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2018 MacBook Pro i9 Throttlegate, also affects some Dell systems. Dealbreaker for you, or no big deal? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Weekend Highlights: The escalating tariff war between the US and China puts Apple Watch (original), Fitbits, Sonos, squarely in the crosshairs of a 10% tariff, resulting in US price increases; might autonomous vehicles be Apple's Next Big Thing?; report from BGR India that unless Apple installs "a pesky call app soon", iPhones may cease working on networks; attention Apple! Ben Lovejoy thinks your meager-but-free 5GB of iCloud storage has become an embarrassment and needs to change; and Dan Moren calls on Apple to break tradition and let us set our own preferred apps instead of being locked in to company choices; Tyson's Corner Apple Store, first one ever, set to undergo facelift; Samsung unleashes three more videos mocking dongles, lack of fast charging accessories included with iPhones; MacBook Pro i9 Throttlegate also affects some Dell XPS systems, but are reports overblown?

  • "Seven years later, we're still asking the wrong questions about the iPad: Asking if it's a laptop replacement means we're overlooking the real future of computing"  The Verge 2:17 PM
  • "Apple shares back in vogue as Wall Street bets on iPhone surge"  Reuters 6:38 AM
  • "Apple's Hunt for Marginal Gains: New iPhones are more expensive to make and don't deliver the growth they once did" [Paid Membership Required] 12:37 PM
  • "Apple strategy in 'smart home' race threatened by Amazon"  Reuters 7:41 AM
  • "iCloud is one of Apple's biggest challenges in 2017: Apple's fast-growing Services business is also its weak spot."  Macworld 6:47 AM
  • "Microsoft says Windows PCs competing more strongly in premium market led by Apple" 9to5Mac 6:46 AM
  • "Microsoft claims Windows licensing gains are chipping into Apple's 'premium' computer market" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "Apple will move its entire international iTunes business to Ireland: International HQ will move from one tax haven to another." Ars Technica 8:39 AM
  • "FY 17 First Quarter Results Conference Call" ["When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. EST"] Apple 7:45 AM
  • "Here's what the hire of Dropcam's founder means for Apple" Business Insider 11:49 AM
  • "Tim Cook sells another $3.6M batch of Apple stock" AppleInsider 8:06 PM
  • "Apple introduces Night Shift in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 to help Mac users sleep better" BetaNews 8:52 AM
  • "macOS 10.12.4 (Beta 1): 'Night Shift' Comes to the Mac [Video] RazMag 6:45 AM
  • "How to speed up a slow Mac" iMore 1:18 PM
  • "Hands On: New Setapp service brings subscription apps to the Mac" AppleInsider 11:58 AM
  • "How to Unlock Mac with Apple Watch" OS X Daily 3:08 PM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Better ways to view your iTunes media" Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro Diary: A video novice takes the step up from iMovie" 9to5Mac 11:57 AM
  • "Running Any App With Sierra Gatekeeper" MacMost 10:21 AM
  • "How to Record Skype Calls on a Mac" Envato Tuts+ 6:46 AM
  • "Change Where macOS Saves Screenshots" Kirkville 6:45 AM
  • "How to create and modify a Smart Folder in macOS Sierra" Apple World Today 6:38 AM
  • "Where Mac Text Is Mac Art And Design" Mac360 7:38 AM
  • "What I Want From A Browser" TeraTalks 8:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "RansomWhere Monitors Your Mac for Sneaky Ransomware Attacks" Lifehacker 3:15 PM
  • "Chrome 56 for Mac Now Available - Brings Security Enhancements, Lower Power Consumption, More" MacTrast 11:05 AM
  • "Chrome 56 Offers Faster Reloads, Better Security, Lower Power Usage, and More" MacRumors 6:47 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Power Dinner: Jared and Ivanka break bread with Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson" Politico 11:46 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook dines with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump" Business Insider 11:46 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Sen. Orrin Hatch, lunches with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner" AppleInsider 8:54 PM
  • "Apple takes baby steps in India, sells 2.5M iPhones in 2016" CNET 6:44 AM
  • "Partnership on AI Update" ["Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member. The company has been involved and collaborating with the Partnership since before it was first announced and is thrilled to formalize its membership alongside Amazon, Facebook, Google/DeepMind, IBM, and Microsoft."] Partnership on AI 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's Siri chief joins Partnership on A.I. board" Computerworld 7:44 AM
  • "Apple has confirmed it is joining the Partnership on AI" Business Insider 8:01 AM
  • "Apple joins Amazon, Google, Facebook in 'Partnership on AI ' research project" VentureBeat 6:38 AM
  • "Apple, ACLU join partnership to research artificial intelligence, create best practices" GeekWire 12:11 PM
  • "Apple joins Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM and Microsoft in AI initiative" TechCrunch 8:19 AM
  • "Apple joins research group for ethical AI with fellow tech giants" The Verge 6:38 AM
  • "Apple Watch 'not syncing' in cheap deal: Some customers who purchased the latest Apple Watch for £69 ($86) under a deal offered by Vitality Insurance are complaining that their activity data is not being uploaded by the firm's app." BBC 6:37 AM
  • "Bookish hacker finds holes in Amazon, Apple, Google epub services" The Register 7:37 AM
  • "Apple celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year with curated apps, Apple Store events" AppleInsider 3:28 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs introduces us to the iPad" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Seven Years Ago Today: Steve Jobs Introduces the iPad" MacRumors 8:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "The Anti-iPhone Of The Future: Since the first iPhone, every smartphone is now a tiny tablet. Philippe Starck and Jerome Olivet demonstrate how that could change with AI." Fast Company Design 3:52 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg is dropping his Hawaiian land lawsuits, calling them 'a mistake'" Recode 3:48 PM
  • "Trump told to stop gov't lawsuit over Qualcomm patent licensing: Action or inaction on Qualcomm could be a bellwether of Trump patent policy." Ars Technica 3:08 PM
  • "Sprint Promo Discounts Unlimited Plan to $50/Month" PC Magazine 1:20 PM
  • "FCC's new chairman introduces plan to scale back net neutrality transparency rules" The Verge 12:45 PM
  • "Delete Your Antivirus, Says Ex-Firefox Developer — Who Claims It's Worthless"  Digital Trends 12:29 PM
  • "The e-mail term 'spam' actually stems from a Monty Python sketch" [Video] Business Insider 6:44 AM
  • "Apple's Clean Energy Efforts, Partnership on AI -TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-27" The Mac Observer 12:44 PM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 104 | iOS 10.3 and Find My AirPods, Night Shift for Mac and upcoming App Store changes" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks about macOS, iOS betas and 'iPhone 8'" AppleInsider 8:19 AM
  • "Apple's weirdest, whackiest, and worst products, this week on The CultCastCult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Remaster #27: The Year Ahead/Federico and Myke talk about what they're excited for in 2017." Relay FM 7:38 AM
  • "The Next Track, Episode #37 – Ripping DVDs and Blu-Rays, with Rob Griffiths" Kirkville 6:45 AM
  • "The iPhone 8 might take a revolutionary approach to sensors" BGR 5:11 PM
  • "From Encryption To iPhone vs. Android, Mac vs. Windows, We're Hopelessly Divided" NoodleMac 8:16 AM
  • "Apple aims to up its AI smarts with iCloud user data in iOS 10.3" TechCrunch 12:03 PM
  • "Apple's 'differential privacy' policy invoked for opt-in iCloud data analysis in iOS 10.3" AppleInsider 1:18 PM
  • "HomeKit passes 100 certified devices more than two years since inception" iDownload Blog 11:04 AM
  • "Apple Just Filed a Patent application for a High-Tech Vaporizer" Digital Trends 8:01 AM
  • "MediaPlayer Enhancements in iOS 10.3" MacStories 10:48 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:20 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:20 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:20 AM

  • "Reflecting On The Past Year of Apple Pencil Ownership" iPad Insight 6:27 AM
  • "Brydge Keyboard 12.9 Review: Closer to iPad keyboard perfection" Six Colors 2:12 PM
  • "How Pad & Quill transformed my MacBook Pro into an actual book" iMore 11:13 AM
  • "Audeze iSine 20 review" The Verge 7:40 AM
  • "Review: Fabriq is a $50 AirPlay speaker with a small form-factor [Video] 9to5Mac 3:52 PM
  • "Pokémon Go on Apple Watch vs. Pokémon Go Plus: Which should you wear? Both wearable devices augment the iPhone game, but in surprisingly different ways." Macworld 6:38 AM
  • "The GoPower Watch should go with you if you're traveling with an Apple Watch and an iPhone" Apple World Today 7:37 AM
  • "Hands-on: Incase ICON and new ICON Lite backpacks fit 15-inch MacBooks, all iPads, and much more" 9to5Mac 7:46 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPhone 6S : iOS 10.3 Beta 1 / Public Beta 1 vs iOS 10.2.1 Speed Test Build # 14E5230e" YouTube: iAppleBytes 6:25 AM
  • "iPhone 6 : iOS 10.3 Beta 1 / Public Beta 1 vs iOS 10.2.1 Speed Test Build # 14E5230e" YouTube: iAppleBytes 6:26 AM
  • "iPhone 5S : iOS 10.3 Beta 1 / Public Beta 1 vs iOS 10.2.1 Speed Test Build # 14E5230e" YouTube: iAppleBytes 6:26 AM
  • "iPhone 5 : iOS 10.3 Beta 1 / Public Beta 1 vs iOS 10.2.1 Speed Test Build # 14E5230e" YouTube: iAppleBytes 6:25 AM
  • "How To Permanently Preserve Your iOS 10.2 Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 9:19 PM
  • "How To Set Up Two Factor Authentication From Your iPhone" AddictiveTips 12:29 PM
  • "How to sync and play music from Apple Watch without iPhone" 9to5Mac 12:04 PM
  • "How to set up and start using Google Voice on iPhone" iMore 11:04 AM
  • "How Apple News Works in iOS" Apple Must 10:40 AM
  • "How to Jailbreak iOS 10.2 on iPhone or iPad Using Yalu Jailbreak and Cydia Impactor" iPhone Hacks 6:24 AM
  • "6 ways to repurpose an old iPhone: Before you decide to sell your unwanted iPhone, consider finding other ways to put it to good use." CNET 7:53 AM
  • "How Can We Tell if Our Love for Apple is Logical or Biased?" The Mac Observer 5:23 PM
  • "The Battle to Control Home Automation" MacStories 3:43 PM
  • "Dropcam Founder Greg Duffy Joining Apple Could be a Smart Home Boost" The Mac Observer 3:04 PM
  • "Four more predictions for 2017" ["Prediction #8 — Apple Video. According to the Wall $treet Journal Apple is adding some original video content to its Apple Music streaming service. I think this presages a new — yet to be announced — Apple video service."] I, Cringely 12:12 PM
  • "Look at one of the most stunning iPhone 8 concept designs we've ever seen" BGR 11:15 AM
  • "Texting While Driving? That's Your Fault, Not Apple's" AppleBlend 9:56 AM
  • "Poor Apple, Lost In The Woods Again" Mac360 8:34 AM
  • "Who Will Be Your Driver? Siri? Cortana? Alexa? Or, A Faceless Google Assistant?" Mac360 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's New MacBook is Officially a Flop" VR-Zone 7:54 AM
  • "Comment: Sales figures show importance of India as a growth market as Apple leads premium segment" 9to5Mac 7:21 AM
  • "Opinion: The Huawei Mate 9 is the best Android alternative to Google's Pixel XL" 9to5Google 11:49 AM
  • "Silicon Valley's AI Ethics Boards Shouldn't Be Secret" Backchannel 11:03 AM
  • "Life would be so much better if I could wash my phone" The Verge 6:47 AM
  • "Does Google have a voice problem?" BGR 6:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming January 28: Gene Steinberg meets CNET Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg, and The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 8:52 PM
  • "Nvidia Shield owners rejoice: You now have Amazon and more" CNET 3:28 PM
  • "Satechi USB-C Power Meter shows power usage of devices connected to MacBook ports" AppleInsider 12:03 PM
  • " - visual music dance show for iOS - Now in 3D and VR" prMac 7:22 AM
  • "Snappd - the Home of Vertical Video Is Here & Available on the App Store" prMac 6:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's market value tops $500 billion again after 17 years" Reuters 3:46 PM
  • "The PC market is stabilizing, says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella" VentureBeat 8:59 AM
  • "Cloud boosts Microsoft as focus shifts from Windows" CTV News 8:58 AM
  • "Subscriptions nourish Microsoft while its hardware businesses go hungry" PCWorld 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft May Move Ahead of Alphabet as Second Most Valuable Company" 24/7 Wall St. 8:47 AM
  • "Microsoft's quarterly results beat estimates, but falling device revenue sees stock remain flat" TechSpot 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft ready to 'compete hard' with AWS on the back of Q2 growth" CRN UK 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft upgraded from Sell to Neutral at Citi" Seeking Alpha 5:13 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: How Azure will fend off Amazon Web Services in the enterprise" GeekWire 6:52 PM
  • "Microsoft will increase use of AI to improve products, says Chief Executive" Business Reportwe 8:36 AM
  • "Microsoft's hardware revenue falls 22%, but software sales and services are on the up" MCV 8:39 AM
  • "Microsoft continues to make inroads in a premium PC market previously dominated by Apple" BGR 6:36 PM
  • "Microsoft Says Its Expensive Devices Outsell Apple's Expensive Devices" Softpedia 8:07 AM
  • "Microsoft touts strong cloud growth as profits hit $5.2bn" V3 8:44 AM
  • "Microsoft's Looking Cloudy, & That Ain't Bad" Light Reading 8:05 AM
  • "Cloud services fuel Microsoft growth" News Talk 8:38 AM
  • "Cloud Services Boost Microsoft's Sales And Profit" CDR Info 8:37 AM
  • "Microsoft Q2 impresses after cloud forms a pretty picture" SiliconRepublic 8:04 AM
  • "Cloud helps Microsoft log strong second quarter growth" Financial Express 8:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Will Continue To Spend Over $1 Billion Per Year On Cybersecurity To Keep Users Safe" Tech Times 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft to continue to invest over $1bn a year on cyber security" Times of Malta 8:01 AM
  • "Microsoft Warns of Emails Bearing Crafty PDF Phishing Scams" eWeek 8:47 PM
  • "Windows 10 finally displays download progress for purchased apps: A smarter name for night mode and a number of accessibility features are in tow, too." Engadget 8:47 PM
  • "Hundreds of IT jobs to go at Aecom as it outsources to IBM" V3 7:52 AM
  • "Sberbank & IBM launch SME banking platform" FSTech 7:52 AM
  • "Russia's Sberbank selects IBM to launch overhaul corporate online banking" Entertainment Weekly 7:52 AM
  • "IBM brings Google AI tools Power servers" Tech Central 7:51 AM
  • "Lego partners with HP to help bring creative learning into schools" Alphr 7:50 AM
  • "Why HP thinks Syrian refugees need top-of-the-line tech" IT PRO 7:50 AM
  • "HPI Recalls 101,000 Notebook PCs With Defective Batteries" eWeek 5:11 PM
  • "Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 nearly lives up to the original" Engadget 12:50 PM
  • "Intel's Q4 was 'terrific' and 'record setting' says CEO as profits dip" The Register 7:47 AM
  • "Intel shipping Optane memory modules to partners for testing" Hexus 7:47 AM
  • "Intel's rise of the machines: IoT helps Q4 revenues surge to $16.4bn" SiliconRepublic 7:47 AM
  • "Intel's 2017 financial forecast confirms continued high prices" bit-tech 7:46 AM
  • "Intel Sees Sales Growth on Data Centers, PC Demand" CDR Info 7:46 AM
  • "Data centre growth drives Intel's fourth-quarter revenue, profit beat" The Star: Malaysia 7:46 AM
  • "Intel posts record revenues thanks to solid PC chip sales and IoT growth" The Inquirer 7:46 AM
  • "Intel pursues Moore's Law with plan to make first 7-nm chips this year" IDG News Service 3:07 PM
  • "AMD: The Year 2016 In Review" Forbes 2:07 PM
  • "Cisco starts patching critical flaw in WebEx browser extension" PCWorld 12:28 PM
  • "Here's why Cisco paid a whopping $3.7 billion to AppDynamics" The Economic Times 7:40 AM
  • "Here's why Cisco bought Indian techie Jyoti Bansal's company for $3.7 billion" Financial Express 7:40 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What to expect from Apple's Q1 2017 earnings call" Cult of Mac 11:58 AM
  • "Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads: Wall St downgrades stock – because buyers prefer last year's model" The Register 7:53 AM
  • "Apple Cruising on Momentum High, Plus Jim Cramer's Thoughts" TheStreet 6:44 AM
  • "Look whose Apple price targets are underwater now" Apple 3.0 7:41 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow ends landmark week with a whimper: Starbucks skids after disappointing same-store sales" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 Slide as Crude Sells Off, Alphabet Disappoints: Wall Street ends a record-breaking week with slight losses on Friday as a slump in crude oil prices pressures energy and industry bellwether Alphabet disappoints on earnings." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Stocks end mixed as Dow climbs further above 20,000 mark" Associated Press 3:58 PM
  • "Wall St Slips as Earnings, GDP Data Disappoint" Reuters 2:11 PM
  • "Stocks Steady as Investors Parse Trump Trade Policy, Earnings: Investors examine company earnings reports and the latest signals from the Trump administration" [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian markets tick higher ahead of Lunar New Year's holiday: Investors' renewed enthusiasm for risk continued into Asia-Pacific trading on Friday morning, as equities continued to build on recent gains and the dollar crept upward, breaching 115 yen for the first time this week." MarketWatch 7:03 AM
  • "European stocks close lower as bank rally loses steam: European Central Bank" MarketWatch 12:54 PM

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