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Tuesday Highlights: Concerning Apple Card and gender bias, Dieter Bohns argues "Apple owns every mistake Goldman Sachs makes with its card: Apple isn't a bank, but its brand is tied to one now"; Bloomberg's Alex Webb and Elisa Martinuzzi claim proof of Apple Card sexism is in the algorithm; Goldman Sachs re-checking credit scores after claims, however, you have to ask them to do it—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Macworld primer on managing Sign in with Apple identities; Facebook's app on iOS covertly using your camera while you're scrolling the feed, 9to5Mac says bug likely; private Apple press conference alleged to happen this week introducing 16" MacBook Pro; iPad Pro as full desktop? Perhaps; Wired reviews AirPods Pro says they're "what the original AirPods should have been"; Forbes compares iPad Pro against Microsoft's Surface Pro 7.

  • "Some cities are pushing back when Apple tries to open new retail stores"  BGR 7:05 AM
  • "Apple fires back at Australian encryption bill: It calls the legislation 'dangerously ambiguous.'"  Engadget 7:06 AM
  • "Apple to Australia: 'This is no time to weaken encryption'/Apple underscores that access for only good guys is 'a false premise.'" Ars Technica 7:06 AM
  • "Apple says decryption should 'alarm every Australian': The security weaknesses and spying it could be forced to do." iTNews Australia 7:17 AM
  • "What developers say Apple needs to do to make the Apple TV a gaming console: Despite strong hardware and infrastructure for games, it remains niche at best."  Ars Technica 1:07 PM
  • "2 Reasons Apple's In-House Chip Efforts Are a Huge Asset: Apple's bet on vertical integration is paying off."  The Motley Fool 9:12 PM
  • "Apple rebukes Australia's 'dangerously ambiguous' anti-encryption bill"  TechCrunch 10/12
  • "Apple argues stronger encryption will thwart criminals in letter to Australian government" The Verge 10/12
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook On iOS And Its Devices' Impact On Our Lives"  MacPrices 10/12
  • "Apple's Tim Cook wants to make the news" Apple Must 10/12
  • "Apple supplier seeks to escape trade war fallout with shift out of China: Migration begins as others step up contingency plans" Nikkei 10/12
  • "1Password no longer automatically submits passwords on Macs: 1Password 7.2 also looks cool in MacOS Mojave's dark mode." Engadget 10/12
  • "These macOS Mojave apps will help you get the most out of the Finder: The updated macOS makes the Finder better than ever but once you've tried its new features, you'll want more. AppleInsider shows how you can have your Mac tag or name files at a keystroke and then automatically manage your folders for you." AppleInsider 4:26 PM
  • "How to use Spaces, Apple's mostly ignored macOS Mojave productivity feature" AppleInsider 10/12
  • "7 more Photos tips for Mac users" Apple Must 10/12
  • "Recording Voice Memos On Your Mac" MacMost 10/12
  • "NetNewsWire Article Age Limits" inessential 6:21 PM
  • "Sometimes It's Better to Just Start Over With iCloud Photo Library Syncing"  Daring Fireball 10/12
Press Releases
  • "Photo app Luminar introduces AI Sky Enhancer to quickly and easily edit skies with a slider" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "Luxion Releases New KeyShot 8—Renderer for Mac and Windows" Architosh 10/12
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Cops Told 'Don't Look' at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out: After five failed attempts with the 'wrong' face, Apple's Face ID system will fall back to asking a passcode; a tricky situation for investigators." Motherboard 9:48 AM
  • "Police told to avoid looking at recent iPhones to avoid lockouts: Law enforcement may have a challenge on its hands." Engadget 6:18 PM
  • "Forensics firm urges police not to look at screens of iPhones with Face ID: While U.S. police are now sometimes forcing suspects with Face ID-ready iPhones to unlock their devices, Apple's technology is simultaneously making that a risky proposition, one security firm is warning agencies." AppleInsider 6:20 PM
  • "Tim Cook Visited Headquarters of Bytedance in Beijing" pandaily 9:49 AM
  • "Apple has bought a Danish startup to boost its AR skillset: The ARtist formerly known as Spektral" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Stockholm's New City Council Opposes Planned Apple Store at Kungsträdgården" MacRumors 10/12
  • "That iPhone XR can't come fast enough in China for Tim Cook... | Pocketnow" Pocketnow 10/12
  • "Federal Trade Commission makes important clarifications in reply to Nokia's amicus brief supporting Qualcomm" Foss Patents 10/12
  • "Your iPhone could soon protect you from spam calls — but Android is still way ahead" GearBrain 10/12
  • "Man Wearing Apple Maps Backpack Surveying San Francisco on Foot" MacRumors 10/12
  • "Saudi journalist used Apple Watch to record own interrogation and execution, report says" AppleInsider 10/12
  • "Kanye West accidentally reveals his iPhone passcode to the world — and it's painfully easy to guess: During a meeting with President Trump, Kanye typed his passcode into the iPhone, seemingly oblivious to the camera behind him" Mirror Online UK 10/12
Non-Apple News
  • "OnePlus Previews Software Changes Coming in the OnePlus 6T" Thurrott 8:14 AM
  • "Qualcomm files appeal to avoid potential $5 billion payout to 250 million American smartphone buyers (1.2 billion transactions)" Foss Patents 7:02 AM
  • "Venmo increases fees on instant money transfers: Convenience comes with a higher cost." Engadget 7:05 AM
  • "FCC resorts to the usual malarkey defending itself against Mozilla lawsuit" TechCrunch 10/12
  • "As bidding closes, Amazon's cloud is the favorite to win a $10 billion defense deal. Here's why everybody else is so mad about it" Business Insider 10/12
  • "'Plants vs. Zombies' creator PopCap and parent EA put down new roots in Seattle, and tease next game" GeekWire 10/12
  • "Twitter under investigation for allegedly refusing to reveal how it tracks you" CNET 10/12
  • "Humanoid 'rescue robot' learns parkour" BBC 10/12
  • "Online dating could be worth $12 billion — and it's all thanks to Tinder, analyst says" Business Insider 10/12
  • "Yale users locked out of homes after 'smart' home app crashes: Firm blamed 24-hours of borkage on an 'unforeseen' issue" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Galaxy S10 might be last Samsung smartphone to retain the headphone jack: Firm will ditch port on Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11, report claims" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Boston Dynamics shows off 'terrifying' humanoid robot that can run and leap over obstacles" Telegraph 10/12
  • "Google CEO refuses to answer 'detailed questions' on China in letter to Senate" CNET 10/12
  • "Did Google just tell us that it's getting rid of Android?" BGR 10/12
  • "Facebook shuts down 'spammy' politics pages" BBC 10/12
  • "Facebook takes down hundreds of political spam accounts: Ballot blocks" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch/'We should be in space within weeks, not months.'" Ars Technica 10/12
  • "Plex virtualises its way on to Linux as a Canonical Snap: And there's freebies for early adopters" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "RIP Apple TV Gaming – The TouchArcade Show #372" Touch Arcade 10/12
  • "Neil Ticktin Profiles This Year's MacTech Conference" MacVoices 10/12
  • "What's New with WiFi Mesh, Apple's Possible iPad Pro Media Event -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-12" The Mac Observer 10/12
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 194: Latest OS updates, the new smart 'speakers', and troubles in China" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "Tim Cook's worldwide tour and waiting for Apple's October iPad Pro event on the AppleInsider podcast: The AppleInsider Podcast gets seriously into money as we examine App Store fraud in China and how Apple Pay won over CVS. Plus, what you should buy from Google's new hardware —and what we think Apple's going to show us." AppleInsider 10/12
  • "New iPad Pro Lineup May Have 5.9mm Thickness, No Headphone Jack" Redmond Pie 9:11 PM
  • "Apple's next-gen iPad Pro models may be the thinnest we've ever seen" BGR 4:27 PM
  • "RPON: 2018 iPad Pro Model Identifiers And Resolution Confirmed Once Again In New Report" Redmond Pie 10:21 AM
  • "Half of all iOS devices are running iOS 12: Apple users took to iOS 12 way faster than the bug-plagued iOS 11."  Engadget 10/12
  • "iOS 12 adoption surpasses 50% just three weeks after its release" BGR 10/12
  • "Half of all devices now run iOS 12" TechCrunch 10/12
  • "New iPad Pro Models Spotted in Analytics With Same Resolutions as Current 10.5-Inch and 12.9-Inch Models" MacRumors 10/12
  • "Analytics firm says 2018 iPad Pros will keep prior models' resolutions" VentureBeat 10/12
  • "Official Apple iPhone XR clear case on the way" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "Apple's iPhone XR will launch with an official clear plastic case" AppleInsider 10/12
  • "TSMC to be only supplier of Apple A13 chips in 2019" DigiTimes 10/12
  • "TSMC will continue to be Apple's sole chip producer for the 2019 'A13" processor: TSMC will continue to be the only supplier of Apple's A-series chips in 2019, according to a report, with the iPhone component supplier believed to secure orders for next year's 'A13" chip following its success with this year's A12 production."  AppleInsider 10/12
  • "TSMC Expected To Be Exclusive Manufacturer For Apple's A13 Chip" UberGizmo 10/12
  • "Apple's New iPad Pro Leaks in Crystal-Clear Images"  LAPTOP Magazine 10/12
  • "New iPad Pro, Apple Pencil Model Numbers Spotted In MIIT Certification Database" Redmond Pie 10/12
  • "Apple patent could let iPhones detect spoofed phone calls" SlashGear 10/12
  • "Apple files patent to automatically detect spam calls" Pocketnow 10/12
  • "VoiceOver bug lets hackers view iPhone photos, send them to another device: Amateur iOS hacker Jose Rodriguez on Friday unearthed another obscure, yet effective, lock screen bypass that leans on an unpatched bug in VoiceOver to gain unauthorized access to photos on a target device." AppleInsider 7:07 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 10/12
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 10/12

  • "Review: Apple Watch Nike+ hardware still solid, but Nike's software is lacking" AppleInsider 1:00 PM
  • "Galaxy Note 9 Smokes iPhone XS Max In Real-World Battery Test [Video] Redmond Pie 10:19 AM
  • "Head-To-Head: Google Pixel 3 Vs. Apple iPhone XS/The CRN Test Center compares the features and specs of Google's new Pixel 3 with Apple's iPhone XS." CRN 9:18 AM
  • "Google Pixel Slate vs. Apple iPad Pro: Which Should You Buy?" LAPTOP Magazine 7:18 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4: We hiked for six hours so you wouldn't have to/Six-hour activity tracking, a larger screen and automatic workout detection -- we closed a lot of rings to test all the fitness features on the Apple Watch Series 4" CNET 7:18 AM
  • "iPhone Xs Max review: Bigger, better, faster" Neowin 7:01 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XS Review Addendum: Small Core and NN Performance" AnandTech 10/12
  • "Apple Watch Series 4: Bigger, Bolder, Better" Intego 10/12
  • "Taking the new Apple Watch Series 4 on vacation [Review] Cult of Mac 10/12
  • "I've Worn Apple Watch Series 4 On Every Run For A Week - Review Now In" Women's Health 10/12
  • "Apple Watch Diary: Battery-life is now good enough for sleep-tracking plus all-day wear" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "Watch: iPhone XS Max's A12 Bionic smokes Samsung's Galaxy Note 9" AppleInsider 10/12
  • "Fitbit Charge 3 review: Fitbit's best (and smartest) fitness band yet" iMore 10/12
  • "Hands-on with the new reflective Sport Loop band for Apple Watch Nike+" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "RevoNext QT3 quad driver hybrid in-ear headphones review" The Gadgeteer 10/12
  • "Review: Marshall Kilburn II Portable Bluetooth Speaker" iLounge 10/12
  • "Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) [Review]: Bigger & better" Android Central 10/12
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Better3DMenus lets you customize your 3D Touch menus" iDownload Blog 7:18 AM
  • "12 of the best iOS 12 features — and how to use them: Use your iPhone and iPad like a pro, whether creating Siri shortcuts or oddball Memojis" Stuff Magazine 10/12
  • "iOS 12: How To Switch Between Rear And Front Cameras In FaceTime" Redmond Pie 6:14 PM
  • "How to switch on iOS 12"s Safari favicons for easier tab navigation: Something we almost take for granted on desktop Web browsers is favicons — tiny icons that identify a tab at a glance, which can be particularly handy when you have a dozen open at a time." AppleInsider 9:13 AM
  • "Netflix VPN Block: How it works and How to bypass it" AddictiveTips 7:07 AM
  • "How To Check If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised In Recent Hack" Redmond Pie 7:01 AM
  • "How to Sync, View, and Use Photos on the Apple Watch" Intego 10/12
  • "How to use Bluetooth with Airplane Mode on iPhone" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "How to use Wi-Fi with Airplane Mode on iPhone" 9to5Mac 10/12
  • "How to Clean Your Laptop" iFixit 10/12
  • "How to Flip FaceTime Camera on iPhone or iPad in iOS 12" iPhone Hacks 10/12
  • "Siri Shortcuts: Magic 8-Ball" MacMost 10/12
  • "How to become an iOS developer: A cheat sheet/If you are interested in pursuing a career in mobile development and don't know where to start, here's your go-to guide for salaries, skills, and the best programming languages to learn." TechRepublic 10/12
  • "Is there a way to block certain incoming texts in iOS?" Macworld 10/12
  • "Here's Why You Shouldn't Trust Calls from Apple Support" iDrop News 10/12
  • "iPhone Patent Tips Tech That Could Warn You About Spoofed Calls" PC Magazine 10/12
  • "What's the Best App for Reading the News?" Lifehacker 10/12
  • "Apple Is Still Randomly Signing iOS 11.4.1, Downgrade From iOS 12.0.1 If You Want To" Redmond Pie 10/12
  • "Next For Apple: A New MacBook" Forbes 9:12 PM
  • "Making The Grade: What do you do with old laptops and iPads?" 9to5Mac 9:24 AM
  • "Apple Watch torture recording? Color me skeptical." Apple 3.0 7:15 AM
  • "Apple Phone concept brings new twist to iPhone's iconic notch" Cult of Mac 10/12
  • "Apple's Tim Cook wants to make the news" Apple Must 10/12
  • "3 features Apple should borrow from Google's latest hardware: Google unveiled a lot of new hardware this week and there are some features that the Cupertino-based company could implement."  Macworld 10/12
  • "7 reasons iOS 12 adoption matters to you" Apple Must 10/12
  • "Unboxing and first impressions of Lenovo's newest X1 device, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme" Neowin 7:13 PM
  • "NES Classic Edition vs. SNES Classic Edition: Which should you buy?" iMore 1:09 PM
  • "Internet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives: For Ars staffers, IRC led to love, marriage, and trolling." Ars Technica 8:58 AM
  • "Alexa Wants To Know How You're Feeling Today: Amazon has patented technology that would allow its devices to read your emotional and physical state, and sell advertisements based on them. Are we entering the era of the mood-targeted ad?" The Atlantic 10/12
  • "Why Facebook's Breach Should Mean #DeleteFacebook But Won't" Forbes 10/12
  • "You Really Shouldn't Be Running Adobe Flash Player Anymore" Lifehacker 10/12
  • "The Magic Leap Con" Gizmodo 10/12
  • "Why Google needs to put Chrome OS in developer hands: Google wants to disrupt with its stateless, cloud-focused desktop operating system. But it needs to become much more viral with exploitative apps if it expects it to succeed beyond just being a niche platform for education and light computing tasks." ZDNet 10/12
  • "A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10/12
  • "Amazon Echo Plus (second-generation) review: Amazon's fanciest speaker is still a tough sell" CNET 10/12
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Sygic's Car Navigation: GPS & Maps iOS App Now CarPlay Compatible" MacTrast 10/12
  • "iPhone X Minimalistic Wallpapers With Transparent Dock And Glowing Edges Updated For iPhone XS / XS Max" Redmond Pie 10/12
  • "Sygic Car Navigation App Gets Apple CarPlay Support" iClarified 10/12
  • "'Pokémon' Comes to 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' With New Scavenger Hunt" Touch Arcade 10/12
  • "Apple will release its own clear case for iPhone XR" 9to5Mac 10/12
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft workers protest bid to build Pentagon's $10bn AI warfare system" Telegraph 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft Could Kill Off Surface in 2019 If This Guy Is Right: Canalys analyst says Surface makes no sense for Microsoft" Softpedia 4:28 PM
  • "Some users are experiencing audio issues with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update" Neowin 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft JET vulnerability still open to attacks, despite recent patch: Microsoft's patch for a JET database engine zero-day deemed incomplete" ZDNet 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft once again letting fake Google apps into the Microsoft Store" MSPoweruser 10:42 AM
  • "Confluence comes to Microsoft Teams" MSPoweruser 1:30 PM
  • "How Intel's first Chief Security Officer is reshaping the chip giant: Industry veteran Window Snyder is ready for the challenge." Engadget 9:24 AM
  • "Windows 10 October Update is causing BSOD borkage on HP machines: Microsoft is putting out that forest fire with petrol" The Inquirer 10/12
  • "Surface Boosts Microsoft Into Top 5 PC OEM Status" ExtremeTech 10/12
  • "Microsoft is now a top five PC maker in the US thanks to Surface sales: Surface shines with a solid sales uptick in the face of an overall decline" TechRadar UK 10/12
  • "60,000 patents from Microsoft go open source" 10/12
  • "Intel claims 90% of all 5G data usage will be video: The report which was released in partnership with Ovum predicts the 5G will inject $1.3 trillion into the economy with AR and VR gaming becoming much bigger players" Innovation Enterprise 10/12
  • "Intel Further Reduces Stake in EUV Equipment Maker ASML" CDR Info 10/12
  • "Intel reduces stake in ASML to below 3 percent" Reuters 10/12
  • "Arizona and Intel team up on Institute for Automated Mobility to develop driverless vehicle technology" VentureBeat 10/12
  • "Arizona-Intel partnership aims to advance self-driving tech, safety standards" Digital Trends 10/12
  • "IBM files formal JEDI protest a day before bidding process closes" TechCrunch 10/12
  • "Oracle, LinkedIn To Integrate HR Apps, Data To Help Employers Find Talent" Forbes 10/12
  • "Huawei announces HiQ quantum computing simulator" Neowin 10/12
  • "SSD prices fall to new lows as PC market rebounds: GPU pricing also returns (more or less) to normal" The Inquirer 10/12
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Has Apple Outpaced Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?" Zacks 10/12
  • "Tech got wrecked, but chart analyst sees opportunity in Apple" CNBC 10/12
  • "Cramer: Now's the time to do some buying (Video)" Apple 3.0 10/12
Industry News
  • "Stocks rally to close higher but log worst week since March: S&P 500 snaps 6-day losing streak" MarketWatch 10/12
  • "Dow Ends Up 282 Points Friday, Finishes Volatile Week Off 4%: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rebounded to close higher Friday, capping a volatile week that saw the index lose 4% overall." TheStreet 10/12
  • "Tech stock rally helps snap losing streak as rough week ends" Associated Press 10/12
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks gain, but still end the week lower" Associated Press 10/12
  • "Chinese Stocks Swing to Gains, Selloff Ends in Asia: Better-than-expected trade data help ease concerns about the damage to China's economy from U.S. tariffs" [Paid Membership Required] 10/12
  • "Asian stocks turn higher as global equities attempt rebound" MarketWatch 10/12
  • "European stocks see bounce, but on track for big weekly declines: Global equities attempt to take back some lost ground" MarketWatch 10/12

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