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Wednesday Highlights: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes explains why weakening iPhone sales might actually be good news for Apple; CNN's Seth Fiegerman calls for calm over iPhone sales, suggesting "dire forecasts from multiple suppliers may not be enough to give a complete and accurate picture of Apple's sprawling global business"; Motherboard mag asks why antivirus software is "still a thing"; benevolent duo of hackers found way to hack iPhone X in "coffee shop scenario"; Auckland could see first Apple Store, at least that's what some think; Gadgets 360 reports on alleged iPhone X explosion after device upgraded to 12.1; 15" MacBook Pro now have option for AMD Radion Pro Vega card; VentureBeat, Computerworld review new iPad Pro.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "New iPhone sales may be showing some signs of weakening, but that might not be a bad thing for Apple: Is interest in the new iPhone XS and iPhone XR smartphones weaker than for previous releases? The data we have suggests that there may be some signs of weakening, but that this might not be a bad thing. In fact, it might be good news for Apple."  ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "Don't panic about iPhone sales just yet"  CNN 7:47 AM
  • "Fears about continued sales growth of iPhone mount, while praise heaped on Services" AppleInsider 8:12 AM
  • "A matter of volume: threat from ascendant Chinese phones hangs over Apple" Reuters 10:32 AM
  • "Apple downgraded, more iPhone estimates cut as Street starts to turn on the stock" CNBC 8:32 AM
OS X
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to use Migration Assistant to move a user account to another Mac" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "How to create and use Spark email templates on Mac and iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "How to Customize File and Folder Icons on Your Mac" MacRumors 8:26 AM
  • "How To Set the Default Font in Pages" MacMost 9:58 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Why Is Antivirus Software Still a Thing? Antivirus has been around for more than 20 years. Do you still need it to protect yourself today?" Motherboard 8:25 AM
Press Releases
  • "It Just Got Easier to Collect and Analyze Digital Evidence on Apple Macs and PCs: ADF Solutions' New Forensic Software Empowers Investigators and Prosecutors" PRNewswire 10:17 AM
  • "Kiwi for Gmail launches new Focused Filtered inbox" 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Swamp Dog, LLC releases Kudos 1.0 - Create References from Selected Text" prMac 7:40 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Warned About iPhone X Hack That Stole 'Deleted' Photo" Forbes 10:32 AM
  • "Apple could dip toe into NZ retail at Commercial Bay: No word about an Apple store – but Auckland may be about to get the next best thing. Spark is planning a three-level store in Commercial Bay, a 39-storey tower block on Auckland's waterfront, and it's rumoured it will contain an Apple 'floor,' potentially ahead of a dedicated store." Stuff: New Zealand 10:23 AM
  • "A giant insurer is offering free Apple Watches to customers who meet walking goals: UnitedHealthcare members whose employers opt in to the 'Motion' program can now access an Apple Watch Series 3 for the cost of tax and shipping alone." CNBC 11:05 AM
  • "Apple makes new hire to try and turn around its India business" Cult of Mac 7:40 AM
  • "Apple poaches a Nokia executive to lead its struggling India operations" iDownload Blog 10:33 AM
  • "Woz thinks Steve Jobs would be happy with Apple today" Cult of Mac 7:41 AM
  • "Array of iPhones and Android devices used on bike by Taiwan senior to play Pokemon Go" AppleInsider 10:11 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Mozilla releases privacy report on which holiday gadgets are too creepy: It found that the Nintendo Switch is not creepy, but a baby monitor is" The Verge 10:12 AM
  • "More malicious cryptocurrency apps found on the Play Store" The Next Web 10:12 AM
  • "Be My Eyes app lets you lend your eyes to a blind person in real time" The Next Web 8:12 AM
  • "California man pleads guilty to fatal swatting and FCC bomb threat" The Verge 7:55 AM
  • "AT&T CFO cautions on how quickly 5G revenue will come" Reuters 7:46 AM
  • "Withings takes aim at Fitbit with the Pulse HR, a simple fitness band with 20-day battery life" Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "The Google Assistant smart home ecosystem is slowly starting to take shape" The Verge 8:11 AM
  • "Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Passes Through FCC, Design Sketch Exposed" MySmartPrice 6:53 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "FCPRadio 074 FCPX 10.5 this week?" FCPRadio 7:23 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Leaked photos show Apple's next-gen AirPods for the first time ever"  BGR 10:57 AM
  • "iPhone X Allegedly Explodes in the US After iOS 12.1 Update, Apple to Investigate" Gadgets 360 7:26 AM
  • "15-Inch MacBook Pro AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options Now Available to Order" MacRumors 10:11 AM
  • "Many 27-Inch iMac SSD Configurations Disappear From Apple's Online Store, Likely Due to a Bug" MacRumors 10:33 AM
  • "iPhone Users Are Randomly Getting Locked Out of Their Apple IDs" Digital Trends 10:27 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple's Extended Holiday Return Policy Begins Today, Return Deadline Set for January 8, 2019" MacRumors 10:48 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:23 AM

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Reviews
  • "The 5-Point 2018 iPad Pro review: Awesome hardware held back by software and pricing" VentureBeat 10:32 AM
  • "iPad Diaries: Typing on the iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard Folio" MacStories 11:08 AM
  • "Review: Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio is the best option for the iPad Pro, but has too many compromises" AppleInsider 10:58 AM
  • "Review: Apple's new 11 and 12.9" Smart Keyboard Folio for 2018 iPad Pro" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "Twelve South Journal review: a stylish, protective MacBook case" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "mophie charge stream desk stand offers fast charging in an elegant design" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
  • "Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home" The Verge 7:54 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Apple now lets you download all the data it keeps about you — here's how to do it" Business Insider 11:24 AM
  • "How to set up your new Mac mini" iMore 8:21 AM
Tips
  • "iOS 12: Manage Your Apple Pay Billing and Shipping Address" The Mac Observer 9:59 AM
  • "Best iPads for 2018: Which New Models Should You Actually Buy?" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:15 AM
  • "Which Watch? How to pick the Apple Watch that's right for you: What to consider when selecting an Apple Watch." Macworld 7:39 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple has a plan B as iPhone demand wanes" iDownload Blog 11:24 AM
  • "Has Apple run out of tricks?" [Video Report] FOXBusiness 11:00 AM
  • "Apple could and should make a larger iPad Pro but it probably won't be 15 inches"  AppleInsider 7:40 AM
  • "eXtensions -The Wednesday File (81): End of a Long Road" eXtensions 7:23 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Google's Night Sight Mode Tested: It's Simply Incredible" Gizmodo 11:08 AM
  • "How Hackers Sell Luxury Hotel Rooms for Next to Nothing: From Bangkok to New York, fraudsters have an established, underground market of selling dirt cheap rooms at 5 star hotels as well as international flights." Motherboard 10:49 AM
  • "Guilty of your roots: Why Kaspersky believes tech nationalism is on our doorstep/The answer lies in why Kaspersky has now moved core systems from Russia to Switzerland." ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "Dolby Brings a New Dimension to Home Entertainment" Tech.pinions 8:25 AM
  • "The Internet, Warts and All, book review: How to regulate a messy system" ZDNet 8:05 AM
  • "Amazon did exactly what it should have with its HQ2 process" TechCrunch 10:11 AM
  • "How Google Photos Became a Perfect Jukebox for Our Memories: Google Photos, introduced in 2015, has become one of the most emotionally resonant pieces of technology today. It is also shaping our narratives along the way."  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:44 AM
  • "May A.I. Help You?" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:20 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "(PRODUCT)RED Sport Loop for Apple Watch debuts alongside recently introduced Hermès straps" 9to5Mac 11:08 AM
  • "'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' Details and Trailer Emerge" Touch Arcade 10:32 AM
  • "Culture Genesis Launches 'TriviaMob,' the First Live Game Show App for Multicultural Gamers" Business Wire 10:18 AM
  • "OWC Reveals USB-C Product Compatibility with New iPad Pro" PRNewswire 10:18 AM
  • "L'Oréal Launches La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV--The First Battery-Free Wearable Sun Safety Sensor--In The U.S Available Now Exclusively On Apple.com And At Select U.S. Apple Stores Sensor And Companion App Measure UV, Pollution, Pollen, And Humidity" PRNewswire 10:17 AM
  • "Pocket Casts for iOS adds Siri Shortcuts, syncing, improved discovery, more" 9to5Mac 10:12 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Patch 6.30 Adds The Food Fight LTM, Mounted Turrent, Android Fixes, And More" Touch Arcade 8:26 AM
  • "Wiplabs Link bracelet is built just for your Apple Watch" Cult of Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Apple's retail stores in the US and beyond will start selling this British startup's 'Harry Potter' coding wand" Business Insider 8:01 AM
  • "WaterField Unveils Protective Mac Mini Sleeve and Mac Mini Travel Case" prMac 7:40 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Did IBM overhype Watson Health's AI promise? IBM's Watson Health division has been under fire for not delivering on its promise to use AI to enable smarter, more personalized medicine. But IBM officials maintain that hospitals are seeing benefits." Computerworld 7:45 AM
  • "Faster new Intel AI brain sticks into the side of your PC for $99: The Neural Compute Stick 2 uses a Movidius Myriad X artificial intelligence chip and is geared for prototype projects." CNET 7:37 AM
  • "Intel's 'neural network on a stick' brings AI training to you" Engadget 8:12 AM
  • "Intel's Neural Compute Stick 2 is 8 times faster than its predecessor" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Intel Neural Compute Stick 2 Improves AI Capabilities for Makers" Thurrott 8:36 AM
  • "Intel claims its Mobileye driver assistance system cut bus accidents by 29% in London trial" VentureBeat 8:17 AM
  • "Intel Capital leads $12 million round for SAM Seamless Network and its home IoT security system" VentureBeat 8:16 AM
  • "Microsoft to acquire Xoxco as focus on AI and bot developers continues" TechCrunch 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft buys chatbot company to juice its AI projects" Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires Botkit creator XOXCO" VentureBeat 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires AI and bot development house XOXCO" ZDNet 10:32 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires bot studio XOXCO to boost conversational AI offerings" GeekWire 10:48 AM
  • "Cisco Is Poised to Grow, But China Tariffs Loom: Cisco reports fiscal first-quarter earnings after the market closes Wednesday; here's what to watch" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:00 AM
  • "Cisco Reports Earnings Between Technical Levels" Investopedia 8:04 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple slides into a bear market — now down 20% from its all-time high"  Business Insider 11:24 AM
  • "Time For Apple's Stock To Enter A 'Period Of Digestion,' Guggenheim Says" Benzinga 10:58 AM
  • "At $188.50, did Apple just hit bottom?" Apple 3.0 10:33 AM
  • "Guggenheim downgrades Apple, drops $245 price target" Apple 3.0 8:26 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow rises more than 100 points, on pace to snap 3-day skid: CPI data suggests annual inflation may have peaked" MarketWatch 10:16 AM
  • "Stocks Lose Momentum as Wall Street Wavers: Stocks turn mixed on Wednesday after rising earlier in the session following data that showed U.S. consumer prices on a monthly and yearly basis matched economists' expectations." TheStreet 10:15 AM
  • "Stocks flat, oil attempts rebound" FOXBusiness 10:15 AM
  • "Global shares dip after Wall Street falls over oil concerns" Associated Press 10:15 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tick Higher as Inflation Fears Ease: Still, some investors expect recent swings in financial markets to continue" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:15 AM
  • "Asian markets lag as oil stocks slip further: Nikkei up slightly, while Chinese indexes mixed" MarketWatch 8:34 AM
  • "Europe stocks trim losses as oil prices rise: German growth, Italian budget squabbling, Brexit in focus" MarketWatch 8:33 AM

 
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