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Wednesday Highlights: Apple to announce earnings this afternoon, and Forbes' Mark Rogowsky sums up what all the analysts are predicting: "Flat revenues, minimal earnings growth due only to share buybacks, a tiny uptick in iPhone sales offset by a downtick in iPad sales."; Chris Ciaccia hopes future plans get spelled out by Cook and team as Apple is being "squeezed for new breakthrough product as iPhone and iPad sales go flat"; more in our Apple/Macintosh, and Finances sections; meanwhile the Samsung vs. Apple saga continues into day 10 with the South Korean company gunning for Apple's FaceTime having purchased a patent covering its technology; and Google is apparently shouldering some of the money for Samsung in their fight against Apple; EE Times sees "tech talent war" starting once the no-poaching case between Apple, Google is resolved; Apple allowing public to sign up for beta testing OS X; smart move says Jonny Evans; Mac OS X Hints has a how-to for creating a Fusion Drive with a recovery partition; Fortune takes us on a tour of Apple's Amsterdam store; new TV ad hits the airwaves in which Apple calls up the Pixies; hack allows you to use AirPlay with Google Play Music; GottaBeMobile reviews the MacBook Pro Retina after 6 months of use; Matt Haughey recounts Steve Jobs' connection to rural Oregon; ZDNet review of Samsung's Galaxy S5, "solid...but could have been better"; and you remember Linux, right? Well Ars Technica reviews the latest Ubuntu, concluding it misses boat on big changes.

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  • "Can Apple's Future Plans Save It From an Earnings Implosion?"  TheStreet 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Squeezed for New Breakthrough Product as iPhone and iPad Sales Go Flat"  IB Times 8:34 AM
  • "Does Apple Have Wearable Tech's Next Big Thing?" Bloomberg TV 8:33 AM
  • "Why Apple has stopped growing"  Quartz 12:12 PM
  • "Apple Earnings Preview: Everyone's Mind Is Made Up" Forbes 8:34 AM
  • "Apple Earnings: 4 Questions for Tim Cook Today" The Motley Fool 9:34 AM
  • "Apple Earnings: What to Watch" WSJ Blogs 9:34 AM
  • "All eyes on Apple Inc.: With today's earnings expected to be ho-hum, does Apple have a surprise up its sleeve?" Fortune 8:34 AM
  • "Bigger-screen iPhone 6 may mean smaller sales at Apple — for now: Apple fans, already waiting for the next big thing, may have paused on buying an iPhone as they wait for the large-screen iPhone 6, expected in coming months."  CNET 8:23 AM
  • "Apple vs Samsung, Day 10: The home stretch" Electronista 8:16 AM
  • "Samsung hopes to make FaceTime a headache for Apple: After weeks of playing defense against five Apple patents, Samsung this week went after Apple with two of its own patents: one it says is infringed when people make FaceTime calls, and another that covers the photo gallery feature found on iPhones, iPads, and some iPods."  The Verge 8:22 AM
  • "Google agreed to shoulder financial burden in Samsung-Apple patent battle" ZDNet 8:49 AM
  • "No-Poaching Settlement Could Spur Tech Talent War" EE Times 8:52 AM
  • "What the Apple wage collusion case says about Silicon Valley's labor economy" Washington Post [Free Registration Required] 8:14 AM
  • "You Can Now Run Beta Versions Of Apple's OS X—For Free" ReadWrite 7:48 AM
  • "Apple Fixes FaceTime on Older Versions of OS X, iOS 6 Still Not Working" MacRumors 8:02 AM
  • "Troubleshooting Yahoo/AT&T password issues" Macworld 8:35 AM
  • "Apple Fixes: Paving The Way To A Smoother Work Day" Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "Introducing Markdown on OS X" Tuts+ 9:10 AM
  • "Create a Fusion Drive with a Recovery Partition" Mac OS X Hints 9:10 AM
  • "Outline Much? Try The Think Different 'Thinking Man's' Outliner For The Mac" NoodleMac 7:45 AM
  • "Meet The Mac Document Writer For Word That You Will Love (except for one thing)" Mac 360 7:45 AM
  • "A Cheap And Easy Way To Monitor Wi-Fi Networks (and a cheaper way)" BohemianBoomer 7:45 AM
  • "Put Mac Storage On A Diet For Less Than A Dollar" TeraTalks 7:45 AM
  • "Free: Manage OS X's 'Open With' Menu" Mac 360 7:45 AM
  • "The OS X Beta Seed Program" MacSparky 8:16 AM
  • "OS X Beta Seed: Apple's open is closed"  Computerworld 7:44 AM
Press Releases
  • "1Password for iOS complete rebuild, 1Password for Mac improves mini tool, sync and export" BetaNews 8:20 AM
  • "Northern Tale 2 released on Mac" prMac 9:44 AM
  • "Nodes 2 for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Motion" prMac 7:49 AM
  • "AutoMailer 2.1 for OS X to merge data with emails and send to multiple addresses in text or web format" Tension Software 7:45 AM
  • "FxFactory presents Yanobox Nodes 2, the effects plug-in that blows your mind" IT.Enquirer 7:44 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Grand tour of the Apple retail palaces of Europe: Amsterdam/Dutch royalty once shopped in the century-old fashion house where Apple now sells iPads." Fortune 8:14 AM
  • "GameStop to ramp up expansion of wireless, Apple product stores" Fort Worth Star-Telegram [Free Registration Required] 12:11 PM
  • "GameStop's Simply Mac Apple Specialist stores adding 50 new locations next year" 9to5Mac 12:11 PM
  • "Taiwanese Company Sues Apple over iOS's Core Motion Framework" Patently Apple 10:48 AM
  • "Apple airs new 'Powerful' TV ad, promoting content creation on the iPhone 5s" 9to5Mac 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Sells iPhones To Reanimate The Pixies" TechCrunch 7:59 AM
  • "Apple Has A New, Good Ad For The iPhone Featuring A Pixies Song" Business Insider 7:52 AM
  • "Nike denies ditching FuelBand amid Apple tie-up rumours" V3 8:15 AM
  • "Google Play Music comes to AirPlay devices via hack" CNET 8:23 AM
  • "Huawei exec: 'Word of mouth' will beat Apple and Samsung in Europe/World Mobile Telephone Factory No.3 won't fling the big bucks around just yet" The Register 10:53 AM
  • "YouTube Find: Animals go insane over the iPad" TUAW 9:10 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Facebook Wins FTC Approval for Oculus VR Acquisition" Mashable 12:14 PM
  • "Who's 'Next'? Customers are stepping up for AT&T's no-contract plan" CNET 8:32 AM
  • "Backlash against Google Glass was a known risk, but worth it, says marketing head" 9to5Google 8:20 AM
  • "Sprint Will Make All Its Devices Unlockable From February 2015" Gizmodo 8:07 AM
  • "The Next Samsung Galaxy Cameraphone Leaks" TechCrunch 7:59 AM
  • "Akamai: Global average Internet speed grew 27% year-over-year to 3.8 Mbps, mobile traffic jumped by 70%" The Next Web 7:49 AM
  • "iMore show Apple earnings wrap-up LIVE tonight at 3pm PT, 6pm ET, 11pm BST" iMore 12:19 PM
  • "Catcher to reap iPhone cycle benefits" China Post 12:13 PM
  • "Barclays revises Catcher target up on iPhone hype" Taipei Times 12:13 PM
  • "Catcher To Supply iPhone 6 Metal Casings, Apple Expected To Ship 70 Mil Units in 2014 (Report)" G for Games 9:10 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple taps Catcher for metal casings on next-gen 'iPhone 6'" AppleInsider 9:10 AM
  • "Apple's Unibody enclosure manufacturer apparently commissioned to build iPhone 6 metal casings" iDownload Blog 10:53 AM
  • "iPhone 6 Release Date tipped for Q3 2014" BGR 12:13 PM
  • "Apple Patches Heartbleed SSL Bug in AirPort Base Station" The Mac Observer 8:11 AM
  • "Apple releases AirPort firmware update to combat Heartbleed flaw" V3 7:52 AM
  • "Apple security updates for Mac, iOS, and AirPort" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Apple Delivers AirPort Base Station Heartbleed Fix" FairerPlatform 7:44 AM
  • "iOS 7.1 code indicates Apple working on Siri for Apple TV" 9to5Mac 10:53 AM
  • "iOS 7.1.x code points to Siri support on Apple TV" Electronista 10:48 AM
  • "FaceTime For Mac Gets Updated, But iOS 6 Users Are Still Suffering" AppAdvice 8:19 AM
  • "The iPhone 6c Could Be Just As Beautiful As The iPhone 6. Here's Proof. [Gallery] Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Big-screened iPhone 6 envisioned in new artist renderings" CNET 8:23 AM
  • "Apple files patent for applying effects in iMovie, Final Cut Pro X" Apple Daily Report 7:43 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Wisp: Eira's tale -A Casual And Relaxing Indie Puzzle Game Inspired By Nordic And Celtic Mythology For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $1.99)" Apple Sliced 8:11 AM
  • "Simple Transfer Pro -Wireless Photo & Video Backup, Sync & Share For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:11 AM
  • "Dark Slash For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:11 AM
  • "Mac Pro Prices & Deals" MacPrices 8:09 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:09 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:09 AM
  • "Get 50GB of iDrive iOS cloud storage for 99 cents/That's per month, right? Nope: 99 cents for an entire year. And every year after that." CNET 8:23 AM

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  • "MacBook Pro Retina Review: 6 Months In" GottaBeMobile 7:43 AM
  • "iPad Air review: Apple's fast, sleek, amazingly lightweight tablet" Macworld UK 12:19 PM
  • "It's good to get rain on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD" The Register 8:14 AM
  • "Review: Divoom Voombox Portable Bluetooth Speaker" iLounge 10:53 AM
  • "Review: Power Support Air Jacket Clear for MacBook Air 13"" Run Around Tech 7:50 AM
  • "Review: iPad Mate is handy for converting Videos, DVDS for Apple tablet playback" Apple Daily Report 7:43 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Fix This App: R.B.I. Baseball needs to correct some errors before it's a hit" TechHive 8:02 AM
  • "Daily App: Tipcognito is a tip calculator masquerading as email client" TUAW 8:39 AM
  • "Some Excellent Apps for Photography on the iPhone -Bangkok Post, Life" eXtensions 7:46 AM
  • "'Fable Age' Review - Robin Hood, Aladdin, And Snow White Walk Into A Bar Together" Touch Arcade 12:18 PM
  • "Wonder Golf Review: Help Alice explore a mini-golf version of Wonderland in the quirky Wonder Golf." 148Apps 8:35 AM
  • "PadGadget's DIY Project Spotlight: Washi Tape Smart Cover" PadGadget 9:11 AM
  • "PadGadget's iPad Tips: Adding Contact Information to Lock Screen" PadGadget 12:16 PM
  • "Tech Yeah! Apple rumors swirl" [Video Report] CNBC 12:18 PM
  • "Reading List: Green machine" Macworld 12:18 PM
  • "Definitive Proof the Apple vs. Samsung Case Is Really About Google" Time 12:15 PM
  • "Steve Jobs in my small world: Apple's co-founder and his connection to rural Oregon"  Medium 9:08 AM
  • "Why fret about iPad numbers when there's no such thing as the Android tablet? As Apple's financial disclosure draws near, analysts are comparing iPad sales numbers with those of the Android tablet market. The problem with that is there is no such thing as the Android tablet."  ZDNet 8:48 AM
  • "The iPod Touch Is Responsible For More Web Traffic Than Windows Phone and Blackberry Combined" Cult of Mac 8:36 AM
  • "Apple vs. Samsung Patent Case Pulls Google Into The Spotlight To Back Its Android Partner" Forbes 8:34 AM
  • "Microsoft, Apple And Google: Sleeping With The Enemy" Seeking Alpha 8:28 AM
  • "Video: Apple and Facebook: can they deliver what users want?" Telegraph 8:25 AM
  • "Video: Would you trust Apple or Facebook with your money?" Telegraph 8:25 AM
  • "How The iWatch Could Finally Kill The iPod Once And For All" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Why the iWatch could be the final nail in the iPod's coffin" BGR 8:18 AM
  • "'The Only Thing I Know About Apple TV Is There Are Some Amazing Engineers Working On Apple TV'" Business Insider 8:14 AM
  • "Video: Apple: is wearable tech the big trend?" Telegraph 8:25 AM
  • "Nike's Fuelband failure signals a win for wearables" Memeburn 7:56 AM
  • "Analysts (including the ADR Research Group) predict Mac, iPad, iPhone sales" Apple Daily Report 7:46 AM
  • "Apple, Nike, And Wearable Technology" Mac 360 7:45 AM
  • "Apple's Problem With iPhone Batteries" Mac 360 7:45 AM
  • "Samsung Galaxy S5 review: Another solid Android smartphone that could have been better" ZDNet 8:47 AM
  • "Ubuntu 14.04 review: Missing the boat on big changes/While a new kernel should mean better performance, Canonical's UI troubles persist." Ars Technica 8:36 AM
  • "Facebook sucks at innovation and its products fail a lot" Memeburn 7:55 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Namo Media Upgrades Its Native Ad Platform With Ad Carousels" TechCrunch 12:19 PM
  • "The Feeling Skin Is Either The Most Ingenious Or Goofiest iPhone Battery Case To Date" AppAdvice 12:17 PM
  • "15 iOS Apps + Games On-Sale This Wednesday" RazorianFly 12:17 PM
  • "Nanotips Liquid Turns Any Gloves into Touchscreen Gloves" The Mac Observer 12:16 PM
  • "V3 App - New Issue Out Now!" V3 12:09 PM
  • "PhySyCalc reinvents the calculator." PhySyApps 9:04 AM
  • "Beacondo makes it easier to develop new apps that interact with Apple's iBeacons" AppleInsider 8:36 AM
  • "Improve your fitness with RockMyRun" BetaNews 8:20 AM
  • "Elevation Stand Adds Two Point Six Inches To Your iMac's Height" Cult of Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Logitech announces new, slimmer version of its Ultrathin iPad keyboard case" iDownload Blog 8:08 AM
  • "Amazon updates Kindle app with new Table of Contents, X-Ray features" iDownload Blog 8:08 AM
  • "Disney Movies Anywhere App Now Lets You Pause and Resume Downloads" iClarified 8:08 AM
  • "Meet Flappy48, The Clone Game To End Clone Games" TechCrunch 7:59 AM
  • "Viber for iOS gets a new flat design, multiple image sending and longer video messages" The Next Web 7:49 AM
  • "Award-Winning Productivity App NoteSuite is $0.99 for One Week Only" prMac 12:18 PM
  • "Tower Math for iPhone and iPad makes practicing math fun" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Act Faster with iTrackFast App for Calendar, FlowNote, Share, Slideshows" prMac 7:49 AM
  • "Ramble Interactive Releases Dragonfly Fleet for iOS" prMac 7:49 AM
  • "Out Thinking Launches MakeMyMovie for iOS Devices" prMac 7:49 AM
  • "The first issue of Happily Hooked Crochet Magazine hits Apple Newsstand" prMac 7:49 AM
  • "Proposed Thunderbolt standard promises to support dual 4K displays" Insanely Great Mac 7:46 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft may actually be on the right track with Windows 9: New leaked details: including some from the reemerged Russian blogger Wzor: bring renewed hope for a better Windows 9" InfoWorld 8:06 AM
  • "Microsoft Corporation Earnings: Can Nadella Bring Back Growth?" The Motley Fool 12:12 PM
  • "Microsoft and Equinix partner on private links between Azure and corporate cloud infrastructure" V3 7:52 AM
  • "Violin and Microsoft play all-flash storage duet to speed up applications: Storage vendor puts Windows Storage Server in its flash array for enterprises, speeding data delivery for use in Microsoft applications" IDG News Service 8:06 AM
  • "HP's top-end array just topped itself" The Register 8:45 AM
  • "IBM BlueMix PaaS to Offer More Than 200 Partner Solutions" Talkin' Cloud 8:57 AM
  • "Intel's Andy Bryant on 'tumultuous' two years as chairman: Q&A on Oregon tech, choosing a CEO and what went wrong on tablets" The Oregonian 8:52 AM
  • "System Builders Ask Intel: Where Is Our Future?" CRN 8:53 AM
  • "Cisco launches Managed Threat Defence security service" Telecompaper 8:54 AM
  • "A closer look at the Samsung and GlobalFoundries partnership for 14nm" ITProPortal 8:53 AM
  • "The state of the internet is under attack (but it's also faster)" Gigaom 8:09 AM
  • "Chip designer ARM sees smartphone recovery in second half" Reuters 8:31 AM
  • "Internet of things and wearables drive growth for ARM" ZDNet 8:47 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "What to expect from Apple earnings: Former CEO John Sculley" CNBC 12:18 PM
  • "Liveblog: Apple's Q2 2014 earnings call happens at 5pm EDT today" Ars Technica 12:15 PM
  • "Apple Preparing to Crush Competition Again" TheStreet 8:34 AM
  • "Apple earnings: These insiders have the most at stake/Individuals tied to the company get set for the next leg up in the stock" MarketWatch 8:34 AM
  • "Video: Will Apple's 2Q results please investors?" Telegraph 8:25 AM
  • "Apple: 3 Reasons Why I Won't Trade It" Minyanville 12:12 PM
  • "Apple spends US$1.07 million in lobbying for first time in a fiscal quarter" Apple Daily Report 12:09 PM
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks: Apple, Facebook, Amazon off as techs retreat/Apple and Facebook slip ahead of earnings results; Amazon signs deal to stream HBO shows" MarketWatch 10:53 AM
  • "Market Hustle: Stocks Weak After Tepid China Data, Drop in U.S. Home Sales" TheStreet 10:54 AM
  • "Stocks: Down ahead of tech results/Stocks headed slightly lower Wednesday morning as investors express caution following disappointing housing data and mixed corporate 'report cards'." CNNMoney 10:55 AM
  • "Stock Futures Dip as Traders Eye Corporate Earnings" FOXBusiness 9:35 AM
  • "Stocks Fall After Data, Earnings: Investors Mull Corporate-Earnings Reports" [Paid Membership Required] 10:56 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Asian shares end mixed/Stocks in Hong Kong fell on signs of further contraction in China's manufacturing sector, while a rally on Wall Street bolstered Japan in a quiet, holiday-shortened week for regional markets." MarketWatch 8:50 AM
  • "Europe Markets: European stocks ease; Ericsson drops after results/Euro-area manufacturing activity at three-month high" MarketWatch 8:50 AM
  • "Early Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 10 a.m." Associated Press 10:54 AM

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