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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?

  • "Apple cancels production boost for budget iPhone XR: sources/Dimmer outlook for new model contrasts with extra orders for older versions"  Nikkei 7:02 AM
  • "Apple's Got the iPhone XR's Number: A report of scaled back production plans follows muted comments from the company's earnings call" [Paid Membership Required] 2:32 PM
  • "Apple cancels production boost for iPhone XR: Nikkei" Reuters 7:01 AM
  • "Apple reportedly kills extra iPhone XR production in favor of iPhone 8" VentureBeat 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Cancels Production Boost for Budget iPhone XR: Nikkei" Bloomberg 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Covering Up Hardware Numbers, and for Good Reason" Zacks 4:59 PM
  • "Apple: Only In China Can You Change Your Forecast Like That!" Forbes 4:05 PM
  • "How to use Time Machine to restore photos you've deleted from the Mac Photos app" Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "Keyboard shortcuts to move up and down on web pages on Mac" iDownload Blog 2:33 PM
  • "How to Enable Dashboard in MacOS Mojave" OS X Daily 2:34 PM
  • "Get tvOS 12 Screensavers On Your Mac The Easy Way, Here's How" Redmond Pie 9:37 AM
Press Releases
  • "Chrome will soon ad-block an entire website if it shows abusive ads" The Verge 11:04 AM
  • "Chrome 71 removing ads w/ fake warnings from persistently offending sites" 9to5Google 11:04 AM
  • "Tracker: Mojave 10.14.1" Rixstep 9:09 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Maps' big update: Tons more detail but it only covers tiny part of US/Apple Maps gains parking lots, putting greens, harbors, beaches, and race tracks." ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "Apple reaffirms support for Paris climate agreement: The company wants to prove it can make money and save the planet." CNET 4:14 PM
  • "Apple Third Street Promenade returns to Santa Monica November 17th 'for all the imagination under the sun'" 9to5Mac 10:00 AM
  • "Apple awarded Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award for work toward device accessibility" AppleInsider 8:28 PM
  • "Apple's big impact on wireless charging: 6 billion+ units to ship by 2023/Wireless charging received a big boost from Apple last year, but pads using tightly coupled charging technology are only the beginning; new markets for IoT, medical and mobile technologies are emerging." Computerworld 7:53 AM
  • "Apple named recipient of Eleanor Roosevelt Award by the Center for Hearing & Communication" 9to5Mac 7:32 PM
  • "Apple targeted in new patent infringement lawsuit over video processing technology" AppleInsider 4:08 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Tim Berners-Lee Pushes For 'Contract' To Protect the Web" PC Magazine 9:05 PM
  • "Amazon plans to reportedly split HQ2 in two locations could include N.Y. and Virginia" Seattle Times 8:27 PM
  • "Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff got into a Twitter beef with another exec over a controversial measure tackling San Francisco's homelessness crisis" Business Insider 6:08 PM
  • "FCC will 'take action' in 2019 if carriers aren't doing enough to fight robocalls" The Verge 7:30 PM
  • "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai calls for an end 'illegal robocalls'" CNET 5:54 PM
  • "Volkswagen wants to use quantum computers to optimize traffic" Engadget 4:29 PM
  • "Maybe I can finally buy this tiny Android laptop now that it doubles as a phone" The Verge 4:08 PM
  • "U.S. regulator demands companies take action to halt 'robocalls'" Reuters 4:04 PM
  • "Children's sleep barely affected by screen time, new study finds"  Telegraph 2:33 PM
  • "Gab is back online thanks to a Seattle domain company" Mashable 11:14 AM
  • "Facebook's election interference problem exponentially worse on eve of midterms, study suggests" TechCrunch 9:54 AM
  • "Supreme Court rejects industry challenge of 2015 net neutrality rules: But lawsuits over Pai's net neutrality repeal and California law will continue." Ars Technica 10:50 AM
  • "U.S. Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules" Reuters 9:39 AM
  • "Verizon is splitting in three: Consumer, Business and Verizon Media Group/Oath" BetaNews 9:36 AM
  • "'Robots deserve human rights': Why activists want to protect machines from their creators" Metro UK 8:16 AM
  • "Why Doctors Hate Their Computers: Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But are screens coming between doctors and patients?" The New Yorker 8:13 AM
  • "Sen. Mark Warner on breaking up Facebook and Congress's plan to regulate tech" The Verge 7:36 AM
  • "TMO Background Mode Encore #2 Interview with Tidbits Managing Editor Josh Centers" The Mac Observer 4:02 PM
  • "The MacBook is dead, Safari's new Do Not Track feature – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-05" The Mac Observer 2:22 PM
  • "BlizzCon 2018: 'Hearthstone' Rastakhan's Rumble Developer Interview — Great Design Talk, No Trolling" Touch Arcade 10:48 AM
  • "Mac mini CPU Considerations, Semi-Dark Mode, Photos, and More – Mac Geek Gab 734" The Mac Observer 9:09 AM
  • "MacVoices #18218: Joe Kissell Updates Take Control of 1Password, And For Good Reason" MacVoices 6:57 AM
  • "Exclusive: iPhone XS Crushes XR in Cellular Signal Test Results/The iPhone XS and XS Max speed past the XR in our most recent signal test results, showing that XR downloads may stall while their more expensive siblings zip along in the fast lane."  PC Magazine 4:09 PM
  • "New iPad Pro Benchmarked: This Blows Away Windows PCs" Tom's Guide 8:17 AM
  • "Is the new iPhone shatterproof? TODAY investigates" TODAY Show 8:16 AM
  • "Apple's new iPad Pro is not compatible with external storage" Business Insider 9:38 AM
  • "Apple Airpods 2 Might Have Just Received Bluetooth SIG Certificate: The upcoming Apple AirPods 2 may have already received Bluetooth SIG Certification. Moreover, they could have several biometric 'Wellness' features as well."  MySmartPrice 12:19 PM
  • "Apple's New Hardware With The T2 Security Chip Will Currently Block Linux From Booting" Phoronix 5:22 PM
  • "Apple's MacBook Pro Gets the AMD Vega Treatment" The Motley Fool 8:16 AM
  • "Apple's Superfast iPhone Will Be Delayed Until 2020" Forbes 6:06 PM
  • "Apple Releases watchOS 5.1.1 to Solve watchOS 5.1 Bricking Issue" MacRumors 2:34 PM
  • "Apple Fixes watchOS 5.1's Bricking Issue With New Update" Thurrott 2:34 PM
  • "Pegatron says labor shortage no longer an issue for smartphone production" DigiTimes 7:48 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Want an iPhone 8? Apple's now selling them for $499 refurbished: Apple offers a cheaper way to get an iPhone 8." ZDNet 8:16 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:59 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:59 AM

  • "Apple iPad Pro (2018) review" Mashable 7:48 AM
  • "Apple's New iPad Pro: Great Tablet, Still Can't Replace Your Laptop/More power, more features and a real USB port make the iPad Pro the best tablet yet. But it still falls short on some basic computing needs." [Paid Membership Required] 7:38 AM
  • "Review: The iPad Pro and the power of the Pen(cil)" TechCrunch 7:36 AM
  • "New iPad Pro 2018 12.9-inch Review Editor's Choice" LAPTOP Magazine 7:35 AM
  • "Hands on: New iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) review" TechRadar UK 7:35 AM
  • "Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) review: iOS with laptop power" Pocket-lint 7:35 AM
  • "Review: iPad Pro (2018)/Apple's new tablet gets closer to a PC than ever before." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:35 AM
  • "iPad Pro review: New tablet is the most beautiful Apple has ever made" The Independent 7:34 AM
  • "iPad Pro (2018) Review" iMore 7:44 AM
  • "iPad Pro (2018) review: Big beautiful tablet? Yes. Flexible computer? TBD" CNET 7:48 AM
  • "iPad Pro 2018 review: Beautiful, fast and not necessarily for you" YouTube: CNET 7:06 AM
  • "New iPad Pro review: can it replace your laptop?" The Verge 7:34 AM
  • "Unboxing the new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil" YouTube: CNET 7:07 AM
  • "iPad Pro (2018) preview: Early signs point to a powerhouse with potential" Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: Keeping compromises to a minimum/Apple's slightly cheaper iPhone is the best new iPhone for most people." Ars Technica 9:40 AM
  • "iPhone XR benchmarks: Every bit as fast as the iPhone XS, with longer battery life"  Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "Blind comparison of photography on the iPhone XR versus Google Pixel 3 XL" AppleInsider 10:50 AM
  • "The Otterbox Traction is the 'grippiest' iPhone case I've tried" Apple World Today 7:40 AM
  • "Review: Fiio M9 Portable High-Resolution Audio Player" iLounge 4:14 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "DayView: A dashboard to start your day on Apple TV" iDownload Blog 9:59 AM
  • "How to change between Fahrenheit and Celsius on iPhone" 9to5Mac 4:28 PM
  • "How to move a photo out of the Selfies album on iOS" AddictiveTips 4:13 PM
  • "How to zip and unzip files on iPhone with Shortcuts" Cult of Mac 4:09 PM
  • "How to find your voting location using Google" 9to5Google 11:55 AM
  • "Find and Get to the Nearest ER With This iOS Shortcut" Lifehacker 11:01 AM
  • "Using More Than Two Apps Simultaneously On Your iPad" MacMost 9:09 AM
  • "How to use your iPad Pro as a laptop replacement: I've been using an iPad Pro instead of a laptop for long haul travel since early 2016. In this series of reports I hope to share what I now know." Computerworld 7:53 AM
  • "How to use your iPhone to get to voting locations, and to track the midterms' results" AppleInsider 2:34 PM
  • "Sketchy report claims iPhone XR sales are lower than expected" BGR 9:13 PM
  • "Apple's Confusing Mac Lineup: MacBook Air vs. MacBook" MacRumors 2:34 PM
  • "Here's why Apple's 5G iPhone delay should rattle investors"  VentureBeat 2:33 PM
  • "Here's what the 2018 iPad Pro still can't do [Opinion] Cult of Mac 2:34 PM
  • "Here's the iPad Pro that professionals really want: Apple keeps trying to position the iPad Pro as a replacement to a desktop. But there's one limitation that Apple seems to stubbornly refuse to do anything about." ZDNet 2:33 PM
  • "Yes, I bought a 2018 Mac mini (and here's how I spec'd it out)" ZDNet 9:37 AM
  • "The new iPad Pros are so fast I wonder how Apple will improve them at WWDC" Apple Must 9:33 AM
  • "Why you should skip the new iPad Pro" [Video] CNET 8:16 AM
  • "The Pen(cil) is Mightier Than the Mouse"  Tech.pinions 7:46 AM
  • "50 Years In Tech. Part 8: Almost Illicit Fun/Clear positioning, a strong team and, above all, a PR genius on our side helped Apple France become Apple's largest business outside the US." Monday Note 7:44 AM
  • "Look to the new Mac mini with Thunderbolt 3 to predict what the 'modular' Mac Pro will be"  AppleInsider 7:37 AM
  • "File-sharing software on state election servers could expose them to intruders/Analysis: Election servers in Wisconsin, Kentucky could be susceptible to hacking." Ars Technica 4:48 PM
  • "Confused about the Pixel 3's missing 60fps video option? Here's what's going on" Android Police 11:01 AM
  • "Here's the difference between 'permissioned' and 'permissionless' blockchains" The Next Web 10:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Seven new Apple app complications coming soon to Infograph face on Apple Watch Series 4" 9to5Mac 7:20 PM
  • "iPad Pro: The reviews are in" Apple 7:18 PM
  • "Nike+ Run Club update adds new Apple Watch complications" 9to5Mac 5:24 PM
  • "iTunes Remote app on iOS updated for new iPad Pro display resolutions" 9to5Mac 5:24 PM
  • "iOttie releases new iTap 2 magnetic iPhone car mounts for vent, dash/windshield, and CD slot" 9to5Mac 2:34 PM
  • "Apple Watch picks up two new colorful Hermes band styles" AppleInsider 2:34 PM
  • "Apple launches new Single Tour and Double Tour Hermès Apple Watch bands" The Apple Post 2:33 PM
  • "Niantic's massive Ingress reboot launches today on iOS and Android" The Verge 11:14 AM
  • "This might be the most popular accessory for the new iPad Pro" Apple Must 11:10 AM
  • "iPad Pro welcomed to dongle hell by Hyper USB-C hub: Adds a headphone jack, HDMI, SD and microSD card readers, and USB-A 3.0" The Verge 10:25 AM
  • "New consumer panel to track smart speakers in the US - Global site" Kantar Worldpanel 9:38 AM
  • "First USB-C hub for iPad Pro boasts ports for video, headphones, more" Cult of Mac 8:30 AM
  • "Olloclip adds new Pro Series and Intro Series lens attachments for smartphones." VentureBeat 7:39 AM
  • "Apple Pay is Set to Launch in Germany" MacRumors 7:35 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of November 5: Dave Marra of Apple, QuarkXPress 2018, Travel Tips, and iTunes" The MUG Center 6:57 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft and Walmart to open joint engineering office in Austin as part of cloud partnership" VentureBeat 12:48 PM
  • "Is Microsoft Adding Xilinx To Its Datacenters?" Forbes 8:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Will Not Use Personal Data For Profit, Says Satya Nadella" Fortune 8:51 AM
  • "Should Microsoft help the Pentagon 'increase lethality'?" Computerworld 8:51 AM
  • "Windows 10 Said to Be Running on Half of Windows PCs Worldwide: Market share data shows faster growth for Windows 10" Softpedia 8:50 AM
  • "Microsoft partners with Centrica and NHS Scotland to drive digital transformation" IT PRO (UK) 8:50 AM
  • "Microsoft working on porting Sysinternals to Linux" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "IBM researchers can control the magnetism of a single copper atom" VentureBeat 12:47 PM
  • "IBM Scores Another Lab Win With 'Sierra' Going Online At Lawrence Livermore National Labs" Forbes 8:42 AM
  • "Post Red Hat buy IBM faces the daunting challenge of merging two vastly different companies" Verdict 8:41 AM
  • "IBM's Watson is now offering career coaching to hourly employees" Quartz 2:31 PM
  • "IBM patent uses blockchain to build trust in augmented reality gaming" ZDNet 8:09 AM
  • "Utah has a shortage of primary care physicians. This task force is teaming up with IBM to fix it" Deseret News 8:40 AM
  • "HP Spectre Folio: One Of The Most Unique Devices I've Ever Reviewed" Forbes 8:38 AM
  • "Stop Betting Against Dell's DVMT Conversion- You Look Foolish" Forbes 8:37 AM
  • "Intel announces Cascade Lake processor with massive 48 cores" Financial Express 8:36 AM
  • "Intel announces Cascade Lake advanced performance and Xeon E-2100 processor" Datacenter Dynamics 8:35 AM
  • "Intel Cascade Lake AP: 48 cores with 12-channel DDR4 in multi-chip package" Associated Press 8:35 AM
  • "Intel Cascade Lake-AP Is This 4P Cascade Lake Xeon in 2P" Associated Press 8:34 AM
  • "Intel Officially Confirms Cascade Lake Advanced Performance Processors, Utilizes MCP With Up To 48 Cores, 12 Channel Memory Support – Shows First Performance Numbers Versus AMD EPYC" WCCFTech 8:25 AM
  • "Intel's 48-core Xeon will go head-to-head with AMD in 2019" Engadget 8:17 AM
  • "Now Intel signs up to open-source code of conduct after Torvalds' Linux hiatus" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "Intel launches the Xeon E-2100 and teases Cascade Lake Advanced Performance CPUs" TechSpot 8:34 AM
  • "Intel Goes For 48-Cores: Cascade-AP with Multi-Chip Package Coming Soon" AnandTech 8:33 AM
  • "Intel Combines Optane Options with New Processor Class" EE Times 8:33 AM
  • "AMD Next Horizon Event Could Introduce Zen 2 Architecture" SegmentNext 8:25 AM
  • "Attackers target SIP flaws in Cisco firewalls to overload devices" IT PRO (UK) 8:20 AM
  • "Cisco CEO hopes for 'healthy dialogue' on trade war after election" Nikkei 8:20 AM
  • "Infographic: Security and the Cloud" ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "Sir Tim Berners-Lee launches 'Magna Carta for the web' to save internet from abuse" Telegraph 4:03 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple slides below $200 for the first time in 3 months"  Business Insider 10:50 AM
  • "Apple Loses Trillion Dollar Company Status Due to 10% Slide on Stock Market Since Thursday" MacRumors 11:56 AM
  • "Apple Stock Is Tumbling and That's Good News — for Fund Managers" Barron's 11:04 AM
  • "Apple Forecasts 2019 Capital Expenditures at $14 Billion" The Motley Fool 2:32 PM
  • "Analyst fears over iPhone XR shipments, future sales figures prompt AAPL sell-off" AppleInsider 10:24 AM
  • "Apple downgraded for a second time in two days on weaker iPhone sales expectations" CNBC 7:04 AM
  • "Rosenblatt downgrades Apple" Apple 3.0 9:59 AM
  • "For the scrapbook: Apple's last 10-K with unit sales" Apple 3.0 9:39 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow climbs more than 190 points, but tech and internet-related stocks sink Nasdaq: Apple's stock decline weighs on broader market" MarketWatch 4:17 PM
  • "Dow Ends Higher, Nasdaq Slides Ahead of Midterm Voting: Stocks ended mixed as investors look ahead to the midterm elections on Tuesday that could change the composition—and direction—of Congress for at least the next two years." TheStreet 4:16 PM
  • "Stocks mixed on eve of midterms as tech lags" FOXBusiness 4:16 PM
  • "Dow, S&P Rise Despite Tech Sector Drop: Nasdaq Composite slips as Apple shares extend recent rout" [Paid Membership Required] 4:16 PM
  • "Asian markets fall on profit-taking, while Xi praises globalization: After surging Friday, Nikkei off 1.5%, Hang Seng down 2%" MarketWatch 8:31 AM
  • "European stocks struggle against backdrop of weaker global equities: Italy under pressure as finance ministers meet to discuss budget" MarketWatch 8:31 AM

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