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Tuesday Highlights: Gartner reveals juicy stats that back in Q4 2014, Apple surpassed Samsung in smartphone sales thanks to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, more in our Apple/Macintosh section; looks like $415 million settlement over employee poaching will be approved by Judge Lucy Koh; the new Photos app for OS X in 10.10.3 beta; MacIssues has a workaround for apparent bug in "Numbers not evaluating odd roots"; iMore tutorial on installing Parallels Desktop, Windows 10 on Mac; and Kirk McElhearn wants Apple to fix synching in iTunes; auto execs see Apple Car "as serious competitor", but not Daimler's Zetsche; PayPal buys Padiant to better compete with Google Wallet, Apple Pay; Pebble unveils Steel watch, eerily similar to the Apple Watch Edition; Apple wins 52 patents today including one for wireless robot-testing for iPhones, among others in our Hardware/Software section; 9to5Mac video compares iPhone 6 to the new Samsung Galaxy S6; review of ZAGG's Pocket keyboard for iDevices; Yahoo Tech showdown between Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay.

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  • "Led By iPhone 6, Apple Passed Samsung In Q4 Smartphone Sales, 1.9B Mobiles Sold Overall In 2014"  TechCrunch 7:40 AM
  • "Samsung loses smartphone crown to Apple: With its big-screened iPhone 6 lineup, Apple jumped past Samsung to capture a 20.4 percent share of smartphone sales last quarter, says research firm Gartner." CNET 9:33 AM
  • "iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ boost Apple past Samsung, making it top smartphone seller" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "Game of phones: 2014 was the year Apple dethroned Samsung" Cult of Android 8:16 AM
  • "Judge Koh accepts $415M Silicon Valley employee poaching settlement"  Electronista 8:35 AM
  • "End in sight for Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe wage-fixing lawsuit: Judge seems happy with $415m offer" The Register 7:33 AM
  • "Apple-Google Anti-Poaching Lawsuit Nearing $415 Million Settlement" MacRumors 7:53 AM
  • "Apple unveils new Photos app in OS X Yosemite public beta" Computerworld 7:33 AM
  • "Workaround for Numbers not evaluating odd roots" MacIssues 7:49 AM
  • "How to install Parallels Desktop and Windows 10 on your Mac" iMore 8:06 AM
  • "Munki 2: Upgrading Your Clients and Using Munki Admin" Amsys 7:35 AM
  • "Launch Mac Apps On A Schedule" Mac 360 7:35 AM
  • "How To Keep Awake Pesky, Sleeping Mac Hard Disk Drives" McSolo 7:35 AM
  • "Free & Easy: Kill Mac Browser Cookies, Flash Cookies, Caches, Databases" Mac 360 7:35 AM
  • "How I Would Fix iTunes, Part 6: Fix Syncing" Kirkville 8:16 AM
Press Releases
  • "Virtual TimeClock 15 Goes Green with Electronic Employee Timecards" Redcort Software 8:05 AM
  • "Khronos Reveals Vulkan API for High-Efficiency Graphics and Compute on GPUs: Demos of real-world applications running on Vulkan drivers and hardware at GDC; New SPIR-V intermediate language shared by Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1" Business Wire 7:39 AM
  • "GDC: Khronos Releases OpenCL 2.1 Provisional Specification for Public Review" Architosh 8:57 AM
  • "Khronos Releases OpenCL 2.1 Provisional Specification for Public Review: OpenCL C++ Kernel Language Significantly Boosts Programmer Productivity;" Business Wire 7:39 AM
  • "The Future of Graphics: Introducing Vulkan—Heir Apparent to OpenGL / OpenGL ES" Architosh 7:34 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple Car Seen as Serious Competitor by Auto Executives"  Bloomberg 8:57 AM
  • "Apple iCar won't scare us: Daimler's Zetsche" CNBC 7:40 AM
  • "IBM and Apple cosy up further with more joint cloud apps" The Inquirer 7:33 AM
  • "Latest Store Opening Generates Apple Enthusiasm" [Video Report] ifoAppleStore 7:49 AM
  • "PayPal takes on Apple Pay and Google Wallet with $280m Paydiant buy" V3 8:15 AM
  • "Apple Pay fraud already 'rampant,' expert claims" Cult of Mac 9:33 AM
  • "Apple's World Gallery Highlights iPhone 6 Photographs" The Mac Observer 7:35 AM
  • "iPhone theft victims tricked into unlocking devices" Macworld 7:53 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Samsung Bets on Its Chips in Galaxy S6: Hopes to gain technological edge against rival devices with its Exynos 7 chips" [Paid Membership Required] 9:33 AM
  • "In Arm Race With Apple, Pebble Opens Up A Smart New Front" ReadWrite 8:41 AM
  • "Pebble Adds Steel to its New Time Smartwatch Lineup" The Mac Observer 8:35 AM
  • "Pebble Time gets its Steel variant, with a bigger battery to match" Macworld 7:54 AM
  • "Pebble Time Steel launches alongside new smart watch straps" Gigaom 7:53 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 071: The Tim Cook Challenge" iDownload Blog 8:18 AM
  • "Billions in Google revenue could ride on Apple renewing iOS search deal" AppleInsider 9:05 AM
  • "Apple Watch: Things we need to know" ZDNet 8:18 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple Granted 52 Patents Today Covering Major Multitouch Inventions Including the Magic Trackpad & Possible Future Products" Patently Apple 8:30 AM
  • "Apple Granted a Patent for a Robotic Wireless Testing System for iPhones" Patently Apple 8:06 AM
  • "Apple patent involves controlling Macs with touch sensitive devices" Apple Daily Report 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Granted a Patent for a New Wireless Antenna System that's Targeted for Future Macs & Apple Watch" Patently Apple 8:06 AM
  • "Apple wants to make it easier to join Macs, iOS devices to a network" Apple Daily Report 7:54 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" Apple Sliced 8:53 AM
  • "ComicBook! (Photo Editor) For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:53 AM
  • "Videos in Video (Video/Photo Editor) For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $5.99)" Apple Sliced 8:53 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM
  • "iPad Air 2 Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:05 AM

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  • "Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on comparison (Video)" 9to5Mac 7:53 AM
  • "ZAGG Pocket Keyboard: Foldable magic and a darned good keyboard" Apple World Today 8:31 AM
  • "Review: Element Case ION Case for iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 7:51 AM
  • "Review - Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer Review" MacNN 8:14 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Samsung Pay vs. Apple Pay vs. Android Pay" Yahoo Tech 8:18 AM
  • "How to send encrypted messages to iOS, Android devices for free" ZDNet 8:18 AM
  • "You Asked: Can I Use My iPad or Other Tablet As a Second Monitor?" Time 8:14 AM
  • "This Is My Weather – Meteorology for Kids Review: This Is My Weather - Meteorology for Kids includes a lot of weather-related information in this colorful and interactive application." 148Apps 9:05 AM
  • "Tiny Farm – Animals, Tractors and Adventures! Review: Tiny Farm - Animals, Tractors and Adventures! includes farm-related scenes rich with details and interactive moments for toddlers to explore." 148Apps 8:14 AM
  • "5 reasons Pebble could be the Apple Watch's biggest headache" AppAdvice 9:09 AM
  • "Pebble's new 'Pebble Time Steel' mimics look of gold Apple Watch Edition: Pebble is worried" MacDailyNews 9:04 AM
  • "Apple iWatch: Behind Imagined Doors" Forbes 8:41 AM
  • "Touch ID, Apple Watch, and the future of projected authentication" iMore 8:05 AM
  • "Think Retro: I'm bringing back the floppy drive" Macworld 7:53 AM
  • "iPhone 4: The Ultimate Budget iPhone?" Low End Mac 7:49 AM
  • "Samsung Innovation: Samsung Pay and an iPhone 6 Lookalike" The Mac Observer 7:36 AM
  • "Who Wants An Apple Watch? Nobody?" PixoBebo 7:35 AM
  • "HP's Mac-like Everything Notebook Tablet" Mac 360 7:35 AM
  • "Apple Watch: There's More Inside" Mac 360 7:35 AM
  • "'I can't figure out why someone would buy a Tizen phone': Ubuntu boss talks Android alternatives" CNET 9:33 AM
  • "What's Google Up To? It's Going To Become A Wireless Telco With iIs Own Fat Backbone..." Silicon Valley Watcher 7:51 AM
  • "What is net neutrality? A primer from What's Tech?" The Verge 8:50 AM
  • "Opinion: The FCC's Net Neutrality Victory Is Anything But" Wired 7:33 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "HISY Wireless Smartphone Camera Remote Arrives In Apple Stores In The U.S." PRNewswire 8:40 AM
  • "IBM Helps Developers Design Mobile Apps for People with Disabilities" PRNewswire 8:39 AM
  • "Apple Pay adds 17 more banks & credit unions, over 90 institutions supported" 9to5Mac 9:05 AM
  • "PenFed Credit and Debit Cards Now Offer Apple Pay" PRNewswire 8:39 AM
  • "Apple's Retina MacBook Air doesn't exist, but there's already an accessory for it" BGR 8:16 AM
  • "Forex News Alarm App released on the iOS App Store" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "Tippy - Your Tip / Gratuity Buddy" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "WaterField Unveils Padded Gear Pouch for Electronics, Entertainment" prMac 7:38 AM
  • "Dayo - Share Days Lets People Capture the Full Story of their Day" prMac 7:38 AM
Computer Industry
  • "This Is How Microsoft Will Unite Your Windows 10 Devices" Engadget 6:30 AM
  • "Microsoft Gathers Windows Phone Support" Eweek 6:36 AM
  • "Microsoft's Internet Explorer Successor DemonsTRated In Leaked Video" THe Verge 6:52 AM
  • "Microsoft's New Browser Previewed In Video" Engadget 7:01 AM
  • "Why You Should Absolutely Consider Microsoft's New Lumias Over Any Cheap Android Phone" BGR 7:09 AM
  • "Developing Linux Is Essential To Intel's Success" Seeking Alpha 6:25 AM
  • "Intel Details New Processors Aimed At Cracking The Mobile Market" ZDnet 7:02 AM
  • "AMD changes plans for public Mantle SDK, hints at evolution of API" The Tech Report 7:21 AM
  • "AMD Mantle programming guide to be published later this month" Hexus 7:29 AM
  • "HP Lands Network Virtualization Deal With Telefonica" Zdnet 6:57 AM
  • "HP Will Splash Out $3Bn For Aruba Networks, Wants Better IOT And WiFi: Firm Spends Big Despite Recent Financial Blips" THe Inquirer 6:35 AM
  • "Aruba Unveils Cloud Services Controllers for Campus Networks" eWeek 8:02 AM
  • "MWC: Dell's New Prosupport Leverages IOT And Bigdata For Enterprise-Class Client Device Support" Forbes 7:18 AM
  • "IBM And Apple Cosy Up Further With More Joint Cloud Apps: If You Think They're Still Rivals, You're Probably Wearing Dayglo Legwarmers" THe Inquirer 7:02 AM
  • "IBM Mobile Accessibility Checker Built for iOS, Android" eWeek 7:59 AM
  • "Khronos Unveils Vulkan: OpenGL Built For Modern Systems/Coming Later This Year, THe New API Promises Efficiency And Performance." Ars Technica 6:31 AM
  • "Mobile Game Visuals Will Get Better With Upcoming Successor To OpenGL Graphics Standard" Venturebeat 6:58 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple stock is making regular Americans rich" CNNMoney 8:27 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:42 AM
  • "Stock Futures Fall Back From Highs After Monday's Record Run" TheStreet 7:42 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Trade Lower: Nasdaq Composite ended above 5000 Monday for first time since dot-com era" [Paid Membership Required] 9:05 AM
  • "Best Buy Steps Up Shareholder Rewards as Slowdown Looms" Bloomberg 7:32 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Chinese stocks fall as liquidity concerns emerge/Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks both pulled back on Tuesday, as investors worried that the Chinese securities regulator's approvals of 24 initial public offerings might drain liquidity from mainland markets and dampen stocks." MarketWatch 7:43 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks edge lower, but Europe shows signs of economic recovery/European stocks slipped Tuesday, stepping slightly away from more-than-seven-year highs reached after better-than-expected German and Spanish data." MarketWatch 7:43 AM

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