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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

  • "What Apple Risks By Doing Momentous Events Without Momentous News"  Time 1:01 PM
  • "Apple Arcade bets family gaming can blast away subscription fatigue: The tech world is obsessed with subscriptions, but many of us are tapped out on monthly fees. Apple thinks games will buck the trend."  CNET 12:53 PM
  • "Apple Arcade wants to let more people play games across all kinds of devices: The new subscription service may spell the end of specialized gaming hardware and make curated games the new center of the universe." CNET 12:53 PM
  • "Apple Excites Potential iPhone 11 Buyers With Durability" Forbes 1:02 PM
  • "Apple Takes on EU's Vestager in Record $14 Billion Tax Fight"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:11 AM
  • "Apple takes fight against 13-billion-euro EU tax order to court" Reuters 7:05 AM
  • "Apple has day in court over Irish tax bill" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:48 AM
  • "Apple CFO Luca Maestri to Lead Challenge Against Irish Tax Ruling in Luxembourg Court This Week" MacRumors 7:41 AM
  • "Apple And Ireland Challenge EU Over $14.4 Billion Tax Ruling" Forbes 12:54 PM
  • "Report: Apple and suppliers investing $1 billion in India to ramp up manufacturing" 9to5Mac 8:59 PM
  • "Apple's 'Boar on the Floor' Mistake: Using money and power to try to bend content to their will..."  500ish Words 7:47 AM
  • "PDF Expert 7 review: Must-have document utility for iOS now offers pro subscription" Macworld 7:14 AM
  • "StrongVPN review: A clear and easy-to-use VPN ideal for coffee shop use" ZDNet 1:08 PM
  • "How to enable Javascript in Safari on a Mac computer to prevent website errors" Business Insider 8:51 AM
  • "How to change the tempo in GarageBand on Mac and iOS" iDownload Blog 7:44 AM
  • "How To Make Multi-Column Documents In Pages" MacMost 1:02 PM
  • "How to refresh the tiny tab icons in Safari when they start disappearing" Macworld 7:18 AM
  • "I switched to Chrome OS from MacOS: Here is what I learned" FirstPost 8:24 AM
Press Releases
  • "Loopback 2.1 Makes Audio Routing Easier Than Ever" Rogue Amoeba 12:58 PM
  • "Transmit 5.5.2" TidBITS 9:28 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Arcade: It's time to play"  Apple 1:14 PM
  • "Apple Arcade is now available for some iOS 13 beta users" TechCrunch 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Arcade goes live for iOS 13 beta testers" The Verge 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Arcade Goes Live in iOS 13 Beta, Here's the Full List of Launch Titles" Touch Arcade 2:32 PM
  • "Get popcorn for iOS 13"s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs: Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track and profile human eyeballs for profit." ["Facebook piggybacking on people's use of Bluetooth for benign purposes like pairing devices so that its ad business can 'pair' people is the sneaky modus operandi that iOS 13 has caught in the act here."]  TechCrunch 7:22 AM
  • "Apple called 'modern tape pirate' in copyright lawsuit" AppleInsider 9:00 PM
  • "Disney CEO Bob Iger resigns from his Apple board seat" Ars Technica 1:01 PM
  • "Disney and Apple Are Parting Ways Over New Streaming Services" iDrop News 1:06 PM
  • "The last Apple Store with the old 'Studio' bar is finally closing its doors: The last of its kind; a relic of the mid-2000's Apple Stores." iMore 7:29 PM
  • "All the TV shows Apple has in the works for Apple TV+: Apple announced Apple TV+ at a special event in March, introducing the world to a slate of upcoming original shows that will made available later this year. AppleInsider has been keeping track of everything the company is said to be producing, updated with news of Justin Theroux project 'The Mosquito Coast.'" AppleInsider 8:58 PM
  • "Apple study suggests chattier users prefer chattier AI assistants" VentureBeat 1:23 PM
  • "Apple's future healthcare market moves will rely heavily on AI analysis" AppleInsider 1:12 PM
  • "The Apple news editor's diary, Fall 2019 edition" Apple Must 7:18 AM
  • "Charlie Hunnam to Star in 'Shantaram' Series at Apple" Variety 1:04 PM
  • "Charlie Hunnam to Star on Apple's 'Shantaram' TV Series Adaptation" The Wrap 1:06 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Data of 24.3 million Lumin PDF users shared on hacking forum" ZDNet 3:14 PM
  • "Amazon's search could push customers toward in-house products" Engadget 1:09 PM
  • "Password-exposing bug purged from LastPass extensions: Google Project Zero finds and reports flaw in widely used password manager." Ars Technica 3:29 PM
  • "LastPass bug leaks credentials from previous site" ZDNet 7:19 AM
  • "Say hello to 802.11ax: Wi-Fi 6 device certification begins today/Wi-Fi 6 is officially here." Ars Technica 1:40 PM
  • "Faster Wi-Fi officially launches today" The Verge 7:18 AM
  • "Upcoming Google 'Hatch' Chromebook Spotted on Geekbench With Intel Comet Lake Chipset" MySmartPrice 7:09 AM
  • "Upgrade #263: Extra Professional" Six Colors 5:02 PM
  • "Journalist & TMO Contributor Charlotte Henry (#2) - TMO Background Mode Interview" The Mac Observer 3:20 PM
  • "Doug Adams Discusses The Bright, Post-iTunes Future for Doug's Scripts" MacVoices 2:56 PM
  • "Tech.pinions Podcast: Apple's Fall Event, Thoughts and Analysis" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:02 PM
  • "Where Cards Fall lets you rethink your life path in a unique Apple Arcade game/Exclusive: The indie game uses playing cards to build an ambitious narrative, and this is the story behind it." CNET 12:54 PM
  • "The Enchanted World transforms personal tragedy into a 'magical' Apple Arcade game/Exclusive: Made by developers who survived their war-torn childhood in Bosnia, this story-driven puzzle game charms and inspires." CNET 12:53 PM
  • "Subscription vs. Private Cloud, Archiving Data, Geek Challenges Galore – Mac Geek Gab 780" The Mac Observer 7:33 AM
  • "Kuo: iPhone 11 Order Demand Better Than Expected, New Colors Particularly Popular" MacRumors 7:14 AM
  • "Multiple camera simultaneous recording coming to iPhone XS and iPhone XR, not just iPhone 11" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Early iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro benchmarks reveal 4GB of RAM across all models: A cache of benchmark results from what appear to be early iPhone 11 and 11 Pro review units made their way online this week, revealing Apple will for the first time offer identical A-series chip configurations across both mid- and high-tier models." AppleInsider 6:44 PM
  • "Midnight green iPhone 11 Pro is proving popular, Apple analyst reports: Demand for the iPhone 11 exceeded expectations, according to Ming-Chi Kuo." CNET 7:30 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone halo still shines brighter than expected! Who knew?" Apple Must 7:44 AM
  • "Order checks for Apple's new iPhone bode well: analysts" Reuters 3:14 PM
  • "iPhone 11"s U1 chip will do more than locate Apple Tags ..." 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "One of iPhone 11"s hottest features is coming to older models" Cult of Mac 7:23 AM
  • "New iPhone and Apple Watch Orders Begin Shipping From Apple Ahead of Friday's Launch Date" MacRumors 1:48 PM
  • "Developer has iOS 13 app rejected because reviewer isn't using iOS 13" iMore 7:42 AM
  • "New iOS 13 'Find My' app helps Redditor recover iPad lost at airport" AppleInsider 7:49 AM
  • "iOS 13: All The New Features in Mail App" iPhone Hacks 12:49 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 5 bands may cause compass interference" 9to5Mac 1:13 PM
  • "Magnets in Apple Watch bands 'may cause interference' with the compass in Apple Watch Series 5" iDownload Blog 1:06 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:08 AM

  • "The Corsair K63 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard Review: PC Gaming Untethered" AnandTech 10:12 AM
  • "Outlier Air offers an affordable alternative to AirPods (and with better battery life)" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Can Apple Compete in Gaming? Hands on With Apple Arcade: Apple's $4.99 per month game service launches this week and will offer more than 100 new and exclusive titles for both casual commuters and hardcore gamers. We got a sneak peek and played some games." PC Magazine 3:14 PM
  • "Apple Arcade hands-on — dozens of original cartoon games aimed at family players" VentureBeat 1:40 PM
  • "Apple Arcade's game lineup looks surprisingly excellent" The Verge 1:13 PM
  • "Apple Arcade hands-on: Why people will pay to play in 2019" iMore 1:12 PM
  • "Apple Arcade's best selling point: Games you'll actually want to play" Engadget 1:11 PM
  • "Shinsekai Into the Depths delivers Apple Arcade's most console-like game: Capcom's underwater action-adventure game lets you explore the fate of humanity." CNET 2:30 PM
  • "Apple Arcade exclusive preview: Where Cards Fall" CNET 1:10 PM
  • "Apple Arcade exclusive preview: The Enchanted World" CNET 1:10 PM
  • "Apple Arcade exclusive preview: Shinsekai Into the Depths" CNET 1:10 PM
  • "Apple Arcade is a no-brainer for iOS users who play games" Mashable 1:08 PM
  • "Apple Arcade hands-on preview: Five games that will make the service worth $5 a month" BGR 1:08 PM
  • "TGS 2019: Hands-On With Taito's 'Graffiti Kingdom'" Touch Arcade 3:29 PM
  • "What Apple is holding back for iOS 13.1" AppleInsider 8:58 AM
  • "iOS 13: The five best features and how they work/ZDNet's Beth Mauder walks you through her five favorite iOS 13 features and how you can try them on the iPhone." ZDNet 7:05 AM
  • "How to disable 3D and Haptic touch in iOS 13" Digital Trends 3:29 PM
  • "How to Stop an iOS Update While Downloading" OS X Daily 2:32 PM
  • "How to use iOS 13"s new High-Key Mono Portrait Lighting effect" Cult of Mac 1:12 PM
  • "What to Do If Your iPhone's Home Button Stops Working" iFixit 1:01 PM
  • "How to measure the distance between multiple points on Google Maps on your computer or phone" Business Insider 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Watch whimsy" The Loop 8:50 AM
  • "There's something Office users must know about the new iPad" Cult of Mac 7:21 AM
  • "More analysts agreeing with Kuo, report strong iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro demand: More analysts agree with Kuo." iMore 9:04 PM
  • "Apple Is About to Reveal Facebook's Shady Location Tracking: Why does Facebook need access to Bluetooth on your phone?" The Motley Fool 8:46 PM
  • "Apple has played some strategic pricing with new iPhone, but its trump card might be an older phone" Financial Express 8:50 PM
  • "I hope Apple Arcade makes room for weird, cool shit" TechCrunch 7:39 PM
  • "Early iPhone 11 sales reports confirm the obvious: It's the price, stupid"  VentureBeat 1:39 PM
  • "Let's Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World" Daring Fireball 1:10 PM
  • "Could Netflix's India Strategy Be Derailed by Apple?" Market Realist 1:09 PM
  • "Apple's biggest lie is the one it keeps telling itself: Another Apple event has come and gone and criticisms abound. Does Apple always have to think the same way, rather than, say, different?"  ZDNet 1:09 PM
  • "Some of Apple's Awkward Product Names Over the Years" 512 Pixels 1:01 PM
  • "Why Apple Arcade is a must-try for this hardcore Android user: It's a different proposition to Google Stadia, and that's why it could be interesting." CNET 12:53 PM
  • "Should You Upgrade from iPhone 7 to iPhone 11 Pro? A Decision Calculator" iPhone Hacks 12:50 PM
  • "Apple is building a machine learning system to rule them all: Overton reduces machine learning errors and is a first of its kind..." Computerworld 10:08 AM
  • "Why the iPhone 11"s lack of 5G won't hurt it, even when Android phones are doubling down" CNET 8:51 AM
  • "Why Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program is Problematic in the UK" Kirkville 8:10 AM
  • "iOS 13"s offline device finder already helped recover a lost iPad" iMore 7:42 AM
  • "5G and the New Foundation of the Internet" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1:02 PM
  • "Hands-on: Vivo's Nex 3 flaunts a beautiful waterfall screen and no-button design" The Next Web 9:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple TV+ series Mosquito Coast lands Justin Theroux as lead: Based on the novel and film of the same name." iMore 8:39 PM
  • "Apple releases iPhone 11 Pro video showcasing cinematic qualities" iMore 7:36 PM
  • "iPad Eurorack: An unofficial port is bringing VCV Rack to iOS" createdigitalmusic 7:36 PM
  • "Apple Arcade Launches Early for Some Users" MacRumors 1:12 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of September 16: Jeff Gamet, Rob Griffiths of Many Tricks, HomePod, macOS Catalina" The MUG Center 9:25 AM
  • "Mophie launches convertible stand to pad wireless charger for iPhone, works in portrait or landscape orientation" 9to5Mac 8:51 AM
Computer Industry
  • "More evidence of Microsoft's innovative Windows Core OS spotted" TechRadar UK 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft's trickiest product might be its most important: A project that began as a hackathon around accessible gaming has evolved into a device that speaks volumes about the company's design ethos." Fast Company 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft tipped to release iPad-killing monster gadget next month" Metro UK 8:45 AM
  • "Rumor: Microsoft Will Tap AMD, Not Intel, for Upcoming Surface Laptop" ExtremeTech 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft could ditch Intel for AMD with its Surface Laptop 3" TechRadar UK 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft to Unveil 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 Next Month (Report)" LAPTOP Magazine 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft's dual-screen Surface may have tech that could improve foldable phones" BGR 7:32 PM
  • "Microsoft gives enterprises another 9 months to get off Exchange Server 2010" Computerworld 2:59 PM
  • "Microsoft pushes back end of support for Exchange Server 2010 by nine months" ZDNet 2:58 PM
  • "AMD's next-gen high-end Radeon: HBM2E memory and ray tracing support?" TweakTown 8:37 AM
  • "AMD Allegedly Claims EPYC Zen 3 Server CPUs Will Bring Better Perf Per Watt Than Intel 10nm Ice Lake-SP" HotHardware 3:57 PM
  • "Intel inaugurates world's smartest building in Petah Tikva: The building was engineered and programmed according to the behavioral patterns and needs of 2,700 employees." Globes (Israel) 8:40 AM
  • "IBM CEO Sees Amazon and Microsoft as Cloud Allies, Not Rivals" Bloomberg 2:04 PM
  • "Why IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Is Betting Big on the Hybrid Cloud" Bloomberg Video 2:59 PM
  • "IBM z15 release shines light on how much is still being run on a mainframe: Australia's biggest banks and government welfare delivery are some of the major use cases down under." ZDNet 7:19 AM
  • "HP stock gets another downgrade: 'The good times for PCs look to be ending'" MarketWatch 8:10 AM
  • "Oracle introduces free autonomous database and cloud services: The free tier, available to anyone for an unlimited amount of time, is aimed at the next generation of developers and enterprises that have yet to make the move to the cloud." ZDNet 8:03 PM
  • "Oracle announces Oracle Autonomous Linux: Billed as the world's first autonomous operating system, Oracle Autonomous Linux provisions itself, scales itself, tunes itself and patches itself while running." ZDNet 8:58 PM
  • "Oracle has a new mission statement from Larry Ellison, and it comes with a brand-new look that downplays its classic bright-red color scheme" Business Insider 7:30 AM
  • "Oracle Cloud Infrastructure achieves FedRAMP authorization" ZDNet 8:58 AM
  • "Oracle OpenWorld 2019 - glimpsing the world beyond the Autonomous Database" Diginomica 8:19 AM
  • "Cisco Acquires UAE-Based AI Start-Up Wrappup" AiThority 8:13 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Tax Battle: Should Investors Be Concerned?" Market Realist 8:50 AM
  • "Apple clashes with its Apple Card partner over TV+" Cult of Mac 8:09 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow snaps 8-session win streak after attack on Saudi oil facilities sends crude soaring: WTI gains more than 14%, its biggest jump in 11 years" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow Finishes Down as Oil Spikes Following Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities: Stocks finished down, ending the Dow's eight-day winning streak, after oil prices surge the most in more than two decades following an attack on two key Saudi Arabian oil facilities." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks slide as oil surges to biggest gain in 11 years" FOXBusiness 3:54 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Retreat as Oil Prices Surge: The Dow Jones Industrial Average snapped an eight-session winning streak and haven assets rallied after a weekend attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities sent crude prices surging." [Paid Membership Required] 3:54 PM
  • "European stock markets fall as oil producers surge and airlines tumble on Saudi attack" MarketWatch 8:52 AM

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