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  • "Apple Nears Record as Market Cap Again Surpasses $1 Trillion"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:22 AM
  • "The People With Power at Apple" ["Some former Apple employees say the relatively small size of the senior management layer is a legacy of Steve Jobs, who on his return to Apple in 1997 simplified the management structure to allow for quick decision-making. Jobs could discuss and make decisions with as few as 10 people in a room. His structure allowed him to skip levels and communicate with people under his direct reports, according to one former Apple executive. But right now, 'it looks like the senior vice presidents have way too many reports ... it doesn't look particularly effective,' the former Apple executive said, referring to the title held by most of Cook's direct reports."]  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:27 AM
  • "Dropcam founder Greg Duffy reportedly leaves Apple" CNBC 12:24 PM
  • "Apple's new iPhones shift smartphone camera battleground to AI"  Reuters 8:06 AM
  • "The Biggest iPhone News Is a Tiny New Chip Inside It: By embracing ultra-wideband location tech, Apple has a chance to reshape experiences way beyond AirDrop."  Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:00 AM
  • "Apple's New Pricing Strategy Drives a Breakout in the Stock: By dropping the iPhone price and coming in low on Apple TV+ and Arcade pricing, the firm is aiming to steal market share from competitors." RealMoney [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:27 AM
  • "Apple new pricing strategy steals spotlight at iPhone 11 launch" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:19 AM
  • "The new Apple 10.2-inch iPad is Apple's not-so-secret weapon: With a new, larger screen and more pro-level features, the entry-level iPad feels more Pro than ever."  CNET 8:05 AM
  • "Phishing attacks on Mac users doubling; here's what to watch for" 9to5Mac 8:19 AM
  • "How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic" MacRumors 8:34 AM
  • "How to create a split screen effect in iMovie on Mac and iOS" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "Time-saving tips for using the Finder Search feature on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "Time Machine: No FAT or exFAT drives, only HFS+ and APFS/While macOS can mount and interact with these drives, Time Machine cannot." Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "Two Ways To Password-Protect Files On Your Mac" MacMost 1:42 PM
  • "Recreating Apple's California Wallpapers" 512 Pixels 11:01 AM
Press Releases
  • "Slack now has dark mode on macOS, here's how to turn it on" AppleInsider 12:03 PM
  • "Slack Launches Support for Dark Mode on Mac" MacRumors 11:00 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's first Latin American flagship to open in Mexico City on Sept. 27" AppleInsider 7:54 PM
  • "Apple TV Plus: Our biggest unanswered questions/Apple finally filled in the most glaring blanks about its streaming service: its launch date and price. But you may need more answers before you commit." CNET 8:05 AM
  • "Wrist-Worn Wearables Maintain a Strong Growth Trajectory in Q2 2019, According to IDC" Business Wire 8:13 AM
  • "Declining tablet market in EMEA, but iPad shipments grow" 9to5Mac 8:19 AM
  • "The Biggest iPhone Hack in History, Explained: Inside a hack that targeted thousands of people a week." Vice 8:45 AM
  • "Complex iOS 13 exploit allows viewing of contacts without unlocking iPhone" AppleInsider 1:52 PM
  • "Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Google all skipped signing a letter from 145 CEOs urging the Senate to take action on gun control" Business Insider 10:03 AM
  • "Night Mode and New Cameras in iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Shown Off" MacRumors 1:49 PM
  • "First iPhone 11 Night mode photos demonstrate Apple's illuminating camera tech" AppleInsider 7:55 PM
  • "Apple Arcade: All 51 games announced so far/Apple's game service will bring over 100 games, for $5 a month." CNET 11:26 AM
  • "Apple Arcade — Let the games begin" YouTube 9:30 AM
  • "Jason Momoa apparently thinks his Apple TV+ show 'See' is better than 'Game of Thrones'" BGR 2:04 PM
  • "Details emerge about Servant, the creepy M. Night Shyamalan Apple TV+ show" Cult of Mac 1:53 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 11 Pro Is Triggering A Freaky Trypophobia Condition In People, Really" HotHardware 3:56 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Steam recommendation engine no longer favors popular titles: Gamers were 15 percent more likely to click on a title in the updated version" Engadget 6:13 PM
  • "HBO's next attempt to replace 'Game of Thrones' launches on November 4th" BGR 6:11 PM
  • "AT&T to lose 1.1 million TV subscribers as DirecTV continues nosedive: AT&T forecasts subscriber loss as big shareholder says DirecTV buy was a mistake" Ars Technica 5:01 PM
  • "Google agrees to $550 million fine in France to settle fiscal fraud probe" Reuters 9:34 AM
  • "Google puts drug addiction recovery info front and center" Engadget 8:22 AM
  • "'Ring Fit Adventure' is a Switch RPG that makes you work out" Engadget 8:22 AM
  • "'Ban kids from loot box gambling in games'" BBC 8:17 AM
  • "Google Pixel 4 XL Leak Highlights 90Hz Display, Robust Camera And Face Recognition" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "Google's Pixel 4 Is Likely Going To Leapfrog The iPhone Once Again" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "Yet another Pixel 4 leaks shows off new camera features" Android Authority 8:16 AM
  • "Exclusive: Spotify Pays Hackers $120,000" Forbes 7:59 AM
  • "Mike Schmitz On Learning GoodNotes, The Sweet Setup, and Intentionality" MacVoices 3:55 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 242: iPhone 11 and Apple Watch Series 5 event extravaganza" 9to5Mac 11:28 AM
  • "255: Frogger With a Giant Baby" The Rebound 10:03 AM
  • "Reports Conflict on iPhone 11 Pro Models Having 4GB or 6GB of RAM"  MacRumors 8:13 AM
  • "Benchmark claims iPhone 11 Pro has 4 GB RAM, but other reports indicate it has 6 GB" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "What is an LTPO display? Apple's new Apple Watch has a display unlike any other smartwatch. Here's what you need to know about it." PCWorld Australia 8:31 AM
  • "iPhone 11: What is Deep Fusion and how does it work? Apple calls it 'Computational photography mad science', but what does it do?" Computerworld 8:50 AM
  • "The most expensive iPhone Apple sells costs $1,450 — about the same as a 13-inch MacBook Pro" Business Insider 8:30 AM
  • "Apple stops signing iOS 12.4 after patching jailbreak exploit" Cult of Mac 8:17 AM
  • "Compared: Apple 2019 iPad 7th generation vs 6th and 5th generations" AppleInsider 2:33 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro Max vs iPhone XS Max: What's the Difference" iPhone Hacks 8:45 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 5 Vs Series 4 Vs Series 3 [Specs Comparison] Redmond Pie 2:33 PM
  • "Apple Releases watchOS 6 GM to Developers with New Meridian, Nike Watch Faces" iDrop News 1:55 PM
  • "Apple tweaks App Store rule changes for children's apps and sign in services" TechCrunch 10:59 AM
  • "Apple working on biometric identification beyond Touch ID and Face ID" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Apple is considering the use of Palm Biometrics for Future Apple Watch and other Devices" Patently Apple 8:30 AM
  • "Future iPhones, iPads could sport flexible sidewall displays" Apple World Today 8:44 AM
  • "iPhone repairs: AppleCare+ now available indefinitely for monthly fee/Apple also reduces the price of second-event damages to devices including iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch." ZDNet 8:27 AM
  • "AppleCare+: Everything you need to know about Apple's extended warranty program/What AppleCare+ costs, what it covers, and answers to all your other questions." Macworld 2:33 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple lowers price of 1TB iPad Pro models by $200" The Apple Post 8:34 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM

  • "Laptop Review: Surface Book 2 vs. MacBook Pro" Forbes 9:03 PM
  • "Review: Zendure SuperMini battery is small but mighty" AppleInsider 7:54 PM
  • "iPhone 11, Pro, Max: Early impressions of Apple's new iPhones for 2019" CNET 8:46 AM
  • "Glass Elite VisionGuard+ protects you and your iPhone four ways" Apple World Today 8:00 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Siri in iOS 13: SiriKit for Media, New Suggestions, and a Better Voice" MacStories 11:00 AM
  • "You Seem To Have An Assistive Touch, Yeah" YMP Now 11:58 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Upgrade Program PSA: If you have an iPhone XR, you'll need to make a payment first" Macworld 11:26 AM
  • "The absolute fastest way to preorder iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro: Having many years of experience in preordering under our belts, we have learned the fastest way to get through the iPhone preorder process." iMore 9:06 PM
  • "9 Tips to Pre-order iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro Before It Sells Out" iPhone Hacks 8:43 AM
  • "You'll only get Apple TV+ free once, no matter how many devices you buy: No stacking freebies!" iMore 8:28 AM
  • "Comment: Apple could kill Wear OS with a pull of the Apple Watch lever"  9to5Google 3:59 PM
  • "3D Touch's death is great if you love the feature [Opinion] Cult of Mac 3:58 PM
  • "Will free Apple TV+ subscriptions count as Services revenue?" Six Colors 2:33 PM
  • "How did Apple outsmart the rumor mill? A number of key announcements that were rumored for the iPhone launch event were notably missing. What happened? Did Apple outsmart the rumor mill?" ZDNet 1:54 PM
  • "iPhone 11 corrects the biggest mistake of the Jony Ive era"  Cult of Mac 1:53 PM
  • "Editorial: Can journalists have feelings at Apple events?" AppleInsider 1:50 PM
  • "Google-Owned Crashlytics Is Using iOS 13"s Custom Fonts Feature to Track Users" Daring Fireball 1:49 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 11 doesn't have 5G because 5G isn't ready for the iPhone: But a year from now, it probably will be" The Verge 11:28 AM
  • "Apple announcements discussion is quite extensive, with many notes about cameras, lenses and computational photography, plus pricing issues, OLED displays, phone cases and breakage, 3D Touch elimination, the Apple Watch silo, location leakage security issues, GPS in Airplane mode, former CEOs and product proliferation, etc." MacInTouch 11:21 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro: The ugliest iPhone ever!" BetaNews 11:02 AM
  • "Apple's Pricing Surprise" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:59 AM
  • "Where's the Apple Arcade, Music, and TV Plus bundle? Apple's all in on services, and a bundle would help"  The Verge 10:59 AM
  • "The irrelevant iPhone 11: Apple will crush Android with services, bundling, and cheap devices"  ZDNet 10:01 AM
  • "Tim Cook Will Have To Pry My iPhone SE From My Cold, Tiny Hands: New iPhone season is here. But don't give in to FOMO — the iPhone 7 is still the most-used phone in the United States." BuzzFeed News 10:00 AM
  • "Is the iPad Mini a great choice for a small tablet?" Engadget 9:34 AM
  • "Comment: The AppleCare+ subscription could see Apple making twice the money" 9to5Mac 9:34 AM
  • "I don't have to wake up at 3AM on iPhone preorder day anymore" The Verge 9:08 AM
  • "Apple, Disney Read from the Same Script about Netflix" Market Realist 9:08 AM
  • "On Apple not releasing a 5G phone" The Loop 9:08 AM
  • "Cassandra -Midweek Review: The Awesome Predictability of an Apple Event -A Perspective on Apple's Announcements" eXtensions 9:01 AM
  • "Opinion: The $1 trillion companies: Microsoft is still bigger and better than Apple"  MarketWatch 8:46 AM
  • "Why Jim Cramer thinks Apple's new iPhone 11 could be a boon to Facebook's Instagram" CNBC 8:46 AM
  • "There's a secret message in Apple's iPhone 11 event supercut" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
  • "Why Is It So Difficult to Listen to Audiobooks on the Apple Watch?" Kirkville 8:27 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 5 vs. Series 4: Is it worth an upgrade? The Series 5 is a cool device, but it's best to think of it was one of Apple's off-year 'S' releases." Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "Lower iPhone 11 price shows Apple got the message [Opinion]"  Cult of Mac 8:17 AM
  • "Apple shouldn't be praised for doing the bare minimum"  Android Authority 8:16 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch changed my life. Apple Arcade may do the same/Commentary: Apple Arcade's library may get me off the never-ending treadmill of freemium games." CNET 8:05 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy phones: What a $1,000 phone buys you" CNET 8:04 AM
  • "6 Reasons I Finally Want an Apple Watch: The Apple Watch Series 5 includes some features that represent a tipping point in my longstanding resistance to the device." PC Magazine 8:00 AM
  • "Brief Thoughts and Observations on Yesterday's Apple Event, Roughly, if Not in Fact Exactly, in the Order in Which They Were Announced" Daring Fireball 7:51 AM
  • "Editorial: The NSA remains uninterested in our safety by calling for encryption weakening" AppleInsider 11:00 AM
  • "'SEGA Genesis Mini' Hardware Review – How Does It Stack Up Against 'SEGA Forever'?" Touch Arcade 12:16 PM
  • "Sega Genesis Mini review: $80 delivers a ton of blast-processing fun" Ars Technica 9:08 AM
  • "Sega Genesis Mini review: the best tiny console yet" The Verge 9:08 AM
  • "Sega Genesis Mini review: The best mini console out there" Engadget 9:08 AM
  • "Sega Genesis Mini review: The best retro console for everyone who ignored Nintendo" CNET 9:04 AM
  • "Sorry, general AI is still a long, long way off: Artificial intelligence might have passed a school science test but when everyday tasks are still well beyond it's ability, we can't even talk about building general purpose AI." ZDNet 8:27 AM
  • "How Wi-Fi Almost Didn't Happen/Opinion: Launched 20 years ago this week, Wi-Fi nearly hit a dead spot." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for September 12, 2019" GoComics 7:41 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple introduces billing grace period for auto-renewing subscriptions: Apple on Thursday informed developers it is rolling out a new subscription remittance feature that grants users a grace for unsuccessful auto-renewals, a solution the company hopes will reduce customer churn." AppleInsider 4:54 PM
  • "Gwent witches its way to iOS on October 29" VentureBeat 1:54 PM
  • "Totallee's new Clear Case protects and shows off iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max" 9to5Mac 1:52 PM
  • "Starbucks Announces Three New Appointments to Board of Directors: Company appoints Ritch Allison, Domino's CEO; Andrew Campion, NIKE CFO; and Isabel Ge Mahe, Apple's Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China." Starbucks 9:33 AM
  • "Meet v3.5 at IBC 2019" 9:02 AM
  • "New Specialized iPhone 11 Accessories Announced By Hitcase" Apple Gazette 8:34 AM
  • "Compare the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro Max versus the size of other iPhones with this printable guide" AppleInsider 8:17 AM
  • "Thirstic - A smart and privacy-focused water drink reminder app" prMac 8:14 AM
  • "Walgreens to Offer 3 Percent Daily Cash on Apple Card with Apple Pay Purchases" Business Wire 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Card Users Will Receive 3% Daily Cash at Walgreens and Duane Reade Pharmacies Starting Tomorrow" MacRumors 8:13 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd takes medical leave; first-quarter revenue misses" Reuters 7:30 AM
  • "Microsoft's October 2 event will be about more than just new Surface devices: Microsoft's October 2 fall event is going to feature not just new Surface devices, but new services and 'experiences,' as well." ZDNet 11:29 AM
  • "Microsoft to live-stream its upcoming Surface event" Neowin 3:35 PM
  • "Microsoft releases fix for broken patch which breaks something else, again: It's not exactly a good look, Microsoft" The Inquirer 7:35 AM
  • "Windows 10 1903: Microsoft's CPU spike fix breaks search on Start menu, desktop/Microsoft is looking into new Windows Desktop Search problems, caused by its latest Windows 10 1903 patch." ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's next-gen Surface devices will pack Ice Lake CPUs: According to leaked Geekbench results, at least" The Inquirer 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft proposes new API to help better support foldable devices" Neowin 7:35 AM
  • "Intel revises Apollo Lake degradation failure warning" bit-tech 7:37 AM
  • "Intel 'degrades' Apollo Lake processor degradation issues - Continues to Supply B1 stepping again" Guru3D 7:56 AM
  • "Intel To Host An Olympics-Sanctioned eSports Tournament In 2020" UberGizmo 7:56 AM
  • "In the battle between AMD and Intel, which processors are more secure?" Digital Trends 8:14 AM
  • "AMD's 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X might arrive on 30 September: As the leaves fall, another Ryzen, er, rises..." The Inquirer 7:36 AM
  • "Updated AMD Roadmaps Provide Zen 3 Status, Zen 4 And RDNA2 On Track" HotHardware 4:47 PM
  • "AMD courts Wall Street, financial services firms HPC workloads with Epyc server processor: Now the launch of AMD's second generation Epyc server processor is in the books, the chipmaker is broadening its customer base." ZDNet 2:05 PM
  • "IBM launches z15 mainframe, aims to automate compliance via Data Privacy Passports: IBM's z15 mainframe, which was influenced by a design thinking process with customers, should kick off another hardware upgrade cycle for IBM." ZDNet 7:35 AM
  • "IBM brings Cloud Foundry and Red Hat OpenShift together" TechCrunch 7:40 AM
  • "IBM debuts Poughkeepsie-made z15 mainframe, a 'crown jewel' of privacy" Poughkeepsie Journal 8:14 AM
  • "Modern Businesses Love Cloud Services, but Most Remain In the Tech Stone Age: New research show who the up-and-comers are for cloud services. It may not matter much, though, when so many enterprises are still using legacy tools to keep things afloat." PC Magazine 8:05 AM
  • "Rock Pi X Is The Latest Raspberry Pi Rival With Intel Atom x5 Power For Just $39" HotHardware 4:47 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's stock heads for 4th straight gain to 11-month high" FOXBusiness 9:04 PM
  • "iPhone 11 series sales may affect 4Q19 revenues of PCB supply chain" DigiTimes 8:18 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow logs 7th gain in a row on renewed trade optimism, ECB stimulus: ECB cuts interest rates further into negative territory; U.S. and China to meet on trade in October" MarketWatch 5:08 PM
  • "Dow Finishes Up for Seventh Straight Session Amid Conflicting Trade Signals: The Dow finished up for the seventh straight day Thursday despite conflicting signals on an interim deal with China that would delay tariffs, while the European Central Bank cut its main deposit rate." TheStreet 5:08 PM
  • "Stock Market Gains On Rate Cuts, China Tariff Delay; These Retailers Get A Boost From Stimulus" Investor's Business Daily 5:09 PM
  • "Stocks closing in on record highs" FOXBusiness 5:09 PM
  • "Stocks Climb After ECB Stimulus Package: Indexes also lifted by U.S. tariff delay; bond yields tick lower" [Paid Membership Required] 5:10 PM
  • "Asian markets mostly gain as trade tensions ease: Nikkei rises after Trump delays tariff hikes, but stocks in mainland China give up early gains" MarketWatch 8:29 AM
  • "Europe stocks rise as ECB cuts rates, launches fresh bond-buying program: InBev, British American Tobacco among big movers" MarketWatch 8:29 AM

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