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Thursday Highlights: European Union drops antitrust case against Apple, Amazon over Audiobooks exclusivity—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Matt Asay predicts Apple's next trillion dollars will be earned by its cloud-based services; Lance Ulanoff goes in depth on former Apple employee's comments that Apple is boring noting lack of conflict among executives; Dave Smith argues "Apple TV is a mess"; Glenn Fleishman explains the differences between erasing, partitioning Mac disks; Gizmodo article on maximizing laptop battery life; Super Mario Run poised for Android release in coming months; DigiTimes hears Apple prepping 3 iPads for 2017; paper also reporting wireless charging likely in next-gen iPhone; Ben Lovejoy thinks Apple would be really smart to release a display with built-in eGPU.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Grading Tim Cook: It's not easy describing Tim Cook's role within Apple. Yes, he is CEO serving at the discretion of Apple's board of directors. However, there is much more than this going on behind the scenes and Cook's formal title. Apple isn't run like an average company and shouldn't be judged as one. This impacts how we should grade Tim Cook's performance as Apple CEO."  Above Avalon 3:33 PM
  • "EU Says Amazon, Apple End Exclusivity Obligations for Audiobooks: Apple had previously only been allowed to source from Amazon's Audible unit"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:09 AM
  • "EU antitrust regulators welcome Amazon, Apple audiobook deal" Reuters 7:11 AM
  • "EU antitrust regulators praise audiobooks deal from Apple, Amazon: Apple and Amazon's Audible had exclusive deals with each other." IDG News Service 10:31 AM
  • "German anti-trust case against Audible, Apple dropped" Associated Press 7:14 AM
  • "How Apple will have to earn its next $1 trillion in the cloud: Apple makes great hardware, but that's not the key to its next trillion dollars. Here's why its cloud-based services will be critical to its success."  TechRepublic 8:53 AM
  • "Indian government wants Apple, but not all officials are biting" Reuters 7:11 AM
  • "Apple executives reportedly set to meet with government officials in India next week" 9to5Mac 9:19 PM
  • "Why a former employee thinks Apple is 'boring' under Tim Cook"  Mashable 7:05 AM
OS X
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  • "Mac malware is found targeting biomedical research: The malware, which Apple calls Fruitfly, can also run on Linux" IDG News Service 7:17 AM
  • "Malwarebytes reports first case of Mac malware for 2017, points out antiquated tactics" iDownload Blog 6:48 AM
  • "Apple updates Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor with new features, fixes"  9to5Mac 8:45 PM
  • "Apple updates pro video apps with bug fixes, feature additions" AppleInsider 9:26 PM
  • "Update To Final Cut Pro Resolves Small Bugs And Adds Some Features" Learn Final Cut 4:47 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "If a droplet doesn't open in Compressor 4.2: If you see a 'Droplet Launch Error' message, it means you need to update your droplets. After updating, droplets created in earlier versions of Compressor open as expected in Compressor 4.2." Apple Support 7:33 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "A drive and a partition: How to understand the difference when erasing Mac disks/When you want to format a hard drive, it helps to know the difference between a partition and a drive." Macworld 6:48 AM
  • "Off The Grid: A Modern FCPX-RED-Resolve Workflow - Part 3 - Editing" fcp.co 6:49 AM
  • "How To Maximize Your Laptop's Battery Life" Gizmodo 7:27 AM
  • "Capture a series of screenshots and create a movie" The Robservatory 2:21 PM
  • "How to Disable Boot on Lid Open on MacBook Pro (Late 2016 Models)" OS X Daily 4:24 PM
  • "How to Export & Import All MySQL Databases" OS X Daily 2:21 PM
  • "Quickly Open Recent Files" MacMost 9:50 AM
  • "How To Edit vCards On A Mac" Mac360 7:47 AM
Press Releases
  • "B-Eng introduces SSD Health Check for Mac OS" MacPrices 3:23 PM
  • "TimeTable 3 Released - Export macOS Calendar Data" prMac 6:44 AM
  • "New Mail Desinger Pro 3.2 loves the Touch Bar" equinux 6:31 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Chart Of The Day: iPhone sales mix" Apple 3.0 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Blamed For Allowing Texting While Driving: Will The Lawsuit Hold Up In Court?" Tech Times 7:33 AM
  • "Netflix found a way to play ball with Apple but still keep its key data a secret" BGR 7:34 AM
  • "India divided on Apple's demands for making iPhones locally" Mashable 7:06 AM
  • "White House uses Steve Jobs video to recruit techies" Cult of Mac 3:33 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: Do you remember the Macintosh SE/30?" Cult of Mac 8:54 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung is holding a press conference on January 23 to announce its Note 7 findings" TechCrunch 6:50 PM
  • "Samsung will reveal the cause of the Galaxy Note 7's exploding battery this Sunday" The Verge 6:50 PM
  • "Tag Heuer Will Release a Luxury Android 2.0 Smartwatch in May" Digital Trends 1:51 PM
  • "Google bogged down with shipping Pixels, demand at Best Buy not a tenth of that for iPhone 7" iDownload Blog 1:58 PM
  • "Google struggling to meet consumer demand for iPhone 7 rival Pixel" AppleInsider 10:31 AM
  • "Super Mario Run is coming to Android devices" CNNMoney 7:19 AM
  • "Online fraud is now more common than car theft and burglary" Apple Must 7:01 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Apple reportedly planning 3 new tablets for 2017" DigiTimes 6:43 AM
  • "Apple could keep us waiting for 3 new iPads" Cult of Mac 6:43 AM
  • "New iPads Might Not Launch Until Sometime in the Second Half of 2017" MacRumors 7:49 AM
  • "Apple Pencil 2 might be coming this spring, along with a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: The second-generation Apple Pencil could incorporate magnets, wireless charging, and iPhone and Magic Trackpad support." Macworld 6:13 PM
  • "Lite-On Semi enters supply chain for next-generation iPhone, says report" DigiTimes 6:44 AM
  • "iPhone wireless charging reports continue as rumored supplier sees share price surge" 9to5Mac 6:44 AM
  • "Apple's AR-ready iPhone 8 will know your face" Computerworld 7:54 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple to incorporate facial and gesture recognition for next-gen iPhone" O'Grady's PowerPage 7:22 AM
  • "Apple Invents Dynamic Cinemagraph Presentations" Patently Apple 6:48 AM
  • "Apple's 'dynamic cinemagraph presentations' patent filing takes Live Photos to another level" Apple World Today 8:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:14 AM

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Reviews
  • "Apple's AirPods are a no-brainer — if you have the latest iPhone" VentureBeat 1:26 PM
  • "Vitality Apple Watch Deal: Yes or No?" Swim Geek 7:10 AM
  • "Comparison – iPad Mini Vs Huawei MediaPad M3" DailyTech 6:49 AM
  • "Can You Replace Your iMac 5K with a MacBook Pro and LG UltraFine 5K Display?" Bare Feats 1:23 PM
  • "Luscious leather: Twelve South RelaxedLeather iPhone case is beautiful and practical" Apple World Today 1:24 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Astropad Studio Is an iPad App That Changes Your Mac" Subtraction 9:24 PM
  • "Hands-on: Channels DVR public beta for the Apple TV [Video] 9to5Mac 6:04 PM
  • "Downwell Review: Fall Safely" MacStories 12:05 PM
  • "'Don't Starve: Shipwrecked' Review - Sail the Ocean, Don't Die" Touch Arcade 10:21 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to pair Apple's AirPods with iPhone and Mac" AppleInsider 7:52 PM
  • "How to add and switch between Instagram accounts on iPhone" AppleInsider 6:12 PM
  • "How to fix a slow or frozen iPhone or iPad" iMore 1:26 PM
  • "How to view and delete your Google search history" iDownload Blog 7:21 AM
Tips
  • "Enabling Star Ratings in the iOS 10.2 Music app Tips" iLounge 4:24 PM
  • "How to tell if Wi-Fi Assist is actually using too much iPhone data" 9to5Mac 1:26 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Will Apple finally change the iPhone name this year?" BGR 4:24 PM
  • "How Samsung plans to blow Siri out of the water" Cult of Mac 3:33 PM
  • "How Nintendo Switch will replace my iPad" iMore 3:33 PM
  • "What Would Steve Jobs Do to Fix Twitter?" Datamation 11:34 AM
  • "The Original iPhone Is Dead" Gizmodo 11:33 AM
  • "From the desk of Trip ('Cook must go') Chowdhry" Apple 3.0 10:17 AM
  • "It already sounds like the Galaxy S8's assistant will blow Siri out of the water" BGR 9:51 AM
  • "Opinion: An Apple display with built-in eGPU could be a smart move right now" 9to5Mac 9:30 AM
  • "What Would it Take for Me to Be Bullish on Apple Again?" Kirkville 8:47 AM
  • "It's Time For Siri To Grow Up" Mac360 8:44 AM
  • "Tim Cook's Boring Apple Operations vs. Google's Crashing Moonshot Projects" PixoBebo 8:43 AM
  • "iPhone: The Greatest Product Ever?" Mac360 8:43 AM
  • "A thousand wrongs for every right: Apple praise comes with baggage" Macworld 7:22 AM
  • "Cassandra: Thursday Review -Small Steps for Bangkok Retail; Apple Rumors and Being Economical with Facts" eXtensions 7:11 AM
  • "How Apple can bring the Touch Bar and Touch ID to desktop Macs: If the Touch Bar really can't ever be used except on your laptop's built-in keyboard, it's hard to see it becoming a Mac staple."  Macworld 6:44 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Opportunities and Challenges for Amazon in 2017" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 10:20 AM
  • "Loneliness: The problem technology elevated but hasn't yet solved" Computerworld 10:15 AM
  • "Two Possible Futures for Amazon's Alexa" Tech.pinions 6:48 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "This comedians parody of the Apple AirPods ad is real AF" Mashable 7:05 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "AirPods accessory nobody needs might be perfect for worry warts" Cult of Mac 3:33 PM
  • "Apple Taps Scheufelen's heaven 42 Paper For 'Designed by Apple in California' Limited Edition Collectible Coffee Table Book" PRNewswire 1:55 PM
  • "Apple News Format updated with new HTML list stylings and a new Design Tutorial" 9to5Mac 1:54 PM
  • "Best Hard Drives for Backing Up Your Mac in 2017" iMore 11:34 AM
  • "Honeywell Bluetooth Smart True HEPA is a boon for allergy suffers" Apple World Today 7:21 AM
  • "OFFICER solutions launches Fox 1.0 - New Royalty Software" prMac 6:44 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft to Surface Pro 4, Studio owners: Even better battery life plus faster wake-up" ZDNet 7:26 AM
  • "Windows 10 is spamming Chrome users with a Microsoft shopping app: How long before Microsoft charges for an ad-free version of its operating system?" Engadget 8:34 PM
  • "Microsoft's HoloLens headset is now available in Japan" Neowin 7:25 AM
  • "Microsoft acquires Simplygon as it accelerates 3D creation plans" TCT Magazine 10:28 AM
  • "Microsoft announces the release of Ad Extension Scheduling in Bing Ads" MSPoweruser 10:43 AM
  • "Microsoft Delays Windows 10's My People Feature" Thurrott 6:37 PM
  • "Microsoft to make Windows 10 upgrades free for more Windows 10 subscription plan users" ZDNet 1:10 PM
  • "Companies with Windows 10 subscriptions can now 'upgrade Windows 7/8.1 PCs at no extra cost'" Neowin 6:03 PM
  • "LinkedIn makes available overhauled desktop redesign" Seeking Alpha 12:22 PM
  • "What HPE won in buying SimpliVity for $650M: one less competitor and a bigger market" GeekWire 7:47 AM
  • "HPE To Acquire SimpliVity For $650 Million Cash" Seeking Alpha 12:22 PM
  • "HP and Astellas to speak at C&IT Corporate Forum" C&IT 7:47 AM
  • "AMD Infinity Fabric underpins everything they will make" SemiAccurate 7:25 AM
  • "AMD Radeon Pro Duo gets a massive price cut" Fudzilla 7:54 AM
  • "Intel silently exits a multi-billion dollar market" SemiAccurate 1:12 PM
  • "Intel Invests in IoT Retail Platform for a Smart Shopping Experience" NewsFactor 10:28 AM
  • "Intel's Cloud-Friendly Clear Linux Hits Microsoft Azure" eWeek 9:15 PM
  • "IBM Q4 16 Earnings Conference Call At 5:00 PM ET" Nasdaq 7:59 AM
  • "IBM Just Blew It Out of the Sky With Cloud Sales Results" TheStreet 4:51 PM
  • "IBM Posts Earnings Beat In Q4 And Raises Guidance For 2017, But Stock Plunges" Forbes 6:11 PM
  • "IBM beats Q4 estimates, quarterly revenue down 1.3 percent" ZDNet 6:38 PM
  • "Oracle to buy API development firm Apiary" ZDNet 8:12 AM
  • "Oracle to buy API development firm Apiary" ZDNet 1:10 PM
  • "Oracle Acquires Apiary to Move into API Management" eWeek 4:48 PM
  • "Oracle sued in the US for paying white men more: Department of Labor files suit" The Inquirer 7:26 AM
  • "Oracle Patches 270 Vulnerabilities in January Update" eWeek 5:53 PM
  • "U.S. Labor Department Sues Oracle Claiming Hiring, Pay Infractions" eWeek 7:27 AM
  • "China aims to build world's first exascale supercomputer prototype by 2017" The Verge 7:24 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "A huge new rally could be in store for Apple" CNBC 7:28 AM
  • "Apple, Microsoft Biggest Winners if Trump Grants $500 Billion Tax Holiday" TheStreet 7:09 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Slide as Wall Street Wrestles With Incoming Trump Administration: The specter of a Trump presidency loomed over Wall Street on Thursday as investors wrestled with the changes and uncertainty the new administration could bring." TheStreet 4:49 PM
  • "Wall St Dips as Investors Ready for Trump's Inauguration" FOXBusiness 4:49 PM
  • "US STOCKS-Wall St falls as investors ready for Trump's inauguration" Nasdaq 4:50 PM
  • "Stocks stumble ahead of Trump inauguration" USA Today 4:50 PM
  • "Dow Falls for Fifth Straight Session: Some investors predict stocks will continue trading sideways until after Donald Trump's inauguration Friday" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:50 PM
  • "Nikkei rises despite Toshiba's dive, as Asian markets hold steady" MarketWatch 7:59 AM
  • "European stocks retain losses after ECB keeps rates on hold" MarketWatch 7:59 AM

 
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