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Monday Highlights: It is official, 7 September is the day Apple will reveal the next iPhones, and hopefully other gear—more in our General Interest section; Apple facing class-action lawsuit over "Touch Disease" issue affecting some iPhone 6/6 Plus models; Tim Bajarin believes Apple's ability to "invent manufacturing equipment needed to bring a new product to market" is a secret ingredient to the company's success; users of Opera browser being urged to reset passwords following hack of company sync server; Envato Tuts+ shows how you can create your own Mac media server with Plex; Apple is fourth in Rescuecom's "most reliable back-to-school technology" report; Plano, TX to see Apple Store return; Microsoft back at the airwaves mocking Apple's MacBooks in new video campaign; Macworld reviews Microsoft Pix for iOS; MacMost shows how to get Siri to pronounce your name correctly; when it comes to requests for Apple to unlock iPhones of deceased loved ones, the company usually denies all, but should it?

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "EU to hand Apple Irish tax bill of $1.1 billion, source says"  Reuters 6:45 PM
  • "EU Set to Rule Apple Tax Deals With Ireland Illegal: Decision likely to aggravate trans-Atlantic tensions over the bloc's probes into tax deals secured by U.S. companies" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:20 PM
  • "Apple Is Said to Owe Back Taxes to Irish Government" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:32 PM
  • "Apple Said to Face Tax Bill Running Into the Billions/Apple is facing a potential tax bill running into billions of euros, with the European Union poised to release a finding into its dealings in Ireland as soon as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the situation. Bloomberg's Alex Webb reports on 'Bloomberg Markets.'" Bloomberg 6:42 PM
  • "Apple faces multibillion tax bill in EU ruling" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:51 PM
  • "Ireland Prepares for a Fight With EU Over Apple Tax Clawback"  Bloomberg 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unresponsive iPhone 6 Touchscreens"  MacRumors 12:17 PM
  • "Apple is sued over unresponsive iPhone 6 touchscreens" Reuters 6:46 PM
  • "Apple's Little Known Secret to Success"  Tech.pinions 7:50 AM
  • "Holland: Apple to Pay Higher Dividends in Future/Michael Holland, chairman at Holland & Company, talks about the impact of tax laws on Apple and explains why he expects the company to pay higher dividends in the future. He speaks on 'Bloomberg Surveillance.'" Bloomberg 7:53 AM
OS X
News
  • "Apple issues eighth macOS 10.12 Sierra beta to developers, seventh to public testers" AppleInsider 6:43 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of macOS Sierra to Developers and Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 6:51 PM
  • "Apple updates macOS Sierra beta (yes, again)" Macworld 6:51 PM
  • "macOS 10.12 Sierra developer beta 8 + public beta 7 hit the Mac App Store for developers" 9to5Mac 6:51 PM
  • "Opera Browser Users Urged to Reset Passwords After Sync Server is Hacked" MacRumors 7:25 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to Use a Mac as a Media Centre With Plex" Envato Tuts+ 7:25 AM
  • "Hydra 4, the HDR app, brings Metal support, zonal tone mapping" IT.Enquirer 7:12 AM
  • "Capture And Manage Color On A Mac" Mac360 7:58 AM
  • "A New Way To Design On A Mac" Mac 360 7:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft Office 2016 15.25 and Office 2011 14.6.7" TidBITS 7:26 AM
  • "Mac Backup Guru 6.0 Offers Speed Boost, Improved Incremental Backups" prMac 7:17 AM
  • "Check Writer III - Print checks and their accompanying letter from Mac" prMac 7:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Sets Event for Sept. 7: Company seen unveiling latest iPhone amid softening sales of flagship product" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12:33 PM
  • "Apple sends invitations for 'iPhone 7' event on Sept. 7: 'See you on the 7th'" AppleInsider 12:20 PM
  • "Apple will unveil the next iPhone on September 7" TechCrunch 12:20 PM
  • "Apple announces 'iPhone 7' September 7 event, Apple Watch 2 and MacBook Pros may be unveiled" 9to5Mac 12:20 PM
  • "Apple iPhone Event Set for Sept. 7" PC Magazine 12:20 PM
  • "Apple Sends Invites to September 7th Media Event" Touch Arcade 12:16 PM
  • "Apple will announce iPhones and more on September 7" About Tech 12:01 PM
  • "Apple Confirms iPhone 7 Launch Details" Forbes 6:26 PM
  • "Apple and Sony will fight for your attention on September 7" TechCrunch 6:27 PM
  • "Most Reliable Back-to-School Technology: 2016 Semi-Annual Computer Reliability Report from RESCUECOM" ["Apple, which has a very strong following for its iPad, Mac, and iPhone, rounds out the top four."] PRNewswire 8:26 AM
  • "Plano is getting its Apple store back; it was the first in Texas 15 years ago" Dallas Morning News [Paid Membership Required] 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft keeps mocking the MacBooks it uses as quality benchmarks" BGR 7:53 AM
  • "Microsoft: Macs are as useful as a hat for your cat/Mac vs. PC is back on" The Verge 7:25 AM
  • "Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke Will Feature Broader Range of Celebrities" The Mac Observer 8:49 PM
  • "Apple-1 'Celebration' buyer considers $815K purchase akin to fine art" AppleInsider 9:16 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs embroiled in stock 'backdating' scandal" Cult of Mac 8:20 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "LG announces huge new ultra-wide monitor with built-in Google Cast" The Verge 8:50 PM
  • "NPR Is Latest News Site To Discontinue Comments" Forbes 7:45 PM
  • "Baidu's speech recognition software can transcribe faster than you can type" Mashable 9:08 AM
  • "T-Mobile tweaks its One plan to address your complaints" Engadget 8:38 AM
  • "Your OLED Screen Isn't as Bright as You Think, But it's Still Better" LAPTOP Magazine 7:54 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Weekly Podcast 198: Time To Lay Down The Law On The App Store Waterfront" Apple'n'Apps 7:21 PM
  • "Macworld's September Digital Edition: iOS 10's Swift Playgrounds" Macworld 7:02 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode: Interview with Omni Group Software Engineer Liz Marley" The Mac Observer 5:45 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-29: Apple Watch 2 Battery, Microsoft's Smart Surface Pro 4 Ad" The Mac Observer 12:14 PM
  • "iMore show 522: WhatsAppTF?" iMore 7:53 AM
  • "iOS 10 Camera App Update Rumor" The MT Show 7:10 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple Is Working on iPad Upgrades and Refreshed Mac Lineup"  Bloomberg 6:41 PM
  • "Report: Apple could release new Macs in October" Macworld 6:44 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly launching new MacBook Air and iMac in October" VentureBeat 6:44 PM
  • "Apple Is Working on iPad Upgrades and Refreshed Mac Lineup" Bloomberg 6:44 PM
  • "Apple Said to Prepare iPad Upgrades, Mac Refresh" Bloomberg 6:42 PM
  • "New iPad Pro With Faster Display and Wider Apple Pencil Support to Launch Next Year" MacRumors 6:44 PM
  • "Alleged 'iPhone 7' series specs could detail Apple's next-gen cameras" AppleInsider 7:57 AM
  • "Leaked photos of iPhone 7 in blue remind us of the biggest remaining mystery" BGR 8:29 AM
  • "Apple tipped to fix one of the worst things about the Apple Watch" BGR 7:53 AM
  • "Bigger Apple Watch 2 Battery Doesn't Mean Longer Life" The Mac Observer 10:37 AM
  • "The Cyber Threat: iPhone Software Targeted in Government-Linked Hack/Rare zero day flaws found in Apple iOS" Washington Free Beacon 8:07 AM
  • "The HacBook Elite is a fully functioning Macintosh for only $329" The Next Web 1:59 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Can't see the new iMessage bubble effects in iOS 10? Here's how to fix it!" iMore 9:34 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:13 AM

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Reviews
  • "This battery cube is a must-have for charging your Apple Watch on the go" Mashable 10:40 AM
  • "Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2: Hands-on with the best Fitbits yet!" iMore 8:00 AM
  • "Want custom molded earphones? Check out the Decibullz models" Apple World Today 8:01 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Microsoft Pix review: iOS photography app uses artificial intelligence to rival Apple's Camera" Macworld 9:34 AM
  • "How To Add Style To Your Photos" TeraTalks 7:49 AM
  • "Wibble Wobble puts a speedy puzzle twist on Yo-Kai Watch" Macworld 9:38 AM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Bonkers for Bonk" YMP Now 7:11 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay" Macworld 6:51 PM
  • "How to turn on, off, and restrict FaceTime on iPhone or iPad" iMore 12:17 PM
  • "Teaching Siri To Pronounce Your Name" MacMost 10:12 AM
  • "How to automatically add music to your library on iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:53 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Come on, Apple. Put that cash to good use" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:49 PM
  • "The Mac: If not Sept. 7, then when?" Six Colors 7:21 PM
  • "Blood in the Macintosh Water: Apple's Competitors Now Sense Weakness" The Mac Observer 6:24 PM
  • "Now at Last you can Call Apple TV a Business Expense" About Tech 12:01 PM
  • "Apple is getting serious about one of the biggest jokes in tech" Business Insider 10:41 AM
  • "Apple's Touch ID may provide biometric data of thugs" New Launches 8:42 AM
  • "The curious case of the vanishing iPhone button" TechRadar UK 8:42 AM
  • "An Apple Security Feature You Will Love" Mac360 8:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Goes for the MacBook Jugular, But Time is Running Out (Premium Only)" Thurrott 8:39 AM
  • "What to Expect From Apple in September and Beyond" AppAdvice 8:29 AM
  • "Cassandra: Monday Review -New iPhones, New Macs, Patents and Assorted Doom" eXtensions 8:16 AM
  • "If Apple's iPhone Is Best Of Breed, Where Are All The Android Switchers?" BohemianBoomer 8:11 AM
  • "Apple needs to get better at dying: Just because the subject is challenging doesn't mean it can be ignored."  Computerworld 8:07 AM
  • "Privacy problems on the Web: Even your device's battery life can be used to track you" Macworld 7:57 AM
  • "Spotify to Apple Music artists: You're dead to us" iMore 7:53 AM
  • "Why you'll soon forget the iPhone ever had a headphone jack/Commentary: Some are viewing Apple's removal of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 as a traumatic: or even tragic: event, but it may work out better than you think." CNET 7:26 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Why Tim Berners-Lee is no friend of Facebook" The Guardian 9:34 AM
  • "The Possibility Of A Netflix-Hulu Merger" Seeking Alpha 8:38 AM
  • "Beware The Dangers Of Online Tracking" NoodleMac 8:16 AM
  • "Unpacked: The Time Shift from Linear to Online TV" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:50 AM
  • "Tech Innovation Slump? Not So Fast: Here's why I think we about to enter a strong growth cycle in the tech industry." PC Magazine 7:26 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard Chromebook 13 Review: Yes, It Can Replace A MacBook, Windows 10 PC" Forbes 7:21 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and The Weiser Law Firm, P.C. Announce Proposed Settlement of AuthenTec, Inc. Shareholder Litigation" PRNewswire 12:33 PM
  • "A premier case maker may have just leaked the best iPhone 7 images so far" BGR 8:08 PM
  • "Spigen launches iPhone 7 & 7 Plus cases available now ahead of Apple's event" 9to5Mac 12:20 PM
  • "6 of the best back to school items for Apple people" Apple Must 9:48 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of August 29: Allison Sheridan, GarageBand and iMovie" The MUG Center 9:06 AM
  • "Revolutionary mechanism: VRS Design's Damda Glide Series for their iPhone 7 case and iPhone 7 Plus" PRNewswire 8:26 AM
  • "Back To School with OtterBox Essentials" MacPrices 7:46 AM
  • "Nyrius' WS54 is great for owners of several home entertainment products, such as Apple TV" Apple World Today 7:18 AM
  • "iNutrients: New Entire USDA National Nutrient DB: Calories to Vitamin K" prMac 7:18 AM
  • "Color Crawl 1.0 Offers Mobile Gamers a Deceivingly Simple Challenge" prMac 7:18 AM
  • "Gummy Fruit Cascade Drop Mania for iOS - New Match 3 Game with a Twist" prMac 7:17 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Why Microsoft's Stock Is Nearing All-Time Highs" Investing.COM 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Just Made it Easier to Report Hate Speech" Gizmodo 9:10 AM
  • "Windows 10 is not included as an update anymore, says Microsoft" Denver Post 9:09 AM
  • "Windows 10 has over 50 percent market share, according to Microsoft -- wait, what?" BetaNews 9:08 AM
  • "VMware launches Cloud Foundation software bundle, coming to IBM first" VentureBeat 7:54 AM
  • "IBM And VMware Deepen 'Hybrid Cloud' Partnership, Say 500 Customers Are Using It Led By Marriott" Forbes 7:54 AM
  • "VMware pins hybrid cloud hopes on IBM, AWS, Azure" InfoWorld 7:53 AM
  • "IBM Wants You to Know That AI Is Not Futuristic -- It's Here Now" Advertising Age 7:53 AM
  • "VMware new cloud strategy: play nice with AWS, Azure, IBM" CRN 7:52 AM
  • "HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Face Claims of Age Discrimination" Fortune 7:47 AM
  • "HP's privacy screen secures notebooks from visual hacking" Financial Express 7:46 AM
  • "HP Elite x3 set to receive the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile on September 13" WinBeta 7:46 AM
  • "HP Elite x3 to receive Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update in mid September" phoneArena 7:46 AM
  • "HP: The Elite x3 Windows phone will get the Anniversary Update in the middle of September" Neowin 7:45 AM
  • "HP Elite x3 scheduled to receive Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update on Sept. 13" Windows Central 7:45 AM
  • "Dell to double IoT partners" CRN 7:43 AM
  • "Betting the iPhone chips: Intel wants TSMC's contracts by 2019" Pocketnow 7:37 AM
  • "Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s Best Moves in 2016 So Far" The Motley Fool 7:53 PM
  • "For real this time? Oracle, VMware talk up the cloud" InfoWorld 7:36 AM
  • "Cisco starts publishing fixes for EXTRABACON exploit" Help Net Securit 7:32 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Up Despite Reportedly Owing 1 Billion Euros in Back Taxes" TheStreet 6:41 PM
  • "Apple Dividend History: Yup, the Tech Giant Is Officially a Dividend Stock/Here's a close look at Apple's dividend history and its dividend today." The Motley Fool 9:49 AM
  • "The Upside For Apple's Stock If iPhone 7 Surprises" Forbes 9:08 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 end 3-day skid as Wall Street shakes off rate-hike worry: Gains by financial stocks suggest Wall Street readying for rate hike" MarketWatch 5:45 PM
  • "Stocks Pare Losses; Fed Officials Hint at September Hike: The Federal Reserve's second rate hike since the Great Recession could come as soon as next month." TheStreet 5:45 PM
  • "Stock slightly rise as investors weigh September rate hike" USA Today 5:45 PM
  • "Jobs Data to be a Big Deal for Record-High Stocks" Reuters 5:45 PM
  • "U.S. Rate Prospects Strengthen Financial Stocks: The WSJ Dollar Index holds last week's strong gains" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:44 PM
  • "Japan stocks leap as yen weakens, while other markets retreat: A rally in the U.S. dollar weakened the Japanese yen, sending the Nikkei sharply higher Monday morning amidst broader equities weakness elsewhere in Asia." MarketWatch 7:26 AM
  • "European stocks book a loss as rate-hike signals intensify: European stocks on Monday finished in negative territory, kicking off the week lower as rising expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will lift interest rates later this year poked the air out of a recent rally." MarketWatch 12:41 PM

 
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