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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?

  • "The Apple iPhone violates all the rules about the price of technology coming down over time"  Quartz 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Is Transitioning From Product Company To Service Giant"  Seeking Alpha 9:00 AM
  • "Apple wants to keep its secret formula exactly that" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's market cap fell below $1 trillion and its iPhone XR woes just clobbered stocks of its China suppliers" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "Apple cancels iPhone XR production boost, claims report: A report claims that Apple has canceled plans to boost production of the 'budget' iPhone XR. What does this mean for sales of Apple's newest smartphone?" ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "Apple Wants Black Radio Listeners in Potential iHeartMedia Deal" ["R&B and hip-hop music supremacy has extended to radio, with black artists dominating Billboard's Top 10 Artists list holding seven positions during the first half of 2018. Black listeners are right in the sweet spot of iHeartMedia's reach of more than 270 million people a month on the radio and Apple may want a piece of that market."]  Forbes 8:05 AM
  • "How to mute and unmute audio in Safari tabs in macOS Mojave" Apple World Today 7:21 AM
Press Releases
  • "Spark launches email templates for iOS and Mac to easily create reports, quotes, team updates, more" 9to5Mac 11:53 AM
  • "Parallels Toolbox 3 for Windows and Mac Both Add New Time-Saving Tools to Simplify PC and Mac User Life" Business Wire 9:53 AM
  • "Parallels Toolbox 3 adds Dark Mode, Uninstall Apps, more" 9to5Mac 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Angela Ahrendts calls Thailand's first Apple store 'the fullest expression of everything that Apple's doing'" 9to5Mac 1:50 PM
  • "Apple Store Openings This Month: The Westchester, Third Street Promenade, Bangkok, and Likely Champs-élysées" MacRumors 11:12 AM
  • "The Apple II Edutainment Game 'All About America' Was Cracked Just in Time for the Midterms: Brush up on some mostly-accurate US history with a game that came on floppy disks." Motherboard 1:45 PM
  • "Qualcomm must license patents to rival chipset makers: Judge Koh grants FTC's partial summary judgment motion" Foss Patents 2:43 PM
  • "Foxconn Considers Bringing Chinese Workers to Wisconsin as U.S. Labor Market Tightens: The Taiwanese supplier to Apple must meet hiring, wage and investment targets by various dates to receive tax and other 'performance-based' benefits" [Paid Membership Required] 8:51 AM
  • "Foxconn denies US plant will be staffed with Chinese engineers" Cult of Mac 11:52 AM
  • "Foxconn may transfer Chinese engineers to Wisconsin LCD plant due to difficult labor market" AppleInsider 8:51 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google is testing crash and speed trap reporting in Maps" Android Police 3:58 PM
  • "The first folding smartphone is already here" Cult of Mac 1:50 PM
  • "Anker CEO Steven Yang is all in on USB-C" The Verge 11:52 AM
  • "Smartphone stethoscope maker Steth IO launches AI assistant to help doctors detect heart problems" GeekWire 11:32 AM
  • "Tim Berners-Lee wants to fix the web, 30 years on" ZDNet 7:46 AM
  • "The FCC is demanding companies take action to stop nuisance 'robocalls'" Business Insider 7:41 AM
  • "FCC pushes carriers to implement caller ID authentication by 2019" Engadget 7:40 AM
  • "Facebook blocks 115 fake accounts ahead of midterm elections" Engadget 7:26 AM
  • "Facebook boots 115 accounts on eve of U.S. election after tip" Reuters 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Watch Love And Aggravation, – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-06" The Mac Observer 2:12 PM
  • "Wireframe Episode 4: Why You're Not Wearing AR Glasses" Subtraction 10:49 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 86 – Apps and the New iPad Pro" MacStories 7:49 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 264: October event debriefing" iDownload Blog 7:47 AM
  • "Apple confirms new 'Pencil' Stylus won't work with Qi charging standard: Apple has responded to a request from ZDNet confirming that the new Apple Pencil stylus will not charge via the widely deployed 'Qi' wireless power technology." ZDNet 9:08 PM
  • "Pegatron says labor shortage no longer an issue for smartphone production"  DigiTimes 9:00 AM
  • "Apple AirPods 2 spotted passing Bluetooth certification" GearBrain 7:46 AM
  • "What Could Be Next Gen AirPods Get Bluetooth Certification" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
  • "Of course you can boot Linux on new Macs and here is how"  Apple Must 8:42 AM
  • "By default, T2-equipped Macs won't boot Linux or anything except macOS and Windows 10" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
  • "iPad Pro cases make charging new Apple Pencil a pain" Cult of Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Apple issues second release of iOS 12.1 just for the iPhone XR" AppleInsider 1:06 PM
  • "Apple Watch gets 7 new complications in watchOS 5.1.1" Cult of Mac 7:46 AM
  • "Apple patent is for using multiple virtual eGPUs with Macs" Apple World Today 8:20 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:17 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:17 AM

  • "MacBook Air (2018) Review: Retina display. New design. Amber Lake Processor. T2 Security Chip. USB-C. This is the new 13.3-inch MacBook Air." iMore 3:57 PM
  • "MacBook Air review: A nice spec (and price bump) over the previous Air renders the 12-inch MacBook a non-starter" TechCrunch 7:59 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Air 2018 review: Retina Display and new keyboard" The Verge 7:55 AM
  • "MacBook Air review: Out with the old and in with the new, for better or worse/The new 2018 MacBook Air is essentially the 12-inch MacBook, made larger." Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "MacBook Air review: Center of the Mac world?" Six Colors 7:46 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Air (2018) review: The MacBook Air plays catch-up" CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's new MacBook Air is a good, but not great laptop for 2018 — Mashable Reviews" Mashable 7:43 AM
  • "MacBook Air 2018 Review: Apple's most popular Mac gets an impactful upgrade" AppleInsider 7:43 AM
  • "Review: Apple MacBook Air/Now that the whole PC industry is hip to the ultraportable laptop, the original comes back for an encore." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:43 AM
  • "A weekend with the new MacBook Air: Hello, new friend." Engadget 7:42 AM
  • "Mac mini (2018) review: Up to 6-core Coffee Lake. Up to 64GB of memory. Up to 2TB of storage. All the ports. All of them. And in Space Gray. This is the new Mac mini (2018)" iMore 9:06 PM
  • "Mac Mini 2018 teaches an old design new tricks: After some time with the long-awaited update to Apple's mini PC, we're impressed overall—but still have one big reservation." CNET 8:00 AM
  • "Mac Mini review: Apple edges the desktop toward Pro territory, pricing entry-level buyers out in the process" TechCrunch 7:54 AM
  • "$799 Mac mini review: Impressive multi-core performance from Apple's most affordable Mac" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "Mac mini 2018 review: The Swiss army knife of Macs returns" Six Colors 7:46 AM
  • "Mac mini 2018 Review: Apple's mightiest mini yet" AppleInsider 7:43 AM
  • "iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe: Most of the bang of the XS for not so much of the bucks" The Register 7:40 AM
  • "Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: Better features, better remote, at a better price" Android Central 7:52 AM
  • "Review: LaCie's New Portable SSD is Pocket-Sized With Up to 2TB Storage and Fast Transfer Speeds" MacRumors 2:27 PM
  • "Dell Ultrasharp 49 vs. Samsung CHG90: Bigger is better, but which 49-inch ultrawide monitor does it best?" Digital Trends 3:58 PM
  • "Review—Brainwavz's Zeta earphones offer bassy sound at a mass-market price" iDownload Blog 3:57 PM
  • "Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NX: An ultra-secure 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB flash drive [Review] BetaNews 8:24 AM
  • "ChargeHub Powerstation 360 Surge Protector Power Strip may be the ultimate charging station" Apple World Today 7:21 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "A first look at Spotify on the Apple Watch: A basic app right now" The Verge 9:41 AM
  • "BlizzCon 2018 in Review: Looking to the Past and the Future" Touch Arcade 10:07 AM
  • "How to Enable Screen Recording on iPhone & iPad in iOS" OS X Daily 2:27 PM
  • "How to use the GigSky app to enable Dual SIM iPhones" Apple Must 1:39 PM
  • "How to send a saved password between iPhone, iPad and Mac via AirDrop" iDownload Blog 11:32 AM
  • "Choosing Your Markdown Editor: A Comparison of Ulysses and Drafts" MacStories 10:07 AM
  • "How to block spam calls on your iPhone" iMore 9:51 AM
  • "Using Your iPhone To Post Facebook 3D Photos" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "2018 iPad Pro Can Be Attached To A Fridge Door Using Magic Of Magnets" Redmond Pie 3:54 PM
  • "TiPbITS: Using the iPhone Camera's Zoom Button" TidBITS 11:13 AM
  • "Knowing the limits for iCloud contacts, calendars, reminders and bookmarks" iDownload Blog 8:24 AM
  • "Use iOS Shortcuts to Automate Tasks on Your iPhone or iPad" Intego 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Highlights 2018 MacBook Air and Mac Mini Reviews" MacRumors 8:54 PM
  • "More Questions Than Answers on The Future of The Mac" The Mac Observer 7:30 PM
  • "Steve Jobs Announcing the Switch from PowerPC to Intel Chips at WWDC 2005" Daring Fireball 3:57 PM
  • "Here are the 3 ways Apple could bring A-series chips to Macs"  VentureBeat 2:19 PM
  • "6 Changes Apple Should Make to Its Product Lineup ASAP" [Slideshow] iDrop News 1:07 PM
  • "Why an iPad Is Worth It" Gizmodo 10:49 AM
  • "One more time: What's wrong with the iPad Pro" Apple 3.0 10:35 AM
  • "Even with all the improvements to the iPad Pro, it still can't replace my Mac yet" AppleInsider 10:26 AM
  • "Comment: Is Apple ceasing to report unit sales because the iPhone has peaked?"  9to5Mac 9:51 AM
  • "The MacBook Air needs Face ID and a delightful notch: Search your feelings; you know it to be true" The Verge 9:04 AM
  • "Specious reasoning: Punching your ticket on the Apple doom train" Macworld 7:55 AM
  • "Comic: Finally! A New Mac Mini! But who's actually buying a Mini in 2018?" iMore 9:51 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "OmniGraffle 3 updated with second-generation Apple Pencil features, more" 9to5Mac 9:12 PM
  • "MacBook Air and Mac mini: The reviews are in" Apple 7:57 PM
  • "Pwn20wnd releases two new updates to the unc0ver jailbreak tool with bug fixes" iDownload Blog 2:27 PM
  • "Finances Mac and iOS app gains support for Siri Shortcuts, transaction templates, more" 9to5Mac 1:50 PM
  • "Dropbox Extensions arrive to enhance third-party integrations with Adobe, Autodesk, Vimeo, DocuSign, more" 9to5Mac 11:32 AM
  • "Nike+ Run Club gains Apple Watch Series 4 support and Siri Suggestions" iLounge 11:31 AM
  • "Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition" The Register 11:12 AM
  • "Wearable Electronics Market is Likely to Grow at a CAGR of 23.30% Globally by 2022 | Million Insights" PRNewswire 9:54 AM
  • "LivePerson Automotive Division Contact At Once! Surpasses 10,000 Auto Dealerships Using Connect Web-Based App" PRNewswire 9:54 AM
  • "Chase Cardmembers Can Now Shop Apple® Products With Ultimate Rewards®" Business Wire 9:53 AM
  • "iOttie Releases New Magnetic Smartphone Car Mounts For Dashboard, Air Vent, CD Slot" Redmond Pie 8:05 AM
  • "SteelSeries expands QcK mousepad family with new models" Coolest Gadgets 7:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft org shakeups continue as Javier Soltero to leave, Skype and Teams to merge, more" OnMSFT 11:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's Cortana boss Javier Soltero is leaving the company: Microsoft's head of Cortana is going to depart the company before the year is over, as Microsoft brings more of its research projects into its Experiences and Devices group." ZDNet 11:52 AM
  • "After eight months as head of Cortana, Javier Soltero is leaving Microsoft" Neowin 11:51 AM
  • "Microsoft's Cortana boss is reportedly leaving the company: Javier Soltero would exit as the AI assistant's role changes." Engadget 4:49 PM
  • "Windows 10's first paid-for, Linux-based distro: $20 app out now, says Microsoft/WLinux is a $20 open-source, Debian-based distribution, designed to run on Windows 10's Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)." TechRepublic 11:52 AM
  • "Microsoft develops flexible AI system that can summarize the news" VentureBeat 11:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's Bitlocker compromised by bad SSD encryption: It defaults to the (nonexistent) passwords of Samsung and Crucial SSDs." Engadget 8:05 AM
  • "Linux in Windows 10 October update: This is how we've improved WSL, says Microsoft/Microsoft makes Notepad friendlier for developers working with Linux and Unix line endings." ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Microsoft: We're halting Office 365 email tips plan after user flak/Microsoft reconsiders plan to turn on email tips to Office 365 business users by default." ZDNet 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 Spring 2019 Update Takes Shape With Early 19H1 Builds, Windows Hello Redesign" HotHardware 5:11 PM
  • "Intel Architecture Event Announced: December 11th" AnandTech 8:19 AM
  • "Intel Architectural Summit Set For Early December: 10nm CPUs, Arctic Sound Gaming GPU Possible Topics" HotHardware 5:11 PM
  • "Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs vulnerable to Portsmash side-channel attack: Intel can't seem to catch a break from security woes" The Inquirer 7:58 AM
  • "Intel promises 48-core Xeons with Cascade Lake architecture coming in 2019: Intel unveils Epyc spoiler ahead of AMD Next Horizon event" Computing 8:19 AM
  • "Intel unveils new data centre chip line: 48-Core Cascade Lake-AP and the Xeon E-2100 processor are the latest releases from Intel." TechRadar UK 8:19 AM
  • "Intel's Cascade Lake performance series promises 48-core Xeon processors: A new entry-level Xeon chip also enters the fray" The Inquirer 7:59 AM
  • "Intel, AMD Competition in Data Center Heating Up Again" eWeek 7:26 PM
  • "AMD Next Horizon Live Blog: Starts 9am PT / 5pm UTC" AnandTech 8:18 AM
  • "AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4/AMD is making the most of TSMC's 7nm process advantage over Intel." Ars Technica 6:53 PM
  • "AMD Unveils Zen 2 EPYC 7nm CPU With 2X Performance Per Socket Gain, Zen 3 Set For 2020 (Updated: Benchmarks)" HotHardware 5:11 PM
  • "AMD Announces Radeon Instinct MI60: World's First 7nm PCIe 4.0 GPU Shipping Late 2018" HotHardware 5:12 PM
  • "AMD announces world's first 7nm compute cards, the Radeon Instinct MI50 and MI60" Neowin 5:57 PM
  • "AMD launches the first 7nm GPUs, but they're not for you: You'll have to wait a while longer for gaming cards." Engadget 5:57 PM
  • "Nvidia might be killing off the GeForce GTX 1080 TI: The once flagship graphics card looks to be consigned to the knackers yard" The Inquirer 7:58 AM
  • "HP's Black Friday ad just leaked: Great deals on hot laptops and desktops" BGR 11:26 AM
  • "How Dell EMC is Leaning on VMware in Hyperconverged Space" eWeek 7:59 AM
  • "Oracle launches government digital transformation hub in Brasília: The facility is using emerging technologies for projects around security, transport and health." ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Oracle confirms China Telecom internet traffic 'misdirections': Oracle's Internet Intelligence division partially confirms controversial US Naval War College research paper." ZDNet 7:58 AM
  • "In Google Walkout, Workers Reject Silicon Valley Individualism" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:51 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Shark Tank investor bites into Apple over lack of transparency" Cult of Mac 11:31 AM
  • "Apple Stock Keeps Getting Hammered but Its Suppliers Were Already Feeling the Pain" Barron's 7:40 AM
  • "Kevin O'Leary dumps Apple stock over transparency concerns: 'I'll decide what's relevant'" CNBC 7:26 AM
  • "Howard Lindzon on what's wrong with Apple (Video)" Apple 3.0 9:59 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow rises 173 points before investors turn attention to midterm election returns" MarketWatch 5:16 PM
  • "Nasdaq Gains for First Day in Three as U.S. Voters Head to the Polls: The Dow and S&P 500 are posting modest gains on Tuesday as voters head to the polls for the U.S. midterm elections." TheStreet 5:17 PM
  • "US stocks rise as tech and industrial companies bounce back" Associated Press 11:50 AM
  • "After midterms, stocks could pop 20%" FOXBusiness 8:21 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb Ahead of Election Results: Investors are looking to midterm polls that could shift the power balance in Congress" [Paid Membership Required] 5:17 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed ahead of U.S. midterm elections: Nikkei rises despite SoftBank's fall; stocks in China and Hong Kong slip" MarketWatch 8:22 AM
  • "Stoxx Europe 600 ends lower as banks, tech weigh: Italy under pressure as finance ministers meet to discuss budget" MarketWatch 8:22 AM

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