Saturday, April 27, 2013

Week in review: Apple, Netflix earnings and the return of Agent Smith

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

“Matrix” villain Agent Smith enlists GE to turn us all into batteries. (April 26, 2013)

Boston Marathon bombing to spur video surveillance gear spending hike. (April 26, 2013)

Redbox-parent Coinstar to change name to Outerwall. (April 26, 2013)

Apple smartphone growth slows to a crawl in Q1. (April 26, 2013)

Netflix CEO writes obituary for linear television. (April 25, 2013)

Microsoft Xbox upgrade to give video game industry needed boost. (April 25, 2013)

Apple cuts retail store staffing by 5%. (April 25, 2013)

Apple goes from growth to value company in six months. (April 24, 2013)

Apple smartphone strategy: It’s the ecosystem, stupid. (April 24, 2013)

Apple CEO: Don’t hold your breath for new products. (April 24, 2013)

Apple’s big buyback and dividend hike fail to impress investors. (April 23, 2013)

Netflix getting picky as it “curates” content. (April 23, 2013)

ARM Holdings jumps on Q1 earnings and market opportunities. (April 23, 2013)

ARM sales of low-power chips spark high-powered Q1 results. (April 23, 2013)

Netflix pops higher on subscriber growth and streaming profits. (April 22, 2013)

Apple facing delays for next iPhones and iPad Mini. (April 22, 2013)

ARM Holdings forecast hinges on consumer spending. (April 22, 2013)

Apple gets boost from two analysts’ buy recommendations. (April 22, 2013)

Photos: Actor Hugo Weaving reprises his “Matrix” villain role for a GE commercial. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Week in review: Online video premieres include ‘iSteve’ and ‘Hemlock Grove’

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

Apple’s Steve Jobs parodied in mockumentary “iSteve.” (April 19, 2013)

Netflix seen returning to earnings growth in Q1. Streaming video service likely to get a boost from original series, like “House of Cards” and “Hemlock Grove.” (April 19, 2013)

Apple iWatch demand “exceptionally strong,” survey shows. (April 19, 2013)

5 key takeaways from Microsoft’s Q3 earnings report. (April 19, 2013)

Blackstone Group drops competing bid for PC maker Dell. (April 19, 2013)

Microsoft clears “low bar” with Q3 results; stock up late. (April 18, 2013)

Apple stock faces heavy selling for second straight day. (April 18, 2013)

Intel’s PC forecast looks like wishful thinking. (April 17, 2013)

Cirrus Logic stock tumbles and brings Apple down with it. (April 17, 2013)

Microsoft seen returning to EPS growth in fiscal Q3. (April 17, 2013)

Intel stock dips on continued sales and profit declines. (April 17, 2013)

Microsoft matches cloud computing prices with Amazon Web Services. (April 16, 2013)

Apple iPhone is becoming the next Motorola Razr. (April 16, 2013)

Intel sees PC recovery in second half of year. (April 16, 2013)

Microsoft looking to join smartwatch party with Apple, Samsung and others. (April 15, 2013)

Apple iPhone 5S could feature fingerprint reader and different screen sizes. (April 15, 2013)

Intel earnings, sales slide seen continuing in Q1. (April 15, 2013)

Photos: Promotional art for “iSteve” and “Hemlock Grove.” 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Week in review: Global PC sales tank, Lenovo rises

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

Winklevoss twins back in the news and comic ridicule. (April 12, 2013)

HP and Dell ceding personal computer market to Lenovo. (April 11, 2013)

Microsoft rolls dice on Windows 8, comes up snake eyes. (April 11, 2013)

Global PC sales fall off cliff; Microsoft blamed. (April 10, 2013)

Roku hits 5-million-unit milestone as Internet TV matures. (April 10, 2013)

Yahoo near 5-year high on Apple mobile partnership talks. (April 10, 2013)

3D printing forecast bullish on industrial and medical apps. (April 9, 2013)

HP’s Project Moonshot latest to use “moonshot” cliche. (April 9, 2013)

Tech hiring at a standstill for first time since the dot-com bust. (April 8, 2013)

Four companies Apple should buy and one it shouldn’t. (April 8, 2013)

Photos: HP Moonshot server (top), Roku channel grid with Netflix. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Week in review: Facebook Home, Apple iRing and April Fools’ Day gags

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

Facebook Home mobile ads risk pissing off users. (April 5, 2013)

Google, Netflix and other tech firms laugh at themselves. (April 5, 2013)

With Samsung deal, Best Buy is looking more like a mall operator. (April 4, 2013)

Apple is more akin to storage firm EMC than phone maker Nokia, analyst says. (April 4, 2013)

Netflix stock falls through key support level. (April 3, 2013)

Great, Gollum’s hogging the remote again.
Apple iTV television could feature iRing remote control ring. (April 3, 2013)

Sorry, Facebook, no one wants your stupid smartphone.
Facebook and Amazon smartphones spark little consumer interest. (April 3, 2013)

Intel investors face CEO hiring and PC slowdown concerns. (April 2, 2013)

Pandora and streaming music trend threaten Apple iTunes. (April 2, 2013)

Apple stock may be regaining favor with institutional investors. (April 1, 2013)

Microsoft Windows 8 uptake still trails Vista; Adoption “uncertain.” (April 1, 2013)

Photos: Sony touts headphones for cats in April Fools’ Day gag (top); Samsung Experience Shop within Best Buy store.