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Weekend Highlights: iPhone 11 location data, even turned off, still tracks due to ultra wideband compliance, future software toggle to remedy; too much "focus on privacy weakens Apple's AI" according to experts; Lazarus trojan targets macOS users; Eclectic Light Company wants to know if you're seeing weird issues with macOS Catalina; some Apple TV+ content not playing in Dolby Vision HDR on 4K Apple TV models; iPhone, Pokemon Go causes cited by doctors for rise in head injuries?; want an iPhone with no ports at all? You might get your wish if Ming-Chi Kuo is right, and as soon as 2021; looks like audio popping noise as well as display ghosting affects some 16" MacBook Pros; CNET compares cameras of iPhone 11 and XR; Macworld reviews Amazon's Echo Buds; MacStories takes new Clips 2.1 Memoji, Animoji features for a spin.

  • "New iPhone sales may be showing some signs of weakening, but that might not be a bad thing for Apple: Is interest in the new iPhone XS and iPhone XR smartphones weaker than for previous releases? The data we have suggests that there may be some signs of weakening, but that this might not be a bad thing. In fact, it might be good news for Apple."  ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "Don't panic about iPhone sales just yet"  CNN 7:47 AM
  • "Fears about continued sales growth of iPhone mount, while praise heaped on Services" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "Apple downgraded, more iPhone estimates cut as Street starts to turn on the stock"  CNBC 8:32 AM
  • "Apple slides into a bear market — now down 20% from its all-time high"  Business Insider 11:24 AM
  • "Apple Doesn't Fall Far From Bear-Market Tree: As bellwether enters bear market, it has plenty of company" [Paid Membership Required] 3:49 PM
  • "Apple falls into bear market territory" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:20 PM
  • "A matter of volume: threat from ascendant Chinese phones hangs over Apple" Reuters 10:32 AM
  • "China tech factory conditions fuel suicides: Study" ["A report last month by labour rights group Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour said an Apple supplier in the southwestern city of Chongqing had forced student employees to work 'like robots'."] Channel NewsAsia 2:24 PM
  • "Apple wins Stop Slavery Award, touts new initiative to hire human trafficking victims at retail stores: Apple on Wednesday was granted the Thomson Reuters Foundation's Stop Slavery Award, and to coincide with the honor announced a new initiative that will assist victims of human trafficking get behind-the-scenes jobs at its retail stores." AppleInsider 8:35 PM
  • "Ad-Injecting Mac Malware Rediscovered" Intego 2:22 PM
  • "Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 70 With Bug Fixes and Feature Improvements" MacRumors 12:25 PM
  • "Apple's Safari tests 'not secure' warning for unencrypted websites: For once, Apple is following Google in a privacy protection." CNET 3:10 PM
  • "How to Launch and Manage Finder Tabs in macOS" Lifehacker 2:22 PM
  • "How to use Migration Assistant to move a user account to another Mac" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "How to create and use Spark email templates on Mac and iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "How to Customize File and Folder Icons on Your Mac" MacRumors 8:26 AM
  • "How To Set the Default Font in Pages" MacMost 9:58 AM
  • "Why Is Antivirus Software Still a Thing? Antivirus has been around for more than 20 years. Do you still need it to protect yourself today?" Motherboard 8:25 AM
Press Releases
  • "It Just Got Easier to Collect and Analyze Digital Evidence on Apple Macs and PCs: ADF Solutions' New Forensic Software Empowers Investigators and Prosecutors" PRNewswire 10:17 AM
  • "Kiwi for Gmail launches new Focused Filtered inbox" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Swamp Dog, LLC releases Kudos 1.0 - Create References from Selected Text" prMac 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple starts selling the unlocked version of iPhone XR" phoneArena 7:36 PM
  • "Apple Warned About iPhone X Hack That Stole 'Deleted' Photo" Forbes 10:32 AM
  • "Apple could dip toe into NZ retail at Commercial Bay: No word about an Apple store – but Auckland may be about to get the next best thing. Spark is planning a three-level store in Commercial Bay, a 39-storey tower block on Auckland's waterfront, and it's rumoured it will contain an Apple 'floor,' potentially ahead of a dedicated store." Stuff: New Zealand 10:23 AM
  • "A giant insurer is offering free Apple Watches to customers who meet walking goals: UnitedHealthcare members whose employers opt in to the 'Motion' program can now access an Apple Watch Series 3 for the cost of tax and shipping alone." CNBC 11:05 AM
  • "Apple makes new hire to try and turn around its India business" Cult of Mac 7:40 AM
  • "Apple poaches a Nokia executive to lead its struggling India operations" iDownload Blog 10:33 AM
  • "Woz thinks Steve Jobs would be happy with Apple today" Cult of Mac 7:41 AM
  • "Array of iPhones and Android devices used on bike by Taiwan senior to play Pokemon Go" AppleInsider 10:11 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Zuckerberg told Facebook execs to stop using iPhone after Tim Cook privacy comments: In efforts to contain and suppress fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year, Facebook went on the offensive and attacked critics of the company's privacy practices. One of the social network's targets, according to a new report, was Apple and its CEO Tim Cook." AppleInsider 8:51 PM
  • "LG's featherweight Gram may stretch to a MacBook-beating 17 inches" The Verge 3:10 PM
  • "Possible Google Pixel Buds 2 Patent Spotted; Redesigned Antenna Might Solve Connectivity Issues" MySmartPrice 2:06 PM
  • "Mozilla releases privacy report on which holiday gadgets are too creepy: It found that the Nintendo Switch is not creepy, but a baby monitor is" The Verge 10:12 AM
  • "More malicious cryptocurrency apps found on the Play Store" The Next Web 10:12 AM
  • "Be My Eyes app lets you lend your eyes to a blind person in real time" The Next Web 8:12 AM
  • "California man pleads guilty to fatal swatting and FCC bomb threat" The Verge 7:55 AM
  • "AT&T CFO cautions on how quickly 5G revenue will come" Reuters 7:46 AM
  • "Withings takes aim at Fitbit with the Pulse HR, a simple fitness band with 20-day battery life" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "The Google Assistant smart home ecosystem is slowly starting to take shape" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Passes Through FCC, Design Sketch Exposed" MySmartPrice 6:53 AM
  • "Mihir Shah of Drobo Introduces The New Drobo 8D" MacVoices 9:14 PM
  • "FCPRadio 074 FCPX 10.5 this week?" FCPRadio 7:23 AM
  • "Leaked photos show Apple's next-gen AirPods for the first time ever"  BGR 10:57 AM
  • "iPhone X Allegedly Explodes in the US After iOS 12.1 Update, Apple to Investigate" Gadgets 360 7:26 AM
  • "15-Inch MacBook Pro AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options Now Available to Order" MacRumors 10:11 AM
  • "Dialog Semi says not seeing hit to demand from Apple" Reuters 2:21 PM
  • "Many 27-Inch iMac SSD Configurations Disappear From Apple's Online Store, Likely Due to a Bug" MacRumors 10:33 AM
  • "iPhone Users Are Randomly Getting Locked Out of Their Apple IDs" Digital Trends 10:27 AM
  • "An iOS 12 Security Flaw Allows Access to Deleted Photos on iPhone, But a Fix is on The Way" MacTrast 9:12 PM
  • "Safari vulnerability lets hackers swipe recently deleted photos from iPhone X: White-hat hackers Richard Zhu and Amat Cama at the Mobile Pwn2Own contest on Wednesday leveraged a previously unknown exploit that allowed the pair to extract a supposedly deleted photo from an iPhone X running the latest iOS 12.1." AppleInsider 9:12 PM
  • "See what happens when you plug Thunderbolt gadgets into 2018 iPad Pro" Cult of Mac 2:22 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple's Extended Holiday Return Policy Begins Today, Return Deadline Set for January 8, 2019" MacRumors 10:48 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM

  • "The New iPad Pro Is the Last Great Tablet" Gizmodo 2:20 PM
  • "The 5-Point 2018 iPad Pro review: Awesome hardware held back by software and pricing" VentureBeat 10:32 AM
  • "2018 iPad Pro and Apple Pencil enhance creative work on the Mac" 9to5Mac 2:23 PM
  • "iPad Diaries: Typing on the iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio" MacStories 11:08 AM
  • "Apple's New 2018 MacBook Air vs. Old MacBook Air" MacRumors 3:27 PM
  • "Review: Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio is the best option for the iPad Pro, but has too many compromises" AppleInsider 10:58 AM
  • "Review: Apple's new 11 and 12.9" Smart Keyboard Folio for 2018 iPad Pro" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "Twelve South Journal review: a stylish, protective MacBook case" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "mophie charge stream desk stand offers fast charging in an elegant design" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
  • "Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home" The Verge 7:54 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Writing for Macdrifter on the iPad Pro" Macdrifter 2:59 PM
  • "Fad diets never worked for me, but a fitness app helped me lose 28 pounds in four months" Business Insider 2:21 PM
  • "Apple now lets you download all the data it keeps about you — here's how to do it" Business Insider 11:24 AM
  • "How to set up your new Mac mini" iMore 8:21 AM
  • "iPad Pro Works as Mac Mini Display With Astropad's Luna Display" MacRumors 3:49 PM
  • "How to Spell Words by Speaking on iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 2:59 PM
  • "New iPad Pro doubles as display for new Mac mini" Cult of Mac 2:59 PM
  • "iOS 12: Manage Your Apple Pay Billing and Shipping Address" The Mac Observer 9:59 AM
  • "Best iPads for 2018: Which New Models Should You Actually Buy?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:15 AM
  • "Which Watch? How to pick the Apple Watch that's right for you: What to consider when selecting an Apple Watch." Macworld 7:39 AM
  • "Screenshooting on the iPad" Dr. Drang 9:14 PM
  • "Yet another Apple supplier cuts revenue forecast as iPhone pessimism continues" 9to5Mac 7:38 PM
  • "How an Apple Education AI Could Dramatically Help College Students" The Mac Observer 4:06 PM
  • "Weiss on Apple: CEO Tim Cook is a caretaker, not an innovator" CNBC TV 12:21 PM
  • "Apple has a plan B as iPhone demand wanes" iDownload Blog 11:24 AM
  • "Has Apple run out of tricks?" [Video Report] FOXBusiness 11:00 AM
  • "Apple could and should make a larger iPad Pro but it probably won't be 15 inches"  AppleInsider 7:40 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (81): End of a Long Road" eXtensions 7:23 AM
  • "Google's Night Sight Mode Tested: It's Simply Incredible" Gizmodo 11:08 AM
  • "How Hackers Sell Luxury Hotel Rooms for Next to Nothing: From Bangkok to New York, fraudsters have an established, underground market of selling dirt cheap rooms at 5 star hotels as well as international flights." Motherboard 10:49 AM
  • "Guilty of your roots: Why Kaspersky believes tech nationalism is on our doorstep/The answer lies in why Kaspersky has now moved core systems from Russia to Switzerland." ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "Dolby Brings a New Dimension to Home Entertainment" Tech.pinions 8:25 AM
  • "The Internet, Warts and All, book review: How to regulate a messy system" ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Amazon did exactly what it should have with its HQ2 process" TechCrunch 10:11 AM
  • "How Google Photos Became a Perfect Jukebox for Our Memories: Google Photos, introduced in 2015, has become one of the most emotionally resonant pieces of technology today. It is also shaping our narratives along the way."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:44 AM
  • "May A.I. Help You?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Preorder Elder Scrolls: Blades on iOS today/The Elder Scrolls: Blades is almost here" iMore 9:05 PM
  • "Apple and Barclays Offering $50 Gift Card Bonus for New Customers Who Sign Up for a Barclaycard Visa With Apple Rewards" MacRumors 6:56 PM
  • "Ryze's programmable Tello EDU drone helps teach code, on sale through Apple and DJI: Ryze this week announced the launch of a new iPhone- and iPad-controlled drone, the Tello EDU, intended to teach programming skills to both new and experienced coders." AppleInsider 5:04 PM
  • "Cortana's redesign is now available for iOS" The Verge 12:45 PM
  • "Microsoft Releases Redesigned Cortana App for iOS" MacRumors 6:56 PM
  • "Together for the holidaysThe latest devices. The essential accessories. Discover the perfect combination for everyone on your list." Apple 12:45 PM
  • "Apple ships new model of Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock" AppleInsider 12:44 PM
  • "Wonderscope's Apple AR app makes storybook characters walk up and talk to you" CNET 12:28 PM
  • "Google Maps messaging comes to Android and iOS" 9to5Google 12:43 PM
  • "New 'Google My Business' App Released for iOS and Android" iClarified 11:49 AM
  • "(PRODUCT)RED Sport Loop for Apple Watch debuts alongside recently introduced Hermès straps" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "Harry Potter coding kit brings its magic to Apple stores" CNET 11:50 AM
  • "'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Details and Trailer Emerge" Touch Arcade 10:32 AM
  • "Culture Genesis Launches 'TriviaMob,' the First Live Game Show App for Multicultural Gamers" Business Wire 10:18 AM
  • "OWC Reveals USB-C Product Compatibility with New iPad Pro" PRNewswire 10:18 AM
  • "L'Oréal Launches La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV--The First Battery-Free Wearable Sun Safety Sensor--In The U.S Available Now Exclusively On And At Select U.S. Apple Stores Sensor And Companion App Measure UV, Pollution, Pollen, And Humidity" PRNewswire 10:17 AM
  • "Pocket Casts for iOS adds Siri Shortcuts, syncing, improved discovery, more" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Patch 6.30 Adds The Food Fight LTM, Mounted Turrent, Android Fixes, And More" Touch Arcade 8:26 AM
  • "Wiplabs Link bracelet is built just for your Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple's retail stores in the US and beyond will start selling this British startup's 'Harry Potter' coding wand" Business Insider 8:01 AM
  • "Mac Mini bags carry Apple's tiny PC with style" Cult of Mac 2:23 PM
  • "WaterField Unveils Protective Mac Mini Sleeve and Mac Mini Travel Case" prMac 7:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Did IBM overhype Watson Health's AI promise? IBM's Watson Health division has been under fire for not delivering on its promise to use AI to enable smarter, more personalized medicine. But IBM officials maintain that hospitals are seeing benefits." Computerworld 7:45 AM
  • "Faster new Intel AI brain sticks into the side of your PC for $99: The Neural Compute Stick 2 uses a Movidius Myriad X artificial intelligence chip and is geared for prototype projects." CNET 7:37 AM
  • "Can IBM possibly tame AI for enterprises? Researchers from IBM argue AI is a bit too unruly for enterprise use, as it's based on 'probabilistic' programming methods and 'messy' data. Can the Big Blue approach to software lifecycles and 'business processes' tame the beast?" ZDNet 5:56 PM
  • "Intel's 'neural network on a stick' brings AI training to you" Engadget 8:12 AM
  • "Intel's Neural Compute Stick 2 is 8 times faster than its predecessor" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 Improves AI Capabilities for Makers" Thurrott 8:36 AM
  • "Intel claims its Mobileye driver assistance system cut bus accidents by 29% in London trial" VentureBeat 8:17 AM
  • "Intel Debuts Faster, Smarter Device for AI, Computer Vision: Intel's so-called Neural Compute Stick 2, which debuted this week in China, promises to bring artificial intelligence to all kinds of gadgets." TheStreet 2:36 PM
  • "Intel Capital leads $12 million round for SAM Seamless Network and its home IoT security system" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft to acquire Xoxco as focus on AI and bot developers continues" TechCrunch 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft buys chatbot company to juice its AI projects" Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires Botkit creator XOXCO" VentureBeat 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires AI and bot development house XOXCO" ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires bot studio XOXCO to boost conversational AI offerings" GeekWire 10:48 AM
  • "With Windows 10 1809 re-release, Microsoft decides not to cheat on promised support: By acting as if the Windows 10 rollout delay had not happened, Microsoft ensured that users will generally get the support timeline they expect" Computerworld 5:08 PM
  • "Dell Looks at the Future, and Frankly, It Can Be Scary: From Michael Dell's viewpoint--and he is hardly an outlier here--we are facing an ever-growing tsunami of data and the related problems and opportunities are massive. He argues that Dell, at its current massive scale, is the only company that can stretch from the edge, embrace the cloud and encompass the core." eWeek 7:49 PM
  • "US rejects Oracle's complaint against Pentagon's single-vendor cloud contract" ZDNet 2:36 PM
  • "Oracle's protest of the $10B Pentagon cloud contract dismissed by federal auditors" GeekWire 2:36 PM
  • "Oracle Loses Protest of Pentagon Cloud Bid Seen Favoring Amazon" Bloomberg 2:36 PM
  • "Government denies Oracle's protest of $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud RFP" TechCrunch 5:50 PM
  • "Giants like Oracle and Salesforce are salivating over direct-to-consumer startups, but insiders say winning business is 'inherently messy'" Business Insider 2:23 PM
  • "Cisco Revenue Rises as Software Business Grows: Networking-gear maker expects gains to continue in the months ahead" [Paid Membership Required] 3:49 PM
  • "Cisco Shares Rise After Hours on Earnings And Revenue Beat: The networking giant issued a solid quarterly earnings report after hours on Wednesday." TheStreet 3:48 PM
  • "Cisco quarterly revenue beats estimates" Reuters 3:27 PM
  • "Cisco Is Poised to Grow, But China Tariffs Loom: Cisco reports fiscal first-quarter earnings after the market closes Wednesday; here's what to watch" [Paid Membership Required] 8:00 AM
  • "Cisco Reports Earnings Between Technical Levels" Investopedia 8:04 AM
  • "Cisco's Webex Teams gets BroadCloud Calling integration" Computerworld 12:25 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "So Goes Apple, So Goes The U.S. Market" Nasdaq 9:09 PM
  • "More than a quarter of Warren Buffett's Berkshire portfolio is Apple stock: Despite worries that iPhone sales have plateaued, legendary investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway increased its position in Apple by 522,802 shares during the third quarter of 2018, regulatory filings show." AppleInsider 9:09 PM
  • "So Goes Apple, So Goes The U.S. Market" Seeking Alpha 5:49 PM
  • "Time For Apple's Stock To Enter A 'Period Of Digestion,' Guggenheim Says" Benzinga 10:58 AM
  • "At $188.50, did Apple just hit bottom?" Apple 3.0 10:33 AM
  • "Guggenheim downgrades Apple, drops $245 price target" Apple 3.0 8:26 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow rises more than 100 points, on pace to snap 3-day skid: CPI data suggests annual inflation may have peaked" MarketWatch 10:16 AM
  • "Stocks close lower as Dow logs longest losing streak in 3 months: Apple flirts with bear territory" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Drops Triple Digits for Fourth Day, Led By Apple, Travelers, Banks: Stocks ended lower Wednesday following softer consumer inflation data. The Dow's decline was led by Apple and Goldman Sachs." TheStreet 3:56 PM
  • "Stock Market Closes Lower After Wild Session As Indexes Remain Below This Key Level: If there was any doubt the stock market is seeking direction, Wednesday's trading provided new evidence." Investor's Business Daily 3:56 PM
  • "Stocks flat, oil attempts rebound" FOXBusiness 10:15 AM
  • "Global shares dip after Wall Street falls over oil concerns" Associated Press 10:15 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Lose Gains Amid Growth Worries, Tech Declines: Outsize declines in the technology and internet stocks have stoked broader volatility" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asian markets lag as oil stocks slip further: Nikkei up slightly, while Chinese indexes mixed" MarketWatch 8:34 AM
  • "Europe stocks trim losses as oil prices rise: German growth, Italian budget squabbling, Brexit in focus" MarketWatch 8:33 AM

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