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Monday Highlights: President Trump says Tim Cook presented good case for tariffs harming Apple, while benefitting Samsung; CNBC's Jim Cramer sides with Cook that "tariff on Apple a win for Samsung", but Business Insider's Shona Ghosh says Cook's pitch makes no sense—reports and analyses in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Barron's on how AirPod business "could get much bigger"; Apple highlights job creation in South Korea; Apple employees testing Apple Arcade; Google prevents some Android data from being sent to wireless providers, privacy issues the concern; here's a droolworthy iMac concept from Yanko Design; Michael Simon says stop asking for Apple to port iMessage to Android, it's never gonna happen.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple, Sui Generis: Wall Street still doesn't trust Apple's future. The company is seen as an anomaly, it shuns accepted ways of doing business and defies categorization. Perhaps the categories are wrong."  Monday Note 1:22 PM
  • "I fear for the MacBook Air. I fear for Apple. What should Apple do about its best-selling computer? The answer is obvious to everyone but Apple."  Apple 3.0 8:37 AM
  • "All the New Gadgets You Can Expect From Apple This Fall: A new iPhone, a MacBook Air follow-up, and everything else on its way."  Slate 7:24 AM
  • "Apple is planning a new low-cost Macbook, pro-focused Mac Mini" Bloomberg 8:19 AM
  • "The memoir by Steve Jobs' daughter makes clear he was a truly rotten person whose bad behavior was repeatedly enabled by those around him"  Business Insider 9:44 AM
  • "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 8/25
  • "Apple Kyoto opens on Shijō Dori" Apple 8/25
  • "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 8/25
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
  • "Autotooting with Mastodon" Dr. Drang 7:38 AM
  • "Visualizing the Mac Startup Process: What Happens When a Mac Boots?" OS X Daily 8/25
  • "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
  • "Apple donates Rs7 million for Kerala flood victims" IANS 7:38 AM
  • "Apple donates $1M to Kerala flood relief efforts" AppleInsider 7:38 AM
  • "Apple & US carriers partner on 200GB iCloud promo ahead of new iPhones" AppleInsider 7:31 PM
  • "Working Apple-1 computer could sell for price of a supercar: One of the first personal computers created and sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak is up and running and ready for your bid." CNET 4:53 PM
  • "Apple I Computer, One of 200 Built, Up for Auction" Associated Press 8:20 AM
  • "New Survey Reveals Top Reasons Why Users Switch Between iOS, Android" Redmond Pie 8/25
  • "PayPal targets Apple Pay Cash w/ redesigned iOS app focused on P2P payments" 9to5Mac 8/25
  • "Smart speaker sales take off globally, but consumer appetite for novel uses is fickle" GeekWire 8/25
  • "Apple Store Security Blunder Exposes 77 Million T-Mobile Customer Account PINs" HotHardware 8/25
  • "Apple is giving new iCloud subscribers 200GB of space for free for two months" The Verge 8/25
  • "Apple partnering with US carriers for free trial of 200GB iCloud storage" The Apple Post 8/25
Non-Apple News
  • "Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:35 PM
  • "Chinese internet users top 800 million in June" ZDNet 7:54 PM
  • "Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:33 PM
  • "Facebook bid to tackle fake news shakes up web viewing figures" Telegraph [Subscription Required for Full Article] 4:11 PM
  • "Epic Says Fortnite Will Get Mouse-Keyboard Matchmaking For CrossPlay" HotHardware 3:46 PM
  • "Paymentwall spins out Terminal3 as payment platform for games" VentureBeat 1:22 PM
  • "Sprint is the latest carrier to suffer from a security lapse potentially exposing customer data" 9to5Mac 9:43 AM
  • "YouTube's non-skippable ads are coming to more video creators" Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "How FireEye helped Facebook spot a disinformation campaign" Seattle Times 7:24 AM
  • "Verizon pledges to no longer throttle first responders' data speeds" Digital Trends 8/25
  • "The new Gmail is now rolling out to Google Apps customers" Android Police 8/25
  • "Google Pixel 3 XL Leaks Again With Detailed And Sexy Unboxing Video" HotHardware 8/25
  • "Weak passwords let a hacker access internal Sprint staff portal" TechCrunch 8/25
  • "Amazon isn't the only tech company getting tax breaks" TechCrunch 8/25
  • "Google Shares Serious Security Flaw In Fortnite's Android Installer, Epic Games Isn't Happy" Redmond Pie 8/25
  • "Epic Games Has Already Exposed Android Users To Unacceptable Fortnite Malware Risks" Forbes 8/25
  • "Fortnite installer had a serious security flaw that Google just revealed" BetaNews 8/25
  • "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 8/25
  • "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 8/25
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Tech.pinions Podcast: App Store Bypassing and the Marketplace Value" Tech.pinions 8/25
  • "'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
  • "Sizing Up The 2018 'MacBook Air'" Forbes 9:43 AM
  • "These are 7 of Apple's best watchOS 5 improvements" Apple Must 10:34 AM
  • "You Can Add Wireless Charging to iPhone... Kinda" Hackaday 8:17 AM
  • "How Apple's Backplane Tech Could Increase Your iPhone's Battery Life" iDrop News 8/25
  • "Leaked Image of 2018 iPad Pro Case Reveals Mysterious New Cut-Out" iDrop News 8/25
  • "Libertas iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak Detection Bypass App Released In Beta" Redmond Pie 8/25
  • "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
  • "Review: AirSnap helps protect your AirPods at a cost" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Review: Even H3 Wireless Headphones" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:25 AM
  • "Testing an AMD WX 9100 eGPU with the 15-inch i9 MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 8/25
  • "Blackmagic eGPU review: Too much frustration for too little benefit" Mashable 8/25
  • "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 8/25
  • "Fast Bus-Powered Flash External Storage for the 2018 MacBook Pro" Bare Feats 8/25
  • "144hz Monitor: ASUS vg278q gaming monitor review" Tapscape 8/25
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Everything new with Siri in iOS 12" AppleInsider 10:36 AM
  • "iOS 12 Beta 10 Compared Against iOS 11.4.1 In A New Speed Test – Video" WCCFTech 8:20 AM
  • "What's the best email app for iPhone?" 9to5Mac 8:15 AM
  • "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 to Sort Files on iPad and iPhone" OS X Daily 1:22 PM
  • "How to Take RAW Photos on Your iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus" iPhone Hacks 1:15 PM
  • "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 8/25
  • "Technical Terms: Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte" MacMost 8/24
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple replaced my butterfly keyboard" BetaNews 6:55 PM
  • "Comment: How the HomePod has found its place in my home, and what the future holds"  9to5Mac 1:19 PM
  • "Could Apple's Next iPhone Be Called Double X? References To 'iPhone xx' Discovered In Xcode 10" Redmond Pie 8/25
  • "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 8/25
  • "Making The Grade: Digital textbooks for iPad never took off, and here's why"  9to5Mac 8/25
  • "It's been 7 years since Steve Jobs stepped down" Apple 3.0 8/25
  • "Playing favorites: The advantages of iOS and Android" Macworld 8/25
  • "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
  • "Why Facebook is powerless to stop its own descent" ZDNet 6:55 PM
  • "Hating the wrong tech people for the right reasons" TechCrunch 10:36 AM
  • "I dropped my Galaxy Note 9 without a case and it actually survived: It isn't 'rugged' by any stretch, but it's tougher than I expected it to be." Android Central 8:41 AM
  • "The Pixel 3 won't be a runaway success, but Google doesn't care" Wired UK 8:21 AM
  • "Help Me, Laptop: What's the Best Sub-$600 2-in-1 for Students?" LAPTOP Magazine 7:34 AM
  • "Here's What Scribd's CEO Thinks Of The New Walmart eBook Service" Forbes 7:27 AM
  • "It's Time to Stop Sending Money on Venmo" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:25 AM
  • "In the fight for democracy, can we still tap social media for 'good'?" VentureBeat 8/25
  • "How Ireland Is Fast Becoming The AI Island" Forbes 8/25
  • "Steam's Uneven And Opaque Approach To Curation Hurts Indie Developers" Indie Research 8/25
  • "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 8/25
  • "Who's really being silenced on Twitter? It's not who Trump thinks it is" The Verge 8/25
  • "Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We're All At Risk" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/25
  • "Shadow Hands-On: I Ran Witcher 3 on a Tablet, and I Liked It" LAPTOP Magazine 8/25
  • "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 8/25
  • "We Need Software to Help Us Slow Down, Not Speed Up" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/25
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Text Annotations are coming to Office Lens for Android and iOS" phoneArena 8:21 AM
  • "VLC for iOS now lets you stream videos to your TV with Chromecast" The Star: Malaysia 8:20 AM
  • "Coming August 25: Gene Steinberg meets commentator/podcaster Kirk McElhearn and The Mac Observer's John Martellaro, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:23 AM
  • "Instagram is testing virtual communities for college students" Engadget 8/25
  • "T-Mobile Customers Can Join the iPhone Upgrade Program Online" The Mac Observer 8/24
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft facing probe over sales in Hungary: Microsoft is being investigated by US authorities over potential bribery and corruption related to software sales in Hungary, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter." Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "AMD prevails in patent fight with Vizio over TV graphics: This might ban imports of some TVs, although it's not clear which ones." Engadget 4:53 PM
  • "AMD launches Radeon graphics cards for datacenter visualization" VentureBeat 8:36 AM
  • "AMD Debuts Radeon Pro V340 Dual-GPU Card With 32GB HBM2 For Virtualized Graphics Workloads" HotHardware 3:46 PM
  • "It will take Intel years to fix its chipmaking process and AMD will benefit, analyst says" CNBC 1:22 PM
  • "Intel Core i7 9700K Spotted Overclocked on Z370 to 5.5 GHz" Guru3D 8:24 AM
  • "Intel 9th Gen Core i7-9700K Gets Overclocked To 5.5 GHz On All Cores In New Leak" HotHardware 3:45 PM
  • "IBM files patent for coffee-delivery drone" WPVI-TV 8:31 AM
  • "IBM's coffee drones predict when you need a latte" Times of India 8:32 AM
  • "IBM powered drones could one day deliver coffee to you" DroneDJ 8:30 AM
  • "NITI Aayog partners with Oracle for Blockchain based solution" TechiExpert 8:35 AM
  • "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 8/25
  • "Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel pass 500 million installs on the Play Store" Android Police 8/25
  • "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 8/25
  • "Intel 'Petitioned Microsoft Heavily' Not To Choose ARM For Surface Go, Report Says" Slashdot 8/25
  • "Details On Massive First-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper Price Cuts Emerge" HotHardware 8/25
  • "NVIDIA's RTX speed claims fall short without game support" Engadget 8/25
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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