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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 Music's Long Game: Why Jimmy Iovine Thinks They're 'Not Even Close' to Success With Streaming"  Billboard 9:05 AM
  • "Apple Urged to Activate iPhone's FM Radio Chip After Hurricanes" ["Critics say Apple doesn't want to cannibalize its streaming service by giving iPhone owners access to free radio service over the airwaves. An Apple spokeswoman said the company wouldn't comment on the matter."]  Bloomberg 8:10 AM
  • "Apple has a big chance to do the right thing: Smartphone user? What will you do when disaster strikes, cellular networks collapse, and electricity supplies fail?" Computerworld 7:53 AM
  • "FCC chair wants Apple to activate FM radio chips in iPhones" Reuters 10:31 AM
  • "Apple Faces Renewed Pressure to Enable FM Radio Chip in iPhones Amid Strong Hurricane Season" MacRumors 9:22 AM
  • "FCC asks Apple to activate the iPhone's hidden FM radio to aid public safety" The Verge 10:49 AM
  • "There's no 'FM radio' in your iPhone for Apple to magically turn on"  iMore 3:58 PM
  • "What Apple's new push into AR means for your business: Apple released the new iPhone 8, which could usher in a new AR age."  Computerworld 8:53 AM
  • "Trump tax cuts could be big for Apple and other tech companies"  San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Releases First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1:30 PM
  • "Mac High Sierra hijinks continue: Nasty apps can pull your passwords/Apple still hasn't been able to seal up keychain access hole for unsigned applications" The Register 7:52 AM
  • "Why Apple shows a strange location for a two-factor login confirmation" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "macOS High Sierra: How to Stop Videos from Auto-Playing in Safari" The Mac Observer 8:13 AM
  • "How to play video podcasts in iTunes" iMore 8:22 AM
  • "iCloud Drive Public File Sharing" MacMost 8:32 AM
  • "How To Get Emojis On Your Mac, In (Almost) Any App" Digital Trends 3:18 PM
  • "Backblaze review: No-hassle online backup is a no-brainer decision" PCWorld 8:02 AM
  • "Mozy review: Effective and secure online backup with device sync" PCWorld 8:02 AM
  • "SOS review: Professional-grade, super-secure online backup" PCWorld 8:02 AM
  • "Carbonite review: Cleverly integrated online backup" PCWorld 8:02 AM
  • "iDrive review: Online backup for the person who wants everything" PCWorld 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Two Factor Authentication and Sign-In Location" Kirkville 8:22 AM
Press Releases
  • "Disk Drill Now Supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra and APFS" prMac 11:21 AM
  • "B-Eng introduces Drag'n'Drop Encryption App for Mac" prMac 8:06 AM
  • "FontAgent 8 Adds New Previews, Search, High Sierra and Typekit Support" prMac 8:05 AM
  • "A 3D City Within Weeks—Agency9 of Sweden Can Deliver" Architosh 8:02 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Toshiba Reaches Deal With Bain-Apple Group to Sell Chip Business"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:00 AM
  • "Toshiba $18 billion sale of chip unit finally signed, legal challenges remain" Reuters 8:00 AM
  • "Toshiba Inks $18 Billion Deal to Sell Chip Arm to Bain Group" ["Bain consortium includes Apple, Dell, Hynix and Seagate"] Bloomberg 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Part Of The Consortium That Just Bought Toshiba's Memory Unit" Seeking Alpha 11:21 AM
  • "Apple community responds to natural disasters: Over $13 Million Raised for Relief and Recovery Efforts, Including Over $1 Million for Puerto Rico" Apple 11:39 AM
  • "Apple reported a spike in secret national security orders this year" ZDNet 1:30 PM
  • "Apple reported most national security orders ever this year" CNET 1:32 PM
  • "Apple's Latest Transparency Report Shows Jump in National Security Requests" MacRumors 2:17 PM
  • "The Real Problem With Voice Assistants Like Siri Is Your Brain"  Wired 8:15 AM
  • "Why Nordic Banks Might Want to Fight Apple Pay" Bloomberg 8:10 AM
  • "The evolution of Apple iPhone: a visual history" phoneArena 8:52 AM
  • "Revisiting Steve Jobs' classic Playboy interview" Cult of Mac 10:31 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Elon Musk Set to Update His Plans for Colonizing Mars" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:21 PM
  • "Here's How to Watch Elon Musk's Mars Colonization Announcement Tonight" Gizmodo 8:21 PM
  • "It wasn't just Facebook. Twitter shares details on Russian trolls during election" Mashable 3:18 PM
  • "EU ratchets up pressure on tech companies to curb 'illegal content'" ZDNet 1:32 PM
  • "Report: Google Home 'Max' will be a high-end version of Google's smart speaker" BGR 9:46 AM
  • "New Google Home set to compete against Apple's HomePod" TechnoBuffalo 8:39 AM
  • "Watch out Windows, Android, and iOS: Amazon's Alexa is turning into the next big operating system/Amazon is spreading the reach of Alexa further and faster than its rivals, which is going to have big implications."  ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "Amazon is beating Google in the race to the home computer" The Verge 8:17 AM
  • "With the new Amazon Fire TV, voice becomes the killer feature: 4K HDR is nice, but what really sets the Fire TV apart is its deepening ties to Alexa." TechHive 8:01 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 140 | Apple TV 4K hands on, High Sierra debut, and what's new in watchOS 4.1" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Face ID Security, Amazon's New Echo -TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-28" The Mac Observer 1:26 PM
  • "Apple says Face ID on iPhone X might not be as secure if you're under 13 or a twin"  CNBC 8:15 AM
  • "Apple Is Interested in Japan Display's LCDs for Some iPhones: Display maker expects quick uptake for its LCDs, which it says can exceed some of OLED's advantages at lower cost" [Paid Membership Required] 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's successors to the iPhone 8 could have a similar bezel-less design as the iPhone X" Business Insider 9:58 AM
  • "Apple's next LCD iPhones could have the X's best feature" Mashable 11:14 AM
  • "Apple's strategic move on storage pricing: Apple's iOS storage prices just went up due to higher NAND flash costs. But even with that, Apple's iOS storage prices are much better than they were 18 months ago - and more favorable for larger capacities. We can expect even better pricing in 2018. Here's why." ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone X's Face ID: How does it handle beards, makeup, wrinkles? Apple explains/Will Apple's new Face ID still recognize me as my face changes?" ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "10 things we learned about Face ID on the iPhone X: Apple's face-scanning iPhone is a month away from arriving, but more details on how it handles facial scanning and security have arrived." CNET 8:13 AM
  • "20 Things We Just Learned About Apple's Face ID" Apple Must 8:26 AM
  • "Apple launches new privacy page and reveals all about Face ID" BetaNews 8:25 AM
  • "New iPhone X Leak Reveals Dramatic Changes" Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "Apple Releases First Beta of iOS 11.1 for Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 1:30 PM
  • "How I fixed my Apple Watch Series 3 LTE connectivity problems: You don't have to wait for Apple to issue an update." Macworld 3:59 PM
  • "How To Fix Unable To Install Update Error On iOS" AddictiveTips 1:30 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:26 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:26 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:26 AM

  • "iPhone 8 and 8 Plus review: The curious case of the time-traveling phone/The iPhone 8 is a great phone, but who is it for?" Ars Technica 8:29 AM
  • "iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus review: Wireless charging is magical" VentureBeat 2:15 PM
  • "Apple iPhone 8 Plus Review" phoneArena 8:54 AM
  • "One Week With the iPhone 8" Gizmodo 8:38 AM
  • "The iPhone 8's A11 Bionic chip couldn't hold up in a speed test against the Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The Galaxy Note 8 is faster than the iPhone 8, at least according to a YouTuber's speed test." Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "Boot Speed Test: iPhone 8 vs iPhone 8 Plus vs iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus [Video] iClarified 8:33 AM
  • "I used to hate the Apple Watch, but I became obsessed after using it as a fitness tracker" Business Insider 11:08 AM
  • "Blue Satellite Delivers Amazing Sound but Needs Refinement" The Mac Observer 6:31 PM
  • "Comparison: Apple TV 4K vs Amazon's new $70 4K Fire TV" 9to5Mac 1:32 PM
  • "Video: The best wireless chargers for iPhone 8 and iPhone X" AppleInsider 10:30 AM
  • "Snow Lizard SLXtreme iPhone 7 Review – Best case for the outdoors!" Mobile Reviews Eh 8:28 AM
  • "Review: Anker SoundBuds Slim In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones" iLounge 3:57 PM
  • "18 Apple Watch Accessories Worth Buying" PC Magazine 9:52 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Super Mario Run's Remix 10 update actually makes the game fun again" BGR 7:30 PM
  • "Inside iOS 11: Run four iPad apps on screen at once with Apple's newly expanded multitasking" AppleInsider 7:25 PM
  • "Jealous of wireless charging on new iPhones? Here's how to get your current iPhone there" 9to5Mac 6:33 PM
  • "How to Force Restart iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus" OS X Daily 1:31 PM
  • "How to set separate controls for left and right AirPods in Apple's iOS 11" AppleInsider 10:30 AM
  • "How to Zip and Unzip Files in the Files App on Your iPhone and iPad in iOS 11" iPhone Hacks 9:36 AM
  • "How to access Auto-Brightness on iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
  • "How to use new one-finger zoom gesture in Apple Maps" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "How to Use Apple Music's Personal DJ Feature to Create You Own Personal Radio Station" Kirkville 8:22 AM
  • "iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are IP67 Water-Resistant: Here's What That Really Means" iPhone Hacks 9:36 AM
  • "What You Need to Know About 2K Movies on iTunes Upscaled and Labelled as 4K" The Mac Observer 6:33 PM
  • "Apple Music Has 'Well Over' 30 Million Paid Subscribers, but 'Isn't in the Right Place" The Mac Observer 2:12 PM
  • "Cultural Insularity and Apple TV" ["I like Apple TV a lot, but I think Apple is ceding marketshare by not having a box that competes on price. I think there are a lot of people who look at iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks and see them as 'expensive but worth it' but who look at Apple TV and see it as 'ridiculously overpriced'."]  Daring Fireball 1:30 PM
  • "Bob LeVitus: Don't Be in a Rush to Upgrade Your Mac or iPhone" The Mac Observer 1:27 PM
  • "Why Apple Replaced Bing With Google Search For Siri"  Seeking Alpha 9:35 AM
  • "I won't trade in my iPhone 6s for an iPhone 8 or iPhone X — here's why" The Independent 8:53 AM
  • "Apple Watch: From Accessory to Platform" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:21 AM
  • "Comment: Apple's future-proofing is why all Touch ID apps will automatically work with Face ID" 9to5Mac 8:06 AM
  • "I don't get it: Selling the Apple Watch" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "Is Donald Trump Accelerating Our Robot-Driven Future?" ExtremeTech 5:05 PM
  • "Spot and Catch Fire (TV): A round-up of yesterday's Amazon announcements" Six Colors 10:30 AM
  • "See the World Through the Eyes of Your Phone" Wired 9:22 AM
  • "Poor Reviews Are No Joke for Some Alexa Developers" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:21 AM
  • "I won't buy a Pixel 2 without a headphone jack" CNET 8:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Trio of Disney Channel iPhone and iPad apps consolidate into single DisneyNow app" AppleInsider 6:41 PM
  • "Hot Wheels makes like Pokemon Go, bringing cars to life through an iPad" Reuters 3:59 PM
  • "The Best ARKit Apps to Try on Your iPhone or iPad With iOS 11" Digital Trends 2:15 PM
  • "Google Drive Now Supports iOS 11"s Files App" MacStories 10:46 AM
  • "Twitter's app has disappeared from the Apple Watch" The Verge 9:36 AM
  • "Take incredible photos with these ultra-thin macro lenses" Mashable 9:22 AM
  • "Anker unveils new AirPlay-enabled Capsule Portable Projector" 9to5Mac 9:21 AM
  • "Popular interactive console game 'Flower' arrives on iOS" 9to5Mac 2:17 PM
  • "'Flower' Just Hit the App Store, Published by Annapurna" Touch Arcade 11:08 AM
  • "'Albion Online' 'Joseph' Update Launches, Still No Word on iOS Client" Touch Arcade 11:07 AM
  • "'Dragon Fantasy' Gets 64-Bit Compatibility Update with New Portrait Mode and More" Touch Arcade 9:06 AM
  • "Middle-earth: Shadow of War brings orcs and the Nemesis System to iOS and Android" VentureBeat 8:54 AM
  • "Wired Keyboards for iPad Make iPads Serious Writing Tools, Apple MFi Certified" PRWeb 8:37 AM
  • "MagneGas Develops Downstream System to Virtually Eliminate Waste From MagneGas2 Process" PRNewswire 8:35 AM
  • "Flagship Killer: USBKILL V3 Demonstrates iPhone 8 & Samsung Note 8 Vulnerable to USB Surge Attacks" PRNewswire 8:35 AM
  • "Osmo MindRacers toy combines iPad with Hot Wheels cars" AppleInsider 9:58 AM
  • "Osmo combines iPad app and toy cars with Hot Wheels MindRacers game" VentureBeat 8:29 AM
  • "'Super Mario Run' Update With New Levels and Character Out Now, IAP on Sale for $4.99" Touch Arcade 8:29 AM
  • "Cedar-Sinai's new Apple Watch app connects patients with doctors" Cult of Mac 8:23 AM
  • "Live Running Simulator: Bringing Competitive Edge to Running Routines" prMac 11:21 AM
  • "BloksOut 1.0 introduced for iOS - Colorful Blocks Crusher Game" prMac 10:49 AM
  • "Ghost Blasters 2 released for iOS 11 - Augmented Reality Game" prMac 8:06 AM
  • "Monster Park — Dino World is a fun introduction to AR on iOS 11" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Criminals Find New Ways to Drain Thousands of ATMs Remotely as Most of Them Still Run Windows XP" WCCFTech 12:12 PM
  • "Windows 8.1 September update bug prevents Microsoft account logins" Neowin 6:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Previews a Few Redstone 4 Improvements" Thurrott 8:30 AM
  • "Microsoft Azure joins Géant's Europe-wide IaaS mega-framework" ComputerWeekly 8:01 AM
  • "Here's When You Can Expect the New Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Laptop to Ship" Fortune 8:02 AM
  • "Internet Explorer flaw is exposing your search habits: Bug leaks whatever you type into the address bar" The Inquirer 10:07 AM
  • "Microsoft creates a quantum programming language" Digital Journal 12:12 PM
  • "Dell EMC, Veeam eagerly clamber onto Microsoft's Azure Stack: I love it more, no, I love it more/Azure Stack and Hyper-V support ignition for MS" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Intel's Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X CPUs reviewed: Did somebody say more cores?" The Tech Report 7:48 AM
  • "Leaked Benchmarks Pit Intel Core i5-8600K vs. i7-7700K" eTeknix 12:11 PM
  • "Intel runs authentication on FPGA-based processors: Intel plans to add authentication and data protection security capabilities to its FPGA-based development boards for IoT designs." Electronics Weekly 7:49 AM
  • "Intel drops Project Alloy but still committed to VR" Graphic Speak 7:55 AM
  • "Intel's self-learning 'Loihi' AI chip wants machines to think like humans: Chip will be shared with universities to advance AI development" The Inquirer 7:38 AM
  • "Intel's Upcoming Coffee Lake Z370 Motherboards Aren't Backwards Compatible" ExtremeTech 10:04 AM
  • "Intel Corporation (INTC) Shares Sold by Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC" Stock News Times 12:11 PM
  • "HPE Opens High-Performance Flash Storage for Midsize Businesses" eWeek 6:37 AM
  • "IBM Retail Analytics to be Deployed at 8100 Walgreens Stores" Zacks 7:54 AM
  • "Oracle hires new trans-Tasman channel chief: Tech giant tasks Citrix specialist with running partner ecosystem" ARN 8:02 AM
  • "Nvidia's CEO Declares Moore's Law Dead" ExtremeTech 10:03 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Understanding Apple: The Triple-A Advantage" Seeking Alpha 6:39 PM
  • "Apple Might Have To Bank On Older iPhones To Drive Holiday Sales" Forbes 1:30 PM
Industry News
  • "Roku surges 30% in stock market debut" TechCrunch 2:30 PM
  • "Consumer Stocks Lead the Dow, Media Names Weigh on the Nasdaq: Stocks hold mixed on Thursday, Sept. 28, as consumer names give rise to the Dow Jones Industrial Average but losses among media companies weigh on the Nasdaq." TheStreet 12:14 PM
  • "US 2Q GDP growth revised up to 3.1 percent" Reuters 12:15 PM
  • "Ask a Fool: Should I set price targets when I buy stocks?" The Motley Fool 7:49 AM
  • "Market Close Report: NASDAQ Composite index closes at 6,453.45 up .19 points" Nasdaq 3:52 PM
  • "Stocks Climb, Remaining on Track for Weekly Gains: The S&P 500 continues its trend of trading in a narrow range, rising 0.1%" [Paid Membership Required] 5:05 PM
  • "Nikkei up, but Chinese stocks dip on profit-taking ahead of holiday: Kospi down again, while Japan stocks poised for best monthly performance this year" MarketWatch 7:51 AM
  • "European stocks seesaw around 10-week high as banks rise, H&M slides" MarketWatch 7:51 AM

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