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Weekend Highlights: Analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks Netflix pulling out of App Store transaction fees is but the first shoe to drop as others will follow suit—meaning Apple's services segment is facing headwinds; research at Zacks suggests diversification of Apple's operations in China will help iPhone struggles; Apple among companies facing complaint in Austria for failure to comply with EU's GDPR; Apple management no longer supports Nvidia in macOS?; Jonny Evans breaks down the industry-wide smartphone slowdown; Foxconn cuts 50,000 jobs in China; data broker, Acxiom, supports Tim Cook's privacy regulation call; facial recognition now being used on birds; Apple to revive iPod touch and iPad mini?

  • "Apple's TV Strategy Becomes Clearer as Top Stars Jockey for Shows: The world's biggest company is officially taking meetings as everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Steven Spielberg salivates over selling the first big show. One studio chief says, 'Who wouldn't want to be the 'Mad Men' or 'House of Cards' on Apple?'"  The Hollywood Reporter 10:38 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X Production Slowed by Facial-Recognition Parts Snafu: Imbalance with 'Romeo' and 'Juliet' Modules fuels concerns about widespread sales shortages" [Paid Membership Required] 8:10 AM
  • "Kuo: Reports of iPhone 8 Sales Woes 'Overdone' and 'Excessively Negative'" ["According to Kuo, first weekend sales of the iPhone 8 were not weak, but stable. He believes Apple is expecting a 50/50 demand split between iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and sales of the latter two devices are on target when taking that into consideration."]  MacRumors 8:11 AM
  • "KGI: iPhone 8 sales in line with expectations, analysts overplay short Apple store lines" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "Here's a bullish report on Apple's first-week iPhone 8 sales" Business Insider 9:52 AM
  • "Apple, Samsung join FDA pilot to speed up health service approval: The small program is designed to foster innovation in the healthcare industry." ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Apple is being sued for patent infringement by a Native American tribe/New IP rules: Patents can be reviewed, 'unless you pay off some Indian tribe.'"  Ars Technica 8:22 AM
  • "macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 May Fix Long-Standing Sync Issues With iCloud Text Replacements" MacRumors 8:19 AM
  • "Some Users Report macOS High Sierra Gives Old Macs Better Performance" The Mac Observer 9:32 AM
  • "Google responds to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention with AdWords tracking update: A new Google Analytics cookie is designed to keep ad tracking from Safari intact for AdWords campaigns." Search Engine Land 10:15 AM
  • "Update: iCloud Text Replacements Are Moving to CloudKit Soon" Daring Fireball 1:34 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra: Security and Privacy Features Overview" Intego 10:58 AM
  • "macOS Sierra Removed From Mac App Store" 512 Pixels 10:15 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to Developers" MacRumors 1:24 PM
  • "How to fix intermittent syncing issues with Text Replacements on iPhone, iPad & Mac" iDownload Blog 10:17 AM
  • "macOS 10.13 High Sierra discussion is in high gear with research into confusing installer download differences; a serious data-loss problem; major macOS Server changes; file-sharing compatibility issues; Safari 11; camera raw support; APFS issues and Disk Utility changes; various software compatibility issues/status; installation failures, recovery, and problems; locking shortcuts (e.g. hot corners); Hackintosh implications; hard drive performance issues (vs. SSD); deletion of macOS 10.12 Sierra from the App Store and more." MacInTouch 3:55 PM
  • "How to Download a Full macOS High Sierra Installer App" OS X Daily 1:34 PM
  • "You can mount HFS+ volumes with High Sierra and APFS" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "Boot Option Shortcut Keys Cheatsheet for macOS" Apple Gazette 8:19 AM
  • "The 10 Mac games you need to play from September 2017" Macworld 9:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Nvidia releases new Pascal GPU drivers for macOS High Sierra users" 9to5Mac 9:20 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra drivers for Nvidia PCI-E video cards now available for Mac Pro, eGPU" AppleInsider 6:21 PM
  • "Firefox Quantum is here, and it could double your browsing speed" Mashable 2:48 PM
  • "SightSpace Pro Mobile Embraces Apple's ARKit—New 4.0 Version Released" Architosh 1:13 PM
  • "ConceptDraw Office v4 Supports macOS High Sierra" prMac 10:15 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple products are designed to do amazing things. And designed to protect your privacy."  Apple 1:19 PM
  • "Apple: Privacy is a fundamental right"  Axios 11:25 AM
  • "IPhone X to use 'black box' anti-spoof Face ID tech"  BBC 1:19 PM
  • "Is Face ID secure? Apple takes on lingering questions: The company issues a report on the security of its new facial recognition tech that responds to some concerns but also leaves a few questions unanswered." CNET 1:15 PM
  • "Apple just released new information about how facial recognition on the iPhone X works" Business Insider 1:25 PM
  • "Apple Privacy Policies Need More 'Transparency,' Advocates Say"  Inside Sources 3:06 PM
  • "Sorry, kids: Apple's new Face ID isn't meant for you" CNNMoney 2:51 PM
  • "New $70 Amazon Fire TV Hits Apple Where It Hurts"  Forbes 3:24 PM
  • "Amazon's Fire TV bundles massively undercut the Apple TV 4K" Mashable 3:26 PM
  • "Apple remains world's most valuable brand based on financial performance, influence, premium positioning" 9to5Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Apple and Google are still the most valuable global brands, according to Interbrand" TechCrunch 1:24 PM
  • "Apple posts job listings for what may be its first full retail store in Thailand" 9to5Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Apple begins hiring for first Thai store in capital of Bangkok" AppleInsider 10:38 AM
  • "Siri co-creator: Voice will define the next decade of computing" VentureBeat 8:29 AM
  • "Only 1 in 5 people can accurately draw the Apple logo" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Showtime Websites Rigged to Mine Cryptocurrency" PC Magazine 3:53 PM
  • "Google Play seems to be following Apple to $20 4k movies" TechCrunch 3:34 PM
  • "Amazon: Google won't tell us why it pulled YouTube from the Echo Show" The Verge 3:34 PM
  • "Amazon's new Fire TV is a 4K-capable, Chromecast-style dongle" Engadget 1:41 PM
  • "Echo Button is a tiny accessory for party games" Engadget 1:30 PM
  • "Amazon Launches New $99 Echo Speaker With Better Sound and New Design to Compete With HomePod" MacRumors 1:25 PM
  • "Amazon is holding a surprise hardware event today" The Verge 10:55 AM
  • "It looks like Amazon is getting ready to introduce some new Alexa gadgets today" Business Insider 10:38 AM
  • "Don't fall for this Netflix phishing scam" Mashable 10:16 AM
  • "The most valuable data tech companies collect about you" Axios 8:36 AM
  • "High Sierra in the Wild, Apple Watch Apps, Tech-palooza -ACM 430" The Mac Observer 3:19 PM
  • "Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus Covers A Lot of Ground" MacVoices 2:44 PM
  • "App Camp for Girls, Star Trek Discovery and Subscriptions -TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-27" The Mac Observer 1:13 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 24 – Our Favorite iOS 11 Apps, Part 1" MacStories 10:16 AM
  • "Third report reaffirms iPhone X TrueDepth Face ID camera is bottleneck for Apple" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "iPhone X's Face ID sensors are causing production issues that could limit supply, says report" The Verge 8:53 AM
  • "Have MAC, will hack: iThings have trivial-to-exploit WiFi bug" The Register 8:01 AM
  • "AirPods Shipping Estimates Improve to 3 to 5 Business Days" MacRumors 8:10 AM
  • "Shipping Estimates for Apple's Popular AirPods Improve to 3-5 Days" MacTrast 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's first iOS 11 update: iPhone users get urgent fix for broken Microsoft email" ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "iOS 11.0.1 fixes email sending issue with Office, Outlook & Exchange accounts" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "Download iOS 11.0.1 Update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch [IPSW Links] iPhone Hacks 7:11 AM
  • "New betas show off iPhone X lock screen and home screen experience" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "watchOS 4.1 beta for Apple Watch Series 3 includes Apple Music streaming, new Radio app " 9to5Mac 1:24 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First watchOS 4.1 Beta to Developers With Apple Music Streaming, New Radio App" MacRumors 1:24 PM
  • "Apple Seeds tvOS 11.1 Beta to Developers [Download] iClarified 1:34 PM
  • "Cracklegate? iPhone 8 users report audio issues" CNNMoney 9:52 AM
  • "iOS 11.0.2 Update Coming To Fix iPhone 8 Static Noise Issue During Calls" Redmond Pie 9:52 AM
  • "Apple says a fix is coming for iPhone 8's crackling earpiece" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Apple Acknowledges Crackling Earpiece Issue With iPhone 8, Says It's Working on a Fix" iClarified 8:20 AM
  • "iOS 11 discussion talks about bugs (e.g. Outlook/Exchange email), battery life, photo problems, 32-bit app elimination, podcasts, signal strength, etc." MacInTouch 3:54 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:11 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:11 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:11 AM

  • "Exclusive: iPhone 8 Scores Top Marks In LTE Speed Tests (Soft Of)/The iPhone 8 is faster than previous iPhones, though if you want the fastest data speeds you can get, you'll need an Android phone." PC Magazine 2:47 PM
  • "iPhone 8 Plus: The best smartphone on the planet has never been more boring" BGR 10:16 AM
  • "iPhone 8 review: The forgotten iPhone" iMore 1:33 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 review: LTE comes with high monetary and mental costs" Ars Technica 8:22 AM
  • "Review: Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular further establishes an emerging computing platform" AppleInsider 9:52 AM
  • "Leaving the phone behind: Running with the Apple Watch Series 3 and Samsung Gear S3 Frontier/Samsung smartwatches have had LTE connectivity for years, but with the release of Apple's first truly wireless Apple Watch it was time to take the two best smartwatches out on the road without a phone." ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "The Best Wireless Routers You Can Buy In 2017" Digital Trends 8:36 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review: watchOS 4 breathes new life into fitness side of the Apple Watch" Ars Technica 8:22 AM
  • "Hands-on with watchOS 4.1 beta 1: Music streaming, new Radio app, and LTE music support [Video] 9to5Mac 3:06 PM
  • "iOS 11 Finally Gets App Organizing (Almost) Right" Lifehacker 10:39 AM
  • "One of the best hidden secrets in iOS 11 is the new document scanner" BGR 6:40 PM
  • "Hands on with iOS 11.1 beta 1: QuickType & Taptic enhancements, new animations & more" iDownload Blog 3:51 PM
  • "iOS 11.1 Beta 1 Release Notes, Changelog And All Changes In One Place" Redmond Pie 2:48 PM
  • "First look: New Radio app for Apple Watch featuring Beats 1" AppleInsider 2:49 PM
  • "Crack down on text message spam with SMS Shield" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "iOS 11 update killing your iPhone's battery? Here's how to fix" BGR 3:25 PM
  • "watchOS 4: How to stop Now Playing and audio apps from automatically opening on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 2:55 PM
  • "Secure your iPhone and iPad: Change these iOS 11 privacy and security settings now/New to iOS 11? You need to lock down your device. Here's how you do it." ZDNet 2:09 PM
  • "How to Completely Turn-Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad" iPhone Hacks 11:24 AM
  • "Using Drag and Drop in iOS 11" MacMost 10:35 AM
  • "How To Turn Off the Auto Music Controls Display on the Apple Watch (watchOS 4)" MacTrast 8:24 AM
  • "How to customize the all-new Control Center in iOS 11" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "How to safely clean iMovie files from your iPhone or iPad: iMovie projects use up a lot of storage space, especially if you're using 4K video. IT's easy to move those projects to iCloud or your Mac." Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "How to arrange, hide and delete Apple TV apps in tvOS 11" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
  • "20 Essential iPhone 8 Tips and Tricks" Tom's Guide 7:38 PM
  • "Getting Rid of the 'Now Playing' Screen on watchOS 4" The Mac Observer 6:19 PM
  • "Can You Run Android on an iPad? Q. I prefer Android and PC applications, but want to run Android on an iPad. I have a Kindle Fire, but I want the true Android environment, and the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 model is too expensive. However, I keep seeing reports that Google Drive, Photos, Docs and other Android apps work fine on iPads. Is that true? Or would I just be miserable?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 1:54 PM
  • "7 Tips to Shoot Perfect Videos on iPhone" [Slideshow] iDrop News 1:33 PM
  • "PSA: Here's how to get access to 280-character tweets before Twitter rolls it out to all" 9to5Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Not Getting iOS 11.0.1 Update? Here's How to Fix it" iPhone Hacks 7:11 AM
  • "Apple is still looking for its 'Breaking Bad', but competing with Netflix ain't easy" BGR 8:00 PM
  • "Video: The top 12 new features of Apple TV 4K" iDownload Blog 1:29 PM
  • "Apple's new privacy site and why it matters" iMore 11:07 AM
  • "I won't trade in my iPhone 6s for an iPhone 8 or iPhone X — here's why" [Video] Business Insider 10:15 AM
  • "How Apple CarPlay made me hate my iPhone" ["Even with the traffic function toggled on, Apple Maps' routes aren't nearly as fast as Waze's. During my tests, Maps consistently produced a route that'd take 10 to 20 minutes longer."]  Mashable 8:37 AM
  • "His Opposition to Net Neutrality Might Put FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Might be Out of a Job" The Mac Observer 6:19 PM
  • "Review: Nintendo SNES Classic Edition" Wired 1:20 PM
  • "Amazon Supremacy? Think Again" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:51 AM
  • "Google adds a new search easter egg and it's super addictive" Mashable 8:36 AM
  • "Why it's OK to use social media to mourn" Mashable 8:36 AM
  • "Tech must be the servant rather than the master" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:21 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "New videos highlight the iPhone X's brand new gesture controls" BGR 8:05 PM
  • "Jony Ive to discuss 'The Shape of Things to Come' at NYC Techfest on Oct. 6" AppleInsider 6:21 PM
  • "1Writer Update Includes Open in Place and Drag and Drop Support" MacStories 3:06 PM
  • "Strategy Analytics Forecasts The Impact Of The iPhone Launches On Second-hand And Trade-in Apple" PRNewswire 3:01 PM
  • "Global Connected Wearables Markets 2017-2021: Shipments Will Reach 262 Million in 2021" PRNewswire 3:01 PM
  • "Check Out a New Video of 'Time Recoil' Running on iOS" Touch Arcade 2:51 PM
  • "Meteorite makes for a heavenly iPhone X case" Cult of Mac 2:49 PM
  • "Square Checkout now works with Apple Pay on the web" 9to5Mac 1:24 PM
  • "SightSpace Pro Mobile Expands AR and VR for Architecture & Construction" prMac 9:52 AM
  • "'Blizzard' App Lets You Stay in Touch With Friends and Frenemies" Touch Arcade 8:20 AM
  • "DataTraveler Bolt Duo can help free up storage space on your iPhone or iPad" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Linux love deepens: It's now one of Open Source Initiative's big backers/Microsoft takes its next step towards embracing the open-source movement." ZDNet 8:38 AM
  • "Portability and AI accessibility are Microsoft's new mantras" ZDNet 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft's LTE Surface Pro expected to launch on December 1st" The Verge 8:25 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro LTE launch, price, specifications, availability details and more" Hardware.Info 8:49 AM
  • "Microsoft seems to have leaked the Surface Pro LTE specs itself" Ars Technica 1:53 PM
  • "Surface Pro with LTE Reportedly Launching December 1st" LAPTOP Magazine 10:39 AM
  • "Microsoft gives hourlong look inside Surface development at Ignite conference" Digital Trends 3:05 PM
  • "Dell rolls out new Inspiron, XPS line-up powered by Intel's 8th-gen CPU" New Straits Time 8:54 AM
  • "Intel Unveils Neuromorphic, Self-Learning Chip Codenamed Loihi" ExtremeTech 8:49 AM
  • "Intel unveils an AI chip modeled after the human brain" CIOL 8:50 AM
  • "Intel's New Desktop PC Processors to be Available From Oct 5" Zacks 8:50 AM
  • "Intel sends 300 Israeli employees to US for training" Telecompaper 8:50 AM
  • "Intel, Not Nvidia, Will Power Tesla's Infotainment Systems" ExtremeTech 6:27 PM
  • "AMD reaches a Pinnacle" Fudzilla 8:52 AM
  • "AMD to launch 12nm Ryzen in February 2018, says mobo makers" DigiTimes 8:30 AM
  • "AMD gives an update on planned NVMe RAID support for Threadripper" KitGuru 8:52 AM
  • "AMD Raven Ridge: Vega GPU cores, Zen CPU threads in 2018" TweakTown 8:52 AM
  • "Moore's Law has come to its end, says Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang" DigiTimes 8:30 AM
  • "Cisco polishes the axe for more HQ job cuts" The Register 8:01 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Short Interest in Apple Drops Over 8 Million Shares as New iPhones Launch" 24/7 Wall St. 7:56 AM
Industry News
  • "Financials lift S&P 500, Russell 2000 to records; Nike tumbles after earnings: Tax overhaul proposal seen as bullish for small caps" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Back Off Highs as Trump Teams Lays Out Details of Tax Reform" TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Wall St gains on financials boost, tax hopes" Reuters 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Climb as Investors Bet on Higher Interest Rates: Bank shares advance, tracking a rise in government bond yields" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets unfazed after Yellen hints at rate hikes: Nikkei down slightly; Taiwan rebounds after hitting 6-week low" MarketWatch 8:40 AM
  • "European stocks jump to 10-week high, led by Alstom after Siemens deal" MarketWatch 8:40 AM

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