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Tuesday Highlights: Former Apple CEO John Sculley sees iPhone decline as biggest problem facing company today; Apple to announce Q3 results on 7/30, estimates coming in from Motley Fool, Seeking Alpha; Apple appears before House Judiciary Committee over antitrust; Jason Cross at Macworld hopes Catalyst in Catalina will pave way for iOS ports of Messages and Maps to macOS; another life saved by Apple Watch; Arabic version of App Store in testing; Facebook under grilling in US Senate over cryptocurrency plans; new MacBook Air "significantly slower" than previous models; warning for those wanting to install public beta of iOS 13 due to bugginess including saved password exposure, app gifting bug.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals: Apple Inc. plans to fund original podcasts that would be exclusive to its audio service, according to people familiar with the matter, increasing its investment in the industry to keep competitors Spotify and Stitcher at bay."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:57 PM
  • "Apple will reportedly fund Apple-exclusive podcasts" The Verge 3:07 PM
  • "Apple plans to buy exclusive podcast programming, report says: The podcasting business is about to get crazy competitive." CNET 4:02 PM
  • "Former CEO John Sculley Calls iPhone Decline Apple's 'Biggest Problem': Even Apple's former CEO agrees that Apple has ground to make up."  The New York Observer 8:40 AM
  • "Apple Earnings: Why I'll Be Watching Guidance" Motley Fool 8:14 AM
  • "Here's How Apple Can Beat Earnings Expectations" Seeking Alpha 8:26 AM
  • "Apple in Washington DC for House Judiciary Committee antitrust hearing" AppleInsider 8:49 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple is silently updating Macs again to remove insecure software from Zoom's partners" The Verge 1:10 PM
  • "Zoom's scary webcam flaw also affects RingCentral and Zhumu" The Next Web 7:54 AM
  • "Another 2 video chat apps have eavesdropping problems" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Catalina to Developers" MacRumors 1:10 PM
  • "Apple Releases Fourth Developer Beta of macOS Catalina" MacTrast 7:44 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to stop your Photos taking over your Mac" Cult of Mac 3:08 PM
  • "How to restore your Mac computer from a Time Machine backup" Business Insider 11:49 AM
  • "Use Hide Instead Of Minimize On Your Mac" MacMost 11:36 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Messages and Maps: Two apps we wish Apple would port from iOS to Mac/The Mac versions of these apps are way behind their iOS counterparts. Catalyst could help fix that."  Macworld 7:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "DuckDuckGo's Apple-powered maps now support dark mode" 9to5Mac 1:13 PM
  • "Mac MACSpoof 1.3 to change MAC address to the network interfaces of your Mac" Ecleti 8:55 AM
  • "Microsoft To-Do for Mac now integrates with Microsoft Planner" OnMSFT 8:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Watch saves man's life after warning him of heart problems" ["Paul Hutton, 48, was notified by his smartwatch that his heart rate was frequently dropping below 40bpm - a normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100bpm. After visiting his GP and being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, the father-of-three cut out caffeine in a bid to resolve the issue."] Telegraph 8:40 AM
  • "Goldman's Main Street transformation including the upcoming Apple card is costing it big money" CNBC 11:49 AM
  • "A Brief History Of Apple's iPhone – 2007 to 2019" Know Your Mobile 8:42 AM
  • "Apple's Rainbow Logo May Return to Some New Products as Early as This Year" MacRumors 1:11 PM
  • "Apple tests out all-Arabic App Store in Middle East push" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "Apple embraces Arab world with new all-Arabic App Store" Cult of Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Indeed Announces Annual 'Top-Rated Workplaces: The Top 50' List" [Apple #18] Business Wire 8:35 AM
  • "Two Apple Ads Nominated for Outstanding Commercial Emmy Award" MacRumors 1:14 PM
  • "For All Mankind — Remembering Apollo 11 | Apple TV+" YouTube 7:52 AM
  • "Watch how Apollo 11 set the course for Apple's alternate history space race TV drama" TechCrunch 7:51 AM
  • "New trailer for Apple TV+'s For All Mankind focuses on space-race history: Ronald D. Moore, Michael Okuda, Maril Davis, and more discuss the new show." Ars Technica 5:15 PM
  • "Apple is planning to buy up original podcasts with exclusivity in mind: Apple already has original content in music and TV; are podcasts next?" Ars Technica 7:44 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly planning to pay for exclusive podcasts: Your favorite podcasts may soon no longer be backed by a matress company." Engadget 9:05 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon Workers Wage Strike And Urge Boycott On Prime Day Oppression" HotHardware 5:06 PM
  • "Another Trump tweet paints an uncomfortable picture for Google" Telecoms 4:01 PM
  • "Google is trying to convince Congress that there's competition in the search industry, but recent statistics show it owns 92% of the market" Business Insider 3:09 PM
  • "Sen. John Kennedy slams Facebook, accuses it of 'displacing truthful journalism with flagrant displays of bulls---'" Business Insider 1:13 PM
  • "Senators grill Facebook on its plans for Libra cryptocurrency" Reuters 10:41 AM
  • "Amazon is facing a 'full-blown' antitrust investigation from the woman who has fined Google and Apple billions" Business Insider 10:13 AM
  • "Amazon in EU Crosshairs as Vestager Fights Big Tech to the End" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:51 AM
  • "Trump: We 'will take a look' into Peter Thiel's claims of Google working with China" CNBC 8:46 AM
  • "Game of Tongues: How Duolingo Built A $700 Million Business With Its Addictive Language-Learning App" Forbes 8:26 AM
  • "Java and Python in demand as skills shortage widens: The skills shortage is spreading further, with developers for data science, DevOps and cloud roles in high demand." ZDNet 8:25 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Mesh Wi-Fi, App Store Bug – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-16" The Mac Observer 1:08 PM
  • "Video Game Narrative Design and Writing Science Fantasy Novels with Carrie Patel (Part 1)" MacStories 10:14 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple's 2019 MacBook Air is significantly slower than last year's model" BetaNews 8:11 AM
  • "The new MacBook Air is significantly slower than the old MacBook Air: Newer doesn't always mean faster." ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "PSA: iOS 13 Beta Is Bad, Stay Away From It" iPhone Hacks 9:03 AM
  • "iOS 13 bug exposes all your saved passwords" Cult of Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Some People Experiencing App Gifting 'Bug' in iOS 12.3.1" The Mac Observer 10:11 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Seventh Beta of iOS 12.4 to Developers and Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1:10 PM
  • "Apple distributes seventh iOS 12.4, sixth watchOS 5.3 developer betas" AppleInsider 1:11 PM
  • "Apple's Fourth Project Titan Patent for July covers a new Vehicle Suspension System employing a Steer-by-Wire Configuration" Patently Apple 7:58 AM
  • "Apple patent involves a suspension architecture for a steer-by-wire vehicle" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
  • "Apple granted another patent regarding its rumored 'Apple Glasses' project" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Wins a Key Patent Relating to Eye Tracking in Smartglasses" Patently Apple 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Files Standard & Figurative Trademarks for Apple Card and Apple Cash in Europe and Hong Kong" Patently Apple 1:16 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:56 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: 2019 entry-level MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and Touch ID [Video] 9to5Mac 9:09 PM
  • "Hands on: The 2019 MacBook Air is a bargain, but SSD speeds fall: The new MacBook Air builds on the 2018 refresh, but packs in a few improvements and a price drop to boot. But, the savings do come at a cost." AppleInsider 5:37 PM
  • "Eero Home WiFi System 2 review: Beacons make this system even easier to install/It's one of the most elegant home networking solutions you can buy, but it's not the fastest router." PCWorld 10:48 AM
  • "Kingston DC500 SSD Review: High Capacity Enterprise Storage" HotHardware 1:09 PM
  • "Review: Moment's new bags are great for photographers & non-photographers alike" AppleInsider 1:11 PM
  • "Tim Cook: The genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level -Spear's Review" Spear's 8:43 AM
iOS Apps
  • "iPadOS Preview: Desktop-class Safari, Download Manager, and more!" iMore 4:01 PM
  • "Maps: What's New in iOS 13" MacRumors 3:38 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to pair (or re-pair) an Apple remote with an Apple TV: Need to get your Apple remote working with your Apple TV? Here's how to do it" Digital Trends 5:15 PM
  • "watchOS 6: How to download apps directly on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 5:16 PM
  • "How to cancel your Spotify Premium account on an iPhone in 2 ways (though you can't do it through the Spotify app)" Business Insider 3:38 PM
  • "How to remove your data from people-finder sites: Flying under the radar is hard, but not impossible." Popular Science 11:37 AM
  • "This iPhone hack in iOS 13 finally makes videos right: Put your Steven Spielberg hat on. It's time to embrace widescreen video." CNET 8:15 AM
  • "How to quickly connect to nearby Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories from Control Center in iOS 13" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Goldman Sachs CFO talks Apple Card risk as summer US launch looms" 9to5Mac 9:05 PM
  • "The Man Behind Apple's Renewed Focus on Engineering" The Mac Observer 3:40 PM
  • "Video demonstrates Hackintosh potential, but still isn't the Mac Pro" AppleInsider 3:07 PM
  • "Netflix vs. Apple TV+: A very early comparison of the streaming rivals" Digital Trends 3:07 PM
  • "The Evolution of Portable Entertainment: As a technology analyst and consultant, I have had the chance of not only studying and chronicling the world of technology but, once in a while, I get involved in a consulting project that I feel could have a specific impact on the world of Tech."  Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:54 AM
  • "The 11 biggest Apple announcements of 2019 so far" Business Insider 11:49 AM
  • "Easy solutions: Fixing Apple in one easy step/Apple should take risks. But good risks, not bad risks. It's easy." Macworld 7:54 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Thiel's Google charge opens new line of attack on tech" Axios 8:51 AM
  • "Let's End The Wild West Of Wi-Fi Security" Forbes 8:25 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: Apple Watch Minus iPhone" iMore 8:25 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Mophie brings new iPhone and iPad accessories to Apple Stores" SlashGear 3:59 PM
  • "Trending FaceApp raises concern about how personal photos are being used to create aging effect" 9to5Mac 3:17 PM
  • "Unc0ver v3.3.1 released with faster jailbreak process, bug fixes" iDownload Blog 11:53 AM
  • "Nomad launches new Kevlar Lightning and USB-C cables" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "mophie launches lower cost value range at Apple Stores" Apple Must 11:37 AM
  • "This Jailbreak Tweak Brings the Apple Watch Home Screen to Your iPhone" iPhone Hacks 9:06 AM
  • "MathTeacher brings much-needed upgrades to the native Calculator app" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "This accessory brings MagSafe-style power connectors back to anything with USB-C" CNET 8:15 AM
  • "Grammarly goes beyond grammar" TechCrunch 8:14 AM
  • "WaterField Unveils Handcrafted Executive Leather Laptop Messenger" prMac 7:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10: Has Microsoft cleaned up its update mess? (Spoiler: no)/Four years after the debut of 'Windows as a service,' Microsoft continues to tweak the Windows Update for Business rules. And if you don't know how to play the game, you're likely to be surprised with unexpected updates." ZDNet 12:15 PM
  • "Here's Microsoft's updated roadmap for Chromium-based Edge features for the enterprise: Microsoft is enabling enterprise features by default in the Dev Channel builds of Chromium-based Edge. Here's what's available to IT pro testers now and what's coming later." ZDNet 3:05 PM
  • "Windows 10 May 2019 update is causing GPU borkage on some Surface Book devices: It's only taken it two months to realise" The Inquirer 6:00 AM
  • "Microsoft blocks Windows 10 for Surface Book 2 – and trust us, you don't want to install it" TrustedReviews 12:14 PM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 17134.915, 16299.1296 - here's what's new" Neowin 2:51 PM
  • "New Cortana Beta app for Windows 10 apparently goes live for some Insiders" OnMSFT 3:34 PM
  • "Microsoft introduces digital distribution centers in collaboration with Lenovo and Nvidia" Neowin 6:07 AM
  • "Slack's CEO doesn't see Microsoft Teams as a threat: Even though Slack has less daily active users than Microsoft Teams, Slack's CEO doesn't see it as a threat." Windows Central 12:15 PM
  • "Slack CEO dismisses competition from Microsoft Teams, 'I don't think that's really a threat'" OnMSFT 12:14 PM
  • "Microsoft open sources quantum computing SDK: Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit includes the Q# quantum programming language, samples, and tutorials" Computerworld New Zealand 8:58 PM
  • "Intel Lets Researchers Hang Out on Pohoiki Beach, its 8 Million-Neuron Neuromorphic System" Computer Business Review 6:55 AM
  • "Intel announces availability of Loihi neuromorphic chip for compute-intensive AI" Techerati 6:55 AM
  • "Intel Pohoiki Beach crams 64 Loihi neuromorphic chips for AI and IoT" SlashGear 6:55 AM
  • "Intel's Pohoiki Beach could lead to smart robotic limbs: Neuromorphic flexin'" The Inquirer 6:02 AM
  • "AMD CPU Sales Higher Than Intels In South Korea, Japan. Will Rest Of World Follow" Game Debate 6:16 AM
  • "AMD poaches Alienware co-founder Frank Azor" bit-tech 6:16 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen processors are now outselling Intel in Asia, report claims" TechRadar UK 6:55 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5600 leak points to an entry-level Navi GPU: Team Red is prepping Navi for the budget GPU arena" The Inquirer 8:51 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT Navi Hits Impressive 2.2GHz Overclock With SoftPowerPlay Mod" HotHardware 5:06 PM
  • "'It's A Career Ender': 2 LGBTQ Former Dell Workers Share Their Stories" NPR 6:13 AM
  • "Why the Asia-Pacific region is high on Dell Technologies' radar: Advancements in innovations such as 5G, robotics and automation, and autonomous vehicles has made the region one to watch for global companies, Dell Technologies' president of Asia Pacific & Japan, Global Digital Cities has said." ZDNet 6:13 AM
  • "Dell launches $200 discount on XPS 13 and Inspiron laptops for Prime Day 2019" Digital Trends 6:12 AM
  • "AT&T, IBM expand partnership with multi-year deal: As part of the deal, IBM will serve as the primary cloud provider for AT&T Business and will help manage AT&T's hybrid cloud infrastructure" ZDNet 9:04 PM
  • "How IBM tweaked its Wimbledon highlight-picking AI to remove bias: The long-time tech partner to the Wimbledon tennis championships has been busy tweaking its AI highlight-picking algorithm to remove bias for or against certain players" Computerworld New Zealand 7:42 PM
  • "IBM drags Websphere devs towards Kubernetes with Kabanero package: Big Blue sings an Appsody to make its software stack easier to use" The Register 9:55 AM
  • "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Plus is all about gaming gains: And there's some VR and AR stuff thrown in for good measure" The Inquirer 6:03 AM
  • "Java and Python in demand as skills shortage widens: The skills shortage is spreading further, with developers for data science, DevOps and cloud roles in high demand." ZDNet 7:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Spotify falls on report Apple will start funding original podcasts" CNBC 4:02 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close down after Trump says 'a long way to go' on trade and investors digest bank earnings: Trump described progress toward a China and U.S. trade pact as 'a long way to go'" MarketWatch 5:02 PM
  • "Dow Ends Lower; Stocks Slip as Trump Fans China Trade Worries: The Dow ends down after reaching an intraday day Tuesday as President Trump says the U.S. and China have 'a long way to go' before reaching a trade agreement." TheStreet 5:03 PM
  • "Dow Jones Futures: Stock Market Rally Stalls; Apple, Facebook, United Airlines, CSX Active Late" Investor's Business Daily 5:03 PM
  • "Wall Street slips after Trump casts doubt on quick China trade deal" FOXBusiness 11:59 AM
  • "Stocks Are Dragged Lower by Energy Shares: Big banks post mixed earnings; government-bond yields rise" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:04 PM
  • "Asian markets little changed as investors await earnings reports: Nikkei falls a day after holiday, RBA suggests openness to cut rates further" MarketWatch 7:05 AM
  • "European markets cautious as Fed-induced rally subsides and trade war looms" MarketWatch 7:05 AM

 
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