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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.

  • "Apple's Default iPhone Apps Give It Growing Edge Over App Store Rivals: Users can't replace Apple's default apps with third-party options. A House antitrust panel wants to know why."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:57 AM
  • "Apple to Loosen Reins on Outside Messaging, Phone Apps Via Siri: Company comments on Bloomberg News report about the rise of iPhone default apps."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:57 AM
  • "Everyone Wins in Apple's Tariff Deal. Except America: Tim Cook and Donald Trump get their PR coups. But not much else."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 6:57 AM
  • "Amazon is flooding the hardware gaps between Apple, Microsoft, and Google: Tech keynotes reveal more than just products"  The Verge 7:49 AM
  • "VirnetX Says Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit Denied Motions in Proceedings with Apple and Cisco Systems" StreetInsider [Paid Subscription Required] 8:11 AM
  • "Adware campaign exploits Chrome and Safari bugs to serve over 1B malicious ads"  The Next Web 7:46 AM
  • "Apple WebKit bugs on iOS and macOS allowed 1B scam popup ads on websites" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "How to get your Mac ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina: Apple could drop Catalina this week, so it's a good time to get your Mac ready for the upgrade so as to allow it to go smoothly and to avoid potential data loss." ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "How to use Voice Control on your Catalina Mac" Computerworld 9:25 AM
  • "How to use Safari's new features in macOS Catalina, iOS" Apple Must 10:39 AM
  • "New Default Font Preference in Mac Pages" MacMost 1:32 PM
Press Releases
  • "Nisus Software, Inc. Releases Nisus Writer Express 4" prMac 8:26 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Google faces UK class action lawsuit over collecting iPhone data"  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 6:58 AM
  • "Google Faces iPhone Privacy Lawsuit After Court Reinstates Case" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:24 AM
  • "Class-action lawsuit claiming Google tracked UK iPhone users revived" AppleInsider 7:38 AM
  • "London court allows mass claim against Google over iPhone data" Reuters 8:26 AM
  • "Google 'tracking iPhone users' case goes ahead" BBC 8:26 AM
  • "iPhone users may get £750 each from Google for 'illegal' tracking of data: Check to see if you qualify" Telegraph 8:24 AM
  • "Tim Cook does not think rivals are 'afraid' of Apple TV+" Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "Apple CEO Cook opposes Trump, backs 'dreamer' immigrants in Supreme Court" Reuters 8:48 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook and Deirdre O'Brien Urge Supreme Court to Protect Dreamers by Upholding DACA" MacRumors 3:07 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook files Supreme Court brief to support DACA: Apple employs more than 443 'Dreamers,' according to a brief the company filed with the Supreme Court." CNET 3:08 PM
  • "After year in watery grave, iPhone packs new feature: barnacles" Cult of Mac 12:14 PM
  • "Laurene Powell Jobs' latest charity: going to dinner with Ben Affleck" The Verge 3:02 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung reorganises Chinese phone production: By closing all of its phone factories in China, Samsung will rely more on original device makers to create its phones going forward." ZDNet 9:02 PM
  • "Samsung pulls the plug on Chinese smartphone production" TechCrunch 6:59 PM
  • "A new Google tool will tell you if your passwords have been hacked" BGR 5:04 PM
  • "Amazon Just Announced Voice-Activated Eyeglasses That Will Change Everything (Maybe)" Inc. 2:55 PM
  • "Microsoft says new Surface 3x more powerful than MacBook Air" 9to5Mac 12:14 PM
  • "Hell freezes over: Microsoft Surface Duo is an Android-based foldable device" Android Authority 11:18 AM
  • "NVIDIA Shield 8.0.1 update brings the bugfixes for 4K headaches" Android Central 10:48 AM
  • "Report: PlayStation 5 may include a high-quality camera for game streamers" Android Central 9:33 AM
  • "Netflix phishing tops all other attacks on streaming services" BetaNews 7:57 AM
  • "Exclusive: Here's 'Face Unlock' in action on Google Pixel 4 [Video] 9to5Google 3:53 PM
  • "Exclusive: Here's the 'new Google Assistant' on Pixel 4 [Video] 9to5Google 3:45 PM
  • "Google announces three new ways to hide your personal activity from Google: Incognito mode for Maps, auto-delete for YouTube history, and more" The Verge 7:41 AM
  • "Samsung ends mobile phone production in China" Reuters 6:46 AM
  • "These sneaky email scammers are making it even harder for workers to spot fake invoices" ZDNet 6:45 AM
  • "AppAdvice Podcast Episode 118: Google Takes On Apple Arcade As Mario Kart Races On Mobile" AppAdvice 6:34 PM
  • "#314: Get a Real Computer, Jerk/Amazon's cavalcade of new Alexa devices, ultrawide vs. telephoto lenses on smartphones, what one device we'd take to college, and our travel tips." Relay FM: Clockwise 3:05 PM
  • "Sign In With Apple, Managing Logins – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-02" The Mac Observer 3:04 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 056: 'Dark mode all the things'" 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
  • "See what Rian Johnson and George Nolfi shot on an iPhone 11 Pro: 'It made me want to do it more often, not get too precious and just occasionally make something.'" CNET 6:52 AM
  • "Inside Apple's A13 Bionic system-on-chip: The fastest chip ever in an iPhone, and maybe the fastest chip ever in any smartphone." Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "Inside Apple's Deep Fusion, the iPhone 11 and Pro's computational photography feature" AppleInsider 3:03 PM
  • "Analyst: Apple suppliers seeing increased orders due to strong iPhone 11 demand" 9to5Mac 9:57 AM
  • "iOS 13.2 Beta Includes Icon Depicting New AirPods Design" MacRumors 3:03 PM
  • "Report: Icon found in iOS 13.2 beta hints at newly-designed AirPods/The long-rumored 'AirPods Pro' with noise cancelling and a new design may finally be close to release." Macworld 3:01 PM
  • "AirPods With Noise Cancellation Hinted At In iOS 13.2 Beta" UberGizmo 9:02 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First Betas of iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 to Developers With Deep Fusion for iPhone 11 and 11 Pro" MacRumors 12:20 PM
  • "Apple releases first developer beta of iOS 13.2, iPadOS 13.2 with Deep Fusion" AppleInsider 12:19 PM
  • "What's New in iOS 13.2 Beta 1: Announce Messages With Siri, HomePod Handoff and More" MacRumors 3:03 PM
  • "'Announce Messages with Siri' feature returns for AirPods owners in iOS 13.2" 9to5Mac 3:03 PM
  • "Apple Watch Series 5 battery life struggling to last all day for some users" 9to5Mac 10:41 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:39 AM

  • "Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max First Impressions" Thurrott 8:02 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 11 Pro vs. iPhone XS: Camera and Night Mode comparison" CNET 7:40 AM
  • "A Phone 'Tick', a Camera 'Tock': Some thoughts on the iPhone 11 Pro Max" 500ish Words 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 5 Review: The Best Smartwatch, But Barely Better Than Series 4" Forbes 6:48 AM
  • "2019 10.2-inch iPad review: The premier entry-level Apple device/Apple's low-cost tablet didn't change much from last year, but then it's not really aimed at annual upgraders." Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "The Best iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max Cases" The Wirecutter 6:33 PM
  • "Microsoft Surface Earbuds vs. Apple AirPods: Which Buds Are the Best?" Digital Trends 12:25 PM
  • "Mixcder E9 noise-cancelling headphones review: Good noise cancelling and sound at a budget price" TechHive 7:49 AM
  • "Vena's iPhone 11 Pro Max cases are solid, if not groundbreaking" Apple World Today 7:43 AM
  • "Hands On: Surface Ear Buds" Thurrott 3:58 PM
  • "Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Light Cubed" YMP Now 3:34 PM
  • "Blue Yeti X review — The best USB microphone yet" VentureBeat 9:32 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Apple Maps is improved, but still is no Google Maps" USA Today 7:40 AM
  • "Apple's Mail App in iOS 13 Has New, Faster Ways to Select Multiple Emails" Gadget Hacks 6:43 PM
  • "iOS 13.2 Beta 1 Profile File Download Without Developer Account, Here's How" Redmond Pie 12:26 PM
  • "Camera App: The Ultimate Guide" iMore 9:32 AM
  • "How to Set Your Google Data to Self-Destruct: Google has now given us an option to set search and location data to automatically disappear after a certain time. We should all use it." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:23 AM
  • "How to make the home button on your Apple TV remote take you home again" The Next Web 8:03 AM
  • "Seven new WatchOS 6 features you have to try: Your Apple Watch is getting a whole lot better with Apple's latest update." CNET 7:41 AM
  • "These tips will help you save iPhone battery life in iOS 13" Geeky Gadgets 7:40 AM
  • "Survey finds Netflix subscribers aren't keen on Apple TV+: Netflix's strong lineup of original content will apparently keep subscribers loyal" iMore 6:43 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook and VP Deirdre O'Brien offer support for DACA: It was part of an amicus brief Apple submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court." iMore 6:34 PM
  • "America's Senior Citizens and Screen Time" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:05 PM
  • "Editorial: Apple's removal of 3D Touch is a backwards step for 'Pro' iPhones"  AppleInsider 12:19 PM
  • "Apple's watch faces are slowly improving. Is it time for third-party faces? The new the always-on display makes watch faces the center of attention."  Macworld 7:49 AM
  • "Five Android features I miss after switching to the iPhone 11 (and five I want to steal)" PCWorld 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft's Bold Surface Hardware Event: 5 Key Takeaways/The software giant unveiled big bets on dual-screen devices, while also dialing up the performance delivered by its Surface Pro and Surface Laptop families." TheStreet 3:33 PM
  • "Microsoft's new Surface Earbuds are unbelievably fugly" Cult of Mac 3:02 PM
  • "The case against traditional passwords — and how biometrics can better secure us" The Next Web 8:03 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Mario Kart Tour becomes Nintendo's biggest mobile game launch yet with 90M downloads" 9to5Mac 8:28 PM
  • "Apple Arcade: Projection is a Beautiful Shadow Adventure Worthy of a Big Audience" The Mac Observer 3:04 PM
  • "Plex iOS and tvOS update lets users schedule recordings while watching Live TV" 9to5Mac 12:26 PM
  • "The Original Walking Simulator 'Dear Esther' from The Chinese Room Has Arrived on the App Store as a Premium Release and Is Published by Sumo Digital" Touch Arcade 8:02 AM
  • "Gnarbox launches version 2.0 of its rugged, portable photo and video backup device" 9to5Mac 7:47 AM
  • "Duet Display turns any Android into a second screen for your Mac" Cult of Mac 7:38 AM
  • "Google starts rolling out Incognito mode for Maps" Engadget 7:00 AM
  • "Global Computer Hardware Market Forecast to 2022 -" Business Wire 6:56 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Re-inventing Windows: From NT to 10X, Microsoft's never-ending quest for the better OS" ZDNet 12:14 PM
  • "Microsoft's future is built on Google's code: Google underpins Microsoft's browser and mobile OS now" The Verge 3:02 PM
  • "Microsoft hopes its new phone will break the dual-screen curse" CNET 3:22 PM
  • "Microsoft announces ARM-powered Surface Pro X with a custom SQ1 chip, LTE, and USB-C" The Verge 9:57 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 finally adds USB-C: Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 remains largely the same as before, but USB-C is a nice touch." PCWorld 10:22 AM
  • "Microsoft announces Surface Pro 7 with long-awaited USB-C port" The Verge 9:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Unveils $749 Surface Pro 7 With USB-C" LAPTOP Magazine 9:41 AM
  • "Microsoft announces Surface Laptop 3 with a new 15-inch model and USB-C" The Verge 9:32 AM
  • "Microsoft unveils Surface Laptop 3 with AMD processor" VentureBeat 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 packs a 10th-gen Intel CPU" Engadget 9:41 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3 Boasts a 15-inch Panel, AMD CPU" LAPTOP Magazine 9:41 AM
  • "Microsoft launches the ARM-based Surface Pro X" TechCrunch 10:03 AM
  • "The Surface Pro X is Microsoft's return to ARM-based Windows" Engadget 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft's ARM-powered Surface Pro X takes on the iPad Pro" The Next Web 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft embraces dual-screen computing with the Surface Neo" Engadget 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft teases dual-screen Surface Neo" VentureBeat 10:23 AM
  • "Windows 10 is pretty much forcing users towards Microsoft accounts rather than local ones" BetaNews 7:57 AM
  • "This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles" The Register 6:57 AM
  • "AMD scores a big marketing win with Ryzen-powered Microsoft Surface: Beating Intel to the 1100 GFLOPS punch by 2 years got AMD a new Surface design." Ars Technica 12:50 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen CPUs are selling better than ever, leaving Intel in the dust" TechRadar UK 8:34 AM
  • "AMD Hits All-time High CPU Sales Figures" TechQuila 8:35 AM
  • "AMD's 12-core Ryzen 9 Pro 3900 chip among a range of business-focused CPUs" Tech Central 8:40 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Pro 3000 series desktop CPUs will offer full RAM encryption" Ars Technica 8:07 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 3000 Continues Epic Smackdown On Intel According To New Retail Sales Data" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "AMD enables RIS for Radeon Vega graphics cards" Hexus 8:35 AM
  • "Intel's going toe-to-toe with AMD's Threadripper, halving its 18-core CPU price" PCGamesN 8:39 AM
  • "Intel Lowers Cascade Lake-X Pricing In Bid To Match AMD's Ryzen Threadripper Chips" Business Times 8:39 AM
  • "Intel Cascade Lake X surprise price drop preempts AMD November launch" SlashGear 8:40 AM
  • "Intel slashes pricing on 10th Gen Core i9 chips" bit-tech 8:40 AM
  • "Intel debuts competitively-priced Core i9 X Series for extreme performance" Pocket-lint 8:41 AM
  • "Intel cuts high-end chip prices as competition heats, names new treasurer and tax chief" Portland Business Journal 3:23 PM
  • "Intel's latest Core X-series CPUs are cheaper than ever before, but still cost a small fortune" Rock, Paper, Shotgun 6:58 PM
  • "IBM and Canonical work together in financial services: Just because IBM owns Red Hat doesn't mean it's not working with other Linux powers such as Ubuntu Linux." ZDNet 9:33 AM
  • "Dell's dual-screen future could bring exciting changes to XPS laptops" Digital Trends 11:18 AM
  • "Dell: We're Working on Dual-Screen PCs (by Killing the Keyboard)" PC Magazine 3:27 PM
  • "Dell Technologies sees Brazil as priority market" Bnamericas 8:29 AM
  • "Dell's CMO Allison Dew talks about how the company was ahead on the direct-to-consumer trend, why dedicated agency units fail, and why privacy regs will set advertising back" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8:29 AM
  • "Oracle Buys CrowdTwist: Extends Oracle CX with Leading Cloud-Native Omni-Channel Loyalty Solution" StreetInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Oracle Reveals $40 Million Stake In Ampere" Pulse 2.0 8:14 AM
  • "Cisco clamps down on reseller pirates: Vendor will carry out on-site and remote audits of Cisco partners" ARN 8:12 AM
  • "Vulnerability in Cisco Webex and Zoom could allow attackers to spy on meetings" SiliconANGLE 8:12 AM
  • "Warning: Cisco Webex, Zoom meetings are open to snoopers, so use passwords" ZDNet 8:09 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple shares could be about to hit a new all-time high" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "Analyst: Apple suppliers seeing increased orders due to strong iPhone 11 demand" 9to5Mac 12:15 PM
  • "Wedbush: iPhone 11 activity in China 'roughly double' the iPhone XR's" Apple 3.0 9:57 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow closes sharply lower for second day on concern about jobs and manufacturing: Dow down 3.1% so far this quarter, wiping out the 1.2% gain last quarter, but remains up 11.8% for the year" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Down Sharply as Wall Street Gets Recession Jitters: Stocks finish down sharply again on Wednesday on a slump in U.S. manufacturing, recession fears, and a disappointing hiring report." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Stocks plunge amid volatile session, Dow closes nearly 500 points lower" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Drop on Worries About Growth: Dow finishes nearly 500 points lower after private-sector employment report warns on job creation" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets fall as fears of global slowdown pick up: Nikkei and Hang Seng slip after worrying U.S. manufacturing data" MarketWatch 8:42 AM
  • "European stocks slammed by economic concerns: German institutes lower economic growth forecast" MarketWatch 8:42 AM

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