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Tuesday Highlights: Apple, big tech may see greater scrutiny from EU's Margrethe Vestager as she "is getting even tougher" on their testing EU antitrust, ethics; GearBrain takes us through "the story so far" as it pertains to Apple's plans for AR smart glasses; Will Knight at Wired argues AppleCard's algorithm determining credit lines was gender blind, "and that's the problem"; tracking a clicking audio problem with new 16" MacBook Pros when using Final Cut Pro X; Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 "does wonders...reaches the next level" says Macworld; 512 Pixels attempts to sync original iPod with macOS Catalina; new data suggests Apple Pay to stay ahead of Google, Samsung; AirPods high up on teens' Christmas list; Rene Ritchie looks at fixes Apple made in new 16" MacBook Pro while MacSparky offers impressions, thoughts on the keyboard.

  • "Reading between the lines of Apple's WWDC announcements: Beyond the obvious new features announced last week, Dan Moren thinks you can start to see the shape of a few of Apple's plans to come."  Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "How Apple tricks our brains into accepting high prices"  Cult of Mac 11:33 AM
  • "Apple May Hit $1 Trillion Market Cap Again on Trade Deal, Analyst Says" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:46 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Donald Trump amid trade war tensions" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "High-end users on 'Why I'm buying the new Mac Pro'" AppleInsider 9:57 AM
  • "Apple restricts online Apple Store access to newer versions of Safari and macOS" AppleInsider 8:44 PM
  • "Apple's Online Store Can No Longer Be Accessed With Older Versions Of macOS" UberGizmo 9:00 PM
  • "Apple's macOS Catalina Can Turn Your Mac into a Touchscreen" Market Realist 3:11 PM
  • "The Logic Pro X updates show off the new Mac Pro's power" Canadian Reviewer 8:50 AM
  • "Logic Pro X Update Brings Optimizations For 2019 Mac Pro" Redmond Pie 10:06 AM
  • "Adobe's prototype AI tool automatically spots Photoshopped faces: Though it's just a research project for the moment" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Security software is causing Firefox users to lose saved passwords" BetaNews 8:51 AM
  • "Chrome 76 makes it easier to get around paywalls" BetaNews 8:51 AM
  • "How to Boot MacBook Pro Without a Battery (Older Models 2006 – 2011)" OS X Daily 3:16 PM
  • "How to sign documents on your Mac with your iPhone or iPad" iMore 12:53 PM
  • "How to use Tags in macOS Mojave and Catalina" AppleInsider 12:41 PM
  • "How To Add Custom Text In iMovie" MacMost 9:26 AM
  • "8 things you need to know as Apple kills iTunes" Apple Must 1:01 PM
  • "The Best New macOS Catalina Features" iPhone Hacks 12:14 PM
Press Releases
  • "PDF Studio 2019 with Docusign & Document Storage Integration, PDF/UA Tag" prMac 7:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple may be prepping to turn your iPhone into a crypto wallet: Apple's CryptoKit is likely the first step in enabling the exchange of private and public keys that will unlock the ability to make purchases using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies stored on your iPhone."  Computerworld 8:32 AM
  • "Apple makes Comcast and Charter sell iPads, other devices as part of mobile deal" CNBC 9:53 AM
  • "Stanford Team Aims at Alexa and Siri With a Privacy-Minded Alternative" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:33 AM
  • "Does it make sense to use multiple voice assistants in your smart home? What happens when Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant all live together" GearBrain 10:35 AM
  • "It will soon be easier for diabetics to track glucose on Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Global True Wireless Hearables Market Reaches 17.5 Million Units in Q1 2019" ["Apple's market share remained at the same level seen in the last quarter, failing to grow in spite of the launch of its second generation AirPods. While sales of the first generation AirPods were higher than expected thanks to a variety of sales promotions for stock-outs in the channel in Q1 2019, sales of the new model were weaker than initially expected due to the market's mixed response."]  Counterpoint 9:51 AM
  • "Video Shows Apple's Look Around is Much Smoother than Google Maps Street View" The Mac Observer 7:39 AM
  • "Former Apple event venue Flint Center is closing" AppleInsider 1:39 PM
  • "Apple snuck a Raptors tribute into its Canadian home page" TechCrunch 8:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "AMCA data breach has now went over the 20 million mark: Healthcare billing vendor got hacked last year and hackers put patient data for sale online." ZDNet 9:01 PM
  • "Adobe Developed a Method in Detecting Manipulated Photo" Social Barrel 8:55 PM
  • "Sprint and T-Mobile Merger Approval, Said to Be Near, Could Undercut Challenge by States" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:50 PM
  • "Facebook open-sources AI Habitat to help robots navigate realistic environments" VentureBeat 11:32 AM
  • "This 'most dangerous' hacking group is now probing power grids: Hackers that tried to interfere with the safety systems of an industrial plant are now looking at power utilities too." ZDNet 10:03 AM
  • "Scientists found that we're spending so much time on our smartphones that it could be changing the shape of our skulls" Business Insider 8:45 AM
  • "Exclusive: First photos of Google Pixel 4 spotted in the wild" 9to5Google 9:58 AM
  • "The Pixel 4 has already been photographed out in the wild" The Verge 9:50 AM
  • "Google Says It is Not Killing Ad Blockers" Thurrott 8:51 AM
  • "Google's AR animals entertain Android users" BBC 8:31 AM
  • "We Found Sprint 5G in Brooklyn: We spent hours searching Brooklyn for a Sprint 5G connection. I finally tracked it down in a distant residential neighborhood called Flatlands." PC Magazine 8:20 AM
  • "Huawei delays global launch of foldable phone by three months" Reuters 8:33 AM
  • "Huawei Delays Launch of Foldable Smartphone, Being More 'Cautious' After Samsung's Galaxy Fold Issues" MacRumors 7:38 AM
  • "Huawei delays launch of foldable Mate X, blames Samsung not Trump" The Verge 7:36 AM
  • "Brad Pitt, Steve Jobs' widow, and Britain's fallen star investor reportedly backed a startup betting on 'cold fusion' — an idea scientists scoff at" Business Insider 8:45 AM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: AirPods at work, Apple Arcade and WWDC" The Loop 12:53 PM
  • "Adapt, Episode 3: iPadOS First Look and Voice-Only Computing" MacStories 12:53 PM
  • "Surveillance and the Legal System, Mac Pro Apologies – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-14" The Mac Observer 12:47 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 229: Hands-on with new CarPlay features and early beta impressions" 9to5Mac 12:41 PM
  • "Privacy Policies Can Be as Complicated as Kant's Critique of Pure Reason" Intego Mac Podcast 8:50 AM
  • "WWDC/AltConf -Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba On The Mac Pro and iPadOS" MacVoices 8:17 AM
  • "Mac Pro, ARKit, Sign on with Apple and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7:37 AM
  • "Apple's iOS soft keyboard target of new patent lawsuit" AppleInsider 9:02 PM
  • "iPhone 11 could spell the end for the Lightning port: Goodbye Lightning, hello USB-C?"  ZDNet 8:52 AM
  • "Apple: iPhone batteries are wearing out too quickly, and iOS 13 will offer a possible solution" ZDNet 8:51 AM
  • "This 3-minute video is an incredible demonstration of the new Voice Control feature in iOS 13, which lets you control every aspect of your iPhone without ever touching it" Business Insider 9:53 AM
  • "iPhone 11 launch date leaks from Verizon" Cult of Mac 7:39 AM
  • "iOS 13 CarPlay Features: Here's Everything That Is New" Redmond Pie 11:33 AM
  • "How to Enter Recovery Mode on iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, Early iPad Pro" OS X Daily 3:17 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM

  • "OWC Aura Pro X2 PCIe-based flash storage upgrade" Bare Feats 6:18 PM
  • "Can iPad Pro running iPad OS finally replace your laptop?" iMore 10:35 AM
  • "Review: UAG Apple Watch bands offer much needed variety in a crowded market" AppleInsider 3:16 PM
  • "An advance look at the Mutrics sunglasses/wearable speaker combo" Apple World Today 8:16 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What's the difference? The iTunes era is ending, leaving users with three new apps." CNET 8:44 AM
  • "How to use Hangouts Meet to share your screen in video meetings: Learn how to use Hangouts Meet in G Suite to share screens from the web and from iOS devices while in video meetings." TechRepublic 3:45 PM
  • "The Ins and Outs of Non-destructive Editing in Photos for Mac and iOS" TidBITS 3:17 PM
  • "iOS 13: How to automatically silence unknown and spam calls on iPhone" 9to5Mac 1:40 PM
  • "How to jailbreak the Apple TV 4 and 4K on tvOS 12.0-12.1.1 with ChimeraTV" iDownload Blog 12:53 PM
  • "iOS 13: How To Silence Unknown Callers On iPhone" Redmond Pie 11:33 AM
  • "How to create a simple RSS feed reader on iOS" The Next Web 10:03 AM
  • "Apple Arcade and TV Plus: How to out-Prime Amazon's subscription service" ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "How to use external storage with iPadOS" Apple Must 7:33 AM
  • "Security 101: What is a Threat Model, and How Do I Create One?" The Mac Observer 3:11 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about your MacBook's trackpad gestures" The Next Web 8:44 AM
  • "iPhone upgrade urge may die when you do this math" Cult of Mac 12:40 PM
  • "What's the lifetime cost of an iPhone if you buy a new one every year?" ["But if you are one of those who can't resist a shiny new phone every year, the company claims the total spend could be a staggering $45,408. Add on the cost of an unlimited plan, and the total hits $103,000."] 9to5Mac 10:04 AM
  • "Why I turned on iMessage: Encrypted chat is a moral imperative" ["More than anything else, this is my personal indictment against Google for utterly failing to come up with a viable alternative to iMessage for Android users. Yes, there are many successful chat apps used around the world on Android. But, again, in the US the chat app with the strongest network effect is iMessage."]  The Verge 9:54 AM
  • "Is Apple's iPadOS The End Of Desktop Computing" Forbes 9:52 AM
  • "Apple, Microsoft and a radical new theory on the evolution of computing"  Computerworld 8:57 AM
  • "How the New Mac Pro Can Impact Accessibility" iMore 8:51 AM
  • "Don't believe these iPhone Lightning cable myths: Makers of third-party Lightning cables for iPhones keep pushing falsehoods to try to dupe people into buying their cables. Here are three myths you should ignore." ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Why Apple should follow Google's lead and 'leak' the iPhone 11 design early: Just tell us what we already know." Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "12+ amazing ways iOS 13 transforms travel and tourism" Computerworld 7:33 AM
  • "I Just Wanted to Buy Tickets to Mitski but the Bots Wouldn't Let Me" Gizmodo 8:44 PM
  • "'Amazon's Choice' Does Not Necessarily Mean A Product Is Good" BuzzFeed News 3:16 PM
  • "'YouTube recommendations are toxic,' says dev who worked on the algorithm" The Next Web 8:44 AM
  • "Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:31 AM
  • "What Is Ray Tracing? The Latest Gaming Buzzword Explained" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:31 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Logitech's Circle 2 wired camera to support HomeKit Secure Video later this year" AppleInsider 5:08 PM
  • "Apple Teams Up With Madonna for Today at Apple Music Lab Classes" MacRumors 12:40 PM
  • "Brydge Pro Keyboards are Now In-stock and Shipping: Brydge Pro keyboards blur the lines between MacBook and iPad like never before" PRNewswire 10:17 AM
  • "IRL Ushers in a New Wave in Social with IRL - Social Calendar" Business Wire 10:16 AM
  • "Mattel® Unveils Hot Wheels™ id, Groundbreaking New Play System Bringing Together Physical and Digital Play, Available Exclusively at, Select Apple Stores and on the App Store" Business Wire 10:16 AM
  • "Mattel Launches New Hot Wheels 'id' Smart Track Kit and NFC Cars Exclusively at Apple Stores" MacRumors 8:36 AM
  • "Lisa Brennan-Jobs' memoir is out in paperback" Cult of Mac 8:35 AM
  • "O2 becomes third UK carrier to sell Apple Watch LTE contracts" AppleInsider 7:37 AM
  • "Activ5 Smart Fitness Device to Launch in Apple Stores" PRNewswire 10:17 AM
  • "Activbody Activ5 tracks your isometric workout Stats, saves to HealthKit, now available at Apple Stores" 9to5Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Call of Duty: Mobile quietly hits the App Store in Australia" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Free Google app makes it easier than ever to build games on Mac" Cult of Mac 7:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft has been rated the most environmentally friendly company. Here's what it's doing right." Business Insider 12:42 PM
  • "Windows 10 yields more secrets: Microsoft plan to split OS from shell takes shape" ZDNet 8:57 AM
  • "Microsoft: This Trillion-Dollar Company Is Wonderful Indeed, But It's Also Overvalued" Seeking Alpha 10:35 AM
  • "Microsoft VP Phil Spencer Talks Scarlett, Game Pass, Cloud Streaming" Variety 9:40 AM
  • "Microsoft And Oracle Team Up To Take On Cloud Leader Amazon Services" China Business Times 9:42 AM
  • "Microsoft shrugs off CERN's planned 'Microsoft Alternatives' transition to open-source software after price hike" GeekWire 5:08 PM
  • "Intel's NUC Compute Elements hopes to make laptops modular: Will Intel's NUC Compute Elements revolutionize modular laptops or it doomed to repeat the failure of Compute Cards?" PCWorld 8:31 AM
  • "Intel hires Xbox Scorpio, and Scarlett SoC designer John Sell" Hexus 8:57 AM
  • "Nvidia's Lead Exceeds Intel's in Cloud" EE Times 9:38 AM
  • "Exclusive: AMD's Plans For 7nm Ryzen APUs" WCCFTech 9:37 AM
  • "Update: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X Monster CPU Breaks Cinebench Record At 5.275GHz Overclock Across 16 Cores" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3950X breaks benchmarking records" Fudzilla 9:38 AM
  • "AMD Navi RDNA architecture – a GPU designed purely for PC gamers" PCGamesN 9:37 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen one-two punch will end with a 64-core Threadripper in 2019" Digital Trends 3:17 PM
  • "Windows 10 May update helps ramp up AMD Ryzen performance" IT PRO (UK) 8:57 AM
  • "Broadcom's $2 billion warning shocks global chip sector" Reuters 8:31 AM
  • "A California-based chip company just took a $2 billion hit following Trump's Huawei ban" Business Insider 10:04 AM
  • "Tech giant IBM opposes increased tariffs imposed by any country" The Straits Times 9:35 AM
  • "IBM's AI creates new labeled image sets using semantic content" VentureBeat 12:53 PM
  • "Quantum computing can solve some SKA problems, says IBM" IT Web 9:36 AM
  • "Penang Island City Council, IBM ink deal for smart city tech" Malay Mail 9:35 AM
  • "IBM's AI debating system argues for and against cannabis legalization" Hindustan Times 9:35 AM
  • "Call that an art sale? IBM Australia's huge clear out just got much bigger" iTNews Australia 9:34 AM
  • "HP CFO Cathie Lesjak didn't even read KPMG's Autonomy due diligence before $11bn biz gobble" The Register 3:16 PM
  • "Oracle introduces supply chain tracking blockchain solution" IT Web 8:59 AM
  • "What to Expect from Oracle's Q4 2019 Earnings After Microsoft Cloud Deal?" Zacks 3:42 PM
  • "Cisco and American Well are teaming up to let you talk to your doctor from your TV" CNBC 8:58 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Broadcom's trouble affecting Apple shares, says strategist" CNBC 3:45 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end slightly lower as tech shares slide; Chewy soars on debut: Major benchmarks post weekly gains" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Ends Lower in Narrow Trading Friday; Markets Shrug Off Global Tensions: Stocks retreat Friday over disappointment over Broadcom's revenue warning and uncertainty over trade talks and interest rates." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Jones Holds Key Support As Stock Indexes Rise For The Week: Key stock indexes closed slightly underwater in the stock market today as Broadcom (AVGO) and other chips weighed. But the Dow Jones industrials and S&P 500 stayed above a key support line." Investor's Business Daily 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks fall led by semiconductors, oil rises on Iran tensions: U.S. stocks ended the final trading day of the week modestly lower as traders weighed rising tensions with Iran and the ongoing trade battle with China." FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Slip Amid Middle East Tensions: Dow and S&P fall Friday but end week slightly higher; gold hits 14-month high before paring back" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM

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