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Thursday Highlights: Industry experts say Apple's move to buy cobalt directly from miners has a huge non-money motivation, being able "'...to know that children have not been illegally mining where their cobalt is coming from'"; Mark Gurman's sources reveal Apple working on new AirPods with better water resistance, and a new wirelss chip with better Siri integration—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Loup Ventures' "Annual Apple Pay Review" finds impressive year over year growth with 127 million active Apple Pay users, among the data; Jonny Evans imagines "Apple's wearable vision" with features like a virtual iMac; Austria's first Apple Store opens Saturday; Apple takes you on a tour of how portrait lighting works; Steve Jobs' 1973 job application seen fetching upwards of $50,000 at auction; Macworld shows what Siri can and cannot do on every Apple device.
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"Apple's potential mining play is about more than money, industry experts say" ["'Apple is a buyer of batteries, not a buyer of battery components, and it's a number of steps away from the raw materials side. So this is significant — the reason they're doing it is supply chain visibility,' Simon Moores, managing director of Benchmark Minerals, told CNBC. 'They need to know that children have not been illegally mining where their cobalt is coming from.'"] CNBC 8:30 AM
"Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones: Company working on water resistance, more Siri integration" Bloomberg 7:02 AM
"Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
"Annual Apple Pay Review: Adoption Jumps, but Still a Long Way to Go" Loup Ventures 8:29 AM
"Irish taxman sees disputed Apple bill remaining around $16 billion" Reuters 12:27 PM
"Apple Taps Carol Trussell as Head Of Production For Video Programming Unit" Deadline 12:47 PM
"Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Recorded First Ever Decline During the Fourth Quarter of 2017: Huawei and Xiaomi Were the Only Vendors in the Top Five to Experience Growth in the Fourth Quarter" ["While Apple's market share stabilized in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016, iPhone sales fell 5 percent. 'Apple was in a different position this quarter than it was 12 months before,' said Mr. Gupta. 'It had three new smartphones — the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — yet its performance in the quarter was overshadowed by two factors. First, the later availability of the iPhone X led to slow upgrades to iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as users waited to try the more-expensive model. Second, component shortages and manufacturing capacity constraints preceded a long delivery cycle for the iPhone X, which returned to normal by early December 2017. We expect good demand for the iPhone X to likely bring a delayed sales boost for Apple in the first quarter of 2018,' added Mr. Gupta."] Gartner 11:44 AM
"iPhone and Android Smartphone Duopoly Reaches Peak With Estimated 99.9% Market Share Last Year" MacRumors 11:49 AM
"Save $200 on an iPhone X from T-Mobile/Or you can buy one iPhone and get an iPhone 8 free. Either way, there are catches. And questions. Plus: a terabyte of portable storage for just $41." CNET 11:20 AM
"10" iPad Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 6:59 AM
"Inside Microsoft's new Dublin home: an LED waterfall, a digital lake and a DreamSpace/One Microsoft Place in Leopardstown officially opened by Taoiseach" Irish Times 7:33 AM
"Microsoft opens up new €134 million campus in Dublin: The new campus will house 2,000 employees and marks the completion of just under three years of construction." Windows Central 12:11 PM
"Microsoft partners with Hi-Rez Studios for SMITE Pro League Mixer exclusive" OnMSFT 12:53 PM
"Microsoft Surface Pro and its accessories launched in India: Price, specifications/Microsoft Surface Pro comes with an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera that supports 1080p video recording while there is a 5-megapixel front camera on the detachable that is capable of recording 1080p videos, as well." Financial Express 7:20 AM
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