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Friday Highlights: IBM statistics of online Christmas sales show iOS numbers almost four times that of Android; at Pymnts, Apple Pay analyzed in light of reports that the tech is not as widely used, suggesting instead that Apple Pay is "sizzling"; Forbes reporting that Apple and Zappos made a killing in the "Christmas Delivery Wars"; Apple hinting that customers in India will be able to finance iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with zero down; Business Insider posts a number of "breathtaking photos" taken on iPhone highlighting the phone's picture-taking capabilities; and to help take better pictures, iMore has a list of what they consider the best iPhone photo extensions for editing and filtering; new information suggests the Sony hack was an inside job, not done by North Korea; and thanks to continued use of smartphones, evidence pointing to evolution of our brains and thumbs; TechRepublic has tips to troubleshoot "8 known iOS 8 issues"; The Verge reviews Withings Activité smartwatch; Wired suggests these "15 essential apps" for new iPads; and we have how-to's and tutorials aplenty down in our Reviews section for new iPad, iPhone and iPod owners; Ashraf Eassa at The Motley Fool thinks new technology from Intel could render the Retina MacBook as outdated sooner than expected; what happened to Apple's 12 Days of Christmas for 2014?; Gene Steinberg continues to praise the 5K iMac; did Kim Dotcom save PS4 and Xbox One networks from The Lizard Squad?
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"IBM: Christmas online sales up 8.3%, iOS numbers nearly quadruple Android's" VentureBeat 10:15 AM
"Is Apple Pay Fizzling? No Way Man, It's Sizzling!" Pymnts 9:20 AM
"Christmas Delivery Wars: Apple And Zappos Killed, Staples And Toys 'R' Us Missed" Forbes 11:50 AM
"Apple's construction on spaceship races ahead around holidays" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 7:22 AM
"10 ways Apple will try to make a dent in the universe in 2015" VentureBeat 12/25
"Apple: The world's most hated stock? Markets can swing from optimism to pessimism in the blink of an eye. It's unusual, however, for two competing companies, both leaders in their field making incredible sums of money, to be priced as if one was headed to the moon and the other to the scrap heap." Sydney Morning Herald 12/25
"Apple's 2014 in 60 seconds: Apple launched a Watch and the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but the year was not without its mistakes" Telegraph 12/25
"PadGadget's DIY Project Spotlight: Tablet Case Designed by Hypernoodle" PadGadget 11:11 AM
"iCloud Photo Library, Photo Stream & how to make sense of your photos" AppleInsider 8:21 AM
"Get started with your brand new iOS device: Sparkly new gadgets are abound this holiday season. Instead of sitting alone in fear of messing something up, let us help you get started with that new iPhone or iPad." CNET 8:19 AM
"So You Got an Apple TV. Here Are Some Handy Tips and Tricks" Wired 7:22 AM
"Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first" Macworld 12/25
"How To Install PlayStation, N64 Emulator On iOS To Play Games On iPhone [Video Tutorial] Redmond Pie 12/25
"Apple shorts jump ship: The drop in short interest last quarter was more than that of any other company on Nasdaq." Fortune 11:11 AM
"Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/Stocks were poised to start trading slightly higher Friday as investors returned from the holiday break." CNNMoney 7:18 AM
"S&P 500 at All-Time Highs in Sleepy Post-Christmas Trading: The S&P 500 drifted to all-time intraday highs on Friday in a quiet low-volume day of trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was enjoying its seventh straight day in the green, its longest streak since March 2013, and the Russell 2000 rocketed to an all-time high as stocks charged to new records in the final session of a holiday-shortened week." TheStreet 12:29 PM
"Wall Street Opens Higher, On Track for Weekly Gain: U.S. stocks rose on Friday, with major indexes hitting new records and on track for a second straight weekly advance, though trading was light with many traders still out for the Christmas holiday." Reuters 10:21 AM
"U.S. Stocks Trade Higher: U.S. stocks gained Friday, putting major benchmarks on track to set new all-time highs." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 12:27 PM
"Asia Markets: Banks drive Shanghai Composite up 2.8%/Chinese stocks bumped higher for the second consecutive session, while the rest of Asia was subdued due to the Christmas holidays." MarketWatch 7:15 AM
"Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:24 PM
"Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:23 PM
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