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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?

  • "Why Apple's Keyboard Controversy Restarted Conspiracy Theories It Plans for Its Products to Fail"  Slate 7:07 AM
  • "Apple Builds Next-Gen Apple Maps, 1st Update Coming Soon: Here's Why It's So Important"  Forbes 10:36 AM
  • "Apple overhauling Maps app with vans and users' data, after issues with the iPhone tool since launch" Telegraph 8:04 AM
  • "The Apple-Samsung 'thermonuclear war' over Android is over, but at least we got these iPhone prototype photos out of the battle" Business Insider 10:43 AM
  • "U.K. regulatory board backs Apple iPhone X claim of 'studio quality portraits'"  AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "iPhone X Camera Can Officially Shoot Studio Quality Portraits" Redmond Pie 7:26 AM
  • "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 6/29
  • "Questions about Apple's new Maps, answered"  TechCrunch 6/29
  • "Apple will reboot Maps using its own data, starting in iOS 12" VentureBeat 6/29
  • "Apple has been secretly working for 4 years to make Apple Maps something you might actually want to use" Business Insider 6/29
  • "Apple is rebuilding Maps with its own data" The Verge 6/29
  • "Why a Media Bundle Makes So Much Sense for Apple"  Slate 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "The Apple TV and tvOS could use a little love: Ideas on how Apple could spice up its living room play."  Macworld 6/29
  • "Apple fans fight back against Qualcomm ban on iPhone imports" Cult of Mac 6/29
  • "Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm" The Register 6/29
  • "Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac targets non-Office 365 businesses, adds features" TechRepublic 8:47 PM
  • "For space grey MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Mojave Dark Mode is the new Aqua"  AppleInsider 8:05 AM
  • "How to Enable Dark Mode in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 2:35 PM
  • "How to Stop Getting MacOS Beta Software Updates" OS X Daily 10:55 AM
  • "Alternatives to Safari: How to switch to other Mac web browsers" Apple World Today 2:42 PM
  • "5 favorite macOS Mojave features¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 6/29
  • "How to edit your Mac's Hosts file and why you would want to" iMore 6/29
  • "Cassandra -Rethinking Photo Workflows" eXtensions 6/29
  • "How to Install Node.js and NPM on Mac OS" OS X Daily 6/29
  • "How to change background color in Pages" 9to5Mac 6/29
  • "Apple Event sandboxing in macOS Mojave lacks essential APIs" Felix Schwarz 6/29
  • "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 6/29
Press Releases
  • "Password Repository 4.0, rock solid native password manager for macOS since 2005" Tension Software 6/29
  • "AudFree Launched Audio Converter to Remove DRM from Apple Music, Audible" prMac 6/29
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Supreme Court deals a blow to Apple Pay" Cult of Mac 2:36 PM
  • "Gallery: Apple's renovated Palo Alto store blends latest retail layout with classic design elements" 9to5Mac 2:36 PM
  • "Why I still won't wear wireless headphones" ["Because, let's face it: The future is wireless headphones whether we like it or not. Now that Apple has a best-seller with its true-wireless AirPods, other manufacturers are likely to go after that final pain point: battery time."]  Digital Trends 7:25 AM
  • "Making The Grade: Clever solves the identity management problem for K-12" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Light's multi-lens camera tech is coming to a phone: It's working on a phone that could have up to nine camera lenses." Engadget 8:05 AM
  • "In Wisconsin visit, Trump praises Foxconn factory and again warns Harley-Davidson" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 6/29
  • "Foxconn breaks ground for Wisconsin LCD plant" DigiTimes 6/29
  • "Apple supply chain partner Foxconn breaks ground on Wisconsin LCD plant" 9to5Mac 6/29
  • "Ground broken on Foxconn's first US factory, rumored to supply iPhone screens for Apple" AppleInsider 6/29
  • "New Apple parts factory by Foxconn could bring iPhone manufacturing back to the United States" Mashable 6/29
Non-Apple News
  • "Hi-tech dreamcatcher defeats sleep amnesia" BBC 7:41 PM
  • "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras and charge over thin air.: Lately, our smartphones all look alike. So tech columnist Goeffrey Fowler hunted in labs, start-ups and China's thriving phone scene to find what's next for our favorite gadget." Washington Post 7:40 PM
  • "Google Maps Steals Waze's Thunder With Incident Reporting" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with dozens of hardware and software companies" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 6:05 PM
  • "Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies" Engadget 2:36 PM
  • "T-Mobile now supports next-gen texting between carriers" Engadget 7:05 PM
  • "The T-Mobile RCS Universal Profile rollout starts, but don't get too excited" Android Authority 2:36 PM
  • "Next Samsung Smartphones Could Have A Radical New Camera" Forbes 7:13 AM
  • "Galaxy X may fold two-thirds of the way up and yes we know that sounds mad" Android Authority 6/29
  • "Google 'Yeti' game console rumors: Everything we know" Digital Trends 6/29
  • "Google reportedly bringing in game developers for streaming project" Ars Technica 6/29
  • "Google's next big thing might be a gaming service to take on PS4, Xbox, and Switch" BGR 6/29
  • "Google Maps now showing Waze-like incident reporting for some" Android Police 6/29
  • "The FCC's net neutrality comments debacle: What you need to know/Does it really matter if dead people filed comments?" CNET 6/29
  • "Microsoft's foldable Andromeda PC could transform into five distinct modes" Digital Trends 6/29
  • "Adidas US breach may have exposed millions of customers' personal info" The Register 6/29
  • "New RAMpage attack affects all Android phones released since 2012 [Update] Android Central 6/29
  • "Inside a VPN service: How NordVPN conducts the business of Internet privacy" ZDNet 6/29
  • "AI and health: Using machine learning to understand the human immune system" ZDNet 6/29
  • "Tech.pinions Podcast: Tech Companies and Media Bundles" Tech.pinions 10:44 AM
  • "Cult of Mac Magazine: Everything you need to know about the iOS 12 beta, and more!" Cult of Mac 10:44 AM
  • "A Full Circle – The TouchArcade Show #360" Touch Arcade 8:05 AM
  • "Vergecast: Mojave beta, a culture roundup, and this week in Elon" The Verge 6/29
  • "Apple's prepping new AirPods, iPhones, and a HomePod—we'll tell you what we know on The CultCastCult of Mac 6/29
  • "Podcast discusses 2018 iPhones, the iPhone 6s rebirth, and Foxconn in Wisconsin" AppleInsider 6/29
  • "Intego Mac Podcast: How to Make Sure Your Mac's Hardware Is Working Properly" Intego Mac Podcast 6/29
  • "Video goes hands-on with 'iPhone X Plus' 6.5-inch & 'iPhone 9' 6.1-inch dummy units & cases" 9to5Mac 11:38 AM
  • "This black MacBook sat under a couch for 8 years, and it just booted right up: I found a dust-covered, circa-2007 black polycarbonate MacBook, plugged it in and it came right back to life." CNET 7:13 AM
  • "Apple granted patent for rendering road signs during navigation" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "Hundreds of iOS apps leaking data due to misconfigured Firebase backends, report says"  AppleInsider 6/29
  • "Sketchy rumor claims 2018 iPhones will sport both embedded Apple SIMs and standard SIM trays" AppleInsider 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "2018 iPhones Said to Feature Both Embedded Apple SIM and Traditional SIM Card Tray" MacRumors 6/29
  • "Here's 2018's new iPhone X with three rear cameras" T3 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "iOS 12"s New Animoji Are More Expressive, But Can They Do ASMR?" Gizmodo 6/29
  • "Apple Could Source Future iPhone Modems From MediaTek" UberGizmo 6/29
  • "Jailbreak iOS 11.4 Status Update: What You Need To Know" Redmond Pie 6/29
  • "Apple looks into a portable battery pack for the iPhone, iPad, Mac laptops" Apple World Today 6/29
  • "Apple Taps LG To Make OLED Displays For Next iPhones, But Samsung Is Staying" Tech Times 6/29
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/29
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/29
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6/29

  • "Review: Olloclip for iPhone X — the best budget lens system" AppleInsider 2:35 PM
  • "Hands-on: Alpine's HALO9 CarPlay/Android Auto receiver offers a unique & premium experience" 9 to 5 Toys 6/29
  • "How do a pair of HomePods compare to a $180 soundbar?" AppleInsider 6/29
  • "Review: Elgato's Eve Aqua water controller is for HomeKit diehards" AppleInsider 6/29
  • "Review: Thinium ReCHARGE+ 2.0 Portable Charger + Battery Pack" iLounge 6/29
  • "Review: FiiO µBTR Bluetooth Headphone Adapter" iLounge 6/29
  • "Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges" TechHive 6/29
  • "How to stop your iPhone from autoplaying music in the car: Does your music library inundate you with music, podcasts, or audiobooks when you get into your car? Here's the fix." iMore 10:45 AM
  • "Take Better Fireworks Photos with Your iPhone" Gadget Hacks 6/29
  • "How to make Animoji Karaoke with iPhone X" iMore 6/29
  • "How to turn on and use the built-in iPhone thesaurus with ease" iDownload Blog 6/29
  • "How to sell your used and unwanted gadgets: There are lots of ways to make a buck off your old stuff." Engadget 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "How to use your iPhone or iPad as a teleprompter" iDownload Blog 6/29
  • "Technical Terms: The Internet and the Web" MacMost 6/29
  • "Best VPN for Netgear Routers: Enable the VPN Features on Your Router" AddictiveTips 6/29
  • "Apple, AirPlay, and 'Tap-to-Radar'" Kirkville 10:45 AM
  • "5 reasons I haven't ditched the iPhone X" TechnoBuffalo 8:17 AM
  • "Will Apple's new shows be shown outside Apple's walled garden?"  Apple 3.0 8:04 AM
  • "By the numbers: second is the new first" Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "Apple set to launch an Amazon Prime-like subscription model - reports" New Zealand Herald 6/29
  • "Apple's effort to fix Maps is over four years in the making: Mapping data will be sanitized and free of sensitive information" TechSpot 6/29
  • "Apple Is Rebuilding Maps Using Its Own Data" UberGizmo 6/29
  • "Apple Maps getting revamped to suck less" Cult of Mac 6/29
  • "Apple is Rebooting Its Maps App with Rebuilt Map Data" MacStories 6/29
  • "iOS 12: Apple tells us what its Apple Maps cars are doing" Apple Must 6/29
  • "The 'Leo and Mac' Reader Roundup #2: Update on Charles W. Moore" Low End Mac 6/29
  • "This is the future I want from Apple and iOS 12" BGR 6/29
  • "iOS 12: How Apple is taking us through the looking glass with ARKit 2"  iMore 6/29
  • "Is Google's Promotion of HTTPS Misguided?" Slashdot 8:38 PM
  • "Why telemedicine has been such a bust so far: Telemedicine, or apps that let you consult with a doctor via video, was supposed to be the next big thing in health care." CNBC 2:42 PM
  • "Russia blocking Telegram showed us how fragile the internet is" The Next Web 7:22 AM
  • "AT&T's $15 streaming service is now live, but is it worth it?" BGR 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "Why Amazon Was Really, Really Smart to Buy PillPack" Slate 6/29
  • "I'm Skeptical Of Google's Rumored Streaming-Based Xbox And PlayStation Competitor" Forbes 6/29
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "This Dodecahedron Bluetooth Remote Controls All HomeKit Devices" The Mac Observer 6/29
  • "This Smartphone Case Deploys Springy Arms To Survive Drops From Your Butterfingers" HotHardware 6/29
  • "This app puts iPads at the heart of live event broadcasting" Apple Must 6/29
  • "Cracked iPhone screen? This 8-legged case promises no more smashed displays" ZDNet 6/29
  • "Skinny AT&T WatchTV live streaming service arrives on iOS and Apple TV" iDownload Blog 6/29
  • "You can now use Apple Pay to travel around the Milan metro" 9to5Mac 6/29
  • "wiTraveler is a handy all-in-one-travel charger for the Apple Watch" Apple World Today 6/29
Computer Industry
  • "Details of Microsoft's 'pocketable Surface' device leaked" Financial Express 8:08 AM
  • "Here's Even More Evidence of Microsoft's Rumoured Dual-Screen Surface" Gizmodo UK 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft 'Confirms' Pocket-Sized Surface In Leaked Document: Could This Be Andromeda?" Tech Times 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Hints At A Pocketable Dual Screen Windows Device That Underscores New PC Concepts" Forbes 6:38 PM
  • "Xbox Scarlett: Five reasons why Sony should be very worried about Microsoft's next console" Express UK 8:09 AM
  • "GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:08 AM
  • "Lenovo shows off new US$1,600 gaming laptops with monster specs" The Star: Malaysia 8:11 AM
  • "AMD To Host 2nd Gen Threadripper Press Event With Ferrari In July" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "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 6/29
  • "Microsoft appears confident that dual-screen Andromeda will change the game" Digital Trends 6/29
  • "Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay Hints At Revolutionary Dual-Screen Andromeda Mobile Device" HotHardware 6/29
  • "Exclusive: Inside Microsoft's secret Surface testing labs" Mashable 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "What does Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub mean for the future of open source?" ITProPortal 6/29
  • "Dubai government working with Microsoft to develop new quantum-based solutions" MSPoweruser 6/29
  • "Windows 7 -- 2018 Edition is the Microsoft operating system you've been waiting for" BetaNews 6/29
  • "IBM researchers design a fast, power-efficient chip for AI training" VentureBeat 6/29
  • "NASA sends IBM Watson-powered AI bot aboard SpaceX resupply mission" The Inquirer 6/29
  • "IBM wins national cyber security contract" HSJ 6/29
  • "HP: 3D printing can cut IT's supply chain carbon footprint" IT PRO (UK) 6/29
  • "HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame" The Register 6/29
  • "HP reduces global greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent" Climate Action 6/29
  • "Dell G3 15 review: is this dull gaming laptop beautiful on the inside?" Big Tech Question 6/29
  • "Dell XPS 13 2018 review: Goodbye, MacBook Pro" IT PRO (UK) 6/29
  • "Dell launches a new portfolio of slimmer, wide-screen All-In-One desktops in India" OnMSFT 6/29
  • "Exponential-e to Deliver Dell EMC VxRail Appliances for Private Cloud Deployments" Total Telecom 6/29
  • "Review: Dell XPS 13 (9370)" Hexus 6/29
  • "Intel's firing of CEO Brian Krzanich is a cover for deeper problems" SemiAccurate 6/29
  • "Intel 10nm density is 2.7X improved over its 14nm node" Hexus 6/29
  • "Intel FlexRAN reference designs deployed in 5G infrastructure" Electronics Weekly 6/29
  • "Intel Core i7-8700k vs AMD Ryzen 2700x" Tech Advisor 6/29
  • "AMD is Sending Ryzen, Radeon Care Packages to Developers" ExtremeTech 6/29
  • "Pricing for AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2990X could be as low as $1,500" Neowin 6/29
  • "The price of AMD's 32-core Threadripper 2990X has leaked, putting pressure on Intel" TechRadar UK 6/29
  • "Oracle changed the way it reports revenue a day after announcing its annual results and analysts say there has been 'confusion'" Business Insider 6/29
  • "Cisco India is leading the software and security transitions globally: Sameer Garde" Financial Express 6/29
  • "Friday Interview: Cisco global chief executive Chuck Robbins" Irish Times 6/29
  • "Cisco Talos creates free decryption tool for Thanatos ransomware" ZDNet 6/29
  • "How developers can get the ops team on their side" InfoWorld 6/29
  • "3 common machine learning mistakes to avoid" InfoWorld 6/29
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Here's What Affects Apple's iPhone Gross Profit Margins" The Motley Fool 8:48 PM
  • "Apple vs. Microsoft: Evaluating the Two Giants' Growth Since the 1980s" Zacks 10:44 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks finish higher but post weekly losses: Wells Fargo & Co. jumps after increasing dividends" MarketWatch 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "Stocks jump on final trading day of 2Q" FOXBusiness 6/29
  • "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] 6/29
  • "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 6/29
  • "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 6/29

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