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Thursday Highlights: Tim Cook pens essay for Bloomberg Businessweek confirming rumors that he is gay; Cook says his announcement was to help others and was worth trading his personal privacy; Mashable breaks down the importance of both the why and when of the announcement — reports aplenty between our Apple/Macintosh, and Op/Ed sections; Gizmodo tracks Yosemite's "worst bugs" and shows how to fix them; if you're a CLI (command line interface) geek, MacIssues shows "how to uninstall App Store apps from the command line"; Ben Taylor has a run down of retailers he believes Apple has to land for Apple Pay to succeed; the CurrentC app on the App Store getting slammed by reviewers over MCX banning Apple Pay at member merchants; but one merchant, Meijer, has chosen to break rank with MCX and continue to accept Apple Pay; IDC stats show Apple's share of tablet market has dropped to 22% thanks to "cheap media consumption options"; and another stat from the firm sees increased competition growth beyond Samsung, Apple; Apple said to be looking at selling iPhones in Iran; Gizmodo reviews the 5k Retina Display iMac; iSource has a tutorial on jailbreaking your iOS 8.x device; meanwhile, over at TechNN, Microsoft announces a new fitness band, the $199 "Microsoft Band" as part of company effort to engage the health industry; TechRepublic has 7 things you want to know about HP's 3D printing strategy.
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"Guy Kawasaki: Remembering Why Steve Jobs Has So Many Fanboys" [Video Report] Forbes 12:34 PM
"Randy Adams: Adventures With Steve Jobs at NeXT/Hiding the Porsches" [Video Report] Forbes 12:36 PM
"Regis McKenna: Remembering When Steve Jobs Played Santa" [Video Report] Forbes 12:37 PM
"Few seem to heed Tim Cook's directions on mapping apps: Apple Maps competitors fail to crack the top of the charts after Apple CEO's recommends that users try alternatives." CNET News 7:52 AM
"New iPad mini could pressure profit margins: Apple's expected debut next month of an iPad mini is likely to cause a frenzy among its fanboys — but could also put a squeeze on its top-shelf profits, analysts warn." New York Post 7:39 AM
"AAPL: iPhone 5's Amazing 93% Margin on NAND, Per RBC" Barron's 8:04 AM
"Here's How To Put Your Starbucks Card On The iPhone's New Passbook App" Business Insider 9:16 AM
"How to add your Starbucks card to Apple's Passbook app" MacDailyNews 9:12 AM
"How to Keep Your MacBook Safe: Theft Prevention and Recovery Tactics" Mactuts+ 8:47 AM
"New Feature In iOS 6: How To Use Offline Reading List For Safari" App Advice 8:45 AM
"Sorting an array of strings in iPhone: The NSArray class is often used as a container for NSString objects, making it one of the most useful classes in the entire Foundation framework. In addition to providing indexed storage for objects, we can also sort the objects using either a predefined selector or one that we provide ourselves." The iPhone Developer Resource 8:15 AM
"Turning off Facebook Calendars and Contacts in iOS 6 Tips" iLounge 3:49 PM
"How to report problems with Apple Maps" TUAW 9:17 AM
"Snappy Tips for Taking Better Pictures With Your Smartphone" AllThingsD 8:53 AM
"HP CEO Meg Whitman: Don't expect a revival before 2016" New York Times 6:51 AM
"HP CEO: We're screwed (for the next few years)/Meg Whitman reveals how badly HP was managed, hints at pain to come." Ars Technica 2:32 PM
"No HP Smartphone Next Year, Says CEO Meg Whitman: Hewlett-Packard has no plans to launch a smartphone next year but will need to sell one eventually to avoid missing out on 'a huge segment of the population,' CEO Meg Whitman said Wednesday, clarifying remarks she made last month." CIO 6:50 AM
"Ultrabooks in 2013 could see price tags of $699" UberGizmo 6:59 AM
"Cheaper Ultrabooks coming in 2013: Can lower prices boost sales" TechRadar UK 6:48 AM
"Ultraslim PC shipments to hit 65 million by 2015, researcher says: Last year, ultraslim PCs, which include ultrabooks and Apple's MacBook Air, could only muster 3.4 million unit shipments. One research firm expects that figure to rise dramatically." CNET News 2:51 PM
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