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Thursday Highlights: Tim Cook explains vision for Apple in interview with ABC News as company breaks ground for new facility in Texas; President Trump incorrectly claimed he "opened a major Apple manufacturing plant in Texas"; the president did praise Apple during tour with Tim Cook; meeting prompts question if "tariff exemption in the cards"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Apple and Intel file antitrust suit against firm owned by Softbank claiming firm brings "repeated 'nuisance patent suits' against them"; Howard Oakley explains how iOS shows Apple how they must change macOS; in Congressional hearing Apple claimed repair services more expensive than what they charge, critics not convinced, fire back; Apple cancels premiere of The Banker allegedly due sexual assault accusations against producer—more in General Interest section; and new report looks inside iOS development shakeup by Craig Federighi aiming to fix rollout problems.

  • "Apple's $50 Billion Dilemma in China: Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have ensnared a number of foreign companies. Apple is the U.S. company with the most to lose."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:52 AM
  • "How Apple Could Crush Netflix, Spotify, and Disney Plus with a $25 Per Month All-Inclusive Plan: Apple's services are the key to it's growth. An all-in-one plan would make it hard to beat."  Inc. 8:29 AM
  • "Ericsson privateer Unwired Planet seeking $8 billion from Apple over standard-essential patents, submission to UK Supreme Court says"  Foss Patents 7:30 AM
  • "Apple CEO Cook named chairman of top Chinese business school's advisory board"  Reuters 7:18 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook took a chairman position at one of China's top business schools" Business Insider 7:18 AM
  • "Tim Cook reminds us about Apple's sustainability efforts: The Apple CEO speaks after the company was honored by sustainable energy nonprofit Ceres." CNET 7:21 AM
  • "Counterfeit iPhone trafficking scheme lands Chinese national in US federal prison: A Chinese national was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison and three years' supervised release on Tuesday for his part in a counterfeit iPhone trafficking scheme that defrauded Apple out of an estimated $900,000 in warranty replacements." AppleInsider 8:45 PM
  • "Inside Adobe Spectrum, the design system making apps like Photoshop on iPad possible" 9to5Mac 8:20 AM
  • "It Is Time to Outsource Your Passwords to an App: Your brain has better things to do than store secure passwords. Get a dedicated password manager to keep your login data synced and secure across all devices." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:30 AM
  • "TiPbITS: How to Mirror Selected Screens in a Multiple Monitor Setup" TidBITS 3:19 PM
  • "How To Open & Use System Information On Mac" macReports 7:31 AM
  • "How to selectively choose what photos sync in Photos for Mac" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "Catalina's Screen Time problems show an Apple stretched too thin"  iDownload Blog 12:29 PM
Press Releases
  • "NetNewsWire 5.0.3 for Mac Released" inessential 3:25 PM
  • "Chrome 78 for Mac, Windows rolling out: New tab overlays, click-to-call, and more" 9to5Google 3:08 PM
  • "Serato DJ Pro and DJ Lite Now Compatible With macOS Catalina" MacRumors 7:31 AM
  • "Mozilla Firefox 70 Lands With Big Performance, Privacy, And Lockwise Updates" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "Firefox 70 unveils major privacy reporting tools, promises further performance improvements" BetaNews 7:27 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Spotify Saved the Music Industry. Now What? Profits are hard to come by—and Apple and Amazon aren't going away." Fortune 7:20 AM
  • "Disney is 'not fixated' on lower price of Apple's streaming service, CEO Bob Iger says" CNBC 2:59 PM
  • "Apple premieres 'See,' coming to Apple TV+ November 1" Apple 7:07 AM
  • "Apple's Futuristic Thriller 'See' Premieres in California Ahead of Apple TV+ Launch" MacRumors 7:20 AM
  • "Another day, another Apple TV+ premier: 'See" Apple Must 7:22 AM
  • "A hiker says his Apple Watch saved his life by calling 911 after he fell off a cliff" Business Insider 10:24 AM
  • "Woman ordered to type in iPhone passcode so police can search device" Sophos 7:58 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "FTC Blocks US Company From Selling 'Stalkerware' Apps: The three apps—MobileSpy, PhoneSheriff and TeenShield—were marketed as products to monitor the smartphone activities of children or employees. But the FTC claims the same apps can be used to spy on unsuspecting users, including people's spouses." PC Magazine 9:23 PM
  • "LG G8X ThinQ Arrives Next Month With Trick Dual Screen Accessory For $700" HotHardware 3:50 PM
  • "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai gets very cozy with a major telecom lobbyist" Mashable 3:29 PM
  • "After court loss, Ajit Pai complains about states regulating broadband: Pai is mad, but FCC repeal of net neutrality pushed states to fill regulatory gap." Ars Technica 2:54 PM
  • "Foxconn's giant glass dome in Wisconsin is back, baby" The Verge 2:10 PM
  • "59: 'A major step forward'/a SwiftUI special with Josh Shaffer" Swift by Sundell 12:15 PM
  • "Supply chains show their weaknesses following Avast and NordVPN attacks" The Next Web 9:47 AM
  • "Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel is the most dangerous celebrity online" Associated Press 7:47 AM
  • "Can You Really Be Addicted to Video Games? The latest research suggests it's not far-fetched at all — especially when you consider all the societal and cultural factors that make today's games so attractive." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:47 AM
  • "Gmail Hooked Us on Free Storage. Now Google Is Making Us Pay" Bloomberg 7:19 AM
  • "Researchers create an artificial skin that makes your phone ticklish" Engadget 7:18 AM
  • "59: 'A major step forward'/a SwiftUI special with Josh Shaffer" Swift by Sundell 8:44 PM
  • "AirPods Pro or Airpod Pros? – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-22" The Mac Observer 1:08 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 135 – Mac Catalyst with James Thomson Plus Federico's iPhone 11 Pro Camera Story" MacStories 12:48 PM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: October 22, 2019 –¬†Apple Watch fall detection, Adobe + iPad" 9to5Mac 12:34 PM
  • "Apple's 2020 iPhones rumored to have smaller notch, wider 5G antennas" AppleInsider 7:20 AM
  • "LG Display looking to supply LCDs for budget iPhones" The Elec 10:59 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 Rumors Continue to Mount as LG Reportedly in Talks to Supply LCDs for Device" MacRumors 10:58 AM
  • "Samsung increases OLED supply for Apple's latest iPhones" The Investor 10:58 AM
  • "Apple warns users to upgrade their old iPhones and iPads or face GPS and time issues" BetaNews 7:26 AM
  • "Urgent: Update old iOS device by Nov. 3.. or else, Apple warns" Apple Must 7:21 AM
  • "Apple working on Apple Watch bands with data and power for more sensors" AppleInsider 9:19 AM
  • "Future Memoji could be created automatically from user's photos" AppleInsider 7:28 AM
  • "Future Animojis, Memoji may be generated from your photo" Apple World Today 9:10 AM
  • "Apple granted patent for an 'autonomous navigation system" Apple World Today 9:10 AM

  • "Pixel 4 XL vs iPhone 11 Pro Max Camera Test Comparison feat. MKBHD" YouTube: SuperSaf 8:28 AM
  • "Pixel 4 face unlock vs. iPhone Face ID: Which one's faster, better/Google takes on Apple for speed, accuracy and the ability to see in the dark." CNET 7:21 AM
  • "iPhone 11 versus Pixel 4 — Benchmark and hands on comparison" AppleInsider 12:48 PM
  • "Google Pixel 4 XL vs Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: Which is best?" Stuff Magazine 8:00 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Review: Yes, I'm Obsessed With Mario Kart Tour? And?" The Mac Observer 10:22 AM
  • "How to use the 'Remind when messaging' feature on iPhone, iPad, and Mac" 9to5Mac 3:57 PM
  • "Using Multiple Apps At the Same Time With Multitasking In iPadOS" MacMost 2:00 PM
  • "iOS 13: How to Make Sure all Traffic is Routed Through Your VPN" The Mac Observer 9:57 AM
  • "How to replace each Google service with a more privacy-friendly alternative" ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "Here's what the arrow icon means on your iPhone for location tracking, and how different apps use location services" Business Insider 3:57 PM
  • "Idle Speculation on Whether Apple Is Going to Hold Another Keynote Event This Year"  Daring Fireball 9:24 PM
  • "Why Apple Could Have a Landmark Year in 2020" Market Realist 1:39 PM
  • "Editorial: Why the Apple A13 Bionic blows past Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus" AppleInsider 12:07 PM
  • "Adobe is making iPads look even more like the future of computing" Apple Must 9:57 AM
  • "John Gruber: On the upcoming Photoshop for iPad" The Loop 9:19 AM
  • "Apple in India: What about the smart car revolution?" Computerworld 8:30 AM
  • "Why Subscription Gaming Services Are Having a Moment" eMarketer 8:30 AM
  • "iPhone Feature Request: Copy 'Skip Lock Screen' feature from Google's Pixel 4" 9to5Mac 7:48 AM
  • "Responsible parties: You don't have to buy an iPhone" Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "Facebook's version of political neutrality isn't neutral: Its stance isn't working." Engadget 12:44 PM
  • "Google Pixel 4 XL First Impressions" Thurrott 12:17 PM
  • "Google Pixel 4 camera review" DxOMark 8:43 AM
  • "I want my buttons back, Google: The Pixel 4 is a technologically advanced phone. But it's missing a lot of what made past Pixels great." Fast Company 7:59 AM
  • "Review: Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL/For once, Google's latest phone falls short. Its predecessor is just as good ... and cheaper" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:51 AM
  • "The curious case of the Pixel 4's missing headphones" The Verge 7:26 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "iA Writer 5.3 Adds Multiwindow Support, Dark Mode, Content Block Improvements" MacStories 12:15 PM
  • "Todoist Foundations: Key Refinements Modernize the Popular Task Manager" MacStories 10:57 AM
  • "H2O Audio Launches INTERVAL Lap Swimming Underwater Earphones for Apple Watch" PRNewswire 10:22 AM
  • "The Best External SSDs for Mac" Forbes 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft Whiteboard for iOS picks up collaborative templates in preview" iMore 9:55 AM
  • "Fender's new app is a giant chord library that integrates with Apple Music" The Verge 8:19 AM
  • "Fender Songs is an interactive chord book that syncs with Apple Music" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "Arlo Announces Apple® HomeKit™ Compatibility For Arlo Ultra" PRNewswire 7:52 AM
  • "Illustrator tipped as Adobe's next big iPad app" SlashGear 3:01 PM
  • "Bloomberg: the next Adobe CC app for the iPad will be Illustrator, coming in 2020" iDownload Blog 7:51 AM
  • "'Mario Kart Tour' Halloween Tour Dates and New Characters Have Been Announced with Nintendo's Newest Mobile Game about to Get Spooky" Touch Arcade 7:47 AM
  • "Gboard will take a page from Gmail, and complete your sentences for you" Android Central 7:26 AM
  • "Netatmo Weather Station now supports HomeKit: air quality, humidity, temperature and CO2 sensors" 9to5Mac 7:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft warned: Your cloud contracts are 'serious concern' says EU privacy watchdog/Microsoft promises EU customers new revisions to the terms of its cloud contracts." ZDNet 6:57 AM
  • "Microsoft's EU Contracts 'Breach GDPR'" Forbes 7:12 AM
  • "Microsoft to enable end users to buy Power Platform licenses without administrative approval: Microsoft is planning to roll out a major change in the way users will be able to buy Power BI, Power Apps and Flow starting in mid-November. And a number of IT admins are none too pleased." ZDNet 10:28 AM
  • "Microsoft partners with CPU makers for Secured-core PCs" Hexus 7:10 AM
  • "Microsoft's Secured-core PCs will block firmware attacks: The Surface Pro X will be the first machine with the security capabilities" The Inquirer 7:07 AM
  • "How Microsoft learned to tell compelling stories: Tech giant shares its secrets in new handbook" GeekWire 6:36 PM
  • "Microsoft's DreamWalker VR turns your daily commute into a totally different one: It guides you through real environs while immersing you in virtual ones." Ars Technica 6:37 PM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X topples Intel's Core i9-10980XE in leaked 3DMark scores: Team Red flexes 'gaming CPU' muscles" The Inquirer 7:08 AM
  • "Intel files antitrust case against SoftBank-backed firm over patent practices" Reuters 9:22 PM
  • "Intel earnings: Even with PC surge, chip market rebound seems far off" MarketWatch 7:12 AM
  • "Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390 Review: A convertible with very few compromises/It's better than the clamshell XPS 13. There, we said it." PCWorld 7:11 AM
  • "IBM Secure File Transfer Guided Demo" ZDNet 7:03 AM
  • "Quantum supremacy from Google? Not so fast, says IBM.: The rival maker of quantum computers is disputing the much-vaunted claim that Google has hit a new milestone." MIT Technology Review 7:13 AM
  • "Google picks up Microsoft veteran, Javier Soltero, to head G Suite" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
  • "Lenovo's Foldable Thinkpad X1 Is Launching Q2 2020: The hardware is ready now, but Lenovo is waiting for software to catch up and properly support a folding display before going ahead with a launch." PC Magazine 11:04 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Deutsche Bank says an Apple earnings beat on strong iPhone demand is 'priced in'" CNBC Pro 7:57 AM
  • "Here's why Apple shares could rally another 25%" CNBC 7:59 AM
  • "Global Tech Fund Manager Bets on Samsung Over Apple, Alphabet" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:52 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends lower as new social-media bill and Brexit weigh: Shares of Facebook, Twitter, Snap fall after bill to help consumers migrate data to rival platforms emerges" MarketWatch 5:15 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower as Travelers, McDonald's Miss Earnings Forecasts: Stocks are mixed as investors focus on a wave of corporate earnings reports from such heavy hitters as United Technologies, Procter & Gamble and McDonald's." TheStreet 5:16 PM
  • "Dow Jones Futures: Stock Market Rally Hits Ceiling: Nike, ServiceNow, Chipotle, Snap, Texas Instruments Are Key Movers" Investor's Business Daily 5:16 PM
  • "Stocks slide as Brexit vote fails, Turkey cease-fire expires" FOXBusiness 5:17 PM
  • "Stocks Tick Lower Amid Slew of Corporate Results: Major indexes swing in response to latest batch of third-quarter earnings reports; Biogen shares surge" [Paid Membership Required] 5:17 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tick Higher Amid Slew of Corporate Results: Major indexes swing in response to latest batch of third-quarter earnings reports; Biogen shares surge" [Paid Membership Required] 9:20 AM
  • "European stocks edge back from 2019 highs" MarketWatch 7:03 AM

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