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Tuesday Highlights: Apple's broader healthcare plans almost led the company into purchase of a health clinic startup; TechCrunch report on Apple's response to US Senator Al Franken's concerns over Face ID privacy; Reuters says Qualcomm has a "long road ahead" in their patent pursuit of Apple in China; Quartz looks back at how the spreadsheet gave Apple their first big break; Greenpeace's 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics gives Apple a B- in their pursuits; beware yet another iMessage scam which attempts to steal your login credentials; Bloomberg report on increase of traffic fatalities from smartphone use; Google's Pixel 2 reviews are in; AirPort devices not vulnerable to KRACK attack, updates for other Apple OSes coming; Casey Johnston on the "bad" keyboards on MacBooks.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple explored buying a medical-clinic start-up as part of a bigger push into health care"  CNBC 8:51 AM
  • "Could Apple 'Disrupt' the Retail Healthcare Market? Apple's deal with Crossover Health fell through. But even if it didn't, penetrating the healthcare market will be tough." TheStreet 4:12 PM
  • "Apple responds to Senator Franken's Face ID privacy concerns"  TechCrunch 8:40 AM
  • "How Apple Says It Prevented Face ID From Being Racist"  Gizmodo 8:44 AM
  • "Apple responds to top senator's privacy questions about the iPhone X's face scanner" Business Insider 2:36 PM
  • "Patently tough: Long road ahead for Qualcomm in China case against Apple" Reuters 8:38 AM
OS X
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Pesky iMessage delay bug persists for some in Apple's macOS High Sierra" AppleInsider 12:55 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Use less-than-full-day periods in Photos' Smart Albums" The Robservatory 9:04 AM
  • "Yes, High Sierra on Older Macs Really Does Boost Performance" The Mac Observer 10:16 AM
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General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's first big break came because of the spreadsheet"  Quartz 8:45 AM
  • "Samsung's Galaxy S8 tops U.S. consumer review" ["The latest result is significant as Samsung's flagship devices dwarfed U.S. tech giant Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8, which were ranked in the fourth and fifth spot, respectively."] Yonhap 10:59 AM
  • "Consumer Reports says old Samsung phones are better than Apple's brand new iPhone 8" BGR 11:00 AM
  • "Which tech companies are the greenest? Find out in Greenpeace's 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics!" ["We've seen Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon respond to public concerns and begin transitioning their data centers to renewable sources of energy, but only Apple has extended its commitment to be 100% renewable to include its massive product supply chain."]  Greenpeace 8:32 AM
  • "Guide to Greener Electronics 2017" Greenpeace 8:34 AM
  • "Greenpeace gives Apple a B- for its green electronics efforts: Apple leads when it comes to environmental efforts, but it can do better." Computerworld 10:18 AM
  • "Greenpeace Gives Apple a B- in 'Guide to Greener Electronics'" MacRumors 8:34 AM
  • "Warning: There's a new iMessage scam looking to steal your Apple ID login"  BGR 9:30 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Traditional PC sales continue to slide: But Windows 10 rollouts may help to boost the market next year." ZDNet 12:53 PM
  • "Google Calendar on the web gets a fresh new look" TechCrunch 12:53 PM
  • "Smartphones Are Killing Americans, But Nobody's Counting: Amid a historic spike in U.S. traffic fatalities, federal data on the danger of distracted driving are getting worse."  Bloomberg 9:33 AM
  • "Patent battle pits iPod father v Android creator: A legal battle over use of a smartphone technology has pitted two Silicon Valley leaders against each other." BBC 8:59 AM
  • "Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook" The Register 8:29 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Benchmarking High Sierra on Older Macs, Who's to Blame for iPhone Addition -TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-16" The Mac Observer 1:50 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Yield rates for iPhone X components improving" DigiTimes 8:29 AM
  • "iPhone X Parts Suppliers Reportedly on Schedule to Meet 2017 Production Demand" MacRumors 8:35 AM
  • "You might get your iPhone X in time for Christmas after all" BGR 9:04 AM
  • "Apple's iOS Share is Growing, Even Before iPhone X" Apple Must 9:25 AM
  • "'KRACK Attack' Wi-Fi exploit fixed in Apple's OS betas, AirPort hardware not vulnerable" iDownload Blog 10:00 AM
  • "iOS 11.1 Public Beta 3 Patches The KRACK Wi-Fi Issue For Apple iOS Devices - Available Now" Forbes 8:30 AM
  • "Apple has already fixed the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit in its latest iOS beta" The Next Web 8:50 AM
  • "Apple and Google promise security updates to fix Krack Wi-Fi flaw" Telegraph 8:52 AM
  • "Microsoft debuts Surface Book 2: two sizes, twice as powerful as the new MacBook Pro" iDownload Blog 9:04 AM
  • "Microsoft reveals Surface Book 2 hybrid tablets, claims they're twice as powerful as Apple's MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 10:33 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 claims 70% more battery life than MacBook Pros, 45% more pixels" 9to5Mac 12:53 PM
  • "Future iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch bands could have 'sidewall displays" Apple World Today 8:44 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:19 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 8:19 AM
  • "Mac Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:19 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury" The Register 8:29 AM
  • "Kanex's MultiSync Premium Slim is like a Magic Keyboard, but with backlighting" Apple World Today 8:30 AM
  • "Waterfield Designs iPhone Camera Bag review: Tough, pricey protection for iPhone photography gear" Macworld 8:36 AM
Google Pixel 2 Reviews
  • "Pixel 2 and 2 XL review—The best Android phone you can buy" Ars Technica 8:54 AM
  • "Google Pixel 2 review: plainly great" The Verge 8:31 AM
  • "Review: Google's Pixel 2 is simple in the best ways" CNNMoney 9:04 AM
  • "Review: Google's Pixel 2 phone is the smart (and safe) choice for biz" Computerworld 9:04 AM
  • "Google Pixel 2 review: The best boring phones, and that's not so bad" Mashable 8:57 AM
  • "Review: Google's new Pixel 2 is the phone you'll want for the long haul" Business Insider 8:57 AM
  • "Review: If I were to buy an Android phone, it would be the Pixel 2 XL" Business Insider 8:57 AM
  • "Axios Review: Google's unassuming Pixel 2 impresses" Axios 9:09 AM
  • "Pixel 2 Hardware Is Good But It's The Software That Makes It Great" Forbes 8:46 AM
  • "Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Review: There Is No Better Android Phone" Wired 8:38 AM
  • "Pixel 2 and Pixel XL review: Google finally unlocks the power of Android" Telegraph 8:51 AM
  • "Google Pixel 2 XL And Pixel 2 Review: Android Never Looked So Good" HotHardware 9:43 AM
  • "Review: Google's Pixel 2 Is the Best Android Phone for Anyone Tired of Samsung" Time 8:51 AM
  • "Google's Pixel 2: A phone built for artificial intelligence" Associated Press 8:46 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Video: See how iPhone 8 4K 60fps video sacrifices some picture quality for higher framerate" AppleInsider 1:56 PM
  • "Video: hands-on with 3D Touch fixes & other changes in iOS 11.1 beta 3" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "Video: hands-on with all the changes in watchOS 4.1 beta 3" iDownload Blog 8:58 AM
  • "'Beyond Oasis' Review - A Sight for Thor Eyes" Touch Arcade 9:29 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to quickly trim video on Mac and iOS" Cult of Mac 1:55 PM
  • "How to find your iPhone using Amazon Echo" iMore 10:17 AM
  • "Adding Custom Ringtones To Your iPhone" MacMost 10:16 AM
  • "How to use Apple Watch to monitor heart rate" Macworld UK 8:58 AM
  • "How to add photos, videos, scans, and sketches to Notes on iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:52 AM
  • "How to markup and send a photo in iOS Messages" Macworld 8:36 AM
Tips
  • "9 Tips to Enhance Safari Browsing Privacy in iOS 11" iDrop News 2:37 PM
  • "iOS 11: Share Wi-Fi Passwords More Easily With This New Feature" The Mac Observer 1:56 PM
  • "How to make iPhone texts and iMessages appear across all your Apple devices" AppleInsider 10:18 AM
  • "Updated List of WPA-2 KRACK Patches in Consumer Routers" The Mac Observer 9:44 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "The iPhone 7 is reportedly selling better than the iPhone 8. What?" Mashable 1:55 PM
  • "How Long Should Your iPhone Last?" Mashable 12:55 PM
  • "Mingis on Tech: Pondering the Pixel 2 (as an iPhone alternative)" Computerworld 11:13 AM
  • "There's No i in Keyboard"  512 Pixels 12:53 PM
  • "The New MacBook Keyboard Is Ruining My Life: It's so bad"  The Outline 8:59 AM
  • "About Yet Another Stupid Commentary About a 'Flawed' Apple Product" The Tech Night Owl 8:43 AM
  • "Unproven assertions: The thinnest of proofs" Macworld 8:36 AM
Non-Apple
  • "The Flawed System Behind the Krack Wi-Fi Meltdown" Wired 12:55 PM
  • "Tech Inevitability Isn't Guaranteed" Tech.pinions 8:52 AM
  • "Let's talk about that Pixel 2 contrast color button though" TechCrunch 8:41 AM
  • "Two sizes really do fit all with Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL" TechCrunch 8:41 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: The Truth About Apple Watch LTE" iMore 8:52 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google is testing out adding third-party accounts to Gmail on iOS" The Verge 3:38 PM
  • "Sylvania adds LED Flex Strip, Soft White Bulb to Smart+ lineup" iLounge 9:46 AM
  • "Sci-fi puzzler Returner 77 lands on iOS this week" Cult of Mac 9:29 AM
  • "Apple Maps transit information added for Birmingham, Ala." AppleInsider 9:04 AM
  • "Twelve South Releases New 'Inspire' Candle as Small Tribute to the Mac" MacRumors 9:04 AM
  • "Tech Companies That are Changing the World" PRNewswire 8:43 AM
  • "OWC Releases Aura Pro X Line of SSD Flash Storage for most 2013 and Later Macs - its Fastest Ever" PRNewswire 8:43 AM
  • "Google Maps gets – and then loses – cupcakes in short-lived iOS app update" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "BBC adds CarPlay and Android Auto support to iPlayer Radio app" 9to5Mac 8:42 AM
  • "Strava for iPhone updated w/ redesigned feed and support for posts" 9to5Mac 8:41 AM
  • "WaterField unveils the Ranger iPhone X Case - A Unique Leather Holster" prMac 8:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Focused on A.I. Investments: Company has made about 18 acquisitions in the sector over the past few years" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:38 PM
  • "Windows 10 Update: How Microsoft is thinking differently about hardware and software" ZDNet 3:43 PM
  • "Surprise! Microsoft introduces the Surface Book 2 in 13- and 15-inch models" Neowin 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 includes a brawnier 15-inch version: It's a much more powerful take on the detachable laptop concept." Engadget 9:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Announces Surface Book 2" Thurrott 10:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a well-rounded portable powerhouse" TechCrunch 10:20 AM
  • "Surface Book 2 hands-on: The sequel we've been waiting for/So long, wobbly fulcrum hinge. Hello, 15-inch beauty." Engadget 9:46 AM
  • "Surface Book 2: More cores, more GPU, and more screen/Microsoft's super-flexible systems get potent upgrade. Alas, still no Thunderbolt 3." Ars Technica 10:16 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 Has More Power And A New 15-Inch Size" The Verge 10:17 AM
  • "Microsoft Made Pricey New Surface Books,┬áIncluding a Giant One—They Seem Nice!" Gizmodo 9:46 AM
  • "Microsoft's Panos Panay discusses the past and future of Surface" TechCrunch 9:56 AM
  • "Microsoft's Precision Surface Mouse focuses on ergonomics: It aims to give Surface Book 2 and Surface Studio users all-day comfort." Engadget 10:17 AM
  • "Microsoft appeals to power users with the Surface Precision Mouse" TechCrunch 10:19 AM
  • "Microsoft announces the Surface Precision Mouse" Neowin 8:31 AM
  • "Microsoft in final stages of Windows 10 Snapdragon PC development" ZDNet 7:10 AM
  • "Microsoft wants to reimagine virtual reality: The world's biggest software maker is hoping to succeed where Facebook, HTC and Sony haven't yet." CNET 7:10 AM
  • "Top Secret: Microsoft Upgrades Azure Blockchain for Government Use" coindesk 7:18 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Cloud Service Map will help customers migrating from AWS to Azure" MSPoweruser 7:19 AM
  • "Microsoft's internal bug database was hacked in 2013: The company didn't disclose the breach to the public." Engadget 11:21 AM
  • "Microsoft remains tight-lipped about 2013 internal database hack: Ex-employees say bugs were stolen and used in future attacks" The Inquirer 12:03 PM
  • "Intel unveils the Nervana Neural Network Processor: The chipmaker explains the architecture behind the new AI-focused processor, formerly known as Lake Crest, and names Facebook as a collaborator as it brings the Nervana NNP to market." ZDNet 1:58 PM
  • "Intel to ship new Nervana Neural Network Processor by end of 2017" TechCrunch 1:58 PM
  • "Intel unveils new family of AI chips to take on Nvidia's GPUs" The Verge 1:58 PM
  • "Intel plans to ship its first-generation Neural Network Processor by the end of the year" VentureBeat 1:55 PM
  • "Intel to Battle in FPGA-as-a-Service Race" EE Times 7:03 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U Raven Ridge APUs Performance Leak Out – Desktop Models Launching Next Year" WCCFTech 1:58 PM
  • "IBM's Q3 gets boost from z System mainframe; As-a-service annual run rate hits $9.4 billion" ZDNet 3:43 PM
  • "IBM reports marginal dip in quarterly revenue" Reuters 3:39 PM
  • "IBM results top estimates but revenues slip for 22nd straight quarter" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:12 PM
  • "IBM stock up after hours following earnings, revenue beat" MarketWatch 3:38 PM
  • "IBM's cloud business helped it top Wall Street revenue targets" Business Insider 4:28 PM
  • "IBM 3rd Quarter Earnings: What To Expect" Nasdaq 7:08 AM
  • "IBM Reports Earnings Under A 'Death Cross' But With A Positive Weekly Chart" Seeking Alpha 7:08 AM
  • "Oracle inks big new office lease in Seattle, escalating cloud battle with Amazon" GeekWire 7:28 AM
  • "Cisco's new predictive services portfolio taps AI to solve IT skills gap" ZDNet 12:20 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Cramer: Why Apple bounced" Apple 3.0 8:52 AM
  • "ETFs with exposure to Apple, Inc. : October 17, 2017" CapitalCube 8:46 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Cheap Amid Richly Valued Techs" Investopedia 11:13 AM
  • "Three Apple Suppliers That Are Keepers: Broadcom, Cirrus Logic and Skyworks Solutions are favored in a group that may be range-bound." Barron's 10:49 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow hits 23,000 as banks, health-care earnings come into focus: Dollar index rises for fourth straight session" MarketWatch 1:04 PM
  • "Dow Nears 23,000 and Trades at a Record After UnitedHealth, J&J Earnings: A flood of earnings from the likes of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and UnitedHealth Group keeps investors occupied on Tuesday." TheStreet 1:03 PM
  • "Dow tops 23,000-mark for the first time on strong earnings" Reuters 12:28 PM
  • "Dow tops 23,000 for first time as stock market rally gains speed" USA Today 12:27 PM
  • "Dow Industrials Cross 23000 for First Time: Strong earnings from UnitedHealth help propel the blue-chip index" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12:28 PM
  • "Asian market rally shows signs of slowing" MarketWatch 7:46 AM
  • "Dollar aims for 4th day of gains; pound flops despite climb in U.K. inflation" MarketWatch 7:47 AM

 
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