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Wednesday Highlights: Apple formally announces expansion in Austin, TX with new campus and facility to build new Mac Pro with 5,000 employees to start, expanding to 15,000—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; The Verge's Russell Brandom explains transactional relationship between Tim Cook and president Trump; AirPods becoming platform?; Apple taking Apple Music into retail businesses like Harrod's, Levi's stores with muzak soundtracks; during fireside chat session with Salesforce's Mark Benioff, Tim Cook opened up on his life's purpose; producers of The Morning Show call show critics "Apple haters"; got a Ring doorbell? Amazon says police, assuming you give access, can keep videos forever; iPhone 11, 11 Pro reviews from UK's TechRadar; Business Insider compares AirPods Pro to Sony's WF-1000XM3.

  • "Apple to Launch TV Subscription Service Globally: Apple is planning to launch its upcoming TV subscription service in more than 100 countries, three people familiar with the company's plans told The Information. That would quickly make Apple a competitor with both Amazon and Netflix, both of whose video services are widely available internationally."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:05 PM
  • "Apple plans to launch TV subscription service globally: The Information" Reuters 3:05 PM
  • "Apple reportedly planning global rollout for its streaming TV service next year" The Verge 3:48 PM
  • "Apple's Upcoming TV Service to Launch in 100+ Countries in 2019, Starting With the U.S." MacRumors 3:48 PM
  • "Apple's App Store Ad Business to $2 Billion by 2020: Bernstein" Investopedia 3:26 PM
  • "Investigating Implausible Bloomberg Supermicro Stories"  ServeTheHome 7:58 AM
  • "Bloomberg spy chip claims are impossible Apple, says analysis" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Bloomberg's iCloud spy chip attack allegations technically impossible" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Amazon exec joins Apple in calling for a retraction of Bloomberg's explosive microchip spying report" Bloomberg 8:12 AM
  • "Cook's Return to Paris Highlights Macron's Failure to Tax Apple"  Bloomberg 3:26 PM
  • "Apple's Cook backs strong privacy laws in Europe, U.S. - remarks" Reuters 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's Cook set to back strong privacy laws in Europe, U.S. at Brussels event" Reuters 1:07 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook to call for 'comprehensive' US privacy bill" Telegraph 11:40 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Tech must embrace privacy to hold public trust" Axios 12:10 PM
  • "Apple Accused of Overcharging for Repairs in New Investigative Report" iDrop News 2:22 PM
  • "It's not just you — Apple iCloud is having issues" Business Insider 3:23 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.1 to Developers" MacRumors 12:38 PM
  • "Apple offers fifth beta of macOS 10.14.1 Mojave to developers for testing" AppleInsider 12:38 PM
  • "macOS 10.14.1 and Group FaceTime could be nearing release" Cult of Mac 2:38 PM
  • "Privacy Preferences in macOS Mojave" MacMost 9:15 AM
  • "How to set your iPad and Mac to ring when you receive iPhone calls" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "How to use Universal Clipboard to copy files between Macs in macOS Mojave" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's iCloud services are suffering an extended outage: Some users say iCloud Login, Find My iPhone, and other services have been inaccessible for hours" The Verge 8:11 PM
  • "Apple's TV Subscription Service Will Be Global" Thurrott 6:34 PM
  • "Apple's TV subscription service reportedly set for launch in over 100 countries next year" Neowin 6:35 PM
  • "Apple to Launch TV Subscription Service Globally" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 6:35 PM
  • "Kuo: New iPad Mini Coming as Soon as Next Week's Event, AirPower in Late 2018/Early 2019"  MacRumors 12:10 PM
  • "Kuo: iPad mini 5, AirPower, and AirPods 2 are coming late 2018 or early 2019" VentureBeat 1:07 PM
  • "Apple reportedly targeting 2019 for iPad Mini update and AirPower launch: AirPower is still expected for either late 2018 or early 2019, though" The Verge 3:22 PM
  • "Here are the new iPads and Macs the most accurate Apple analyst thinks Apple could launch next week at its New York event" Business Insider 12:10 PM
  • "It took Apple four days to sell initial iPhone XR supply" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "iPhone XR can no longer be pre-ordered for Friday delivery" Cult of Mac 2:10 PM
  • "The iPhone XR is sold out ahead of its release on Friday" BGR 8:23 AM
  • "Teen intent to buy iPhone hits record 86 percent, Android wallows at 10 percent" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "The 'R' in iPhone XR doesn't stand for anything but 'R', Apple reveals" The Next Web 8:34 AM
  • "Better Together: SAP Chooses Jamf to Manage all Their Apple Devices as an Ecosystem"  Jamf 9:17 AM
  • "IBM open sources Mac@IBM code" 9to5Mac 10:36 AM
  • "IBM open-sources Mac@IBM code, spreading tech to other businesses" AppleInsider 11:06 AM
  • "Mac@IBM code goes open source" BetaNews 11:05 AM
  • "IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Jamf: Big news for Apple in the enterprise" Apple Must 1:06 PM
  • "Steve Carell Joins Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston in Apple Morning Show Drama"  Variety 2:08 PM
  • "Steve Carell Set as Male Lead in Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon Apple Drama" The Hollywood Reporter 3:21 PM
  • "Apple opens new Beats 1 studio in New York City" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Muse's 'Simulation Theory' album artwork was made with the Apple iPad Pro and Pencil" Canadian Reviewer 8:49 AM
  • "iPhone promotional offers help Verizon beat phone subscriber estimates" Reuters 7:40 AM
  • "Verizon sees Apple Watch-fueled growth amid early '5G launch'" CNET 7:39 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC moves to open more spectrum to connected devices" Reuters 3:23 PM
  • "Yahoo to pay $50 million to victims of massive security breach" Associated Press 3:05 PM
  • "FCC expands 3.5GHz band to 5G and opens 6GHz band to future Wi-Fi" VentureBeat 12:10 PM
  • "Twitter bans 18 more InfoWars-related accounts: The accounts were posting content from Alex Jones' outlet." Engadget 11:39 AM
  • "Motorola is iFixit's first major phone maker to supply official repair parts" The Verge 8:39 AM
  • "Oxford researchers exposed the avalanche of data Google and Facebook can hoover up from apps on your phone" Business Insider 8:12 AM
  • "Google News is using up several gigs of data for some users, resulting in overages" Android Police 8:12 AM
  • "iPhone XR: Apple's version of a 'value' phone (The 3:59, Ep. 478)" CNET 2:11 PM
  • "Apple's Mystery Manufacturing Space, Intel's 7 nm Problem -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-23" The Mac Observer 12:38 PM
  • "Fireside Chat—The Details Behind Vectorworks 2019" Architosh 12:38 PM
  • "Interview: SAP talks about its 100,000+ Apple devices" Computerworld 11:18 AM
  • "Linus Torvalds talks about coming back to work on Linux" ZDNet 11:05 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 84 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 2" MacStories 8:38 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 262: The vision starts becoming clear" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "iOS 12.1 will improve selfie quality on the iPhone XS and XR: Beautygate no longer"  The Verge 7:24 AM
  • "iOS 12.1 Public Beta 5: iPhone XR Buyers Beware Edition: First things first, if you're getting a shiny new iPhone XR on Friday, stop reading this right now, go make sure Automatic Updates is set to Off in your Settings, then uninstall your Public Beta Profile." Forbes 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Promises to Fix iPhone XS Selfie Smoothing" Thurrott 8:39 AM
  • "Apple describes 'beautygate' iPhone XS bug, says it will be fixed in iOS 12.1" Macworld 1:07 PM
  • "Apple iOS 12.1 To Fix Beautygate Selfie Photo Controversy On iPhone XS" HotHardware 3:57 PM
  • "You really don't want to break your iPhone XR" Apple Must 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Plans to Expand Uses of Haptic Touch on iPhone XR Over Time" MacRumors 11:20 AM
  • "Apple to add enhanced Haptic Touch features to the iPhone XR" BGR 8:06 PM
  • "iPhone XR's Product Red model blazes bright in crimson" [Slideshow] CNET 8:19 AM
  • "MacBook Air replacement on Oct 30, suggests delayed order" 9to5Mac 8:23 AM
  • "You can no longer downgrade from iOS 12.0.1" Cult of Mac 9:00 AM
  • "How to download iOS 12.1 developer beta 5 to your iPhone or iPad" iMore 12:45 PM
  • "How to download tvOS 12.1 public beta 5 to your Apple TV" iMore 2:11 PM
  • "Apple invention would allow one self-driving car to recharge another — while both are moving!" Apple World Today 8:32 AM
  • "Apple working on self-driving car 'peloton' system to share power, increase efficiency" AppleInsider 11:19 AM
  • "Apple Watch bands could reveal activity progress with discrete light-up indicators" AppleInsider 10:35 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:22 AM

  • "iPhone XR Review Roundup: Great LCD Display, Good Single-Lens Camera, Top-Notch Performance" MacTrast 8:48 PM
  • "Apple shares iPhone XR reviews ahead of Friday launch: As it did with the iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 in September, Apple on Tuesday collected a sampling of favorable iPhone XR reviews in a press release crafted to generate interest in the handset ahead of its launch this week." AppleInsider 8:23 PM
  • "The Best iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, and X Cases" The Wirecutter 6:37 PM
  • "Is Apple's iPhone XR the best premium phone value of 2018? — Mashable Reviews" [Video Review] Mashable 2:37 PM
  • "iPhone XR review: Cheaper and very cheerful indeed" The Independent 8:57 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: Apple's secret weapon to sell even more smartphones" CNN Business 8:55 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: Affordability Done Right" Gizmodo 8:55 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: With both style and substance, the 'budget' iPhone XR is the iPhone to buy" Digital Trends 8:54 AM
  • "iPhone XR: The best $250 you ever saved on a new phone" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:53 AM
  • "The iPhone XR Is Good, Which Means Choosing An iPhone Right Now Is Confusing As Hell" BuzzFeed News 8:38 AM
  • "Here's what's different between the iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max" CNBC 8:26 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: Why you should consider the budget model over the pricier XS" USA Today 8:25 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: You Don't Have to Spend $1,000 for the Best iPhone/The iPhone XR has a few price-cutting compromises, but great battery life, Face ID and a colorful design make it the best iPhone to buy" [Paid Membership Required] 8:24 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: The Best iPhone for the Money" Tom's Guide 7:57 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: Finally, an iPhone with a decent battery" TechRadar UK 7:57 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR review: An iPhone to reach the masses" Pocket-lint 7:57 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: Almost all the best for way, way less" iMore 7:57 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR review: The best iPhone for most people/This exercise in compromise paid off." Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Review: Apple's iPhone XR is a fine young cannibal" TechCrunch 7:56 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR review: better than good enough" The Verge 7:56 AM
  • "The iPhone XR: There's got to be a catch. That's what everyone has been thinking ever since Apple announced the iPhone XR alongside the XS and XS Max on September 12. Right? The iPhone XR seemingly offers too much of what the XS provides at a significantly lower price." Daring Fireball 7:55 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: The best iPhone value in years" CNET 7:55 AM
  • "Unboxing the iPhone XR" CNET 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone XR photos, and how Portrait Mode works" [Slideshow] CNET 8:18 AM
  • "iPhone XR makes the right trade-offs for a cheaper price" Associated Press 7:55 AM
  • "The iPhone XR Review: A Cheaper Apple Phone Suited to Most of Us/In an era of skyrocketing smartphone prices, it's a relief that Apple's $750 iPhone is just as powerful and nearly as capable as its $1,000 counterparts, our reviewer found." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:54 AM
  • "Apple iPhone XR Review: A Great Choice for Cost-Conscious iPhone Buyers" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:38 AM
  • "iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS vs. iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus" CNET 12:38 PM
  • "These are the top features of the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 4" AppleInsider 10:30 AM
  • "Thunderbolt 3 Bus-Powered Flash External Storage Update" Bare Feats 3:09 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to remove unwanted objects from photos with TouchRetouch" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
  • "How To Display Time in Digital hh:mm:ss on the iPhone" The Mac Observer 6:25 PM
  • "How to adjust AirDrop visibility from Control Center on iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 2:10 PM
  • "How to Unlock Tweetbot 5's Extra Themes on the iPhone and iPad" The Mac Observer 10:33 AM
  • "Lost? Ask Siri 'Where Am I?' to Get Your Current Location on iPhone" OS X Daily 3:21 PM
  • "Why I wish I'd bought the iPhone XR instead of the iPhone XS" Cult of Mac 1:08 PM
  • "The iPad mini might not be dead after all" Cult of Mac 12:38 PM
  • "Apple refuses to give up on AirPower wireless charger" Cult of Mac 12:10 PM
  • "The Pixel 3 wasn't just beaten by Apple's iPhone XS in this speed test, it was demolished" BGR 8:47 AM
  • "The iPod is the greatest gadget ever – fight me"  The Next Web 8:33 AM
  • "No Huawei: Apple's non-competition" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "New MacBooks: What we want vs. what we'll (probably) get" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "Google just quietly gave us a killer midrange Android option: The broader effects of Google's Pixel gamble are suddenly coming into focus — and for those in the know, the impact is no longer limited to the realm of pricey flagship phones." Computerworld 11:41 AM
  • "Review: Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL are the best smartphones you can buy right now" Business Insider 8:34 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Steve Carrell Joins Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon Apple TV Show" The Mac Observer 6:27 PM
  • "Emoji 12 preview details mixed-race couples and families, accessibility characters, and more likely coming to iOS 13" 9to5Mac 2:10 PM
  • "Hallmark Channel and SiriusXM Kick Off 'Countdown to Christmas' with Exclusive New Holiday Music Entertainment Channel" PRNewswire 11:45 AM
  • "Motorola Solutions Introduces First TALKABOUT Radios with Mobile App for Ultimate Off-Grid Communications" Business Wire 11:41 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel refutes claims it's killing off 'struggling' 10nm process: Chipmaker says it's making 'good progress' and 'yields are improving'" The Inquirer 6:49 AM
  • "Windows 10 Version 1809 Suffers from Yet Another Data Loss Bug" Thurrott 12:45 PM
  • "Future Windows 10 update will soften the blow of Spectre patches: The performance hit should be reduced to mere 'noise.'" Engadget 6:51 AM
  • "New Windows 10 1809 bug: Zip data-loss flaw is months old but Microsoft missed it/A Feedback Hub user reported the latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update bug three months ago. Microsoft has fixed the issue in preview builds of the 19H1 version of Windows 10, so it should be fixed in 1809 soon." ZDNet 7:36 AM
  • "Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809: So fonts are funny and archives aren't ace but, hey, at least it isn't deleting files, right?" The Register 10:15 AM
  • "Windows 10 Version 1809 Suffers from Yet Another Data Loss Bug" Thurrott 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Exchange 2019 - but there's no way to deploy it: Exchange 2019 was one of four Office-related server products that went final on 22 October; because Windows Server 2019 remains in software purgatory, Exchange 2019 can't be used, or even tested" Computerworld New Zealand 8:07 PM
  • "What To Expect From Microsoft's First Quarter Earnings After A Strong End To Fiscal 2018" Forbes 10:33 AM
  • "Microsoft's To-Do app gains Planned smart lists on Android & Important list improvements on iOS" OnMSFT 10:34 AM
  • "Accessories drive videogame sales to sixth straight gain in September" Seeking Alpha 6:26 PM
  • "Ex-Windows EVP Terry Myerson joins Madrona Venture and The Carlyle Group" TechCrunch 12:47 PM
  • "Microsoft's former Windows Chief Terry Myerson joins two investment firms: The former head of Microsoft's Windows unit has resurfaced after leaving the company earlier this summer and will be involved with two different investment firms." ZDNet 12:47 PM
  • "HP updates Spectre x360 2-in-1s with webcam privacy switch, more battery life: HP also debuted a new Elitebook convertible with a battery life up to 17 hours." Ars Technica 4:11 PM
  • "HP Launches New Premium Consumer and Business PCs" Thurrott 6:36 PM
  • "HP's fall PC lineup includes EliteBook, Spectres, and fingerprint mouse" Seeking Alpha 4:12 PM
  • "HP Cuts Corners on New Spectre x360/HP literally removes the corners of the new 13- and 15-inch Spectre x360, a 2-in-1 convertible laptop. Result: a more convenient way to turn it on and plug in peripherals." PC Magazine 8:55 PM
  • "HP unveils $84M Singapore lab focused on digital manufacturing technologies: Launched together with Nanyang Technological University, where it is located, the HP-NTU Corporate Innovation Lab will focus on 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity." ZDNet 8:08 PM
  • "Dell announces new Latitude Rugged laptops for the toughest conditions" Neowin 7:39 AM
  • "Dell tries to make durable laptops more modern with updated Latitude rugged line" Ars Technica 7:40 AM
  • "New Raspberry Pi-like Odroid-H2 board packs Intel Gemini Lake quad-core CPU: The new Odroid-H2 board could suit modders who want to build a Linux media and gaming system." ZDNet 12:47 PM
  • "Oracle delves deeper into blockchain with four new applications" TechCrunch 12:47 PM
  • "Oracle acquires DataFox, a developer of 'predictive intelligence as a service' across millions of company records" TechCrunch 7:35 AM
  • "Oracle acquires DataFox, brings AI-based company data management to cloud apps: DataFox uses artificial intelligence to help clients gain an up-to-date view of customer accounts and organizations." ZDNet 7:37 AM
  • "Oracle's cloud move fix for 'vicious cycle' of 'unpredictable' app upgrades: 'We've done away with upgrades' says EVP applications development Steve Miranda" Computerworld New Zealand 8:45 PM
  • "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure introduces AMD EPYC powered instances: Oracle says it's the largest public cloud provider to have bare metal instances on AMD EPYC processors." ZDNet 8:54 PM
  • "Samsung is developing a laptop with a foldable displa" BGR 6:42 AM
  • "Low-Cost Cortex-A5 Initiative Presented by ARM" EE Times Asia 6:39 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Is the Best Tech Play Ahead of Earnings: Gene Munster" Investopedia 3:26 PM
  • "What made this Apple bull run different?" Apple 3.0 8:38 AM
  • "Apple supplier AMS in steepest fall since 2008" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:32 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 closes down for fifth day as stocks retreat in wake of China selloff: Dow tumbled more than 500 points at lows" MarketWatch 6:28 PM
  • "Dow Ends Off 125 Points as Caterpillar, 3M Earnings Disappoint: The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls Tuesday after earnings disappoint. The S&P 500 falls for the 12th time in 14 sessions." TheStreet 6:28 PM
  • "US stocks tumble in early trade after global markets slide" Associated Press 10:37 AM
  • "Stock Market Whiplash Rattles Investors: The S&P 500, Dow industrials and Nasdaq all drop at least 1% before recovering in another bout of volatility" [Paid Membership Required] 6:31 PM
  • "Asia stocks retreat broadly Tuesday after strong gains a day earlier" MarketWatch 8:12 AM
  • "Europe stocks end lower as Italy's budget issues dog eurozone: Fiat surges nearly 3% on deal to sell auto-parts unit for €6.2 billion" MarketWatch 8:12 AM

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