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Friday Highlights: IBM statistics of online Christmas sales show iOS numbers almost four times that of Android; at Pymnts, Apple Pay analyzed in light of reports that the tech is not as widely used, suggesting instead that Apple Pay is "sizzling"; Forbes reporting that Apple and Zappos made a killing in the "Christmas Delivery Wars"; Apple hinting that customers in India will be able to finance iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with zero down; Business Insider posts a number of "breathtaking photos" taken on iPhone highlighting the phone's picture-taking capabilities; and to help take better pictures, iMore has a list of what they consider the best iPhone photo extensions for editing and filtering; new information suggests the Sony hack was an inside job, not done by North Korea; and thanks to continued use of smartphones, evidence pointing to evolution of our brains and thumbs; TechRepublic has tips to troubleshoot "8 known iOS 8 issues"; The Verge reviews Withings Activité smartwatch; Wired suggests these "15 essential apps" for new iPads; and we have how-to's and tutorials aplenty down in our Reviews section for new iPad, iPhone and iPod owners; Ashraf Eassa at The Motley Fool thinks new technology from Intel could render the Retina MacBook as outdated sooner than expected; what happened to Apple's 12 Days of Christmas for 2014?; Gene Steinberg continues to praise the 5K iMac; did Kim Dotcom save PS4 and Xbox One networks from The Lizard Squad?

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  • "Another Way Apple Inc. Trounces Competitors: Sustainable Smartphone Profits" The Motley Fool 5:43 PM
  • "IBM: Christmas online sales up 8.3%, iOS numbers nearly quadruple Android's"  VentureBeat 10:15 AM
  • "Is Apple Pay Fizzling? No Way Man, It's Sizzling!" Pymnts 9:20 AM
  • "Christmas Delivery Wars: Apple And Zappos Killed, Staples And Toys 'R' Us Missed" Forbes 11:50 AM
  • "Apple's construction on spaceship races ahead around holidays" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 7:22 AM
  • "Apple to save historic barn on site of new Cupertino campus: Apple employees agonize over every last detail in the designs of their sleek gadgets, and their future corporate home -- a gleaming loop of glass that calls to mind some sort of spacecraft -- has been treated no differently. So when construction wraps up in 2016, passers-by can be forgiven for stopping to wonder: Why has the flying saucer landed next to a century-old barn?" San Jose Mercury News [Free Registration Required] 6:28 PM
  • "10 ways Apple will try to make a dent in the universe in 2015"  VentureBeat 12/25
  • "Apple: The world's most hated stock? Markets can swing from optimism to pessimism in the blink of an eye. It's unusual, however, for two competing companies, both leaders in their field making incredible sums of money, to be priced as if one was headed to the moon and the other to the scrap heap." Sydney Morning Herald 12/25
  • "Apple's 2014 in 60 seconds: Apple launched a Watch and the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but the year was not without its mistakes" Telegraph 12/25
  • "Why Apple Pushed Its First Automatic Mac OS X Security Update This Week" Forbes 11:52 AM
  • "Ask: iTunes Quits Unexpectedly" Mac|Life 3:46 PM
  • "Ouch: This Blast-From-The-Past Media Player For Mac Is No Longer Free" Mac 360 7:18 AM
  • "What Every Mac Geek Needs: Yet Another Text Editor That Does What All Of Them Do" BohemianBoomer 7:18 AM
  • "An Easy Way To Add 1,000 Text Effects To Your Mac" McSolo 7:18 AM
  • "Free: Mac Garbage And Memory Cleaner" Mac 360 7:18 AM
  • "See Lists Gone Wild For Mac, iPhone, iPad" NoodleMac 7:18 AM
  • "How To Use The Mac Checkbook App That Checks And Balances Itself" TeraTalks 7:17 AM
  • "The best apps for your new Mac" The Verge 12/25
  • "How to Enable AirDrop on Older Macs" iClarified 12/25
  • "The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac" Macworld 12/25
  • "Mac Starter Pack: unleash your iTunes gift card and upgrade your Mac with these great apps" 9to5Mac 12/25
  • "Video chatting with family: How to use FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts to keep in touch" Macworld 12/25
Press Releases
  • "SceneTool released for OS X - Turn 3D Scenes to Swift/Objective C Code" prMac 7:20 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Fire TV Outpaces Apple TV On Amazon, This Holiday" RazorianFly 5:30 PM
  • "Apple confirms 'Lucky Bag' sale returning to Japanese retail stores on January 2nd" 9to5Mac 5:30 PM
  • "Apple Japan announces annual 'Lucky Bag' promotion for Jan. 2" AppleInsider 5:30 PM
  • "Some Apple Pay Partners Might Not Make 2014 Rollout Date" MacTrast 8:39 AM
  • "Apple India Hints at Zero Downpayment Plans for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus" NDTV Gadgets 7:50 AM
  • "Apple offers Boxing Day iTunes sales for UK, Canadian customers" MacNN 7:26 AM
  • "Windows XP cut-off, Apple revamps the iPhone and cloud dramas: Top 10 2014 tech events" V3 7:51 AM
  • "18 Breathtaking Photos You Won't Believe Were Taken With An iPhone" Business Insider 9:21 AM
  • "Could 2015 be the year wearable tech becomes sexy?" The Guardian 12/25
  • "What's on the horizon: the giant leaps for tech in 2015" TechRadar UK 12/25
Non-Apple News
  • "Lizard Squad Hacker Group Targets Tor" PC Magazine 9:28 PM
  • "Hackers continue to harass gaming networks" CBS News 6:29 PM
  • " website hacked: Scan your PC for malware if you stopped by/Cryptographically signed BIND, DHCP code safe, we're told" The Register 5:30 PM
  • "Bankruptcy Judge Says Aereo Can Auction Web TV Technology" Nasdaq 3:57 PM
  • "Aereo Allowed to Auction Web TV Technology: Bankruptcy Judge Agrees to Move After Company, Broadcasters Settle on the Sale Process" [Paid Membership Required] 3:49 PM
  • "Kodak-branded Android smartphone to launch at CES 2015; tablet and camera coming later" ZDNet 3:53 PM
  • "Meet Lizard Squad, the hackers who ruined Christmas for gamers worldwide" The Daily Dot 3:42 PM
  • "What 2014 Tech Products Made The Mom Cut?" TechCrunch 3:40 PM
  • "Was the FBI wrong about North Korea? Experts suggest Sony hack was an inside job" BGR 11:51 AM
  • "Our brains are being 'continuously reshaped' by smartphone use: Our thumbs are developing a special relationship with our brains." Ars Technica 9:21 AM
  • "Amazon added 10M new Prime subscribers over the holidays, could make up to $1B in annual revenue" VentureBeat 9:21 AM
  • "Connected, self-driving cars in the front seat at CES" IDG News Service 9:01 AM
  • "Hack update: PSN remains offline and some Xbox Live services still down for the count" BGR 8:08 AM
  • "PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hit by Christmas hack attack -- Kim Dotcom saves the day" BetaNews 7:23 AM
  • "Adam and Tonya Engst Talk Changing Tech Journalism and Apple in 2014" MacVoices 6:32 PM
  • "The TouchArcade Show - 187 - Game of the Year Discussion" Touch Arcade 5:28 PM
  • "iOS 2014: A Year in Review" Tuts+ 7:52 PM
  • "Is Apple Developing A Smaller iPhone?" Newsy 9:01 AM
  • "Rumor: Apple could return to smaller, 4-inch form factor with iPhone 6s mini in 2015" O'Grady's PowerPage 7:54 AM
  • "Apple might launch its Apple Watch as late as May." AppleDailyReport 8:10 AM
  • "If the iPhone 6 is too big for you, just wait: An 'iPhone mini' may be coming in 2015" Macworld 12/25
  • "Apple Invents a Highly Advanced Air-Gesturing System for Future iDevices and Beyond" Patently Apple 12/25
  • "Apple Patent Reveals a 3D Zoom-Based Gesture User Interface" Patently Apple 12/25
  • "iPhone or iPad Not Charging? Pocket Crud Could Be Jamming the Port" OS X Daily 3:53 PM
  • "Pro Tip: Troubleshooting 8 known iOS 8 issues" TechRepublic 7:54 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:11 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:11 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:11 AM

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  • "Logitech Harmony Universal Remote Finally Gets It Right" The Mac Observer 4:49 PM
  • "Review: Mpow Muze Touch Foldable Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Headphones" Run Around Tech 7:54 AM
  • "Withings Activité review: a slightly smarter watch" The Verge 9:56 AM
  • "The Just Mobile HeadStand offers a cool display for your headphones" AppleDailyReport 8:09 AM
  • "Got an iPad for the holidays? Protect it with SkinIt" TechnologyTell 12/25
  • "Review: Skech Crystal Case for the iPhone 6 Plus" Run Around Tech 12/25
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "3 Apps to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions: to improve make getting things done faster and more fun" [Paid Membership Required] 9:30 PM
  • "Best photo extension apps for iPhone: All your edits and filters in one place!" iMore 9:56 AM
  • "15 Essential Apps to Install on Your New iPad" Wired 7:49 AM
  • "Keep your kids entertained over the holiday break with these 4 apps" Macworld 7:20 AM
  • "You Should Play: Crossy Road is basically endless Frogger, and that's a very good thing" Macworld 8:22 AM
  • "TimeCube sends you on a time traveling adventure" iDownload Blog 7:26 AM
  • "Jump looks retro like Pong, but plays like a 21st century arcade game" iDownload Blog 7:26 AM
  • "20 essential games for your new iPad" VentureBeat 12/25
  • "How To Take Photos On iOS 8 Without Launching Camera App" Redmond Pie 3:51 PM
  • "How To Set Focus And Adjust Exposure In The iOS 8 Camera App" AddictiveTips 3:40 PM
  • "PadGadget's DIY Project Spotlight: Tablet Case Designed by Hypernoodle" PadGadget 11:11 AM
  • "iCloud Photo Library, Photo Stream & how to make sense of your photos" AppleInsider 8:21 AM
  • "Get started with your brand new iOS device: Sparkly new gadgets are abound this holiday season. Instead of sitting alone in fear of messing something up, let us help you get started with that new iPhone or iPad." CNET 8:19 AM
  • "So You Got an Apple TV. Here Are Some Handy Tips and Tricks" Wired 7:22 AM
  • "Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first" Macworld 12/25
  • "How To Install PlayStation, N64 Emulator On iOS To Play Games On iPhone [Video Tutorial] Redmond Pie 12/25
  • "How To Improve iPhone 6 Battery Life: 5 battery cases" BGR 12/25
  • "9to5 Guide: Hello, new iPad owner! Here are the best accessories to buy right away" 9to5Mac 12/25
  • "9to5 Guide: Hello, new iPhone / iPod owner! Here are the best accessories to buy right away" 9to5Mac 12/25
  • "How to get started with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: The ultimate guide" iMore 12/25
  • "How to switch from iPhone to Android: A simple guide to going Google" TrustedReviews 12/25
  • "How to set up a new iPhone or iPad: get up and running with our easy step-by-step guide" PC Advisor 12/25
  • "How to switch from Android to iPhone: A simple guide to going Apple" TrustedReviews 12/25
  • "How to listen to your favorite podcasts over the holidays" AppleInsider 12/25
  • "Everything you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Read the ultimate A-Z encyclopedia of Apple's flagship smartphones" Stuff Magazine 12/25
  • "9 free iPhone apps you must download first" Pocket-lint 12/25
  • "Making the switch? How to change from Android to iPhone 6 or 6 Plus" Pocket-lint 12/25
  • "How to Get Your New Fire TV Device Up and Running" Wired 12/25
  • "You Got A New iOS Device For Christmas? The First Games To Install For 2014" Apple'n'Apps 12/25
  • "You Got A New iOS Device For Christmas? The First Apps To Install For 2014" Apple'n'Apps 12/25
  • "How to recycle your gadgets after the holidays" Los Angeles Times [Paid Membership Required] 5:43 PM
  • "Apple's holiday return policy: What you need to know" iMore 3:45 PM
  • "5 Super-Useful Things You Can Do With Your Old iPhone" Time 12/25
  • "Seven things to do with your new tablet this Christmas: Whether it's an iPad or an Android tablet, here are seven things to get you going with your new Christmas gadget" The Guardian 12/25
  • "Seven Tips To Get The Most From Your New iPhone" Forbes 12/25
  • "NSFW: Sometimes newer isn't better" iMore 3:45 PM
  • "iPhone 7? Designer Skips Ahead, Unveils Futuristic Concept For iPhone 8" Design & Trend 3:43 PM
  • "1 Reason that Apple Inc.'s Retina MacBook Air Might Already Be Outdated"  The Motley Fool 8:22 AM
  • "Apple 12 Days of Christmas: Where is Apple's 12 Days of Christmas app 2014?" PC Advisor 7:58 AM
  • "Apple, NFC and the cult of the spec sheet" Technovia 7:55 AM
  • "Apple And Samsung: Here's What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out" PixoBebo 7:17 AM
  • "Shhh! Apple Has Secret Ingredients" Mac 360 7:17 AM
  • "Amazon, Apple And Customer Experience: What the Competition Needs To Do Better" Macs Future 12/25
  • "Is Google less afraid of hackers than Apple?" BGR 12/25
  • "Why It's Better for Apple If You Choose an iPhone over an iPad" The Tech Night Owl 12/25
  • "Whether you've been naughty or nice, don't expect Apple's 12 Days of Gifts to come this year" AppAdvice 12/25
  • "If It Can Happen to Sony, It Can Happen to You" Re/code 5:45 PM
  • "What you need to know about the NSA document dump" Gigaom 3:45 PM
  • "How Kim Dotcom Saved Christmas From The Lizard Squad" Forbes 9:56 AM
  • "Confessions of an open source purist" InfoWorld 9:02 AM
  • "The Internet of Things, explained" PCWorld 7:49 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2014" Touch Arcade 3:43 PM
  • "Coming December 27: Gene Steinberg meets Bob 'Dr. Mac' LeVitus and Macworld's Susie Ochs, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 2:10 PM
  • "Awesome accessories and apps for your brand new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus" AppAdvice 9:57 AM
  • "Building the World's Most Iconic Brand: An Intimate Conversation With Steve Wozniak/Tuesday, January 6 • 8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. – FREE" ASI Orlando 8:08 AM
  • "Check out what games Electronic Arts' Chillingo has in store for early next year" AppAdvice 7:21 AM
  • "Excite Your Child's Imagination With Whiz Kid: Puzzles 1.0 For iOS" prMac 7:20 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi" Microsoft News 8:45 AM
  • "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says keen to partner in Make in India programme" Business Today 8:48 AM
  • "2014: The year Microsoft lost my loyalty" ZDNet 10:49 AM
  • "Microsoft and Google Make Odd Bedfellows" Forbes 10:29 AM
  • "Microsoft looking forward to be part of Digital India" Money Control 8:47 AM
  • "Kim Dotcom Tried And Failed To Stop The Attacks On The PlayStation Network And Xbox Live" Business Insider 10:28 AM
  • "Sony PlayStation Remains Offline: Microsoft's Xbox Restores Service as Hacking Group Claims to Have Ended Its Attack" [Paid Membership Required] 4:30 PM
  • "Hacker Grinches Steal Christmas From Online Gamers: By taking out Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network." ReadWrite 4:30 PM
  • "Sony's PlayStation, Microsoft's Xbox goes offline in hacker attack" Hindu Business Line 8:50 AM
  • "Sony Playstation & Microsoft Xbox networks attacked by hackers in wake of The Interview release" The Drum 8:49 AM
  • "Possible Hack Of Sony, Microsoft Game Console Sites" NPR 8:47 AM
  • "PlayStation Network and Xbox Live hit by Christmas hack attack -- Kim Dotcom saves the day" BetaNews 8:02 AM
  • "Sony and Microsoft video game players hit by cyber attacks" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:25 AM
  • "Sony confirms PSN problems for PS4, but doesn't comment on hacking reports" VentureBeat 7:38 AM
  • "Xbox, PlayStation Hit With Connection Problems: Hacker Group Claims Responsibility for Hobbling Microsoft, Sony Game Networks" [Paid Membership Required] 7:25 AM
  • "IBM: Christmas Day Sales Up 8.3 Percent, Mobile Purchases up 20.4 Percent" PC Magazine 3:49 PM
  • "Debate: Big Blue past its prime? IBM is this year's worst performing Dow stock. Traders Jim Lebenthal and Steve Weiss debate the play on Big Blue." CNBC Videos 12:32 PM
  • "Intel Plans to Spend $550 Million Upgrading Chip Manufacturing Plant in Israel" Maximum PC 10:38 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple shorts jump ship: The drop in short interest last quarter was more than that of any other company on Nasdaq." Fortune 11:11 AM
Industry News
  • "U.S. financial markets edge higher after Christmas break" USA Today 2:41 PM
  • "Stocks Snag New Records in Sleepy Post-Christmas Session" TheStreet 3:56 PM
  • "Stock indexes edge higher in a quiet, post-holiday trading day; Crude oil price renews decline" Associated Press 3:56 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks Rise to Record Highs: Dow Has Gained For Seven Consecutive Sessions" [Paid Membership Required] 3:56 PM
  • "Stocks: 4 things to know before the open/Stocks were poised to start trading slightly higher Friday as investors returned from the holiday break." CNNMoney 7:18 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Banks drive Shanghai Composite up 2.8%/Chinese stocks bumped higher for the second consecutive session, while the rest of Asia was subdued due to the Christmas holidays." MarketWatch 7:15 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:24 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares up at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:23 PM

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