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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.

  • "Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed a $250,000 all-diamond ring for charity: It's completely bezel-less." The Verge 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft Overtakes Apple to Become the Most Valuable Company in the World: This is what happens when you think you can sell pretty much anything, no matter how expensive it is"  Softpedia 8:09 AM
  • "Apple in Supreme Court battle over App Store"  Telegraph 4:37 PM
  • "Apple restarting iPhone X production, cutting XS price over slow sales? Apple is said to be ready to offer subsidies to operators to discount the iPhone XR in Japan."  ZDNet 11/23
  • "Apple to slash iPhone XR prices in Japan, restarts iPhone X production: Report/Apple could slash prices of the iPhone XR in markets like Japan, and revive production for the older iPhone X" The Indian Express 11/23
  • "Apple reportedly restarting production of the iPhone X after iPhone XS sales disappoint: And it's partly because of Samsung"  TechSpot 11/23
  • "Apple is no longer worth a trillion after Tech Stocks take a beating: Apple was widely applauded for becoming the first American company to break the trillion dollar barrier. However, its value has slumped to $839bn for a variety of reasons, though other technology stocks have also suffered in a stock market reversal." ZDNet 11/23
  • "Big Tech enters a new era"  BBC 11/23
  • "Apple defends iPhone app fees as High Court weighs consumer suit" Bloomberg 11/23
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "5 Questions with Experimac-Longmont owner Andrew Zimmerman: Looking to be MacMan for all seasons" Boulder Daily Camera 8:44 PM
  • "The largest structure in the world solely supported by glass: The Institution of Structural Engineers' 2018 Award for Structural Artistry goes to Apple's Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion."  Apple 3.0 8:06 AM
  • "Apple is no longer the biggest company in the world by market cap" BGR 11/23
  • "Steve Jobs Theater wins prestigious engineering award for 'structural artistry'" 9to5Mac 11/23
  • "CarPlay and Android Auto now available on older Mazda models: But the upgrade isn't cheap." Engadget 11/23
  • "Walmart ran out of Black Friday iPhone deals early, and customers were not happy" BGR 11/23
  • "Apple could be bringing out an affordable rival to Amazon's Firestick" ShortList 11/23
  • "Superconducting tape could lead to lower-cost wind power: You may see smaller, more effective turbines." Engadget 4:28 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Exclusive: Logitech in talks to acquire headphone maker Plantronics - sources" Reuters 11/23
  • "Samsung insider says foldable Galaxy Flex phone could cost more than $2,000" BGR 11/23
  • "Facebook policy VP, Richard Allan, to face the international 'fake news' grilling that Zuckerberg won't" TechCrunch 11/23
  • "Amazon warehouse workers in Europe stage 'we are not robots' protests" TechCrunch 11/23
  • "Study: Over 20 years, Silicon Valley workers' median wage has fallen by 14%/Prof: 'The returns to capital are significantly outpacing the returns to labor.'" Ars Technica 11/23
  • "Samsung apologises to sick factory workers" BBC 11/23
  • "Samsung apologizes for employees' illnesses likely caused due to poor work conditions" Neowin 11/23
  • "Samsung apologises to workers who developed cancer after exposure to toxic chemicals" Telegraph 11/23
  • "Apple's next move in health monitoring and improvement may be sleep monitoring hardware: Apple is interested in improving its Beddit product line and helping its customers get healthier by sleeping better at night by monitoring their movements throughout their slumber, but without the bulk of existing medical monitoring systems, by considering the use of piezo sensors laid on top of a bed." AppleInsider 11/23
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/23
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/23
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/23
  • "Apple posts Black Friday 2018 deals on Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch, and more" MacPrices 11/23

  • "Surface Laptop 2 and iPad Pro reviews: worthy sequels or minor upgrades? The redesigned Apple iPad range and Microsoft's slimline laptop have both gone under the microscope at the Which? test lab" Which? 7:08 PM
  • "Compared: buying a 13-inch MacBook Air versus a 13-inch MacBook Pro"  AppleInsider 11:41 AM
  • "The best iPhone X screen protectors: You've spent a grand, now don't skimp on a screen protector for your iPhone X" Digital Trends 9:03 PM
  • "Mac mini review—a testament to Apple's stubbornness: Four years in the making, is the Mac mini finally worth buying?"  Ars Technica 11/23
  • "Apple iPhone Xs Max review: Apple's high roller is on offer for Black Friday" Expert Reviews 11/23
  • "The redesigned Apple Watch Series 4 features a stunning display with thinner borders and curved corners.: With bigger screen, the slimmer Apple Watch Series 4 shows off new features" The Nation 11/23
  • "Best Docking Stations for MacBook Pro in 2018" iMore 11/23
  • "Review: Moment's Tele Lens brings up to 4x optical zoom while MFi Battery Case doubles your iPhone charge and adds a DSLR-like shutter button" 9to5Mac 11/23
  • "5 great connected toys to keep your children learning" Apple Must 11/23
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The best apps to read and annotate PDF books on iPad" iDownload Blog 11/23
  • "How to Call Someone and Put Them on Speaker Without Picking up Your iPhone" MacRumors 8:08 AM
  • "How to disable automatic app install on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11/23
  • "How to update software on Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 11/23
  • "How to make an iPhone screen recording with and without sound" iDownload Blog 11/23
  • "How to clean your AirPods and keep them clean!" iMore 11/23
  • "What method should you use to make sure your iOS photos are backed up? It's not always crystal clear how photos on an iOS device make their way to a backup." Macworld 11/23
  • "Using the iPad for: autographed ebooks" Matt Gemmell 11/23
  • "Secret iPhone & iPad Typing Tips: Trackpad Mode and more! Whether you're using an iPhone on the go or an iPad Pro to get your very real work... or play... done, the more efficient you can be, the better. Including typing. Especially typing." iMore 4:37 PM
  • "Remember to remove a device from your Apple ID account list if it is sold or wiped" Gordon's Tech 12:14 PM
  • "Hey, Turn Off Siri On Your Lock Screen" Wired 11/23
  • "Apple Gift Guide 2018" MacMost 11/23
  • "Cyber Monday 2018: Apple's Nasty Expensive Surprises" Forbes 7:23 PM
  • "Apple's Superficial Jihad For Data Privacy Is A Cynical Joke" Forbes 4:38 PM
  • "Did you follow Apple's two-factor authentication advice to provide a friend's phone number for SMS authentication?" Gordon's Tech 12:54 PM
  • "Why Apple passed on cheap TV dongles like Chromecast and Fire TV Stick"  VentureBeat 11/23
  • "'Hey Siri, OK Google'/ Well, this is insidious: Google has figured out a way to subvert Siri so that you can use it to summon Google Assistant on the iPhone instead." Thurrott 11/23
  • "Comment: It's a myth that the 12.9-inch iPad can't justify itself as a media consumption device"  9to5Mac 11/23
  • "The iPad, HomePod, and Apple TV need multi-user support. Here's why: The myth of the single-user device." Macworld 11/23
  • "WSJ: Apple is shuffling deck chairs on sinking iPhone sales/Offering subsidies, shifting production, re-booting the iPhone X, sources say." Apple 3.0 11/23
  • "Acer Chromebook Spin 13 Review" Thurrott 9:36 AM
  • "HP's 'worst' beats Microsoft and Apple by a mile" iFixit 11/23
  • "Sorry Google, The Pixel 3 Doesn't Get Me Excited In The Slightest" Know Your Mobile 11/23
  • "HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation: HP crams even more power into a compact design" ZDNet 11/23
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Kodi 18 'Leia' release candidate is available (media center software)" Liliputing 11/23
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft becomes US' most valuable company, surpassing Apple and Amazon" NewsBytes 8:04 AM
  • "Windows users can now sign into their Microsoft accounts without password" Social Barrel 2:03 PM
  • "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10: Sometimes, technology is not wonderful." Ars Technica 4:31 PM
  • "Update for Microsoft Edge for Android brings Beta changes to regular users" MSPoweruser 7:23 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: An ultraportable dream/A wonderful refinement of Microsoft's excellent ultraportable" Alphr 7:24 PM
  • "AMD Releases Ryzen 5 2600X And Ryzen 7 2700 With Wraith MAX Cooler In The Box" TechGage 8:56 PM
  • "ASRock Launches X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Motherboard" Tom's Hardware 8:02 AM
  • "ASRock Launches First HEDT Phantom Gaming Motherboard, The X399 Phantom Gaming 6" WCCFTech 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft is using Minecraft to help redesign its 500-acre campus" PCGamesN 11/23
  • "Will Cortana go the way of Windows Phone?" Computerworld 11/23
  • "Will Cortana go the way of Windows Phone?" Computerworld 11/23
  • "How Often Do You Use Cortana in Windows 10? Because, you know, I don't and I see no reason why I should" Softpedia 11/23
  • "Microsoft Again Blocks Windows 10 October 2018 Update On Some Intel PCs" HotHardware 11/23
  • "Microsoft Announces Major Black Friday Discounts for Several Surface Models: Save hundreds of dollars of new Microsoft Surface devices" Softpedia 11/23
  • "IBM's Red Hat acquisition could be 'disastrous', says Puppet exec" IT PRO (UK) 11/23
  • "Software as a Service Market 2022- IBM, Oracle Corporation, Microsoft, Fujitsu, Google, Salesforce, Workday, ADP, SAP SE" Industry Today 11/23
  • "HP's Massive Black Friday Sale Is Now Live! Insane Deals With Up To 60% Off" WCCFTech 11/23
  • "HP vs Canon vs Epson: 10 All-Star Black Friday Deals On Wireless Printers" Forbes 11/23
  • "HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation: HP crams even more power into a compact design" ZDNet 11/23
  • "Microsoft blocks Windows 10 October 2018 Update over Intel sound issue" bit-tech 11/23
  • "Microsoft pauses the Windows 10 October 2018 Update again" Hexus 11/23
  • "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now blocked for some Intel PCs due to faulty drivers" Neowin 11/23
  • "What is application performance management (APM)?" IT PRO (UK) 11/23
  • "Microsoft blocks Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Again)" Guru3D 11/23
  • "AMD promises that OEMs will issue more driver updates for Ryzen Mobile" Guru3D 11/23
  • "AMD 64-Core Rome EPYC CPUs Battle 48-Core Intel Cascade Lake-AP Xeon In Leaked Cinebench Results" Associated Press 11/23
  • "New Hellblade Patch 1.03 offers HDR Support for Both NVIDIA and AMD GPUs alongside Memory Improvements" WCCFTech 11/23
  • "BR EXCLUSIVE. Pascal Giraud, Oracle: By 2020, 90 percent of companies will have new AI-based apps" Business Review 11/23
  • "3 tips for negotiating with your public cloud providers" InfoWorld 11/23
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
  • "Superconducting tape could lead to lower-cost wind power: You may see smaller, more effective turbines." Engadget 4:28 PM
  • "Brain implant lets paralyzed people turn thoughts into text: Participants sent texts, streamed music and browsed the web on unmodified devices." Engadget 8:01 AM
  • "New Linux crypto-miner steals your root password and disables your antivirus: Trojan also installs a rootkit and another strain of malware that can execute DDoS attacks." ZDNet 11/23
  • "Samsung insider says foldable Galaxy Flex phone could cost more than $2,000" BGR 11/23
  • "Best Chromebook Black Friday 2018 deals: Dell, Google, HP, and more" ZDNet 11/23
  • "Sam's Club Black Friday deals include a PlayStation 4 Spider-Man bundle and LG 4K TVs" The Verge 11/23
  • "Newegg's Black Friday deals include discounts on PC components, TVs, and smart home products" The Verge 11/23
  • "Sonos' Black Friday deals feature the One and Beam speakers" The Verge 11/23
  • "Awesome tech gifts that cost $50 or less" PCWorld 11/23
  • "Google tightens political ad policies ahead of 2019 EU elections" The Verge 11/23
  • "The best TV deals of Black Friday 2018" The Verge 11/23
  • "The best Black Friday deals on Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers" The Verge 11/23
  • "Amazon inadvertedly streamed an upcoming episode of 'Doctor Who'" Engadget 11/23
  • "Amazon allows Australians to shop from its US store again" Engadget 11/23
  • "Presents for old-school gamers: A 2018 retro gaming gift guide" VentureBeat 11/23
  • "Black Friday 2018: All of the best tech deals at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Newegg, and more" PCWorld 11/23
  • "How Walmart is trying to reinvent in-store shopping to win Black Friday" The Verge 11/23
  • "The first film by Roma director Alfonso Cuarón is streaming on Netflix" The Verge 11/23
  • "CarPlay and Android Auto now available on older Mazda models" Engadget 11/23
  • "HTC Vive Pro McLaren Edition is made for Formula One fans" Engadget 11/23
  • "Nokia shakes up its leadership to focus on 5G" Engadget 11/23
  • "Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best TV antennas for cord cutters" TechHive 11/23
  • "Focal Elegia headphone review: Rich, luxurious sound and impeccable design" TechHive 11/23
  • "Silentmode's PowerMask is a $200 connected relaxation mask" TechCrunch 11/23
  • "Meituan, China's 'everything app', walks away from bike sharing and ride hailing" TechCrunch 11/23

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