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Monday Highlights: Wired goes in-depth into "Apple's high-flying bid to become a streaming giant"; Mike Elgan believes Apple's latest iPhones beat out Google's new Pixel 4 models when it comes to innovative technologies; US lawmakers blast Apple over China app censorship; Mark Gurman hears Smart Glasses from Apple "could make 2020 the Year of AR"—reports in our Apple/Macintosh and Hardware/Software sections; as Apple's China woes persist, Tim Cook takes role of chairman of advisory board at Beijing's Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management; David Shayer at TidBITS explains the reasons iOS 13 and macOS Catalina are so buggy; in search of alternative office software? Macworld reviews WPS Office; CNET looks at smartphone's rise to "become the remote control of your life"; 9to5Mac reporting some owners of Apple TV hardware seeing crashes of TV app on tvOS 13; Pixel 4's low light features "no match for iPhone 11" says Michael Simon.

  • "Apple Recruiting Chip Engineers to Work in Qualcomm's Backyard: Apple Inc. is aggressively hiring engineers in Qualcomm Inc.'s home base of San Diego, seeking designers to develop wireless components and processors that would further weaken the chipmaker's chances of again supplying chips for the iPhone maker's future devices."  Bloomberg 8:04 AM
  • "Apple targets Qualcomm employees with new job listings" The Verge 11:57 AM
  • "Prominent managers loaded up on Apple before recent tumble" Reuters 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Partners With Movie Studio A24 to Make Feature-Length Films: Tech giant plans multiple feature-length films, broadening its push into original content beyond TV programming" [Paid Membership Required] 2:48 PM
  • "Apple inks deal with A24 studio to produce original, feature-length films: Apple's TV streaming service is rumored to debut in the first half of 2019." Ars Technica 8:14 PM
  • "Big mutual funds loaded up on AAPL in Q3, some now worrying about growth" AppleInsider 7:47 AM
  • "Misreading Apple's Supply Chain and iPhone XR" Tech.pinions 10:56 AM
  • "Tax reforms benefited AAPL investors but didn't create jobs – FT" 9to5Mac 7:47 AM
  • "Why the MacBook Air might spell the end of configurable Macs" ["Looking a bit further into the future, if Apple starts building Macs with ARM processors, is it going to want to offer different classes of processors within those models? On iOS, Apple has steadfastly refused to do this. Every model-year of a given model is generally powered by the same processor across the board."]  Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X introduces third-party workflow extensions: Update Brings Extensions from, Shutterstock and CatDV, Plus Other Features Including Batch Sharing, Video Noise Reduction and Comparison Viewer" Apple 12:07 PM
  • "Apple's Final Cut Pro X just got a big update. Here's what's new" TechCrunch 12:07 PM
  • "Apple adds third-party app integration to Final Cut Pro X" The Verge 12:16 PM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.2 to Developers" MacRumors 12:59 PM
  • "How to Enable Dark Mode in MacOS Automatically on Schedule" OS X Daily 2:48 PM
  • "How to automate some frequent tasks to make your Mac work harder for you without spending another dime" AppleInsider 2:47 PM
  • "How to add a Light / Dark Mode switch to your Mac Dock" iDownload Blog 11:57 AM
  • "Easier Ways To Open File With" MacMost 9:35 AM
  • "Mac Sandboxing: Privileged File Operations" Bitsplitting 8:14 PM
  • "The Internet Has a Huge C/C++ Problem and Developers Don't Want to Deal With It: What do Heartbleed, WannaCry, and million dollar iPhone bugs have in common?" Motherboard 8:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "RationalPlan 5.0 Offers Improved Web Interface and a Stronger PM" prMac 7:57 PM
  • "Microsoft Tests Revamped Outlook Design With Dark Theme Support on Mac" Thurrott 3:20 PM
  • "Transmit 5 Arrives on the Mac App Store" iClarified 2:47 PM
  • "Panic's Transmit Returns to the Mac App Store" MacStories 2:47 PM
  • "Final Cut Pro X updated with third-party workflow extensions, batch sharing, noise reduction, more" 9to5Mac 12:59 PM
  • "Apple Update Final Cut Pro X to 10.4.4, Motion to 5.4.2 and Compressor to 4.4.2" 12:59 PM
  • " Announce a New Workflow Extension for Final Cut Pro X" 12:58 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Facebook confirmed Mark Zuckerberg's beef with Apple CEO Tim Cook in an official company statement"  Business Insider 7:59 PM
  • "The research firm Facebook hired to smear its critics has been pushing an anti-Apple campaign that has Qualcomm's fingerprints on it" Business Insider 7:59 PM
  • "Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak has some advice for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook: Stop putting money before morals"  Business Insider 8:15 PM
  • "Facebook denies it ordered execs to use Android phones to hit back at Apple" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Millennials are loading up on Apple despite waning iPhone demand" Business Insider 12:59 PM
  • "Customer experience emerges as critical factor, along with innovation, boosting brands in the 2019 BrandZ™ Top 100 Most Valuable US Brands ranking: Apple jumps into the number one spot as the Most Valuable US brand, with a brand worth of $316 billion on the strength of devices combined with services," Kantar Millward Brown 10:06 AM
  • "BrandZ Top US Brands: New number 1 Apple increased its brand value by 13% in the last year to $316.1 billion. Its continued innovation across an entire ecosystem of services wrap around its key devices, ensuring that Apple increasingly owns and transforms the user experience in a way that is meaningful to consumers." Kantar Millward Brown 10:03 AM
  • "Apple earns A+ rating from toxic chemical watchdog" AppleInsider 7:56 PM
  • "Walmart Overtakes Apple as No. 3 Online Retailer in US: Big-box retailer has one of the fastest-growing online businesses"  eMarketer 8:04 AM
  • "Apple Champs-Élysées to open on famed Parisian avenue this Sunday"  Apple 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Champs-Élysées is a stunning blend of old and new" Cult of Mac 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Previews New Champs-Élysées Store in Paris, Opening This Sunday" MacRumors 8:17 AM
  • "Regulator investigates Swiss banks over alleged Apple Pay boycott: The Weko competition authority said it had carried out searches of premises amid suspicions that the financial institutions had agreed to boost Twint, a local payments app, by not allowing their credit cards to be used with rival systems. Weko said it had received complaints about the apparent boycott without revealing who had made them." Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:05 AM
  • "US iPhones and iPads might soon access EU's Galileo satellite navigation system thanks to FCC order" AppleInsider 7:57 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook to receive Anti-Defamation League award in December" AppleInsider 7:45 AM
  • "Shot on iPhone XR: Users share portraits, landscapes and more" Apple 3:37 PM
  • "Taboola wants your clicks while you're waiting for your ride, and it's part of a plan to take on Apple News" Business Insider 8:00 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FCC approval of Europe's Galileo satellite signals may give your phone's GPS a boost" TechCrunch 7:58 PM
  • "Ex-Bosch engineers aim to strengthen self-driving car software" Reuters 3:29 PM
  • "Facebook to Form Independent Body to Oversee Content Appeals" PC Magazine 9:01 PM
  • "Facebook defends Russia response, updates plan to curb misbehavior" Reuters 9:01 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg Tries Out Transparency as Yet Another Crisis Hits Facebook" Time 8:14 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg: It's 'simply untrue' Facebook hindered Russia investigation" Mashable 3:22 PM
  • "Facebook changes algorithm to demote 'borderline content' that almost violates its policy" TechCrunch 2:39 PM
  • "Facebook dumps conservative PR shop that circulated anti-Soros research: A New York Times expose reveals how Facebook sought to discredit critics." Ars Technica 11:04 AM
  • "Facebook has a growing morale problem: A long and dirty public-relations war hasn't protected the company from criticism — and more employees are now planning to leave" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "Google's Thanksgiving report can help you avoid traffic and crowds" The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 199: New MacBook Pro GPUs, Spotify for Apple Watch, iPad pros and cons" 9to5Mac 9:02 PM
  • "Apple's AI in Education, Facebook PR Problems – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-15" The Mac Observer 1:38 PM
  • "iPhone XR Now Available SIM-Free in the United States" MacRumors 8:22 AM
  • "You can now buy a SIM-free iPhone XR" The Verge 9:39 AM
  • "iPhone X bug lets hackers snag deleted photos" Engadget 10:06 AM
  • "Trick reveals all 102 hidden magnets in the 2018 iPad Pro" Cult of Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 12.1.1 to Developers" MacRumors 12:16 PM
  • "Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Apple wants your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch to be able to get back to Wi-Fi quickly" Apple World Today 8:56 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "B&H Photo Offers Holiday Deals on Apple Products" Business Wire 8:27 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM

  • "Review: Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro is stunningly powerful, and in a class of its own" AppleInsider 10:43 AM
  • "I tested the new iPad Pro and it still can't replace my laptop like Apple says it can" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back! Did we mention the worse battery?" The Register 7:38 AM
  • "Hands-on with the $350 Surface Headphones: Why is Microsoft making them, and are they any good?" GeekWire 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Headphones review: all the style without the polish" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Otterbox Symmetry Series review: Slim and stylish protection" iMore 8:05 AM
  • "Snakehive iPhone Wallet Case review: Quality craftsmanship for less" iMore 2:48 PM
  • "Review: Mophie's USB-C Equipped 26,000mAh Powerstation 3XL Has Enough Juice to Charge Your MacBook or MacBook Air" MacRumors 2:47 PM
  • "Buoy Tags keeps cords straight with labels. You're welcome [Review] Cult of Mac 2:47 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'SEGA Heroes' Review – Welcome to the Previous Level" Touch Arcade 10:43 AM
  • "How to Start a YouTube Channel Using Just Your Apple iPhone" Apple Gazette 10:43 AM
  • "How to use your iPad Pro to replace your laptop (Part 5)" Computerworld 10:41 AM
  • "A Siri Shortcut to Tell Me What to Say to Siri" Macdrifter 8:17 AM
  • "Qualcomm might be using political campaign-style attack tactics against Apple" AppleInsider 9:02 PM
  • "iPad Pro Face ID first impressions compared to iPhone XS" 9to5Mac 7:59 PM
  • "Third-Party USB-C to Lightning Cables Might Come in Mid-2019 (Which Is Good, Because I Still Don't Think iPhone Is Ever Going to Switch to USB-C)" Daring Fireball 7:57 PM
  • "10 reasons I chose iPhone XR over iPhone XS Max" Cult of Mac 3:02 PM
  • "Google Store sent me kicking and screaming back to Apple" BetaNews 3:02 PM
  • "USB-C cable shopping for an iPad or Thunderbolt 3 Mac is still a nightmare for consumers" AppleInsider 1:18 PM
  • "Who needs Apple Pencil when any old stylus will do? [Opinion] Cult of Mac 1:18 PM
  • "Wired Audio... Is The 3.5mm Socket A Thing Of The Past?" Low End Mac 1:00 PM
  • "A Look Back at the Original iPad mini" MacStories 10:43 AM
  • "A Handful of iOS 12 Features You'll (Probably) Love..." The Mac Observer 8:35 AM
  • "Is This Why Apple's iPhone XR Sales Are Disappointing?" The Motley Fool 8:18 AM
  • "Oops, he did it again: Credulously spinning iPhone production cuts" Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "Supply chain channel check stories hurting skittish investors, enriching Apple's shareholders"  AppleInsider 7:42 AM
  • "Cassandra -Midweek Thursday Morning at the Apple Store, IconSiam -A Photo Essay" eXtensions 7:28 AM
  • "This beautiful Galaxy F concept makes a strong case for foldable phones" BGR 11:57 AM
  • "It's finally here: This is the ugliest smartphone in the history of smartphones" BGR 8:16 AM
  • "Facebook's weapon amid chaos and controversy: misdirection" TechCrunch 10:43 AM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg's spectacular failure of leadership shows why some Facebook investors are desperate to fire him" Business Insider 8:00 AM
  • "Lies, damn lies, and HQ: Cities are far from future-proof. That's a mistake." TechCrunch 7:49 AM
  • "Welcome to the awkward future of the open office" TechCrunch 7:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple-owned Beddit app officially removes cloud syncing functionality" 9to5Mac 8:16 PM
  • "Pad & Quill Announces The Cartella Slim Case for 2018 MacBook Air 13" MacTrast 8:15 PM
  • "AT&T is launching a new app to manage parental control features" The Verge 7:58 PM
  • "Pterosaur Design Releases Visual Task Timer 2.0" prMac 7:57 PM
  • "Cortana Gets Big Redesign on the iPhone and Android" Thurrott 3:02 PM
  • "Harry Potter coding wand is coming to Apple stores" iDownload Blog 2:39 PM
  • "Level up your style game with Casetify saffiano leather Apple Watch bands" Cult of Mac 11:04 AM
  • "Add 14 ports to your Mac or PC with the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock" ZDNet 10:22 AM
  • "Facebook Messenger's unsend feature is rolling out now on iOS and Android" BGR 10:22 AM
  • "Denali Publishing Partners With Skillz to Launch Guns, Cars and Zombies! Turbo Mobile Game" PRNewswire 10:05 AM
  • "Apple Watch Now Part of UnitedHealthcare Wearable Device Program That Helps Motivate People to Walk Nearly 12,000 Steps Per Day" Business Wire 10:04 AM
  • "Waze rolling out audio player with support for Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio & more" iDownload Blog 8:42 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Office data telemetry breaches GDPR, Dutch investigators rule: Report concludes Redmond offers a lack of control and visibility for users" The Inquirer 6:43 AM
  • "Making sense of Microsoft's approach to AI: Microsoft has a master plan for trying to get more customers to jump into the AI waters. Here's an attempt to explain how containers, accelerators and APIs all figure in." ZDNet 2:47 PM
  • "Windows 10 preview adds smarter active hours and a true light theme: It's also easier to pause updates." Engadget 6:42 AM
  • "Windows 10 1809's new rollout: Mapped drives broken, AMD issues, Trend Micro clash/Steer clear of the rereleased Windows 10 October 2018 Update, IT pro warns. Meanwhile, Microsoft promises fix for buggy mapped drives at some point next year." ZDNet 6:47 AM
  • "Windows 10 Light Theme Revealed In Insider Preview Build 18282, Here's What It Looks Like" Redmond Pie 12:35 PM
  • "The Surface Studio 2 is now available for purchase, starting at $3,499" Neowin 11:13 AM
  • "Dell sweetens tracking stock offer, Icahn drops opposition" Reuters 8:16 PM
  • "Dell raises VMWare tracking stock offer to $120 per share" Reuters 7:17 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Inc.: Dell Technologies Announces Significant Enhancements to CLASS V Transaction" The Wall Street Transcript 6:56 AM
  • "Dell Tech To Amend Proposed Class V Common Stock Transaction" Business Insider 6:56 AM
  • "Dell Is Near Deal to Win Support of Tracking Stock Holders" Bloomberg 6:56 AM
  • "HPE brings InfoSight's predictive analytics to HPE servers: InfoSight, which gathers operational intelligence from infrastructure to offer predictions and suggestions, was previously only available on storage." ZDNet 7:17 AM
  • "HPE's Bill Philbin On InfoSight's AI VMware Advantage: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Global Chief Technology Officer for Hybrid IT Bill Philbin speaks with CRN about the launch of InfoSight for the first time on HPE servers and the artificial intelligence advantages that the platform brings to VMware." CRN 6:57 AM
  • "HPCC and HP enterprise team up for Hawk supercomputer" Fudzilla 7:04 AM
  • "HP Enterprise chief tech officer on Houston's talent: 'I would stack it up against any city in the world'" Houston Business Journal 2:39 PM
  • "Intel has unveiled Intel Neural Compute Stick 2: A self-contained neural network on a thumbdrive." Tech Explorist 7:08 AM
  • "Intel USB-sized Neural Compute Stick 2 promises smarter edge devices" IT PRO (UK) 7:08 AM
  • "Intel's new 'neural network on a stick' aims to unchain A.I. from the internet" Digital Trends 7:08 AM
  • "Intel processor shortages to continue into 2Q19 says ASUS" Guru3D 7:08 AM
  • "Intel VP confirms upcoming support for Adaptive Sync" Hexus 7:09 AM
  • "Intel to Reduce Processor Shipments to DIY Distributors" CDR Info 7:09 AM
  • "AMD to gain big over Christmas with Intel cutting gaming CPU supply for Q4" PCGamesN 7:04 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 7 3700U Quad Core CPU Spotted — Features 3.8 GHz Boost Clocks and Picasso RX Vega 10 iGPU" WCCFTech 7:04 AM
  • "AMD shrinks GPUs to 12nm with the Radeon RX590" SemiAccurate 12:36 PM
  • "Oracle to acquire Talari Networks" ZDNet 8:15 PM
  • "Oracle Unveils HPC Computing Instances for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure" eWeek 12:01 PM
  • "Robotic process automation software spend set to hit $680m this year: Analysts say companies see RPA as a 'quick fix' to automate mundane tasks." ZDNet 7:17 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Hemorrhaging Halts as Morgan Stanley Touts Services Unit" Bloomberg 8:04 AM
  • "iPhone unit sales concern overblown, doesn't cover Apple's business as a whole says Morgan Stanley" AppleInsider 11:57 AM
  • "Apple supplier AMS cuts forecast, indicating poor iPhone demand" Reuters 7:38 AM
  • "Another Apple Supplier Just Cut Its Forecast" Bloomberg 8:04 AM
  • "Apple just entered a bear market, but it could be your best chance to buy" CNBC 8:04 AM
  • "As Apple rose, funds dumped" Apple 3.0 4:35 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks snap 5-day losing streak on cautious optimism over tariff war: Brexit drama comes into focus" MarketWatch 4:12 PM
  • "Dow Ends Higher, Nasdaq Rises as Tech Stocks Rebound: The Dow ends higher Thursday, led by 3M, Caterpillar and Apple." TheStreet 4:11 PM
  • "Has Apple Found A Bottom As Techs Rally In Stock Market Today? Bulls came out on top Thursday after another volatile session for the key indexes in the stock market today. The Nasdaq led the charge as hard-hit Tech Stocks rebounded." Investor's Business Daily 4:11 PM
  • "Technology companies, banks lead rebound for US stocks" Associated Press 4:11 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Edge Higher as Tech Shares Rebound: All three major U.S. indexes are on track to post declines of at least 1.5% for the week" [Paid Membership Required] 4:10 PM
  • "Nikkei slides amid mixed trading by Asian markets: Tencent boosts Hang Seng; mainland China stocks rise" MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "Europe markets close lower as stocks fail to defend rebound: German growth, Italian budget squabbling, Brexit in focus" MarketWatch 7:23 AM

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