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Monday Highlights: Wired goes in-depth into "Apple's high-flying bid to become a streaming giant"; Mike Elgan believes Apple's latest iPhones beat out Google's new Pixel 4 models when it comes to innovative technologies; US lawmakers blast Apple over China app censorship; Mark Gurman hears Smart Glasses from Apple "could make 2020 the Year of AR"—reports in our Apple/Macintosh and Hardware/Software sections; as Apple's China woes persist, Tim Cook takes role of chairman of advisory board at Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management; David Shayer at TidBITS explains the reasons iOS 13 and macOS Catalina are so buggy; in search of alternative office software? Macworld reviews WPS Office; CNET looks at smartphone's rise to "become the remote control of your life"; 9to5Mac reporting some owners of Apple TV hardware seeing crashes of TV app on tvOS 13; Pixel 4's low light features "no match for iPhone 11" says Michael Simon.

  • "Apple Watch GPS functionality target of latest Uniloc patent lawsuit" AppleInsider 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Has The Power Of A Great Brand, But Clouds Are Gathering"  Seeking Alpha 10/20
  • "Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts: We will not upsell customers to the iPhone X" CNBC 10/20
  • "Apple, Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production strain: Issue with facial recognition component persists and unlikely to be resolved soon"  Nikkei 10/20
  • "Japanese Company Sues Apple Over 'Animoji' Trademark"  The Recorder [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10/20
  • "Apple Sued Over 'Animoji' Trademark" MacRumors 10/20
  • "Apple sued by Japanese company that owns Animoji trademark" The Verge 10/20
  • "Apple already being sued for iPhone X's worst feature" Cult of Mac 10/20
  • "How Apple can build a better video streaming service: With its video push, Apple rows gently down the stream. Here's how it can keep up with the competition."  Macworld 10/20
  • "Mac OSX Trojan malware spread via compromised software downloads: Supply-chain attack saw data-stealing Proton RAT loaded into legitimate downloads of Elmedia Player and Folx applications by Eltima Software." ZDNet 10/20
  • "Elmedia Player and Folx installers infected by OSX/Proton credential-stealing malware on Oct. 19" AppleInsider 10/20
  • "Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs" The Register 10/20
  • "How to enable or disable contacts, location, and event suggestions on Mac" iMore 2:45 PM
  • "How to transfer DVD and Blu-ray movies to iTunes using Vudu and Movies Anywhere" AppleInsider 10/20
  • "eXtensions -System Preferences in macOS High Sierra: Extensions" eXtensions 10/20
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Mac Modifier Keys" MacMost 10/20
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 11.0.1 (High Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 10:05 AM
  • "Tyke is the Mac's simplest note-taking app" Cult of Mac 10/20
  • "BBEdit 12.0.1 contains fixes for reported issues, as well as refinements to new features that were added in BBEdit 12.0." Bare Bones Software 10/20
  • "Cisdem Released Mac Video Converter Supports iPhone 8/Plus" Cisdem 10/20
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's new Chicago flagship store is more than an architectural marvel [Gallery] 9to5Mac 10:19 AM
  • "A Photo Tour of Apple's New Flagship Chicago Store" MacStories 10:18 AM
  • "Apple and AT&T activate LTE Band 8 to give iPhone users in Puerto Rico cellular service by Loon Balloon" TechCrunch 5:24 PM
  • "Apple Video Taps Amazon Alum Morgan Wandell to Head International Development"  Variety 10/20
  • "Apple Worldwide Video's LA office poaches Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell" AppleInsider 10/20
  • "Apple Poaches Amazon Video Exec to Head International Development" The Mac Observer 10/20
  • "Senators Cruz, Leahy Demand Answers From Apple Over Chinese Privacy App Removal: Apple removed several virtual private network apps from China's App Store in July. Cruz and Leahy want to know why."  TheStreet 10/20
  • "Senators Shame Tim Cook Over Apple VPN Ban In China" Forbes 10/20
  • "Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China's VPN ban: Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy have ten questions for Apple's CEO." Engadget 10/20
  • "Google Finds a Workaround for Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention" The Mac Observer 10/20
  • "Project Loon balloons bring LTE service to Puerto Rico with help from Apple" AppleInsider 10/20
  • "Apple's Craig Federighi Confirms There's No October Event in the Works"  MacRumors 10/20
  • "The new Apple flagship store: Own it before your friends do" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 10/20
  • "Apple's newly designed store may give glimpse into future of retail" ABCNews 10/20
  • "Apple opens flagship store in Chicago" CNBC Videos 10/20
  • "Inside Apple Michigan Ave Store Opening in Chicago (Photos)" The Mac Observer 10/20
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook touts new Chicago flagship store as a place where people can connect"  AppleInsider 10/20
  • "Delta Drops Microsoft for iPhone, iPad for Flight Crews" The Mac Observer 10/20
  • "Canada's largest mobile network says iPhone 8 sales 'anemic,' Verizon says as expected" 9to5Mac 10/20
  • "Facebook's new subscription efforts hit a roadblock with Apple" Axios 10/20
Non-Apple News
  • "Google built a new Trojan Horse to get inside every aspect of your life" Business Insider 8:45 AM
  • "Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted" Engadget 8:44 AM
  • "Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:24 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch Outsold Xbox One And PS4 In September As Total Sales Surpass 2 Million" HotHardware 10/20
  • "Turns out the government's airplane laptop ban was actually a huge fire risk" Mashable 10/20
  • "Samsung is reportedly planning to open a huge store in London to compete with Apple and Microsoft" Business Insider 10/20
  • "Samsung to Open Giant London Showroom to Rival Apple" Bloomberg 10/20
  • "Another Woman Has Accused Robert Scoble of Sexual Harassment" BuzzFeed 10/20
  • "Cult of Mac Magazine: How to collaborate in GarageBand using iCloud, and more!" Cult of Mac 10:07 AM
  • "Pixel 2 review, Vergecast edition: That camera, though" The Verge 10/20
  • "Catch the iPhone X pre-order strategies you need to know about, on The CultCastCult of Mac 10/20
  • "AppleInsider podcast discusses iPhone 8 production, FM radios, and Apple acquiring a health company" AppleInsider 10/20
  • "Helpful Terminal commands, Homebrew, and ffmpeg – Terminal Tinkering 7" The Mac Observer 10/20
  • "Latest video of iPhone X in the wild shows off white design and more" 9to5Mac 2:45 PM
  • "Apple's Upgrade Program offers a 'head start' on iPhone X: It doesn't guarantee the phone will be in stock." Engadget 8:50 AM
  • "Here's How Apple Inc. Could Price New iPhone Models in 2018" The Motley Fool 8:24 AM
  • "Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 to developers" BetaNews 8:44 AM
  • "Apple is giving select customers the best chance at pre-ordering an iPhone X" BGR 10/20
  • "Apple will have at most 3 million iPhone Xs next week, KGI says, and that won't meet immediate demand" CNBC 10/20
  • "KGI: iPhone X Production Woes Ending, but Only 2–3 Million Units Available for Launch" MacRumors 10/20
  • "Apple reportedly isn't producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales" TechCrunch 10/20
  • "It looks like Apple wants to do something about the iPhone X's sky-high price" BGR 10/20
  • "Tim Cook promises a new Mac mini will come some day" Mashable 10/20
  • "Tim Cook Confirms the Mac Mini Isn't Dead: The last time the Mac mini got a hardware refresh was in 2014 when Haswell chips were the best Intel had to offer." PC Magazine 10/20
  • "iOS 11 is now running on 55 percent of iOS devices" Neowin 10/20
  • "Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11.1 to Developers" MacRumors 10/20
  • "iOS 11.1 Beta 4 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 10/20
  • "Apple releases fourth iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS 11.1 betas" 9to5Mac 10/20
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Verizon's new phone insurance might be better than AppleCare" BGR 2:45 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 10/20
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 10/20
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 10/20

  • "Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs. Apple iPhone X: Battle of the dual cameras" Digital Trends 8:44 AM
  • "iPhone 8 Plus vs. LG G6: Which has the best camera in a smartphone? Apple's iPhone 8 Plus takes on LG's G6 in our smartphone camera shootout. Let's look at color, clarity, exposure, and overall user experience." PCWorld 10/20
  • "iPhone 8 Plus vs. Google Pixel 2 Camera Shootout: Apple Wins" Tom's Guide 10/20
  • "iPhone 8 Plus and 7 Plus photos: What's the difference?" CNET 10/20
  • "Tuscany from the lens of iPhone 8+" Om Malik 10/20
  • "Hands-on: Nomad case options for iPhone 8 Plus [Video] 9to5Mac 10/20
  • "Review: D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD HomeKit-enabled Camera" iLounge 10/20
  • "Logitech G903 review: The best wireless mouse that (lots of) money can buy" PCWorld 10/20
  • "Logitech G703 review: A mainstream wireless mouse with some exceptional features" PCWorld 10/20
  • "Logitech Powerplay review: Wireless-charging mouse pad will make you a believer" PCWorld 10/20
  • "The Best Lightning Cable for Your iPhone or iPad" AppAdvice 10/20
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands On: LookUp 4.0 for the iPhone and iPad can make browsing a dictionary a pleasure" AppleInsider 5:23 PM
  • "The Shelf for iOS 11 is one of the best iPad Pro utilities ever" Apple World Today 10/20
  • "How to Change Weather Temperature from Fahrenheit to Celsius on iPhone" OS X Daily 3:02 PM
  • "How to Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone in iOS 11" iPhone Hacks 2:39 PM
  • "How to share location, contacts, and more with iMessage on iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "How to Master iOS 11"s New Control Center: Yes, the new Control Center in iOS 11 looks different, but now you can customize it." PC Magazine 8:17 AM
  • "How to add any audio file to iPhone's Music app" Cult of Mac 10/20
  • "Taking Your iTunes Library to Android: Q. Is it possible to move or play my iTunes songs on an Android phone? I thought iTunes locked you into an Apple device, but maybe there are ways to do it?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10/20
  • "How to adjust perspective to change the focus of a photo" iDownload Blog 10/20
  • "How to zip and unzip files on iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 10/20
  • "How to set up parental controls on iPad & iPhone" Macworld UK 10/20
  • "Secret garden: how to hide apps on your iPhone" phoneArena 10/20
  • "New uses for an old Apple Watch" iMore 2:45 PM
  • "Get a Head Start on Your iPhone X Preorder on October 23" The Mac Observer 10/20
  • "How to pre-order the iPhone X the right way" Cult of Mac 10/20
  • "Stupid iPhone Tricks: Hide The Dock And The Secret iOS 11 'Dark Mode'" Forbes 10/20
  • "Comment: How the iPhone 8 & iPhone X pave the way for a fully enclosed, single piece of glass design" 9to5Mac 2:45 PM
  • "Tugging at the heart strings: AirPods ruin everything" Macworld 8:45 AM
  • "Cassandra -Bangkok Trivia: Service, Crooked SMS, iPhone Availability and The Meyerowitz Stories" eXtensions 8:24 AM
  • "The Apple Store doesn't actually sell many iPhones" BGR 10/20
  • "The Mac Mini Is Three Years Old" Pixel Envy 10/20
  • "Tim Cook Says the Mac Mini Isn't Dead, but It Sure Leaves a Lot of Performance on the Table" ExtremeTech 10/20
  • "Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover" The Register 10/20
  • "Apple's No Good, Very Bad iPhone X Launch: A Chronology" Fortune 10/20
  • "Apple's Problem Is That It Needs To Stop Trying To Upstage Samsung"  Seeking Alpha 10/20
  • "Opinion: iPhone 8 sales probably are low, as iPhone X sales are going to be huge" 9to5Mac 10/20
  • "iPhone 8 Plus vs Pixel 2 XL vs Galaxy Note 8: which one to buy" SlashGear 10/20
  • "3 Improvements to Expect in Apple's 2018 Low-Cost iPad" The Motley Fool 10/20
  • "iPhone X Facial Recognition: Security, Convenience And The User Experience" Forbes 10/20
  • "The prevalence of AI-powered IoT devices inspires mixed emotions" VentureBeat 6:52 PM
  • "I went to buy a Pixel 2. Verizon tried to sell me a Galaxy S8/Commentary: Verizon is Google's exclusive partner for the Pixel 2 phone. But I wouldn't have known that after a chat with a Verizon salesman." CNET 6:13 PM
  • "Review: Google's Pixel 2 is tantalisingly close to a leap forward" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:50 AM
  • "Laptop Starting Prices Are a Joke. Don't Be the Punchline" LAPTOP Magazine 8:24 AM
  • "Why my money's on the Google Pixel 2" iMore 10/20
  • "How People Inside Facebook Are Reacting To The Company's Election Crisis" BuzzFeed 10/20
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Redesigning the TechCrunch app" TechCrunch 8:45 AM
  • "Coming October 21: Gene Steinberg meets tech commentators Peter Cohen and Joe Wilcox, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:18 AM
  • "Twelve South Inspire [mac candle N°2] iLounge 10/20
  • "ColorWare Now Offering Apple Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad in Dozens of Colors" MacRumors 10/20
  • "Billboard Charts to Adjust Streaming Weighting in 2018" Billboard 10/20
  • "Boomerang Finally Comes to iOS" Lifehacker 10/20
  • "The Best Action RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking" Touch Arcade 10/20
  • "Mobo Greenhouse Garden - Engaging Farm Game for Preschoolers" prMac 10/20
  • "Black Operations 2 - Action-packed Strategy game comes to multi touch" prMac 10/20
Computer Industry
  • "How Microsoft embraced 'messy' creativity with Windows Ink" Engadget 8:44 AM
  • "InFluxData Teams With IBM And RedHat To Simplify Analyzing The IOT Data Deluge" Forbes 8:45 AM
  • "IBM simulates 56 qubit quantum computer which is beyond 49 qubit limit" Next Big Future 9:06 AM
  • "Oracle CEO: We're growing faster than any other scaled cloud company" Fox Business Videos 8:50 AM
  • "Software Firms Like Oracle, Salesforce and Adobe Are Well-Positioned for Deals: After a drop in software deals this year, MoffettNathanson suggests Oracle, Salesforce, Adobe, Microsoft and others should make acquisitions in the coming quarters." TheStreet 9:06 AM
  • "Intel Corp. Reportedly 'Vying Aggressively' for Huawei Chip Orders" The Motley Fool 8:09 PM
  • "Oh, Lenovo! 1,000 staff strapped to redundancy cannon" The Register 8:09 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Challenges Swift: Build 'Useful' Blockchain Applications" CoinDesk 10/20
  • "In the Elevator with Microsoft's Chief Deal Maker" [Paid Membership Required] 10/20
  • "Windows 10 can now spot when PC gamers are cheating" The Inquirer 10/20
  • "Windows 10 Now Hates Game Cheaters but There's Need to Worry Just Yet" Softpedia 10/20
  • "Microsoft adds TruePlay option to catch cheaters on Windows 10" Guru3D 10/20
  • "Microsoft spots remote security flaw in Google Chrome" Manrama Online 10/20
  • "Microsoft spots security flaw in Google Chrome that hackers can exploit" Business Standard 10/20
  • "The Sweet Taste of Revenge: Microsoft Lashes Out at Google for Chrome Flaw" Softpedia 10/20
  • "Microsoft: ARM-Based Windows Laptops to Have Amazing Battery Life" FARS News Agency 10/20
  • "Snapdragon-based Windows 10 laptops to have 'multi-day' battery life" The Economic Times 10/20
  • "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers" The Register 10/20
  • "Improved Security Most Important New Feature in Windows 10 Update" eWeek 10/20
  • "Microsoft is killing off Office Mix, bringing capabilities to PowerPoint" Neowin 10/20
  • "IBM's Watson Beat: who owns music made by a machine?" The Next Web 10/20
  • "HP Enterprise's Disappointing Outlook Could Lead Activists to Push for a Sale" TheStreet 10/20
  • "Grab a 15-inch Dell gaming laptop for just £700 from Amazon UK" Windows Central 10/20
  • "Africa: Dell Commits U.S.$37 Million to Bridge ICT Divide" allAfrica 10/20
  • "Purism disables Intel's flawed Management Engine on Linux-powered laptops" The Inquirer 10/20
  • "PC maker Purism disables flawed Intel Management Engine" Computing 10/20
  • "Amazon and Intel release hardware development kit for Alexa" The Inquirer 10/20
  • "Intel is the latest to jump on the Amazon Alexa bandwagon" Telecoms 10/20
  • "Intel's Speech Enabling Developer Kit aims to spread Alexa voice control further" IT PRO 10/20
  • "Amazon and Intel join forces to bring Alexa to third-party developers" SiliconRepublic 10/20
  • "MSI announcesfanless aluminum mini PC: MSI Cubi 3 Silent and Cubi 3 Silent S" Guru3D 10/20
  • "Intel Capital fuels innovation with new US$60 million investments in 15 data-focused startups" DigiTimes 10/20
  • "Intel's 10nm Cannon Lake Processors To Feature AVX-512 Support" HotHardware 10/20
  • "AMD releases latest driver updates for Radeon Pro graphics cards" V3 10/20
  • "Oracle and Fujitsu SPARC up M12 big iron" The Register 10/20
  • "Cisco Warns 69 Products Impacted By KRACK" Threatpost 10/20
  • "Machine-learning startup Perspica to be crushed into Cisco's analytics biz" The Register 10/20
  • "Cisco snaps up machine learning outfit Perspica" ZDNet 10/20
  • "Cisco Seeks to Protect Blockchain System for IoT Device Tracking" CoinDesk 10/20
  • "Southend to deploy smart city initiatives with Cisco" IT PRO 10/20
  • "Bridging the AV/IT gap at Cisco Live US" WebWire 10/20
  • "Vision is the next big challenge for chips" ZDNet 10/20
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Market Cap Lead Over Alphabet Tops $100 Billion" 24/7 Wall St. 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Is Beginning to Test the Patience of Its Investors: AAPL stock needs something big to move the needle"  InvestorPlace 10/20
  • "Apple iPhone X Delay Is OK, 8 'Not A Dud': Instinet analysts see a delay in their estimate for iPhone X production, but they maintain their Apple stock price target." Barron's 10/20
  • "Apple and The Chipmakers Are In For A Wild Ride" Investopedia 10/20
  • "iPhone X: Apple shares drop amid rumours that demand is low for iPhone 8" The Independent 10/20
  • "Fly Charts: Apple's iPhone 8 Hopes and Fidelity's Fee Fears" BloombergGadfly 10/20
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks This Week: IBM and PayPal Jump, and Alphabet Invests in Lyft" The Motley Fool 10:17 AM
  • "Stocks score fresh records as Senate clears tax-cut hurdle: Bank shares buoyant on budget news" MarketWatch 10/20
  • "Tax Progress Boosts Wall Street, Major Indexes Trade Above Records: Stocks are rising after the Senate votes for a budget blueprint that paves the way for major tax cuts." TheStreet 10/20
  • "Stocks at record highs as Congress inches closer to tax cuts" FOXBusiness 10/20
  • "Stocks, Dollar Jump After Senate Passes Budget Proposal: The Dow's weekly gain of 2% was its biggest since mid-September" 10/20
  • "Dollar storms higher on revived hopes for tax cuts: The U.S. dollar shot to the highest level in roughly three months against the yen and stormed ahead against other rivals on Friday. The move came after the U.S. Senate passed a budget blueprint, which could clear the way for tax cuts seen as positive for the greenback, and extended after September home-sales data." MarketWatch 10/20
  • "European stocks nudge higher as Volvo rallies: European stocks edged higher Friday, but Spanish stocks were held back as worries persisted about the Spain-Catalonia standoff over independence for the wealthy region." MarketWatch 10/20

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