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Tuesday Highlights: TechCrunch reporting the App Store is being plagued by "scammers ... taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick users into signing up for expensive and recurring plans"; Apple apologizes to China for account hacks, does clarify that those affected did not enable two-factor authentication—additional reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; settlement in works between Qualcomm and the FTC over antitrust; all signs point to iPhone XR being "massive smash hit"; Market Realist saying "iPhone customer loyalty is on the rise"; New Yorkers rejoice as Apple fixes bagel emoji; MySmartPrice reporting exclusive images of next iPad Pro case; CNET compares cameras of iPhone XS and Pixel 3.

  • "Apple Confirms $1 Billion Investment in SoftBank Vision Fund: Apple says fund will support 'strategically important' technologies" [Paid Membership Required] 1:46 PM
  • "Apple invests $1 billion in massive tech fund: Apple's latest tech investment may come with the added bonus of getting in Donald Trump's good graces." ["Apple confirmed on Tuesday that it is investing $1 billion in a massive new technology fund from Japan's SoftBank Group, which has recently drawn the attention of the president-elect."] CNNMoney 1:44 PM
  • "Apple confirms $1 billion investment in SoftBank tech fund" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Oracle's Ellison, Apple, Qualcomm invest in SoftBank fund" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 2:15 PM
  • "Apple confirms $1 billion investment in SoftBank's Vision Fund" ZDNet 3:58 PM
  • "India Poised to Reject Apple's Demand for Manufacturing Sops"  Bloomberg 8:23 AM
  • "What Apple's Acquisitions in 2016 Tell Us about 2017 and Beyond" Tech.pinions 7:12 AM
  • "Why Apple Could Lead Some Blockbuster Media Deals in 2017: Thanks to President-elect Trump's promise of corporate tax cuts, Spotify, MGM, T-Mobile, Pandora and Epix could all be on the acquisition block." TheStreet 10:39 AM
  • "What Apple got right but Amazon is getting wrong" CNBC 10:29 AM
  • "Apple to reveal fiscal Q1 2017 results on Jan. 31" AppleInsider 4:56 PM
  • "Apple yanks New York Times app from China App Store at government's behest" AppleInsider 7:52 PM
  • "Malwarebytes warns of denial-of-service attacks on Macs, but blocked by latest Sierra update" 9to5Mac 11:03 AM
  • "How to Delete Large Apps from Mac to Free Up Storage" OS X Daily 1:46 PM
  • "Apple's iCloud Keychain: The smart person's guide/This is a comprehensive guide to iCloud Keychain, Apple's cloud-based version of its iOS and macOS password, private key, and certificate management software." TechRepublic 10:11 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: iTunes libraries on the new MacBook Pro, orderly audiobook playback" Macworld 7:41 AM
  • "Using a Synology NAS with Final Cut Pro X" 7:17 AM
  • "Adding Colors to Mac Folders: Q. How do you change the folder colors on a Mac? I can never find the folder I want on my desktop with all of them blue." New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:02 AM
  • "How to View the Apple TV's Aerial Screen Saver On Your Mac" The Mac Observer 7:11 AM
  • "Yet Another Mac Instagram App" Mac360 8:28 AM
Press Releases
  • "TimeTag 5.0 for macOS released - A redesigned, simple time tracking app" prMac 7:40 AM
  • "Autodesk Ending 123D Apps—Features To Go Into Other Products" Architosh 7:20 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Can Trump convince Apple, IBM, and Microsoft to create more U.S. jobs?" Fortune 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Watch Nike+ Ads Starring Kevin Hart Debut" MacStories 7:14 AM
  • "Buy an Apple Watch and you'll go mad, says Nike" CNET 8:25 AM
  • "In Apple-Spotify World, SoundCloud Can't Find Room: 'There are very few music platforms at this tremendous scale.'" Bloomberg 11:11 AM
  • "Apple Removes New York Times Apps From iTunes Store in China" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 2:43 PM
  • "Mario Isn't the Only Classic to Leap to Mobile" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:56 AM
  • "Apple Watch store-in-a-store in London's Selfridges closes as Galeries Lafayette expected to follow suit" 9to5Mac 7:41 AM
  • "Apple to Open Larger Store at Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh by Next Year" MacRumors 10:30 AM
  • "Watch Apple's Year In Review In This 'Best Of 2016' Video" Redmond Pie 9:56 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple licenses Mac OS to Radius" Cult of Mac 9:06 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung SDS develops Tizen-based EMM for wearables" ZDNet 9:24 PM
  • "All the craziest announcements from Samsung's big CES presentation" BGR 7:50 PM
  • "Samsung is launching a $150M fund to invest in emerging tech startups" TechCrunch 6:40 PM
  • "Samsung's new Chromebooks are Google's answer to the iPad Pro and Surface Pro: The Chromebook Plus and Pro are the first with integrated stylus support" The Verge 6:38 PM
  • "Samsung says it is nearly ready to detail what went wrong with the Galaxy Note 7: The company kicked off its CES keynote by looking back on a rough 2016." Recode 5:59 PM
  • "New HDMI 2.1 specification brings support for 4K at 120Hz, 8K, 10K resolutions" AppleInsider 4:37 PM
  • "Amazon's Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017" The Verge 4:02 PM
  • "TCL's next BlackBerry has a physical keyboard, and that's basically all we know" The Verge 10:30 AM
  • "Energous still isn't delivering truly wireless charging, but says it's coming later this year" The Verge 8:28 AM
  • "Lego's new kit teaches kids to code" CNNMoney 7:34 AM
  • "Acer's $9,000 Predator 21 X is the world's first curved laptop" The Next Web 7:12 AM
  • "CES 2017 Smart Remotes, Mesh Networks, and More -TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-04" The Mac Observer 1:25 PM
  • "Let's Talk Jailbreak 157: All about the iOS 10 jailbreak and Prometheus" iDownload Blog 7:20 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Series 3 is rumoured to launch in autumn this year" Business Insider 10:30 AM
  • "Did Qualcomm Solve the iPhone Battery Problem?" 24/7 Wall St. 7:00 AM
  • "Rumored Apple partner to ship long range wireless charging tech by year end as competitors demo at CES" 9to5Mac 4:04 PM
  • "Forget Truly-Wireless Earbuds —The Truly-Wireless iPhone is Coming." RazorianFly 4:04 PM
  • "U.S. Patent Office ordered by Court to reexamine a 2009 Apple Patent they rejected on insufficient Grounds" Patently Apple 12:00 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:38 AM

  • "Apple AirPods are Imperfect, but Surprisingly Awesome" AppAdvice 10:11 AM
  • "Hands On With LG's New Wireless Earbuds and...Neck Speakers" PC Magazine 9:57 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "What I Like About iOS 10.2" TeraTalks 8:18 AM
  • "The iPhone Weather app - A deceptively simple and beautiful application" Apple World Today 2:15 PM
  • "Hipstamatic iPhone App Remains a Powerful Force in Mobile Photography" AppAdvice 2:05 PM
  • "'Feral Fury' Review - Pure Panda-monium Gone Wild" Touch Arcade 2:15 PM
  • "How to use third-party apps with Siri: Siri is even more useful and powerful in iOS 10. Learn how to enable Siri apps, and find out about five of the best Siri apps available." TechRepublic 10:11 AM
  • "Safari Split View on the iPad" MacMost 8:55 AM
  • "How to connect another building on your property to your house over Wi-Fi: Connect two nearby locations with a range extender." Macworld 7:29 AM
  • "What Apple's past purchases tell us about their future products" iMore 6:57 PM
  • "Apple's SoftBank VC fund investment. The robots are coming" Apple Must 3:54 PM
  • "Is your iPhone older than Breaking Bad? We want to know" Cult of Mac 2:43 PM
  • "MacBook Pro USB-C move is a new gold rush" Computerworld 10:54 AM
  • "I'm expecting AMD's Vega GPUs to appear in March iMacs" Apple World Today 10:07 AM
  • "Tech to look forward to in 2017" Six Colors 9:56 AM
  • "Resurgent MacBook Pro Hobbled By Intel's New Technology" Forbes 9:05 AM
  • "What's Wrong With Apple Drone Delivery?" NoodleMac 8:11 AM
  • "Comment: OWC's 'DEC' attachment highlights the portability progress Apple has made with the MacBook Pro" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Capitulation" ["Yes, I bought a new Mac Pro. For certain values of 'new'. Hear me out, though, after the jump."] Time.code() 7:17 AM
  • "Schrödinger's Apple" iMore 10:30 AM
  • "Chuq Von Rospach: What's wrong with Apple" Apple 3.0 7:13 AM
  • "iPad Pro As Laptop Or Even Desktop Replacement? – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 7:11 AM
  • "Headphones with better voice control are right around the corner" Mashable 2:43 PM
  • "Alexa: Amazon's Operating System" MacStories 12:03 PM
  • "Alexa: Amazon's Operating System" Stratechery 12:00 PM
  • "Your Kids Will Probably Hate Comcast Digital Home" PC Magazine 9:56 AM
  • "Dell Makes The MacBook You Really Want" Mac360 8:28 AM
  • "Report: How to resolve cloud migration challenges in physical and virtual applications" Gigaom 7:41 AM
  • "Hands On With the Huawei Honor 6X" AnandTech 7:19 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Vine to transition from social network to camera app on Jan. 17" AppleInsider 9:06 PM
  • "Apple offers free Beats Solo3 headphones for Chinese New Year" ZDNet 7:13 PM
  • "Asus' first Wi-Fi system offers performance and real-time protection for less" CNET 1:46 PM
  • "Make Your Apple Watch More Versatile With the Twelve South ActionSleeve" The Mac Observer 1:25 PM
  • "Incipio Ox Case for iPhone 7 includes built-in headphone jack, Lightning port" AppleInsider 1:24 PM
  • "Turn your Apple Watch into an armband with ActionSleeve" iMore 12:03 PM
  • "Fisher-Price bike helps iPad-addicted toddlers get exercise" Cult of Mac 11:35 AM
  • "Carrier introducing its first HomeKit thermostat with Wi-Fi Côr models" 9to5Mac 11:03 AM
  • "Casio's ultra-rugged WSD-F20 is the first new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch, available in April" 9to5Google 11:03 AM
  • "The Six Best Personal Finance Apps for Trading and Making Investments On Your iPhone" Apple Gazette 9:56 AM
  • "FLIR upgrades One thermal imaging camera for iPhone, debuts GoPro-like drone models" AppleInsider 9:56 AM
  • "Smart hairbrush tells your iPhone if you're not brushing properly" Cult of Mac 9:07 AM
  • "Elgato's new Thunderbolt 3 Dock packs two TB3 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, more" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Elgato debuts Eve Extend for expanding Bluetooth HomeKit range, new Eve Aqua wireless irrigation controller" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "Epson Introduces Two Portable Duplex Document Scanners for Businesses On-the-Go" PRNewswire 8:13 AM
  • "LaCie Upgrades Industry-Trusted d2 and Rugged Drives for Creative Professional Workflows" Business Wire 8:12 AM
  • "Garmin's latest in-car satnav units use iPhone connectivity for live traffic, parking & tracking" 9to5Mac 7:40 AM
  • "The OWC DEC Promises to Make Your MacBook 'Pro' Again" The Mac Observer 6:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel's Go supercomputer for cars points to a PC-like horsepower race" IDG News Service 10:40 AM
  • "Intel launches GO platform, aims for autonomous vehicles, but runs into Qualcomm, NXP" ZDNet 9:59 AM
  • "Intel Announces 'Go' for Cars, Aiming to Gain in Self-Driving" Bloomberg 10:21 AM
  • "With New Stake in Here, Intel Ups Its Commitment to the Growing Self-Driving Sector" TheStreet 7:01 AM
  • "Intel to Buy Stake in Digital Mapping Company" Investopedia 10:21 AM
  • "Intel is planning to buy 15% of a mapping company that Nokia sold for $2.9 billion" Business Insider 8:18 AM
  • "Intel to Expand in Automated Car Space with Stake in HERE" Zacks 8:24 AM
  • "Intel acquires 15% of HERE, expect collaboration" Memeburn 7:28 AM
  • "BMW, Intel, Mobileye to test 40 driverless cars in second half of 2017" Reuters 10:00 AM
  • "BMW, Intel and Mobileye will put 40 self-driving test cars on roads in 2017" TechCrunch 10:08 AM
  • "Intel puts mobile chip failures in its past with first speedy 5G modem" IDG News Service 9:02 AM
  • "Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES" The Register 7:54 AM
  • "Why LinkedIn Under Microsoft Is Doomed: There are two things Microsoft can do with LinkedIn. One is leave it alone. The other comes more naturally." PC Magazine 7:27 AM
  • "Microsoft's SQL Server Database Was the Surprise Software Hit of the Year" Wired 8:24 AM
  • "The machines are coming: Japanese firm buys IBM Watson to replace 34 insurance claim staff" V3 7:28 AM
  • "HP displays Curved Computer at CES 2017 – HP Envy Curved AIO 34" DailyTech 10:30 AM
  • "HP Elitebook 1040 G3 Ready and Able to Handle Most Business Apps" eWeek 4:43 PM
  • "Dell is kicking off CES 2017 with slick new laptops that double as tablets" Yahoo! Finance 9:05 AM
  • "The return of the PC: Why it's ready for a comeback after years of decline" ZDNet 9:59 AM
  • "The PC is interesting again: All the potential and possibilities of the modern Windows machine" The Verge 2:05 PM
  • "Are Desktop PCs And Laptops Becoming Obsolete?" Quora 2:16 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple, the 'king of repatriation'" CNBC Videos 8:23 AM
Industry News
  • "Stock market ends near records, powered by auto sales: FOMC minutes telegraph faster pace of rate hikes" MarketWatch 4:00 PM
  • "Stocks Close Higher Even as Fed Ponders Accelerated Pace of Rate Hikes: Stocks close around session highs on Wednesday with investors unperturbed by the possibility of a faster pace of interest rate increases." TheStreet 4:00 PM
  • "Consumer Stocks Push Dow Higher: Gains in consumer stocks pushed U.S. indexes higher as investors remained cautiously optimistic at the start of 2017." [Paid Membership Required] 4:00 PM
  • "Nikkei soars to start new year with a 13-month high: Upbeat U.S. and Japanese data, softer yen provide a boost" MarketWatch 8:57 AM
  • "European stocks flutter around 1-year high as banks push higher: Ryanair posts 20% rise in December traffic" MarketWatch 8:56 AM

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