Saturday, April 24, 2010

Week in review: Windows 7 boosts Microsoft

It was a busy week for tech company earnings with Microsoft, Apple and Netflix, among others posting quarterly results.
Microsoft boasted a record fiscal third quarter on Thursday, but disappointed investors were looking for more signs that businesses were buying technology again.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Microsoft hears one hand clapping over its Q3 earnings report. Investors sell off shares. (April 23, 2010)

Microsoft gets a lift in Q3 from Windows 7 PC sales. But investors wanted more. (April 22, 2010)

Netflix is focused on moving DVD subscribers to streaming video. (April 21, 2010)

Netflix adds record number of new subscribers in Q1, credits online streaming video service. (April 21, 2010)

Apple’s iPhone a hot product overseas, especially in China. (April 20, 2010)

Apple smashes Wall Street’s Q2 estimates on runaway iPhone and Mac sales. International sales played a big role. (April 20, 2010)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Week in review: PC sales spring back

Personal computer sales bounced back in the first quarter.
Worldwide PC shipments rose 27.4% in the first quarter to 84.3 million units, market research firm Gartner reported Wednesday. Rival research firm IDC pegged Q1 PC shipment growth at 24.2%.
Taiwan’s Acer and Asus and China’s Lenovo outperformed the overall PC market by a wide margin.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Sony’s PlayStation 3 video game business gets some help from the gods. (April 16, 2010)

Wildly different views on Apple’s Macintosh computer sales last quarter. (April 15, 2010)

Taiwanese and Chinese PC makers outperformed the overall PC market in Q1. HP, Dell lag. Acer, Asus, Lenovo surge. (April 14, 2010)

Apple shares hit record high on iPad shortages. (April 14, 2010)

Cisco Systems debuts high-end, touch-screen Flip camcorder. (April 13, 2010)

Adobe Systems has designs on big growth with release of Creative Suite 5. (April 13, 2010)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Week in review: Apple dominates news again

Fresh from launching its iPad tablet computer, Apple continued to dominate the news this week with the next version of its iPhone software.
Apple’s iPhone OS 4 includes enhancements such as multitasking, unified e-mail, and folders for organizing apps. But the biggest news was Apple’s entry into the mobile advertising space with its iAd platform.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

“Avatar” comes out on home video April 22, but Netflix won’t make it available to subscribers until May 20. The smash hit sci-fi drama will arrive 28 days late because Netflix has agreed to delay renting new films from News Corp. and two other studios.
(April 9, 2010)

Apple gets into the advertising business with latest version of iPhone software. (April 8, 2010)

Harman International hopes to get its auto infotainment systems into more midrange vehicles, not just luxury cars. (April 7, 2010)

Social games like Zynga’s FarmVille on Facebook are changing online interaction. (April 7, 2010)

Good news for NBC renews its genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” (April 6, 2010)

Another Apple product launch, another Steve Jobs magazine cover. Check out the gallery of Jobs magazine covers. (April 6, 2010)

Apple declares iPad a hit, but some analysts got a little carried away with sales estimates. (April 5, 2010)

Lots of companies are riding on Apple’s iPad coattails, including Netflix, Cisco Systems, Electronic Arts, Activision, Nuance Communications, News Corp., Time Warner and Disney. (April 5, 2010)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Week in review: New gadgets from Nintendo, Cisco Systems, Apple

It was a busy week for new gadget launches.
Nintendo released a jumbo-sized handheld video game system, the Nintendo DSi XL, on Sunday March 28.
Cisco Systems debuted a new, simple-to-deploy wireless home networking system called Valet on Wednesday March 31.
And Apple launched its iPad tablet computer today.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Exclusive: Apple to issue paper iBags for hyperventilating fans at the iPad launch. (April 1, 2010)

Apple’s iPad a preordained hit. But it’s a third device after cell phones and PCs. So once the fanboys buy it, will it stay hot? (March 31, 2010)

Cisco Systems hopes new product does for home networking what its Flip camcorders did for home video. (March 31, 2010)

Nintendo’s new DSi XL now being sold in U.S., where one of its main rivals is Apple’s iPod Touch. (March 30, 2010)

Is Beyonce Knowles tech’s new top marketer with Nintendo and Vizio deals? (March 29, 2010)

Consumer electronics industry hoping 3-D TV and tablet computers like the iPad will spark growth. (March 29, 2010)

CEO of casual game king PopCap, maker of “Bejeweled,” now thinks IPO quite possible, he says in IBD Q&A. (March 29, 2010)

EA, Activision face challenge in trends toward social, casual games. (March 29, 2010)

Apple’s iPhone is a portable gaming powerhouse. (March 23, 2010)

Adobe Systems’ Q1 results beat expectations; New Creative Suite boosts its Q2 outlook. (March 23, 2010)

Photo: Beyonce Knowles films a commercial for Nintendo’s DS handheld video game player.