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Friday Highlights: The escalating tariff war between the US and China puts Apple Watch (original), Fitbits, Sonos, squarely in the crosshairs of a 10% tariff, resulting in US price increases; might autonomous vehicles be Apple's Next Big Thing?; report from BGR India that unless Apple installs "a pesky call app soon", iPhones may cease working on networks; attention Apple! Ben Lovejoy thinks your meager-but-free 5GB of iCloud storage has become an embarrassment and needs to change; and Dan Moren calls on Apple to break tradition and let us set our own preferred apps instead of being locked in to company choices; Tyson's Corner Apple Store, first one ever, set to undergo facelift; Samsung unleashes three more videos mocking dongles, lack of fast charging accessories included with iPhones; MacBook Pro i9 Throttlegate also affects some Dell XPS systems, but are reports overblown?

Apple/Macintosh
  • "Apple poaches three Amazon video execs: Tara Sorensen led Amazon Studios' kid programming and their second ever hire."  Engadget 7:22 PM
  • "Google Poaches Top Mobile Chip Designer John Bruno From Apple" MacRumors 1:05 PM
  • "Google continues poaching Apple engineers as it ramps up work on in-house chip development"  9to5Mac 4:41 PM
  • "Opinion: How Apple could have prevented the iPhone-slowdown controversy"  MarketWatch 7:43 AM
  • "Court fines Apple for withholding evidence against Qualcomm: It has to pay $25,000 for each day it fails to turn over the needed documents." Engadget 8:53 PM
  • "Apple hit with sanctions in the FTC's case against Qualcomm" 9to5Mac 3:11 PM
  • "Apple sued after it admits to slowing down older iPhones"  CNBC 12/22
  • "Apple's iPhone slowdown sparks lawsuit alleging fraud: The plaintiffs contend that an Apple software tweak that slows down older iPhones was a ploy to spur upgrades to pricier models." CNET 12/22
  • "Apple's iPhone Slowdowns Have Customers Hurrying to Court" Bloomberg 12/22
  • "Days after iPhone battery fiasco, lawsuits against Apple begin to mount: Customers say they would rather have replaced battery than bought a new phone." Ars Technica 12/22
  • "Apple Sued After It Admitted It Slows Down Older Phones" Investopedia 12/22
  • "Apple faces lawsuits after admitting to slowing down older iPhones" Telegraph 12/22
  • "Apple's iPhone Slowdowns Have Customers Hurrying to Court" Bloomberg 12/22
  • "Apple Says It Slows Old iPhones, Stoking Conspiracy Theorists/The Apple Planned Obsolescence Conspiracy Theory Party—of which I'm a vocal, card-carrying member—obtained a substantial piece of new evidence this week: Apple acknowledged it had issued a software update that slows down iPhones with dying batteries." Bloomberg 12/22
  • "Has Apple Lost Its Design Mojo? A generation of peerless products made Apple the world's most valuable company. Now some in the i-universe are questioning if the magic—in the post–Steve Jobs era—is still there. Don't believe the naysayers."  Fortune 12/22
  • "Framing Apple's Cash Position Post Repatriation; No Change To M&A Philosophy: M&A philosophy likely to remain unchanged. With the new tax structure we expect Apple will bring $214B back to the U.S. using a 15.5% one-time repatriation tax rate. We don't expect this cash will change Apple's M&A philosophy, which will likely continue to be focused on sub-$1b technology acquisitions." Loup Ventures 12/22
  • "Apple Sanctioned in Qualcomm FTC Case for Withholding Documents: A judge granted sanctions against Apple Inc. for dragging its feet in turning over documents in the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit accusing Qualcomm Inc. of forcing the iPhone maker to use its chips exclusively."  Bloomberg 12/22
  • "Apple 2017 in review: The company's biggest moves this past year/A look at some of the biggest moves that Apple made in the last twelve months, and where it might leave us positioned for the year to come."  Macworld 12/22
OS X
News
  • "Safari Technology Preview 46 for Mac Release Offers Bug Fixes and Feature Enhancements" MacTrast 12/22
  • "Concept imagines the Mac Apple will never make: the MacBook Touch" 9to5Mac 12/22
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "10 things every new Mac owner should know: Your new Mac is easy to set up and use. Make sure you know these important basics after you get started." iMore 12:58 PM
  • "Working With Files in Keyboard Maestro: Part 1" Envato Tuts+ 12/22
  • "A Beginner's Guide to Renaming Files On Your Mac" MacMost 12/22
Op/Ed
  • "Meeting Templates for GoodNotes" Macdrifter 7:45 AM
  • "iOS apps on macOS would bring hope for Apple Watch, Apple Health support on Mac" AppleInsider 12/22
Press Releases
  • "Logic Pros: What's new in iOS & Mac music production this week" 9to5Mac 7:47 PM
  • "Joe Kissell Releases Four Take Control Titles Updated for High Sierra" MacVoices 12/22
  • "DWG Viewer 2.0 Released with Powerful New Features" prMac 12/22
  • "Opera just added a Bitcoin-mining blocker to its browser" ZDNet 12/22
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "The iPhone X's Face ID can't approve family purchases, and no one knows why: Touch ID could be used before, but iPhone X owners must enter their passwords." Ars Technica 12/22
  • "Apple recruits Amazon Studios execs for its original content team" Cult of Mac 12/22
  • "Apple poaches three more Amazon execs for in-house video efforts" iDownload Blog 12/22
  • "Apple is developing an advanced EKG feature for the Apple Watch" V3 12/22
  • "The next Apple Watch might double as an EKG heart monitor" The Next Web 12/22
  • "Shipments of iPhone X to reach 30-35 million units in 4Q17, say sources" DigiTimes 12/22
  • "Apple's New iPhones Get a Lukewarm Reception From Buyers: U.S. sales of iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are on par with lackluster pace of most recent models, analysts say, though China prospects are bright" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12/22
  • "iPhone X is accelerating both iPhone upgrade and Android switching rates in China, says Morgan Stanley" 9to5Mac 12/22
  • "iPhone X demand may be weaker than Apple expected" Cult of Mac 12/22
  • "Global shipments of wearable devices to nearly double by 2021, IDC says" DigiTimes 12/22
  • "2017 in review: iPhone 10th anniversary, Samsung Note rebound, solid cheap smartphones" ZDNet 12/22
  • "Apple Updates and Expands App Store Review Guidelines to Address Pre-Orders, Loot Boxes, VPNs, and More" MacStories 12/22
  • "Snowden-Backed App 'Haven' Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System" Wired 12/22
  • "Edward Snowden created an app that turns smartphones into security systems aimed at thwarting spies" Business Insider 12/22
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung could make $22 billion from OLED displays for the iPhone X" Digital Trends 7:14 PM
  • "Edward Snowden's Haven App Converts Android Phones Into Personal Security Systems" HotHardware 5:43 PM
  • "Newark commits to keeping its fiber network net neutral" Axios 12/22
  • "Sound is the next frontier for Virtual Reality" ZDNet 12/22
  • "This crypto-mining Android malware is so demanding it burst a smartphone" ZDNet 12/22
  • "Charter promises Internet service to family—then says it'll cost $16,000: Charter falsely told man that service was available at new home." Ars Technica 12/22
  • "Alternative Encryption Methods to Save Net Neutrality" AddictiveTips 12/22
  • "'123456' is sadly triumphant as it tops list of most-used passwords" V3 12/22
Publications/Podcasts
  • "iMore show 586: Frowning Pizza Update/The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac, and Apple!" iMore 3:10 PM
  • "Podcast: Magic Leap, Apple Battery, MacOS-iOS Combination" Tech.pinions 7:42 AM
  • "#iPhoneSlow: What the analysts and experts have to say" iMore 7:34 AM
  • "Favorite iPhone and iPad Apps Roundup -TMO Daily Observations 2017-12-22" The Mac Observer 12/22
  • "The wolf of Main Street: Loup Ventures' Gene Munster on the Midwest, AI, and Apple" VentureBeat 12/22
  • "Vergecast: Magic Leap peep and iPhones slow down" The Verge 12/22
  • "Episode #84 – Ask Doug And Kirk: Airpods, Ripping Optical Discs, And Moving iTunes Libraries" The Next Track 12/22
  • "AppleInsider podcast covers iMac Pro shipping, Apple's battery life debacle, and interviews Dride.io" AppleInsider 12/22
Hardware/Software
  • "Battery Scientist Joins Debate on iPhone Throttling" The Mac Observer 6:21 PM
  • "Google poaches another Apple chip engineer: Google has hired Apple chip designer John Bruno as it advances toward designing its own chipsets for consumer devices."  Silicon Valley Business Journal 12/22
  • "New photos and video show iMac Pro orders arriving ahead of schedule" 9to5Mac 12/22
  • "You will never guess how much Samsung is set to make from the Apple iPhone X" Express UK 12/22
  • "Belkin Halts Sales of 'InvisiGlass Ultra' Screen Protector for iPhone X Following Widespread Customer Complaints" MacRumors 12/22
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Amazon and PayPal Still Have $100 Digital iTunes Gift Cards at $85 for Last-Minute Shoppers" MacRumors 9:23 AM
  • "Now Sprint is Jumping on the BOGO iPhone 8 Bandwagon" PC Magazine 12/22
  • "Buy an iPhone 8 on Sprint, get one free, until 2018: Or knock $300 off an iPhone X with a phone trade-in." CNET 12/22
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 12/22
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 12/22
  • "13" MacBook Air Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 12/22

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
  • "Best iPhone 7 Cases of 2017: What's the best case for iPhone 7? We have a few favorites that we know will hold up!" iMore 3:11 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Bridge Constructor Portal review: It's like a new Portal game ... well, kind of/Classic Portal merges with Bridge Constructor" iMore 3:10 PM
Reviews
  • "Review: Sonos One brings high fidelity to smartspeakers" AppleInsider 8:54 AM
  • "The iPhone X is the best iPhone yet because it gets out of your way" CNBC 8:41 AM
  • "Exclusive: Pixel 2, Galaxy Note 8 Beat iPhone on LTE/In an apples-to-Apples comparison of modem performance, the top Android phones easily beat the latest iPhone."  PC Magazine 12/22
  • "Apple iPhone X vs Google Pixel 2 XL: camera comparison" phoneArena 12/22
  • "Alpha Audiotronics Skybuds review: A frustrating pair of true wireless earbuds/You'll likely be happier with a pair of Apple AirPods." Macworld 12/22
  • "Google Home Max: Big and loud/After some time with Google's biggest, loudest, and most expensive smart speaker, here are some initial thoughts." ZDNet 12/22
  • "The DockAll D100 is a good combo Qi wireless charger and speaker" Apple World Today 12/22
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Watch: Top 9 new AR games for iPhone X" AppleInsider 12/22
How-To/Tutorial
  • "How to Tell If Your iPhone Battery Is Screwed and What You Can Do About It" Gizmodo 9:14 PM
  • "How To Get Rounded / Circle App Icons Theme On iOS 11 Home Screen Without Jailbreak" Redmond Pie 12/22
  • "How to turn off AR+ mode in Pokemon Go" iMore 12/22
  • "Is your iPhone battery dying? Here's how to replace it" Mashable 12/22
  • "How To Check iPhone Battery Health To Determine A Replacement For Speed Boost And Greater Battery Life" Redmond Pie 12/22
  • "Boost Your iPhone Speed By 50%: How To Replace The Battery And Stop Apple Degrading Performance" Forbes 12/22
  • "How To Buy Bitcoin From iPhone Or Android Device The Easy Way" Redmond Pie 12/22
Tips
  • "If Apple is slowing down your old iPhone, here's what you can do" Metro UK 7:44 AM
  • "All the keyboard shortcuts you can use when starting up your Mac: You can boot your Mac in different modes or reset different parameters with keyboard shortcuts." iMore 7:40 AM
  • "Here's How to Create an Apple ID For Your New Apple Device" The Mac Observer 12/22
  • "Everything You Need to Know About iOS Carrier Settings Updates" iDrop News 12/22
  • "Tips for using Portrait Mode with Christmas lights" iMore 12/22
  • "Why is Apple Slowing Down Older iPhones? All Your Questions Answered" iPhone Hacks 12/22
  • "Is Apple Slowing Down Old iPhones? Questions and Answers" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/22
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Is Touch ID More Secure Than Face ID? Apple Seems To Think So" Tech Times 9:31 AM
  • "This is why I use an iPhone instead of Android, but a Windows PC instead of a Mac" Business Insider 8:34 AM
  • "Wasted: Arguments about your Apple product buying decisions" Macworld 7:43 AM
  • "Apple To Launch Cross-Platform iOS And macOS Apps Next Year?" Tech Times 7:43 AM
  • "The guitar meets the iPhone with Fusion" USA Today 12/22
  • "Apple fails to produce documents in FTC lawsuit vs. Qualcomm, gets fined $25K per day" phoneArena 12/22
  • "Apple's forced slowdown is the gift we didn't know we wanted" Seattle Times 12/22
  • "iPhone X Boosting iPhone Upgrade, Android Switching Rates In China" Redmond Pie 12/22
  • "Apple Loop: Apple Throttles Old iPhones, Surprising iPhone X Sales, iPhone Kill Switch Conspiracy" Forbes 12/22
  • "WSJ declares iPhone X customer reception 'lukewarm'" Apple 3.0 12/22
  • "The strange love-hate relationship between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs" Business Insider 12/22
  • "What to do if you think Apple's slowing down your phone" CNNMoney 12/22
  • "When you absolutely should not upgrade your iPhone" Mashable 12/22
  • "The Real Problem With Apple Slowing Down Older iPhones"  Time 12/22
  • "Why Apple Is Replacing the Battery on my iPhone SE" Kirkville 12/22
  • "Planned Obsolescence: Apple Is Not The Only Culprit" Forbes 12/22
  • "People are suing Apple over 'Batterygate' for the wrong reason" BGR 12/22
  • "iPhone Batterygate: The environmental cost of the smartphone explosion/To be better citizens of our planet, we need to reconsider the current disposable smartphone designs."  ZDNet 12/22
  • "Of Course Apple Is Getting Sued Over the Old iPhone Throttling Fiasco" Gizmodo 12/22
  • "Apple battery throttling lawsuits ignite flame war. Fun!" Apple 3.0 12/22
Non-Apple
  • "How do you change the most important law in Internet history? Carefully/Op-ed: Changes to law shielding websites from liability for user posts should be minor." Ars Technica 9:46 AM
  • "At Google, Eric Schmidt Wrote the Book on Adult Supervision" Wired 12/22
  • "Alcatel Idol 5 review: The Alcatel Idol 5 is on sale under $200. Does it rival the best budget phones?" Digital Trends 12/22
  • "Data integrity could literally save the world from nuclear facility attacks" The Next Web 12/22
  • "How technology can help you and your kids long as you let it" The Next Web 12/22
  • "Behind the Fall and Rise of China's Xiaomi" Wired 12/22
  • "The Razer Phone is a demo of tomorrow's display tech" The Verge 12/22
  • "This Galaxy X foldable smartphone concept seems smart, but it's never going to happen" BGR 12/22
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "In & Out Online Radio 2.1 for iOS - Highly Customizable Streaming Player" prMac 11:38 AM
  • "Filmic Pro 6.4 brings AirPods microphone support & new detailed audio meter" 9to5Mac 12/22
  • "3 Fun iPhone Apps to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit" The Mac Observer 12/22
  • "Bye bye, black bars: YouTube for iOS finally adapts to a video's natural format" iDownload Blog 12/22
  • "FiLMiC Pro gains Bluetooth mic support, auto shutter options & expanded iPhone X features" iDownload Blog 12/22
  • "This amusing iPhone X game turns your face into a controller" The Next Web 12/22
  • "Civilization VI Launches for Free on iPad, But Costs $60 to Unlock: The game is free to play for 60 turns, after that it's $60 to unlock the full game." PC Magazine 12/22
  • "Hulu drops prices for those who subscribed to the 'No Commercials' plan through iTunes" iDownload Blog 12/22
  • "Wikipedia for iOS picks up black reading theme perfect for iPhone X display" iDownload Blog 12/22
  • "'Ace Attorney Investigations 2' Has Released on the App Store and Google Play in Japan" Touch Arcade 12/22
  • "Best phone mounts and holders for cars" PCWorld 12/22
  • "Quitters Don't Play Street Kart" prMac 12/22
  • "Elitenote - A New Note Taking App released for iPhone, iPad" prMac 12/22
  • "Set Alarms to Ring Only if You're Still Asleep with Backup Alarm" prMac 12/22
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Hello: Researchers bypass face authentication" Tech XPlore 7:46 AM
  • "Xbox Games with Gold January 2018 Revealed: Microsoft makes SHOCK announcement" Express UK 7:46 AM
  • "Starbucks for Windows Mobile has been removed from the Store" Neowin 6:18 PM
  • "Reddit user thanks Bill Gates for huge pile of Secret Santa gifts" Daily Mail (UK) 9:13 PM
  • "Intel readies a family of 5G modems and talks up a storm on 28 GHz" The Tech Report 9:14 PM
  • "SAS appoints new Latin America head" ZDNet 7:40 AM
  • "Cybersecurity researchers breach Windows 10 facial recognition with a photo" Mashable 12/22
  • "5 Big Microsoft Predictions for 2018: The software giant could use repatriated offshore cash to finance a big acquisition next year, as well as take advantage of Office 365's pricing power." TheStreet 12/22
  • "Microsoft Hardens Windows Cloud Instances With AI-Enabled Controls" eWeek 12/22
  • "Microsoft Planner: A Trello rival benefits from Office 365 integration/Though smaller, standalone project management rivals have gained in popularity, Microsoft's ability to bundle Planner with other Office apps give it a big foot in the enterprise door." Computerworld 12/22
  • "Insider Build 17063 shows Paint is gearing up to depart for the Microsoft Store" Digital Trends 12/22
  • "How IBM is Training Its Workforce to Think Like Designers" Fortune 12/22
  • "How IBM builds an effective data science team" VentureBeat 12/22
  • "Missed opportunity bingo: IBM's wasted years and the $92bn cash splurge" The Register 12/22
  • "Lenovo's Mirage Shows Both the Promise and Challenge of Consumer AR" Tech.pinions 12/22
  • "Head in the cloud: How Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins is reviving a Silicon Valley icon" The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 12/22
  • "Dell XPS 13 Hits The Shelves In India" ZMR Blog 12/22
  • "The Biggest Loser: AMD Drops 3.2%" Barron's 12/22
  • "AMD and Nvidia, Bitcoin Fears Maybe Overblown" Investopedia 12/22
  • "AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.2" AnandTech 12/22
  • "2 Big Reasons to Avoid Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in 2018" InvestorPlace 12/22
  • "Security concerns and a move to edge computing, 2018 predictions for the IoT" BetaNews 12/22
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Dow, S&P 500 post fifth straight weekly gain ahead of Christmas holiday: Nike falls after results" MarketWatch 12/22
  • "Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Finish Lower After Trump Signs Tax Bill Into Law: Even with Friday's slump, the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished higher for the week." TheStreet 12/22
  • "Wall Street slips heading into holiday" Reuters 12/22
  • "U.S. Stocks Slip in Quiet Trading: Stocks in Europe drop, weighed down by Spanish shares" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12/22
  • "Asian markets advance ahead of holiday weekend: Indian stocks finish at record" MarketWatch 12/22
  • "Spanish stocks slump after separatists win Catalonia election: French GDP upwardly revised" MarketWatch 12/22

 
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