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Tuesday Highlights: Andrew Beattie at Investopedia reveals why Apple has had a great string of success; Reuters pings the market reaction to Apple's earnings and finds an easing of doubt about future growth; analyst Gene Munster is of the opinion Apple needs to up the amount of acquisitions given on-hand cash; China overtakes the US in iPhone sales, putting a shine on Apple's Q2 earnings, "likely to become Apple's largest smartphone market by next year"—reports on Apple's earnings throughout today's page; meanwhile, Apple seeds OS X 10.10.4 beta; IT.Enquirer reviews the new QuarkXPress 2015; Macworld's Joe Kissell explains his preference for using CrashPlan for online backups of his Mac; Rex Crum says "Apple's retail strategy is sill paying off in a big way"; Best Buy relents, will offer Apple Pay in-store this fall, with the app offering the service right now; cute story out of Louisiana where a fireman used his iPhone's duck quack ringtone to rescue six baby ducks from a storm drain; CEO of Foxconn says he lobbied TSMC Apple A9 orders; if you have heavy tattooing on your wrist, your Apple watch may have trouble reading health data; Cult of Mac posts a video of a different kind of Apple Watch unboxing; Cult of Mac, PC Magazine, MacNN review the Apple Watch, while Michael DeAgonia goes hands on with the diminutive 12" MacBook; MacStories reviews Adobe's Slate app for iPad; and we've got a slew of Apple Watch how-to articles in the Reviews section, as well; ZDNet's David Gewirtz sees wrist taps with Apple Watch as "game changer" for sales meetings, debates, negotiations, and more.
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"New wave of phishing attacks serves malware to PCs and Macs" ZDNet 3/23
"Shopping For Zero-Days: A Price List For Hackers' Secret Software Exploits" ["That iOS exploit price represents just one of the dozens of deals the Grugq has arranged in his year-old side career as a middle man for so-called 'zero-day' exploits, hacking techniques that take advantage of secret vulnerabilities in software. ... Who's paying these prices? Western governments, and specifically the U.S., says the Grugq, who himself is a native of South Africa."] Forbes 3/23
"What the new iPad and Mountain Lion tell us about Apple's upcoming Retina Macs" 9 to 5 Mac 3/23
"Q&A: MacFixIt Answers/We answer questions about moving data to new user accounts, larger virtual memory allotments, and more." MacFixIt 3/23
"Detecting and removing the Flashback malware in OS X: The Flashback Trojan's latest iterations have evolved to infect Macs in different ways, but there are methods to detect and remove them." MacFixIt 3/23
"Lenovo Dreams of Waterproof Notebooks & Acrobatic Displays" Patently Apple 3/23
"Gene Steinberg meets Avram Piltch of Laptop magazine, John Martellaro of The Mac Observer, and veteran columnist Ted Landau, from The Mac Observer and Macworld, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3/23
"MacMall Opening New Chicago Store; We Talk With The President" MacNews 3/23
"New iPad controversies and thoughts on the new iPad after one week (Podcast)" Insanely Great Mac 3/23
"Apple Feels Heat From Steve Jobs' Display Choices: There are widespread reports of a heat problem with the new iPad. The problem is so ubiquitous that it even prompted Consumer Reports to run a test." Forbes 3/23
"Video: Apple's hot new IPad wins over reviewers" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 3/23
"Hey, what's wrong with a small iPhone? Is Apple an oddball because its phones continue to be relatively small? It's a stance that seems to run counter to Android smartphone design trends." CNET News 8:18 PM
"Will a Dividend-Tax Hike Spoil the Party? Apple's dividend announcement this past week is good news for income investors, but bad news might be lurking around the corner." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 3/23
"Apple investors sideswiped: briefly: by erroneous trade: A mistaken order causes AAPL shares to briefly plunge 9.4 percent until authorities halt trading. Just another boring day in the life of a high-flying stock." CNET News 3/23
"Apple's Starts Trading Again After A Bizarre Crash Halted The Stock" Business Insider 3/23
"Apple's devoted shareholders get rich, and hang on" Reuters 3/23
"Top 10 more interesting ways Apple could spend its $100bn cash-pile" V3 3/23
"Apple: Oppenheimer Ponders the Downside; Risk Favorable" Barron's 3/23
"Tech stocks eke out late gains: Tech stocks managed to put in a mostly upbeat performance Friday, but it was a glitch in a trading system resulting in confusion and erroneous trades of Apple Inc. and other stocks that stood out during the day's market session." MarketWatch 3/23
"U.S. stocks close tough week on bright note: Energy, resource stocks lead rebound to cap worst week of year" MarketWatch 3/23
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