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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 Merged iPad, Mac Apps Leave Developers Uneasy, Users Paying Twice: Company now lets iPad apps run on Mac computers, but developers say it's more work than expected."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:38 AM
  • "Can Apple Avoid Tariffs Again? What to Know About the December iPhone Tariffs: Apple has managed to avoid tariffs on iPhones so far, but it might not be able to do so forever. Here's what it would mean if a proposed round of tariffs on consumer electronics take effect on Dec. 15."  TheStreet 8:43 AM
  • "Apple has approved an app which lets Hong Kong protesters track the police after initially rejecting it"  Business Insider 7:55 AM
  • "Apple under fire from China over app that tracks police activity amid Hong Kong protests"  South China Morning Post 3:58 PM
  • "China state newspaper criticises Apple for app use by Hong Kong protesters" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Apple Pulls Taiwanese Flag Emoji From iPhones in Hong Kong" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Apple's Bundling Ambitions Hit a Roadblock: The Mac maker needs to get record labels on board to bundle Apple Music with other services."  Motley Fool 8:43 AM
  • "Apple releases macOS 10.15 Catalina — and it's breaking some apps" BetaNews 8:21 AM
  • "Apple rolls out MacOS 10.15 and your computer will never look the same: Let's all have a moment of silence for iTunes as we welcome Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts, plus Sidecar, Apple TV and more" GearBrain 8:23 AM
  • "MacOS wakes to a bright Catalina sunrise – and broken Adobe apps" The Register 7:55 AM
  • "Apple's Sidecar feature only works on newer Macs" Engadget 10:00 AM
  • "Apple Says iCloud Folder Sharing in macOS Catalina Coming 'This Spring'" MacRumors 7:55 AM
  • "Asphalt 9 and DC Universe may have backed out on Catalyst apps amid dev and customer concerns" 9to5Mac 10:51 AM
  • "Read Apple's essential Mac/iPad Sidecar white paper" Apple Must 12:58 PM
  • "Minor Lightroom and Photoshop bugs pop up in macOS Catalina: Those who use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop may have run into a few minor bugs after upgrading to Catalina, but most have fairly simple workarounds." AppleInsider 7:15 PM
  • "Don't Update to macOS Catalina Yet if You Use Photoshop or Lightroom" PetaPixel 3:16 PM
  • "Warning: If you use an older Adobe app, don't install MacOS Catalina" Digital Trends 2:43 PM
  • "macOS Catalina Application Damaged, Can't Be Used, Fix" macReports 8:13 AM
  • "Update Apple ID Settings (macOS Catalina), Fix" macReports 8:13 AM
  • "MacOS Catalina: 5 best things about Apple's new OS for your Mac/Your Mac just got a huge update, thanks to Catalina, the new version of the MacOS available now." CNET 8:17 AM
  • "macOS Catalina and DJs: Yes, It's a Problem, but There's a Workaround, and Developers Can Solve It" Kirkville 8:12 AM
  • "How to use Sidecar in macOS Catalina with your iPad and your Mac" AppleInsider 2:43 PM
  • "Apple's new Mac update won't support a handful of apps, but there's an easy way to see which of yours are incompatible" Business Insider 12:57 PM
  • "MacOS X 10.15 Catalina: What you need to know before updating" MusicTech 8:44 AM
  • "How to Prepare for MacOS Catalina" OS X Daily 11:58 AM
  • "How to sync iPhone to Mac in macOS Catalina without iTunes" 9to5Mac 3:16 PM
  • "How to Export an XML File in the Music App in macOS Catalina" Kirkville 8:12 AM
  • "How to delete old Time Machine backups on a Mac computer in 2 ways, to free up storage space" Business Insider 3:40 PM
  • "Why you're prompted to erase an external drive when you use it with Time Capsule: The drive isn't in the supported format." Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "How to turn on Home Sharing in the Music and TV apps in macOS Catalina" AppleInsider 9:12 AM
  • "10 New macOS Catalina Features You May Not Know About" MacMost 1:32 PM
  • "How to show and adjust the keyboard in GarageBand" iDownload Blog 8:31 AM
  • "Bulletproof! Initial media reactions to Apple's Catalina." Rixstep 2:05 PM
  • "Some Developers Facing 'Several Problems' Porting iPad Apps to the Mac With Catalyst [Updated] MacRumors 12:56 PM
  • "Catalyst's Rough Edges Risk Alienating Developers and Users Alike" MacStories 11:58 AM
  • "MacBook Pro Diary: The upgrade to macOS Catalina is going to involve a lot of work" ["I generally steer clear of beta versions, but this will be the first time in years I haven't upgraded to a new version of macOS within a day or two of the release version – and it's all down to losing 32-bit apps."]  9to5Mac 9:55 AM
  • "macOS Catalina — Should you upgrade now?" ZDNet 8:36 AM
  • "macOS Catalina's new features, ranked by how 'Apple' they are: All the way from very, to not very" The Next Web 8:36 AM
  • "macOS 10.15 Vista: I completely realize and wholeheartedly own-up to the fact that I'm a geek and a Mac power user above and beyond what normal muggles will ever experience, nonetheless, this is the first-run experience I was greeted to this afternoon after upgrading to Catalina. ... From laptop keyboards to the Mac App Store to the insane new focus on Services, it's clear the higher-ups at our favorite fruit company just don't give a sh*t any longer." 8:28 AM
  • "You don't need to update your operating system right away: It's okay to wait" ["Yet more people didn't realize that they would need to set aside a solid hour to click approval boxes for apps requesting access to newly-restricted parts of your computer. Many people made jokes about the bad old days of Windows Vista and its pop-up boxes."]  The Verge 8:15 AM
Press Releases
  • "Netflix confirms it won't port its iPad app to macOS: Apple's Catalyst efforts are off to a slow start" The Verge 11:15 AM
  • "Backblaze 7.0 adds unlimited version history option, macOS Catalina support, and more" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "CS Odessa Introduces ConceptDraw OFFICE 6 for macOS and Windows" prMac 10:00 AM
  • "Grammarian PRO3 X: Perfect Mac Grammar Checker - 64-bit - Catalina-ready" prMac 8:31 AM
  • "ArtOptimizer 3 for Adobe Illustrator Is Released: Image Workflow Tool" prMac 8:31 AM
  • "Jamf Announces Day-Zero Support for Apple Fall Releases Across its Product Portfolio" Jamf 8:21 AM
  • "macOS 10.15 Catalina and iMazing" iMazing 8:15 AM
  • "Twocanoes Releases Winclone 8 Boot Camp Imaging App for macOS" prMac 7:55 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple has a team of people who transcribe lyrics for Apple Music" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Teenage iPhone ownership rises as intent to buy stays high" AppleInsider 7:57 AM
  • "Piper Jaffray: Apple still owns GenZ" Apple 3.0 8:22 AM
  • "Piper Jaffray: Teenage iPhone Ownership on the Rise, Apple Watch Also Performing Well Among Teens" MacTrast 8:23 AM
  • "Apple likely to outrace Huawei in smartphone shipments in 4Q19, says sources" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:37 AM
  • "Here's what it's like when Apple wants to buy your company" AppleInsider 8:37 AM
  • "NYC law enforcement long been able to crack iPhones in-house" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Inside Apple's Ultra-Rich Deal for the Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell Musical 'A Christmas Carol'"  Variety 3:15 PM
  • "Apple Inks Deal for 'A Christmas Carol' Musical Starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell" MacRumors 3:16 PM
  • "Jennifer Aniston on How Me Too (and Matt Lauer) Influenced 'The Morning Show'" Variety 2:38 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung warns of 56% profit slide, but two of its biggest rivals will help it recover" BGR 8:21 PM
  • "Twitter transgression proves why its flawed 2FA system is such a privacy trap: Twitter 2FA is every bit as bad as critics said it was. Site signals a change is coming." Ars Technica 8:20 PM
  • "Twitter Announces it Used Customer Data Provided for Account Security for Advertising Purposes" MacTrast 7:14 PM
  • "Twitter Took Phone Numbers for Security and Used Them for Advertising" Vice 3:50 PM
  • "Blizzard Facing Backlash After Suspending 'Hearthstone' Player For Hong Kong Comments" Forbes 10:00 AM
  • "Police deals with Amazon's Ring under fire over surveillance concerns" Axios 9:47 AM
  • "What are the must-have features for gaming phones? Google has the answer" Android Authority 7:55 AM
  • "David Sparks On His New Shortcuts Field Guide for iOS 13" MacVoices 3:46 PM
  • "Credit Where Credit is Due – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-08" The Mac Observer 1:14 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 312: Side note and humble brag" iDownload Blog 8:31 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 133 – Building an iOS Media Companion" MacStories 8:13 AM
  • "HomeKit Secure Video features, interface leaked from Apple Store iPad" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "Getting An iPhone Repaired Might Become More Affordable Because Of Laser Machines" Tech Times 8:43 AM
  • "There's a scary new reason not to borrow a stranger's iPhone cable" Fast Company 8:44 AM
  • "Apple Pencil could gain magnet-based force feedback in a future refresh" AppleInsider 11:16 AM
  • "Apple Wins Patent for Smart-Fabrics based Health Glove" Patently Apple 8:13 AM
  • "Apple Wins Third Eye Tracking Patent this Year Relating to a Head-Mounted Display System" Patently Apple 8:12 AM
  • "Apple granted another patent for eye-tracking features for 'Apple Glasses" Apple World Today 8:32 AM
  • "That iPhone camera bump could get a lot smaller, if Apple's research pans out" AppleInsider 9:12 AM
  • "Apple Wins a Next-Gen Apple Pencil Patent that introduces a Pen-like Rolling-Ball Point, new Haptics and iPad Pro Dock" Patently Apple 9:47 AM
  • "iPhone and iPad Users Seeing 'iTunes Store is Unable to Process Purchases' Error When Opening Apps" MacRumors 11:17 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM

  • "Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: A Week Later" Thurrott 8:47 AM
  • "Review: iPad Pro vs. iPad 2019" Forbes 7:57 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Pro X vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Which big-screened productivity tablet is best?" PCWorld 7:54 AM
  • "Tile Sticker, Slim, and Pro hands-on review: A Tile for your tech (and more)" Digital Trends 8:46 AM
  • "Tile Sticker and Slim review: Bluetooth trackers for every occasion" GearBrain 8:22 AM
  • "New Tile Sticker will help you find anything [Review] Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Hands on: New Tile Sticker, Tile Mate, Tile Pro, and Tile Slim are the best Bluetooth trackers yet" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Review: Roli Songmaker Kit is a futuristic composer's dream" AppleInsider 7:19 PM
iOS Apps
  • "Hands-On with Spotify's Siri Integration and Apple TV App" MacStories 9:12 AM
  • "Tidal review: Is this Spotify for audiophiles?" Expert Reviews 8:42 AM
  • "Apple Arcade: 'Tint' Review – Fifty Shades of Great?" Touch Arcade 11:35 AM
  • "How to install Kodi on your iPhone or iPad" Digital Trends 3:45 PM
  • "How to cancel your Apple Music subscription on a Mac computer" Business Insider 3:04 PM
  • "Your iPhone can now send spam calls directly to voicemail — here's how to set it up" NBC News 1:56 PM
  • "Hidden Phone Tracker for Kids Monitoring" ReadWrite 1:14 PM
  • "How to calibrate your Apple Watch for more accurate workout tracking" Business Insider 12:41 PM
  • "Everyone's AirPods will die. We've got the trick to replacing them. We shouldn't let Apple turn headphones into expensive, disposable products because of bad battery design." Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 11:39 AM
  • "How to connect your DUALSHOCK 4 or Xbox Wireless Controller to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac" MacDailyNews 8:45 AM
  • "Get some macOS Catalina tips with Apple's new how-to videos: Get some helpful tips when sailing to Catalina island." iMore 9:12 PM
  • "Apple Watch connected to an Iomega Zip disk. Will it work?" iDownload Blog 1:14 PM
  • "What happens to Boot Camp if Apple boots Intel? The adoption of Intel processors allowed Macs to more easily run Windows. But a switch to its own processors would probably put an end to dual-boot Macs." ZDNet 8:41 PM
  • "The iPad Pro is the best and worst iPad I've ever owned [Opinion] Cult of Mac 1:37 PM
  • "Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass will be totally different stores: Revenue models can have a shockingly large impact on the creative process."  Engadget 12:58 PM
  • "Apple's worst product is still Apple's worst product: Apple, like every other company, has its ups and downs when it comes to quality. But there's one Apple product that's consistently awful." ZDNet 8:17 AM
  • "I've got no strings: AirPods are more than an evil plot" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "This tiny PC is changing the lives of graphic designers in a big way" Mashable 9:46 AM
  • "Waterfall displays: The latest design trend nobody's asked for" Android Authority 8:22 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: 'good' is as good as it gets" The Verge 8:14 AM
  • "Exclusive: A Deeper Look at the PlayStation 5/Now that the name is official, we've got more details about Sony's next-gen console—from the haptics-packed controller to UI improvements." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:57 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Listen to Pitchfork's 200 Best Songs of the 2010s on Apple Music: From Frank Ocean to Grimes to Lana Del Rey, these are the 200 best songs of the 2010s, according to Pitchfork" iMore 7:26 PM
  • "Apple's first TV+ holiday special will star Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds: It's a musical take on 'A Christmas Carol.'" Engadget 7:16 PM
  • "Second Phone Line Ninja Number Mobile App Now Offers Purchase through Google and Apple Pay" Business Wire 3:57 PM
  • "Linksys Introduces First-To-Market Motion Sensing Mesh WiFi Technology" PRNewswire 3:56 PM
  • "MeeBot 2.0 educational robotics kit ships as Apple Store exclusive" AppleInsider 2:43 PM
  • "'Call of Duty: Mobile' smashes records with 100 million downloads in first week" Reuters 10:12 AM
  • "Caviar introduces new iPhone 11 Pro design, gets rid of the square camera setup" GSMArena 8:39 AM
  • "Prizmo Go 3.0 - Text Grabber for iPhone & iPad - is available on the App Store." Creaceed 8:14 AM
  • "With a possible Apple tag waiting in the wings, Tile unveils Sticker, an adhesive device for tracking objects" TechCrunch 8:12 AM
  • "Amid 'Apple Tag' Rumors, Tile Announces New 3M Adhesive 'Sticker' and Updated 'Slim' Electronic Trackers" MacRumors 7:55 AM
  • "Private health plan offers seniors $150 off the price of Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft is battling yet another faulty update for Windows 10: We're dying to see what they plug the eleventh hole in the dyke with" The Inquirer 6:45 AM
  • "Warnings Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10 Users" Forbes 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft's unified Office Mobile app: What it is and why it matters/MIcrosoft's unified Office Mobile app, codenamed 'Unity,' could be coming to more Android phones and iOS phones soon. But what will happen on Windows?" ZDNet 9:46 AM
  • "Microsoft's latest challenge? To connect 40 million people to the internet in the next three years: The tech giant launched the Airband International initiative to bring broadband connectivity to disadvantaged communities across the world." ZDNet 9:46 AM
  • "Satya Nadella looks to the future with edge computing" TechCrunch 11:12 AM
  • "Microsoft: 5 things to know about the tech leader that's withstood industry upheaval" FOXBusiness 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft's AI learns to answer questions about scenes from image-text pairs" VentureBeat 1:53 PM
  • "Microsoft October 2019 Patch Tuesday is a light one: No zero-days this month. Only 59 security updates." ZDNet 8:58 PM
  • "Linus Torvalds isn't concerned about Microsoft hijacking Linux: Linux don dismisses 'anti-Microsoft stuff'" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "Microsoft says its Surface Duo phone isn't really a phone -- here's why/Commentary: Microsoft says you'll call the Surface Duo a phone even if it doesn't. Huh?" CNET 7:16 AM
  • "Microsoft wants to connect another 40 million global internet users: Expanding Airband to Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa" The Verge 7:16 AM
  • "Intel's high-end Cascade Lake-X processors are cheaper and faster: CPUs could yield good-value high-powered PCs" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "Intel cuts X-series prices in half to compete against AMD with upcoming Cascade Lake-X CPUs: Intel Core i9-10980XE Extreme Edition will come in at half the price of last year's top-of-the-range HEDT processor from Intel" Computing 6:58 AM
  • "Intel drops the price of its 9th-gen F and KF processors: Who needs integrated graphics,¬†anyway?" TechSpot 7:03 AM
  • "Intel Axes Kaby Lake-G Processors With AMD's Radeon Vega Graphics" Tom's Hardware 7:10 AM
  • "Intel says the 'The Element' modular computer is 'the future'" Hexus 7:04 AM
  • "Intel showcases 'Element' modular CPU design for servers or workstations: Intriguing potential for slot-upgradeable CPUs" Tech Central 6:59 AM
  • "Intel launches new modular strategy with Element demo" bit-tech 7:03 AM
  • "Intel's Tiger Lake CPUs can handle Fortnite smoothly without a graphics card: Integrated Gen12 graphics are targeting 60 fps for laptop gaming in popular esports titles" TechRadar UK 7:05 AM
  • "Intel CEO Bob Swan in Taiwan to meet suppliers" DigiTimes 7:05 AM
  • "AMD's Radeon RX 5500 GPUs brings Navi's 1080p gaming fight to Nvidia/Warning: RX-rated figures below" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "AMD: The new Radeon RX 5500 will boast 'up to' 37 percent faster performance than the GTX 1650" TechSpot 6:58 AM
  • "AMD's Ryxen 9 3950X hits 4.3GHz across all 16 cores: Ryzen up in time for Xmas" The Inquirer 9:47 AM
  • "TSMC's new EUV process is hitting yield just in time for AMD's next-gen Zen 3 CPUs" PCGamesN 6:57 AM
  • "AMD developing barebones PC kit to take on Intel NUC platform" Notebook Check 6:57 AM
  • "Could Apple Cause Chip Shortages for AMD? Higher iPhone sales could make it tougher for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to meet AMD's orders of 7-nanometer chips." The Motley Fool 6:58 AM
  • "Should Oracle 'Step On The Gas' To Grow Its Cloud Even Faster? Larry Ellison Responds" Forbes 7:17 AM
  • "Oracle to hire 2,000 workers to expand cloud business to more countries" Reuters 7:17 AM
  • "Oracle reveals major cloud expansion plans to take on Amazon and Microsoft" TechRadar UK 7:21 AM
  • "TSMC Achieves HVM On Its 7nm+ EUV Process — Next Generation CPUs And GPUs On 7nm EUV Are Now A Go" WCCFTech 7:05 AM
  • "Arm unveils consortium for autonomous vehicle computing" VentureBeat 3:46 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow falls 300 points, stocks end lower for second day as hopes for U.S.-China trade talks fade: Market draws some relief from Fed's plan to expand balance sheet" MarketWatch 6:11 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower on News of Visa Restrictions for Chinese Officials: Stocks end lower Tuesday following late session reports the Trump Administration was putting visa restrictions on Chinese officials over abuses of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region." TheStreet 6:12 PM
  • "Stocks tumble on Powell's balance sheet comments and as trade hopes fade" FOXBusiness 6:12 PM
  • "Stocks Extend Decline After U.S. Says It Would Impose Visa Restrictions: Tensions between Washington and Beijing threaten to undermine trade talks" [Paid Membership Required] 6:13 PM
  • "Asian markets gain ahead of U.S.-China trade talks: Nikkei posts strong gain as mainland China markets reopen after weeklong holiday; HKEX drops $37 billion bid to buy LSE" MarketWatch 8:03 AM
  • "British pound under pressure after reports of contentious Merkel, Johnson call: FTSE 100 index outperforms on sterling weakness" MarketWatch 8:04 AM

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