Saturday, February 22, 2014

Week in review: Thurston Howell III likely would have owned an iPhone

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

Samsung Galaxy S5 looks to dethrone Apple iPhone 5S. (Feb. 21, 2014)

Amazon set-top box could mark start of Netflix offensive. (Feb. 21, 2014)

Facebook’s WhatsApp purchase dwarfs deals by Apple, others. (Feb. 20, 2014)

Apple iPhones dominate the wealthy consumer smartphone segment. (Feb. 20, 2014)

Apple iPhone beats rivals for resale activity. (Feb. 19, 2014)

FCC to give net neutrality rules another try. (Feb. 19, 2014)

Apple ekes out market share gain in slowing China phone market. (Feb. 19, 2014)

King Digital, GoPro filings show appetite for consumer tech IPOs. (Feb. 18, 2014)

Microsoft needs to embrace iOS and Android, Gartner says. (Feb. 18, 2014)

Apple targeting wearable health and fitness device market. (Feb. 18, 2014)

Sony PS4 game console outpacing Microsoft Xbox One. (Feb. 18, 2014)

Photos: Actor Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III, “the Millionaire” on “Gilligan’s Island” (top); 
Figure skaters Evan Bates and Madison Chock use Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones as they walk with the U.S. Olympic team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 7; 
Intel engineer Indira Negi demonstrates an Intel reference design for smart earbuds that measure biometric and fitness data at the 2014 CES (bottom). 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Week in review: Tinder wins at the Olympics

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

Tinder wins gold at Sochi Olympics as athletes score dates. (Feb. 14, 2014)

Cloud computing sales to triple by 2017, new forecast says. (Feb. 14, 2014)

Video game sales decline despite new consoles. (Feb. 14, 2014)

British vacuum cleaner whiz James Dyson aims to take on iRobot. (Feb. 13, 2014)

Amazon Prime churn high, but new membership growth higher. (Feb. 13, 2014)

Netflix coming up aces with “House of Cards” season premiere. (Feb. 13, 2014)

One chart that shows the mobile phone industry is declining. (Feb. 12, 2014)

No bronze medal in smartphone Olympics. (Feb. 12, 2014)

Amazon Prime memberships poised to tumble with price hike. (Feb. 12, 2014)

Apple might take fewer risks with iPhone 6 to ensure big supply. (Feb. 11, 2014)

Mobile phone market hits “the great moderation.” Little or no growth seen this year. (Feb. 11, 2014)

Teen exodus from Facebook appears overblown. (Feb. 11, 2014)

Twitter: The social network that can get you fired. (Feb. 10, 2014)

“Flappy Bird” shows Nintendo’s missed phone games opportunity. (Feb. 10, 2014)

Carl Icahn cries “uncle” in Apple stock buyback campaign. (Feb. 10, 2014)

Photos: New Zealand snowboarder Rebecca Torr on Tinder (from Sochi on Tinder blog); screenshot of “Flappy Bird” mobile game. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Week in review: Microsoft picks insider Satya Nadella as new CEO

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

Facebook gets comic roast on 10-year anniversary. (Feb. 7, 2014)

Redbox parent Outerwall hits new high on stock buy-back plan. (Feb. 7, 2014)

iRobot home robots drive sales and the company’s stock. (Feb. 6, 2014)

ARM focused on outpacing smartphone market growth. (Feb. 5, 2014)

Microsoft plays it safe, hires Satya Nadella as CEO. (Feb. 4, 2014)

Microsoft spins Bill Gates demotion as a “step up.” (Feb. 4, 2014)

Microsoft names Satya Nadella as CEO; Bill Gates out as chairman. (Feb. 4, 2014)

Apple missing out on “seismic device shift.” (Feb. 3, 2014)

Photos: Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella (top); iRobot’s latest floor-washing robot, Scooba 450. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Week in review: Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility from Google

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

Lenovo aims to return Motorola phone brand to prominence. (Jan. 30, 2014)

Microsoft close to picking new CEO; Satya Nadella in the lead. (Jan. 30, 2014)

Bad news for Google: Android’s future looks forked. (Jan. 29, 2014)

Apple, Amazon losing steam in global tablet sales. (Jan. 29, 2014)

Big-screen iPhone 6 could spark “mother of all upgrade cycles.” (Jan. 28, 2014)

Apple no longer seen as a growth company; stock tumbles. (Jan. 28, 2014)

Apple iPhone sales disappoint, supply issues blamed. (Jan. 27, 2014)

Basketball great and tech investor Shaquille O’Neal looks to bring a different kind of ring to mobile app maker TIP Solutions. (Jan. 27, 2014)

Big Brother means big business for video surveillance firms. (Jan. 27, 2014)

Photos: Motorola Moto X smartphone. (Motorola photo); Panasonic security camera (Panasonic photo).