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Your reaction to Apple's acquisition of motion capture startup, Faceshift? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Wednesday Highlights: Apple acquires Faceshift which makes motion capture technology used in the latest Star Wars film, Ben Lovejoy at 9to5Mac has "six intriguing possibilities" as to why Apple made the purchase—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Jonny Evans on how an "open sourced Swift could change everything"; Kurt Marko at Forbes suggests Tim Cook's promise that iPad Pro will replace PCs for many should start with incentivizing "full support for all iOS 9 multitasking enhancements"; Tim Bajarin asks if iPad Pro is not being correctly positioned by Apple; Glenn Fleishman explains what you can do when mobile backups in Time Machine just "linger and fill storage space"; MacNN comparison review of TextExpander and Keyboard Maestro; new study finds owners of Apple Watches glance down at their wrists 60-80 times per day; Bloomberg reporting Apple and China's UnionPay have come to agreement over Apple Pay terms; banks apparently concerned with Apple and Google's entry into the pay market, and that they'll steal customers who like their services over the bank's; ready to have Li-Fi instead of Wi-Fi?; Macworld reviews, benchmarks iPad Pro; Apple Pencil reviews from Macworld, iLounge; new app, Architecture of Radio, pesents a visual representation of invisible wireless digital signals; iMore remembers the Macintosh TV.

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  • "Apple Has Acquired Faceshift, Maker Of Motion Capture Tech Used In Star Wars"  TechCrunch 8:09 AM
  • "Apple snaps up Star Wars contributor" CNBC 8:10 AM
  • "Apple now owns a motion capture startup used in Star Wars" The Verge 8:24 AM
  • "Apple confirms it bought Faceshift, company behind Star Wars' motion capture technology" VentureBeat 8:32 AM
  • "Faceshift: Apple buys Star Wars motion-capture company" BBC 9:40 AM
  • "Report: Apple Buys Motion-Capture Start-Up" PC Magazine 8:46 AM
  • "Apple's open sourced Swift could change everything"  Computerworld 6:18 AM
  • "For iPad Pro To Fulfill Cook's Promise, Apple's Work Has Just Begun"  Forbes 8:14 AM
  • "Is Apple Positioning the iPad Incorrectly?" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 8:54 AM
  • "What to do when mobile Time Machine backups linger and fill storage space" Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Utility smackdown: Keyboard Maestro vs TextExpander" MacNN 9:38 AM
  • "Merlin Project tutorials — the basics: Managing resources" IT.Enquirer 6:17 AM
  • "Holiday tech support: 4 tips for the Mac" The Verge 1:14 PM
  • "Ring Menu is an interesting alternative to the Mac OS X Dock" Apple World Today 8:05 AM
  • "Clean Your Mac While Getting Cleaned" Mac 360 6:18 AM
Press Releases
  • "Release of FileTools, flexible file wrangling for OS X" prMac 8:08 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Watch Owners Glance at Their Wrists 60 to 80 Times a Day" Fortune 9:22 AM
  • "UnionPay, Apple Said to Reach Apple Pay Agreement for China" Bloomberg 9:02 AM
  • "Led by Apple and China brands, high tech smartphone panel shipments rising, says IHS" DigiTimes 8:51 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone continues to dominate the business smartphone market" The Inquirer 8:42 AM
  • "Analyst: The iPad Pro won't save Apple's falling tablet sales" Business Insider 8:50 AM
  • "Banks splurge on IT to fight threat from Google and Apple: Tech companies are seen as a big competitive threat to banks, which fear customers will prefer the financial services on offer from the trendy Silicon Valley firms" Telegraph 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Posts New 'Someday At Christmas' Ad With Stevie Wonder and Andra Daye [Video] iClarified 10:01 AM
  • "Apple Commercial: Someday At Christmas -Stevie Wonder + Andra Day (Video)" The Mac Observer 2:13 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "T-Mobile is giving Sprint customers $200 to switch" BGR 10:04 AM
  • "Fossil Q Founder Available Now: Taking On Tag In Smartwatch Fashion" Forbes 8:40 AM
  • "European smartwatch brand Vector Watch raises $5M to become the 'industry standard' in wearables" VentureBeat 8:33 AM
  • "Li-Fi: 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, tests prove" Telegraph 8:36 AM
  • "Get ready for Li-Fi, a technology 100 times faster than Wi-Fi" Mashable 8:30 AM
  • "Silicon Valley Is Growing Up, Giving Parents a Break" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:16 AM
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 042 | Apple Pencil impressions" 9to5Mac 1:12 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-25: Apple's Plans for Faceshift" The Mac Observer 1:00 PM
  • "iMore show 485: #SelectAll holiday gifts for 2015!" iMore 10:45 AM
  • "The Rebound #62: Robot Time Is Here" Six Colors 10:04 AM
  • "China firm reportedly lands SiP device orders from Apple" DigiTimes 8:51 AM
  • "China's JCET wins orders for Apple system-in-package modules, may hint at Apple Watch plans" AppleInsider 10:34 AM
  • "iPad Pro Smart Keyboard teardown shows off clever internals, scores 0/10 for repairability" 9to5Mac 8:12 AM
  • "Video: See the iPad Pro in action with Smart Keyboard and Pencil" Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Files Trademarks for 'GameplayKit' and 'ReplayKit' in Europe" Patently Apple 10:33 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 10:39 AM
  • "Pixelmator For Mac Is Temporarily Available For $14.99 (Normally $29.99)" App Sliced 10:39 AM
  • "To-Fu Fury For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" App Sliced 10:39 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM
  • "The best Black Friday 2015 deals on laptops and tablets" The Verge 8:25 AM
  • "MacMall Black Friday 2015 ad has plenty of Apple iPad, MacBook, iMac deals" ZDNet 8:20 AM

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  • "iPad Pro review: Why the best iPad yet won't work for everyone" Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Tested: Why the iPad Pro really isn't as fast a laptop" PCWorld 8:12 AM
  • "Benchmarks: The iPad Pro is the fastest iPad ever (for now)" Macworld 8:11 AM
  • "Review: Apple Pencil for iPad Pro" iLounge 10:45 AM
  • "Apple Pencil review: Much sharper than the average smart stylus" Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "Logitech Create review: Bulky iPad Pro keyboard case has awesome backlit keys" Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 12:38 PM
  • "Review: Urban Armor Gear's Composite Case for iPad Pro kills 3 birds with 1 stone" 9to5Mac 1:11 PM
  • "Mophie Juice Pack Air (for iPhone 6/6s)" PC Magazine 1:11 PM
  • "This smart thermometer completely changed the way I cook" ["To use the Range, I just plug it into my iPhone and open the app. If you want the alerts to sound on other Apple devices, you have to plug it in once to make sure it is paired."] Business Insider 9:40 AM
  • "The premium leather Nodus iPhone case collection" iDownload Blog 8:35 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "This Beautiful App Lets You See the Cell Towers, Wifi Signals, and Satellites All Around You" Gizmodo 9:43 AM
  • "Hands On: Medibang Paint 6.0 (iPad)" MacNN 10:45 AM
  • "Hands On: Hootsuite 2.9.2 (iOS)" MacNN 8:45 AM
  • "Buying a Refurbished Mac" MacMost 8:06 AM
  • "Tell Siri to Remind You About What You're Looking At in iOS" OS X Daily 1:21 PM
  • "Holiday tech support: 7 tips for the iPhone" The Verge 1:14 PM
  • "The Macintosh TV: The worst of both worlds" iMore 10:45 AM
  • "Here's Why the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Is Better Than the iPad Pro" TheStreet 10:03 AM
  • "What are Apple's plans after buying Faceshift, which helped make virtual creatures for Star Wars latest episode?" Silicon Valley Business Journal 1:13 PM
  • "Does Apple's acquisition of motion-capture firm Faceshift signal VR ambitions?" SiliconBeat 1:13 PM
  • "Opinion: Why has Apple bought Faceshift? Six intriguing possibilities ..." 9to5Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Opinion: Things about the iPad Pro that are evading people" MacNN 8:45 AM
  • "What Android And Windows Have In Common vs. Apple's Mac And iPhone" Mac 360 6:17 AM
  • "Fail: iPad Pro (why it's a dud in the enterprise)" PixoBebo 6:17 AM
  • "Black Friday Deal or Dud? How to Shop Smart This Holiday Season" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:00 AM
  • "The Q Founder Is Fossil's First Android Wear Watch, Seems Pretty Average" Gizmodo 10:33 AM
  • "Think Twice Before Using This Wildly Popular Facebook App" Time 9:36 AM
  • "Why Too Much Data Is Stressing Us Out" Forbes 9:03 AM
  • "Why everyone, including the jihadis of Isis, loves Telegram messaging" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:15 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Reeder for iOS Now Syncs with Instapaper, Has 3D Touch, 'Safari View Controller' and More" Tapscape 9:38 AM
  • "Reeder 3 is here with Instapaper support, iOS 9 features and more" AppAdvice 8:53 AM
  • "Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro now shipping" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "BendyBooth: Bend your face and your voice to create funny videos" prMac 10:33 AM
  • "Whink now Available for iPhone - Create Beautiful Notes Effortlessly" prMac 9:40 AM
  • "First mobile tennis game to combine dynamic gameplay with extensive RPG" prMac 8:08 AM
  • "New LEGO-compatible Thanksgiving Designs app released" prMac 8:08 AM
  • "Yukti 1.0 released for iOS - Journey through Outer Space" prMac 8:08 AM
  • "AppsMoment Application Builder Launches Its 2.0 Version" prMac 8:08 AM
  • "iRun Chase - New Platformer Game That Need's Your Fast Reflexes and Wit" prMac 8:08 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Dell faces fresh security questions as new issue found" BBC 8:43 AM
  • "Dell in hot water again as second 'Superfish' root certificate surfaces" ZDNet 8:19 AM
  • "Dell PCs have not 1, but 2 dangerous security flaws that could let hackers spy on you" The Next Web 8:49 AM
  • "Second Dell backdoor root cert found" The Register 9:04 AM
  • "Speaking in Tech: Is Dell's EMC acquisition doomed, or just too big to fail?" The Register 9:03 AM
  • "Dell-EMC deal difficulties: VMware and daddy postpone roadtrip" The Register 9:45 AM
  • "Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings" The Register 9:04 AM
  • "Microsoft brings back manual upgrade option for Windows 10, blames takedown on minor bug" GeekWire 9:39 AM
  • "Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years" The Register 9:04 AM
  • "IBM Is Beginning to Work Through Heavy Resistance" TheStreet 8:39 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Won't Be Predicting Eruptions Anytime Soon" Wired 8:16 AM
  • "IBM, Databricks Advance Apache Spark: Apache Spark hit two more incremental milestones as the IBM SystemML machine learning engine for Spark was accepted to the Apache Incubator program and Databricks unveiled a preview of its SaaS edition of Spark 1.6." InformationWeek 8:59 AM
  • "Why HP Needs to Keep the Ink Flowing: A sharp slowdown in printer supplies poses growing problem for new HP" [Paid Membership Required] 1:13 PM
  • "For Hewlett-Packard, a tale of two diverging stocks: HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares head in different directions after Hewlett-Packard earnings" MarketWatch 10:45 AM
  • "HP Paints Grim PC Picture in Final Earnings Report" Bloomberg Video 10:46 AM
  • "HPE CEO: Looking to cut 30,000 jobs in next 2 years" CNBC Videos 9:26 AM
  • "HPE CEO: We are the leader in private cloud" CNBC Videos 9:25 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard's final figures show more declines for PCs and notebooks" The Inquirer 8:42 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard Misses Q4 Earnings; Issues Soft Q1 Outlook" Zacks 9:25 AM
  • "HP Faces Difficult PC Market -- What Wall Street's Saying" TheStreet 8:40 AM
  • "HP Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g" Channel Register 1:10 PM
  • "HP Enterprise Joining Microsoft: Will the Strategy Work?" Market Realist 1:14 PM
  • "Intel looks to Data Center, Memory, IoT for Growth" PC Magazine 8:47 AM
  • "Intel Investor Meeting Part 3: Stalling Growth Engines" Seeking Alpha 1:07 PM
  • "Why Oracle Shareholders Keep Rejecting The Company's Executive Pay" Fortune 1:13 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Big Cloud Spender As China's Alibaba Moves Up: Capital spending on cloud computing infrastructure by Apple and U.S. Internet companies has slowed as Chinese companies, led by Alibaba, come on stronger, says RBC Capital in a research report." Investor's Business Daily 10:03 AM
  • "Apple Swoons Like The Proverbial 80 pound Weakling: This morning the analyst at Cleveland Research (who?) who has had a Neutral rating on Apple decides its time to try and goose his bonus check and comes out with his 'supply checks' indicating/suggesting a softening in the March quarter." Forbes 9:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks inch higher as data keep December rate hike on table: Hewlett-Packard shares tumble after weak quarterly sales" MarketWatch 10:35 AM
  • "Stocks Maintain Slight Gains in Light Trading" TheStreet 10:35 AM
  • "Stocks gain ahead of Thanksgiving break" USA Today 8:56 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Inch Higher: Euro falls to a seven-month low against the dollar" [Paid Membership Required] 10:34 AM
  • "Nikkei snaps winning streak as tensions drag on Asian stocks: Energy sector lifted by overnight gains for oil" MarketWatch 8:56 AM
  • "European stocks gain, with travel shares finding relief" MarketWatch 8:55 AM

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