Saturday, June 26, 2010

Week in review: Apple controls the news

Apple has hypnotized the media into giving it millions of dollars in free advertising for its products.
Untold numbers of journalists spent last Thursday (June 24) covering the debut of Apple’s iPhone 4, its fourth-generation smart phone. Research In Motion, Nokia, Motorola and other smart phone makers can only dream about the blanket print, web and TV coverage Apple gets.
Fourteen reporters contributed to one story on the iPhone 4 by the Associated Press. Another 14 reporters helped write a story on it for Reuters.
Steve Jobs thanks you.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Institutions are dumping Apple shares. Is it profit-taking or a sign the stock has topped? (June 25, 2010)

Apple soon is expected to be cranking out way more iPhone 4s, which is another big hit for a hot company. (June 25, 2010)

Consumer electronics sales are off to a slow start in 2010, but motion-controlled video games, media tablets and 3-D TVs are all poised for strong growth. (June 23, 2010)

Monster Cable solves a big problem for 3-D TV adoption by developing universal active-shutter glasses. (June 22, 2010)

Photo: Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at the company’s 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 7.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Week in review: E3 brings controller-free games

The annual E3 video game conference in Los Angeles this week generated a lot of interesting product news.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Internet-connected Blu-ray Disc players threaten pay TV business. (June 18, 2010)

“Dance Central” from Viacom’s Harmonix looks like the killer app for Microsoft’s Kinect video game system for the Xbox 360. It also could spark a wave of dance video games. (June 18, 2010)

Sony and Nintendo hope to rejuvenate their video game businesses with new hardware. (June 16, 2010)

Potential for Microsoft’s game player-tracking controller called “astounding” by one analyst. (June 15, 2010)

"Dance Central" game demonstrated at Microsoft's E3 press event.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Week in review: Apple iPhone 4, ESPN 3D

Apple’s unveiling of its fourth generation iPhone and ESPN’s launch of the first 3-D TV channel were notable personal tech events this week.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

ESPN “throwing spaghetti on wall” with 3-D TV channel, which launched today with World Cup coverage. (June 11, 2010)

ESPN launches first-ever 3-D TV channel with start of World Cup. Milestone is a boon for 3-D TV makers and retailers. (June 11, 2010)

Look out, cheating spouses and workers playing hooky – Apple’s iPhone 4 soon might have your number. (June 8, 2010)

Apple distributes $1 billion in iPhone app revenue to developers in less than two years. (June 8, 2010)

Apple, with latest iPhone, hopes video calling is next killer app. (June 7, 2010)

Photo: ESPN camera crew shoots USC at Ohio State college football for 3-D telecast on Sept. 12, 2009.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Week in review: Microsoft, Apple and booth babes are in the news

Actually two weeks in review, so I’m playing catch-up.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at and Click, IBD’s Tech Blog.

Can the iPad and online subscriptions save newspapers? (June 4, 2010)

Converting customers from free to fee. Best practices of Netflix, and LogMeIn. (June 4, 2010)

Booth babes! Tech expos continue to use sexy ladies to attract visitors in the male-dominated industry. (June 4, 2010)

Most iPhone users won't pay more with the new AT&T data plans. (June 3, 2010)

Microsoft doesn’t see Google as a serious threat to its Office productivity suite. Microsoft has high hopes for Office 2010. (June 2, 2010)

Sonic Solutions places a big bet on online video with its purchase of DivX. (June 2, 2010)

Monotype Imaging wants to make the Web more attractive. The company is launching a cloud-based service to deliver fonts to websites. (June 1, 2010)

Microsoft’s Bing search engine turns 1 this week. So how's it doing? (June 1, 2010)

Apple sells 2 million iPads; P.T. Barnum would be proud. (June 1, 2010)

Apple is facing antitrust scrutiny for its music and mobile apps businesses. Analysts think Apple is in the clear. (May 26, 2010)

Another executive shakeup at Microsoft. CEO Steve Ballmer is most concerned about the company’s mobile device unit. (May 25, 2010)

Notebook PC sales are on fire. Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer benefit. (May 25, 2010)

Photo: Booth babes at the Computex trade show in Taipei from gallery by TechwareLabs