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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 Soars to Record Amid Optimism About Coming Products"  Bloomberg 7:43 AM
  • "Apple Shares Close at Record, Top Google Over 10 Years" ["Apple investors are 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. By diversifying its product lines, Apple is hoping to reignite earnings growth, which has flattened in recent quarters."] [Paid Membership Required] 7:41 AM
  • "Next iPhone, first iWatch raises Apple stock to record highs" Boston Herald 7:56 AM
  • "Apple's freshly sliced shares climb" AFP 7:44 AM
  • "Apple preps final non-security Mavericks update: And for the 10% still running 2011"s Lion, the end of all support, patches included, is likely just weeks away" Computerworld 7:26 AM
  • "Apple's iMessage is about to become even cooler once Yosemite arrives" BGR 7:21 AM
  • "iMessage accounts for 30 percent of all mobile spam messages" Electronista 12:56 PM
  • "Mavericks - Spotlight running wild; migration tips; Aperture packages vs. Finder files" MacInTouch 11:15 AM
  • "iBetterCharge review: Track your iOS device's battery life while using your Mac" Macworld 7:07 AM
  • "Power Adapter Alarm review: Hey, your MagSafe adapter is unplugged!" Macworld 8:40 AM
  • "Writing data into existing home folders as part of an installation package" Amsys 6:34 AM
  • "16 tips for Mac users who must use Windows" Computerworld 8:18 AM
  • "Using Final Cut Pro X to edit stop motion animation" 8:14 AM
  • "This Mac OS X app lets you Briefly create still motion Videos" Apple Daily Report 7:47 AM
  • "Cleaning Up Your Contacts" MacMost 9:30 AM
  • "Tip: Quickly zoom and open images with QuickLook" MacIssues 9:23 AM
  • "The Problem With Renaming Files On A Mac" TeraTalks 6:34 AM
  • "How To Broadcast Voice Announcements To Other Mac Users From Your Mac" NoodleMac 6:35 AM
  • "How A Simple Budget App Beats Quicken" Mac 360 6:35 AM
  • "Free: Todo Lists, Tasks, Mac, iPhone, iPad" Mac 360 6:35 AM
  • "uBar: It's How To Make Your Mac Look And Work Like Windows" BohemianBoomer 6:35 AM
Press Releases
  • "CourseNotes 5.0 for Mac Introduces Audio Recording, iCloud Syncing" prMac 6:44 AM
  • "Parallels Announces Desktop 10 for the Mac with Yosemite Support" The Mac Observer 12:53 PM
  • "Parallels Announces Parallels Desktop® 10 for Mac with OS X Yosemite Integration, Enables to Launch Office Applications Up to 50 Percent Faster and Delivers Up to 30 Percent Better Battery Life" Business Wire 9:27 AM
  • "Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac launches with OS X 10.10 Yosemite support, speed boosts, more" AppleInsider 6:43 AM
  • "Final Cut Pro 10.1.3, Motion 5.1.2, Compressor 4.1.3 Updates Bring Fixes" FairerPlatform 6:36 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Apple faces preliminary injunction to remove 'Secret' from App Store, users' devices: A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered Apple and Google to not only remove anonymous social networking app Secret from their app stores, but also remotely wipe the software from devices in the country."  AppleInsider 6:43 AM
  • "Prosecutors Want Apple To Use Its iPhone 'Kill Switch' — A Doomsday Device For Apps Few Know Exists"  Business Insider 9:21 AM
  • "Secret may be banned in Brazil over anonymity, after judge grants preliminary injunction" Gigaom 7:27 AM
  • "Exclusive: Dubai's Mall Of The Emirates To Get World's Biggest Apple Store/The US tech behemoth has advertised 13 job positions across the UAE." EDGAR 6:50 AM
  • "Apple Reportedly Building 'World's Largest' Apple Store in Dubai, United Arab Emirates" MacRumors 7:18 AM
  • "That Apple Store in the United Arab Emirates could be the world's largest" 9to5Mac 7:18 AM
  • "Dubai, UAE will reportedly be home to the largest Apple retail store in the world" AppAdvice 7:08 AM
  • "World's Largest Apple Store Rumored to Be Built in Dubai" Apple Gazette 7:08 AM
  • "Apple to build world's biggest iStore in Dubai" The Register 8:52 AM
  • "Phablets Are So Yesterday: More Users in Asia Now Hold Tablets to Their Faces to Make Calls, IDC Reports" IDC 6:47 AM
  • "Talking On Tablets On The Rise In Asia" TechCrunch 6:46 AM
  • "Patent troll drops suit against Adam Carolla after discovering podcasts don't make any money" The Verge 8:37 AM
  • "Watch out for this frighteningly smart malware that's infected over 75,000 jailbroken iPhones" BGR 2:08 PM
  • "iPod engravings are nearly as obsolete as the device" Cult of Mac 8:14 AM
Non-Apple News
  • "Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things: A study of 48,000 Chrome extensions uncovers ad fraud, data theft, and other misdeeds" IDG News Service 7:25 AM
  • "Clockwise Podcast: Mobile disasters, social networks, and tech pet peeves" TechHive 2:23 PM
  • "Jeff Gamet and John Martellaro Talk Science Fiction Tech, AI Assistants and Robots" MacVoices 12:53 PM
  • "Let's Talk Jailbreak 70: The woman behind Cydia" iDownload Blog 8:38 AM
  • "iPad Air 2 Said to Feature 2 GB of RAM, and iWatch, 512 MB with 8 GB Storage" iPhoneinCanada 2:21 PM
  • "Second-Generation iPad Air May Get Memory Boost to 2 GB" MacRumors 2:23 PM
  • "Leaked iPhone 6 Schematic Shows A 0.67-0.77 mm Protruding Camera" G for Games 6:52 AM
  • "Claimed schematic again raises suggestion iPhone 6 will have sub-1mm protruding camera lens" 9to5Mac 7:09 AM
  • "Alleged Schematic Shows Protruding Camera Ring on 4.7-Inch iPhone 6" MacRumors 7:33 AM
  • "Leaked: iPhone 6 Will Be Apple's Sharpest Screen Yet (But It Still Won't Be As Sharp As A Samsung)" Business Insider 7:46 AM
  • "Major iPhone 6 display detail revealed in microscope test" BGR 9:22 AM
  • "Apple Dominates New EPEAT Tablet Registry After Nearly Withdrawing From Environmental List in 2012" MacRumors 11:04 AM
  • "Apple nearly sweeps EPEAT tablet registry" AppAdvice 11:19 AM
  • "Apple wants to eliminate random targeting on its online stores" AppleDailyReport 7:48 AM
  • "MacBook Pro discussion has more today about viewing issues, including a font-smoothing tip using the command line, a Firefox tip, more details about different eyeglasses, plus a classic piece of Mac software." MacInTouch 11:15 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Pilot's Path For iPhone And iPad Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $3.99)" Apple Sliced 9:30 AM
  • "John Mad Run For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 9:30 AM
  • "Tribal Quest -Master of Elements For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $2.99)" Apple Sliced 9:30 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM
  • "Mac mini Prices & Sales" MacPrices 7:47 AM

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  • "Razer Taipan Mouse For Gamers And Non-Gamers – The 'Book Mystique Review" MacPrices 7:28 AM
  • "Review: Life n Soul 8 Driver Bluetooth headphones" Electronista 7:14 AM
  • "Review: Boombot REX – Stay Connected to Your Friends and Your Music" MacTrast 7:33 AM
  • "Review: Zivix PUC Wireless MIDI Link" iLounge 12:57 PM
  • "Review: IK Multimedia iRig Voice" iLounge 10:39 AM
  • "This Startup Could Turn Your iPhone Into a Tiny Disease-Detecting Lab" Wired 8:16 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Fix This App: Overcast for iOS" Macworld 6:45 AM
  • "Timeful Helps You Make Time for the Things You Want to Do" TUAW 8:13 AM
  • "Appidemic: Easy! Task & To-Do List for iPhone" TechnologyTell 8:14 AM
  • "Spray Can iOS App Review" Tapscape 10:41 AM
  • "NodeBeat's stunning visual music creation will blow you away" TUAW 8:52 AM
  • "Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen has chosen iOS" TechnologyTell 7:05 AM
  • "Quest – Web Browser Review: Being simple and streamlined means that Quest - Web Browser is a handy way to just browse the internet, free of too many options." 148Apps 8:39 AM
  • "One Tap RPG Review: This casual arcade game introduces some very light rpg elements into its fantasy-themed pachinko gameplay." 148Apps 9:23 AM
  • "Star Realms Review: Star Realms is an excellent adaptation of an outstanding deck-builder. With great visuals and an effective presentation, Star Realms is awesome." 148Apps 10:33 AM
  • "Cubic Castles Review: Some ridiculously frustrating camera issues aside, Cubic Castles is a pretty neat, voxel-based crafting game that sports serious future potential." 148Apps 2:23 PM
  • "How to enable switch control for motor accessibility on iPhone or iPad" iMore 8:52 AM
  • "YouTube Find: DIY Sewer pipe tripod mount for the iPad" TUAW 9:23 AM
  • "Five ways to keep your student's digital life safe" Macworld 8:39 AM
  • "Apple has no shame in pushing back product deadlines" TUAW 2:15 PM
  • "Samsung's brilliant new plan to avoid Apple lawsuits: Patent the iPhone?" BGR 8:53 AM
  • "Upgrading your Mac: Moving hard drives from a Mac Pro to iMac" Macworld 8:53 AM
  • "Why it makes sense that the iPhone 6 could be thinner than its camera sensor" Gigaom 8:51 AM
  • "Will we ever see the Touch ID sensor on a Mac keyboard/mouse/touchpad?" AppleDailyReport 7:48 AM
  • "Apple's Future: What We Think We Know" Mac 360 6:34 AM
  • "Check Out How Microsoft's Surface Pro Crushes MacBook Air And iPad" Mac 360 6:34 AM
  • "Ebooks Will Make Us Dumber, Or They Won't" Forbes 2:19 PM
  • "Pay TV Prices Rising as Roku Bundles Up, Slims Down" FairerPlatform 12:54 PM
  • "The state of Android updates: Who's fast, who's slow, and why" Ars Technica 8:39 AM
  • "Twitter Is Destroying Itself" Forbes 7:52 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Vine for iOS updated with new camera, packs a plethora of new capture tools" 9to5Mac 2:24 PM
  • "iOS And Mac Apps Worth $23 In Total Can Be Downloaded For Free Right Now!" Redmond Pie 2:18 PM
  • "The NFL Now channel arrives on the Apple TV" AppAdvice 2:09 PM
  • "'NFL Now' Channel Launches on Apple TV - Breaking NFL News and Highlights" MacTrast 2:08 PM
  • "Guest Pass for iOS 7 Allows Access to Your Wi-Fi Network Without Revealing the Password" The Mac Observer 2:04 PM
  • "First Day of School: Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he has gets ready for his first day of school! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration." Oceanhouse Media 12:55 PM
  • "Sandisk launches value-oriented Ultra II SSD with TLC media" Electronista 11:19 AM
  • "Skype makes chat notifications less annoying when using multiple devices" 9to5Mac 11:05 AM
  • "RunKeeper Wants to Give You Presents for Working Out" The Mac Observer 11:01 AM
  • "Cooking and Convenience Go Phone-in-Hand with GE's New Free-Standing Range You Can Operate from a Smartphone" Business Wire 9:27 AM
  • "Revamped Hyatt Mobile App Now Includes Integration with Uber" Business Wire 9:27 AM
  • "Goodbye Paywall - Table Tennis Touch Eliminates In-App Purchases" 148Apps 9:21 AM
  • "Get ready to settle the score in Wizcorp's Striker Arena for iPad" AppAdvice 8:51 AM
  • "Google Photo Sphere Comes to the iPhone" MacStories 7:33 AM
  • "Simple 2.0 Banking App Released for iPhone" iClarified 7:27 AM
  • "Shot Improving Basketball hopes to improve your game" Coolest Gadgets 7:21 AM
  • "Tom Hanks' Typewriter App Proves Big Hit With Ipad Users" Digital Trends 7:11 AM
  • "New Lytro Mobile App lets you view and interact with 'living pictures' on iOS devices" AppAdvice 7:09 AM
  • "PayPal introduces new option enabling customers to pay with just 'One Touch'" AppAdvice 7:09 AM
  • "Omate X smartwatch talks to iPhone and Android, looks sharp doing it" CNET 7:06 AM
  • "The Ensign: Prequel to A Dark Room arrives on iOS" CNET 6:46 AM
  • "Fishy Feathers on iOS is a Bird Game You Can Actually Beat" prMac 12:57 PM
  • "Function Space Brings Collaborative Scientific Learning to iOS" prMac 12:56 PM
  • "Introducing Zen Habits for iPhone" prMac 10:34 AM
  • "OmNom Apps Connects Islands in Hashi Link" prMac 9:46 AM
  • "Terrella: An unapologetically challenging game for iOS" prMac 9:24 AM
  • "Draw to Destroy Dots in Clever New Game - A Blok Fluo Game Free iOS 1.0" prMac 9:24 AM
  • "The tree that refused to shed takes root in iPhone and iPad" prMac 9:24 AM
  • "The Best Practice of Image Captioning: Fink You App is Released" prMac 6:44 AM
  • "Rosano Coutinho Releases iLift 2 - Learn to play music by ear" prMac 6:44 AM
  • "WaterField VertiGo 2.0 Laptop Bag - Intelligent Details and Worldly Look" prMac 6:44 AM
  • "Time Lapse! 1.0 for iOS - Watch Result Video During Recording" prMac 6:44 AM
  • "CourseNotes 5.0 for iOS Introduces Audio Recording, iCloud Syncing" prMac 6:44 AM
  • "Create beautiful art cards with Art Cards - Monet for iPhone and iPad" prMac 6:44 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft Board: Ballmer's Move Gives CEO Nadella Even Freer Hand to Reshape the Company" [Paid Membership Required] 7:46 AM
  • "Ballmer exits Microsoft board: stock market nods approval: Ballmer's departure had to happen someday, but the news came so abruptly that many were caught flatfooted" InfoWorld 7:24 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft for good after 34 years" V3 7:32 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer Leaves Microsoft's Board After Departure as CEO" Bloomberg 7:45 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft's Board" Digital Trends 11:04 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on NBA's Clippers" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 7:52 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer's Mixed Legacy at Microsoft: Steve Ballmer was employee number thirty at Microsoft, hired as the company's first business manager who would later become CEO for more than a decade. This week he also gave up his seat on Microsoft's board of directors, fully embracing his roll as full-time owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers among other roles." TheStreet 11:18 AM
  • "Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board to focus on Clippers, civic duty" Memeburn 7:32 AM
  • "Microsoft detects fall in fake antivirus traffic" BetaNews 7:05 AM
  • "Microsoft warns of fake virus alert hitting Windows users" V3 7:32 AM
  • "Hewlett Packard's FQ3: Glass Half Empty?" Benzinga 8:31 AM
  • "33 years after creating the PC, IBM leaves it behind in favour of the cloud" PhysOrg 9:30 AM
  • "Lenovo, IBM x86 Server Deal Clears U.S. Regulators—Now What?" The VAR Guy 9:30 AM
  • "IBM India steps up analytics presence in IT for HR" Infotech Lead 9:28 AM
  • "Lenovo targets small businesses with three new budget-priced desktop PCs" PCWorld 8:38 AM
  • "Intel's Haswell-E brain to emerge from the lab at end of August – reports" The Register 7:46 AM
  • "Update: Intel To Apply Big Data Into Medicine" Seeking Alpha 8:16 AM
  • "How Cisco-NetApp's FlexPod Impacts EMC And VMware" Forbes 7:54 AM
  • "Why SAP HANA is an integral part of SAP's cloud strategy" Market Realist 8:31 AM
  • "Moore's Law: The Future Is Energy Efficiency/As the industry continues to shrink chips, energy efficiency is one way to expand Moore's Law beyond its current form. Let's explore how." InformationWeek 8:25 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple: why so tasty? Share price rally could be about cash, the next iPhone – or nothing at all" Financial Times [Paid Membership Required] 11:05 AM
  • "Power of iPhone 6 hype-gasm: Apple a sniff away from record stock high" The Register 8:17 AM
  • "ASE: Apple's iWatch To Boost Q4; Bernstein Raises TP" Barron's 7:42 AM
  • "316 stocks expected to beat Apple | America's Markets" USA Today 11:05 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech stocks weaken; H-P earnings on tap" MarketWatch 10:41 AM
  • "Stock Market Today: Stocks Stall as Markets Await More Fed Clarity" TheStreet 11:11 AM
  • "Global stocks drift as Asia gains slightly, Europe weaker amid wait for US Fed signals" Associated Press 11:11 AM
  • "Stocks Higher Ahead of Fed Minutes: Federal Reserve to Release Meeting Minutes" [Paid Membership Required] 11:10 AM
  • "Asia Markets: Japan stocks log longest winning streak in eight months" MarketWatch 8:27 AM
  • "Europe Markets: Europe slips after largest 2-day gain since April" MarketWatch 11:09 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:58 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 12:58 PM

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