Saturday, March 29, 2014

Week in review: Facebook buys Oculus VR; Microsoft bows Office for iPad

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

SanDisk has “game-changing product” now in testing, RBC says. (March 28, 2014)

Office for iPad is good for Apple tablet sales, but bad for Microsoft Surface. (March 28, 2014)

For Apple, the money in Microsoft Office for iPad is in tablet sales, not a possible share of subscription revenue. (March 28, 2014)

Apple iPhone 6 could “tank” the company’s gross margins. (March 28, 2014)

Microsoft debuts Office for iPad, no longer “holding back.” (March 27, 2014)

Cloud computing market thunders with Google and Amazon price cuts. (March 27, 2014)

GameStop posts disappointing Q4 score and 2014 guidance. (March 27, 2014)

Digital journalism startups bring money, jobs and excitement to the news business. (March 26, 2014)

Nvidia focus on cost control could boost earnings. (March 26, 2014)

Facebook’s future is straight out of “WALL-E.” (March 26, 2014)

Facebook is the front page for millennial news readers. (March 25, 2014)

Twitter needs better sorting and filtering tools, survey shows. (March 25, 2014)

How is Windows XP like an ’80s rock classic?
Cue the 1986 song “The Final Countdown” by Swedish hair-metal band Europe.
Countdown clocks warn Windows XP users to upgrade ... or else. (March 25, 2014)

Apple-Comcast streaming deal seems far-fetched. (March 24, 2014)

Photos: Oculus VR virtual reality goggles (top); Office for iPad displayed on Apple tablets. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Week in review: Bitcoin humor, virtual reality goggles and pay-TV cord cutting

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

Bitcoin confusion is comedy gold. (March 21, 2014)

Wireless charging surge forecast over next 5 years. (March 21, 2014)

Hedge fund guru thinks “Grand Theft Auto” maker is a steal. (March 21, 2014)

Apple iPhone sales on China Mobile slower than expected. (March 20, 2014)

Microsoft at 14-year high ahead of possible iPad Office reveal. (March 20, 2014)

251,000 U.S. homes dropped pay-TV service last year. (March 19, 2014)

Virtual reality goggles are a hot topic again with gamers. (March 19, 2014)

Adobe Systems says major Creative Cloud update ahead will drive adoption. (March 19, 2014)

Adobe Systems tops Wall Street views with Q1 sales and earnings. (March 18, 2014)

Wal-Mart taking on GameStop in used games. Good luck with that. (March 18, 2014)

Apple tweaks entry-level iPad and midrange iPhone. (March 18, 2014)

Size matters: Apple iPhone users suffer “large-screen envy.” (March 17, 2014)

Google-eBay merger suggested as alternative to PayPal spinoff. (March 17, 2014)

Adobe Systems investors focus on cloud transition with Q1 earnings. (March 17, 2014)

Photos: Bitcoin artwork by Zach Copley on Flickr; and prototype of Sony virtual reality goggles. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Week in review: Positive buzz for ‘Lego Movie’ and ‘Titanfall’ video games, not so for ‘Mr. Peabody’ film

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

“Everything is awesome” for U.S. video game sales in February. (March 14, 2014)

Adobe Systems gets price target hike ahead of Q1 earnings. (March 13, 2014)

Amazon Prime price increase takes pressure off Netflix. (March 13, 2014)

Global TV shipments down again. Would Apple enter a shrinking market? (March 13, 2014)

“Candy Crush” game maker King Digital aims for $7.6 billion valuation. (March 12, 2014)

Apple big-screen iPhone 6 could win over Android converts. (March 11, 2014)

Microsoft looks to “Titanfall” to boost Xbox One. (March 11, 2014)

Facebook called “best growth story” in Internet group. (March 11, 2014)

Netflix’s international streaming prospects underappreciated. (March 11, 2014)

Alexion Pharmaceuticals drug pipeline spurs price target hikes. (March 11, 2014)

Apple to face 64-bit competition from Android devices. (March 11, 2014)

DreamWorks Animation gets fleas from “Peabody” dog. (March 10, 2014)

Apple CEO Tim Cook should hit the bricks, analyst says. (March 10, 2014)

Netflix surpasses YouTube as leading online video site. (March 10, 2014)

Photos: “The Lego Movie Videogame,” “Titanfall” video game promotional art, and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” movie poster. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Week in review: Record-setting Oscar tweet; GameFly to offer DVDs by mail, taking on Netflix

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

Cloud, Big Data firms causing “big-time disruption” in IT. (March 7, 2014)

Apple iPhone 6 orders could hit 90 million units this year. (March 7, 2014)

Tablet market seen hitting the brakes this year. (March 6, 2014)

Staples follows RadioShack with big store-closure plans. (March 6, 2014)

Emerging markets shunning PCs more than developed world. (March 5, 2014)

RadioShack plans to close 26% of its U.S. stores. (March 4, 2014)

GameFly goes after Netflix’s orphaned DVD business. (March 4, 2014)

Windows 8 not getting boost from end of XP support. (March 3, 2014)

Apple iPhone 5S shows “staying power” in buyer survey. (March 3, 2014)

Android vendors pass Apple to bring tablets to the masses. (March 3, 2014)

Twitter basks in Oscar glow, sidelines Samsung. (March 3, 2014)

Photos: Ellen DeGeneres selfie photo with celebs at this year’s Academy Awards (top); Screenshot of GameFly movie DVD-by-mail service; GameFly girls at September 2011 company event. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Week in review: Samsung debuts Galaxy S5 smartphone

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

Facebook a laughingstock to humorists for WhatsApp deal. (Feb. 28, 2014)

Sony store closures likely good news for Best Buy. (Feb. 28, 2014)

Samsung controls 65% of the Android device market. (Feb. 28, 2014)

Best Buy, long Amazon’s de facto showroom, now an “online first” retailer, CEO says. (Feb. 27, 2014)

Outerwall pins growth on mobile device and gift card trade-ins. (Feb. 27, 2014)

Best Buy raises cost-cutting target to $1 billion. (Feb. 27, 2014)

Sorry, cheapskates, Apple iPhones to remain pricey. (Feb. 26, 2014)

Summer launch possible for Apple iPhone 6 smartphone. (Feb. 26, 2014)

Microsoft testing deals to boost Xbox One sales. (Feb. 25, 2014)

Samsung, Sony update smartwatches, but all eyes on Apple. (Feb. 25, 2014)

Samsung debuts “modern, glam” Galaxy S5 smartphone. (Feb. 24, 2014)

Netflix pays to play on Comcast’s broadband network. (Feb. 24, 2014)

Photos: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone (top); ecoATM used-phone purchasing kiosk.