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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

  • "Apple: Misunderstanding Design And Jony Ive's Role"  Monday Note 12:13 PM
  • "A journalist's wrecked MacBook keyboard tells a terrible story: Many stories have emerged of Apple's entirely unreliable new keyboard. One man, though, posts a picture of his and it's truly painful. Coincidentally, Apple is now rumored to be killing this butterfly forever." ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "iPadOS Review: The Software Your iPad Has Been Waiting For/Apple has transformed the iPad from a bigger iPhone to a better MacBook, with a more powerful browser, support for external drives and better multitasking" [Paid Membership Required] 8:19 AM
  • "Apple is one step closer to setting up its retail stores in India: The Indian government relaxes local sourcing norms, paving the way for Apple to set up its stores in the country." iMore 8:44 AM
  • "Gates Says Steve Jobs Cast 'Spells' to Keep Apple From Dying"  Bloomberg 9:36 AM
  • "No, Apple isn't moving toward a Mac App Store-only future. At least, not yet"  Digital Trends 7/6
  • "The surprising story behind the Apple Watch's ECG ability: Accurately measuring potassium levels through your skin is tougher than it sounds." Engadget 7/6
  • "Apple creates Memoji tribute to US Women's World Cup victory"  AppleInsider 6:22 PM
  • "Apple tests Face ID and Touch ID sign-in for iCloud․com on iOS 13 and macOS Catalina betas" 9to5Mac 2:11 PM
  • "macOS Catalina and iOS 13 might use Face ID and Touch ID to sign onto iCloud" The Verge 2:17 PM
  • "Apple tests sign-ins with your face or finger: You wouldn't have to use your password every time." Engadget 7:24 PM
  • "macOS Catalina brings a brand new, truly gorgeous Drift screensaver" iDownload Blog 7/5
  • "Why is Kernel_task CPU activity so high?" Apple Must 7/5
  • "OmniFocus for the Web opens up the To Do app to more users" AppleInsider 6:21 PM
  • "Your Time Capsule has died. How can you wipe its data?" Macworld 7/5
  • "Editing with Final Cut Pro X on Location and Delivering for Broadcast TV" 7/5
  • "New Text Fill Options In Pages and Keynote" MacMost 7/5
  • "How to set the default window size for Terminal on macOS" AddictiveTips 7/5
  • "Tips To Develop a Travel App - AmongTech Tips To Develop a Travel App" Among Tech 7/6
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Armed Apple Store robbery, criminal selfies in the Apple crime blotter: An Apple counterfeiting defendant may have fled to China, more Firefly festival smartphone thefts, a selfie with a stolen iPhone, and more on this week's Apple crime blotter." AppleInsider 11:41 AM
  • "Huawei CEO says Apple is his 'role model' when it comes to protecting user data" 9to5Mac 9:27 AM
  • "Huawei CEO cites Apple as privacy role model: Huawei CEO sings Apple's praises once again, claiming that Apple is his role model when it comes to protecting users' data." AppleInsider 11:41 AM
  • "Apple once again under investigation for GDPR data practices" MSPoweruser 8:12 AM
  • "Apple Swoops in to Rescue" Motley Fool 7/5
  • "Apple: 77%+ staff say it will remain tech design leader after Jony Ive" Apple Must 7/5
  • "Xiaomi adds insult to injury as it uses an actual Apple ad to promote its Memoji clone" 9to5Mac 7/5
  • "FDI boost may fuel aviation, give Apple a bite of the local market" Times of India 7/5
  • "Budget 2019: India to ease local sourcing norms for single brand retail, Apple benefits" The Economic Times 7/5
  • "Apple's India retail plans could speed up under new sourcing rules" AppleInsider 7/5
  • "New hope for Apple Stores finally making it to India" Cult of Mac 7/5
  • "Need Apple Product Service Or Repair But No Genius Bar Nearby? the Geek Squad Can Provide Assistance" MacPrices 7/5
  • "Apple trolled Google again by erecting a giant billboard next to its controversial data-hungry smart neighborhood" Business Insider 7/5
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon asks FCC for permission to launch internet satellites: It's not waiting long to get the ball rolling." Engadget 6:48 PM
  • "Rise in price of .org websites could damage trust in charities" Telegraph 4:02 PM
  • "Korg's music-making Switch app offers Genesis and Taito game sounds" Engadget 8:09 AM
  • "Canonical GitHub account hacked, Ubuntu source code safe: Ubuntu source code appears to be safe; however Canonical is investigating." ZDNet 8:06 AM
  • "Jeremy Hunt pledges £18m to step up fight against fake news" Telegraph 7/6
  • "Trump administration admits that the threat of Huawei spying was enough for a ban" BGR 7/6
  • "Google Chrome to get a video Play/Pause button on the toolbar: Chrome users will soon have a quicker way to pause auto-playing sound in their browser." ZDNet 7/6
  • "Mozilla teases launch of Apple News+ competitor" AppleInsider 7/6
  • "Mozilla wants you to pay $5 a month for its own version of Apple News+" BGR 7/6
  • "YouTube says its policy on 'instructional' hacking videos isn't new: But a specific ban against instructional hacking could have negative consequences." Engadget 7/6
  • "Nintendo president: 'we must keep up' with cloud gaming tech/Mario's maker is keeping an eye on streaming games" The Verge 7/5
  • "Exclusive: U.S. panel okays SoftBank's $2.25 billion investment in GM-linked self-driving firm" Reuters 7/5
  • "OnePlus One Smartphone Allegedly Catches Fire While Turned Off And Unplugged" HotHardware 7/5
  • "'Prospective Threat' of Chinese Spying Justifies Huawei Ban, U.S. Says" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/5
  • "Internet group brands Mozilla 'internet villain' for supporting DNS privacy feature" TechCrunch 7/5
  • "The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/5
  • "Coming July 6: Gene Steinberg meets TidBITS Editor/Publisher Adam Engst, tech commentator Peter Cohen, and columnist/podcaster Kirk McElhearn, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7/6
  • "Apple revs up CarPlay at last in iOS 13 [Cult of Mac Magazine No.] Cult of Mac 7/6
  • "Happy Birthday, America! – The TouchArcade Show #406" Touch Arcade 7/5
  • "Apple Loop: New iPhone 11 Leaks, Ugly Camera Confirmed, MacBook Butterfly Keyboard Cancelled" Forbes 7/5
  • "iMore show 664: We Catharted/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 7/5
  • "Apple Is Losing Its Visionary Designer" [Podcast] Motley Fool 7/5
  • "May-Li Khoe: How design and operations really work at Apple" iMore 7/5
  • "Why'd Jony Ive quit? Troubling details emerge... this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 7/5
  • "New MacBook Pro coming, production leaving China, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7/5
  • "Apple AirPower Trademarked at WIPO, Has Apple Started Reworking on the Wireless Charger?" MySmartPrice 7/5
  • "Rumor: Analyst predicts Apple is working on a foldable iPad with 5G cellular radio" 9to5Mac 7/5
  • "Apple allegedly considering a foldable 5G iPad" Cult of Mac 7/5
  • "Apple said to be planning 'foldable iPad' with 5G next year" AppleInsider 7/5
  • "Sketchy Rumor Suggests Apple to Launch Foldable iPad With 5G Support as Soon as 2020" MacRumors 7/5
  • "Apple Is Finally Ditching the Butterfly Keyboard (Report)" LAPTOP Magazine 7/5
  • "Is Apple finally ditching MacBook's problem butterfly keyboard?" ZDNet 7/5
  • "Google found a crazy iMessage bug that bricks iPhones, but you're probably safe" BGR 7/5
  • "Fixed iMessage bug bricked iPhones using malformed message" AppleInsider 7/5
  • "How Long Does Apple Support Old iPhones With iOS Updates? This Chart Gives Us A Good Idea" Redmond Pie 7/5
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7/5
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7/5

  • "Minix's amazing USB-C hub is also a 240GB hard drive [Review] Cult of Mac 7:30 PM
  • "Review: Wacom's Intuos Pro Small is a graphics tablet for artists on the move" AppleInsider 5:39 PM
  • "Apple iPad Pro 12.9 Vs Google Pixel Slate 12.3 Chromebook: Which Wins In Summer 2019 Long-Term Comparison Review?" Forbes 7/6
  • "Review: Mophie powerstation Hub solves your charging woes/The power gurus at Mophie have released a new multi-purpose charger that finally solves many of the pain points that go along with our battery-constrained lives." AppleInsider 7/6
  • "Hands-on: Audio-Technica's ATH-AD1000X 'audiophile' open-back headphones" AppleInsider 7/6
  • "13-inch MacBook Pro vs 15-inch MacBook Pro: Which should you buy?" iMore 7/6
  • "Dell XPS 15 vs. MacBook Pro (15-inch): Which 2019 Powerhouse Is Best?" LAPTOP Magazine 7/6
  • "InvisibleShield Glass+ 360 for Apple Watch: Protects the display and edges of your smartwatch" ZDNet 7/6
  • "Review: Pioneer w6400nex offers easy-to-install wireless CarPlay" AppleInsider 7/5
  • "The Sennheiser GSP670 Wireless Gaming Headset Review: Cutting The Cord" AnandTech 7/5
iOS Apps
  • "'Dream Daddy' Review – Family First, Dating Second" Touch Arcade 7/5
  • "How to Pair AirPods with Apple Watch'" iPhone Hacks 8:13 AM
  • "How to share music with other AirPods or Powerbeats Pro headphones on iOS 13" Digital Trends 7/6
  • "How to see your Wallpaper on iPhone" Apple Must 7/6
  • "How to add bookmarks and favorites to Safari on an iPhone" Business Insider 7/5
  • "How to Watch MKV Video on iPad from Files App" OS X Daily 7/5
  • "How to use Safari's amazing new settings in iOS 13" Cult of Mac 7/5
  • "How to recover accidentally deleted Notes on your iPhone in 2 ways" Business Insider 7/5
  • "How to customize lists in Pages on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 7/5
  • "Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile: How to choose the best 5G carrier/Cost, phone, speed and coverage. 5G is the new Wild West." CNET 7/6
  • "Do I need to take an electric drill to a hard drive to truly erase the data?" Seattle Times 7/5
  • "'Why is my iPhone so quiet?': 4 ways to make your iPhone louder, from changing its settings to sticking it in a bowl" Business Insider 7/5
  • "Gates Gets It Right About Steve Jobs, Microsoft (Premium)" Thurrott 7:50 PM
  • "Bill Gates equates Steve Jobs' talent to 'casting spells': Bill Gates has spoken of Steve Jobs' ability to mesmerize people an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS show, equating Jobs' talent to magic." AppleInsider 7:02 PM
  • "Bill Gates goes Harry Potter when talking about Steve Jobs" Quartz 7:29 PM
  • "What the hell is Apple's butterfly keyboard?" The Next Web 9:05 PM
  • "From the Editor's Desk: How HomeKit makes my house a home/If you're wondering whether smart home gadgets are worth the extra money, let me tell you about the wonderful things I automate in my house." iMore 12:04 PM
  • "Yes They Are (Doomed to the Margins)" Rixstep 8:17 AM
  • "Apple is reportedly working on a 5G enabled foldable iPad" NewsBytes 8:12 AM
  • "WSJ: How Jeff Williams became more involved in product development at Apple than Tim Cook" 9to5Mac 7/6
  • "iPhone sales continue to fall in India, but Apple could benefit from upcoming regulatory change" 9to5Mac 7/6
  • "Apple @ Work: IoT devices face security problems that must be addressed" 9to5Mac 7/6
  • "Apple might be working on a foldable iPad" GSMArena 7/6
  • "New iPhone design shows lumpy, squarish camera bumps" New York Post 7/5
  • "Kuo Confirms Apple Will Use New Scissor Switch Keyboard in Future MacBooks" Daring Fireball 7/5
  • "This Chart Shows One of Apple's Biggest Advantages Over Android" iDrop News 7/5
  • "Jony Ive's successor could replace Apple CEO Tim Cook" Cult of Mac 7/5
  • "New report says Jeff Williams helped push the Apple Watch towards cellular connectivity" iDownload Blog 7/5
  • "Engadget readers love the iPad Pro 12.9" Engadget 7/5
  • "Jony Ive is gone, but he won't take Apple with him: Lots of key players have left Apple and the company is still standing. Jony Ive's departure is no different."  Macworld 7/5
  • "Prediction: new Mac laptops with traditional scissor-based keyboards will debut in October" Apple World Today 7/5
  • "16 Things to Know About Amazon Prime: Amazon Prime is much more than free, two-day shipping. Here's everything you need to know about Amazon's signature service." PC Magazine 8:59 PM
  • "What if Microsoft had invented Android? There are plenty of reasons why it never could have happened, but if Microsoft had created Android, the tech world would be very different today." ZDNet 5:39 PM
  • "Analysis: After Surpassing Apple In 2018, Huawei Vies For Smartphone Supremacy In 2019" Forbes 2:15 PM
  • "Guidemaster: Fitness trackers to consider before buying a smartwatch/Fitness bands are still around, and one of these might be the best wristband for you." Ars Technica 11:53 AM
  • "Synology, Plex, and HDHomeRun: How to cut the cord forever" Neowin 8:09 AM
  • "Most of you would endure Netflix ads for a cheaper subscription" BGR 7/6
  • "Amazon at 25: The story of a giant" BBC 7/6
  • "The Sony Walkman changed the way we listened to music 40 years ago: The Walkman was just as big of a change in the way we listened to music as the iPod was in the early 2000s." CNET 7/6
  • "OnePlus 7 review: Not 'Pro' but definitely not amateur [Video] 9to5Google 7/5
  • "Self-destructing ebooks reveal a dark digital truth" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7/5
  • "The Phone Diet: How I cut back on my favorite technology — and why it made a big difference" GeekWire 7/5
  • "Stop doing stupid stuff with your smartphone! Just don't take your smartphone into pools or the ocean, no matter what the ads show." ZDNet 7/5
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "UnitedMasters Launches IPhone App for The Artists to Distribute Their Music Online" The New York Observer 9:37 AM
  • "Mobile Version of 'Stranger Things 3: The Game' Launching a Bit Later than Other Platforms" Touch Arcade 7/5
  • "Turn Your Apple Watch Into An iPod With Elago's New W6 Stand" Redmond Pie 7/5
  • "Retro Space Shooter P.3 is now available on iOS" 148Apps 7/5
  • "Sony's new wireless earbuds pack great noise-canceling and battery life" TechCrunch 7/5
  • "Sony has announced its take on an 'AirPod-killer" Apple Must 7/5
  • "Sony's WF-1000XM3 bring noise cancellation to AirPods-style wireless earbuds: They cost $230 and will arrive next month." Ars Technica 7/5
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: What to Expect (and What We Want)" LAPTOP Magazine 8:03 AM
  • "The Windows 10 misinformation machine fires up again/The loudest voices screaming about Windows 10 sometimes have no idea what they're talking about. Case in point: This dire warning from Gordon Kelly at Forbes, who is as ill-informed as ever." ZDNet 9:05 PM
  • "AMD Radeon 5700 Series and the Perils of Pre-Launch Price Cuts" WCCFTech 8:03 AM
  • "Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT review: AMD brings the fight back to NVIDIA/They're a solid pair of mid-range GPUs." Engadget 9:31 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3900X And Ryzen 7 3700X Zen 2 Review: Zen 2 Is Here" HotHardware 8:08 AM
  • "Why You Should Buy AMD's 2019 CPUs for Your Next PC" How-To Geek 8:08 AM
  • "New Benchmark of AMD Ryzen 7 3700X VS Core i9-9900X and Threadripper 2950X" UltraGamerz 8:03 AM
  • "AMD Radeon 19.7.1 driver delivers RX 5700 series support alongside new features" Neowin 11:52 AM
  • "Lenovo Yoga and HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 laptops get huge price cuts" Digital Trends 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft is axing internal use rights for its products for its reseller partners: Microsoft is discontinuing internal use rights for product licenses, as well as cutting previously included on-premises support incidents provided to its reseller partners." ZDNet 7/6
  • "Confirmed: Microsoft Wants Security Advice From Linux" Forbes 7/6
  • "Microsoft release Windows 1.11 Stranger Things Edition into the Microsoft Store" MSPoweruser 7/6
  • "Windows 1.11 unveiled on the Microsoft Store as a Stranger Things-inspired app" Neowin 7/6
  • "Windows 1.11 is a Promotion for 'Stranger Things'" Thurrott 7/6
  • "Intel Working on New Data Parallel C++" InfoQ 7/6
  • "Update: AMD To Defensively Lower Radeon RX 5700 Pricing Due To Killer GeForce RTX Super Performance" HotHardware 7/6
  • "Dell Inspiron 13 7000 review: Premium and practical all in one/Dell gives the Inspiron family a glow-up without sacrificing power or features" Ars Technica 7/6
  • "Dell XPS 13 Rocking Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-U CPU Leaks In New Benchmarks" HotHardware 7/6
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "This week's Apple trading strategies (7/8-7/12): With tariffs averted—for now—is Apple poised to take off?" Apple 3.0 8:59 PM
  • "Judgment Day Looms for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google" Forbes 7/5
Industry News
  • "Stocks end slightly lower after strong jobs report puts Fed rate cuts in question: U.S. economy created 224,000 new jobs in June" MarketWatch 7/5
  • "US stocks curb losses as investors weigh jobs report, future Fed cut" FOXBusiness 7/5
  • "Stocks Edge Lower as Jobs Report Clouds Expectations of a Rate Cut: Report eases fears of a hiring slowdown" [Paid Membership Required] 7/5

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