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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?

  • "YouTuber Mark Rober Secretly Develops VR for Self-Driving Cars for Apple (Exclusive)"  Variety 9:10 PM
  • "Apple Engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober Working on Anti-Motion Sickness VR Technology for Use in Autonomous Vehicles" MacRumors 9:11 PM
  • "YouTube Mark Rober Has Been Working on VR with Apple's Self-Driving Car" The Mac Observer 9:12 PM
  • "Supreme Court Deals Setback To Apple Pay: Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided in favor of American Express in a dispute over contract language that prevents merchants from 'steering' customers to use other credit cards that charge lower fees. Visa and Mastercard were both down about 4% yesterday, but the big loser might actually be Apple."  Forbes 9:17 PM
  • "The Race to the Trillion-Dollar Market Cap: Right now, Apple is in the pole position with over 900 billion, while Amazon, Alphabet, and Microsoft duke it out for next runner-up. But as the tech giants jockey for position in a fluctuating market, things could still shift."  PC Magazine 8:12 AM
  • "Apple News' plan for the 2018 midterms: Be the opposite of Facebook"  The Next Web 1:17 PM
  • "AirPods and HomePod updates would bring Apple closer to its audio ambitions: With screen time under attack and Siri preparing for a huge boost, the company is taking tentative steps toward making hero devices for voice." ZDNet 3:31 PM
  • "Data Sheet—Apple Seizes the High Ground in Fake News Debate"  Fortune 8:11 AM
  • "Tim Cook continues to hold Facebook's feet to the flames, arguing that hoarding data does 'significant harm'"  Business Insider 8:11 AM
  • "Apple in Show Business? Don't Get Too Excited About It: The tech giant is apparently negotiating the rights to an animated film. Should investors care?"  The Motley Fool 8:12 AM
  • "How Tim Cook decides when to speak out" Axios 8:36 AM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple will never keep quiet about social issues" Cult of Mac 8:39 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook shares a rule that leaders should live by" CNBC 8:55 AM
  • "Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself" ["Apple fans who still run macOS Mavericks and earlier on their computers won't be able to run Google's Chrome browser any more."]  The Register 7:52 AM
  • "macOS Mojave Public Beta Now Available" MacStories 1:14 PM
  • "How to Verify Your Mac's Software Is Running Smoothly" Intego 1:14 PM
  • "macOS Mojave: A visual tour of Dark Mode and other major features/Our months-long journey into Apple's new OS begins with a visual guide to what's new." Ars Technica 1:17 PM
  • "macOS Mojave Preview: Little Improvements Make Big Impact" LAPTOP Magazine 1:13 PM
  • "How to create a partition on your Mac to install the macOS Mojave public beta" iMore 1:14 PM
  • "How to create a bootable installer for macOS Mojave" iMore 1:16 PM
  • "MacOS Mojave Public Beta is now available: Here's how to install it on your Mac" Macworld 1:15 PM
  • "MacOS Mojave: What is Dynamic Desktop and how to use it" Macworld 1:13 PM
  • "MacOS Mojave: What is Dark Mode and how to use it" Macworld 1:13 PM
  • "MacOS Mojave: What are Finder Quick Actions and how to use them" Macworld 1:13 PM
  • "MacOS 10.14 Mojave Finder Gallery View, Metadata" Macworld 1:13 PM
  • "macOS 10.14 Mojave features, specifications, requirements, FAQ" Macworld 1:13 PM
  • "MacOS 10.14 Mojave desktop Stacks" Macworld 1:12 PM
  • "macOS Mojave: Back to the Mac" Six Colors 12:59 PM
  • "McAfee Total Protection for Mac review: Good at detecting malware, but lacks active ransomware protection/This antivirus software package offers good basic protection, but its normal subscription price and its lack of ransomware protection allow its competitors to outshine it." Macworld 8:29 AM
  • "How to turn off System Integrity Protection in macOS" iMore 9:36 AM
  • "How to set up and use Do Not Disturb on Mac" iMore 11:52 AM
  • "How to prepare a Mac for sale or a return to an employer" Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "Print Pages Per Sheet To Save Paper" MacMost 9:00 AM
  • "Why I'm excited for Stacks in macOS 10.14 Mojave" Mashable 3:16 PM
Press Releases
  • "This unofficial app delivers a native desktop player for YouTube Music on Windows, Mac, Linux" 9to5Google 9:36 AM
  • "TS Calc 1.6.1 for Mac to solve mathematical models" Tension Software 9:11 AM
  • "Pixelmator for Mac Gets Ability to Export Images in HEIF Format, New Vignette Effect, More" iClarified 8:54 AM
  • "18+ Modern Keynote Templates for Beautiful Presentations in 2018" Envato Tuts+ 8:33 AM
  • "Firefox and 1Password now bring data breach notifications to you" Engadget 8:56 AM
  • "Firefox to Get New Security Tool With 'Have I Been Pwned' Email Database Integration" MacRumors 8:33 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The annual report on the world's most valuable American brands" ["Amazon takes this year's top spot, with its brand value growing by 42% to $150.8 billion. The surge in value for Amazon's brand allowed it to overtake Apple (up 37% to $146.3 billion), which takes second place in the ranking, despite similarly strong growth. Google (up 10% to $120.9 billion) fell from first place to third, unable to keep pace with the remarkable growth of the top two brands."] [16-page PDF] Brand Finance 8:06 AM
  • "The 21 most valuable tech brands in America in 2018: Amazon, Apple, and Google are the most valued tech brands, according to Americans." Business Insider 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Finishes Runner-Up to Amazon in 'Most Valuable American Brand' List" MacRumors 8:09 AM
  • "What iPhones Do Android Switchers Switch To?" [2-page PDF] CIRP 9:33 AM
  • "Will Apple's 2018 iPhones tempt Android switchers higher?" Apple Must 9:32 AM
  • "Android switchers make up 15-20% of iPhone buyers, says CIRP" 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
  • "How do Android switchers like their iPhones? Big and cheap" Apple 3.0 10:05 AM
  • "Barclays: June quarter iPhone sales to benefit from carrier promos and foreign exchange rates" 9to5Mac 10:23 AM
  • "Impressive new Apple store in Seattle's University Village set to open on June 30th" 9to5Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Massive new Apple Store in Seattle set to debut on June 30" GeekWire 10:37 AM
  • "Apple is opening brand new retail stores in Seattle and Palo Alto this coming Saturday" iDownload Blog 1:16 PM
  • "Apple's free Schoolwork app now available for teachers: Makes It Easy to Create Assignments, View Student Progress and More" Apple 8:38 AM
  • "Apple's Schoolwork now available, lets teachers dole out homework on the iPad and iPhone" AppleInsider 8:44 AM
  • "Apple, other tech firms met with intelligence officials to prepare for midterm elections" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Google, Apple and Facebook Push Tools to Fight Phone Addiction: Facebook, Google and Apple have turned us all into phone junkies, but now they're trying to dial back tech addiction with new features. Will anyone actually use them?" TheStreet 8:13 AM
  • "Univ. of Alabama Students Can Use ID Card on Apple Watch" WirelessWeek 8:59 AM
  • "Annoyed by MacBook dongles? Microsoft charges $80 for a single (huge) USB-C one" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the hype around blockchain signals a bubble" CNBC 9:19 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Source: The LG V40 will have five cameras and face unlock" Android Police 11:02 AM
  • "Google's VR painting tool Tilt Brush is getting a beginner mode" The Verge 12:59 PM
  • "Google is testing a new image search on desktop that looks more like Pinterest" TechCrunch 11:01 AM
  • "Netflix's Spending Growth Slows" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:18 AM
  • "Behold: The world's first holographic mouse" BGR 8:34 AM
  • "[Update: Rolling out widely] Google Maps with extensive Material redesign is rolling out to some" Android Police 8:18 AM
  • "Wimbledon 2018: AI uses player emotions to edit highlights" BBC 7:59 AM
  • "'Unfair' mouse team banned from competing for $15m prize" BBC 7:58 AM
  • "How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:55 AM
  • "The Next Generation of Wi-Fi Security Will Save You From Yourself" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:55 AM
  • "WPA3 Wi-Fi is here, and it's harder to hack" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 61 – Attention Revisited: iOS 12 Notifications, Do Not Disturb, and Screen Time" MacStories 8:33 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 245: A lot of smoke to the fire" iDownload Blog 8:14 AM
  • "Kuo Details 2018, 2019 iPhones, Expects Cheaper MacBook Air, Face ID iPads, and Larger-Screen Apple Watches Later This Year"  MacRumors 2:15 PM
  • "Apple to unveil iPhone wireless charging with AirPods: Move comes as Chinese suppliers fuel competition for share of earphone supply chain"  Nikkei 8:00 AM
  • "Nikkei Says AirPods Charging Case 'Will Soon Be Able' to Wirelessly Charge an iPhone" MacRumors 8:00 AM
  • "AirPods case said to charge iPhone in the future — but probably not" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Nikkei says AirPods Qi case will also charge an iPhone, or is it the other way around?" iDownload Blog 8:59 AM
  • "After SE, Made-in-India iPhone 6s set to hit a store near you soon"  The Economic Times 8:16 AM
  • "Local production of iPhone 6s underway in India as Apple seeks to avoid import tax" 9to5Mac 8:17 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Rumor: New Watch To Sport Bigger Screen, Brilliant Design" Forbes 5:40 PM
  • "AppleTV 1st Generation – Apple's Improper Abandonment and What to Do: Apple has left the AppleTV 1st Generation behind as of May 25, 2018. You can no longer connect it directly to iTunes. Even if you attempt to sync authorized content to it through an authorized Mac, it's over." Low End Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Apple releases the first public beta of iOS 12" BetaNews 8:28 AM
  • "iOS 12 public beta is out for all" Six Colors 11:52 AM
  • "iOS 12 public beta: Here is everything new your iPhone and iPad can now do" GearBrain 10:17 AM
  • "iOS 12 public beta: The 10 best new features now available on your iPhone" BGR 8:11 AM
  • "The First Things You Should Try in Apple's Public Beta for iOS 12" Lifehacker 1:15 PM
  • "Apple patent involves throttling your iPhone when you're outside in the cold" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
  • "How the MacBook Pro keyboard service program compares to Apple's others"  AppleInsider 2:26 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "Review: Hitcase PRO and TrueLUX Lens Bundle for iPhone X" Apple World Today 3:16 PM
  • "Amplifi HD Home Wi-Fi Kit review: Simple, yet accessible" iMore 2:15 PM
  • "Netgear Orbi Mesh Router With Cable Modem Review: Blanketing Your Home Network" HotHardware 12:32 PM
  • "Review: Bose SoundSport Free/It might be worth busting your bank account for these wireless workout buds." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:55 AM
  • "Review: Amazon's Fire TV Cube isn't that much better than older models" AppleInsider 2:57 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple iOS 12 hands-on review: iOS 12 makes managing time easier, but it can't keep us off our phones yet" Digital Trends 2:31 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 12 Public Beta is available now: First thoughts" Computerworld 7:48 AM
  • "Android P gestures vs. iOS 12 gestures: What are the differences?" Digital Trends 2:31 PM
  • "A first look at the Podcasts app on Apple Watch in watchOS 5" iDownload Blog 2:25 PM
  • "FoneMonitor Review: A nifty little tool for tracking any Android or iOS device" TechShout 8:58 AM
  • "Fracter first look: A deeply engaging atmospheric puzzle game" iMore 8:44 AM
  • "iOS 12: How to automatically delete Voice Memos" 9to5Mac 9:12 PM
  • "iOS 12: How to use the Control Center scan QR code shortcut on iPhone" 9to5Mac 3:16 PM
  • "How To Use iOS 12 Photo Sharing Features" Redmond Pie 9:02 AM
  • "How to downgrade from iOS 12 public beta to iOS 11.4 the super easy way" BGR 8:34 AM
  • "How to create iPhone Calendar default alert times for events" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "The MacBook shopper's dilemma: Buy last year's models, or wait? Back-to-school shoppers and anyone looking at a new MacBook had better be aware of these potential pitfalls." CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Why Apple Might Rethink Its iPhone Pricing a Little"  RealMoney 9:19 PM
  • "Why We Won't Be Giving Up Our Mac's Keyboard Anytime Soon" The Mac Observer 5:37 PM
  • "Apple (Almost) Fixed the Worst Thing About the iPhone X" Gizmodo 3:28 PM
  • "Why Apple May Be Lowering iPhone Prices This Year" Fortune 2:16 PM
  • "The new version of iOS is the strongest sign yet that Apple finally believes 'the customer is always right'"  Business Insider 2:15 PM
  • "Apple's Changing Relationship With Personal Data" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Article] 11:02 AM
  • "Rumored Wireless Apple AirPod Case Could Recharge Your iPhone" Gizmodo 9:32 AM
  • "Siri and Alexa walk into a bar: How AI assistants found their funny bone/Just because you're smart doesn't mean you're funny." Engadget 8:57 AM
  • "You don't need a Mac laptop: I love my Macbook Pro."  Quartz 8:55 AM
  • "Pride and prejudice: Tech's relationship with the LGBTQ community" Engadget 8:56 AM
  • "Opinion: Apple's CEO Bent on using Apple as his Personal Weaponized Political Machine"  Patently Apple 8:37 AM
  • "Should You Install iOS 12 Public Beta? Maybe Wait a Little, Here's Why" WCCFTech 8:12 AM
  • "Keyboard sensitivity: Leave the iPhone 4 out of this" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "The Pixel 2 XL's oleophobic coating is so bad I almost don't want to use the phone anymore" Android Police 1:16 PM
  • "I'm Starting to Have Serious Doubts About Amazon Prime" Gizmodo 10:04 AM
  • "Zoom out: How kids keep parents from controlling their phones" Axios 8:56 AM
  • "Comic: Apple Can Afford to Repair a Few Keyboards, Right?" iMore 8:06 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Amazon's Alexa app for iOS finally gets voice control" TechCrunch 5:41 PM
  • "You can now use Alexa voice control directly on your iOS device" 9to5Mac 5:40 PM
  • "iTunes Remote lives on with iPhone X update" iLounge 3:02 PM
  • "August and Airbnb team up to offer automatic keyless access with iPhone" 9to5Mac 11:51 AM
  • "Chirp for Apple Watch picks up where the official Twitter client left off" iDownload Blog 10:51 AM
  • "Explore real-size paintings in augmented reality via Google's Arts & Culture app" iDownload Blog 9:02 AM
  • "A Single Cable Promises to Charge Your iOS and Android Devices" Gizmodo 9:02 AM
  • "Android Messages for web is officially rolling out to all users [Update] Android Central 8:44 AM
  • "The PITAKA MagCase is a minimalist, yet durable, iPhone caseĀ " Apple World Today 7:47 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft brings its updated news app to Windows 10 devices" Neowin 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft updates Windows 10 News app with rebrand and new design: Microsoft is rolling out a new update to the Windows 10 News app that brings with it a new design and rebrand." Windows Central 7:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's USB Type-C Surface dongle reportedly coming this week" Neowin 6:52 AM
  • "InMobi partners with Microsoft on cloud-based enterprise platforms: The companies will also work in close cooperation on the go-to-market approach, offering these integrated advertising and marketing solutions to Microsoft's global enterprise client base." Devdiscourse 7:04 AM
  • "Microsoft and InMobi agree strategic global partnership" The Drum 7:05 AM
  • "InMobi forges partnership with Microsoft to fast track growth strategy" The Economic Times 7:45 AM
  • "Microsoft partners with Adblock Plus to lure iOS and Android users to Edge: Each to their own" The Inquirer 7:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's Facial Recognition Technology Performs Well Across All Skin Tones, Genders" CDR Info 7:27 AM
  • "Intel's Interim CEO Tells Staff He Doesn't Want the Job" Bloomberg 9:17 PM
  • "Does Intel Have an Integration Problem?" ExtremeTech 6:59 AM
  • "Researchers warn of new Hyper-Threading-based Intel CPU vulnerability: And Intel is refusing to patch it" TechSpot 7:01 AM
  • "Intel's Insistence On Integrating x86 Is The Reason Why It Is Lagging Behind Competition" SegmentNext 6:59 AM
  • "AMD Offers 5GHz Core i7-8086K Winners a Threadripper Instead/Intel is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and earlier this month offered 8,086 5GHz Core i7-8086K chips as part of a sweepstakes. Now AMD is offering to replace 40 of those chips with a Threadripper 1950X." PC Magazine 7:53 AM
  • "AMD and Packet kick off EPYC Processor Challenge" ZDNet 10:58 AM
  • "IBM's Watson to analyse emotions for Wimbledon highlights: AI platform has been taught to recognise players' emotions" Reuters 6:47 AM
  • "Alibaba passes IBM in cloud computing and is winning business from European and US clients" CNBC 9:17 PM
  • "IBM Is Helping Wimbledon 'Prepare for Greatness' in 2018" Martech Series 7:43 AM
  • "Rochester team helps IBM create world's fastest computer" Post Bulletin 7:43 AM
  • "Oracle's latest Linux fixes: New Spectre, Lazy FPU patches beef up defenses" ZDNet 6:52 AM
  • "Micron kicks off volume production of next-generation high-performance GDDR6 memory" ZDNet 12:58 PM
  • "Qualcomm launches three new Snapdragon processors for mid-range phones" The Verge 9:17 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Led Company Stock Buybacks During Q1" Investopedia 9:14 AM
  • "Apple Is Having Another 'Garden Variety' Correction" RealMoney 8:55 AM
  • "Apple's trade-war discount extended for another week" Apple 3.0 8:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market posts partial rebound after trade-driven selloff: Oil prices jump above $70 a barrel" MarketWatch 3:34 PM
  • "Market Rebound Falters as Indexes Pare Gains at Close: Stocks rise but investors remain wary of the rising trade rhetoric emanating from Washington." TheStreet 3:34 PM
  • "Stocks edge higher, shaking off trade threats" FOXBusiness 3:33 PM
  • "Dow Climbs, Powered by Oil Stocks: Sector gets lift from higher crude prices; GE rises 7.8%, biggest increase since 2015" [Paid Membership Required] 9:13 PM
  • "Intel stock falls after Bernstein turns bearish" MarketWatch 7:01 AM
  • "China leads slump in Asian markets amid rising trade fears: Shanghai Composite flirts with bear-market territory" MarketWatch 7:55 AM
  • "European stocks finish slightly higher as 'skittish buying interest returns': Stoxx Europe 600 closes just a little in the green after prior session's tumble" MarketWatch 1:02 PM

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