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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.

  • "Jimmy Iovine: Apple Music will have no limitations"  San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 9:07 PM
  • "The iPhone Unsung Sine Qua Non/Much has been said about the original iPhone's success factors: an innovative multi-touch interface, a never-seen-before combination of cell phone, iPod and Internet 'navigator'. All good, but missing one crucial element: removing the carrier's control on the iPhone's features and content."  Monday Note 7:30 AM
  • "Apple in Trumpland: How the new administration could upend Apple's business"  Ars Technica 1/15
  • "Can Apple emerge from the ashes?" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 1/15
  • "Apple's Jimmy Iovine Talks About Apple Music Growth" Digital Trends 1/15
  • "Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner: It's time to debate damages. To Apple and to common sense" The Register 1/15
  • "Could an iPhone Battery Have Played a Role in EgyptAir Crash? French investigators think the batteries in a co-pilot's iPad mini 4 or iPhone 6s may have caused the mysterious crash of EgyptAir flight MS804, which went down on May 19th of last year. All 66 people onboard were killed." Fortune 1/15
  • "Vivaldi is building 'Opera as it should've been': By staying private, and not raising VC, Vivaldi wants to avoid Opera's mistakes." Ars Technica 9:52 AM
  • "macOS 10.12.3 beta includes new Display Brightness energy saving recommendation for extending battery life" 9to5Mac 12:55 PM
  • "How to efficiently free up space and recover lost storage on your Mac" 9to5Mac 1:36 PM
  • "How to kill the evercookie and supercookie, the cockroaches of tracking" Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "How to view and edit Word documents from Google Drive with ease: If the inability to edit MS Office files in Google Drive has been holding you back, here's how you how you can easily add this much-needed feature." TechRepublic 7:44 AM
  • "How to save battery power by reducing screen brightness in macOS beta" iMore 2:57 PM
  • "Using Photos Face Recognition" MacMost 10:54 AM
  • "Just How Fast Is Your Mac?" Mac360 8:57 AM
Press Releases
  • "Opera Announces Neon Concept Browser For Mac" MacPrices 12:18 PM
  • "BlobmanLabs releases Blobman 3.0 - Golf Swing Improvement Tool" prMac 7:27 AM
  • "Tellini Releases TabView 3.0 - The Missing Tool for Mac Guitarists" prMac 7:25 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Analyst: Apple's push into original video content is not compatible with its business model or culture"  Business Insider 10:42 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine confirms Apple Music's plans to offer original video content" TechCrunch 10:35 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine Says Apple Music Will Be 'An Entire Pop Cultural Experience' With New TV Shows" MacRumors 7:26 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine says music not enough, confirms Apple's interest in 'pop culture' TV shows" 9to5Mac 7:25 AM
  • "Iovine Comments Suggest Apple Music's Video Strategy Has Broadened" MacStories 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Music Wants to be Pop Culture Central with Music and TV Shows" The Mac Observer 8:57 AM
  • "Is Apple Music Video Going to Take on Both Spotify and Netflix?" AppAdvice 9:42 AM
  • "iPhone 7 tops 2016 smartphone performance chart"  Cult of Mac 10:22 AM
  • "You can buy a handgun that looks like and iPhone, and cops are worried" BGR 9:08 PM
  • "Apple and Tim Cook Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." MacRumors 7:43 AM
  • "Batteries with built-in flame retardant could prevent fiery mishaps" Engadget 7:41 AM
  • "New AirPods Commercials Airing on TV" OS X Daily 12:27 PM
  • "New AirPod ads show off Apple's wireless dream" Cult of Mac 9:22 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Remember the Macintosh Plus?" Cult of Mac 8:27 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Gadget trash is piling up in Asia" CNNMoney 2:27 PM
  • "Li-ion battery with built-in flame retardant could stop battery fires" Ars Technica 8:18 AM
  • "Asia is throwing out an increasingly large, dangerous amount of e-waste" Mashable 7:53 AM
  • "Angry Birds maker Rovio opens new game studio in London" VentureBeat 7:38 AM
  • "Samsung heir formally accused of bribery by prosecutors" CNET 7:37 AM
  • "Samsung Electronics probe finds battery was main cause of Note 7 fires: source" Reuters 7:33 AM
  • "The world's most common passwords revealed: Are you using them?" Telegraph 7:33 AM
  • "China orders app stores to join register" BBC 7:23 AM
  • "Upgrade #124: There Are Always Gates" Six Colors 6:43 PM
  • "CES – olloclip's Lenses and Gear for iPhone Photography and Videography" MacVoices 2:36 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode: Interview with Innovation Fellow for the TechCongress Dr. Chris Soghoian" The Mac Observer 3:29 PM
  • "Listener Comments on Consumer Reports, Apple Music Goes Pop Culture -TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-16" The Mac Observer 1:15 PM
  • "Apple to offer 32GB of desktop RAM in top-end 2017 MacBook Pro, 16GB for 12" MacBook" AppleInsider 6:41 PM
  • "New 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Kaby Lake and 32GB of Desktop-Class RAM Coming Later This Year" MacRumors 6:42 PM
  • "Apple will reportedly release a 15-inch MacBook Pro with up to 32GB of RAM in Q4" VentureBeat 6:41 PM
  • "Report: MacBook could get a Pro-level update in 2017" The Next Web 6:41 PM
  • "32GB RAM MacBook Pro Could Be Limited To 15-inch Model" UberGizmo 9:07 PM
  • "Apple partner Pegatron could boost US manufacturing capacity by 3-5x, if pressed" AppleInsider 9:00 AM
  • "Lawsuit accuses Apple's iMessages of violating 2002 point-of-sale patent" AppleInsider 10:54 AM
  • "Apple Warns You When Your Display is Using Significant Energy in Latest macOS Beta" MacRumors 12:27 PM
  • "Smartphone vendors likely to brace for component shortages in 2017" DigiTimes 12:28 PM
  • "Apple's 'iPhone 8' prompts rival smartphone makers to clamber for OLED supplies" AppleInsider 12:28 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM

  • "Mophie Juice Pack Air Review - iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Battery Case" Mobile Reviews Eh 1:05 PM
  • "Hey, gym rats – these buds are for you" Boston Herald 9:05 AM
  • "Inateck Tempered Glass Screen Protector: Inexpensive protection for a unforgiving world" Apple World Today 3:32 PM
  • "12 iPhone reviews in 3 minutes for its 10th anniversary" Engadget 1/14
  • "M&D's wireless MW50 headphones aren't perfect, but they sound great" Engadget 1/14
  • "DBrand vs. SlickWraps vs. Decal Girl – iPhone 7 skin comparison" Mobile Reviews Eh 1/14
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Apple's TV app has changed how I watch television" iMore 12:27 PM
  • "Eat, pray, shoot: Our favorite gear and apps for travel photography" Macworld 7:27 AM
  • "How to block certain calls in iOS 10: Gain more control over what calls you receive with these apps." Macworld 7:26 AM
  • "Want podcasts on your Apple Watch? There's finally an app for that" iDownload Blog 7:34 AM
  • "How to Easily Create Beautiful App Store Screenshots for your iPhone App" iPhone Hacks 6:43 PM
  • "Hands on with Airmail 1.5, managing Apple Mail, Gmail, and Exchange on iOS" AppleInsider 1/15
  • "How Kiwake Alarm Clock for iPhone Boosted My Morning Routine" iPhone Hacks 1/15
  • "How to change Alexa's name: If calling your Alexa device by name causes confusion or problems in your household, here's how you can change the wake word to something different." CNET 6:43 PM
  • "How to Enable Read Receipts Per Contact in Messages for iOS" OS X Daily 2:14 PM
  • "How to set up and use multilingual typing on iPhone" iDownload Blog 12:59 PM
  • "How to save jailbreak tweaks on your device with redeb" iDownload Blog 12:29 PM
  • "A Beginner's Guide To iOS: How To Get Started With Your New iPhone Or iPad" Digital Trends 10:17 AM
  • "How to enable the 'dark mode' feature hiding in your iPhone browser right now" BGR 9:52 AM
  • "Make great movies fast on your iPad with iMovie Trailers: How to create engaging short movies on iPad" Computerworld 9:47 AM
  • "How to stream audio from iPhone or iPad without AirPlay" iMore 7:32 AM
  • "See the actual strength of the iPhone's cellular connection" The Robservatory 1:57 PM
  • "Tip: quickly share your Activity rings, workouts or achievements as standalone screenshots" iDownload Blog 11:04 AM
  • "Apple's TV plans are finally starting to take shape" BGR 8:23 PM
  • "The original iPhone changed phones as we knew them, but iPhone 4S was a game-changer too" The Verge 2:45 PM
  • "Apple's Innovation is Slowly Dying" AppleBlend 12:40 PM
  • "Your Apple Watch is Going to Become Your Personal Physician" Apple Must 12:18 PM
  • "I really hope Apple's iPhone 8 looks nothing like this concept" BGR 9:22 AM
  • "How would you change Apple Music?" iMore 1/15
  • "Apple's first AirPods ad reminds me of the iPod ads" TechCrunch 1/15
  • "10 Years Ago, Apple's iPhone Changed Our Lives Forever" Forbes 1/14
  • "A Hacker Just Proved That Apple May Have Been Right About the F.B.I."  Vanity Fair 1/14
  • "All is fail: Apple doom only comes in extra large" Macworld 1/14
  • "Cassandra: Weekend Review -Doom, Gloom and Deckard's Zoom Machine" eXtensions 1/14
  • "Making Twitter Lists With Android" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:13 AM
  • "My headphone warranty demands ritual sacrifice" The Verge 7:39 AM
  • "When home Internet service costs $5,000—or even $15,000" Ars Technica 7:31 AM
  • "Why Tech Leaders can't Succumb to a Presidential Bully Pulpit" Tech.pinions 7:29 AM
  • "Nintendo Switch: Hands on with Nintendo's fascinating new console" Telegraph 7:33 AM
  • "'I spent today playing Nintendo Switch'" BBC 7:24 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Taking on Apple's AirPods, Bragi's The Headphone is now Shipping" AppAdvice 1:56 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of January 16: A Social Workshop, iCloud, Maps, and a Swap Meet" The MUG Center 12:56 PM
  • "AutoSleep Updated with New Views" Macdrifter 8:58 AM
  • "Cassandra: Hard disks and USB-C in Thailand -Small Improvement in Availability" eXtensions 1/15
  • "Cutting the Cord: Apps That Allow You to Ditch Cable" AppAdvice 1/15
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Nadella Warns Against 'Hubris' Amid AI Growth" Bloomberg 9:20 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO says AI should help, not replace, workers" Engadget 1:35 PM
  • "Trump doesn't make Microsoft's CEO nervous" CNNMoney 9:06 PM
  • "Windows 10 security: 'So good, it can block zero-days without being patched'/Systems running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update were shielded from two exploits even before Microsoft had issued patches for them, its researchers have found." ZDNet 8:01 AM
  • "With change to cumulative Windows updates, Microsoft admits IE's fading role in the enterprise" Computerworld 7:46 AM
  • "Microsoft waves an 'early goodbye' to Windows 7, pushes Windows 10 upgrades" BetaNews 7:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Acquired An AI Startup That Can Make Cortana Better" Beacon Transcript 9:57 AM
  • "Microsoft patent reveals foldable phone that turns into a tablet" The Verge 7:39 AM
  • "Microsoft's next Surface trick may be a foldable phone" The Next Web 10:07 AM
  • "IBM Breaks Innovation Record In 2016" Benzinga 3:30 PM
  • "Dell has to start thinking bigger with India leap-frogging in the digital era: Amit Midha" The Economic Times 9:55 AM
  • "Intel launches new IoT retail platform, plans $100 million retail tech investment" ZDNet 9:57 AM
  • "Intel's Virtual Reality Growth a Reality" Investopedia 10:42 AM
  • "Intel wants sensors to help you with your shopping" Engadget 4:15 PM
  • "Can AMD's New Vega GPU Compete with NVIDIA's Pascal?" Market Realist 7:39 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen specs, release date, price point anticipated at GDC 2017; Quad-core CPU sampling started" Yibada 9:57 AM
  • "AMD: Will Trump's China Trade Policy Push The Company Back Into Losses?" Seeking Alpha 12:26 PM
  • "Oracle opens start-up accelerator in Israel for cloud innovation" Reuters 7:48 AM
  • "Cisco calls on Arista to stop selling products in US after agency reverses patent finding" Network World 9:54 AM
  • "Lenovo Thought It Knew How to Fix Tarnished Brands—Then It Bought Motorola: Success with IBM deal led Chinese firm to underestimate difficulty of reviving the smartphone company; 'we didn't know each other'" [Paid Membership Required] 8:23 PM
  • "Move Over, Coders—Physicists Will Soon Rule Silicon Valley" Wired 7:46 AM
  • "The Past and Future of Cloud Computing" GuruFocus 12:26 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: Morgan Stanley lowers iPhone estimates, raises ASP" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 8:22 PM
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks soar as growth trumps Trump fears" CNNMoney 9:58 AM
  • "Stocks may need a flawless earnings season to keep Trump rally going: Trump inauguration pressures stocks as earnings roll out" MarketWatch 4:14 PM
  • "Global shares mostly lower amid worries over Brexit, Italy" Associated Press 8:26 AM
  • "Stocks Lower as British Pound Suffers Brexit Jitters: Stocks fell while the British pound dropped to three-month lows Monday amid escalating concerns over the U.K.'s access to the European Union's single market." [Paid Membership Required] 4:13 PM
  • "Nikkei tumbles as exporters drop; Chinese stocks sell off" MarketWatch 8:25 AM
  • "European stocks decline as banks, auto makers struggle: Essilor, Luxottica reach merger deal" MarketWatch 8:25 AM

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