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Monday Highlights: Apple's deep ties with Amazon cost to the tune of over $30 million per month for their cloud services, amounting to 5 year, $1.5 billion deal; did you know Apple has "an in-house philosopher"?; 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo delves into what Apple likely to reveal at 2019 WWDC; Apple announces new conservation efforts teaming up with Conservation International and Colombian Communities in effort to protect and preserve "earth's carbon-trapping coastal trees"; JCPenney no longer supporting Apple Pay in stores or mobile app; Apple iPhones with 5G coming in 2020 according to Ming-Chi Kuo.

  • "Sneaky subscriptions are plaguing the App Store" ["But alongside this healthy growth, a number of scammers are now taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick users into signing up for expensive and recurring plans. They do this by intentionally confusing users with their app's design and flow, by making promises of 'free trials' that convert after only a matter of days, and other misleading tactics."]  TechCrunch 6:40 AM
  • "Scammers have been tricking iPhone users into downloading apps that cost hundreds of dollars per year. Now, Apple appears to be cracking down" Business Insider 4:13 PM
  • "Apple 'Deeply Apologetic' Over Account Hacks in China: Victims of the scams didn't enable two-factor authentication, Apple says" [Paid Membership Required] 7:19 AM
  • "Apple apologizes to Chinese users after iCloud phishing spree" AppleInsider 8:59 AM
  • "Apple apologizes for hacked Apple IDs in China, says account details were phished" 9to5Mac 8:59 AM
  • "FTC and Qualcomm trying to settle antitrust matter by November 14, but Judge Koh may rule on chipset licensing anytime" Foss Patents 7:18 AM
  • "Qualcomm, FTC ask judge to delay ruling to pursue settlement" Reuters 9:09 AM
  • "Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla announce plans to deprecate TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in 2020" AppleInsider 8:51 PM
  • "App Store Bundles Gain Support for Mac Apps and Free Apps With Subscriptions" MacRumors 3:54 PM
  • "App bundles expand to Mac apps and free apps with subscriptions" AppleInsider 3:58 PM
  • "When not to use Apple's Mail Drop file transfer service: If you have a large file you need to share with several people, go a different route." Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "How to Use the Preview Loupe Tool in macOS" MacRumors 7:15 AM
  • "Taking Screenshots In macOS Mojave" MacMost 9:26 AM
  • "Making screenshot frames" Dr. Drang 9:08 AM
  • "How to set up an automatic email reply in Mail on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "How to Prevent 1Password from Asking to Save Logins" The Mac Observer 8:58 AM
  • "Why Create a Frontier-Inspired Scripting App?" inessential 7:17 AM
Press Releases
  • "How to Create Distortion Effects: Red Giant Short Cuts Episode 8 Now Live" Red Giant 1:25 PM
  • "CodeWeavers ships CrossOver 18 with full macOS Mojave support" AppleInsider 12:47 PM
  • "Saurik updates Cydia Impactor to address .ipa unzipping issue on Windows" ["Windows is certainly the target audience for this particular Cydia Impactor update, but it's also available for macOS and Linux-based machines."] iDownload Blog 11:00 AM
  • "VideoDuke - a dedicated video downloader for Mac" prMac 7:01 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone XR looks set to become a massive smash hit" Cult of Mac 7:01 AM
  • "Kuo: Apple To Stick With IP68 Water Resistance Rating For 2019 iPhones" Redmond Pie 10:12 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone Customer Loyalty Is on the Rise" Market Realist 9:33 AM
  • "The 2018 New Establishment List: This year's New Establishment list attempts to reconcile the revolutionary fluctuations in the zeitgeist, and contextualize them in a firmament, if only for a fleeting moment." [Tim Cook #5] Vanity Fair 1:24 PM
  • "Apple may not have bought music analytics firm Asaii, might be 'acquihire'" AppleInsider 9:34 AM
  • "Apple teases new Japanese retail store for 2019, promotes Shibuya reopening with custom wallpapers" 9to5Mac 7:44 PM
  • "Apple Watch app to aid recovery of hip replacement patients" GearBrain 7:17 AM
  • "Apple fixes the bagel emoji because New Yorkers have a lot of feelings" Mashable 7:10 AM
  • "Bagel emoji crisis averted by iOS 12.1 beta 4" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "Ex-Apple engineers created an app to track basketball shots using AI, and it's already getting attention from Mark Cuban and the NBA" Business Insider 1:27 PM
  • "Happy Steve Jobs Day everyone!" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Outage pulls the plug on YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music" Engadget 9:03 PM
  • "Samsung unveils Exynos chips built for connected cars" Engadget 7:49 PM
  • "'Donald Daters' the New Dating App for Trump Supporters Leaked Its Users' Data on Launch Day" Time 4:29 PM
  • "FCC's Ajit Pai asks carriers to waive bills for Hurricane Michael victims: The FCC chairman also calls on wireless carriers to let victims 'change carriers without penalty.'" CNET 4:23 PM
  • "Huawei's latest phone is bigger than an iPad mini" Mashable 4:09 PM
  • "Wired Magazine Turns 25 With a Brainy Party: Guests included Serena Williams, Anna Wintour, Kevin Systrom and Stewart Brand." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:27 PM
  • "Google Maps amplifies its app for electric vehicle owners" TechCrunch 3:32 PM
  • "Google to charge phone vendors for its Android apps in Europe: If device makers want to ship Android phones with Google apps --and especially the Play Store app: in Europe, they'll now have to pay a licensing fee." ZDNet 1:38 PM
  • "Inside the Living Computer Museum founded by Paul Allen: Where PC history stays alive/'Other museums put a glass in front of their computers. We put a chair.'" PCWorld 12:47 PM
  • "For the Pixel 3 XL, Google switches display manufacturers from LG to Samsung" Ars Technica 11:06 AM
  • "Sony says it already fixed the PS4 message bug that was crashing consoles" BGR 11:00 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Tournaments pit controller against keyboard and mouse" Engadget 10:59 AM
  • "Adobe's new experiment turns tone deaf humming into real music" Mashable 10:12 AM
  • "Smartphone Maker That Overtook Apple Reveals New Flagship Device" Bloomberg 10:11 AM
  • "Microsoft's amazing alternative to Apple's MacBook just got even better with the Surface Laptop 2" Business Insider 9:08 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much: Users face hours without tunes as streaming service trips up mid-dance move" The Register 6:54 AM
  • "Sundar Pichai spoke about Google's China plans for the first time and it doesn't look like he's backing down" Business Insider 6:51 AM
  • "Paul Allen Was So Much More Than Microsoft's Co-Founder" Time 7:17 AM
  • "'Our industry has lost a pioneer': Tech titans are devastated by the death of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen" Business Insider 6:51 AM
  • "Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific" Macworld 3:07 PM
  • "Mac App Store Developer Problems, More Apple Watch Series 4 Experiences -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-16" The Mac Observer 1:20 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 83 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 1" MacStories 7:17 AM
  • "Mice and Picture Books, two things that go together." The MT Show 7:16 AM
  • "Mingis on Tech: The Pixel 3 arrives" [Podcast] Computerworld 6:56 AM
  • "[Exclusive] iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) case leaks, shows Apple's first tablet with Face ID sensors and bezel-less screen"  MySmartPrice 9:47 AM
  • "Could Adobe and Apple Be Working Together to Build Apple Pencil 2?" iDrop News 7:07 PM
  • "iPhone XS Max easily outlasts rivals in new battery test" Cult of Mac 9:33 AM
  • "Taiwan suppliers remain cautious about orders for new iPhones" DigiTimes 7:02 AM
  • "Apple supply chain wary of reduced iPhone orders for Q4" AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "iOS 12.1 will likely launch next week" Cult of Mac 7:11 PM
  • "iOS 12.1 Public Beta 4: iPhone XR Pre-Release Edition" Forbes 7:09 AM
  • "Apple Granted a Second Patent for a Folding iPhone focused on a new Flexible Hinge and something very interesting" Patently Apple 7:15 AM
  • "Siri could recognize user's voice patterns for identification in future iPhone or iPad" AppleInsider 9:08 AM
  • "Apple patent is for tracking data between two Apple Watches and an iPhone" Apple World Today 7:15 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM

  • "iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max" Mashable 7:07 PM
  • "iPhone XS (Max): I usually write my review of the new iPhones about a week after I get one of the new devices, but this time around, I just kept using and trying out the different features of the iPhone. Now, I want to give you my thoughts on the iPhone XS and XS Max." The Loop 1:27 PM
  • "One month later: iPhone XS versus the iPhone XS Max" AppleInsider 10:28 AM
  • "iPhone XS vs. Pixel 3: Which camera is better? Both have three cameras in total, but they work in very different ways." CNET 6:54 AM
  • "Compare these Pixel 3 and iPhone XS photos" CNET 6:54 AM
  • "Hands on: Ultimate Ears' mainline Bluetooth speaker, the Boom 3" AppleInsider 12:47 PM
  • "Vinpok Taptek mechanical keyboard review: Almost perfect/There's nothing satisfying about any keyboard that Apple makes. Vinpok is seeking to rectify that." iMore 10:04 AM
  • "Review: Wirelessly charge AirPods with HyperJuice's handy adapter [Video] 9to5Mac 12:47 PM
  • "Review: Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless + Wireless XL" iLounge 12:46 PM
  • "The Toast cover for the iPhone looks great, but should be used with care" Apple World Today 7:06 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'ELOH' Review – A Soothing, Sound-Bending Puzzle" Touch Arcade 7:11 PM
  • "How to convert a video into a Live Photo on iPhone & iPad" 9to5Mac 7:05 PM
  • "How to Use the On-screen Trackpad on your iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 1:39 PM
  • "How to Use Maps on Your iPhone to See the Hourly Weather Forecast" The Mac Observer 10:52 AM
  • "iPhone time limit: How to set a time limit for a specific app on iOS 12" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Choosing which apps can suggest Siri shortucts on iPhone Lock screen" iDownload Blog 3:55 PM
  • "Thoughts on the ambition of Apple Watch" Computerworld 12:42 PM
  • "3 reasons you should buy the iPhone XS Max instead of the standard iPhone XS" Business Insider 10:04 AM
  • "Disappointed in Pixel 3? Make iPhone XS your ultra-Google Phone!" iMore 9:48 AM
  • "Cherished myths: Apple used to be perfect" Macworld 7:02 AM
  • "Stats make iOS a hard OS to ignore: Users are jumping to the latest iOS version faster than ever before. That means many things from an Apple marketing perspective, but for IT, it means far greater security."  Computerworld 6:56 AM
  • "Apple wants you to know iPads are professional computers" ["Inevitably, Macs will become high-end machines for high-end tasks, while iPads and other mobile devices will become computers for the rest of us."]  Apple Must 6:42 AM
  • "Everyone wants to work at Google — but we found out how 15 ex-Googlers knew it was time to quit" Business Insider 2:18 PM
  • "Winamp's Relaunch Better Bring Back Winamp Skins - Motherboard" Motherboard 10:59 AM
  • "Why the Pixel matters: Sales are a measure of sales, not importance" The Verge 7:09 AM
  • "T-Mobile's 36-month payment plans could help bring $1,000 phones to more people" Android Authority 7:09 AM
  • "Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans" BBC 6:57 AM
  • "When Alexa Can't Understand You: People with speech disabilities are being left out of the voice-assistant revolution." Slate 6:56 AM
  • "Comic: Real Computers Run Photoshop" iMore 10:27 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "This handy case could fix the most annoying parts of the newest iPhones" Business Insider 4:23 PM
  • "'Knights and Glory' is an Upcoming Tactical Battle Simulator Looking for Beta Testers" Touch Arcade 2:17 PM
  • "Walmart Has An iPhone Game Where You Can Pretend To Be A Worker" BuzzFeed News 1:52 PM
  • "Homecourt 'Shot Science' AR update featured in iPhone XS keynote now available" 9to5Mac 1:49 PM
  • "Apple Debuts Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Created in Collaboration With Disney" MacRumors 4:09 PM
  • "Beats Studio 3 Skyline collection with new color options arrive" AppleInsider 1:25 PM
  • "chemoWave Launches Free Spanish App for Hispanic Cancer Patients to Track Real-Time Symptoms & Get Personalized Treatment Insights" PRNewswire 10:29 AM
  • "Mighty, the iPod Shuffle for Spotify, gets a bigger battery and better bluetooth" TechCrunch 7:09 AM
  • "Fortnite 6.1 drops new Quadcrasher and BR tournaments" Cult of Mac 7:01 AM
  • "Tokyo Ride - Learn Japanese and Explore Tokyo on the go" prMac 9:09 AM
  • "New Advanced Contact Manager Brings Powerful CRM Features to iOS" prMac 7:01 AM
  • "Gamers Flood the Pixel Dance Floor in Block Party for iOS" prMac 7:00 AM
Computer Industry
  • "The Entrepreneurial Paul Allen: He was the visionary behind the personal computing revolution." [Paid Membership Required] 7:07 PM
  • "Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passes away aged 65: Tech pioneer died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma" The Inquirer 7:32 AM
  • "Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:44 PM
  • "Bill Gates remembers Paul Allen: 'Microsoft would never have happened without Paul'" The Verge 3:05 PM
  • "Paul Allen Was So Much More Than Microsoft's Co-Founder" Associated Press 7:07 PM
  • "Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder, dies at 65" Computerworld 3:05 PM
  • "Windows 10 BSOD problems: Microsoft offers up driver fix for HP crashes/Blue screen of death crashes fixed by removing HP keyboard driver with known compatibility issues." ZDNet 7:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Makes Patent Pledge as Part of Plan to Embrace Linux" eWeek 10:45 AM
  • "Intel's 9th-gen processors can swallow 128GB of RAM: Baaaaahlimey that's a lot of RAM, ewe probably said" The Inquirer 7:32 AM
  • "Intel Reduces ASML Stake: Sells off bulk of what was previously a $4 billion, 10% share" EE Times Asia 7:00 AM
  • "Arm and Intel Partner to Ease IoT Challenges" Tech.pinions 8:25 AM
  • "Rolls Royce teams up with Intel to turn ships into floating data centres: Rolls Royce will use AI powered by Intel's Xeon Gold processors and SSDs for memory" V3 8:25 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-8700K review: Intel's hexa-core processor rises above Ryzen" TechRadar UK 8:22 AM
  • "AMD Cuts Ryzen 7 2700X's Price Ahead of Intel 9900K Launch" ExtremeTech 8:25 AM
  • "Dell maintains plans to go public despite Icahn opposition" Reuters 1:39 PM
  • "Icahn prepares challenge to Dell plan to go public" Telecompaper 8:21 AM
  • "Dell Tech: We'll let shareholders vote on VMware reverse merger in Q4" The Register 2:18 PM
  • "Massive Dell 49-inch curved ultra-wide monitor $1,700" Geeky Gadgets 8:21 AM
  • "Lenovo And HP Make Up Nearly Half Of PC Sales" eTeknix 8:22 AM
  • "HP dangles subscription hardware at power users: Need SSD RAID, i9 or a GPU? Join our Z Club, says Inky" The Register 8:22 AM
  • "Hands-on with the HP ENVY x360 convertible laptop: a true thin and light/HP has yet another x360, and this time, it's an ENVY. The new thin and light convertible will go on sale from November this year with a starting price of Rs 60,990." 8:22 AM
  • "HP's new ENVY x360 convertible comes with Active Pen support, Gorilla Glass touchscreen display: Price in India/Expanding its premium portfolio, HP Inc. on Tuesday launched the HP ENVY x360 convertible powered by AMD Ryzen processor for the millennials in India." Financial Express 8:22 AM
  • "AI will impact 100% of jobs, professions, and industries, says IBM's Ginni Rometty: At the Gartner Symposium/ITExpo, Rometty laid out three principles for companies working ethically with AI." ZDNet 12:06 PM
  • "IBM Reports 2018 Third-Quarter Results: Best Year-to-Year Gross Margin Performance in 3 Years, Reflecting Higher Value Business" IBM 3:20 PM
  • "IBM's Revenue Shrinks Again: Computing giant snaps brief return to growth as revenue slides 2.1%" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "IBM misses revenue estimates as server sales slow" Reuters 3:21 PM
  • "IBM sees cognitive solutions, tech services and cloud platform revenue declines" ZDNet 3:21 PM
  • "IBM falls after revenue misses" CNBC 3:21 PM
  • "IBM rebound runs out of steam as revenue dips" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 3:38 PM
  • "IBM Earnings beat, Revenue misses In Q3" Investing 3:21 PM
  • "IBM set to report earnings after the bell" CNBC 3:04 PM
  • "IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Sharpens Focus on Emerging Tech for Business" WSJ Blogs 1:27 PM
  • "Qualcomm's new 60GHz chips target 5G speeds over WiFi: 10Gbps is being targeted using 60Ghz mmWave frequencies" The Inquirer 8:54 AM
  • "Cloud computing switch as digital transformation takes priority: Cost-cutting takes a back seat as cloud-powered business change moves centre stage." ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Arm launches Neoverse, its IP portfolio for internet infrastructure hardware" TechCrunch 12:47 PM
  • "The Brexit dilemma: Will London's start-ups stay or go? The capital's tech companies are trying to plot a course that will steer them past Brexit. That will mean some difficult decisions ahead." ZDNet 10:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Would Market Slowdown in China Impact iPhone Sales Significantly?" Market Realist 9:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends nearly 550 points higher as upbeat earnings send stocks soaring: Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq have best day since March" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Dow Surges More Than 540 Points on Strong Bank Earnings; Nasdaq Gains 2.9%: Stocks post sharp gains on Tuesday, getting a boost from better-than-expected earnings from investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs." TheStreet 4:00 PM
  • "Dow surges more than 500 points on positive earnings" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "Growth Stocks Lead U.S. Indexes Lower: Fast-rising bond yields and continuing trade fears spur investors to trim riskier stocks" [Paid Membership Required] 3:59 PM
  • "Nikkei's gain, led by Softbank's rebound, lifts most Asian markets: Oil sector lifts Hong Kong though mainland China's gains fade" MarketWatch 8:09 AM
  • "European stocks book a slight gain as traders watch Brexit talks: German stock outshine peers; major oil companies rise" MarketWatch 8:09 AM

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