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Apple Card doesn't do well with leather wallets, denim, etc. Should Apple have thought this out a bit more?

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Apple Card doesn't do well with leather wallets, denim, etc. Should Apple have thought this out a bit more? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Weekend Highlights: Irish Examiner reveals contractors in Cork, Ireland "were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift", and Apple has "abruptly terminated" their contract; Bloomberg has an curious story of Apple working with a Soy Sauce facility in Taiwan for rooftop solar installs; iCloud.com offers new beta interface; survey says smartphone upgrade cycle slowing down, even going past 3 years for some; Google under fire over Chinese disinformation concerning Hong Kong unrest, company also has new employee guidelines including avoidance of political speech on the job; to VPN or not VPN on your router?

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple, Samsung slapped with class action over handset RF emissions"  AppleInsider 6:32 AM
  • "Samsung And Apple Hit With Class Action Over New 'Radiation Emission Scandal'" Forbes 6:38 AM
  • "Free advertising for Apple Card isn't coming from unit sales" Roughly Drafted 8:50 AM
  • "Apple contractors listened to 1,000 Siri recordings per shift, says former employee: Contractors in Cork were expected to each listen to more than 1,000 recordings from Siri every shift - before Apple suspended the practice last month, according to an employee who had their contract abruptly terminated this week."  Irish Examiner 8/23
  • "Contractors in Ireland heard 1,000 Siri audio recordings every shift, now laid off following suspension of Siri grading" 9to5Mac 8/23
  • "Apple Is Developing Rooftop Solar in Taiwan for Soy Sauce Facility"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/23
OS X
News
  • "iCloud.com Beta Goes Live with New Interface, Reminders App" LAPTOP Magazine 8/23
  • "Apple is improving iCloud's online service" Apple Must 8/23
  • "PSA: Google Calendar Experiencing Syncing Issues With Apple Calendar" MacRumors 8/23
  • "Google Calendar sync with Mac and iOS is broken" Macworld 8/23
  • "Apple Blocks KNOB Attack on Bluetooth" TidBITS 8/23
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How and where to choose, how to install and uninstall, how to do it right" Rixstep 6:43 AM
  • "Make sure you save your data before deleting an Apple ID account: You can't consolidate account, you can only stop using them or delete them." Macworld 8/23
  • "How to use spell check and autocorrection in Pages on Mac" iDownload Blog 8/23
  • "21 Useful Mac Tips In 8 Minutes" MacMost 8/23
Op/Ed
  • "Apple @ Work: Did web apps allow the Mac to flourish in the enterprise?" 9to5Mac 8:50 AM
  • "How and where to choose, how to install and uninstall, how to do it right" Rixstep 8/23
  • "Do Macs need antivirus software?" Intego 8/23
Press Releases
  • "Rondure, a macOS native app for managing VMware vSphere, enters beta" prMac 8/23
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Smartphones: We're upgrading less often as prices rise and innovation declines/Replacement cycles for smartphones now exceed three years as Apple and Samsung chase higher profits."  ZDNet 8/23
  • "The average iPhone has been active for 18 months" Cult of Mac 8/23
  • "New iPhone? Galaxy Note 10? Baby Boomers Say No Thanks" PC Magazine 8/23
  • "Apple shares drop after Trump says US 'doesn't need China': The president says US companies should start looking for an alternative."  CNET 8/23
  • "US companies 'hereby ordered' in a Tweet by President Trump to exit China manufacturing" AppleInsider 8/23
  • "Trump tells American businesses to leave China"  Axios 8/23
  • "These are the best things about working at the Apple Store, according to former employees" Business Insider 8/23
  • "Apple partners with Australian MVNO Macquarie Telecom to serve businesses" AppleInsider 8/23
  • "Tim Cook mourns the passing of 'father of GDPR' Giovanni Buttarelli" 9to5Mac 8/23
  • "Eerie light show from couple's Apple iPhone XS units caught on video" phoneArena 8/23
Non-Apple News
  • "Hackers are actively trying to steal passwords from two widely used VPNs: Got Fortigate or Pulse Secure? Now would be a good time to make sure they're patched." Ars Technica 6:40 AM
  • "FTC, AT&T settle 2014 lawsuit over data slowdowns: court" Reuters 8/23
  • "AT&T settles FTC data throttling case from 2014" AppleInsider 8/23
  • "US phone carriers make empty, unenforceable promises to fight robocalls: All 50 states agree to let telcos keep doing what they're already doing." Ars Technica 8/23
  • "Qualcomm wins a pause in enforcement of FTC ruling" Reuters 8/23
  • "Riding a telemedicine wave, docs trade white coats for the tech life, testing the limits of health care" GeekWire 8/23
  • "Facebook's emails reveal Cambridge Analytica complaints started months earlier than originally claimed" The Verge 8/23
  • "Julien Rivoire's 3D concepts imagine modern-day versions of retro tech: The WinAmp Portable Player" The Verge 8/23
  • "Google's new entry-level smart speaker will boast omnipresent voice" Business Insider 8/23
  • "Google spooks employee activists with new guidelines for political speech at work" The Verge 8/23
  • "Google's new community guidelines tell employees not to talk politics on internal forums or bad mouth projects without 'good information'" Business Insider 8/23
  • "Google refused to call out China over disinformation about Hong Kong — unlike Facebook and Twitter — and it could reignite criticism of its links to Beijing"  Business Insider 8/23
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Podcast: Hot Chips and Server Semis, Tim Cook as Diplomat, HP CEO Change" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:50 AM
  • "The Dalrymple Report: All about Apple Card" The Loop 8/23
  • "St. Clair Software's Jon Gotow on Getting Apps Ready for macOS Catalina" MacVoices 8/23
  • "Tim Cook, Taylor Swift, and Cleaning Apple Cards – TMO Daily Observations 2019-08-23" The Mac Observer 8/23
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 239: Titanium Apple Watch, new iPhone 11 details, Arcade preview leak" 9to5Mac 8/23
  • "9to5Mac Daily: August 23, 2019 –¬†Apple Music playlists, 'Designed by Apple' book" 9to5Mac 8/23
  • "Apple TV+, Apple Card, Apple Health employee exodus on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8/23
  • "Vergecast: Galaxy Note 10 Plus review, Apple fall lineup rumors, and green bubble GIFs" The Verge 8/23
Hardware/Software
  • "What to expect from next month's iPhone 11 refresh" Cult of Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Titanium Apple Card shows signs of wear after just one month" AppleInsider 8/23
  • "Hands-on video shows Apple's leaked iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 designs in real life" BGR 8/23
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/23
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/23
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8/23

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple iPad vs. iPad Air vs. iPad mini vs. iPad Pro: Which Tablet Should You Buy? Apple has four iPads to choose from, spanning some wide ranges in price and performance. Which one is right for you? Which is our favorite? We compare them all." PC Magazine 8/23
  • "Zagg Rugged Messenger for iPad Air Review: Protective and functional" iMore 8/23
iOS Apps
  • "Tap may be a suitable mouse/keyboard option for the iPadOS for some (but not for me)" Apple World Today 8:46 AM
  • "Health and Activity: What's New in iOS 13" MacRumors 8/23
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Revitalize Your Old MacBook Air with a New SSD" LAPTOP Magazine 8:51 AM
  • "How to Adjust Screen Brightness on Apple Watch" OS X Daily 8/23
  • "All your private data is being sold. Here's how to opt out" Cult of Mac 8/23
  • "How to keep spam from invading your Google Calendar" The Verge 8/23
  • "What Is The Apple Card? The Tech Company's New Credit Card Is Versatile" Elite Daily 8/23
Tips
  • "You should change this one setting on your iPhone if you want to save data" Business Insider 8:50 AM
  • "Apple TV+ FAQ: Cost, release date, supported devices, and more" Macworld 8/23
  • "5 iPhone settings to change now" Mashable 8/23
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Cassandra -Weekend Review: Apple Rumors Bubbling; Radiation from Phones so Arm the Lawyers" eXtensions 8:46 AM
  • "Is This Our First Look At The Apple Watch Series 5?" UberGizmo 8/23
  • "What to expect at Apple's September event - and what not to: There'll be iPhones, of course, but Apple has a lot more to offer that it could choose to reveal. Based only on the most solid information from the supply chain, here's what we can —and can't —expect to see at this September's Apple event." AppleInsider 8/23
  • "Apple reportedly partners with Taiwan company on rooftop solar project" iMore 8/23
  • "With Some iPhone Luster Gone, Apple is Pouring it on With Other Products" The Mac Observer 8/23
  • "We did what Apple told us not to with the Apple Card" [Video] CNN 8/23
  • "Feature Request: Apple Card improvements for couples sharing finances" 9to5Mac 8/23
  • "Apple will rake in cash from Disney+ too" Cult of Mac 8/23
  • "Editorial: Why does Apple have a monopoly on responsive corporate values?" Roughly Drafted 8/23
  • "Apple working with soy sauce company on clean energy project in Taiwan: There's a rather confusing story from Bloomberg today about Apple working with a soy sauce company in a clean energy project in Taiwan." 9to5Mac 8/23
  • "Shoot to thrill: Three camera features the iPhone should add" Macworld 8/23
  • "If Apple Watch adopts Apple Card's poor titanium coating, look out" VentureBeat 8/23
  • "Please, for the love of God, shut up about the Apple Card getting ruined by leather and denim" BGR 8/23
  • "Comment: Drawing attention to security is the greatest Apple Card benefit" 9to5Mac 8/23
  • "The Problems with Apple's HomePods"  Kirkville 8/23
Non-Apple
  • "Why we shouldn't let AI write for us: Artificial intelligence will benefit business in myriad ways. But AI that writes for us should be rejected completely." Computerworld 6:38 AM
  • "Forget the smartphone and get yourself a satellite phone that will work anywhere on the planet" ZDNet 6:32 AM
  • "A first look at Disney+: Individual profiles, personalized curation, offline downloads and more." Engadget 8/23
  • "The Most Interesting Features in Samsung's New Galaxy Note 10+ Flagship Smartphone" MacRumors 8/23
  • "LG Dual Screen review: An enigma of a foldable" VentureBeat 8/23
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "ChimeraTV v1.3.6 released with Sock Puppet improvements and a newer iteration of nitoTV" iDownload Blog 8/23
  • "ZENS Unveils AirPower-Like Wireless Charger With 16 Coils to Charge Two Devices Anywhere on Mat" MacRumors 8/23
  • "Apple officially releases HomePod in Japan and Taiwan" The Apple Post 8/23
  • "50 cool iPhone cases for geeks and nerds" CNET 8/23
  • "'Telling Lies' from Sam Barlow and Annapurna Interactive Is Finally Available on the App Store" Touch Arcade 8/23
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Users Warned To Update Now As 'Complete Control' Hack Attack Confirmed" Forbes 6:37 AM
  • "Bill Gates Says This Type of AI Will Be Worth '10 Microsofts'" Motley Fool 6:44 AM
  • "Serverless architect emerges as in-demand job role" ZDNet 6:32 AM
  • "Charting Microsoft's Cloud Boom In the Satya Nadella Era: Microsoft's cloud-driven renaissance has propelled it atop the list of most valuable tech companies, sitting comfortably above a trillion dollar market cap at the moment." PC Magazine 8/23
  • "Microsoft launches bug bounty for new Chromium Edge browser, with $30,000 top reward" ZDNet 8/23
  • "Microsoft provides group policies for enterprise control of 'full-Chromium' Edge updates: IT admins will be able to use the policies to manage, deploy and update the new browser to their corporate workforce." Computerworld 8/23
  • "Microsoft performance reviews used to be hyper-competitive 'stack rankings.' Then Satya Nadella drove the culture toward collaboration — here's how they work now, according to HR chief Kathleen Hogan." [BI Prime] Business Insider 8/23
  • "How Microsoft lost its monopoly in web browsers" ZDNet 8/23
  • "Microsoft And Intel Collaborate To Simplify AI Deployments At The Edge" Forbes 8/23
  • "Report: Intel's Comet Lake-S Chips Require a New Motherboard" PC Magazine 8/23
  • "Intel launches new-generation 14nm mobile chips" DigiTimes 8/23
  • "Intel 10th Gen Comet Lake-S CPUs Leaked With Up To 10 Cores, New LGA 1200 Socket" HotHardware 8/23
  • "AMD Might Be Prepping A Cheaper Ryzen 5 3500 CPU, But It's Missing A Key Feature" HotHardware 8/23
  • "AMD Sours On Radeon CrossFire GPUs, Confirms Zen 2 Ryzen Threadripper HEDT CPUs Incoming" HotHardware 8/23
  • "AMD Tech Advantage Over Intel Is Here to Stay" Market Realist 8/23
  • "IBM to Develop Quantum Technology Utilizing Cloud Platform" Zacks 8/23
  • "HP stock falls on analyst downgrade following CEO departure, weak outlook" MarketWatch 8/23
  • "HP Stock Falls on Printing Woes, CEO Steps Down" Market Realist 8/23
  • "The story so far: How's that Autonomy High Court battle with HPE looking at half-time?" The Register 8/23
  • "HP Unveils the Omen X 27: A 240Hz QHD Monitor with FreeSync 2 HDR" AnandTech 8/23
  • "Dell Rolls Out 32-Inch QHD Curved Gaming Monitor (S3220DGF): Up To 165Hz with FreeSync 2" AnandTech 8/23
  • "Oracle OKs Oracle investors to sue Oracle: Put NetSuite suit before a judge – board panel/Investors peeved Larry Ellison owned 40% of the biz he paid billions in Big Red cash to buy" The Register 8/23
  • "Oracle's Machine Learning Strategy" ZDNet 8/23
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Inc., Intel share losses contribute to Dow's 582-point fall" MarketWatch 8/23
  • "Chipmakers and Apple Turn Lower After China Announces Tariffs" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8/23
Industry News
  • "Dow ends more than 600 points lower as U.S.-China trade war intensifies: Trump 'orders' U.S. firms to look for alternatives to China after Beijing imposes retaliatory tariffs" MarketWatch 8/23
  • "Dow plunges more than 600 on worsening US-China trade brawl" FOXBusiness 8/23
  • "U.S. Stocks, Bond Yields Fall on Trade Tensions: Losses escalate after President Trump tweeted the U.S. 'would be far better off' without China" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8/23
  • "Asian markets up slightly ahead of Fed's Jackson Hole conference: Stocks rise in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as tensions between Japan and South Korea rise; yuan hits 11-year low" MarketWatch 8/23

 
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