 9:50 AM
  • "Apple Gets U.S. Supreme Court Review on iPhone App Fee Suit" Bloomberg 9:50 AM
  • "Supreme Court will hear antitrust case over Apple's iPhone App Store" Axios 11:55 AM
  • "Australia Court Orders Apple to Pay Penalty for Service Breach: The lawsuit was seen as a broad challenge to Apple requiring customers to pay for repairs if their device was previously serviced by a third party" [Paid Membership Required] 8:07 PM
  • "Apple to pay AU$9m for misleading iPhone and iPad consumers: Apple has been held responsible for the conduct of its Australian subsidiary, which told local customers they were not entitled for a repair or replacement of iPhones and iPads if they had used a third-party repairer." ZDNet 8:21 PM
  • "Early reports of low fall 2018 iPhone orders under attack from other sources"  AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "A bug in macOS' 'Quick Look' feature leaks encrypted data, researchers find" ZDNet 8:22 AM
  • "A flaw in Apple's Quick Look for MacOS exposes the contents of encrypted files" Digital Trends 6:44 PM
  • "macOS Mojave has re-introduced the Software Update preference pane of old" iDownload Blog 10:43 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 to Developers and Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 4:57 PM
  • "Apple issues third macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 beta to developers" AppleInsider 4:48 PM
  • "LifeFlix 2.5 review: Your old Mini-DV camcorder's new best friend" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Product In-Depth: Graebert's ARES Kudo—Premier Onshape Partner Application" Architosh 7:11 AM
  • "How to create a bootable macOS Mojave 10.14 USB install drive [Video] 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "How to Downgrade MacOS Mojave Beta to a Prior MacOS" OS X Daily 4:55 PM
  • "How to consolidate all the images on your Mac: You may have photos scattered hither and yon, and want them all in one place, or at least where you know to look." Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Run Firefox Quantum and Firefox Nightly Simultaneously on macOS" Apple Gazette 9:59 AM
  • "macOS Mojave: How to Turn on Favicons in Safari Tabs" The Mac Observer 8:51 AM
  • "How to delete old iPhone backups in iTunes to reclaim gigabytes of hard drive space" iMore 8:29 AM
  • "How To Change Your Apple ID Email Address" MacMost 9:00 AM
  • "macOS: Use Command + Tab To Switch Mac Apps Faster" The Mac Observer 3:26 PM
  • "This network speed test works with most browsers on most devices" Apple World Today 8:01 AM
Press Releases
  • "Total War: Warhammer 2 confirmed for Mac" Mac Gamer HQ 8:27 AM
  • "Duplicacy for macOS expedites the cloud backup process" Apple World Today 8:00 AM
  • "My IP 2.3 is a utility app to see with which public IP address you are connected on internet" Tension Software 9:58 AM
  • "Easy Markdown 1.6.1 lets the user create web pages without coding on Mac" Tension Software 7:11 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple and Oprah: This Is Just the Start" Barron's 12:14 PM
  • "Apple Inks Deal With Oprah Winfrey for Original Programming" Zacks 10:43 AM
  • "Apple Signs Multi-Year Video Production Partnership With Oprah Winfrey" MacTrast 8:12 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Has a Meet-Up With iPhone Photographer Annet de Graaf in Amsterdam" MacTrast 8:12 AM
  • "Burglars make off with $100k in items after rappelling through store ceiling, police say: Dunwoody police said burglars took a page out of the movie 'Mission Impossible' when they stole more than $100k worth of Apple products from a Best Buy Store." WSB-TV 2 Atlanta 7:41 PM
  • "iPhone loyalists are driving us crazy, admits LG: What do we have to do to convince people?, laments the Korean phone maker. Oh, more than you're doing, I suspect."  ZDNet 8:22 AM
  • "How Square Made Its Own iPad Replacement" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:25 AM
  • "Foxconn is coming to America — more specifically, to its new Milwaukee HQ" Digital Trends 8:13 AM
  • "Digital and Film Photography Themes Around Mahachai and the Railway (1): The Journey" ["I used two cameras and an iPhone X"] eXtensions 7:14 AM
  • "Digital and Film Photography Themes Around Mahachai and the Railway (2): The River" eXtensions 7:14 AM
  • "25 years ago, Apple's board of directors pushed out CEO John Sculley" AppleInsider 1:15 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: John Sculley steps down as Apple CEO" Cult of Mac 8:13 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Senate votes to reinstate penalties against Chinese telecom ZTE: Vote sets the stage for a fight with the White House." CNET 6:41 PM
  • "A.I. can now learn how to solve a Rubik's Cube, researchers claim" Digital Trends 4:57 PM
  • "WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental-health condition" New York Post 11:05 AM
  • "Amazon Alexa privacy: Senators demand answers from Jeff Bezos" GearBrain 9:55 AM
  • "5G moves one step closer to reality" Axios 8:27 AM
  • "Five new features to try in Messages" Google 2:19 PM
  • "Google says its AI is better at predicting death than hospitals" The Next Web 6:44 PM
  • "Google to Fix Location Data Leak in Google Home, Chromecast" Krebs on Security 1:12 PM
  • "Google adds more handy tools to its data-monitoring app" Engadget 11:05 AM
  • "Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update" The Register 8:28 AM
  • "You can no longer book Uber rides inside Google Maps" Android Police 8:26 AM
  • "Apple will share your location with 911 responders (The 3:59, Ep. 415)" CNET 4:48 PM
  • "iOS 12 and 911 Calls, New Mac Predictions -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-18" The Mac Observer 12:40 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Georgia Tech Roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard" The Mac Observer 6:23 PM
  • "New video goes hands-on with 2018 iPhone dummy units, size comparisons to iPhone X & more" 9to5Mac 7:13 PM
  • "Purported next-gen iPhone mockups compared against iPhone X in video comparison" AppleInsider 7:13 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.4.1 to Developers" MacRumors 12:14 PM
  • "Apple releases third iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1 beta to developers" 9to5Mac 12:40 PM
  • "That Escalated Quickly - iOS 11.4.1 Public Beta 3 Released" Forbes 9:25 PM
  • "New iPhone Leak Confirms Apple's Significant Decision" Forbes 6:38 PM
  • "iOS 12 Beta Has Been Jailbroken On iPhone X [Video Demo] Redmond Pie 8:54 AM
  • "iOS 12 has already been jailbroken on an iPhone X" Cult of Mac 8:13 AM
  • "iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak: Here's The Latest Progress Update On Electra" Redmond Pie 10:44 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "New Apple sale at Best Buy slashes prices of iPhone, Apple Watch S3, HomePod, and more" BGR 8:26 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM

  • "HomePod review: Retina for your ears" iMore 8:15 AM
  • "HomePod Canadian review: Working for the Weeknd" iMore 8:15 AM
  • "Can Apple's HomePod take on a surround sound theater system?" AppleInsider 9:55 AM
  • "Hands-on w/ August Smart Lock Pro's Apple Watch app & HomePod support (+ discount)" 9to5Mac 2:29 PM
  • "On Test: The QNAP TS-453BT3 Thunderbolt 3 Desktop Shared Storage NAS" 8:27 AM
  • "Review: The Neato Botvac D7 Connected robot vacuum cleaner is expensive but smart" 9to5Mac 8:53 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "A look at the iPad-specific features in iOS 12" AppleInsider 11:53 AM
  • "Home app: What's changed in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave" iMore 12:40 PM
  • "iA Writer is the best writing app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #27] Cult of Mac 11:17 AM
  • "WhenWorks Ends the Scheduling Back-and-Forth" MacStories 12:14 PM
  • "'Super Soccer Champs 2018' Review – Quite the Sensible Soccer Game – TouchArcade" Touch Arcade 1:45 PM
  • "iOS 12: How to change audio quality in Voice Memos" 9to5Mac 7:52 PM
  • "How to share passwords with AirDrop in iOS 12" Cult of Mac 4:58 PM
  • "iOS 12: How to permanently delete photos on iPhone" 9to5Mac 4:47 PM
  • "How to use Pages as a iPad teleprompter" Cult of Mac 1:14 PM
  • "How to Share Passwords Securely Using AirDrop in iOS 12" iDrop News 11:55 AM
  • "Here's How to Add Precise 911 Location Data to Your iPhone in iOS 11" The Mac Observer 9:46 AM
  • "How to allow calls and texts from specific contacts with Emergency Bypass" iDownload Blog 8:19 AM
  • "Tim Cook, at the center of US-China relations" Six Colors 4:57 PM
  • "What the future of Apple looks like" [Video Report] Business Insider 2:29 PM
  • "Why I am willing to give Apple my health data"  Tech.pinions 11:18 AM
  • "This Apple iOS 12 feature totally changed the way I think about my iPhone"  GearBrain 9:52 AM
  • "How Apple can fix 3D Touch" The Loop 9:51 AM
  • "What is Hybridized Emergency Location (HELO)?" Apple Must 9:46 AM
  • "Apple's Mac is in a 'sad state', says this popular developer: Do you agree? There's a growing view that Apple needs to update its Mac lineup across the board."  ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "How will Apple distribute its original TV shows? Here are three theories" Cult of Mac 8:13 AM
  • "HTC U12 Plus review: This squeezable phone is too gutsy for its own good" CNET 8:19 AM
  • "You're wrong about how the internet fuels conspiracy theories" The Next Web 8:19 AM
  • "Thank heavens Samsung canceled this fugly foldable Samsung Galaxy phone" BGR 8:15 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Pay reportedly expanding to Poland tomorrow, 8 banks expected at launch" 9to5Mac 11:31 AM
  • "Google's YouTube Music app now available in 17 countries" CNET 10:50 AM
  • "Apple devices help put patients in control' – Deloitte" Apple Must 10:46 AM
  • "Deloitte ConvergeHEALTH Patient Connect™ Now Integrates Apple HealthKit, CareKit and ResearchKit" PRNewswire 10:37 AM
  • "Apple Camp Registration Now Open for Summer 2018 Programs" MacRumors 10:00 AM
  • "New Wearables Forecast from IDC Shows Smartwatches Continuing Their Ascendance While Wristbands Face Flat Growth" Business Wire 8:58 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of July 18: Jeff Gamet, WWDC, and Spreadsheets" The MUG Center 8:02 AM
  • "HomePod Now Available to Order in Canada, France, and Germany" MacRumors 7:33 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here: Microsoft has become the latest company dragged into the tech industry's ethical reckoning over the use of its products by government agencies." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:13 PM
  • "Microsoft's ambitious plan to build the future of gaming includes a Netflix-style gaming service, blockbuster games streamed to phones from the cloud, and — yes — new consoles" Business Insider 4:53 PM
  • "Microsoft Slammed For ICE Contract, Amid Child Separations" PC Magazine 9:26 PM
  • "Microsoft employees criticize ICE contract amid recent reports" Engadget 6:44 PM
  • "Microsoft says it's 'dismayed' by child separations after criticism over ICE contract" The Verge 4:47 PM
  • "Cyber attacks caused $72b losses for Korea firms in 2017: Microsoft" The Korea Herald 9:44 AM
  • "Windows warning: US exposes North Korea government's Typeframe malware" ZDNet 9:48 AM
  • "Microsoft adds resiliency, redundancy, security to Windows Server 2019" Network World 9:48 AM
  • "Microsoft: Why cloud security should be your company's key focus" ITProPortal 9:47 AM
  • "Making sense of Microsoft's cloud developer platform" ComputerWeekly 9:47 AM
  • "IBM Unveils System That 'Debates' With Humans" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:25 PM
  • "IBM boosts asset optimisation capabilities with Oniqua buy" Mining Magazine 9:35 AM
  • "IBM Adds Asset Optimization Capabilities With Oniqua Buyout" Nasdaq 9:35 AM
  • "IBM, Nvidia help U.S. supercomputer leapfrog China" The Japan News 9:34 AM
  • "IBM Refines AI Efficiency in Visual Analysis" EE Times 9:34 AM
  • "HP launches 3D printing center in China" ZDNet 12:17 PM
  • "Exclusive: Dell EMC hunting for new UK channel boss as Sarah Shields takes European role" CRN UK 9:30 AM
  • "Dell and HP spotted advertising Optane memory as RAM" Hexus 9:29 AM
  • "Intel has paths around Trump's China tariffs, analysts say" Reuters 9:27 PM
  • "Intel to sell discrete GPUs in 2020" Tech Advisor 9:29 AM
  • "Intel Lists Down Coffee Lake-S Based 8 Core Xeon-E CPUs – Rumored To Launch Before Consumer 8 Core Parts, ES In The Wild" WCCFTech 9:29 AM
  • "E3 2018 Cyberpunk 2077 Demo Ran on GeForce GTX 1080Ti, Intel i7-8700K & 32GB RAM" WCCFTech 9:29 AM
  • "Production of iPhone X2's modem chips is reportedly underway" TrustedReviews 9:29 AM
  • "iPhone X2: Intel 'starts production' of 1Gbps modem chips for Apple's 2018 iPhones" The Inquirer 9:28 AM
  • "Features: Things Intel Needs to Fix" TechSpot 9:28 AM
  • "Intel Core i7 8086K review: the best gaming-CPU, but not the best choice" Hardware.Info 9:28 AM
  • "AMD To Intel: Thanks For The Last 40 Years, We'll Take It From Here" Forbes 4:53 PM
  • "Ryzen owners, get your chipset drivers directly from AMD" Windows Central 9:24 AM
  • "AMD will only release Ryzen APU graphics drivers every three months" Digital Trends 9:24 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge APUs To Get Only 4 Graphics Driver Updates Per Year – Bristol Ridge Support Being Dropped From 1st Gen AM4 Motherboards" WCCFTech 9:24 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700 & Ryzen 5 2600 Review | Trusted Reviews" TrustedReviews 9:23 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge APU Graphics Drivers Will Be Rolled Out Quarterly Despite AMD's Promise To Unify It With Discrete GPU Driver Updates" SegmentNext 9:23 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge APU graphics updates to be delivered quarterly" Hexus 9:23 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3 2300X And Ryzen 5 2500X With 3.99 GHz Clock Speed And 8 MB L3 Cache Spotted" SegmentNext 9:23 AM
  • "AMD Will Release a Raven Ridge APU Graphics driver once each Three Months" Guru3D 9:23 AM
  • "Subscription and Billing Management Security Market 2018: Global Analysis by Key Players – Sap Se, Oracle, Netsuite, Zuora, Avangate" Industry Today 9:20 AM
  • "Acumatica lands $25M, plans bigger challenge to SAP, Oracle, other cloud business software rivals" GeekWire 9:20 AM
  • "Oracle: Buy While Expectations Are Low" Seeking Alpha 9:20 AM
  • "Cisco makes SD-WAN integration a top priority" Network World 9:19 AM
  • "Cisco and NetApp simplify the delivery of cloud infrastructure and industry-specific apps with new solutions" Vanilla Plus 9:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple analyst cuts OLED iPhone estimates, raises LCD" Apple 3.0 8:57 AM
  • "Get out of Apple, says Business Insider" Apple 3.0 8:27 AM
  • "How an Apple Supplier Became China's Worst Performer This Year" Bloomberg 6:38 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow logs 5th straight drop, but stocks end off lows as energy, tech limit trade-war slide: Energy stocks, supported by rise in Brent futures, gain ground" MarketWatch 4:45 PM
  • "Dow Drops Over 100 Points on Trade War Worries: The Dow and S&P 500 declined Monday as investors react to last week's escalation in the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing." TheStreet 4:45 PM
  • "Dow posts triple-digit drop as trade war fears persist" FOXBusiness 1:17 PM
  • "U.S.-China Trade Standoff Weighs on Stocks: Concerns grow over potential trade war between the world's two largest economies" [Paid Membership Required] 1:16 PM
  • "Nikkei leads Asian markets to lower close amid U.S.-China trade tensions: Japan posts larger-than-expected trade deficit" MarketWatch 8:44 AM
  • "European stocks slump as Merkel comes under pressure in Germany: Heightening tensions between China and the U.S. also spooking investors" MarketWatch 8:44 AM

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