Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week in review: Apple iPad debuts

Apple’s new tablet computer – the iPad – dominated tech news this week.
First, there was the buildup to the event on Wednesday. News organizations, analysts and bloggers ran circles around each other with rumors and speculation.
Then came giddy coverage of the Jan. 27 rollout of the iPad, with pronouncements that it would create a new category of portable devices and rescue the print media industry.
Finally, in our build-them-up, tear-them-down media culture there was the inevitable backlash. (The name sounds like a feminine hygiene product! The product is a disappointment because it doesn’t have X, Y or Z!)
In addition to the iPad announcement, there also were earnings reports from Apple, Netflix, Microsoft and others.

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily on and from Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Twitter, Other Social Media Spur New Ways Of Managing Customer Relations. (Jan. 29, 2010)

Public Writes Ending To Romantic Rosetta Stone Ad. (Jan. 29, 2010)

Analyst Fuels Rumors Of Amazon Acquisition Of Netflix. (Jan. 29, 2010)

Microsoft Awaits Corporate PC Refresh Cycle. (Jan. 29, 2010)

Record Computer Operating System Sales Power Microsoft’s Q2 Results. (Jan. 28, 2010)

Apple’s iPad No Easy Sell, Analysts Say. (Jan. 28, 2010)

Netflix Shares Soar On Positive Earnings News. (Jan. 28, 2010)

Apple Stock Dips As iPad Challenges Sink In. (Jan. 28, 2010)

Netflix Believes Subscribers Won’t Mind New Release Delays. (Jan. 27, 2010)

The Name Game Is Over: Apple Chooses iPad. (Jan. 27, 2010)

Netflix Snares Record Number Of New Subscribers. (Jan. 27, 2010)

Apple Unveils iPad, A Big-Screen Tablet For As Low As $499. (Jan. 27, 2010)

Headset Maker Plantronics Beats Wall Street Views. (Jan. 26, 2010)

Apple Making Huge Strides Overseas. (Jan. 26, 2010)

Apple Executives Remain Tight-Lipped On New Product. (Jan. 25, 2010)

Apple’s Q1 Surges, But iPhone Misses Analysts’ Estimates. (Jan. 25, 2010)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Week in review: Apple tablet buzz intensifies; Blockbuster disappoints again

Apple dominated tech business headlines this week with invitations to its Jan. 27 press event, where it’s expected to unveil a tablet computer. Apple also made headlines for its negotiations with Microsoft to make the software giant’s Bing search engine the default on Apple iPhones and Macintosh computers.
The loser of the week was Blockbuster. It warned investors about disappointing fourth quarter sales and earnings.

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily on and from Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Logitech Has High Hopes For LifeSize Acquisition. (Jan. 22, 2010)

Blockbuster Starring In Its Own Disaster Movie. (Jan. 21, 2010)

Peripherals Maker Logitech Beats Views In “Turning Point” Quarter. (Jan. 20, 2010)

Soap Opera All-Star Cast: Apple, Google, Microsoft. (Jan. 20, 2010)

Open Source, VMware Seen As Big Cloud Computing Winners. (Jan. 20, 2010)

Apple News Junkies Try To Decode Latest Event Invite. (Jan. 19, 2010)

Video Game Console Makers Put Their Spin On Sales Stats. (Jan. 15, 2010)

Nintendo, Activision Dominate December Video Game Sales. (Jan. 14, 2010)

Blockbuster Rises; Are People Renting Movies From Stores Again? (No.) (Jan. 14, 2010)

Global PC Market Roars Back In Q4. (Jan. 13, 2010)

Best Buddies HP And Microsoft Team Up On Cloud Computing. (Jan. 13, 2010)

Weeeee! Netflix To Stream Movies On Nintendo’s Wii. (Jan. 13, 2010)

Another Day, Another Video Game Firm Lowers Guidance. (Jan. 13, 2010)

Beleaguered EA Stuck In The Rough. (Jan. 12, 2010)

Will Plethora Of E-Reader Choices Help The Kindle? (Jan. 11, 2010)

Techies Go Gaga Over CES. (Jan. 11, 2010)

Art: Apple’s invitation to its Jan. 27 press event in San Francisco.