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Monday Highlights: Sophos reporting Apple confirms Siri listens to you, but claims "she's NOT spying"; Bloomberg explores how sales of smartphone worldwide ground to halt; and Apple files appeal against Santa Clara County's tax demands for asset values; vulnerability in macOS, in just two lines of code, could allow your system to be compromised with single click; Tim Cook, President Trump had dinner to talk tariffs allegedly; encryption-weakening bill on docket for Aussie parliament; report claims there's no fix for a quarter of known computer vulnerabilities; DigiTimes report says Quanta producing "new inexpensive notebooks" for Apple—more in our Hardware/Software section; ZDNet's Chris Matyszczyk went to an Apple Store to see if employees are as stupid as Samsung's adverts make them out to be.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Siri is listening to you, but she's NOT spying, says Apple"  Sophos 8:57 AM
  • "Apple reportedly asked devs to adopt subscriptions and hike app prices" VentureBeat 12:24 PM
  • "How Global Smartphone Sales Growth Ground to a Halt" Bloomberg 8:54 AM
  • "Apple appeals against Santa Clara County tax demands over high property valuations" AppleInsider 8:25 AM
  • "Apple downplays asset value in pursuit of tax rebate" Cult of Mac 9:22 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple macOS vulnerability paves the way for system compromise with a single click: Tampering with two lines of code unveiled a serious bug which could lead to full system compromise."  ZDNet 8:49 AM
  • "Brand New Macs Found Susceptible to Being Hacked Due to Recently Discovered Bug" MacPrices 10:15 AM
  • "'Synthetic Click' attack re-emerges in macOS High Sierra at Defcon" AppleInsider 12:18 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of macOS Mojave to Developers" MacRumors 12:25 PM
  • "Beta 7 of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave Released for Testing" OS X Daily 2:56 PM
  • "Apple Removes Group FaceTime From iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, Says It'll Launch Later This Year" MacRumors 12:25 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to Verify Your Backups are Working Properly" Intego 11:25 AM
  • "How to export photos and maintain the original creation date in Apple Photos" Macworld 8:24 AM
  • "How to replace Apple Mail on the Mac, and why you might want to switch" AppleInsider 2:56 PM
  • "How to easily install open source software on macOS" iMore 8:41 AM
  • "How to boot Windows on a Mac in 10-seconds" Apple Must 1:02 PM
  • "How to Quickly Make a Timeline in Keynote With Templates" Envato Tuts+ 8:42 AM
  • "How To Control YouTube Video Playback With Keyboard Shortcuts" MacMost 9:07 AM
Op/Ed
  • "CMV: Apple's original video efforts should include a YouTube/Vimeo style creator platform" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Trump, Cook Have Dinner, Likely Discussed Tariffs"  The Mac Observer 9:15 AM
  • "Apple held secret meeting with developers in 2017 to push app subscriptions" AppleInsider 9:34 PM
  • "A Foolish Take: Apple Gains a Foothold in the Smart Speaker Market" The Motley Fool 12:27 PM
  • "New Apple Store in Kyoto to Open on August 25" MacRumors 2:56 PM
  • "Apple stores in Orland Park, Irvine expanding to new locations on August 18th" 9to5Mac 9:34 PM
  • "Ralph Nader once again assails Apple's stock buybacks" AppleInsider 8:25 AM
  • "Australian parliament will debate bill to weaken encryption by end of 2018" AppleInsider 9:19 AM
  • "Apple job listing points to 'new products and initiatives' for iCloud" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "Apple hosts Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai at Apple Park, touts cooperation with Malala Fund" AppleInsider 8:56 PM
  • "Google's iOS and Android Apps Track and Store Location Data With Location History Disabled" MacRumors 2:31 PM
  • "This iPhone bass guitar actually looks like it would work as an iPhone" Cult of Mac 12:23 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Power Mac G4 gets a mirrored redesign" Cult of Mac 8:41 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook, Google, WhatsApp in the firing line as Australia reveals encryption laws" CNET 8:56 PM
  • "Why some computer viruses refuse to die" BBC 6:33 PM
  • "Caesars Palace not-so-Praetorian guards intimidate DEF CON goers, seize soldering irons: Hotel policies drafted after last October's mass shooting arrive just in time for DEF CON." Ars Technica 5:51 PM
  • "Trump signs bill banning government use of Huawei and ZTE tech" The Verge 5:48 PM
  • "FBI warns of massive ATM scam that could affect banks worldwide" The Next Web 5:24 PM
  • "An 11-year-old was able to hack Florida election results in less than 10 minutes" Business Insider 2:57 PM
  • "Oppo R17 officially revealed: This is how to do a notch" Android Authority 12:20 PM
  • "25% of Known Computer Security Vulnerabilities Have No Fix" 24/7 Wall St. 10:28 AM
  • "Hacked Amazon Echo turned other Echoes on same Wi-Fi network into covert listening devices" GearBrain 8:42 AM
  • "The Battery Issue: The past, present, and future of the lithium-ion battery" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Google's Public DNS turns '8.8.8.8 years old,' teases 'exciting' future announcements" 9to5Google 12:21 PM
  • "Google may add Windows 10 dual-boot option to Chromebooks" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Google tracks your movements—like it or not: Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to." Associated Press 8:35 AM
  • "Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi? It's no (crypto)miner offence" The Register 8:22 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "#206: The Rings in a Tree/This week Myke breaks his iPad, Jason visits the Microsoft Store and leaves with an Xbox, and we pick our favorite video games of all time." Relay FM: Upgrade 5:51 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: August 13, 2018" 9to5Mac 5:24 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Host of The Carson Podcast Mark Malkoff" The Mac Observer 4:55 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Compal surpasses Quanta as top notebook ODM in 2Q18" ["But Quanta's shipments are expected to also rise above 10 million units in the fourth quarter thanks to orders for Apple's new inexpensive notebooks. Quanta will remain in second place, but its race with Compal will be much tigheter in the fourth quarter, with the difference to naorrow to less than 100,000 units."]  DigiTimes 8:46 AM
  • "Quanta Said to Manufacture Apple's Upcoming 'Inexpensive Notebooks' in September Quarter" MacRumors 8:36 AM
  • "Another reference to low-cost 13-inch MacBook emerges in supply-chain report" 9to5Mac 9:19 AM
  • "Apple to introduce 'inexpensive' Mac notebooks" Apple Must 10:15 AM
  • "Apple Has Certified Key Suppliers of 2018 iPhones as Volume Production Set to Begin" MacRumors 10:29 AM
  • "Report: Apple has certified key component suppliers for all three 2018 iPhones" iDownload Blog 10:47 AM
  • "All 2018 iPhones To Support Wireless Charging, AirPower Will Be Available This Fall For $150"  Loveios 12:24 PM
  • "'Industry Insiders' Believe AirPower Will Cost Around $149 and Work With All Three 2018 iPhones" MacRumors 12:25 PM
  • "All three 2018 iPhones to support wireless charging, AirPower mat to cost $150, rumors say" AppleInsider 2:57 PM
  • "Foxconn Posts Unexpected Drop in Profit: Earnings decline despite strong demand for Apple's iPhone" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:46 AM
  • "Foxconn second-quarter results miss estimates ahead of product launches" Reuters 8:31 AM
  • "Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 OTA update amid reports of sluggish performance" 9to5Mac 5:24 PM
  • "Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 OTA update amid performance woes" AppleInsider 5:19 PM
  • "Group FaceTime Pulled from Initial iOS 12 Release" MacStories 12:27 PM
  • "Apple Updates iOS 12 Shortcuts to Beta 2 for Developers" The Mac Observer 10:58 AM
  • "iOS 12 developer beta 7 for iPhone and iPad coming today" 9to5Mac 11:25 AM
  • "watchOS 5 developer beta 7 for Apple Watch now available" 9to5Mac 12:24 PM
  • "Apple Seeds tvOS 12 Beta 7 to Developers [Download] iClarified 12:24 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Need some help please. Can't access 'contact us' page for Podcast Connect to resolve issue, and every department I talk to on the phone says they can't help me and I need to go to 'Contact us' page to email. The issue is with an infinite loop login issue." [via email: Hoping to get some traction with this story here, as Apple is dropping the ball hard from a support and customer service standpoint. I have been trying to submit a new podcast to Apple's Podcast Connect site for 10 days to no avail. I (and many other users) have been stuck in an infinite login loop (as well as an infinite frustration loop).] Travis Rasmussen 8:07 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 8:01 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 8:01 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:01 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: Lacie Rugged RAID Pro – primed for on-the-go SD Card backups [Video] 9to5Mac 1:06 PM
  • "Hands on: Audio-Technica's gesture-controlled, noise-cancelling ATH-ANC700BT headphones" AppleInsider 2:31 PM
  • "Review: Clear Edge Pulse Wireless Heart Rate Monitor Headphone" iLounge 2:30 PM
  • "Hands-on with the Satechi Aluminum Type-C UHS-II Micro/SD Card Reader Adapter" Apple World Today 2:30 PM
  • "The Codex is a handsome case for the MacBook Pro, but is limited" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best comic book apps for iPhone and iPad" Macworld 8:24 AM
  • "Pocket City review: Build and manage your dream city" iMore 8:41 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "iPhone & iPad: How to customize Siri suggestions" 9to5Mac 5:19 PM
  • "How to enable iPhone Photos extensions" Cult of Mac 2:55 PM
  • "How to block websites in Safari on iPhone and iPad" iMore 2:30 PM
  • "Here's How To Actually Prevent Google From Tracking Your Location" BuzzFeed News 2:55 PM
  • "Google Tracks You Even If Location History's Off. Here's How to Stop It" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:06 PM
  • "How to install Fortnite on Android: You'll need a beta invite to download it on non-Galaxy devices for now" The Verge 12:18 PM
  • "How to access iPhone and iPad Restrictions & Parental Controls on iOS 12" iDownload Blog 11:25 AM
  • "How to use HomePod to make and take calls" Apple Must 11:01 AM
  • "How to configure your Spark email app Smart Inbox" iDownload Blog 8:41 AM
Tips
  • "This Siri Shortcut will automatically text your commute time to your spouse" Cult of Mac 3:03 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "New iPhone X Hardware Will Help Apple Beat The EU" Forbes 6:33 PM
  • "Bicycle touring with an iPhone." dpmac 10:37 AM
  • "The summer 2018 iPhone refresh speculation round-up" Computerworld 9:15 AM
  • "I went to an Apple store to find out if the employees are stupid: To market its new Note 9, the Korean handset maker is again mocking Apple's Geniuses and suggesting they're not bright. They don't seem worried about it."  ZDNet 8:50 AM
Non-Apple
  • "What is a Digital Transformation and Why Should You Care?" Forbes 8:29 PM
  • "The Current Definition of 'Broadband' Is Too Slow and Ajit Pai Refuses to Change it: Ajit Pai is once again trying to keep the definition of broadband set at ankle height." Motherboard 12:23 PM
  • "Preview: The ThinkPad P1 is Lenovo's MacBook Pro rival with a better screen and lots of design innovation" Digital Arts 8:55 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Hanger' Developer A Small Game Releasing 'BotHeads 2' On August 22nd" Touch Arcade 6:33 PM
  • "Back to School essentials for 2018: Best laptops, headphones, and electronics" Ars Technica 5:23 PM
  • "Sony's charging nearly $7,900 for a music player with a gold-plated volume knob" The Verge 5:19 PM
  • "Macally releases 'XKEYLED' full-size USB wired backlit keyboard for Apple Mac" BetaNews 3:03 PM
  • "Serial Reader Adapts Books for the Smartphone Age" MacStories 10:48 AM
  • "Saurik updates Cydia Impactor with bug fixes and improvements" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
  • "Samsung's SmartThings Wifi mesh router/smart-home hub mashup features AI tech from Plume" TechHive 8:23 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of August 13: Live Streaming, Keynote Slide Shows, and iPhone Photography" The MUG Center 8:01 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft stands up Azure Stack for government as JEDI contract looms" TechCrunch 12:06 PM
  • "Nadella sells nearly one third of Microsoft shares" CRN UK 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft builds digital solution for CBSE to prevent paper leaks" Austin American-Statesman [Free Registration Required] 8:46 AM
  • "CBSE Paper Leak Fiasco: Tech Giant Microsoft Builds Digital Solution" NDTV 8:46 AM
  • "Maersk and IBM introduce TradeLens blockchain solution" Marine Mec 8:39 AM
  • "CEVA Logistics In Blockchain-based Technology Deal With IBM And Maersk" RTTNews 8:39 AM
  • "Maersk and IBM develop blockchain shipping solution" Ship Technology 8:38 AM
  • "Rise Of Enterprise: How Michael Dell played the game and saved his company from the brink" The Verge 12:53 PM
  • "Dell EMC launches new enterprise programme with 'more aggressive' margins" CRN UK 8:35 AM
  • "Dell EMC starts enterprise preferred channel programme" Channel Eye 8:34 AM
  • "Intel AI and 2,500 Xeons bring 'The Meg' mega-shark to the big screen" VentureBeat 12:31 PM
  • "Intel's 9th generation chips are coming soon with blazing speed and even more cores" BGR 8:33 AM
  • "Intel's first batch of 9th-gen chips will likely arrive on 1 October" The Inquirer 8:32 AM
  • "Intel finally emits Puma 1Gbps modem fixes – just as new ping-of-death bug emerges" The Register 7:42 PM
  • "Report: 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K Launching Oct. 1" PC Magazine 8:29 AM
  • "Intel's first 9th-generation processors rumored to launch on October 1st" TechSpot 8:29 AM
  • "Intel Core i9-9900K and i7-9700K turbo clocks impress" Hexus 8:28 AM
  • "Intel unveils its 'ruler' form factor storage for data-center servers" ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "Nvidia ships its first ray-tracing Quadro graphics chip in Q4" VentureBeat 8:14 PM
  • "AMD's new 32-core Ryzen Threadripper chip is out, and you can get one for free" Digital Trends 8:21 AM
  • "AMD 32-Core Threadripper 2990WX And 16-Core 2950X Reviews: Most Powerful Ever Desktop Processors?" Forbes 8:20 AM
  • "AMD: Don't buy Threadripper just to play Fortnite" TrustedReviews 8:20 AM
  • "AMD 2nd Generation Ryzen Threadripper 2990X 32 Core / 64 Thread CPU Review Ft. ASRock X399 Professional Gaming and ASRock X399 Taichi" WCCFTech 8:19 AM
  • "Review: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X and 2990WX" Guru3D 8:20 AM
  • "Reviews: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX & 2950X Review" TechSpot 8:19 AM
  • "The AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Is The Best Workstation GPU Under $1000" SegmentNext 8:19 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Pro WX8200 packs 10.8 teraflops of pixel pushing power" The Inquirer 8:18 AM
  • "AMD Unveils The Radeon Pro WX 8200 GPU For Workstations" UberGizmo 8:18 AM
  • "AMD Introduces Radeon Pro WX 8200 for Under $1,000" Guru3D 8:17 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon Pro WX 8200 is for content creators on a budget" Engadget 8:03 AM
  • "Critical vulnerability in Oracle Database, patch without delay!" Help Net Security 8:10 AM
  • "Oracle accused of 'misleading' investors over source of cloud revenue growth" ComputerWeekly 8:11 AM
  • "Oracle cloud left fuming over Firefighters' Pension Fund lawsuit" Banking Technology 8:10 AM
  • "An Oracle insider explains how some salespeople gamed the system to sell more cloud" Business Insider 1:06 PM
  • "Firefighters choke on Oracle's alleged smoke-and-mirrors cloud: Pension fund cries fraud over database giant's boasts about its off-prem biz performance" The Register 8:09 AM
  • "Oracle selects 18 new start-ups for Cloud innovation in India" Financial Express 8:08 AM
  • "Critical Vulnerability Patched in Oracle Database" SecurityWeek 8:08 AM
  • "The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tencent, Cisco and Nvidia" Zacks 8:06 AM
  • "How the GPU became the heart of AI and machine learning" ZDNet 7:49 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "The Big Story Isn't Buybacks; It's How Buffett Is Using Apple To Reshape The Berkshire Portfolio - Berkshire Hathaway A (NYSE:BRK.A)" Seeking Alpha 5:23 PM
  • "Apple Is Phasing Out Older Models To Lift Margins" Seeking Alpha 2:30 PM
  • "Look out Apple! Amazon may soon be worth $1 trillion too"  CNNMoney 10:48 AM
  • "Apple is America's largest stock, 'gem', says Jim Cramer" CNBC Videos 10:29 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close lower as Turkey currency crisis dampens risk appetite: Global markets in retreat again" MarketWatch 5:37 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks end lower on Wall Street" Associated Press 5:37 PM
  • "US stocks take further losses as Turkey worries continue" Associated Press 5:37 PM
  • "S&P 500 Pulled Down by Energy, Materials Sectors: Turkey's economic turmoil and fears of possible contagion continued to strain markets" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:36 PM
  • "Turkish currency crisis drags down Asian stock markets: Nikkei sinks 1.6%; Chinese indexes down more than 1%" MarketWatch 9:08 AM
  • "European stocks finish in the red as investors remain focused on Turkey: Bayer battered after court ruling over Roundup" MarketWatch 12:54 PM

 
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