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Monday Highlights: Apple's Lisa Jackson interviews with, says Apple "working like gangbusters" to make products from 100% recycled/renewable material; Matt Asay at TechRepublic hails Apple's software and services as the real value behind iDevices; Business Insider says Google Assistant's advantage will only grow through 2022 over Siri; interesting story on Steve Jobs' reality distortion field use to control Apple's image; iMac Pro will feature always-on Siri according to reports; very sweet concept from YouTuber of full-screen display iPhone SE 2; Terry White reviews iPhone X, while Ben Lovejoy's testing of iPhone X camera leaves him more impressed with phone than before; Macworld tests iPhone power adapters; HomePod delay concerns some, confirms to others Apple is becoming "just another tech company".

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  • "Apple exec on making a completely green iPhone and tackling child labour concerns in supply chain: Apple has a master plan for its products, but some have labelled the ambitious goal as 'strange' and even 'nonsense'." ["'What we've committed to is 100 per cent recycled material to make our products, or renewable material,' Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, told 'We're working like gangbusters on that.'"] 8:43 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X is boring, but the software and services it enables are not: While Apple likes to hype its newest hardware, it's the software and services that stand out with the iPhone X. Here's what that means for the future of mobile innovation."  TechRepublic 8:58 AM
  • "Apple's Services Are Like Lousy Sex: Apple's services are often very misunderstood. Many tech observers do not grasp the role that services do and should play at Apple. Some contend that Apple's services are awful and that Apple is losing out to Google's services. Others point out how rapidly Apple's service revenues have been rising and contend that Apple is fast becoming a services-first company. In my opinion, both views are wrong. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that both views are incomplete." Tech.pinions 8:32 AM
  • "Gustafson Nicolai pc Files Three More Apple iPhone 6 Explosion Products Liability Lawsuits Against Apple, Inc. and Related Parties" PRNewswire 8:50 AM
  • "Scrivener 3 for macOS Is More Flexible and Powerful Than Ever for Long-Form Writing" MacStories 12:11 PM
  • "Astropad Studio review: Use your iPad Pro as a digitizer for your Mac" Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "Stopping Autoplay Videos on Safari: Q. Is it true you can now stop those annoying videos that automatically play on some websites in the Safari browser?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:46 AM
  • "How to Combine PDFs in macOS Preview" Apple Must 7:17 AM
  • "Creating Custom Apple Music Stations" MacMost 9:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Studiometry 14 goes 64-bit, adds scheduling, Today view, template editor enhancements, much more" Oranged Software 7:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's new ad is a clever comeback to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's iPad putdown"  Quartz 12:21 PM
  • "The Top 10 Gadgets of 2017" [9. Apple Watch 3; 2. iPhone X] Time 12:10 PM
  • "No Surprise That Apple's iPhone Dominates Smartphone Profits" Forbes 12:10 PM
  • "Google Assistant has a huge advantage in the voice assistant market" ["As more Android devices upgrade to software that is compatible with Google Assistant, Google will be able to increase its share in the market for smartphones with built-in voice assistants. And this will likely diminish Apple's share from 41% in 2017 to 17% in 2022 as more Android devices have access to Google Assistant."] Business Insider 8:58 AM
  • "Authorities want Apple to unlock the iPhone of the Sutherland Springs shooter" BGR 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Pay Snags First Deal With Major French Bank: Retail bank Société Générale said in a brief statement that it plans to offer its customers Apple Pay soon. The decision comes about one year after Apple brought its Apple Pay to France." TheStreet 8:31 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Thanksgiving Activity Challenge Returns for 2017" MacTrast 8:37 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' former publicist on how he used his 'reality distortion field' to control Apple's image"  Business Insider 10:35 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: iTunes gets its first exclusive movie, Purple Violets" Cult of Mac 8:39 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile: Having spread from desktops to mobile devices and beyond, voice recognition is no longer a novelty filling niche needs — and it's spawning a new genre of gadgets." Computerworld 12:24 PM
  • "Advertisers can target you psychologically based on a single Facebook like, study finds" Business Insider 10:34 AM
  • "Why magazine mogul Tina Brown is 'angry and upset' at Google and Facebook: It's time for the most powerful companies in digital media to stop playing dumb, Brown says." Recode 8:35 AM
  • "Google will finally fix that Pixel 2 buzzing bug" Mashable 7:28 AM
  • "Apple won't be HomePod for the holidays (The 3:59, Ep. 319)" CNET 12:21 PM
  • "The best time of year to buy Apple Products!" The MT Show 9:52 AM
  • "Full transcript: 1Password's 'Defender Against the Dark Arts' Jeffrey Goldberg on Too Embarrassed to Ask/Yes, that's his real job title." Recode 8:35 AM
  • "Report: Apple's iMac Pro will come with always-on Siri" The Next Web 8:38 AM
  • "The chip inside the iPhone 7 will reportedly be inside Apple's new iMac Pro as well" Business Insider 8:34 AM
  • "Apple HomePod Is Delayed Until 2018" Silicon UK 8:59 AM
  • "Apple reportedly whittles down Micro LED R&D team in Taiwan"  DigiTimes 8:40 AM
  • "Apple's micro LED display research hits a bump in the road" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Working Towards Mass Production of Thinner and Brighter Micro-LED Displays" MacRumors 8:45 AM
  • "Here's What the iPhone SE 2 Would Look Like if it Borrowed iPhone X's Aesthetics & Display - Video" WCCFTech 8:51 AM
  • "New renders imagine iPhone SE 2 with iPhone X style screen and notch [Video] 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:17 AM

  • "iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device" The Register 8:33 AM
  • "iPhone X Diary: Putting the camera to the test, and being even more impressed" 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
  • "Dual Lens Switching on iPhone X: How much light is required before the telephoto lens is enabled?"  Studio Neat 12:45 PM
  • "AirPods review: One year later/Apple cut the cords on EarPods and made them into AirPods. But, a year later, can they still be considered the future of wireless audio?" iMore 11:06 AM
  • "Juicing up your iPhone 8 & iPhone X using Samsung's 10W Qi wireless charger" iDownload Blog 9:30 AM
  • "Logitech Slim Combo review: Rugged case gives iPad Pro a super-comfortable keyboard" Cult of Mac 11:04 AM
  • "Review: Google Pixel Buds falls short of instant translation promise" CNNMoney 10:46 AM
  • "Pixel Buds review: OK Google, go back to the earbud drawing board" Ars Technica 8:34 AM
  • "iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth the price? We tested charging speeds on the iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 7 Plus with five different power adapters. The results may surprise you." Macworld 8:19 AM
  • "DJI Mavic Pro: First impressions from a drone novice" ["The Mavic Pro controller works with either Android or iOS phones. Initially, I thought I had to take my case off the phone to get it into the controller's little grippy arms, but the design works well enough with the case remaining on the phone. The longer replacement cable helps as well."] ZDNet 10:47 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "I made my own smart HomePod speaker, and it's awesome" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "Use Facebook on your Mac a lot? You need the Current app" Apple World Today 8:20 AM
  • "How to unlock an iPhone X with Face ID after a failed attempt without leaving the Lock screen" iDownload Blog 8:49 AM
  • "My favorite iPhone X feature: Hidden notifications/The first time you look at notifications on the iPhone X, you might be in for a surprise. A surprise I grew to appreciate." ZDNet 12:10 PM
  • "12 iPhone X Tips and Tricks You Need to Know" Time 11:04 AM
  • "Apple's Remarkable Customer Base" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:11 PM
  • "Texas Rangers get Search Warrant for Sutherland Springs Shooter's iPhone Data, and That's OK" The Mac Observer 10:56 AM
  • "How many jobs would Apple's repatriated billions create? Part II" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:48 AM
  • "Apple slips closer to becoming 'just another tech company': Announcing products only to later delay their launch is something that other tech companies did. Now it's becoming something Apple does."  ZDNet 10:46 AM
  • "How Costly Will the Apple Inc. HomePod Delay Be? AAPL will be sitting out the crucial holiday sales for the industry's hottest product category"  InvestorPlace 9:29 AM
  • "I'd love lock screen complications in iOS 12: Complications are what I miss most when not wearing my Apple Watch, especially when I'm looking at my iPhone lock screen."  iMore 9:28 AM
  • "OnePlus 5T review: polished to a T" The Verge 8:59 AM
  • "The OnePlus 5T Is a Very Damn Good Phone for a Reasonable Price" Gizmodo 8:38 AM
  • "Pixel is a Lie (Premium)" Thurrott 8:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iPhone X users can now use Face ID to make purchases on eBay" Digital Trends 10:28 AM
  • "newPCgadgets introduces the 2017 Low Priced Gift Ideas for Apple Lovers" prMac 9:28 AM
  • "Animal Crossing Pocket Camp finally has a release date: November 22" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of November 20: Bryan Chaffin, Tapp App Software, CarPlay, and HomeKit" The MUG Center 8:19 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM's Schneier: It's Time To Regulate IoT To Improve Cyber-Security" Silicon UK 9:04 AM
  • "How a team at IBM plans to create transportation for all" The Manila Times 9:04 AM
  • "Microsoft's TV White Space tech at work in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands following hurricanes" OnMSFT 9:17 AM
  • "Microsoft Security Faux Pas: ASLR implementation issue on Windows 8 and 10" gHacks 9:15 AM
  • "ASLR security flaw in Windows 8 and 10 makes it easier for attackers to target important data" V3 9:15 AM
  • "Microsoft, Daimler to power data centres with fuel cells" Tech Central 9:11 AM
  • "HP Pavilion Desktop Plus HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset With Motion Controllers For Just $748" SegmentNext 8:59 AM
  • "Dell's Mozy Background Added to Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace" Comms Business 8:58 AM
  • "Intel's Leixlip campus moves to 100% renewable energy" Tech Central 8:56 AM
  • "Samsung will overtake Intel as top global semiconductor supplier in 2017" Sammobile 8:57 AM
  • "Watch out, Optane: Samsung releases specs for its Z-NAND SSD" TechSpot 8:56 AM
  • "Samsung Forecast to Top Intel as Larger Semiconductor Supplier in 2017" CDR Info 8:56 AM
  • "Intel To Increase Coffee Lake production - Uses New Fab" Guru3D 8:55 AM
  • "Intel aims to end legacy BIOS support by 2020" Hexus 8:55 AM
  • "Intel: We're ending all legacy BIOS support by 2020" ZDNet 8:55 AM
  • "Wipro Lighting collaborates with Cisco on smart lighting solutions for modern workspaces" Deccan Hearald 8:04 AM
  • "Wipro Lighting to use Cisco's solution framework for connected lighting" Hindu Business Line 8:04 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Revising Apple Price Estimate To $180 On Services And iPhone Strength" Forbes 10:34 AM
  • "What 35% tax rate? Apple paid 18.1% last year." Apple 3.0 8:31 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow edges higher after two-week slide" MarketWatch 12:23 PM
  • "Consumer Names Push Dow Higher After Two Weeks of Losses: Gains in consumer discretionary names are leading Wall Street higher on Monday." TheStreet 12:23 PM
  • "Industrials, techs lift Wall St, health stocks limit gains" Reuters 12:23 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise Slightly: Industrial shares climb giving markets a boost after stocks in Europe stabilize" [Paid Membership Required] 12:22 PM
  • "Euro slides, dragging down Asian stock markets: Chinese stocks down sharply; Nikkei falls as euro hits 2-month low against yen" MarketWatch 9:02 AM
  • "European stocks stage recovery in wake of German political turmoil: Germany's FDP reportedly may support a minority government" MarketWatch 9:02 AM

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