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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.

  • "It's time for Apple to go to CES: CES is no longer the show that defines the new year in tech. Apple is no longer the company that starts the year off with a bang. But, what if the two came together?"  iMore 7:41 AM
  • "VR Lives Another Day as Amazon, Apple Explore AR"  Bloomberg 9:35 AM
  • "Global backlash spreads over Apple slowing down iPhones"  CNNMoney 7:52 AM
  • "An Apple device for all seasons: Could there ever be one Apple device that could take the place of an iPhone, iPad, and Mac?"  Macworld 7:36 AM
  • "Apple health data used in murder trial" BBC 7:32 AM
  • "Why Apple Is Still A Great Marketer And What You Can Learn" Forbes 10:52 AM
  • "U.S. House members question Apple once more over battery slowdowns" AppleInsider 6:22 PM
  • "New Mac Malware Hijacks Web Connections: What to Do" LAPTOP Magazine 1:08 PM
  • "Video: How Apple's Intelligent Tracking Protection in Safari works" AppleInsider 3:43 PM
  • "How to Enable 'Type to Siri' on Mac" OS X Daily 1:53 PM
  • "How To Download and Use the Safari Technology Preview on Your Mac" MacTrast 8:38 AM
  • "How to get the best battery life from your MacBook" Cult of Mac 1:56 PM
  • "A Beginner's Guide To Whether To Shut Down or Sleep Your Mac" MacMost 9:35 AM
  • "How to delete specific pages from Safari history in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:41 AM
  • "What is Wayland, and why should you care about it?" ModMy 1:56 PM
  • "Why newbie coders should start with Python" Mashable 1:54 PM
Press Releases
  • "Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack Available Now in the Fall 2017 Update for Mac & Linux!" Aspyr 8:11 AM
  • "PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too" The Register 7:17 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The top U.S. tech companies founded by immigrants are now worth nearly $4 trillion" ["...which include Alphabet, Amazon, Apple and Facebook — have a combined market value of $3.8 trillion."] Recode 11:14 AM
  • "Some Chinese Apple users warned by firm on dodging new data law" Reuters 7:51 AM
  • "Samsung Scolded For Continued Phone Sales In Apple Row" Law360 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:15 AM
  • "US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need: Global sales fall for 13th straight quarter" ["On the global stage, Lenovo remained on HP's coattail in second spot, followed by Dell, Apple, Asus and Acer."] The Register 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Rises to Become World's Fourth-Largest PC Maker With Around 20M Macs Sold Last Year" MacRumors 8:53 AM
  • "Apple's Mac sales in the holiday quarter solid, beats expanding overall PC market expansion" AppleInsider 8:38 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Sold 20 Million Mac Computers In 2017" UberGizmo 9:00 PM
  • "Apple Reportedly Inks Deal to Stream 8-Episode Series See" Zacks 10:52 AM
  • "iPhones vs. Parents: The Tug of War Over America's Children/When to give your child a smartphone has become one of the most important decisions for parents, ever since the iPhone remade daily habits" [Paid Membership Required] 10:51 AM
  • "Rian Johnson Had a Dedicated MacBook to Stop Star Wars: The Last Jedi Script Leaks" Gizmodo UK 7:35 AM
  • "Apple features subscription apps offering free trials in new App Store section" AppleInsider 7:36 AM
  • "Apple Shares New Video Highlighting Portrait Lighting on iPhone X" MacRumors 3:35 PM
  • "A look at the life of Steve Jobs' youngest daughter Eve, an accomplished equestrian and Stanford student who trains on a $15 million ranch" Business Insider 2:40 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung reportedly showed off foldable smartphone in private at CES" Neowin 5:38 PM
  • "The Supreme Court could soon clear the way for states to impose new online sales taxes" Recode 3:06 PM
  • "US Supreme Court will revisit ruling on collecting internet sales tax: A South Dakota law is making the Supreme Court reconsider a 1992 ruling that's advantaged e-commerce companies"  The Verge 2:42 PM
  • "Mark Zuckerberg is fighting to save Facebook" CNNMoney 11:48 AM
  • "There's a new home for your phone's fingerprint scanner: inside the screen" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:12 AM
  • "Intel, Microsoft, Google Scramble for Solutions as Patches Slow Systems" TechNewsWorld 7:41 AM
  • "New bill bans US government agencies using contractors with Huawei or ZTE tech" TechCrunch 7:36 AM
  • "CES 2018 Apple's Shrinking Presence, Cool Product Finds -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-12" The Mac Observer 12:47 PM
  • "AppleInsider Podcast interviews Dierdre Leid from Pioneer, and talks CES" AppleInsider 9:37 AM
  • "An Interview With the Parenting Hero App Creator" AppAdvice 8:12 AM
  • "Did Google Assistant win CES 2018? Google launched a strong counterattack to Amazon's Alexa, The Verge's Ashley Carman says on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask." [Podcast] Recode 7:40 AM
  • "Apple did reportedly attend CES 2018 — to meet with AR glasses suppliers" BGR 6:37 PM
  • "Apple Reportedly Met Up With AR Component Suppliers At CES 2018" UberGizmo 7:11 PM
  • "iPhone supply chain builds: Good, but not yet a 'super cycle'" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:41 AM
  • "Is iPhone X Waterproof or Water Resistant? We Have the Answer" iDrop News 3:06 PM
  • "More OLED panel makers to compete for iPhone orders" DigiTimes 7:36 AM
  • "Apple Updates iOS Security Guide With Face ID, Apple Pay Cash and Other Information News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 7:40 AM
  • "Office Depot, OfficeMax temporarily drop iPhone battery replacement cost to $28" AppleInsider 6:57 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Apple promotes sneaker discounts for GOAT shoppers using Apple Pay" AppleInsider 10:51 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:10 AM

  • "Apple iMac Pro review – this superbly designed workstation is most powerful Mac ever"  Digital Arts 7:55 AM
  • "iPad Pro 10.5in (2017) review: We review Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro for 2017, including speed, graphics and battery tests" Macworld UK 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Watch review: A superb smartwatch, despite the price" Alphr 8:11 AM
  • "Review: Garmin Speak adds Alexa to the car with navigation cues, but expect limitations" 9to5Mac 3:35 PM
  • "Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds mini review" iMore 2:11 PM
  • "Review: Fiio K5 Docking Headphone Amplifier" iLounge 2:42 PM
  • "Review: Beam Authentic is a fun OLED smart button to display images, GIFs and slideshows" 9to5Mac 1:08 PM
  • "Hands-on with Libratone's AirPlay 2 speaker and Track+ wireless headphones at CES 2018" iDownload Blog 7:40 AM
  • "Hands-on: First Alert's OneLink combines a smoke detector, AirPlay 2 Speaker, & Alexa" iDownload Blog 7:40 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iPhone performance benchmarks after Spectre security update" ["All numbers point to the same conclusion: it took a serious hit in performance at every possible level. A lot of benchmark levels show a significant decrease in performance on the iPhone 6 up to 50% on some benchmark levels. Although this is not the best news, this security update is a 'necessary evil'."]  Melv1n 7:43 AM
  • "How to transfer cellular & FaceTime Audio calls between iPhone and Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 3:06 PM
  • "How To Enable And Use Reachability On iPhone X" AddictiveTips 1:57 PM
  • "iPhone X: How to stop accidentally calling 911 and emergency contacts" iMore 9:38 AM
  • "How to set up Xbox party chat for iOS on iPhone and iPad" iMore 7:41 AM
  • "How to beat Kyogre, Groudon, Mewtwo Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go: Legendary Groudon Raids on until January 15, Legendary Kyogre Raids on until February 14. Catch 'em all!" iMore 7:01 PM
  • "Free advice: Turn your phone's damn battery percentage off" Mashable 1:55 PM
  • "Should Apple Be Responsible for Combating Device Addiction? A pension fund and an activist investor have joined together in an unusual alliance asking Apple to address the growing issue of smartphone addiction among children." The Motley Fool 9:00 PM
  • "Steve Jobs may have predicted Google's porn issue years ago" CNBC Video 3:57 PM
  • "Alexa Mania at CES Has Observers Questioning Apple's Approach"  The Mac Observer 3:00 PM
  • "Apple and the Alexa Ecosystem" MacStories 11:49 AM
  • "Opinion: At CES 2018, third-parties are waiting for Apple to make the next move" 9to5Mac 10:52 AM
  • "Will Apple's 2018 really be short of surprises?" Apple Must 9:36 AM
  • "Some international accounts alerted to Apple's iCloud transfer in China" The Loop 8:19 AM
  • "With Apple Campaign, Jana Partners Burnishes Its Brand: The activist fund has traditionally focused its energy on share price improvement and M&A. Now it has a social impact fund with a different kind of campaign at the iPhone giant."  TheStreet 8:12 AM
  • "Apple Inc. Won't Actually Pay $100 Billion to Buy Netflix, Inc." InvestorPlace 7:51 AM
  • "8 ways businesses can take advantage of the iPhone X: Apple's iPhone X is a powerful business tool. Be sure you're getting the most out of it in your organization." Computerworld 7:33 AM
  • "Of course Samsung is studying ways to copy the iPhone X's design" BGR 7:11 PM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple shines 'A New Light' on iPhone X's Portrait Lighting in fresh spot" AppleInsider 6:22 PM
  • "The first Lightning-based wireless Qi charger is here: But there's no fast charging" The Verge 6:15 PM
  • "CES -Ovie Demonstrates Smarterware, World's First Smart Food Storage System" The Mac Observer 4:44 PM
  • "The Most Interesting Products We Saw at CES 2018" MacRumors 3:58 PM
  • "iRig Keys IO is all you need to make music on iOS and Mac" Cult of Mac 3:36 PM
  • "Occipital's Structure depth sensor can scan objects in 3D on the iPad, provide VR on the iPhone" AppleInsider 2:17 PM
  • "Exploring the less-traveled iPhone and iPad gadgets at CES 2018" AppleInsider 10:52 AM
  • "Star Wars: Rivals Action Shooter Announced For iOS And Android" UberGizmo 8:12 AM
  • "Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub conveniently brings ports to the front of an iMac" Apple World Today 7:41 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel advises customers not to download Spectre patch after reboot problems" BGR 4:02 PM
  • "Intel's fix for Meltdown and Spectre had a bug of its own" Neowin 6:53 AM
  • "Intel's Spectre patch is causing reboot problems for older processors: Sometimes the bug fix is worse than the bug" The Verge 4:42 PM
  • "Intel promises better transparency as Meltdown patches cause Broadwell/Haswell borkage: Brian Krzanich makes three-step 'security-first' pledge to the industry" The Inquirer 6:51 AM
  • "Researcher finds another security flaw in Intel management firmware: Active Management Technology defaults allow anyone to take control of many PCs." Ars Technica 10:41 AM
  • "Intel AMT security loophole could allow hackers to seize control of laptops" ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "Intel AMT flaw lets attackers take control of laptops in 30 seconds: Pwned in 30 seconds" The Inquirer 7:45 AM
  • "Intel's patch for chip flaw is now causing reboot problems: Customers experiencing higher system reboots after applying security firmware update" CRN UK 7:57 AM
  • "Spectre puts the brakes on CPU need for speed" ZDNet 6:52 AM
  • "Meltdown-Spectre firmware glitch: Intel warns of risk of sudden reboots" ZDNet 7:41 AM
  • "Intel's Response to Chip Meltdown Deepens Rift With Microsoft" Bloomberg 7:36 AM
  • "AMD releases 'just-in-case' firmware updates for its processors: Though in truth, they're hardly affected" The Inquirer 6:52 AM
  • "AMD processors: Not as safe as you might have thought" ZDNet 8:26 AM
  • "AMD is deploying a patch for the second Spectre CPU vulnerability: It has admitted that its chips are susceptible to both Spectre variants." Engadget 9:06 AM
  • "Microsoft is finally bringing end-to-end encryption to Skype: But it still looks awful" The Inquirer 6:52 AM
  • "Windows 10 of the future? Microsoft works on mind control for apps" ZDNet 10:01 AM
  • "Microsoft opens the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update floodgates: 100 million people are already running the latest Windows version." Ars Technica 5:38 PM
  • "Microsoft Upgrades Notification-Blocking Feature in Windows 10" eWeek 7:46 PM
  • "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 Laptop Showcased At CES 2018" Geeky Gadgets 7:54 AM
  • "Dell Technologies Inc. (DVMT) Insider Sells $380,371.00 in Stock" The Ledger Gazette 7:53 AM
  • "IBM may be prepping for massive changes at Global Technology Services group" TechCrunch 1:49 PM
  • "Lenovo Helps Usher In Era of Arm-based, Windows 'Always Connected PC'" eWeek 7:31 AM
  • "PC holiday shipments worldwide rise for the first time in six years" Neowin 1:17 PM
  • "PC Market Grows for the First Time Since 2011" ExtremeTech 6:25 PM
  • "Europe puts 1bn euros into supercomputer research" BBC 6:49 AM
  • "EU launches €1bn supercomputing project to rival China: But Brexit could mean that the UK misses out" The Inquirer 7:33 AM
  • "Europe enters race to build world-class supercomputers: EU scientists are tired of borrowing foreign hardware for high-level research." Engadget 8:56 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Poised to Gain 14%, Defying Skeptics" Investopedia 7:51 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks Close Out the Week With New Records as Earnings Season Begins With a Bang: The three major stock indexes finished at record highs on Friday." TheStreet 5:56 PM
  • "J.P. Morgan profit dinged by tax charge, but strong loan growth shows strong consumer" USA Today 11:46 AM
  • "Market Close Report: Historical high reached as NASDAQ Composite Index closes at 7,261.06." Nasdaq 6:00 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Set New Closing Records: Investors focus on quarterly results from some of the country's biggest banks" [Paid Membership Required] 6:00 PM
  • "Hong Kong stocks mark 14th straight win as Asian markets rebound" MarketWatch 7:47 AM
  • "Eurozone economy grows faster than seen" MarketWatch 7:47 AM

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