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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?

  • "Apple's Next $10 Billion Frontier Is Content Creation: Apple's services business is key to its future success, according to RBC Capital Markets."  TheStreet 9:35 AM
  • "Apple to Unveil High-End AirPods, Over-Ear Headphones For 2019: Apple Inc. is about to pump up the volume on its audio-device strategy, planning higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones for as early as next year, according to people familiar with the matter."  Bloomberg 7:42 AM
  • "Gurman: Higher-End AirPods to Launch in 2019, New HomePod and Over-Ear Headphones Also Likely Next Year" MacRumors 7:58 AM
  • "Apple reportedly slates high-end AirPods, headphones, and new HomePod for 2019" VentureBeat 8:45 AM
  • "5 changes Apple needs to make in the next iPhone"  Digital Trends 8:19 AM
  • "EU Crackdown Hasn't Made U.S. Tech Change Its Behavior: Apple and Google have found easy ways to circumvent the antitrust commissioner's demands."  Bloomberg 7:42 AM
  • "Tim Cook to talk leadership & 'tackling social problems' at Fortune Initiative event this evening" 9to5Mac 7:08 PM
  • "Watch Apple CEO Tim Cook talk leadership, social issues at 'CEO Initiative' series" AppleInsider 7:14 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook Weighs In On Social Issues" Barron's 9:17 PM
  • "Tim Cook defends controversial focus on social issues, says Apple sticks to 'policy not politics'" 9to5Mac 9:25 PM
  • "Apple issues first public betas of iOS 12, macOS Mojave and tvOS 12" AppleInsider 5:50 PM
  • "Metal Gear Rising DRM disables the game's Mac edition" VG24/7 9:25 AM
  • "Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for Mac killed by bad DRM" Cult of Mac 9:25 AM
  • "Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Beta 4 [Download] iClarified 1:55 PM
  • "How to reset a Mac to factory settings: If you're having some issues with your Mac, planning to sell it, or passing it on to a relative, you're going to want to know how to wipe your Mac and reset it to factory settings. We show you how:" Macworld UK 10:03 AM
  • "DaVinci Resolve: OpenCL versus Metal" Bare Feats 11:34 AM
  • "Mac: How to delete apps" 9to5Mac 3:47 PM
  • "How to find and remove files from the 'Other' storage category on your Mac" iMore 8:55 AM
  • "Clearing Your Mac Safari Browser Cache" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "Mac Game Developers are Nervous at the Future of macOS" The Mac Observer 3:14 PM
Press Releases
  • "Pixelmator for Mac update brings the HEIF export option for half-size images" iDownload Blog 11:02 AM
  • "15 Best Mac Project Management Software for 2018" Envato Tuts+ 8:56 AM
  • "Kyno Updated to 1.5 and Premium Version Now Available" 8:55 AM
  • "Product Manager 2.3 to manage company products on Macintosh from different standpoints" Tension Software 7:20 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The $5 Million Surveillance Car That Hacks iPhones From 500 Meters"  Forbes 7:56 AM
  • "Scoop: Silicon Valley execs will meet to discuss privacy" ["Members include Facebook, Google, Apple, Salesforce, IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Dropbox, and others. ITI expects the meeting to be attended by companies across the industry's sectors, including hardware, software and device makers — but declined to say which companies would be there."]  Axios 9:28 AM
  • "Apple and Other Tech Companies Meeting in San Francisco to Chat about Privacy" The Mac Observer 5:11 PM
  • "Apple News launches 2018 Midterm Elections section: An Easy Way to Follow the Elections, With Reporting From Trusted Sources Curated by Apple News Editors"  Apple 7:43 AM
  • "Apple News Launches 2018 Midterm Elections Section" Business Wire 7:43 AM
  • "Apple just launched a 'fact-based' election feature in Apple News with coverage from Fox News and the Washington Post" Business Insider 8:46 AM
  • "Get your trusted midterm elections news from us, says Apple" TechCrunch 7:58 AM
  • "Apple News adds dedicated 2018 US midterm elections section" CNET 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's spectacular Milan store set to be unveiled on July 18, open on July 21 – report" 9to5Mac 9:19 AM
  • "World Cup 2018: Apple's AirPods play a beautiful game/Soccer fans watching World Cup 2018 won't have missed the number of footballers filmed wearing AirPods as they arrive at the stadium." Computerworld 8:08 AM
  • "Have A Yahoo Email? An Android Phone? Your Mortgage Options May Be Limited" ["A recent study from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management has found that 'digital footprints'—a person's online habits, profiles and activities—can be a good measurement of creditworthiness. ... According to the study, Android users are significantly less likely to repay than those on Apple devices, with Android users defaulting almost two times more than iOS ones."] Forbes 7:30 AM
  • "iPads can be a major pain the neck, researchers claim" Cult of Mac 10:00 AM
  • "Apple Celebrates Pride in San Francisco Parade" MacRumors 7:58 AM
  • "Tim Cook, Other Apple Executives Join Apple Employees in 2018 San Francisco Pride Parade" MacTrast 8:52 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Bill Gates urges Apple to license Mac OS" Cult of Mac 8:47 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson backs brain-stimulating sleep headset" Telegraph 8:20 PM
  • "The Fight Between Switch Hackers And Nintendo Is Ramping Up" Kotaku 3:56 PM
  • "T-Mobile FamilyMode lets parents control kids' screen time on any device" Digital Trends 11:31 AM
  • "Cooler Master Readies New Thermal Compound with 11 W/mK Conductivity" AnandTech 9:46 AM
  • "Why thousands of Swedes are injecting themselves with microchips" The Conversation 8:56 AM
  • "Google is adding DRM to Play Store apps for offline verification" Digital Trends 11:31 AM
  • "Google Earth's new tool lets you measure the distance and area of anything on the map" The Verge 10:01 AM
  • "Google will soon let teachers lock student Chromebook screens during quizzes" VentureBeat 8:45 AM
  • "Leaked Snapdragon 1000 details suggest it could go head-to-head with Intel" Digital Trends 8:19 AM
  • "Supreme Court poised to revamp tech laws" Axios 8:08 AM
  • "Trump plans to block Chinese firms from investing in U.S. tech as trade war escalates" Axios 8:08 AM
  • "Vivo Nex teardown reveals what makes the pop-up selfie camera tick" Android Authority 8:03 AM
  • "Domestic abusers are exploiting smart home devices: The connected household has unintended consequences." Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Science Fiction Novelist Steven Brust" The Mac Observer 5:11 PM
  • "The AI Threat, Video Game Addiction -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-25" The Mac Observer 1:07 PM
  • "Just In Case...Sensitivity – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 715" The Mac Observer 9:05 AM
  • "Jeff Porten Takes Control of Your Productivity" MacVoices 8:42 AM
  • "iOS 12 public beta is available right now: Download and install at your own risk, of course." Engadget 5:50 PM
  • "Apple releases first iOS 12 public beta for iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 5:51 PM
  • "It's safe to buy a new MacBook laptop now that Apple has finally addressed the 'butterfly' keyboard problems" Business Insider 11:31 AM
  • "iOS 11 Brute Force Passcode Bypass Flaw 'Was In Error, And A Result Of Incorrect Testing' Says Apple" Redmond Pie 9:46 AM
  • "No, You Can't Bypass iPhone Passcode Attempt Limits with an External Keyboard" The Mac Observer 11:01 AM
  • "ARM-based Windows PCs and Macs are coming, and they'll be incredibly powerful" BGR 8:37 AM
  • "Samsung pushing hard for 'A13" chip orders from Apple" AppleInsider 8:58 AM
  • "Samsung wants to win back Apple's A-series chip orders" Cult of Mac 11:02 AM
  • "Apple Said To Plan To Amplify Audio Devices" Bloomberg 7:44 AM
  • "Xiaolian iOS 11.2.6 Jailbreak Is Out But You Should Wait For Electra Update, Here's Why" Redmond Pie 11:02 AM
  • "Apple Warns Users Against Jailbreaking" iClarified 1:55 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11.4.1 to Developers and Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1:05 PM
  • "Additional Details About Apple's New MacBook and MacBook Pro Keyboard Service Program" MacRumors 10:13 AM
  • "How to start a keyboard repair for your MacBook or MacBook Pro, and what to expect" AppleInsider 9:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:44 AM

  • "Audeara A-01 headphones review: For hearing music the way you were meant to hear it/These may be the best headphones for countering mild hearing loss, especially if you don't know you have it." Macworld 7:57 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple iOS 12 preview: It's all about the polish/iOS 12 feels smoother and more stable." Engadget 5:51 PM
  • "iOS 12 public beta: The ultimate guide/Itching to try out iOS 12? The public beta gives you a sneak peek into the final version coming this fall. Here's what you need to know!" iMore 5:51 PM
  • "Edit for iOS is as simple as a sheet of paper" Cult of Mac 1:58 PM
  • "'Golf Club: Wasteland' Review – Elon Musk HATES This!" Touch Arcade 10:13 AM
  • "How to make stereo HomePods louder when paired with Apple TV 4K" AppleInsider 7:09 PM
  • "How to download iOS 12 public beta 1 to your iPhone or iPad: Looking to try out iOS 12? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it!" iMore 5:55 PM
  • "How to download tvOS 12 public beta 1 to your Apple TV: Want to see what's going with tvOS 12? The public beta is now available. Here's how to download it!" iMore 5:55 PM
  • "How to Listen to Audio Files You Receive via Text Message on Your iPhone" Lifehacker 3:56 PM
  • "How to Speed Up Apple Watch Software Updates" OS X Daily 3:46 PM
  • "iOS 12: how to see your detailed battery usage Stats" iDownload Blog 3:45 PM
  • "How to disable nagging in-app rating requests on your iPhone or iPad" AppleInsider 1:50 PM
  • "watchOS 5: How to toggle Raise to Speak for Siri" 9to5Mac 11:02 AM
  • "How to adjust the order of the Control Center toggles on your Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 9:19 AM
  • "How to Play Google Podcasts Everywhere—Including iOS" Gizmodo 9:17 AM
  • "How and when to use Apple Watch Theater Mode" iDownload Blog 8:51 AM
  • "How to synchronize podcasts between Google Podcasts and Google Home" Android Central 8:03 AM
  • "Three ways to save web pages as read-later PDFs on iOS" Cult of Mac 3:47 PM
  • "2018 Back to School Buyers Guide: Should you pick Apple's iPad or Mac for college?" AppleInsider 3:46 PM
  • "Taking a Vacation From Email: If you're determined to enjoy time off without electronic interruption, set up an automatic reply message so your friends know you're away." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 8:52 AM
  • "Should you install the iOS 12 public beta? Now that iOS 12 available for anyone to install and test, you're probably wondering if it's worth taking the plunge." Macworld 8:33 PM
  • "5 Android phones with futuristic edge-to-edge displays that nobody would ever mistake for an iPhone X" Business Insider 1:55 PM
  • "Can Apple's new unbiased, 'fact-based' news section really remain unbiased?" BGR 11:04 AM
  • "iPhones and USB-C" The Loop 10:12 AM
  • "The feature everyone wanted on the iPhone X is coming to Samsung's Galaxy S10" BGR 9:39 AM
  • "Tweeted: An Apple Watch developer's cry of pain" Apple 3.0 8:55 AM
  • "Report: Apple planning more AirPods, HomePods" Six Colors 9:54 AM
  • "Comment: The latest report increases my optimism about Apple headphones" 9to5Mac 8:46 AM
  • "Don't panic: There's no easy hack to bypass your iPhone's password" BGR 8:36 AM
  • "Nope, USB Music Cards won't replace music downloads and CDs" Apple World Today 7:44 AM
  • "Why I Switched To The Samsung Galaxy S9+ As My Primary Phone" ["I still love my Apple iPhone X and still carry it, but there were some very compelling reasons why I switched to the S9+ as my primary, and I'd┬álike to share those with you."]  Forbes 7:26 AM
  • "Intel and the Danger of Integration"  Stratechery 9:58 AM
  • "Android P features we love: Better, faster biometrics" Android Central 8:56 AM
  • "Vivo X21 review: This 'first' of a phone left us wanting more" CNET 7:56 AM
  • "How To Build The Best Gaming PC For $1000" Forbes 7:30 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Fortune CEO Initiative 2018 Livestream"  Fortune 7:08 PM
  • "Get ready for NFL football on iPhone" Cult of Mac 3:47 PM
  • "Catalyst Case for Apple AirPods Now Available Via Verizon Website" Digital Trends 3:46 PM
  • "'Isoland 2 – Ashes of Time' is a Surrealist Puzzle Adventure Sequel Launching on Mobile June 29th" Touch Arcade 1:58 PM
  • "Google Photos can now create romantically-themed 'Love Story' movies" 9to5Google 1:55 PM
  • "CBS All Access to stream NFL games on mobile, previously exclusive to Verizon customers" 9to5Mac 1:51 PM
  • "Want to leave your iPhone behind with Apple Watch? Check out these apps" 9to5Mac 1:50 PM
  • "Chirp brings Twitter to Apple Watch" TechCrunch 1:05 PM
  • "NetBase Report Reveals the Most Loved Brands of 2018: Instagram is the Most Loved Brand; Nikon has the Biggest Gain and Ed Sheeran is the Most Loved Person on YouTube" [Applel #6] Business Wire 11:03 AM
  • "Super Candy Ball released for iOS - Unique Fingertip Match Game" prMac 9:54 AM
  • "Microsoft adds built-in ad blocking to Edge for Android and iOS" ZDNet 3:47 PM
  • "Microsoft is testing AdBlock Plus on the Edge mobile browser: Both Android and iOS beta versions have a built-in ad blocker." Engadget 8:53 AM
  • "Fortnite's long-awaited Playground mode lands this week" Cult of Mac 8:51 AM
  • "See what the IHS Markit Score report has to say about Apple Inc." [3-page PDF] IHS Markit 8:23 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of June 25: 18 Years of LACPUG, Gaming, and WordPress" The MUG Center 8:20 AM
  • "StarTech's Sit-Stand Dual-Monitor Arm is a dependable, if pricey, alternative to a traditional sit-stand desk" Apple World Today 7:45 AM
  • "Worldnet Finalizes Apple Pay on the Web Certification: Worldnet's certification provides full service eCommerce payments for iOS devices" Business Wire 7:44 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM ends China's five-year reign atop supercomputer rankings" Tech Central 9:44 AM
  • "With IBM Summit supercomputer, US reclaims top spot from China in high-powered computing" CNET 9:44 AM
  • "IBM ends China's 5-year reign atop supercomputer rankings" ITworld 9:44 AM
  • "IBM's Summit becomes world's fastest supercomputer" Xinhuanet 9:44 AM
  • "Microsoft Women Suing Over Bias Denied Class-Action Status" Bloomberg 5:56 PM
  • "Microsoft Seemingly Working On New Hololens" IGN 9:54 AM
  • "Microsoft's next HoloLens could be getting a more immersive field of view" TechRadar UK 9:53 AM
  • "Microsoft is dropping Windows 7 support on some PCs with Pentium III CPUs" OnMSFT 9:40 AM
  • "HP unveils Pavilion x360 laptop with digital pen, Optane memory: Know more" Business Standard 9:41 AM
  • "Dell walks the talk in sustainable industry" ITP Technology 9:40 AM
  • "The silver lining in the Intel CEO drama" Network World 9:39 AM
  • "Intel downgraded due to 'lack of leadership' after CEO resignation; shares fall" CNBC 9:39 AM
  • "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 1000 chip looks to take on Intel's low-end Core i CPUs" The Inquirer 9:38 AM
  • "Intel Z390 chipset expected to be a Z370 rebrand" Hexus 9:38 AM
  • "The Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 is gunning for Intel's PC market" Alphr 9:38 AM
  • "Intel and the Danger of Integration" Stratechery 9:38 AM
  • "At ISC 2018, Intel Transforms the Future of High-Performance Computing" Intel 9:37 AM
  • "Intel 8th-gen Core i7 vs. 7th-gen Core i7 CPUs: An upgrade that's finally worth it" PCWorld 9:08 AM
  • "Time to Face Reality: Intel Is the HP of the 2010s" InvestorPlace 1:55 PM
  • "Bank of America says AMD is a top pick because of its 'generational opportunity' to gain share against Intel" CNBC 9:34 AM
  • "Tencent Cloud AMD EPYC SA1 Server Supports Up To 128 Cores" SegmentNext 9:33 AM
  • "7 Core 14 Thread AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Processors Spotted" SegmentNext 9:33 AM
  • "4 Reasons AMD's Ryzen Isn't Gaining Ground in Notebooks" The Motley Fool 9:33 AM
  • "AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Teaser Trailer" Guru3D 9:33 AM
  • "Oracle Linux now supported on 64-bit Armv8 processors" The Register 9:30 AM
  • "Oracle Patches New Spectre, Meltdown Vulnerabilities" SecurityWeek 9:29 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks suffer worst day in weeks as Trump's trade threats rattle; Dow ends below key level: Technology shares hit amid reports of trade measures against China" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Slammed on Latest Trump Tariff Fears: Stocks trimmed their losses, but still ended the day down sharply in response to the latest tariff threats from Donald Trump." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Dow tumbles 328 points as US-China tariff spat heats up again" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Fall as Trade-War Fears Rattle Markets: Dow industrials pare losses after Trump aide says there are 'no plans to impose investment restrictions'" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets driven lower as trade tensions flare up: Investors dismiss China's latest central bank cut to reserve requirements" MarketWatch 8:57 AM
  • "European stocks finish down 2% for largest fall in more than 3 months: Analyst sees trade-related fears bringing about a 'dark mood'" MarketWatch 12:53 PM

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