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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?

  • "Apple diversity chief apologizes to staff for statements made at summit"  AppleInsider 7:45 AM
  • "Apple diversity head Denise Young Smith apologizes for controversial choice of words at summit" TechCrunch 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's diversity VP apologizes for controversial statement at summit this week" 9to5Mac 8:45 PM
  • "What Apple Stands to Gain From Tax Reform" 24/7 Wall St. 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Pay Cash internal testing expands ahead of public release" 9to5Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Qualcomm Seeks China iPhone Ban, Escalating Apple Legal Fight: Qualcomm Inc. filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country, the chipmaker's biggest shot at Apple Inc. so far in a sprawling and bitter legal fight."  Bloomberg 10/13
  • "Qualcomm Lawsuits Seek To Cripple Apple With iPhone Production And Sales Ban In China" HotHardware 10/13
  • "A famed Apple analyst said that the company will ditch fingerprint readers for face scanning technology in future iPhones"  Business Insider 10/13
  • "iPhone X: Nice Profits Come To Those Who Wait? An analyst upped his Apple earnings projections for 2018, but he also wonders if the iPhone X will really be able to justify its high price." Barron's 10/13
  • "Apple's Supercyle Is For Real, Says Morgan Stanley"  Investopedia 10/13
  • "Apple's inconsistent iPhone X design guides hint perfection is no longer priority"  The Next Web 10/13
  • "Why you want a macOS home server, and how to get one going"  AppleInsider 6:29 PM
  • "How To Upgrade Your Mac to MacOS High Sierra and Later" State of Tech 8:45 PM
  • "System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Bluetooth" eXtensions 7:41 AM
  • "How To Wirelessly Connect Apple TV 4K To Xcode On Mac" Redmond Pie 10/13
  • "Nvidia's Free GeForce NOW Beta Lets You Play System Intensive PC Games on Your Mac" MacRumors 10/13
  • "How to empty your Safari Reading List" Macworld 10/13
  • "System Preferences in macOS High Sierra: App Store" eXtensions 10/13
  • "How to reset the printing system on your Mac" iMore 10/13
  • "A Beginner's Guide to TextEdit" MacMost 10/13
  • "Why Apple won't move the Mac to ARM: Apples A10 bionic chip is as fast as many x86 chips. Which leads to speculation that Apple will migrate macOS to its own chips. Here's why that won't happen." ZDNet 10/13
Press Releases
  • "Parallels Desktop 13.1" TidBITS 10/13
  • "Bare Bones Software Releases macOS High Sierra Ready BBEdit 12.0 With 100+ New Features and Improvements" MacPrices 10/13
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Huawei could overtake Apple in smartphone business by 2018: Pro" CNBC Video 10/13
  • "AT&T sees almost 1M fewer upgrades during iPhone 8 launch quarter ahead of iPhone X release" 9to5Mac 10/13
  • "Samsung at 3-Yr High in GB, Apple Growth Up in US" ["In the US, Samsung and Apple sales shares for the three months ending in August were virtually tied at 35.2% and 35.0% respectively."] Kantar Worldpanel 10/13
  • "iOS Gained Market Share in Most Countries This Summer, Although Samsung Drove Gains for Android in UK" MacRumors 10/13
  • "Why Buy a New iPhone When You Could Repair Your Old One? The answer: Because tech companies make it as hard as possible for us to fix their products." The Nation 10/13
  • "Apple Wants to get Closer to Your Heart" Apple Must 10/13
  • "Tim Cook took a stroll in 'breathtaking' Swedish forests with a company that makes Apple's packaging" Business Insider 10/13
  • "ARKit downloads dominated by games so far" Cult of Mac 10/13
  • "Apple Watch saves man from pulmonary embolism" Cult of Mac 10/13
  • "Activists urge Apple to drop apps that play up Philippine drugs war" Reuters 10/13
  • "Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak launches Woz U institute to train people for tech jobs"  VentureBeat 10/13
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon drops big-budget series following Weinstein scandal: It's also taking direct control of another show." Engadget 5:23 PM
  • "Iran blamed for cyberattack on UK parliament: China and Russia don't have a lock on state-sponsored hacks." Engadget 2:39 PM
  • "Murata to buy Sony plant to meet demand for iPhone parts: Move designed to keep Samsung and other Asian rivals in check" Nikkei 1:06 PM
  • "Apple Cofounder Steve Wozniak Creates Online University For People Who Want To Work In Tech" Tech Times 7:54 AM
  • "Study shows robots are better at slicing humans open than humans are" BGR 10/13
  • "This bug let a researcher bypass GoDaddy's site security tool" ZDNet 10/13
  • "Why swallowable robots could be the future of healthcare: A collaboration by Caltech researchers could pave the way for new therapies by creating tiny devices to monitor the inside of your body." ZDNet 10/13
  • "iPhone Stylus, Disney's Movies Anywhere -TMO Daily Observations 2017-10-13" The Mac Observer 10/13
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 142 | Refocusing iTunes, latest beta changes, and the future of Face ID" 9to5Mac 10/13
  • "Final Cut Pro Radio Episode 49" FCPRadio 10/13
  • "Can Google catch up to Apple in hardware?" Recode 10/13
  • "The new HomeKit abilities you need to know about, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 10/13
  • "AppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive, the latest from Oculus, and the idea of a foldable iPhone" AppleInsider 10/13
  • "All iPhones could have Face ID next year: Face ID may replace Touch ID on iPhones as early as next year." CNET 8:47 AM
  • "How Apple's iPhone X TrueDepth AR waltzed ahead of Google's Tango"  AppleInsider 10/13
  • "Latest report of Apple Pencil compatibility for iPhone goes a step further ..." 9to5Mac 10/13
  • "Rumor: Apple considering iPhone with stylus for launch in 2019" AppleInsider 10/13
  • "Future iPhones May Gain Apple Pencil Support, Copying Signature Galaxy Note Feature" HotHardware 10/13
  • "iPhone X Parts Cost Apple 31% More Than the 7-Plus, Analyst Says/New technology partly explains the iPhone X's lofty $999-and-up price tag. The biggest culprit: Samsung's shiny new Super Retina OLED display." TheStreet 10/13
  • "Face ID will replace Touch ID on all 2018 iPhones" Cult of Mac 10/13
  • "Largan developing 3D sensing solutions" ["Demand for 3D sensing is expected to grow following Apple's adoption of 3D face ID biometrics sensor for the iPhone X."] DigiTimes 10/13
  • "Apple could diversify Face ID TrueDepth camera supply chain with Largan Precision" AppleInsider 10/13
  • "iOS 11 overtakes iOS 10, now installed on nearly half of devices" iDownload Blog 10/13
  • "Apple's Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad Now Ships in 6-7 Weeks as Refresh Possible Alongside iMac Pro" MacRumors 10/13
  • "Larger Magic Keyboard shipping slips to 6-7 weeks, could suggest new model with iMac Pro" 9to5Mac 10/13
  • "Adam Donenfeld may possibly work on an iOS 10.3.3 jailbreak"  ModMyi 10/13
  • "iOS 10.3.3 Jailbreak Release Gets New Hope" Redmond Pie 10/13
  • "Apple working on a fix for GarageBand not opening after updating to iOS 11" iDownload Blog 10/13
  • "Apple Still Offering Free Delayed Battery Repairs for Some 2012 and Early 2013 MacBook Pros" MacRumors 10/13
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Sprint offers new iPhone 8 & 8 Plus deals starting at $0 down, $9.72/month" 9to5Mac 10/13
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 10/13
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 10/13
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 10/13

  • "Battle Of The Bezels: iPhone X Vs Pixel 2 XL Vs Note 8 Vs Others" Redmond Pie 8:51 PM
  • "Best Bands for the Gold Apple Watch" iMore 11:51 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 Review - Garden-Variety Facelift: Is the third-generation Apple Watch the big overhaul we've been expecting? Parent company Apple swears it is" Softpedia 9:31 AM
  • "ROMOSS Longuard 2-Port 10000mAh Power Bank review" The Gadgeteer 7:53 AM
  • "My first week with iPhone 8 Plus: The 'iPhone 8 is boring crowd' aren't the people you want to talk to at parties." Computerworld 10/13
  • "Apple TV 4K review: The ultimate iTunes box has finally arrived" Macworld 10/13
  • "iPad Pro from a college student's perspective" iDownload Blog 10/13
  • "Video: Should you buy the standard Apple Watch Series 3, or the Nike + model?" AppleInsider 10/13
  • "Review: Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad" iLounge 10/13
  • "Review: JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker" iLounge 10/13
  • "Anki Overdrive's app-steered robot race cars get a Fast & Furious boost" Macworld 10/13
  • "Google Home Mini review: Good, but not better than the Echo Dot" TechHive 10/13
  • "Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 2 review: Dalek-shaped delight" The Verge 10/13
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "8 Things iOS 11 Does So You Don't Have To" Apple Must 9:47 AM
  • "Best weather apps for Apple Watch" iMore 8:37 AM
  • "Apple TV 4K Screenshot Feature: Here's How To Use It" Redmond Pie 10/13
  • "How to Add Folders to Favorites List in Files for iOS" OS X Daily 10/13
  • "Never lose your parked car again with Siri and Maps" Cult of Mac 10/13
  • "How to automatically invoke Safari's Reader mode for specific websites" iDownload Blog 10/13
  • "How to stop your iPhone from vibrating when you receive new emails" iDownload Blog 10/13
  • "iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button" AppleInsider 10/13
  • "How to take advantage of iOS 11 privacy options for notification previews" AppleInsider 10/13
  • "Rumor: Apple Pencil Might Be Coming To The iPhone" Redmond Pie 8:51 PM
  • "Imperfect features: The iPhone X's expected flaws" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "3 Possible Reasons Why Apple Discontinued Its Sleep Monitor" iDrop News 10/13
  • "The Blame Game: When Customers Obsess Over an Apple iPhone" The Mac Observer 10/13
  • "Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos' mentor used a simple test to figure out who is a true leader" Business Insider 10/13
  • "Apple rumored to develop an iPhone stylus for launch in 2019" Mashable 10/13
  • "Is it Worth Spending Extra Money on 29W Charger to Fast Charge iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?" iPhone Hacks 10/13
  • "Sloppiness: Apple's inconsistent iPhone X design guides show attention to detail is no longer a priority" MacDailyNews 10/13
  • "How iPhone X Will Kick Start Facial Recognition Acceptance" Forbes 10/13
  • "A new iPhone X feature was just discovered and it's sheer brilliance" BGR 10/13
  • "Microsoft proves it can be just as pretentious as Apple/Commentary: Did you know that Redmond has created a color called Aqua? It describes the creation in a way that makes Jony Ive seem prosaic."  CNET 10/13
  • "Apple Has Some Puzzling Thoughts on Silicon Valley's Diversity Problem"  GQ 10/13
  • "Apple HomePod: 3 lingering questions"  Macworld 10/13
  • "So you bought a smartphone without a headphone jack. Now what?" New York Times 10/13
  • "This BMW e-bike is an absolute beast, but you'd never know it by looking" BGR 10/13
  • "Opinion: Samsung's Hold on Brexit Britain" Apple Must 10/13
  • "How secure is today's encryption against quantum computers?" BetaNews 10/13
  • "The iPhone-controlled cooler that tosses you a beer/Commentary: The Cooler Cannon responds in a way that perhaps no cooler ever has." CNET 8:37 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Disorganized techies will love this device: The 'Side Winder' is designed to keep your bulky and fragile 'MacBook' charger from fraying. It could also help to keep your electronics more organized." Mashable 8:38 PM
  • "iOS 11.1 Beta 3 / Public Beta 3 Expected Release Date" Redmond Pie 5:01 PM
  • "Coming October 14: Gene Steinberg meets tech commentators Josh Centers of TidBITS and Bryan Chaffin of The Mac Observer, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 9:23 AM
  • "TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Talos Principle'" Touch Arcade 10/13
  • "Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard + Mac" iLounge 10/13
  • "'Arena of Valor' US Release Is in November, Streaming Live Now" Touch Arcade 10/13
  • "Yale's Assure locks can now support Apple HomeKit for $50" The Verge 10/13
  • "Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Forms 'Woz U' to Reprogram Tech Education, Address Skills Gap" Business Wire 10/13
  • "Colorgram App Provides Unique Video Playback With Calming Music to Reduce Stress" PRNewswire 10/13
Computer Industry
  • "Select Microsoft Stores will let you go hands-on with the Xbox One X" Neowin 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft's newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses" SlashGear 1:15 PM
  • "Microsoft's Cortana now has the ability to remember your browsing history" Social Barrel 3:50 PM
  • "Microwaves could enable Western Digital to create 40TB hard drives" Neowin 7:52 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Cooled Power Profiles Exploration" WCCFTech 10:19 AM
  • "Microsoft proves it can be just as pretentious as Apple" CNET 10/13
  • "Microsoft and AWS buddy up to democratise machine learning" Telecoms 10/13
  • "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK launched" ITProPortal 10/13
  • "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: 10 key enterprise features" Computerworld 10/13
  • "Enterprises to get locked-down Windows 10 in six months" Computerworld 10/13
  • "IBM is using Bollywood movies to identify and neutralize gender bias" Quartz 10/13
  • "Google and IBM launch open-source project to better control containers" ITProPortal 10/13
  • "HP Inc. CEO: 3-D printing & the inevitable manufacturing" CNBC Videos 10/13
  • "HP strapped its Sprocket printer to a camera" The Verge 10/13
  • "HP Expects 2018 Profits to Be at High End of Estimates" " Investopedia 10/13
  • "HP wants to expand its Ripple Effect" Channel Eye 10/13
  • "Ireland's Ray O'Farrell will lead Dell's new $1bn IoT division" SiliconRepublic 10/13
  • "Dell EMC promises to overhaul rebates system" CRN UK 10/13
  • "Some of NOAA's satellites are still dependent on floppy disks" Marketplace 10/13
  • "17-qubit chip could shape next stage of quantum computing development" IT PRO 10/13
  • "AMD vs. Intel at 16 cores: We test Ryzen Threadripper 1950X against Core i9-7960X" PCWorld 10/13
  • "Will AMD Ryzen Laptops Be Cheaper than Intel's?" CIO Today 10/13
  • "Lloyds Banking Group explains why it opted for Oracle over SAP for its cloud ERP migration" Computerworld UK 10/13
  • "MapR Converged Data Platform now available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace for Oracle Cloud customers" Vanilla Plus 10/13
  • "Oracle Open World 2017: 9 announcements to follow from autonomous to AI" ZDNet 10/13
  • "Cisco's ACI adds multi-site support, multi-cloud coming next year" The Register 10/13
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Be Prepared for a Huge Pullback in Apple Inc. Stock: Apple stock in 2017 looks eerily like Apple stock in 2012 and 2015" InvestorPlace 10/13
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends, day week with a gain; Nasdaq logs 57th all-time high: Bank of America logs profit rise; Wells Fargo disappoints on mortgage-related charges" MarketWatch 10/13
  • "Healthcare Stocks Remain Lower Even as Broad Gains Push Markets to Records: Wall Street reached new intraday records on Friday, Oct. 13, even as the White House's surprise cut of healthcare subsidies rocked stocks in the sector." TheStreet 10/13
  • "Data, Tech Stocks boost Wall St" Reuters 10/13
  • "Nasdaq Sets New Record: U.S. bank stocks decline for the third day in row after major lenders kicked off earnings season" [Paid Membership Required] 10/13
  • "Japan's Nikkei spikes above 21,000 for first time since 1996: Asian markets mostly rise to wrap week of milestones" MarketWatch 10/13
  • "DAX on track for another record as Bayer rises on deal news: European stocks head for weekly win" MarketWatch 10/13

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