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Friday Highlights: Apple vs. Samsung taking a turn in Apple's favor as iPhones put "the big hurt" on the South Korean giant, but how will the battle fare in 2015?; Jeff Williams, Apple's SVP of Ops, is being hailed as the true architect "of Apple's record-breaking quarter", and is "CEO material" according to analyst at Above Avalon; proposal not likely to pass in Senate, would give Apple and other companies a tax holiday to repatriate off-shore monies; iTunes 12.1 out, adds widget to Yosemite's Notification Center, here's how to use the new widget; TidBITS reviews new Audio Hijack 3; Tuts+ offers second part to their "introduction to Pixelmator for Mac and iPad"; Android switchers a big part of iPhone growth, CIRP says most coming from outside the US; developer reporting Outlook for iOS not smart with security, reviewer at ReadWrite likes the app, which is formerly known as Acompli; iMore team reports on 3 months use of Apple Pay, positives and negatives; Oliver Haslam at iDownload Blog doesn't see much sense in the rumors of an iPad Pro or 12" MacBook Air.

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  • "Apple puts the big hurt on Samsung: 2015 will be a challenging year for the Korean phone maker, but there are steps Samsung can take to reverse its declining market share"  Computerworld 7:32 AM
  • "Here's the real star of Apple's record-breaking quarter" Business Insider 9:29 AM
  • "Senate proposal could allow Apple to repatriate $178B foreign cash, but unlikely to pass" 9to5Mac 7:34 AM
  • "Apple Is 0.5% Of US GDP, 0.15% Of Global GDP" Forbes 7:59 AM
  • "Widespread 2011 MacBook Pro 'failures' continue: Class action lawsuit to be heard by judge 'in April'" Macworld UK 11:13 AM
  • "How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:18 PM
  • "iTunes 12.1 adds widget, changes Info window" Macworld 12:06 PM
  • "Apple iTunes 12.1 Adds Notification Center Widget" PC Magazine 11:13 AM
  • "Apple ships iTunes 12.1: What you need to know" Computerworld 8:13 AM
  • "iTunes for Mac gets its own Notification Center widget" Engadget 7:35 AM
  • "iTunes 12.1 Update: Improves Notification Support, Quashes Bugs" FairerPlatform 7:25 AM
  • "OS X 10.10.2 Wi-Fi Problems Continue for Some Mac Users" OS X Daily 3:13 PM
  • "Having Wi-Fi issues after updating to 10.10.2? Try these fixes" MacIssues 3:11 PM
  • "Ask: How to Fix Blurry Text on a Mac" Mac|Life 2:14 PM
  • "Audio Hijack 3 Bumps Up the Volume" TidBITS 9:29 AM
  • "Introduction to Pixelmator for Mac and iPad, Part 2" Tuts+ 8:03 AM
  • "NUGEN Audio Post-production Pack Review" IT.Enquirer 8:29 AM
  • "Hands On: Mail Designer 2 and Mail Designer Pro 2 (OS X)" MacNN 7:59 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro X - Batch Add Handle Media" FCPXtv 11:03 AM
  • "How to trim a bloated Keynote presentation" Macworld 11:34 AM
  • "How to Enable the iTunes Notification Center Widget in OS X Yosemite" The Mac Observer 9:40 AM
  • "How to use iTunes 12.1's Notification Center widget" MacIssues 8:02 AM
  • "How to play 'Louie Louie' on your Mac" Macworld 12:06 PM
  • "How to Browse iCloud Drive Files in Time Machine" Apple Gazette 9:06 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Naming live sets, syncing old-style iPods with iTunes Match" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Best practices in 2015: Managing settings in Mac OS X & iOS" Amsys 7:26 AM
  • "An Easier, Faster, More Convenient Way To Handle Email On A Mac Is Free" NoodleMac 7:24 AM
  • "Weather: Everyone Talks About It, This Mac App Does Something About It" Mac 360 7:24 AM
  • "Almost Instagram On A Mac" TeraTalks 7:24 AM
  • "Guard Photos With A Watermark App" Mac 360 7:24 AM
  • "The Coolest Mac Desktop Background App You're Probably Not Using Yet" Mac 360 7:25 AM
  • "Optimizing Your Workflow" Tuts+ 9:42 AM
  • "So what's going on with iTunes Connect? I, too, am seeing problems" Apple Daily Report 7:55 AM
  • "Passwords? 'We Don't Need No More Stinkin' Password Managers!" BohemianBoomer 7:25 AM
Press Releases
  • "Pixel Film Studios Announced Today the Release of the ProVCR Plugin, Exclusively for Final Cut Pro X Users" PRWeb 9:09 AM
  • "WidgeTunes 1.0 released for OS X - Easily Navigate Your Playlists" prMac 7:32 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple CEO: Fandroids are binning Android in favour of iPhones" The Register 8:14 AM
  • "CIRP: majority of Android switchers are outside US" Electronista 7:59 AM
  • "The iPhone may be starting to steal Android's lower-income customers" Business Insider 12:05 PM
  • "Bite that Apple if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft" The Register 7:55 AM
  • "Apple's new Chongqing store shown off in photos ahead of Saturday opening" AppleInsider 6:41 PM
  • "Take a sneak peak inside Apple's gorgeous new Chongqing Store" Cult of Mac 7:54 AM
  • "Photos of Apple's Chongqing store, opening tomorrow ahead of Chinese New Year" iDownload Blog 12:06 PM
  • "Rest in Pod: Apple no longer reporting iPod sales" Cult of Mac 7:55 AM
  • "'Zombie' Apps On The Rise – 83% Of Apps Not On Top Lists, Up From 74% Last Year" TechCrunch 11:34 AM
  • "AOL is shutting down its Apple blog TUAW: The Unofficial Apple Weblog is the latest victim of AOL's reorganization" The Verge 7:36 AM
  • "TUAW, Joystiq to close and fold into Engadget" Electronista 9:57 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google announces 40 new third-party integrations for Siri competitor Google Now" AppleInsider 9:30 PM
  • "Google brings Google Now to a whole new level" BGR 3:12 PM
  • "AT&T top buyer at U.S. airwaves auction; Verizon, Dish spend big" Reuters 2:19 PM
  • "Ghost flaw in Linux can be exploited through WordPress, other PHP apps" IDG News Service 9:32 AM
  • "With Ad Push, Pinterest Wants To Take On Google" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:30 AM
  • "10 common misconceptions about mobile device batteries" TechRepublic 7:27 AM
  • "TC AppleCast 3: Apple Sells All The iPhones" TechCrunch 3:12 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-30: Samsung's Smartphone Numbers, Congress Wants More Corporate Cash" The Mac Observer 12:16 PM
  • "Podcast: TV/Movie Reboots, Apple makes some money, IBM, CoD" Insanely Great Mac 7:31 AM
  • "Outlook for iOS does security stupidly, says dev: Big Blue boffin Rene Winkelwyer has taken aim at Microsoft's iOS Outlook app, launched overnight, claiming it stores credentials in the cloud potentially even after delete requests, and does not observe known good security practices." The Register 7:30 AM
  • "Apple Watch Sightings Picking Up Ahead of Official Launch" MacRumors 2:54 PM
  • "Apple Watch Spied on Vogue, VentureBeat, More" Tapscape 3:09 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" Apple Sliced 9:57 AM
  • "Axe In Face For iPhone Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:57 AM
  • "Splat Attack For iPhone Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:57 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:26 AM

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  • "Review: RooCase ORB Tablet System" iLounge 3:13 PM
  • "Review: Cellulon's PicoPro is an iPhone 6 Plus-sized, battery-powered HD projector" 9to5Mac 11:06 AM
  • "Review: The SureFit Classic Folio iPad Case is a good one" TechnologyTell 8:01 AM
  • "CaliBackPack East/West Outdoor Sport Military Laptop Backpack" Run Around Tech 8:04 AM
  • "Hands On: Tengami (OS X, Windows)" Electronista 11:06 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "New Apple and IBM enterprise app delivers a lot of utility" VentureBeat 8:30 PM
  • "Apple Pay review: 3 months later" iMore 8:01 AM
  • "The Scoop On Microsoft's New Outlook App For iPhone and Android/Hint: It's really Acompli with a new name—which is awesome. (For now.)" ReadWrite 8:33 AM
  • "Why Outlook for mobile is a hit on iOS and a miss on Android" Gigaom 11:05 AM
  • "Microsoft Outlook, Office On iOS & Android: First Look/Microsoft has released Office for Android tablets and Outlook capabilities for iOS and Android devices. Here's a closer look." InformationWeek 2:20 PM
  • "Here's Why You'll Love the New Outlook App" Daily Dot 3:12 PM
  • "Turn your whistling into song with the tap of an app" Macworld 8:33 AM
  • "Get ready for Super Bowl Sunday with these killer apps" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "You Should Play: Twist objects into shadow puppets with puzzler Shadowmatic" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Learn the mental part of defense with Baseball Academics" TUAW 7:36 AM
  • "Dreeps review: an epic RPG for those who don't have time to play" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "'Craft the World - Pocket Edition' Review - Another Clever Minecraft-like" Touch Arcade 11:34 AM
  • "'Blood Brothers 2' Review - Drawing Blood From A Stone" Touch Arcade 9:32 AM
  • "Handpick Review: Handpick will make you hungry, as well as inspire you to cook something new." 148Apps 11:24 AM
  • "Carde Review: Carde is a handy way to consolidate the photos of many social networks, but it does have limitations." 148Apps 11:24 AM
  • "Contradiction Review: Contradiction is a live action point and click adventure that's pretty engaging." 148Apps 8:10 AM
  • "How to watch the 2015 Super Bowl on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV" Macworld 7:34 AM
  • "Still betting long on Apple" iMore 7:53 PM
  • "Repatriation Tax Bill Holds Promise, but Faces Uphill Battle" The Mac Observer 4:11 PM
  • "Apple Watch huge risk point: Trader" CNBC Videos 2:53 PM
  • "Open thread: Would you trade iPhone thinness for crazy battery life?" MacDailyNews 12:14 PM
  • "How Apple's monster Q1 made them #1" iMore 11:06 AM
  • "Tim Cook is already subtly telling people why we need an iPad Pro" Business Insider 11:04 AM
  • "Samsung's biggest headache isn't Apple, it's China" ZDNet 9:06 AM
  • "Apple Watch faces stiff competition this year" Market Realist 8:26 AM
  • "NSFW: Hey developers, paying for coverage is a scam" iMore 8:01 AM
  • "Opinion: neither the iPad Pro nor 12-inch MacBook Air make much sense to me" iDownload Blog 8:01 AM
  • "Why Jeff Williams is Apple's unsung hero" Cult of Mac 7:55 AM
  • "Apple And The Battle For Security" Mac 360 7:24 AM
  • "Enough Already, Apple. Here's What To Do With Apple TV" Mac 360 7:24 AM
  • "FIghting Sexism In Silicon Valley" TechCrunch 8:28 PM
  • "Does the enterprise marketplace really need a new email solution?" Gigaom 7:03 PM
  • "Why Jay-Z's New Music Service Won't Beat Spotify" Time 12:06 PM
  • "Sling TV review: Television's future is still in development" TechHive 8:00 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Peri Duo Case for iPhone Marries Speaker, Battery, and Wi-Fi Audio" The Mac Observer 4:50 PM
  • "Coming January 31: Gene Steinberg meets Jim Dalrymple, of The Loop, Stephen Baker of the NPD Group, and Rogue Amoeba's Paul Kafasis, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 4:11 PM
  • "Popular Video-sharing Social Network Vine Launches 'Vine Kids' Aimed Toward Younglings" Modmyi 3:13 PM
  • "Twitter launches Vine for kids app on iOS" VentureBeat 12:06 PM
  • "Cut the Cord: OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 Available Now" MacPrices 9:56 AM
  • "This Tim Burton Era Batmobile is the Case Your iPhone 6 Deserves" MacTrast 9:30 AM
  • "Soundcloud's latest iPad app is good for listeners, bad for creators" Engadget 9:29 AM
  • "Rugged iPad Case with Energy Saving Auto Sleep Feature Starts Shipping from üuber" PRWeb 9:09 AM
  • "Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First Star Wars: Galactic Defense Event" 148Apps 8:59 AM
  • "This iPhone-controlled Batmobile is the toy Batman deserves" Cult of Mac 8:14 AM
  • "Casio Releases iPhone App That Allows Users to Make Their Own Music" PRNewswire 7:57 AM
  • "Adobe releases new iPad apps for avid readers and would-be painters" AppAdvice 7:36 AM
  • "FiftyThree announces gold version of its popular 'Pencil' stylus for iPad" 9to5Mac 7:33 AM
  • "GiGalaxy releases PopGem HD 2.0 for iOS/Android - Fun Block Puzzle Game" prMac 7:32 AM
  • "Challenge Your Friends in Brain Game University for iPhone and iPad" prMac 7:32 AM
  • "All Star Quarterback's biggest update ever - Out now on the App Store" prMac 7:32 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 updates -- new Surface Pro graphic driver, new Windows Phone Windows Insider App" BetaNews 12:39 PM
  • "Microsoft Upgrades Azure SQL Database Service: Microsoft cloud-database service nears parity with on-premises Microsoft SQL Server with support for larger databases and in-memory performance." InformationWeek 12:22 PM
  • "Why has the launch of Microsoft Windows 10 created so much hype?" Market Realist 11:15 AM
  • "Microsoft Increases Roadmap Clarity For Its Cloud Customers" Forbes 11:15 AM
  • "Is Windows 10 Microsoft's Consumer Comeback OS?" Forbes 9:09 AM
  • "Best Windows tablets UK: the 10 best Windows tablets you can buy in 2015 - run full Windows on your tablet - best Windows tablets reviews" PC Advisor 9:06 AM
  • "Microsoft pushes Intel graphics driver update to Surface Pro 3 devices running Windows 10" WinBeta 9:06 AM
  • "The pros and cons of Cortana in Build 9926 of Windows 10" TechRepublic 9:02 AM
  • "HoloLens: Abracadabra! Microsoft unveils a great distraction" Computerworld 8:11 AM
  • "Windows 10 deep-dive review: Finally, a unified operating system" Computerworld 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft launches Outlook for iOS and Android" BetaNews 8:05 AM
  • "Machine learning face-off: Microsoft uses Band to show what its Watson rival is capable of" ZDNet 8:02 AM
  • "Microsoft-backed TV white spaces trial goes commercial in Ghana" ZDNet 7:59 AM
  • "IBM brings back bonuses for top execs even as profits slide" Reuters 7:52 PM
  • "IBM CEO Rometty to Receive $3.6 Million Bonus: Company Sets $13.3 Million Value on Long-Term Stock Awards CEO May Receive for 2015-17" [Paid Membership Required] 7:53 PM
  • "IBM brings back bonuses for top executives even as profits slide" Reuters 4:13 PM
  • "How IBM is bringing front-office data analysis to Super Bowl fans" Business Insider 11:21 AM
  • "IBM Verse: The answer to our email woes?" IT PRO 11:20 AM
  • "​IBM's SoftLayer added as eBay Enterprise hosting partner" ZDNet 11:20 AM
  • "HP 'to save $500m per year' with Intel's wireless tech" IT PRO 11:24 AM
  • "Sorry Apple, Dell's laptop is better -- Precision M3800 destroys MacBook Pro" BetaNews 12:39 PM
  • "Dell's line of Linux laptops expands to include new MacBook Pro competitor" PCWorld 12:36 PM
  • "Revenge of the laptop: HP, Dell, Samsung, show how light a laptop can get" FOXNews 11:23 AM
  • "Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 rugged tablet gets Intel 5th-gen Core VPro upgrade" The Inquirer 9:35 AM
  • "Intel launches 5th Generation Core vPro platform with roadmap to a wire-free future" V3 9:35 AM
  • "3 cloud integration mistakes to avoid" InfoWorld 8:09 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "AAPL shares reach new record high of $120 following Apple's record Q1 earnings report" 9to5Mac 9:28 AM
  • "Apple hits record $120: What's next/Shares of Apple (AAPL) briefly hit a record $120 apiece Friday, getting investors to play make-believe of just how high this darling stock can fly." USA Today 12:17 PM
  • "The week that was: Apple's blowout earnings" CNBC Videos 3:29 PM
  • "Holiday quarter likely less than joyful for Apple iPad sales" Market Realist 8:04 AM
Industry News
  • "Final Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares down at the close of trading" Associated Press 5:18 PM
  • "Dow ends down about 250, S&P 500 below 2000" USA Today 3:18 PM
  • "Stocks Close Out January With A Loss as Volatility Becomes the Norm" TheStreet 3:18 PM
  • "Wall Street Ends Lower as Traders Parse Earnings, Data" Reuters 3:18 PM
  • "Stocks fall after government reports slower economic growth: The U.S. stock market is opening lower after the government reported that U.S. economic growth slowed at the end of last year." Associated Press 11:00 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Drop as GDP Growth Slows: Stocks On Track to Post Losses in January" [Paid Membership Required] 3:18 PM
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/After a volatile week, Friday promises more of the same." CNNMoney 7:26 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks rise on strong corporate earnings, oil gain/Japan stocks rose Friday, boosted by some strong corporate earnings results and a rebound in global crude prices." MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks slip, but log best month since 2011/European stocks fell Friday, with data highlighting the European Central Bank's troubles with low inflation levels, but the region's equity benchmark was still on track for its best monthly performance in more than three years." MarketWatch 12:14 PM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 1:48 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 1:47 PM

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