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Wednesday Highlights: Many reviews of the Apple Watch series 4 have been released today, in our Reviews/How-To section, including reviews by The New York Times, The Verge, The Independent, iMore, TechCrunch, and many more; Apple has paid its $15 billion back-tax bill to Ireland but Ireland isn't that anxious to cash the check; The Apple Watch's ECG feature apparently received FDA approval only hours before its introduction at the Apple Event; Apple Stores are now selling Spire Health Tags, small, machine-washable devices that measure a variety of health metrics; Six Colors reviews Ferrite 2, an iOS audio editor which has just been upgraded with a slew of features.

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Leads With Its Pricier iPhones This Year: The staggered release gives the company a month to sell higher-end models without cheaper competition from itself"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 6:24 AM
  • "Apple pays off its $15.4 billion Irish tax bill: The EU has withdrawn its lawsuit now the full amount is in a escrow holding account." Engadget 6:39 AM
  • "Ireland Not Keen on Cashing Apple's £12bn Tax Cheque" Gizmodo UK 6:25 AM
  • "Apple Has Paid the $14.3 Billion It Owes the Irish Tax Authorities—But the Check Hasn't Cleared Yet" Fortune 7:21 AM
OS X
News
  • "Safari 12 is now available for macOS Sierra and High Sierra" TechRadar UK 6:28 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to use Markup on email attachments in Mac Mail" iDownload Blog 6:25 AM
  • "How to disable Optimized iCloud Drive storage with a single click" Macworld 6:26 AM
Press Releases
  • "Typinator, PopChar, and KeyCue are ready for macOS Mojave and dark mode" prMac 10:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple does well in first global Experience Brand Survey" Apple World Today 10:33 AM
  • "Apple stores now sell Spire Health Tags for holistic self quantification: Apple retail channels this week started sales of Spire Health Tags, small, machine-washable devices with a long battery life that sticks to a user's clothes to monitor heart rate and track steps, breathing, stress levels and sleep patterns." AppleInsider 5:43 AM
  • "HomePod tops smart speaker market value rankings with with 16% share of wholesale revenues" Apple World Today 10:33 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "EU starts probe into Amazon after slapping Google and Apple with fines" FOXBusiness 11:27 AM
  • "Moxi the 'friendly' hospital robot wants to help nurses, not replace them" Digital Trends 6:38 AM
  • "Amazon helps others make accessories for Echo speakers: The Alexa Gadgets kit enables smart toys, chimes and more." Engadget 5:52 AM
  • "GAME OVER Google scraps 'confusing' YouTube Gaming app after gamers shun it: Key features from the gaming-specific video app will make their way to a new gaming hub on YouTube's website where 'the amount of gamers we are able to reach is far bigger', the firm says" The Sun 6:07 AM
  • "Google Gboard appears to be working on a floating keyboard" Social Barrel 6:02 AM
  • "Google Podcast is rolling out Cast support in latest update" Social Barrel 6:02 AM
  • "Chrome OS 69 Brings New Look, Linux App Support" Thurrott 6:01 AM
  • "Google gives its Slack rival the ability to snooze notifications" Engadget 5:52 AM
  • "Google 'Home Hub' leak shows a 7in screen but no webcam: If it's true, it's kind of weird" The Inquirer 5:47 AM
  • "Sony reveals Classic PlayStation to tickle nostalgia glands in time for Xmas: Retro remake console comes loaded with 20 games" The Inquirer 5:47 AM
  • "Nintendo's Switch Online service goes live today in the U.S." Neowin 5:50 AM
  • "The PlayStation Classic is Sony's retro console with 20 games that will arrive in December" Neowin 5:50 AM
  • "This is where you can pre-order the PlayStation Classic in the U.S." Neowin 5:50 AM
  • "Sega's Mega Drive Mini delayed until 2019" Neowin 5:50 AM
  • "Mozilla launches Firefox Reality, a browser built for VR headsets" Neowin 5:50 AM
  • "Pixel 3 XL release date, specs and price: Pixel 3, 3 XL shown off in official-looking renders/But images don't tell us much we don't already know" The Inquirer 5:46 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Inside iOS 12: Apple's ARKit 2 and USDZ usher in a new era of collaborative augmented reality" AppleInsider 7:50 AM
  • "This small iOS 12 feature is the birth of a whole industry: With iOS 12, Apple's USDZ AR file support just reached your iPhone: and it's going to kick-start the new industry" Computerworld 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Was Super-Close to Delaying the Top Apple Watch Series 4 Feature: FDA approval landed only a few hours before the launch"  Softpedia 7:21 AM
  • "Apple's iOS 12.1 code hints at new iPads coming in the fall" Mashable 7:28 AM
  • "iPad Pro with Face ID 'confirmed' in iOS 12.1 dev beta: Code also hints that Apple is working on landscape support for Face ID" The Inquirer 5:47 AM
  • "iOS 12.1 suggests iCloud syncing for Memoji coming soon" 9to5Mac 5:43 AM
  • "Apple patent involves the heart rate monitor in the Apple Watch Series 4" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "iOS 12 Books will not sync to Sierra or High Sierra Books" Gordon's Tech 5:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2018 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:31 AM

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Reviews
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Reviews: Larger Screen is 'Incredibly Good', Upgrading From Series 0 or 1 a 'No Brainer'" MacRumors 9:12 AM
  • "A Week On The Wrist Apple Watch Series 4: The future of the Apple Watch is coming into focus — and I like what I'm starting to see." Hodinkee 8:17 AM
  • "New Apple Watch adds heart tracking—here's why we should welcome ECG for everyone" PhysOrg 8:16 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 review — the best smart watch you can buy" CNBC 7:48 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Series 4 is a big, but expensive, upgrade" CNBC 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Watch 4 review: One of the best smartwatches just got better" TechRadar UK 7:48 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Series 4 takes heart monitoring to next level: Its new EKG feature isn't active at launch, but the Apple Watch is already proving to be a game-changing home health monitor." CNET 7:27 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Deal for Our Health/The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 7:21 AM
  • "Apple Watch Review: Bigger display, fall detection and ECG may make it the time to upgrade" USA Today 7:16 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: The Best Gets Better/The screen steals the show" The Verge 7:13 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Next Generation Smartwatch Is 'Astonishingly Good'/'If you've held back from getting an Apple Watch because you thought it wasn't quite there yet, well, it is now'" The Independent 6:29 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 review: The best smartwatch right now" The Straits Times [Free Registration Required] 6:25 AM
  • "A look at the new Apple Watch Series 4" USA Today 6:24 AM
  • "Apple Watch Series 4 Review: Apple Watch is the most important product Apple has ever made and Series 4 is the most important Apple Watch to date."  iMore 6:03 AM
  • "Review: Apple Watch Series 4" TechCrunch 6:01 AM
  • "The New Apple Watch Feels Like A Device For A Future That Isn't Quite Here: It's a gorgeous piece of technology, but it's still a total luxury." Buzzfeed 7:28 AM
  • "iPhone XS + Max Review: The best damn product Apple's ever made, take 2/iPhone X was the best product Apple ever made. Now, iPhone XS makes it better." iMore 11:28 AM
  • "iPhone XR vs Samsung Galaxy S9: The more affordable iPhone XR has arrived, but how does it stack up against the similarly priced Samsung Galaxy S9? We compare the two." Tech Advisor 7:28 AM
  • "Radio heads will love these Apple-approved iPhone headsets" Apple Must 10:34 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 12 review: Finally, the fear of upgrading is over" Mashable 7:28 AM
  • "Ferrite 2: iOS audio editor adds templates, noise removal" Six Colors 5:51 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Using Siri Shortcuts From the Gallery" MacMost 10:33 AM
  • "How to search Google from your Apple Watch" Apple Must 10:32 AM
  • "How to set up parental controls on iPad & iPhone: Want to make your iPad & iPhone more kid-proof? Here's how to set up parental controls on iOS devices" Macworld UK 8:15 AM
  • "How to swap between Google Maps and Apple Maps" Apple Must 6:11 AM
  • "iPhone owners on iOS 12: You can now use Google Maps on Apple CarPlay" ZDNet 6:15 AM
  • "PCalc binomial functions" Dr. Drang 5:51 AM
Tips
  • "Quick Tip: Typing a Tab character in iOS" Six Colors 10:37 AM
  • "iOS 12: 'family sharing' is still for children only -- ask to buy disabled at age 18 in US" Gordon's Tech 5:46 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple Should've Created A 4-inch Smartphone With The iPhone XR Concept Called 'iPhone SE 2" MacPrices 10:34 AM
  • "Why the iPhone is more expensive than ever: The change in customer's buying patterns affects Apple, which makes its own changes to compensate." Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "Survey: Apple employees most likely to postpone parenthood/What makes Apple so family hostile?" Apple 3.0 6:22 AM
  • "It's Time For The Apple Watch To Take Off" Seeking Alpha 6:16 AM
  • "Apple boss' defence of iPhone pricing questioned" CRN 5:42 AM
  • "Initial reviews of the new iPhone XS" iPhone J.D. 5:44 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Evernot? The Problem with Cloud Services (Premium)" Thurrott 10:38 AM
  • "BOOKLIGHT is a fine accessory for bookworms and night owls" Apple World Today 7:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "AnyTrans Offers Users A Seamless Transition to iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR" prMac 10:36 AM
  • "MacX MediaTrans Updated for iOS 12 - Back up iPhone to Avoid Data Loss" prMac 10:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "This Windows file may be secretly hoarding your passwords and emails" ZDNet 5:49 AM
  • "Microsoft steps up Salesforce rivalry with new AI, HoloLens features: Microsoft Corp. rolled out new features for sales and customer-service software that make use of artificial intelligence and its HoloLens augmented reality goggles, stepping up competition with Salesforce.com Inc." Financial Express 6:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Looks To Boost HoloLens Use, Bolster Its Salesforce Challenger With New Mixed Reality Apps" Forbes Middle East 6:14 AM
  • "Microsoft soups up Dynamics 365 with AI and HoloLens add-ons" Diginomica 6:14 AM
  • "AMD targets gutsy laptops with Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H chips: Both chips mix Zen-based CPUs with clocked-up Vega graphics" The Inquirer 6:07 AM
  • "Leak shows AMD's 64-core Epyc processor blowing away Intel's Xeon CPUs" TechRadar UK 6:07 AM
  • "AMD EPYC servers for HPC, virtualisation and software-defined storage" ZDNet 5:49 AM
  • "Morgan Stanley adjusts AMD, Intel targets on disruptive 10nm delay" Seeking Alpha 10:31 AM
  • "An Intel drone fell on my head during a light show: Comment" TechCrunch 6:07 AM
  • "Ampere launches eMAG ARM-based server processors" Hexus 6:06 AM
  • "IBM launches tools to detect AI fairness, bias and open sources some code" ZDNet 5:51 AM
  • "IBM launches cloud tool to detect AI bias and explain automated decisions" TechCrunch 6:11 AM
  • "IBM to Tackle Ocean Plastic and Global Poverty with Blockchain Technology" BTC Manager 6:10 AM
  • "Oracle: Focus on simplicity/John Abel, vice president, cloud and technology, UK & Ireland at Oracle tells the audience at Computing's Cloud & Infrastructure Live event that the cloud won't fix certain types of problem" Computing 6:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 inch toward records, while tech weakness weighs on Nasdaq: S&P 500 on track for seventh rise of past eight sessions" MarketWatch 10:39 AM
  • "Dow Rallies on Signs of a Thaw in U.S. and China Trade Battle: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallies amid signs the U.S. and China could be prepared to broker an agreement in their ongoing trade war." TheStreet 10:39 AM
  • "US stocks mixed in early trading; bond yields surge" Associated Press 10:40 AM
  • "Major Stock Indexes Near Records as Trade Fears Ease: Dow industrials within 1% of January record, while S&P 500 about 0.1% off Aug. 29 all-time high" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:40 AM
  • "Nikkei's surge leads Asian-market gains: Nikkei at multimonth high; Chinese stock markets brush off latest tariffs" MarketWatch 7:16 AM
  • "Europe ends day muted after session dented by trade-war headlines: Zalando slumps, Clariant, German car makers push higher" MarketWatch 7:16 AM

 
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