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Apple adds another ball to juggle, said to enter feature film business. With hardware updates lagging, OSes to finish, are there too many balls in the air, or is Apple able to juggle 'em all? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Weekend Highlights: Apple's Friday surprise is a "multi-year partnership with Opra Winfrey" to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world"; WSJ cites sources claiming Apple will stay with less expensive LCD screens for future iPhones "as consumers balk at iPhone X price tag"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Gene Munster thinks Apple is about 5 years behind Netflix and further ahead with original content than we think; Bare Feats compares Direct X on Win 10 vs Metal 2 on macOS 10.13.5; Lory Gil reviews Airfoil for Mac; Jonny Evans ponders whether or not Apple has a hidden meaning behind naming the next macOS after a desert; GrayKey, a thorn in Apple's side, finds workaround to new security measures; Apple releases four (1, 2, 3, 4) advertisements called "Behind the Mac", some find the sudden focus on Macs "strange"; Apple "most awarded brand" at AICP Awards.

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  • "What's Coming In 2012: A New Era For Apple"  mocoNews 7:43 AM
  • "Apple's Monster Quarter And The Pending Share Price Advance"  Seeking Alpha 8:07 AM
  • "High stakes fueling patent wars: No clear victor as firms fight it out in court" ["Technology firms like Google Inc., Samsung Corp., Microsoft Corp., and especially Apple - which is one of the most active combatants - are embroiled in about 100 patent lawsuits in at least 10 countries. The stakes are high: potential domination of the multibillion-dollar market for smartphones, tablet computers, and the software that runs them."]  Boston Globe [Free Registration Required] 7:44 AM
  • "By keeping an unlawful feature, Google will disadvantage HTC, rile Apple, and alienate the ITC" Foss Patents 7:38 AM
  • "iOS Dominates Mobile Shopping in December"  AllThingsD 7:38 AM
  • "iPhone and iPad users account for 92% of mobile purchases, study finds" BGR 1:13 PM
  • "iOS Took 13.4% of Online Sales on Christmas Day" Forbes 7:13 PM
  • "Apple dominates Google's Zeitgeist 2011" CNET News 2:43 PM
  • "Apple Loses European Market Share, Cash Strapped Buyers Pass On iPhones" Forbes 11:05 AM
  • "Apple clarifies iTunes Match with new setup guide, walkthrough Video, FAQs" 9 to 5 Mac 11:22 AM
  • "Beware of 'Apple Billing Information' Phishing E-mails" Intego 7:59 AM
  • "Scrivener 2.1 review: Comprehensive writing tool brings order to creativity and learning" Macworld UK 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Support discussions has many Reports of problems with Safari having problems with Citrix and web sites, and a way to fix what seems to be a common problem." MacInTouch 4:05 PM
  • "How to Set Up the AirPort Extreme" Macinstruct 7:50 AM
  • "How to Hide Your AirPort Extreme Network" Macinstruct 1:44 PM
  • "How to Use Your Mac as a Wireless Router" Macinstruct 7:05 PM
  • "How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks" Macinstruct 1:44 PM
  • "Quickly add to do items to iCal's Reminders from anywhere with a keyboard shortcut" Mac OS X Tips 11:07 AM
  • "I can see why those who have moved on to other finance software view Intuit's recent Quicken announcement to be tragically late. I have tried exporting to several of the alternative packages and have not been able to get an accurate transfer of my data. Thus, I have been stuck in Quicken, and consequentially, Snow Leopard. For me, this announcement is a wonderful holiday gift!" MacInTouch 4:05 PM
  • "New year's resolution: A backup plan/It's not as hard as you might think to start backing up your Mac today" Macworld 8:24 AM
Press Releases
  • "Boxee To Drop Support for Windows, Macs, and Linux" ReadWriteWeb 11:23 AM
  • "Boxee releases 1.5 app as last Mac, PC version" Electronista 11:05 AM
  • "iFunia Video Converter HD Comes to the Mac App Store" prMac 7:57 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "2011"s top stories: Steve Jobs/We take a look back at the top stories about Steve Jobs and his tragic death" Macworld UK 7:43 AM
  • "2011 In Review - The Year In Growth Technology" Investopedia 8:49 AM
  • "Apple, 3 Other Techs In IBD 50 Start And End Of 2011: Staying power. Stick-to-it-iveness. Whatever you want to call the ability to hang in there, it's a pretty good trait in a person. It's also a pretty good trait in a company." Investor's Business Daily 8:24 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 4S Santa Ad Ranked Most Effective of the Season" The Mac Observer 8:14 AM
  • "IPhone 4S to hit market before Chinese New Year" Beijing Daily 7:35 AM
  • "Rumors Say China Unicom Will Release iPhone 4S on January 6" M.I.C. Gadget 7:42 AM
  • "Foxconn Doubling Down on Zhengzhou iPhone Plant" AllThingsD 1:58 PM
  • "Apple gets off easy in EFF Holiday Wish List" ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "EFF's Wish List Includes Apple Providing Instructions on Rooting Its Device" The Mac Observer 2:13 PM
  • "Perry Wins IPad and IPhone Vote (We CAN take on China and win!)" ["While the rest of the country has been suffering from Obama-itis (too much government regulations and power hungry unionism), Texas has been trying to make itself attractive to business (by limiting regulations, empowering free work rules, limiting frivolous lawsuits, educating ALL its people, limiting taxes) Which brings me back to the IPad and IPhone. As many of you know (well, at least the tech-knowledgeable among us), the brains of the IPAD and IPhone is the A5 chip. These chips are now made in Texas in a new $3.6 Billion facility."] Free Republic 8:06 AM
  • "Teen Makes Another Apple 'Year in Review' Video for 2011" iPhoneinCanada 7:40 AM
  • "Appy days: Doting father invents iPhone gadget to help daughter, 3, with brain tumour learn how to write" Daily Mail (UK) 7:36 AM
  • "Reminder: Apple's 12 Days of Christmas app starts today, free iTunes content for Europe and Canada" TiPb 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway kicks off in Europe and Canada" AppleInsider 8:59 AM
  • "Cops Bust Apple Store Thieves" myFoxPhilly 11:38 AM
  • "Cool Things: North Point's iBand Does Feliz Navidad on iPads and iPhones" iSource 11:43 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Google to Launch Major New Social Network Called Circles, Possibly Today (Updated)" ReadWriteWeb 8:01 PM
  • "This is what a 5MB hard drive looked like in 1956 (note: required a forklift)." The Next Web 1:15 PM
  • "Facebook is beating Google in 'the battle for eyeballs'" ZDNet 1:14 PM
  • "Robots bake, fly and kick at US labs" [Slideshow] CNET News 11:32 AM
  • "Buyer's Remorse: What to Do with Tech Gifts You Don't Want/Just because you didn't get the perfect gift during the holidays, it doesn't mean you can't get what you want" Techland 11:21 AM
  • "A Rundown of Holiday Gift Return Policies: Every retail and online store—from Amazon, GameStop, Walmart and more—have very specific gift return policies. Here's what you need to know to swap out a holiday present you didn't love." PC Magazine 11:00 AM
  • "LG Prepping Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Q2 2012 Release" TechCrunch 11:18 AM
  • "LG Display Unveils World's Largest OLED TV Panel" eWeek 10:42 AM
  • "Acer to not give up tablet PCs, says founder" DigiTimes 10:40 AM
  • "Expect more cyber-espionage, sophisticated malware in '12, experts say" IDG News Service 10:36 AM
  • "Anonymous denies Stratfor hack" TG Daily 11:19 AM
  • "Confidential Client List Safe from Anonymous, Says Hacker Target" PCWorld 11:02 AM
  • "Stratfor Hacked; Anonymous Claims Responsibility" Forbes 10:44 AM
  • "Nokia Windows phone fails to impress in Europe" CIOL 10:10 AM
  • "Smartphones at center of a fierce commercial battle" Denver Post 10:09 AM
  • "Google Nexus launch likely to affect sales of Android 4.0 tablet PCs, say sources" DigiTimes 10:40 AM
  • "Google explains why it invests in Mozilla" Fudzilla 9:53 AM
  • "App aims to make a social network more personal" Reuters 9:49 AM
  • "Meet Telecomix, The Hackers Bent On Exposing Those Who Censor And Surveil The Internet" Forbes 9:42 AM
  • "Samsung to Buy Sony's Share of LCD Panel Joint Company for $934 Million" IDG News Service 7:38 AM
  • "Engadget Mobile Podcast 118 - 12.26.2011" ["01:22:05 - ITC sides with Apple, bans sale and import of some HTC phones (updated)"] Engadget 11:53 AM
  • "iWake With AppAdvice For Monday Now Available" App Advice 7:38 AM
  • "Free, legal Siri port for all jailbroken iOS 5 devices now available" 9 to 5 Mac 9:13 PM
  • "iPad 3 home buttons begin floating around China, feature more design tweaks" 9 to 5 Mac 7:12 PM
  • "Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles" The Register 7:14 PM
  • "iPhone of the Future May Be Powered by Hydrogen Fuel Cells" Mashable 7:59 AM
  • "Foxconn Looking to Double Zhengzhou iPhone Factory Size" cellular-news 10:29 AM
  • "Iphone Maker Foxconn's Entry Into Solar May Cut Industry Margins" Bloomberg 7:47 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Bop It! For iPad Is $0.99 Right Now (Previously $2.99)" Apple Sliced 9:22 AM
  • "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 2011 For iPhone And iPad Is $0.99 This Week (Was $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:22 AM
  • "GemCraft For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For $0.99 (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:22 AM
  • "From December 26th to January 3rd, customers can use the promo code MYGIFT at for 40% off their entire order, plus $5.95 flat rate shipping worldwide." Uniea 7:52 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Deals" MacPrices 9:23 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:23 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:23 AM
  • "BundlesForMac Day After Christmas Sale 15% off everything in the store" prMac 11:04 AM

  • "Review: AViiQ Smart Case for iPad" About 7:15 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Adobe Carousel for iOS review: Store your photographs online and share them with others" Macworld UK 7:43 AM
  • "Mark Up What You Want With Skitch For iPad" App Advice 7:14 PM
  • "'Goodnight iPad' Is the Perfect Book for the Kid Who Has Everything That Beeps" AllThingsD 7:15 PM
  • "Wind-Up Knight Review: Wind-Up Knight has finally made the move from Android to iOS, and the App Store is all the better for it." 148Apps 2:17 PM
  • "Dangerous Review: Dangerous is without a doubt (no, seriously) the most robust space adventure available for iOS right now. There's just ooonnnnneeeeee little problem..." 148Apps 1:59 PM
  • "Free on iTunes: 2 Free iPad Games for The Adventurer" The Mac Observer 4:34 PM
  • "How to personalize your new iOS device to make it your own" TiPb 7:13 PM
  • "Become A Pro At Infinity Blade II With These Tips From ChAIR" App Advice 12:01 PM
  • "Fifty essential apps for new iOS device owners: Which apps you should download? Our iPhone and iPad experts offer their advice" Macworld 11:06 AM
  • "Ten things to do with your new Mac" Macworld 10:13 AM
  • "Everything You Need to Master Your New Smartphone" Gizmodo 7:35 AM
  • "Anyone Else Having Problems With Apple's iMessage?" Business Insider 9:18 PM
  • "2012 Is Looking Great For Global Growth Of Apple iOS And Google Android Devices" Forbes 2:46 PM
  • "Is Amazon the Next Apple?" Forbes 2:43 PM
  • "2011: Biggest Apple Product Leaks" MacRumors 1:44 PM
  • "IPads in the Classroom: A Case Study in Auburn, Maine – Part One"  GeekMom 11:40 AM
  • "Why Apple Wins and Everyone Else Just Tries to Play the Game" VoIP Watch 9:26 AM
  • "Did Apple Really 'Steal' Their iPhone Design From Samsung? [Pot, Meet Kettle] AndroidPhone 9:26 AM
  • "Did smartphones kill the point-and-shoot?" PCWorld 8:49 AM
  • "Flipboard needs to branch its content out from US/UK, here's why" The Next Web 8:05 AM
  • "How the iPad 2 Became My Favorite Computer"  Techland 7:59 AM
  • "A Harsh Attack on Steve Jobs, By Way of a Review (Not Mine) of His Biography" Kirkville 7:41 AM
  • "Apple Sales to Surge, Big Thank You to iPhones and iPads [Survey] MarketPulse 7:20 AM
  • "Marco Arment on Open vs. Closed...Headphones" iSource 9:28 PM
  • "Why Android updates are a mess: it's the business model" ZDNet 11:31 AM
  • "Make your old Android smartphone as good as new" ZDNet 11:30 AM
  • "Looking Forward to 2012: Ultrabooks" Techland 11:21 AM
  • "Confessions of a Chromebook addict/One year later: The good, the bad and the ugly truth about Google's ChromeOS-based notebook." Network World 11:03 AM
  • "Six Free Software Packages to Load on Your New PC" PCWorld 11:02 AM
  • "Sony Tablet S Android Slate Review" HotHardware 10:50 AM
  • "What tech toys did Santa bring you in 2011?" ZDNet 11:31 AM
  • "The gifts you didn't get: 2011 geek gadget guide" [Slideshow] InfoWorld 10:48 AM
  • "11 'smart' TVs to deal hunt for" [Slideshow] The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 10:46 AM
  • "The Benefits of Video Games" ABCNews 10:27 AM
  • "Finding the Unique in You to Build a Better Password" Tempo 10:11 AM
  • "Top 10 small-business tech predictions for 2012" CIO 10:03 AM
  • "What to Expect in Printers in 2012" PCWorld 9:59 AM
  • "BlackBerry PlayBook available on the cheap" Mobot 9:58 AM
  • "Review: Dell Latitude ATG 6420" NDTVGadgets 9:57 AM
  • "Top 10 Anticipated Tech Products of 2012" SiliconIndia 9:56 AM
  • "Should you be allowed to read your Kindle during takeoff and landing?" Houston Chronicle 10:46 AM
  • "Best Kindle Fire cases and covers" CNET News 9:46 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "There's an Analytic app for that" ZDNet 7:12 PM
  • "Siri Can Now Control Your Mac, Will Control Your Vacuum Next" PCWorld 3:52 PM
  • "Must Have iPad Accessories for New iPad Owners" PadGadget 3:48 PM
  • "Best iPad and iPhone car charger: 5 tested" TechRadar UK 1:44 PM
  • "Tizi app turns your iPhone into a pricey iPad remote, enlists Siri for channel surfing" Engadget 1:14 PM
  • "Tap Tap Revenge Giving Away Free Song Daily" 148Apps 1:14 PM
  • "So You Got an iPad 2? Try These 10 Hip Accessories" Mashable 8:24 AM
  • "Favorite Fifty: 148Apps Best Games of 2011: 16 – 25" 148Apps 8:24 AM
  • "Must Have Games for New iPad Owners" PadGadget 8:07 AM
  • "If Batman had an iPhone, he'd keep in this dock" DVICE 8:41 AM
  • "Armstar BodyGuard is a Gauntlet for your iPhone" Coolest Gadgets 8:05 AM
  • "Make sure your kids fully learn about the human skeleton w/ D. Bones" prMac 11:40 AM
  • "Squiggles - Paint and image app for iPhone - 80% off for limited time" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "Vivec Entertainment Unveils Horror Game Shadow of a Soul: Chapter I" prMac 7:55 AM
  • "20 Must Have Apps For The New iPhone, iPad or iPod touch User" Best App Site 7:52 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Google, Microsoft each seek search 'game changer': Analysts expect big moves after Google and Bing maintain leadership positions in 2011" Computerworld 10:13 AM
  • "Three reasons Microsoft's Bing will gain ground against Google in 2012" Computerworld Blogs 2:48 PM
  • "Microsoft in a better place than many people think, concludes Bernstein report" GeekWire 10:13 AM
  • "A look back at Microsoft's busy year, A to Z" Seattle Times 11:08 AM
  • "Microsoft: Five things to look for in 2012" CNET News 9:47 AM
  • "Microsoft And Intel Try To Fend Off iPad Frenzy With Ultrabooks" Forbes 11:36 AM
  • "Report: Windows Phone Will Have 6.2% Marketshare In 2012 With 40 Million Units Sold" WMPoweruser 10:09 AM
  • "Windows 8 gesture login, perform gestures to unlock your device" TweakTown 10:09 AM
  • "Xbox Live To Remove Guns From Avatar Marketplace In January" GamerFront 10:11 AM
  • "IBM's Emptoris Deal Expands Smarter Commerce Initiatives" Forbes 10:16 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Shows up for Work at Cedars-Sinai's Cancer Center" Computerworld 2:45 PM
  • "Dell To Host Customers And Partners At Inaugural Dell Storage Forum In Europe" VAdvert 9:56 AM
  • "AMD's Bulldozer Architecture: Overclocking Efficiency Explored" Tom's Hardware 9:53 AM
  • "Broad base helps Intel expand lead over rivals" Taipei Times 2:47 PM
  • "Intel Antitrust Case Heads to State Court" [Paid Membership Required] 3:47 PM
  • "Intel considers Qualcomm threat No.1" Fudzilla 10:04 AM
  • "Intel adjusts Atom development focus, say sources" DigiTimes 10:40 AM
  • "Intel and Kraft's iSample vending kiosks study shoppers" BBC 10:03 AM
  • "Booting an Intel Architecture System, Part I: Early Initialization" Dr. Dobb's 10:03 AM
  • "Intel Thunderbolt to be available in April" DigiTimes 8:20 PM
  • "With CloudVerse, Cisco Shows How Clever It Is" ITBusinessEdge 9:54 AM
  • "The 10 biggest tech stories of 2011" CNN 10:20 AM
  • "Top 10 articles of 2011: Windows 8, iPhone 5 hype and tablet fever" V3 11:25 AM
  • "Tech stories of 2011: Jobs, Android, and Anonymous rank in top 10" IDG News Service 10:48 AM
  • "25 Top Network and IT Industry News Stories of 2011" Network World 9:54 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks head into final stretch" CNNMoney 11:33 AM
  • "Asia Stocks End Mixed Monday" TheStreet 2:40 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Tokyo stocks rise, as Shanghai, Seoul decline" MarketWatch 9:40 AM
  • "Asian Stocks Advance as U.S. Reports Lift Earnings Outlook for Exporters" Bloomberg 10:29 AM
  • "Asia stocks mixed after weak US economy indicators" Associated Press 11:07 AM
  • "Asian Stocks Mixed" [Paid Membership Required] 9:40 AM
  • "2 Technology Stock Buys And 4 Sells From Jim Cramer" Seeking Alpha 9:45 AM

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