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Concerned that Apple's HomePod—especially with delay—will be a critical flop?

Yes. Late means Amazon, Google will own this space.
No. Will sell better than we think.
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Tuesday Highlights: Financial Times speaks with high school students in China who "were 'forced' to work at Foxconn plant in China in order to graduate", both Apple, Foxconn acknowledge incident(s) and "are taking remedial action"; Bloomberg's Mark Gurman takes us inside the hyped HomePod development, delay and three-years needed to catch up with Amazon's Echo; within 2-3 years, Gene Munster thinks Apple will offer a rebranded video/music service rivaling Netflix; Apple receives formal request for Texas gunman's iCloud data; Google's Fuchsia OS can now run Swift code; Skype pulled from all China app stores; Microsoft issues warning over "bogus Apple, Windows tech support sites" that have "click-to-call to 'help' victims more easily contact their sham hotlines"; Dan Seifert at The Verge reviews Apple Watch Series 3.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple's iPhone X assembled by illegal student labour: Interns say they were 'forced' to work at Foxconn plant in China in order to graduate" ["Six high school students told the Financial Times they routinely work 11-hour days assembling the iPhone X at a factory in Zhengzhou, China, which constitutes illegal overtime for student interns under Chinese law."]  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:04 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X reportedly assembled with illegal student labor" CNBC 7:22 AM
  • "An Apple supplier has been accused of using illegal student interns to assemble the iPhone X" Business Insider 7:33 AM
  • "iPhone X supplier Foxconn under fire over student labor" CNET 8:26 AM
  • "Why Apple's HomePod Is Three Years Behind Amazon's Echo: The Apple speaker started as a side project, was cancelled and revived several times and can't do as many things as the Echo."  Bloomberg 9:23 AM
  • "Apple Readies to Fight for Your Monthly Video Wallet Share: Get ready for another $10 a month drag on our credit card. It's a rebranded, all in one Apple video and music offering in 2-3 years."  Loup Ventures 8:43 AM
  • "Apple formally asked to release Texas shooter's iCloud data: Texas judge also signs off on search of shooter's iPhone SE, LG dumbphone."  Ars Technica 7:14 AM
  • "Ireland promises progress in Apple tax recovery in coming weeks" Reuters 1:17 PM
  • "Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M"  TechCrunch 5:48 PM
  • "Apple acquires AR startup Vrvana for $30M as it continues work on its own AR headset" 9to5Mac 7:57 PM
  • "Apple buys the creator of a 'seamless' mixed reality headset: It suggests Apple is very interested in wearable AR and VR tech." Engadget 9:34 PM
OS X
News
  • "Swift code will run on Google's Fuchsia OS: Still doesn't help explain why Fuchsia exists" The Verge 7:03 AM
  • "Google adds Swift support to upcoming Fuchsia OS" iDownload Blog 7:13 AM
  • "Google's mysterious Fuchsia OS gets Apple Swift language support: And Google allays concerns that it is forking Apple's popular Swift programming language." ZDNet 9:20 AM
  • "Roger Bolton from Coremelt Demos His Chromatic Color Correction Plugin and the Scribeomatic Text Based Dialogue Search Tool for FCPX" fcp.co 7:10 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Astropad Studio review: Use your iPad Pro as a digitiser for your Mac" Australian Macworld 9:32 PM
  • "How to Stop Autoplay Videos in Safari 11 on macOS High Sierra" iPhone Hacks 6:27 PM
  • "How to Prevent macOS High Sierra from Automatically Downloading" OS X Daily 1:40 PM
  • "These text expanding apps will make your life easier" iMore 9:20 AM
  • "Activity Monitor Dock Icon" MacMost 10:30 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Five Minutes Four Seconds" Rixstep 5:48 PM
  • "Why I Haven't Upgraded To High Sierra" Low End Mac 8:50 AM
Press Releases
  • "Overhauled Scrivener 3 Writing Suite for macOS Now Available" MacRumors 7:10 AM
  • "Cisdem PDF Converter OCR 5.1.0 Released with Enhanced Conversion Quality" Cisdem 7:07 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China, Including Apple's"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:15 AM
  • "Apple removes several apps, including Skype, in China" Reuters 8:42 AM
  • "Apple forced to pull Skype from Chinese App Store" Cult of Mac 7:16 AM
  • "Apple, Others Drop Skype From App Stores in China" PC Magazine 3:35 PM
  • "25% call iPhone 'most life-changing tech' in 25-years" Apple Must 11:39 AM
  • "Microsoft warns: Bogus Apple, Windows tech support sites open your phone app/Tech-support scam sites now contain click-to-call to 'help' victims more easily contact their sham hotlines." ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Fear of the X: Samsung wants iPhone users to try a Galaxy phone for a month" BGR 1:17 PM
  • "Digitimes Research: Worldwide tablet shipments to reach 128 million units in 2018" ["Apple, Samsung Electronics and Amazon will be the top-3 tablet vendors worldwide in 2017, while Huawei will move to fourth place, surpassing Lenovo thanks to a strategy to push product differentiation. The gap between Huawei and Lenovo gap is expected to further extend in 2018."] DigiTimes 7:01 AM
  • "Steve Jobs' BMW Z8 Goes Up for Auction" Forbes 7:37 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Uber Sued for Negligence After Disclosing Massive Data Breach" Bloomberg 9:00 PM
  • "Samsung's new program attempts to entice iPhone users to switch" Neowin 5:08 PM
  • "Hundreds of websites record your every keystroke without you knowing" The Next Web 3:50 PM
  • "Sprint shakes up management team following T-Mobile talks: Three executives are leaving and seven will no longer report directly to the CEO." CNET 11:57 AM
  • "FCC will also order states to scrap plans for their own net neutrality laws" Ars Technica 3:12 PM
  • "F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 10:57 AM
  • "FCC announces vote to destroy net neutrality next month" The Verge 10:57 AM
  • "Android phones secretly tracking your location without your consent" Mashable 10:31 AM
  • "How Emoji Are Made" Mashable 9:41 AM
  • "Epic antitrust fight looms for AT&T's $85B Time Warner deal" Associated Press 7:33 AM
  • "Toyota's T-HR3 robot mimics your movements" Engadget 7:22 AM
  • "The Facebook whistleblower wave"  Axios 7:18 AM
  • "Korean Bible reading app turns your Android phone into a botnet" The Next Web 7:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Testing New MacOS Spotlight-like Search UI for Windows 10" Thurrott 7:10 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The MacJury's Discussions of Apple As A Financial Services Company" MacVoices 3:27 PM
  • "4K TV Buying Tips, Better Holiday iPhone Photos -TMO Daily Observations 2017-11-21" The Mac Observer 1:06 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 214: iPhone X third impressions" iDownload Blog 7:13 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "iMac Pro Could Include Mobile Connectivity for 'Always On' Theft Protection" MacRumors 7:05 AM
  • "Compal, Foxconn to benefit from smart speaker demand, says paper" ["The HomePod's rescheduled launch is expected to undermine Inventec's shipment performance in the fourth quarter. Foxconn reportedly will join HomePod's supply chain to provide assembly services."] DigiTimes 7:01 AM
  • "Apple granted a patent for an automatic recording and authoring tool" Apple World Today 8:32 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "120 Animation Transitions for Final Cut Pro X -Special Black Friday offer -$39 for one week" Alex4D 9:53 AM
  • "25% off from Black Friday to Cyber Monday on DEVONthink & Co." DEVONtechnologies 7:07 AM
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:07 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:07 AM

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Reviews
  • "Apple Watch Series 3 (non-LTE) review: third time's the charm" The Verge 7:21 AM
  • "iPhone X vs. Pixel 2: Portrait Selfie Showdown/How much stronger does Portrait Mode make your selfie game, and which phone does it better?" iMore 11:11 AM
  • "Shootout: Three Fast, New Thunderbolt 3 Drives" Bare Feats 10:30 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone X Leather Folio is gorgeous, but overpriced" Apple World Today 7:33 AM
  • "Hands On: Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck with Radeon RX 560" AppleInsider 7:05 AM
  • "Review: Anker Soundbuds Surge In-Ear Bluetooth Headphones" iLounge 12:36 PM
  • "Review: NightFox mechanical keyboard performs as good as it looks" iDownload Blog 12:30 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' Review - Tom Nook Always Gets His" Touch Arcade 12:30 PM
  • "Hands-on with Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for iOS, now available a day early" 9to5Mac 12:30 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Use and Customize Control Center on iPhone X" iPhone Hacks 6:39 PM
  • "iPhone X: How to get the Best Shots with Portrait Mode's Stage Light Effect" The Mac Observer 3:20 PM
  • "iPad Buying Guide: How to choose the iPad that's right for you" Macworld 2:59 PM
  • "How to remove a bokeh blur on a photo but keep Portrait Lighting: Here's how to get Portrait mode's lighting effects on your iPhone 8 Plus or X even if you don't like the depth map." iMore 11:56 AM
  • "Animoji: The ultimate guide" iMore 9:41 AM
  • "How To View Only Unread or Flagged Emails in the iOS 11 Mail App on Your iPhone News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 8:27 AM
  • "How to monitor your car's onboard computer with your iPhone" iMore 7:15 AM
  • "How to power off your iPhone X: Have you tried turning it off and then on again?" Macworld 7:14 AM
Tips
  • "How To Avoid Buying Crap On Amazon" BuzzFeed 11:00 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "New paper from Apple research scientists dives deeper into work on autonomous systems" 9to5Mac 7:58 PM
  • "Apple's Service Business Could Be the Key to Its Future" The Motley Fool 1:25 PM
  • "1 Huge Selling Point for Apple Inc.'s Upcoming 6.46-Inch iPhone X" The Motley Fool 1:17 PM
  • "Blooomberg: Siri Is 'Almost an Afterthought' on Apple's HomePod" The Mac Observer 2:27 PM
  • "Video: With Apple's HomePod delayed until 2018, will customers wait?" AppleInsider 1:25 PM
  • "Dear Apple: No HomePod, No Alexa Support Means Apple Music Is Scrooged" Forbes 1:17 PM
  • "Why the iPhone X notch is a good thing video" Cult of Mac 12:30 PM
  • "Comment: Apple is in a no-win position in its increasingly difficult relationship with China" 9to5Mac 10:17 AM
  • "Students worked illegal overtime to assemble iPhoneX in China" Axios 9:56 AM
  • "I've been an iPhone user for 10 years — here's what happened when I switched to the Google Pixel 2 for a week" ["Even though I've been an iPhone disciple for like, 10 years, I feel like that's just because it's been a force of habit and not really because I felt like iPhones were the best phones. And now that I'm comfortable with the Android operating system, I might be ready to make the switch."]  Business Insider 9:21 AM
  • "Not HomePod for Christmas: Apple's delay problems"  Macworld 7:05 AM
Non-Apple
  • "8-year-old net neutrality graphic feels like it hasn't aged a day" Mashable 2:59 PM
  • "Why net neutrality's peril could boost global satellite broadband" GeekWire 4:00 PM
  • "Inside the FCC's plan to end net neutrality" Axios 2:59 PM
  • "If you want to see what America will be like if it ditches net neutrality, just look at Portugal"  Business Insider 2:29 PM
  • "What the End of Net Neutrality Means for You" Lifehacker 1:50 PM
  • "The annotated version of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's WSJ op-ed on net neutrality"  Mashable 12:30 PM
  • "Xbox One X Review: Game Changer" Thurrott 11:10 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: I Miss Secretive Apple" iMore 8:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Mercedes' wireless charger doesn't play nice with the iPhone X" The Verge 3:18 PM
  • "Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Classic for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV is Now Free [Download] iClarified 1:17 PM
  • "8 great gifts for Apple MacBook/MacBook Pro users" Computerworld 10:15 AM
  • "Gamevice, the makers of the zero latency and direct connected controller, announced today that it will provide full support to Spark, an easy-to-use, fun-to-fly mini camera drone from DJI, the leading drone and flying camera creators. The Gamevice controller gives Spark users the added benefit of improved precision, control, and ergonomics when flying the drone using their smartphone. Gamevice is an approved Apple MFi partner with direct Lightning support." Reverb Communications 7:34 AM
  • "Telltale's 'Batman: The Enemy Within' Episode 3 Is Out Now" Touch Arcade 3:12 PM
  • "'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' Is Now Available Worldwide on iOS and Android" Touch Arcade 7:09 AM
  • "Animal Crossing Debuts on iOS a Day Earlier Than Expected" MacStories 7:03 AM
  • "New Drum Loop Collection by Dennis Chambers Now Available for DrumCore 4" prMac 7:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman to step down" Reuters 5:45 PM
  • "PE CEO Meg Whitman Reveals Why She's Stepping Down" Fortune 6:58 PM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise beats by $0.03, beats on revenue" Seeking Alpha 4:01 PM
  • "HP's (HPQ) CEO Dion Weisler on Q4 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript" Seeking Alpha 8:55 PM
  • "HPE adds recommendations to AI tech from Nimble acquisition" TechCrunch 7:33 AM
  • "HPE pushes toward autonomous data center with InfoSight AI recommendation engine: InfoSight will also be rolled out for HPE's 3Par flash-storage customers, and eventually throughout the company's product line" IDG News Service 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Book 2 Drains the Battery While Gaming, Even When Plugged In" ExtremeTech 7:55 AM
  • "Microsoft Testing New MacOS Spotlight-like Search UI for Windows 10" Thurrott 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft is experimenting with making Windows 10 search more Apple-like" The Verge 7:32 AM
  • "Skype disappears from mobile app stores in China" The Verge 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft to discontinue the Reader app; urges users to switch to Microsoft Edge" Social Barrel 7:19 AM
  • "Intel Patches Management Engine for Critical Vulnerabilities" eWeek 11:02 AM
  • "Intel: We've found severe bugs in secretive Management Engine, affecting millions" ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "Intel Confirms Serious Management Engine Security Vulnerability Affecting Millions Of PCs" HotHardware 5:08 PM
  • "Intel Processor Flaw Left Millions Of Devices Vulnerable" ValueWalk 10:10 AM
  • "Samsung may be readying a fully detachable 2-in-1 Chromebook powered by Kaby Lake chips" TrustedReviews 7:48 AM
  • "How Dell EMC is preparing for GDPR: The technology giant used its recent merger as the ideal opportunity to get its data practices in order ahead of the GDPR compliance deadline in May" Computerworld UK 7:46 AM
  • "Cisco: A Venture Capitalist's POV on What is Coming in Tech" DABCC 7:48 AM
  • "Cisco, Interpol team up to share cybercriminal threat data" ZDNet 7:18 AM
  • "GPU market continues to grow" Fudzilla 7:47 AM
  • "Qualcomm: Mesh networking is the future of smart homes" ZDNet 7:11 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple influences Russia selection" Apple 3.0 7:10 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock-market indexes back in record territory after strong earnings: Lowe's, Dollar Tree, Medtronic, Campbell Soup report earnings" MarketWatch 11:58 AM
  • "Stocks Flex Their Muscles as Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq All Reach Fresh Highs: After two weeks of losses, the three benchmark indexes come out swinging on Tuesday." TheStreet 11:58 AM
  • "Tech Stocks boost Nasdaq to record" Reuters 11:57 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Advance on Tech Gains: Trading activity is expected to be muted during the shortened trading week" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 11:57 AM
  • "Tech Stocks lead broad gains by Asian markets: Tencent market cap climbs to around $530 billion; Hang Seng up nearly 2%" MarketWatch 8:51 AM
  • "European stocks look for 2nd straight win despite choppy trade: EasyJet shares jump by the most in 4 years" MarketWatch 8:50 AM

 
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