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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Weekend Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

  • "Canalys: Samsung and Xiaomi surge in European smartphone market in Q2" ["Apple remained the third largest vendor, falling 17% to ship 6.4 million iPhones."]  Canalys 8:03 AM
  • "iPhone market share in Europe drops 17%; Samsung the winner" 9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Apple loses ground to Samsung in European smartphone market" AppleInsider 8:04 AM
  • "Samsung steps up its battle against iPhone in Europe" Cult of Mac 10:02 AM
  • "The Apple Card is a brilliant move by Apple to keep people shackled to the iPhone"  Business Insider 3:46 PM
  • "Apple promises a $1 million hacking bounty: If you can crack into an iPhone, Apple will reward you well"  GearBrain 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Issues Solutions for Macs Unable to Access Windows Shares" Bleeping Computer 8:51 AM
  • "Forget Your Apple ID Email Address? Here's How To Look It Up" MacTrast 8:28 AM
  • "Using iCloud Drive Shared Folders in macOS Catalina" MacMost 1:04 PM
  • "How to see and import your Aperture photos in macOS Catalina" AppleInsider 3:44 PM
  • "How to Open a VMDK File in VirtualBox" OS X Daily 2:37 PM
  • "How to 'click accept on the account page' with apps in the Mac App Store" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Eliza review: Startup culture meets sci-fi in a touching, fascinating tale/Make your peace with this being a 'visual novel'—because it's a must-play." Ars Technica 12:57 PM
Press Releases
  • "NetNewsWire Public Beta: NetNewsWire has reached public beta! It only took like five years. :)" inessential 3:45 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Huge growth in Apple's wearables mean they will overtake both iPad and Mac" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Apple's wearable business is so hot that it now generates more revenue than Netflix" BGR 5:12 PM
  • "Google, Apple, Microsoft reportedly ignoring safety pleas to add rail crossings to maps: Hundreds of people die in collisions at rail crossings every year" The Verge 12:48 PM
  • "People Profiles: Visually Impaired Surfer Gains Independence With Aid Of Apple Smartphone" MacPrices 8:12 AM
  • "Bill Gates lures away one of Apple's top health experts" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
  • "Underwater hunters find £800 iPhone X in Long Eaton lake - and it still works" Nottinghamshire Live 9:39 AM
  • "Team of divers discover working iPhone X at the bottom of a lake" Cult of Mac 9:39 AM
  • "Apple took us on a surreal walk through San Francisco, looking at digital art on an iPhone" CNBC 9:10 PM
  • "The Morning Show — Official Teaser Trailer | Apple TV+" YouTube 9:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Verizon Sells Tumblr to WordPress's Parent Company" PC Magazine 8:56 PM
  • "Senators want to know why Amazon Choice recommends junk: Amazon's label for high-quality products is rife with fraud." Engadget 6:57 PM
  • "Xbox's Phil Spencer: Video game streaming 'years and years' away from being mainstream" CNET 5:11 PM
  • "Android Phone Users Rejoice With New Password-Free Login For Google Services" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "FCC approves another $137 million to expand rural broadband access" Engadget 2:26 PM
  • "DxOMark: Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G steals best camera crown from Huawei P30 Pro" Android Authority 9:47 AM
  • "The 16-year-old 'Fortnite' player who won $3 million at the Fortnite World Cup was 'swatted' during a stream" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "From casual gaming to making millions: Inside the fast-growing esports industry" CNBC 8:32 AM
  • "Your smart-home system could be making your home unsellable, according to a top real-estate agent" Business Insider 8:24 AM
  • "Google's Pixel 4 will likely have a 20x zoom camera"  The Verge 10:49 AM
  • "Google Maps will update with Live View AR navigation, other travel features" Memeburn 8:17 AM
  • "Hackers Can Now Target DSLR Cameras With Sophisticated Remote Ransomware Attacks" HotHardware 3:49 PM
  • "This is how ransomware could infect your digital camera: Researchers demonstrate how it's possible to infect DSLR cameras with ransomware—and warn of potential for additional attacks." ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "Oh great, now our smart speakers can attack us with harmful sounds" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "Samsung's 108-megapixel camera sensor is coming to smartphones soon" The Verge 8:06 AM
  • "Twitch CEO apologises for pornography on Ninja's channel" BBC 7:56 AM
  • "#258: Ten Hours Is Not All Day/With Apple's new operating-system releases due next month, Jason and Myke check in on how their beta experiences are going so far, especially the ups and downs of iPadOS 13. We also discuss Disney's aggressive streaming-service bundling and how Apple might respond next month. And does Samsung's announcement of an ARM laptop with 23-hour battery life serve as the perfect reason why an ARM MacBook is inevitable?" Relay FM: Upgrade 6:56 PM
  • "TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont – TMO Background Mode Interview" The Mac Observer 5:00 PM
  • "Foldable iPad Rumor, Affordable Products for College -TMO Daily Observations 2019-08-12" The Mac Observer 1:00 PM
  • "Macstock -Volunteer Bob Potter" MacVoices 12:27 PM
  • "Triple-Lens Rear Cameras Rumored for Next iPad Pro Range, Dual-Lens for New Entry-Level iPad" MacRumors 8:02 AM
  • "Here's why Apple won't be adding 5G to the 2019 iPhone 11: Sometimes it pays not to be first." ZDNet 8:51 AM
  • "Modified Lightning cables let hackers remotely hack Apple devices" Cult of Mac 8:06 AM
  • "This malicious Lighting cable lets an attacker remotely tap into your computer" iDownload Blog 9:38 AM
  • "'iPhone 11 Pro' might be the high-end offering in Apple's 2019 lineup: An anonymous Twitter account that leaked last year's names offers a hint about next month's reveals." CNET 8:20 AM
  • "'iPhone 11 Pro': Is that Apple's name for the next top iPhone?" ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "This Controversial iPhone 11 Feature May End Up On The 2019 iPad Pro Family" HotHardware 3:49 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Buying a used Mac laptop: How to avoid scams and find the best deals" ZDNet 2:33 PM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:46 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:46 AM

  • "Fitbit Ace 2 review: The Ace 2 kids fitness tracker brings the Fitbit experience to the whole family" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "This is the most beautiful multi-device wireless charger we've ever seen [Review] Cult of Mac 9:10 PM
  • "Review: Symfonisk AirPlay 2 speaker review - HomePod meets lamp" AppleInsider 2:24 PM
  • "Review: Need a lot of power and an AC outlet? The Renogy Phoenix 100 Mini Power Station fits the bill" Apple World Today 12:58 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Adobe Fresco shows oil and water(colors) do mix" CNET 8:52 AM
  • "Hands-on: Adobe Fresco is the most realistic tool for iPad illustration" 9to5Mac 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Card: How to track and manage Daily Cash rewards" 9to5Mac 7:54 PM
  • "How to blur the background in photos on your iPhone, with or without Portrait Mode" Business Insider 2:37 PM
  • "How to stop getting Apple Card notifications and Daily Cash alerts" iDownload Blog 2:33 PM
  • "How to mirror your iPhone to a Roku device using the Roku mobile app, for streaming your photos, videos, and music" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "How to enable and use Siri on any iPhone X model in 2 different ways" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "How to switch from Android to iPhone, the easy way" GearBrain 8:26 AM
  • "How to switch your smartphone from iPhone to Android" GearBrain 8:26 AM
  • "How to add multiple accounts to Apple TV: Enjoy a little more personalization on the Apple TV with one of the biggest new features." Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "iOS 13: How to Disable Bluetooth and Location Access for Apps on iPhone" iPhone Hacks 7:37 AM
  • "How to securely wipe your iPhones, Android devices, and PCs" ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "Losing your iPhone makes paying off Apple Card a hassle" AppleInsider 8:38 PM
  • "How to keep your MacBook Pro battery healthy for years" AppleInsider 10:49 AM
  • "7 Microsoft Word productivity tips for iPad users" Computerworld 10:24 AM
  • "How to iOS 12.4: The best iPhone tips and tricks/Here's a compilation of my favorite iOS features." ZDNet 9:00 AM
  • "Here's when precisely you'll get your Daily Cash with Apple Card" iDownload Blog 8:29 AM
  • "Apple just released a cryptic new teaser for its upcoming TV show starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell and people are completely bewildered" Business Insider 12:59 PM
  • "Apple's new $1 million bug bounty program: What you need to know" iMore 12:57 PM
  • "Apple and Disney's Entries into the Streaming Wars Stress Telecom Networks" ReadWrite 10:36 AM
  • "Feature Request: A Telegram-style 'silent message' option in Apple's Messages" 9to5Mac 9:41 AM
  • "Steve Jobs rejected the first Apple Card – here's why" TrustedReviews 8:53 AM
  • "No, Apple Card is not a subprime lending crisis in the making" Apple 3.0 8:32 AM
  • "F**k me: iOS' Notes app censors handwritten swears" The Next Web 8:16 AM
  • "iOS 13"s Notes app apparently features automatic curse word censoring" iDownload Blog 10:36 AM
  • "A Gucci Attaché: How Apple would have fared better." Rixstep 7:37 AM
  • "The Phony Patriots of Silicon Valley: Top tech companies are rallying around the flag. How opportunistic of them." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:03 PM
  • "How Facebook Is Changing to Deal With Scrutiny of Its Power" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:34 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Action-Packed On-Rails Shooter 'Sky Squadron' Now Available in Open Beta" Touch Arcade 6:05 PM
  • "ClimaCell weather app alerts when it's about to rain, down to the minute, all around the world" ["The app is available on the AppStore for iOS devices, and an Android version is to be launched in September. The app is free and does not contain advertisements, but ClimaCell does plan to charge for certain features, such as notifications for precipitation beyond a certain time."] Washington Post 2:36 PM
  • "Smart Speakers Could Increase Your TV's Power Usage" The Mac Observer 2:25 PM
  • "Zagg launches iPad mini 5 keyboard folio case" 9to5Mac 12:48 PM
  • "The best laptops for students in 2019" Engadget 10:49 AM
  • "Ditto tvOS Receiver app enables simultaneous mirroring of up to 4 devices to Apple TV from iOS, macOS, Android, Windows" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of August 12: Digital Asset Managers, Streaming, Apple Mail X 2" The MUG Center 8:56 AM
  • "Watch Dependence MacStories" MacStories 8:29 AM
  • "Nintendo and Cygames Just Announced a New Summon Showcase and Facility Event Titled 'A Crescendo Of Courage' With a Daily Free Summon Event Beginning Tomorrow for 'Dragalia Lost'" Touch Arcade 8:26 AM
  • "'Thumper' Just Got Updated to Add Support for 120 Frames Per Second Gameplay On Supported iPad Pro Models" Touch Arcade 8:26 AM
  • "Telegram gets Silent Messages feature, customizable dark mode" Cult of Mac 8:06 AM
  • "TP-Link cancels HomeKit plan for Kasa smart plug mini" AppleInsider 8:05 AM
Computer Industry
  • "On this day IBM released first modern computer" Times of India 9:10 AM
  • "IBM, India's Tata join U.S. tech platform's governing council" Reuters 7:55 AM
  • "IBM and Chainyard launch blockchain supply chain management platform" Business Review 9:10 AM
  • "IBM, Tata Become First Big Techs to Back Hedera Hashgraph Blockchain" Coindesk 9:08 AM
  • "IBM and Red Hat Need to Prove the Skeptics Wrong" InvestorPlace 6:05 PM
  • "IBM is using its AI star Watson to pinpoint salaries and coach employees. Here are 9 robot tools that could one day find their way to your office." [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:24 PM
  • "IBM and Tata Become Governing Council 'Owners' of Hedera DLT Platform" Cointelegraph 9:10 AM
  • "Samsung narrows Intel's global chip market lead in Q2" New Electronics 9:27 AM
  • "Intel boosts AI ecosystems in India" CRN 9:27 AM
  • "Intel boosts artificial intelligence ecosystem in India" Financial Express 9:28 AM
  • "Intel's 2020 Phantom Canyon NUC could be powerful, but will it be too dated?" Digital Trends 2:33 PM
  • "Intel Phantom Canyon gaming NUC with RTX 2060 spotted" Hexus 9:28 AM
  • "Is AMD finally winning the chip wars?" IT PRO (UK) 9:27 AM
  • "AMD Navi 23 could be an 'Nvidia killer' graphics card that launches in 2020" TechRadar UK 9:24 AM
  • "AMD graphics developers are calling their next card the Nvidia Killer" Digital Trends 2:33 PM
  • "AMD target boosted for product execution" Seeking Alpha 9:25 AM
  • "Will AMD Continue to Gain after Hitting a 52-Week High?" Market Realist 10:35 AM
  • "AMD Could See New Highs if It Maintains Its Trajectory" Market Realist 12:47 PM
  • "Is AMD's RDNA graphics technology ready to power next-gen consoles?" Engadget 2:26 PM
  • "Microsoft Announces Azure-focused Partnership With India's Jio" Thurrott 8:33 AM
  • "Microsoft Partners with Jio to Go After the Indian Cloud Market" ITPro Today 6:56 PM
  • "Reliance Jio and Microsoft sign 10-year cloud agreement: Jio plans to deploy Microsoft Azure in its data centres, connectivity infrastructure, and use it to develop cloud-based business solutions." ZDNet 8:29 PM
  • "HP reinvents the PC experience for consumers with its new convertible Chromebook" The News Minute 9:06 AM
  • "HP launches digital textile printers" CRN 9:06 AM
  • "US court to seize Autonomy finance chief's $100m shares: Autonomy's former finance chief will surrender his shares in Mike Lynch's venture capital fund to a US court as he appeals a fraud conviction over the British software company's multibillion dollar sale to Hewlett Packard." Telegraph 9:07 AM
  • "Exclusive: Cisco acquires Bengaluru-based SaaS firm 42hertz" ENTracker 8:58 AM
  • "Cisco hedges bets on enterprise cloud and 5G technology" DH News Service, 8:59 AM
  • "Cisco To Acquire Voicea For Videoconferencing Tech" Seeking Alpha 12:47 PM
  • "Java Web Start is dead, long live Java Web Start!" JAXenter 9:05 AM
  • "Oracle Romania CEO Mîndruțescu resigns from Fondul Proprietatea board" Romania Insider 9:04 AM
  • "TSMC gearing up for another semiconductor supercycle" DigiTimes 8:12 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why I'm Not Buying Apple Stock Right Now" Seeking Alpha 7:46 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow closes 390 points lower, loses grip on 26,000 as 10-year Treasury hits 1.64%: Second-quarter earnings set to decline year-over-year" MarketWatch 3:48 PM
  • "Dow Ends Off 400 on Hong Kong Unrest, Trade-War and Recession Fears: Stocks tumbled Monday as fears of a global recession from the U.S.-China trade war weighed on Wall Street and unrest in Hong Kong dented sentiment." TheStreet 3:48 PM
  • "Dow plunges close to 400 points on falling bond yields, trade war jitters" FOXBusiness 3:48 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Decline Amid Trade Woes: Stocks fell as a wave of selling that analysts attributed to mounting doubts about a trade deal pulled lower shares of everything from banks to technology companies." [Paid Membership Required] 8:57 PM
  • "Asian markets make cautious gains following rocky week: Stocks rise in Hong Kong, Shanghai; Nikkei closed for holiday" MarketWatch and Associated Press 8:54 AM

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