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Friday 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.

  • "What Businessweek got wrong about Apple: The October 8, 2018 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek incorrectly reports that Apple found 'malicious chips' in servers on its network in 2015. As Apple has repeatedly explained to Bloomberg reporters and editors over the past 12 months, there is no truth to these claims."  Apple 3:25 PM
  • "The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies/The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America's technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources."  Bloomberg 7:27 AM
  • "The Big Hack: Statements From Amazon, Apple, Supermicro, and the Chinese Government"  Bloomberg 7:28 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon deny Bloomberg report on Chinese hardware attack" Reuters 7:30 AM
  • "Apple and Amazon fire back at an explosive report linking them to a giant Chinese microchip hack: It's 'hard to count' the inaccuracies" Business Insider 12:53 PM
  • "Chinese spy chips are found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg says; Apple, AWS say no way" CNBC 9:49 AM
  • "The Big Hack: The Software Side of China's Supply Chain Attack/It wasn't just hardware. An online portal for firmware updates hid and distributed malware." Bloomberg 7:29 AM
  • "'China hack attack hits Apple and Amazon'" BBC 8:15 AM
  • "Amazon and Apple were reportedly targeted by Chinese spies attempting to plant tiny microchips in their data centers" Business Insider 8:07 AM
  • "Apple's Internet Services Boss Jennifer Bailey on the Push to Reinvent the Wallet"  Time 7:36 AM
  • "Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros: Failure to run Apple's proprietary diagnostic software after a repair 'will result in an inoperative system and an incomplete repair.'"  Motherboard 5:49 PM
  • "Some 2018 MacBook Pro users can't install macOS Mojave" iDownload Blog 1:54 PM
  • "Boot Camp users may want to wait to install the latest Windows 10 update" AppleInsider 1:50 PM
  • "Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff" The Register 8:08 AM
  • "Accidentally merged a set of photos in iCloud Photo Library? Here's a fix" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "How to Stop Receiving Beta Updates for macOS Mojave" MacRumors 7:37 AM
  • "How to use Voice Memos on Mac" iMore 7:54 AM
  • "Using Mojave Finder Quick Actions" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "How to Re-Download MacOS Mojave Installer (from MacOS Mojave)" OS X Daily 1:49 PM
Press Releases
  • "Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019 add Sensei-powered Auto Creations, new Guided Edits, HEIF support" 9to5Mac 8:28 AM
  • "Adobe Unveils Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019" MacRumors 8:17 AM
  • "XEffects Scrolling Slideshow Plugins for Final Cut Pro X" 7:18 AM
  • "BIM News: Solibri to ARCHICAD 22 Link Now Released" Architosh 7:16 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Carrousel du Louvre closing permanently on October 27th" 9to5Mac 4:04 PM
  • "Interbrand Releases 2018 Best Global Brands Report: Interbrand has announced Apple, Google, and Amazon are the three most valuable brands in its 2018 Best Global Brands report, with luxury and retail as the two dominant sectors."  Interbrand 7:32 AM
  • "Interbrand Releases 2018 Best Global Brands Report: Apple is the first USD $200bn brand" Business Wire 10:30 AM
  • "Apple Earns Top Spot as World's Most Valuable Brand for Sixth Consecutive Year" MacRumors 7:34 AM
  • "Charlie Sloth, the BBC's leading hip-hop DJ, joins Apple Music" 9to5Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Apple Hires Police To Stand Guard At Stores Amid Rash of Robberies" CBS Sacramento 7:37 AM
  • "Apple hires police to watch over its Apple Stores in Sacramento" Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "People love declining phone calls on their Apple Watches"  Cult of Mac 7:50 AM
  • "The top 10 ways people use their Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 9:04 AM
  • "Siri Is Not Your New Celebrity Gossipmonger: An updated Siri is keeping up with the Kardashians—but only when they get married, have kids, or die." Slate 7:30 AM
  • "Someone recreated Apple's new campus with 85,000 LEGO bricks and it's excellent" TechCrunch 3:28 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine" The Register 7:09 PM
  • "White House calls on Google to abandon Chinese search engine project" The Verge 4:29 PM
  • "YouTube TV is rolling out a bunch of new features to woo cord cutters away from cable TV" Business Insider 12:53 PM
  • "U.S. plans to rewrite rules that impede self-driving cars" Reuters 9:48 AM
  • "Saudi agents are reportedly secretly installing spyware onto people's phones to track critics abroad" Business Insider 8:08 AM
  • "Selfie deaths: 259 people reported dead seeking the perfect picture" BBC 7:22 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 193: Series 4 reviewed, iOS 12.1 changes, Marzipan apps" 9to5Mac 3:27 PM
  • "China's Computer Spying Chips, Presidential Alert Follow Up -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-04" The Mac Observer 1:09 PM
  • "Gordon Daily of BoxCast Discusses New Partnership with Telestream" MacVoices 11:32 AM
  • "207: That's a Life Hack, Friends" The Rebound 11:15 AM
  • "iPhone XS charging bug: Fix due in iOS 12.1, as Apple digs into connectivity problems" ZDNet 9:04 AM
  • "'Patent troll' sues Apple over AirDrop technology" Cult of Mac 8:07 AM
  • "iOS 12 Now Installed on 46% of Devices, Close to Overtaking iOS 11" MacRumors 3:26 PM
  • "iOS 12 adoption outpacing iOS 11 roughly two weeks after launch" AppleInsider 3:41 PM
  • "iOS 12.1 Beta 2 Updates Phone Emoji To Match iPhone XS, X Design" Redmond Pie 8:28 AM
  • "Apple diagnostics software blocks third-party repairs of 2018 MacBook Pro and iMac Pro" AppleInsider 9:22 PM
  • "Apple exploring use of ear detection in future over-ear headphones" AppleInsider 9:48 AM
  • "Apple patent hints at Apple Pencil compatibility for iPhones, touch screen Macs" Apple World Today 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Working on a Next-Gen Apple Pencil that uses Ultrasonic Transducers to better capture Movement Precision" Patently Apple 9:45 AM
  • "Apple might enhance Apple Pencil, touchscreens with ultrasonic technology" AppleInsider 12:53 PM
  • "Apple Files a Major Rewrite of their Invention Related to Indoor Maps to Focus on All-Things Related to Malls" Patently Apple 7:31 PM
  • "Apple is using proprietary software to lock MacBook Pros and iMac Pros from third-party repairs: Affecting display and logic board repairs" The Verge 7:34 PM
  • "Some 2018 MacBook Pro owners are running into errors installing macOS Mojave" AppleInsider 11:44 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:16 AM

  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Giant Leap" Gizmodo 12:53 PM
  • "iPhone XS Max vs iPhone X: Which has the best iPhone screen?" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "Review: Rhino's ROV slider adds epic cinematic motion to your iPhone and DSLR footage" AppleInsider 2:17 PM
  • "Wireless Charging Is Here. So What Is It Good For?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones review: The epitome of effective active noise cancellation" TechHive 7:37 AM
  • "The Fused Suede Case is more iPhone sleeve than a case (and that's okay)" Apple World Today 7:23 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hands on: Civilization VI in its entirety has made its way to the iPhone" AppleInsider 9:48 AM
  • "Review: Civilization VI on the iPhone is the full experience" Ars Technica 7:55 AM
  • "Civilization VI for iPhone review: Handing over the kingdom" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "How to set a volume limit on iOS for Apple Music" 9to5Mac 6:34 PM
  • "iOS 12: Change these privacy and security settings now" ZDNet 2:16 PM
  • "How to export GarageBand stems on iPad using AudioShare" Cult of Mac 1:11 PM
  • "iOS 12: How to Make Your First Shortcut and Add a Siri Command" The Mac Observer 11:15 AM
  • "How to add Apple Music to Google Maps on iPhone" 9to5Mac 9:45 AM
  • "How to create an App Store wish list with Notes or Lookmark" iDownload Blog 7:55 AM
  • "How to download data from private social network Path ahead of shutdown" iDownload Blog 7:55 AM
  • "How to adjust Siri voice feedback on Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 7:54 AM
  • "What is Apple's True Tone and why should I use it?" Apple Must 7:15 AM
  • "SMS Text Message Login Codes Autofill in iOS 12 and Mojave, But Remain Insecure" TidBITS 12:54 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4: A big leap for the Digital Crown" 9to5Mac 11:44 AM
  • "Apple Watch: Hello New Faces, Goodbye Old Faces" Kirkville 10:09 AM
  • "Traffic Acquisition Costs: In June of this year Apple reported that it had paid a total of $100 billion to developers. That is the 18th such figure given in the 10 year history of App Store making the progress of payments and hence revenue and spending easily trackable." asymco 10:09 AM
  • "Key Takeaways from Apple's Lengthy Rebuttal of Bloomberg's 'Chinese Spy Chip' Story" The Mac Observer 4:07 PM
  • "Apple denies ongoing Chinese server spy investigation" Bloomberg 4:04 PM
  • "Apple Strongly Refutes Bloomberg Report That Its Servers Were Compromised by Malicious Chips" Bloomberg 3:56 PM
  • "Apple refutes Bloomberg's spying claims" Apple Must 3:12 PM
  • "Bloomberg: Super Micro motherboards used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips" Ars Technica 11:22 AM
  • "Bloomberg: China hacked server hardware by implanting a backdoor chip" ["Obviously, this issue—if true and as widespread as suggested—could have major security implications across the industry. Large companies have vested interests in retaining public trust over data security, and the intelligence community would surely like to keep such an investigation under wraps as well. We'll have to see how it develops in light of the story's publication."]  Six Colors 10:20 AM
  • "Amazon and Apple say that a stunning Chinese hardware attack never happened" Bloomberg 10:09 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon Deny China Installed Tiny Spy Microchips on Their Servers, but We're Still Freaked Out" Gizmodo 9:49 AM
  • "Nothing up my sleeve: MacBook Pro complaints" Macworld 7:37 AM
  • "Hands On With LG's Hybrid-Mechanical Watch W7" PC Magazine 2:16 PM
  • "LG Watch W7 hands-on review: Mechanical hands might not save the pricey LG Watch W7" Digital Trends 12:53 PM
  • "Is Microsoft hurting USB-C?"  Mashable 10:22 AM
  • "The tragic end of Telltale Games" The Verge 8:47 AM
  • "Do you want IR blasters to return to smartphones? A fun, forgotten technology." Android Central 7:51 AM
  • "Android Confidential: The LG V40 is a better G7, with an OLED display and an extra camera" PCWorld 7:49 AM
  • "Why Chromebooks are a bigger threat to Microsoft than you know" Computerworld 7:30 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Watch Nike+ hits stores tomorrow with new face and reflective band" 9to5Mac 9:48 AM
  • "'Super Cat Tales 2' has finally released on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 7:51 AM
  • "Google Translate can speak in Indian, Australian, Spanish accents" Cult of Mac 7:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Server Business Shows Strong Momentum" Market Realist 4:14 PM
  • "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update brings a host of Accessibility improvements" Neowin 6:21 AM
  • "Microsoft released the October 2018 Update with a known Task Manager bug; fix coming soon" Neowin 6:21 AM
  • "Windows 10 October update problems: Wiped docs, plus Intel driver warning/Back up files before upgrading to Windows 10 1809, and if you get a warning about Intel drivers, do not proceed." ZDNet 6:52 AM
  • "Some PCs unable to install Windows 10 October 2018 Update due to Intel driver incompatibility" Neowin 6:21 AM
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update Users Start Reporting Early Issues" Thurrott 11:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Office 2019: Everything You Need to Know" Lifehacker 12:12 PM
  • "Does the new Microsoft Surface 2 Laptop rise to Dell's XPS 13?" Morningstar 6:49 AM
  • "Alienware finally made a thin and light gaming laptop: The Alienware m15 has been a long time coming." Engadget 6:22 AM
  • "Dell's new Alienware m15 is the thinnest alienware gaming laptop till date" WinCentral 6:48 AM
  • "Dell announces the Alienware m15 gaming laptop with lightweight and slim design" Neowin 8:21 AM
  • "Dell Alienware m15 Launched, the Company's First Lightweight Gaming Laptop" Gadgets 360 6:50 AM
  • "Alienware m15 Is Dell's Lightest And Slimmest Gaming Laptop" The Buzzy Feed 6:49 AM
  • "An Intel executive says doctors are reluctant about using AI in medicine because they don't trust it" Business Insider 3:49 PM
  • "Intel Z399 Chipset Supporting 22 Cores Rumored To Replace X299 For Intel Core-X CPUs" HotHardware 4:10 PM
  • "Alienware m15 Thin And Light Gaming Laptop Debuts With Intel Coffee Lake And GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU" HotHardware 6:50 AM
  • "Dell introduces its latest addition to the Inspiron family" CRN India 6:50 AM
  • "HP and Microsoft PCs, The PC Evolved, Android + Windows and Avoiding Platform Disruption" Tech.pinions 12:53 PM
  • "Maxim raises its HP target after analyst day" Seeking Alpha 10:23 AM
  • "Core i9-9900K vs. Ryzen 2800X: Totally fake benchmarks! We benchmark the hype, leaks, and fan hysteria surrounding the PC's next big CPU fight." PCWorld Australia 6:53 AM
  • "AMD will reveal 7nm processors and next-gen graphics cards at CES 2019: The doctor will give AMD fans what they want to see" The Inquirer 6:21 AM
  • "Cisco: Two critical bugs in DNA network software need these urgent patches/Cisco reveals patches for three critical flaws and 33 more high- and medium-severity bugs." ZDNet 6:59 AM
  • "Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti GPU will finally start shipping this week: Hold-up is likely due to higher-than-anticipated demand" The Inquirer 6:21 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "The company that allegedly sold Apple and Amazon data servers compromised by Chinese spies is getting crushed — it's lost half of its value today" Business Insider 11:22 AM
  • "Apple Stock Begins Fourth Quarter With Strong Mojo" Investopedia 7:29 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market closes firmly lower as surge in bond yields sparks equity revaluation" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq End Sharply Lower as Interest Rates Surge: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and other major indexes all end sharply lower U.S. Treasury yields surge." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Rising interest rates send stocks tumbling; tech plunges" Associated Press 3:59 PM
  • "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] 3:58 PM
  • "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] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets sink, led by losses in Hong Kong, South Korea: Nikkei in the red after giving up early gains" MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "Europe stocks rebound amid hopes over Italy-EU budget resolution: Banks lead the gainers, Aston Martin shares stall" MarketWatch 7:23 AM

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