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Tuesday Highlights: TechCrunch reporting the App Store is being plagued by "scammers ... taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick users into signing up for expensive and recurring plans"; Apple apologizes to China for account hacks, does clarify that those affected did not enable two-factor authentication—additional reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; settlement in works between Qualcomm and the FTC over antitrust; all signs point to iPhone XR being "massive smash hit"; Market Realist saying "iPhone customer loyalty is on the rise"; New Yorkers rejoice as Apple fixes bagel emoji; MySmartPrice reporting exclusive images of next iPad Pro case; CNET compares cameras of iPhone XS and Pixel 3.

  • "Sneaky subscriptions are plaguing the App Store" ["But alongside this healthy growth, a number of scammers are now taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick users into signing up for expensive and recurring plans. They do this by intentionally confusing users with their app's design and flow, by making promises of 'free trials' that convert after only a matter of days, and other misleading tactics."]  TechCrunch 6:40 AM
  • "Apple 'Deeply Apologetic' Over Account Hacks in China: Victims of the scams didn't enable two-factor authentication, Apple says" [Paid Membership Required] 7:19 AM
  • "Apple apologizes to Chinese users after iCloud phishing spree" AppleInsider 8:59 AM
  • "Apple apologizes for hacked Apple IDs in China, says account details were phished" 9to5Mac 8:59 AM
  • "FTC and Qualcomm trying to settle antitrust matter by November 14, but Judge Koh may rule on chipset licensing anytime" Foss Patents 7:18 AM
  • "Qualcomm, FTC ask judge to delay ruling to pursue settlement" Reuters 9:09 AM
  • "When not to use Apple's Mail Drop file transfer service: If you have a large file you need to share with several people, go a different route." Macworld 7:19 AM
  • "How to Use the Preview Loupe Tool in macOS" MacRumors 7:15 AM
  • "Taking Screenshots In macOS Mojave" MacMost 9:26 AM
  • "Making screenshot frames" Dr. Drang 9:08 AM
  • "How to set up an automatic email reply in Mail on Mac" iDownload Blog 7:15 AM
  • "How to Prevent 1Password from Asking to Save Logins" The Mac Observer 8:58 AM
  • "Why Create a Frontier-Inspired Scripting App?" inessential 7:17 AM
Press Releases
  • "How to Create Distortion Effects: Red Giant Short Cuts Episode 8 Now Live" Red Giant 1:25 PM
  • "CodeWeavers ships CrossOver 18 with full macOS Mojave support" AppleInsider 12:47 PM
  • "Saurik updates Cydia Impactor to address .ipa unzipping issue on Windows" ["Windows is certainly the target audience for this particular Cydia Impactor update, but it's also available for macOS and Linux-based machines."] iDownload Blog 11:00 AM
  • "VideoDuke - a dedicated video downloader for Mac" prMac 7:01 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone XR looks set to become a massive smash hit" Cult of Mac 7:01 AM
  • "Kuo: Apple To Stick With IP68 Water Resistance Rating For 2019 iPhones" Redmond Pie 10:12 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone Customer Loyalty Is on the Rise" Market Realist 9:33 AM
  • "The 2018 New Establishment List: This year's New Establishment list attempts to reconcile the revolutionary fluctuations in the zeitgeist, and contextualize them in a firmament, if only for a fleeting moment." [Tim Cook #5] Vanity Fair 1:24 PM
  • "Apple may not have bought music analytics firm Asaii, might be 'acquihire'" AppleInsider 9:34 AM
  • "Apple Watch app to aid recovery of hip replacement patients" GearBrain 7:17 AM
  • "Apple fixes the bagel emoji because New Yorkers have a lot of feelings" Mashable 7:10 AM
  • "Bagel emoji crisis averted by iOS 12.1 beta 4" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "Ex-Apple engineers created an app to track basketball shots using AI, and it's already getting attention from Mark Cuban and the NBA" Business Insider 1:27 PM
  • "Happy Steve Jobs Day everyone!" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Inside the Living Computer Museum founded by Paul Allen: Where PC history stays alive/'Other museums put a glass in front of their computers. We put a chair.'" PCWorld 12:47 PM
  • "For the Pixel 3 XL, Google switches display manufacturers from LG to Samsung" Ars Technica 11:06 AM
  • "Sony says it already fixed the PS4 message bug that was crashing consoles" BGR 11:00 AM
  • "'Fortnite' Tournaments pit controller against keyboard and mouse" Engadget 10:59 AM
  • "Adobe's new experiment turns tone deaf humming into real music" Mashable 10:12 AM
  • "Smartphone Maker That Overtook Apple Reveals New Flagship Device" Bloomberg 10:11 AM
  • "Microsoft's amazing alternative to Apple's MacBook just got even better with the Surface Laptop 2" Business Insider 9:08 AM
  • "Amazon Prime Music turns the volume down a little too much: Users face hours without tunes as streaming service trips up mid-dance move" The Register 6:54 AM
  • "Sundar Pichai spoke about Google's China plans for the first time and it doesn't look like he's backing down" Business Insider 6:51 AM
  • "Paul Allen Was So Much More Than Microsoft's Co-Founder" Time 7:17 AM
  • "'Our industry has lost a pioneer': Tech titans are devastated by the death of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen" Business Insider 6:51 AM
  • "Mac App Store Developer Problems, More Apple Watch Series 4 Experiences -TMO Daily Observations 2018-10-16" The Mac Observer 1:20 PM
  • "AppStories, Episode 83 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 1" MacStories 7:17 AM
  • "Mice and Picture Books, two things that go together." The MT Show 7:16 AM
  • "Mingis on Tech: The Pixel 3 arrives" [Podcast] Computerworld 6:56 AM
  • "[Exclusive] iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) case leaks, shows Apple's first tablet with Face ID sensors and bezel-less screen"  MySmartPrice 9:47 AM
  • "iPhone XS Max easily outlasts rivals in new battery test" Cult of Mac 9:33 AM
  • "Taiwan suppliers remain cautious about orders for new iPhones" DigiTimes 7:02 AM
  • "Apple supply chain wary of reduced iPhone orders for Q4" AppleInsider 7:02 AM
  • "iOS 12.1 Public Beta 4: iPhone XR Pre-Release Edition" Forbes 7:09 AM
  • "Apple Granted a Second Patent for a Folding iPhone focused on a new Flexible Hinge and something very interesting" Patently Apple 7:15 AM
  • "Siri could recognize user's voice patterns for identification in future iPhone or iPad" AppleInsider 9:08 AM
  • "Apple patent is for tracking data between two Apple Watches and an iPhone" Apple World Today 7:15 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017-18 models)" MacPrices 7:06 AM

  • "iPhone XS (Max): I usually write my review of the new iPhones about a week after I get one of the new devices, but this time around, I just kept using and trying out the different features of the iPhone. Now, I want to give you my thoughts on the iPhone XS and XS Max." The Loop 1:27 PM
  • "One month later: iPhone XS versus the iPhone XS Max" AppleInsider 10:28 AM
  • "iPhone XS vs. Pixel 3: Which camera is better? Both have three cameras in total, but they work in very different ways." CNET 6:54 AM
  • "Compare these Pixel 3 and iPhone XS photos" CNET 6:54 AM
  • "Hands on: Ultimate Ears' mainline Bluetooth speaker, the Boom 3" AppleInsider 12:47 PM
  • "Vinpok Taptek mechanical keyboard review: Almost perfect/There's nothing satisfying about any keyboard that Apple makes. Vinpok is seeking to rectify that." iMore 10:04 AM
  • "Review: Wirelessly charge AirPods with HyperJuice's handy adapter [Video] 9to5Mac 12:47 PM
  • "Review: Mophie Charge Stream Powerstation Wireless + Wireless XL" iLounge 12:46 PM
  • "The Toast cover for the iPhone looks great, but should be used with care" Apple World Today 7:06 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "How to Use Maps on Your iPhone to See the Hourly Weather Forecast" The Mac Observer 10:52 AM
  • "iPhone time limit: How to set a time limit for a specific app on iOS 12" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Thoughts on the ambition of Apple Watch" Computerworld 12:42 PM
  • "3 reasons you should buy the iPhone XS Max instead of the standard iPhone XS" Business Insider 10:04 AM
  • "Disappointed in Pixel 3? Make iPhone XS your ultra-Google Phone!" iMore 9:48 AM
  • "Cherished myths: Apple used to be perfect" Macworld 7:02 AM
  • "Stats make iOS a hard OS to ignore: Users are jumping to the latest iOS version faster than ever before. That means many things from an Apple marketing perspective, but for IT, it means far greater security."  Computerworld 6:56 AM
  • "Apple wants you to know iPads are professional computers" ["Inevitably, Macs will become high-end machines for high-end tasks, while iPads and other mobile devices will become computers for the rest of us."]  Apple Must 6:42 AM
  • "Winamp's Relaunch Better Bring Back Winamp Skins - Motherboard" Motherboard 10:59 AM
  • "Why the Pixel matters: Sales are a measure of sales, not importance" The Verge 7:09 AM
  • "T-Mobile's 36-month payment plans could help bring $1,000 phones to more people" Android Authority 7:09 AM
  • "Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans" BBC 6:57 AM
  • "When Alexa Can't Understand You: People with speech disabilities are being left out of the voice-assistant revolution." Slate 6:56 AM
  • "Comic: Real Computers Run Photoshop" iMore 10:27 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Beats Studio 3 Skyline collection with new color options arrive" AppleInsider 1:25 PM
  • "chemoWave Launches Free Spanish App for Hispanic Cancer Patients to Track Real-Time Symptoms & Get Personalized Treatment Insights" PRNewswire 10:29 AM
  • "Mighty, the iPod Shuffle for Spotify, gets a bigger battery and better bluetooth" TechCrunch 7:09 AM
  • "Fortnite 6.1 drops new Quadcrasher and BR tournaments" Cult of Mac 7:01 AM
  • "Tokyo Ride - Learn Japanese and Explore Tokyo on the go" prMac 9:09 AM
  • "New Advanced Contact Manager Brings Powerful CRM Features to iOS" prMac 7:01 AM
  • "Gamers Flood the Pixel Dance Floor in Block Party for iOS" prMac 7:00 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passes away aged 65: Tech pioneer died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma" The Inquirer 7:32 AM
  • "Paul Allen Thought Like a Hacker and Never Stopped Dreaming" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12:44 PM
  • "Windows 10 BSOD problems: Microsoft offers up driver fix for HP crashes/Blue screen of death crashes fixed by removing HP keyboard driver with known compatibility issues." ZDNet 7:31 AM
  • "Microsoft Makes Patent Pledge as Part of Plan to Embrace Linux" eWeek 10:45 AM
  • "Intel's 9th-gen processors can swallow 128GB of RAM: Baaaaahlimey that's a lot of RAM, ewe probably said" The Inquirer 7:32 AM
  • "Intel Reduces ASML Stake: Sells off bulk of what was previously a $4 billion, 10% share" EE Times Asia 7:00 AM
  • "Arm and Intel Partner to Ease IoT Challenges" Tech.pinions 8:25 AM
  • "Rolls Royce teams up with Intel to turn ships into floating data centres: Rolls Royce will use AI powered by Intel's Xeon Gold processors and SSDs for memory" V3 8:25 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-8700K review: Intel's hexa-core processor rises above Ryzen" TechRadar UK 8:22 AM
  • "AMD Cuts Ryzen 7 2700X's Price Ahead of Intel 9900K Launch" ExtremeTech 8:25 AM
  • "Icahn prepares challenge to Dell plan to go public" Telecompaper 8:21 AM
  • "Massive Dell 49-inch curved ultra-wide monitor $1,700" Geeky Gadgets 8:21 AM
  • "Lenovo And HP Make Up Nearly Half Of PC Sales" eTeknix 8:22 AM
  • "HP dangles subscription hardware at power users: Need SSD RAID, i9 or a GPU? Join our Z Club, says Inky" The Register 8:22 AM
  • "Hands-on with the HP ENVY x360 convertible laptop: a true thin and light/HP has yet another x360, and this time, it's an ENVY. The new thin and light convertible will go on sale from November this year with a starting price of Rs 60,990." 8:22 AM
  • "HP's new ENVY x360 convertible comes with Active Pen support, Gorilla Glass touchscreen display: Price in India/Expanding its premium portfolio, HP Inc. on Tuesday launched the HP ENVY x360 convertible powered by AMD Ryzen processor for the millennials in India." Financial Express 8:22 AM
  • "AI will impact 100% of jobs, professions, and industries, says IBM's Ginni Rometty: At the Gartner Symposium/ITExpo, Rometty laid out three principles for companies working ethically with AI." ZDNet 12:06 PM
  • "IBM CEO Ginni Rometty Sharpens Focus on Emerging Tech for Business" WSJ Blogs 1:27 PM
  • "Qualcomm's new 60GHz chips target 5G speeds over WiFi: 10Gbps is being targeted using 60Ghz mmWave frequencies" The Inquirer 8:54 AM
  • "Cloud computing switch as digital transformation takes priority: Cost-cutting takes a back seat as cloud-powered business change moves centre stage." ZDNet 7:43 AM
  • "Arm launches Neoverse, its IP portfolio for internet infrastructure hardware" TechCrunch 12:47 PM
  • "The Brexit dilemma: Will London's start-ups stay or go? The capital's tech companies are trying to plot a course that will steer them past Brexit. That will mean some difficult decisions ahead." ZDNet 10:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Would Market Slowdown in China Impact iPhone Sales Significantly?" Market Realist 9:33 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks up sharply as investors cheer earnings: Equities add to gains after strong JOLTS report" MarketWatch 12:04 PM
  • "Dow Surges as Strong Earnings Push the Blue-Chip Index Higher, Nasdaq Rises 2%: Stocks post sharp gains on Tuesday, getting a boost from better-than-expected earnings from investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs." TheStreet 12:04 PM
  • "Stock rebound on positive earnings" FOXBusiness 12:05 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Jump, Erasing Some Recent Losses: Broad rally sees gains across S&P 500 amid rising volatility for stock indexes" [Paid Membership Required] 12:06 PM
  • "Nikkei's gain, led by Softbank's rebound, lifts most Asian markets: Oil sector lifts Hong Kong though mainland China's gains fade" MarketWatch 8:09 AM
  • "European stocks book a slight gain as traders watch Brexit talks: German stock outshine peers; major oil companies rise" MarketWatch 8:09 AM

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