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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

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?

  • "Jony Ive interview: Apple design guru on how he created the new iPad – and the philosophy behind it"  The Independent 9:31 AM
  • "Why Apple's Unit Sales Reporting Doesn't Matter Anymore"  TheStreet 2:29 PM
  • "Apple's Message: Think 'Apple as a Service'" ["Ultimately, this is a good thing for Apple investors. The new reporting method will force the Street to think about Apple's business as a stable and growing service, which should yield a higher earnings multiple in the long run."]  Loup Ventures 7:22 AM
  • "Apple knows the days of record iPhone sales are over, and wants you to stop obsessing over how many it now sells"  ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "Apple flees from transparency as it stops reporting unit sales of iPhones, iPads, and Macs"  VentureBeat 7:46 AM
  • "Apple will no longer report iPhone numbers after growth went to 0%, and analysts are now worried iPhone sales may decline" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Investors bristle as Apple's iPhone data goes the way of its headphone jacks" Reuters 8:06 AM
  • "Apple to stop revealing unit sales sparking peak iPhone fears" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:04 AM
  • "The ticket into Apple's world of products just got even pricier: And Apple's not alone. Welcome to the new reality of more expensive gadgets."  CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Apple stresses ramifications for 5G in public interest statement filed in Qualcomm's ITC case" Foss Patents 1:21 PM
  • "Apple Removes 11 Categories From the Mac App Store Categories Tab" MacRumors 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Hampers Mac App Store Discoverability by Removing Several Categories" The Mac Observer 9:56 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.2 to Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 2:29 PM
  • "NetMarketShare: macOS, iOS market share both up in October" Apple World Today 7:33 AM
  • "Streamlining Cloud Proxy Workflow in Final Cut Pro X" 10:31 AM
  • "How to Extract a XIP File in MacOS" OS X Daily 2:29 PM
  • "How to stop sites from autoplaying videos on your desktop" The Next Web 7:49 AM
  • "How to freeze columns and rows in Numbers on Mac and iOS" iDownload Blog 7:41 AM
  • "Eight Hidden macOS Features You Can Access With the Option Key" MacRumors 2:58 PM
  • "Use Password Assistant To Create Random Passwords" MacMost 9:02 AM
Press Releases
  • "Bullet Hell with Minimalist Aesthetics: Solid Aether for Mac is Out Now" prMac 1:18 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "IDC: Smartphone shipments down 6% in Q3 2018, Huawei maintains lead over Apple" VentureBeat 7:46 AM
  • "IDC data shows flat iPhone sales a win as global shipments fall" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "iPad Remained World's Most Popular Tablet Last Quarter While Huawei Topped Apple in Smartphones Again" MacRumors 9:45 AM
  • "iPad dominates tablet market again, even as sales drop in Q3" ZDNet 2:46 PM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Global Smartphone Shipments Tumble 8 Percent in Q3 2018" ["Woody Oh, Director at Strategy Analytics, added, 'Apple iPhone growth was flat, shipping 46.9 million units for 13 percent smartphone marketshare worldwide in Q3 2018. The new iPhone XR, XS and XS Max range is in healthy demand, but Apple's relentless focus on price increases its capping its overall volume growth.'"] Strategy Analytics 7:58 AM
  • "iPhone shipments steady amid contracting global smartphone market in recession" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "Strategy Analytics: Global Smartwatch Shipments Leap 67 Percent to 10 Million Units in Q3 2018" ["Apple Watch maintained first position with 45 percent global smartwatch marketshare, while Fitbit jumped into second place, overtaking Samsung and Garmin."] Business Wire 1:07 PM
  • "Apple starts selling refurbished iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus units" SlashGear 8:55 PM
  • "Battery-life of iPhones getting worse with each generation" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "Stanford, Apple describe heart study with over 400,000 participants" Stanford Medicine 7:33 AM
  • "Apple Heart Study not used to gain FDA clearance for Apple Watch Series 4 ECG" AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "Giant Apple Watch heart health study is coming to an end" Cult of Mac 7:32 AM
  • "2008 Steve Jobs interview about early App Store success & future of Facebook emerges" AppleInsider 1:22 PM
  • "Apple putting live midterm election results front and center in its news app" 9to5Mac 9:44 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Two botnets are fighting over control of thousands of unsecured Android devices: Researchers spot Trinity and Fbot botnets trying to infect Android devices via the ADB interface." ZDNet 9:08 PM
  • "The day computer security turned real: The Morris Worm turns 30" ZDNet 3:45 PM
  • "Exclusive: Twitter deletes over 10,000 accounts seeking to discourage voting" Reuters 3:40 PM
  • "Dear tech: Stop doing business with Nazis" Engadget 2:29 PM
  • "Your Smartphone's Location Data Is Worth Big Money to Wall Street: The phone in your pocket is dishing info on where you spend your time and, likely, money" [Paid Membership Required] 9:30 AM
  • "Messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts reportedly up for sale" CNET 8:26 AM
  • "Almost 17,000 Googlers walked out to protest of sexual misconduct at the company" Business Insider 8:02 AM
  • "Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale" BBC 7:45 AM
  • "Samsung is losing mobile ground to its Chinese rivals" The Verge 7:31 AM
  • "Fox Is Using Google's Machine Learning to Predict What Movies You'll Like" Motherboard 7:21 AM
  • "Mac App Store Categories, USB-C iPads – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-02" The Mac Observer 2:25 PM
  • "What we loved and what we didn't—catch our More in the Making hardware reactions, on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 8:24 AM
  • "Mac mini, iPad Pro, MacBook Air, 100 Million Mac users, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "Vergecast: Macbook Air, iPad Pro, and Foxconn" The Verge 7:44 AM
  • "The Mac, with Apple's Tom Boger" iMore 7:41 AM
  • "David Ginsburg Wraps Up The Jamf Nation Users Conference" MacVoices 6:53 AM
  • "Apple's first 5G iPhone will arrive in 2020: Apple's relationship with Intel is not all wine and roses, but the chipmaker will be the sole provider of modems for the first 5G iPhone."  Fast Company 6:55 PM
  • "Apple plans to launch 5G iPhone in 2020, report says: Apple is expected to join the 5G revolution in 2020, when the company will purportedly launch an iPhone capable of taking advantage of the next-generation cellular technology, according to a report Friday." AppleInsider 6:55 PM
  • "Apple reportedly chooses Intel to supply the modem for the first 5G iPhone" Digital Trends 9:08 PM
  • "Apple Reportedly Launching 5G-Capable iPhones in 2020 — a Whole Year Before Its Competitors Sell Their Own 5G Variants" WCCFTech 9:08 PM
  • "Your iPhone 5 is now obsolete: But Apple might fix it under new vintage repairs pilot" ZDNet 8:45 AM
  • "Retina MacBook Air is faster than older Airs and MacBooks, but slower than the new iPad Pro" BGR 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Maps has surpassed Google Maps in detail in 3.1 percent of the US" The Verge 8:25 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "MacBook Air 2018: Hands on, first impressions, and initial benchmarks" AppleInsider 1:21 PM
  • "Is The iPad Pro Gen 3 Faster Than The Best 13-inch MacBook Pros?" Bare Feats 1:05 PM
  • "Mac mini 2018: Hands on, first impressions, and initial benchmarks" AppleInsider 3:42 PM
  • "First Mac mini 2018 benchmarks suggest Mac Pro speeds, unlike MacBook Air" VentureBeat 1:24 PM
  • "New MacBook Air Benchmarks Leaked: Here's How It Stacks Up" LAPTOP Magazine 7:42 AM
  • "Review: The iPhone XS Max is a Max iPhone at a Max Price" Intego 3:42 PM
  • "The Camera Features on the iPhone XS and XR Bring New Possibilities" Intego 3:42 PM
  • "Apple iPhone XR: Three features I love, and one I hate/The iPhone XR is everything the iPhone XS is, with very few compromises." ZDNet 2:46 PM
  • "iPhone XR speed test results in tie with Samsung's Note 9, despite much less RAM" 9to5Mac 1:18 PM
  • "Hands on: Beats' urBeats3 earphones a colorful alternative to Apple's EarPods for the iPhone XR" AppleInsider 10:18 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "HomeRun is the best way to run HomeKit scenes from the Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 2:30 PM
  • "Apple's New Map: Has Apple closed the gap with Google's map?"  Justin O'Beirne 7:21 AM
  • "'Help! I'm Haunted' Review – Taking Aim at They Who Croaked" Touch Arcade 10:18 AM
  • "How to edit with Depth Control on iPhone — Apple" YouTube 2:39 PM
  • "How to use the Measure app in iOS 12" iMore 8:23 AM
  • "How to convert a PDF to an image file on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 7:41 AM
  • "How to run HomeKit scenes from your Apple Watch" AppleInsider 2:31 PM
  • "Photo location followup" Dr. Drang 9:45 AM
  • "What Does Blue Dot Mean On My Home Screen?" macReports 8:46 AM
  • "Apple: Cook Ninjas His Way To Multiple Expansion" Seeking Alpha 3:40 PM
  • "Apple's little iOS is rapidly changing the retail industry: 'We are seeing industry-wide adoption of iOS at thousands of retailers, from neighborhood boutiques to many of the best-known retailers in the world,' says Apple Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri." Computerworld 11:21 AM
  • "Captivating the Creative Community with 'Today at Apple'" MacStories 11:02 AM
  • "Has Apple lost its mojo?" [Video] FOXBusiness 10:36 AM
  • "Our First Peek at New MacBook Air Performance Isn't Pretty" Thurrott 9:20 AM
  • "Elon Musk says Apple doesn't really 'blow people's minds' anymore"  Business Insider 8:56 AM
  • "Would you buy a $2,000 iPhone? I know some of you would" ZDNet 7:47 AM
  • "Apple Will No Longer Report Hardware Sales Figures" ["It's a good strategy. But as someone who values real-world data and metrics, I mourn this decision just as I complain when Microsoft does the same thing in its own earnings. These are humongous companies that should be beholden to the requirements of their shareholders. And that should include transparent reporting of sales data that can be used to make the right investment decisions."] Thurrott 8:45 AM
  • "Apple's upcoming change in sales Reporting is a bad idea" Apple World Today 8:25 AM
  • "Apple won't reveal how many iPhones it sells anymore, and here's why" BGR 7:49 AM
  • "From now on Apple is going to keep its sales figures a secret" BetaNews 7:44 AM
  • "4 Apple products and technologies that are running out of time: This week's Apple event saw the revival of two product lines, but it also hinted at the end of the road for some of Apple's technologies."  Macworld 7:31 AM
  • "If we had to sacrifice Apple Pencil compatibility for a USB-C iPad, then so be it: It's annoying now, but ditching Apple Pencil 1.0 support in the new iPad Pro paves the way for easier pairing in future devices."  Macworld 7:31 AM
  • "Android Confidential: What premium Android phones can learn from the iPhone XR" PCWorld 7:11 AM
  • "Apple's place is in the enterprise: With powerful new hardware, an increasing number of large-scale deployments and the ability to easily manage and support those deployments, Apple's place is in the office." Computerworld 7:11 AM
  • "LG V40 ThinQ review: Full-featured smartphone built for Android tinkerers Review" ZDNet 10:59 AM
  • "The Google Pixel 3 Review: The Ultimate Camera Test" AnandTech 10:32 AM
  • "Google's walkout and the new tech activism" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:46 AM
  • "Phone numbers should be more portable, and Palm is the proof" The Verge 7:45 AM
  • "Palm phone review: an idea whose time may never come" TechCrunch 7:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft updates OneDrive for iOS with full support for the iPhone Xs Max's resolution" Neowin 8:54 PM
  • "Slick Minimalist Puzzler 'Kolumno' Launching November 15th" Touch Arcade 2:39 PM
  • "Blizzard announces the Diablo franchise is coming to iOS with Diablo Immortal" 9to5Mac 3:58 PM
  • "'Diablo' for Mobile Announced at Blizzcon" Touch Arcade 2:39 PM
  • "Blizzard's popular Diablo series coming to iOS with 'Diablo Immortal': On Friday at its annual Blizzcon event, Activision Blizzard announced 'Diablo Immortal,' the first iteration of the Diablo series to come to mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad." AppleInsider 5:19 PM
  • "iOS, iCloud PR lead Laura Newell leaves Apple for new job in healthcare industry" AppleInsider 1:19 PM
  • "Developers can now request access to App Store Connect API to automate App Store tasks" 9to5Mac 1:18 PM
  • "iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch are top 10 Black Friday gifts – Report" Apple Must 1:08 PM
  • "Spotify could finally be on its way to Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 10:31 AM
  • "Spotify prepares app for Apple Watch and there's no offline support" Pocketnow 8:55 PM
  • "Spotify is Coming to Apple Watch With Beta App Available Now" MacRumors 9:55 AM
  • "Apple's Shazam iOS App Updated With Support For Sharing Songs Via Instagram Stories" Redmond Pie 8:26 AM
  • "Star Trek Fleet Command beams up to iOS and Android on November 29" VentureBeat 8:23 AM
  • "Mophie's Much-Awaited Battery Case Only Works With the iPhone X" Thurrott 7:42 AM
  • "'Football Manager 2019 Touch' and 'Football Manager 2019 Mobile' are both now available worldwide on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 7:09 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Carl Icahn sues Dell over 'unprivatisation' plan: Carl Icahn versus Dell, round two" Computing 8:16 AM
  • "Icahn Funds Seek Dell's Books Over Stock Exchange Proposal" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:16 AM
  • "Activist Icahn sues Dell over financial disclosures for IPO" Irish Independent 8:16 AM
  • "Icahn't let you do this: Stock botherer fires off sueball to scupper Dell's 'coercive' deal/Carl takes his chances in Delaware chancery" The Register 8:15 AM
  • "Did Microsoft Just Dump Intel For Xilinx?" Forbes 3:40 PM
  • "Microsoft says future data centres will be underwater" MyBroadband 8:19 AM
  • "AI chip startup gets backing from Microsoft and Intel" Digital Journal 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft chief warns companies to act now to maximise AI opportunity" BusinessWeekly 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO urges tech companies to defend users' privacy" The Statesman 8:20 AM
  • "Privacy should be treated as human right: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella" PTI 8:18 AM
  • "Microsoft extends cooperation with ETH, EPFL, partners with Mixed Reality & AI Zurich Lab" Telecompaper 8:20 AM
  • "Microsoft's SwiftKey Beta for Android now lets you search natively from Bing" Neowin 8:38 PM
  • "The IBM and Red Hat mega-merger: Who stands to benefit most?" ComputerWeekly 8:13 AM
  • "IBM's Red Hat buy brings a Java app server dilemma: Its Red Hat buy comes with Java products that compete with IBM's—in a market that is shrinking anyhow" InfoWorld 8:13 AM
  • "IBM's ultimate insider makes an uncharacteristic gamble" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:18 PM
  • "Intel and Tencent debut AI-powered camera systems for retail" VentureBeat 7:46 AM
  • "Intel CPUs impacted by new PortSmash side-channel vulnerability: Vulnerability confirmed on Skylake and Kaby Lake CPU series. Researchers suspect AMD processors are also impacted." ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Update: Intel CPUs Impacted By PortSmash Side-Channel SMT Exploit, AMD Likely Also Vulnerable" HotHardware 5:25 PM
  • "Intel CPUs fall to new hyperthreading exploit that pilfers crypto keys: Side-channel leak in Skylake and Kaby Lake chips probably affects AMD CPUs, too." Ars Technica 7:51 PM
  • "Cisco report delves into the new data-driven wave of IT management" SiliconRepublic 8:10 AM
  • "Cisco invests ZAR 10 mln in incubation centre in South Africa" Telecompaper 8:10 AM
  • "GlobalFoundries Establishes Avera Semiconductor: a Custom Chip Company" AnandTech 7:42 AM
  • "Indian researchers built the country's very first native microprocessor" The Next Web 8:03 AM
  • "'Human brain' supercomputer switched on for the first time" Telegraph 10:48 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Shares Tumble on Concerns of Slowing iPhone Demand" Bloomberg 3:46 PM
  • "Examining Apple's record-breaking 2018 fourth quarter earnings results by the numbers" AppleInsider 2:59 PM
  • "Apple stock tumbles on iPhone sales worries, but analysts aren't that rattled" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:19 PM
  • "Apple relying on higher selling prices, services growth in fourth quarter analysts say" AppleInsider 9:19 AM
  • "Apple warns on holiday sales, sending value below $1 trillion" Reuters 8:06 AM
  • "'Houdini-like metrics move': Here's what Wall Street is saying about Apple's decision not to reveal its iPhone sales" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple has 'something to hide': Here's what every major analyst had to say about its earnings report" CNBC 7:54 AM
  • "Apple's new translucency: What analysts are saying" Apple 3.0 7:31 AM
  • "Best and worst Apple analysts: Q4 2018" Apple 3.0 7:42 AM
  • "Merrill Lynch Downgrades Apple Shares After Earnings Call" The Mac Observer 8:26 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks snap three-day winning streak; Apple sours on outlook: U.S. officials reject possibility of early resolution to trade war" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Breaks Win Streak as Stocks Slide on China Uncertainty, Apple Outlook: The Dow ended Friday lower as Apple's outlook disappointed Wall Street and doubts grew over a trade deal with China." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks see-saw as Trump says China 'wants to make a deal'" FOXBusiness 2:48 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stocks end a strong week slightly lower" Associated Press 3:55 PM
  • "Apple Shares Pull Down U.S. Stock Indexes: Losses threaten the recent stock-market rebound; Apple falls 6.6%" [Paid Membership Required] 3:54 PM
  • "Asian markets surge, kick off global stock rally as China-U.S. trade tensions ease for now: Apple suppliers not hurt by tech giant's after-hours plunge" MarketWatch 8:07 AM
  • "European stock markets maintain strong November start" MarketWatch 8:07 AM

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