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Wednesday Highlights: Apple formally announces expansion in Austin, TX with new campus and facility to build new Mac Pro with 5,000 employees to start, expanding to 15,000—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; The Verge's Russell Brandom explains transactional relationship between Tim Cook and president Trump; AirPods becoming platform?; Apple taking Apple Music into retail businesses like Harrod's, Levi's stores with muzak soundtracks; during fireside chat session with Salesforce's Mark Benioff, Tim Cook opened up on his life's purpose; producers of The Morning Show call show critics "Apple haters"; got a Ring doorbell? Amazon says police, assuming you give access, can keep videos forever; iPhone 11, 11 Pro reviews from UK's TechRadar; Business Insider compares AirPods Pro to Sony's WF-1000XM3.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple TV Plus joins streaming wars with Oprah but no library" ["While the venture counts Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg among its first wave of talent, Apple TV Plus launches Friday with just a handful of original programs. It also lacks a warehouse of old shows and franchise films that can reliably draw nostalgic viewers and produce spinoffs, such as 'The Mandalorian' for Disney Plus and HBO Max's newly announced 'Game of Thrones' prequel, 'House of the Dragon.'"]  Associated Press 7:24 AM
  • "Apple TV+ is here. Can it compete with Netflix and Disney?" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:49 AM
  • "Apple TV Plus puts Apple in an unfamiliar underdog role: But the streaming wars are a fight Apple isn't likely to lose." CNET 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Results Had 'No Blemishes,' According to Wall Street" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:45 AM
  • "Price cuts, iPhone 11 timing drive Apple's uncertain China rebound: analysts" Reuters 7:43 AM
  • "Tim Cook and Apple: Bullish on China and on Apple's holiday prospects/The iPad is killing it, and the Mac had a record quarter in the U.S." Macworld 8:13 AM
  • "The iPhone trade-in program is booming, and saving Apple's earnings: Trade-in volume on iPhones grew 5x from the year before for the second consecutive quarter, Apple executives say, helping China sales bounce back"  MarketWatch 7:57 AM
  • "As iPhone sales fall again, Apple eyes 5G as the answer" Axios 7:49 AM
  • "Apple shows signs of stabilizing in China despite trade war and onslaught from Huawei" CNBC 8:11 AM
  • "Apple's China business might have benefited from trade war: Goldman Sachs" FOXBusiness 3:59 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook has kept his $50b services promises" Computerworld 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook on Q4 2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" Seeking Alpha 7:44 AM
  • "Tim Cook hints at a potential future plan to sell iPhones as a subscription service"  Business Insider 9:37 AM
OS X
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Crash Reports: How To Use Them To Troubleshoot Why Your Mac Crashed" macReports 2:07 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to get low iPhone battery alerts on macOS" AddictiveTips 6:37 PM
  • "How you can protect your Mac against cyberthreats" Cult of Mac 2:14 PM
  • "How to customize the list appearance in Reminders on Mac" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Data cleaning from the command line" Dr. Drang 8:07 PM
  • "Not all Apple Services are created - or managed - equally"  iDownload Blog 9:37 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro 10.5: 'Features features' not enough for Hollywood success" Alex4D 9:25 AM
Press Releases
  • "Mozilla to stop supporting sideloaded extensions in Firefox" ZDNet 8:36 PM
  • "Red Sweater BlogFastScripts 2.8: Custom Folder Icons and More - Red Sweater Blog" Red Sweater Software 8:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Names Five VPs, Including Return of Early iPhone Executive" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:34 PM
  • "Apple Promotes Multiple Senior Directors to Vice President Roles" MacRumors 7:34 PM
  • "Apple promotes several senior directors to VP positions, early iPhone marketing exec returns" 9to5Mac 8:03 PM
  • "Apple is world's largest PC vendor with $47B in iPad & Mac revenue" AppleInsider 12:41 PM
  • "Apple's figured out a way you can buy all the new, shiny, expensive things—debt: Apple is planning to make it easier for Apple Card users to afford a new iPhone. As long as the owner doesn't mind more debt."  ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Apple Card users can now finance iPhone purchases for 24 months, interest-free" TechCrunch 9:07 AM
  • "Tim Cook is optimistic about the US resolving its trade war with China, which has hit Apple hard" Business Insider 8:24 AM
  • "Tim Cook: Apple Pay transactions doubled year-over-year/iOS devices will also power next year's census in the US." Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Does Apple Plan to Ship 200 Million iPhones in 2020?" Market Realist 3:57 PM
  • "A Complete Guide to Apple TV+, Disney+, and the Streaming Network Explosion" Slate 6:08 PM
  • "Apple TV+ finally launches tomorrow - here's what it is and how you can get it" Mirror Online UK 7:47 AM
  • "How much does Apple TV+ cost? And how does that compare with Netflix and Amazon?" TrustedReviews 7:47 AM
  • "Tim Cook says Apple's new AirPods Pro could be a complement to your current AirPods, not a replacement" Business Insider 9:07 AM
  • "Surprise: Smartphone shipments just grew for the first time in two years...but only by 1%." ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Apple now offers gender-neutral versions of nearly ever human emoji, and LGBTQ advocates are praising the company's push toward equal representation" Business Insider 8:22 AM
  • "Apple App Store error reportedly saw 20M ratings erased in a week" Digital Trends 7:55 AM
  • "iPhone 11 Pro brings Freddy back in remake of Nightmare On Elm Street" CNET 11:29 AM
  • "Ex-Apple executive joins startup aimed at banishing smartphone cables" Reuters 8:36 PM
  • "Trump cyber czar Rudy Giuliani had to visit an Apple Store to unlock his iPhone" Mashable 12:40 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Motorola's foldable Razr looks clamshell as hell in leaks (Update: More images)" Android Police 3:00 PM
  • "Moto Razr reboot images leak, and they seem kind of suspicious" Ars Technica 2:07 PM
  • "Google given green light for Toronto smart city" BBC 11:57 AM
  • "Exclusive: WhatsApp hacked to spy on top government officials at U.S. allies - sources" Reuters 11:29 AM
  • "Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco's network" Ars Technica 8:13 AM
  • "Facebook challenged over political ad policy" BBC 8:28 AM
  • "Sheryl Sandberg says political ads are worth less than 1% of Facebook's revenue and the money is not worth the controversy" Business Insider 8:24 AM
  • "Twitter casts itself as the anti-Facebook" Axios 7:55 AM
  • "This is how malicious Android apps avoid Google's security vetting: Cyberattackers are using a variety of tactics to stop Google spotting suspicious app behavior." ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "HBO Max Is the New $200 iPhone: The days of carrier smartphone subsidies are long gone—but streaming subscriptions are filling the void." Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:24 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Apple TV+ premiere, OS update problems, and more: Macworld Podcast episode 674" Macworld 3:15 PM
  • "Earnings Call Observations – TMO Daily Observations 2019-10-31" The Mac Observer 1:04 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 249: AirPods Pro unveiled, 16-inch MacBook Pro leaks continue, HomePod update" 9to5Mac 9:37 AM
  • "Apple TV+: Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard say new show See will create more roles for blind actors" Sky News 8:12 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "New iPhone sales may soon hit ceiling, supply chain facing quotes reduction pressure" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:52 AM
  • "AirPod Pro shipments estimated at 2 million units in 2019" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:52 AM
  • "AirPods Pro have replaceable components but aren't repairable" Engadget 7:58 AM
  • "Apple introducing new silver/black Magic accessories for upcoming Mac Pro" 9to5Mac 2:04 PM
  • "Apple Did Buy Rights to 'AirTag' Trademark, Source Confirms" MacRumors 7:52 AM
  • "The Odd Case of Apple's Increasing Stock"  Fortune 11:23 AM
  • "Global notebook shipments to drop slightly in 4Q19, says Digitimes Research" ["Apple and Microsoft are both expected to perform strongly in the fourth quarter. Apple's new 16-inch ultra-thin-bezel MacBook Pro is expected to begin volume shipments in the fourth quarter, while Microsoft's new third-generation Surface Laptop will boost sharply the brand vendor's shipments sequentially in the fourth quarter."] DigiTimes 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Said to Receive 16-Inch MacBook Pro Shipments This Quarter, Launch Timing Remains Unclear" MacRumors 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Advances their Work on a Ring Accessory for Virtual Reality Glasses or Headset to Control Content on Screen" Patently Apple 8:03 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves an 'expandable ring device' (an Apple Ring, anyone?)" Apple World Today 8:05 AM
  • "Apple invents a Mixed Reality Head-Mounted Device with Active Optical Foveation" Patently Apple 8:03 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Complaints Mounting About iOS 13.2 Being 'More Aggressive at Killing Background Apps and Tasks'" MacRumors 11:24 AM
  • "iOS 13 is killing background apps more frequently, iPhone owners report" The Verge 12:21 PM
  • "Apple fixes and re-releases botched HomePod update: Here's what your speaker can do now" GearBrain 8:49 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "11" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM
  • "Apple AirPod Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:59 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple's Noise-Canceling AirPods Pro Are Quietly Excellent" Time 2:29 PM
  • "AirPods Pro are a steal — even at $249 [Review] Cult of Mac 1:56 PM
  • "Apple AirPods Pro hands-on: Smaller stems, superior sound, same Siri" VentureBeat 12:23 PM
  • "AirPods Pro: our very first impressions [Video] iDownload Blog 11:56 AM
  • "AirPod's Pro Impressions, Apple's Advantage, Apple Earnings Key Points – Tech.pinions" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:56 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Pro Review: Practically Perfect" Tom's Guide 11:22 AM
  • "AirPods Pro review: Better in every way" Mashable 9:00 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Pro review: noise cancelling and great sound combine in world-beating true wireless buds" T3 8:29 AM
  • "Happy Podoween! Let's compare the specs of 2019's wireless earbuds: Suddenly, there are a lot of wireless earbuds to choose from." ZDNet 12:39 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Night Mode Brings Good Things to Light" TidBITS 4:13 PM
  • "iPhone 11 portrait mode vs plain-old digital camera: Love or hate all the photo fakery?" ZDNet 11:22 AM
  • "Comparing iPhone 11 Pro vs. Pixel 4 night photos" [Video] CNET 7:49 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Series 5 in Titanium Is Surprisingly Revolutionary: A comprehensive review of the new Apple Watch after a week on the wrist." Hodinkee [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:45 AM
  • "Review: 1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones are small, colorful and simple to use" GearBrain 11:28 AM
  • "Review: The new CalDigit Tuff Nano is a tiny beast of an SSD" AppleInsider 5:59 PM
  • "Razer Arctech Slim & Razer Arctech Pro THS Edition Review" Mobile Reviews Eh 12:16 PM
  • "UAG Civilian is a lightweight, protective case for the iPhone" Apple World Today 8:05 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Dungeons & Zombies Review" AppAdvice 9:37 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to mute a thread in Messages on iOS" AddictiveTips 5:59 PM
  • "How to Use a Mouse with iPad" OS X Daily 5:59 PM
  • "How to use AirPods Pro Ear Tip Fit Test to make them sound their best" Cult of Mac 2:04 PM
  • "AirPods Pro: How to customize Force Sensor controls" 9to5Mac 2:04 PM
  • "Using Memoji Stickers And a Hidden Trick To Make Your Own" MacMost 1:56 PM
  • "How to turn off autocorrect on your iPad in 4 simple steps" Business Insider 12:42 PM
  • "How to set a sleep timer on HomePod: Apple's smart speaker can now lull you to sleep and shut off after you drift into dreamland." Macworld 8:13 AM
  • "How to turn noise cancellation on or off with AirPods Pro" Macworld 8:13 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Guide: how-tos, apps, and reviews" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "How to automatically delete shows or clear your history in the TV app" iDownload Blog 8:03 AM
  • "AirPods Pro Teardown"  iFixit 7:51 AM
Tips
  • "Tips, tricks, and customizations for your new AirPods Pro" AppleInsider 1:57 PM
  • "Here's how to play ambient sounds on your HomePod" AppleInsider 11:29 AM
  • "Have AirPods? Have Siri read your messages to you" CNET 7:57 AM
  • "The 15 Best AirPods Pro Tips and Tricks" iPhone Hacks 7:21 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "iOS 13.2 Is Overzealously Killing Apps in the Background" Daring Fireball 7:33 PM
  • "Why I'm returning my AirPods Pro" Cult of Mac 3:14 PM
  • "Perhaps the 16-inch MacBook Pro will arrive alongside the new Mac Pro, Pro XDR Display" Apple World Today 11:43 AM
  • "Is the iPad Air the 'just right' tablet for most people?" Engadget 11:28 AM
  • "Editorial: Apple Pay passes PayPal, tramples Google Pay & Samsung Pay" AppleInsider 11:24 AM
  • "Take a look inside Apple's AirPod Pros" Apple Must 11:22 AM
  • "iFixIt's Splicing Open Of iPhone 11 Reveals More Than Just A Closer Look At New Device's Innards" MacPrices 11:22 AM
  • "HBO's Corpus of Content and Apple's Lack Thereof: Apple TV+ is cheap and barren. HBO Max is expensive and cheapening their brand. Everyone is confused." 500ish Words 12:16 PM
  • "Do Apple TV Plus shows have to be good to succeed?" The Verge 11:25 AM
  • "Comment: Apple is gradually selling more and more of us an iPhone subscription"  9to5Mac 7:48 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Google Pixel 4 Review: Truly stellar Android experience" 9to5Google 3:14 PM
  • "Google Pixel 4 XL Review: Google's best phone still isn't ready for everyone [Video] 9to5Google 3:14 PM
  • "It's harder to ban political ads on Twitter than it sounds" The Verge 8:11 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for October 31, 2019" GoComics 9:05 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Jailbreak iOS 13.2 Via Checkra1n Shown Off By Qwertyoruiopz" Redmond Pie 7:31 PM
  • "Huge 'Hallowed Knights' Expansion for 'Blackmoor 2' Adds Six New Stages and New Character Jon Jacob" Touch Arcade 5:59 PM
  • "'Old School RuneScape' Mobile Celebrates First Anniversary and 8 Million Installs with Virtual In-Game Cake" Touch Arcade 2:51 PM
  • "Western Digital Launches WD Red SA500 Caching SSDs for NAS" AnandTech 2:18 PM
  • "Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for iPad 7th Gen is Available" The Mac Observer 12:00 PM
  • "Outlook on iPad gets split view and dark mode" ZDNet 11:29 AM
  • "Dropbox App Extensions updated w/ Gmail, Outlook, WhatsApp" 9to5Mac 11:24 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft unveils expanded capabilities and improved support for Robot Operating System" Neowin 6:18 AM
  • "Microsoft Announces Expanded Support for Robotics Development in Windows" Thurrott 6:24 AM
  • "Microsoft Wrests Pentagon Contract from Amazon" Zacks 3:20 PM
  • "Trump's beef with Jeff Bezos could give Amazon all the opening it needs to fight Microsoft on the $10 billion JEDI cloud deal" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:23 PM
  • "Microsoft relents on planned Power Platform self-service purchasing changes" ZDNet 4:22 PM
  • "'No more room for wars in the new world'? Who are you and what have you done with Microsoft? Software giant joins OpenJDK for the second time" The Register 7:57 AM
  • "Intel hits 10nm goals and signals a shift away from traditional CPUs: Intel's 10nm fumble might be over—but its newer ventures are more interesting." Ars Technica 6:14 AM
  • "Intel posts record revenue of $19.2B driven by data-centric business" Converge! 6:52 AM
  • "Intel and AMD are in an all-out, core-count war" Digital Trends 1:59 PM
  • "How many cores does Sapphire Rapids have?" SemiAccurate 6:35 AM
  • "Intel Makes Available New Graphics Driver - Get Version 26.20.100.7372" Softpedia 6:50 AM
  • "NTT, Intel and Sony Establish New Global Forum to Advance Communication Infrastructure" CDR Info 6:50 AM
  • "IBM picked a fight with Google over its claims of 'quantum supremacy.' Here's why experts say the feud could shake up the tech industry's balance of powers." Business Insider 12:21 PM
  • "IBM updates AI tools to sell a better story of itself" Verdict 8:05 AM
  • "Python programming language creator retires, saying: 'It's been an amazing ride'/The creator of the world's most popular programming language goes into retirement." ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "At least 13 managed service providers were used to push ransomware this year: Once hackers compromise an MSP's network, they can use its remote access tools to deploy ransomware to hundreds of companies and thousands of computers." Zero Day 7:57 AM
  • "Smartphone Market Returned to Growth After Two years" CDR Info 9:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple Stock Could Continue to Rise Post Q4" Market Realist 12:40 PM
  • "Apple posted record revenue last quarter from services like Apple Music and the App Store — and Wall Street says it's just the beginning" Business Insider 11:25 AM
  • "Apple's $64B Q4 income is more than 34 countries combined will earn this year" AppleInsider 11:24 AM
  • "Apple is relying less on the iPhone, and analysts say that could keep stock's big rally alive: Citi is upbeat about Apple's wearables offerings heading into the holidays" MarketWatch 8:04 AM
  • "Wall Street reacts to Apple's strong Services and Wearables growth" AppleInsider 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Target Price $350 or Better Within Two Years: Loup's Munster" Bloomberg TV [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:45 AM
  • "Mega-cap Tech Stocks have dominated earnings season. Here's how each juggernaut did, from Apple to Netflix." Business Insider 12:50 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow drops on weak economic data, renewed trade worries, mixed earnings: Apple, Facebook shares higher after third-quarter results" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks End Lower on Doubts About U.S.-China Trade Pact; Caterpillar Tumbles: Investors were spooked Thursday by a report suggesting China is doubtful it can reach a near-term trade agreement with the U.S., and by disappointing Chicago PMI data." TheStreet 3:59 PM
  • "Dow Jones Industrials, Small Caps Lead Stock Losses: The stock market indexes closed off session lows Thursday but still lower, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and small caps showed the weakest action." Investor's Business Daily 3:59 PM
  • "Investors focus on economy, trade jitters over impeachment" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Lower Amid Trade-Deal Uncertainty: Markets also take stock of Fed's decision to signal a pause in interest-rate cuts" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed after Fed cuts rates, China posts disappointing data: Nikkei, Hang Seng rise, while stocks dip in mainland China" MarketWatch 7:10 AM

 
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