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Thursday Highlights: We at MacSurfer wish our US readers a very happy Thanksgiving Day!; Pierre Igot makes a triumphant return to form with three posts on Betalogue, finding fault with Mail, OS X Yosemite responsiveness, and Numbers 3.5; MIT's Technology Review has an interesting report today of how Steve Jobs continues to win patents from beyond the grave; data from Pocket shows iPhone 6 is eating into iPad usage as more are reading on the new iPhones as opposed to opting for their iPads; Foxconn said to be pouring $2.6 billion into new factory for Apple's sapphire displays; prices for Apple products on rise in Russia?; Pierre Igot has just upgraded to OS X 10.10.1, is tracking what he considers "unacceptable levels of responsiveness"; Associated Press compares current crop of tablets on the market; some employees of Bell in Canada have been found guilty of planting "glowing online reviews of new Bell app"; have a look at Apple's latest TV ads down in our General Interest section; a number of popular sites apparently hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army;.

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  • "Identity Wars: Why Apple Pay Is About More Than Payments"  TechCrunch 2:28 PM
  • "Apple's $100 Billion Waste: Tim Cook's Single Biggest Mistake As CEO"  Forbes 2:28 PM
  • "Steve Jobs Lives on at the Patent Office: Years after his death, the former Apple CEO still wins patents."  Technology Review 8:40 AM
  • "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) 10:11 AM
  • "Apple may put a sapphire display on the iPhone 6S: Rumoured $2.6bn display factory in development" TechRadar UK 8:22 AM
  • "Samsung to Pay Apple Royalties, Sort Of" MobileBurn 8:13 AM
  • "Apple's Higher iPhone Tariff May Spur More Russian Price Rises" Bloomberg 8:43 AM
  • "Report: Yahoo, Bing Vie to Replace Google on Safari" PC Magazine 11/26
  • "Microsoft and Yahoo reportedly trying to convince Apple to dump Google as the default search engine in Safari" TUAW 11/26
  • "Mac OS X Yosemite features, system requirements, bugs: Yosemite WiFi still not fixed, Apple issues new 10.10.2 beta" Macworld UK 11/26
  • "Google Chrome drops support for early Intel Macs" ZDNet 11/26
  • "Apple is getting ready to ditch Google as search engine for iOS and OS X" Cult of Mac 11/26
  • "Mail 8 (Yosemite): Now includes attribution at same quote level as quotation itself" Betalogue 2:30 PM
  • "OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): Unacceptable levels of responsiveness" Betalogue 8:56 AM
  • "Numbers 3.5: Keeps displaying time in date cells with no time" Betalogue 4:21 PM
  • "Yosemite discussion has tips on virtualizing Snow Leopard so that you can continue to use older software; plus notes on deleting Safari history without losing cookies etc.; Safari problems with Apple's own website; Apple Mail auto-detect bugs; a Safari bug opening multiple webloc files; a tip about changing the system font; and more." MacInTouch 11/26
  • "Review: Dropshelf 1.2" Mac|Life 2:28 PM
  • "Hands On: Sproggiwood (Windows, OS X, Linux via Steam)" Electronista 8:18 AM
  • "Review: IDrive cloud backup and sync service" MacNN 11/26
  • "How to Start & Stop MySQL Manually in OS X Yosemite" OS X Daily 11/26
Press Releases
  • "Bricsys brings globally growing BricsCAD to Mac in new Native OS X version" Architosh 10:22 AM
  • "Illuminando is a OpenGL native Cocoa OSX CAD specialized to perform lighting calculations using 3D interactive tools that allow to obtain a simple and effective input." Brotens 9:11 AM
  • "LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham coming to Mac on November 28th" Mac Gamer HQ 11/26
  • "Sid Meier's Civilization®: Beyond Earth™ is now available on the Mac!" Aspyr 11/26
  • "Skype 7.2 for Mac released w/ improved readability & fixes for crashing issues" 9to5Mac 11/26
  • "It's great news for fans of tactical-RPGs, as Daedalic Entertainment announced today that Blackguards 2 will be available digitally for PC and Mac on January 20, 2015." Calico Media 11/26
  • "Farming Simulator 15 now available on the Mac" TechnologyTell 11/26
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "When iPads fall, Windows tablets rise" BetaNews 2:29 PM
  • "Bell Employees Planted Glowing Online Reviews Of New Bell App" CBC 8:14 AM
  • "Square is Figuring Out How to Make Apple Pay Available With Its Service" PadGadget 4:22 PM
  • "Apple's Latest iPhone 6 Ad Showcases Voice Text in iOS 8" TechnoBuffalo 8:13 AM
  • "Looks like no Black Friday deals in European Apple Stores – just (RED) donations on Cyber Monday" 9to5Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Watch Apple's Black Friday iPhone Ads" Time 8:56 AM
  • "Video: Apple is not done releasing funny iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ads" BGR 8:26 AM
  • "Apple debuts additional iPhone 6 ad, highlights Voice Text" MacNN 8:42 AM
  • "This is Apple's first advert for Beats" Shiny Shiny 8:19 AM
  • "Natalie Portman Rumored to Take On a Role in Aaron Sorkin's Jobs Biopic" Modmyi 8:47 AM
  • "Natalie Portman Rumored to Have Role In Sorkin's Steve Jobs Biopic" PadGadget 2:28 PM
  • "Blackberry offers iPhone users up to $550 to trade in for a Passport" Time 8:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "This holiday season, Taylor Swift is stressing drone safety" The Daily Dot 5:32 PM
  • "The Independent and other sites 'hacked' by the Syrian Electronic Army" CNBC 8:40 AM
  • "Vector 68: Things that are (RED)" iMore 2:29 PM
  • "iMore show 432: Holiday gift guide" iMore 8:42 AM
  • "Your Mac Life Archives #1034 for November 26th, 2014!" Your Mac Life 7:56 AM
  • "Back of iDevices set to lose ugly FCC markings as E-Label Act signed by President Obama" 9to5Mac 7:56 AM
  • "Apple is looking to hire virtual reality engineers" The Inquirer 8:19 AM
  • "iPhone 5C could be killed next year, and Apple's cheap and cheerful line might die with it" The Independent 8:21 AM
  • "Farewell Apple iPhone 5c, it was nice knowing you/Not for the colourful anymore: the iThing maker will halt production of its budget smartphone next year" Stuff Magazine 8:21 AM
  • "Apple preparing to ditch worst ever iPhone" PC Pro [Free Registration Required] 8:21 AM
  • "Upcoming port brings CarPlay to iPhone/iPad without an external display" 9to5Mac 4:21 PM
  • "RedSn0w iOS 8.1.1 Jailbreak iPhone 6/5S/5C and Permanent Unlock Trustworthy Company Full&Easy" SproutNews 7:55 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "A European Patent Filing from Apple Describes Voice Controls Destined for a Television and the Apple TV Set Top Box" Patently Apple 2:45 PM
  • "Apple Invents Multitouch Solution for OS X on Macs & iPad" Patently Apple 8:48 AM
  • "Apple tweaks their Inventions Relating to a 3D Personal Headset and Possible Future iOS Metaphors" Patently Apple 9:34 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon For iPhone/iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:22 AM
  • "Toy Defense 4: Sci-Fi For iPhone/iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:22 AM
  • "TurboScan: Quickly Scan Multipage Documents Into High-Quality PDFs For iPhone Is Free Today (Was $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:22 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:11 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:11 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 9:11 AM
  • "Black Friday & Cyber Monday Apple Deals" Mac|Life 4:20 PM
  • "Thanksgiving Dealmaster: save $100 on an iPad Air 2, while supplies last" Ars Technica 8:10 AM
  • "Best Buy slashes $100 off iPad Air 2 (from $399), $200 off MacBook Pro with CD/DVD ($899), $150 off iMacs (from $899)" AppleInsider 7:53 AM
  • "Early Black Friday sale delivers first Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display under $1000" AppleInsider 8:58 AM
  • "Walmart's Black Friday Deals on Apple Products" iClarified 8:57 AM

Deal Brothers Daily Deal: BuyBack+ offering 20% more for gadget trade-ins

  • "Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus Review: Fabulous Phablets Fight" Forbes 7:54 AM
  • "Olloclip for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review" iMore 9:34 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Case review: Spigen Neo Hybrid Metal case" TechnologyTell 9:59 AM
  • "Review: mPact Glass screen protection for iPhone 6" TechnologyTell 11/26
  • "Steampunk USB Flash Drives with Motorized Gears - Really!" The Mac Observer 11/26
  • "Reviewed: Fitbit Charge" iMore 11/26
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "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 8:59 PM
  • "7 Apple iOS apps to save you dollars this Black Friday" Computerworld 7:52 AM
  • "The best Black Friday iOS apps for shopping in stores and online" Macworld 7:55 AM
  • "Six second-screen apps just for NFL fans" Macworld 7:55 AM
  • "How to re-download purchased apps and games on iPhone and iPad" iMore 4:21 PM
  • "Here's what to do if your iPhone storage gets clogged by mysterious 'Other' data" BGR 2:29 PM
  • "How to de-authorize devices linked to your iTunes account" iMore 8:42 AM
  • "How to disable SpringBoard rotation on the iPhone 6 Plus" iDownload Blog 4:22 PM
  • "Cooking with Your iPad or iPhone? Follow These 3 Simple Kitchen Tips" OS X Daily 11/26
  • "iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations in Messages" The Mac Observer 11/26
  • "Wish List: Siri integration with Apple TV" Six Colors 7:21 PM
  • "9 things Tim Cook has to be thankful for" Cult of Mac 4:14 PM
  • "Oh boy! The Mickey Mouse Apple Watch is no heart-throb" The Register 2:29 PM
  • "How Apple keeps AirDrop files private and secure" iMore 2:29 PM
  • "Insecurity blanket: iOS has antivirus makers feeling left out" Macworld 9:34 AM
  • "iOS 8.1: Why you should update, and how" V3 8:47 AM
  • "China Mobile's 4G Explosive Growth Is Positive For Apple" Forbes 8:43 AM
  • "9 things Tim Cook has to be thankful for" Cult of Mac 8:26 AM
  • "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
  • "A Bad Comparison: Microsoft v. Apple" Mac 360 11/26
  • "Oh That Apple Is So Sneaky" Mac 360 11/26
  • "What Can Really Big SSDs Do For Me?" Forbes 4:22 PM
  • "Hudl 2 review: Tesco's second budget tablet could have Google and Apple worried" The Inquirer 8:41 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Microsoft plans to launch Power BI mobile apps, starting with iOS" VentureBeat 2:29 PM
  • "Take flight and blast rogue robots in this new endless shooter starring Astro Boy" AppAdvice 8:57 AM
  • "iCracked officially brings its on-demand iPhone repair service to the UK" The Next Web 8:48 AM
  • "BRACKET Might Be the MacBook Pro Retina Cable Dock You've Been Looking For" Apple Gazette 7:55 AM
  • "Gameloft bakes new Pastry Paradise match-three puzzle game for iOS" AppAdvice 7:54 AM
  • "Messy Mia Helps Kids Appreciate Life Before Cell Phones and Tablets" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "WaterField Smart Case Offers Sleek Protection - Now for iPhone 6/6 Plus" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "SPViewer launches for iPhone and iPad" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "Monster Math for iPad: Beautiful Journey that Improves Math Skills" prMac 7:54 AM
  • "(Re)Introducing Art Authority for iPhone" prMac 7:54 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's ComScore Numbers Have Been Changed To Hide A Massive Traffic Collapse" Business Insider 8:18 AM
  • "We'll Get Our First Look At Windows 10 Consumer Features In January" TechCrunch 10:54 AM
  • "Microsoft to unveil Windows 10 consumer features at January event" The Verge 11:53 AM
  • "Windows 10 Consumer Release Features To Be Announced In January" Redmond Pie 9:15 PM
  • "Microsoft prematurely announces that it has acquired Acompli" Neowin 7:59 AM
  • "Email startup Acompli to join Microsoft's Office team?" ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Appears To Pre-Announce Its Purchase Of Email Startup Acompli" TechCrunch 8:13 AM
  • "Microsoft Leaks Its Own Acquisition Announcement--Is Redmond Scooping Up Email Startup Acompli?" Forbes 8:14 AM
  • "Adidas adds Microsoft's MixRadio to its miCoach Smart Run watch" Engadget 8:18 AM
  • "LG is preparing a competitor for the Microsoft Surface Pro" Hexus 8:12 AM
  • "IBM is moving fast in cloud but is it fast enough to matter?" Gigaom 8:33 PM
  • "AMD delays financial day event as it rethinks its roadmap" ET Mag 8:12 AM
  • "Intel, AMD: This Is the Beginning of the Consumer PC Recovery, Says Wells" Barron's 8:18 AM
  • "Cisco Systems CMO Sells $675,000 in Stock (CSCO)" WatchList News 8:11 AM
  • "Does Oracle's licensing leave its customers 'hostile and filled with deep-rooted mistrust'?" Computing 8:15 AM
  • "European parliament votes in favor of breaking up Google" Ars Technica 3:02 PM
  • "EU Parliament calls on Commission to consider Google break-up" Gigaom 7:50 AM
  • "European Parliament Passes Resolution Calling For Breakup Of Google" Time 7:59 AM
  • "European Parliament passes vote asking for Google to be broken up" Engadget 7:50 AM
  • "E.U. Parliament, in Nonbinding Measure, Calls for Breaking Up Google" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 8:01 AM
  • "European Parliament Approves Google Breakup Resolution: Nonbinding Decision Pressures EU Commission as it Probes Google's Search Practices" [Paid Membership Required] 8:02 AM
  • "European Union wants Google to extend 'right to be forgotten' worldwide" Engadget 7:48 AM
  • "Google should extend Right to be Forgotten worldwide, says EU data watchdog" The Inquirer 7:54 AM
  • "EU Pushes Google To Extend 'Right To Be Forgotten' To US Website" redOrbit 8:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Industry News
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks decline as auto makers fall/Japan stocks posted a second straight day of drops on Thursday, as auto makers suffered heavy losses after the U.S. regulators ordered a nationwide recall of air bags made by Japanese company Takata Corp." MarketWatch 8:03 AM
  • "Europe Markets: German unemployment falls to low, boosts European stocks/A raft of economic data out on Thursday offered much-needed good news for Europe, helping send regional stock indexes higher almost across the board." MarketWatch 8:04 AM

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