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Thursday Highlights: Augmented Reality and automobiles may be the way Apple gets to $2 trillion; Gene Munster and Loup Ventures's analysis of the "embodied values" found in Apple's retail mission; teenager in Melbourne, Australia facing criminal charges for hacking Apple's secure network and downloading 90GB of secure data, customer accounts; Apple under investigation from Japan regulators "over allegations it unfairly pressured Yahoo Japan Corp to slow the expansion of its online games platform"; reports of issues activating Microsoft Office on Mac, PC; Tim Cook tweets opening of Apple Park cafe's massive cafe; Apple among 14 companies no longer requiring employees have college degree; bugs to make our next phones better?; second report confirms gen2 iPhone X, X Plus support Apple Pencil; M.G. Siegler opines/rants about the Apple he knew.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple's Road to $2 Trillion Will Be Paved With AR, Apple Cars: Analyst/Augmented reality and Apple Cars are the key to Apple's $2 trillion frontier, according to one analyst. It may not be as far-fetched as it sounds."  TheStreet 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Retail's Mission: Embodied Values" ["No other tech company has Apple's base of 65,000 retail employees delivering face to face advice, support, and experiences. Microsoft comes in second with about 6,000 retail employees."] Loup Ventures 12:06 PM
  • "Melbourne teen hacked into Apple's secure computer network, court told: A Melbourne private schoolboy who repeatedly broke into Apple's secure computer systems is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the FBI." ["The Children's Court heard on Thursday that he had downloaded 90gb of secure files and accessed customer accounts."]  Sydney Morning Herald 7:06 AM
  • "Melbourne teen pleads guilty to hacking into Apple network: Australian boy downloaded 90 gigabytes of secure files and accessed customer accounts" Reuters 8:18 PM
  • "Australian teen who hacked Apple from home 'dreamed of' working for the tech giant" Stuff: New Zealand 8:19 PM
  • "Apple accused of pressuring game rivals in Japan: Japanese regulators are investigating Apple Inc over allegations it unfairly pressured Yahoo Japan Corp to slow the expansion of its online games platform, which competes with Apple's App Store, Japanese media reported on Thursday."  Reuters 7:50 AM
  • "Apple allegedly pressured Yahoo to go slow on App Store rival in Japan: Japan's Fair Trade Commission is looking into the matter, tied to Yahoo's game streaming platform." CNET 9:00 AM
OS X
News
  • "Microsoft Office Experiencing Activation Issues on Mac and PC" MacRumors 12:08 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to prevent Mac apps from using your FaceTime camera & mic without permission" iDownload Blog 8:27 AM
  • "How to control the order of images in a Photos for Mac slideshow" Macworld 7:40 AM
  • "Tips for making Launchpad a useful app launcher for Mac" 9to5Mac 2:12 PM
  • "Understanding Pages Image Placement" MacMost 9:09 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Watch Apple Park's massive motorized cafeteria doors open in this video"  AppleInsider 7:34 AM
  • "'Lunchtime got a whole lot more exciting': Tim Cook posts gif of Apple Park's spectacular sliding doors" Business Insider 7:42 AM
  • "Apple Offers a Peek Inside Their Mesa, Arizona Data Center" MacTrast 8:05 AM
  • "Two days after Turkey's Apple boycott, smashed iPhones and enforcement questions" AppleInsider 3:17 PM
  • "Google, Apple and 13 other companies that no longer require employees to have a college degree" CNBC 9:32 AM
  • "Police are seeking help in solving another Apple Store robbery" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Spotify Losing Ground In Streaming As Amazon Gains" Investopedia 8:15 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled: Google updated help center documentation Thursday to clarify its location data collection policies, changes made in light of recent revelations that the firm's apps and website continue to harvest user information even when a global 'Location History' setting is disabled." AppleInsider 8:21 PM
  • "Ajit Pai knew DDoS claim was false in January, says he couldn't tell Congress: Pai appears in front of Senate after acknowledging FCC's false statements." Ars Technica 3:17 PM
  • "AP NewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy" Associated Press 4:01 PM
  • "Google might be opening a retail store in Chicago" The Verge 3:17 PM
  • "Google Employees Are Organizing To Protest The Company's Secret, Censored Search Engine For China: Following a series of crises at Google, disparate worker organizing efforts within the company are coalescing, part of a growing workers' movement in the tech industry." BuzzFeed 12:14 PM
  • "Bugs Will Actually Make Your Next Phone Better" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:13 AM
  • "It sure looks like a Pixel Watch will launch alongside the Pixel 3 phones" BGR 8:04 AM
  • "Google's US political advertising report shows Trump as biggest spender: Transparency report shows who buys election ads how much money they spend." CNET 7:54 AM
  • "Google expands bug bounty program to include fraud protection bypass, free purchases" ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "Twitter users are protesting Alex Jones with a viral block list" The Verge 7:41 AM
  • "Imposter 'Fortnite' Android Apps Are Already Spreading Malware" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:34 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Twitter Absurdity, iPhone Pencils, Cyborg Vision -ACM 475" The Mac Observer 3:13 PM
  • "Here Comes In Home 5G Broadband -TMO Daily Observations 2018-08-16" The Mac Observer 12:11 PM
  • "200: 200th Episode Spooktacular" The Rebound 10:01 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Another Report Says Second-Generation iPhone X and iPhone X Plus Will Support Apple Pencil"  MacRumors 8:04 AM
  • "Further report that this year's OLED iPhones will support the Apple Pencil" 9to5Mac 8:37 AM
  • "ARM-powered Mac idea boosted by firm claiming its chips can out-perform Intel" 9to5Mac 9:30 AM
  • "ARM's future CPUs said to outperform Intel chips; if so, look for 'em in future Macs" Apple World Today 11:30 AM
  • "'Screen Time' Might Just Kill Your iPhone Addiction" iDrop News 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Patent Discusses Advancements made to the Projector now used in Apple's TrueDepth Camera" Patently Apple 8:03 AM
  • "Improved keyless entry system could replace car key fob with iPhone" AppleInsider 10:01 AM
  • "Apple files for patent for 'enhanced automotive passive entry" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "How To Fix Broken Apps On iOS 12 Public Beta" AddictiveTips 3:18 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Review: Audio-Technica's ANC700BT headphones sound great, but are marred by odd controls/Audio-Technica's QuietPoint ATH-ANC700BT tries to bridge the gap between performance and cost, and mostly succeeds except for awkward and unnecessary touch controls." AppleInsider 5:44 PM
  • "Review: Understands Butler, a neat wooden shelf for an iMac or Apple monitor" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "Review: Leviton's USB-C & USB-A wall outlet offers lots of charging convenience" 9to5Mac 3:48 PM
  • "Review: The Brainwavz HM5 studio headphones provide pro sound at an indie price" The Next Web 2:49 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on: iOS 12 beta 7/8 changes and features [Video] 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to block any website on iPhone and iPad" Cult of Mac 3:17 PM
  • "How to Enable a Virtual Home Button on iPhone or iPad with AssistiveTouch" OS X Daily 1:08 PM
  • "How to search Photos with Siri" iMore 1:08 PM
  • "How To Customize iOS 11 Boot Logo, Icons, Notification Badge Colors, More Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 12:08 PM
  • "How to use Bookmarks and Reading List in Safari on iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:32 AM
  • "How to set up HomePod for a multiple-person household" iMore 9:01 AM
Tips
  • "Short tip: Tell people you can't text because: Driving" Apple Must 7:06 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Can you tell Motorola's new phone apart from Apple's iPhone X?" Business Insider 3:29 PM
  • "Twitter Addresses Why They've Broken Twitter for Third-Party Clients" Daring Fireball 2:48 PM
  • "Apple's retail success in one infographic" Apple Must 2:10 PM
  • "Augmented Realities Role In Smart Cars" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:07 PM
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Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "OWC reveals Thunderbolt 3 10G Ethernet Adapter for MacBook Pro, iMac" AppleInsider 3:19 PM
  • "Voice-controlled Glas thermostat supports Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant" ["Glas doesn't yet have either Siri or HomeKit support, but iOS users do have an option: Microsoft's free Cortana app. As HomeKit integration tends to be trickier than Alexa or Assistant integration, it's unclear whether or not Glas will add support; a recently-released option from Ecobee┬ánotably has full Alexa support built in plus HomeKit integration."] VentureBeat 11:43 AM
  • "Bethesda Issues Ultimatum to Sony Over PS4 Crossplay Policies" Touch Arcade 10:01 AM
  • "Apple Maps transit directions expand to areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine & Michigan" iDownload Blog 9:01 AM
  • "Tweetbot falls victim to Twitter's incoming developer changes" Engadget 8:05 AM
  • "WaterField unveils the Tech Pocket - A Minimalist Tech Accessory Pouch" prMac 7:43 AM
  • "Protect your new MacBook Pro with the Palm Rest and Trackpad Protector" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft and Amazon made their voice assistants into friends. Here's how that relationship works." Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 7:20 AM
  • "Using Microsoft's Hybrid MDM? Er, not for much longer: You will move to Intune on Azure. You have one year to comply" The Register 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18219 to Skip Ahead Insiders - here's what's new" Neowin 2:45 PM
  • "Intel buys deep-learning startup Vertex.AI to join its Movidius unit" TechCrunch 5:43 PM
  • "Intel teases 'powerful' discrete GPU ahead of 2020 launch: Firm looks to steal Nvidia's thunder ahead of GTX 1080 launch" The Inquirer 6:49 AM
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Apple News
  • "Here's Why Apple's Margins Will Be Flat This Quarter" The Motley Fool 11:27 AM
  • "Russians Buy Apple, Amazon as Sanctions Push Investment Overseas" Bloomberg 7:52 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes higher as Dow has best day in 4 months: All 11 S&P 500 sectors finish in positive territory" MarketWatch 5:37 PM
  • "Dow Jumps Nearly 300 Points as U.S. and China to Resume Trade Talks: Stocks surge on Thursday after China says it is set to resume trade talks with the United States, and Walmart tops earnings estimates and raises full-year guidance." TheStreet 5:38 PM
  • "Stocks march higher on growing hopes for China trade talks" Associated Press 5:40 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Surge on Upbeat Earnings: The Dow records biggest one-day gain in four months; Walmart soars" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:40 PM
  • "Cisco tops profit, revenue estimates boosted by software" FOXBusiness 7:54 AM
  • "Asian markets slip, but recover from steeper early losses: Tencent continues to slump; Nikkei bounces back into positive territory" MarketWatch 7:55 AM
  • "European shares stage modest rebound after prior day's rout: Rise in commodity prices support gains in energy stocks" MarketWatch 7:55 AM

 
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