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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 Prices For Apple's Core Product Lineups Rose By 20% This Year"  Redmond Pie 7:43 AM
  • "Big hoopla for Bangkok's first Apple Store (4 videos): Apple is one of the anchor tenants of IconSiam, Bangkok's 'riverside icon of prosperity.'" Apple 3.0 7:48 AM
  • "Judge Koh's high-profile summary judgment order doesn't bode well for Qualcomm's efforts to elude patent exhaustion finding" Foss Patents 5:10 PM
  • "Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more: The new listings will arrive in the coming weeks. Amazon has signed a deal with Apple to expand the selection of the iPhone maker's products on Amazon worldwide."  CNET 11/9
  • "Amazon strikes deal with Apple to sell new iPhones and iPads: The products will be sold directly from Apple and Apple-authorized retailers" The Verge 11/9
  • "Amazon is finally selling new iPhones after a long and complicated 'turf war' with Apple" Business Insider 11/9
  • "Amazon to Start Selling Latest Apple Products, Excluding Speaker" Bloomberg 11/9
  • "Expect More Apple Products on Amazon, Less Refurbished Gear" PC Magazine 11/9
  • "Apple iPhone XR Inventories Are 'Bloated,' Analyst Says"  Barron's 11/9
  • "Chips ahoy: The Mac's transition to Apple processors is happening sooner than you think/The iPad Pro is a sign of things to come."  Macworld 11/9
  • "Apple boosts land holdings to more than 7,000 acres" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/9
  • "There is a point when the Apple image fades" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/9
  • "Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac review: Testing the new virtual machine" Macworld 11/9
  • "New Security Features in macOS Mojave" Intego 11/9
  • "Apple's Newest Macs Include Better Built-In Audio Devices" Rogue Amoeba 11/9
  • "How to make a video screensaver for your Mac" AppleInsider 11/9
  • "How to skip the Trash and delete files on Mac immediately" iDownload Blog 11/9
  • "Siri Shortcuts: Random Reminders" MacMost 11/9
  • "How to add a recently opened files folder to your Dock" iDownload Blog 11/9
  • "How to Deauthorize Your iTunes Account on a Computer You Can No Longer Access" MacRumors 11/9
  • "Keeping up with IP number changes" Dr. Drang 11/9
  • "This App Should Be Free" Rixstep 11/9
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Broadway ditches age-old processes to run shows with iPads" CNN 12:45 PM
  • "Apple Champs-Élysées opens in Paris on November 18th" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "Apple Watch makes more wish lists than iPad, MacBook" Cult of Mac 11/9
  • "69% U.S. gadget shoppers want an Apple product, Gazelle data suggests" Apple Must 11/9
  • "Google just told us how to fix the worst thing about Androids and iPhones" ["It turns out it's something as easy as switching to dark mode whenever possible. That's something smartphone-savvy users have long suspected, that dark mode will help conserve battery life. There is a caveat, however. The screen has to be an OLED one."] BGR 11/9
  • "Google: Here's why dark mode massively extends your OLED phone's battery life" ZDNet 11/9
  • "Apple to Donate to Southern and Northern California Fire Relief Efforts" MacRumors 11/9
  • "Apple's Tim Cook promises donations for latest California wildfires" AppleInsider 11/9
  • "Overeager Chinese music fans spark iTunes and Billboard chart manipulation fears" AppleInsider 11/9
  • "Blind veteran catches second wave with a surfboard and iPhone" Apple 11/9
  • "Apple supplier Finisar to be bought in $3.2bn deal" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/9
  • "Steve Jobs stood in the lunch line like a regular Joe" Cult of Mac 11/9
  • "Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME: Fear not, Apple fanbois, they're also running Macintosh" The Register 11/9
Non-Apple News
  • "Heads-Up Cord-Cutters, Roku To Bring Live Sports Programming To Its Free Channel" HotHardware 6:22 PM
  • "Facebook aims to win over teens anew with Lasso, a TikTok-rivaling app" Neowin 7:44 AM
  • "T-Mobile set-top box surfaces on FCC, 'Un-carrier' TV service can't be far behind" Android Police 11/9
  • "Cell phones pose plenty of risks, but none of them are cancer: One of the largest studies yet on the relationship between cell phones and cancer hasn't shifted the scientific viewpoint."  Popular Science 11/9
  • "Smishing sounds funny, but it's a serious threat to your phone's security" Digital Trends 11/9
  • "Children are being 'datafied' before we've understood the risks, report warns" TechCrunch 11/9
  • "Disney Announces Its Own Streaming Service, Will Pull Content From Netflix" Thurrott 11/9
  • "A Truly Bogus Adventure – The TouchArcade Show #376" Touch Arcade 11/9
  • "The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 234, With Special Guest Merlin Mann" Daring Fireball 11/9
  • "An In-Depth Conversation with Jeff Gamet" MacVoices 11/9
  • "Gadget Lab Podcast: Darren Aronofsky on VR Storytelling" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/9
  • "The Dalrymple Report: iPad Pro and Floop Floop with Dave Mark" The Loop 11/9
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 198: 2018 iPad Pro impressions, FaceTime and iPhone XR improvements, watchOS updates" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "Earnings, iPhone XR, India, and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 11/9
  • "Apple's 2019 iPhones to adopt MPI antenna technology in favor of LCP: Apple's next-generation of iPhones due out during the second half of 2019 will reportedly jettison LCP-based antenna technology for MPI, which should improve both costs and production yields."  AppleInsider 7:46 AM
  • "Apple Says Some IPhone X Units Have Faulty Touch Screens" Bloomberg 11/9
  • "Apple says it found issues with some iPhone X and MacBook devices" Reuters 11/9
  • "Apple has hardware issues with its iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro" Business Insider 11/9
  • "iPhone XR's Haptic Touch To Gain Notification Expand Feature In iOS 12.1.1" Redmond Pie 11/9
  • "Apple May Have Considered Releasing a 2018 MacBook Air With Faster Core i7 Processor" MacRumors 11/9
  • "Mac mini: Return of the upgradeable RAM" iFixit 11/9
  • "iFixit Verdict: MacBook Air Damn Near Impossible to Fix" LAPTOP Magazine 11/9
  • "iFixit takes a peek inside the new MacBook Air" Engadget 11/9
  • "2018 Mac mini more repairable than 2014 model with socketed RAM and design choices" AppleInsider 11/9
  • "New Security and Privacy Features in iOS 12" Intego 11/9
  • "Future Apple headphones could detect how they are worn with a microphone array" AppleInsider 11/9
  • "You iPhone X touch not working? Apple will fix it, free of charge: The company is also fixing some 13-inch MacBook Pros with faulty SSD data storage chips." CNET 5:22 PM
  • "Apple launches repair program for iPhone X units with faulty displays" BGR 9:00 PM
  • "Apple Admits to Hardware Quality Problems with iPhone X, MacBook Pro" Thurrott 12:46 PM
  • "Apple launched a pair of repair programs for some iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro models: Some MacBook Pros have an issue with their solid-state drives, while some iPhone Xs have a faulty display module" The Verge 10:22 AM
  • "Got a problem with your iPhone X or MacBook Pro? Apple may fix it for you, for free: Apple has announced two new service programs to fix defective components in the iPhone X and 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops. So if you own one of these devices, and you're having problems, you might be able to score a free fix." ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Launches SSD Service Program for 13-Inch Non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro Sold Between June 2017 and June 2018" MacRumors 11/9
  • "Apple offering free repairs to fix iPhone X display issues and 13-inch MacBook Pro SSD data loss problems" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "Apple Launches iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program to Address Touch Issues" MacRumors 11/9
  • "iCloud Symbol Next to Apps on iPhone or iPad? Here's What It Means & How to Fix It" OS X Daily 11/9
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple Watch Black Friday 2018 Best Deals: Bargains From Best Buy, Target" Forbes 11/9
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/9
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/9
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/9

  • "The best monitor for the MacBook Pro: One of these monitors will look great next to your new MacBook Pro" Digital Trends 4:22 PM
  • "Compared: 2018 MacBook Air versus 13-inch MacBook Pro and 2017 MacBook Air" AppleInsider 3:59 PM
  • "Best Bluetooth Headphones for iPad Pro (2018)" iPhone Hacks 12:56 PM
  • "Flagship Shootout: Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Apple iPhone Xs Max vs Google Pixel 3" iPhone Hacks 12:40 PM
  • "iPhone XR vs. XS: Is the XS camera worth another $150? 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 7:50 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Air review (2018): A good buy and a tough call/The new Air ticks off a lot of boxes, but picky Mac fans will be left with a hard choice." Engadget 11/9
  • "Apple iPad Pro 11 (2018) review: Is it a computer yet? There's Xbox power and a beautiful display, but is iOS holding it back?" GearBrain 11/9
  • "iPad Diaries: My First 48 Hours with the New 12.9" iPad Pro" MacStories 11/9
  • "Getting the iPad to Pro: The new iPad Pro is a computer from the future, with software from yesterday" Craig Mod 11/9
  • "Review: The iPhone XR isn't a $1,000 flagship, but isn't any less of a premium experience" AppleInsider 11/9
  • "Mac mini Late 2018 Teardown" iFixit 11/9
  • "Review: AmpliFi Instant mesh WiFi system is a quality product with 2-minute set up, fast performance, touchscreen, more" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "JLab Audio Flex Sport Review: Over-Ear Workout Headphones You'll Love" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/9
  • "Review: Aukey's KM-G3 is a great entry-level mechanical gaming keyboard/It's a better keyboard than you'd think for only $65" The Next Web 11/9
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Use your new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with these updated apps: With new hardware, comes app updates to support new features. AppleInsider makes notes, sketches, and diagrams with the latest updates for the third generation iPad Pro, and the second generation Apple Pencil." AppleInsider 12:19 PM
  • "Writing with iPad Pro: The first 48 hours away from Mac" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "iCab Mobile review: a different web browser for your iOS device" iDownload Blog 11/9
  • "We tried the Los Angeles Clippers' new app that gives fans control over how to watch a game and it will change sports forever" Business Insider 11/9
  • "Can you use Sonos Beam with Apple TV?" iMore 6:41 PM
  • "How to temporarily enable Do Not Disturb in iOS 12" AppleInsider 5:02 PM
  • "How to invoke Siri on iPad Pro" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "How to charge Apple Watch and check battery life" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "How to use your iPad Pro to replace your laptop (Part 4)" Computerworld 11/9
  • "How to deliver Apple Watch notifications quietly" iDownload Blog 11/9
  • "How to remove the SIM card in an iPhone or iPad" iMore 11/9
  • "Keeping 1997/1999 Macs Running In 2018: Not everyone uses modern Macs. I spent a day with a friend who still runs 1997 and 1999 Macs 20 years on." Low End Mac 11/9
  • "How to open two Word documents in Split View on an iPad" Apple Must 11/9
  • "PSA: This one feature makes text selection on the iPad more usable & trackpad-like" 9to5Mac 12:21 PM
  • "Use this one simple trick to speed up your old iPhone or iPad: Is your old iPhone or iPad starting to feel a little sluggish? Here's a tried and tested way to speed up an iPhone or iPad that's simple to do and is only going to cost you a little time." ZDNet 7:44 AM
  • "Adjust These Important Apple Watch Series 4 Hidden Settings!" iDrop News 11/9
  • "iPhone quick Tip: Quickly find apps that want your attention" ZDNet 11/9
  • "The New iPad Pro's Design Blows Everything Else Out of the Water" TechnoBuffalo 4:59 PM
  • "Phone apps that use black instead of white use less battery life" Mashable 4:00 PM
  • "Can the iPad Pro Replace Your Laptop? Here's What 3 Pros Think"  LAPTOP Magazine 10:18 AM
  • "As laptop replacements, the iPad Pro and Surface Pro are worlds apart" Fast Company 11/9
  • "Apple Loop: iPhone XR Fights Serious Problem, New iPhone Delayed, Tim Cook Will Hide iPhone Sales" Forbes 11/9
  • "Apple's Siri Might Protect Us From Machine Learning Misused Against Us" The Mac Observer 11/9
  • "I'm in Apple Migration Assistant hell: Don't ask me about the new MacBook Air. Ever tried transferring half a terabyte of data by Wi-Fi? That way lies madness. Bought the recommended Apple-brand cable and dongle. Defective out of the box!" Apple 3.0 11/9
  • "Comment: Today at Apple transforms the redesigned Apple Stores" 9to5Mac 11/9
  • "RED Hydrogen One Review: Gimmicks Do Not Make a Phone" TechnoBuffalo 12:39 PM
  • "Why are tech companies making custom typefaces?" Arun Venkatesan 9:52 AM
  • "ASUS ZenBook S review: Just a decent laptop/It's a capable computer, but there's not a lot to set it apart." Engadget 9:39 AM
  • "A trip through the peer review sausage grinder/From the archives: Peer review is a scientific institution; here's its purpose." Ars Technica 9:30 AM
  • "Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: The phone that does everything" Android Central 11/9
  • "Hands-On With the In-Screen Fingerprint Technology in the New OnePlus 6T" MacRumors 11/9
  • "Hands-on: The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro is a high quality iPhone XS clone [Video] 9to5Google 11/9
  • "What you need to know before importing that exotic Chinese Android phone: China gets all the cool smartphones, but should you try importing one?" Ars Technica 11/9
  • "The Rise Of The Intelligent Machine In Cybersecurity" Forbes 11/9
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Fortnite has smashed its concurrent players record" Cult of Mac 11/9
Computer Industry
  • "Watch Microsoft's X018 live event for Xbox One and PC gaming news/Inside Xbox: Live will drop news on games, Game Pass and more" Polygon 7:46 AM
  • "Here's how to watch Microsoft's X018 Xbox event today" Neowin 4:02 PM
  • "Microsoft Studios buys 'Fallout: New Vegas' house Obsidian/... and 'Wasteland 2' developer inXile Entertainment." Engadget 5:10 PM
  • "Microsoft to acquire RPG specialists Obsidian Entertainment and InXile: Pillars of Eternity, Fallout New Vegas and Wasteland 3 creators join to boost Game Pass" GamesIndustry 6:02 PM
  • "Microsoft tops Amazon, becomes second-largest company in the U.S." Globe Gazette 7:46 AM
  • "Windows Phone May Be Dead, But Microsoft Continues to Work on Features to Please Android & iPhone Users" WCCFTech 12:22 PM
  • "Microsoft Touts AI Advances in Outlook" Thurrott 10:01 AM
  • "Examining Microsoft's Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Announcements in the Light of Day: Now that we have some distance from Ignite, experts weigh in on which of Microsoft's announcements around data, artificial intelligence and machine really stand out--and why." ITPro 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft may finally split Cortana and Windows Search in Windows 10 19H1" Neowin 5:21 PM
  • "Lenovo Lists Intel Cascade Lake-AP Xeon CPU Lineup" Associated Press 4:01 PM
  • "Intel Core i9-9900K Re-Review: 95-watt TDP Results" TechSpot 4:01 PM
  • "Amazon's consumer business moves from Oracle to AWS, but Larry Ellison won't stop talking: AWS CEO Andy Jassy tweets that Amazon's consumer business has mostly ditched Oracle. Rest assured that won't stop Oracle CTO Larry Ellison from obsessing a smidge about AWS." ZDNet 12:58 PM
  • "Deserialization issues also affect Ruby, not just Java, PHP, and .NET: Java, .NET, PHP, and now Ruby. Python, are you next?" ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Windows-as-a-service fail: Microsoft keeps customers in the dark" ZDNet 11/9
  • "Microsoft Deactivates Copies of Windows 10 Due to Server Problem" PC Magazine 11/9
  • "Microsoft made $1.3 billion in cash payments in GitHub deal" Reuters 11/9
  • "Microsoft's president says we need to regulate facial recognition to avoid a 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' scenario" IT PRO (UK) 11/9
  • "Microsoft made $1.3 billion in cash payments in GitHub deal" Reuters 11/9
  • "Your PC May Have Shipped with an Unsupported Version of Windows 10" Digital Trends 11/9
  • "Round two: Microsoft prepares to release Windows 10 October 2018 Update... again!" Help Net Security 11/9
  • "Microsoft's cloud wins business from Gap as another retailer shuns Amazon" CNBC 11/9
  • "Some new Windows devices are shipping with unsupported software" OnMSFT 11/9
  • "Windows 10 Version 1809 Fiasco Means New Devices Run Older, Unsupported Windows: Snapdragon 850 devices powered by unsupported Windows 10" Softpedia 11/9
  • "Latest cumulative updates come with a brand new issue" Softpedia 11/9
  • "Windows 10 1809 delay: New Arm PCs having to ship with untested Windows 1803" ZDNet 11/9
  • "Seagate To Use IBM Blockchain To Prevent Hard Drive Counterfeiting" RTTNews 11/9
  • "IBM Collaborates With Seagate to Use Blockchain to Reduce Global Hard Drive Counterfeiting" Blokt 11/9
  • "IBM and Seagate use Blockchain to tackle counterfeit hard drives" IT PRO (UK) 11/9
  • "Intel publishes model US privacy bill" bit-tech 11/9
  • "AMD Shows Off 'Rome' Data Center CPU, Signs Amazon as Cloud Chip Customer" The Motley Fool 11/9
  • "New AMD Radeon Adrenalin Driver 18.11.1 Optimized for Fallout 76, Battlefield V and Hitman 2" WCCFTech 11/9
  • "AMD and Nvidia release game ready drivers for Battlefield V" Hexus 11/9
  • "AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.11.1 steht zum Downlaod bereit" Tweak PC 11/9
  • "An Oracle botherer always pays its debts: Rimini Street reports $48.4m net losses" The Register 11/9
  • "Cisco To Help Cloud Customers Use Amazon Data Centres" Silicon UK 11/9
  • "Cisco & Amazon Bring Public Cloud On-Prem" Light Reading 11/9
  • "Amazon and Cisco join forces to create hybrid app development platform" IT PRO (UK) 11/9
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Snub Could Mean Qualcomm Stock Is a Bargain" Barron's 11/9
  • "With Apple at $205 and falling, look who's underwater now" Apple 3.0 11/9
  • "Look who's no longer covering Apple" Apple 3.0 11/9
Industry News
  • "Dow falls 250 points as unraveling oil price shows 'global economy in a tough spot': Disney's stock on track to rise Friday after quarterly results" MarketWatch 11/9
  • "Stocks skid as oil plunge continues; tech sector also falls" Associated Press 11/9
  • "Stocks lower on interest rate concerns" FOXBusiness 11/9
  • "U.S. Stocks Drop as Oil Extends Declines: All three major stock indexes are still on track to end the week with big gains" [Paid Membership Required] 11/9
  • "China, Hong Kong lead Asian markets lower with financials under pressure: Nikkei falls from multi-week high; Hang Seng drops 2.5%" MarketWatch 11/9
  • "Europe stocks fall along with broad-market slide, poised for weekly skid: Thyssenkrupp, Telcom Italia tumble on results" MarketWatch 11/9

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