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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 Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini"  Bloomberg 2:27 PM
  • "Apple will reportedly release a redesigned MacBook Air and new Mac Mini later this year" Business Insider 2:51 PM
  • "Apple reportedly plans pro Mac mini and Retina MacBook Air for October" VentureBeat 2:51 PM
  • "Apple Pulls Illegal Apps Targeted by Chinese State Media: Apple offers more than 1.8 million apps in China" [Paid Membership Required] 6:23 AM
  • "Apple culls apps in China after state media criticism" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:47 AM
  • "Apple removes illegal lottery apps from China store" Reuters 6:47 AM
  • "Apple reportedly yanked 25,000 apps from its China App Store" CNBC 6:46 AM
  • "Apple Confirms Removing as Many as 25,000 Illegal Gambling-Related Apps From App Store in China" MacRumors 6:23 AM
  • "Apple removes 25,000 'illegal' apps from App Store in China" The Verge 6:24 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of macOS Mojave to Developers" MacRumors 12:30 PM
  • "Mojave: How to make Automator shortcuts for MBP Touch Bar/Apple's macOS Mojave introduces a rather cool new feature: You can add Automator actions to your MacBook Pro's Touch Bar. Here is how to do it." Computerworld 8:43 AM
  • "How to Share Files Stored in Your iCloud Drive" MacRumors 7:13 AM
Press Releases
  • "Excel Software announced AppProtect 5.0 to protect Mac or Windows software. AppProtect applies protection with an offline or automated online activation process to a compiled application in minutes without programming. It supports most application runtime environments including MAX MSP, Unity3D, Xojo, Java, Delphi, C++, C#, Objective-C and Swift." Excel Software 6:16 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Investigating Battery Incident at Amsterdam Store, No Customers or Employees Required Medical Attention" ["MacRumors received the following statement from an Apple spokesperson: We're currently investigating the incident that took place at Apple Amsterdam on Sunday. Our staff were able to evacuate customers quickly and safely and the store re-opened shortly afterwards."] MacRumors 12:30 PM
  • "Apple sued over claims website is inaccessible to visually impaired users"  AppleInsider 9:59 AM
  • "How a meeting with Steve Jobs in 1998 gave birth to Wi-Fi"  Wi-Fi Now 8:43 AM
  • "Women are 79 percent more likely to spend money on mobile games"  The Verge 10:41 AM
  • "'Exploding' iPad prompts Apple shop evacuation" BBC 6:37 AM
  • "Apple Store in Amsterdam evacuated after iPad explodes, report says" Mashable 6:31 AM
  • "The Apple Museum in Prague" MacMost 9:09 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple steals a financial record from Microsoft" Cult of Mac 7:11 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Huawei was caught using a pro camera to fake smartphone photos (again): An actor in the commercial accidentally revealed the trick on her Instagram." Ars Technica 6:17 PM
  • "Double the front camera, double the leak: Google Pixel 3 XL again captured in spy shots" 9to5Google 1:17 PM
  • "Google just put an AI in charge of keeping its data centers cool" ZDNet 6:49 AM
  • "Schools Are Mining Students' Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:38 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with macOS Software Developer Sander Berents" The Mac Observer 6:52 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: August 20, 2018" 9to5Mac 4:09 PM
  • "Jim Tierney of Digital Anarchy Previews" MacVoices 2:07 PM
  • "Podcast: We've stopped caring about digital privacy" Axios 11:39 AM
  • "2018 iPhones May Feature Faster and More Efficient Wireless Charging With Switch to Copper Coil" MacRumors 10:41 AM
  • "Apple's 2018 iPhone may charge faster because of new material in Qi charging coil" AppleInsider 11:26 AM
  • "2018 iPhones may have faster wireless charging thanks to a new copper coil" BGR 6:17 PM
  • "Alleged Apple Watch 4 Models Along with Older Models Receive EEC Certification" Nashville Chatter 6:24 AM
  • "Apple registers six new Apple Watch models in Eurasian database ahead of announcement next month" 9to5Mac 6:46 AM
  • "2018 iPhone Pre-orders to Take Place on September 14 According to German Carriers"  MacRumors 12:30 PM
  • "This is the date you can pre-order your next iPhone" Cult of Mac 2:52 PM
  • "New iPhone X Leak Reveals Preorder Release Date" Forbes 6:35 PM
  • "tvOS 12 developer beta 8 for Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K now available" 9to5Mac 12:30 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 8:19 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 8:19 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:19 AM

  • "Fitbit Charge 3 hands-on: Better controls come with a trade-off/A touchscreen is better than onboard GPS. There, I said it." Engadget 8:26 AM
  • "Logitech MX Vertical review: Tackling mouse ergonomics from a new angle/We wouldn't use it for gaming, but it's a great mouse for commonplace tasks." Macworld 6:23 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "What's new in iOS 12 beta 9! Is this the final beta?" AppleInsider 2:28 PM
  • "iOS 12 beta: What's the performance and stability like?" ZDNet 4:07 PM
  • "Hello Weather is my favorite weather app on iPhone and iPad [Review] Cult of Mac 1:05 PM
  • "Use Siri Shortcuts to quickly send photos to your family" Cult of Mac 3:40 PM
  • "How to restrict account settings and volume control on iPhone and iPad" iMore 12:34 PM
  • "A new Mac mini and a Retina MacBook Air are imminent, report says: Both could launch alongside or shortly after new iPhone and iPads this year." Ars Technica 9:36 PM
  • "Gurman: 'Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini'" Daring Fireball 6:16 PM
  • "Bloomberg: big changes coming to MacBook Air, Mac mini this year" iDownload Blog 4:09 PM
  • "Gurman: 'Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini'" Daring Fireball 4:08 PM
  • "Rejoice Mac mini pro fans: Apple hasn't forgotten you" ZDNet 4:07 PM
  • "This year's iPhones might not sell well, and it's all the iPhone X's fault" BGR 6:17 PM
  • "Trump says it's 'very dangerous' when Twitter, Facebook self-regulate content" Reuters 3:40 PM
  • "Might a new Apple display arrive along with a revamped Mac mini?" Apple World Today 3:32 PM
  • "Apple plans a Mac mini Pro, Bloomberg explains" Apple Must 3:32 PM
  • "A Mac Mini Pro Could Be Launching This Year" UberGizmo 9:24 PM
  • "Two months later, switching to Google from Apple" BetaNews 12:49 PM
  • "What to expect at Apple's September iPhone release event and when it will be" AppleInsider 11:25 AM
  • "Apple's best media moves" The Loop 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Watch Diary: The two things that might sell me on an Apple Watch Series 4" 9to5Mac 8:25 AM
  • "Exactly when will we see new iPhones? We predict the date Apple will announce its next device" ZDNet 6:49 AM
  • "Trump says it's 'very dangerous' when Twitter, Facebook self-regulate content" Reuters 3:40 PM
  • "Facebook's Flawed DNA Makes It Unable to Fight Misinformation" Monday Note 11:39 AM
  • "It's Time to End the 'Data Is' vs 'Data Are' Debate: Data is Data is Data is" Motherboard 11:38 AM
  • "It's really complicated to connect the Home of the Future" The Verge 8:25 AM
  • "Hey Google, How Do I Optimize For Voice Search?" Forbes 6:37 AM
  • "Google and banks are being less than truthful about customer tracking: There are good and bad reasons to track someone's movements, but the best way to scream to users that you're spying on them is to lie about or not reveal what you're doing." Computerworld 6:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "OMG, there's a Game Boy case for the iPhone that actually plays Tetris" BGR 9:37 PM
  • "Apple Pay Now Accepted At All Costco Warehouses" UberGizmo 9:09 PM
  • "Apple Pay Now Accepted at All Costco Warehouses in United States" MacRumors 2:28 PM
  • "Popular Weather App Dark Sky Gets Major Revamp" Thurrott 11:39 AM
  • "'Arena of Valor' News: Runaway Fox, Taara Disappointment, And Valor Series Season Two" Touch Arcade 11:38 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of August 20: Burt Monroy, Cord Cutting, Genealogy, and Macstock Report" The MUG Center 10:56 AM
  • "Minecraft: Education Edition is coming to iPad" TechCrunch 10:41 AM
  • "Minecraft: Education Edition heading to iPad in September" AppleInsider 10:41 AM
  • "Fitbit launches $150 Charge 3 fitness tracker with new design" AppleInsider 10:41 AM
  • "Cool Holdings, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Apple Boutique Store Retail Chain in the Dominican Republic" PRNewswire 8:56 AM
  • "Microsoft Brings Minecraft: Education to the iPad" Thurrott 8:48 AM
  • "Strava and MINDBODY team up to integrate fitness class booking with athlete feeds" 9to5Mac 8:25 AM
  • "The CHARGER61 is a great Mac laptop charger (and — yay! — it has a MagSafe connector)" Apple World Today 8:21 AM
  • "Logitech Debuts New MX Vertical Ergonomic Mouse" MacRumors 6:49 AM
  • "Apple aficionados, these cute pillows are made just for you" Digital Trends 6:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "This is not your father's Microsoft" CNET 9:14 AM
  • "Microsoft isn't cool and CEO Satya Nadella is really OK with that" CNET 9:14 AM
  • "Windows 10's next big feature release officially named build 1809" ZDNet 9:13 AM
  • "Mitka Avramova is the new country leader for IBM Romania" Business Review 9:06 AM
  • "IBM Gets Desperate Plea from Enterprise Holdings Crime Survivor, SubscriberWise Confirms" Financial News 9:05 AM
  • "IBM, Maersk launch blockchain-based shipping platform" Tech Central 9:05 AM
  • "HP offers you protection against fake through Customer Delivery Inspection" Inquirer.Net 9:02 AM
  • "How Better Intel Can Reduce, Prevent Payment Card Fraud" Dark Reading 9:00 AM
  • "Intel India has trained 99,000 people in AI in the past 16 months" Neowin 9:00 AM
  • "Intel snaps-up startup Vertex.AI" IT PRO (UK) 9:00 AM
  • "Tranquil PC releases trio of fanless AMD Ryzen PCs" Hexus 8:58 AM
  • "ASUS announces support for 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors" PCWorld Australia 8:58 AM
  • "Rimini Street Loses Another Court Battle To Oracle While Rimini's Customers Lose Data Security" Forbes 8:57 AM
  • "Cisco's global channel chief resigns" Tech Central 8:55 AM
  • "IT decision makers look to AI to prioritize operational alerts" BetaNews 12:50 PM
  • "Watch NVIDIA's Gamescom presentation in under 14 minutes: GeForce, Giga Rays and RTX." Engadget 7:44 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple and these other stocks have contributed the most to this historic bull market" CNBC 3:40 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500's rally supported by gains in energy, materials shares: PepsiCo to buy SodaStream" MarketWatch 1:08 PM
  • "Dow Gets Lift From Shares of Nike, Dealmaking Activity: Stocks are higher on Monday as investors await trade talks between the U.S. and China later this week." TheStreet 1:08 PM
  • "Stocks mostly rise on hope for progress on China trade talks" Associated Press 1:08 PM
  • "Dow Rises to Highest Level Since February: Investors are optimistic about deal activity and trade developments" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly gain on U.S.-China trade-talk hopes: Asian stock markets mostly gained Monday, following advances on Wall Street on Friday after reports that the U.S. and China are drawing a road map to resolve their trade dispute that may culminate in a meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in November." MarketWatch 8:05 AM
  • "London stocks rise, buoyed by materials shares and trade optimism: The U.K.'s main stock index pushed higher to its third straight gain on Monday, buoyed in part by optimism over a coming U.S.-China trade meeting." MarketWatch 11:58 AM

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