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Wednesday Highlights: Apple announces award of $390 million to Finisar which "will create 500 high-skill jobs at Sherman, Texas facility"—more reports in our Apple/Macintosh section; Wired article notes concern from security researchers that Apple's security flaws may hide deeper issues; Financial Times thinks "data and music expertise" behind Apple's plans for Shazam?; ever notice ads with stuff you've been shopping for pop up on sites you visit? Jonny Evans says these can spoil Christmas surprises, so what to do?; iPhone X adoption surpasses iPhone 8 models, and in Google's top searches of 2017, iPhone 8 was #2, iPhone X #3; Republican lawmaker calls on "FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote" and "wait for Congress to create net neutrality law"; Thursday is drop-day for iMac Pro!; Digital Photography Review posts shoot-out between iPhone 8 Plus and Google Pixel 2; AppleInsider tip explains accurate pace, calorie measurment setup on Apple Watch; Ben Dickson at PC Magazine says Face ID just not accurate enough for him to stick with iPhone X for now.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "How Apple's iPhone X Could Make Big Telecom Companies Squirm/AT&T, Verizon Communications, Sprint and T-Mobile US have something new to worry about: Apple is making it easier for consumers to switch wireless service providers and also is giving them more reason to buy the iPhone X at its website."  Investor's Business Daily 10:16 AM
  • "Apple wins EU trademark case against Xiaomi" ["The European Union's second-highest court, the General Court, ruled that Mi Pad should not be registered as a trademark because consumers were likely to be confused by the similarity of the signs."]  Reuters 7:45 AM
  • "Mi Pad or Yours? EU Court Backs Apple in Clash With Xiaomi" Bloomberg 8:00 AM
  • "Apple wins EU trademark case against Xiaomi" ejinsight 9:19 PM
  • "Another important Apple technology partner is losing staff to Apple: Apple is continuing to hire away designers and engineers from one of its most important suppliers, British chip firm Dialog Semiconductor, which is currently fighting to persuade investors that its agreement with Apple is safe."  Business Insider 8:01 AM
  • "Residents seek supreme court appeal of Apple's Athenry development: Supreme Court must find case raises issue of public importance before appeal can be brought"  Irish Times 8:04 AM
  • "Athenry objectors to Apple data centre apply to Supreme Court" SiliconRepublic 8:07 AM
  • "Apple will repay billions in owed taxes to Ireland" V3 8:01 AM
  • "Ireland to start collecting $15 billion in tax from Apple" Associated Press 7:46 AM
  • "Ireland forced to collect Apple's disputed €13bn tax bill" BBC 8:06 AM
  • "U.S. Senator Leahy says Apple has 'moral responsibility' to fight oppression in China" 9to5Mac 8:32 PM
OS X
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "MindNode 5 for Mac is a compelling new update to the mind mapping app suite" AppleInsider 4:04 PM
  • "How to allow remote access to your Mac" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "How to Move Your iTunes Library" PC Magazine 8:04 AM
  • "How to Play All Videos in a Folder on Mac OS with a Playlist and VLC" OS X Daily 4:09 PM
  • "Safari Tab Search on the Mac" Macdrifter 8:16 AM
  • "Asteroid Run: Xojo's Hour of Code 2017" Xojo Blog 1:50 PM
Op/Ed
  • "Why are there so many macOS and iOS bugs?"  Apple Gazette 11:59 AM
Press Releases
  • "Xojo 2017 Release 3 now available — Make your own Mac and iOS apps" Xojo, Inc. 1:50 PM
  • "Xojo Announces the Availability of Xojo 2017 Release 3" prMac 8:32 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Later iPhone X Release Hurts Apple Share: The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that in the three months ending October 2017, iOS share fell in key markets, making clear the impact of the flagship iPhone X not being available to buy in the month of October."  Kantar Worldpanel 7:58 AM
  • "Consumer anticipation ahead of iPhone X dinged Apple marketshare" AppleInsider 11:26 AM
  • "Apple AirPods Sales Will Double Next Year: KGI" Investopedia 8:00 AM
  • "Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, an interesting startup that makes podcasts more searchable" Neiman Journalism Lab 9:27 AM
  • "Apple reportedly buys podcast search engine creator Pop Up Archive" AppleInsider 9:28 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Buys Company that Can Search Spoken Words" The Mac Observer 5:35 PM
  • "Apple invests in making Siri smarter about sound (among other things)" Apple Must 11:57 AM
  • "Apple buys Pop Up Archive, a sign it's getting serious about podcasting" Business Insider 10:16 AM
  • "Apple acquires podcast search engine Pop Up Archive" ZDNet 4:07 PM
  • "Apple now offers unlocked iPhone X models in the US: For those who don't want to be tied to a major carrier." Ars Technica 8:15 AM
  • "Apple iPhone X now available unlocked and SIM-free" CNET 7:52 AM
  • "We're About to Find Out If Mental Health Apps Really Work: Australia's largest ever clinical trial into the effectiveness of mental health apps—specifically for preventing depression in adolescents—just received a big chunk of funding." Gizmodo UK 8:32 AM
  • "Apple Devices Could Have Reversible Emoji Next Year" MacRumors 8:32 AM
  • "Get a sneak peek at next year's new emoji collection" Cult of Mac 10:16 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Ericsson and T-Mobile attain gigabit LTE" ZDNet 9:19 PM
  • "Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show" ZDNet 4:07 PM
  • "Facebook Watch will overtake YouTube as the biggest video platform" Mashable 10:18 AM
  • "Phablets will become the most popular smartphone type by 2019" Business Insider 10:16 AM
  • "Trump's FCC gets ready to take a chainsaw to net neutrality" ZDNet 4:07 PM
  • "Net neutrality complaints were excluded from the FCC's repeal docket: FCC is 'going to great lengths to ignore these documents,' advocate says."  Ars Technica 12:22 PM
  • "FCC won't delay vote, says net neutrality supporters are 'desperate': Pai says FTC will protect consumers—but FTC could lose its regulatory authority."  Ars Technica 8:45 AM
  • "A popular virtual keyboard app leaks 31 million users' personal data" ["The database appears to only contain records on the app's Android users."] ZDNet 8:34 AM
  • "Sheryl Sandberg worries #MeToo could cause backlash: The Facebook executive shared her own encounters with sexual harassment and urged firms to put in place clearer policies to investigate allegations." CNET 8:11 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "The Big Apple Pay Cash How To Show -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-05" The Mac Observer 12:20 PM
  • "It's not DSLR vs. iPhone — it's DSLR *and* iPhone" iMore 9:28 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 216: A random thing to talk about" iDownload Blog 8:33 AM
  • "AppStories, Episode 34 – Pick 2: Pixelmator Pro and Things 3" MacStories 8:15 AM
  • "Tips for the Christmas gift giving season." The MT Show 7:55 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "iMac Pro launching December 18th according to Google"  The Apple Post 8:41 AM
  • "iMac Pro launching December 18th, according to Google" The Loop 8:42 AM
  • "Apple 'listening' to Mac concerns, but no word on hoped-for improvements"  Digital Trends 10:31 AM
  • "Apple Finally Fixed That iPhone Calculator Glitch That Couldn't Add 1+2+3" Fortune 8:04 AM
  • "Apple's three Mac Minis released in 2011 now unsupported 'vintage' devices" Digital Trends 8:33 AM
  • "Wireless charging solution providers to benefit from iOS 11.2" DigiTimes 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Releases watchOS 4.2 With Support for Apple Pay Cash" MacRumors 12:21 PM
  • "Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X: Free yourself from the chains of cell carriers" The Verge 8:34 PM
  • "Apple magnetic stand invention would allow two iPads to work together" Apple World Today 8:11 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "iMac Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:43 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices (latest models)" MacPrices 7:43 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:43 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "CR's Final iPhone X Test Results: Top-Scoring Camera and Display But Also Some Flaws/Apple shoppers face a tough choice between this phone and the iPhone 8"  Consumer Reports 4:02 PM
  • "iPhone X: A New Frontier"  MacStories 10:18 AM
  • "Comparison: iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus camera quality" AppleInsider 7:57 AM
  • "The iPhone 8 goes up against the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus" Engadget 4:07 PM
  • "iPhone X Charging Speeds Compared: The Fastest and Easiest Ways to Charge Your iPhone" MacRumors 4:08 PM
  • "Review: Bragi Dash Pro Wireless Earphones" iLounge 4:09 PM
  • "Bowers & Wilkins PX is its first wireless noise-cancelling headphone" CNET 4:04 PM
  • "Astro A10 review: The perfect budget headset as long as you don't care about looks" PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "RAVPower 24W Dual USB car charger review: An inexpensive and compact option" PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Quick Charge 3.0 Aukey car charger review: Bigger than most, but it works" PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Maxboost USB Car Charger review: Bulky but functional" PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Belkin BoostUp 2-Port car charger review: High-quality, and well designed" PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Anker PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger review: Anker lights the way" PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Spigen Quick Charge 3.0 car charger review: Streamlined design with fast-charging capabilities" PCWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Android Oreo Review: An iOS User's Review (Introduction)" Birchtree 8:15 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "tvOS 11.2 Adds Sports to the TV App, Advanced Settings for Apple TV 4K" TidBITS 4:08 PM
  • "VSCO X Review, Bringing Analog Film Presets to Digital Photographers" The Mac Observer 4:01 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash" 9to5Mac 8:29 PM
  • "Here's How to Add Money to Apple Pay Cash or Change Linked Bank Card" The Mac Observer 5:36 PM
  • "Hack Google Photos like a pro" Mashable 4:06 PM
  • "Recording the Screen On Your iPhone Or iPad" MacMost 4:01 PM
  • "How to make Animoji karaoke: The hard part is choosing the perfect song and the right Animoji to perform it" The Verge 8:34 AM
  • "How to View Weather Information for a Location in the iPhone Maps App News, Mac, iPhone & iPad How To & Reviews" MacTrast 8:32 AM
  • "Apple Pay Cash lets you send money via Messages; here's how to use it" The Next Web 8:33 AM
  • "iOS guide: How to use Apple Pay Cash/How to set up and use Apple Pay Cash to send and receive money using iPhone, iPad or even Apple Watch." Computerworld 8:12 AM
  • "How To Add A Third Party Or IMAP Email To Gmail On iOS" AddictiveTips 11:25 AM
  • "Gmail for iOS Gets Third-Party Accounts: How to Add Them" Tom's Guide 8:07 AM
Tips
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple Inc.'s $259 iPad: What You Need to Know/How low can Apple go?" The Motley Fool 9:12 PM
  • "24 rather interesting facts and Stats about Apple in China" Apple Must 10:57 AM
  • "Why More and More Android Users Want an iPhone: Our research suggests there are three main reasons for Android users to seriously consider moving to iPhone."  PC Magazine 8:16 AM
  • "Useless exercises: Opinions on Apple's results" Macworld 8:07 AM
  • "3 Things Apple Does Right: Apple isn't perfect, but the company consistently performs where it counts." The Motley Fool 8:03 AM
Non-Apple
  • "FCC revisited: Net neutrality changes are misleading and not benign, says Gewirtz: Upon finding updated but disturbingly unofficial source documents, David Gewirtz recants his earlier statement that the FCC changes are benign. The FCC's intentions may be out there, but they were not published according to its own guidelines for rulemaking review." ["We're talking about the future of the internet here. The destruction of Part 8 is deeply disturbing and the blogosphere has been right to be upset. If you don't want an internet that completely removes the no-blocking, no-throttling, and no-paid-prioritization protections, definitely contact your congress-critters immediately."]  ZDNet 11:03 AM
  • "A Reasonable Argument for Title II Net Neutrality"  Macdrifter 8:15 AM
  • "The honeymoon is over in Silicon Valley: Between Russian meddling, fake news and disturbing content on their platforms, this was a year of reckoning for Facebook, Google and Twitter." CNET 8:11 AM
  • "Google Pixel Buds vs. professional interpreters: Which is more accurate?" Mashable 8:07 AM
  • "Australia: Will Amazon's magic work in its newest market?" CNNMoney 7:49 AM
  • "7 Reasons To Buy A 'PS4 Pro' Instead Of An 'Xbox One X'" Forbes 7:42 AM
Humor/Cartoons
  • "Comic: Machine Learning the Wrong Things" iMore 8:15 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "App Store mixup hints at imminent release of Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV" AppleInsider 8:56 PM
  • "Apple mistakenly starts promoting Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV ahead of release" 9to5Mac 8:29 PM
  • "Apple introduces install-based Search Ads Basic tier for App Store developers" AppleInsider 4:04 PM
  • "Changes to Apple's 'Search Ads' bring more options for developers" 9to5Mac 4:04 PM
  • "Yoink 1.1 for iPad and iPhone with better clipboard support, download option and improved iOS integration" Eternal Storms Software 4:00 PM
  • "Apple Pay Cash and person to person payments now available" Apple 11:25 AM
  • "Apple will now give you a gift card for trading in an older Apple Watch" iDownload Blog 8:33 AM
  • "Check out Apple's new silicone Apple Watch bands and iPhone X cases" iDownload Blog 8:06 AM
  • "Lifeprint Launches Larger WiFi-Equipped AR Photo Printer That's Available Exclusively From Apple" MacRumors 8:04 AM
  • "Google embraces the notch with iPhone X Gmail update" Engadget 8:03 AM
  • "Epson Introduces New Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Printer for Brilliant Professional-Quality Photographs at Home" PRNewswire 7:58 AM
  • "Innit Launches App to Revolutionize The Way We Eat" PRNewswire 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Maps adds public transit directions for Tampa, Fla." AppleInsider 7:57 AM
  • "Vindicia Integrates With Apple Pay, Offering a Safer Way to Make Subscription and Recurring Purchases" Business Wire 7:31 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 7 updates stop working as Microsoft takes its eye off the ball" TechRadar UK 6:55 AM
  • "Windows 7 update causing 80248015 error: Windows 7 update does more damage than good, according to some users" Computing 6:58 AM
  • "Windows Update is borked for some Windows 7 users: Microsoft is yet to fix, but there's a workaround" The Inquirer 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft Revamping Its Silicon Valley Campus" Thurrott 1:23 PM
  • "Microsoft is reworking the Cortana Notebook UI in Windows 10" Windows Central 6:55 AM
  • "Microsoft opens up its Windows 10 Whiteboard app for public preview" ZDNet 8:30 PM
  • "The Asus NovaGO and HP Envy x2 are the first Windows 10 on ARM laptops" OnMSFT 2:06 PM
  • "HP and Asus Reveal Windows 10 Always Connected PCs Powered by Snadpragon 835" Thurrott 2:36 PM
  • "HP, Asus announce first Windows 10 ARM PCs: 20 hour battery life, gigabit LTE/Microsoft claims that Snapdragon 835 systems offer the best of Windows 10 and the smartphone." Ars Technica 3:48 PM
  • "HP Envy x2 hands-on: A Snapdragon-powered, always-on PC/Is this the future of computers?" Engadget 3:10 PM
  • "Microsoft and Qualcomm unveil Always Connected PCs with built-in LTE and battery life measured in days" VentureBeat 2:07 PM
  • "Microsoft launches Windows 10 on ARM, with HP and ASUS promising 20+ hours of battery life" TechCrunch 4:01 PM
  • "Qualcomm Unveils Intel's Worst Nightmare, Always Connected Snapdragon Windows 10 Convertibles Launched" HotHardware 2:07 PM
  • "Microsoft Testing Cortana Notebook Redesign in Windows 10" Thurrott 6:41 AM
  • "HPE ProLiant Server Firmware Buffer Overflows in Intel Server Platform Service Let Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges" Security Tracker 6:48 AM
  • "PC makers begin disabling Intel Management Engine" ITProPortal 6:54 AM
  • "Dell now offers PCs with Intel Management Engine disabled" Hexus 6:48 AM
  • "AMD Epyc processors coming to Azure virtual machines: New virtual machine series exploits Epyc's strong I/O capabilities." Ars Technica 7:31 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 review: The red team brings the fight to GTX 1080 - but is that enough?" Eurogamer 6:46 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 review: The entry-level Vega takes the fight to GTX 1070." Eurogamer 6:46 AM
  • "AMD Radeon RX 580/ RX 570 review: Just how much faster are the new second-gen Polaris cards?" Eurogamer 6:46 AM
  • "Intel's 2018 Roadmap Shows New High-End Cascade Lake-X Debuting Next Year" ExtremeTech 6:54 AM
  • "Intel and Hyper partner with the OpenStack Foundation to launch the Kata Containers project" TechCrunch 9:38 AM
  • "Intel Coffee Lake-S: Core i5 8400/ Core i5 8600K review/Mainstream CPU performance taken to the next level." Eurogamer 6:46 AM
  • "IBM's new Power9 chip was built for AI and machine learning" TechCrunch 9:28 AM
  • "IBM, Pivotal collaborate on tools for app development" ZDNet 3:16 PM
  • "IBM and University of Melbourne present seizure prediction system" ZDNet 8:30 PM
  • "Vivaldi now supports Linux running on ARM-based chips, including Raspberry Pi 3" Digital Trends 6:48 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "The risk is not priced in to Apple: Portfolio manager" CNBC Videos 4:08 PM
  • "Chinese investor increases stake in Dialog Semi to over 7 percent" Reuters 8:04 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech rebound boosts S&P 500, Nasdaq, but Dow struggles" MarketWatch 1:26 PM
  • "An Overdue Tech Correction Doesn't Change the Big Picture: The Nasdaq is still up big in 2017 and the catalysts that have fueled these gains are still generally in place." TheStreet 7:49 PM
  • "U.S. trade deficit in October rises to $48.7 billion on record imports" USA Today 11:26 AM
  • "How investors are adjusting their portfolios for tax reform" FOXBusiness 11:26 AM
  • "Asia stocks pressured by Wall Street losses, dollar sags" Reuters 7:50 PM
  • "Major Asia-Pacific Equity Markets Are Slightly Lower" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 7:51 PM
  • "Tech-stock selloff weighs on Asian markets" MarketWatch 7:05 AM
  • "European stocks hampered by losses for tech shares" MarketWatch 7:05 AM

 
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