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Friday Highlights: Sensational headline suggests growth of Android and Windows tablets means "Apple is losing its grip as top tablet company", or perhaps it is just a result of one vs many; in the smartphone front, Chinese makers are swiftly gaining on Apple and Samsung; Market Realist examines how Apple has been using their on-hand cash; Apple officially welcomes Beats into the family, tells 9to5Mac the company has received US regulatory approval for acquisition; as well, Apple has paid $404 million to Vivendi in order to purchase their 13% stake in Beats—reports aplenty in our Apple/Macintosh, and General Interest sections; Foss Patents reporting that Apple is defending jury verdict in response to Samsung appeal of California ruling; Macworld on troubleshooting WiFi issues, they also review Adobe's Illustrator CC 2014; LAPTOP mag tutorial on installing Windows 8.1 on a Mac, as well, offers handy keyboard shortcuts plus their Windows equivalents; The Mac Observer on how to configure FileVault; Android, for first time ever, passes iOS in global usage; Apple stickers TV ad generating business for resellers; Gizmodo reviews Flir One for iPhone, says "yep, iPhone Predator-vision is awesome"; Chris Maxcer rants on pundits claiming the iWatch is "destined to fail".

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  • "Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval: Apple Inc on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices." Reuters 2:58 PM
  • "Apple's $450 Million E-Book Settlement Wins Early Approval" Bloomberg 3:44 PM
  • "With Apple-Beats Deal Complete, Ian Rogers To Run iTunes Radio"  WSJ Blogs 2:47 PM
  • "Welcome to the family. Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we're thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr.┬áDre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We're delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further." Apple 8:49 AM
  • "Apple Closes Deal for Beats Electronics: Apple's Purchase is Part of its Attempt to Fend Off Competition to iTunes" [Paid Membership Required] 11:23 AM
  • "Apple officially welcomes Beats to the family as Beats moves online sales to Apple's site" ["Apple has confirmed with 9to5Mac that it has indeed received U.S. regulatory approval needed to complete its Beats acquisition."] 9to5Mac 10:13 AM
  • "Apple's $3 Billion Beats Purchase Now a Done Deal" Re/code 10:01 AM
  • "Apple closes $3B Beats deal, welcomes the company 'to the family': Apple says that it will work with the Beats team to 'elevate' the experience already created by Beats products." CNET 10:01 AM
  • "Beats is now officially part of Apple" The Verge 10:02 AM
  • "Apple refutes Beats layoff rumors, says every employee offered a job" AppleInsider 9:32 PM
  • "Vivendi Sells Its 13% Beats Stake to Apple for $404 Million"  Bloomberg 8:41 AM
  • "Vivendi/Universal Music Group: Closing of the interest sale in Beats" Vivendi 8:48 AM
  • "Apple Snaps Up Another Piece of Beats" Mashable 9:45 AM
  • "Apple slicing Beats" Chicago Tribune [Free Registration Required] 8:38 AM
  • "Apple to fire 200 Beats employees following acquisition" TechnologyTell 8:19 AM
  • "Apple losing its grip as top tablet company: Android and Windows tablet vendors are creeping in on Apple's top spot, IDC said."  Techworld 8:38 AM
  • "The Chinese are coming: Samsung, Apple's global smartphone market share slipping" Memeburn 8:40 AM
  • "How Apple has made use of its cash balance"  Market Realist 8:37 AM
  • "Must-know: Analyzing Apple's declining business drivers" Market Realist 12:26 PM
  • "Apple responds to Samsung appeal of first California ruling, defends jury verdict all the way" Foss Patents 8:20 AM
  • "Fixing Odd Mac Mouse or Trackpad Behaviors & Random Clicks" OS X Daily 12:26 PM
  • "Ask: Recover Missing OS X Applications" Mac|Life 12:26 PM
  • "How to troubleshoot Mac Wi-Fi problems" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "Yosemite discussion includes Feedback Assistant; iCloud issues; beta FAQ and migration; and various experiences." MacInTouch 4:36 PM
  • "Mavericks - hardware compatibility charts; stolen focus problems; screensaver issues" MacInTouch 4:36 PM
  • "Illustrator CC2014 review: Adobe continues to add refinements that benefit illustrators" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "Light Up review: Put a spotlight on your photos and slide presentations" Macworld 8:17 AM
  • "Tonality for Mac is a powerful black and white image editor" TUAW 8:39 AM
  • "Mac Keyboard Shortcuts and Their Windows Equivalents" LAPTOP Magazine 8:42 AM
  • "Overflow is handy for organizing and freeing up the Mac OS X Dock" Apple Daily Report 8:02 AM
  • "Two New Ways to Zoom a Window in OS X Yosemite" TekRevue 7:58 AM
  • "The New Mac Color Picker On PEDs" Mac 360 7:58 AM
  • "How To Manage Mac Keyboard Shortcuts" Mac 360 7:57 AM
  • "The Mac App Like Adobe Illustrator Is Affordable And Not From Adobe" TeraTalks 7:57 AM
  • "Free: Unlock Your Mac By Knocking On Your iPhone" NoodleMac 7:57 AM
  • "Message to IT from Mac users: Tread lightly"  Macworld 8:41 AM
Press Releases
  • "Taxonomy 2 update - File sorting utility for Mac" prMac 9:46 AM
  • "NetShade 6 adds KeyShade password manager, UI improvements" MacNN 9:46 AM
General Interest/Potpourri
  • "Android just topped iOS in global usage for the first time ever"  BGR 10:42 AM
  • "Mass Hacking of iOS Devices Possible, Researchers Say" Tom's Guide 12:26 PM
  • "Apple will pay huge money to give you faster iOS 8 and Yosemite downloads" BGR 8:42 AM
  • "Yep, Apple's 'Stickers' Ad Gave MacBook Sticker Sellers a Huge Boost" MacStories 10:34 AM
  • "FTC Republican: Let Apple design its own products" The Hill 11:16 AM
  • "Staff Report on Mobile Shopping Apps Found Disclosures to Consumers Are Lacking: Many Apps Fail to Provide Information On Payment Dispute Mechanisms, Privacy" Federal Trade Commission 11:18 AM
  • "It's official: Beats is now part of Apple" Gigaom 12:27 PM
  • "Tim Cook welcomes Beats to the Apple family" Macworld 10:42 AM
  • "Apple Officially Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Beats" PadGadget 10:41 AM
  • "The Typo iPhone keyboard is back again after lawsuit, but maybe not for long" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Typo's iPhone keyboard is back and it still looks a lot like a BlackBerry" Engadget 8:20 AM
  • "Delta's iPad app now allows passengers to stream movies & TV shows during flights" 9to5Mac 8:18 AM
  • "Stream movies and TV at 30,000 feet with Fly Delta for iPhone and iPad" iMore 9:44 AM
  • "As of today, Americans can legally unlock their phones again" The Verge 2:57 PM
  • "Unlock your phone legally starting today" iMore 2:57 PM
  • "President Obama signs bill making it legal to unlock your phone again" iDownload Blog 2:57 PM
Non-Apple News
  • "Microsoft sues Samsung over unpaid Android patent royalties" AppleInsider 5:15 PM
  • "President Obama makes smartphone unlocking legal again" Cult of Mac 5:15 PM
  • "Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into Law" The Mac Observer 6:20 PM
  • "HP's Luxury Smartwatch Looks Surprisingly Nice" Gizmodo 8:20 AM
  • "Joe Kissell Takes Control of FileVault" MacVoices 7:59 AM
  • "Home button parts claimed to be for Apple's 4.7" & 5.5" 'iPhone 6' units surface with different designs" AppleInsider 8:18 AM
  • "Home Button and Sensor Flex Cables From 4.7-Inch and 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 Shown in New Photos" MacRumors 8:52 AM
  • "Screen size not the only difference between Apple's two rumored 'iPhone 6' models?" AppAdvice 8:47 AM
  • "New leak shows one of the most important iPhone 6 and 'iPhone Air' parts" BGR 10:02 AM
  • "Apple's Next Big Product May Only Be Available In Limited Quantities When It Launches" Business Insider 8:39 AM
  • "Apple Files for 'CarPlay' Trademark in the US and Europe" Patently Apple 8:02 AM
  • "Apple patent filing involves renting digital content at the iTunes Store" Apple Daily Report 8:02 AM
Price Trackers/Deals
  • "Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop For iPhone Is Temporarily Available For Free (Normally $2.99)" Apple Sliced 8:49 AM
  • "Kid Tripp For iPhone And iPad Is Free Right Now (Previously $0.99)" Apple Sliced 8:49 AM
  • "Aerofly FS -Flight Simulator For iPhone And iPad Is Free Today (Was $3.99)" Apple Sliced 8:49 AM
  • "15" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:02 AM
  • "13" MacBook Pro Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:02 AM
  • "MacBook Air Prices & Sales" MacPrices 8:02 AM

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  • "Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray: Beautiful and functional" TUAW 5:20 PM
  • "Kensington X3 Bluetooth Keyboard/Case for iPad Air Can Also Partially Charge it" The Mac Observer 5:19 PM
  • "FLIR ONE Camera Review: Yep, iPhone Predator-Vision Is Awesome" Gizmodo 10:41 AM
  • "Review: Tylt Energi 2K Smart Travel Charger" iLounge 11:23 AM
  • "Review - SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear headphones Review" Electronista 8:20 AM
iPad/iPhone/iPod touch Apps
  • "Keep it Reel: Make your iPad into a professional recording studio" Macworld 8:18 AM
  • "Facebook Mentions App for Celebrities and Public Figures (like me)" Best App Site 8:04 AM
  • "Best messaging apps for iPad: How to instantly connect with anyone, from anywhere!" iMore 11:23 AM
  • "You Should Play: Broken Age" TechHive 8:17 AM
  • "Reverse-engineer crosswords with Bonza Word Puzzle" iDownload Blog 8:20 AM
  • "Appidemic: Moshling Rescue! for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch" TechnologyTell 8:19 AM
  • "'80 Days' Review - This Adventure Is More Than Just Hot Air" Touch Arcade 9:44 AM
  • "Dream Revenant Review: Dream Revenant takes players on a journey through a man's subconscious. And though it's full of bugs, it is a still a crazy, wondrous ride while it lasts." 148Apps 8:19 AM
  • "Soccer Physics Review: Soccer Physics is as entertaining as it is absurd." 148Apps 9:45 AM
  • "Sharknado: The Video Game Review/Sharknado: The Video Game brings the craziness of the movies to iOS, though it quickly outstays its welcome." 148Apps 2:59 PM
  • "How to replace a blown earpiece in an iPhone 5c" iMore 12:27 PM
  • "How to Take Control of Your Personal Data" Techilicious 8:39 AM
  • "Get ready for iPhone 6 – sell your handset today" Computerworld 8:01 AM
  • "The Cult of Mac Guide to Traveling Light" Cult of Mac 8:19 AM
  • "Monitor overkill?" TUAW 5:18 PM
  • "Road Apples & Second Class Macs" Low End Mac 12:27 PM
  • "Beats: What did Apple buy for $3 billion?" TG Daily 10:34 AM
  • "This Week's Apple Rumors, Ranked From Dumbest to Most Plausible" Wired 9:57 AM
  • "'The Apple iTime Is Destined to Fail' - Seriously? If an iWatch succeeds, it will be because it offers a natural extension of continuity among other devices. It would need to fulfill the promise of making your life better, richer, more enjoyable or effective. It's a big challenge, no doubt. Still, in no world that I can imagine would its success hinge on me being able to ditch my iPhone in favor of a fancy wristband."  TechNewsWorld 9:45 AM
  • "Apple Expands its Branding with Beats Acquisition: A Company of Solutions Wrapped in Experiences" Lou Miranda 9:38 AM
  • "The Real Problem With Low iPad Sales" Mac 360 7:57 AM
  • "Apple TV, iWatch Delayed Until 2016" Mac 360 7:57 AM
  • "How Apple's Style Drives Tech's Future" Mac 360 7:56 AM
  • "How Samsung can take on the iPhone 6" The Verge 6:43 PM
  • "Microsoft's Sobering Realization: It Can Never Win, Place or Show in the Hardware War" The Mac Observer 5:58 PM
  • "This is one Moto 360 rumor you won't like" BGR 9:57 AM
  • "Brilliant 'Apple Clickbait Generator' Makes Apple-Doomed-Articles" The Mac Observer 5:27 PM
  • "Comic: Those Snow Leopard and Yosemite public beta blues" Macworld 9:44 AM
Press Releases/Products/Public Relations
  • "Coming August 2: Gene Steinberg meets Kirk McElhearn, Macworld's 'iTunes Guy,' and The Mac Observer's John Martellaro, this week on The Tech Night Owl LIVE!" The Tech Night Owl LIVE 4:27 PM
  • "Facebook tells its iOS users to continue expecting app updates every 4 weeks" 9to5Mac 12:27 PM
  • "'Apple Clickbait Generator' is amazing" TUAW 12:25 PM
  • "Glimpse completely overhauls its iOS app to help you meet more relevant people on Instagram" The Next Web 11:23 AM
  • "Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student" TechCrunch 8:52 AM
  • "Lightning dockStubz connector helps solve problem of docking with a case" Insanely Great Mac 8:42 AM
  • "Office for iPad's first major update adds PDF export, gesture support" The Inquirer 8:41 AM
  • "Restaurant Payment App Settle Raises $1.5M To Bring Waiter-Free Service To Eastern Europe" TechCrunch 8:16 AM
  • "Innovative Introductions, Inc. has released Judgement Day Game for iOS" prMac 3:45 PM
  • "Pixite Launches Matter 1.0 for iOS - Embed Unique 3D Objects into Photos" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Next Is Great Launches Sequel To Award-Winning Love To Count App" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Three Pieces Kids Match ZOO - First puzzle matching game for toddlers" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "The Phantom PI Launches On iOS, Wins Indie Prize Critics Choice" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Space Hopper - Moon Surfers out today on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch" prMac 8:15 AM
  • "Letterspace 1.0.1 – New Free iOS Text Editor Note Taking App Features Swipe-to-Move Cursor" MacPrices 8:03 AM
Computer Industry
  • "Microsoft's Samsung action" Microsoft 5:00 PM
  • "Microsoft Says It Is Suing Samsung Over Smartphone-Patent Contract: Lawyer Writes in Blog Post That Samsung Stopped Complying With Pact" [Paid Membership Required] 8:22 PM
  • "Microsoft sues Samsung in U.S. over patent royalties" Reuters 5:00 PM
  • "Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Patent Licensing Agreement" Bloomberg 9:27 PM
  • "Microsoft sues Samsung over Android royalties -- a contract dispute, not an infringement case" Foss Patents 5:16 PM
  • "Android makers must pay Microsoft, or else—software giant sues Samsung: Samsung shipped 314 million Android phones in 2014, and Microsoft wants to get paid." Ars Technica 5:18 PM
  • "Microsoft hits Samsung with Android patent-royalty suit: Microsoft files a contract dispute suit against Samsung over Android patent-licensing royalties." CNET 9:28 PM
  • "Microsoft sues Samsung over Android royalties" Seeking Alpha 5:19 PM
  • "Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Android Royalty Payments" New York Times [Free/Paid Registration Required] 9:33 PM
  • "Microsoft takes Samsung to court over Android royalties" The Verge 6:42 PM
  • "Microsoft expected to have the largest cloud by the end of 2014" Neowin 12:42 PM
  • "Windows XP, the OS that just won't die, finally sinks below 25% market share" VentureBeat 10:12 AM
  • "US Judge Insists Microsoft Break EU Law To Obey US Law Over Email In Ireland" Forbes 7:55 AM
  • "Chinese employees at Microsoft's Nokia arm protest mass layoffs" Reuters 7:42 AM
  • "Chinese protesters reportedly slam Microsoft over 'hostile takeover and violent layoffs'" GeekWire 2:57 PM
  • "Windows Server 2003 support expiration could boost server sales next year: The tale is akin to what happened when Microsoft ended Windows XP support, which lead to PC upgrades" InfoWorld 9:13 AM
  • "Microsoft unveils Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad 1.1, adds user-requested features" BetaNews 10:18 AM
  • "IBM snaps up Crossideas for identity management know-how" Gigaom 7:57 AM
  • "Deal With H-P Paves New Future for Old Software" WSJ Blogs 12:00 PM
  • "Feds allege HP stiffed them for millions over botched tech contract" VentureBeat 5:17 PM
  • "HP to pay $32.5M to settle Postal Service dispute" Associated Press 11:59 AM
  • "Hewlett-Packard to pay $32.5 mln for allegedly overbilling USPS" Reuters 9:46 AM
  • "HP's Gilt-Exclusive Smartwatch Puts Fashion FIrst" TechCrunch 8:13 AM
  • "Why Advanced Micro Devices Stock Is Still a 'Hold' at TheStreet" TheStreet 12:01 PM
  • "AMD Opteron 64-bit ARM-based 'Seattle' Dev Kits Are Shipping" Forbes 9:48 AM
  • "Cisco and the art of data center co-opetition/Summary: Cisco builds out its storage lineup as the company creates a complete data center arsenal that's integrated and a potential threat to partners." ZDNet 8:56 AM
  • "3D printing: Time for the CIO to build a business case?" ZDNet 10:16 AM
  • "How 3D printing is building a new future" ZDNet 10:16 AM
  • "Research: 60 percent of enterprises are using or evaluating 3D printing" ZDNet 10:15 AM
Finances (Click heading for current Apple Stock price.)
Apple News
  • "Apple Stock: Don't Bet on the Battle for the Living Room" InvestorPlace 9:43 AM
  • "Why Apple Stock Remains A 'Buy' At TheStreet" TheStreet 11:23 AM
Industry News
  • "Tech Stocks: LinkedIn, Expedia rise in otherwise weak tech session/A few heavyweights rise, but techs are broadly lower" MarketWatch 3:45 PM
  • "Stocks finish tough week with more losses" CNNMoney 3:45 PM
  • "Stock Market Today: Another False Start to Long-Awaited Correction" TheStreet 4:28 PM
  • "US stock market closes out its worst week in two years, interrupting a prolonged rally" Associated Press 4:28 PM
  • "U.S. Stocks End Lower: Major Equity Indexes Post Weekly Losses" [Paid Membership Required] 4:28 PM
  • "Asia Markets: Hong Kong stocks end winning streak after U.S. selloff/Despite stronger-than-expected Chinese manufacturing data, Hong Kong stocks followed the overnight selloff on Wall Street and closed solidly lower on Friday, ending their eight-session string of gains." MarketWatch 7:23 AM
  • "Europe Markets: ArcelorMittal, Iliad slump in Europe; AXA climbs/Losing stocks in Europe far outpaced the gainers on Friday, with investors accessing the latest round of earnings reports and moving out of risk-sensitive sectors, such as miners." MarketWatch 11:36 AM
  • "Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks: Nasdaq's 10 most active stocks at 1 p.m." Associated Press 4:29 PM
  • "Midday Glance: Computer companies/Computer companies shares mixed at 1 p.m." Associated Press 4:29 PM

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