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Agree/Disagree: Apple should spend billions to land exclusive rights to stream NFL Thursday Night Football.

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Agree/Disagree: Apple should spend billions to land exclusive rights to stream NFL Thursday Night Football. Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Friday Highlights: Sydney Morning Herald reporting banks may be found anti-competitive for possibly freezing out Apple Pay; apparently you'll be able to play PS4 games on your Mac, so long as you have a PS4; Macworld's Rob Griffiths has "a few simple changes—and one major change" Apple could do to make the Mac App Store a better experience for customers, developers; IBM's Watson predicing we'll have an Apple Watch Christmas, but Google plays the Scrooge; UK ruling kills backing up music you own, once again making it illegal; interesting ruling says Cox Communication is not "shielded from liability for illegal music downloading by subscribers"; Computerworld hands-on with 4K 21.5" iMac one month in; 9to5Mac iPad stylus vs. Apple Pencil comparison; The Motley Fool is bullish on Apple, sees golden potential with new iPhones; OLED displays for iPhones in 2018, but only for "some" models?; Apple patent for "active shutter system" protecting from liquid; another allows for use of touch screen with gloves.

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  • "Apple is a hot product for holiday shoppers: Retailers' deals on iPads, Watches and other Apple products indicate this could be a strong holiday start for Apple — even though Apple refrained from offering any of its own discounts."  USA Today 6:47 PM
  • "How Apple's winning Black Friday — at full price: Despite avoiding the Black Friday bustle, Apple is still managing to generate holiday buzz on Main Street and Wall Street alike, an Internet analyst told CNBC."  CNBC 3:36 PM
  • "Consumers lose as banks snub Apple's 'digital wallet' system: The Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behaviour in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out newcomer Apple Pay." Sydney Morning Herald 7:43 AM
  • "Australians banks accused of freezing out Apple Pay" Cult of Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Australian banks accused of anti-competitive behaviour by refusing to allow customers to use Apple Pay" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Apple Can Leverage China's Booming Mobile Payments Market" Market Realist 9:12 AM
  • "Can Apple Find Success with Apple Pay in China?" Market Realist 9:12 AM
  • "Face it: You can't beat Apple. So, you might as well join them"  The Globe and Mail [Free Registration Required] 11/26
  • "Apple Could Make $15 Billion From Winning The NFL's Thursday Night Football Rights"  Forbes 11/26
  • "Why the Internet Could — But Probably Won't — Land a Mega-Deal With the NFL" ["CEO Tim Cook was willing to spend $3 billion to buy a headphone company with a music app. What would he pay for can't-watch-anywhere-else TV?"]  Re/code 11/26
  • "Apple Inc. Wins Gold With New iPhones: Critics say Apple doesn't innovate anymore. Let's explore why this is wrong (kind of) and why this Fool is bullish on the company."  The Motley Fool 11/26
  • "All-in-one PC shipments to drop over 10% in 2015" ["As for the second-largest, Apple, its iMac shipments are expected to grow 5% on year in 2016. iMac's main manufacturer ... In the third quarter, Apple sold about 5.7 million iMacs and MacBooks, up 4% from the same quarter a year ago. For 2015, the sources also expect Apple's iMac shipments to grow about 5% on year."] DigiTimes 11/26
  • "For Apple and Venmo, China Shows What Lies Ahead: As Apple Pay enters China, the country's lead in mobile payments provides a road map of sorts" [Paid Membership Required] 11/26
  • "Is Apple Stepping Up its VR/AR Efforts with Faceshift Buy?" Zacks 11/26
  • "Apple buys Star Wars tech firm Faceshift to up its VR game" Melbourne Age 11/26
  • "[Rumors] OS X Eagle Peak – New Mac's OS Name spread on the web."  M.I.C. Gadget 6:40 PM
  • "Sony plans to enable you to play PS4 games on your Mac (but you'll still need the PS4)" 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Artist artwork, song scrubbing, and re-ripping CDs" Macworld 7:43 AM
  • "How to Remove Devices From Your iTunes Account" Yahoo 9:53 AM
  • "Pointers: Record audio from iPad and iPhone" MacNN 9:12 AM
  • "Image Viewer does one job, but does it reasonably well" Apple World Today 7:50 AM
  • "How Personal Money Management Is Made Easy On A Mac" Mac 360 7:16 AM
  • "Upthere hands-on: Promising sync-free cloud storage for Mac, iPhone" Macworld 11/26
  • "24 essential OS X El Capitan utilities you need" Computerworld 11/26
  • "How to Enable Dark Mode on Mac OS X" OS X Daily 11/26
  • "A primer in Profile Manager: The setup" Macworld 11/26
  • "How Apple could fix the Mac App Store: A few simple changes—and one major change—could improve the Mac App Store experience for both developers and customers."  Macworld 7:42 AM
  • "My coworkers made me use Mac OS 9 for their (and your) amusement" Ars Technica 11/26
Press Releases
  • "Orb is a slick drag and drop radial contextual menu for OS X" prMac 7:37 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Will This Be an Apple Watch Christmas? IBM says yes. Google says no." Fortune 9:42 AM
  • "Guess Apple Watch's killer app: Well, usage studies show it isn't email" ZDNet 7:49 AM
  • "Apple's iOS clenches 78.3% of U.S. mobile online shopping over Thanksgiving, 360% more than Android" AppleInsider 8:33 PM
  • "Turkey & Mouse clicks: Thanksgiving 2015 e-commerce recap + LIVE Black Friday Update" Custora 8:32 PM
  • "Even Apple seems to be skipping Black Friday this year" The Verge 3:36 PM
  • "Backing up Your Music and Videos is Illegal Again, a Year After it Was Made Legal" Gizmodo UK 7:44 AM
  • "Backing up your own music now illegal for Brits, and Apple Music terms may need to change" 9to5Mac 7:44 AM
  • "It's illegal (again) to copy music to the cloud in the UK" AppAdvice 9:27 AM
  • "Apple's Ego Deletes Products From Christmas: Apple has debuted its Christmas advert on YouTube. Featuring Stevie Wonder singing his classic 'Someday at Christmas' from 1967, he is joined by Andra Day, lots of candles, home-made Christmas tree decorations, elf slippers, holly wreaths,¬†and a distinct absence of Apple products." Forbes 7:48 AM
  • "Chromecast leads global digital media streamer market for fifth straight quarter, says Strategy Analytics: Google's video streaming dongle captures 35% market share of rapidly expanding connected TV device category" [Apple TV with 20% share] PRNewswire 8:42 AM
  • "Target's Top Ten Best Selling Black Friday Items Include iPads, Apple Watch And Beats Headphones" Forbes 7:32 AM
  • "Ex-Apple employee wrecked luxury flat causing £10k damage with his own waste" Mirror Online UK 7:49 AM
  • "Two studies show the most & least common things people do with their Apple Watch – and what Apple needs to fix" 9to5Mac 11/26
  • "This iPhone video goes behind the scenes of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" Mashable 11/26
Non-Apple News
  • "Digital toy maker VTech says customer data stolen in breach" Reuters 9:01 PM
  • "Judge: There's no proof Yelp manipulates reviews" Ars Technica 4:57 PM
  • "NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday" Reuters 3:49 PM
  • "Blue tarantulas may help humans make better wide-angle computer displays" The Verge 3:38 PM
  • "Judge Rules Against Cox Communications in Copyright Case: Federal judge says Internet provider isn't shielded from liability for illegal music downloading by subscribers" [Paid Membership Required] 7:34 AM
  • "Incomparable #274: Rudolph's Hideous Mutation" Six Colors 8:33 PM
  • "The TouchArcade Show Rewind - 233 - Flashback to When Ravensword Was New" Touch Arcade 8:32 PM
  • "AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Pencil, official Apple Watch dock and safe payments practices" AppleInsider 11/26
  • "Is the iPad Pro a half-baked product by Apple? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast Ep. 17): The Best Black Friday deals for Apple goods this year, a look inside the Apple Pencil and where are the true pro apps on the iPad Pro?" CNET 11/26
  • "Report: Apple plans to nix 3.5mm port on iPhone 7, require Lightning for wired headphones" 9to5Mac 3:39 PM
  • "Rumor: iPhone 7 to lose 3.5mm headphone port" iDownload Blog 3:43 PM
  • "Apple rumored to ditch headphone jack on 'iPhone 7' for Lightning connector audio" AppleInsider 4:50 PM
  • "Apple tells supply chains it will use OLED in upcoming iPhones, says report" DigiTimes 7:54 AM
  • "Apple reportedly switching over to OLED for iPhone panels in 2018: Report claims Apple likely to move to OLED for mobile devices in coming years" MacNN 7:46 AM
  • "iPhone 7s may be the first iPhone to boast an OLED display" Cult of Mac 7:51 AM
  • "Inside the Apple Inc. A9X Chip: Thanks to the folks at Chipworks, this Fool discusses the details of the A9X chip inside of Apple's iPad Pro." The Motley Fool 7:45 AM
  • "iPhone water damage? Apple locks down ports with new shutter patent" ZDNet 7:48 AM
  • "Clever Apple invention paves the way for a truly waterproof iPhone" BGR 11:49 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Black Friday App Sales: Hundreds Of iPhone, iPad, Watch, TV, Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" App Sliced 8:49 AM
  • "MacID (Unlock Your Mac With Your Fingerprint/Wrist) For iPhone/iPad/Watch Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $3.99)" App Sliced 8:49 AM
  • "Multi Measures HD -Measuring Toolkit For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" App Sliced 8:49 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:27 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:27 AM
  • "Black Friday: Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP at Apple resellers" MacPrices 8:57 AM
  • "Special Black Friday to Cyber monday 2015: Over 50% (50% to 66%) discount on many of our titles on the App Store only" Tension Software 7:58 AM

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  • "Review: Apple's iPad Pro is a giant expensive tablet w/ a couple of pricey accessories [Video] 9to5Mac 3:39 PM
  • "Apple iPad Pro Claims Its First Victim As It Destroys Google's Flagship" Forbes 5:30 PM
  • "Hands on: A month with Apple's 4K 21.5-in. iMac" Computerworld 9:52 AM
  • "Here's how Apple Pencil beats other iPad styluses, and your best alternate picks" 9to5Mac 11:49 AM
  • "The Accessibility Of The iPhone 6s" TechCrunch 9:02 AM
  • "Apple Charging: iPhone 6s and Apple Watch Docks" eXtensions 8:13 AM
  • "Review: Titan iPhone Cable and Titan Loop for iPhone" MacTrast 3:43 PM
  • "Audioengine's D3 Premium 24-bit DAC will beef up your Mac's audio" Apple World Today 7:51 AM
  • "Mini Review: Mu Classic collapsible plug, a neat portable plug for Brits" 9to5Mac 9:28 AM
  • "Apple iPad Pro is Nice for Work and for Art; 'Paper' by 53 Shines" Barron's 11/26
  • "Apple TV's Ugly Problem Solved By Great New Accessory" Forbes 11/26
  • "V-MODA Crossfade Wireless headphones – unboxing and review [Video] 9to5Mac 11/26
  • "Drop Kitchen Scale Review" ["The Drop Kitchen Scale dose the work for you, and with its accompanying iOS app, it will guide you through a recipe — effectively negating the need for (mis)measuring cups. As long as you don't want to get too exploratory in the kitchen, it works really well."] Digital Trends 11/26
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "WhatsApp... Cross Platform Mobile Messaging" Low End Mac 3:47 PM
  • "Review: iPass Wi-Fi service for connectivity on the go" TechRepublic 7:54 AM
  • "Sega scores another goal with Football Manager Touch 2016 for iPad" AppAdvice 8:07 AM
  • "Carcassonne developer does interactive fiction with One Button Travel for iOS" AppAdvice 3:41 PM
  • "Best Gin Rummy - iOS Review" Tapscape 7:54 AM
  • "Why I switched to only reading comic books on my phone after a lifetime of buying in stores" Business Insider 11/26
  • "Share the Meal: UN World Food Program -The iOS App" eXtensions 11/26
  • "How To Change Your Nickname In iOS Game Center" AddictiveTips 3:42 PM
  • "How to improve family's Wi-Fi and other tech support tips" USA Today 6:51 PM
  • "Why Are Websites Suddenly Asking Me To Save Cookies?" AddictiveTips 3:42 PM
  • "Battery life problems with iPad Pro? Here's the fix!" iMore 7:42 AM
  • "Apple Loop: Frustration At iPad Pro, New iPhone 7 Leaks, Tim Cook's Report Card" Forbes 7:09 PM
  • "Has Apple given us much to be thankful for this year?" Cult of Mac 3:41 PM
  • "Dell reminds you why Black Friday is a great time to switch to Mac" iMore 9:53 AM
  • "Opinion: Should Apple release a desktop computer that runs iOS?" MacNN 8:42 AM
  • "Second Thoughts On Facial Recognition" Mac 360 7:14 AM
  • "Apple's best invention is one that nobody talks about" The Next Web 11/26
  • "Gauging how we use the Apple Watch" Pocketnow 11/26
  • "How often do you glance at your Apple Watch?" AppAdvice 11/26
  • "Jobs would've despised this BlackBerry-inspired iPhone concept" Cult of Mac 11/26
  • "iPad Pro no: Apple's latest is already proclaimed a failure" Macworld 11/26
  • "It's Thanksgiving, put down your phone" CBS News 11/26
  • "5 storage technologies I'm thankful for" ZDNet 3:18 PM
  • "Machine Intelligence In The Real World" TechCrunch 11/26
  • "Don't Buy a Bad Tablet on Black Friday" iFixit 11/26
  • "Life in the fast lane: What gigabit Internet makes better" Macworld 11/26
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Kenwood offers choice in aftermarket CarPlay car receivers" Canadian Reviewer 7:29 PM
  • "Cortana for iPhone is rolling out now to beta testers" The Verge 3:36 PM
  • "Coming November 28: Gene Steinberg meets columnist Kirk McElhearn, Macworld's 'iTunes Guy, and Jeff Carlson, from TidBITS, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 3:31 PM
  • "Apple's Beats has splurged out for a sponsored Snapchat Lens this Black Friday" Business Insider 9:43 AM
  • "IBM's Watson Predicts the Top Products and Trends for Black Friday" ["Available for free download in the Apple App Store, IBM Watson Trend features the hottest 100 consumer electronics, toys and health and fitness products at any given time."] PRNewswire 8:05 AM
  • "Calvertr2 for iOS: Fastest Units Converter with Calculator from R3app" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Less Than 8 - Quick Thinking Number Puzzle on Apple App Store" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Test Your Reflexes in this Awesome Endless Puzzler" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Happy Bombs transports the player to a bright and colorful puzzle world" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Mindfulness, meditation and relaxation for kids: announcing Zen Studio" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Castle Croc Released - A new game for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Keep Close Pictures for iPad and iPhone Released" prMac 7:37 AM
  • "Step Back In Time With This New Retro Platformer" prMac 7:36 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Windows 10 popularity steadily growing amongst users" ITProPortal 8:31 AM
  • "Microsoft zaps dodgy Dell digital certs" Tech Central 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft security tools remove risky Dell certificates" ComputerWeekly 7:41 AM
  • "Microsoft Summons Windows Defender To Abolish Dell's Root Certificates" TechWeekEurope 7:40 AM
  • "HPE's Cloud Alliance With Microsoft Azure Speaks Volumes About Future Direction" TechWeekEurope 8:32 AM
  • "Microsoft Silverlight gets Firefox reprieve for 64-bit users" The Inquirer 8:27 AM
  • "IBM Predicts Online Sales Growth Of More Than 14.5% Over 2014" Nasdaq 7:49 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard Enterprise to partner with Microsoft Azure for public cloud services" V3 8:26 AM
  • "HP Enterprise wins RBS cheque imaging contract" Banking Tech 7:46 AM
  • "More money is going to pour into Indian startups as Dell's $300 million venture fund eyes India" Business Insider 7:40 AM
  • "Dell announces Datacenter Scalable Solutions server line" BetaNews 7:11 AM
  • "Intel unveils 2016 tablet processor road map, say Taiwan makers" DigiTimes 7:31 AM
  • "Qualcomm Inc. vs. Intel Corporation: Which Will Win in the Internet of Things?" The Motley Fool 4:51 PM
  • "AMD will launch Radeon R9 Fury X2 at December event says report" Hexus 7:30 AM
  • "Oracle's bright new Sonoma SPARCs hint at own-tech cloud" The Register 7:29 AM
  • "Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips" The Register 7:28 AM
  • "Flaw in Cisco Products Exposes Users to MitM Attacks" SecurityWeek 7:26 AM
  • "Investors Buy Cisco Systems on Weakness (CSCO)" Ticker Report 7:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "U.S. stocks pushed by energy shares, pulled by defensive plays: KaloBios jumps as short sellers face squeeze" MarketWatch 6:42 PM
  • "Stocks End Short Session Mixed Ahead of Jobs Week: The turkey has been trussed, roasted and eaten and now investors are turning their attention to the labor market in the coming week." TheStreet 12:30 PM
  • "Stocks end mixed as retailers tally Black Friday, Thanksgiving numbers: Black Friday, the so-called Super Bowl of the retail selling season, is underway, but the stock market was little changed in the holiday-shortened session as investors waited, and waited, for sales results from the kickoff to the holiday shopping season." USA Today 12:28 PM
  • "Wall Street Ends Flat in Holiday-Thinned Trade as Disney Drops: U.S. equity markets were relatively flat as shoppers hit the streets in search of the best day-after-Thanksgiving deals and traders headed home early after the shortened trading session." FOXBusiness 12:27 PM
  • "Dow Ends Slightly Lower in Shortened Session: The Dow industrials ended lower in an abbreviated, post-Thanksgiving session Friday, as Disney and energy-company shares weighed on the index." [Paid Membership Required] 12:27 PM
  • "Chinese shares plunge 5.5% as authorities probe brokers over violations: Chinese authorities' investigations into two major Chinese brokerages over suspected violations drove shares in Shanghai sharply lower Friday." MarketWatch 6:41 AM
  • "European stocks ease off 3-month high but log weekly gain: European stocks slipped Friday, pulling back from three-months highs, as commodity shares bore the brunt of the fallout from a slide in Chinese equities and strengthening in the U.S. dollar." MarketWatch 12:26 PM

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