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Weekend Highlights: Quartz sees Apple compensating for growth slowdown by "exploring new territory to secure its future" with next-gen "hardware, services, and emerging markets"; Business Insider reports of warning to Apple from lawmaker in Hong Kong; on Thursday, Tim Cook launched defense of Apple pulling map app citing safety, law violation—reports and opinions in our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; alleged Apple employee writes scathing entry at Hacker News on broken culture, lack of communication inside company; limited reach to hinder Apple TV+, Disney+ services according to data; Fast Company reveals Apple's rapid moves to get house-brand 5G modems in 2022 iPhones.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "How much for that app? U.S. top court hears Apple antitrust dispute"  Reuters 7:35 AM
  • "Supreme Court will decide whether consumers can sue Apple over App Store 'monopoly'" phoneArena 6:45 PM
  • "I went to buy a MacBook Air and Apple tried to sell me a MacBook Pro: Why would an Apple store salesman try to persuade me not to buy Apple's latest laptop?"  ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "A dying mall near Apple's headquarters is turning into a fight over Silicon Valley's soul" San Francisco Chronicle 8:36 AM
  • "Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed a $250,000 all-diamond ring for charity: It's completely bezel-less." The Verge 11/24
  • "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 11/24
  • "Apple in Supreme Court battle over App Store"  Telegraph 11/24
OS X
Reviews/How-To/Tips
Op/Ed
  • "Redmond Lemons and Other Fruits" Rixstep 3:58 PM
  • "Running Docker on the home server - giving life to old hardware" The Chicken Coop 7:38 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "5 Questions with Experimac-Longmont owner Andrew Zimmerman: Looking to be MacMan for all seasons" Boulder Daily Camera 11/24
  • "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 11/24
  • "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
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung applies AI to medical imaging: Samsung Electronics has applied its artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to its imaging devices that will assist diagnosis of radiologists." ZDNet 8:09 PM
  • "Ohio becomes the first state to accept bitcoin for tax payments" TechCrunch 7:58 PM
  • "New wearable tech lets users listen to live music through their skin: It's inspired by deaf fans of live concerts to help them 'feel' the music." Ars Technica 11:29 AM
  • "UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents: The info reportedly includes executive emails." Engadget 7:18 AM
  • "Superconducting tape could lead to lower-cost wind power: You may see smaller, more effective turbines." Engadget 11/24
  • "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
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Coming November 24 Gene Steinberg meets tech journalist Sean Aune of technobuffalo.com, and commentator Jeff Gamet, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 7:16 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "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

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Tiny adapter makes your iPad into a MacBook's second screen [Review] Cult of Mac 9:14 PM
  • "iPad Pro (2018): Two weeks with the computer of the future" TechRadar UK 7:56 AM
  • "Caudabe Apple iPhone XR case roundup: Minimalist perfection" ZDNet 7:27 AM
  • "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? 11/24
  • "Compared: buying a 13-inch MacBook Air versus a 13-inch MacBook Pro"  AppleInsider 11/24
  • "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 11/24
  • "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/Tutorial
  • "How to find the best laptop bag: A techhead's guide to the world of soft goods." Engadget 10:08 AM
  • "How to Call Someone and Put Them on Speaker Without Picking up Your iPhone" MacRumors 11/24
  • "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
Tips
  • "9 Hidden iPhone Features That Make Your Life Easier" Tom's Guide 12:48 PM
  • "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 11/24
  • "Remember to remove a device from your Apple ID account list if it is sold or wiped" Gordon's Tech 11/24
  • "Hey, Turn Off Siri On Your Lock Screen" Wired 11/23
  • "Apple Gift Guide 2018" MacMost 11/23
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "What Reviewers Are Saying About the New Apple MacBook Air" Barron's 7:56 AM
  • "Cyber Monday 2018: Apple's Nasty Expensive Surprises" Forbes 11/24
  • "Apple's Superficial Jihad For Data Privacy Is A Cynical Joke" Forbes 11/24
  • "Did you follow Apple's two-factor authentication advice to provide a friend's phone number for SMS authentication?" Gordon's Tech 11/24
  • "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
Non-Apple
  • "Is Dropbox Still A Great Cloud Solution Today?" Forbes 9:14 PM
  • "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless: The academic community is worse off without intellectual conversation." Ars Technica 2:27 PM
  • "First encounter: COMPUTE! magazine and its glorious, tedious type-in code/As a kid, I had huge amounts of free time. Here's how I spent it." Ars Technica 8:35 AM
  • "Why Do Laptop Makers Have Such Terrible Websites" Gizmodo UK 7:56 AM
  • "Acer Chromebook Spin 13 Review" Thurrott 11/24
  • "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's Windows 10 1809 Update Officially A Total Train Wreck Of Bugs" HotHardware 4:48 PM
  • "Windows 10 Update: PC fans get another reason to upgrade to latest Microsoft OS/Windows 10 may be the most recent flagship OS from Microsoft but it still isn't the most popular - yet." Express UK 7:50 AM
  • "Will Cortana go the way of Windows Phone? The signs all suggest that Microsoft is going to cut its losses in the digital assistant market. Smart move" Computerworld 4:48 PM
  • "Microsoft will soon let you know how much you use your phone" Inquirer 7:50 AM
  • "Surface Go review: The Surface Mini we never got, but the performance doesn't cut it" Neowin 2:31 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Review" Thurrott 6:26 PM
  • "Intel Beefy And Powerful Comet Lake-S Desktop CPUs Rumored To Pack Up To 10 Cores" HotHardware 6:40 PM
  • "Intel Allegedly Readying 10 Core, Comet Lake-S Processors — Based on 14nm Process Node, Dual-Ring Bus Rumored" WCCFTech 7:51 AM
  • "ASRock Outs X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Motherboard For 32-Core Ryzen Threadripper Goodness" HotHardware 6:39 PM
  • "Bitcoin sinks below $4,000 as the crypto market takes another hefty beating" TechCrunch 7:37 AM
  • "Microsoft becomes US' most valuable company, surpassing Apple and Amazon" NewsBytes 11/24
  • "Windows users can now sign into their Microsoft accounts without password" Social Barrel 11/24
  • "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10: Sometimes, technology is not wonderful." Ars Technica 11/24
  • "Update for Microsoft Edge for Android brings Beta changes to regular users" MSPoweruser 11/24
  • "Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: An ultraportable dream/A wonderful refinement of Microsoft's excellent ultraportable" Alphr 11/24
  • "AMD Releases Ryzen 5 2600X And Ryzen 7 2700 With Wraith MAX Cooler In The Box" TechGage 11/24
  • "ASRock Launches X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Motherboard" Tom's Hardware 11/24
  • "ASRock Launches First HEDT Phantom Gaming Motherboard, The X399 Phantom Gaming 6" WCCFTech 11/24
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
  • "Bethesda Reportedly Renegs On Promised Fallout 76 Refund Offers" HotHardware 5:57 PM
  • "Google Chrome update looks set to fix one of this browser's biggest irritations: GOOGLE Chrome could soon get a major upgrade that will address one of the browser's biggest irritations and it will surely come as good news for users." Express UK 7:51 AM
  • "Nintendo's solution to Switch bootROM hardware exploit has been cracked" Neowin 7:38 AM
  • "Superconducting tape could lead to lower-cost wind power: You may see smaller, more effective turbines." Engadget 11/24
  • "Brain implant lets paralyzed people turn thoughts into text: Participants sent texts, streamed music and browsed the web on unmodified devices." Engadget 11/24
  • "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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