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Wednesday Highlights: Nikkei reports that Apple may be considering moving up to 30% of iPhone manufacturing out of China due to trade volatility; Apple is the fourth largest gaming company thanks to the iPhone, according to an industry study by NewZoo; All of Best Buy's nearly 1,000 stores are now Apple-Certified Repair centers; Apple Must goes over all the new iPad OS commands and gestures; The Sweet Setup reviews Evernote replacement note taking apps.

  • "Apple weighs 15%-30% capacity shift out of China amid trade war: Tech giant asks suppliers to review costs in Southeast Asia and Mexico" Nikkei 7:45 AM
  • "Apple explores moving 15-30% of production capacity from China: Nikkei"  Reuters 7:39 AM
  • "Apple might shift '15 to 30 per cent' of production out of China: 'Painful' move spurred by intensifying China-US trade war" The Inquirer 7:57 AM
  • "Apple investigating move of up to 30% of production out of China: A special team within Apple has been tasked with investigating the costs of moving between 15% and 30% of iPhone, iPad and AirPod to other countries in order to reduce the impact of US/China tariffs." AppleInsider 7:44 AM
  • "Tim Cook jumps to 69th spot on Glassdoor's list of top CEOs: Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday was once again named to job website Glassdoor's list of the top 100 CEOs in America, marking his seventh consecutive appearance on the annual employee rankings chart."  AppleInsider 7:43 AM
  • "Apple is fourth largest gaming company globally, thanks to the iPhone" AppleInsider 9:39 AM
  • "Creating A Custom Chime On Your Mac With Crontab" MacMost 9:43 AM
  • "5 Tips to Speed Up Your MacBook.: A collection of hints to improve MacBook performance." Hackernoon 7:54 AM
  • "Errors, Warnings, & Leaks" Rixstep 7:10 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple partners with Best Buy for expanded repair service"  Apple 9:52 AM
  • "All of Best Buy's Nearly 1,000 Stores Now Offer Apple-Certified Repairs in the United States" MacRumors 9:28 AM
  • "Apple completes Best Buy repair partnership with nearly 1,000 US locations" 9to5Mac 9:28 AM
  • "Apple expands repair service to all U.S. Best Buy stores" VentureBeat 9:37 AM
  • "Bernie Sanders says Apple, Google, Facebook breakup needs study: The potential breaking up of major technology companies like Apple should be examined, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders has suggested, seemingly joining calls to curtail the influence of firms that are accused of being monopolistic in nature." AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "'Find My Friends' helps save teenager trapped under car" AppleInsider 7:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon's new Kindle Oasis lets you adjust the color temperature for reading at night" Neowin 10:17 AM
  • "Amazon refreshes $250 high-end Kindle Oasis with adjustable reading light" GeekWire 8:04 AM
  • "The new Kindle Oasis adjusts its screen color to the time of day: The price still starts at $250 for 8 GB or $280 for 32 GB." Engadget 8:04 AM
  • "Facebook 'mysteriously locks out Hungarian users'" BBC 8:04 AM
  • "YouTube Lets You Try on Makeup Using Augmented Reality: Makeup tutorials are extremely popular on YouTube, so Google used augmented reality to let you virtually try (and hopefully buy) products as you watch." PC Magazine 7:40 AM
  • "Canonical won't release the next version of Ubuntu in 32-bit: See that 10 year old computer? Yeah, that's not your friend." The Inquirer 7:18 AM
  • "Google Says It Didn't Scrape Data from Genius" Thurrott 7:24 AM
  • "Google's new Chrome extension makes it easy to report suspicious sites: Chrome 75 will now also let you know if you're loading a website with a deceptive URL." Engadget 7:11 AM
  • "JLL creates 'smart office' AI voice assistant: The real estate firm partnered with Google to compete with a range of conversational AI assistants entering the workplace, from Alexa to Cortana." Computerworld 7:12 AM
  • "Mozilla urges Firefox users to patch against critical zero-day vulnerability: The flaw is being exploited out in the wild" The Inquirer 7:18 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 10 release date, price and specs: Samsung reportedly plots 7 August unveiling/'Flashy' event will take place in Brooklyn, New York" The Inquirer 7:14 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 10 to launch on August 7th in New York" BGR 7:14 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Note10 will reportedly launch on August 7" Neowin 7:15 AM
  • "Hasselblad Unveils Second-Gen X1D II 50C Mirrorless Camera: The X1D II 50C doesn't change the image sensor from the first model, but improves the viewfinder, general speed, and other issues that held the first model back." PC Magazine 7:40 AM
  • "AltConf -Rob Elkin and Mike Lee On The Objectives of AltConf" MacVoices 7:52 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 5G release date revealed — and you're stuck with 4G for quite a while: iPhone is getting 5G support in September 2020, report claims" T3 7:55 AM
  • "Every security camera that will feature HomeKit Secure Video support" iMore 9:37 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:53 AM

  • "LG UltraFine 4K Display review: Two screens for the price of one/If you're looking for an UltraFine alternative to the $1,200 5K 27-inch model Apple used to sell, the UltraFine 4K is slightly smaller, has plenty of Ks, and costs about half as much." iMore 8:08 AM
  • "Best MacBook: Which Apple laptop tastes the sweetest?" ShortList 7:55 AM
  • "The Revamped iPod Touch Is Not Your New Music Storage Solution" Pitchfork 8:12 AM
  • "ZAGG's Slim Book Go is a fine keyboard/case combo for the iPad Pro" Apple World Today 8:00 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Hands-on with iOS 13 beta 2 new changes and features [Video] 9to5Mac 9:28 AM
  • "Safari on iPadOS 13: The best new features/Safari is about to get a lot better on the iPad. Here's what to expect this fall." Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Apple Will Let Apple Watch Users Remove Stock Apps: watchOS 6 to include more control over installed apps" Softpedia 7:47 AM
  • "The Best Evernote Replacement App for Long-Term Research: Keep It" The Sweet Setup 8:44 AM
  • "How to save data on iPhone or iPad: Does your iPhone (or iPad) keep running out of cellular data before your allowance is reset each month? Follow our tips and never run out of data again" Macworld UK 7:55 AM
  • "How to set up HomePod to play music when you arrive home" iMore 7:54 AM
  • "How to take notes with Siri: Siri lets you take notes, even from across the room or in the car." iMore 7:26 AM
  • "All the new iPad OS keyboard commands and gestures" Apple Must 8:31 AM
  • "Top 10 iPhone privacy and security tips you should check today" ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "The Mac no longer needs compatibility to thrive: Using industry standard hardware helped bring the Mac back. But that era is over."  Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "5 surprising Apple logo facts: Apple logo designer Rob Janoff shares the story of his iconic design." Creative Bloq 7:48 AM
  • "What the latest iOS passcode hack means for you: Cellebrite, an Israeli-based forensics company, claims it has advanced its hacking technology to include Apple's iOS 12.3 and 'high-end Android' devices." Computerworld 7:11 AM
  • "Nikkei: These 5 countries will get more of Apple's manufacturing business" Apple 3.0 7:45 AM
  • "Apple prepares to turn its back on China: According to the Nikkei, Apple has asked its supply chain to cost a move of 15-30% of its China production to other Asian countries. Apple has declined to comment." Electronics Weekly 7:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 updates: We're now using AI to push 1803 users to 1903, says Microsoft/Microsoft starts using machine learning to shift devices running April 2018 Update and earlier to the latest version." ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft taps Windows 10 eye-tracking for new free games played with eyes alone: Microsoft continues its big accessibility push." ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "Dell XPS 15 Owners Complain of Battery Drain, Overheating" LAPTOP Magazine 7:28 AM
  • "HP adds second-gen AMD Ryzen mobile processors options to latest EliteBook 700 G6 business laptops: With the 13.3-inch EliteBook 735 G6 and the 14-inch EliteBook 745 G6, HP continues to provide an alternative to Intel for enterprise notebooks. The new laptops can be equipped with up to a Ryzen 7 3700U processor and will start at a little more than $900." ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "HP EliteBook 735 G6 and 745 G6 coming with 2nd generation Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U options" Notebook Check 7:32 AM
  • "HP Enterprise to Move Toward Subscription Model, Chasing Amazon" Bloomberg 7:29 AM
  • "Leaked Benchmark Reveals AMD EPYC 7452 Dominates Intel Xeon" Business Times 7:30 AM
  • "Intel one-click Performance Maximizer app now available" Hexus 7:32 AM
  • "Intel launches Performance Maximiser overclocking tool" bit-tech 7:32 AM
  • "Intel Performance Maximizer Available For Download" CDR Info 7:31 AM
  • "Intel's Performance Maximizer tool overclocks CPUs with one click: But only for certain 9th generation Core CPUs." Engadget 8:04 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-10510U and Core i5-10210U disappoint on Geekbench with lower scores than the Ryzen 7 3700U and Ryzen 5 3500U" Notebook Check 7:31 AM
  • "Qualcomm and Intel are quietly lobbying against Trump's Huawei ban: U.S. chipmakers stand to lose billions in case the Huawei ban is not reconsidered." Android Central 7:31 AM
  • "Oracle patches another actively-exploited WebLogic zero-day: New wave of attacks against Oracle WebLogic servers using a brand new zero-day detected over the weekend." ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "IBM's Pangea III is the world's most powerful commercial supercomputer: It'll the help French sniff out more gas and oil" The Inquirer 8:04 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "One-quarter of the stock market's 2019 gains come from just five stocks" Yahoo! Finance 6/18
Industry News
  • "Stocks look set to drift up near records as investors await crucial Fed decision: All eyes on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell" MarketWatch 7:41 AM
  • "Stocks End Up on News of Trump/Xi G-20 Meeting: Stocks ended up Tuesday after President Trump said he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 meeting." TheStreet 7:41 AM
  • "US equity futures trade cautiously higher ahead of Fed decision" FOXBusiness 7:42 AM
  • "Investors Hold Fire Ahead of Fed Decision: European stocks and Wall Street futures were broadly flat; Asian indexes rallied on hopes for U.S.-China trade progress" [Paid Membership Required] 7:42 AM
  • "Asian markets surge on renewed hopes of trade deal: Hang Seng, Shenzhen indexes up more than 2% after Trump says he'll meet with Xi at G-20" MarketWatch 7:42 AM

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