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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, Samsung Settle After Fighting Seven Years in Court: Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. reached a settlement in their U.S. patent battle, putting an end to a seven-year fight over smartphone designs."  Bloomberg 2:28 PM
  • "Apple, Samsung settle U.S. patent dispute: Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday settled a years long patent dispute, according to a filing the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court filing."  Reuters 2:26 PM
  • "Apple and Samsung settle seven-year long patent fight over copying the iPhone" The Verge 2:27 PM
  • "After more than 7 years of suing, Apple and Samsung finally call a truce" Foss Patents 3:53 PM
  • "Apple and Samsung end patent fight after seven long years" BBC 7:07 PM
  • "Apple and Samsung End Smartphone Patent Wars" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:18 PM
  • "Apple Is Building a Media Platform Like Never Before"  MacStories 10:07 AM
  • "Apple Engineers Its Own Downfall With the Macbook Pro Keyboard"  iFixit 3:26 PM
  • "Why Apple Might Rethink Its iPhone Pricing a Little: As Apple deals with low iPhone unit growth and sees its services and wearables revenue grow rapidly, a more aggressive iPhone pricing strategy could make sense."  TheStreet 8:42 AM
  • "Apple to Lower Prices on New Crop of iPhones: MS" Investopedia 8:57 AM
  • "Five things iOS 12 can tell us about the next iPhone, iPad, and everything else Apple is working on: Could notches, better cameras, and dark mode be on the horizon?"  Macworld 8:28 AM
  • "Apple mulls subscription bundle of Apple Music, News and original video content, report says: Apple is reportedly mulling a subscription bundle that incorporates the company's existing services, namely Apple Music and products sold through the News platform, with a slate of original TV shows widely rumored to be in production."  AppleInsider 7:56 PM
  • "Fix Common Problems with macOS Time Machine" Apple Gazette 10:11 AM
  • "macOS Mojave: How to adjust the system accent color" 9to5Mac 7:30 PM
  • "Understanding and Fixing the APFS Container Bug in macOS Disk Utility" The Mac Observer 6:57 PM
  • "MacOS Mojave beta first look: Stable, powerful and about you" Computerworld 7:59 AM
  • "First look at Apple's new multiuser FaceTime 5.0 for macOS Mojave" AppleInsider 1:41 PM
  • "How to Install the macOS Mojave Public Beta" MacRumors 8:55 AM
  • "How to create a bootable macOS Mojave installer drive: Put the macOS Mojave installer on an external USB thumb drive or hard drive and use it to install the operating system on a Mac." Macworld 9:16 AM
  • "MacOS Mojave: 6 hidden features you can find in the public beta" Macworld 8:28 AM
  • "MacOS Mojave: How to turn on favicons in Safari 12 tabs" Macworld 8:28 AM
  • "MacOS Mojave: How to add emoji to emails in Apple Mail" Macworld 8:28 AM
  • "How to use macOS Recovery to restore the operating system on your Mac" iMore 9:22 AM
  • "Rounded Column Corners In Numbers" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "Could you disable your admin password? A stressful opsec story from an Apple Store"  Ramblings 10:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "What's in the latest Firefox update? Faster page loads, 'warmer' tabs: With Firefox 61, Mozilla is back to trumpeting performance improvements and faster tab switching for its browser." Computerworld 3:21 PM
  • "Parallels Now Offers Suites of Time-Saving Tools to Simplify Everyday PC and Mac Tasks" Business Wire 8:58 AM
  • "Parallels debuts feature-packed Toolbox Packs for Mac, priced from $9.99/year" 9to5Mac 8:29 AM
  • "To Text Converter 1.4.1 converts various file formats (PDF, HTML, RTF, RTFD) to standard plain TEXT using drag-and-drop" Tension Software 8:00 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Ordered to Pay $25M Over Beats Headphone Royalties"  Billboard 3:53 PM
  • "Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine slapped with $25 million verdict in Beats royalty suit" AppleInsider 6:56 PM
  • "Apple once again rumored to transform LA landmark into retail store: A report on Wednesday revived rumors of Apple's interest in turning the Tower Theater, a designated historic-cultural monument in downtown Los Angeles, into a retail outlet, though hard evidence of the company's plans remains elusive." AppleInsider 7:25 PM
  • "Apple Pay Accounts For 1 In 2 Oem Pay Users Globally, Reaching 200 Million By 2020" Juniper Research 8:44 AM
  • "Juniper Research: Apple Pay has the pole position, but..." Apple 3.0 8:56 AM
  • "Apple CarPlay, Android Auto winning UI, distracted driving battle over automaker systems, says AAA"  ZDNet 10:03 AM
  • "Chinese smartphone market suffers a hard-landing, shipments decline by 21% in Q1 2018" ["Xiaomi was the only company to buck the trend, growing shipments by 37% to 12 million units, and overtaking Apple to take fourth place."] Canalys 7:55 AM
  • "Four Tech Giants Are Eating Up China's Smartphone Market: Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi's increasing shares of a contracting Chinese smartphone market are pushing outside and smaller vendors including Apple, Gionee, Meizu, and Samsung into an ever-shrinking piece of the pie." PC Magazine 7:56 AM
  • "Vivo's face ID tech has 10 times as many sensor points as the iPhone X" The Verge 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Books Is Replacing iBooks" Forbes 7:52 AM
  • "As Foxconn Breaks Ground in Wisconsin, the Costs to Taxpayers Go Up: State, municipalities have pledged nearly $1 billion in sweeteners on top of initial $3 billion incentive package to lure manufacturer" [Paid Membership Required] 8:29 AM
  • "As Foxconn breaks ground on Wisconsin plant, incentives hit $4 billion" VentureBeat 9:57 AM
  • "A book about Steve Jobs put Xiaomi founder Lei Jun on the road to a $6 billion IPO" Quartz 8:45 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "DOJ Approves Disney Acquisition of Fox, Requires Regional Sports Channel Sale" The Mac Observer 7:57 PM
  • "T-Mobile and Sprint CEOs testify before the Senate" [Video Report] FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "Is technology ruining your relationship? Nicole Kidman has a remedy" ZDNet 1:09 PM
  • "WPA3 Arrives to Shore Up WiFi Security" TechNewsWorld 11:27 AM
  • "This could be the last year you'll want to buy headphones — a new audio technology is coming in 2019 that could make them obsolete" Business Insider 11:27 AM
  • "SingularityNET CEO says we need to democratize AI to survive it" VentureBeat 11:02 AM
  • "Slack hit with widespread service outage" ZDNet 10:03 AM
  • "HTC to rekindle smartphone business with new technologies" DigiTimes 8:31 AM
  • "Samsung officially announces 'Unpacked' event on August 9th for Galaxy Note 9" 9to5Google 10:32 AM
  • "Samsung's new ISOCELL Plus camera tech to offer better, brighter photos" Android Authority 8:24 AM
  • "BBC releases computer history archive" BBC 8:19 AM
  • "Qualcomm Has Big Plans For Kids 4G Smartwatches" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "Google Sets Rules to Curtail Employee Debates: Internet giant bans 'trolling' on internal message boards and ad hominem attacks against co-workers" [Paid Membership Required] 2:26 PM
  • "Google Rolls Out New Internal Rules in an Effort to Fix Its Culture" Gizmodo 2:25 PM
  • "Google Maps Makes it Easier to Explore Your Surroundings" PC Magazine 11:40 AM
  • "'Hey, Google, what's your deal?' Bugs are plaguing Google Home users worldwide" Digital Trends 11:02 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL 360-degree render videos appear online" Android Authority 8:24 AM
  • "Google opens its human-sounding Duplex AI to public testing" CNET 8:12 AM
  • "Google Added A Measurement Tool To Google Earth And It's Great" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "Thanatos ransomware: Free decryption tool released for destructive file-locking malware" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Road to Macstock -David Ginsburg On An iOS-Oriented Workflow" MacVoices 2:19 PM
  • "Abusive Relationships and Smart Home Devices -TMO Daily Observations 2018-06-27" The Mac Observer 12:56 PM
  • "iPhone X camera officially 'studio quality'" Cult of Mac 1:03 PM
  • "Beautiful iPad Pro concept imagines slim bezels and rounded display, Face ID and 'iPhone app'┬ámultitasking" 9to5Mac 1:10 PM
  • "iOS 12 Brings The Same Multitasking Experience to 5th and 6th Gen iPads as iPad Pro" iPhone Hacks 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's Schoolwork app helps make learning personal" Apple Must 9:44 AM
  • "All of the new Apple HomeKit features in iOS 12" AppleInsider 10:11 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:59 AM

  • "Compared: Huawei MateBook X Pro vs MacBook Pro — should Apple fans be jealous?" 9to5Mac 7:03 PM
  • "With Google Home and Assistant, Google is ready to take over your home" Mashable 3:53 PM
  • "Amazfit Bip review: Why can't more smartwatches be like the Amazfit Bip?" ["Works with Android and iOS."] CNET 8:18 AM
  • "Sonos Beam review: living room upgrade" The Verge 8:29 AM
  • "Review: Sonos Beam is the perfect smart soundbar for bedrooms and apartments" 9to5Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Sonos Beam Review: Support for Alexa in a Great Soundbar" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:13 AM
  • "Sonos Beam: Wide Home Theater Sound for Your Living Room, Great Music Sound Anywhere" The Mac Observer 8:01 AM
  • "Review: Divoom Voombox Power Rugged Portable Wireless Speaker" iLounge 1:19 PM
  • "Eero Home Wi-Fi System review: Simple setup, minimalist design" iMore 2:27 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Paprika is the best cooking app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #31] Cult of Mac 11:27 AM
  • "Create and Maintain Healthy Habits with the iOS App 'Aloe Bud'" Lifehacker 9:23 AM
  • "How to Install iOS 12 Public Beta Now on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 1:03 PM
  • "How to customize your Apple Watch Wake Screen settings" iDownload Blog 8:56 AM
  • "What Is WPA3? More Secure Wi-Fi: WPA stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access, and it's a series of security protocols designed to safeguard your Wi-Fi traffic. Here's what that means for your next binge-watch or video chat." PC Magazine 11:41 AM
  • "Use the iPhone's Sleep Diary: Apple's iOS software includes a tool for planning a serious slumber schedule and sticking to it." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:19 AM
  • "Rumor: AirPods Case Will Soon Be Able To Charge Your iPhone Wirelessly" Tech Times 9:16 PM
  • "Samsung and Apple have had enough of the court battles, finally settle: Surprise move comes weeks after a jury awarded Apple $539 million in damages." Ars Technica 7:13 PM
  • "Apple and Samsung Settle 7-Year Patent Battle, Terms Not Known" The Mac Observer 6:57 PM
  • "Why Apple needs to unify their line around USB-C"  Tech.pinions 10:32 AM
  • "CMV: Tim Cook is right that Apple should speak up on social issues" 9to5Mac 9:36 AM
  • "The First iOS 12 Public Beta: But Will You Need Those New Features?" The Tech Night Owl 8:56 AM
  • "iOS 12: How Apple will make old iPhones feel new again" iMore 8:44 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (63): Problems with Macs; Sigma 100-400 lens; Bird sounds, and Ethics" eXtensions 7:59 AM
  • "Are cloud providers responsible for how governments use their products? - Video" ZDNet 3:56 PM
  • "Laptops should include built-in webcam covers" The Verge 9:19 AM
  • "BlackBerry Key2 review: a keyboard with a phone" The Verge 8:29 AM
  • "BlackBerry KEY2 review: One of the most unique phones around comes up short of awesome" Android Police 8:27 AM
  • "I talked to Google's human-sounding AI on the phone: Here's what I learned" Mashable 8:38 AM
  • "I took a phone call from the Google Assistant" Engadget 8:34 AM
  • "A closer look at Google Duplex" TechCrunch 8:27 AM
  • "We tested Google's AI booking service Duplex, and it fooled us into believing it was human" Business Insider 8:20 AM
  • "Here's One Way to Reform an Internet Conspiracy Theorist" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:18 AM
  • "Why the Merger of T-Mobile & Sprint is a Great Idea" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "One month with the LG G7: As competition stumbles, the G7 rises to the occasion" ZDNet 7:54 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "NeoNet Corp has developed a Made in Canada document management solution that solves the student information privacy problem ... We are providing these two apps for free starting July 1st, for one month, to encourage adoption and to help establish the School Libraries Network." NeoNet 12:55 PM
  • "Apple's Headphone Jack Adapter Remains a Top Seller at Best Buy" MacRumors 10:31 AM
  • "The iTunes Remote app gets revamped and updated with iOS 12 & iPhone X support" iDownload Blog 9:57 AM
  • "Zagg unveils Nomad Book and Messenger Folio keyboard cases for iPad Pro" iLounge 9:45 AM
  • "DUO is a portable second screen that slides out from your Mac or Windows notebook's lid | Stuff" Stuff Magazine 8:59 AM
  • "Put an End to Boring Meditations with New 'SOS Method' App" Business Wire 8:58 AM
  • "The very best soccer games for iPhone and iPad" 148Apps 8:56 AM
  • "'Fortnite' 4.5 Adds the Creative Playground LTM Letting You Experience and Have Fun With Friends, Dual Pistols, and More" Touch Arcade 8:56 AM
  • "Smart gameball startup Play Impossible inks retail deal with Apple, partners with NFL players, raises cash" GeekWire 8:51 AM
  • "The Transit Travel Case is a distinctive, useful travel accessory" Apple World Today 8:44 AM
  • "Amazon Alexa for iOS can now respond to spoken commands" Engadget 8:34 AM
  • "Elgato utterly commits to an Apple HomeKit future" Apple Must 10:34 AM
  • "Elgato goes all-in on HomeKit with new Eve name, gaming division sold" 9to5Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Elgato unloads gaming peripherals, focuses on Homekit in new Eve Systems rebrand" AppleInsider 8:27 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Exclusive: IBM releases image data to improve facial recognition AI" Axios 8:38 AM
  • "IBM hopes to fight bias in facial recognition with new diverse dataset: Biased facial recognition could affect everything from police work to hiring" The Verge 9:35 AM
  • "IBM's debating computer suggests human brains are nothing special" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Healthcare is a new effort to push doctors to the cloud: Microsoft wants to be a big part of the cloud and AI healthcare race" The Verge 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft Assembles A New Team Focused On Healthcare" UberGizmo 9:15 PM
  • "Why Microsoft's big bet on deep learning could go bad: Deep learning is the hottest branch of A.I., but it might not be all that deep." Computerworld 8:20 AM
  • "RBI instructs banks to upgrade their ATMs from Windows XP to Windows 10" MSPoweruser 8:59 AM
  • "Microsoft says its racist facial recognition tech is now less racist" BGR 8:41 AM
  • "Microsoft pulls Windows Sets 'tabbed windows' feature from next release: Feature is removed from latest preview, with reports that it's not coming this year." Ars Technica 7:08 PM
  • "Microsoft launches Azure IoT Edge out of preview" VentureBeat 11:27 AM
  • "Networking Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes" insideHPC 12:57 PM
  • "Intel new CPU release delay may thin global notebook shipments" DigiTimes 8:32 AM
  • "Intel May Debut a Core i9 Eight-Core CPU for Mainstream Desktops Later This Year" Digital Trends 1:11 PM
  • "How ARM Is Using Artificial Intelligence To Supercharge Its Patents" Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon 632, 439, and 429 for mid-range smartphones" 9to5Google 10:21 AM
  • "Oracle automates hybrid clouds with new management features" SiliconANGLE 1:12 PM
  • "Oracle Continues to Drive Its Cloud-Based Warehouse Business" Market Realist 1:12 PM
  • "Cisco Will Assist Walt Disney Studios to Make SLAB a Reality" Zacks 11:43 AM
  • "Cisco ASA Flaw Exploited in the Wild After Publication of Two PoCs" Bleeping Computer 11:43 AM
  • "Cisco focuses on 50 mn SMBs to continue double-digit growth in India" NewKerala 11:42 AM
  • "Washington and Silicon Valley aren't working together to combat Russian trolls" CNNMoney 8:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks end decisively lower as major tech and internet names sell off; indexes close at lowest level of June: S&P 500 closes below 50-day moving average" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks End Sharply Lower on China Concerns: Stocks closed sharply lower Wednesday, led by losses in tech shares on concern over Trump administration policy towards Chinese investments in U.S. companies." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks reverse despite easing trade tensions" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Retreat, Led by Tech Shares: Investors are weighing mixed signals from the U.S. and China on trade" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets drop as energy-stock surge not enough to offset other losses: Oil companies gain after U.S. warning on Iranian exports" MarketWatch 8:52 AM
  • "Europe stocks dragged lower by fresh worries over a trade war: French consumer confidence takes an unexpected hit" MarketWatch 8:52 AM

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