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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?

  • "For Apple's Q3 earnings, it's all about the next iPhone: The June quarter is typically Apple's smallest of the year. But Wall Street will be looking for hints about the next crop of iPhones." CNET 7:31 AM
  • "Apple accessories at risk from Trump tariff threat" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:38 PM
  • "Trade war and iPhone sales: What to watch for in Apple earnings" Business Insider 7:21 AM
  • "Has Apple Lost its Cool Factor? It Might Not Matter/With slow iPhone X sales in the spotlight, analysts debate the timeless question: Has Apple lost its mojo?"  TheStreet 7/28
  • "Why 2019 Could Be the Year of the Foldable Screen: Samsung may reveal a folding-screen smartphone in 2019. Apple and Microsoft reportedly aren't far behind."  Slate 7/28
  • "The Razer Core X Makes Your Mac The Gaming Machine It Was Meant To Be"  Forbes 7/28
  • "How many Macs did Apple sell last quarter (Q3 2018)" Apple 3.0 7/28
  • "Chrome, Firefox rein in memory-hogging websites: Because even 16GB of RAM can feel cramped on a laptop these days." CNET 7/28
  • "Hands On: uBar for the Mac shrinks your Dock and makes it work harder for you" AppleInsider 9:06 AM
  • "How to Uninstall Packages with Homebrew" OS X Daily 11:18 AM
  • "How to get the most out of Mail directly on" iMore 1:25 PM
  • "Pages vs. Vellum: Which eBook creation app is best for you? It's a question of what you want and what you can afford." iMore 7/28
  • "3 Mac Print secrets you've probably not used (but should)" Apple Must 7/28
  • "Prepare Your Mac to Upgrade to macOS Mojave" Intego 7/27
  • "Hands On: Designing websites with Sparkle, the spiritual successor to iWeb" AppleInsider 7/27
  • "Mac: How to get the official Apple user guide for free" 9to5Mac 7/27
  • "How to see hidden files and folders in macOS" AppleInsider 7/27
Press Releases
  • "Macintosh Metadata Mania" Rixstep 5:42 PM
  • "Steam for macOS is now 64-bit, adds new chat features & design, more" 9to5Mac 7/27
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "There's a very good reason why Microsoft has an original Apple Macintosh on display in its headquarters"  Business Insider 8:27 AM
  • "How independent audio companies lure in customers to battle against Apple, Amazon and other tech giants"  CNBC 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Scores A Big Win: Latest CIRP report shows that Apple's U.S. market share has increased in the April-June quarter compared to previous quarter and year ago quarter." Seeking Alpha 4:40 PM
  • "Tim Cook shares message of hope with LGBTQ+ youth at Loveloud 2018" 9to5Mac 7:30 AM
  • "Gallery: Details from Apple Broadway Plaza's grand opening in Walnut Creek, CA" 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "Apple Music: Asahd vs.Khaled: The Negotiation — Apple" YouTube 7/28
  • "Apple plans 'Time Bandits' remake as a new TV show: 'All the the dreams you've ever had: and not just the good ones...'" Engadget 7/28
  • "Apple Makes Rights Deal To Turn Terry Gilliam's 'Time Bandits' Into TV Series"  Deadline 7/27
  • "Apple May Turn Fantasy 80s Movie 'Time Bandits' Into a TV Series" MacRumors 7/27
  • "New patent lawsuit targets Apple over voice control tech in Siri- & HomeKit-enabled devices"  AppleInsider 7/27
  • "Trump claims again that Apple is building 'plants' in the United States" Business Insider 7/27
  • "Apple is not building new plants in the U.S., even though Trump continues to say it is" BGR 7/27
  • "Apple will repair iPhones, iPads and Macs damaged by Japanese floods for free" 9to5Mac 7/27
  • "Apple provides Japanese customers with free repairs following floods and landslides" AppleInsider 7/27
  • "Over 11 million people have installed spyware from 'Big Star Labs': Apps are quietly collecting full browser histories against Google rules/A new batch of spyware has been discovered by AdGuard Research. The malware comes in the form of Android app (and one unsanctioned iOS app) and extensions for Chrome and Firefox." TechSpot 7/27
  • "In his own words: Steve Jobs was surprised by App Store's early success" iDownload Blog 7/27
  • "Video: Steve Jobs on designing the NeXT logo" Apple Must 7/27
Non-Apple News
  • "Retailers are turning to Big Tech companies to make their in-store experiences better" Axios 9:02 PM
  • "The CD is dying a slow death as retailers like Best Buy begin phase outs" Axios 1:25 PM
  • "Amazon might be working on another phone: A report indicates that a prototype is being developed" The Verge 1:22 PM
  • "Purported Google Pixel 3 XL leaks in 'Clearly White'" Android Police 12:00 PM
  • "Walmart reportedly recruits ex-Epix CEO in bid to build video service" TechCrunch 11:43 AM
  • "The Rise of the Computer-Generated Celebrity" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:21 AM
  • "How Android Is Fighting Spam Calls: Google is winning its battle against the growing number of robocalls."  Slate 7:21 AM
  • "AI may soon save a ton of cute (and ugly) animals from drug testing" The Next Web 7/28
  • "How conspiracy sites keep outsmarting big tech companies: Facebook and YouTube never anticipated a site like Infowars" The Verge 7/28
  • "Why SMS and voicemail are making a comeback: Assumed to be smoldering on the ash heap of history, SMS and voicemail are finding new life with new technology." ["The reason SMS and voicemail are still not only relevant but resurgent is that everybody has them. No proprietary service will ever match the universality of SMS or voicemail."]  Computerworld 7/28
  • "Facebook Slapped With Lawsuit After Shares Of FB And Market Cap Plummet" HotHardware 7/28
  • "Tech firms should be made liable for 'fake news' on sites: UK lawmakers" Reuters 7/28
  • "British Lawmakers Accuse Facebook of Failing to Aid Inquiry Into 'Fake News'" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/28
  • "Above Avalon Podcast Episode 130: What's a Computer?" Above Avalon 4:39 PM
  • "Podcast: US Consumer Electronics Trends: PCs, TVs, Headphones, Smart Home and Wearables" Tech.pinions 7/28
  • "The Talk Show: 'Cut That Mustache With Scissors', With Special Guest Marco Arment" Daring Fireball 7/27
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: The New MacBook Pro" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/27
  • "Macstock -Julie Kuehl On CoSchedule, Macstock, and Star Trek Las Vegas" MacVoices 7/27
  • "Under the Hood with iPhone Cellular Data, Uninterrupted Power Supplies -TMO Daily Observations 2018-07-27" The Mac Observer 7/27
  • "Macworld August 2018 Digital Edition" Macworld UK 7/27
  • "iPad & iPhone User 134 Digital Edition" Macworld UK 7/27
  • "Podcast discusses new MacBook Pro thermal fix, listener questions, and more" AppleInsider 7/27
  • "2018 MacBook Pro performance, after the patch, on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 7/27
  • "Leaked images claim to show the iPhone X Plus & 6.1-inch LCD iPhone [Gallery]"  9to5Mac 9:12 AM
  • "Leaked Images Depict 6.5-inch 'iPhone X Plus' and 6.1-inch LCD iPhone Dummy Units" MacRumors 11:43 AM
  • "New rumor claims 2018 iPad Pros will be smaller, drop headphone jacks"  AppleInsider 7/28
  • "Apple Said to Be Removing Headphone Jack From Upcoming 2018 iPad Pro Models" MacRumors 7/28
  • "Courage: Apple To Ditch 3.5mm Headphone Jack In 2018 iPad Pro" Redmond Pie 7/28
  • "Apple's New iPad Pros To Trade Home Button For Tiny Bezels And Face ID" HotHardware 7/28
  • "2018 iPad Pros will have much smaller bezels but possibly no headphone jack" phoneArena 7/28
  • "6.1-inch LCD iPhone to Feature 'Full Active' Display, Ship in November [Report] iClarified 7/28
  • "Your 2018 iPhone may be slower than Android phones: That's because Apple's upcoming iPhones will use only Intel modems, Qualcomm inferred, and that could mean slower network speeds." CNET 7/27
  • "The MacBook Pro's tight security comes with an annoying compromise"  Digital Trends 7/27
  • "My iPhone changed my password and locked me out. What gives? It wasn't user error this time. Wait. Was it?" CNET 7:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7/27
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7/27
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7/27

  • "Review: The 2018 MacBook Pro with i9 processor is the fastest laptop Apple has ever made, but it could be better" AppleInsider 11:43 AM
  • "2018 MacBook Pro Impressions" 512 Pixels 11:43 AM
  • "Wirelessly power up your iPhone on the go with this travel charger [Review] Cult of Mac 4:38 PM
  • "Review: The 2018 i7 15-inch MacBook Pro is much more than a spec bump" AppleInsider 7/28
  • "Apple MacBook Pro (2018) vs. Dell XPS 13: Face-Off!" LAPTOP Magazine 7/28
  • "We tested portrait mode on three of the top smartphones in the world, and there's a clear winner" ["I wanted to put the feature to the test on three of the top smartphones right now: the iPhone 8 Plus, the Pixel 2 XL, and the Galaxy S9."] Business Insider 7/28
  • "iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: Which iPhone is best? Is the iPhone X really worth all that extra cash?" CNET 7/28
  • "Plume's SuperPods make a good case for turning WiFi into a subscription" Mashable 7/28
  • "Re-testing the MacBook Pro: Apple's firmware update led to a big improvement/The new MacBook Pro now behaves as expected, but there are still limitations." Ars Technica 7/27
  • "2018 13-inch MacBook Pro review: Apple's lofty promises are finally realized" AppleInsider 7/27
  • "Apple MacBook Pro (2018, 15-inch) Review: Apple's newest pro-grade notebook is fast and flawed." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/27
  • "TikiTunes is a solid portable speaker with a certain glow about it" Apple World Today 7/27
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "We compared Google News and Apple's built-in News app for the iPhone to see which one is better — and there's a clear winner" ["In the end, Google News is the clear winner. Apple News certainly has its strengths, and it worked well for me for a few months. But the redesign of the Google News app has turned it into a powerful and effective tool for delivering the news."] Business Insider 7/27
  • "Here's what's great about CarPlay (and what still needs work): There's a lot to like about Apple's in-car infotainment system." iMore 7/27
  • "How to Pick the Perfect Phone Case" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:28 AM
  • "Unlock iPhone On iOS 11.4.1 Using R-SIM And ICCID Changing Trick, Here's How" Redmond Pie 7:34 AM
  • "How to delete iMessages on iPhone and iPad: Get rid of all that virtual clutter." iMore 7/28
  • "How To Use Downtime Feature in iOS 12 To Curb Your Smartphone Addiction" iPhone Hacks 7/28
  • "How to use Siri and Alexa with your Sonos speaker" iMore 7/28
  • "How to use the Thesaurus in iOS 12" Apple Must 7/28
  • "Tips on how to save battery life on an iPhone" Digital Trends 6:10 PM
  • "Let's talk about that iOS 12 Control Center for iPad change" Apple Must 5:12 PM
  • "Tip: Enable the Material Design 2 Makeover in Chrome for iOS" Thurrott 7/28
  • "iOS: How to Send Apple Handwriting Feedback in Apple Notes" The Mac Observer 7/27
  • "Technical Terms: Serif and Sans-Serif" MacMost 7/27
  • "Does your iPhone keep dying? How to clean up your overworked apps" ShortList 7/27
  • "When You Want to Be Disturbed During 'Do Not Disturb' Time: Android and iOS have a setting to mute alerts, calls and notifications when you need some peace and quiet, but you can still let important calls ring through." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7/27
  • "7 Apple Watch tips for runners: Extend your battery life, improve tracking, set custom goals and other Apple Watch tips to help you get the most out of your run." CNET 7/27
  • "New iPad Pro Leak Suggests Face ID, Removal Of Headphone Jack. Really?" Forbes 7/28
  • "Pattern-making: Any three Apple problems" Macworld 7/28
  • "Apple is Looking More and More Like the Company to Go With" The Mac Observer 7/27
  • "3 things Steve Jobs had wrong about the App Store: A newly released 2008 interview with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs provides insight into the App Store just 30 days after it launched." ZDNet 7/27
  • "Samsung's anti-iPhone X ads show why it keeps losing to Apple" phoneArena 7/27
  • "Ditch Your iPhone" [Slideshow] Mashable 7/27
  • "The 2018 iPhones may drop Qualcomm's modems and go Intel-only, and that could be a good thing: Intel's modem quality is improving rapidly, and it benefits us all to have one global hardware variant."  Macworld 7/27
  • "Looking forward to the next Apple Watch: Moving to a slightly newer Apple Watch has left Dan Moren excited about what this year's model might bring."  Macworld 7/27
  • "Bixby's reputation is tarnished beyond repair: A weak launch and lots of dissatisfied customers left a permanent mark." Android Central 8:39 AM
  • "It's time to confront Amazon's secret monopolies" The Next Web 7:41 AM
  • "The 2018 Google Pixelbook tablet seems imminent - here's what it needs to succeed" Android Police 7/28
  • "Facebook And The Tyranny Of Monthly Active Users" Forbes 7/28
  • "Here's why Facebook suspended Alex Jones but not Infowars: We know it's vexing, but we'll do our best to explain." Recode 7/28
  • "There's still only one real reason why people pay for Amazon Prime" Business Insider 7/28
  • "VideoLAN was right to ban Huawei phones from downloading VLC, but it's users that lose" Android Central 7/28
  • "Why Prime Day is bad for Amazon's brand in the long run" The Next Web 7/28
  • "I'm Deleting All My Old Tweets Because Nothing Matters" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/27
  • "How Software Ate the Point of Sale: Or, why paying for stuff is so complicated now" The Atlantic 7/27
  • "Top 3 reasons to buy a Chromebook over a cheap Windows laptop" Android Central 7/27
  • "Why Twitter should ignore the phony outrage over 'shadow banning'" The Verge 7/27
  • "Is facial recognition technology racist?" The Week UK 7/27
  • "5 Common Misconceptions about AI" Gigaom 7/27
  • "How Is AI Used In Healthcare - 5 Powerful Real-World Examples That Show The Latest Advances" Forbes 7/27
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "What's the best weather app for iPhone?" 9to5Mac 9:13 AM
  • "This bouncy ball is a MIDI controller you can use to make beats" The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "Coming July 28: Gene Steinberg meets Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer and commentator Peter Cohen, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:16 AM
  • "This PUBG Mobile 60fps iOS Unlock Mod Works But Requires Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 7/28
  • "Making The Grade: iPad accessories for the classroom" 9to5Mac 7/28
  • "Apple offers flood victims in Japan free pickup, repair and delivery of damaged iOS powered devices" phoneArena 7/27
  • "Edge for iOS gets visual search and other features from the beta" Neowin 7/27
  • "Verizon unveils its own VPN service for iOS devices priced at $4/month" 9to5Mac 7/27
  • "Jailbreak iOS 11.4.1 Update: Ian Beer Releases Updated iOS KDP Kernel Debugger But It's Not What You Think It Is" Redmond Pie 7/27
  • "6 of the best Qi wireless chargers for iPhone X and 8" Apple Must 7/27
  • "Apple Redesigns Apple Store App with New Search Features" The Mac Observer 7/27
  • "Apple Store app adds voice search" iLounge 7/27
  • "The 5 Best Stargazing Apps for iPhone and Android" InVerse 7/27
  • "Telegram iOS app adds controversial feature to store real-world ID documents" 9to5Mac 7/27
  • "Skater - Let's Skate, A Challenging Racing Game, Now Available" prMac 7/27
Computer Industry
  • "Surface firmware updates show that Microsoft does not get updating right" gHacks 7:51 AM
  • "Xbox Adaptive Controller: How Microsoft's design team tackled inaccessible packaging" Daily Star (UK) 7:51 AM
  • "50 Years In Tech: When HP Led Desktop and Mobile Computing" Monday Note 8:08 PM
  • "IBM eyes Hong Kong for school skills training programme P-Tech: Free five-year programme, which will award graduates an associate degree and put them first in line for jobs at tech giant, awaits Education Bureau nod" South China Morning Post 8:00 AM
  • "The US chip industry starts to wake up to new competitive reality" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:18 AM
  • "Why we need the power of Intel's next-gen eight-core CPUs: New consoles will reset the baseline — and CPU will be the biggest gen-on-gen leap." Eurogamer 7:54 AM
  • "Intel: Development Risks Overshadow Current Momentum" Seeking Alpha 7:32 AM
  • "Intel Serves Up an Opportunity for AMD: Much smaller chip maker will have a big head start with new data-center processors" [Paid Membership Required] 11:42 AM
  • "AMD has great quarter but margins low" Fudzilla 7:54 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 now ships with Ubuntu 18.04 Linux" ZDNet 7:03 PM
  • "How Microsoft buries key numbers in its financial reports (and how to dig them out): In its quarterly financial reports, Microsoft goes out of its way to avoid reporting detailed results for its Surface division. Fortunately, there are enough indirect results to figure out those numbers. Here's how to do the math for yourself." ZDNet 7/28
  • "Microsoft Wants to Stop Windows 10 Updates Annoying You" MakeUseOf 7/28
  • "Microsoft Adds to Lead as Dow's Top-Performing Stock" 24/7 Wall St. 7/28
  • "Silicon chips are reaching their limit. Here's the future: A tech step-change will be needed if our gadgets are to keep getting smaller and faster" TechRadar UK 7/28
  • "Intel shares slip amid fears of AMD data centre chip challenge" Reuters 7/28
  • "Intel Stuck With Ageing 14nm For Another Year" eTeknix 7/28
  • "Alleged Intel Core i9-9900K 8-Core Coffee Lake Benchmarks Hit 3DMark Smoking AMD Ryzen" HotHardware 7/28
  • "Intel Core i9-9900K Tested in 3DMark Performance Benchmark – 8 Cores and 16 Threads Clocking Up To 5.0 GHz, Faster Than The Ryzen 7 2700X" WCCFTech 7/28
  • "8 Core Intel 9900K Benchmark Confirms 5 GHz Boost Clock Out Of The Box" SegmentNext 7/28
  • "AMD Crypto Revenue To Drop Next Quarter, How Will It Make Up For It?" SegmentNext 7/28
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's top line: How the analysts changed their tune (Q3 2018)" Apple 3.0 8:44 AM
  • "This week's Apple trading strategies (Earnings week: 7/30-8/3)" Apple 3.0 7:31 AM
  • "Trading Nation: Apple reports earnings next week" [Video Report] CNBC 7/27
  • "Investors think Amazon will beat Apple to $1 trillion valuation" Cult of Mac 7/27
  • "Apple Summit NYC: We are proud to announce the second investor summit dedicated to the long-term investors in Apple. It's happening in New York City at The Merceron August 16th from 10am to 10pm." asymco 7/27
  • "How Will Apple's iPhone Segment Perform in Fiscal Q3 2018?" Market Realist 7/27
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends lower after disappointing results from Twitter, bellwethers: Dow, S&P 500 log longest stretch of weekly gains since January" MarketWatch 7/27
  • "Stocks Trim Losses at Close of Trading: Stocks ended the day off their lows but still in the red Friday as tech share weakness overcame strong GDP data." TheStreet 7/27
  • "U.S. Stocks Decline as Tech Stocks Sag: S&P 500 ekes out fourth straight weekly advance, buoyed by strong earnings; blue chips add 1.6%, while Nasdaq fell 1.1% for the week" [Paid Membership Required] 7/27
  • "Asia-Pacific markets mixed; BHP stock jumps after $10.5 billion deal: Nikkei nudges higher, while indexes in China, Hong Kong fall" MarketWatch 7/27
  • "European stocks on course for best week in 4 months as Carrefour rallies: European earnings growth accelerates" MarketWatch 7/27

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