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Weekend 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's Most Strategic Investment So Far This Year: There has been a lot of speculation lately that Apple is getting ready to create some media bundle that would be under subscription. According to multiple sites, the idea would be to bundle all of their media properties under a special program that mirrors something like Amazon's Prime services."  Tech.pinions 11:26 AM
  • "Amazon Closes on Apple in the $1 Trillion Stakes: Fans of the e-commerce giant push it closer to a come-from-behind victory."  Bloomberg 8:10 AM
  • "iOS App Store's all-time top game made $4 billion to top app's $1 billion" VentureBeat 8:56 AM
  • "Where did Keyboard Shortcuts come from? Inventor explains" Apple Must 9:39 AM
  • "Mac: How to force quit apps" 9to5Mac 6:45 PM
  • "How to download and install macOS 10.13.6 beta 5 to your Mac" iMore 4:54 PM
  • "How To Set Your Mac Safari Homepage" MacMost 9:17 AM
  • "Apple's new macOS Mojave optimizes the Mac for iOS users, not PC switchers"  AppleInsider 8:40 AM
  • "Photo software discussion talks about alternatives to Apple Photos, including Apple's Image Capure app, Nikon View/Transfer, GraphicConverter, Photo Transfer App and more." MacInTouch 7:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "AI has a 'social impact' warns Apple's Carlos Guestrin" Apple Must 2:04 PM
  • "How a 'ghost city' became 'iPhone City' (Video)" Apple 3.0 8:12 AM
  • "The most popular iPhone apps of all time" Axios 8:47 AM
  • "More than 75% of Nintendo's $60M Super Mario Run global revenues came from iOS" AppleInsider 6:44 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple admits Antennagate is a thing" Cult of Mac 8:12 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook Faces Broadened Federal Investigations Over Data and Privacy" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:20 PM
  • "U.S. government asks FCC to deny China Mobile's telecom services license request" Reuters 9:19 PM
  • "The next Huawei Watch could store a pair of wireless earbuds" Digital Trends 8:47 PM
  • "The Federal Investigation Into Facebook Is Growing" BuzzFeed 6:46 PM
  • "Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users' photos to random contacts without their permission" The Verge 4:45 PM
  • "Google's Gmail, other services let third parties read user emails, report says" ["Google is not alone in its practices, as Microsoft and Verizon's Oath Communications also let partners skim user emails. Oath, which formed out of Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo, says access is considered 'on a case-by-case basis' and requires explicit consent from users, policies similar to those employed by Microsoft."]  AppleInsider 6:45 PM
  • "Google accused of allowing third-parties to read your Gmail" Android Authority 5:23 PM
  • "Tech's 'Dirty Secret': The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail/Software developers scan hundreds of millions of emails of users who sign up for email-based services" [Paid Membership Required] 4:38 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Freelance Tech Jounalist Kirk McElhearn" The Mac Observer 4:43 PM
  • "Supercapacitors, VPNs, PRAM, and iCloud – Mac Geek Gab 716" The Mac Observer 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's Rumored 18W USB-C iPhone Power Adapter Prototype Shown Off in New Photos" MacRumors 8:54 AM
  • "Unknown iPhone (2018) gets benchmarked with 4GB RAM" /Leaks 10:02 AM
  • "The first iPhone X Plus benchmark is out teasing performance Android can only dream of" BGR 8:15 AM
  • "iOS 12: 26 ways Apple is about to improve Maps" Computerworld 8:16 AM
  • "Apple's big new iPhone update will let you start group FaceTime calls, here's how" CNBC 11:19 AM
  • "2018 iPhones might get an improved version of a feature Android has had for years" BGR 6:48 PM
  • "Apple could snub Qualcomm with new iPhone modem supplier" Cult of Mac 8:54 AM
  • "Apple decision on MediaTek modem chips unlikely soon, say sources" DigiTimes 8:07 AM
  • "MediaTek gets HomePod Wi-Fi chip orders, angling to be iPhone modem supplier" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "watchOS 5 beta now includes 'Raise To Speak' Siri on Apple Watch without 'Hey Siri'" 9to5Mac 11:40 AM
  • "How to fix a slow or frozen iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:47 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:52 AM

  • "iPhone X vs. OnePlus 6: Both phones have dual cameras, but one uses its second camera exclusively for portraits. Click through the gallery to see more comparison shots and analysis." CNET 8:48 AM
  • "Review: Marshall multi-room speakers sound great, but lack AirPlay 2" AppleInsider 4:38 PM
  • "Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi review: Easy and modular" iMore 8:13 AM
  • "Review: Lightwave Light Switch, the best UK HomeKit solution for smart lighting" 9to5Mac 8:40 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How the New Android Messages Actually Compares to iMessage" Gizmodo 9:25 AM
  • "Cassandra -Rethinking Photo Workflows (3): Photos on iOS" eXtensions 8:29 AM
  • "How to enable High Quality Streaming in Apple Music over cellular" 9to5Mac 9:20 PM
  • "How to Start a Group FaceTime Call in iOS 12" iDrop News 6:47 PM
  • "How to reset your AirPods" 9to5Mac 5:07 PM
  • "How to Reduce 'System' Storage Size on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 4:56 PM
  • "How to undelete deleted photos on iOS" Cult of Mac 4:55 PM
  • "How to offload apps to reclaim wasted space on your iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 4:38 PM
  • "How to Measure a Straight Line in Google Maps: In addition to supplying highway mileage, Google can calculate the shortest distance between two locations." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:29 AM
  • "How to make sure your iPhone accessory is really Apple MFi Certified" iDownload Blog 10:24 AM
  • "9 things you should know about when the new iPhones will probably come out — and what to expect" Business Insider 4:56 PM
  • "I switch between iPhone and Android whenever I want without losing anything — here's the very simple way I do it"  Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "8 reasons you should buy Apple's most basic iPad instead of an iPad Pro" Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Apple's next laptops could be more iPhone than Mac" The Loop 8:09 AM
  • "Will AI need therapy in the future? Because maybe 'turning it off and on again' isn't a long term solution!" CNET 8:54 AM
  • "How AI will change enterprise mobility: Apps, device management and the user experience will all be affected. But the biggest developments could be in the security area."  Computerworld 8:39 AM
  • "After using Chrome OS for four months, I never want to go back: If you still haven't tried Chrome OS, now's the time to do so." Android Central 8:12 AM
  • "Six Ways The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Will Affect You" Forbes 8:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Facebook Shutting Down Three Apps: Hello, Moves, and tbh" The Mac Observer 6:43 PM
  • "Warhammer Card Battler 'The Horus Heresy: Legions' Hitting iOS and Android July 26th" Touch Arcade 5:13 PM
  • "iOS concept brings Touch Bar to the iPhone" Cult of Mac 4:54 PM
  • "GarageBand for iOS now works with Apple's new Schoolwork app" 9to5Mac 4:45 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of July 2: WWDC, iOS Apps, and Protection" The MUG Center 11:13 AM
  • "The AudioKit Synth One is a pro-level iPad synth that's completely free" The Verge 8:54 AM
  • "Citymapper, the Google Maps replacement you never knew you needed" 148Apps 8:13 AM
  • "The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from June 2018" Macworld 8:08 AM
  • "Smart Robot Vacuum with Built-in Camera sucks (in a good way!)" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "While you were basking in the sun, the relentless march of the Windows-maker continued" The Register 9:32 AM
  • "Report: Microsoft's Andromeda/Surface Phone device might never see light of day" Liliputing 9:34 AM
  • "Microsoft Andromeda: a 'new and disruptive' device set for launch this year" TechSpot 9:34 AM
  • "Microsoft Andromeda 'pocketable' Surface unveiled in leaked email" PC Retail 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft's 'Andromeda' looks to be a pocket-folding Surface device" The Inquirer 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft 'secret' Surface device is a hybrid of mobile, tablet, PC: Report" Business Standard 9:30 AM
  • "A PC in your palm? Microsoft leak reveals 'pocketable' Surface device in the works" Android Authority 9:31 AM
  • "This Could Be the First Official Microsoft 'Surface Phone' Teaser" Softpedia 9:30 AM
  • "Microsoft has been dreaming of a pocketable dual-screen Surface device for years" The Verge 8:40 AM
  • "Don't expect Microsoft's Andromeda this year... or maybe ever" ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "IBM picked as NHS cybersecurity partner in three-year £30m deal" Public Technogy 9:22 AM
  • "NHS asks IBM to boost its cyber security defences after WannaCry" IT PRO (UK) 9:22 AM
  • "HP UK suffers 85% drop in profits" IT PRO (UK) 9:21 AM
  • "Smartphones change user behaviour in PC segment, HP smells opportunity" The Indian Express 9:21 AM
  • "Dell will again become a publicly-traded company in $22 billion buyout" The Verge 12:31 PM
  • "Dell is going public again" Engadget 9:05 AM
  • "Dell could be about to go public again" BetaNews 9:01 AM
  • "Intel Optane Memory Update: Making Hard Drives Perform Like Fast SSDs" HotHardware 4:34 PM
  • "Intel mainstream NUCs will ship with 28W Coffee Lake CPUs" Hexus 9:18 AM
  • "New Nuvo-7000 Series Embedded Computers Come M.2 NVMe SSD and Intel Optane Memory" ThomasNet News 9:18 AM
  • "Intel Custom Foundry's 10nm meltdown is crushing a $20+B market cap tech giant" SemiAccurate 9:17 AM
  • "Intel Coffee Lake-U Bean Canyon NUC Leaked With Iris Plus GPU And 128MB eDRAM" HotHardware 4:35 PM
  • "Intel NUCs with 28W processors and Iris Plus 655 GPU appear" Guru3D 9:16 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3 2300X Specs And Benchmarks Leaked, Features 3.50 GHz Base Clock And More" SegmentNext 9:14 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2000 Series Yet To Disrupt Intel's 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPU Dominance, Reveals Major German Retailer" WCCFTech 9:14 AM
  • "AMD To Host Reveal Event For Ryzen Threadripper 2990X In Partnership With Ferrari In July 2018" SegmentNext 9:14 AM
  • "AMD Directly Calls Out Intel Xeon While Marketing AMD EPYC, Says People Get Fired For Buying Xeon" SegmentNext 9:14 AM
  • "Oracle chooses Brussels to sprout its fintech innovation programme" Banking Technology 9:12 AM
  • "Oracle to locate European fintech hub in Brussels" FINExtra 9:11 AM
  • "Orange, Cisco, Samsung Test 5G FWA in Romania" Light Reading 9:11 AM
  • "Challenge posed by India offers huge opportunity for Cisco to grow globally: Cisco MD Sanjay Kaul" Financial Express 9:10 AM
  • "Dell, Cisco, Nutanix duke it out for converged systems market share" CRN 9:10 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "FY 18 Third Quarter Results: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET" Apple Investor News 4:37 PM
  • "Citi: Five reasons to buy Apple" Apple 3.0 4:56 PM
  • "Citi: AAPL predicted to hit $200 with compelling holiday season iPhone lineup and continued services growth" 9to5Mac 8:54 AM
  • "Bulls Beware: Apple News Looks Negative for Universal Display" The Motley Fool 8:29 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as technology shares rally: Trade-war fears linger; Energy proves worst performer in S&P 500, down 1.6%" MarketWatch 5:11 PM
  • "Stocks Rebound to End Higher: U.S. stocks rebounded in afternoon trading to end the day in the green after sharp morning declines." TheStreet 5:10 PM
  • "Tech companies lead US stocks higher after rocky start" Associated Press 5:10 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] 5:09 PM
  • "Stocks in Japan, China tumble as trade worries trigger rough start to new quarter: Asian stocks fell sharply on Monday as traders kicked off a new month and quarter with losses as trade tensions once again got a reboot and economic data from China disappointed." MarketWatch 7:58 AM
  • "European stocks end lower as Trump ratchets up EU tariff threats/Analyst: 'The fear over a fully-fledged trade war continues to drag sentiment lower'" MarketWatch 2:06 PM

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