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Tuesday Highlights: Canalys releases iPhone X stats for Q4 of 2017 finding an impressive 29 million sold, a tad lower than expectations, but good regardless; in light of this new data, Dan Dilger runs through the naysayers' claims iPhone X could be discontinued due to slow sales; big tech firms including Apple, Google, Amazon spent close to $50 million in lobbying the US government last year; from the "we don't write the headlines" files, man bites iPhone battery in Chinese electronic store, battery explodes; Apple announces HomePod available for pre-order this Friday, units arrive on February 9th; couple notes on this, you won't get multi-room audio or languages other than English until later 2018; Philip Elmer-Dewitt not thrilled HomePod shipping with with lowered expectations; longtime Mac user, Edoardo Maggio at Business Insider test drives Surface Book 2.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "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" WSJ.com [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
OS X
News
  • "Apple introduces Night Shift in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 to help Mac users sleep better" BetaNews 8:52 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "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
Op/Ed
  • "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
Publications/Podcasts
  • "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
Hardware/Software
  • "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

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "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/Tutorial
  • "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
Tips
  • "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
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "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
Non-Apple
  • "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
Humor/Cartoons
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
  • "tappr.tv - 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" WSJ.com [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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