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Tuesday Highlights: Bloomberg says Apple company with most to lose in China among the many firms "ensnared" in Hong Kong pro-democracy controversy; Inc. Magazine suggests a $25/mo all-inclusive plan from Apple "could crush Netflix, Spotify, and Disney Plus"; Apple facing $8 billion patent lawsuit; Adobe Spectrum is system for making iPad-possible apps; Wired suggests outsourcing your passwords to an app; Apple's See to premiere on Nov 1; New York Times feature investigates whether or not you can become addicted to video games; leak hints at smaller notch, 5G antennas in 2020 iPhones; lots of Pixel 4 vs iPhone 11 comparisons today, including YouTube's SuperSaf/Marques Brownlee camera comparison, CNET's face unlock test—more in our Reviews and Op/Ed sections.

  • "Does Apple's sales slump mean the firm has finally peaked? The company's $1tn valuation has fallen 20% and fewer people are buying its iPhones"  The Guardian 8:38 AM
  • "Old-School Watchmakers Get Smart to Counter Apple: TAG Heuer, Fossil Group push smart features as consumers demand more from their watches" [Paid Membership Required] 8:42 AM
  • "Why Apple's Stock Slide Could Continue" Barron's 8:49 AM
  • "What Are Apple, GE, And Google Trying To Cover Up?" Forbes 11:51 AM
  • "Apple's influence is greater than iPhone sales figures suggest"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/16
  • "Life Insurance Companies Are Luring Fitbit and Apple Watch Users With Deals" Bloomberg 11/16
  • "Apple Partners With Movie Studio For A Series Of Films" UberGizmo 11/16
  • "Apple warns users about macOS legacy media support in latest Final Cut Pro X release" 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "How to Rebuild the Spotlight Index on Your Mac" MacRumors 12:43 PM
  • "How to Change System Font to Lucida Grande in MacOS Mojave" OS X Daily 11/16
  • "How to set your eGPU as the preferred device in macOS Mojave" iMore 11/16
  • "How to work with, edit, and share HEIC images without data loss" AppleInsider 11/16
  • "How to free up storage by deleting iTunes backups of iOS devices" Macworld 11/16
  • "macOS vs.Windows: Which OS Really Is the Best?" PC Magazine 11/16
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Walmart overtakes Apple in online sales" 9to5Mac 9:22 AM
  • "Walmart Overtakes Apple to Become Third Largest Online Retailer in U.S." MacRumors 12:42 PM
  • "Third Street Promenade and Alderwood Apple stores reopen with Today at Apple upgrades" 9to5Mac 6:31 PM
  • "Nostalgic concept imagines case that turns your Apple Watch into an original iPod [Gallery] 9to5Mac 11:28 AM
  • "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 11/16
  • "Swiss banks accused of colluding to hurt Apple Pay" Cult of Mac 11/16
  • "Apple Pay adoption in Switzerland may have been hampered by colluding banks" AppleInsider 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "Walmart set to become a bigger online retailer than Apple" Cult of Mac 11/16
  • "Toxic Chemicals Watchdog's 'Mind the Store' Report Awards Apple an A+" MacTrast 11/16
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats' Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:46 PM
  • "Google may add public comments for searches" Engadget 6:49 PM
  • "Strong National Museum of Play recognizes herstory: The Strong Museum opened its Women in Games exhibit today as part of its National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. And to celebrate the untold stories of women in video games, the Strong held a unique gathering of the women who made 'herstory' in video games." VentureBeat 3:21 PM
  • "Amazon begins hiring for top secret new device" Telegraph 2:41 PM
  • "Zuckerberg Defends Company in Friday Meeting with Employees" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:44 PM
  • "Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats' Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:43 PM
  • "Tech loyalty threatens productivity in the workplace: There is disconnect between the tech that workers want and what leadership is providing - and employees are not backing down." ZDNet 11:35 AM
  • "A year later, Amazon still won't sell Google Chromecasts because huge companies are hugely petty" Android Police 10:18 AM
  • "Trump signs bill that creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency" ZDNet 11/16
  • "Rumored Mid-Range Pixel Leaks" Thurrott 11/16
  • "Google's AI system can grade prostate cancer cells with 70% accuracy" VentureBeat 11/16
  • "Google Play Protect analyzes every Android app that it can find on the internet" ZDNet 11/16
  • "Google Patent for Dynamically Updated Clipboard Could Help Gmail Users Avoid Common Drafting Errors" MySmartPrice 11/16
  • "Trump just made a case that Amazon is not a monopoly" Business Insider 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "After overtaking Apple in smartphones, Huawei is aiming for No. 1 by 2020" CNBC 11/16
  • "FCC ruling will help make smartphone GPS more accurate" Engadget 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "VR, AR and the NHS: How virtual and augmented reality will change healthcare" ZDNet 11/16
  • "Malicious code hidden in advert images cost ad networks $1.13bn this year" ZDNet 11/16
  • "You can't underestimate a billion people [#acpodcast] Android Central 6:32 PM
  • "One wonderful week with the new iPad Pro [Cult of Mac MagazineCult of Mac 10:07 AM
  • "MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #2" MacVoices 11/16
  • "iPad USB-C, AAPL price, Apple poaching from Qualcomm's and more on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 11/16
  • "Apple RAM and SSD Prices, Apple's Pipeline, the Future of iOS - ACM 488" The Mac Observer 11/16
  • "iOS 12.1 Bug Lets Hackers Steal Deleted Photos, Apple Working On Fix" Redmond Pie 9:22 AM
  • "Maybe Don't Try to Bend Your iPad Pro Like a Paperclip" Gizmodo 2:53 PM
  • "The Best Laptops of 2018: MacBook Pro, Chromebook Pixel, Surface Laptop" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/16
  • "Touch panel makers to face weaker demand from iPhone XR in 1Q19, say sources" DigiTimes 11/16
  • "Report: Apple AirPods 2 coming this year" Pocketnow 11/16
  • "Discontinued AirPort Extreme and 2TB Time Capsule Finally Disappear From Apple Online Store" MacRumors 11/16
  • "RIP Apple networking, Time Capsule and AirPort no longer available from Apple" 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "Common multi monitor problems, and how to fix them: Multi-monitor issues? Here's how to resolve them" Digital Trends 2:59 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple gives its refurbished products store a new look, still won't sell you an iPhone X" phoneArena 11/16
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/16
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/16

  • "We tried to drown the iPhone XS and XR. Only one survived: How deep can these phones really go?" CNET 8:40 AM
  • "Fossil Sport review: This featherweight Fossil might be the lean smartwatch you've been waiting for" Digital Trends 9:06 AM
  • "Keytron Review: An Ultra-Slim Wireless Mechanical Keyboard For Mac, Windows PC, Android" Redmond Pie 5:28 PM
  • "Review: Plantronics Rig 800 LX and 500 Pro HX Gaming Headsets" Thurrott 12:43 PM
  • "Surface Headphones review: Comfortable with awesome audio, but noise cancellation needs work" Android Central 9:23 AM
  • "Mous Limitless 2.0 iPhone Case review: classy and tough" iMore 9:23 AM
  • "MacBook Air and iPad Pro 2018 review: Two bites at the Apple" Telegraph 11/16
  • "Review: 2018 MacBook Air with Retina display — mainstream Mac [Video] 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "MacBook Air (2018) review: Apple finally updates the MacBook Air, and we have good news and bad news..." Macworld 11/16
  • "Apple Mac mini 2018 review: the mini gets mighty and pricey" The Verge 11/16
  • "2018 Mac mini versus other Macs" Bare Feats 11/16
  • "iPad Pro 12.9-inch review: Putting Apple's 'pro' claim to the test" AppleInsider 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "Original Apple Pencil vs. Apple Pencil 2" MacRumors 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "I swapped my 4-year-old iPhone 5S for a coral iPhone XR — and it's been a massive adjustment" Business Insider 11/16
  • "iPhone XR Review: The 2018 iPhone You Should (Probably) Buy" YouTube: PhoneDog 11/16
  • "Logitech G502 Hero review: A slight improvement on an old standard" PCWorld 11/16
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 12.1.1 Public Beta 3: Autumnal Beta Edition" Forbes 11/16
  • "Fix Empty iPhone Voicemail with 'Password and Greeting' Error" OS X Daily 2:40 PM
  • "How to switch between miles and kilometers in Health and Workout apps on iPhone and Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 9:22 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 11/16
  • "How to force restart Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "How to reset your Notes password on iPhone, iPad and Mac" iDownload Blog 11/16
  • "This is the first thing you should do with a new pair of Apple AirPods" Business Insider 9:06 AM
  • "How to use an iPad or iPad Pro as a monitor for your Mac" AppleInsider 8:41 AM
  • "The One Hidden Feature New MacBook Owners Need to Know" LAPTOP Magazine 8:30 AM
  • "Technical Terms: Bandwidth" MacMost 11/16
  • "Here are the five biggest iPad Pro problems, because no device is perfect" AppleInsider 10:51 AM
  • "Apple Going into the Movie Business?" Applepeels 10:07 AM
  • "Thoughts on the Mac in K-12" 9to5Mac 9:22 AM
  • "I've tried every single iPhone currently available — here's my ranking of the 7 iPhones you can buy right now" Business Insider 8:40 AM
  • "Cassandra -Apple Store, IconSiam -An Exercise in Film" eXtensions 8:29 AM
  • "How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products" Associated Press 11/16
  • "iPad Pro 11 gets put through scratch, burn and bend testing" GSMArena 11/16
  • "A popular YouTuber was able to bend the new iPad Pro easily" BGR 11/16
  • "Apple Is A Healthy Company. But, Someday, it Could Fail" The Mac Observer 11/16
  • "Apple should keep Lightning for now, but USB-A has to die" AppleInsider 11/16
  • "Where's the 5G iPhone?" [Slideshow] Mashable 11/16
  • "I can't wait for Apple to cut the cables" Apple Must 11/16
  • "Get A Job With Apple, The No. 3 'World's Best Employer" MacPrices 11/16
  • "Comment: Text message security breach underlines sense of Apple's approach to 2FA" 9to5Mac 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "Facebook's former CSO says that the US must 'come together to protect' democracy from misinformation" The Verge 4:35 PM
  • "Email on mobile sucks, but it'll get better in the next 10 years" The Next Web 12:43 PM
  • "Google Maps is the new social network: While Twitter tumbles and Facebook flounders, Google Maps has emerged as the best social network for businesses." Computerworld 8:41 AM
  • "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg isn't accountable to anyone, so it's time Congress took away the source of his power"  Business Insider 8:40 AM
  • "Google, Second Fiddle in Cloud Computing, Needs a New Tune" Bloomberg 11/16
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 11/16
  • "Microsoft's new experimental app is all about imitating emojis" Engadget 11/16
  • "Adobe Lightroom plays nice with new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil" Cult of Mac 11/16
  • "Roli Songmaker Kit GarageBand Edition adds touch control to Mac" Cult of Mac 11/16
  • "Verizon 'My Numbers' Lets You Add Up to Four Additional Phone Numbers to Your iPhone" iClarified 11/16
  • "Nike Launches New Apple Watch Sport Bands and Sport Loops in Olive, Teal, and Mauve" MacRumors 11/16
  • "Is this the future of external iOS storage?" Apple Must 11/16
  • "New Anki robot Vector gets Alexa integration in December" GearBrain 11/16
  • "The magic iPhone wallpapers that make your dock and folders disappear are back" BGR 11/16
  • "The Orbital 2 is like a Surface Dial that works with Mac" TechCrunch 11/16
Computer Industry
  • "Review: Intel's 9th Gen Core i9 9900K processor hits 5GHz—just at a price" Ars Technica 8:46 AM
  • "Microsoft starts testing ads in Windows 10 default email app: The beta version of the company's Mail client for Windows 10 was found pushing ads right at the top of the inbox. Microsoft has now turned off these ads." Hindustan Times 9:05 AM
  • "Microsoft Realizes We Don't Actually Want Ads in Our Mail and Gmail Is Just an Exception" Gizmodo 8:46 AM
  • "Report: Microsoft Working On A Radical New Xbox For 2019" Forbes 9:04 AM
  • "Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian to head Google Cloud" PTI 8:57 AM
  • "Oracle's Thomas Kurian to replace CEO Diane Greene at Google Cloud" Reuters 8:57 AM
  • "AI Weekly: Microsoft's conversational AI has come a long way since Tay" VentureBeat 11/16
  • "Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one" Computerworld 11/16
  • "IT Pros Rail Windows 10 October Update For Broken Mapped Drives, AMD Graphics Bug" HotHardware 11/16
  • "Windows 10 on Arm: You can expect to see better apps soon, says Microsoft" ZDNet 11/16
  • "Microsoft won't fix network mapping borkage in Windows 10 until 2019" The Inquirer 11/16
  • "Microsoft briefly tested ads in the Windows 10 mail app: The company claims it was just an experimental feature." Engadget 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "Microsoft Tested, Then Killed Ads in Windows 10's Mail App: The personalized ads were going to appear in the Mail app when opening non-work email accounts unless you had an Office 365 subscription. But Microsoft appears to have killed the feature for now." PC Magazine 11/16
  • "Windows on ARM now supports 64-bit apps" TechRadar UK 11/16
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update hit by more bug reports" bit-tech 11/16
  • "Microsoft Confirms a Windows 10 Version 1809 Bug, Says Fix Is Coming in 2019: Mapped drives issue finally acknowledged by the company" Softpedia 11/16
  • "Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 Version 1809 Update on Some AMD Radeon Systems: 'Microsoft is investigating this issue,' company says" Softpedia 11/16
  • "IBM adds more automation to Cloud Migration Factory, partners with ServiceNow" ZDNet 11/16
  • "IBM's AI toolkit will help developers fight bias in AI" Techworld 11/16
  • "IBM to spend $25m on youth empowerment in Nigeria, others" Punchng 11/16
  • "HP's New Concept Opera Glass Allows For Quick VR Immersion" VR Focus 11/16
  • "Dell Boomi: Bringing smart cities to life" TechRadar UK 11/16
  • "Dell melts in face of investor dissent, ups offer for Class V stock" The Register 11/16
  • "Michael Dell plots billion-dollar shipping play with Denholm at helm" TradeWinds News 11/16
  • "Dell's Deal Bump Should Be Enough to Make Everyone Happy" Bloomberg 11/16
  • "Is the Dell Alienware 15 R4 the perfect gambler notebook?" Welt 11/16
  • "Dell Precision 3630 Tower Workstation: Affordable Performance" eWeek 11/16
  • "Intel puts AI smarts into a USB stick" V3 11/16
  • "Intel cuts off DiY desktop processor supply chain deliveries for Q4 2018" Guru3D 11/16
  • "Intel to focus on supplying CPUs to systems makers in Q4" Hexus 11/16
  • "Intel's scaling back of CPU shipments could hit motherboard makers" TechSpot 11/16
  • "Intel to launch newest 5G modem six months earlier – iPhone fans rejoice" 11/16
  • "AMD's Radeon RX 590 review-in-progress — Your next upgrade" VentureBeat 11/16
  • "AMD Launches Generous Free Game Bundle For Radeon RX 5x0 And Vega Customers" HotHardware 11/16
  • "Oracle veteran Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as Google Cloud CEO" Reuters 11/16
  • "Google Cloud chief Greene to be replaced by former Oracle exec" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11/16
  • "Oracle snaps up Talari to add SD-WAN capabilities to the mix" ComputerWeekly 11/16
  • "US portfolio: focus on Cisco, Coty and Apple rebound" Trend-Online 11/16
  • "Cisco revamps Services Partner Program to make way for customer experience" CRN 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "OpenAI and DeepMind AI system achieves 'superhuman' performance in Pong and Enduro" VentureBeat 11/16
  • "MIT researchers show how to detect and address AI bias without loss in accuracy" VentureBeat 11/16
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Apple propped up its stock price last quarter" Apple 3.0 8:49 AM
  • "Why Apple's Stock Is Ready to Rebound" Investopedia 11/16
  • "Harvard Sold Apple Stock and Dodged a Bullet" Barron's 11/16
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close mostly higher as Trump comments spark optimism over trade: Nasdaq pressured by Nvidia's double-digit slide" MarketWatch 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "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 11/16
  • "Dow gains momentum following Trump trade comments" FOXBusiness 11/16
  • "U.S. Stocks Set for Weekly Loss in Volatile Trading: Disappointing results from Nvidia and Nordstrom spook investors" [Paid Membership Required] 11/16
  • "Asian markets mixed, as chip-maker stocks fall: Nikkei dips, while Hong Kong scratches out a win and mainland China stocks gain" MarketWatch 11/16
  • "European stocks dragged lower by tech, Brexit concerns: ASML, AstraZeneca among the big decliners" MarketWatch 11/16

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