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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.

Thursday Highlights: Protesters in Catalan told use Android phones not iPhones due to Apple's censorship; "Will demand sustain continued development?" Asks Daniel Eran Dilger when it comes to Macs and the pro market; AirPods "among most successful" products entered into Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame; How-To Geek explains where all the iTunes features went in Catalina; Glenn Fleishman shows where Time Machine backups went after Catalina; Apple's iOS updates a bit problematic, but Apple says 50% of iPhones have upgraded; Bloomberg on how Dialog Semiconductor survived after losing Apple business; Apple remains #1 on Interbrand's Best Global Brands; book will look at Apple post Steve Jobs; Photoshop for iPad on the way without certain key features; The Inquirer reviews iPhone 11 Pro, PCWorld pits a Dell laptop vs the Mac Pro, while CNET has a review of Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 vs MacBook Air; people still angry Apple killed headphone jack.

  • "Apple's influence is greater than iPhone sales figures suggest"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:20 AM
  • "Life Insurance Companies Are Luring Fitbit and Apple Watch Users With Deals" Bloomberg 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Partners With Movie Studio For A Series Of Films" UberGizmo 8:29 AM
  • "Apple warns users about macOS legacy media support in latest Final Cut Pro X release" 9to5Mac 10:28 AM
  • "How to Change System Font to Lucida Grande in MacOS Mojave" OS X Daily 1:09 PM
  • "How to set your eGPU as the preferred device in macOS Mojave" iMore 7:30 AM
  • "How to work with, edit, and share HEIC images without data loss" AppleInsider 9:10 AM
  • "How to free up storage by deleting iTunes backups of iOS devices" Macworld 7:23 AM
  • "macOS vs.Windows: Which OS Really Is the Best?" PC Magazine 8:10 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "IWC Wants Apple Watch-Loving Americans to Go Back in Time: Storied Swiss watch brand sees new momentum in the typically tricky U.S. market." Bloomberg 8:00 AM
  • "Swiss banks accused of colluding to hurt Apple Pay" Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "Apple Pay adoption in Switzerland may have been hampered by colluding banks" AppleInsider 7:37 AM
  • "The Scientists Who Make Apps Addictive: Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about how it is being used" 1843 Magazine 2:16 PM
  • "Walmart set to become a bigger online retailer than Apple" Cult of Mac 9:21 AM
  • "Toxic Chemicals Watchdog's 'Mind the Store' Report Awards Apple an A+" MacTrast 8:02 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency" ZDNet 3:44 PM
  • "Rumored Mid-Range Pixel Leaks" Thurrott 2:43 PM
  • "Google's AI system can grade prostate cancer cells with 70% accuracy" VentureBeat 2:17 PM
  • "Google Play Protect analyzes every Android app that it can find on the internet" ZDNet 1:15 PM
  • "Google Patent for Dynamically Updated Clipboard Could Help Gmail Users Avoid Common Drafting Errors" MySmartPrice 1:02 PM
  • "Trump just made a case that Amazon is not a monopoly" Business Insider 10:50 AM
  • "Facebook's top execs 'make tobacco executives look like Mr. Rogers': The company is under fire, again, this time for years of dirty tricks exposed by the New York Times."  Recode 10:28 AM
  • "After overtaking Apple in smartphones, Huawei is aiming for No. 1 by 2020" CNBC 8:29 AM
  • "FCC ruling will help make smartphone GPS more accurate" Engadget 7:30 AM
  • "Sheryl Sandberg says she also didn't know about a Facebook smear campaign, as Mark Zuckerberg throws the firm's comms team under a bus" Business Insider 7:30 AM
  • "VR, AR and the NHS: How virtual and augmented reality will change healthcare" ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "Malicious code hidden in advert images cost ad networks $1.13bn this year" ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #2" MacVoices 11:22 AM
  • "iPad USB-C, AAPL price, Apple poaching from Qualcomm's and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 7:46 AM
  • "Apple RAM and SSD Prices, Apple's Pipeline, the Future of iOS - ACM 488" The Mac Observer 7:33 AM
  • "The Best Laptops of 2018: MacBook Pro, Chromebook Pixel, Surface Laptop" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Touch panel makers to face weaker demand from iPhone XR in 1Q19, say sources" DigiTimes 7:21 AM
  • "Report: Apple AirPods 2 coming this year" Pocketnow 8:28 AM
  • "Discontinued AirPort Extreme and 2TB Time Capsule Finally Disappear From Apple Online Store" MacRumors 11:25 AM
  • "RIP Apple networking, Time Capsule and AirPort no longer available from Apple" 9to5Mac 1:08 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple gives its refurbished products store a new look, still won't sell you an iPhone X" phoneArena 8:29 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM

  • "MacBook Air and iPad Pro 2018 review: Two bites at the Apple" Telegraph 11:05 AM
  • "Review: 2018 MacBook Air with Retina display — mainstream Mac [Video] 9to5Mac 6:30 PM
  • "MacBook Air (2018) review: Apple finally updates the MacBook Air, and we have good news and bad news..." Macworld 9:16 PM
  • "Apple Mac mini 2018 review: the mini gets mighty and pricey" The Verge 7:22 AM
  • "2018 Mac mini versus other Macs" Bare Feats 9:04 AM
  • "iPad Pro 12.9-inch review: Putting Apple's 'pro' claim to the test" AppleInsider 1:07 PM
  • "2018 iPad Pro review: A fantastic tablet, if not a fantastic laptop/The iPad finally feels cool again, but not so much that you'll want to trash your MacBook." Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "Original Apple Pencil vs. Apple Pencil 2" MacRumors 3:31 PM
  • "I spent a day taking photos with the iPhone XS Max — and it's hard not to be impressed with what this thing can do" Business Insider 10:28 AM
  • "I swapped my 4-year-old iPhone 5S for a coral iPhone XR — and it's been a massive adjustment" Business Insider 7:30 AM
  • "iPhone XR Review: The 2018 iPhone You Should (Probably) Buy" YouTube: PhoneDog 8:11 AM
  • "Logitech G502 Hero review: A slight improvement on an old standard" PCWorld 7:20 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 12.1.1 Public Beta 3: Autumnal Beta Edition" Forbes 7:11 AM
  • "How To Add Dual-SIM To iPhone X And Older Devices With Remote Access, 3 SIM 3 Standby Features Without Buying iPhone XS" Redmond Pie 6:18 PM
  • "How to force restart Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 2:58 PM
  • "How to reset your Notes password on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 8:13 AM
  • "Technical Terms: Bandwidth" MacMost 9:04 AM
  • "How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products" Associated Press 9:17 PM
  • "iPad Pro 11 gets put through scratch, burn and bend testing" GSMArena 9:15 PM
  • "A popular YouTuber was able to bend the new iPad Pro easily" BGR 9:16 PM
  • "Apple Is A Healthy Company. But, Someday, it Could Fail" The Mac Observer 4:37 PM
  • "Apple should keep Lightning for now, but USB-A has to die" AppleInsider 2:44 PM
  • "Where's the 5G iPhone?" [Slideshow] Mashable 1:09 PM
  • "I can't wait for Apple to cut the cables" Apple Must 1:01 PM
  • "Get A Job With Apple, The No. 3 'World's Best Employer" MacPrices 9:05 AM
  • "Comment: Text message security breach underlines sense of Apple's approach to 2FA" 9to5Mac 7:38 AM
  • "3 features from other Apple products that the Mac and iPhone need: Apple's latest features don't always make it to all of the company's products. Here are three examples that should make the jump from one platform to another."  Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "Google, Second Fiddle in Cloud Computing, Needs a New Tune" Bloomberg 3:20 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Last remaining AirPort Wi-Fi accessories no longer on sale from Apple: Apple has stopped selling the last two products in its AirPort networking line, the AirPort Extreme and the Time Capsule, marking the end of an era." AppleInsider 4:35 PM
  • "Microsoft's new experimental app is all about imitating emojis" Engadget 3:41 PM
  • "Adobe Lightroom plays nice with new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil" Cult of Mac 3:22 PM
  • "Roli Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition adds touch control to Mac" Cult of Mac 3:19 PM
  • "Verizon 'My Numbers' Lets You Add Up to Four Additional Phone Numbers to Your iPhone" iClarified 2:58 PM
  • "Nike Launches New Apple Watch Sport Bands and Sport Loops in Olive, Teal, and Mauve" MacRumors 1:08 PM
  • "Is this the future of external iOS storage?" Apple Must 11:23 AM
  • "New Anki robot Vector gets Alexa integration in December" GearBrain 8:18 AM
  • "The magic iPhone wallpapers that make your dock and folders disappear are back" BGR 8:02 AM
  • "1Writer Updated for iOS 12" Macdrifter 7:39 AM
  • "The Orbital 2 is like a Surface Dial that works with Mac" TechCrunch 7:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "AI Weekly: Microsoft's conversational AI has come a long way since Tay" VentureBeat 12:29 PM
  • "Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one" Computerworld 8:44 AM
  • "IT Pros Rail Windows 10 October Update For Broken Mapped Drives, AMD Graphics Bug" HotHardware 4:36 PM
  • "Windows 10 on Arm: You can expect to see better apps soon, says Microsoft" ZDNet 8:26 AM
  • "Microsoft won't fix network mapping borkage in Windows 10 until 2019" The Inquirer 8:24 AM
  • "Microsoft briefly tested ads in the Windows 10 mail app: The company claims it was just an experimental feature." Engadget 6:25 PM
  • "Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client — then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality: We never meant to make that widely public which is why we made a public FAQ for it" The Register 7:34 PM
  • "Windows on ARM now supports 64-bit apps" TechRadar UK 8:24 AM
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update hit by more bug reports" bit-tech 8:25 AM
  • "Microsoft Confirms a Windows 10 Version 1809 Bug, Says Fix Is Coming in 2019: Mapped drives issue finally acknowledged by the company" Softpedia 8:19 AM
  • "Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 Version 1809 Update on Some AMD Radeon Systems: 'Microsoft is investigating this issue,' company says" Softpedia 7:44 AM
  • "IBM adds more automation to Cloud Migration Factory, partners with ServiceNow" ZDNet 12:32 PM
  • "IBM's AI toolkit will help developers fight bias in AI" Techworld 8:07 AM
  • "IBM to spend $25m on youth empowerment in Nigeria, others" Punchng 8:06 AM
  • "HP's New Concept Opera Glass Allows For Quick VR Immersion" VR Focus 8:05 AM
  • "Dell Boomi: Bringing smart cities to life" TechRadar UK 8:04 AM
  • "Dell melts in face of investor dissent, ups offer for Class V stock" The Register 8:03 AM
  • "Michael Dell plots billion-dollar shipping play with Denholm at helm" TradeWinds News 8:02 AM
  • "Dell's Deal Bump Should Be Enough to Make Everyone Happy" Bloomberg 8:01 AM
  • "Is the Dell Alienware 15 R4 the perfect gambler notebook?" Welt 8:01 AM
  • "Dell Precision 3630 Tower Workstation: Affordable Performance" eWeek 8:00 AM
  • "Intel puts AI smarts into a USB stick" V3 7:55 AM
  • "Intel cuts off DiY desktop processor supply chain deliveries for Q4 2018" Guru3D 7:54 AM
  • "Intel to focus on supplying CPUs to systems makers in Q4" Hexus 7:54 AM
  • "Intel's scaling back of CPU shipments could hit motherboard makers" TechSpot 7:54 AM
  • "Intel to launch newest 5G modem six months earlier – iPhone fans rejoice" 7:53 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon RX 590 review-in-progress — Your next upgrade" VentureBeat 12:30 PM
  • "AMD Launches Generous Free Game Bundle For Radeon RX 5x0 And Vega Customers" HotHardware 4:36 PM
  • "Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as Google Cloud CEO" Reuters 1:08 PM
  • "Google Cloud chief Greene to be replaced by former Oracle exec" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:18 PM
  • "Oracle snaps up Talari to add SD-WAN capabilities to the mix" ComputerWeekly 7:29 AM
  • "US portfolio: focus on Cisco, Coty and Apple rebound" Trend-Online 7:26 AM
  • "Cisco revamps Services Partner Program to make way for customer experience" CRN 7:25 AM
  • "Cloud security: The essential checklist/Are you trying to figure out security for your cloud deployment? You need these five types of security features in place" InfoWorld 8:43 AM
  • "OpenAI and DeepMind AI system achieves 'superhuman' performance in Pong and Enduro" VentureBeat 12:29 PM
  • "MIT researchers show how to detect and address AI bias without loss in accuracy" VentureBeat 12:29 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple's Stock Is Ready to Rebound" Investopedia 7:33 AM
  • "Harvard Sold Apple Stock and Dodged a Bullet" Barron's 7:33 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close mostly higher as Trump comments spark optimism over trade: Nasdaq pressured by Nvidia's double-digit slide" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Ends Higher on Dovish Trump Tariff Comments; Nasdaq Falls: The Dow ended higher Friday after President Trump made dovish comments on the trade war with China." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Leads Stock Market Today As These 5 Big Caps Rally: The key market indexes ended mixed after sharply paring early losses in the stock market today. The Nasdaq was in the black heading into the close, but gave up its gains to finish mildly in the red." Investor's Business Daily 3:57 PM
  • "Dow gains momentum following Trump trade comments" FOXBusiness 1:11 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Set for Weekly Loss in Volatile Trading: Disappointing results from Nvidia and Nordstrom spook investors" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed, as chip-maker stocks fall: Nikkei dips, while Hong Kong scratches out a win and mainland China stocks gain" MarketWatch 8:30 AM
  • "European stocks dragged lower by tech, Brexit concerns: ASML, AstraZeneca among the big decliners" MarketWatch 1:11 PM

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