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Tuesday Highlights: Apple's Q1FY15 earnings report is due this afternoon after market close, most analysts expect ridiculously good news with "record iPhone sales", big China news — more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Finances sections today; Michael DeFranco at Forbes ponders Apple's "tug of war" with the Enterprise market; there's a petition aimed at Dropbox to keep support alive for OS X 10.4, 10.5; there's a new browser on the horizon called Vivaldi, born from former Opera techies; Canalys releases their latest stats showing Apple is now number one in smartphone shipments in China; iPad turning 5 years old today, Wired articles look at "the tablets that paved the way for iPad", and how Apple's tablet "went from massive to 'meh'"; Apple Pay does not solve credit card fraud?; Reuters reporting that Foxconn is reducing workforce due to slowing growth in sales; Apple scores grants on 34 patents today including one for a snap-on iPhone game controller, among others in our Hardware/Software section; looking for a privacy shield to protect your iPhone 6 Plus from prying eyes?; Alfred now has an iOS remote to control your Mac, reviews from The Verge, MacNN, Macdrifter; with dicey weather hitting the northeast, Macworld has a look at several weather apps for iOS devices; what's the deal with Apple's concession to China's request to perform security audits on products?

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  • "Can Apple live up to the iHype? Apple's earnings for the latest quarter are expected to be ridiculously good thanks to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus."  CNNMoney 7:31 AM
  • "Why Apple is growing again"  Quartz 11:20 AM
  • "Apple earnings: Record iPhone sales expected" CNBC 7:35 AM
  • "How many iPhones did Apple sell? If Wall Street's predictions are more accurate than the weatherman's blizzard forecasts, then Apple sold an insane number of iPhones last quarter. That means the company might post the biggest profit in U.S. corporate history." CNNMoney 11:22 AM
  • "Apple still has growth room in China: Analyst" CNBC 7:36 AM
  • "Apple CEO Set to Tackle Five Key Questions at Earnings" Bloomberg 8:07 AM
  • "Q1 FY15 Earnings Release: Apple's conference call to discuss first fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET." Apple Investor Relations 7:37 AM
  • "An Outside Look at the Tug of War Between Apple and the Enterprise"  Forbes 7:55 AM
  • "Apple releases OS X 10.10.2 with a pile of security, privacy, and Wi-Fi fixes: New update patches a number of widely-reported issues." Ars Technica 12:25 PM
  • "Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 with WiFi fixes, iCloud Drive in Time Machine" 9to5Mac 12:25 PM
  • "Apple Releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 With Security Fixes, iCloud Drive Browsing Options in Time Machine" MacRumors 12:25 PM
  • "Apple's OS X 10.10.2 update fixes Wi-Fi connection issues, improves iCloud, patches security holes" AppleInsider 12:25 PM
  • "Petitioning Dropbox For Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 Continued Support" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "Apple patch shields Macs from Thunderstrike" The Register 8:06 AM
  • "New Vivaldi browser aims to win over power users: There's a new browser aiming to win the hearts and minds of power users. Called Vivaldi, the Chromium-based browser comes from a team led by Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software. Vivaldi is available now as a technical preview for Windows, Mac, and Linux." PCWorld 9:28 AM
  • "Fix inaccessible and grayed out folders in the OS X Finder" MacIssues 11:23 AM
  • "How to turn your Mac into an audio DVR" iMore 11:18 AM
  • "Mac Help: Sharing files between users on the same Mac" iMore 8:03 AM
  • "A Crazy New Way To Manage And Organize Photos And Videos On A Mac" Mac 360 7:28 AM
  • "2 Mac Calendar Apps (1 free, 1 not)" Mac 360 7:28 AM
  • "Just How Bad Is MacKeeper On A Mac?" McSolo 7:27 AM
  • "Power: For Mac Power Users Only" Mac 360 7:27 AM
Press Releases
  • "1Password 'Syncerrific' Edition Brings Better Sync Between iOS and OS X" RazorianFly 11:23 AM
  • "My Favorite Lightroom plugin Client Response Gallery gets Upgraded! - Terry White's Tech Blog" Terry White's Tech Blog 9:57 AM
  • "Super-useful utility, Pushbullet, launches for Mac, Safari, iPad" Gigaom 9:13 AM
  • "New Mac word processor makes reading and writing accessible for everyone" prMac 7:23 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Media alert: Apple takes top spot in China for first time in smart phones"  Canalys 9:23 AM
  • "Apple Tops Smartphone Shipments In China For The First Time, Says Canalys" TechCrunch 9:23 AM
  • "Canalys: Apple shipped the most smartphones in China during Q4 2014" VentureBeat 9:28 AM
  • "Apple became top smartphone vendor in China for the first time in Q4" 9to5Mac 9:52 AM
  • "How the iPad Went From Massive to 'Meh' in 5 Short Years"  Wired 8:03 AM
  • "The Tablets That Paved the Way for the iPad" Wired 8:03 AM
  • "Happy birthday: The iPad turns five today" Cult of Mac 8:03 AM
  • "Hyundai Motor, Baidu team up for connected cars in China" ["Details of the Baidu software were not immediately known, but it aims to catch up with products of bigger U.S. technology giants, such as Apple Inc.'s CarPlay and Google Inc.'s Android Auto systems. 'The Chinese government has yet to officially announce whether to support Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto. So, Hyundai Motor signed a memorandum of understanding with Baidu to forge a collaboration to cope with the Chinese market for connected cars,' the South Korean carmaker said in a statement."] The Korea Herald 12:27 PM
  • "Apple Pay coming to 200,000 vending machines, kiosks, paid parking & other self-serve locations" 9to5Mac 11:23 AM
  • "Turns Out Apple Pay Can't Solve Credit Card Fraud"  Gizmodo UK 7:55 AM
  • "Samsung to Take On Apple Pay with Cleverly Named Samsung Pay" The Mac Observer 9:25 AM
  • "Apple loses global payments executive to eBay's rumored PayPal replacement" AppleInsider 7:23 AM
  • "Apple's on track to knock Samsung off its perch" Cult of Android 9:02 AM
  • "Apple Maps Connect for businesses arrives in the UK" ZDNet 7:24 AM
  • "Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt says can easily name his hero: Steve Jobs" 9to5Google 8:26 AM
  • "I did LSD with Steve Jobs: 'Let's see, were we playing Sgt. Pepper?'" CNNMoney 9:07 AM
  • "Apple Has Revealed Another Mural For A New Store In China" Business Insider 7:23 AM
  • "Elvis Presley's iPad and other stories" Computerworld 7:28 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook: Hackers Didn't Cause Worldwide Outage" Time 9:58 AM
  • "Huawei To Dump Low-Cost Phones, Eyes The Mobile High-Life Lived By Apple And Samsung" Digital Trends 7:52 AM
  • "Apple's Biggest Rival In China Sold Out Its New Phone In Just 3 Minutes" Business Insider 7:24 AM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-27: Samsung Copies Apple Pay, Google's Dropcam Plans" The Mac Observer 12:50 PM
  • "Podcast: We all love free stuff" Macworld 11:19 AM
  • "Let's Talk iOS 066: One crappy battery life" iDownload Blog 8:26 AM
  • "Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3 With Bug Fixes, Storage Size Reduction" MacRumors 12:25 PM
  • "Apple releases iOS 8.1.3 reducing storage required to update, squashing Spotlight bugs, more" AppleInsider 12:25 PM
  • "iOS 8.1.3 Arrives, With Lighter Storage Requirements For Updates And Spotlight Fix" TechCrunch 12:25 PM
  • "Exclusive: Apple supplier Foxconn to shrink workforce as sales growth stalls"  Reuters 7:31 AM
  • "Apple supplier Foxconn to cut workforce despite likely record iPhone sales" 9to5Mac 7:36 AM
  • "iPad Air Plus With Stylus Showcased In New Renderings [Images] Redmond Pie 8:00 AM
Granted Apple Patents
  • "Apple Granted 34 Patents Today Covering Slide to Unlock Authentication, Movement Based User Interfaces & More" Patently Apple 8:06 AM
  • "Apple patents snap-on iPhone game controller and keyboard accessories" AppleInsider 7:23 AM
  • "Apple patent is for snap-on game controllers for iOS devices" Apple Daily Report 7:28 AM
  • "Game on: Apple patents snap-on iOS gamepad" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Apple develops sensor-laden glass to monitor, analyze device treatment" AppleInsider 11:18 AM
  • "Apple looks to improve searches on its online stores" AppleDailyReport 8:12 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "TapDot For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:16 AM
  • "Gentlemen...Ricochet! For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:16 AM
  • "Loco Cam For iPhone Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:16 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:28 AM

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  • "Review: Perfect Fit Privacy Shield for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 8:00 AM
  • "Transcend SSD370 (128GB, 256GB & 512GB) Review" AnandTech 7:56 AM
  • "Adonit JOT Touch Pixelpoint Review" IT.Enquirer 7:25 AM
  • "Drop review: An iPad-connected scale for beginning bakers" Macworld 7:31 AM
  • "TAP-EX is great at extending wireless networks in homes, small businesses" Apple Daily Report 7:24 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Alfred turns your iPad or iPhone into a remote control for your Mac" The Verge 8:03 AM
  • "Hands On: Alfred Remote (iOS)" MacNN 9:02 AM
  • "The best weather apps for iPhone and iPad" Macworld 7:31 AM
  • "Colors puts 1,000 photo filters at your fingertips" iDownload Blog 8:00 AM
  • "Appidemic: Plancon: Space Conflict for iOS" TechnologyTell 8:06 AM
  • "'Ambition Of The Slimes' Review - A Lot Of Charm Goes A Little Way" Touch Arcade 11:24 AM
  • "DataVault Password Manager Review: Store your passwords and other sensitive information safely, thanks to DataVault Password Manager." 148Apps 9:06 AM
  • "The LEGO Movie Video Game Review: LEGO-EY goodness and a story to die for." 148Apps 8:07 AM
  • "Earthworm Alchemy Review: Feed this funny looking worm and dodge bombs in this charming, free-to-play arcade game." 148Apps 10:18 AM
  • "Wheel & Deal Review: A simple arcade shooter that has a retro feel." 148Apps 11:23 AM
  • "Apple has always been 'boring'" BGR 11:18 AM
  • "Cupertino needs to do more than simply add new channels to the Apple TV" AppAdvice 10:25 AM
  • "The blame game: Everything is Apple's fault" Macworld 9:22 AM
  • "Apple growing, Samsung slowing, and doubling down on the 'great product' strategy" iMore 9:23 AM
  • "Samsung's iPhone 6 nightmare is unfolding before its eyes" BGR 9:12 AM
  • "When iPhones go bad" ZDNet 8:29 AM
  • "Apple In New Security Concessions To Beijing/Bottom line: Apple's allowance of audits of its products by Chinese inspectors marks its latest compromise to address China's national security concerns, and could mark the start of a more transparent approach on the issue by Beijing."  Forbes 8:08 AM
  • "iPad haters' initial complaints seem ridiculous 5 years on" Cult of Mac 8:04 AM
  • "Hey Instagram, can we talk about your still-missing iPad app?" iMore 8:03 AM
  • "New MacBook Air (2015, 12-inch) preview: How thin can the MacBook Air get?" Macworld UK 8:00 AM
  • "Think Retro: Who else kinda misses their Zip disks?" Macworld 7:33 AM
  • "Single of the Week Is Dead, Viva Free TV, Music, TV on iTunes" FairerPlatform 7:28 AM
  • "Apple, My Mac, My iPhone, And How The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same" PixoBebo 7:27 AM
  • "The Best Mac Ever Made" Mac 360 7:27 AM
  • "The China Connection: Is Apple No Longer An American Company?" Mac 360 7:27 AM
  • "Cassandra: Big Four Quarterly Figures from Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo! and Google -With Pointed Analysis of Certain Analysts" eXtensions 7:25 AM
  • "Comics: The Guardians of the Stylii" iMore 8:28 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Lockitron Introduces New $99 App-Enabled Smart Deadbolt Lock 'Bolt'" MacRumors 11:20 AM
  • "Google Play Newsstand gets Handoff & offline support and other goodies" iDownload Blog 10:18 AM
  • "Snapchat rolls out Discover feature that highlights curated stories and videos" iDownload Blog 10:18 AM
  • "Apple TV gets More Athletic with 120 Sports Channel" The Mac Observer 11:19 AM
  • "Apple TV refreshed with '120 Sports' channel" 9to5Mac 9:12 AM
  • "Pushbullet Can Now Send Your iOS Notifications To Your Mac, Raises $1.5M" TechCrunch 9:02 AM
  • "Twitter rolling out group direct messages and native video sharing" 9to5Mac 8:48 AM
  • "Plowz is like Uber for driveway snow removal" Digital Trends 8:36 AM
  • "'Radiation Island' From The Developers of 'Battle Supremacy' Coming This Week" Touch Arcade 8:26 AM
  • "Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit Adds Acquisition Support for iOS 8 Devices, Extracts Apple ID and Password" PRNewswire 8:09 AM
  • "USA Technologies Announces Support for Apple Pay" Business Wire 7:53 AM
  • "Western Union Offers Apple Pay™ as New Pay-In Option for Money Transfer Customers" Business Wire 7:53 AM
  • "Bloody Aliens from Outer Space invading the App Store" Cry Wolf Digital 7:25 AM
  • "Knitters rejoice: Android's popular Knitting Buddy now available for iOS" prMac 9:12 AM
  • "Golden Academy releases English Certified : Grammar Essentials for iOS" prMac 9:12 AM
  • "Kick The Log Dodge Obstacles In Fun, New Arcade Game - Kicka for Kids" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Running Cup - Crazy Soccer: Slapstick Action Running Game" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Who Let The Sheep Out - Free puzzle game for iOS and Android" prMac 7:23 AM
  • "Massive update to Strides: Goals & Habits Tracker, now syncs to Web app" prMac 7:22 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Q2 profits drop 10 percent on falling PC sales: But takings get a boost from cloud and Nokia divisions" The Inquirer 6:51 AM
  • "Microsoft stock takes plunge after quarterly results" Neowin 6:58 AM
  • "Cloud, Surface and Nokia Costs: Here Is Microsoft's Q2 Chartfest!" Re/code 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft cloud sales up 114 percent, but profits fall as Windows XP boost ends" V3 7:33 AM
  • "Surface and Lumia sales reach new highs in latest quarter" Digital Trends 7:34 AM
  • "What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM: But are you making money?" The Register 7:35 AM
  • "Price Cuts for Crucial Microsoft Products Eroded Holiday-Season Profit" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:24 AM
  • "Microsoft's Transition Remains on Track: The firm's shift to a cloud, mobile, and services model progresses, while the core commercial business--last quarter's difficult comparisons aside--remains solid." Morningstar 7:25 AM
  • "Rumor: Microsoft's HoloLens is powered by Intel Atom chips" Neowin 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft's HoloLens Is Apparently Powered By Intel's Cherry Trail Atom Chipset" UberGizmo 7:12 AM
  • "Dell's Kace K1000 gets Chromebook support and enhanced agentless inventory: Summary:An upgrade to Dell's systems management appliance delivers improved visibility of and control over networked PCs, servers and other devices." ZDNet 7:42 AM
  • "Dell, Intel, University Of Cambridge Send High Performance Computing Into Freak Mode" TechWeekEurope 7:13 AM
  • "Cortana Makes Windows 10 Debut in January Preview Build" eWeek 6:45 AM
  • "Microsoft Continues to See Impact of Transition to Cloud" eWeek 6:45 AM
  • "HP reveals more about what's coming after split" TechRadar UK 7:11 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard Names Additional Staff to Run Post-Split Companies" Barron's 7:11 AM
  • "HP's upcoming Windows 8.1 Spectre 13 x360 2-in-1 laptop gets leaked" Windows Central 7:25 AM
  • "Leak reveals HP's new high-end Windows convertible, the Spectre 13 x360" Neowin 7:06 AM
  • "HP Enhances SureStart Tech to Protect Users From BIOS Attacks" eWeek 6:44 AM
  • "Samsung, Intel Security collaborate to secure Tizen smartphone" The Economic Times 7:13 AM
  • "Panasonic Upgrades Toughbook 31 with Better Battery, Intel Processor" eWeek 7:06 AM
  • "The Man Behind IBM's Cloud-Based Campaign: Robert LeBlanc, a Big Blue Veteran, to Oversee Businesses Generating About $7 Billion Annually" [Paid Membership Required] 7:23 AM
  • "IBM dismisses claims it will slash its workforce by 26%: Tech giant says Forbes report that it will shed as many as 112,000 jobs is 'ridiculous'" Reuters 7:23 AM
  • "IBM dismisses Forbes report of massive layoffs" Reuters 7:23 AM
  • "There's life after Oracle, but very little left in Oracle's reseller channel: Five years on, what did Larry's lot do to Sun's partner network?" The Register 7:25 AM
  • "The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems? One swallow didn't make a summer" The Register 7:24 AM
  • "Tencent, Alibaba lead China's top brands as tech dominates" Reuters 7:18 AM
  • "Let's talk about SaaS" BetaNews 7:35 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Liveblog: Apple's Q1 2015 earnings call happens at 5pm ET/Analysts are predicting double-digit growth for Apple's holiday quarter." Ars Technica 10:19 AM
  • "Apple's Whisper Number Showing Confidence" Seeking Alpha 9:33 AM
  • "Will Chinese iPhone Sales Dominate Apple's Q1 Earnings Call?" Benzinga 8:08 AM
  • "1 Earnings Driver Apple Investors May Overlook" Benzinga 8:08 AM
  • "Apple had better deliver big fireworks...or else: Critical intelligence before the U.S. market opens" MarketWatch 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Preview: What to Watch for in the iPhone 6 Quarter" Bloomberg TV 8:07 AM
  • "Financial Analyst Anne-Marie Baiynd Sees Iron Condor As An Apple Earnings Play" Benzinga 8:48 AM
  • "Buy Apple on an Earning's Miss" Forbes 9:51 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 5 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:29 AM
  • "Stock Futures Modestly Lower as Blue-Chip Earnings Disappoint" TheStreet 7:29 AM
  • "U.S. Equity Futures Fall with Lackluster 4Q Earnings in Focus" Reuters 7:29 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Tumble After Downbeat Data, Earnings: Disappointing Quarterly Results From Several Blue-Chip Companies" [Paid Membership Required] 8:47 AM
  • "Asia Markets: China stocks snap winning streak amid growth, yuan concerns/Chinese stocks broke a five-day winning streak on Tuesday, as Hong Kong and Shanghai markets both pulled back amid concerns fueled by a drop in the profit growth at major Chinese industrial companies and a previous sharp fall for China's yuan." MarketWatch 7:30 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Philips, Siemens shares weigh on European markets/European stocks fell Tuesday, with shares of major industrial firms Royal Philips NV and Siemens AG among those pulling the regional market's benchmark toward its first loss in nine sessions." MarketWatch 7:30 AM

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