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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 walks Ars through the iPad Pro's A12X system on a chip: Apple's Anand Shimpi, Phil Schiller talk silicon—'This is really an Xbox One S class GPU.'"  Ars Technica 11:36 AM
  • "Dissecting a Design: The New Apple iPad Pro" ["We recently sat down with Apple's Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, and John Ternus, Vice President, Mac and iPad Hardware Engineering to discuss both the seen and unseen advances behind designing the new iPad Pros."]  Design Milk 8:23 AM
  • "What the iPad Pro Enables Matters More Than What It Replaces"  Tech.pinions 8:11 AM
  • "How Apple is losing its grip on India" Reuters 6:44 AM
  • "Apple not in settlement talks 'at any level' with Qualcomm: source"  Reuters 8:35 AM
  • "Can Foldable Phones Help Samsung Emulate Apple? The Korean giant has been the big loser amid a decline in global smartphone shipments. It's hoping foldable phones can turn things around." [Paid Membership Required] 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 69 With New Dark Mode Scrollbar for Darker Webpages" MacRumors 11:54 AM
  • "Google: Here's how our Chrome ad blocker is killing off pirates" ZDNet 6:47 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Second Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.2 to Developers" MacRumors 1:25 PM
  • "Upgrading Older Macs To Earlier Versions Of macOS" MacMost 9:06 AM
  • "How to Convert Keynote to PowerPoint (PDF, & More) on Export" Envato Tuts+ 7:41 AM
Press Releases
  • "Apple updates iMovie, GarageBand, iWork, and Clips as new devices launch" The Verge 4:04 PM
  • "Apple Updates GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, iMovie, and Keynote" MacStories 2:30 PM
  • "Apple Updates Pages with Ability to Publish Directly to Apple Books" The Mac Observer 5:49 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple will likely be unaffected by the federal election results, but inside California is a different story"  AppleInsider 8:26 AM
  • "Global notebook shipments to rise 2.8% in 4Q18, says Digitimes Research" ["Apple's newly announced MacBook Air has been in mass production since September and is expected to see a wave of replacement demand despite its US$1,199 starting price, which is much higher than expected. The new notebook is expected to help Apple secure the fourth place."]  DigiTimes 7:25 AM
  • "Canalys Newsroom- Seven of top 10 smartphone markets declined in Q3 2018 as Chinese vendors took over 50%" ["Huawei took second place ahead of Apple, shipping 52 million units after growing 33% year on year. Apple grew by just 0.4%, shipping 47 million units."] Canalys 7:43 AM
  • "AirPods, Lightning cables still sell like crazy" Cult of Mac 7:52 AM
  • "Homes getting smarter as smart speaker sales slow — report" Apple Must 8:35 AM
  • "Inside Apple Iconsiam - the First Thai Apple Store" The Mac Observer 1:16 PM
  • "70-year-old man uses 11 phone rig to dominate Pokemon GoCult of Mac 1:46 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Comcast reportedly planning streaming set-top box" 9to5Mac 4:05 PM
  • "Comcast to launch video streaming product for broadband customers in 2019, report says: According to a report Wednesday, Comcast is looking to field a new streaming device in 2019 that offers existing broadband customers app-based access to online services like Netflix and Amazon Prime." AppleInsider 5:52 PM
  • "IoT botnet infects 100,000 routers to send Hotmail, Outlook, and Yahoo spam" ZDNet 11:15 AM
  • "FCC to probe how wireless carriers respond to natural disasters" CNET 11:01 AM
  • "This weird robotic head will be the friendly face of artificial intelligence: Furhat's robotic head promises to give people a more friendly AI experience" Mirror Online UK 10:20 AM
  • "Will the Democrats' victory lead to tougher regulation of Silicon Valley?" Recode 10:19 AM
  • "Half of YouTube viewers use it to learn how to do things they've never done" The Verge 11:54 AM
  • "YouTube paid $3 billion to copyright owners through Content ID" Engadget 9:34 AM
  • "Qualcomm, Goodix to dominate smartphone fingerprint sensor market in 2019" DigiTimes 7:24 AM
  • "Setback for Qualcomm: It has to license modem tech to competitors/FTC antitrust lawsuit due for trial next year" The Register 6:59 AM
  • "Google says Android will natively support foldable devices" ZDNet 2:30 PM
  • "A Google shuttle bus struck and killed a woman in her 20s right across from the Googleplex campus" Business Insider 1:21 PM
  • "Google Can Tell Which Restaurant Gave You Food Poisoning" PC Magazine 11:42 AM
  • "Why the Google Walkout Was a Watershed Moment in Tech" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:48 AM
  • "Russian Trolls Were at It Again Before Midterms, Facebook Says" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:48 AM
  • "Facebook blocks more accounts potentially linked to foreign entity" Reuters 6:45 AM
  • "Why autocorrect makes so many mistakes, according to the former Apple engineer who helped create it" Business Insider 4:05 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: November 7, 2018" 9to5Mac 4:05 PM
  • "AirPod Updates, Holiday Gift Guides – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-07" The Mac Observer 1:43 PM
  • "Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. Pacific" Macworld 10:19 AM
  • "Is the iPad a Laptop? – What The Tech Ep. 417" Thurrott 9:41 AM
  • "iPhone XR production cuts suspected based on questionably weak demand, component quality issues" AppleInsider 7:11 AM
  • "Rosenblatt: iPhone XR cuts due to circuit board quality issues?" Apple 3.0 7:50 AM
  • "Apple Says Battery Can Be Replaced Individually in New MacBook Air With Retina Display" MacRumors 11:55 AM
  • "Apple makes MacBook Air with Retina display battery replacements easier, no longer requires replacing top case" 9to5Mac 1:25 PM
  • "Apple may have a less wasteful method of replacing the new MacBook Air's battery" The Verge 4:05 PM
  • "Apple Pencil 2 requires a $1,000 charger: The second-generation Apple Pencil has to recharge from a 2018 iPad Pro. No other method is possible. This meands people will have to depend on magnets securely holding this $129 stylus to the side of their tablet because there isn't any other option."  Cult of Mac 9:25 AM
  • "iPad Pro Video Editing Performance Takes Less Than One-Third of the Time to Complete When Compared to the MacBook Pro" WCCFTech 8:52 AM
  • "LG Display to Supply Apple With 400,000 OLED iPhone Panels By End of Year" MacRumors 7:53 AM
  • "First iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini preorders are arriving" Cult of Mac 7:10 AM
  • "First watchOS 5.1.2, second iOS 12.1.1 & tvOS 12.1.1 developer betas arrive" AppleInsider 4:05 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 12.1.1 to Developers" MacRumors 4:05 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:12 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:12 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:12 AM

  • "2018 iPad Pro review: 'What's a computer?'/The iPad Pro raises the bar for performance, but has too many other limitations." Ars Technica 11:36 AM
  • "Comparing the redesigned 11-inch iPad Pro versus 2017"s 10.5-inch model: A week after its unveiling at a special event in New York City, Apple's hotly anticipated iPad Pro lineup is on sale around the world. We pit the 11-inch variant of the all-screen tablet against last year's 10.5-inch model, comparing design, performance and utility." AppleInsider 9:07 PM
  • "The new iPad Pro might be too pro for you [Review] Cult of Mac 11:14 AM
  • "iPad Pro Diary: I'm already in love with the new compact 12.9-inch iPad Pro" 9to5Mac 10:19 AM
  • "iPhone XR review: This iPhone might be the best Apple has ever made" Macworld 7:09 AM
  • "iPhone XR vs iPhone XS: Is the XS camera worth the extra money? The camera on the cheaper iPhone XR can do almost everything that the dual camera on the iPhone XS can, except when it comes to two important tasks." CNET 7:48 AM
  • "Hands-on: Twelve South PowerPic Wireless Charger - old school meets new school [Video] 9to5Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Review: Twelve South PowerPic—a 5x7 picture frame that wirelessly charges your iPhone" iDownload Blog 7:38 AM
  • "Review: Studio Proper's minimalist aluminum Apple Watch dock/We've seen our fair share of Apple Watch charging solutions, but few are as eye-catching as the Studio Proper Apple Watch Dock." AppleInsider 5:53 PM
  • "Review: Kindle Paperwhite (2018)" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:26 AM
  • "Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) review" CNET 8:25 AM
  • "Kindle Paperwhite 2018 review: The best-value Kindle gets even better" Ars Technica 8:09 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Some Netflix employees built a cool eye-controlled navigation hack for the iOS app" BGR 9:06 PM
  • "How to transfer your cellular data plan from your old iPad to your new iPad: Moving from one cellular iPad to another? Here's how you can transfer your data plan to your new iPad." iMore 7:47 PM
  • "How to take a screenshot with the iPad Pro (2018): Taking a screenshot on the new iPad Pro with Face ID is different than any other iPad. No Home button!" iMore 7:07 PM
  • "How to setup Face ID on iPad Pro" 9to5Mac 4:05 PM
  • "How to Get Battery Life Remaining on iPhone or iPad with Siri" OS X Daily 2:31 PM
  • "How to set up your new iPad Pro 2018 the right way" Cult of Mac 1:25 PM
  • "How to make a call on speakerphone with Siri on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 1:21 PM
  • "How to set up and manage Apple Pay on the Mac" iMore 9:19 AM
  • "How to use Touch ID on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro" iMore 8:11 AM
  • "How to use your iPad Pro to replace your laptop (Part II): The second instalment of this multi-part guide to using your iPad Pro as a laptop replacement explains how to take control of your keyboard." Computerworld 7:46 AM
  • "How to send voice messages on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 7:38 AM
  • "How to set up your new iPad Pro (2018)" iMore 7:36 AM
  • "iPad Pro tidbits: Replacement Apple Pencil tips, Smart Keyboard weight, USB-C display info" 9to5Mac 9:07 PM
  • "How to use your iPhone to follow the long-term impact of your midterms vote" AppleInsider 10:52 AM
  • "Here's How and Why to Share Apple Notes With Yourself" The Mac Observer 10:16 AM
  • "If you aren't already jailbroken, stay on the lowest possible firmware and avoid updates" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "What can you connect to the new iPad Pro with USB-C?" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "First Impressions From New 2018 iPad Pro Owners" MacRumors 4:05 PM
  • "The new iPad Pro for photographers" Austin Mann 6:01 PM
  • "Why does everyone hate mobile games?" 148Apps 1:25 PM
  • "Apple's Trojan house-The iPad 12.9 computer" Tech.pinions [Subscription Required] 10:52 AM
  • "Can Apple Have A Say In The Streaming Industry?" Seeking Alpha 10:52 AM
  • "The new iPad Pro and MacBook Air portend the ultimate Apple laptop" Mashable 10:19 AM
  • "Apple Fans Are Loving This New iPhone Concept Based On The New iPad Pro" UltraLinx 7:51 AM
  • "5 Reasons to Buy the 2018 MacBook Air (and 3 Reasons to Skip It)" LAPTOP Magazine 1:25 PM
  • "7 Reasons to Buy and the New iPad Pro (and 3 Reasons to Skip)" LAPTOP Magazine 7:42 AM
  • "The rules of magnetic attraction in Apple products: The role of magnets in the Apple Watch, the iPhone, and now the iPad, has grown. How do they work?"  Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "The iPhone XR is a great phone but here are three ways Apple can make it even better right now"  Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (80): Apple Announcements, Products and Implications; Cameras and Phones -Red, Yashica, Nikon and iPhone" eXtensions 7:12 AM
  • "HP Envy x2 (Intel) Review" Thurrott 7:00 PM
  • "Facebook appears to have survived this election cycle" Recode 2:30 PM
  • "Why robocalls have taken over your phone" The Verge 8:09 AM
  • "The world's first foldable smartphone is awesome, and you shouldn't buy it" Digital Trends 7:36 AM
  • "A closer look at Royole's foldable, bendable FlexPai phone" CNET 7:28 AM
  • "Where's the accountability Facebook?"  TechCrunch 7:26 AM
  • "Blizzard Needs To Revive Project Titan And Make An 'Overwatch' RPG" Forbes 7:19 AM
  • "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections" The Verge 7:10 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine for November 07, 2018" GoComics 9:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iPad Pro cases: What you can buy now for the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPads" Macworld 4:05 PM
  • "GigSky Announces eSIM Support for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR" MacRumors 2:30 PM
  • "Multiplayer Card Game 'Cat Lady' Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 1:21 PM
  • "Clips Gets New Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and More" Apple 1:21 PM
  • "Apple Updates Clips App with Pixar Scene, New Stickers and Soundtracks, More" The Mac Observer 5:48 PM
  • "LaCie intros Portable SSD with 10Gbps USB-C, storage up to 2TB" AppleInsider 11:55 AM
  • "Possible JailbreakMe-style jailbreak for iOS 4.0-12.0.1 in the works" iDownload Blog 9:20 AM
  • "iPhone XS Max wallpapers: 30 images for a bigger screen" AddictiveTips 10:52 AM
  • "Download 2018 iPad Pro Wallpapers For Any iPad, iPhone" Redmond Pie 9:19 AM
  • "Microsoft: These new OneDrive features on iOS, Android, web, are headed your way" ZDNet 8:07 AM
  • "AirPods may look goofy, but they topped Best Buy's sales ranks along with LOL Surprise Dolls" Thinknum 8:06 AM
  • "Google Maps gets collision and speed trap reports in latest test: It's the popular Waze feature we've been waiting for." Engadget 7:28 AM
  • "Spotify Connect speakers set free, no longer require premium subscriptions" The Verge 7:26 AM
  • "Best MacBook, MacBook Air, and Macbook Pro sleeves: Keep safe and stylish with our top picks" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "The great AirPod rip-off continues with Xiaomi's dirt cheap $30 AirDots: But does the endless copying even matter? No, not really." The Next Web 7:29 AM
  • "Xiaomi announces $30 AirPods clones called AirDots" The Verge 7:10 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's president says we need to regulate facial recognition tech before 'the year 2024 looks like the book '1984'" Recode 11:37 AM
  • "Microsoft wants to work with Trump and Congress on cybersecurity" CNBC 7:33 AM
  • "Ex-Microsoft employee sues company and former manager for gender discrimination" GeekWire 11:54 AM
  • "Microsoft 'Solidifies' Azure Cloud For Drones" Forbes 7:00 AM
  • "Surface Pro 3 gets firmware updates to improve security and fix Device Manager" Neowin 6:03 PM
  • "AMD's Cloud Payoff Will Come—Eventually: A new deal with provides an important foothold, though sales will take time to materialize" [Paid Membership Required] 1:46 PM
  • "AMD now commands 10% of the entire x86 CPU market" PCGamesN 8:47 AM
  • "AMD Chief Lisa Su Aims to Take Massive Market Share From Intel" Barron's 2:32 PM
  • "AMD reveals 7nm 'Rome' EPYC processors aimed at data centres" IT PRO (UK) 8:47 AM
  • "AMD Unveils How It Plans to Battle Intel and Nvidia in the Data Center: In addition to showing off some new cutting-edge GPUs, the resurgent chipmaker announced that Amazon would be using its Epyc server chips in its cloud computing data centers." TheStreet 8:48 AM
  • "AMD Makes an Epyc Move Against Intel in Data Centers/NEWS ANALYSIS: In San Francisco this week, AMD took the fight to Intel with folks such as Amazon Web Services and Baidu on stage behind one of the strongest value-oriented (performance per-dollar) arguments against Intel it has ever fielded." eWeek 5:54 PM
  • "AMD Beats Intel, Nvidia to 7 nm" EE Times 8:48 AM
  • "AMD Stock Pops on New 7nm Chips, Amazon Web Services Partnership" InvestorPlace 2:32 PM
  • "AMD launches two new 7nm Vega GPUs at Next Horizon event" KitGuru 8:47 AM
  • "AMD unveils 64-core Zen 2 CPU, first 7nm GPU" bit-tech 8:48 AM
  • "AMD Instinct MI60, MI50 Are The World's First 7nm GPUs With PCIe 4.0" SegmentNext 8:48 AM
  • "AMD Zen 4 Architecture To Use The AM4 Socket As Well?" SegmentNext 8:48 AM
  • "What AMD's 64-core 'Rome' server CPU tells us about Ryzen 2" PCWorld 7:09 AM
  • "AMD launches on AWS and instantly undercuts Intel by 10%" CloudPro 8:45 AM
  • "AMD pips Nvidia to the post with 7nm-based Radeon Instinct graphic cards" The Inquirer 8:48 AM
  • "Intel Capital Leads HuiyiHuiying Funding Round" AlphaWeek 8:44 AM
  • "Intel-drafted U.S. data privacy bill would protect firms from fines" Reuters 8:45 AM
  • "Monday: Intel teases 48-core Xeon. Tuesday: AMD whips covers off 64-core second-gen Epyc server processor" The Register 6:59 AM
  • "Dell Contacts DVMT Investors to Discuss Terms of Deal" Bloomberg 8:52 AM
  • "Dell EMC Unveils Modernized Applications for VMware Cloud Platforms" ExecutiveBiz 8:51 AM
  • "Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes" The Register 11:55 AM
  • "IBM Raises The Bar For Storage, Again" Forbes 11:54 AM
  • "IBM Traders See Stock Rising 10% Despite Weak Outlook" Investopedia 10:51 AM
  • "Cisco confirms layoffs; impact on RTP campus not clear" WRAL TechWire 8:40 AM
  • "Cisco removed its seventh backdoor account this year, and that's a good thing" ZDNet 4:01 PM
  • "Cisco ups the ante for 400G Ethernet with big-bandwidth data-center switches" Networks Asia 8:40 AM
  • "China's flagship tech event marked by Silicon Valley absences" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:00 AM
  • "Tech Firms Face Reckoning Over Homelessness Crisis" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:36 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: What the Fibonacci Queen whispered to Cramer (Video)" Apple 3.0 4:04 PM
  • "Get Ready For Another Bite Of The Apple" Seeking Alpha 9:08 AM
  • "Qualcomm forecast falls short as Apple sales disappear" Reuters 4:01 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow finishes nearly 550 points higher as stocks soar after midterms: Wall Street cheers gridlock after Democrats take House, GOP tightens grip on Senate" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow finishes nearly 550 points higher as stocks soar after midterms: Wall Street cheers gridlock after Democrats take House, GOP tightens grip on Senate" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Ends Up More Than 500 Points; Stocks Jump in Post-Election Rally: Stocks rallied Wednesday after Democrats won back control of the House of Representatives for the first time since since 2010." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Soars 545 Points As Midterm Election Brings Relief For Wall Street| Investor's Business Daily" Investor's Business Daily 3:58 PM
  • "Dow jumps 540 points as investors celebrate midterms" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Surges Nearly 550 Points: Election results remove one source of angst, as a split Congress will make radical policy changes less likely, analysts say" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed as investors keep eye on U.S. midterm elections: Nikkei surrenders gain of more than 1% to end lower after back-and-forth session" MarketWatch 8:32 AM
  • "Europe stocks hop on global rally, driven by relief over U.S. midterms: Spanish banks jump on court ruling" MarketWatch 8:32 AM

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