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Friday Highlights: Financial Times interviews Jony Ives on the new Apple Watch, responsibilities of big tech firms; analyst thinks Apple could hit $1.5 trillion; Apple riles consumer group in China over recent breach of some customers' Apple IDs; WSJ's Joanna Stern laments the walls around iMessage; Uniloc back in Apple's face with FaceTime lawsuit; Ars Technica reviews Mac browser Vivaldi; what to expect with FCPX 10.5?; iPhone XR available, selling quickly—more in our General Interest section; the plot thickens...will iPad Pro go USB-C? Apple releases USB-C Apple Watch charger; a couple employees of Loup Ventures went phone-less, using only Apple Watches.

  • "Mobile Apps Generated $58.6 Billion in 2017, Apple Sales Double Google's"  24/7 Wall St. 7:57 AM
  • "Watch Eddy Cue talk about Apple's need for diversity, his 29 years at the company, more¬†[Video] 9to5Mac 1:28 PM
  • "Apple Inc. May Finally Have a Serious Chip Competitor: Samsung may finally substantially narrow the longstanding gap between its processors and Apple's."  The Motley Fool 6:50 PM
  • "Law firm that extracted $450M settlement in Apple e-books case is going after company for throttling iPhones" AppleInsider 1/6
  • "Intel, Apple: Performance Impact Of Spectre, Meltdown CPU Patches To Be Insignificant" Redmond Pie 1/6
  • "Amazon, Google, Apple battle to fix major security flaw" The Citizen 1/6
  • "The Problem With Australia's Next Apple Store" City Lab 1/6
  • "Apple officials meet Suresh Prabhu" The Hindu 1/6
  • "Apple product delays have increased dramatically during the Tim Cook era"  BGR 1/6
  • "What to Expect From Apple in 2018: Can Apple become a $1 trillion company this year?" The Motley Fool 1/6
  • "Video: How the Meltdown & Spectre chip flaws affect Apple's Mac and iPhone" AppleInsider 1/5
  • "How Apple users can protect themselves against Spectre and Meltdown" Computerworld 1/5
  • "How to Protect Against Meltdown & Spectre Security Flaws" OS X Daily 1/5
  • "4 Options for Clearing Up Space on Your Mac's Hard Drive or SSD" The Mac Observer 1/5
  • "Auto Applying Audio Fades to Groups of Clips in Final Cut Pro X" 1/5
  • "How to restore a disk image to a disk in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 1/5
  • "How to Fix your Mac's clock when it displays the wrong time: If you're Mac is setting the wrong date and/or time, you can use these tips to try and solve the problem." iMore 1/5
  • "PDF Highlights and Notes In Preview" MacMost 1/5
  • "8 Chrome extensions that supercharge Google Drive: Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides can be powerful business tools. These extensions for the Chrome browser help you work smarter with Google Drive and its companion apps so you can get more done." Computerworld 1/5
  • "Meltdown and Spectre Flaws — What They Are and What to Do" The Mac Observer 1/5
Press Releases
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 5:18 PM
  • "progeSOFT iCADMac 2018 Released—Native DWG CAD Program Gains Features" Architosh 1/5
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Survey spells trouble for Apple and Samsung: People with devices like Amazon Echo use phones less" CNBC 6:30 PM
  • "What to expect at CES 2018: HomeKit accessories, wireless charging, HomePod competition, and more" 9to5Mac 4:35 PM
  • "Somebody Is Selling a Rare Working Version of One of Apple's First Computers on Ebay" Fortune 1/6
  • "Jimmy Iovine to Leave Apple Music in August: Sources"  Billboard 1/5
  • "Jimmy Iovine is leaving Apple after it dropped $3 billion to help get him — but it's not going to be a disaster" Business Insider 1/5
  • "Reports: Jimmy Iovine Leaving Apple In August" RTTNews 1/5
  • "Apple Music mogul Jimmy Iovine is reportedly leaving the company" Mashable 1/5
  • "Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine is leaving Apple, reports say: The exit coincides with his final payout from the Beats acquisition." Ars Technica 1/5
  • "Apple Orders Docuseries 'Home' Straight to Series"  Variety 1/5
  • "Apple gives series order to a show about 'extraordinary homes'" The Verge 1/5
  • "Apple orders 10 episodes of extraordinary home docuseries" iDownload Blog 1/5
  • "Apple orders documentary show from 'Rock of Ages' producer" Engadget 1/5
  • "iPhone throttling lands Apple in hot water with Brazilian authorities" Cult of Mac 1/5
  • "Steve Jobs portrait made out of e-waste is up for sale" Cult of Mac 1/5
Non-Apple News
  • "CES 2018: 20 most innovative gadgets at show" USA Today 3:17 PM
  • "Google has turned Las Vegas into a Google ad for CES 2018" BGR 9:36 AM
  • "The Internet of Things That Won't Shut Up: At this year's CES, practically every device is a voice-control device." Slate 7:57 AM
  • "Key CRISPR gene editing methods might not work for most humans: Immune responses could make it too dangerous." Engadget 7:57 AM
  • "Big Tech to Join Legal Fight Against Net Neutrality Repeal" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 1/6
  • "Amazon, Google, and Facebook to help lawsuits against net neutrality repeal" Neowin 1/6
  • "The Internet of Things now includes everything and the kitchen sink" Mashable 1/5
  • "New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center: A renowned Linux innovator has developed a new mobile operating system, called 'Project eelo,' in an effort to provide a level of data privacy that traditional Android and iOS devices fail to offer." TechNewsWorld 1/5
  • "FCC Commissioner Clyburn's extended dissent guts anti-net neutrality order" TechCrunch 1/5
  • "Net neutrality suit gains support from tech's biggest companies: The internet is suing the FCC." Engadget 1/5
  • "Amazon turns over record amount of customer data to US law enforcement" ZDNet 1/5
  • "Reddit admits its email provider was hacked to steal Bitcoin Cash tips" The Next Web 1/5
  • "Report: Amazon in talks for Premier League soccer streaming" Axios 1/5
  • "Users intimidated by human-like virtual assistants, claim researchers: People don't want to appear stupid in front of so-called smart assistants, suggest researchers" V3 1/5
  • "CES 2018: The biggest news and hottest products we expect at the show" PCWorld 1/5
  • "Standards Are Great Because There Are So Many of Them – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 691" The Mac Observer 2:08 PM
  • "Jimmy Iovine Leaving Apple, CES 2018 Predictions -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-05" The Mac Observer 1/5
  • "AppleInsider podcast discusses Intel's bad week, Apple's iPhone battery situation, Chicago snow, Spotify, more" AppleInsider 1/5
  • "Apple's legendary Lisa OS to be released for free: The Computer History Museum in California has planned to release Apple's legendary Lisa operating system (OS) for free as open source this year, the media reported." Financial Express 7:58 AM
  • "Apple: ARM or Intel, major chip flaw affects all Macs and iOS devices/CPU vulnerability affects almost all Apple products containing either Intel or ARM-based CPUs" V3 1/5
  • "Apple: all iOS and Mac devices are vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre chip bugs" BetaNews 1/5
  • "All iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by microchip flaw that leaves devices vulnerable to hackers, Apple says" Telegraph 1/5
  • "Apple Says Chip Flaw Impacts All Macs, iPhones, iPads" [Video Report] Bloomberg 1/5
  • "iPhone X: Actual and Relative Costs Around the World News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 1/5
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 1/5
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 1/5
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 1/5

  • "The best laptops you can buy: Get right to the good stuff with our no-nonsense guide to the best laptops" Digital Trends 1/6
  • "iMac Pro PCIe-based Flash Storage: How Fast Versus Other Macs?" Bare Feats 1/5
  • "Music streaming on Apple Watch Series 3 is a surprisingly nice feature to have" The Verge 1/5
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Best Movie Apps for Apple TV" AppAdvice 10:55 AM
  • "The 40 best iPhone and iPad apps money can buy: The very best music, video, art, design, entertainment, work and study apps for your iOS devices" Stuff Magazine 7:58 AM
  • "Hands on With Hi-Rez Studios' Upcoming 'Bot Smashers'" Touch Arcade 1/5
  • "'Beyond Helios' Review - Something Sinistar This Way Comes" Touch Arcade 1/5
  • "How to fix iTunes download issues on your Mac: Troubleshoot your iTunes download problems with these tips." iMore 8:57 AM
  • "How to send emoji on the Apple Watch: It's easy to send an emoji using your Apple Watch. Here's how you do it!" iMore 1/6
  • "How to reopen a recently closed tab in Safari on iOS" Cult of Mac 1/5
  • "How to adjust the left/right audio balance for your earbuds on iPhone and Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 1/5
  • "Can you free yourself from There's only one way to avoid the portal page that appears when you connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot." Macworld 1/5
  • "Everything you need to know about Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan: A complete breakdown of Sprint's Unlimited Freedom plan and everything else you can get when you sign up for service." iMore 4:29 PM
  • "How to better protect your iPhone and iPad against hacks and other security and privacy risks: Security and convenience are perpetually at war. There will always be errors, compromises, and oversights that put our privacy at risk. Old ones will get fixed but new ones will get discovered. So what can we do?" iMore 1/6
  • "Run, don't walk, to replace your iPhone battery for $29" Seattle Times 1/5
  • "The Demise Of Transmit And The Future Of Pro Level iOS Apps, by David Sparks, MacSparky"  MacSparky 8:06 AM
  • "Why Insiders Believe Apple Is Planning to Release Its Biggest iPhone Ever in 2018" Fortune 1/6
  • "Don't believe everything you read: Apple is less than doomed"  Macworld 1/6
  • "Next big thing: The potential for Apple Glasses/Apple's augmented reality efforts, including ARKit, and how Apple Glasses could be the next big thing" iMore 1/6
  • "Apple shipping delays higher under Tim Cook than Steve Jobs, data finds" AppleInsider 1/5
  • "Here's What to Expect From the 2018 Apple Inc. iPhone Lineup" The Motley Fool 1/5
  • "Is Apple behind the latest 'The Office' spinoff rumors?" iDownload Blog 1/5
  • "There's no place like HomePod: Apple's delay comes with raised expectations and stiffer competition."  Macworld 1/5
  • "After Math: CESpocalypse Now/The horror, the horror... of a week practically living in the LVCC" Engadget 11:48 AM
  • "The Ghosts of CES Past (Premium)" [Free/Paid registration required] Thurrott 9:57 AM
  • "Will 2018 be the year the download officially dies?" TechRadar UK 7:58 AM
  • "Why is Google taking over Vegas for CES 2018?" Engadget 1/6
  • "From cryptocurrency to IPOs, 6 venture capitalists make tech predictions for 2018" GeekWire 1/6
  • "How an indigenous operating system overtook Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows" Times of India 1/6
  • "A book you can judge by its cover: How Microsoft is giving Apple a run for its money" Daily Mail (UK) 1/6
  • "Here's how 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' got those terrifying names" Mashable 1/5
  • "Google just gave its fans a good reason not to buy a Pixel 2" BGR 1/5
  • "Why Google Is Not in Favor of Ad Agency Disintermediation" Market Realist 1/5
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "CES 2018: Belkin Adds HomeKit Compatibility to Wemo Lineup With Launch of New Bridge" MacRumors 8:37 PM
  • "CES 2018: Speck Announces New Presidio Mount iPhone Case Designed to Work With Scosche Mounts" MacRumors 7:23 PM
  • "CES 2018: Elgato Debuts New 'Eve Room' and 'Eve Button' HomeKit-Enabled Accessories" MacRumors 6:30 PM
  • "CES 2018: Elgato Announces New Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock" MacRumors 6:30 PM
  • "Create Apps with Excel Workbook: Generate, Protect, License and Distribute Desktop or Mobile Apps" Excel Software 1/6
  • "Saurik Says Cydia Update for iOS 11 is Almost Done" iClarified 1/6
  • "Belkin debuts iPhone X-focused wireless charging devices" SlashGear 1/6
  • "Coming January 6: Gene Steinberg meets commentator Kirk McElhearn and The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 1/6
  • "Belkin Announces New Wireless Fast Charging Pads, Stands For iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus" Redmond Pie 1/6
  • "Panic will soon no longer sell Transmit for iOS" TechCrunch 1/5
  • "Panic to Discontinue Development of Transmit iOS" MacStories 1/5
  • "New Mobile Game App Features YouTuber LugeyPS3: Luge & Boo Tag Team" prMac 1/5
  • "Apple Launches 'Back to University' Promo in Australia/New Zealand: Free Beats With Mac or iPad Pro" MacRumors 1/5
  • "Plugable Thunderbolt 3 drive offers 480GB of NVMe SSD external storage with fast data transfer rates" AppleInsider 1/5
  • "Neutrogena has made an iPhone scanner that magnifies your skin issues" The Verge 1/5
  • "Neutrogena's iPhone skin scanner tells you what's wrong with your face" Cult of Mac 1/5
  • "Kohler Introduces Voice-Command Technology into the Bathroom, Announces New Smart Home Products with 'Kohler Konnect'" ["To provide wider accessibility and optimal functionality to its new portfolio of products with KOHLER Konnect, the plumbing brand is offering support in select products for Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit to bring technology into the bathroom in meaningful ways."] Business Wire 1/5
  • "Shenzhen Company Beats Apple in Launching Wireless Charging Pad with 'AirPower' Mini" ChargerLab 1/5
Computer Industry
  • "Intel Faces Scrutiny as Questions Swirl Over Chip Security" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:16 PM
  • "Intel CPU with Vega Based GPU to be faster than GTX 1060 laptop" Guru3D 8:01 AM
  • "Intel To Ship 802.11ax Wi-Fi Chips With 40% Higher Peak Data Rate In 2018" HotHardware 4:29 PM
  • "Intel Launches 8th Gen Core Processors With AMD Radeon RX Vega M Graphics For Notebooks And Desktops" HotHardware 9:47 PM
  • "HP embraces USB-C with the new Chromebook 14 G5 and Chromebox G2" Brinkwire 8:00 AM
  • "HP's new Chromebooks don't fix what ain't broke" BGR 3:24 PM
  • "Acer announces its Nitro 5 gaming laptop with Radeon RX560 graphics card and Ryzen processors at CES 2018" Tech 2 8:01 AM
  • "Acer's updated Swift 7 is once again the 'thinnest laptop in the world' and squeezes in 4G LTE, too" Pocket-lint 8:00 AM
  • "Acer just unveiled the thinnest laptop in the world" BGR 6:29 PM
  • "The Internet of Things That Won't Shut Up: At this year's CES, practically every device is a voice-control device." Slate 7:57 AM
  • "Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: Everything you need to know about the 'serious' security flaw/The bugs could allow sensitive information such as passwords and log-ins to become vulnerable" Bath Chronicle 1/6
  • "Intel purportedly knew of architecture vulnerabilities months ahead of Coffee Lake launch" Notebook Check 1/6
  • "Linux creator Linus Torvalds has harsh words for Intel over chip design" Neowin 1/6
  • "Here comes faster 802.11ax Wi-Fi: Intel's chips are coming this year, the standard takes off next year" The Verge 1/6
  • "Microsoft is testing new features for the Photos app in Windows 10" Neowin 1/6
  • "Microsoft pushes update for Windows 10 Mobile, likely aimed at Spectre" Neowin 1/6
  • "New Dell XPS 13 Revealed in CES 2018 With Display and CPU Upgrades" The Christian Post 1/6
  • "2018 Dell XPS 13 vs 2017 Edition: Which Laptop is Right for You?" LAPTOP Magazine 1/6
  • "HP's Chromebox G2 features the latest Intel processor and up to 16 GB of RAM" Android Authority 1/6
  • "HP updates its Chromebook lineup with 11- and 14-inch models: Including an education edition with fold-flat touchscreen." Engadget 1/6
  • "Acer adds three thin, powerful laptops to its lineup: A new Swift 7 and Switch 7 Black Edition join an updated Swift 3 in the company's line of hybrid devices." Engadget 1/6
  • "Acer's new gaming PCs include an 18-core liquid-cooled desktop: There's also a laptop for 'casual' gamers." Engadget 1/6
  • "MSI Announces Mini-ITX B350I PRO AC Motherboard For Ryzen Muscle In Small But Mighty Form Factors" HotHardware 1/6
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "App Store Revenue Continues Surging for Apple, Inc.: Rising App Store sales powered another year of strong growth for Apple's services segment during 2017." The Motley Fool 1/6
  • "Apple Lags These Five S&P 500 Techs Within 2% Of Buy Points" Nasdaq 1/6
  • "Apple's Stock Pops on 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' Relief, iPhone Demand Bump: A UBS note suggests better-than-expected iPhone demand could boost prices as Apple assures users that it's on top of the 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' issues." TheStreet 1/5
Industry News
  • "Dow logs 220-point gain to end stellar first week of 2018 for the stock market: Fewer jobs were added in December than expected, but report shouldn't change the Fed's policy path" MarketWatch 1/5
  • "Dow Jumps 220 Points to Score New Record; S&P 500 and Nasdaq Also Hit New Highs: The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished at record highs for the fourth consecutive day." TheStreet 1/5
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq post best week in more than a year" Reuters 1/5
  • "U.S. Stocks Extend Strong New Year Start: Dow industrials notch their best start to a year since 2003" [Paid Membership Required] 1/5
  • "Asian markets soar to new highs, but show some signs of cooling: though gains show signs of cooling." MarketWatch 1/5
  • "European stocks score biggest weekly gain in 8 months as global rally stays strong: European stock markets rose for a third straight day on Friday, tracking the global equity rally that has sent U.S. stocks to fresh records and Japanese shares to a 26-year high." MarketWatch 1/5

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