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Monday Highlights: Shara Tibken at CNET has five important questions for Apple as they head into 2018, including what iPhone lineup looks like, and will Siri find relevance?; Apple confirms purchase of Shazam, details not disclosed, but estimated at $400 million; activist investors pushing for climate and human rights proposals facing Apple blockade via SEC guidance; Macworld reviews Nvidia GeForce beta for Mac which allows impressive streaming gameplay of high-end PC games; Steve Wozniak among Internet pioneers telling FCC they don't understand how internet works, urges cancellation of Dec 14 vote; Apple accused of throttling old iPhones with degraded batteries; Sprint customers complain of Wi-Fi calling breakage following iOS 11.2 install; Jean-Louis Gassée offers his "third impression" of iPhone X.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "Inside Apple Music's Second Act: A year into its battle for users — and the trust of record labels — the most talked-about company in music sheds a light on what's working, what's not, and its controversial plan to shape the industry's future."  BuzzFeed 6:42 PM
  • "Apple's Project Titan Is Not About Building a Car: If Cupertino was killing Project Titan, why would it bring back Bob Mansfield?"  PC Magazine 7:38 AM
  • "The Latest Hint That Apple's Gearing Up to Make Cars" Tom's Guide 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Said to Expand HealthKit From Tracker to Diagnosis Tool"  Bloomberg 7:07 AM
  • "Here is Apple's smart plan for digital health: Apple is going to be good for your health" Computerworld 9:47 AM
  • "Apple apps said to reveal its health ambitions" Washington Post 6:20 PM
  • "Apple developing new Apple Watch sleep tracking and heart rate apps, expansion of HealthKit" 9to5Mac 9:10 AM
  • "Apple iPhone 7 Sales Hide A Serious Problem" Forbes 8:01 PM
  • "OECD official says EU Apple ruling not precedent for future tax cases" ["Pascal Saint-Amans, who is leading the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's flagship Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, said that under the new OECD rules, most of the tax from U.S. technology multinationals like Apple should be due in the United States, not Ireland."] Reuters 3:01 PM
  • "Apple Facing European Commission's Tax Ruling Without a Lobbying Presence in Brussels" MacRumors 7:38 AM
  • "Report: Apple Developing Siri-Based Echo Rival" PC Magazine 9:10 AM
  • "Apple acquires machine learning startup TupleJump" BetaNews 7:12 AM
  • "FY 16 Fourth Quarter Results: Apple's conference call to discuss fourth fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET." Apple Investor News 5:15 PM
OS X
News
  • "New Mac Trojan uses the Russian space program as a front: The Komplex Trojan can download, execute, and delete files from an infected Mac" IDG News Service 6:13 PM
  • "IBM unlocks all the server-side capabilities now available in Swift 3.0" iDownload Blog 9:10 AM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "How to use Apple's hardware diagnostics to find and fix Mac glitches" ZDNet 9:10 AM
  • "macOS Sierra discussion includes USB installer issues; sudden file deletion via iCloud sync; HP scanner problems and workarounds; AppleScript changes; clamshell mode issues; unexpected preference changes, likable changes, and more." MacInTouch 6:55 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "First impressions of working with macOS Sierra" TechRepublic 9:35 PM
  • "How to Clean Install macOS Sierra" OS X Daily 2:35 PM
  • "System Preferences in macOS Sierra: App Store" eXtensions 8:49 AM
  • "Unlocking a Mac with an Apple Watch requires two-factor, not two-step, iCloud protection—what?" Macworld 7:05 AM
  • "The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data: Find out which ones give you more (or less) control over your data." Macworld 7:06 AM
  • "7 hidden features in macOS Sierra you may have missed" Macworld 7:05 AM
  • "Memory Cleaner makes it easy to clean out the junk files on your Mac" Apple World Today 7:12 AM
  • "How To Set Up 'Hey Siri...' On macOS Sierra" Mac360 8:06 AM
  • "A Mac Photo App You Don't Have" TeraTalks 7:57 AM
  • "The Future Of Email On A Mac" Mac360 7:43 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Feature Request: Siri's arrival on Mac makes it all the more important for it to be bilingual" 9to5Mac 9:53 AM
  • "Sierra: The Honeymoon's Over?" Rixstep 6:48 AM
Press Releases
  • "Pixel Film Studios Releases Pro3rd Web Volume 5 for Final Cut Pro X" PRWeb 7:49 AM
  • "Pixel Film Studios Production Team Releases ProClone for Final Cut Pro X" PRWeb 7:49 AM
  • "Mac Data Recovery Guru 4.0 Has Ability to Scan Unmountable Disk Images" prMac 7:05 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple begins removing zombie apps from the App Store" iDownload Blog 9:53 AM
  • "US spies finally embracing iPhones" Bloomberg 4:47 PM
  • "Top Apple analyst expects fewer iPhone 7 sales than iPhone 6s garnered in 2015" iDownload Blog 7:58 AM
  • "Analyst Kuo Escalates 2016 iPhone 7 Sales Estimates – Sales to Still be Below iPhone 6s" MacTrast 7:58 AM
  • "KGI Raises Apples Unit Sales Estimates" Forbes 6:59 AM
  • "Jet Black iPhones Face Global Shortage as New Color Proves Difficult to Manufacture" MacRumors 9:17 AM
  • "Apple has opened its first retail store in Mexico" Cult of Mac 9:09 AM
  • "Pegatron CEO slams analysts, 'cautiously optimistic' about Apple iPhone 7 sales" AppleInsider 7:58 AM
  • "Apple CEO Gives Drake A Plaque For One Billion Streams" Digital Trends 2:33 PM
  • "Apple Music executives talk battle for exclusives, artist relationships, and more in new interview" 9to5Mac 6:31 PM
  • "Apple II Fanboys Rejoice, Your Retro Wireless Controller Is Here" Forbes 11:32 AM
  • "IBM, Apple, Google And Think, Think, Think: This Week In Tech History" Forbes 7:56 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Steve Jobs announces $161 million loss for Apple" Cult of Mac 9:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Apple, Silicon Valley raised millions to fund Hillary Clinton platform backing tech's positions on encryption, privacy, innovation, patents, education" AppleInsider 8:09 PM
  • "Google reportedly revealing all-new OS and laptop in October" The Next Web 10:09 AM
  • "Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 has battery problems too" BetaNews 9:10 AM
  • "Ad blocking usage is up more than 10 percent from last year" Mashable 9:09 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "Upgrade #108: It's a Great Feature When It Works" Six Colors 4:47 PM
  • "TMO Background Mode: Interview with Founder & President of Bombich Software, Mike Bombich" The Mac Observer 4:29 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-26: macOS Sierra PDF Issues, Apple ID Two-Factor Authentication" The Mac Observer 1:46 PM
  • "Apple vet creates iPhone sex toys that would cause a buzz in Cupertino [Kahney's Korner podcast] Cult of Mac 1:26 PM
Hardware/Software
  • "Oops. Apple has seriously weakened iOS 10 backups against password hackers: A blunder that Apple made in iOS 10 has weakened the encryption of iPhone data when backed up to iTunes." ZDNet 7:38 AM
  • "iOS 10 backups are easier to crack, but Apple promises to fix security flaw: Forensic researcher claims iOS 10 local backups are easier to crack since the security protection is 2,500 times weaker than in iOS 9, but Apple promised to roll out a patch for the security flaw." Computerworld 12:12 PM
  • "Apple to crunch iOS 10 local backup password brute force hole" The Register 6:59 AM
  • "Report: iOS 10 Backups Easy to Hack" PC Magazine 9:32 PM
  • "Will Apple Use Stand-Alone Graphics Processors in 15-inch MacBook Pros? Cost and performance are key considerations that will likely drive Apple to stick with stand-alone" The Motley Fool 3:24 PM
  • "Apple May Return to Nvidia For Graphics Chips" Digital Trends 1:03 PM
  • "Nvidia working with Apple on graphics for 'revolutionary' new Mac products" AppleInsider 6:14 PM
  • "You shouldn't get the iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case wet, but that didn't stop this developer from putting it to the test" 9to5Mac 12:39 PM
  • "Foxconn permitted to repair iPhone at subsidiary in Shanxi, China, says paper" DigiTimes 7:39 AM
  • "Pro Tip: You Cannot Drill a Headphone Jack Into the iPhone 7" PC Magazine 4:42 PM
AppleCare/Helps
  • "AppleCare+ screen replacement fee dropped to $29, water damage covered" ZDNet 4:42 PM
  • "iOS 10 discussion includes security flaws in iTunes backups, fingerprint/Touch ID issues, the 10.0.2 update, Apple Notes compatibility and update issues." MacInTouch 6:55 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:47 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:47 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:47 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Apple Watch Series 2 review: A faster, brighter fitness machine" Macworld 7:05 AM
  • "Hands-on with the new ceramic Apple Watch Edition Series 2 – unboxing and review [Video] 9to5Mac 10:42 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus Camera Review: iPhone JPEG vs iPhone RAW vs Sony A7R II" PetaPixel 2:36 PM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus Review: Save Your Money For The iPhone 8 (Or A Chinese Phone) Instead" Forbes 6:59 AM
  • "iPhone 7 review: Socketless upgrade is a gamble by Apple" The National 7:54 AM
  • "First Impressions of Apple's iPhone 7" FOXBusiness 3:08 PM
  • "iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Which is the best smartphone to buy in 2016?" Alphr 7:56 AM
  • "iPhone 7 Plus vs Honor 8: Battle of the (fake) Bokeh!" iMore 9:11 AM
  • "With iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode, Blurry Photos Are A Good Thing" Digital Trends 8:36 PM
  • "AirPods: Just as bad as you thought they'd be/No matter how much you love Apple gear, you're going to have trouble loving AirPods" Computerworld 9:11 AM
  • "Review: Lutron Caséta In-Wall Dimming Kit is the most elegant HomeKit lighting solution" 9to5Mac 12:38 PM
  • "Picture Keeper Connect review: Simple photo backup for the entire family" Macworld 9:10 AM
  • "Review: Mass Fidelity Core Bluetooth Speaker" iLounge 3:02 PM
  • "Wiebetech Ultradock v5.5 review" IT.Enquirer 10:29 AM
  • "Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock review – Brings iPhone 7, Apple Watch 2 together" Product Reviews Net 7:55 AM
  • "Pokémon Go Plus improves the grind, but it can be obnoxious/Boosting inventories and hatching eggs faster: it's like a wearable cheat code." Macworld 7:38 AM
  • "The NuGuard KX is an excellent protective case for the iPhone 7/7 Plus" Apple World Today 7:12 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Weather Underground adds personalized 'Smart Forecasts' to iOS app" Apple World Today 7:12 AM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to use iOS 10's hidden 'Magnifier' magnifying glass feature for iPhone" 9to5Mac 2:33 PM
  • "How to Take Screen Shots in iOS 10" OS X Daily 1:07 PM
  • "Use Your iPhone As a Magnifying Glass" MacMost 9:55 AM
  • "How to set up a new Apple Watch: Set up Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 1 or Apple Watch Series 2, pair your Apple Watch with an iPhone, download apps, and get started" Macworld UK 7:54 AM
  • "How to Stream the Clinton/Trump Presidential Debate on Your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV" The Mac Observer 9:48 AM
  • "How to watch and stream tonight's Clinton/Trump 2016 Presidential debate on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac & the web" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "How to quickly filter emails on iPhone and iPad" iDownload Blog 7:12 AM
  • "How to customize workout metrics on Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 7:12 AM
Tips
  • "watchOS 3: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Can Now Speak the Time" The Mac Observer 5:51 PM
  • "5+ iPhone shortcuts most of us forget" Apple Must 3:00 PM
  • "iOS 10 Maps 'Overview' Buttons Moved to the Swipe-Up Drawer" The Mac Observer 2:13 PM
  • "Siri Not Pronouncing Names Correctly? You Can Teach It How" AppAdvice 1:03 PM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Why You Shouldn't Be Surprised at Apple Killing the Headphone Jack" The Motley Fool 8:45 PM
  • "Why an Apple-McLaren merger makes sense" Telegraph 4:46 PM
  • "$40 too far: the real cost of the iPhone 7's missing headphone jack/Not being able to charge and listen will cost a lot more than you think"  The Verge 3:41 PM
  • "Apple Music's Killer Feature: Siri Tricks" AppAdvice 1:03 PM
  • "I Think We've Reached 'Peak Mac" Mac360 8:50 AM
  • "Apple's lack of lobbying presence in Europe left it in dark over tax investigation for two years – WSJ" 9to5Mac 7:04 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Supervised User... Making Your ChromeBook/ChromeOS Child Safe" Low End Mac 1:07 PM
  • "I Went To My Own Digital Funeral: After years of posting indiscriminately to social media, I was suddenly faced with uncomfortable questions about what will happen to all of it when I die." BuzzFeed 10:38 AM
  • "How Snapchat Spectacles Could Become a Huge Hit" Time 9:52 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Bill Maher explains why you don't need to buy iPhone 7" Cult of Mac 10:38 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Some great wallet cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus" iDownload Blog 6:31 PM
  • "Apple will start selling Sonos speakers today" Engadget 11:56 AM
  • "Introducing 'Photos: A Take Control Crash Course'" Six Colors 10:38 AM
  • "This levitating charger won't let your iPhone 7 down" Cult of Mac 10:38 AM
  • "Plex Cloud beta puts your media server in the cloud using unlimited Amazon Drive storage" 9to5Mac 9:53 AM
  • "Adorable Baby Sticker Packs for iMessage" AppAdvice 9:52 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of September 26: Adam Christianson, GoPro, Augmented Reality and iOS 10" The MUG Center 8:02 AM
  • "Smart Wearables in Healthcare, 2016-2030 - 250 Smart Wearables Developed by Over 150 Companies - Research and Markets" PRNewswire 7:49 AM
  • "Mort's Minions introduced for iOS - A Retro Side-Scrolling RPG Adventure" prMac 7:05 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 hits 400 million machines as growth slows post-free upgrade" TechCrunch 11:35 AM
  • "Microsoft confirms Windows 10 adoption slowdown: Pegs 'active devices' count at 400M after 14 months" Computerworld 3:28 PM
  • "Microsoft commits to running data centers off 50% renewable energy by 2018: Microsoft will up its renewable energy use in data centers to 60% by early in the next decade" Computerworld 3:41 PM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella slams Google's game-playing artificial brain: 'We are not pursuing AI to beat humans at games'" Business Insider 6:18 PM
  • "Microsoft makes its Edge browser safer for the enterprise" TechCrunch 11:36 AM
  • "Watch the 2016 Microsoft Ignite keynote addresses" Windows Central 9:02 AM
  • "Microsoft, Adobe ink cloud partnership" Ars Technica 8:58 AM
  • "Adobe partners with Microsoft to use Azure as 'preferred solution' for cloud services" GeekWire 8:57 AM
  • "Microsoft announces new versions of Windows Server and System Center, teases 'AI supercomputer'" GeekWire 8:57 AM
  • "Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 will be generally available in October" Neowin 8:54 AM
  • "Review: Microsoft Windows Server 2016 steps up security, cloud support" Computerworld 8:54 AM
  • "Google, Salesforce, Microsoft eyeing Twitter: reports" domain-b 8:31 AM
  • "IBM, The NSF And UC San Francisco Combine To Power Up The Exciting World Of Cellular Engineering" Forbes 8:10 AM
  • "Walkbase Launches IoT Platform For Retail on IBM's THINK Marketing" realwire 8:09 AM
  • "IBM, Apple, Google And Think, Think, Think: This Week In Tech History" Forbes 8:09 AM
  • "HP Inc leads dwindling HCP market in India: IDC" IndiaTimes 8:04 AM
  • "HP launches world's smallest All-in-One Printer" Busiess Today 8:02 AM
  • "HP admits rejecting non-HP ink cartridges - it was deliberate and won't release fix" The Guru of 3D 7:57 AM
  • "Microsoft is now selling the HP Elite x3, with delivery in '3-7 business days'" Neowin 7:57 AM
  • "Lenovo is bringing biometric security to PC payments" IT PRO 7:44 AM
  • "Researchers think chaos theory can get us past Moore's Law" Engadget 7:43 AM
  • "Amazon and Intel invest €107 million in gesture control" InAvate 7:41 AM
  • "AMD Is A Buy - Cramer's Lightning Round (9/23/16)" Seeking Alpha 7:38 AM
  • "Kenyan Company-Smart Application International Shines At Oracle Excellence Awards 2016" allAfrica 7:35 AM
  • "Oracle announces further investment in Brazil" ZDNet 12:15 PM
  • "Oracle's on-prem cloud plan is mostly Engineered Systems" Channel Register 7:34 AM
  • "Can Cisco's Big Acquisitive Appetite Hurt The Dividend?" Seeking Alpha 7:33 AM
  • "Hackers Knock Security News Blog Offline, Steal 500M Yahoo Accounts And Use Nsa Tools On Cisco Customers" Nextgov 7:32 AM
  • "Cisco: 29 percent of Australian businesses have no cloud strategy" ZDNet 7:32 AM
  • "Cisco Covered Calls? Here Are 4 Better Options For Income Investors" Seeking Alpha 7:31 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock Higher, HealthKit to Provide Diagnostic Information" TheStreet 12:38 PM
  • "Apple Is Now Boring Enough to Buy for This $37 Billion Fund Manager" Bloomberg 7:50 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks retreat on Deutsche Bank worries, Clinton-Trump debate: Deutsche Bank losses weigh on financials" MarketWatch 4:44 PM
  • "Wall Street Sells Off on Worries Over Clinton-Trump Showdown: Stocks end Monday's session sharply lower as Wall Street grows restless ahead of the first presidential debate." TheStreet 4:44 PM
  • "Stocks drop as focus shifts to first debate" USA Today 4:43 PM
  • "Wall St Drops as Investors Brace for Presidential Debate" Reuters 4:43 PM
  • "Stocks Down as Bank Shares Fall: Shares of banks slid Monday, dragging down major indexes world-wide." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 4:43 PM
  • "Asian stocks fall, with Japanese shares hurt by Kuroda policy remarks: Asian shares were broadly lower Monday, as traders largely gave up hope for an oil breakthrough this week and as the Bank of Japan flagged that it remained committed to negative rates." MarketWatch 9:05 AM
  • "Europe stocks slide most since July as Deutsche Bank tumbles: European stocks slid Monday, with sharp losses for oil and gas shares and German lender Deutsche Bank AG pushing the market's benchmark to its biggest daily loss in 2½ months." MarketWatch 12:25 PM

 
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