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Thursday Highlights: Bloomberg's Mark Gurman hears long-anticipated AirPower wirless charger will hit store shelves in September, delay due to "technical hurdles"; Ben Lovejoy thinks Apple's recent habit of pre-announcing products hurts company more than consumers—reports and opinions in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections today; Nir Eyal at Quartz opines the reason Apple, Google don't want us using phones more is to curb harmful behavior, instead creating "healthy habits with [our] digital devices"; Tim Cook explains to Irish Times Apple's commitment to Ireland; Final Cut Pro turns 7 today—reports in our OS X section; Apple part of car consortium to establish digital car key specs for smartphones; Apple adds another original program to show lineup; the honeymoon is over, US Supreme Court rules states may now require online retailers to collect sales tax; CNET thinks Logitech Crayon so good Apple should copy it.

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  • "Why Apple's AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make: Engineers hoped for June launch; company aims for September"  Bloomberg [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's AirPower charging mat delayed until fall due to 'technical hurdles': The mat reportedly includes a chip running a 'stripped down' version of iOS." Ars Technica 9:52 AM
  • "Mark Gurman: Apple Aims to Release AirPower By September" MacRumors 7:32 AM
  • "Apple's AirPower wireless charger could launch around September" Engadget 9:40 AM
  • "How Apple plans to tweak device management this year: The changes coming to desktop and mobile device management this year could best be described as incremental. They're useful, and build on what Apple has done in the past, but they don't represent a radical departure from the current IT toolbox."  Computerworld 7:28 AM
  • "The real reason Apple and Google want you to use your phone less"  Quartz 7:48 AM
  • "Tim Cook reaffirms Apple's commitment to Ireland: Apple has been in Ireland since 1980, but loss of Athenry data centre still fresh in people's minds"  Irish Times 11:36 AM
  • "How and why you should use text clippings on your Mac" Computerworld 6:59 AM
  • "Moving On From Picasa: Google's old picture-editing program has been retired, but other free desktop or browser-based programs might be able to fill the void." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:17 AM
  • "How to Format References Automatically Using Microsoft Word" The Mac Observer 8:52 AM
  • "Using Temporary Finder Tags To Gather Files" MacMost 9:18 AM
  • "Happy 7th birthday Final Cut Pro X – better is not enough" Alex4D 9:17 AM
  • "Happy Seventh Birthday Final Cut Pro X!" 7:57 AM
  • "Happy Birthday #7 Final Cut Pro X" FCPXtv 7:00 AM
Press Releases
  • "Final Cut Pro Gains Support for Editing RAW Files From DJI Inspire 2 Drone" MacRumors 12:49 PM
  • "Press release: Abvent launches Twinmotion 2019" Abvent 10:59 AM
  • "AutoCrypt 2.3.1 for batch process encryption of files on macOS" Tension Software 7:48 AM
  • "Invoices 3.2 to create, manage, print and save as PDF, commercial invoices on Mac" Tension Software 7:28 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones"  MacRumors 7:33 AM
  • "Apple iPhone, Samsung owners: Unlocking your car by phone just moved step closer/Apple and Samsung are part of group working on a standard to ensure Digital Key will be reliable and unhackable." ZDNet 9:39 AM
  • "A tech consortium that includes Apple wants to turn your smartphone into your car keys" Business Insider 7:36 AM
  • "Apple, Samsung, BMW, and others are working on a digital car key" The Next Web 7:53 AM
  • "Drivers could replace car keys with iPhones after standards for 'virtual keys' agreed" Telegraph 7:56 AM
  • "Apple Orders 'Calls' English-Language Series Adaptation: Apple continues to fill out its series programming pipeline."  Variety 9:37 AM
  • "iPad Neck Is the Latest Health Issue Plaguing Women" iDrop News 7:57 AM
  • "CarPlay, Monster offerings, and a Bluetooth water bottle: A day at CE Week" AppleInsider 7:32 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Supreme Court rules states can require online retailers to collect sales tax"  NBC News 10:24 AM
  • "Supreme Court rules states can require online sellers to collect sales tax" The Hill 10:23 AM
  • "Samsung unveils 7nm technology with EUV: At the VLSI Symposia, Samsung gave the first detailed look at its 7nm platform, which is likely to be the first chipmaking process to use a new form of lithography that has been in the works for decades." ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "AI Is Making Hardware Sexy Again" Forbes 7:18 AM
  • "The 'Baby' that ushered in modern computer age: Seventy years ago was arguably the start of the modern computer age." BBC 7:18 AM
  • "192: They Can't Make Something Out of Nothing" The Rebound 10:23 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 178: iOS 12 beta 2 changes, Walkie-Talkie for Apple Watch, Oprah and Apple's TV plans" 9to5Mac 9:40 AM
  • "Gurman: Apple Considered Removing Lightning Connector on iPhone X" MacRumors 9:48 AM
  • "Taiwan's TSMC to invest $25 billion in 5 nanometer node technology" Reuters 7:31 AM
  • "Apple invests $25 billion in future A-series chips" Cult of Mac 9:50 AM
  • "tvOS 12 Beta 2 Allows Setting HomePod as Permanent Audio Out Device" iPhone Hacks 10:31 AM
  • "Apple patent involves history-based image searching in the Messages app" Apple World Today 8:12 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Latest Apple Pay promo offers 15% off in the Adidas app" 9to5Mac 7:33 AM
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:29 AM

  • "Some HomePod and Siri Realities" Macdrifter 7:57 AM
  • "Logitech's school-targeted Crayon stylus is so good, Apple should copy it for iPad" CNET 7:49 AM
  • "Amazon Fire TV Cube review: a smarter streaming box" The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Review: Amazon Fire TV Cube" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:10 AM
  • "Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Neat hardware, but Alexa can't keep up" TechHive 8:09 AM
  • "Amazon Fire TV Cube Review: Alexa Is a Pretty Crappy TV Remote, for Now" Gizmodo 8:09 AM
  • "Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Alexa turns on your TV, and it feels like magic" CNET 8:09 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands-on video walkthrough: all the new features and changes in iOS 12 beta 2" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
  • "Documents Adds WiFi File Transfer" MacStories 8:08 AM
  • "4 ways Android Messages for web is better than Apple Messages on the Mac (and 4 ways it's not)" PCWorld 7:23 AM
  • "'Teen Titans GO Figure – Teeny Titans 2' Hands-On Preview: Another Day in Jump City" Touch Arcade 8:08 AM
  • "How to open Notification or Control Center on Apple Watch from inside apps" iDownload Blog 9:52 AM
  • "How to use emoji on your Mac" iMore 7:57 AM
  • "How to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPad" iDownload Blog 7:53 AM
  • "What to do when your two-step Apple ID account is locked"  Macworld 7:33 AM
  • "WWDC: 11+ iOS 12 Siri improvements you'll use" Apple Must 8:39 AM
  • "How iPhone Could Beat Google Pixel 2 At Its Own Game" Forbes 12:49 PM
  • "Hey Tim Cook, it's not just about 'customer sat'" Apple 3.0 10:23 AM
  • "Apple's multi-device wireless charger is so late, it won't launch until a year after it was unveiled" BGR 10:58 AM
  • "Is Apple's AirPower held up in the Qi?" Apple Must 10:43 AM
  • "AirPower, AirPower, wherefore art thou?"  Six Colors 9:52 AM
  • "Comment: Apple's habit of announcing early, delivering late, is worse for Apple than for us"  9to5Mac 8:55 AM
  • "Did you like when Steve Jobs threatened to leave Cupertino?" Apple 3.0 7:57 AM
  • "No good deed goes unpunished: The Apple blame game" Macworld 7:32 AM
  • "Intel's Moment of Truth" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:58 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft relaunches its news app to take on Google and Apple's offerings" The Next Web 7:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel's C.E.O. Resigns After Relationship With Employee" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:46 AM
  • "Intel CEO resigns following relationship allegations" TechRadar UK 8:46 AM
  • "Intel CEO resigns after investigation into relationship with employee" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 8:46 AM
  • "Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Resigns" Bloomberg 8:17 AM
  • "Intel CEO Krzanich Resigns After Disclosure Of 'Consensual Relationship' With Employee" CRN 8:46 AM
  • "Intel's Brian Krzanich resigns over fraternisation" bit-tech 8:46 AM
  • "Intel's CEO resigns as information about a 'past consensual relationship' surfaces" TechCrunch 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft abandons VR plans for Xbox One: But we can expect to see a new HoloLens soon." Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft shelves plans for virtual and mixed reality on Xbox One" Neowin 8:21 AM
  • "Xbox steps back on console VR plans" BBC 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft News marks the death of MSN on iOS and Android: But that doesn't mean it's losing its Edge" The Inquirer 7:56 AM
  • "AMD's Threadripper 2990X takes on Intel's 28-core CPU in leaked benchmarks: 32-core CPU was pushed to a speed of 4.12GHz across all cores" The Inquirer 7:58 AM
  • "AMD Increases Its Minimum Requirements For Monitors To Receive 'Freesync 2 HDR' Certification" SegmentNext 8:44 AM
  • "How rugged Dell PCs help Clipper Race ships sail rough seas: Surviving the worst of Mother Nature is much easier when you have access to email — and reliable computers." Windows Central 8:43 AM
  • "Cisco patches critical Nexus flaws: Are your switches vulnerable?" ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "PC Sales Are Dropping, but Not Every Vendor Feels the Same Pinch" ExtremeTech 8:43 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Is the Options Market Predicting a Spike in Apple (AAPL) Stock?" Zacks 9:49 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow aiming for 8th loss in a row as trade gloom lingers" MarketWatch 8:40 AM
  • "Dow Gets Swept Into Nasty Reversal Even as Nasdaq Posts New Record: Stocks finished mixed on Wednesday as investors remain cautious amid the deepening trade dispute between Washington and Beijing." TheStreet 8:40 AM
  • "Stock futures turn negative on trade tensions" FOXBusiness 8:41 AM
  • "Global Stocks Dip as Trade Tensions Linger: The U.S. dollar continued its climb against major currencies" [Paid Membership Required] 8:42 AM
  • "Asian markets struggle to recover from Tuesday's big losses: Chinese indexes fare the worst; Nikkei gives up early gains" MarketWatch 8:42 AM
  • "European stocks stage recovery, but U.S.-China trade tensions remain: Tobacco stocks rise on ratings call" MarketWatch 8:42 AM

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