Saturday, February 19, 2011

Week in review: Apple’s iPad considered a PC

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

The slump in U.S. video game sales at retail continues. Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops” is the top seller for the third straight month. (Feb. 18, 2011)

Apple is the world’s top maker of mobile PCs, says DisplaySearch, the second market tracker to combine tablets and PCs. (Feb. 16, 2011)

Physical toys like Barbie dolls and Zhu Zhu Pets go online, while virtual toys like the “Angry Birds” video game go offline.
At the 2011 Toy Fair in New York City, “transmedia” toys are a big trend. (Feb. 16, 2011)

Dell’s Q4 profit is way over views. Company executives cite supply-chain efficiencies, lower component costs and rising enterprise business. (Feb. 16, 2011)

Apple unveils new subscription plan to halt “Steve Jobs tax” criticisms. (Feb. 15, 2011)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Week in review: HP joins tablet game

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

No. 1 tech products distributor Ingram Micro expects big growth in its mobile devices business. It sees tablets and smart phones becoming a billion dollar business for it soon. (Feb. 11, 2011)

iRobot sees big demand overseas for its home robots. Customers say oui and si to Roomba and Scooba. (Feb. 10, 2011)

HP is in the tablet game with WebOS it got in Palm purchase, but surprises with WebOS PC announcement. (Feb. 9, 2011)

HP makes another enemy in Microsoft snub. How many corporate battles can one company fight? (Feb. 9, 2011)

Glu Mobile is hoping to get valued in the same way as Zynga, Ngmoco and others, CEO says. (Feb. 8, 2011)

The Daily, Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only newspaper, is responding to complaints that it’s buggy. Can News Corp. fix the bugs before it starts charging subscribers? (Feb. 7, 2011)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Week in review: Verizon getting the iPhone will impact RIM as well as AT&T

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

AT&T subscribers aren’t the only ones switching to get the Verizon iPhone. Verizon’s RIM BlackBerry and Android users are switching devices too, poll shows. (Feb. 4, 2011)

Redbox parent Coinstar’s latest results stink like an Ashton Kutcher movie. (Feb. 3, 2011) is poised to give Netflix its first major competition in subscription online video. (Feb. 2, 2011)

Microsoft beats Wall Street’s sales and EPS estimates for Q2 thanks to Kinect sales and stock buybacks.
(Jan. 27, 2011)

Microsoft hopes to revolutionize the living room with its popular Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360 game console. (Jan. 27, 2011)

Netflix sees DVD shipments declining in the coming quarters. (Jan. 27, 2011)

Netflix plans deep integration with Facebook, hoping to shift over time from household accounts to personal accounts. (Jan. 26, 2011)

Netflix posts big subscriber gains in Q4. But some see red flags for its business. Its lack of full-year guidance worries some analysts. (Jan. 26, 2011)

Apple is No. 3 in PCs worldwide, if you count iPads. (Jan. 26, 2011)

MIPS sees dip in chip licensing revenue as a blip. (Jan. 25, 2011)