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Agree/Disagree: Microsoft's ad calling iPad a kid's toy, as hard as it is to admit, is right. Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Tuesday Highlights: After official investigation into motherboards for Apple, Amazon, Super Micro says no malicious spy chips were found; facing sales ban on older iPhones in China thanks to Qualcomm court victory, Apple files appeal—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; meanwhile, Egypt accuses Apple of violating competition laws, decrees Apple "'remove any restrictions on the ability of a distributor' to sell products within Egypt, within a period of 60 days."; new Vega GPU chips to arrive in new Macs?; Macworld reviews Adobe's Premiere Rush CC; 2019 to be Year of the Mac according to JAMF CEO; IDC forecasts iPhone sales drop of 2.5% for remainder of 2018; Daniel Newman at MarketWatch believes Microsoft will become most valuable company over Apple as business "more sound, robust and diversified".

Apple/Macintosh
  • "How Apple Gamed App Pricing: A Supreme Court antitrust case will decide if Apple is responsible for increased pass-through of costs to customers locked into the App Store"  Bloomberg 12:48 PM
  • "Super Micro says review found no malicious chips in motherboards" ["Nardello tested samples of motherboards in current production and versions that were sold to Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc, which were both named in the article, the person said."]  Reuters 8:05 AM
  • "Super Micro found no evidence of iCloud spy chips after audit" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "China court bans sales of older iPhone models in Apple-Qualcomm global battle" Reuters 7:51 AM
  • "Apple faces ban on sales of older iPhones in China over a tussle with Qualcomm" The Next Web 8:24 AM
  • "Qualcomm Wins Twin Patent Battle in China Against Apple" Zacks 9:47 AM
  • "Apple Accused by Egypt of Violating Competition Laws" ["The decree said Apple should 'remove any restrictions on the ability of a distributor' to sell products within Egypt, within a period of 60 days."]  Bloomberg 8:06 AM
OS X
News
  • "Mojave hints at new & unannounced Vega GPU chips coming to Mac soon" AppleInsider 9:22 AM
  • "macOS Mojave's dark mode is coming to Google Chrome" Ars Technica 3:16 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Adobe Premiere Rush CC review: Consumer video editor makes fast work of creation and sharing" Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "Motif creates photobooks from the Mac Photos app in minutes" 9to5Mac 10:37 AM
  • "Opening New Tabs Next to the Current Tab in Safari" Daring Fireball 6:50 PM
  • "How to use a video as your Mac screen saver" iDownload Blog 1:18 PM
  • "How To Create A Text (TXT) File On A Mac" macReports 8:34 AM
  • "How to Tell if Safari Private Browsing is Enabled When in Dark Mode for MacOS" OS X Daily 8:34 AM
  • "Watermarking Photos With Automator and Pixelmator" MacMost 9:09 AM
Op/Ed
  • "An unfortunate hole in my portable brain" Dr. Drang 8:12 PM
  • "Microsoft Browser Shift Has Major Implications for Software and Devices" ["By moving the massive base of Windows users (as well as Edge browser users on the Mac, Android, and iOS, because Microsoft announced their intentions to build Chromium-powered browsers for all those platforms as well), the company has single-handedly shifted the balance of web and browser-based standards towards Chromium."] Tech.pinions 8:34 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft Office Apps Now Support Dark Mode on macOS Mojave" MacRumors 6:27 PM
  • "Microsoft updates Office apps for Mac with Dark Mode, Continuity Camera support, more" 9to5Mac 5:18 PM
  • "DMG Master, the macOS application to create standard Disk Image Archive with just one click." Ecleti 9:31 AM
  • "Studiometry 15 has huge performance improvements, new timer and invoice features, much more." Oranged Software 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The Huawei arrest puts a 'bullseye' on Apple's back at a potentially dangerous time for iPhone sales in China"  Business Insider 8:25 AM
  • "Huawei arrest could put Apple at risk of retaliation by China" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Can Apple Challenge China's Tech Giants in the Smart Speaker Market?" The Motley Fool 5:36 PM
  • "Apple launches payments service in Germany following delay" Reuters 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Pay Launches in Germany" MacRumors 8:06 AM
  • "Apple Pay finally launches in Germany" TechCrunch 8:09 AM
  • "Apple and Google hit back against Australia's 'deeply flawed' anti-encryption law" Telegraph 8:30 AM
  • "Apple joins tech giants in speaking out against Australia's anti-encryption law" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "An Apple Watch told a 46-year-old man he had an irregular heartbeat. It was right." ABCNews 9:34 AM
  • "Google's CEO had to remind Congress that Google doesn't make iPhones" The Verge 3:16 PM
  • "Smartphone Shipments Expected to Further Decline in 2018 Before Returning to Growth in 2019, According to IDC" ["iOS smartphones are forecast to drop by 2.5% in 2018 to 210.4 million. The launch of expensive and bigger screen iOS smartphones in Q3 2018 helped Apple to raise its ASP, simultaneously making it somewhat difficult to increase shipments in the current market slump. IDC is forecasting iPhone shipments to grow at a five-year CAGR of 0.1%, reaching volumes of 217.3 million in 2022. Despite the challenges, there is no ambiguity that Apple will continue to lead the global premium market segment."]  IDC 9:33 AM
  • "Samsung Kills Headphone Jack in Latest Smartphone After Years of Mocking Apple" MacRumors 8:05 AM
  • "Teenage Girl Dies After Dropping Her Charging iPhone into the Bathtub" iDrop News 6:41 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook building evacuated after reported bomb threat" The Verge 8:48 PM
  • "Facebook's headquarters evacuated due to bomb threat" Engadget 8:48 PM
  • "A baby dies, and a woman's heartbreaking open letter implores tech companies to fix algorithms" GeekWire 6:27 PM
  • "Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC: It's just not fair on profit-making companies otherwise"  The Register 5:01 PM
  • "New Android Banking Trojan Can Steal 1000 Euros From PayPal Accounts" Redmond Pie 5:01 PM
  • "Net neutrality bill 38 votes short in Congress, and time has almost run out" Ars Technica 12:57 PM
  • "Sundar Pichai suggests other areas, instead of search, Google could explore in China, like healthcare" 9to5Google 8:09 PM
  • "The CEO of privacy search engine DuckDuckGo says Google uses location data that puts entire ZIP codes in politically biased 'filter bubbles'"  Business Insider 7:55 PM
  • "Google CEO rebuts claims of bias, data tracking" Seattle Times 7:47 PM
  • "Google CEO admits company must better address the spread of conspiracy theories on YouTube" TechCrunch 12:56 PM
  • "Google chief denies political bias claims" BBC 10:37 AM
  • "Live: Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before Congress for the first time" Business Insider 9:12 AM
  • "China could lead world in AI research in coming years, Elsevier report finds" VentureBeat 8:31 AM
  • "'I lead this company without political bias': Google's CEO will send a message straight to Trump during high-stakes Congress grilling" Business Insider 8:24 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "AppStories, Episode 91 – Apps for Planning Projects Big and Small" MacStories 8:34 AM
  • "Jamf CEO: 2019 will see the 'greatest Windows-to-Mac migration in history'" Apple World Today 7:37 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "TSMC and Foxconn revenues up, contrary to dour iPhone supply chain forecasts" AppleInsider 8:13 AM
  • "Key iPhone suppliers TSMC and Foxconn report strong November revenue, countering recent supply side pessimism" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "Apple releasing first iOS 12.1.2 public beta for iPhone and iPad today" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "Apple patent would allow you to switch user profiles on devices with a gesture" Apple World Today 8:14 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:33 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple iPad Pro 11 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab S4: Which top-tier tablet reigns supreme?" Digital Trends 9:12 AM
  • "Review: OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 for iPad Pro — clear case meets Smart Cover" 9to5Mac 12:59 PM
  • "Review: Satechi Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger" iLounge 5:00 PM
  • "Review: Mophie Charge Stream Desk Stand" iLounge 1:18 PM
  • "Review: Shinola Canfield In-Ear Monitor earbuds nail the premium experience" AppleInsider 3:12 PM
  • "Review: TwelveSouth PowerPic Wireless Charger for iPhone" iLounge 10:46 AM
  • "Hitcase Pro iPhone 8 Plus Case + Lenses [Review] Apple Gazette 8:33 AM
  • "The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet" PCWorld 7:53 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to check if your carrier supports eSIM" 9to5Mac 7:47 PM
  • "How to Get a Linux Shell on iPad or iPhone with iSH" OS X Daily 3:16 PM
  • "How to access Notes from the Lock screen on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 8:23 AM
  • "How to change Haptic Touch gesture duration on iPhone XR" 9to5Mac 8:10 AM
  • "How's your iPhone battery health? Use the Battery settings to find out: Apple added and improved tools to check on battery usage and its current state." Macworld 8:05 AM
  • "How to Use Siri to Automate Every Step of Your Daily Grind" Wired [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:53 AM
  • "How to improve Apple Watch heart rate readings" 9to5Mac 9:30 AM
  • "How to take an ECG with the ECG app on an Apple Watch Series 4" Apple World Today 7:38 AM
Tips
  • "PSA: Be sure to try your USB-C hub on your iPad Pro before buying a new one" AppleInsider 1:19 PM
  • "5 Things You Should NEVER Do to Your Apple Watch" [Slideshow] iDrop News 12:55 PM
  • "Tips: How to perform 15 different swipes & gestures you can do on an iPhone" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
  • "Tip: take faster heart rate readings with higher fidelity on Apple Watch Series 4" iDownload Blog 10:15 AM
  • "Switching from iPhone to Android: Everything you need to know" Android Central 8:05 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why Tech Giants Like Amazon Are Designing Their Own Chips—And Who Benefits: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Alibaba and Tesla are all known to have custom chip projects. Look for additional firms to announce them in the coming years."  TheStreet 3:11 PM
  • "Apple, Amazon deny hosting Chinese spy chips (Update: Seems they're right)" Android Authority 12:55 PM
  • "This time for sure: Apple said to be behind again" Macworld 9:23 AM
  • "Apple Posters Show Evidence of Touch and Voice Control Used by Disabled in Late 1980s" Low End Mac 9:23 AM
  • "Opinion: Why Apple won't overtake Microsoft and regain the title of the most valuable U.S. company/Microsoft's business seems more sound, robust and diversified than Apple's"  MarketWatch 8:24 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Here's What You Need To Know About Sundar Pichai's Testimony Before Congress About Google" BuzzFeed News 5:18 PM
  • "Google's Pichai says people know how much Android snoops (really?)/Opinion: In his Congressional testimony, Google's CEO answers questions like an engineer. It's not persuasive." ZDNet 1:18 PM
  • "ASUS ROG Phone Review: Blistering Performance, Intelligent Design" HotHardware 11:14 AM
  • "10 Lawmakers Tech Should Watch" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:34 AM
  • "Hands on: OnePlus 6T McLaren edition features 10GB of RAM and next-gen fast charging tech" BGR 8:23 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: If Apple Really Cared About Privacy..." iMore 8:36 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Nike Run Club for Apple Watch gains workout summary and guided sessions complication" 9to5Mac 5:18 PM
  • "Verizon app update allows entirely app-based eSIM activation for iPhone XS, XR" AppleInsider 5:01 PM
  • "Scosche PowerVolt 3.0 USB-C Fast Chargers" iLounge 3:27 PM
  • "Asphalt 9 for iOS updated with 60 FPS iPhone XS and XS Max support" 9to5Mac 3:10 PM
  • "Giphy for iOS gets keyboard integration and sticker maker, reveals TapSlash acquisition from early 2018" VentureBeat 9:23 AM
  • "Giphy launched a keyboard extension and sticker maker for iOS 12 users" The Verge 9:22 AM
  • "'Fire Emblem Heroes' Update 3.0.0 Now Available Bringing Book III of the Main Story" Touch Arcade 8:33 AM
  • "Epic pulls its 'Infinity Blade' mobile games from the App Store" Engadget 8:26 AM
  • "'Infinity Blade' will live on inside 'Fortnite'" Engadget 8:25 AM
  • "Epic Games kills groundbreaking Infinity Blade series for iOS" Cult of Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Capture lets you grab real 3D models with your iPhone X's powerful camera" TechCrunch 8:09 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Dell Technologies to go public for first time in 5 years" FOXBusiness 12:02 PM
  • "Dell becomes publicly traded again Dec. 28: Dell Technologies performed well as a private company, but now it'll be publicly traded again. Michael Dell said the move will simplify its capital structure." ZDNet 12:02 PM
  • "After Windows 10's buggy patches, Microsoft talks up its 'high-quality' fixes: Microsoft promises its software updates will improve next year." ZDNet 10:21 AM
  • "Microsoft tops Forbes 'Just 100' list of most responsible companies" GeekWire 6:08 AM
  • "HoloLens 2 might ditch Intel for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 850: Will be paired with custom AI coprocessor" The Inquirer 6:07 AM
  • "Microsoft snubs Intel on Hololens" Fudzilla 6:29 AM
  • "Microsoft's investment arm M12 announces winners of $4M Female Founders Competition" GeekWire 9:22 AM
  • "A bug in Microsoft's login system made it easy to hijack anyone's Office account" TechCrunch 9:11 AM
  • "Microsoft Is Gaining Ground Against Amazon In The Cloud" Seeking Alpha 7:21 AM
  • "Intel, Samsung Describe Embedded MRAM Technologies" EE Times 6:24 AM
  • "IBM, Nvidia pair up on AI-optimized converged storage system: IBM Spectrum AI with Nvidia DGX is designed for AI and machine learning workloads." ZDNet 6:07 AM
  • "IBM and Nvidia team up on AI-powered storage: IBM Spectrum AI with Nvidia DGX was built for artificial intelligence workloads." ITProPortal 6:28 AM
  • "IBM, Hello Tractor To Develop Agriculture Digital Wallet Based On AI And Blockchain" BlockTribune 6:28 AM
  • "Red Hat to Hold Special Stockholders' Meeting on IBM Merger" GovCon Wire 6:27 AM
  • "HPE losing server market share as Dell extends lead during Q3" ZDNet 8:41 PM
  • "Nearly 40 Percent of Tech Workers Believe They're Depressed: Some 38.78 percent of the 10,081 tech workers recently surveyed by the anonymous business social network Blind said they believe they believe they are depressed. Amazon had the highest rate of employee depression, followed by Microsoft and Intel." PC Magazine 6:24 AM
  • "Arm Predicts Intelligent Home Breakthrough in 2019" EE Times Asia 6:08 AM
  • "China could lead world in AI research in coming years, Elsevier report finds" VentureBeat 6:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "J.P. Morgan: China could spark Apple-Qualcomm settlement" Apple 3.0 9:31 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks close mostly lower in volatile trade: Chinese vice premier talks trade with Mnuchin, Lighthizer" MarketWatch 5:08 PM
  • "Stocks End Mixed as China Trade Progress Offsets D.C. Dysfunction: Stocks are mixed Tuesday as Donald Trump and top Democratic leaders clash over border security." TheStreet 5:07 PM
  • "Nasdaq Composite Leads Mixed Session On Wall Street: Stocks closed mixed Tuesday in a seesaw session that saw only the Nasdaq composite make any headway thanks to gains in Alphabet and other major components." Investor's Business Daily 5:07 PM
  • "Markets Right Now: Stock market ends mixed after a bumpy day" Associated Press 5:07 PM
  • "Dow, S&P Close Lower After Volatile Session: The Dow traded in 570 point range and changed direction seven times as geopolitical tensions linger" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 5:07 PM
  • "China stocks make tentative gains on trade news as Japan's Nikkei falters in Asia" MarketWatch 7:04 AM
  • "European stocks end sharply lower as data add to worries about global growth: FTSE pressured as U.K. delays Brexit vote" MarketWatch 7:04 AM

 
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