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Wednesday Highlights: Is Apple quietly working on enabling "powerful contextual services for its customers"? Jonny Evans thinks so, suggesting "it's precisely this kind of stealthy operational efficiency you should expect from Tim Cook's Apple [as] it seeks new growth sectors"; Don Reisinger argues there are no downsides "to a partnership between IBM and Apple", that consumers, the enterprise, everyone will benefit; IDC statistics show "home-grown" smartphone makers are gaining ground on Apple and Samsung; Ford dumping BlackBerry phones for iPhones, about 6,000 of them over the next two years; Russia asking Apple and SAP to provide "government access to their source code to make sure their widely used products are not tools for spying on state institutions"; Macworld UK comparative review of Apple's Aperture vs. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom; and Macworld US reviews Adobe's flagship video product, Premiere Pro CC 2014; what to do if you want to burn your movies to disc "in an iDVD-less world"; Forbes posts list of brands consumers find most innovative with Apple as number 1; Apple apparently confirms acquisition of Swell; Apple's back-to-school tax-free holiday sales coming!; The Next Web looks at "the houses that tech built", including Apple's spaceship campus, Steve Jobs' abandoned mansion; likely unintentional leak on Apple site suggests a mid-2014 27" iMac is imminent; Primate Labs benchmarks the latest MacBook Pros finding the 15" models enjoy a 6-9% increase, while the 13" models score a 7-8% increase over previous generation; ghost hunters, or folks needing thermal imaging, have a look at Macworld's first-look at the Flir One for iPhone; IT Pro lists their top 10 Word for iPad tips; and LAPTOP Mag laments the huge ripoff that is between buying a 16GB or 32GB phone, which costs consumers a $100 difference, but smartphone makers only pay around 50 cents/GB; is the "myth" of sapphire screens on iPhone 6 being busted? Perhaps to stave off overly-hyped expectations?
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"New wave of phishing attacks serves malware to PCs and Macs" ZDNet 3/23
"Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits" ["That iOS exploit price represents just one of the dozens of deals the Grugq has arranged in his year-old side career as a middle man for so-called 'zero-day' exploits, hacking techniques that take advantage of secret vulnerabilities in software. ... Who's paying these prices? Western governments, and specifically the U.S., says the Grugq, who himself is a native of South Africa."] Forbes 3/23
"What the new iPad and Mountain Lion tell us about Apple's upcoming Retina Macs" 9 to 5 Mac 3/23
"Q&A: MacFixIt Answers/We answer questions about moving data to new user accounts, larger virtual memory allotments, and more." MacFixIt 3/23
"Detecting and removing the Flashback malware in OS X: The Flashback Trojan's latest iterations have evolved to infect Macs in different ways, but there are methods to detect and remove them." MacFixIt 3/23
"Lenovo Dreams of Waterproof Notebooks & Acrobatic Displays" Patently Apple 3/23
"Gene Steinberg meets Avram Piltch of Laptop magazine, John Martellaro of The Mac Observer, and veteran columnist Ted Landau, from The Mac Observer and Macworld, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/23
"MacMall Opening New Chicago Store; We Talk With The President" MacNews 3/23
"New iPad controversies and thoughts on the new iPad after one week (Podcast)" Insanely Great Mac 3/23
"Apple Feels Heat From Steve Jobs' Display Choices: There are widespread reports of a heat problem with the new iPad. The problem is so ubiquitous that it even prompted Consumer Reports to run a test." Forbes 3/23
"Video: Apple's hot new IPad wins over reviewers" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 3/23
"Hey, what's wrong with a small iPhone? Is Apple an oddball because its phones continue to be relatively small? It's a stance that seems to run counter to Android smartphone design trends." CNET News 8:18 PM
"Will a Dividend-Tax Hike Spoil the Party? Apple's dividend announcement this past week is good news for income investors, but bad news might be lurking around the corner." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3/23
"Apple investors sideswiped: briefly: by erroneous trade: A mistaken order causes AAPL shares to briefly plunge 9.4 percent until authorities halt trading. Just another boring day in the life of a high-flying stock." CNET News 3/23
"Apple's Starts Trading Again After A Bizarre Crash Halted The Stock" Business Insider 3/23
"Apple's devoted shareholders get rich, and hang on" Reuters 3/23
"Top 10 more interesting ways Apple could spend its $100bn cash-pile" V3 3/23
"Apple: Oppenheimer Ponders the Downside; Risk Favorable" Barron's 3/23
"Tech stocks eke out late gains: Tech stocks managed to put in a mostly upbeat performance Friday, but it was a glitch in a trading system resulting in confusion and erroneous trades of Apple Inc. and other stocks that stood out during the day's market session." MarketWatch 3/23
"U.S. stocks close tough week on bright note: Energy, resource stocks lead rebound to cap worst week of year" MarketWatch 3/23
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