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Wednesday Highlights: A 29% drop in Apple earnings is what Goldman predicts from China-US trade war troubles, and now Apple's brand being seen as embarrassing in China as iPhone users opt for in-country brands like Huawei; Apple pledges to warn UK iPhone users of potential impact an update may have on device; Apple announces June 3 for WWDC Keynote at San Jose Convention Center; and the WebKit project reveals Apple's plan to bring privacy features to ad tracking; AppleInsider takes FileMaker Pro 18 on a run-through highlighting new features; United Nations says assistants like Siri and Alexa "reinforce harmful gender bias" with female voices by default; new MacBook Pro's come with newer keyboard design, though free repairs come with purchase just in case, Sean Hollister says this "is reassuring and worrying at the same time".

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Supreme Court rules against Apple in App Store antitrust case" ["Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion, which was joined by the court's liberal justices. The iPhone users argued that Apple's 30% commission on sales through the App Store was passed along to consumers, an unfair use of monopoly power. Apple argued that only app developers, and not users, should be able to bring such a lawsuit."]  CNBC 10:20 AM
  • "U.S. Supreme Court allows App Store antitrust suit against Apple: The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple Inc of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay, rejecting the company's bid to escape claims that its practices violate federal antitrust law."  Reuters 10:09 AM
  • "In setback for Apple, U.S. Supreme Court lets App Store antitrust suit proceed" Reuters 3:21 PM
  • "Apple Loses Bid to End App Antitrust Case in Supreme Court: Lawsuit challenges tech giant's exclusive control over the marketplace for iPhone apps" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:09 AM
  • "Apple Loses at U.S. Supreme Court on iPhone App Antitrust Suit" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:09 AM
  • "Apple Loses Supreme Court Case on App Store Antitrust Claims: The ruling on Monday allows a class action suit to proceed, but didn't offer an opinion on whether Apple's actions were illegal." TheStreet 10:09 AM
  • "iPhone owners can sue Apple over App Store, Supreme Court says: The highest court's decision deals a blow to Apple as it focuses more on its services business." CNET 10:31 AM
  • "Supreme Court lets App Store monopoly suit go forward" Axios 10:15 AM
  • "Apple Shares Hit Correction as Investors Weigh Tariff Cost on iPhones, Earnings: Apple was indicated sharply lower Monday as investors worried that fresh tariffs on China-made imports into the United States will either raise price or depress earnings for the world's biggest tech company."  TheStreet 8:32 AM
  • "Apple is struggling — so the company is paying investors to stick with it"  Business Insider 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Card's colorful packaging revealed ahead of launch" Cult of Mac 7:27 AM
  • "Apple is now deploying the first Apple Cards to employees" Fast Company 7:24 AM
  • "The next-gen Google Assistant is taking the privacy fight right to Siri—and it just might win: It's going to be hard for Apple to catch up."  Macworld 7:27 AM
OS X
News
  • "macOS 10.14.5 goes live with security and bug fixes" AppleInsider 12:28 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.5 With AirPlay 2 Support" MacRumors 12:36 PM
  • "Adobe Warns Customers of Potential Legal Action for Using Older Versions of Creative Cloud Apps" MacRumors 7:35 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "How to restart your Mac computer in 4 different ways, including when it's frozen" Business Insider 1:40 PM
  • "When does Mojave check an app's signature? The answer isn't entirely consistent" Eclectic Light Company 7:33 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Picktorial 4.0 review: Photo editor enhances its organizing features" Macworld 7:23 AM
  • "Demystifying Mac Disk Space: Dealing with a Full Disk" The Mac Observer 12:59 PM
  • "Create Awesome YouTube End Screens With Keynote" MacMost 10:05 AM
  • "Kitchen Timer is a useful Mac utility for cooking-related tasks" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
Op/Ed
  • "What to expect from WWDC 2019: The Rundown" The Apple Post 10:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "A new set of Hubble deep space iMac retina desktops" The Robservatory 3:21 PM
  • "Epic Acquires Twinmotion from Abvent—Joins Unreal Engine Suite of Technologies" Architosh 11:08 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "WhatsApp vulnerability left iOS open to spyware attack: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday disclosed the recent fix of a VoIP-related vulnerability that allowed nefarious parties to remotely install spyware on both iOS and Android handsets." AppleInsider 9:21 PM
  • "Israeli Firm Tied to Tool That Uses WhatsApp Flaw to Spy on Activists" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:21 PM
  • "All-new Apple TV app available in over 100 countries starting today" Apple 12:26 PM
  • "Apple's vision for the future of TV is starting to take shape — here's everything that's new in its revamped TV app launching today" Business Insider 3:26 PM
  • "Apple revamps its TV app ahead of streaming service launch" Reuters 12:56 PM
  • "AirPlay 2 and TV App Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs" MacRumors 12:27 PM
  • "Samsung introduces the Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 support to its TVs across the world" Apple Must 1:12 PM
  • "Trump's tariff war with China will hit TVs, dishwashers, toys, lithium batteries, iPhones — even Silly Putty" MarketWatch 12:23 PM
  • "Apple chargers and cases subject to US tariff increase: Apple's chargers and iPhone and iPad cases have so far been subject to tariffs on Chinese imports without affecting U.S. buyers, but that could be about to change." AppleInsider 5:10 PM
  • "Apple Announces Support for NFC Tags That Trigger Apple Pay" MacRumors 7:09 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: You don't need a degree to code mobile apps/To lead Apple you could need a degree. But to sell apps on the App Store you certainly don't, says Tim Cook." ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Google rips iPhone for being a rip-off: In a questionable ad for the Pixel 3a, Google seems to equate its new cheap phone with the iPhone X series." ZDNet 12:28 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone screen supplier Japan Display's $729M bailout delayed" AppleInsider 7:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Lenovo previews foldable PC: With a 13.3-inch screen that folds in half, Lenovo's upcoming laptop aims to bring more portability to PCs." ZDNet 7:08 PM
  • "North Korean cyberspies deploy new malware that harvests Bluetooth data: StarCruft hackers deploy Bluetooth-harvesting malware in recent campaign." ZDNet 1:51 PM
  • "Calls to break up Facebook get louder" Axios 10:50 AM
  • "Adobe warning of legal problems if subscribers keep using old versions of Creative Cloud apps" AppleInsider 12:27 PM
  • "Adobe intros Commerce Cloud integrations with Google, Amazon and PayPal" ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "One month ago, Foxconn said its innovation centers weren't empty — they still are" The Verge 8:09 AM
  • "Louis Vuitton and Royole put two web browsers on a handbag" The Verge 7:14 AM
  • "Foldable phone race heats up as Google enters the fold" The Next Web 7:25 AM
  • "Latest Android Q Beta Includes Car Crash Detection: It's unclear exactly how Google sees this feature working without making a mistake, but it could help save lives if they get it right. It's also going to be Pixel-exclusive." PC Magazine 6:52 AM
  • "Exclusive: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs" Reuters 6:49 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "iPad Dream...and More Cowbell – Mac Geek Gab 761" The Mac Observer 7:01 PM
  • "#245: Get Ready for the Sensor Square/It's a busy week for Myke as Jason as they discuss hanging on to old software, how third-party apps react to Apple's app updates, the Supreme Court's ruling on an App Store antitrust case, the struggles of Apple Retail, and new reports about this fall's iPhone models. After all that, it's time to discuss the Brydge Pro and Logitech Slim Folio Pro and whether either of them can replace Apple's own Smart Keyboard Folio as our iPad Pro keyboard of choice." Relay FM: Upgrade 3:20 PM
  • "Road to Macstock -Stephen Hackett On Blogging vs. Podcasting and Live Audience Reactions" MacVoices 1:42 PM
  • "Supreme Court's Apple Decision, Apple Retail – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-13" The Mac Observer 1:28 PM
  • "Why AirPods Are a Social and Environmental Disaster: We sat down with Caroline Haskins, author of 'AirPods Are a Tragedy,' to dig deep into the human cost of the ubiquitous buds." Vice 11:28 AM
  • "First Ring Daily 617: Apple's App Nap/On this episode of First Ring Daily, Apple has a new App problem, Google lowers the Pixel, and pink will always be fun." Thurrott 11:18 AM
  • "#482: Color Me Interested/David and Stephen share their confessions about the iPad Pro, then discuss managing client data before doing some wishcasting for WWDC." Relay FM: Mac Power Users 10:49 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Anticipation over Apple's new modular Mac Pro mounts as first iffy renderings hit the web" AppleInsider 10:14 AM
  • "Latest 2019 iPhone molds leak once again show square camera bump coming to all three new phones" 9to5Mac 7:14 AM
  • "Another Leak Points Towards Controversial Square Camera Bump on All Three 2019 iPhones" MacRumors 10:27 AM
  • "The next iPhone XR could replace the current Coral and Blue colorways with the new Green and Lavender options" iDownload Blog 10:51 AM
  • "Powerbeats Pro Orders Begin Later This Month in UK, Germany, and France, More Countries to Follow in June" MacRumors 11:29 AM
  • "Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 debut on Samsung Smart TVs alongside iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 release" 9to5Mac 12:27 PM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 with New TV App, AirPlay 2 Support on Smart TVs" MacStories 12:35 PM
  • "Download iOS 12.3 Update for iPhone and iPad Now [IPSW Links] OS X Daily 3:19 PM
  • "New Pride Watch Faces Available in watchOS 5.2.1" MacRumors 3:22 PM
  • "Apple wants your pillow to monitor your health while you are asleep" ZDNet 8:59 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "iPad Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Editor's Choice: iPad mini 2019/The first iPad mini without compromise" The Verge 8:49 AM
  • "Powerbeats Pro vs. Powerbeats 3" MacRumors 3:25 PM
  • "I compared $35 AirPods knockoffs to the real thing. Here's what I found out: Should you spend $159 when you can get virtually identical true-wireless earbuds for less than one-fourth the price?" CNET 7:15 AM
  • "Uno Cable: hands-on with this magnetic all-in-one USB-C cable" 9to5Mac 10:26 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Apple's new TV app is still terrible for actually watching TV on iPhones: Has anyone at Apple heard of landscape video?" The Verge 5:09 PM
  • "These are all the new features found in iOS 12.3" AppleInsider 12:36 PM
  • "Snapthread 2.0 Adds a Refined UI, an Improved iPad Experience, and New Tools" MacStories 1:40 PM
  • "Hands on: Procreate Pocket 3 brings art app's iPad features to iPhone" AppleInsider 7:15 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to stop Google from keeping your voice recordings" The Verge 3:23 PM
  • "How to edit Google Docs files offline, on a desktop computer or mobile app" Business Insider 1:02 PM
  • "How to clear or block cookies on an iPhone to help it run faster" Business Insider 10:51 AM
  • "How to stop Google Assistant from listening on Android, iOS and Home smart speakers" GearBrain 10:51 AM
  • "How to change your Apple ID and device passwords on an iPhone, and better protect your device" Business Insider 9:00 AM
  • "How to stop iPhone from syncing bookmarks in Safari, Chrome and Firefox" iDownload Blog 8:16 AM
  • "How to choose the right portable SSD" The Verge 7:14 AM
Tips
  • "iOS 12.3 Lets You Add an Apple Pay Express Transit Card" The Mac Observer 2:03 PM
  • "Tip: Auto-Delete Web and App Activity from Google" Thurrott 8:16 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple's loss at the Supreme Court is 'a big victory for consumers' fighting Big Tech's app and platform monopolies" MarketWatch 9:20 PM
  • "The Supreme Court's call on Apple and what it means for the App Store - Video" ZDNet 3:59 PM
  • "Apple might have to open iPhone to other app stores — here's what that means" Digital Trends 3:46 PM
  • "US Supreme Court decides to let consumers sue Apple over App Store rules" BGR 2:05 PM
  • "The Supreme Court's call on Apple and what it means for the App Store" [Video] CNET 1:39 PM
  • "App Store monopoly case may run into 2020 and beyond" AppleInsider 1:02 PM
  • "Apple's Supreme Court defeat could spell trouble for other tech companies facing antitrust scrutiny" GeekWire 11:30 AM
  • "Digital transformation: Why every enterprise needs to think about UI" Computerworld 8:54 AM
  • "Apple's latest ad emphasizes how the iPhone keeps your text conversations private, subtly digging at companies like Facebook and Google" Business Insider 12:27 PM
  • "Apple wants you to laugh out loud and annoy other people: In its latest attempt to tout its privacy features, Apple shows that privacy can be very noisy."  ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Latest iPhone XR ad promotes smartphone addiction as a way of life, and that's bad"  iDownload Blog 8:16 AM
  • "Designing a Dark Theme for OLED iPhones" MacStories 8:15 AM
  • "Switching to a Pixel 3a from any iPhone newer than the iPhone 6 is just silly" BGR 7:31 AM
  • "Comment: The claimed triangular iPhone camera arrangement is ugly, but that's not the real problem"  9to5Mac 7:14 AM
Non-Apple
  • "How Lenovo plans to become the world's largest hyperscale infrastructure provider: On Monday, Lenovo outlined its ambitious plans to ramp up its relatively new data center business." ZDNet 8:09 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3a XL First Impressions" Thurrott 3:25 PM
  • "More Tariff's are Bound to Impact Tech In Multiple New Ways" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:50 AM
  • "LG G8 ThinQ review: Gimmicks with a capital 'G'" PCWorld 8:02 AM
  • "Use of facial recognition tech 'dangerously irresponsible'"  BBC 7:15 AM
  • "Java, PHP or .NET: Which programming languages will earn you the most?" ZDNet 6:48 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple's new TV app arrives on iOS, Apple TV, and Samsung smart TVs" SlashGear 8:11 PM
  • "[Update: Google Pixel 3a] ARCore support comes to LG G8 and V50, plus a bunch of Apple devices" Android Police 2:04 PM
  • "Clothing brand LRG becomes Apple Music's latest tastemaker" Cult of Mac 2:03 PM
  • "Apple announces support for Apple Pay NFC stickers, partners with Bird scooters and more" 9to5Mac 1:47 PM
  • "Abvent closes sale of Twinmotion to Epic Games" Abvent 1:29 PM
  • "Twitter location bug affects iOS users, company discloses" 9to5Mac 12:59 PM
  • "Ring wins HomeKit certification for Spotlight Cam, Video Doorbell Pro" AppleInsider 11:30 AM
  • "KardiaMobile 6L provides FDA-approved 6-lead ECG for $149" 9to5Mac 10:27 AM
  • "Waze App for iOS Adds Support for Pandora Music Streaming Service" MacTrast 8:15 AM
  • "One Finger Flinger 'Ordia' From Loju Has a Confirmed Release Date for Android with Pre-Registrations Now Live" Touch Arcade 8:15 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of May 13: Apple Mail, Virus Protection, VPNs" The MUG Center 8:03 AM
  • "Mobile Semantic Analysis Tool: Key to Efficient Mobile Customer Service" prMac 7:15 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 now on 825 million devices: Microsoft has created a group called EPIC tasked with improving how smartphone users interact with Windows 10." ZDNet 6:49 AM
  • "Microsoft will spend $100M to open its first development center in Africa" GeekWire 3:25 PM
  • "Microsoft Will Spend $100 Million on African Development Center" ITPro Today 3:59 PM
  • "IBM Establishes 5 Blockchain Principles To Drive Enterprise Adoption And Benefit Society" Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "Intel Memory Plans: No New NAND Capacity, Wants to Move 3D XPoint Production to China" AnandTech 8:14 AM
  • "Intel's chips may be down but they are not out" CRN UK 8:47 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU With 16 Cores Reportedly Spotted in Benchmark Database, DDR4-5000 RAM Support Tipped" Gadgets 360 8:46 AM
  • "AMD's next-gen Zen 2 CPUs will work on current AM4 boards" TweakTown 8:46 AM
  • "Michael Dell sets sights on creating efficient cloud infrastructure" Financial Express 8:43 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Rolls Out Latest Infrastructure Solutions" CRN 8:43 AM
  • "HP continues to partner with Amazon following the launch Amazon.ae" Arabian Business 8:42 AM
  • "Oracle Accused of Systematic Wage Discrimination Against Women, Minorities" Law Firm Newswire 8:39 AM
  • "A Cisco Router Bug Has Massive Global Implications" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:51 PM
  • "Cisco Systems' Earnings Are Coming. Here's What to Watch." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:32 AM
  • "Thanks to 5G and Wi-Fi 6, Cisco Stock Remains A Buy Going Into Earnings" InvestorPlace 10:14 AM
  • "Cisco donates EUR 1 mln to Rome homeless charity" Telecompaper 8:37 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks suffer biggest one-day loss since Jan. 3 as U.S.-China tariff fight escalates: China editorial says country won't 'bow to any extreme pressure'" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Ends Sharply Lower; Trade War Escalation Slams Stocks: China's retaliatory tariffs spark biggest selloff on Wall Street since January." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Tumbles 617 Points As Stock Indexes Break Key Support: Stocks got slammed across the board as China upped the ante on the U.S.-China trade war by retaliating with a fresh round of tariffs." Investor's Business Daily 3:56 PM
  • "Dow dives over 600 points amid US-China trade tiff" FOXBusiness 3:56 PM
  • "Stocks Post Their Worst Day in Months on Trade Anxiety: Dow drops more than 600 after China says it will raise tariffs on some U.S. imports" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Asian stocks stumble as markets react to failed U.S.-China trade talks in Washington" Associated Press 8:31 AM

 
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