Saturday, December 22, 2012

Week in review: Microsoft Surface tablet sales weak, research firm says

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

All-digital Christmas gift guide for procrastinators. (Dec. 21, 2012)

“Wake up, Maggie,” home shopping networks are hot. Just ask Rod Stewart. (Dec. 21, 2012)

Apple reportedly prepping second-generation iPad Mini. (Dec. 19, 2012)

Microsoft has expanded the number of sales outlets for its Surface tablet, but demand for the Windows-based device remains weak, research firm says. (Dec. 19, 2012)

The Federal Trade Commission has expanded its rules governing children’s online privacy to include social networks and mobile apps. (Dec. 19, 2012)

Apple benefits as ITC judge voids Google patent. (Dec. 19, 2012)

Monotype looks to beautify the Web with new typefaces. (Dec. 18, 2012)

Apple investors shrug off legal setback in Samsung case; Stock rises. (Dec. 18, 2012)

Qualcomm surges to take No. 3 chip market share spot. (Dec. 17, 2012)

Apple insists iPhone 5 launch in China was strong. (Dec. 17, 2012)

Photo: Microsoft Surface tablet with keyboard cover.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Week in review: Google releases maps app for Apple iPhone

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Apple stock falls on analyst reports and weaker-than-expected iPhone 5 sales in China. (Dec. 14, 2012)

Adobe stock up on faster transition to cloud software. (Dec. 14, 2012)

Adobe Systems posts better-than-expected fiscal Q4 results. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Netflix is becoming a “core service” for tablet owners. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Apple and four book publishers have agreed to ease e-book pricing restrictions on and other retailers to end an antitrust probe by European Union regulators. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Google releases map app for Apple’s iPhone and it quickly becomes the No. 1 free app on Apple’s App Store. (Dec. 13, 2012)

Video game console industry hits reset button. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Apple iPad sales could disappoint this quarter. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Adobe Systems stock advances on Creative Cloud growth. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Dolby Laboratories stock jumps on special dividend news. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Yahoo yodels about new email service, but investors yawn. (Dec. 11, 2012)

Apple stock climbs on iPhone 5 pre-orders in China and iTV speculation. (Dec. 11, 2012)

Liberty Interactive takes control of TripAdvisor. (Dec. 11, 2012)

Texas Instruments stock rises on in-line sales outlook. (Dec. 11, 2012)

WebMD prescribes job cuts to heal its finances after three straight unprofitable quarters. (Dec. 11, 2012)

Photo: Google Maps app for Apple iPhone and iOS 6 devices.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Week in review: Small tablets taking over; GameStop stocks Amazon Kindle Fire

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Amazon Kindle Fire tablets being sold by GameStop. (Dec. 7, 2012)

Video game sales fall in November despite launch of Nintendo Wii U and Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.” (Dec. 7, 2012)

Judge pleads for peace in Apple-Samsung patent dispute. (Dec. 7, 2012)

Apple and Samsung duel over U.S. patent case motions. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Apple’s iPad Mini and other small tablets are taking over the market. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Apple plans to make Macs in the U.S., also hits at possible TV. (Dec. 6, 2012)

Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” video game breaks entertainment sales record. (Dec. 5, 2012)

Apple falls on profit margin worries and technical trading. (Dec. 5, 2012)

Apple shares slide on new investor concerns. (Dec. 5, 2012)

ARM Holdings is invading Intel’s turf with new chips. (Dec. 4, 2012)

Big-screen TV sales are hot, but low prices are crimping revenue. (Dec. 4, 2012)

Netflix’s movie pact with Disney is no Mickey Mouse deal. (Dec. 4, 2012)

News Corp. has pulled the plug on its “bold experiment” to create a digital newspaper for tablets, the Daily. (Dec. 3, 2012)

Launched with great fanfare in February 2011, News Corp.’s iPad newspaper app, the Daily, is being shut down. (Dec. 3, 2012)

Apple has “dramatically improved” its iPhone 5 supply. (Dec. 3, 2012)

Photo: 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Week in review: Apple, Microsoft, other tech firms vie for holiday shoppers

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Data security, high-speed networking and private cloud computing are top 2013 spending priorities for corporate chief information officers. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Google’s Android is crushing Apple’s iPhone among U.S. consumers. (Nov. 30, 2012)

VeriSign keeps .com registry, but loses price hikes. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Avago Technologies stock dips on weak Q1 outlook. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Apple iPhone 5 and new iPads set for China debut. (Nov. 30, 2012)

Dell bucks server industry trends by showing growth. (Nov. 29, 2012)

Microsoft’s Windows 8 could be hurting PC sales. (Nov. 29, 2012)

Microsoft’s Windows 8 fails to spark PC production. (Nov. 28, 2012)

Apple looks to boost desktop PC sales with new iMacs. (Nov. 27, 2012)

Apple iPad sales were brisk, while Microsoft Surface sales were slow during Black Friday and the opening weekend of the holiday shopping season. (Nov. 26, 2012)

Photo: Apple’s new iMacs for fall 2012. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Week in review: Big Christmas expected for Apple products

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Apple products are four of the top five most-wanted tech gadgets for U.S. kids aged 6 to 12 this holiday season, according to a survey by Nielsen.
Apple’s iPad tablet ranked as the No. 1 holiday gift for both adults and children. (Nov. 20, 2012)

HP’s Autonomy deal is dubbed a “disaster” after huge write-down. (Nov. 20, 2012)

Apple’s expected 2013 product road map outlined, including Apple television and iPhone 5S. (Nov. 20, 2012)

HP takes $8.8 billion write-down for Autonomy acquisition. (Nov. 20, 2012)

Best Buy stock sinks on weak third-quarter earnings. (Nov. 20, 2012)

Apple signs longtime holdouts AC/DC to its iTunes music store. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Intel CEO Paul Otellini announces retirement. Search for successor begins. (Nov. 19, 2012)

Photo: Apple’s fifth-generation iPod Touch in new colors. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Week in review: Nintendo kicks off next-generation game consoles with Wii U

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Nintendo releases first new home video game console in six years with the Wii U. (Nov. 16, 2012)

Texas Instruments gets out of the mobile chip business. (Nov. 15, 2012)

Video game retailer GameStop beat third-quarter profit expectations amid a slowdown in sales as gamers await new consoles and big software titles this holiday season. (Nov. 15, 2012)

The sudden departure of the Microsoft executive in charge of the Windows operating system was perceived by investors as a sign of trouble at the software leader. (Nov. 13, 2012)

Apple settles patent infringement lawsuits with HTC and will get a cut of every Android-based smartphone HTC sells. (Nov. 12, 2012)

Activision Blizzard releases “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Gamers are thrilled, but investors still shun Activision shares. (Nov. 12, 2012)

Photo: Nintendo Wii U video game console.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Week in review: Microsoft’s “Halo 4” kicks off big holiday video game releases

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Ultra HD television coming, but pricing and content are hurdles. (Nov. 9, 2012)

Apple iPhone 5 supply ramping in U.S., ready for China launch. (Nov. 9, 2012)

Video game sales pause in October ahead of big holiday releases. (Nov. 9, 2012)

Nvidia’s Q3 sales buoyed by Microsoft and Google tablets. (Nov. 9, 2012)

Samsung scored bragging rights to the No. 1 smartphone in the third quarter with its Galaxy S3, topping Apple’s iPhone 4S. (Nov. 8, 2012)

Microsoft reportedly prepping Office for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. (Nov. 7, 2012)

Netflix stock up on takeover talk and Internet traffic trends. (Nov. 7, 2012)

Microsoft video game “Halo 4” could decide the presidential election. (Nov. 6, 2012)

Apple reportedly considering a switch from Intel to its own chips for future Mac computers. (Nov. 5, 2012)

Netflix moves to block hostile takeover attempts with poison pill. (Nov. 5, 2012)

Apple stock rises on first-weekend iPad Mini sales. (Nov. 5, 2012)

Photo: Microsoft’s “Halo 4” video game.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Week in review: 3D printer makers take a tumble; Amazon gains on Netflix

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Amazon Instant Video and Apple iTunes are gaining on Netflix. (Nov. 2, 2012)

3D printer maker Stratasys drops on Q4 guidance. Rival firm 3D Systems falls in sympathy. (Nov. 2, 2012)

Cirrus Logic stock dives on gross margin concerns. (Nov. 1, 2012)

Apple executive shakeup no cause for investor concern, analysts say. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Microsoft trying to get Apple iPhone users to switch. (Oct. 29, 2012)

Apple and Samsung grab all the smartphone profit in Q3. (Oct. 29, 2012)

Photo: The Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Week in review: Apple debuts iPad Mini

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Microsoft Windows 8 and Surface tablet attract critics. (Oct. 26, 2012)

Apple stock down on declining profit margin. (Oct. 26, 2012)

Apple iPhone sales offset weak iPad demand in Q4. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Microsoft risks alienating consumers with Windows 8. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Microsoft gambles with “reimagined” Windows 8 OS. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Apple earnings and sales expected to be subdued in Q4. (Oct. 24, 2012)

Altera stock falls as chipmaker trims outlook. (Oct. 24, 2012)

Apple iPad Mini pricing high, but public will buy. (Oct. 24, 2012)

Netflix stock falls on subscriber growth slowdown. (Oct. 24, 2012)

Facebook stock soars on accelerating ad sales. (Oct. 24, 2012)

Apple iPad Mini has a big display and big price tag. (Oct. 23, 2012)

ARM Holdings stock jumps on Q3 beat and Q4 guidance. (Oct. 23, 2012)

Apple unveils iPad Mini tablet starting at $329. (Oct. 23, 2012)

Apple’s iPad Mini to “turbocharge” small tablet sales. (Oct. 23, 2012)

Apple’s iPad Mini event shows the company can still keep secrets. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Netflix’s international expansion a “wild card” in Q3 results. (Oct. 22, 2012) agrees to buyout by private equity firm. (Oct. 22, 2012)

Photos: Apple iPad Mini (top) and eighth-generation iMac. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Week in review: Microsoft readies Surface

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Microsoft Windows 8 faces growing pressure to succeed. (Oct. 19, 2012)

Microsoft misses Q1 estimates ahead of Windows 8 launch. (Oct. 18, 2012)

Microsoft Surface tablet pricing called “fatal mistake.” (Oct. 18, 2012)

Apple must apologize for calling Samsung a copycat. (Oct. 18, 2012)

Mellanox stock plunges on guidance. (Oct. 18, 2012)

Microsoft facing a down quarter ahead of Windows 8. (Oct. 18, 2012)

Apple iPad Mini likely to cannibalize 15% to 20% of regular iPad sales. (Oct. 17, 2012)

Intel sees no PC sales boost from Microsoft’s Windows 8 near term. (Oct. 17, 2012)

Apple sets Oct. 23 for expected iPad Mini debut. (Oct. 16, 2012)

Microsoft Surface tablets match Apple iPad on price. (Oct. 16, 2012)

Intel seen posting first sales decline in three years. (Oct. 15, 2012)

Photo: Microsoft Surface tablet with colored keyboard covers. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Week in review: Apple Maps controversy no big deal to consumers, survey shows

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Apple Maps controversy no big deal to consumers, survey finds. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Best Buy fights “showrooming” with price match for holidays. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Electronic Arts scores with “Madden NFL,” but video game industry sales sacked in September. (Oct. 12, 2012)

AMD warning adds to personal computer sector woes. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Infosys shares down on Q2 sales miss and weak guidance. (Oct. 12, 2012)

Softbank would give Sprint much needed deep pockets vs. AT&T and Verizon. Deal could lead to Sprint purchase of Clearwire. (Oct. 11. 2012)

U.S. loses PC lead to China’s Lenovo. (Oct. 11, 2012)

Sprint Nextel confirms Softbank talks; Stock jumps. (Oct. 11, 2012)

HP loses global PC crown to China’s Lenovo. (Oct. 10, 2012)

PC shipments seen falling for first time in 11 years. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Apple’s refreshed iPhone lineup stalls Android sales. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Apple one-upped by Boxee in TV set-top boxes. (Oct. 10, 2012)

Intel stock hits 52-week low on analyst downgrade. (Oct. 9, 2012)

Apple stock falls on iPhone 5 supply and production issues. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Netflix stock jumps on second bullish report in one week. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Apple’s iPad Mini faces pricing conflict with iPod Touch. (Oct. 8, 2012)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Week in review: Apple Maps flap, Bar Refaeli ‘sex film’ in the news

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Apple turns website into tribute to Steve Jobs on one-year anniversary of his death. (Oct. 5, 2012)

U.S. tech jobs market shrinks in September. (Oct. 5, 2012)

Apple Maps rejected by iPhone users, who seek alternatives. (Oct. 4, 2012)

Bar Refaeli “sex film” latest satire of Kickstarter. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Analyst calls Netflix stock a “screaming buy.” (Oct. 3, 2012)

Hewlett-Packard slashes 2013 profit forecast as the company implements its turnaround strategy. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Sourcefire stock falls on CEO retirement news. (Oct. 3, 2012) buys photo-sharing startup 1000memories. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Apple iPad Mini reportedly in mass production. (Oct. 3, 2012)

Apple iPad Mini to kick off tablet holiday season. Other tablet makers vying for shoppers include Samsung, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google and Microsoft. (Oct. 2, 2012)

Microsoft is making a “big, multimillion-dollar investment” to create a news operation for its MSN website. (Oct. 1, 2012)

Apple executive Scott Forstall taking flak for maps app flap. (Oct. 1, 2012)

Photos: Still from Bar Refaeli comedy video (top); Apple’s Map software on iPhone 5.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Equinix, Rackspace riding the cloud computing wave. (Sept. 28, 2012)

Apple’s iPhone 5 grabs the lion’s share of media attention. (Sept. 28, 2012)

Apple mea culpa over maps flap praised as “classic, good apology.” (Sept. 28, 2012)

Apple CEO Tim Cook admits the company’s new maps app sucks, suggests alternatives. (Sept. 28, 2012)

Apple’s iPhone 5 hampered by component shortages, especially new displays. (Sept. 25, 2012)

Adobe Systems partners with Monotype Imaging to beautify the Web with fonts. (Sept. 25, 2012)

A tear-down analysis of Apple’s iPhone 5 reveals that SanDisk, Elpida and Sony have scored component wins in the new smartphone. (Sept. 25, 2012)

Apple’s iPhone 5 smartphone has been on the market only a few days, but it’s already been shot by a high-powered rifle, slam-dunked like a basketball and fried in a microwave oven. (Sept. 24, 2012)

Google stock hits an all-time high, as the search giant’s traditional Web advertising business regains favor on Wall Street. (Sept. 24, 2012)

Google Maps app is coming to the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, analyst says. (Sept. 24, 2012)

Verizon Communications cleared up two patent infringement lawsuits involving video technology by agreeing to pay more than $500 million to TiVo and ActiveVideo Networks. (Sept. 24, 2012)

Apple stock falls on lower-than-expected first weekend iPhone 5 sales. (Sept. 24, 2012)

Photo: Apple’s iPhone 5.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Week in review: Apple starts selling iPhone 5

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Long lines greet iPhone 5 retail debut. (Sept. 21, 2012)

Apple stock hits its sixth record high in the last seven trading day as the iPhone 5 debuts at retail. (Sept. 21, 2012)

Adobe Systems is trying to speed up its transition from selling software licenses to software subscriptions. (Sept. 20, 2012)

Online family history service is in talks with Discovery Communications to pick up celebrity genealogy show “Who Do You Think You Are?” for its TLC channel. (Sept. 20, 2012)

Apple’s App Store this year will command about 65% of the global market for mobile application store sales. (Sept. 19, 2012)

Strong early demand for Apple’s iPhone 5 is raising the prospects for chipmakers Broadcom and Qualcomm, which are supplying components for the new smartphone. (Sept. 19, 2012)

Household robotics leader iRobot plans to buy rival Evolution Robotics to expand its portfolio of floor-cleaning robots. (Sept. 18,2012)

Apple shares hit new record high on iPhone 5 pre-orders. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Photos: Apple’s iPhone 5 (top) and Evolution Robotics’ Mint floor-cleaning robot.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Week in review: Apple debuts iPhone 5 and new iPod music players

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Apple stock hits new record high on aggressive iPhone 5 rollout plans. (Sept. 13, 2012)

Apple shares up on early reviews for iPhone 5. (Sept. 13,2012)

Apple shakes up sleepy iPod music player business. (Sept.12, 2012)

Apple iPhone 5 feels “like a piece of fine jewelry.” (Sept.12, 2012)

Apple stock rises as iPhone 5 is unveiled. (Sept. 12, 2012)

How Apple could help President Obama win re-election. (Sept.12, 2012)

More purported Apple iPad Mini photos surface. (Sept. 11,2012)

Networking chip maker Mellanox Technologies fell hard for a second straight trading day on fears about its rich valuation, a key executive departure and a possible pause in demand signaled by Intel. (Sept. 11, 2012)

Mellanox stock falls sharply on CFO retirement news. (Sept.10, 2012)

Photos: Apple iPhone 5 (top) and new iPod Touch.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Week in review: Amazon launches new Kindle Fire tablets with Dolby audio

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Dolby Labs gets first tablet win with new Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Democrats and Republicans agree on one thing: Using Panasonic technology at their national conventions. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Video game sales at U.S. retail fell for a ninth consecutive month in August. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Audience shares collapse after audio chip company loses Apple iPhone business. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Pandora Media shares fall on reports that Apple is planning a competing streaming music service. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Microsoft bucks up hiring and R&D spending in China. (Sept.6, 2012)

Digital Innovations launches made-in-USA product to solve tangled headset cord problem. (Sept. 5, 2012)

VeriFone Systems stock falls on weak sales guidance. (Sept.5, 2012)

The centerpiece of Apple’s iPhone 5 handset announcement is likely to be a new display-screen technology that can allow for a thinner-profile phone and longer battery life. (Sept. 5, 2012)

Google’s recently acquired Motorola Mobility division unveils new lineup of Razr-branded Android smartphones. (Sept. 5, 2012)

Nokia stock falls as its Windows 8 smartphones underwhelm. (Sept. 5, 2012)

U.S. video game market loses 12 million players in last year. (Sept. 5, 2012)

Apple teases iPhone 5 launch with media event invitation, while Samsung grabs the U.S. smartphone sales lead. (Sept. 4, 2012)

Computer hackers reportedly have stolen 12 million Apple IDs from an FBI agent’s laptop computer, sparking consumer concerns about cybersecurity and government snooping. (Sept. 4, 2012)

Photo:’s new Kindle Fire HD tablet.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Week in review: Apple wins huge patent infringement case against Samsung

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Apple crushes Samsung in historic patent infringement verdict. (Aug. 24, 2012)

Robot Hall of Fame mixes “American Idol” and the Oscars to pick 2012 inductees. (Aug. 24, 2012)

Chip spending forecast for 2012 and beyond revised downward. (Aug. 24, 2012)

Apple iTV “extremely unlikely” near term, but iPad Mini is coming, analyst says. (Aug. 24, 2012)

Global PC shipment forecast slashed as sales slow. (Aug. 24,2012)

Apple CEO Tim Cook gets high marks for his first year at the top, but red flags raised. (Aug. 23, 2012), Best Buy shares rise on buyout chatter. (Aug.23, 2012)

Apple’s Steve Jobs found his mortality a motivator. (Aug.23, 2012)

Dell stock falls as confidence in PC maker erodes. (Aug. 22,2012)

Narrative Science turning “big data” into plain English. (Aug.21, 2012)

Dell disappoints with Q2 sales and outlook below Wall Street views. (Aug. 21, 2012)

Best Buy shares dive on Q2 miss and lack of guidance. (Aug.21, 2012)

Apple shares hit new record, making it the most valuable public company ever. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Netflix reaches 1 million subscribers in Ireland and the U.K. (Aug. 20, 2012)

Best Buy shares fall as founder’s buyout deal falters. (Aug.20, 2012)

Shrinking Dell needs to take “bolder, more aggressive steps.” (Aug. 20, 2012)

Photo: Still from Apple’s much-criticized “Genius” commercials.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Week in review: Mississippians are klutzes when it comes to using Apple iPhones and iPads

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Analyst report says rumored Apple iPad Mini and iTV are real and in production now. (Aug. 17, 2012)

Qualcomm, Broadcom and Fairchild Semiconductor among the chip suppliers expected to benefit from Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. (Aug.16, 2012)

Add Coinstar and Electronic Arts to the list of companies that might be targets of private equity buyers. (Aug. 16, 2012)

Applied Materials sees chip slowdown as ‘short-lived.’ (Aug.15, 2012)

Apple iPhone 5 ‘tsunami’ to impact chip suppliers. (Aug. 15, 2012)

People in Mississippi are klutzes when it comes to using Apple iPhones and iPads, according to a new study. (Aug. 15, 2012)

Applied Materials predicted to post lower EPS and sales. (Aug. 14, 2012)

Chart: SquareTrade forecast for iPhone damage rates over next two years.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Week in review: U.S. pay-TV services suffer biggest quarterly loss of subscribers ever

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

U.S. pay-TV services suffered their biggest loss of subscribers ever in the second quarter, as economic woes and competition from Netflix and other over-the-top TV services set in. (Aug. 10, 2012)

Apple Stores matching iPhone 4S discounts by major retailers and carriers. (Aug. 10, 2012)

Apple iPhone discounts signal new model approaching. (Aug. 10, 2012)

Microsoft and Electronic Arts lead in a slow video game sales month. (Aug. 10, 2012)

Friedhelm Hillebrand made mobile text messaging a reality (Aug. 9, 2012)

Apps key to winning Apple-Google tablet battle. (Aug. 9, 2012)

Hewlett-Packard raises earnings outlook and announces more restructuring. (Aug. 9, 2012)

Apple and Samsung chase the booming prepaid wireless market as the postpaid market stalls. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Consumers are telling Apple: “I want my iTV.” (Aug. 8, 2012)

Coffee shop chain Starbucks is throwing its weight behind smartphone payments through a deal with mobile payments startup Square. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Prepaid wireless customers accounted for all the growth in the U.S. smartphone market in the second quarter, a sign that the market has matured. (Aug. 8, 2012)

Apple reportedly in talks to buy social e-commerce firm Fancy. (Aug. 7, 2012)

Apple and Samsung capture 108% of smartphone market profit in Q2. (Aug. 6, 2012)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Week in review: iRobot, Dolby, Apple, Netflix, Cirrus Logic make headlines

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Proposed U.S. Defense Department cuts would impact iRobot. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Dolby Laboratories stock falls on audio tech company’s Q3 sales miss and lowered guidance. (Aug. 3, 2012)

Roku reveals TV hardware partners for its Streaming Stick. (Aug. 1, 2012)

Online marketing services company Group beats Q2 expectations. (July 31, 2012)

Microsoft is replacing Hotmail with a consumer version of Outlook email used by corporations. (July 31, 2012)

Apple expected to unveil iPhone 5, iPad Mini and new iPods at Sept. 12 product event. (July 31, 2012)

Netflix claim about impact of Summer Olympics is a possible smokescreen for a subscriber slowdown. (July 31, 2012)

Cirrus Logic, audio chip provider for Apple, sees big sales increase ahead. (July 31, 2012)

Liquidity Services beats Q3 earnings target, raises Q4 and full-year profit outlook. (July 31, 2012)

Facebook IPO snafu leads to lower profit for Swiss bank UBS, which plans legal action. (July 31, 2012)

Audio chip designer Cirrus Logic delivered mixed fiscal Q1 results, but blew the roof off with its guidance for the next two quarters. (July 30, 2012)

Photo: iRobot XM1216 SUGV military robot.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Week in review: Apple, Netflix,, Coinstar post second-quarter results

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Audio chip designer Cirrus Logic seen slowing in fiscal first quarter. (July 27, 2012)

Apple likely buying AuthenTec to add digital wallet capability to iPhone. (July 27, 2012)

Coinstar sags as Redbox DVD rental activity declines. (July 27, 2012)

Monotype Imaging gets Q2 boost from Bitstream acquisition; plans quarterly dividend. (July 27, 2012)

Apple loses ground to Samsung in smartphone market as iPhone 5 waits in the wings. (July 27, 2012)

Coinstar investors give thumbs down to Redbox parent’s Q2 results. (July 26, 2012) climbs on Q2 results. Online genealogy service sees 1940 U.S. Census and DNA service as growth catalysts. (July 26, 2012)

Roku and Apple duel over streaming video set-top box market. (July 26, 2012)

Apple iPhone sales crimped by Samsung smartphones and rumors about the next-generation iPhone. (July 25, 2012)

Netflix expects to go in and out of profitability as it shovels earnings into international expansion. (July 25, 2012)

Five key take-aways from Apple’s Q3 earnings report. (July 25, 2012)

‘Bruised’ Apple misses Q3 targets and lowers Q4 outlook. (July 24, 2012)

Netflix will have a tough time hitting its U.S. streaming subscriber target this year. (July 23, 2012)

Apple sweats possible iPhone summer slowdown. (July 23, 2012)

Apple’s revenue, earnings poised for Q3 slowdown. (July 23, 2012)

Apple iPad Mini rumors likely to impact sales of Google and Amazon 7-inch tablets. (July 23, 2012)

Photo: Roku set-top box showing Netflix.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Week in review: 3D printers graduate from prototypes to end products

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

The fast-growing 3D printer market is transitioning from making plastic models of consumer goods to end products such as dental fittings and hearing aids.
Stratasys and 3D Systems are leading companies in the field. (July 20, 2012)

Samsung Electronics extended its lead in the worldwide LCD TV market in the first quarter, while the overall market shrank. (July 20, 2012)

Altera and Texas Instruments are seen posting year-over-year declines in Q2. (July 20, 2012)

Investors sour on Microsoft’s Q4 earnings report.
It turns out, Microsoft only matched EPS views, not beat them.
The software giant posts its first quarterly loss as a public company. (July 20, 2012)

Microsoft shares rise in after-hours trading following the company’s fiscal Q4 earnings news.
Microsoft’s Q4 results were helped by strong sales in its server and enterprise software businesses. (July 19, 2012)

Mellanox vaults higher on Q2 results and Q3 forecast. (July 19, 2012)

Mellanox Technologies shares leap to new highs after the fabless chip company obliterates Q2 estimates. (July 18, 2012)

Microsoft predicted to post first year-over-year decline in earnings in 11 quarters. (July 18, 2012)

Intel shares up as Q2 results and guidance show resilience. (July 18, 2012)

Intel beats Q2 profit views, but lowers outlook. (July 17, 2012)

Mellanox Technologies stock down sharply ahead of its Q2 results. (July 17, 2012)

PC sales slump weighs on chipmaker Intel’s Q2 earnings. (July 16, 2012)

Microsoft sells its stake, preps Office 15. (July 16, 2012)

Photo: The Cube personal 3D printer by 3D Systems.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Week in review: Twitter co-stars with Katy Perry; Robot Hall of Fame returns

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Twitter co-stars in Katy Perry movie, but followers didn’t follow through. (July 13, 2012)

Intuitive Surgical, iRobot and Terminator to be inducted into Robot Hall of Fame two years late. (July 13, 2012)

Coinstar shares fall on analyst report raising questions about Redbox-Verizon joint venture. (July 13, 2012)

Video game sales at U.S. retail are down nearly 28% year to date; Batman games stand out in June. (July 12, 2012)

Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft shares down on lackluster Q2 PC shipment data. (July 12, 2012)

LinkedIn shares down for second straight day on concerns about Facebook competition. New survey shows Facebook gaining in online job recruiting. (July 10, 2012)

Apple to start selling new iPad in China after settling tablet trademark dispute. (July 10, 2012)

Applied Materials lowers its full-year outlook on weak demand. (July 10, 2012)

LinkedIn stock falls on Facebook plans to launch a job posting board. (July 9, 2012)

Photo: Pop singer Katy Perry in “Katy Perry: Part of Me.”

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Week in review: Apple facing new challenges from Amazon, Google and Microsoft

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Amazon is working on its own smartphone to drive e-commerce. (July 6, 2012)

Trimble Navigation impacted by fears of slowing economy, particularly in Europe. (July 5, 2012)

Windows 7 Finally To Surpass Windows XP in August. (July 3, 2012)

Apple suffers setback in HTC legal fight, but scores win against Samsung. (July 3, 2012)

Microsoft admits its acquisition of aQuantive was a costly mistake. (July 3, 2012)

Sourcefire shares fall on CEO’s medical leave. (July 3, 2012)

Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating system continue to take market share in mobile devices and for mobile Web usage. (July 2, 2012)

Apple settles iPad trademark lawsuit in China for $60 million. (July 2, 2012)

Apple mini tablet seen replacing Apple’s iPad 2 as entry level product in the fall. (June 29, 2012)

Microsoft, Google and Amazon tune up to challenge Apple in digital music business. (June 28, 2012)

Apple’s iPhone turns 5, still “at the top of its game.” (June 27, 2012)

Photo: Children play with Amazon Kindle Fire tablets.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Week in review: Microsoft unveils Surface tablet

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Onyx Pharmaceuticals up, Celgene down on cancer drug news. (June 21, 2012)

Cellular tower operators American Tower and Crown Castle International are among the companies reportedly bidding for T-Mobile USA’s cell tower assets. (June 21, 2012)

FDA advisory panel approves Onyx blood cancer drug. (June 21, 2012)

Microsoft reportedly making its own smartphone with Windows Phone 8. (June 21, 2012)

Microsoft rounds out mobile strategy with Windows Phone 8. (June 20, 2012)

Adobe Systems stock falls on lowered outlook. (June 20, 2012)

Adobe Systems cuts outlook, blames weakness in Europe. (June 19, 2012)

Microsoft is hoping to avoid Nokia’s fate.
Its decision to make its own tablets is a “vote of no confidence” in its hardware partners. (June 19, 2012)

Microsoft Surface tablets to take on Apple’s iPad as well as ultrabooks from PC vendors. (June 19, 2012)

Microsoft debuts its Surface tablet, which features a keyboard in the cover. (June 18, 2012)

Tablets using Google’s Android operating system have caught up to Apple’s iPad in market penetration, a new study says. (June 18, 2012)

Graphic design software company Adobe Systems is getting a boost from the release of Creative Suite 6, the latest version of its flagship product. But customers are upgrading at a slower pace than with previous versions. (June 18, 2012)

Photo: Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Week in review: Apple expands use of Siri

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

As a takeover target, Nokia is worth more dead than alive. (June 15, 2012)

Sourcefire blazes path to broader security market. (June 15, 2012)

Microsoft reportedly buying Yammer for $1.2 billion. (June 15, 2012)

Microsoft seen likely to launch its own Windows tablet. (June 15, 2012)

Video game sector in the dumps, May retail data show.
Activision Blizzard’s “Diablo III” is the top-selling game for the month. (June 15, 2012)

Expected strong demand for media tablets, especially Apple’s iPad, in the second half of the year prompted research firm IDC to raise its 2012 forecast.
It also sees Apple gaining market share over tablets based on Google’s Android operating system. (June 14, 2012)

Apple gets friendly with Baidu, while shunning Google. (June 14, 2012)

Microsoft’s Windows 8 gamble faces Vista comparison (June 13, 2012)

Research projects involving cancer, genetics and micro-machines earn Intel Science Talent Search honors. (June 12, 2012)

Apple has big plans for Siri, including bypassing Google for searches, and popularizing a new type of computer interface. But the app has plenty of critics. (June 12, 2012)

Apple announces a refreshed lineup of MacBook computers, enhancements to its Siri personal assistant, Facebook integration, and Apple map software that will replace an offering from rival Google. (June 11, 2012)

Intel chooses Mellanox Technologies for its high-end server platforms. (June 11, 2012)

Photo: Siri virtual personal assistant software shown running on Apple iPad and iPhone.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Week in review: E3 video game show sees Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony making news

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Winners and losers from the 2012 E3 video game show, including Microsoft, Ubisoft, Nintendo and social games. (June 8, 2012)

Mario on Apple iPad? Analyst says Nintendo should do it. (June 8, 2012)

Best Buy founder and chairman quits; plans to sell his 20% stake in the consumer electronics retail chain. (June 7, 2012)

Facebook stock has rare up day on Nasdaq settlement plans. (June 6, 2012)

Amazon, Google, other tech stocks up despite downbeat JPMorgan report. (June 6, 2012)

Sony says new games signal long life for PlayStation 3 console. (June 6, 2012) weighs sale of company as growth slows. (June 6, 2012)

Nintendo builds case for its upcoming Wii U, which is a more complex video game console with a second screen. (June 5, 2012)

At E3 event, Microsoft gave no word on next Xbox, but rolled out more apps and games that use its Kinect sensor array. (June 4, 2012)

Photos: The Sony booth (top) and Microsoft booth at the 2012 E3 trade show in Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Week in review: Microsoft on target for fall release of Windows 8

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Microsoft on track to release Windows 8 in the fall. (June 1, 2012)

Video game companies at E3 show must “evolve or die.” (June 1, 2012)

Leap Wireless to offer no-contract, pre-paid Apple iPhones. (May 31, 2012)

Apple CEO says television business is “an area of intense interest” for the company. (May 30, 2012)

Photo: Windows 8 start screen with new Metro user interface.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Week in review: Facebook ends troubled first week as public company

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

Facebook stock down on analyst report questioning ad performance. (May 25, 2012)

Apple’s rumored iTV could be announced December and ship next year. (May 25, 2012)

Dell is in discussions to buy Quest Software to bolster its enterprise offerings. (May 25, 2012)

NBC Universal is seeking to buy out Microsoft’s 50% stake in (May 25, 2012)

Dell blames weak demand, poor execution and heightened competition from Apple and others for poor Q1 results. (May 23, 2012)

Apple design chief Jonathan Ive receives knighthood, hints at "important" project. (May 23, 2012)
Dell’s Q1 sales and earnings miss forecasts in “challenging demand environment.” (May 22, 2012)

“Flat-footed” Best Buy promises bold turnaround. (May 22, 2012)

Audio chipmaker Cirrus Logic likely to get more technology into Apple’s iPhone 5, boosting revenue. (May 21, 2012)

Dell struggles to find place in computing market, may need to take “bolder steps.” (May 21, 2012)

Photo: Facebook sign at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Photo by Matt Harnack for Facebook.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Week in review: Facebook IPO gets thumbs down from users, investors

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

GameStop posts weak Q1 sales as gamers await new consoles. (May 17, 2012)

Facebook IPO gets thumbs down from users and individual investors. (May 16, 2012)

After the flood, Western Digital and Seagate rise. (May 16, 2012)

Apple appears ready to follow Samsung’s lead with a larger smartphone display. (May 16, 2012)

Survey shows strong consumer interest in buying rumored Apple iTV. (May 16, 2012)

AMD takes on Intel with new notebook PC chips. (May 15, 2012) shares tumble after NBC cancels genealogy TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” after three seasons. (May 14, 2012)

Apple patent infringement lawsuit over tablets revived against Samsung. (May 14, 2012)

Best Buy chairman latest casualty in CEO scandal. (May 14, 2012)

Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rings the Nasdaq opening bell at his company’s headquarters on May 18. Facebook corporate photo by Zef Nikolla.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Week in review: Traditional video game industry down in the dumps

The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at

The traditional video game industry is in a world of hurt.
Year-to-date sales of new video game hardware and software at U.S. retail stores are down 27%. (May 11, 2012)

Apple shares have been weighed down by macroeconomic factors and concerns about carrier subsidies for the iPhone.
Meanwhile, shareholders are looking for the next big thing from Apple, which could be a 7-inch “mini iPad,” a $799 MacBook Air notebook, the iPhone 5 or Apple iTV television. (May 9, 2012)

People think others share too much information about themselves online, an Intel-sponsored survey finds. (May 9, 2012)

Security software firms like Sourcefire, Imperva and Fortinet see new threats and new opportunities. (May 4, 2012)

Photo: “Kinect Star Wars” video game from LucasArts and Microsoft.