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Friday Highlights: Mark Hibben considers iMac Pro "a stopgap for pro users" who need something more such as the new Nvidia Titan V for machine-learning, AI development; HuffPo UK highlights steep entry price of iMac Pro, with some models being more expensive than a new car; but reviewers are impressed with new models despite them being non-upgradable; writing for The Week, Navneet Alang questions Apple's focus given their slip-ups which makes answering "what product should I buy? ... much more complicated"; India raising import tax on cellphones, seen as move aimed at hurting Apple; woman in China receives refund for iPhone X after Face ID allowed her collegue to unlock it; Apple is working on new Mac Pro update; WSJ editorial board writes anti-Net Neutrality OpEd, while many states enter fight to reinstate the rules.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple Tries Again To Sell Professionals An All-In-One Mac"  Seeking Alpha 8:02 AM
  • "Apple Now Sells A Computer That Costs More Than A Brand New Car" Huffington Post UK 8:54 AM
  • "Apple is making it harder for small businesses to offer iOS apps: Earlier this year, Apple announced new policies aimed at, among other things, banning apps that contribute to spam and clutter in the App Store. Specifically, one policy gave Apple the right to reject apps built using a 'commercialized template or app generation service.'"  Econsultancy 9:34 AM
  • "How Apple lost its sheen" ["The confluence of function and form was once Apple's key selling point. The iPad, iPhone, or Mac didn't just look good, they worked well, too. It was that mix of qualities that made them easy to recommend, and easy to buy. ... But it does seem like Apple slipped slightly from its perch this year. Rather than being the best, it's a company with some good products, some bad ones, and a reputation for being mostly good, but not perfect."]  The Week 9:35 AM
  • "India raises import tax on cellphones, move to hurt Apple"  Reuters 8:27 AM
  • "Apple and Cisco just improved security in the iOS enterprise: Apple and Cisco have struck yet another blow for enterprise IT. They know that iOS is the most secure mobile solution, but that's not everything because mobile threats are incredibly complex these days." Computerworld 8:50 AM
  • "Apple of Cork's eye - inside the tech giant's Irish operations" RTÉ 9:35 AM
  • "Apple's Acquisition Of Shazam Is A Valuable Addition" Seeking Alpha 9:51 AM
  • "EU court rejects U.S. intervention in Apple's Irish $15 billion tax case" Reuters 10:50 AM
  • "EU court rejects US request to join Apple tax appeal case" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 10:50 AM
OS X
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to delete multiple pictures at once in iCloud Photo Library from your browser" iDownload Blog 8:36 AM
  • "macOS: This Tool Can Help You Speed Up Mac Login Times" The Mac Observer 3:45 PM
  • "How to Change or Disable Annotation Name in Preview for Mac" OS X Daily 3:51 PM
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Safari Tabs" MacMost 9:52 AM
Press Releases
  • "Easily Track Employee Leave With Virtual TimeClock 18" prMac 10:50 AM
  • "Learn How to Master Apple's Photos App on Mac and iOS with this Take Control Book" Kirkville 8:31 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Orders Ronald D. Moore Space Drama Series: Ronald D. Moore is heading back to space. Apple has given a straight-to-series order to a space drama from the Battlestar Galactica developer. The untitled project hails from Sony Pictures Television and Moore's studio-based Tall Ship Productions."  Deadline Hollywood 1:07 PM
  • "Amazon opts for truce, prepares sales of Apple TV, Chromecast" Associated Press 8:22 PM
  • "Apple Adds Another Show to Its Growing Streaming Stable" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:53 PM
  • "Chinese woman offered refund after facial recognition allows colleague to unlock iPhone X"  South China Morning Post 10:24 AM
  • "Apple's Face ID tech can't tell two Chinese women apart: Firm offers refund for 'impossible' glitch"  The Inquirer 9:36 AM
  • "Apple refunds woman after colleague unlocks iPhone X using Face ID" TechShout 9:36 AM
  • "Apple Watch Saves Man's Life By Alerting Him To A Heart Attack" UberGizmo 9:43 PM
  • "AI could help build your next iPhone in the Foxconn factory: Machine learning expert Andrew Ng is helping bring image recognition and more to boost quality control." TechRepublic 8:56 AM
  • "Apple's Biggest Chinese Rivals May Be Coming to the US" Investopedia 8:38 AM
  • "China's Vivo will put a fingerprint scanner under its next smartphone display" Business Insider 8:49 AM
  • "Apple's first ever retail store in Korea, close to Samsung's HQ, said to open on Dec 30" 9to5Mac 10:06 AM
  • "iPhone X arrives Nigeria, as Apple launches new smartphone in Lagos" Nigerian Guardian 9:37 AM
  • "Imagining A Perfect Frankenstein Phone With Existing Flagship Parts" Forbes 8:02 AM
  • "iTunes for Microsoft Store Delayed to 2018" Thurrott 1:51 PM
  • "AOL Instant Messenger is no more, but the memories will last forever" Ars Technica 8:34 AM
  • "Florida UPS Driver Arrested for Stealing iPhone X He Delivered Earlier" iDrop News 2:13 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook Releases Snooze Button To Mute Your Obnoxious Friends And Family" HotHardware 3:56 PM
  • "Don't keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns" TechCrunch 2:11 PM
  • "Alphabet's X division is setting up cable-less internet in rural India" The Next Web 8:33 AM
  • "AI helps write Harry Potter fanfiction and other news" [Video Report] BBC 8:29 AM
  • "Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat" BBC 8:29 AM
  • "Right and Left React to the F.C.C.'s Vote on Net Neutrality Rules" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:53 PM
  • "The FCC's 'Harlem Shake' video may violate copyright law: The agency apparently didn't get permission to use the song." Engadget 1:08 PM
  • "Analyst: Net Neutrality ruling empowers providers" Boston Herald 8:29 AM
  • "U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom" Reuters 8:27 AM
  • "After FCC Abandons Net Neutrality, States Take Up the Fight" Wired 8:20 AM
  • "Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials" Reuters 8:19 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "iMac Pro, Apple and Shazam, holiday wish lists, 2018 predictions: Macworld Podcast episode 586" IDG.tv 9:43 PM
  • "iMore show 585: Maximum Silliness Level/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 6:43 PM
  • "037: MarsEdit, with Daniel Jalkut and John Gruber" Vector 6:37 PM
  • "Jason Snell Takes Control of the Latest Versions of Photos" MacVoices 1:41 PM
  • "FCC Kills Net Neutrality, Samsung's HomePod Competitor -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-15" The Mac Observer 12:59 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks GymKit, iMac Pro, and Jony Ive's return to product design" AppleInsider 8:47 AM
  • "Jony Ive shakeup plus the beauty, the beast, the iMac Pro, on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "The iPhone X isn't selling as well as everyone hoped, one expert claims" BGR 3:51 PM
  • "iPhone X Availability Crosses 50% For The First Time" Forbes 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Continues to Work on All-New Mac Pro With Upgradeable Design" MacRumors 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Confirms It's Working on an Ultra-Powerful Mac Pro Update" Fortune 8:56 AM
  • "Apple hints at new Mac Pro and Pro Display as iMac Pro launches" VentureBeat 11:02 AM
  • "Emoji-Related Bug Dating Back Several Versions of iOS Still Present in iOS 11.2.1 News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 8:32 AM
  • "iOS 11.2.1 Has Been Jailbroken!"  iClarified 1:14 PM
  • "Alibaba researchers reportedly jailbreak iOS 11.2.1 on iPhone X" AppleInsider 6:34 PM
  • "Apple's iTunes will not make promised year end debut on Microsoft Store" AppleInsider 6:34 PM
  • "Apple's digital assistant Siri could soon be whispering sweet nothings to you" Digital Trends 8:30 AM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "How to restore your iMac Pro: If your iMac Pro becomes unresponsive, you might need to restore it using Apple Configurator 2 and another Mac." iMore 3:51 PM
  • "On the iMac Pro's Apparent DFU Restore Mode" 512 Pixels 1:13 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Weekend Apple Deals: iMacs from $949 ($550 off); MacBook Pros as low as $1,169 (up to $1,000 off); plus 0% financing offers" AppleInsider 9:44 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:41 AM

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Reviews
  • "The iPhone X Camera: A Subjective Look" eXtensions 9:44 AM
  • "10 things I love about iPhone X" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
  • "How I shot a rock concert on the iPhone X: Armed only with my iPhone X, I tried my hand at shooting a live Don Broco rock show." CNET 8:40 AM
  • "Apple Watch 3 vs Fitbit Ionic: The two fitness smartwatches duke it out" TrustedReviews 8:56 AM
  • "Google Home Max review: Harder, better, stronger sound comes to Google Home" CNET 8:39 AM
  • "Google Home Max: First Impressions" Thurrott 3:50 PM
  • "Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Wi-Fi thermostat review: Pretty to look at, easy to program" TechHive 8:49 AM
  • "Hands-on with the stylish lofree Four Seasons Mechanical Keyboard" Apple World Today 1:16 PM
  • "Sony's XBR-X900E-Series TV is a great companion for the Apple TV 4K" Apple World Today 8:03 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Nail the guitar sound of any song with Tonebridge" Cult of Mac 8:39 AM
  • "Gorogoa review: A magical and inventive puzzle game for the Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS/As beautiful as it is enjoyable, Gorogoa is a puzzle game that should be regarded as an indie classic." Mirror Online UK 8:57 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to check if your identity was stolen to help kill net neutrality" BGR 3:48 PM
  • "How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money: Want a new Apple device but don't want to shell out for a full-priced version? Consider a refurbished model instead." Macworld 8:48 AM
  • "How to Share Location on iPhone" MacTrast 8:32 AM
Tips
  • "It's Time To Invest In An MFi Controller" AppAdvice 9:44 PM
  • "How to avoid burn-in and protect your iPhone X OLED screen" iMore 8:27 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "From The 'Let's Figure Out A Way To Make This Ostensibly About Apple'¬†Department" Daring Fireball 6:39 PM
  • "Why Apple opposes the FCC's repeal of net neutrality" AppleInsider 3:48 PM
  • "What Apple said about net neutrality before the FCC killed it" Apple 3.0 1:05 PM
  • "What happens when you drop your AirPods 21 stories down an elevator shaft? Asking for a friend..." iMore 10:38 AM
  • "The iMac Pro—and upcoming Mac Pro—are Apple's 'halo cars'" The Robservatory 10:38 AM
  • "Apple off to a promising start with its revamped pro Mac lineup" Macworld 8:49 AM
  • "Opinion: The 10-Core iMac Pro sans additional upgrades is the best bang for the buck" 9to5Mac 1:11 PM
  • "Opinion: A non-upgradable iMac Pro is raising eyebrows, but isn't as crazy as it seems" 9to5Mac 8:47 AM
  • "Apple, 'Pro,' and Profits" Kirkville 8:31 AM
  • "Apple off to a promising start with its revamped pro Mac lineup" Six Colors 8:28 AM
  • "The iPhone Is Still Bigger than Donald Trump" Wired 8:22 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Why hashtags are bad for your health/Commentary: You can now follow hashtags on Instagram like they were people. But don't do it, I implore you. (You'll thank me later.)" CNET 8:39 AM
  • "Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here's a gentle primer: Ars goes deep on the breakthrough online payment network." Ars Technica 8:35 AM
  • "Is AIM Dead Yet?" Gizmodo 8:31 AM
  • "Do you really have a choice of internet providers? Depends on where you live." Recode 1:48 PM
  • "ProBeat: Net neutrality is not dead" VentureBeat 1:09 PM
  • "The Internet Is Free Again: Killing Obama-era rules will remove the FCC as political gatekeeper." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 9:19 AM
  • "Jimmy Kimmel slams 'absolutely despicable' decision to end net neutrality" Mashable 8:45 AM
  • "What does the end of U.S. net neutrality mean for the world?" CNNMoney 8:29 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Update to popular RAW camera app Halide includes 4x faster capture, 3D Touch support, more" 9to5Mac 3:51 PM
  • "PDF Viewer 2.1 Adopts iOS 11 Document Browser" MacStories 11:02 AM
  • "Heathrow partners with Apple to launch airport terminal maps" BDaily 9:34 AM
  • "Naztech Introduces the Safety Essentials Car Kit with Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount" PRNewswire 11:28 AM
  • "IDT Announces World's First Wireless Power Transmitter Solution that Supports Apple 7.5W and Android Fast-Charge Modes" PRNewswire 8:53 AM
  • "TunesMap Announces Exclusive Apple TV Beta Launch to Sonos Users" Business Wire 8:52 AM
  • "The dark, unsettling adventure Inside is now on the iPhone" The Verge 8:51 AM
  • "This MacBook case is strong enough to stop bullets" Cult of Mac 8:49 AM
  • "Left Behind, A Casual Parkour Game, Now Available on iOS and Android" prMac 10:50 AM
  • "VeggieGo - A Mobile Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants and Shops" prMac 8:48 AM
  • "'BBy - Milk Sharing' Offers First Marketplace App For Safe Breast Milk" prMac 8:48 AM
  • "Microsoft is bringing Xbox party chat to iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:36 AM
  • "Apple is now selling first-party Thunderbolt 3 cable" iDownload Blog 8:36 AM
  • "The 2017 Ars Technica gadget gift guide: Power-user edition" Ars Technica 8:34 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft boosts AI across some its most popular products" ITProPortal 9:38 AM
  • "'Microsoft India to nurture unicorn firms, start-up community in 2018'" The Economic Times 9:33 AM
  • "Microsoft patent points to folding dual-screen notebook" Engadget 1:23 PM
  • "Patent pictures show Microsoft is still trying to build a dual screen device" Ars Technica 3:51 PM
  • "Can Microsoft's Whiteboard App for Windows 10 Devices Help Your Team Collaborate?" Small Biz Trends 9:39 AM
  • "Blockchain-powered medical AI Skychain promises to beat IBM's Watson Health" The Next Web 9:22 AM
  • "IBM reveals first users of its new quantum computer" ITProPortal 9:22 AM
  • "Dell EMC, VMware renew I Wish sponsorship for 2018" Tech Central 9:20 AM
  • "Intel Mentions 900P 960GB and 1.5TB" Guru3D 9:19 AM
  • "Spotted: 960 GB & 1.5 TB Intel Optane SSD 900P" AnandTech 9:19 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X Review With ASRock X399 Professional Gaming and ASRock X399 Taichi Motherboards" WCCFTech 9:14 AM
  • "Oracle cites overall cloud revenue growth of 44%" Converge! 9:12 AM
  • "What Analysts Say About Oracle After Earnings" 24/7 Wall St. 9:11 AM
  • "Oracle Must Now Answer Big Questions On How It Will Beat Rivals" TheStreet 9:11 AM
  • "Apple and Cisco just improved security in the iOS enterprise" Computerworld 9:05 AM
  • "Cloud migration: How to know if you're going too fast or too slow" InfoWorld 8:55 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How Apple Inc. Stock Could Benefit by Being More Like IBM" InvestorPlace 1:14 PM
  • "Apple Inc. Bulls Aren't Out of the Woods" InvestorPlace 10:38 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market logs another round of records on tax-cut optimism: Rally in technology shares send Nasdaq to all-time high" MarketWatch 3:57 PM
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Jump to Records as GOP Hammers Out Tax Bill: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all finished the week with gains." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Wall Street hits record highs as GOP tax bill nears goal line" FOXBusiness 3:57 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Climb as Hopes Grow for Passage of Tax Overhaul: Dow industrials rise 0.6% to another new high; S&P 500 gains 0.9%" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3:57 PM
  • "Asian stocks track Wall Street declines, but Korea's Kospi rebounds: Stock markets in Asia continued to weaken on Friday after declines in the U.S. and European sessions, but South Korea's stock benchmark rebounded after Thursday's sharp end-of-session losses." MarketWatch 7:49 AM
  • "European stocks suffer third day of losses as H&M closes 13% lower: Stocks across Europe ended mostly lower on Friday, as retail and bank shares slumped into negative territory, and yanked the regional benchmark lower for a third straight session." MarketWatch 11:55 AM

 
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