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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.

  • "Apple stands in the global antitrust crosshairs: The iPhone maker, not Facebook or Google, is rapidly becoming the test case for a Big Tech crackdown from Europe to the United States."  Politico 8:39 AM
  • "How Apple reinvents its core business to keep growing: Apple's business rarely stands still. Here's a look at how it has evolved over the years."  Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "'The risk is so low as an advertiser': Some publishers are making more money from Apple News"  Digiday 7:51 AM
  • "'Right to repair' advocates lobby over antitrust concerns: Advocates who say that companies like Apple lock users into costly repair arrangements are trying to influence a growing debate in Washington over whether giant tech firms have become monopolies." ["What they're saying: 'We want to make sure our customers always have confidence their products will be repaired safely and correctly, and in a way that supports recycling,' said an Apple spokesperson in a statement. 'We are continually growing our network of certified technicians and most recently announced that any Best Buy store in the U.S. is now an authorized service provider.'"]  Axios 8:57 AM
  • "Re-emergence of China market is driving Apple's App Store recovery" AppleInsider 9:38 AM
  • "Apple's App Store growth picked up in July thanks to China, says Morgan Stanley" MarketWatch 9:46 AM
  • "Apple hit with Siri lawsuit over 'unlawful' recording" 9to5Mac 3:57 PM
  • "First class action suit alleging damages from Siri recordings filed" AppleInsider 3:57 PM
  • "MacBook Face ID Could Be Better Than the iPhone's" LAPTOP Magazine 8:50 AM
  • "PSA: Latest Spectre and Meltdown scare only affects Macs running Windows" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "This is Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and 10+" TechCrunch 3:12 PM
  • "This is the Samsung Galaxy Note10, Note10+, and Note10+ 5G" VentureBeat 3:12 PM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G will start at $1,300" The Verge 3:12 PM
  • "You might actually want to use the new DeX on the Galaxy Note 10: New compatibility with Windows and Mac puts your phone's screen on your laptop's display" The Verge 3:12 PM
  • "Soulver 3 review: Mac app simplifies readable calculations and conversions" Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "A Look At the New Music App In macOS Catalina" MacMost 1:05 PM
  • "How to print multiple different images per page in Preview on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
Press Releases
  • "PDF Expert Moves to Annual Subscription Business Model" MacStories 9:37 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Strategy Analytics: Global Smartwatch Shipments Jump to 12 Million Units in Q2 2019/According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 44 percent annually to reach 12 million units in the second quarter of 2019. Apple Watch maintained first position with 46 percent global smartwatch marketshare, while Samsung returned to second place, and Fitbit slumped to third."  Business Wire 7:37 AM
  • "Apple sold almost three times more smartwatches than its closest rival: It shipped 5.7 million smartwatches from April to June this year." Engadget 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Watch continues to run roughshod over the competition" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
  • "General consumer interest in Apple Card is 'remarkably high,' says survey" AppleInsider 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Card: User experience matters — who knew? (Apple)" Apple Must 12:43 PM
  • "Apple, Eli Lilly study seeks to determine whether iPhone and Apple Watch can detect dementia" AppleInsider 8:02 PM
  • "Apple under investigation from Japan's FTC for pressuring parts makers: Report/Around 10 Japanese companies reportedly received demands to give technology and knowledge for free." ZDNet 9:41 AM
  • "FTC told by Japan suppliers of pressure used by Apple" Asahi Shimbun 9:39 AM
  • "SoftBank President Leaks iPhone 11 Release Date: Ken Miyauchi says the iPhone 11 will be available 10 days before a new unbundling law comes into effect in Japan on Oct. 1, suggesting Apple's next iPhone launches on Sept. 20." PC Magazine 7:31 AM
  • "Potential iPhone XI Release Date Revealed By SoftBank President" Redmond Pie 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Just Dealt A Major Blow To Facebook With This New IOS Feature" Forbes 12:15 PM
  • "Apple will limit VoIP background data collection from WhatsApp, Snapchat et al in iOS 13" The Next Web 8:24 AM
  • "Apple to Limit Third-Party Messaging Apps on iOS" Thurrott 7:59 AM
  • "Apple locks down unknown VoIP pleasures" Apple Must 12:00 PM
  • "Apple TV's share of streaming device viewing hours up 129% in quarter two" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
  • "Creativity and community come together at Apple's Teacher Coding Academies" Apple 7:37 AM
  • "Scam heart rate app is back in the App Store, trying to steal $85/year" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "iOS app tries to scam unsuspecting iPhone users with fake heart rate readings" BGR 4:16 PM
  • "Amazon tempts students away from Apple Music, Spotify, with $0.99/month deal" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "Apple just released four YouTube videos consisting of sounds designed to give people a tingly feeling" CNBC 3:58 PM
  • "Apple ASMR — Satisfying woodshop sounds — Shot on iPhone" YouTube 12:37 PM
  • "Apple ASMR — Crunching sounds on the trail — Shot on iPhone" YouTube 12:37 PM
  • "Apple ASMR — A calm rain at camp — Shot on iPhone" YouTube 12:37 PM
  • "Apple ASMR — Whispers from Ghost Forest — Shot on iPhone" YouTube 12:36 PM
  • "Anamorphic lens on iPhone makes dreamy film in New Zealand" Cult of Mac 2:31 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "At Samsung Unpacked, CEO Satya Nadella escalates Microsoft partnership" AppleInsider 7:40 PM
  • "Samsung's Latest iPhone Challenger Doubles Down on Old Formula" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Twitter may have shared your data without permission" Engadget 8:53 AM
  • "Google updates Image Search with new scrolling UI... within a scrolling UI" The Next Web 8:24 AM
  • "Tablet for kids had flaws that exposed info, location: Toy maker LeapFrog says it's now secured the devices." CNET 8:17 AM
  • "YouTube Popularity: It's Not a Content Contest/If you're looking for fame and fortune on the popular streaming video platform, likeability matters more than the topic of your channel." PC Magazine 7:32 AM
  • "Apple Laptop Ports, Bug Bounty Program – TMO Daily Observations 2019-08-07" The Mac Observer 2:31 PM
  • "Consumers want a folding iPhone and will pay $600 more for it, UBS survey shows"  CNBC 8:49 AM
  • "Apple rumored to launch a 'folding product' as early as 2021" iDownload Blog 8:49 AM
  • "Folding iPhone coming, says UBS, with folding iPad first, likely in 2021" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
  • "UBS Predicts Foldable iPhone or iPad by 2021, But Skepticism Abounds" MacRumors 12:09 PM
  • "Apple owners will pay up to $600 more for a folding iPhone" AppleInsider 7:52 AM
  • "Early Stocking Amid the US-China Trade Dispute Pays Off, with Global Notebook Shipments in 2Q Growing by 12% QoQ, Says TrendForce" ["Apple strived to give a stable performance in 2Q, reaching 3.2 million units in shipments and registered a QoQ growth of 1.7%."] TrendForce 8:11 AM
  • "Apple just released iOS 13 beta 6" BGR 12:16 PM
  • "Apple releases sixth developer betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, watchOS 6 & tvOS 13" AppleInsider 12:41 PM
  • "Apple Seeds watchOS 6 Beta 6 to Developers [Download] iClarified 12:42 PM
  • "Apple discouraging aftermarket iPhone battery swaps with new 'Service' message in iOS" 9to5Mac 9:09 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:13 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:13 AM

  • "Laptop Review: How To Choose Between A Dell XPS 13 And A MacBook Pro" Forbes 12:16 PM
  • "Form's AR swim goggles blow Apple Watch out of the water [Review] Cult of Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Hands-on: Arlo Pro 2 HomeKit support is a step in the right direction [Video] 9to5Mac 12:09 PM
iOS Apps
  • "What's New in iOS 13 Beta 6: Dark Mode Control Center Toggle, Folder Changes and More" MacRumors 2:16 PM
  • "What's new in iOS 13 developer beta 6?" 9to5Mac 2:16 PM
  • "How to troubleshoot your HomeKit accessories: Using Siri with HomeKit accessories is magical—when it works. If your HomeKit accessories show no response, here's the fix." iMore 8:55 PM
  • "How to make Siri smarter with family relationships" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "How to lift a freeze on your credit report to apply for Apple Card" iMore 3:49 PM
  • "How to decline and mute calls with iPhone" Cult of Mac 2:16 PM
  • "Creating Home Screen Icons with Launch Center Pro 3.1 and the Shortcuts App" MacStories 12:16 PM
  • "How to use Google Photos to backup your iPhone: It's easy to get free protection from losing all your photos if your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken and with Google Photos." Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "How to Reject the Apple Card Arbitration Provision" The Mac Observer 8:38 AM
  • "Watch Apple's new credit card get activated instantly with an iPhone" Business Insider 8:24 AM
  • "Apple is being sued over the Siri recording fiasco: The lawsuit alleges 'unlawful and intentional recording of individuals.'" iMore 9:07 PM
  • "Look For apple to Make Life More Difficult for Apps That Violate Privacy" The Mac Observer 7:18 PM
  • "Where the 2013 Mac Pro went right — and wrong" AppleInsider 2:16 PM
  • "Apple will soon see the benefit of years of work in India: Apple's efforts to unlock the market potential of India are about to realize real benefits..." Computerworld 12:02 PM
  • "Smartphone Sales Are in Freefall, and That's Totally Okay" iFixit 10:27 AM
  • "This 1 Detail Explains Why Steve Jobs Was the Best at Public Presentations (and You Can Totally Use It Too)" Inc. 9:35 AM
  • "Apple's post-smartphone business seems to be shaping up OK..." Apple Must 8:56 AM
  • "Apple's Strategy with Apple Card: I've had the opportunity to use the Apple Card as a part of a private invite/preview since Friday. While I don't intend for this to be a review, what I do want to discuss is the strategic opportunity for Apple with Apple Card that living with it has caused me to observe."  Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:08 PM
  • "The Apple Card is the product that finally killed the Apple fan in me: RIP creator of generally non-evil things"  The Next Web 8:24 AM
  • "So, is this the iPhone of our dreams?" BGR 7:38 AM
  • "Phone accessory brands like mophie and InvisibleShield could be up for sale" phoneArena 9:09 PM
  • "The Galaxy Note 10 launches with the biggest display of the year: It's $949 for the Note 10 and $1,099 for the Note 10+, shipping August 23." Ars Technica 8:54 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ hands-on review: Ain't Note 10 wrong with Samsung's latest flagship" The Inquirer 4:30 PM
  • "The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G Is a Huge Mess: The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G may not support high-speed millimeter-wave 5G on AT&T and T-Mobile. We go into the details on Galaxy Note 10+ 5G support." PC Magazine 3:55 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus hands-on: This one is different" Android Authority 3:32 PM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 10: Let's talk about headphone jacks" Android Authority 3:32 PM
  • "Hands-on: The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ are bigger—and smaller—than ever before" Android Police 3:04 PM
  • "Why the war on smartphone bezels is going too far: Google's upcoming Pixel 4 will likely have a huge bezel packed with innovative features—and that's the way it should be." PCWorld 8:49 AM
  • "What all the stuff in email headers means—and how to sniff out spoofing: Parsing email headers needs care and knowledge—but it requires no special tools." Ars Technica 8:23 AM
  • "Why the war on smartphone bezels is going too far: Google's upcoming Pixel 4 will likely have a huge bezel packed with innovative features—and that's the way it should be." PCWorld 7:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Music app soon to receive dark mode on Android devices" phoneArena 9:09 PM
  • "Apple may have acquired machine learning startup Fashwell" AppleInsider 2:16 PM
  • "Apple May Have Acquired AI Visual Search Startup Fashwell" MacRumors 2:16 PM
  • "Profile: Design Excellence—The Work of Vectorworks Scholarship Winners" Architosh 12:43 PM
  • "'SNIKS' is a Super Cute Puzzler from the Creator of 'Glitchskier' that's Launching Next Week" Touch Arcade 12:42 PM
  • "Apple Music's Digital Masters catalog helps you find high-quality tunes" Engadget 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Music Launches Apple Digital Masters, New Initiative Combining Its Hi-Res 'Mastered' Collection" Billboard 9:57 AM
  • "Smartphone protective case maker Zagg hires bank to explore options" Reuters 7:31 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls/Documents, screenshots, and audio obtained by Motherboard show that humans listen to Skype calls made using the app's translation function." Motherboard 2:41 PM
  • "Microsoft contractors are listening to select Skype calls and Cortana recordings" The Verge 10:26 AM
  • "Microsoft workers 'listen' to some translated Skype calls" BBC 10:26 AM
  • "Microsoft Workers Are Listening To Some Skype Calls, Leak Reveals" Forbes 10:29 AM
  • "Microsoft contractors are listening to some Skype calls and Cortana commands" Digital Trends 2:41 PM
  • "New Windows malware can also brute-force WordPress websites: Avast discovers strange new malware strain that besides stealing and mining cryptocurrency on infected hosts, it also launches brute-force attacks on WordPress sites." ZDNet 7:31 AM
  • "Microsoft quietly fixes SWAPGS processor vulnerability to protect Windows users" BetaNews 8:17 AM
  • "'Reclaim a seat at the table': Microsoft is diversifying its advertising business" Digiday 8:33 AM
  • "Samsung Announces New Windows 10 Laptop Powered by Snapdragon Processor" Thurrott 5:04 PM
  • "IBM Says Security Concerns Should Benefit Its Hybrid Cloud Business: Incidents like the Capital One breach boost the case for the company's hybrid cloud, which takes a 'full stack' security approach, executives say" [Paid Membership Required] 8:08 AM
  • "IBM Says the Parcel is your Next Threat Vector: Posts $100 Hacking Device to Crack Sensitive Networks" Computer Business Review 8:09 AM
  • "IBM laid off up to 100,000 workers, Austin man's lawsuit claims" Austin American-Statesman [Free Registration Required] 8:08 AM
  • "IBM sees magnetic tapes as mainstream data storage media in next decade" DigiTimes 8:10 AM
  • "Can Intel Crack NVIDIA and AMD's Duopoly in Gaming GPUs?" Motley Fool 8:28 AM
  • "Intel and Lenovo enter into multi-year partnership over AI and HPC" AI NEWS 8:32 AM
  • "Trained over 150,000 developers, students in India in 2 years: Intel/Intel hosted in India for the second time its premier global AI developer event on August 7." PTI 8:31 AM
  • "Navi vs. Turing: An Architecture Comparison/AMD's 7nm Latest vs. Nvidia's RTX Tech" TechSpot 8:30 AM
  • "AMD's EPYC Rome Launch Could Help Investor Optimism" Market Realist 8:28 AM
  • "AMD debuts the Epyc Rome server processor" ZDNet 9:03 PM
  • "AMD's 2nd Gen Epyc processor aims to set a new data center standard: AMD's Epyc processors are delivering when it comes to performance. Is it enough to establish AMD's long-term foothold against Intel?" ZDNet 9:03 PM
  • "AMD Stock Rises as CEO Denies Rumors of Joining IBM" Market Realist 9:38 AM
  • "AMD CEO Lisa Su's Departure Rumor: The Whys and Whens" Market Realist 2:35 PM
  • "AMD EPYC 7002 Series Architecture Doubles Data Center Performance And Density" HotHardware 7:19 PM
  • "Dell Hits It Out of the Park on CRN's Top 100 Executives" ITBusinessEdge 8:08 AM
  • "Critical holes plugged in Cisco 220 Series smart switches" Help Net Security 8:01 AM
  • "Three major vulnerabilities found in Cisco SMB switches" IT PRO (UK) 8:01 AM
  • "Cisco Webex Gains Voice Assistant Tech Through Voicea Acquisition" PC Magazine 7:31 AM
  • "Cisco to boost WebEx with Voicea acquisition" CRN 8:01 AM
  • "Cisco to bring voice transcription to Webex with Voicea buy" Computerworld 2:17 PM
  • "Cisco sees disaster management as main contribution to PH" ABS-CBN News 8:01 AM
  • "Oracle dives head first into Switzerland with launch of cloud infrastructure region" Data Economy 8:02 AM
  • "Oracle Generation 2 cloud service to debut in Australia" ComputerWeekly 8:02 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple quietly initiated a record $24 billion in stock repurchases during June quarter" AppleInsider 7:50 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow erases 589-point skid to end nearly flat in sharpest turnaround in 7 months: Fed's Evans sees another interest rate cut this year" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Mixed in Volatile Trading Day: Stocks fell sharply before ending mixed Wednesday, as investors grappled with the U.S.-China trade war." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Dow, S&P & Nasdaq curb big losses in wild ride" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "Bond Yields Fall, Sparking Big Swings in Stocks: S&P 500 and Dow industrials end the day near flat after heightened volatility" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM

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