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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple may be concerned about NC legislative maneuvering: At least two sources familiar with Apple's interest in the Triangle say the electronics giant is worried about North Carolina lawmakers meddling with constitutional amendments for political influence."  Triangle Business Journal 8:12 AM
  • "Apple Kyoto opens on Shijō Dori" Apple 8:09 AM
  • "Security Flaws Inadvertently Left T-Mobile And AT&T Customers' Account PINs Exposed" ["Apple and Asurion fixed the vulnerabilities after BuzzFeed News shared the security researchers' findings. Apple declined to provide further comment on the record, stating only that the company is very grateful to the researchers who found the flaw."]  BuzzFeed News 7:51 AM
  • "The road to Steve Jobs' resignation, and the rise of Tim Cook as his successor: On August 24, 2011 Apple cofounder Steve Jobs announced his resignation from the company, six weeks before his death. AppleInsider takes a look back at the controversies and ethical dilemmas of what happened when the CEO got sick and how Tim Cook emerged as his successor."  AppleInsider 8/24
  • "Flaws in Apple & Asurion websites expose PINs of millions of iPhone users: Although already fixed, security vulnerabilites at Apple's online store and the website for Asurion, a phone insurance firm, recently exposed the PINs of millions of mobile accounts, a report revealed on Friday."  AppleInsider 8/24
  • "Bay Area tech CEOs say immigration policies, H-1B plans are undermining growth"  San Jose Mercury News 8/24
  • "Apple, JP Morgan, Pepsi fear 'harm' from Donald Trump's H-1B visa policy" Bloomberg 8/24
  • "Few Ways Around App Store, More Around Google Play" 24/7 Wall St. 8/24
  • "Apple boss Tim Cook is about to enjoy a $120 million payday" Metro UK 8/24
OS X
News
  • "Apps & developers hit by day-long Apple CloudKit outage: Apple's CloudKit service is in the middle of an extended outage, causing headaches both for developers and people using apps that depend on iCloud for sync and storage." AppleInsider 8/24
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Visualizing the Mac Startup Process: What Happens When a Mac Boots?" OS X Daily 3:19 PM
  • "Hands on: TextSoap 8 cleans up your text for online and publishers" AppleInsider 8/24
Op/Ed
  • "Just Code Challenge Week 10 -NetTank networked clone of old Atari Combat game" Xojo Blog 8/24
Press Releases
  • "Finally: Windows 95 app released for macOS, Linux and Windows 10" TrustedReviews 8/24
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "New Survey Reveals Top Reasons Why Users Switch Between iOS, Android" Redmond Pie 7:22 PM
  • "PayPal targets Apple Pay Cash w/ redesigned iOS app focused on P2P payments" 9to5Mac 1:03 PM
  • "Smart speaker sales take off globally, but consumer appetite for novel uses is fickle" GeekWire 8:29 AM
  • "Apple Store Security Blunder Exposes 77 Million T-Mobile Customer Account PINs" HotHardware 7:20 PM
  • "Apple is giving new iCloud subscribers 200GB of space for free for two months" The Verge 3:20 PM
  • "Apple partnering with US carriers for free trial of 200GB iCloud storage" The Apple Post 1:29 PM
  • "Dongles & AirPods emerge as most popular Apple products at Best Buy: Possibly to the retailer's chagrin, the bestselling Apple products at Best Buy may be accessories rather than the iPhones, iPads, and Macs they're made for." AppleInsider 8/24
  • "Apple requests Facebook remove its Onavo VPN app on security concerns" ITProPortal 8/24
  • "Apple opens online iPhone Upgrade Program enrollment to T-Mobile customers: Apple this week added T-Mobile to a short list of major U.S. wireless operators that have online access to the iPhone Upgrade Program, allowing customers of the telco to sign up for the service through the online Apple store." AppleInsider 8/24
  • "Woman sues feds over data retention after iPhone seized at border" AppleInsider 8/24
Non-Apple News
  • "Verizon pledges to no longer throttle first responders' data speeds" Digital Trends 7:22 PM
  • "The new Gmail is now rolling out to Google Apps customers" Android Police 9:06 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3 XL Leaks Again With Detailed And Sexy Unboxing Video" HotHardware 7:20 PM
  • "Weak passwords let a hacker access internal Sprint staff portal" TechCrunch 1:02 PM
  • "Amazon isn't the only tech company getting tax breaks" TechCrunch 8:34 AM
  • "Google Shares Serious Security Flaw In Fortnite's Android Installer, Epic Games Isn't Happy" Redmond Pie 8:09 PM
  • "Epic Games Has Already Exposed Android Users To Unacceptable Fortnite Malware Risks" Forbes 9:09 AM
  • "Fortnite installer had a serious security flaw that Google just revealed" BetaNews 8:10 AM
  • "Is Google's Next Move to Help You Lose Weight and Eat Better? Google is reportedly working on an A.I.-based health and wellness coach. Here's what it would mean." Slate 8:00 AM
  • "Phones with bendable, flexible screens are closer than you think: Ultra-thin displays that can fold, flex and flap in the wind? The future of phones is heading closer to this direction." CNET 7:59 AM
  • "A majority of U.S. teens are taking steps to limit smartphone and social media use" TechCrunch 8/24
  • "Facebook invites Google, Twitter and others to discuss election meddling: The meeting will reportedly take place this Friday at Twitter's headquarters." Engadget 8/24
  • "Russia trolls 'spreading vaccination misinformation' to create discord" BBC 8/24
  • "T-Mobile Hacked In Data Breach That Hit 2 Million Customers" Gizmodo 8/24
  • "T-Mobile data breach exposes details of two million customers: Claims no customer financial data or social security numbers were accessed" The Inquirer 8/24
  • "T-Mobile says overseas hackers stole personal data of more than 2M customers" 9to5Mac 8/24
  • "These two new feature-packed cameras Nikon just announced are a bid to take on Sony" BGR 8/24
  • "'Xbox All Access' bundles Xbox Live, Game Pass, and a console for one monthly cost" BGR 8/24
  • "Prosecutor: Suspect must give up his phone's passcode in fatal hazing case/New Louisiana case deals with the ever-thorny question of forced decryption." Ars Technica 8/24
  • "Audi's new electric sports car concept, the PB18 e-tron: It features a moveable cockpit, race car suspension, and solid state batteries." Ars Technica 8/24
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Tech.pinions Podcast: App Store Bypassing and the Marketplace Value" Tech.pinions 3:20 PM
  • "'Smallen Up The Bezels', With Special Guest Jason Snell" Daring Fireball 8/24
  • "Coping with Subscription Apps -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-24" The Mac Observer 8/24
  • "Drobo's Mihir Shah and Nexsan's Gary Watson Introduce StorCentric" MacVoices 8/24
Hardware/Software
  • "How Apple's Backplane Tech Could Increase Your iPhone's Battery Life" iDrop News 7:22 PM
  • "Leaked Image of 2018 iPad Pro Case Reveals Mysterious New Cut-Out" iDrop News 7:22 PM
  • "Libertas iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak Detection Bypass App Released In Beta" Redmond Pie 1:02 PM
  • "Future iPhones, Apple Watches May Use New Power-Saving Backplane Technology to Extend Battery Life" MacRumors 8/24
  • "Future Apple Watch, iPhone could switch to power-saving LTPO display tech: Apple is considering ways to improve the iPhone's battery life by changing the technology used in its displays, according to one analytics firm, with a switch to LTPO for the backplane potentially cutting down the amount of power required to update the screen." AppleInsider 8/24
  • "The Apple Watch is one step closer to diagnosing this potentially fatal condition: It could save your life one day" T3 8/24
  • "iPad Pro cover leak shows opening for rumored new Smart Connector location: A supposed leak has surfaced, showing a new case allegedly designed for refreshed iPad Pro models, with the internal shots of the plain case appearing to have a new cut-out on one side that could be used for the rumored relocated Smart Connector." AppleInsider 8/24
  • "Photo Claims to Show New iPad Pro Smart Connector Position" The Mac Observer 8/24
  • "Claimed iPad Pro case appears to support Smart Connector for vertical use" 9to5Mac 8/24
  • "iPad Pro 10.5-Inch Case Leaks out With a Strange Cutout That Is Present Just Above the Lightning Port" WCCFTech 8/24
  • "Alleged Leaked Image of Case for Redesigned iPad Pro Shows Mysterious Rear Cutout Above Lightning Connector" MacRumors 8/24
  • "New Apple Patent Describes Face ID Like Tech For Mac" Redmond Pie 8/24
  • "Apple Releases iOS 12 Developer Beta 10, Public Beta 9 for iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 8/24
  • "Here Are iOS 12 Beta 10 Complete Release Notes From Apple" Redmond Pie 8/24
  • "TSMC to be the sole supplier of Apple's chips until 2020" GSMArena 8/24
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 8/24
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 8/24

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Testing an AMD WX 9100 eGPU with the 15-inch i9 MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 1:02 PM
  • "Blackmagic eGPU review: Too much frustration for too little benefit" Mashable 8:25 AM
  • "I exchanged an crusty old iPhone for $75 in store credit at Apple — and it only took 30 minutes" ["Here's how it works."] Business Insider 8:54 AM
  • "Fast Bus-Powered Flash External Storage for the 2018 MacBook Pro" Bare Feats 11:26 AM
  • "144hz Monitor: ASUS vg278q gaming monitor review" Tapscape 8:29 AM
  • "Brydge 12.9 Series II Keyboard: This is the one... at least for now" Six Colors 8/24
  • "Review: Fantom Drives G-Force 3.1 USB-C SSD great for on-the-go video editing/Fantom Drives has long been purveyors of external drives, almost always encased in a durable metal body. Their new 1TB G-Force 3.1 drive carries on that tradition with the addition of USB-C" AppleInsider 8/24
  • "Is the LG 27UD88 monitor good for gaming?" iMore 8/24
  • "The G-Force 3.1 is the perfect SSD for creative pros using the new MacBook Pros" Apple World Today 8/24
  • "Review: JBL's Link 20 Bluetooth speaker with Google Assistant nails it/The JBL Link 20 is expensive as Bluetooth speakers go, but an absolute steal in the world of smartspeakers, especially ones with Google Assistant." AppleInsider 8/24
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best Shopping Apps for Apple TV" AppAdvice 8/24
  • "5 best iOS games to play on a plane" 148Apps 8/24
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How do I see what's in my iCloud storage?" Apple Must 8/24
  • "How to use Siri to remind you of emails and websites" Apple Must 8/24
Tips
  • "How to use the iPhone's most useful, most overlooked feature" Mashable 1:11 PM
  • "Technical Terms: Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte" MacMost 8/24
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Could Apple's Next iPhone Be Called Double X? References To 'iPhone xx' Discovered In Xcode 10" Redmond Pie 7:22 PM
  • "Android collects ten times as much data as iOS because it offers 10x as much usability: If you want to transmit data less frequently, buy an iPhone. If you want to have the data collected do something for you, buy an Android."  Android Central 1:51 PM
  • "Making The Grade: Digital textbooks for iPad never took off, and here's why"  9to5Mac 1:02 PM
  • "It's been 7 years since Steve Jobs stepped down" Apple 3.0 8:29 AM
  • "Playing favorites: The advantages of iOS and Android" Macworld 8:13 AM
  • "iPhone 2018 News: Apple Event, Availability Date, Rumored Features, and Leaked Photo" MacPrices 8/24
  • "Moving the Smart Connector location on upcoming iPad Pros would be a very dumb move" Apple World Today 8/24
  • "When the Mac mini goes pro, will the pros get Mac minis? Apple's idea of 'pro' may be different from what everyone else thinks." Macworld 8/24
  • "How Security Features Makes iOS Better than Android"  Tech Sling 8/24
Non-Apple
  • "In the fight for democracy, can we still tap social media for 'good'?" VentureBeat 3:20 PM
  • "How Ireland Is Fast Becoming The AI Island" Forbes 1:02 PM
  • "Steam's Uneven And Opaque Approach To Curation Hurts Indie Developers" Indie Research 9:09 AM
  • "Why Button-less Phones Could Be the Future: The technology isn't here yet, but recent developments show the path to a button-free phone." Slate 8:31 AM
  • "Who's really being silenced on Twitter? It's not who Trump thinks it is" The Verge 8:15 AM
  • "Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We're All At Risk" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Shadow Hands-On: I Ran Witcher 3 on a Tablet, and I Liked It" LAPTOP Magazine 8:11 AM
  • "Here comes 'antidisinformation as a service': Lies and fake news are coming after your company's brand and reputation. Time to get your AaaS in gear." Computerworld 8:00 AM
  • "We Need Software to Help Us Slow Down, Not Speed Up" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:59 AM
  • "Two days with the Galaxy Watch: Bezels, Bixby and stress tests/Samsung's new wearable tries to do a bit of everything." Engadget 8/24
  • "Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus review: Galaxy Note 9 power, without the price or pen" CNET 8/24
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Instagram is testing virtual communities for college students" Engadget 9:16 PM
  • "T-Mobile Customers Can Join the iPhone Upgrade Program Online" The Mac Observer 8/24
Computer Industry
  • "Searching: You've never seen Windows XP and load screens like this/Ars chats up co-writers Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian as this John Cho-led thriller debuts." Ars Technica 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel pass 500 million installs on the Play Store" Android Police 8:30 AM
  • "Data is king in IBM's marketing department — these are the tools it uses to make sure it's getting the most bang for its marketing buck" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "Intel 'Petitioned Microsoft Heavily' Not To Choose ARM For Surface Go, Report Says" Slashdot 1:03 PM
  • "Details On Massive First-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price Cuts Emerge" HotHardware 7:20 PM
  • "NVIDIA's RTX speed claims fall short without game support" Engadget 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft caught up in bribery probe over software sales in Hungary: Federal authorities in the U.S. are investigating an alleged bribery scheme involving software sales to the Hungarian government." Windows Central11:57 AM 8/24
  • "Microsoft accused of bribery and corruption in Hungary" OnMSFT 8/24
  • "Microsoft Appears to be Adding a Wish List to its Online Store" Thurrott 8/24
  • "Microsoft Now Selling the Cortana-Powered Thermostat" Thurrott 8/24
  • "Microsoft releases build 17743 for HoloLens with a single bug fix" Neowin 8/24
  • "Microsoft To-Do Gets Tagging Support" Thurrott 8/24
  • "Did you love Windows 95? It's now a free app for macOS, Windows, Linux" ZDNet 8/24
  • "Intel's 10nm Problems Have Implications Far Beyond What The Market Is Seeing" Seeking Alpha 8/24
  • "It will take Intel years to fix its chipmaking process and AMD stands to benefit, analyst says" CNBC 8/24
  • "Move over, Intel. AMD rules in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street" CNN11:28 AM 8/24
  • "HP Inc.: No Stock Price Gain, Only Brownie Points" Seeking Alpha 8/24
  • "HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down: If only OS 'sunsets' happened every quarter" The Register12:55 PM 8/24
  • "HP gets new 3D printing leader, aims to scale business/HP's 3D business has secured multiple partnerships and expanded its ecosystem. Now the goal is to scale the business." ZDNet11:16 AM 8/24
  • "Dell EMC's PowerEdge MX Server Adapts to Changes in Compute Landscape" eWeek 8/24
  • "Review: Dell P2419H: Wouldn't it be nice to have the entire office kitted out with 5K monitors? That's the dream, but if budget limitations are forcing you to lower the bar, fear not as there are plenty of high-quality displays available at a fraction of the cost. We've recently been impressed by the AOC X24P1, a 24in IPS panel offering a 16:10 WUXGA resolution for £215, and today we're continuing the productivity theme by taking a closer look at the new Dell P2419H." Hexus11:59 AM 8/24
  • "Longterm Test: Dell XPS 13: With months of accumulated hard daily use we can deliver a very clear impression about the Dell XPS 13" PC & Tech Authority11:59 AM 8/24
  • "How to upgrade the SSD in a Dell XPS 15 (9570): Dell's XPS 15 features several upgradeable components, and but swapping in a new SSD could add a few years to your laptop." Windows Central12:02 PM 8/24
  • "IBM's drone concept knows when you want a coffee, and flies it to you" Digital Trends11:52 AM 8/24
  • "Oracle-powered tennis rating system has partnered with Team8Universal Tennis Rating and Team8 partnership aims to improve management of tennis athletes and enhance the industry" The Innovation Enterprise2:25 PM 8/24
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Is Apple really a hedge fund that makes phones? A pair of finance professors troll the Wall Street Journal's readership." Apple 3.0 8/24
Industry News
  • "Home: Autodesk rallies on earnings, Netflix climbs on analyst upgrade" MarketWatch 8/24
  • "Stocks Set Records After Fed Chief Projects Gradual Rate Increases: Stocks reached record highs on Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said gradual interest rate hikes are appropriate to keep inflation under control as long as growth in the U.S. economy remained strong." TheStreet 8/24
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 close at record highs" Associated Press 8/24
  • "S&P 500 Closes at New High: S&P 500 notched its first record close since January; Nasdaq Composite and Russell 2000 also hit records" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8/24
  • "Asian markets dip, though Nikkei stays above water: Stocks in Hong Kong pull back; Australia inches higher as Turnbull ousted" MarketWatch 8/24
  • "Europe stocks steady; Italy in spotlight after report Trump offers to buy debt: All eyes on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at Jackson Hole" MarketWatch 8/24

 
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