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Wednesday Highlights: President Trump doubles down on criticism of Apple not helping unlock iPhones saying "they have the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds", recounting help he's given Apple; analyst Paulo Santos says Apple's "small rebound in iPhone sales in China ... did not represent a meaningful recovery of the volume [they] once had in China"; United Kingdom lawmakers say tech tax to proceed regardless of US pressure; New York Post says Apple has eye on 11 Penn Plaza for office space; Bloomberg reporting possible May unveiling of a new low-cost iPhone; Macworld reviews FotoMagico for iPad; John Gruber recalls article from Der Spiegel in which Tim Cook indicated Apple would "eventually no longer have a key to iCloud data".

  • "Apple, Google, and the copycat conundrum: 'Android copied the iPhone,' 'iOS copied Android,' and the importance of mobile tech perspective."  Computerworld 7:42 AM
  • "iPhone loyalty is dropping, report finds: Around 15% fewer people are trading in their Apple devices for new iPhones, BankMyCell says."  CNET 8:05 AM
  • "Tons of iPhone users are joining the dark side by switching to Samsung: How do you like them Apples?" The Next Web 8:04 AM
  • "Apple users are dumping iPhones and buying Samsung: Can it be that Apple's most loyal have given up the faith? One survey says it's happening, but is it really all it seems?" ZDNet 1:48 PM
  • "Here's why Apple is seeking exclusive podcast rights" Business Insider 10:37 AM
  • "G7 ministers reach consensus on taxing tech giants like Google, Amazon: France" ["G7 finance ministers meeting in France on Thursday agreed a plan for a tech tax on digital companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber and Amazon that will set a minimum level of taxation for them."] Asian Age 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Plans to Open Office in Westbank's Glitzy Vancouver Tower" Bloomberg 9:15 PM
  • "Apple to open office in Vancouver's new 400 West Georgia tower: Apple has plans to open a massive office facility in one of Vancouver's trendiest high-rise developments, according to those familiar with the matter." AppleInsider 9:15 PM
  • "The Browser Extensions You Use Every Day are Selling Your Personal Information at an Astonishing Rate: A new investigative report looks at just how your browser extensions are capturing—and selling—your web history and private information."  Inc. 1:44 PM
  • "This Bluetooth security flaw could let hackers track your Windows, iOS, and macOS devices" The Next Web 9:59 AM
  • "Dropbox silently installs new file manager app on users' systems: Dropbox ambushes its users with a radically different version of its sync app."  Ars Technica 12:00 PM
  • "Apple Releases Third Public Beta of macOS Catalina to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1:48 PM
  • "How to pick between InDesign, QuarkXPress and other publishing apps: Whether you've got to make a simple one-page poster or lay out a complex book, there are apps that are perfect for the job. If you're in the starting phases of figuring out which heavy-hitting desktop publishing application you want, we can help you out." AppleInsider 7:14 PM
  • "Commander One 2.1 review: Mac file manager now works with iOS devices/A powerful dual-pane file manager and Finder alternative for macOS with built-in support for FTP servers, ZIP archives, cloud services, and iOS devices." Macworld 7:45 AM
  • "Downloading YouTube Videos in macOS" TidBITS 8:51 AM
  • "How to see your Wi-Fi password using 'Keychain Access' on a Mac computer, so you can share it with others" Business Insider 10:09 AM
  • "How to Delete a Single File from Trash on Mac" OS X Daily 3:33 PM
  • "How to stop those annoying website notification prompts: No, I don't want your website to notify me — and I don't want you to ever ask again" The Verge 12:00 PM
Press Releases
  • "NVMe Patches to Allow macOS-Linux Dual Boot Under Review" The Mac Observer 2:16 PM
  • "Daylite & Billings Pro Compatibility: macOS Catalina and iOS 13" Marketcircle Blog 1:48 PM
  • "Mac app lets you enjoy Continuity with Android devices" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
  • "Invoices 3.4 to create and manage commercial invoices on Mac" Ecleti 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Trump slammed the 'radical left' for boycotts and said 'two can play that game.' Here are 21 companies he has targeted, including Apple, Google, and Nordstrom."  Business Insider 8:39 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon, Google concerned over impact of S. Korea-Japan trade feud" ET News 8:39 AM
  • "Apple built an iArmy to clamp down on thievery... and it's working" The Hustle 8:04 AM
  • "Your Spotify and Apple Music subscriptions pay artists you never listen to" Quartz 3:49 PM
  • "Tim Cook says the suspected arson attack on a Japanese animation studio that left 33 people dead is 'a tragedy felt far beyond Japan'" Business Insider 2:11 PM
  • "FaceApp sparks myths and privacy fears. Here's how it works" CBS News 8:06 AM
  • "Apple previews its 'Peanuts' series 'Snoopy in Space'" Engadget 7:58 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Chrome to Stop Websites From Detecting Browser's Incognito Mode" PC Magazine 9:14 PM
  • "Apple Chip Maker TSMC Predicting Strong Second Half of 2019" MacTrast 9:15 PM
  • "Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigue" Associated Press 3:52 PM
  • "We Tested 5G Across America. It's Crazy Fast—and a Hot Mess: In tests, the 5G often switched off due to summer heat, leaving our columnist to cool the devices with ice packs or air conditioners" [Paid Membership Required] 1:43 PM
  • "Google increases rewards for hacking Chrome, Chrome OS, and Google Play" VentureBeat 11:29 AM
  • "T-Mobile's Sprint merger could come to a head next week, report says" CNET 11:28 AM
  • "Google Pulls Seven Stalking Apps From the Play Store" Thurrott 7:56 AM
  • "European Commission Fines Qualcomm €242m For Anti-trust Violations" AnandTech 8:51 AM
  • "Qualcomm Fined $272 Million by EU for Predatory Pricing" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:56 AM
  • "Road to Macstock -Speaker Wrangler Brian Henson" MacVoices 3:31 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: July 18, 2019 –┬áNetflix vs Apple TV+ and more" 9to5Mac 2:12 PM
  • "FaceApp Terms, Inside Podcasting Baseball – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-18" The Mac Observer 1:43 PM
  • "Macworld reader hot takes on the MacBook Air, Apple Maps, Jony Ive, and more: Macworld Podcast episode 659" Macworld 7:46 AM
  • "Apple's new MacBook Pro and Air each top 10 hours of battery life" CNET 7:42 AM
  • "Here's Everything That's New in iOS 13 and iPadOS Dev Beta 4" [Slideshow] iDrop News 7:51 AM
  • "iOS 13: Here are the new security and privacy features you might've missed" TechCrunch 11:50 AM
  • "'Dummy' models of the next iPhone are out in the wild — here's what Apple's iPhone 11 will likely look like" Business Insider 11:29 AM
  • "Apple Releases Third Public Betas of iOS 13 and iPadOS" MacRumors 12:16 PM
  • "iOS 13 public beta 3 is now available to download on your iPhone" BGR 12:16 PM
  • "Apple Invents a Complete Sensory System for Future Mixed Reality Headset" Patently Apple 10:09 AM
  • "Apple wants Siri and Shazam to help you identify songs from movies" Apple World Today 8:07 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:40 AM

  • "OWC Envoy Pro EX USB 3.1 Gen 2 Bus-Powered Flash Storage" Bare Feats 1:43 PM
  • "Review: Kanex iAdapt is the best iPad Pro USB-C hub & better with iPadOS" AppleInsider 11:09 AM
  • "Review: IFROGZ's Airtime earbuds are sabotaged by unreliable connections" AppleInsider 2:12 PM
  • "Review: Baseus Encok S17 Budget Wireless Earphones Offer Comfort, Excellent Bass" Redmond Pie 9:59 AM
  • "Review: Mophie's Powerstation PD XL puts a fast-charging 10,050mAh cell in your pocket" iDownload Blog 1:48 PM
  • "Mophie's powerstation hub is a versatile, if limited, portable battery" Apple World Today 7:17 AM
iOS Apps
  • "iPadOS Preview: Desktop-class Safari, Download Manager, and more!" iMore 10:08 AM
  • "CarPlay's simple Calendar app has one killer feature" Cult of Mac 3:33 PM
  • "Timepage 3.0: Key Refinements for a Mature Calendar App" MacStories 10:09 AM
  • "How to block private callers from reaching your iPhone in 2 ways" Business Insider 3:58 PM
  • "How to use the ECG app on your Apple Watch to monitor your heart rate and detect irregularities" Business Insider 2:59 PM
  • "How to pair an iPhone with your car in 3 different ways, including through Apple's advanced CarPlay app" Business Insider 2:58 PM
  • "How to mute the sound on your iPhone by turning on silent mode and lowering the volume" Business Insider 2:12 PM
  • "How to adjust iPhone touch duration for 3D Touch and Haptic Touch" iDownload Blog 9:59 AM
  • "How to open multiple windows of the same app on iPad" iDownload Blog 8:10 AM
  • "iPhone XS, XR, X owners: This iOS 13 trick makes videos fill your screen" CNET 8:03 AM
  • "What are noise alerts on Apple Watch in watchOS 6?" 9to5Mac 2:59 PM
  • "Which MacBook Should I Buy In 2019?" MacMost 11:02 AM
  • "How and why Apple users should switch to DuckDuckGo for search" Computerworld 10:03 AM
  • "Did Steve Jobs 'Cast Spells'? Bill Gates Thinks So—Here's Why" Forbes 8:32 AM
  • "Does net neutrality still matter in our post-web world? What we think the public Internet is has already been replaced with a vision of the digital marketplace that's more reflective of our society. So why are we trying to resuscitate a framework from another era?" ZDNet 1:43 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "World's 1st Cloud Based Nicotine Monitoring for All Tobacco Users and Their Doctors: IntelliQuit, a leader in tobacco treatment products & services, announced today the release of their first mobile app. The IntelliQuit Mobile App (available the Apple App Store) enables cloud-based nicotine monitoring for all tobacco users and their health care providers." PRNewswire 3:51 PM
  • "ElevationLab unveils robust 'FamilyCharger,' powers five devices incl. Lightning and USB-C" 9to5Mac 3:49 PM
  • "Diamond-encrusted AirPods with a marble stand can be yours for $20,000" VentureBeat 3:33 PM
  • "Zagg launches Rugged Book Go Keyboard case for iPad mini 5" AppleInsider 3:09 PM
  • "Spend Stack is a new running total list app for iOS" 9to5Mac 3:09 PM
  • "Apple Store selling exclusive Satechi USB-C Multiport Pro Adapter, new Native Union wireless chargers and more" 9to5Mac 11:28 AM
  • "Now soccer fans can use Messages to order beers during the beautiful game..." Apple Must 10:55 AM
  • "Apple is now selling smart blood pressure cuffs in-store and online" Business Insider 10:10 AM
  • "Lidl's Own Payment System To Challenge Apple And Google" Forbes 8:40 AM
  • "EA announces Plants vs. Zombies 3" The Verge 8:32 AM
  • "'Plants Vs. Zombies 3' From PopCap Games and EA Is Real and Currently Available In Closed Alpha for Android" Touch Arcade 7:57 AM
  • "Spend Stack: Smarter Lists built on iCloud out Thursday, the 18th" prMac 7:43 AM
  • "Thatgamecompany's Sky is out now for iOS: Other platforms 'coming soon'" The Verge 7:51 AM
  • "Sky: Children of the Light brings a stunning adventure to iOS" Cult of Mac 7:43 AM
  • "The 22-year-old Stanford dropout that created a robot lawyer to dispute car parking tickets is launching a credit card that automatically cancels your free trials" Business Insider 7:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Surface and cloud focus helps boost Q4 earnings as Xbox sales disappoint" The Verge 3:44 PM
  • "Microsoft Q4 FY19: Why is Azure 'slowing' and Windows growing? There's more going on with Microsoft's Azure and Windows businesses than a cursory look at the company's latest earnings might indicate." ZDNet 6:48 PM
  • "Microsoft Q4 2019 Earnings Show Growth in Surface As Azure Growth Slows Down" Thurrott 6:48 PM
  • "Microsoft shares hit record highs, powered by growing cloud sales" Reuters 9:14 PM
  • "Microsoft extends lead as world's most valuable company with record profits" Telegraph 8:43 PM
  • "Microsoft posts record Q4 results despite Xbox slowdown: The company had a 'record fiscal year' thanks to strong performance in (almost) all its segments." Engadget 4:53 PM
  • "Microsoft's gaming division stalls as countdown to the next generation of consoles begins" GeekWire 6:47 PM
  • "Microsoft demos its bid at creating 'secure' voting systems: ElectionGuard could also make voting more accessible." Engadget 6:01 AM
  • "Microsoft demos new ElectionGuard voting system, plans to pilot the tech next year" Neowin 6:03 AM
  • "Microsoft warns 10,000 customers they're being targeted by nation-state hackers: Large enterprises and political orgs suffer the brunt" The Inquirer 6:03 AM
  • "Microsoft warns 10,000 customers they're targeted by nation-sponsored hackers: Hacking remains a tool of choice for influencing elections, company warns." Ars Technica 6:15 AM
  • "Microsoft warns thousands that they are victims of state-sponsored hacking" BetaNews 6:15 AM
  • "Microsoft has warned 10,000 people that nation-state hackers are targeting them: 1,600 personal Microsoft accounts affected" The Verge 6:14 AM
  • "State-sponsored cybercriminals attacked 10,000 Microsoft customers in 2018" The Next Web 6:14 AM
  • "Windows 7: Hospitals and healthcare aren't ready to say goodbye/Upgrade paths are harder for machines that aren't PCs." ZDNet 6:03 AM
  • "Microsoft starts Windows 10's 1803-to-1903 forced upgrade: Microsoft is starting the process of upgrading Windows 10 PCs running last year's April update and moving them to the latest version of the operating system" Computerworld 6:04 AM
  • "Microsoft is ripping SMS Connect from Skype... Again" BetaNews 6:21 AM
  • "Microsoft engineer allegedly used Bitcoin mixers to hide $10M gift card fraud, gets fired" The Next Web 6:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Results to Get Lift From Office, Windows Cloud Bundle" Bloomberg 6:14 AM
  • "Intel CEO blames aggression for 10nm missteps" bit-tech 6:08 AM
  • "Intel CEO: over-ambition resulted in 10nm delays" Hexus 6:08 AM
  • "Intel announces deep, multi-year partnership with SAP" TechCrunch 7:44 AM
  • "Intel and SAP broaden datacenter tech partnership" VentureBeat 7:47 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 Zen 2 Many-Core CPUs Rumored For October Debut" HotHardware 4:11 PM
  • "Hip and modern IBM can't beat legacy kit and services IBM: That's four consecutive quarters of revenue decline now/8% cloud biz growth in 12 months. Where is Red Hat when you need it?" The Register 10:13 AM
  • "IBM's Wimbledon-watching A.I. is poised to revolutionize sports broadcasts" Digital Trends 6:13 AM
  • "DRAM, is it cold in here? Semiconductor market expected to shrink 12% in 2019" The Register 12:21 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Raymond James upgrades Apple on 'increased conviction in a 5G iPhone'" CNBC 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Supplier TSMC Beats as Demand Rises for High-Powered Chips" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:56 AM
  • "TSMC expects 5G to drive earnings, flags South Korea-Japan spat as risk" ["Apple is also likely to turn to Qualcomm for 5G chips after its sole chip supplier Intel said in April it would exit the modem chip business. Apple, though, is not expected to launch a 5G iPhone until September 2020."] Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "TSMC expects 18% revenue increase in 3Q19" DigiTimes 7:46 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks snap 2-day skid as Fed's Williams says central bank should act swiftly to quash slowdown signs" MarketWatch 6:42 PM
  • "Dow Ends Higher on New York Fed President Remarks; Stocks Gain: Stocks staged a comeback late Thursday and ended a three-day losing streak after New York Federal Reserve bank president John Williams called for a fast response to economic distress." TheStreet 6:43 PM
  • "Dow Jones Futures: After Fed-Led Stock Market Rally, Microsoft, Boeing, CrowdStrike Lead Big Movers" Investor's Business Daily 6:44 PM
  • "Stocks rise on top Fed official call for quick rate cut" FOXBusiness 6:44 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Turn Positive After Fed Comments: Corporate results have shown companies on uneven footing; Netflix falls 10%" [Paid Membership Required] 6:44 PM
  • "Asian markets fall on economic red flags as trade-war standoff persists" MarketWatch 11:12 AM
  • "European stocks decline, with SAP down after reporting trade fallout" MarketWatch 6:45 PM

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