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Monday Highlights: Mark Gurman profiles Apple's COO and CEO heir apparent, Jeff Williams, who is seen to be more of an operations guy like Tim Cook as opposed to visionary like Steve Jobs; Macworld's Michael Simon predicts Apple may lose a lot of iPhone users if they continue ignoring lower priced market; Wall Street Journal reports Apple closes stores early in Hong Kong over social turmoil and fears of lawlessness; here's a review of Microsoft To-Do for Mac; 20 years ago Apple launched first consumer laptop, Wi-Fi; The Verge exposé of delivery apps' use of our tips to pay worker wages; Pixel 4 said to have better face-sensing tech than iPhone; Apple to switch from OLED to microLED displays next year in Apple Watches, and ProMotion tech, à la iPad Pro, said to arrive in next-gen iPhones.

  • "Apple's Heir Apparent Is Much More Like Tim Cook Than Steve Jobs: Jeff Williams co-created the Apple Watch and runs the company's global operations. Can he also handle design—and everything else?"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Apple Hires Tesla Engineer With Interior Design Experience: Apple Inc. has hired Steve MacManus, at least the third Tesla Inc. engineering executive to join the Cupertino, California-based technology giant in the last year."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:09 PM
  • "Apple poaches Tesla engineering VP for 'Senior Director' role as Project Titan future remains unclear" 9to5Mac 3:11 PM
  • "Apple Hires Former Tesla Engineering VP With Expertise in Car Interiors" MacRumors 3:11 PM
  • "Apple Stock Will Rise on Improving iPhone Demand in China, Analyst Says" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:19 PM
  • "Apple is poised to lose lots of iPhone users if it keeps ignoring the middle: Less people are buying premium phones, so why is Apple still putting all of its eggs in one basket?"  Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Shuts Hong Kong Stores Early as Fears of Lawlessness Rise: Concern grows over the impact of social turmoil on the city's economy" [Paid Membership Required] 9:31 AM
  • "Apple in Advanced Talks to Buy Intel's Smartphone-Modem Chip Business: IPhone maker would pay $1 billion or more for Intel patents, staff" [Paid Membership Required] 5:30 PM
  • "Apple in 'advanced talks' to absorb Intel's mobile modem business" AppleInsider 5:31 PM
  • "Warning over critical security flaw in VLC Media Player: Exploits expected to emerge within days to take advantage of 9.8-rated critical security flaw in VLC Media Player" Computing 1:20 PM
  • "VLC Player Critical Security Does Not Affect Macs (we Think)" The Mac Observer 1:22 PM
  • "Apple rolls out macOS 10.14.6 with bug & security fixes" AppleInsider 12:16 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.6 With Apple News+ Improvements and Multiple Bug Fixes" MacRumors 12:20 PM
  • "macOS Mojave: Apple releases 10.14.6 update" Macworld 1:38 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.6 with Apple News+ Features, Combo Download Available" The Mac Observer 8:44 PM
  • "Apple Releases Mac Security Update 2019-004 for Sierra and High Sierra" The Mac Observer 8:46 PM
  • "Microsoft To-Do review: Finally check that new Mac to-do app off your list/Complete with color-coded lists, themes, the ability to break tasks into manageable steps, sharing lists or tasks, and file attachments up to 25MB each." Macworld 8:15 AM
  • "How to create a macOS 10.15 Catalina USB installer" iDownload Blog 12:19 PM
  • "How to create your own Mac Finder Quick Actions" iDownload Blog 8:40 AM
  • "How to use Keyboard Maestro to automate sending an email to a group of people" iMore 12:20 PM
  • "Apple Pay: How to set it up and use it on your iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac" CNET 8:34 AM
Press Releases
  • "Slack 4.0.0 Launches 33% Faster and uses 50% Less Memory" The Mac Observer 3:08 PM
  • "Slack macOS update launches quicker and uses half the memory" AppleInsider 12:16 PM
  • "DMG Master 2.7 to create standard mac Disk Image Archive with just one click." Ecleti 7:52 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone XR nearly half of recent US iPhone sales ahead of iPhone 11 launch" 9to5Mac 3:51 PM
  • "iPhone XR tops US iPhone sales during June quarter as 2019 models loom" AppleInsider 5:31 PM
  • "Bloomberg: $10,000-Plus 18-Karat Gold Apple Watch Edition Sales Fizzled After Just Two Weeks" MacRumors 9:26 AM
  • "One-third of U.S. iPhones use Apple Pay as mobile payments go mainstream" Apple Must 12:14 PM
  • "Loyalty Is Waning Among iPhone Users [Infographic] Forbes 8:08 AM
  • "It's 20 years since Apple's first consumer laptop, and the launch of Wi-Fi [Video] 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Apple's Fancy Photo Relighting Option Could Soon Be a Feature On Even the Cheapest Smartphones" Gizmodo 3:59 PM
  • "Apple shaded by Nintendo Switch in Prime Day searches" Cult of Mac 8:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Apple iPhone supplier LG pumping $2.6B into Korean OLED production" AppleInsider 9:07 PM
  • "Redmi Shows Off Pixelicious Photo Sample Of World's First 64MP Smartphone Camera" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Trump: 'We will have to find out' about Huawei's relationship with North Korea" Reuters 11:43 AM
  • "Delivery apps like DoorDash are using your tips to pay workers' wages: Extending the predatory practice of tipped wages into the app economy" The Verge 8:17 AM
  • "The Pixel 4 May Have Better Face-sensing Tech Than the iPhone XS" Digital Trends 8:34 AM
  • "Google Will Pay You Up To $150K If You Can Break It" Forbes 8:11 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: July 22, 2019 –┬áiOS 12.4 released, microLED Apple Watch rumors" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "Road to Macstock -Mike Potter's Pre-Event Update" The MUG Center 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Display Tech, Entry-Level iPhones – TMO Daily Observations 2019-07-22" The Mac Observer 1:22 PM
  • "You Don't Get to Change Your Mind about The Past in the Future – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 771" The Mac Observer 7:52 AM
  • "Apple deepens control over supply chain" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:21 AM
  • "Report: Apple to switch from OLED to microLED displays in Apple Watch as soon as next year" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Report: Apple Watch Switching to MicroLED in 2020" PC Magazine 11:43 AM
  • "2020 iPhones Could Feature Fast 120Hz 'ProMotion' Displays" MacRumors 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's slick, smooth iPad Pro screen tech may come to 2020 iPhone" Digital Trends 8:34 AM
  • "Apple releases iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, macOS 10.14.6, and more: Apple News+ quality-of-life improvements are front and center as well." Ars Technica 9:10 PM
  • "iOS 13: Everything that's new with augmented reality/Apple may or may not still be developing an AR headset, but the latest features in ARKit 3 show it's still committed to augmented reality." Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "watchOS 5.3 and iOS 12.4 will restore Walkie-Talkie service after Apple Watch vulnerability discovered" 9to5Mac 12:16 PM
  • "Apple fixes Walkie Talkie app vulnerability in watchOS update" TechCrunch 12:16 PM
  • "Apple Releasing iOS 12.4 Today With New Wireless Data Migration When Setting Up a New iPhone and Apple News+ Improvements" MacRumors 11:35 AM
  • "Apple ships iOS 12.4 with Apple Card support" Apple Must 1:22 PM
  • "Download iOS 12.4 Final IPSW Links And OTA Update For Your iPhone Or iPad" Redmond Pie 12:20 PM
  • "Apple releases tvOS 12.4 for Apple TV HD, Apple TV 4K" AppleInsider 12:16 PM
  • "Apple issues iOS 9.3.6 and iOS 10.3.4 updates for older iPhone and iPad models" AppleInsider 12:52 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:51 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:51 AM

  • "Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds review" TechCrunch 6:20 PM
  • "Review: Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, & iPhone XR" AppleInsider 11:35 AM
iOS Apps
  • "iOS 13 beta 4 changes and features — 3D Touch improves [Video] 9to5Mac 9:27 AM
  • "How to easily combine videos on your iPhone using the iMovie app" Business Insider 2:21 PM
  • "How to switch between Slide Over apps on iPad" iDownload Blog 11:36 AM
  • "How to read, respond to, and send new text messages on your Apple Watch, in a few different ways" Business Insider 9:26 AM
  • "How to delete photo albums from your iPhone to declutter your Photos app" Business Insider 8:54 AM
  • "iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: How to use the new gestures for cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo" Macworld 8:33 AM
  • "What To Watch Out For When Buying a Used Mac" MacMost 11:00 AM
  • "The best desktops for students: We picked six machines: two Macs and three PCs: including three built for gaming." Engadget 10:44 AM
  • "It's 2019 and you can still pwn an iPhone with a website: Apple patches up iOS, Mac bugs in July security hole dump/20 WebKit flaws among latest batch of bug fixes" The Register 9:12 PM
  • "Bloomberg: Apple Sold 'Low Tens of Thousands' of Gold Watches" Pixel Envy 9:11 PM
  • "WSJ: Apple Planning To Buy Intel's Modem Business" Six Colors 8:52 PM
  • "Apple and Samsung smartwatches look utterly boring next to this company's crazy new design" BGR 3:11 PM
  • "9 small changes coming to the iPhone later this year that will greatly improve how you use your phone" Business Insider 12:20 PM
  • "Apple Music's Excel Graveyard: Where Your Favorite Songs Go to Die/I tried accessing my favorite songs on Apple Music. A week, two Zip files, and one spreadsheet later, I found them." Vice 12:19 PM
  • "Jeff Williams might be Apple's next Tim Cook" Cult of Mac 11:36 AM
  • "Forget all the Netflix doom and gloom – it's Apple, Disney, and even HBO that should be worried now" BGR 10:01 AM
  • "Apple's Touch Bar doesn't have to be so terrible" The Loop 8:36 AM
  • "Cassandra -Online Image Conversions by FaceApp and More: Who Owns What and Should We Care" eXtensions 8:24 AM
  • "How the FTC let Mark Zuckerberg off the hook" Mashable 2:21 PM
  • "5 details about AdBlock Plus you should know: It's complicated. Eyeo, which makes the top ad blocker, is also an ally of online advertising." CNET 10:46 AM
  • "Social Media Has Primed Us For An Eventual Surveillance State" Forbes 8:08 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Unc0ver v3.3.8 released with updated Sock Port exploit for more devices" iDownload Blog 11:35 AM
  • "Overcast Launches New Recommendations and Extended Clip Sharing" MacStories 9:54 AM
  • "Amperes 4.0 for iOS is out - App for phone battery, chargers and wires" prMac 8:11 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Pays $25 Million to End U.S. Probe Into Bribery Overseas" Bloomberg 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft to pay $26 million to settle claims of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act" BetaNews 11:35 AM
  • "Microsoft agrees to $25m settlement to end probe" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:08 AM
  • "Microsoft to pay $25m to DOJ and SEC in Hungary bribery and kickback case: Microsoft to pay $8,751,795 to the DOJ, and $16,565,151 to the SEC." ZDNet 3:17 PM
  • "Microsoft is investing $1 billion in OpenAI, the Elon Musk-founded company that's trying to build human-like artificial intelligence" Business Insider 8:23 AM
  • "With $1 Billion From Microsoft, an A.I. Lab Wants to Mimic the Brain" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft invests $1 billion in OpenAI in new multiyear partnership" TechCrunch 8:54 AM
  • "Microsoft gives OpenAI $1 billion for artificial general intelligence" Mashable 11:36 AM
  • "How Microsoft made it harder to create Windows 10 local accounts" PCWorld 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 17763.652 - here's what's new" Neowin 8:52 PM
  • "IBM gives cancer-killing drug AI project to the open source community" ZDNet 7:48 AM
  • "IBM: A Worse Quarter Than It Initially Appears" Seeking Alpha 8:08 AM
  • "IBM given AU$95.5m to deliver initial design for Defence ERP program: The contract will see Big Blue provide system integrator services to deliver the design phase of the ERP program." ZDNet 9:07 PM
  • "Intel's Core i7-1065G7 laptop processor beats the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X in single core performance" TechRadar UK 8:49 AM
  • "Intel, SAP extend tech partnership" IT Online 8:52 AM
  • "Testing AMD's new Radeon Anti-Lag Feature" TechSpot 8:49 AM
  • "AMD plans to unleash a new threadripper to compete with Cascade Lake-X in October" OptoCrypto 8:50 AM
  • "AMD Threadripper 3: Everything we know so far" Digital Trends 12:30 PM
  • "AMD exec: Nvidia fell for our double bluff" Ars Technica 5:29 PM
  • "Atlantis, The Palm, selects Dell Technologies to modernise its IT environment" Intelligent CIO 8:47 AM
  • "Partners shine for Dell Technologies in South Asia" ChannelAsia 8:48 AM
  • "'Polarising' Oracle and 'disjointed' IBM remain cloud also-rans" iTNews Australia 8:45 AM
  • "Cisco in talks to acquire security startup Signal Sciences" CRN Australia 8:43 AM
  • "Revealed: CISCO's Group CIO places customers at the center of digital strategy" The Economic Times 8:45 AM
  • "Cisco 'in talks' to borg with web app protector Signal Sciences for its web app firewall tech" The Register 8:07 AM
  • "Chipmakers stepping up transition to 96-layer 3D NAND process" DigiTimes 8:22 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Morgan Stanley hikes AAPL to $247, says investors are unnecessarily negative" AppleInsider 3:11 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher on back of tech rally; Apple shares boost the Dow: Apple shares rally after Morgan Stanley raises price target" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks End Higher at Start of Tech-Heavy Earnings Week, Oil Prices Rise: Stocks end higher Monday as investors prepare for a week of earnings reports and try to read the Federal Reserve's thinking on interest rates." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks trade in tight range ahead of week full of earnings" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Inch Higher at Start of Busy Week: Investors prepare for deluge of economic data and earnings reports" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian shares mostly fall as new stock market debuts in Shanghai: Nikkei, Hang Seng slip, but STAR market pops in first day of trading" MarketWatch 8:41 AM

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