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Weekend 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?

  • "Tim Cook, other Apple execs join in 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade"  AppleInsider 6:39 PM
  • "Apple celebrates Pride Day as Tim Cook, other execs join San Francisco Pride Parade" 9to5Mac 7:53 PM
  • "Wireless charging for Apple devices, including its much vaunted AirPower, is taking its time: Apple, which hopes to eventually remove most external ports and buttons, is still announcing new devices and accessories well before they're ready for market" Business Day 7:55 AM
  • "Apple Refutes Claims That iOS Is Vulnerable To Brute Force Hacks" UberGizmo 9:44 PM
  • "Don't panic! Hackers have not found a way to bypass the iPhone passcode limit" BetaNews 7:56 AM
  • "Report Speculates That Apple Could Acquire A Major Media Company" UberGizmo 9:45 PM
  • "What Tim Cook says coming out cost him—and why he still has 'no regrets'"  CNBC 6/23
  • "Security researcher shows how to brute force iPhone passcodes [Video] 9to5Mac 6/23
  • "Making The Grade: Apple's biggest mistake in K-12 happened in 2006"  9to5Mac 6/23
  • "A hacker figured out how to brute force iPhone passcodes"  ZDNet 6/23
  • "Security researcher gets around iPhone passcode limit: Brute force attack lets would-be hackers run as many passcodes as they want without destroying data, ZDNet reports." CNET 6/23
  • "Security researcher bypasses iPhone's limit on passcode attempts: The method only needs an iPhone that's switched on and a Lightning cable." Engadget 6/23
  • "Apple disputes claims of iOS 'vulnerability' to brute force passcode hack"  AppleInsider 6/23
  • "Apple attempts to invalidate Qualcomm patents in ongoing licensing fee spat: Firm claims chipmaker's patents 'aren't new ideas'"  The Inquirer 6/22
  • "Apple Goes Nuclear In Patent War Against Qualcomm Via USPTO" HotHardware 6/22
  • "In latest legal move, Apple fights Qualcomm over four US patents" iDownload Blog 6/22
  • "Apple is ordering so many shows, with nowhere to show them: It's hard to get excited for Apple's upcoming shows without knowing how we'll get to watch"  The Verge 6/22
  • "U.S. Supreme Court Bolsters Mobile-Phone Privacy Rights"  Bloomberg 6/22
  • "Supreme Court Rules that Warrants Generally Are Required to Collect Cellphone Data" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6/22
  • "Supreme Court rules that warrant is needed to access cell tower records" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 6/22
  • "Supreme Court rules police need a warrant to access a suspect's cellphone location data" Mashable 6/22
  • "Where oh where can the Mac updates be? Long product cycles are the now normal for the Mac."  Macworld 6/22
  • "CMV: Here's a way Apple could solve its MacBook Pro dilemma, and keep everyone happy"  9to5Mac 6/22
  • "FileMaker 17, First Take: More accessible, more connected Review" ZDNet 6/22
  • "How Can I Use the Same Password on My MacBook, iPad, and iPhone?" Lifehacker 6/22
  • "How to get your Mac ready for the macOS 10.14 'Mojave' Public Beta" Apple Must 6/22
  • "The macOS 10.14 Mojave new screenshot tools guide" Computerworld 6/22
  • "9 Common Browser Problems and How to Fix Them" Gizmodo 6/22
  • "How to use a PC-formatted drive on the Mac" iMore 6/22
  • "50 (Almost) Ways to Leave Your Lover (High Sierra) for macOS Mojave" The Mac Observer 6/22
  • "Apple pushes privacy theme in Safari for iOS 12, 'Mojave': The browser is getting new privacy and security tricks, including better integration with third-party password managers and less tracking with cookies."  Computerworld 6/22
  • "Your OS Doesn't Matter. Use What Makes You Happy: Life is too short to argue over operating systems. Does it really matter what you use as long as you are happy with it?"  Low End Mac 6/22
Press Releases
  • "Caliban Below is now available on SteamVR for macOS: Blackthorn Media releases Caliban Below on macOS" iMore 6/23
  • "Final Cut Pro X Updated to 10.4.3" 6/22
  • "Recosoft ships IR2Office - Convert Illustrator to PowerPoint & Keynote" prMac 6/22
  • "Copy Fast 1.2 let you have in the menu bar an handy utility to copy in a click text from a list of files" Tension Software 6/22
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "New lawsuit takes issue with Apple's 'brilliantly scratch-resistant' Apple Watch marketing"  9to5Mac 6/23
  • "A hacker figured out how to brute force iPhone passcodes: The attack allows any would-be-hacker to run as many passcodes as they want, without destroying the data." ZDNet 6/22
  • "Security Researcher Discovers Method for Brute Forcing iPhone Passcode in iOS 11" MacRumors 6/22
  • "Simple hack bypasses iOS passcode entry limit, opens door to brute force hacks" AppleInsider 6/22
  • "Apple Maps Vehicles Begin Collecting Street-Level Data in Japan" MacRumors 6/22
  • "Foxconn sees US-China trade spat as 'war of tech manufacturing': Key iPhone assembler looks beyond Apple as handset industry slows" Nikkei Asian Review 6/22
  • "Toronto Man Files Lawsuit Against Apple Over Scratches on Apple Watch"  iPhoneinCanada 6/22
  • "Canadian sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches that he made" AppleInsider 6/22
  • "Bethesda Sues Warner Bros for Copying Fallout Shelter With New Westworld iOS Game" MacRumors 6/22
  • "iPhone Assembler's Billionaire CEO Chafes at China Overtime Caps: Foxconn's Terry Gou argues Chinese want to work more hours" Bloomberg 6/22
  • "Here's all of the awards Apple took home at Cannes Lions 2018" 9to5Mac 6/22
  • "Apple Orders French Series Calls as an English Adaptation" The Mac Observer 6/22
Non-Apple News
  • "Adobe's AI Will Help You Spot Photoshopped Photo Fakery" HotHardware 6/23
  • "Judge Orrick upholds Samsung's anti-enforcement injunction against Huawei" Foss Patents 6/23
  • "Samsung's next Android phone might be free of Samsung's bloatware" BGR 6/23
  • "Google Chrome's mystery sawtooth tabs have (slightly) changed my life: Are you seeing what we're seeing?" CNET 6/22
  • "Bill Could Give Californians Unprecedented Control Over Data" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6/22
  • "Microsoft And Nintendo Have Locked Sony Into A No-Win Cross Play Trap" Forbes 6/22
  • "Qualcomm and Vivo debut single 5G millimeter wave and sub-6GHz antenna" VentureBeat 6/22
  • "Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 will have face unlock feature" SlashGear 6/22
  • "China is Home to 9 of Top 12 Smartphone Vendors" EE Times 6/22
  • "China is Home to Most Smartphone Vendors" CDR Info 6/22
  • "Amazon employees protest sale of facial recognition software to police" The Verge 6/22
  • "Twitter buys and shuts down anti-troll service, leaving customers in a bind" 9to5Mac 6/22
  • "Souce Code Stealing Drama – The TouchArcade Show #359" Touch Arcade 6/22
  • "iMore show 614: Now with Show and Shame!" iMore 6/22
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: Our Vertical-Video Future" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6/22
  • "Tech Chat with MGG's Dave Hamilton and John F Braun -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-22" The Mac Observer 6/22
  • "An Interview with Andy Hertzfeld" 512 Pixels 6/22
  • "The sad state of the Mac, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 6/22
  • "The woman who gave Apple its voice: Since its first release, we've come to ask Siri everything. The Drum decided to talk to it a bit more, interviewing the human 'original voice', Susan Bennett."  The Drum 6/22
  • "What is Google doing with AI? Chips with Everything podcast" The Guardian 6/22
  • "Podcast interviews Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, discusses bringing AirPlay 2 to Airport Express, Apple Pay at concerts" AppleInsider 6/22
  • "Fresh iPhone 9 Leaked Case Render Corroborates Return Of Bezels On The 2018 Lineup" WCCFTech 6/23
  • "Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook Pro: Apple has determined that a small percentage of the keyboards in certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models may exhibit one or more of the following behaviors: Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly/Letters or characters do not appear/Key(s) feel 'sticky' or do not respond in a consistent manner"  Apple Support 6/22
  • "Apple's Sticky Keyboard Triggers Offer For Free Repairs: Company says it will replace damaged keys or entire keyboards on defective MacBooks" [Paid Membership Required] 6/22
  • "Apple Launches Repair Program for Faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro Keyboards" MacRumors 6/22
  • "Apple finally acknowledges 'sticky' keyboard issues on MacBooks, offering free fix and refunds for past repairs" 9to5Mac 6/22
  • "Apple launches service program to address MacBook Pro keyboard woes" Ars Technica 6/22
  • "Apple Acknowledges Failed MacBook KeyBoards with New Repair Program" LAPTOP Magazine 6/22
  • "Apple Will Fix Your Messed Up MacBook Pro Keyboard for Free" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6/22
  • "Exclusive: This is Apple's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone"  BGR 6/22
  • "Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum" The Register 6/22
  • "Report: Apple Considered Removing Lightning Connector from iPhone X" MacTrast 6/22
  • "TSMC ramping up 7nm chip production" ["Orders for Apple's custom A12 processor for use in the upcoming iPhones will play a major driver of TSMC's 7nm chip production growth in 2018, according to market sources."]  DigiTimes 6/22
  • "Apple's next-gen 'A13" iPhone and iPad chipset will remain 7nm" AppleInsider 6/22
  • "Best iPhone 2018 leaked photos and renders so far" [Slideshow] CNET 6/22
  • "Safari Based Jailbreak of iOS 12 and iOS 11.4 Betas Demonstrated [Video] iClarified 6/22
  • "Apple repairing MacBook 'Butterfly' keyboards for free" Pocketnow 1:50 PM
  • "How to Get a MacBook or MacBook Pro Keyboard Repaired Free Under Apple's Service Program" MacRumors 6/23
  • "Finally: Apple Admits Problem With MacBook And MacBook Pro Keyboards, Offers Free Fix; Check To See If Yours Is Eligible" Redmond Pie 6/23
  • "How Has Battery Life Been On Your Device After iOS 11.4?" Redmond Pie 6/22
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/22
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/22
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/22

  • "JBL Free Review: Apple Airpods on a budget?" VR Zone 8:13 AM
  • "Phone 8 v iPhone 7 - Which Apple iPhone is best and which should you really buy? APPLE released its new iPhone 8 late last year with a new look and bonus features but is it really worth the upgrade and should you buy the cheaper iPhone 7? Here's's guide to which iPhone is best." Express UK 7:55 AM
  • "A year with MacBook Pro: reviewing Apple's 2017 pro laptop models" AppleInsider 6/23
  • "Review: Netgear's Cable Orbi Kit delivers fast whole-home Wi-Fi" AppleInsider 6/22
  • "Nanoleaf Remote is a HomeKit remote control that gets people talking" AppleInsider 6/22
  • "Nanoleaf Remote review: A HomeKit controller for everyone" iMore 6/22
  • "Nuheara IQbuds intelligent truly wireless earbuds with BOOST review" The Gadgeteer 6/22
  • "Review: Mophie Charge Stream Travel Kit with Charge Stream Pad Mini" iLounge 6/22
  • "How tough are these cases? Evolutive Labs Rhinoshield SolidSuit iPhone X Review" Mobile Reviews Eh 6/22
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 12 beta 2 hands-on" GSMArena 1:50 PM
  • "'VectorMan' Review – Nothing to Fear but Sphere Itself" Touch Arcade 6/22
  • "'Stories of Bethem: Full Moon' Review – A Link to the Past Guaranteed to Keep You Playing" Touch Arcade 6/22
  • "How to transfer from an old iPhone to a new iPhone: Got a new iPhone? Great! All you need to do now is transfer all your data (photos, contacts, apps and more) from the old iPhone to the new one. Here's how" Macworld UK 11:07 AM
  • "How Do I Get My Carrier to Unlock My Phone?" Tom's Guide 10:15 AM
  • "How to turn an iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot" Macworld UK 7:55 AM
  • "How to clean your Apple AirPods: Wax, be gone!" CNET 7:37 AM
  • "How to speed up a slow iPhone: Our tips show how to spring-clean your slow old iPhone and give it a speed boost for faster performance" Macworld UK 6/23
  • "iOS 12: how to create Siri Shortcuts and make your life easier" iDownload Blog 6/22
  • "How to Save Zip Files to iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 6/22
  • "How to Secure Your Home Router" Intego 6/22
  • "How to downgrade to iOS 11.4 after installing the iOS 12 beta" Cult of Mac 6/22
  • "Locked Out of Your iPhone? Here's What to Do: Apple includes plenty of security features to protect your data, but if you forget your passcode and can't unlock the phone, you can still regain control." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 6/22
  • "Eject Water from Your Apple Watch's Speaker After Getting It Wet" Gadget Hacks 6/22
  • "How To Customize Gmail Swipe Gestures [Android]" ["This option is only available on Android for now but it ought to roll out for iOS users eventually."] AddictiveTips 6/22
  • "How to organize your Apple Watch Dock for maximum productivity" iDownload Blog 6/22
  • "How to disable Apple's HEIF and HEVC formats in iOS" Macworld 6/22
  • "Technical Terms: Wi-Fi" MacMost 6/22
  • "Apple, batteries, and customer service" Dr. Drang 6:39 PM
  • "Five feature Apple Maps should copy from Waze and Google Maps" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "An Apple store employee told me I was charging my iPhone wrong" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "What's next for Apple? Neil Cybart thinks he knows: 'There are certain ideas that we have, and we're waiting for the technology to catch up.' —Jony Ive" Apple 3.0 7:36 AM
  • "The iPhone brute force passcode hack that (probably) wasn't: Recent reports about an iPhone Passcode 'hack' involving no-space strings may turn out to be no 'hack' at all — according to the original researcher." iMore 6/23
  • "Jony, Phil, Eddy: Where are they now? Three senior Apple executives conspicuous in their absence." Apple 3.0 6/23
  • "Stacking the deck: Google wins again" Macworld 6/23
  • "Apple Finally Admits to MacBook Keyboard Design Flaw" Thurrott 6/23
  • "Why Should You Not Upgrade to the MacBook Pro Right Now [Its Not the High Price] WCCFTech 6/23
  • "Apple Just Ruined Its Most Expensive Apple Watch" Mashable 6/22
  • "Feature Request: Have HomePod only use listening history for the main user" 9to5Mac 6/22
  • "Huge changes are coming to Fortnite Battle Royale, and that's okay" Cult of Mac 6/22
  • "Apple has great challenges, great opportunities with the HomePod, Apple TV" Apple World Today 6/22
  • "When Will Apple's AirPower Wireless Charger Arrive, Finally?" Forbes 6/22
  • "Huawei MateBook X Pro Review" Thurrott 8:01 PM
  • "In Army of None, a field guide to the coming world of autonomous warfare" TechCrunch 6/23
  • "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google's tablet future/Acer made a capable tablet, but Google still has to work out kinks in Chrome OS." Ars Technica 6/23
  • "Hacker successfully installs four different Operating Systems on a Windows Phone" MSPoweruser 6/22
  • "Alienware Area 51 R5 Review: Liquid Cooled GPUs And Skylake-X Firepower" HotHardware 6/22
  • "Go deeper: How the online sales tax ruling will affect consumers" Axios 6/22
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Facebook will help you spend less time on Facebook" NewsBytes 7:55 AM
  • "Apple quietly kills Modern Buckle Watch band in the US: It's still available in some stores outside the country, though." Engadget 6/23
  • "Watch TCM App Brings Classic Movies On Demand To Apple TV" Redmond Pie 6/23
  • "Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Comes To iPhone And iPad" Redmond Pie 6/23
  • "Apple quietly discontinues Modern Buckle band, first of the original Apple Watch styles to disappear" 9to5Mac 6/22
  • "LACPUG's 18th Anniversary Meeting Features Randy Ubillos and the Debut of 'Off the Tracks'" 6/22
  • "Amazon's kid-friendly FreeTime app hits iOS as Facebook's Messenger Kids reaches new countries" 9to5Mac 6/22
  • "Get Rid of Photos Clutter and Free Up Disk Space with New iPhone App Gemini Photos by MacPaw" MacPrices 6/22
  • "AXA Insurance just went all in on the iPad Pro" Apple Must 6/22
  • "LMP's USB-C Compact Dock is a great accessory for USB-C Mac laptops" Apple World Today 6/22
  • "Microsoft matches Google Lens with AI-powered visual search for Bing" The Verge 6/22
  • "Writing app Scrivener makes it easier to format your book in Vellum" 9to5Mac 6/22
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft unexpectedly drops Windows 7 support for some ancient CPUs" ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft Edge on Android hits over 5 million downloads" OnMSFT 11:07 AM
  • "Microsoft And Razer Teaming Up For Keyboard And Mouse Partnership" UberGizmo 1:52 PM
  • "Will Microsoft's Embrace Smother GitHub? The acquisition could have anticompetitive effects, so the FTC should scrutinize it." [Paid Membership Required] 1:52 PM
  • "Intel's Chip Stumble Is Letting Rivals Pull Ahead: Next CEO will face challenges to Intel's longtime supremacy in shrinking the circuitry on chips" [Paid Membership Required] 6:47 PM
  • "Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's exit won't affect Intel right away" CRN 7:00 PM
  • "Amazon, Microsoft and Google Face Backlash over ICE, Military Deals: and they're not afraid to use it, decrying military and surveillance work that they want no part in." TheStreet 6/23
  • "Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's has advice for Facebook and Google: Don't make the mistake we did" Business Insider 6/23
  • "Everything that Microsoft said about the next-gen Xbox at E3 2018: While they didn't really offer any solid information to the audience; however, they mentioned enough for the fans to start anticipating about the next iteration with excitement." International Business Times 6/23
  • "Microsoft to use Windows 10-focused Snapdragon 1000 chip for foldable Surface Phone?" phoneArena 6/23
  • "Microsoft debuts ad-blocker in Edge for Android" gHacks 6/23
  • "Microsoft Outlook now lets you block external images" Android Police 6/23
  • "Microsoft and Razer might be working on an Xbox keyboard and mouse partnership: Earlier in the year, Microsoft gave a presentation to developers detailing keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One." Windows Central 6/23
  • "Microsoft leaves systems lacking SSE2 support high and dry for ongoing Windows updates" Neowin 6/23
  • "Microsoft Store reported to be getting new features soon" Neowin 6/23
  • "Intel: The 3 Failures Of Brian Krzanich, Part 1" Seeking Alpha 6/23
  • "TSMC Hits Volume Production Of 7nm Silicon With AMD Zen 2 And Vega 7nm Incoming This Year" HotHardware 6/23
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Look for high volume in Apple today" Apple 3.0 6/22
Industry News
  • "Dow snaps 8-session skid, but logs worst weekly fall since March as trade jitters persist: Energy stocks lead, supported by jump in crude prices" MarketWatch 6/22
  • "Dow Posts First Gain in Nine Sessions; Oil Jumps: The Dow held on to post its first gain in nine sessions Friday. Oil prices soared after OPEC reached an agreement to boost oil production modestly." TheStreet 6/22
  • "Dow snaps losing streak as oil prices surge" FOXBusiness 6/22
  • "U.S. Stocks Suffer Biggest One-Week Loss Since March: Trade tensions spook investors" [Paid Membership Required] 6/22
  • "Asian markets end mixed as trade worries weigh: Automakers lead losses in Japan; Shanghai index salvages a small gain but teeters near bear-market territory" MarketWatch 6/22
  • "European stocks finish higher, but still suffer weekly loss: Services data provide cheer" MarketWatch 6/22

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