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Tuesday Highlights: Reports indicate Apple and Intel are in "'advanced' talks" concerning sale of Intel's modem business for an estimated cost of $1 billion; TheStreet thinks the deal a problem for Qualcomm—reports and opinions aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Apple hires Tesla engineer responsible for car interiors; new version of Pixelmator Pro puts app functions into Apple Photos, AppleInsider goes hands-on with the app; iPhone XR most popular iPhone model; 9to5Mac reports 3 new iPhone 11 models coming in Fall, featuring A13 chip, new Taptic Engine—more in our Hardware/Software section; and supply chain news sees $3,000 16" MacBook Pro arriving in October; CNET's Vanessa Hand Orellana compares Apple Watch EKG with medical-grade EKG.

  • "Apple Dominates App Store Search Results, Thwarting Competitors: Searches for 'music,' 'audiobooks' and other categories rank company apps first, a process some developers find unfair; Apple says algorithm doesn't give own products an advantage" ["The company's apps ranked first in more than 60% of basic searches, such as for 'maps,' the analysis showed. Apple apps that generate revenue through subscriptions or sales, like Music or Books, showed up first in 95% of searches related to those apps."] [Paid Membership Required] 12:35 PM
  • "Apple denies favoring its own apps over competitors' in App Store search results" The Verge 1:10 PM
  • "Apple in 'advanced' talks to purchase Intel's 5G modem business: The deal reportedly sets a valuation of over $1 billion for the unit."  ZDNet 8:44 AM
  • "Report: Apple Is Considering a $1 Billion Deal for Intel's Modem Chip Business" Motley Fool 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Is in Talks With Intel for Cellular Modem Unit" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:04 AM
  • "What Buying Intel's Modem Business Could Mean for Apple: This is good news for Apple and Intel, but is there a big problem lying ahead for Qualcomm?"  TheStreet 8:58 AM
  • "Apple Seeks Mac Pro Parts Tariff Exclusion After Move to China"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:23 PM
  • "Apple Is Turning Green as Earnings Approach: Owners of Apple could be treated to a positive earnings report next week." RealMoney [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:24 AM
  • "Apple hires the engineer who led the design of Tesla's car interiors: Another Tesla exec joins the Apple team."  Engadget 8:11 AM
  • "Password stealing malware on the rise as 60 percent more users are targeted" BetaNews 8:54 AM
  • "Hands on: Pixelmator Pro 1.4 brings full image editing tools to Apple Photos" AppleInsider 9:22 AM
  • "How To Customize the Mac Finder Sidebar" MacMost 2:40 PM
Press Releases
  • "Pixelmator Pro update integrates its entire app inside Apple Photos as a Photos extension" 9to5Mac 9:07 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro for Mac Adds an Apple Photos Extension, New Zoom Tools, and Other Features" MacStories 9:07 AM
  • "Dark Mode Switch 1.0 allows to switch your Mac from Light Mode to Dark Mode appearance in one click." Ecleti 8:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Make in India: Apple seeks lower tariffs for smartphone makers to boost exports" Financial Express 8:11 AM
  • "Apple pushes to make India its manufacturing hub" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "iPhone XR is by far Apple's most popular handset right now" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "iPhone XR Is The Best Selling iPhone Model Of Q3 2019" Redmond Pie 9:48 AM
  • "Apple among leading companies in artificial intelligence arena" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "Steve Jobs insisted every bolt on Pixar's HQ be hand-tightened" Cult of Mac 8:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook to settle FTC privacy allegations, adopt new policies: sources" Reuters 2:18 PM
  • "A new copyright proposal would protect designers online — but at what cost?" The Verge 1:24 PM
  • "Sorry, your 'anonymized' data probably isn't anonymous" Mashable 1:09 PM
  • "Attorney General says the government should have access to your encrypted data" Digital Trends 12:35 PM
  • "Facebook's Messenger Kids allowed kids to talk to unapproved adults" Mashable 11:09 AM
  • "New York City bill could make selling phone location data illegal: It would ban the sale of data collected in the city." Engadget 10:02 AM
  • "A Google exec admits the ugly truth about the smart home: Google has suddenly decided that the smart home needs rebranding. Its solution is such a painful delight." ZDNet 9:08 AM
  • "Google declares war on private property" BetaNews 8:38 AM
  • "Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is coming to the US in a major way" Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "As tech giants face Congressional investigation, states must step up regulatory oversight too" TechCrunch 8:25 AM
  • "Trump meets with top US tech leaders to discuss sales to Huawei as he moves to soften restrictions against the Chinese tech giant" Business Insider 8:21 AM
  • "Intel Selling Modem Biz, USB Hubs – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-23" The Mac Observer 12:58 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 121 – How Travel Affects The Apps and Gear We Use" MacStories 8:37 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 301: A non confrontational passive person" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "Apple to release three 'iPhone 11" models this fall, including A13 chip, new Taptic Engine, more" 9to5Mac 9:07 AM
  • "2019 iPhones Said to Feature Revamped Taptic Engine and Front-Facing Slo-Mo Video Recording" MacRumors 9:22 AM
  • "New 2019 iPhone details: 120FPS slo-mo video selfies, revamped Taptic Engine code-named 'Leap Haptics'" iDownload Blog 11:52 AM
  • "Apple is one of the last major phone makers to add an ultra-wide camera to its phones, but new rumors suggest the iPhone 11"s camera will be able to do things Android phones can't" Business Insider 11:10 AM
  • "Supply Chain Expects New 16-Inch MacBook Pro, 13-Inch MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air to Launch in October" MacRumors 10:53 AM
  • "Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro coming in October for over $3000, claims report" AppleInsider 10:53 AM
  • "FaceTime in iOS 13 will magically force eye contact in your video calls: This new trick should make your FaceTime calls more personal." CNET 8:10 AM
  • "Apple is updating old iPhone and iPad models to fix a GPS issue: The tech giant is updating devices as old as the iPhone 4s." Engadget 8:10 AM
  • "Apple is updating really old iPhones for GPS (like other's probably won't)" Apple Must 11:35 AM
  • "What's New in iOS 12.4" ["The Apple supplier earlier forecast a tough 2019 as it invests heavily in OLED panels at a time of weak demand for smartphones and tech gadgets in general."] iPhone Hacks 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for Headphones that will always play the audio correctly no matter how the user places them on their head" Patently Apple 10:53 AM
  • "Apple Files for two Forms of Figurative Trademarks for Apple TV + in addition to updating iCloud to protect new Services" Patently Apple 8:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Watch Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM

  • "Apple Watch ECG vs. hospital EKG: Not the results I was expecting/The Apple Watch Series 4 has two FDA-cleared heart features that could help warn users of life-threatening conditions. Here's what happened when I tested Apple's ECG against a medical-grade EKG at the doctor's office."  CNET 9:15 AM
  • "Apple Watch vs. Amazfit Bip: A great alternative for $80" CNET 8:40 AM
  • "Review: LG UltraWide 5K USB-C display — Too wide?" AppleInsider 11:36 AM
  • "Hands on: StayGo is a versatile USB-C Hub for at home or on the go" AppleInsider 2:10 PM
  • "Review: TwelveSouth's compact USB-C hub not only brings your old Mac ports back, but also helps tidy up messy workspaces" iDownload Blog 9:08 AM
  • "Puro Sound Labs PuroQuiet Kids Bluetooth Headphones review:" CNET 8:10 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Flighty: A Pro-Level iOS App for Frequent Travelers" MacStories 12:41 PM
  • "How to import videos from your iPhone onto a Mac wirelessly, in 2 different ways" Business Insider 1:51 PM
  • "How to move your iPad keyboard to the side of the screen" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "iOS 13: How to pair an Xbox One controller with your iPhone or iPad" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "iOS 13: How to pair a PS4 DualShock 4 controller with your iPhone or iPad" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "How to use iPhone-to-iPhone setup" iMore 12:40 PM
  • "New iPhone set up: Transfer data directly to a new iPhone wirelessly, or using a cable" 9to5Mac 8:02 AM
  • "How to transfer data between iPhones using Wi-Fi or a cable" Apple Must 7:59 AM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 12.4 Status: Stay Away From Latest Update If You Want To Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 11:36 AM
  • "Here's why your iPhone doesn't always show the accept and decline buttons when receiving calls" Business Insider 9:22 AM
  • "Apple's Bet On 5G" Zacks 1:24 PM
  • "Is this the future of (low cost) health care? A Zipnostic pilot program in New York hints at how Apple tech could transform healthcare..." Computerworld 10:43 AM
  • "The first public iPhone call, between Steve Jobs, Jony Ive, and Phil Schiller" The Loop 9:50 AM
  • "Why Apple wants Intel's modem business: The company wants to control every aspect of its products: including how it will connect to 5G networks." CNET 2:42 PM
  • "Why Jim Cramer Has a Problem with the Apple, Intel Story: Jim Cramer isn't sold on the reports that Apple is looking to buy Intel's smartphone modem chip business. Here's why." TheStreet 11:45 AM
  • "3 reasons why Apple would want to buy Intel's mobile modem chip business (other than the iPhone)" Macworld 10:53 AM
  • "Apple clearly wants Intel's 5G modem business, but for an odd reason" VentureBeat 9:52 AM
  • "Apple's Strategic Plan for Cellular Modems" 24/7 Wall St. 8:57 AM
  • "Comment: Companies are damaging their brand by limiting AirPlay 2 TV support"  9to5Mac 8:54 AM
  • "When an iPhone 3-D Sensing Firm Asks for Blind Faith" Bloomberg 8:36 AM
  • "Sciencamatiffic: Bad iPhone surveys"  Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "Why Apple doom predictions could be good news" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
  • "What Will Make You Upgrade to 2019 iPhone 11?" iPhone Hacks 8:00 AM
  • "Market researcher Gartner has three warnings for Amazon cloud customers: Beware of prices, new features and Amazon's competitive behavior" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:00 PM
  • "The Contradictory State of AI" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:40 AM
  • "Comic: Are You Getting an Apple Card?" iMore 8:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Keep Your Diet Healthy and Diverse with Recipe Calendar 2." Harmonic Soft 2:47 PM
  • "Apple, Tennessee State University Promote Diversity in Coding" The Mac Observer 1:33 PM
  • "Tennessee State University, Apple team up to increase diversity in coding" Nashville Tennessean 1:33 PM
  • "Flighty for iOS is a data-driven flying assistant app" 9to5Mac 12:41 PM
  • "National Engineering Firm Becomes Far More Agile with VDI + GPU Workstations" Architosh 11:43 AM
  • "Google makes its Photos app livelier before Apple's update does the same" phoneArena 8:57 AM
  • "It looks like TikTok has acquired Jukedeck, a pioneering music AI UK startup" TechCrunch 8:25 AM
  • "'Pokemon Rumble Rush' From The Pokemon Company Has Finally Launched On iOS and You Can Download It Now for Free" Touch Arcade 8:21 AM
  • "Twelve South Launches 'StayGo' USB-C Hub With Eight Ports" MacRumors 9:23 AM
  • "StarTech Thunderbolt 3 Dual-4K Docking Station adds portable connectivity for Mac laptops" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "Kanex Announces Line of Multiport USB-C Hubs for the MacBook: New USB-C Hubs Provide MacBook with Multiple Ports such as USB-C Power Delivery, USB 3.0, HDMI 4K, SD and Micro SD" Business Wire 8:03 AM
  • "LG could be bringing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to its Smart TVs within the next week" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
  • "LG smart TV HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support arriving next week" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 Version 1809 Gets Massive Cumulative Update" Thurrott 6:50 AM
  • "Windows 10: Latest update squashes two dozen bugs, delivers fixes for Office and IE/Microsoft has served up dozens of fixes for bugs affecting Windows 10 version 1809 both at home and in business." ZDNet 6:52 AM
  • "Windows 7 to Windows 10: Two-thirds of PCs switched over, but businesses want to go faster/But are they ready for more frequent upgrades?" ZDNet 11:27 AM
  • "Microsoft, OpenAI Shoot for the Stars" TechNewsWorld 12:41 PM
  • "Microsoft will pay $25 million to settle Hungary bribery charges: The foreign division allegedly paid government officials to land deals." Engadget 6:53 AM
  • "Microsoft pays $25m to settle Hungarian bribery charges: It's on the naughty Liszt" The Inquirer 10:06 AM
  • "Is This The Xbox Scarlett? Usermark Reveals AMD 'Flute' SoC" TechQuila 7:04 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 4000 (Zen 3): Dubbed 'Vermer', Better SMT- 4 Threads Per Core, PCIe 5 & DDR5 [Not Confirmed] TechQuila 7:04 AM
  • "Apple said to be in talks with Intel to buy cellular modem unit as it moves to bring parts supply in-house" Bloomberg 7:05 AM
  • "Intel in advanced talks to sell its smartphone modem chip division to Apple: The deal is valued at $1 billion, according to the sources" Computing 7:06 AM
  • "Report: Apple in Talks to Buy Intel's 5G Modem Business/The deal is thought to be worth $1 billion and covers a portfolio of patents and experienced engineering staff. In return, Apple would gain control over a 5G modem business for its iPhones." PC Magazine 7:06 AM
  • "Apple in 'advanced' talks to purchase Intel's 5G modem business: The deal reportedly sets a valuation of over $1 billion for the unit." ZDNet 7:06 AM
  • "Apple may buy Intel's modem business for $1 billion as early as next week" BetaNews 7:07 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Services can't help cover at-risk App Store fee, says Macquarie" AppleInsider 9:22 AM
  • "Don't Trust the Market Gurus: Jim Cramer on Earnings, Apple and Snap" TheStreet 8:57 AM
  • "Apple Supplier AMS Stock Jumps After Revenue Boost and Takeover Revival" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:36 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks mostly higher as earnings season ramps up; Coke shares prop up the Dow: Expectations for central bank easing help underpin equities, analysts say" MarketWatch 11:46 AM
  • "Dow Jumps on Solid Earnings From Coca-Cola, United Technologies: Stocks are rising Tuesday as investors are buoyed by strong earnings reports and continued hopes that central banks around the world will ease interest rates." " TheStreet 11:43 AM
  • "Dow Jones, Small Caps Jump In Unison; These Growth Stocks Buck The Bears, Break Out" " Investor's Business Daily 11:44 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb on Upbeat Earnings: Results have largely proven to be better than investors had feared; Coke rises after reporting expectation-beating results." " [Paid Membership Required] 11:44 AM
  • "Asian markets rise after Wall Street gains, encouraging trade-talk news: Nikkei outpaces Hang Seng, Shanghai indexes" " MarketWatch 7:15 AM
  • "European stocks start higher, with banks gaining ground" " MarketWatch 7:16 AM

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