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Weekend Highlights: With rapid rise of touch-based PCs, Apple being the holdout, Dan Moren argues that "Apple may be missing an opportunity to grow" in this space; on Wednesday, Apple and Amazon put an end to audiobook exclusivity closing antitrust concerns from the European Union; Bloomberg report cites Apple's willingness to make iPhones in India, and will press Narendra Modi for "a big helping hand" when the two meet next week; TechRepublic shows how to turn on two-factor authentication on the Mac with your Apple ID; thanks to iPhone 7 Plus, Apple's share bumped up roughly 70% this past December over 2015; a graphene superconductor tested by researchers, doesn't require extreme cold temps to run; Kirk McElhearn asks why smartwatches aren't smaller than what exists on the market today; Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode debate whether or not AirPods are worth the $160 price tag.
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"Head to head: Apple's Time Machine versus three local backup utilities for macOS" AppleInsider 9:58 AM
"No internet connection? Be prepared for iTunes to drive you crazy: iTunes should be smart enough to know when an internet connection isn't necessary. But it isn't." Macworld 1/20
"Secrets for Mac and Secrets Touch review: A simple, no-frills password manager for Mac and iOS/Secrets allows users to easily and securely store passwords, credit card numbers, bank details, and other confidential information with OpenPGP and AES encryption." Macworld 1/20
"How to enable two-factor authentication for your Apple ID" TechRepublic 1/20
"Microsoft to cut 700 employees in next layoff round: Report" ZDNet 1/21
"Microsoft reportedly laying off more employees" Neowin 1/21
"Let's Chat: Is Windows 7 Really Outdated? Microsoft itself claims Windows 7 security is 'outdated'" Softpedia 1/21
"Microsoft launches 'Azure Analysis Services': Microsoft on Friday announced the public preview of 'Azure Analysis Services', a latest addition to company's Cloud platform to simplify data analysis." The Economic Times 1/21
"Microsoft brings native ebook store into Windows 10 Creators Update" Windows Report 1/21
"Microsoft Surface Studio And Surface Pro 4 Get A New Firmware Update: Why Is It Important?" Auto World News 1/21
"Microsoft releases Technical Preview of 1701 update for System Center Configuration Manager" Neowin 1/21
"Dow ends 5-session skid to begin the Trump presidential era: Bristol-Myers tumbles, won't seek accelerated approval for a lung cancer treatment" MarketWatch 1/20
"Wall Street Ushers in the Trump Era With Gains: The beginning of a new presidency boosted U.S. markets on Friday but stocks moved off highs shortly after Donald Trump was sworn into office." TheStreet 1/20
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