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Tuesday Highlights: Apple continues to be chip in trade and tariff wars with troubled Turkey threatening boycott of iPhones; Jonny Evans imagines ways "Apple's AI imaging vision may save lives"; new law proposal in Australia could fine tech firms up to $7.3 million for non compliance in handing over encrypted private data; researcher says warnings in macOS "trivial for malware to suppress and bypass"; Macworld calls PhotoBulk 2 a "Swiss Army Knife...for batch image processing" on the Mac; apparently Apple's aggressive arguments against Apple Park property taxes see company "claiming...cluster of properties around Apple Park is worth just $200"; Sainsbury supermarket experimenting with "scan, pay and go technology" in London; most analysts agree HomePod is at 6% marketshare, but disagree over how many have been sold; TrendForce study predicts budget version among new iPhones coming this Fall, starting at $699—more in our Hardware/Software section; Creqtive Bloq reviews 13" 2018 MacBook Pro with Blackmagic eGPU.

  • "Inside the iPhone Repair Ecosystem: Where Do Replacement Parts Come From and Can You Trust Them?" ["Our exploration of the repair ecosystem was inspired by a video sent to us by a trusted source that MacRumors has worked with in the past, who captured footage inside one of the many facilities in China that are dedicated to creating aftermarket iPhone parts."]  MacRumors 2:03 PM
  • "Apple is beefing up a team to explore making its own health chips: Apple has a team exploring a custom processor that can make better sense of health information coming off sensors from deep inside its devices, job listings show."  CNBC 2:41 PM
  • "Erdogan says Turkey will boycott U.S. electronics, lira steadies" ["'We will impose a boycott on U.S. electronic products. If they have iPhones, there is Samsung on the other side, and we have our own Vestel here,' he said, referring to the Turkish electronics company, whose shares rose five percent."]  Reuters 7:51 AM
  • "Erdogan's Apple Boycott Ignores American Tech's Omnipresence"  Bloomberg 8:00 AM
  • "How Apple's AI imaging vision may save lives: Apple's developing machine intelligence platforms enable future evolution in computer imaging and healthcare"  Computerworld 11:07 AM
  • "Australia plans law for tech firms to hand over encrypted private data: Australia on Tuesday proposed a new law requiring technology firms such as Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook and Apple to give police access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities. ... It sets fines of up to A$10 million ($7.3 million) for institutions that do not comply, and jail time for individuals" Reuters 7:36 AM
  • "macOS user warnings are trivial for malware to suppress and bypass: Warnings bypass can be used to 'do a lot of malicious stuff,' researcher says."  Ars Technica 9:27 AM
  • "Chrome may soon add a feature that will speed up the entire internet" BGR 8:41 AM
  • "What's new in macOS Mojave beta 7" AppleInsider 10:25 AM
  • "PhotoBulk 2 review: Swiss Army knife for Mac batch image processing" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "How to use Light Mode for messages in Mail with Dark Mode on macOS Mojave" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "Pro Terminal Commands: How and Why To Edit Sudoers on macOS" Apple Gazette 10:25 AM
  • "Preparing to teach/demo" ["To address this, I've built a demo-setup utility in Swift. I thought I'd share some of the features and approaches. A lot of these were non-trivial to track down in terms of time and I thought having them in one place could be useful to some of you reading my blog."] Erica Sadun 9:25 AM
  • "Common Windows Keyboard Shortcuts On Mac" MacMost 9:06 AM
Press Releases
  • "Nativ adds Apple AirPlay & Google Cast to $1,599 Vita music hub" AppleInsider 10:25 AM
  • "ToothFairy Mac utility for AirPods updated with macOS Mojave Dark Mode, more" 9to5Mac 9:25 AM
  • "Khronos Group Releases Neural Network Exchange Format 1.0, Showcases First Public OpenXR Demo" AnandTech 8:29 AM
  • "RapidWeaver 8 for Mac arrives: building your dream website just got easier" iDownload Blog 8:45 AM
  • "RapidWeaver 8 Debuts Redesign, New Responsive Themes, Unsplash Support, and Improved Plug-In Management" MacStories 8:13 AM
  • "Reveal Makes It Easy to Find PowerPoint or Keynote Slides on the Mac" prMac 7:54 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple is reportedly arguing that buildings at its headquarters are worth just $200 to reduce its tax bill" Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "iPhone users get to skip the queue in shopping pay-and-go trial: Apple Pay trial allows smartphone users to pay and leave without a trip to the cashier." ZDNet 8:30 AM
  • "Analysts at odds over HomePod unit sales, but agree on 6% market share" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "Apple's HomePod claims six percent of the smart speaker market, as Google closes gap with Amazon" AppleInsider 11:08 AM
  • "Congress can't stay away from Big Tech" Axios 7:47 AM
  • "Hundreds of reports of hacked Instagram accounts, possible Russian link" 9to5Mac 8:53 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Fortnite Android beta expands beyond Samsung phones" VentureBeat 12:28 PM
  • "Lawmakers Want to Know Why Ajit Pai Made Up DDOS Attack, Lied to Congress: FCC boss Ajit Pai finds himself in hot water over the attack that wasn't." Motherboard 2:05 PM
  • "FCC accused of 'dereliction of duty' in failing to dispel cyberattack 'myth'" TechCrunch 12:13 PM
  • "FCC says court made error in approval of AT&T/Time Warner merger" Ars Technica 12:04 PM
  • "Password Analyst Says QAnon's 'Codes' Are Consistent With Random Typing" Motherboard 11:08 AM
  • "Man-in-the-Disk attacks take advantage of Android storage systems: The novel attack technique relies on Android developers which use lazy storage protocols." ZDNet 8:30 AM
  • "Keyboard strokes and smartphone swipes used by banks to detect fraud" Telegraph 8:13 AM
  • "Motorola's P30 Looks Like Every Other iPhone X-Clone we Don't Want" Digital Trends 8:12 AM
  • "iPhone rumors, Group FaceTime: Macworld Podcast episode 617" Macworld 2:42 PM
  • "iOS 12 Developer Beta 7 Problems, Google's Creepy Location Tracking -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-14" The Mac Observer 2:04 PM
  • "Podcast: The future of giving patients their own data" Axios 12:04 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 252: Please don't disconnect" iDownload Blog 8:19 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 74 – Fixing John's Mixed Up, Messed Up, Broken Home Screen" MacStories 8:13 AM
  • "Apple to Announce New iPhones This Fall with a Budget Version Due to Cost Reduction of Components, Says TrendForce"  TrendForce 7:54 AM
  • "2018 iPhones Could Start at $699, May Include Apple Pencil Support, 512GB Storage Option for OLED Models" MacRumors 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Pencil support, 512GB flash storage might be coming to 2018 iPhone refresh" AppleInsider 7:55 AM
  • "Report: 2018 OLED iPhones to Support Apple Pencil" PC Magazine 11:15 AM
  • "AirPods Wireless Charging Case Said to Work With Any Qi-Certified Charging Mat" MacRumors 12:03 PM
  • "Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 after less than 24 hrs" The Register 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Pulls iOS 12 Developer Beta 7 Over Performance Issues" The Mac Observer 8:54 AM
  • "Select 12-inch MacBook models sold out at Best Buy, could hint at fall refresh" 9to5Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple says iOS 12 won't support group FaceTime calls at launch" The Next Web 8:12 AM
  • "Siri multi-user support could offer personalized responses to different voices" AppleInsider 7:55 AM
  • "Apple patent is for an 'intelligent automated assistant for media exploration" Apple World Today 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:40 AM

  • "MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018) and Blackmagic eGPU review" Creative Bloq 11:16 AM
  • "7 Reasons Why the iPhone X Beats the Note 9" Tom's Guide 8:15 AM
  • "When budgeting calories, the Apple Watch's weaknesses sometimes count as strengths" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "[Update: 28-day battery life] TicWatch Pro review: A good Wear watch at a bad time" Android Police 12:04 PM
  • "RAVPower Wireless Portable Charger review: The most juice for your buck" iMore 12:04 PM
  • "Teraglove helps you clean up your act (or at least your Apple devices' screens)" Apple World Today 7:35 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "OneCast for iOS review: Playing Xbox One on the iPad is refreshing and liberating" iMore 10:25 AM
  • "How to use emoji and Tapbacks in iMessage on iPhone and iPad" iMore 2:41 PM
  • "How to restrict privacy settings with parental controls for iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:17 AM
  • "How to Fix Apple Watch Series 3 Inaccurate Heart Rate During Workouts" iDrop News 8:14 AM
  • "Here's How to Stop Google from Tracking Your Location" The Mac Observer 10:34 AM
  • "Google is tracking your every move even when you tell it to stop – here's how to fix it" The Next Web 8:13 AM
  • "What Is A Mesh Network And Mesh Router" AddictiveTips 8:14 AM
  • "If Apple wants to properly add Pencil support to the iPhone, it needs to copy the Galaxy Note 9: Hate all you want, but Samsung gets it right."  Macworld 12:28 PM
  • "Connected Car Technology Can Enable Abusers to Track Their Victims: A growing number of automakers are enabling location tracking in internet-connected cars, a technology that experts say can be misused by abusers to track their victims."  Motherboard 8:12 AM
  • "The scam: Apple's $1 trillion fraud" Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Fortnite for Android review: More frustrating than fun" Android Central 9:23 AM
  • "Mingis on Tech: 3 big takeaways from Android Pie" Computerworld 8:45 AM
  • "Opinion: Android 9 Pie's Digital Wellbeing has too little data and too many options, but that can be fixed" Android Police 8:29 AM
  • "Facebook's Story Problem — and Opportunity" Stratechery 8:16 AM
  • "The Shifting Nature of Technology at Work" Tech.pinions 8:16 AM
  • "Comic: When Do the New iPhones Come Out?" iMore 8:12 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "PvP Puzzler 'Super Spell Heroes' Launches Next Week" Touch Arcade 12:04 PM
  • "WaterField Designs unveils the Tech Pocket for items such as the Apple Pencil" Apple World Today 9:09 AM
  • "Google's redesigned Voice app is better at juggling your calls: It's on iOS now, but coming to Android soon." Engadget 8:17 AM
  • "Google makes big improvements to Gmail, Google Voice on iOS" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Google Voice redesigned w/ new icon, Contacts tab, & Calendar-set DND, rolling out now to iOS" 9to5Google 7:48 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft reveals more details of Windows Core OS" ZDNet 12:16 PM
  • "Microsoft announces Azure Stack for government" The Stack 7:23 AM
  • "Windows 10: Swapping the big bang for the long grumble" ZDNet 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft: Nadella Sold, Should You Too?" Seeking Alpha 8:23 AM
  • "Dell XPS 15 9570 vs. Dell XPS 13 9370: Face-Off!" LAPTOP Magazine 7:18 AM
  • "Dell OptiPlex 5260 review: Compact business AIO with strong performance at a competitive price" ZDNet 12:20 PM
  • "AMD's 'record breaking' Threadripper 2990WX CPU is now available: 32-core chip can be picked up in Blighty from £1,639.99" The Inquirer 7:08 AM
  • "AMD announces new AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990 WX processors" Gadgets Now 7:20 AM
  • "Intel Coughs to Puma CPU Flaw that Hit Virgin Media Hub 3 Router" ISPreview 7:20 AM
  • "Intel's First 9th-Generation Processors Rumored to Launch on October 1st" TechStory 7:22 AM
  • "Intel to launch X599 platform for its 28-core Skylake-X CPU: That's providing the chip is legit" The Inquirer 12:17 PM
  • "Nvidia's Turing-powered Quadro GPUs are 'first' built for ray-tracing: But you probably can't afford them" The Inquirer 7:08 AM
  • "NVIDIA's Turing-powered GPUs are the first ever built for ray tracing: The future of hyper-realistic graphics is here." Engadget 7:09 AM
  • "Oracle Accused of Defrauding Investors on Cloud Sales Growth: Florida-based City of Sunrise Firefighters' Pension Fund is leading a lawsuit against Oracle, alleging the company lied to shareholders about drivers behind earlier cloud sales growth •The suit, filed last Friday, is seeking class-action status, Bloomberg reported •An Oracle spokeswoman said the suite has no merit and that the company will vigorously defend against the claims •After a few years of focus on enterprise cloud services, Oracle's effort is still nascent, and the company trails market-share leaders in key segments" Data Center Knowledge 7:24 AM
  • "Linux 4.18 brings support for Vega M, Volta GV100 and, er, SPECK: Out, foul Speck" The Inquirer 10:33 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Holds Gains, Raise Stop Protection" RealMoney 11:59 AM
  • "Apple breaks $210, puts a dozen analysts underwater" Apple 3.0 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Is Still A Buy At $1 Trillion Market Cap" Seeking Alpha 10:25 AM
  • "David Einhorn's Greenlight Trims Apple Stake Before Shares Climb" Bloomberg 8:45 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 aim to halt 4-session skid as investors shake off Turkish tantrum: Home Depot's second-quarter results come in hotter than expected but shares slip" MarketWatch 12:08 PM
  • "Dow Posts Solid Gains as Turkey Crisis Stabilizes; Home Depot Wavers: Stocks on Wall Street rise amid a stabilization in Turkey's currency crisis." TheStreet 12:08 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise as Lira Stages Small Rally: Move higher comes after the Dow and S&P 500 finished lower for four consecutive trading days" [Paid Membership Required] 12:10 PM
  • "Nikkei leads Asian-market rebound following Turkish currency jitters: Chinese stocks lag" MarketWatch 8:22 AM
  • "European stocks gain broadly as Turkey's lira stabilizes" MarketWatch 8:22 AM

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