Saturday, August 30, 2014

Week in review: Round smartwatches, TiVo cord-cutter box, Samsung ice bucket challenge

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

Tech blogger shows off iPhone 6, and it’s delicious. (Aug. 29, 2014)

Zero tablet growth forecast for U.S., Western Europe. (Aug. 29, 2014)

Activision could make a play for Take-Two Interactive. (Aug. 29, 2014)

NXP cashes in on Apple digital wallet in iPhone 6. (Aug. 29, 2014)

Silicon Image, Inphi seen as potential takeover targets. (Aug. 28, 2014)

Dyson mystery product could be Roomba killer. (Aug. 28, 2014)

Round smartwatches a trend with LG, Motorola, Samsung on board. (Aug. 28, 2014)

Apple tablets losing ground in education; Jumbo iPad planned. (Aug. 27, 2014)

Hewlett-Packard gains server share; IBM, Dell decline. (Aug. 27, 2014)

Amazon Fire phone doused by report of weak sales. (Aug. 27, 2014)

TiVo posts big subscriber gains, plans $350 million stock buyback. (Aug. 26, 2014)

Netflix down on Emmy whiff and rival Canada service. (Aug. 26, 2014)

Best Buy sees soft holiday sales, no big iPhone 6 lift. (Aug. 26, 2014)

Samsung goads Apple iPhone 5S to take ice bucket test. (Aug. 25, 2014)

TiVo debuts set-top TV box for cord cutters to fill Aereo gap. (Aug. 25, 2014)

Photos: Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch (top); TiVo’s over-the-air TV DVR. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Week in review: Discovery Channel ‘Shark Week’ fiction, consumer 3D printer adoption

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

Apple blunder could impact iPhone 6 supply this fall. (Aug. 22, 2014)

GameStop overachieves in Q2 but faces tough comparisons ahead. (Aug. 22, 2014)

Mobile apps dominate time spent on digital media. (Aug. 22, 2014)

Atmel, Fairchild Semi named possible acquisition targets. (Aug. 21, 2014)

Xiaomi looks like Simpsons Apple parody, but is growing fast. (Aug. 21, 2014)

Intel urged to buy MediaTek to grow mobile chip business. (Aug. 20, 2014)

Steve Ballmer exit could lead to bigger Microsoft dividends. (Aug. 20, 2014)

Apple hits new high on fall products, but iWatch might slip. (Aug. 20, 2014)

Discovery stoops to conquer with Shark Week fiction. (Aug. 19, 2014)

Intel tightens grip on PC graphics chip market. (Aug. 19, 2014)

Consumer 3D printing still over 5 years away despite hype. (Aug. 19, 2014)

Apple stock flirts with record high as Morgan Stanley pounds table. (Aug. 18, 2014)

People might not wait for Apple iWatch after seeing Moto 360. (Aug. 18, 2014)

AT&T, Sprint leading 4.5G wireless buildout. (Aug. 18, 2014)

Apple iPhone 6 could beat already lofty expectations. (Aug. 18, 2014)

Photos: Still from “Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine” on Discovery Channel (top); MakerBot 3D printer display at Home Depot. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Week in review: King Digital earnings not so sweet

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

Post-apocalyptic “Last of Us” leads July game sales. (Aug. 15, 2014)

HBO tracking stock could unlock value for Time Warner. (Aug. 15, 2014)

Priceline Group takes on debt to fund share buybacks. (Aug. 15, 2014)

Qualcomm’s China royalty payment dispute an overhang on stock. (Aug. 15, 2014)

Autodesk gets price target hikes, but down on outlook. (Aug. 15, 2014)

Ultra HD TV could remain a luxury like Coach handbags. (Aug. 14, 2014)

Smart home systems a no-brainer for growth, researchers say. (Aug. 14, 2014)

Android smashes Apple, Windows in Q2 phone shipments. (Aug. 14, 2014)

300,000 U.S. homes ditched pay-TV service in Q2. (Aug. 14, 2014)

Tencent’s blowout Q2 steals thunder from rival Alibaba. (Aug. 13, 2014)

King Digital looking more like the next Zynga. (Aug. 13, 2014)

King Digital stock falls as “Candy Crush” sales sour. (Aug. 12, 2014)

Cavium surges in communications processor market. (Aug. 12, 2014)

Apple making new iPads, sees fitness band as medical device. (Aug. 11, 2014)

King Digital facing Q2 “Candy Crush” sales decline. (Aug. 11, 2014)

Chromebooks hot sellers in U.S. education, looking to expand into new markets. (Aug. 11, 2014)

Photos: King Digital promotional photo (top); scenes from Sony’s “The Last of Us” video game. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Week in review: Microsoft Surface tablets debut on NFL sidelines

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

Comedians have field day with Kim Kardashian game. (Aug. 8, 2014)

VMware set to gain from cloud buildout’s next phase. (Aug. 8, 2014)

This is why Netflix doesn’t give viewer numbers for its shows. (Aug. 8, 2014)

Apple might fix biggest iPhone flaw with new handset. (Aug. 7, 2014)

Microsoft expands Surface availability as losses mount. (Aug. 6, 2014)

Signs point to pay-TV cord cutting ahead. (Aug. 6, 2014)

Game delay could be positive for Take-Two and Activision. (Aug. 6, 2014)

Gannett latest media firm to jettison newspaper assets. (Aug. 5, 2014)

Chinese smartphone buyers excited about jumbo iPhone. (Aug. 5, 2014)

Microsoft Surface tablets have rocky NFL debut. (Aug. 4, 2014)

Robots not job killers, trade group says as sales hit record. (Aug. 4, 2014)

Tablet users are distracted TV viewers. (Aug. 4, 2014)

Windows 8 use flatlines, unchanged for 2nd straight month. (Aug. 4, 2014)

Photos: Microsoft Surface tablets on NFL sideline. (Microsoft photos.)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Week in review: Tesla Motors earnings, 3D selfies, EA online service

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

Redbox tests DVD price increases, lowers kiosk count. (Aug. 1, 2014)

GoPro second-quarter selfie shows blemishes. (Aug. 1, 2014)

Tesla hints at surprises ahead, possibly self-driving cars. (Aug. 1, 2014)

Tesla Motors rolls over Q2 sales, profit forecasts. (July 31, 2014)

Wearable devices to supercharge wireless chip sales. (July 31, 2014)

Samsung sneezes, Micron Technology catches cold. (July 31, 2014)

Honeymoon over for Kim Kardashian game maker Glu Mobile. (July 31, 2014)

GameStop analysts split on digital download threat. (July 30, 2014)

“Applesphere” poised to surround you like a Sharknado. (July 30, 2014)

Tesla Motors Q2 sales seen driven by China, U.K. (July 30, 2014)

GameStop hammered by threat from EA online service. (July 29, 2014)

Huawei, Chinese smartphone makers outpacing market. (July 29, 2014)

Corning stock cracks on Q2 earnings miss. (July 29, 2014)

Yandex Q2 revenue beat; Ad sales, search queries up. (July 29, 2014)

3D selfies could give consumer 3D printing a lift. (July 28, 2014)

How many iPhones must die before Apple protects them? (July 28, 2014)

Photos: Tesla Model S sedan (top): 3D-printed bobbleheads from