Saturday, December 28, 2013

Week in review: Apple holiday commercial, Twitter ads criticized

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

Apple holiday commercial subject of ridicule. (Dec. 27, 2013)

Netflix, Nintendo join FedEx, UPS in Christmas failures. (Dec. 27, 2013)

Twitter investors love ad rollout, but users pushing back. (Dec. 26, 2013)

Apple rewards customers with free content after Christmas. (Dec. 26, 2013)

Celebrity shills: Match the spokesperson with the tech company. (Dec. 24, 2013)

Apple needs big new product to drive stock price, analyst says. (Dec. 24, 2013)

Apple, China Mobile deal boon for iPhone parts makers. (Dec. 23, 2013)

Apple finally reaches China Mobile iPhone deal. (Dec. 23, 2013)

Photos: Still from Apple’s holiday ad “Misunderstood” (top); Nintendo fans in New York City celebrate the release of the “Pokemon X and Y” video games on Oct. 15. 


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Week in review: Apple Mac Pro computer arrives

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

Netflix binge viewing leads to comedian purge spewing. (Dec. 20, 2013)

Netflix 4K video streams could attract literally “hundreds” of viewers. (Dec. 20, 2013)

30% of consumers plan to hoard incandescent light bulbs. (Dec. 20, 2013)

Apple Mac Pro orders backlogged until February. (Dec. 19, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5S demand hasn’t fallen off since launch. (Dec. 19, 2013)

Apple’s Mac Pro finally arrives and it ain’t cheap. (Dec. 18, 2013)

Microsoft narrows CEO hunt to 20 candidates, expects to make selection in early 2014. (Dec. 17, 2013)

iRobot leaps on bullish report and speculation around Google impact. (Dec. 17, 2013)

Why Netflix cut exclusive deal for “Breaking Bad” spinoff show. (Dec. 17, 2013)

Google and Amazon robots look to control the ground and skies. (Dec. 16, 2013)

Avago gets revenue diversification with LSI purchase. (Dec. 16, 2013)

Amazon.com seen hitting fundamentals inflection point. (Dec. 16, 2013)

Ciena outlook miss, Q4 earnings have Wall Street cautious. (Dec. 16, 2013)

Photos: Apple’s Mac Pro computers roll off the assembly line (top); poster for “House of Cards” season two on Netflix. 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Week in review: Lack of 4K display for Apple’s Mac Pro could hint at TV

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

Amazon delivery drones trumped by catapults and SausageCopters. (Dec. 13, 2013)

Xbox One, PS4 combine for record game hardware sales. (Dec. 13, 2013)

Adobe slashes near-term sales outlook, stock soars. (Dec. 13, 2013)

Adobe cloud transition surpassing expectations. (Dec. 12, 2013)

Early Christmas electronics shoppers buying largely for themselves. (Dec. 12, 2013)

Apple Ultra-HD 4K TV hinted by lack of new Mac Pro display. (Dec. 12, 2013)

Adobe Creative Cloud dissatisfaction grows with subscribers. (Dec. 11, 2013)

Microsoft admits Xbox One is in second place behind Sony’s PS4. (Dec. 11, 2013)

“Candy Crush” game maker King sours on IPO prospects. (Dec. 10, 2013)

Apple Siri, Google Now tied in accuracy, but both need work. (Dec. 10, 2013)

Redbox parent Outerwall dumps coffee, food and photo kiosks. (Dec. 10, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5S now at full U.S. retail availability. (Dec. 9, 2013)

Photos: Apple’s Mac Pro computer (top), “Candy Crush Saga” game art. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Week in review: Amazon delivery drones, ‘GTA Online’ among headline makers

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

Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drones powered by laughter. (Dec. 6, 2013)

“Grand Theft Auto Online” potential gold mine for Take-Two. (Dec. 6, 2013)

Corporate PC demand improving, lifting Intel. (Dec. 6, 2013)

Security breaches raise concerns about online safety. (Dec. 6, 2013)

Microsoft swoons on reports that Ford’s Alan Mulally won’t be its next CEO. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Apple rises on China Mobile talk and Carl Icahn proposal. (Dec. 5, 2013)

Let them eat cake and watch Jerry Lewis movies.
Netflix looks to offer streaming video service in France. (Dec. 4, 2013)

Smartphone owners hooked on Facebook, Twitter, Candy Crush. (Dec. 4, 2013)

Tech spending survey positive for Adobe, Oracle and Salesforce.com. (Dec. 4, 2013)

Apple acquisition and possible China Mobile deal excite investors. (Dec. 3, 2013)

Sony counters Xbox One sales lead report with new PS4 data. (Dec. 3, 2013)

Old consoles dominating holiday video game sales. (Dec. 3, 2013)

5 reasons PC sales are in the crapper. (Dec. 3, 2013)

SouFun hits new high on launch of financial services platform. (Dec. 2, 2013)

Website creator Wix.com surges on analyst reports.
The rapid rise of another money-losing Internet company is likely to spur more talk of an Internet bubble. (Dec. 2, 2013)

In-flight Internet service Gogo gets OK to go global. (Dec. 2, 2013)

WebMD seen getting more mobile ads from drug firms. (Dec. 2, 2013)

Tablet sales jump as Black Friday promotions rise 50%. (Dec. 2, 2013)

Photos: Amazon.com’s Amazon Prime Air flying robot (top), “Grand Theft Auto Online” promo art. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Week in review: Black Friday iPad sales; Qualcomm joins smartwatch fray

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

Xbox One or PS4? Don’t ask a comedian. (Nov. 29, 2013)

Big-screen TVs and game consoles draw holiday shoppers. (Nov. 29, 2013)

It’s beginning to look a lot like an iPad Christmas. (Nov. 29, 2013)

Apple iPads selling for Crazy Eddie prices on Black Friday. (Nov. 27, 2013)

Intel should make ARM-based processors, analyst says. (Nov. 27, 2013)

Qualcomm, Sony and others try to make smartwatch market happen. (Nov. 26, 2013)

U.S. smartphone buyers moving upscale, while others go cheap. (Nov. 26, 2013)

Get ready for Apple’s iPad Maxi. (Nov. 25, 2013)

Yahoo hires Katie Couric as CEO Marissa Mayer reverts to media company strategy. (Nov. 25, 2013)

Microsoft deals with Xbox One “Disc Drive of Doom.” (Nov. 25, 2013)

Apple confirms PrimeSense acquisition; Plans unknown. (Nov. 25, 2013)

Photos: “Mean Girls” meme on smartwatches; Qualcomm Toq smartwatches graphic.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Week in review: Internet stock bubble fears; Microsoft’s Xbox One game console debuts

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

Xbox One debut could be last major game console launch. (Nov. 22, 2013)

Microsoft releases Xbox One in grand fashion. (Nov. 22, 2013)

Mystery bidder gobbles up Sandwich.com from Yahoo. (Nov. 21, 2013)

GameStop guides lower on holiday earnings despite PS4 and Xbox One. (Nov. 21, 2013)

Lofty valuations for Twitter and other Internet firms spur bubble talk. (Nov. 20, 2013)

Sony PlayStation 4 seen outselling Microsoft Xbox One. (Nov. 20, 2013)

Google opens product showcase areas in Best Buy stores. (Nov. 19, 2013)

Best Buy vows to win Q4 sales battle, predicts profit hit. (Nov. 19, 2013)

Best Buy looking to cut losses from product returns. (Nov. 19, 2013)

Best Buy warns price competition to hit Q4 profit. (Nov. 19, 2013)

Apple likely to raise smartphone pricing with iPhone 6. (Nov. 18, 2013)

Apple acquisition could presage gesture-controlled TV. (Nov. 18, 2013)

Sony PS4 launch marred by reports of glitchy consoles. (Nov. 18, 2013)

Photos: Mr. Bubble could be the mascot of the current Internet stock craze; Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Week in review: Blockbuster obituary written; Sony PlayStation 4 launches

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

Comedians pay last respects to Blockbuster. (Nov. 15, 2013)

Gamers embrace Sony PlayStation 4 at launch. (Nov. 15, 2013)

SAP’s “credible cloud strategy” earns it an upgrade. (Nov. 15, 2013)

Applied Materials disappoints with Q1 forecast. (Nov. 15, 2013)

Yahoo kicks off auction of “treasure chest” of website domain names. (Nov. 14, 2013)

Netflix investors enthused by content deals and tech refresh. (Nov. 14, 2013)

Apple is padding its smartphone profit with accessories sales. (Nov. 14, 2013)

Apple, Samsung combine for 109% of smartphone profit. (Nov. 14, 2013)

Apple’s Bigfoot-like product could emerge next year or never. (Nov. 13, 2013)

Netflix schools cable TV services with major user interface change. (Nov. 13, 2013)

Apple iPad Mini 2 winners include Cirrus Logic and STMicro. (Nov. 13, 2013)

IRobot’s latest Roomba big leap ahead for cleaning robots. (Nov. 12, 2013)

Photos: Blockbuster video rental store; Sony PlayStation 4 video game consoles stacked for sale. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Week in review: Twitter IPO takes off; Conan O’Brien cracks top 100 list on LinkedIn

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

The 10 funniest Twitter parody videos online. (Nov. 8, 2013)

Survey shows most Apple iPhone buyers already have an iPhone. (Nov. 8, 2013)

Priceline seen taking travel market share worldwide. (Nov. 8, 2013)

Activision Blizzard cautious on Q4 video game prospects. (Nov. 7, 2013)

Netflix inks deal with Disney for original TV shows based on C-list Marvel comic book heroes, including Daredevil. (Nov. 7, 2013)

HomeAway pay-per-booking launch powers upbeat outlook. (Nov. 7, 2013)

Microsoft stock hits 13-year high on replacement CEO rumblings. (Nov. 6, 2013)

With Blockbuster gone, could BlackBerry or Barnes & Noble be next? (Nov. 6, 2013)

Conan O’Brien cracks top 100 LinkedIn Influencers list. (Nov. 5, 2013)

Apple’s premium pricing supported by used device market. (Nov. 5, 2013)

Apple’s deal with GT Advanced Technologies for sapphire material could involve the long-rumored iWatch smartwatch. (Nov. 5, 2013)

Photos: Funny Reuters photo for Twitter IPO filing; Conan O’Brien’s profile on LinkedIn.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Week in review: Apple iPad Air hits stores; Netflix nabs ‘Dexter’


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

Comedians hook up jokes with online dating services, including Match.com and Tinder. (Nov. 1, 2013)

Apple iPad Air teardown reveals the usual suspects inside. (Nov. 1, 2013)

Monotype teams with Google to expand use of Web fonts. (Oct. 31, 2013)

Apple sheds tablet market share as it pursues high-end business. (Oct. 31, 2013)

Apple’s yellow iPhone 5C is a lemon. (Oct. 31, 2013)

Twitter IPO called reminiscent of dot-com bubble era. (Oct. 30, 2013)

Video game transition poses big risks for EA, Take-Two, others. (Oct. 30, 2013)

Netflix captures “Dexter,” floats ambitious movie plan. (Oct. 29, 2013)

5 intriguing nuggets from Apple’s fiscal Q4 report. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Advent Software beats Q3 views, sees Q4 sales in line. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Samsung lengthens smartphone lead in Q3; Apple No. 2. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Apple iPhone sales beat views, but iPads come up short. (Oct. 28, 2013)

Advertising on Facebook, Google and Twitter is becoming more pervasive and annoying. (Oct. 28, 2013)

Photos: Apple’s iPad Air (top); Scene from “Dexter.” 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Week in review: Apple iPad Air debuts; Conan O’Brien invades LinkedIn

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

Seriously, Apple’s Jony Ive needs to quit making those videos. (Oct. 25, 2013)

Apple seen posting fourth straight quarter of down earnings. (Oct. 25, 2013)

Microsoft outpacing IBM, EMC and Oracle in enterprise sales. (Oct. 25, 3013)

Synaptics stock falls on slowing sales and EPS growth. (Oct. 25, 2013)

Synaptics touches nerve with lower December-quarter outlook. (Oct. 24, 2013)

Apple’s Mac Pro actually late to the cylinder device trend. (Oct. 24, 2013)

Apple’s iTunes Radio just static to Pandora Media so far. (Oct. 24, 2013)

Carl Icahn goads Apple CEO to do big stock buyback. (Oct. 24, 2013)

Synaptics sales and earnings seen accelerating for third straight quarter. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Apple Mac Pro factory looks like something out of “Terminator.” (Oct. 23, 2013)

Microsoft’s business model trashed by Apple. Microsoft’s Surface 2 launch flops. (Oct. 23, 2013)

Apple unveils 1-pound iPad Air tablet, new Macs and free Mavericks OS. (Oct. 22, 2013)

Netflix investors heed CEO’s warning on stock euphoria. (Oct. 22, 2013)

Netflix tops on earnings and subscribers, bullish on Q4. (Oct. 21, 2013)

Conan O’Brien named LinkedIn Influencer, quickly rises in rank and disses Malcolm Gladwell. (Oct. 21, 2013)

ObamaCare website failure in good company with Facebook, Microsoft and Apple. (Oct. 21, 2013)

Apple’s iPad 5 launch called “most important” since original iPad. (Oct. 21, 2013)

Photos: Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display; Conan O’Brien’s first blog post on LinkedIn. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Week in review: ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ boosts video game industry sales

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

Netflix hits new high ahead of Q3 earnings report. (Oct. 18, 2013)

Apple’s iTV could be its second biggest business by 2023. (Oct. 18, 2013)

Microsoft’s cloud and first-party devices transition could be rocky for investors. (Oct. 18, 2013)

“Grand Theft Auto 5” proves that crime does pay. (Oct. 18, 2013)

Apple’s iPhone 5S has been shot, drilled, hammered and blended. (Oct. 17, 2013)

Microsoft releases Windows 8.1, hopes new OS helps PC sales. (Oct. 17, 2013)

Apple seen gaining smartphone market share in next 12 months. (Oct. 16, 2013)

Intel says PC makers cautious in their Q4 chip purchases. (Oct. 16, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5C production-cut stories might be overblown. (Oct. 16, 2013)

Intel reports “modest growth in tough environment” as it delivers better-than-expected Q3 results. (Oct. 15, 2013)

Apple iPad 5 seen as slightly smaller with new covers. (Oct. 15, 2013)

Apple hires Burberry CEO to run its retail operations. (Oct. 15, 2013)

Photos: Promotional art for “Grand Theft Auto 5”; home screen for Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Week in review: ‘Gravity,’ ‘Pokemon X and Y’ and Nest Protect debut

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

Wall Street predicts another down quarter for Intel. (Oct. 11, 2013)

Apple should buy Nest Labs, if it can get the owners to sell. (Oct. 11, 2013)

Nintendo to get needed boost from 2DS, “Pokemon X and Y” games. (Oct. 11, 2013)


Apple cuts production of colored iPhone 5C amid weak sales. (Oct. 10, 2013)

Synaptics follows Apple’s lead, buys fingerprint-reader firm. (Oct. 10, 2013)

School’s in, but PCs are still out with consumers. (Oct. 9, 2013)

Samsung’s curved-glass phone looks like “death-ray” building. (Oct. 9, 2013)

Twitter scores first big social TV deal, with Comcast. (Oct. 9, 2013)

Apple sticks it to Microsoft with iPad 5 event scheduling. (Oct. 9, 2013)

Redbox parent Outerwall surges as investors push for breakup. (Oct. 8, 2013)

Obama sides with Apple again over Samsung in trade case. (Oct. 8, 2013)

Apple iPhone 6 news might cause iPhone 5S buyer remorse. (Oct. 8, 2013)

“Gravity” could provide lift for 3D movies, Imax and Dolby. (Oct. 7, 2013)

Wall Street analysts jumping the gun on Twitter IPO. (Oct. 7, 2013)

Apple iWatch unlikely to be big seller, analyst says. (Oct. 7, 2013)

Photos: Still from the movie “Gravity” (top); customers line up to buy “Pokemon X and Y” video games at the Nintendo World store in New York City on Oct. 12; and the Nest smart thermostat and Nest Protect smoke-and-carbon-monoxide detector in a home. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Week in review: Twitter IPO filing, Apple Siri voice revealed

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

Apple’s Siri points to Christina Aguilera as her voice. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Even Twitter has a tough time describing itself. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Apple iPhone to debut on China Mobile in November, analyst says. (Oct. 4, 2013)

Apple-Logitech pairing is a potential Nintendo handheld killer. (Oct. 3, 2013)

Google and Apple step up Internet TV activity. (Oct. 2, 2013)

President Obama compares ObamaCare rollout glitches to Apple iOS 7. (Oct. 1, 2013)

Microsoft Windows 8 adoption worse than Windows Vista. (Oct. 1, 2013)

Apple seen prepping refreshed iPads, including gold model. (Sept. 30, 2013)

Apple’s new iPhone sales more front-end loaded than usual. (Sept. 30, 2013)

Sony PS4 could trounce Microsoft Xbox One in sales, poll shows. (Sept. 30, 2013)

Twitter expected to make IPO filing public this week. (Sept. 30, 2013)

Photos: Image from Twitter’s IPO filing (top); Siri responds to questions about who provided her voice. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Week in review: ‘SNL’ on Yahoo, Conan on LinkedIn, Miley Cyrus on iOS 7

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

Conan O’Brien vows to conquer LinkedIn with his followers. (Sept. 27, 2013)

Yahoo’s “Saturday Night Live” video archives far from “complete.” (Sept. 27, 2013)

Microsoft’s new business segments create “cloud of confusion.” (Sept. 27, 2013)

Dell bails on Windows RT tablets; Microsoft lone supporter. (Sept. 26, 2013)

Forget the gold iPhone, Apple still the most innovative company. (Sept. 26, 2013)

Google Chromebooks cutting into Microsoft’s notebook business. (Sept. 26, 2013)

Miley Cyrus is in the minority about Apple’s iOS 7. (Sept. 24, 2013)

“Grand Theft Auto 5”: Carjacking, murder and laughs. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Applied Materials-Toyko Electron merger will create chip gear giant. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron agree to merge. (Sept. 24, 2013)

Apple stock jumps on iPhone sales and upbeat revenue outlook. (Sept. 23, 2013)

RF Micro and Skyworks gain on iPhone 5S, 5C sales news. (Sept. 23, 2013)

Microsoft no quitter, doubles down on tablets with Surface 2. (Sept. 23, 2013)

Apple defies skeptics, sells 9 million new iPhones in first weekend. (Sept. 23, 2013)

Photos: Tina Fey hosts the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC on Sept. 28, 2013. Fey is seen here with cast member Kenan Thompson (top); Apple’s iPhone 5C smartphone.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Week in review: Apple iPhone 5S, ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ have big debuts

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

Apple stock dips on iPhone 5S supply constraints. (Sept. 20, 2013)

Broadcom, Qualcomm, NXP winners in iPhone 5S teardown checks. (Sept. 20, 2013)

Apple strikes gold with iPhone 5S launch. (Sept. 20, 2013)

Apple iOS 7 already downloaded to 40% of iDevices. (Sept. 19, 2013)

Microsoft faces “headwinds,” but sees business momentum. (Sept. 19, 2013)

Will Apple’s new iPhones be a hit or a bust? (Sept. 19, 2013)

Controversial “Grand Theft Auto 5” makes a killing: Record $800 million debut. (Sept. 18, 2013)

With iOS 7, older Apple devices could feel “brand new.” (Sept. 18, 2013)

Adobe leaps to all-time high on cloud progress. (Sept. 18, 2013)

Adobe Systems stock up late on cloud momentum. (Sept. 17, 2013)

“Grand Theft Auto 5” carjacks gamers, but stock drops. (Sept. 17, 2013)

Redbox promotions and one-night DVD rentals hurting sales. (Sept. 17, 2013)

Microsoft takes crowbar to wallet, ups dividend and buybacks. (Sept. 17, 2013)

Microsoft under the gun to provide direction on its future. (Sept. 16, 2013)

Adobe Systems hits record high ahead of Q3 earnings. (Sept. 16, 2013)

Is Apple yellow? Doesn’t reveal iPhone 5C preorders. (Sept. 16, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5S jokes in great supply, even if phones aren’t. (Sept. 16, 2013)

Photos: Apple iPhone 5S handsets (top); “Grand Theft Auto 5” cover art. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Week in review: Apple iPhone 5S, Intel ‘Bay Trail’ chips debut

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

Apple iPhone 5S likely in short supply at launch. (Sept. 13, 2013)

EA’s “Madden NFL 25” leads video game sales recovery. (Sept. 13, 2013)

Private Dell to accelerate its enterprise transformation. (Sept. 12, 2013)

Intel mounts new tablet assault with Bay Trail chips. (Sept. 12, 2013)

Dell shareholders approve go-private buyout deal. (Sept. 12, 2013)

Apple stock falls 5% on no cheap iPhone or China Mobile distribution deal. (Sept. 11, 2013)

Adobe Systems nears all-time high on Marketing Cloud update. (Sept. 11, 2013)

Cut Tim Cook some slack; Apple’s CEO is in a no-win situation. (Sept. 11, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5C, 5S fail to surprise; Stock drops. (Sept. 10, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5S and 5C introduction spoiled by leaks. (Sept. 10, 2013)

Kids choosing Apple iPhone over Nintendo DS for video games. (Sept. 10, 2013)

Netflix stock retakes all-time high from two years ago. (Sept. 10, 2013)

Microsoft hopes for fresh start with Surface 2 tablets. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Dell board a “dictatorship,” defeated Carl Icahn says. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Apple stock could dip on “sell the news” phenomenon. (Sept. 9, 2013)

Photos: Apple iPhone 5S smartphone (top), and Intel “Bay Trail” chip. 


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Week in review: Google’s Android KitKat, Samsung Galaxy Gear debut

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

No joke: Some people already in line for new iPhone. (Sept. 6, 2013)

Google’s Android KitKat could lead to more sweet product names. (Sept. 6, 2013)

Apple forced to hire external antitrust compliance monitor in e-book price-fixing case. (Sept. 6, 2013)

Apple iPhone launch event may lack wow factor. (Sept. 5, 2013)

Samsung Galaxy Gear unlikely to fuel smartwatch market. Wearable computer called “prototype masquerading as a commercial product.” (Sept. 5, 2013)

Apple stock rises on China Mobile speculation. (Sept. 4, 2013)

Samsung debuts Galaxy Gear ahead of smartwatch rivals. (Sept. 4, 2013)

Samsung shows off Galaxy Gear smartwatch and Galaxy Note 3 phablet. (Sept. 4, 2013)

Microsoft Xbox One game console set to debut Nov. 22. (Sept. 4, 2013)

Smartphone market brightens, lifting prospects for Apple and Microsoft. (Sept. 4, 2013)

Microsoft stock drops on Nokia handset acquisition plan. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Microsoft investors hate the company’s Nokia purchase deal. (Sept. 3, 2013)

Photo: Nestle KitKat chocolate bars shaped like Google’s Android robot logo. (top) Nestle and Google have teamed up to promote the Android KitKat operating system. Limited edition KitKat wrapper (below). (Nestle photos.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

Week in review: Apple TV content additions, upcoming iPhone in the news

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

Touchpad or gesture, Synaptics thrives in mobile tech. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Billionaire Elon Musk draws chuckles with Hyperloop project. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Apple hopes trade-in program prompts new iPhone sales. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Samsung Galaxy Gear could open smartwatch floodgates. (Aug. 30, 2013)

Outlook dims for Microsoft, Intel, HP, as PC market worsens. (Aug. 29, 2013)

Apple iPhone refresh could lift Qualcomm, Cirrus Logic, others. (Aug. 29, 2013)

Apple dodges government’s harshest e-book antitrust remedies. (Aug. 28, 2013)

Apple adds Disney, Vevo and Weather Channel to TV set-top box. (Aug. 27, 2013)

Thanks to Marissa Mayer, people are talking about Yahoo again. (Aug. 27, 2013)

Microsoft investors sober up to challenges facing new CEO. (Aug. 26, 2013)

Comedians mock upcoming iPhone, NSA scandal and Hyperloop project. (Aug. 26, 2013)

Photo: Apple TV set-top box. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Week in review: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer calls it quits

My article on investors calling for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to get the ax was well timed. The article ran Wednesday and Ballmer announced his retirement on Friday morning.
The following is a roundup of my stories from Investor’s Business Daily at Investors.com.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer needs to make a graceful exit. (Aug. 21, 2013)

‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ leads critical season for video game biz. (Aug. 20, 2013)

Apple hopes new iPhone 5S model will have Midas touch. (Aug. 19, 2013)

Photo: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement on Aug. 23. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Week in review: Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs movie opens; Moto X launch set

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

10 Steve Jobs videos even funnier than Ashton Kutcher’s movie. (Aug. 16, 2013)

Icahn attempt to delay Dell vote scuttled by judge. (Aug. 16, 2013)

Moto X will test the market for custom-made smartphones. (Aug. 16, 2013)

Semtech called best-in-breed by analyst; Stock rises. (Aug. 16, 2013)

Applied Materials appoints CEO; Stock up on outlook. (Aug. 16, 2013)

Dell aggressiveness in PC pricing hurts Q2 earnings. (Aug. 16, 2013)

Cisco CEO smoother than AOL’s chief in firing workers. (Aug. 15, 2013)

Samsung hopes to trump iPhone 5S with Galaxy Gear smartwatch. (Aug. 15, 2013)

Tumblr content takedowns show its not-so-user friendly side. (Aug. 14, 2013)

Microsoft’s bet on touch-screen PCs looks like boneheaded move. (Aug. 13, 2013)

Oracle CEO sees bleak future for Apple. (Aug. 13, 2013)

Apple up on news it’s finally ready to show next iPhone. (Aug. 12, 2013)

Discovery fesses up, admits “Megalodon” documentary was fake. (Aug. 12, 2013)

Photos: Poster from movie “Jobs” (top); Google’s Moto X smartphone. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Week in review: Discovery ‘Megalodon’ documentary, Mars Barbie make news

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

Obama administration hands Apple a victory in trade case. (Aug. 5, 2013)

Discovery’s “Megalodon” Shark Week stunt harms its reputation. (Aug. 5, 2013)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post newspaper. (Aug. 5, 2013)

Microsoft cuts Surface Pro prices; Could signal more losses. (Aug. 6, 2013)

Discovery’s “Megalodon” a ratings hit, but controversy lingers. (Aug. 6, 2013)

Apple’s iTunes tops Netflix and Amazon in customer satisfaction survey. (Aug. 6, 2013)

Jeff Bezos purchase of Washington Post good for laughs. (Aug. 6, 2013)

Nokia only handset firm sticking neck out for Windows Phone. (Aug. 7, 2013)

Microsoft adds MakerBot 3D printers to more stores. (Aug. 7, 2013)

Ultra HD television seen taking off in 2015 in U.S. (Aug. 8, 2013)

Mars Explorer Barbie a small step to inspire STEM careers. (Aug. 8, 2013)

Acer Chromebook move shows Microsoft ceding notebook share. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Samsung violated Apple patents; U.S. import ban imposed by ITC. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Comedians find laughs in Jeff Bezos’ purchase of newspaper. (Aug. 9, 2013)

Photos: Mars Explorer Barbie doll (top) and Discovery Channel’s “Megalodon” special.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Week in review: Google’s Moto X phone launched; Apple iPhone 5C rumored

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

Apple makes a big fat target for comedians. (Aug.2, 2013)

Synaptics on growth path again, thanks to smartphones. (Aug. 2, 2013)

Michael Dell raises bid again for his computer firm. (Aug. 2, 2013)

Google, Apple, other gadget makers chant “U-S-A! U-S-A!” (Aug. 1, 2013)

10 CEOs who don’t bother with quarterly earnings calls. (Aug. 1, 2013)

Windows 8 is the “After Earth” of operating systems. (Aug. 1, 2013)

Apple leads in smartphone profit, but Samsung gaining. (July 31, 2013)

Microsoft reveals true size of its Surface tablet flop. (July 31, 2013)

Twitter job opening hints at IPO ahead. (July 30, 2013)

Google Chromecast reviews positive; More content coming. (July 30, 2013)

Is Apple’s aversion to risk becoming a problem vs. “gadget-spam” Samsung? (July 29, 2013)

Next Apple smartphone could be iPhone 5C, not 5S. (July 29, 2013)

Photo: Google’s assembled-in-U.S.A. Moto X smartphone.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Week in review: Netflix, Apple report quarterly results; webcast earnings trend

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

Comedians have Emmy-nominated Netflix in their crosshairs. (July 26, 2013)

Redbox seeing DVD rentals decline; Reason debated. (July 26, 2013)

Monotype stock swoons on Q2 results and guidance. (July 26, 2013)

Apple smartphone market share at lowest level in 3 years. (July 26, 2013)

When will Facebook stock return to its IPO price? (July 25, 2013)

Google Chromecast sold out; TV device looks like a hit product. (July 25, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5S could be first iPhone to launch without lines of buyers. (July 25, 2013)

5 key takeaways from Apple’s fiscal Q3 earnings report. (July 24, 2013)

ARM Holdings stock sells off despite Q2 beat. (July 24, 2013)

Seagate Technology down as sales and earnings decline. (July 24, 2013)

Michael Dell raises bid for PC maker; Vote delayed. (July 24, 2013)

Apple beats Q3 views on iPhone sales surprise. (July 23, 2013)

Netflix is strangling its DVD-by-mail service. (July 23, 2013)

5 key takeaways from Netflix Q2 earnings report. (July 23, 2013)

Netflix shares drop on poor reviews for Q2 results. (July 22, 2013)

Yahoo and Netflix usher in televised earnings calls. (July 22, 2013)

Apple could post first revenue decline in more than 10 years. (July 22, 2013)

Photos: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on his company’s Q2 earnings webcast (top); Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on her company’s Q2 earnings webcast.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Week in review: Microsoft’s Surface tablet bombs; Sony's 'The Last of Us' a hit game

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

Microsoft Surface business model is the punchline to a joke. (July 20, 2013)

Netflix’s Emmy-nominated shows draw investor scrutiny. (July 19, 2013)

Sony’s “The Last of Us” is a fitting metaphor for the video game industry. (July 19, 2013)

Microsoft plummets on Q4 miss and Surface tablet losses. (July 18, 2013)

Intel PC sales projections still might be too high. (July 18, 2013)

Dell go-private deal in jeopardy; Vote delayed. (July 18, 2013)

Social media dares spur streaking, sex and puppy adoptions. (July 18, 2013)

Intel cuts full-year revenue outlook on weak PC sales. (July 17, 2013)

Microsoft’s Q4 results could shed light on shakeup. (July 17, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5S reportedly hits production snag. (July 16, 2013)

Intel seen posting fourth straight sales decline. (July 16, 2013)

Microsoft gives smartwatches another go; apes Apple and Google. (July 15, 2013)

Microsoft holds fire sale on Windows RT Surface tablets. (July 15, 2013)

Photos: Microsoft’s Surface tablet with keyboard cover (top); promotional art for Sony’s “The Last of Us.” 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Week in review: Apple e-book antitrust case, Microsoft reorganization plan

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

Comedians target Apple antitrust case and DirecTV dog channel. (July 12, 2013)

Microsoft reorg plan could be disruptive, time-consuming. (July 12, 2013)

Apple didn’t cause e-book price increase; Tablets changed the market. (July 12, 2013)

End of Windows XP support spurring commercial PC sales. (July 11, 2013)

Microsoft reorganization faces major challenges. (July 11, 2013)

Alnylam soars to new high on early drug trial results. (July 11, 2013)

AdTran stock rises on Q2 sales and earnings beat. (July 11, 2013)

Netflix debuts latest original show, “Orange Is the New Black.” Amazon counters with Miramax movies. (July 11, 2013)

Apple likely to face more lawsuits after e-book antitrust case loss. (July 10, 2013)

Apple loses e-books price-fixing case, violated U.S. antitrust law. (July 10, 2013)

Netflix investors could see executives sweat on earnings call. (July 9, 2013)

Death knell sounding for Microsoft’s Windows RT as Nokia pulls the plug on its Windows RT tablet. (July 9, 2013)

Intel shares bashed by deteriorating desktop PC sales. (July 8, 2013)

Cheap iPhone could boost Apple’s sales, but damage its reputation. (July 8, 2013)

Proxy advisory firm ISS is recommending that Dell shareholders vote in favor of the $24.4 billion buyout offer for the company by founder and CEO Michael Dell. (July 8, 2013)

Photos: Apple iBooks app on an iPad (top); promo for DogTV channel on DirecTV.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Week in review: Smartwatches, BuzzFeed parodies, ex-Groupon CEO music album

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

Web humorists rake BuzzFeed over the coals. (July 5, 2013)

Samsung, HTC point to smartphone slowdown; Apple takes action. (July 5, 2013)

Samsung acquires Boxee as over-the-top TV market heats up. (July 3, 2013)

Designed-in-USA Apple hires French fashion executive. (July 3, 2013)

Groupon’s Andrew Mason becomes America’s David Brent. (July 2, 2013)


Redbox parent Outerwall diversifies with ecoATM deal. (July 2, 2013)

Apple iWatch signaled, market size questioned. (July 1, 2013)

Microsoft’s Windows 8 finally tops reviled Windows Vista. (July 1, 2013)

France takes another bite out of Apple, raids French offices. (July 1, 2013)

Apple tips hand on smartwatch plans, trademarks “iWatch.” (July 1, 2013)

Photos: Sony’s SmartWatch 2 (top), ex-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s music album “Hardly Workin’,” and BuzzFeed screenshot.