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Wednesday Highlights: Users of Apple Pay sometimes "running into 'hurdles'" when checking out; The Motley Fool on Apple's amazing year, forecasting they are on the way to become a trillion dollar company; Apple Watch health functions to receive little scrutiny from the FDA; the first round of Apple/IBM apps are out, Jonny Evans sees a big future ahead for the two companies, AppleInsider lists/explains the apps; Kraig Becker at the Apple Gazette explains why he believes "Apple is betting big on Force Touch"; Cult of Mac's Rob LeFebvre has a tip to help if you need to recover data from your Mac - "don't set an EFI password...unless you have the original receipt for that machine"; Computerworld reviews the new Office 2016 for Mac, says it is worth the wait; Apple turns 39 today; will we be saying farewell to locks and keys thanks to Apple and Google?; lukewarm response to China trade-in program reports ZDNet; Apple is a "frenemy" says Pandora boss; Apple iPhone 6 Plus has better graphics performance than Samsung's Galaxy S6; Live Long and Prosper emoji comes to latest iOS 8.3 beta; Macworld UK comparison between iOS 8 and Android Lollipop; MacNN goes hands-on with the newly-updated, feature-rich 1Password 5.3 on iOS; Redmond Pie shows how you can delete multiple apps at same time on iOS 8; Business Insider has a tip that lets you "see a map of everywhere your iPhone knows you've been"; "brilliant move" says Luke Dormehl, of Apple's decision to withhold Apple Watch from UK's Carphone Warehouse.
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"Android, iOS combine for 91.1% of worldwide smartphone OS market in 4Q12, says IDC" DigiTimes 7:55 AM
"GPS fitness watch market to grow 50% in 2013 regardless of Apple rumors, says ABI Research" DigiTimes 7:55 AM
"Apple's new iPad TV ads put apps at the heart of the tablet wars" Computerworld 9:58 AM
"Apple airs new iPad ads, 'Alive' and 'Together'" Digital Trends 7:54 AM
"Apple Highlights iPad's Massive App Catalog With Two New TV Ads [Video] Cult of Mac 8:07 AM
"Who's the guy in the new Apple ad? Meet Mathieu Lehanneur" TED Blog 11:55 AM
"Hundreds of thousands line up for new mail app: More than 800,000 people are waiting to access a new iPhone app that aims to transform their email experience by helping them achieve the elusive 'inbox zero' -- a fully processed and empty inbox." Reuters 2:56 PM
"Apple design bloke Ive finally honoured properly - with Blue Peter badge" The Register 8:00 AM
"At Apple, Everybody's Working For (And On) The Weekend" Business Insider 2:53 PM
"New quick app switching & other concepts show options on the table for iOS 7 [Videos] 9 to 5 Mac 12:58 PM
"As Irrational Exuberance Fades, Apple Skeptics Make A Comeback" BGR 12:57 PM
"How switching to Android helped me deal with my addiction to connectedness/There are many things I like better about my Android phone compared to my old iPhone, but one of the big ones is something that is missing: namely, all those irritating real-time notifications" GigaOM 11:51 AM
"Even Apple Gets Stung by Bureaucracy" Forbes 11:05 AM
"The Post Post-PC Era: Will Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon Or Microsoft Win?" TechCrunch 10:51 AM
"EU regulators threaten privacy crackdown against Google: Web giant may face 'repressive action' before summer if it does not respond to a dozen recommendations related to how it manages user data." CNET News 4:47 PM
"Asia Markets: China, Japan stocks fall, though others gain/Chinese stocks slipped Tuesday, with casino operators skidding in Hong Kong and property stocks falling on the mainland, while Japanese blue chips also lost ground." MarketWatch 9:09 PM
"Europe Markets: Carlsberg drops in weak Europe trade" MarketWatch 9:33 AM
"European Stocks Fall as Metals Slide; Yen Drops on G-20 Meeting" Bloomberg 10:04 AM
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