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Thursday Highlights: Interesting question for Apple from Kori Hale at Forbes on whether Apple is "leaving Beats and African-American aestheticism behind?"; Wall Street Journal piece argues iPhone assembly in US "hollow victory for Trump" and may hurt Apple; Cool Hunting and Hodinkee show how Apple's new Apple Watch Series 4 screen designs are actually made; you are being assigned a trust score from Apple based on your iPhone data; Pixel 2 camera better than iPhone XS camera according to reviews; iJustine, Emkwan Reviews on YouTube unbox and review Apple Watch Series 4; GoPro's new Hero 7 offers smooth videos as if a gimbal attached, more in our Reviews section; luxury-priced iPhone XS ships without fast charger brick.

  • "Apple's Culture Quest Leaves Beats Headphones Behind" ["The tech giant hasn't made many updates to the product and even failed to mention Beats last week at its Fall preview event. Is Apple leaving Beats and African-American aestheticism behind?"]  Forbes 7:37 AM
  • "Bringing iPhone Assembly to U.S. Would Be a Hollow Victory for Trump: The president's tariffs on Chinese imports could hurt Apple without addressing the real challenge of China" [Paid Membership Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Selling Its High-End Phones First"  Investopedia 8:22 AM
  • "How Apple Can Mitigate Risk of iPhone XR Cannibalizing the XS" The Motley Fool 9:26 AM
  • "Inside Apple's iPhone Xs Camera Technology: Apple's latest imaging system takes hardware, software, a neural engine, and trillions computations to produce images that rival DSLR quality."  Medium 11:08 AM
  • "Connecting the Apple Dots: Apple is following a clear and defined product strategy. Last week, Apple provided the latest look at this strategy by unveiling new iPhones and a redesigned Apple Watch. These products represent clues that help paint a picture of where Apple is headed."  Above Avalon 10:56 AM
  • "Apple And Amazon At A Trillion Dollar: Looking Back And Looking Forward" Seeking Alpha 7:36 AM
  • "Australian Teen Who Hacked Apple to Face Sentencing Next Week" Bloomberg 12:06 PM
  • "Marco Rubio wants Apple to shed light on data-stealing Mac app" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
  • "The enterprise guide to the September 24 'Mojave' upgrade" Computerworld 7:23 AM
  • "Apple introduces new data recovery process for Macs with T2 chip" 9to5Mac 10:56 AM
  • "RapidWeaver 8 review: Device simulator can't replace true WYSIWYG editing" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "What's that weird app folder doing in your iCloud storage?" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "The question is no longer 'if' but when you'll try something other than macOS or Windows" hittingthesweetspot 7:34 AM
  • "What Matters—Vulkan Graphics API is World's First with Formal Memory Model" Architosh 7:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "Jamf acquires NoMAD to assist IT departments with Active Directory integration" 9to5Mac 11:47 AM
  • "Timing app for macOS updated with improved design, dark mode, Chinese localization, more" 9to5Mac 9:23 AM
  • "There's now a movie about Final Cut Pro X, with free premiere tickets up for grabs" 9to5Mac 8:45 AM
  • "New Product Release: Pomfort Introduces the Silverstack Offload Manager" prMac 8:09 AM
  • "Good News—Epic Extends Free Unreal Studio Beta Till Sep 2019" Architosh 7:26 AM
  • "Open Map 1.0.2 bring over 60 types of OpenLayer maps on Mac and iOS and save on disk as PDF and other formats" Tension Software 7:22 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Screen Designs Are More Than What You Might Think"  Cool Hunting 8:07 AM
  • "How Apple's Awesome Motion Watch Faces Are Made: Sometimes doing things the hard way is the right way." Hodinkee 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Working With Health Canada to Bring Apple Watch Series 4's ECG Functionality to Canadian Market" MacRumors 8:29 AM
  • "Apple working on Canadian approval for Apple Watch Series 4's EKG tech" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "Apple is secretly giving people 'trust scores' based on their iPhone data"  The Independent 8:22 AM
  • "Apple gives you a TRUST rating – and it's based on your phone call and email habits" The Sun 11:12 AM
  • "iPhone XS reviews mostly conceding that Pixel 2 camera is better" Android Authority 8:10 AM
  • "They Got 'Everything': Inside a Demo of NSO Group's Powerful iPhone Malware/A source managed to see Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group's powerful iPhone malware up close. Despite a wave of highly controversial customers, the company appears to be popular worldwide."  Motherboard 11:07 AM
  • "Jon M. Chu Shot This Short Film Entirely on an iPhone XS Max" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:24 AM
  • "Apple introduces a glorious Bitcoin glyph in iOS 12: 'Siri, what's the price of Bitcoin today?'" The Next Web 8:29 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google's China project unites angry employees and frustrated Congress" Axios 9:25 AM
  • "Android phones: Dialing 911 now automatically shares your location" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Get Ready For Some New Amazon Hardware" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:18 AM
  • "Amazon's Alexa event will take place today at 1:30 PM ET" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "Facebook told to speed up changes or face 'sanctions'" BBC 7:43 AM
  • "Newegg hacked, card information stolen for millions" Android Police 7:43 AM
  • "205: Six Million Ham Sandwiches" The Rebound 11:10 AM
  • "iPhone XS Teardown Reveals New Single-Cell L-Shaped Battery" MacRumors 7:37 AM
  • "iPhone XS teardown shows single-cell battery, few other changes from iPhone X" AppleInsider 8:10 AM
  • "iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Orders Now Shipping After Erroneous 'Shipment on Hold' Status" MacRumors 10:56 AM
  • "Apple Store iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 orders now shipping ahead of Friday launch" 9to5Mac 8:09 AM
  • "Early iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, Apple Watch orders are on the way to customers" AppleInsider 8:10 AM
  • "First iOS 12.1 public beta with Group FaceTime now available along with tvOS 12.1 | 9to5Mac" 9to5Mac 12:10 PM
  • "Apple's Work on an iPad Cover with Built-In Inductive Charging Continues with the Addition of a new Sensor" Patently Apple 8:28 AM
  • "Can't update watchOS? How to troubleshoot common problems" iMore 9:23 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "9" iPad Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM

  • "The Apple Watch Series 4 Reviewed: It's cohesive, it's ambitious, and it might just encourage you to reshape your habits and behaviors for the better." Bloomberg 9:56 AM
  • "iPhone XS, XS Max, XR specs: Battery size, RAM details revealed in new filings" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "GoPro Hero 7 review: Super smooth video without a clunky gimbal" Mashable 8:29 AM
  • "Review: With the Hero7 Black, GoPro looks towards stability" TechCrunch 8:20 AM
  • "GoPro Hero 7 Black review: An action camera for the social age" Engadget 8:19 AM
  • "GoPro Hero 7 camera films smooth videos without gimbal" BBC 8:19 AM
  • "GoPro Hero 7 stabilisation put to the test" [Video] BBC 8:19 AM
  • "LiteXim Aerobuds review: I've had better and I've had worse" iMore 9:23 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple iOS 12 review: Less mess/There's plenty here for newcomers and longtime Apple fans alike." Engadget 9:23 AM
  • "watchOS 5: New Notifications Options and 'Deliver Quietly' for Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Books: What's new in iOS 12" iMore 9:42 AM
  • "How to use Animoji, stickers, and Live Photos in FaceTime on iOS 12" iMore 12:07 PM
  • "How to set up and use Activity sharing on Apple Watch" iMore 11:20 AM
  • "How to use favicons in Safari tabs on iPhone, iPad, and Mac" iMore 10:56 AM
  • "watchOS 5: How to Enable Raise to Speak for Siri on Apple Watch" The Mac Observer 10:52 AM
  • "How to use pace alerts on Apple Watch while running in watchOS 5" iMore 9:23 AM
  • "How to use AutoFill Passwords with third-party password managers" iDownload Blog 9:23 AM
  • "Monitoring and Restricting Your iPhone or iPad Use With Screen Time" MacMost 9:13 AM
  • "Remove yourself from people search sites and erase your online presence: Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely." ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "How to Create Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12" iPhone Hacks 7:26 AM
  • "How to Use the New iOS 12 Camera Effects in Messages" iPhone Hacks 7:26 AM
  • "What to do first when you get your new iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max" AppleInsider 11:18 AM
  • "iOS 12: 9 hidden features you should check out right now" [Video] CNET 8:18 AM
  • "WSJ author and research group who got iPhone X wrong now surfacing a cynical theory on iPhone XS models" Roughly Drafted 11:09 AM
  • "It feels like Apple is being cheap by not including an important accessory with the $1,000 iPhone XS"  Business Insider 8:34 AM
  • "What a Hellish Experience it Is to Restore an iPhone"  Kirkville 8:28 AM
  • "The real winner: It's never Apple" Macworld 8:09 AM
  • "iOS 12 makes older devices feel like new" Apple Must 8:01 AM
  • "Alex Jones, the Blockchain and Free Speech" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:27 AM
  • "I switched from the $1,000 Galaxy Note 9 to the $250 LG Stylo 4 and now I question everything" PCWorld 7:43 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The PowerVolt 3.0 is handy for charging two USB-C devices at once" Apple World Today 11:58 AM
  • "Best Smart Plugs for HomeKit in 2018" iMore 10:59 AM
  • "Date Virtual Girls in Augmented Reality on your iPhone" prMac 8:10 AM
  • "Apple Music on Android Auto is available to everyone: It's now out of beta." Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "Apple Music comes to Android Auto" Apple Must 7:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft 'must investigate child labour' amid claims children as young as SEVEN are mining for cobalt: Amnesty International has today claimed children are working 12 hour days in toxic dust, but alleges Microsoft has 'taken little action'" Mirror Online UK 8:21 AM
  • "PC sales might actually grow next year, thanks to Windows 10" ZDNet 11:50 AM
  • "Microsoft releases list of features being removed from Windows 10 October Update: It's not nearly as bad as it looks" The Inquirer 7:22 AM
  • "Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Dump your files to avoid crashes, warns Microsoft" ZDNet 8:16 AM
  • "Amid Microsoft's GitHub buy, code repository site GitLab secures $100 million in funding" Neowin 7:15 AM
  • "Microsoft announces Cumulative Update channel for .NET Framework" Neowin 7:21 AM
  • "How Qualcomm Tried and Failed to Steal Intel's Crown Jewel" Bloomberg 11:54 AM
  • "Intel tech roll back: it is fabbing the new H310C chipset at 22nm" Hexus 7:29 AM
  • "Intel co-founder's Silicon Valley pad goes on the market for $22m: Includes vineyard, a separate guest house and Chipzilla history" The Register 7:35 AM
  • "Intel tech roll back: it is fabbing the new H310C chipset at 22nm" EIN News 7:36 AM
  • "Intel Back to the Past with Chipset Return to 22nm" eTeknix 7:36 AM
  • "Intel, Alibaba launch a joint edge computing platform" ZDNet 9:24 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 benchmarks: performance - at a cost/A good card but too power-hungry and too hot." Eurogamer 7:28 AM
  • "IBM Cloud Gets New Trust and Transparency Capabilities for AI" The RIQ News Desk 7:34 AM
  • "IBM's open source Fairness Kit will put a stop to racist robots: IBM hopes that its new tool will avoid bias in artificial intelligence" V3 8:11 AM
  • "Larry Ellison: Oracle Will Ride Two Strategic Products Into Cloud Leadership" Forbes 7:37 AM
  • "Alibaba wants to ship its own neural network silicon by H2 2019: Middle Kingdom calls for international AI arm linkage" The Register 8:09 AM
  • "Samsung plans to lower memory chip growth on expected demand slowdown: Bbg" Reuters 9:41 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Buy Apple Stock as Its Biggest Headwind Falls Off of the Trade-War Radar" InvestorPlace 8:23 AM
  • "Apple price target boosted at BMO" MarketWatch 8:23 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow jumps to record, ending lengthy drought, as stocks rally broadly: Red Hat falls after results" MarketWatch 11:48 AM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Set Record Highs as Wall Street Looks Past Trade Fears: Stocks rise on Thursday and the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 set new record highs." TheStreet 11:49 AM
  • "Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 trade at record highs" Associated Press 11:49 AM
  • "Major Stock Indexes Near Records as Trade Fears Ease: Dow industrials is within 1% of its January record, lifted by shares of manufacturers and financial firms" [Paid Membership Required] 11:50 AM
  • "Asian markets mostly rise, as Nikkei logs 5th straight gain: Samsung leads Kospi's gains, while stocks in China go limp" MarketWatch 7:54 AM
  • "Europe stocks book fourth win in a row: Materials and chemicals stocks lead gainers" MarketWatch 7:54 AM

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