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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.

  • "NSA security adviser says 'nobody's found anything' on Chinese chips" Seeking Alpha 7:27 AM
  • "iPhone XR launch expected to beat iPhone 8 debut in weakening China smartphone market: Given the weakness of Chinese device manufacturers, and a lack of innovation in new products by them, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is expecting Apple to have a good local debut in a critical October holiday period."  AppleInsider 7:28 AM
  • "Apple brings iPhone power management in-house with $600M Dialog Semiconductor deal: Apple is investing a total of $600 million to license patents, purchase assets and transfer employees from Dialog Semiconductor, a European chipmaker and existing business partner that entered Apple's supply chain with the first iPhones a decade ago." AppleInsider 7:28 AM
  • "Apple hires engineers from UK company Dialog"  BBC 7:32 AM
  • "Apple shores up chipmaker Dialog's future as pair strike $600m deal" Telegraph 7:35 AM
  • "Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe" TechCrunch 7:37 AM
  • "Munich I Regional Court throws out Qualcomm patent infringement lawsuit against Apple: no infringement" Foss Patents 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's iOS App Store continues domination of worldwide mobile app revenue: App analytics firm Sensor Tower is is once again finding that Apple's iOS App Store continues dominating revenue generated tallies, versus the Google Play store —and the lead is only getting bigger."  AppleInsider 3:25 PM
  • "Tim Cook Says Apple Will Donate to Hurricane Michael Recovery and Relief Efforts"  The Mac Observer 6:00 PM
  • "Inside macOS Mojave: the power and the limits of the new Finder features/The simple Finder that we take for granted has had significant and hugely useful updates for macOS Mojave. It's not all as it seems, though, as some functionality goes a little further than Apple has said —while some turns out to go not quite far as it could. AppleInsider reveals what you can and what you can't do." AppleInsider 12:24 PM
  • "Beyond mere appearance: Dark Mode, the semantics of colour, and text without print" Eclectic Light Company 3:35 PM
Press Releases
  • "Papercraft Hack & Slash Game - Book of Demons - pops up on Mac" prMac 3:34 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple narrows iOS loyalty rate gap with Android in Q3, retention rates at all-time high" AppleInsider 9:04 PM
  • "Photos show Apple's first Thai store likely located in futuristic ICONSIAM complex" AppleInsider 6:58 PM
  • "Kanye West delivers bizarre 'keynote' at Washington Apple store: Following his meeting with President Donald Trump, rapper Kanye West visited an Apple Store in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, where he proceeded to climb atop a display table and deliver a 'keynote' to gathered customers."  AppleInsider 5:37 PM
  • "Supermicro boards were so bug ridden, why would hackers ever need implants? Whether spy chips reported by Bloomberg existed, attackers had much easier options." Ars Technica 5:41 PM
  • "App Store fraud allegedly impacting major mobile payment firms in China: Two major mobile payments companies in China have asked Apple to help reduce theft on their platforms, where customer's funds are being drained by criminals using stolen Apple IDs connected to their payment accounts for fraudulent App Store purchases." AppleInsider 2:36 PM
  • "Apple spends $4.2m on office space to expand Elk Grove presence" AppleInsider 12:48 PM
  • "Apple Music teams up with Genius to add lyrics to its service: Genius now also has an embedded Apple Music player." Engadget 2:51 PM
  • "Medisafe integration with Apple's Health Records brings easy medication management to iOS: Medication management app Medisafe this week finalized integration with Apple's Health Records API, granting nearly five million users in 200 countries quick and easy iOS access to drug-to-drug interaction notifications, pill reminders and more." AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Apple to donate to Gulf Coast relief as Hurricane Michael batters Florida, Alabama and Georgia: Apple intends to donate an undisclosed sum to relief efforts associated with fallout from Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday." AppleInsider 7:29 AM
  • "Apple has acquired Spektral, a Danish computer vision startup, for augmented reality technology" TechCrunch 7:36 AM
  • "Apple Acquires 300 Dialog Semiconductor Designers in $300M Deal" The Mac Observer 10:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Wide-ranging Music Modernization Act signed into law: President Donald Trump has signed the bipartisan Music Modernization Act into law, reforming how songwriters and performers are reimbursed for their work in an age of increasing media streaming versus physical media ownership." AppleInsider 12:52 PM
  • "Senators to Google: Why didn't you disclose Google+ vulnerability sooner? 3 GOP senators want Google to give answers over data leak that affected 500,000 users." Ars Technica 12:54 PM
  • "Apple's Maybe Free TV Shows Plan, Google and Apple's AI Battle -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-11" The Mac Observer 12:54 PM
  • "Half of all iOS devices are now running iOS 12"  Apple Must 3:29 PM
  • "Apple says half of all iOS devices are now running iOS 12: Apple has confirmed iOS 12 is on over half of all devices produced by the company, with the latest official figures indicating 53 percent of compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models running the latest iteration of the mobile operating system." AppleInsider 3:29 PM
  • "New iPad 2018 Model Numbers Suface on MIIT Certification, Could Be iPad Pro 2018: We have spotted three new model numbers that may belong to the iPad Pro 2018." My Smart Price 12:20 PM
  • "Purported 2018 iPad Pro render shows edge-to-edge display, thinner design: Renders shared to Twitter on Thursday are claimed to show Apple's 2018 iPad Pro design, incorporating a near bezel-free display, reduced thickness, and retro-styled edges." AppleInsider 8:53 AM
  • "Apple Is Putting Its Chips on Chips With Dialog Semiconductor Deal" Barron's 8:28 AM
  • "Apple boosts own chip design with $600 million Dialog Semiconductor deal" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 8:28 AM
  • "Future iPhones could automatically detect nuisance callers using spoofed phone numbers: Apple is seemingly attempting to combat the problem of phone scammers and other types of nuisance callers, by coming up with a method to detect if the inbound call is using a spoofed number and warning the recipient before they answer." AppleInsider 8:54 AM

  • "We look at two Urban Armor cases for the iPhone Xs Max" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
  • "Compared: Apple News versus Google News and Microsoft News — which is the best for you? The three technology giants each want you to read the news through their own app but each have different advantages —and take different approaches. AppleInsider helps you decide between the big-three for your Mac, iPhone, or iPad." AppleInsider 8:51 AM
  • "Where is the Battery Percentage Indicator on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, and How Can I Find It?" MacTrast 8:03 PM
  • "At least Apple won't force us to budget for yet another subscription video plan" BGR 6:42 PM
  • "For Apple To Make Its Original TV Content Free Is Brilliant" The Mac Observer 4:30 PM
  • "Apple bets $600 million on improving Apple Watch, iPhone battery life: Apple's relationship with Dialog goes back many years, to the early iPhone days." Ars Technica 12:53 PM
  • "Here come the new iPad Pros" Apple Must 12:50 PM
  • "Apple is bigger than Microsoft: This is not a headline I ever expected to write, but the brutal truth is that Apple is bigger than Microsoft when it comes to PC hardware sales in the U.S., even using Gartner's obfuscated statistics."  Apple Must 8:47 AM
  • "Apple's TV bundle: Still muddled/One thing is clear: Apple will be using its original TV content—starring Winfrey, Witherspoon, etc.—to sell more hardware." Apple 3.0 8:18 AM
  • "The Pixel 3 won't help the fact that Google just can't seem to sell Pixel phones" BGR 3:06 PM
  • "Review: The Nikon Z7 camera is a future-forward mirrorless camera powerhouse/Nikon's flagship Z7 mirrorless shooter is a big step forward for the camera maker, with an eye to the future with many forward-thinking technologies built in to back up the impressive image quality." AppleInsider 1:26 PM
  • "Google's Pixel 3 is a third strike for hapless HTC and LG: Two years of Google selling 'Pixel' branded versions of HTC and LG handsets have done nothing to arrest the slide that both Android licensees are seeing in their mobile sales. Will more exclusive machine learning and artificial intelligence features on Pixel 3 models do anything to change that?"  AppleInsider 8:52 AM
  • "Digital transformation in 2019: Lessons learned the hard way/Many organizations have embarked on the journey of digital transformation over the past several years to sustainably reinvent themselves. The first lessons learned have been challenging to isolate and capture: until recently. Here's what we know so far." ZDNet 8:56 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "2018 National Book Awards List is Out in Apple Books" The Mac Observer 3:53 PM
  • "Microsoft Edge for iOS adds Siri shortcuts for beta testers: Siri is cozying up to Microsoft Edge with the latest update for beta testers on iOS." iMore 3:37 PM
Computer Industry
  • "PC Market Flat-Lined in Q3 2018" Thurrott 6:06 PM
  • "Microsoft moves key technologies, including Cortana, from research to product groups: Microsoft is continuing along its path of repositioning Cortana by moving its digital assistant out of its AI + Research unit and into its Experience & Devices product team." ZDNet 3:37 PM
  • "First Windows Core OS apps surface, clarify Microsoft's plans for app development" Neowin 6:40 PM
  • "Microsoft gives 60,000 patents to open source to 'protect Linux': Imagine waking up from a 10 year coma and reading this" The Inquirer 7:39 AM
  • "Open Source update, Microsoft joins the Open Invention Network community: Microsoft has become a member of the OIN community. It says that by doing this it is demonstrating its commitment to open source software" Information Age 8:09 AM
  • "PC market flat, as Surface becomes a top-5 computer brand in the US: Microsoft sold 600,000 machines, to Apple's 2 million." Ars Technica 3:43 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Propels Company Into Number Five PC Maker Slot For Good Reason [Opinion] The Inquisitr 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft enters top five PC sellers list for the first time: Surface sales slide Redmond into a top table position" The Inquirer 8:51 AM
  • "Proof-of-concept code published for Microsoft Edge remote code execution bug: The PoC can be hosted on any website and requires that users press the Enter key just once." ZDNet 9:03 PM
  • "More Windows 10 October update woes? HP users report BSOD after Tuesday patch: Admins struggle with the latest Windows 10 1809 patch on some HP systems." ZDNet 9:15 AM
  • "Microsoft partners with Indian cricket legend to develop a smart bat that tracks live analytics" GeekWire 2:51 PM
  • "AMD Stages A Number Of Fixes Ahead Of Linux 4.20~5.0 - Plus Vega 20 'MGPU Fan Boost'" phoronix 7:46 AM
  • "Intel's New Graphics Drivers Could Break Down Windows 10 Version 1809: Intel releases new graphics drivers with Windows 10 support" Softpedia 7:50 AM
  • "IBM Challenges Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud-Computing Effort Days Before Bids Are Due" Gadgets 360 7:58 AM
  • "IBM: We're protesting over Pentagon's $10bn winner-take-all JEDI cloud deal/IBM fears that the JEDI deal is aimed at 'one specific vendor', which is not Big Blue." ZDNet 8:49 AM
  • "IBM: We're Beating Red Hat Private Cloud Growth" Light Reading 7:59 AM
  • "Oracle picks 6 promising Austin startups for first U.S. accelerator: Next year, companies across the country may be welcomed in" Austin Business Journal 8:10 AM
  • "Huawei unveils AI Ascend chips: Huawei's push into artificial intelligence technology has seen it unveil two chips, a neural networks compute architecture, a development toolkit, and a cloud training framework across AI." ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "Razer Blade 15 Fall update includes dual storage, Ethernet" Hexus 7:49 AM
  • "Razer's Blade 15 adds a base model and 'Mercury White' Limited Edition: Looks like a very-familiar grey to us." Engadget 7:32 AM
  • "Razer Makes Laptops in White Now" Gizmodo 7:42 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple supplier reports 30% growth in September revenue" Seeking Alpha 7:51 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close lower as Dow drops nearly 1,400 points in 2 days: Nasdaq briefly dips into correction territory" MarketWatch 4:20 PM
  • "Dow Ends Off More Than 500, Two-Day Loss Tops 1,375: Fresh selling hit stocks into the close Thursday, pushing the Dow down more than 500 points for a two-day loss of more than 1,375." TheStreet 4:20 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: US stocks slump on day of wide swings" Associated Press 4:20 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] 4:21 PM
  • "Nikkei drops 4%, China skids 5% as Asian markets follow Wall Street's plunge: Markets in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia all hammered" MarketWatch 8:20 AM
  • "European stocks end sharply lower in global equity selloff: Luxury firms take it on the chin amid global growth worries" MarketWatch 8:20 AM

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