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Thursday Highlights: Steve Jobs had a Reality Distortion Field (Wikipedia reference), but Apple has grown to such a size it generates it's own gravity, and Farhad Manjoo sees the company strengthening the "pull of its orbit with each device"; with Tim Cook's visit to China, the CEO not only addresses iCloud security, but announces company will open 25 new stores, as country "will become Apple's biggest revenue contributor"—more in our Apple/Macintosh section; Apple offering 6 free months of iCloud to those who were prematurely downgraded; Apple ends SSL 3.0 push notifications following POODLE vulnerability security flaw; Amsys explains setup of Handoff feature in order to make/receive calls between your Apple devices; Tuts+ shows way you can transfer Time Machine backups to another drive; Dock and General preferences in Yosemite covered by eXtensions; Digitimes Research reporting that Apple will "sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business"; fix on the way for double-charge errors on some Apple Pay cards; Christian Bale is going to portray Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's biopic on the iConic co-founder; Wired reviews the new 5K iMac, says it is "nearly flawless; buy it now"; Pixelmator for iPad reviewed at MacStories, 9to5Mac, AppleInsider; Chris Maxcer thinks "Apple is confusing tablet leadership with awesomeness" saying "Just because a kid chooses to buy the least burnt cookie at a school bake sale, that doesn't mean the least burnt cookie is insanely great."

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  • "Apple Strengthens Pull of Its Orbit With Each Device"  New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:21 AM
  • "Apple Plans More Stores in China/CEO Tim Cook: In Future, China Will Become Apple's Biggest Revenue Contributor" [Paid Membership Required] 8:01 AM
  • "Apple Will More Than Double China Stores in 2 Years" Bloomberg 8:05 AM
  • "Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years: Sina" Reuters 8:04 AM
  • "Mr. Cook and Mr. Zuckerberg go to China" Fortune 9:56 AM
  • "GT Advanced settles with Apple, to exit sapphire production"  Reuters 8:04 AM
  • "Apple, GT Advanced Technologies in Agreement on Sapphire Materials: GT Advanced to Wind Down Sapphire Materials Production" [Paid Membership Required] 10:27 AM
  • "GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Apple" TechCrunch 8:43 AM
  • "As expected, Apple's clean break from GT Advanced is now official" 9to5Mac 8:44 AM
  • "Apple Pay: revolution at the tills as the digital wallet pays up" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 8:53 AM
  • "One billion sold: In Q3 2014 Apple's revenues were 5.3% higher than the upper end of their guidance. This is the highest error in guidance since the new range-bound reporting regime started two years ago." asymco 8:41 AM
  • "Apple Offers Prematurely Downgraded iCloud Users 6 Months Free" TekRevue 7:54 AM
  • "Apple ending SSL 3.0 push notifications in wake of severe POODLE vulnerability" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Apple to Devs: 'We're Dropping SSL 3 Due to Poodle" FairerPlatform 7:54 AM
  • "Apple Dropping SSL 3.0 for Push Notifications in Wake of Poodle Security Flaw" The Mac Observer 8:45 AM
  • "Papers, Please creator's new game invokes Mac Plus era" PCWorld 8:35 AM
  • "Mac users report Bluetooth lag & connection issues after updating to OS X Yosemite" AppleInsider 11:04 AM
  • "Yosemite experiences include a workaround for a bug with sharing options and Markup; WiFi troubleshooting tips; user interface comments; issues with Mac App Store and Apple software updates; compatibility notes; Apple Mail issues, tips and alternatives, etc." MacInTouch 9:32 AM
  • "Yosemite questions include notes on compatibility; the Core Storage disk format; Time Machine local backups and more." MacInTouch 9:33 AM
  • "How to setup 'Handoff' to make calls & texts on your Apple devices" Amsys 7:57 AM
  • "Transferring Time Machine Backups to a New Drive" Tuts+ 8:09 AM
  • "Google Inbox impressions: Bundle of (mixed) joy/You'll love the snooze bar; you'll hate the desktop interface." Ars Technica 8:42 AM
  • "New feature helps Safari page troubleshooting in OS X Yosemite" MacIssues 10:28 AM
  • "Show missing hard disks in the Finder sidebar" MacIssues 10:26 AM
  • "System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: Dock" eXtensions 8:45 AM
  • "System Preferences in OS X 10.10, Yosemite: General" eXtensions 8:45 AM
  • "Teaching Final Cut Pro X at Hendrickson High School" 8:09 AM
  • "Record Text To Audio On A Mac" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "Unlock 1,000 Hidden Features On OS X" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "How Your Mac Can Make And Receive Phone Calls On Your iPhone" McSolo 7:54 AM
  • "The App We Need In Apple TV" Mac 360 7:54 AM
Press Releases
  • "Nektony offers a guide to prepare your Mac for OS X Yosemite" AppleDailyReport 9:29 AM
  • "Daedalic Entertainment to Publish Indie Adventure Game 'Dead Synchronicity'" Daedalic Entertainment 8:33 AM
  • "Chaos Group Releases New V-Ray 3.0 for Autodesk Maya" Architosh 8:06 AM
  • "AnyTrans 4 - An Ultimate iPhone File Manager Now Ready for OS X Yosemite" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Power APP releases App Store Icon Resizer for Mac OS X" prMac 7:58 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Digitimes Research: Apple turns to focus on price management to save tablet business/Digitimes Research believes Apple is planning to sacrifice its gross margins to save its tablet business, which has already fallen into decline. Apple's entry into price competition is also expected to impact sales of its competitors' high-end tablets." DigiTimes 8:08 AM
  • "Apple rumored to raise payments to accelerate iPhone 6 Plus production" DigiTimes 8:08 AM
  • "Apple Pay Double Charge Snafu: Fix Coming" Tom's Guide 9:22 AM
  • "List of banks that will support Apple Pay in coming weeks/months" 9to5Mac 11:34 AM
  • "Apple Promptly Calls Out 'Patent Troll' After Trial Win" Bloomberg 8:05 AM
  • "Apple Wins GPNE Patent Lawsuit, Calls Company a Patent Troll" The Mac Observer 9:43 AM
  • "Cashiers don't understand Apple Pay and it's totally adorable" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Christian Bale Didn't Have to Audition for Jobs Film Role"  Bloomberg 8:05 AM
  • "Aaron Sorkin: Christian Bale Will 'Crush' Steve Jobs Role" Bloomberg TV 8:04 AM
  • "Christian Bale Confirmed to Play Steve Jobs in Upcoming Film" DailyTech 8:40 AM
  • "Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in upcoming biopic penned by Aaron Sorkin" AppAdvice 8:35 AM
  • "Christian Bale Hired for Steve Jobs Role in Sorkin Biopic Without Auditioning" MacRumors 8:43 AM
  • "Christian Bale confirmed to play Steve Jobs in Sorkin biopic" CNET 8:51 AM
  • "Aaron Sorkin Confirms Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs" Time 8:57 AM
  • "Woz is moving to Australia to become a professor" Cult of Mac 11:34 AM
  • "Gemalto Sees Apple Products as Opportunity, Not Threat" Bloomberg 8:06 AM
  • "Video: Nike CEO hints that Apple and Nike are working 'stealth' new wearable gadgets" BGR 8:41 AM
  • "Shazam's Music-Finding Magic Adds Siri's Expertise: Rich Riley, chief executive officer of Shazam, discusses how advertising plays into the app's business model, their partnership with Apple's iTunes and Siri, what the company's plans are beyond music recognition and the one innovation he wishes he could claim." Bloomberg TV 11:31 AM
  • "Watch Steve Jobs Unveil the iPod 13 Years Ago" Time 9:23 AM
  • "Man turns iPad into tactile interface for whatever he wants" The Verge 8:56 AM
  • "Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for a record $905,000" PCWorld 10:53 AM
  • "Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY: Bonhams" Relaxnews 8:56 AM
  • "This Bench Is Built Using Two Power Mac G5s" Gizmodo 8:41 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "With Inbox, Google dares to be different: The bold new interface to Gmail likely will confuse and alienate a lot of people. But somebody needs to give us a better way to handle email overload." CNET 9:46 AM
  • "The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed" Wired 8:58 AM
  • "Foxconn in Talks for China Display Plant: Foxconn and Government of Zhengzhou Discussing Investment That Could Reach Up to $5.7 Billion" ["It remains unclear whether Apple Inc. —which relies on Foxconn to make the majority of its iPhones—or other investors are being approached to invest in the display plant. Currently, Apple uses screens made by suppliers in South Korea and Japan."] [Paid Membership Required] 8:02 AM
  • "Apple willing to sacrifice profit margins to meet incredible iPhone 6 demand" Cult of Mac 8:40 AM
  • "iPad Air 2 ships with 10W power adapter" iLounge 10:54 AM
  • "iPad Air 2 eschews screws for glue, giving it lowly two out of 10 repair score" V3 10:24 AM
  • "iFixit teardown of iPad Air 2 reveals 2GB of RAM, smaller battery" TUAW 10:28 AM
  • "Cydia Substrate updated to 0.9.5013 to support iOS 8" iDownload Blog 8:50 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple Invents an iPad GUI for Class Group Reading and Scoring" Patently Apple 8:35 AM
  • "Apple files patent for group reading technology on iOS, OS X devices" AppleDailyReport 9:29 AM
  • "Apple Reveals their Enhanced Next Generation 3D Memory Invention" Patently Apple 9:47 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Safety Note+ For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:38 AM
  • "Mechanic Panic For iPhone Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 9:38 AM
  • "Age of Duel For iPhone Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:38 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:52 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:52 AM

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  • "Apple iMac With Retina 5K Display/Rating: 9/10 Nearly flawless; buy it now"  Wired 9:24 AM
  • "Shootout: iMac Retina 5K Flash Storage versus other Macs" Bare Feats 8:33 AM
  • "The Boy Genius Report: iPad Air 2 is as monumental as original iPhone" BGR 11:32 AM
  • "First impressions of the iPad Air 2 from a current iPad Air owner" Gigaom 11:33 AM
  • "iPad Air 2 Teardown" iFixit 10:24 AM
  • "Review: Belkin WeMo LED Lighting plays nice with the WeMo system" Macworld 7:59 AM
  • "Review: Uniq Lolita Sugar and Spice Case for the iPhone 6" Run Around Tech 8:57 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "24 Hours with Pixelmator for iPad" MacStories 8:34 AM
  • "Review: Pixelmator for iPad out now, a desktop-class photo editor for a mobile device" 9to5Mac 8:01 AM
  • "First look: Pixelmator for iPad takes powerful image editing on-the-go" AppleInsider 8:02 AM
  • "Review: Google's Inbox App Will Make Checking Your Email Fun Again" Yahoo Tech 11:07 AM
  • "Nuzzel uses your social network to find news" Six Colors 11:36 AM
  • "'Fighting Fantasy: Caverns Of The Snow Witch' Review - It Keeps Going And Going And" Touch Arcade 10:54 AM
  • "'Swap Heroes' Review - Bite-Sized Challenge" Touch Arcade 9:23 AM
  • "Sentinels of the Multiverse Review: Greater Than Games' tabletop classic, Sentinels of the Multiverse swoops in to save the day on iPad. It's super!" 148Apps 10:27 AM
  • "Montessori Math City Review: Montessori Math City offers interactive narrated activities and creates an intuitive math experience." 148Apps 9:13 AM
  • "Jam Messenger Review: Want a very quick way to send push-based messages? Jam Messenger is basic but speedy." 148Apps 8:35 AM
  • "How to use Family Sharing for iTunes and App Store accounts in iOS 8" iMore 11:06 AM
  • "This hidden iOS 8 trick will add a great dimming effect to your iPhone's screen" BGR 10:28 AM
  • "How To Jailbreak iOS 8 – 8.1 On Mac With Pangu For Windows" Redmond Pie 10:25 AM
  • "How to jailbreak iOS 8.x with Pangu on Mac OS X using a virtual machine" iDownload Blog 8:50 AM
  • "How to change your default Apple Pay credit card, or remove cards remotely via iCloud" AppleInsider 8:03 AM
  • "Apple, Amazon, and the growing importance of tightly integrated experiences"  CITEworld 11:33 AM
  • "How Will Apple Implement Touch ID on Macs?" Kirkville 10:53 AM
  • "Tim Cook: 'It's Just A Matter Of Time' Before China Is Apple's 'Biggest Revenue Contributor'" Business Insider 9:47 AM
  • "5 Reasons People Aren't Buying Tablets Anymore" Time 10:25 AM
  • "Apple Is Confusing Tablet Leadership With Awesomeness"  TechNewsWorld 9:47 AM
  • "21.5-inch iMac vs. 27-inch iMac vs 5K iMac: Which all-in-one desktop Mac should you get?" iMore 9:19 AM
  • "Broken record: iPad naysaying from the usual suspects" Macworld 9:13 AM
  • "As Original iPod Turns 13, Apple Pushes It Aside" FairerPlatform 7:54 AM
  • "It's 2014. The World Has Gone Mobile. Why Are We Still Talking About The iMac?" Mac 360 7:54 AM
  • "If Elvis Presley Were Alive Today He'd Say 'A Billion Apple Fans Can't Be Wrong" PixoBebo 7:54 AM
  • "How Apple Lost And Found Its Mojo" Mac 360 7:53 AM
  • "Windows 10 Hands-On: What You Need To Know" HotHardware 9:49 AM
  • "Twitter weaves Fabric, but will developers be drawn in?" Macworld 8:00 AM
  • "Microsoft And The Death Of A Brand" Mac 360 7:53 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Tumblr for iOS gains 2-factor authentication, new video player and commenting features" iDownload Blog 10:53 AM
  • "PadGadget's Sound Stage: Vandelay, the Most iOS 8 Looking Multiband Delay Ever" PadGadget 10:27 AM
  • "Textilus New Word, Notes and PDF Processor for iPad" MacPrices 10:23 AM
  • "Connectivity Anytime, Anywhere, on any Device: Transatel Opens new Opportunities for Consumer Electronic Brands on the Burgeoning Embedded Connectivity Market" PRNewswire 9:57 AM
  • "MedData Launches iPhone App to Improve Billing Reconciliation for Surgical Practices" Business Wire 9:55 AM
  • "Don't Want to Wait for An Inbox Invite? These Email Apps Give You Its Best Features Right Now" Time 8:57 AM
  • "iPad Air 2 Guide - eBook released in time for launch of new device" prMac 11:04 AM
  • "iOS app aims to reduce healthcare cost and decrease rate of suicide" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Flight Unlimited Helicopter for iOS hits the App Store" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Speaking Times Tables HD for iPad - really simple and fun multiplication" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "Doctor Spin Reinvents Apps with Hilarious Content and Device-Spinning" prMac 7:58 AM
  • "PhatWare Releases WritePad Handwriting Recognition SDK for iOS 8" prMac 7:58 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft Windows 10 to Offer New, Robust Security Features" eWeek 6:37 AM
  • "New Windows 10 Preview With Notification Centre Released By Microsoft" Social Barrel 7:12 AM
  • "Microsoft's big freaking servers make cloud wars even more interesting" Gigaom 6:37 AM
  • "Nokia Gives Bullish Outlook as It Swings Back to Profit: Finnish Telecom-Equipment Maker Benefits From Sales to North America and China and Tax Gain" [Paid Membership Required] 6:54 AM
  • "Nokia's Q3 results surpass expectations after Networks and HERE successes" The Inquirer 6:46 AM
  • "HP adds two new Moonshot configs and increased app support/Summary: Four application solutions join two new hardware configurations from HP." ZDNet 7:29 AM
  • "HP updates Moonshot platform with Xeon and quad-node cartridge options to target new workloads" V3 7:48 AM
  • "HP gives Moonshot server its first Xeon chip: The ProLiant m710 is designed for application delivery and video transcoding" IDG News Service 7:11 AM
  • "HP's rumored 'Sprout PC' sure sounds similar to this oddball printer from 2011" PCWorld 7:48 AM
  • "HP chief hints at growth for its Boise operation: The company CEO tells a Boise audience that consolidation may happen elsewhere, but not in the Treasure Valley" Austin American-Statesman [Free Registration Required] 7:48 AM
  • "Mark Cuban slams IBM: It's 'no longer a tech company. They have no vision.'" VentureBeat 6:50 AM
  • "Intel Core i7 'Broadwell-E' HEDT Chips Arrive in 2016" ET Mag 7:49 AM
  • "LG CNS, Cisco in talks to codevelop smart city: Chief executives meet for collaboration plans" The Korea Herald 7:49 AM
  • "The 25 Best Global Companies to Work For" Fortune 7:33 AM
  • "Are Consumers Ditching Their Tablets For PCs?" Forbes 7:34 AM
  • "Logitech Profit More Than Doubles" [Paid Membership Required] 6:55 AM
  • "Panasonic tries tablet service for assisted living homes: Tablets that issue reminders could help elderly patients in nursing homes" IDG News Service 7:15 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Is Apple A Growth Stock, A Value Stock Or Neither?" Benzinga 9:46 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech stocks up with Microsoft, Amazon earnings on tap" MarketWatch 10:09 AM
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:51 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: Stocks Rise as Caterpillar and GM Top Profit Estimates" TheStreet 7:50 AM
  • "Asian stocks lower after oil fall drags down Wall Street, China factories fail to fire" Associated Press 7:51 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Surge on Earnings Reports: Caterpillar, GM Report Better-Than-Expected Results" [Paid Membership Required] 10:09 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian stocks pull back after China manufacturing data/Stocks in Japan and China slipped Thursday as investors assessed the latest read on Chinese manufacturing activity." MarketWatch 7:51 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Not-so-bad PMIs lift European stocks out of the red/After a lackluster start to the day, European stock markets pitched higher on Thursday after the latest health check on the eurozone showed the region is in better shape than expected." MarketWatch 7:51 AM

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