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Wednesday Highlights: A 29% drop in Apple earnings is what Goldman predicts from China-US trade war troubles, and now Apple's brand being seen as embarrassing in China as iPhone users opt for in-country brands like Huawei; Apple pledges to warn UK iPhone users of potential impact an update may have on device; Apple announces June 3 for WWDC Keynote at San Jose Convention Center; and the WebKit project reveals Apple's plan to bring privacy features to ad tracking; AppleInsider takes FileMaker Pro 18 on a run-through highlighting new features; United Nations says assistants like Siri and Alexa "reinforce harmful gender bias" with female voices by default; new MacBook Pro's come with newer keyboard design, though free repairs come with purchase just in case, Sean Hollister says this "is reassuring and worrying at the same time".

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple's China Business Faces Another Blow From Trump's Huawei Ban"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Earnings Could Be Cut 29% on China Ban, Says Goldman"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:22 AM
  • "Apple's profit will drop by almost 30% if China bans its products, Goldman Sachs estimates" Business Insider 1:51 PM
  • "Apple's China woes may worsen as Huawei ban nudges die-hard iPhone fans to switch sides" ["For Sam Li, who works at a state-owned telecom company in Beijing, switching from Apple to Huawei was also driven by an emotion. 'It's kind of embarrassing to pull an iPhone out of your pocket nowadays when all the company executives use Huawei.'"]  South China Morning Post 9:08 AM
  • "Chinese social media users are rallying behind Huawei. Some say they're switching from Apple" CNBC 1:03 PM
  • "Huawei's torment in the US could be about to backfire, dealing a stinging blow to Apple" Business Insider 8:19 AM
  • "Apple to warn iPhone users about update impact: Apple has pledged to warn iPhone owners if a software update is likely to slow down the device or affect battery life." BBC 8:59 AM
  • "UK's CMA says Apple agrees to be 'more upfront' with iPhone users on battery health" Reuters 7:36 AM
  • "Apple commits to transparency on iPhone issues after UK probe" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:44 AM
OS X
News
  • "WWDC19: June 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PDT San Jose Convention Center" Apple 11:24 AM
  • "Apple Sends Out Media Invites for WWDC Keynote on June 3" MacRumors 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Sends Press Invitations and Confirms June 3rd WWDC Keynote" MacStories 12:07 PM
  • "WWDC 2019 schedule teases ReplayKit for macOS, hearing tech in HealthKit" AppleInsider 2:57 PM
  • "Apple has a plan to make online ads more private" TechCrunch 8:11 AM
  • "Apple's Webkit to launch new privacy feature for ad tracking" Reuters 9:07 AM
  • "Apple is trying to make web ads truly private" Engadget 10:35 AM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Mojave 10.14.5 Supplemental Update for 2018 and 2019 15-Inch MacBook Pro" MacRumors 12:33 PM
  • "Apple releases macOS 10.14.5 update to for MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 12:33 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Apple releases additional firmware update for MacBook Pro 15 inch with T2 chip" Eclectic Light Company 2:22 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Hands on: Newly updated FileMaker Pro 18 focuses on improvements for long-time users" AppleInsider 8:11 AM
  • "How to find your Documents and Desktop folder contents after disabling iCloud sync" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "How to print contact info to envelopes, lists, and labels on Mac" 9to5Mac 3:52 PM
  • "How to remove Siri from MacBook Pro's Touch Bar" Cult of Mac 3:42 PM
  • "How to unlock your Mac computer with an Apple Watch using the 'Auto Unlock' feature" Business Insider 3:42 PM
  • "Create an Animated GIF From Video On A Mac" MacMost 9:57 AM
  • "Managing File Attributes Revisited" Rixstep 12:24 PM
  • "How to change your account username on a Mac computer, if you bought a pre-owned Mac or otherwise need a name change" Business Insider 2:56 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Who has seen the Apple Unicorn?" Apple Must 3:50 PM
Press Releases
  • "New version of Windows 95 runs faster on Windows 10, macOS and Linux" BetaNews 12:08 PM
  • "Point In Space Announces Filemaker 18 Cloud Hosting Availability" Point In Space 9:01 AM
  • "FileMaker, Inc., Releases Enhanced Workplace Innovation Platform for Custom App Creation" Business Wire 8:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "How The New Apple Watch Could Prove To Be An Actual Lifesaver"  Forbes 7:43 AM
  • "Having Siri, Google Assistant & other intelligent assistants female by default is sexist, says UN"  9to5Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Siri and Alexa reinforce harmful gender bias, says United Nations" GearBrain 8:41 AM
  • "Siri and Alexa Fuel Sexism, U.N. Finds" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:07 PM
  • "Portland Apple Store reopening May 31st with new video wall" 9to5Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Apple ramps up efforts to promote coding to kids in India" Cult of Mac 1:02 PM
  • "Chinese diplomat attacks Apple & Trump over Huawei - using an iPhone" AppleInsider 8:11 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon shareholders reject ban on selling face recognition software to police" Telegraph 1:51 PM
  • "Republicans and Democrats agree: it's time to regulate facial recognition tech" The Verge 1:05 PM
  • "Privacy issues roll on because tech giants have no competition, experts tell Congress" CNET 1:03 PM
  • "Scammers impersonate Amazon customer support in new scheme as robocalls surge" GeekWire 10:13 AM
  • "Republican Senator Says Facebook and Instagram Need to 'Disappear'" Vice 10:12 AM
  • "Sony will keep making smartphones, whatever the cost" Engadget 8:28 AM
  • "T-Mobile-Sprint deal would boost prices, hurt poorest U.S. consumers, experts say" Reuters 1:51 PM
  • "Justice Department recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint merger" The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks" TechCrunch 8:05 AM
  • "Artificial intelligence diagnoses lung cancer" BBC 8:03 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Road to Macstock -Guy Serle on This Year's MyMac Game Show" MacVoices 3:50 PM
  • "Apple is fixing its busted MacBook keyboards for free -- and maybe for good? (The 3:59, Ep. 563)" CNET 1:06 PM
  • "Ad Click Attribution, GSuite Data Exposed – TMO Daily Observations 2019-05-22" The Mac Observer 1:01 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 037: 'Spelunker's Disneyland'" 9to5Mac 12:26 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: May 22, 2019" 9to5Mac 10:38 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple tries again with MacBook Pro keyboard design: But puts free keyboard repairs inside the box"  Computerworld 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Refreshes 13 & 15-Inch MacBook Pros for 2019: Adds 8-Core Intel CPUs & Revised Keyboard" AnandTech 1:13 PM
  • "Apple Has Been Working Harder Lately to Keep Its Mac Base Happy: Amid reports that it's prepping large software and processor changes for the Mac, Apple has launched new MacBook Pros featuring nuts-and-bolts improvements." RealMoney 3:42 PM
  • "FAQ: 2019 MacBook Pro & Apple's updated butterfly keyboard repair program" AppleInsider 8:04 AM
  • "Android and iOS devices impacted by new sensor calibration attack" ZDNet 1:06 PM
  • "Apple is serious about augmented reality: hiring for AR is up 30x that of last year" Thinknum 10:35 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple agrees to notify iPhone users if iOS updates will affect performance, UK government says" 9to5Mac 4:42 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Powerbeats Pro are better headphones than AirPods, but won't replace them" AppleInsider 10:13 AM
  • "Master & Dynamic MW65 review: Almost the perfect headphones" Engadget 8:42 AM
  • "It can be hard to find affordable wireless headphones that actually sound good — but this $100 pair fits the bill and then some" Business Insider 8:14 AM
  • "Hands-on: Synology's MR2200ac mesh router enhances its AirPort Extreme alternative [Video] 9to5Mac 11:53 AM
  • "Burkley Elton Smart Leather iPad Folio Cover review: Quality leather protection" iMore 8:41 AM
  • "Hands on: WaterField's Tech Rolltop Backpack for MacBooks & iPads" AppleInsider 1:59 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Vignette: Easily Update Your Contact Photos Without Sacrificing Privacy" MacStories 10:12 AM
  • "Vignette is a handy new app that keeps your iOS contact photos up to date" TechCrunch 2:57 PM
  • "Mario Kart Tour Is Pretty Good When It's Not Nickel And Diming You" Kotaku 11:54 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to properly clean any iPhone model without damaging your device" Business Insider 3:52 PM
  • "How to adjust the brightness of your iPhone flashlight" The Next Web 2:43 PM
  • "How to Turn Off Auto Capitalizing Words on iPhone and iPad" OS X Daily 2:22 PM
  • "How to Prevent MacBook Pro Keyboard Issues" iPhone Hacks 12:19 PM
  • "How to use Apple Maps Flyover to see the world" iDownload Blog 10:13 AM
  • "10 lesser-known Apple Maps features you should check out: Apple Maps keeps getting better and can be quite helpful if you know all its secrets." Macworld 8:05 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why Customers Are Complaining About Apple's Keyboards" The Mac Observer 4:57 PM
  • "Apple arms web browser privacy torpedo, points it directly at Google's advertising model: Safari tech ready to be ignored by online ad giants like all other privacy proposals" The Register 4:41 PM
  • "Commencement Addresses Reveal Steve Jobs and Tim Cook Are More Similar Than You Might Think" The Mac Observer 2:56 PM
  • "The Evolution of the PC" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:05 PM
  • "Apple Secretly Tried to Buy Tesla, and It All Fell Apart for a Truly Stunning Reason, According to a New Report" Inc. 1:02 PM
  • "What's Wrong Apple & Microsoft" Om Malik 12:07 PM
  • "Behold: This is the iPhone 11, but without that massive camera bump" BGR 8:41 AM
  • "No one agrees on what iMessage Tapbacks actually mean" Mashable 8:28 AM
  • "7 reasons you should buy the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro instead of Apple's new 8-core monster laptop" Business Insider 10:38 AM
  • "MacBook journalism failing at a faster rate than the butterfly keyboard" Roughly Drafted 8:33 AM
  • "Apple's new MacBook keyboard fix is reassuring and worrying at the same time"  The Verge 8:04 AM
  • "iOS 13: 5 features at the top of the wish list/High hopes for Apple's next-generation operating system for the iPhone and iPad." Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "An Apple acquisition is the best hope for Tesla's shareholders" Apple Must 7:29 AM
Non-Apple
  • "A quarter of Google Duplex calls are actually placed by humans: If the AI sounds eerily human, well, that's because they just might be" The Verge 3:57 PM
  • "Online Privacy Is a Right, Not a Luxury: The tech industry is finally waking up to the fact that people care about their privacy. But current solutions all come at too high a cost in money or time to the end user, according to security expert Max Eddy." PC Magazine 3:48 PM
  • "Google's Duplex Uses A.I. to Mimic Humans (Sometimes)" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:51 PM
  • "Subscription fatigue hasn't hit yet" TechCrunch 1:07 PM
  • "Silicon Valley's New Hiring Problem" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:06 PM
  • "The future of AT&T is an ad-tracking nightmare hellworld: Everything you watch, everywhere you go" The Verge 11:45 AM
  • "How to wipe your Android phone before selling or trading it in" The Verge 10:13 AM
  • "Exploring the dark underbelly of smart home technology: Are we unwittingly letting privacy and security Trojan Horses into our homes, disguised as smart home tech?" The Next Web 10:01 AM
  • "The case against Huawei, explained: China's biggest phone maker is in deep, deep trouble, and we still don't have a clear picture of why" The Verge 8:34 AM
  • "Is Your Mobile App Making You Petty?" Forbes 8:03 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 22, 2019" GoComics 7:30 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Updates WWDC App in Advance of Conference" MacStories 1:13 PM
  • "Apple Updates WWDC App With Customizable Icons, Hidden Session Info and iMessage Stickers Ahead of 2019 Event" MacRumors 1:13 PM
  • "Exclusive: Tencent and Riot Games developing mobile version of League of Legends -sources" Reuters 1:11 PM
  • "League of Legends may be headed to iOS and Android, report says" CNET 1:10 PM
  • "The DoBox Mini can turn your iPad/iPhone into a full-feature computer... with ports!" Yanko Design 1:02 PM
  • "Upcoming iOS game 'Worse Than Death' built its minimalist horror aesthetic using iPad Pro and Procreate" iMore 12:07 PM
  • "The Loop Bash at WWDC 2019" The Loop 11:56 AM
  • "'Mario Kart Tour' is a Very Free to Play, Stripped Down Version of 'Mario Kart' Proper" Touch Arcade 11:56 AM
  • "Mario Kart Tour's beta has arrived, complete with plenty of microtransactions" ["For now, the beta is exclusive to Android devices, but the game will be available for both Android and iOS when it releases this summer."] The Verge 11:55 AM
  • "TikTok will fight Apple Music with new streaming service" Cult of Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Sonnet Announces Breakthrough-Priced 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ PCIe® Card and Thunderbolt™ 3 Adapter" Wall Street Communications 10:01 AM
  • "Tencent & Riot Games working on mobile 'League of Legends'" AppleInsider 8:09 AM
  • "Take your 11-inch iPad Pro offroad with Zagg's rugged keyboard case" Cult of Mac 8:06 AM
  • "Riders in Portland can now use Apple Pay for their Hop Fastpass" Cult of Mac 8:05 AM
  • "Valve's Steam Chat gets its own iOS and Android apps" TechCrunch 8:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft wants GDPR-style privacy laws for the US" BetaNews 9:07 AM
  • "Windows 7 patch warning: Antivirus clash causing PCs to freeze" ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "Microsoft Reveals Another Major Limitation On User Control Over Windows 10 Updates" Forbes 7:43 AM
  • "New Windows 10 Security Exploit Can Read All Your Files — What You Need To Know" Forbes 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft removes Huawei laptop listings from its online store" The Next Web 9:07 AM
  • "IBM launches Watson tools for agriculture: IBM's Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture aims to harness multiple data points to provide insights on planting crops, plowing and harvesting." ZDNet 8:56 AM
  • "IBM Receives $275M IDIQ to Help Secure Defense Semiconductor Supply Chain" GovConWire 8:56 AM
  • "Is IBM Close to Completing Its Red Hat Acquisition?" Market Realist 12:34 PM
  • "IBM, Cera Care to test self-driving car tech in elder homes" Reuters 12:34 PM
  • "IBM wants to make Australia a top 3 global digital government: Through a billion-dollar deal that will give it access to Big Blue's artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, and R&D capabilities." ZDNet 8:56 AM
  • "HP, SmileDirectClub Deal Grows to Evolve in Dental 3D Printing" Zacks 12:07 PM
  • "HP Boosts Multi-Function Print Suite with Latest Launches" Zacks 8:52 AM
  • "Interview with HP 3D Printing VP Ramon Pastor about adding value with Additive Manufacturing" 3DPrint 8:52 AM
  • "Dell EMC just launched five AI Experience Zones in the Asia-Pacific to help accelerate AI adoption" Gigabit 8:54 AM
  • "Intel Regains Top Spot in Chip Sales" EE Times 8:57 AM
  • "Intel is back on top" Fudzilla 8:58 AM
  • "Intel, AMD, Other US Suppliers Expecting Losses From Huawei Ban" Click Lancashire 3:50 PM
  • "AMD's Alleged Ryzen 3000 16-Core Zen 2 Beast CPU Benchmarked In Cinebench R15" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "AMD Partner Leaks Navi Details: Beats Nvidia RTX 2070 At $499, Official Reveal At Computex" Forbes 3:51 PM
  • "AMD Navi GPUs: Everything We Know So Far" PC Magazine 3:48 PM
  • "Cisco Turning U.S. Open's Pebble Beach Into Connected Course, Launching OTT Streaming" Forbes 1:05 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks end lower as lingering trade woes overshadow Fed minutes: Target shares rally on positive earnings on rough day for other retailers" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Ends Off on Reports of More China Tensions; Apple, Boeing Weigh: Stocks end down Wednesday as renewed trade tensions between the U.S. and China weigh on shares." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Jones, Nasdaq Cut Losses As These 5 Growth Stocks Stomp Higher: Investors decided not to bail out in droves during a mostly light decline in stocks today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq composite lost roughly 0.3% to 0.4% each." Investor's Business Daily 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks close lower on trade war and after Fed minutes" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Lower as Chip Makers Decline: Minutes from Fed's latest meeting also show officials were broadly comfortable with current make-no-moves posture" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets cautious amid lingering trade tensions: Nikkei finishes flat, China stocks lower" MarketWatch 8:44 AM

 
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