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Agree/Disagree: OS X and iOS are declining in quality? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Monday Highlights: Are iOS and OS X declining in quality? According to Forbes' Anthony Wing Kosner the answer is yes, and that's a problem for "Apple's future growth and retention"; two conflicting reports: one saying Apple to dominate wearable tech sector, the other that consumers are not get sold on the Apple Watch, in fact consumer interest has been "steadily declining"; those participating in Yosemite beta program can now upgrade to version 10.10.2 beta; Amsys begins series on hidden features in Yosemite; Apple Gazette shows how to customize notification center in Yosemite; CNET looks at how Apple's polish returned in 2014 thanks in part to blockbuster iPhone 6; Michelle Quinn at the San Jose Mercury News wonders why Apple's Health app did not include features for women, specifically menstrual cycle tracking; Walt Disney World begins accepting Apple Pay beginning this holiday season, additional reports in our General Interest section; Steve Wozniak looking to settle down in Australia as retirement nears; according to DigiTimes Apple supply chain is beginning preparations for new MacBook Airs and the Apple Watch; iFixit has a how-to for those needing to solder parts while repairing electronics.

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  • "Declining iOS and OS X Quality Imperil Apple's Future Growth And Retention: The iPhone 6 has set sales records since its first week of release and led to Apple's most profitable quarter ever. There have been some bumps in the road, but the market—and Apple's customers—continue to have that loving feeling. What could possibly go wrong? In a word, software."  Forbes 8:47 AM
  • "The iPhone Was Different: Apple is currently an iPhone company with ancillary iPad, Mac, and software businesses. Few would have expected the iPhone to not only represent 60% of Apple's overall revenue within a few years after launch, but also transform the mobile industry in the process. Steve Jobs' initial goal was for the iPhone to sell 10 million units (capture 1% of the phone market) in 2008. Six years later, Apple sold 169 million iPhones in 2014 (8% share of a much bigger phone market)." Above Avalon 12:45 PM
  • "Apple set to totally dominate the wearable tech sector" BetaNews 8:50 AM
  • "Consumers not sold on Apple Watch without more details, analyst says: Only 7 percent of iPhone buyers polled by analyst Gene Munster intend to buy Apple's upcoming smartwatch, down from 8 percent in September."  CNET 9:38 AM
  • "Consumer Interest In The Apple Watch Has Been Steadily Declining Since September" Business Insider 8:50 AM
  • "Samsung argues Apple still can't tie patented features to lost sales, latest bid for ban should fail" Foss Patents 8:53 AM
  • "Apple releases critical security update for OS X NTP services vulnerability" AppleInsider 4:02 PM
  • "Apple Issues Network Time Protocol Security Fix for OS X Users" MacRumors 4:02 PM
  • "Apple Releases 'Critical' OS X NTP Security Update for Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion" The Mac Observer 4:02 PM
  • "Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update; Mac users advised to install ASAP" MacDailyNews 4:02 PM
  • "Apple's Mac EFI found vulnerable to bootkit attack via rogue Thunderbolt devices" AppleInsider 2:27 PM
  • "Cassandra: OS X NTP Security Update -ntpd" eXtensions 6:15 PM
  • "How to remove MacKeeper Part II (the pop-up edition)" Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "OS X Yosemite hidden feature series – Part 1" Amsys 8:04 AM
  • "DockPhone Is The Phone Dialer Apple Forgot To Put In Yosemite" TechCrunch 8:21 AM
  • "How to Customize Notification Center in OS X Yosemite" Apple Gazette 9:34 AM
  • "An Easier, Faster Way To Send Stuff To Home, School, Or Office Macs And PCs" Mac 360 8:18 AM
  • "Forget The Dock! Launch Apps, Files, Folders From A Ring Menu" BohemianBoomer 8:18 AM
  • "How To Export Music From iTunes" Mac 360 8:18 AM
  • "Try The Free Photo App Every Mac User Needs (this year, maybe not next year)" NoodleMac 8:18 AM
  • "Free: The Mac's Only Red Hot Timer" TeraTalks 8:18 AM
  • "Try The Free Photo App Every Mac User Needs (this year, maybe not next year)" NoodleMac 8:17 AM
  • "How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype" Macworld 8:46 AM
Press Releases
  • "Give your Mac a voice-activated self destruct sequence" Cult of Mac 9:35 AM
  • "ExactScan Pro 2.57 - the hundredth free update to Xmas" ExactCODE 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "How Apple got its polish back in 2014: The tech giant bounced back from a less-than-impressive 2013, introducing the blockbuster iPhone 6 and making its biggest-ever acquisition." CNET 8:57 AM
  • "Hey Apple Health, did you forget about women? Apple's new Health app appears to track everything measurable about the body -- sleep patterns, blood alcohol content, heart rate, inhaler usage, times fallen, you name it. ... But the app doesn't yet offer a way for women to track their menstrual cycles, something that many health professionals consider essential."  San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 10:02 AM
  • "Samsung, Microsoft and Bose Challenge Apple's Supremacy Among College Students" Chegg Media Center 5:10 PM
  • "As expected, Walt Disney World will start accepting Apple Pay in time for the holidays" 9to5Mac 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Pay launching at Walt Disney World on Christmas Eve, Disneyland in 2015" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "Pegatron to probe China plant over worker mistreatment claims" DigiTimes 6:33 PM
  • "Apple Boosts IPhone Prices in Russia 35% After Ruble Plunges" Bloomberg 9:57 AM
  • "Apple hikes iPhone price in Russia on sliding ruble" CNBC 10:02 AM
  • "Russian Apple Online Store returns ... with iPhone 6 prices now 35% higher compared to a week ago" 9to5Mac 9:37 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak expects Apple Watch and Google Glass to flop" TechnologyTell 11:58 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak on track to become Australian citizen: Apple co-founder eyeing Down Under as potential retirement spot." Ars Technica 12:07 PM
  • "Pegatron insists it does all it can to keep workers happy" Cult of Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Accidental iPhone developer gets handed lemons by life, makes lemonade" 9to5Mac 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft courts Apple Mac users with Surface Pro 3 switcher site" GeekWire 1:02 PM
  • "Microsoft continues to target the MacBook Air w/ new Surface Pro 3 'Switch' site" 9to5Mac 2:27 PM
  • "Apple expands its social presence with new iTunes Tumblr blog" 9to5Mac 9:59 AM
  • "Teenage girls fill Apple Store with Christmas spirit in adorable dance video" TUAW 5:52 PM
  • "Kate Winslet Might Star In The Next Steve Jobs Movie" Business Insider 8:58 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Open the Book, Put Down the Tablet at Bedtime: New Study Examines Devices' Impact on the Body's Circadian Clock" [Paid Membership Required] 3:36 PM
  • "Edu-apps may be stalking your kids, feds warn: Vendors scolded over possible privacy violations" The Register 3:32 PM
  • "Forecast: Workplace Trends, Choices and Technologies for 2015" Re/code 12:08 PM
  • "Report: Amazon Fire Phone 2 Expected in 2016" PC Magazine 9:35 AM
  • "Tech's Next Battleground: The NBA" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:34 AM
  • "Weekly Podcast Episode 116: Racing To The App Store Finish Line For 2014" Apple'n'Apps 2:26 PM
  • "Jeff Carlson Schools You on Adobe Photoshop Elements 13" MacVoices 12:41 PM
  • "Apple supply chain preparing for new MacBook Air and Apple Watch" DigiTimes 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015" MacRumors 8:22 AM
  • "Rumor Claims 12-inch iPad Production Coming in Early 2015" The Mac Observer 8:53 AM
  • "Rumor: 12.2' MacBook Air entering mass production in the first quarter of 2015" iDownload Blog 10:28 AM
  • "Wistron manufacturer to assemble less than 10% of iPhone 6 units" AppleDailyReport 8:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Zombie Smasher For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:23 AM
  • "Don't Run With a Plasma Sword For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:23 AM
  • "Demolition Master HD: Project Implode All For iPad And Demolition Master: Project Implode All For iPhone Are Free Today (Was $1.99/$0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:23 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:23 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:23 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:23 AM

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  • "iPhone 6 Vs Galaxy S5 Review: Apple Gatecrashes Samsung" Forbes 12:43 PM
  • "Review: Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus hangs wide-angle + macro lenses from your neck" 9to5Mac 12:06 PM
  • "Using the LoopPay CardCase in the real world: The added bulk does not outweigh the convenience" The Verge 8:57 AM
  • "Review: Just Mobile's TopGum adds glam + a magnetic charging base to a 6,000mAh battery" 9to5Mac 8:45 AM
  • "Using your iPad as a second Final Cut Pro X display with the $10 Duet app" 8:50 AM
  • "Review: ThinkSound On1 Monitor Series On Ear Headphones" Run Around Tech 9:03 AM
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  • "Oceans (for iPad) Review & Rating" PC Magazine 5:38 PM
  • "Hands On: Calista (iOS)" MacNN 3:36 PM
  • "Review: Seahawks star Richard Sherman's word game has enough swag to impress this 49ers fan" GeekWire 9:35 AM
  • "Next Keyboard could be the first iOS 8 keyboard done right" iDownload Blog 3:34 PM
  • "'RPG Shelterra The Skyworld' Review - Shelterra Vetus" Touch Arcade 3:35 PM
  • "Appidemic: Musi - Unlimited Free Music for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:50 AM
  • "Stair: Slide the Blocks to Ascend review – the name says it all" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "'Annoying Cab' Review - Just Plain Annoying" Touch Arcade 10:28 AM
  • "Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple Review/This powerful app lets users accomplish multiple tasks at touch of a button in a way that is more visual than some of the competition." 148Apps 9:35 AM
  • "My Little Monster Review: What's it worth to make your own monster?" 148Apps 8:26 AM
  • "How to Check for a Carrier Settings Update on iPhone" OS X Daily 3:31 PM
  • "How To Turn Off Keyboard Click Sound On iPhone" Redmond Pie 2:26 PM
  • "How to Solder: A Beginner's Guide/Sometimes, repairing electronics requires more than just spudgering up a few connectors and swapping out the offending parts. Sometimes batteries are soldered to the motherboard. Other times, the connectors themselves need to be replaced. And that means you're gonna need to be break out the soldering workstation." iFixit 12:08 PM
  • "How to avoid taking lousy iPhone holiday photos" Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "PadGadget's iPad Tips: How to add a Credit Card to Safari Keychain using the iPad Camera" PadGadget 6:15 PM
  • "Apple Pay FAQs: Apple sets up London-based Apple Pay team for UK launch" Macworld UK 8:53 AM
  • "Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on Surface Pro, how he was once an Apple guy" Engadget 1:04 PM
  • "Op-Ed: Those bold Apple predictions for 2014 were largely off the mark" AppAdvice 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Will Earn $3 Billion Because The iPhone 6 Starts With A Pitiful Amount Of Storage" Business Insider 9:37 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Plus versus iPad Mini 3: What Should You Buy This Holiday Season?" Tech Times 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Pay: What the Early Numbers Are Telling Us" Forbes 8:50 AM
  • "The Diamond iWatch: The Ultimate Luxury in Wearables" Apple Gazette 8:50 AM
  • "Rising price of movie tickets could benefit Apple and iTunes" AppleDailyReport 8:20 AM
  • "Hello? What Your Next Mac Will Have" Mac 360 8:07 AM
  • "The Worst Thing About Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Ad" PC Magazine 5:13 PM
  • "Survey: Nearly 8-in-10 Cord Cutters Won't Go Back" FairerPlatform 5:07 PM
  • "Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Compared" HotHardware 11:58 AM
  • "Here's Facebook's Best Hope With The Next Generation" Business Insider 10:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'Floppy Cloud' Is the Latest NES and Super Nintendo Emulator to Sneak onto the App Store" Touch Arcade 6:09 PM
  • "JailbreakCon 2015 is in the works, and this is how you can help" iDownload Blog 6:08 PM
  • "Ho Ho Ho! A Massive List of Holiday Sales is Here!" Touch Arcade 3:35 PM
  • "Dr. Mac's Tried and True Apple Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks (Part 3)" The Mac Observer 3:26 PM
  • "'Infinity Blade 3' at its Lowest Price Yet, $0.99" Touch Arcade 2:26 PM
  • "Crayola, Daqri Partner to Make Kids' Crayon Drawings 3-D" Re/code 12:15 PM
  • "Do you love the iPhone 6 but miss the iPhone 5's design? You need this $14 case" BGR 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Pay in-app checkout added to Ticketmaster, LoungeBuddy, more" 9to5Mac 11:58 AM
  • "Google+ iOS app adds higher resolution experience for iPhone 6/6 Plus Retina screens, more" 9to5Mac 10:28 AM
  • "A New Update Races onto Asphalt 8: Airborne" 148Apps 9:59 AM
  • "Interesting combination iPhone 6 stand/power case 'iStand 6' crowdsourcing campaign starts today" 9to5Mac 9:37 AM
  • "Jawbone and Big Ass Fans use the Internet of Things to help you sleep" Macworld 9:36 AM
  • "The iPhone Gets its Own Pocket-Sized Galaxy Trucker" 148Apps 8:56 AM
  • "Google+ gains iPhone 6 support, iOS 8 Share extension and polls" iDownload Blog 8:56 AM
  • "Best iOS 8 sharing and action extension apps for iPhone" iMore 8:56 AM
  • "Allarm: a cleverly named tweak that toggles all alarm clocks simultaneously" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "Prep for iMovie for iOS - Learn iOS iMovie Editing on your Mac" prMac 10:28 AM
  • "Quick Backup and Restore contacts from iPhone - Save to Dropbox" prMac 8:56 AM
  • "MAWA Media PTY. LTD. Introduces New Wild West Themed iOS App" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "Quizzly App - A unique gift for Christmas for your beloved ones" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "Christmassy Photo Editing App Will Embellish Your Photos These Holidays" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "eiiEntertains releases health and fitness app for Stand Up Paddleboards" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "Karelia Software Ships The Hit List for iPhone 2.0" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "PhatWare releases WritePad Pro - the most advanced iOS word processor" prMac 8:24 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 22: A Lone Holiday Party" The MUG Center 8:19 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's close call, 2014: The 10 wins and 9 fails of a company racing to transform itself" PCWorld 7:48 AM
  • "Just what exactly is Microsoft doing selling hardware?" Quartz 5:12 PM
  • "​Microsoft sues US-based 'phony tech support' outfit" ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft fires legal guns at tech support scammers" ITProPortal 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft files case against 'tech support' scammers" V3 7:48 AM
  • "Microsoft turned the ship in 2014" InfoWorld 8:37 AM
  • "Prevent programs from losing focus automatically in Windows" gHacks 7:56 AM
  • "Tech Analyst: Windows 10 Might Be as Successful as Windows 7" Softpedia 7:41 AM
  • "IBM empowers Chinese farmers with MobileFirst" Infotech Lead 5:12 PM
  • "Open Is The New Tack: IBM, Google Using OpenPOWER To Advance Intel Alternatives" Forbes 12:29 PM
  • "You can now buy HP's Chromebook 14 with a 1080p touchscreen" The Verge 12:35 PM
  • "HP adds a 14-inch touchscreen model to its Chromebook lineup" Gigaom 10:34 AM
  • "Intel and AMD will be betting more on semi custom designs in the coming years" WCCF Tech 5:10 PM
  • "Oracle Agrees to Buy Datalogix Holdings: Deal Spotlights Targeting of Marketers by Software Companies in Crafting Personalized Sales Pitches" [Paid Membership Required] 3:32 PM
  • "Oracle Pushes Deeper Into Marketing Cloud Business With Datalogix Deal" TheStreet 3:33 PM
  • "Will Oracle Stock be Helped Today by Datalogix Acquisition?" TheStreet 12:30 PM
  • "Oracle Continues March To Cloud Buying Data As A Service Broker Datalogix" TechCrunch 10:41 AM
  • "Oracle Buys Ad-Analytics Firm Datalogix" [Paid Membership Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Oracle buys Datalogix, beefs up digital marketing cloud" ZDNet 8:30 AM
  • "Oracle: Enterprise social must fit corporate culture" ZDNet 2:26 PM
  • "Salesforce: Oracle's M&A Highlights Need for Heightened Investment, Says Pivotal" Barron's 10:36 AM
  • "How A Cisco Exec Vanquished An Internet Troll And Saved 25 People" Business Insider 6:33 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "'I'd rather own Russia than Apple': Pro" CNBC 8:50 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb to Record Close in Broad Market Rally" TheStreet 5:06 PM
  • "US stock indexes mostly higher in morning trading, extending market rally into a fourth day" Associated Press 5:06 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise to Records: Major Indexes Have Gained For Four Consecutive Sessions" [Paid Membership Required] 5:05 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Asia stocks close mostly higher as crude, ruble rise/Most Asian stocks rose Monday, taking their cues from greater stability in crude oil prices and the Russian ruble, along with the U.S. Federal Reserve's indication last week it would take a slow approach to raising interest rates." MarketWatch 7:25 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European oil shares pull back, but benchmark logs gain/European stocks rose Monday, staking out gains during the holiday-shortened week, though the energy group lost steam as oil prices swung lower." MarketWatch 12:11 PM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 2:28 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 2:28 PM

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