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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.

  • "Apple Fans Seem More Psyched for the New iPhone This Year: Apple may have reached a turning point, judging by an unofficial Morgan Stanley barometer."  Barron's 11:30 AM
  • "Remembering Steve Jobs: A Visionary Leader Who Changed The World/Apple CEO and co-founder, Steve Jobs was the most inspiring and inspired individual I have ever met and worked for. Today precisely seven years after his passing his name is still synonymous with visionary, genius, innovator, and icon. He revolutionized the world with ground-breaking innovations with the personal computer, iPod, iPhone, and iPad."  Forbes 7:47 AM
  • "Remembering Steve Jobs, seven years after his death" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "Apple Named Most Valuable Brand on Eve of Steve Jobs' Death Anniversary" Investopedia 8:13 AM
  • "UK cyber security agency backs Apple, Amazon China hack denials"  Reuters 8:07 AM
  • "Apple and Amazon hit back over China soy chip report" BBC 8:25 AM
  • "Apple/China: chain gang" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:34 AM
  • "Apple launched investigation into Bloomberg's China hack claims, 'found nothing': Apple reportedly launched a wide-reaching internal investigation into an explosive report claiming Chinese spies compromised its servers in what boils down to a complex supply chain hack, but came up empty in its examination." AppleInsider 9:20 PM
  • "Google: Apple, your sneaky iPhone patching is endangering users/If I can find these bugs using public tools, think what baddies can do with secret ones, says Project Zero expert."  ZDNet 8:06 AM
  • "'Highly plausible' Apple servers could be infected with spy chips, says former Apple hardware engineer" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
  • "The secret history of Apple's Stacks: Shame they changed the name... Piles was more fun" The Register 7:50 AM
  • "Apple left Intel processor management and testing tools unlocked for years" AppleInsider 11:34 AM
  • "Firefox gets support for Google's WebP image format, leaving Apple Safari as main holdout" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "Do AMD GPUs run Metal Apps Faster under macOS Mojave?" Bare Feats 3:26 PM
  • "Dark Mode Series: Introduction" Indie Stack 11:41 AM
  • "How to Enable Dynamic Desktops in MacOS Mojave" OS X Daily 2:49 PM
  • "How to master macOS Mojave screenshots [Video] 9to5Mac 9:34 AM
  • "How to add your own Quick Actions to the new macOS Mojave Finder" AppleInsider 12:50 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple helps Samsung surge to record profits"  CNN 7:59 AM
  • "Samsung reports record earnings — and Apple's a big reason why" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
  • "Man Creates Shortcut On New Apple App That Allows Users To Secretly Record Police" CBS 3 Philly 9:19 PM
  • "The spectacular Louvre Apple Store is closing" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
  • "The iPhone XS Max is in big demand, adoption data shows" Apple Must 8:17 AM
  • "20-year-old court filing comes back to haunt Qualcomm in antitrust dispute with Federal Trade Commission" Foss Patents 8:28 AM
  • "Apple stores will participate in EU Code Week with over 2000 Today at Apple sessions" 9to5Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple offers free coding sessions across Europe for EU Code Week" Apple Must 7:41 AM
  • "Apple quietly removes shady crypto-wallet accused of stealing users' EOS" The Next Web 8:10 AM
  • "Here's how much Apple CEO Tim Cook spent trying to stop Donald Trump from becoming president" Business Insider 8:36 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Nintendo Game Boy Case Patent Turns Smartphones Into Portable Consoles" HotHardware 3:52 PM
  • "Researchers develop a computer that's fooled by optical illusions: Seeing like we do has big implications for AI." Engadget 2:49 PM
  • "A 'Scarily Simple' Bug Put Millions of Cox Communications Customer Accounts at Risk" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:39 PM
  • "Your router might be very vulnerable to cyberattacks, new study says" Digital Trends 1:23 PM
  • "Democrats draft an 'Internet Bill of Rights' to regulate Big Tech" GeekWire 11:42 AM
  • "Nancy Pelosi's Internet Bill of Rights" Axios 8:23 AM
  • "California Bans Comically Weak Default Passwords For Internet-Connected Devices" HotHardware 3:51 PM
  • "Weak passwords banned in California from 2020" BBC 7:51 AM
  • "David Sparks Releases Field Guides On Siri Shortcuts and OmniFocus" MacVoices 5:53 PM
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: Hacking Humans" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:49 PM
  • "Managing Your Kid's Online Activity - TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-05" The Mac Observer 12:51 PM
  • "iCloud server spy chip claims, iPhone XS selfies, more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 8:08 AM
  • "Apple is blocking third-party repairs on new Mac computers"  The Next Web 8:09 AM
  • "Bait and fix: Apple is basically forcing you to get AppleCare for your new MacBook Pro/Pay now or pay later."  Macworld 9:33 AM
  • "Mac software locks will hit third-party repair shops" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's proprietary software is blocking third parties from repairing Macs" BetaNews 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Blocking Third-Party Repairs on the New MacBook Pro" LAPTOP Magazine 12:51 PM
  • "Apple software reportedly hobbles independent third-party repairs: Any change which involves Apple's new T2 chip needs to be verified by software only Authorized Service Providers can get according to Apple documents." CNET 3:30 PM
  • "Most iOS devices now run iOS 12 according to Mixpanel's data" TechCrunch 9:34 AM
  • "Apple to face iPhone pricing issue during transition to 5G" DigiTimes 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 Launches With Limited Quantities Available in Store" MacRumors 8:00 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "The iPhone XS & XS Max Review: Unveiling the Silicon Secrets"  AnandTech 8:24 AM
  • "Apple's A12 Bionic comes close to desktop CPU performance in benchmarks: Performance improvements in the A12 Bionic chip used in the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max has put Apple's in-house CPU designs on a par with processors used in notebooks and computers, one extensive deep dive declares, with the latest processor bringing the mobile chip line within striking distance of 'the best desktop CPUs.'" AppleInsider 6:07 PM
  • "iPhone XS Gets Reviewed — A12 Bionic Chipset Being Praised as Being Nearly as Fast as a Desktop Computer" WCCFTech 9:19 PM
  • "iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review: It's time for older iPhone owners to jump on the X bandwagon/A faster processor, new Max size and camera improvements make the iPhone XS a compelling upgrade." Macworld 7:51 AM
  • "Hands-On With the New Nike+ Apple Watch Series 4" MacRumors 3:54 PM
  • "Surface Laptop 2 vs. MacBook Pro: Which Should You Buy?" LAPTOP Magazine 11:35 AM
  • "Review: Fiio FH5 Quad Driver Hybrid In-Ear Monitors" iLounge 1:40 PM
  • "Review: F-Secure Sense Secure Wi-Fi Router" iLounge 12:50 PM
  • "Logitech K600 TV review: A keyboard for the couch" ["One nice thing about the K600 is that it doesn't require any additional software, even if you're using it with a Windows PC or Mac."] TechHive 8:01 AM
  • "The Alpha Glass Screen Protector is a nice companion for most iPhone cases" Apple World Today 7:51 AM
  • "How to use Voice Memos on iPhone and iPad" iMore 2:49 PM
  • "How to insert a Tab character on iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 9:02 AM
  • "New Do Not Disturb Options" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "How to clean Beats Solo3 headphones" iMore 8:24 AM
  • "iOS 12: iPhone battery draining fast? Here how to diagnose the problem and get more battery life" [Video] ZDNet 3:34 PM
  • "Apple Insiders Say Nobody Internally Knows What's Going On With Bloomberg's China Hack Story: 'I don't know if something like this even exists.'" Bloomberg 9:18 PM
  • "Apple's secret repair kill switch hasn't been activated—yet" iFixit 5:54 PM
  • "iFixit finds third-party MacBook Pro and iMac Pro repairs still an option, at least for now" AppleInsider 8:19 PM
  • "It killed me to return my iPhone XS Max" Cult of Mac 3:44 PM
  • "The Apple versus Microsoft hardware double-standard rears up again with the latest Surface update"  AppleInsider 2:49 PM
  • "91% of contributions by Apple employees have gone to Democrats vs. 9% to Republicans since 2004" MacDailyNews 1:36 PM
  • "Up Close and 'Personal' with Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs" Low End Mac 11:33 AM
  • "Tim Cook Tweets in Memory of Steve Jobs, Who Passed Away Seven Years Ago Today" MacRumors 10:55 AM
  • "Remembering Steve Jobs" iMore 10:35 AM
  • "iOS 13 Concept Showcases Windowed Apps, Dark Mode, Always-On Display, More [Video] Redmond Pie 8:28 AM
  • "The HomePod's growing pains: If Apple can just figure out what it wants from the HomePod..."  Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's Former Legal Chief Bruce Sewell Says FBI 'Never Heard' of Supermicro Allegations Last Year" MacRumors 3:30 PM
  • "Chinese spy chip: The five reasons I believe Apple's denial"  9to5Mac 7:57 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon server spy story is wake-up call to security pros"  Computerworld 7:39 AM
  • "AI on Android mobile phones still a work-in-progress: Benchmark results from researchers at Swiss university ETH Zurich reveal that development of neural networks on mobile devices is still a hairy business, with frameworks that are incomplete, chipsets with mixed support for networks, and results that are difficult to benchmark reliably." ZDNet 9:17 PM
  • "Amazon Echo Dot 3 review: A $50 smart speaker you'll actually want to look at: and listen to" TechCrunch 6:35 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3 XL reviewed in full, days ahead of the official reveal" BGR 6:06 PM
  • "The Hardest Part Of Recovering From Tech Addiction: You Can't Quit The Internet Forever" BuzzFeed News 1:23 PM
  • "9 things to expect from the Google Pixel 3 event next week" The Verge 7:57 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Daily Dictionary's New Watch App Showcases the Latest watchOS Capabilities" MacStories 2:49 PM
  • "Read TidBITS in the TidBITS News App, Apple News, Google News, and Flipboard" TidBITS 2:49 PM
  • "Download the Best iOS 12 Shortcuts for Siri Shortcuts App" iPhone Hacks 1:23 PM
  • "Horrifying finger attachment lets your phone touch you back" Engadget 12:48 PM
  • "Facebook is testing a Lite app for iOS" Engadget 1:39 PM
  • "Facebook Lite for iPhone now being tested, alongside Android" 9to5Mac 10:35 AM
  • "HomePod is scheduled to arrive in Spain and Mexico on October 26" iDownload Blog 9:34 AM
  • "Twitter adds data saving feature to its iOS, Android apps" Memeburn 8:21 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update is allegedly deleting files" TechRadar UK 9:27 AM
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update hit by apparent data loss bug" bit-tech 9:27 AM
  • "Microsoft has said goodbye to the big bang approach and that's just fine" ZDNet 8:44 AM
  • "Cloud, Microsoft ecosystem to create 63,400 jobs in Saudi" Trade Arabia 9:22 AM
  • "3 Ways Microsoft Has Outrun Intel: Both led the personal-computer revolution, but Microsoft has left its partner in the dust." The Motley Fool 5:56 PM
  • "The only way is up, baby: IBM UK sales down, profit down, headcount down" The Register 9:16 AM
  • "Bank of New Zealand selects IBM for cross-channel fraud prevention" Verdict 9:16 AM
  • "IBM won't grow, says analyst firm while eyeing flatlining share price" The Register 3:50 PM
  • "IBM Stock Has Had a Tough Year but There's Still Reason to Be Bullish" Barron's 3:50 PM
  • "HP Omen gaming laptops get huge discounts this fall" TechRadar UK 9:14 AM
  • "JP Morgan downgrades HP Inc due to chip shortages, trade tariff risk" CNBC 9:14 AM
  • "Widespread shareholder opposition for Dell deal" CNBC 9:12 AM
  • "Dell Tech: We have a plan B for bog standard IPO" The Register 9:12 AM
  • "Where's the best place to buy a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 charger?" Windows Central 9:12 AM
  • "ASRock Launches Intel Z390 Motherboards" CDR Info 9:10 AM
  • "Review: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Duke 11G OC" Hexus 9:10 AM
  • "ASRock Launches Intel Z390 motherboards with Phantom Gaming Series" Guru3D 9:10 AM
  • "Best Intel processor: Core i3, i5, i7 and i9 explained" TrustedReviews 9:09 AM
  • "365 Days a Year - Intel manufacturing" Guru3D 9:09 AM
  • "AMD expected to unveil 7nm Ryzens and Navi GPUs in January" Computing 9:07 AM
  • "Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'" The Register 9:05 AM
  • "Cisco patches critical flaws in DNA Center and Prime Infrastructure" Hot For Security 9:04 AM
  • "Doing good is good for business says Cisco's Chuck Robbins" CNBC 9:04 AM
  • "Cisco's CEO on its changing business model" CNBC 9:04 AM
  • "The weekend starts here... right after you've installed these critical Cisco bug patches" The Register 9:03 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Greenlight Capital sells last bit of Apple stock as it fears debilitating relationship with China" 9to5Mac 1:15 PM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close lower as worries about rising yields overshadow strong jobs report: Tesla stock falls for fourth session" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks End Broadly Lower on Rate Surge, Weak Payrolls Report: Stocks ended broadly lower Friday as investors investors faced a weaker -than-expected payrolls report and surging interest rates." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks sink again as job gains send bond yields even higher" Associated Press 3:57 PM
  • "Tech Stocks Tumble as Market Momentum Stalls: Falling U.S. government bond prices also weigh on investors" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets led lower by tumbling Tech Stocks: Nikkei sags as yen gains; Apple suppliers fall in Hong Kong, Taiwan as spying saga lingers" MarketWatch 8:33 AM
  • "Europe stocks log second weekly loss as investors grapple with rising bond yields: A day after logging the worst session in seven weeks, the Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, -0.86% declined 0.9% to end at 376.41. For the week, the pan-European gauge lost 1.8%, its weakest performance since a 2.2% drop in the week ending September 7." MarketWatch 11:53 AM

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