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Friday Highlights: Apple, Google face increasing pressure from the Obama administration over end-to-end encryption, something government may hold companies liable for if devices used for terrorist purposes; could the iPod touch 6 be a precursor to a "'small' iPhone 6"?; analyst Tim Bajarin believes "Apple's plans are much grander" than a simple car, opining that Apple could "create the technology to make all cars smart and tie them to Apple apps and services"; the Apple Music saga, in which some prominent Apple fans dislike the service, summed up by James Cook at Business Insider; if Apple Music is Coke then Spotify is Pepsi; fix at iMore for iTunes error code -54 on Windows 10; Peter Cohen takes El Capitan Mail app for a spin; Jonny Evans posts 11 Force Touch commands Mac users can take advantage of; reports on rumored new Apple TV possibly arriving for the holiday season down in our General Interest section; activist group in New York City urging Apple to drop the gun emoji in iOS; businessman's iPhone falls out of plane found, still works; 88,000 Nvidia Shield tablets recalled due to LiON battery fire risk; new father has an Apple Watch, finds it "can be a handy tool for parents"; and 9to5Mac's Ben Lovejoy finally drops "skeptic label" as he is now "a fully-fledged convert" to the Apple Watch; review of iOS 9 beta on iPhone at CNNMoney; MacTrast tutorial on squeezing more life out of your MacBook's battery; in light of the OnStar hack, Joy of Tech cartoon recreates horror movie Christine for modern times.

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  • "Obama Administration War Against Apple and Google Just Got Uglier" ["Wittes and Bedell argue that Apple's decision to 'move aggressively to implement end-to-end encrypted systems, and indeed to boast about them' after being 'publicly and repeatedly warned by law enforcement at the very highest levels that ISIS is recruiting Americans' — in part through the use of encrypted messaging apps — could make the company liable if 'an ISIS recruit uses exactly this pattern to kill some Americans.'"]  The Intercept 8:09 AM
  • "Apple could be held liable for supporting terrorism with strong iOS encryption, experts theorize" AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Hiding A Successful New iPhone In Plain Sight"  Forbes 7:54 AM
  • "Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaboration"  Reuters 2:15 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook reportedly met with BMW to learn about making cars: But it sounds like Apple wants to go it alone" The Verge 3:26 PM
  • "Report: Why Apple's electric car negotiations w/ BMW stalled, could potentially resume" 9to5Mac 3:37 PM
  • "Understanding Apple's Car Strategy"  Tech.pinions 8:46 AM
  • "Some of Apple's most prominent fans really don't like Apple Music and they're going public with their criticism"  Business Insider 8:05 AM
  • "Why Apple Music and Spotify are Coke and Pepsi" The Next Web 8:08 AM
  • "How Apple Music can turn users into subscribers" Macworld 1:19 PM
  • "OS X 10.10.5 Beta 2 Available for Developers" OS X Daily 1:21 PM
  • "Getting error code -54 in iTunes on Windows 10? Here's your fix" iMore 8:36 AM
  • "Hands-on with Mail 9 in El Capitan: Improved full-screen support, swipe gestures, and more" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "Capture One Pro 8.3 review: Aperture replacement light on library features, strong on editing tools" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "How to back up your iTunes library" iMore 10:57 AM
  • "Hands On: Vellum 1.2.5 (OS X)" MacNN 9:54 AM
  • "How to make an Apple Music playlist in iTunes or on iOS" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "How to clean up your Mac's desktop" iMore 1:54 PM
  • "Cabinet for OS X and iOS can save time for Neenah Paper customers" Apple Daily Report 7:53 AM
  • "A Cool, Fast, Inexpensive Way To Add Reflections To Photos On Your Mac" TeraTalks 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Music: One month later" iMore 8:36 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Will Apple TV be ready for Christmas?" Fortune 8:50 AM
  • "Apple To Release New Apple TV In September, Report Says" TechCrunch 8:02 AM
  • "Report: New Apple TV Set for September" PC Magazine 9:06 AM
  • "Siri Joins Significantly Overhauled Apple TV Shipping in September" HotHardware 5:36 PM
  • "Survey results: Apple Watch owners making health a priority" ZDNet 11:37 AM
  • "Apple's iPad still rules the tablet market, despite declining sales" BetaNews 9:55 AM
  • "Apple tops Sir Martin's list of the world's most valuable brands" Yahoo! Finance 8:50 AM
  • "Apple agrees to increase bus driver pay ahead of union vote" Cult of Mac 8:39 AM
  • "New York Activist Group Calls For Apple To Ditch The Gun Emoji"  Fast Company Design 11:40 AM
  • "Activists want Apple to kill gun emoji" Cult of Mac 11:40 AM
  • "Toyota shuns CarPlay for some nav system you've never heard of" Cult of Mac 1:55 PM
  • "Pinterest hires early Apple designer Susan Kare" The Verge 1:46 PM
  • "Businessman finds iPhone that fell out of plane during flight – and it still works" The Guardian 7:48 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "A New Hope for Victims of Data Breaches" Wired 2:15 PM
  • "Mozilla Calls Out Microsoft For Pushing Edge Over Firefox" Wired 12:23 PM
  • "Nvidia Recalls 88,000 Shield Tablets, Citing Fire Hazard: Company says Shield tablet's lithium-ion battery can overheat" [Paid Membership Required] 10:57 AM
  • "Samsung is going to launch its Apple Pay competitor in Europe" Business Insider 8:05 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-31: New Apple TV Rumors, Google Defies France" The Mac Observer 12:55 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch at Best Buy, rumored iPads, Steve Jobs movies & an Apple car" AppleInsider 8:41 AM
  • "Why you should buy an Apple Watch [Kahney's Korner] Cult of Mac 8:39 AM
  • "Touch panel suppliers step up shipments for new iPhone" DigiTimes 8:37 AM
  • "Suppliers ramping up Force Touch module shipments for next-gen iPhone, rumor claims" AppleInsider 9:16 AM
  • "Force Touch Panels Enter Mass Production Ahead of 'iPhone 6s' Launch" MacRumors 10:28 AM
  • "Problems Backing Up an iOS Device to iTunes? Try Putting it in Airplane Mode" Kirkville 1:54 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 10:42 AM
  • "Hack RUN For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" App Sliced 10:42 AM
  • "Mafia Mystery For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" App Sliced 10:42 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:52 AM

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  • "Here's What a New Dad Thinks of the Apple Watch" Time 8:46 AM
  • "A convert's Apple Watch diary: Three months in, and I have to lose the 'skeptic' label" 9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs 980, 680 (plus new web driver gains)" Bare Feats 10:09 AM
  • "Review: PhotoFast i-FlashDrive MAX" iLounge 1:48 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "IOS 9 makes the iPhone a smarter smartphone" CNNMoney 8:00 AM
  • "Finding the Right Words: iOS Dictionaries and Thesauruses" Intego 8:41 AM
  • "Hands On: Gif Me! Camera 1.11 (iPhone)" MacNN 8:37 AM
  • "Hands On: Bee 1.0 (iOS)" MacNN 2:14 PM
  • "'Card King: Dragon Wars' Review - A Mobile Card Game... of Thrones" Touch Arcade 9:54 AM
  • "'Battle Orbs' Review – A Match-3 Battler that Repeats the Formula with Style" Touch Arcade 1:21 PM
  • "How To: Squeeze More From Your MacBook's Battery" MacTrast 10:58 AM
  • "Patch Your OnStar iOS App to Avoid Getting Your Car Hacked" Wired 1:21 PM
  • "The Reason Why No Company Can Duplicate Apple's iPhone Appeal" The Mac Observer 4:07 PM
  • "Is Apple's bold stance on encryption setting the company up for civil suits?" 9to5Mac 3:37 PM
  • "Does Apple really need a 4-inch iPhone 6c?" Cult of Mac 1:55 PM
  • "Maybe There Doesn't Need To Be An Apple Watch App For Everything"  TechCrunch 1:47 PM
  • "Could HomeKit have pushed back a new Apple TV to September?" ZDNet 10:58 AM
  • "I disabled Flash on my computer and I haven't enjoyed the web this much in years" BGR 8:37 AM
  • "Apple's Conundrum: To Do, Or Not To Do, What Amazon And Netflix Already Do" Mac 360 7:51 AM
  • "Is Apple Trying To Save The News Industry? Or, Trying To Kill It?" Mac 360 7:51 AM
  • "Flabbergastingly insecure: Google's Android is the new Flash" AppleInsider 2:20 PM
  • "The Hazard of Hype in Tech Reporting" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1:19 PM
  • "What have we learned from Google Fiber? Commentary: Blair Levin, chief author of the National Broadband Plan, offers insight on what Google Fiber has taught policymakers about how to get very high-speed broadband service to all Americans." CNET 1:19 PM
  • "Windows 10 review: The first 24 hours" BGR 12:22 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Your August Smart Lock can now be controlled from your Apple Watch" iMore 2:32 PM
  • "My favorite Apple Watch apps for July 31, 2015" AppAdvice 2:15 PM
  • "SwiftKey previews upcoming 'Your Signature Emoji' feature in iPhone app" iDownload Blog 2:05 PM
  • "This toaster is actually an iPhone charging station in disguise" Cult of Mac 1:54 PM
  • "Best Apps for Visiting Museums: try one of these knowledgeable apps" [Paid Membership Required] 11:25 AM
  • "TP-LINK TL-PA8030P KIT Powerline Featuring HomePlug AV2 Standard Expands Home Networks Over Existing Electrical Wiring" MacPrices 10:19 AM
  • "Gear Up for Back-to-School with Tablet and Smartphone Accessories from Belkin" Business Wire 8:48 AM
  • "This smartphone adapter mount lets you use any tripod you want" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
  • "Announcing a new Star Wars news app for iPad and iPhone." Shaun Pryszlak 8:23 AM
  • "WYMSi iOS App Adds On the Spot Autographs to Selfies With Celebrities" prMac 8:03 AM
  • "Yikes! Spikes! for iOS and Android - Hard and Frustrating New Game" prMac 8:03 AM
  • "Shire Defense 1.0 for iOS - The Kingdom is at Battle, Defend the Shire" prMac 8:03 AM
  • "Out Of The Box releases Second Wind HD for iPad" prMac 8:03 AM
  • "Up, Up, Up for iOS - An original jumping game with a 3D Twist" prMac 8:03 AM
  • "I'll Pass! released for iOS - Engaging Strategic Card Game" prMac 8:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Said to Consider Funding Uber at $50 Billion Valuation" Bloomberg 3:25 PM
  • "Never mind the desktops, Microsoft wants to dominate the internet of things" SiliconRepublic 8:17 AM
  • "Remember when Windows launches went like this?" SiliconRepublic 8:17 AM
  • "10 things Windows 10 failed to fix or flat-out broke" InfoWorld 9:37 AM
  • "How to get the most out of Windows 10 enterprise security features" CSO 8:41 AM
  • "Windows 10 is spying on you – at least that's what this developer thinks" Business Insider 8:36 AM
  • "This is how many people are now using Windows 10" Fortune 8:19 AM
  • "Microsoft and Jasper team up for IoT service management" V3 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft wins court battle against Google for patent royalties" Neowin 11:43 AM
  • "Microsoft wins patent court battle against Google to lower licensing fees" Android Central 7:53 AM
  • "Mozilla is unhappy with Microsoft over Windows 10 changes" Engadget 9:43 AM
  • "Mozilla slams Microsoft over Windows 10's default browser switcheroo" Computerworld 9:39 AM
  • "Why Mozilla calls this Windows 10 feature 'very disturbing'" CNNMoney 8:45 AM
  • "Why Windows 10 is making Firefox furious" Creative Bloq 7:55 AM
  • "Mozilla CEO attacks Microsoft for 'very disturbing' Windows 10 browser feature" TrustedReviews 7:58 AM
  • "Windows 10 upgrade resets your default browser to Edge; Mozilla is very unhappy" Ars Technica UK 7:52 AM
  • "Satechi BT Cortana Button lands just in time for Windows 10" SlashGear 7:51 AM
  • "Windows 10's Torrent-U-Like updates slurp your precious bandwidth" The Register 8:18 AM
  • "Stop Windows 10 using your internet connection to share updates to other people" BetaNews 7:51 AM
  • "Windows 10 is already on 14 million PCs, and the rush to upgrade is far from over" BGR 8:16 AM
  • "Windows 10 installed on 14 million devices since launch" PC Advisor 7:58 AM
  • "Windows 10 running on 14 million computers already!" Business Insider 7:56 AM
  • "Microsoft: Windows 10 already installed on 14 million computers" Irish Independent 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft: 14 Million Devices Upgraded to Windows 10 in the First 24 Hours" Softpedia 7:49 AM
  • "Don't like Windows 10? You can roll back (within 30 days)" Liliputing 7:49 AM
  • "Windows 10's inquiring minds: How Hello and Cortana get to know you very, very well" PCWorld 7:47 AM
  • "You'll never believe what happened when we got IBM's Watson to analyse the top 5 b2b brands." B2B Marketing 7:40 AM
  • "IBM aims new IoT community site at developers" Tech Central 7:39 AM
  • "IBM's Watson to help CVS manage patient health data" EE Times 7:39 AM
  • "IBM, Cloudera, Amazon announcements: Big Data news roundup" ZDNet 3:39 PM
  • "IBM fattens patent portfolio in cloud tech: IBM's long-term cloud strategy involves a large patent portfolio to keep competitors at bay" Computerworld New Zealand 4:53 PM
  • "5 Channel Ops: HP Paving Win10 Way, Voxox Joins Convey, Quick Heal Malware Report" Channel Partners 7:37 AM
  • "HP ProBook 455 G2: A low-cost business notebook for Ubuntu lovers" BetaNews 7:37 AM
  • "HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website" The Register 7:35 AM
  • "Dell's Venue 7 3741 Tablet with voice calling and 6.95-inch display launches in India for Rs. 7,999" Talk Android 7:32 AM
  • "Dell Launches New Voice-Calling Tablet 'Venue 7 3741' At Rs 7,999" Techtree 7:32 AM
  • "Intel 'Skylake' Core i7-6700K performance reportedly revealed" TechSpot 7:29 AM
  • "TechSpot: 10 Years of Intel CPUs Compared and Tested" Neowin 7:27 AM
  • "Then and Now: Almost 10 Years of Intel CPUs Compared/By Steven Walton on July 31, 2015" TechSpot 7:27 AM
  • "AMD accuses Nvidia's Gameworks of being 'tragic' and 'damaging'" MCV UK 7:24 AM
  • "AMD slams 'tragic' Nvidia GameWorks: 'It even typically damages the performance on Nvidia hardware'" PCR Online 7:24 AM
  • "Oracle v. Google legal drama will continue well into 2016" ZDNet 1:20 PM
  • "Second Oracle v. Google trial most likely to take place between March and September 2016" Foss Patents 1:19 PM
  • "Oracle accused by rival of 'brutish' sales tactics to prevent customer defections" Computing 7:23 AM
  • "Analysts' Recent Ratings Updates for Oracle" Ticker Report 7:22 AM
  • "Don't kill Flash, says Cisco security veteran" ITProPortal 7:20 AM
  • "Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man" The Register 7:20 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Has Less Cash Than People Believe" Forbes 8:45 AM
  • "How Have Apple and Samsung Contributed to Qualcomm's Split?" Market Realist 8:49 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks held back by energy sector: Shares of Exxon Mobil, Chevron slump after earnings misses" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Oil Skidded 21% During July--and Was a Big Drag on Stocks" TheStreet 3:55 PM
  • "Stocks down for the day, but benchmarks post July gains" USA Today 3:55 PM
  • "Broader Averages Fall as Oil Sees Worst Month Since '08" FOXBusiness 3:55 PM
  • "Oil Shares Weigh on Dow Industrials: Energy sector declines after disappointing results from Exxon Mobil, Chevron" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asia Markets: China shares suffer worst month in nearly 6 years/China's shares suffered their worst month in nearly six years this July, after confidence in a government-led recovery wavered earlier this week, knocking shares lower." MarketWatch 8:51 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks finish with best month in five/European stock indexes notched gains Friday, while the euro rose after the release of inflation figures for the eurozone that may help the European Central Bank chart its next move." MarketWatch 12:23 PM

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