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Thursday Highlights: The Wall Street Journal lays blame for Apple's lack of success in the TV market on their "hard-charging tactics"; one billion iPhones sold since 2007, as The Loop's Dave Mark says, "A billion iPhones in 9 years, built on a foundation of constant doubt. That's one hell of a thing", but as Conner Forrest points out, "Apple's innovation hasn't matched its competitors and the iPhone has saturated the market, which could be reasons why sales are falling"—more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Jeremy Kaplan urges Apple to open their doors as the company's "secrecy isn't impressing us anymore"; a Mac can be infected by hackers and used to steal your iPhone photos; macOS Sierra features tabs in many applications, Cult of Mac shows how to enable it; of the top 5 smartphone vendors, only Apple is losing share, iPhone fatigue blamed; Apple opens store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; TrendForce report finds Apple maintaining tablet lead, but "lack of changes in appearance and high prices work against the iPad Pro series. Consumers do not see these devices as a good bargain"; Phil Schiller named to Illumina's Board of Directors; iPhone 7 preorders said to start on 9 September.

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  • "Apple's Hard-Charging Tactics Hurt TV Expansion: In search of its new big thing, the company has alienated cable providers and networks with an assertive negotiating style; 'time is on my side'" ["Television is an important part of Apple's strategy to reignite growth now that sales of the iPhone, the most popular and profitable product in the Cupertino, Calif., company's 40-year history, have fallen for two quarters in a row. New devices like the Apple Watch, introduced last year, aren't popular enough to pick up the slack. Apple's overall sales fell 15% in the latest quarter."] [Paid Membership Required] 11:51 AM
  • "Apple's 'Hard-Nosed' Negotiating Tactics Leading to Trouble in Television Market" MacRumors 11:57 AM
  • "Report details Apple's efforts to build a TV set, Eddy Cue's tough negotiations w/ cable networks" 9to5Mac 12:26 PM
  • "Apple Sells Billionth iPhone Amidst Sluggish Overall Sales: While Cupertino celebrates this milestone, Strategy Analytics reported 'iPhone fatigue' in the second quarter of 2016."  PC Magazine 8:59 AM
  • "Apple sells billionth iPhone, here are numbers that matter more: Apple recently claimed to have sold its one-billionth iPhone. However, the announcement comes at a turbulent time for the Cupertino giant." TechRepublic 12:05 PM
  • "Apple says one billion iPhones have been sold" AFP Relax News 7:48 AM
  • "Apple, IBM and the digital transformation of everything"  Computerworld 8:05 AM
  • "Many Positives, Few Negatives From Apple's June Quarter"  Forbes 7:22 AM
  • "Throw Open Your Doors, Apple! Secrecy Isn't Impressing Us Anymore: We love you, Apple. And we're your friends. We really are. But it's intervention time."  Digital Trends 7:24 AM
  • "Australia's biggest banks are tackling Apple Pay: Several financial institutions are challenging Apple Pay as they can't create their own options to compete." Engadget 7:22 AM
  • "How Hackers Can Infect Apple Macs To Steal iPhone Photos" Forbes 8:58 AM
  • "Apple Xcode 8 beta now secured with digital signatures in .xip format" AppleInsider 8:53 AM
  • "How to create a photo grid template in Lightroom: An impressive way to show off your photo collection on the web or on social media." Macworld 7:50 AM
  • "5 Google Sheets add-ons that supercharge your data" PCWorld 7:48 AM
  • "How to use Tabs in MacOS Sierra to get your docs in a row" Cult of Mac 12:06 PM
  • "OS X Preview: Clipping Out Backgrounds Using Instant Alpha" The Mac Observer 8:06 AM
  • "Ways of Getting Active Notifications to a Mac—Application" Tuts+ 11:06 AM
  • "BatchPhoto for Mac OS X great for automating repeated actions" Apple World Today 7:16 AM
  • "A Better, Faster, Easier Way To Rename Hundreds Of Files On A Mac" Mac360 7:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "Moth Software announces Mail Archiver X 4.0" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "MyScript® Launches Interactive Ink for Software Developers and OEMs" Business Wire 8:02 AM
  • "Invoices 3.0 the Mac only application to create and manage commercial invoices aimed at small business." Tension Software 7:37 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Worldwide Smartphone Volumes Relatively Flat in Q2 2016 Marking the Second Straight Quarter Without Growth, According to IDC" ["'Mature markets continue the transition away from pure subsidy and over to EIP programs and Apple is beginning to put more emphasis on 'Device as a Service' to try to prevent lengthening replacement cycles.' For Apple, the second quarter is seasonally its lowest of the year as consumers hold off on purchases in anticipation of the next big launch in the third quarter. Apple shipped 40.4 million units in 2Q16, which marked the lowest quarterly volume in seven quarters, despite the mid-cycle introduction of the iPhone SE. In the face of declining shipments, Apple did witness strong sales in both established and emerging markets thanks to the launch of the more affordable iPhone SE."] Business Wire 12:33 PM
  • "Sales for Apple Continue to Decrease" GuruFocus 12:05 PM
  • "iPhone Fatigue Helps Undercut Smartphone Sales" 24/7 Wall St. 7:50 AM
  • "Android Handset Makers' Advance Squeezes Apple: With growth in the global smartphone market virtually slowed to zero, iPhone refresh faces tough competition" [Paid Membership Required] 7:23 AM
  • "As smartphone sales stall, Samsung surges while Apple slumps" VentureBeat 7:24 AM
  • "Apple will open a store near New York's World Trade Center: The new Apple Store will take up residence in the underground transit hub servicing Manhattan's downtown area." CNET 10:40 AM
  • "Apple's new Williamsburg store looks Brooklyn and feels San Francisco: The Apple store is the most recent addition, after Whole Foods and Equinox, to the increasingly high-end area." CNET 12:04 PM
  • "An Apple Store Finally Comes To Williamsburg, Brooklyn -- Here's A Look Inside" Forbes 10:40 AM
  • "Apple Acquires Streaming Rights To Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke'" RazorianFly 7:16 AM
  • "TrendForce Reports Second-Quarter Tablet Shipments Fell 4.8% but Lenovo and Huawei Posted Growth Despite Headwinds" ["Apple retained its top position in the quarterly ranking with 9.95 million units shipped. This figure translates to a 2.9% dip from the first quarter and a 9% drop from a year ago. 'The lack of changes in appearance and high prices work against the iPad Pro series. Consumers do not see these devices as a good bargain. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro maintained strong sales momentum for two quarters, while the 9.7-inch model lost its luster after just one quarter since its release. On the whole, the Pro series did not help expand iPad shipments in the second quarter as expected. The overall sales were instead sustained by iPad Air 2, which captured consumers' interest with its reduced price tag.'"] TrendForce 8:43 AM
  • "Apple Pay is dominating the mobile payments industry" Business Insider 11:07 AM
  • "Media alert: Huawei's smart phone shipments reach a new high in China" ["Apple held onto fifth place, ahead of Samsung, with around a 9% market share. The iPhone SE has done little to increase overall shipment numbers in China."] Canalys 8:52 AM
  • "Illumina Names Philip W. Schiller to its Board of Directors" Business Wire 8:02 AM
  • "Phil Schiller Named to DNA Sequencing Company Illumina's Board of Directors" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's Phil Schiller named to the board of DNA sequencing company Illumina" TechCrunch 8:53 AM
  • "One of Apple's most important execs just joined the board of a $25 billion genetics company" Business Insider 8:54 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Fitbit data has been utilized for various clinical trials: Information gathered from various Fitbit users all over the world is utilized by researchers." Engadget 12:35 PM
  • "Facebook will refund app and game purchases made by minors: Parents with tech-savvy kids may want to take note." Engadget 8:28 AM
  • "Global mobile gaming market re-energized by Pokémon Go" VentureBeat 7:25 AM
  • "Radient Patents Tech to Wirelessly Recgarge Cell Phones" Digital Trends 7:48 AM
  • "Wireless charging tech harvests your phone's wasted radio waves: Radient Micro-Tech clams it can improve your battery life by 30 percent." Engadget 7:22 AM
  • "Wannabe Google Assassin Cyanogen Runs Out Of Bullets" The Motley Fool 7:17 AM
  • "Samsung reports highest profit for 2 years thanks to strong Galaxy S7 sales" TechCrunch 7:17 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-28: Apple's Evolving Business Model, iPhone Digital Crown Patent" The Mac Observer 12:45 PM
  • "Clockwise #147: It's All Zubats Around Here" Six Colors 11:07 AM
  • "Rebound 96: Thumbprints Sink Ships" Six Colors 10:39 AM
  • "A Conversation With Apple's Rockstar Executive Bozoma Saint John" Fortune 10:38 AM
  • "iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Pre-Orders Could Start September 9th" MacRumors 7:17 AM
  • "'iPhone 7' preorders rumored to kick off on Sept. 9" AppleInsider 7:17 AM
  • "Possible Apple Lightning-to-headphone adapter for 'iPhone 7' spotted in new photos" AppleInsider 11:52 AM
  • "Genuine-looking iPhone 7 Lightning-to-3.5-mm audio adapter caught on video" iDownload Blog 11:58 AM
  • "Video appears to show official Lightning to 3.5mm adapter for iPhone 7 without headphone jack" 9to5Mac 12:26 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone seen as tipping point for OLED dominance by 2020" AppleInsider 11:06 AM
  • "Pegatron, another iPhone manufacturer, cuts back on hiring due to assembly line automation" iDownload Blog 11:58 AM
  • "Apple Kills Enterprise Certificate Used to Jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 Without a Computer" iClarified 7:16 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple Advances Work on Quantum Dot Displays for Future Macs, iOS Devices & Possible TV" Patently Apple 12:25 PM
  • "Apple Patent Confirms work on Repurposing Touch ID behind the Display of an iOS Device" Patently Apple 10:39 AM
  • "Apple's Invention behind the Magnetic Mechanisms of the Apple Watch Came to Light Today" Patently Apple 7:16 AM
  • "Apple Considers using a Digital Crown Mechanism for iPad" Patently Apple 7:16 AM
  • "Apple's Smart Connector Patent Comes to Light" Patently Apple 8:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:16 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:16 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:16 AM

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  • "Comparing iPad Pro Technologies and Intangibles" TidBITS 12:07 PM
  • "Mini-Review: Don't Lose Your Apple Pencil Cap - Get the PencilCozy" MacTrast 11:56 AM
  • "808 Audio Hex SL is handy for casual, on-the-go listening" Apple World Today 7:16 AM
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  • "Drinkbox's creeptastic 'Severed' arrives on iOS today" Engadget 10:39 AM
  • "'Severed' Review - I'd Give my Left Arm to Play This on Mobile" Touch Arcade 10:38 AM
  • "Blyss Review: Dots, Combos, and Relaxation" MacStories 12:06 PM
  • "Everything you need to know about playing music with AirPlay" Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "The complete guide to earning and spending coins in Pokémon Go" Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "How to use Podcasts with Siri" iMore 7:16 AM
  • "iPhone hack finally lets you play Pokemon Go in landscape mode" BGR 12:31 PM
  • "Why do some folks hate Apple? It's complicated." Cult of Mac 12:26 PM
  • "Apple's hard-nosed negotiating tactics in television" The Loop 11:56 AM
  • "Opinion: Will people sit out the iPhone 7 in hope of a stunning 10th anniversary model?" 9to5Mac 10:46 AM
  • "How long did it take to sell 1 million iPhones? 100 million? 500 million?" The Loop 10:40 AM
  • "Here's why PC notebook makers, aside from Apple, have been slow to adopt USB-C" iDownload Blog 10:39 AM
  • "Angela Ahrendts' stock sale, and some Apple financial docs to learn from" The Loop 10:39 AM
  • "Apple suffers 'iPhone fatigue'... like it does every single year..." Apple Must 10:02 AM
  • "Dreams And Nightmares Of A New iPhone" Forbes 8:54 AM
  • "As an iPhone user, I couldn't be more jealous of Google's newest Android feature" BGR 8:29 AM
  • "Apple, iCloud, And Cloud Competitors" Mac360 8:28 AM
  • "Apple's iPad Goes Upscale Not Mainstream" Mac360 8:06 AM
  • "The Apple Beat: The iPhone reaches 1 Billion units sold" Canadian Reviewer 7:16 AM
  • "My wife's broken Android phone made me strangely happy" Computerworld 12:05 PM
  • "Modular Smartphones: Market Savior? Or, Market Killer?" PixoBebo 8:16 AM
  • "Does Anyone Else Besides Me See A Problem With Commercial Drones?" McSolo 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and Millennials" Tech.pinions 7:16 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Design Award winning Ulysses 2.6 adds WordPress publishing!" IT.Enquirer 11:12 AM
  • "Cydia Substrate Updated With Improved Compatibility for Pangu Jailbreak of iOS 9.2 - 9.3.3" iClarified 11:07 AM
  • "How to get the Apple Watch Sport Band look for less" iMore 10:39 AM
  • "Amica Insurance Digitally Transforms Claims Handling with IBM MobileFirst for iOS" PRNewswire 8:43 AM
  • "SIG: Apple Graphics News—MoltenVK brings Vulkan to Apple iOS and macOS" Architosh 8:28 AM
  • "DINOZZZ 3D Coloring" Me-ZZ 7:05 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Oracle to Buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion: Deal for cloud-software provider reunites Oracle's Ellison, NetSuite CEO Nelson" [Paid Membership Required] 7:32 AM
  • "Free Windows 10 upgrades end tomorrow" The Verge 7:14 AM
  • "Microsoft: TPM 2.0 support now mandatory for all Windows 10 devices/Trusted Platform Module 2.0 support required for PCs, smartphones and tablets" The Inquirer 7:11 AM
  • "Microsoft's Skype for Linux Alpha gets device settings and a system tray icon: Microsoft promised to update the client every two weeks, and so far it's following through." PCWorld 7:31 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Declares $0.055 Quarterly Dividend; 1.1% Yield" StreetInsider 7:22 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise declares $0.055 dividend" Seeking Alpha 7:09 AM
  • "Team of the month - Dell's UK retail team" PCR 7:22 AM
  • "Achieving embedded MRAM, flash options for FDSOI at 28nm" EE Times Asia 6:51 AM
  • "Qualcomm to pay $19.5 million after claims women are kept under the glass ceiling" ZDNet 7:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Taking Another Bite At Bond Market" WSJ Blogs 12:06 PM
  • "Apple Stock Undervalued Even After Recent Rally" Barron's 7:23 AM
  • "Cramer solves the great Apple mystery: How it faked out everyone on Wall Street" CNBC 7:24 AM
  • "4 tech candidates to replace Apple as most valuable company: Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google" VentureBeat 7:25 AM
  • "Apple Shares Can Reverse: 5 Reasons Why" Seeking Alpha 9:04 AM
  • "Better Buy: Apple Inc. vs. IBM/Which of these two tech giants is the better play?" The Motley Fool 8:28 AM
  • "Corning posts stronger results for 2Q16" DigiTimes 7:49 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock Futures Fluctuate as Facebook Beats, Ford Misses: Stock futures waver near the flatline on Thursday as investors digest another wave of earnings reports, primarily dominated by a quarterly beat from Facebook and a miss from Ford." TheStreet 7:26 AM
  • "Baker Hughes Reports Bigger-Than-Expected Loss" FOXBusiness 7:26 AM
  • "U.S. Stock Futures Slightly Lower Amid Deluge Of Earnings" Nasdaq 7:26 AM
  • "Asian markets slip after Federal Reserve's upbeat outlook" USA Today 7:27 AM
  • "Stocks Little Changed as Investors Mull Fed Statement: Futures point to flat open for major U.S. indexes" [Paid Membership Required] 7:27 AM
  • "Asian markets fall ahead of Bank of Japan decision" MarketWatch 7:28 AM
  • "European stocks drop as avalanche of earnings reports rolls in" MarketWatch 7:28 AM

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