Saturday, June 29, 2013

Week in review: Humorists target NSA spying scandal

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

Comedians raising awareness of NSA spying implications. (June 28, 2013)

Apple and Google microconsoles could shake up the living-room video game market. Their rumored products would follow devices from Ouya and others. (June 28, 2013)

Adobe purchase of Neolane is move to dominate digital marketing. (June 28, 2013)

Notebook PC shipments fall to lowest level in three years. (June 27, 2013)

As Apple stock sinks, analysts cut their price targets. (June 27, 2013)

Microsoft spins Windows 8.1 as “refinement,” not revamp. (June 26, 2013)

Synaptics up on Samsung phone boom, but could see swoon. (June 26, 2013)

France continues to bash U.S. techs with proposal. (June 25, 2013)

EU poised to give Apple a legal win vs. rival Samsung. (June 25, 2013)

Netflix subscriber growth expectations called “unrealistic.” (June 25, 2013)

Google Android device shipments seen passing 1 billion units in 2014. (June 24, 2013)

Apple facing Silicon Valley brain drain to Google, Facebook, others. (June 24, 2013)

Samsung iterates on tablets and smartphones while Apple dithers. (June 24, 2013)

Photos: Still from OfficialComedy video “NSA Flix” (top); Ouya micro video game console (bottom). 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Week in review: Facebook’s Instagram video arrives to jeers

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

Google Chromebooks starting to shine, now in Wal-Mart and Staples stores. (June 21, 2013)

Facebook’s Instagram video debut catches flak from Vine users. (June 21, 2013)

Microsoft’s aborted ventures are signs of desperation. (June 20, 2013)

Finisar surges on demand for fiber optic gear. (June 20, 2013)

Micron Technology stock down despite return to profitability. (June 20, 2013)

Microsoft and Nvidia bow to gamer demands after backlash. (June 20, 2013)

Sony to crush Microsoft and Nintendo in console sales. (June 19, 2013)

Apple TV plays catch-up to rivals, adds HBO GO and ESPN. (June 19, 2013)

Adobe Systems transition to Internet cloud gaining steam. (June 19, 2013)

Adobe Systems rises with cloud, beats Street views. (June 18, 2013)

Apple’s iOS 7 shaping up to be its Windows 8. (June 18, 2013)

Facebook poised to copy Twitter again with Vine rip-off. (June 17, 2013)

Netflix targets kid viewers with DreamWorks Animation shows. (June 17, 2013)

Adobe Systems Q2 cloud progress will be under the microscope. (June 17, 2013)

Apple reveals U.S. government demands for user data. (June 17, 2013)

Photos: Instagram 3.5 screenshot on iOS (top), Acer C7 Chromebook.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Week in review: Debuts of Microsoft’s Xbox One, Apple’s iOS 7, iRobot’s Ava 500

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

Microsoft’s Xbox One could lead to next privacy invasion. (June 14, 2013)

MakerBot late to Amazon, which is run by MakerBot investor Jeff Bezos. (June 14, 2013)

Best Buy stores are becoming like flea markets. (June 13, 2013)

Video game industry shows misogynistic streak at E3 conference. (June 13, 2013)

Amazon joins 3D printing craze, opens online store for printers and supplies. (June 13, 2013)

Disney unit ESPN deals crushing blow to nascent 3D TV market. (June 12, 2013)

Bad news for Apple: The iOS 7 backlash has begun. (June 12, 2013)

Apple investors unswayed by new product announcements. (June 11, 2013)

Apple CEO Tim Cook should keep his yap shut.
Because when Cook speaks publicly, Apple’s stock falls. (June 11, 2013)

Sony schools Microsoft on video game console pricing and policies. (June 11, 2013)

Apple dings Samsung, Microsoft and Google Android at WWDC keynote. (June 11, 2013)

Apple debuts iOS 7, iTunes Radio, cylinder PC, and Mac OS X Mavericks. (June 10, 2013)

Cisco Systems and iRobot team up to make a robot that will let executives roam offices remotely. (June 10, 2013)

Photos: Gamers try out Microsoft’s Xbox One console at the company’s E3 2013 media event (Microsoft photo); and the Ava 500 robot from Cisco Systems and iRobot in use (iRobot photo). 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Week in review: Google lovefest “The Internship” opens

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

If you Google reviews of “The Internship,” you’ll see that critics didn’t like it. (June 7, 2013)

Break up Microsoft to unlock value and spur innovation. (June 7, 2013)

Apple wants your old iPhone for trade-in value. (June 6, 2013)

Apple iPhone sales in China falling faster than expected. (June 6, 2013) prepping to take on Netflix full bore. (June 5, 2013)

Samsung tops Apple, takes U.S. smartphone lead with Galaxy S4. (June 5, 2013)

U.S. millennials think like socialists on economic issues. You can thank our left-leaning education system for that. But they love technology products, the fruits of a capitalistic society, according to a new survey. (June 4, 2013)

Apple iPhone business undervalued, Android impact overstated. (June 4, 2013)

Microsoft’s Windows 7 gains market share as successor struggles. (June 3, 2013)

Intel investors boost stock on mobile win and analyst upgrade. (June 3, 2013)

Intel stock breaks out on Samsung tablet win and analyst upgrade. (June 3, 2013)

Photo: Actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in a scene from “The Internship.” 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Week in review: Netflix binge viewing in spotlight with ‘Arrested Development’

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

Netflix binge viewing is the subject of comic ridicule. (May 31, 2013)

Has Apple become Microsoft? (May 31, 2013)

Netflix bulls and bears argue about firm rejoining Nasdaq 100. (May 31, 2013)

Intel Haswell chips and Microsoft Windows 8.1 could boost PC sales. (May 30, 2013)

Netflix needs to rethink its binge-viewing strategy with new shows. (May 29, 2013)

Apple CEO Tim Cook hints at wearable computers and TVs. (May 29, 2013)

Insurance software maker Guidewire up on fiscal Q3 earnings. (May 29, 2013)

Trina Solar stock singed by first-quarter miss. (May 29, 2013)

Photo: Netflix promotional photo for season four of “Arrested Development.”