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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 is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE/Hiring suits in UK for phase 1 of corporate conquest"  The Register 7:49 AM
  • "Apple in early phases of business alliance with Hewlett Packard Enterprise" AppleInsider 8:32 AM
  • "Public consultation begins on Apple's controversial Stockholm store plan" 9to5Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Here are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018" AppleInsider 9:49 AM
  • "The Apple Watch's success has created a luxury smartwatch boom"  Wired UK 7/3
  • "Facebook and Apple Disagree on How to Curb Fake News for U.S. Midterms: Apple News launched a human-curated elections section, sparking a debate about tech companies and automation."  Bloomberg 7/3
  • "Life for Apple After iPhone Peak Doesn't Look Quite as Good" InvestorPlace 7/3
  • "Facebook, Apple Disagree on How to Curb Fake News for Midterms: Apple and Facebook have not figured out how to curb the misinformation that plagued them during the 2016 election and they have struggled to regain public trust. And now, in the run-up to the 2018 midterms, they certainly don't agree on a solution."  ITPro 7/3
  • "OSX.Dummy Mac Malware Targets Cryptocurrency Users on Slack and Discord Channels" BleepingComputer 7/3
  • "New macOS Malware Targets Crypto-Currency Users" SecurityWeek 7/3
  • "Mac malware targets cryptomining users" Malwarebytes 7/3
  • "MacOS Mojave Beta 3 Download Released for Testing" OS X Daily 7/3
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 60 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 7/3
  • "Some OmniGraffle automation" Dr. Drang 3:59 PM
  • "How to Use Keynote Slides (Layout Dimensions, Sizes, & Design)" Envato Tuts+ 8:33 AM
  • "Sonarworks True-Fi app improves the music on your Mac or PC" iDownload Blog 8:10 AM
  • "How to use Stacks in macOS 10.14 Mojave" Apple Must 10:40 AM
  • "5 Ways to Search For Files on macOS More Effectively" Apple Gazette 1:22 PM
  • "How to export an image and a video out of a HEIF Live Photo via macOS: It's a neat trick if you want the moving portion of the Live Photo." Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "How to turn an email into a sticky note on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:18 AM
  • "How to Use the New Screen Capture Interface in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 8:09 AM
  • "How Apple's New Software Turned My Life Upside Down"  Gizmodo 7/3
  • "Mac app evolution: Bringing UIKit to macOS" iMore 7/3
Press Releases
  • "Apple has pushed an update to Gatekeeper's data: Apple has just pushed an update to the data used by Gatekeeper, bringing its version number to 146, dated 3 July 2018." Eclectic Light Company 7/3
  • "Timing App adds sync for time tracking across multiple Macs" 9to5Mac 7/3
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Who tech founders would be if they were America's Founding Fathers" ["Steve Jobs is Benjamin Franklin...Tim Cook is James Madison"]  Mashable 1:25 PM
  • "Clown make-up used to outsmart facial recognition software" Telegraph 7:49 AM
  • "Samsung shows Apple what the 2018 iPad Pro should look like" Cult of Mac 7:45 AM
  • "These gadgets could transform the lives of visually impaired people" CNNMoney 9:50 AM
  • "Senior Apple Siri director to lead machine learning talk at upcoming AI Frontiers conference" 9to5Mac 7/3
  • "Drake's new album shatters every Apple Music record" Cult of Mac 7/3
  • "Apple Hires BBC Films Alum Joe Oppenheimer for International Content Role"  Variety 7/3
  • "It took Apple six years to get China Mobile to carry the iPhone" Apple 3.0 7/3
  • "A British watchdog looked into ads that said the iPhone camera was 'studio quality' — and Apple won" Business Insider 7/3
  • "Gavin Williamson interrupted by Siri during Commons statement" BBC 7/3
  • "iPhone Confuses 'Syria' for 'Siri' During UK Defense Secretary's Speech" Gizmodo 7/3
Non-Apple News
  • "Kim Dotcom loses latest appeal against US extradition" BBC 8:57 PM
  • "Cyborg Law: What Laws Should Govern a Society of Cyborgs" Digital Trends 3:59 PM
  • "More than 1 in 10 consumers want voice commands for their toilet" ZDNet 3:58 PM
  • "This password-stealing malware just added a new way to infect your PC" ZDNet 3:57 PM
  • "How to declare independence from technology" CNBC 10:42 AM
  • "Consumers more interested in social hashtags over brand handles: Understanding how customers talk about them on social is key to a better customer experience - and a positive experience with a brand will make them more loyal." ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "Samsung is reportedly developing a curved battery for its foldable phone" The Next Web 8:28 AM
  • "Phone apps aren't secretly listening to your calls: But what they do is still 'alarming'/Researchers find that apps aren't using a phone's mic but they are watching what you do on the screen." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "Tech-support scammers revive bug that sends Chrome users into a panic: Similar bugs reportedly affect Firefox and other browsers, too." Ars Technica 7:48 AM
  • "Who's reading your Gmail? Not us, says Google, and we vet 3rd-party apps that do: Google says it doesn't get paid for giving third-party apps access to Gmail and checks them thoroughly." ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "Google would like you to know that your Gmail is safe even though people you don't know can read it" BGR 7:45 AM
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 73: Catching Up On Apple's TV Independence" AppAdvice 9:39 PM
  • "Slack didn't kill email — and it might have made it stronger: Front's Mathitlde Collin on why email is making a comeback" The Verge 8:17 AM
  • "iOS 12 AutoFill Security Concerns, Samsung Phone Shared Photos Bug -TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-03" The Mac Observer 7/3
  • "AppStories, Episode 62 – SiriKit Demystified" MacStories 7/3
  • "Episode 246 of Let's Talk iOS: Down the middle" iDownload Blog 7/3
  • "Ways to improve the Apple TV remote and more." The MT Show 7/3
  • "Apple's First MacBook Pro With Retina Display is Now 'Vintage'"  MacRumors 2:46 PM
  • "Apple's first MacBook Pro with Retina Display now classed as 'Vintage'" The Apple Post 3:28 PM
  • "New benchmark might've just spilled the details of this year's MacBook Pro update" BGR 3:01 PM
  • "New In iOS 12: Share Photos With Others Via Public iCloud Link" Redmond Pie 3:17 PM
  • "The latest iOS 12 beta introduces a cool new feature that Apple didn't announce" BGR 9:50 AM
  • "One cable to rule them all: a look at Apple's retired connectors through the years" AppleInsider 9:58 AM
  • "New MacBook Pro model with Intel Coffee Lake CPU shows up in Geekbench database" AppleInsider 7/3
  • "iPhone XI: what we want to see/New iPhone X2 video renders give us a possible first look" TechRadar UK 7/3
  • "New Evidence in iOS 12 of Apple's Upcoming iPad With Face ID" MacRumors 7/3
  • "Developer shares proof an iPad with Face ID is coming" AppleInsider 7/3
  • "Security Researcher Has a Big Problem with Apple's iOS 12" Tom's Guide 7/3
  • "iOS 12 Security Code AutoFill Raises Login Security Concerns" The Mac Observer 7/3
  • "Future iPhone Said to Feature Triple-lens 3D Sensing Camera" CDR Info 7/3
  • "Queue The Fireworks - iOS 11.4.1 Public Beta 5 Released For Those That Aren't Testing iOS 12" Forbes 7/3
  • "watchOS 5 Allows Activating Siri With New Raise To Speak Feature Instead Of 'Hey Siri' Command" Redmond Pie 7/3
  • "tvOS 12 Developer Beta 3 for Apple TV and Aple TV 4K Available" The Mac Observer 7/3
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 12 to Developers" MacRumors 7/3
  • "Apple patent involves private and public sharing of iCloud data" Apple World Today 7/3
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/3
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/3
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/3

  • "Sandmarc iPhone X Lenses review: Premium lenses that advance your iPhone photography" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "Review: The V-Moda Crossfade II Wireless headphones look and sound beautiful" TechCrunch 7:51 AM
  • "Review: LIFX Beam with Apple HomeKit is a cool remote-controlled lighting feature" AppleInsider 12:46 PM
  • "Hands on with the vintage-inspired Rymek Bluetooth keyboard" AppleInsider 7:46 AM
  • "Review: The BenQ ScreenBar is a really neat Mac/monitor desk light that takes up no space" 9to5Mac 7:46 AM
  • "Review: G-Technology's R-Series is an affordable, super-rugged USB-C portable SSD" 9to5Mac 9:51 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Sophisticated Free Music App for the iPad: AudioKit Synth One Synthesizer" eXtensions 9:46 AM
  • "Everything new in iOS 12 beta 3 for iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 7/3
  • "iPhone X problems, and how to fix them: Find out how to fix Face ID fails and more on the iPhone X" Digital Trends 7:37 PM
  • "How to share Dropbox-style link in iOS 12 Photos app" Cult of Mac 3:09 PM
  • "How To Name Voice Memos By Location On iOS" AddictiveTips 3:01 PM
  • "How to share Animoji or Memoji to any social network" iMore 1:48 PM
  • "Use Live Photo Effects to Capture Firework Action Photos with iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 1:48 PM
  • "How to improve your battery life with Low Power Mode for iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:50 AM
  • "How to hide your Gmails from prying eyes" BBC 8:18 AM
  • "How to use Walkie-Talkie in watchOS 5" iMore 7:47 AM
  • "iOS 12: How to use the animated Activity app stickers in Messages" 9to5Mac 7/3
  • "iOS 12: How to use the animated Activity app stickers in Messages" 9to5Mac 7/3
  • "How to Download Apple TV 4K Video Purchases to Your Mac" The Mac Observer 7/3
  • "How To Enable or Disable Group Notifications By App On iOS 12" AddictiveTips 7/3
  • "How to save any audio file to iPhone without a Mac" Cult of Mac 7/3
  • "How to Organize Your Mac's Desktop With Stacks in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 7/3
  • "How to see what's using battery life on your iPhone or iPad" iMore 7/3
  • "How to block iPhone text messages from certain senders" iDownload Blog 7/3
  • "How to turn 'Hey Siri' on and off on your iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 1:47 PM
  • "Opinion: Why China and Apple's relationship is fine, thank you" Apple 3.0 1:47 PM
  • "How iOS 12 is making my iPhone SE feel like new again"  iMore 8:29 AM
  • "This is Why Apple News Sucks"  Kirkville 8:28 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 is about to get even better: The quintessence of traditional iPhone design, iPhone 8 becomes an even better device this year thanks to iOS 12." Computerworld 8:10 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (63): Q3 Q2018 Scheduled, cue doom; Maps, Photos and Plenty of Rumors" eXtensions 7:33 AM
  • "The latest iOS 12 beta hints that the next iPad will have Face ID" Mashable 7/3
  • "Benchmarks show new MacBook Pros will get a caffeinated jolt in performance" Digital Trends 7/3
  • "If this rumor is right, Apple's 2019 iPhones will get 5G before almost anyone else" BGR 7/3
  • "Tuesday Apple Rumors: iOS 12 Beta Hints at Face ID iPad" InvestorPlace 7/3
  • "Apple Books isn't solving one of the biggest problems with iBooks" Mashable 7/3
  • "Can Apple Profit From Adding Virtual Reality to Self-Driving Cars?" The Street 7/3
  • "3 Really Nice Additions to Apple TV 4K That Apple Has Declined" The Mac Observer 7/3
  • "Researcher Says iOS 12"s Security Code AutoFill Is a Security Risk" iDrop News 7/3
  • "Why Apple is giving Maps the big reboot"  iMore 7/3
  • "Is Apple Brave Enough to Make an iPad With Face ID?" Gizmodo 7/3
  • "Crying dire wolf: The state of Apple Maps" Macworld 7/3
  • "Is Facebook a Publisher? In Public it Says No, But in Court it Says Yes" Slashdot 2:46 PM
  • "Isn't it time we declared our independence from bloatware?" The Verge 8:19 AM
  • "Yelp Wins Case that Could Have Forced Removal of Negative Review" The Mac Observer 7/3
  • "I barely noticed a difference while I was using this $250 smartphone after using $800 phones for years" Business Insider 7/3
  • "Why you should care about Samsung's newest Android tablet that was just leaked" BGR 7/3
  • "Women In Tech: The Opinion Of A White Male In Silicon Valley" Forbes 7/3
  • "Go deeper: Amazon's buyout of PillPack is just a start" Axios 7/3
  • "The Changing Relationship Between People and Technology" Tech.pinions 7/3
  • "Comic: The Unbearable Speediness of iOS 12" iMore 7/3
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "First Trust Bank customers to benefit from Apple Pay" The Irish News 7:37 PM
  • "Electra Team: iOS 11.2-11.3.1 jailbreak tool 'will be dropping within a few days'" iDownload Blog 6:39 PM
  • "Apple Maps, iOS 12, macOS Mojave: Macworld Podcast episode 612" Macworld 3:09 PM
  • "iMac Guidebook - eBook for iMac & High Sierra released" prMac 9:50 AM
  • "'New Star Soccer Manager' From New Star Games Releases This Summer on Both iOS and Android and You Can Watch Gameplay for It Here" Touch Arcade 9:50 AM
  • "11 Best MacBook and MacBook Pro Accessories You Can Buy" LAPTOP Magazine 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Launches 'Summer Blockbusters' Promo for iTunes Movies, Releases 'Ready Player One'" The Mac Observer 7/3
  • "The Creator of 'JellyCar' Has a New Game Coming This Month Called 'Wobble Frog Adventures'" Touch Arcade 7/3
  • "Apple Health's new Health Records feature now works with even more providers" 9to5Mac 7/3
  • "Apple Pay to support two new banks in Brazil tomorrow" 9to5Mac 7/3
  • "GarageBand update for iOS brings Apple Schoolwork support" Cult of Mac 7/3
  • "WaterField Launches 5th Crowdsourced Design Project for New Gear Cases" prMac 7/3
  • "Expression Premium XP-640 Small-in-One is a great deal at new, lower price" Apple World Today 7/3
  • "iWatermark+ For iPhone/iPad Adds Watermarking Of 4K Videos" Plum Amazing 7/3
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's rumored $400 Surface could come with much less powerful chips" The Verge 9:51 AM
  • "Microsoft's $400 iPad rival won't have the powerful Intel processors of other Surface tablets" BGR 6:24 PM
  • "Microsoft's budget Surface tablet could run on Pentium chips: Heads up, iPad." CNET 1:49 PM
  • "Microsoft's Apple iPad beater? $400 Surface tablet backed up by FCC filings: New FCC filings line up with reports of Microsoft's plans for a cheaper and smaller Surface tablet." ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Microsoft's new iPad contender set to offer Intel Pentium CPU, report says" TrustedReviews 1:49 PM
  • "Microsoft's $400 iPad rival won't have the powerful Intel processors of other Surface tablets" BGR 3:28 PM
  • "Microsoft's Budget Surface Tablet To Reportedly Use Intel Pentium Processors" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Microsoft's $400 Surface reportedly shows up in OpenCL benchmark" Neowin 6:48 PM
  • "Surface Lite details: OG Surface returns with Pentium inside" SlashGear 9:38 PM
  • "IBM Cloud Capabilities to Aid Cegid, Expands Europe Presence" Zacks 9:49 AM
  • "IBM Cloud titsup: Techies investigate troubling storage underperformance" The Register 9:50 AM
  • "IBM scores AU$1b for whole-of-government IT" ZDNet 7:35 PM
  • "AMD Destroys Nvidia In 'Battlefield 5' Mainstream GPU Benchmarks" Forbes 7:51 AM
  • "AMD 12nm Polaris 30 GPUs set to land in Radeon RX-680 graphics cards before year-end" V3 8:10 AM
  • "AMD Destroys Nvidia In 'Battlefield 5' Mainstream GPU Benchmarks" Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1160 6GB Mobile GPU Reportedly To Arrive In Max-Q Design Laptops Later This Year" HotHardware 3:53 PM
  • "Chipmakers fall, led by Micron as Chinese court blocks it from selling some chips" MarketWatch 7:52 AM
  • "AI can now 'listen' to machines to tell if they're breaking down" The Next Web 8:17 AM
  • "Breaking down Dell's complex route back to becoming a public company: Dell is taking an unconventional route back to public markets; we break it down for you" Computerworld 7/3
  • "The Biggest Winner of Dell's Public-Market Return? Michael Dell" Bloomberg 7/3
  • "Dell re-emerges as a public company after five years" BGR India 7/3
  • "Dell becomes public company five years after buyout" BGR 7/3
  • "Dell To Trade In The Public Market Again, Without An Initial Public Offering" Reuters 7/3
  • "Dell moves to go public, without an IPO" Reuters 7/3
  • "'Intel considering $9b additional investment in Israel'" Globes (Israel) 7/3
  • "Intel lists '9th-generation' desktop CPUs: Core i3-9000 up to Core i5-9600K" TechSpot 7/3
  • "MediaTek may replace Intel as 5G iPhone modem supplier" TechShout 7/3
  • "Intel Core i7-8700K overclocked to 7.4GHz for SuperPi 32M record" Hexus 7/3
  • "Intel Kaby Lake G Core i7-8705G Review: Intel and AMD Combined" TechSpot 7/3
  • "Microsoft partners with RADWIN to deliver broadband internet to rural communities" Neowin 7/3
  • "Microsoft's Budget Surface Tablet Makes FCC Debut With Rumored Intel CPU" HotHardware 7/3
  • "Microsoft's upcoming low cost Surface clears FCC, could be nearing launch" OnMSFT 7/3
  • "FCC filings give further credence to new $400 Surface reports: Documents imply a low power Intel processor rather than an ARM chip." Ars Technica 7/3
  • "Microsoft and RADWIN partner to deliver internet over TV white space: The partnership expands Microsoft's Airband initiative, which is focused on bringing broadband to rural communities." Windows Central 7/3
  • "Thrice, in a trice, IBM cloud cuts prices: Watson? Down! WebSphere? Down! VMs? Now charged by the minute!" The Register 7/3
  • "Oracle chooses Brussels for European fintech innovation programme: US software provider Oracle has picked Brussels to roll out its European 'Fintech Innovation Programme,' teaming up with local startup platform B-Hive." Information Age 7/3
  • "Seagate courts PC enthusiasts with Barracuda SSD: It's acknowledging that it has to win over the high-performance crowd." Engadget 7/3
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "US stocks dragged down by Facebook, Apple" 7/3
  • "Apple will announce its June quarter earnings results on July 31" iDownload Blog 7/3
Industry News
  • "U.S. stock futures rise as traders, but not trade tensions, take a break: Asian, European stocks remain under pressure" MarketWatch 8:37 AM
  • "Tech Stocks Feel the Heat of Trade Tensions: Markets in the U.S. closed for the July 4 holiday" [Paid Membership Required] 8:36 AM
  • "Asian markets end mostly lower as China's Tech Stocks slump: Tech-heavy ChiNext slides more than 2%" MarketWatch 8:36 AM
  • "European stocks slip, with no break for trade-war concerns: Trading volumes expected to be low as U.S. celebrates Fourth of July holiday." MarketWatch 8:36 AM

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