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Weekend Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

  • "Apple plans to give away original content for free to device owners as part of new digital TV strategy"  CNBC 3:05 PM
  • "Apple plans to give original content for free to device owners: CNBC" Reuters 4:15 PM
  • "Apple TV service will reportedly provide free original content to device owners: The new app is slated to come out early next year, according to CNBC." CNET 4:16 PM
  • "Report: Apple to give away its original TV programs, offer third-party subscription 'channels'/Apple is spending over a billion dollars on original shows and series, and anyone with an Apple product can watch them free, according to CNBC." Macworld 5:07 PM
  • "About a fifth of Android phone owners plan to switch to an iPhone: Most smartphone buyers tend to stick with the platform they're familiar with. However, new data from Merrill Lynch indicates that a large percentage of top Android brand users now intend to switch to an iPhone in their next purchase."  AppleInsider 7:46 AM
  • "New Evidence of Hacked Supermicro Hardware Found in U.S. Telecom: The discovery shows that China continues to sabotage critical technology components bound for America."  Bloomberg 8:05 AM
  • "NSA Senior Advisor Latest to Question Report Claiming China Hacked Apple's Former Server Supplier" MacRumors 2:22 PM
  • "US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations: A pair of senators have written to Supermicro requesting more information about events detailed in the recent Bloomberg investigation alleging the company's servers were compromised, in an attempt to find out if it is a risk to the national security of the United States." AppleInsider 7:36 AM
  • "Amid trade war and spying claims, Apple CEO turns on the charm in China"  Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 5:12 PM
  • "Apple seemingly aware of alleged 'Top Podcasts' chart manipulation: Last weekend, the upper echelons of Apple's 'Top Podcasts' charts in the Podcasts app and iTunes were overrun with obscure titles that seemingly didn't belong, prompting some industry watchers to assume the vital distribution platform was being manipulated." AppleInsider 7:33 AM
  • "How Apple reportedly lost billions of dollars over fraud iPhone repair cases: Fraudulent iPhone repair claims made in China cost Apple billions of dollars over a period of five years, according to a report in The Information." Financial Express 8:22 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 67 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 12:28 PM
  • "Apple Releases Public Beta 3 of iOS 12.1, macOS Mojave 10.14.1, and tvOS 12.1" Softpedia 8:21 AM
  • "Package Central for Adobe InDesign Now Supports macOS Mojave" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "How to stop Safari remembering the wrong credit card" Apple Must 7:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Airmail for Mac updated with support for Dark Mode, accent color layouts, more" 9to5Mac 4:32 PM
  • "Sonos Mac app upgraded — but mostly downgraded — as company prioritizes iOS app" 9to5Mac 9:31 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook meets government officials, visits schools on China tour" AppleInsider 9:08 PM
  • "Apple's Mac Sales Down in Q3 2018 Amid a Lack of Updates"  MacRumors 5:14 PM
  • "Mac shipments fall 11% in Q3 as customers await updates to aging lineup, IDC says" 9to5Mac 6:21 PM
  • "Apple revamps affiliate program for Apple Books, offering increased rates for authors & more" 9to5Mac 5:12 PM
  • "Apple Secretly Bought Danish Visual Effects Startup Spektral Last Year"  Fortune 8:22 AM
  • "Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities: Apple has reportedly bought a Danish startup called Spektral, which specialized in real-time separation of objects in photos and videos for a 'green screen' effect." AppleInsider 8:28 AM
  • "Apple Has Acquired Danish Startup Spektral, Focused on Real-Time 'Green Screen' Technology" MacRumors 8:23 AM
  • "Apple bought a machine learning green screen startup to focus on AR" The Verge 12:33 PM
  • "Microsoft axes Minecraft for Apple TV, no one notices: Microsoft is throwing in the towel on the Apple TV permutation of Minecraft due to low user numbers, according to a splash screen that — ironically — has been displayed in-game for weeks without mention from mainstream media." AppleInsider 7:33 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "HBO, CNN, DC Comics, and more could join a streaming video service under AT&T: Service will face stiff competition from Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Apple, more." Ars Technica 9:07 PM
  • "Adobe security update fixes a handful of critical bugs, ignores Flash Player: The light set of updates does not contain a single security patch for Flash, an unusual event for the company." ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Amazon scrapped 'sexist AI' tool" BBC 7:38 AM
  • "Dropbox text recognition makes it easier to find images and PDFs: It's limited to Professional, Business Advanced and Enterprise users, though." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Amazon expands Whole Foods Market deliveries to several more areas" Neowin 7:58 AM
  • "The Morning After: Here's Google's Pixel 3 family, Home Hub and Slate/Look surprised." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "You can catch up with the Made by Google 2018 event by watching this four minute recap" Neowin 7:59 AM
  • "Google introduces a new Chromecast, but very, very quietly: Because it's nothing to shout about" The Inquirer 8:01 AM
  • "Google Pixel bets on software, localisation to entice APAC consumers: Available from November 1 in five Asian markets, including Singapore and Taiwan, the latest smartphone release features tighter integration with the vendor's AI-powered apps such as Google Lens Assistant." ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 Australian pricing: The newly unveiled Google Pixel 3 starts at AU$1,199 from Google, while the XL model is priced from AU$1,349, with telco monthly pricing ranging between AU$84 and AU$199 on Telstra and AU$58 and AU$115 on Optus." ZDNet 8:00 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch Online now includes an easier version of 'Zelda': It's an unexpectedly 'souped-up' take on an old classic." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Clockwise #262: What If It's A Tiger?" Six Colors 4:09 PM
  • "BeLight's Letters Makes Creating Text Effects Fun and Easy" MacVoices 3:28 PM
  • "China Spy Hacks Again, Subscription TV Streaming Overload -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-10" The Mac Observer 12:22 PM
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 85: Channel Surfing The App Store For Cute Cats" AppAdvice 7:27 AM
  • "Apple's next iPad Pro could have 4K HDR support and USB-C: It should be more capable of replacing your laptop" The Inquirer 8:01 AM
  • "Will new iPad Pro models be revealed soon?" AFP Relax News 8:27 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:53 AM
  • "The cheapest iPad Pro prices, deals and sales in October 2018: All of the best iPad Pro and iPad Pro 9.7 deals all in one place" TechRadar UK 8:21 AM

  • "The Apple Watch Is the Best Smartwatch for iPhone Owners" The Wirecutter 7:22 PM
  • "Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4 Review: There's a whole new Apple Watch Series 4, and that means a whole new Apple Watch Nike+ Series 4. And it's terrific." iMore 12:38 PM
  • "Hands on: Luna Display extends your Mac's display to the iPad wirelessly/Assorted app combinations have been utilizing Wi-Fi to extend the Mac's desktop to the iPad for some time — but the new Luna Display plug from the makers of the Astropad app eliminates hacks from the equation, and is able to send fully accelerated video from the Mac to an iPad companion app." AppleInsider 12:33 PM
  • "Google Pixel 3 XL vs iPhone XS Max: What's the Difference" iPhone Hacks 10:13 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS: What's the Difference" iPhone Hacks 10:13 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XS vs Apple iPhone X" phoneArena 8:23 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 vs iPhone XS vs Galaxy Note 9 vs LG V40: our first camera samples" phoneArena 8:23 AM
  • "iPhone XS Max vs. Note 9 camera comparison: We tested the cameras on two of the biggest and most expensive smartphones you can buy." CNET 8:21 AM
  • "iPhone XS Max vs. Galaxy Note 9 camera shootout" CNET 8:21 AM
  • "Review: New BodyGuardz Pure 2 EyeGuard Glass Screen Protector for iPhone XS Max Protects the Screen and Your Eyes" MacTrast 7:59 AM
  • "LifeProof NEXT offers decent protection for a (relatively) slim case" Apple World Today 7:54 AM
  • "Review: Edifier S2000 Pro Bookshelf Speakers" iLounge 3:01 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Best Tower Defense Games" AppAdvice 2:24 PM
  • "Creative Digital Coloring Books for iOS" AppAdvice 2:23 PM
  • "iOS 12.1 Public Beta 3 Is Here To Make Your Life A Mystery" Forbes 8:22 AM
  • "These are the best iPhone games to play with friends" 148Apps 7:29 AM
  • "How to find out which Apple Watch model you have" 9to5Mac 3:22 PM
  • "Can you use Tile Mate to track your pets?" iMore 7:14 PM
  • "You should really read this before you decide to upgrade to iOS 12" ShortList 8:20 AM
  • "Apple's Competitors Increasingly Build Hardware to Lock Users Into Software" The Mac Observer 5:47 PM
  • "It looks like Samsung is finally ready to copy the Apple move we all knew it would eventually copy" BGR 2:43 PM
  • "USB-C on the iPad Pro: What it could mean for users/If the iPad Pro adds USB-C, iOS needs to add better device support to make it work." Macworld 2:25 PM
  • "Apple's secret Spektral purchase puts Lucas in your iPhone" Apple Must 1:34 PM
  • "Why Apple must be looking into using blockchain: It makes more sense for Apple to think about using blockchain than to ignore it."  Computerworld 10:30 AM
  • "New Mac Pro release date, news and rumors: Plus, everything we want from Apple's new Mac Pro" TechRadar UK 9:30 AM
  • "Bloomberg Says More Supermicro Servers Have China Spy Hacks" The Mac Observer 9:19 AM
  • "Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple: Media personalities have been bending over backward to find a way to square the claims made by Bloomberg in its 'China Hack' story with a series of strongly worded denials from Amazon and Apple insisting that the report was 'wrong and misinformed.' However, there is solid evidence that Bloomberg has previously published a series of false claims before, either from a lack of research coupled with bad perspective, or possibly to simply craft a dramatic narrative."  Bloomberg 8:28 AM
  • "I Tried to Replace My Laptop with My Phone and a $20 Bluetooth Keyboard/As my aging MacBook circles the drain, I wonder: have I overestimated my computing needs?" Motherboard 8:22 AM
  • "The iPhone XS Max is making me neglect my iPad: And I really don't mind"  Macworld 8:21 AM
  • "eXtensions -Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (4): Live Railway Museum Visits and Some Wednesday Notes" eXtensions 7:52 AM
  • "The cheapest cloud storage options in 2018, both free and paid-for" Expert Reviews 10:39 AM
  • "Google Pixel 3 hands-on—Not the best first impression: If the Pixel 3 succeeds, it will be in spite of its hardware design." Ars Technica 9:20 AM
  • "Is Google's Pixel Slate a threat to the Apple's iPad or Microsoft's Surface? Google's Pixel Slate is the latest entry into a tablet market already dominated by the likes of the iPad and the Surface. Does the Pixel Slate have what it takes to stand its ground?" ZDNet 8:44 AM
  • "Google's Pixel Slate problem: The Android apps are awful/The new Chrome OS-based tablet convertible seems like a good buy at $600. But the lack of good apps makes it a problematic purchase." ZDNet 8:44 AM
  • "The age of the aluminum flagship phone is over: Google's all-glass Pixel 3 marks the end of an era" The Verge 8:23 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 10, 2018 - GoComics" GoComics 8:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft Edge for iOS preview receives update, now supports Siri shortcuts" phoneArena 5:12 PM
  • "Luna Display arrives, uses iPad as a true wireless display for Mac with HiDPI & no lag" iDownload Blog 1:33 PM
  • "This Smart Lightning-Based Mini IR Blaster Turns iPhone Into A Universal Remote Control For Everything" Redmond Pie 7:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Lenovo tops worldwide PC market in flat quarter: Lenovo increases market share, while Apple slides a bit." CNET 6:12 PM
  • "Lenovo retakes the top spot in PC shipments: It's also Microsoft's first time in the charts." Engadget 9:07 PM
  • "Microsoft Becomes a Top 5 PC Maker in the US" Thurrott 7:23 PM
  • "Microsoft open-sources its entire patent portfolio: Microsoft has joined the Open Invention Network, an open-source patent consortium. By so doing, it is offering its entire patent portfolio: royalty free: to all other Open Invention Network members." ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft promises to defend—not attack—Linux with its 60,000 patents: Software giant joins a patent cross-licensing community that protects open source software." Ars Technica 2:43 PM
  • "Microsoft needs to refocus on Windows 10 fundamentals, not just new features/Opinion: Microsoft needs to step off the new feature train, at least temporarily, and get Windows 10's reliability and fundamentals back on track." ZDNet 4:13 PM
  • "Microsoft sends borked Windows 10 October Update back to Insiders: And we should see it soon too" The Inquirer 8:01 AM
  • "Windows 10 1809 bungle: We won't miss early problem reports again, says Microsoft/Microsoft makes changes to its Feedback Hub after failing to notice early reports flagging up data losses caused by the Windows 10 October 2108 Update." ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "Microsoft fixed the broken Windows 10 October 2018 update that deleted your files" BGR 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft Says It's Fixed That Windows 10 October Update Bug That Mass-Deleted Entire Directories" Gizmodo 7:38 AM
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update build 17763.17 heads to Slow and Release Preview rings" Neowin 7:59 AM
  • "Intel Pits 9th Gen Core CPU against AMD Ryzen" EE Times Asia 7:57 AM
  • "Huawei plans to ditch Intel in favour of its own server chips: The Chinese tech firm wants a bigger slice of the cloud cake" The Inquirer 9:21 AM
  • "Intel's latest processors are for gamers and creators" 9:21 AM
  • "PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here ... for six months/If it's not one DRAM thing, it's another" The Register 9:21 AM
  • "Is Lenovo's Super Micro Headache a Catalyst for HP? Will fearful American customers replace their Lenovo PCs with HP machines?" The Motley Fool 9:19 AM
  • "IBM files protest against Pentagon cloud contract with one winner" Seeking Alpha 1:41 PM
  • "Nvidia RAPIDS accelerates analytics and machine learning: New open source libraries from Nvidia provide GPU acceleration of data analytics an machine learning. Company claims 50x speed-ups over CPU-only implementations." ZDNet 8:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "J.P. Morgan: What the Apple buy side isn't buying/After initiating coverage for with a $272 price target, sell-side analyst Samik Chatterjee got an earful from investors." Apple 3.0 8:16 AM
  • "Amazon's stock falls into correction territory" MarketWatch 10:41 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close sharply lower as Dow sinks over 800 points in worst day since February: S&P 500 logs longest losing streak in 2 years, Nasdaq posts biggest drop for 2018" MarketWatch 4:26 PM
  • "Dow drops 800 points, led by tech shares, as stock market investors fear higher rates" USA Today 4:26 PM
  • "Dow Ends Off More Than 800 Points, Nasdaq Loses 4%: Stocks crumble Wednesday as fears of higher rates sent Wall Street to its worst day since February." TheStreet 4:26 PM
  • "Dow tumbles more than 800 points as Treasury yields tick higher" FOXBusiness 4:27 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip, Dragged Lower by Materials Sector: Investors pull back from the sector on concerns of rising costs and slowing global growth" [Paid Membership Required] 4:27 PM
  • "Hong Kong's Hang Seng stock index manages first win of October: Japan, mainland China post mild gains after mixed session" MarketWatch 8:14 AM
  • "European stocks move lower; luxury stocks feel pressure" MarketWatch 8:15 AM

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