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Apple adds another ball to juggle, said to enter feature film business. With hardware updates lagging, OSes to finish, are there too many balls in the air, or is Apple able to juggle 'em all? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Weekend Highlights: Apple's Friday surprise is a "multi-year partnership with Opra Winfrey" to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world"; WSJ cites sources claiming Apple will stay with less expensive LCD screens for future iPhones "as consumers balk at iPhone X price tag"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Gene Munster thinks Apple is about 5 years behind Netflix and further ahead with original content than we think; Bare Feats compares Direct X on Win 10 vs Metal 2 on macOS 10.13.5; Lory Gil reviews Airfoil for Mac; Jonny Evans ponders whether or not Apple has a hidden meaning behind naming the next macOS after a desert; GrayKey, a thorn in Apple's side, finds workaround to new security measures; Apple releases four (1, 2, 3, 4) advertisements called "Behind the Mac", some find the sudden focus on Macs "strange"; Apple "most awarded brand" at AICP Awards.

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  • "Apple rumored to be taking a big bite out of Seattle-area office market with potential expansion"  GeekWire 10:19 AM
  • "Apple Is Still Mulling Over Its Plans for India Stores, Government Says: India's government in June loosened foreign-direct investment restrictions" WSJ Blogs 8:44 AM
  • "Apple's €850m Athenry data centre finally gets green light" SiliconRepublic 8:47 AM
  • "Apple granted planning permission for €850m Galway data centre" Belfast Telegraph 8:42 AM
  • "Apple's €850 million Irish data centre finally gets the green light"  Business Insider 7:48 AM
  • "Apple wins approval to begin first stage of Irish data center" AppleInsider 8:22 AM
  • "Apple gets go-ahead for €850m Athenry data centre" Examiner 9:13 PM
  • "Introducing a Perfect companion to Apple's Swift" Computerworld 9:13 AM
  • "iTunes 12.5 and iOS 10 Music App to Add Lyrics to Song Playback" Kirkville 9:58 AM
  • "Two Email Apps To Replace Mail" TeraTalks 7:42 AM
  • "Get HDR Photos With A Click On Your Mac" Mac360 7:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Beta-Testing Airfoil for Mac's Chromecast Support" Rogue Amoeba 11:32 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple really is printing money with Pokemon Go" Apple Must 1:49 PM
  • "Pokémon Go: 6 million downloads, 5 million players and 1 million paying users since UK launch" YouGov UK 1:50 PM
  • "Apps, Gwyneth Paltrow and $10m: what's up with Apple's new TV show? The reaction to Planet of the Apps, in which app developers compete for investment under the guidance of Paltrow and, has been lukewarm"  The Guardian 8:47 AM
  • "Apple's iPads open up new worlds for Oakland youth" USA Today 1:51 PM
  • "Sales of iOS smartphones up in US and EU, down in China in 2Q16, says Kantar" DigiTimes 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Music Takes 3 Records To The Top Of Billboard Charts" Benzinga 9:02 AM
  • "Apple celebrates Independence Day by highlighting apps from Indian developers" Business Today 8:42 AM
  • "A death in the family inspired an iPhone case that monitors your blood pressure" Tech in Asia 8:45 AM
  • "Early Apple employee Mike Markkula is selling his California ranch for $45 million" Tech Insider 10:03 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple's war with IBM commences" Cult of Mac 8:33 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Forty U.S. Companies Sign on to EU Data Protection Agreement: Successor to Safe Harbor pact lets companies transfer data on European citizens to servers in U.S" [Paid Membership Required] 8:35 PM
  • "Samsung press invite hints at IFA debut for Gear S3 smartwatch: No confirmation, but tons of rumors and precedent for a reveal at the German trade show." Engadget 5:41 PM
  • "Toshiba Begins to Sample eMLC-Based ZD6300 7.68 TB SSDs to Customers" AnandTech 1:16 PM
  • "MIT's DuoSkin turns temporary tattoos into on-skin interfaces" TechCrunch 11:03 AM
  • "CVS Pay Aims to Rival Apple, Google" PC Magazine 9:58 AM
  • "Hackers Can Now Steal Data by Listening to the Sound of a Computer's Hard Drive" Gizmodo 8:51 AM
  • "Can't afford the latest smartphone? You can lease one, but it won't be cheap" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:43 AM
  • "Taiwan's Foxconn Completes Acquisition of Sharp: The iPhone assembler will begin restructuring efforts to turn around Japanese company" [Paid Membership Required] 7:48 AM
  • "How Facebook's attack on ad blockers screws publishers" VentureBeat 3:53 PM
  • "Has Facebook outsmarted Adblock Plus in cat-and-mouse ad blocking game?" ZDNet 7:48 AM
  • "8 smartphone injuries that can seriously affect your future" Greenbot 7:39 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-12: Microsoft's Leaked Encryption Key, Explaining Internet Speed Tests" The Mac Observer 12:57 PM
  • "Vergecast 216: Apple rumors, wireless headphones, and No Man's Sky" The Verge 12:02 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 7,' Apple Watch, potential Health device" AppleInsider 10:37 AM
  • "iPhone 7's Secondary Speaker Holes May Be Purely Cosmetic" MacRumors 10:19 AM
  • "Apple is replacing the iPhone's headphone jack with a speaker port — but there won't be a speaker in it" Business Insider 11:32 AM
  • "Apple's Upcoming iPhone 7 in Play for Qualcomm's Growth Prospects" Market Realist 9:04 AM
  • "Apple Watch availability continues to deplete ahead of upcoming refresh" 9to5Mac 3:51 PM
  • "Apple Watch Stock Reportedly Running Low Ahead Of Refresh" UberGizmo 9:12 PM
  • "Most of the companies similar to Box and Dropbox will be gone in 2 years - Gartner" Tech Insider 2:40 PM
  • "What to do when your Mac's Wi-Fi hardware is having problems: Here's what to check if you have a wonky wireless connection and you know your Mac is at fault." Macworld 7:57 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:43 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:43 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:43 AM

  • "Razer's iPad Pro mechanical keyboard is indulgent typing heaven: Bulky, impractical, awesome" The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "Mini-review: Enveo Chestnut Dock, an attractive charging dock for the Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 9:58 AM
  • "The Logitech Create keyboard for iPad Pro, reviewed: packs a great keyboard and a Pencil holder, too" CNET 2:28 PM
  • "Should You Buy Galaxy Note 7 Or Wait For iPhone 7 Plus? Quick Specs And Features Comparison" Tech Times 8:08 AM
  • "Mr Mobile's Bose QC35 Review: So nice I bought it twice" iMore 12:02 PM
  • "Review: Audeze Sine On-Ear Headphone" iLounge 11:32 AM
  • "Kindle Oasis review: Amazon's newest e-reader is nearly perfect" Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is one of the best platformers around" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Go Radar tracks Pokémon locations in real time" iDownload Blog 8:09 AM
  • "It's Raining Cats And Dogs On Apple TV" AppAdvice 8:43 AM
  • "'Journey Below' Review - Started From The Top, Now We're Here" Touch Arcade 10:33 AM
  • "How to use Apple TV Accessibility Tools" About Tech 12:57 PM
  • "How to use Activities for Apple Watch and iPhone" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "How to use apps, watch movies and tv shows, play music, and look at photos on Apple TV" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "How to turn read receipts on and off for individual conversations in Messages in iOS 10" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "Sick of NBC's vapid Olympics coverage? Use Opera's built-in VPN and you can watch the BBC's coverage instead" TechHive 7:41 AM
  • "How to Make YouTube Stop Watching What You Watch" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:34 AM
  • "New Life For Old Macs, iPhones, And iPads" Mac360 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Music and iTunes Downloads Combine into One Powerful Music Platform" The Mac Observer 5:25 PM
  • "Should you wait for the iPhone 8?" FOXNews 2:07 PM
  • "Gruber & I disagree about a few issues about Apple"  Om Malik 2:06 PM
  • "The iPhone 7 may not surprise us, but it's still a killer phone" Digital Trends 3:53 PM
  • "The iPhone 7 is going to be so much more exciting than you think" BGR 11:32 AM
  • "The new MacBook Pro: Will it solve the Apple laptop shopper's dilemma? Commentary: With new MacBook Pro models on the horizon, where does Apple's laptop lineup current stand?" CNET 11:03 AM
  • "How a digital-only smartphone opens the door to DRM (and how to close the door): Fast Company's Mark Sullivan asked me to explain what could happen if Apple went through with its rumored plans to ship a phone with no analog sound outputs, only digital ones: what kind of DRM badness might we expect to emerge?"  Boing Boing 10:34 AM
  • "All The Dumb Ideas In Apple Watch" Mac360 8:29 AM
  • "How Apple's new privacy settings in iOS 10 will impact mobile advertising" Marketing Dive 8:29 AM
  • "How Apple And Microsoft Teamed Up To Punch Google Where It Hurts" NoodleMac 8:24 AM
  • "Comment: Microsoft just demonstrated why Apple was right to stand up to the FBI" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "When will We see a Touch-Enabled Mac?" Tech.pinions 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 7 And The Coming Re-Birth Of Virtual Reality Systems" BohemianBoomer 7:58 AM
  • "Siri-ous mistakes: Apple's personal assistant still needs a lot of work" Macworld 7:58 AM
  • "Meet The Man Who Designed The Iconic Font In 'Stranger Things'" Fast Company Design 6:03 PM
  • "BlackBerry DTEK50 Review: A Secure Android Phone on the Cheap" [Paid Membership Required] 12:57 PM
  • "Is CVS addicted to wasting money?" Apple Must 10:18 AM
  • "What It's Like to Use the World's Thinnest Laptop" Time 9:02 AM
  • "Too Poor to Afford the Internet" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:48 AM
  • "Zuck stars in... Whack an Adblocker!" The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 7:35 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Former Apple Engineer Starts 7sensors, a Hardware Startup That Fully Automates Plant Growing" PRNewswire 8:49 AM
  • "Navisphere® Carrier is Now Available on the App Store and Google Play" Business Wire 8:49 AM
  • "This 'flesh sucking phone charger' will haunt your dreams" Express UK 8:47 AM
  • "This Disturbing iPhone Charger Slurps, Pulsates and... Just Look At It" Gizmodo UK 8:46 AM
  • "Rome: Total War is coming to iPad. No, seriously" T3 8:41 AM
  • "'Rome: Total War' is Coming to iPad this Autumn" Touch Arcade 7:58 AM
  • "Waze making it easier to avoid road closures with advance notification" 9to5Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Qibla Direction Finder Pro for Prayer Muslim" prMac 7:57 AM
  • "Random-Apps Allows iOS Users to Discover the Best Apps in the App Store" prMac 7:57 AM
  • "Foundry Group and Autodesk announces $35 million in Series B funding for Formlabs" Architosh 7:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Massive Backtrack: Extends Windows 7 And 8.1 Intel Skylake Support" Forbes 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Extends Windows 7 and 8.1 Support for Skylake Processors" Softpedia 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft does a 180 over Intel Skylake and Windows end of life dates" The Inquirer 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires gaming startup run by 18-year-old" CNNMoney 1:47 PM
  • "Microsoft: We're 'laser-focused' on preparing Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update roll-out" GSMArena 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft: Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update Is Almost Ready" Softpedia 8:25 AM
  • "Microsoft starts testing Windows 10's next major update" The Verge 12:20 PM
  • "Windows 10 Insider program moves beyond Anniversary Update with new PC preview" PCWorld 12:27 PM
  • "Windows 10: Microsoft launches first Redstone 2 update to Fast Ring testers" Express UK 9:04 AM
  • "Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build 14901 Brings New File Explorer Notifications" Softpedia 8:26 AM
  • "First Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build (14901) Now Available for Download" Softpedia 8:23 AM
  • "Microsoft Extends Windows 7, 8.1 Support Deadlines" TechWeekEurope 9:30 AM
  • "Microsoft's Windows 7 support U-turn: Now new Skylake PCs get security patches until 2020" TechRepublic 9:29 AM
  • "Microsoft extends Windows 7, 8.1 Skylake lifespan" bit-tech 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft backpedals on Windows 10 kill plan" PCR Online 8:53 AM
  • "Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Microsoft backtracks on Windows 10 downgrades" IT PRO 8:42 AM
  • "Xbox One takes rare sales win from PlayStation 4 in July" Seeking Alpha 5:19 PM
  • "IBM's reputation at risk in wake of census bungle" WA Today 12:40 PM
  • "The IBM PC turns 35, can now run for president" TechCrunch 12:10 PM
  • "IBM celebrates 30 years of innovation at Almaden Research Center" VentureBeat 12:30 PM
  • "IBM's Watson will be used in 21 Chinese hospitals to aid cancer treatment" The Drum 12:41 PM
  • "Samsung uses IBM's brain-inspired chip to recognize gestures" The Verge 3:50 PM
  • "HP upgrades Stream laptops to take on Chromebooks" Tech Central 8:10 AM
  • "HP's affordable Stream laptops get updated with faster Wi-Fi and colorful shells" TechShout 8:10 AM
  • "HP offers Stream 14, a budget laptop for under Rs 15,000" The Asian Age 8:09 AM
  • "HP Elite x3 ads, Workspace app pop up to 'reinvent mobility'" SlashGear 8:09 AM
  • "HP leaks some details on Intel's Kaby Lake and Apollo Lake chips: Intel's Skylake successor Kaby Lake, described in a maintenance document for the upcoming Pavilion x360 m1 laptop, will be capable of DirectX 12 gaming" IDG News Service 5:31 PM
  • "Intel Reinvents Itself To Stay King In A Changing World" Wired 8:06 AM
  • "Intel Atom is dead! Long live Atom for IoT, cars!" SlashGear 8:02 AM
  • "AMD ZEN Engineering Sample AOS - Further Performance Analysis" The Guru 3D 7:59 AM
  • "AMD Downgrades ARM Strategy For Servers" CDR Info 8:00 AM
  • "AMD revisits x86 for server reboot, downgrading ARM" Tech Central 7:59 AM
  • "When to Expect When Cisco Reports Q4 Earnings" TheStreet 2:40 PM
  • "How Could Cisco's Security Segment Perform in Fiscal 4Q16?" Market Realist 2:39 PM
  • "Oracle targets B2B marketers with a new trove of audience data: B2B marketing lists need to be tested for contact-level accuracy, one analyst warns" IDG News Service 5:36 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Many iPhones Will Apple, Inc. Sell This Quarter? Here's what to expect this quarter from Apple's most-important segment." The Motley Fool 9:12 PM
  • "Apple's Chairman and Top Lawyer Cash in Combined $10M in Stock Bonuses" MacRumors 11:03 AM
  • "Apple's board chair & general counsel sell over $10M in personal stock" AppleInsider 1:48 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks post modest weekly gains; Nasdaq hits record: Weak data on retail sales, wholesale prices weigh on the benchmarks" MarketWatch 4:02 PM
  • "Stocks Close Mixed as Crude Enjoys Best Weekly Gain Since April: Stocks ended the day mixed, coming off of the worst of the session's lows, after another increase in crude prices gave oil the best weekly close since April." TheStreet 4:02 PM
  • "Stiocks end mixed as Nasdaq sets new closing high" USA Today 4:02 PM
  • "Oil Climbs in Volatile Trading, Propped up by Weaker Dollar: Oil prices rose about 1 percent in choppy trading on Friday, a day after its biggest gains in a month, as a weaker denominating currency, the U.S. dollar, helped support crude." Reuters 11:41 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip After Hitting Record Highs: S&P, Dow end week slightly higher" [Paid Membership Required] 4:02 PM
  • "Asian stocks come out strong after record day for U.S. indexes: Stocks rose sharply across the board in Asia on Friday, catching an updraft from record highs in the U.S. that offset disappointing economic news from China." MarketWatch 9:34 AM
  • "European stocks finish lower after lackluster U.S. retail data: European stocks ended a choppy session in the red on Friday after weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales cast doubt on the health of the world's largest economy." MarketWatch 11:36 AM

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