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With the Apple Watch being water-resistant, and a new Apple patent filed for waterproofing iDevices, will 2015 finally be the year iPhones get waterproofing? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Thursday Highlights: Apple hoping appeals court overturns denial for ban on certain Samsung products, but Foss Patents sees as unlikely; Apple and Obama administration at odds over stance on Chinese rules for foreign tech companies; if Apple does the car thing, Continental wants in, and BMW has been in talks with Apple, but not for developing a car; Jonny Evans has another round of OS X secrets for you to enjoy; iMore shows how to make text shortcuts in Yosemite; Tuts+ explains two methods "to mirror an iOS device to a Mac"; fixing iTunes part 8 for Kirk McElhearn would involve lyrics; Samsung scoops up another digital wallet company in its effort to compete against Apple Pay; and over in the EU, e-books have been judged to be a service, not goods, thus will be taxed at higher rate than paper books; BGR says we'll enjoy release of iOS 8.2 next week; WSJ reporting Apple has informed suppliers to hold production of large iPad until second half of year, and it's said the fabled tablet will sport USB expansion ports, new charging technology, and mouse input— more in our Hardware/Software section; Apple applies for waterproofing iDevices patent, and might we see removable batteries in iPhones?

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  • "U.S. appeals court unlikely to grant Apple an injunction against Samsung over three software patents"  Foss Patents 7:07 AM
  • "Apple urges court to force Samsung to remove phone features" Bloomberg News [Free Registration Required] 8:58 AM
  • "Apple's capitulation to China undermines Obama's tough talk on snooping"  Quartz 7:10 AM
  • "Apple already agreed to the tough Chinese rules that Obama is furious about" Business Insider 7:10 AM
  • "Continental wants to be partner on possible Apple car: CEO"  Reuters 6:59 AM
  • "BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing a car"  Reuters 7:00 AM
  • "Asian firms challenge Apple: Several big Asian phone companies have launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets." AAP 8:10 AM
  • "9 sweet Mac OS X secrets you'll want to use" Computerworld 7:02 AM
  • "How to create text shortcuts in OS X Yosemite" iMore 7:09 AM
  • "Import a 'To Do' list with MarkX into Final Cut Pro X" 7:07 AM
  • "Two Different Ways to Mirror an iOS Device to a Mac" Tuts+ 7:07 AM
  • "Clearing stubborn Print queues" Amsys 9:43 AM
  • "MacTVision HD is handy, but not yet a cable/satellite TV replacement" Apple Daily Report 8:03 AM
  • "Why Check For Malware On A Mac?" Mac 360 6:54 AM
  • "How To Use Your Mac To Re-date, Re-name And Re-organize Photos Based On EXIF Data" McSolo 6:54 AM
  • "Try A Mac Reminder App With Muscle" Mac 360 6:54 AM
  • "How I Would Fix iTunes, Part 8: Lyrics" Kirkville 7:14 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple overtakes Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker" The Guardian 7:11 AM
  • "Apple Watch Bags Prestigious Design Award, And It's Not Even Out Yet" Digital Trends 7:09 AM
  • "Samsung buys digital wallet star to take on Apple Pay" AFP 8:10 AM
  • "Apple hikes iPhone retail prices in India by as much as Rs 2,500 ($40)" BetaNews 7:10 AM
  • "New Apple Pay FAQ details fraud, fees & merchant policies ahead of Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 8:54 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "EU Court Rules E-Books Are Services, Not Goods: E-books can't share reduced rates of value-added tax applied to paper books" [Paid Membership Required] 8:29 AM
  • "Golden smartwatches, brain-like chips, and flagship phones: Mobile World Congress' hot new gear" [Slideshow] PCWorld 7:03 AM
  • "Your Mac Life Archives #1043 for March 4th, 2015!" Your Mac Life 8:52 AM
  • "iMore show 447: Apple Watch event preview" iMore 8:07 AM
  • "iOS 8.2 launches next week, official change log and release notes here" BGR 8:32 AM
  • "iOS 8.2 arriving Monday, here are full release notes" iDownload Blog 9:41 AM
  • "Watch this space: Apple is about to fill all the holes in the Apple Watch story" PCWorld 6:57 AM
  • "Apple Suppliers Told to Produce Larger iPad in Second Half: Apple's plan for a larger-screen device comes as its tablet sales continue to decline" [Paid Membership Required] 7:04 AM
  • "Apple's 13-inch iPad suffers production delays" ZDNet 7:00 AM
  • "Apple delays larger iPad production till September: reports" Reuters 7:00 AM
  • "Apple's 'iPad Pro' might include USB expansion ports, new fast charging tech" AppleInsider 7:04 AM
  • "WSJ: Apple considering adding USB 3.0 ports & mouse input support to larger iPad model" 9to5Mac 7:04 AM
  • "iPhone 6S Is Reportedly Going To Have 2GB RAM And Apple SIM Pre-Installed" Forbes 6:56 AM
  • "Apple postpones production of larger-display iPads" PCWorld 7:02 AM
  • "Apple to use Oxide displays for 12.9-inch iPad, sources say" DigiTimes 7:13 AM
  • "iPad Pro may boast superior display, USB 3.0 ports, and more" Cult of Mac 7:14 AM
  • "iPad Pro rumored to adopt oxide LCD display tech" iDownload Blog 9:05 AM
  • "Casetek sees weaker profits in 4Q14; rumored to supply chassis for iPhones" DigiTimes 7:13 AM
  • "Find your favorite Apple Watch with this website that lets you mix and match various combinations" Business Insider 8:59 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple researching device waterproofing via vapor deposition, silicone seals" AppleInsider 7:05 AM
  • "Patent filing shows Apple is working on making a waterproof iPhone" 9to5Mac 7:05 AM
  • "Apple Invents a Waterproofing Method for Future iDevices using Hydrophobic Conformal Coatings and Silicon Seals" Patently Apple 7:06 AM
  • "Apple Reveals One of the Systems behind Passbook and Apple Pay" Patently Apple 8:07 AM
  • "Apple looks into ways to beef up cameras in its Mac, iOS devices" Apple Daily Report 8:38 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Mac Pro Prices & Deals" MacPrices 7:10 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:10 AM

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  • "iPhone 6 Plus case review: Griffin Identity All-Clear" TechnologyTell 8:52 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Pocket vino: We review 5 apps for managing your wine cellar" Macworld 7:03 AM
  • "Hands On: Scan Me (iOS)" MacNN 8:07 AM
  • "Momentum is a delightful habit tracker for iPhone" iDownload Blog 7:09 AM
  • "Zynga's Dawn of Titans features thousands of soldiers fighting on an iPad screen (preview)" VentureBeat 8:32 AM
  • "Overkill 3 Review: Cover system gameplay in the third-person." 148Apps 8:11 AM
  • "AG Drive Review: Futuristic racing... interstellar style." 148Apps 9:05 AM
  • "How to manage cellular data usage on your iPhone and iPad with iOS 8" Macworld 8:10 AM
  • "Here's how to delete your prior destination history in Maps" iMore 8:10 AM
  • "These Are the 15 Most Useful iPhone and Android Voice Commands" Techlicious 7:07 AM
  • "How To Give Users The 'iPhone' Experience They Want" Forbes 9:34 AM
  • "Would Apple really stick a USB port on an iPad?" Gigaom 8:53 AM
  • "How Many Models? The Apple Watch Conundrum" Kirkville 8:11 AM
  • "Flop flap: Apple Watch comes pre-flopped" Macworld 7:03 AM
  • "Can Samsung Galaxy S6 Win Back iPhone 6 Users?" PixoBebo 6:54 AM
  • "What I Want In A New MacBook Air" Mac 360 6:54 AM
  • "How Apple Technology Causes Brain Rot" Mac 360 6:54 AM
  • "Twitter Should Hire Curt Schilling as Sheriff (Seriously)" PC Magazine 9:41 AM
  • "Do You Need A Good Excuse To Do A Digital Detox?" Forbes 6:56 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "The Most Addictive Site On The Internet Is Coming To Your iPhone: Imgur has a new iPhone app" Time 9:41 AM
  • "Gauging Apple Watch's huge opportunity in the luxury-wristwatch market" Business Insider 9:15 AM
  • "Apple, HBO Look to Bring HBO Now Streaming Service to Apple TV" The Mac Observer 9:11 AM
  • "Latest Subway Surfers update takes you on a tour of India" iMore 8:53 AM
  • "Here come the Apple Watch fart apps" Cult of Mac 8:32 AM
  • "GDC 2015 - Nightmare Guardians is an Interesting Hybrid of MOBA and Lane Defense" 148Apps 8:32 AM
  • "Sonnet Introduces USB 3.0 + eSATA Thunderbolt Adapter and USB 3.0 + Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter" MacPrices 8:22 AM
  • "iBusiness Technologies Announces iReplenish to Help Restore Forests Through iPad Adoption" Business Wire 8:21 AM
  • "EnerPlex Surfr™ Battery & Solar Case for the iPhone 6 Now Available for Sale" Business Wire 8:21 AM
  • "Latest Version of InfoGenesis™ POS and InfoGenesis™ Flex Includes Support of Apple Pay™, Mobility Improvements and More" Business Wire 8:21 AM
  • "The Spell Has Been Cast—Magic Cat Story Launches onto iOS and Android Devices" Business Wire 8:21 AM
  • "Google said to add iPhone support to Android Wear" TechnologyTell 7:14 AM
  • "iSelfie Two - Remote Control another iOS device to take Picture or Video" prMac 8:32 AM
  • "Sweet Treat 1.0 released for iOS - New Food Navigation App" prMac 7:02 AM
  • "Duplicates Expert - Next Generation Duplicate Finder - Shows Everything" prMac 7:02 AM
  • "TimeSlot - Book time with your stylist on your iPhone for free" prMac 7:02 AM
  • "OCEAN - App that introduces the Ocean and its Species like never before" prMac 7:02 AM
  • "Rondo Rocket Games unleashes The Hopping Dead on iOS" prMac 7:02 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft launches SA innovation centre to help startups" ZDNet 6:53 AM
  • "Watch Microsoft's GDC Keynote here" Neowin 6:58 AM
  • "Microsoft Continues To Focus On Lower ASP Smartphones" Seeking Alpha 7:10 AM
  • "Microsoft is coming after Google in wearables" CNBC 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft co-founder says he's discovered long-lost Japanese battleship" CNN 7:23 AM
  • "Race for Free Windows 10 will Create MSP Windfall" PCR-Online 7:24 AM
  • "The Hadoop wars, HP cloud(s) and IBM's big win" Gigaom 6:53 AM
  • "Is Hewlett-Packard's Planned Acquisition of Aruba Networks a Wise Move?" Street Wise Journal 7:16 AM
  • "The Intel Atom X3 Can Hurt Qualcomm And MediaTek" Seeking Alpha 7:10 AM
  • "Intel's flagship Iris Pro integrated graphics headed to desktops for improved gaming" PCWorld 7:18 AM
  • "Intel March 2015 Drivers Bundle Is Available for Several NUC Devices" Softpedia 7:19 AM
  • "Intel Outlines 2015 Gaming News at GDC" CDR Info 7:20 AM
  • "Huawei, Intel expand tie-up amid China's rising scrutiny of U.S. tech firms" Reuters 7:31 AM
  • "Intel: Broadwell to launch in time for Windows 10 this summer; Skylake to follow in the second half" Computing 7:20 AM
  • "Intel Calls for 3D IC" EE Times 7:21 AM
  • "IBM's secret growth plan is ... Karaoke? ♫ I guess that's why they call it Big Blue ♫" The Register 7:22 AM
  • "Has IBM found its place in the digital world?" ComputerWeekly 7:22 AM
  • "Cisco Chasing Margins of Past Means Software Takeovers" Bloomberg 7:31 AM
  • "Cisco's plan to solve tech's diversity problem: Start from the top" Fortune 7:19 AM
  • "Linux professionals in high demand thanks to Heartbleed flaw and OpenStack growth" The Inquirer 6:53 AM
  • "Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host: Security is at the forefront of the container-based system" The Inquirer 6:53 AM
  • "Google Researchers Make Quantum Computing Components More Reliable: Researchers from a university and Google demonstrate a crucial error-correction step needed to make quantum computing practical." Technology Review 7:17 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 5 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 7:46 AM
  • "Mark Cuban: 'Uber, Twitter, Facebook' part of a new tech bubble" CNNMoney 7:46 AM
  • "Stock Futures Set Up for Small Rebound After Two-Day Selloff" TheStreet 7:46 AM
  • "U.S. Stocks Inch Higher: European stocks rise as traders watch ECB meeting" [Paid Membership Required] 9:07 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Chinese stocks decline amid fears of an economic slowdown/Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks both posted solid losses on Thursday, amid investor anxiety over an 'intensifying' economic slowdown in China as the nation's premier lowered the nation's growth target to about 7% for this year." MarketWatch 7:47 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks drive higher, euro falls, as investors wait for QE details/European stocks popped higher Thursday, with investors gearing up to hear more on monetary policy and the state of the eurozone economy from the European Central Bank." MarketWatch 7:47 AM

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