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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 Rumored to Resume iPhone X Production After XS' Disappointing Performance: Rumors might've started as possible short and distort scheme"  Softpedia 9:51 PM
  • "Not So Big in Japan: Apple Cuts Price of iPhone XR to Boost Sales/Japanese carriers will use subsidies from Apple to discount the cheapest new iPhone, after an underwhelming launch" [Paid Membership Required] 7:52 AM
  • "Top Japanese wireless carriers plan to cut iPhone XR price: WSJ" Reuters 7:53 AM
  • "Research highlights class divide between 'poor' Apple iPhone and 'rich' Huawei users in China: Apple users are seen as the 'invisible poor'—those who do not look as poor as their financial circumstances"  South China Morning Post 7:53 AM
  • "iPhone users are part of the 'invisible poor' in China, report says: That means you can't tell their financial situation based on how they look." CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Apple could launch Roku-like TV dongle for streaming service" Telegraph 8:00 AM
  • "Apple Wants Federal Privacy Laws But Critics Ask 'Why Not Use Blockchain?'"  Forbes 9:39 AM
  • "How to use Siri on the Mac" iMore 8:25 AM
  • "How to Convert PowerPoint (PPTX) for Mac Keynote Presentations" Envato Tuts+ 11/21
  • "How to View Your Location's Air Quality Index from Your Mac's Menu Bar" Lifehacker 11/21
  • "How to use Universal Clipboard with a password manager to cut-and-paste between macOS and iOS" Macworld 11/21
  • "How to use Picture-in-Picture mode on a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar" Apple World Today 11/21
  • "Reducing Dock Clutter By Minimizing Into Application Icons" MacMost 11/21
  • "Inside the Mac: What Would Steve Say Today?" Rixstep 11/21
Press Releases
  • "Windowed lets you upload and view Instagram posts on your Mac" iDownload Blog 11/21
  • "Back to the 80's on Mac, with Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic" Headup 11/21
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Korean smartphone retailers protest Apple's policy: A group of Korean smartphone retailers on Nov. 21 protested against US tech giant Apple's practice of forcing them to purchase in-store tester iPhones. 'Normally, most manufacturers provide all smartphones needed for display, which are collected later,' the Korea Mobile Distributors Association said in its statement."  The Investor 8:02 AM
  • "Apple makes retailers cough up for iPhone display models" Cult of Mac 8:46 AM
  • "Report: Apple considered making a low-cost streaming TV dongle" The Next Web 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Could Release A Chromecast-Like Low Cost Apple TV Dongle" Redmond Pie 8:27 AM
  • "How Dropbox's red team discovered an Apple zero-day exploit chain by accident: The zero-day vulnerabilities were accidentally uncovered while researchers were looking for ways to break into Dropbox." ZDNet 8:27 AM
  • "ALDI letter provides further clue that Apple Pay is close to launching in Belgium" 9to5Mac 11:27 AM
  • "'Tim Cook for President' and other tawdry campaigns from Qualcomm's PR bulldog" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Kids in the U.K. get field trips to... the Apple Store?" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Siri is currently showing a very NSFW image when asked 'Who is Donald Trump?'" 9to5Mac 4:43 PM
  • "Apple TV grows in popularity and passes more affordable Google & Roku options, data shows" 9to5Mac 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "Apple working to give Veterans iPhone access to their medical records" Cult of Mac 11/21
  • "Apple may create software allowing veterans to transfer health records to iPhones" iDownload Blog 11/21
  • "The iPod click wheel was the pinnacle of purposed hardware design/Button of the Month: iPod click wheel"  The Verge 11/21
  • "Apple CarPlay is Business Insider's 2018 Infotainment System of the Year" Business Insider 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "Apple 2018 Holiday Ad Revealed: Cute Animated Movie That Touches The Heart" Forbes 11/21
  • "Holiday — How I Create Music on iMac and iPhone ft. Billie Eilish — Apple" YouTube 11/21
  • "Holiday — How I Create Stories By Editing on iMac — Apple" YouTube 11/21
  • "Holiday — How I Create Stories with Color on MacBook Pro — Apple" YouTube 11/21
  • "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 11/21
Non-Apple News
  • "Both Samsung and Huawei are considering similar names for their foldable phones" BGR 6:54 PM
  • "Amazon's two new headquarters will only be half-full of tech workers: And the decision may mean more for Long Island City locals" Engadget 5:29 PM
  • "Google will demand verification from European political ad buyers: The tech giant is bringing the verification procedure it launched in the US to Europe." Engadget 4:50 PM
  • "The International Space Station is full of floppy disks: In space, no one can hear your floppy disk drive" The Verge 11:27 AM
  • "YouTube Lets California Fire Conspiracy Theories Run Wild" Motherboard 8:14 AM
  • "Loot box spending 'creates problem gamblers'" BBC 7:53 AM
  • "Instagram tests simpler, bolder profiles: The tweaks parallel Twitter changes from just days earlier" Engadget 11/21
  • "FCC's proposed robotext crackdown could block legal messages, critics say: Carriers can already block illegal robotexts, but Pai wants further deregulation." Ars Technica 11/21
  • "USPS patches API flaw that exposed data on 60 million users" Engadget 11/21
  • "A Chinese startup may have cracked solid-state batteries: But details are, predictably, sparse." Engadget 11/21
  • "Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020"  Bloomberg 11/21
  • "Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 Benchmark Leak Shows Beastly Performance For 2019 Flagship Phones" HotHardware 11/21
  • "Snapdragon 8150, Helio P80 far ahead of the pack in AI benchmark" Android Authority 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "'They treat us like disposable parts': An Amazon warehouse worker is waging war on working conditions in a new anonymous newspaper column"  Business Insider 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "Samsung Galaxy S10: Six cameras, and bigger than the Note 9" ZDNet 11/21
  • "214: Go to the Apple Store Today" The Rebound 11:27 AM
  • "Macworld's December Digital Magazine: iPhone XS and XS Max reviewed" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #3" MacVoices 11/21
  • "#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 11/21
  • "Health Records, Offline Siri Update – TMO Daily Observations 2018-11-21" The Mac Observer 11/21
  • "#44: Letting Thunderbolt Down/More on smart garage doors, then the differences between USB-C and Thunderbolt 3." Relay FM: Query 11/21
  • "iPhone X to live on as Apple restarts production" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Apple MacBook Pro Radeon Pro Vega GPU Upgrade Shows Huge Performance Benchmark Gains" HotHardware 11/21
  • "Mac market share crashed in Q3, likely in part due to new MacBook Air" 9to5Mac 11/21
  • "MacBook shipments took a battering in Q3" Cult of Mac 11/21
  • "How to fix a red exclamation mark on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11/21
  • "iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Says 'This Accessory Is Not Supported By This Device'" macReports 11/21
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "The ChronoSync Thanksgiving-Black Friday-Small Business Saturday-Spectacular Sunday-Cyber Monday Sale. from November 2.through November 26, 2018" Econ Technologies 9:27 AM
  • "SQLPro Studio is 30% off during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Other SQLPro products are 20% off." SQLPro Studio 11/21
  • "HotHardware 2018 Deals And Steals Hot Tech And Gadget Gift Guide" HotHardware 11/21
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/21
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/21

  • "Surface Pro 6 goes up against iPad Pro in durability test" SlashGear 8:47 PM
  • "Benchmarked: AMD's Radeon Vega 20 gives MacBook Pro big graphics boost" AppleInsider 11:27 AM
  • "2018 MacBook Pro + Pro Vega 20 versus Pro 560X GPU" Bare Feats 7:55 AM
  • "It's not about the speed, not entirely: Mac mini, iMac Pro, iPad Pro and benchmarks" Eclectic Light Company 8:01 AM
  • "Review: Apple's new Smart Folio covers for 2018 iPad Pro—slim but pricey" iDownload Blog 9:38 AM
  • "Case-Mate Barely There Leather iPhone Case review: Simple and lightweight protection" iMore 3:01 PM
  • "My Skin Track UV: A Tiny Wearable to Track UV Exposure" MacStories 11/21
  • "TicPods Free Review: The Current Best True Wireless Value" Forbes 11/21
  • "Review: Anki Vector" iLounge 11/21
  • "One of my favorite new Apple accessories is this $30 leather case for my AirPods" Business Insider 11/21
  • "Nodus premium leather iPhone XS Max cases review" iDownload Blog 11/21
  • "This iPhone XS case transforms into a wireless charging USB powerbank" ZDNet 11/21
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "My Markdown Writing and Collaboration Workflow, Powered by Working Copy 3.6, iCloud Drive, and GitHub" MacStories 11/21
  • "How to find the model number for your iPhone" iMore 11:27 AM
  • "Customizing Your AirPods Tap Controls" MacMost 9:27 AM
  • "Tweeting App Store links via Shortcuts" Dr. Drang 8:01 AM
  • "iOS 12: How to make Password Autofill work again" Apple Must 7:42 AM
  • "Force Apple's iOS apps to use Dropbox or any other storage" Cult of Mac 11/21
  • "Google Assistant iOS update lets you say 'Hey Siri, OK Google'" TechCrunch 11/21
  • "How to tell if the Amazon leak exposed your email and name to the public" BGR 11/21
  • "How to start swimming with Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 11/21
  • "How to Use the Magnifier Feature on iPhone and iPad" MacRumors 11/21
  • "How to turn on your iPhone's 'Low Power Mode' quickly and easily: Battery drain will no longer ruin your life" The Next Web 11/21
  • "iOS and macOS family tune up tips for the Holidays" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "7 Things Apple Needs to Add to the iPad Pro in iOS 13" [Slideshow] iDrop News 2:55 PM
  • "Queen guitarist Brian May: 'Apple's become an entirely selfish monster'" iDownload Blog 3:01 PM
  • "Is this just fantasy? Queen's Brian May hates Apple's USB-C cables" Cult of Mac 11:27 AM
  • "iPad Pro Diary: The 12.9-inch iPad is so good my advice to friends has changed ..." 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "Pulling our leg: Google says it's 'just as secure'/The only question then is 'As what?'" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "iPhone X production lines said to be be restarting, but for unlikely reasons" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Laughable report suggests most iPhones in China bought by the 'invisible poor'" 9to5Mac 8:02 AM
  • "Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work: ...sadly, and here's why it won't ever be" The Register 8:01 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 11/21
  • "Comment: The new iPad Pro Smart Folio cases are great, but I miss the classic Smart Cover" 9to5Mac 11/21
  • "Today Marks 10 Years Of Emoji On iPhone, Here's What The Original Set Looked Like" Redmond Pie 11/21
  • "Apple's iPad Pros And Mac Options Should Leave Investors Scratching Their Heads" Seeking Alpha 11/21
  • "The iPad needs a new kind of USB-C dock [Opinion] Cult of Mac 11/21
  • "My Today at Apple Experience" MacStories 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "Here's the latest Steve Jobs book everyone should read" Apple Must 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "Bad News for iPhone Sales Just Keeps Piling On" Thurrott 11/21
  • "5 reasons iPad Pro won't be your next computer" Macworld 11/21
  • "Top 10 iPad features we'd like to see in iOS 13" Macworld 11/21
  • "Video: Tim Cook on being gay, Apple and AI" Apple Must 11/21
  • "How Facebook's P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/21
  • "5 Reasons Cryptocurrency Prices Are Plunging Again" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/21
  • "Palm phone review: A tiny 'second phone' no one needs" Engadget 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "Pearls Before Swine for November 22, 2018" GoComics 9:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Authorized Reseller store goes live on Amazon․com ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday" 9to5Mac 11/21
  • "MusicHarbor allows you to follow Apple Music artists" 9to5Mac 11/21
  • "Mazda Announces Apple CarPlay Availability for 2014 or Newer Vehicles With Mazda Connect" iClarified 11/21
  • "CarPlay Now Available in Select 2014 and Newer Mazda Vehicles as $199 Dealer-Installed Upgrade" MacRumors 11/21
  • "Latest Netflix iOS App Update Improves Navigation" PC Magazine 11/21
  • "KeepSolid rolls out freemium VPN Lite app for Android and iOS" VentureBeat 11/21
  • "Visionist 1.0 Now on the App Store" prMac 11/21
  • "Google takes a Shortcut to link Assistant and Siri" Engadget 11/21
  • "Google Assistant now supports Siri Shortcuts" iDownload Blog 11/21
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft blocks Windows 10 October Update on more PCs after Intel driver borkage: We might have to turn this into a daily column" The Inquirer 7:25 AM
  • "New Windows 10 1809 block: Microsoft halts update if you use flawed Intel drivers/Microsoft puts another block on the Windows 10 1809 rollout and says it's all part of its 'controlled approach'." ZDNet 7:31 AM
  • "How to Find Out If Bad Intel Drivers Block the Update to Windows 10 Version 1809" Softpedia 8:25 AM
  • "How Microsoft's caricature AI turns photos into portrait cartoons: Microsoft's AI can create caricatures that look like a real cartoon artist's rendition of a human face." ZDNet 12:37 PM
  • "Friends gather to remember late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen" Page Six 9:50 PM
  • "HP Spectre Folio unboxing and first impressions" Neowin 2:45 PM
  • "Potentially disastrous Rowhammer bitflips can bypass ECC protections: ECCploit is the first Rowhammer attack to defeat error-correcting code." Ars Technica 7:21 AM
  • "IBM: Chip making is hitting its limits, but our techniques could solve that/IBM makes progress on chip fabrication without using lithography." ZDNet 11/21
  • "IBM pushes boundaries of AI, but insists companies take an ethical approach" ComputerWeekly 11/21
  • "Inside the Facebook-Microsoft AI Collaboration" Market Realist 11/21
  • "Microsoft and Google working on Chrome for Windows on ARM" The Verge 11/21
  • "Google And Microsoft Form Unlikely Alliance Bringing Chrome To Windows 10 On ARM" HotHardware 11/21
  • "Google and Microsoft are building Chrome for Windows 10 on ARM" TechSpot 11/21
  • "Google, Microsoft, And Qualcomm Collaborating On Chrome For Windows On ARM" The Gadget Wire 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches" The Register 11/21
  • "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 11/21
  • "Intel Ready To Talk Discrete Graphics, Get In On The Conversation Here" HotHardware 11/21
  • "Intel Leads Rising Corporate Investment In Israeli High-Tech Sector" NoCamels (Israel) 11/21
  • "Some AMD Ryzen CPUs have 'a compatibility issue' with the Vive Wireless Adapter" PCGamesN 11/21
  • "AMD unveils 12nm Polaris-based Radeon RX 590 graphics card" The Inquirer 11/21
  • "If you're using Dell EMC Avamar, even in VMware's vSphere, you need to grab and install these security updates" The Register 11/21
  • "U.S. chipmaker Nvidia to provide AI platform for Chinese EV start-ups" Reuters 11/21
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Shares of Apple supply chain makers tumbling" DigiTimes 8:27 AM
  • "Merrill Lynch: Used iPhones drive Apple's growth" Apple 3.0 8:00 AM
  • "Should You Catch A Falling Apple? These Five Value Experts Think So" Forbes 11/21
  • "Reports of Apple's death cross are premature" Apple 3.0 11/21
  • "Apple: Howard Lindzon is buying" Apple 3.0 11/21
Industry News
  • "Can investors expect a Thanksgiving rally?" FOXBusiness 7:32 AM
  • "Stocks end mostly higher, but notch worst pre-Thanksgiving performance in 7 years: Nasdaq rises 1%, as growth Tech Stocks bounce" MarketWatch 11/21
  • "Stocks end mixed ahead of Thanksgiving" FOXBusiness 11/21
  • "Tech, Oil Stocks Help Markets Stabilize: Investors take advantage of deep drawdowns some stocks suffered in recent days" [Paid Membership Required] 11/21
  • "Asian markets struggle in holiday-driven trade; Nikkei recovers: Ho-hum trading ahead of Thanksgiving holiday in U.S." MarketWatch 7:32 AM
  • "Red ink for Europe markets as oil prices fall, utilities and banks under pressure: Thanksgiving Day holiday shutters U.S. markets" MarketWatch 7:32 AM

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