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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Tim Cook sees augmented reality rivaling iPhone's impact: Tim Cook says the technology is 'huge,' with the potential to improve people's lives."  CNET 12:50 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook says fake news is 'killing people's minds' and tech needs to launch a counterattack: 'There has to be a massive campaign.'" Recode 4:03 PM
  • "Australian banks narrow focus of Apple Pay collective bargaining request"  Reuters 6:31 PM
  • "Target calls Apple Pay 'awesome,' says it is working on bringing support to its stores" 9to5Mac 4:00 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook: As Brexit hangs over UK, 'times are not really awful, there's some great things happening'/Exclusive: The most important talks about the app economy, the importance of coding and Augmented Reality" The Independent 2/11
  • "Tim Cook Thinks Augmented Reality Could Be as Big As the iPhone" Fortune 2/11
  • "Amazon And Apple: A New Battle For A $500 Billion Market"  Seeking Alpha 2/11
  • "What's Apple to Do with $246 Billion in Cash? Consumers are still excited about the thought of an Apple Car, but Apple will probably use its cash for investments in content and other 'services.'"  Barron's 2/11
OS X
News
  • "Apple fails to remove 'deleted' Safari web browser histories from iCloud" BetaNews 2/10
  • "Microsoft Office macro malware targets Macs" Malwarebytes 2/10
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "Logic Pros (101): Recording basics, creating tracks and getting started with editing" 9to5Mac 8:53 PM
  • "Hands On: Taskpaper 3.6.2 aims to make your To Do list easier to plow through" AppleInsider 6:45 PM
  • "Testing out snapshots in Apple's next-generation APFS file system: We brave beta software and do some cautious testing—and it looks like it works." Ars Technica 8:57 AM
  • "How to Set Up Your Mac for Wi-Fi Calling" MacTrast 10:28 AM
  • "When iTunes Isn't Enough: Here's Our Favorite Free Media Players For PC And Mac" Digital Trends 9:05 AM
  • "5 mistakes made by professionals using Macs" Mac Kung Fu 2/11
  • "How to get picture-in-picture for Netflix and Hulu on your Mac" iMore 2/11
  • "What file service should you use with network drives and Time Machine? A network-attached storage device needs to use the proper file service with Apple's Time Machine." Macworld 2/10
  • "First Thoughts: Microsoft Office for MacBook Pro w. Touch Bar" Apple Must 2/10
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Syncing audiobooks, and why Apple Music tracks suddenly become unavailable" Macworld 2/10
  • "How to Automatically Empty Trash in Mac OS After 30 Days" OS X Daily 2/10
  • "Pages Rulers Basics" MacMost 2/10
  • "macOS: Using 'Open With,' 'Always Open With,' and 'Change All" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "DRM Free TV, Movies, And Music" TeraTalks 2/10
Op/Ed
  • "Piezo Generates More Money After Being Removed From the Mac App Store" Daring Fireball 8:53 PM
  • "Refactoring singleton usage in Swift: Tips for a cleaner, modular, and testable codebase" Jesse Squires 2/10
Press Releases
  • "Apple Discounts Pro Apps Bundle in 35 Countries" Apple Must 2/10
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple shares first teaser for its upcoming Carpool Karaoke spin-off destined to Apple Music" 9to5Mac 9:12 PM
  • "Apple Releases Trailer for 'Carpool Karaoke' Series Coming Soon to Apple Music" MacRumors 9:12 PM
  • "Foxconn group to see iPhone 8 windfall in the second half of 2017: Hon Hai expected to see an upsurge in operating margins for fiscal 2017, say analysts" South China Morning Post 9:05 AM
  • "Apple a 'contributing' sponsor of BSides security conference in San Francisco" 9to5Mac 6:07 PM
  • "Filming of Apple's Upcoming 'Planet of the Apps' Series Has Finished" MacRumors 2/11
  • "Apple has reportedly concluded filming of its 'very inspirational' Planet of the Apps reality series" 9to5Mac 2/11
  • "Tim Cook talks with iPhone user battling cerebral palsy in visit to Glasgow retail store" 9to5Mac 2/11
  • "Latest Apple Watch Series 2 'Close Your Rings' promo highlights Activity tracking" 9to5Mac 2/11
  • "Apple Encourages People to Get Moving in New 'Close Your Rings' Apple Watch Ad" MacRumors 2/11
  • "Apple ships 6 million smartwatches in 4Q16, says Canalys" DigiTimes 2/10
  • "It looks like Apple Watch had a monster holiday quarter" Cult of Mac 2/10
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook believes augmented reality is 'a big idea, like the smartphone'" Business Insider 2/10
  • "Why Apple CEO Tim Cook visited London startup ustwo Games" Business Insider 2/10
  • "Apple's Tim Cook visits UK's Regent Street store, Tate gallery & ustwo Games, talks 'fake news' in interview" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Sportbrain Sues Apple Claiming that the Apple Watch Collects Sports Related Data in a Manner that Infringes their Patent" Patently Apple 2/10
  • "BeatsX Earphones Launch on Apple Store for $150" MacRumors 2/10
  • "Apple's W1-equipped BeatsX earphones now available to purchase after months-long delay" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "AirPods TV commercial took sales of Marian Hill's song 'Down' from 'negligible' to 'magical'" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Can I trust a fertility app to stop me getting pregnant?" BBC 2/10
  • "How an iPhone 4 and OKCupid led to love: I'd almost given up on finding love until my future husband, intrigued by my dating profile, tracked down a video of me talking about the next iPhone. The rest is history." CNET 2/10
  • "Today in Apple history: Color Classic Mac ditches monochrome" Cult of Mac 2/10
Non-Apple News
  • "Erasing yourself from the internet is nearly impossible" Washington Post 6:46 PM
  • "Verizon Introduces $80 Unlimited Data Plan With 10GB of 4G LTE Tethering" MacRumors 6:07 PM
  • "Verizon introduces new unlimited data plan, $80/mo for 'unlimited' 4G data, texts and talk time" 9to5Mac 6:07 PM
  • "Samsung's Larger Version Of Its Next 6.2-Inch Galaxy Phone To Be Branded Galaxy S8" HotHardware 4:00 PM
  • "Google Drive Cloud Storage Service Employs Hash Matching To Detect Pirated Content" HotHardware 4:00 PM
  • "Liquid battery could last for over 10 years" Engadget 8:52 PM
  • "Scientists invented a battery that could work for a decade without degrading" BGR 11:01 AM
  • "If you can't sleep, try camping without your smartphone: It's all about that body clock" The Verge 9:25 AM
  • "Nuclear write-down leaves Toshiba with $3.5-billion loss in third-quarter: Nikkei" Reuters 2/11
  • "Jeff Bezos says we have it all wrong about Amazon's Alexa" Business Insider 2/11
  • "Ford to Invest $1 Billion in Artificial Intelligence Start-Up" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2/10
  • "Sprint has crazy-cheap new deal, but there's a catch: Sprint is offering new customers five lines of unlimited data, talk and text for $90/month. The only problem is that prices go up after a year." CNET 2/10
  • "Superscreen puts your smartphone in the body of a tablet" ZDNet 2/10
Publications/Podcasts
  • "iOS Geek Gab, Managing RAM, Converting Numbers to Excel – Mac Geek Gab 644" The Mac Observer 12:36 PM
  • "Podcast: Android Wear 2.0 Smartwatches, Android-Enabled Chromebooks, Oculus-Best Buy" Tech.pinions 2/11
  • "The Talk Show: 'Corporate Stiffy', With Special Guest John Moltz" Daring Fireball 2/10
  • "Podcast 545: Assault on batteries" Macworld 2/10
  • "iPhone Iris Scanner, Smart TV Privacy Tips -TMO Daily Observations 2017-02-10" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "Kyle Lambert made his illustration career on the iPad" iMore 2/10
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 106 | BeatsX launch, Android Wear 2.0 versus Apple Watch, and $1000 iPhone 8 rumors" 9to5Mac 2/10
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks wireless charging, 'iPhone 8' rumors, Apple Watch weather apps, more" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Weekly Podcast 5: Highlighting The App Store Heroes Of Fire & Ice" Apple'n'Apps 2/10
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple is fixing the most annoying thing about CarPlay in iOS Beta 10.3" The Verge 12:50 PM
  • "Report again claims Apple will add 5-inch iPhone to lineup, sell wireless charging tech separately" 9to5Mac 2/11
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 Could Represent a Major Break With the Past: In addition to being packed with new features, the company's latest flagship iPhone might sport an unprecedented price and feature an earlier production ramp." TheStreet 2/11
  • "Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' will use separate wireless charging accessory, ditch Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter" AppleInsider 2/11
  • "iPhone 8 Said to Have Separate Wireless Charger, No Headphone Jack Adapter or USB-C Cable in Box" MacRumors 2/11
  • "Matte Black variant of the iPhone 7 seems to be suffering from chipping and peeling paint" Canadian Reviewer 2/11
  • "Apple Patent reveals a New Solution that could Further Protect Apple's Next-Gen iPhones from Overheating" Patently Apple 2/11
  • "iPhone 8 Said to Feature Iris Scanner to Authenticate With Your Eyes" MacRumors 2/10
  • "Apple is reportedly gunning to introduce iris scanner to the iPhone 8" The Next Web 2/10
  • "Apple reportedly going all in with wireless charging for the iPhone 8" The Next Web 2/10
  • "Ming-Chi Kuo: iPhone 8 wireless charging a sure thing, new touch controls may be in store" phoneArena 2/10
  • "Apple's W1 Bluetooth chip, explained: There's more than 'magic' that makes W1 headphones pair so well with your iPhone." CNET 2/10
  • "Growing number of matte black iPhone 7 users report chipped paint on edges & back of device"  9to5Mac 2/10
  • "Matte black iPhone 7 owners complain the smartphone paintwork chips too easily" Business Insider 2/10
  • "New iPhone to enter production early, say sources" DigiTimes 2/10
AppleCare/Helps
  • "The paint on matte black iPhone 7s is chipping off" The Daily Dot 2/10
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/10
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/10
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 2/10

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Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "The AirPod Effect: 72-Hrs With Apple's Wireless Buds" RazMag 4:05 PM
  • "Head to head: Apple's BeatsX vs. AirPods" AppleInsider 2/11
  • "Review: Kanex's GoPower Watch portable battery for Apple Watch is good, but would be great with a Lightning port" AppleInsider 2/11
  • "Nike+ Run Club app is borking my runs, and I blame Apple Watch Nike+" Cult of Mac 2/11
  • "Can photos from your phone look like they were 'Shot on iPhone 7'? We put images from rival handsets up against Apple's ultimate snaps" TechRadar UK 2/11
  • "A House of Many Doors review: Eviction notice/This house is too buggy and repetitive, with too much empty space" [Steam: Mac/Windows] Ars Technica 2/11
  • "First look: Apple's BeatsX earphones with integrated W1 chip" AppleInsider 2/10
  • "Unboxing the Beats X with W1 Chip" iMore 2/10
  • "Eero Lets You Say Goodbye to Slow Wi-Fi Forever" AppAdvice 2/10
  • "Four USB 3.1 Gen2 Ports + Four USB 3.1 Gen2 SSDs = 2000MB/s" Bare Feats 2/10
  • "Moov HR Sweat review: This heart rate-tracking headband will kick your butt" Macworld 2/10
  • "The Mujjo Sleeve looks classy and keeps your Mac notebook safe as you travel" iDownload Blog 2/10
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPhone Email Showdown: Spark vs. Airmail" Lifehacker 10:28 AM
  • "Never Miss A Good iTunes Store Deal With This App" Apple Must 8:57 AM
  • "Winnie app is great help to parents with kids" Newsday 2/11
  • "First look at Tesla's new mobile app with new UI, touch ID, and widgets" 9to5Mac 2/10
  • "Best apps to track your cellular data usage" iMore 2/10
  • "'Xenoraid' Review - The 'Marvel vs. Capcom' of Shmups" Touch Arcade 2/10
  • "'Stagehand' Review - A Pay-Once, Endless, Score Chaser in 2017 Feels Weird" Touch Arcade 2/10
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Didn't Mean To Delete That? Here's How To Recover Deleted Text Messages On Your iPhone" Digital Trends 9:05 AM
  • "How to Get Past Customs Without Giving Up Your Digital Privacy" Wired 9:02 AM
  • "How to track your sleep using Apple Watch or iPhone with these third-party apps" 9to5Mac 2/11
  • "Become Tech Savvy: iCloud Keychain and answering your common password management concerns" 9to5Mac 2/11
  • "How to enable and use two-step verification on WhatsApp" iDownload Blog 2/10
Tips
  • "How to enable two-step verification in WhatsApp for Apple's iPhone" AppleInsider 2/10
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "2017 MacBook Pro Update: One Thing Matters (Besides Release Date)" Forbes 2/11
  • "Apple CEO Cook: 'Fake news' is 'killing people's minds'" MacDailyNews 2/11
  • "Apple's attempt to follow Amazon, Microsoft, and Google into cloud services won't be easy" Digital Trends 2/11
  • "I Miss Using the Apple Remote to Control iTunes Playback on My Computer" Kirkville 2/11
  • "Mythperceptions: No, Apple is actually pretty good at design" Macworld 2/11
  • "Here's what Tim Cook said about 'fake news' (Video)" Apple 3.0 2/11
  • "Apple, Kill the LG UltraFine 5K and Make Your Own Displays" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "Apple VR And Apple Watch" Mac360 2/10
  • "On the future of the iPad" The Loop 2/10
  • "Why Apple's next iPhone won't cost $1,000" Apple 3.0 2/10
  • "What A 10 Year Anniversary iPhone 8 Needs" Mac360 2/10
  • "I want an Magic Trackpad for the Mac with Apple Pencil support" Apple World Today 2/10
Non-Apple
  • "Passengers jailed five days in China for phone use on plane" CNET 11:00 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch: Destined for greatness or one last roll of the dice?" Telegraph 9:25 AM
  • "Google Test Of AI's Killer Instinct Shows We Should Be Very Careful" Gizmodo 2/11
  • "Samsung's latest Chromebook shows the future of Google's laptops — but it has a long way to go" Business Insider 2/11
  • "Samsung Chromebook Pro Review Roundup: An Affordable MacBook Alternative?" Tech Times 2/11
  • "Valentine's Day tech gifts - Video" ZDNet 2/10
  • "The LG Watch Sport is beautiful precisely because it's big: When it comes to watches, big is most definitely better" The Verge 2/10
  • "Samsung's Chromebook Pro Wants to Be the Future, But It's Not" Wired 2/10
  • "I'm a digital hoarder and please don't tell me to stop" Mashable 2/10
  • "Nintendo Switch: Will kids even care?" CNET 2/10
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Best turn-by-turn navigation apps for iPhone" iMore 9:06 AM
  • "Cognitive Systems Announces Aura Home Monitoring System" The Mac Observer 2/10
  • "New App Helps Bring Patients Back to Life After Heart Stops" PRNewswire 2/10
Computer Industry
  • "Intel's new 'Threat Landscape Dashboard' keeps you up to date on hip malware" The Next Web 9:08 AM
  • "Intel Corporation Expects to Grow Client Computing Group Profit Margin" The Motley Fool 10:28 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen Processor Family Detailed With 65W And 95W TDP SKUs" HotHardware 4:00 PM
  • "AMD's 8-Core Ryzen 7 1700X Allegedly Delivers Core i7-6900K Performance At A Bargain $389 Price" HotHardware 4:00 PM
  • "AMD Ryzen Biggest Leak Yet: Amazing Benchmarks And Prices Starting At Just $129" Forbes 11:01 AM
  • "Oracle has filed an appeal in its copyright lawsuit against Google" Recode 12:50 PM
  • "Oracle refuses to accept pro-Google 'fair use' verdict in API battle: Oracle insinuates Google was 'a plagiarist' that committed 'classic unfair use.'" Ars Technica 9:25 AM
  • "South Korea prosecutor to summon Samsung's Lee again on suspicion of bribery" Reuters 8:59 AM
  • "Samsung chief appears for second round of questions in graft probe" Reuters 9:10 PM
  • "Samsung boss summoned for second time over presidential scandal" ZDNet 9:11 PM
  • "Workplace wearables raise new privacy dilemmas for staff, firms" ReadWrite 9:02 AM
  • "Eye tracking technology will change these 4 domains" The Next Web 9:08 AM
  • "Seattle Judge allows Microsoft's gag order lawsuit against government to proceed" MSPoweruser 2/11
  • "Microsoft's Lawsuit Against US Government Will Continue" The Marshalltown 2/11
  • "Windows Phones Really Have an App Quality Problem: Long-time Windows phone users are certainly aware that one of the most criticized aspects of Microsoft's smartphone platform was the lack of apps, mostly because some very popular apps, such as Google's, were (and still are) missing." Softpedia 2/11
  • "Microsoft Azure Beefs Up Data Protection Capability, Adding A New Killer Recovery Feature On Board" University Herald 2/11
  • "Microsoft just beefed up Windows and Office 365 enterprise security features" TechSpot 2/11
  • "Intel's 8th-gen Core processors won't be revolutionary" Engadget 2/11
  • "Intel Corporation Lowers Long-Term Data Center Growth Forecast" The Motley Fool 2/11
  • "Data Center, New Initiatives Top Agenda at Intel's Investor Day" PC Magazine 2/11
  • "H&R Block Gets IBM's Watson for Your Taxes" Investopedia 2/11
  • "Oracle refuses to accept pro-Google 'fair use' verdict in API battle" Ars Technica 2/11
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Chart: How Apple and the FANG stack up/Apple leads in revenue, Facebook in growth, Netflix in price to earnings, Google in P/E to growth." Apple 3.0 6:07 PM
  • "Apple Is Best Performing Dow Stock of 2017" 24/7 Wall St. 9:08 AM
  • "Apple is driving the Nasdaq 100 – but can it keep its foot on the gas? Traders weigh in" CNBC 2/11
  • "Apple Short Interest Hits 47 Million Shares" 24/7 Wall St. 2/10
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq book records, log 3rd straight weekly gain: Mead Johnson, Nvidia, Activision among top performers" MarketWatch 2/10
  • "Wall Street Scores New Records Amid Trump's Tax Reform Promises: All three major U.S. indexes closed at record highs for the second consecutive day as investors hope for a U.S. tax reform plan in the coming weeks." TheStreet 2/10
  • "Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq close out strong week at record highs" Associated Press 2/10
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise to New Records: President Donald Trump said his goal of lowering taxes for businesses was moving 'ahead of schedule'" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 2/10
  • "Nikkei soars, other Asian markets gain on Trump's tax-reform remarks: Stocks and the dollar rebounded Friday, with Asian markets coming back to life after a listless Thursday as President Donald Trump said he would soon announce tax-reform measures." MarketWatch 2/10
  • "European stocks end at 2-week high, boosted by Chinese data, earnings: European stocks advanced for a fourth straight day on Friday, boosted by optimism over strong export data from China and a round of upbeat corporate results." MarketWatch 2/10

 
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