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Wednesday Highlights: Apple continues to hover above $100 per share as investors optimistic, "banking on an expected new product launch of larger iPhones, perhaps as soon as next month, and a series of smartwatches before the end of the year, to help juice growth"—reports in our Apple/Macintosh, and Finances sections; OS X 10.9.5 testing underway; you can track your iDevice's battery life from your Mac's menubar with iBetterCharge; and another handy app can alert you if your MacBook's MagSafe adapter gets unplugged; if you must use Windows, Jonny Evans has 16 tips for you; MacMost tutorial on cleaning your contacts (addresses book, that is); down in Brazil, a judge issues preliminary injunction calling for Apple to remove (use kill switch) the app, "Secret" from the App Store, reports in our General Interest section; apparently the new Apple Store slated for Dubai's super mall will be the largest in the world; new IDC report finds growing use of holding tablet to face for phone calls - in Asia; a study done on 48,000 Google Chrome extensions has found plenty of "ad fraud, data theft, and other misdeeds"; another iPhone 6 leak shows the rear camera protrudes from the casing a tad less than 1mm; Samsung patents a phone quite similar to the iPhone.

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Apple/Macintosh
  • "How Apple took over the only segment of the PC market that still matters"  ZDNet 8:21 AM
  • "Judge Koh blocks Apple attempt to recover attorney fees from Samsung" Electronista 8:31 AM
  • "Where is Apple's cash?" Fortune 8:32 AM
  • "Apple Ordered To Pull Secret App From Store" Sky News 8:52 AM
OS X
News
  • "Intuit releases redesigned Quicken 2015 for Mac, first new version in 7 years" ["In addition, functionality that has long been a part of Quicken's Windows version — such as multi-currency conversion and advanced investment options — has yet to cross the operating system divice. Intuit is allowing customers to vote on which features will be added next, and the company says that they will be provided as free updates."] AppleInsider 8:36 AM
  • "Intuit releases Quicken 2015 for Mac, with stock tracking" TUAW 8:52 AM
  • "iMessage 'being taken over by spammers,' accounts for almost a third of mobile spam" 9to5Mac 8:32 AM
Reviews/How-To/Tips
  • "OmniFocus 2 review: Stay on top of your task list with this top task manager" Macworld 8:04 AM
  • "Fonts review: Preview your Mac's fonts with this app's attractive interface" Macworld 8:21 AM
  • "There are a lot of reasons why you need the Mailplane Gmail browser" Apple Daily Report 8:19 AM
  • "How to Uninstall iTunes in OS X" TekRevue 7:38 AM
  • "Improve the Filters and effects within Final Cut Pro: Use Motion 5 Filters without leaving Final Cut Pro" Video Edit Oz 7:33 AM
  • "Yet Another Way To Kill Flash On Your Mac (the 'official' way– it's from Apple)" PixoBebo 7:36 AM
  • "Free: Control iTunes In The Menubar" Mac 360 7:36 AM
  • "Got Google Music? Get Gear Player" Mac 360 7:35 AM
  • "Blog Much On Your Mac? Try A Real Blogging App" McSolo 7:36 AM
  • "Intensify: A Must Have Mac Photo App" Mac 360 7:36 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Samsung Doesn't Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees Because iPhone wasn't Famous" The Mac Observer 8:46 AM
  • "Apple's bid to recover $16m in legal fees from Samsung falls flat" Cult of Android 8:36 AM
  • "Judge denies Apple's bid to recover $16M in legal fees from Samsung" iDownload Blog 8:38 AM
  • "Calls to Apple confirm: Apple TV promotion and upcoming iTunes Festival wipe out Store stock, still available for shipping" 9to5Mac 8:33 AM
  • "Walmart is now selling the iPhone 5C for less than a dollar" Engadget 8:04 AM
  • "iPhone 5C drops to 97 cents at Walmart" CNET 8:21 AM
  • "You will soon be able to start your Tesla with your smartphone" Cult of Android 7:58 AM
  • "Start Your Tesla with iPhone After v6.0 Update" Tapscape 7:34 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "iPhone 6 Killers? Samsung, Sony And LG Ready Their Rival Devices For IFA 2014" Forbes 8:46 AM
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  • "Leaked iPhone 6 Schematic Confirms 128GB Version, 32GB Goes MIA" G for Games 7:56 AM
  • "128GB iPhone 6? Leaked schematics suggest it may happen" 9to5Mac 8:31 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Display Resolution Detailed Alongside 128GB Model" Know Your Mobile 8:55 AM
  • "Purported 'iPad Air 2' flex cables revealed in new photos" AppleInsider 8:33 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple invention helps iPhone users find their parked car despite poor cell, GPS reception" AppleInsider 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's Second Reversible USB Connector Invention Surfaces" Patently Apple 8:44 AM
  • "Apple invents a 3D Feature for Future iPhone Camera" Patently Apple 7:59 AM
  • "Your iOS device may soon show you a picture of your destination before you arrive" Apple Daily Report 8:19 AM
  • "Apple patent filing is for creating a 'dynamic interactive entertainment venue" Apple Daily Report 8:19 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Star Trek Trexels For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:46 AM
  • "Alpha Zero For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:46 AM
  • "PetRun For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:46 AM

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Reviews/How-To/Tutorials/Tips
Reviews
  • "Side-by-side: The iPhone 6 vs. the Samsung Galaxy Alpha" Cult of Mac 7:58 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Choose to play for the Light Side or Dark Side in Star Wars: Commander" TechHive 8:35 AM
  • "This puzzle game is incredibly simple, but deceptively hard" iDownload Blog 8:38 AM
  • "Forks Over Knives Review: Want some tasty new recipe ideas but want to keep it healthy? Forks Over Knives is the ideal app for you." 148Apps 8:35 AM
Tips
  • "Learn these four oft-overlooked iOS 7 tips" Macworld 8:36 AM
Analysis/Commentary/Editorial/Opinion
  • "Apple's Software Isn't Very Good: Elevation Partners Co-Founder Roger McNamee discusses Apple's stock price, innovation and the company's cloud product. He speaks on 'Bloomberg West.'" Bloomberg TV 8:03 AM
  • "Chromebooks, MacBooks, and Windows Notebooks: Where Is Microsoft Going?" Mac 360 7:37 AM
  • "What Apple Can Do To Your iPhone And iPad That You May Not Want" Mac 360 7:37 AM
Non-Apple
  • "Why Amazon's Fire Phone hasn't set the smartphone market ablaze" TechHive 8:53 AM
  • "Dear Sony, Here's Why So Many People Are Buying The PS4" Forbes 8:45 AM
  • "Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3: Nice hardware, shame about the use case" The Register 8:45 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Close Your Eyes and Rest Easy - Blink Is Watching the House" TechNewsWorld 8:38 AM
  • "Disney expands 'Star Wars' iOS franchise with 'Commander' real-time strategy game" AppleInsider 8:35 AM
  • "Flappy Bird Creator Releases New 'Swing Copters' Game for iOS" iClarified 8:35 AM
  • "Twitter for iOS now lets you watch videos in a mini player while continuing to browse your timeline" The Next Web 8:45 AM
  • "Twitter for iOS now features a YouTube-like minimized player for videos" AppAdvice 8:32 AM
  • "Remotie app for Samsung Smart TV has been downloaded 10K times in 5 days" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "Spend Stack - Available Now - Simplifies Spending by Finding Sales Tax" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "Two-in-one kid's game Bubble Cat Kids sees release on iOS and Android" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "Melesta Games launches Sweet Maze arcade game for iOS" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "Baby Shapes: New App For Babies Not Just Another Digital Baby-Sitter" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "New Star Walk 2 for iOS Features Stunning Design: 3D Deep Sky Objects" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "Dressed 1.0 for iPhone - Virtual Closet App" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "New iOS Children's Reading App Powered by Nuance Voice Recognition" prMac 8:02 AM
  • "LightArrow Announces Pro.Calendar - New Productivity App for iPad and iPhone with Groundbreaking 'Time Ribbon' Views" PRNewswire 8:00 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Opera's Mini browser to be installed on Microsoft phones" Reuters 7:54 AM
  • "Opera Mini will be the default web browser on Microsoft's non-Windows Phones" The Inquirer 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft to make Opera default browser on its feature phones" Neowin 7:31 AM
  • "Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser: Ancient browser to power ancient Redmond mobes" The Register 7:59 AM
  • "Microsoft, Opera sign browser building deal" Seeking Alpha 7:07 AM
  • "Opera Mini to nurse Microsoft's feature phones through their dying days" Gigaom 7:24 AM
  • "Microsoft: This Month's Updates Can Lead to a 'Horrible User Experience'" Softpedia 7:55 AM
  • "HP Boosted by PCs as Whitman Seeks Growth in Other Units" Bloomberg 8:05 AM
  • "HP revenues rise to $27.6bn on PC growth but profits fall under $1bn" V3 7:58 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard Revenue and Cash Flow Improve, but Earnings Fall" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 7:47 AM
  • "HP reports surprise growth as PC sales climb: The company's PC business grew 12 percent, though most other divisions declined" Computerworld 7:20 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard Valued Like It's Going Out Of Business" Seeking Alpha 7:32 AM
  • "HP Q3 financials show increased revenues, drop in net earnings" Electronista 7:25 AM
  • "Update: Hewlett-Packard Meets Our Expectations" Seeking Alpha 7:06 AM
  • "HP's Q3 Shows PC Recovery Still Going Strong, Confirms Intel Is A Buy" Seeking Alpha 7:32 AM
  • "Update: HP Remains On Track To Exceed My Price Target" Seeking Alpha 7:32 AM
  • "AMD Expands Its Gaming Portfolio With Its Entry In The SSD Market" Forbes 7:48 AM
  • "Intel Core i7-5820K CPU Is Nerfed, Has Crippled PCI Express Support" Softpedia 7:49 AM
  • "Intel and Unity partner on Android x86 support" bit-tech 7:50 AM
  • "Intel Is Already Inside Your Data Center, But Wants a Bigger, Better Spot" Forbes 7:54 AM
  • "AMD joins storage market with game console SSDs" EE Times Asia 7:06 AM
  • "German research firm taps IBM for 'massive' x-ray analytics project/Summary: IBM suggested that the analytics could result in differences pertaining to anything from 'semiconductor designs to cancer therapies.'" ZDNet 7:54 AM
  • "Oracle works both sides of the SQL/NoSQL street: While continuing to push SQL, Oracle makes accommodations for newer technologies, including NoSQL and JSON" InfoWorld 7:55 AM
  • "Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) Considerable Structural Change May Boost Results As Extreme Networks (NASDAQ:EXTR), Juniper (NYSE:JNPR) In Upbeat Move" eMarkets Daily 7:48 AM
  • "Acer announces the Chromebox CXI -- a slim and sexy Google-powered mini-desktop" BetaNews 8:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Google Loses Share Price War With Apple" 24/7 Wall St. 8:04 AM
Industry News
  • "Stocks: 5 things to know before the open" CNNMoney 8:06 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: Futures Rise as Markets Anticipate a Dovish Yellen" TheStreet 8:06 AM
  • "Stock Futures Remain Higher After Jobs Data: Weekly Jobless Claims Fall by 14,000" WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:07 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks snap winning streak after China data/Hong Kong stocks broke a four-day string of gains on Thursday, after a private survey showed China's manufacturing growth eased in August." MarketWatch 8:07 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Raiffeisen rallies, miners slip: Europe movers" MarketWatch 8:07 AM

 
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