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.