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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?

  • "The Store As 'Software': How Apple Reimagined Retail. Again."  Forbes 3:33 PM
  • "How an Apple Genius mysteriously solved my aggressive iPhone charging problem: The story of my iPhone charging woes incited hundreds of emails and several suggestions. So I went to a different Apple store in search of a solution."  ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "Why Apple's Keyboard Controversy Restarted Conspiracy Theories It Plans for Its Products to Fail"  Slate 6/30
  • "Apple Builds Next-Gen Apple Maps, 1st Update Coming Soon: Here's Why It's So Important"  Forbes 6/30
  • "Apple overhauling Maps app with vans and users' data, after issues with the iPhone tool since launch" Telegraph 6/30
  • "The Apple-Samsung 'thermonuclear war' over Android is over, but at least we got these iPhone prototype photos out of the battle" Business Insider 6/30
  • "U.K. regulatory board backs Apple iPhone X claim of 'studio quality portraits'"  AppleInsider 6/30
  • "iPhone X Camera Can Officially Shoot Studio Quality Portraits" Redmond Pie 6/30
  • "Apple's Safari has dropped the ball on security"  Yahoo Finance 3:29 PM
  • "Microsoft Office 2019 for Mac targets non-Office 365 businesses, adds features" TechRepublic 6/30
  • "For space grey MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, Mojave Dark Mode is the new Aqua"  AppleInsider 6/30
  • "How to accelerate apps with an eGPU on your Mac's internal display [Video] 9to5Mac 10:15 AM
  • "How to Change the Safari Download Location on Mac OS" OS X Daily 3:30 PM
  • "How to Enable Dark Mode in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 6/30
  • "How to Stop Getting MacOS Beta Software Updates" OS X Daily 6/30
  • "Alternatives to Safari: How to switch to other Mac web browsers" Apple World Today 6/30
  • "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
  • "Connect FileMaker to Google and G Suite With the gManipulator Plug-In" prMac 8:39 PM
  • "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
  • "Ten days after launching in Poland, Apple Pay has vastly outpaced Google Pay uptake" AppleInsider 10:19 AM
  • "Early statistics show Apple Pay adoption swiftly outpacing Google Pay in Poland" 9to5Mac 12:10 PM
  • "Just add whitewater: These are the gadgets pro kayakers use to go '500 percent'" Digital Trends 7:37 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple shutters MobileMe service, pushes iCloud" Cult of Mac 7:31 AM
  • "Supreme Court deals a blow to Apple Pay" Cult of Mac 6/30
  • "Gallery: Apple's renovated Palo Alto store blends latest retail layout with classic design elements" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "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 6/30
  • "Making The Grade: Clever solves the identity management problem for K-12" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "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 6/30
  • "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
  • "Instagram Account That Sought Harassment Tales May Be Unmasked" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:26 PM
  • "Cryptocurrency Nosedive Means Steep Graphics Card Discounts Ahead For Gamers" HotHardware 4:48 PM
  • "Convicted 'Free Tablet' Fraudster Ordered to Pay Up $2.8 Million to Victims" Gizmodo 12:31 PM
  • "YouTube apologizes to LGBTQ creators over issues with its ad and monetization policies" The Verge 12:10 PM
  • "Consumer Reports launches special campaign to call out Comcast's hidden fees" BGR 12:09 PM
  • "Everything we've heard so far about the Pixel Watch, the rumored Google smartwatch said to be coming later this year" Business Insider 10:30 AM
  • "Companies are working to track signs of depression using data from your phone or smartwatch — and Olympian Michael Phelps is on board" Business Insider 10:29 AM
  • "Facebook and Twitter introduce new tools regarding ad transparency" Digital Trends 6:24 PM
  • "Facebook reveals more apps that accessed users' personal info" Axios 10:28 AM
  • "Innovation Is Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Harder To Recycle" Forbes 8:35 AM
  • "Hi-tech dreamcatcher defeats sleep amnesia" BBC 6/30
  • "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 6/30
  • "Google Maps Steals Waze's Thunder With Incident Reporting" HotHardware 6/30
  • "Facebook acknowledges it shared user data with dozens of hardware and software companies" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 6/30
  • "Facebook shared user data with 52 tech companies" Engadget 6/30
  • "T-Mobile now supports next-gen texting between carriers" Engadget 6/30
  • "The T-Mobile RCS Universal Profile rollout starts, but don't get too excited" Android Authority 6/30
  • "Next Samsung Smartphones Could Have A Radical New Camera" Forbes 6/30
  • "The Talk Show ‚ú™: Ep. 225, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino" Daring Fireball 8:39 PM
  • "Tech.pinions Podcast: Tech Companies and Media Bundles" Tech.pinions 6/30
  • "Cult of Mac Magazine: Everything you need to know about the iOS 12 beta, and more!" Cult of Mac 6/30
  • "A Full Circle – The TouchArcade Show #360" Touch Arcade 6/30
  • "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
  • "Roundup: Everything we know so far about the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone" 9to5Mac 12:09 PM
  • "Video goes hands-on with 'iPhone X Plus' 6.5-inch & 'iPhone 9' 6.1-inch dummy units & cases" 9to5Mac 6/30
  • "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 6/30
  • "Apple granted patent for rendering road signs during navigation" Apple World Today 6/30
  • "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

  • "1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today? It turns out you can use a nearly 30-year-old bit of hardware for today's demands."  Ars Technica 10:29 AM
  • "Review: Olloclip for iPhone X — the best budget lens system" AppleInsider 6/30
  • "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 Apple Watch from launching Now Playing" iMore 12:09 PM
  • "How To Create And Use Your Own Memoji In iOS 12" Redmond Pie 7:51 AM
  • "Cassandra -Rethinking Photo Workflows (2): DSLR with iOS -Some Practical Considerations" eXtensions 7:20 AM
  • "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 6/30
  • "Pro Tip: Make your Android or iPhone's fingerprint reader work every time/It's dead simple, we promise." CNET 7:44 AM
  • "Gadgets to Help You Shoot Pro-Quality Movies on Your iPhone" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:44 AM
  • "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 6/30
  • "Will Apple's new shows be shown outside Apple's walled garden?"  Apple 3.0 6/30
  • "By the numbers: second is the new first" Macworld 6/30
  • "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
  • "The Secret to Disconnecting? Bring Back the 'Away' Message: What AOL's Instant Messenger can teach us about how to get away from our phones" [Paid Membership Required] 8:40 PM
  • "Go deeper: Amazon has met its match in Home Depot" Axios 5:08 PM
  • "Tech in a time of travesties" TechCrunch 3:35 PM
  • "How Amazon Alexa Wants To Control Your Home" Forbes 7:51 AM
  • "Is Google's Promotion of HTTPS Misguided?" Slashdot 6/30
  • "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 6/30
  • "Russia blocking Telegram showed us how fragile the internet is" The Next Web 6/30
  • "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
  • "500px will no longer allow photographers to license their photos under Creative Commons: The photo-sharing site is also closing down 500px Marketplace, its stock photo platform" The Verge 12:31 PM
  • "Notchless gradient wallpapers for iPhone X" iDownload Blog 10:28 AM
  • "Here are all the new Apple Pay card issuers during 2018" AppleInsider 10:19 AM
  • "Coming June 30: Gene Steinberg meets Rene Ritchie from iMore, and Louryn Strampe, from Thrifter, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:18 AM
  • "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
  • "Dell Nears Deal to Swap Out DVMT Tracking Stock: Share-swap deal would result in public listing for the PC and data-storage company" [Paid Membership Required] 3:31 PM
  • "Dell near deal to swap out DVMT tracking shares: WSJ" Reuters 3:30 PM
  • "Dell about to go public again: report" The Register 8:36 PM
  • "Dell Is Said Near Deal for VMware Tracking Stock: Reports" Bloomberg 8:57 PM
  • "Why Microsoft, Samsung and Others Are Interested in Foldable Displays: Devices with foldable displays could eventually provide a boost to flagging smartphone and tablet sales. But it will take a while to get the technology right." TheStreet 10:29 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Andromeda Renders Envision Gaming And Laptop Modes For Dual Screen Portable" HotHardware 4:48 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg is a single point of failure at a company that is systemically important to the internet" Business Insider 7:50 AM
  • "Facebook reveals more apps that accessed users' personal info" Axios 10:28 AM
  • "61 Facebook app developers still had access to users'" Mashable 5:08 PM
  • "Facebook Discloses More Data Sharing Partnerships As the Hits Just Keep Coming" Gizmodo 6:24 PM
  • "AMD GPU Rumors: Polaris 30 12nm GPUs in Q4 2018, Navi GPU Based Mid-Range Cards Arrive Before High-End HBM2 Variants" WCCFTech 8:16 AM
  • "AMD's new Vega 20 will support PCIe 4.0 tech" TweakTown 8:16 AM
  • "AMD team with Ferrari for Threadripper 2 press event in July" TweakTown 8:16 AM
  • "Doubting Nvidia's Future Is Dumb" TheStreet 8:15 AM
  • "Inside Amazon's plan to dominate advertising business in 2019" The Next Web 7:50 AM
  • "Details of Microsoft's 'pocketable Surface' device leaked" Financial Express 6/30
  • "Here's Even More Evidence of Microsoft's Rumoured Dual-Screen Surface" Gizmodo UK 6/30
  • "Microsoft 'Confirms' Pocket-Sized Surface In Leaked Document: Could This Be Andromeda?" Tech Times 6/30
  • "Microsoft Hints At A Pocketable Dual Screen Windows Device That Underscores New PC Concepts" Forbes 6/30
  • "Xbox Scarlett: Five reasons why Sony should be very worried about Microsoft's next console" Express UK 6/30
  • "GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6/30
  • "Lenovo shows off new US$1,600 gaming laptops with monster specs" The Star: Malaysia 6/30
  • "AMD To Host 2nd Gen Threadripper Press Event With Ferrari In July" HotHardware 6/30
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Wall Street undervalues Apple's sticky moat" Apple 3.0 5:08 PM
  • "Here's What Affects Apple's iPhone Gross Profit Margins" The Motley Fool 6/30
  • "Apple vs. Microsoft: Evaluating the Two Giants' Growth Since the 1980s" Zacks 6/30
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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