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Weekend Highlights: Tile, maker of tracking devices, decries Apple's anti-competitive practices and will be among four companies testifying before a House Judiciary subcommittee against big tech monopoly; Apple's purchase of "shows how AI is moving right onto devices" says Wired, opening the future for Apple's AI, and Dan Moren analyzes this and two more of Apple's recent acquisitions; New York Times wonders why the DOJ is pressing Apple for help even though tools exist to crack iPhones—more on Apple vs. DOJ/FBI in our Op/Ed section; AppleInsider has tips for decluttering your Mac; Goldman Sachs insists they're in control of who gets an Apple Card despite Apple's "created by Apple, not a bank" claim; following controversy, Apple's The Banker will be released in theaters, a first for Apple; latest AirPods Pro firmware complaints over worse noise cancellation.

  • "Apple's iconic leadership team from 2007: Where are they now?" Business Insider 7:21 AM
  • "iBook Turns 20: Watch Steve Jobs Unveil the World's First Notebook With Wireless Internet" MacRumors 7:31 AM
  • "Apple: No Macintosh Forks. But The iPad..."  Monday Note 10:23 PM
  • "New iPhone hacking tool can reportedly access a user's iCloud data"  BGR 7/20
  • "Apple files for Apple Card & Apple Pay Cash trademarks in Canada: Apple is looking at bringing the Apple Card and Apple Pay Cash to Canada, expanding beyond the U.S., according to recent trademark filings." AppleInsider 7/20
  • "Data Leak Warning Issued To Millions Of Google Chrome And Firefox Users" Forbes 7/19
  • "'Why won't my Mac turn on?': Troubleshooting tips for any Mac computer that won't start properly" Business Insider 7/19
  • "You need a backup plan before you move to macOS Catalina: You need a backup plan, and it's prudent to implement one before a major update like macOS Catalina. Here's how and when to choose between Apple's Time Machine and third-party options including online backup services." AppleInsider 7/20
  • "New to Mac? 3 ways to copy and paste text on your Mac" iDownload Blog 7/19
  • "How to view all keyboard shortcuts for an app on macOS" AddictiveTips 7/19
  • "TiPbITS: Watch YouTube Videos in Picture in Picture" TidBITS 7/19
  • "How To Zip and Unzip Files On Your Mac" MacMost 7/19
  • "macOS: 26 Trello Keyboard Shortcuts to Speed Up Usage" The Mac Observer 7/19
Press Releases
  • "Automailer 2.8 to send bulk personalized emails in text and html" Ecleti 7/19
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Crime blotter: AirDrop evacuates plane, iPad exposes massive insurance fraud & more" AppleInsider 6:48 PM
  • "Apple Watch's heart rate monitor credit with saving another man's life" BGR 1:57 PM
  • "Apple Files for Canadian Apple Card and Apple Pay Cash Trademarks" MacTrast 1:11 PM
  • "Unusual reading on the Apple Watch saves a man's life" phoneArena 7/20
  • "G7 urges tough Libra regulation, agrees to tax digital giants" ["The G7 also agreed that large tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook or Apple can be taxed in the countries in which they make money, even without being physically present there."] Reuters 7/19
  • "Apple's new Vancouver office looks absolutely spectacular" Cult of Mac 7/19
  • "The Israeli firm behind software used to hack WhatsApp boasted that it can scrape data from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft cloud servers" Business Insider 7/19
  • "Israeli Security Firm Claims Spyware Tool Can Harvest iCloud Data in Targeted iPhone Attack" MacRumors 7/19
  • "NSO Group's WhatsApp spyware can now snoop on your Facebook, Google, and iCloud data too" The Next Web 7/19
  • "In the cooler for the next three years: Hacker of iCloud accounts used by athletes and rappers" The Register 7/19
  • "YouTube Music just got a crazy new feature that Spotify and Apple Music can't copy" BGR 7/19
Non-Apple News
  • "Here's Why You Should Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now" Redmond Pie 8:04 AM
  • "Google bought my friend's face for $5: As Google works on a version of Face ID for its next Pixel phone, its employees are stopping people in public places and enticing them with a $5 gift card." ZDNet 7:20 AM
  • "'The Orville' season 3 will be a Hulu exclusive: You won't find the continuation on Fox." Engadget 7/20
  • "Amazon hires lobbyist with Trump ties amid contentious Pentagon cloud contest" GeekWire 7/20
  • "Report: FTC approves a fine for Google over YouTube kids privacy probe/The agency reportedly found that YouTube violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act." Engadget 7/20
  • "White House to host meeting with tech executives on Huawei ban: sources" Reuters 7/19
  • "Blizzard's bad-news year continues with another co-founder's departure" Ars Technica 7/19
  • "Jeff Bezos Says We're Destroying Earth, but Amazon Is the Slowest Tech Giant to Go Green" Motley Fool 7/19
  • "How Much Your Data Is Worth to Tech Companies? Lawmakers Want Answers" The Conversation 7/19
  • "Passwords are incredibly insecure, so websites and apps are quietly tracking your mouse movements and smartphone swipes without you knowing to make sure it's really you"  Business Insider 7/19
  • "Huawei's mysterious Hongmeng OS isn't the 'plan B' Android replacement we expected it to be" Business Insider 7/19
  • "Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears" Associated Press 7/19
  • "Google reportedly fined over children's privacy on YouTube" CNET 7/19
  • "Google to clamp down on Incognito Mode detection: Company also triples maximum baseline reward for security bugs." ZDNet 7/19
  • "Google will close a Chrome 'loophole' that tells sites you're in incognito mode" BGR 7/19
  • "YouTube: 'We don't take you down the rabbit hole'" BBC 7/19
  • "Most Americans Have Swiped Their Way Into a Serious Relationship" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "AI, quantum computing and 5G could make criminals more dangerous than ever, warn police" ZDNet 7/19
  • "iOS 13 and iPad OS, Things We Like and Things We Like Less, with Andrew Orr -ACM 519" The Mac Observer 7:14 AM
  • "Going native: Taking a bite out of the Apple guidelines/Patrick McKay, MD for mobile app developer JakDigital, tells US operators it is time to go fully native and comply with Apple's 'unsurprising' clampdown on real-money gambling apps" EGR 7/19
  • "Apollo Space in the News, Apple's Russia Conundrum -TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-19" The Mac Observer 7/19
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter's Major Design Overhaul" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7/19
  • "Josh Long of Intego On Malware, Security, Privacy, and Safety Online" MacVoices 7/19
  • "9to5Mac Daily: July 19, 2019 – iCloud surveillance tool, 2020 iPhone processors" 9to5Mac 7/19
  • "Vergecast: Hear what happened when big tech went to Capitol Hill this week" The Verge 7/19
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 234: MacBook speeds, Apple TV+ details, and iPhone 11 dummies" 9to5Mac 7/19
  • "What you need to know about that viral face-aging app you've been using, this week on The CultcastCult of Mac 7/19
  • "Hackintosh vs Mac Pro, 2019 iPhone dummy models, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7/19
  • "Apple to launch SiriOS at WWDC 2020, analyst claims" Apple Must 7/19
  • "'SiriOS' predicted for 2020 WWDC - here's what it might be" AppleInsider 7/19
  • "LG Expected to Share OLED Display Orders for 2019 iPhones, Possibly Followed by BOE as Early as 2020" MacRumors 7/19
  • "TSMC to enter new growth phase in 5G era" ["Apple and Huawei are reportedly TSMC's major 5nm chip clients."] DigiTimes 7/19
  • "Apple-Chipmaker TSMC's Outlook Shines as Industry Stabilizes" [Video Report] Bloomberg 7/19
  • "More support for idea that 2020 iPhones will use 5nm chips" 9to5Mac 7/19
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7/19
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7/19

  • "Best Wireless Mouse for Mac in 2019" iMore 4:55 PM
  • "iPhone XS specs vs. XR, XS Max, X: What is the same and different/See how Apple's latest iPhones compare with the original iPhone X, spec by spec." CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Review: Apple's 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is an excellent, inexpensive workhorse"  AppleInsider 7/20
  • "Review: Grado's GW100 headphones make open-back wireless affordable/There may be superior-sounding open-back headphones, but you'll be hard-pressed to find anything better than the Grado GW100 that's both wireless and affordable." AppleInsider 7/20
  • "Review: Two weeks abroad with Anker's PowerPort Atom PD 2 gallium nitride (GaN) charger for USB-C and Lightning devices:This charger is billed as the 'Ultimate Travel Charger' and it really is just that" MacDailyNews 7/20
  • "New Apple MacBook Pro vs Air (2019) Face-off: We Pick the Winner" LAPTOP Magazine 7/20
  • "AirPods vs. Anker Soundcore Liberty Air: a cheap, great alternative/AirPods are great, but they are expensive. Here's an alternative earbud that costs half the price." CNET 7/20
  • "What to Expect From the 2019 iPhones: Hands-On With Dummy Models" MacRumors 7/19
  • "Elago W6, the cute Apple Watch stand that thinks it's an iPod" 9to5Mac 7/19
iOS Apps
  • "Review: 'Sky - Children of the Light' has arrived on the iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 8:30 PM
  • "Home Screen Quick Actions In iOS 13 Beta 4" Benjamin Mayo 7/19
  • "'P1 Select' Review – Ringing In the New Weird" Touch Arcade 7/19
  • "How to Create Custom iMessage Profile on iPhone in iOS 13" iPhone Hacks 10:23 PM
  • "How to connect your existing accessories to USB-C on the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air" iMore 10:15 PM
  • "How To Use Apple Pay On Your Apple Watch" Forbes 7:22 AM
  • "10 Ways to Change iPhone Wallpaper'" iPhone Hacks 7:13 AM
  • "How To Replace Your MacBook Air SSD" Forbes 7/20
  • "How to update from a watchOS 6 beta to the official release: Switch from the beta program to the official release of watchOS 6!" iMore 7/20
  • "4 ways to make a GIF without Photoshop: Here are my favorite ways to create a GIF from a phone or computer." CNET 7/20
  • "How to Automatically Close Safari Tabs in iPhone and iPad'" iPhone Hacks 7/20
  • "Keep your phone from dying in the heat wave" CNET 7/19
  • "How to Set an Alarm on Apple Watch" OS X Daily 7/19
  • "How to save all open tabs to a folder in iOS 13 Safari" Cult of Mac 7/19
  • "How to properly clean your Apple Watch, including its band and Digital Crown" Business Insider 7/19
  • "Using Peloton bikes and treadmills with Apple Watch, Music, and Health" 9to5Mac 7/19
  • "How to recover your Google account if you've been hacked, or forgot your email or password" Business Insider 7/19
  • "How Apple is improving Siri Shortcuts in iOS, iPadOS" Computerworld 7/19
  • "How to use Quick Actions in the Files app on iPad" iDownload Blog 7/19
  • "This is how your phone could save your life: Apps, text messaging and external battery packs could make a huge difference in an emergency situation." CNET 7/19
  • "How to buy a used Mac without being locked out: Apple offers protections for owners with more to come—buyers be aware!" Macworld 7/19
  • "Buying a Refurbished Mac? 10 Things You Need to Know" MakeUseOf 7/19
  • "How to prioritize Apple Health sources on iPhone" 9to5Mac 7/19
  • "How to have Google Maps remember where you parked your car" The Next Web 7/19
  • "Apple's 2020 iPhones could be getting 120Hz displays" TechRadar UK 10:22 PM
  • "New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple's Stunning Upgrade" Forbes 10:21 PM
  • "From the Editor's Desk: Apple Card FOMO is real/Apple Card is probably not that far away from finally being available. It's not like a new iPhone, though. We shouldn't just run out and get one just because it's Apple's next big thing." iMore 4:16 PM
  • "2020 iPhone may adopt iPad Pro-style ProMotion displays" AppleInsider 1:12 PM
  • "Apple: SiriOS in 2020? Let's follow this rumor to its source." Apple 3.0 9:03 AM
  • "Comment: Is Apple Watch with LTE becoming the perfect cell phone for kids?" 9to5Mac 8:54 AM
  • "The iPhone 11 rumors are starting to take shape: A real-life look at what Apple's 2019 iPhone could look like based on the rumors and a detailed look at that camera bump." CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Apple Has a Secrecy Problem" Fortune 7/20
  • "Apple Might Launch 'SiriOS' at WWDC 2020 — Here's What You Should Know" WCCFTech 7/20
  • "The iPhone 11 is getting real! A new video shows a real-life look at what Apple's 2019 iPhone will look like, based on all the rumors." CNET 7/20
  • "Do you make these mistakes with your iPhone or iPad? I'm amazed how many myths and legends exist when it comes to using an iPhone or iPad. Some will slow down your device, while others are downright harmful." ZDNet 7/20
  • "Jony Ive Describes the 20th Anniversary Macintosh in 1997" Daring Fireball 7/19
  • "Apple iPad vs. iPad Air vs. iPad mini vs. iPad Pro: Which Tablet Should You Buy?" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "Apple, Yet Again, Is Missing An Ultraportable Mac In Its Notebook Computer Lineup" MacPrices 7/19
  • "iPhone Loyalty Is Reportedly Dropping Like a Rock" ExtremeTech 7/19
  • "Apple can't roll out a revolutionary product every six months" Apple World Today 7/19
  • "5G could make Apple a $1 trillion business again" Cult of Mac 7/19
  • "Six things we'd like to see in the next Apple TV: With Apple's big push into streaming content, the time is right to rethink its streaming hardware." Macworld 7/19
  • "What Happens When You Replace a Car Tire with 200 Lightning Cables?" iDrop News 7/19
  • "Mpix Photo Printing review: Beautiful photos and more/The photo quality is excellent, but the website is less so." iMore 10:43 AM
  • "Lenovo ThinkBook 13s unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 9:56 AM
  • "HP Envy 13 (2019) review: HP proves its design chops" Neowin 7/20
  • "Acer Swift 7 unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 7/20
  • "YouTube Music or Play Music? Google's Music Services Explained: What's the difference between Google Play Music and YouTube Music? Not much, which is why Google is merging them...eventually. In the interim, though, Google's music-streaming strategy is a confusing mess. Here's what you need to know." PC Magazine 7/20
  • "Human imperfection makes it hard to regulate big tech" ZDNet 7/20
  • "Forget 'Russian' FaceApp - Facebook And Social Science One Are The Real Russian Data Danger" Forbes 7/19
  • "Why Google Can't Solve the Privacy Paradox" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "Powering the brains of tomorrow's intelligent machines" TechCrunch 7/19
  • "Please use ethernet cables whenever you can. Please." Mashable 7/19
  • "Millennials are turning to Netflix to cope with burnout, and it highlights the similarities between technology addiction and food cravings" Business Insider 7/19
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Summer NAMM 2019: Eventide unveils Harmadillo H9 tremolo algorithm" MusicTech 7/20
  • "Summer NAMM 2019: Casio revives Casiotone, adds iPad learning features" MusicTech 7/20
  • "Summer NAMM 2019: Eventide brings plug-ins to iOS" MusicTech 7/20
  • "WhatsApp for iOS to get voice message previews in notifications" NewsBytes 7/20
  • "A Smart Diaper Product From Pampers Will Launch This Fall" PC Magazine 7/19
  • "Pampers just announced an iPhone app for baby diapers" Apple Must 7/19
  • "Unc0ver v3.3.6 released to address Sock Port exploit issues on 4K devices" iDownload Blog 7/19
  • "Apple @ Work: Top 3 mistakes Apple IT managers make [Video Webinar] 9to5Mac 7/19
  • "Ambrosia launches revolutionary 'Direct-to-Apple Watch' NightRider BluCon for Continuous Glucose Monitoring" PRNewswire 7/19
  • "1Password Restores Free-to-Use Local Vault Option in Latest Version of iOS App" MacRumors 7/19
  • "Steve Wozniak becomes co-founder of EFFORCE, an eco-blockchain initiative" Neowin 7/19
  • "Zagg brings its rugged keyboard case with backlight and laptop-style keys to iPad mini 5" iDownload Blog 7/19
  • "Journey creator's Sky debuts on iPhone and iPad" Ars Technica 7/19
  • "Apple Music rebrands one of its most popular playlists" Cult of Mac 7/19
  • "Fortnite players on iOS must reinstall after game-breaking bug" Cult of Mac 7/19
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 7 vs Windows 10: The next big challenge/Time is running out for those who haven't already moved on from Windows 7. But are they really ready for the jump to Windows 10?" ZDNet 6:48 PM
  • "Xbox console update makes for bad reading, but it's good news for Xbox Live and Microsoft" Daily Star (UK) 7:17 AM
  • "Xbox Scarlett Price Drop SHOCK: Top Analyst suggests Microsoft has learned from Xbox One" Daily Star (UK) 7:18 AM
  • "Windows Defender To Become Microsoft Defender Antivirus And Exploit Guard" HotHardware 4:11 PM
  • "Government Approved AMD's China Exports: AMD has actively sought open and productive dialogue with the U.S. government to protect national-security interests." [Paid Membership Required] 10:31 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Vs. Ryzen 5 3600X — Which Is Better?" Swerd Media 7:19 AM
  • "'Alarms Went off in the Spacecraft.' How IBM Computer Whizzes Saved Apollo 11" Fortune 7:17 AM
  • "Microsoft patents advanced, multi-dimensional sensor device for wearables" Neowin 7/20
  • "Microsoft execs talk about Project xCloud in new video and show off an xCloud server" Neowin 7/20
  • "Redditor finds a solution to the Dell XPS 15 7590's GPU throttling issue" Notebook Check 7/20
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple supplier's bullish forecast hints at end to smartphone industry's losing streak" phoneArena 10:21 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks steady mid-session Friday as investors ponder corporate earnings, Fed rate cuts and U.S-China trade dispute: Microsoft shares rally after earnings beat" MarketWatch 7/19
  • "Stocks struggle as rate cut expectations, Iran tensions rise" FOXBusiness 7/19
  • "U.S. Stocks Pare Back as Fed Signals Small Rate Cut: Microsoft shares jump after posting record revenue; bond yields rise" [Paid Membership Required] 7/19
  • "Asian markets gain on fresh hopes of rate cut by Fed: Nikkei, Hang Seng, Shanghai post solid gains after comments by Fed's Williams" MarketWatch 7/19

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