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Friday Highlights: Larger, faster iPhone 6 models instrumental in giving Apple a "bigger slice of the smartphone pie", says WSJ; new iPhones eating iPad sales according to new stats, and as CNNMoney is reporting, iPads won't be landing in many Christmas stockings this year; Rene Ritchie at iMore believes convenience is killer feature of Apple Watch; Ars Technica reviews iWork '14 for OS X and iOS, says Apple has yet to take the suite to the next level; need a good screencasting app for OS X, have a look at Macworld's review of ScreenFlow 5; IBM's report on retail sales this holiday season have iOS leading Android in mobile shopping; UK's Telegraph reporting Apple dominates 2014 searches; from DigiTimes IC designers saying chip orders for iPhones slowing down; iOS 8/8.1 now installed on two-thirds of iDevices; Macworld UK reviews iOS 8 calling it a "must-have update" so long as your iDevice is powerful enough.

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  • "Apple's Bigger Slice of the Smartphone Pie: New iPhone Seen Helping Smartphone Maker Regain Market Share" [Paid Membership Required] 8:09 AM
  • "Convenience — Apple Watch's killer feature"  iMore 8:32 AM
  • "Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments"  TechCrunch 11/27
  • "Apple's $100 Billion Waste: Tim Cook's Single Biggest Mistake As CEO"  Forbes 11/27
  • "Steve Jobs Lives on at the Patent Office: Years after his death, the former Apple CEO still wins patents."  Technology Review 11/27
  • "Will the iPhone 6 Plus kill off the iPad? People with larger phones now use their tablets a THIRD less than before" Daily Mail (UK) 11/27
  • "Apple may put a sapphire display on the iPhone 6S: Rumoured $2.6bn display factory in development" TechRadar UK 11/27
  • "Samsung to Pay Apple Royalties, Sort Of" MobileBurn 11/27
  • "Apple's Higher iPhone Tariff May Spur More Russian Price Rises" Bloomberg 11/27
  • "Apple Could Drop Google For Bing In Safari" ValueWalk 12:57 PM
  • "iWork '14 review: Still waiting for that great leap forward/No backward compatibility, but the productivity suite is free for all Mac, iOS users." Ars Technica 8:03 AM
  • "ScreenFlow 5 review: The Mac's best screencasting app gets better with iOS capture" Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "Clear Recent Web Browsing History in Safari for Mac OS X" OS X Daily 3:06 PM
  • "Ten Mac freeware apps for your new Apple baby" The Register 7:55 AM
  • "How to customize your Mac's highlight color" MacIssues 12:58 PM
  • "Free: The Ultimate Single Use, Single Purpose Mac App" McSolo 7:11 AM
  • "How To Record FaceTime Calls On A Mac" Mac 360 7:11 AM
  • "How To Rip DVDs To A Mac (but not this way)" BohemianBoomer 7:10 AM
  • "A Couple Of Inexpensive Ways To Diagram With Shapes On A Mac" TeraTalks 7:10 AM
  • "2 Inexpensive Mac Apps You Don't Need But Will Use Once You Try Each One" NoodleMac 7:10 AM
Press Releases
  • "Telltale's Game of Thrones coming to Mac on December 2" Mac Gamer HQ 1:16 PM
  • "RePix - Mac Application to Batch Resize Images Quickly" prMac 12:00 PM
  • "Daedalic Developing Ken Follett Game – New Book Being Written Simultaneously" Daedalic Entertainment 11:56 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "iPads won't be stuffing stockings this year: The way tablet sales are slumping, there's almost a better chance you'll get three French hens or two turtle doves than an iPad this Christmas." CNNMoney 9:45 AM
  • "Alert: Online retailers thankful for another strong Turkey Day sales session" ["Apple iOS vs. Android: Apple iOS once again led the way in mobile shopping this holiday season, outpacing Android across three key metrics"]  IBM 8:33 AM
  • "IBM analytics show that iOS dominates online purchasing in both transactions and average sale values" 9to5Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Apple dominates top tech searches for 2014: Apple's iPhones, iPads and upcoming Apple Watch were among the most popular searches of the year made via Yahoo" Telegraph 8:09 AM
  • "Apple users outspend Android users on 'Black Thursday'" CNNMoney 9:45 AM
  • "Apple upsets customers by not extending Black Friday deals to the UK" TUAW 3:04 PM
  • "When iPads fall, Windows tablets rise" BetaNews 11/27
  • "Bell Employees Planted Glowing Online Reviews Of New Bell App" CBC 11/27
  • "Square is Figuring Out How to Make Apple Pay Available With Its Service" PadGadget 11/27
  • "Apple's Latest iPhone 6 Ad Showcases Voice Text in iOS 8" TechnoBuffalo 11/27
  • "Looks like no Black Friday deals in European Apple Stores – just (RED) donations on Cyber Monday" 9to5Mac 11/27
  • "Watch Apple's Black Friday iPhone Ads" Time 11/27
  • "Video: Apple is not done releasing funny iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ads" BGR 11/27
  • "Apple debuts additional iPhone 6 ad, highlights Voice Text" MacNN 11/27
  • "This is Apple's first advert for Beats" Shiny Shiny 11/27
  • "Natalie Portman Rumored to Take On a Role in Aaron Sorkin's Jobs Biopic" Modmyi 11/27
  • "Natalie Portman Rumored to Have Role In Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic" PadGadget 11/27
  • "Blackberry offers iPhone users up to $550 to trade in for a Passport" Time 11/27
Non-Apple News
  • "Black Friday is the new Cyber Monday" VentureBeat 3:05 PM
  • "This holiday season, Taylor Swift is stressing drone safety" The Daily Dot 11/27
  • "The Independent and other sites 'hacked' by the Syrian Electronic Army" CNBC 11/27
  • "Vector 68: Things that are (RED)" iMore 11/27
  • "iMore show 432: Holiday gift guide" iMore 11/27
  • "Your Mac Life Archives #1034 for November 26th, 2014!" Your Mac Life 11/27
  • "12.2-inch 'iPad Air Plus' May Launch Between April and June 2015 With A9 Processor" MacRumors 3:05 PM
  • "Report: Schematics of 12.2-inch 'iPad Air Plus' rumored for April-June launch, iPad Mini 4 upgrade details" 9to5Mac 3:05 PM
  • "Blueprint of Apple's 'iPad Air Plus,' details of iPad mini 4 reportedly outed in Japanese mag - Rumor" AppleInsider 3:05 PM
  • "New Details On Apple's Giant-Sized iPad Might Have Just Leaked" Business Insider 3:05 PM
  • "iPhone chip orders slowing down, say IC designers" DigiTimes 7:44 AM
  • "Two-thirds of iPhone and iPad users now running iOS 8.0/8.1" ZDNet 8:59 AM
  • "iOS 8 is installed on 60 percent of iPhones and iPads despite persistent problems" The Inquirer 7:56 AM
  • "Clever hack lets CarPlay run on an iPhone 6" Cult of Mac 7:44 AM
  • "Apple rushes to abandon plastic phone" ONE News 3:04 PM
  • "Nintendo Patents Game Boy Emulation For Use In Mobile Devices, In-Flight Entertainment" TechCrunch 12:00 PM
  • "Nintendo patent hints at official Game Boy emulator for mobile phones" 9to5Mac 12:00 PM
  • "Apple wants to make it easier to switch among wireless carriers" Apple Daily Report 9:43 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Circadia (Puzzle) For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $0.99)" Apple Sliced 7:14 AM
  • "Remoter VNC -Remote Desktop For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 7:14 AM
  • "MetalWars3 For iPhone/iPad Is Free Today (Was $1.99)" Apple Sliced 7:14 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:50 AM
  • "Apple's Black Friday offer: iTunes Store gift cards with purchase, to benefit (RED)" Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "Apple Store Black Friday sale for 2014: $100 iTunes gift card with Macs, $50 with iPads, $25 with iPods and more" MacPrices 7:06 AM
  • "Apple Black Friday Deals Include Gift Cards for Macs, iPhones, More" The Mac Observer 12:33 PM
  • "Black Friday Mac: Refurbished Retina MBP, $999; MBA, $719; iMac, $929; Mac Pro, $2,549" FairerPlatform 7:06 AM
  • "Black Friday Sale" equinux 7:06 AM

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  • "Apple CarPlay vs Google Android Auto — full comparison (Video)" 9to5Mac 12:19 PM
  • "AudioQuest NightHawk headphones are as cool as their name" The Gadgeteer 3:06 PM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "iOS 8 review: A superb, must-have update (if your iPad or iPhone is powerful enough)" Macworld UK 9:40 AM
  • "Microsoft Excel vs Apple Numbers for iPad review: which is the best spreadsheet app for iPad?" Macworld UK 7:49 AM
  • "Metapho's iOS 8 Extension Lets You Quickly Share Photos Without Metadata" MacStories 12:21 PM
  • "Gmail's Inbox Doesn't Organize Email, It Reminds You To Answer It" AddictiveTips 7:50 AM
  • "Hands On: Rugby Nations 15 (iOS)" MacNN 3:04 PM
  • "You Should Play: TwoDots brings a much-needed twist to the match-three genre" Macworld 7:16 AM
  • "Appidemic: Skater for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch" TechnologyTell 8:01 AM
  • "'Vigil RPG' Review - An Entertaining Distillation Of Retro JRPGs" Touch Arcade 12:20 PM
  • "'Framed' Review - Let's Try This One Again, Shall We?" Touch Arcade 10:34 AM
  • "'Earn to Die 2' Review - Web Game Crossover Hit gets an iOS Update" Touch Arcade 3:04 PM
  • "Darkness Reborn Review: It's a little mindless but Darkness Reborn is mostly just good fun." 148Apps 8:33 AM
  • "Master of Tea Kung Fu Review: Master of Tea Kung Fu is a creative and complex caffeinated brawler." 148Apps 12:20 PM
  • "Proun+ Review: Twitchy racing aplenty in Proun+, an enjoyably tricky title." 148Apps 9:40 AM
  • "Monster Strike Review: Collect monsters and battle by flinging them across the battlefield in this strangely compelling strategy game." 148Apps 10:34 AM
  • "Ask: How to Fix iTunes Lists on iPad" Mac|Life 3:03 PM
  • "How To Easily Delete All Screenshots On iPhone To Quickly Free Up Space" Redmond Pie 8:17 AM
  • "How to sync your baby with your iPhone: A new Bluetooth-enabled dummy constantly records your baby's temperature and alerts you if they start to get ill, and will even sound an alarm if they wander away from you" Telegraph 8:09 AM
  • "How to make the most of bringing the iPad to work" ZDNet 8:08 AM
  • "How to find the lowest prices on Apple's Macs and iPads this Black Friday" AppleInsider 8:01 AM
  • "11 top tips to get the most from iPhone 6 and iOS 8.1" BetaNews 8:01 AM
  • "The Apple Watch Has A Feature Called 'Complications'" Business Insider 12:57 PM
  • "This Is All The Proof You Need For Why Android Won't Take Over The World" Business Insider 10:34 AM
  • "Our crystal ball says the top-selling smartwatch this season will be ..." ["The second most popular? The Apple Watch."] VentureBeat 9:06 AM
  • "This iOS 9 concept video is full of great ideas Apple should seriously consider" phoneArena 7:45 AM
  • "The iPhone You Want To Keep Locked" Mac 360 7:10 AM
  • "Google's Pie-in-the-Sky Dream Products vs. Apple's Products That People Actually Use" PixoBebo 7:10 AM
  • "Guess What Technology Gadget Maker Is Not On Time's Top 10 Gadgets of 2014?" Mac 360 7:09 AM
  • "iCloud: Lame, Anemic, Or Waiting?" Mac 360 7:09 AM
  • "Wish List: Siri integration with Apple TV" Six Colors 11/27
  • "9 things Tim Cook has to be thankful for" Cult of Mac 11/27
  • "Oh boy! The Mickey Mouse Apple Watch is no heart-throb" The Register 11/27
  • "How Apple keeps AirDrop files private and secure" iMore 11/27
  • "Insecurity blanket: iOS has antivirus makers feeling left out" Macworld 11/27
  • "iOS 8.1: Why you should update, and how" V3 11/27
  • "China Mobile's 4G Explosive Growth Is Positive For Apple" Forbes 11/27
  • "9 things Tim Cook has to be thankful for" Cult of Mac 11/27
  • "Apple-IBM products in November? Not quite" PCWorld 11/26
  • "Why iPhone 6 Tablet/Laptop Cannibalization Is Overhyped – The 'Book Mystique" MacPrices 11/26
  • "How the iPhone 6 Plus is changing people's reading habits" Quartz 11/26
  • "Apple MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Should You Buy?" LAPTOP Magazine 11/26
  • "What Companies Give Up Staying Private" The Information [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12:20 PM
  • "What if Your Windshield Was Made of Gorilla Glass? The Beginning of the Glass Age" TG Daily 8:09 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "'AppelLocker' Lets You Unlock Applications With Your Face" Modmyi 12:57 PM
  • "Critically acclaimed console game 'Oddworld Stranger's Wrath' arrives remastered for iOS devices" 9to5Mac 9:40 AM
  • "RPG Reload File 016 - 'Ravensword: The Fallen King'" Touch Arcade 8:09 AM
  • "HandsFree 2 (iOS 8) Released With Official Support for iOS 8, CallBar Support" Modmyi 8:02 AM
  • "'AppHeads' is an Awesome New Multitasking Jailbreak Tweak for iOS 7 and 8" Modmyi 8:02 AM
  • "Red Bull Racers updates with new winter levels and vehicles" iMore 8:02 AM
  • "Version 2.0 of 1Writer features iOS 8 optimizations, iPhone 6 support and more" AppAdvice 7:46 AM
  • "Awesome iOS 8 widgets that make your Today screen worth tapping" Cult of Mac 7:45 AM
  • "Rugby Nations 15 out now on iOS and Android" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Divine Academy on the App Store in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Ball Wall - Soccer Ball released for iOS/Android - Addictive New Game" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Milk the cows, shear the sheep and feed the baby dragon in Bamba Farm" prMac 7:15 AM
  • "Tap That Pic! 1.0 for iOS - Beautiful New Preschoolers Flash Card Game" prMac 7:15 AM
Computer Industry
  • "New Details On The Next Version Of Windows Are Coming Soon" Business Insider 9:01 AM
  • "In Europe, Microsoft and Yahoo Have Started to Forget" WSJ Blogs 11:17 AM
  • "Windows 10 consumer features to be shown off in January" ITProPortal 8:26 AM
  • "Windows 10 build 9888 includes additional window animations, context menu improvements and more" WinBeta 8:25 AM
  • "Report: Microsoft will unveil Windows 10's new consumer features in January" PCWorld 7:33 AM
  • "IBM: Thanksgiving Online Sales Up 14%, One-Third Of Sales On Mobile Led By iOS" TechCrunch 8:53 AM
  • "HP Stream 11 review: a $200 Windows laptop meant to be a Chromebook killer" Engadget 11:15 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard Profit Declines as Breakup Plan Begins" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 11:05 AM
  • "HP's Earnings Match as Sales Fall Short Ahead of Split" Bloomberg 11:03 AM
  • "HP Stream 11 review: a $200 Windows laptop meant to be a Chromebook killer" Engadget 9:20 AM
  • "Lenovo cools the Thinkpad Helix with a tiny vapor chamber, no fans necessary" Geek 9:21 AM
  • "This is how the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix cools itself without a fan" Windows Central 9:19 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
Industry News
  • "Stocks Gain, Energy Sector Takes Hit as Oil Prices Plummet" TheStreet 12:50 PM
  • "Dow ekes out record close; oil plummets 8.2%" USA Today 12:53 PM
  • "S&P 500 Set for Six Straight Weeks of Gains as Airlines Fly" TheStreet 12:53 PM
  • "Wall Street Ends Flat, Energy Sector Sinks, Airlines Soar" Reuters 12:52 PM
  • "OPEC Move Roils Markets: Retailers' Gains Push Dow Industrials Up Less Than a Point to a New Record" [Paid Membership Required] 12:52 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Australian shares slump after OPEC decision/Stocks in Australia finished sharply lower Friday, after the world's biggest oil-producing nations rejected calls to cut output, sending crude prices into a tailspin and weakening Asian energy stocks" MarketWatch 7:04 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European oil stocks hit after OPEC holds production target/European stocks fell Friday, with oil stocks sinking in a sea of red following a decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries not to cut its 30-million-barrel-a-day production target for oil." MarketWatch 10:41 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:39 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 3:07 PM

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