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Apple apparently lost a bidding war over J.J. Abrams' production studio. Does it matter?

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Apple apparently lost a bidding war over J.J. Abrams' production studio. Does it matter? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Tuesday Highlights: Apple loses bidding war for J.J. Abrams studio in efforts to create content for its forthcoming streaming service; Unwanted AirDrop files? Here is how to turn it off to avoid unwanted files from strangers; MacMost offers 10 tips to get the most from iCloud; The arrival of Microsoft's To-Do app for MacOS signals the demise of Wunderlist; 10 apps, services, and features that Apple has killed or made redundant with iOS 13.

  • "Apple loses $500 million bidding war for J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot: J.J. Abrams production company Bad Robot is finalizing a near $500 million partnership with WarnerMedia, with other suitors HBO, Disney, Sony, and Apple losing out." AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook criticises other tech firms for data breaches"  Examiner 7:44 AM
  • "Lawyers sanctioned for private Apple data leak in battery lawsuit: An attempt by Apple to remove two plaintiff lawyers from an ongoing iPhone throttling lawsuit was denied by a federal judge, but the attorneys were sanctioned by the court for disclosing Apple's confidential information, with one required to ask permission to make further arguments." AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Apple Leads the Global Premium Smartphone Market; Samsung Races to Fill the Gap"  Counterpoint 7:45 AM
  • "Sensor Tower: Apple App Store's top publishers earn 64% more than Google Play's" VentureBeat 9:27 AM
  • "Microsoft To-Do for Mac's arrival heralds Wunderlist's exit" SlashGear 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft To-Do App Now Available on the Mac App Store" MacRumors 7:46 AM
  • "Contact management gets easier than ever with Cardhop update: Flexibits has made contact management fun with Cardhop. Here's what's new in the latest updates on iOS and Mac." iMore 9:11 AM
Press Releases
  • "Typinator 8 offers usage statistics, Magic Keys, mini menu bar, and more" prMac 7:33 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "New Apple Store design changes prioritize a straightforward shopping experience"  9to5Mac 1:38 PM
  • "Apple launches a Beddit beta program focused on improving its app" TechCrunch 1:12 PM
  • "Apple Looks Willing to Help Struggling iPhone-Display Maker: Japan Display is running out of cash because of weaker-than-expected sales of the iPhone XR" [Paid Membership Required] 7:46 AM
  • "Apple considering further measures to save Japan Display: The financially struggling Japan Display is reportedly in talks with Apple about reinvestment and waiving debts following its loss of a bailout partner this week." AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Screen Time Caused Apple to Kill Similar App, Entrepreneur Claims" The Mac Observer 7:24 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google announces $1B, 10-year plan to add thousands of homes to Bay Area" TechCrunch 1:11 PM
  • "Google Calendar Dies One Hour After Google Tweets About How Great It Is [Update] Gizmodo 10:23 AM
  • "J.J. Abrams to Sign Partnership With WarnerMedia Not Apple" The Mac Observer 7:23 AM
  • "Google is bringing RCS messaging to users directly instead of waiting for carriers" BetaNews 8:40 AM
  • "Preparing for the rise of AI in the workforce" BetaNews 8:39 AM
  • "Boffins' neural network can work out from your speech whether you'll develop psychosis: Software trained from patient transcripts. The 'normal' dataset? From, er, Reddit" The Register 8:37 AM
  • "The stand-alone Palm is now available, but you don't really need it" Digital Trends 8:37 AM
  • "Facebook Announces Libra, Digital Currency On the Blockchain That Doesn't Actually Need to Be On the Blockchain" Gizmodo 7:37 AM
  • "Facebook's Calibra cryptocurrency wallet launches in 2020: It uses a new digital currency called Libra." Engadget 7:37 AM
  • "Facebook just announced its Bitcoin rival, but is it really safe and secure?" BGR 7:29 AM
  • "Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL: Everything we know/Leaked Pixel 4 display sizes could mean smaller bezels on Google's new phone" Digital Trends 8:37 AM
  • "Fake App Sales, Cryptocurrency From Facebook – TMO Daily Observations 2019-06-18" The Mac Observer 2:45 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 296: No wink wink nudge nudge" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "2020 iPhone: 5.4in and 6.7in models will be first 5G iPhones/They'll be heavily reliant on Qualcomm tech, claims Kuo" The Inquirer 7:36 AM
  • "The ULTIMATE selfie phone? Apple's next generation of iPhones 'will have THREE cameras on the back', leaked photos show" Daily Mail (UK) 7:45 AM
  • "Apple's 2020 iPhone XS Max equivalent set to have an even larger display: Meanwhile, the regular 2020 iPhone will reportedly be smaller" TechRadar UK 7:54 AM
  • "New iPhone To Bring 5G And Faster Internet In 2020, Report Says" The Independent 8:09 AM
  • "Apple MacBook and MacBook Air are getting fresh new upgrades soon: Seven new Mac notebooks are in the works at Apple" T3 7:46 AM
  • "Apple files for two patents for an 'avatar creation user interface" Apple World Today 8:48 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13, watchOS 13, and macOS Catalina Beta 2" Thurrott 8:45 AM
  • "Case manufacturer Olixar betting on three lenses for most 2019 iPhones: Accessory producer Olixar has started to produce protectors for the rear camera module of the 2019 iPhone models, with the firm seemingly confident of the size and layout of the square camera bump arriving with the smartphones this fall." AppleInsider 8:43 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:25 AM

  • "Review: Satechi M1 wireless mouse gets the aluminum treatment" AppleInsider 4:11 PM
  • "The best iPad 2019: the top-ranked Apple tablet you can buy today/We ranked the best Apple iPads that you should buy in 2019" TechRadar UK 11:57 AM
  • "Eagle Creek's iPhone-savvy NFC bags stick with you" Apple Must 10:14 AM
  • "Apple AirPods review: Apple's true wireless earbuds solve the lack of a headphone jack" TechRadar UK 8:16 AM
  • "glass+ 360 can protect that Apple Watch (if you're klutzy like me)" Apple World Today 7:25 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Apple's TV app to get Picture-in-Picture mode" Apple Must 8:59 AM
  • "What's new in Apple Maps in iOS 13: Apple's working hard to shed its 'bad maps' reputation." Macworld 8:50 AM
  • "Best Apple Watch apps to keep you healthy" CNET 7:52 AM
  • "iOS 13 will actually save you money: iOS 13 helps you remind you of those forgotten app subscriptions." ZDNet 7:36 AM
  • "iOS 13 will tell you when you're about to delete apps with active subscriptions" BGR 7:28 AM
  • "iOS 13 lets you know if you're deleting apps with active subscriptions: The pop-up also tells you when your subscription is up for renewal." Engadget 7:29 AM
  • "NotchControl expands your iPhone's notch with more features" iDownload Blog 7:51 AM
  • "How to turn off AirDrop so strangers can't randomly send you nude pics or memes" CNBC 9:16 AM
  • "How to use the Calculator on Apple Watch: An official Calculator app is coming to Apple Watch this fall" iMore 9:11 AM
  • "How to fix an iPhone or iPad that won't download emails: Sometimes Mail on an iPhone or iPad refuses to show or download an email, displaying only the first line of the message and saying 'This message has not been downloaded from the server'. Here's how to fix this problem and see the email in full" Macworld UK 8:20 AM
  • "How to send a text on an iPhone" Macworld UK 7:54 AM
  • "How to send an iMessage to an Android user: We show how to break out of the walled garden and send an iMessage to an Android-using friend or relative" Macworld UK 7:46 AM
  • "How to Install iOS 13 Beta 2 on iPhone Using Beta Profile'" iPhone Hacks 7:16 AM
  • "How to Install iPadOS 13 Beta 2 on iPad Using Beta Profile'" iPhone Hacks 7:17 AM
  • "10 Tips To Get the Most From iCloud" MacMost 9:41 AM
  • "Live Photos: The ultimate guide/The idea of moving pictures isn't new (any Harry Potter fan will tell you that!) but thanks to Live Photos, everyone can take and share them!" iMore 7:50 AM
  • "On the Mac Pro, the G4 Cube and Their Shared Vent Design"  512 Pixels 1:06 PM
  • "Mad Macs: No enthusiasm for the Mac Pro/The Mac Pro isn't for the rest of us." Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "iPhone upgrades? I dread going to the Apple Store, and that's a problem for Apple"  ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "10 Apps, Services, and Features Apple Killed with iOS 13" iPhone Hacks 7:17 AM
  • "Rescue plan for Apple supplier Japan Display in doubt as major backer exits" 9to5Mac 7:52 AM
  • "HP Spectre x360 15 Review: A Slick Laptop That's Nearly Ruined by One Stupid Mistake" Gizmodo 3:02 PM
  • "The BreakUp!? Why splitting up big tech should be the 'last option'" Yahoo! Finance 9:16 AM
  • "The fourth Industrial revolution emerges from AI and the Internet of Things: IoT has arrived on the factory floor with the force of Kool-Aid Man exploding through walls." Ars Technica 8:43 AM
  • "Rumors said the Pixel 4 would finally have a better design than the iPhone 11 this year. It won't." BGR 7:52 AM
  • "Comic: Livin' La Vida Beta" iMore 8:58 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Satechi releases HomeKit-capable Dual Smart Outlet" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
  • "Kanex launches iAdapt USB-C Multiport Docking Station for 2018 iPad Pro" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "Kanex unveils 6-in-1 USB-C dock for iPad Pro, works with Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Roli's Lumi Keys is a compact keyboard that teaches musical theory" VentureBeat 7:50 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Inside the future of Xbox with Microsoft's Xbox leader, Phil Spencer" Business Insider 8:39 AM
  • "Huawei laptops are back on the Microsoft Store, for now: That warehouse wasn't going to empty itself" The Inquirer 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Acquires Code Review Firm for GitHub" Thurrott 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft to add more smarts, plus a presentation coach, to PowerPoint: Microsoft is adding more 'AI' features to PowerPoint to help customers design and rehearse their PowerPoint presentations." ZDNet 10:23 AM
  • "Microsoft adds AI features to PowerPoint like Presenter Coach and branded templates" Neowin 1:21 PM
  • "Microsoft outlines how hotels are using its solutions to transform employee experience" Neowin 7:36 AM
  • "Microsoft releases the first Windows Server 20H1 Insider Preview" Neowin 1:20 PM
  • "Microsoft Quietly Rolls Out Hyper-V Server 2019, Finally" Thurrott 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Releases 'Eyes First' Games" Thurrott 1:20 PM
  • "How to pick the right AMD Ryzen CPU for your PC: AMD has a number of product families in the desktop processor market, including the popular Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 9, Ryzen 7, and Threadripper. But which one is best for you and your PC?" Windows Central 8:14 AM
  • "AMD EPYC 7452 '7nm Rome' CPU With 32 Cores & 64 Threads Benchmarks Spotted — Dominating Position Against Intel's Xeon, Much Faster Than EPYC Naples" WCCFTech 8:13 AM
  • "Intel Core vs. AMD Ryzen: Which offers the best bang for buck/Does AMD's new Ryzen 3000 alter the best bang for the bang landscape?" PCWorld Australia 8:14 AM
  • "Intel's 10Nm Sunny Cove Architecture Boosts Ipc By Up To 18 Percent" Mega Games 8:13 AM
  • "Intel Said to Chose Samsung Foundry for 14nm CPUs" CDR Info 8:15 AM
  • "Samsung to produce Intel's 14m Rocket Lake CPUs to ease shortage: Firms are are 'final stages' of negotiating a deal" The Inquirer 8:45 AM
  • "Samsung negotiations to produce Intel 14nm Rocket Lake CPUs are 'in the final stages'" PCGamesN 8:14 AM
  • "Scammers pretending to be from Dell stole $610,000 from Virginia locality" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:11 AM
  • "IBM: We've made world's most powerful commercial supercomputer/French energy giant Total now has the world's 11th most powerful supercomputer in the Pangea III HPC from IBM." ZDNet 7:36 AM
  • "IBM AI helps predict breast cancer a year before it appears: It combines images and medical records to achieve human-like accuracy." Engadget 10:23 AM
  • "Who bought the most powerful commercial supercomputer? Come on, it's Total-ly obvious: Well, oil be damned. Faster computers, faster apocalypse?" The Register 8:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "One-quarter of the stock market's 2019 gains come from just five stocks" Yahoo! Finance 9:57 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 ends within 1% of record ahead of pivotal Fed meeting: Trump tweets plan for 'extended meeting' with Chinese President Xi" MarketWatch 4:03 PM
  • "Stocks End Up on News of Trump/Xi G-20 Meeting: Stocks ended up Tuesday after President Trump said he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 meeting" TheStreet 4:03 PM
  • "Stocks rise after Trump says he'll meet with Xi next week" Associated Press 1:04 PM
  • "Stocks surge on trade optimism, rate-cut hopes" FOXBusiness 1:04 PM
  • "Stocks Rise Sharply After Trump Says He Talked With Xi: U.S. President describes 'very good' phone conversation with China's Xi; Bond yields slip" [Paid Membership Required] 4:04 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly gain ahead of central bank meetings: Nikkei retreats while Hang Seng advances" MarketWatch 8:09 AM
  • "Euro drops, global equities rise as ECB's Draghi hints of more stimulus" MarketWatch 8:09 AM

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