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Apple TV+ said to cost $10/month after free trial, but only 5 shows at launch. Is it worth it? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Tuesday Highlights: TheStreet examines Tim Cook's political play as diplomat and its payoff with the Trump administration; CNBC reports of tensions in Apple's health team prompting departures of some over "differing visions for the future"; Motley Fool looks at how Apple Card may represent the "iPhoning [of] the finance industry", and speaking of Apple Card, company announces it's available to all customers in US; WSJ, New York Times on coming investigations into big tech by state Attorneys General; 9to5Mac gets exclusive hands-on with Apple Arcade on the Mac; Kirk McElhearn ponders fate of iTunes Store in Catalina; Bloomberg says $9.99/mo is the expected price of Apple TV+ after free trial, but only 5 shows expected at launch, reports and opinions in our General Interest, and Op/Ed sections.

  • "Apple's Tim Cook Plays the Role of Diplomat—and It Seems to Be Paying Off: The tech giant's CEO has met with President Trump on at least five occasions since his election. Those meetings appear to be paying dividends."  TheStreet 9:51 AM
  • "Apple health team faces departures as tensions rise over differing visions for the future"  CNBC 10:42 AM
  • "Apple's Health Team Reportedly Facing Disagreements Over Direction, Leading to Some 'High-Profile Departures'" MacRumors 11:45 AM
  • "Apple health team struggles to find a focus" Cult of Mac 1:49 PM
  • "Is Apple iPhoning the Finance Industry? A new credit card exclusive to Apple customers is getting a lot of hype."  Motley Fool 8:15 AM
  • "States to Move Forward With Antitrust Probe of Big Tech Firms: Investigation would put additional scrutiny on an industry already under a federal spotlight" ["Google, Facebook, Inc. and Apple Inc., four companies likely to be a focus of the new investigation, all declined to comment. The companies generally say they operate fairly and don't engage in anticompetitive behavior."] [Paid Membership Required] 7:59 AM
  • "State Attorneys General Said to Be Near Formal Investigation of Tech Companies: Amazon's associate general counsel, Nate Sutton, right, at a Congressional hearing last month. The business practices of Amazon, as well as Facebook, Google and Apple, have been a focus of lawmakers and regulators."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:07 AM
  • "States to launch antitrust investigation into big tech companies, reports say" TechCrunch 8:07 AM
  • "Apple and 180 other big companies redefine the purpose of a corporation" 9to5Mac 8:08 AM
  • "Apple wheels and deals for big Cupertino office center in its home town: iPhone maker Apple buys office complex in Cupertino"  San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 3:22 PM
  • "Safari to ape Firefox, go all-in on anti-tracking: The WebKit team has unveiled a new Tracking Prevention Policy that could help bolster privacy for users of Apple's Safari browser." Computerworld 2:12 PM
  • "Exclusive: Apple Arcade hands-on with early access trial games on Mac [Video]"  9to5Mac 10:44 AM
  • "Hands on: Microsoft Edge browser beta for Mac gains Collections research tool" AppleInsider 2:06 PM
  • "How Home Sharing Works in macOS Catalina" Kirkville 8:16 AM
  • "Check out these secret (and super-useful) settings for your Mac" Cult of Mac 3:22 PM
  • "Customizing Your Mac Login Screen" MacMost 1:40 PM
  • "How to play Classic Minesweeper on macOS" AddictiveTips 3:04 PM
  • "The Future of Motion, Apple's Unsung Hero of the Pro Apps" 8:26 AM
  • "The Fate of the iTunes Store in macOS Catalina"  Kirkville 8:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft Launches Beta Version of Microsoft Edge Browser for Windows and macOS" MacRumors 11:49 AM
  • "Microsoft rolls out Beta Channel for the new Chromium-based Edge browser" iMore 11:45 AM
  • "Acronis True Image 2020 launches with automatic replication of local Mac backups to the cloud, backup up scheduling, more" 9to5Mac 11:44 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Targets Apple TV+ Launch in November, Weighs $9.99 Price After Free Trial"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Apple splashes $6bn on new shows in streaming wars" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:50 AM
  • "Apple has committed more than $6 billion to original content ahead of streaming launch: report/Apple must compete with Netflix, Disney, and AT&T which have libraries of existing programming" MarketWatch 9:46 AM
  • "Apple TV+ could launch in November, priced at $9.99 per month" Cult of Mac 7:59 AM
  • "Bloomberg: Apple TV+ will cost $9.99 per month and launch in November" VentureBeat 8:06 AM
  • "Apple TV+ Pricing, Content Plans Leak" Thurrott 8:16 AM
  • "Apple TV Plus to reportedly cost $10, with just five shows at launch" GearBrain 8:22 AM
  • "Apple says gambling apps will be rated 17+ in all countries and regions starting today" iDownload Blog 8:05 AM
  • "Apple's Wearables Business Has Hit This Arbitrary Milestone: With as important as the segment is becoming, the Mac maker should be more up front with disclosures." Motley Fool 2:51 PM
  • "Siri's former boss has jumped ship to Microsoft" Cult of Mac 9:46 AM
  • "It's 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Friends Are? Constant location-sharing is now the norm for some friend groups." The Atlantic 1:41 PM
  • "Teenager arrested over Liverpool One Apple Store raid that left children in tears: Police swoop as part of probe into frightening daylight raid at popular city centre shop" Liverpool Echo 7:59 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks" Android Police 3:22 PM
  • "Google removes option to send Play Music subscription gifts in latest app update" Android Police 3:04 PM
  • "The internet's accessibility reckoning" Axios 8:16 AM
  • "Stop robocalls: How SHAKEN/STIR blocks spam calls with Caller ID Authentication/How AT&T, T-Mobile and Comcast are joining forces to stop robocalls to your phone." CNET 8:11 AM
  • "TV+ Pricing, Microsoft's AI Hire – TMO Daily Observations 2019-08-20" The Mac Observer 1:40 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 125 – Apple Maps in iOS 13 with Ryan Cristoffel" MacStories 8:21 AM
  • "Apple Card launches today for all US customers" Apple 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Card Now Available for All US Customers, Adds New 3% Daily Cash Partners" MacStories 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Card now available to everyone in the US with 3 percent cash back for Uber" The Verge 8:35 AM
  • "Apple Card launches for all U.S. customers today, adds 3% cash back for Uber and Uber Eats" TechCrunch 8:36 AM
  • "On Apple Card launch day, Goldman CEO says card is 'a beginning': memo" Reuters 10:45 AM
  • "iPhone warning: Apple blunder spawns new jailbreak, security threats/Apple breaks earlier patch in iOS 12.4, leading to new iOS jailbreak and security risks for iPhone and iPad users." ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "Triple-lens cameras for this year's iPhones: supplies ramp up" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "LG Innotek ramping up supply chain for 'iPhone 11" camera lens assembly" AppleInsider 8:21 AM
  • "'Project Titan' Apple Car may have wide sliding doors and an adaptive stability system" AppleInsider 7:59 AM
  • "Apple granted patent for vehicle doors with 'adaptive positioning" Apple World Today 8:08 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:48 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:48 AM

  • "Apple Card review: The credit card that will lock you to iPhone forever" Mashable 8:21 AM
  • "First AirPods, now AirMuffs? It's happened. Start-up Human, Inc. has cut the cord on a pair of over-ear headphones. We go hands-on with the Human Headphones." CNET 9:49 AM
  • "YubiKey 5Ci review: WebAuthn encrypted Lightning key for iPhone and iPad for secure authentication" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Review: The Plantronics RIG 700HX is a gaming headset I wouldn't be embarrassed to use at work" The Next Web 11:45 AM
  • "Satechi car charger/cable combo is great for powering up Apple devices on the road" Apple World Today 7:51 AM
  • "How to Copy Photos from SD Card or Camera to iPad" OS X Daily 2:52 PM
  • "Your guide to using iCloud in business: A growing number of companies are using iCloud: Apple's storage and syncing suite for Mac and iOS. Here's how to take advantage of iCloud's ease of use and tight security." InsiderPro 1:44 PM
  • "You should opt out of the Apple Card's arbitration clause — here's how" The Verge 1:41 PM
  • "How to name a group chat on your iPhone to find it easily, and access it using Siri" Business Insider 11:44 AM
  • "'Hey Siri, How can I delete what you've heard?': Your options are surprisingly limited with Apple's voice assistant but here's the best you can do for now" GearBrain 10:45 AM
  • "How to empty the trash on your iPhone in 4 different apps to free up storage space" Business Insider 9:59 AM
  • "iMovie: How to create a new project on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "How to take a screenshot on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch" AppleInsider 1:49 PM
  • "Stop Apple's spam notifications with this hidden setting" Cult of Mac 1:49 PM
  • "All the iPad keyboard shortcuts for building Siri Shortcuts" iMore 11:45 AM
  • "Five questions to ask yourself before you apply for an Apple Card: Apple Card is getting a lot of buzz, but it's not necessarily a great fit for you, even if you're an Apple fan." Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Card Account Information Is Only Accessible Via iOS Wallet App" Daring Fireball 1:49 PM
  • "Signing up for all of Apple's subscription services will likely cost you $35 per month" Business Insider 11:49 AM
  • "iOS 12.4 Jailbreak Made Possible By A Mistake At Apple's End, Here's What Exactly Happened" Redmond Pie 11:44 AM
  • "Why sports apparel brands are giving up on fitness apps [Opinion] Cult of Mac 10:39 AM
  • "The Apple Card's best feature is also its biggest flaw" Business Insider 9:49 AM
  • "Apple is already improving its Apple Card" Apple Must 9:43 AM
  • "Hey Siri, how will I feel next Tuesday? Apple's bumbling voice assistant is just a friendly face for a transformative technology" Computerworld 8:34 AM
  • "Where do AirPods go when they die? The big problem with tiny earbuds" Digital Trends 8:22 AM
  • "Security check: MacBook Pro battery chaos" Macworld 8:01 AM
  • "Apple TV Plus can afford to gamble $6 billion in a way that Disney and Hulu can't" The Verge 2:50 PM
  • "Leaked Pricing for Apple TV+ is Certainly a Trial Balloon" The Mac Observer 2:49 PM
  • "The Apple TV+ Rollout" ["The question for me has always been how they get this off the ground. With a clear aversion to licensing a library of back-catalogue content, launching this service is always going to be tough. Can Apple really debut a TV subscription that offers 5-12 shows and expect people to pay for it?"]  Benjamin Mayo 8:20 AM
  • "Apple TV+ with only five shows at the start but $9.99 doesn't sound too attractive" Apple World Today 7:51 AM
  • "I installed five flavours of Linux on my new laptop: One month on, here's what I've learned" ZDNet 10:43 AM
  • "Comic: Sympathy For the Green Bubble" iMore 8:21 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "IKEA smart blinds won't support HomeKit at launch after all" 9to5Mac 1:49 PM
  • "30 Minutes From Zero to App Stores, with Juto Business App Builder" prMac 9:47 AM
  • "IKEA is looking to broaden its smart-home ecosystem with a new business unit" Business Insider 8:35 AM
  • "Grammarly's keyboard suggests synonyms to make you feel smart" Engadget 8:16 AM
  • "Porsche Taycan will come with a standalone Apple Music app" Engadget 8:16 AM
  • "The first Lightning security key for iPhones is here, and it works with USB-C, too: But it won't work with USB-C iPad Pros" The Verge 8:06 AM
  • "Chimera v1.3.3 released with support for A7-A8(X) devices running iOS 12.4" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "YubiKey 5Ci: The world's first Lightning-compatible security key" ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Music launches Shazam Discovery Top 50 chart" AppleInsider 7:59 AM
  • "Alexa to Support Apple Music Streaming in Germany From Today" MacRumors 7:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "HP refreshes its Pavilion gaming PCs with new AMD Ryzen 7 processors and more" Neowin 8:03 AM
  • "HP's latest gaming headset delivers active cooling, noise cancellation: The company also launched the 240 Hz HDR Omen X 27 gaming display." Engadget 8:02 AM
  • "HP's OMEN Command Center gets an AI coach for gaming and more" Neowin 8:04 AM
  • "HP Omen's ear-cooling gaming headset returns as the even more brilliantly named Mindframe Prime" Rock, Paper, Shotgun 8:04 AM
  • "HP Launches New OMEN and Pavilion Gaming Hardware, Software" Thurrott 8:12 AM
  • "HP Announces the Omen X 27-inch HDR 240 Hz Gaming Monitor: by Sarah Lord August 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM" Tom's Hardware 8:32 AM
  • "HP's New Pavilion Gaming Desktop Offers Easy Upgradability for $699: This Pavilion is souped up with RTX Super" Tom's Guide 8:32 AM
  • "Dell introduces its modular OptiPlex 7070 Ultra PC" Neowin 8:27 AM
  • "Dell launches OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, crams desktop into monitor stand: Dell is increasingly aiming its PC portfolio at end users with strong design as well as IT departments looking to navigate everything from upgrades to open floor plan issues." ZDNet 11:30 AM
  • "Dell's OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a mini-PC that fits into a monitor stand: It's so skinny, you can barely tell it's there." PCWorld 8:31 AM
  • "Dell launches Alienware Aurora R9, G5 gaming desktops at Gamescom 2019: The Aurora R9 is Alienware's first desktop built around its Legend industrial design aesthetic, while the G5 is the first desktop in Dell's budget gaming G Series." ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Alienware announce monster 55in OLED gaming monitor with 120Hz refresh rate" Rock, Paper, Shotgun 8:05 AM
  • "Intel launches first artificial intelligence chip Springhill" Reuters 10:57 AM
  • "Intel Makes Headways In Deep Learning Hardware" Business Times 8:34 AM
  • "Intel Tiger Lake U processor annihilates the Core i7-8665U and Ryzen 7 3700U in UserBenchmark, scores up to 13% more than the Core i9-9980HK in the process" Notebook Check 8:34 AM
  • "IBM, Intel tease 2020"s specialist chips: Power9 'bandwidth beast' — and Spring Crest Nervana neural-net processor/Plus, Cerebras hypes up AI-focused '400,000-core die the size of an iPad'" The Register 8:35 AM
  • "Nvidia 436.02 WHQL Game Ready driver brings 30-bit color, integer scaling, and more" Neowin 8:04 AM
  • "Nvidia is bringing GeForce Now game streaming to Android" The Inquirer 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 17134.984 - here's what's new" Neowin 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases Two Windows 10 19H2 Builds, Again" Thurrott 8:12 AM
  • "Windows 10 Edge gets autoplay block but users also want to hide Bing bar: Microsoft Edge testers want to hide the Bing bar on new tabs and to be able to sign in with a Google account." ZDNet 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser is ready for beta testing: It should be more stable than the previous test builds." Engadget 11:38 AM
  • "Chromium-based Microsoft Edge's Stable Build Leaks" Thurrott 8:27 AM
  • "Microsoft's Chromium Edge browser is now available in the Beta channel" Neowin 11:42 AM
  • "As Brexit looms, this is how much UK tech companies rely on Europe: New data shows that nearly half of the UK's tech exports go to Europe." ZDNet 8:03 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Investor buys back into AAPL because Tim Cook has Trump's ear, Apple's more aggressive approach, more" 9to5Mac 2:52 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow threatens to snap 3-day win streak as stocks stumble lower amid bond-yield slide: Home Depot shares buoy the Dow" MarketWatch 11:02 AM
  • "Stocks Fall as Investors Take Breather From Rebound, Home Depot Surges: Stocks are down Tuesday as investors take a step back from Wall Street's recent rebound to digest the earnings report from Home Depot and prepare for a flurry of activity from the Federal Reserve." TheStreet 11:02 AM
  • "US stocks trade down after rally" FOXBusiness 2:53 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Waver Amid Uncertainty on Rates, Trade Talks: Government-bond yields edge down; Home Depot shares gain" [Paid Membership Required] 2:53 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed as China rolls out new benchmark lending rate: Nikkei edges up but stocks in Hong Kong, Shanghai give up early gains" MarketWatch 8:30 AM
  • "Here's why the bond market shouldn't freak out over German deficit spending: Reports suggest Germany is rethinking its long-held aversion to deficit spending" MarketWatch 8:30 AM

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