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Monday Highlights: After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday stock markets crater over 1000 points due to expanding coronavirus concerns, Apple hovering around $300, down over 4% today; Wedbush sees virus as temporary challenge, holds AAPL target at $400; meanwhile, Apple loses VirnetX appeal in the US Supreme Court; clamshell that is iOS slowly opening?; what you copy to your iOS clipboard is allegedly available to any app, Apple calls it no problemo; Safari will eventually reject HTTPS certificates if over 13 mo. old; switch from Windows to Mac? Here's a compilation of tips to make things smoother; Steve Jobs would be 65 today—more in our General Interest section; Warren Buffett finally trades his old flip phone for an iPhone, "says Apple...'probably the best business I know in the world'"; iPhone 12 to feature 802.11ay Wi-Fi?

  • "Warren Buffett says the $1,000 iPhone is 'enormously underpriced' despite famously not owning a smartphone"  Business Insider 7:11 AM
  • "Tech analyst: 'We put too much emphasis on the iPhone'" CNBC 5:51 PM
  • "Apple Discloses Minor Crash Involving Self-Driving Test Vehicle" ["This is the first time a collision involving an Apple autonomous vehicle has been reported by the California DMV. The car, a Lexus SUV in self-driving mode, was rear-ended by another vehicle when it was preparing to merge onto a highway in the Bay Area called the Lawrence Expressway, according to the report. Both vehicles sustained damage but no injuries were reported, the filing added."]  Bloomberg 5:22 PM
  • "Apple self-driving car rear ended during road testing" Reuters 7:28 PM
  • "Apple Autonomous Test Vehicle Involved in Accident on August 24" MacRumors 5:25 PM
  • "Apple's autonomous vehicle got rear-ended by a Nissan Leaf on August 24" 9to5Mac 5:55 PM
  • "Apple is late to a self driving milestone — it's first test car accident" TechCrunch 8:04 PM
  • "Qualcomm's battle with Apple has more twists than a pretzel" Cult of Mac 7:41 AM
  • "What the hell is going on with Apple?" ["Perhaps this is just an awkward blip in Apple's long history—but it's possible that it signals that something deeper may be wrong at the world's largest company."]  Quartz 7:50 AM
  • "VirnetX Receives District Court's Final Judgment Affirming Jury's Verdict of $502.6 Millio Final Judgment of $1.20 Per Infringing Apple Device Plus Interest, Costs and Sunset Royalty" ["In the Order, The Court affirmed the jury's verdict of $502.6 million and granted VirnetX's motions for supplemental damages, a sunset royalty and the royalty rate set at $1.20 per infringing iPhone, iPad and Mac products, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest and costs. In the Order, the Court denied Apple's Omnibus Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law under Rule 50(b) and for a New Trial."]  VirnetX 12:21 PM
  • "Mac: How to force aptX/AAC on your supported Bluetooth headphones" 9to5Mac 7:28 PM
  • "How to share your Mac's printer with everyone in your home or office" Apple Must 7:44 AM
  • "macOS Mojave: Opening New Vistas in Security for Mac Users" ["Back when Microsoft released Vista, they added a whole bunch of security prompts that proved to be one of worst ideas Microsoft ever had. And it didn't work. It annoyed users so much, and caused such a huge backlash that they backed off the approach, and got smarter about their prompting in later releases. Perhaps Apple's marketing team needs to talk to engineering?"]  Shirt Pocket Watch 1:23 PM
  • "A looming Mac automation apocalypse?"  Six Colors 12:49 PM
Press Releases
  • "Historical code: NetNewsWire Lite 4.0" ["I'm not publishing it as some kind of example app — some code is good, some is bad, and most is middlin', and it's all old. It's published for historical reasons only."] inessential 3:31 PM
  • "Black Pixel Transfers NetNewsWire to Brent Simmons" MacStories 1:18 PM
  • "Allegorithmic Explores Alien Worlds and Futuristic Cities with its Second 'Signature Series' Release" Architosh 11:18 AM
  • "This iTunes alternative can help you transfer photos, video, and music more easily" Mashable 7:52 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tech-Support Scams on Google Trigger Crackdown: Wall Street Journal investigation finds fraudsters use Google search ads to masquerade as authorized service agents for Apple, other companies" [Paid Membership Required] 5:56 PM
  • "Global Smartwatch Shipments Grew 37%YoY in Q2 2018, Apple Watch Series 1 the Most Popular Model" ["Looking at the different smartwatch platforms, Research Analyst, Flora Tang, added, 'Proprietary platforms continue to dominate the smartwatch market. The smartwatch engine is mostly powered by Apple's watchOS or Fitbit OS or Samsung's lone adoption of Tizen OS and different flavors of RTOS implementations and all are closed platforms."]  Counterpoint 6:49 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 1, not Series 3, ruled global smartwatch market during Q2 2018" phoneArena 7:56 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Series 1 is the most popular smartwatch" Apple World Today 7:59 AM
  • "All New and Updated App Store Apps Required to Have a Privacy Policy Starting October" MacRumors 6:54 AM
  • "Apple requires privacy policy metadata for all App Store submissions from October 3" AppleInsider 7:22 AM
  • "Apple insists developers ramp up their privacy commitments" Computerworld 9:22 AM
  • "Apple sends out invites for 2018 iPhone event" [Video Report] ABCNews 7:56 AM
  • "Detailed preview of contested Fed Square Apple store offered ahead of Melbourne committee meeting" 9to5Mac 1:22 PM
  • "Apple blocks its gay pride watch face in Russia: Developer claims it's hardcoded into the OS" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "Apple Watch allegedly hardcoded not to display pride face in Russia: The rainbow won't appear if the watch is paired to an iPhone in Russia, according to a developer." CNET 7:19 AM
  • "Apple's hologram collection" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:19 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Look At This Wacky Smartphone Watch" Gizmodo 5:53 PM
  • "Sprint's new Unlimited Premium plan comes with an Amazon Prime subscription" The Verge 5:25 PM
  • "New lawsuit shows your phone is unsafe at American borders: CBP = Customs and Border Profiling" Engadget 2:53 PM
  • "Some restaurants are banning cell use at their tables" Moneywatch 2:38 PM
  • "Laptop bezels are dead, and IFA killed them" The Verge 2:38 PM
  • "China wants to save kids' eyes by cutting down on video games" The Next Web 11:29 AM
  • "Huawei launches its first Alexa smart speaker to take on Amazon, Google and Apple" CNBC 7:56 AM
  • "Huawei to challenge next iPhones with world's most advanced chip"  Nikkei 7:56 AM
  • "China's Huawei races to beat Apple to release the first next-generation A.I. chip for smartphones"  CNBC 7:55 AM
  • "FCC Criticized for Surrendering Power to Punish Verizon After Firefighters Got Throttled During Wildfire" Gizmodo 4:30 PM
  • "Despite Doomsday Predictions, Broadband Investment Is Up After End of Net Neutrality" Inside Sources 8:01 AM
  • "California Lawmakers Just Passed The Strongest Net Neutrality Rules In The Country: The legislation would prohibit internet providers from slowing down websites, charging premiums for higher-quality streaming, and zero-rating data for certain apps."  BuzzFeed News 9:05 PM
  • "California's net neutrality bill is one signature away from taking effect: Dubbed 'strongest in the nation' it passed the state Senate today." Engadget 8:58 PM
  • "California passes strict net neutrality legislation" Axios 8:42 PM
  • "California's net neutrality bill is a step closer to becoming law" Engadget 7:51 AM
  • "Human-machine collaboration in growing use" DigiTimes 7:51 AM
  • "Inside the Facebook employee group at war with the company's 'intolerant' liberal culture" Business Insider 7:41 AM
  • "Scientists make a touch tablet that rolls and scrolls" TechCrunch 7:19 AM
  • "Google Confirms It Won't Release A Pixel Smartwatch This Year, Report" Forbes 8:57 PM
  • "FCC documents for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL become public, confirm Band 12/71 support and wireless charging" Android Police 5:26 PM
  • "Our favorite rumor is dead: Google confirms no Pixel watch release this year" Mashable 5:25 PM
  • "Google and Mastercard in credit card data deal" BBC 8:07 AM
  • "Experts Call for Transparency Around Google's Chinese-Made Security Keys" Motherboard 7:21 AM
  • "Google is under siege from conservatives, as a senior Republican demands an inquiry into its market dominance" Business Insider 7:19 AM
  • "The Information's 411 — Zuck's Army" [Podcast] The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 5:25 PM
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: Can Tech Help Me Sleep Better?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:49 PM
  • "The MacJury Discusses Their Desires for the Next iPhone" MacVoices 11:25 AM
  • "Vergecast: IFA 2018, iPhone leaks, and Sonos Amp" The Verge 8:33 AM
  • "Apple's 'Gather round' event & original iPhone keyboard designer Ken Kocienda on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7:21 AM
  • "Leaked! Photos show iPhone XS and Apple Watch 4 ahead of September launch" BetaNews 7:51 AM
  • "Here's our best guess for when you'll be able to buy the iPhone XS" Business Insider 10:51 AM
  • "Stunning Apple Watch Series 4 Design Revealed In Remarkable Leak" Forbes 7:01 AM
  • "Leaked Apple Watch Series 4 photo reveals a cool feature no other smartwatch has" BGR 6:54 AM
  • "Apple distributes tenth developer betas for watchOS 5, tvOS 12" AppleInsider 12:24 PM
  • "watchOS 5 beta 10 for Apple Watch now available" 9to5Mac 12:24 PM
  • "Apple rolling out replacement program for iPhone 8 logic boards" 9to5Mac 5:25 PM
  • "Apple says some iPhone 8 devices have a manufacturing defect and will fix them for free — here's how to see if you're affected" Business Insider 6:02 PM
  • "Apple Launches an iPhone 8 Logic Board Replacement Program" The Mac Observer 7:58 PM
  • "Apple: 'Very Small Percentage' of iPhone 8 Models Are Defective" PC Magazine 8:41 PM
  • "Apple Fixes 'New iOS Update' Bug with iOS 12 Developer Beta 12 and Public Beta 10" The Mac Observer 12:13 PM
  • "Apple releases new iOS 12 beta, putting a stop to infuriating update notification" The Verge 10:51 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS 12 beta 12 to fix 'new iOS update' alert" 9to5Mac 10:50 AM
  • "How to Prevent Incessant iOS 12 Beta Prompts" TidBITS 9:38 AM
  • "How to stop the constant update prompt in the iOS 12 beta" AppleInsider 8:21 AM
  • "iOS 12"s most annoying bug yet" ZDNet 8:33 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 12 beta is driving everyone crazy: We would if we could, Apple." Engadget 7:51 AM
  • "iOS 12 Beta Users Afflicted With Constant Update Reminder Popup" MacTrast 7:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:00 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:00 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:00 AM

  • "Is The 2018 MacBook Pro Seriously Faster Than Older Models?" Bare Feats 1:38 PM
  • "Review: CalDigit's Thunderbolt 3 Mini Docks Let You Connect to Dual 4K Displays Wherever You Go" MacRumors 12:24 PM
  • "Hands on: SliceCharge is the latest to imitate Apple's AirPower" AppleInsider 9:38 AM
  • "Hands on: Brydge 12.9 Series II keyboard for Apple's iPad Pro aims for MacBook-style feel with ridiculous battery life" AppleInsider 4:17 PM
  • "Logitech G502 Hero review — love that new sensor smell" VentureBeat 3:32 PM
  • "Skagen's new smartwatch might be The One" Engadget 7:58 AM
  • "Skagen Falster 2 First Look: A stylish new Apple Watch rival" TrustedReviews 7:56 AM
  • "Skagen Falster 2 specs, price, release date, and everything else you should know" Android Authority 7:58 AM
  • "Review: Urbanears Lotsen Wi-Fi Speaker" iLounge 4:17 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Everything new with the camera in iOS 12" AppleInsider 10:50 AM
  • "Using the new Apple Watch Podcasts app in watchOS 5" 9to5Mac 1:22 PM
  • "How to manage Mail settings for iPhone and iPad" iMore 12:24 PM
  • "How to Automatically Track Workouts on Apple Watch in watchOS 5" iPhone Hacks 11:18 AM
  • "There's a pen that claims to fix your frayed iPhone cables — here's how to use it" Business Insider 10:51 AM
  • "How to watch the iPhone and Apple Watch announcements" Apple Must 10:45 AM
  • "How to customize your Apple TV screen saver settings" iDownload Blog 7:35 AM
  • "Pro Tip: You can rent many books for free through the Kindle app on iOS and macOS if you have a library card" The Loop 7:42 AM
  • "Just say no to Apple Car: Apple hasn't shown us that it's ready"  Macworld 2:38 PM
  • "Android sucks 10x more data than iPhone" iMore 8:21 AM
  • "Comment: The Apple Watch Series 4 is going to take the wearable mainstream" 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "We Already Know a Lot About Apple's September 12 Event, and Apple Likes That" The Mac Observer 4:18 PM
  • "What to expect from Apple's 2018 iPhone event" Engadget 11:29 AM
  • "10 things Apple could be trying to tell us with the iPhone 'Gather round' invitation: Making sense of the circle."  Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Reading the tea leaves: Technologies Apple might be interested in"  Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle: Two tech titans made billions and remade the city. Is it any better off?" Bloomberg 9:06 PM
  • "Why is Google selling potentially compromised Chinese security keys? Opinion: To sign up for Google's Advanced protection program, you must buy security keys from a Chinese vendor. Security questions have since been raised considering current intelligence laws in China." ZDNet 4:17 PM
  • "The DeanBeat: EA's esports tragedy, Riot's sexism, and Cyberpunk 2077's awesomeness" VentureBeat 10:54 AM
  • "Technical Terms: Internet Troll" MacMost 9:21 AM
  • "Garbage to gold: How Yahoo unethically sells your spam email"  Digital Trends 7:42 AM
  • "Yahoo is abusing your forgotten email account: Abandoning Ymail to spam has, if anything, increased its value" V3 7:31 AM
  • "AI for Humanity, Not Corporations" Gigaom 7:19 AM
  • "Annoying iOS 12 update notification makes its musical debut" Cult of Mac 3:34 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Donut County'" Touch Arcade 8:52 PM
  • "Google's iPhone keyboard introduces multilingual typing" iDownload Blog 2:38 PM
  • "The best bags & sleeves for Apple's 2018 MacBook Pros" AppleInsider 1:52 PM
  • "Catalyst unveils its waterproof backpack, floating lanyard for iPhone cases, and more" iMore 12:23 PM
  • "The Villainous Update for 'Portal Knights' Hits iOS and Android Next Week" Touch Arcade 9:38 AM
  • "Mophie has revealed four new wireless charging devices" iMore 9:38 AM
  • "Lenovo dives into smarthome gear with new HomeKit-ready accessories, Lenovo Link for iOS" AppleInsider 9:38 AM
  • "The leaked iPhone XS wallpaper is available for download right now" BGR 7:41 AM
  • "Ubisoft's 'Hungry Dragon' Is Now Available Worldwide on iOS and Android After a Soft Launch" Touch Arcade 7:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM launches cross-border payments system IBM Blockchain World Wire" The Paypers 8:35 AM
  • "IBM's Real-Time X-Border Payments Network Goes Live" PYMNTS 8:34 AM
  • "Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price" The Register 8:29 AM
  • "Windows 0-Day ALPC Bug Exploit Patched By Third Party Ahead Of Microsoft's Official Update" Forbes 5:56 PM
  • "Microsoft to scrap install limits for Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal" BetaNews 12:43 PM
  • "Microsoft quietly shuts down Surface Plus financing program for consumers" ZDNet 2:38 PM
  • "Lenovo launches 15.6-inch ThinkPad X1 Extreme at IFA" Hexus 8:28 AM
  • "Lenovo unveils ThinkPad Extreme X1 alongside new Chromebooks at IFA" ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 2-in-1 review: Hands on with Dell's premium Chrome OS laptop" Expert Reviews 8:32 AM
  • "IFA 2018: Dell shows off premium Chromebook 2-in-1, new Inspiron 7000 series" The Indian Express 8:30 AM
  • "Intel confirms interest in Adaptive Sync Technology" Hexus 8:29 AM
  • "Intel 14nm chip supply cannot keep up with demand - affects PC shipments for 2H18" Guru3D 8:28 AM
  • "Gigabyte Launches Three New Xeon W Server Motherboards" Guru3D 8:28 AM
  • "Intel Ceding Leadership in EUV" EE Times 8:27 AM
  • "2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X Now Available" Guru3D 8:23 AM
  • "New Ultra-Thin Curved Bezel-Less Monitors Come with AMD FreeSync Compatibility" ThomasNet News 8:23 AM
  • "Veeam Intelligent Data Management, Cisco HyperFlex to deliver new high availability solution" Financial News 8:19 AM
  • "How to retrofit the cloud for security: 2 essential steps" InfoWorld 8:09 AM
  • "Open standards and the cloud can support a digital transformation in healthcare" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "India Pushes Back Against Tech 'Colonization' by Internet Giants" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:51 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Tim Cook Has Helped Make Apple Shareholders Rich" The Motley Fool 8:24 PM
  • "AAPL hits new closing high of $227.63, capping historic August for the company" AppleInsider 3:15 PM
  • "Amazon is edging closer to the $1 trillion mark: Here's why it could soon outgun Apple" Telegraph 1:44 PM
  • "With Apple at $228+, Deutsche Bank sticks with its $175 price target" Apple 3.0 12:50 PM
  • "'Apple Most Worrisome Among FAANGs': Paul Meeks" Investopedia 12:32 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end mostly higher; S&P 500 and Dow book best August gains since 2014: Nasdaq marks best August gain since 2000 as Apple's shares rally" MarketWatch 4:31 PM
  • "Stocks Mainly Higher As S&P 500 Ekes Out A Gain; This News Sparks Late Gains: The stock market closed mixed, capping a month of good gains for the market and in particular for the Nasdaq composite. The S&P 500 today was barely higher." Investor's Business Daily 4:31 PM
  • "US stocks struggle for direction amid trade tensions, M&A news" FOXBusiness 11:30 AM
  • "Trade Concerns Push Down Stocks: Share prices closed out August with gains" [Paid Membership Required] 4:30 PM
  • "Asian markets fall as Trump pushes more tariffs against China: Asian stocks generally declined Friday, after a report that President Donald Trump was pushing ahead with his plan for tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the World Trade Organization." MarketWatch 7:06 AM
  • "European stocks tumble as trade uncertainty spikes again: European shares ended solidly lower on Friday, with major regional equity markets erasing their gains for the week as uncertainty surrounding U.S. trade policy once again weighed on sentiment and seemed to cloud the economic outlook." MarketWatch 11:52 AM

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