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Friday Highlights: Xinhua says Apple expecting "greater cooperation with China on clean energy"; Apple reveals recycling goals, and environmental efforts in their 2019 Progress Report; iFixit calls Daisy Robot "a stunt" but thinks rest of Apple's recycling ideas good; 9to5Mac keeps the macOS 10.15 details flowing today noting both Siri Shortcuts as well as Screen Time will come to Mac; Eclectic Light Company compares Intel and ARM systems; Jason Cipriani explores alternative ecosystems to Apple's; Foxconn says "still committed" to Wisconsin jobs; Bare Feats benchmark comparison of 2019 Core i9 iMac 27 to the 2017 iMac Pro; Google's Pixel bests iPhone X with photos of the Aurora; The Verge, Business Insider review the new Samsung Galaxy Fold.

  • "Apple breaks $900 billion market cap, leads Wall Street to record highs: Wall Street closed at a record high on Wednesday as Apple's market capitalization climbed above the $900 billion mark and videogame makers rallied."  Reuters 3:18 PM
  • "Apple Is Now a $900 Billion Company"  WSJ Blogs 10:11 AM
  • "Apple Is Working on 2018 iPad Redesign With Facial Recognition"  Bloomberg 2:02 PM
  • "Apple to Ramp Up Work on Augmented Reality Headset"  Bloomberg 7:04 AM
  • "Apple reportedly readying standalone AR headset for 2019: The device would run rOS —¬†Apple's 'reality operating system'" The Verge 7:04 AM
  • "Apple is building augmented reality glasses that overlay the digital world on top of the real world: Report" CNBC 7:09 AM
  • "Apple 'ramping up' plans to make augmented reality headset, set to launch in 2019" V3 9:50 AM
  • "How the iPhone earned its security record: Facial recognition is the latest in a complex arsenal of defences"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:45 AM
  • "When Watch surpassed iPod" asymco 9:05 AM
  • "Aetna working with Apple on health and fitness apps" ["Aetna workers are co-located at Apple's offices in Cupertino, he said, as the company looks to have a variety of apps ready in time for the Jan. 1 start of the Apple Watch pilot program."]  Axios 7:09 AM
  • "Dear Tim Cook: An open letter to Apple's CEO from the Süddeutsche Zeitung's editor-in-chief." ["In Germany, Apple is estimated (you don't publish the exact figures) to have generated revenues in the billions last year – of which it paid 25 million euros in taxes. In other words, only 0.2 percent of the taxes that Apple paid worldwide ended up here. This does not even remotely stand in relation to the percentage of global sales and profits Apple logged in Germany. I'm sure you can appreciate the difficulty we have explaining this to our readers."]  Süddeutsche Zeitung 8:01 AM
  • "'No evidence that Apple's cash was moved to Jersey': Two subsidiaries of tech giant Apple at the centre of an international tax scandal were never registered in Jersey, the head of the Island's financial regulator has said."  Jersey Evening Post 7:59 AM
  • "Apple to hold Apple Park Visitor Center grand opening on November 17"  9to5Mac 9:01 PM
  • "Apple Park Visitor Center to see Nov. 17 grand opening" AppleInsider 9:06 PM
  • "China-owned Opera touts big comeback: Opera released an overhaul of its browser today, and claims to have grown its market share substantially in the year since it was acquired by a Chinese private equity company a year ago." The Register 7:24 AM
  • "How to Lock Your Mac Screen and Protect It from Prying Eyes" Intego 2:08 PM
  • "Is there any way to shorten the available Wi-Fi list in macOS and iOS? Unfortunately, no" Macworld 7:17 AM
Press Releases
  • "SuperDuper! Updated for macOS High Sierra and APFS" MacStories 3:47 PM
  • "Red Giant Announces Universe 2.2: Fast, Easy and Awesome Transitions" Red Giant 1:54 PM
  • "Google plans to update Chrome with better ad-fighting features" The Next Web 3:39 PM
  • "Google Chrome update makes it harder for shady sites to hijack your browser" Mashable 11:04 AM
  • "Twitterrific for macOS Adds Poll Support and Other Refinements" MacStories 8:11 AM
  • "Twitterrific for Mac 5.2 Brings Experimental Twitter Poll Detection Feature" MacRumors 7:00 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon Morning Show Drama Lands at Apple With 2-Season Order"  The Hollywood Reporter 2:01 PM
  • "Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon Drama Series Headed to Apple: Tech firm wins as-yet-untitled program, set in the world of television morning-news shows" [Paid Membership Required] 2:07 PM
  • "Apple is making a new TV show starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston" Recode 2:08 PM
  • "Apple brings 'Everyone Can Code' curriculum to over 20 international schools, including RMIT in Australia" 9to5Mac 9:07 PM
  • "Drake's Hotline to Hollywood: Inside an Ambitious Push Into Film and TV/At home in Toronto with music's reigning (and restless) hitmaker as he shifts his focus to new projects with Netflix and Apple and unveils plans to 'take six months or a year to myself and do some great films.'" The Hollywood Reporter 9:29 AM
  • "Drake has plans to make movies and TV with Netflix, Apple, and Moonlight studio A24" The Verge 9:30 AM
  • "Apple Has Given Drake Permission to Produce 'Whatever He Chooses' Amid His Push Into TV and Film" MacRumors 10:43 AM
  • "Aetna CEO wants health care to look more like Apple Store" ["Bertolini says health care should take a lot of cues from Apple, noting people are already willing to make appointments at the Genius Bar. Not only that, but they willingly pay money."]  Axios 7:11 AM
  • "Apple says it immediately contacted FBI about unlocking Texas shooter's iPhone: Apple is refuting the FBI's official account" The Verge 9:39 PM
  • "FBI said to have missed opportunity to unlock Texas shooter's iPhone" AppleInsider 6:03 PM
  • "FBI may have lost critical time unlocking Texas shooter's iPhone" Reuters 3:59 PM
  • "Texas church shooting revives an old FBI-Apple privacy debate" Associated Press 10:55 AM
  • "Steven Soderbergh's New App, Mosaic, Will Change How You Watch TV" ["Mosaic, which is available today for iOS devices, started out of frustration. Soderbergh was getting increasingly annoyed with the Hollywood system and starting to realize the general structure and grammar of what a film looked like hadn't evolved in decades."] Wired 9:07 AM
  • "The 'Made In Paris' Short Film Was Shot Entirely On iPhone X, Watch It Here [Video] Redmond Pie 3:39 PM
  • "Emoji app endorsed by Rob Gronkowski is falsely touting Steve Wozniak as an advisor" Yahoo! Finance 7:10 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Chrome 64 to halt annoying redirect attempts while browsing" Neowin 6:22 PM
  • "AT&T CEO says he has no intention of selling CNN after DOJ demands sale as condition for Time Warner deal" CNBC 3:22 PM
  • "Equifax, Yahoo fail to answer the most basic questions during Senate hearing" ZDNet 3:13 PM
  • "Sprint service is about to get more expensive: CEO Marcelo Claure teases a price hike coming next quarter." CNET 2:08 PM
  • "Xbox One X Downloads Are Absolutely Gigantic, And That's A Problem" Forbes 2:02 PM
  • "FBI again finds itself unable to unlock a gunman's cellphone" Associated Press 7:20 AM
  • "Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed" TechCrunch 7:16 AM
  • "Logitech's bricking stunt reminds us why cloud-powered gadgets suck" The Next Web 7:05 AM
  • "Logitech will brick Harmony Link hardware - on purpose: Logitech will deactivate all Harmony Link remote control hubs through a software 'update' next year" V3 7:00 AM
  • "Hacking medical devices is the next big security concern: A wide range of vulnerabilities in hospitals worldwide have been uncovered" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:45 AM
  • "Encryption Debate, Apple's Paradise Papers, iPhone X -ACM 436" The Mac Observer 3:57 PM
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 41: Earning Hands On Time With The iPhone X" AppAdvice 2:28 PM
  • "#214: The Table is Totally Irrelevant/Online payment services and Apple Pay Cash, tech workarounds we love, whether wearables will work, and AR's killer apps—or lack thereof." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:08 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 30 – The Apps and Workflows We Use to Cover Apple Earnings Calls" MacStories 10:21 AM
  • "#17: Schrödinger's Hedgehog/It's iPhone X week, and we're back with our impressions, answers about the cameras, Face ID and more." Relay FM 8:39 AM
  • "Let's Talk Jailbreak 167: Honorable mentions" iDownload Blog 7:03 AM
  • "iOS' latest version has hit a low adoption point, but it is still way ahead of Android" Business Insider 6:50 AM
  • "iOS 11 adoption can't keep up with iOS 10" Cult of Mac 7:15 AM
  • "iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS" Computerworld 2:28 PM
  • "Majority of iPhones & iPads now running iOS 11, but adoption lagging due to iPhone X" 9to5Mac 7:17 AM
  • "DxOMark: Pixel 2 Finishes Ahead of iPhone X in Camera Tests" Thurrott 10:40 AM
  • "iPhone X Costs Apple $370 in Materials, IHS Markit Teardown Reveals" Business Wire 7:57 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X Parts Cost $115 More Than iPhone 8, IHS Says" Bloomberg 7:09 AM
  • "Teardown Reveals iPhone X Parts Cost $370" PC Magazine 6:37 AM
  • "Apple Pay Cash Debuts in New iOS 11.2 Beta" MacTrast 7:38 AM
  • "iPhone X issues: air bubbles, banding, oleophobic coating wearing off & more" iDownload Blog 9:28 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "PSA: Apple is currently sold out of refurbished iPhones, but better deals still exist elsewhere" 9to5Mac 8:56 PM

  • "Video: Apple's iPhone X speakers sound off louder than iPhone 8 Plus" AppleInsider 9:06 PM
  • "Video: Apple's iPhone X speakers vs. Samsung's Galaxy Note 8" AppleInsider 9:07 PM
  • "iPhone X follow-up thoughts" The Loop 3:28 PM
  • "The Inner Workings of the iPhone's Portrait Mode Photography" AppAdvice 9:59 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple updates Workflow with iOS 11 & iPhone X optimizations" AppleInsider 8:55 PM
  • "Apple Pay Cash Preview: A Look at Apple's New Peer-to-Peer Payments Service" MacRumors 5:57 PM
  • "Comparison: The best apps for identifying fonts with your iPhone" 9to5Mac 10:10 AM
  • "How to Migrate to New iPhone X from an Old iPhone the Fast Way" OS X Daily 2:44 PM
  • "iPhone X Gestures, Hidden Tips & Tricks, More [Video] Redmond Pie 2:06 PM
  • "iOS 11: Enable Private Notifications to Dissuade Prying Eyes" The Mac Observer 1:55 PM
  • "Is your iPhone's battery life terrible on iOS 11.1? Here's a temporary workaround" ZDNet 9:29 AM
  • "How to quickly disable Face ID on the iPhone X" iMore 9:07 AM
  • "Apple Pay Cash: How to use your iPhone's new Venmo feature" CNET 2:44 PM
  • "How To Setup And Use Apple Pay Cash On iPhone, iPad" Redmond Pie 8:38 AM
  • "Animoji problems and how to fix them" iMore 7:55 AM
  • "You can now view detailed App Store and iTunes purchase history on iOS" 9to5Mac 5:47 PM
  • "Add International Keyboards on an iPhone: Q. My new iPhone does not have a little globe key on the keyboard like I've seen on other people's Apple phones. Mine just has the 'happy face' key. Why is this?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 9:51 AM
  • "There's a trick that makes your iPhone X battery pretty much last forever" BGR 9:49 AM
  • "4 ways to make Siri smarter on your iPhone: Because a smarter Siri makes your life easier." CNET 7:58 AM
  • "Don't Use the Calculator on iOS 11.1" Lifehacker 7:18 AM
  • "Amazon and Google have big lead as Apple prepares to bring HomePod assistant to market" The Star: Malaysia 9:40 PM
  • "Apple's Final Cut Pro X, Swift among the top 20 fastest growing, in demand skills"  AppleInsider 9:07 PM
  • "Barry Ritholtz: 'Why Apple Should Buy Netflix'" Daring Fireball 5:49 PM
  • "Report: The FBI may have made a crucial mistake in its efforts to unlock the Texas shooter's iPhone" 9to5Mac 5:47 PM
  • "Why You Don't Need an iPhone X—Or Any Other Expensive New Phone" Gizmodo 3:28 PM
  • "Bezel-less iPad Pro renders envision what Apple could launch next year" 9to5Mac 3:28 PM
  • "Here's why the iPhone X selfie camera is freaking some people out" Mashable 3:15 PM
  • "Barry Ritholtz: 'Why Apple Should Buy Netflix'" Daring Fireball 3:11 PM
  • "Comment: Apple Watch prices at $179 for Black Friday could give huge boost over Fitbit" 9to5Mac 2:09 PM
  • "How a Sensor and an iPad App May Have Helped the Astros Win the Series!" The Mac Observer 1:55 PM
  • "All the amazing things people are doing with Animoji!" iMore 11:04 AM
  • "Why I'd love a Smart Battery Case for iPhone X" iMore 10:10 AM
  • "iEyes? An Apple AR wearable device is reportedly on track for 2020" Macworld 9:30 AM
  • "Comment: Apple's 2020+ target date for AR headset gives me more faith in the idea" 9to5Mac 8:49 AM
  • "I've used the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X — and the winner is clear" Business Insider 8:49 AM
  • "Apple To Release 2 iPhone X Successors Next Year: Are You Ready For The iPhone X Plus?" Tech Times 8:00 AM
  • "Roundtable: How's the iOS 11 Update Going? We've finally given in to that iPhone software update prompt, and we're here to discuss" The Ringer 7:59 AM
  • "Face ID: when not unlocking your iPhone X builds Your Confidence" Tech.pinions 7:55 AM
  • "Ben Thompson: I was wrong about Apple" Apple 3.0 7:30 AM
  • "How iOS 12 can unlock iPhone X's full potential: Embrace the notch (and other things)."  Macworld 7:17 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (30): Apple and the iPhone X Weren't Duds After All" eXtensions 7:15 AM
  • "What a Qualcomm takeover would mean for Apple and its bitter legal dispute"  BGR 7:09 AM
  • "Is Walmart Pay Really Overtaking Apple Pay?" iDrop News 2:07 PM
  • "Walmart Rejected Apple Pay and Now It's Paying Off: Here's Why" Fortune 6:53 AM
  • "Why Samsung's New Ad Won't Convince Me to Leave Apple: Samsung's new ad trolls Apple in a hilarious way. Here's why it's still bad for Samsung."  Inc. 6:49 AM
  • "On Adobe, Diversity, Design and More" Subtraction 3:39 PM
  • "Is social media making us less happy?" [Video Report] Mashable 3:11 PM
  • "Broadcom And Qualcomm Deal Is A Long-Term Loser" Forbes 10:58 AM
  • "Can you have secrets online? This unusual pop-up shop will make you think again: The Glass Room in central London looks like a high-end tech store, but is actually an exhibition designed to encourage visitors to question how easily they give data away online." ZDNet 9:29 AM
  • "Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare" The Register 7:24 AM
  • "Robots Won't Kill You, But They Will Take Your Job" PC Magazine 7:20 AM
  • "I interviewed Sophia, the artificially intelligent robot that said it wanted to 'destroy humans'" Business Insider 6:49 AM
  • "IoT devices are an enterprise security time bomb" ZDNet 6:37 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "More 'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Details Revealed" Touch Arcade 3:25 PM
  • "Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers" iFixit 2:06 PM
  • "Tweetbot for iOS Adds 280-Character Tweet Support" MacStories 2:06 PM
  • "Where To? adds Table Reservation, Dinner Menus and Location Alarms" FutureTap 10:09 AM
  • "Sonnet's eGFX Breakaway™ Box 550 Now Shipping: New Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe® eGPU Expansion Chassis Connects High-Performance GPU Card to Any eGFX-Compatible Computer for Pro Gaming and Professional Graphics Applications" Wall Street Communications 10:01 AM
  • "Here are the latest Apple Pay banks in the US and China" 9to5Mac 10:00 AM
  • "Niantic is making a Harry Potter AR game as its followup to Pokémon Go" VentureBeat 10:58 AM
  • "Niantic's follow-up to Pokémon Go will be a Harry Potter AR game launching in 2018" TechCrunch 10:00 AM
  • "Pioneering Augmented Reality App Theodolite comes to iPhone X" prMac 8:40 AM
  • "The sequel to 'Words With Friends' is finally here, 8 years later" Mashable 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Cash Beta Released" PYMNTS 8:00 AM
  • "The Best Headphones and Earbuds, No Audio Jack Required: Apple, and very slowly Android, are creating a future without the audio jack. These six headphones will make sure you're ready." Popular Mechanics 7:58 AM
  • "Warby Parker uses iPhone X's Face ID to map faces for new frames" Mashable 6:52 AM
  • "Snap loses its head of the engineering amid plans to overhaul Snapchat app" Mashable 6:52 AM
  • "My Quik Vid is the fastest way to edit videos and share them directly to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram with just one tap. It's super easy for anyone to use, but produces profesional-looking videos." My Quik Vid 6:39 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel hires AMD's Raja Koduri to work on high-end, discrete graphics" ZDNet 9:31 PM
  • "Intel CEO: Tech rally unrelated to Trump" Seeking Alpha 7:36 AM
  • "Qualcomm buy may pit Broadcom against Intel in 'connected car' fight" Reuters 6:53 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon boss has allegedly defected to Intel" The Inquirer 7:36 AM
  • "AMD's chief architect Raja Koduri is stepping down and possibly joining rival Intel" PCGamesN 7:36 AM
  • "AMD's Chip Growth in Doubt After Exec's Departure" Investopedia 9:30 AM
  • "AMD shakeup in graphics division clears the way for a course correction" MarketWatch 6:54 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Pro desktop processors launched in India, offers up to 62% performance boost" BGR India 7:48 AM
  • "Satya Nadella on Competing With Apple and Google, Minecraft on Holo Lens, and More" Gadgets 360 7:53 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's leadership mantra is all about empathy" Quartz 6:54 AM
  • "Microsoft surges ahead with new technology in the Xbox One X console" MarketWatch 9:58 AM
  • "Microsoft introduces new secure firmware spec via the Open Compute Project" ZDNet 9:29 AM
  • "The Surface Book 2 is now available for pre-order" Neowin 6:04 PM
  • "Cloud computing: IBM overhauls access rules at Euro data centre" ZDNet 6:37 AM
  • "IBM leads BigInsights for Hadoop out behind barn. Shots heard" The Register 7:40 AM
  • "Dell EMC expands all-flash midrange storage" ITProPortal 7:49 AM
  • "Oracle joins Apple in support of a tax repatriation plan" CNBC 7:43 AM
  • "Cisco opens Innovation and Experience Centre in Dubai" Telecompaper 7:46 AM
  • "Cisco sponsors smart city challenge in Berlin" Telecompaper 7:46 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Apple's Most Important Product Fared in 3Q17" Market Realist 2:08 PM
  • "Apple Positions Itself For More Services Growth" Seeking Alpha 9:49 AM
  • "Apple Could Return a Boatload of Cash to Shareholders if Tax Reform Happens" The Motley Fool 7:09 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P, Nasdaq end at records on same day time for 27th time in 2017: Snap Inc.'s stock falls about 16% after quarterly results" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Seal New Records on Anniversary of Trump Win: The gains were small but enough to pull the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq to new records on Wednesday, Nov. 8, a year after the 2016 presidential election." TheStreet 4:00 PM
  • "Apple breaks $900 billion market cap, leads Wall Sreet to record highs" Reuters 4:00 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tick Higher as Investors Weigh Earnings: Broad-based profit growth has helped propel major indexes to fresh records" [Paid Membership Required] 4:00 PM
  • "Why Big Tech Stocks May Be Headed For A Steep Pullback" Investopedia 6:55 AM
  • "Hong Kong edges ahead as Asian markets largely pull back: Nikkei slips after hitting 26-year-high; Australia stocks flat" MarketWatch 8:42 AM
  • "European shares face 2nd straight loss as banks fall: Gemalto and Ubisoft are top gainers" MarketWatch 8:42 AM

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