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Monday Highlights: Ad-free Shazam coming as Apple completes acquisition of song-identifying service; Apple partners with Salesforce to bring "together the world's number one CRM platform with iPhone and iPad, the world's best devices for business"; CNBC's Jim Cramer says "deal is so big, you should have to pay more for both stocks"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Bloomberg report highlights iPhone storage as most lucrative feature; Mojave set to drop today, plenty of install helps, tips, and more in our OS X section; of new iPhones, the XS Max is the hot seller, not so with the XS; Tim Cook's Apple aims for squeaky-clean image when it comes to original content, eschewing sex, drugs, and violence; TechCrunch says strategy will yield "really, really bad" content; Macworld finds new A12 chip in iPhones gives huge boost to upload/download speeds; reviews of Apple Watch Series 4 from VentureBeat, Cult of Mac, XS/XS Max review from VentureBeat; SquareTrade tests new iPhones out for breakability; iFixit tears down Apple Watch Series 4.

  • "Apple Continues to Signal Importance of AI"  Loup Ventures 8:06 AM
  • "Apple launches new clean energy fund in China: Ten Suppliers Will Jointly Invest in Climate Change Solutions in China"  Apple 8:32 PM
  • "Apple Launches New Clean Energy Fund in China" Business Wire 8:33 PM
  • "Apple launches $300 million green energy fund in China"  Reuters 8:27 PM
  • "Here's Why Apple Music Is Beating Spotify In The United States"  Digital Trends 8:23 AM
  • "Apple Planning Series of Upgrades This Fall: Top Analyst" Investopedia 9:23 AM
  • "Governor 'hopeful' about tech projects even as Apple, Amazon HQ2 silence deepens: Information about a new Apple campus coming to Research Triangle Park and whether the Triangle will land Amazon's HQ2 is about as precious – and scarce – as bitcoins. But Gov. Roy Cooper is 'hopeful' deals will be announced soon about tech projects although he didn't specify either Apple or Amazon in a brief media session on Tuesday." WRAL TechWire 8:27 AM
  • "Apple Is Getting Out of the Printing Business" Kirkville 10:16 AM
  • "Google: Chrome now protects you from Spectre password-stealing attacks/Chrome 67 for Mac, Windows has just added extra defences against Spectre-style data-stealing attacks." ZDNet 7:28 AM
  • "Chrome is using 10-13% more RAM because of Spectre mitigation efforts: If you feel like Chrome's been using more RAM on the desktop client since the v67 release a month back, good news: you're not going crazy! Bad news: it definitely is using more RAM (again, on the desktop)." Android Police 8:06 AM
  • "Chrome now uses more RAM because of Spectre security fixes" The Verge 8:49 AM
  • "Google flips switch on Chrome's newest defensive technology: With 'Site Isolation' in use, the browser should be better protected from Spectra-like attacks designed to steal info such as log-on credentials." Computerworld 4:00 PM
  • "Firefox Focus can lock your tabs behind Face ID" Engadget 8:23 AM
  • "Updating macOS in VMware Fusion Leads to Apple ID Reset" Kirkville 7:28 AM
  • "How to check if your older Mac Pro supports macOS Mojave Dark Mode" iMore 7:28 AM
  • "How to View Logs from iPhone and iPad on a Mac" OS X Daily 5:25 PM
Press Releases
  • "Farrago 1.2 Brings MIDI Control and More" Rogue Amoeba 10:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook & Eddy Cue again attend Sun Valley to mingle with the tech & media elite" 9to5Mac 5:20 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook & Eddy Cue return to elite Sun Valley conference for 2018" AppleInsider 5:20 PM
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Grew For the First Time in Six Years During the Second Quarter of 2018" Gartner 5:20 PM
  • "Apple's Mac Shipments Increase in Q2 2018 as PC Market Sees First Growth in 6 Years" MacRumors 5:21 PM
  • "Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc. Files Infringement Complaint Against Apple, Inc." PRNewswire 8:28 AM
  • "Patent troll sues Apple over Siri's internet access, seeking licensing deal" AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Voice-recognition dev sues Siri for infringement" Cult of Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Apple employee accused of stealing self-driving car secrets: The intellectual property may have ended up in the hands of a Chinese rival." ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "Drug users count on Apple Watch, Fitbit to monitor heart rate during binges: It might not be the most obvious use for a wearable. But several Reddit and Twitter users say the devices can help them know when to stop." CNET 6:02 PM
  • "Apple-owned Texture magazine service dropping Premium pricing to $10/month" 9to5Mac 9:02 PM
  • "Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke Snags Shortform Emmy Nomination, Up Against SNL, Daily Show, Tonight Show" The Mac Observer 7:30 PM
  • "Apple Launches 2018 Back to School Promotion: Free Beats With Select Mac or iPad Pro Models" MacRumors 9:21 AM
  • "Apple Launches 2018 Back-to-School Sale (But You Should Wait)" LAPTOP Magazine 9:29 AM
  • "Dad suffering stroke was saved by his tech-savvy toddler" New York Post 5:21 PM
  • "Happy 10th birthday, Evernote: You have survived Google and Microsoft. For your next challenge.../225 million jotters can't be wrong" The Register 7:35 AM
  • "The second-largest mobile OS in India rhymes with iOS, but isn't iOS" Android Authority 5:19 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "The FCC Just Faked Out America With Last-Minute Vote On Consumer Complaint Process" Forbes 3:59 PM
  • "Researchers use AI to predict Alzheimer's disease progression" VentureBeat 12:55 PM
  • "You can't lose your headphones if they're pinned to your earlobes: A company wants to make earrings that double as earbuds, and I'm totally here for it?" The Verge 11:27 AM
  • "Sprint is excited to announce that it's making its mobile plan worse" Android Authority 12:55 PM
  • "Sprint made its unlimited plan worse, and added a more expensive option: But now there's a bundle with Tidal?" The Verge 9:14 AM
  • "Here's What You Can Expect to See at Samsung Unpacked August 2018" Digital Trends 9:07 AM
  • "India's 1.3 Billion People Just Got Net Neutrality" BuzzFeed 8:24 AM
  • "This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head" The Verge 8:02 AM
  • "Survey: Half of young people want electric cars" BBC 7:59 AM
  • "The crippling US ban on ZTE is almost over" CNNMoney 7:57 AM
  • "New MacBook Pro Love (Mostly) and FCC Reaches for New Low -ACM 470" The Mac Observer 5:39 PM
  • "New Touch Bar MacBook Pro -TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-12" The Mac Observer 12:41 PM
  • "New Apple Products: Macworld Podcast episode 613" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Voices in AI – Episode 58: A Conversation with Chris Eliasmith" Gigaom 7:28 AM
  • "Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros: Now Featuring Up to 6-Core Processors and 32GB of Memory, True Tone Display and the Apple T2 Chip"  Apple 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Faster Performance and New Features for Pros" Business Wire 7:55 AM
  • "Apple says new MacBook Pro keyboard won't fix sticky key issue: The new MacBook Pro comes with a quieter keyboard, but sticky keys may still be a possiblity."  CNET 4:00 PM
  • "Apple's new MacBook Pros have the latest Intel processors and quieter keyboards" The Verge 8:02 AM
  • "Apple releases new Coffee Lake-based MacBook Pro laptops: New 15-inch model offers a 70 percent performance boost; 13-inch model now with quad-core CPUs." Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's new 2018 MacBook Pros are now available, and the top specs are much faster: The laptop gets a specs bump and borrows features from the iPad Pro, iMac Pro." Ars Technica 8:24 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook Pros Get Faster Chips, New Keyboards (Kinda)" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:57 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook Pro refresh puts the focus back on creative pros" TechCrunch 8:04 AM
  • "First MacBook Pro orders begin shipping today and arriving as early as tomorrow" 9to5Mac 8:33 PM
  • "Apple worked with Blackmagic on a new external GPU"  The Verge 8:02 AM
  • "Apple Begins Exclusively Selling 'Blackmagic eGPU' for $699, Aimed at New MacBook Pros" MacRumors 8:44 AM
  • "Apple stops selling 2015 MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 8:45 AM
  • "Apple finally discontinues 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 9:19 AM
  • "The next iPad and Apple Watch models will be totally gorgeous" BGR 7:28 AM
  • "New Apple Watch will probably have a larger screen, better heart rate detection" Mashable 9:44 AM
  • "You've never seen an iPhone X that looks quite like this" BGR 9:20 AM
  • "Find My AirPods' audio pings could be improved with iPhone-based detection" AppleInsider 7:23 AM
  • "Apple Invents Next-Gen Smart Fabrics with Insulated Conductive Strands for a Wide Range of Future Products" Patently Apple 9:19 AM
  • "Apple files for patent involving 'problem Reporting in maps" Apple World Today 8:00 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM

  • "MacBook Pro (2018): First look, listen, and feel!" iMore 8:30 AM
  • "Everything new in Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 6:02 PM
  • "Review: Fuse Chicken Gravity Touch Wireless Charging Base for iPhone" MacTrast 8:29 AM
  • "Tronsmart Titan Plus review: The easiest way to charge multiple devices at once" Android Central 12:55 PM
  • "How to set 24-hour time on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & Mac" 9to5Mac 8:33 PM
  • "How to prepare your Mac for an upgrade to a new MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 5:20 PM
  • "UnJailbreak / Remove Electra iOS 11.3.1 / 11.4 Without Updating To 11.4.1, Here's How" Redmond Pie 8:24 AM
  • "Don't Fall for This Scam Claiming You Were Recorded Watching Porn" Gizmodo 6:02 PM
  • "Apple Watch Move ring vs. Exercise ring: What's the difference?" Cult of Mac 10:16 AM
  • "Apple Updates MacBook Pro Models With TouchBar" Daring Fireball 5:19 PM
  • "Apple made a really annoying change to the main way you send photos to people in iOS 12" Business Insider 5:17 PM
  • "Apple discontinues 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro, the best laptop ever" Mashable 12:55 PM
  • "I wish Apple's 2018 MacBook Pros had more compelling updates" Mashable 12:55 PM
  • "What is Apple's True Tone technology on the 2018 MacBook Pro, and why does it matter?"  AppleInsider 12:54 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 6 is accident prone, but Android is 20% old" Apple Must 12:50 PM
  • "10 Years of App Store Controversies"  MacStories 10:16 AM
  • "MacBook Pro's third-gen 'butterfly' keyboard doesn't fix its worst problem" Cult of Mac 5:22 PM
  • "Redesigned MacBook Pro keyboards finally fix problems (hopefully)" Cult of Mac 12:55 PM
  • "Why Apple's keyboard update might not be the update fans were looking for" Business Insider 10:16 AM
  • "Apple must work a little smarter to sell its accessories"  Apple Must 10:11 AM
  • "Your $1,000 Phone Is Really a Bargain/The lines outside Apple stores are proof: People will pay up for the gadget of the moment. But will the next iPhones—or whatever—really be worth the price?"  Bloomberg 9:24 AM
  • "ARKit used to reenact famous horror scene from The Ring" The Loop 8:45 AM
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo Predicts Apple's Fall Hardware Announcements" ["I did a double-take when I saw that the Mac mini was mentioned at all, but I'm not singing Apple's praises on this one quite yet. Kuo specifically states that the Mini will get a processor upgrade. A product that last got a refresh four years ago deserves more than a simple spec-bump."]  Benjamin Mayo 8:24 AM
  • "Blackmagic eGPU: The future of the MacBook Pro is having more stuff tethered to it" ZDNet 9:07 AM
  • "Maxed out 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro at $6699 isn't Apple's most expensive laptop ever" AppleInsider 8:44 AM
  • "Here's how fast the 2018 MacBook Pro 15 will be: Apple's MacBook Pro 15 gets a shiny new CPU, but it still won't be faster than a PC." PCWorld 8:25 AM
  • "What Power Users Say About the 2018 MacBook Pros" LAPTOP Magazine 8:23 AM
  • "What to expect from the MacBook Pro's leap to 8th-generation Intel processors: Apple is finally refreshing the MacBook Pro line with 8th-generation (Coffee Lake) Intel CPUs, and everything is about to get a whole lot faster."  Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "Industry-leading failure: iPhones don't have every feature" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "8 things we learned about Apple Car this week: We've learned a lot about the Apple Car this week, and it seems the technology it is developing is also being deployed across the company's wider ecosystem."  Computerworld 7:59 AM
  • "What a New Design Could Mean for Apple Watch Series 4"  MacRumors 7:59 AM
  • "No, the FCC is Not Forcing Consumers To Pay $225 To File Complaints" Slashdot 8:44 AM
  • "TicWatch Pro review: A best-of-both-worlds hybrid" Android Central 8:31 AM
  • "Ticwatch Pro Review: The Wear OS battery king is my new favorite Android smartwatch" 9to5Google 8:31 AM
  • "Review: BlackBerry Key2" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:59 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Maps Traffic Info Expands to Six New Countries" MacRumors 8:33 PM
  • "National Geographic turns top 2018 travel photos into iPhone-friendly wallpapers" Cult of Mac 6:02 PM
  • "Sensor Tower: Arena of Valor hits 1 million downloads on iOS and Android in U.S." VentureBeat 5:25 PM
  • "Microsoft Brings Whiteboard to iOS and Web, Coming to Android in the Future" Thurrott 1:03 PM
  • "Canary launches 'Safety Button' SOS feature for iOS app with precise location tracking" 9to5Mac 12:55 PM
  • "Gboard, Google's excellent iOS keyboard, picks up Morse code typing in latest update" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "'Fortnite' 5.0 Adds an Autofire Option on iOS, Motion/gyro Controls on Switch, an All Terrain Kart to Powerslide, Rifts, and More" Touch Arcade 8:23 AM
  • "New leather sleeves from Apple are available for the MacBook Pro" Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "Latest Apple Pay promo offers $10 off at StubHub" 9to5Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Fortnite season 5 adds all-terrain kart and new places to explore with it [Video] 9to5Mac 7:58 AM
  • "3DTOPO releases Oilist 2.0 for iOS - Acclaimed Painting App" prMac 7:27 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft stock hits $800 billion market cap for first time" MarketWatch 11:33 AM
  • "Microsoft Hits $800 Billion Market Cap" 24/7 Wall St. 12:54 PM
  • "Microsoft may relocate jobs over Trump immigration policy" FOXBusiness 11:36 AM
  • "Microsoft might move jobs abroad because of U.S. immigration rules" Neowin 7:54 AM
  • "Reva maker Chetan Maini joins hands with Microsoft to set up EV infrastructure in India" Business Today 11:50 AM
  • "Microsoft's desire to beat the iPad won't be solved by Go" ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Begins Testing Redstone 5 on Xbox One" Thurrott 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft To Update Windows 'Notepad App' After Years, Teases New Features" Fossbytes 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Finally Updating the Windows Notepad App" Fortune 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Notepad for Windows Gets Its First Major Update in Years, Includes the Ability to Zoom" Gadgets 360 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft to Update Windows Notepad App For the First Time" Phone World 8:35 AM
  • "Intel acquires small chipmaker to bolster efforts beyond CPUs" Reuters 4:00 PM
  • "Intel Acquires Chip Startup eASIC: Company had filed for an IPO in 2015" [Paid Membership Required] 5:21 PM
  • "How Intel's new Xeon-E series CPUs could boost performance of legacy business apps: Intel is increasing clock speeds and core count, proving helpful for situations where a workstation has limited SMP support." TechRepublic 8:13 AM
  • "Intel launches Xeon E-2100 workstation line" SemiAccurate 12:59 PM
  • "New Intel Xeon E Workstation Chip Could Create 'Significant Refresh Opportunity'" CRN 12:58 PM
  • "Intel Launches Xeon E Processors for Workstations" Tom's Hardware 12:59 PM
  • "Intel announces new Xeon E-2100 processor for entry-level workstations" MSPoweruser 12:58 PM
  • "Intel Launches New Generation Xeon E Processor Family" Guru3D 12:58 PM
  • "AMD's latest GPU driver promises huge performance gains in Earthfall" PC Gamer 1:00 PM
  • "AMD 2nd gen Threadripper could launch in mid-August" Fudzilla 1:00 PM
  • "What's AMD's Technology Strategy for High Performance Market?" Market Realist 5:21 PM
  • "IBM: A data breach will now cost your organization $3.86 million, if you're lucky" ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "Riyadh Gov't Selects IBM To Develop Blockchain Solutions" Block Trbune 8:31 AM
  • "Lenovo Revamps ThinkStation PCs With Slimmer Profile: The new models have been upgraded with Intel's eighth-generation Xeon E and Core processors. Lenovo is marketing the products to appeal to engineers, architects, and designers who need processing power for their CAD applications." PC Magazine 12:26 PM
  • "Dell Announces Latest Precision Entry Level Workstations: Powerful 1U Rack and SFF Desktops" AnandTech 12:59 PM
  • "Dell announces new entry-level Precision workstation PCs" Neowin 1:00 PM
  • "Dell Owners Hit by Tech Scammers Who Know All About Their PCs" LAPTOP Magazine 12:55 PM
  • "ZTE inches closer to resuming business in US" BBC 7:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Tech rally pushes Nasdaq to record as stocks gain broadly: CA shares soar as chip giant Broadcom plans to buy software company for $19 billion" MarketWatch 12:28 PM
  • "Stocks End Near Day's Highs: Stocks ended Thursday's session near their highs as trade war fears faded." TheStreet 4:02 PM
  • "Stocks rebound after tariff threat sell-off" FOXBusiness 4:01 PM
  • "Technology rebound sets Nasdaq on course for record high" Associated Press 4:01 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Regain Ground After Losses: Nasdaq sets new record as technology shares lead the market higher" [Paid Membership Required] 4:01 PM
  • "Asian markets, led by China, bounce back strongly: Confidence returns after Wednesday's losses; Nikkei gains while yen hits 6-month" MarketWatch 7:45 AM
  • "European stocks rebound to end firmly higher, a day after trade-driven selloff" MarketWatch 12:43 PM

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