BlackBerry Vs Apple

Apple has the size, Google has the momentum, but the smart money has been on BlackBerry in 2014

By on February 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM.

Apple has the size, Google has the momentum, but the smart money has been on BlackBerry in 2014

It’s been an interesting start to 2014 for the mobile platform makers Apple, Google, BlackBerry and Microsoft, with BlackBerry leading the way, leaving the others in the dust. However, as the year goes on, that may not last, depending on Apple’s big plans. More →

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Netflix Comcast Net Neutrality

Did Comcast just murder net neutrality by charging Netflix for smooth streaming?

By on February 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Did Comcast just murder net neutrality by charging Netflix for smooth streaming?

The Wall Street Journal on Sunday broke the story that Netflix is going to pay Comcast so that Netflix’s streaming subscribers will have access to a smooth viewing experience. Not only does this put a crimp in Netflix’s business model, but it could also mean that the era of net neutrality as we know it is dead. More →

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Nokia Android Phone Microsoft

Why Microsoft is smart to let Nokia launch an Android phone

By on February 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM.

Why Microsoft is smart to let Nokia launch an Android phone

It’s no secret that Microsoft is hurting as the world moves to mobile. Sales of Windows Phones are miniscule compared to the competition, and the Surface is small potatoes compared to the iPad. With Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s new CEO, the company would be smart to start selling a “Nokia X” phone running on Android. More →

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Google Motorola Lenovo Sale

Here’s why Google was smart to dump Motorola for just $3 billion

By on January 30, 2014 at 9:35 AM.

Here’s why Google was smart to dump Motorola for just $3 billion

On Wednesday night, Google announced it is selling off Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion, a couple of years after acquiring the business for $12.5 billion. On the surface it looks like a massive loss for Google, but after taking a deeper dive, this might actually be a great deal after all. More →

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iPhone 5c Sales

The iPhone 5c flop hurt Apple more than you might realize

By on January 28, 2014 at 9:55 AM.

The iPhone 5c flop hurt Apple more than you might realize

Apple’s fiscal first-quarter earnings report was actually pretty good despite the 8% ding to Apple’s share price after hours on Monday, with the company beating earnings and revenue estimates handily on the way to selling 51 million iPhones. However, if Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team had been a bit more prepared, they could’ve sold a lot more than that. More →

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Google Nest Acquisition

Here’s why Google bought Nest

By on January 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Here’s why Google bought Nest

Google announced Monday night it is acquiring smart thermostat and smoke detector-maker Nest for $3.2 billion in cash, surprising analysts and starting to really put Google at the forefront of the “Internet of Things.” It’s also scaring consumers at the same time. More →

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BlackBerry Earnings Preview

BlackBerry’s bold bet failed: Now what?

By on December 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM.

BlackBerry’s bold bet failed: Now what?

BlackBerry has had a rough of 2013, to put it mildly. The company has lost billions in market cap, it has a new CEO, and there’s speculation seemingly everyday about what the company can do to save itself, or even if can be saved at all. BlackBerry is scheduled to report fiscal third-quarter earnings before the market open on Friday, and no one is expecting much, if anything, in CEO John Chen’s first foray with investors and analysts. Societe Generale analyst Andy Perkins, who rates shares hold with a $6 price target, notes the situation has gotten worse since BlackBerry last reported, due to the failed acquisition by Fairfax Financial, and a continued loss of market share. More →

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Stratasys 3D Printing Analysis

The king of 3D printing

By on December 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM.

The king of 3D printing

3D printing is reshaping industries, especially manufacturing, as companies look to cut costs and make their own parts. Boeing has said it is using 3D printing to create more than 20,000 airplane components, and hopes to make wings one day using 3D printers. Stratasys is at the forefront of the industry, and it’s only poised to get bigger. More →

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Tesla Fires NHTSA Inquiry

Model S fires turn up heat on Tesla, but the streets are paved with electric gold

By on December 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM.

Model S fires turn up heat on Tesla, but the streets are paved with electric gold

Tesla’s not out of the woods just yet, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked for additional information surrounding the recent Model S fires that have been widely covered by the media. But it’s likely to be just a minor blip on the road to recovery. More →

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Tesla Fires Stock

Tesla’s ‘unrealistic expectations’

By on November 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

Tesla’s ‘unrealistic expectations’

Tesla Motors has had a rough couple of months. Shares hit an all-time high of $194.50 in late September, then concerns about the fires on the Model S crept up. Following that, third-quarter earnings were great, but concerns about selling more Model S units in the fourth-quarter hit the stock. Now, an analyst thinks Tesla’s woes aren’t just short term in nature, it’s a case of unrealistic expectations. More →

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Instagram Windows Phone Launch Analysis

Forget the botched Instagram launch: Windows Phone is on the march

By on November 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM.

Forget the botched Instagram launch: Windows Phone is on the march

Instagram is finally coming to Microsoft’s Windows Phone. Though the rollout looks to be sloppy initially, with several features not being available at launch, it’s an enormous opportunity for San Francisco-based Instagram, as well as Microsoft, given the growing popularity of Windows Phone. More →

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iPad Mini Retina Release

Retina iPad mini kicks Apple’s holiday assault on rivals into high gear

By on November 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

Retina iPad mini kicks Apple’s holiday assault on rivals into high gear

Well, it’s finally here. The iPad mini with Retina Display finally went on sale Tuesday, just 11 days after the iPad Air became available to consumers. Apple has outdone itself with both tablets, especially the iPad mini, putting a Retina Display screen, which adds bulk to the tablet, in a design that weighs just 0.73 or 0.75 pounds, depending on if you have the 4G LTE model or not. More →

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Facebook Q3 Earnings Analysis

Facebook’s fear comes into focus: Teens are fleeing

By on October 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

Facebook’s fear comes into focus: Teens are fleeing

Facebook’s third-quarter results blew out Wall Street expectations as the company earned $0.25 per share on $2.02 billion in revenue. Though it wasn’t quantified, there’s one number that’s scaring Facebook, and investors: teens using the service less. The company noted that ended the quarter with 1.19 billion monthly active users, 728 million daily active users. But a key segment, teenagers, are engaging with the service less. CFO David Ebersman said that while engagement from U.S. teens was stable from the second to third-quarters, he did note “We did see a decrease in daily users, especially among younger teens.” More →

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