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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/Macintosh
  • "Apple's Movie Launch Became a PR Disaster, and One That's Not Easy to Prevent: Apple delayed 'The Banker' in the face of sexual abuse allegations, but any real-life story may contain problems that are hard to foresee."  IndieWire 8:26 AM
  • "Samsung Widens Smartphone Market Share at Apple's Expense: Updated data from Gartner confirms consumers are increasingly losing interest in the iPhone in favor of better values."  Motley Fool 5:36 PM
  • "Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are investing in the affordable housing crisis they helped create" CNBC 8:40 AM
  • "Comment: What can Apple do with HomeKit to catch Alexa in 2020?"  9to5Mac 9:01 AM
  • "Legendary iPhone designer Jony Ive has been hanging out with celebs, models, and designers since announcing his departure from Apple" Business Insider 11/30
  • "Apple will take a 'deeper look' at disputed borders in Maps" Engadget 11/30
OS X
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Update Not Found. The Requested Version Of macOS Is Not Available, Fix" macReports 11/29
  • "AmpDevicesAgent? What Is It?" macReports 11/28
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "10 Quick Steps to Increase Mac Performance" How-To Geek 8:40 AM
  • "Mac Catalyst: The good, the bad, and the ugly/A new era of Mac apps is upon us, and I took the first wave of them for a ride"  Digital Trends 11/29
  • "Make the Mac Dock More Powerful By Adding Special Folders" MacMost 11/29
  • "Apple or Google Photos? Which App Is Best for Cost, Quality & Editing" iPhone Life Magazine 11/29
  • "How to update the Safari browser on your Mac computer by installing the latest version of macOS" Business Insider 11/29
  • "How to send large attachments with Mail Drop and other services" Macworld 11/29
  • "How to access and use Mission Control on your Mac" iDownload Blog 11/28
Op/Ed
  • "Thanksgiving Day Remedial" Rixstep 11/28
  • "Comment: Apple and app developers, please fix your small but annoying bugs"  9to5Mac 11/28
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Tim Cook says Apple has donated $220M to (RED) to help fight AIDS" 9to5Mac 10:11 AM
  • "Apple has raised $220M to fight HIV/AIDS via Product(RED) sales - Cook" iDownload Blog 2:25 PM
  • "Doctors and techies are clashing at digital health companies, and one start-up exec is seeking a fix" ["It's not just a problem at start-ups. Apple is facing internal strife and has lost talent in its health efforts as it attempts to move deeper into the $3.5 trillion medical industry."] CNBC 5:36 PM
  • "Japan's 10th Apple Store opens December 14 in Kawasaki" 9to5Mac 2:25 PM
  • "Apple Watch Siri awkwardly interrupts on-air meteorologist and contradicts his forecast" 9to5Mac 11/30
  • "Apple to take 'deeper look' at disputed borders" BBC 11/29
  • "Apple reviews policies after Maps app gives Crimea to Russia" Bloomberg News 11/29
  • "The best smartphone cameras of 2019" ["If you're invested in Apple's iOS ecosystem, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a safe bet for any mobile photographer. At 124 points, it lags a little behind the best in class in terms of Photo score, but still delivers very good results in most conditions; moreover, it is currently our joint number one device for Video."] DxOMark 11/29
  • "Student Develops App That Turns iPhone Into iPod Classic" PC Magazine 11/29
  • "Apple TV+ See featurette goes behind-the-scenes" Cult of Mac 11/29
  • "Meteorologist's Apple Watch contradicts his forecast during live broadcast" Mashable 11/29
  • "Apple, Bowing to Russian Pressure, Recognizes Crimea Annexation on Map"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/28
  • "Chess champion Garry Kasparov condemns Apple's Crimea map change"  BBC 11/28
  • "Apple AirPods to Sell 15 Million Units in Holiday Season" Market Realist 11/28
  • "iPhone autocorrect driving you crazy lately? You're not alone." Brisbane Times 11/28
  • "Red Apple Store logos mark run-up to World AIDS Day on Dec 1st" 9to5Mac 11/28
  • "Furious shoppers say Walmart is selling out of major deals before Black Friday starts, with Apple Watches selling out in minutes" Business Insider 11/28
  • "'Servant' premiers on Apple TV+ as new episodes of 'The Morning Show', 'For All Mankind' and 'See' arrive a day early" iDownload Blog 11/28
Non-Apple News
  • "Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV's security" TechCrunch 6:06 PM
  • "5G broadband is an existential threat to the cable industry, but executives and investors aren't worried" CNBC 5:37 PM
  • "Comcast revives 'E.T.' to hawk cable and internet service" Engadget 8:37 AM
  • "Software freedom vs human freedom: A surge of activism is rocking open source developers, as programmers fight to stop their software from being used for 'evil'" [BI Prime] Business Insider 8:25 AM
  • "Twitter bans House candidate who suggested Ilhan Omar should be hanged" Engadget 11/30
  • "Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection" Reuters 11/30
  • "The Hidden Phenomenon That Could Ruin Your Old Discs: CDs and DVDs were sold to consumers as these virtually indestructible platters, but the truth, as exemplified by the 'disc rot' phenomenon, is more complicated." Vice 11/30
  • "Antitrust think tanks urge Ninth Circuit to affirm Judge Koh's FTC v. Qualcomm ruling" Foss Patents 11/30
  • "In-house venture funds at Amazon and Google are leading the charge into the voice-first revolution and pouring millions of dollars into startups" [BI Prime] Business Insider 11/30
  • "Scott Adams Has Some Ideas for a Calmer Internet" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/30
  • "Here's what happened when I clicked on an Amazon scam email" NJ Advance Media 11/30
  • "Does your kid think your smart speaker is just another family member?" Mashable 11/30
  • "Google attempts to protect users from sketchy stem cell clinics: Google's new policy banning stem cell ads started at the end of October." Ars Technica 11/30
  • "Tax credit for Tesla buyers set to expire before the end of the year" BGR 11/29
  • "Samsung on trial: Can top South Korea company stay on course? - Nikkei Asian Review" Nikkei 11/29
  • "China makes it a criminal offense to publish deepfakes or fake news without disclosure: Mirroring new California law on political ads" The Verge 11/29
  • "The best smartphone front cameras of 2019" DxOMark 11/29
  • "Stadia's first-party games studio is led by several Assassin's Creed veterans" 9to5Google 11/29
  • "America: Your mobile video quality is the worst of all G7 countries/The mobile video experience in the US has improved, but it's still worse than Canada's or Mexico's."  ZDNet 11/29
  • "Huawei to Fight Back Against Latest FCC Restrictions: Chinese telecom giant is challenging U.S. efforts to limit how its business operates" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11/29
Publications/Podcasts
  • "#512: Ask the Genius/Stephen steps behind the Genius Bar — or into the Genius Grove, as it were — to provide tips for troubleshooting Macs, iOS device and iCloud. Then, he and David talk about the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and how someone should prioritize features when buying a new computer." Relay FM: Mac Power Users 6:06 PM
  • "Above Avalon Podcast Episode 159: AirPods as a Platform" Above Avalon 8:36 AM
  • "266: And That's How They Made Google Wave" The Rebound 11/29
  • "Why mobile healthcare apps are at risk [Q&A] BetaNews 11/29
Hardware/Software
  • "Here are all of the new products Apple is expected to launch next year" Business Insider 8:27 AM
  • "Taiwan chipmakers optimistic about demand for TWS earbuds in 2020" DigiTimes 11/29
  • "DigiTimes: Apple Considering Bundling AirPods With 2020 iPhones" MacRumors 11/29
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "The Best Apple Black Friday Deals 2019: AirPods, Apple Watch & More: Wirecutter" The Wirecutter 11/29
  • "Everyone loves a four day weekend — of shoppingGet an Apple Store Gift Card of up to $200 on select products during our four-day shopping event.* And more offers now through Monday." Apple 11/29
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/29
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 11/29

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "TRENDnet TUC-ET2G USB-C to 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet adapter for Windows, Mac, and Linux [Review] BetaNews 11:55 AM
  • "Five great features of the 16-inch MacBook Pro" iDownload Blog 11/29
  • "Hands-on with the closest wireless charger we may see to AirPower, now in black" 9to5Mac 11/29
  • "M. Night Shyamalan's Servant is unsettlingly good fun [Review] Cult of Mac 11/29
  • "RAVpower travel router also connects iPhones to hard drives and SD cards [Review] Cult of Mac 11/30
  • "My first month with an Apple Watch: Series 5 made me a believer" Tom's Guide 11/28
  • "I tried Apple's new battery case for the iPhone 11 Pro, and I didn't have to charge my phone for 3 days" Business Insider 11/28
iOS Apps
  • "11 nostalgic games to play on Apple Arcade if you miss your childhood" CNET 11/30
How-To/Tutorial
  • "No Face ID required: Apple Pay Express Mode now available for the London Underground, here's how to set it up" 9to5Mac 2:26 PM
  • "Jailbreak iOS 13.2.3 Using Checkra1n, Here's How [Tutorial] Redmond Pie 10:32 AM
  • "How to Connect a PS4 Controller to iPhone or iPad" OS X Daily 10:32 AM
  • "Apple iOS 13: Here's How To Secure All Apps—including Apple's" Forbes 8:37 AM
  • "How to Use Ultra-Wide Camera on iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro" OS X Daily 11/30
  • "Lock down your Gmail account like it's Fort Knox: Google Advanced Protection Program/Google's highest level of account security puts the key to Google services right in your pocket—literally." CNET 11/30
  • "How to get AirPods Pro ear tip replacements" 9to5Mac 11/29
  • "How to transfer your data from iPhone to Android [Video] 9to5Google 11/29
Tips
  • "8 essential skills for new AirPod Pro owners..." Apple Must 11/29
  • "How to save money on Apple products by buying refurbished" iDownload Blog 11/29
  • "How to prep tech gifts for kids" Engadget 11/28
  • "iOS and macOS tips and tricks to assist friends and family during Thanksgiving" 9to5Mac 11/28
  • "This is why you shouldn't use Apple's highlighter tool to censor sensitive info" The Next Web 11/28
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "From Leonardo DaVinci To Apple: Technology Influenced Our Society By Transforming Into Art" Forbes 8:26 AM
  • "Apple's and Microsoft's 2019 Holiday Ads: Naughty Or Nice?" Slashdot 11/30
  • "The bigger they are, the Appler they fall" Rixstep 11/30
  • "A revolutionary MacBook is coming, and the clues have been hiding in plain sight" Digital Trends 11/30
  • "Which iPhone should I buy? Comparing Apple's current smartphone lineup [Video] 9to5Mac 11/30
  • "Apple's Crimea: 'Reality distortion field 2.0'" Apple 3.0 11/30
  • "Jony, Steve, & Scott" Rixstep 11/30
  • "DigiTimes: Apple Considering Puting AirPods in The Box With 2020 iPhones" MacTrast 11/29
  • "Apple Loop: New iPhone Leaks, Apple's Missing MacOS Ports, MacBook Pro Booting Problems" Forbes 11/29
  • "[Apple responds after seeing strong criticism] Apple makes change to show Crimea differently in its apps to satisfy Russian government" 9to5Mac 11/29
  • "BBC News: 'Apple Changes Crimea Map to Meet Russian Demands'" Daring Fireball 11/29
  • "MacBook Pro Diary: A forced repair leading to a rethink about my next Mac" 9to5Mac 11/29
  • "Will Microsoft Take on Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri?" Market Realist 11/29
  • "Huawei's Competitive Products Could Scare Apple" Market Realist 11/29
  • "Apple software features to be thankful for: Features you can't live without." Macworld 11/29
  • "iPhone 11 Failure Will Herald Apple's Revolutionary New iPhone" Forbes 11/28
  • "Why Apple Shouldn't Buy an Entertainment Company"  The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11/28
Non-Apple
  • "Can you trust Google to keep your WiFi running until 2030? When purchasing a Google product nowadays, the first question should be how long it is allowed to live." ZDNet 8:45 PM
  • "The web might be a monopolist's best friend" Bloomberg 8:28 PM
  • "Junk or Treasure? We Tested Amazon's Cheapest Black Friday Desktop PC, only $60!" AnandTech 8:36 AM
  • "I went to Best Buy on Black Friday and it was shocking" ZDNet 7:53 AM
  • "The future of computing and games" VentureBeat 11/30
  • "Toddler vs tech: 5 horrying things that have happened to my tech toys" Android Authority 11/30
  • "Amazon and Wasteful Packaging: 1 stick of lip balm; that's all I got in this box from Amazon today:" Kirkville 11/30
  • "Publishers Are Applying Onerous Restrictions on Ebooks at Libraries" Pixel Envy 11/29
  • "The Blipvert Presidency: Max Headroom anticipated the head-exploding information overload of today." Slate 11/29
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Pay makes life easier for London commuters" Apple Must 5:34 PM
  • "Checkra1n v0.9.6 now available for public testing with an extensive change log" iDownload Blog 9:01 AM
  • "Apple offers three-month News+ trials through Black Friday weekend" Engadget 8:37 AM
  • "J.P. Morgan hikes Apple price target to $296" Apple 3.0 8:25 AM
  • "Apple News+ Offering Three-Month Free Trial in U.S. and Canada This Weekend Only" MacRumors 11/29
  • "Awesome gifts for any Apple Watch fan [Gift Guide 2019] Cult of Mac 11/29
  • "Microsoft Remote Desktop app for iOS updated with several new features" 9to5Mac 11/29
  • "Signal's secure iOS messenger now supports iPads" Engadget 11/29
Computer Industry
  • "New 2030 goals for societal change top Dell Technologies' agenda: Dell Technologies has unveiled its long-term plan to create a lasting, measurable impact on people and their communities across the globe as well as the planet. These include increasing inclusion and advancing sustainability." Digital Journal 8:52 AM
  • "Xbox One's biggest problem to be fixed by Microsoft's Xbox Scarlett next-gen games plan" Daily Star (UK) 8:41 AM
  • "IBM being kept in dark on alarming rise in illegal mining in J&K UT" Daily Excelsior 8:49 AM
  • "Intel claims Qualcomm anticompetitive practices caused it billions in losses: The US chip giant says it was forced out of the smartphone modem market and had to sell the business at a great loss." ZDNet 8:01 PM
  • "AMD Decimates Intel With 82% Share At Germany's Largest Retailer, Mindfactory.de" WCCFTech 8:56 AM
  • "Nvidia Delivers Its Promise of G-Sync Compatibility For All (AMD Graphics Cards)" Appuals 8:58 AM
  • "Chinese tech groups shaping UN facial recognition standards" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 1:15 PM
  • "China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users" AFP Relax News 1:15 PM
  • "How Microsoft's Game Pass is becoming the Netflix of gaming" My Broadband NZ 11/30
  • "Here is why free upgrades to Windows 10 still work" gHacks 11/30
  • "Why Microsoft Still Allows Free Windows 10 Upgrades And How To Get Yours" HotHardware 11/30
  • "Microsoft VP Gretchen O'Hara on helping launch Women in Cloud, the work-life continuum, and more" GeekWire 11/30
  • "Intel accuses Qualcomm of undermining modem chip market opportunities" Xinhua 11/30
  • "Intel Says Qualcomm Tactics Forced It to Sell Its Modem Business to Apple at a 'Multi-Billion Dollar' Loss" Thurrott 11/30
  • "AMD partners with Fujitsu in the new Primergy LX1430 server" KitGuru 11/30
  • "Dell Introduces New Data Domain Protection Appliance" E-3 Magazine 11/30
  • "Cisco patent brings blockchain authentication to 5G networks: 5G networks promise ultra fast mobile data speeds. Now blockchain could help to secure them" Decrypt 11/30
  • "Cisco Doubles Down on Small Business Commitment" PRN 11/30
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple, Up Nearly 70%, Pulls The Market Higher" 24/7 Wall St. 8:40 AM
  • "Apple's AirPods Fire Up One of Asia's Top Stocks in 2019" Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11/29
Industry News
  • "Stocks snap four-day win streak on U.S.-China trade worries, but post monthly gains: U.S. Black Friday shopping off to good start for retailers" MarketWatch 11/29
  • "Stocks notch best month since June: It is the final trading day of what will be a winning month for stocks" FOXBusiness 11/29
  • "U.S. Stocks Slide at Start of Holiday-Shopping Season: Data on retail sales will provide investors with fresh insights on strength of household spending" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11/29
  • "Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; Hang Seng drops 2%" Associated Press 11/29
  • "European stocks worried over U.S.-China relations, but head for November gain: Ocado and E.ON among stocks on the move for Friday" MarketWatch 11/29

 
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