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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 loses more ground in smartphone market" AFP 7:19 AM
  • "These Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables Will Hijack Your Computer: It looks like an Apple lightning cable. It works like an Apple lightning cable. But it will give an attacker a way to remotely tap into your computer." Vice 7:57 AM
  • "Apple will reportedly release iPhone Pro among 2019 iPhones" Digital Trends 7:23 PM
  • "iPhone Pro? Leaker suggests marketing name of iPhone 11"  9to5Mac 8/10
  • "High-end 2019 Apple iPhone lineup may shift to 'Pro' branding" AppleInsider 8/10
  • "Apple May Use iPhone Pro Branding For 2019 Models Launching In September" HotHardware 8/10
  • "Why Apple should only make one phone this year: the iPhone 11R/Apple should return to one, great (affordable) iPhone model"  Wired UK 8/10
  • "Two weird ways your iPhone or Mac can be hacked: For most people, the security that Apple has baked into an iPhone or Mac is more than enough. But determined criminals can find creative ways to bypass the locks to get at your data. But should you be worried?" ZDNet 9:23 AM
  • "Samsung DeX now runs as a Windows and macOS app" Android Police 11:24 AM
  • "Logic Pros: Organize your workflow with the Logic Plug-in Link system" 9to5Mac 7:23 PM
  • "How to Make FaceTime Video Calls on Mac" OS X Daily 12:30 PM
  • "How to speed up your old Windows 10 PC or Mac: Is your PC or Mac feeling old and tired? Here are two ways to inject new life into an aging computer." ZDNet 8/9
  • "How printing options in Photos for macOS work: It's not quite intuitive, but you will get a regular Print dialog to appear in Photos." Macworld 8/9
  • "How to Uninstall Malwarebytes on Mac" OS X Daily 8/9
  • "New to Mac? How to empty the Trash on your Mac" iDownload Blog 8/9
  • "Using the Mac Finder Go Menu" MacMost 8/9
  • "Apple @ Work: What are configuration profiles in mobile device management?" 9to5Mac 8/10
  • "Top 10 security extensions for Google Chrome" ZDNet 8/10
Press Releases
  • "Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 7.0.0 Has Fixed Bugs and Refined Interface" prMac 8:17 PM
  • "Pomfort Introduces Livegrade Studio" prMac 8/9
  • "Xfile Test Drive: Revolutions" Rixstep 8/9
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's Augmented Reality [AR]T Walks Kick Off In Cities Around The World" Redmond Pie 7:36 AM
  • "Heavy sleepers, beware: Researchers bypass Apple FaceID using glasses with tape" Digital Trends 1:25 PM
  • "Apple iPhone Or iPad Contacts App Could Be Leaking Your Private Data" HotHardware 7:07 PM
  • "People are having stress dreams about losing their AirPods" Mashable 8:08 AM
  • "Your iPhone contacts list could be a vulnerable target: Check Point researchers demonstrate flaw in common database software by showing how it could be used on Apple smartphones"  MarketWatch 8/10
  • "Apple's iOS Contacts app claimed to be vulnerable to SQLite hack" AppleInsider 8/10
  • "Apple's iPhone FaceID Hacked In Less Than 120 Seconds" Forbes 8/10
  • "Apple Watch Continues To Dominate Smart Watch Market With 46% Share In Q2 2019" Redmond Pie 8/10
  • "New Apple store opens in Aventura" [Video Report] Miami Herald 8/10
  • "Aventura's new Apple Store: Grand opening photos and details" 9to5Mac 8/10
  • "Key Apple Health researcher departs for new role at the Gates Foundation" 9to5Mac 8/10
  • "Uh-Oh! Is Apple Expanding the Restriction on NFC to Include Mobile Identity?" PaymentsJournal 8/10
Non-Apple News
  • "Ninja disgusted with Twitch after pornography appears on his channel: The Fortnite pro criticizes the video streaming giant for using his offline channel to promote content across the site." CNET 7:32 PM
  • "Ninja calls out Twitch after his dormant channel highlights porn (updated)" Engadget 7:23 PM
  • "Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook staff to investigate George Soros' finances: Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc., told employees to investigate the financial interests of billionaire George Soros in response to his January criticism of the social media giant." Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:15 PM
  • "Security researchers find that DSLR cameras are vulnerable to ransomware attack: Canon has issued a security advisory and firmware patch for the vulnerability" The Verge 1:48 PM
  • "The android Turning Test can tell us whether a robot is effectively a person" The Next Web 12:29 PM
  • "Despite the looming threat of Amazon's cloud, some software companies are going all in on free software. Others are fighting back" [BI Prime] Business Insider 11:26 AM
  • "An American teenager just won $3 million playing video games. The founder of an esports ETF told us why it might be a turning point for the exploding industry." Business Insider 7:30 AM
  • "Gadgets can be hacked to produce 'dangerous' sounds, says researcher" BBC 7:24 AM
  • "Warning As 4G Hotspots Are Hacked, Putting Millions Of Users At Risk" Forbes 7:10 AM
  • "Teen Hacker Discovers Bugs In Education Software Exposing Millions Of Student Records" HotHardware 8/10
  • "12 former Facebook insiders who ditched the company and are now outspoken critics" Business Insider 8/10
  • "To prevent disasters like the Capital One hack from happening again, experts say Amazon Web Services could do more to protect customers from themselves" Business Insider 8/10
  • "Blow out your knee? Hope your surgeon's got a VR headset: VR gets much-needed validation as a surgical training tool." Ars Technica 8/10
  • "iMore show 668: Robots and Hair Products" iMore 7:23 PM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Apple Card, Yelp, and Time Machine" The Loop 8/10
  • "'A Clear Eyed Look At Dishwashers', With Special Guest John Siracusa: Special guest John Siracusa finally returns to the show. Topics include the Siri voice recording fiasco, Siracusa's epic Mac OS X reviews, and making good ice." Daring Fireball 8/10
  • "Podcast: Samsung Unpacked, Note 10, Apple Card" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/10
  • "Apple's ASMR Venture, LOL Samsung, AAPL Buybacks with Charlotte Henry -ACM 520" The Mac Observer 8/10
  • "Apple's foldable iPhone could be further out than we thought: But the iPhone won't be the only foldable. The iPad may be the first of Apple's devices to bend to the trend." CNET 7:24 AM
  • "New concept reimagines the process of changing a jailbroken handset's root password" iDownload Blog 9:23 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch could go on sale as soon as September" TechRadar UK 8/10
  • "Five things the next 2019 iPhone 11, 11R and 11 Max won't get: Happiness is reality minus expectation, so with that in mind here are some things that you're not going see on the next iPhone." ZDNet 8/10
  • "iPhone 11, 11R and 11 Max: Tech specs, features and prices/What will Apple 2019 iPhone look like?" ZDNet 8/10
  • "2019 iPad Pro 'has the possibility' of featuring three rear cameras" iDownload Blog 8/10
  • "Apple Has Begun Software Locking iPhone Batteries to Prevent Third-Party Replacement" ExtremeTech 8/9
  • "Apple is discouraging the installation of third party batteries by displaying Battery Health warnings" BetaNews 8/9
  • "Apple Granted Patent For Face ID On Mac Computers" UberGizmo 8/9
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/9
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/9
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/9

  • "Apple Card Review: The Credit Card of the Future Is No Card At All" [Paid Membership Required] 11:02 AM
  • "HUGE Problem with the Apple Credit Card Apple Credit Card Review" YouTube: Jake Jones 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Watch vs Fitbit Versa: Fitness Tracking Watch Comparison" AppleInsider 10:28 AM
  • "Review: The BenQ EL2870U monitor is an inexpensive gateway into 4K & desktop HDR" AppleInsider 7:23 PM
  • "IQbuds Boost wireless earbuds also help you hear better [Review] Cult of Mac 7:22 PM
  • "Why Apple Card May Be the Ultimate Credit Card, With One Exception: Hands on with Apple's first credit card" Lifewire 8/10
  • "2015 MacBook Pro Pumped Up with a Radeon VII GPU" Bare Feats 8/9
  • "Adding an ultra wide angle lens to the iPhone XS with Moment" AppleInsider 8/9
  • "Gigabyte Aorus CV27F Monitor Review: 27" Of 165Hz Curved Gaming Bliss" HotHardware 8/9
  • "Satechi Bluetooth keyboard for Mac review: A whole lot of good for $80" iMore 8/9
  • "V-Moda Over-ear Headphone Custom Shield Kit review" The Gadgeteer 8/9
  • "Logitech G Pro X review: The best headset Logitech's made yet" PCWorld 8/9
  • "Hands-on: Elgato Stream Deck live-streaming custom controller [Video] 9to5Mac 8/9
iOS Apps
  • "How the new Apple Card compares to top rewards credit cards from Amex, Capital One, and more" Business Insider 8/10
  • "Reminders: What's New in iOS 13" MacRumors 8/9
  • "Our 6 favorite new features of watchOS 6: Apple breathes new life into your existing Apple Watch with this year's big watchOS update." Macworld 8/9
  • "'Journey' Review – Still Stunning and Finally Portable" Touch Arcade 8/9
  • "Apple Card: How to manage bank accounts used for payments" 9to5Mac 12:29 PM
  • "How to block and reduce robocalls without using data-harvesting third-party apps" Mashable 8/10
  • "How to Make a FaceTime Call from iPhone & iPad" OS X Daily 8/10
  • "Apple Card: How to download PDF versions of your monthly statements" 9to5Mac 8/10
  • "This is how you set up your Apple Card for iPhone: Plan on signing up for an Apple Card? Read this." CNET 8/10
  • "How to transfer data from an old iPhone to a new one" Digital Trends 8/10
  • "How to change Siri voice feedback volume on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 8/9
  • "iOS 13: How to Take Full Page Screenshots of Websites in Safari on iPhone" iPhone Hacks 8/9
  • "How and why you should reject arbitration on your Apple Card" Cult of Mac 8/9
  • "How to merge several PDFs or images into a single file... on iOS" The Next Web 8/9
  • "How to use Google to find podcast episodes on a specific topic" The Next Web 8/9
  • "Here's how Apple Card Daily Cash works" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "PSA: iPhone Upgrade Program payments earn 3% cashback through Apple Card" 9to5Mac 9:23 AM
  • "iOS 13: All the New CarPlay Features" iPhone Hacks 7:10 AM
  • "Apple just had a huge, soulless new product launch (you may have missed it): The Apple Card just might make Cupertino a lot of money. But just how Apple is it?" ZDNet 8:57 PM
  • "From the Editor's Desk: To USB-C or not to USB-C, that is the question" iMore 12:29 PM
  • "There's a Good Reason for iPhone Owners to Get This Non-Apple Smartwatch" Gear Patrol 11:02 AM
  • "Comment: What are Apple's motivations in podcasting?" 9to5Mac 9:23 AM
  • "Cassandra -Weekend Review: Apple Software and Service Improvements; Camera Industry on Hold; Tariffs and Tech" eXtensions 7:10 AM
  • "There's a new Face ID hack, but you have nothing to worry about" BGR 8/9
  • "Watch: Steve Jobs predict the future we live in today — in 1981" Apple Must 8/9
  • "Apple Card: My first day with Apple's new credit card/It's only been a few hours since I signed up, but the Apple Card is already making me think about spending categories." ZDNet 8/9
  • "You probably don't need to worry about this Face ID hack" The Verge 8/9
  • "Why The Folding iPhone Will Be $3000" Forbes 8/9
  • "Is this why Apple needs its own 5G chips?" Apple 3.0 8/9
  • "Hey Apple, stop hiding our subscriptions on iOS" Mashable 8/9
  • "Is Apple Locking iPhone Batteries to Discourage Repair?" iMore 8/9
  • "Why recent smartphone 'bad news' is really good news: Smartphone shipments are in decline, Apple won't let you change the battery and other great news." Computerworld 8/10
  • "3 ways Google Home can make the back-to-school routine easier for your kids: They'll still need to get in bed on time though (sorry, kids)." CNET 8/10
  • "Chrome 77 beta: New welcome screen, preps customizing New Tab page & wider Assistant Chromebook launch" 9to5Google 8/9
  • "How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher" TechCrunch 8/9
  • "My 5G Explainer: There Will Be Five 'Flavors" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/9
  • "Samsung is trying to build its ecosystem but lacks artificial intelligence initiatives" Business Insider 8/9
  • "The hard truth about mass shootings and the internet" BetaNews 8/9
  • "Are We Ready To Get Emotional With AI?" Forbes 8/9
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 10, 2019" GoComics 8/10
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for August 09, 2019" GoComics 8/9
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note 10 wallpapers for iPhone" iDownload Blog 10:52 AM
  • "Telegram for iOS adds Silent Message, dark mode customization, more" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 add support for Apple's HomeKit: It's now easier than ever to control your Arlo security camera." iMore 8/9
  • "Apple is now selling the AirPower, basically, only it's not made by Apple" Ars Technica 8/9
  • "Mophie's latest wireless chargers let you charge all your Apple devices at once" Digital Trends 8/9
  • "Apple (Music) brings Dark Mode, lyrics to Android" Apple Must 8/9
  • "New Apple Maps are rolling out to Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi" Macworld 8/9
  • "Revamped Apple Maps Now Available in Texas, Louisiana, and Southern Mississippi" MacRumors 8/9
  • "mophie introduces multi-device wireless Apple chargers" Apple Must 8/9
  • "Apple updates multiport adapter with support for 4K HDR video: The update means you could use certain Apple hardware as a legit home theater hub." Ars Technica 8/9
  • "Apple's USB-C AV dongle gets a 4K HDR upgrade" Cult of Mac 8/9
  • "Apple releases new model of USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter" 9to5Mac 8/9
  • "Sony Electronics Unveils New In-car Audio Line-up with Bigger Screen Size and High-powered Sound" PRNewswire 8/9
Computer Industry
  • "More than 40 Windows drivers found to contain privilege of escalation vulnerabilities" Neowin 9:40 AM
  • "Microsoft patent reveals controllers to transform smartphones into handheld Xbox" Digital Trends 7:31 AM
  • "Researchers Find Over 40 Windows Security Flaws In Drivers From AMD, NVIDIA, Intel And Others" HotHardware 7:07 PM
  • "No, AMD Radeon RX 5700 Reference Graphics Card Are Not Going End Of Life" HotHardware 7:07 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Versus Intel Core i5-9600K: What's The Best 6-Core Processor?" Forbes 7:17 AM
  • "How game user interfaces can inspire better tech products" VentureBeat 10:52 AM
  • "Here's what will happen to the tech industry in a recession" CNBC 9:42 AM
  • "How a giant Pentagon contract became a political test" ["It initially involved four bidders: Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle; the Pentagon winnowed the field to Amazon and Microsoft. However, 'White House officials in recent weeks have shown Trump a document that alleges a large conspiracy' to award the contract to Amazon that caught Trump's attention. The document 'is identical to one created by Oracle's top Washington lobbyist' and 'provides a visual representation of a narrative that Oracle has been pushing for months — that a web of individuals inside and outside the Defense Department were greasing the wheels.'"] The Week 8/10
  • "Microsoft has finally found its smartphone: Why the Samsung Galaxy partnership is so promising" GeekWire 8/10
  • "AMD Rumoured To Be Working on a Gen-2 Navi 'Nvidia Killer'" eTeknix 8/10
  • "AMD Dismiss 'End-of-Life' 5700 & XT Rumours" eTeknix 8/10
  • "Relentless AMD Completes Zen 3 Design To Take On Intel In 2020, Zen 4 Is Next" HotHardware 8/10
  • "AMD ending sales of its Radeon RX 5700, RX 5700 XT already?!" TweakTown 8/10
  • "IBM offers explainable AI toolkit, but it's open to interpretation" ZDNet 8/10
  • "IBM-Ponemon Study Highlights Rising Cost of a Data Breach" CPO Magazine 8/10
  • "IBM IP Ruling Changed Nothing, Priceline Tells Fed. Circ." Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 8/10
  • "Ex-Autonomy CFO Must Post $20M Bond During HP Appeal" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 8/10
  • "Comcast, Dell team up to help bridge Houston's digital divide" Houston Chronicle 8/10
  • "Cisco's $8.6M Deal Shows Cost Of Ignoring Cyber Flaws" Law360 [Paid Membership Required] 8/10
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Struggling Apple display maker reports its worst ever quarter" Cult of Mac 8/9
  • "Apple's India Sales Surge, Market Share Stays Low" Market Realist 8/9
  • "Apple Surges on UBS's Foldable iPhone or iPad Predictions" Market Realist 8/9
  • "This Is Why I Include Apple In My Income Portfolio Despite Its 1.5% Dividend Yield" Seeking Alpha 8/9
Industry News
  • "Dow ends Friday trade lower but indexes chipped away at ugly skid that kicked off a wild week: Trump not ready for trade deal with China" MarketWatch 8/9
  • "Stocks Finish Down in Volatile Session Over Trump's China Stance: Stocks finished down in a wild session as President Trump said the U.S. would cut ties with China's Huawei Technologies until the two countries reach a trade deal." TheStreet 8/9
  • "Stocks cut losses to end volatile week" FOXBusiness 8/9
  • "Stocks Cap a Turbulent Week With Declines: Markets swung amid trade tensions; Trump raises possibility that U.S.-China meeting might not happen" [Paid Membership Required] 8/9
  • "Asian markets mixed as Japan's GDP beats forecast, China's yuan remains stable: Nikkei gains, but Hang Seng gives up early gains" MarketWatch and Associated Press 8/9

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