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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.

  • "Apple's Lesson on Prices: Demand for iPhones is down, and price increases are one reason why. Other companies trying to pass on higher costs should take notice." [Paid Membership Required] 7:25 AM
  • "Amazon, Apple and Facebook Once Led the Market. Now They Are Driving it Down: Apple was worth more than $1 trillion at the start of November. Now, it's valued at $880 billion."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:38 AM
  • "Apple is having its worst month since the financial crisis, but the long-term trend appears intact" CNBC 8:18 AM
  • "Apple in Talks to Give Veterans Access to Electronic Medical Records: Under plans being discussed, Apple would create software allowing veterans to transfer health records to iPhones" [Paid Membership Required] 8:49 PM
  • "Apple in talks to transfer US veterans' medical records to iPhone: Apple is reportedly in discussions with the Department of Veterans Affairs to partner on a program that would grant millions of military veterans access to their medical records directly on iPhone." AppleInsider 8:50 PM
  • "How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products: Manufacturers test modern consumers' right to decide when their device's useful life is over."  Los Angeles Times 3:59 PM
  • "Apple sued over FaceTime, auto-expiring voice Messages technology"  AppleInsider 6:34 AM
  • "What Apple's T2 security chip brings to the enterprise table: Apple's T2 security processor offers a real measure of data protection, even as it requires changes in how Apple hardware is imaged, updated or copied. But on balance, the T2 presages good things from the company."  Computerworld 6:55 AM
  • "Google, Apple, and Uber must share mapping data with rivals, says UK data group: US tech companies monopolize mapping data, locking out new services, says report" The Verge 10:04 AM
  • "Force Google, Apple and Uber to share mapping data, UK advised" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:25 AM
  • "Inside the mind of Apple's design guru Sir Jony Ive—and his secret to success" Telegraph 10:55 AM
  • "Apple designer Jony Ive explains how 'teetering towards the absurd' helped him make the iPhone" The Independent 7:35 AM
  • "Apple reportedly acquires AI startup Silk Labs" AppleInsider 8:05 PM
  • "Apple Purchases AI Device Startup Silk Labs" MacRumors 8:06 PM
  • "For Apple users without latest security updates, the letter 'd' is not always the letter 'd': Apple users advised to install the company's July security updates if they don't want to fall victims to IDN homograph phishing attacks." ["IDN homograph attacks happen when someone registers a domain using Unicode characters that look like standard Latin letters, but they are not."]  ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "How to fix iCloud when it stops working" Computerworld 10:39 AM
  • "First Benchmarks for MacBook Pro With New Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Surface" MacRumors 3:22 PM
  • "Dockey review: a simple app to customize your Mac's Dock" iDownload Blog 2:13 PM
  • "Does your Mac have Apple T2 security chip? Here's how to find out!" iDownload Blog 1:48 PM
  • "How to Use Your Mac's Media Keys to Adjust Speaker Volume on a DisplayPort, HDMI, or Thunderbolt Monitor" MacRumors 9:36 AM
  • "How to Share and Store Pictures with Google Photos, Dropbox, AirDrop, and More" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:52 AM
  • "Search A Specific Website With Quick Website Search" MacMost 11:05 AM
  • "I feel less comfortable sharing my photos to Facebook these days — here's why I use Apple's iCloud instead"  Business Insider 12:53 PM
Press Releases
  • "'Civilization VI' expansion 'Gathering Storm' launches February 14th: Changing climates, power and a world congress are some of the additions." Engadget 8:05 PM
  • "'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Coming to macOS in 2019" MacRumors 8:50 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Music and More Experiencing Downtime [Update: Outage is Over] MacRumors 8:06 PM
  • "iTunes & App Store experiencing widespread downtime for many users [U] 9to5Mac 8:06 PM
  • "Apple's Deal With Google is a Two-Way Street: Apple and Google have a love-hate relationship that sees billions of dollars flow annually from the search giant to the iPhone maker." [Paid Membership Required] 9:36 AM
  • "Facebook's ex-PR firm also behind sites attacking Apple and Qatar: Definers' Google Analytics ID leads to anti-Qatar pages and a website criticising Apple"  Wired UK 12:29 PM
  • "Apple Autonomous Car Fleet Grows To 72 Vehicles In California" macReports 1:24 PM
  • "Apple vehicles abandoned as employees go on foot to boost Maps data: On-foot data collection is underway to improve the real-life accuracy of mobile map services." ZDNet 7:28 AM
  • "Apple confirms it's collecting data on foot to improve its Maps app" Digital Trends 7:10 AM
  • "Global Notebook Shipments to Increase Slightly by 3.9% QoQ in 3Q18, Lower than Expected due to Intel CPU Shortage, Says TrendForce" ["Apple this year adopted a new processor in its high-end MacBook Pro with OLED Bar, but the performance improvements hardly attract more customers due to the series' high price tags. Moreover, the launch of new MacBook Air was delayed to Q4, and Apple' Q3 shipments turned out to fall by 24.3% YoY as the result."]  TrendForce 3:48 PM
  • "Tim Cook: Wanted to show kids it's ok to be gay" YouTube: CNN 1:45 PM
  • "Cook talks coming out, autonomous cars and more in CNN interview" AppleInsider 8:06 PM
  • "Tumblr was removed from Apple's App Store over child pornography issues: Blames an 'industry database' that failed to filter prohibited content" The Verge 7:03 AM
  • "Tumblr was removed from App Store for child pornography" Cult of Mac 7:03 AM
  • "Tech regulation now backed by the majority of Americans" 9to5Mac 7:06 AM
  • "Majority of Americans think tech giants need regulating" Cult of Mac 9:34 AM
  • "Holiday — Share Your Gifts — Apple" YouTube 2:11 PM
  • "Holiday — Making of 'Share Your Gifts' — Apple" YouTube 3:25 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon bids for US sports channels in new challenge to broadcasters" Telegraph 9:27 PM
  • "Samsung's first foldable phone might be called 'Galaxy Flex' or 'Samsung Flex'" BGR 8:03 PM
  • "Autodesk agrees to buy PlanGrid for $875 million" TechCrunch 7:51 PM
  • "E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers: Rival crime gangs race against each other to steal consumers' personal data." Ars Technica 3:39 PM
  • "The FCC's plan to fight spam texts could give phone companies more power over messaging: Consumer advocacy group opposes the move" The Verge 3:39 PM
  • "FCC to release broadband speed report Wednesday" CNET 3:22 PM
  • "Real human interaction still preferred over texting, email and social media, according to survey" GeekWire 12:54 PM
  • "Facebook Took Two Weeks to Delete a Post Selling a Child Bride in South Sudan: Report" Gizmodo 12:54 PM
  • "Fake Google Android driving apps claim half a million victims: The illegitimate apps include luxury car and motocross simulations." ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Former Staffers Say FCC May Be Hiding Data Showing Broadband Industry Problems" Motherboard 7:02 AM
  • "Joe Kissell Takes Tech Control of Your Apple ID" MacVoices 1:56 PM
  • "Malware on Macs, Bryan and Dave's Stock Market School – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-20" The Mac Observer 1:22 PM
  • "Wireframe Episode 6: Inclusivity Is a Recipe for Good Design" Subtraction 10:04 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 266: You really do have to hope" iDownload Blog 8:43 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 88 – Returning to the iPad Pro" MacStories 7:02 AM
  • "The iPhone XR in blue looks stellar under a macro lens" [Slideshow] CNET 6:53 AM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 12.1 Development: All The Recent iOS 12 Progress In One Place" Redmond Pie 11:16 AM
  • "Apple Watch could protect users from sunburn by monitoring UV light intake" AppleInsider 10:04 AM
  • "Apple wants to help its various devices more easily learn new words" Apple World Today 8:06 AM
  • "Losing data after or during iOS update: Is data recovery possible?" Apple Gazette 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:06 AM

  • "iPhone Xs review: Apple's £999 middle child/A wonderful smartphone, but the launch price should rule out a day-one purchase" Alphr 9:29 PM
  • "The Best MacBooks: After a new round of testing, the 2018 MacBook Air is our new pick for most people." The Wirecutter 6:52 PM
  • "First Vega-equipped MacBook Pro benchmarks show expected surges in performance: Early benchmarks have appeared for Apple's new 15-inch MacBook Pro configurations with Radeon Pro Vega 20 graphics cards, suggesting the top-tier machines may be worth it for people who need peak performance." AppleInsider 4:51 PM
  • "Video: We Turned an iPad Pro Into a Mac Mini Display With the Luna Display Adapter" MacRumors 3:50 PM
  • "Review: second-generation Apple Pencil—is it worth it?" iDownload Blog 7:54 AM
  • "Review: Zyxel MultyX is a decent Airport Extreme replacement for the home, with a big configuration problem" AppleInsider 2:11 PM
  • "PhoneSoap 3 review: Kills the germs, leaves the smudges/If you're concerned about bacteria and germs, you need this UV-C lightbox to clean your phone." iMore 8:31 AM
  • "Want to charge iPhone from iPad Pro? This solution that works is always with you" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "This wireless iPhone and Apple Watch charger prevents bedtime battles [Review] Cult of Mac 12:39 PM
  • "Review: Bose SoundSport Free versus AirPods" 9to5Mac 1:24 PM
  • "Review: Pangea Audio Headphone Hanger" iLounge 11:16 AM
  • "You can protect your iPhone and help Mother Earth with a Rareform case" Apple World Today 7:10 AM
  • "How to Get Air Quality Info on iPhone with Weather" OS X Daily 3:22 PM
  • "How to delete apps from your iPhone or iPad: Not going to use that app anymore? Here's how to get rid of it and clear up some storage space." Macworld 2:11 PM
  • "Home Screen Icon Creator: A Shortcut to Create Custom Icons for Apps, Contacts, Solid Colors, and More" MacStories 9:52 AM
  • "How to find the UDID of iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR" iDownload Blog 7:37 AM
  • "Apple's 2018 holiday return policy: What you need to know" iMore 12:54 PM
  • "How to share passwords using AirDrop" Apple Must 12:28 PM
  • "Calls for Apple's breakup are nonsensical"  Six Colors 9:34 PM
  • "Opinion: This Apple true believer just sold all of his firm's shares/Slower growth, mature products, and faster competition pressure the stock" MarketWatch 1:48 PM
  • "Once considered forgotten, Apple's pro customers find reward in recent hardware and software"  9to5Mac 12:54 PM
  • "Opinion: Why the bad news on Apple keeps on coming/Wall Street analysts fuel bearishness on the stock" MarketWatch 12:54 PM
  • "Jonathan Morrison on Editing Video on the iPad Pro with LumaFusion" MacStories 11:16 AM
  • "I love my new MacBook Air, but these are the 7 worst things about it"  Business Insider 10:43 AM
  • "Apple just can't stop insisting iPad Pro is a computer: A new ad from Cupertino offers five reasons why Apple's latest iPad is a computer. But are they good reasons?" ZDNet 12:54 PM
  • "Apple's five reasons 2018 iPad Pro can replace your computer: But do you agree? Ahead of the holidays, Apple makes its case for the iPad Pro to be your next computer, even though it's not one." ZDNet 7:28 AM
  • "These things aren't really things: Essential and bending iPads" Macworld 7:06 AM
  • "MacBook Air vs MacBook vs 13-inch MacBook Pro: Which of Apple's small laptops is right for you?" Macworld 6:55 AM
  • "Valve's Steam Link is dead, and that sucks: The hardware is dead, but the software lives on in phones and smart TVs." PCWorld 10:20 AM
  • "How Much Screen Time Should My Kids Get?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:36 AM
  • "The Internet Doesn't Need Civility, It Needs Ethics" Motherboard 8:18 AM
  • "Comic: Is the iPad Pro a Computer?" iMore 8:43 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Netflix Updates iOS App to Offer Better Navigation and Improved Media Controls" MacTrast 7:51 PM
  • "Google's Find My Device app can now show the indoor layouts of large buildings" The Verge 1:55 PM
  • "Olloclip launches Connect X lens clips for iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, works with 10 lenses" 9to5Mac 12:55 PM
  • "Season's bargains: Huge discounts on Macs, displays and accessories" Apple Must 8:13 AM
  • "WaterField Unveils Leather Desk Accessories Collection for Holidays" prMac 7:06 AM
  • "Deezer tries to outdo Spotify with upgraded Apple Watch app" Cult of Mac 7:04 AM
  • "Google is killing off SMS notifications for Calendar: In early January 2019, you will no longer be able to receive SMS notifications about Google Calendar events. The change will affect Android and iOS users." BetaNews 6:59 AM
  • "'Storm Boy, The Game' is Now Available on ... Everything" Touch Arcade 11:18 AM
  • "'Super Robot Wars DD' Announced For iOS And Android In Japan" Touch Arcade 6:59 AM
  • "ProtonMail launches standalone iOS app" Computerworld 6:55 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's The Initiative studio hires Insomniac Games' Drew Murray" Neowin 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft could release a 'digital only' Xbox One in 2019: Redmond's screaming for streaming" The Inquirer 7:42 AM
  • "Microsoft snaps up FSLogix to paint go-faster stripes on virtualized Office: Cash splashed for clever Cache" The Register 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft Office 365 and Azure users locked out of accounts due to MFA issues" CloudPro 7:43 AM
  • "Et tu, Office? After pulling Windows 10 update, Microsoft does the same for Office" BetaNews 7:43 AM
  • "Now it's Office's turn to have a load of patches pulled: Two patches pulled altogether; another is known to cause crashes but should be used anyway." Ars Technica 2:22 PM
  • "You can sign into your Microsoft account without a password: Security keys and Windows Hello are now options." Engadget 11:34 AM
  • "Microsoft introduces another way to sign into your MSA without a password in Edge" Neowin 1:39 PM
  • "Microsoft Releases Azure Blockchain Development Kit" eWeek 11:34 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Go with Advanced LTE is now available" Neowin 3:17 PM
  • "Microsoft releases the first Windows Server 19H1 Insider Preview" Neowin 4:25 PM
  • "Microsoft Whiteboard Launches for Education Customers With Cool New Features" Thurrott 6:51 PM
  • "Intel's CPU shortage will restrict laptop market growth in the third quarter: Trendforce says high growth is now off the cards" The Inquirer 7:18 AM
  • "Intel Ready To Talk GPUs, Get In On The Conversation Here" HotHardware 4:21 PM
  • "Dell XPS 13: The best Linux laptop of 2018/Do you want the best of the best Linux laptop this holiday season and price is no object? If that's you, then you want the Ubuntu Linux-powered Dell's XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop." ZDNet 4:15 PM
  • "Dell says South African companies slowly adopting digital, but still lagging" hypertext 7:38 AM
  • "Dell EMC committed to networking, shares product and partnership plans: Tom Burns, senior vice president and general manager of Dell EMC Networking Solutions, sheds some light on the company's diverse and broad networking portfolio." Network World 7:38 AM
  • "HP makes DeskJet GT and Ink Tank printhead replacement convenient and easy with original printhead kit" BusinessMirror 7:38 AM
  • "Red Hat to be 'Switzerland' within IBM: Neutrality and commitment to open source won't change after IBM acquisition closes, Red Hat exec says" Computerworld 9:27 PM
  • "Nielsen Names IBM Exec David Kenny CEO" Variety 7:41 AM
  • "Nielsen Finds New CEO at IBM" Radio Ink 7:41 AM
  • "Nielsen Names IBM's David Kenny As New CEO" Fortune 7:41 AM
  • "Best Windows laptops Black Friday deals: Dell, HP, Lenovo, and more/Here are a half-dozen great buys, whether your laptop budget is $100 or $1,000." ZDNet 7:37 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Enters Bear Market on iPhone Concerns" Bloomberg TV 3:53 PM
  • "Tech's popular 'FAANG' stocks have lost $945 billion and counting from highs amid tech rout" CNBC 8:33 AM
  • "Apple Plunges Into A Bear Market: 4 Things Investors Need To Know" Seeking Alpha 7:05 AM
  • "Apple falls into bear market territory after Goldman slashes its price target again" Business Insider 10:43 AM
  • "Goldman Sachs downgrades Apple for second time this month, warns Apple may have 'miscalculated' iPhone XR pricing strategy" Business Insider 8:32 AM
  • "Goldman Sachs cuts Apple price target to $182" Apple 3.0 7:02 AM
  • "FAANG stocks drop a combined $728 billion — more than Saudi Arabia's GDP — in a 6-week pummeling" Business Insider 7:23 AM
  • "Apple's stock on track to open in bear-market territory, joining all other FAANG stocks" MarketWatch 7:13 AM
  • "Apple's not out of the woodshed yet" Apple 3.0 10:56 AM
  • "Yes, I Am Still Long Apple: I would bless a sale for an investor that may have allowed him or herself to become overly exposed to this name." TheStreet 8:43 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow finishes down 550 points as stocks erase 2018 gains: Dow, S&P 500 erase 2018 gains" MarketWatch 4:47 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 4:48 PM
  • "Tech giants plunge again, pushing market into red for year" Associated Press 4:48 PM
  • "US recession risk edges up, Fed may deliver fewer hikes: poll" FOXBusiness 7:52 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Post Weekly Loss in Volatile Trading: Disappointing results from Nvidia and Nordstrom spook investors" [Paid Membership Required] 4:49 PM
  • "Asian stocks drop as tech pullback, Nissan CEO's arrest take toll: Auto, electronics sectors weigh on Nikkei; tech stocks sink Hang Seng" MarketWatch 7:53 AM
  • "Asian Tech Stocks tumble after US equities sell-off" Telegraph 7:22 AM
  • "European stocks end at 3-week low; Renault's stock tumbles on Ghosn report: Renault shares closed 8.4% lower after CEOs Carlos Ghosn's arrest" MarketWatch 7:53 AM

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