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Thursday Highlights: Bloomberg scoop reveals 2019 pipeline of products including new iPads, larger MacBook Pro, and "camera-focused Pro iPhones"; Mike Murphy at Quartz wonders if 2019 will bring something new from Apple, or "another cycle of breathless coverage of likely decent updates to long-established products?"; former engineer at Apple wins court case against Apple for leaving him off inventor list for products like Find My iPhone, Passbook; iPhones, Galaxy models found to emit more radiation than previously thought according to new study; Wired on the deadly problem of swatting, offers solution; 2019 iPhones to have better shatter resistance, among improvements; will iPhone 11 finally be bundled with fast charger?; so we usually keep credit cards in leather wallets, pockets, purses...but these could damage your Apple Card.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Why It's Vital to See What Apple CEO Tim Cook Does With His $120 Million Award: Apple CEO Tim Cook is in focus; the market says cannabis play Tilray's first earnings report as a public company is smoking hot; respect the market risks even as stocks continue to climb."  TheStreet 8:31 AM
  • "Tim Cook has collected over $650 million in Apple stock since he became CEO as he's led the company to be worth over $1 trillion" Business Insider 3:32 PM
  • "Apple/Tim Cook: payday spender" ["The combination might look suspicious if not for the fact that Mr Cook has made the same decision regarding his stock award for the past few years — and is using a significant portion to cover tax obligations. Mr Cook's stock award comes on top of a $3m salary and $9.3m cash bonus. He deserves it."]  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:05 PM
  • "New iPhones Will Bring Biggest Changes in a Decade"  Tom's Guide 8:05 AM
  • "iPhone Intent to Upgrade Survey Suggests Slight Upside to Street Numbers" Loup Ventures 2:26 PM
  • "Imagining an Apple All Access plan: What if Apple offered a an iPhone, iCloud, Apple Music, and more all bundled into a single monthly fee?"  Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "Shareholder proposal assails Cook for China policy, SPLC donations: The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a Virginia-based conservative pressure group, plans to introduce a shareholder proposal for Apple to 'review its policies related to human rights' in China."  AppleInsider 7:01 PM
  • "Apple buys startup focused on lenses for AR glasses: Apple has confirmed it acquired Longmont, Colorado-based Akonia Holographics"  Reuters 9:30 PM
  • "Apple buys AR headset lens maker Akonia Holographics, fuels 'Apple Glasses' rumors: Apple on Wednesday confirmed the purchase of Colorado-based Akonia Holographics, a startup focused on the development and production of specialized lenses used in augmented reality headsets." AppleInsider 9:30 PM
OS X
News
  • "Apple likely to launch iOS 12 in three weeks, macOS Mojave in four: In keeping with previous years' launch timing, the upgrades to iOS and macOS are expected to roll out to the public on Sept. 18 and 25, respectively."  Computerworld 12:25 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Supplemental Update 2 for MacBook Pro (2018)" TidBITS 3:03 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Cocoatech's Path Finder 8 is a Great macOS Finder Replacement" The Mac Observer 5:24 PM
  • "How to turn your Mac into a Wi-Fi hotspot" Apple Must 11:09 AM
  • "Pro Terminal Commands: Run a Python Script on Mac" Apple Gazette 8:17 AM
  • "10 Mac apps everyone should be using: The MacOS app ecosystem is chock-full of hidden gems. Here are 10 essentials to get you started." CNET 11:08 AM
  • "Creating Bullet List Builds In Keynote" MacMost 9:10 AM
Press Releases
  • "Mac 3D News: Shaderlight 2018 Update Now Available" Architosh 12:56 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Automakers Locked in Battle with Phone Manufacturers for Consumers' Attention, J.D. Power Finds" ["In the smartphone mirroring battle, drivers using Apple CarPlay report significantly higher satisfaction with the system than those using Android Auto (777 vs. 748, respectively, on a 1,000-point scale). However, Google fights back when it comes to navigation. Among owners who use their own navigation system, 56% use Google Maps most often and 16% use Google-owned Waze most often, while only 23% use Apple Maps most often. Even iPhone owners are more likely to use Google Maps than Apple Maps, whereas very few Android owners use Apple Maps."]  J.D. Power 8:24 AM
  • "USA: Online Smartphone Sales Remain Strong at 13% of Total Sales in Q2 2018; Prime Exclusives by Amazon Drive Sales/Apple iPhones remain the most popular models across both online and offline channels."  Counterpoint 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Loses #2 Spot to Huawei as Q2 Smartphone Shipments Dip" Zacks 9:20 AM
  • "The iPod changed the world. The world moved on, but we still remember our first MP3 players: From iPods to SanDisk Sansas, we reminisce about our first MP3 players: and all the music we packed in our pockets."  CNET 9:12 AM
  • "Hacker involved in 'Celebgate' iCloud intrusion sentenced to prison: Another hacker has been sentenced to prison for their part in a phishing scheme that yielded access to the private iCloud accounts of Hollywood celebrities, an incident referred to as 'Celebgate.'" AppleInsider 7:28 PM
  • "Purported first-generation iPhone prototypes hit eBay in suspect auctions" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Apple alerting more customers about photo printing service replacements ahead of shutdown" 9to5Mac 12:58 PM
  • "Apple teaches photo editing with over-the-phone classes" Engadget 3:15 PM
  • "Former Apple video exec helps connect authors with filmmakers" Cult of Mac 8:31 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs in Apple stock backdating scandal" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google, Facebook, Twitter chiefs called back to Senate Intelligence committee" TechCrunch 3:58 PM
  • "Google Gives Wear OS A Much-Needed Interface Revamp For Smartwatches" HotHardware 3:57 PM
  • "Micron Technology plans $3 billion expansion of Virginia plant" Reuters 12:24 PM
  • "The FTC is investigating a crowdfunding campaign that disappeared with more than $700K" The Verge 12:21 PM
  • "Trump warns tech giants, stepping up attacks claiming 'bias'" AFP 11:06 AM
  • "Your Phone's Screen Is Ruining Your Eyes" Mashable 10:38 AM
  • "What to expect at IFA 2018: Smartphones, smart speakers, and crazy robots" VentureBeat 8:43 AM
  • "Hackers sell data of 130 million Chinese hotel guests on the dark web for 8 Bitcoin" The Next Web 8:27 AM
  • "Amazon is reportedly building a free streaming video service for Fire TV owners" The Next Web 8:27 AM
  • "Amazon Planning Free Streaming Service for Fire TV (Report)" Tom's Guide 8:06 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 79: Fishing For Apple's Next Growing iPhones" AppAdvice 9:20 PM
  • "Killing the Lighting Port, Buying into Apple Watch Series 4 -ACM 477" The Mac Observer 5:34 PM
  • "Ted Landau's Home Automation Update and Lightning Round Answers" MacVoices 2:27 PM
  • "#38: He Was Cared for by Animals/Which email service is right for kids? What's the best way to use Migration Assistant? How do you set a geofence in Reminders when your home doesn't have an address? All this and more this week!" Relay FM: Query 2:15 PM
  • "#256: A High Stakes Podcast/How often we use the command line, in what ways we've become more mindful about our tech usage, Apple's addition of AirPlay 2 to the AirPort Express, and what tech constraints have taught us about ourselves." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:00 PM
  • "Google Was Never Neutral: An interview on what President Trump gets right and wrong about Google's biases." Slate 11:07 AM
  • "Scotty Allen: iPhone hacker puts headphone jack back" BBC 8:35 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "This Could Be the Heart of the New MacBook Air" LAPTOP Magazine 8:32 AM
  • "Intel Unveils MacBook-ready Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake Processors" The Mac Observer 10:16 AM
  • "Apple updates AirPort Express firmware with AirPlay 2 support" TechCrunch 8:58 AM
  • "What Is Apple's MFi Program? Why Is MFi-Certification Important?" iDrop News 2:26 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple Says Latest macOS Supplemental Update Addresses Audio and Kernel Panic Issues on 2018 MacBook Pro" MacRumors 12:58 PM
  • "Apple Expanding Pilot Program Allowing Repairs of Select Vintage Macs Worldwide Starting With 2012 MacBook Air" MacRumors 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch) vs. Asus ZenBook Pro 15: Face-Off!" LAPTOP Magazine 2:27 PM
  • "Galaxy Note 9 versus iPhone X cameras, compared" AppleInsider 11:14 AM
  • "Review: Alto brings Italian leather to Apple Watch bands" AppleInsider 12:59 PM
  • "Review: Akitio Thunder3 Dock Pro with 10GbE, SD Card 4.0 and CFast 2.0 [Video] 9to5Mac 3:04 PM
  • "Review: Eve Room HomeKit Air Quality Sensor (Second-Generation)" iLounge 3:32 PM
  • "Saddleback Boot Leather iPhone Case review: These boots were made for talkin'" Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "Artificial Unintelligence, book review: Exploring the limits of technology" ZDNet 8:43 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Due 3.0 Adds Pure Black Theme, Custom Snooze Times, and Haptic Feedback" MacStories 10:47 AM
  • "Hands on: Due 3 for iOS is a reminder app that won't ever let you forget" AppleInsider 12:05 PM
  • "3 smart enterprise productivity apps: Boomerang, Otter and Voicera are three new-breed voice and AI apps to help you get more done: though there's a catch" Computerworld 8:04 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to use iOS 12"s cool new selfie filters and AR stickers" Cult of Mac 2:27 PM
  • "How to Trade Apple Ahead of the Next iPhone Release" InvestorPlace 12:25 PM
Tips
  • "You Took Lousy iPhone Photos. Here's How to Make Them Beautiful.: Not every shot on your smartphone will be Instagram worthy, but you can often salvage middling snaps with just a few taps. Here are six easy steps." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:42 PM
  • "How to Find App Crash Reports on Your iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 10:51 AM
  • "13 brilliant ways to fix your iPhone or Mac with common household items" Business Insider 9:45 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Survey: Nearly Half of Current iPhone Owners Plan to Upgrade in Next Year" MacTrast 8:30 PM
  • "Here are all of the future TV shows that Apple has signed deals for: Moving past 'Planet of the Apps' and 'Carpool Karaoke,' Apple is believed to be spending $1 billion or more on its first high-budget TV shows, which could hit screens as soon as March 2019. Here are the programs we know about so far, updated with more news about an upcoming Emily Dickinson series." AppleInsider 7:29 PM
  • "There's no way I'm upgrading my iPhone X to a 2018 iPhone" BGR 12:10 PM
  • "Apple's CarPod system is a dream worth dreaming" Apple Must 12:01 PM
  • "Comment: Acer's new Swift 7 shows the work Apple needs to do on its MacBook bezels" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Is Siri being left behind in the smart speaker tussle? Bose teams up with Alexa, Harman Kardon with Google Assistant with Siri getting few invitations"  GearBrain 8:17 AM
  • "What does the future hold for Apple's MacBook Air? It looks like the MacBook Air could be at its end."  Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "Airport Express: I'm not dead quite yet" The Loop 8:17 AM
  • "AirPort Express Adds AirPlay 2 Support: I tweeted that this is the most discombobulated thing Apple has done in years, I got a lot of flack, I reassessed, and I still think it's insane."  Benjamin Mayo 7:46 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (72): Local Servicing Success; Apple Treatment for Nikon's Z-series Cameras" eXtensions 7:33 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Should you track your teen's location?" [Video Report] CBS News 3:19 PM
  • "Trump keeps threatening tech companies, but he's terrible at following through" The Verge 12:04 PM
  • "Forget version 2.0: Diesel's new smartwatch is so advanced, it's version 2.5" Digital Trends 11:18 AM
  • "Why Your Router Has Two Wifi Bands and How They Work" Gizmodo 10:39 AM
  • "How should we regulate facial recognition?" The Verge 9:47 AM
  • "The Fight Over California's Privacy Bill Has Only Just Begun" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:47 AM
  • "'Overtourism' Worries Europe. How Much Did Technology Help Get Us There?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:36 AM
  • "Here's what we really know about Google's mysterious search engine" Washington Post 8:36 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Square adds a Lightning connector to its mobile card reader to support newer iPhones" The Verge 2:26 PM
  • "Square introduces new Lightning credit card reader for iPhones without headphone jacks, no dongle needed" 9to5Mac 2:25 PM
  • "Zagg unveils new 'flex' versatile keyboard for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, more" 9to5Mac 12:05 PM
  • "Hot new basketball app uses AI to improve your shooting" Cult of Mac 11:07 AM
  • "Sonos Announces New Speaker Amp With AirPlay 2 Support" Redmond Pie 8:30 PM
  • "Sonos releases new speaker Amp, partners with Sonance for in-wall speakers" TechCrunch 11:07 AM
  • "Audio Technica introduces four new sets of headphones, including its first completely wireless options" iMore 10:39 AM
  • "Dell Mobile Connect will integrate all iOS app notifications on both smartphone and PC" VentureBeat 8:41 AM
  • "Apple vs. Samsung: Ambient Light and Proximity Sensing Devices Comparison - Complete Teardown Report 2018 - ResearchAndMarkets.com" Business Wire 8:23 AM
  • "TrendForce Expects Global Production Volume of Smartphone to Grow by 6% QoQ in 3Q18; Huawei Would Overtake Apple to Become World's Second Largest Smartphone Vendor for Two Consecutive Quarters" Business Wire 8:23 AM
  • "Contraception app Natural Cycles' Facebook ad banned for being misleading" TechCrunch 7:47 AM
  • "Zens aluminum wireless charger offers a potential cheaper alternative to AirPower" 9to5Mac 7:47 AM
  • "The Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19 is a convenient, Home controlled lightbulb" Apple World Today 7:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Acknowledges New Windows Zero-Day Flaw" Thurrott 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft obliquely acknowledges Windows 0-day bug published on Twitter" Ars Technica 12:05 PM
  • "Meet the malware which hijacks your browser and redirects you to fake pages" ["The malware targets Microsoft Windows systems."] ZDNet 8:43 AM
  • "No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest: Bots try to shift web designers into quality assurance" The Register 3:41 PM
  • "Microsoft brings automated transcription to OneDrive" CRN 9:23 PM
  • "Dell tempts Pixelbook lovers with premium $599 Inspiron Chromebook 14: The Inspiron 7000 and 5000 families get a bunch of premium updates as well." Ars Technica 8:22 AM
  • "Dell's Newly Revamped Inspirons are More Than Just Better Looking Midrange Laptops" Gizmodo 8:12 AM
  • "Dell's Inspiron 7000 line: XPS features at a lower price" The Verge 8:07 AM
  • "Dell's Inspiron 14 2-in-1: a more premium Chromebook" The Verge 8:07 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron 2-in-1s Refreshed With 8th Gen Core And Premium Features" HotHardware 12:14 PM
  • "Dell 27-inch Ultrathin Measures Just 5.5mm at its Thinnest Point" Digital Trends 9:21 AM
  • "Dell vs. Intel and the Acquisition Process" ITBusinessEdge 12:13 PM
  • "Dell made a premium Chromebook that's a lot cheaper than Google's Pixelbook" BGR 3:03 PM
  • "Did HPE Get Enough Love After Its Q3 Earnings Report?" 24/7 Wall St. 9:47 AM
  • "Big Baboon ain't gibbon up: SAP, HP accused of aping software squirt's e-commerce patent" The Register 9:14 AM
  • "Intel Announces New 8th-Generation Core Processors" Thurrott 8:24 AM
  • "Intel U-Series and Y-Series CPUs Add Gigabit Wi-Fi, Alexa Support" Digital Trends 10:27 AM
  • "AMD Shifts to TSMC as Globalfoundries Ends 7nm Development" eWeek 12:12 PM
  • "GlobalFoundries drops 7nm as AMD goes to TSMC instead" V3 12:12 PM
  • "AMD turns to TSMC for future 7nm CPU and GPU production" KitGuru 12:11 PM
  • "AMD silicon could be your best bet for real-time ray tracing in Battlefield 5" PCGamesN 12:12 PM
  • "Google plans to fight Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Android in the Supreme Court" Android Police 9:14 AM
  • "Cisco Data Center Network Manager flaw allows unauthorized access to sensitive information" SC Magazine 12:14 PM
  • "Hiring managers say AI will change how we work within five years" ZDNet 1:00 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Tim Cook cashes in $121 million worth of stock weeks after Apple becomes a trillion-dollar company" Business Insider 9:06 AM
  • "Tim Cook sells $57.8m of Apple shares as firm's valuation exceeds $1 trillion" Telegraph 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft Acknowledges New Windows Zero-Day Flaw" Thurrott 8:32 AM
  • "Meet the malware which hijacks your browser and redirects you to fake pages" ["The malware targets Microsoft Windows systems."] ZDNet 8:43 AM
  • "Dell tempts Pixelbook lovers with premium $599 Inspiron Chromebook 14: The Inspiron 7000 and 5000 families get a bunch of premium updates as well." Ars Technica 8:22 AM
  • "Dell's Newly Revamped Inspirons are More Than Just Better Looking Midrange Laptops" Gizmodo 8:12 AM
  • "Dell's Inspiron 7000 line: XPS features at a lower price" The Verge 8:07 AM
  • "Dell's Inspiron 14 2-in-1: a more premium Chromebook" The Verge 8:07 AM
  • "Dell 27-inch Ultrathin Measures Just 5.5mm at its Thinnest Point" Digital Trends 9:21 AM
  • "Did HPE Get Enough Love After Its Q3 Earnings Report?" 24/7 Wall St. 9:47 AM
  • "Big Baboon ain't gibbon up: SAP, HP accused of aping software squirt's e-commerce patent" The Register 9:14 AM
  • "Intel Announces New 8th-Generation Core Processors" Thurrott 8:24 AM
  • "Intel U-Series and Y-Series CPUs Add Gigabit Wi-Fi, Alexa Support" Digital Trends 10:27 AM
  • "Google plans to fight Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Android in the Supreme Court" Android Police 9:14 AM

 
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