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Tuesday Highlights: Canalys releases iPhone X stats for Q4 of 2017 finding an impressive 29 million sold, a tad lower than expectations, but good regardless; in light of this new data, Dan Dilger runs through the naysayers' claims iPhone X could be discontinued due to slow sales; big tech firms including Apple, Google, Amazon spent close to $50 million in lobbying the US government last year; from the "we don't write the headlines" files, man bites iPhone battery in Chinese electronic store, battery explodes; Apple announces HomePod available for pre-order this Friday, units arrive on February 9th; couple notes on this, you won't get multi-room audio or languages other than English until later 2018; Philip Elmer-Dewitt not thrilled HomePod shipping with with lowered expectations; longtime Mac user, Edoardo Maggio at Business Insider test drives Surface Book 2.

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  • "iPhone Apps Could Be A Revolution In Health — If People Use Them: A study provides an early glimpse into Apple's much-hyped attempt to transform its smartphones into scientific research tools."  BuzzFeed 11:11 AM
  • "Apple's iMessage Economy Is Already Big Business: For companies like JibJab, selling stickers and GIFs to iPhone users is both relatively easy and a major opportunity."  Fast Company 7:52 AM
  • "What Apple's New TV App Really Means For The Industry"  Seeking Alpha 1:12 PM
  • "Apple's new TV app shows how painfully behind it is: Digital media is a mess, and Apple is far from fixing it" ["Apple could craft the ideal solution. It may not be the holy grail at first. But over time, it could take shape as a single iTunes-shaped app and streaming service that syncs with every provider. ... The TV app is the hollowed-out husk of that vision, waiting to fulfill its true potential."]  The Verge 9:31 AM
  • "Apple Could Sink $1B Into Softbank's Mega Tech Fund" [Video Report] Forbes 3:47 PM
  • "Apple is poaching engineers from Here, a Berlin-based automotive mapping company" Business Insider 7:21 AM
  • "Apple recruits engineers from Berlin-based automotive mapping firm Here" AppleInsider 9:32 AM
  • "New MacBook Pro Users Report Improved Battery Life on macOS 10.12.2" MacRumors 3:47 PM
  • "Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.3 beta 1 to developers now" 9to5Mac 1:14 PM
  • "Apple Releases macOS Sierra 10.12.2 and More with Security Fixes" Intego 8:15 AM
  • "Watch the Official Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.3 Presentation and an Extra FCPX Tips And Tricks Video" 9:32 AM
  • "Adobe fixes critical flaw in Flash Player: Adobe also fixed vulnerabilities in eight other products" IDG News Service 10:18 AM
  • "The indispensables: More must-have items for your working Mac or iOS device/Working Mac's Jeff Battersby has more gear for your tech toolkit." Macworld 7:30 AM
  • "You Can Now Use Your New MacBook Pro's Touch Bar For Adobe Photoshop: Here Are The Functions" Tech Times 5:31 PM
  • "How to configure your Mac to automatically delete files that have been in the Trash for 30 days" iDownload Blog 7:30 AM
  • "How to access your iPhone Camera Roll on Mac or PC" iDownload Blog 7:38 AM
  • "Paranoid Much? Add Some Oversight To The Mac's Built-in Camera And Microphone" NoodleMac 8:43 AM
  • "Copy And Paste The Mac Way" TeraTalks 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Final Cut Pro X product team return to spotlight after 5 years" Medium: Alex Gollner 7:04 AM
Press Releases
  • "Zombie shooter, Dying Light, shows signs of Mac support" Mac Gamer HQ 2:29 PM
  • "Cocktail 10.1.3 (Sierra Edition) has been released" Maintain 11:26 AM
  • "Cutting-Edge Workflow—Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection Comes to Mac" Architosh 1:09 PM
  • "Graebert Officially Ships ARES Commander 2017—DWG CAD for Mac, Windows and Linux" Architosh 10:57 AM
  • "3 Apps for Seeing Your Mac's Battery Time Remaining" The Mac Observer 9:39 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple store employee: iPhone battery replacement is a mess" Cult of Mac 8:55 AM
  • "Apple hit with $2 million verdict in Calif. retail employee rights class action suit" AppleInsider 1:14 PM
  • "iPhone 7 Tops Google's 2016 'Year in Search' Tech List, Loses to Pokémon Go in Overall Searches" MacRumors 10:17 AM
  • "Trump tells tech leaders: 'There's nobody like you in the world'" Rediff 9:11 PM
  • "Apple's Tim Cook takes close seat to Donald Trump at tech summit" AppleInsider 4:59 PM
  • "Donald Trump will meet separately with Apple's Tim Cook and Tesla's Elon Musk today" Quartz 1:10 PM
  • "Trump talks job creation, innovation, and more with Tim Cook, tech executives in meeting at Trump Tower" 9to5Mac 6:04 PM
  • "Apple CEO Tim Cook meeting with Donald Trump, Elon Musk privately after NYC tech summit" AppleInsider 11:14 AM
  • "Tim Cook & other tech leaders meet Trump today, reports say 'no set agenda' but one topic" 9to5Mac 7:31 AM
  • "Mario, Nintendo's Mustachioed Gaming Legend, Arrives on iPhones" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:30 AM
  • "Originator was formed by five parents passionate about creating quality educational apps for young children. Founders Joe Ghazal and Rex Ishibashi share their approach to building a sustainable business in the Kids category, and the unexpected challenges and rewards they encountered along the way." Apple Developer Connection 3:15 PM
  • "Today in Apple history: World hears 'iPhone' name for the first time" Cult of Mac 8:55 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Stolen Yahoo Data Includes Government Employee Information" Bloomberg 9:04 PM
  • "Yahoo Says 1 Billion User Accounts Were Hacked" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 5:05 PM
  • "Yahoo confirms new security breach affecting over one billion accounts: This is separate from the one disclosed in September covering 500 million." Engadget 5:06 PM
  • "Yahoo reports massive data breach involving 1 billion accounts: The data breach occurred in August 2013 and is not connected to another recently disclosed huge breach" IDG News Service 5:17 PM
  • "Photo of Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Tim Cook, Sheryl Sandberg at Trump meeting" Business Insider 3:57 PM
  • "Google just dodged a privacy lawsuit by scanning your emails a tiny bit slower" The Verge 3:48 PM
  • "Evernote's new privacy policy allows employees to read your notes" TechCrunch 1:14 PM
  • "Tech workers vow not to build database to track Muslims: More than 200 engineers, designers and executives pledge not to build a database for the Trump administration to track Muslims in the US." CNET 7:53 AM
  • "Sprint's Network Performance Continues to Improve" Market Realist 7:21 AM
  • "Apple calls on Jony Ive to narrate a product video for the Designed by Apple in California' book" phoneArena 8:49 PM
  • "Apple AirPods, Kickstarter, and Augmented Reality -ACM 389" The Mac Observer 3:45 PM
  • "Apple's Big Data Storage Deficit -TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-14" The Mac Observer 1:12 PM
  • "iPads are the 'new stethoscope' and every doctor needs one..." Computerworld 7:52 AM
  • "Imagination GPU tech next year could power Apple iPhone 8 graphics: Imagination Technologies' high-end Series8XT GPU architecture is coming next year" ITworld 9:11 PM
  • "Wireless Charging Company Energous Partners With Apple Supplier Dialo" MacRumors 5:35 PM
  • "Long-distance wireless charging firm Energous partners with Apple supplier Dialog" AppleInsider 5:36 PM
  • "Latest watchOS update bricks some Apple Watches: watchOS 3.1.1 pulled while Apple fixes it; affected owners must return their Watch." Ars Technica 8:09 AM
  • "Apple pulls down Watch update that bricked Series 2 devices" Engadget 7:30 AM
  • "MacBook Pro battery sucks so Apple ditched the 'time remaining' indicator" The Next Web 7:58 AM
  • "How to see the 'time remaining' battery estimate Apple just removed" BGR 8:00 AM
  • "Apple MacBook update removes battery life estimates" Telegraph 7:15 AM
  • "As ax awaits Apple's AirPort, wide swath of Netgear routers found subject to serious vulnerability" AppleInsider 8:15 AM
  • "AirPods Now Estimated to Ship in 6 Weeks" MacRumors 10:57 AM
  • "Yes, You Can Still Get a Pair of Apple AirPods Guaranteed for Christmas" AppAdvice 9:37 AM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.2.1 to Developers" MacRumors 1:10 PM
  • "Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 10.1.1 to Developers" MacRumors 1:10 PM
  • "Apple offering AirPods battery replacements for free under warranty, $49 without" 9to5Mac 3:48 PM
  • "Apple Updates Its Battery Service Policy To Include AirPods, Here Are The Details" Redmond Pie 8:06 PM
  • "iOS 10.2-friendly glitch wallpapers add crazy effects to your iPhone" BGR 10:28 AM
  • "Apple's new Support app is a one-stop shop for appointments and advice" The Verge 7:30 AM
  • "Apple's Support app comes to the U.S." Mashable 7:28 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:03 AM

  • "5 reasons Apple's $45 wired earbuds are better than its $229 wireless AirPods" Business Insider 8:54 PM
  • "AirPods unboxed: Apple's other new wearable of the future" AppleInsider 5:31 PM
  • "Minix NEO C Mini USB-C to HDMI: Low Cost, Low Weight" The Mac Observer 5:02 PM
  • "A Computer for Everything: One Year of iPad Pro" MacStories 9:37 AM
  • "The eero home Wi-Fi system is the mesh network solution Apple should've made" Apple World Today 7:29 AM
  • "Review: Olloclip Core Lens Set for iPhone 7/7 Plus" iLounge 3:48 PM
  • "Amazon's Alexa is at Your Command: A virtual personal assistant is like a genie you can summon 24/7." Kiplinger 7:31 AM
  • "OWC Drive Dock with USB 3.1 Gen 1 review: High performance—with the right Mac" Macworld 8:54 AM
  • "Master & Dynamic MW50 Wireless Headphone Review: Less Really Is More" Wired 7:29 AM
  • "Thinksound On2 Monitor headphone review" The Gadgeteer 7:53 AM
  • "The Plextor M8Pe (512GB) SSD Review" AnandTech 8:16 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Hedge Connect shows when offloads have succeeded" IT.Enquirer 7:39 AM
  • "How to Set the Default Camera Mode on iPhone" OS X Daily 3:01 PM
  • "iOS 10.2: 6 reasons you should upgrade: How To Video" CNET 8:09 AM
  • "How to Change Which Apps Track Your Location on iPhone" Time 7:30 AM
  • "How to Organize Your Gmail Inbox to Be More Effective" Envato Tuts+ 7:15 AM
  • "How to Use Siri with the TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV" iMore 7:15 AM
  • "Use Your Apple Watch To Take Perfect Holiday Photos (And Selfies)" Forbes 11:14 AM
  • "Send Feedback to Apple" MacMost 10:04 AM
  • "The Evolution Of Apple" Forbes 9:10 PM
  • "Apple's 2016 report card: Grading all the new hardware Apple released this year" Business Insider 3:16 PM
  • "Why Apple Should Buy Sirius and Pandora: Cash-rich Apple should also buy the Liberty Sirius tracking stock. It's a difficult transaction that may be worth doing." Barron's 3:05 PM
  • "Is The iPad The Future Of Apple Productivity Hardware? – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 12:09 PM
  • "Opinion: Here are three ways Apple could fix its MacBook Pro battery life estimate" 9to5Mac 9:37 AM
  • "Cassandra: Dragging Apple Through the Dirt Again" eXtensions 9:29 AM
  • "Apple And The Fake Future" Mac360 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft's Fake Claims About The Mac" Mac360 8:16 AM
  • "This List Proves Apple (Still) Hasn't Accomplished Much in 2016 [Update] The Mac Observer 7:09 AM
  • "Twitter Has the Right to Suspend Donald Trump. But It Shouldn't." New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:51 PM
  • "A Hacker Turned a Keyboard Into a Game of Doom" Gizmodo 3:11 PM
  • "Who is Peter Thiel and why is he advising Donald Trump?" BBC 10:18 AM
  • "Huawei Mate 9 review: Miss your Note 7? This is the big-screened phone to buy" CNET 10:17 AM
  • "Mossberg: Why the AT&T-Time Warner merger is dangerous" The Verge 8:15 AM
  • "Microsoft's Surface Dial is proof your mouse is holding you back" Digital Trends 7:38 AM
  • "Amazon Go? I'll Stick With Real Stores" PC Magazine 7:31 AM
  • "Pearls Before Swine" GoComics 7:39 AM
  • "T'was a Factual Night before Christmas..." The Joy of Tech [cartoon] 7:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Super Mario Run iPhone release date arrives tonight for some" Phones Review 7:46 PM
  • "Vimeo Apps Get Apple TV, Android TV Overhaul" PC Magazine 3:51 PM
  • "Apple's partner LG will have a 32-inch 4K USB-C monitor alongside new MacBook displays at CES" 9to5Mac 1:14 PM
  • "1Password 6.5 for iOS introduces native Apple Watch app, and a better onboarding experience" 9to5Mac 1:14 PM
  • "You can now shop Amazon from the Apple TV" TechCrunch 10:56 AM
  • "GameSir Launches Fastest, Most Accurate, & Comfortable iOS Game Controller at CES – Now on Kickstarter" Thomas PR 10:28 AM
  • "Best Gifts for the Apple Fan in Your Life" iMore 10:27 AM
  • "Camera+ 9 brings RAW Lab, iPhone 7 Plus support, wide color photos, more" 9to5Mac 10:17 AM
  • "Apple TV universal search expands to Apple Music and nine other apps" iDownload Blog 9:38 AM
  • "Japan Airlines Selects IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps to Support On-Time Arrivals, Departures" PRNewswire 8:17 AM
  • "Senior Falls Can Kill. CT Startup Tech Company Wants to Make 'Smart' Fall Detection for Seniors a" PRNewswire 8:17 AM
  • "Google makes it easier than ever to switch from iOS to Android via the cloud" BetaNews 7:51 AM
  • "You can now use Google Drive to switch from iPhone to Android" Cult of Mac 7:37 AM
  • "CollabraCam's biggest update yet - EDL, Single Source Audio and More" prMac 11:11 AM
  • "Swangg - The New Social Music App 'That Will Make You Slap Yo Mama' Huh?" prMac 7:51 AM
  • "A calendar for the new millennium" prMac 7:29 AM
Computer Industry
  • "IBM unveils plan to hire 25,000 in US on eve of Trump meeting" AFP 7:59 AM
  • "IBM Looks to Invest $1B to Create 25,000 jobs in the U.S." Zacks 9:38 AM
  • "IBM's plans to hire 25,000 U.S. workers aren't new" IDG News Service 3:12 PM
  • "IBM plans to hire 25,000 workers" CNBC Videos 8:59 AM
  • "IBM boss pledges to hire 25,000 Americans in next four years" The Register 3:07 PM
  • "IBM makes clever, safe acquisition, swallows object storage market" The Register 9:38 AM
  • "IBM Could Miss 2017 EPS Estimate" Barron's 3:16 PM
  • "Ransomware spiked 6,000% in 2016 and most victims paid the hackers, IBM finds" CNBC 7:38 AM
  • "Microsoft releases a fix for Windows 10 users having trouble connecting to the internet" BetaNews 7:15 AM
  • "Windows 10: Microsoft fixes bug that blocked PCs from the internet" ZDNet 7:19 AM
  • "Latest Windows Update Blocks Internet Access for Some" PC Magazine 7:15 AM
  • "Microsoft's new plan is to flood your entire life with artificial intelligence" Quartz 3:48 PM
  • "Microsoft AI: Now you can get universal language translator for groups" ZDNet 7:19 AM
  • "Microsoft's first Amazon Echo competitor will be available in 2017" Ars Technica 9:37 AM
  • "Microsoft teases Amazon Echo rival" BBC 8:59 AM
  • "HoloLens, MD: Why this medical school will teach doctors anatomy with Microsoft's augmented reality, not cadavers" ZDNet 7:19 AM
  • "HP to add security features to commercial EliteBook laptops: HP said it will add more BIOS protection to its EliteBook 800 series of laptops." ZDNet 10:13 AM
  • "HP's new displays may be an ideal desktop upgrade" The Daily Dot 10:13 AM
  • "John McAfee asks court to block Intel's security spinoff: The security expert claims he is entitled to call his new security company by his name" IDG News Service 7:31 AM
  • "AMD's Ryzen could be the defining processor of 2017" ZDNet 3:15 PM
  • "AMD shows off Intel-beating Zen architecture - and provides a glimpse of what its Vega GPUs can do" Computing 10:15 AM
  • "AMD Zen Ready To Compete With Intel And Win" ValueWalk 10:14 AM
  • "AMD Ryzen priced at $500, Intel lowering price to compete with Zen architecture?" Yibada English 10:14 AM
  • "AMD's RYZEN Outshines Intel's Best In 7 Different Benchmarks & Demos – New Horizon Recap, AMD Is Back!" WCCF Tech 10:14 AM
  • "AMD shows off Zen-based microprocessor in action alongside planned next-gen GPU" V3 11:11 AM
  • "AMD Unveils 8-Core 3.4GHz+ Ryzen Processor" UberGizmo 10:14 AM
  • "Understanding Oracle's Value Proposition in the Software Space" Market Realist 9:39 AM
  • "Oracle Stock Lacks Catalysts: The company looks set to report a mixed second quarter but shares could find support at the current valuation." Barron's 7:50 AM
  • "Can Oracle Shine Above the Clouds?" Estimize 3:06 PM
  • "Jury Rules for Arista in Cisco Copyright Case: Networking equipment makers had sparred over technology for hardware commands" [Paid Membership Required] 3:49 PM
  • "Cisco To Terminate $1B Public Cloud Unit" Investopedia 3:49 PM
  • "Cisco: We're not a hardware company/CEO discusses 'misunderstanding' people have of company" Channelnomics 10:10 AM
  • "'There is a bit of a misunderstanding about Cisco - we're viewed as a hardware company'" Channelnomics 10:11 AM
  • "Trump to tech CEOs: We're there for you/Tech summit sees Trump ask companies for ideas on cross-border trade reform" IDG News Service 3:06 PM
  • "Trump tells tech leaders to call him directly if they need anything: 'We have no formal chain of command around here.'" The Verge 3:09 PM
  • "Trump Meets Tech Industry Leaders With Effusive Greeting" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 3:51 PM
  • "Trump praises tech leaders for 'incredible innovation'" BBC 3:11 PM
  • "Top Tech Execs to Meet Trump to Talk Jobs, Regulations: Prominent Silicon Valley executives will meet with Donald Trump in a high-profile summit" [Paid Membership Required] 8:54 AM
  • "Tech leaders to make peace, or press their case, with Trump" Associated Press 7:58 AM
  • "Trump to meet US tech bosses" BBC 8:14 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Walkley: Strong iPhone share gains have slowed" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 11:26 AM
  • "Arcuri: No signs of iPhone cuts" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:38 AM
  • "Starbucks Brews Up a Tax Storm as Apple Gets Set to Fight EU" Bloomberg 7:51 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks market ends lower as Fed points to 3 rate hikes in 2017: 'May take some time for investors to digest,' says analyst" MarketWatch 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Snaps Seven-Day Win Streak After Fed Ups Expected 2017 Rate Hikes: Stocks retreat from records on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve increases its forecasts for next year's rate hikes." TheStreet 3:58 PM
  • "Dow 20,000? Not today: Stocks sink after rate hike" USA Today 3:58 PM
  • "Wall Street Slides After Fed Raises Rates" Reuters 3:58 PM
  • "Dow Drops After Flirting With 20000: Fed raises rates, signals more increases than expected in the years ahead" [Paid Membership Required] 3:58 PM
  • "Asian stocks press pause ahead of Fed decision: Stocks likely to leap if interest rates rise, as expected" MarketWatch 8:41 AM
  • "European stocks slip from multimonth high as Fed looks set for rate hike: Vivendi ups stakes in Mediaset again" MarketWatch 8:41 AM

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