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Friday 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?

  • "The iPhone 8 Has a Slow Start: So What? Launch sales for the iPhone 8 appear to be underwhelming compared to other recent iPhone releases: and that's OK." The Motley Fool 8:01 AM
  • "Apple stresses how good it is at privacy, weeks after massive Equifax hack" BGR 9:18 AM
  • "Apple Makes Kernel Of Every iOS And macOS Version Open Source"  Redmond Pie 9/30
  • "Apple acquires AI tech that seeks to understand your photos: Regaind can tell good pics from bad ones, and interpret what's going on." Engadget 9/30
  • "Iowa dramatically outspends Minnesota to lure companies like Amazon: Minnesota spends much less than its neighbors to attract big employers." Minneapolis Star-Tribune 9/30
  • "Apple releases kernel source code tuned for mobile chips: Just don't expect to make a homebrew iPhone or an ARM-based Mac." Engadget 9:18 PM
  • "An alarming number of Macs remain vulnerable to stealthy firmware hacks: At-risk EFI versions likely put Windows and Linux PCs at risk, too."  Ars Technica 9/29
  • "Critical EFI Code in Millions of Macs Isn't Getting Apple's Updates" Wired 9/29
  • "Security firm finds some Macs vulnerable to 'firmware' attacks" Reuters 9/29
  • "Apple computers are at risk from flawed updates, researchers find: Your Mac should be getting these patches automatically. But it may not be, and that could spell trouble." CNET 9/29
  • "Apple Mac Firmware Updates Are Quietly Failing and No One Knows Why" Fortune 9/29
  • "Failed updates leave Mac computers at risk from targeted attacks on firmware" BetaNews 9/29
  • "PSA: You can't yet edit iOS 11 iPhone video in FCP X, fix likely coming soon" 9to5Mac 9/29
  • "Warning: Final Cut Pro X Isn't Compatible With iOS 11"s New H.265 High Efficiency Video Codec" MacTrast 9/29
  • "Some Macs are missing updates, and you might never realize" SlashGear 9/30
  • "APFS in High Sierra causing problems for Unity Engine, Cities: Skylines, Civilization V, more" AppleInsider 9/29
  • "How to Make a Bootable macOS High Sierra USB Install Key" iClarified 6:29 PM
  • "How to create a bootable macOS High Sierra installer drive: Put the macOS High Sierra on an external USB thumb drive or hard drive and use it to install the operating system on a Mac." Macworld 9/29
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Web Searching" MacMost 9/29
  • "Apple: Macintosh a better platform for 3D animation than Amiga" OSNews 9/29
  • "macOS 10.13 High Sierra discussion includes Siri, voices, and geolocation issues; various user interface issues (and options); file-sharing issues (SMB, AFP, etc.); Apple Watch unlock; installers, stubs and App Store issues; firmware and Mac Pro systems; stealthy, unwanted preference changes; file system issues (APFS vs. HFS+) and more." MacInTouch 9/29
Press Releases
  • "Supported iOS 11: Cisdem Release iPhone Recovery Mac 3.5.0" Cisdem 9/30
  • "Fixing an Important High Sierra Incompatibility" Rogue Amoeba 9/29
  • "Cocktail 11.0 (High Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 9/29
  • "Mac CAD/3D Tidbits: Strata 3D, Twinmotion 2018, IrisVR and more..." Architosh 9/29
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Lack of innovation, high prices discouraging people from buying iPhones" The Economic Times 8:02 AM
  • "Apple quietly acquired computer vision startup Regaind"  TechCrunch 9/29
  • "Apple reportedly buys French computer vision startup" CNET 9/29
  • "Apple is World's 'Most Technologically Advanced' Company, Based on a Worldwide Survey of Technology Professionals by Decision Analyst" Decision Analyst 9/29
  • "Apple is looking into reports that some iPhone 8s are falling apart"  Quartz 9/29
  • "Apple Investigating 'iPhone 8 Plus Splitting Open' Reports: Two incidents of the iPhone 8 Plus casing splitting have been reported so far, but it is unclear why this is happening."  PC Magazine 9/29
  • "Taiwanese media report iPhone 8 Plus cracked open mid-charge, probably due to battery fault"  The Next Web 9/29
  • "Where Ideas Sing: Apple Celebrates Upcoming Chicago Riverfront Store With Two Local Artists" MacRumors 9/29
  • "Apple collaborates with Chicago artists for new Michigan Avenue store" Cult of Mac 9/29
  • "Apple Discloses Record Number Of US Government Data Requests" Silicon UK 9/29
  • "Cook and Schiller point to new privacy page, much more direct and user-friendly" 9to5Mac 9/29
  • "Apple touts environmental credentials of iPhone X with model-specific report" 9to5Mac 9/29
  • "iPhone X report shows device with less environmental impact than any other Apple product" AppleInsider 9/29
  • "Florida Resident Sues Apple for Sustaining an Injury while in the Apple Wellington Green Store" Patently Apple 9/29
  • "Watch This iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 Blender Showdown: Which flagship smartphone holds up better in a blender, and which makes a superior smoothie? Watch the video below to find out. Just don't try this at home." PC Magazine 9/29
Non-Apple News
  • "Mark Zuckerberg asks for 'forgiveness' if Facebook 'was used to divide people': His Yom Kippur message seems to be another reaction to Facebook's role in the Russia scandal." Recode 12:09 PM
  • "EFF: Stupid patents are dragging down AI and machine learning/'The patent reads like the table of contents of an intro to AI textbook.'" Ars Technica 11:33 AM
  • "Facebook Blocks Chinese Billionaire Who Tells Tales of Corruption" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:29 AM
  • "New evidence would push life back to at least 3.95 billion years ago: Labrador find is similar to hotly debated Greenland rocks that had been oldest." Ars Technica 7:49 AM
  • "GoPro turns to HEVC compression for Hero 6 Black, same codec used by Apple in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra" AppleInsider 9/30
  • "FCC head, a critic of net neutrality rules, likely to be reconfirmed: Despite Democrats' protests over plans to dismantle net neutrality, Ajit Pai will likely keep his position as chairman thanks to the Republican-led Senate." CNET 9/29
  • "Google plans to upgrade two-factor authentication tool after high-profile hacks" The Verge 9/29
  • "What to expect at Google's Pixel 2 event: New phones, new Home devices and maybe another expensive Chromebook." Engadget 9/29
  • "Google may be working on its own version of Amazon's Echo Show" Engadget 9/29
  • "Ikea buys Taskrabbit, GoPro has a new Hero" [Video Report] CNET 9/29
  • "Social media warned to crack down on hate speech" BBC 9/29
  • "'You Tell Me If It's A Dongle', With Special Guest Joanna Stern" Daring Fireball 9/30
  • "iMore show 573: Dude, it's chocolate cake" iMore 9/29
  • "How does Face ID work? Apple lets us know (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 103)" CNET 9/29
  • "#45: Files and File Providers in iOS 11/With iOS 11 released, apps are starting to receive updates to be compatible with features like the new Files app. In this episode, Fraser and Federico dig into what's possible for cloud storage." Relay FM: Canvas 9/29
  • "Understanding 4K Video Upscaling, Tim Cook's Real Role at Apple -TMO Daily Observations 2017-09-29" The Mac Observer 9/29
  • "AppleInsider podcast reviews iPhone 8 & Apple Watch Series 3, plus iPhone X impressions" AppleInsider 9/29
  • "MacBooks and iPhones may sport Apple-made ARM CPUs and modems in the future" Neowin 9/30
  • "US Apple Watch Series 3 LTE Won't Work in Europe: Or Australia. Why? Blame frequency bands. There are two models of the Apple Watch LTE, a North American one and an 'overseas' one." PC Magazine 9/29
  • "Welcome to iPhone 8 release day. Again." BGR 9/29
  • "Apple Investigating Two Possible iPhone 8 Plus Battery Failures" MacRumors 6:30 PM
  • "Apple reportedly 'looking into' pair of iPhone 8 Plus with split screen from swollen battery" AppleInsider 9/30
  • "Texting problems on Apple Watch 3? Here's what's going on: The Apple Watch Series 3 includes cellular connectivity, but SMS messages are not treated the same way as phone calls and iMessages. Here's what you need to know." CNET 9/29
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 9/29
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 9/29
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 9/29

  • "Video - iPhone 8 Plus A11 Bionic versus iPhone 7 Plus A10 Fusion performance test" AppleInsider 9:27 PM
  • "The latest Fitbit can't match up to the Apple Watch" CNBC 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 review: A good watch, a so-so phone replacement/Apple's latest wearable is ambitious, but its cellular features need work."  Engadget 9/30
  • "Video: iPhone 8 Plus versus iPhone 7 Plus speaker comparison - electronic, rock, and bassy music" AppleInsider 9/30
  • "Apple Watch 3 returned: There are better LTE and fitness-focused watches" ZDNet 9/30
  • "iOS 11.1 Beta 1 Vs iOS 11.0.1 Speed Test [Video] Redmond Pie 9/30
  • "iPhone 8 review: so this is what good battery life feels like" The Guardian 9/29
  • "iPhone 8 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 8: which dual camera is better? We tested out the dual cameras on Apple's iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung's Note 8 to see which one takes better portraits, landscapes and low-light shots." CNET 9/29
  • "iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8: which takes better photos?" [Slideshow] CNET 9/29
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 LTE Review: 3 ways to make it better" [Video Review] CNET 9/29
  • "Review: Apple TV 4K is an impressive extension of the iTunes ecosystem to the living room" AppleInsider 9/29
  • "Apple TV 4K Review: Almost picture perfect" Cult of Mac 9/29
  • "Better late than never: the Apple TV 4K is a fantastic upgrade" Apple World Today 9/29
  • "Fitbit Ionic review: More fit than bit" iMore 9/29
  • "GoPro Hero6 Black hands-on: Amazing stabilization on the Rocket Boat" VentureBeat 9/29
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands On: OmniGraffle gains drag and drop for iOS 11 on iPad and iPhone" AppleInsider 8:53 PM
  • "Procreate 4 for iPad review: A first-rate digital painting tool. Makes you feel like a kid armed with the contents of an entire art store." Stuff Magazine 8:07 AM
  • "Inside the betas: watchOS 4.1 adds Apple Music streaming Article" iLounge 9/29
  • "How to quickly close your Apple Watch's Move ring" iMore 8:53 PM
  • "How to zoom on the iPhone 8 Plus camera" iMore 5:29 PM
  • "How to use flashlight in watchOS 4" iMore 5:26 PM
  • "How to Create QR Codes Right from Your iPhone in iOS 11" iPhone Hacks 9/30
  • "How to measure distance in Google Maps for iOS" Cult of Mac 9/29
  • "How to Make iPhone Camera Shoot JPEG Pictures in iOS 11" OS X Daily 9/29
  • "How to access and use Siri Search Suggestions (Spotlight) on your iPhone and iPad" iMore 9/29
  • "How your iPhone can save your life: Your Apple smartphone can be useful in some emergency situations, even if you can't always get online." Computerworld 9/29
  • "How to set up and use cellular on the Apple Watch Series 3" Apple World Today 9/29
  • "How to Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in iOS 11" Wired 9/29
  • "13 Incredibly Handy New iOS 11 Features" Mashable 9/29
  • "Seeing blobs when shooting low-light Portrait mode? Here's what's going on" iMore 9/29
  • "Sorry Apple, but I just can't face using Face ID" ZDNet 8:52 PM
  • "Joshua Topolsky: Apple is really bad at design" MacDailyNews 4:19 PM
  • "You should probably buy an iPhone 8, as analysts predict iPhone X SOLD-OUT until mid-2018"  Express UK 8:02 AM
  • "Hey Apple: Let's bring Face ID to Macs/The facial recognition technology in the iPhone X would be perfect for the MacBook and iMac." CNET 8:01 AM
  • "5 Reasons You May Want to Save Your Old Apple Devices" The Cheat Sheet 9/30
  • "FM Radio Cannot Be Activated Even on Older iPhones" iPhone Hacks 9/30
  • "iPhone 8 is so much faster than Android that even Geekbench creator can't believe it" BGR 9/29
  • "The iOS 11 32-Bit Appocalypse Isn't Actually That Bad" Wired 9/29
  • "How does this emdash look in Apple News?" Wired 9/29
  • "Billboard interview with Apple Music team, and two things I really want from Apple Music" The Loop 9/29
  • "Apple is tired of relying on Intel or Qualcomm for anything" BGR 9/29
  • "Apple ARM-Based MacBooks: The Pros And Cons" Seeking Alpha 9/29
  • "Apple reportedly wants develop its own chips for Mac laptops (which makes sense)" Apple World Today 9/29
  • "Has Apple Finally Made a Dud iPhone?" Bloomberg 9/29
  • "Why Apple is probably working on a heads-up display: Since Apple is ramping up its augmented reality efforts, it seems like a heads-up display will be in the pipeline at some point... right?"  Macworld 9/29
  • "iOS 11"s Most Obnoxious Features" Lifehacker 9/29
  • "What happened to my iTunes wish list in iOS 11?" iMore 9/29
  • "Trump's FCC Commissioner Calls on Apple to 'Activate' iPhone FM Antennas That No Longer Exist" ["I've dug around, and what I've been told is that there is an FM radio chip in older iPhones, but it's not connected, and there's no antenna designed for FM radio. The chip is just part of a commodity component part, and Apple only connected the parts of the chip that the iPhones were designed to use. No iPhone was ever designed to be an FM radio, and there is no 'switch' that can be 'flipped' — nor software update that could be issued — that could turn them into one. It's a complete technical misconception."]  Daring Fireball 9/29
  • "What Face ID means for iOS and device access: Apple's new biometric technology – a highlight feature in the soon-to-be-released iPhone X – could someday launch 1,000 ships (or open 1,000 doors)."  Computerworld 9/29
  • "What Is Bitcoin, and How Does It Work?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:01 PM
  • "Another classic Nintendo console, another insane dump of instruction manuals: One year later, and now you're playing with super instruction manuals." Ars Technica 9/30
  • "Google Pixel 2 event: what to expect" The Verge 9/29
  • "Pixel 2 haters are stuck in the past" BGR 9/29
  • "Digital Drawing Heaven?—First Reviews of reMarkable Tablet Seem Glorious" Architosh 9/29
  • "Android 8.0 Oreo: Behind-the-scenes improvements make it better than ever" PCWorld 9/29
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Audio Evolution Mobile Studio adds loads of new SoundFonts in a truly huge update" createdigitalmusic 8:54 PM
  • "New iPhone 8 Plus ad highlights new Portrait Lighting feature" BGR 9:27 PM
  • "New Apple video ad shows the effects of Portrait Lighting mode in the iPhone 8 Plus" AppleInsider 9/30
  • "Coming September 30: Gene Steinberg meets commentators Rob Pegoraro and Kirk McElhearn, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 9/30
  • "Google Drive for iOS updated to make stored documents accessible in Files app" AppleInsider 9/29
  • "Wired Keyboards for iPad Make iPads Serious Writing Tools, Apple MFi Certified" MacPrices 9/29
  • "Reactant is a new native framework for iOS apps" TechCrunch 9/29
  • "NTT Resonant Adds iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iOS 11 Support for iPhone 7 and Other Devices to Cloud-Based App Testing Service 'Remote TestKit'" PRNewswire 9/29
  • "Google Drive Now Plays Nice With Apple's Files and iCloud Drive App" MacTrast 9/29
  • "5 excellent iPad Pro apps for college students" iDownload Blog 9/29
  • "'Flower' brings its zen gameplay to iPhone and iPad" Engadget 9/29
  • "Vito Technology introduces Satellite Tracker 1.0 for iOS/Android" prMac 9/29
  • "myTuner Radio - Major Release of Version 6 for iOS and Android" prMac 9/29
Computer Industry
  • "Satya Nadella's Hit Refresh review: Not for everyone, which is fine" Neowin 9:17 AM
  • "When It Comes To Extensions For Edge, Microsoft Puts Quality Over Quantity" Digital Trends 9:02 PM
  • "Game gifting comes to the Xbox One's online store: If you're an Xbox Insider, that is." Engadget 8:45 PM
  • "Oracle launches 18c, its autonomous database and automated cybersecurity system" ZDNet 9:01 PM
  • "Samsung is the latest tech titan to open an AI lab in Canada: Its Montreal office will tackle self-driving cars and image recognition." Engadget 7:50 AM
  • "Behind the glare of recent hacks, some companies actually paying homage to data protection" ZDNet 7:56 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Urges Tech to Focus on Self-Policing Not Regulation Fears" Gears of Biz 9/30
  • "Microsoft considering a new program to help fix the Microsoft Edge browser" MSPoweruser 9/30
  • "Popular image editor is now available on Windows Store" OnMSFT 9/30
  • "Windows 10 Mobile news recap: Satya Nadella hints at Surface Phone in his new book, HP defies rumors and will sell Elite x3 until 2019" OnMSFT 9/30
  • "Another Day, Another Intel Coffee Lake Leak Complete With Full Benchmarks" HotHardware 9/30
  • "Intel Optane SSD 900P Specs - Launches end of October" Guru3D 9/30
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Investors are valuing Roku more like Google than Apple" CNBC 9/29
  • "Apple: The great hardware seesaw" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9/29
  • "Lumentum Has Appeal Beyond the iPhone: Lumentum is the only optical-components company with a clear path to a near-term beat and raise." Barron's 9/29
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 hits intraday record as stock market tries to end month higher: Dow and the S&P on track for their sixth straight monthly gain; S&P aims 8th quarterly gain in a row" MarketWatch 9/29
  • "S&P 500 Touches New Intraday Record, on Track for Sixth Straight Monthly Gain" TheStreet 9/29
  • "S&P, Nasdaq hit record on gains in tech, financials" Reuters 9/29
  • "Stocks on Track for Quarterly Gains: The S&P 500 has added 3.6% over the past three months, with most daily moves fairly small" [Paid Membership Required] 9/29
  • "Nikkei scores its best month of 2017: Australian stocks log fifth-straight month of losses" MarketWatch 9/29
  • "European stocks set for best month of 2017: European stocks advanced on Friday, staying on track for their best month of the year after a string of upbeat data and a rally for the banking sector on rising expectations for tighter monetary policy." MarketWatch 9/29

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