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Weekend Highlights: Late Thursday, Apple took new tack against Qualcomm seeking invalidation of four patents; fresh ruling from US Supreme Court backs Apple's iPhone privacy stance requiring warrants to access cellphone data—reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Dan Moren expresses frustration over slow Mac updates, delcaring "long product cycles are ... now normal for the Mac"; Ben Lovejoy thinks he has a solution to the MacBook Pro dilemma that would keep all parties happy; ZDNet takes FileMaker 17 for a spin; Simon Royal argues life's "too short to argue over operating systems" says end result is that you're happy with your choice; Gregg Keizer delves into new privacy features in Mojave; Japan now seeing Apple mapping vehicles on the roads; man in Toronto, CA sues Apple over Apple Watch scratches; The Drum interviews Susan Bennett, Siri's original voice; interesting interview with Andy Hertzfeld; BGR claims exclusive first look at 6.1" LCD iPhone; commentary from Channel NewsAsia poses question whether "Xiaomi is twice as good as Apple".

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  • "Apple said to be eyeing wearable AR glasses: The iPhone maker would enter a crowded VR and AR market where Microsoft, Facebook and Google play"  IDG News Service 7:07 AM
  • "Apple building Google Glass-style AR specs to link with iPhone" V3 7:24 AM
  • "Apple is working on smart glasses" Quartz 6:17 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly working on AR glasses à la Google Glass" The Next Web 7:44 AM
  • "Can Apple Thrive Where Google Glass Failed?"  Investopedia 7:15 AM
  • "KGI: iPhone 7 demand has peaked, suppliers to revise down forecasts/Though Apple is still showing shipment delays on iPhone 7 Plus orders —and Jet Black iPhone 7 units —noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo infers early buzz around Apple's latest flagship smartphone is flagging, and as such believes overall shipments have peaked."  AppleInsider 7:10 AM
  • "Apple insider says demand is dwindling because the iPhone 7 is boring" BGR 1:23 PM
  • "Chinese consumers' body takes up complaints of iPhone shutdowns with Apple: The China Consumers Association (CCA) has asked Apple to investigate 'a considerable number' of reports by users of iPhone 6 and 6s phones that the devices have been shutting off and cannot be turned back on again, it said on Tuesday." Reuters 7:04 AM
  • "Reports of iPhone shutdowns spark complaints in China" Reuters 7:17 AM
  • "Why Samsung's Harman purchase will be seen as Apple blunder decades from now: Samsung's $8 billion purchase of Harman may be pricey, but how often can you become a Tier 1 auto supplier in one swoop. Apple could have made a similar play."  ZDNet 10:09 AM
  • "Apple's $50 million bid to build store in Melbourne's Federation Square" Melbourne Age 8:40 AM
  • "Full House in Barcelona for Europe's Premiere Event Showing the All-New Final Cut Pro X 10.3" 7:29 AM
  • "Parallels Desktop 12 review: A nearly perfect blend of Windows and Mac" Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Want Apple's Touch Bar without buying a new MacBook Pro? Get Red Sweater's Touché" Macworld 7:12 AM
  • "How to use Touch ID on older Macs" iMore 1:40 PM
  • "How to free up space used by iMovie files: Folders from versions past may be full of gigabytes of duplicates or unwanted files." Macworld 7:12 AM
  • "Everything you need to know about Apple's Touch Bar and Touch ID for MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 8:21 AM
  • "Meet your new Mac: Learn the basic anatomy of your Mac." iMore 8:13 AM
  • "How to use full screen mode on Mac" iMore 8:09 AM
  • "How to Hide MacOS Sierra Update Banner from the Mac App Store" OS X Daily 3:54 PM
  • "Search For Preferences and Settings" MacMost 10:00 AM
  • "Better Ways To Command-Tab On A Mac" Mac 360 7:38 AM
Press Releases
  • "AU 2016: Pluralsight Intros Learning Paths for Autodesk 3D Design, Engineering and Fabrication Software" Architosh 7:05 PM
  • "AU 2016: Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3 for Revit—Bringing Top Renderer to BIM Application" Architosh 6:38 PM
  • "Pixelmator for Mac update adds Sierra Tabs, Touch Bar integration, content-aware Smart Refine, more" 9to5Mac 7:12 AM
  • "Rhino for Mac Price Goes Up Jan 1—Mac Version Nearly Complete" Architosh 6:53 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Sir Jony Ive reflects on the nature of objects, the fragility of ideas, and 20 years of Apple design" Wallpaper 2:09 PM
  • "'Designed by Apple in California' Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design: New Photo Book Tells the Story of Design at Apple" Apple 7:08 AM
  • "Designed by Apple in California Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design" Business Wire 7:14 AM
  • "Apple releases $300 book containing 450 photos of Apple products: A book like this takes courage" The Verge 7:24 AM
  • "Apple releases a $299 book of product designs dedicated to Steve Jobs" CNNMoney 7:48 AM
  • "Apple had to buy back old products featured in its new design book" Cult of Mac 10:09 AM
  • "Apple goes analogue with latest product" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12:33 PM
  • "Donate to Charity Via Apple Pay/The American Red Cross, charity: water, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, UNICEF, and more are already on board." PC Magazine 8:59 PM
  • "John Hancock insurance is subsidizing the cost of the new Apple Watch" TechCrunch 8:09 AM
  • "HP's power-packed Z2 Mini desktop takes on Apple's aging Mac Mini" IDG News Service 7:07 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple's last (and greatest) mechanical keyboard" Cult of Mac 10:09 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Edward Snowden: Augmented reality will bring political awareness" CNET 3:30 PM
  • "Twitter announces more tools for dealing with abuse" BBC 8:15 AM
  • "Google taps into your life to personalize its streaming music: Google Play Music will be using big data and machine learning to tailor music suggestions" Computerworld 7:04 AM
  • "Traces of grime on your phone reveal your life story: study" AFP Relax News 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Hololens and Trimble SketchUp Viewer Bring Mixed Reality (MR) to AEC Industries" Architosh 6:56 AM
  • "Weekly Podcast 209: Jumping Into A Killer Party In An App Store Shootout" Apple'n'Apps 6:31 PM
  • "Is the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar revolutionary? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast)" CNET 6:17 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2016-11-15: Apple's Coffee Table Book, HP's Campaign to Win Mac Users" The Mac Observer 12:35 PM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 161: MacBook Pro reviews and the future of touch" iDownload Blog 7:23 AM
  • "Apple, once the king of UI design, has some kinks in its armor. The iOS Music app is the subject of our fist shake at Apple this week." The MT Show 6:53 AM
  • "Apple Stores starting to get 2016 MacBook Pro in stock" Digital Trends 8:40 PM
  • "Apple's big App Store purge is now underway" TechCrunch 11:49 AM
  • "Apple's App Store purge removed almost 50k iOS apps in October, a 238% increase" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "Apple purged 47,300 broken & outdated App Store titles in October" AppleInsider 1:12 PM
  • "Dual-lens cameras expected on both Apple's OLED and 5.5" LCD 2017 iPhone models" AppleInsider 11:49 AM
  • "iPhone 8: No OLED display expected on 4.7-inch and some 5.5-inch models, dual camera staying Plus exclusive" 9to5Mac 11:54 AM
  • "Reliable source shares details about three new iPhone 8 models launching next year" BGR 11:50 AM
  • "Smaller iPhone still won't get dual-lens camera in 2017" Cult of Mac 12:33 PM
  • "Apple is reportedly releasing two versions of its 5.5-inch iPhone next year" The Verge 1:12 PM
  • "Apple's new single-interface 'TV' app starts rolling out to beta tvOS users in the US" 9to5Mac 7:12 AM
  • "15-Inch MacBook Pro With Touch Bar Has Non-Removable SSD"  MacRumors 10:08 AM
  • "Touch Bar MacBook Pro models have non-upgradeable SSDs, seemingly under-sized batteries" 9to5Mac 11:03 AM
  • "A touchscreen iMac would be 'absurd,' says Apple VP: Waiting for Apple to come out with a touchscreen Mac? Don't hold your breath." ZDNet 11:03 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple patent refines health monitoring headphone invention to accommodate AirPods" AppleInsider 7:10 AM
  • "Apple Granted a Patent for a Sports Version of Apple EarPods" Patently Apple 7:17 AM
  • "Apple Granted 18 Design Patents Today Covering Apple TV Remote with Siri, Giant Apple Store Doors & More" Patently Apple 6:17 PM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "12" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "9" iPad Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 6:57 AM

  • "Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2016)" PC Magazine 4:07 PM
  • "Are Desktops Still Relevant? Best 2016 MacBook Pro versus Quad-Core 2013 Mac Pro" Bare Feats 1:04 PM
  • "Review: Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7" iPad Pro" iLounge 1:53 PM
  • "Boost your iPhone storage with Lexar's tiny devices" Cult of Mac 11:55 AM
  • "Lust List: This compact 2-in-1 battery pack recharges your Apple Watch and iPhone [Review] Cult of Mac 7:25 AM
  • "Review: Plantroincs BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones" Wired 7:04 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Google's PhotoScan uses your phone to digitize old photos" Six Colors 3:30 PM
  • "5 iCloud Alternatives For Backing Up iOS Devices" Apple Gazette 7:44 AM
  • "The iPhone camera's newest feature makes life a little easier: Want to disable Live Photos forever? Or what about launching your iPhone camera in Video mode every time? Here's how." CNET 8:40 PM
  • "How to add more fingerprints to your iPhone or iPad Touch ID sensor" iDownload Blog 7:24 AM
  • "Allowing calls and texts from specific contacts when Do Not Disturb is enabled Tips" iLounge 4:37 PM
  • "Temporarily Disable Hey Siri on iPhone with a Simple Trick" OS X Daily 11:49 AM
  • "Give Children a Safer Searching Experience: Q. Children can type sex-related terms into Google and get explicit content, including images. What can be done about this?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 11:49 AM
  • "No, Apple Probably Should Not Have Bought Harman"  Daring Fireball 8:57 PM
  • "Ordering a MacBook Pro; and Affinity Pro for Windows (Bangkok Post, Life)" eXtensions 6:00 PM
  • "Chart Of The Day: The iPhone boom meets Trump's America/Putting Silicon Valley's billions in perspective." Apple 3.0 11:50 AM
  • "Is It 'Hello, Trump,' 'Goodbye Apple Security?" Mac360 8:25 AM
  • "This Is What Makes Apple Different" PixoBebo 8:19 AM
  • "Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone: Want to know about the iPhone 7 before release? He nailed it. iPhone 6S? He nailed it. iPhone SE? He nailed it. Yes, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has an unparalleled track record attaining Apple AAPL +1.30%'s future plans and now he has news on perhaps the biggest iPhone change in years..." Forbes 7:03 PM
  • "I Just Got An iPhone 7, So Please Stop Telling Me How Great iPhone 8 Will Be" McSolo 7:55 AM
  • "The State of the Smartphone Market in Q3 2016" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:29 AM
  • "Newton and the promise of paying for good software" iMore 7:25 AM
  • "Thinking Differently about Apple's $299 Coffee Table Book" The Mac Observer 1:44 PM
  • "'Designed by Apple in California'" Six Colors 12:45 PM
  • "Even Apple's new book uses 'special' paper" Computerworld 7:40 AM
  • "'Designed by Apple in California'" 512 Pixels 7:19 AM
  • "Head hunter: Tim Cook must go! Apple is still extremely successful so the CEO should step down. Makes sense." Macworld 7:11 AM
  • "Would Apple's AR Glasses Be Better than Google Glass?" Apple Gazette 3:30 PM
  • "Apple thinks it can make a Google Glass we'll want to buy" Cult of Mac 10:08 AM
  • "Considering Rumors of Apple AR Glasses with Tim Cook's Comments on Google Glass" The Mac Observer 7:08 AM
  • "Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome: Exciting new way to pay your Cupertino idiot tax" The Register 6:31 PM
  • "Jacob Kastrenakes Reviews the MacBook Pro With Touch Bar" Daring Fireball 8:40 PM
  • "Apple's MacBook Pro Design Screams 'Do Not Open'" Forbes 6:18 PM
  • "This Is the Dumbest MacBook Pro Complaint" Gizmodo 3:53 PM
  • "Crazy Alternatives To The New MacBook Pro" Mac360 7:55 AM
  • "Google Daydream review: The fast-casual restaurant of the VR world" Ars Technica 3:33 PM
  • "Ready or Not, We're Entering an AI World" Tech.pinions 7:29 AM
  • "Comic: The Ever-Changing Definition of 'Pro'" iMore 8:13 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Pay's international expansion continues with more banks in China & Russia" AppleInsider 3:31 PM
  • "This dock adds ports to your new MacBook by making it a much thicker MacBook" The Verge 2:12 PM
  • "Today, we are announcing the December release of 'Retro Winter Sports 1986' for iOS and Android. In early December, winter sports fans can compete in six different disciplines and indulge themselves in a cool retro vibe" Headup Games 12:26 PM
  • "Google announces PhotoScan app to digitize all of your printed photos" Mashable 12:13 PM
  • "'Super Mario Run' arrives on iPhone and iPad December 15th" Engadget 8:44 AM
  • "Super Mario Run launches for iPhone and iPad on December 15th for $9.99" BGR 8:40 AM
  • "SCOSCHE unveils floating BoomBUOY waterproof Bluetooth speaker" BetaNews 8:15 AM
  • "QuickerTek's acHex lets you easily upgrade your AirPort Base Station or Time Capsule" Apple World Today 7:27 AM
  • "Travel Best Bets Launches the First Ever App for Solo, Similar Aged Travelers" PRNewswire 7:15 AM
  • "Avast App Triage Program Hunts for Bugs, Secures Your Apps for Free" PRNewswire 7:15 AM
  • "WhatsApp goes head-to-head with FaceTime, adding end-to-end encrypted video calls" 9to5Mac 7:12 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft teams up with Elon Musk's OpenAI project" TechCrunch 10:09 AM
  • "OpenAI will use Microsoft's cloud, as Azure gains more features: The partnership shows momentum for AI workloads in Microsoft's cloud" IDG News Service 12:27 PM
  • "Microsoft, Nvidia work to speed up AI platform powering Cortana: Microsoft and Nvidia collaborate to boost the deep-learning capabilities of CNTK, the underlying AI technology behind Cortana and Skype language translator" IDG News Service 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft ramps focus on Azure's AI role" Seeking Alpha 12:59 PM
  • "Microsoft cuts $200 off all Surface Book Core i7 models without its new Performance Base" Neowin 12:58 PM
  • "Windows Maps updated for Fast ring Insiders, allowing users to submit corrections" Neowin 10:59 AM
  • "Microsoft releases preview of its Azure cloud bot-as-a-service" ZDNet 12:58 PM
  • "One of Microsoft's datacenters in the US now runs entirely on wind power" Neowin 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft HoloLens gets 3D maps through Taqtile's new 'HoloMaps' technology" GeekWire 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft Data Centers Bet Big on Wind Power" eWeek 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft: Would I Buy It Again, Knowing What I Know Now?" Seeking Alpha 12:46 PM
  • "HP Z2 Mini Workstation revealed at Autodesk University event" Hexus 7:51 AM
  • "HP Z2 Mini: 'world's smallest workstation' takes aim at Apple's Mac Mini/Pint-sized PC is 90 per cent smaller than a traditional business-class tower" The Inquirer 7:17 AM
  • "HP's tiny Xeon-powered PC puts the Mac Mini to shame: The Z2 Mini has workstation-class parts from Intel and NVIDIA." Engadget 12:20 PM
  • "HP's power-packed Z2 Mini desktop takes on Apple's aging Mac Mini: HP's Z2 Mini mini-desktop can pack an Intel server CPU and Nvidia Quadro GPU into a box that can be held in a hand" PCWorld 7:18 AM
  • "IBM's Rometty Tells Trump Company Supports His Plans for Tax Reform Early in 2017" TheStreet 2:13 PM
  • "Intel details Goldmont architecture that will power 14nm Apollo Lake processors: Microarchitecture will offer '30 per cent better CPU performance' compared with Silvermont" The Inquirer 10:10 AM
  • "Intel says it will spend $250 million to develop self-driving cars" The Verge 3:30 PM
  • "Intel packs more horsepower into its monster 22-core processor" IDG News Service 2:14 PM
  • "AMD has readies Zen's server software" Fudzilla 7:51 AM
  • "This supercomputer puts a petaflop of computing power in a single cabinet" ZDNet 10:09 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "How A Trade War With China Could Impact Apple's Stock" Forbes 1:30 PM
Industry News
  • "Dow closes at record high for fourth straight session: Crude oil prices rally; retail sales rise 0.8% in October" MarketWatch 4:06 PM
  • "Dow Stretches Gains Into Day Seven With Another Record: The Dow Jones Industrial Average squeaked out another record by a thin margin on Tuesday in its seventh straight session of gains." TheStreet 4:06 PM
  • "Stocks up, again: Dow hits all-time high, oil jumps" Associated Press 4:05 PM
  • "Dow Sets Another Record Even as 'Reflation Trade' Slows: Assets that performed well after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election pull back" [Paid Membership Required] 4:05 PM
  • "Asian markets steady after 2-day selloff" MarketWatch 8:37 AM
  • "Gains for oil nudge European stocks higher" MarketWatch 8:37 AM

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