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Friday Highlights: Phase one of a US/China trade deal means good news for Apple this holiday season; Dan Moren argues "Apple's next step with the Mac should be consumer-focused"; and Jonny Evans looks at Apple's ambition to make "company's greatest contribution to humankind '[...] in the health area"; Apple announces Ultimate Rivals sports gaming franchise; Little America renewed for season 2 on Apple TV+; and employees of Apple to get free DNA tests; Google Assistant speech translation via Interpreter Mode available on iOS, Android; Apple promises fix for iPhone parental control weakness allowing kids to bypass.

  • "Apple expands in Austin: Company Breaks Ground on New Campus, Begins Production of All-New Mac Pro"  Apple 7:25 AM
  • "Trump Tours Apple Plant in Austin as Tech Giant Breaks Ground on New Facility: Apple says a new plant it will build in Austin, Texas, initially will house 5,000 employees, later growing to 15,000. The facility is expected to open in 2022." TheStreet 8:12 AM
  • "Apple starts construction of new campus in Texas" Reuters 8:22 AM
  • "Trump meets Tim Cook at Texas plant" [Live Video] CNBC 4:00 PM
  • "Tim Cook touts American-made Mac Pro during factory tour with President Trump" AppleInsider 5:39 PM
  • "Why Tim Cook made friends with Donald Trump: Cook's strange, transactional relationship has worked out well for Apple"  The Verge 10:00 AM
  • "Apple flexes muscles as Trump, Cook tour facilities" FOXBusiness 8:31 AM
  • "Factbox: 'To Tim': Trump's tweets to Apple CEO Cook on factories, iPhones" ["Cook is seen as unusually deft in his dealings with the U.S. president, especially given Apple's opposition to some administration policies. One reason: Apple has kept production of the high-end Mac Pro in the United States, rather than moving it abroad."]  Reuters 7:24 AM
  • "Trump's 2020 Campaign to Collide With Trade War at Apple Factory" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Apple Music Gets Into the Muzak Business: The No. 2 streaming service is now providing the soundtrack for Harrods, Levi's stores" [Paid Membership Required] 8:02 AM
  • "Those awful retail playlists might soon be powered by Apple Music" Macworld 10:35 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of Upcoming macOS Catalina 10.15.2 Update to Developers" MacRumors 12:35 PM
  • "MacOS Catalina 10.15.2 Beta 3 Available for Testing" OS X Daily 3:15 PM
  • "How to use the Mac Look Up reference tool for quick details" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "Cancelling iTunes Match? Here's how to download your iCloud Music Library before you do so" Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "Using Terminal Commands As An Alternative To The Mac Finder" MacMost 1:16 PM
  • "Roboform Everywhere review: Solid password security" PCWorld 1:59 PM
  • "How to turn off autocorrect on your Mac computer in 4 steps" Business Insider 12:28 PM
  • "Where did the 'Reopen Closed Tab' button go in Google Chrome?" 9to5Google 11:33 AM
  • "Security lessons from a Mac-only fintech company: Leading U.S. municipal bond insurer calls Chrome browser plug-ins, 'A real Wild West'..." Computerworld 9:51 AM
Press Releases
  • "MacVoices #19245: MacVoices Gift Guide #3" MacVoices 3:11 PM
  • "SecureCRT 8.7 and SecureFX 8.7 Beta Releases from VanDyke Software Introduce New Enhancements for Increased Efficiency and Streamlined Workflow" PRNewswire 2:51 PM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple tells government antitrust committee that it does not make a profit from repair services" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Tells Congress It Hasn't Been Profiting From Repairs in Response to Antitrust Probe" MacRumors 9:29 AM
  • "Apple says its been losing money on its repair programs" AppleInsider 11:39 AM
  • "AFI Fest Abruptly Cancels Apple's 'The Banker' As Closing Film Amid Controversy — Deadline" Deadline 5:43 PM
  • "Apple cancels 'The Banker' premiere at AFI Fest, streaming plans unknown" AppleInsider 5:44 PM
  • "Apple has spent 'billions' overhauling its Apple Maps app" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
  • "Condé Nast's CEO still isn't sure about the impact of Apple News Plus" The Verge 8:02 AM
  • "Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff Runs a $143 Billion Company From an iPhone. Here's Why That Makes Perfect Sense" Inc. 11:59 AM
  • "The Morning Show's producers say many of its critics are 'Apple haters'" Vox 8:22 AM
  • "The producers of 'The Morning Show', the panned flagship show for Apple TV+, blamed critical reviews on Apple hate" Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "Morning Show producers blame bad reviews on 'Apple haters'" Cult of Mac 8:01 AM
  • "Apple premieres 'Servant,' coming to Apple TV+ November 28" Apple 7:25 AM
  • "For All Mankind — Creating the World Featurette | Apple TV+" YouTube 3:52 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung may introduce a 120Hz display with the Galaxy S11 series" Neowin 5:39 PM
  • "Sonos acquires voice assistant startup, says not building Siri competitor" AppleInsider 5:14 PM
  • "FCC chairman to propose dividing spectrum between auto safety, Wi-Fi use" Reuters 12:08 PM
  • "Amazon confirms police can keep Ring doorbell videos forever: But only if you give them access." Engadget 8:23 AM
  • "Google tries to explain its controversial health data collection program: Personal info is only seen by select people and never used for advertising, it said." Engadget 8:07 AM
  • "Big data is serving top tennis players a match-winning advantage" ZDNet 7:21 AM
  • "#321: Stick an Apple on It/How we store our data and notes, the impact of Apple's new Austin campus, our exposure to TikTok, and thoughts on Google Stadia's launch." Relay FM: Clockwise 1:58 PM
  • "Apple's New Austin Facility, 100cameras and iPhone – TMO Daily Observations 2019-11-20" The Mac Observer 1:31 PM
  • "Stacktrace Podcast 063: 'Classic butterfly'" 9to5Mac 12:43 PM
  • "9to5Mac Watch Time episode 11: An interview with the hosts of Apple Watchcast" 9to5Mac 11:22 AM
  • "Chris Hocking from LateNite Films Explains How His Team Used Final Cut Pro X to Edit, Mix, Grade, and Deliver the Much Anticipated Series 'Neighbours - Erinsborough High' For Fremantle Australia" 8:20 AM
  • "Apple Begins Production of New Mac Pro in Texas, But U.S. Assembly Possibly Limited to Americas" MacRumors 8:03 AM
  • "Apple's $200M Mac Pro facility employs 500 across 5 acres" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple breaks ground on brand-new campus in Austin, Texas" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Apple is building an Apple (wildlife) park in Austin" Apple Must 8:10 AM
  • "Apple faces supply challenge for 'iPhone 12" antenna tech" AppleInsider 9:34 PM
  • "iOS 13.2.3: Does this fix the battery drain bug? The short answer—and one that you might not be hoping for—is 'maybe.'" ZDNet 10:35 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Third Beta of tvOS 13.3 Update to Developers for Testing" MacTrast 9:34 PM
  • "Apple commits to making new media apps for Windows" Engadget 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Is Developing New Media Apps for Windows" PC Magazine 11:37 AM
  • "Beta 3 of iOS 13.3 & iPadOS 13.3 Released for Testing" OS X Daily 1:59 PM
  • "macOS TV App Not Working, Fix" macReports 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "16' & 15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:15 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:15 AM

  • "iPhone 11 Pro review: The best iPhone you can wrap one hand around" TechRadar UK 9:51 AM
  • "iPhone 11 review: The cheaper iPhone is Apple's top phone for 2019" TechRadar UK 9:51 AM
  • "iPhone 11 vs Pixel 4: Here's how Apple and Google's newest phones compare" CNET 7:43 AM
  • "I tried Apple's new AirPods Pro and Sony's popular 'AirPods killer' earbuds, and if you care about sound quality, the winner is clear" Business Insider 9:54 AM
  • "Two 16-inch MacBook Pros in a Shootout" Bare Feats 1:31 PM
  • "Putting the 16-inch MacBook Pro's thermal management to the test" AppleInsider 3:12 PM
  • "AstroHQ's Luna Display Dongle Turns a Mac into a Second Display" TidBITS 3:24 PM
  • "GoPower makes it easy to charge an Apple Watch, iPhone, and another gadget simultaneously" Apple World Today 8:09 AM
  • "Apple TV+ Review: M. Night Shyamalan-produced 'Servant' is a creepy delight" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Review: Photoshop for iPad Isn't Great and Hopefully Improves" The Mac Observer 1:15 PM
  • "Apple's Cycle Tracking: A Personal Review" MacStories 8:36 AM
  • "Digging into 'Minecraft Earth' — Block-building fun for your iPhone" AppleInsider 10:59 AM
  • "Tangle Tower Review: The game is afoot" iMore 9:29 AM
  • "How to restore deleted iCloud contacts, calendars, bookmarks - 9to5Mac" 9to5Mac 9:41 PM
  • "Error 83 on Disney Plus: why you're getting it and how to deal with it" iMore 5:14 PM
  • "How to set a strong passcode on Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 1:58 PM
  • "iOS 13 lets you connect an Xbox One controller to your IPhone — here's how to do it" Business Insider 12:08 PM
  • "How to unflag all of the emails on your iPhone's Mail app, and empty your 'Starred' folder" Business Insider 9:30 AM
  • "The AirPods Pro are the first noise-cancelling AirPods — here's how to control their noise-cancellation modes" Business Insider 8:36 AM
  • "How to use the Today View and Notification Center on iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "Places, Please! Geolocation in Apple's Photos" TidBITS 8:05 AM
  • "How to track your period using iOS 13 on an iPhone or Apple Watch" Mashable 8:01 AM
  • "Tim Cook has eye on 'a lot of interesting small things,' not 'anything big'" AppleInsider 9:40 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook 'Proud' to Build New Mac Pro in Texas" MacRumors 9:34 PM
  • "Tim Cook, Donald Trump, and U.S. Administration Officials Tour Contract Manufacturing Plant in Texas" Pixel Envy 6:27 PM
  • "Apple says it actually loses money every year on its repair programs" BGR 5:14 PM
  • "Here's what I've seen so far at Dreamforce, the Salesforce mega-conference that draws the likes of Barack Obama and Tim Cook while turning downtown San Francisco into 'Burning Man for people with jobs'" [BI Prime] Business Insider 2:49 PM
  • "Facebook's iOS 'bug' secretly filmed users. IT, take note." Computerworld 12:08 PM
  • "Here's Apple's Next $10 Billion Business: This opportunity is hidden in plain sight, according to an analyst." Motley Fool 11:59 AM
  • "Apple Has Locked Guilherme Rambo Out of His Developer Account Since September" Daring Fireball 10:59 AM
  • "Apple has locked me out of my developer account"  Guilherme Rambo 10:59 AM
  • "Apple Put a Hinge Sensor in the 16" MacBook Pro. What Could It Be For?" iFixit 10:34 AM
  • "The Morning Show's producers chalk up negative reviews to 'Apple haters'" MacDailyNews 10:16 AM
  • "Feature Request: Auto-Shazam on the Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 10:01 AM
  • "Apple is finally building a TV app for Windows because it still doesn't care about PCs: Better late than never I guess." Macworld 9:29 AM
  • "AirPods Pro is just the start of Apple's audio-processing revolution: In some ways, they're Apple's first dedicated AR product."  Macworld 8:03 AM
  • "Cassandra -Mid-Week Diversion: Catalina Solution and Unwelcome Frustrations" eXtensions 7:15 AM
  • "Does Disney Plus have parental settings?" iMore 9:21 PM
  • "How will John Legere's departure as T-Mobile CEO affect the Sprint merger?" Android Central 3:15 PM
  • "The Catch 22 for Foreigners of China's Drive for a Cashless Society" Tech.pinions [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:28 PM
  • "Mozilla's report shows just how awful Ring's privacy practices are" The Next Web 12:00 PM
  • "'Gylt' hands-on: Stadia's first exclusive game is simply spooky" Engadget 11:22 AM
  • "Motorola Razr: 6 burning questions we still have about this foldable phone/Battery life, screen durability and sale date top the list of things we don't know about Motorola's $1,500 foldable Razr phone." CNET 9:48 AM
  • "Is legal advice via AI a good idea?" BetaNews 8:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "American Express Global Business Travel gains Apple Business Chat support" AppleInsider 3:13 PM
  • "Meet the world's biggest Apple fans in new Cult of Mac book" Cult of Mac 1:59 PM
  • "Apple expands Everyone Can Code to bring more coding resources to teachers and students" Apple 1:58 PM
  • "Apple expands Everyone Can Code courses with Voice Over and more..." Apple Must 1:31 PM
  • "Apple's iPhone 11 Pro battery case sports a new camera button" TechCrunch 1:58 PM
  • "Apple Releases Smart Battery Case for iPhone 11 and 11 Pro with Dedicated Camera Button" MacStories 12:35 PM
  • "Apple releases new Smart Battery Cases for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro" 9to5Mac 12:08 PM
  • "Apple Shares 2019 Holiday Gift Guide" MacRumors 12:08 PM
  • "iPhone 11 Helps Teach Chicago Students About Photography and Storytelling" The Mac Observer 9:58 AM
  • "5 great Apple Arcade games you may have missed: From enchanted smartphones to edible ghosts" The Verge 8:36 AM
  • "Safari Browser Translator now available on the App Store" prMac 8:23 AM
  • "Spark email for iOS gets overhaul with new design, inbox avatars, Dark Mode, multiwindow iPad support" 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker iPhone wallpaper" iDownload Blog 8:21 AM
  • "'Sword Art Online: Alicization Rising Steel' Is Now Available on iOS and Android for Free" Touch Arcade 8:20 AM
  • "Code with Apple sessions coming to Apple Stores around the world in December" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "New Toshiba A3 Multifunction Printer Family Ideal for Small-to-Medium Businesses" Business Wire 7:26 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM, Microsoft and Linux Foundation link arms to fight patent trolls with 'multimillion' scheme" The Register 7:42 AM
  • "IBM launches Cloud Pak for Security to boost cybersecurity response in hybrid environments" ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "With Cloud Pak for Security, IBM serves up threat detection in a container" SiliconANGLE 10:05 AM
  • "IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over" Fortune 10:05 AM
  • "IBM develops online tool to support oncologists in Sub-Saharan Africa" ITWeb Africa 10:06 AM
  • "Microsoft rebukes rumors that Microsoft Teams is being used in ransomware attacks: Microsoft also knocks down rumor that hackers are using the BlueKeep exploit to install the DoppelPaymer ransomware." ZDNet 9:29 PM
  • "Microsoft fears Brexit will disrupt 'frictionless' data flows and cloud services" Yahoo Finance UK 10:09 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19025 to the Slow ring" Neowin 5:38 PM
  • "AnandTech Exclusive: An Interview with Intel's Raja Koduri about Xe" AnandTech 12:28 PM
  • "Intel on track to take Samsung's semiconductor crown in 2019" PCGamesN 10:10 AM
  • "Intel to regain semiconductor crown in 2019" DigiTimes 8:08 AM
  • "Intel and AWS Team for HPC Performance in the Cloud" insideHPC 10:11 AM
  • "Intel Launches OneAPI With Data Parallel C++ Programming Language" Fossbytes 10:11 AM
  • "Lenovo, Intel supply first liquid-cooled supercomputer to Harvard" iTWire 10:11 AM
  • "Intel Director Jim Goetz Buys Up the Chip Giant's Stock" Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:10 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Pro W5700 7nm GPU takes on NVIDIA in workstations" SlashGear 10:13 AM
  • "AMD launches 'world's first' 7nm professional PC workstation graphics card for 3D designers, architects and engineers" CRN India 10:13 AM
  • "AMD's Zen 3 core is 'an entirely new architecture' not a Zen 2 evolution" PCGamesN 10:13 AM
  • "AMD Launches Budget Athlon 3000G With $49 Overclocking Support" ExtremeTech 10:13 AM
  • "AMD Stock's Breathtaking Run Could Be Ending Soon" Market Realist 12:37 PM
  • "When he was 19, Michael Dell made a smart pivot that turned Dell into a global powerhouse. 35 years and billions of dollars later, Dell explains his latest big bet in the cloud." [BI Prime] Business Insider 12:37 PM
  • "Dell Introduces Solutions to Expand HPC and AI Portfolio" Zacks 10:01 AM
  • "Half of Oracle E-Business customers open to months-old bank fraud flaw" The Register 7:53 AM
  • "Oracle to extend Chicago innovation lab with new technologies for construction, utility firms" Telecompaper [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:35 AM
  • "Oracle wants to establish data centre in Egypt's new administrative capital" Telecompaper 8:35 AM
  • "Cisco Shuffles Cloud, Networking Groups as Rivals Loom" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 3:12 PM
  • "Why Cisco's 'spin-ins' never caught on: Corporate backed start-ups had many advantages but they stirred up too much envy at parent company" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:21 AM
  • "Cisco appoints channel leaders for Africa" IT Web 8:33 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's stock has 'room to run' another 10%, says Morgan Stanley" Business Insider 7:53 AM
  • "Three factors mean AAPL stock will rise 11% in next 12 months – Morgan Stanley" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks close lower on report trade deal may not be completed this year: Target and Lowe's shares rally on earnings beats" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Stocks Finish Lower on Report U.S.-China Trade Pact May Be Delayed: Stocks finished lower Wednesday following a report that completion of a 'phase one' U.S.-China trade deal could be delayed until next year." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks sink on report US-China trade deal may be delayed" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Close Lower as Trade Progress Slows: President Trump threatens to increase tariffs further if China doesn't make a deal he likes" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets pull back after weak Japanese trade data: Nikkei, Hang Seng retreat; tensions set to rise as U.S. Senate backs Hong Kong human-rights resolution" Associated Press and MarketWatch 8:30 AM
  • "European stocks on track for worst decline in six weeks on China trade concerns" MarketWatch 8:30 AM

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