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Apple/Macintosh
  • "U.S., French Officials Question Apple Over iPhone Battery Slowdowns: Sen. John Thune writes letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook; Paris prosecutor's office opens investigation"  WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
  • "A top U.S. lawmaker isn't too happy that Apple is slowing down old iPhones: And Sen. John Thune is pressing Apple to explain its 'feature to throttle' to concerned lawmakers" Recode 8:28 AM
  • "Senator wants Apple to answer questions on slowing iPhones" Reuters 8:34 AM
  • "A senator wants more answers from Apple on iPhone slowdown controversy" The Verge 10:23 AM
  • "Senator questions Apple over intentional iPhone slowdowns: The government of France is looking for answers, too."  Ars Technica 10:55 AM
  • "Sen. Thune Says Apple Needs to Be More Transparent" [Video Report] Bloomberg 3:57 PM
  • "US senator questions Apple about slowing down older iPhones" CNET 3:57 PM
  • "US Senator questions Apple about slowing older iPhones: Senator John Thune sent a letter to the company this week." Engadget 7:51 PM
  • "HMRC forces Apple to pay £137m extra tax: 'Corporate income tax adjustment' made as settlement after multi-year audit by tax authorities into iPhone-maker's UK operations"  The Guardian 8:25 AM
  • "Apple agrees to pay £136m in back taxes to HMRC: Details remain behind closed doors" The Register 7:52 AM
  • "Apple Sets Date for China Data Handover: Plan to transfer cloud data to local partner, as required by Chinese law, was announced last summer" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:25 AM
  • "Apple: Chinese firm to operate China iCloud accounts"  BBC 8:05 AM
  • "Use iCloud in China? Prepare to share your data with a state-run firm" CNNMoney 7:51 AM
OS X
News
  • "Man Charged Over Super Creepy Apple Mac FruitFly Malware" Forbes 1:47 PM
  • "Apple ships Safari Technology Preview 47 with Spectre vulnerability mitigations" 9to5Mac 1:40 PM
  • "Apple drops Safari Technology Preview 47 with new APIs, Spectre fixes" AppleInsider 6:52 PM
AppleCare/Troubleshooting
  • "macOS High Sierra's App Store System Preferences Can Be Unlocked With Any Password" MacRumors 10:55 AM
  • "macOS High Sierra flaw unlocks App Store System Preferences with any password, fixed in latest beta" 9to5Mac 11:38 AM
  • "Yet another macOS High Sierra bug: Unlock App Store system preferences with any password/Oops! Another major bug that Apple should have caught." Macworld 1:40 PM
  • "Yet Another Password Vulnerability Has Been Found in macOS High Sierra" Gizmodo 6:07 PM
  • "macOS High Sierra unlocks App Store Preferences with any password" SlashGear 9:21 PM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "How to resize disk partition in macOS: If you've changed the size of a partition, you may be able to fix it without erasing the entire drive." Macworld 8:12 AM
  • "How to delete a disk set using Disk Utility in macOS High Sierra" Apple World Today 7:47 AM
  • "Sorting a List Alphabetically In Pages" MacMost 10:43 AM
Op/Ed
  • "Do you need an iMac Pro for Development?" Xojo Blog 1:33 PM
  • "The Effects of Safari's Intelligent Tracking Prevention" MacStories 9:35 AM
Press Releases
  • "Philips launches Hue Entertainment, teases Hue Sync for Macs, Hue 3.0 for iPhones & iPads" AppleInsider 8:14 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple's delayed iPhone X gave Samsung a massive boost in the UK"  Business Insider 1:40 PM
  • "iPhone X Sales Were 'Stellar' in Several Countries During First Month of Availability" MacRumors 8:12 AM
  • "Apple's new iPhones: The return of the Jedi" Apple Must 8:10 AM
  • "Apple, Samsung Lead List of Most Innovative Consumer Tech Companies" Morning Consult 10:58 AM
  • "Apple picked as 'most innovative' company in recent US survey" AppleInsider 10:58 AM
  • "White House ban on personal devices extends to smartwatches like Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 9:20 PM
  • "Apple Skirts Tech Addiction Issue in Response to Worried Investors"  TechNewsWorld 8:18 AM
  • "Apple's future is pants: Qi charging systems are great for gadgets we don't mind leaving on a mat, but not so good for wearables..."  Computerworld 7:48 AM
  • "Apple to introduce enhanced parental controls to counter iPhone addiction in children" BetaNews 8:29 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine says not leaving Apple: Variety" Reuters 8:34 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine's NOT Leaving Apple in August, Claims 'A Lot' More to Do" AppAdvice 7:51 AM
  • "Jimmy Iovine is not leaving Apple after all" iDownload Blog 8:27 AM
  • "Apple Orders 'See', Epic Drama Series From Steven Knight & Francis Lawrence" Deadline Hollywood 5:46 PM
  • "Apple's newest TV show is a futuristic drama from the director of Hunger Games: Catching Fire" The Verge 5:48 PM
  • "FBI chief says phone encryption is a 'major public safety issue'" Engadget 9:57 AM
  • "Warren Buffett still uses a flip phone, despite Tim Cook's best efforts to convert him to an iPhone" CNBC 9:31 AM
  • "Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years: Alleged Fruitfly creator faces decades in prison if guilty" The Register 7:32 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Segway Robotics' Loomo wants to be your little buddy" TechCrunch 5:38 PM
  • "CES 2018: Blackout at tech's biggest show" CNNMoney 3:47 PM
  • "Lights out at CES: Giant trade show plunges into darkness, knocks out Samsung, LG, and other booths" GeekWire 1:54 PM
  • "Amazon Alexa Could Make These Smart Glasses Way Better Than Google Glass" Time 11:38 AM
  • "This $16,000 robot uses artificial intelligence to sort and fold laundry" The Verge 8:53 AM
  • "Samsung commits to unlock the FM radio chip in future phones" ZDNet 1:54 PM
  • "Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 next month" The Verge 8:53 AM
  • "Nearly half of Americans plan to purchase a smart speaker this year" Digital Trends 8:43 AM
  • "Sprint customers are about to get a very unpleasant bill hike" BGR 8:27 AM
  • "When WiFi Won't Work, Let Sound Carry Your Data" Wired 7:54 AM
  • "Refrigerators, Robots, and the Rest of the Best Gadgets at CES So Far" [Slideshow] Wired 7:53 AM
Publications/Podcasts
  • "CES 2018 and Voice Appliances, Cool Product Finds -TMO Daily Observations 2018-01-10" The Mac Observer 9:36 AM
Hardware/Software
  • "Firefighters respond to another Apple Store due to iPhone battery explosion" 9to5Mac 3:44 PM
  • "Second iPhone battery fire in two days affects Spanish Apple store" AppleInsider 5:39 PM
  • "Video: Next generation iPhone SE 2 may have a glass back for Qi charging" AppleInsider 3:53 PM
  • "iOS 11.2.5 Public Beta 4 Out Now - Security Conscious Should Think Twice Before Downloading" Forbes 7:56 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "T-Mobile Offers New iPhone BOGO Deal With Three Models" The Mac Observer 2:18 PM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:48 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:48 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices (2017 models)" MacPrices 7:48 AM

Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "5K iMac vs. iMac Pro: The pro's silent fans made a fan out of me/After a misadventure with Apple's top-of-the-line 5K iMac, the iMac Pro is proving to be the perfect studio machine for podcasters." iMore 8:30 AM
  • "Hands-on with DJI's Osmo Mobile 2 iPhone stabilizer [Video] 9to5Mac 8:36 AM
  • "Hands-on with Nanoleaf's new square light panels and dodecahedron remote [Video] 9to5Mac 3:53 PM
  • "Review: Audience The ONE Loudspeaker" iLounge 3:53 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Civilization 6 iPad Beginner's Guide: Reach Victory As America" Player.One 7:48 PM
How-To/Tutorial
  • "Stream Games from Your Windows PC to Your iPhone" Gadget Hacks 8:12 PM
  • "Fix Spectre Vulnerability In iOS 11.1.2 Jailbreak And Below Using SpectrePatch, Here's How" Redmond Pie 10:56 AM
  • "How to easily check to see if Apple is slowing down your iPhone" BGR 8:39 AM
  • "How to Fix connection errors in Mail for iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:30 AM
  • "How to hide incoming calls and notifications while using your iPhone" iDownload Blog 8:28 AM
Tips
  • "Apple Watch Security and Privacy Tips" Intego 1:54 PM
  • "Adding Gmail Contacts to an iPad: Q. I have my account set up in the Mail app, but how do I find my Gmail contacts list on my iPad?" New York Times [Free Registration Required] 10:56 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have always shared this big red flag on technology - screen time for kids is dangerous" Business Insider 7:29 PM
  • "MacBook Pro? No" ["Let me count the way my latest MacBook Pro is not suitable for professional use, but before I do that, you should know that I've been buying and recommending Macs since 2001. I've spent a fortune on them. I love them, but I only like my latest MacBook Pro (a 2016 model with the Radeon Pro 460). I write this with a heavy heart and a malfunctioning keyboard. This is a story about unrequited hardware love."] Shahid Kamal 7:03 PM
  • "If Apple Made an iPhone X with a Flip Design, This is What It Might Look Like" TechEBlog 7:29 PM
  • "This is probably the worst reason to have your iPhone X replaced" BGR 3:53 PM
  • "The one iPhone feature I use to calm my raging anxiety" Mashable 3:44 PM
  • "Tim Cook failed to sell me on iPhone, says Warren Buffett/Commentary: One of Apple's biggest shareholders says he's sticking with his Samsung flip phone." CNET 1:47 PM
  • "Apple: Fact-checking Jimmy Iovine's 'fake news' charge/His denial of rumors that he's leaving Apple in August was largely a non-denial—impervious to fact-checking. His stock options are another matter." Apple 3.0 10:55 AM
  • "Cramer: Apple has unfairly become 'a punching bag' over iPhone slowdown questions"  CNBC 10:45 AM
  • "Note to Apple: We Want This 'iPhone XC'" Mashable 10:45 AM
  • "Hey, Apple! Here's 1 Way to Boost iPhone Sales." The Motley Fool 10:24 AM
  • "Sharing Links from Twitter for iOS Appends Garbage to the URL" ["I wondered whether Apple should consider this a violation of App Store guidelines, but it appears that Twitter isn't breaking any rules by appending app-based query parameters to their shareable URLs."] MacStories 8:39 AM
  • "Comment: As ad industry says Apple will cost it 'hundreds of millions of dollars,' it's time for legally-enforced standards" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
  • "eXtensions: The Wednesday File (39) -Apple Photos on the Mac Maturing: A Look at What can be Accomplished" eXtensions 7:48 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Blockchain will never succeed if it's completely decentralized" The Next Web 9:57 AM
  • "How will VR and AR affect the future of entertainment?" Engadget 8:48 AM
  • "Not Everything that has a Voice is an Assistant" Tech.pinions 8:38 AM
  • "What is Snapchat, now that Story sharing has stopped growing?" TechCrunch 8:37 AM
  • "It's time to chart a course for 5G success" TechCrunch 8:36 AM
  • "After a month of Alexa in every room: The good, the bad, and the creepy" ZDNet 8:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Targus shows off new Thunderbolt 3 docking station with 85W, support for 4K at 60Hz" AppleInsider 7:08 PM
  • "You can now ask Siri about tennis and golf tournament results, as well as player Stats" 9to5Mac 6:51 PM
  • "Apple Now Selling Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System But Will Continue Offering AirPort Line" MacRumors 3:57 PM
  • "Linksys mesh Wi-Fi system gets Apple's stamp of approval" Cult of Mac 3:54 PM
  • "CES -Use Your iPhone With a Bluetooth Metal Detector" The Mac Observer 3:42 PM
  • "Apple now selling mesh Wi-Fi system as AirPort line remains unchanged" 9to5Mac 2:21 PM
  • "Private messaging iPhone app Confide develops screenshot-defeating 'ScreenShield'" AppleInsider 1:40 PM
  • "Selfly Is a Phone Case With a Built-in Selfie Drone: Because the Selfly drone lives on your phone, it's with you at all times, ready to capture all your antics as long as it's charged." PC Magazine 11:11 AM
  • "JVC reveals affordable wireless earbud, headphone options" iLounge 10:55 AM
  • "Wireless charging pads are all over CES 2018, thanks to the new iPhones" The Verge 8:53 AM
  • "Waze's crowd-sourced traffic info comes to Ford Sync 3 cars" Engadget 8:49 AM
  • "Razer's Hyperflux wireless mouse is powered by its pad" Engadget 8:48 AM
  • "CES 2018: Matias Announces Wired Aluminum Mac Keyboard With RGB Backlighting" MacRumors 8:19 AM
  • "Netgear Adds Apple HomeKit Support to the Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera" iClarified 8:18 AM
  • "Feiyu Tech unveils its new stabilizer, Vimble 2, with built-in extendable pole for smartphone at CES 2018" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "Experimac® Announces Explosive 2017 Growth" PRNewswire 8:15 AM
  • "'Pokemon GO' Support for iOS Devices That Cant Be Upgraded to iOS 11 Will Be Discontinued next Month" Touch Arcade 8:21 AM
  • "Pokémon GO will no longer run on older iPhones & iPads as of the next update" 9to5Mac 8:13 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Intel needs to come clean about Meltdown and Spectre" The Verge 8:19 AM
  • "Meltdown fix can make some machines slower - Intel" BBC 8:19 AM
  • "Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers" The Register 7:52 AM
  • "Meltdown Fixes Will Slow Intel Computers -- Here's All The Proof You Need" Forbes 8:12 AM
  • "Cloud companies consider Intel rivals after security flaws found" Reuters 8:09 AM
  • "CES 2018: Intel announces 'major breakthrough' in quantum computing chip" ZDNet 8:33 AM
  • "Intel, Tsinghua Unigroup may team up to develop China NAND flash market" DigiTimes 8:54 AM
  • "Sacked senior Intel sales head accuses IoT chief of perjury" The Register 7:52 AM
  • "AMD unveils upcoming product plans at CES 2018" DigiTimes 8:54 AM
  • "Nvidia CEO clarifies its GPUs are 'absolutely' immune to Meltdown and Spectre" TechCrunch 2:21 PM
  • "Nvidia releases software patches for Spectre flaw" Reuters 8:34 AM
  • "Nvidia patch release adds to scope of Spectre worries" Reuters 11:11 AM
  • "Microsoft and Intel reveal just how much Meltdown and Spectre patches slow PCs" BetaNews 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft sets novel antivirus prerequisite before offering Windows emergency updates: Windows users are being warned they must have up-to-date antivirus software on their PCs to get updates aimed at fending off attacks that take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws." Computerworld 8:04 AM
  • "Microsoft: No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix" ZDNet 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft AI is being used to improve CRISPR accuracy: Microsoft's Elevation tool helps scientists predict where best to edit DNA to avoid side effects." Engadget 5:40 PM
  • "Meltdown-Spectre: IBM preps firmware and OS fixes for vulnerable Power CPUs" ZDNet 9:43 AM
  • "IBM's complete Meltdown fix won't land until mid-February" The Register 7:52 AM
  • "IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter" The Register 3:53 PM
  • "How HP plans to sell laptops to millennials in 2018" Engadget 8:49 AM
  • "Dell breaks down its new XPS laptops and jewelry debut" Engadget 8:49 AM
  • "Dell Mobile Connect mirrors smartphone display on PC for easy access" SlashGear 7:29 PM
  • "Dell is making jewelry with reclaimed gold from recycled computer guts" TechCrunch 8:43 PM
  • "Cisco solution prevents malware from hiding in encrypted traffic" BetaNews 8:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "It's still unclear what Apple plans to do with its billions in overseas cash" BGR 9:21 PM
  • "Apple: Unlikely To Spend Large War Chest" Seeking Alpha 8:38 AM
  • "Apple's And Microsoft's Shareholder Repatriation Is Not A Sure Thing" Seeking Alpha 7:51 AM
  • "Apple supplier TSMC posts 3% annual sales increase" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:56 AM
Industry News
  • "S&P 500, Nasdaq flirt with first down day of 2018, but rise off session lows" MarketWatch 1:49 PM
  • "Dow Rises, S&P 500 Off Lows Following Reports of China's Souring on U.S. Debt: Stocks are mixed following a report that China may be reconsidering its investment in U.S. government debt." TheStreet 1:49 PM
  • "Wall Street pares losses as financial stocks climb" Reuters 1:48 PM
  • "U.S. Stock Rally Falters After a Strong Start to 2018: Real estate and utilities shares extend declines; bank stocks rise" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 10:59 AM
  • "Asian markets' fast start to 2018 finally hits a wall: Japan, Korea, Australia, Taiwan indexes fall, but Hong Kong stocks hit 10-year high" MarketWatch 8:54 AM
  • "DAX drops 1% as European stock rally pauses, but bank shares rise: European stocks fall to session lows after report that China is reviewing U.S. bond buying" MarketWatch 8:54 AM

 
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