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  • "Declining iOS and OS X Quality Imperil Apple's Future Growth And Retention: The iPhone 6 has set sales records since its first week of release and led to Apple's most profitable quarter ever. There have been some bumps in the road, but the market—and Apple's customers—continue to have that loving feeling. What could possibly go wrong? In a word, software."  Forbes 8:47 AM
  • "Apple set to totally dominate the wearable tech sector" BetaNews 8:50 AM
  • "Consumers not sold on Apple Watch without more details, analyst says: Only 7 percent of iPhone buyers polled by analyst Gene Munster intend to buy Apple's upcoming smartwatch, down from 8 percent in September."  CNET 9:38 AM
  • "Consumer Interest In The Apple Watch Has Been Steadily Declining Since September" Business Insider 8:50 AM
  • "Samsung argues Apple still can't tie patented features to lost sales, latest bid for ban should fail" Foss Patents 8:53 AM
  • "How to remove MacKeeper Part II (the pop-up edition)" Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "OS X Yosemite hidden feature series – Part 1" Amsys 8:04 AM
  • "DockPhone Is The Phone Dialer Apple Forgot To Put In Yosemite" TechCrunch 8:21 AM
  • "How to Customize Notification Center in OS X Yosemite" Apple Gazette 9:34 AM
  • "An Easier, Faster Way To Send Stuff To Home, School, Or Office Macs And PCs" Mac 360 8:18 AM
  • "Forget The Dock! Launch Apps, Files, Folders From A Ring Menu" BohemianBoomer 8:18 AM
  • "How To Export Music From iTunes" Mac 360 8:18 AM
  • "Try The Free Photo App Every Mac User Needs (this year, maybe not next year)" NoodleMac 8:18 AM
  • "Free: The Mac's Only Red Hot Timer" TeraTalks 8:18 AM
  • "Try The Free Photo App Every Mac User Needs (this year, maybe not next year)" NoodleMac 8:17 AM
  • "How to use benchmarks to cut through marketing hype" Macworld 8:46 AM
Press Releases
  • "Give your Mac a voice-activated self destruct sequence" Cult of Mac 9:35 AM
  • "ExactScan Pro 2.57 - the hundredth free update to Xmas" ExactCODE 8:06 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "How Apple got its polish back in 2014: The tech giant bounced back from a less-than-impressive 2013, introducing the blockbuster iPhone 6 and making its biggest-ever acquisition." CNET 8:57 AM
  • "Hey Apple Health, did you forget about women? Apple's new Health app appears to track everything measurable about the body -- sleep patterns, blood alcohol content, heart rate, inhaler usage, times fallen, you name it. ... But the app doesn't yet offer a way for women to track their menstrual cycles, something that many health professionals consider essential."  San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 10:02 AM
  • "As expected, Walt Disney World will start accepting Apple Pay in time for the holidays" 9to5Mac 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Pay launching at Walt Disney World on Christmas Eve, Disneyland in 2015" AppleInsider 8:45 AM
  • "Apple Boosts IPhone Prices in Russia 35% After Ruble Plunges" Bloomberg 9:57 AM
  • "Apple hikes iPhone price in Russia on sliding ruble" CNBC 10:02 AM
  • "Russian Apple Online Store returns ... with iPhone 6 prices now 35% higher compared to a week ago" 9to5Mac 9:37 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak expects Apple Watch and Google Glass to flop" TechnologyTell 11:58 AM
  • "Steve Wozniak on track to become Australian citizen: Apple co-founder eyeing Down Under as potential retirement spot." Ars Technica 12:07 PM
  • "Pegatron insists it does all it can to keep workers happy" Cult of Mac 8:50 AM
  • "Accidental iPhone developer gets handed lemons by life, makes lemonade" 9to5Mac 8:45 AM
  • "Apple expands its social presence with new iTunes Tumblr blog" 9to5Mac 9:59 AM
  • "Kate Winslet Might Star In The Next Steve Jobs Movie" Business Insider 8:58 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Forecast: Workplace Trends, Choices and Technologies for 2015" Re/code 12:08 PM
  • "Report: Amazon Fire Phone 2 Expected in 2016" PC Magazine 9:35 AM
  • "Tech's Next Battleground: The NBA" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 9:34 AM
  • "Apple supply chain preparing for new MacBook Air and Apple Watch" DigiTimes 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's Ultra-Slim 12-Inch MacBook Air Rumored to Enter Mass Production in Early 2015" MacRumors 8:22 AM
  • "Rumor Claims 12-inch iPad Production Coming in Early 2015" The Mac Observer 8:53 AM
  • "Rumor: 12.2' MacBook Air entering mass production in the first quarter of 2015" iDownload Blog 10:28 AM
  • "Wistron manufacturer to assemble less than 10% of iPhone 6 units" AppleDailyReport 8:21 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Zombie Smasher For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:23 AM
  • "Don't Run With a Plasma Sword For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:23 AM
  • "Demolition Master HD: Project Implode All For iPad And Demolition Master: Project Implode All For iPhone Are Free Today (Was $1.99/$0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:23 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:23 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:23 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:23 AM

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  • "Review: Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus hangs wide-angle + macro lenses from your neck" 9to5Mac 12:06 PM
  • "Using the LoopPay CardCase in the real world: The added bulk does not outweigh the convenience" The Verge 8:57 AM
  • "Review: Just Mobile's TopGum adds glam + a magnetic charging base to a 6,000mAh battery" 9to5Mac 8:45 AM
  • "Using your iPad as a second Final Cut Pro X display with the $10 Duet app" 8:50 AM
  • "Review: ThinkSound On1 Monitor Series On Ear Headphones" Run Around Tech 9:03 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Review: Seahawks star Richard Sherman's word game has enough swag to impress this 49ers fan" GeekWire 9:35 AM
  • "Appidemic: Musi - Unlimited Free Music for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:50 AM
  • "Stair: Slide the Blocks to Ascend review – the name says it all" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "'Annoying Cab' Review - Just Plain Annoying" Touch Arcade 10:28 AM
  • "Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple Review/This powerful app lets users accomplish multiple tasks at touch of a button in a way that is more visual than some of the competition." 148Apps 9:35 AM
  • "My Little Monster Review: What's it worth to make your own monster?" 148Apps 8:26 AM
  • "How to Solder: A Beginner's Guide/Sometimes, repairing electronics requires more than just spudgering up a few connectors and swapping out the offending parts. Sometimes batteries are soldered to the motherboard. Other times, the connectors themselves need to be replaced. And that means you're gonna need to be break out the soldering workstation." iFixit 12:08 PM
  • "How to avoid taking lousy iPhone holiday photos" Macworld 8:46 AM
  • "Apple Pay FAQs: Apple sets up London-based Apple Pay team for UK launch" Macworld UK 8:53 AM
  • "Op-Ed: Those bold Apple predictions for 2014 were largely off the mark" AppAdvice 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Will Earn $3 Billion Because The iPhone 6 Starts With A Pitiful Amount Of Storage" Business Insider 9:37 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Plus versus iPad Mini 3: What Should You Buy This Holiday Season?" Tech Times 8:51 AM
  • "Apple Pay: What the Early Numbers Are Telling Us" Forbes 8:50 AM
  • "The Diamond iWatch: The Ultimate Luxury in Wearables" Apple Gazette 8:50 AM
  • "Rising price of movie tickets could benefit Apple and iTunes" AppleDailyReport 8:20 AM
  • "Hello? What Your Next Mac Will Have" Mac 360 8:07 AM
  • "Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Gaming Keyboards Compared" HotHardware 11:58 AM
  • "Here's Facebook's Best Hope With The Next Generation" Business Insider 10:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Crayola, Daqri Partner to Make Kids' Crayon Drawings 3-D" Re/code 12:15 PM
  • "Do you love the iPhone 6 but miss the iPhone 5's design? You need this $14 case" BGR 12:07 PM
  • "Apple Pay in-app checkout added to Ticketmaster, LoungeBuddy, more" 9to5Mac 11:58 AM
  • "Google+ iOS app adds higher resolution experience for iPhone 6/6 Plus Retina screens, more" 9to5Mac 10:28 AM
  • "A New Update Races onto Asphalt 8: Airborne" 148Apps 9:59 AM
  • "Interesting combination iPhone 6 stand/power case 'iStand 6' crowdsourcing campaign starts today" 9to5Mac 9:37 AM
  • "Jawbone and Big Ass Fans use the Internet of Things to help you sleep" Macworld 9:36 AM
  • "The iPhone Gets its Own Pocket-Sized Galaxy Trucker" 148Apps 8:56 AM
  • "Google+ gains iPhone 6 support, iOS 8 Share extension and polls" iDownload Blog 8:56 AM
  • "Best iOS 8 sharing and action extension apps for iPhone" iMore 8:56 AM
  • "Allarm: a cleverly named tweak that toggles all alarm clocks simultaneously" iDownload Blog 8:53 AM
  • "Prep for iMovie for iOS - Learn iOS iMovie Editing on your Mac" prMac 10:28 AM
  • "Quick Backup and Restore contacts from iPhone - Save to Dropbox" prMac 8:56 AM
  • "MAWA Media PTY. LTD. Introduces New Wild West Themed iOS App" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "Quizzly App - A unique gift for Christmas for your beloved ones" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "Christmassy Photo Editing App Will Embellish Your Photos These Holidays" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "eiiEntertains releases health and fitness app for Stand Up Paddleboards" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "Karelia Software Ships The Hit List for iPhone 2.0" prMac 8:25 AM
  • "PhatWare releases WritePad Pro - the most advanced iOS word processor" prMac 8:24 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 22: A Lone Holiday Party" The MUG Center 8:19 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft turned the ship in 2014" InfoWorld 8:37 AM
  • "Add yours now! 20 hot user ideas for Windows 10" InfoWorld 8:35 AM
  • "Prevent programs from losing focus automatically in Windows" gHacks 7:56 AM
  • "Microsoft's close call, 2014: The 10 wins and 9 fails of a company racing to transform itself" PCWorld 7:48 AM
  • "​Microsoft sues US-based 'phony tech support' outfit" ZDNet 8:28 AM
  • "Microsoft fires legal guns at tech support scammers" ITProPortal 7:49 AM
  • "Microsoft files case against 'tech support' scammers" V3 7:48 AM
  • "Tech Analyst: Windows 10 Might Be as Successful as Windows 7" Softpedia 7:41 AM
  • "HP adds a 14-inch touchscreen model to its Chromebook lineup" Gigaom 10:34 AM
  • "Salesforce: Oracle's M&A Highlights Need for Heightened Investment, Says Pivotal" Barron's 10:36 AM
  • "Oracle Buys Ad-Analytics Firm Datalogix" [Paid Membership Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Oracle buys Datalogix, beefs up digital marketing cloud" ZDNet 8:30 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "'I'd rather own Russia than Apple': Pro" CNBC 8:50 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/After a late start, the Santa Claus rally seems to be in full swing and could push stocks higher Monday." CNNMoney 7:28 AM
  • "0: The S&P 500 was trading flat On Monday as energy stocks were slammed on sliding crude oil prices." TheStreet 10:24 AM
  • "Wall Street Edges Higher After Three-Day Run: U.S. stocks opened modestly higher on Monday, after the benchmark S&P 500 notched its best weekly performance in nearly two months, but a sharp drop in Gilead Sciences weighed on the market." Reuters 8:50 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Trade Higher: U.S. stocks rose Monday for a fourth straight session after the Federal Reserve reiterated last week it would be patient about raising interest rates." [Paid Membership Required] 10:22 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asia stocks close mostly higher as crude, ruble rise/Most Asian stocks rose Monday, taking their cues from greater stability in crude oil prices and the Russian ruble, along with the U.S. Federal Reserve's indication last week it would take a slow approach to raising interest rates." MarketWatch 7:25 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks rise as oil shares gain; Afren rallies/European stocks were higher Monday, with the energy group benefitting from some improvement in oil prices before investors take off later this week for a holiday break." MarketWatch 7:25 AM

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