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Friday Highlights: Jury in the never-ending patent battle between Apple and Samsung finds the South Korean company must pay $539 million to Apple in damages—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; in other legal news, court documents reveal Apple did actually know "iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models" concerning touch disease; several articles at Triangle Business Journal cover Apple's close ties with Research Triangle Park, asking if area is actually ready for larger Apple presence, seeing possible revolution in area tech community with Apple's decision; Low End Mac warns of using SATA III drives in a Mac only equipped to handle SATA II; Jon Collins catches up with the creators of Mellel word processor for Mac; Apple blocks Steam app on iOS meaning you can no longer enjoy PC games on your iDevice, Killian Bell at Cult of Mac calls ban "silly".

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  • "Bank of America has good news for Apple, and it comes from China" ["According to a recent BofAML survey of more than 1,000 respondents in China, the iPhone remains the country's most popular phone brand and there is a good chance people who don't have iPhones will switch over in the next couple of years. 'The survey indicates that a large portion of respondents own both iPhones and iPads, suggesting the ecosystem is healthy and sticky as many Apple users own more than 1 type of Apple product,' analysts led by Wamsi Mohan said."]  New Zealand Herald 8:34 PM
  • "Can education put the spark back into iPad sales? The upcoming iOS 9.3 release, currently in beta, will bring with it a renewed focus on education. Apple is clearly hoping that this will give the iPad a much-needed sales boost, but the question is, for how long?"  ZDNet 9:39 AM
  • "iOS 9.3 Heralds Significant Education Features: iOS 9.3, the not-so-minor update to Apple's mobile operating system, targets educators with tons of new school-focused tools." InformationWeek 4:44 PM
  • "The Two Apples/There are two Apples: AAPL, the stock, and Apple, the company. While it would seem logical that one is merely a reflection of the other, in reality, the two are guided by vastly different parameters. Over the long run, Apple and AAPL will likely be at odds with each other due to the very nature of Apple's long-term mission of making products that people love."  Above Avalon 8:14 AM
  • "Piper Jaffray lowers March iPhone estimates to 55M, sees return to growth in fall 2016"  AppleInsider 7:35 AM
  • "One of the most bullish Apple analysts on Wall Street has some bad news about 2016" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Every major Apple analyst is now predicting a decline in iPhone sales"  Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple is making another move into a market that's controlled by Google: Apple is moving further into the education market, expanding the software that runs on iPads to accommodate more classroom-friendly features, and debuting a special website, housed within, that is dedicated to showing off everything education-related Apple has to offer." Business Insider 11:22 AM
  • "Is Apple Underinvesting in R&D? What Steve Jobs Would Say" The Motley Fool 11:27 AM
  • "Apple Watch Claims Over 50% of 2015 Smartwatch Market in Less Than a Year of Sales"  Juniper Research 10:54 AM
  • "Apple already owns half of smartwatch market: Research" CNBC 11:57 AM
  • "Why Women Aren't Buying Smartwatches" Racked 10:40 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook Lashes Out at White House Officials for Being Wishy-Washy on Encryption"  The Intercept 8:05 PM
  • "Revisiting the first OS X beta, Kodiak" Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about digital audio files: Don't know the difference between lossy and lossless? What's the deal with bit rates? Let us explain." Macworld 7:48 AM
  • "How-To: Add iOS 9.3's Night Shift mode to your Mac right now with Flux" 9to5Mac 8:10 PM
  • "Adventures in DVD authoring" Six Colors 4:28 PM
  • "OS X's Hidden Bluetooth Debug Menu: Reset Devices and More" The Mac Observer 8:54 AM
  • "Welcome, back Default Folder! You've been sorely missed" Apple World Today 7:09 AM
  • "Finally, A 'Think Different' Email App" Mac 360 7:08 AM
  • "R.I.P. iPod. Long Live The Podcast" Mac 360 7:08 AM
Press Releases
  • "FileMaker launches SDK for building native iOS apps" AppleInsider 8:12 PM
  • "1Password 6 for Mac is here!" AgileBits 1:27 PM
  • "1Password 6 for Mac is here with all vaults view and revamped password generator" Macworld 1:26 PM
  • "3D News: CL3VER Releases new CL3VER 3.3 for PC, Mac and iOS" Architosh 12:47 PM
  • "DupHunter Presents an Easy Way to Deal with Garbage Photos" prMac 8:02 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Autoblog At NAIAS: Apple CarPlay Wins Tech Of The Year, Tesla Wins Car Of The Year" Benzinga 10:54 AM
  • "Of course Apple's working on electric car, says Tesla chief Elon Musk: Apple may be being secretive about its electric vehicle intentions but Elon Musk says you can't hide your plans when you hire over 1,000 engineers to do the job." ZDNet 8:03 AM
  • "Elon Musk says Apple's electric car will 'expand the industry'" The Verge 7:10 AM
  • "Apple is definitely building a car, Tesla's Elon Musk says" Telegraph 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's electric car is an 'open secret,' says Tesla's Elon Musk" Digital Trends 7:49 AM
  • "Elon Musk Still 'Aspires To Make Compelling EVs' And Welcomes Fierce Competition From Apple's Mythical Autonomous Car" HotHardware 4:25 PM
  • "Tesla's Elon Musk Discusses Apple's 'Open Secret' Electric Car Project" MacTrast 7:52 AM
  • "Court Issues New Order in VirnetX - Apple Lawsuit" PRNewswire 8:56 AM
  • "Apple denied a report that it's building an app to help iPhone users switch to Android" Business Insider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple Denies Agreeing to Make iOS-to-Android Migration Tool under Pressure from EU" The Mac Observer 5:07 PM
  • "Apple Hiring for Health Technologies Team Ahead of Apple Watch 2" MacRumors 11:58 AM
  • "Apple starts work on first retail store in Singapore" iPhone Hacks 7:19 AM
  • "Apple to Open Paris Retail Store on Champs-élysées" MacTrast 7:35 AM
  • "Report claims Apple signed lease for new Paris Apple Store" MacNN 7:51 AM
  • "Apple India enterprise head Sharad Mehrotra quits, starts up with Hyve Mobility" The Economic Times 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's India enterprise boss quits to sell Android phones" Cult of Android 7:50 AM
  • "Fitbit Blaze Might be Competition for Apple Watch" Apple Gazette 8:09 PM
  • "Microsoft dismisses iPad Pro as 'a companion device' and references old Steve Jobs stylus quote" 9to5Mac 7:11 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Exec Slams iPad Pro, Says It's 'Always going to be a companion device'" HotHardware 4:25 PM
  • "Microsoft communications manager slams iPad Pro as merely 'a companion device'" iMore 11:22 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "President Obama wants US to 'reignite its spirit of innovation'" Engadget 9:27 PM
  • "Google Maps adds smart 'Driving Mode' that predicts where you're going & gives traffic info" 9to5Google 5:55 PM
  • "China's iPhone-clone Xiaomi defending its valuation after missing sales targets" AppleInsider 11:21 AM
  • "Zeiss Smart Lenses Get Right What Google Glass Got So Wrong" Wired 10:53 AM
  • "Silicon Valley isn't trying hard enough to disrupt its sexism problem" The Next Web 11:07 AM
  • "Survey: 60% Of Women In Tech Report Unwanted Sexual Advances In The Workplace" Forbes 9:33 AM
  • "David Bowie, tech visionary, predicted social media's rise: In 1999, the pop star was predicting the success of music downloads and ripping wearables" Computerworld 7:19 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-12: iOS 9.3, Robots, and Voldemort" The Mac Observer 12:47 PM
  • "The MacNN Podcast, episode 46: 'Turn and face the strange'" MacNN 11:07 AM
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 8.3 Percent in Fourth Quarter of 2015" [Apple #5] Business Wire 4:30 PM
  • "Apple leads holiday PC shipments despite market contraction" MarketWatch 4:31 PM
  • "Apple bucks PC market trend, was lone manufacturer to see growth in 2015" AppleInsider 4:32 PM
  • "Apple Leads Holiday PC Shipments Despite Market Contraction" FOXBusiness 4:47 PM
  • "Apple's Mac Crushes PC Industry in December Quarter, Gartner and IDC" The Mac Observer 8:06 PM
  • "PC shipments plunge but Apple bucks trend: IDC" AFP 8:06 PM
  • "Apple to help build AU Optronics into AMOLED supplier for future iPhones, rumors claim" AppleInsider 9:38 AM
  • "Apple May Invest in AMOLED Supplier AU Optronics for Future iPhones" MacRumors 10:54 AM
  • "iOS 9 is Now Installed on 75% of Active iOS Devices" MacRumors 5:20 PM
  • "Apple's iOS 9 now on 3 out of 4 compatible devices as adoption rates rise" AppleInsider 5:52 PM
  • "iOS 9.3 adds Night Shift mode and multiple Apple Watch support" The Inquirer 7:19 AM
  • "iPhones will get 'night mode' to improve sleep" Telegraph 7:48 AM
  • "Apple iOS 9.3 Might Help You Sleep Better" PC Magazine 10:53 AM
  • "iOS 9.3 Jailbreak Demoed On Video" Redmond Pie 7:51 AM
  • "Apple Seeds iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, OS X 10.11.4 and tvOS 9.2 [What's New] RazorianFly 7:39 AM
  • "Apple TV Gets New Features With The tvOS 9.2 Beta" Digital Trends 8:03 AM
  • "Developers: App Analytics Data is Now Available for tvOS Apps" MacTrast 7:14 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple Granted 38 Patents Today covering Multi-Haptics, Touch ID Technology & 3D scanning for Games & Apps" Patently Apple 7:38 AM
  • "As Apple looks to ditch 3.5mm socket, patent hints at higher-quality speakers in future iPhones" 9to5Mac 9:44 AM
  • "Apple's audio port patent shows it wants to make iPhones even thinner" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
  • "Apple is granted another patent involving 3D interfaces" Apple World Today 8:04 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 9:45 AM
  • "Dr.Stanley's House 3 For iPhone/iPad Is Free For The First Time In Over A Year (Normally $2.99)" App Sliced 9:45 AM
  • "Penguin Pounce For iPhone/iPad Is Free For The First Time In A Year (Normally $0.99)" App Sliced 9:45 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:16 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:16 AM

  • "Apple iPad Pro Vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Vs. Samsung Galaxy TabPro S" Forbes 8:02 AM
  • "Review: Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro" iLounge 3:01 PM
  • "Review: Zagg Joltguard for iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus" Run Around Tech 8:12 PM
  • "Review: Nomad's Wallet for iPhone packs a powerful punch with a built-in battery" AppAdvice 4:28 PM
  • "Need a waterproof battery case for your iPhone? Check the Mophie Juice Pack H2O Pro" ZDNet 12:16 PM
  • "2 Terabyte Seagate Wireless Plus disk (Part 2): Not Exactly Plug and Play" eXtensions 5:54 PM
  • "The Zand by iQunix looks, feels, and works great" AppAdvice 11:58 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 9.3 Preview: First look at Night Shift mode, Touch ID Notes, new 3D Touch quick actions, much more [Video] 9to5Mac 4:33 PM
  • "A Hands-On Walkthrough of the New Features in iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2" MacRumors 1:26 PM
  • "Inside iOS 9.3: Apple's native apps gain new 3D Touch shortcuts on iPhone 6s" AppleInsider 9:38 AM
  • "Inside iOS 9.3: 'Auto-Switch' lets you use multiple Apple Watches with one iPhone" AppleInsider 9:33 AM
  • "A closer look at Night Shift mode in iOS 9.3" iDownload Blog 11:57 AM
  • "tvOS 9.2 preview: Bluetooth keyboard support, folders, redesigned App Switcher, and Podcasts app [video + screenshots] iDownload Blog 11:21 AM
  • "tvOS 9.2 Preview: First look at Apple TV's new Podcasts app, folders & switcher UI, Bluetooth keyboard support, more [Video] 9to5Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Hands On: QuickBooks Online 4.3.4 (iOS)" MacNN 12:15 PM
  • "Steampunk-themed Grave Matters comes to Apple TV" iDownload Blog 7:49 AM
  • "'RPG Justice Chronicles' Review - Doing 'Fantasy' Justice" Touch Arcade 10:54 AM
  • "How to rename your Apple TV" iMore 4:28 PM
  • "How to Sideload iOS Apps onto iPhone & iPad from Xcode" OS X Daily 3:03 PM
  • "How to Set Rotation/Orientation Lock and Mute on the Latest iPads" The Mac Observer 2:58 PM
  • "How to quickly and reliably trigger Siri on your Apple Watch" iMore 1:29 PM
  • "How to temporarily disable and prevent further access to FaceTime on your iPhone" iDownload Blog 9:43 AM
  • "How To Install iOS 9.3 On Your iPhone Without A Developer Account" BGR 8:54 AM
  • "How to download the watchOS 2.2 beta" iMore 8:08 AM
  • "Apple World Today Video Tip: Hiding Apple apps in iOS 9.2" Apple World Today 1:29 PM
  • "10 hidden iPhone tricks that will speed up your phone and extend your battery life" BGR 9:38 AM
  • "The most upgradable portable Mac ever" 512 Pixels 3:04 PM
  • "iOS 9.3 Breaks Apple's Update Cycle, Doubles Down on New Features" The Mac Observer 11:00 AM
  • "iPhone 7: did CES reveal Apple will remove the headphone jack?" The Week UK 11:57 AM
  • "Jack squat: What iPhone 7 headphone rumors are based on" Macworld 9:39 AM
  • "Will Apple Inc. Bring This Incredible Technology to iPhone 7?" The Motley Fool 9:38 AM
  • "Why Apple Pay usage appears to be lagging behind growth in retail acceptance, but Apple shouldn't worry" 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "Cassandra: Tuesday Review -Apple Updates and Apple Stores" eXtensions 8:04 AM
  • "Is Apple really building an iOS to Android migration tool?" BetaNews 7:14 AM
  • "Apple Has This, Others Do Not" Mac 360 7:07 AM
  • "This Is What Is Killing Apple's iPad" PixoBebo 7:06 AM
  • "It's Time For Apple To Crash And Burn" Mac 360 7:06 AM
  • "Why Google Is Doubling Down On VR (Hint: It's Not Oculus)" Forbes 8:50 PM
  • "Dell's Inspiron 11 3000: A $199 laptop with intriguing upgrade options" Ars Technica 6:33 PM
  • "The Sorry Legacy of Internet Explorer" Wired 8:54 AM
  • "The Hottest Computing Device? Cars" Tech.pinions 7:39 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Skype to bring free group calling to iPhones, iPads, other mobile devices" AppleInsider 4:32 PM
  • "Ford Aims To Do For Car Owners What iTunes Did For Music Fans With FordPass And FordHubs" MacPrices 12:47 PM
  • "A special Star Wars edition of DataMan Next has just been released. Now, you can use The Force to control your data usage in a galaxy far away" XVision 11:02 AM
  • "Popular VLC media player app arrives on the new Apple TV" 9to5Mac 10:55 AM
  • "Poll: Is iOS 9.3 a big enough upgrade to persuade you to try the beta?" 9to5Mac 9:38 AM
  • "New App on the Apple Store, Buzz Me In, Is a Virtual Doorman for Urban Dwellers" PRWeb 8:56 AM
  • "WaterField Designs Unveils Distinctive Staad Attaché for Apple's iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBooks" PRWeb 8:54 AM
  • "The Zones of Regulation : Exploring Emotions - Teaching Self Regulation" prMac 11:07 AM
  • "Offline Portuguese to English Language Dictionary Translator 3.0 for iOS" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "Charge Your iPhone in 18 Minutes With iTron" Apple Gazette 7:39 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 8.0 support ends today; users instructed to upgrade to stay secure" Neowin 7:28 AM
  • "The Sorry Legacy Of Internet Explorer" Wired 7:15 AM
  • "Microsoft no longer supports Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10: Those who don't upgrade will be more susceptible to malicious attacks." Engadget 7:30 AM
  • "From pushy to nagging, Windows 10 upgrade prompts won't go away" Neowin 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Nadella to Attend State of the Union Address" eWeek 7:29 AM
  • "Atlantis teams with Dell in hyper-converged appliance market" Channel Biz 7:54 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise Invests In Object Storage Developer Scality, Expands Global Relationship" CRN 7:55 AM
  • "Hewlett Packed Enterprise targets European growth with new customer center" ZDNet 7:55 AM
  • "Will Hewlett Packard Enterprise Stock Be Helped by First European Customer Hub?" TheStreet 3:01 PM
  • "Dell and TDAzlan offer storage trade-in programme in Germany: Duo to give customers the chance to swap out hardware for money off Dell kit" Channelnomics 7:54 AM
  • "Intel admits to Skylake bug that freezes Windows and Linux systems: Could affect industries that rely on complex computational workloads" The Inquirer 7:28 AM
  • "Intel To Patch Freezing Issues Of Skylake Processors Under Certain Workloads" CDR Info 8:41 AM
  • "Intel's stock climbs after bullish analyst call" MarketWatch 8:41 AM
  • "Intel Seen Topping Q4 EPS Views" Barron's [Paid Membership Required] 1:28 PM
  • "Intel Earnings Preview: Little to Change But Mobile Subsidy" Zacks 5:46 PM
  • "Intel higher after Mizuho upgrade; PC stabilization, cloud server growth cited" Seeking Alpha 8:51 AM
  • "Intel Stands Alone In Pole Position In The Developing Wearables Marketplace" Seeking Alpha 11:00 AM
  • "Intel to supercharge NUC mini-PC with Skull Canyon edition" ZDNet 9:26 PM
  • "AMD's Zen CPUs, and why you should care" My Gaming 8:40 AM
  • "AMD Reveals 'Enthusiast' Polaris GPU To The Press – The Possible Fury X Successor" Tech Frag 8:41 AM
  • "IBM, Ford Drive Analytics for Traffic Platform Pilot" eWeek 7:29 AM
  • "Cisco Manages to Ship Servers with the Wrong Default Password for Seven Weeks" Softpedia 8:40 AM
  • "Samsung opens semiconductor factories to inspection over workers' illness: A workers' group finds the deal insufficient" IDG News Service 7:22 AM
  • "Businesses Lack Coordinated Efforts to Prevent Security Risks" eWeek 7:29 AM
  • "White Men, Corporate Boards and the $578 Billion Diversity Push" Bloomberg 7:42 AM
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 8.3 Percent in Fourth Quarter of 2015" Business Wire 4:31 PM
  • "PC Market Finishes 2015 As Expected, Hopefully Setting the Stage for a More Stable Future, According to IDC" Business Wire 4:30 PM
  • "PC Sales Drop to Historic Lows" [Paid Membership Required] 4:29 PM
  • "PC shipments fall a record 10.6 percent in fourth quarter: IDC" Reuters 4:37 PM
  • "PCs face historical decline during holiday quarter" MarketWatch 4:31 PM
  • "Samsung lets inspectors into its factories following deaths: But activists say that it's still not good enough." Engadget 11:37 AM
  • "Seagate announces 8TB drive aimed at SMB NAS solutions" The Inquirer 12:06 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Up on Bank of America Bullish Remarks, Jim Cramer: 'Own It Not Trade It'" TheStreet 8:59 AM
  • "Apple: Live long and suffer" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:04 AM
  • "Apple among market's biggest drags" CNBC Videos 8:02 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Likely Underperform the Nasdaq in 2016" 24/7 Wall St. 10:53 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks end higher; Nasdaq snaps 8-day losing streak: Oil slumps 3.1% to lowest level since Dec. 2003" MarketWatch 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks Flip-Flop Again Before Closing Higher" TheStreet 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks manage 2nd day of gains after late rally" USA Today 4:46 PM
  • "Stocks Rally to End Volatile Session: U.S. oil prices briefly drop below $30 a barrel, pressuring many energy stocks" [Paid Membership Required] 4:46 PM
  • "China stocks recover, Asian markets breathe sigh of relief/Shares in Asia mostly recovered Tuesday, as the Chinese yuan stabilized for the third straight day, though trading remained choppy on the mainland stock market." MarketWatch 8:49 AM
  • "European stocks rebound after four-day losing streak/European stock markets advanced on Tuesday after a four-session losing streak, as a calmer Chinese stock market instilled more confidence among investors." MarketWatch 8:49 AM

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