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Weekend Highlights: Apple Arcade has a challenger on iOS: GameClub which plans to resurrect now dead but classic iPhone games; Apple to build new flagship store in San Jose; and plans second store in Taiwan; Rob Enderle thinks Microsoft's new Edge browser for Mac is major development; with no product to offer, Apple still voted #3 smartglasses player in market survey; Facebook removes more than a million fake accounts every hour; Best Buy cancels Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders given uncertain future of device; full-screen Touch ID rumored in 2020 iPhones; iFixit tears down new MacBook Pro, closer look at new keyboard, AppleInsider doesn't think changes will help issues much; here's a hands-on with new 13" 2019 MacBook Pro; App Store ads frustrate finding apps you want.

  • "Apple Used to Know Exactly What People Wanted — Then It Made a Watch"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:34 AM
  • "Tech giants allied against proposed Australia law seeking encrypted data: Four global tech giants — Facebook, Apple, Alphabet and Amazon — will oppose an Australian law that would require them to provide access to private encrypted data linked to suspected illegal activities, an industry lobby group said on Wednesday."  Reuters 7:29 AM
  • "Was Apple's iPhone XS and XS Max launch a Success?" ["Our net takeaway is that Apple is able still able to drive solid market share uptake with its latest devices, but is also actively raising prices to keep revenue growing. The strategy appears to be working, and they are well positioned heading into the holiday season."]  Flurry 10:52 AM
  • "Microsoft Has a Lesson for Apple: Apple should take a few cues from the way Microsoft is approaching its tablet business."  Barron's [Subscription Required for Full Article] 10:56 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook: 'Don't believe' tech companies that say they need your data"  CNBC 8:13 AM
  • "Tim Cook took a subtle swipe at Google over how Apple does business in China" Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook is sending a privacy bat-signal to US lawmakers" TechCrunch 12:38 PM
  • "Qualcomm's Mannheim Steamroller is stuttering: patents too young to defeat Apple in tech-savvy court" Foss Patents 1:35 PM
  • "Apple sued over AirDrop technology: Patent troll Uniloc returned to form on Wednesday after a months-long hiatus from lobbing allegations against Apple, this time challenging the company's AirDrop file sharing technology with a 2006 Philips patent." AppleInsider 7:58 PM
  • "Apple executives receive over $30M each in vested stock bonus: Members of Apple's leadership team on Monday reaped a batch of vested restricted stock units worth more than $30 million, a bonus for exceeding board-mandated performance metrics." AppleInsider 9:04 PM
  • "Malware Has a New Way to Hide on Your Mac"  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:45 PM
  • "Google to improve security of extensions in Chrome 70" V3 8:18 AM
  • "iTunes that can manage apps updated, but incompatible with macOS Mojave" AppleInsider 11:28 AM
  • "macOS Mojave 10.14.1 Developer Beta 2 Available for Download" The Mac Observer 10:54 AM
  • "Paragon NTFS for Mac Mojave Edition review: Ready to embrace the dark side" Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "How to Clean Install MacOS Mojave" OS X Daily 3:32 PM
  • "The macOS Mojave News App" MacMost 9:05 AM
  • "How to use Apple's new re-used password warning to reduce your risk of account hijacking: A new warning in both iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave alerts you when you use a password with two or more sites or apps." Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "How to view photo metadata in Photos for Mac" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "Examining Dark Mode Implementations of Mac Productivity Apps" MacStories 11:49 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 to Drive Strong Upgrade Cycle"  Tech.pinions 8:18 AM
  • "The headphone wars have begun"  The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "Publishers laud Apple News' human touch, wary about monetization prospects" AppleInsider 7:50 AM
  • "Senators Call for Federal Investigation of Children's Apps" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:52 PM
  • "Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs is worth $21.3 billion — take a look at how the philanthropist spends her fortune, from a $16.5 million home in San Francisco to a multimillion-dollar yacht" Business Insider 10:44 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Senators Call for Federal Investigation of Children's Apps" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:11 PM
  • "Amazon unveils Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, Dolby Vision, and HDR10+" BetaNews 8:08 PM
  • "Police Use Fitbit Data to Charge 90-Year-Old Man in Stepdaughter's Killing" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Internet provider groups sue over California net neutrality rules" Reuters 2:46 PM
  • "T-Mobile LTE tops list of carriers for fastest data speeds" 9to5Mac 11:55 AM
  • "New Zealand border customs get your phone password, or face $3,200 fine" Business Insider 8:10 AM
  • "Redesigned Google Assistant is easier on the fingers and eyes" The Verge 12:37 PM
  • "Google Assistant developers can now sell subscriptions" VentureBeat 12:37 PM
  • "Google trolls fans with 'mini Pixel' teaser ahead of Pixel 3 launch event" BGR 8:21 AM
  • "A historic, pre-Google section of the web that's been 'frozen in time' for over two decades is about to get destroyed — here's how to see it before it's gone forever" Business Insider 8:09 AM
  • "Wi-Fi now has version numbers, and Wi-Fi 6 comes out next year" The Verge 7:56 AM
  • "Next-generation 802.11ax wi-fi: Dense, fast, delayed" ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "How automakers are tackling connected vehicle vulnerability management" [Video Report] ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "Pictar Pro, Netflix Narnia, Apple's October Surprise -ACM 482" The Mac Observer 5:45 PM
  • "#261: One of Those Vinyl People/What physical media we own, how an ideal smart assistant would behave, where we hosted our first websites, and a chat about the Chromebook." Relay FM: Clockwise 2:51 PM
  • "Tim Cook's Vice Interview, John's Big Screen iPhone Love -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-03" The Mac Observer 12:31 PM
  • "iOS 12.1 beta fixes reported iPhone charging problems" Cult of Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 12.1 to bring new emoji, iPhone XS charging fix" Mashable 8:01 AM
  • "The one serious MacBook Pro security flaw that nobody is talking about: Every MacBook since 2015 and every MacBook Pro since 2016 is at risk. Here's how you can keep your machines safe." ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "Apple now blocks iOS app backups, but you can do something about it"  AppleInsider 12:37 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 might be more powerful than the iPhone in your pocket" BGR 12:47 PM
  • "Availability shrinking for LG UltraFine 5K Display at Apple Stores" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "iPhone 1337 Team releases jailbreak tool for firmware 1.1 on the original iPod touch" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Looking Into LTE Connectivity Issues Affecting Some iPhone XS and XS Max Owners"  MacRumors 3:31 PM
  • "Bluetooth in iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max reportedly causing audio connectivity issues" AppleInsider 3:32 PM
  • "macOS Mojave: Dark Mode, Stacks, performance improvements & more/Apple is reaching out to some iPhone XS and XS Max owners suffering from LTE connection problems, which have been ongoing since the devices shipped in September." AppleInsider 7:40 PM
  • "Most Common iPhone XS Complaints (and How to Resolve Them)" [Slideshow] iDrop News 11:55 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:18 AM

  • "Apple Watch Series 4 review: we've fallen for the safety features/Exercise tracking, heart monitor and fall detection — all on a bigger screen" Irish Times 8:53 PM
  • "Apple iPhone XS Max review: Flagship imaging power" DXOMark 9:38 AM
  • "Final Test Results: iPhone XS and XS Max/New iPhones have better battery life, improved cameras, and speedier performance in CR testing" Consumer Reports 8:20 AM
  • "Video smackdown: Comparing the iPhone XS Max versus the Samsung Galaxy Note 9" AppleInsider 10:56 AM
  • "The Apple Watch faces its toughest challenge yet: Grandma and Grandpa/We asked seniors to help review the new Apple Watch Series 4, which can detect hard falls and run an electrocardiogram. They were hard to impress." Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 11:25 AM
  • "Review: Apple Watch Series 4 — beautiful design, invisible features" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "How Microsoft's new Surface Pro 6 tablet compares to the iPad Pro" The Verge 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Headphones Hands-on: A Stunning Surprise" Digital Trends 8:02 AM
  • "Review: Ten One Design's Stella Helps You Plug in Your MacBook in the Dark" MacRumors 2:52 PM
  • "myCharge Unplugged 10K review: A portable battery pack that does it all" PCWorld 7:51 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Visualizing Photos Taken 'On This Day' in Previous Years with Shortcuts" MacStories 10:52 AM
  • "How passwords work in iOS 12" iMore 9:38 AM
  • "How to set 1Password as you default AutoFill provider in iOS 12" iMore 9:38 AM
  • "12 Siri Shortcuts to make you more productive" Computerworld 7:51 AM
  • "iOS 12: iPhone battery draining fast? Here how to diagnose the problem and get more battery life" ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "How to leave the iOS 12 beta program now that it has been released" AppleInsider 2:52 PM
  • "Can You Disable Presidential Alerts on iPhone? Or Mute Them?" OS X Daily 2:50 PM
  • "Preorder iPhone XR using Siri Shortcuts and the Apple Store app" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Apple Fighting New iPhone XS Problems" Forbes 8:46 PM
  • "I'm a Paramedic: Here's How the Apple Watch Series 4 Will and Won't Save Lives"  TidBITS 3:31 PM
  • "Why are Apple Watch faces such a mess? The key to the watchOS user interface needs more attention from Apple."  Macworld 2:51 PM
  • "Apple will most likely debut new iPads and Macs in late October" VentureBeat 2:51 PM
  • "When to Expect Apple's Rumored October Event Based on Prior Years" MacRumors 12:37 PM
  • "30 reasons to upgrade to iOS 12 today" Apple Must 12:31 PM
  • "Should you get AppleCare+ or insurance for your iPhone?" iMore 11:28 AM
  • "iPhone XS lineup is great, but not as great as Samsung's Note 9" Cult of Mac 10:57 AM
  • "Cross your fingers that a new Apple Thunderbolt Display is coming soon" Apple World Today 9:10 AM
  • "The Myth of Apple Knowing What People Want (Premium)" Thurrott 8:45 AM
  • "Tim Cook VICE Interview Is Nice, But Reveals Little" The Mac Observer 1:31 PM
  • "12 things Apple's Tim Cook told us this week" Apple Must 8:40 AM
  • "You call that a bagel, Apple?" Apple 3.0 8:18 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (76): The Apple Cupboard is Bare Here; Watch Comments; Photokina News" eXtensions 7:18 AM
  • "Living with the LG V40 ThinQ and its 5 cameras: So far, they're not all they're cracked up to be." Engadget 6:09 PM
  • "The clock is ticking on Google's smartwatch platform: Maybe it'll be better next year" The Verge 10:56 AM
  • "Gmail Is Autocompleting Entire Sentences And People Have Feelings" BuzzFeed News 10:52 AM
  • "At Facebook, Breach Puts Security, Privacy Teams in Focus" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:19 AM
  • "Sex Workers Pioneered the Early Internet—and It Screwed Them Over" Motherboard 8:19 AM
  • "Why I'm Worried About Google: I used to trust some of its products, like Chrome. I increasingly don't."  Slate 7:41 AM
  • "Brett Kavanaugh and the Information Terrorists Trying to Reshape America" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:41 AM
  • "The Future Of News Is Artificial Intelligence" Forbes 7:31 AM
  • "LinkedIn Cofounder Reid Hoffman On His Billion-Dollar Impact Investing Bet" Forbes 7:31 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine for October 03, 2018" GoComics 7:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple cuts price of BeatsX wireless headphones" Cult of Mac 3:56 PM
  • "Apple drops BeatsX pricing, cuts several color options" AppleInsider 1:36 PM
  • "Cult of Mac's 50 Essential iOS Apps [The complete list, sorted!] Cult of Mac 1:25 PM
  • "5 top sleep-tracking apps for your Apple Watch" GearBrain 11:49 AM
  • "Pictar Pro gives iPhone camera DSLR-like feel and control" Cult of Mac 10:57 AM
  • "Twitter brings useful data saver feature to iOS" Cult of Mac 9:38 AM
  • "Plex adds web shows in its relentless pursuit of content" The Verge 8:12 AM
  • "Amazon packs UHD and HDR in a tiny form factor with the new Fire TV Stick 4K" Digital Trends 8:02 AM
  • "Amazon announces the world's most powerful streaming media stick yet" Mashable 8:01 AM
  • "True Surf for iOS puts realistic surfing sim in the pocket" Cult of Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Anti-spam service Truecaller is now a messaging app too" TechCrunch 7:55 AM
  • "Philips Hue Siri Shortcuts support added to the latest version of the app" 9to5Mac 7:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is Apple now" Quartz 2:44 PM
  • "Microsoft is adding verified icon, email promotion features to Microsoft is recruiting consumer-facing businesses and brands to join its beta program for a new Business Profile feature that's coming to" ZDNet 9:04 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface All Access a bet that hardware as a service can work (with an Office 365 assist): Microsoft Surface All Access is another attempt that a leasing/subscription model can be appealing for mainstream hardware customers." ZDNet 7:34 AM
  • "Microsoft grabs update, upgrade reins under its managed PC plan: Under its Microsoft Managed Desktop subscription service, the company will handle Semi-annual Channel Windows 10 updates for each device it oversees." Computerworld 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface chief: a pocketable Surface is 'absolutely my baby'/Microsoft is taking its time to get the hardware and sofware right" The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft's Panos Panay Calls Pocketable Surface Device 'My Baby'" HotHardware 3:54 PM
  • "Microsoft's Surface chief hints at a modular PC and USB-C webcam during interview" The Verge 7:56 AM
  • "Microsoft is embracing Android as the mobile version of Windows: Android is the obvious choice for Windows users now" The Verge 2:51 PM
  • "Microsoft is dragging its feet on helping USB-C go mainstream: It's time for tech companies to deliver on the future they keep promising is right around the corner" The Verge 7:56 AM
  • "Dell exploring IPO option if tracking stock bid fails" Reuters 7:37 AM
  • "IBM mainframe containers grow more secure: The new IBM Secure Service Container brings a new layer of security to IBM LinuxONE and Z mainframes." ZDNet 9:11 AM
  • "A Look at IBM's Age Discrimination Charges" Market Realist 8:12 AM
  • "HP Enhances Convertible PC, Brings Leather-Made Spectre Folio" Zacks 11:50 AM
  • "HP provides FY19 guidance; plans to return 75% of FCF" Seeking Alpha 5:02 PM
  • "HP issues EPS guidance for fiscal 2019: The Palo Alto tech giant said it expects non-GAAP earnings to be in the range of $2.12 to $2.22, with free cash flow of at least $3.7 billion." ZDNet 7:44 PM
  • "Intel Surges to Highest Level Since August on Manufacturing Ramp Up: Intel posts biggest gain in months as production pace ramps up." RealMoney 8:13 AM
  • "How Intel's Supply Issues Could Dent AMD's Nvidia Business" Market Realist 12:36 PM
  • "AMD Stock Clobbered as Intel Accelerates Production Timeline" RealMoney 8:45 AM
  • "Oracle's Comeback Stalls After Ratings Cut" Barron's 11:50 AM
  • "Oracle: cloud quiet" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 9:37 AM
  • "Atomically thin semiconductors could make computers run a million times faster: Transition metal dichalcogenides or TMDCs could be the key to radically faster computers, claim researchers" V3 8:19 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple breaks $230, and it's off to the races" Apple 3.0 11:01 AM
  • "Apple And The Disposition Effect: What To Do If One Stock Is Taking Over Your Portfolio" Seeking Alpha 7:30 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow hits record close for 15th time in 2018 as solid economic data bolster confidence: Treasury yields surge by most since the day after Trump's election" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Strong Jobs Report Pushes Dow to Record Close; Rate Spike Clips Rally: Stocks pulled back sharply from earlier gains Wednesday as interest rates on the benchmark 10-year treasury spiked to multi-year highs." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks continue their record run" FOXBusiness 10:58 AM
  • "Dow Industrials Close at New Record: Manufacturing and financial stocks boosted by U.S. and Canada's trade compromise, upbeat Fed comments" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Nikkei, Hang Seng close lower as midday rally fades: Muted trading in Asian markets persists during holiday week" MarketWatch 8:31 AM
  • "Europe stocks rebound amid hopes over Italy-EU budget resolution: Banks lead the gainers, Aston Martin shares stall" MarketWatch 8:30 AM

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