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Wednesday Highlights: Apple and GE form partnership bringing "Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad", apps are used in power plants, machinery—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; iMessage users on macOS suffering from message sync issues due to bug; despite expense, iPhone X seen boosting smartphone industry as whole; Apple's censoring of pro-life app puts company under fire; S. Korean police raid Samsung offices prompting speculation of more trouble ahead for Apple rival; CNET compares photos taken by new Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 Plus; Microsoft's new Surface models feature ARM chips and boast battery life of multiple days.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple and GE partner to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad: Apple and GE today announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE's industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone and iPad. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial IoT apps."  Apple 7:32 AM
  • "Apple & GE Partner to Bring Predix Industrial Apps to iPhone & iPad" Business Wire 8:36 AM
  • "Apple and GE team up on software to track power plants, machinery" Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "GE Joins With Apple to Make Industrial Apps for Mobile Devices" Bloomberg 8:13 AM
  • "New partnership between Apple and GE another sign the industrial internet is getting real" GeekWire 1:01 PM
  • "Apple and GE just put iOS inside Industry 4.0" Computerworld 9:33 AM
  • "Apple and GE announce deep partnership" TechCrunch 7:47 AM
  • "Apple, GE partner to bring Predix apps to iOS: The aim is to bring analytics from GE's Predix industrial IoT platform to Apple's iPads and iPhones." ZDNet 10:52 AM
  • "Apple Says 'Hey Siri' Detection Briefly Becomes Extra Sensitive If Your First Try Doesn't Work" MacRumors 11:44 AM
  • "Why Apple Watch Series 3 Is a 'Game Changer'"  Fortune 1:02 PM
OS X
News
  • "Apple seeds macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta 3 to developers" iDownload Blog 7:50 AM
  • "Google Chrome can now spot even brand new phishing pages" ZDNet 9:58 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Some iMessage users report significant delivery delays because of macOS bug" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Delayed messages bug in High Sierra may relate to planned iCloud message syncing" 9to5Mac 7:41 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Safari bookmark sync out of whack? Here's the solution" Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (27) -Fractured Integration in iOS 11 and More" eXtensions 7:31 AM
  • "How to get YouTube videos to play in Safari on Mac" iMore 7:52 AM
  • "How to convert HEIF images to JPEGs with iMazing's free one-step desktop conversion app" iDownload Blog 10:52 AM
  • "How to import photos from your digital camera to a specific folder on Mac" iMore 9:08 AM
  • "How to browse without being tracked with macOS High Sierra's Safari" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
  • "Adjusting Text Kern, Ligatures and Baseline" MacMost 9:59 AM
Press Releases
  • "Fantastical Maker Flexibits Launches 'Cardhop' Interactive Contact Management App for Macs" MacRumors 9:08 AM
  • "Cardhop is a fast and simple new contacts app" The Verge 9:08 AM
  • "Google Chrome 62 Rolling Out to Mac, Windows, Linux Platforms" MacTrast 8:40 AM
  • "Adobe Unveils the Next Generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2017" Adobe 8:12 AM
  • "Adobe Introduces New Lightroom CC Cloud Photography Service" Adobe 8:12 AM
  • "Adobe Unveils the Next Generation of Creative Cloud at MAX 2017: All-New Adobe XD, Adobe Dimension, Adobe Lightroom CC Photo Service and Dozens of New Feature Updates Announced Today" Adobe 8:12 AM
  • "Graebert Announces ARES Commander 2018—Native DWG CAD On Every Platform" Architosh 7:41 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone X might be expensive, but it's still going to boost the entire industry"  BGR 8:00 AM
  • "Apple responds to iPhone X Face ID privacy concerns but dodges law enforcement request query" BetaNews 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's Project Titan self-driving test car has a lot going on up top"  TechCrunch 9:31 AM
  • "Apple's self-driving tech appears to be one fully-contained unit: Voyage cofounder MacCallister Higgins called it 'The Thing.'" Engadget 11:15 AM
  • "e-book buyers receiving supplemental credits regarding e-book lawsuit involving Apple, others" Apple World Today 1:01 PM
  • "Apple censored pro-life group by dropping app, activists say"  FOXNews 10:09 AM
  • "Apple under fire for banning pro-life app" Cult of Mac 10:09 AM
  • "Apple responds to Sen. Al Franken's Face ID concerns in letter" Engadget 8:06 AM
  • "Qualcomm's CEO on the company's legal battle with Apple"  Fast Company 7:57 AM
  • "Why searches for 'iPhone problems' spike near new releases"  Axios 8:19 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Republican fight against municipal broadband heats up in Michigan: Michigan bill says no 'federal, state, or local funds' can pay for broadband." Ars Technica 11:49 AM
  • "YouTube's AI tech flags 83% of extremist videos taken down" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:03 AM
  • "Samsung Is Under Scrutiny Again as South Korean Police Raid Offices" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:30 AM
  • "Smartwatches 'for children' can eavesdrop and keep tabs on your kids" The Next Web 8:00 AM
  • "It Takes Just $1000 to Track Someone's Location With Mobile Ads" Wired 7:58 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "#211: Don't Want People to See All My Trees/Machine learning for sensitive photos, our dalliances with other desktop platforms, whether anyone still needs real cameras, and the walled garden of voice assistants." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:01 PM
  • "Cheap (Legal?) Movie Downloads and The (Self-Inflicted?) Effects of Apple's RDF – TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-18" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 27 – Music Services and Apps" MacStories 11:46 AM
Hardware/Software
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:14 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:14 AM

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Reviews
  • "Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which takes better photos?" CNET 7:49 AM
  • "Flagship smartphones: Specs, benchmarks and prices for iPhone, Samsung, Huawei and more" ZDNet 11:07 AM
  • "Bowers & Wilkins PX review: wireless noise canceling nirvana" The Verge 8:16 AM
  • "Review: August Doorbell Cam Pro" iLounge 10:52 AM
  • "Sonos One review: Adding Alexa is just the start" iMore 10:09 AM
  • "Sonos One Review: Amazon's Alexa Is Here, But It Still Has Some Growing Up to Do" Wired 7:58 AM
  • "Sonos One review: Alexa gets the sound quality she deserves" CNET 7:49 AM
  • "Sonos One smart speaker review: Sonos and Alexa, a match made in heaven" TechHive 7:34 AM
  • "Review: Sonos One pairs hi-fi audio with Amazon's Alexa for voice-controlled music" 9to5Mac 7:34 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Using New Space-Saving Photo Files: Q. I have a new iPhone 8 with iOS 11. I thought the new system was supposed to save photos in that new H.E.I.F. format to save space, but when I send pictures as mail attachments, they show up as JPG files. What gives?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:42 AM
  • "How to repair facial blemishes in your photos with Pixelmator for iOS" iDownload Blog 7:50 AM
Tips
  • "How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with watchOS 4" AppleInsider 1:01 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to See Your Purchased Apps List in The App Store" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "iOS Tip: The handy shortcut menu hidden on your iPhone or iPad" ZDNet 9:59 AM
  • "How to personalize Siri's voice response settings in iOS 11" AppleInsider 9:51 AM
  • "Follow These Simple Steps for iPhone X Pre-Ordering" AppAdvice 9:30 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple and GE Partner on Industrial Internet-of-Things, GE to Move to iPhones and iPads" The Mac Observer 10:30 AM
  • "Google Pixel 2 Has A Secret Weapon To Threaten Apple's New iPhones" Forbes 10:09 AM
  • "As rumors of custom Apple MacBook CPUs persist, Microsoft teases ARM Windows laptops with multi-day battery life" AppleInsider 9:32 AM
  • "Why Apple should make Mac chips: Windows 10 ARM laptops will have multi-day battery life" 9to5Mac 9:31 AM
  • "Apple Pay is Proliferating – and the Banks are Scared" Apple Must 9:27 AM
  • "One simple photo shows why Apple's iPhone X is so exciting" BGR 8:35 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is what the next MacBook Pro should be (but almost certainly won't)" ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Converting JPEG to HEIF and why it's a bad idea" iMore 8:19 AM
Non-Apple
  • "The Pixel 2 XL would be the best phone in the world if its screen wasn't so weird" The Verge 11:53 AM
  • "Up close with Google's updated Daydream View" CNET 8:57 AM
  • "One phone, two screens? Radical design opens door for change" CNET 8:01 AM
  • "The T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Is a Terrible Idea" Wired 7:58 AM
  • "'WTF?' author Tim O'Reilly says tech and business elites are setting the world up for 'war and revolution': O'Reilly's new book says we have to choose what the future will be." Recode 7:53 AM
  • "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Twitter" Tech.pinions 7:52 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 8:07 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "[Crashy Cars - Don't Crash!] Coins, Cars, Crashes ... The New Chaotic One-touch Arcade Game Has Everything You Need!" Headup Games 12:54 PM
  • "Gmail plugin Boomerang arrives on iOS with a voice assistant" The Verge 11:15 AM
  • "AirBeamTV app now lets you mirror your iPhone to an LG TV" 9to5Mac 9:08 AM
  • "DarioHealth Gains CE Mark for iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Smart Glucose Meter" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "Function 101® Introduces Bento Stack - A Beautifully Designed Storage Case Designed Specifically to" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Available Now at MetTel" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Pay Coming to Cornercard's Customers in the UK this October" PRNewswire 8:37 AM
  • "Gmail on iOS trials third-party email accounts" Engadget 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Pay support in Spain extended to CaixaBank and ImaginBank" iDownload Blog 7:50 AM
  • "The 12 best iPhone and iPad puzzle games" [Slideshow] Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "AirBeamTV launches iPhone/iPad Screen Mirroring to LG TVs" prMac 7:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM gets a boost from low taxes and cloud computing" CNNMoney 10:30 AM
  • "Big Blue back on the attack, analysts cautious" Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "IBM's stock rockets toward biggest post-earnings gain in nearly 9 years" MarketWatch 9:42 AM
  • "IBM's stock is popping after blowing through Wall Street revenue estimates" Business Insider 9:42 AM
  • "IBM's Solid Q3 Results Leave Some Unconvinced: What Wall Street's Saying/Big Blue beat expectations across the board, but analysts say gross margins and annual revenue declines remain issues." TheStreet 8:49 AM
  • "Docker, IBM expand partnership: As IBM looks for ways to grow its cloud business, it's working with Docker to provide more assistance for cloud migrations." ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "IBM has a new blockchain platform for banks" CNBC Videos 9:52 AM
  • "Mohawk Tribe sues Microsoft, Amazon for patent infringement" CNBC 10:40 AM
  • "Native American tribe holding patents sues Amazon and Microsoft" Reuters 11:46 AM
  • "Microsoft claims Windows 10 ARM battery life will be a 'game-changer' for laptops" The Verge 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft is about to make the dream of multi-day laptop battery life a reality" BGR 10:52 AM
  • "Report: Windows 10 on ARM Promises Multi-Day Battery Life" PC Magazine 8:30 AM
  • "Intel Proclaims Machine Learning Nervana" Seeking Alpha 7:36 AM
  • "Intel Shipping Nervana Neural Network Processor First Silicon Before Year End" AnandTech 7:51 AM
  • "Intel unveils AI-enabled NNP chips to take on Nvidia GPUs" IANS 9:34 AM
  • "Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI" PhysOrg 9:35 AM
  • "Intel Corporation Stock Is the Cheapest Way to Play the AI Revolution" InvestorPlace 7:45 AM
  • "Samsung leapfrogs Intel again with 8-nanometer chips" Engadget 1:01 PM
  • "HP made a ridiculously powerful detachable tablet for artists" The Verge 7:54 AM
  • "HP launches ZBook X2, claims it's 'world's most powerful detachable PC'" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "HP Announces ZBook x2: HP's First Detachable Workstation" AnandTech 7:51 AM
  • "Oracle swats 252 bugs in patch update" ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Oracle Hospitality apps rolled out the Big Red carpet to crims" The Register 8:11 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Get Ready for Disappointment? Apple will be reporting earnings in two weeks. One team of analysts is already warning of lower than expected guidance." Barron's 11:46 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks hit records, Dow returns above 23,000 as IBM powers rally" MarketWatch 10:31 AM
  • "Dow Posts Solid Gains as IBM Helps Lift the Index Past 23,000: All three benchmark indexes snagged intraday records Wednesday." TheStreet 10:31 AM
  • "Dow opens above 23,000, powered by IBM" Reuters 10:31 AM
  • "Stocks Climb, Putting Dow Back on Track to Close Above 23000: Third-quarter earnings season has gotten off to a strong start; IBM shares surge" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:31 AM
  • "Chinese stocks log mixed finish as China's party congress gets underway: Nikkei up for 12th straight session; Rio Tinto sued" MarketWatch 8:22 AM
  • "DAX heads for new record, as euro slide helps exporters: Disappointing financial updates hit Zalando, others" MarketWatch 8:22 AM

 
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