Saturday, March 31, 2012

Week in review: Best Buy sags, Angry Birds soar

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

Apple CEO Tim Cook is making his mark with changes at Chinese factories. (March 30, 2012)

Motion-sensing chip designer InvenSense falls on analyst downgrade. (March 30, 2012)

Best Buy’s new “Connected Store” format copies Apple’s Genius Bar concept. (March 29, 2012)

Best Buy making changes to better compete with Amazon, Apple and Costco. (March 29, 2012)

Best Buy shares fall nearly 7% on disappointing Q4 sales, year-ahead outlook. (March 29, 2012)

Cirrus Logic enters LED lighting market. Could take years to generate significant revenue though. (March 28, 2012)

Apple shares hit record high intraday on possible iPhone deal with China Mobile. (March 28, 2012)

Best Buy’s fiscal Q4 results hinge on its pricing strategy. (March 28, 2012) preps second-generation Kindle Fire tablet to take on Apple’s lower priced iPad 2. (March 26, 2012)

Rovio’s hit video game “Angry Birds Space” has created a lot of angry customers. (March 26, 2012)

Photos: Concept art for Best Buy’s new “Connected Store” format (top), “Angry Birds Space” graphic.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Week in review: Forrest Gump will get Apple dividend checks again soon

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

Video game retailer GameStop is making progress on new initiatives, but investors are antsy. (March 22, 2012)

Online video distributor Touchstorm sees M&A surge ahead for sector after Brightcove IPO. (March 21, 2012)

Netflix investors like the company’s latest horror story.
Netflix shares rose 4% on news that the online subscription video service was adding horror series “Hemlock Grove” to its original content lineup. (March 21, 2012)

Could overheating iPads be Apple’s next “Antennagate”?
Consumer Reports has confirmed anecdotal stories that Apple’s new iPad runs noticeably warmer than its predecessor. (March 21, 2012)

Communications chipmaker Broadcom agrees to pay $195 million for Israeli-based fiber-optic network chip company BroadLight. (March 21, 2012)

Yahoo investor group hopes to shake up board of directors. (March 21, 2012)

HP merges PC and printer units in cost-saving move, but analysts question the strategic benefits. (March 21, 2012)

Monotype Imaging raises full-year guidance after acquisition of Bitstream’s font business. (March 20, 2012)

Apple stock hits yet another record high on continued euphoria over dividends and new iPad sales. (March 20, 2012)

Adobe Systems customers await new Creative Suite. (March 20, 2012)

Adobe Systems delivers mixed Q1 results, Q2 outlook. (March 19, 2012)

Apple dividend not seen as a sign of slowing growth. (March 19, 2012)

Forrest Gump to start receiving checks from Apple again. (March 19, 2012)

Apple dividend opens the door for a new class of investors. (March 19, 2012)

Photo: Stills from the movie “Forrest Gump.”

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Week in review: New Apple iPad arrives

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

Apple fans line up to get the new iPad, many upgrading from iPad 1. (March 16, 2012)

Consumers defy Apple and call new tablet the iPad 3 instead of “the new iPad.” (March 15, 2012)

Guidewire Software shines in first post-IPO report. (March 13, 2012)

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Dish Network among top-rated telecom stocks. (March 13, 2012)

Dell boosts its security capabilities with SonicWall deal. (March 13, 2012)

Ebix, a provider of software and services to the insurance industry, sees its shares rise 5% on Q4 beat and raised dividend. (March 13, 2012)

Apple shares up nearly 2% on strong iPad tablet preorders. (March 13, 2012)

Survey shows Apple’s iPad dominating the corporate tablet market. (March 13, 2012)

InvenSense, maker of motion-sensing chips for consumer electronics, has signed up Nintendo and Samsung, but not Apple. (March 12, 2012)

Chipmaker Intel is looking to develop an Internet-based TV service to compete with cable and satellite TV operators. (March 12, 2012)

Photo: The Apple store in Reston, Va., opens at 8 a.m. March 16, 2012, to sell the new iPad, a.k.a. the iPad 3.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Week in review: Apple’s new iPad, Netflix cable plans, ‘Walking Dead’ lessons

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

Apple might be sacrificing profit margins to maintain its tablet leadership with the new iPad. (March 9, 2012)

Top 5 leadership lessons from the mistakes of Rick Grimes, hero of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” (March 9, 2012)

Apple’s high-resolution iPad display has rival tablet makers playing catch-up. (March 8, 2012)

Five key takeaways for investors from Apple’s iPad event. (March 8, 2012)

Apple’s new iPad boasts 4G wireless, voice dictation and a “stunning” ultra-high resolution display. (March 7, 2012)

Apple changes product naming rules with “the new iPad.” (March 7, 2012)

Netflix shares rise on possible cable partnerships. (March 7, 2012)

Top 5 things to expect from Apple’s iPad event on Wednesday. (March 6, 2012)

Apple scores major legal victory in patent infringement case against Motorola Mobility and Google. (March 6, 2012)

Apple could have a cheap iPad up its sleeve. (March 5, 2012)

Apple iPhone 4S is crushing the smartphone competition and gaining market share. (March 5, 2012)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Week in review: Microsoft shares rise on consumer preview of Windows 8

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

Cadence Design Systems looks to take market share in electronic design automation sector. (March 1, 2012)

Robot maker iRobot reorganizes to pursue new markets like health care, retail and security. (Feb. 29, 2012)

Microsoft launches consumer preview of Windows 8 computer operating system. (Feb. 29, 2012)

Apple photo apps in privacy spotlight. Photos on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch vulnerable to snooping. (Feb. 29, 2012)

Netflix dials up the rhetoric against rival Time Warner’s HBO. (Feb. 29, 2012)

First Solar shares dim on Q4 miss, reduced outlook and stock downgrade. (Feb. 29, 2012)

Microsoft shares reached their highest level in nearly four years, ahead of the beta release of its Windows 8 operating system. (Feb. 28, 2012)

Apple shares hit a record high on iPad 3 launch rumors. Apple event scheduled for March 7 in San Francisco. (Feb. 28, 2012)

Mobile accessories maker Zagg beats Wall Street forecasts for Q4 and guides higher for 2012. Stock jumps more than 9% on the news. (Feb. 27, 2012)

Photo: Screenshot of Microsoft’s Metro user interface for Windows 8.