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Tuesday Highlights: Qualcomm lawyers were able to get Apple to admit they had no other choice for 4G modem components; due to iPhone XR sales issues, Japan Display seeks help from Taiwan and China's Silk Road Fund, report also notes Apple said to go OLED on all iPhones by 2020; and Foxconn looking at India for iPhone assembly; Adam Engst asks if Apple will fill void in speech recognition now that Nuance has left macOS; once again, Fortune crowns Apple #1 most admired company in world for 12th year straight—reports in our General Interest section; lawsuit settled between Apple, Valencell over accusation Apple stole tech for Apple Watch; Apple expands Apple Pay to Target, Taco Bell, Speedway, and more; "Flexgate", the name iFixit assigns to new MacBook Pro "stage light" design flaw; iPhone XS Max and original iPhone X #4 and #10, respectively, in DxOMark's selfie camera scores.

  • "Apple's new Chicago store ushers in the future of retail" ["Apple is essentially treating its store as a product, selling 'experience,' something that today's consumers are seeking, especially younger and digitally native generations."]  Mintel 8:41 AM
  • "USITC says launches probe of allegations of patent infringement by Apple" ["The commission said in a statement the probe was based on a complaint by Aqua Connect Inc and Strategic Technology Partners of Orange, California. The products at issue are certain Apple Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple TVs, it said."]  Reuters 5:01 PM
  • "Apple leads way in tracing cobalt from Congo, Microsoft lags: Amnesty"  Reuters 7:35 PM
  • "Amnesty warns on use of child labour in cobalt mining" ["Apple performed the best in Amnesty's ranking, having named its suppliers including Huayou Cobalt and engaged with the Chinese company to address child labour concerns since Amnesty's 2016 report."] Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:43 PM
  • "How Apple sold me on buying a Windows laptop" ["Two-in-one models also allow you to flip the screen all the way around and use the laptop as a tablet. You have to stand or you're crammed into an economy-class seat? Windows 10's tablet mode is your friend, but Apple thinks nobody wants it."]  Yahoo! Finance 8:14 AM
  • "Google's Angular, Apple's Swift: Meet the decade's fastest-growing developer tech/Developer tools from Apple and Google have had the most dramatic impact on developers of any technology." ZDNet 7:37 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Boosted R&D Spending Again in Fiscal 2017" The Motley Fool 7:29 AM
  • "IPhone X Plus and iPhone 9 Will Propel Apple Inc. in 2018" InvestorPlace 11:12 AM
  • "The Original Apple TV: Ushering in a New Era of Entertainment"  MacStories 12:02 PM
  • "Why you should not rely on iCloud Photo Library as your only media backup" Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "How to Never Miss Alerts on macOS Again by Flashing the Screen" MakeUseOf 8:32 AM
  • "Face ID on the Mac" The Loop 9:45 AM
Press Releases
  • "Cocktail 11.1 (High Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 12:29 PM
  • "Why You Should Check Out The New Firefox Quantum Browser" Lifehacker 10:07 AM
  • "Mozilla Releases Firefox 57 'Quantum' Web Browser" MacRumors 8:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "It's Time for Apple to Disclose Apple Watch Sales"  Above Avalon 3:02 PM
  • "Apple retakes the lead in the wearable band market in Q3 2017" Canalys 7:32 AM
  • "Apple succeeds in failing wearables" The Register 9:45 AM
  • "Apple is the biggest wearable maker once again: Thanks to the Apple Watch Series 3" The Verge 3:33 PM
  • "DeepHeart AI IDs sleep apnea, hypertension via Apple Watch" Engadget 8:07 AM
  • "Apple Watch accurately detects hypertension and sleep apnea, study finds" ZDNet 4:05 PM
  • "Report: Apple is back to being the world's top wearable maker" TechCrunch 7:52 AM
  • "How criminals clear your stolen iPhone for resale: Criminals have dedicated themselves to compromising iCloud accounts to wipe clean stolen devices using a set of interesting tools." ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "Watchdog probes Apple for shifting advertisement costs to mobile carriers" ["South Korea's three mobile carriers started television advertisements for the iPhone 8 earlier this month. According to the sources, local mobile carriers currently bear the full cost of Apple's commercials, which could be considered an unfair business practice."] Yonhap 8:39 AM
  • "Regent Street Apple store guard threatened by moped gang" BBC 7:48 AM
  • "Apple announces grand reopening of its UTC store in San Diego" iDownload Blog 11:42 AM
  • "Watch a 10-Year-Old Beat Apple's Face ID on His Mom's iPhone X" Wired 7:46 AM
  • "Director Steven Soderbergh secretly shot new horror movie 'Unsane' entirely on Apple's iPhone" AppleInsider 3:33 PM
  • "BOXX Goes After The Apple iMac Pro's Jugular—Launches 'Think Again' Campaign" Architosh 11:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook joins effort to improve online video" CNET 6:30 PM
  • "Android fragmentation reaches a breaking point: 1 billion Android devices are outdated"  BGR 1:33 PM
  • "Connected toys have 'worrying' security issues" BBC 8:25 AM
  • "Pay-TV paralyzes consumers with options" Axios 7:29 AM
  • "How Many Times Can You Fold a Podcast? – Mac Geek Gab 683" The Mac Observer 5:11 PM
  • "iPhone X, meet roller derby: Shooting sports photography with Apple's newest smartphone" iMore 11:12 AM
  • "Apple's Head of Chip Design Talks About Face ID Security and More in Israeli Interview" MacRumors 9:48 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 213: iPhone X second impressions" iDownload Blog 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Targets Rear-Facing 3-D Sensor for 2019 iPhone" Bloomberg 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Working on 3D Sensor System for Rear Camera in 2019 iPhones" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Working Toward Rear-Facing 3D iPhone Sensor for 2019 Model—Report: The new technology could deviate from the iPhone X's Face ID technology and would likely make augmented reality experiences richer." TheStreet 7:27 AM
  • "iPhone X Plus rumoured for 2018 – including a cheaper version: Apple is thought to be super-sizing its flagship smartphone for next year" London Evening Standard 8:32 AM
  • "Will Apple's HomePod Feature Face ID Technology?" Zacks 8:46 AM
  • "HomePod: Everything we know about the Apple smart speaker so far" 9to5Mac 12:33 PM
  • "iPhones get faster 7.5W wireless charging with iOS 11.2" Cult of Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Using iPhone X's dark mode uses less than half the battery power" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Apple clarifies what Control Center Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles do in iOS 11.2 beta" Ars Technica 8:46 AM
  • "Future Apple Pencils may be able to 'capture' textures of scanned objects" Apple World Today 7:46 AM
  • "YouTube App Is Seriously Draining iPhone Batteries" Tom's Guide 8:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 8:10 AM

  • "iPhone X Review: So Refined, It Will Convert The Most Devout Android User" ["So not only am I not an Apple fan, actual Apple fans would probably consider me a hater."]  Forbes 7:36 AM
  • "iPhone X review: The thrill is back/Apple delivers more than just a great phone: it's the rush of holding the future in the palm of your hand." Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "One week with the iPhone X: is it worth the upgrade?" iDownload Blog 8:08 AM
  • "Video: Apple iPhone X versus Samsung Galaxy Note 8 benchmark comparison" AppleInsider 6:57 PM
  • "Pixel 2 vs iPhone X: Is Apple's new flagship worth the premium price? They're both excellent handsets, but one is tough to recommend at current prices" Alphr 8:33 AM
  • "Yale Real Living Assure SL Lock review: Yale's next-gen lock makes significant strides" ["Turning to software, Yale's old Real Living app—a wholesale disaster—has been jettisoned completely. In its place is a new app called Yale Secure. While the Assure SL is a Bluetooth-only lock at heart, it can be expanded with one of three modules that give it smart home networking capabilities. Yale Secure is designed to be used only with the HomeKit (iM1) module ($50), which connects the lock to your iOS ecosystem."] TechHive 7:30 AM
  • "Review: Chamberlain MyQ Home Bridge Garage Door Opener" iLounge 5:01 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Video: hands-on with changes in iOS 11.2 beta 3" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "Former Apple engineering director launches RAW Power photo editor for iOS" 9to5Mac 9:45 AM
  • "SongShift 3.0 and Switching Between Apple Music and Spotify" MacStories 12:02 PM
  • "Video: hands-on with exclusive iPhone X wallpapers" iDownload Blog 9:45 AM
  • "'ESWAT: City Under Siege' Review - The Suit Fits, the Controls Don't" Touch Arcade 9:46 AM
  • "How to AirPrint to a printer without being connected to a network" iMore 2:06 PM
  • "How to Quit Apps on iPhone X" OS X Daily 1:33 PM
  • "How to train Face ID to recognize weird facial expressions" iMore 12:33 PM
  • "How to Take Awesome Depth Effect 'Portrait mode' Selfies on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 10:08 AM
  • "7 Biggest iPhone X Annoyances and How to Fix Them" iPhone Hacks 9:41 AM
  • "iPhone Medical Emergency and SOS Modes" MacMost 8:50 AM
  • "How to Re-Install Deleted Default Apps in iOS 11" MacTrast 8:46 AM
  • "How To Record the Screen Of Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with iOS 11" Digital Trends 8:33 AM
  • "Apple iOS 11.2 Public Beta 3 'Control Center Explainer Edition' - Here's How To Download" Forbes 7:30 AM
  • "How to access and customize the Control Center on the iPhone X" Apple World Today 7:21 AM
  • "Here's A Hidden Animoji Trick That Every iPhone X User Should Know About" Redmond Pie 6:30 PM
  • "No Home button? No problem! Here are 10 tips and tricks for your iPhone X" iDownload Blog 11:12 AM
  • "New iPhone Leak Reveals Important Futuristic Feature" Forbes 7:43 PM
  • "For Apple, Does X Mark The Spot?" Benzinga 6:34 PM
  • "What could make the iPhone's dual lenses more awesome? Why, lasers of course" Digital Trends 5:05 PM
  • "Embracing the Notch: How Are You Adapting to the Most Controversial iPhone X Design Decision?" MacRumors 5:05 PM
  • "Why I Returned My iPhone X: Getting my hands on an iPhone X was hard. Returning it was easy."  Slate 5:05 PM
  • "There are two types of iPhone X, and one is faster than the other" BGR 2:54 PM
  • "The iPhone X Does Not Have A Notch" Forbes 1:03 PM
  • "I'd love a 'Guest Mode' in iOS 12" iMore 1:02 PM
  • "Apple's impressive security record" Six Colors 10:07 AM
  • "Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your iPhone is going to get more cumbersome and overly complicated: Apple, a company once lauded for making the complex simple and easy to use, is making Wi-Fi and Bluetooth far more complicated than it needs to be."  ZDNet 8:33 AM
  • "What I learned after downloading every iPhone App of the Day for a month" The Guardian 8:23 AM
  • "'Hey Siri, buy $100 Bitcoin for the burglar guy': In tomorrow's world, will burglars imitate our voices to trick smart speaker systems into stealing secrets and taking our money? Not if Apple gets it right." Computerworld 8:20 AM
  • "It's inexcusable for Apple and Google to ship pricey phones with busted software"  Mashable 8:07 AM
  • "Stay off target: Attacking Apple's privacy record" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "Apple — Destined to Become the Number One Smartphone Maker?" The Tech Night Owl 7:40 AM
  • "Yes, loot boxes and card packs reek of gambling" VentureBeat 6:59 PM
  • "Facebook creeps people out by watching them. But it's not the only one" Mashable 5:05 PM
  • "Can EA fix what's broken with Star Wars: Battlefront II's economy? Rant: Loot boxes are just the beginning of EA's worst-ever dive into pay-to-win." Ars Technica 8:46 AM
  • "Why we shouldn't be scared by artificial intelligence, according to Tim O'Reilly" Business Insider 8:45 AM
  • "Margrethe Vestager: 'The woman Silicon Valley fears' on regulating the future" Wired UK 8:32 AM
  • "Comic: The Curse of 'Good Enough'" iMore 9:45 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "22 Ridiculously Expensive Tech Gifts" PC Magazine 8:55 PM
  • "You can now control your Sonos speakers directly from the Pandora app on iOS" 9to5Mac 8:51 PM
  • "Apple's Lisa Jackson Joins Execs from JetBlue and Others to Discuss Sustainability in Open Forum" The Mac Observer 3:58 PM
  • "Coach ships four new Apple Watch bands for men & women" AppleInsider 2:54 PM
  • "American Eagle just opened a store of the future complete with free laundry machines and an iPad in every dressing room" Business Insider 12:02 PM
  • "CoachGuitar updated for iOS 11 - 6 Million Downloads and Counting" prMac 8:20 AM
  • "Apple shares tips on how to optimize websites for iPhone X using new WebKit API" iDownload Blog 8:08 AM
  • "Growing Use of Digital Media to Boost the Mobile Apps Market | Technavio" Business Wire 3:57 PM
  • "Next Generation of Aura Uses WiFi Motion and Mesh Technology to Monitor Your Home Without Cameras" Business Wire 7:32 AM
  • "Radian's New Rate Quote App Mobilizes Lenders" Business Wire 7:32 AM
  • "Lunera Transforms the LED Light Bulb into an Ambient Computing Platform" Business Wire 7:32 AM
  • "[New Adventure Game] Headup Announces 'Trüberbrook' A Stunning Adventure Game" Headup Games 7:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Launches a Dedicated Version of Skype for Freelancers as a Standalone App" Thurrott 6:27 AM
  • "First Week of Xbox One X Sales Beat PlayStation 4 Pro in the UK" Thurrott 6:27 AM
  • "Microsoft's CTO says to ignore this common piece of career advice" CNBC 7:48 AM
  • "Microsoft ramps capacity as Amazon AWS calls its quits on the Chinese market" MSPoweruser 7:49 AM
  • "HPE launches upgraded high-performance systems for AI applications" ZDNet 6:20 AM
  • "ARM-powered Windows 10 Notebooks spotted on Geekbench; HP likely to launch new devices" Tech 2 6:39 AM
  • "Bill Gates Is Planning A Futuristic City In The Arizona Desert: The city will reportedly brim with 'autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistic hubs.'" Fast Company Design 12:04 PM
  • "Former Microsoft employee Ben Payne heads to McLaren as director of esports" OnMSFT 12:04 PM
  • "First details of HP's ARM-based Windows 10 laptop leaked" MSPoweruser 6:39 AM
  • "Dell EMC is bringing AI to the masses: Dell EMC Ready bundle simplifies AI deployment, and also introduces a new server." ITProPortal 6:34 AM
  • "Forget Windows 10! Dell launches five new computers with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed" BetaNews 8:01 PM
  • "How AMD Wants to Provide 'Supercomputing for All'" eWeek 6:23 AM
  • "AMD launches revamped Partner Hub" PC Retail 6:41 AM
  • "Intel, Micron expand 3D XPoint production fab" bit-tech 6:44 AM
  • "Intel, Micron To Increase and Expands 3D XPoint Manufacturing Capacity" Guru3D 6:45 AM
  • "Intel, Micron increase 3D XPoint manufacturing capacity with IM Flash fab expansion" DigiTimes 6:45 AM
  • "Intel Kills Knights Hill, Will Launch Xeon Phi Architecture for Exascale Computing" ExtremeTech 10:50 AM
  • "Intel Corporation's (INTC) Management present at USB Global Technology Conference (Transcript)" Seeking Alpha 11:03 AM
  • "20 qubit IBM Q System goes online, available to clients soon" Hexus 7:47 AM
  • "IBM urges lawmakers to 'narrow' bill targeting Chinese investment" Reuters 2:54 PM
  • "Lenovo says AI crucial for enterprise as it announces new tech for training machine-learning systems" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Acer reports highest net profit in 27 quarters" ZDNet 6:20 AM
  • "ASUS Announces WS X299 Series workstation-class motherboards" Guru3D 6:45 AM
  • "China rules Top 500 Supercomputer List" Fudzilla 6:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Buffett Boosts Apple Stake in Third-Quarter: Berkshire Hathaway increased its stake in the iPhone maker's stock by roughly 3% to about 134 million shares in the third quarter." TheStreet 5:05 PM
  • "Berkshire Still Likes Financials, Adds to Apple" Barron's 6:57 PM
  • "Einhorn's Greenlight Capital cuts stakes in GM, Apple" MarketWatch 5:05 PM
  • "Apple's stock in danger of 4th straight fall, but RBC sees multiple earnings 'tailwinds'" MarketWatch 8:33 AM
  • "Here's How Apple Inc. Can Differentiate Its OLED iPhones Next Year" The Motley Fool 12:03 PM
  • "Delay in iPhone X production hits Foxconn Q3 earnings" Nikkei 8:26 AM
  • "Hon Hai's Profit Falls Most Since 2008 as iPhone Delays Hurt" Bloomberg 8:19 AM
  • "Tencent poised to rub shoulders with Apple and Facebook as China's first entrant to the elite 'US$500b tech club'" South China Morning Post 8:32 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends lower for 3rd of 4 sessions, as downturn in oil weighs on stock market: Crude oil prices take a sharp slide; shares of Apple and Boeing weigh on blue chips" MarketWatch 5:14 PM
  • "Stocks Fall as General Electric's Nosedive Drags on Dow, Apple Slumps: As General Electric continues a second day of declines, the Dow pushes further into the red. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq are also lower." TheStreet 12:31 PM
  • "GE, energy shares drag Wall Street lower; bond proxies rise" Reuters 4:00 PM
  • "Global Stock Markets Pull Back, Weighed by Oil Prices: Australia's energy subindex falls 2% after dropping 4% Tuesday" [Paid Membership Required] 8:57 PM
  • "Asia-Pacific markets decline, led by pullback for Australia: Nikkei firms but ends flat as yen weakens; airlines weigh on Kospi" MarketWatch 8:55 AM
  • "European stocks face 6th day of losses as euro marches higher: Shared currency rises on back of stronger-than-expected German GDP reading" MarketWatch 8:54 AM

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