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Weekend Highlights: Spring 2018 might see a number of new products, including software, from Apple; Dan Moren feels HomePod is starting out like the Apple Watch, "whereas the chief criticism of the latter upon its release was that it tried to do too much, the HomePod follows more of a tried-and-true Apple pattern: it starts small"; Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, likely to see extra tax on revenues in UK; Safari to be friendlier to social media as changes made to "cookie killer"; Glenn Fleishman reiterates warning to *not* convert "Time Machine volume from HFS+ to APFS"; numerous accidental calls to 911 made from California Apple repair center; Land Rover introducing $800 Android smartphone with super rugged features, and more; AirPower wireless charging pad said to be available for purchase sometime in March.
Today's MacUpdate Promo offers its MacUpdate Desktop for $20.00. "MacUpdate Desktop brings seamless 1-click app installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store."
"Kirkpatrick Says Apple Enthusiasm Not Diminished: David Kirkpatrick, author of 'The Facebook Effect,' and John Sculley, former chief executive officer of Apple Inc., talk about the outlook for Apple, Facebook Inc. and mobile technology. They speak with Sara Eisen and Alix Steel on Bloomberg Television's 'Surveillance.'" Bloomberg 12/24
"Samsung pursuit of Apple was abusive, says EC: The European Commission has announced the 'preliminary view' that Samsung's pursuit of injunctions against Apple in the courts of various European countries over alleged patent infringement is an abuse of its patent position." EE Times 12/24
"China to crack down on 'malicious' trademark registrations" Reuters 12/24
"China plans to crack down on 'malicious' trademarks after Apple's iPad name dispute" AppleInsider 12/24
"Apple Stores Packed Over Holiday Weekend" TheStreet 12/24
"Why is Microsoft contributing to WebKit? If Apple and Google won't work on supporting the proposed W3C standards for touch in WebKit, then Microsoft will - to get it adopted on websites that will then work better on Windows and Windows Phone." ZDNet 12/24
"Amazon Is Selling Stolen iPhones. Merry Christmas!" Gizmodo 1:14 PM
"Steve Jobs' luxury yacht now free to leave port after payment dispute is settled" Digital Trends 6:38 AM
"Apple's 2012 in Review: Archetypes, executive shuffles, patents and still no televisions" The Next Web 12/24
"Apple in 2012: Jan-March, factory concerns, 'incredible product' promises, New iPad/The first three months of the year saw Apple face Chinese factory concerns, make 'incredible product' promises to shareholders, and launch the New iPad" Macworld UK 12/24
"Best of 2012: How Apple-Google Is From 'Rocky'" [Video Report] Bloomberg 12/24
"Google Nexus 7 trounces iPad mini in CNET UK tablet poll" Crave @ CNET 12/24
"Children ditch Barbies for iPads this Christmas as toymakers feel the squeeze" The Telegraph 12/24
"Mattel And Hasbro Said To Be 'Terrified' As More Kids Seek High-Tech Christmas Gifts" BGR 12/24
"Chart Of The Day: U.S. Adults Acquiring Tablets At a Dizzying Rate" Business Insider 12/24
"It's an iPad Christmas, Tablet Adoption Soars" Tapscape 12/24
"iPad And Tablet-Related Injuries On Rise: The number of people with upper body pain, which could be related to the use of hand-held devices and tablets, is increasing." Sky News 12/24
"Apple's free 12 Days of Christmas giveaway starts Boxing Day: From 26 December – 6 January iPhone, iPad uers can download one free gift every day" Macworld UK 12/24
"Sprint Salesman Refuses To Sell iPhone To Customer, Says His 'Fingers Are Too Fat' To Use It" BGR 12/24
"Customer claims Sprint worker said his fingers 'too fat' for iPhone" CNET News 12/24
"Steve Jobs' yacht is now free to sail as his heirs reach temporary agreement with Starck" The Next Web 12/24
"Wondering How to Create a Great Tablet App for Kids? Ask Bert and Ernie." AllThingsD 12/24
"Will Ferrell Apple Switch ads are a holiday-themed blast from the past" TUAW 12/24
"Sci-fi tech that's already becoming a reality" Digital Trends 1:14 PM
"Security Loophole In Facebook's Camera App Allowed Hackers To Hijack Accounts Over WiFi" TechCrunch 12/24
"Nokia tablet details: keyboard cover with battery, 10.1-inch display: AT&T will reportedly be the first carrier to sell the tablet, which could make its debut at Mobile World Congress in February." CNET News 12/24
"'Something Ventured' Set to Air in January: The Risky Dudes Who Wrote the Checks That Made Silicon Valley" AllThingsD 12/24
"After a Cautious 2012, HP Looks Ahead: Meg Whitman finally has HP focused on stabilizing itself instead of adding to its sprawling portfolio, but she may still have to pull the trigger on some tough decisions soon." PC Magazine 10:44 AM
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