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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Consumer group considering criminal case against Apple: A consumer group filing a civil suit against Apple on behalf of over 100 plaintiffs for damages related to a recent software update that slowed down older iPhone models said Thursday that they are also considering preparing a criminal case."  The Korea Herald 9:33 AM
  • "Apple Faces US Senate Questions About Free Battery Replacement" Silicon UK 9:35 AM
  • "Apple's China iCloud data migration sweeps up international user accounts"  TechCrunch 7:53 AM
  • "Apple hands Chinese iCloud to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry: Doing business in China means keeping everything in Chinese hands behind the great firewall" The Register 7:51 AM
  • "Tax Plan Quirk May Give Apple $4 Billion Boost" [Video Report] Bloomberg 3:21 PM
  • "U.S. loophole could shave billions off Apple's next tax bill" Cult of Mac 8:16 AM
  • "Judge Says Apple, Qualcomm Should Face Patent Suit In Fla." Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:26 AM
  • "Apple Says Secret Lobbying Campaign Swayed PTO Trial: Apple claims that its opponent contacted senior administration officials and the judges presiding over the case, swaying the outcome of an inter partes review proceeding."  The Recorder 8:27 PM
  • "Apple claims VoIP-Pal secretly lobbied judges, USPTO officials in patent case" AppleInsider 8:28 PM
OS X
News
  • "Mac password flaw leaves Apple red-faced" Telegraph 8:17 AM
  • "Another password flaw has been discovered in Apple's MacOS" V3 8:14 AM
  • "macOS High Sierra lets you unlock App Store preferences with any password" BetaNews 8:17 AM
  • "Safari Technology Preview 47 for Mac Release Includes Spectre Mitigations" MacTrast 8:14 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "macOS 10.12 Sierra review: Apple's desktop operating system has found its voice" TechRadar UK 9:35 AM
  • "How to Do More With Apple's Photos App: Part 2" Envato Tuts+ 5:33 PM
  • "5 printing secrets every Mac user needs" Computerworld 8:46 AM
  • "How to Quickly Save a Photo to iCloud Drive on Your iOS Device" MacTrast 8:13 AM
  • "How to Write an .img to SD Card on Mac the Easy Way with Etcher" OS X Daily 2:27 PM
  • "How to fix the location on mistagged photos: If the geotagging coordinates are wrong, you can use Photos or other software to fix them." Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "Cassandra: Live Photos on the Mac -Another Trick up Apple's Sleeve" eXtensions 7:35 AM
  • "Expanding Your Save As PDF Options" MacMost 10:33 AM
  • "How to use apps in full screen or Split View in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:34 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Civilization 6 on Mac: Can you run it?" Mac Gamer HQ 7:35 PM
  • "Is Apple Even Paying Attention To macOS Security Anymore?"  How-To Geek 9:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Microsoft Brings PowerShell Core to Windows, macOS, and Linux" Thurrott 12:50 PM
  • "Microsoft delivers PowerShell Core for Windows, Linux, macOS: Microsoft is making generally available PowerShell Core 6.0, a version of PowerShell built on .NET Core that runs not just on Windows, but also macOS and Linux. But beware breaking changes." ZDNet 8:54 AM
  • "Twinmotion 2018: A remarkable VR solution for Apple." Abvent 8:49 AM
  • "Jamf Now makes it easy to set up, manage, protect Apple devices" Apple World Today 7:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "More than 100 CEOs urge Congress to protect Dreamers" ["The letter was signed by more than a hundred major executives, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook of Apple, Microsoft president Brad Smith, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam."] The Hill 7:57 AM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook, other business leaders urge Congress to save DACA program" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook and More Than 100 CEOs Urge Congress to Protect Dreamers" MacRumors 7:58 AM
  • "FBI Hacker Says Apple Are 'Jerks' and 'Evil Geniuses' for Encrypting iPhones: An FBI forensic expert lambasted Apple for making iPhones hard to hack into."  Motherboard 8:30 AM
  • "FBI Agent Whines About iOS Encryption, Calling Apple 'Evil Geniuses and Jerks" The Mac Observer 12:08 PM
  • "Early iPhone designer calls on Apple to curb tech addiction" CNNMoney 4:22 PM
  • "'See' is Apple's latest original series, helmed by Hunger Games director" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "Apple orders sci-fi drama from 'Hunger Games' director" Engadget 8:50 AM
  • "Apple Health Data Is Being Used as Evidence in a Rape and Murder Investigation: German authorities cracked a man's iPhone and found out what he was up to."  Motherboard 12:23 PM
  • "Health data being used as evidence in murder investigation after possible iPhone 6s crack" 9to5Mac 12:23 PM
  • "Apple holding 'Today at Apple' sessions w/ Wu-Tang Clan frontman RZA" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "British children's watchdog wants parents to ban their kids from using 'addictive' Snapchat" 9to5Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Siri gets knowledgeable about tennis and golf" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook plans major changes to news feed" BBC 8:26 PM
  • "Funnily enough, small-town broadband cheaper than big cable packages, say Harvard eggheads: Why can't we have this in more places? Oh, right, lobbyists" The Register 8:06 PM
  • "Google is doing away with Chrome's parental control program" CNNMoney 8:00 PM
  • "Speed freaks rejoice, because USB could get twice as fast" CNET 12:54 PM
  • "Dropbox Files Confidentially for U.S. IPO" Bloomberg 12:22 PM
  • "Dropbox is finally, finally going public" Recode 12:22 PM
  • "The company that Steve Jobs called 'a feature' files for $10B IPO" 9to5Mac 12:22 PM
  • "Google quietly bought a UK startup that turns your screen into a speaker" The Verge 8:31 AM
  • "States Push Back After Net Neutrality Repeal" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:04 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "155: iPhone SE 2 rumors, iOS parental controls & Apple AirPort's future Happy Hour" 9to5Mac 3:59 PM
  • "iMore show 589: Hue've Got a Friend in Me/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 3:58 PM
  • "#37: Robot, Hold My Beer/It's CES week, so there's a lot to talk about in the world of voice assistants, robots that may not be robots, cars, impractical televisions, smart bathrooms, and more." Relay FM: Download 3:22 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "MacBook users claim Apple overstates standby battery life and resists repairs"  VentureBeat 2:25 PM
  • "China smartphone vendors seeking mini LED-backlit panel supply" ["The vendors speculate Apple may extend use of AMOLED panels to its iPhone devices to be launched in 2018, occupying more of Samsung Display's AMOLED production, the sources said. While Samsung Electronics is showcasing a 146-inch modular micro LED-backlit TV at CES 2018, commercial application of micro LED TV applications is quite unlikely to take off in 2018, the sources noted."] DigiTimes 7:45 AM
  • "Apple servers briefly enabled signing of older iOS firmwares, allowing users to downgrade to earlier versions" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "Apple suppliers drove record Taiwan tech revenue in December: Analysts cut forecasts for 1Q18 as iPhone X sales disappoint" Nikkei 8:54 AM
  • "Apple files for a patent related to its upcoming AirPower charger" Apple World Today 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.2.5 to Developers and Public Beta Testers" MacRumors 12:20 PM
  • "Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta for iPhone and iPad" 9to5Mac 12:20 PM
  • "Rejigged iOS Security Guide details Apple Pay Cash, other iOS 11 improvements" AppleInsider 7:53 PM
  • "Apple makes fifth iOS 11.2.5 developer's beta available for testing" AppleInsider 12:51 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "Apple Delays iPhone 6 Plus Battery Replacements Until March-April Due to Limited Supply" MacRumors 9:54 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "9" iPad Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:35 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "8-core and 10-core iMac Pros Running Pro Apps (Part Two)" Bare Feats 10:51 AM
  • "Review: Marshall Stanmore AirPlay speaker delivers firm's signature sound & looks" 9to5Mac 10:09 AM
  • "Review: Fiio F9 Pro In-Ear Headphones" iLounge 12:51 PM
  • "Hands-on with DJI's new Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal at CES 2018" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
  • "Hands-on with Belkin's new lineup of wireless chargers at CES 2018" iDownload Blog 8:17 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Rusty Lake Paradise' Review - Where Everyone Knows Everyone and Nothing is What it Seems" Touch Arcade 8:13 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Your iPhone Has Tracked Your Every Move – Here's How to See the Map" iDrop News 7:19 PM
  • "How to easily share access to your Wi-Fi network without revealing the password" iDownload Blog 4:50 PM
  • "How to use Portrait Mode on an older iPhone" iMore 2:26 PM
  • "How to Cure a Sluggish iPhone" Mashable 10:37 AM
  • "How to repair or replace broken AirPods" iMore 9:54 AM
  • "How to fix slow multitasking on iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "PSA: How U.S. iCloud users can ensure their data isn't migrated to (vulnerable?) Chinese servers" 9to5Mac 8:03 AM
  • "HomeKit FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple's smart home ecosystem/HomeKit is Apple's way of bringing together your smart home products in a unified and secure fashion." Macworld 7:56 AM
Tips
  • "Fix: how to remove a stuck music player widget from your iPhone Lock screen" iDownload Blog 10:09 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Will Apple's battery bombshell drain smartphone sales?" Boston Globe 7:19 PM
  • "The Making of Apple's Emoji: How designing these tiny icons changed my life" Medium: Angela Guzman 3:22 PM
  • "How Apple stays stuck with Samsung" Apple Must 2:17 PM
  • "Mr. Cook, Bring Back Apple's Most Important Financial Metric"  BloombergGadfly 10:38 AM
  • "Use Both Apple Music and Spotify to Make One Good App" Lifehacker 10:37 AM
  • "Apple's iOS platform advantage in fixing bugs is beating Google's Android"  AppleInsider 10:37 AM
  • "Apple under investigation: how consumers are impacted" Al Jazeera 9:34 AM
  • "Jim Cramer: Apple has become a punching bag" iDownload Blog 8:48 AM
  • "Why Jana Is Wrong About Apple" RealMoney 8:33 AM
  • "Just do it: Speeding up the iPhone treadmill" Macworld 8:13 AM
  • "No More Surprise Screenshots Please" Jeremy Burge 8:12 AM
  • "Spectacularly bad Apple advice, revisited" Apple 3.0 8:09 AM
  • "What the iPhone, iPad, and iOS need in 2018"  Macworld 7:56 AM
  • "ScreenShield — a Third-Party SDK That Somehow Allows iOS Apps to Prevent Screenshots"  Daring Fireball 7:56 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Welcome to the post-OS era: It's the virtual assistant's world now. The operating system is just living in it." Computerworld 12:20 PM
  • "Is Amazon Going to Rule the World?" [Video] MarketWatch 8:20 AM
Humor/Cartoons
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "CarPlay will soon have AM/FM integration with Gracenote" 9to5Mac 8:27 PM
  • "Want radio with Apple CarPlay? Gracenote has an app for that" CNET 8:27 PM
  • "Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Declined 2 Percent in 4Q17 and 2.8 Percent for the Year" [Apple #4] Business Wire 7:37 PM
  • "Waze announces in-car mapping for iOS users w/ Ford Sync 3" 9to5Mac 7:35 PM
  • "The selfie stick just got an upgrade" Mashable 3:22 PM
  • "Scosche intros new iPhone-compatible MagicMount Charge & Elite lines" AppleInsider 3:21 PM
  • "Best HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories announced at CES 2018" iMore 12:20 PM
  • "All-New Honda Insight Prototype Redefines Segment while Expanding Honda's Electrified Vehicle Lineup English: -" PRNewswire 8:57 AM
  • "The New Home for Church Engagement on Mobile" PRNewswire 8:56 AM
  • "Matias Announces RGB-Backlit Version of Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac" MacTrast 8:14 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel CEO releases 'security-first pledge' to restore confidence" FOXBusiness Videos 3:58 PM
  • "Intel says patches can cause reboot problems in old chips" Reuters 7:35 PM
  • "Intel and Microsoft sow confusion over security flaw" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:55 PM
  • "Intel: Spectre and Meltdown fixes should make PCs only 10 per cent slower, at most" Computing 8:17 AM
  • "Intel Provides More Performance Data Results for Patched Client Systems" CDR Info 8:13 AM
  • "Intel releases benchmark results detailing Meltdown patch performance slowdown" BetaNews 7:36 AM
  • "Intel: Chip-security fixes leave PCs no more than 10% slower" Fin24Tech 8:12 AM
  • "Intel demonstrates coordinated 250 drone lightshow as a fireworks alternative" E&T 8:16 AM
  • "Intel has hit a 'major breakthrough' in quantum computing" IT PRO 8:14 AM
  • "Microsoft Pulls Spectre, Meltdown Patches for Older AMD Systems" FARS News Agency 8:08 AM
  • "Microsoft claims Windows 10 has a 'much larger install base' than Windows 7" MSPoweruser 8:58 AM
  • "Microsoft details Windows 10 security, touts it as a 'worthy upgrade'" Neowin 8:58 AM
  • "Saying goodbye to Windows 8: Where did it all go wrong?" ZDNet 8:57 AM
  • "Windows 7 takes biggest performance hit from emergency Meltdown, Spectre updates" Computerworld 8:56 AM
  • "Microsoft Confirms More Cortana-Powered Devices In 2018" Silicon UK 8:53 AM
  • "Microsoft to recruit 200 people for a new AI R&D center in Taiwan" Taiwan News 8:51 AM
  • "Microsoft creates several 'Reality Rooms' at Garage locations" MSPoweruser 8:50 AM
  • "IBM Names New Finance Chief Amid Management Reshuffle: James Kavanaugh to succeed Martin Schroeter, who will move to new position within the company" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:50 PM
  • "Black & Blue: IBM hires Bain to cut costs, up productivity" The Register 8:31 AM
  • "BT wants to connect your data centre to IBM Cloud" IT PRO 8:30 AM
  • "IBM's Irish operation shows the importance of filing patents" Irish Times 8:29 AM
  • "Emirates Airline and IBM sign major IT deal" Meed 8:29 AM
  • "Dell Mobile Connect looks to streamline mobile working" ITProPortal 8:23 AM
  • "Dell's lovely recycled computer jewellery is just the beginning" The Memo 8:23 AM
  • "CES 2018: Dell launches jewelry line, uses recycled gold" News Bytes 8:22 AM
  • "Dell targets e-waste with recycled gold initiative" edie.Net 8:22 AM
  • "Gaming laptops are cheap and portable at CES 2018" Engadget 7:45 AM
  • "AMD is releasing Spectre firmware updates to fix CPU vulnerabilities" The Verge 5:32 PM
  • "AMD chips exposed to both variants of Spectre security flaw" Reuters 4:51 PM
  • "AMD Changes Stance, Admits to Chip Vulnerabilities" Bloomberg Video 7:18 PM
  • "AMD Acknowledges Vulnerabilities That Put Chips at Risk [Video] Bloomberg Video 4:50 PM
  • "AMD's Mark Papermaster on why its collab with Intel is good for Radeon fans" Digital Trends 8:09 AM
  • "AMD Responds To Microsoft Spectre Patch That Bricks PCs" SegmentNext 8:07 AM
  • "AMD Vega And Nvidia Pascal GTX 10 Series Prices Are High As Snoop Dogg Right Now" SegmentNext 8:08 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2400G With Radeon Vega Graphics Benchmarks Are Impressive Compared To Intel 7700, 7600 And 8705G" SegmentNext 8:07 AM
  • "Shared services plan: UK.gov hitches wagon to cloudy Oracle offering" The Register 8:06 AM
  • "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd on the looming transformation of enterprise IT" Diginomica 8:06 AM
  • "CES 2018: Hyundai and Cisco bring SDN to the automobile" ComputerWeekly 8:04 AM
  • "Cisco Rolls Out Solution to Detect Malware in Encrypted Traffic" Bleeping Computer 8:03 AM
  • "Cisco ETA solves key cybersecurity issue" Tech Central 8:03 AM
  • "Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic" The Register 8:02 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "This Could Make Or Break Apple's 2018" Seeking Alpha 10:56 AM
Industry News
  • "Major stock indexes close at records ahead of earnings: Russell 2000 joins main benchmarks to trade at all-time high" MarketWatch 4:05 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Rocket to New Records: The Dow jumped 205 points on Thursday to secure a new record close." TheStreet 4:05 PM
  • "Wall Street rises with oil prices, earnings optimism" Reuters 4:04 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rebound as Energy Shares Surge: S&P 500 has risen seven of the first eight trading sessions of the year" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:03 PM
  • "Asia-Pacific stocks driven lower by weaker U.S. dollar: Stronger local currencies gave investors a reason to sell equities across parts of the Asia-Pacific on Thursday, amid recent record and multiyear highs" MarketWatch 6:57 AM
  • "European stocks drop as retailers fall, euro leaps on hawkish ECB prospects: European stocks finished at their lowest in a week Thursday, as investors considered a signal from the European Central Bank that it's positioning for a more hawkish view on monetary policy." MarketWatch 12:38 PM

 
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