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Weekend Highlights: Apple's TV ambitions will feature more family-friendly programming as opposed to "violence, politics and risqué story lines"; Colin Grabow argues iPhone production should stay in China; another round of new iDevice comparisons and Reviews are in as T3 reviews screen, speaker of Apple Watch Series 4, AppleInsider compares Series 4 vs. 3, Tom's Guide pits XS camera against Galaxy Note 9, CNET drop-tests XS on sidewalk; The Macalope talks Apple's iPhone strategy.

  • "Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up: The company is rolling out more detailed maps built from its own data for the first time"  TechCrunch 10:29 AM
  • "Questions about Apple's new Maps, answered"  TechCrunch 11:16 AM
  • "Apple will reboot Maps using its own data, starting in iOS 12" VentureBeat 11:20 AM
  • "Apple has been secretly working for 4 years to make Apple Maps something you might actually want to use" Business Insider 2:21 PM
  • "Apple is rebuilding Maps with its own data" The Verge 11:20 AM
  • "Why a Media Bundle Makes So Much Sense for Apple"  Slate 3:35 PM
  • "Apple's Reported Plans for a Content Bundle Could Pave the Way for Bigger Things: The tech giant is reportedly mulling a subscription service that pairs Apple Music with original video and magazine articles. But why stop there?"  TheStreet 7:21 AM
  • "The Apple TV and tvOS could use a little love: Ideas on how Apple could spice up its living room play."  Macworld 7:13 AM
  • "Apple fans fight back against Qualcomm ban on iPhone imports" Cult of Mac 7:26 AM
  • "Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm" The Register 7:07 AM
  • "5 favorite macOS Mojave features¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 7:55 PM
  • "How to edit your Mac's Hosts file and why you would want to" iMore 11:17 AM
  • "Cassandra -Rethinking Photo Workflows" eXtensions 10:27 AM
  • "How to Install Node.js and NPM on Mac OS" OS X Daily 11:21 AM
  • "How to change background color in Pages" 9to5Mac 9:44 AM
  • "Apple Event sandboxing in macOS Mojave lacks essential APIs" Felix Schwarz 10:41 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from June 2018: It's been a quiet month for new Mac games, but there are still a few humble gems out there worth playing." [Slideshow] Macworld 7:23 AM
Press Releases
  • "Password Repository 4.0, rock solid native password manager for macOS since 2005" Tension Software 8:09 AM
  • "AudFree Launched Audio Converter to Remove DRM from Apple Music, Audible" prMac 7:27 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "In Wisconsin visit, Trump praises Foxconn factory and again warns Harley-Davidson" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 7:20 AM
  • "Foxconn breaks ground for Wisconsin LCD plant" DigiTimes 7:36 AM
  • "Apple supply chain partner Foxconn breaks ground on Wisconsin LCD plant" 9to5Mac 7:22 AM
  • "Ground broken on Foxconn's first US factory, rumored to supply iPhone screens for Apple" AppleInsider 8:11 AM
  • "New Apple parts factory by Foxconn could bring iPhone manufacturing back to the United States" Mashable 2:34 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Galaxy X may fold two-thirds of the way up and yes we know that sounds mad" Android Authority 8:10 AM
  • "Google 'Yeti' game console rumors: Everything we know" Digital Trends 2:19 PM
  • "Google reportedly bringing in game developers for streaming project" Ars Technica 10:39 AM
  • "Google's next big thing might be a gaming service to take on PS4, Xbox, and Switch" BGR 8:22 AM
  • "Google Maps now showing Waze-like incident reporting for some" Android Police 7:36 AM
  • "The FCC's net neutrality comments debacle: What you need to know/Does it really matter if dead people filed comments?" CNET 7:26 AM
  • "Microsoft's foldable Andromeda PC could transform into five distinct modes" Digital Trends 7:26 AM
  • "Adidas US breach may have exposed millions of customers' personal info" The Register 7:22 AM
  • "New RAMpage attack affects all Android phones released since 2012 [Update] Android Central 7:21 AM
  • "Inside a VPN service: How NordVPN conducts the business of Internet privacy" ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "AI and health: Using machine learning to understand the human immune system" ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "Vergecast: Mojave beta, a culture roundup, and this week in Elon" The Verge 9:07 AM
  • "Apple's prepping new AirPods, iPhones, and a HomePod—we'll tell you what we know on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Podcast discusses 2018 iPhones, the iPhone 6s rebirth, and Foxconn in Wisconsin" AppleInsider 8:10 AM
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: How to Make Sure Your Mac's Hardware Is Working Properly" Intego Mac Podcast 7:26 AM
  • "Hundreds of iOS apps leaking data due to misconfigured Firebase backends, report says"  AppleInsider 6:39 PM
  • "Sketchy rumor claims 2018 iPhones will sport both embedded Apple SIMs and standard SIM trays" AppleInsider 2:32 PM
  • "At Least Two New iPhones To Support Dual-SIM In China, as Other Countries to Support It In the Form Of Physical SIM + Apple SIM" Loveios 11:37 AM
  • "2018 iPhones Said to Feature Both Embedded Apple SIM and Traditional SIM Card Tray" MacRumors 11:38 AM
  • "Here's 2018's new iPhone X with three rear cameras" T3 7:13 AM
  • "Old iPhone running slowly? iOS 12 will speed it up, tests show: Apple's first iOS 12 beta is looking promising on performance improvements for older iPhones." ZDNet 9:06 AM
  • "iOS 12"s New Animoji Are More Expressive, But Can They Do ASMR?" Gizmodo 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Could Source Future iPhone Modems From MediaTek" UberGizmo 7:13 AM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 11.4 Status Update: What You Need To Know" Redmond Pie 2:19 PM
  • "Apple looks into a portable battery pack for the iPhone, iPad, Mac laptops" Apple World Today 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Taps LG To Make OLED Displays For Next iPhones, But Samsung Is Staying" Tech Times 9:25 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:09 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:09 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:09 AM

  • "Hands-on: Alpine's HALO9 CarPlay/Android Auto receiver offers a unique & premium experience" 9 to 5 Toys 7:57 PM
  • "How do a pair of HomePods compare to a $180 soundbar?" AppleInsider 11:39 AM
  • "Review: Elgato's Eve Aqua water controller is for HomeKit diehards" AppleInsider 3:44 PM
  • "Review: Thinium ReCHARGE+ 2.0 Portable Charger + Battery Pack" iLounge 2:17 PM
  • "Review: FiiO µBTR Bluetooth Headphone Adapter" iLounge 10:32 AM
  • "Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges" TechHive 7:36 AM
  • "Take Better Fireworks Photos with Your iPhone" Gadget Hacks 8:45 PM
  • "How to make Animoji Karaoke with iPhone X" iMore 2:32 PM
  • "How to turn on and use the built-in iPhone thesaurus with ease" iDownload Blog 11:20 AM
  • "How to sell your used and unwanted gadgets: There are lots of ways to make a buck off your old stuff." Engadget 10:32 AM
  • "iOS 12: How to turn on and use the thesaurus/In iOS 12, you can use the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus with the 'Look Up' feature." Macworld 7:21 AM
  • "How to use your iPhone or iPad as a teleprompter" iDownload Blog 7:12 AM
  • "How to change your Apple Watch face" TechRadar UK 7:12 AM
  • "Technical Terms: The Internet and the Web" MacMost 9:04 AM
  • "Best VPN for Netgear Routers: Enable the VPN Features on Your Router" AddictiveTips 7:21 AM
  • "Apple set to launch an Amazon Prime-like subscription model - reports" New Zealand Herald 8:44 PM
  • "Apple's effort to fix Maps is over four years in the making: Mapping data will be sanitized and free of sensitive information" TechSpot 9:12 PM
  • "Apple Is Rebuilding Maps Using Its Own Data" UberGizmo 8:42 PM
  • "Apple Maps getting revamped to suck less" Cult of Mac 2:21 PM
  • "Apple is Rebooting Its Maps App with Rebuilt Map Data" MacStories 11:39 AM
  • "iOS 12: Apple tells us what its Apple Maps cars are doing" Apple Must 11:32 AM
  • "The 'Leo and Mac' Reader Roundup #2: Update on Charles W. Moore" Low End Mac 11:19 AM
  • "This is the future I want from Apple and iOS 12" BGR 9:45 AM
  • "iOS 12: How Apple is taking us through the looking glass with ARKit 2"  iMore 8:34 AM
  • "AT&T's $15 streaming service is now live, but is it worth it?" BGR 6:41 PM
  • "Digital marketers have been lulled into false comfort about Europe's new privacy laws, and Facebook could be in for a shock when they wake up" Business Insider 3:35 PM
  • "Why Amazon Was Really, Really Smart to Buy PillPack" Slate 3:34 PM
  • "I'm Skeptical Of Google's Rumored Streaming-Based Xbox And PlayStation Competitor" Forbes 9:06 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "This Dodecahedron Bluetooth Remote Controls All HomeKit Devices" The Mac Observer 8:01 PM
  • "This Smartphone Case Deploys Springy Arms To Survive Drops From Your Butterfingers" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "This app puts iPads at the heart of live event broadcasting" Apple Must 10:28 AM
  • "Cracked iPhone screen? This 8-legged case promises no more smashed displays" ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "Skinny AT&T WatchTV live streaming service arrives on iOS and Apple TV" iDownload Blog 8:58 AM
  • "You can now use Apple Pay to travel around the Milan metro" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "wiTraveler is a handy all-in-one-travel charger for the Apple Watch" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft details secret 'pocketable' Surface device in leaked email: A new and disruptive dual-screen device to blur the lines between mobile and PC" The Verge 2:18 PM
  • "Microsoft appears confident that dual-screen Andromeda will change the game" Digital Trends 2:33 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay Hints At Revolutionary Dual-Screen Andromeda Mobile Device" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "Exclusive: Inside Microsoft's secret Surface testing labs" Mashable 2:33 PM
  • "Report: Microsoft Developing 'Pocketable' Surface Device/The new product will 'blur the lines between mobile and stationary computing,' according to a report from The Verge, which says the upcoming device is scheduled to arrive later this year." PC Magazine 9:24 PM
  • "What does Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub mean for the future of open source?" ITProPortal 8:54 AM
  • "Dubai government working with Microsoft to develop new quantum-based solutions" MSPoweruser 8:53 AM
  • "Windows 7 -- 2018 Edition is the Microsoft operating system you've been waiting for" BetaNews 7:54 AM
  • "IBM researchers design a fast, power-efficient chip for AI training" VentureBeat 12:31 PM
  • "NASA sends IBM Watson-powered AI bot aboard SpaceX resupply mission" The Inquirer 8:46 AM
  • "IBM wins national cyber security contract" HSJ 8:45 AM
  • "HP: 3D printing can cut IT's supply chain carbon footprint" IT PRO (UK) 8:43 AM
  • "HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame" The Register 8:43 AM
  • "HP reduces global greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent" Climate Action 8:42 AM
  • "Dell G3 15 review: is this dull gaming laptop beautiful on the inside?" Big Tech Question 8:40 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 2018 review: Goodbye, MacBook Pro" IT PRO (UK) 8:40 AM
  • "Dell launches a new portfolio of slimmer, wide-screen All-In-One desktops in India" OnMSFT 8:39 AM
  • "Exponential-e to Deliver Dell EMC VxRail Appliances for Private Cloud Deployments" Total Telecom 8:38 AM
  • "Review: Dell XPS 13 (9370)" Hexus 8:36 AM
  • "Intel's firing of CEO Brian Krzanich is a cover for deeper problems" SemiAccurate 8:36 AM
  • "Intel 10nm density is 2.7X improved over its 14nm node" Hexus 8:36 AM
  • "Intel FlexRAN reference designs deployed in 5G infrastructure" Electronics Weekly 8:35 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-8700k vs AMD Ryzen 2700x" Tech Advisor 8:33 AM
  • "AMD is Sending Ryzen, Radeon Care Packages to Developers" ExtremeTech 8:33 AM
  • "Pricing for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2990X could be as low as $1,500" Neowin 8:33 AM
  • "The price of AMD's 32-core Threadripper 2990X has leaked, putting pressure on Intel" TechRadar UK 8:32 AM
  • "Oracle changed the way it reports revenue a day after announcing its annual results and analysts say there has been 'confusion'" Business Insider 3:36 PM
  • "Cisco India is leading the software and security transitions globally: Sameer Garde" Financial Express 8:29 AM
  • "Friday Interview: Cisco global chief executive Chuck Robbins" Irish Times 8:29 AM
  • "Cisco Talos creates free decryption tool for Thanatos ransomware" ZDNet 7:51 AM
  • "How developers can get the ops team on their side" InfoWorld 8:16 AM
  • "3 common machine learning mistakes to avoid" InfoWorld 8:15 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks finish higher but post weekly losses: Wells Fargo & Co. jumps after increasing dividends" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Stumble at Friday's Close, Giving Up Most of Day's Gains: Stocks ended slightly higher Friday, after giving up most of the day's gains in the final minutes of trading." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks jump on final trading day of 2Q" FOXBusiness 3:56 PM
  • "Stocks Edge Higher During Momentary Pause in Trade Tensions: Major indexes are on course to notch a second consecutive session of gains" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Australia caps a sunny quarter in mostly mixed Asia-Pacific stock action: Bullish milestones for Australia and New Zealand as Japan's Nikkei pulls out June gain and China down 10% for quarter" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "European markets rally as EU hammers out migration deal: European stock markets rallied on Friday after European Union leaders working overnight knocked out an agreement on refugees, a deal seen as removing political risk that had been hanging over equities." MarketWatch 11:50 AM

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