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Weekend Highlights: iPhone 11 location data, even turned off, still tracks due to ultra wideband compliance, future software toggle to remedy; too much "focus on privacy weakens Apple's AI" according to experts; Lazarus trojan targets macOS users; Eclectic Light Company wants to know if you're seeing weird issues with macOS Catalina; some Apple TV+ content not playing in Dolby Vision HDR on 4K Apple TV models; iPhone, Pokemon Go causes cited by doctors for rise in head injuries?; want an iPhone with no ports at all? You might get your wish if Ming-Chi Kuo is right, and as soon as 2021; looks like audio popping noise as well as display ghosting affects some 16" MacBook Pros; CNET compares cameras of iPhone 11 and XR; Macworld reviews Amazon's Echo Buds; MacStories takes new Clips 2.1 Memoji, Animoji features for a spin.

  • "Good News: Apple No Longer Is The iPhone Company/When the iPhone grew to represent more than 50% of Apple's revenue, critics worried that the company was overly dependent on the device. Now, critics fret because the percentage fell to 48% in the quarter ending in June. The decline isn't bad news; it's the mark of a neatly maturing business that benefits from its ecosystem's network effects."  Monday Note 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's Likely Next CEO Is More Tim Cook Than He Is Steve Jobs (Here's Why That's Trouble): Apple needs another Steve Jobs, not another Tim Cook (as great as he's been)."  Inc. 10:38 AM
  • "Kuo: Apple Likely to Absorb Any US Tariff Cost Increases on iPhone, iPad, and Mac" MacRumors 7:57 AM
  • "China tariffs may not make iPhones more expensive for customers" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Here's How Much Apple And Others Will Suffer From New Trump Tariffs" Forbes 8:19 AM
  • "Japan's FTC investigating Apple over pressure on parts makers: Mainichi" Reuters 9:15 PM
  • "Apple under investigation by Japan's FTC over supply contracts" AppleInsider 9:16 PM
  • "Japan FTC launches investigation into Apple over its relationship with suppliers" 9to5Mac 9:16 PM
  • "Private Internet Access review: A great service with a reputation for protecting user privacy/This U.S.-based VPN service offering tons of servers, up to 10 simultaneous device connections, and an easy-to-use app." Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "How to Install Malwarebytes on Mac to Scan for Malware & Adware" OS X Daily 3:41 PM
  • "10+ macOS tips for new Mac users [Video] 9to5Mac 11:09 AM
  • "How To Do A Screen Recording On Your Mac" MacMost 1:02 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple is ramping up its R&D spend like there's no tomorrow" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Apple's R&D spend as a slice of income hits pre-iPhone highs" Apple Must 12:45 PM
  • "Goldman hopes to lure iBorrowers with Apple card launch" Reuters 12:45 PM
  • "Apple Card application website goes live ahead of August launch" VentureBeat 12:53 PM
  • "Apple Card Preview program invitation emails going out now in US" AppleInsider 11:52 AM
  • "Apple Card isn't for jailbreakers or cryptocurrency buyers" Cult of Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Tim Cook calls for action after two mass shootings in 24 hours" 9to5Mac 7:58 AM
  • "12 Apple 1s turn computer festival into 'Disneyland for nerds'" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook: UK privacy chief joins warning about cryptocurrency" BBC 8:33 PM
  • "Leaked images show up of Samsung's Galaxy Book S" Neowin 5:04 PM
  • "Trump and Republicans continue to blame video games for their failures on gun control" The Verge 2:12 PM
  • "Trump condemns role of video games in 'glorification of violence'" VentureBeat 12:53 PM
  • "The Pixel 3 can't 'shake' all these user complaints of stuttering camera performance" Android Police 12:01 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Smartwatch Debuts With Touch Sensitive Bezel And LTE" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "Fossil's New Wear OS Smartwatches Enable Voice Calling For iPhone Users, Prices Start At $295" HotHardware 3:51 PM
  • "Fossil's latest stylish smartwatches can last for days" Engadget 9:12 AM
  • "Google says it will use recycled materials in all of its hardware products by 2022" The Verge 11:27 AM
  • "Google and Arm are developing a new technology to mitigate against memory vulnerabilities in Android" Android Police 8:44 AM
  • "Senators Urge Google to Give Temporary Workers Full-Time Status: As of March, Google had more temporary workers than full-time employees. The senators demanded Sundar Pichai, the chief executive, end the company's 'two-tier employment structure.'" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:29 AM
  • "How 5G will banish awkward video conference calls when you're out of the office, and cut your commute time" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "Tucows Drops 8chan Domain Registration After El Paso Shooting" Forbes 1:59 PM
  • "Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:46 AM
  • "8chan cast out by Cloudflare after El Paso shooting" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:36 AM
  • "ZDNet Sr. Technical Editor Jason Perlow -TMO Background Mode Interview" The Mac Observer 5:22 PM
  • "MacBook Pro Changes, iPhone Design Leaks – TMO Daily Observations 2019-08-05" The Mac Observer 1:58 PM
  • "SIG: Siggraph 2019—Highlights from the Computer Graphics Show (Part 1)" Architosh [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:43 AM
  • "Five New Keyboard Shortcuts, Cool Stuff Found, and More Tips – Mac Geek Gab 773" The Mac Observer 7:36 AM
  • "Kuo: 2021 iPhone Will Feature Fingerprint-Sensing Display in Addition to Face ID" MacRumors 7:57 AM
  • "An iPhone with in-screen TouchID could ship as soon as 2021" AppleInsider 7:57 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM

  • "Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (2019): A welcome update for the most affordable MacBook Pro" ZDNet 10:37 AM
  • "Review: Logitech's Slim Folio Pro for iPad Pro offers better typing experience and more protection than Apple's keyboard case" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Review: Yale Assure Lever brings HomeKit to all door locks" AppleInsider 2:45 PM
  • "How to silence iPhone calls without sending directly to voicemail" 9to5Mac 3:41 PM
  • "Check Out the Silence Unknown Callers Feature in iOS 13 for Blocking Spam Calls" MacRumors 3:40 PM
  • "How to stop pop-ups from appearing on your iPhone's Safari browser" Business Insider 3:18 PM
  • "How to lock any note on your iPhone, and hide notes behind a password or Face ID" Business Insider 12:46 PM
  • "How to add a new person to the People album in iCloud Photos Library" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "How to take and edit a screenshot on any iPhone: With or without a Home button." Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "How to Download Free Music on iPhone and iPad" iPhone Hacks 7:30 AM
  • "Everything we know about Apple Card (updated)" Computerworld 7:54 AM
  • "Escalation of U.S.-China trade war could be a double whammy on the Apple iPhone" phoneArena 9:16 PM
  • "SoftBank president suggests iPhone 11 will launch on September 20th" 9to5Mac 9:17 PM
  • "Get Kids Off Their iOS Device Screens And Have Them Get Their GOYA-Move On Instead" MacPrices 9:49 AM
  • "Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple won't charge us for any cost increases caused by U.S.-China trade war" iMore 9:48 AM
  • "We believe Apple will announce the iPhone 11 on this day" CNET 9:32 AM
  • "OS war – what was it good for? Absolutely nothing" ["Nothing much is defined by the OS that you use. You could be running macOS, Windows, Android or iOS, even desktop Linux, and to a large extent your day-to-day work would be unaffected. Files flow freely from one OS to another with compatibility rarely raising its ugly head. Computing's tribes have never rubbed along so harmoniously."] IT PRO (UK) 9:07 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for 'good people with different views' to come together to address mass shootings" MacDailyNews 8:44 AM
  • "Comment: Kuo's under-display Touch ID report is far more speculative than most" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "Here's why the Apple Pencil would be a good fit for the iPhone: Choice is always good." Macworld 8:02 AM
  • "An Apple Car with no driver, steering wheel, pedals, horns, rearview mirrors?" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "Apple/trade war: bitter tweet" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:36 AM
  • "The 2019 iPhone 11 will be annoying, boring, and expensive: There doesn't seem to be much to get all that excited about, unless you like spending huge chunks of money on boring technology." ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "Apple isn't the most cash-rich company in the world anymore, but it doesn't matter: Alphabet has $117 billion in cash on hand." Ars Technica 9:05 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a hot alternative to the Apple Watch" Mashable 9:12 AM
  • "Galaxy Watch Active 2 hands-on: Samsung's balancing act" Engadget 9:12 AM
  • "When did computers get smarter than us?" BetaNews 8:06 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 05, 2019" GoComics 9:31 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "This iPhone photo printer doesn't even need ink to print" BGR 9:16 PM
  • "piQtility 6.5.0." MoonApp 2:33 PM
  • "Crestron & Apple partnering for HomeKit & Apple TV integrations" AppleInsider 9:47 AM
  • "NAD just joined Apple's AirPlay 2 club" Apple Must 9:41 AM
  • "Apple TV, Siri, and HomeKit integration lands on Crestron's programmable touch screen remote" 9to5Mac 9:12 AM
  • "'Dr. Mario World' Is Getting New Stages and New Doctors Later This Week On iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 8:21 AM
  • "Self-Monitoring Blood Glucose Devices Market to Hit $21 Billion by 2025: Global Market Insights, Inc." ["Additionally, the company is partnering with the leading technology firm, Apple Inc., for the development of advanced SMBG devices for remote diabetes monitoring."] PRNewswire 7:48 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft and Samsung step up partnership ahead of August 7 Unpacked event: Expect Microsoft to be on stage at the Samsung Unpacked event on August 7, demonstrating Office apps, Your Phone and more." ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft: Russian state hackers are using IoT devices to breach enterprise networks" ZDNet 1:59 PM
  • "Microsoft catches Russian state hackers using IoT devices to breach networks: Fancy Bear servers are communicating with compromised devices inside corporate networks." Ars Technica 9:05 PM
  • "Windows 7's Pending Support Doom Sends Microsoft Customers Flocking To Windows 10" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "IBM, Chainyard unveil blockchain-based 'Trust Your Supplier' network: IBM has partnered with Fortune 500 companies to launch the network, which is aimed at automating the validation and onboarding of buyers and suppliers." Computerworld 7:44 AM
  • "IBM and other companies launch new blockchain network for supply management" Reuters 7:28 AM
  • "IBM launches Trust Your Supplier blockchain network: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric, and Vodafone to use IBM's new blockchain network to tackle supplier challenges." ZDNet 7:26 AM
  • "IBM Sees Red Hat Accelerating Growth, but Earnings Will Take a Hit This Year" Motley Fool 2:11 PM
  • "IBM Is a Growth Stock Again Thanks to Red Hat Deal" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:47 PM
  • "What Analysts Have to Say About IBM's Red Hat Acquisition Going Forward" 24/7 Wall St. 2:47 PM
  • "Dell Announces Disk Library for Mainframe 5.1" Storage Review 8:38 AM
  • "Variety is standard with HP workstation range" IT-Online 8:36 AM
  • "HPE buys MapR, aims to extend portfolio for AI, machine learning, analytics" ZDNet 11:09 AM
  • "It's the end of the big-data era: HPE to acquire MapR's assets" SiliconANGLE 2:00 PM
  • "The saga of MapR, a Google-backed startup that raised $280 million, ends with the sale of its assets to HPE — and it could signal the end of an era for big data" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:57 PM
  • "I miss him already, says judge as Mike Lynch's court marathon ends: Just another few months of others' testimony to go" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Lenovo, Intel ramp up HPC, AI partnership: Under the partnership, Lenovo will optimize Intel's HPC and AI portfolio to develop systems." ZDNet 7:26 AM
  • "Intel announces 10th Gen Ice Lake processors with big gains in graphics and AI performance" MoneyControl 8:40 AM
  • "Intel's Gen 11 graphics has improved so much, we may have to stop making jokes about it" PCWorld 7:46 AM
  • "Intel integrates new FPGA into HPE servers for computing-intensive markets" ZDNet 9:51 AM
  • "AMD to see DIY PC market share hit 10-year high of over 30% by end-2019" DigiTimes 8:05 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Trump-China Squabbling Sends Stocks -and Apple -Tumbling" The Mac Observer 3:16 PM
  • "Apple Inc. Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A 0.4% Dividend" Simply Wall St. 8:19 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends nearly 770 points lower as intensifying trade tensions trigger stock rout: Treasury yields extend drop as investors seek havens" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Broadly Lower: DJIA Down 2.9% — as China Counters Trump Tariff Efforts: China hit back at President Trump's move to accelerate tariffs on China-made goods. The indexes had their worst day of the year." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Dow tanks 767 points in market's worst day of 2019" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Close Sharply Lower as Yuan Reels and Trump Jabs at China: Dow, S&P, Nasdaq slide; Trump accuses China of engaging in currency manipulation." [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Tech Stocks face worst streak of the Trump era as chip makers routed: Hoped-for recovery in chip market looking less likely" MarketWatch 12:57 PM
  • "Asian markets fall amid trade tensions, Hong Kong strife: Hang Seng plunges as protests cripple city; Nikkei, Kospi drop 2%" MarketWatch and Associated Press 8:41 AM
  • "Europe stocks slump to start the week" MarketWatch 8:41 AM

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