Saturday, March 26, 2011

Week in review: Nintendo debuts 3-D game system; Best Buy and Adobe report earnings

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

Nintendo hopes its glasses-free 3D portable video game system gets people to forget about gaming on smartphones and tablets. (March 25, 2011)

Best Buy plots sales growth in three markets: mobile phones, household appliances and video games. (March 24, 2011)

Best Buy's Q4 sales drop 2% as TV and notebook PC sales disappoint. (March 24, 2011)

Adobe Systems is planning yearly updates to its Creative Suite software to keep up with tablets. (March 23, 2011)

Adobe Systems cuts its Q2 outlook on lower sales prospects in Japan following earthquake there. (March 22, 2011)

The March 11 earthquake in Japan has knocked out 25% of the world's silicon wafer production used to make semiconductors. (March 21, 2011)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Week in review: Netflix links with Facebook, adds original programming

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

Netflix officially adds original programming to take on HBO and other pay TV channels. (March 18, 2011)

A bad experience getting an oil change drove Jim Hindman to build the Jiffy Lube chain. (March 17, 2011)

Netflix has begun its deep integration with Facebook, IBD has learned. (March 17, 2011)

More Americans are taking work home with them. A new study shows the rise of home offices for after-hours work. (March 17, 2011)

Netflix could be taking on HBO by adding original content. Analysts see it as logical next step. (March 16, 2011)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Week in review: Literal and figurative earthquakes rock tech industry

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

The 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan damaged a Sony factory and could impact supplies of semiconductors and other tech products. (March 11, 2011)

The legacy of Apple’s iPad 2 media tablet could be the mainstreaming of video calls. (March 11, 2011)

Why some public firms are better off going private.
Tech products reseller CDW, taken private 3.5 years ago, is mapping out a long-range plan to go public again. (March 11, 2011)

Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops” is now the top-selling video game ever at U.S. retail with 13.7 million units. (March 10, 2011)

Apple’s iPad 2 media tablet is likely to leave rivals in the dust, a new survey indicates. (March 10, 2011)

Lenovo joins Intel’s affordable education PC initiative. It will ship 158,000 laptops to Argentina this spring. (March 10, 2011)

Facebook offers one movie for rental and viewing on PCs only and Netflix investors race for the exits. What’s up with that? (March 9, 2011)

Netflix investors spooked by Facebook’s video experiment with Warner Bros. (March 8, 2011)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Week in review: Apple unleashes its iPad 2

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

Apple cloud-based music service is unlikely to have the market to itself. (March 4, 2011)

Apple’s lead in tablet computers could be insurmountable. (March 3, 2011)

Apple likely now tops Amazon in e-commerce accounts, Steve Jobs says. Amazon won’t comment.
Apple boasts having more than 200 million accounts with credit cards. (March 3, 2011)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes shots at iPad rivals as the company trots out its second-generation media tablet. (March 2, 2011)

Plantronics is working on a clever product for baby boomers who want to monitor the well-being of their aging parents. (Feb. 26, 2011)

Apple, Plantronics, iRobot and Skype are among the companies poised to cash in on the aging population. (Feb. 26, 2011)

Ratings are up for NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?,” which should help online family history service (Feb. 26, 2011)

Royal wedding planners tap Monotype Imaging for fresh look for William and Kate’s wedding invitation. (Feb. 25, 2011)

Online genealogy service now has 1.4 million subscribers, up 31% from a year ago. (Feb. 24, 2011)

Proposal to make public Apple’s CEO succession plan voted down at annual meeting, which Steve Jobs doesn’t attend. (Feb. 23, 2011)

Netflix investors are concerned about Amazon’s entry into streaming video. (Feb. 22, 2011)