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Do you agree that Tim Cook is better for today's Apple than Steve Jobs would be? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Jeff Reeves at MarketWatch lists reasons why he believes Tim Cook is "a better executive [than Steve Jobs] at a more complex and diverse Apple 2.0"; IDC statistics show PC sales worldwide trending down, but Apple's Mac lineup doing better than Windows boxes; Apple pulls blocking apps over privacy concerns; iBooks missing since El Capitan upgrade? MacIssues has the fix; some more El Capitan tips cover hiding the menu bar, and using pinned sites in Safari; iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hit the world market today, and tomorrow; Apple Pay and your caffeine addiction finally pair up at Starbucks, also arriving at Chili's and KFC; so Elon Musk says Tesla rejects wind up working for Apple, but The Motley Fool says we're missing the most important part of what he said—more in our General Interest section; Steve Jobs movie arrives today, critics love it, how about Walter Isaacson? Reviews from Wall Street Journal and Macworld; AnandTech digs in to Apple's statement concerning TSMC and Samsung A9 SoCs; Macworld reviews iPad mini 4, says it's finally the update we've been waiting for.

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  • "Opinion: Tim Cook is better for Apple than Steve Jobs would be/He's a better executive at a more complex and diverse Apple 2.0"  MarketWatch 7:07 AM
  • "How Might Apple Manufacture a Car? Apple could subcontract the manufacturing required to produce a car and focus on the software, which is becoming ever more important."  Technology Review 2:55 PM
  • "Apple Mac sales down, but the broader PC market is even worse off: Apple is selling fewer MacBooks and iMacs, according to analyst IDC, but declining PC sales across the board means the company actually occupies a larger slice of the market."  CNET 7:02 AM
  • "Mac sales slowest in two years, say researchers, but still well ahead of the rest of the PC industry" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Apple removes some apps from online store over security concerns" Reuters 7:04 AM
  • "Apple removes apps from store that could spy on data traffic: The company recommends deleting the apps but oddly didn't name them" IDG News Service 6:57 AM
  • "Apple pulls adblocker that worked on mobile apps such as Facebook" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:49 AM
  • "Apple borks Apple News ad-blocking app due to 'privacy concerns': Cupertino claims it is working with the developers to get the apps back in the App Store" The Register 6:59 AM
  • "Fix iBooks missing after upgrading to OS X El Capitan" MacIssues 11:03 AM
  • "El Capitan discussion talks about Apple Mail problems, Adobe issues, Apple Photos problems, photo import options, fonts and graphics, iCloud calendar problems, a Brother printer driver update, other compatibility issues, update experiences and more." MacInTouch 11:56 AM
  • "Wolverton: New version of Mac OS X offers welcome tweaks" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 2:59 PM
  • "Create Smart Playlists to find which of your songs are Apple Music, in the cloud, and more" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X Custom Length Hold Segment" FCPXtv 7:36 AM
  • "Pointers: how and why to use aliases in iTunes (OS X)" MacNN 8:21 AM
  • "Deskscribble lets you easily scribble on your Mac OS Desktop" Apple World Today 6:54 AM
  • "Stop Browsing The Web Apple's Way" Mac 360 6:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Watch Heroes of the Storm running on Mac OS X" Mac Gamer HQ 1:04 PM
  • "TextExpander 5 Updated to Fix Crashing on OS X El Capitan and Other Bugs" MacRumors 11:15 AM
  • "Noteboom Productions Introduces Tutor for Mac OS X El Capitan" prMac 7:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPhone 6s/Plus goes on sale in 36 more countries today, with a further 6 tomorrow" 9to5Mac 7:10 AM
  • "Apple now sells SIM-free unlocked iPhone 6s, 6s Plus in U.S." ZDNet 4:26 PM
  • "Using Apple Pay at Starbucks, KFC and Chili's" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:12 AM
  • "Why The Steve Jobs In Aaron Sorkin's Movie Could Never Have Saved Apple"  Fast Company 3:39 PM
  • "What Everyone Is Missing About Elon Musk's Swipes at Apple: The most important thing Elon Musk said about Apple has been buried." The Motley Fool 11:44 AM
  • "Tesla vs Apple: Talent war or sour grapes? Silicon Valley recruiters reveal which jobs elite engineers really crave" CNBC 3:45 PM
  • "Elon Musk: Here's why we call Apple the 'Tesla graveyard'/Apple hires engineers Tesla has fired, Musk tells German newspaper" MarketWatch 7:07 AM
  • "Elon Musk: 'If you don't make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple'" Mashable 7:09 AM
  • "Panic over: iOS adblockers fail to trigger the 'adblockolypse'" BetaNews 8:24 AM
  • "Apple search partner DuckDuckGo takes shots at Google, says tracking isn't needed to profit" AppleInsider 11:06 AM
  • "The big Hollywood movie 'Steve Jobs' is out today and the critics are loving it" GeekWire 11:15 AM
  • "How did Steve Jobs' biographer like the new movie?" Fortune 11:44 AM
  • "Former Apple CEO on making of Steve Jobs movie: Former Apple CEO John Sculley is a long-time fan of Aaron Sorkin. So when the legendary screenwriter approached him for script research on 'Steve Jobs,' Sculley was very happy to help." CNNMoney 7:03 AM
  • "Aaron Sorkin tells Conan O'Brien he understands why Tim Cook called his movie 'opportunistic' [Videos] 9to5Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Watch this 2:20-minute scene from the new 'Steve Jobs'" Fortune 7:07 AM
  • "Apple expands localized YouTube channels to France, Germany, Italy, & Spain" 9to5Mac 2:59 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Meet the virtual woman who may take your job: Cognitive systems are becoming a part of the workforce" Computerworld 3:09 PM
  • "Obama administration opts not to force firms to decrypt data — for now" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 11:03 AM
  • "Pepsi Getting Ready To Release Its Own Smartphone?" G for Games 7:24 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-09: Tesla Bags on Apple, AT&T's Wi-Fi Calling" The Mac Observer 12:55 PM
  • "James Lee of Tropical Software Kickstarts TopXNotes 2" MacVoices 12:55 PM
  • "The Vergecast 174: Microsoft, Twitter Moments, and Steve Jobs" The Verge 11:15 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast goes to the movies, talks Steve Jobs, iMac rumors, Microsoft & more" AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "The 404 Show 1,633: New York Comic-Con, BTTF month, Microsoft event, has Apple Music failed? (podcast)" CNET 7:27 AM
  • "Analyzing Apple's Statement on TSMC and Samsung A9 SoCs"  AnandTech 7:17 AM
  • "Apple shoots down 'Chipgate' claims that its new iPhones have huge differences in battery life" Business Insider 7:27 AM
  • "iPhone 6s chips from TSMC and Samsung have similar battery life, says Apple" Macworld 11:06 AM
  • "iPhone 6S chip controversy over battery life" CNET 3:41 PM
  • "iPhone 6s battery life varies by just 2 to 3 per cent, Apple says" Telegraph 7:21 AM
  • "Battery life differences observed between iPhone A9 chip makers" Insanely Great Mac 2:42 PM
  • "Apple adds Bluetooth 4.2 to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2" 9to5Mac 3:00 PM
  • "Apple iOS 9.0.2 Has Three New Nasty Surprises" Forbes 11:02 AM
  • "iOS 9 Users Having Issues With POP Email Accounts and Attachments" MacRumors 3:10 PM
  • "Fix a Missing Camera Icon on iPhone After iOS Update" OS X Daily 3:09 PM
  • "iPhone/iOS discussion includes obscure settings to control unwanted ringing on non-phone devices, a Recent Calls bug, activation problems, call blocking, unlocked iPhone 6s availability and camera questions." MacInTouch 11:56 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:53 AM
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  • "Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' Is a Tart Apple: This caffeinated quasi-biopic casts Apple's co-founder more as one-dimensional perfectionist than nimble genius." PC Magazine 3:46 PM
  • "In 'Steve Jobs,' Tolerating Tech's Unpleasant Visionaries" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 4:28 PM
  • "'Steve Jobs' Review: Good Apple, Slightly Mushy Core" [Paid Membership Required] 7:28 AM
  • "'Steve Jobs': As Ambitious As Its Title Character" NPR 3:44 PM
  • "'Steve Jobs' review: Unconventional, entertaining, but incomplete" Macworld 7:18 AM
  • "iPad mini 4 review: Finally, the update that you've been waiting for" Macworld 7:18 AM
  • "iPad mini 2 vs iPad mini 4 comparison: which small screen iPad is the best buy?" Macworld UK 7:27 AM
  • "Review: AliveCor Mobile ECG lets an iPhone monitor your heartbeat, share with doctors" 9to5Mac 9:06 AM
  • "Review: Native Union's Anchor is a simple dock for the Apple Watch" AppAdvice 7:25 AM
  • "Western Digital My Cloud Mirror Gen 2 Review" AnandTech 7:35 AM
  • "Get more out of your iPhone photos with the Imvio Camera Lens Kit" iDownload Blog 7:21 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Home app is the program Apple should have shipped with HomeKit" iMore 7:25 AM
  • "Piece together the clues in this choose-your-own-adventure mystery Her Story" Macworld 11:06 AM
  • "Hands On: Flash Gordon 1.0 (iOS)" MacNN 8:21 AM
  • "How to use the new back button in iOS 9" AppleInsider 3:46 PM
  • "How to Create a Checklist in iOS 9 Notes" Tom's Guide 3:46 PM
  • "How to mute Activity reminders on Apple Watch for the rest of your day" iDownload Blog 11:15 AM
  • "Find out if your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus has a TSMC or Samsung chip" CIO 11:07 AM
  • "How to remove root certificates from your iPhone or iPad: Root certificates, when not required, can jeopardize your security and expose your private information." iMore 7:22 AM
  • "Why force quitting apps to save battery life is a terrible idea" iDownload Blog 11:44 AM
  • "iOS 9's 'back to' button helps you master multitasking" Macworld 11:07 AM
  • "All together now: Would Apple ever go for Microsoft-style convergence? One device to rule them all, or a different tool for every job?" Macworld 3:41 PM
  • "Tesla's Elon Musk Rant at Apple Means He's on to Something Scary" The Mac Observer 4:31 PM
  • "Apple iPhone 6s Plus innovation and ecosystem keep it in my pocket (Return date decision)" ZDNet 11:15 AM
  • "iPad Pro: The high price of LTE" ZDNet 11:03 AM
  • "Maybe Apple should bring multiple colors back to the iMac line" Apple World Today 11:00 AM
  • "Op-Ed: I watched the Steve Jobs movie 5 times and here's why you'll want to too" 9to5Mac 11:06 AM
  • "Bloomberg on Apple's Utter Dominance of Phone Market" Daring Fireball 7:18 AM
  • "How Much Of The Tech Industry Does Apple Control?" NoodleMac 6:52 AM
  • "Apple, Behind The Curve Again" Mac 360 6:51 AM
  • "Why Microsoft is Getting into Hardware" Tech.pinions 7:27 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 5 review: The finest phablet money can buy" Cult of Android 7:21 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Google's app indexing links coming to Safari on iOS by end of month" 9to5Mac 3:00 PM
  • "iOS Podcast App Overcast Adds Streaming, Drops Price To Free" TechCrunch 11:07 AM
  • "Overcast 2.0 adds streaming, podcast chapter marks, Split View, more" 9to5Mac 11:06 AM
  • "Introducing Relay FM for iOS" 512 Pixels 8:24 AM
  • "Fantastical 2 for iOS gets multitasking, better Apple Watch support" ZDNet 8:24 AM
  • "LOONCUP – The world's first SMART menstrual cup" Apple Gazette 7:35 AM
  • "Venezuela Online Radio (Live) 1.0 Customized For iOS" prMac 8:24 AM
  • "picQuote 1.0 for iOS - Transform Words into Beautifully Designed Artwork" prMac 7:33 AM
  • "Infrastructure Upgrade - The Number #1 Global Infrastructure Platform" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Real-Time Sci-Fi Strategy Game: Big Bang Galaxy Launches Globally" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Milton's Tale Beautifully Mixes Puzzles and Paper Craft" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Full Fat announces the release of Flick Quarterback for iOS" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Apple Watch owners can use Facebook Messenger on their wrists" Engadget 7:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's strategy for the PC hardware business may finally be working" The Economic Times 8:43 AM
  • "Windows 10 Beats Windows 7 in Two-Month Adoption Race" Softpedia 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft's Windows 10 giveaway fails to spark a spike in PC sales" Computing 8:38 AM
  • "The man behind the Microsoft Surface admits he made one big mistake when revealing it" Business Insider 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft Devices: PC Potential, Mobile Struggle" InformationWeek 7:11 AM
  • "Finnair selects IBM for cloud transformation" ComputerWeekly 8:16 AM
  • "IBM Power-based Linux servers to be sold over the Web" Tech Central 7:54 AM
  • "HP split causing 'no drama' for partners" CRN UK 8:10 AM
  • "HP, SanDisk partner to bring storage-class memory to cloud" InfoWorld 8:11 AM
  • "HP, SanDisk partner on memristor, ReRAM technology" bit-tech 8:10 AM
  • "HP and SanDisk partner to develop Storage Class Memory" Hexus 8:10 AM
  • "Dell Files Confidentially for IPO of Cybersecurity Unit SecureWorks: SecureWorks could begin trading by year-end and may be worth as much as $2 billion" [Paid Membership Required] 3:10 PM
  • "Dell Files IPO for Cybersecurity Unit" TechCrunch 3:10 PM
  • "Save 41 Percent on Compact Dell Optiplex 3020 Desktop" PC Magazine 9:04 AM
  • "PC giant Dell seeks to raise $40 billion to buy EMC" Irish Times 8:00 AM
  • "Dell Is in Talks With EMC Over Possible Merger" [Paid Membership Required] 7:59 AM
  • "EMC-Dell talks highlight Elliott's clout across tech sector" The Star: Malaysia 7:58 AM
  • "Dell looks to EMC deal to boost corporate presence" Reuters 7:19 AM
  • "EMC-Dell talks highlight Elliott's clout across tech sector" Reuters 7:18 AM
  • "Dell's rumoured EMC interest affects 6,000 Irish jobs" SiliconRepublic 8:05 AM
  • "Morning Agenda: EMC Takeover Depends on Dell Debt Deal" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:04 AM
  • "Dell's big merger ambitions headed for debt-market reality check" Times of Oman 8:04 AM
  • "Dell hooking up with EMC and going public again? Come off it" The Register 8:03 AM
  • "Lenovo, HP and Dell tighten grip as PC market shrinks" CRN UK 8:02 AM
  • "Intel to secure EU okay for $16.7 billion Altera deal: sources" Reuters 10:45 AM
  • "Intel to set up 100 Internet of Things (IoT) centres in India" Financial Express 7:52 AM
  • "Intel Broadwell and Skylake release dates, price and specs: next-gen laptop CPU for overclocked business apps revealed at IFA 2015" IT PRO 7:51 AM
  • "Intel IFA 2015 Press Conference: Core M, RealSense, Gaming and Project Tango" TrustedReviews 7:49 AM
  • "Oracle, SAP, IBM: They're rubbish and charge you billions for Excel, says man" The Register 7:42 AM
  • "Cisco VPN vulnerability could let enterprise passwords out the door" The Inquirer 7:39 AM
  • "Attackers compromise Cisco Web VPNs to steal login credentials, backdoor target networks" Help Net Security 7:38 AM
  • "Backdoor in Cisco's WebVPN Service Allows Hackers to Steal Corporate Passwords" Softpedia 7:37 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "S&P 500 notches best weekly gain for 2015 as stocks rise for 2nd week: Gap slumps on weak sales; Alcoa drops after downbeat results" MarketWatch 4:30 PM
  • "Stocks Crawl Into the Weekend as More Earnings Loom" TheStreet 4:30 PM
  • "Stocks end higher, Dow notches 6-day win streak" USA Today 4:29 PM
  • "Wall Street Mixed, Looks to Book Solid Weekly Gains" FOXBusiness 1:05 PM
  • "Global Stocks Rise as Fed Appears Cautious: Major indexes notch best weekly performance in months" [Paid Membership Required] 4:29 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian markets rise after Fed minutes cast doubt on rate hike/Markets across Asia rallied Friday after details from the U.S. central bank's latest meeting cast further doubt on the prospect of higher interest rates this year." MarketWatch 6:59 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks log longest win streak since July - MarketWatch" MarketWatch 12:48 PM

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