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Will new Mac hardware revealed today be enough to stand up to Microsoft's newest touch-based Surface lineup?

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Will new Mac hardware revealed today be enough to stand up to Microsoft's newest touch-based Surface lineup? Vote for the results in the left column below or go straight to the results here.

Thursday Highlights: Apple's October event set to kick off at 10AM PT/12PM CT/1PM ET, you'll find a list of sites providing live coverage as well as the official Apple Event stream, down in our General Interest section; expectations of a new MacBook Pro are quite certain, Recode covers the stuff we do know is coming, and speculates on more; Toyota rebuffs Apple, Google on getting inside their vehicles; Ben Lovejoy now finds storage management tools in Sierra "a complete disaster"; IDC finds Samsung still atop worldwide smartphone shipments despite Note 7 recall, Apple steady in second place; has an Apple shell company been revealed in a new patent application?

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  • "Apple's new MacBook Pro is expertly timed"  The Verge 7:28 AM
  • "Apple expected to refresh ageing computer line with new MacBook Pro"  Reuters 6:54 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Studio's Gains Will Be Apple's Loss"  Wired 6:59 AM
  • "Could AR be Apple's Next Big Thing?" Tech.pinions [Insider Content] 7:29 AM
  • "Google And Apple Knocking On The Car Door? 'No, We Won't Let Them Inside,' Toyota Exec Says" Forbes 6:54 AM
  • "Italy judge agrees tax probe settlement with head of Apple's Irish unit-source: A Milan judge has accepted a settlement agreement with the head of Apple's Irish-based unit Apple Sales International as part of a probe into allegations the U.S. tech giant failed to pay corporate taxes in Italy to the tune of 879 million euros, a judicial source said." Reuters 7:04 AM
  • "Italian Judge Agrees to $50K Settlement for Apple Exec in Irish Tax Probe" MacRumors 7:27 AM
  • "Apple Wants More Enriching In-Store Experiences" RetailWire 7:18 AM
  • "Adobe Flash on Mac Gets Second Critical Security Update in Just Two Weeks" MacRumors 9:09 AM
  • "Graebert Annual Meeting 2016—Introducing 'Trinity' of CAD" Architosh 7:45 AM
  • "System Preferences in macOS, Sierra: Time Machine" eXtensions 9:23 AM
  • "How to start using Safari on Mac" iMore 7:28 AM
  • "How to set up and use Notification Center on your Mac" iMore 8:52 AM
  • "Opinion: Correction, Sierra's storage management tools are a complete disaster"  9to5Mac 7:22 AM
Press Releases
General Interest/Potpourri
Apple Event Live Coverage
  • "hello again" [Official Stream] Apple 6:34 AM
  • "Everything You Need To Know From Apple's Fall Mac Event: At what is likely to be its final media event of the year, Apple is expected to unveil a handful of updates to its Mac line, among them a redesigned MacBook Pro with an OLED touch bar and a faster iMac. Join BuzzFeed News at 10AM PT for live coverage." BuzzFeed 9:39 AM
  • "Our Apple 'Hello Again' Mac Event Coverage Starts At 10am PT, Check Your Local Time Here" Redmond Pie 8:56 AM
  • "2016 Mac Event Live Blog" iMore 8:52 AM
  • "Live Blog of Apple's October 2016 'Hello Again' Mac Event" iClarified 7:39 AM
  • "Live from Apple's fall MacBook event" The Verge 6:56 AM
  • "Apple's October 27 Mac Event: We're liveblogging Apple's Mac event today starting at 10am PT" Recode 6:35 AM
  • "Return of the Mac: Follow Apple's event live" Mashable 6:34 AM
  • "Liveblog: Apple's October 2016 MacBook Event" Wired 6:29 AM
  • "Liveblog: Apple's first Mac event in ages starts October 27 at 1pm ET/It's been a year and a half since we saw Mac hardware on stage." Ars Technica 10/26
Apple General Interest
  • "Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Up 1.0% Year over Year in Third Quarter Despite Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall, According to IDC" ["The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus drove third quarter shipments of 45.5 million units, down 5.3% from the 48 million units last year. Higher than expected iPhone 7 Plus demand outstripped supply, which should be alleviated through the fourth quarter, helped by new features such as water resistance, faster processing, improved optics, and larger storage capacities."] Business Wire 6:52 AM
  • "Samsung's Share of Smartphone Market Drops to Lowest Level in Nearly Two Years" ["Apple finished runner-up to Samsung as usual with 45.5 million iPhones sold, down 5.3% versus the 48 million iPhones it sold in the same quarter last year."] MacRumors 6:51 AM
  • "Samsung still No. 1 smartphone vendor, but Note 7 knocked marketshare back to 2014" AppleInsider 6:53 AM
  • "How mobile payment adoption can pick up speed" BetaNews 6:56 AM
  • "Lonely men are increasingly turning to Siri for love and 'sexually explicit' chat" Telegraph 9:45 AM
  • "Man who went on crazy iPhone rampage in France gets huge fine and suspended jail sentence" BGR 6:29 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Dell overtakes Macs in Education market" Cult of Mac 8:52 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Streaming TV bundle roundup: Everything we know so far" TechHive 6:53 AM
  • "Can Apple and Microsoft recapture the thrill of the PC? The latest from Ctrl-Walt-Delete" The Verge 9:39 AM
  • "Some Apple Stores setting up line dividers overnight, suggesting new Macs may go on sale today" 9to5Mac 7:22 AM
  • "Apple Retail Stores Set Stanchions Overnight, Hints at New Product Availability Today" The Mac Observer 9:26 AM
  • "Apple expected to launch first MacBook Pro in 4 years" CNNMoney 8:48 AM
  • "Apple admits AirPods launched delayed but no reason given: Firm needs 'more time' to get gadgets on the market" V3 7:03 AM
  • "Apple Presses Pause on AirPods Debut, Try These Instead" Tom's Guide 7:04 AM
  • "Qualcomm to buy iPhone Apple Pay chip manufacturer NXP for $47 billion" AppleInsider 7:33 AM
Apple Patent Applications
  • "Apple's Invention for Cloud Phone Notifications may have Revealed One of their Shell Companies" Patently Apple 7:28 AM
  • "Apple files for a patent for a 'camera lens system with five lens components" Apple World Today 8:45 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:29 AM

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  • "Review: Jaybird X3 Wireless Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones" Wired 6:54 AM
  • "Penclic Mini Keyboard K2 and NiceTouch T2 review: Input devices not worth your consideration" Macworld 8:52 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "FabFocus kinda brings Portrait Mode to other iPhones" iDownload Blog 7:03 AM
  • "Review: 7 PDF editing tools for iOS and Android/It's not enough to read a PDF on your mobile device anymore: you have to be able to sign it, copy it or edit it. These apps can help." Computerworld 6:42 AM
  • "How to use maximize the battery life and lifespan of your Apple Watch" Apple World Today 7:28 AM
  • "How to download your entire music library to your iPhone or iPad" iDownload Blog 7:03 AM
  • "How to look back at your weekly Move goals progress in the Activity app" iDownload Blog 7:03 AM
  • "Microsoft Surface Studio, a disruption courting the Mac creative market and beyond" The Loop 9:34 AM
  • "Senior Apple exec could have been jailed over alleged Italian tax evasion; escaped with fine" 9to5Mac 8:53 AM
  • "Is Apple Hiding A Spectacular iPhone For 2017?" Forbes 9:39 AM
  • "We have some bad news about next year's iPhone 8" BGR 8:48 AM
  • "8 next iPhone rumors in 8 pictures" Apple Must 8:46 AM
  • "Here's everything we know about Apple's next MacBook Pro" Business Insider 9:40 AM
  • "MacBook dilemma: Which of its babies is Apple going to kill?" Apple 3.0 9:09 AM
  • "Apple's new MacBook Pro touchscreen strip: What we don't know/We all know it's coming. But here are a few big questions." Recode 7:29 AM
  • "Here's what I'm expecting at today's 'hello, again' event" Apple World Today 7:28 AM
  • "Apple's MacBook Event: What to Expect" PC Magazine 7:28 AM
  • "Microsoft's Two-Pronged Creativity Push" Tech.pinions 7:29 AM
  • "Exclusive: Jony Ive's Christmas Tree Design Leaked!" Kirkville 7:02 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "FoamTech iPad Cases Now Available From Gumdrop Cases" prMac 8:52 AM
  • "Enjoy Minded Limited announces Places in London" prMac 6:41 AM
  • "Full Grain Leather Bands for Apple Watch From Pad & Quill" prMac 6:29 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Hands on with the Surface Studio, Microsoft's first desktop computer: It's sleek, beautiful, but a little bit strange." Ars Technica 5:57 AM
  • "Microsoft unveils Creative Update and the Surface Studio: Microsoft introduced updates to several current products and while we didn't see a new Surface Pro, we were introduced to the Surface Studio." CIO 6:18 AM
  • "Microsoft gets creative with Surface Studio desktop PC" Seattle Times 6:18 AM
  • "The Surface Studio Is Microsoft's Tipping Point" Gizmodo 6:18 AM
  • "Microsoft Launches Program Aimed at Securing Azure IoT" eWeek 5:59 AM
  • "Microsoft Announced Future Arrivals Of Low-Priced VR Headset From Their Partners" iTech Post 6:06 AM
  • "HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, Dell to build VR headsets for Microsoft" Windows report 6:05 AM
  • "HP confirms upcoming Windows Holographic VR headset" MS PowerUser 6:07 AM
  • "Cloud giant VMware's financials impress as Dell shift begins" SiliconRepublic 6:05 AM
  • "VMware do we go from here? Perhaps it's time the cloud pioneers snap up Docker" The Register 6:05 AM
  • "PC demand to enjoy growth thanks to new processors from AMD and Intel" DigiTimes 6:13 AM
  • "Intel Introduces Atom E3900 Series Based On Its Latest Generation Goldmont Atom CPU Core" iTech Post 6:17 AM
  • "AMD will sell server CPUs at Happy Meal prices so you can supersize servers: ARM vs. x86 can wait as first decent Xeon alternatives in ages pressure Chipzilla" The Register 7:08 AM
  • "IBM buys Bengaluru-based hybrid cloud firm Sanovi Technologies: Sanovi Technologies provides cloud migration, business continuity and IT recovery solutions." International Business Times 6:14 AM
  • "IBM to acquire Bengaluru-based Sanovi Technologies" The Hindu 6:14 AM
  • "IBM acquires hybrid cloud firm Sanovi Technologies" ZDNet 6:30 AM
  • "Oracle takes Java copyright dispute with Google to appeals court: A jury in California had decided that the use of Java APIs in Android was fair use" IDG News Service 6:00 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple Is Very Undervalued" Forbes 7:24 AM
Industry News
  • "U.K. economy shrugs off Brexit fears" CNNMoney 6:22 AM
  • "Pound Flip-Flops, Bond Yields Rise as U.K. GDP Growth Tops Forecasts: Third-quarter growth of 0.5%, compared with expectations of 0.3% expansion, make an interest rate cut from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney next week unlikely." TheStreet 6:22 AM
  • "Twitter's 3Q Earnings Beat Estimates, Cuts 9% of Workforce" FOXBusiness 6:23 AM
  • "Market Snapshot: U.S. Stock Futures Rise, With Twitter, Tesla Gaining On Beats" Nasdaq 6:58 AM
  • "The Dow's 2-year trip to nowhere ..." USA Today 6:23 AM
  • "Stocks, Bonds Fall as Expectations for Further Central Bank Stimulus Decline: U.K. economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter" [Paid Membership Required] 6:24 AM
  • "Weak China economic data help push Asian stocks down" MarketWatch 6:24 AM
  • "European stocks slip after earnings deluge, weak China data" MarketWatch 6:24 AM

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