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Weekend Highlights: Dan Moren reads the tea leaves from WWDC sees "shape of a few of Apple's plans to come"; Cult of Mac explores Apple's ability to trick "our brains into accepting high prices"; $1 trillion back in Apple's sights with trade deal according to analyst; Tim Cook met with President Trump this week discussing trade, immigration; Adobe shows prototype AI tool that can spot Photoshopped faces; CryptoKit presages iPhone as crypto wallet?; Counterpoint's examination of global true wireless hearables market finds Apple's growth level from last quarter; Apple Maps look-around smoother than Google's according to comparison; will USB-C finally come to iPhones this year?; Rene Ritchie has a go with iPad Pro running iPadOS; Dennis Sellers gets early look at Mutrics sunglasses/speaker combo; Dieter Bohns finally turns on iMessage.

  • "Apple in 2018: Five questions we need to ask/The company had a big year in 2017. Could next year be even bigger?" ["Though the smart home is still in its early stages, Apple could be missing out on a big opportunity if it takes too much longer to get things right. And it's got to find a way to make Siri not only smart enough to play the music you want but also trustworthy enough to lock your front doors."]  CNET 8:12 AM
  • "Apple confirms it will buy Shazam music-recognition app: Apple on Monday confirmed its plan to buy Shazam, the UK-based music-recognition app, in its biggest acquisition since Beats three years ago."  Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:27 AM
  • "Apple Buys Shazam to Boost Apple Music" Bloomberg 11:44 AM
  • "Apple confirms it has acquired Shazam" The Verge 12:01 PM
  • "Apple is buying Shazam at a big discount: Snap too had approached Shazam about a possible deal." Recode 12:01 PM
  • "Apple buys music-recognition app Shazam" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:51 PM
  • "Siri, what's that song? Apple buys Shazam" CNNMoney 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app?" BBC 11:29 AM
  • "Apple and Shazam: It's not just about identifying songs/Apple's purchase of Shazam might not be as splashy (or as expensive) as its $3.2 billion Beats buy, but it means much more to the iPhone."  Macworld 2:17 PM
  • "Not just music: Apple's purchase of Shazam will aid augmented reality pursuits" AppleInsider 1:58 PM
  • "Apple, India wrangle over import tax on mobile parts: sources" Reuters 8:02 AM
  • "Apple aims to block climate, rights proposals with quick use of SEC guidance: Inc is pushing back on shareholder proposals on climate issue and human rights concerns, an effort activists worry could sharply restrict investor rights."  Reuters 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to Developers" MacRumors 1:53 PM
  • "Good bye, animated GIF? Safari will soon allow true video formats to be included in 'img' tags" iDownload Blog 3:49 PM
  • "GeForce Now beta impressions: Streaming PC games to your Mac isn't perfect, but it's definitely impressive/Nvidia's cloud service puts high-end PC games on even low-end Macs, and it's free to use in beta."  Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "How to edit multiple images the easy way in Photos for Mac" Cult of Mac 12:25 PM
  • "Fusion Drive or hybrid drive: Which one should you use?" Macworld 8:16 AM
  • "High Sierra discussions examine file-sharing, APFS/compatibility, Office 2011, reversion procedures, quality issues etc." MacInTouch 7:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "12 Days of Christmas Sale!" Accordance 10:41 AM
  • "Chrome 63 revamps Bookmark Manager w/ Material Design on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS" 9to5Google 10:38 AM
  • "Pixelmator Pro receives many improvements in the latest update" iDownload Blog 10:09 AM
  • "CrazyBot - Best PokeBot for Pokemon Go Now Free" prMac 8:14 AM
  • "MacClean can help you easily free up disk space on your Mac" Apple World Today 7:56 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Reveals More Details About Self-Driving Efforts" Investopedia 8:19 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 8 And X Sales Remain Strong Post The Thanksgiving Weekend" Forbes 1:53 PM
  • "Apple analyst dispels supply concerns" MarketWatch 8:18 AM
  • "Apple responds to latest report claiming the iTunes Music Store is closing" 9to5Mac 3:33 PM
  • "Why This FDA Approval Could Be a Huge Deal for Apple" The Motley Fool 8:48 AM
  • "Apple donating $1M to aid Southern California areas hit by latest wildfires" 9to5Mac 10:30 AM
  • "Apple let a knockoff version of one of the world's biggest crypto wallets into the App Store" TechCrunch 8:19 AM
  • "An unofficial version of the MyEtherWallet app is #3 on Apple's App Store" The Verge 8:22 AM
  • "Apple posts a trio of videos highlighting Face ID & Portrait Lighting on iPhone X" iDownload Blog 3:27 PM
  • "Apple Shares New Ads Highlighting iPhone X Face ID and Portrait Lighting" MacRumors 3:32 PM
  • "Apple Found a Hipster Willing to Cut His Beard to Demonstrate Face ID" The Mac Observer 3:48 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: iPhone factory deaths spark investigation" Cult of Mac 8:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "A stretchable battery, powered by sweat, could revolutionize wearables" Digital Trends 3:49 PM
  • "Alexa Can Now Wake You Up With Favorite Tunes" PC Magazine 3:27 PM
  • "Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technology" TechCrunch 3:32 PM
  • "Google just launched three new photography apps" The Verge 3:27 PM
  • "Google is sending more traffic than Facebook to publishers — again" Recode 1:54 PM
  • "Former Facebook executive: 'We have created a tool that's ripping apart the social fabric of how society works'" Business Insider 11:51 AM
  • "Former Facebook exec says network is 'destroying how society works'"  Mashable 8:31 AM
  • "NFL games will start streaming on all mobile carriers in January — not just Verizon" The Verge 8:22 AM
  • "U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC" Reuters 3:53 PM
  • "Hypocrisy at the FCC and the illusion of transparency: Ajit Pai seems to think this is all a big joke."  Engadget 2:08 PM
  • "Axios Sourced: The FCC will end net neutrality" [Video Report] Axios 1:57 PM
  • "Net neutrality repeal based on false description of Internet, inventors say: FCC claims that broadband isn't 'telecommunications.'" Ars Technica 1:55 PM
  • "Internet Pioneers and Leaders Tell the FCC: You Don't Understand How the Internet Works/Internet creators and leading figures ask the FCC to cancel its vote repealing Net Neutrality protections/We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet, and some of the innovators and business people who, like many others, depend on it for our livelihood. We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote on the FCC's proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order (WC Docket No. 17-108)." Pioneers for Net Neutrality 10:02 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak one of 21 tech pioneers to blast FCC for flawed approach to net neutrality" 9to5Mac 10:03 AM
  • "How Ajit Pai tore up the rulebook for the information age" Axios 8:17 AM
  • "Future Accidental Probing Failed – Mac Geek Gab 687" The Mac Observer 7:07 PM
  • "Podcast/Upgrade #171: Really Weird Chess Game" Six Colors 5:47 PM
  • "What to expect from Apple in 2018 (The 3:59, Ep. 330)" CNET 1:53 PM
  • "Jony Ive's Return to Products and Bitcoin's Recent Surge -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-11" The Mac Observer 12:22 PM
  • "Apple says developers can now make apps available for pre-order in the App Store" 9to5Mac 5:58 PM
  • "Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries Causes Controversy"  MacRumors 8:14 AM
  • "Apple Is Intentionally Slowing Down Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries" Redmond Pie 8:32 AM
  • "Slow iPhone? New Battery Might Fix That" Tom's Guide 8:52 AM
  • "GymKit for Apple Watch makes North American premiere" AppleInsider 5:25 PM
  • "GymKit makes US debut in New York City, more gyms coming in 2018" 9to5Mac 5:47 PM
  • "Apple GymKit is coming to a treadmill near you" TechCrunch 9:31 PM
  • "Google Releases Tool To Help iPhone Hackers: Google's elite team of hackers released a much-anticipated tool to help security researchers hack and jailbreak the iPhone."  Motherboard 12:07 PM
  • "Google's research team releases two new experimental photo apps for iOS" 9to5Mac 5:26 PM
  • "Apple enterprise sales channels gearing up, preparing businesses for iMac Pro orders" AppleInsider 11:01 AM
  • "You Can Now Get an iPhone X Delivered in Just a Few Days" MacRumors 8:15 AM
  • "Apple seems ready to catch up with iPhone X demand" BGR 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Watch 3 shipment growth to benefit Taiwan IC packagers in 2018" DigiTimes 8:11 AM
  • "Going strong: the Apple Watch is en route to set another sales record in 2018" phoneArena 8:52 AM
  • "How to Fix iOS 11 Bluetooth Issues on iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X" iDrop News 3:27 PM
  • "Many Sprint Customers Unable to Use Wi-Fi Calling on iOS 11.2"  MacRumors 10:08 AM
  • "Sprint customers reportedly unable to use Wi-Fi Calling after updating to iOS 11.2" iDownload Blog 10:50 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:51 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:51 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:51 AM

  • "iPhone X Third Impressions" ["The Third Impression of a product can only be formed after a few weeks of quotidian use. By nature, the impression is stable and thus fuels a company's most potent marketing weapon: Word of Mouth."]  Monday Note 7:49 AM
  • "Comparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 biometrics" AppleInsider 8:54 PM
  • "iPhone X and Note 8 compared: The ultimate guide for business users/Should you buy Apple or Samsung? Most business people should follow three simple guidelines." ZDNet 1:54 PM
  • "Review: Hooke Verse Bluetooth Binaural 3D Audio Headphones" iLounge 3:27 PM
  • "Hands-on: Logitech MX Ergo wireless trackball mouse/I've been waiting a long time for a new trackball from Logitech. Finally, my patience has been rewarded with the release of the MX Ergo Wireless Trackball." ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Dodocool DA106 Hi-Fi Music Player review" The Gadgeteer 11:47 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "'Streets of Rage' Review - I Just Can't Live Without Rageahol" Touch Arcade 10:41 AM
  • "How to block iOS firmware updates, prompts, and background downloads while you wait for a jailbreak" iDownload Blog 1:54 PM
  • "How to Ditch Apple Completely" ["If you're seriously considering ditching some (or all) of Apple's products you're definitely not alone, but it's easier said than done. Cupertino's done such a good job of wheedling its way into every facet of our digital lives that weaning yourself off of its ecosystem of products is a pretty serious endeavor."] Lifehacker 10:09 AM
  • "Using the iOS Podcasts App" MacMost 9:50 AM
  • "How to check if the battery in your iPhone may need to be replaced" iDownload Blog 8:34 AM
  • "How to repeat songs, albums, and playlists in Apple Music app" iDownload Blog 8:33 AM
  • "There's finally an AirPods 'hack' that gives you a secure fit every time" BGR 11:02 AM
  • "The perfect way to show off the notch on your iPhone X" BGR 8:52 AM
  • "How to take your best portrait photos on your iPhone: We've put together our best tips for shooting incredible portraits on your phone." CNET 8:19 AM
  • "The iMac Pro could still be released before Christmas" BGR 9:15 PM
  • "Why a new battery can breathe new life into an old iPhones" iMore 8:09 PM
  • "Apple's Music Store isn't going anywhere —┬ábut the iTunes branding might: Music downloads may not be as popular as they once were, but Apple is still a long way from needing to shut down the service." iMore 6:25 PM
  • "How BeatMaker caught the iOS music trend before it even started" createdigitalmusic 5:27 PM
  • "10 things I hate about iPhone X" Cult of Mac 1:54 PM
  • "Apple iPhone X: Analysts Diverge on How it's Doing" Investopedia 11:47 AM
  • "Apple's purchase of Shazam goes well beyond music as it adds data, algorithm knowhow and talent" ZDNet 1:54 PM
  • "Apple Just Bought Shazam. Here's What We Know" Time 1:54 PM
  • "Kara Swisher: Apple buying Shazam makes a lot of sense" CNBC Videos 12:01 PM
  • "10 reasons why Apple should acquire Shazam" Computerworld 10:29 AM
  • "Face ID rivals on Android? Apple's Phil Schiller says 'they all stink'" BGR 8:34 AM
  • "What's wrong with Foxconn in Wisconsin?"  Apple 3.0 8:32 AM
  • "Always-on voice and an 'iServe' would be a great combo" Apple World Today 7:57 AM
  • "Jony Ive's Return to Apple Design Team Caps a Good Year" The Mac Observer 7:50 AM
  • "Why I Buy Cheap Bluetooth Earpieces" Low End Mac 3:54 PM
  • "Is Trump a Twitter addict?" TechCrunch 1:53 PM
  • "How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility: As the FCC prepares to eliminate net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs to charge more for some internet traffic based on speed of delivery, companies will have to rethink how mobile apps are created and how they host content." Computerworld 8:10 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 7:50 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Try Google's new trio of experimental photography apps! Google is rolling out three new photography apps that users to test some experimental features like object recognition, person segmentation, and more." iMore 6:13 PM
  • "Google releases two experimental photo apps for iOS" AppleInsider 5:51 PM
  • "AudioKit Pro brings us FM Player, a free iPad Synth, and now ROM Player, Open Source Instrument Code" createdigitalmusic 5:42 PM
  • "Brains, beauty and beats: Google Home Max is here" Google 3:45 PM
  • "Pixure 3.0 with PanelKit 2.0" MacStories 3:27 PM
  • "'GRID Autosport' Gets an Update Fixing Some iPhone X Issues" Touch Arcade 12:07 PM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 11: Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus, Time Machine, Holiday Parties" The MUG Center 9:00 AM
  • "Former Apple India Executive Maneesh Dhir Joins Meta as COO" Business Wire 8:49 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Reports Filed In Microsoft Lawsuit Find 'Significant' Gender Gap At Firm" Forbes 9:19 AM
  • "Like Apple, Microsoft Is Also Likely to Become a $1 Trillion Company" Softpedia 9:20 AM
  • "Microsoft, Google rumoured to be against a Broadcom-Qualcomm deal" bit-tech 9:25 AM
  • "EU intervenes in Microsoft and US's data privacy battle" IT PRO 9:21 AM
  • "Not just Apple- Microsoft also left the keys to their kingdom exposed" MSPoweruser 9:21 AM
  • "The big 4 tech companies -- my musings on two, Microsoft and Salesforce" ZDNet 12:29 PM
  • "Microsoft Drops Hint of New 'Mobile Device' in Official App" Softpedia 9:21 AM
  • "Microsoft doubles down on its 'AI for Earth' initiative, pledging $50M at Paris climate event" GeekWire 9:24 AM
  • "Microsoft investing $50 million in climate-change program" Seattle Times 9:22 AM
  • "Microsoft commits $50 million more to its AI for Earth program" VentureBeat 8:33 AM
  • "IBM launches Bot Asset Exchange for enterprise developers" VentureBeat 8:32 AM
  • "IBM to expunge over 500 people in latest redundo round" The Register 9:11 AM
  • "IBM unveils server designed for artificial intelligence" Financial News 9:10 AM
  • "Russia's Biggest Bank Pilots Money Transfer on an IBM Blockchain" CryptoCoin News 9:09 AM
  • "HP patches hundreds of laptops to remove hidden keylogger" PCWorld 12:24 PM
  • "Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger" TechCrunch 11:58 AM
  • "Built-in keylogger found in HP laptops...again" TechRepublic 9:08 AM
  • "HP admits to installing keylogger on hundreds of laptops" Digital Journal 9:08 AM
  • "Your laptop could be recording everything you type: Sinister keylogging software that lets hackers spy on users is found on almost 500 models of HP computer" Daily Mail (UK) 9:08 AM
  • "HP issues update to remove 'accidental' keylogger from laptop driver" The Inquirer 9:07 AM
  • "HP pops out a patch after dormant keylogging code is found on some laptops" Digital Trends 3:32 PM
  • "HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger" BBC 9:07 AM
  • "HP Patches New Keylogger Software in its Laptops" CDR Info 9:07 AM
  • "Dormant Keylogger Functionality Found in HP Laptops" SecurityWeek 9:07 AM
  • "What is going wrong on Intel's 10nm process?" SemiAccurate 6:17 PM
  • "Intel shines up low-powered PCs for 2018 using its Pentium, Celeron CPUs" Digital Trends 3:32 PM
  • "Quanta Cloud to team up with Intel, RedHat to develop 5G cloud solutions" DigiTimes 9:00 AM
  • "AMD and Qualcomm team up for LTE PCs" SemiAccurate 8:58 AM
  • "AMD leak confirms Ryzen 2 will launch early 2018, ready for Intel's Coffee Lake refresh" PCGamesN 8:57 AM
  • "AMD's next-gen Ryzen processors could arrive in just a couple of months" TechRadar UK 8:57 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen 2 Pinnacle Ridge Coming In March 2018, Leaked Slides Reveal Price, Release, Specs And More" SegmentNext 8:57 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen 2 processors are reportedly arriving in early 2018" The Inquirer 8:57 AM
  • "AMD Plans Ryzen 2 February Launch: Intel Faces Tough 2018?" Forbes 8:56 AM
  • "Cisco furthers multi-cloud mission with acquisition" IT PRO 8:52 AM
  • "Cisco buys cloud optimisation firm" Banking Tech 8:52 AM
  • "Seagate to cut another 500 jobs" ZDNet 7:22 PM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple asks SEC for authority to skip shareholder proposals on climate change & human rights" 9to5Mac 8:14 AM
  • "If Tim Cook is right about AR, Lumentum is a buy" CNBC 10:08 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Dow close at records as tech, telecom shares rally: Bitcoin sees increased fervor as futures trading makes its debut on Sunday, trades relatively smoothly on Monday" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow and S&P 500 Post New Records as Concerns Ebb Over New York Explosion: The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all finished higher on Monday." TheStreet 3:57 PM
  • "Wall Street ends higher with help from tech, energy" Reuters 3:56 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise Ahead of Central Bank Meetings: Shares of energy companies lead advances, while bitcoin futures jump in their trading debut" [Paid Membership Required] 1:04 PM
  • "Banks, oil majors help drive Asian stocks higher; Apple supplier Hon Hai rebounds: Asian stocks strengthened Monday after a quiet start, building on Friday's bounce that led to a global rally, while investors also kept an eye on the start of trading in bitcoin futures." MarketWatch 8:03 AM
  • "European stocks end lower, edging back from one-month high: European stocks closed slightly lower Monday, pulling back from a one-month high as technology stocks sagged." MarketWatch 12:41 PM

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