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Tuesday Highlights: Apple tells Reuters that rumors the company will be come a mobile carrier are untrue—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; is ForceTouch destined as "future of mobile devices"?; Apple sees China iPhone success falter as home-grown Huawei and Xiaomi climb the rankings; Rob Pegoraro delves into Apple's cloud services asking why they are so weak; newest beta of El Capitan reveals iMac upgrades featuring 4K 21.5-inch screens; and if you're concerned about Thunderstrike 2, the bug that targets your Mac's firmware, we've got plenty to read in our OS X section; classical music lovers, Kirk McElhearn has iTunes 12 tips to help manage your genre preference; miss that brushed metal interface we used to have in OS X? You're not alone; Apple pay arrives at another 40 banks; Taylor Swift talks about confronting Apple; if you don't mind the bulk, you can buy a watch with a Swiss analog timepiece on the top, and an Apple Watch on the bottom; successor to iPhone 5c will feature FinFET chips according to rumor from DigiTimes; the WSJ reviews new printer from Epson, costs a bundle, but the ink lasts for a very long time.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple denies it plans to sell mobile services directly to consumers"  Reuters 11:10 AM
  • "Apple denies reports, says its not planning to become a carrier with MVNO service" 9to5Mac 11:10 AM
  • "Apple denies rumor that it is looking to launch its own cellular service" AppleInsider 11:10 AM
  • "Apple cuts off MVNO rumors" Six Colors 12:17 PM
  • "Apple's Force Touch – the future of mobile interfaces" ["Eventually Force Touch will become essential to the way we use mobile devices, and competitors will want a piece of the heavily patented technology. It's all about creating unique experiences, after all"]  Computerworld 7:57 AM
  • "Why Are Apple's Cloud Services So Weak?"  Yahoo Tech 8:28 AM
  • "Is Apple doomed in China, or what?"  Fortune 8:37 AM
  • "Apple falls to third in China smartphone rankings, while Xiaomi vaults ahead" IDG News Service 8:23 AM
  • "Apple just lost the top spot in one of its most important markets" Business Insider 8:37 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth OS X El Capitan Beta to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 12:12 PM
  • "Latest OS X El Capitan beta includes more references to 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac" 9to5Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Sixth OS X El Capitan Beta Includes More Hints to 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac" MacRumors 8:20 AM
  • "Apple OS X zero-day flaw hands over root access without system passwords" ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "Zero-day OS X bug revealed in July already exploited in the wild" Wired UK 10:35 AM
  • "Thunderstrike 2 Could Attack Your Mac, but not Today" The Mac Observer 10:35 AM
  • "Mac virus; Pro says 'no worries'" CNBC Videos 2:14 PM
  • "A Privilege Bug in OS X Is Being Exploited to Hijack Macs" Gizmodo 8:27 AM
  • "Thunderstrike 2 Targets Mac Firmware, Seen in the Wild" Tapscape 8:10 AM
  • "Watch out for these serious Mac attacks" CNNMoney 8:35 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Thunderstrike 2: What you need to know" iMore 12:18 PM
  • "Mac 911: Does Spotlight reveal other users' files?" Macworld 8:20 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "BIAS FX Desktop guitar effects great for creating soundscapes as well" IT.Enquirer 8:29 AM
  • "Manage classical music in iTunes 12: A few workarounds to maintain a large classical music library." Macworld 8:20 AM
  • "Hands On: Swipes 1.0 (OS X, iOS)" MacNN 12:17 PM
  • "How To Replace The Mac's Finder" Mac 360 8:10 AM
  • "How Old Technology On Your Mac Can Make You A Better, More Informed User" PixoBebo 8:10 AM
  • "Try The Mac's Free, Underdog Browser" Mac 360 8:10 AM
Op/Ed
  • "I liked brushed metal and I cannot lie" Macworld 8:19 AM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk intros Stingray Engine for new level of visualization in AEC industries" Architosh 1:24 PM
  • "MAXON Announces Milestone Cinema 4D Release 17" Architosh 1:06 PM
  • "Oxeye, Minecraft's Mojang to release new Cobalt multiplayer platformer for Mac in October" AppleInsider 1:05 PM
  • "Many Tricks, makers of helpful apps, today released a brand new app, Resolutionator. Resolutionator is a simple utility that lets users easily and quickly change the resolution on all attached displays. While it's written for those with retina displays, the app works equally as well on many non-retina displays." Many Tricks 12:41 PM
  • "Get a Stunning New El Capitan Wallpaper of Glacier Point from Beta 6" OS X Daily 12:18 PM
  • "TaiG 1.1.0 for Mac released to jailbreak iOS 8.4" iDownload Blog 8:49 AM
  • "Funnel - Organize Your Photos and Videos" prMac 8:20 AM
  • "Mac OS X Barcode Creator Goes Postal" prMac 8:18 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Ranked Most Recognizable IoT Brand, with Google Least Recognized among Consumers – New Report from ThroughTek" Business Wire 8:41 AM
  • "Apple is planning to launch a kind of voicemail that uses Siri: iCloud Voicemail tipped to debut alongside iOS 10 next year" The Inquirer 8:23 AM
  • "Samsung's so far behind Apple, it's ripping off iOS 6" Cult of Android 8:35 AM
  • "Swiss Timepiece or Apple Watch? Nico Gerard Offers Both" PC Magazine 8:39 AM
  • "Apple Music Ads Going Up Around the World as Apple Music is Added to Billboard Top Charts" MacRumors 1:07 PM
  • "Taylor Swift wrote Apple Music letter at 4AM: 'I read it to my mom'" The Verge 2:14 PM
  • "Taylor Swift reveals what it was like to confront Apple" Business Insider 8:37 AM
  • "Taylor Swift says she was surprised by positive response to Apple Music letter" AppleInsider 2:13 PM
  • "Taylor Swift: How I defeated Apple at 4 a.m." CNET 2:15 PM
  • "Apple Pay now live with over 40 more banks and credit unions" 9to5Mac 9:41 AM
  • "Apple Pay to the rescue! Last week, I received an all-too-familiar call: One of our credit cards had been used to make a fraudulent transaction." iMore 9:41 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung glamour days over as it fights to save mobile market share" Reuters 1:07 PM
  • "Taylor Swift slams Spotify and calls it a 'startup with no cash flow'" Business Insider 8:36 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-04: Apple's MVNO Plans, Thunderstrike 2" The Mac Observer 12:17 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 093: Technically challenged" iDownload Blog 8:39 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "iPhone 5c successor to feature FinFET chips, say sources" DigiTimes 8:27 AM
  • "iPhone 5c successor to use 14-16nm Samsung and TSMC chips, rumor says" AppleInsider 9:42 AM
  • "Apple will make us wait until 2016 for the iPhone 6c" Cult of Mac 8:35 AM
  • "Apple has patented technology that can detect when your iPhone screen is smudged" Business Insider 8:36 AM
  • "Apple Granted 49 Patents Today Covering a 3D Scanner/Projector for a Gaming Console, an Apple Watch UI & More" Patently Apple 8:36 AM
  • "Apple has been granted a patent for an application for creating e-learning courses" Apple World Today 12:06 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 11:07 AM
  • "Pursuit of Light For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" App Sliced 11:07 AM
  • "Oldify 2 -Face Your Old Age For iPhone Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" App Sliced 11:07 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:57 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:57 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:57 AM

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Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple MacBook (2015) Review" Mac|Life 2:31 PM
  • "Review: Epson Kills the Printer Ink Cartridge" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:20 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 8.4's Music search still hasn't found what I'm looking for" Six Colors 9:41 AM
  • "'Shibuya Grandmaster' Review - I Left My Heart In Shibuya" Touch Arcade 9:41 AM
  • "'You Against Me' Review - Not the Punk Rock Band" Touch Arcade 12:17 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Organizing and Backing up your data for the Digital Photographer" Chuq Von Rospach 12:16 PM
  • "How-To: Bring Marie Kondo's 'life-changing' tidying up magic to your Apple products" 9to5Mac 12:12 PM
  • "How to buy songs you like from Apple Music and Beats 1" iMore 8:38 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Opinion: Evernote chose the wrong free feature to mess with" MacNN 12:17 PM
  • "Community service: Asking Apple to ditch its competitive advantages" Macworld 8:19 AM
Non-Apple
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "A pair of Joe's Jeans wants to replace your clunky charger" Mashable 11:11 AM
  • "Viber iOS app updated with easier video calling, rich links, lower data usage & more" 9to5Mac 9:41 AM
  • "HighPoint launches USB 3.1 PCIe adapter, two drive docks" MacNN 8:47 AM
  • "Freddy's Here: 'Five Nights At Freddy's 4' Is Out Now On iOS" Touch Arcade 8:40 AM
  • "TaiG Jailbreak Utility for Mac Gets Updated" iClarified 8:38 AM
  • "Affirmations App Helps Boost Confidence and Relieve Anxiety" prMac 8:19 AM
  • "Nocturnal Aviation Software releases update of FTranProjectBuilder IDE" prMac 8:18 AM
  • "Recapp Media Launches PreviouslyOn - The Premier Recap Platform for TV" prMac 8:18 AM
  • "IUI Enterprise - Radically Simplify the Project Management Process" prMac 8:18 AM
  • "Daily Selfie released for iPhone - One Per Day Photo to Video App" prMac 8:18 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft lays out its top 3 priorities — and none of them mention Windows" Business Insider 7:22 AM
  • "With Halo 5, Microsoft Seeks to Lure E-Sports Players Back" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:22 AM
  • "Is Microsoft reading YOUR emails? Windows 10 may threaten your privacy, watchdogs warn" Daily Mail (UK) 7:22 AM
  • "If Microsoft Had A Wish, It May Be No More Big, Stupid Deals" Forbes 7:22 AM
  • "Microsoft updates program to encourage diversity in partner law firms: A new system of bonuses will encourage more inclusion in the upper echelons of big law firms that work with the tech titan" Computerworld New Zealand 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft Investing $100 Million in Uber" eWeek 6:58 AM
  • "New HP Hyper-Converged Appliance Delivers Enterprise Resiliency and Easy Cloud Onramp" MarketWatch 7:18 AM
  • "Prices for Intel Skylake Desktop Processors Revealed" Softpedia 7:20 AM
  • "Intel offers double referral fees for women and minority hires" ITProPortal 7:20 AM
  • "Intel Corporation (INTC) Management on Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Conference Call (Transcript)" Seeking Alpha 6:13 AM
  • "AMD says its Project Quantum concept is 'not far' from becoming a market-ready PC" PCR 7:19 AM
  • "AMD adds Dirt Rally to 'If it can game' bundle" Hexus 7:19 AM
  • "IBM's Makeover: A Buy-or-Die Strategy for Big Blue" Forbes 7:21 AM
  • "The $169 Cloudbook is Acer's idea of a Windows 10 Chromebook." Neowin 7:44 AM
  • "Acer takes aim at Chromebooks with the Windows 10 Aspire One Cloudbook 11 and 14 laptops, starting at $170" VentureBeat 7:05 AM
  • "Acer's Cloudbooks are Chromebooks with Windows 10" The Verge 7:08 AM
  • "Acer's new Windows 10 laptops arrive with Chromebook-like prices: The 11-inch model will launch in August in North America" Computerworld New Zealand 6:58 AM
  • "SanDisk and Toshiba link up on 3D NAND technology" ZDNet 7:44 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How a deeper dive by Apple could crush this market: Critical intelligence before the U.S. market opens" MarketWatch 8:46 AM
  • "Will Siri Voicemail Transcription Revive Apple's Shares?" Forbes 8:46 AM
  • "Cramer: Loyal to Apple, Doesn't Like Twitter Until $19.20" TheStreet 2:13 PM
  • "Apple stock falls below 200-day moving average, drags down Dow Jones Industrial Average" AppleInsider 8:36 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock Trade Mixed as Apple Continues Sliding" TheStreet 8:55 AM
  • "Wall Street Takes a Breather After Big Declines" FOXBusiness 8:55 AM
  • "US Stock Futures Drop Amid Earnings, Weak Oil; Shire Makes $30 Bln Offer For Baxalta" Nasdaq 7:29 AM
  • "Stocks little changed at the open; oil prices recover some" USA Today 10:02 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Stall Ahead of Jobs Report: Baxalta shares soar after Shire takeover bid; Allstate plummets" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12:09 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Chinese shares rise as Beijing clamps down on short selling/China shares ended higher Tuesday after officials announced fresh steps to rein in short selling, while commodities weakness spread to some Asian currencies, including the Malaysian ringgit." MarketWatch 7:33 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks set to break five-session winning streak/Europe's benchmark stock index dropped for the first time in six sessions on Tuesday, with Greek stocks remaining under sharp selling pressure on their second trading day after the market reopen." MarketWatch 7:34 AM

 
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