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Weekend Highlights: iPhone 11 location data, even turned off, still tracks due to ultra wideband compliance, future software toggle to remedy; too much "focus on privacy weakens Apple's AI" according to experts; Lazarus trojan targets macOS users; Eclectic Light Company wants to know if you're seeing weird issues with macOS Catalina; some Apple TV+ content not playing in Dolby Vision HDR on 4K Apple TV models; iPhone, Pokemon Go causes cited by doctors for rise in head injuries?; want an iPhone with no ports at all? You might get your wish if Ming-Chi Kuo is right, and as soon as 2021; looks like audio popping noise as well as display ghosting affects some 16" MacBook Pros; CNET compares cameras of iPhone 11 and XR; Macworld reviews Amazon's Echo Buds; MacStories takes new Clips 2.1 Memoji, Animoji features for a spin.

  • "Apple says China's tariffs will raise the price of some products" The National 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Urges U.S. Government To Reconsider Tariffs Set To Impact Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, Accessories" Redmond Pie 9:04 PM
  • "Trump Tariffs to Hit Apple, Consumer Pain Inbound" WCCFTech 8:26 AM
  • "Apple lays out tariff hit it faces" FOXBusiness 8:31 AM
  • "President Trump Says Apple Can Avoid Tariff Consequences by Opening U.S. Plants" Time 4:15 PM
  • "Trump Tells Apple to 'Make Your Products in America' Following Tariff Comments" iClarified 4:16 PM
  • "After Apple Warns China Tariffs Will Increase Prices, Trump Has Solution: Make Products in U.S." Slate 6:21 PM
  • "Apple announces new policies to aid law enforcement worldwide" Digital Trends 6:21 PM
  • "Apple permanently bans Alex Jones' Infowars app from App Store" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "Apple prices 'defy normal rules' as fans face spending £2,000 on new iPhone deals" The Telegraph 12:21 PM
  • "Batterygate: A Complete History of Apple Throttling iPhones" iFixit 8:24 AM
  • "Apple says proposed U.S. tariffs may hit Watch, does not name iPhone: A 'wide range' of Apple Inc products including its Watch likely would be hit by proposed U.S. tariffs, the company told U.S. trade officials, but it did not name the iPhone as among the products affected."  Reuters 9/7
  • "Trump Threatens Tariffs on Another $267 Billion of Chinese Imports" ["Apple slumped on its warning that the Trump administration's musing over levying virtually everything imported from China would hit a broad range of its products."] Bloomberg 9/7
  • "Apple Worries Trump's Planned Tariffs on China Will Hit Apple Watch and Macs Hard" Gizmodo 9/7
  • "Apple aims to win back fans with redesigned iPad and new Watch"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9/7
  • "Morgan Stanley predicts Apple's 'iPhone Xs' will offset threat of longer replacement cycles" AppleInsider 9/7
  • "Apple's Next iPhone Cycle Should Bolster Margins, ASPs" Forbes 9/7
  • "EU clears Apple's acquisition of British music app Shazam"  Telegraph 9/7
  • "Apple wins pre-trial motions against Qualcomm; judge implies chipmaker made tactical error" 9to5Mac 9/7
  • "Qualcomm makes a tactical error in its battle with Apple" Cult of Mac 9/7
  • "Remembering the radically ever-changing iPod nano" AppleInsider 9/7
  • "Mac App Store apps are stealing user data" Malwarebytes 9/7
  • "Apple removed popular app that was secretly stealing your browser history" CNET 9/7
  • "Popular Mac Anti-Adware App 'Surreptitiously Steals' Your Browsing History, Researchers Say: Researchers accuse the developers of Adware Doctor, the 4th highest ranking paid app in the Mac App Store, have found a way to bypass Apple restrictions and collect sensitive user data."  Motherboard 9/7
  • "A top-tier app in Apple's Mac App Store will steal your browser history" ["Yet still, at the time of writing, the rogue app — Adware Doctor — stands as the number one grossing paid app in the app store's utilities categories. But Apple was warned weeks ago and did nothing to pull the app offline."]  TechCrunch 9/7
  • "No. 1 paid utility in Mac App Store steals browser history, sends it to Chinese server" 9to5Mac 9/7
  • "Chrome 69 kills off www in URLs: Here's why Google's move has made people angry" ZDNet 9/7
  • "How to Perform a Clean Installation of macOS 10.14 Mojave" MacRumors 9/7
  • "Why you shouldn't rely on iCloud Drive as your only backup" Macworld 9/7
  • "Checking For and Removing Adware From Your Mac" MacMost 9/7
  • "Bad AppleScript: Load the Template Gun!" Six Colors 9/7
Press Releases
  • "Ecamm says its popular Call Recorder for FaceTime won't be compatible w/ macOS Mojave" 9to5Mac 9/7
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Amazon and Apple are getting into medical clinics — here's why" CNBC 4:15 PM
  • "Apple seeks major newspaper allies for its subscription bundle" Engadget 8:10 AM
  • "Apple wants major newspapers to join new subscription service: Following rumors that Apple is looking to enter the magazine distribution business with its own curated subscription service, a report on Friday claims the company is in talks with daily news giants to add their content into the mix." AppleInsider 9/7
  • "Condé Nast executive joins Apple's growing News team" Cult of Mac 9/7
  • "5 reasons Apple's Video service will be worth billions" Apple Must 9/7
  • "Apple is building a site to handle data requests from law enforcement" The Next Web 9/7
  • "British Airways app and website hack exposes full card details of 380,000 customers" 9to5Mac 9/7
  • "Apple Sept. 12 iPhone XS event: Live blog, start time, what to expect" CNET 9/7
Non-Apple News
  • "Alibaba's Jack Ma, China's Richest Man, to Retire From Company He Co-Founded" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9/7
  • "China's richest man Jack Ma to stand down from Alibaba" Telegraph 9/7
  • "Amazon's cashier-free Go store is coming to NYC" TechCrunch 9/7
  • "ISPs Engage In Last Gasp Bid to Derail California's Net Neutrality Law: Employees are being urged to demand a veto by California Governor Jerry Brown." Motherboard 9/7
  • "It's not just you: Google Assistant Routines are broken on third-party speakers" Android Central 9/7
  • "Verizon throttling firefighters may have violated FCC rule, Democrats say" Ars Technica 9/7
  • "23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9/7
  • "Leaked five-camera Nokia phone has a few lenses too many: Shunning dual-camera phones for a penta-cam mess."  Engadget 9/7
  • "Twitter hits Alex Jones and Infowars with permanent bans" BetaNews 9/7
  • "Interview Mac Geek Gab's Dave Hamilton and John F Braun -TMO Daily Observations 2018-09-07" The Mac Observer 9/7
  • "Vergecast: Apple event preview, social media hearings, and monopoly week" The Verge 9/7
  • "The 'iPhone Xs' to the Max, higher resolution Apple Watch, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 9/7
  • "iPhone Max, and the practical processes behind Apple's creative genius, on The CultCastCult of Mac 9/7
  • "'Adware Doctor' Mac app secretly steals your browsing history and sends it to China" Mashable 12:22 PM
  • "Now, get accurate blood pressure readings thanks to an iPhone X app" The Economic Times 10:21 AM
  • "Dozens of iOS apps secretly collect location history for data monetization, analysis says: GuardianApp, from the Sudo Security Group, finds that a number of iOS apps are secretly collecting and sending location histories and other sensitive user information to third-party data monetization firms." AppleInsider 9/7
  • "Apple's 6.1-inch LCD iPhone may be called 'iPhone Xr,' not 'iPhone 9' as some presumed" iDownload Blog 9/7
  • "Siri Shortcuts Not Coming to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 5s" iPhone Hacks 9/7
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 9/7
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 9/7
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 9/7

  • "Review: Ring's iPhone-connected Spotlight Cam Solar falters without a paid subscription" AppleInsider 10:21 AM
  • "2018 MacBook Pro 13-inch with eGPU versus other Macs" Bare Feats 9/7
  • "Review: Elgato's Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock – dual 4K with HDMI and DisplayPort [Video] 9to5Mac 9/7
  • "RHA MA750 Wireless Bluetooth in-ear headphone review" The Gadgeteer 9/7
  • "Billie Jean in-ear headphone review: Audiophile performance on a mainstream budget" TechHive 9/7
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple's iPhone X nears perfection with iOS 12" AppleInsider 9/7
  • "'Wheely World' Review – Wheely Average" Touch Arcade 9/7
  • "'Golfing Around' Review – A Putting Good Time" Touch Arcade 9/7
  • "How to Disable True Tone on MacBook Pro Display" OS X Daily 4:16 PM
  • "How to stream NFL games on Apple devices in 2018" Cult of Mac 12:21 PM
  • "How to to reach your Mac Desktop fast" Apple Must 10:12 AM
  • "How to stop Mac and iOS apps stealing your data" Apple Must 8:19 AM
  • "How to Identify Apps Draining iPhone Battery Life in iOS 12" iPhone Hacks 9/7
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to customize the Music app's equalizer" 9to5Mac 9/7
  • "How to create and add a child account to Family Sharing" iMore 9/7
  • "3 Ways to Replace Your Bad iPhone Battery" iFixit 9/7
  • "How to change your Apple TV Location Services settings" iDownload Blog 9/7
  • "iPhone X Trade-In Value At 68% Of Original Cost After A Year" Redmond Pie 9/7
  • "Apple iPhone Upgrade Program: What you need to know" Apple Must 9/7
  • "If you own an iPhone 6 or later that isn't holding its charge, now is the time to get your battery replaced" Business Insider 9/7
  • "Trump Is Predictably Backstabbing Apple on Tariffs" Gizmodo 4:16 PM
  • "The biggest mystery about Apple's new iPhones is the price" MarketWatch 2:22 PM
  • "Why so many Apple price targets still underwater" Apple 3.0 2:22 PM
  • "Apple Watch Is About to Hit a Major Milestone" The Motley Fool 12:22 PM
  • "What to Expect at Apple's September 2018 Event: iPhone Xs, Apple Watch Series 4, AirPods 2, and More" iPhone Hacks 12:18 PM
  • "Analysts admit they were wrong about iPhone X, predict $849 price for 6.1' LCD iPhone" 9to5Mac 10:21 AM
  • "How Apple Could Improve the Next iPhone's Battery Life" Slate 10:20 AM
  • "Forget the iPhone XS: the iPhone 9 could be Apple's undercover hit" TechRadar UK 8:31 AM
  • "Why was Adware Doctor even on the Mac App Store?" iMore 8:30 AM
  • "Apple's rumored TV service: Everything you need to know" CNET 8:24 AM
  • "Face ID 2 could be the next iPhone XS' biggest improvement" CNET 8:21 AM
  • "iPad Pro 2018 Rumors: What to Expect from Apple's Next Tablet" LAPTOP Magazine 8:21 AM
  • "Apple, Intel: US Tariffs on China Will Increase Prices for Electronics/Intel warned that potentially all consumer electronics including PCs and smartphones could face price hikes from the proposed tariffs. Apple, on the other hand, specifically named the Apple Watch and AirPods, as products that could get more expensive." PC Magazine 9/7
  • "Apple Offers Major Newspapers Opportunity and Challenge in Joining Texture Subscription Service" The Mac Observer 9/7
  • "The Curious Case of Adware Doctor and the Mac App Store"  Daring Fireball 9/7
  • "Apple TV 8K May Never Ship. 8K TV Might Actually Fail in the Market" The Mac Observer 9/7
  • "Apple and 5G: It's not about the iPhone/Don't expect the next iPhone to support 5G. Or radical changes when a future one does."  ZDNet 9/7
  • "Potentially bad news for Spotify as EU approves Apple's planned acquisition of Shazam" iDownload Blog 9/7
  • "How Apple Watch Series 4 will raise the bar for wearables" Cult of Mac 9/7
  • "Smart Home Diary: An update to our blinds revealing that Alexa is no smarter than Siri" 9to5Mac 9/7
  • "What we think we know about Apple Watch Series 4" Computerworld 9/7
  • "What to Expect at Apple's September 2018 Event: New iPhones, Apple Watch Series 4, AirPods, AirPower and More" MacRumors 9/7
  • "What to expect from Apple's 'Gather Round' event next week" Cult of Mac 9/7
  • "For the love of Jobs, Apple, don't call it the 'iPhone XS': It'd be an excessively silly move."  Macworld 9/7
  • "iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max: New iPhone rumours, release date and everything we know" Telegraph 9/7
  • "What not to look for at the Sept. 12 Apple event: Dan Moren thinks it's important to go through the products that Apple will probably not show off or talk about on stage." Macworld 9/7
  • "Five things to expect at the Apple event next week: iPhones, Apple Watches, AirPods, software updates, and more!" The Verge 9/7
  • "iPhones, iPads, MacBooks: What new hardware will Apple unveil next week? New iPhones? New Apple Watch? New iPad Pro with Face ID? New MacBooks and Mac Minis? That's a crowded lineup, even for a launch event that could span three hours. Something will give." ZDNet 9/7
  • "Do any Android users plan on switching to the iPhone XS?" Android Central 9/7
  • "Why Apple's iPhone Xs will be a smash hit while Samsung's 'S' upgrades failed miserably" BGR 9/7
  • "AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9/7
  • "Mingis on Tech: UEM and the future of mobile management" Computerworld 9/7
  • "A crazy conspiracy theory makes the Pixel 3 XL sound exciting for the first time" BGR 9/7
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for September 08, 2018 - GoComics" GoComics 10:13 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft Authenticator for Apple Watch is now available in public preview" Infosurhoy 6:24 PM
  • "Ikea May Be Working On HomeKit-Enabled Smart Blinds" Redmond Pie 9/7
  • "Epic says fix coming for Fortnite's poor performance on iPhone & iPad" AppleInsider 9/7
  • "'Tropico' for iPad Price Point Confirmed Ahead of Autumn Launch" Touch Arcade 9/7
  • "The LockSmart Travel padlock is a great traveling companion" Apple World Today 9/7
  • "Tor gets its first official mobile browser" VentureBeat 9/7
  • "Ikea could introduce blinds with Apple HomeKit support to smart home range" AppleInsider 9/7
Computer Industry
  • "Facebook is building its first data center in Asia — take a look at the futuristic, boxy design" Business Insider 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface event scheduled for October 2" Pocketnow 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft changing its software update strategy, will also start selling extended security updates soon" The Indian Express 8:35 AM
  • "Security News This Week: IBM Made Cops A Tool To Search Surveillance Video By Skin Color" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:34 AM
  • "Underneath all the AI hype is the likelihood it threatens the poor, says this former Microsoft and Google exec" Business Insider 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft Changes Windows 10 and 7 Support Periods" CDR Info 9/7
  • "It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath" The Register 9/7
  • "Windows 10 and 7 support changes: How they affect you" TechRepublic 9/7
  • "Businesses can now defer major Windows updates for two and a half years" TechRadar UK 9/7
  • "Microsoft Announces the General Availability of Azure IoT Hub's Integration with Azure Event Grid" InfoQ 9/7
  • "Linux users: How long has it been since you last used Windows?" Open Source 9/7
  • "Microsoft Changes Windows 10 Update Policy Based on User Feedback" Softpedia 9/7
  • "Microsoft confirms Windows 7 support can be extended: for a price" The Inquirer 9/7
  • "Microsoft to Charge for Windows 7 Security Updates" SecurityWeek 9/7
  • "Windows 7 Will Get Updates for Two More Years If You Pay" Softpedia 9/7
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 RS6 (Spring 2019) Build 18234" Softpedia 9/7
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 17744.1004 to the Slow ring with fixes" Neowin 9/7
  • "Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with To-Do ink support, Sticky Notes 3.0, and delay snip" VentureBeat 9/7
  • "IBM secretly used NYPD CCTV footage to train its facial recognition systems" TechSpot 9/7
  • "IBM trained its object recognition software to ID people by skin tone using NYPD data" Computing 9/7
  • "New York CCTV footage has been training IBM's surveillance software" The Inquirer 9/7
  • "Cisco, HP, others make last-ditch effort to avoid US-China trade war - Livemint" Live Mint 9/7
  • "Google-Cisco Hybrid Cloud Offering Now Generally Available: Organizations can use this hybrid cloud service to develop, deploy and manage applications more easily and securely across on-premise and cloud infrastructures, Google says." eWeek 9/7
  • "Intel's 8th generation processors see price increases due to 14nm shortage" TechRadar UK 9/7
  • "AMD Navi release date, specs, rumours, and performance" PCGamesN 9/7
  • "AMD Athlon 200GE brings Zen cores to low-end PCs" SlashGear 9/7
  • "AMD brings back Athlon in Zen-based form" bit-tech 9/7
  • "AMD X499 Chipset Announcement Expected In January At CES 2019?" SegmentNext 9/7
  • "AMD Expected to Respond to NVIDIA's New RTX Real-Time Ray Tracing Technology" CDR Info 9/7
  • "$55 AMD Athlon 200GE Features 2 Zen Cores And Vega Graphics $55" SegmentNext 9/7
  • "AMD EPYC Rome Release Is In H2 2018" SegmentNext 9/7
  • "AMD Radeon Vega 20 Will Feature XGMI (NVLink Alternative) Based On Infinity Fabric" SegmentNext 9/7
  • "M-M-M-Monster Kill: Cisco's bug-wranglers swat 29 in single week" The Register 9/7
  • "Interview: Matei Zaharia on Spark and machine learning" InfoWorld 9/7
  • "The simple fix so your cloud costs don't spin out of control" InfoWorld 9/7
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Nine out of 12 Apple launch events boosted shares within 60 days" Apple 3.0 9/7
  • "Goldman Sachs' Rod Hall eats hat, raises Apple price target to $240" Apple 3.0 9/7
Industry News
  • "Stock market logs weekly loss as Trump hints at more China tariffs: Tech Stocks remain under pressure" MarketWatch 9/7
  • "Stocks Sink as Trump May Slap China With $267 Billion More in Tariffs: Stocks fall after a strong U.S. jobs report bolsters the Fed's case for further increases in interest rates, while President Trump says he has tariffs ready to go on billions of dollars more of Chinese imports." TheStreet 9/7
  • "U.S. Stocks Slump on Fears of New China Tariffs: S&P 500, Dow industrials retreat; Tech Stocks recover some of their recent losses" [Paid Membership Required] 9/7
  • "Japan's Nikkei continues slide as yen gains; Chinese stocks stabilize: Selling continued Friday for most Asia-Pacific stock markets, with Japanese equities logging a sixth straight drop after getting hit by an overnight jump in the yen and China outperforming its peers." MarketWatch 9/7
  • "Ireland is planning to issue its first ever green bond: Ireland is planning to issue its first ever green bond in the coming months, the National Treasury Management Agency said on Friday." MarketWatch 9/7

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