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Friday Highlights: Foss Patents reveals a workaround found in iOS 12 pertaining to Qualcomm's patent dispute with Apple over Spotlight search; customers lining up at Apple Stores as new iPhones, Apple Watch available for sale; WSJ says "turnout will go a long way toward determining Apple's results over the next year"—reports aplenty in our General Interest section; Huawei gives out power banks to those waiting in line for new iPhones; RIP Charles Moore; Science Alert looks at China's Orwellian population monitoring system called "Social Credit System"; is AirPower actually alive? Gets a mention in new iPhone manuals!; iFixit tears down iPhone XS and XS Max, hails new battery design; on YouTube, TechSmartt performs droptest on latest iPhones, and watertests the XS Max; The Mac Observer reviews iOS 12, and MacRumors reports on their readers' first iPhone XS/Max and Apple Watch Series 4 impressions.

  • "Report: Foxconn weighs $7 billion US factory with Apple"  San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 4:08 PM
  • "Foxconn Considering $7 Billion U.S. Investment For Flat Panel Display Production: Apple supplier Foxconn is considering a $7 billion investment that would establish a U.S.-based LCD display manufacturing hub that could create as many as 50,000 new jobs." TheStreet 4:44 PM
  • "Apple Outperforms Other Dow Tech Stocks In 2017"  24/7 Wall St. 7:45 AM
  • "Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action" TechCrunch 1/21
  • "Qualcomm Calls Apple's Claims 'Baseless' in Response to $1 Billion Lawsuit"  MacRumors 1/21
  • "Qualcomm responds to Apple's $1 billion lawsuit, says claims are baseless and Apple 'misrepresented facts'" 9to5Mac 1/21
  • "Lawsuit Demands Apple Lock iPhones To Stop Texting While Driving"  NewsFactor 1/21
  • "Top 10 Free Alternatives to Expensive Software" Lifehacker 6:19 PM
  • "How to screenshot your Mac" iMore 2:18 PM
  • "Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three local backup utilities for macOS"  AppleInsider 9:58 AM
  • "No internet connection? Be prepared for iTunes to drive you crazy: iTunes should be smart enough to know when an internet connection isn't necessary. But it isn't." Macworld 1/20
  • "Secrets for Mac and Secrets Touch review: A simple, no-frills password manager for Mac and iOS/Secrets allows users to easily and securely store passwords, credit card numbers, bank details, and other confidential information with OpenPGP and AES encryption." Macworld 1/20
  • "How to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID" TechRepublic 1/20
  • "Freeze Frame In iMovie" MacMost 1/20
  • "How to use Search in Photos for Mac" iMore 1/20
  • "Where Do AirDrop Files Go? Locating AirDrop Files on Mac and iOS" OS X Daily 1/20
  • "Free:' Manage Tasks On Mac, iPhone, iPad" Mac360 1/20
  • "Video freezes on Mac Pro: It was software after all" Betalogue 1/21
  • "The switch from Premiere to Final Cut Pro" The Loop 1/21
Press Releases
  • "Synology Surveillance System 8.0 Offers New Desktop Client, Smart Multiple Streaming, More" MacTrast 11:40 AM
  • "Cisdem PDFCreator 4.0.0" Cisdem 10:00 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's R&D center in Japan on track for March opening as cabinet secretary praises the company's efforts"  9to5Mac 1/21
  • "iPhone 7 Plus accounts for bigger piece of U.S. pie: Larger iPhone's share shoots up nearly 70% in December quarter compared to 2015" Computerworld 1/20
  • "Apple Tops Customer Loyalty Engagement Report For A Range Of Tech Categories" Digital Trends 1/20
  • "Report claims Apple Music pays more to record labels in royalties per stream than Spotify" AppleInsider 1/20
  • "Apple Authorized Reseller Simply Mac closing multiple locations around the United States this month" 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "Apple Authorized Reseller Simply Mac is closing multiple stores" Cult of Mac 1/20
  • "Today in Apple history: Sequel to '1984' Mac ad bombs hard" Cult of Mac 1/20
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung: Faulty batteries to blame for Note 7 disaster" ZDNet 9:37 PM
  • "Samsung Blames Battery and Design Flaws for Galaxy Note 7 Fires" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:37 PM
  • "Samsung Says Irregularly Designed Batteries Caused Note 7 Fires" Bloomberg 9:37 PM
  • "AT&T Hikes Phone Activation Fee To $25 In Latest Customer Fleecing" HotHardware 4:44 PM
  • "AT&T is losing cellphone customers, fast" BGR 4:42 PM
  • "Android is Getting an Instant Tethering Feature" Thurrott 1/21
  • "Amazon is launching a training program to hire more veterans" Mashable 1/20
  • "Is Tidal being honest about its subscriber numbers? A report from Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv says it isn't." Engadget 1/20
  • "Researchers make a graphene superconductor: Which doesn't need to be chilled down to crazy temperatures to work." Engadget 1/20
  • "Inside Pandora's Quest to Take on Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon" Billboard 1/20
  • "Nintendo signals end for Wii U" BBC 1/20
  • "Twilight's Kristen Stewart co-authored a paper on artificial intelligence" Business Insider 1/20
  • "Japan is testing USB phone charging stations in public transport buses" The Next Web 1/20
  • "Samsung Note 7 investigation will blame 'irregularly sized' batteries and manufacturing flaws, says WSJ" The Verge 1/20
  • "Too Many Games For a Clever Title - The TouchArcade Show #291" Touch Arcade 1/20
  • "Podcast: US Retail Trends. What Sold and What Didn't in US Consumer Tech" Tech.pinions 1/20
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 103 | Latest iPad and MacBook Pro rumors, 10 features we want in the next macOS, more" 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "Another updated MacBook Pro coming in 2017, this week on The CultCast" Cult of Mac 1/20
  • "Apple iPhone 8 To Reportedly Replace Touch ID With Two-Factor Fingerprint And Facial Recognition" HotHardware 4:42 PM
  • "Apple expected to replace Touch ID with two-step facial, fingerprint bio-recognition tech" AppleInsider 1/21
  • "Apple to adopt new 3D Touch technology for OLED iPhone" AppleInsider 1/21
  • "iPhone 8 Rumored To Feature New Touch ID Tech And Facial Recognition System" Redmond Pie 1/21
  • "KGI: iPhone 8 will feature new 3D Touch pressure-sensitive sensor to work with flexible OLED display" 9to5Mac 1/21
  • "Report Suggests Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID And Facial Recognition For iPhone 8" WCCF Tech 1/21
  • "Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial Recognition System for iPhone 8" MacRumors 1/21
  • "Questionable Rumor Suggests Group FaceTime is Coming in iOS 11" MacRumors 1/20
  • "iOS 11 to Bring Group FaceTime Video Calling?" iClarified 1/20
  • "Foxconn to set up factory in conjunction with Apple R&D center in Shenzhen, says report" DigiTimes 1/20
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Best Buy gives you a free iPhone SE with every Sprint iPhone 7 purchase" BGR 1/20
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/20
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/20
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 1/20

  • "Best iPhone 7 Plus cases" iMore 1/21
  • "The Belkin Wemo Mini makes your home that much smarter" iMore 1/21
  • "Withings Steel HR review: A hybrid smartwatch with heart/Withings took its classic stainless steel watch and added an optical heart rate sensor and a digital display." Macworld 1/20
  • "Hands-on: Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus gives you iPhone-controlled dynamic accent lighting with ease [Video] 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "Mujjo leather sleeves protect your MacBook Pro with style" Apple World Today 1/20
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "5 excellent yoga training apps for Android and iOS" phoneArena 4:44 PM
  • "Meitu — What you need to know about privacy and the filtering app" iMore 4:44 PM
  • "Hands-on with the completely revamped Terminology dictionary app" AppleInsider 3:40 PM
  • "Best Handoff-compatible apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac" iMore 1/21
  • "Timepage calendar iPhone app by Moleskine adds style to events" AppleInsider 1/20
  • "Accessing a Mac from an iOS Device Using Screens" Envato Tuts+ 1/20
  • "Become Tech Savvy: How to setup automatic backups in macOS and iOS" 9to5Mac 1/21
  • "Got a broken iPhone screen? Here's how to fix or replace it" Digital Trends 1/21
  • "How-to: Share photos, videos & songs with Apple Music Connect & manage your artist profile" 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "How To Create Custom Gradient Wallpapers For Your iPhone" AddictiveTips 1/20
  • "How To Find And Delete Duplicate Photos On Your iPhone" AddictiveTips 1/20
  • "How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to English (no app required)" iDownload Blog 1/20
  • "How to find, view, and delete everything the Amazon Echo and Google Home know about you" TechHive 1/20
  • "Ultra-quickly turn on subtitles/closed captions on Apple TV" Mac Kung Fu 10:32 AM
  • "Will Trump be good for Apple? [Friday Night Fights] Cult of Mac 1/20
  • "Wearables have got some work to do this year" TechCrunch 1/20
  • "Your Apple Watch Could Eventually Become a Complete BioMed Lab" The Mac Observer 1/20
  • "Those fuzzy feelings you have about Apple are by design" Cult of Mac 1/20
  • "5K vs. 4K: Which HD display is better for your Mac?" iMore 1/20
  • "What's next for iOS? We break down rumored Siri updates, Dark/Theatre Modes, AR features & much more" 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "Apple Music appears to be the most artist friendly streaming service" Apple Music 1/20
  • "Apple's Role In Democracy's Decline" Mac360 1/20
  • "iPhone 8 And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Headline" NoodleMac 1/20
  • "Dear Apple, I Won't Buy These From You" Mac360 1/20
  • "Why Aren't Smartwatches Smaller?" Kirkville 1/20
  • "Are Apple's wireless Airpods worth shelling out $160? Recode's Kara Swisher and The Verge's Lauren Goode debate what's so special about Airpods on Too Embarrassed to Ask." Recode 1/20
  • "Mac Pro concept is the perfect desktop Apple won't make" Cult of Mac 1/20
  • "Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence" TechCrunch 4:43 PM
  • "Five Emerging Trends and Their Potential Impact on the Future of the AEC Industry" Architosh 2:07 PM
  • "A history of the Amiga, part 10: The downfall of Commodore/The Amiga was a machine ahead of its time, but Commodore was in trouble." Ars Technica 8:50 AM
  • "Google Pixel XL Vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: 6 Weeks With Android Nougat Purity" HotHardware 1/20
  • "Comic: An elegant computer for a more civilized age" iMore 1/21
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps offered by Bell and IBM to Canadian businesses" Apple World Today 1/21
  • "Coming January 21: Gene Steinberg meets columnist Kirk McElhearn and author Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 1/20
  • "Twelve South Releases RelaxedLeather Cases for iPhone 7 And 7 Plus" MacPrices 1/20
  • "LifeProof Nuud Case for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Now Available" AppAdvice 1/20
  • "LifeProof redesigns its waterproof NUUD case for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus" 9to5Mac 1/20
  • "Matterport Virtual Reality (VR) Content Now Available on Apple iPhone" Business Wire 1/20
  • "Retro Patents let you decorate your wall with the world's greatest ideas" The Next Web 1/20
  • "Astropad Studio Is an iPad App That Changes Your Mac" Subtraction 1/20
Computer Industry
  • "Oracle lays off more than 1,000 employees" ZDNet 6:26 PM
  • "Microsoft reportedly laying off more employees" Neowin 7:37 AM
  • "The biggest barrier to Windows 10 success is still Windows 7" ZDNet 8:12 PM
  • "Viber for Windows 10 receives a sizeable update" Neowin 7:37 AM
  • "LinkedIn launches upgraded user experience for desktop" Neowin 7:37 AM
  • "Microsoft to cut 700 employees in next layoff round: Report" ZDNet 1/21
  • "Microsoft reportedly laying off more employees" Neowin 1/21
  • "Let's Chat: Is Windows 7 Really Outdated? Microsoft itself claims Windows 7 security is 'outdated'" Softpedia 1/21
  • "Microsoft launches 'Azure Analysis Services': Microsoft on Friday announced the public preview of 'Azure Analysis Services', a latest addition to company's Cloud platform to simplify data analysis." The Economic Times 1/21
  • "Microsoft brings native ebook store into Windows 10 Creators Update" Windows Report 1/21
  • "Microsoft Surface Studio And Surface Pro 4 Get A New Firmware Update: Why Is It Important?" Auto World News 1/21
  • "Microsoft releases Technical Preview of 1701 update for System Center Configuration Manager" Neowin 1/21
  • "HP announces price hike across products by 3-5% in Indian market: The increased list prices will be applicable to the new arrivals once the existing stock is sold out." BGR India 1/21
  • "The price increase of IBM-share cemented the credibility of Buffettology" The Technews 1/21
  • "The Power Primer: Lessons From Andy Grove, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates & Larry Ellison" Forbes 1/21
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Lion's share of Apple's revenue expansion after 'iPhone 8' expected from services growth" AppleInsider 1/20
  • "Apple is ticking higher after the world's largest asset manager says it has been loading up on shares" Business Insider 1/20
  • "The world's largest asset manager is loading up on Apple" Business Insider 1/20
  • "Investment firm BlackRock increases stake in Apple stock, now owns 6.1% of shares" AppleInsider 1/20
Industry News
  • "Dow ends 5-session skid to begin the Trump presidential era: Bristol-Myers tumbles, won't seek accelerated approval for a lung cancer treatment" MarketWatch 1/20
  • "Wall Street Ushers in the Trump Era With Gains: The beginning of a new presidency boosted U.S. markets on Friday but stocks moved off highs shortly after Donald Trump was sworn into office." TheStreet 1/20
  • "Stocks snap losing streak as Trump sworn in" USA Today 1/20
  • "Stocks Rise After President Trump Takes Oath of Office" FOXBusiness 1/20
  • "Dow Gets a Lift as Trump Takes Office: Swings sparked by the new president continue; blue chips fall 0.3% for the week" [Paid Membership Required] 1/20
  • "China stocks gain on economic data; other Asian markets mostly lower: Investors largely waiting for signs after Trump sworn in" MarketWatch 1/20
  • "European stocks waver, but banks gain ahead of Trump ceremony: Stoxx 600 set for weekly decline" MarketWatch 1/20

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