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Apple on downward trend: FUD or on to something? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Weekend Highlights: Apple doomsayers abound, the latest is Oppenheimer's Andrew Uerkwitz who believes Cook and company are "about to embark on a decade-long malaise", lacking courage with risks to the company having "never been greater"; Jonny Evans calls it FUD; Mark Rogowsky thinks Apple's slow response to long-standing iPhone issues is worthy of fair criticism, but not necessarily a sign of quality downturn; Google Chrome now defaulting to HTML5; wants those who've rejected Final Cut Pro X to watch this video; guilty the charge for senior Foxconn manager caught stealing $1.52 million in iPhones; Apple says random iPhone shut off at 30% battery due to manufacturing issue—more in our Hardware/Software session; investigation into fake Apple chargers found 99% of them result in failure of basic safety test; AppleInsider video compares 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs 2015 MacBook Pro.

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  • "Apple Drops Hints About Autonomous-Vehicle Project: In letter to U.S. transportation regulators, Apple said it is investing heavily in machine learning and automation" [Paid Membership Required] 7:26 AM
  • "Apple tells feds 'new entrants' to auto industry should get same testing rights as incumbents" VentureBeat 7:27 AM
  • "Apple may be undergoing a huge corporate culture change because 'the hit-driven mindset is demoralizing internally'"  Business Insider 12/2
  • "A Key Apple Health Technology Executive Has Left the Company: Yoky Matsuoka, who joined Apple Inc. in May as an executive to help run health technology initiatives, has left the iPhone maker, according to people familiar with the matter."  Bloomberg 12/2
  • "Apple loses key health team executive after less than a year" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12/2
  • "Oppenheimer: 'Apple is about to embark on a decade-long malaise'" ["The note, by Andrew Uerkwitz and his team, is symptomatic of the new universe of negativity Apple now lives in, one that only began around a year ago. After the company reported its first decline in revenue since 2001 on its earnings call last month, an analyst asked Tim Cook the unthinkable question: Was the company now just a follower of other's innovations? (Cook was none too pleased with the question, or the implication.) None of this was lost on people watching Microsoft's recent product launch event. One theme people tweeted over and over again during the session: Microsoft is now more innovative than Apple."]  Business Insider 12/2
  • "Apple lacks 'courage' and ' risks to the company have never been greater,' claims Oppenheimer: Apple doom-mongering has kicked up a few notches over the course of 2016." ZDNet 12/2
  • "On analyst Andrew Uerkwitz's Apple FUD moment" Apple Must 12/2
  • "Is Apple, Inc. Heading Towards a Lost Decade? Leading is overrated." The Motley Fool 12/2
  • "Battery Woes Just The Latest iPhone Hardware Problem, But Is There Real Trouble At Apple?" ["So while it's fair to criticize Apple's slow response to some of these longstanding iPhone issues and reasonable to ask if the company can't do better given its assets and resources, it seems like a stretch to argue iPhone quality is in a meaningful downward trend."]  Forbes 12/2
  • "Apple and Samsung's product shortages may test customer loyalty" CNBC Videos 12/2
  • "Google Chrome now defaults to HTML5 for most sites" Engadget 12/2
  • "How to rescue your Mac from malware corruption" iMore 12/2
  • "Product Review: Vectorworks Architect 2017" Architosh 12/2
  • "Ask the iTunes Guy: Consolidating iTunes libraries and library track limits/Kirk McElhearn uncovers a couple of mysteries about iTunes libraries." Macworld 12/2
  • "How to see websites visited by other users on your Mac with Parental Controls" iDownload Blog 12/2
  • "How to hide mounted volumes from your desktop and the Finder" iDownload Blog 12/2
  • "Hands-on: Creating a custom Touch Bar button using BetterTouchTool [Video] 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "New 2016 MacBook Pros default to scaled non-native Retina screen resolution, here's how to change it" 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "Stabilize Video In iMovie" MacMost 12/2
  • "Sierra: A Walk in the Park" Rixstep 12/2
  • "Network Inventory Advisor is a handy inventory solution for macOS" Apple World Today 12/2
  • "How to Show the Virtual On-Screen Keyboard Viewer in macOS Sierra" The Mac Observer 12/2
  • "Great Email On Everything Apple" Mac360 12/2
  • "Another Must-Have Mac Graphics Tool" Mac360 12/2
  • "Playing Catch-up on macOS Sierra, Printer Wars, Knockoff Apple Watch Straps" The Mac Observer 12/2
  • "Send This Video to Everybody You Know Who Has Rejected Final Cut Pro X" 12/2
Press Releases
  • "Plex Cloud Can Now Upload Your Media to Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive" Lifehacker 12/2
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple VP Paul Deneve disappears from Apple exec bio page, now reports to Jeff Williams" 9to5Mac 7:31 AM
  • "Apple's head of special projects Paul Deneve no longer reports to Tim Cook" Business Insider 7:32 AM
  • "Taiwan Foxconn manager indicted for stealing thousands of iPhones: A former senior manager at Taiwan's technology giant Foxconn has been indicted for stealing and selling 5,700 iPhones in China to pocket around US$1.56 million (S$2.2 million), Taiwanese prosecutors said Friday." AFP 12/2
  • "Foxconn senior manager stole $1.5M worth of iPhones, faces 10-year jail sentence" 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "Suppliers Try to Wean Themselves Away From Apple" TheStreet 12/2
  • "Apple's iPhone Tops Tech Gift Lists This Holiday Season" Market Realist 12/2
  • "Apple to set up a distribution centre through its logistics partner in India" The Economic Times 12/2
  • "Apple's App Store switching from USD pricing to local currency for paid apps and in-app purchases in eight countries" 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "Rolling Stones gush about the blues with Apple Music" Cult of Mac 12/2
  • "French protesters hate the idea of a 'Rue Steve Jobs'" Cult of Mac 12/2
  • "Today in Apple history: QuickTime brings video to the masses" Cult of Mac 12/2
Non-Apple News
  • "The tech enabling a man with quadriplegia to drive" BBC 7:19 AM
  • "You get one last chance to buy a NES Classic Edition before Christmas" BGR 12/2
  • "FCC accuses AT&T and Verizon of violating net neutrality" Engadget 12/2
  • "FCC says AT&T and Verizon 'harm consumers' with free data schemes" The Verge 12/2
  • "Mouse scroll wheel 'inventor' basically says we're all using it wrong" The Next Web 12/2
  • "Motorola gives up on smartwatches, for now" Mashable 12/2
  • "Uber Sees You When You're Sleeping...Around – TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-02" The Mac Observer 12/2
  • "Happy Hour Podcast 096 | 5K fiasco, Apple's Black Friday, and DirecTV Now on Apple TV" 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "Hackintosh monster Macs and iPhone 8's marquee feature, on The CultCastCult of Mac 12/2
  • "Final Cut Pro Radio Show 028: Steve Martin and Mark Spencer" FCPRadio 12/2
  • "1 Way Apple Inc. Wants to Crush Samsung: The tech titan is reportedly looking to source higher-resolution OLED displays than what Samsung is currently shipping." The Motley Fool 7:31 AM
  • "Apple just addressed the flaw that's been randomly shutting off iPhones with 30% battery" Business Insider 12/2
  • "Apple Says iPhone 6s Shutdowns Result of Manufacturing Issue Causing Batteries to Degrade Faster" MacRumors 12/2
  • "Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy" The Register 12/2
  • "We finally know why some iPhone 6S batteries are freaking out" Mashable 12/2
  • "Here's Why iPhone 6s Shuts Off With Battery Left, According To Apple" Redmond Pie 12/2
  • "Security Researchers Break iOS Activation Lock On Apple iPhone And iPad" HotHardware 12/2
  • "Fake Apple chargers fail safety tests: Investigators have warned consumers they face potentially fatal risks after 99% of fake Apple chargers failed a basic safety test."  BBC 12/2
  • "Updated: Friends don't let friends buy fake Apple chargers" Computerworld 12/2
  • "There's a 99 percent chance your fake Apple charger isn't safe: Bought your Apple charger online? Maybe read this before using it next." CNET 12/2
  • "UK Study Finds 99% of Fake iPhone Chargers Fail Safety Test" The Mac Observer 12/2
  • "Researchers bypass Apple's iOS Activation Lock on iPhone and iPad" AppleInsider 12/2
  • "Obscure iOS 10.1.1 flaw lets you bypass a stolen iPad's strongest security feature" BGR 12/2
  • "It's surprisingly easy to crack iOS 10.1.1's Activation Lock" Cult of Mac 12/2
  • "Here comes the OLED iPhone 8" BGR 12/2
  • "PSA: Flagship MacBook Pros & iPhones could miss Christmas shipping, but there are still ways to order online in time" 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "Apple issues iOS 10.2 beta 5 to public & developers" AppleInsider 12/2
  • "Reported 2016 MacBook Pro graphics issues likely caused by third-party software" AppleInsider 12/2
  • "Apple Adds Early 2011 13-Inch MacBook Pro to Obsolete Products List" MacRumors 12/2
  • "How to find out if your iPhone 6s is eligible for free battery replacement: Apple iPhone 6s devices are shutting down even though battery life indicator shows 30 percent." Network World 12/2
  • "Apple to replace iPhone 6s batteries after fault causes some to randomly shut down" Telegraph 12/2
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/2
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/2
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 12/2

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  • "Review: Powerbeats3 with Apple W1 chip are the most reliable Bluetooth headphones we've ever used" AppleInsider 7:32 AM
  • "Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar vs. 2015 MacBook Pro" AppleInsider 12/2
  • "First Look, MacBook Pro, 2016" NoodleMac 12/2
  • "The LG UltraFine 4K is a great MacBook monitor" The Verge 12/2
  • "Review: Bragi's 'The Headphone', cord-free wireless earbuds worth considering before Apple's MIA AirPods" 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "Review: iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker" iLounge 12/2
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Photoshop Express 5 for iOS review: Adobe boosts app with brilliant collage feature/New hooks into Google Photos expands cloud-based interoperability." Macworld 12/2
  • "Transferring audio files from an SD card to an iOS device with FlashAir" Six Colors 12/2
  • "How to sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with Windows 10" iMore 12/2
  • "How to enable the secret emoticon keyboard hiding in your iPhone" BGR 12/2
  • "The top 5 tips for new iPhone 7 users - Video" ZDNet 12/2
  • "The Built-In Accessibility Features of iOS" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 12/2
  • "Your iPhone, the special property of the left side bezel, and an autocorrect suggestion" The Loop 12/2
  • "My Apple Watch Setup Secrets" TeraTalks 12/2
  • "RIP data: It only ever shows Apple losing" Macworld 7:32 AM
  • "What Apple said last week about self-driving vehicles" Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 7:23 AM
  • "How Apple Might be Our Last Hope Before the Internet Dies" The Mac Observer 12/2
  • "How Apple iOS Is Losing Ground to YunOS in China" Market Realist 12/2
  • "How Is Apple Managing the Apple Pay Rollout Issue in Australia?" Market Realist 12/2
  • "The Horn Effect: Why Apple should keep making displays and routers!"  iMore 12/2
  • "Having a Shattered Apple Watch Replaced" 512 Pixels 12/2
  • "That New iPhone 7 Is Obsolete" Mac360 12/2
  • "One huge iPhone vs. Android mobile shopping difference no one is talking about" VentureBeat 12/2
  • "Doom boom: Apple faces 'decade-long malaise'" Cult of Mac 12/2
  • "The case of the runaway headline" ["Yikes. Sounds like a bitter man slamming Apple — when in fact I'm happy guy dripping with admiration. Really."]  Ken Segall's Observatory 12/2
  • "Apple's 'Think Different' ad creator says its new commercial uses 'oldest trick in advertising book'" CNBC 12/2
  • "How Apple could make international travel easier: The iPhone and Apple Watch are already capable travel companions, but improvements to Maps, Apple Pay, and SIM-switching would go a long way." Macworld 12/2
  • "How Apple news gets turned into fake news"  Apple 3.0 [Subscription Required for Full Article] 12/2
  • "Social Networks Can Learn from Apple to Solve 'Fake News" The Mac Observer 12/2
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Apple Store app now lets you order accessories from the Apple Watch" 9to5Mac 12/2
  • "Automate your holiday lights with Siri and HomeKit!" iMore 12/2
  • "OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini Ultra-Portable RAID First OWC Storage Solution with USB 3.1 Gen 2" MacPrices 12/2
  • "'Swift Playgrounds' Adds 'Hour Of Code' Challenges For Children (And Parents)" Forbes 12/2
  • "Post Brutal Released: Apocalyptic Action RPG Captures Your Face & Voice" prMac 12/2
  • "The AluCharge is a functional, slim, portable, multi-port charger" Apple World Today 12/2
Computer Industry
  • "Windows Phone Users Grill Microsoft's Satya Nadella On Mobile Strategy" Silicon 12/2
  • "Windows 10 upgrade - Microsoft's new software is STILL not winning users over" Express UK 12/2
  • "Microsoft 'pauses' Windows 10 Insider Previews for PC to prepare for Unified Update Platform" Neowin 12/2
  • "Microsoft expands its accessibility efforts on Windows 10: The upcoming Creators Update features a slew of new features designed with the disabled in mind, including support for braille." Engadget 12/2
  • "Microsoft refuses to join the Zero Outage brigade, Google and AWS keep mum" The Register 12/2
  • "Microsoft Programming Chief Julia Liuson: How We Moved From Windows Platform, To Any Platform" Forbes 12/2
  • "How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security" InfoWorld 12/2
  • "Microsoft renews Affordable Access Initiative" bit-tech 12/2
  • "Microsoft's AI will describe images in Word and PowerPoint for blind users" The Verge 12/2
  • "It's Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging" The Register 12/2
  • "Microsoft's 'Samaritan' refuses help to hackers doing Win 10 recon" The Register 12/2
  • "Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse" The Register 12/2
  • "Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update Preview Build 14977" Softpedia 12/2
  • "Trump Taps IBM and GM Chiefs in First-Ever Sign He Gets Tech Matters" Wired 12/2
  • "Erich Bloch, IBM mainframe pioneer, dies at 91" CNET 12/2
  • "IBM iNotes and Domino Input Validation Flaw Lets Remote Users Conduct Cross-Site Scripting Attacks" Security Tracker 12/2
  • "IBM unveils Watson for drug R&D, teams with Pfizer on oncology" FierceBiotech 12/2
  • "HP Elite X3: Hey, Nadella! Microsoft NEEDS More Phones Like This" Know Your Mobile 12/2
  • "Intel and Amazon team up to help developers build Alexa devices" Engadget 12/2
  • "Intel weighs into smart home segment with AWS tie-up" Telcoms 12/2
  • "Intel's silence on Optane SSDs raises questions about launch and focus: Intel remains mum about the release date of Optane SSDs but is testing the drives in data centers, not gaming PCs" IDG News Service 12/2
  • "Intel to push SSD products for 4 major markets in 2017" DigiTimes 12/2
  • "Beyond Zen: AMD Trademarks 'Ryzen' And Other Names Possibly Associated With Next Gen CPU" HotHardware 12/2
  • "Oracle donates $1.4 billion to computer sciences and digital skills learning in Europe" ITProPortal 12/2
  • "NetSuite going global under Oracle's flag" Tech Central 12/2
  • "Big ticket recruiters Microsoft, Oracle, Uber shower up to Rs 1.2 crore annual salary packages on IITians as placements get rolling" Business Insider India 12/2
  • "IIT Guwahati Day 1 placements sees student bag 138 offers, Oracle offering highest package" The Economic Times 12/2
  • "SSD Pricewatch: SSD prices are expected to jump this quarter thanks to limited NAND supply, surging demand" ExtremeTech 12/2
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What The iPhone Gives, The iPhone Can Take Away" Seeking Alpha 12/2
  • "Apple supplier Laird to launch rights issue to bolster finances" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 12/2
Industry News
  • "Dow closes lower; S&P 500, Nasdaq inch higher after jobs report: Fewer jobs added in November than had been expected" MarketWatch 12/2
  • "Dow Backs Off Records as Banks Retreat From Recent Rally: The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated from records on Friday as banks reversed course after days of big gains." TheStreet 12/2
  • "Wall Street Edges Lower as Banks Lose Steam" Reuters 12/2
  • "U.S. Stocks Mixed After Jobs Report: A fading postelection rally put the S&P 500 on course for its first weekly decline since Donald Trump was elected president." [Paid Membership Required] 12/2
  • "Nikkei pulls back from yearly high as Trump effect fades: Asian shares were broadly lower Friday, tracking losses on Wall Street, as equity markets indicate the 'Trump trade' could be overdone." MarketWatch 12/2
  • "Stoxx Europe 600 drops to 2-week low as Italy's referendum looms: Stocks in Europe were swept lower Friday, rounding off a losing week for blue-chips as investors braced for Italy's constitutional-reform referendum that could trigger a fresh wave of eurozone jitters." MarketWatch 12/2

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