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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?

  • "Inside Apple's Struggle to Get the iPhone X to Market on Time: The company let suppliers reduce accuracy of the phone's Face ID system to speed up production."  Bloomberg 7:27 AM
  • "Apple calls claim that it reduced accuracy of Face ID to meet demand is 'completely false'"  TechCrunch 11:19 AM
  • "Apple calls report of reduced iPhone X Face ID specs 'completely false'" Ars Technica 12:12 PM
  • "Apple denies Face ID report, calling it 'completely false'" Business Insider 12:11 PM
  • "Report: Apple Reduced Face ID Accuracy to Allow iPhone X Production" PC Magazine 7:29 AM
  • "Meet The Woman Who Wants To Change The Way You Buy Your iPhone: The mall is dying — but Apple's retail chief Angela Ahrendts is reimagining the company's stores anyway."  BuzzFeed 9:47 AM
  • "Apple's Billion-Dollar Bet on Hollywood Is the Opposite of Edgy: A conservative corporation takes its first steps into a new industry."  Bloomberg 7:27 AM
  • "Apple's new TV shows will be nipple-free: Tim Cook doesn't really want 'Game of Thrones,' after all. At least not right away." Recode 9:47 AM
  • "Apple Buys Kiwi Wireless Charging Company" Investopedia 7:27 AM
  • "Apple acquires New Zealand wireless charging company"  Reuters 7:28 AM
  • "Apple doubles down on wireless charging with its latest acquisition" TechCrunch 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's PowerbyProxi Acquisition Bolsters Its Wireless Charging Portfolio" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "Apple hires top UK TV executive to help boost video content: Silicon Valley in talent grab as it competes with Hollywood in online entertainment"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:12 AM
  • "Apple hires ex-BBC and Channel 4 executive Jay Hunt" BBC 11:09 AM
  • "Walmart plans to deploy 100,000 Macs to save on employee PC costs"  AppleInsider 5:03 PM
  • "Top Mac software maker embraces Windows, changes name" Cult of Mac 11:42 AM
  • "iTunes 12.7: Can you really delete iOS apps stored by iTunes?" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "How to Clear a Dropbox File that Won't Sync" TidBITS 8:44 AM
  • "How to Free Space on Your Mac, One Way or Another" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:03 PM
  • "Movies Anywhere (mostly) opens the closed iTunes ecosystem" The Robservatory 12:39 PM
  • "How to Take Screenshots of the Apple TV – Look, Ma, No Wires Edition" Kirkville 10:29 AM
  • "Managing Apple Music iPhone Downloads" MacMost 2:39 PM
  • "Where's the macOS GUI App For High Sierra Snapshots?" The Mac Observer 3:27 PM
  • "Waiting on the next Final Cut Pro X Update: October 2017" FCPXtv 9:00 AM
Press Releases
  • "Autodesk Launches Services Marketplace for AEC Industry" Architosh 8:25 PM
  • "macOS 10.13 High Sierra Hackintosh Now Possible With UniBeast 8.0 Release" Redmond Pie 11:09 AM
  • "'Observer' Horror Cyberpunk Game Starring Rutger Hauer Now Available on Mac" MacRumors 8:00 AM
  • "We Are Publishing the First Videos From FCPX World In Broadcast At IBC" 8:00 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple and Cochlear launch product that streams calls straight to implant in ear"  Sydney Morning Herald 7:33 AM
  • "Stream directly from your iPhone to your cochlear implant sound processor with this new device and app" Mashable 8:07 AM
  • "Apple, Samsung may face off in May for damages retrial" CNET 3:04 PM
  • "Apple May Have Acquired Camera Sensor Company InVisage Earlier This Year" MacRumors 10:44 AM
  • "Apple may have bought camera sensor firm InVisage for better low-light iPhone images" AppleInsider 1:06 PM
  • "Toshiba board approves sale of memory chip unit" ["Shareholders of the Japanese firm gave the green light to the planned sale of its memory unit to a consortium led by US private equity fund Bain Capital. Other device and component makers such as Apple, Dell, and SK hynix are also participating in the consortium."] The Investor 9:10 AM
  • "iPhone X App Switching Demoed in New Video as Apple Revamps Homepage Ahead of Pre-Orders" MacRumors 7:55 AM
  • "Look how beautiful app switching is on iPhone X" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Council representing Apple & other tech companies says AI could add $13T to global economy by 2025" 9to5Mac 3:28 PM
  • "Apple Claims Fix For Missing 4K Movies - But Offers No Explanation" Forbes 9:03 AM
  • "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: There's 'way too much hype' around Elon Musk's Tesla" CNBC 1:06 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "AT&T is using new LTE tech to dramatically speed up its network this year" BGR 7:54 PM
  • "Google Hit A Screen Snag, But The Pixel 2 XL Still Tops The Android Heap" Digital Trends 3:44 PM
  • "Russian company that downloaded NSA hacking tools later deleted them" Axios 10:29 AM
  • "Bad Rabbit ransomware attack bites Europe: Russia, Ukraine and Turkey are among the nations that have fallen victim to Bad Rabbit, which appears to be related to Petya." CNET 9:13 AM
  • "Kaspersky Lab says popular dating apps vulnerable to three types of attack" 9to5Mac 8:43 AM
  • "These Explosions Show Why the FAA Doesn't Want Laptops in Luggage" Wired 7:48 AM
  • "Sprint sees glimmer of comeback as merger deal nears" CNET 7:43 AM
  • "T-Mobile, Sprint ready board committees to decide on merger: sources" Reuters 7:28 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 28 – Interview: Automation and Apps with Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise" MacStories 1:05 PM
  • "#212: The Leaks are Coming From Inside the House/Would you let Amazon into your house? What happened to Apple doubling down on secrecy? Are you lining up for an iPhone X—and is it the ultimate form of Apple's smartphone?" Relay FM: Clockwise 12:47 PM
  • "How hard is it going to be to get an iPhone X? (The 3:59, Ep. 305): We talk about the struggles Apple has had making iPhone X units, Amazon's new Key service and Verizon Wireless giving you 4K video streams." CNET 12:38 PM
  • "Apple reportedly compromised on the accuracy of the iPhone X's Face ID sensor to ramp up production" Business Insider 7:49 AM
  • "iPhone X: Apple may only push out half as many as planned/But the situation may not be as dire as we first thought." CNET 7:43 AM
  • "iPhone X will be available in-store on launch day, says Apple - but arrive early" ZDNet 7:25 AM
  • "iPhone X hijacks days before preorders: Images of the new flagship phone replace the usual slew of devices Apple offers on its home page." CNET 7:42 AM
  • "New renders imagine iPhone X notch + bezel design coming to MacBook, iMac, iPad, more [Gallery] 9to5Mac 1:04 PM
  • "iPhone LCD panel supplier LG Display says demand remains strong" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "Apple and Cochlear partner on new hearing implant technology" AppleInsider 7:55 PM
  • "Cassandra -Troubleshooting a Disappearing Keyboard in iOS apps" eXtensions 9:17 AM
  • "Apple now offers warranty on unlocked iPhones" DailyTech 7:57 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "T-Mobile Offers The Best Apple Watch 3 Financing Deal Of All The U.S. Wireless Carriers" Forbes 7:39 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:33 AM

  • "Beats Studio 3 Wireless Review: Bifurcating Ecosystems/Great for Apple users, mediocre for everyone else" The Verge 8:13 AM
  • "Woolnut MacBook sleeve review: Pure leather luxury for your Mac" Cult of Mac 12:39 PM
  • "Review: The Logitech MX Ergo Will Make Trackballs Cool Again" Forbes 1:05 PM
  • "Comparative review: Do you need a GoPro, or will a Yi or Aukey clone do the job?" 9to5Mac 2:27 PM
  • "Review: Braven Stryde 360 Bluetooth Speaker" iLounge 2:33 PM
  • "Roku Ultra (2017) review: Stuck in the middle" TechHive 7:55 AM
  • "Sharp Roku TV review: A good entry-level 4K UHD TV" TechHive 7:54 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Leaked watchOS 4.1 GM release notes suggest no Apple Pay Cash w/ iOS 11.1" 9to5Mac 7:55 PM
  • "Supposed watchOS 4.1 GM release notes tip music streaming, GymKit integration" AppleInsider 5:55 PM
  • "Film buffs will find Reelgood a solid alternative to 'Can I Stream It?'" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "How to Disable True Tone on iPhone Displays" OS X Daily 2:33 PM
  • "How to fix problems with iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad" AppleInsider 2:28 PM
  • "How to switch between AirPlay devices in iOS 11" Cult of Mac 1:11 PM
  • "How to enable Wi-Fi on your iPhone and iPad" iMore 12:39 PM
  • "How to Block and Mute Unwanted iMessages" Apple Must 11:05 AM
  • "How Hard Is it to Upgrade the RAM in a New iMac? An Investigation by a Noob: To save $600 on an upgrade, I immediately took a knife to my brand new computer." Motherboard 9:02 AM
  • "How to use Power Reserve on your Apple Watch with watchOS 4" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "iPhone X: Should you preorder?" iMore 9:08 PM
  • "iOS 11: How to Turn On the Long Exposure Live Photo Effect" The Mac Observer 12:06 PM
  • "iPhone photography Tip: Use flash during the day to make your photos more vivid" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
  • "How To Secure an iPhone X Pre-order on October 27" iPhone Hacks 8:07 AM
  • "iPhone X: When, where, and how to preorder Apple's latest smartphone/Pre-orders for the iPhone X start this Friday. Here's how to get one from Apple, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon." Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Waterproof? Dust-Resistant? Making Sense of Gadget Ratings" PC Magazine 7:29 AM
  • "Apple just bought its own wireless charging company. Here's why.: Apple has purchased PowerbyProxi, a small, wireless charging technology company in New Zealand. But it's not likely using PowerbyProxi for what you think." Computerworld 7:41 PM
  • "On Bloomberg's Report That Apple Downgraded the Accuracy of Face ID to Improve iPhone X Production Speed" Pixel Envy 6:01 PM
  • "Apple's PowerbyProxi Acquisition Bolsters Its Wireless Charging Portfolio" HotHardware 5:07 PM
  • "The case for, and against, pre-ordering the iPhone X: What you should consider before ordering a $1,000 phone" CNET 3:28 PM
  • "Five reasons to skip the iPhone X" iMore 11:36 AM
  • "No, iPhone X buyers don't have to worry about all the problems plaguing the Pixel 2 XL" BGR 10:29 AM
  • "With iPhone X, Apple just took a step to emotion sensing: I think Apple may go in a very interesting direction with the new Animoji feature inside the iPhone X."  Computerworld 9:29 AM
  • "Apple's New Approach to Product Development" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:02 AM
  • "More Evidence That Apple's $1,150 iPhone X Will Sell Well -- if Apple Can Build Them" The Motley Fool 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's PowerbyProxi acquisition hints at broader wireless charging ambitions" VentureBeat 8:09 AM
  • "Don't Rule Microsoft Out of the Digital Assistant Race" Tech.pinions 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Reduced Face ID Accuracy to Speed Up iPhone X Production" MacRumors 7:55 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (28): Complying with Laws; Disaster Looming or Averted; Necessary Updates" eXtensions 7:34 AM
  • "Here's What's New in the Android 8.1 Developer Preview" Thurrott 6:46 PM
  • "Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect, and that makes me sad: Robbing the Xbox of its eyes and ears makes it a lesser platform." Ars Technica 5:02 PM
  • "Chromebook vs. laptop: Which OS wins the battle for your desktop?" Digital Trends 2:46 PM
  • "How an antivirus program could accidentally smuggle government secrets into Russia: Kaspersky Lab has been accused of espionage, but the company says there's an honest explanation" The Verge 12:47 PM
  • "Amazon Key wants to let people into your house" Six Colors 10:29 AM
  • "Facebook's Aggressive Moves on Startups Threaten Innovation" Wired 7:48 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "DxO buys the Nik Collection to save it from an untimely demise" TechCrunch 8:30 PM
  • "Jamf Pro 10 Apple Device Management Suite to Debut Oct. 31" eWeek 3:51 PM
  • "Google redesigns Science Journal w/ focus on note taking, more sensor readings, now on iOS" 9to5Google 12:38 PM
  • "App Camp for Girls Hosts Fireside Chats with Developers and Others in the Apple Community" MacStories 11:58 AM
  • " Brings Apple Pay to its Customers in the UAE" PRNewswire 12:41 PM
  • "C Spire to offer iPhone X on its wireless network beginning Friday, November 3" PRNewswire 11:49 AM
  • "Google Leads in AI Powered Smartphones, says Strategy Analytics" [Apple in second] PRNewswire 11:48 AM
  • "Amazon's new home delivery camera doubles as an Apple HomeKit security competitor" AppleInsider 9:34 AM
  • "Save $10 on the Phonesoap 2.0, a sanitizing case for your smartphone" Mashable 9:34 AM
  • "NantHealth's Vitality Mobile App Now Available on Apple and Android Devices" Business Wire 8:33 AM
  • "How to turn your watch, shoes, or household junk into a password: Researchers are exploring ways to use your smartphone's camera as a secure way to identify yourself." ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Looking at Alternatives for Email Apps Now That Alto Mail Is Discontinued" AppAdvice 8:00 AM
  • "The Best iPhone 8 cases under 15 dollars (this list works with the iPhone 7 as well!)" Mobile Reviews Eh 7:59 AM
  • "Honda's 2018 Gold Wing is first CarPlay-compatible motorcycle" AppleInsider 7:54 AM
  • "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Is Coming to iOS" MacStories 8:52 AM
  • "Nintendo Officially Announces 'Animal Crossing Pocket Camp', Coming Late November" Touch Arcade 7:57 AM
  • "Nintendo's 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' to land on iOS in November" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Google and Cisco Strike Cloud Partnership: Both companies need a boost in the corporate computing market amid increasing competition from Amazon and Microsoft" [Paid Membership Required] 7:51 AM
  • "Google and Cisco have teamed up in the cloud wars against Amazon and Microsoft" Business Insider 7:49 AM
  • "Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:27 AM
  • "Cisco and Google partner on new hybrid-cloud approach: Goodzilla/Look out Amazon Web Services, by using Kubernetes and Istio, Google will enable Cisco customers to easily move and run their applications both on their own data centers and Google Cloud Platform." ZDNet 10:29 AM
  • "Google And Cisco Join Forces To Bring Kubernetes Container Tech To The 'Hybrid Cloud'" Forbes 7:39 AM
  • "Google and Cisco hook up to boost cloud services" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:39 AM
  • "Cisco and and Google connect legacy on-prem apps to the cloud with new hybrid cloud solution" V3 8:32 AM
  • "Google and Cisco announce hybrid cloud partnership" TechCrunch 8:01 AM
  • "HP's Plans for 3D Metal Printing Could be a Game Changer" The Motley Fool 7:51 AM
  • "GE, Microsoft to announce deeper industrial internet partnership" Reuters 3:34 PM
  • "Satya Nadella's Rise From Bing Through the Cloud" Bloomberg Video 7:51 AM
  • "Nadella on Changing Microsoft's Culture and LinkedIn" Bloomberg Video 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO on What His One Big Mistake Taught Him" Bloomberg Video 7:50 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Ending Kinect Production: Redmond will still support Kinect for Xbox users, but is no longer producing new Kinect devices, according to a report from Co. Design." PC Magazine 3:34 PM
  • "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Controlled Folder Access Nullifies Ransomware Attacks" HotHardware 5:08 PM
  • "IBM is the latest tech giant to extend parental leave" CNET 7:43 AM
  • "IBM now offers more than 4 months paid maternity leave" TechCrunch 8:01 AM
  • "IBM giving its parents $50,000 per child for disability services" Austin American-Statesman [Free Registration Required] 9:05 AM
  • "IBM is now giving new moms 20 weeks off (but is still rolling back telecommuting)" Quartz 3:03 PM
  • "IBM doubles paid time off for new parents" CNNMoney 12:48 PM
  • "IBM Beats Google To Achieve 'Impossible' Quantum Computing Milestone" Fossbytes 9:06 AM
  • "Inside IBM's $7-Billion Cloud-Solutions Business: 4 Great Digital-Transformation Stories" Forbes 9:06 AM
  • "IBM brings 3D stacking to FlashSystem" ZDNet 9:07 PM
  • "Lenovo and Intel look to kill off passwords" ITProPortal 8:55 AM
  • "Lenovo's latest Intel laptops will eliminate the need for passwords" MSPoweruser 8:55 AM
  • "Lenovo, Intel take first step toward killing passwords" IANS 8:54 AM
  • "Lenovo, Intel Look to Eliminate Passwords With FIDO-Certified Windows PCs" Gadgets 360 8:55 AM
  • "Intel helped Google build the Pixel 2's custom camera SoC" Ars Technica 11:58 AM
  • "How AMD Can Hurt Intel: Expectations for Intel have grown, making it vulnerable to gains by its smaller rival" [Paid Membership Required] 1:05 PM
  • "AMD forecasts sequential revenue drop in fourth quarter, shares plummet" Reuters 9:34 AM
  • "AMD Is Paying the Brutal Price for Not Delivering 'Near Perfect' Earnings: Wall Street was disappointed by the chip giant's lackluster revenue and gross margin guidance for the fourth quarter." TheStreet 9:34 AM
  • "AMD disappoints despite sexy new processors" TechCentral 8:55 AM
  • "AMD's cryptocurrency boost may be nearing its end" Business Insider 10:35 AM
  • "AMD Rout Cools Semiconductors' Hot Streak: Declines show investors have set a high bar for fast-rising stocks" WSJ Blogs 11:57 AM
  • "AMD Returns To GAAP Profitability In Q3 Thanks To Strong Ryzen And Radeon Demand" HotHardware 5:08 PM
  • "Dell Expands PCaaS, Management Options for Workforce Transformation" The Financial 9:09 AM
  • "Channel to lead transformation, says Dell EMC" IT-Online 9:09 AM
  • "Dell integrates desktop, mobile management for UEM" Tech Central 9:10 AM
  • "Dell streamlines Windows 10 and PC deployments with PCaaS" IT PRO 9:10 AM
  • "How is the big switch to the public cloud working out? Thing is, Oracle 'n' pals are not only ones pushing an agenda..." The Register 7:42 AM
  • "Kaspersky admits to reaping hacking tools from NSA employee PC: Apparently, a pirate download of Microsoft Office could be the root of all the trouble." ZDNet 7:26 AM
  • "AI and Internet of Things will drive digital transformation through 2020" ZDNet 1:11 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Has One Thing Keeping It From Being a True Innovator: Former Apple CEO/Former Apple CEO John Sculley is quick to praise the company's latest round of products. But, he points out a key issue that many Apple investors should think about."  TheStreet 3:28 PM
  • "Apple initiated with a buy rating at HSBC" MarketWatch 8:14 AM
  • "Why Samsung's Stock Will Outshine Apple" Investopedia 7:27 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow down by triple digits as stocks sag on a string of disappointing earnings: Chipotle and AMD drag on the S&P 500" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Wall Street Retreats as Selling Momentum Pushes Stocks Lower: A selloff on Wall Street picks up speed on Wednesday, as a series of disappointing earnings encourage bearish sentiment among investors." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 register worst day in seven weeks" Reuters 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Drop on Lackluster Earnings: Chipotle, AMD, AT&T and Boeing trade lower after reporting results" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Japan's Nikkei breaks 16-session winning streak; Chinese stocks climb as Xi re-elected: The loss in Tokyo marks the first this month" MarketWatch 8:17 AM
  • "Gucci parent helps lift luxury stocks, but European markets stay in their rut: U.K. GDP expands more than anticipated" MarketWatch 8:17 AM

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