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Monday Highlights: Jean-Louis Gassée offers his unique view on the history (and future) of iOS and how "The engineering feat performed by Forstall and his team and its enormous economic consequences can't be overstated. They changed Apple and an entire industry, inaugurating the Smartphone 2.0 era"; but has iPhone become "Apple's greatest weakness"?; iOS developers complaining of loophole in refund policy for apps purchased on App Store; Photos app on undergoing redesign to behave more like Mac app counterpart; Macworld shows how to make custom greeting cards using Photos for Mac; IDC stats show fitness trackers leading wearables market at expense of smartwatches; new report finds Samsung "broke basic engineering rules" in Galaxy Note 7, not allowing for proper battery expansion; reports piling up of battery life issues with new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, some seeing only 3 hours of life as opposed to lasting all-day; Jonny Evans sees much potential in Apple's car tech, going beyond simply controlling our cars; Michael Fischer pens open letter to Apple asking for control over stalkerware.

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  • "The Operating System Fountain of Youth: iOS"  Monday Note 7:57 AM
  • "Apple blamed for loophole in mobile app refund policy" ["But the content developer cannot take part in the process under Apple's refund policy. Apple does not even provide information about the users who have requested and received the refund, claiming it is to protect consumer rights. For this reason, the developers have no other choice but to manually track down the users and check if they continue to use the charged content they have already received refunds for."]  The Korea Times 7:35 AM
  • "Apple's 'excited' about self-driving car potential: Maybe Project Titan isn't dead after all." IDG News Service 7:35 AM
  • "Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it? Cupertino's ambitions to apply machine learning to transportation revealed in letter" The Register 8:02 AM
  • "Apple's greatest weakness: iPhone continues to underperform the market as a whole"  Business Insider 9:24 AM
  • "The secret to understanding user behavior in the App Store" The Next Web 8:54 AM
  • "Apple improving Photos app with sidebar and scrubber to match native Mac Photos app" 9to5Mac 8:11 AM
  • "Apple Testing Redesigned Photos Web App on Beta With macOS-like Interface" MacRumors 8:54 AM
  • "Protect Yourself Against Calendar Spam" MacMost 9:54 AM
  • "Fixing 'The application '' is not open anymore' Mac Error" OS X Daily 7:57 AM
  • "How to create custom greeting cards in Photos for Mac: Photos for Mac makes it ridiculously fun to create custom greeting cards and yearly newsletters." Macworld 7:35 AM
  • "How to Show the User Library Folder in macOS Sierra" The Mac Observer 7:32 AM
  • "How to enable AirDrop file transfers between unsupported Macs and over Ethernet" iDownload Blog 8:11 AM
  • "Get The Mac's Color Wheel For 99-cents" Mac360 7:36 AM
Press Releases
  • "Google Chrome for Desktop Updated to Version 55 - Defaults to HTML5, Fixes Security Holes" MacTrast 8:23 AM
  • "This Slack app is the most frictionless way to talk to team members" The Next Web 8:12 AM
  • "Tales of Cosmos - New Open World Adventure Game for Mac and Windows" prMac 7:33 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "UK Police Circumvent iOS Encryption By Snatching iPhone Out of Suspect's Hands" The Mac Observer 7:33 AM
  • "UK police have a new tactic to circumvent strong iPhone encryption: steal the unlocked phone out of the criminal's hand" 9to5Mac 7:35 AM
  • "Fitness Trackers in the Lead as Wearables Market Grows 3.1% in the Third Quarter, According to IDC" ["Apple's decision to launch its second-generation watches in mid-September, towards the end of the quarter, did contribute to its year-over-year decline in 3Q16. However, the primary reasons for the downturn were an aging lineup and an unintuitive user interface. Though both issues have been addressed with the latest generation watches, Apple's success will likely be muted as the smartwatch category continues to be challenged."] Business Wire 8:25 AM
  • "Apple Watch sales plunge as Fitbit continues to rule wearables" Business Insider 8:37 AM
  • "Apple Watch Sales Decline 71% in Third Quarter Thanks to Late Series 2 Intro" The Mac Observer 10:35 AM
  • "Apple's Next Store Opens in Shanghai on December 10" MacRumors 7:56 AM
  • "Burglars crash car into Palo Alto Apple Store" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 8:24 AM
  • "Burglars ram SUV into Palo Alto Apple store in smash-and-grab raid" AppleInsider 8:23 AM
  • "Why Netflix downloads offline video to your iOS device in 1-3 minute chunks" 9to5Mac 7:34 AM
  • "5 years after his death, Steve Jobs still among top 'current' tech leaders" Cult of Mac 9:21 AM
  • "Today in Apple history: Apple Store celebrates millionth online sale" Cult of Mac 8:21 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "100 million students worldwide will learn to code this week for Hour of Code: Monday kicks off Computer Science Education Week, and's Hour of Code will teach millions of students across every country new coding skills. Here's why it's important, and how your company can participate." TechRepublic 8:23 AM
  • "Dangerous Galaxy Note 7 Broke Basic Engineering Rules, Says Damning New Report"  Digital Trends 8:19 AM
  • "EU accuses Facebook and Twitter of failing to remove hate speech" Telegraph 8:11 AM
  • "In five years, machine learning will be a part of every doctor's job, Vic Gundotra says: Gundotra, a longtime Microsoft and Google executive, is now the CEO of AliveCor, a mobile health-tech startup." Recode 8:11 AM
  • "In OpenAI's Universe, Computers Learn to Use Apps Like Humans Do" Wired 8:02 AM
  • "Google's new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location in emergencies" TechCrunch 7:46 AM
  • "New MacBook Pro with Touch Bar suffers from serious battery issues: All-day battery life? Only if your workday is about 3 hours long, claim some owners of Apple's new MacBook Pro."  ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Some MacBook Pro with Touch Bar owners are reporting serious battery issues"  The Next Web 8:12 AM
  • "Does the brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar have a battery problem?" BGR 8:12 AM
  • "iPhone battery Bug Angers Apple Consumers" Investopedia 10:28 AM
  • "Report: Apple May Drop Intel Chips" Investopedia 8:54 AM
  • "Apple Finally reveals the cause of its iPhone 6s 'unexpected shutdown' bug - but only on its Chinese website" Daily Mail (UK) 8:13 AM
  • "Almost all fake iPhone chargers are 'unsafe', warns Trading Standards" V3 8:11 AM
  • "Hacker Luca Todesco advises jailbreakers to avoid updating to iOS 10.2" iDownload Blog 10:27 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM
  • "12" MacBook Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:32 AM

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  • "Navdy: For when your Car won't Play: Plume drives to connect all your devices reliably, but you may end up stuck in the slow lane" iMore 8:21 AM
  • "Sonos Play:1 vs. Bose SoundTouch 10: Which should you get?" iMore 9:21 AM
  • "Aukey 30000mAh Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0 review: Can fully charge a sleeping MacBook" Macworld 8:24 AM
  • "Lust List: Moshi's AirPlay Spatia speaker looks old-fashioned but is anything but [Review] Cult of Mac 7:56 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Procreate for iPad adds Photoshop PSD import, screen capture/live streaming, keyboard shortcuts and more" 9to5Mac 7:36 AM
  • "How to Get a Faster iPad in Just Five Seconds" Apple Must 12:23 PM
  • "5 Tips for Making Your iPhone's Battery Last Longer: Play Video" Time 10:28 AM
  • "iOS Tip: Here's how to switch on a hidden shortcut menu on your iPhone or iPad" ZDNet 9:21 AM
  • "What Parisian Communists are saying about 'Rue Steve Jobs'" Apple 3.0 9:24 AM
  • "Apple doesn't just want to control your car: it wants to drive your life" Computerworld 9:22 AM
  • "Music v. Charging: The Struggle of an iPhone 7 User" AppleBlend 9:15 AM
  • "Are smartwatches winding down?" TechCrunch 8:53 AM
  • "How Nokia Will Be The New Apple" Mac360 8:25 AM
  • "More Good News For Apple TV" TeraTalks 8:22 AM
  • "Why I cancelled my new 15-inch MacBook Pro order: When Apple's new MacBook Pros were announced in October, David Gewirtz's long wait was rewarded with a slightly queasy feeling, because the most obviously powerful model was a 15-inch machine with dual GPU." ZDNet 8:20 AM
  • "Why Apple, Not Sirius, Should Acquire Pandora" Investopedia 8:14 AM
  • "We're Halfway Through The Grave Danger Of Apple's Decade-long Malaise" Mac360 8:13 AM
  • "We Kick, We Scream, We Complain, But Apple Moves The Technology Bar Forward" NoodleMac 8:02 AM
  • "Where will they park all the Apple cars?" Apple 3.0 7:57 AM
  • "Apple Says All Autonomous Car Prototypes Are Created Equal" The Mac Observer 7:33 AM
  • "Alexa and Google Home Record What You Say. What Happens to Your Data?" Wired 8:37 AM
  • "How Google Assistant helped me learn basic German on a European vacation" VentureBeat 8:20 AM
  • "I Live with Robots. Eventually You Will Too" Tech.pinions 7:57 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "New Video Featuring Jaron Lanier: KMI Launches K-Board Pro 4 - Keyboard with Smart Fabric Technology to Feel & Respond Like True Musical Instrument" Thomas PR 12:25 PM
  • "Download This Unofficial Super Mario Game For iOS Before It Gets Pulled By Apple" Redmond Pie 10:27 AM
  • "App Store Gains New Section for Single Sign-on Apps From Supported TV Providers" MacRumors 8:54 AM
  • "The MUG Event Calendar for the Week of December 5: Kevin La Rue of MacPhun, Cord Cutting and Holiday Parties Galore" The MUG Center 8:22 AM
  • "Runkeeper now lets you track workouts iPhone-free with Apple Watch Series 2 GPS" 9to5Mac 8:21 AM
  • "Micron Announces 5100 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs With 3D TLC NAND" AnandTech 8:11 AM
  • "Say Hello to WIRED's Stunning Photo Site" Wired 8:02 AM
  • "10 absurd gifts for the Apple fan you're not sure you like" [Slideshow] Macworld 7:35 AM
Computer Industry
  • "KPMG and Microsoft form IoT alliance in India" MS Power User 9:21 AM
  • "Microsoft 'Absolutely' Had to Be in Hardware, Former CEO Steve Ballmer Says" Softpedia 8:44 AM
  • "KPMG, Microsoft join hands to boost digital transformation" The Economic Times 8:43 AM
  • "Microsoft SQL Server gets 'clone magic' tool from Redgate" ComputerWeekly 8:42 AM
  • "Microsoft Warns of New Scams Aimed at Windows Users" Softpedia 8:31 AM
  • "IBM CEO Joins Trump Business-Policy Advisers" Nasdaq 7:48 AM
  • "HP announces security enhancements for printers, printing services division" ITBusiness Canada 7:47 AM
  • "HP shifted billions in direct sales to resellers in 2016, Dion Weisler reveals - Hardware - CRN Australia" CRN 7:45 AM
  • "Intel Apollo Lake NUC board specifications published" Hexus 7:43 AM
  • "Microsoft, Intel, Others Oppose China Plans to Get Access to Source Code" Softpedia 7:42 AM
  • "Oracle Says It Won't Change NetSuite Product Prices, Structure" Silicon 7:25 AM
  • "Cisco, Arista Trial Reveals Bad Blood in Networking Tech Rivalry" Bloomberg 7:23 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Why Apple and Its Peers Continue to Spend So Much on Buybacks" Market Realist 8:19 AM
  • "Apple stock price target cut on lower iPhone sales outlook" MarketWatch 8:19 AM
  • "Apple, Starbucks, Cisco: Doug Kass' Views" TheStreet 8:22 AM
Industry News
  • "Dow climbs to record as investors shake off Italy's referendum: The Dow Jones Industrial Average set fresh intraday record as U.S. stocks climbed in early trade Monday, with investors shaking off the defeat of Italy's constitution-reform referendum on Sunday." MarketWatch 9:43 AM
  • "New York Mayor to ask Congress for $35 million to protect Trump: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce Monday that he is asking Congress and Donald Trump for $35 million to cover the cost of protecting the president elect until the inauguration, according to a person familiar with the plan." CNNMoney 9:43 AM
  • "Dow At Record High; Goldman Sachs Rated Buy: The indexes rallied in the stock market today following Sunday's constitutional referendum in Italy. Voters rejected Prime Minster Matteo Renzi's proposals, and the PM announced he was stepping down following the defeat." Investor's Business Daily 9:42 AM
  • "Stocks jump as Dow hits new all-time high: U.S. stocks opened higher Monday as the Dow set a new all-time high after investors shrugged off Italy's rejection of proposed constitutional changes and the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi." USA Today 9:42 AM
  • "Dow Climbs to Fresh High As Investors Shake Off Italy's Referendum: The Dow Jones Industrial Average set fresh intraday record as U.S. stocks climbed in early trade Monday, with investors shaking off the defeat of Italy's constitution-reform referendum on Sunday." FOXBusiness 9:41 AM
  • "Italian Debt Yields Rise on 'No' Vote: Investors sold Italian government debt Monday after the country's voters overwhelming rejected constitutional changes, ushering in a period of heightened uncertainty in the eurozone's third-largest economy." [Paid Membership Required] 9:41 AM
  • "Asian shares drop, as Italian referendum hit bank stocks: Stock markets in Asia fell Monday, as investors feared the 'no' vote in Italy's referendum could hurt the country's banking system and spark global contagion." MarketWatch 9:40 AM
  • "Italian stocks sink after voters reject Renzi in referendum: Italian stocks retreated Monday after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation announcement following defeat of a constitutional referendum, but questions remain about political uncertainty and the possibility of another eurozone crisis." MarketWatch 9:39 AM

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