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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.

  • "We're in the darkest hour of Apple's 'white knuckle period' and some investors are loving it"  Business Insider 7:28 AM
  • "Apple iPhone Supplier Foxconn Is Said to Plan Deep Cost Cuts"  Bloomberg 6:54 AM
  • "Foxconn plans $2.9 billion cost cutting exercise, iPhone unit impacted" ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "High iPhone XR sales in China not enough to stop iPhone production estimate cuts" AppleInsider 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Considered New Connected TV 'Dongle': To get more viewers for its upcoming TV streaming service, Apple has contemplated going downmarket on its TV hardware."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:15 PM
  • "Apple reportedly mulls Chromecast-like dongle to help spread adoption of upcoming TV show service" 9to5Mac 3:18 PM
  • "Apple explored a TV-streaming dongle as a cheap alternative to Apple TV" CNET 4:00 PM
  • "Apple Looked at Launching Low-Cost TV Dongle (Report)" Variety 5:31 PM
  • "Apple knows 5G is about infrastructure, NOT mobile phones: With Apple shares down more than 20 percent from their all-time highs of only a few weeks ago, writers are piling-on about what's wrong in Cupertino. But sometimes writers looking for a story don't fully understand what they are talking about. And that seems to me to be the case with complaints that Apple is too far behind in adopting 5G networking technology in future iPhones."  I, Cringely 12:15 PM
  • "Apple Acquires AI Device Startup Silk Labs: Apple has quietly acquired a startup, Silk Labs, that specializes in making artificial intelligence software lightweight enough to fit onto consumer hardware like cameras, another sign of its growing ambitions around AI and smart home devices."  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 6:56 AM
  • "Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach: Silk Labs developed machine learning software for tasks like home security and building surveillance" The Verge 7:28 AM
  • "Apple reportedly bought Silk Labs, a maker of privacy-focused AI for devices" VentureBeat 8:09 AM
  • "Apple's small Silk Labs purchase pushes A.I. to the edge" Computerworld 8:32 AM
  • "How to Convert PowerPoint (PPTX) for Mac Keynote Presentations" Envato Tuts+ 7:51 AM
  • "How to View Your Location's Air Quality Index from Your Mac's Menu Bar" Lifehacker 3:07 PM
  • "How to use Universal Clipboard with a password manager to cut-and-paste between macOS and iOS" Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "How to use Picture-in-Picture mode on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
  • "Reducing Dock Clutter By Minimizing Into Application Icons" MacMost 9:10 AM
  • "Inside the Mac: What Would Steve Say Today?" Rixstep 3:02 PM
Press Releases
  • "Windowed lets you upload and view Instagram posts on your Mac" iDownload Blog 7:41 AM
  • "Back to the 80's on Mac, with Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic" Headup 6:55 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple TV grows in popularity and passes more affordable Google & Roku options, data shows" 9to5Mac 9:31 PM
  • "iPads for pilots take the pain out of prepwork: Singapore Airline's tech initiative gives its pilots the information they need before and after flights."  CNET 7:18 AM
  • "Apple working to give Veterans iPhone access to their medical records" Cult of Mac 7:00 AM
  • "Apple may create software allowing veterans to transfer health records to iPhones" iDownload Blog 7:41 AM
  • "The iPod click wheel was the pinnacle of purposed hardware design/Button of the Month: iPod click wheel"  The Verge 8:10 AM
  • "Apple CarPlay is Business Insider's 2018 Infotainment System of the Year" Business Insider 12:14 PM
  • "Smart watches, fitness trackers and the NHS: Are wearables just what the doctor ordered? While more and more of us are wearing fitness trackers, the real benefits of wearables may come from another quarter." ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Apple's Gorgeously Detailed Holiday Ad Has a Moral That All Creatives Should Take to Heart: 'Share Your Gifts' is a lush animation with a lesson" AdWeek 7:06 AM
  • "Apple 2018 Holiday Ad Revealed: Cute Animated Movie That Touches The Heart" Forbes 7:00 AM
  • "Holiday — How I Create Music on iMac and iPhone ft. Billie Eilish — Apple" YouTube 7:52 AM
  • "Holiday — How I Create Stories By Editing on iMac — Apple" YouTube 7:52 AM
  • "Holiday — How I Create Stories with Color on MacBook Pro — Apple" YouTube 7:52 AM
  • "How an iPhone and a hairy hamster create magic movie sound: Listen closely to the sound designer of The Favourite revealing how what you hear creates the world of the story." CNET 3:07 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Instagram tests simpler, bolder profiles: The tweaks parallel Twitter changes from just days earlier" Engadget 9:29 PM
  • "FCC's proposed robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say: Carriers can already block illegal robotexts, but Pai wants further deregulation." Ars Technica 1:01 PM
  • "USPS patches API flaw that exposed data on 60 million users" Engadget 12:30 PM
  • "A Chinese startup may have cracked solid-state batteries: But details are, predictably, sparse." Engadget 7:38 AM
  • "Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020"  Bloomberg 7:32 AM
  • "Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 Benchmark Leak Shows Beastly Performance For 2019 Flagship Phones" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "Snapdragon 8150, Helio P80 far ahead of the pack in AI benchmark" Android Authority 7:31 AM
  • "A majority of Americans don't think social networks are good for the world: What a new survey from Axios tells us about Facebook and its peers" The Verge 7:28 AM
  • "'They treat us like disposable parts': An Amazon warehouse worker is waging war on working conditions in a new anonymous newspaper column"  Business Insider 7:29 AM
  • "Amazon discloses names and addresses—but doesn't disclose details: If you're an Amazon customer you may have received a rather strange email this morning. It states that the company has, '...inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.'" BetaNews 7:08 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10: Six cameras, and bigger than the Note 9" ZDNet 7:04 AM
  • "MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #3" MacVoices 3:02 PM
  • "#268: Wi-Pie/iOS's discoverability problem, when we buy gear for ourselves, holiday tech support tasks, and using an iPad as an external display for a Mac." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:01 PM
  • "Health Records, Offline Siri Update – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-21" The Mac Observer 12:25 PM
  • "#44: Letting Thunderbolt Down/More on smart garage doors, then the differences between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3." Relay FM: Query 12:16 PM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro Radeon Pro Vega GPU Upgrade Shows Huge Performance Benchmark Gains" HotHardware 9:05 AM
  • "Mac market share crashed in Q3, likely in part due to new MacBook Air" 9to5Mac 9:45 AM
  • "MacBook shipments took a battering in Q3" Cult of Mac 11:20 AM
  • "How to fix a red exclamation mark on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 3:04 PM
  • "iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Says 'This Accessory Is Not Supported By This Device'" macReports 7:51 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "SQLPro Studio is 30% off during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Other SQLPro products are 20% off." SQLPro Studio 3:01 PM
  • "HotHardware 2018 Deals And Steals Hot Tech And Gadget Gift Guide" HotHardware 11:28 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM

  • "My Skin Track UV: A Tiny Wearable to Track UV Exposure" MacStories 8:10 AM
  • "TicPods Free Review: The Current Best True Wireless Value" Forbes 3:07 PM
  • "Review: Anki Vector" iLounge 3:07 PM
  • "One of my favorite new Apple accessories is this $30 leather case for my AirPods" Business Insider 8:34 AM
  • "Nodus premium leather iPhone XS Max cases review" iDownload Blog 3:07 PM
  • "This iPhone XS case transforms into a wireless charging USB powerbank" ZDNet 7:41 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "My Markdown Writing and Collaboration Workflow, Powered by Working Copy 3.6, iCloud Drive, and GitHub" MacStories 11:21 AM
  • "Force Apple's iOS apps to use Dropbox or any other storage" Cult of Mac 3:16 PM
  • "Google Assistant iOS update lets you say 'Hey Siri, OK Google'" TechCrunch 12:29 PM
  • "How to tell if the Amazon leak exposed your email and name to the public" BGR 11:21 AM
  • "How to start swimming with Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 11:13 AM
  • "How to Use the Magnifier Feature on iPhone and iPad" MacRumors 8:13 AM
  • "How to turn on your iPhone's 'Low Power Mode' quickly and easily: Battery drain will no longer ruin your life" The Next Web 7:37 AM
  • "Apple adapter bites the dust, Queen guitarist Brian May explodes: 'My love for Apple is turning to hatred,' the musician writes after his USB-C adapter hits a sour note." CNET 9:30 PM
  • "Comment: The new iPad Pro Smart Folio cases are great, but I miss the classic Smart Cover" 9to5Mac 9:25 PM
  • "Today Marks 10 Years Of Emoji On iPhone, Here's What The Original Set Looked Like" Redmond Pie 7:16 PM
  • "Apple's iPad Pros And Mac Options Should Leave Investors Scratching Their Heads" Seeking Alpha 3:16 PM
  • "The iPad needs a new kind of USB-C dock [Opinion] Cult of Mac 3:07 PM
  • "My Today at Apple Experience" MacStories 12:16 PM
  • "Apple says iPad Pro can replace your computer: But you don't all agree/Readers respond to Apple's five reasons why an iPad Pro can be your next computer." ZDNet 9:46 AM
  • "Here's the latest Steve Jobs book everyone should read" Apple Must 9:43 AM
  • "13 years after Steve Jobs said his mortality was a crucial tool for decision-making, people are writing their own eulogies as a career exercise" Business Insider 8:40 AM
  • "Bad News for iPhone Sales Just Keeps Piling On" Thurrott 7:53 AM
  • "5 reasons iPad Pro won't be your next computer" Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "Top 10 iPad features we'd like to see in iOS 13" Macworld 7:08 AM
  • "Video: Tim Cook on being gay, Apple and AI" Apple Must 6:50 AM
  • "How Facebook's P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:12 PM
  • "5 Reasons Cryptocurrency Prices Are Plunging Again" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:49 PM
  • "Palm phone review: A tiny 'second phone' no one needs" Engadget 11:21 AM
  • "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What's changed, really? In our two-part series, Ars looks at what Snowden's disclosures have wrought politically and institutionally." Ars Technica 7:52 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Authorized Reseller store goes live on Amazon․com ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday" 9to5Mac 1:01 PM
  • "MusicHarbor allows you to follow Apple Music artists" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Mazda Announces Apple CarPlay Availability for 2014 or Newer Vehicles With Mazda Connect" iClarified 12:29 PM
  • "CarPlay Now Available in Select 2014 and Newer Mazda Vehicles as $199 Dealer-Installed Upgrade" MacRumors 7:58 AM
  • "Latest Netflix iOS App Update Improves Navigation" PC Magazine 7:45 AM
  • "KeepSolid rolls out freemium VPN Lite app for Android and iOS" VentureBeat 7:07 AM
  • "Visionist 1.0 Now on the App Store" prMac 7:05 AM
  • "Google takes a Shortcut to link Assistant and Siri" Engadget 7:05 AM
  • "Google Assistant now supports Siri Shortcuts" iDownload Blog 6:57 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM: Chip making is hitting its limits, but our techniques could solve that/IBM makes progress on chip fabrication without using lithography." ZDNet 7:45 AM
  • "IBM pushes boundaries of AI, but insists companies take an ethical approach" ComputerWeekly 8:57 AM
  • "Inside the Facebook-Microsoft AI Collaboration" Market Realist 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft and Google working on Chrome for Windows on ARM" The Verge 7:28 AM
  • "Google And Microsoft Form Unlikely Alliance Bringing Chrome To Windows 10 On ARM" HotHardware 9:01 AM
  • "Google and Microsoft are building Chrome for Windows 10 on ARM" TechSpot 9:02 AM
  • "Google, Microsoft, And Qualcomm Collaborating On Chrome For Windows On ARM" The Gadget Wire 9:02 AM
  • "Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in/Password-less logins for Edge users with Windows Hello or a FIDO2 dongle. Like, 3 people" The Register 7:17 AM
  • "New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches" The Register 7:18 AM
  • "Red Hat: It's in IBM's best interest to keep us as 'Switzerland'/Red Hat's 13,000 employees and partners, such as AWS and Google, wouldn't stand for it being any other way, according to Marco Bill-Peter." ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Intel Ready To Talk Discrete Graphics, Get In On The Conversation Here" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "Intel Leads Rising Corporate Investment In Israeli High-Tech Sector" NoCamels (Israel) 9:04 AM
  • "Some AMD Ryzen CPUs have 'a compatibility issue' with the Vive Wireless Adapter" PCGamesN 9:05 AM
  • "AMD unveils 12nm Polaris-based Radeon RX 590 graphics card" The Inquirer 9:06 AM
  • "If you're using Dell EMC Avamar, even in VMware's vSphere, you need to grab and install these security updates" The Register 7:18 AM
  • "U.S. chipmaker Nvidia to provide AI platform for Chinese EV start-ups" Reuters 7:18 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Should You Catch A Falling Apple? These Five Value Experts Think So" Forbes 1:01 PM
  • "Reports of Apple's death cross are premature" Apple 3.0 7:52 AM
  • "Apple: Howard Lindzon is buying" Apple 3.0 11:21 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks end mostly higher, but notch worst pre-Thanksgiving performance in 7 years: Nasdaq rises 1%, as growth Tech Stocks bounce" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks end mixed ahead of Thanksgiving" FOXBusiness 3:55 PM
  • "Tech, Oil Stocks Help Markets Stabilize: Investors take advantage of deep drawdowns some stocks suffered in recent days" [Paid Membership Required] 3:55 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed, retreating then recovering as tech and energy stocks lead: Nikkei nears 1-month low" MarketWatch 8:00 AM
  • "European stocks facing weakest close since late 2016 as global malaise spreads: ASML, Wirecard suffer big losses" MarketWatch 7:59 AM

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