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.