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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?

  • "US delaying China tariffs for some items including cellphones, removing other products from list" ["Apple shares traded higher on the news. Best Buy, Nike, Kohl's and other retailers were also trading higher."]  CNBC 9:25 AM
  • "Apple, Chipmakers Soar Following News of Tariff Delay" ["The stock jumped as much as 5.2%, its biggest one-day percentage gain since July."] Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:48 AM
  • "Apple's AirPods will not escape Trump's China tariffs"  Reuters 3:35 PM
  • "AirPods, Apple Watch, and HomePod will face 10 percent import tax, starting in September: Smartwatches, fitness trackers, smart speakers, and Bluetooth headphones are affected" The Verge 3:25 PM
  • "Apple iPhones Get Tariff Reprieve, But Other Tech Gear Still Hit" [Tariffs arriving on 1 Sep incude Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePods, some Beats headphones, Macs, Apple Watch bands, and more] Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:36 PM
  • "Apple, Spotify Discuss Siri Truce, as Antitrust Battle Looms" ["Spotify, the world's most popular streaming service, is currently discussing a plan with Apple to let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists and albums with voice commands, according to three people familiar with the discussions."]  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1:06 PM
  • "What the Apple Card gets right, and wrong" ["The first thing to know about the Apple Card is that it is not really a card. The 'hardware', if a credit card can be deemed as such, is mostly irrelevant. Apple even incentivises consumers not to use it, giving just 1 per cent cash back on purchases made directly with the card — versus 2 per cent when using its Apple Pay mobile payments system and 3 per cent for Apple purchases, including App Store payments."]  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's credit card push is about keeping iPhone users — not entering financial services"  CNBC 3:26 PM
  • "The Apple Card is not magic: Apple's foray into personal finance is newsworthy, but the card itself isn't revolutionary and shouldn't change our expectations of the credit industry."  Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "If You Lose Your iPhone, You Can't Pay Your Apple Card Bill On The Web: The new Apple Card credit card has an iOS-only app to see transactions and make payments, which means if you lose your Apple device, you won't be able to pay your bill online."  BuzzFeed News 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Card bills can't be paid online if you lose your iPhone" Business Insider 10:06 AM
  • "Apple locked me out of its walled garden. It was a nightmare: Technology has always been a huge part of my life, but I recently was forced to find out what happens when the technology you've built your life around is suddenly taken away from you."  Quartz 8:10 AM
  • "Apple sued for storing iCloud data on third-party servers" AppleInsider 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Notarisation: Current Mac software installers might not run smoothly on macOS Catalina" Alex4D 9:44 AM
  • "How to Opt Out of MacOS Catalina Beta Updates" OS X Daily 1:46 PM
  • "Complex File Searches Using the macOS Finder" MacMost 1:35 PM
  • "macOS Accessibility Keyboard" NSHipster 1:08 PM
Press Releases
  • "Adobe speeds up Lightroom Classic editing with GPU acceleration" Engadget 8:09 AM
  • "Stairways Software Releases Keyboard Maestro 9.0" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Parallels Desktop 15 Switches to Apple's Metal Graphics API, Gains Sidecar, Keychain, and Drag and Drop Support" MacRumors 7:41 AM
  • "Run Windows on Mac faster than ever with Parallels Desktop 15" Cult of Mac 7:41 AM
  • "Congree Language Technologies and Syncro Soft announce Congree Integration for Oxygen XML Editor" Syncro Soft 7:20 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple brings contactless student IDs on iPhone and Apple Watch to more universities"  Apple 10:28 AM
  • "Apple brings contactless student IDs to a dozen more universities" TechCrunch 10:48 AM
  • "Searching for gold with habitat restoration in mind"  Apple 7:42 AM
  • "Revamped Apple Maps Rollout Extends to Northeast U.S." MacRumors 8:50 AM
  • "New Apple Maps are rolling out to the northeast U.SApple promises to complete its U.S. rollout of new map data by the end of the year, with other countries to follow in 2020." Macworld 11:55 AM
  • "Recalled 2015 15-Inch MacBook Pro Models With Faulty Batteries Banned From Flights in U.S." MacRumors 9:08 PM
  • "Here's what happens on Apple's augmented reality walks" Cult of Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Location-based dating apps allow usernames to be stalked" 9to5Mac 7:45 AM
  • "How Hacking an Apple Device Could Make You a Millionaire" Market Realist 9:05 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users' Audio Chats: Facebook Inc. has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of the work." Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:34 PM
  • "Facebook paid contractors to transcribe Messenger app audio" AppleInsider 6:40 PM
  • "After the El Paso and Gilroy shootings, tech leaders are saying platforms must stop amplifying hate speech" Vox 3:26 PM
  • "Facial recognition software mistook 1 in 5 California lawmakers for criminals, says ACLU" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:04 PM
  • "Hands-free phone ban for drivers 'should be considered'" BBC 7:41 AM
  • "Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:34 AM
  • "Exclusive: Google's jobs search draws antitrust complaints from rivals" Reuters 7:34 AM
  • "Google Confirms Password Replacement For 1.7 Billion Android Users" Forbes 7:32 AM
  • "Salmon Gold, Gift Card Shenanigans – TMO Daily Observations 2019-08-13" The Mac Observer 1:37 PM
  • "Macstock -Mike T. Rose on the 'Charm' of Macstock" MacVoices 12:52 PM
  • "Podcast: What's wrong with Congress' tech policy conversation?" The Verge 8:49 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 304: Signing up for Apple Card" iDownload Blog 7:58 AM
  • "The Power... of Power – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 774" The Mac Observer 7:20 AM
  • "Wedbush analyst says all three new iPhones to be released in September" 9to5Mac 7:45 AM
  • "A future iPhone could lose the notch with light transmitting windows in the screen" AppleInsider 9:38 AM
  • "Apple working on gaze tracking to make AR & VR faster & more accurate" AppleInsider 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for a Gaze Tracking System that could apply to a Future MR Headset, Macs, iDevices & beyond" Patently Apple 8:01 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:31 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:31 AM

  • "Hands on: Mokibo is a keyboard and trackpad for your iPad Pro" AppleInsider 1:50 PM
  • "Review: Twelve South's USB-C StayGo Hub Offers Plenty of Ports and Two Handy Cable Sizes" MacRumors 1:37 PM
  • "Hands-on with four helpful USB-C accessories for Mac users [Video] 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "How to find your Apple Card account number, CVV and expiration date: Your Apple Card may not have anything on it but your name, but it does have all the information you need to properly fill out an online purchase." iMore 9:07 PM
  • "How to pay off your Apple Card" Cult of Mac 1:37 PM
  • "Apple Card: Activating the physical card is a breeze/Because who doesn't want to have a titanium credit card in their wallet?" ZDNet 1:37 PM
  • "How to use a Magic Mouse, Keyboard and TrackPad with iPadOS (Video)" Geeky Gadgets 8:18 AM
  • "How to send your availability in Outlook on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 7:59 AM
  • "iOS 13: How to Use The New Video Editor on iPhone and iPad" iPhone Hacks 7:20 AM
  • "How to download and install iCloud for Windows" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Low power? How to extend your iPhone's battery life: Use these tips and tricks to help your iPhone make it through the day." ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "Can Apple Card Really Boost iPhone Loyalty? The answer will depend on a wide range of factors...but probably not." The Motley Fool 9:07 PM
  • "Report: All Three 2019 iPhone Models Releasing Next Month" Redmond Pie 5:44 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone Naming Problem is About to Get Really Crazy" The Mac Observer 5:15 PM
  • "Everything You Need to Know About the Apple Card I Did Not Need: The new credit card has its benefits, but it will lock you further into the Apple ecosystem"  Medium 3:26 PM
  • "Apple's Battery 'Service' Alerts Are a Blow Against Right to Repair"  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:47 AM
  • "Hacks: Tall tales of Apple security woes" Macworld 7:41 AM
  • "6 upgrades Apple's iPad Pro needs before an unnecessary triple-lens rear camera: We found the worst rumor of the summer." Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "Comic: The Secret of the iPhone Pro" iMore 8:24 AM
  • "Comedy: The rant wheel stops on Apple dongles" Apple 3.0 8:01 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Watch in-car charging stand a must-have for road warriors" Cult of Mac 3:37 PM
  • "Google Docs, Sheets and Slides get a new font for faster reading" TechCrunch 11:29 AM
  • "MacStadium Announces Orchestration with Kubernetes on Apple" Business Wire 9:49 AM
  • "MacStadium announces cloud-based Mac IASS for developers: Kubernetes-compatible virtualization layer for Macs in the cloud..." Computerworld 9:32 AM
  • "Proverbidioms 2.0 released for IOS/Android - Everyday English Idioms" prMac 8:31 AM
  • "DJI's Osmo Mobile 3 is lighter, smaller, and folds up" The Verge 8:09 AM
  • "Stratix Launches SmartMobile Services for Apple Offering for Enterprise Customers" Business Wire 7:44 AM
  • "Ambrosia launches revolutionary NightRider BluCon, for FreeStyle Libre 2 Sensor and 'Direct-to-Apple Watch'" PRNewswire 7:43 AM
  • "OWC Introduces Palm-Sized High-Powered Five Port USB-C Travel Dock for Mac, PC, iPad and more" PRNewswire 7:43 AM
  • "Fortnite 10.10 delayed due to 'last minute issues'" Cult of Mac 7:41 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Trump delays laptop and smartphone tariffs until December: The administration said it was delaying implementation" The Verge 11:00 AM
  • "Trump Delays Tariffs On Laptops, Phones—but Not Desktop PCs: The White House is delaying imposing a 10 percent tariff on Chinese-assembled smartphone, laptops and video game systems on pressure from the tech industry. Desktop PCs will still get a tariff this September." PC Magazine 3:54 PM
  • "Microsoft culls Office 2019 from its Home Use Program: Almighty cock HUP" The Inquirer 7:40 AM
  • "What Microsoft's upcoming 'outsourcing' licensing changes could mean for your business: Enterprise customers relying on Microsoft 'Bring Your Own License' option to run Windows Server, SQL Server and other enterprise software in Amazon's or Google's clouds may be in for a rude awakening this fall." ZDNet 10:12 AM
  • "Microsoft warns of two new 'wormable' flaws in Windows Remote Desktop Services: Microsoft warns of BlueKeep II & III. Says they're wormable, just like the original BlueKeep vulnerability." ZDNet 2:37 PM
  • "Vulnerability in Microsoft CTF protocol goes back to Windows XP: Insecure CTF protocol allows hackers to hijack any Windows app, escape sandboxes, get admin rights." ZDNet 3:43 PM
  • "Microsoft Finds Four New 'Wormable' Flaws in Windows 10: Two of the flaws also affect Windows 7 Service Pack 1, and Windows 8.1. If exploited, they can be used to launch a computer worm to attack vulnerable machines that have Remote Desktop Services activated." PC Magazine 9:03 PM
  • "Microsoft issues fixes for two critical, wormable vulnerabilities in Windows" Neowin 6:40 PM
  • "Microsoft Delivers Patch Tuesday Updates for Windows 10" Thurrott 2:35 PM
  • "Microsoft releases first Edge Dev 78 build, with lots of dark theme features" Neowin 6:41 PM
  • "Microsoft: Windows Virtual Desktop is now 'feature complete'/Next stop for Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop service is general availability, which could happen as soon as September 2019." ZDNet 2:37 PM
  • "Windows Virtual Desktop is 'feature complete' and will be generally available soon" Neowin 5:44 PM
  • "Microsoft's Windows is falling apart, says Google (and Bill Nye): Windows is old and tired. Switch to a Chromebook. This is the new jaunty, Bill Nye-fronted message now coming from Google." ZDNet 10:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Exec Forecasts Boom In Artificial Intelligence-Powered Personal Assistants" Forbes 8:08 AM
  • "Intel's Phantom Canyon NUC set to pack Tiger Lake CPUs and Xe graphics: The RTX 2060 will also give the pint-sized PC some graphics clout" The Inquirer 7:39 AM
  • "Intel Reveals Project Athena Badge: Any laptop verified through Intel's Project Athena innovation program will be allowed to display a new visual identifier badge, but thankfully not stuck to the laptop chassis." PC Magazine 8:04 AM
  • "Intel's Punching Bag Finally Has a Chance to Compete: Back from the brink, AMD is taking advantage of its larger rival's stumbles." Bloomberg 8:07 AM
  • "AMD Navi 23 leaks as an 'Nvidia killer' arriving in 2020: High-end card will take on the RTX 2080" The Inquirer 7:40 AM
  • "Systems with AMD Radeon 600 series graphics launched" Hexus 8:03 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 9 3900X vs Intel Core i9-9900K: Consider Important Factors Before Your Purchase" Ownsnap 8:03 AM
  • "Spark leverages HPE's CTP to leaven digital transformation: New subsidiary Leaven will be led by the former CEO of data centre operator Revera" Computerworld New Zealand 7:04 PM
  • "FTC Fines Hewlett-Packard Korea 216 Mil. Won for Unfair Subcontracting Practices" Business Korea 7:58 AM
  • "Nokia, Lenovo And Others Clamouring For Blockchain Benefits From IBM's Latest Network" Forbes 8:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Better Buy: Apple vs. IBM/Which tech giant is the better value stock?" The Motley Fool 9:06 PM
  • "Apple surges after the US delays tariffs on cellphones and laptops" Business Insider 10:28 AM
  • "Trump delays tariffs on iPhone, Mac and iPad" Cult of Mac 11:29 AM
  • "Apple and a handful of other stocks lead Dow's trade war turnaround" CNBC 4:08 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone suppliers seeing revenue growth in historically slow quarters" AppleInsider 10:28 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close sharply higher after Trump backs off on some tariffs on Chinese imports: U.S. tariffs on cell phones, laptop computers imported from China delayed before year-end holidays" MarketWatch 4:47 PM
  • "Stocks Post Solid Gains on Thaw in U.S.-China Trade War; Apple Surges: Stocks finish higher Tuesday as investors brush off recession signs amid word of possible progress in U.S.-China trade talks." TheStreet 4:47 PM
  • "Stocks rally as US delays tariffs on key Chinese imports" FOXBusiness 4:48 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rally on Tariff Delay: Some analysts say they expect more short-term volatility in markets until investors get more clarity on U.S. and China trade" [Paid Membership Required] 4:48 PM
  • "Asian markets fall as Hong Kong tensions remain high: Nikkei, Hang Seng decline amid growing geopolitical uncertainty" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "Europe stocks trade lower for third straight session" MarketWatch 8:19 AM

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