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Thursday Highlights: Strategy Analytics reporting of Apple's rise above Samsung to become world's largest smartphone vendor in 2014 thanks to iPhone 6, 6 Plus popularity; Samsung apparently refuses to divulge "concrete figures" — more in our Apple/Macintosh and Op/Ed sections; other stats from CIRP indicate Android owners have become a "steady share of US iPhone buyers"; Tim Cook confirms, via Apple numbers, that the majority of new iPhone sales came from Android switchers; Fast Company Design doesn't think Apple deserves all the criticism for lower iPad sales, says it "is actually a huge achievement"; by 2020, smartwatch market expected to be worth around $16.5 billion, how much will Apple be responsible for?; apparently iTunes Connect issues have been logging some developers into wrong accounts; Apple is now part of the "one billion sold" club, along with McDonalds, Elvis; video analyzes whether Apple, other tech stores can "save your local shopping mall"; James Kendrick at ZDNet believes Apple's sales numbers prove their "gadgets are not overpriced"; Apple applies for smartpen patent, among others down in our Hardware/Software section; Gene Steinberg upgrades 17" MacBook Pro into a speedster of a laptop; Wired takes a look at iPhone 6's slow-mo video; Apple and oil, similarities?

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  • "Apple Becomes World's Largest Smartphone Vendor in Q4 2014" ["Apple shipped 74.5 million smartphones worldwide and captured a record 20 percent marketshare in Q4 2014, increasing from 18 percent a year earlier. Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are proving wildly popular in China, United States and Europe."]  Strategy Analytics 8:06 AM
  • "Apple's IPhones Surge Into First-Place Tie With Samsung" Bloomberg 8:06 AM
  • "Thanks to iPhone 6 sales, Apple ties with Samsung for top smartphone rank" IDG News Service 8:07 AM
  • "iPhone 6 success sees Apple tie for top smartphone vendor slot with Samsung" V3 8:26 AM
  • "Apple hits Samsung at home, where it hurts" PCWorld 8:06 AM
  • "Analysts say Apple has beaten Samsung to become world's largest smartphone vendor: Samsung is refusing to release concrete figures, but some industry experts are giving the win to Apple" The Verge 8:09 AM
  • "Apple Shipped As Many Smartphones As Samsung In Q4 2014, According To Analysts" TechCrunch 8:10 AM
  • "Tim Cook: The 'Majority' Of New iPhones Were Purchased By Former Android Users" Business Insider 9:02 AM
  • "Tim Cook says over 85% of new iPhone sales are switchers, with the majority of those being Android" 9to5Mac 9:43 AM
  • "Why Apple Selling Fewer iPads Is Actually A Huge Achievement: Why Do We Critique Apple For Building A Product With Longevity?"  Fast Company Design 8:09 AM
  • "Apple Watch could be playing for a market worth $16.5bn by 2020"  ZDNet 8:31 AM
  • "iTunes Connect Issue Logging Developers Into Other Accounts [Now Offline] TechCrunch 11:01 AM
  • "Widespread iTunes Connect issue presenting wrong user name and apps for developers (Update: iTunes Connect offline)" 9to5Mac 11:07 AM
  • "iTunes Connect Issue Causing Developers to Be Logged Into Wrong Accounts [Updated] MacRumors 11:07 AM
  • "Yosemite discussion includes reports of Apple Remote Desktop improvements with the OS X 10.10.2 update, some other update experiences and issues, plus Safari problems accessing Apple's own web pages." MacInTouch 11:11 AM
  • "Cassandra: OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update -Two Steps Forward, Half a Step Back" eXtensions 8:13 AM
  • "How to play Windows games on your Mac without Windows" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "Pointers: 10 Fast Tips for Safari (OS X)" MacNN 8:27 AM
  • "Keep Track Of Packages On A Mac" Mac 360 8:11 AM
  • "How To Eject All Disks On Your Mac" Mac 360 8:11 AM
  • "The Fastest Mac Browser I've Ever Used" McSolo 8:11 AM
  • "The Price Of Cleaning Caches And Opening Up Hidden Features On A Mac" Mac 360 8:11 AM
  • "Viewpoint: Have AEC Professionals Really Embraced Technology?" Architosh 11:30 AM
Press Releases
  • "Softobe is proud to announce FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1 for OS X." softoBe 2:02 PM
  • "Cocktail 8.1.2 (Yosemite Edition) has been released." Maintain 10:59 AM
  • "DEVONthink and DEVONnote 2.8.3: Smarter, faster, and more reliable" DEVONtechnologies 8:13 AM
  • "InfoLogic releases MathMagic Lite 9.0 for Mac - Free Equation Editor" prMac 8:07 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "More Android-to-iPhone switchers coming from international markets - report" AppleInsider 8:28 AM
  • "Apple joins Elvis and McDonald's in the 'billion sold' club" MarketWatch 8:42 AM
  • "No Amount Too Big to Recover in EU Tax Probes, Official Says: The European Union won't limit how much it seeks to claw back from companies including Apple Inc. and Inc. that are ensnared in tax probes if controversial deals with national governments are overturned." Bloomberg 8:53 AM
  • "Can the Apple Store Save Your Local Shopping Mall?" [Video Report]  Boston Globe [Free Registration Required] 8:02 AM
  • "Apple's iOS Retakes Q4 Mobile Share at Android's Expense, Says Strategy Analytics" Barron's 9:39 AM
  • "Apple's a hot ticket for China's 'luxury consumers'" CNET 11:06 AM
  • "Apple takes top gifting spot in China: report" Reuters 8:05 AM
  • "Apple, well done on your billions. Now end this white cable hell, please"  BBC 8:05 AM
  • "Child watch: The apps that let parents 'spy' on their kids" BBC 8:05 AM
  • "Steve Jobs Movie Has Officially Started Shooting" TG Daily 8:25 AM
  • "Apple's Back to School sale returns to Australia and New Zealand w/ gift card promo" 9to5Mac 8:57 AM
  • "Charles Edge of JAMF Software Discusses Mobile Device Management with Bushel" MacVoices 1:51 PM
  • "TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-29: FCC's Personal Hotspot Protection, China's Tech Back Door Demands" The Mac Observer 1:20 PM
  • "Your Mac Life Archives #1040 for January 28th, 2015!" Your Mac Life 8:12 AM
  • "Latest financial numbers show Apple's gadgets are not overpriced"  ZDNet 8:31 AM
  • "R&D at Apple increases by 42 percent, hits $1.9B" MacNN 8:25 AM
  • "Continued iPad sales slump no cause for panic" TechnologyTell 8:21 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple Invents a Superheterodyne Pen Stimulus Receiver to Overcome the Classic Stylus Latency Problem" Patently Apple 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's stylus receiver concept would improve the precision of digital pen-based input" AppleInsider 11:07 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Solution to Counter Clock Overdriving by Hackers" Patently Apple 8:23 AM
  • "Apple files patent regarding sender-specific email messages" Apple Daily Report 8:22 AM
  • "Apple works on new methods of making stronger iOS device screens" Apple Daily Report 8:22 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Today's Top iPhone /iPad /Mac App Freebies And Price Drops" Apple Sliced 10:59 AM
  • "Blowup!! For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 10:59 AM
  • "Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 10:59 AM

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  • "Mac Pro Vault stuffs 48 top-of-the-line Macs into one cabinet" Macworld 8:58 AM
  • "Rock a dual-screen setup on your MacBook with Mountie" iMore 11:30 AM
  • "Review: Perfect Fit Minimalist Hard Shell Case for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 8:35 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "A Closer Look at Slow Motion Video on the iPhone 6" Wired 8:07 AM
  • "CloudConvert easily converts hundreds of file types on your iPhone and iPad" Macworld 8:55 AM
  • "The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft" The Verge 9:07 AM
  • "Microsoft one-ups the competition with OneDrive's impressive new features on iOS and Mac" AppAdvice 8:28 AM
  • "PDF Reader 6 Premium iOS App Review" Tapscape 8:27 AM
  • "'Hook' review: a puzzle game you'll get hooked on" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "Hands On: Comic Zeal (iOS)" MacNN 8:25 AM
  • "'Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered' Review - My Kind of Nightmare" Touch Arcade 8:21 AM
  • "Destructamundo Review: Destructamundo blows up real good." 148Apps 9:09 AM
  • "Mean Girls: The Game Review/A Mean Girls tower defense game makes way more sense than you'd think." 148Apps 8:21 AM
  • "Blood Brothers 2 Review: Blood Brothers 2 is built on a simple, solid foundation, but its free-to-play system doesn't play fair." 148Apps 11:30 AM
  • "How to quickly get directions to any address on your iPhone" iMore 2:03 PM
  • "How To Find Owner Of A Lost iPhone Using Siri" Redmond Pie 8:38 AM
  • "iOS Help: How to fix repeat iCloud sign-in requests on iPhone and iPad" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "Blood Brothers 2 - Tips, Cheats, and Strategies for a Happy War" 148Apps 11:30 AM
  • "If Your iPhone Is Tight On Storage Space, Try The New iOS Update" The Huffington Post 8:54 AM
  • "Apple's iPhone 6 Success Is Mostly Android's Loss, Giving iPhone Plenty Of Room To Grow" TechCrunch 11:06 AM
  • "Why Apple Watch may mean lower cost iPhones" Computerworld 9:35 AM
  • "Apple, The Oil Company? There will be iPhones, but for how long?"  Medium 8:38 AM
  • "The iPad: Insert meaning here" Six Colors 8:34 AM
  • "iOS 9 wish-list: Guest Mode" iMore 8:33 AM
  • "China's Strict New Security Laws Are Bad News For Apple" Business Insider 8:33 AM
  • "China's ludicrous new cybersecurity rules aimed at Western companies could hurt Apple" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "Yes, the iPhone 6 really hurt Samsung" BGR 8:31 AM
  • "Apple just 'tied' Samsung without even trying" MacDailyNews 8:22 AM
  • "Remember When Apple Was Going to Change the World?" Kirkville 8:21 AM
  • "Apple And The Encore: 'Time To Put Up Or Shutup" PixoBebo 8:11 AM
  • "How Apple Survives & Prospers In A World Of $100 Windows & Android Toys" Mac 360 8:11 AM
  • "The doom train: Nothing can stop Apple doom" Macworld 8:51 AM
  • "What Record Financials? There's Still More 'Gloom And Doom' For Apple" Mac 360 8:11 AM
  • "Does Waze put officers' lives at risk?" CBS News 11:30 AM
  • "Is BlackBerry Ltd CEO John Chen Grasping at Straws With 'App Neutrality'?" The Motley Fool 8:54 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "SoundCloud Releases Redesigned iPad App" iClarified 11:53 AM
  • "AirWeb turns your Apple TV into a web browser" iDownload Blog 11:52 AM
  • "Rovio Soft Launches Two Angry Birds Puzzle Games: 'Angry Birds Stella POP!' and 'Angry Birds Fight!'" Touch Arcade 11:30 AM
  • "RunKeeper and Spotify team up to let you play your music without switching apps" VentureBeat 9:09 AM
  • "Spotify dances its way into RunKeeper for iOS" Gigaom 9:09 AM
  • "Top 5 iPhone 6 Camera Accessories" Forbes 8:42 AM
  • "Cut the Cord: OtterBox Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 Available Now" PRNewswire 8:41 AM
  • "'Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition' for iPad Hits the App Store" Touch Arcade 8:30 AM
  • "eBay is planning an Apple Watch app" Cult of Mac 8:29 AM
  • "Creaceed releases Hydra 1.0 for iOS, an innovative photo capture app for iPhone and iPad. Hydra offers unique photo capture technology with support for HDR, sensor noise removal, and hi-res (32MP) shooting that lets users take beautiful pictures even in the most difficult lighting conditions. Hydra is the perfect companion for iOS built-in camera app." Creaceed 8:16 AM
  • "DFX is a powerful real-time Quad Multi-Effects Processor for iPad. With an intuitive and beautiful user interface for easy playability and instant fun." Fingerlab 8:11 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Outlook app will change the way you do email" Cult of Android 8:29 AM
  • "Microsoft releases native Outlook app for iOS" iDownload Blog 8:25 AM
  • "Microsoft Launches Outlook for iOS with iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo Mail Support" MacRumors 8:09 AM
  • "Microsoft continues cross-platform tear, releases Outlook for iOS, Android" Computerworld 8:07 AM
  • "Recover Calls History from iPhone - Save Call history to Mac or iPhone" prMac 9:42 AM
  • "Exposure 1.5 gets released on the App Store" prMac 8:21 AM
  • "Snake Hunt released for iOS/Android - Hide and Seek Arcade Action" prMac 8:07 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft 'no longer manufactures' the Surface 2, effectively giving up on Windows RT" Gadgetell 11:25 AM
  • "Microsoft adds 500k Windows Insiders in 8 days" Neowin 12:58 PM
  • "Microsoft rolls out new Outlook apps for iOS and Android: Summary:Microsoft is using the code base from its Acompli acquisition to deliver new Outlook apps for iOS and Android." ZDNet 6:46 AM
  • "Microsoft's new Outlook apps for iOS and Android promise higher productivity" Engadget 6:50 AM
  • "Outlook arrives for iOS and Android" Neowin 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft rolls out new Outlook apps for iOS and Android: Summary:Microsoft is using the code base from its Acompli acquisition to deliver new Outlook" ZDNet 7:03 AM
  • "After acquiring mobile email startup Acompli, Microsoft launches Outlook for Android and iOS" VentureBeat 7:07 AM
  • "Microsoft Brings Outlook to iPhone and Android" Re/code 7:02 AM
  • "Office for Android tablets is here—just mind the system requirements: The final release has stipulations for x86 SoCs and screens larger than 10.1'." Ars Technica 6:46 AM
  • "Microsoft releases Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for Android tablets out of preview" VentureBeat 7:12 AM
  • "Microsoft's Office For Android Tablets Comes Out Of Preview" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
  • "After 250,000 downloads, Office for Android graduates" Neowin 7:01 AM
  • "Microsoft's Office for Android tablet apps arrive today" Engadget 6:50 AM
  • "Several Windows 10 builds 'leaked' via Windows Update, till Microsoft fixed the hole" Neowin 7:02 AM
  • "Intel says corporations buying more high-end PCs" Reuters 7:46 AM
  • "Intel takes wireless docking, display tools to vPro: Summary:The enterprise version of Intel's Core processors will include wireless docking and display technologies along with improved manageability features." ZDNet 7:33 AM
  • "Intel says it's time for work without wires: The leading maker of PC chips says its new Core vPro processor is now available and offers speedier performance, longer battery life and the need for fewer cords." CNET 7:32 AM
  • "Intel wants to banish cables, connectors with new Broadwell chips: Intel's new Core chips with vPro will support technologies for wireless storage and displays" Computerworld New Zealand 7:22 AM
  • "Dell unveils Ubuntu-powered Precision M3800 Developer Edition 'beast': Boasts 4th-gen Intel Core i7 chip and 4K screen" The Inquirer 10:00 AM
  • "U.S. prepared to drop insider trading charges in IBM deal: filing" Reuters 10:00 AM
  • "IBM wants to protect our food by sequencing its supply chains" Gigaom 12:58 PM
  • "IBM, Mars see gene sequencing as key to protecting the global food supply" VentureBeat 7:26 AM
  • "IBM Research and Mars tackle food safety with advanced genetics" Engadget 7:22 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard declares $0.16 dividend" Seeking Alpha 7:04 AM
  • "Alienware shows off external PCIe connectors/CES 2015: Alienware Graphics Amplifier is a bit narrow in for and lanes" Semi Accurate 7:27 AM
  • "Enterprises turning to managed services for IT security support: Summary:Enterprises are shifting towards managed services because they are unable to fill the skills they need within their IT security team." ZDNet 7:02 AM
  • "China to require backdoors, audits for foreign enterprise sales" Electronista 6:49 AM
  • "LG's growing smartphone sales offset loss taken from plasma TVs: LG shipped 59.1 million smartphones around the world in 2014, amounting to a quarter of its entire business" The Verge 7:06 AM
  • "LG's phone sales are way up, but killing plasma TVs had a cost" Engadget 6:50 AM
  • "LG's Annual Profit Doubles To $475M After Shipping 59.1M Smartphones In 2014" TechCrunch 7:07 AM
  • "LG Electronics Reports Unexpected Loss for October-December: Weak Performance Attributed to TV Business, Which Ended Operations in November" [Paid Membership Required] 7:16 AM
  • "Qualcomm says it lost 'large customer', hints at Samsung" Neowin 7:33 AM
  • "AllSeen IoT group acts to head off patent wars: Its new policy says companies that contribute code pledge not to sue over their patents" Computerworld New Zealand 8:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple's Mammoth Quarterly Results: Architosh Insights" Architosh 10:59 AM
  • "Apple Stock Climbing Today on Analyst Action" TheStreet 9:40 AM
  • "Why Apple stock is still cheap: Analyst" CNBC 8:23 AM
  • "Apple's Mind-Boggling Quarter" [Video Report] Boston Globe [Free Registration Required] 8:01 AM
  • "Apple's Positive Analysts Take On The Bears" Forbes 8:03 AM
  • "Icahn Claims Apple Stock is Still Highly Undervalued, Plans to Up His $203 Price Target" Modmyi 8:21 AM
  • "Mega-investor Carl Icahn says buying AAPL is a 'no-brainer'" Cult of Mac 9:09 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 5 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:50 AM
  • "Stock Futures Bounce Higher as Focus Returns to Earnings" TheStreet 7:49 AM
  • "Asia stocks sunk by oil plunge, Fed's reminder it's on course to hike interest rates this year" Associated Press 7:50 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Trade Higher: Earnings Reports Support Consumer Shares" [Paid Membership Required] 12:59 PM
  • "EMC Earnings Rise on Strong Demand for Data Storage: Company Leaves Recent Questions About Its Structure Unanswered" [Paid Membership Required] 10:21 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Japanese stocks retreat on earnings, Fed rate-hike concerns/ Japanese stocks fell Thursday, as investors worried about disappointing corporate earnings and as they absorbed signs the U.S. Federal Reserve is sticking to its timing on an increase in interest rates." MarketWatch 7:50 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks hurt as oil shares are pulled lower/European stocks fell Thursday, with oil producers the standout decliners as crude prices near six-year lows, while investors assess earnings from companies across the region." MarketWatch 7:51 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:57 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:57 PM

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