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Weekend Highlights: Macworld UK provides 35 Super-advanced tips for mastering OS X Yosemite; IBM statistics of online Christmas sales show iOS numbers almost four times that of Android; at Pymnts, Apple Pay analyzed in light of reports that the tech is not as widely used, suggesting instead that Apple Pay is "sizzling"; Forbes reporting that Apple and Zappos made a killing in the "Christmas Delivery Wars"; Apple hinting that customers in India will be able to finance iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with zero down; Business Insider posts a number of "breathtaking photos" taken on iPhone highlighting the phone's picture-taking capabilities; and to help take better pictures, iMore has a list of what they consider the best iPhone photo extensions for editing and filtering; new information suggests the Sony hack was an inside job, not done by North Korea; and thanks to continued use of smartphones, evidence pointing to evolution of our brains and thumbs; TechRepublic has tips to troubleshoot "8 known iOS 8 issues"; The Verge reviews Withings Activité smartwatch; Wired suggests these "15 essential apps" for new iPads; and we have how-to's and tutorials aplenty down in our Reviews section for new iPad, iPhone and iPod owners.

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  • "Apple's 12 Days of Gifts giveaway 2014/2015: How to find free apps and free music" Macworld UK 7:02 AM
  • "One Reason The Apple Watch Will Succeed When All Other Smart Watches Have Failed" Business Insider 9:44 AM
  • "The problem factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured"  Macworld 12/27
  • "Apple cancels '12 Days of Gifts' promotion for first time in six years" AppleInsider 12/27
  • "Why Apple Pushed Its First Automatic Mac OS X Security Update This Week" Forbes 12/26
  • "Aperture: Find in Project will show empty project if there's a search filter on project" Gordon's Tech 7:00 AM
  • "Ask: iTunes Quits Unexpectedly" Mac|Life 12/26
  • "Super-advanced tips for Mac OS X Yosemite: Headline features are all well and good but it's the little updates and tweaks that can turn using a new version of Mac OS X into a joyous experience. Below we look at some lesser-known tricks, tips, hints and hacks that might just make easier the transition from OS X Mavericks. We've added five new tips at the end." Macworld UK 7:20 AM
  • "Custom search engine for Apple Aperture photo management" Gordon's Tech 7:01 AM
  • "How to Add Your Signature to a PDF Using Preview" iClarified 12/27
  • "Hands On: iStat Menus 5 (OS X)" MacNN 12/27
  • "Ouch: This Blast-From-The-Past Media Player For Mac Is No Longer Free" Mac 360 12/26
  • "What Every Mac Geek Needs: Yet Another Text Editor That Does What All Of Them Do" BohemianBoomer 12/26
  • "An Easy Way To Add 1,000 Text Effects To Your Mac" McSolo 12/26
  • "Free: Mac Garbage And Memory Cleaner" Mac 360 12/26
  • "See Lists Gone Wild For Mac, iPhone, iPad" NoodleMac 12/26
  • "How To Use The Mac Checkbook App That Checks And Balances Itself" TeraTalks 12/26
  • "The best apps for your new Mac" The Verge 12/25
  • "How to Enable AirDrop on Older Macs" iClarified 12/25
  • "The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac" Macworld 12/25
  • "Mac Starter Pack: unleash your iTunes gift card and upgrade your Mac with these great apps" 9to5Mac 12/25
  • "Video chatting with family: How to use FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts to keep in touch" Macworld 12/25
  • "Yes, developers still need websites to sell their apps" iMore 12/27
Press Releases
  • "Star Trek Axanar: The Mac Wallpaper Collection" FairerPlatform 12/27
  • "Math & Pirates. Read Time - Fun Learning Game" prMac 12/27
  • "Video Fractal released by Nuclear Nova Software on Mac App Store" prMac 12/27
  • "SceneTool released for OS X - Turn 3D Scenes to Swift/Objective C Code" prMac 12/26
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "IBM reveals the differences between iOS and Android Christmas spending habits" Digital Trends 12/27
  • "Fire TV Outpaces Apple TV On Amazon, This Holiday" RazorianFly 12/26
  • "Apple confirms 'Lucky Bag' sale returning to Japanese retail stores on January 2nd" 9to5Mac 12/26
  • "Apple Japan announces annual 'Lucky Bag' promotion for Jan. 2" AppleInsider 12/26
  • "Some Apple Pay Partners Might Not Make 2014 Rollout Date" MacTrast 12/26
  • "Apple India Hints at Zero Downpayment Plans for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus" NDTV Gadgets 12/26
  • "Apple offers Boxing Day iTunes sales for UK, Canadian customers" MacNN 12/26
  • "Windows XP cut-off, Apple revamps the iPhone and cloud dramas: Top 10 2014 tech events" V3 12/26
  • "18 Breathtaking Photos You Won't Believe Were Taken With An iPhone" Business Insider 12/26
  • "Could 2015 be the year wearable tech becomes sexy?" The Guardian 12/25
  • "What's on the horizon: the giant leaps for tech in 2015" TechRadar UK 12/25
Non-Apple News
  • "Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/27
  • "Google, Facebook and Twitter battle Russia over censorship" Neowin 12/27
  • "Anonymous goes after Lizard Squad for attacking the anonymity network, Tor [Update] Neowin 12/27
  • "Lizard Squad Hacker Group Targets Tor" PC Magazine 12/26
  • "Hackers continue to harass gaming networks" CBS News 12/26
  • " website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by/Cryptographically signed BIND, DHCP code safe, we're told" The Register 12/26
  • "Bankruptcy Judge Says Aereo Can Auction Web TV Technology" Nasdaq 12/26
  • "Aereo Allowed to Auction Web TV Technology: Bankruptcy Judge Agrees to Move After Company, Broadcasters Settle on the Sale Process" [Paid Membership Required] 12/26
  • "Kodak-branded Android smartphone to launch at CES 2015; tablet and camera coming later" ZDNet 12/26
  • "Meet Lizard Squad, the hackers who ruined Christmas for gamers worldwide" The Daily Dot 12/26
  • "What 2014 Tech Products Made The Mom Cut?" TechCrunch 12/26
  • "Was the FBI wrong about North Korea? Experts suggest Sony hack was an inside job" BGR 12/26
  • "Our brains are being 'continuously reshaped' by smartphone use: Our thumbs are developing a special relationship with our brains." Ars Technica 12/26
  • "Amazon added 10M new Prime subscribers over the holidays, could make up to $1B in annual revenue" VentureBeat 12/26
  • "Connected, self-driving cars in the front seat at CES" IDG News Service 12/26
  • "Hack update: PSN remains offline and some Xbox Live services still down for the count" BGR 12/26
  • "PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hit by Christmas hack attack -- Kim Dotcom saves the day" BetaNews 12/26
  • "Adam and Tonya Engst Talk Changing Tech Journalism and Apple in 2014" MacVoices 12/26
  • "The TouchArcade Show - 187 - Game of the Year Discussion" Touch Arcade 12/26
  • "Apple Watch -¬†The top technology highlights of 2014: in pictures" Telegraph 12/27
  • "AMD and NVIDIA Delay Their Next GPUs Mostly Because of Apple and Qualcomm" Softpedia 12/27
  • "Apple Rumored to be Looking Back at 4-inch Screens with Upcoming iPhone 6s Mini" DeviceMAG 12/27
  • "iOS 2014: A Year in Review" Tuts+ 12/26
  • "Is Apple Developing A Smaller iPhone?" Newsy 12/26
  • "Rumor: Apple could return to smaller, 4-inch form factor with iPhone 6s mini in 2015" O'Grady's PowerPage 12/26
  • "If the iPhone 6 is too big for you, just wait: An 'iPhone mini' may be coming in 2015" Macworld 12/25
  • "Apple Invents a Highly Advanced Air-Gesturing System for Future iDevices and Beyond" Patently Apple 12/25
  • "Apple Patent Reveals a 3D Zoom-Based Gesture User Interface" Patently Apple 12/25
  • "iPhone or iPad Not Charging? Pocket Crud Could Be Jamming the Port" OS X Daily 12/26
  • "Pro Tip: Troubleshooting 8 known iOS 8 issues" TechRepublic 12/26
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage (Universal) For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $2.99)" Apple Sliced 10:35 AM
  • "Qub For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 10:35 AM
  • "Find the Way For iPhone/iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 10:35 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/26
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/26
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/26

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  • "Logitech Harmony Universal Remote Finally Gets It Right" The Mac Observer 12/26
  • "Review: Mpow Muze Touch Foldable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Headphones" Run Around Tech 12/26
  • "Withings Activité review: a slightly smarter watch" The Verge 12/26
  • "The Just Mobile HeadStand offers a cool display for your headphones" AppleDailyReport 12/26
  • "Got an iPad for the holidays? Protect it with SkinIt" TechnologyTell 12/25
  • "Review: Skech Crystal Case for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 12/25
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "The Best Little Known Apple iOS Apps" ValueWalk 8:09 AM
  • "Stayful is a must-have money saver for travelers" TUAW 12/27
  • "Cubes Challenge: The elusive cube of illusion" TUAW 12/27
  • "3 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions: to improve make getting things done faster and more fun" [Paid Membership Required] 12/26
  • "Best photo extension apps for iPhone: All your edits and filters in one place!" iMore 12/26
  • "15 Essential Apps to Install on Your New iPad" Wired 12/26
  • "Keep your kids entertained over the holiday break with these 4 apps" Macworld 12/26
  • "You Should Play: Crossy Road is basically endless Frogger, and that's a very good thing" Macworld 12/26
  • "TimeCube sends you on a time traveling adventure" iDownload Blog 12/26
  • "Jump looks retro like Pong, but plays like a 21st century arcade game" iDownload Blog 12/26
  • "20 essential games for your new iPad" VentureBeat 12/25
  • "How To Replace The iPhone 6's Battery" Forbes 7:20 AM
  • "Emailing pictures with your iPad isn't obvious" Dallas Morning News [Paid Membership Required] 12/27
  • "How to make a holiday album with your iPhone or iPad and iPhoto" iMore 12/27
  • "How To Take Photos On iOS 8 Without Launching Camera App" Redmond Pie 12/26
  • "How To Set Focus And Adjust Exposure In The iOS 8 Camera App" AddictiveTips 12/26
  • "PadGadget's DIY Project Spotlight: Tablet Case Designed by Hypernoodle" PadGadget 12/26
  • "iCloud Photo Library, Photo Stream & how to make sense of your photos" AppleInsider 12/26
  • "Get started with your brand new iOS device: Sparkly new gadgets are abound this holiday season. Instead of sitting alone in fear of messing something up, let us help you get started with that new iPhone or iPad." CNET 12/26
  • "So You Got an Apple TV. Here Are Some Handy Tips and Tricks" Wired 12/26
  • "Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first" Macworld 12/25
  • "How To Install PlayStation, N64 Emulator On iOS To Play Games On iPhone [Video Tutorial] Redmond Pie 12/25
  • "How To Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life: 5 battery cases" BGR 12/25
  • "9to5 Guide: Hello, new iPad owner! Here are the best accessories to buy right away" 9to5Mac 12/25
  • "9to5 Guide: Hello, new iPhone / iPod owner! Here are the best accessories to buy right away" 9to5Mac 12/25
  • "How to get started with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: The ultimate guide" iMore 12/25
  • "How to switch from iPhone to Android: A simple guide to going Google" TrustedReviews 12/25
  • "How to set up a new iPhone or iPad: get up and running with our easy step-by-step guide" PC Advisor 12/25
  • "How to switch from Android to iPhone: A simple guide to going Apple" TrustedReviews 12/25
  • "How to listen to your favorite podcasts over the holidays" AppleInsider 12/25
  • "Everything you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Read the ultimate A-Z encyclopedia of Apple's flagship smartphones" Stuff Magazine 12/25
  • "9 free iPhone apps you must download first" Pocket-lint 12/25
  • "Making the switch? How to change from Android to iPhone 6 or 6 Plus" Pocket-lint 12/25
  • "How to Get Your New Fire TV Device Up and Running" Wired 12/25
  • "You Got A New iOS Device For Christmas? The First Games To Install For 2014" Apple'n'Apps 12/25
  • "You Got A New iOS Device For Christmas? The First Apps To Install For 2014" Apple'n'Apps 12/25
  • "How to recycle your gadgets after the holidays" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 12/26
  • "Apple's holiday return policy: What you need to know" iMore 12/26
  • "5 Super-Useful Things You Can Do With Your Old iPhone" Time 12/25
  • "Seven things to do with your new tablet this Christmas: Whether it's an iPad or an Android tablet, here are seven things to get you going with your new Christmas gadget" The Guardian 12/25
  • "Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New iPhone" Forbes 12/25
  • "Apple Watch: 3 Reasons I'm Not Sold on Apple Inc.'s Upcoming Smartwatch" The Motley Fool 10:02 AM
  • "Cassandra: Android RAW and iOS TIFF" eXtensions 6:51 AM
  • "My top five products of 2014: Mike Rose" TUAW 12/27
  • "3 Huge Upgrades that Apple Inc. Could Bring to the iPhone 6s" The Motley Fool 12/27
  • "NSFW: Sometimes newer isn't better" iMore 12/26
  • "iPhone 7? Designer Skips Ahead, Unveils Futuristic Concept For iPhone 8" Design & Trend 12/26
  • "1 Reason that Apple Inc.'s Retina MacBook Air Might Already Be Outdated"  The Motley Fool 12/26
  • "Apple 12 Days of Christmas: Where is Apple's 12 Days of Christmas app 2014?" PC Advisor 12/26
  • "Apple, NFC and the cult of the spec sheet" Technovia 12/26
  • "Apple And Samsung: Here's What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out" PixoBebo 12/26
  • "Shhh! Apple Has Secret Ingredients" Mac 360 12/26
  • "Amazon, Apple And Customer Experience: What the Competition Needs To Do Better" Macs Future 12/25
  • "Is Google less afraid of hackers than Apple?" BGR 12/25
  • "Why It's Better for Apple If You Choose an iPhone over an iPad" The Tech Night Owl 12/25
  • "Whether you've been naughty or nice, don't expect Apple's 12 Days of Gifts to come this year" AppAdvice 12/25
  • "Good Riddance To Social Search" TechCrunch 10:34 AM
  • "2015: The 'college experimentation' year of mobile payments" Gigaom 12/27
  • "When Will Your Phone Replace Your Keys And Wallet?" TechCrunch 12/27
  • "Confused by new no-contract plans? You're not alone: Wireless contracts and device subsidies will soon go the way of the dinosaur. CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains how to navigate the changing mobile landscape." CNET 12/27
  • "If It Can Happen to Sony, It Can Happen to You" Re/code 12/26
  • "What you need to know about the NSA document dump" Gigaom 12/26
  • "How Kim Dotcom Saved Christmas From The Lizard Squad" Forbes 12/26
  • "Confessions of an open source purist" InfoWorld 12/26
  • "The Internet of Things, explained" PCWorld 12/26
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Minecraft: Pocket Edition was Christmas Day's top grossing iOS app" SlashGear 12/27
  • "VOOL is the First Movie-Maker App that Lets Users Add Video Stickers" prMac 12/27
  • "New Mobile Photography Game Mission: Pic Launches on the App Store" prMac 12/27
  • "Screen for iOS - A new way to Discover TV Content" prMac 12/27
  • "taprrific Announces the Launch of UponPixels" prMac 12/27
  • "Video Zoom 1.0 for iOS - Add Zoom Effect To Existing Videos" prMac 12/27
  • "eWeather HD adds new weather widgets for iOS8, barometric sensor support" prMac 12/27
  • "Coming December 27: Gene Steinberg meets Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus and Macworld's Susie Ochs, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 12/26
  • "Awesome accessories and apps for your brand new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus" AppAdvice 12/26
  • "Building the World's Most Iconic Brand: An Intimate Conversation With Steve Wozniak/Tuesday, January 6 • 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. – FREE" ASI Orlando 12/26
  • "Check out what games Electronic Arts' Chillingo has in store for early next year" AppAdvice 12/26
  • "Excite Your Child's Imagination With Whiz Kid: Puzzles 1.0 For iOS" prMac 12/26
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Nadella keen to take up 'Digital India'" ANI 7:17 AM
  • "Xbox Live down intermittently — here we go again" VentureBeat 12/27
  • "Xbox Live is down again on Saturday" VentureBeat 12/27
  • "Microsoft Slashes Xbox One Price in China, Boosts Marketing Ahead of PlayStation 4 Launch" Tech Times 12/27
  • "Analyst Says Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Is Selling like Hot Cakes" Softpedia 12/27
  • "Should You Install Windows 10 Technical Preview? Here Are 10 Things You Need to Know First" Lifehacker 12/27
  • "Windows XP Gains More Users, Still Ranked Better than Windows 8.1" Softpedia 12/27
  • "Free Windows 10 Not Expected to 'Stimulate PC Replacement'" Softpedia 12/27
  • "The future of the internet: decision-making devices/More internet-controlled systems will be introduced into home and business in 2015, and as artificial intelligence grows, devices will begin to make decisions on our behalf" Telegraph 12/27
  • "The tech industry's high-flying 2014: The tech industry had a banner year in 2014, with sky-high valuations and acquisitions, but there's also been plenty of controversy. Here are the biggest stories from the year." CNET 12/27
  • "Neowin 2014: Looking back on some of the year's top news stories" Neowin 12/27
  • "D'Oh! 12 Major Tech Fails of 2014" PC Magazine 12/27
  • "How LG and Motorola are assailing Samsung" Gigaom 12/27
  • "Do bite-sized Windows PCs still leave a bitter taste? We tested 3 new models" Digital Trends 12/27
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Apple News
  • "Seagate, Facebook, Apple to Shine in 2015: Consolidation will be a big tech trend in 2015, along with an increasing shift to video over the Web. Netflix and Amazon could both be winners." Barron's 12/27
  • "Apple shorts jump ship: The drop in short interest last quarter was more than that of any other company on Nasdaq." Fortune 12/26
Industry News
  • "U.S. financial markets edge higher after Christmas break" USA Today 12/26
  • "Stocks Snag New Records in Sleepy Post-Christmas Session" TheStreet 12/26
  • "Stock indexes edge higher in a quiet, post-holiday trading day; Crude oil price renews decline" Associated Press 12/26
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise to Record Highs: Dow Has Gained For Seven Consecutive Sessions" [Paid Membership Required] 12/26
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/Stocks were poised to start trading slightly higher Friday as investors returned from the holiday break." CNNMoney 12/26
  • "Asia Markets: Banks drive Shanghai Composite up 2.8%/Chinese stocks bumped higher for the second consecutive session, while the rest of Asia was subdued due to the Christmas holidays." MarketWatch 12/26
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12/26
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12/26

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