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Weekend Highlights: London's Evening Standard interviews Apple's Sarah Herrlinger, head of global accessibility, on how Apple works to bake accessibility into everything they make; AAPL on a tear right now, fueling rise of entire market; Eclectic Light Company on why your Mac keeps waking up; Facebook's allowance of misleading political ads said to help conservative landslide in UK; David Phelan reviews 16" MacBook Pro; and Chrome Unboxed writer switches from AirPods to Razer wireless earbuds; phase one of a US/China trade deal means good news for Apple this holiday season; Dan Moren argues "Apple's next step with the Mac should be consumer-focused"; and Jonny Evans looks at Apple's ambition to make "company's greatest contribution to humankind '[...] in the health area"; Apple announces Ultimate Rivals sports gaming franchise; Little America renewed for season 2 on Apple TV+; and employees of Apple to get free DNA tests; Google Assistant speech translation via Interpreter Mode available on iOS, Android; Apple promises fix for iPhone parental control weakness allowing kids to bypass.

  • "Apple begins exporting India-made iPhones to European markets: Industry watchers believe Apple is treating India more as a production hub than a significant market."  The Economic Times 7:42 AM
  • "iPhones made in India now being exported to European markets, not simply sold domestically" 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "Apple's India-made top-end iPhones to hit stores next month: source" Reuters 1:14 PM
  • "For These Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook Executives, Life Is About to Get Very Unpleasant (All Because of What Congress Just Announced)"  Inc. 10:04 AM
  • "Donald Trump Throws a Tax Bomb at Emmanuel Macron" ["The likes of Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Apple Inc. have been up in arms about what they describe as an unfair tariff on Silicon Valley. And now they've been joined by their government, which is starting a probe of the French tax under Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act, alleging harm against American interests."] Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:39 AM
  • "President Trump 'concerned' about French law targeting tech giants" ["The President has ordered an investigation into France's planned tax on tech companies. This tax would likely hit major tech companies, including Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon. A representative for U.S. Trade said that it 'unfairly targets' American companies."] Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "United States Trade Representative launches investigation into France's digital tax for good reasons—and should look into copyright law, too" Foss Patents 8:03 AM
  • "UK braves US ire by pressing ahead with tax on tech companies: Move comes hours after Washington threatens sanctions against France for similar levy" ["Treasury ministers and officials were under little illusion that their proposed tax on UK revenues of the likes of Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon would irritate US president Donald Trump's administration, but they stuck to their original timetable for the finance bill's publication."] Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:13 AM
  • "Apple took action to fix Zoom flaw, which proves how serious it was" Mashable 7:45 AM
  • "Apple steps in to automatically remove Zoom's risky software from Macs" The Next Web 7:40 AM
  • "Wondering how to whack Zoom's dodgy hidden web server on your Mac? No worries, Apple's done it for you" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Zoom fixes webcam flaw for Macs, but security concerns linger" Computerworld 3:51 PM
  • "Safari Technology Preview 87 Provides Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements" MacTrast 7:58 AM
  • "This Song Is Not Currently Available In Your Country Or Region; Fix" macReports 3:53 PM
  • "How to start your Mac computer in 'Safe Mode,' to diagnose problems and track down troublesome programs" Business Insider 11:42 AM
  • "PDFelement Pro 7 review: A full-featured Acrobat Alternative" PCWorld 7:39 AM
  • "How to Stop Apps from Using Camera on Mac" OS X Daily 3:57 PM
  • "Firefox can stop your data from leaking all over the internet" CNET 7:25 AM
  • "How to turn on AirPlay on a Mac computer, for screen mirroring on larger displays like an Apple or smart TV" Business Insider 8:09 PM
  • "How to copy and paste pages between documents in Pages on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:44 AM
  • "iPad apps on Mac: Project Catalyst Explained" iMore 8:05 AM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Announces AutoCAD 2020 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2020 for Mac" Architosh 10:59 AM
  • "HDRtist NX2 for macOS - Power to Make Magic" prMac 9:22 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "'Sign in with Apple' may not really impact customer data tracking after all: Apple's automated disposable email service isn't a new encumbrance to tracking customers, according to Arm Treasure Data's co-founder and CTO Kazuki Ota."  TechRepublic 8:30 AM
  • "How much is Apple's spaceship headquarters worth? Now we have the answer: Apple's headquarters have been assessed at $3.5 billion by Santa Clara County — or about $4.2 billion, when you count equipment and furniture." San Francisco Chronicle 3:51 PM
  • "Amazon becomes fastest-growing music streaming service: Rise in subscriptions has outpaced rivals Spotify and Apple over the past year"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:28 AM
  • "Amazon now fastest-growing music service, outpacing Apple & Spotify" AppleInsider 7:38 AM
  • "Everyone is sleeping on Amazon Music Unlimited" Cult of Mac 11:41 AM
  • "Apple spent nearly $15M per episode on Apple TV+ show 'See,' report says" AppleInsider 8:10 PM
  • "Sweeping glass facade of Apple Jewel Changi Airport unveiled in Singapore" 9to5Mac 7:42 AM
  • "Apple opens app design and development accelerator in China" TechCrunch 7:23 AM
  • "Original Apple-1 manual sells for $12,956 at auction" AppleInsider 3:53 PM
  • "AirPod is crucial component of robot umpire" Cult of Mac 1:15 PM
  • "What happens when an AirPod gets lost in a NYC subway station? [Video] 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "Former Tesla employee admits to storing Autopilot source code on his own iCloud" Engadget 7:48 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "France passes turnover-based tax Bill for tech giants despite US disapproval" ZDNet 8:59 PM
  • "PSA: The first Google Messages beta is crashing" 9to5Google 8:07 PM
  • "FCC commissioner blasts carriers for failure to fight robocalls" The Verge 5:12 PM
  • "Google rolling out redesigned News tab for desktop Search" 9to5Google 5:11 PM
  • "Twitter back up partially after worldwide outage" Reuters 4:09 PM
  • "Twitter suffers widespread outage, shares down" Reuters 3:52 PM
  • "Python is eating the world: How one developer's side project became the hottest programming language on the planet/Frustrated by programming language shortcomings, Guido van Rossum created Python. With the language now used by millions, Nick Heath talks to van Rossum about Python's past and explores what's next." ZDNet 11:05 AM
  • "Trump's Social Media Summit Mortifies White House, Enrages Far-Right Allies: No one who is invited to the summit has actually been banned from social platforms." The Daily Beast 4:10 PM
  • "After Trump Twitter ruling, Ocasio-Cortez is sued for blocking critics" ZDNet 9:09 AM
  • "The unpredictable legal implications of Trump's Twitter-blocking defeat: Telling the president to unblock critics was easy, but interpreting the rule for other government accounts could be hard" The Verge 9:09 AM
  • "Internet outages this month were result of bad luck, not hackers" Jerusalem Post 8:43 AM
  • "Trump invites conservative social media personalities to White House summit" New York Post 7:59 AM
  • "Behold: This huge leak may be the first real photo of Google's Pixel 4" BGR 7:59 AM
  • "Google says its workers are listening to and transcribing your Google Assistant commands" Business Insider 7:23 AM
  • "Road to Macstock -Macstock's Camera Tech Norbert Frassa" MacVoices 3:00 PM
  • "Apple's Silent Updates, Robocall Blocking – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-11" The Mac Observer 12:44 PM
  • "Apple Goes With A New Keyboard Design - What The Tech Ep. 447" Thurrott 8:04 AM
  • "Research Firms Paint Contrasting Pictures of Apple's Mac Shipments in Q2 2019" MacRumors 6:17 PM
  • "The Personal Computing Device Market Rides Several Trends to Produce Solid Results in Q2 2019, According to IDC" ["Apple rounded out the top 5, shipping nearly 4.1 million units. Like other companies, Apple managed to move additional units into the channels to fend off potential tariffs. Additionally, the recent launch of new notebooks leaves the company in a position with plenty of inventory on-hand."] IDC 6:16 PM
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Grew 1.5% in Second Quarter of 2019" Gartner 6:16 PM
  • "Apple's Mac sales are up a lot or down slightly in Q2 depending on who you ask" AppleInsider 8:09 PM
  • "DigiTimes Says Apple AR Glasses Have Reportedly Been 'Terminated'"  MacRumors 8:41 AM
  • "Unconfirmed reports suggest Apple has killed AR glasses project" VentureBeat 8:42 AM
  • "Base 2019 13-Inch MacBook Pro is Up to 83% Faster Than Previous Generation in Benchmarks" MacRumors 11:16 AM
  • "Intel chip shortages put a crimp in Mac sales" Cult of Mac 5:11 PM
  • "Apple disables Walkie Talkie app due to vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping" TechCrunch 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch Due to Eavesdropping Vulnerability" MacRumors 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Watch bug allowed iPhone eavesdropping" BBC 7:46 AM
  • "A Project Titan Invention comes to Light covering Parking Spaces that will use a next-gen Wireless Charging System" Patently Apple 7:48 AM
  • "Apple files for a patent for 'wireless charging alignment systems' for an electric car" Apple World Today 8:05 AM
  • "Apple working on self-driving car wireless charging technologies" AppleInsider 11:42 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:28 AM
  • "iPad Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:28 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:28 AM

  • "Hands on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro: These two entry-level Apple laptops get spec upgrades and, in one case, an important price cut." CNET 7:26 AM
  • "AirPods, Powerbeats Pro and Galaxy Buds water test: Which ones survived?" CNET 10:03 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch Lite vs. Apple iPod Touch: Which is the best $200 gaming handheld for kids?" CNET 7:25 AM
  • "HyperDrive PRO 8-in-2: A Portable Solution With Added Value" ReadWrite 9:21 AM
  • "How to reverse image search on an iPhone, and why you might want to use these third-party apps instead of Google Images" Business Insider 8:09 PM
  • "Is iOS's Do Not Disturb While Driving driving you around the bend? Change its behavior/Will you use it in a car? On a boat? In a tram? Maybe: scram!" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "iOS 13"s new Optimized Battery Charging feature explained" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "Hey YouTube, stop showing me videos I don't want to see: Remove those annoying video suggestions once and for all." CNET 7:24 AM
  • "Popular Speedtest iOS app hides an epic Easter egg behind this gesture" 9to5Mac 11:40 AM
  • "Frequently Asked Questions About MacBook Batteries" MacMost 10:03 AM
  • "Comment: Apple's $999 MacBook Air and Beats education deal is the most compelling in years" 9to5Mac 3:54 PM
  • "'Sign in with Apple' might not be silver bullet for privacy" Cult of Mac 3:53 PM
  • "2019 MacBook Air vs.MacBook Pro: Which is right for you?" Cult of Mac 1:15 PM
  • "A Timeline of iOS Accessibility: It Started with 36 Seconds" MacStories 11:08 AM
  • "Jony Ive's errors: why ugly isn't always bad design, but beautiful sometimes is"  Medium 10:03 AM
  • "It's tough to choose the best Apple laptop to buy right now" Quartz 8:43 AM
  • "Editorial: Apple is not cancelling its AR Glasses" AppleInsider 3:53 PM
  • "No, Apple hasn't canceled its AR glasses project" Cult of Mac 11:16 AM
  • "Has Apple Terminated Its AR Glasses Project?" iDrop News 10:59 AM
  • "I doubt Apple has terminated its 'Apple Glasses' plans" Apple World Today 8:35 AM
  • "Why Digital Identity Verification Is Gaining Ground" ITPro Today 8:10 PM
  • "Opinion: Rush to beat China tariffs drives PC shipments higher, but that may bode ill for rest of 2019" MarketWatch 8:09 PM
  • "The White House's social media summit has an ulterior motive: It's not about bias — it's about whipping up enthusiasm among the president's most online supporters" The Verge 7:39 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple reinstates OurPact parental control app removed over privacy concerns" Reuters 8:07 PM
  • "Unc0ver Jailbreak Gets Support for Jailbreaking iOS 12.2 via Sock Puppet Exploit [Download] iClarified 5:34 PM
  • "In Honor of Apollo 11, Orbitrack is Free on July 20th" The Mac Observer 5:04 PM
  • "'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' Partners With Sanrio For Exclusive Items" Touch Arcade 1:15 PM
  • "iPad Pro Teardown Wallpapers Are Here!" iFixit 11:03 AM
  • "Learn the Unique Weaknesses of Apple Devices at Black Hat USA" Dark Reading 8:44 AM
  • "Candy Crush Saga drops its landmark 5,000th level" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Hong Kong's Octopus confirms Apple Pay support coming later this year for iPhone and Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 7:46 AM
  • "IKEA Adds More HomeKit Compatible Light Bulbs to Line" The Mac Observer 8:05 AM
  • "IKEA expands HomeKit compatible line of smart bulbs" AppleInsider 7:27 AM
  • "The best Apple HomeKit gadgets of 2019" CNET 7:25 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft stirs suspicions by adding telemetry files to security-only update: This month's Security-only update package for Windows 7 includes an unexpected compatibility/telemetry component that has some skeptical users up in arms." ZDNet 7:05 AM
  • "Microsoft defends planned partner program changes, but many aren't buying it: Microsoft's talk about priorities and a changing partner market as reasons for dropping internal use rights for its products isn't sitting well with many of its resellers." ZDNet 11:21 AM
  • "Windows 10 preview tests password-free sign-ins: It's just your face, a finger or a PIN after that." Engadget 6:53 AM
  • "Windows 10 Insiders can now go password-free: Your mother's maiden name is no good here" The Inquirer 8:25 AM
  • "New Windows 10 preview lets you go passwordless and improves Your Phone app: Your Phone now facilitates screen mirroring with a host of Surface devices" TechRadar UK 11:33 AM
  • "Microsoft is making Windows 10 passwordless: It's part of a bigger push to get rid of passwords" The Verge 11:39 AM
  • "Custom-cooled RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT GPUs slated for August/September" KitGuru 7:17 AM
  • "Nvidia has isolated Ryzen 3000's GeForce BSOD error and is working on a fix" PCGamesN 7:17 AM
  • "AMD is beating Intel on performance, power and price for the first time in 20 years" TechRadar UK 7:19 AM
  • "AMD Expected to Further Eat into Intel's Market Share; Stocks Go Up Due To Positive Ryzen and Radeon Reviews" TechQuila 7:16 AM
  • "Did AMD Really 'Jebait' NVIDIA? Radeon VP Scott Herkelman Interview!" HotHardware 8:56 PM
  • "Intel: New chip materials will enable massive AI research gains" VentureBeat 5:47 PM
  • "Intel Comet Lake line-up leaked: Upcoming 14nm Intel CPUs include 10-core, 20-thread Core i9-10900KF with a boost-clock of 5.2MHz" Computing 7:18 AM
  • "Intel unveils three packaging approaches as product differentiator" ee News 7:18 AM
  • "Intel patches vulnerability in Processor Diagnostic Tool" bit-tech 7:19 AM
  • "IBM Builds AI Ladder with Partnerships: IBM is creating a richer technology stack to help customers ascend the 'AI Ladder,' gaining the foundation for an artificial intelligence practice." InformationWeek 11:32 AM
  • "IBM is offering humanitarian response 'starter kits' to developers" Business Insider 3:57 PM
  • "IBM torches Big Tech's get-out-of-jail-free card, says websites should be held responsible for netizen-posted content" The Register 4:10 PM
  • "Oracle is joining Amazon and Uber in the race to digitize the 'antiquated' $800 billion trucking industry: ES" Business Insider 7:23 AM
  • "Cisco Looks to Acquire Acacia Communications" EE Times Asia 6:54 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Q3 2019 Earnings Preview: iPhone & China Sales" Zacks 8:07 PM
  • "Is This Why Apple Stock Has Been Rising?" Motley Fool 9:21 AM
  • "TSMC 2H19 performance hinges mostly on new iPhones sales" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:40 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P end in record territory after Powell boosts expectations for Fed rate cut: UnitedHealth shares lead the Dow higher" MarketWatch 3:45 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Post Record Closes on Rate Cut Hopes, Healthcare Rally: The Dow & S&P 500 closed at record highs with the S&P barely missing ending the day above 3,000." TheStreet 3:45 PM
  • "Dow tops 27,000 for first time on health care stock gains, rate cut hopes" FOXBusiness 3:45 PM
  • "Health-Care Rally Helps Lift Dow to Record Close: Blue-chip index finishes above 27000, while S&P 500 battles back to finish day higher" [Paid Membership Required] 3:44 PM
  • "Asian shares rise after Fed signals U.S. rate cut likely" MarketWatch 7:31 AM

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