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Catalan protesters told use Android given Apple's App Store restrictions, censorship. This and the Hong Kong fiasco show the dark side of a walled garden. Agree or disagree? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Reuters reports Tim Cook met China's State Administration for Market Regulation following Hong Kong app imbroglio, topics covered Apple's investments in country, and more—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Washington Post says "Apple...far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war"; Apple once again most valuable company, but Barron's asks if it can keep the crown; UK carrier O2 hints 5G iPhones in 2020; The Guardian investigates deaths at Amazon's warehouse floor; you can breathe easy now...or not, US military scraps floppy disks for nuke launches in favor of "highly-secure" SSD; Samsung says Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw fix next week; call issues, battery bugs unfixed in iOS 13.1.3; new AirPods Pro coming this month?

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Lawmakers Slam Apple for 'Censorship' of Apps at China's Behest"  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:28 PM
  • "AOC and Ted Cruz call out Apple for dropping Hong Kong app in joint letter: Lawmakers also criticized Blizzard" The Verge 3:29 PM
  • "US lawmakers urge Apple CEO Tim Cook to reinstate HKmap Live app" AppleInsider 3:31 PM
  • "U.S. Lawmakers Call Apple's Move to Remove HKMap Live App 'Deeply Concerning'" MacRumors 3:59 PM
  • "Hong Kong protests: bring back app or risk 'complicity' in repression, Apple told/US lawmakers including Ted Cruz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez write to Tim Cook urging him to restore HKMapp app" The Guardian 9:21 PM
  • "Apple's Cook meets China regulator after pulling Hong Kong app" ["China's State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website that its chief, Xiao Yaqing, and Cook discussed topics including Apple expanding investment in China, consumer rights protection and fulfilling corporate social responsibility. It did not give more details."]  Reuters 4:11 AM
  • "Cook discusses China investment, consumer rights, more with market regulator in Beijing" AppleInsider 4:53 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a Chinese state regulator days after controversially booting a Hong Kong map app from the App Store" Business Insider 5:00 AM
  • "Apple chief and China regulator talked 'corporate social responsibility' after Hong Kong app controversy" Washington Examiner 3:26 PM
  • "The Finance 202: Apple is still far from safe in the U.S.-China trade war/Don't tell Apple the latest U.S.-China trade truce means the fight is settling back into a cold war. The conflict between the world's two largest economies remains as hot as ever for the tech giant." Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:55 AM
  • "Apple Is the World's Most Valuable Company. Can It Stay That Way?"  Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:41 AM
  • "Apple surpasses Microsoft as the world's most valuable company" Business Insider 12:56 PM
  • "Google and Microsoft moves that signal opportunities for Apple: With the fall tech events behind us, it's time to see what Google and Microsoft have brought to the table."  Macworld 6:15 AM
  • "Margrethe Vestager's Nagging iPhone Helps Put Apple Pay on Antitrust Radar: Margrethe Vestager's iPhone has been nagging her to install Apple Pay. Now she's checking if those prompts are a problem for other payment providers."  Bloomberg [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:37 AM
OS X
News
  • "AMD Radeon RX 5700 works in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 beta 2" AppleInsider 9:11 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "Beware Apple security certificates after 24 October: they may have expired" Eclectic Light Company 4:22 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "2 Ways To Quickly Switch Between Light And Dark Mode On Your Mac" MacMost 12:33 PM
Op/Ed
  • "macOS shell games: long live bash" brunerd 1:00 PM
  • "Meet The Linux Desktop That Will Embarrass Windows 10 And macOS in 2020" Forbes 12:35 PM
  • "Bug or Feature? Screen Time on macOS Catalina Isn't Reporting Actual App Usage" Kirkville 6:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "Calibre 4.2 improves macOS dark mode support, continues tweaking Viewer tool" BetaNews 11:27 AM
  • "Luna Display Challenges Apple's Sidecar With New Mac-To-Mac Mode" UberGizmo 8:13 PM
  • "Luna Display turns your Mac into a secondary display for your other Mac" The Verge 6:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020: The committee has received tens of thousands of documents from Facebook Inc, Alphabet's Google, Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc and is expecting more material in the coming weeks, Representative David Cicilline told reporters." Reuters 3:54 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges U.S. Senate to Pass the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act" MacRumors 9:07 AM
  • "These are the top 10 brands in the world in 2019. Facebook isn't one of them." [Apple #1] Business Insider 4:29 AM
  • "O2 drops major hint that next year's iPhones will support 5G" The Inquirer 4:56 AM
  • "Fitbit Wants to Defeat the Apple Watch by Copying the Apple Watch" Softpedia 4:58 AM
  • "Apple's star-studded 'The Morning Show' joins #MeToo conversation" Reuters 12:50 PM
  • "Apple celebrates 'Dickinson,' coming to Apple TV+ November 1" Apple 4:17 AM
  • "Apple Sets Overall Deal With Monica Beletsky" ["Under the multi-year deal, Beletsky will develop and produce television series exclusively for the streamer. This is the first overall of Beletsky's career."] Variety 9:07 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Former Apple executives create new smart lock technology" FOXBusiness 8:14 PM
  • "New sensor tech makes almost any surface a touch surface: User interface company Sentons has released a developer smartphone that shows how its pressure-sensitive ultrasound-based touch technology can trigger a range of actions." ZDNet 3:53 PM
  • "Researcher Warns That 5G Might Actually Cause Cancer After All: 'Meanwhile, We Are Seeing Increases In Certain Types Of Head And Neck Tumors.'" NeoScope 3:26 PM
  • "Most Americans Fail in Digital Literacy: A Pew survey found that most US respondents could answer fewer than half the questions when quizzed on technology issues. Most challenging were questions on privacy and cybersecurity." PC Magazine 11:04 AM
  • "The outcry over deaths on Amazon's warehouse floor"  The Guardian 9:21 AM
  • "US military will no longer use floppy disks to coordinate nuke launches: It now has a 'highly-secure solid state digital storage solution.'" Engadget 4:31 AM
  • "Samsung says fix for Galaxy 10 fingerprint flaw is coming 'next week'" Engadget 9:16 AM
  • "Samsung faces reputational blow from phones' fingerprint flaw" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:18 AM
  • "OnePlus 8 Pro will swap the pop-up camera for a hole-punch, leak claims" The Verge 4:18 AM
  • "Motorola event next month, could be foldable phone launch" Android Authority 4:10 AM
  • "TSMC raises forecast for 5G phone penetration for 2020" DigiTimes [Subscription Required for Full Article] 4:09 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Dalrymple Report: Disney+, Samsung security, and Google" The Loop 3:30 PM
  • "9to5Mac Happy Hour 247: iPhone SE 2 spec rumors, Beats Solo Pro, Apple TV+ run-up" 9to5Mac 11:11 AM
  • "The Engadget Podcast: What do we lose if Google is everywhere?" Engadget 11:01 AM
  • "9to5Mac Daily: October 18, 2019 – AirPods Pro pricing rumors, more" 9to5Mac 9:58 AM
  • "Apple TV comes to Roku, and Ultra-Wideband location is on its way to us, on the AppleInsider Podcast" AppleInsider 9:12 AM
  • "iPhone SE 2 is getting BIG upgrades... We fill you in, on The CultCastCult of Mac 9:07 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "iOS 13.1.3 brings a bunch of bug fixes to iPhone and iPad, but no relief for calls and battery bugs: The latest patch for iOS squashes a lot of bugs, but the call dropping and battery issues remains." ZDNet 4:28 AM
  • "Apple rumored to launch new AirPods Pro headphones at end of October" The Verge 6:11 AM
  • "Report: 'AirPods Pro' to Launch End of October with New Design, New Noise-Canceling Feature and $260 Price Tag" MacRumors 4:25 AM
  • "Apple's Noise-Cancelling AirPods Pro Rumored For Late October Release" HotHardware 3:55 PM
  • "16-Inch MacBook Pro Possibly Referenced in macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Beta" MacRumors 9:12 AM
  • "An icon depicting 16-inch MacBook Pro with thinner bezels has been found in Catalina code" iDownload Blog 10:24 AM
  • "New icons found in macOS suggest that 16-inch MacBook Pro release drawing near" BGR 6:55 PM
  • "Quanta Reportedly Supplying Apple With 'Autonomous Driving Solutions'" MacRumors 11:01 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple warns users to either upgrade device or software as major malfunction looms" MSPoweruser 9:12 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:56 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:56 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "The iPhone 11 convinced me that Apple's a photography powerhouse again" The Next Web 9:11 AM
  • "The Apple Card has changed the way I look at spending money and helped me in my ongoing effort to stay debt-free" Business Insider 9:08 AM
  • "Beats Solo Pro first-look: Like HomePods on my ears/Apple recently launched a new product in the Beats Solo line. I've been testing the Pros for a couple of days and have my first impressions." iMore 7:50 PM
  • "Review: Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus are my new favorite in-ear wireless headphones" 9to5Mac 9:12 AM
  • "Monoprice true wireless earbuds review: A cut above the budget earbud competition" Macworld 9:15 AM
  • "Tap Strap 1 review: Towards tomorrow's world" Apple Must 12:34 PM
  • "Tile Mate Review: The iPhone 11 of the tracking world – the Tile that most people should buy." TrustedReviews 4:57 AM
iOS Apps
  • "Hands-on: Roku's Apple TV app helped me cut the cord — from Apple" VentureBeat 12:55 PM
  • "Apple Arcade: 'The Pinball Wizard' Review – A Marriage of Pinball and Dungeon Crawling that Needs Just a Bit More" Touch Arcade 3:31 PM
  • "A month on, Apple Arcade is too cheap to quit" Engadget 12:55 PM
  • "These spooky Apple Arcade mystery games will make you feel like a real detective: Can you crack the case?" CNET 9:42 AM
  • "Apple Arcade in review" 148Apps 9:12 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Reduce Motion on iOS 13 & iPadOS 13" OS X Daily 3:59 PM
  • "How To Rename Albums In iOS 13 Photos App On iPhone, iPad" Redmond Pie 12:56 PM
  • "iOS 13: How to use Reader View on iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 12:56 PM
  • "iOS 13 lets you share your ETA in Apple Maps with your iPhone contacts — here's how to do it" Business Insider 11:36 AM
  • "iOS 13: How to Move and Delete Apps on iPhone" iPhone Hacks 10:35 AM
  • "iOS 13: How To Enable (Or Disable) Optimized Battery Charging On Your iPhone" Tech Times 4:58 AM
Tips
  • "The Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch can now answer calls from an iPhone" Neowin 9:18 PM
  • "Apple Arcade and multi-users don't mix on Apple TV" iMore 11:11 AM
  • "Apple has made it clear how you should wear your Apple Watch" AppleInsider 10:23 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple's China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company" TechCrunch 7:50 PM
  • "Apple's still got a handful of songs to sing you" Apple Must 1:49 PM
  • "Upgrade your iPhone's operating system and you won't be disappointed" [Video] CNET 12:50 PM
  • "Oregon Judge Ordered Woman to Type in Her iPhone Passcode So Police Could Search It for Evidence Against Her" Daring Fireball 12:50 PM
  • "Apple AR is already here. You're probably wearing it right now. [Opinion] Cult of Mac 12:34 PM
  • "7 Apple presentation secrets enterprise workers need: Enterprise workers should try to follow Apple's lead when they try to get their point across..." Computerworld 10:39 AM
  • "What I want from Apple's AR headset" iMore 9:12 AM
  • "6 reasons why the iPad is still the best Apple Arcade device: The Apple TV and Mac may be better on paper, but they fall short in performance and portability." Macworld 6:22 AM
  • "The Google Pixel 4's Flawed Face Unlock Creates An Apple Advantage" Forbes 6:15 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Pixel 4 hands-on: Remember what they say about pre-orders" Android Police 1:17 PM
  • "Do We Really Need Foldable or Dual Screen Phones?" iPhone Hacks 11:01 AM
  • "Making Sure the Next 'Killer App' Is Not a Privacy Killer" Inside Sources 6:34 AM
  • "The costs of Facebook's free speech" Axios 8:59 AM
  • "Why Facebook's Libra might be a good thing" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 4:10 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Breakout: Dark Prison is a fast-paced action RPG that's available now for Android and an iOS version planned for November" 148Apps 2:17 PM
  • "Apple Arcade just released Pac-Man Party Royale, Ballistic Baseball and more" CNET 1:52 PM
  • "Global Smartphones Market Report 2019-2025: Shipments are Projected to Grow by 230+ Million Units" PRNewswire 10:37 AM
  • "MacStories Shortcuts Icons Receives Free Update with 50 New Glyphs" MacStories 10:23 AM
  • "Adobe Photoshop for iPad is Almost Ready" Thurrott 9:15 AM
  • "Everything we know about Eir's new TV service with Apple TV" SiliconRepublic 4:58 AM
  • "Google Maps now lets iPhone-owning drivers help their fellow road users" Digital Trends 4:22 AM
  • "'Pokemon Masters' Will Get New Single-Player Content, Better Rewards, and More By March 2020 As Revealed In the New Roadmap" Touch Arcade 4:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft: Don't install Windows 10 1809 October 15 update, it breaks Defender ATP/Microsoft urges organizations to avoid installing KB4520062 because it could stall Defender antivirus services." ZDNet 6:10 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Gets 65 Percent Pay Rise" Silicon UK 4:52 AM
  • "Here's why Microsoft just invested $1.5M in a North Dakota high-tech farm project" GeekWire 4:52 AM
  • "Microsoft gives $1.5 million to group working on Grand Farm" Associated Press 4:52 AM
  • "Intel will take on Nvidia and AMD GPUs by mid-2020 – but gamers could be disappointed" TechRadar UK 4:49 AM
  • "Yay, Intel chip shortages should be over soon! Nope. Strap in, at least another quarter or two to go, say PC execs" The Register 4:54 AM
  • "Intel's first Xe GPU: most likely developer kit, expected in mid-2020" TweakTown 4:50 AM
  • "Exclusive: Testing Intel's Unreleased Core i9-9900KS" Tom's Hardware 4:50 AM
  • "Intel to publicly share its gender and race pay gap data by the end of 2019" The Next Web 6:16 AM
  • "AMD Threadripper 3000 Models And Release Dates Confirmed: Backwards Compatibility In Doubt" Forbes 4:25 AM
  • "AMD RX 5700 Series Selling Like Hot Cakes, AIB Sales Up 100%+" WCCFTech 4:49 AM
  • "IBM's New Hat Doesn't Cover Old Problems: Newly acquired software maker helps tech giant's latest results, but not by enough" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:48 AM
  • "How Dell EMC is Doing Enterprise AI the Right Way" eWeek 4:47 AM
  • "Dell launches zero-footprint PC: Dell's first-of-its-kind OptiPlex 7070 Ultra hides the PC in the monitor stand for a clutter-free, zero-footprint desktop." Gadget 4:47 AM
  • "Looking for a lightweight 2-in-1 work laptop? The Elite Dragonfly is HP's lightest business convertible laptop yet. That's good news if you travel a lot." Business IT 4:43 AM
  • "Amazon Just Proved That 'Oracle Can Be Displaced.' One Analyst Explains." Barron's [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:41 AM
  • "Amazon has finally broken up with Oracle: AWS data is now completely off Oracle, and on Amazon servers." ITProPortal 4:41 AM
  • "Visa And Oracle Partner To Get You Paid Faster" PaymentsJournal 4:42 AM
  • "Former Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has passed away" TechCrunch 11:10 AM
  • "Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd passes away" Reuters 11:13 AM
  • "Oracle employees and tech workers mourn CEO Mark Hurd, who died at the age of 62" Business Insider 12:56 PM
  • "Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO Who Led Three Tech Companies, Dies" Bloomberg 12:55 PM
  • "Secret passages and skipped meals: Oracle's CEO Mark Hurd gave us a rare peek at what it really takes to run one of the world's most important tech companies" Business Insider 11:32 AM
  • "Cisco fixes critical Aironet Access Points flaw, addresses 29 more bugs" SC Magazine UK 4:37 AM
  • "Manchester City Signs Major Player In Tech: Cisco signs first ever partnership with a football organisation as it becomes City Football Group's official technology partner" BusinessCloud 4:37 AM
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Industry News
  • "U.S. stock market falls on economic growth concerns despite good earnings: Johnson & Johnson, Boeing lead Dow's triple-digit point drop" MarketWatch 3:59 PM
  • "Boeing, J&J whack Dow as stocks end week lower" FOXBusiness 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks Drop on China Data: U.K. markets hover ahead of high-stakes parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian markets mixed after decades-worst GDP growth by China: Nikkei gains, stocks in Hong Kong and mainland China dip" MarketWatch 4:59 AM
  • "European stocks lower after Chinese growth slows and Renault warns" MarketWatch 4:59 AM

 
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