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Wednesday Highlights: India appears to be willing to review mobile manufacturing policies, but not concessions, for Apple; Forbes' Jay Somaney believes the company's long-term success may depend on the forthcoming meeting with Indian officials; the US Federal Trade Commission files lawsuit against Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices by strong-arming Apple into using their LTE chips in iPhones; Jesus Vigo at TechRepublic "reflects on some of the features that make Apple's innovative smartphone an epic success"; there's a backdoor exploit on the Mac which can be used to target medical research firms; in a press release, MLG Automotive Law announces class-action lawsuit against Apple for putting profits before consumer safety by not using tech to prevent texting and driving; Stanford University will provide 1,000 Apple Watches for new healthcare program; might Apple's "next big thing" be the M1 chip?; and should Siri have an offline mode?

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "No concessions for Apple, but govt to review mobile manufacturing policy to boost the sector"  The Economic Times 6:57 AM
  • "India to consider Apple request for investment incentives with 'open mind'" Reuters 7:57 AM
  • "India may have found creative way to offer local iPhone manufacturing incentives to Apple" 9to5Mac 6:57 AM
  • "Apple's Long term Success Could Depend Upon Next Week's Meeting In India" Forbes 7:05 AM
  • "iPhone turns 10: Why it's still the smartphone to beat/For the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, an IT pro reflects on some of the features that make Apple's innovative smartphone an epic success."  TechRepublic 7:23 AM
  • "Qualcomm sued by FTC for alleged anti-competitive practices" ["One accusation claims that Qualcomm in 2007 it got Apple to agree not to use Intel-backed WiMax, the original 4G system used on the Sprint network in the US."] V3 7:28 AM
  • "FTC alleges Qualcomm forced Apple into iPhone LTE chip deals" BGR 7:22 AM
  • "Former Apple engineer: Tim Cook made Apple a 'boring operations company'/There's less internal conflict inside Apple — and that's not necessarily a good thing, according to one former employee."  CNBC 7:25 AM
  • "Tim Cook's rise to fame in 90-seconds" Telegraph 7:21 AM
OS X
News
  • "Malwarebytes discovers new 'Fruitfly' malware running antiquated code on macOS" 9to5Mac 9:51 AM
  • "'Ancient' Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms" The Register 9:51 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to Switch From a Mac to a Windows PC Without Losing Your Data" Gizmodo 8:03 AM
  • "How to Use Albums and Smart Albums in Apple Photos" Envato Tuts+ 7:19 AM
  • "Yet Another New Mac App Launcher" Mac360 7:46 AM
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Press Releases
  • "B-Eng introduces SSD Health Check for Mac OS" prMac 7:33 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "MLG Takes On Apple In Class Action, Demands Texting And Driving Safeguards" PRNewswire 9:24 AM
  • "Stanford will hand out 1,000 Apple Watches for new health program" Cult of Mac 7:20 AM
  • "Stanford University to hand up to 1,000 Apple Watch devices for new healthcare program" iDownload Blog 8:38 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Sales Set For Disappointing Decline" Forbes 7:45 AM
  • "Apple Palo Alto Store Temporarily Closed For Repairs After Burglary" Tech Times 9:25 AM
  • "iPhone message prank crashes phones with a single text" Telegraph 7:21 AM
  • "Simple text message crashes almost any iPhone" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "LTE-Broadcast has broad deployment models. What it doesn't have is the iPhone" The Register 7:18 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Remember Franklin's Apple II clone?" Cult of Mac 8:38 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "A cheap Android One phone could come to the US this year: Expect a $200 - $300 phone with two years of guaranteed software updates." Engadget 9:12 AM
  • "Mozilla's new logo is kinda ://: Who'd have thought crowdsourcing ideas would lead to something so ordinary?" Engadget 8:57 AM
  • "Mossberg: Lousy ads are ruining the online experience/But an alternative is elusive" The Verge 8:38 AM
  • "Samsung may have 'leaked' its Galaxy S8, and boy does it look gorgeous" Mashable 7:38 AM
  • "Galaxy Note 7 recall refuseniks face new action" BBC 7:02 AM
  • "Thousands warned they may be victims of rogue webmaster" BBC 7:02 AM
  • "Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail" BBC 7:02 AM
  • "Samsung's new phablet looks impressive, but good luck getting one: The Galaxy C9 Pro has a 6-inch screen, 6GB of RAM and 16MP cameras on both its front and back. But it's only officially available in China." CNET 6:59 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Episode 155: 'Before You Know It, You'll Be Photographing Your Food'" The Committed 7:22 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple Could Soon Announce An iPhone 6 Battery Replacement Program" AppAdvice 7:20 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:48 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:48 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:48 AM

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iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iBooks StoryTime is a fine Apple TV app for those who have children or grandchildren" Apple World Today 7:22 AM
  • "The backdoor that never was, and how to improve your security with WhatsApp" Macworld 6:58 AM
  • "Review: Prynt, the fun instant printer for the iPhone that brings Live Photos to life" 9to5Mac 9:25 AM
  • "How To Learn Almost Anything On A Mac, iPad, Or iPhone" TeraTalks 7:39 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Photo Gallery: Using Alexa on Your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device | SuperSite for Windows" SuperSite for Windows 9:24 AM
  • "How to back up your Apple TV (Spoiler alert! You can't)" iMore 7:22 AM
Tips
  • "Access Safari Passwords On Your iPhone" MacMost 9:41 AM
  • "7 iPhone Tips That Make You Look Smart" Apple Must 9:08 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple released its next big thing and nobody noticed" ["But when Apple introduced its new AirPods wireless EarPods back in September 2016, it also quietly took the lid off of the W1 chip, a little technology for improving Bluetooth audio that lays the groundwork for Apple's next big thing. It's already here, and it's going to make a big splash in the months and years to come."]  Business Insider 9:21 AM
  • "Here's the Apple iPhone 8 Concept You Need to See" AppAdvice 9:11 AM
  • "Will Apple's Next Great Thing Take Your Job?" NoodleMac 8:30 AM
  • "The Danger Of A New, New MacBook Pro" Mac360 8:30 AM
  • "Apple's Problem Competing Against Free" Mac360 8:29 AM
  • "Cowan: Apple's iPhone X still likely 'yuge'" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:03 AM
  • "Hey Siri, why don't you have an offline mode?"  Computerworld 7:15 AM
  • "AirPods wish list: 3 ways Apple can make its Bluetooth earphones even better/Apple's AirPods look a little funny, but Apple can improve more than just the design."  Macworld 6:57 AM
Non-Apple
  • "The smartest watches are still mechanical" The Verge 7:54 AM
  • "How to Solve Twitter's Biggest Problems" PC Magazine 7:33 AM
  • "Asus ZenWatch 3 Review: For a smartwatch, it certainly could be smarter" Wired 7:03 AM
  • "Choosing between Google Photos or Google Drive for image backups" Greenbot 7:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Music gains CBS Sports Radio for 24/7 streaming through dedicated channel for members" 9to5Mac 9:51 AM
  • "LiftMaster® Announces Launch Dates for Apple® HomeKit Compatibility" PRNewswire 9:24 AM
  • "Apple Pay expands to over a dozen more banks and credit unions around the US" 9to5Mac 9:12 AM
  • "Don't Leave It! for iOS - unique app that reminds you not to leave your location without bringing your personal items with you. Works even offline by using patent-pending algorithm." Layman Lab, Inc 8:01 AM
  • "Evernote for iOS ushers in new streamlined era for note-taking tool" BetaNews 7:26 AM
Computer Industry
  • "US Army turns to IBM to build, manage private cloud data center: The deal marks the first time the Army has enlisted a private company to run a large-scale data center on its behalf within a military installation." ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Microsoft Buys 3D Data Specialist Simplygon" Investopedia 8:57 AM
  • "Microsoft Thinks Maluuba Can Teach Machines to Converse by Making Chat a Game" Wired 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research" TechCrunch 9:12 AM
  • "Leaked Windows 10 build shows Creators Update is getting an ebook store" BetaNews 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft to add ebook store to Windows 10" The Verge 7:20 AM
  • "Microsoft wants to make it easier to use Cortana during a phone call" Business Insider 7:38 AM
  • "HPE to buy SimpliVity for $650M to boost hyperconvergence: HPE will offer SimpliVity's server management tools in its DL380 servers but will keep VMware in other hyperconverged servers" IDG News Service 7:04 AM
  • "HPE acquires SimpliVity for $650m to strengthen hybrid IT position" V3 7:27 AM
  • "Hyper-convergered-ception: HPE swallows SimpliVity" The Register 7:18 AM
  • "Oracle's monster security update: 270 fixes and over 100 remotely exploitable flaws" ZDNet 7:57 AM
  • "Oracle issues a whopping 270 security fixes" V3 8:57 AM
  • "Cisco sets out networking stall for SMBs" The Register 7:18 AM
  • "Cisco's Chambers sees Trump presidency good for U.S. business: Executive chairman, speaking on the sidelines at Davos, says give Trump time" MarketWatch 7:40 AM
  • "Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins speaks on Trump Tower tech meeting" Business Insider 7:37 AM
  • "Researchers create memory chips that store and process data" Computerworld 7:04 AM
  • "Alexa Is Conquering the World. Now Amazon's Real Challenge Begins" Wired 7:03 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Cramer's Stop Trading: AAPL" [Video Report] CNBC 9:25 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock futures edge higher as investors await Yellen speech: Consumer prices and a home builders index also in focus" MarketWatch 8:00 AM
  • "Stock Futures Inch Higher as Citigroup, Goldman Sachs Get Trading Boost: Stock futures inch higher as Citigroup and Goldman Sachs join the series of banks that enjoyed a trading boost in the fourth quarter." TheStreet 8:00 AM
  • "World stocks mixed as dollar regains footing after slide" Associated Press 8:00 AM
  • "China Stocks Rise as Industrials Signal Surging Profits" Reuters 8:00 AM
  • "Stocks Steady as Investors Remain Cautious Ahead of Trump Inauguration: Dollar steadies after hitting one-month low as U.S. bank earnings begin to come in" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:00 AM
  • "Asian stocks close mixed as investors warily await Trump: Japan financials slide; Hang Seng breaches 23,000 mark" MarketWatch 8:00 AM
  • "European stocks wander as corporate updates come into focus: German inflation rises to highest since 2013" MarketWatch 8:00 AM

 
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