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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

  • "Apple reviews iPhone contracts with Japan's 3 major carriers after FTC raises antitrust concerns"  Japan Times 7:15 AM
  • "Apple to alter iPhone sales tactics in Japan after antitrust probe: Contracts with carriers were suspected of violating anti-monopoly law"  Nikkei 7:10 AM
  • "Japan watchdog: Apple may have breached antitrust rules with iPhone" Reuters 6:56 AM
  • "Apple changes Japanese iPhone sales contracts following antitrust probe" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:08 AM
  • "Why Apple needs (but hates) to sue leakers"  Axios 9:09 AM
  • "Criminal case sheds light on Apple self-driving car technology"  Reuters 7:09 AM
  • "Apple: Theft Sheds Light on Self-Driving Car" Investopedia 9:12 AM
  • "Developers' Decade-Long Rollercoaster Ride: The Business of Selling Apps on the App Store"  MacStories 10:01 AM
  • "Ten years on: Apple releases 'Jesus Phone' to the Australian market" The Age 7:15 AM
  • "Apple: Street Underestimating Timing & Impact of Net Cash Neutral"  Loup Ventures 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's new AI chief might actually be the right person to fix Siri: Are Alexa and Google Assistant finally going to get some real competition?"  The Verge 9:26 AM
  • "North Carolina governor 'hopeful' to win Apple campus despite the company's silence" 9to5Mac 7:36 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Revised Third Developer Beta of macOS Mojave With Feedback Assistant Crash Fix" MacRumors 10:10 AM
  • "Apple issues minor update to third beta of macOS Mojave for developers" AppleInsider 10:48 AM
  • "Apple releases a minor macOS Mojave beta 3 update fixing Feedback Assistant crashes" iDownload Blog 10:57 AM
  • "Adobe fixes over 100 vulnerabilities in latest security patch update" ZDNet 6:58 AM
  • "Google's refreshed Chrome design is nearly here" Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "Reauthorizing Automation in Mojave" Bitsplitting 3:48 PM
  • "How to Add Animated GIFs to Keynote (In 60 Seconds)" Envato Tuts+ 8:32 AM
  • "How to Use Finder Quick Actions in macOS Mojave" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "MacOS: How to change the default app for a file" Macworld 7:10 AM
  • "Google Chrome Gets A Big Material Design Makeover, Here's How To Try It On Windows, Linux And macOS" HotHardware 4:01 PM
  • "How to Burn Files to a DVD / CD on Mac OS" OS X Daily 2:54 PM
  • "Weighing the Pros and Cons of Apple's Mac App Store"  Intego 10:48 AM
  • "Maintain releases Cocktail 11.6.1 (High Sierra Edition)" Maintain 9:05 AM
Press Releases
  • "Affinity Publisher beta for Mac slated to arrive before end of August" 9to5Mac 10:00 PM
  • "Chrome 67 features Site Isolation to counter Spectre on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS" 9to5Google 3:28 PM
  • "Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) 16.5 Launches, Provides Businesses with the Most Efficient and Cost-Effective Alternative to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop" Business Wire 7:51 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "A Former Apple Engineer Is Facing Up to 10 Years in Jail Over the Theft of Self-Driving Car Secrets" Fortune 7:10 AM
  • "Ex-Apple engineer arrested on his way to China, charged with stealing company's autonomous car secrets" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 7:11 AM
  • "Former Apple Engineer Xiaolang Zhang Caught Fleeing Country After Stealing Secrets" WCCFTech 7:14 AM
  • "Apple employee 'stole driverless car secrets'" BBC 7:20 AM
  • "FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke stealing Cupertino car kit collared/Engineer facing trade secrets theft rap for allegedly trying to defect with tech" The Register 8:12 PM
  • "Apple Sued for Patent Infringement regarding the iOS Feature 'Do not Disturb' while Driving" Patently Apple 8:37 AM
  • "Apple sued by patent troll over 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' tech" AppleInsider 9:59 AM
  • "Apple gets free product placement at the World Cup — and everywhere else, too" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Mapping startup hires Apple computer vision expert" Reuters 10:43 AM
  • "Apple's Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon Series Adds Director Mimi Leder" Variety 2:45 PM
  • "Apple signs Jason Momoa to star in original sci-fi series 'See'" Engadget 7:14 AM
  • "Aquaman actor Jason Momoa will star in Apple TV series" Cult of Mac 7:34 AM
  • "Here are all of the future TV shows that Apple has signed deals for" AppleInsider 2:52 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Ajit Pai finally gets around to fighting fraud in FCC comment system" Ars Technica 3:48 PM
  • "Google's DeepMind developed an IQ test for AI models" VentureBeat 2:59 PM
  • "YouTube TV goes down during the World Cup" TechCrunch 2:54 PM
  • "Twitter starts removing locked accounts from your follower count" VentureBeat 11:17 AM
  • "Hyundai invests in solid-state battery startup claiming 'breakthrough' to bring long-promised tech to market" Electrek 10:57 AM
  • "'Oh my God, this is a sexual harassment claim waiting to happen': Early Google insiders describe Sergey Brin as a company 'playboy' who 'got around' with female employees" Business Insider 10:46 AM
  • "Android security: Password-stealing malware sneaks in Google Play store in bogus apps" ZDNet 10:43 AM
  • "Senators want answers from Google about Gmail's privacy policy: For once, somebody actually wants to read the privacy policy." CNET 9:35 AM
  • "Box opens up about the company's approach to innovation" TechCrunch 7:49 AM
  • "Ajit Pai's FCC Doesn't Want to Hear Your Complaints Unless You Pay Them $225" Gizmodo 7:37 AM
  • "Malware infections drop during World Cup matches — Result!" BetaNews 7:36 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 9 leak suggests it looks a lot like the Note 8" The Verge 7:27 AM
  • "TSA Discovers Snake Inside External Hard Drive: This snake failed to get on a plane, but the python had been placed there on purpose inside a nylon bag in an attempt to smuggle it to Barbados. The smuggler is facing a fine and also never made it to her intended destination." PC Magazine 7:00 AM
  • "Smart home gadgets are open to attack: So time for IoT security laws? No, says Europe/EU's new Cybersecurity Act won't mandate certifications for IoT products, and consumer advocates are unhappy." ZDNet 6:58 AM
  • "Road to Macstock -Wally Cherwinski on Multicam Production" MacVoices 3:06 PM
  • "Apple's Relationship with AgileBits, iPad as a Mac Replacement -TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-11" The Mac Observer 1:17 PM
  • "#249: Six Years from Today/Surprisingly smart (or dumb) home gadgets, how we discover apps, what we use to print out photos and photo books, and how much of our work we do on the iPad." Relay FM: Clockwise 9:09 AM
  • "FaceID iPad, MacBook, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, 11-inch iPad Pro in Apple's 2018 product lineup"  AppleInsider 12:26 PM
  • "Apple expert reveals every product the company is planning for 2018 — including new iPhones and iPads"  Mirror Online UK 7:13 AM
  • "Apple to launch new 11" iPad Pro, 1.57" & 1.78" Apple Watch and updated Mac mini" The Apple Post 1:00 PM
  • "11-inch iPad Pro, New MacBook Air on Way (Report)" LAPTOP Magazine 1:00 PM
  • "Apple squashes bug that caused Taiwan to crash iPhones" Neowin 7:10 AM
  • "Apple Tries to Appease China... Ends up Crashing iPhones and Censoring Content" WCCFTech 7:16 AM
  • "iOS 11.4 Compatible Jailbreak Tweaks On Cydia" Redmond Pie 7:32 AM
  • "Quanta revenues down, Wistron up in June" ["With Apple said to be postponing volume production of its latest MacBook devices to third-quarter 2018, Quanta's operation is expected to rebound in the second half of the year."] DigiTimes 8:34 AM
  • "Wistron may be making small number of Apple's 2018 iPhones" AppleInsider 8:34 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:00 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:00 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:00 AM

  • "HomePod Offers Parents The Satisfaction Of Being Listened To" ["Having tested the Apple HomePod for a month or so now, it's well and truly become part of the family —┬ábut not entirely for the reason's I expected."] Forbes 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Go vs. Apple iPad: Inexpensive Tablets Compared" PC Magazine 7:55 AM
  • "Review: AmpliFi Mesh Wi-Fi System and AmpliFi Teleport Kit" AppleInsider 2:55 PM
  • "Sbode portable Bluetooth speaker review: A hard 7/10" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "IronKey D300: Ultra durable USB flash drive with built-in encryption" ZDNet 6:58 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "I Used Apple's New Controls to Limit a Teenager's iPhone Time (and It Worked!)" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:00 AM
  • "Gas Buddy is the best road trip app [Cult of Mac's Essential iOS Apps #36] Cult of Mac 10:10 AM
  • "Dere Evil Exe for iOS review: A thrilling and challenging retro platformer" iMore 10:10 AM
  • "How to send images from the Messages app on the iPhone in iOS 12" AppleInsider 3:00 PM
  • "FLAC vs. MP3: Which format should you use and when should you use it?" Digital Trends 3:00 PM
  • "iPhone X: How to Stop Calling 911 By Accident" iMore 11:19 AM
  • "How to Get Siri and Alexa to Understand What You're Saying" Lifehacker 10:49 AM
  • "How to use Apple's latest 'USB Restricted Mode' security feature included in iOS 11.4.1" AppleInsider 10:00 AM
  • "How to use Drag and Drop on iPad" iMore 7:35 AM
  • "Emergency Charging Options on the Road: The time-honored travelers' trick of charging your phone from the USB port on the hotel-room television is one option for powering up away from home." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:09 AM
  • "What Does Apple Mean By Vintage and Obsolete?" MacMost 9:05 AM
  • "12 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your iPhone on iOS 11" Motherboard 7:11 AM
  • "Apple's Mac lineup reportedly getting a big update, new Mac mini rumored" TechRadar UK 9:57 PM
  • "iPhone 9 will be delayed to let iPhone X sequels sell more" Pocketnow 8:12 PM
  • "Gallery: Visualizing an 11-inch iPad Pro and bezel-free Apple Watch Series 4" 9to5Mac 7:41 PM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts All of Apple's New Fall Products" The Mac Observer 6:11 PM
  • "When did Apple's built-in apps get so good?"  Cult of Mac 3:00 PM
  • "Why Microsoft's Surface Go is no 'iPad-killer" Apple Must 8:38 AM
  • "This silly Apple Watch design flaw continues to annoy those who hate to exercise" iDownload Blog 8:33 AM
  • "Have the Tech Giants Grown Too Powerful? That's an Easy One"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:32 AM
  • "Do iOS 12 and 'Mojave' mean it's time to dump old hardware? Apple's OS upgrades for iPhones, iPads and desktops mean it's time for IT admins to determine whether older devices will work after the updates arrive this fall – and if not, what to do next. Here's how to decide."  Computerworld 7:20 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (65): 10 years of the App Store; Shifting Photography Ideas" eXtensions 7:01 AM
  • "How Amazon could succeed in travel: Researchers issue a warning to the industry" GeekWire 8:16 AM
  • "Surface Go: Judging a Product by the Market" Tech.pinions 8:16 AM
  • "What machine learning means for software development: 'Human in the loop' software development will be a big part of the future." O'Reilly 7:34 AM
  • "Integrating Alexa in the living room is still too complicated" The Verge 7:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Reminder: AirPlay devices can stream to AirPlay 2 speakers like the HomePod" AppleInsider 2:56 PM
  • "Google's Gboard keyboard now lets you communicate through Morse code on both Android and iOS" The Verge 2:50 PM
  • "Your iPhone now does Morse code, thanks to Google's Gboard keyboard" CNET 2:38 PM
  • "Malwarebytes Introduces Malwarebytes for iOS" Malwarebytes 12:24 PM
  • "Affinity Designer Debuts on iPad as a Full-Featured Graphic Design Tool" MacStories 9:59 AM
  • "Apple's AirPlay 2 lands on Sonos" Apple Must 10:09 AM
  • "AirPlay 2 arrives on Sonos: Stream music from an iOS device directly to your Sonos speaker." Engadget 9:17 AM
  • "You can now stream to your Sonos devices via AirPlay 2" TechCrunch 9:16 AM
  • "Apple Pay reportedly coming to Austria 'in the coming months'" 9to5Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Smart Dog Trainer lets you train your pet using an iPhone" Apple World Today 7:37 AM
  • "Best selfie apps for the iPhone" Macworld 7:28 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft, Intel and Adobe drive IT admins to tears with bug fix overload: A whole load of remote execution flaws have been patched, so there's a silver lining" The Inquirer 7:52 AM
  • "Intel, Microsoft, Adobe release a swarm of bug fixes to ruin your week: Massive patch dump with 112 fixes... and that's just for the Photoshop giant" The Register 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Andromeda project might not be completely dead yet" SlashGear 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft reportedly cutting small percentage of jobs in international sales organization" GeekWire 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft partnering with Duke in downtown Durham: Microsoft is teaming up with Duke University on a new research partnership that will result in the tech giant creating an 'innovation hub' at the recently-overhauled Chesterfield building in downtown Durham." Triangle Business Journal 9:16 AM
  • "Latest Windows 10 update now deemed good enough for business users: Yesterday's Patch Tuesday pushed the latest major update over the edge." Ars Technica 7:31 PM
  • "Microsoft Will Sell USB-C Dongles Too" Thurrott 7:51 PM
  • "IBM security study: Mega data breaches cost $40 million to $350 million" VentureBeat 7:38 AM
  • "Single data breach costs nearly Rs 12 crore in India: IBM study" NewKerala 8:27 AM
  • "Understanding How IBM And Others Use Blockchain Technology To Track Global Food Supply Chain" Forbes 8:27 AM
  • "Dell EMC Targets SMB, Midmarket with Integrated Data Protection Appliance" Channel Partners 8:19 AM
  • "Dell, HP and Asus on why they are still betting on desktop PCs" Gadgets Now 8:07 AM
  • "HP unveils gaming-centric Omen, Pavilion-series laptops: Know price, specs" Business Standard 8:06 AM
  • "Intel's Israel Team Is At The Forefront Of 5G Tech That Will Revolutionize How We Communicate" NoCamels (Israel) 8:02 AM
  • "No, Intel Isn't Killing the Intel 'Extreme Edition' CPU Family" ExtremeTech 7:58 AM
  • "The return of Spectre: Two new ways to assault computers using Spectre-style attacks have been discovered. These can be used against any operating system running on AMD, ARM, and Intel processors." ZDNet 3:28 PM
  • "Intel confirms new Spectre 1.1, 1.2 vulnerabilities" bit-tech 8:01 AM
  • "AMD hires another former Intel Vice President" KitGuru 7:59 AM
  • "Here are ARM's biggest anti-RISC-V arguments and why they don't make sense" TechRepublic 7:53 AM
  • "Oracle unveils Bristol accelerator contenders" CloudPro 8:24 AM
  • "Cisco chief executive Robbins' mantra: Simplify computer networks" WRAL TechWire 8:23 AM
  • "Salesforce Service Cloud updates offer access to Enstein AI bots for customer service" Business Insider 7:25 AM
  • "Salesforce wants to give customer service workers using Service Cloud better AI-powered tools" GeekWire 7:34 AM
  • "US competes with China to build exascale computer/Exascale machines can perform a billion billion calculations per second: more than five times faster than today's most powerful computer" V3 9:26 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Should Apple (AAPL) Investors Worry About the Chinese Trade War?" Nasdaq 8:12 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks halt 4-day win streak as latest China tariffs rekindle trade-war jitters: Expectations of strong earnings cushioning market's drop" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Dow Slumps on Trump Trade War Escalation: The Dow tumbled Wednesday, losing ground for the first session in five, after the U.S. threatened additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of China-made goods." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks skid as trade war worsens with new tariff threats" Associated Press 3:59 PM
  • "Fresh Trade Threats Drag on U.S. Stocks: Major indexes snap a four-session winning streak" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asian stocks slump after U.S. announces $200 billion in new tariffs on China: Korean won, Aussie dollar drop on plans to expanded tariffs" MarketWatch 8:35 AM
  • "European stocks drop by most in 2 weeks as U.S.-China spat ratchets up: Burberry drops after sales update" MarketWatch 8:35 AM

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