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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 Will Wait Until at Least 2020 to Release a 5G iPhone"  Bloomberg 7:56 AM
  • "Don't expect a 5G iPhone before 2020" The Verge 8:06 AM
  • "Why Apple is now focusing on users, not units in Fiscal 2019"  AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "These Scam Apple Apps Are Fooling Even Savvy Users" ["There is no need to panic: in general, the App Store is known to be fairly secure. However, it is not immune to issues."]  Forbes 9:21 AM
  • "Scammy iOS apps used Touch ID to push users toward $99 payouts: Under the pretense of using a fingerprint to provide fitness data" The Verge 9:28 AM
  • "Apple removed scam apps that used a devious trick to steal from iPhone users — and it reveals a growing problem with the App Store"  Business Insider 9:55 AM
  • "NetMarketShare: macOS, iOS market share both rise in November" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "How to visualize your Apple Music listening history, including top songs, artists, and more" 9to5Mac 5:33 PM
  • "How to Make Group FaceTime Calls from Mac" OS X Daily 2:45 PM
  • "Keynote vs PowerPoint: The Best Presentation Tools Compared" Envato Tuts+ 8:40 AM
  • "How to quickly add a contact in Gmail, Outlook, and Apple Mail" The Next Web 8:18 AM
  • "Building Non-Linear Presentations With Keynote" MacMost 9:02 AM
  • "Review: G Suite gets an AI boost/Several new AI-driven features in G Suite (some still in beta) are aimed at saving users time, facilitating collaboration, and boosting security." Computerworld 7:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "What's New in Abvent's Artlantis 2019" Architosh 3:27 PM
  • "Copy Fast 1.3 let you have in the menu bar an handy utility to copy in a click text from a list of files" Ecleti 8:05 AM
  • "XojoApp Desktop 5.0 - Components for Xojo Developers" prMac 6:26 PM
  • "New Elmedia Player 7.0 with powerful streaming possibilities" prMac 7:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook to white supremacists: 'You have no place on our platforms'/Cook receives the first 'Courage Against Hate' award from the Anti-Defamation League"  The Verge 4:21 PM
  • "Tim Cook takes stand against 'violent conspiracy theorists' as he accepts 'Courage Against Hate' award" 9to5Mac 4:22 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook: 'No platform to violent conspiracy theorists'" Apple Must 4:23 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook on Hate Speech: 'You Have No Place on Our Platform'" MacRumors 4:22 PM
  • "Tim Cook says 'no place' for hate groups on Apple platforms" AppleInsider 4:23 PM
  • "Apple jumps, leading technology shares higher as tariff threat to iPhones on hold for now"  CNBC 8:07 AM
  • "iPhone will be spared from China tariffs — for now" Cult of Mac 8:06 AM
  • "FTC seeking to 'redress and prevent recurrence of Qualcomm's conduct' through antitrust injunction" ["This issue is well-known because of Apple's dispute with Qualcomm. Qualcomm promised Apple some rebates, but then withheld a billion-dollar amount just because of Apple allegedly having violated a 'business cooperation and patent agreement' (BCPA) by talking to regulators, which Apple says was in some cases merely about responding to questions from competition enforcers and in the remaining cases happened after the BCPA expired."] Foss Patents 1:16 PM
  • "Apple's royalty payments showdown with Qualcomm set for April 15" AppleInsider 8:07 AM
  • "Apple's Macs are quite literally hiding a dirty secret, lawsuit alleges" TrustedReviews 8:22 AM
  • "IBM, Apple, and Facebook represent new tilt toward business for venerable AI conference" ZDNet 9:37 AM
  • "Gartner Says Demand for Top Chinese Brands Drove Worldwide Smartphone Sales in Third Quarter 2018" ["Apple's performance was flat in the third quarter of 2018 (0.7 percent growth). 'Apple's iPhones are facing a saturated premium smartphone market, with slowing growth rates and increased competition in China,' said Mr. Gupta. 'Apple's new flagship smartphones, announced in September, will be key to defining Apple's overall iPhone unit sales in 2018. Initial channel checks suggest that the Xs Max is outselling the Xs model, and we also see the Xs Max as a critical addition for the Chinese market where Apple has been losing share.'"] Gartner 12:24 PM
  • "New Product Launches Drive Double-Digit Growth in the Wearables Market, Says IDC" Business Wire 12:23 PM
  • "Apple, Fitbit turn to healthcare to cement smartwatch leadership: IDC" ZDNet 12:27 PM
  • "Apple Shipped an Estimated 4.2 Million Apple Watches in 3Q2018, With Series 3 Making Up the Bulk of Sales" MacRumors 7:24 PM
  • "Samsung tweets from an iPhone (331 times)" ZDNet 9:38 AM
  • "Samsung got caught tweeting about the Galaxy Note 9 from an iPhone" BGR 8:11 AM
  • "Handwritten Steve Jobs Apple-1 spec sheet up for auction" Cult of Mac 8:08 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Quora says 100 million users may have been affected by data breach" TechCrunch 8:13 PM
  • "Quora says hackers stole up to 100 million users' data" The Verge 8:08 PM
  • "Researchers discover SplitSpectre, a new Spectre-like CPU attack: Spectre-like variations continue to be discovered, just as academics predicted at the start of 2018." ZDNet 8:08 PM
  • "Former Facebook exec Mary Lou Jepsen said her new company will make telepathy possible. But first, it's going to upend the medical-imaging industry"  Business Insider 7:10 PM
  • "Race Is On to Protect Data From Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:09 PM
  • "Someone is selling a mass hacking service, leaving your printer exposed" Digital Trends 5:33 PM
  • "Google Just Removed Two Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech Apps For 'Deceptive And Malicious Behavior': The removal comes after a BuzzFeed News report about the apps' activity. It's a huge blow to two of China's biggest app developers." BuzzFeed News 6:35 PM
  • "Google's AR Pocket Gallery turns your phone into an art museum" Engadget 2:42 PM
  • "Facebook's board needs to get a spine and fire Mark Zuckerberg, marketing guru Scott Galloway said" Business Insider 1:23 PM
  • "Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th: Existing posts containing porn will be switched to private mode" The Verge 12:33 PM
  • "Steam now gives its biggest developers a bigger cut of the revenue: Steam devs now keep more of a game's revenues starting at $10 million in sales." Ars Technica 11:50 AM
  • "Samsung Malaysia caught using DSLR image to advertise Galaxy A8 Star 'Portrait Mode' feature" Digital Photography Review 1:51 PM
  • "Verizon and Samsung will release a 5G phone early next year" Engadget 9:59 AM
  • "When Tech Support Calls You About a PC Problem, it's Probably a Scam" Lifehacker 9:21 AM
  • "Sony joins folding smartphone party with plans for transparent handset of it own" GearBrain 7:57 AM
  • "Real-World Speeds, Choosing Storage, and Quick Tips – Mac Geek Gab 738" The Mac Observer 6:16 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode Interview with Smile Software Evangelist Jeff Gamet" The Mac Observer 3:26 PM
  • "MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #5" MacVoices 1:21 PM
  • "It looks like Apple's next-generation AirPods will launch in 2019" Business Insider 8:17 AM
  • "Kuo: AirPods with wireless charging due in 2019, overhauled model in 2020" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "Report: AirPods with wireless charging expected in early 2019" Ars Technica 8:22 AM
  • "AirPods are Apple's 'most popular accessory ever,' and shipments will skyrocket next year, top analyst says" CNBC 9:33 AM
  • "2018 MacBook Air owners report poor FaceTime camera quality" Cult of Mac 8:08 AM
  • "Apple published a surprising amount of detail about how the HomePod works: Machine learning is a big focus at Apple right now—a blog post explains why." Ars Technica 8:35 AM
  • "How your HomePod can even hear 'Hey Siri' in a noisy room" Apple Must 1:09 PM
  • "Here's How Apple's HomePod Can Hear You Across The Room" Digital Trends 1:17 PM
  • "Apple Reduced Rate Battery Replacement Program Ending" The Mac Observer 2:43 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple launches online store with 10 percent discount for active military and veterans" TechCrunch 2:43 PM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:45 AM

  • "Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch review (2018): the world's best tablet gets truly 'pro' power" T3 8:22 AM
  • "iPhone Xs Camera Review for Photography" Eric Kim 7:32 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Highly Accessible Device For Users With Disabilities" MacPrices 8:08 AM
  • "Fossil Sport review: The best Wear OS has to offer" Android Police 10:54 AM
  • "Hands-on: Best affordable USB-C MacBook Air SSDs [Video] 9to5Mac 2:44 PM
  • "Review: Harman Kardon's Google-powered Citation 100 sounds great in an unremarkable way" AppleInsider 2:42 PM
  • "This case holds and organizes all of your Apple chargers, wires, and dongles — and it's perfect for traveling" Business Insider 11:08 AM
  • "Review: Nomad Rugged AirPods Case" MacTrast 4:36 PM
  • "Satechi's new wireless charger can help alleviate the pain over the missing Apple AirPower" Apple World Today 7:48 AM
  • "How to search in the Messages app on iPhone" 9to5Mac 7:23 PM
  • "How to block access to specific websites on iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "How to use Mac to print photo books, calendars, and more" 9to5Mac 6:03 PM
  • "Here's Why Apple Had No Choice But To Bring Its Music Service To Amazon Alexa Smart Speakers" Forbes 8:09 PM
  • "This is How Apple Will Transition Macs to its A-Series Chips (Premium)" Thurrott 4:36 PM
  • "Apple Sucked Tumblr Into Its Walled Garden, Where Sex Is Bad" Motherboard 1:34 PM
  • "Is Music Piracy Still A Problem?" Forbes 1:23 PM
  • "Seriously, Apple's flagship Macs are now less expensive than ever before"  AppleInsider 12:27 PM
  • "Apple Music on Amazon Echo, The Implications, Apple-Amazon Quid Pro Quo's"  Stratechery [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:05 PM
  • "Data suggests Apple's iPhone upgrade cycle is getting longer" Apple Must 10:51 AM
  • "Samsung plans to be early with 5G support: Will it matter if Apple hangs back?" ZDNet 12:25 PM
  • "Why it really doesn't matter if Apple is 'late' to 5G: The early players in 5G will deliver half-baked services that don't work to a thunder of marketing." Computerworld 8:55 AM
  • "Would you pay 10 percent more for your iPhone?" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "Call-screening is one Pixel feature I'd love to see on the iPhone" 9to5Mac 8:07 AM
  • "Casasandra: The Ghost in the Machine -An iPhone and a Bluetooth Keyboard" eXtensions 7:35 AM
  • "Google's call screening transcripts are live and they're pretty rad" TechCrunch 6:03 PM
  • "The Truth About Facebook's Fake Quest to Connect the World"  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:36 PM
  • "OnePlus 6T Review: Performance, Quality And Price Leadership Again" HotHardware 11:06 AM
  • "How Blockchain Can Solve Major Problems for Gig Economy Freelancers" ReadWrite 10:15 AM
  • "The Friendship That Made Google Huge: Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet." The New Yorker 8:40 AM
  • "How I infected my phone with a virus" BetaNews 8:12 AM
  • "How Facebook is Fueling The French Populist Rage" Monday Note 8:11 AM
  • "FoxTrot Classics by Bill Amend" GoComics 8:52 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "First Alert rolls out second-gen, HomeKit-compatible Onelink Smart Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm" AppleInsider 11:50 AM
  • "'Fortnite' 60fps Gameplay Coming to iPad Pro in Next Patch, Android to Follow" Touch Arcade 8:48 PM
  • "Epic sends out icy teaser for Fortnite season 7" Cult of Mac 10:15 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 3: Holiday Parties, Holiday Memories, and The Apple Way" The MUG Center 10:06 AM
  • "The best gifts for PC gamers" Engadget 11:50 AM
  • "Apple Music poised to get native Android tablet interface" AppleInsider 8:33 AM
  • "Apple Music for Android gaining bottom navigation bar and proper tablet support" iDownload Blog 8:33 AM
  • "Student Attendance Tracking Solution AccuClass Releases New Features" PRNewswire 8:21 AM
  • "Google Maps update ensures Assistant stays out of the way" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "Got a tiny mobile data cap? Google Photos has a new backup mode for you" Android Authority 8:08 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Apple and Microsoft Duel to Become the World's Most Valuable Company" PC Magazine 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft partners with Mastercard to improve digital identity management" Neowin 9:19 AM
  • "Why that last 20 per cent of Windows 10 upgrades is 80 per cent of the problem" ITProPortal 9:12 AM
  • "Windows 10 Is This Close to Finally Overtaking Windows 7 Worldwide: The switch of places could take place next month" Softpedia 9:12 AM
  • "Microsoft Blocks Windows 10 Version 1809 Upgrade on More PCs: New issue discovered in Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update" Softpedia 9:11 AM
  • "Another driver issue forces Microsoft to block Windows 10 version 1809 on more devices" MSPoweruser 8:53 AM
  • "Windows Server 2019 review: A solid foundation for future data centre developments" ZDNet 8:11 AM
  • "IEDM: IBM to Describe 8-bit AI Breakthroughs" CDR Info 9:01 AM
  • "IBM's 8-bit AI training technique is up to 4 times faster while retaining accuracy" VentureBeat 9:01 AM
  • "IBM Guns for 8-bit AI Breakthroughs" EE Times 9:00 AM
  • "IBM and Israeli hospital establish digital health accelerator" Med City News 8:57 PM
  • "Dell flies through Q3 with 15% revenue growth" Telecoms 8:55 AM
  • "Wheelie uses Intel's AI camera to let people in wheelchairs get around using facial expressions" VentureBeat 8:54 AM
  • "Intel open-sources HE-Transformer, a tool that allows AI models to operate on encrypted data" VentureBeat 8:53 AM
  • "Intel Artificial Intelligence Opens Door to Mobility for Quadriplegic Community" Intel 8:52 AM
  • "Intel's Patent Describes a More Energy Efficient Bitcoin Mining Process" CDR Info 8:52 AM
  • "How AMD fought its way back to relevance" IT PRO (UK) 8:35 AM
  • "AMD Shares Jump 11% Following U.S.-China Trade Truce: The chipmaker rose 11% on Monday following the White House's declaration of a 90-day moratorium on raising tariffs on Chinese goods. For AMD, it was the biggest single-day percentage gain since Sept. 4." TheStreet 8:58 PM
  • "AMD X570 Chipset To Bring PCIe 4.0 Support, Reveal Coming At Computex 2019" SegmentNext 8:35 AM
  • "AMD X570 platform rumoured to feature PCIe 4.0 support for Zen 2 CPUs" PCGamesN 8:35 AM
  • "AMD will present the new X570 chipset with PCIe 4.0 support" IlSoftware 8:33 AM
  • "3rd gen AMD Ryzen slides leak from Gigabyte event" Hexus 8:32 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Outsold Intel By 2:1, Ryzen 5 2600 Leads The Charge" SegmentNext 8:35 AM
  • "AMD outsold Intel two-to-one in November, according to German retailer" The Inquirer 8:31 AM
  • "You know that AMD Athlon 200GE with no multiplier ... does have a multiplier on specific MSI motherboards" Guru3D 8:31 AM
  • "Oracle 'dirty tricks' to continue in 2019, says Support Revolution" Computing 8:29 AM
  • "Enterprises struggle to fill the cloud skills gap" BetaNews 8:17 AM
  • "What's the best way to make the most of the cloud?" ZDNet 8:11 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • " briefly Wall Street's most valuable company" Reuters 1:17 PM
  • "When Companies Don't Know When to Stop: I've been wondering whether some of the major high-tech companies among the FAANG gang, don't know when to stop their 'continuous improvement,' a term revered by the Japanese in the 90s when they continually improved their products. My observation is we are seeing 'continuous degradation' instead." Tech.pinions 10:15 AM
  • "Another Apple Supplier Slashes Its Sales Guidance" Barron's 8:13 PM
  • "Why Apple Supplier Cirrus Logic Just Slashed Its Guidance" The Motley Fool 8:08 PM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close higher as S&P 500 has best start to December since 2010 on trade-war truce: Market to close Wednesday in national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush" MarketWatch 6:04 PM
  • "Dow Ends Up Sharply; Stocks Rally on Easing Trade Tensions: U.S. stocks ended higher Monday after President Trump backed down from threats to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods for 90 days while the countries work to negotiate a resolution to ongoing trade disputes." TheStreet 6:04 PM
  • "Market Applauds Truce In Trade War; What About Leading Stocks? The main indexes made a favorable sign Monday, building on their uptrend while leading stocks participated in the rally." Investor's Business Daily 6:04 PM
  • "Stocks celebrate trade progress with triple point jump" FOXBusiness 6:04 PM
  • "Stocks, Oil Rise as Trade Tensions Ease, but Bonds Signal Anxiety: Indications that the U.S. and China were both open to pursuing further talks help reassure investors" [Paid Membership Required] 6:03 PM
  • "Asia-Pacific stocks jump on U.S.-China trade truce: Benchmarks in Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai surge" MarketWatch 8:34 AM
  • "European stocks surge on U. S-China trade breakthrough: Autos, miners, oil stocks led the way higher" MarketWatch 8:33 AM

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